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FRI 12/24

Jeanne's sexual frustration is atypical. The filmmaker is desperately trying to shoot a hot sex scene, but she can't get her two stars to get it on. The problem: The actors hate each other. But faking it is part of the game, and Jeanne's not backing down until her carnal vision is realized. A new film by French director Catherine Breillat, Sex Is Comedy reveals that the creation of dramatic lust on the set is sometimes laughable. The movie opens today (and continues through Dec. 30) at the Lumiere, 1572 California (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $7.25-9.50; call 267-4893 or visit
-- Karen Macklin

Life As They Know It
Thriving despite HIV

ONGOING 12/22-1/8

Rob Anderson thought he was being handed a death sentence when he learned he was HIV-positive, but now, more than two decades later, the artist and activist is healthy and still making the work that's at the center of his life. Tune in to the inspiring stories of Anderson and other long-term HIV survivors with "Rattlesnake in a Moving Car: Life With HIV," an exhibition of charcoal portraits by Anderson accompanied by excerpts of audio interviews with survivors. The exhibit is named after an analogy made by one HIV patient, who compared living with the virus to piloting a car with a rattlesnake in the front seat -- you just have to keep on driving while trying to keep the snake from striking. Hitch a ride through Jan. 8 in the Main Library's James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin (at Grove), S.F. Admission is free; call 557-4277 or visit
-- Joyce Slaton

High-Class Jazz

MON 12/27

The pleasures of an old-fashioned nightclub/restaurant are many: ample seating, serious food, and live entertainment. One particular spot in town, with its high-concept décor and "Louisiana Lounge" eats, is an adored destination, rather than a place to hop to or from: Despite some upheaval in the last few years (with changing owners and chefs), Bruno's is a joint you don't want to leave. But all the treats and cocktails and rump comfort call out for their natural mate -- live music, hot, cool, or thumping -- and Bruno's provides it in spades. Featuring jazz, funk, Americana, and world music, the club draws crowds into the fancy bar area called the Cork Room. The Eaton/Barics Quintet is one of the house's mainstays, meaning the musicians are accomplished, fashionable, and slick. Tonight's show starts at 10 at 2389 Mission (at 20th Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 648-7701 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser


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