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Ladies nights, and days
Highlights from the Ladyfest program

Wed/24

Ladyfest Bay Area Kickoff Party The opening-night party is a multimedia extravaganza that includes bittersweet songwriter Mirah, local pop-rockers Tartufi, slamster Alix Olson, go-go queens the Devil-Ettes, burlesque starlettes the Cantankerous Lollies with Kitten on the Keys, DJ Pam the Funkstress (from the Coup), New York performance artist Penny Arcade (making her Bay Area debut), a rare pairing of ex-Team Dresch member and Infinite X-er Jody Bleyle and Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson, and a dance party with DJs CP and Lambchop. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center. $10.

Thurs/25

'Looking Is Better Than Feeling You' This irreverent, rebellious, and self-parodying film program takes on punk rockers, politicians, parents, and posers who fake it like they mean it. With curator Astria Suparak in person, the evening features the world premiere of Kirsten Stoltmann's "You Think You're Punk Rock but You're Not" and the S.F. premiere of Miranda July's new audio series "The Drifters." 8 p.m., Victoria Theatre. $7.

Fri/26

'Consequence: Beyond Resisting Rape' Activist and spoken word dynamo Loolwa Khazzoom reads from her self-published book Consequence: Beyond Resisting Rape, which chronicles her experiences in fighting back, literally, against harassment. The afternoon includes a screening of Warzone, a documentary on women across America confronting street harassment; a self-defense demo by Girl Army; and spoken word by local performers. Noon-2 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center. $5.

'Re-Visioning Sex: Women and Transmen Make Porn' From the groundbreaking feminist porn of the '80s to the Bay Area's radically naughty treats of today, this is a wild romp of film clips and shorts cocurated by Carol Queen and the Ladyfest Bay Area Film Committee and sponsored by Good Vibrations and Sex Positive Productions. From sugar-highed girl-on-girl action to genderfucking schoolboys to intensely sensual BDSM play, the medley is packed with hot sex of all persuasions. In conjunction with the screening, Carol Queen moderates a panel of local porn-makers and sex activists titled "History and Politics of Women- and Trans-Made Porn." Screening Fri/26, 11 p.m., Victoria Theatre. $7, 18 and over; panel Sat/27, 2-3:30 p.m., Mission High School, Room 4. Free.

Sat/27

Indie magazine publishing Get the inside scoop on publishing your own magazine at a panel with publishing mavens Lisa Miya-Jervis (Bitch), Carla DeSantis (Rockrgrl), and Stephanie Daniels (Issues). 1:45-3:15 p.m., Mission High School, Room 2. $5.

'Loose Limbs' The multimedia performance includes experimental dance, music, visual art, and theater, with work by Jibz Cameron (ex-Roofies singer), Sean Dorsey (recently in the Queer Arts Festival show "Fresh Meat"), and Sharon Cheslow, whose "Sonic Triptych" is premiering today. 2 p.m., New College Theater. $5-$7 sliding scale.

'Reframing 9/11: Women's Art and Activism' Mixing personal reflection with media activism, this film program addresses the post-Sept. 11 climate's effects on women, immigrants, and people of color. From the poetic "21," Laura Plotkin's story of a Brooklyn woman attacked for being seen as an Arab American, to "RISE: Revolutionary Women Reinvisioning Afghanistan," a documentary by activist group Witness, these fresh new works are complex and challenging. 5-6:30 p.m., Victoria Theatre. $8.

Sun/28

'MWMF Open Discussion Forum' The forum features a discussion of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival womyn-born-womyn policy. Noon-1:30 p.m., Mission High School, Room 3. Free.

'Fat as Fuck!' Activists Marilyn Wann, zine-stress and author of Fat!So?; Sondra Solovay, lawyer and author of Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based Discrimination; and Max Airborne, dyke writer, ranter, and comix artist will explore the fabulousness of fat, sharing survival stories, flirting tips, legal info, and more on fatphobia. 1:45-3:15 p.m., Mission High School. $5.

Everyday

'POW! The Power of Women in Illustrative and Sequential Arts' From animation to dolls, handmade books and zines to comix panels, this show features tons of emerging and well-known artists, such as Trina Robbins (author of The Great Women Superheroes and From Girls to Grrrlz), Mission District graffiti artists Nicole Repack (a.k.a. Jocelyn Superstar) and Liz Goldschmidt (Shygirl), Roberta Gregory (Naughty Bits), queer zine-maker Ariel Schrag (Awkward, Definition, and Potential), Dame Darcy (Meat Cake), and many, many others. At the panel "Women in Comix/Comix in Women," Robbins, Jennifer Feinberg (Little Scrowlie), Molly Kiely (That Kind of Girl), and Lauren McCubbin (XXX Live Nude Girls) discuss their work and (take note, illustrators and comix makers!) review portfolios. Opening reception Fri/26, 6:30-9 p.m.; show runs through Aug. 11, Thurs.-Sun., 3-8 p.m.; panel Sun/28, 3:30-5 p.m., Pond Gallery. $5.

A.C.