november 13
Space Cowboy Cyberlove and peeping Toms come to the fore as performance artist Deke Weaver breaks in Potrero Hill's new g2 Arts Center with his solo stage and video show Girlfriend, a series of character vignettes on the scary and hilarious aspects of love. Weaver has been eliciting tales of harrowing romance through a Website ( and a story hot line (646-0447), on which visitors may share their experiences. He will incorporate these stories into his show, with audio and text playing out in a sort of multimedia sideshow tent. Girlfriend begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Sunday) at the g2 Arts Center, 1695 18th St., S.F. Admission is $6-8; call 626-5416.

Black Comes Back It may have been her turns in Easy Rider or made-for-TV flicks like Trilogy of Terror that landed Karen Black in the cult category, but she also appeared in films that have aged well, like Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust. Black exercises her comic timing in her solo spoken-word-cum-cabaret show A View of the Heart, a collection of character sketches incorporating American literature and song, and encompassing voices from such wide-ranging talents as Katherine Anne Porter and Bessie Smith. A View of the Heart, which played last year's Solo Mio Festival, opens with a preview at 8 p.m. (and continues through Nov. 24) at the Plush Room Cabaret, 940 Sutter, S.F. Admission is $18-25; call 885-2800.

Can We Keep Him? The cuteness index soars this month when the San Francisco SPCA sets up outreach sites around town. Soft, fluffy kitties available for adoption will be shown in streetside kennels, forcing lunch-hour crowds to gaze into their friendly little faces and listen to their heart-rending meows. The felines have already been vaccinated, wormed, and spayed or neutered, and may be had for $28 with a 45-minute screening process which, according to SPCA Public Information and Education Director Lynne Spivak, involves “a little paperwork and lots of chat” regarding commitment and care. The agency discourages giving pets as gifts, but Spivak says the holidays are a good time for people who do decide to adopt to get their new pets acclimated. An adoption site will be set up at 11 a.m. (also Thursday) at One Market Plaza, 1 Market, S.F. Call 554-3000 for more information.

november 14
The Hanging Dead Deadheads will be staring at the walls at “The Art of the Dead,” a new exhibit of poster art and other assorted Grateful Dead art paraphernalia like silk-screens, photos, album covers, lithographs, logos, postcards, and tickets. Original watercolors by the late Jerry Garcia and posters like Alton Kelley's now-famous “Skull and Roses” are among the 75 to 100 framed pieces in the show. After this premiere Bay Area showing, the exhibit, like the band's recently disbanded family of fans, will pack up and hit the road, trucking to galleries across the country. The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. (and continues through January 1997) at Artrock Gallery, 1153 Mission, S.F. Admission is free; call 255-7390.

Encores Galore The uncertain fate of a 1920s-era African-American musical troupe propels One Mo' Time!, Vernel Bagneris' upbeat portrayal of that theatrical era through jazz, blues, drama, and elements of vaudeville. Jazz artist Denise Perrier, singer Michelle Lachaux, and dancer Michael LeRoy Brown are the featured performers in this piece, which inaugurates the Hansberry's '96-97 season. One Mo' Time opens with a preview at 8 p.m. (and continues through Dec. 15) at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, 620 Sutter, S.F. Admission is $18-22; call 474-8800.

Two Times Three The New Cleveland Lounge, a local jazz-funk sextet in which James Brown and the Brand New Heavies meet, headlines the first night of 330 Ritch's three-day second anniversary party. Ritch's kitchen will prepare two three-course menus (roasted cornish game hen or sauteed sea scallops Friday, paella valencia or seared rabbit stew Saturday) for the dining portion of the program, which will be followed on Friday by complimentary hors d'oeuvres and disco, funk, and '70s and '80s classics mixed by DJs George and Henry. Latin jazz from Orchestra Candela figures into the snack-and-DJ combination Saturday. The party begins tonight at 11 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 330 Ritch, S.F. Admission is $10-25; call 541-9574.

The Upshot of Snapshots Sam Abell has traveled the world, having adventures and meeting new people without having to join the military. Abell is a National Geographic photographer whose 26-year career with the magazine has sent him out on the streets of modern Ireland and the Australian Outback, covering subjects as divergent as Shaker architecture and British hedgerows. Abell offers anecdotes about his discoveries and mishaps on the road and speaks on the art of photography at 8 p.m. in the Palace of Fine Arts, Bay & Lyon, S.F. Admission is $6.50-13; call 392-4400.

november 15
For Emerald Isleophiles Ireland rules the cinematic landscape during CinemaGael, a weekendlong film and lecture program devoted to Irish moviemaking. Film scholar and journalist Joseph McBride, the scriptwriter behind Rock 'n' Roll High School, kicks off the series with “John Ford: Irish-American Filmmaker,” a lecture with clips by the director of The Quiet Man and The Last Hurrah, about whom McBride has written a book. Saturday's film program includes (among others) Draoicht, about a boy's coming of age in 1960s County Kildare, and Ailsa, the story of a young Irishman's obsession with his American neighbor. The series concludes on Sunday with the panel discussion “Irish Film: Window or Mirror to Culture?” and the world premiere of T.L. Thousand's documentary Brutality and Peace in Paradise: One Woman With a Camera, Three Years in Search of the Truth in Northern Ireland. McBride speaks tonight at 7:45 p.m. at the New College Theater, 777 Valencia, S.F.; followed by a reception at 9:30 p.m. in the New College Cultural Center, 776 Valencia, S.F. Admission to both events is $5. Saturday screenings begin at noon at the Roxie Cinema, 3125 16th St. The panel discussion is held at 2:30 p.m. and Thousand's film screens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the New College Theater. For tickets and more information on the festival, call 252-9992. [page]

Get On Up Chinese pole acrobatics, with its intense reliance on upper-body strength, is dominated by male performers, but that didn't dissuade choreographer Jo Kreiter. She studied the form last year at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts and then added it to her already physically demanding technical arsenal. Six dancers join Kreiter in her new collaborative piece, Hoist, which defies expectations and gravity in its emphasis on women's strength and exploration of the social forces encouraging vulnerability. An original electronic sound score by Pamela Z and an aerial apparatus designed to challenge the body's physical limits sets the stage for Hoist, which begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Nov. 24) at Brady Street Dance Center, 60 Brady, S.F. Admission is $12; call 558-9355.

november 16
Seek and Ye Might Find Matchmaking is a specialty of the International Soundex Reunion Registry, which reunites children, birth parents, and other family members separated by adoption and other types of dislocation. People seeking relatives must be at least 18 years old, and should try to include all the information they have about birth dates, locations, and circumstances when they sign themselves up. This is a mutual-consent registry, meaning that once the service has matched registered parties, it calls each to ask about making contact with the other. Clients who have used the service, with which thousands of people are registered, will help others searching for relatives at International Search Registration Day. Lists of local support groups, books, and info on locating family members will be available as well. Local tables are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grove Cafe, 2250 Chestnut, S.F., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berkeley. Registration is free; call (510) 653-4637 for more information or to volunteer.

Get the Picture? Interesting new developments have cropped up at Photo Metro magazine, which features the work of emerging and established photographers in the pages of its six annual issues. An auction to benefit the 15-year-old magazine will include work by Ruth Bernhard, Imogen Cunningham, Duane Michals, Richard Misrach, and several others; author/curator Peter Hay Halpert, a contributing editor at American Photo, acts as auctioneer. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Photo Metro Gallery, 17 Tehama, S.F. Admission is free, or $10 with catalog, cocktail buffet, and bidding privileges; call 243-9917.

Shooting Is Murder Documentarians Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky ran into one hassle after another in trying to broker an acceptable distribution deal for their 1992 film Brother's Keeper, despite the buzz the film generated on the festival circuit and the Audience Award it won at Sundance. Berlinger is coming to town to discuss the ups and downs of documentary filmmaking, the self-distribution route the pair took to circumvent the problem, and their new film, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, the gripping and true tale of a murder trial in a small Arkansas town. Paradise won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Fest; it opens one day prior to the lecture at the Lumiere. Berlinger speaks at 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Admission is $8-10; call 552-8760.

Panty Raid Antonio Sabato Jr., the Calvin Klein underwear pinup boy recently described as “shaggable” on national TV by an ebullient RuPaul, will be greeting fans and putting his John Hancock on special-edition posters from the ad campaign during a Macy's in-store appearance. Sabato's pouty countenance has prompted giggles and sighs from more than just 7-foot drag queens during a modeling and acting career that has included roles as Jagger on General Hospital and Jack Parezi on Melrose Place. His visit marks the grand opening of a CK underwear “concept” shop; no word yet from the store's publicity department on what he'll be wearing. The fun begins at 2 p.m. in the men's underwear department at Macy's, Stockton & O'Farrell, S.F. Admission is free; call 393-3724.

november 17
Turn the Beat Around The Beat Generation's local regeneration continues with “Queer Beats: A Symposium,” featuring beat scholars and authors Maria Damon, Harold Norse, and Scott Watson discussing their work with moderator Robert GlYck, author of Jack the Modernist. The symposium will focus on beat identity and aesthetics as they relate to sexuality — particularly homosexuality — by addressing subjects like William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, censorship, feminism, degeneracy, and scatology. “Queer Beats” begins at 10:30 a.m. at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Admission is $15-20, with a box lunch for $7; call 552-7200 to register.

november 18
Everything Has Its Price Duke University English professor Reynolds Price has evidently taken academe's “publish or perish” edict to heart: He has written over 30 books, among them Kate Vaiden and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Collected Stories. A model of literary versatility, Price can also claim to his professional credit plays, poetry, essays, short stories, Bible translations, and … James Taylor lyrics. When he isn't writing, he does commentary for National Public Radio. Fiction writer Gregory Riley interviews Price onstage at 8 p.m. in the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $16; call 392-4400.

november 19
Can You Dig It? The future is already history and the forgetful are doomed in “Digging the Future Live,” a solo performance and video showcase predicting an intersection among religion, technology, science, and terrorism. In Tools of Our Ancestors B.C., video artists Dave and Cathy Spensley juxtapose an all-digital future with the tools of the art world's past; Nena St. Louis plays Dr. Nisso Grossman, a scientist whose Nobel Prize is revoked after his nefarious population control project runs amok, in Dr. Grossman's Confession; Mark Morey performs in Greg Beato's “Address,” the second act in a five-act play about an aspiring religious leader whose theology is part Christian mysticism, part virtual reality; and Stephen Jacob invokes nuclear threats in Amid Cerebral Nightscreams. “Digging the Future Live” begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $6-10; call 826-5750. [page]

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