Weekend Guide: What to do Sunday Night!

Mad Ame! Mad Ame!
By Hiya Swanhuyser

In the 1970s and ´80s, puppets were huge. Not only was the Muppet Show a long-running success, but Madame ruled the center square of Hollywood Squares and spent four years on the song-and-dance show Solid Gold. For those who don't remember, that disco malfeasance would have made American Idol look sophisticated. Without Madame, it would have been humorless and style-free -- unless you count the metallic butt-floss favored by the Solid Gold dancers as evidence of humor and style, and of course some of you do. Madame, on the other hand, dresses like Gloria Swanson; in addition, her nose and chin almost meet several inches in front of her rouged lips, and she insults everyone equally and constantly. But at some point, her "handler" (her words, not ours), Wayland Flowers, passed away. A long, martini-filled, self-imposed exile followed, during which Madame and her fans were nigh inconsolable. A Comeback From Abroad marks her return to the stage with her new man, Joe Kovacs. She appears to find him a reasonable facsimile for Flowers, and the sarcastic smile is back on her big mouth. All she promises, these 18 years later (she looks so good for 29!), is plenty of dirty jokes. "Leave the little ones at home," she rasps. "Or I guess you could crack the window and leave them in the car."

Date/Time: Daily from Thu., June 28 until Sun., July 8, 7:00pm
Price: $37.50-$42.50

Event Location
Empire Plush Room
York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Hyde)
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-885-2800
http://www.plushroom.com

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But No Paint
By Hiya Swanhuyser

Your huge flat-screen TV is just a dead hole if you're not watching the game, right? Musician (and longtime visual artist) Brian Eno says his 77 Million Paintings is meant to be "sort of a slow-changing light painting" that goes on your brain-eraser's pixelated screen and shows what he calls a "permanent and portable version" of his formerly installation-bound work. The vibrant, abstract designs simply evolve onscreen, with gradually morphing colors and shapes. Each one is an original; hence the exhibit's title. It also generates sound, composed by Eno, meaning you hear original ambient music every time you pop in the disc. For this event, sponsor organization the Long Now Foundation got the fancy-pants techies at Obscura Digital to set up a 45-foot-long screen, so audiences can get a real good look at the images.

The exhibit opens to the general public starting at 8 p.m. on June 29 and 30. Today, Long Now charter members get an exclusive reception at 7 p.m. (memberships start at $8).

Date/Time: Daily from Fri., June 29 until Sun., July 1
Event Phone: 415-561-6582
Event URL: http://www.longnow.org

Event Location
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission (at Third St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-978-2787
http://www.ybca.org

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It's Easy
By Hiya Swanhuyser

You should be thinking about the French at this time of year: It's almost Bastille Day. But many Frenchified wingdings exist besides the storming of the prison for the criminally insane. The Centennial Celebration of Pétanque is far less bloody, historically speaking, and has rien du tout to do with the Marquis de Sade. In fact, it's fun for the famille entière. And did you know? Fans of the sedate sport -- it plays like a cross between horseshoes and bocce ball -- include Mick Jagger and Diedrich Bader aka Oswald from the Drew Carey Show! Hot! Look how we’re not making any jokes about shiny balls.

Date/Time: Sun., July 1, 10:00am
Price: free
Event Phone: 415-775-7755
Event URL: http://www.afsf.com

Event Location
Golden Gate Park, Spreckels Lake
36th Ave. (at Fulton)
San Francisco, CA


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