Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Bridges crossed

Out & About

Chris Kluwe @ Books Inc. The witty football punter and part-time pundit, recently signed with the Oakland Raiders, and a notable straight ally, signs and discusses his new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies. Tuesday, July 9. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777.
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Do you feel happy now, more proud to be an American, now that all these years of legislative hoopla has pretty much given us the all-clear to no longer be considered second-class citizens? Are you married yet? Rushing off to Target for a wedding gift?

Will you feel more patriotic as you survey the various July 4 fireworks, with our lovely two bridges in the background? Check out their dual construction history at two exhibits. Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay at the Oakland Museum (see Friday 5), and The Bridge Builders at City Hall (see Thursday 11). You'll probably be crossing one of those bridges, since BART's probably on strike as you read this.

If you want a scenic indoor celebration, Sing! A Star-Spangled Celebration includes music, a party, and a panoramic view at The Starlight Room (See Thursday 4).

What's more post-Pridey and bridge-building than thanking our straight allies? While I'm still considering buying season tickets to the Oakland Raiders games just to see handsome, hilarious homo-supporter Chris Kluwe punt on occasion, I'm relieved that we can meet him first on my own turf; a bookstore. The pro-gay NFL dad will be sign copies of Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, at Books Inc. (see Tuesday 9).

Events July 4–11, 2013

Thu 4

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Various Venues

Oil & Water, two political parody one-act musical plays, are performed at various vnues thru Sept 2. July 4 at Dolores Park, 2pm. 18th St. at Dolores. July 6, Peacock Meadow, 2pm. July 7, Washington Square Park (Columbus St. at Union).

Sing! A Star-Spangled Celebration

Sing! A Star-Spangled Celebration @ The Starlight Room

Pianist G. Scott Lacy with special guest star Jessica Fisher, Wesla Whitfield, Kerry McGinnis and others (July 11: Darlene Popovic, Alicia Teeter and Leanne Borghesi), celebrates July 4, at the nightclub with a panoramic view! $45-$65. 8pm. Pre-show dinner seating available from 6:30pm. Also July 5 & 6. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St. 857-1896.

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma @ The Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers performs Scrumbly Koldewyn and Pam Tent's new, full-length restored version of The Cockettes' 1971 wacky drag musical comedy on the 42nd anniversary of the original production. $30-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru July 27. 575 10th St. at Bryant. (800) 838-3006.

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Unusual vintage short films, with Thu & Fri screenings. Each $10, 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117.


Fri 5

Abigail's Party @ SF Playhouse

Mike Leigh's biting comedy pokes fun at straight suburban Brits in the '70s disco era, where a cocktail party goes overboard. $30-$100. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru July 6. 450 Post St. 2nd. floor of Kensington Park Hotel. 677-9596.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222.

Betrayal @ Phoenix Theatre

Harold Pinter's drama gets a local production from Off Broadway West Theatre Company. $40. Thru July 20. 414 Mason St. #601. (800) 838-3006.

Blake Tucker @ GLBT Center

See the local photographer's large exhibit of gay-themed prints. 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. Thru July. 1800 Market St.


Chance @ Alcove Theater

Richard Isen's gay-themed musical play about love and taking risks, inspired by quotations from Oscar Wilde. $40-$60. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Sun 5pm. Thru July 28. 414 Mason St. 992-8168.

Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

July 5: Midnites for Maniacs presents Josie and the Pussycats (7:30), Velvet Goldmine (9:30) and Wild in the Streets (11:55). July 6: Scary Cow Short Film Festival. 3pm. July 7: Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra (2pm, 7pm). July 11: Night of the Hunter (7pm) and Cape Fear (8:45). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St.

Liz Taylor in Cleopatra at the Castro Theatre

Dear Elizabeth @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters' new play based on the letters between 20th-century poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. $29-$72. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru July 7. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Derek Schmidt, Anna Hillburg, DavEnd @ Viracocha

Three solo musicians perform new music. $10. 8pm. 998 Valencia St.

Derek Schmidt

Foodies, the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Morris Bobrow's musical comedy revue of songs and sketches about food. $32-$34. Fri & Sat 8pm. Open run. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006.

Friday Nights @ De Young Museum

Season 9 of the popular weekly early evening museum parties continues, with live music and performance, exhibit-themed workshops and food and drinks. 5pm-8:30pm. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.

God of Carnage @ Shelton Theater

New local production of Yasmina Reza's darkly funny play (translated by Christopher Hampton) about four parents whose negotiations about a bullying child descend into savagery. $26-$38. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 7. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006.

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene @ War Memorial Opera House

Sasha Cooke and Nathan Gunn star in San Francisco Opera's world premiere production of Mark Adamo's new opera about Jesus' close companion, and his alleged only female disciple. $22-$340. 8pm. Also July 7, 2pm. English w/ English supertitles. 301 Van Ness Ave. 864-3330.

I'm So Excited @ Various Cinemas

Pedro Alodovar's latest comic film, about passengers on a malfunctioning plane, gets screenings throughout the Bay Area. (Century 9 and Sundance Kabuki, SF; Rialto in Berkeley, Piedmont Theatre in Oakland).

Josh Klipp and the Klipptones @ Palace Hotel

The local jazz crooner and his band perform weekly shows at the hotel's lounge. 7pm-11pm. 2 New Montgomery.

Josh Kornbluth @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

The acclaimed thought-provoking solo performer's Sea of Reeds explores his process of getting bar-mitzvahed in Israel as an adult, despite being an athiest. $20-$35. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Aug. 18. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.

Migrating Identities @ YBCA

Group exhibit of international artists exploring themes of heritage and personal history, from Iran to South Africa. Free-$12-$15. 6pm-10pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay

Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay @ Oakland Museum

Exhibit of 1935-36 photos showcasing the original construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Thru Jan 12, 2014. Also, the Gallery of California Natural Sciences has been renovated and re-opened. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). Thru June 30. 1000 Oak St. ( 510) 318-8400.

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance @ AAACC

Annual concert of diverse African American LGBT poets, perofrmers and musicians. $15-$420. 8pm. Also July 6, African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. Also July 7, 12pm ($7-$10). At the New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland.

Roller Disco @ Women's Building

SF Indiefest's annual party's now monthly. Roll on and groove it; costumes encouraged. $10. 8pm-12am. 21+. 3543 18th St.

Sasha Kelley @ Krowswork, Oakland

Solo exhibit by the local photographer, about Oakland people and life, images that hold a searing intimacy. Thru July 13. 480 23rd St. Fri & Sat 1pm-5pm. (510) 229-7035.


The Art of Science Fiction

Sat 6

The Art of Science Fiction @ Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame

Stylish exhibit of 150 paintings and drawings by members of the Art Directors Guild, creators of scifi imagery in film, includes set pieces and film art from Star Trek, Firefly, Avatar and other films. Free. Wed-Sat 11am-5pm. Thru Aug. 25. 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. (650) 692-2101.

Can You Dig It? @ The Marsh

Don Reed's new solo show about the groovy 1960s. $15-$50. Sat 8:30, Sun 7pm. Thru August 25. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 282-3055.

Dark Play, or Stories For Boys @ Exit Theatre

Do It Live's production of Carlos Murillo's romantic thriller with unusual twists. $15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru July 13. 156 Eddy St. at Mason.

Fiction @ Modern Eden Gallery

Group invitational exhibit of fascinating portraits of fictional characters. Tue Sat 10am-6pm. Thru July 13. 403 Francisco St. 956-3303.

From Heather's Mommies to Tango's Daddies @ SF Public Library

Subtitled The Evolution of Family Affirming Children's Literature, exhibit curator Randall Tarpey-Schwed shares his unique collection of children's books that portray gay or lesbian parents. Thru Aug. 1. Hormel Center, 3rd floor. Also, illustrations from Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray's book 10,000 Dresses on display on the 2nd floor (thru Aug 31). 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

George Gershwin Alone @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Hershey Felder's solo show and stage biography tells the composer's life story as he plays classic Gershwin music in this acclaimed theatrical tribute. $29-$77. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Extended thru July 7. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. (510) 647-2917.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre

The hit local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's popular transgender rock operetta features multiple actor-singers performing the lead, including Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Jason Brock, Arturo Galster and Trixxie Carr. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended with open-ended run. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227.

Impressionists on the Water @ Legion of Honor

New touring exhibit of French Impressionist aquatic works. Also, Darren Waterston: A Compendium of Creatures (thru Dec), and permanent exhibits (ongoing). $10-$25. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Aver. 750-3600.

In the Moment @ Asian Art Museum

Japanese Art From the Larry Ellison Collection , an exhibit of 60+ artworks from the collection of Oracle's CEO. Thru Sept 22. Also Art of Adornment, Southeast Asian Jewelry; Thru Nov 24. Special events: Japanese Tea July 6, 1pm & 2:30pm. Mind, Body Art: Movement and Meditation, July 7, 12pm & 1:30pm. Ikebana display July 9-14 during museum hours. Free (members)-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

Marga Gomez

Marga Gomez @ 3R, Guerneville

Witty lesbian comic takes her show to the river resort. $10. 9pm. 16390 4th St., Guenreville. (707) 869-8399.

New Exhibits @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Inaugural exhibitions are Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968-2001 and Arline Fisch, Creatures from the Deep. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303.

Richard Diebenkorn @ de Young Museum

New exhibit of the painter's Berkeley Years (1953-1966). Free/$22. Thru Sept 22. Also, Eye Level in Iraq: photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson. Also, From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection , thru Aug 4. Also, Objects of Belief from the Vatican, thru Sept 8. $10-$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.

Science Exhibits @ The Exploratorium

Visit the fascinating science museum in its new Embarcadero location. Free-$25. Pier 15 at Embarcadero. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Thu night 6pm-10pm, 18+). 528-4893.

SF Swingfest @ Symbolic

Social and competitive social dance night, with live and DJed music. Variable admission. 5pm-11:30pm. 672 Van Ness Ave.

This Is How It Goes @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Aurora Theatre Company's production of Neil LaBute's edgy comic drama about race, love, and emotional manipulation. $35-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru July 21. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822.

Various Exhibits @ California Academy of Sciences

New exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties most Thursday nights. $20-$30. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

West of Center

West of Center @ Mills College Museum

Art and the Counterculture Experiment in American, 1965-1977, an exhibit of fascinating psychedelic and alternative culture iconography, including special events about The Cockettes (film screening June 27, 7pm). Tue-Sun 11am-4pm (Wed til 7:30pm). Thru Sept. 1. 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. (510) 430-2164.


Sun 7

Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage @ San Jose Museum of Art

Exhibit of works by the popular portrait photographer, but this time of objects of famous people and awe-inspiring nature scenes. $5-$8. Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. Thru Sept 8. 110 South Market St.

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Beat Memories:
The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
@ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Enjoy the new exhibit of vintage prints, taken by the gay Beat poet, of his friends Jack Kerouac and others. Also, Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, part of the SF MOMA's off-site collaborative exhibits; thru Oct 27. 2pm-5pm. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Jason Hoover at Cabaret Showcase Showdown

Cabaret Showcase
Showdown @ Martuni's

Season Four of the cabaret singing competition continues, this month with Best Showtunes, guest-judged by New Conservatory Theatre's Ed Decker and Ray of Light Theatre's Jason Hoover, with guest pianist Lynden Bair. $7. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. 241-0205.

Michael Hendron
& Friends @ Mission Dolores

Local organists Michael Hendron, Jerome Lenk and Rogil Birco play three historic reed organs, featuring the Estey chapel organ sent to the Mission after the 1906 earthquake. Free. 7pm. 16th St. at Dolores.

SF Hiking Club @ Tomales Point

Join GLBT hikers for a 9-mile hike through the open fields of the northern end of Point Reyes National Seashore. The walk takes includes the northern edge of the peninsula, and possibly seeing some wildlife. Bring lunch, snacks, water, layers, hat, sunscreen, good hiking shoes. Carpool meets 8:45 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 794-2275.

San Francisco Symphony @ Stern Grove

Free outdoor concert, where the Symphony performs works by Gershwin, Bizet, Dupard and others. 2pm. Sigmund Stern Grove Park, 19th Ave. at Sloat Blvd.

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet hosts the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Swagger Like Us @ El Rio

Queer hip hop dance party, with performances by Vogue and Tone, DJ sets by davO of Double Duchess, Lemz, and more. $5-$8. 3pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St.


Mon 8

Camile Rose Garcia @ Walt Disney Museum

Exhibit of Goth interpretations of the Alice in Wonderland story. Thru Nov 3. Also, see biographical exhibits about Walt Disney, early sketches and ephemera from historic Disney movies. Frequent lectures and film screenings. $5-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio.

California Native Plant Bloom @ SF Botanical Gardens

Seasonal flowering of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Free-$15. Daily. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316.

Sammy Obeid at Comedy Returns

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Sammy Obeid, Eve Meyer, Johan Miranda, Kate Willett and Lisa Geduldig perform stand-up. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. (800) 838-3006.

How to Make Your Bitterness Work for You @ Stage Werx Theatre

Fred Raker's darkly comic self-help parody solo show. $15. 8pm. Thru Aug. 27. 446 Valencia St.

Monday Musicals @ The Edge

The renovated bar shows fun musicals each week, with Broadway touring performers occasionally stopping by to sing, too. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood.

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm-1:30am. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's talk show about LGBT people and issues. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm.


Tue 9

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art

Fascinating intimate exhibit of rarely seen hand-made hats and other works (prints, paintings, sculptures and drawings) by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children's books. 781 Beach St. 292-0387

Butterflies & Blooms

Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers

Popular exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. 10am-4pm. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Thru Oct. 20. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.

Chris Kluwe @ Books Inc.

The witty football punter and part-time pundit, recently signed with the Oakland Raiders, and a notable straight ally, signs and discusses his new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777.

The Drag Show @ Various Channels

Stu Smith's weekly LGBT variety show features local talents, and not just drag artistes. Channels 29 & 76 on Comcast; 99 on AT&T and 30 on Astound.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey's

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV.



Botany's Breath
photo: Andy Mogg

Wed 10

Botany's Breath @ Conservatory of Flowers

Sonic Dance Theatre performs Kim Epifano's site-specific dance in the conservatory. $25-$430. 7:30 and 9pm. Thru July 13. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.

Happy Hollows @ Cafe DuNord

LA garage band performs music from their 2 albums. Nightmare Air headlines, The Broadheds open. $10-$12. 9pm. 21+. 2170 Market St.

Keith Moon: The Real Me @ Eureka Theatre

Mick Berry's solo show explores the life and death of The Who's fabled drummer.

Migrating Archives @ GLBT History Museum

Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates From Collections Around the World features historical items from nearly a dozen countries and archives, each showcasing an archive of prominent LGBT persons. $5. Reg hours Mon & Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.


The Bridge Builders

Thu 11

The Bridge Builders @ City Hall

Opening reception for Joseph A. Blum's exhibit for more than 80 large-format color photos of construction workers on the new Bay Bridge. 5:30-7:30. Exhibit reg. hours, Mon-Fri 8am-8pm. Thru Sept 27. Ground floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

New themed event nights at the fascinating new nature museum; plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

A Pinoy Midsummer

A Pinoy Midsummer
@ Bindlestiff Studio

Lorna Velasco's Philippine-themed adaptation (with muisc pupptry and Tagalong passages) of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream gets a return production. $10-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru July 20. 185 Sixth St. at Howard.

The Rape of Lucretia @ Everett Auditorium

Merola Opera Program presents Benjamin Britten's emotionally charged two-act chamber opera. $25-$60. 7:30pm. Also 13, 2pm. 450 Church St.

San Francisco Magic Parlor @ Chancellor Hotel

Whimsical Belle Epoque-style sketch and magic show that also includes historical San Francisco stories; hosted by Walt Anthony. with optional pre-show light dinner and desserts. $40. Thu-Sat 8pm. 433 Powell St.

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle

The weekly live rock shows have returned. 9pm-ish. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

Enjoy retro disco and R&B tunes and a fun diverse crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor.





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