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The Medium Matters 

Paper is the new canvas

ONGOING 8/6-8/31

It's really a shame that we frequent art galleries as much as we do, particularly when genius is so apparent in the abstract, outside-the-lines masterpieces that 7-year-old kids drag home with them every day. Curator Brion Nuda Rosch seems to have derived inspiration from all those stick-figure pictograms in his show "Paper! Awesome!," which features more than 450 2-D works on sheets of paper from 150 artists around the country, all strung together in a quilt. Nuda Rosch put on a similar event last year at the Mimi Barr Gallery, where a medley of collages, paintings, and drawings jovially festooned the room like finalists in a grade-school art show.

"Paper! Awesome!" also includes a rear gallery made over as an indoor forest, a techno-organic wonderland full of tactile and auricular treats created by Jill Bliss, Jovi Schnell, and Suzanne Husky. Saturday's opening, which includes postmodern dance by Urisov, starts at noon (and the show continues through Aug. 31) at the Pigman Gallery, 72 Tehama (at Fifth Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 546-7441 or visit
-- Nirmala Nataraj

Mystery Tour
Ponder the little things

SUN 8/7

Call the Mundane Journeys hot line, and you'll hear a woman's eerie monotone directing you to "walk, bike, or public transit to" an out-of-the-way street corner or storefront. Then the voice will instruct you to observe a little-noticed detail, such as a backward flag "with an abundance of indiscriminately placed stars" or a haphazard arrangement of windows, with comments on what makes such an ordinary item worthy of a look-see, not to mention a trip across town. The mastermind behind these minivoyages is artist Kate Pocrass, and today she's leading the "Mundane Journeys Bus Expedition #2," in which tourgoers will be dropped off at seemingly random intersections and given a map marked with overlooked points of interest. Board the magic bus at noon at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $15; call 364-1465 to register or visit
-- Jane Tunks

Earplugs Optional
Music to scream to

SAT-SUN 8/6-7

No band in the Harsh Noise Festival has more than two words in its name. In fact, the only groups sporting two-word names are the Rita and the Haters; more characteristic are Knurl, Sickness, Moribund, and locals Tralphaz. Maybe this is not important information, but it seems relevant -- these people aren't messing around with fancy monikers (unless you count +DOG+, which we don't), they're just here to rock. Featuring harsh noise from Canada, the U.K., and Billings, Mont., the festival is two days of ear-bleeding fun. It lets out its first abrasive sound at 8 p.m. both days at the Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), S.F. Admission is $8; call 885-4074 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

She's Got "Fever"

FRI 8/5

Frank Sinatra called her "pure elegance and charm," and few would disagree: Peggy Lee ruled yesterday's pop with a regal grace that escapes today's sheet-gripping tartlets. Vocalist Bobbe Norris and pianist Larry Dunlap serve her memory well in "A Tribute to Peggy Lee," starting at 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at Octavia), S.F. Admission is $20; call 865-5555 or visit
-- Michael Leaverton


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