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Wednesday, Oct 23 1996

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Foam Sweet Foam Yet another opportunity to drink beer for the benefit of others presents itself with Brews by the Bay, a beer-tasting party with live music by Gator Beat, "Beat the Pro and Celebrities" billiards, and food galore. Suds are the main attraction at this show, though; Brew City offers a beer-making contest, and information on cooking with beer and home brewing will be available, as will over 100 craft beers, from hefeweizens to lagers to stouts. Proceeds benefit the Fisherman's Wharf Rotary Club's programs for inner-city youth. The event begins at 2 p.m. on Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, S.F. Admission is $25; call 905-9225.

Laid Out on the Table Artist Richard Kamler has already disturbed a few viewers with his installation The Table of Voices: Conversations on the Criminal Justice System. The mothers of two murder victims were so upset by the work when it was displayed at the San Francisco Art Institute that they asked Kamler to cease and desist; the table, they said, was an insult to the memory of their murdered children. The 60-foot-long steel table, sheathed in lead and gold leaf, is divided down the middle by thick glass windows framed in steel. Viewers can pick up one of the 10 phones on each side of the glass and listen to convicted killers tell their stories on one side, while the friends and families of the victims tell their stories on the other. With the express interest of generating dialogue, painful though it may be, Kamler, whose residency at Alcatraz years ago led him to believe that traditional prisons don't work, shows the installation again on Alcatraz Island, in the prison's old bakery room. Ferries to Alcatraz run every half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. from Pier 39; it is $10 round-trip with the audio tour. Admission to the exhibit is free; call 566-3811.

Tricks and Treats As Halloween approaches, the colorful diversity that makes our city such a popular travel destination really comes through (see Halloween event listings, Pages 30 and 46). In keeping with the civic spirit, Board of Supervisors candidate Margo St. James presents the 1996 Hookers' Ball, a benefit for her sex workers' organization, COYOTE. This year's debauchery, themed "Sensible Salaciousness," includes performances by singer Candye Kane, the Blues Drifters, the Ethel Merman Memorial Choir, and Burning Man fire dancers and exotic dancers, plus a fetish fashion show and costume and amateur strip contests. An exhibit hall features spanking, piercing, and sex-toy booths and an interactive CD-ROM erotica exhibit. Guests will be greeted downstairs by Victorian-style hookers and a glass-enclosed dungeon. The ball begins at 8:30 p.m. (VIP party at 7 p.m.) at the Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison, S.F. Admission is $45-75; call 974-9306.

october 27
Putting on the Dog You'll have to get a little closer to tell, but local cats and dogs will be subverting the gender paradigm in North Beach at "Pets in Drag," a pet parade and costume contest featuring live music, Halloween doggy and kitty treats, and, thankfully, no liquor. A panel of celebrity judges will award prizes for the best ... whatever. Next! Stupid pet tricks are just part of the fun at "Pet Pride Day," which also features a pet costume contest and a parade led by the San Francisco Mounted Park Patrol horses. Demonstrations by soccer dogs and professional drug-sniffing dogs from the U.S. Customs Service and police narcotics units are also included. "Pet Pride Day" begins at 11 a.m. in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. Admission is free; call 554-6364. "Pets in Drag" begins at noon in Washington Square, Columbus & Union, S.F. Admission is free; call 788-COOL.

october 28
Weimaraner Republic William Wegman may have betrayed his artistic influences when he named his models Man Ray and Fay Ray. Wegman, a painter and drawer, is best known for amusing photo portraits of his Weimaraners dressed in costume and posed in faithfully replicated famous cultural settings, as in his redux of Whistler's Mother. Art dealer Jeanne Meyers interviews Wegman onstage about his new book, William Wegman's Mother Goose, and Wegman presents a slide and video show at 8 p.m. at the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $16; call 392-4400. Wegman also signs copies of his book at noon today at Borders Books & Music, 400 Post, S.F. (free, call 399-1690), and 1 p.m. Tuesday at the SFMOMA Museum Store, 151 Third St., S.F. Admission is free; call 357-4035.

Backdoor Man Rick Steves has made a career of showing people the door. His budget guidebook Europe Through the Back Door offers lots of practical advice on traveling across the continent cheaply and learning to see and experience countries as a local. Steves speaks on his philosophy of limited spending and cultural immersion at 12:30 p.m. in Auditorium B of Golden Gate University, Second Floor, 536 Mission, S.F. Admission is $3; call 777-3131.

october 29
Dini-Might Aging wave-os may remember a cool little early '80s number called "Jackie Onassis," with the refrain "I wanna be Jackie Onassis/ I wanna wear dark sunglasses/ Oh yeah." That song, and the boppy college radio hit "What Does Sex Mean to Me," came from Boston band Human Sexual Response. One of the band's singers, Dini Lamot, disappeared from the stage for years, but has finally resurfaced in the drag persona of Musty Chiffon, who offers cabaret with a twist. In this show, Chiffon sings (not lip-syncs, sings) cabaret-type standards like Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" But this power belter has rock roots and she isn't afraid to let 'em show, so if you suddenly find yourself singing along to Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," don't be surprised. Chiffon hits the stage at 8 p.m. (and continues through Nov. 3) at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., S.F. Admission is $12; call 861-7933.

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