Photo by Chelsea Rowe

Art stuff

Friday, December 18, 1998

SF Weekly Former Hamburg Ballet dancer Tomi Paasonen and former Bonn State Ballet dancer Yannis Adoniou chose a German name for their new joint venture: It's KUNST-STOFF, which translates as "Art Stuff." These guys have got all sorts of art stuff planned, including the futuristic fantasy story Tube 58 in March and Americana for Aliens, a Fourth of July rock opera featuring a slew of local bands. But first their debut, notable not only because they're fine dancers themselves (both absorbed Alonzo King's aerodynamic classicism dancing for Lines Contemporary Ballet) but because they've rounded up an intriguing cast, including leggy Lines dancer Nora Heiber and tea shop proprietress Mad Magda, for an evening of dance as well as art, music, and experimental film. Paasonen offers a technological zoo with MegaHz and an "urban scary-tale" in Destination Dreamland, while Adoniou studies basic human emotions in 4 Short Pieces. Afterward, DJs Trava and Captain Quazar spin an eclectic mix of music as viewers peruse films, painting, photography, sculpture, and video installations by local artists in the gallery salon, nibbling snacks from the Mardi Gras cafe. The show begins at 8 p.m. (also Saturday and Sunday) at Brady Street Theater, 60 Brady (at Market), S.F. Admission is $6-16; call 559-9355.