June 05, 2002


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June 5-12, 2002

THIS WEEK TWO separate events showcase the vitality of San Francisco's poetry and spoken word scene, highlighting both youthful beginners and veterans. On Wed/5, San Francisco WritersCorps celebrates the completion of a year of writers working with kids in local schools, along with the eighth annual publication of a poetry and photography anthology. This year's volume is titled Believe Me, I Know, after a poem by Mission High student Dionte Swanson and features 137 students, ages 6 to 21. More than 50 students will take the stage at the San Francisco Public Library Wed/5 to read their works at this debut of the next generation of San Francisco poets. Sun/9, 12 of the reigning kings and queens of slam will perform when the Living Word Project presents the San Francisco Poetry Slam Finals, a competition to form the four-person team that will compete in the nationals in Minneapolis in August. Living Word Project founder Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a contest participant who was a member of San Francisco's 1999 championship team, says this year's group is full of strong poets with something to say. Poets who will be sharing their personal truths include Beau Sia, Ishle Yi Park, Nazelah Jamison, Emily Kagen, and Ise Lyse, a teenager who came up through the Living Word Project's YouthSpeaks program. WritersCorps reading Wed/5, 5:30 p.m., San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, S.F. Free. (415) 252-4655, www.writerscorps-sf.org; poetry slam Sun/9, 8 p.m., Justice League, 628 Divisadero, S.F. $12. (415) 255-9035, ext. 20, www.thespokenworld.com. (Summers Henderson)

June 5

Wednesday

Steel-driving man If folk music were a hammer, you might have to look at Iowa expat and current new-folk wunderkind Josh Ritter as the heir apparent to mining legend John Henry. Not that Dylan, Springsteen, and Van Zandt (Townes, that is) comparisons should be bandied about freely, but the 24-year-old Ritter is one of those rare performers who can bend genres into a seamless wonder without giving much thought to the whole process. Full of metaphoric wit, wry insight, and an underlying sneaky pop undertow that sucks you in, his sophomore release, The Golden Age of Radio (Signature Sounds), is a rare gift of natural, intuitive beauty and is damn near perfect. Ritter performs at Paycheck with Dale Duncan and DJs Tonopah Slim, Nick Tangbeer, Teenage Rob and the Professor. 8 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F. $6. (415) 647-2888. (John O'Neill)

June 6

Thursday

Chew on this Faithful Bay Guardian readers might notice that it's rare for a shark-related event to go unnoted in these pages. And on that note, fans of the world's greatest underwater predator should mark their calendars for 'The Mystery of the White Sharks of the Farallon Islands,' an illustrated lecture by Point Reyes Bird Observatory biologist Dr. Peter Pyle. Hosted by Aquarium of the Bay, Pyle's talk covers the history of shark study as well as ongoing projects being conducted by researchers in the Farallon Islands (an archipelago 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge that provides a unique opportunity to observe from land great whites in their natural habitat). Pyle also aims to set the record straight about the toothy creatures, so here's your chance to ask if a shark can really leap out of the ocean and eat a helicopter, as seen in Jaws 2. A portion of the proceeds from tonight's event go to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, which works to protect sharks and other bay animals. 7 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, Embarcadero at Beach, S.F. $10. www.aquariumofthebay.com. (Cheryl Eddy)

Stare way Touted as "the most award-winning film in Austrian film history," Peter Tscherkassky's short "Outer Space" – a convulsive, nightmarish reworking of footage from The Entity, a 1982 horror film starring Barbara Hershey – is the subject of a large article in the May-June issue of Film Comment. Tscherkassky's "L'arrivée" – which orchestrates footage of two speeding trains to create one big wreck – is one of four brief preludes in the S.F. Cinematheque presentation '(Mostly) New 35mm Films from Canyon Cinema.' The main event: Patrick Bokanowski's 1982 L'ange, which uses rear projection and a careful combination of other techniques to present a climb up an ever changing, endless staircase. 7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. $4-$7. (415) 822-2885. (Johnny Ray Huston)

Think pink If pale pink is sweet and girlish, then the louder, bolder hot pink must be its older, wilder sister. Opening tonight, 'Hot Pink: Works by Queer Women Artists' brings together more than 25 artists whose works explore queer culture and female experience. From photography documenting local dyke life to whips handmade from used rubber to a pop art painting of an erect nipple and expectant lips, this dazzlingly diverse multimedia show celebrates the broad scope of queer women's artwork. Sponsored by Lesbians in the Visual Arts and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, "Hot Pink" also includes a film and video screening at Artists' Television Access in July. Through Aug. 30. Opening reception tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, 973 Market, Ste. 400, S.F. Free. (415) 777-5455, www.lesbianarts.org. (Alissa Chadburn)

June 7

Friday

Weird and woozy Not nearly as popular as they deserve to be, melodic, mellow indie band Luna remain something of an acquired taste, albeit one readily embraced by college radio stations nationwide. The group formed more than 10 years ago in New York, originally bringing together members of cult bands Galaxie 500, the Feelies, and the Chills. Over the years, the band have endured the usual lineup changes, the latest being a new bassist, Britta Phillips. Luna's sixth studio album, Romantica (Jetset), released in April, focuses wistfully, sadly, and sometimes erotically on love. The album has been welcomed by critics and fans as a return to form for the band and perhaps their finest work so far. Live, the band continue to shine with their trademark shimmering guitar sound. While most of their songs are original, the four-piece have an eclectic and whimsical taste in covers, including revamps of the Rolling Stones' "Waiting on a Friend" and Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed." Sonic Boom opens. Through Sat/8. 9 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, S.F. $18. (415) 474-0365. (China Martens)

Hot footin' You may have seen dancers prance like horses, but have you seen horses dance? Unless you've made the trip to Vienna to watch the Lipizzaners perform, it's pretty unlikely. A rare local opportunity to witness this equine art presents itself with Le carrousel du roi, the brainchild of musicologist Kate van Orden and dressage champion Creeky Routson. Together they reconstructed a 17th-century equestrian ballet – first performed at the engagement of Louis XIII in 1612 – and it was the hit of the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition two years ago. The period music is performed on original instruments, and the costumes for dancers and horses (20 Arabians!) are stunning. This year stay tuned during the piece's interludes, as Tandy Beal contributed some new circus acrobatics to join those performed on Haflinger ponies. Today 4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon, Heather Farms Park, Equestrian Center, N. San Carlos near Ygnacio Valley (off Hwy. 680), Walnut Creek. $38. (510) 642-9988, www.tickets.com. (Rita Felciano)

It's aliiive! It's hard not to come out in support of a movie about a giant, man-eating poop monster that terrorizes the chili-chomping population of an innocent small town. Monsturd, the creation of San Francisco filmmakers Dan West and Rick Popko, pays homage to old-school sci-fi flicks like The Blob, with the added bonus of steaming piles of toilet humor. With Ed Wood-style ingenuity (particularly in regard to the resourceful location shooting; yes, that's the United States Mint at Church and Market doubling for the front gate of a maximum security prison) and some gory props that would make Herschell Gordon Lewis proud, Monsturd has plenty of familiar elements – mad scientist with a God complex, down-and-out local sheriff, etc. – but it boasts a certain goofy enthusiasm that'll keep you watching. Directors West and Popko turn in the film's funniest performances as the town's pair of bumbling deputies. Tonight and Sat., 8 p.m. (also Sat., 10 p.m.); Sun., 3 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F. $6. www.monsturd.com. (Eddy)

June 8

Saturday

Fat-tastic If you love scrumptious, luscious, utterly voluptuous zaftig babes as much as I do, then Ms. DeMeanor's Fat-Bottom Revue is the show for you. This old-fashioned burlesque romp stars Ms. DeMeanor herself – a curvy beauty with ample charms – and Miss Bea Haven, another dazzling dame who's a lot to love. Come see the legendary chubby chicks whose wide-angle vision of sexy onstage dance has wowed audiences from the dirty avenues of Burning Man to the slightly less dirty camps at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this sultry evening of stripping, performance, and much, much more. Bring tips for the ladies! The event is produced by Big Moves, the nation's only service organization devoted to promoting size diversity in dance. 8:30 p.m., 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero, S.F. $10-$15. www.bigmoves.org. (Annalee Newitz)

Mr. Punchy There's no contest when it comes to naming the most miserable member of punk legends the Ramones: former bassist and songwriter Dee Dee Ramone wins hands down. Just check out his unhappy memoir Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones, which also details his battles with drug addiction. However, since leaving the band in the late 1980s, Dee Dee has added a few more strings to his bow. He's emerged as a novelist – in last year's Chelsea Horror Hotel he's haunted by the ghosts of old pals Johnny Thunders, Sid Vicious, and Stiv Bators – and an artist with gallery shows of his brightly colored cartoon-style art. Dee Dee's latest nonfiction book, the forthcoming Legend of a Rockstar, is full of his reflections on hitting the road as a solo artist. Musically, after a brief, abortive venture into rap, Dee Dee returned to his punk roots. Post-Ramones, his most impressive album to date is 2000's Greatest and Latest (Conspiracy Music), on which he rerecorded Ramones songs, including "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Beat on the Brat," as well as one-hit wonder Chris Spedding's "Motorbikin'." Tonight re-formed punk band the Lewd, local rockers Hellfire Choir, and punks Barbee Killed Kenn also play. 8 p.m., Pound-SF, Pier 96, 100 Cargo, S.F. $12. (415) 273-1169. (Martens)

June 9

Sunday

Feel the love Even 21st-century flower children can find plenty to celebrate at the 25th annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. Though Upper Haight hosts as many shoe boutiques as head shops these days, the neighborhood's colorful past returns in spirit for this popular block party. Expect the usual mix of art and craft vendors and food booths, as well as two stages providing continuous music (jazz, blues, reggae, and more) and other entertainment. Enthusiastic crowds are bound to turn out no matter what the weather, so it's advised you hop the bus or ride your bike when traveling to this parking-deficient hood. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Haight between Stanyan and Masonic, S.F. Free. www.haightstreetfair.org. (Eddy)

June 10

Monday

Written out loud Literary buffs get three for the price of one tonight when Wendy Lesser, Greil Marcus, and Michael Ondaatje take the stage to pontificate on the topic "Rereading and Remembering." The event's title comes from Threepenny Review founder Lesser's latest book, Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering, a look back at works and writers (everything from Huckleberry Finn to Wordsworth) that have inspired her throughout her career. No doubt music-writing luminary and onetime Rolling Stone editor Marcus and award-winning novelist Ondaatje (The English Patient, Anil's Ghost) will have plenty to bring to the table for what's sure to be a lively discussion. 8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, S.F. $18. (415) 392-4400. (Eddy)

June 11

Tuesday

Great expectations With a long family tradition of making music (her dad Terry was a successful songwriter, brother Tony slung guitar for the post-post-mattering lineup of X) and 30 years dedicated to the biz herself, it's somewhat amazing that it has taken Eliza Gilkyson so long to make what can be called a truly great album. There were always some noteworthy highs on her earlier works, but it's her stripped-down, back-to-basics approach on Lost and Found (Red House) that proves the Texas-via-L.A. singer can consistently shine. Obsessing on the subject of l-o-v-e, her fantastically introspective stories are vulnerable, edgy, and a little bit irreverent – and generally paddle in pretty deep water. Add a voice that is nothing shy of stunning and you have the makings of a roots classic. Tonight she splits the bill with Ray Bonneville. 8:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason, S.F. $10.(415) 292-2583. (O'Neill)

June 12

Wednesday

Rattle and roll The National Queer Arts Festival continues its monthlong slate of diverse programming with 'Aftershocks: An Evening with Jess Wells.' The decorated author's 1992 Aftershocks, an exploration of the emotionally shaky ground tread by a group of San Franciscans after an 8.0 quake hits the Bay Area, gets a new printing this year as one of InsightOut Books' distinguished Triangle Classics. Tonight, Wells – who has also edited anthologies of lesbian erotica and writing on gay parenting – discusses and signs copies of her works. 8 p.m., Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission, S.F. $5-$10. (415) 554-0402 or (415) 865-5611. (Eddy)

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