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Wednesday
May 20
Sticky Fingers Three couples in a Winnebago covered each other with saliva and lipstick last year in Smackers, Soon 3's outdoor performance piece about sex and voyeurism. The couples, meaningfully placed in Washington Square Park, between Broadway's strip joints and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, were broadcast over television monitors to gape-mouthed passers-by. It was just one of many confounding but engaging experimental pieces the company has created in its quest to blur the parameters of player and viewer, and to filter social issues though multimedia performance. This year Soon 3 broadens the interactive element in its work with Shake, a theatrical exploration of touch, tension, and the political overtones in going mano-a-mano. Viewers enter a big white tent, walk down a long red carpet, and make contact with company members beginning at noon (and continuing through May 29) at Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart, S.F. Admission is free; call 558-8575.

Peaceful Easel Feeling Collage work by Dead Kennedys album cover artist Winston Smith may be the most surprising offering at this year's Art for AIDS Auction 2, although organizer and contributing artist Ellen Sherrod notes an unusually strong religious theme running through the work, along with elements of love and a distinctly human presence. Donations from illustrator Mark Ulricksen and embattled photographer Jock Sturges, whose pictures of nude youth are at the center of a recent protest against a New York Barnes and Noble, are expected to be hot tickets at the auction, whose beneficiaries include the UCSF AIDS Health Project and the California AIDS Ride. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host the affair, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Somar Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Ninth Street), S.F. Admission is $10; call 642-3233.

Thursday
May 21
Textbook Case While other kids were shooting spitballs at each other across the classroom, Nena St. Louis, her brother and sister, and five other kids were learning their lessons at the St. Louis' house, with Nena's mother as teacher. The St. Louis family had moved from Denver and its integrated schools to Kansas City in the early '60s and found a kind of de facto segregation in the educational system there; the school in their predominantly black neighborhood was marred by outdated textbooks and underqualified teachers. St. Louis recalls her transition into Catholic school, the suit her parents filed against the school board, and the picketing and leafleting the St. Louis family did in the interim in her autobiographical solo show Schools!, which she narrates from the perspective of a 13-year-old girl. Tri-Star Studios is at present reading the script for Schools!, which opens at 8:30 p.m. (and runs through June 6) at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd Street), S.F. Admission is $8-12; call 826-5750.

Friday
May 22
Rockart From the Crypt The Firehouse Kustom Rockart Co. spotlights 60 of the team's recent rock 'n' roll posters in traditional rock 'n' roll fashion, with local bands the Nads and Phunsize wailing away in one corner and beer and pizza laid out in another. Comic illustrator Chuck Sperry, the Last Gasp Comics contributor who painted the Harry Bridges mural at the Labor Temple, and Psychic Sparkplug founder Ron Donovan, whose career is decorated with incidents like the gallery show he and his art saboteurs group We Are Not Gentleman staged in the men's room at the California College of Arts and Crafts, have been collaborating on poster-art pieces for the last four years. Distinguishing characteristics among the posters they've created for X, Johnny Cash, Bad Religion, and the Rolling Stones include a fondness for metallics and what Sperry describes as a "pretty damn sarcastic" flavor. The show opens with a reception at 8 p.m. (and is up through June 17) at Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, 2811 Mission (at 24th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 626-5172.

Stormin' Norman When Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels canned "Weekend Update" anchor Norm MacDonald earlier this season and replaced him with Colin Quinn, the semiofficial explanation was that MacDonald's departure from the desk would free him to do more sketch comedy. But rumor had it that an NBC higher-up just didn't think MacDonald's droll delivery and running O.J. Simpson commentary were funny. If that's true, it would explain why MacDonald, who admits that sketch comedy isn't his strong suit, has essentially disappeared from the show, save for the occasional impersonations of a gum-snapping Burt Reynolds or a blustering Quentin Tarantino. The good news for fans is that MacDonald stars in the forthcoming film Dirty Work, a comedy about revenge artists. The bad news is that the film is directed by the famously unfunny Bob Saget of America's Funniest Home Videos. The other good news, though, is that if the film bombs, there's always the stand-up comedy circuit on which MacDonald, a one-time Roseanne writer, got his start. With Comedy Central backing, he returns to his roots in a three-part show that opens with Live 105 traffic guy Larry Brown and features a Dirty Work trailer and the original South Park pilot. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts, Bay & Lyon, S.F. Admission is $17.50-20; call (510) 762-2277.

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