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Feb. 6-13, 2002

NOW THAT ZIPPY the Pinhead has been saved from the San Francisco Chronicle chopping block by a band of costumed, doughnut-wielding protesters (and many reader complaints), it's time to really celebrate those nimble-minded (and -handed) comic artists of the small press and copy-machine-and-a-stapler variety. That's right, the Alternative Press Expo is back in town. The largest event of its ilk in the country, APE is your chance to meet nearly 200 creators of comics, zines, and anthologies, and to check out panels on the history, future, and how-to of the art. In conjunction with the expo, Last Gasp and Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery present 'InkPushers!,' a multimedia extravaganza featuring installations by comic luminaries such as Jordan Crane, editor and publisher of the comic anthology-art book extraordinaire Non (pegged by Time as one of 2001's best comic books), Harvey Award winner Steven Weissman (of Yikes and Tykes fame), muralist Andrew Schoultz, and silk-screen wizard Mats!? A "cult atmosphere" is promised, and though that's hard to define, a paranormal projection séance by local dynamo Christine Shields, psychopathic animation by France's Dernier Cri Videos, and live music by the Spider Compass Good Crime band, self-described "sound vultures," could sum it up. Alternative Press Expo Sat/9, noon-6 p.m.; Sun/10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna, S.F. $6 ($10 for both days). www.comic-con.org. InkPushers! Sat/9, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, 2811 Mission, S.F. $3. (415) 920-0896, www.hi-horse.com/inkpushers.html. (M.P. Klier)

Feb. 6


Good Guy In 1968, Vanguard Records released the seminal Buddy Guy album, A Man and the Blues. Over the ensuing three decades, despite the Louisiana-born guitarist's legendary affiliation with harmonica player Junior Wells, Guy's fans have often bemoaned the fact that his later recordings rarely matched the spontaneous power of his live performances. Last year Silvertone Records released the now Grammy-nominated Sweet Tea, on which the 65-year-old veteran of the Chicago electric blues scene sounds totally revitalized. Unencumbered by the pop-star baggage that weighed down many of his recent albums, and fueled by material from the north Mississippi hill-country blues of Junior Kimbrough and T-Model Ford (and backed by some of the region's players), Guy lets loose some of the fiercest playing and grittiest singing of his career, which bodes well for a fiery show from the man Eric Clapton once called the best guitar player alive. Joe Bonamassa opens. 8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary, S.F. $30. (415) 346-6000. (Derk Richardson)

Feb. 7


Drawing attention Editorial cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz gets a lot of hate mail. He think it's pretty darn funny, and so should you. In fact, if you show up for his book signing, he'll even read you some of his hate-mail greatest hits. The laugh-out-loud lampooner of Pat Buchanan ("author of Mein Kampf Soup for the Soul"), Hollywood ("why can't all Mexicans be like The Mexican?"), and other worthy targets, Alcaraz just released his 2002 Cartoonista Calendar. Now the creator of the comic strip La Cucaracha is stopping off in San Francisco to sign copies of the calendar as well as the book Latino USA: A Cartoon History, which he illustrated. To top it all off, he'll present a good, old-fashioned slide show of his work. 7:30 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 282-9246. (Nancy Einhart)

Keepin' it 'Realist' From 1958 through 2001, social satirist, political comic, and irreverent journalist Paul Krassner published the Realist, whose motto was "Irreverence is our only sacred cow." Krassner was there in the bad old days, and he's here today – using humor and wit to skewer the political status quo. Krassner's work has particular relevance today, when civil rights have been stripped to the bone by a right-wing administration, when the religious right's influence in American political and social life is enormous, and when the war on terrorism threatens to give new meaning to the notion that "justice is blind." Krassner has been everywhere, done everything, and he's alive to talk about it in his show, The Devil in Me. 8 p.m., Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison, Berk. $16.50. (510) 548-1761. (Also Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., the Marsh, 1062 Valencia, S.F. $15. 415-826-5750.) (J.H. Tompkins)

Feb. 8


Digital be damned Even Arnold fans can put Collateral Damage on hold till tomorrow in honor of Doctor Zombie's Moviola Massacre, a one-night-only cinema event taking place at San Francisco State University. The installation and performance represents the thesis project of MFA student Travis Leland, but this ain't your typical student film. Leland's piece explores the wonders of the soon-to-be-obsolete flatbed editing system by patching together footage plucked from SFSU trash bins. The resulting "works of pure editing," which are screened on Moviola flatbeds, are abstract and fleeting – see 'em now, before digital drives this technique into complete extinction. 7-9:30 p.m., San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Building, Room 445, 1600 Holloway, S.F. Free. (415) 487-1362. (Cheryl Eddy)

Good 'n' plenty Graciousness is not the first thing people usually associate with contemporary art, but it's an attribute that resonates in the current harsh climate. Which is why 'Generosity Projects: Strategies for Exchange in Contemporary Art,' California College of Arts and Crafts' weekend symposium and extended project series on the artistic acts of giving and exchange, is so darn appealing. Peter Coyote, a cofounder of the legendary Diggers, the Situationist-style 1960s group that set up a revolutionary free store in the Haight, graciously delivers a keynote speech the night before a panel of artists and curators adds its two cents to the topic. Through Tues/12, artists present projects that are interactive in the most benevolent ways. Local textile designer Michael Swain, for example, will do free alterations from a cart on the street, and Italian artist Cesare Pietroiusti will trade lessons in practical skills on the CCAC campus. Keynote address tonight, 7:30 p.m.; symposium Sat/9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., California College of Arts and Crafts, Timken Lecture Hall, 1111 Eighth St., S.F. Free. (415) 551-9210, www.ccac-art.edu. (Glen Helfand)

Feb. 9


Paid to B nastee As ancient hair metal bands continue to emerge from the woodwork in search of a nostalgia-driven payoff, one has to wonder if Bay Area purveyors of spandex-clad mayhem Pantz Noyzee, will ever get their due. Led by comically coiffured frontman Dancyr Wylde and shred-o-matic guitarist Likki Lixx (bassist Rocky Manchildo and drummer Vinnie Apathy round out the group), Pantz Noyzee have been flogging cocaine-party anthems on the club scene for more years than most of the band's members would care to admit. Though on an extended hiatus owing to Wylde's recent "film work" in Los Angeles (the result of which will hopefully not be appearing in a luridly marketed video à la Pamela and Tommy Lee), the band have reconvened to lay down tracks for an upcoming album. Longtime Pantz fans and hip, nouveau-metal kids sporting secondhand Ratt T-shirts are advised to attend this rare live appearance. Hello Donkey, the Scurvy Bastards, and Genghis and the Cons open the show. 9:30 p.m., Covered Wagon Saloon, 917 Folsom, S.F. $8. (415) 974-1585. (Dave Pehling)

Saddle up To celebrate the Year of the Horse, the San Francisco Symphony has rounded up crouching tigers, hidden dragons, lion dancers, and Chinese drummers. At the 'Chinese New Year Celebration' concert guests can sample Chinese music of yesterday and today, including the Academy Award-winning music of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, new work by local composer Gang Situ commissioned expressly for the event, and the Butterfly Lovers concerto performed by traditional Chinese violin player Jiebing Chen. Be sure to show up an hour before show time for a veritable festival in the lobby, where you can sample dim sum, get your fortune told, and learn traditional crafts such as lantern making. Throughout the afternoon lion dancers, ribbon dancers, and martial arts experts will be on hand to entertain. 2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, S.F. $12-$40. (415) 864-6000. (Einhart)

Feb. 10


Real American heroes Bay Area-Los Angeles free-form punk duo Pink and Brown should have their own action figures. Then I could re-create their exciting stage antics – like Brown's ritualistic destruction of his drum kit – in the privacy of my own home. For that extrarealistic touch, I'd play their new split 12-inch with Death Drug, out on Load Records, loud enough to get the cops over. It wouldn't be as cool as watching the full-size drummer and guitarist perform tonight with the Lowdown, Total Shutdown, Nice Nice, and Das Yellow Swans, but at least I'd get to find out what's under their costumes. 5:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $7. (415) 621-4455. (Deborah Giattina)

Feb. 11


I am woman Though she is best known for her wildly successful Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler is also recognized as one of today's most outspoken and influential activists in the arena of women's rights. Monologues was originally intended to increase public awareness of domestic violence, and its effectiveness prompted the creation of the V-Day Foundation, which funds organizations dedicated to stopping violence against women, both locally and internationally. In honor of V-Day 2002, Ensler shares her thoughts on the plight of women in Afghanistan and explain how the misogyny they endure affects women all over the world. The talk – titled "For Women, Afghanistan Is Everywhere" – precedes an already sold-out V-Day benefit performance of Monologues. Wine and cheese reception 5:15 p.m.; program 6 p.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, S.F. $9-$12. (415) 597-6705, www.commonwealthclub.org. (Meryl Cohen)

Feb. 12


Bayou boogie If you haven't spent much time in Louisiana, you may not be too versed in Mardi Gras, aside from those Girls Gone Wild videos. While the holiday provides plenty of opportunities for debauchery, a hearty Fat Tuesday needs a helping of foot-stomping Cajun clamor to be truly complete. So, to add some flavor to the Bay Area's fais do do, Beausoleil, probably the country's best-known Cajun band, comes to Ashkenaz for a night of Louisiana-style letting loose. Led by virtuoso fiddler Michael Doucet, this six-piece band has been combining Caribbean rhythms with New Orleans jazz and blues for 20 years. So put on your dancing shoes and help break in the brand-new Ashkenaz dance floor when Beausoleil brings its Mardi Gras to the Bay Area. 8 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berk. $16. (510) 525-5054. (Einhart)

Deepest bluest Chomp down on boring old Tuesday evening with marine biologist Dr. Ellen Pikitch's free lecture 'Talk on the Wild Side: Sharks!' For those who keep tabs on newsworthy American shark activity, summer 2001 was pretty exciting, offering up a lost limb or tabloid-ready close encounter nearly every week. But in the grand scheme of things it's the ocean's toothiest predators that increasingly are feeling the bite of human interference. Tonight, Pikitch, who is director of the Marine Conservation Program and part of the Ocean Wildlife Campaign, discusses shark biology and behavior and sharks' importance in ocean ecology. 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, S.F. Free. (415) 557-4277. (Eddy)

Feb. 13


Free Huey Those of you who didn't catch Roger Guenveur Smith's fascinating solo show, A Huey P. Newton Story, when he performed it on the stage a few years ago are in luck: director Spike Lee has, with Smith, turned it into a film that's airing on your local television set. Smith's Story is a finely nuanced look at the late founder of the Black Panther Party – a portrait of a complicated man, his courage and incredible audacity, and his fall into petty thugism and drug addiction. The film's screening is part of KQED's Black History Month programming, but the issues Newton and the Panthers confronted – among them police brutality, poverty, education, hunger, and free speech – are all too real in the present tense. At a time when the media is turning '60s rebellion into a cartoon via the SLA, A Huey P. Newton Story adds some depth to the issues. 9 p.m., KQED, channel 9. www.kqed.org. (Tompkins)

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