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Wednesday, Oct 22 1997
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wednesday
october 22
Comedy Is Not Pretty The term "dysfunctional family" has been bandied about so casually since it entered the lexicon that its basic meaning has been muddied. Comedian Marilyn Pittman helps clear things up in her solo comedy show But Enough About You, in which she describes losing both her parents to a murder-suicide earlier this year. The show, which premiered at last year's Solo Mio Festival, has undergone an extensive rewrite to lay out some of Pittman's family history (including the revelation that her parents probably shouldn't have married in the first place), and to reflect how the incident transformed her. Pittman's newly brutally honest production isn't all black humor -- she also touches on everyday topics like media and technology addiction, and how being a lesbian is getting on her nerves. For obvious reasons, though, this won't be your average stand-up performance. But Enough About You opens at 8 p.m. (and continues through Nov. 2) at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3853 16th St. (at Market), S.F. Admission is $10; call 861-7933.

Prints Among Men At first glance, Japanese artist Masami Teraoka's paintings and prints seem older than they really are, since they're influenced by the 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world," which concentrated on common society in the Edo period. But a closer look at the exhibit "Paintings by Masami Teraoka" reveals the modern embellishments the 61-year-old artist has made to the genre, like the condom a samurai peruses as he shaves his face. Teraoka's private collection of 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, to be shown alongside his own work, brings into even sharper relief the stylistic similarities and the contextual differences between the old works and the new, which marry ukiyo-e technique to pop-art sensibility to address this century's common concerns: sexuality, AIDS, technology, and cultural identity. The exhibit opens at 9:30 a.m. (and is up through Jan. 25, 1998) at the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 379-8801.

thursday
october 23
K Chronicles The keyboards got left out of alternative rock's punk reconstruction amid all the guitar bashing, but three-piece Olympia punk band Mocket has brought them back, on their first album, Bionic Parts, and again on their most recent release, Fanfare. In Pacific Northwesterly DIY fashion, drummer Carolyn Rue, singer/bassist/organist Audrey Marrs, and singer/guitarist/synthesizer player Matt Steinke (an amateur robot builder) have scrambled Gary Numan with X-Ray Spex, making two old standbys sound somehow new in the process. It's a bratty, boppy, bass-heavy blend, and it sounds right at home on the band's label, K. Slaves open the all-ages show, followed by Love Is Laughter at 9:30 p.m. at the Bottom of Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Texas), S.F. Admission is $6; call 621-4455.

friday
october 24
Free Falling After scaling the sheer rock face 2,400 feet up at El Capitan in Yosemite, San Francisco dance troupe Project Bandaloop, who mix modern dance with rock-climbing technique and aerial work, employing ropes, harnesses, costumes, music, and an innovative movement vocabulary to create exhilarating and intensely visual pieces, should find the walls of the New Main Library a breeze. As part of the Library's "Brave Little Girls" exhibit, 12-year-old rock climber Rachel Sande will join the company in its outdoor performance Peregrine Dreams, Urban Landscape. Using dance, sport, and ritual to celebrate the peregrine falcon's survival in a perilous environment, the piece also indirectly reminds viewers of accessibility issues recently linked to the survival of the beleaguered performing arts. The performance begins at noon (and repeats Thursday, Oct. 30) on the Fulton Street facade of the New Main Library, Fulton & Larkin, S.F. Admission is free; call 252-2559.

Dance From France Lyon Opera Ballet has devised a clever formula to build a broad base of dance fans: For over 15 years, the company has compiled a substantive repertoire from work it commissioned from the brightest stars of avant-garde dance, including Ralph Lemon, Susan Marshall, Stephen Petronio, and Lucinda Childs. Bill T. Jones joins that illustrious roster as resident choreographer; the company will travel west with his new work Green and Blue, set to rarely heard Mozart, which the Sausalito String Quartet will perform live. Netherlands Dans Theater director Jiri Kylian contributes Stamping Ground to the bill, which closes with French choreographer Maguy Marin's Groosland, a comic piece set to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. The performance begins at 8 p.m. (also Saturday) in Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $18-40; call (510) 642-9988.

saturday
october 25
Z Here Now The Afro Solo Theater Company, solo performer Josh Kornbluth, Word for Word Theater Company, and Stephen Pelton Dance Theater give back at the grand opening gala and benefit for the new Z Space Studio. The daylong event celebrates the work that the old space nurtured, beginning at 1 p.m. with performances of works in progress and readings developed at Z Space, followed by a Producers Reception at 5 p.m., performances at 7 p.m. by the aforementioned artists, and a public dance party at 10:30 p.m. at Z Space Studio, 1360 Mission (at 10th Street), S.F. Admission is $5-250; call 543-9505.

Surfin' Safari The pipeline to a daylong series of surf-related events begins at the Exploratorium with San Diego surfboard designer Mike Eaton's demonstration on surfboard shaping and a talk about the inroads he's made in surfboard design since he began in the '50s, including the use of "bonzers and zingers," or concave channels running through the board's tail. For the less technically inclined, collector Pete Noble leads a tour of wooden surfboards from his private stash of over 120 vintage boards. Three films demonstrate the expanding scope of the surfing community: Charlotte LaGarde's The Swell documents a group of Santa Cruz longboard surfers, females all, who range in age from 9 to 58; LaGarde's Zeuf tells the story of a breast cancer survivor who takes up surfing; and David Brown and Roy Earnest's Surfing for Life focuses on well-known older surfers like 90-year-old Doc Ball and 85-year-old Woody Brown. Surf band the Mermen close out the afternoon with a discussion and live set. In the evening, S.F. State hosts two screenings of Siestas and Olas, Dan Wozniak's 16mm feature film about four world-class surfers who spend three months riding waves along the Mexican coastline. Exploratorium events begin at noon (with Noble at 1 p.m., the films at 2 p.m., and the Mermen at 4 p.m.) at 3601 Lyon (at Bay), S.F. Admission is free-$9; call 563-7337. Siestas and Olas screens at 7 and 9:20 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, 1600 Holloway, SFSU campus. Admission is free-$7; call 773-9401.

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  • Nevada City and the South Yuba River: A gold country getaway

    Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

    South Yuba River State Park and Swimming Holes:
    The park runs along and below 20 miles of the South Yuba River, offering hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and swimming. The Highway 49 bridge swimming hole is seven-miles northwest of Nevada City where Highway 49 crosses the South Yuba River. Parking is readily available and it is a short, steep hike to a stunning swimming hole beneath a footbridge. For the more intrepid, trails extend along the river with access to secluded swim spots. The Bridgeport swimming hole has calm waters and a sandy beach -- good for families and cookouts -- and is located 14 miles northwest of Nevada City. Be sure to write down directions before heading out, GPS may not be available. Most swimming holes on the South Yuba River are best from July to September, while winter and spring can bring dangerous rapids. Always know the current before jumping in!

    Downtown Nevada City
    The welcoming, walkable downtown of Nevada City is laid back, yet full of life. Start your day at the cozy South Pine Cafe (110 S Pine St.) with a lobster benedict or a spicy Jamaican tofu scramble. Then stroll the streets and stop into the shop Kitkitdizzi (423 Broad St.) for handcrafted goods unique to the region, vintage wears and local art “all with California gold rush swagger,” as stated by owners Carrie Hawthorne and Kira Westly. Surrounded by Gold Rush history, modern gold jewelry is made from locally found nuggets and is found at Utopian Stone Custom Jewelers (301 Broad St.). For a coffee shop with Victorian charm try The Curly Wolf (217 Broad St.), an espresso house and music venue with German pastries and light fare. A perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months can be found at Treats (110 York St.) , an artisan ice cream shop with flavors like pear ginger sorbet or vegan chai coconut. Nightlife is aplenty with music halls, alehouses or dive bars like the Mine Shaft Saloon (222 Broad St.).

    The Willo Steakhouse (16898 State Hwy 49, Nevada City)
    Along Highway 49, just west of Nevada City, is The Willo, a classic roadhouse and bar where you’re welcomed by the smell of steak and a dining room full of locals. In 1947 a Quonset hut (a semi-cylindrical building) was purchased from the US Army and transported to its current location, and opened as a bar, which became popular with lumberjacks and miners. The bar was passed down through the decades and a covered structure was added to enlarge the bar and create a dining area. The original Quonset beams are still visible in the bar and current owners Mike Byrne and Nancy Wilson keep the roadhouse tradition going with carefully aged New York steaks and house made ingredients. Pair your steak or fish with a local wine, such as the Rough and Ready Red, or bring your own for a small corkage fee. Check the website for specials, such as rib-eye on Fridays.

    Outside Inn (575 E Broad St.)
    A 16-room motel a short walk from downtown, each room features a unique décor, such as the Paddlers’ Suite or the Wildflower Room. A friendly staff and an office full of information about local trails, swimming and biking gets you started on your outdoor exploration. Amenities include an outdoor shower, a summer swimming pool and picnic tables and barbeques. Don’t miss the free vegetable cart just outside the motel in the mornings.

    Written and photographed by Beth LaBerge for the SF Weekly.

  • Arcade Fire at Shoreline
    Arcade Fire opened their US tour at Shoreline Amphitheater to a full house who was there in support of their album "Reflector," which was released last fall. Dan Deacon opened the show to a happily surprised early audience and got the crowd actively dancing and warmed up. DEVO was originally on the bill to support Arcade Fire but a kayak accident last week had sidelined lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the duration of the west coast leg of the tour. Win Butler did a homage to DEVO by performing Uncontrollable Urge.

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