Night + Day

Wednesday
October 28
Bringing You the World The BBC will broadcast the State of the World Forum worldwide as an international collection of panelists discuss human rights and the proliferation of nuclear weaponry. The forum marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and will be split into two panels. At the first, moderated by Iran's former minister of state for women's affairs, human rights will be hashed out by people who've seen their abuse firsthand, including Navanethem Pillay, an associate of the South African Supreme Court and a member of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda. The nuclear proliferation panel will include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta, U.N. Special Committee on Iraq Executive Chairman Richard Butler, and, upping the evening's glamour quotient, rock wife-turned-activist Bianca Jagger. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California (at Mason), S.F. Admission is $10-20; call 392-4400.

The Best Little Nuthouse in Texas There's a reason everyone in A Tuna Christmas starts to seem strangely familiar after a while, and it's not the inbreeding. As they did in their first show, Greater Tuna, writer/performers Joe Sears and Jaston Williams play all the characters in the tiny town of Tuna, Texas, from aggro gun shop owner Didi Snavely to Charlene, the pigtailed teen thespian in love with her gay drama teacher. The quick and drastic behind-the-scenes costume changes alone are worth the price of admission. Williams and Sears (whose multiple roles in Christmas earned him a Tony nomination), are Southern boys who drew on personal experience to create these rednecks, misfits, and dreamers in a Texas backwater. It's a funny and mostly affectionate parody, although it can sting: Witness the KKK-sponsored skeet shoot ensuring "the whitest Christmas ever." People who fled towns like Tuna won't want to miss the return of Christmas, which opens at 8 p.m. (and runs through Nov. 21) at the Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), S.F. Admission is $29-39; call (877) 771-6900.

The Israelites The "Desert Cliche" visual art series, which set out to debunk the stereotype of Israelis as alternately warring or pious types, wraps up its accompanying film series with two entries that show off the country and its people in greater dimension. Doron Tsabari and Rino Zror's Underdogs: A War Story explores the universal clashes between rich and poor, race and class, even big cities and small towns, through a documentary on the Moroccan Jewish immigrants of Beit Shean's blue-collar soccer team. The dramatic conflict comes to a head when the team makes it to the National League and faces a better-financed championship team from Tel Aviv. Ari Folman and Ori Sivan, on the other hand, take the magical realism route with Saint Clara, an absurdly charming punk love story based on a banned 1968 novel by Czech writers Pavel and Yelena Kohout. In it, the town's teen-agers hang out in swamps awaiting the end of the world until a beautiful Russian emigre with clairvoyant powers arrives and turns their world upside down. Underdogs screens at 8 p.m. tonight; Clara screens at 7 p.m. Sunday at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $5-6; call 978-ARTS.

Thursday
October 29
What Fresh Hell Is This? In the original Greek myth, Earth goddess Demeter lets crops die and causes widespread suffering after her daughter Persephone is abducted by Hades into the Underworld. In Nightletter Theater's Persephone's Dream, Earth is a dilapidated apartment building, Demeter is a supe struggling with broken water pipes, and her adolescent daughter Sephie arrives at the Underworld by subway; Demeter reacts to Sephie's loss the most modern way possible, by cutting off her tenants' power. Nightletter's retelling of the myth explores the same tenuous bonds between parents and children and the same dangers in growing up, but this is an interactive multimedia production involving both film and live performance: Viewers walk through the refrigerated laboratory of the Underworld, and a puppet show based on a 17th-century version of the Sleeping Beauty story offers a parallel narrative. The show opens at 8 p.m. (and runs through Nov. 22) at Somar Theater, 934 Brannan (at Ninth Street), S.F. Admission is $15-17; call 552-1770.

Friday
October 30
Graphic Delights The Vintage Poster Fair is a classy affair, so don't go looking for that Farrah-on-a-blanket number. This show and sale of over 10,000 international vintage placards focuses on turn-of-the century art nouveau and belle epoque works by artists including Toulouse-Lautrec, art deco posters by A.M. Cassandre and Roger Broders, and Italian design circa 1900-1930. Many of these were used for advertising; belle epoque works of the late 1800s, posted on Parisian streets to promote products like chocolates and spirits, were only preserved by the collectors' craze that followed shortly after they began to appear. A special exhibit spotlights the work of Berkeley designer David Lance Goines, best known for his text-and-linocut vignettes Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing and his tasteful designs for Alice Water's Chez Panisse restaurant. The fair begins at noon (and continues through Sunday) at Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building A, Marina & Buchanan, S.F. Admission is $10-20; call 546-9608.

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