Monday, March 10, 2003
Butoh dancer Ledoh and musician Reverend Markus Hawkins have been known to stop traffic. For the past 10 years, the duo's guerrilla-style performances have attracted crowds at the Tenderloin's annual In the Street Theatre Festival and at various spots around town. Their partnership has also attracted a strong cult following, opening the door for Ledoh (along with lighting designer Ruth Gumnit) to found Salt Farm, a collective in which the members not only perform together, but also play, cook, eat, sew, and build sets together in their Hunters Point studios. In commemoration of Ledoh and Hawkins' 10th anniversary as collaborators, the pair presents Elsewhere Here, in which Ledoh translates Hawkins' hypnotic violin solos into unbridled movement. Shows start today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), S.F. Admission is $10-15; call 621-7978 or visit www.theatreofyugen.org.
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Even if you're not new to the city, "Foot!" walking tours can teach you a thing or two about the place we're not supposed to call Frisco. These interactive excursions are an education in local lore and history -- ever wonder how Nob Hill got its name or where Charles Manson used to live? -- but with a twist: Each amble is led by a comedian. (A few hours with the guides is like a night at the Punch Line, minus the bad opening acts and the two-drink minimum.) "Nude, Lewd, and Crude"is a 10-block stroll through North Beach nightlife, touching on the 'hood's reputation as a home to beatniks, strippers, and controversial comics from the 1950s to the 1970s. Trip out over the site where LSD was once manufactured; and pay your respects at the Swiss American Hotel on Broadway, where bad-boy comic Lenny Bruce once fell from a second-story window. The tour takes place today from 6 to 8 p.m., starting at Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus (at Jack Kerouac Alley), S.F. Tickets are $20-30, and reservations are required; call 637-5453 or visit www.foottours.com.