This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Monday, May 19, 2003
Turning 40 deserves some hoopla, but a 38th birthday is usually nothing to write home about. Intersection for the Arts, however, gets an exception to that rule. Today, the city's oldest alternative arts space celebrates almost four decades of nurturing experimental works and emergent performers, and if that ain't cause for fanfare, we don't know what is. Founded in the 1960s as a meeting place for artists and activists in North Beach (it's now located in the Mission), Intersection has a rich political andartistic history. Back then, it was a spot where conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War could fulfill their service by working with youth and community groups. Tonight's interactive event -- the first in a yearlong series -- celebrates the organization's rich history and its bright future. Bring stories, memories, and memorabilia related to Intersection and help plan for its big 4-0 bash in 2005. The party starts at 7 p.m. at 446 Valencia (at 15th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 626-2787 or visit www.theintersection.org.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Life is good when you're sitting down to see a world-class company like the American Conservatory Theater do battle with a worthy adversary like Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters. The play, ACT Artistic Director Carey Perloff explains in a press release, seems perfect for the close-knit troupe: "Chekhov's work is about ensembles, groups of people deeply entwined in each other's lives and histories. Without a real acting company the kind of connective tissue that this play demands would be almost impossible to find. ... [T]here is enormous pleasure in creating that secret knowledge and developing a family together." This production stars René Augesen as Masha, Lorri Holt as Olga, and Katharine Powell as Irina, plus the amazing Marco Barricelli as Col. Vershinin -- the role first played by the famous Russian actor and director Konstantin Stanislavsky in 1901. The Three Sisters begins tonight at 7 (and runs through June 8) at the Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), S.F. Admission is $11-61; call 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org.

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