Return to 28 Barbary Lane When Tales of the City left off, DeDe was with child (the delivery guy's, not Beauchamp's), Mary Ann was rethinking her return to Cleveland, and the enigmatic Mrs. Madrigal had revealed something more of herself. Author Armistead Maupin, who began writing Tales of the City in 1976 as a daily serial in the Chron, has a cameo role as a priest in More Tales of the City, the second Tales book to be adapted to a screenplay. The first, filmed and partially financed by PBS, was one of the highest-rated dramatic miniseries the station had ever broadcast, but creeping political pressure, including a 12-minute videotaped collection of the film's "objectionable" moments that circulated throughout Congress, prompted PBS to abandon its plans to film the sequel. Showtime picked up the slack and will air six new episodes nationally beginning June 7. The sequel features original cast members Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, and Parker Posey as Connie Bradshaw. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation hosts a sneak preview benefit screening at 7 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), S.F. Admission is $40-100; call 861-2244.
Live Dancing Boys Gary Palmer brings guest artists from El Ballet Nacional del Peru into this year's mix at Men Dancing XV, a showcase that gives male dancers from the Bay Area and beyond a night off from lifting girls. Palmer, whose original idea of a men's mixed-repertory dance exhibition has been copied in other cities since he came up with it 16 years ago, contributes a ballet premiere danced by Enrique Olaechea and Never Navarro Aguilar, who return to the area after having danced Palmer's Blue Lizard Highway last year. They'll be joined at the showcase by modern dance bright-lights Robert Moses and Stephen Pelton, who dances The Hurdy-Gurdy Man, a mesmerizing solo crafted around the movement of Hitler, which he drew from the films of Leni Riefenstahl; Brazil Dance Revue's Marcelo Pereira demonstrating the acrobatic martial arts-dance discipline capoeira (as seen in the recent Carnaval parade); Hawaiian hula master Patrick Makuakane; and Smuin Ballets/SF dancer Michael Kruzich. The show begins at 8 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday) at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, S.F. Admission is $10-27; call 441-3687.
Turn to the Left! That first, and most likely only, chance to strut down the catwalk arrives with On the Rocks, a makeover party and fashion show starring you, you, you! Urban Decay paints the faces and nails of willing audience members, boys and girls, in shades such as Bruise; while Vain, the Seattle creator of punk-inspired styling aids like Dirty Boy/Dirty Girl Gel, sculpts new 'dos. The Independent Style Merchants, a collection of small local design firms like Phobos & Deimos (whose specialty is a line of vegan clothing), are putting on the show and clothing the models, some of whom will be actual professionals. DJs and a '30s Berlin-style cabaret show by Ascent keep the crowd entertained between the tucking and teasing. Experience the giddy thrill of it all beginning at 8 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 493 Broadway (at Kearny), S.F. Admission is $8; call 440-9030. And speaking of giddy, Examiner nightlife columnist Lord Martine puts his pen aside to choreograph the action on the runway at the North Beach Fashion Show, where local designers like the North Beach Collective and So Hip It Hurts line 'em up and send 'em out. What It Is, Monk, and the Jas Syndicate perform live, and DJs hold sway in the cocktail lounge. The show, a benefit for the North Beach Jazz Festival, throws open its doors at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), S.F. Admission is $20-25; call 621-9711.
Look On Up at the Bottom When people hit bottom, their options are pretty limited. They can stay there, they can pull themselves back up, or in the case of contributors to "Bottoms Up!" they can create art. It remains to be seen which option was best until after the show opens, but the good news is that the artists themselves didn't wallow in the dregs of shame so much as they investigated how other people did. Interpretations of "bottom" vary widely, of course: For Didi Dunphy and Scott Hewicker, the lowest low manifests itself in the cringe-worthy art like Naugahyde sculptures, needlepoint Mondrians, and papier-mache icebergs. Some artists, like Peter Mitchell Dayton and Michelle Rollman, used "bottom" in its literal physical sense, while others, like John Lindell and his stained bedsheet, took the original despondency theme and ran with it. The show opens with a reception at 6 p.m. (and runs through July 3) at the Lab, 2948 16th St. (at Capp), S.F. Admission is free; call 864-8855.
Prom Queens The connection between disaster movies and proms seems obvious now, but it took Klubstitute's PROMstitute '98: "That Sinking Feeling" to make it so. This simultaneous parody of high school ritual and unmitigated calamity, led by prom mascot Korky the Klam, is open to "bivalves, monovalves, homovalves, heterovalves, and transvalves" 18 and over. The Lice Girls and Here Are the Facts You Requested play live, and DJ Wacks Master Jamez spins dance music; a wet prom dress competition and king and queen coronation provide comic relief. Carrie Whore Church hosts a make-out room, but a PTA committee will be chaperoning the proceedings and discouraging untoward behavior like the delivery of illegitimate babies in the restroom. Dig out the formal wear and plan to be out the door sometime after 8 p.m., when the prom begins at the S.S. Klubstitutanic, 2050 Bryant (at 18th Street), S.F. Admission is $4.98-19.98; call 331-1500, ext. DIET. Free shuttle service to the prom leaves from Harvey's at 18th Street & Castro between 8 and 10 p.m.