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Friday, May 9, 2008

Night + Day: Calendar Picks for 5/9

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The Ant Show's 4th Annual Boxer Rebellion, 8pm, $7-10

Red Devil Lounge - 1695 Polk at Clay

We had the privilege of sitting next to now-famous blogger Brock Keeling of SFist for a number of years when he was our clubs editor. So we can tell you authoritatively that he is stylish, sometimes cruelly so. Always subtle, sharp, and body-conscious, his clothing was better than ours, every day, as was his hair and skincare regime. We think he may attend the fourth annual Boxer Rebellion, since at least one of the designers at this underwear-focused fashion show has been known to use bare-crotched celebrities as a visual motif: This is right up Brock's alley. The designer, Improperazzi, also features "yes smoking" buttons (no diagonal line, just a picture of a cigarette), a generally slim fit, and blatant drug imagery — all very Brock. Other designers include Vintage Joy, owner of the half boring, half hilarious slogan "Changing the world of style, styling the world of change," Mei Lin, Dan Gallagher, and Cara Barnard. Murder of Lilies, the Catholic Comb, Ghost to Atom, and others provide the rock. --Hiya Swanhuyser

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American Symbols: From Lady Liberty to the Stars and Stripes, $5

Museum of Craft & Folk Art - 51 Yerba Buena at Mission

Today, when the appearance of a flag pin can absorb an entire news cycle, it's good to remember people like William Ray, a Navy sailor who literally dipped himself in patriotic tattoos. Of course, that was in 1930, when unrepentant displays of American symbols didn't make one a de facto member of Hannity's America. Composed of 75 items, the exhibit "American Symbols: From Lady Liberty to the Stars and Stripes" offers a nostalgic look at our nation's love affair with its own iconography, featuring everything from paintings and photos to quilts, pins, toys, and boots. There's also a flag made of money and a photo of ten thousand cadets on a Navy base in Illinois, intricately arranged in a fluttering human flag. The pieces transmit a wide variety of sentiment, pushing war and peace, celebration and protest, along with the very American impulse to sell something, from a battle on foreign soil to a can of peas. The exhibit also celebrates the American collector: The entire thing is drawn from the personal hoard of San Francisco resident Kit Hinrichs, a graphic designer and Eagle Scout who spent 40 years picking up more than 3,000 items, starting with the flag made by his great-great-great grandmother in 1865. --Michael Leaverton

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, 7:30pm

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room - 700 Howard at Third St.

Wanna know about the best film you've probably never seen? Here's a tip: Put down that intellectually toxic Netflix DVD (particularly if it's the latest Judd Apatow)and get thee to your local art-house theatre. Soviet-Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov's 1964 gem, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, is one of those movies that makes a public appearance about every 15 years or so, and it's always worth the wait. It's a haunting masterpiece about forbidden love and tribal disagreements -- essentially, a story that's older than the moon and stars. It's also the film that got the intransigent Parajanov banned from the highest echelons of the Soviet cinema establishment, less for overt politicking than for his blatant disavowal of social realism in favor of deliciously dark folkloric themes. It features a rare glimpse into the lives of the seminomadic Hutsul people of the Carpathian mountains and their near-extinct language and customs, mixed in with a flurry of symbols and archetypes that would make a Jungian analyst's head spin. Sorcery, soothsayers, and guttural nature spirits all coalesce to create a strange realm in which beauty becomes a brutal assault on the senses, as Parajanov's gorgeously saturated colors and dizzying camera moves provide a primal power too often missing in today's cinema. --Nirmala Nataraj

Butt Rock: Kick Out the Jams Opening Reception, 6pm

The Luggage Store 1007 Market at Sixth St.

We thought the prize for weirdest-named local artist went to Poopy Lickles, but here we've just learned about Butt Johnson. Ding ding ding! Trophy's all yours, Butt! Many other artists exhibit alongside Butt at "Kick Out the Jams," an exhibit curated by Hot & Cold zine editors Griffin McPartland and Christopher Robin Duncan to celebrate issue number two, which is chronologically number nine, but don't worry about it. The "hand-built" publication is one of the Bay Area's most beautiful such limited-edition books -- and there are a hell of a lot of them around here. H&C contributors include the editors, collagist Chris Corales, and former Black Dice-er Hisham Akira Bharoocha among a truly impressive list of artists who probably don't engage in dumb jokes at the expense of their colleagues's names.--Hiya Swanhuyser

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