They're Lumberjacks, and They're OK A drunk stranger in a bar is befriended by three unemployed local loggers who set about reuniting him with the wife and car he misplaced, in Quincy Long's comedy The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite. The well-intentioned but foolhardy mission is carried out in a flurry of song and sound effects as the men trek across the frozen tundra. Sean San Jose Blackman and Delia MacDougall join the cast in the West Coast premiere of this show, the last of the Magic Theater's 1996-97 series, which previews at 8:30 p.m. (and runs through July 20) at the Magic Theater, Building D, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is $15-21; call 441-8822.
One for the Road June's Mission Art Crawl, originally planned for this evening, has been postponed until July 16 (and every third Wednesday thereafter), but participating venue Intersection for the Arts has still got a show going tonight: "The Gas, Grub, and Grammar Roadshow," an evening of spoken word "performance poetry" with Hank Hyena, the editor of Cupid and a '96 S.F. Poetry Slam! Team member; Albuquerque Poetry Festival Director Juliette Torrez; and Victor Infante, the curator of Huntington Beach's "Poetry-on-Thursday" series. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $3-5; call 626-2787.
Will It Go Round in Circles? Using the Native American symbology of a circle as a sacred space for honoring life, improv-based contemporary dance group Shizen Dance Theater starts at the beginning with basic existence, picking up speed and agility as they morph through the next three stages -- awareness, self-awareness, and co-creation -- in their world premiere Moon Hides Behind Cloud: Enter the Stillness. Musicians elevated above the audience at four points around the theater will play an original composition by Charlie Chin, combining East-West percussion with chanting, koto, guitar, and flutes, to be absorbed stereophonically by viewers seated in the round. The performance begins at 8 p.m. (and runs through June 22) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. Admission is $12.50-17; call 621-7797. Artistic Director Judith Kajiwara also conducts a workshop Friday at 10 a.m. at the theater. Admission is $18; reservations are required.
Teen Scream The creators of Quiz Bang, a Gayme Show return with a new interactive comic production that puts audience members on the spot yet again. In Eisenhower Hour, the viewers finds themselves not as rivals in a trivia contest, but as students in a 1950s high school assembly, where they are not-so-subtly manipulated, through a series of civics lessons and simple exercises, into behaving as good, clean-living American kids oughta. The keys to dating, popularity, and dad's car dangle within reach when the show previews at 8 p.m. (and runs through July 27) at the Cable Car Theater, 430 Mason, S.F. Admission is $10-22.50; call 956-8497.
Wolf Man The story of Tweeky Dave and Echo provides the central dramatic thrust of the photo exhibit "Raised by Wolves: Photographs and Documents of Runaways by Jim Goldberg." Goldberg became actively involved with his subjects, the runaway kids he photographed over seven years in San Francisco and Hollywood, opening his home to youngsters in search of a shower, a hot meal, or clean clothes. Echo, Dave, and their compatriots provide their own descriptive text to Goldberg's photos of their rough lives in squats and on the streets, to which Goldberg adds video and sound recordings, as well as photos and narrative from parents, social workers, and cops trying to deal with the problem. "Raised by Wolves," a follow-up to Goldberg's "Rich and Poor" collection (in which he photographed people in SRO hotels and expensive homes and then asked the residents of each to respond to pictures of the other), opens at 11 a.m. (and is up through Sept. 21) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 357-4000.
Smile On Your Brother A sneak preview to this year's biggest potential title turf-war takes place when San Francisco Oracle Editor Allen Cohen screens his new CD-ROM, The Rise and Fall of the Haight Ashbury in the Sixties, at a Summer of Love 30th-anniversary kickoff party. Maybe by the time the screening actually happens the dust will have cleared around Bill Graham Presents, which has filed for a service mark to the name "Summer of Love," and Cohen pal Chet Helms, who's planning an event this fall under the name "Summer of Love 1997" and has challenged BGP's claim. In the meantime, Cohen will present his 90-minute work, which culls over 600 photos and images from the Oracle to document the upheaval of 30 years ago, beginning with the Human Be-In. Screenings are held at 7:15 and 9:40 p.m. at the Red Vic Theater, 1727 Haight, S.F. Admission is $6; call 777-4400. Summer of Love '97 events get under way with the Love for Peace Festival 2000 tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Gate Band Shell; check the June 25 calendar for more.
Here Comes the Sun As winter descends upon the Southern Hemisphere, celebrants of the celestial around our 'sphere greet summer's return at all kinds of solstice happenings. The Flash Poetry Carnival lines up a series of readings and live music with activities like "Dunk a Critic" and "Poetry Magnet Races." This solstice event begins at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Park, MLK & Center, Berkeley. Admission is free (activity tickets may be purchased on-site); call (510) 441-1841. Invitational group exhibit "Summertime," which includes a new series of papier-mache "fish hats" by former Louvre guest Adam Kurtzman, opens at 10 a.m. (and is up through Sept. 20) at ArtHaus, 1053 Bush, S.F. Admission is free; call 922-8219. Over 200 bands -- ranging from opera to hip hop, reggae to salsa, Greek to goth -- play all day long at free outdoor music festival Making Waves, which begins at 11 a.m. at 24 indoor and outdoor locations including Justin Herman Plaza, Ferry Plaza, U.N. Plaza, and along Market from Octavia to Herb Caen Way ..., S.F. Admission is free; call 431-9962. Thalassa's Summer Solstice Tarot Tea Party begins Sunday at noon at the Gatehouse, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is $25; call 753-5041. "Summer Solstice: Short Films Celebrate Summer" includes Celestial Navigations, which traces the paths of the sun and artist Jarnow using time-lapse photography and animation, and Sundagger, a documentary about the Anasazi Indians' solar marker in New Mexico; screenings are held today and tomorrow at 1, 2, and 4 p.m. at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Admission is free with museum admission (free-$9); call 563-7337. Aztec dance group Cuauhtli Mitotiani Mexica performs at a solstice party featuring a public altar-building at 1 p.m. at Peralta Park, Solano & Peralta, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 528-9038. And finally, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, Jai Uttal & the Pagan Love Trio, and others perform at the Summer Solstice Celebration, which begins with a ceremonial fire lighting at 7 p.m. at the Greek Theater, UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $20; call (510) 762-2277.