It's a Trip Peer into the retablos of Peruvian artist Nicario Jimenez or at the dance costumes of Sha Sha Higby and whole other worlds emerge. Higby's costumes are crazily intricate creations made from bells, feathers, dried flowers, painted and dyed silks and skins, tiny wooden animals, and other minutiae, inspired by Higby's theater arts research in Indonesia, Korea, and Japan. Jimenez, meanwhile, creates retablos, brightly painted boxed dioramas originally meant as portable altars, which he has altered to reflect the plight of the poor and conflicts between church, state, and the people. His work complements the Peruvian art and artifact exhibit now at the de Young, and the Mexican Museum's upcoming exhibit of photos from the Peruvian Andes. The Higby and Jimenez exhibits open at 10 a.m. (and are up through Aug. 10) at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Building A, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is free-$3; call 775-0990.
Street Sweep The everyday theatrics of urban living will be temporarily superseded by the In the Street Festival, a two-day outdoor performance marathon and public workshop series open to anyone and everyone. Performers include the wall-climbing dancers of Project Bandaloop, theater troupes the Medea Project and Teatro de la Esperanza, Mr. Lu Yi's Chinese Acrobats, and scores more. The fest begins at noon (also Sunday at 12:30 p.m.) on Ellis Street between Leavenworth and Hyde, S.F. Related events include a sculpture garden today at noon in Cohen Alley, off Ellis, and "In the Street @ NITE," WITH PERFORMANCES BY STEAMROLLER, WISE FOOL PUPPET INTERVENTION, AND URO SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. ALONG CAPP STREET, BETWEEN 15TH AND 16TH STREETS. ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS IS FREE; CALL 905-5958.
WHAT DO YOU WANT ON YOUR TOMBSTONE? FRED AND TOODY COLE, ONE OF THE LONGEST-LIVED HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAMS IN ROCK, HAVE PLAYED TOGETHER GOING ON TWO DECADES, FIRST AS THE RATS AND NOW AS DEAD MOON. BACKED BY DRUMMER ANDREW LOOMIS, THE COLES SPECIALIZE IN GRITTY, FULL-THROTTLE ODES TO REBELLION AND THE TEEN-AGE HEART, DESPITE HAVING PASSED THROUGH THEIR OWN YOUTH SO LONG AGO THEY NOW HAVE GRANDCHILDREN. THE COUPLE, WHO APPEAR IN THE DOCUMENTARY HYPE!, HAVE EXPERIENCED THE LATTER-DAY EVOLUTION OF NORTHWEST PUNK-ROCK HISTORY, RELEASING ALBUMS AND SINGLES IN MONO THROUGH SUB POP, FRED'S OWN TOMBSTONE LABEL, AND MUSIC MANIAC, A LABEL IN GERMANY, WHERE THE BAND ENJOYS AN ENDURING CELEBRITY. THE LOUDMOUTHS AND DURA DELINQUENT OPEN FOR DEAD MOON AT 8 P.M. AT KILOWATT, 3160 16TH ST., S.F. ADMISSION IS $7; CALL 861-2595.
Heavy Petting, Major Slobbering Flying dogs and costumed pigs are more rule than exception at the S.F./SPCA Animal Wingding, a daylong celebration for people and their pets. Jumpy pups can join in the Soccer Dogs and Frisbee Dogs events or test their pads on the agility course obstacles and the "Waltzes With Dogs" and musical chairs events in the Puppydog Allstars K-9 Games. House cats without pedigrees still qualify for prize ribbons at the Housecat Fanciers show, and the Exotic Animal Encounter offers variations on the standard house pet theme with an array of owls, llamas, chickens, snakes, and blue-tongued skinks (reptiles that look sort of like lizards). Pet owners and animal fans are all invited to visit the Wingding, which includes an 11 a.m. parade with hundreds of creatively groomed, fancifully dressed pets. Events begin at 9 a.m. on Alabama Street, between 15th and 16th streets, S.F. Admission is free; call 554-3046.
Keeping the Peace A trio of Nobel Peace Prize winners highlights the three-day conference "Peacemaking: The Power of Nonviolence," a series of lectures and workshops on violence and social change. Besides the prize recipients -- Guatemalan activist/author Rigoberta Menchu, East Timor activist Jose Ramos-Horta, and His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet will give keynote speeches -- there'll also be talks by notable figures like author Alice Walker, Chinese dissident Harry Wu, and Omega Boys Club leader/author Joe Marshall Jr. on working for, and thinking about, peace beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove, S.F. Admission is $15; call (510) 762-2277. For information on the conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m. daily June 9-11 at the auditorium and costs $95-275, call (800) 937-8728.
The Last Word The chance to ask authors what was on their minds when they wrote is rare enough, and in the case of reclusive authors, rarer still. At "A Night With Barbara Kingsolver," the publicity-shy author of The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams, and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, discusses her work and participates in a Q&A session following theater company Word for Word's performance of Rose-Johnny, Kingsolver's short story about a young girl's encounters with hypocritical moralists as she comes of age in a small Southern town. Kingsolver's various and sundry experiences -- she has trained as a classical pianist and an archaeologist, and holds a master's degree in biology -- emerge in her evocative use of language, making her a good fit for Word for Word, which retains the nuances of the printed page by leaving the text intact. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is $25; call 543-9505.