Becca has issues with completion. The 26-year-old surgical nurse joins a gym but never goes; studies for the MCATs but never takes them; vows to lose those extra pounds but can't seem to do it. Then one day she develops an alter ego named Heidi who seems like an improvement: saving lives, having lovers, doing good deeds, and becoming a better Becca. At first, Becca doesn't know about her other personality. She hears strange tales of her own heroism from friends and neighbors who marvel at the change in her behavior. But soon she catches wind of Heidi's existence and learns that the new and improved Becca has a dark side, too. Will she give in to Heidi's bizarre and growing takeover? Or will she learn that what makes a person good or bad is more complex than she had thought?
Local playwright Sharon Eberhardt's new one-woman play about split personality and morality has been in development with the Shee Theatre Company for a year; now it has its world premiere with Lindsay Anderson as its star. Becca and Heidi begins previews tonight at 8:30 (and continues through Aug. 7) at the Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), S.F. Tickets are $15-20; call 454-7788 or visit www.theshee.org.
-- Karen Macklin
Band of curators
Day jobs suck for artists. A great day job, such as being a curator, must really suck: Imagine brooding over chiaroscuro and being able to afford dessert. Perks like that might make a lesser spirit forget to create at all, but not so the "CurFormers." Today this group of freakishly connected art administrators takes its turn to stand and be judged.
Among the acts: a Cocteau-inspired monologue by Ed Gilbert, director of Gallery Paule Anglim; How They Draw in the West, a performance with cap guns by Marisa Jahn and Steve Shada, co-directors of Pond; an eclectic DJ set by Matthew Higgs, curator at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts; and a show by White Stool, an experimental band that has settled on the genre "punk-rap-metal-folk," featuring the associate director of SF Camerawork, Marisa S. Olson, who plays accordion. Gatekeepers, perhaps, but gutsy ones. Bear witness starting at 8 p.m. at New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom (at Eighth Street), S.F. Admission is $5-10; call 626-5416 or visit www.newlangtonarts.org.
-- Michael Leaverton
No tiaras, but plenty of raspberry berets
It all started with Hell's Belles, an all-lady AC/DC get-up that aimed to destroy the bad name of "cover band." Now cross-gendered tribute bands (with actual talent) are the latest sensation. Tonight it's Princess, an homage to the Artist/Symbol/Purple One featuring four women (presumably, really sexy women) interpreting the vocals of all your favorite Prince songs. The group even does "U Got the Look," not heard often enough. The backing band members' chops more than make up for the fact that they are male: Most have years with funk bands, hip hop outfits, and famous rockers. Let's go crazy at 9 p.m. at 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd Street), S.F. Admission is $8; call 970-9777 or visit www.12galaxies.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
Dirty Blue Country
Any band that uses plastic buckets as drums is OK by us. But Hillstomp also has rave reviews from music zines, a rabid Black Keys crossover fan base, and a brand-new CD to recommend it. One Word, a cranky reminder about the group's name, boasts stripped-down, hooch-fueled psycho-blues screeds against bad guys like grave robbers and landlords. Storm the stage at 9 p.m. at the Plough and Stars, 116 Clement (at Second Avenue), S.F. Admission is free; call 751-1122 or visit http://pweb.jps.net/~jgilder/plough.html.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser