Rock Around the Block The Mission already has live music outdoors most of the time, if you count the bells on the paleta carts and the angry, long-haired guy who plays guitar in neighborhood doorways. At the 16th Street Block Party, however, the live music includes salsa from Los Compas, industrial/techno from Gravity, hip hop and funk from Tiger Balm, loony barn dance tunes from Rube Waddell, acoustic strings and percussion from Thoth, and Celtic music from Colin Farish & Friends; the newly expanded performance area includes a stage on Albion Street. Visual artists will be decorating the streets, the walls, and the faces of the partygoers, and theater groups will perform. The party runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero, S.F. Admission is free; call 252-7712.
It Would Be So Nice Vegetarians will be feeling, like, aversion at the holiday edition of "New Wave City," which kicks off with a "New Wave barbecue" featuring $1 hot dogs, $2 burgers, and 80-cent draft beers (though not, unfortunately, Simon LeBon trussed up over a spit). Guest DJs will be spinning vintage tunes throughout the evening's dining portion, followed by DJs Skip and Shindog, who will offer new wave dance hits of the late '70s and early '80s. New wave karaoke begins at 10 p.m., after everybody's good and liquored up. The barbecue starts at 5 p.m., followed by dancing at 8 p.m. at the Covered Wagon, 911 Folsom (at Fifth Street), S.F. Admission is free before 8 p.m., $6 after; call 675-LOVE.
Metal Detector The steel-making town of Sheffield, England, has so far produced Def Leppard, the setting of the hit comedy The Full Monty, and former Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, who calls his latest effort, Accident of Birth, his "ultimate metal record." Dickinson, who stepped into Iron Maiden in the early '80s after original singer Paul Di'Anno stepped out, was the voice on metal must-have albums like The Number of the Beast. He offers more of the same on Accident with sci-fi fantasies and tales of the occult. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer opens for Dickinson, giving the kids in the crowd a taste of England's metal scene from way back when. Puller opens the show at 8 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $16-17; call 522-0333.
Bullets Over Berkeley Friends are murder on relationships, as demonstrated in Husbands and Wives and Manhattan Murder Mystery, the latest double-header in the UC Theater series of "Woody Allen Tuesdays." Husbands and Wives, with Judy Davis and Sydney Pollack as the couple whose breakup causes best friends Allen and Mia Farrow to reconsider their own relationship, screens at 3 and 7:15 p.m.; Allen and Diane Keaton team up to help solve a possible murder within their circle of friends in Manhattan Murder Mystery, which screens at 5:05 and 9:25 p.m. at the UC Theater, 2036 University (at Shattuck), Berkeley. Admission is $4.50-6.50; call (510) 843-FILM. Meanwhile, Nan Bress describes what it's like to live in a city of graveyards, where the dead outnumber the living, in Alive in Colma. The film screens as part of the "Alternative Visions: Experimental Film" series beginning with "Alternative Requirements 1997," which Pacific Film Archive curator Anne McGuire describes as "90 strange minutes" of 11 personal, experimental short films and videos by students from local film schools. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Pacific Film Archive's George Gund Theater, 2625 Durant (at College), Berkeley. Admission is $4-5.50; call (510) 642-5249. In a related note, the Berkeley Saturday Nite Outdoor Cinema Festival continues with the World War II Bogie-Bergman classic Casablanca. The festival features costume contests, prizes, cartoons, shorts, and BYO seating at the Pyramid Breweries (as well as buy-your-own beer, which must be consumed inside the brewery), at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the brewery's parking lot, 901 Gilman (at Ninth Street), Berkeley. Admission is a $5 donation; call (510) 273-2403.
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