We hate to harsh your San Francisco mellow, but this is an important opinion, coming to you straight from the official Web site (address below): "The 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration -- A Day On, Not a Day Off!" This motto aims to remind you that the famous civil rights activist's holiday is best celebrated with, you know, a little action in the civil rights arena. Some of you will be snowboarding anyway, but for those who may ask themselves, "What would Dr. King do?" there are plenty of activities in the city. Saturday at 11 a.m. begins the "MLK Annual Youth & Family Day Celebration" at the Yerba Buena complex, on Mission between Third and Fourth streets. Admission is free; call 978-2787. Our favorite might be the "MLK Birthday Observance" at 9 a.m. Sunday at Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis (at Taylor). Admission is free; call 674-6000. On Monday, your day "on," start with the "MLK Labor & Community Breakfast" at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness (at Pine). Admission is $50; call 643-5121. Then continue to the traditional "MLK Freedom March" at 11 a.m. at the Caltrain station, Fourth & Townsend streets. Admission is free; call (510) 268-3777 or visit www.norcalmlk.org/.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
When tales meet tech
Remember those "choose your own adventure" children's books ("Should Sam enter the cave? If yes, turn to Page 29. If no, turn to Page 11")? For many kids, such volumes represented a first foray into interactive media. But with the rise of new technology, they've got even more possibilities. Explore nonlinear narratives at "ALIVE@9th Street: Storytelling and the Internet Age," a panel discussion with filmmakers and digital pioneers who look into the unfolding options of techno-enabled tale-spinning. Among the ideas under discussion: DVD-ROMs that allow users to dive into a fable at the middle or the end and news updates that look more like feature films than columns of text. Digital artist Lynn Hershman-Leeson (Conceiving Ada, Technolust), animator Brad deGraf (Robocop 2), and others divine the future at 7 p.m. at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St. (at Howard), S.F. Admission is $5-10; call 552-5950.
-- Joyce Slaton
See the Music
Tim Bavington does the streak
To the uninformed eye, Tim Bavington's paintings of bright vertical stripes resemble TV test patterns, but in reality the images are a bit more complex. The artist creates his works by assigning a color to each note in the 12-tone musical scale and then translating songs into airbrushed bands. In this way the rough staccato skip of Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" is transformed into skinny striations of red and green, while Jimmy Page's blistering, smudgy solo in Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" ends up as fuzzy, wide lines. "Tim Bavington: New Painting" continues through Feb. 12 at the Heather Marx Gallery, 77 Geary (at Grant), Second Floor, S.F. Admission is free; call 627-9111 or visit www.heathermarxgallery.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
Turn Turn Turn
Turn Records is one of the Bay Area's best little labels, and its fifth anniversary party tonight proves it: Doctor Nurse and the vastly underrated Dying Californian open for Xiu Xiu (performing solo and acoustic), Dealership, and Track Star. Hear five reasons S.F. has that "great music town" rep at 8 p.m. at Café Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), S.F. Tickets are $8; call 861-5016 or visit www.cafedunord.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser