At first we thought it might be a screening of the obscure, wonderful Billy Bob Thornton/Hank Azaria/Jon Bon Jovi vehicle on the subject of marijuana. Turns out "Home Grown" is actually a screening of several locally produced short films, none of which appears to have anything to do with Billy Bob, Hank, Jon Bon, or Mary Jane. The two moving-picture events share nothing but a name.
Organizer Sean A. Kilpatrick went out of his way to "avoid the standard collection of comedy shorts," his press kit says, and the result is an intriguing mix of genres and styles: horror in the form of Stranger Still by Ryan Whiting; quirky animation by the one-named Lev; and Kilpatrick's own relationship drama, called Common Ground. Still, it looks like the big pull is a rockumentary: Locals will no doubt flock to see Cecil B. Feeder's Our Lady of Tamale, which sports music from 50 -- count 'em, 50 -- bands paying soundtrack tribute to the queen of satisfying late-night snacks. Maybe there's a munchies connection after all. One night only, screening at 7:15 and 9:15 at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is $7; call 668-3994 or visit www.redvicmoviehouse.com. -- Hiya Swanhuyser
Lusty Lit Ladies first at "Le' Femme"
Going to see a writer read from smut that's gotten you off in the past is like going back to work after you've had a sex dream about a co-worker. You blush, you stammer, you can't look away. Does she feel the same connection you do, or is this all in your fevered imagination? It's a good bet that at least half the audience will be wondering just that when Diana Cage, the editor of the sublimely passionate lesbian sex magazine On Our Backs and author of reams of satisfying erotica tales, commands the mike at the next "Le' Femme Anarchiste'" women-only literary salon. Cheer the ladies on (or fantasize madly to yourself) as the salacious words spew forth starting at 8 p.m. at the Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 401-7987 or visit www.darkroomsf.com. -- Joyce Slaton
Arty Party Opening wider
One of the city's best-loved galleries features photography, oil paintings, beadwork, and gourd art by a wide variety of artists at its monthly opening reception. The quality of the art is really quite high ... blah, blah, blah.
The real reason to go to the "City Art Gallery September Opening" is that it's the place to be. Everyone who's anyone will be there. Hell, the last one had a line around the block, and where else are you going to wear all seven of your feather boas at once? Oh, and the quality of the art is really quite high. Schmooze your head off at 7 p.m. at City Art Gallery, 828 Valencia (at 19th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 970-9900. -- Hiya Swanhuyser
The Get-Down Sound
Backrooms and free-for-all bathhouses are mostly a thing of the past -- but you can still hear the down-and-dirty Euro synth-disco rave-ups you might have, uh, waltzed to in some '80s hookup spot at "The Tubesteak Connection," every Thursday at 9 at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, 133 Turk (at Taylor), S.F. Admission is $3; call 441-2922 or visit www.auntcharlieslounge.com. -- Joyce Slaton