Women's Writes As Word for Word Theater Company's reading/performance series "Short Stories By and About Bay Area Women" intends to demonstrate, ours is a good climate for writers, and stories, to take root. Delia MacDougall will kick off the series, which features verbatim performances of writers' works, with Bastard Out of Carolina author Dorothy Allison's "The Meanest Woman Ever Left Tennessee," followed by JoAnne Winter's rendition of Ellen Gilchrist's "Ellen Drunk With Love." Highlights of the monthlong pro-gram include performances of Isabel Allende's "Two Words" (Aug. 12), Anne Lamott's "Almost Eighty-Sixed" (Aug. 19), and Stones for Ibarra author Harriet Doerr's "Edie: A Life" (Aug. 26). Word for Word performs two stories each Tuesday beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Yerba Buena Gardens, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 978-ARTS.
Listen to the Flower People Unless you try licking the protective glass, the LSD blotter paper on display at "High Art" is going to have more of a psychological than a chemical effect. This psychedelic swirl of posters, album sleeves, handbills, photographs, and magazine covers from the personal collections of '60s poster artists Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, among others, offers a preview to the world's largest auction of rock 'n' roll art and ephemera. "High Art" will also show silk-screen posters from London's collaborative artists Hapshash & the Coloured Coat, as well as contemporary work by poster artists like Frank Kozik. The collection, put together by ArtRock and England's Bonhams auction house, will be auctioned off in London after the public preview, which begins at 11 a.m. (and runs through Friday) at ArtRock Gallery, 1155 Mission (at Seventh Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 255-7390.