Night & Day

Friday
May 7
Like a Virgin The last silent film Hollywood ever produced was the 1935 love story Legong: Dance of the Virgins, which director Henri de la Falaise shot on location in Bali with an all-native cast. Bali's beauty, and the rich sound and movement that the film captured there, continues to inspire: The UCLA film archive restored Legong in 1994, and now, Balinese orchestra Gamelan Sekar Jaya and the Club Foot Orchestra have created an eclectic and unprecedented original score to match the film's strong visual appeal. Club Foot has already put new music to silent classics including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Pandora's Box -- many of these old-timey creations debuted at the Castro before playing the rest of the country. The 35-member Gamelan's chiming metallic percussion will be woven with the Club Foot Orchestra's score for winds and strings; both groups will play live, and Balinese dancers will perform onstage after each screening. Legong shows at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. (also Saturday and Sunday) at the Castro Theater, 429 Castro (at Market), S.F. Admission is $12; call 392-4400.

Runnin' With the Devil Could it be ... Satan? Well, yes. "The Devil's Ass! An Evening of Art and Music Inspired by the Dark Lord" shows just what type of work the devil makes for idle hands: Low-self-esteem stickers by Mari Kono, for example, along with People Hater robots and the primal scrawl of black Sharpie on linoleum, as rendered by Chucho. Some of the contributing artists, like Answer Me! illustrator Jim Blanchard, seem just unbalanced enough to have actually communed with the Prince of Darkness, while Muppet creator Jim Henson apparently turned to the light after making his early film Time Piece, which screens tonight. A guest band promises "Black Metal From Hell" under an assumed name at the show, which begins at 8 p.m. at Mission Badlands Gallery, 2811 Mission (at 24th Street), S.F. Admission is $2; call 920-0896.

Roman Holiday The sweaty-palmed terror generated by airplane turbulence or the sudden irrational fear that you could fall (or be pushed) in front of an oncoming BART train fit into the general scheme of Lizz Roman & Dancers' new work Always Falling. Using a 12-foot staircase as a startling set piece, the company finds the vertiginous echoes of brawls that end in long, spiraling tumbles. Dancers jump, fall, rebound, and reappear, chasing a literal balancing act with a fantasy of flight. Kassy Kayiatos' rhythmic spoken word and the ethereal sounds of chamber pop group Amber Asylum buoy the proceedings. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. (and continues through May 15) at Brady Street Dance Center, 60 Brady (at Market), S.F. Admission is $12; call 558-9355.

Saturday
May 8
Luv, American Style The pills and booze and utter degradation that made Hollywood horror shows A Star Is Born and The Valley of the Dolls such a hoot enliven Ann Magnuson's Luv Show, too. To the aspiring starlet-goes-to-hell formula, the former Bongwater chanteuse and performance artist has added film noir and spaghetti western soundtracks, cha-cha songs about sex with the devil, and a nightmarish passage invoking Ethel Merman. This campy, 4-year-old cabaret show (a sequel is in the works) rocks and rolls and dreams and cries over cocktails before it totters offstage in dangerously high heels. A comment on female archetypes, you say? Well, that's Magnuson's forte: She recently went undercover as a bucktoothed, bespectacled frump for Allure magazine, to write an article called "Ugly Like Me" about New York's unforgiving beauty industry. The Luv Show begins at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $15; call 885-0750.

Sunday
May 9
King for a Day Every gal who ever wondered how the other half lives can find out firsthand by entering the fourth annual "DragStrip" S.F. Drag King Contest, a benefit for Pets Are Wonderful Support. Girls who would be boys flocked to last year's competition sporting cowboy hats and paste-on chest hair spilling over stained wife-beater T-shirts; to confuse matters, many of these fellas were draped in lovely ladies, too, not all of whom were born female. Drag King '98 Arty Fishal and a panel of celebrities judge this year's categories -- Rocker Dude, Country Cousin, etc. -- and a talent competition where entrants demonstrate their flair for live and lip-sync performance and manly arts like beer guzzling and fire eating. Fabulous Disaster plays live in drag, and KUSF DJ Jet spins post-show dance sets. The competition begins at 8 p.m. at the DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Harrison), S.F. Admission is $7-10; call 313-3772.

Monday
May 10
Grace Under Fire A sneak-preview screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's new film Besieged, which opens in June, takes place tonight at a benefit for the exhibits and programs of nonprofit arts organization Southern Exposure. The director, whose long career has been marked by acclaim (The Last Emperor) and controversy (Last Tango in Paris) filmed this moody love story in his native Italy, which he shot so eloquently in his last release, Stealing Beauty. Naked's David Thewlis portrays an English loner who lives in a Roman mansion and idles away his hours playing passionate classical works on the grand piano; Thandie Newton (Beloved) is the African housekeeper who listens to Papa Wemba downstairs and pines for her jailed husband. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas, 1 Embarcadero, S.F. Admission is $15; call 863-2141.

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