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Bunny Hop The Chronicle Building might seem like an improbable stop on the Playboy "History of the Sexual Revolution" Walking Tour, but guide James Petersen, author of the magazine's two-year, 10-part series of the same name, has his reasons: He'll tell his guests that the paper backed the 1914 Red Light Abatement Act, which ended legalized prostitution in the city. "Sex" covers a pretty broad spectrum on this narrated, anecdote-packed tour, which stops at Gallery Six, the site where Allen Ginsberg performed the first public reading of "Howl," and City Hall, where Harvey Milk served as the first openly gay elected official. Petersen also covers the free-love territory of Upper Haight and the more expensive love advertised downtown at the Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theater. It begins at 1 p.m. (also Sunday) at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $14; call (212) 691-1555. In a marginally related note, the Tenderloin Walking Tours conducted by Englishman C.W. Anchor have resumed due to popular demand. Anchor guides the uninitiated through all the attractions in the neighborhood -- from the transvestite bars to the hotel where Billie Holiday was busted -- Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. Meet at the Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $10; call 522-9621.

Sunday
May 10
Mom's the Word Unless you mean it rhetorically, we have some answers to the question "What should I do with Mom?" Among the many possibilities: a Mother's Day Concert with Russian music and folk dance 2 p.m. Saturday (Russian Center, 2450 Sutter, 510/525-7959, $10-15); Culture Core present an afternoon of performances, including Chinese ribbon dance, poetry, rap, and music 3 p.m. Sunday (ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., 863-9834, $1-5); and free admission for moms and kids to the narrative, large-scale quilts on exhibit in "Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection and Other Story Quilts" 11 a.m. Sunday (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510/642-0808).

Monday
May 12
Meter Readers The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje returns to the city as a poet to share the stage with fellow poet C.D. Wright at a reading and discussion benefiting California Poets in the Schools. The evening begins with a demonstration of the program's merits as Claire McGuire, a 20-year-old published poet who was exposed to the art form through CPS, reads her work. Wright, Rhode Island's poet laureate, has published eight volumes of poetry, among them the book-length Just Whistle, from which she'll read. Ondaatje's considerable body of poetry, including There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning to Do and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, draws from his forebears both in style and content in poems like "King Kong Meets Wallace Stevens" ("... Meanwhile W.S. in his suit/ Is thinking chaos is thinking fences"). The authors follow the reading by answering audience questions. The event begins at 8 p.m. at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), S.F. Admission is $16; call 392-4400.

Tuesday
May 12
Quack-Up It's not annual, it's not a convention, and computers play only partial roles in the Fifth Annual Comedy Computer Convention, a semiregular evening of irregular entertainment masterminded by veteran sketch comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. The show mixes live performances by singer Jo Carol, tap dancer Wayne Doba, Club Foot Orchestra keyboardist J. Raoul Brody, and NPR commentator Ian Shoales with live Internet appearances by Duck's Breath characters Doctor Science and one-time MTV presidential candidate Randee of the Redwoods. Interactive gags include filming the audience as they enter and replaying the footage later in the evening, and a comedy Web tour soliciting audience suggestions. Sketches by the SFcomedy.org players will be broadcast over a big screen at the show, which begins at 8 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $10; call 522-0333.

Swing Set "You'll never see this many [swing] musicians in one room again," claims V. Vale of the Book Release Cocktail Party for Swing! The New Retro Renaissance. Vale and indie publishing house V/Search (ne Re/Search) specialize in cultural phenomena, from the modern primitive piercing and tattoo movement to the new swing revival, which the book traces back to mid-'80s rockabilly and an influx of Art Deco Society members swilling cocktails at the Deluxe. Vale interviewed Swingers house band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and several local acts, including Lavay Smith, the New Morty Show, and cover model Steve Lucky and his band the Rhumba Bums, all of whom are expected to take a night off from working to socialize and autograph books (Vale likens it to a swing high school yearbook signing session). Vintage cars will be parked outside the club; inside, guests will find displays of '40s-style clothes and furniture, as well as photos of swingers in full regalia (memo to Gap marketing: Khakis do not swing). Work That Skirt and other teachers from around the city give dance lessons and demos while Highball Lounge DJ Spencer spins swing tunes. Books and CDs will be given away in a raffle at the show, which begins at 6 p.m. at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), S.F. Admission is free (cocktail attire requested); call 474-0365.

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