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events

Events listings are compiled by Sarah Han. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.

wednesday 21

Around town

'Dramaturgy: Art, Science and Intuition - Who's (Got the) Right?' San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, Veteran's Building, fourth flr, 401 Van Ness; 255-4800. 10-11:30am, $5 donation (reservations recommended). The Playwrights Foundation presents a roundtable discussion about play development.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy discussion Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market; 597-6700. 5:15pm, $3-9. Keith Laughlin discusses Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's efforts to create pathways for biking and walking.

'What Is Visual Literacy? And Who Is Literate?' Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon; 561-0363. 7pm, $6-10 museum admission. Art historian James Elkins speaks at this event, held in conjunction with the Exploratorium's "Seeing" exhibition.

Authors

Josephine Carlton Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7pm. The author discusses Life Messages: Inspiration for the Woman's Spirit.

thursday 22

Around town

'Booklyn at the San Francisco Center for the Book' San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro; 565-0545. 7pm, free. See 8 Days a Week, page 48.

'Dance! Dance! Dance! Explosion!' Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. 9pm, $7. The variety show features 2Good4U, Harmon Leon, Robbie Cantrell, and host Tony Brooke.

'How to Book Your Band' Musician's Union Local 6, 116 Ninth St; 575-0777. 8pm, $10. Lynn Valente presents a workshop for musicians.

'The 2002 Financial Wellness Workshop' American Composers Forum, San Francisco Chapter office, 1702 Union; 749-0779. 6:30-8pm, free, reservations required. MusiCares and the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy present a workshop on financial planning and management for musicians.

Bay Area

'Inside Scoop: Anton Chekhov's The Seagull' Cal Shakespeare Berkeley Rehearsal Hall, 701 Heinz, Berk; (510) 548-3422, ext 105. 7pm, free (reservations recommended). al Shakes presents a behind-the-scenes look at its current production of Anton Chekhov's play.

Benefits

'Cafe 2002' DNA Lounge, 375 11th St; 626-1409. 9pm, $10. Electronic Frontier Foundation hosts a benefit for its Audiovisual Free Expression campaign; highlights include DJ performances, a celebrity boxing match featuring Wil Wheaton and Barney, and more.

A Fifth of Arsenic and Old Lace Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 673-3847, www.sffringe.org. 8pm, $20. The San Francisco Fringe Festival presents Joseph Kesselring's comedic play to benefit its 11th annual festival in September. Through Sat/24.

'The Seventh Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest' Studio Z, 314 11th St; 282-5378, www.madkats.com. 9pm-2am, $12-15. The drag king competition also features performances by Frankie Tenderloin and the Rent Boy$, the Other Brothers, and DJ Taffy D.

Authors

James Calder, Nadia Gordon A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7pm. The authors discuss their latest mystery novels.

Keith Knight 826 Valencia; 642-5905. 7pm. The comic strip artist celebrates the release of What a Long Strange Trip It's Been.

Adrian Tomine Books Inc., 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The graphic artist discusses Summer Blonde, a collection of stories from issues five through eight of his Optic Nerve comic.

Bay Area

Cameron Tuttle Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7pm. The author talks about The Bad Girl's Guide to the Party Life.

friday 23

Around town

Antique show and sale Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; (209) 358-3134, www.bustamanteshows.com. 10am-7pm, $4-7. Bustamante Enterprises presents an antique show featuring fine art, furniture, jewelry, quilt, and more. Through Sun/25.

Benefits

'A Fifth of Arsenic and Old Lace' Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 673-3847, www.sffringe.org. 8pm, $20. See Thurs/22.

Authors

'Intercept' Locus 1640 Post, 1640 Post; 864-6740. 8pm, $5. See 8 Days a Week, page 48.

Bay Area

Robert Champ Boadecia Books, 398 Colusa, Kensington; (510) 559-9184. 7:30pm. The author reads from Approaching the Cosmos ... Hotel: Traveling the World with a Gay Sensibility.

Charles Rubin Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7pm. The author talks about 4_F Blues: A Novel of WWII Hollywood.

saturday 24

Around town

Antique show and sale Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina at Laguna; (209) 358-3134, www.bustamanteshows.com. 10am-7pm, $4-7. See Fri/23.

Mud wrestling Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St; 626-0880. Noon. Get down and dirty in the mud pit or cheer for the competitors from the stands.

'Rose Resnick LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired's 100th Birthday' Rose Resnick LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 214 Van Ness; 431-1481, www.lighthouse-sf.org. Noon-3pm. The center celebrates its 100th anniversary with a fun-filled party featuring food, live music, and tarot and palm readers.

Bay Area

Basque culture festival Orange Park, Orange and Tennis Dr, South San Francisco; (650) 583-8091, www.nabo2002.com. 10am-6pm, free. The Basque Cultural Center presents a festival including dancing, children's activities, traditional Basque foods, and woodchopping and weightlifting demonstrations. Also Sun/25.

'Live from Death Row' Walden Pond Bookstore, 3316 Grand, Oakl; (510) 985-2805. 2pm, free. The Campaign to End the Death Penalty hosts a public forum at which death row inmates will discuss their experiences via speakerphone with panel members.

'Reading Between the Lines: Ralph Ellison's Writings' Berkeley Public Library, Community Room, 2090 Kittredge, Berk; (510) 981-6100. 2pm, free. Jazz musician Anthony Brown speaks about the writings of Ellison.

'Stop Police Brutality Day!' Little Bobby Hutton Park, 18th St and Adeline, Oakl; (510) 836-4321. Noon, free. The United Front de Liberacion sponsors a rally against police brutality.

Benefits

'A Fifth of Arsenic and Old Lace' Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 673-3847, www.sffringe.org. 8pm, $20. See Thurs/22.

'The Plant Show' Red Door Gallery, 2604 Third St; 821-9860. 6pm-midnight, call for price. The benefit show features work by the Third Street Beautification Project artists; proceeds benefit the Oaxaca Mural Project.

'Up to Code' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 648-7562, www.cellspace.org. 8pm, $15-100 suggested donation. The multimedia show features performances by Nicole Sumner and Cara Judea Athadeff, Krista De Nio, Gabriel Seth, Kate Gibson, and Victoria McNicole Kelly; proceeds benefit CELLspace.

Bay Area

'Roller Derby and Big Time Wrestling' Richmond Auditorium, 403 Civic Center, Richmond; (510) 620-6778, www.bombersrollerderby.com. 6:30pm, $8-20. Double your pleasure at this action-filled event involving a roller rink competition between the Bay Bombers and the Brooklyn Red Devils followed by a wrestling match.

'TriOne Triathlon' Harbor Bay, Harbor Bay Parkway and McCartney Rd, Alameda; www.trione.org. Registration 10am; Race noon. Compete in a triathlon to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Authors

Alan Cummings A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7pm. The actor discusses his debut novel, Tommy's Tale.

Gregg Hurwitz San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St; 282-7444. 6:30pm. The author discusses and signs Do No Harm.

Haight Ashbury Literary Journal publication party Bound Together Bookshop, 1369 Haight; 431-8355. 8pm. The contributors and editors of the journal celebrate its latest release.

Bay Area

David Hilliard, Donald Weise Marcus Bookstore, African American Museum and Library of Oakland, 659 14th St, Oakl; (510) 637-0202. 6:30pm. The editors discuss their book, The Huey P. Newton Reader.

Scott Phillips Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7pm. The author reads from The Walkway.

sunday 25

Around town

Antique show and sale Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan at Marina; (209) 358-3134, www.bustamanteshows.com. 11am-5pm, $4-7. See Fri/23.

'8minuteDating' Julie's Supper Club, 1123 Folsom; 861-4084. 7pm, $33.88, reservations required. Singles are invited to this dating event at which they will have eight-minute-long conversations with other single professionals in hopes of making a connection.

Bay Area

Basque culture festival Orange Park, Orange and Tennis Dr, South San Francisco; (650) 583-8091, www.nabo2002.com. 10am-6pm, free. See Sat/25.

'Destination Telegraph' Durant, between Telegraph and Bowditch, Berk; (5109) 649-9500. Noon-5pm, free. This street festival features live music, a beer-and-wine garden, street artists, and more.

Benefits

'KUSF Rock 'n' Swap' University of San Francisco, McLaren Hall, near Fulton and Golden Gate, 10am-4pm, $2. This record collectors' event benefits KUSF 90.3 FM.

Youth Speaks benefit Last Day Saloon, 406 Clement; 387-6343. 9pm, $5. The benefit performance for Youth Speaks features Shawn Brown and Rebecca Scott.

Bay Area

'Cause for Paws' Oakland Zoo, Snow Building, 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakl; (510) 590-1138, www.homeatlastrescue.org. 4-8pm, $35. Home at Last Animal Rescue presents a fundraiser featuring live music, wine and snacks, and more.

'Mutt Strutt' Coyote Point Park, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo; (650) 340-7022, ext 375, www.muttstrutt.org. 10am, $30 registration fee. This canine-friendly event features a 3K dog walk and contests; proceeds benefit the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA.

Authors

Betty Berzon San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin; 557-4400. 2pm. The author reads from and signs Surviving Madness: A Therapist's Own Story.

Bay Area

Jeff Greenwald Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from Scratching the Surface: Impressions of Planet Earth, from Hollywood to Shiraz.

Gregg Hurwitz Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 5pm. The author discusses and signs Do No Harm.

John Keahey Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7pm. The author talks about Venice Against the Sea.

monday 26

Benefits

Mural restoration benefit Butterfly, 1710 Mission; michelegarcia@msn.com. 6pm-2am, donations accepted. See 8 Days a Week, page 48.

Authors

Sean Hannity Commmonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, second flr; 597-6732. 7:30pm. The author discusses and signs Let Freedom Ring.

John Keahey A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7pm. The author discusses Venice Against the Sea.

Bay Area

Amy Goldman Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7m. The author discusses Melons for the Passionate Grower.

tuesday 27

Around town

Golden Gate Park improvement workshop Park Branch Library, 1833 Page; 431-BIKE. 6-8pm, free. Come voice your concerns and suggestions at this public workshop about improving Golden Gate Park for cyclists, walkers, and skaters.

'A House of Straw: A Natural Building Odyssey Slideshow' Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 548-2220, ext 223. 7-9pm, free. Carolyn Roberts discusses how she built a straw-bale house.

Benefits

'Viva Variety 27' Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St; 863-0741, ext 2, www.makeitsoproductions.org. 8pm, $20. Steve Murray hosts a variety show featuring dance, music, spoken word, theater, comedy, and more; proceeds benefit Shanti.

Authors

Victoria Nelson Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author reads and signs The Secret Life of Puppets.

Tim Sanders Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, second flr; 597-6705. 6:30pm, $10-15. The director of Yahoo!'s think tank discusses his book, Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends.

Cameron Tuttle Books Inc., 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author discusses The Bad Girls Guide to the Party Life.

Bay Area

Guy Johnson Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from Echoes of a Distant Summer.

Michelle Keene, Stephanie Lamarre Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 1pm. The authors discusses their baby guide, Babies by the Bay: The Insider's Guide to Everything from Doctors to Diapers to Playgrounds and Preschools in the San Francisco by Area.