Party to the People La Pena Cultural Center celebrates 22 years of cultural and politically oriented community programs and entertainment for all ages with a whole slew of events, including a monthlong 33-year career retrospective of work by painter/printmaker Malaquias Montoya, a round-table discussion on Chicano art and activism with local artists, and tonight's main event, a dance party with Latin funk band Los Angelitos, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at La Pena, 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley. Admission is $10-12; call (510) 849-2568.
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon The neon signs of North Beach strip clubs cast some of the light in author Naomi Wolf's new book, Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, as Wolf traces how girls come of age sexually, beginning with tales of her own experiences and those of her girlfriends back in San Francisco in the '60s. Wolf, author of the critically acclaimed cultural analysis The Beauty Myth, uses the sexual revolution of her time, and a historical and scientific overview of how girls have come of age sexually in other times and places, as a springboard for her assertion that America's schizophrenic sexual climate still offers too little in the way of honest or helpful preparation to girls on the brink of discovery. The author discusses her book at 1 p.m. at the ANA Hotel, 50 Third St., S.F. Admission is $29-59; call 788-5500. Wolf will also read from and discuss her book at 8 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 486-0698.
Get Thee to a Street Party The namesake of new mural Ophelia Rising transcends a different madness than the sort plaguing Shakespeare's character; this Ophelia emerges from a tide of homelessness, poverty, drugs, and violence to build herself a boat. The mural, which eddies on one side of the Haight Street Referral Center at 12 feet high by 40 feet long, and flows to the other side at 36 feet high by 20 feet long, was painted by youngsters from the Larkin Street Youth Center, under the direction of muralist Susan Greene. A party and street fair celebrating the mural's completion features jazz and hip hop with DJ Consuelo and live music by the Knittles and Dixieland Dykes + 3, as well as performances by Nao Bustamante, Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, the High Risk Group, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and comedian Aundre the Wonderwoman, among others. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. at the Haight Street Referral Center, 1317 Haight, S.F. Admission is free; call 673-0911 ext. 244.
Dead Beats Stained glass skylights, fountains, and gardens embellish architect Julia Morgan's labyrinthine design for Chapel of the Chimes, a mausoleum and columbarium in the Piedmont section of Oakland. The building is a series of glass-doored marble vaults behind which lie the cremated remains of the departed. At the second annual "Garden of Memory: A Columbarium Walk-Through Event," authors will be reading, videos will be unspooled, and musicians like the Balkan Arts Ensemble, Kaila Flexer & Third Ear, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Due Voci, and the Enormous Ensemble will be scattered throughout the columbarium's many nooks, serenading guests acoustically and electronically. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont, Oakland. Admission is $10; call 255-8225.
Jets Set Rockabilly pioneer Link Wray is coming for a visit soon; if you were planning to see him, you should give Flat Duo Jets a chance as well. The North Carolina outfit, which has a sound and style fueled by Wray, is singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber and his drummer, Crow, although their new album, Red Tango, sports an extra guitarist, a bassist, and even a cellist for the amusingly maudlin "Lonesome Town"-style lament "Don't Ask Me Why." These boys were a natural choice to tour with voodoobilly precursors the Cramps, since Romweber seems to glide effortlessly from crying-into-your-beer blues like "In My Neighborhood" -- "In my neighborhood/ nobody ever comes to visit" -- into the shimmery twang of "Take and Give" before cutting loose into the requisite rockabilly rave-up about some crazy dude, "Mad Man on the Loose." (Every rockabilly band has one of these, in keeping with rockabilly's tradition of wild-eyed types like Jerry Lee Lewis. The Cramps did "Mad Daddy." L.A.'s Boilermakers called theirs "Naked Maniac With a Shotgun.") Saturn V and the Woggles open for Flat Duo Jets in a show beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. Admission is $5; call 621-4455.
A Hearty Repast Coordinating lunch dates is logistically complex enough for regular working folks; if you've spent the last three weeks negotiating the addition of three Central European countries to NATO and championing the establishment of war-crimes tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has, your plate's more full than most. Albright will discuss new developments in foreign policy issues over a Commonwealth Club luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel, 333 O'Farrell, S.F. Admission is $35 for club members, $45 for the public; call 597-6705.
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