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May 1-8, 2002

IN BLANK GENERATION Revisited, collected photos documenting the rise of late-'70s New York punk, Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators is captured from behind – huge 'fro, satin insignia jacket, and hand planted firmly on his girl's ass. Notorious for pelting the crowd with hamburgers and wrestling Lester Bangs, Handsome Dick was the smart-ass missing link between the cerebral new wave of Television and the Talking Heads and the deliberately dumb punk of the Ramones and the Dead Boys. Even though they were among the first CBGB acts to get signed to a major label (1975's The Dictators Go Girl Crazy was released on Epic), the group put out only two more studio albums before breaking up, reforming as Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, then splitting again in 1981. Recorded with the original lineup – Ross "the Boss" Funichello, Andy Shernoff, Scott "Top Ten" Kempner, J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson, and of course, Manitoba – last year's D.F.F.D. (Dictators Media) is a gigantic cock-rock album that blasts the music biz, soulless consumer culture, and gentrification. "Moronic Inferno" should be boom-boxed every Saturday night on Valencia Street (and Broadway and ...), telling the you-know-whos to "shove some product up your marketing degree." The Dragons also play both nights, with Blood Drained Cows Sat/4 and the Frisk Sun/5. Sat/4, 10 p.m.; Sun/5, 9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $13. (415) 621-4455. (Katje Richstatter)

May 1


Anniversary party Golden ages of jazz have come and gone in the Bay Area, marked by the rise and fall of such storied nightspots as the Blackhawk, the Matador, the Jazz Workshop, Keystone Korner, and Koncepts Cultural Gallery. In the mid 1990s, Yoshi Akiba and her partner Kaz Kajimura took steps to give the music its most permanent local anchor to date, at the Port of Oakland. To the tune of a $6 million investment, Yoshi's at Jack London Square opened in May 1997. While the general fortunes of jazz have wavered considerably in the interim, the club – which the late drummer Billy Higgins called "a church, a sanctuary ... built just for our music" – has thrived. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the Bay Area and its fifth year in downtown Oakland, Yoshi's presents a five-night tribute to late tenor sax great Joe Henderson, featuring bassist-musical director Rufus Reid, pianist Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Javon Jackson, and drummer Lewis Nash. While you're there, be sure to check out the new set of jazz photos on display by Bay Area photographer Stuart Brinin. Through Sun/5. 8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakl. $22. (510) 238-9200. (Derk Richardson)

Burn your television Capitalizing on the sex appeal of San Francisco's experimental underground noise and punk scene, Virgil Porter and his "Burn Collective" of devoted party people recently began producing Burn My Eye!, a half-hour show that puts the viewer in front of, under, over, and behind San Francisco's rowdiest music. Last month's episode featured Pink and Brown being tossed like lettuce by the hands of drooling and ecstatic fans and had interviewers matching wits with Blectum from Blechdom. Tonight's episode captures the Numbers inciting a dance riot at an out-of-hand eviction party and Erase Errata shaking things up at the Eagle. Burn My Eye! airs tonight and first Wednesdays, midnight, Access San Francisco, channel 29. The Numbers play with the Coachwhips, the Quails, and A Tension tonight, 9 p.m., Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, S.F. $5. (415) 621-9850. (Deborah Giattina)

May 2


Case not closed On April 22, 1993, a young black man named Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in South London by a group of five white teenagers while he waited for the bus with a friend. No suspects were ever convicted of the murder, and in 1997 an official inquiry was made to examine the events surrounding his death and the subsequent police investigation. The resulting 11,000-page document concluded that "Stephen Lawrence's murder was simply and solely and unequivocally motivated by racism" and that the failure of the investigation was the clear result of institutional racism. In 1999, The Colour of Justice – a docudrama play with text taken entirely from words spoken during the inquiry – opened in London and was quickly declared "the most vital piece of theater on the London stage" by the London Observer. TheatreFIRST gives the play its U.S. premiere, converting Ehmann Hall into a courtroom where audience members will have the opportunity to participate not only as observers but also as witnesses and jurors. Through May 26. Previews tonight, 8 p.m. Opens Fri/3, 8 p.m. Runs Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m., Ehmann Hall, Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster, Oakl. $15-$19 (510) 436-5085. (Lara Shalson)

Sordid cowboys As the original bassist for downtuned rock godz Kyuss, the only member of the Dwarves ever to be kicked out of the band for being "too fucked up," and the songwriting partner of guitarist Josh Homme in Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Oliveri has established himself as a major underground player over the past 10 years. While QotSA prepares to unleash its next Interscope album this summer with the aid of full-time recruits Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan, the bassist has managed to make time for his side project, Mondo Generator. The band's debut album on Southern Lord Records, Cocaine Rodeo, explores Oliveri's filthier, more aggressive musical tendencies with hefty contributions from Homme and former Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork. Tonight's gig supporting the Dwarves at Stinky's Peepshow offers Oliveri fans a raw dose of primal, punk rock fury. 9:30 p.m., Justice League, 628 Divisadero, S.F. $10. (415) 440-0409. (Dave Pehling)

May 3


Enjoy the view Did you know that May is Mural Awareness Month? More important, did you know that the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center has been operating as a nonprofit in the Mission District, promoting community art, supporting emerging artists, educating low-income kids, and helping to preserve public art, for 25 years? Come celebrate this history tonight at the center's gala party, which features live music, food, and an exhibition of honored murals. Learn about a mural recently completed in occupied Palestine, during a talk by special guest Susan Greene of Break the Silence Mural Project, along with two of the youths who worked on the piece. Later this month Precita Eyes presents the Mural Arts Festival in Precita Park (Sat/11, 1-5 p.m., Precita between Folsom and Alabama, S.F. Free), where you can take part in mural painting and witness the dedication of a tile bench memorializing two teens shot in the park. In addition, the Mural Awards Ceremony (Sat/18, 6 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission, S.F. Free) celebrates local artists who have contributed great artwork to our public environment. 7:30 p.m., Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F. $5 donation. (415) 285-2287, (Summers Henderson)

May 4


Local bands incoming Ring in the weekend by partying with four local bands, checking out some '50s sci-fi movies, grooving to DJ Benway and Monster MC, and chowing down on free Southwestern food from restaurant Left at Albuquerque. Five-piece San Francisco band Kiss the Girl write pop rock songs examining love and relationships. Contrasting with that introspection, M. Headphone play an energetic mix of upbeat and slow-tempo songs. Also performing are indie pop quartet Go Kart Go and four-piece percussion-heavy acoustic rockers Kingstreet Crossing. 4-8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission, S.F. $6. (415) 282-3325. (China Martens)

Calling all confused creatives Are you a freelance writer who hasn't paid his or her taxes in years – but only because you don't know how to do it? Are you the next Goya but you can't get an in with the Guggenheim to save your life? Worry not, dear little notebook scribbler, because the third annual 'Expo for the Artist and Musician' is here to save your ass. The event, which aims to provide services for artsy fartsies who can't get it together, features tables staffed by 70 nonprofits (including Hip Hop Slam, Art House, cell space, and KZSU-FM, to name a few). The admission is only a buck and is certainly worth it: there are workshops on grant writing, tax issues, and getting your band booked and portfolios checked. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was denied entry in 2000, so you know this shit is hip. See you at the tax booth. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., cell space, 2050 Bryant, S.F. $1 donation. (415) 561-9395, (Amanda Nowinski)

Trigger not included From 1988, when he produced John Lee Hooker's The Healer (Chameleon), through most of the 1990s, native northern Californian slide guitarist Roy Rogers cut into his solo career – which included the major-label releases Slide of Hand (Liberty) and Rhythm and Groove (Pointblank/Virgin) – with a slew of side projects (two albums with harmonicat Norton Buffalo, one with Shana Morrison) and Grammy-nominated (and -winning) production jobs (three more for Hooker, one for Ramblin' Jack Elliott). Now he's back on his own with his first all-instrumental blues-and-rock album, Slideways (Evidence). On this disc Rogers tears into the acoustic and amplified strings with his uniquely stylish and eclectic combination of ferocity and alacrity with special guests Buffalo, Freddie Roulette, Zigaboo Modeliste, and others. Tonight some of those talents will show up to join Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings (bassist Steve Evans and drummer Jimmy Sanchez) in celebrating the release of Slideways. 9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. $15. (415) 885-0750. (Richardson)

May 5


Party on There's no parade this year, but don't worry – 'San Francisco's Cinco de Mayo 2002 Celebration' is still in full effect, and the Mission Economic and Cultural Association, along with Roccapulco, has an entire day of entertainment planned for revelers. May 5, 1862, was the day the resourceful Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla, an important victory that came to symbolize the patriotic spirit and fighting strength of Mexico. Now the Cinco de Mayo holiday is increasingly celebrated in America at events like today's local shindig, which features a variety of music (listen for live banda, mariachi, and cumbia on the "Viva Mexico" stage and merengue, salsa, and punta on the "Tropical" stage, plus "old school" tunes at the KMEL-FM-sponsored platform), free games and craft activities for kids, and a classic lowrider car show and competition, featuring members of Bay Area car clubs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Larkin and Grove, S.F. $5. (415) 256-3005, (Cheryl Eddy)

May 6


Ones to watch Real-life Max Fischers grab the spotlight tonight and tomorrow as part of a program sponsored by the Magic Theatre's Young California Writers Project, an educational outreach program. Each evening students from two local high schools showcase their works. While they received guidance from professional playwrights (including David Ford, Ellen Sebastian Chang, Gene Sullivan, and Nicola Harwood), the high schoolers ultimately crafted their own original stories. The completed dramas are directed and acted by adult pros, and the end result looks to be a creative collaboration that'll bring some very fresh voices to the stage. Through Tues/7. Tonight, J. Eugene McAteer High School and Oakland Technical School; Tues/7, Balboa High School and School of the Arts, 7:30 p.m., Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D., Marina at Laguna, S.F. Free. (415) 441-8822. (Eddy)

May 7


Dark Americana You know Barry Gifford – even if the name doesn't ring a bell right off, you know him. He's the guy who wrote the source novel and screenplay for David Lynch's Wild at Heart; he also cowrote (with Lynch) the script for Lost Highway. Aside from that, though, he's alarmingly prolific – poetry, plays, biographies, fiction, essays, you name it – and has been called "an American writer in the European tradition." Rumor has it Gifford plans to helm the big-screen adaptation of Sultans of Africa, his fourth book about Wild at Heart's Sailor and Lula characters. In the meantime, Gifford – who also cowrote Matt Dillon's upcoming directorial debut, City of Ghosts – stops by City Lights tonight in honor of American Falls, a new collection of his short stories. 6:30 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus, S.F. Free. (415) 362-8193. (Eddy)

May 8


Fuzzy logic Mix up some prog rock, psychedelia, punk, and techno, then season liberally with elaborate orchestration and sound effects. With any luck, you'll produce something close to Rings around the World (XL Recordings/Beggars Group), the fifth full-length album from Welsh five-piece Super Furry Animals. Long beloved in the U.K. and looking to boost their cult reputation over here, the Furrys are continually reinventing their sound. For instance, on their previous album of jangly pop songs, Mwng (only available as an import), the band sang all their vocals in their native Welsh tongue. Some critics find Rings overly self-indulgent and gimmicky – who else besides the Super Furry Animals would feature Sir Paul McCartney rhythmically crunching veggies, as on "Receptacle for the Respectable"? – while others praise the soaring harmonies and the group's maverick nature. After all, the album was nominated for the prestigious U.K. 2001 Mercury Music Prize, losing out to P.J. Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. San Diego-based indie electronic wizard Kid 606, himself a remixer of a Furry track or two, supports. 8 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, S.F. $15. (415) 474-0365. (Martens)

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