Northern exposure: Director Percy Adlon, best known for the offbeat Bagdad Cafe, continues to boldly traverse the less-traveled road with the intriguing Salmonberries. Starring pop chanteuse k.d. lang, moonlighting in her role as an androgynous Alaskan Eskimo pipeline worker, as well as Veronika Voss actress Rosel Zech, the new film is an unusual gender-bending love story. Salmonberries continues a short run at the Mayan Theatre, located at 1st and Broadway, through Monday. For showtimes and other information, call 744-6796.

Monday May 16 Cherry blossoms: No demure Japanese maidens need apply for a berth in Shonen Knife, the irrepressible pop trio whose music is rooted in the Ronettes but laced with the seminal punk sounds of the Buzzcocks and the Jam. They're cute as a button--a leather-covered button--and count members of Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Red Kross among their legion fans. You can find out why when Shonen Knife appears at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St. in Boulder, tonight at 8. Tickets to the show, which also features opening acts the Dentists and Grimace, are $8.50; call 290-TIXS to purchase yours.

Spiked punch: Japanese females of another ilk will show off against the United States Women's Volleyball Team at the Stars and Spikes Volleyball Tour, making its final stop tonight at the DU Ice Arena, 2250 E. Jewell, on the DU campus. Guided by ten-year head coach Terry Liskevych, who led them to an Olympic bronze medal in Barcelona, the U.S. team meets Japan at the net at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $5 to $12; for additional information and tickets, call 871-2336.

Tuesday May 17 Girl at her volcano: Throughout her career, Rickie Lee Jones has been identified with laid-back, Beat-inflected vocals that have either pleased or infuriated listeners. At her zenith with breezy, classic tunes like Chuck E.'s in Love, Rickie Lee has had many ups and downs, branching out into duets with Dr. John and producing for Leo Kottke, along with her continuing solo efforts. Jones ought to be at her best tonight at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., where she appears at 7:30. If you're among the adorers, get your $20 tickets now by calling 290-

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