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Fight the Power

FRI-THURS 4/15-21

Are there any little girls out there who don't want to be Wonder Woman? The sexy heroine kicks criminals' butts while dangling from a helicopter -- without smudging her lip gloss. But these acrobatics aren't as effortless as they look. The documentary Double Dare spotlights two stuntwomen, 64-year-old Jeannie Epper and twentysomething Zoë Bell, who leap across Hollywood's hurdles of gender discrimination in a single bound. The movie screens at the Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $4-8; call 863-1087 or visit for show times.
-- Jane Tunks

Come Sail Away
Boating expo also welcomes landlubbers

WED-SUN 4/13-17

As the springtime air fills with the sweet sounds of steroid accusations and Barry Bonds' whining, it's easy to forget that April marks the opening of another sport's season -- sailing. If you're sick of overpaid players and overpriced beer, skip the ballgame and head to Strictly Sail Pacific. This five-day ode to all things trimmed, tacked, and tillered features everything from tiny electronic navigation devices to the Rolls-Royce of sailboats, the behemoth Swan 65. Swabbies and sea dogs can join seminars on celestial navigation, racing tactics, and even "How to Sail Happily With Your Sweetie," while landlubbers can enjoy free introductory sails. Fans can also meet Olympic gold medalist Kevin Burnham and the Bay Area's own Bruce Schwab, the first American to complete the around-the-world Vendee Globe Race (no performance-enhancing drugs needed). Set sail on Wednesday at noon from Jack London Square, Broadway & Embarcadero, Oakland. Admission is $5-36; call (800) 817-7245 or visit
-- Jack Karp

In the Pink

SAT-SUN 4/16-17

As annual outdoor celebrations go, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the closest to our hearts. Because it hinges on one of the prettiest and surest signs of spring, this array of Japanese culture always perks us up. And that's what it's supposed to do: The lively, colorful Grand Parade, the delicious food, and the traditional pageant are all tributes to the uplifting nature of the changing seasons. Our favorite parts, though, are the many opportunities to hear traditional Japanese folk music in its various forms, above all the awe-inspiring taiko drumming. Notice how happy the musicians look, and take your cue from them. Winter's over! The festival begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at various locations in Japantown (and continues next weekend); the official Opening Ceremony begins at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday at Japantown's Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan, S.F. Admission varies; call 563-2313 or visit for a complete schedule.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser


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