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Wednesday, Jul 3 1996
july 3
Number Nine Footloose Dance Company has snapped up the lease on the former Climate Theater building, moved in, and renamed the place Venue Nine. Organizers plan to play host to more improv groups shows this summer and the Solo Mio Festival in the fall; meanwhile, they've mounted a Tuesday night mixed-media, low-tech performance showcase tagged "Sight Unseen"; an ongoing Wednesday night progressive music series; and the Dead White Male Readers Theater on Sundays at 7 p.m., beginning July 14. Footloose will retain its Shotwell Studios for classes and performances. To celebrate the changes -- and the continuation of Writers Who Act classes and the Theater Video Service -- the new tenants will throw a party with musical guests Spirit, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, koto player Miya Masaoka, sax player Marco Enedi, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and contrabassist Damon Smith at 8 p.m. at 252 Ninth St., S.F. Admission is $6; call 641-8800.

Eddie Rocks Steady DJ Eddie X is used to being worshiped: His domain, after all, is mondo L.A. dance club the Temple. A proponent of house and tribal, X was raised on salsa and merengue; he recently got a different perspective on another side of the music industry when he cut the vocal track "La Selva" for radio play. Although he's spun at Pump and the mostly male White Parties in Palm Springs and Florida, this week's pre-Fourth disco bash marks X's first appearance at the city's biggest gay club, at which he'll be joined by local DJ Phil B. Doors open at 9 p.m. at Pleasuredome, 177 Townsend, S.F. Admission is $7; call 985-5256.

We Have Contact Dancers from Seattle to St. Louis are about to descend on Berkeley for a modern be-in: the 1996 West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival. The six-day conference celebrates the kinetic sparks generated by unchoreographed movement made by bodies in close proximity, and ranges from the structure of classes and lecture-demonstrations to the spontaneity of discussions and contact jams. Music-making and unscheduled "happenings" are part of the package. The festival begins 10 a.m. daily at the Eighth Street Studio Complex, 2525 Eighth St., Berkeley. Admission is $240 for all events, $135 for weekend only, $75 per day; call 550-2496.

Join the Circus Finally, an outlet for anyone who's been told more than once to quit clowning around: Make*A*Circus kicks off its 23rd season of outdoor performances with a show in North Beach. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls will be treated to free circus workshops covering the fine arts of stilt-walking and juggling, pyramid-building and tumbling, and will be invited to join company members in the ring. The troupe will also present its revamped show Little Nemo in Slumberland, the fanciful tale of a small boy's dream-state adventures, based on a turn-of-the-century comic strip by Winsor McCay and backed by a four-piece jazz band. The circus opens at 12:30 p.m. in Washington Square Park, Columbus & Union, S.F. Free; call 242-1414.

Whole Hog Cybermania sweeps the otherwise pastoral Marin County Fair with this year's theme, "Swine On-Line," a two-snouted salute to pigs and technology. The wild frontier meets the final frontier here at the Multimedia Funhouse and Junior Swine Show; semirelated entertainment includes a film festival, the Smothers Brothers, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and Eddie Rabbitt. The fair begins daily at 11 a.m. at the Marin County Fairgrounds, North San Pedro & Hwy. 101, San Rafael. Admission is $7-9; call 499-6400.

july 4
Smoke on the Water Barring seasonal complications like dense fog, fireworks will light up the nighttime sky around San Francisco's waterfront at the Chron's annual Fourth of July party. The opening event, an Olympic fund-raiser with midtempo rock acts the Doobie Brothers and Jefferson Starship, happens July 3, but most of the free family-oriented exhibits and entertainment are slated for the official holiday. Local musicians will play at eight stages along the waterfront, while kids get two stages of their own and a slew of wholesome, hands-on activities like knot-making and sled kite-decorating. Events begin at 1:30 p.m. along the waterfront at Aquatic Park, the Wharf, Pier 39, Hyde Street Pier, Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery, the Anchorage, Ferry Plaza, and Justin Herman Plaza; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free; call 777-8498.

Nice Ride America's love of fast cars and rugged individuality is beautifully, succinctly declared with customized cars, the embodiment of traveling in style. Photographer David Perry has tracked car culture across the States, training his lens on chop shops, raceways, and parking lots for his forthcoming book Hot Rod and his local photo exhibit of the same name, at which autographed box sets of photos and dice will be available. An opening party and barbecue for the exhibit is held at 6 p.m. at Gallery 16, 1616 16th St., S.F. Admission is free; call 626-7495.

Mimes Bounce Back Earlier this year it looked like curtains for the San Francisco Mime Troupe when the federal government scaled arts funding way back, but a fund-raising campaign that began two months ago raised almost $20,000 in individual donations (about half the federal money lost), and the troupe decided to go ahead with its traditional outdoor summer shows, albeit with an abbreviated schedule. In this year's production, the retro sci-fi whodunit Soul Suckers From Outer Space, a seismologist investigates the social shifts -- greed and malice in particular -- precipitated by a strange earthquake. The 2 p.m. show inaugurates the troupe's 35th season and is preceded by music at 1:30 p.m. at Mission Dolores Park, Dolores between 18th and 20th Streets, S.F. Free; call 285-1717.

july 5
Make-Out Alert The industrial wasteland at Islais Creek provides the romantic backdrop, and the rubbery hot dogs set the mood at the Cacophony Drive-In Movie Festival, a cheap date if ever there was one. The second annual festival begins after the sun goes down, when organizers will screen 26 short (1 minute to 20 minutes long) films on the side of a warehouse, ranging thematically from a comic expose of Quentin Tarantino's plagiarist tendencies to a TV-smashing extravaganza and a sort-of documentary on seasonal employment as Santa Claus. The program culminates in a feature-length film, Matt Mitler's award-winning comedy Cracking Up, at midnight. Movie screenings begin at 9:30 p.m. (also on Saturday, with a pre-show BYOF barbecue at 3 p.m.) at Marin & Illinois, S.F. Admission is $5 for one night, $8 for both; call 273-1545.

Petite Flower Power Judy Tenuta wants to abuse you. With her wheezy accordion and schizophrenic comic persona -- she can switch from flaky, falsetto-voiced love goddess to snarling She-ra in mere seconds -- Tenuta elicits a kind of startled love-hate reaction wherever she performs her sometimes obnoxious, sometimes amusing comedy routine. Tenuta claims her aim is to promote male love slavery and convert listeners to Judyism, her signature religion; after that, she's going to solve world hunger by airlifting Sally Struthers' ample carcass to the starving Somali populace. Tenuta works her magic at 9 and 11 p.m. (also on Saturday; 9 p.m. on Sunday) at Cobb's Comedy Club, 2801 Leavenworth, S.F. Admission is $15; call 928-4320.

july 6
Jazz Attack Jazz & All That Art returns to the Fillmore with two stages of live entertainers in duos, trios, quartets, and other numbered ensembles, including Latin stylists Pete Escovedo and Peter Apfelbaum and songstresses Lavay Smith and Kitty Margolis. The festival also presents plenty of browsing and grazing opportunities, with over 200 artists and craftspeople vending their creations and outdoor cafes serving fancy foods like calamari and jambalaya. The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (also on Sunday) along Fillmore between Jackson and Post, S.F. Free; call 346-9162.

july 7
Isadora Lives Japanese dancers are about to join their American counterparts in embracing the free-spirited, barefooted, and loose-limbed modern-dance tradition launched by the late, internationally esteemed dance-maker Isadora Duncan. Choreographer Mary Sano, who will oversee the proceedings, studied at the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Heritage Society and later established a Tokyo branch, which she visits and performs with annually; the Japanese contingent, headed by Junko Koike, joins the local Duncan dancers to perform Duncan standbys and a new work by Sano, Nijinokakehashi: Rainbow Wish, in a multicultural concert held at 3 p.m. at the Alice Arts Center, Studio A, 1428 Alice, Oakland. Admission is $3-7; call (510) 339-2662.

House Party Say No More's Bob Ostertag, Faith No More's Mike Patton, and Japanese composer Otomo Yoshihide are House of Discipline, an unlikely and compelling union creating uncharted improvisational music. Ostertag, a contemporary of guitarist Fred Frith, is a master fiddler when it comes to electronics, making music from modern digital instruments and homemade gadgets and sampling events rather than old songs. He based his 1991 piece Sooner or Later on the sound of a wailing Salvadoran boy burying his father, and 1993's All The Rage on the sounds of people screaming and glass breaking at a riot, from which he generated a computerized score for the Kronos Quartet. Yoshihide, a guitarist and turntable jockey schooled in Eastern classical music, leans on sampling and improv as well, and has created soundtracks for dance and film. Patton, meanwhile, takes time off from Faith No More and Mr. Bungle for a little vocal experimentation. House of Discipline plays at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. Admission is $10; call 885-0750.

july 8
Golden Tones Realize that fantasy of belting out masterworks in public with Schola Cantorum's "Summer Sings." Cantorum, a 120-voice community choir accompanied by a pianist and led by various local conductors, sings the classics on summer Monday evenings, passing out sheet music to whomever wants to sing along, and good-naturedly disregarding lack of experience or proficiency among participants: The idea is to make music and have a good time. The first summer sing, of Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Faure's Requiem, is held at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mercy & Castro, Mountain View. Admission is $6; call 254-1700.

july 9
New Horizons The July "P.O.V." series on PBS that began with Lisanne Skyler's look at hard times in South Central L.A., No Loans Today, continues tonight with Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio's The Transformation, a detailed chronicle of a homeless, HIV-positive Manhattan transvestite's conversion to churchgoing married man, with the aid of a Dallas ministry that specializes in "curing" homosexuals. The Transformation features footage of the transvestite, Sara, from Aikin and Aparicio's previous film, The Salt Mines, which follows drag queens living in a warehouse used to store salt for de-icing winter roads. "P.O.V.," a nonfiction film series that brings controversial and often overlooked points of view to the fore, finishes its summer season with The Women Outside, on Korean women working at brothels and bars around U.S. military bases in their country (July 16); rodeo cowgirl retrospective Just for the Ride (July 23); two women's explorations of personal identity in Remembering Wei Yi-Fang and Xich-Lo (July 30); and Taken for a Ride, a look at General Motors' history (Aug. 6). Tuesday nights through Aug. 6 on KQED-TV Ch. 9.

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