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Films of the World, Unite!

WED 7/14

"World-O-Rama" bills itself as an evening of "travel films from around the globe." Seriously, how many travel films are not from "around the globe"? One of the presenters, Irwin Swirnoff, toys with the idea: His work documents the world just outside his house. The other, Addi Somekh, brings a clip about his balloon hat-making efforts. Somekh really did span continents, but he tends to be pretty cranky, which makes it a lot funnier. The globe-trotting begins at 8 p.m. at the Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), S.F. Admission is $5; call 923-0923 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Democratic Turncoat?
Nader haters, here's your chance

FRI 7/16

Tireless advocate for the downtrodden? Passionate activist? Self-deluded election-year spoiler? George W. Bush's new best friend? It's hard to know how best to describe the enigmatic Ralph Nader, but if you want his personal take you can ask him yourself when the quadrennial mosquito on the backs of donkeys everywhere reads from his new book, The Good Fight. Listen to the acclaimed author and controversial candidate pontificate about everything from fair trade to Iraq to why this year's election may be one of the most important in our history, and why he thinks he'll be taking more votes away from George Bush this time than from John Kerry. (Yeah, and Al Gore's going to be the next Playmate of the Year.) The notorious pundit visits this most argumentative of cities at 7 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Turk), S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670 or visit
-- Jack Karp

Benny Lovers

SAT 7/17

It's no secret that plenty of adults enjoy entertainment created with kids in mind, which seems fine to us. And we've all known girls who were reading Jane Austen at age 12 -- also OK. But it's something else when a children's museum takes serious art and acts like it's just for kids: That's just plain thievery. All right, we exaggerate. But art lovers with or without kids should know that eight pieces by world-famous sculptor Beniamino Bufano have moved, and they now live next-door to a "Live Animal Exhibit." Bufano's butterfly, mother bear nursing cubs, and regal cat may be cute, but they're still major works. Tours circle the giant granites starting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 21 at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), S.F. Admission is free; call 554-9600 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser


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