november 15
Gucci, Pucci, Fiorucci If you regularly tune into MTV's House of Style, the TV versions of Clueless and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or E's The Gossip Show, you've wasted precious hours of your life that you will never, ever get back. And during that time, you've seen clothing designed by Joel Fitzpatrick, a marble sculptor who earned an M.F.A. in lighting design from Cal Arts before launching his couturier career in 1992, when he designed and sold anti-George Bush T-shirts from his living room. It was that bright idea, along with Fitzpatrick's hand in igniting the Hush Puppies suede loafer mania, that sealed the financial success of his label, Pleasure Swell, which began as a sportswear line and won him California designer of the year in 1996. With visions of Calvin, Halston, and Studio 54 dancing in his head, and the company's motto ("If it isn't fun, fuck it") ringing in his ears, Fitzpatrick will launch his new line of designer denim in a disco: The "Champagne Dreams and Designer Jeans" show begins at midnight at "Release," 1015 Folsom (at Sixth Street), S.F. Admission is $10; call 674-9208.

november 16
Cartoon Capers TV won't touch Bob Clampett's 1942 cartoon Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs or Tex Avery's 1947 cartoon Uncle Tom's Cabana for obvious reasons, but both are included in Forbidden Animation, a collection compiled from 60 years of animated works screening at the Red Vic. Cute 'n' cuddly these 'toons ain't: The program includes Vince Collins' 1982 piece Malice in Wonderland, an R-rated remake of the Lewis Carroll story that delves into Alice's sexual fantasies, and Thank You Mask Man, Jeff Hale and John Magnuson's 1968 creation, which illustrates a Lenny Bruce soundtrack bashing homophobic rednecks. Compared to these, the film's opening selection of pre-Hayes Code cartoons, like Betty Boop in bondage, will seem downright tame. Forbidden Animation, curated by SFSU prof and animation historian Karl Cohen, screens at 2, 4, 7:15, and 9:25 p.m. (also Monday at 7:15 and 9:25 p.m.) at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is $4.50-6; call 668-3994.

Beth, I Hear You Calling Tuning into a Beth Orton-Grandaddy double bill has got to be like hanging out on the front porch of a desert shack playing a beat-up guitar and watching the UFOs fly by. With Under the Western Freeway, openers Grandaddy offer a variation on the Guided by Voices theme, telling strange tales through a combination of non sequiturs ("Why Took Your Advice"), lingering imagery ("Everything Beautiful Is Far Away"), and a memorable, dusty twang, augmented by electronic noodling and ear-catching effects. Orton, meanwhile, found that Ronnie Spector and the Chemical Brothers could peacefully coexist on her debut album, Trailer Park, which slid a bit of trip hop in between the pop harmonies. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $7-9; call 522-0333.

november 17
Sundays on Monday After taking off enough time to have their first child and open their own recording studio, Sundays singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin reconvened the band to write, record, and release Static and Silence, a pretty pop album that sounds much like pre-vacation Sundays. The last time out, the U.K. quartet covered the Stones make-out-party staple "Wild Horses"; this time around, according to Wheeler, they've been listening to lots of Van Morrison, which may have contributed to the ever-so-slightly slower pace, the even more introspective lyrics, and the folky flourishes, like flutes. Otherwise, it's Wheeler's girlish lilt and Gavurin's gentle strumming all over again. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), S.F. Admission is $20; call 346-6000.

november 18
Gumby, Damn It All the little tykes who missed claymation's prehistoric age and its early stars, like Gumby and Pokey, get a second chance at the interactive "Adventure Into Books: Gumby's World," which should at least take their parents and grandparents and childless adult friends way back. Gumby creators and Bay Area residents Art and Gloria Clokey helped design the show, which features the giant walk-in books "Dig the Past" and "Adventures in Space," where kids can dig for artifacts, check out cave paintings, and steer starships around aliens toward imaginary planets. In the "Gumby and Books" section, kids can see the sets and models from the '50s show and learn to create their own books or produce their own short animated film. The exhibit, which inaugurates National Children's Book Week, opens at 9 a.m. (and runs through April 10, 1998) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds, East Fort Baker, Sausalito. Admission is free-$6; call 487-4398.

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