Rooms With Views The late James Michener's collection of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints is known for its considerable breadth, rather like Michener's epic novels. The author donated thousands of choice prints to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and "Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints" is the second local installation from that collection, following the Katsushika Hokusai exhibit. Utagawa Hiroshige began focusing on landscapes in the 1830s after Hokusai's success with "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji," basing the series "Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road" on a Japanese coastal thoroughfare. The exhibit also highlights bird and flower prints, and scenes like Kameido Plum Garden and Sudden Shower at Ohashi from "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo," a series on the shogun capital that influenced 19th-century European impressionists like Van Gogh, who copied two of the prints as oil paintings. The exhibit opens at 9:30 a.m. (and runs through Jan. 17) at the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park, Tea Garden & JFK, S.F. Admission is free-$7; call 379-8801.
Trans Mission The Stud's weekly drag showcase and dance party "Trannyshack" hosts a pantheon of gender-fluid entertainers, and at the third annual Miss Trannyshack Pageant, past performers like Tinkle, Lady Sergio, Richard Rockstar, and Peaches Christ will battle it out for the sash and crown denoting this year's brightest talent. The Steve Lady, 1997 titleholder, takes a judge's seat at the pageant, hostessed by "tranny ambassador" Heklina -- regular DJ Robeena Diet Biscuit spins psychedelic mod music. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 11 p.m., at 715 Harrison (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $10; call 263-0980. In a related note, a multiracial, international group of trans celebrities will discuss the politics of filmmaking and images of the trans community in the media at "With Our Own Eyes: Tranny Fest Transgender and Transgenre Filmmakers Panel." Siobhan Brooks will moderate the panel, which begins at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at Good Vibrations, 1210 Valencia (at 23rd Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 974-8980. For more on this week's Tranny Film Fest, see Gary Morris' "Zoom Lens"box in our film listings.
Talk of the Town What to expect from a post-Tina New Yorker is among the issues waiting to be addressed when newly anointed Editor David Remnick speaks at the Herb Caen/San Francisco Chronicle Lecture Series. A 10-year veteran of the Washington Post, Remnick has already worked for the venerable literary magazine as a writer; his many New Yorker pieces have been compiled into a book, The Devil Problem. And even though he's on the other side of the editorial fence now, Remnick is still writing: Excerpts from his new book King of the World: Muhammad Ali & the Rise of an American Hero recently appeared in the magazine. Which leads us to ask a few additional questions: How does he find time to write and edit? Should we anticipate less celebrity dross and more sports reporting? Remnick speaks at 8 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $3-7.50; call (510) 642-9988.
Life's Work Guggenheim fellow Tillie Olsen, who began her writing life with the Young People's Socialist League, parlayed a series of interruptions to her literary career into material reflecting a lifelong interest in labor and feminist issues. After she dropped out of high school, the Nebraska-born daughter of Russian immigrants took work ranging from slaughterhouse trimmer and Kelly girl to labor organizer and unionist scribe. She met her husband after moving to San Francisco, where they were arrested for their involvement in a maritime strike; raising and supporting four kids kept Olsen out of writing for the next 20 years. She jumped back in with a night writing class at SFSU, and her stories from that period were collected into Tell Me a Riddle. Olsen will share her stories and selections from that book and Yonnondio: From the Thirties at a fiction reading and discussion beginning at 8 p.m. at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th Street), S.F. Admission is $5-7; call 626-3311.