Global Perspective The Exploratorium opens its May film series, "What About AIDS?" with AIDS in Africa, which examines a strain of the disease affecting a diverse Central African population. The series continues Wednesdays in May (except May 8) with Love Between a Boy and a Girl -- made in the Mission and partially produced by high school students -- and No Rewind, which tracks local teens (May 15); The Heart of the Matter (May 22); and Start Talking and RSVP (May 29). All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter McBean Theater. The Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Admission is free-$9; call 563-7337.
Jonesin' for Advil If Larry Hankin's mug looks familiar, it's probably from his most recent TV appearances as Gaunt Gary, the pool-shark hologram in the Star Trek: Voyager series, or downstairs neighbor Mr. Heckles in the NBC sitcom Friends. Hankin, co-founder of the S.F. satirical improv theater the Committee and a veteran of Chicago's Second City troupe, leaves the crowd behind in his new one-man show, Emmett Sez. Emmett Sagittarius Deemus is a bank loan officer who loses his memory after a blow to the head; he winds up on the streets with a new moniker, Sometimes Jones, and a penchant for storytelling. Emmett Sez previews at 8:30 p.m. (also Thursday; opens Friday at 8:30 p.m.) and runs through June 30 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $8-15; 826-5750.
Parting Shots Like many kids, Juan I-Jong hated his hometown and couldn't wait to get out. After he graduated from high school, he left his Taiwanese village and his future as a sweet-potato farmer and moved to the city, where he found work as a magazine photographer and later a photo editor. He founded the professional journal Photographers International and seldom visited home, but when he did, the camera changed his perception of the people and their work. The subjects of his first book, Man and Land, also comprise his exhibit "Juan I-Jong: Photographs From Taiwan," which is up through June 29 at Photos Gallery, 403 Francisco, S.F. Juan will travel to San Francisco for the opening of his first American show. Free; call 986-4149.
Czech Point Theater students at the Czech Republic's University of West Bohemia e-mailed, wrote, phoned, and visited students from SFSU's theater arts department under the auspices of an international collaboration created by SFSU grad student Adam Beck, who taught English and theater at West Bohemia through the Peace Corps. Now, members of both performance groups will portray their counterparts onstage, attempting to find connections that transcend geographic boundaries. Catch the Western version of The Czech Project at 8 p.m. (continuing Thursdays-Sundays through May 11) at SFSU's Studio Theater, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway, S.F. $6-8; call 647-9014.
Restless The old Simon/Serta mattress factory at Bayview-Hunters Point provides a choreographic springboard for Zaccho Dance Theater Artistic Director Joanna Haigood. Her new work, Where Dreams Lie, a world premiere, taps architectural documents and the stories of local workers and residents to build a nonliteral history of the building and describe the neighborhood's gradual cultural shift. Haigood is joined by guest choreographer Remy Charlip, dancer/drummer Jules Beckman, and others for an energetic concert featuring text, aerial work, and a bed designed by Chico MacMurtrie. An exhibit of documents and photos of the building will be held in conjunction with the performance, which runs 8:30 p.m. (continuing Saturdays and Sundays through May 11) at 1777 Yosemite, #4D, Third Floor, S.F. Tickets are $8-12; call 822-6744.
Getting a Move On S.F. Camerawork has relocated to the Yerba Buena area, and to celebrate it has put up an inaugural group exhibition called "Moveable Feast." The gallery asked alums to recommend emerging artists for the show, and the eight people selected contributed a substantially varied body of work. Talent spans Pipo Nguyen-Duy's black-and-white self-portraits to Christine Tamblyn's interactive CD-ROM, Mistaken Identities, based on the lives and work of 10 famous women. The show opens with a reception at 8 p.m. and runs through June 15 at 115 Natoma, S.F. Free; call 621-1001.
To the Left of the Dial America's religious and political right takes a definitive cinematic beating with the Artists' Television Access film and video program "Rage Against the Right." Jesse Lerner and Scott Sterling's Natives documents San Diego's suburban anti-immigrant movement, while Sandi DuBowski uncovers Christian militias in Reclaiming America. Portland's pukey Dan Quayle protest and other clips round out the bill, which begins at 8:30 p.m. at ATA's Other Gallery, 992 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890.
Art of the Ages Masayuki and Michiyo Koga use traditional Japanese instruments to play classical Japanese pieces, but they improvise to usher older style into the modern world. Masayuki plays shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute; Michiyo plays the 13-stringed koto. The Kogas perform works paying tribute to nature: Shikano Tone ("Distant Cry of Deer"), Haruno Umi ("Sea of Spring"), and solo shakuhachi improvisations. The concert is held at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College, Berkeley. Admission is $12; call 621-2950.
Know Your Rights The goals of the Tenant Rights Fair and Mobilization are fivefold: to end project eviction until rent control is established; to strengthen and defend rent control; to use government-owned vacant buildings for low-income housing; to end police brutality in communities of color; and to upgrade homeless hotels. The fair features music and speakers, and free multilingual counseling on tenant rights for public and private housing. It happens at noon at Jefferson Square Park, Laguna & Eddy, S.F. A walking tour of Hayes Valley and the Western Addition and a march follow. Free; call 285-1744 ext. 2.
The Business End of Sex Prostitute, activist, and artist Scarlot Harlot, aka Carol Leigh, delves into the current state of sex work with the seminar "Sex Industry Politics." Leigh focuses on the history and current political trends of prostitution in San Francisco, including fair labor practices and the work done by the S.F. Prostitution Task Force. The overview, conducted through the Harvey Milk Institute, lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka, S.F. It's $25; call 435-7931.
Well, Okey-Dokey Then! Northern California isn't the enclave of expatriate Norwegians that, say, Minnesota is, but the Bay Area will be exposed to Nordic culture nonetheless with the Norway Day Festival. Exhibits will focus on the country's ecological advances, such as the CITI electric car, and its sports heritage, which continues with Tore Vingo, a Norwegian-American man who plans to roller skate from San Francisco to Virginia beginning May 17. The action also includes folk music concerts, folk-dance performance and classes, fashion shows of Norwegian sportswear and sweaters, and booths proffering traditional crafts and food, including krumkake (crumb cake) and aquavit, a liqueur. The festival is held 10 a.m to 6 p.m. (also Sunday) at Fort Mason Center's Herbst Pavilion, S.F. Admission is $5 adults, free to kids 12 and under; call 986-0766.
Take a Little Trip Lowrider magazine marks its 20th anniversary with a 15-city tour and adjunct concert Latinpalooza. Hundreds of cars -- Euros, bombs, trucks, and traditional lowriders -- compete for prizes based on the outrageousness of their designs, their hydraulic capacities, and the amount of noise they make (the "Sound Off" contest rates the boom in the back). Thump Records' rapper Slow Pain, Rocky Padilla, Laura Martinez, the Funky Aztecs, Lina Santiago, and R&B duo Zapp-n-Roger perform. The tour parks 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum, Oakland. Admission is $20, free to kids under 10; call (909) 595-2782.
Mood Music Relieve back-to-work dread with a trip to Spain. That's Spain the band, fronted by jazz bassist Charlie Haden's son, Josh, whose sleepy, soulful swirl of jazz and blues is winning the hearts and ears of the hyperstimulated. Spain's Restless Records release, The Blue Moods of Spain, elicited breathy critical mention of the Velvet Underground and martini olives; Mark Kozelek opens at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. $7.50; 885-0750.
Fiesta Facts The city's official Cinco de Mayo party, with the theme "Los Hombres de Nuestra Herencia," starts at 10 a.m. at Bryant and 24th streets with a parade comprised of 43 contingents -- mariachis, ballet folkloricos, and all. The parade will snake its way through the Mission to Civic Center, where a festival runs for the rest of the afternoon. Two stages' worth of live salsa and banda music will fuel the hoopla, while art, craft, and food booths will offer other sensory distractions. The festival is held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free-$4; call 826-1401.
Sugar and Salsa Prefer an intimate musical setting in which to commemorate Cinco de Mayo? Consider these: The all-women Latin jazz septet Azucar y Crema plays at 4 p.m. at El Rio, 3158 Mission, S.F. $5; call 282-3355. Later -- go on, make a night of it -- merengue group Cana Roja and the Julio Bravo salsa band play 330 Ritch, where proprietors fire up the festivities with tequila-drinking and jalapeno-eating contests; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 330 Ritch, S.F. $10; call 522-9558.
Eye on Design For their work with cultural organizations such as the Berlin State Opera, the graphic design trio Cyan combines unusual photos and typography in trailblazing fashion. As citizens of the former East Berlin, they bring to the States a post-Wall perspective on German design, and present their take on the video age. Cyan speaks at 7:30 p.m. as the third installment of the SFMOMA's "Global Narratives" 1996 design lecture series, held at the Center for the Arts Theater, 701 Mission, S.F. Admission is $15-20; call 978-2787.
Good Greek A long time ago -- 241-133 B.C., to be exact -- the brief but glorious Hellenistic kingdom of Pergamon boasted a flourishing art scene. Notable among its products was the Great Altar, which had two mythological friezes. The interior, or Telephos frieze (an intricate carving depicting the story of the city's founding), will be on view, with 12 of the best-preserved marble panels. Free-standing sculpture, coins, and architectural elements of Pergamon will be displayed in conjunction with the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 8 at the Legion of Honor, Clement & 34th St., S.F. Free-$7; 668-7855.