This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Monday, March 1, 2004
Used to the thrills and chills of messy gore, modern audiences are often left cold by vintage flicks that tend toward the creepy and atmospheric rather than the shocking. One big fat exception is the sublimely nightmarish Eyes Without a Face, a 1959 French-Italian creation with an irresistible high-concept plot: When the face of young Christine (Edith Scob) is mangled in a car accident, her doting and demented surgeon father (Pierre Brasseur) sets about collecting lissome female subjects, cutting off their faces, and attempting transplants onto Christine's maimed visage. With its eerie black-and-white cinematography and unforgettable imagery -- most notably the macabre mask Christine wears throughout -- this is one horror film that haunts long after the final credits roll. Shudder today and tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. (and again at 4:30, 7, and 9:15) at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (near Market), S.F. Admission is $5-8; call 621-6120 or visit

Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Catching a glimpse of street performer Thoth was weird enough when we used to see him playing his violin, singing, and marching about rhythmically in BART stations. Imagine our surprise when we saw the bare-chested, loincloth- and shell-jewelry-bedecked musician mounting the stage at the 2002 Academy Awards. Since the self-titled short film about the unconventional artist won an Oscar, Thoth's been plenty busy bringing his oddball operatic music/dance/spiritual revival "prayformances" to Manhattan's Central Park. He returns to his old stomping grounds (San Francisco, not the BART stations) with a series of Bay Area shows spread out over the next 10 days. Hear selections tonight from his "solopera" The Herma: The Life and Land of Nular-in, in which he sings about the inhabitants and culture of an imaginary world of his own making, starting at 7 at the Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin (at O'Farrell), S.F. Admission is $3; call 931-8035 or visit

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