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February 21
Rassle-Dazzle Incredibly Strange Wrestling may seem a little surreal after a few drinks in one of the bars where it's usually held, but imagine how it would seem stone-cold sober in a high school gym, surrounded by screaming teen-agers. Better yet, just go and find out at the Incredibly Strange Wrestling Benefit for the Mission High School Wrestling Team. ISW is luche libre, Mexican wrestling, which isn't like the grappling that goes on in American high schools, at least at the official wrestling meets: Competitors wear menacing but colorful masks and have WWF-type names like Homo Loco, Super Burrito, Kung Fu Loo, Inbred Abomination, and Count Dante. A DJ will rev up the crowd, which is encouraged to throw tortillas into the ring, where 12 matches are scheduled to take place. Anyone who buys a ticket is eligible to win T-shirts, CDs, and gift certificates from KUSF and Amoeba in a raffle, which will also feature wrestling dolls and masks donated by wrestler La Chingona. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Mission High School, 3750 18th St. (at Dolores), S.F. Admission is $5-7; call (650) 994-6575.

February 22
Color Scheme The record release party for Map of Wyoming ought to feel more like a family reunion to die-hard local popsters and their fans; Map of Wyoming is former Flying Color bandmates Dale Duncan, Chris von Sneidern, and John Stuart, plus Transistor bassist Larry Dekker, and their first CD, Round Trip, makes its public debut with a little help from their friends, guitarist Chuck Prophet and Breeders/Buckets violinist Carrie Bradley. This kind of rallying 'round owes something to the popularity of the late Flying Color, a big mid-'80s Frontier pop band that shared bills with Camper Van and the Replacements, whose Paul Westerberg Map of Wyoming acknowledge as a songwriting influence. Some listeners may discern shades of Westerberg's forebear, the sweetly melancholy Big Star, as well. The show begins at 9 p.m. at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Capp), S.F. Admission is $4; call 647-2888.

February 23
Harupin Turn Sound guru Peter Turner sends butoh dance company Harupin Ha off in new directions at a joint concert where the company performs Sketches for Mayura. Company founder Koichi Tamano has long roots in the comparatively new form; he was a disciple of butoh innovator Tatsumi Hijikata, with whom he created the group in Tokyo in 1972. When he moved west to Berkeley in '78, Tamano helped ease local audiences into butoh, a slow and deliberate movement style steeped in the apocalyptic shudders of the atomic age. Tamano and Turner will be joined by visual artist Tomoko Murakami at the show, which begins at 8 p.m. at Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), S.F. Admission is $8; call 621-7978.

February 24
Re:Lent Millions of Catholics will be getting their last ya-yas out at the Mardi Gras and Carnaval blowouts preceding Lent and its requisite religious penitence, joined by crowds of nonbelievers whose contrition the morning after will have more to do with hangovers and dim memories of shiny beads and bright feathers. San Francisco isn't exactly the Big Easy or Brazil, where revelry begins days before Lent, but as it does with other holidays, the city will host a smattering of parties with very local variations on the themes. Celebrate Fat Tuesday proper with a dish of spicy jambalaya at the Red Devil Lounge Mardi Gras, where Irene's Cuisine and DJ Motion Potion offer New Orleans rock and back-porch bayou funk, and guests are festooned with glittery metallic bead necklaces (9 p.m. at the Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk at Clay, S.F., 242-9940; $5-6). The Berkeley Farmers Market Mardi Gras Celebration features a costume parade with minifloats and live music by the Aux Cajunals (1 p.m.-dusk at Derby & MLK, Berkeley, (510) 548-3333; free). Leather folk top the standard chaps-and-boots ensemble with sequined and feathered masks at the Five-Bar South-of-Market Mardi Gras Party, a pub crawl hosted by the Eagle Tavern, the Hole in the Wall Saloon, the Lone Star Saloon, My Place, and Powerhouse (6-10 p.m., $8, 255-8550). As for pre-Mardi Gras warm-up events: Vivendo de Pao play a samba party at the Great American Music Hall (9 p.m. Friday, 859 O'Farrell, S.F., 885-0750; $9). There's a Mardi Gay Ball, with fancy Carnaval costumes by the Birds of Paradise, Brazilian band Liza Silva, DJ'd Brazilian music from El Rio's D-jay Clay, and a boys' beachwear show (6 p.m. Sunday at Bahia Cabana, 1600 Market, S.F., (650) 802-9491; $10). And finally, Croatians and their friends throw pre-Lenten carnival the Poklada Festival, with Croatian folk dance and live music by the Slavonian Traveling Band and St. Anthony's Tamburitsa Orchestra (3 p.m. Sunday at the Slavonic Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, S.F., 467-7861; free-$10). For more Mardi Gras festivities, check club listings.

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