november 27
Sibling Revelry Originally intended as a vehicle for the brother-sister team of Fred and Adele Astaire, George and Ira Gershwin's 1924 musical Lady, Be Good! spoke to the jazz age with hits like "Fascinating Rhythm" and the title piece. 42nd Street Moon concludes its 1996 "Lost Musical Series" season with a staged concert version of Lady, starring Michael Farbstein and Casey Seymour as Dick and Susie Trevor, a sibling vaudevillian duo who hit the big time after a series of misadventures. Mark Silence (Beverly Hills 90210) also appears as a hobo-turned-heir who falls for Susie. The show previews at 8 p.m. (and continues through Dec. 15) at the New Conservatory Theater, 25 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $15-18; call 861-8972.

Milk, Man Times have unquestionably changed since former Supervisor Dan White assassinated Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, though whether for better or worse depends on whom you ask. It's been 18 years since Milk, the city's first openly gay elected official, was slain, and what began as a candlelight vigil outside City Hall has grown to a whole slate of events remembering Milk and Moscone and spotlighting local development of the gay and lesbian movement. The Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk screens at 4:40 p.m. at the Castro Theater, Castro & Market, S.F. Admission is $2; call 821-2217. A free pre-candlelight march program with Milk's friends and former employees begins at 6:30 p.m. at 575 Castro, the site of Milk's old camera shop, followed by a commemorative march from Castro and 18th streets to Market and Eighth streets, where a candlelight memorial will be held at 7:45 p.m. Finally, a late showing of the opera Harvey Milk begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, Market & Eighth St., S.F. Admission is $8-125; call 864-3330.

november 28
Thoughts on Thanks The International Indian Treaty Council offers an alternative holiday event for people who aren't interested in celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving: the 21st Unthanksgiving Sunrise Gathering at Alcatraz Island. Author Alice Walker, actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman, and American Indian movement founder Dennis Banks are scheduled to speak at the event, which focuses on spirituality and natural resource preservation, and will include traditional Pomo and Aztec dances and performances by drummers and singers. The gathering leaves at 5:30 a.m. and will return at 9 a.m. from Pier 41, Embarcadero & Stockton near Fisherman's Wharf, S.F. Admission is free-$8; call 512-1501.

That's Turkey, the Country A traditional Bulgarian wedding is yet another way to ring in Thanksgiving, as far as folks at the Kolo Festival are concerned. Learn the dances of Turkey and Azerbaijan from Ercument Kilic, or songs from Bulgaria and Macedonia from Tatiana Sarbinska, at this three-day festival celebrating the folk cultures of the Balkans and the Middle East. Vendors will be hawking music and musical instruments, costumes, crafts, and accessories in a kind of international flea market, and ethnic comestibles will be served. Marcus & Friends and L.A.'s Yeseta Brothers Tamburitza Band will accompany sing-alongs and dances. The festival be-gins at 8 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.) at the Russian Center, 2450 Sutter, S.F. Admission is $5-15; call (510) 652-7859.

november 29
Spiritual Sojourn A solicitous bodhisattva leads the way in Journey to the West, a philosophical Chinese fable about Tripitaka, a monk who embarks on a 16-year pilgrimage from China to India in search of Buddhist scripture. A monkey, a pig, and the river spirit Sha Monk join Tripitaka (played by Nelson Mashita) on the epic and often amusing trip, during which the travelers meet up with gods, monsters, spirits, and kings. Composer Willy Schwarz and two additional musicians play the score live onstage using rare Tibetan, Indian, and Balinese instruments. The show, the West Coast debut of visionary Chicago stage director Mary Zimmerman, previews at 8 p.m. (and continues through Jan. 19, 1997) at Zellerbach Playhouse, near Bancroft & Dana, UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $25-39; call (510) 845-4700.

november 30
Have Your Teddy Ready Warm fuzziness reigns at the Teddy Bear Parade and Film Festival, an event for kids, parents, and anyone whose faith in humanity has been badly shaken. If a trail of wide-eyed tots clutching stuffed bears and marching to the tune of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" doesn't restore some prematurely trampled innocence, maybe the live and animated film program -- which includes Corduroy, the story of a department-store teddy bear and his lost button -- will. Gift balloons will be distributed. The fest is held at 1 and 2:30 p.m. (also Sunday) at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Admission is $3.50; call (510) 642-1412.

december 1
Running Amok Don't be alarmed if your weekend jaunt to Golden Gate Park is interrupted by a stampede of Adidas-wearing Holsteins. Those would be just some of the costumed entrants in the 12th annual Run to the Far Side, a 10K run and 5K run and walk benefiting the Academy of Sciences' environmental education and research programs. The race is a tribute to Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons, and in keeping with Larson's flair for scientific anomalies, athletes wearing anything from entomologist outfits to ostrich drag will compete for best costume. The run begins at 8:30 a.m. at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park. Admission is $25; call 564-0532.

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