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Wednesday
April 28
Do the Sheffield Shuffle The band of elegant, lawbreaking ruffians chiming into the chorus of "Get Myself Arrested" ("I got a haircut, I got a silver tooth/ I'm gonna get myself arrested") sound almost nothing like the mariachi jazzbos of "Tijuana Lady," and yet, they are the same band: Gomez. These five boys from the U.K. upset the music world with their debut album, Bring It On, in a good way, taking home last year's Mercury Music Prize and inspiring raves from bewildered critics. True enough, theirs is an unusual and engrossing mix of crackly radio static, steel guitar bluegrass licks, pop harmonies bathed in shimmery feedback, and a sudden Morphine-like turn in "Love Is Better Than a Warm Trombone." You may have heard their cover of the Beatles' "Getting Better" in a TV commercial, but it really does get better than that. Find out when they play in-store at 6 p.m. at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight (at Stanyan), S.F. Admission is free; call 831-1200. Mojave opens for Gomez at 9 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Harrison), S.F. Admission is $10-11; call 522-0333.

Thursday
April 29
Hip Hop Hooray Like Savion Glover's tap dance blockbuster Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, Philadelphia hip-hop dance troupe Rennie Harris PureMovement finds its rhythmic roots in the African diaspora. The cartwheeling martial arts of Brazilian capoeira, low-slung West African dance, even the silky glide of the American swing-jazz era echo throughout the repertoire, though the company's technical vocabulary is built around sometimes astonishing modern movement -- popping, locking, stepping, break, house, and funk. PureMovement makes its San Francisco debut with ensemble piece Students of the Asphalt Jungle, solo work Endangered Species, and works in progress. The show begins at 8 p.m. (and runs through May 2) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida (at 17th Street), S.F. Admission is $18-22; call 621-7797.

What a Dump! Mary Armentrout's four-hour performance installation Trash Dance Accumulation #1 is art, but it looks an awful lot like junk. As viewers come and go throughout the day, the choreographer/performer dances through a growing pile of dishes, clothing, trash, books, and furniture that threatens to hem her in or trip her up. Sitting on a chair becomes sitting on a chair on top of broken boxes, which becomes sitting on a chair on top of broken boxes piled with shoes and stuffed animals. Using increasingly complicated movement phrases and the gradual addition of objects, Armentrout builds a messy metaphorical look at our own lives, from an individual to a global scale. Trash Dance runs from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Luggage Store, 1000 Market (at Sixth Street), S.F. Admission is free; call (510) 845-8604. Armentrout reprises the performance at noon Saturday at Dancers' Group Studio Theater, 3221 22nd St. (at Mission), S.F.

Friday
April 30
Now in Odor-Rama Adam Rees is an artist whose preferred medium is the public prank. As Adam Industry, his portfolio thus far includes The ABCs of Adam Industry, an alphabetical list of taboo items tucked into daily papers under cover of early morning; Ice-Cream Industry ... Workout!, a video installation involving Cindy Crawford and dessert toppings; Porno-Glow screen prints; and Sucker Industry ... Adam Industry Sucks! lollipops. And now, "Scratch-N-Sniff," an interactive exhibit of 6-square-foot Scent-O-MaticÂȘ paintings. Viewers scratch the art, then lean in for a whiff of baby powder or gasoline, and if they like what they smell, they can purchase the painting for under $20 (did someone say sucker?). New York's Flaming East DJ Shu Amour spins tunes and drag diva Lady Trudi Va makes the rounds. The fun begins at 8 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call (510) 666-8450.

Who's Your Daddy? Sunny Southern California and the wholesome family shows of the '50s take further beatings in Marlene Meyer's comedy The Chemistry of Change. A hit off-Broadway this season, Meyer's portrait of a screwed-up family takes a closer look at women's relationships with men, children, and the rest of the world. Family matriarch Lee funds the family business by serial-marrying wealthy men, then siccing her four misfit adult children on them until they agree to a divorce and cash settlements. That all changes when she falls in love with Smokey, a mysterious, more-than-slightly satanic carnival worker who operates the Hell Hole and has horns where his hat should go. The West Coast premiere of the show opens at 8 p.m. at Actors Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), S.F. Admission is $18-20; call 296-9179.

Saturday
May 1
An Off-La-Wally Experience What's funnier than a doddering old opera diva? A doddering old opera diva and her mute accompanist, or so it seems from the two-woman musical comedy show The Legend Returns. Like opera parodist Anna Russell, whose contributions included the helpful guide How to Write Your Own Version of Gilbert and Sullivan, New Zealanders Helen Moulder and Rose Beauchamp understand that the key to good parody is really knowing your subject -- in this case, opera culture. Moulder is flamboyant singer Cynthia Fortitude and Beauchamp is her slightly frustrated accompanist; together, they give us material ranging from "Verdi to virginity, from contralti to castrati," and promise "a very eunuch experience!" The show, which enjoyed successful runs at the Wellington Fringe and Nelson Arts Festivals in the women's home country, opens at 8 p.m. (and runs through May 16) at Josie's Cabaret, 3583 16th St. (at Market), S.F. Admission is $12-15; call 861-7933.

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