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wednesday
february 26
Kiss My Ass, Bra! As it did in Gimme Shelter, the peace and love movement degenerates into a backstabbing free-for-all in Message to Love, Murray Lerner's documentary about the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. It seems everybody did get together, and tried to love one another, but it didn't work out that way, as most of the 60,000 baked hippies who showed up for the five-day concert demanded free admission. This didn't exactly please the festival's artists -- Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, the Who, the Moody Blues, and Leonard Cohen, among others. This is the last live footage of Jimi and Jim Morrison, and one of the first of many times that disillusioned fans would accuse their rock idols of selling out. The film screens at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight, S.F. Admission is $4.50-6; call 668-3994.

thursday
february 27
In Good Company Joanna Haigood may look like a solitary figure when she first flings herself, borne by trapeze, from the center of her studio ceiling. But in her solo show Never Less Alone, the Zaccho Dance Theater director keeps company with longtime collaborators like Remy Charlip, whose figure drawings for Air Mail Dance Haigood sets into motion against a film noir stage design by Chico MacMurtrie, and saxophonist Roberto de Haven, who plays live as Haigood steps into the blues tradition of loneliness with the premiere of two new pieces. With the aid of friends and the theatrical artifice that aerial dance requires -- ladders, rigging -- Haigood's venture takes flight at 8 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday) at Zaccho's studio, 1777 Yosemite, Third Floor, S.F. Admission is $8-12; call 822-6744.

friday
february 28
This Sporting Life The great outdoors moves indoors at the Outside Magazine AdventureSports & Travel Festival, a concentrated sample of recreational activities that may help greenhorn outdoor enthusiasts get a feel for their sport of choice before buying lots of expensive gear and venturing out into the wilderness. Festivalgoers can scale man-made walls; test scuba equipment in a shallow diving pool; try out new in-line skates, bikes, kayaks, and rafts; and sit in on seminars like "The World's Most Dangerous Places" and "Gutsy Women: Travel Tips and Wisdom on the Road." The fest begins at 3 p.m. (also Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.) at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Eighth Street & Brannan, S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 487-3293.

This Sporting Life, Part 2 Muhammad Ali rides another wave of celebrity, which began with last summer's Olympic appearance and continues with the recent release of boxing documentary When We Were Kings, with an autograph signing at the Tri-Star Collectors Show, a trading card and sports-related memorabilia fair. Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and the other Willie Brown, a Football Hall of Famer, will also sign autographs, along with many others. The event begins at 3 p.m. (also Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.) at the Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, Daly City. Admission is $5-7; call 395-8315.

Action Figures A homeless father scrambles to provide food, clothing, and shelter for his daughter in David Riker's La Ciudad, an Academy Award winner for best student film. Latino media arts group Cine Accion screens La Ciudad on a triple bill of recent short films by members, with Riker's Ladrillos, the story of a group of day laborers hired to retrieve bricks from abandoned buildings, starring actual day laborers from Brooklyn and Queens. Mario Barrera's Party Line, a comedy about a man whose fantasy is interrupted when the seductive voice on the other end of the phone-sex line turns out to be his former high school sweetheart, rounds out the program. Riker's films are in Spanish with English subtitles; Barrera's film is in English. The screening begins at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., S.F. Admission is $5-7; call 553-8135.

saturday
march 1
You Got Bad Taste In Damselvis, Daughter of Helvis, Memphis moviemaker and former Fantagraphics cartoonist J. Michael McCarthy grafted teen sexploitation flicks to Elvis worship, creating a violent, trailer-trash world populated by characters named Rebelvis and Psychedelvis. His second effort, Teenage Tupelo, has all the lust, gore, inbred rednecks, and homicidal lesbians (here they're called Thee Madd Madd Manhaters) of Russ Meyer films, but with a Southern twist invoking Elvis and, uh, McCarthy's mom. Musical clips of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Gene Vincent, along with Chicken John's performance "1-900-ELVIS," set the mood for tonight's Tupelo screening, where cheap beer will flow. McCarthy appears in person Monday on the West Coast leg of his national "Vice Party" Tour to introduce his latest film, The Sore Losers, an outer-space gang film starring Tokyo punk band Guitar Wolf as alien secret agents and featuring a high-octane soundtrack with Estrus bands the Makers and the Royal Pendletons. Both shows begin at 8:30 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890.

Defensive Dancing One need look no further than the supple, intensely meditative floor movements of tai chi or the acrobatic sparring of capoeira to find parallels between martial arts and dance, making "Warrior Dances," a collaborative performance event between the disciplines, a natural. Participants include Cory Wechsler, who's trained in ballet, contact improv, karate, and kajukenbo; former Axis Dance Troupe member Nina Haft; and Sonya Richardson, a martial artist who performs at special events and public venues like dance club the Box. Using dance, martial arts movement, and spoken word, the performers have crafted works reflecting women's struggles and strengths. The show begins at 8 p.m. (also Sunday) at Luna Sea, 2940 16th St., S.F. Admission is $7-12; call 863-2989.

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