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The spirit of the Stallion

THURS 8/25

Sending up the Doug Henning-infested world of "Broadway style" magic shows, the performer known as Stallion beckons you to experience his latest extravaganza, "Fogstorm." Witness his powerful, powerful powers: the power of seduction, the power to amaze, and the power to pack a lot of satire into a small space. Dumb patriotism, fake tans, and "anyone whose imagination has ever been sparked by the idea of love" come in for the harshest of the dry parody here, but New Agers and graphic designers who employ glossy horse motifs should probably watch their backs as well.

Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick's Carole and Mitzi act, Jepsen's Lady Gallagher, Ballet Miragé, and somebody called Guitarboy open at 9 p.m. at the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), S.F. Admission is $6; call 861-2011 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Opening Up

FRI 8/26

Untitled (Phone) by Ye Rin Mok features the last item standing in the typical cleared-out office: a phone lying in a tangled heap on a freshly vacuumed corporate carpet. It's also broken, and therein lies the narrative, which, if we're to follow "Come Clean"'s curator Jasmine Granados, "deals with the shedding of the old and embarrassing the new." We'll defer. Mok shows with Txu Txo Perez, Ramses, and others at this unique venue, described on the Web site as a "huge open box" maintained by "live-in artists, designers, chefs, etc.," at 6 p.m. at Warehouse 1310, 1310 Potrero Ave. (at 25th Street), S.F. Admission is free; visit
-- Michael Leaverton

Look Sharp
Help for the fashion weak

WED-SUN 8/24-28

Time to tuck those North Face jackets, Tevas, and yellow rubber bracelets into a time capsule and strut your way down to the second annual San Francisco Fashion Week, where for four days, 15 top local designers -- from frilly frockster Erin Mahoney to evening wear engineer Colleen Quen -- will present their spring 2006 collections. Modeling the wares will be America's Next Top Model finalists Brittany, Christina, and Lluvy, as well as Kimberly Guilfoyle and Queer As Folk's Michelle Cluni. Amid the spectacle, viewers can take their own turns in choice couture at the "Fashion Week Boutique," offering the newest creations from 50 national apparel, accessory, and jewelry designers.

Fashion Week kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday (and runs through Aug. 28) at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), S.F. Admission is $35-65; call 986-3915 or visit
-- Joshua Rotter


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