We've always had a soft spot for dumpster diving, from cavorting in junkyards on first dates to taking boyfriends to paw through the trash behind Halloween stores on their birthdays. Artist Al Honig has made a career out of this noble pastime -- and the art world is taking notice: "Constructions: Robots and Beyond" spotlights the urban scavenger's sculptures.
Honig's extraordinary creations are made from found objects gathered from flea markets and scrapheaps. Many of the pieces in the show are culled from his "Allegory Series," including Exercise in Futility, which depicts a red stationary bike with an attached fan -- pointed away from the futile exerciser. Other works explore issues of love (Woman) and death (the "Urn Series"). Peer inside a twisted mind beginning Monday, May 10, at the Oakland Museum of California Sculpture Court, 1111 Broadway (at 11th Street), Oakland. The opening reception for "Constructions" will take place on May 20. Admission is free; call (510) 238-2200 or visit www.museumca.org. -- Jane Tunks
Which Gender? Gosh, It's Such a Big ... Fund-Raiser
Remember that convenience-store slogan "Too much good stuff"? It isn't exactly witty, but it does describe "Genderfuck: A Benefit for Femina Potens." Hip hop dreamboat Katastrophe works the mike at the fund-raiser, and this kid's skills alone will knock you flat. Add appearances by writer Julia Serano; everyone's favorite ultraslut, Carol Queen; and more-'80s-than-the-'80s drag queen band Lipstick Conspiracy, among others. Is it too much? Find out at 8 p.m. at El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Precita), S.F. Admission is $5-20; call 282-3325 or visit www.elriosf.com. -- Hiya Swanhuyser
Bill Daniel is obsessed with weirdos. In the past, this grit-lovin' "roaming ethnographer" has produced exhibits on stuff like pre-spray-paint hobo tag art. Here, his love of all things piratical, homemade, and legendary reaches an apex: This screening of the rare film The Last Free Ride represents the end of a long bout of research for Daniel. Having heard tell of a movie made by a community of feisty hippie houseboaters "squatting" on Sausalito's Richardson Bay in the early 1970s, the artist was intrigued, but no one seemed to know much about it. After a serendipitous meeting with a kid whose tattoo revealed that he had been born and raised on those jerry-built boats, though, Daniel tracked down filmmakers Joe Tate and Saul Rouda. Watch the result this afternoon at 2 in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 700 Howard (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $7; call 978-2787 or go to www.yerbabuenaarts.org. -- Hiya Swanhuyser