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Wednesday
May 6
The Way We Were An adulterous affair comes back to haunt its participants in David Hare's Skylight, which closes out Berkeley Rep's 30th-anniversary season. Like Mike Leigh and other contemporary British playwrights, Hare invokes Britain's class consciousness within what is predominantly a love story. It begins with an uncomfortable reunion and travels backward in time when inner-city London teacher Kyra (Susan Jane Harrison) receives two unexpected visits in one day; from Tom (Frank Corrado), a wealthy restaurateur and former boss with whom she once had a six-year affair, and earlier, from Tom's son Edward (Daniel Talbott), who entreats her to help his father recover from the recent death of his wife. Emotions run high as Tom and Kyra, over one night, in one room, try to sort out their initial attraction and the personal and political choices they made that eventually drove them apart. The show opens at 8 p.m. (and runs through June 21) at Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley. Admission is $34.50-45; call (510) 845-4700.

Thursday
May 7
Body Politic Dance-theater company Torque and experimental theater collective the Fifth Floor dip into power, sex, and social ritual in two new works applying dance and video to an exploration of human behavior. Using characters and themes from their acclaimed and much-debated theatrical deconstruction of Waco, last year's Bake Sale, Fifth Floor debut their documentary-style video The Remoteness of the Goal, in which director Kenn Watt theorizes in mock scholarly terms about the tensions that have erupted within a fictitious religious community loosely based on the Shakers and the Branch Davidians. Fifth Floor member Sommer Ulrickson leads Torque through Intervista, where bonding and mating rituals play out in social dance and the body language of social convention. The show opens at 8 p.m. (and runs through May 17) at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 16th Street), S.F. Admission is $8-14; call 626-3311.

Friday
May 8
Cool Keith A citywide outdoor exhibit of giant Keith Haring sculptures and a retrospective of his drawings and paintings opening at SFMOMA will plunge viewers into a 3-D Haring experience. Museumgoers can follow Haring's biography chronologically through the galleries, beginning with his childhood and wending through a subway tunnel-installation out into the art world; glass cases will display his childhood photos, the music he loved, and Polaroids of celebrities he met, while videos and photos will trace his site-specific work, and a Day-Glo "Haring World" will re-create one of his favorite nightclubs, complete with rap, Latin, and dance tunes playing over an audio track. Even longtime fans will find something new to see, including salvaged New York subway chalk drawings and vinyl tarps painted in vivid hues, since much of the work from the artist's brief but prolific career comes from private collections. For many viewers, the exhibit will doubtless evoke the '80s, when Haring, inspired by graffiti artists, was scribbling on whatever he could get ahold of, including police barricades and the moving human canvas of dancer Bill T. Jones. Despite all the discussion of semiotics and tribal influences that followed, Haring's work was at his own behest accessible -- his Pop Shop merchandise provided an alternative to big pieces at gallery prices -- and fairly specific to time and place, particularly to urban gay culture and the attendant '80s upheaval. Outside the museum, the S.F. Art Commission will exhibit the big metal sculptures of barking dogs and grooving people in Union Square, outside the War Memorial, at Pier 39, and elsewhere around the city. The SFMOMA exhibit opens at 11 a.m. (and is up through Sept. 6; the outdoor exhibit is up through Sept. 8) at 151 Third St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is free-$8; call 357-4000. Haring's work will also be included in the first citywide Queer Arts Festival, which kicks off Tuesday with a press conference and continues with an art exhibit at Somar and events at the Mission Cultural Center in June; for more information, call 552-7200.

Saturday
May 9
Writing on the Wall To bring the actual community closer to what's sometimes called "community art," Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center leads regular walking, biking, and bus mural tours. In that same sort of populist spirit, the center is offering the Mural Awareness Festival, a daylong art party where adults and kids can create their own spray-can and brush-paint murals. Cruzin' Coyotes and Cafe Con Leche will play live, and local muralists like Andrew Leone (creator of the Sanchez Art Center mural) and Brian Goggin (who created Defenestration with a volunteer crew) will be honored. Area political groups will be conducting some outreach of their own at the festival, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in Precita Park, one block south of Cesar Chavez at Precita & Folsom, S.F. Admission is free; call 285-2287. Meanwhile, guests at a Mission Gun Bake, in which blacksmith Gordon Kirby will melt down three assault rifles in a forge and reshape them into square knots and flowers, are also invited to help paint a collaborative mural, on a series of doors on which the destroyed guns will be mounted to signify a passage from violence to peace. Anti-gun violence group Peaceful Streets is sponsoring this family-oriented event to call attention to shooting fatalities in the neighborhood. Snacks from local restaurants will be served at the bake-off, which begins at 10 a.m. in Mission Play-Park, Valencia & 20th Street, S.F. Admission is free; call 821-2309.

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