This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, March 30, 2005
With the plethora of multimedia extravaganzas jamming galleries and museums these days, some might get the idea that the only art worth seeing includes cutting-edge technologies. But ArtworkSF's latest exhibition, "Hot Off the Press," is a paean to the antique tools of the printing process. Praising the "orchestrated happenstance inherent to the multistep production process," the exhibit focuses on such oldfangled printing methods as woodcut, intaglio, and monotype. Sylvia Buettner's whimsical gold and black etchings explore Hindu themes via the elephant god Ganesh; Richard Bolingbroke's floral still lifes, reminiscent of Dutch 16th-century paintings, are handmade from monotypes, which are glass or metal plates. The exhibit's opening reception is tonight from 5 to 7 (the show runs through May 4) at the Mezzanine Gallery, 342 Grant (at Bush), S.F. Admission is free; call 673-3080 or visit www.artworksf.com.

Thursday, March 31, 2005
As one of the city's classic lady-rock bands, Tartufi is best known for two things: founding members Simone Grudzen's and Lynne Angel's dual lead-vocal harmonies, and the group's high-energy live shows. Looking and sounding like Joan Jett meets Jets to Brazil -- with the Throwing Muses hanging around nearby -- the act has delivered a new album (its first full-length recording), So We Are Alive, that offers more of the happy herky-jerky math rock we've come to love. Catch the trio's record release party, with Boyskout and Radio Vago opening at 8:30 p.m., at Café Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), S.F. Admission is $8; call 861-5016 or visit www.cafedunord.com.

Friday, April 1, 2005
Because moms and dads have always chuckled along with their children while watching Elmer Fudd get duped yet again by a certain wascally wabbit, kids have figured out that cartoons aren't just for them. Tonight, "Cartoons With Attitude: Inane, Raw and Uncensored" gives the grown-ups their own show with a program of "animated inanity." Most exciting is The Adventures of Tenali Raman, courtesy of India's outpost of the Cartoon Network. Based on Indian folklore, the plot centers around a goofy court jester's adventures in a 16th-century kingdom, replete with Bollywood-inspired song-and-dance numbers. Also included are the uncensored pilots of South Park and Family Guy. Giggle with your inner child at 8 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), S.F. Admission is $8-10; call 824-3890 or visit www.atasite.org.

Saturday, April 2, 2005
Creepy costumes, ghostlike movements, and disturbing plotlines -- the modern Japanese dance known as butoh may sound reminiscent of a bloodcurdling nightmare, but it's still fun to watch. Local choreographer Takami is trained in the esoteric form, and since 1999 has been performing an updated style she dubs "MoBu" (an abbreviation of "modern butoh"). Her latest piece, Shizuku(which means "drop" in Japanese), is presented tonight by the Toumei MoBu Dance Group. The innovative work cuts across disciplines, as the dancers cavort beneath hundreds of glass beads created by artist Kana Tanaka to experimental music played live by Jorge Bachman. The collaborative nature of the project also extends to the dancers, whom Takami encourages to improvise. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. at the John Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission (at 11th Street), S.F. Admission is $13-15; call 554-0402 or visit www.jonsimsctr.org.

Sunday, April 3, 2005
The mythology of the Beat generation always focuses on the amphetamine-fueled antics of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. But the close-knit group included many less-celebrated writers who pushed the boundaries just as well as their more famous friends. Case in point: Philip Lamantia, who published his first book of poetry at the age of 19 and was promptly heralded by surrealist André Breton as "a voice that rises once in a hundred years." Though he's mostly unknown to the book lovers who revere On the Road, Lamantia might have been able to claim that it was his stream-of-consciousness style that influenced his contemporaries. The visionary poet died of heart failure on March 7 in his San Francisco apartment, but you can pay tribute at a memorial for Philip Lamantia from 2 to 5 p.m. at Enrico's, 504 Broadway (at Kearny), S.F. Admission is free; call 982-6223.

Monday, April 4, 2005
Some funk, some musical comedy, a lot of multipart harmonies, and good old-fashioned je ne sais quoi make up Giant Value, a local band about which Performermag.com's Shane Bartlett wrote, "You've never heard anything like them." We agree. Giant Value is a pop group, essentially, odd in a They Might Be Giants way, but far less gimmicky. Lead guitarist and vocalist Dena Connolly has a lower register a little like Mates of State's Kori Gardner's; bass player, keyboardist, and backup vox Heather Brubaker pulls off some fancy but low-key support; and Vince Rodrigues' drumming almost has its own sense of humor. Is your head reeling? Don't worry. Giant Value is as easy to like as it is hard to describe. OCS (with John Dwyer of the Coachwhips) and Mix Tape open at 9 p.m. at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is $6; call 647-2888 or visit www.makeoutroom.com.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005
The art of beat-boxing, defined by "The Vowel Movement"'s founders as "making rhythms, grooves, and sound effects using the human voice," is undergoing a renaissance in the Bay Area. At the monthly "VM" gathering, for example, performers incorporate such unexpected elements as flute, harmonica, and effect pedals. Hosted by Tim Barsky (a Jewish beat-box flutist) and Kid Beyond (a Buddhist who creates loops live onstage), the regular event is proof that vocal percussion has transcended all boundaries. This evening's bill also includes Infinite & Soulati from Felonious, though an open mike at the end of the show means that anything can happen: Genre-defying highlights from previous gigs have included Portishead covers and a beat-boxing puppet show. Hear the future sounds of hip hop at 8 p.m. at Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $5-15; call 252-7666 or visit www.thevowelmovement.com.


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