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Big pictures of little ladies

ONGOING 6/4-25

Australian Jane Davenport started out as a fashion photographer but switched to shooting bugs. Now she combines her love of insects with her affection for large-scale images. See some of the results at the "Ladybird Chronicles," an outdoor exhibit of 30 huge, colorful pictures of the arthropods technically called ladybird beetles but known more commonly as ladybugs. The opening reception starts Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (and the exhibit continues through June 25) at the San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), S.F. Admission is free-$10; call 753-7080 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Water World
A theatrical response to World Environment Day

ONGOING 6/2-19

t first glance, the promise of "a sunset walk on a wave-washed beach" sounds a little personal ad-like. But when the performers of the site-specific Antenna Theater company issue such an invitation, you know you'll end up with more than sandy feet and some date's corny idea of romance. The troupe's new environmental think piece, A Body of Water, transforms Ocean Beach into a sculpture garden, its sand carefully molded around intricate wood carvings by Chris Hardman. Upon arrival, you get an MP3 player and a headset with which to listen to a multilayered soundtrack while you walk around the seaside artwork. Antenna's "audio drama" is a reaction to World Environment Day intended to get us to ponder our relationship with the ocean; it runs Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through June 19 at Ocean Beach, the Great Highway & Fulton, S.F. Admission is $18, and reservations are strongly recommended; call 332-9454 or visit
-- Jane Tunks

Green Days

WED-SUN 6/1-5

With a name like the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, you might expect lots of doom-and-gloom documentaries about how the world's resources are being sucked dry by SUVs and such. And while some ecological cautionary tales are on the bill, the fest also highlights films that restore our faith in humanity, like The Real Dirt on Farmer John, which covers a feather boa wearing farmer who balances his twin loves of genre-defying art and sustainable agriculture. Plus, you'll enjoy plenty of gorgeous close-ups of the world's most beautiful creatures (as in Deep Blue's lush look under the sea), the anime classic Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and Grizzly Man, a new film from Werner Herzog. Green Screen runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (near Market), S.F. Tickets are free-$10; call 338-1236 or visit
-- Jane Tunks


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