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Art Imitates Life 

It's all in how you map it

ONGOING 5/24-6/25

You probably think there's only one Great Wall of China. But the C5 Corporation -- a San Jose-based media collective comprising experts in fields like artificial intelligence, bioengineering, and literary criticism -- is attempting, in a manner of speaking, to prove otherwise.

At "C5 Landscape Initiatives," the group explores the relationship between people, data, and the environment using digital photographs, sculpture, digital video, and a choreographed walk-through of the gallery using hand-held global positioning system devices. C5'ers spent three years trekking through their chosen landscapes and doing data analyses of them; the results culminate in three bodies of work. The Analogous Landscape explores topographical similarities between Mount Shasta and Mount Fuji (members of C5 climbed and photographed both). The Perfect View examines the notion of an ideal vista while The Other Path looks at the Great Wall of China and locates its "twin other" -- a similar terrain found right here in California. The opening reception begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. (and the exhibit continues through June 25) at SF Camerawork, 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), S.F. Admission is free; call 863-1001 or visit
-- Karen Macklin

Eat Out -- Way Out
This food book's no dog

SUN 5/22

You have to love a local dining guide that devotes ink to El Tonayense's taco trucks and the best places to find cooked kidneys but mentions Chez Panisse and La Folie only to say that the revered gastronomic temples aren't reviewed. Clearly, The Chowhound's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area is not about to rehash what you already know. Instead, writes "Alpha Hound" Jim Leff in his introduction, the book offers "[i]ntriguing alternatives to the oft-hyped usual suspects" uncovered by "front-line food lovers determinedly smoking out the sensations of tomorrow." Culled from the wildly popular Web site, the title distills years of information gleaned from an army of dedicated foodies. Get the secrets from the top dog himself at 2 p.m. as Leff visits Book Passage, Ferry Building, Market & Embarcadero, S.F. Admission is free; call 835-1020 or visit
-- Michael Leaverton

Dharma Bums
The cutthroat world of yoga

ONGOING 5/19-6/11

Yoga practitioners boast of the exercise's many benefits: lithe bodies, reduced stress, and the unmistakable glow that comes from enlightenment (or a strenuous workout). But no matter how many classes I take, I still get pissed at the floor-space hogs who get in the way of my Downward Dog. Mark Kenward explores yoga's dark side in The Dharma of Dollars, a sketch about his misadventures as the manager of an Oakland Hills studio, trying to reconcile his desires for easy money and even easier spirituality. Watch the humorist's eightfold path progress at 8 p.m. on Thursday (the show continues through June 11) at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), S.F. Admission is $10-22; call 826-5750 or visit
-- Jane Tunks

Body and Soul

MON-WED 5/23-25

Don't expect hanky-panky at Scripting Intimacies, a piece from RAWDance about the body, not the sex act. The group's co-founder, Ryan Smith, says the show ranges "from a somnambular love duet with two men to a competitive catfight between two women." Intimacies begins at 8 p.m. nightly at the Center for Sex & Culture, 398 11th St. (at Harrison), S.F. Admission is $5-15; call 255-1155 or visit
-- Jane Tunks


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