When local African-American theater artist Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe was 9 years old, she was chosen as one of three neighborhood children to be taken out of her elementary school in Tennessee and bused to an all-white school in a different part of town. This jarring transition marked the beginning of a long and unsettling road of academic displacement, the details of which are at the core of Cooper-Anifowoshe's newly revived solo show, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion.
The public, said Cooper-Anifowoshe in a recent phone interview, discusses only the positive effects affirmative action has had on black people and the negative effects it has had on white people. "But what really went on inside is much more complex," she said. "What I lost is not talked about." A journey that begins with Cooper-Anifowoshe's busing experiences and continues through to her graduate career at the University of Iowa, Adventures opens on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision to end segregation. Embark on these Adventures at 8 p.m. (the show continues through March 21) at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 17th St.), S.F. Tickets are $9-15; call 626-3311 or visit www.theintersection.org.
-- Karen Macklin
Strummer and company remembered
Call the group Gen X's answer to the Beatles. The Clash was arguably one of the most beloved bands of the last 25 years, so it's no surprise that countless fans were shocked when frontman Joe Strummer died suddenly in December 2002 at the unfair age of 50. More than a year has passed, and we still feel his absence. How to fill the void? Why, get a bunch of musicians together to play his songbook, from "London Calling" to "Janie Jones." After all, everyone loves a cover band -- it's familiar, it's comfortable, and best of all, you can sing along with confidence.
Tonight the second annual Joe Strummer/The Clash Tribute night rocks the casbah with an a eclectic collection of local bands paying tribute, including the Barfeeders, Teenage Harlots, and the Black Furies. Ask yourself: Should you stay or should you go, starting at 9 p.m. at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Missouri), S.F. Admission is $8; call 621-4455 or visit www.bottomofthehill.com.
-- Sunny Andersen
Our Cheatin' Stars
C'mon, everybody's doing it
David Callahan's book The Cheating Culture is surprisingly opinionated. The author, instead of choosing to make lightweight blanket condemnations of unethical behavior, asserts that conservatives have worked hard to keep national "values" discussions focused on issues like teen pregnancy and drug use, not on larger questions of right and wrong.
The solution to high rates of cheating among young people, middle-class professionals, and the very rich, he says, is to give the SEC teeth, institute national health care, and establish equality in the criminal justice system. We love a rabble-rouser! Hear Callahan read at 7 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Turk), S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670 or visit www.bookstore.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
Men in Black
It's old news that the '80s are back. The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and Duran Duran are all the rage again. But where's the hard-hitting, angst-filled clamor that was '80s metal? Look no further than Exodus. These mavens of yesterday's thrash are hitting the stage for that old-fashioned head banging you remember so well, starting at 8 p.m. at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $8-12; call 626-1409 or visit www.dnalounge.com.
-- Sunny Andersen