Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 44 / 30 October 2014
 
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Old is New

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Blondie, X @ Masonic Hall - The iconic New Wave band performs one of their last concerts before retiring; X opens. $55-$99. 8pm. 1111 California St. www.masonicauditorium.com Also, Sept 20 at the Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. (408) 961-5800. www.livenation.com
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ADVERTISMENT

You know the song, and if you don't, some tween pop star will sample it soon enough.

Classic tragedies get staged in perfectly fitting outdoor arenas (Macbeth, Fri. 13) or indoor (1776, and a revival of Buried Child, Thu. 12). 80s pop stars make a comeback (Adam Ant, Thu. 12) or a farewell tour (Blondie, Thu. 19). Yes, everything old is new again.

 

 

Events Sept. 12–19, 2013

Thu 12

1776 @ Geary Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre's new production of Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's multiple Tony Award-winning 1969 musical about America's founding fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Bike valet parking Sept. 11. LGBT night with after-party Sept. 25. $20-$87. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 6. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Adam Ant @ Regency Ballroom

The 80s pop singer's back, performing old and new songs; Prima Donna opens. $29-$32. 8pm. 1290 Sutter St. at Van Ness Ave. (888) 929-7849. www.theregencyballroom.com

Bill Frizell @ SF Jazz Center

Accomplished experimental jazz guitarist performs with a different guest each of three nights. $18-$65. 7:30pm. Sept 12 with Geri Allen and Greg Osby. Sept 13 with Thomas Morgan and Petra Haden. Sept 14 (2pm) with cartoonist Jim Woodring. Sept 15, 7pm with several artists. 201 Franklin St. (866) 920-5299. www.sfjazz.org

Bonnie & Clyde @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players performs Adam Peck's dramatic adaptation of the story of the infamous Southern bank-robbing couple. $20-$35. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Sept. 29. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org

Buried Child @ Magic Theatre

Previews begin for the revival production of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a truly messed up family. $20-$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Opens Sept 19. Thru Oct 6. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor, 2 Marina Blvd. 441-8822. www.magictheatre.org

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche

Marga Gomez hosts the weekly LGBT- and queer-friendly comedy night at the Mission club. No cover; one-drink min. 8pm. 3079 16th St. www.comedybodega.com

David J @ Cafe DuNord

Former member of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets performs goth rock faves; also, Sky Parade, The Cellar Doors and DJ Jay Tibbs. $15. 7:30pm. 21+. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.davidjonline.com www.cafedunord.com

Labayen Dance Company

Labayen Dance Company @ ODC Theater

18th annual season of new dances features works by Enrico Labayen, Anandha Ray, Laura Bernasconi & Victor Talledos; plus guest dancers Suzanne Saltmarsh formerly of Martha Graham Dance Company, Ismael Acosta from Mexico &  Sandrine Cassini formerly of Paris Opera. $20-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Sept. 17. 3152 17th St. 863-9834. www.labayendancecompany.com

Michael Feinstein @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Classy jazz-pop singer-pianist performs his new act, "Swingin' Back Home," at the new cabaret venue he brought to San Francisco. $30-$65. Tue-Fri 8pm. Sat & Sun 7pm. Thru Sept. 15. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1111. www.hotelnikkosf.com

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

Double features include, Sept 12: Charlie Chaplin's 1921 The Kid (3:30, 7:15) and Robert Downey Jr in the 1991 biopic Chaplin (4:15, 8:25). Sept 13: The Manchurian Candidate (7pm) and Scanners (9:30). Sept 14, Pier Pasolini films Mamma Roma (4pm), Medea, starring Maria Callas (6:30pm), The Decameron (9:30pm). Sept 15: F.T.A. (2pm), Monterey Pop (4pm), Last Year at Marienbad (7pm) and the original Carnival of Souls (8:50). Sept 16: The Singularity, with director Doug Wolens post-screening Q&A. Also Butterfly (2pm, 6pm) and Weed (12pm-10pm). Sept 17, Morrissey 25: Live (2:30, 4:45, 7pm. 9:15). Sept 18: Karen Black Tribute with Five Easy Pieces (7pm) and Burnt Offerings (9:10). Sept 19, two Italian past and recent serious classics; Umberto D. (7pm) and Gomorrah (8:45). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Themed event nights at the fascinating nature museum; plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. This week, Fire & Ice, with Three Twins ice cream, sno-cones, lunar exhibits, music by Icee Hot; DJs Terrence Parker and others. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

Patricia Kaas

Patricia Kaas @ Masonic Hall

Singer performs her Edith Piaf musical tribute, which includes an orchestra, stage sets, video and Piaf archival footage. $58-$112. 8pm. 1111 California St. www.patriciakaas.net www.masonicauditorium.com

Richard Learoyd @ Fraenkel Gallery

Opening reception for The Outside World, the artist's exhibit of large-scale photographs. 5:30pm. Thru Oct. 26. 49 Geary St. 981-2661. www.fraenkelgallery.com

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. www.SFMagicParlor.com

SF Fringe Festival @ Exit Theatre

Expansive line-up of solo, one-act and full-length plays with unusual themes. $10-$75 (10-show pass) Cash only at the door; no late admittance. Various times thru Sept 21. 156 Eddy St. 673-3847. www.sffringe.org

Square Dancing @ Harvey Milk Rec. Center

LGBT and friends square-dancing party. Free. 7pm. Also Sept 19. 50 Scott St. 554-8742. www.sfrecpark.org

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. This week,vintage pro-smoking short films Sept 12, 8pm), and Ladyfest's "Settle Down and Image This," shorts examining retro depictions of women (Sept 13, 8pm). Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Tablehoppers' Gay Singles @ MKT

Enjoy a delicious food and wine social event for gay single men (somewhere between 35-55); it's a combo of easier speed dating, wine-tasting and food in a stylish hotel with a view; 40-guest limit. $95. 7pm-9:45pm. Four Seasons Hotel Bar, fifth floor, 757 Market St. at Grant. www.tablehopper.com

Wesla Whitfield

Will Roscoe @ Books Inc.

The Lambda Literary Award-winning author reads from and discusses the updated edition of his spirituality book, Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love. 7pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

Wesla Whitfield @ Hotel Rex

Society Cabaret presents the Bay Area jazz vocalist, performing her new collection of songs, Street of Dreams. $45-$75. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. 562 Sutter St. www.societycabaret.com

 

 

American Dream
photo: Lois Tema

Fri 13

After the Revolution
@ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Amy Herzog's drama about a woman who discovers her family's history isn't the proud radical tradition she thought it was. $32-$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm, & 7pm. Thru Sept. 29. 2801 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

All's Well That Ends Well @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael

Marin Shakespeare Company's production of The Bard's romantic comedy of mixed and missed affections. $20-$37.50. 8pm. Fri-Sun 8pm. Thru Sept 28. 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University of California, San Rafael. www.marinshakespeare.org

American Dream @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

World premiere of Brad Erickson's drama about a recently-out architect who falls in love with a Mexican school teacher; a serious yet sometimes funny drama about marriage and immigration rights. $22-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 15. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Arousal, The Lover @ Phoenix Theatre Annex

Two one-acts about straight romantic couples with an unusual edge; George Pfirrmann's new play, and Harold Pinter's darkly comic piece. $10-$25. Fri, Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 28. 414 Mason St. 6th floor. 289-2000. www.viragotheatre.org

Band Fags @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

West Coast premiere of Frank Anthony Polito's stage adaptation of his witty novel about gay teenagers at a 1980s Detroit high school marching band. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Previews. Opening night Sept. 21. Thru Oct 13. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

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. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Ella, the Musical
photo: Ryan Montgomery

Ella, the Musical @ Center Repertory Theatre, Walnut Creek

Musical adaptation of the life of singer Ella Fitzgerald, performed by the North Bay theatre company. $37-$64. 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Oct. 12. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. (925) 943-7469. www.centerrep.org

EmSpace Dance @ CounterPulse

The dance-theatre trio performs Monkey Gone to Heaven, a work about faith and our primate ancestors. $20. Fri-Sun 8pm. Thru Sept. 22. 1310 Mission St. 626-2060. www.counterpulse.org

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. www.foodiesthemusical.com

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. www.famsf.org

Gay Rodeo Fundraiser @ Balancoire

Galilea and Daft-Nee Gesuntheit cohost a fundraiser for the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, with prizes, raffles, Jell-O shots. 8pm-12am. 2565 Mission St. 920-0577. www.balancoiresf.com

Jabari Davis @ Yoshi's

Local comic blends street smarts through-provoking insights in his stand-up routine. $18-$22. 10:30pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Palace Hotel

The local jazz crooner and his band perform weekly shows at the hotel's lounge, which draws a growing swing-dance audience. 7pm-11pm. 2 New Montgomery. www.joshklipp.com

Legally Blonde @ Woodminster Ampitheater, Oakland

Local community theatre production of the Broadway musical based on the comedy film. $15-$56. 8pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thu & Sun 7pm. Thru Sept. 15. Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland. (510) 531-9597. www.woodminster.com

Macbeth

Macbeth @ Fort Point

We Players, the innovative site-specific theatre company, performs Shakespeare's haunting "Scottish play" at the former military outpost. Be forewarned: this three-hour production is mostly outdoors, at night, where it's cold and damp (how appropriate!), with stairs and multiple locations (special needs/wheelchair access; call in advance). Oh, and it's violent, so don't bring kids. Opens Sept. 5. $30-$60. Discounted Thursdays $45. Thu-Sun thru Oct. 6. 1 Marine Drive. 547-0189. www.WePlayers.org

Orlando @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

TheatreFirst performs Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's gender-bending novel. $15-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Sept. 15. 2-for-1 ticket special for opening weekend. 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 981-8150. www.theatrefirst.com

Wanda Sykes @ Uptown Theatre, Napa

The out lesbian comic tells it like it is, with bold brash up-front comedy. $55-$70. 8pm. 18+. 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

The Worlds of Bernice Bing @ de Young Museum

Screening of the short documentary film about the Chinese American lesbian visual artist's life; post-screening Q&A with local artists and art scholars. Free with museum admission (free-$15). 7pm. Koret Auditorium, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

 

Ben Venom's art

Sat 14

Bay One-Acts Festival @ Tides Theatre

Annual festival presents world premieres of more than a dozen works by local and other U.S. playwrights. $20-$40. Various dates and times thru Oct. 5. 533 Sutter St. 2nd floor. 240-3431. www.BayOneActs.org

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

Enjoy the 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. www.thecjm.org

Ben Venom, Lucien Shapiro @ Guerrero Gallery

Opening reception for the two artists' solo exhibits of modern takes on occult, ritual and primitive artforms. Reception 7pm-10pm. Reg. hours Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 2700 19th St. 400-5168. Thru Oct. 1. www.GuerreroGallery.com

Big Tree @ Bottom of the Hill

Indie folk-rock group from the Bay Area performs at the popular Potrero Hill venue. Water strider and Ghost Tiger also perform. $10-$12. 1233 17th St. at Missouri. 626-4455. www.bigtree.bandcamp.com www.bottomofthehill.com

Camelot @ SF Playhouse

Local production of Lerner and Loewe's hit Broadway musical about King Arthur, Guinevere and his court, stars Tony Award winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (with composer & playwrights' estates' approved edits and additional songs). $25-$75. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Thru Sept 21. 450 Post St. (2nd floor, Kensington Park Hotel). 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

Can You Dig It? @ The Marsh Berkeley

Don Reed's autobiographical solo show explores the 1960s: Beatles, Black Panthers, MLK, JFK and the KKK. $20-$50. Sat 8:30pm and Sun 7pm thru Oct. 27. 2120 Allston Way. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Capacitor's Okeanos

Capacitor @ Aquarium of the Bay

Okeanos, an aquatic dance show, is performed by the creative Bay Area dance-theatre team. $15-$30. 7pm. Saturdays thru Sept. Pier 39 at Embarcadero. 623-5300. www.capacitor.org www.aquariumofthebay.org

Charles Gatewood: Fifty Years @ Robert Tat Gallery

Exhibit of photos from five decades of prints by the fine art photographer and photojournalist. Thru Nov. 30. 49 Geary St. #410. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

The Cyrus Cylinder @ Asian Art Museum

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: a New Beginning, a special touring exhibit of the 2,500-year-old cuneiform script, considered the first written bill of human rights (www.cyruscylinder2013.com). Thru Sept. 22. Also, In the Moment: 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. Free (members)-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

Faux Queen Pageant @ Slim's

Annual competition for women who perform in female drag, with MCs Heklina and Windy Plains, with celeb judges Lady Satan, Martiny, Brandi Amara Skyy, Deena Davenport, Ruby Toosday, Trixxie Carr, Holy McGrail, and Kegel Kater. $15-$20. 8pm. 333 11th St. www.fauxqueenpageant.brownpapertickets.com

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival @ Ghiraedelli Square

The annual two-day celebration of all things chocolate includes tastings in the chocolate and wine pavilion, an ice cream eating contest, tours and lectures on the chocolate-making process, chef demos, and a silent auction of delicious items; proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. $20-$125. 12pm-5pm. Also Sept. 15. 900 North Point St. www.ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival

Golden Gate Ball @ The Arc of San Francisco

Crowning pageant of Mr. and Ms. Golden Gate is also a fundraiser for the Imperial Court; includes food, no-host bar, a drag show, and courtly festivities. $25. 5pm-10pm. 1500 Howard St. www.thearcsf.org

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. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended with open-ended run. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227. www.boxcartheatre.org

Here and Then @ ODC Dance Studio B

Tim Rubel's Human Shakes perform a dance installation dedicated to Harvey Milk, with an original score by Gabriel Todd. $17-$23. 8pm. Also sept. 15. 351 Shotwell St. 863-9834. www.humanshakes.com

Impressionists on the Water @ Legion of Honor

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 Ave. 750-3600. www.legionofhonor.famsf.org

Live in the Castro @ Jane Warner Plaza

New twice-weekly (Sat & Sun) live outdoor music concerts presented by the Castro/Upper Market Community Business District. Free. Castro St. at Market. 500-1181. www.castrocbd.org

Magic Show @ Hotel Rex

Old-fashioned magic show with Sebastian Boswell III, Adam Sachs and guest performers, weekly in the parlor of the elegant downtown hotel. Two-drink min. Light fare menu. Saturdays thru 2013. $25-$30. 8pm. 562 Sutter St. 895-0090. www.MagicattheRex.com

Mefistofele @ War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Opera performs Arrigo Boito's Italian opera about the man who made a deal with the devil. $23-$385. 8pm. Sept 14, 17, 20, 24, 29 & Oct. 2. 301 Van Ness Ave. 864-3330. www.sfopera.com

Northern California
Renaissance Faire

Northern California Renaissance Faire @ Casa de Fruta, Hollister

Annual festive olden time-themed weekend faire, with performances, music, crafts, food, ale, women in busty dresses and men in capes and codpieces. $25 (single day) - $150 (all-season pass). 10am-6pm, with Celtic rock concerts many Sat. nights. Sat & Sun thru Oct. 13. 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister. (408) 847-FAIR. www.norcalrenfaire.com

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

See the new exhibit, The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song, which includes archival materials from the historic chorus, lead-curated by Tom Burtch, with a touch-screen display by multimedia producer John Raines. Opening reception Sept. 19, 7pm. Also, Be Bad...Do Good: Activism With a Beat, a multimedia exhibit highlighting the history of the Real Bad benefit dance parties, which have raised nearly $1.7 million for local nonprofits. Thru Oct. 27. Other permanent exhibits as well. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 11am-7pm (closed Tue.) Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistory.org

A View From the Bridge @ Harvey Milk Photo Studio

Joseph A. Blum's exhibit of black and white photos. Thru Oct. 3. Reg. hours Tue-Thu 6pm-9pm. Sat 11am-4pm. 50 Scott St. 554-9522. www.HarveyMilkPhotoCenter.org

 

Denise Perrier at Gershwin in the Garden

Sun 15

Gershwin in the Garden @ Queens Lane, Petaluma

Garden concert and dinner party fundraiser for Cinnabar Theater, with vocalist Denise Perrier and an orchestra playing Gershwin and Cole Porter classics. $25-$50 (with dinner). 4pm. 200 Queens Lane, Petaluma. (707) 763-8920. www.cinnabartheater.org

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. www.sfmcd.org

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. $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. www.famsf.org

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. www.exploratorium.edu

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The popular country western LGBT dance night celebrates a decade and a half of fun foot-stomping two-stepping and line-dancing. $5. 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. Also Thursdays. 550 Barneveld Ave., and Tuesdays at Beatbox, $6. 6:30-11pm. 314 11th St. www.sundancesaloon.org

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. www.harrydenton.com

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. www.calacademy.org


Cuong Nguyen's portraits at John Pence Gallery

Mon 16

10 Percent @ Comcast Cable

David Perry's LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. This week, Perry talks with Frederick Hertz and Neil Grungras of ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) about the current situation facing the LGBT community in places like Russia and Uganda. Perry also interviews Dawn Harms, music director of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Rebroadcast various times thru the week. www.comcasthometown.com www.davidperry.com

The Bridge Builders @ City Hall

Exhibit of Joe Blum's fascinating large-format photos of the recent construction of the new Bay Bridge. Thru Sept. 27. Weekdays, 9am-5pm. 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, ground floor. www.sfarts.org

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. www.waltdisney.org

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. www.SFBotanicalGarden.org

Carl Dobsky, Cuong Nguyen @ John Pence Gallery

Exhibit of stunning realist paintings and portraits by the two artists. Reg hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Sat til 5pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com

Porchlight Storytelling @ Verdi Club

Exit Interview: Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Ass – Stories of Leaving, with attorney Melissa Griffin Caen, producer Michael Ching, social media guru Brittney Gilbert, filmmaker Vero Majano, travel writer/blogger Stuart Schuffman (Broke-Ass Stuart) and composer Mike Morasky: hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spotswood. 8pm. 2424 Mariposa St. www.porchlightsf.com

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.

Tension Blooms @ Ian Ross Gallery

Duo exhibit of beautiful yet slightly creepy paintings by Rachelle Reichert and Brenton Bostwick. Reg hours Mon-Fri 1pm-7pm. 466 Brannan st. 533-5758. www.IanRossGallery.com

West Wave Dance Festival @ Z Space

Variety show of dance works by Dance Brigade, Allan Frias, Anna Sullivan, Sean Dorsey, Joti Singh, Nol Simonse and others. Next concerts Oct. 5. $15-$20. 8pm. 499 Alabama St. 811-4111. www.zspace.org


Girl in a Coma

Tue 17

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 www.dennisraefineart.com www.drseussart.com/hatsoff

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. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

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. www.harveyssf.com

Girl in a Coma, Hunter Valentine @ Rickshaw Stop

Two heavy power-chord all-women (and a lesbian here or there) rock bands perform, plus Krissy Krissy. $12-$15. All ages. 8:30pm. 155 Fell St. 861-2011. www.rickshawstop.com

Ramekon O'Arwisters @ African American Art & Culture Complex

Sugar in Our Blood: The Spirit of Black and Queer Identity in the Art of Ramekon O'Arwisters, an exhibit of multimedia folk art-inspired wprks by the local gay artist. Tue-Sat 12pm-5pm. 762 Fulton St. Thru Sept. 12. www.ramekon.com

Will Durst @ The March

Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG, the comic wit's one-man show about aging Baby Boomers. Tuesdays thru Oct. 29. $15-$50. 8pm. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.TheMarsh.org


Wed 18

Book Club @ Books Inc.

The Classic Lit Book Club discusses Lawrence Durrell's Mount Olive. 6:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

The Definition of Brave @ LGBT Center

Town Hall meeting spotlights long-term AIDS survivors (including panelists Will Boemer, Gregg Cassin, Ramon Espacio, Michael Siever and Gabriel Quinto) and the LetsKickASS.org campaign. 7pm. 1800 Market St. www.facebook.com/AIDSSurvivorSyndrome

Dolores Claiborne @ War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Opera's world premiere production of Tobian Picker and J.D. McClatchy's adaptation of the Stephen King novel about the mysterious life of a reclusive woman in rural Maine. $23-$385. 7:30pm. Also Sept. 22 (2pm), 25 (7:30), 28 (8pm), Oct. 1 (8pm) and 4 (8pm). 301 Van Ness Ave. 864-3330. www.sfopera.com

New Yorkers @ Arthaus

Group exhibit of various artists's work in different media. Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 411 Brannan St. 977-0223. www.arthaus-sf.com

The Orb

The Orb @ Regency Ballroom

Popular electro-groovy acid-house music innovators ("Little Fluffy Clouds") perform their mixed-music concert. $22-$25. 8pm. 1290 Sutter St. at Van Ness Ave. (888) 929-7849. www.theregencyballroom.com

Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay @ Oakland Museum

Exhibit of 1935-36 photos showcasing the original construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thru Jan 12, 2014. Also, Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay, about our landscape and its people. Thru Feb 23, 2014, in the renoavated Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). Thru June 30. 1000 Oak St. ( 510) 318-8400. www.museumca.org

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library

Author Michelle Tea welcomes indie writers Imogen Binnie, Kevin Simmonds, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Katie Haegele. 6pm. Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, lower level, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Smack Dab @ Magnet

Larry-bob Roberts and Kirk Read host the monthly eclectice reading and performance series, this month with featured guest Natasha Muse. 8pm. 4122 18th St. at Castro. www.magnetsf.org


Blondie

Thu 19

Blondie, X @ Masonic Hall

The iconic New Wave band performs one of their last concerts before retiring; X opens. $55-$99. 8pm. 1111 California St. www.masonicauditorium.com Also, Sept 20 at the Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. (408) 961-5800. www.livenation.com

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche

Marga Gomez (often) hosts the weekly LGBT- and queer-friendly comedy night at the Mission club. No cover; one-drink min. 8pm. 307916th St. www.comedybodega.com

Glamorama @ Orpheum Theatre

31st anniversary of Macy's Passport fashion show and AIDS/HIV fundraiser features performances by Sheryl Crow, Cirque du Soleil, plus a fashion show of clothes by Calvin Klein, Diesel, Rachel Rachel Roy, Tallia Orange, Tommy Hilfiger, Weekend Max Mara, and Macy's newest Impulse collection Maison Jules; after-party at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. $75 and up. 8pm. 1192 Market St. (888) 746-1799. www.macys.com/glamorama

Graham Nash @ SF Art Exchange

The singer-composer (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) gets his photography, paintings and digital images shown in an exhibit, This Could Be You. 458 Geary St. at Mason. Thru Oct. 5. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. 441-8840. www.sfae.com

HIV Documentaries

HIV Documentaries @ Roxie Theater

The HIV Story Project, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (Toronto, Ontario) and the Sero Project (Milford, Pennsylvania) present Positive Women: Exposing Injustice and HIV is Not a Crime, two documentaries on the criminalization of HIV, followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts and an intimate wine reception. $10. 7pm. 3117 16th St. www.roxie.com

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere @ MOAD

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday and Gordon Parks: Photographs at His Centennial; both thru Sept. 29. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. at 3rd. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

Jack Jones @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Veteran vocalist performs a concert at the elegant cabaret. $35-$60. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 7pm. Thru Sept 21. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1111. www.hotelnikkosf.com

The Jill and Julia Show @ Swedish American Hall

Comic actress Julia Sweeney and singer Jill Sobule perform their unique duo show. Heather Combs ("Proud") opens. $20. 8pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.jillsobule.com www.cafedunord.com

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others @ Berkeley Unitarian Hall

Screening of the Oscar-winning German film about a 1980s East Berlin secret policeman who spies with increasing obsession on a man and his girlfriend. Free. 7pm. 1924 Cedar St, at Bonita, Berkeley. (5100 275-4272. www.bfuu.org

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

New themed event nights at the fascinating new nature museum; plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. This week, Electronic Music Festival sights and sounds. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

To Sleep and Dream @ Z Below

Theatre Rhinoceros' production of John Fisher's new play about people struggling with family and romantic entanglements. $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm (Oct 6 3pm). Thru Sept. 22. 470 Florida St. at 17th. www.TheRhino.org

Tosha Silver @ Bookc Inc.

SF Examiner's spiritual columnist discusses her new book, Make Me Your Own: Poems of the Divine Beloved, a new poetry collection. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

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