Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

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Out & About

Deep Dickollective at PeaceOut in Oakland.
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What is "gay music?" If a singer or composer is gay (Elton John), is that enough? If the lyrics specify same-gender relationships (Eric Himan), if it's campy (RuPaul), or iconic (Judy Garland), or rockin' (Pansy Division), Danceable (Pet Shop Boys, Erasure) or blatantly homoerotic (Nick Name), does that qualify?

What about a singer who's performed at more gay events and AIDS benefits than most of us have ever attended? I'd say that makes Sharon McKnight a gay icon. Gone But Not Forgotten, her latest gig at the swanky Empire Plush Room, is a cabaret revue saluting the great women of the stage and screen. Now through Thru Sept. 23. $32.50-$35. 8pm. Fri-Sun. Sun at 7pm. Sept. 22 at 10:30pm. York Hotel, 940 Sutter St. (866) 468-3399.

While some classical music and modern classics aren't necessarily gay, there is strength – or fabulousness- in numbers, particularly when it's an entire orchestra of mostly LGBT musicians. Sat. Sept 22, Daniel Glover and the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Band perform at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. The piano virtuoso plays George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the band; also Carlos Chavez's Adelita y Chapultepec; Jaime Texidor's Amparito Roca; Jose Moncayo's Huapango; Gershwin's Cuban Overture and Aaron Copland's El Salon Mexico (Copland was gay, by the way). Free. 8pm. 678 Portola Drive. 255-1355.

For a very different musical style, hop on over to Oakland Sat. Sept 22 for the Peace Out Homohop Festival at 21 Grand nightclub. This seventh annual day-long concert of gay and lesbian hiphop rappers, singers, and musicians, includes JenRo, Mid*One, Julie F*cking Potter, Deep Dickollective, Bennu and Tru Bloo of NaR, Katastrophe, MC Flow; hosted by Dutchboy; music by DJ Blackinthelight. $5-$10. 8pm. 416 25th St. at Broadway.

With the often homophobic attitudes in rap and hiphop, it's great to hear out artists turn that around and reclaim a vibrant genre.

What are the roots of LGBT music? Singers in Harlem like Bessie Smith performed gender-bending tunes as far back as the 1920s. More recently, the women's music movement has long been synonymous with out and not-so out female composers and singers.

Sunday, Sept. 23, watch the movie Radical Harmonies at the GLBT Historical Society. Dee Mosbacher's award-winning documentary about the women's music movement is screened, plus, there'll be a reception for nominees of the Pat Bond award, and archive tours as well. 2pm-5pm. Also showing in the society's lobby, Women Breaking Barriers: Women's Music from 1964 to 1984, an exhibit highlighting women's music album covers, concert posters, and photos. 657 Mission St. at 2nd, Suite 300. 777-5455.

What do modern out musicians owe the women's music scene? Do today's influential out lesbian artists stand on these historic shoulders? Monday, Sept. 24, the usually straight tourist-filled Hard Rock Café will definitely go a tad Sapphic at a listening party for Melissa Etheridge's new CD.

It's also a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. You can purchase a 2007 Hard Rock Breast Cancer Awareness pin, and "pink cocktails" with a portion of proceeds going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

While Etheridge won't be there, the event is free, and eco-friendly raffle prizes will be available. 9pm. Pier 39, Bldg. Q-1, Beach St at The Embarcadero. 956-2013.

Events Sept. 21 – 27, 2007

Fri 21

70mm Film Fest @ Castro Theatre

Continuing screenings of wide-screen big time movies. Tonight, double feature comic horror flicks Ghostbusters, 7pm and Lifeforce 9:10pm. Sept. 22, 23, Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, 2:30pm, 7pm. Sept. 24, Jeff Bridges in Starman, 7pm and Natalie Wood's last film Brainstorm, 9:10pm. Sept. 25-26, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 6:30, 9:10 both nights, Wed. also at 1:10pm, 3:50pm. Sept. 27, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, 7pm, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 9:10pm. $6-$10. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Blues in the Night @ Post St. Theatre

Classic jazz and blues hits performed by three powerhouse singers: Paulette Ivory, Freda Payne, and the amazing Carol Woods. Maurice Hines also sings and taps. $40-$75. Tue.-Sat. 8pm, also Sat 2pm, Sun. 2pm & 7pm. Thru Oct. 28. 450 Post St. near Union Square. 771-6900.

The Chinese Angle @ SF Playhouse 2

Noir mystery play by Hal Savage, set in 1930 San Francisco Chinatown, with a lesbian detective, shady characters, and, in the cast, Kamran Alexander (who wowed audiences in the recent A Streetcar Named Desire ). $15-$20. 8pm. Thru Oct. 13. 533 Sutter St. at Mason.

Circo Zero @ Project Artaud Theatre

Keith Hennessy's circus and performance ensemble presents the U.S. premiere of a new acrobatic theatre work, Sol Niger (black sun, aka eclipse), with political realities filtered through alchemical metaphors. $25. 8pm. Thru Sept. 23, and Sept. 26-29. 450 Florida St. at 17th.

Circo Zero at Project Artaud Theatre.
See Friday.

Close Encounters
@ Galeria de al Raza

Readings of stories about trespass, transgression and desire by immigrant and first generation LGBT artists; Justin Chin, Lamya Amir, Emanne Bayoumi and more. $10. 8pm. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009.

Countercoup @ The Marsh

Mark McGoldrick's solo show about a headstrong youth, self-destruction and rehabilitation. $15-$35. 8pm. Thu-Sat. Thru Oct. 20. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 826-5750.

Eavesdropper @ Off-Market Theater

Strange, funny play with a slacker murder mystery theme includes a rotating cast of characters, gay and straight, who are peered at through a shower curtain by a voyeur. $20. Fri. & Sat at 8pm & 10pm. Extended thru Oct. 6. 965 Mission St. 800-838-3006.

Erika Shuch Performance Project @ Intersection for the Arts

Multimedia performance work, 51802, by Shuch and her ensemble, based on stories from people with family members in prison. Part of Intersection's "The Prison Project." $10-$25. Thu-Sat, 8pm. Thru Sept. 29. Also, on display upstairs, Don't Try This at Home, a group exhibit with artists "Obsessively Reshaping the Ordinary" in sculpture and installation using household objects. Free. Wed.-Sat. Noon-5pm. Thru Oct. 13. 446 Valencia St. 626-3311.

The First Thirty Years @ Theatre Rhinoceros

Scenes from the country's longest running LGBT theatre company's three decades of shows are performed, with slides and videos in between. $15-$35. Wed.-Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm (Sept. 23 at 7pm). Thru Oct. 14. 2926 16th St. at S. Van Ness. 861-5079.

Heartbreak House @ Berkeley Rep

Comedic theatre masterpiece by Nobel Prize-winner George Bernard Shaw staged by director Les Waters. $18.50-$55. 8pm. 7pm most Wed.; Also 2pm most Sat.; 2pm & 7pm on Sun. Thru Oct. 14. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 647-2949.

Holding the Man @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tommy Murphy's stage adaptation of Australian Timothy Conigrave's touching memoir about his 15-year relationship with his lover, starting when they were 16. $22. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 4. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market. 861-8972.

Insignificant Others @ Zeum Theatre

Contemporary musical by composer and playwright L. Jay Kuo about five friends –gay and straight– who move to San Francisco from the midwest. $20-$39. Fri. & Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 2pm. Thru Sept. 23. 4th St. at Howard. (866) 811-4111.

Jon Sugar @ Mars

Music vet, a DJ "since the Ice Age," spins happy hour tunes. Free. 5pm-10pm. 798 Brannan St. at 7th.

Lavender Lunch Bunch @ North Oakland Senior Center

Lavender Seniors hosts a monthly 3rd Friday free lunch and program with Dr. Rashmi Gupta discussing her study of Gay Elder Romantic Love. Free. 12:30pm. Also, Lesbians Romance Focus Group at 2:30. All LGBT 55+ welcome. Entrance and Parking in back. 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way at 58th St, Oakland. (510) 667-9655.

MadCat Women's Int. Film Fest @ El Rio, ATA, Yerba Buena

Diverse array of short and feature films, documentaries, animated and creative movies made by and (mostly) about women. $7-$20. Thru Sept. 26. El Rio, 3158 Mission St. at Precita. ATA, 992 Valencia St. at 21st. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. at 3rd. 436-9523.

Mark Morris Dance Group @ Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

World renowned dance company performs the West Coast premiere of Morris' critically acclaimed Mozart Dances, with music performed live by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. $32-$72. Fri. & Sat. at 8pm. Sun. at 3pm. Thru Sept. 23. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. (510) 642-9988.

Mark Morris Dance Company at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. See Friday.

Michelle K. Lynch and Joshua Truett
@ The Garage

Contemporary dance by Lynch, and an autobiographical solo performance show by Truett. $10-$20. 975 Howard St. 904-8377.

Optique @ Reaves Gallery

Exhibit of work by six gay male artists: Rex Conner, Jander Lacerda, Michael Travers Lee, Paul Morin, Kris Severson and Tito Vandermeyden. Free. Tue.-Sat. Noon-7pm. Sun. Noon-5pm. 2344 Market St. at Castro. 440-9783.

Salvage @ Deco Lounge

"Mommie Mia Dearest," a special leather night of discipline and bondage with a musical twist, stars Joan Crawford and Vivian Prowl, with Cockatelia, Artemis Chase and Tony Koester, and electro-pop duo Ejector. Proceeds benefit AIDS Emergency Fund. $5. Shows at 11pm and 1am. $5. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025.

Shadowplay @ The Stud

Closing night of a disco electro funk dance night. Guest DJ Skip joins Donimo for one last blow out. $5. 10pm-3am. 399 9th at Harrison.

Song of Myself @ The Marsh

John O'Keefe's simple yet touching solo performance of the famous Walt Whitman poem returns. $15-$35. 8pm. Thu-Sat. Thru Oct. 20. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 826-5750.

Sweeney Todd @ American Conservatory Theatre

Stephen Sondheim's dastardly musical about The Demon Barber of Fleet Street gets a new "expressionist" production with director John Doyle's Tony Award-winning revival. $22-82. Tue.-Sat. 8pm. Sat., Sun. & Wed. also at 2pm. Thru Oct. 14. 415 Geary St. 749-2228.

Tutti Fruitti Fridays @ Cafe Flore

Brazilian-themed evening at the famed cafe. Live music by Brazilian Flavor, 7pm. Birdie-Bob Wyatt serves drinks a la Carmen Miranda. 5pm-closing. Fridays thru Oct. 2298 Market St. 621-8579.

Sat 22

Amanda King @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Opening night of the cabaret show performed by NCTC's artist-in-residence. Enjoy jazz standards, zesty

Sharon McKnight
at the Empire Plush Room
songs about live and love. Directed by Michael Mohammad. $28. Fri & Sat, 8pm. Sun, 2pm. Thru Oct. 7. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market. 861-8972.

Baila Conmingo @ Metronome

LGBT Latin dance party, with potluck at 7pm, beginning salsa lessons at 7:30pm, and dancing 8:30-11:30pm. $8-$14. 1830 17th St. 252-9000.

Best of the Fest @ Roxie Cinema

Day-long schedule of audience favorites from this year's Frameline LGBT International Film Festival. Best of the Shorts, 11am; Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey, 1:30pm; Red Without Blue, 4pm; Spider Lilies, 6:30pm; Glue, 9:30pm. $12-$15. $50-$65 all-day pass. 3117 16th St. 863-1087.

Chanticleer @ SF Music Conservatory

Grammy-winning men's a cappella group performs early works by Byrd, Palestrina, Romantic music from the l9th and 20th centuries by Poulenc, Barber and Mahler, newly commissioned works, and arrangements of folk songs, familiar gems and spirituals. $25-$40. 8pm. Also Sun at 5pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness. (800) 407-1400.

Chris Black and Potrzebie @ Various Locations

Pastime, a highly physical outdoor dance work inspired by baseball moves, performed in various outdoor settings. Free. 1pm each day. Today and Sun. at Precita Park; Sept. 29 & 30 at Golden Gate Park.

Fauxgirls @ Deco Lounge

Drag cabaret show with Victoria Secret, Davida Ashton, Daffney Deluxe and many other drag queens par excellence perform. Free. 10pm. 510 Larkin St. 346-2025.

Full Frontal @ Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland

Group exhibit of six photographers and painters with nude male subjects. Free. Thru Sept. 30. 480 23rd St. Noon-6pm. Closed Tue. & Wed. (510) 444-7411.

Gay & Lesbian Sierrans @ Samuel Taylor State Park

7-9-mile hike to Barbabe Peak, with views of Marin. Bring lunch, water, etc. 10am. Carpool and other info: Ruth Lorenz (510) 647-5265. Also, Sept 23, Purisima Creek Redwoods, in the Santa Cruz Mountsin overlooking Half Moon Bay. 9am departure from Rockridge BART. Carpool and other info: Cate Steane

Günther @ Sound Factory

Swedish pop star (who resembles a skinny Tom of Finland model, or a drag king) performs his campy macho tunes like "Ding Dong Song" with his Sunshine Girls. $30-$65. 10pm. 21+. 525 Harrison St.

Henry IV @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, Marin

Both parts of William Shakespeare's drama are performed in repertory by Marin Shakespeare Company at the scenic outdoor ampitheatre. $15-$30. Fri/Sat. 8pm; Sun at 4pm. Thru Sept. 29. 1475 Grand Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488.

Hot Draw @ Mark I. Chester Studio

Erotic sketch group with a nude male model meets 1st & 3rd Fridays each month. Donations. 7:30pm. 1229 Folsom St. 621-6294.

Imogen Cunningham: Seen and Unseen @ Robert Tat Gallery

Exhibit of classic and rarely seen prints by the world-renowned photographer. Free. Tue.-Sat. 11am-5:30pm, by appointment, and first month's Thu. til 7:30pm. Thru Oct. 27. 49 Geary St., Suite 211. 781-1122.

Mamma Mia! @ Orpheum Theatre

The upbeat hit musical with ABBA songs and Catherine Johnson's family wedding story, is cute, loud and fun, if not a bit schmaltzy. $35-$99. Tue.-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun. 2pm & 7pm. Thru Sept. 22. 1182 Market St. 512-7770.

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Presidio

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's outdoor production (with a modern disco theme) of the Bard's dreamlike fantasy in an enchanted fairy-filled forest, where men become asses and queens fall for them. Free. 7:30pm, but arrive early to get a picnic/blanket space. Also Sat. Presidio Main Parade Ground, 34 Graham St. 558-0888.

The Monster Show @ Harvey's

Cookie Dough hosts another wild night of drag fun, with Ginger Snaps, Yarrow Fashion Show, Fauxnique, Erica Candy Cane, Ambrosia Salad & Herrera Brothers, Precious Moments and DJ MC2. $7. 21+. Doors 10pm. 11:30pm show. 500 Castro St. at 18th.

Queer Contra Dance @ The Women's Bldg.

Learn the exuberant, friendly, American barn dance. No partner (or overalls) needed. Beginners always welcome. Karen Fontana calls to the live music of Amy Hofer, Dan Kluger & friends. $10 (or pay what you can). 8pm-10:30pm. 3543 18th St. at Valencia. (510) 430--2833.

Six Degrees of Separation @ SF Playhouse

Opening night of a new production of John Guare's comic drama, inspired by real events, about a young man who pretends to be the gay nephew of Sidney Poitier to gain access to (gullible) upper crust New Yorkers. $38-$65. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sat 3pm. Thru Nov. 17. 533 Sutter St. near Mason. 677-9596.

Spunk @ Cinch Saloon

Miss Winona Juggs MCs a weekly night of contortionist gogo boys, circus performers and burlesque dancers. No cover. 9pm-2am. 1723 Polk St. at Clay.

Wesla Whitfield @ Empire Plush Room

Local cabaret singer with a velvety voice performs in a benefit for the Up on Top after-school program. $100. 8pm. York Hotel, 940 sutter St. 885-6018, ext.612. or

Sun 23

Big Top @ Transfer Bar

Slutty gogo contest hosted by Miss Chocolate and Rayza Burn. DJs Juanita More!, Frankie Sharp and Joshua J. $3. 7pm-2am. 198 Church St. at Market. 861-7499.

Outlook Video @ RCN Channel 29

Cable TV show featuring local LGBT subjects: San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliviero, Frameline's San Francisco Int'l LGBT Film Festival wrap, actor Doug Spearman of Noah's Arc, film critic Jan Wahl, photojournalist Ted Sahl. 5pm.

Salsa Sundays @ El Rio

Lively dancing for all couples; no partner necessary, with live music and lots of fun. $8. 21+. Class at 3:15. Show and dancing thru 8pm. 3158 Mission St. at Precita.

Mon 24

Abra Moore @ Cafe du Nord

Grammy-nominated singer-composer with a soulful atmospheric edge performs live. $10. 8pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016.

David King @ CIIS

Exhibit of whimsical, almost mystical, collages with vintage physique photos and colorful landscapes, created by an openly HIV-positive gay artist. Free. Mon.-Fri., 9am-6:30pm; Sat. & Sun. 9am-3pm. Thru Oct. 19. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St.

Gay Mondays @ Etiquette Lounge

New social cocktail night for LGBT folks. 7pm-midnight. $1 from each drink will be donated to the LGBT Center. 1108 Market St. at 7th. 869-8779.

Marga Gomez @ Plush Room

Last night of "Hot Mondays" with the popular local lesbian comic, with special guest Merle Kessler AKA Ian Shoales. $20. 8pm. York Hotel, 940 Sutter St. (866) 468-3399.

OUT Spoken @ Comcast Ch. 11

Cable TV show for the LGBT Community, co-hosted by Tim Gaskin. This week outdoor art organizer Elliot Lessing, arts developer Jeffrey Ferns, realtor Michelle Stephens, Betty Sullivan and Gay Men's Chorus board member Howard Steiermann, and me, author Jim Provenzano. Mon. 6:30, Tue. 9pm, Wed. 7pm, Fri. 7:30pm, Sat. 7pm, Sun. 6:30pm.

Queer Jitterbugs @ Julie's Super Club

Salsa and swing for same-sex couples, straight folks and singles. $6. ($10 or $35 for four-week series). 8pm lesson; 10pm show. 1123 Folsom at 7th. 305-8242. (Also Tuesdays at Live Art Gallery at 151 Potrero at 15th, and other classes throughout the week.)

Tue 25

Celestial Vaulting @ SF Public Library

Joel Hoyer's exhibit, organized by Visual Aid, at the Library's James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, third floor. Free. Thru Sept. 30. 100 Larkin St. at Grove.

LenScape @ Bioscrip Pharmacy

Exhibit of digital photographs by and of Asian & Pacific Islanders living with HIV. Organized and mounted by Visual Aid and the Banyan Tree Project. Free. 9am-7pm. Thru Nov. 30. 2262 Market St. at Noe. 777-8242.

OutRanks @ GLBT Historical Society

New and timely exhibit about GLBT soldiers, sailors, and other military veterans, and the history of the antigay policies in the military. See almost 70 years of history told through letters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and video footage. $4. 1pm-5pm. Tue.-Sat. 657 Mission St. at 2nd, Suite 300. 777-5455.

Trannyshack @ The Stud

Hostess Heklina is joined by Sister Roma in a night celebrating porn, fetish, bondage and all that Folsom Street Fair-type fun. $8. 10pm-2am. Harrison st. at 9th.

Wed 26

Andy Warhol Prints @ Martin Lawrence Gallery

Exhibit of original screen prints, rare trial proofs and unique artwork by one of the most influential gay pop artists of the 20th century. Thru Oct. 4. 747 Beach St. at Larkin. 229-2784.

Jesus in Montana @ The Marsh

SF premiere of Barry Smith's solo show-presentation about his experience in a fundamentalist Christian cult. Tonight only, although this Fringe Festival favorite may return. $8-$12. 7:30pm. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.

No Distance is More Awesome @ Galeria de la Raza

Exhibit of photographs, installations and videos by 20 Latino artists examining immigration issues, including Dulce Pinzon's The Real Story of the Superheroes, and Andy Diaz-Hope's Everybody is Somebody's Terrorist . Free. Wed.-Sat. 12pm-6pm. Thru Sept. 29. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009.

Thu 27

Bay Area Hawaiian Film Fest
@ Hawaiian Cultural Center, South SF

Opening night of the fourth annual four-day festival of films, dance, music and crafts by and about Hawaiian culture. 423 Baden Ave. tonight, storytelling, chant, dance and music. 7pm. $10. ($70 for full festival) (650) 588-1091.

Out in the Bay @ KALW

LGBT radio show hosted by Eric Jansen and Marilyn Pittman. Free. 7:30pm. KALW, 91.7 FM.

Kevin Bentley @ Books Inc

Editor of Sex by the Book reads with contributors from selections which include literary and book-related erotic encounters. Free 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777.

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