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Free the Forests 

Arbor Day art show

SAT 1/15

No matter how you feel about tree-dweller Julia Butterfly Hill and her buddy Luna, the pieces look compelling: trees as aggressors, victims, homes, objects of desire -- there's no telling what they'll become. Tonight's opening reception starts at 6:30 (and the show continues through March 15) at Giant Robot S.F., 622 Shrader (at Haight), S.F. Admission is free; call 876-4773 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Food Show's Nuts

ONGOING 1/14-6/26

Freaks are a precious natural resource. They thrill us, mystify us, and cause us to shake our heads and ponder the meaning of life, just like, uh, giant rock formations. Anyone who says different probably hasn't ever witnessed Scot Nery live onstage in any of his hysterically weird incarnations: pancake juggler, backpack escape artist, cooking show host, etc. His new act, "Crash Course -- Cooking, Juggling, and Getting Hurt," promises to continue such silliness. With the spirit of a food fighter, the aplomb of Julia Child, and the desire to hand out samples of a Costco employee, Nery maps an evening that features guest chefs, innovative meal planning, and irreverent themes, all different every week. (Last week's theme: "French Mind Control.") Sure, Yosemite's beautiful, but so is Nery's soiled chef's smock; the show runs Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. (continuing through June 26) at the Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $15; call 871-9699 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Future Shock
Films for pessimistic people

FRI-THURS 1/14-20

Though the Castro missed some of my favorite apocalyptic films -- the Mad Max series, Omega Man, Planet of the Apes -- the selections are an interesting tour of vintage phobias that seem almost quaint when compared to today's terrorism alerts and cataclysmic tsunamis. Things start out with The Handmaid's Tale, the chilling yet underrated cinematic adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book of the same name, which looks at a world in which fertile women are imprisoned in breeding programs designed to produce a new, "pure" generation. Next up is the gory, San Francisco-set 1978 remake of the anti-conformity screed Invasion of the Body Snatchers, followed by movies that address everything from Big Government (Sleeper, Fahrenheit 451, 1984) to reality TV (Videodrome) and, um, enforced chastity and really bad buzz cuts (THX-1138). Gaze toward a murky horizon starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (near Market), S.F. Admission is $5.50-8.50; call 621-6120 or go to
-- Joyce Slaton

Folk Flicks

FRI 1/14

Proof you can't keep a good man down: "Phil Chambliss: Auteur From Arkansas" is a screening of three shorts made by a guy who works at a gravel pit in the rural South and who decided to become a filmmaker in his spare time. He's made some 30 pieces altogether -- many feature deer hunting as a theme. Call it "outsider film" if you must, but see it regardless. The movies start at 7:30 p.m. in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $5-8; call 978-2787 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Love Objects

THURS 1/13

Everyone has a fixation. For artists Evelyn Reyes and Camille Holvoet it's carrots and cakes, respectively, preoccupations they explore in their art. Come see drawings of menacing produce and desserts decorated with anti-psychotic meds when "Subjects of Desire" opens with a reception at 7 p.m. (the show runs through Feb. 17) at Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St. (at Dolores), S.F. Admission is free; call 863-2108.
-- Joyce Slaton


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