Arts and Entertainment
Events listings are compiled by Sarah Han. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.
'Betting on the Future' Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market; 800-847-7730. 7pm, $10-15. Long Bets Foundation cofounder Stewart Brand and editor at large at Wired magazine Kevin Kelly discuss the importance of responsibly envisioning the future.
'Crop Rods' Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. 7-9:30pm, $6-10 museum admission. Artists, including Mark Brest van Kempen, Carol Selter, and Keith Evans, demonstrate their sculptures and installations that use human technology to grow and interact with plants.
Robert Jamal Al Din Black Dot, 2364 E. 15th St, Oakl; (510) 533-6629. 6:30-8pm, free. The founder of Nommo Spirit Music discusses his work and the rap and hip-hop scene today.
Sylvia Brownrigg Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses her novel, Pages for You.
Anthony Doerr, Sara Backer A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The authors discuss their works.
Edwin Dreschel Monticello Inn, 127 Ellis; 394-0661. 5:30pm. The author reads from his book, From Venezuela with Love.
Lambda Literary Awards reading San Francisco Public Library, Harvey Milk Branch, 3555 16th St; 431-0171. 6:30pm, free. Kirk Read and Michelle Tea host a reading by Lamba Literary Award winners Carol Queen, Justin Chin, Jess Wells, Robert Mainardi, and others.
Richard Rodriguez Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness; 392-4400. 8pm, $18. The author discusses his work with Nicole Sawaya; proceeds benefit the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library.
Helen Zia University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk; 422-6357. 5:45pm. The author reads from and discusses My Country Versus Me.
Kathleen Norris Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The author reads from The Virgin of Bennington.
David Wetzel Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 644-3635. 7pm. The author reads from and signs A Duel of Giants.
'Dual Spring 2002 Furniture Design Show' 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna; 595-6454. 5-9pm, free. This event features hand-crafted furniture designed specifically for DJs.
'Whipsmart: A Good Vibrations Guide to Beginning S/M for Couples' premiere Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St; 863-1087. 7-9:30pm. Dominatrix Mistress Morgana explains BDSM terminology during this screening of the how-to video Whipsmart: A Good Vibrations Guide to Beginning S/M for Couples.
Ward Churchill New College Theater, 777 Valencia; (510) 548-3113. 7pm, $5-15. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.
'The Second Annual BAPArts Spring Benefit Gala and Performances' Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Reception, 6pm; performance, 8pm, $25-50. Bay Area Performing Arts presents a fundraiser featuring dance performances by Kunst-Stoff, RAPT Performance Group, Janice Garrett and Dancers, and the Foundry; tonight, a reception precedes the performances. Also Fri/12.
William Carter Foto-Grafix Books, 655 Mission; 495-7242. 7pm. The photographer discusses and signs his new book, Illuminations.
Nona Caspers, Louise Rafkin Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. 8pm, $5-10. The authors discuss, sign, and read from their works.
David Hadju A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author celebrates the paperback release of Positively 4th Street.
Laurell K. Hamilton Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author reads from and signs A Caress of Twilight.
Alice Walker Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin; 575-6175. 7:30pm, $15-25. The celebrated author discusses religion and healing in a presentation called "Healing the Universal Heart."
Nick Reding Get Lost Travel Books, 1825 Market; 437-0529. 7pm. The author reads from his debut book, The Last Cowboys at the End of the World.
Laurie King Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The author reads from her mystery novel, Justice Hall.
Gregory Stock Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author talks about Redesigning Humans: Choosing Your Child's Genes.
Michael Wenger Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author discusses Wind Bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center, 1968-2001.
'Village Rhythms: African Percussion, Community, and Insight' California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission; 575-61785. 7-9pm, $15. Onye Onyemaechi discusses and demonstrates African percussion.
'Visions 2002 - Art!' Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. 10am-5pm, $4-6 museum admission. The Garden Club of America presents a flower show featuring speakers, flower-arrangement displays, and more. Through Sun/14.
Art auction and benefit for Ray Patlan Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, 2811 Mission; 920-0896. 8pm-midnight. The silent auction features works by 18 artists including Rigo, Juana Alicia, Brett "Dizney" Cook, Spain Rodriguez, and others, plus a live music performance by Mason Hamblin; proceeds benefit artist Ray Patlan.
Eccentric Design Group party Golden Pacific Brewery, 1404 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 848-9400. 8pm-2am, $20. Eccentric Design Group presents two evenings featuring art installations and soundscapes by Therm, LightFantastic, Kellick, Sun Brothers, Reverend Screaming Fingers, and DJ Vordo; proceeds benefit the production of works by Therm and LightFantastic. Also Sat/13.
'The Second Annual BAPArts Spring Benefit Gala and Performances' Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. 8pm, $18-25. See Thurs/11.
'12th Annual Hayes Valley Merchants Spring Block Party' 300-500 blocks of Hayes Street; 255-9307. 6-10pm. The merchants of Hayes Valley extend their shop hours and invite all to this block party featuring food, drink, a raffle, and more; proceeds from the raffle benefit Creativity Explored.
'Zoe's Musical Fairy Tale Benefit Concert' Community Music Center, 544 Capp; (510) 534-7464. 8pm, $5-10. Zoe Vandemeer presents a rock opera featuring Jami Herrera to benefit the Community Music Center.
Comedy benefit Montclair Women's Cultural Art Club, 1650 Mountain Blvd, Oakl; (510) 466-5050. 8-10pm, $15. Comedians Diane Amos, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Julia Jackson, Darrick Richardson, and Nick Leonard perform to benefit the Campaign for Equality, the Political Action Committee of the East Bay Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club.
Edward Albee Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market; 392-4400. 6pm, $100. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright discusses his career with Carey Perloff.
Steven Harrison Alexander Book Company, 50 Second St; 495-2992. 12:30pm. The author discusses his new book, The Question to Life's Answers: Spirituality Beyond Belief.
J. Madeleine Nash Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market; 421-4687. 12:30pm. The author discusses her new book, El Niño.
Steven Harrison Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 644-0861. 7:30pm. The author discusses his new book, The Question to Life's Answers: Spirituality beyond Belief.
Bharati Mukherjee Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author reads from Desirable Daughters.
'Getting into Voiceover, an Introduction' The Thich House, 1695 18th St; 776-8273. 10am-noon, $10. The Voice Factory presents a program on how to audition and train for voiceovers on commercials, videos, cartoons, and more.
'Public Safety Saturday' Pier 39; 705-5500. Noon-5pm, free. Learn more about San Francisco's emergency response and crime prevention programs and providers at this event for the whole family; highlights include appearances by drug prevention canine Jedi and Pier 39 mascot Salty the Sea Lion.
'Party for Your Health' Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, Center at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berk; (510) 845-3333. 10:30am-5pm, free. The Ecology Center, Farm Fresh Choice, and City Berkeley Chronic Disease Prevention Program present this event featuring music, a poetry slam contest, health screenings, children's activities, food tastings, and more.
'Visions 2002 - Art!' Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. 10am-5pm, $4-6 museum admission. See Fri/12.
Eccentric Design Group party Golden Pacific Brewery, 1404 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 848-9400. 8pm-2am, $20. See Fri/12.
'Freedom's Song' Studio Z, 314 11th St; 252-88751. 11pm, $13. The MysticFamilyCircus presents a circus musical to raise money for a council of Indigenous Elders.
'Soirée 2002 - Annual Fundraiser' Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery; 441-3000. 6:30pm-midnight, $200. This black-tie event features dinner, dancing, a silent auction, music by Richard Olsen Orchestra, and more; proceeds benefit San Francisco Architectural Heritage.
Huichol Indian art and jewelry exhibition and sale 830 Bancroft, Berk; (510) 845-8646. 10am-6pm. Huichol artists display and sell their beaded jewelry, handbags, votive bowls, totems, and more to benefit the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts. Also Sun/14.
LoveLife Foundation benefit Bluesville, 131 Broadway, Jack London Square, Oakl; (510) 663-5683. 6-8pm. Bay Area comedians perform to benefit the LoveLife Foundation, an organization dedicated to reduce violence among at-risk youth in Oakland.
Comet Magazine release party Adobe Bookshop, 3166 16th St; 864-3936. 6:30pm. The editors, publishers, and contributors celebrate the release of the magazine's third issue.
Spark Generators release party Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission; 227-8666. 1-3pm, $2-5 museum admission. Editor Jon "Bean" Hastings and contributors Trina Robbins, Lee Binswanger, Julie Bini Quinn, and others discuss and sign copies of the new comic anthology Spark Generators.
Dr. Andrew Weil, Rosie Daley Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 7pm. The author discuss their book, The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life and Spirit.
Remembrance and celebration of Barbara M. Cameron Institute for Community Health Outreach, 2017 Mission; 552-4246. 2pm. Come hear stories about the life and career of the late cofounder of San Francisco's Gay American Indians, Barbara M. Cameron.
EdgeWork Literary Salon Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club, 1650 Mountain Blvd, Oakl; (510) 524-2281. 3-5pm. Authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jewelle Gomez discuss the challenges about writing about women's sexuality, passion, and desire.
'Visions 2002 Art!' Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Noon-5pm, $4-6 museum admission. See Fri/12.
'Faux Queen Pageant' Slim's, 333 11th St; 331-1500, ext 3438. 8pm, $8-15. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.
Huichol Indian art and jewlery exhibition and sale 830 Bancroft, Berk; (510) 845-8646. 10am-6pm. See Sat/13.
'Resistance Awards Dinner' International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 6, union hall, 255 Ninth St; 863-6306. 5pm, $1-100. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.
Laura Joh Rowland Kinokuniya Bookstore, Japan Center, Post and Webster; 567-7625. 3pm. The author reads from, discusses, and signs copies of The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria.
Laura Davis Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author discusses her new book, I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconcilliation.
Tax day party Caffe Proust, 1801 McAllister; 345-9560. 6:30-11pm, free. Caffe Proust invites last-minute taxpayers to listen to live music and meet others while filling out tax forms at this light-hearted event. At 11pm, Kaptin Karizmah will deliver all tax forms to the post office.
Margaret Atwood Geary Theatre, 415 Geary; 392-4400. 8pm, $18. The author presents a talk on writing called "Negotiating with the Dead."
Nick Reding A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author reads from his debut book, The Last Cowboys at the End of the World.
McSweeney's 7 release party Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. Contributors Michael Chabon, Ann Cummins, Dave Eggers, and others celebrate the newest issue of McSweeney's literary journal.
Luis Rodriguez Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author reads from The Republic of East L.A.
Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild reading Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The editors and contributors to the Filipino-American anthology read.
'Community Hearts, Hands and Hope ... The Tastes, Sounds and Spirits of San Francisco' Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio; www.nccmpi.org or (925) 472-5902. 5:30-8:30pm, $30. The Northern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International hosts an event featuring food and wine samples from more than 30 Bay Area restaurants, caterers, and wineries; proceeds benefit Sunburst Projects and Project Open Hand.
'Viva Variety 24' Bayfront Theatre, B350, Fort Mason Center, Bldg B, Marina at Laguna; 863-0741, ext 2. 8pm, $20. Comedians Scott Capurro and Karen Ripley, bubble artist Sterling Johnson, performance artist Barla Jean Merman, and musicians Deborah Pardes and the Tami show perform at this benefit for the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center.
Bill Berkeley A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The award-winning writer discusses The Graves Are Not Yet Full.
Jeffrey Greene Book Bay at the Main, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin (enter at Grove); 557-4238. 6pm. The author discusses French Spirits.
Adam Johnson Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author reads from and signs Emporium.
Randall Sullivan Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses LAbyrinth.
Shashi Tharoor University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk; 422-6357. 5:45pm, free. The United Nations diplomat and author is interviewed by journalist Marsha Vande Berg on the topic of "The Shape of the Post-9/11 World."
Gayle Brandeis Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 644-0861. 7:30pm. The author signs and discusses Fruitflesh.
Cara Black Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from her new mystery, Murder in the Sentier.
Gerald Nicosia Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author reads from Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement.