The Shaka-Macbeth Connection One man's thirst for power precipitates familial strife, copious bloodshed, unwelcome visits from witches, and all-around tragedy and mayhem in the tales of Shakespeare's Macbeth and the African ruler Shaka Zulu, a connection South African playwright Welcome Msomi made back in 1971. Msomi, the founder of Durban's Zulu Dance Theater and Music Company, points up the similarities between the Scottish play and Shaka's reign in Umabatha: The Zulu Macbeth. A 40-member company performs the internationally touring revival of the work in Zulu with English supertitles, using music and spear-dancing to shape what is essentially a universal story. The show begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Sept. 28) at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $18-32; call (510) 642-9988.
Stellar Della Isabel Allende's book The Stories of Eva Luna provides the narrative thread and the Club Foot Ensemble provides the live music for the Della Davidson Dance Theater's Night Stories: The Eva Luna Project, First Cycle, a dance-theater work incorporating spoken and sung text in English and Spanish. Actor Jose Zuniga and flamenco vocalist Mercedes Molina join the company in exploring the shadowy, poetic places of Allende's book using three stories, including "Tosca" and "Revenge." The piece will be expanded next year to include five stories. Composer Richard Marriott, who created new soundtracks to silent films The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu, wrote the Night Stories score. The show begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Sept. 28) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida (at 17th Street), S.F. Admission is $12.50-18.50; call 621-7797.
Dream a Little Dream Last night's freakish dream could be art tomorrow with Stephen Galloway's participatory installation "A Dream of You Dreaming." Galloway has programmed a list of his own dreams into LED signs (those stock exchange kind of dot-matrix signs that scroll from left to right), placed against images of a full moon in an inky sky. At any time of day or night, passers-by may submit written accounts of their own dreams at stations posted outside the gallery; Galloway will transcribe them onto white panels visible from the street, making the exhibit mutable by, and accessible to, a broad audience. The show opens at 6 p.m. with a reception (and is up through Oct. 26) at Capp Street Project, 525 Second St. (at Bryant), S.F. Admission is free; call 495-7101.
A Fine Line Half the pleasure of watching a Lines Contemporary Ballet concert actually comes from listening, since choreographer Alonzo King makes music an integral, rather than secondary, consideration. The other half comes from witnessing high-octane work danced fearlessly by a world-class company in dazzling physical and artistic shape. In addition to a reprise of Three Stops on the Way Home, the ensemble piece King set to a commissioned score by jazz artist Pharoah Sanders, the company will unveil the world premieres of Suite Etta, to music recorded by Etta James, and String Trio, set to an original score by Moses Sedler, performed live by the Moses Sedler Group. The show begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Oct. 5) at Center for the Arts, 700 Howard (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $10-25; call 978-ARTS.
Dream Syndicate Lizz Roman and Dancers and Steamroller are about to spend a restless night in and out of bed. Roman and company kick off a performing arts double feature with In Her Dreams, a collaborative installation drawing its audience into the subconscious realm of dreams with an original 8mm film of choreographed bed-bound "sleep movement," projected behind a live "sleep" duet, and dance that travels surreally throughout the theater. Steamroller disturbs the peace with blasts of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cibo Matto, and sound effects in Siamese Dream, a satire of Asian Americana fusing Hollywood musical choreography and kung fu moves with contact improv and a video based on The King and I. Roman is on at 8 p.m., Steamroller at 9:30 p.m. (continuing through Oct. 5), at ODC Performance Gallery, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), S.F. Admission is $12-15; call 863-9834.
Artistic Drive The working cameras of Harrod Blank's "Camera Van" captured plenty of curious and confused reactions from locals who gathered 'round the camera-encrusted contraption when he parked it at Defenestration and Burning Man. Blank, whose love of visually stimulating vehicles fueled his art-car documentary Wild Wheels, has extended himself with ArtCar WestFest, the West Coast's largest-ever art car exhibit, which features over 60 autos from across the United States, among them Ron Dolce's "Glass Quilt," a VW Bug covered with marbles and stained glass, Larry Fuente's "Cowasaki," a giant, furry heifer-cycle with hog wheels and a horn that moos, and Rick McKinney's "The Duke," a '76 Ford Granada autographed by actor Eric Idle and decorated with ship's portal side windows and a working typewriter. The Space Cowgirls and Gene Pool will be showing their stuff in the ArtCar WestFest Fashion Show, and kids can help create an art car from scratch at the indoor/outdoor exhibit, which also hosts a barbecue, live music, performances, and a photo gallery. Blank will screen Wild Wheels and his new film, Driving the Dream, at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight (and continues Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon) at Somar Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Ninth Street), S.F. Admission is $2.50-10; call (510) 841-4128 for schedule information or news on the art car caravan that travels through local neighborhoods the day before the festival.
The Sands of Time Architecture and design teams wielding little plastic shovels and sand buckets will race the clock at the Leap Sand Castle Classic, as each group tries to build a better, more structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing creation than the next in the allotted time frame. Firms pay $2,000 each to claim a patch of sand at the contest, a benefit for the art and architecture in schools program Leap ... Imagination in Learning. The event begins at noon at Aquatic Park, Jefferson & Polk, S.F. Admission is free-donation; call 861-1899.
Fit to Be Seen Learn what gymnasts mean by "it's all in the nose" without suffering through the eating disorders, injuries, and pedophilic coaches, at the interactive exhibit "Sport!" Here you can watch yourself in a mirror as you walk a regulation-size balance beam, or look through an arthroscope to see how knee surgery is performed, or exercise armchair-athlete authority when you score events like synchronized swimming, then compare your scores with the freeze-frame replay and marks from actual judges. All manner of sports and sports films are included in the exhibit, which opens at 10 a.m. (and is up through Jan. 4, 1998) at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), S.F. Admission is free-$9; call 563-7337.
Taste the Pain The Man Hand Films spanking booth and Gauntlet's piercing place go up in the morning, and by midafternoon, an international crowd of fairgoers numbering in the hundreds of thousands will have either tested their pain thresholds or will be feeling no pain at the Folsom Street Fair. Elvis Herselvis and Patsy Kline, the Kuntry Kunts, and Tom, Dick, & Harry are among the scheduled performers at the 14th annual fair, which benefits local AIDS service agencies. "Pleasuredome," which puts on the 10th Street Dance Arena, is hosting the official Folsom afterparty, but this year the latex fashion design duo So Hip It Hurts, who present a fashion show at the fair at 1:45, host the post-fair party to beat with "Ouchfest! A Cherry-Poppin' Good Time." Imagery of Japanese cherry blossoms and '40s and '50s pinup girls figures into the cherry theme (uh, did someone say, "Ouch"?), as do performances by Cherry Jubilee, Mz. Cherry Bomb, and DJ Cherrie Bomb, who joins a DJ crew spinning funk, jungle, trip hop, and rock -- the Runaways and Wild Cherry would, of course, be prime suspects here. Power Exchange handles spanking duty in the Ouch! Room, and the evening culminates in a fashion contest. The fair begins at 11 a.m. on Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th streets, S.F. Admission is free-donation; call 861-FAIR. "Ouchfest! A Cherry-Poppin' Good Time" begins at 4 p.m. at the DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $6.66; call 626-3735.
That's Wacky So what if Birkenstocks, overalls, T-shirts, and Guatemalan-print anything dominate Berkeley's fashion landscape? Fashion police will be handing out citations anyway at this year's How Berkeley Can You Be? Parade and Festival. This nervy little shindig begins with all-age kinetic sculpture races, followed by a grand parade procession by the Gandhi Peace float, a precision lawn chair brigade, art cars (see Friday), electric and ecomotion vehicles, and the gay spirit squad Cheers. The California Cajun Orchestra and the Hui Tama Nui Drummers join the clamor of international music, and a Landfill Cap Contest is part of the afternoon's entertainment. The answer to the question, in other words, is: Not Much More Berkeley. The festival begins at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. & University, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 849-4688.
It's Luna, See? Galaxie 500 fans got an earful from that band's rhythm section over the summer at the Damon & Naomi show, and with the return of Luna, fronted by former Galaxie singer/guitarist Dean Wareham, they'll hear from the remaining third of the long-lost and lamented trio. Wareham's wasn't the final word on the Galaxie sound, as his former bandmates have proven, but the ethereal, guitar-driven psychedelia he was lauded for spilled over into Luna albums Penthouse, Lunapark, and Bewitched, on which he collaborated with like-minded melancholics Justin Harwood of the Chills and Stanley Demeski of the Feelies. Drummer Lee Wall takes over from Demeski on Luna's most recent release, Pup Tent, a similarly moody creation textured with cello, mandolin, and vibes, and opening with "IHOP," a tribute to the bleary-eyed, wisecracking scenarios common to late-night diners, with lines like, "You stand accused/ Of smoking English cigarettes!" Sixteen Deluxe open for Luna at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), S.F. Admission is $15; call 346-6000.
A Handful of Dinner, a Botella of Wine, and Thou Spain's wine boat has come in (take that for the metaphor that it is), and to celebrate the 1994 and 1995 vintages, local chefs will offer their variations on tapas, the small snack plates indigenous to Spanish bars, at "Great Match: Wine and Tapas." Cesar Faedi Gonzalez of Alegrias will be getting in on the act; so will Charles Phan of the Slanted Door. Once the Rioja crianzas are uncorked, guests are invited to toss around wine-related superlatives like "feisty" and "bold" with intoxicated abandon. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Federal Reserve Banking Hall, 301 Battery (at Sacramento), S.F. Admission is $40; call (800) 317-WINE for reservations.
Hang in There, Baby Instead of punishing Andrew Lloyd Webber for creating the maudlin and inescapable monster anthem "Memory," audiences continue to reward him by making Cats the longest continuously touring musical in American theater history. The tally so far: four tours, 17 years and 11 months onstage, over $2.2 billion grossed worldwide, and hundreds of recordings of "Memory," ranging from the Boston Pops version to a techno interpretation by European singer Natalie Grant. The musical, based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, has won Tony Awards for best everything and must, by extension, hold the record for T-shirt sales. The show begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Oct. 12) at the Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor (at Market), S.F. Admission is $36-67; call 776-1999. The production holds auditions for both Broadway and the touring company Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. for men, 1 p.m. for women, at the San Francisco Dance Center, 50 Oak (at Van Ness), Fourth Floor, S.F. Dancers aged 17-32 should arrive warmed up, wearing flat shoes, and prepared to sing an uptempo song and a ballad.