Night & Day

Wednesday
June 9
Lost in Space Drum 'n' bass, sure. But drum 'n' trumpet? London electronic music duo Spaceheads (veterans of the art-jazz ensemble the Honkies) loop thick bass lines around warm brass notes and electronic bleeps and blips, bashing on sheet metal, pots and pans, and high-hats for rhythmic percussion. On the newish release Angel Station, futuristic funk washes into sleepy ambient exotica, with the eerie atmospheric suggestion of a man drowning. Trumpeter Andy Diagram and drummer Richard Harrison go live: I am Spoonbender and Six-Eye Columbia open the show at 9:30 p.m. at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Texas), S.F. Admission is $6; call 621-4455.

One Car, L, Followed by ... Don't look now, but performers from the BodyCartography Project have taken over the city's public transportation and are inviting commuters to perform with them onboard, which ought to give all those safety-conscious Muni drivers palpitations. From noon until 2 p.m. today, this band of dance and movement improvisationalists and a handful of their regular collaborators will be hitting Market street trams and bus stops; at 4 p.m., they'll fan out over the city, performing on buses and trains, on ferries and in terminals. The fun doesn't end there: on Thursday at noon, they'll hit Justin Herman Plaza, disguised as 9-to-5ers on lunch. It'll be hard to tell them from the real thing, until they get up and start waltzing actual workers and each other around the square to string-quartet accompaniment. Call 541-5644 for more information.

Thursday
June 10
Hey, Sailor! The same people who staged A Midsummer Night's Dream with puppets and set Homer's Odyssey to a bluesy dirge have done it again: The Shotgun Players, collaborating with Darvag Theater Company, present the indoor/outdoor, bilingual musical production The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad. Forget the lurid Technicolor epic starring Douglas Fairbanks -- this Sinbad, based on the 1964 work by Iranian playwright Bahram Beyzaie, boasts an English-Farsi script, elements of Persian mystery plays, and Asian-style storytelling. Backed by a chorus of sailors, Sinbad, now resettled in his hometown and performing with a local theater troupe, recounts his seven adventures on the high seas and prepares for his final destination: death. The show, which includes Persian refreshments and pre-show discussion, opens with a preview at 8 p.m. (and runs through June 27) at South Berkeley Community Congregational Church, 1802 Fairview, Berkeley. Admission is $8-20; call (510) 655-0813.

Friday
June 11
Bringing You the World Even if you don't recognize Danya Smith's Grieving Widow at Funeral, Izbica, Kosovo, 6 November, chances are good that some entries in this year's World Press Photo Exhibition will look familiar. The competition recaps 1998 with over 200 uncensored international newspaper photos, from harrowing landscape images of floods in Poland to artful action shots of Bolshoi Ballet dancers to science photography that captures the body's inner workings. Like Smith's photo, which won this year's top prize, the best of these humanize stories through a dazzling variety of styles. The exhibit opens at the Main Library's Jewett Gallery (100 Larkin) and City Hall lower level (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place), S.F. It is up through July 1. Admission is free; call 557-4277.

First Down Former football pros tend to retire most conspicuously as coaches, commentators, or product pitchmen, but San Francisco 49er draftee Scott Barry found another outlet: playwriting. Solo Gig2, Barry's third work after the comedy Answer Man and the short-play trilogy Looking Up the Downside, is an autobiographical solo show that traces his journey from the fields to the boards. A UC Davis All-America quarterback and sixth-round draft pick in 1985 (the same year the team acquired Jerry Rice), Barry saw his boyhood dreams realized and dashed in a short time frame; the perils of celebrity and a string of personal tragedies made him wonder what life might be like outside of football. The answers, which came slowly, are revealed in the show. Solo Gig2 previews at 8 p.m. (and runs through June 27) at Il Teatro, 449 Powell (at Post), S.F. Admission is $15-18; call 433-1172.

Saturday
June 12
What Goes Up Must Come Down Physicists will argue for skateboarding-as-rocket-science when they call the play by play at "The Science of Skateboarding." While local boarders do noseslides, wallrides, and kickflips on a specially constructed park of rails and ramps, in-house physicists will use slow-motion instant video replay to assess airborne maneuvers in terms of, say, Newton's third law of motion (when a force is exerted, it prompts an equal and opposite force). The implications of friction and gravity extend way beyond road rash today at the event, a precursor to ESPN's 1999 X Games to be held in the city June 25. It begins at noon at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Bay), S.F. Admission is free-$9; call EXP-LORE.

Jumbo Gumbo Lick the powdered beignet sugar off your fingers, breathe in the tangy aroma of barbecue, and it might seem for a minute that New Orleans by the Bay has transported you to the French Quarter. Minus swamps and voodoo, the two-day festival offers a generous bit of Louisiana through a zesty combination of Cajun and Creole delicacies and a concert lineup of zydeco, jazz, blues, funk, and gospel music. The Funky Meters and Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet get the dance party up and running both nights; listen, too, for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Samba de Coracao, Galactic, and the New Orleans Parade Band, as the traditional parasol parades wend through the crowds, showering onlookers with festive Mardi Gras beads. The party begins at noon Saturday (also 11 a.m. Sunday) at the Shoreline Amphitheater, 1 Amphitheater Pkwy. (at Rengstorff), Mountain View. Admission is free-$20; call (510) 762-2277.

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