Chat Room Cyberspace is the place at the Digital Queers' fifth annual benefit party, although organizers have also arranged for an actual physical site in which to socialize. This one's called "Party Hut," and the scheduled entertainment includes tunes spun by DJ Raoul Thomas and a live performance by Manhattan pop trio Betty, plus digital mud-wrestling and art shows, a RealAudio live cybercast, and refreshments. Digital Queers is a professional (and social) network of computer-industry people who raise money and collect computer equipment to get national gay and lesbian organizations like the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund wired. The party begins at 8:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Admission is $35-50; call 339-2020.
Peace Offering Domestic violence advocate Pam Butler, diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah, and filmmaker Catherine Ryan are among several locals who participated in the creation of Making Peace, a four-part documentary series that prefaces Martin Luther King Jr. Day and showcases those who work to curb violence in their communities. Actress Ruby Dee narrates this series, which begins with "Soul Survivors," a profile of Clementine Barfield, a Detroit mother who founded the national support group Save Our Sons and Daughters after her son's murder, and Latino writer Luis J. Rodriguez, who recounts his progression from heroin addict and gang member to Chicago youth advocate. The series continues with "Healing the Family," a look at Butler and Dolores Sheen Blunt, principal of the Watts Sheenway School, followed by "Rebuilding Our Communities" and "Facing Racism," which traces the participants of Wah's program through five days of heated discussion and gradual understanding. "Soul Survivors," the first installment of the series, airs at 6 p.m. on KQED-TV Channel 9.
Funky Finds Righteous vintage threads from the '60s and '70s are among the relics at "Folk Art to Funk," an antique and collectibles market with over 150 participating national vendors selling all types of decorative and functional items. Folk art and country antiques are half the draw; mid-20th-century furniture and accessories, along with pottery, garden furniture, glass, trade signs, and advertising, provide the rest. This is the first of what organizers hope will be a twice-yearly local outing. The market opens at 10 a.m. in the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is $4; call 474-6053.
Get the Goods Despite its reputation, L.A. isn't just waiters writing screenplays and models waiting to break into Baywatch. The center of the commercial entertainment universe is also home to some fairly out-there performance and multimedia artists, many of whom have made themselves heard through Carol Cetrone's monthly underground performance series "Damaged Goods." Cetrone, a former showgirl and magician with a South American circus (and known in some circles as Perpetua), will discuss her own satirical dance-theater solo work and show video footage from the series as part of the like-minded local lecture series "Modus Mondays." Video clips include performances by the lesbian Jewish folk singer Phranc and former "NEA Four" target John Fleck, among others. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Transmission Theater, 314 11th St., S.F. Admission is $4-7; call 346-6456.
The Voice of an Angell After 50 years and Tina Brown, Roger Angell has earned his title as senior editor at the New Yorker through durability if nothing else. The son of longtime fiction editor Kathleen White, he began as a contributor to the venerable publication in 1946; 10 years later he became a fiction editor himself. On the nonfiction side of the magazine, Angell's specialty is sports, particularly baseball, about which he has written articles and books, and for decades has been one of the anonymous contributors to the magazine's "Notes and Comment" section. (This work has been collected in the book A Day in the Life of Roger Angell.) Hank Greenwald, a retired baseball announcer and former "voice of the San Francisco Giants," interviews Angell onstage at 8 p.m. in the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $16; call 392-4400.
Reels on Wheels The startled expressions and amused comments of passers-by have been captured on film by Bay Area artist Harrod Blank, who traveled across the United States in a 1972 Dodge van covered with 1,705 cameras. Children's toy cameras, 40 cameras that flash, 10 functional cameras, and several video cameras recorded viewers' reactions to the van, which is also equipped with a CB radio and a PA system. An exhibit of the footage and the van itself opens at 10 a.m. (and is up through Feb. 2) at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Admission is free-$9; call 563-7337. (Blank will speak at a screening of his documentary Wild Wheels on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Exploratorium's McBean Theater. The event is free with regular museum admission.)