Mighty Mo Way back in the early '30s, the box-office queen of the silver screen wasn't Crawford, Davis, Shearer, or Garbo, but the stout, anti-glamorous Marie Dressler. In the 1933 comic drama Tugboat Annie, Marie plays a skipper weighed down by her boozin' hubby (Wallace Beery -- har dee har); in 1932's Emma, she's a household domestic in San Francisco ("Sentimental movie never cloys, thanks to wonderful Marie," says Leonard Maltin). Tugboat Annie (2:30, 5:45, and 9 p.m.) and Emma (4:15 and 7:30 p.m.) make up a Dressler tribute at the Roxie (continuing Thursday), 3117 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 863-1087.
The Amy Club The Joy Luck Club's transition from best seller to Hollywood weepie catapulted Bay Area author Amy Tan to that level of recognition only filmed authors attain nowadays. Tan's latest novel -- The Hundred Secret Senses -- is another intricately woven intergenerational tale; this time the story centers on two sisters, one "quintessentially Chinese," the other raised in Daly City (poor thing). Tan signs copies of the book at 7:30 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.
Turkey for Everybody Of all the food programs in the Bay Area, Glide Memorial Church has the only one that serves three hot meals every day. Glide hopes to feed 6,500 poor and homeless people this Thanksgiving; more than 1,200 volunteers will help put the meal together. The cooking and eating lasts from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 330 Ellis, S.F. Free; call 771-6300.
Trip the Light Fantastic Russian dancing is taking over the city this week. The California Kolo Festival devotes three days to Balkan non-partner folk dance: The event features instructive seminars (including one on "Preventing Dance Injuries") and live performances. An opening-night dance ($5) begins at 8 p.m. at S.F. Russian Center, 2450 Sutter, S.F. Other programs (including a Saturday night concert) range from $10-65; call (800) 730-5615.
Loud and Proud "Hold On: The New Spirituals Project," a concert devoted to music as liberation, mixes the old with the new this year. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will perform rare, late-19th-century spirituals; under the direction of Elizabeth Seja Min, the Redwood House Choir will perform the world premiere of Anybody Here? Song Journey in Seven Movements, by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Preceded by a 6:30 p.m. conversation with Reagon, the show starts at 8 p.m. (also Saturday) at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison, Oakland. Tickets are $14-18; call (510) 835-1445.
Femme Fatale By far the best thing about Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Sheryl Lee's performance as Laura Palmer brought some emotional weight to David Lynch's played-out glib surrealism. Lee got great reviews (Leonard Maltin says she's "affecting") but was ignored come Oscar time; since then, she's made do with ornamental roles in mediocre films like Backbeat. Ross Kagen Marks' Homage gives Lee another fatalistic star turn -- this time, she's a TV actress plagued by a man who has befriended her reclusive mother (Blythe Danner). Continuing through Nov. 30, the film screens at 7 and 9:15 p.m. at the Roxie, 3125 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 863-1087.
All-Time Queen of the World Self-described "international underground superstar, spokesmodel, publishing maggot, punk rock legend myth, sexy retarded whore, and award-winning blacktress," Vaginal Davis pioneered the queer zine scene with Fertile La Toyah Jackson Magazine and Shrimp ("the magazine of licking and sucking big feet"), gossipfests that make Kenneth Anger look like Liz Smith. Her bands include Black Fag (with Beck's mom); Cholita, the Female Menudo; and Pedro, Muriel, and Esther, featuring Davis and company as angry, white militia men with ZZ Top beards. In "Get That Nut!" (an evening of filmy film), busy Ms. Davis shares her latest cinematic creations, including Designy Living and Voodoo Williamson: The Dona of Dance (where a 72-year-old woman introduces inner-city youth to that fragile green flower known as "the dance"). The program -- which also includes Porn by Lawrence Elbert, and Glennda and Bruce Do Times Square, featuring Glennda Orgasm and Bruce Benderson (author of the sporadically superb novel User) -- begins at 7 and 9 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 824-3890.
Pheromone Overdrive The Castro Theatre's "Flesh and Blood: Sex, Violence, and Censorship" series begins with a new 35mm print of In the Realm of the Senses. Nagisa Oshima's 1976 film is one of the first to use graphic sex to probe human relationships. Basically a tale of lust gone berserk, it's all about eroticism -- the sex/death combo French philosophers love to mentally masturbate over. Oshima's spare, unrelenting dialogue and visuals are more interesting than current sex/death cinematic mutations like the "erotic thriller." ("Explicit, controversial ... but overall a pretentious film," says Leonard Maltin.) Hungry eyes/minds can feast at 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, and 9 p.m. at the Castro, Castro and Market, S.F. The film continues through Nov. 30. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.
Glass Act Featuring workshops, demonstrations, and creations by over 90 craftspeople, the ACCA Holiday Clay and Glass Festival offers pitchers, earrings, tree trimmings, wine goblets, and tattooed pigs (see photo). Glass devotees who prefer large-scale arts to small-scale crafts should check out an S.F. show by Finnish artist Dale Chihuly (currently the subject of a career retrospective at San Jose Museum of Art). Chihuly's huge, colorful, glowing orbs and shells can be seen from 1 to 5 p.m. at Refusalon, 630 Natoma, S.F. Free; call 431-1046. The ACCA Holiday Clay and Glass Festival lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (also Sunday) at the County Fair Building, Ninth Ave & Lincoln Way, S.F. Admission is $1-2.50; call (510) 865-0541.
Live Onstage A weekly radio show, Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live is also theater, staged before an audience. This week's installment includes Penn Jillette of Comedy Channel/Penn & Teller infamy, local author/humorist Anne Lamott, and the improv troupe True Fiction Magazine. A musical tribute to Jerry Garcia fills the rest of the two-hour program. See and hear from 10 a.m. to noon at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 664-9500.
Big Bunny A classic children's book, Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit is one of those tales where a stuffed inanimate object suddenly springs to life. In ODC San Francisco's dance/theater production of the story, the mammal is 12 feet tall and (thankfully) friendly. A performance of The Velveteen Rabbit -- coupled with a 1 p.m. children's party and treasure hunt -- starts at 2 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. The show continues through Dec. 3. Tickets are $8.50-26.50; call 978-2787.
Postal Worker Goes Bananas In 1964, Andy Warhol produced Harlot, his first talkie. The film's star is Mario Montez, a young Puerto Rican postal worker with a fondness for women's clothing. (Earlier, Montez had appeared in Jack Smith's seminal underground flick Flaming Creatures.) In Harlot, Montez wears a blond wig and lasciviously devours one banana after another, while a plump woman with a cat (billed as "White Pussy") on her lap sits next to him. All the film's dialogue -- a typical free-association rap on stardom and sex appeal -- occurs off-camera. (Leonard Maltin was not available for comment.) Harlot screens with Kitchen -- one of a dozen 1965 Warhol films featuring Edie Sedgwick -- at 7:30 p.m. at S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 558-8129.
You Gotta Give Them Hope At 11 a.m. on Nov. 27, 1978, S.F. Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by Dan White in their City Hall offices; the same night, over 40,000 people marched from the Castro to City Hall, where they heard a tape Milk had made in the event that he might be killed by a homophobe. "I wish that I had time to explain everything I did," Milk said. "Almost everything was done with an eye on the gay movement." This year's march in honor of Moscone and Milk includes speeches by Willie Brown, Sue Bierman, Roberta Achtenberg, Susan Leal, and Tom Ammiano. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at 572 Castro (where Milk's Camera Shop was located), S.F. Free; call 647-5421.
White Punk on Dope Best-known for his photographs of pretty girls wearing expensive clothes and pretty boys wearing no clothes, Bruce Weber has also made a few films about troubled masculine icons. A follow-up to the stylized boxing documentary Broken Noses, Let's Get Lost looks at the life and smack-addled times of beautiful loser Chet Baker, the James Dean of jazz. ("Fascinating and sometimes disquietingly personal," says Leonard Maltin.) Mixing interviews and live footage, the flick screens at 7 and 9:25 p.m. (also Tuesday) at the Red Vic, 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $3-5.50; call 668-3994.
The Canine-Human Connection Recently published, Dog People contains 20 commissioned essays and 15 portfolios of paintings and photographs about -- you guessed it -- dogs and their people. Armistead Maupin and Karen Barbour read from their contributions to the book at 7:30 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.
My Country 'Tis of Thee "Composers Inc." is a series of concerts devoted to new music by American composers. The second installment features a wide range of compositional styles: Frederic Rzewski's The Lost Melody utilizes Yiddish folk song; Kui Dong's The Blue Melody incorporates Asian music; Eric Moe's On the Tip of My Tongue features African drumming; and Donald Crockett's Pilgrimage showcases rock 'n' roll piano. The music starts at 8 p.m. at the Veterans Building, Green Room, Van Ness & McAllister, S.F. Tickets are $10-14; call 512-0641.