february 3
Spring Is Sprung The 50th anniversary of its photography department and faith that winter rains will subside eventually are enough cause for the San Francisco Art Institute to celebrate. Photographer and SFAI alum Larry Sultan will discuss his work with urban and familial landscapes in the first session of the school's spring lecture series, at which sound artist Alvin Curran (March 3), Puerto Rican-born Latino kitsch artist Pepon Osorio (March 5), writer Coco Fusco (April 9), and printmaker Claudia Bernardi (Feb. 19), among others, will also speak. The first lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the SFAI Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Admission is $4-6; call 749-4545.

february 4
Making a Racket What all kids know -- that you can make noise with anything -- the creators of Stomp have parlayed into a lucrative, award-winning career. The young percussion ensemble that performs the show is most widely known for their Coke commercial, in which they bang garbage can lids together and pummel steel barrels full of ice, making an enthusiastic and rhythmic clamor. What we might consider merely Zippo lighters and stiff bristle brooms, wooden poles and hubcaps, Stomp choreographers think of as instruments. The show opens at 8 p.m. (and runs through Feb. 23) at the Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor, S.F. Admission is $15-42.50; call 776-1999.

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