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.
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.
Puttin' on the Dog If you can get your cat (or your chinchilla, or your goat) to walk around on a leash, you can join all the dog walkers participating in the Pet Pride Parade, which kicks off Pet Pride Day in Golden Gate Park. If you can persuade your cat, your chinchilla, or your goat to wear a funny hat and jump through a hoop, you might consider entering the Halloween Costume Contest or the Stupid Pet Tricks event, although costume contest winners will receive a year's supply of dog food, which seems sort of biased toward canine contestants. Working dogs from the U.S. Customs Service and the Police Narcotics Unit will show lounging dogs how the other half lives, and any dog can be treated to license registration or a free rabies vaccine. The event begins at 11 a.m. in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free; call 749-4546.
Could It Be ... Satan? Clad in a homemade devil suit accessorized with wings, horns, tail, pitchfork, and an oversized penis attached with Velcro, UCLA M.F.A. candidate John Geary made his way across the United States three years ago, materializing along the sides of freeways and on rooftops, where he startled the bejeezus out of unsuspecting passers-by. Even better, Geary and videographer Christopher Smith captured the incredulous reactions of viewers on videotape, which evolved into the minidoc Devil Tour '94. The video includes the footage a news helicopter captured of Geary being arrested near a Santa Monica freeway (he was cited by police for walking on the freeway and filming in the city without a permit, but he was able to detach his male appendage and toss it into the bushes before he was hauled in, which probably saved him from an obscenity rap). Geary will discuss his little art project and speak about the enlarged color photos, the video, and related objects when the "LiveDevil" exhibit opens with a reception at 7 p.m. at Place Pigalle, 520 Hayes (at Octavia), S.F. Admission is free; call 552-2671. The show will be up through Nov. 23.
Gregg Has Some 'Splaining to Do Some of I Love Lucy's best episodes actually evolved from the San Francisco Jewish Community Center's Little Theater, where Lucy writer/producer Jess Oppenheimer did improv shtick in the '30s. Oppenheimer, whom Lucy referred to as the brains behind the show, grew up on California Street, and his family ran a furniture store on O'Farrell. In 1936, he set out for Hollywood, where he parlayed his own theatrical experiences, like the time he couldn't get out of a pair of handcuffs onstage, into Lucy material. Before his death in 1988, Oppenheimer began recounting his career in the book Laughs, Luck ... and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time, which his son, Gregg, a Santa Monica-based lawyer-turned-writer, finished and got published last year. The younger Oppenheimer will discuss the book and the accompanying CD of Lucy's rarely heard radio comedy performances, including Lucy forerunner My Favorite Husband, at 1 p.m. where it all began, at the JCC, 3200 California (at Presidio), S.F. Admission is free; call 292-1246.
But Never on a Sunday Monday and Tuesday just got more interesting with the Monday and Tuesday night performance series organized by Theater of Yugen. Tonight's show features Japanese butoh dancer Koichi Tamano, co-founder of Harupin-ha Butoh Company, performing new improv solo dance Experimental Zyme 3, accompanied by musician Keiko Takahashi. On Tuesday, Fringe Festival veteran Byron Yee performs his comic solo show Paper Son, about his family history as told through his father's immigration records, followed by butoh dancer Judith Kajiwara's own vision of personal history in Silent Blizzard, which deals with her family's internment in a detention camp. Both series shows begin at 8 p.m. at Theater of Yugen's Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Alabama), S.F. Admission is $8 Monday, $10-12 Tuesday; call 621-7978.
Hot Shots The photo collection "The Family of Man," which debuted at New York's MOMA in 1955, brought viewers face to face with people they'd never met, through photos like Alma Lavenson's San Idlefonso Indians, New Mexico (1941). Lavenson, a San Francisco-born, self-taught photographer whose work was exhibited nationally during her career, is celebrated at "Alma Lavenson (1897-1989): A Centennial Selection." Curator Susan Ehrens, who worked with the photographer and wrote a book about her, focuses on Lavenson's work during the '20s, '30s, and '40s, including shots of Mount Tam and the Oakland Estuary, soft-focus pictorialist work, and photos that sought to capture the spirit of the Southwest, including the San Idlefonso Indians portrait. The exhibit opens at 11 a.m. (and is up through Nov. 29) at Shapiro Gallery, 250 Sutter (at Grant), S.F. Admission is free; call 398-6655.
Short Cuts Gutter and glitter punks get their due in Sarah Jacobson's The Adventures of Sweet Miss: The Disco Years, and Lidia Szajko chronicles the loss of a friend to AIDS in A Constant State of Departure; what these films have in common with each other and the over a dozen short films they're showing with at the outdoor showcase and barbecue "You Never Forget Your First" is that they're the maiden efforts by local Bay Area women filmmakers. The BYO barbecue begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 9 p.m., at No Nothing Cinema, 30 Berry (at Second Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 642-5952.
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