Lucky Brakes Niko Letunic and Richard Lynch look at bicycles and see more than just transportation; Letunic saw opportunity and adventure when he signed himself up for the grueling California AIDS Ride, while Lynch saw something like a pal when he named his bike Friday and pedaled it through Italy. Both saw the potential for whimsical two-wheeled invention when they curated the group show "Art by Bicyclists and Bicycle-Friendly Art." The 24 participating artists, 11 of whom are S.F. Bicycle Coalition members, shared their vision, and have rendered bikes in every conceivable medium: stained glass, mosaic tile, watercolor, sunprint, photography, and collage. There will be valet bike parking at a reception for the exhibit at 12:15 p.m. (the show is up through July 30) at the Unitarian Church Art Gallery, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), S.F. Admission is free; call 431-BIKE.
Sex, Drugs, and Satan, Satan, Satan! Great comedy often comes from the most well-intentioned and unsuspecting sources. Take the Mormon Church: Its 1966 film How Do I Love Thee? is an instructive guide to chastity before marriage, while its 1971 film For Time or Eternity offers an eye-opening glimpse of the eternal damnation awaiting couples who marry outside the temple. So what's funny about that? Sets, costumes, music, script. As curators of the Minna Street Gallery Sex and Religion Film Festival have wisely reasoned, you're going to hell for laughing at the Latter-day Saints anyway, so why not seal the deal with a double feature? The program "The Mormon Church Explains It All To You" screens with "Stag Party Special: A Delightful Evening of Vintage Smut," which promises rarities like How to Keep a Husband (attributed to Ed Wood) and Hokum the Magician, a stag film given the Man Ray treatment. The films screen at 8 p.m. at 111 Minna Street Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 974-1719. On Monday, Minna offers "Cartoons From Hell: The Devil in Animation" (God battles Satan with jazz!) and the self-explanatory "Teen Trauma Educationals: Sex, Drugs, and VD," with Brady Bunch star Maureen "Marcia" McCormick as a high school slut. The same place, time, and price apply.
HullaBelew What the Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa share, besides a reputation for charting new musical territory in the '70s and '80s, is collaboration with singer/guitarist Adrian Belew. Zappa discovered him in a Nashville nightclub, took him on the road, and introduced him to a few friends; on a Talking Heads tour, Belew met guitarist Fripp, with whom he formed King Crimson. Musicians especially gravitated toward their textural, twin-guitar art rock, although the musically challenged could at least appreciate the wry sense of humor in a seemingly endless instrumental called "When I Say Stop, Continue." Since Belew has tried everything from jazzy man-on-the-street interviews to singing with his daughter Audie, the last thing he could try might also be the bravest: He's gone acoustic. The Irresponsibles open for Belew at 8 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Harrison), S.F. Admission is $15-17; call 522-0333.
Garden Party So it's not mint juleps and Spanish moss, but wine and live atmospheric jazz in a parkside setting should help transport listeners when author John Berendt reads excerpts from his best seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Based on a true story and recently released in paperback, Evil concerns a Manhattan journalist who travels south to write a puff piece on Savannah socialites, only to stumble on book material after a local bon vivant commits murder. The book's parade of oddball characters against a lazy Savannah setting (made lazier, some critics contend, by Clint Eastwood's film adaptation) is a natural for a summer evening reading (sponsored by A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books); bring a picnic and questions for Berendt's post-show Q&A session with the audience. The reading begins at 6 p.m. in the Shakespeare Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670.