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Eight Days a Week

March 6-13, 2002

WITH MICHAEL TILSON Thomas making the mainstream classical world safer for new sounds, and fertile grassroots improv and creative music scenes offering a continuous upwelling of nutrients from below, the annual Other Minds Festival reached critical mass last year. This year – the festival's eighth – Charles Amirkhanian and Jim Newman's brainchild moves to the 1,000-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theatre so that even more people can appreciate the festival's eclectic programs of modern music. Opening night (Thurs/7), Lou Harrison premieres a new work for steel guitar, and Pauline Oliveros presents a new work for her Circle Trio. On Fri/8, Harrison's 85th birthday is celebrated with performances of his works for harpsichord, tack piano, and a violin-cello-piano trio, as well as works by Annea Lockwood and Richard Buckner, Richard Teitelbaum, and Oliveros. Jazz fans will want to put the Sat/9 concert on their calendar, as pianist Randy Weston and African Rhythms close the festival, after performances of Lockwood's Immersion, Ricardo Tacuchian's Estruturas Gêmeas for Piano Four-Hands, and Tania León's Arenas d'un tiempo and Canto. Thurs/7-Sat/10. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m. (preconcert forum 7 p.m.); Sat., 7 p.m. (panel discussion 2 p.m., preconcert forum 6 p.m.), Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon, S.F. $15-$26; festival pass $40-$100. (415) 646-0760 or (415) 392-4400. (Derk Richardson)

March 6


Of one's own Internationally acclaimed experimental director Anne Bogart and the New York-based SITI Company return to the Magic Theatre with Room, a collaborative creation based on writings by Virginia Woolf. Rather than offering a biographical sketch of Woolf, the piece attempts to transform the complexities of Woolf's consciousness for a 21st century audience. Actor Ellen Lauren has described her solo performance as not so much a portrayal of Woolf as an attempt to act as a conduit between Woolf's words and the audience. Bogart is known for her intensely physical staging, drawing on techniques from postmodern dance and vaudeville. Expect highly stylized choreography developed from Bogart and Lauren's interpretations of photographs of Woolf. Later this month Bogart and SITI Company present Bob, a solo show for actor Will Bond that delves into the life and career of artist Robert Wilson. Through Sun/17. Opens tonight, 8 p.m. Runs Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m. (also Sat.-Sun., 2:30 p.m.) Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna, S.F. $22-$47. (415) 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org. (Lara Shalson)

Tabla for two Forcing his way out of the world music pigeonhole with his brilliant debut, Realize, on broad-minded local label Six Degrees, percussion maven Karsh Kale returns to San Francisco after his outstanding performances with Tabla Beat Matrix last summer. Realize is an achingly beautiful intersection of sounds and styles that skillfully avoids musical melting-pot clichés. Kale's DJ sets pair tables and tablas for intricate layers of rhythms well suited to the otherworldly atmosphere of Backflip's Wednesday-night offering, Séance, which also features tarot readers and henna artists. For those allergic to questionable ambience, Kale appears earlier tonight opening for Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra just down the street at the Great American Music Hall and Thursday evening for an in-store appearance at Amoeba Music. 9 p.m., Backflip, 601 Eddy, S.F. $10. (415) 674-9208. (Also 8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. $17. 415-885-0750.; Thurs/7, 6 p.m., Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight, S.F. Free. 415-831-1200.) (Peter Nicholson)

March 7


Three's company Despite the name, the Henry Miller Sextet is very definitely a trio. Drummer Matt Tucker came up with the name while reading Miller's Tropic of Capricorn. Tucker and vocalist-guitarist Christian Adams formed the group in 1999, then gained bassist-vocalist Chris Lanier when they moved to San Francisco from Chicago. They already have two albums to their name – Start the Insanity Now and Henry Miller Sextet (Sweet Science) – and are halfway through working on a third, Metal Never Made a Friend. Their sound is a mix of British influences and American rock, and they even welcome comparisons to Supertramp. Twain opens. 10 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, S.F. $3. (415) 923-0923. (China Martens)

March 8


Roar! Commemorate International Women's Day at (where else?) the San Francisco Women's Building, where, along with Loco Bloco, Underground Railroad, and Mission Girls, the occasion is marked with 'Celebrating the Power of Women: Sisters on the Frontlines,' a three-day extravaganza showcasing more than 30 Bay Area women artists and performers. For the event the community center is cunningly transformed into a living museum where artists and audience can engage in interactive performances in four "conceptual rooms," which address global women's issues in the home, work and school, the streets, and war zones. The event offers an eclectic, intergenerational, and multicultural mix of artists, including DJ Mariposa, performance artist Lucha, poets (and single mothers) Just Mama, Loco Bloco's women Bateria drummers, Dhaia Tribe, and others. Through Sun/10. 8 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. $5-$20. (415) 431-1180, ext. 17. (Child care available with advance reservations.) (Shalson)

Don't worry A favorite at Cal Performances, avant-garde musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson returns to Zellerbach Hall tonight with a new solo work, Happiness. Drawing on her recent experiences working at a New York City McDonald's and a Mennonite farm, Anderson, known for her groundbreaking multimedia fusions of art and technology, shifts gears this time for a piece that focuses less on technological mastery than on unleashing spontaneity and improvisation into her amalgam of storytelling and music. The move reflects Anderson's response to the events of Sept. 11. "In uncertain times we find ourselves living more intensely in the present," she says in a statement about the piece. "Happiness is meant to be flexible and in the moment." Through Sat/9. 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk. $20-$42. (510) 642-9988. (Shalson)

March 9


Tradition and innovation Opening night of the 17th annual Jewish Music Festival highlights the music and dance traditions of Central Asian Jews with a performance by the Shashmaqam Bukharan Jewish Ensemble. But the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center's 16-day event covers a lot more territory than that, finding the unique cultural developments and common ground in the Jewish diaspora. The Israeli ensemble Eyal Sela and Darma offers an original East-West fusion (Sun/10); the Gerard Edery Ensemble performs "Music in the Land of Three Faiths," from the common Spanish traditions of Jews, Muslims, and Christians (Thurs/14 and Sat/16); Joshua Waletzky and members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band introduce "New Yiddish Songs for the 21st Century" (Sun/17); Kitka and Davka premiere a new collaboration (March 23); and Michael Alpert (Brave Old World) leads an all-star band for a "Soles on Fire" klezmer dance party (March 24). The festival also includes a classical liturgy, lectures, films, and a symposium on and performance of "The Song of Songs." Through March 24. Various times and Berkeley and San Francisco venues (see Music listings, page 54, for additional shows). $10-$24. (925) 866-9559, www.brjcc.org. (Derk Richardson)

March 10


Sssoulful Somewhere along the line, soul music went very, very bad – at least if you were a fan of the greasy, sex-driven classics. Feelin' all right, all right, all right and shouting bama lama, bama loo have gone the way of the dodo, and damned if we can figure out why. But every so often, along comes some obscure godsend bent on making a righteous racket at some hole-in-the-wall, and the world becomes one big frat party for a couple of hours. And so we're stoked for the arrival of Toronto's righteous dirt merchants the Deadly Snakes. Both of their discs – 1999's Love Undone (Sympathy for the Record Industry) and last year's I'm Not Your Soldier Anymore (In the Red) – are must-haves for fans of lo-fi trash skronk, and their live show is a call for all asses (literal and figurative) to gyrate. The Nerves and the Resineators also play. 5:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $7. (415) 621-4455. (John O'Neill)

March 11


Take it off UC Berkeley has taken some knocks lately for being a little too liberal (and literal) when it comes to certain sexuality classes. But that news story got so much attention because, let's face it, sex is a pretty fascinating topic. Tonight drop by Professor Linda Williams's ongoing, open-to-the-public film series, "Cinema and the Sex Act," for a screening of Paul Morrissey's 1968 Warhol-produced Flesh. Williams, who heads up Berkeley's film studies department and counts Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible among her multiple books, introduces the film – a day-in-the-life portrait of a male hustler that is, appropriately, sex-obsessed. 7 p.m., New PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft, Berk. $4.50-$7. (510) 642-1412. (Eddy)

March 12


Party 'til you puke His first full-length hasn't even been released in the United States, but Andrew W.K. has already been hailed throughout England and even in Rolling Stone as the next savior of rock. His advantage over other hyped-up rock stars is simple, though: he is completely insane. All his songs are either about partying and/or rocking, which he makes sound like the two absolute most important things in the world. Bizarre as he may seem, AWK is not some major-label invention. His three EPs out on Michigan's tiny Bulb Records range from stadium-ready power pop to throbbing techno-party-metal; he also played in the dubious Bulb band the Pterodactyls (which spawned two other recent S.F. visitors, Wolf Eyes and 25 Suaves). This is his first Bay Area show; Louie Austen also plays. 9:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $10. (415) 621-4455. (Will York)

First and foremost The San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum continues its innovative lecture and conversation series (programmed by Bay Guardian theater critic Brad Rosenstein) with 'First Glimpse,' which features creators of upcoming Bay Area world premieres. The programs include today's talk with Alonzo King and Miya Masaoka about a new dance piece (King choreographs, Masaoka scores) premiering in April; playwright Mac Wellman, composer David Lang, American Conservatory Theater's Carey Perloff, and Kronos Quartet's David Harrington talking about the upcoming dance-theater work The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (Mon/18); and choreographer Helgi Tomasson and composer Bright Sheng talking about their new ballet Chi-Lin, premiering this spring at the San Francisco Ballet (March 26). Additionally, Sat/16 is devoted to Bay Area new music with a Bay Area Women Composers Symposium, featuring a panel of (and brief performances by) Elinor Armer, Linda Bouchard, Gabriela Lena Frank, Amy X Neuburg, and Pamela Z, with pianist Sarah Cahill as moderator. That evening Cahill performs "A Ruth Crawford Seeger Centennial Concert," including the composer's Nine Preludes and seven new works commissioned for the show. 6 p.m., San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, Veteran's Building, Fourth floor, 401 Van Ness, S.F. $10-$15. (415) 255-4800. (J.H. Tompkins)

March 13


Truth talking Former national chair of the American Indian Movement John Trudell has been using spoken word layered over Native American instrumentation, rock, and blues to memorialize the histories and struggles of his people ever since his mother-in-law, wife, and three children perished in a suspicious fire in 1979. Tonight Trudell and his Bad Dog Band kick off a tour to promote their new album, Bone Days (executive produced by actress Angelina Jolie and released on independent Daemon Records). Miguel Molina of KPFA-FM MCs the show, which also features Native American poet Tom Le Blanc, Dine spokesperson Leonard Benally, and Arlene Hamilton of Weaving for Freedom discussing the Dine struggle against forced relocation from Arizona's Big Mountain, plus special surprise guests. Proceeds will be used to establish independent indigenous radio stations in Big Mountain and surrounding areas. 7:30 p.m., Berkeley High School, Florence Schwimley Little Theater, 1930 Allston, Berk. $18. (510) 548-0542. (Camille T. Taiara)

Skulls to the fore Get out the black candles, put on your best fright face, and prepare to party death-metal style. Bombastic headliners Dimmu Borgir (loosely translated as Dark Fortress) hail from Norway. The black metal band claims inspiration from Wagner, so lead singer Shagrath's vocals sometimes veer into operatic realms. Since 1999 the six-piece's lineup has included Brit Nick Barker, previously the drummer for Cradle of Filth. Joining them are two other long established bands with a morbid world outlook: Montreal's Cryptopsy and Brazil's Krisiun. Florida's Diabolic, more recent recruits to the dark side, open. 8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. $16. (415) 885-0750. (Martens)

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