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And We Make Love Together The second wave of new wave -- call it used wave -- has broken at "New Wave City," a sporadic but festive traveling theme party with its ear on the '80s. Bay Area wave-o's and their friends have bopped in the glow of music videos at salutes to Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, but this next "New Wave City" installment is a live show by Berlin. Y'know: "I'm a goddess/ I'm a slut/ I'm a blue mo-vee," sung by Terri Nunn, who shifted quickly from breathy girlishness to contemptuous snort to anguished wail, touching off thrills and yearning in scores of moody kids. As was the case in their other hit, "Metro," Berlin generated a world-weary but danceable synthesized Euro-glamour. Will they still? DJs Shindog and Skip spin the hits after this show, which begins at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary, S.F. Admission is $16.50; call 776-1999.

saturday
august 10
Chock-a-Block On any given day, the Mission-area corridor of 16th Street offers an intriguing layer of smells and an otherworldly juxtaposition of sights. The 16th Street Block Party, however, is a special occasion, at which belly dancers take over Truly Mediterranean and the Teokali Aztec Dancers go traditional at Maya Taqueria. The street turns stage for Bohemia, the Cosmic Cowboys, and Black Earth, among others, and the contained cosmos of ethnic restaurants contributes to a global menu. The party begins at 2 p.m. on 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero, S.F. Admission is free; call 252-7373.

Oldies/Goodies Now that the arts and crafts furniture designed by Gustav Stickley and Charles Limbert has come back into vogue, it follows that the Northern California Arts & Crafts Week antique sale would highlight the form. Stickley pieces will be displayed alongside the designs of Stickley's competitors from this period, from about 1890 to 1920. The sale also promises art nouveau and vintage western items: housewares, clothing, art, books. The show opens at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. Sunday); turn-of-the-century clothing will be modeled at a fashion show at 2 p.m. at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Eighth St. & Brannan, S.F. Admission is $6; call 599-3326.

Pagan Party "Networking" may not be the word most people associate with pagans, but it is on the agenda at the Festival of the Harvest, a catered vegetarian picnic and party. The area's urban pagans are a scattered group with divergent traditions, so the festival is designed as a conduit to sharing. Scheduled entertainment includes tarot readers, a harvest ritual, Celtic-inspired games, and the crowning of a harvest king and queen. Partygoers are encouraged to wear festive attire and bring drums. The festival begins at 10 a.m. at Bunny Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is a $5 donation; call 239-6400.

Whistle Stop Even the most stubbornly anti-fun, above-it-all types have been known to lose their cool when it comes to model trains. Is it because they have to chug around the obstacles you place before them, godlike, as they go tootling through your very own man-made world? Or is it because they're cuter and more reliable than Amtrak? The Great American Train Show presents over 10,000 new and antique tiny trains on operating model railroad layouts, including a set the public can operate. It opens at 11 a.m. (also Sunday) at the Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, Daly City. Admission is free-$5; call (708) 834-0652.

sunday
august 11
Power Play Wisconsin Rep. Steve Gunderson is a member of America's political elite without really belonging to the old boy network; he's an out gay Republican, the only congressman of his kind. Gay activists have lauded his openness, but he pointed to anti-gay backlash from conservative social groups and fellow politicos in last week's public decision to quash the write-in campaign started by his supporters. Gunderson and his partner, Rob Morris, have co-written a memoir, House & Home, about the intersection of politics and power in their personal lives. Gunderson reads and signs copies of the book at 3:30 p.m. at A Different Light, 489 Castro, S.F. Admission is free; call 431-0891.

Like a Virgin, Kinda Supervisor Tom Ammiano and wise-ass punk Jello Biafra share judging duties with former presidential candidate Joan Jett-Blakk and others on a panel as potentially entertaining as the event in question: the revived Klubstitute's Second Annual Virgin Queen Contest, a drag cabaret and contest benefiting medical marijuana backers the Compassionate Information Alliance. First-time drag queens (and how one proves one's drag virginity isn't specified) choose drag "mothers" to present them to the public and help them get dressed. A drag and fetish fashion show and transsexual mini-big band Miss Birdie & the Love Bugs entertain between rounds. Last year's queen, La Lupe Sativa, crowns a winner at 1 a.m., and then everyone dances. The scene begins at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero, 520 Fourth St., S.F. Admission is sliding scale $5-20; call 331-1500, ext. 3438.

monday
august 12
Soul Food Joanna Kadi, editor of the feminist anthology Food for Our Grandmothers, culls an overlooked perspective from the feminist canon with these selections by Arab-American and Canadian-Arab writers. The material springs from memory and history, and works against the constraints of religion and culture. Kadi speaks about her upcoming book Thinking Class: Sketches From a Cultural Worker and the anthology at 7:30 p.m. at A Different Light, 489 Castro, S.F. (and on Tuesday with contributors and Middle Eastern refreshments at 7:30 p.m. at the Arab Cultural Center, 2 Plaza, S.F.). Admission is free; call 431-0891.

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