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Eight Days a Week

March 13-20, 2002

ALTHOUGH INITIALLY RELUCTANT to apply the f-word to herself, critically acclaimed poet, performer, and playwright Sarah Jones has become somewhat of a feminist icon since she emerged from the Nuyorican Poetry Slam scene in 1998 with her award-winning one-person show Surface Transit. She has also found herself at the forefront of a struggle for artistic political freedom. Her spoken word poem "Your Revolution," a piece loosely based on Gil Scott-Heron's classic song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and intended as a protest against the degrading treatment of women in popular music, was banned by the Federal Communications Commission on grounds of being "indecent" – even though most of the objectionable lyrics in the piece are direct quotes from songs that receive regular airplay on mainstream radio stations. Jones is suing to oppose the ban. This week she returns to San Francisco to present her second full-length solo performance piece, Women Can't Wait! The project, initially commissioned by the international women's rights group Equality Now, premiered at the United Nations' International Conference on Women's Rights in June 2000 as part of a campaign to end international discriminatory laws against women. Using only a scarf and her brilliant characterizations to effect her transformations, Jones portrays eight women from different countries (including the United States) to expose the human rights atrocities faced by women across the globe. Thurs/14-Sat/16, 8 p.m.; Sun/17, 6 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission, S.F. $17-$22. (415) 978-2787. (Lara Shalson)

March 13

Wednesday

Happy feet If you've suddenly come to the realization that your only recent exposure to music by a Spanish artist has been that Enrique Iglesias video both MTV and VH1 have on incessant rotation, it's time to set things right. On its first tour of America, Compañía Española de Antonio Márquez takes the pain out of Spain with a flamenco program that boasts 16 dancers, two vocalists, and guitar and percussion players. Company founder Márquez, who once dreamed of being a bullfighter, has been dancing since he was 12; now he leads his internationally acclaimed troupe through a three-part show that celebrates different flamenco styles: Reencuentros, choreographed by Spanish Ballet of Madrid founder José Granero; Zapateado, which takes its name from the dance form's distinctive heel tapping; and Movimiento flamenco, which celebrates flamenco's folkloric origins. Through Thurs/14. 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk. $24-$36. (510) 642-9988. (Cheryl Eddy)

March 14

Thursday

Bored again You either love or hate veteran Japanese noise band the Boredoms – there's no middle ground. Over the past 16 years the Osaka-based group has attracted a devoted worldwide fan base, though critics have branded some of their musical outpourings unlistenable. They first came to prominence stateside in the early '90s with the championing of Nirvana and Sonic Youth and the U.S. release of their breakthrough album, Pop Tatari (Reprise). These days the Boredoms are leaning more toward psychedelia and away from their noise roots, so expect a little less screaming and more blissing. American jazz and rock experimentalists Jackie-O Motherfucker open tonight; tomorrow the Boredoms will be supported by local electronic duo Blectum from Blechdom. Through Fri/15. 9 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F. $15. (415) 522-0333. (China Martens)

Prison camp OK, let's be honest. We all love women-in-prison movies. And I'm not talking Brokedown Palace here – I mean straight-up Caged Heat, Caged Fury, and Wendy O. Williams. Devout WIP fans now have the chance to see the genre onstage when Theatre Rhinoceros presents Tom Eyen's Women behind Bars, which premiered off-Broadway in 1974, once boasted Divine in the evil prison matron role, and is a "stage noir send-up" of WIP flicks, specifically the stereotype-ridden entries from the 1950s. Under director Russell Blackwood, a cast of (real) women brings a New York City women's "House of Detention" to life. Expect trash talking, colorful characters, catfights, and, natch, a shower scene. Through April 13. Previews tonight and Fri/15, 8 p.m. Opens Sat/16, 8 p.m.; Sun/17, 7 p.m. Runs Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (also Sun/24, March 31, April 7, 3 p.m.), Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St., S.F. $15-$25. (415) 861-5079. (Eddy)

March 15

Friday

Mountain air Art mined from Kentucky coal country hits the Bay Area this month with 'Voices from Home,' a traveling festival of film, music, live performance, and storytelling presented by Appalshop, the famed Appalachian Mountains-based media arts center. Events kick off tonight and tomorrow with screenings of early works by Appalshop cofounder and noted documentarian Herb E. Smith (Strangers and Kin: The History of the Hillbilly Image) and filmmaker Elizabeth Barret (Long Journey Home and Coalmining Woman), who has been affiliated with Appalshop for nearly all of its 30 years. Both filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their works. "Voices from Home" also offers up programs of new Appalshop films at the New PFA Theater (Tues/19-Thurs/21), including the California premiere of Mimi Pickering's Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song; performances in various locations around Richmond and San Pablo of Stranger at the Table, copresented by Appalshop's Roadside Theater and the East Bay Center for Performing Arts' Iron Triangle Theater; and "An Evening Honoring Hazel Dickens," an all-star hoedown at Berkeley's Freight and Salvage saluting the "first lady of old-time bluegrass music." Tonight, 7 p.m., Smith film; Sat/16, 1 p.m., Barret films, San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Building, Coppola Theater, Room 101, 1600 Holloway, S.F. Free. (415) 383-1629. For a complete schedule of events go to www.appalshop.org/voices. (Eddy)

Sugary goodness In pop music a band that's been around nearly 30 years is usually milking its nostalgia quotient or embarrassing itself with attempts to be timely. In striking and welcome contrast, the African American female a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock still cuts to the heart of the relevant issues that shape, distort, and offer hope for transforming our culture. Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 and equally informed by deep historical research and an unwavering commitment to social change, Sweet Honey taps gospel, spirituals, blues, doo-wop, and jazz for its musically complex and emotionally rousing songs of praise, love, and justice. Heard in such recent films as Freedom Never Dies, Boycott, and Freedom Song, Sweet Honey features Reagon, Carol Maillard, Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, and sign-language interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton. The group's annual Bay Area concert benefits the Breast Cancer Fund. 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk. $27-$37. (510) 642-9988. (Derk Richardson)

March 16

Saturday

Statuesque The Peacock Lounge's rare, intimate shows are equal parts rock club, church basement social, and house party, guaranteed to draw the Lower Haight flock. The Monolith are San Francisco's biggest tease, absent for months but reemerging tonight with time-capsule rock dug up by a spacey Nord synthesizer. Just when you think you have them pegged, a power guitar solo, a lazy trumpet, or Kevin Byers's caveman drum crash breaks through Bill Rousseau and Dalia Gallin's main-course harmonies. Stumbling across the Monolith is like discovering a hidden track on a well-loved '60s comp, marveling that the names Rogge (keyboards) and Russ Violet (bass) are too strange and perfect to be real, then falling for the bleeding, beating, rock and roll heart beneath their disarming pop skin. Also catch Persephone's Bees while Angelina Moysov is channeling Debbie Harry – we can only hope for a reprise of the Sweet cover "(If You Don't Go Down on Me) Someone Else Will" in transcendent, Bread-worthy, four-frontal assault. Please? DJ Scrapper gets the party started. 9 p.m., Peacock Lounge, 522 Haight, S.F. $7. (415) 621-9850. (Katje Richstatter)

Four leaves of fun Apparently not everybody wants to spend St. Patrick's Day weekend chugging pints and affecting a faux brogue. At Ghirardelli Square's St. Patrick's Day Family Event, teetotalers and family types can check out costumed high-steppers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance, traditional music by Culann's Hounds, folk tunes by Sarah Franklyn, a shamrock hunt, face painting, and balloon animals. Carolyn Power weaves Irish folk tales, highlighting ol' St. Patrick himself, who legendarily rid Ireland of snakes. Appropriately, a python and a king snake will be on hand from the Oakland Zoo to make friends with adventurous eventgoers – hey, reptiles don't hold grudges, do they? On Sunday, at the Cannery's Gaelic Gala, revelers can enjoy two performance stages with live music by San Francisco Youth Harp Ensemble, the Lain Irish Trio, and Distant Oaks, as well as stories with David Ponkey. St. Patrick's Day Family Event Sat/16, noon-4 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, S.F. Free. (415) 775-5500. Gaelic Gala Sun/17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth, S.F. Free. (415) 771-3112. (Eddy)

March 17

Sunday

Eyeball kicks Another month, another Laughing Squid Tentacle Session, and this one's a doozy: underground comic artist Paul Mavrides will be in the house to discuss a nearly three-decade career packed with sardonic goodness. Mavrides has created everything from eye-catching graphic sequences for the pro-pot doc Grass to velvet paintings to propaganda for the Church of the SubGenius. He's perhaps best known for his work illustrating The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics, or for his victorious, lengthy tax battle with the California Board of Equalization, which earned long-denied rights for cartoonists. One thing Mavrides isn't known for is making a lot of public appearances, so don't let this chance pass you by. 7:45 p.m., Spanganga, 3376 19th St., S.F. $5-$10. (415) 821-1102. (Eddy)

March 18

Monday

Swan again For most of us, Cynthia Gregory is a legendary ballerina whose work disappeared when she stepped off the stage in 1991. Dancers, especially those who made their impact before the widespread use of video, leave but ephemeral traces. If their work was recorded, because of union regulations and copyright issues it remains unavailable to all but a few initiates and scholars. The rest of us have to depend on friends' memories or written accounts of the time. That's why programs like "Words on Dance" are such great opportunities to find out what went into the dance-making of performers like Gregory, who made her impact first in San Francisco and then at the American Ballet Theater. Gregory, who seemed destined from the first for a career in show business, will be interviewed by retiring San Francisco Ballet principal Joanna Berman, who unlike Gregory chose to spend her entire career with one company. Not the least of this evening's promises are rarely seen videos of Gregory as the Black Swan, one of her reputably greatest roles. 8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, S.F. $12-$20. (415) 392-4400. (Rita Felciano)

March 19

Tuesday

Pass the salt Legends of the New Zealand noise scene and longtime beneficiaries of the coveted Thurston Moore seal of approval, the Dead C. have been doing their thing since way back in 1987. Back then they played something that resembled punk rock, sounding like the Velvet Underground getting beat up and thrown down a staircase on albums like 1989's Trapdoor Fucking Exit (Precious Metal/Siltbreeze). But ever since it's been a gradual descent into a world of drifting guitar feedback, uneasy drones, and scraping ambient haze. As part of a brief and very rare visit to the United States, they take over Galia tonight for a two-hour-plus set, and it's gonna be out there, dude. Also on the bill are L.A.'s Open City, the Curtains, and Ohio's Burning Star Core. 8:30 p.m., Galia, 2565 Mission, S.F. $7. (415) 970-9777. (Will York)

March 20

Wednesday

Bowzer not included Bearing a passing facial resemblance to Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, Sean Na Na makes upbeat acoustic music that veers toward the saccharine, but pay attention to those lyrics – they often pack a spiteful punch. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minn., Sean Na Na (a.k.a. Sean Tillman) is touring to promote his second full-length album, Your Majesty (Frenchkiss Records). Tillman, who has drawn comparisons to the similarly bitter Elliott Smith, released his debut album, Dance 'Til Your Baby Is a Man, in 2000 on Troubleman Unlimited. Tonight keep a lookout for traces of his R&B sex machine alter ego Har Mar Superstar. Local four-piece punk popsters the Influents and the Simple Things also play. 9:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $7. (415) 621-4455. (Martens)

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