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Dots Great Go ahead and forget to have children, but try to remember the exhibit "Selections From the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection: Roy Lichtenstein Prints," which comprises 27 lithographs, screenprints, and woodcuts from the artist's career. Lichtenstein's comic-book-style pop art images, done in BenDay dots, have settled into pop culture as snappy postcards, but his originals, like the huge art-deco-style lithograph and screenprint Peace Through Chemistry II (1970) and print series inspired by works from Monet and Picasso, are ambitious in size and scope. The exhibit opens at 9:30 a.m. (and is up through Sept. 14) at the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement, S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 863-3330.

Comic Relief A keen sense of humor is as crucial to successful activism as phone trees and mailing lists. With that in mind, San Francisco Women Against Rape raises funds for its rape prevention and education programs and its services for survivors of rape and sexual assault with "She Who Laughs Lasts," an evening of comedy with stand-ups Sabrina Matthews and Julia Jackson, and dyke sketch-comedy group Baby-Snatching Dingoes, among others. The show, which includes refreshments and prizes, begins at 7 p.m. at the Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. Admission is $10-20; call 861-2024.

C'mon, Pilgrims Around the World With Satan's Pilgrims has all the familiar tiki-tacky charm of Dad's record collection, if Dad surfed, with little flags on the back cover representing each song's country of origin, in the style of Martin Denny exotica. But with three guitars, plus a Hammond organ and rhythm section, the Portland, Ore.-based Pilgrims take the twangy instrumental surf of the Ventures or Dick Dale and blow it out of the water, and the band's matching vampire capes would give Gidget a fright. Tacoma neighbors Girl Trouble contribute to the dance-party abandon with garage-a-go-go originals like "Sister Mary Motorcycle." The Mutilators open the show at 9 p.m. at the Kilowatt, 3160 16th St., S.F. Admission is $7; call 861-2595.

sunday
june 1
Grand Stand A family picnic serves as a local prelude to Stand for Children, a local, national, and virtual advocacy event promoting the health and general well-being of kids across the country. Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth puts on the picnic, which combines the food booths, games, and performances by a children's orchestra and choir with an advocacy fair featuring tables staffed by about 30 of the city's children and youth service agencies. Stand for Children's official day, June 1, will be observed locally as it will be nationally, with immunization campaigns, food and shoe drives, and so on. The picnic begins at 1 p.m. at Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between Third & Fourth streets, S.F. Admission is free; call 641-4362.

Foiled Again Unsavory types like asshole landlords and boorish drunks are much likelier to see your point if you laugh triumphantly, unsheathe your blade, and wave it around with the authority that can only come from ... swashbuckling lessons! The School of Circus Arts isn't encouraging students to actually stab people, only to create the realistic impression of a sword fight. Actors and regular folk will learn the secrets of authentic historical swordplay, to wield steel like Robin Hood's broadsword and the Three Musketeers' rapiers and daggers, all in a nonviolent and noncompetitive way. (Bonus question: Why weren't the Musketeers using muskets?) Equipment provided; warm-up clothes suggested. Lessons begin at 2 p.m. at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, 755 Frederick, S.F. Admission is $30; call 759-8123.

What Goes Up Must Come Down If Steve Park looks familiar, it's probably from his turn as the weepy former high-school classmate of Frances McDormand in Fargo. Or maybe it's from his longtime stint on sketch-comedy show In Living Color, or his role as the Korean grocer in Do the Right Thing. Park gets back to his stage roots when the Asian American Theater Company presents the world premiere of Sung J. Rno's Gravity Falls From Trees, a tragicomedy about a Korean pilot, a singing physicist, and a Korean-American woman obsessed with an unfinished novel who meet in a hospital room and slowly discover their connections to the same incident. The show opens at 7 p.m. (and runs through June 22) at the Magic Theater, Building D, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is $16-21; call 441-8822.

monday
june 2
Founding Fathers The Descendents have been around so long they played Southern California's late-'70s/early '80s punk boom and still sent their singer to college, twice. Since 1978, with higher-education breaks (see Milo Goes to College, circa 1982) and various incarnations that saw drummer Bill playing with Black Flag and parts of the band calling itself All, the Descendents put out fast, tuneful punk songs that ranged from the silly ("HYrtin CrYe") to the stupid to the surly. This is the original lineup, so requests for oldies just might be honored. Pollen, Handsome, Guttermouth, and Less Than Jake open at 6 p.m. at the Trocadero, 520 Fourth St., S.F. Admission is $10; call 995-4600.

tuesday
june 3
Cheer Up, Sleepy Gene The Smiths' keen melodies and moping vocals made some people want to sing along and other people smack whoever's closest; the latter might want to think twice about spending a whole evening with English foursome Gene, whose dandified pop conjures up visions of chain-smoking in the London drizzle. This is the soulful sound of well-read, alienated young people, put across with pretty acoustic guitar, wavery vocals, and keyboard. "Long Sleeves for Summer," which isn't so much about doing heroin as publicly baring one's heart, could be this year's "How Soon Is Now?" Star 69 opens at 9 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. Admission is $8-10; call 885-0750.

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