Despite advances in treatment and reductions in transmission rates in the U.S., HIV/AIDS remains the foremost issue in the public health consciousness — here in San Francisco, across the nation, and overseas where the epidemic is at its worst. Few are those who have been completely unaffected by the disease; dreamers, lovers, artists, and business owners have all seen, felt, or experienced some of the losses that the AIDS crisis has wrought. Among Bay Area artists in particular, the epidemic fuels a substantial amount of creative thought, some of which is expressed this week in commemoration of World AIDS Day Wednesday. Events include:
“Art by Women and Children Living With HIV”: opening weekend, including holiday gifts and refreshments Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Showing at St. Paulus Lutheran Church, 930 Gough (at Eddy), S.F. Art will be on display through December. Admission is free; call 621-1714.
Grove Award Presentation: to be presented to AIDS activist Celi Adams, who founded Home Care Companions, an organization working to teach people basic and practical home-nursing skills for those living with HIV. Supervisor Mark Leno and the Rev. Cecil Williams will preside over the ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, in the meadow of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free; call 750-8340.
“Three Short Dramatic Pieces”: Irl Mowery's one-act plays Reaching Out and Topping Out deal with differing sides of the AIDS crisis, from a father mourning his gay son's death to childhood friends reuniting to construct an AIDS hospice. In Christopher Woods' monologue Chimayo, a character has one last request: a trip to a tiny New Mexico town renowned for its miracles. The performance begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka, S.F. Admission is free; call 554-0402.
Day With(out) Art: installation of works by three-person collaborative General Idea (two of whom died from AIDS in 1994). On display Thursday through Tuesday at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is $5-9; call 357-4000.
Hard Candy: workshop production of Joseph C. Wilson's play about a young man who's been selected at random as the guinea pig for a highly publicized new AIDS treatment. He finds out that the selection may not be as random as he'd thought. Performances at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday (Dec. 8) at Theater Rhinoceros Studio, 2926 16th St. (at Mission), S.F. $10 donation requested (no one turned away for lack of funds); call 487-7633.