Climb Ev'ry Mountain Using three projectors and a 24-foot-long screen, travel photographer William A. Winans will attempt to re-create the breathtaking panoramic effect of the Indian Himalayas and the architecture of Central India in two slide shows preceding India's 50th anniversary of independence Aug. 15. Winans leads viewers from the source of the Ganges River through village life in the mountainous Garhwal and Kumaon regions in this weekend's "Hindu Himalayas" program, then guides us through ancient temple architecture, sculpture, and pastoral scenery in the second weekend's show, "Spirit in Stone." Winans will also exhibit photographic prints and paintings from his extensive travel and work in India, which included his stint as a cameraman on a 1970s American documentary about the country. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; "Spirit" is presented Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10) at the Herbst International Exhibition Hall, The Presidio, Montgomery & Moraga, S.F. Admission is $7; call 781-4281.
Shake Your Tail Feathers What separates Crypt recording artists Bantam Rooster from other bands of their ilk (think Mono Men or the Cynics) and links them with like-minded rockabilly outfit Flat Duo Jets is the sheer volume produced by just two players: singer/guitarist T. Jackson Potter, who can wail like a man possessed, and drummer Eric Cook, whose snappy roll leading into "She'll Be My Death" practically invites a free-for-all out on the floor. The Rooster twosome crank up vintage equipment, which gives their smokin' garage rockers and slow burners that crackly retro cool. L.A.'s Necessary Evils, featuring former members of Beguiled, open the show for Bantam Rooster and headlining is '70s-style punk band the Stitches at 9 p.m. at the Kilowatt, 3160 16th St. (at Albion), S.F. Admission is $6; call 861-2595.
Pointe the Way Despite this year's mostly male exodus from San Francisco Ballet, the show goes on at Stern Grove, where the company performs musical, storyless works including Balanchine's Symphony in C and Mark Morris' bright creation Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, in which dancers go flying past solo pianist Daniel Waite, who plays live onstage at the center of the action. After the annual round of May contract talks, SFB promoted several dancers and gained Russian danseur Guennadi Nedviguine as soloist, but lost these members: Jais Zinoun, who leaves to pursue guest spots and his import/export business; Eric Hoisington and Jose Martin, whose sights are now set on European companies; Peter Brandenhoff, who goes to Hamburg Ballet with partner Elizabeth Loscavio; and Anthony Randazzo, whose departure was the biggest surprise -- for personal reasons SFB wouldn't disclose, although ballet representatives did confirm that he hasn't signed with any other companies. The Stern Grove performance offers a preview of how Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson will cast the '98 season and emerging men like Yuri Possokhov; Symphony alone requires a full 48-dancer ensemble. The show begins at 2 p.m. at Stern Grove, 19th Avenue & Sloat, S.F. Admission is free; call 252-6252.
Hawaiian Punch The Right Reverend Geekboy of the Church of the Immaculate Hangover has an important message for the hedonists at the "Hualapai Luau," but he's going to have to yell to get everyone's attention, since DJ Alvin A-Go-Go will be spinning groovy elevator music and the Bringdownzz will be playing nerdy, countrified punk. The Space Cowgirls, a clothing company specializing in larger and smaller sizes, is throwing the luau as a benefit for their gay-friendly, women-friendly camp at Burning Man, and have planned their party with all the chaotic entertainment value of Burning Man itself, including performances by its drummer's collective. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be blessing revelers, who are invited to chow down on roast pig, tour the Absinthe Underground, and join in the hula-hoop contest. Three Day Stubble's Don Ho Donald and Pu Pu Mistress Wendy MC the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Somar Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Eighth Street), S.F. Admission is $5-10; call 824-2688.
Enter Africa As part of the Fifth World Congress of Orisa Tradition and Culture, which celebrates African spiritual systems and cultural practices with workshops, lectures, and exhibits taking place all over the city this week, Nigeria's Bata Orisa Dance Ensemble presents its first-ever U.S. performance at the "African Dance and Music Celebration." An outdoor marketplace will offer African arts, crafts, and food, and the Ethiopian ensemble Ene Le Hagere will perform. The event begins at noon at Yerba Buena Gardens, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 978-ARTS.
Mixer's Delight Local drink-slingers qualify for one of the best, most civilized Monday-night deals in town at Bruno's "Bar Workers Union" shows; servers who bring in recent pay stubs from their bar or restaurant are admitted free and served a drink on the house. The absence of weekend throngs gives guests a wider booth berth in the club's swanky, mercifully dim lounge, where Bone Cootes & the Living Wrecks play American roots music tonight at 9 p.m., followed by a swing set in the Cork Club from Jeff Bright & the Sunshine Boys at 10 p.m. Bruno's is located at 2389 Mission (at 20th Street), S.F. General public admission is $3; call 550-7455.
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