Monkey Business Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned for 30 years of pioneering observations of wild chimpanzees, gives a lecture and slide show on behalf of In Defense of Animals. Goodall and the animal rights group are working to convince the Air Force to retire 150 chimpanzees -- veterans of the space program and their offspring -- rather than lease them to a toxic-chemical researcher. Goodall is a legend worth seeing in the flesh; her lecture, "Them and Us: My Life With the Chimpanzees," begins 7:30 pm at Zellerbach Auditorium, Bancroft & Dana, UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $10-20; call (510) 642-9988.
Susan Sontag & Tony Kushner The authors of The Way We Live Now and Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes meet to discuss art and politics for the Women's Foundation. Both writers have recently treated the subject of AIDS from its many perspectives, and their conversation promises to be stimulating at the very least. The talk begins 8 pm at Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister, S.F. Tickets are $15; call 392-4400.
Trespass Knot AGaPe Performance Group's operatic parable tells of a society torn to shreds by the seduction of riches and conflicts over territory, power and possessions. AGaPe was founded in 1989 to foster the development of contemporary opera/new music theater relevant to critical political and environmental issues. Co-produced by the Paul Dresher Ensemble and John Duykers, the premiere features opera singers Duykers and Martha Jane Howe; movement artists Jess Curtis and Stephanie Maher; and singer/performers Amanda Moody and Sarah Ludlow. Trespass Knot previews at 8:30 pm; a benefit performance followed by a catered reception takes place Sun, April 9, 2 pm. Trespass plays through April 15 at SOMAR Theater, South of Market Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, S.F. Tickets are $8-14 ($25 benefit); call 552-1770.
Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation Celebrate Bob's Birthday and Bob's new Oscar (best animated short) when Spike & Mike's 1995 Festival of Animation visits the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. This year's festival includes 11 films from six countries and features animation techniques from traditional cel animation to cutting-edge computer images. Besides Alison Snowden and David Fine's Bob's Birthday, other films are Raimund Krumme's Crossroads; Joachim Bode's Semper Idem; Debra Solomon's Mrs. Matisse; and Sleepy Guy, from the Bay Area's own Pacific Data Images. Best of all, Wallace and Gromit are back to offer a cautionary tale about untested technology in Nick Park's Claymation award winner, The Wrong Trousers. The fest screens April 7-May 27 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Bay & Lyon, S.F., 567-6642; April 6-9 at Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-7511; and May 5-11 at the Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur, 924-3311. Tickets are $6.50-7.
Utopia/Dystopia Women have long embraced social work careers as one viable route to professionalism; now they are reshaping our concept of what the term "social work" signifies. In an effort to re-examine women's changing roles, the LAB and SF Camerawork's three-day conference on feminism brings female artists (including performer Rachel Rosenthal), activists and writers from across the country to discuss feminist activism and art. Scheduled events range from panel discussions to video screenings to performance, all taking place at the Center for the Arts Theatre, Howard & Third St, and at SFMOMA, 151 Third St, both in S.F. See Calendar listings for a complete schedule. Sign-up sheets for events will be available on Friday at 11 am at SFMOMA. Tickets are $45-75; call 978-2787. For info, call 621-1001 or 346-4063.
Fields of Vision Susan Marshall's gift is the ability to transform the mundane experiences of everyday life into the sublime. The focus of Fields of Vision, which her eight-dancer ensemble is performing in conjunction with Contenders, is a community of people experiencing the shifting sands of their lives and relationships. Marshall has choreographed pieces for the Lyon Opra Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Montral Danse and Boston Ballet. Her New York-based troupe has performed at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cannes Festival and the Vienna Tranz. Set to Philip Glass' fourth string quartet, Fields of View has its Bay Area premiere Fri-Sat, April 7-8, 8 pm, at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Dana, UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $18; call (510) 642-9988 or (510) 762-2277.
Bracing for the Big One In association with Earthquake Preparedness Month (and your continued health), the American Red Cross offers a two-hour workshop for the whole family. Training will start at 9 am at the Red Cross main office, 1550 Sutter, S.F. The cost is $10 per family, regardless of size; call (800) 520-5433.
Surfacing Blond bombshell Traci Lords unveils Surface magazine, San Francisco's self-proclaimed "national style publication." Lords and Live 105's DJ Mo host the magazine's coming-out party and the launching of Kiss of Death, an upcoming Twentieth Century Fox release starring perennial Bay Area favorite, Nicolas Cage. The best golden tresses win a $200 cash prize, so after you slather on that poison lipstick, don't forget to break out your best platinum hairpiece. Highlights include two floors of dancing, Kiss screening passes and Traci Lord's CDs and cassettes. It all happens at the DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, S.F. Admission before 11 pm is $5, $10 for the fashionably late; call 626-1409.
Panther The turbulence that swept the '60s particularly rocked African America. In Panther, filmmakers Mario and Melvin Van Peebles revisit the period in U.S. and Oakland history when Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Panther closes the fifth annual Black Filmworks Festival of Film & Video and plays at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 8 pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion at the Paramount and a reception at 10 pm at Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 14th St, Oakland. Tickets are $25; call (510) 465-6400.
Gimme Shelter Roll out of bed early to race for a cause: Sutro & Company's second annual 5K run will benefit St. Vincent De Paul's Bay Area Homeless Program. This year's race includes a $10,000 purse contributed by Sutro. Other events include a 5K wheelchair race offering a $1,000 purse and a one-mile walk. The race starts at 9 am and finishes at the Yerba Buena Center, Mission & Third St, S.F. Ticket pick-up and on-site registration begin at 7:45 am. Entrance fee is $15-20; call 564-0532.
Dancing Bear El Oso Restaurant offers three Sundays of food, flamenco and Spanish classical dance from Bailes Flamencos, a San Francisco troupe choreographed by internationally acclaimed dancer Rosa Montoya. El Oso ("the bear") is located at 1153 Valencia, S.F. Performances begin at 7:30 & 8:30 pm through April 23. Tickets are $10 or $25, food included; call 550-0601.
Eskimo Reunion Join the Bay Area band's celebration of its new Prawn Song Records release, The Further Adventures of Der Shrimpkin. The five-man band spices up the straight rock sounds of guitars, drums and bass with trombone, marimba and vibraphone. If you're really lucky, the guys will be all decked out in party dresses, with "interpretive slam dancers" in tow. Special guests Idiot Flesh and Porch join Eskimo at 8:30 pm at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 885-0750.
A World Out of Order When French filmmakers Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Ferrari began Bosna!, their passionate documentary on how war has devastated this once peace-loving region of the former Yugoslavia, they couldn't have predicted how it would move audiences -- first at Cannes, then in Paris -- to denounce what had befallen the besieged city of Sarajevo and its Muslim population. Mixing combat footage along with shots of the crumbling capital over the last several years, Bosna! indicts Western European powers for their hand-wringing and lack of commitment to resolve the crisis. The film, hailed as "unforgettable" by the New York Post, premieres Mon-Tues at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $3-5.50; call 668-3994.
American Lyric Theatre Tenor Jerry Hadley, acclaimed for his performances in Broadway musicals as well as for his interpretations of the great Mozart tenor roles, presents works of the American musical stage from William Henry Fry and Reginald De Koven to Rogers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. Hadley performs with pianist Cheryll Drake Hadley. The concert starts at 8 pm in the Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister, S.F. Tickets are $20-30; call 392-4400.