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.
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.
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.
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.
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