Wednesday, June 1, 2005
"The production and waste of waribashi directly oppose the Shinto creed," writes Jiro Taylor on JapanVisitor.com of the disposable wooden chopsticks you've probably not considered for more than it takes to eat a sushi meal. According to Taylor, 63 million pairs of chopsticks per day are used once and thrown away in Japan -- in contrast to one of the country's principal religions, which venerates nature. Bay Area artist Donna Keiko Ozawa is obsessed with waribashi and has spent many years collecting bushels of used pairs, which she washes, sanitizes, and makes into huge sculptural installations. The "Waribashi Project Launch Exhibit" includes a display of the chopsticks she's gathered over the last few months from local restaurants (40,000 at press time) along with various sculpture studies, as part of the United Nations World Environment Day 2005 conference. The show's opening reception (in conjunction with Joe Mangrum's "Detonation Earth") starts at 5 p.m. at Red Ink Studios, 1035 Market (at Sixth Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 596-4810 or visit www.waribashi.org.
Thursday, June 2, 2005
If you've ever witnessed the Husbands' live show, there's about a 50-50 chance that you're like us (female, that is), and if you are, you were probably thinking just one embarrassing thing: "How can I make myself look more like Sadie and Sarah?" -- the band's cool frontwomen. (If you're not like us, you were probably thinking a different embarrassing thing, but we won't get into that.) The way to answer that pressing question is "Rock and Shop." Such punk-meets-vintage clothing and accessory designers as She-Bible, Craft Nation, and Citizen Bags make the kind of clothes the gals of the Husbands might wear. Our favorite fashion role models provide the fearless, loud inspiration -- along with the Nagg and the Everlasting Arms -- when the shopping starts at 8 p.m. at 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd Street), S.F. Admission is $7; call 970-9777 or visit www.12galaxies.com.
Friday, June 3, 2005
Internationally accepted holistic practices like acupressure, therapeutic massage, and curanderos' hands-on rituals tend to mystify Americans; sometimes it seems we'd rather touch plastic than another human. That said, we're quite comfortable with violence: We hit, kick, and otherwise smack each other around all the time. These truths are two sides of the same coin, as interpreted in Touched: Symptoms of Being Human, an athletic, interdisciplinary, evening-length dance piece by Jess Curtis/Gravity. The dance world should already be slapping its palms together for this YBCA-commissioned world premiere, because Jess Curtis is no slouch. The performance begins tonight at 8 (and continues evenings through Sunday) in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $19-25; call 978-2787 or visit www.ybca.org.
Saturday, June 4, 2005
A 35-strong gospel choir and a handsome man in a skintight white suit, a priest's collar, and a silver pompadour: No, Elvis is not alive and running his own church. It's Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, in town to pose the question: Who Will Survive the Shopocalypse? The self-styled anti-consumerist cleric produces searing revival shows against what he sees as the corporatization of America. The uninitiated can expect credit card exorcisms and lots of heartfelt hallelujahs from the converted. We encourage you to dress appropriately -- meaning don't wear a big ol' Gap T-shirt and J.Crew baseball cap -- but rolls of duct tape will be available so audience members can cover up any visible logos. Worship with the Reverend tonight (and tomorrow) at 8 at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), S.F. Admission is $10; call 863-7576 or visit www.revbilly.com.
Sunday, June 5, 2005
The Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, now in its ninth incarnation, is once again stoked to provide the public with eight unruly days of underground art. This year, organizers have made the "Arts" part official, with video and film programming, multimedia exhibits at galleries, literary happenings, and even a comedy series. But the fest still includes about a hundred bands -- don't worry about the music getting edged out. Tonight, three events announce the thrust of it all: a reading hosted by editor-with-the-mostest Gravity Goldberg at Adobe Books (3166 16th St. at Valencia) and four bands each at Café Du Nord (2170 Market at Sanchez) and the Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St. at Mission), all in S.F. Admission varies; visit www.mcmf.org for details.
Monday, June 6, 2005
As the director of groundbreaking movies like Un Chien Andalou and Belle de Jour, it's no wonder that Luis Buñuel is heralded as the Spanish-speaking world's gift to cinema. His 1950 masterpiece Los Olvidados focuses on a ragtag gang of urchins who struggle on Mexico City's streets. It was so realistic that upon its initial release, the Mexican elite pressured theaters to pull it from their screens. Even today, the images are rather shocking: Vegetarians should avert their eyes during the surrealistic dream sequence in which a woman dangles a raw piece of meat in front of the camera. Los Olvidados unspools at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 p.m. (and continues through Thursday) at the Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), S.F. Admission is $6-8.50; call 221-8184 or visit www.balboamovies.com.