Summer Lovin' It wasn't all flowers in the hair during the Bay Area's late '60s, as the exhibit "Summer of Love: Revolution and Evolution" makes clear. While languid druggies were splayed out in the grass nodding to psychedelic rock jams, student protesters were burning their draft cards and rallying against Vietnam in Berkeley, and Huey P. Newton was organizing (and some would now say polarizing) the Black Power movement with the Black Panthers in Oakland. The exhibit, an arresting array of photos, as well as posters, buttons, clothing, publications, and experimental films expressing the many moods of '64-'69, opens at 11 a.m. (and is up through Sept. 7) at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography, 250 Fourth St., S.F. Admission is free-$5; call 495-7000. The center's noon lecture series "Snapshots: Lunchtime Talks on Photography" features such speakers as former Black Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard (July 12), Family Dog founder Chet Helms (July 19), and Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia (July 24). Additional Summer of Love events include Marilyn and Michael Lucas' program on the fashions and jewelry of the '60s in "Dead to Die For: The Summer of Love 1967" Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth. Admission is free-$5; call 750-9986. "Flashback: A Psychedelic Exhibition," a survey of graphic and book arts from that era is up through Sept. 1 and opens with a light show by Moes Glows Saturday at 7 p.m. at the S.F. Center for the Book, 300 De Haro. Admission is free; call 565-0545. And on July 12, "Eve of Destruction" singer Barry McGuire joins Mason Proffit's Terry Talbot, original Hair cast member Lynn Kellogg, reggae band Christafari, and the Lower Than Angels Band for a free concert beginning at noon in Golden Gate Park's Sharon Meadow; call 558-9900 ext. 3009 for more information.
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.
Eye on India As the world's second most populated country celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence, the lavish local exhibit "India: A Celebration!" offers five variations on the theme. "The Art of the Sari" features 30 hand-woven and elaborate sheer silk gowns dating back to the late 19th century; "Cooking for the Gods: The Art of Home Ritual in Bengal," a living shrine from New Jersey's Newark Museum, demonstrates women's duties preparing food for families and household deities; "Shiva: Lord of the Dance" portrays the Hindu god in stone and bronze sculptures and paintings. "Pahari Painting: Tales From the Punjab Hills" is a collection of narrative miniature paintings spanning the 17th to 19th centuries, while "India: A Contemporary View" highlights scenes, shot by four established photographers, from modern Indian life. The exhibit, which also presents daily showings of videotapes on Indian culture, opens at 9:30 a.m. (and is up through Sept. 28) at the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 379-8801.
Booze Hounds for Culture The KQED Beer and Food Festival will be dishing up tasty snacks like jambalaya and barbecue to counter the whirly sensation that comes from sampling over 250 types of beer from scores of international and regional microbreweries. You don't have to try every single brand (and there's probably some pesky rule that forbids it), but at this fund-raiser for the public TV and radio stations, beer does precede food in the title, so come thirsty. Comedians Bruce Cherry, Rick Clay, and Jim Farrell perform, Indigo Swing and the Rhythm Sheiks play, and in a stroke of evil comic genius, the festival will also provide a speed pitching machine and a climbing wall. Ouch. The event, which also provides free shuttle service to public transportation stations, begins at 1 p.m. at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 2 Henry Adams, S.F. Admission is $35-40; call (510) 762-2277.
Paper Chase Amnesty issues come to the fore at the "Papers for All/Papeles Para Todos" campaign rally and festival, where Columbian Ethnic Project folk dancers perform, Caribbean-Brazilian drumming ensemble Loco Bloco plays, Latin American refreshments are served, and Immigrant Rights Movement representative Berta Hernandez, Nuevo Horizonte Editor Miguel Perez, and independent congressional representative Bernie Sanders address the crowd. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Folsom between 22nd and 23rd streets, S.F. Admission is free; call 648-5257.
And Whose Little Girl Are You? Dress-up duds will be seeing lots of action this weekend at the American Library Association's Family Festival and the Brazilian party Festa Junina, where kids can let their imaginations run riot. Storytellers Awele Makeba, Lucia Gonzalez, and Clara Yen, along with performers Eth-Noh-Tec and Lakota dancer Kevin Locke, will entertain pint-size Eloises and Cats in the Hat at the ALA festival, where youngsters are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook characters for a grand parade. Lassie also visits the festival, which begins at 11 a.m. at the New Main Library, 100 Larkin, S.F. Admission is free; call 557-4277. At Festa Junina, a fund-raiser for the Brazilian National Movement of Street Children, kids and adults arrive traditionally garbed as country folk, with patched overalls, straw hats, work boots, and plaid dresses; face painting completes the transformation. A round of wholesome entertainment including races, arts and crafts, picnicking, capoeira and live music performances, and square dancing around a campfire begins at 4 p.m. at Stern Grove's Pine Lake, 19th Avenue & Sloat, S.F. Admission is free-$15; call 863-1100.
Future Bozos of America Jeff Raz is the kind of adult who most kids gotta love, because instead of trying to stifle wriggly, rambunctious, natural ham types, Raz encourages them to channel their energy and charisma into an all-out spectacle. Raz, a writer and local clown, with director Danny Duncan and the Make*A*Circus performers, kicks off a summer of interactive summer circus performances throughout the state with new show "The Great Big Rainbow Tent," a three-act circus that begins with a narrative performance by the troupe's clowns, acrobats, jugglers, and stilt-walkers. The second act is a 45-minute workshop where the performers, experienced instructors all, teach kids circus skills they've just seen in the first act. The grand finale finds the kids performing in the ring with the troupe. The event, which includes face painting, strolling performers, live music, and art activities for kids, begins at 12:30 p.m. in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free; call 242-1414.
Eat, Drink, and Throw Money Sangria and a Mediterranean buffet aren't the conventional preludes to Thornton Wilder's high school drama department staple Our Town, but theater company HYPE!, which has planned both for its fund-raising dinner "A Throw Down for Our Town," isn't known for its traditional treatment of dramatic standbys, either. As it did with last year's production of Chekhov's Ivanov, HYPE! will be rearranging Our Town through a series of "composition workouts," which tweak the drama's text and themes. Neo-vaudevillian song/dance/whistling duo the Whistleaires will perform and live flamenco dance and music are slated for the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. at Torque Dance Studio, 1081 Mission, S.F. Admission is $15-30; call 267-6905.
Francophilic Film Fans Unite! Gerard Depardieu, as it turns out, is nowhere to be found in the French Film Club's new series, which begins with Yves Robert's Watergate-era screwball spy farce The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe, and continues the following week with its sequel; both films brought an air of whimsicality to the "international man of mystery" genre. You don't have to speak French to join the club, since all the films are subtitled in English. The series also features French Twist, a comedy about a suburban housewife and her mistress who exact revenge on the woman's philandering husband; and 1954's French Cancan, a star-is-born tale about a laundress who becomes a Moulin Rouge celebrity. The series begins at 7 p.m. and continues Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. (through Aug. 30) at the Alliance Francaise, 1345 Bush, S.F. Admission is free-$5; call 775-7755.