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July 10-17, 2002

WITH A CAREER that has spanned 40 years and included roles in films as varied as Superman, The Limey, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, British actor Terence Stamp is one well-rounded bloke. Stamp comes to town this week for two events that highlight his work with Hollywood master William Wyler. Saturday, Stamp helps kick off the Rafael Film Center's "Centennial Celebration of William Wyler" with a screening of 1965's The Collector, the creepy tale of a reclusive butterfly collector, played by Stamp, who decides to capture and hold hostage a more companionable prize: a young woman. Other films in the series, which runs through early August, include Jezebel, The Best Years of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, and the doc Directed by William Wyler. Sunday, Stamp appears in conjunction with the seventh annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival's screening of Wyler's 1930 Hell's Heroes. The Silent Film Festival, which runs Sat/13-Sun/14, hosts archival films with live music; other special guests include Baby Peggy (former child star Diana Serra Cary), with her 1924 film Captain January; Harold Lloyd's granddaughter, with the comedian's 1924 Girl Shy; and 1928 Indian film Shiraz, presented with accompaniment by musicians from the Ali Akbar College of Music. See Rep Clock, in Film listings, for a complete schedule. The Collector, Sat/13, 7:30 p.m., Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $12-$15. (415) 454-1222; Hell's Heroes, Sun/14, 7:30 a.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, S.F. $12. www.silentfilm.org. (Cheryl Eddy)

July 10


Taylor made We all tell ourselves stories to make sense of and simplify the tangles of real life. Louise Taylor does it for us in songs that never skimp on narrative complexity and emotional nuance. Although she's never had major-label affiliation like Patty Griffin, Susan Werner, or Bonnie Raitt have, the Vermont singer-songwriter deserves to be heard by the same audiences. Better stated, the same audiences deserve exposure to Taylor's soulfully textured voice, fine acoustic guitar-picking (influenced by Chris Smither, among others), and the fluid blend of blues, Celtic, and old-time folk idioms that give additional heft to the weighty songs on her new Signature Sounds CD, Written in Red. South Carolina folk guitarist and singer Jack Williams opens. 8 p.m., Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 1111 Addison, Berk. $16.50. (510) 548-1761. (Derk Richardson)

Get ripped One way to look at True Fiction Magazine's 'Ripped from the News' is that the company presents a world premiere every time it steps out on the stage. TFM specializes in improvised pulp fiction – generated in the case of Ripped by suggestions from an audience primed with newspaper articles (which is as close to a description of the show as is possible, since no one in the house, actors included, has any idea what is going to happen). The group takes the seamy side of the news and spontaneously weaves it into a story that, after soaring out into the unknown, returns, circles, and lands, bringing all the loose threads together. Improv is a hit-and-miss affair – when, after 15 years of work, TFM hits the target, the results are amazing. Through July 28. Previews tonight and Thurs/11, 8 p.m. Opens Fri/12, 8 p.m. Runs Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna, S.F. $10-$37. (415) 441-8822. (J.H. Tompkins)

July 11


Moonrakers Self-proclaimed "space-age theremin lounge band" Project: Pimento serve up their cocktails with a twist. The group play all manner of fabulous favorites, like "Moon River" and "Desafinado," plus other tunes from the '40s, '50s, and '60s. They also spice up their sets with some great swanked-out pop songs and soundtrack music, such as covers of James Bond themes. The band mix the mysterious and hypnotic sounds of the theremin with jazz and swing, creating a bizarre and unique sci-fi effect – like a Vegas lounge scene reenacted on a Martian colony. This week catch Project: Pimento here on Earth at the Hemlock Tavern and the Rite Spot Cafe. 10 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, S.F. $4. (415) 923-0923. (Also Mon/15, 9 p.m., Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom, S.F. Free. 415-552-6066.) (Angie Edwards)

First prize A staple San Francisco happening, the 'Bay Area Award Show,' put on by New Langton Arts, honors the best and the brightest local writers, visual artists, musicians, and performers. As part of the monthlong festivities that showcase these stellar artists, literary awardees kari edwards and Stephanie Young join ranks with the finest of past winners (including Renee Gladman, Kevin Killian, and Taylor Brady) to strut their stuff in New Langton's theater. As a glimpse of what's to come, edwards reads from doNrm-la-pusl, a piece that interweaves Joan of Arc's documented statements with fantasies and tidbits from literary figures including James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf. A graduate of Mills College, Young writes poems that turn the rhetoric of a Cosmo quiz on its head, drawing out the serious from the commonplace. 8 p.m., New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom, S.F. $4-$6. (415) 626-5416. (Summi Kaipa)

July 12


Tin can alley Portland, Ore.-based artist Bill Daniel treats his documentaries on subcultures such as those of Texas punks and boat squatters as experimental installations. Using audio collage, music, and projection, he creates viewing environments that bring the communities in his films to life. His newest work, "The Girl on the Train in the Moon," examines the myths and history of hobo graffiti in a campfire video installation. The screening takes place as part of 'Lucky Bum Film Tour,' which also includes Vanessa Renwick's "Go, Baby, Go!," a collection of shorts about hitchhiking, rodeos, and folk art, and San Francisco artist Bill Boyce's "State of the Union." Films are screened outdoors in the Luggage Store Gallery's Cohen Alley. Through Sat/13. 8 p.m., Cohen Alley, off Ellis between Leavenworth and Hyde, S.F. $5-$10. (415) 255-5971. (Elizabeth Lobsenz)

Chain-saw bliss Summertime blues making everything seem kind of humdrum lately? Like a lightening bolt to your nervous system, 'Dadafest 5: The Last Dadafest Ever' is here with enough bizarro, nonsensical shenanigans to rock your world past Labor Day. This year's themes – sex (tonight) and death (Saturday) – should make for some, ah, memorable entertainment, as hosts Katy Bell and m.i. blue guide audiences through the cacophony of nuttiness. Scheduled participants – presenting 20 installments of film, video, music, performance, and more each night – include sexpert Carol Queen, musician Donald the Nut, the sexy Porn Clown Posse, Fringe Fest vet Mikl-em, Bay Guardian contributor Charles Anders (presenting "suicide note mad libs"), and scores of others. As past shows have proved, audience members should be prepared for anything. Death metal roller-skaters, anyone? Through Sat/13. 8 p.m., SomArts Cultural Center, gallery, 934 Brannan, S.F. $7-$10. www.dadafest.com, (415) 861-1554. (Cheryl Eddy)

July 13


Ooh la la Trying to get to the bottom of the bass components that make Los Super Elegantes tick could fill an entire page. Mariachi punk or Latino new wave? Half-assed Parisian cabaret or bad Italian soap opera? Pop band or conceptual artists? Perhaps it's just best to cop to the truth and say, "Dunno, but it's massive and it's wholly original." Since joining forces nearly 10 years ago, Martiniano Lopez-Crozet and Milena Muzquiz have created an absurd morphological hodgepodge that incorporates video, theater, music, and generally falling all over themselves and the audience while never breaking character. Each song and every skit contains a unique tone that is guaranteed to make you either love 'em for their fresh brand of weirdness or want to kick their smug asses down the block. 2 p.m., Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight, S.F. Free. (415) 831-1200. (Also 10 p.m. and midnight, Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, S.F. $8. 415-923-0923.) (John O'Neill)

July 14


Noise feast Its participants often disagree about the relative value of improvisation and composition and the importance of recordings, but harmony is rarely the primary goal in the local creative music scene. Still, the players usually know how to have a good time making noise, and if you want to know what the noise is all about, the 'Second Annual Transbay Skronkathon BBQ' offers a uniquely festive opportunity. Eating up Bastille Day (mere coincidence?), the event presents 10 hours of "multi-conceptual-deconstructed-creative-nonstandard-music" with plenty of smoldering charcoal on hand for your grillables. Performers include ma++ ingalls (clarinet), Mixed Signals (electronic trio), the Guided Improv Workshop Ensemble, Marco Eneidi (alto sax), Emergency String Quartet, Headloss, Tri-Cornered Tent Show, Trio Natto, Brassiosaurus, Dan Plonsey's Garbaggio Truckio Fantasticko, Bay Guardian staffer John Shiurba's Double Nickels, Reel Change (improv and silent film), and others. Donations benefit the Transbay Creative Music Calendar. 1 p.m., Acme Observatory, Tuva Space, 3192 Adeline, Berk. Free (donations welcome). (510) 649-8744, sfsound.org/acme.html. (Richardson)

Ghost stories On The Amos House Collection, Volume II (Wishing Tree), Emily Sparks contributes a pretty, low-spirited song called "Down in Virginia." Accompanied by a lone guitar, her voice is shaky and sweet, a little untrained. She sounds too young to be at the end of her rope, but the song closes in a weary admission that she's finding it hard to hold her place in the world. Sparks's first album, What Could Not Be Buried (Wishing Tree), is full of slow, sad songs, and the unlearned quality spills over into her lyrics, dreamy recollections of old mistakes and unresolved situations. She has a way with familiar discoveries – you forget you've heard these painful lines in other songs about love and loss and failure. Sparks opens for labelmate Skating Club, whose singer-songwriter, Aubrey Anderson, also has a penchant for quietly mulling over old wounds. Bring your hankie. 9 p.m., Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, S.F. $6. (415) 861-5016. (Lynn Rapoport)

July 15


Carrie on Dressed like queens of the graveyard, San Francisco's the Vanishing might look dead, but they are one of the most bracing, dynamic acts in town. Singer-guitarist Jessie Trashed (formerly of the Subtonix) wields relentless horror vocals, and the noisy, urgent menace of keyboard and drums creates a wall of sound that's knocked sideways and stretched shrieking. The effect is so hypnotic it might take you a moment to realize what a good show you're seeing. Tonight the Vanishing play with noisy British duo the Kills, Los Angeles new wave-art punk band Radio Vago, and frenzied punk band Dance Disaster Movement. 8:15 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $6. (415) 621-4455. (Lobsenz)

July 16


Intelligent verses See some veteran poets in action and help raise money for a good cause tonight when Daisy Zamora and George Evans take the stage as part of Intersection for the Arts' "Summer 2002 Literary Series." Zamora's latest collection, Each One Life, was translated by Evans and further cements the Nicaraguan writer's status as an important poetic voice, exploring issues like race and gender from a Latin American female perspective. Evans, a San Francisco resident, reads from his new work, The New World, which contrasts the aftermath of war with the beauty of nature. Proceeds from tonight's event benefit Intersection. 8 p.m., Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, S.F. $5-$15 sliding scale. (415) 626-2787. (Eddy)

July 17


Open your eyes Thanks to the way the mainstream media work, Muslims have gotten a lot of negative, one-sided publicity since September. Muslim women in particular have been made out to be little more than burqua-wearing figures in the background. Muslim women living in the Bay Area aim to open up the lines of communication at 'Women of Islam: Living in a Post 9/11 World,' a forum sponsored by New California Media, along with the World Affairs Council, the Commonwealth Club, KQED, and Active Voice. Panelists include KALW-FM general manager Nicole Sawaya; Nafisa Ruhani, cofounder of Fremont's Afghan Center; Ericka X, a young African American Oakland resident; American Muslim Alliance coordinator Samina Faheem; and Ameena Jandali, of the educational outreach organization Islamic Networks Group. The evening kicks off with a screening of Muslim-related clips and ends with an open discussion with the audience. 6 p.m., KQED, atrium, 2601 Mariposa, S.F. Free. (415) 438-4755. (Eddy)

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