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Eight Days a Week

April 10-17, 2002

FEAR NOT THAT the performance might fail to transcend the concept when tenor saxophonist David S. Ware plunges into the seemingly lofty assignment to "reimagine" the 1958 Sonny Rollins classic "Freedom Suite." Inspired by his encounters with racial discrimination in New York City housing, Rollins recorded the 20-minute classic with Oscar Pettiford on bass and Max Roach on drums. When the 52-year-old New Jersey-born Ware interprets the piece, as part of the SFJAZZ Spring Season's weeklong homage to Rollins, it will be as part of what many believe to be the most viscerally exciting and consistently creative quartet turning jazz on its ear today, with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker, and drummer Guillermo E. Brown. Commanding an earthy, robust tone and awesome facility throughout his horn's range, Ware will no doubt bring a shattering notion of freedom to the melodically rooted composition by his former mentor and informal jam partner from the 1960s. The quartet will also premiere an SFJAZZ-commissioned original work. Thurs/11, 8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard, S.F. $22-$28. (415) 788-7353. For other "Celebrating Sonny Rollins" events go to www.sfjazz.org. (Derk Richardson)

April 10


Canvas of movement Marc Chagall and Joanna Haigood together – what a great idea. You wonder why these two kindred spirits haven't met before: Chagall, a fanciful painter of floating steeples and flying donkeys; Haigood, a pioneer in aerial dance and a poet of memory who gently re-creates the past so we can taste it. Both are oblivious to such mundane aspects of life as sequential logic and the pull of gravity, and they work in images that are as delicate as they are sensually seductive. Zaccho Dance Theatre's The View from Here, Haigood's first work after an extended maternity leave, is inspired as much by Chagall's style as by the specificity of his work – and don't be surprised if somebody that you think you've seen somewhere before floats by. Joining Haigood's nine dancers are set designer Wayne Campbell, lighting designer Alexander Nichols, and costume designer Callie Floor. The score is by Zachary Carrettin and longtime collaborator Lauren Weinger. Through Sat/13. 8 p.m., Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. $18-$20. (415) 621-7797. (Rita Felciano)

April 11


All-access pass What do bicycles, ballet, and watercolors have in common? They each have the power to move us in unique ways to places we may never have been before. Such ability is the motivating force behind Vehicular Motion, the third annual festival sponsored by Very Special Arts, an organization that seeks to promote awareness and involvement of artists with disabilities within the greater arts community. Adult and youth artists with and without disabilities come together to explore the festival's theme through a range of media. Tonight's opening reception features live music by Corner Tour with improvisational scat by Ron Jones and Joe Asaro, and performances by Aviatrix Aerial Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Bicycle Ballet. Next week a daylong event will include performances by Recreation Center for the Handicapped's Theatre Unlimited, videos, and interactive workshops on topics including improvisational dance and "car art." Reception 5-7:30 p.m. (Exhibit Tues.-Sun., noon-4 p.m. Through April 26; event Fri/19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, S.F. Free. (415) 436-9724. (Lara Shalson)

History repeated It's been 12 years since Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Derryl Cherney filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oakland Police Department, alleging that the agencies framed them for, essentially, bombing their own vehicle. They charge that the explosion and the agencies' mishandling of the case were an attempt to disrupt Earth First!'s activities to stop the logging of ancient redwood trees in Headwaters forest. The case finally went to trial this week. Given the post-Sept. 11 crackdown on domestic dissent, the timing couldn't be more paradoxical. Supporters of Bari, who passed away in 1997, and Cherney have organized a succession of Thursday forums to keep the trial – and the United States' history of misdeeds against its own citizenry – in the public eye. And who better to inaugurate the series than venerable Native American activist and educator Ward Churchill (author of The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent and Agents of Repression: The FBI Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement, among various other titles) Tonight, Churchill – one of the world's foremost authorities on digging up dirt on the FBI – lectures on the agency's infamous COINTELPRO program and the case of Leonard Peltier, at an engagement including an update on the Bari-Cherney trial. 7 p.m., New College of California Theater, 777 Valencia, S.F. $5-$15. (510) 548-3113. (Camille T. Taiara)

April 12


No limits Canadian dancer Lynda Raino knows something that women in Polynesian and Middle Eastern cultures have known for a long time: you don't have to be thin to be beautiful, and you don't have to be skinny to be a dancer. Raino is the founder-director of Big Dance, a Victoria, B.C., company made up of women whose body size would seem to keep them out of the dance studio. That's why 10 years ago Raino started dance classes specifically designed for large women. In their second appearance at "Bodies in Motion," a concert that debuted locally last year, Big Dance present a program created by guest choreographers from Canada. The company is joined by local groups Fat Chance Belly Dance and Big Moves Dancers, who premiere a new work by San Francisco choreographer Joe Landini. Through Sat/13. 8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F. $18-$20. (415) 863-9834. (Felciano)

April 13


Go your own way Big-ass summer movies are right around the corner, so before the merch-heavy superheroes and Jedi knights get the better of you, do a little preventive soul cleansing at Other Cinema tonight with Michael Dean's D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist. Dean's hour-long documentary is a paean to American indie artists of all stripes – Ian MacKaye, Lydia Lunch, Lynn Breedlove, Mike Watt, Jim Rose, and Beth Lisick are just some of the participants in this exploration of how creative types pursue their art regardless of what the Man has to say about it. Also on the bill are two films that pay tribute to the Butthole Surfers and Miles Montalbano's comedy short "Love and the Monster." 8:30 p.m., Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. $5. (415) 824-3890. (Also Sun/14, 8:30 p.m., Spaz Warehouse, 705 Bancroft, Berk. 510-841-1561. Donations accepted.) (Cheryl Eddy)

April 14


With honors Expanding on their goal of raising awareness about poverty and racism through their own writing and activism, the venerable participants in the Po' Poets Project, an offshoot of Poor Magazine, present their first annual Resistance Awards Dinner, honoring a slate of handpicked individuals who have surmounted hardships to become community role models. The list of 17 honorees includes not only recognizable names like spoken word artist Piri Thomas and writer Johnny Spain but also individuals like David Smith, a young, disabled African American poet who has persisted in the face of discrimination and gentrification. Each award winner receives a personalized kinetic sculpture and a poem performed in praise of his or her accomplishments; the event also includes a gourmet dinner, the official release of tribute book The Resistance Awards, and no doubt plenty of inspiration. 5 p.m., International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 6, union hall, 255 Ninth St., S.F. $1-$100. (415) 863-6306 (reservations recommended). (Eddy)

Glam it up OK, admit it – even us women have had drag queen tendencies. When we gobbed on thick layers of cherry Bonne Bell and strutted around the school yard with our T-shirts made into makeshift crop tops, we truly understood what it meant to be fabulous. So why should it be, now that we're all grown-up, that the boys get to have all the fun playing at being girls? Well, not necessarily: with the annual Faux Queen Pageant, the Klubstitute Kollective created an event where girls who like to be boys being girls can indulge their affinities for big hair, overdone makeup, and strategically placed padding and win prizes to boot! The event returns for the seventh year to honor "genetically challenged drag queens" and raise funds for the Women's Community Clinic and San Francisco Sex Information. Contestants will be evaluated on drag, talent, and personality by an all-star panel of judges, including local drag personality Ruby Toosday and gender bender Fairy Butch. Enter yourself or help pick the winner by tipping your favorite performer. 9 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F. $8-$25 (no one turned away for lack of funds). (415) 331-1500, ext. 3438. (Shalson)

April 15


Here comes trouble Erin Weber and Kim West, the laconically cool mic masters of Crack: We Are Rock, like to play around with the sounds their mouths make. On their recent 12-inch split EP with Detroit's Wolf Eyes (F-Cute), they pant and chirp like hyperreal replicant girls while pumping out down and dirty electro grooves with the masked men that back them. Onstage you get to check them out in their hand-stitched Pat Benatar of Polk Street apparel doing backbends on each other while simultaneously delivering lines that extol the benefits of gay parents ("My dad's boyfriend takes me shopping, buys me nice things"). C:WAR open tonight's Trouble Club production (a joint effort by several local labels, such as Tigerbeat6, Orthlorng Musork, and Incomplet), forming a seam between San Francisco's electro and noise punk scenes. And, damn, if that doesn't grab you people, the Trouble Club will be distributing a free CD compilation. Go forth and dance. Uprock, Numbers, Sutekh, Kit Clayton, Jamie Lidell, and Kid 606 also perform. 8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. $10. (415) 885-0750. (Deborah Giattina)

April 16


Scat cat Chicago-based 34-year-old hipster and former divinity student Kurt Elling has already received a handful of Grammy nominations for his unique jazz vocal stylings. On his latest album, Flirting with Twilight (Blue Note), Elling reinterprets the Glenn Miller standard "Moonlight Serenade" and the Stephen Sondheim show tune "Not while I'm Around" along with 10 other ballads. Famed for his scat singing, which shows off his four-octave range, Elling is also known for vocalese: setting lyrics to well-known instrumental solos. He's aptly supported in his endeavors by the other Kurt Elling Quartet members: pianist and longtime collaborator Laurence Hobgood, bassist Rob Amster, and drummer Michael Raynor. Through Wed/17. 8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakl. $18. (510) 238-9200. (China Martens)

Re: verse Tonight offers the perfect chance to check out New Langton Arts' new "Diaspora Poetics" series – created to highlight writers from different cultural backgrounds who work with themes of "being and belonging" – when Summi Kaipa and K. Silem Mohammad take their places behind the mic. Kaipa, a sometimes Bay Guardian contributor, shares poems from her new work in progress, Was. Or. Am., which draws on inspirations as diverse as Emily Dickinson and the classical Indian epic The Mahabharata. Mohammad, noted for his nonconformist style, shares recent poems from a new, as yet untitled series. 8 p.m., New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom, S.F. $4-$6. (415) 626-5416. (Eddy)

Samba nova Vivendo de Pão may have been the first local band to bring Brazilian-flavored funk to the Elbo Room, but up-and-coming groups like Bat Makumba and Nobody from Ipanema are quickly establishing themselves as San Francisco's new torchbearers of infectious, samba-influenced sounds. The latter septet perform joyful and passionate versions of post-bossa nova Afro-Brazilian classics. Tunes by Tropicalia maestros Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil shimmy alongside more modern funk gems from Jorge Ben and Carlinhos Brown over the course of NFI's fiery sets. Dance fiends looking for a sweaty, good time tonight need search no further. 10 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, S.F. $6. (415) 552-7788. (Dave Pehling)

April 17


Eat yer meat Leave it to Buzz Presents and Skycastle Records – the creative masterminds behind recent memorable productions of the Who's Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, and Jesus Christ Superstar – to take on the task of bringing Pink Floyd: The Wall to the stage. And we're not talking a re-creation of the movie here – this Wall offers up an all-new interpretation of the stoner classic, with a full band, actors, original film projections by John Jansen of Green Mill Filmworks, and a light show by Jerry Abrams. Buzz-Skycastle hopes to someday mount their own original rock opera, but for now ... Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone! Opens tonight, 9:30 p.m. Runs Wednesdays and May 23, 9:30 p.m. Through May 23. Studio Z, 314 11th St., S.F. $10. (415) 252-7666. (Eddy)

Cold comfort English electronic trio Fridge are on their first ever U.S. tour, showcasing their latest album, Happiness (Temporary Residence), which has a more laid-back and bare-bones sound than their previous three more involved and frenetic albums. The five-year-old London-based band, made up of childhood friends, started out playing music together while in school. Now in their early 20s, the band members are making music that's drawing comparisons with the likes of Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Massive Attack, and Tortoise. Guitarist Kieran Hebden has also recorded electronic music inspired by hip-hop under the aliases Four Tet and Joshua Falken. Texas indie rockers Explosions in the Sky and local largely instrumental trio Tarentel also play. 9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. $12.50. (415) 885-0750. (Martens) The Bay Guardian listings deadline is two weeks prior to our Wednesday publication date. To submit an item for consideration, please include the title of the event, date and time, venue name, street address (listing cross streets only is not sufficient), city, telephone number readers can call for more information, telephone number for media, admission costs, and a brief description of the event. Send information to Listings, 520 Hampshire St., S.F. 94110; fax to (415) 487-2506, or e-mail (no attachments, please) to listings@sfbg.com. We cannot guarantee the return of photos, but enclosing an SASE helps. We regret we cannot accept listings over the phone.