Saddle Up

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith's love affair, immortalized

THURS-SUN 5/29-6/1

Sam Shepard had one of his most revealing on-screen moments in 1985's Fool for Love, when he deadpanned, "If you ain't a cowboy, you ain't shit." But in Shepard's plays, sometimes being a caballero isn't enough. Slim, the hero of his Cowboy Mouth, is a roughrider by nature, but he falls in with a deranged woman who wants him to be a rock 'n' roll star, too. The rest of the one-act relates Slim and Cavale's struggles with art, love, and stardom.

It seems a rather esoteric outing unless you know the back-story: Shepard wrote the autobiographical Cowboy Mouth over the course of several sleepless nights at the Chelsea Hotel with his then-lover Patti Smith, whom he'd met while playing drums in a rock band. The couple performed just once in the title roles before Shepard abandoned the production and Smith skipped town with no notice. Now the 1971 play lives again; Mostly Grounded Theater Company stages the show, which features live performances by local bands, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays (through June 22) at Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), S.F. Tickets are $12-15; call 861-5079.
-- Joyce Slaton

Amanda Korpitz, Mark Routhier, and John Pirruccello 
of Cowboy Mouth.
Mark Routhier
Amanda Korpitz, Mark Routhier, and John Pirruccello of Cowboy Mouth.
"Reh," the star of SimplyDog.
SimplyShe
"Reh," the star of SimplyDog.
Keith Carollo is holding the tambourine; Chris Bick is 
holding the mike
Keith Carollo is holding the tambourine; Chris Bick is holding the mike

Oaklandish Behavior
East Bay and proud of it

SAT-SUN 5/31-6/1

The members of Nonchalance, a group of energetic arty types, have devoted themselves to loving Oakland, and they're about to outdo City Hall with their grass-roots boosterism.

Notorious in the East Bay for projecting slide shows with the theme of civic pride onto public buildings, the crew also puts on the "Liberation Drive-In," a free outdoor screening of "contraband pop, social intrigue, local love, hidden history, and the international cinema of revolt," as the Web site tells it. It's a DIY BYO-everything event: chairs, blankets, and radios to hear the microtransmission of the evening's soundtrack. This event is also the release party for Oakslander, Volume 2, a zine of municipal appreciation. Volume 1 featured secret staircases, the Lake Merritt monster, and a lot of love for Colonial Donuts on Lakeshore Avenue. Experience original Oakland charm at 9 p.m. on Harrison between 15th and 17th streets. Admission is free; visit www.nonchalance.org.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Puppy Love
Meet your match

SAT 5/31

The singles scene is a dog-eat-dog world -- and even tougher if you can't get out because you're stuck walking Fido every night. At "Bark & Park," you can take your four-legged friend for a stroll -- on a leash, of course -- and find Mr. or Ms. Right without the pressure of bars and cheesy pickup lines.

The shindig is also a launch party for SimplyDog: Life Lessons That Bark, a new book by SimplyShe, the local line of cutesy apparel and greeting cards. Activities include a silent auction and live music, starting at noon at the SPCA's Avanzino Dog Park, 243 Alabama, S.F. Admission is $5-10; call 522-5155 or visit www.matchlive.com.
-- Lisa Hom

Shop Till You Drop

SAT 5/31

Can't afford a Gucci handbag? Try a pair of guitar-pick earrings for $5 instead. Such bargains can be found at Fred Flare's "San Fred-cisco Sale." The event is a homecoming for Keith Carollo, who (with Chris Bick) designs the New York-based line of jewelry and accessories. Carollo founded the Build performance space, where the sale begins at 11 a.m., in the '90s. At 483 Guerrero; visit www.fredflare.com.
-- Lisa Hom

 
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