Tip Sheet A week of local stargazing opens innocuously enough as actress/model Isabella Rossellini signs copies of her autobiography Some of Me 12:30 p.m. today at Rizzoli Bookstore, 117 Post, S.F. Admission is free; call 984-0225. But things begin to get weird when Deborah (Debbie) Gibson capitalizes on more of the marketing savvy that drove her drippy teeny-bopper anthems "Foolish Beat" and "Lost in Your Eyes" to No. 1 when she gives a $24-49 (!) lecture with tips on how to break into the music industry 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Broadway Studio, 435 Broadway, S.F. Call 788-5500. And finally, actor/eco-warrior Woody Harrelson, who dangled himself off the Golden Gate Bridge to protest Headwaters Forest development, leads a public yoga class 10 a.m. Saturday at the Frankel Bros. Hemp Outfitters, a new hemp/eco-clothing store that Harrelson's company, Tierra Madre LLC, helped launch. A Q&A session and smoothie party follows the class. The store is located at 3817 24th St., S.F. Admission is free; call 826-HEMP.
Taking Shape With Alexander Calder and Buckminster Fuller as companions, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and George Balanchine as collaborators, I.M. Pei among his admirers, and an international body of work as his legacy, the late modernist Isamu Noguchi warrants more than a simple footnote in the art history texts. The sculptor, set designer, and creator of the Akari lamp led an intriguing life, detailed by local filmmakers Bill Smock and Hiro Narita in the "American Masters" documentary Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper. The son of a Japanese father and an Irish-American mother, Noguchi would later say that his work reflected the influences of both cultures, and his sense of "otherness" in each. The artistic circles of Paris and New York in the '20s embraced him, and residents of both cities continue to benefit from his growth: Parisians have their UNESCO garden, while Manhattanites enjoy the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum. The program airs at 8 p.m. on KQED Channel 9.
This One Goes Out to Dana Plato That persistent story about Cindy Brady/Susan Olsen being a porn star has been exposed as fraudulent, but Anissa Jones (Family Affair's Buffy) really did OD, The Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce really did punch out a transvestite hooker, and most of those Diff'rent Strokes kids went to hell, which makes writer/director Joal Ryan's debut film, Former Child Star, all the more intriguing, particularly since Ryan has enlisted Rodney Allen Rippy (the kid from the 1970s Jack in the Box ad campaign) for a cameo. Star, a sitcom-style comedy based loosely on Dana Plato's notorious robbery of a video store, revolves around a disgruntled postal worker and a washed-out former child star, which should appeal nicely to resentful former latchkey kids raised on after-school specials. If the Gen-X pop-culture feeding frenzy seems like it should have played out by now, consider the ruckus Might magazine raised when it printed Eight Is Enough's Adam Rich's premature obituary as a hoax, then factor in the e-zine Former Child Star-Palooza, which offers news tidbits on the titular subjects. Star screens at 10 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m.) at the Casting Couch Micro Cinema, 950 Battery, S.F. Admission is $8.50; call 986-7001.
Sublime Noise for Girls and Boys Just two days before Dykes on Bikes kick-start the Pride Parade with the mighty roar of their engines, some of the bands that helped generate the international buzz on queer punk get an already festive holiday crowd even more amped. Ain't, featuring former Hullabaloo guitarist Sluggo and former Mudwimmin bassist Shug, join singer Laurian Rhodes and drummer Chris Pee in delivering the authoritative rock 'n' roll punch that echoes through their Subway release Slap the Judge, followed by a dykecore blast from Tribe 8. Pansy Division caps off the night with a set of raunchy and infectious punk-pop originals like "I Really Wanted You" and anthems that absorbs classic influences like Nirvana, the Ramones, and AC/DC, then give them a decidedly gay spin: Witness "For Those About to Suck Cock, We Salute You." Brownstar opens the show at 9 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. Admission is $7; call 621-4455. For a full schedule of Pride Week events, see Page 126.