Hail a lefty wingding
To understand where German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was coming from, consider what she wrote in 1918: "The class rule of the bourgeoisie is the real criminal responsible for the World War, in Germany as in France, in Russia as in England, in Europe as in America. The capitalists of all nations are the real instigators of the mass murder. International capital is the insatiable god Baal, into whose bloody maw millions upon millions of steaming human sacrifices are thrown." She published this screed in just one of her many magazine articles. But if she were alive today, would she vote Green? Would she be a Communist, as she so strenuously was and for which she was murdered by proto-fascists in 1919? For the express purpose of discussing such questions, Charming Hostess' Jewlia Eisenberg has organized the "Radical Film Series," "a meeting place for the new left and the what's-left" (as her announcement quips), which tonight offers a Luxemburg-focused evening with live music by Eisenberg and Devin Hoff, a short silent film, and the 1986 German feature Rosa Luxemburg. The activists eat popcorn starting at 8 at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890 or visit www.atasite.org.
BY HIYA SWANHUYSER
Be a Playa
KublaCon gets its game on
Though today's squirrelly little kids prefer violent computer games with names like Evisceration Squad III -- Final Carnage, in my day we had gentle board games that forced us to spend time with Mom and Dad and were bloodshed-free (save for that time I brained my brother with the Monopoly board). Hearken back to those milder days at the KublaCon Game Convention, a non-computer gaming get-together with 76 straight hours of matches. Represented titles tend toward the geeky (Dragon Ball Z, Magic: The Gathering) and the childish (Simpsons Clue, Yu-Gi-Oh!), and I just can't wait to catch a glimpse of the EverQuest players just before sunrise. The action starts at 1 p.m. on Friday (and runs through Monday) at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore (at Burlway), Burlingame. Admission is $15-25 per day, or $30-40 for a four-day pass; call (866) 582-5226 or visit www.kublacon.com.
BY JOYCE SLATON
Thelma and Louise on the border?
The clichés come thick and fast as people try to describe Nina Marie Martínez's novel, ¡Caramba! A Tale Told in Turns of the Card. The story of two smart-mouthed ladies trying to make sense of life while enjoying the nutty characters in their border hometown has no inherent relationship to salsa or hat dances, but people are bound to say shit like that about the work of Latina novelists. What is important about this book is that it has broken a language barrier: It's written in Spanglish, a long-overdue literary endeavor. Martínez reads as a contributor to Zoetrope: All-Story magazine at 6:30 p.m. at Cafe Niebaum-Coppola, 916 Kearny (at Columbus), S.F. Admission is free; call 788-7500 or visit www.all-story.com.
BY HIYA SWANHUYSER
Taking It to the Streets
With the city's outdoor season in full swing, relive the excesses of alfresco parties past at "Street Festivals of San Francisco: Photographs by Hiromi Oda and Kieran Ridge,"an exhibition of snaps culled from open-air events like the Dyke March. It runs through July 25 in the Main Library's Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin (at Grove), S.F. Admission is free; call 557-4200 or visit www.sfpl.org.
By Joyce Slaton