Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 33 / 14 August 2014
 
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Full fall

Out & About


jim@ebar.com

Michael Alago @ Hat Rac Gallery, Oakland
The photographer and music industry veteran signs copies of his third coffee table book, Beautiful Imperfections, an eclectic combination of landscapes and tattooed male hunks. Ten percent of proceeds goes to The Wellness Project. Thursday, Sept. 26. 6pm-10pm. 1714 Franklin St. Oakland. (510) 463-7761. www.hatracfineartgallery.com
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ADVERTISMENT

Autumn; trees bleed, fairs fill the streets, and my in-box of PR for premieres, openings and amazing events becomes a ripe harvest of entertainments, both homo, hetero and hilariously somewhere in between; so many, actually, that here online you'll find a truckload more than in our print edition.

 

 

Events Sept. 19–26, 2013

Thu 19

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

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

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

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

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

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge

The classy drag revue (3rd Thursdays) now in its 12th year features Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Maria Garza, Mini Minerva, Kipper, Daffney Deluxe and Ruby LeBrowne, with special guest Anya; dinner seating at 7pm. Show at 8pm. No cover. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.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

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

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

Jean-Michel Fonteneau @ SF Conservatory of Music

The accomplished cellist performs Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38; Herzogenberg Legenden for Cello and Piano, Op. 62; Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 with pianist Jeffrey Sykes. $15-$20. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave. 503-6275. www.sfcm.edu

The Jill and Julia Show

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 @ 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

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

Cleverly paired double features include: Sept 19, two Italian past and recent serious classics; Umberto D. (7pm) and Gomorrah (8:45). Sept. 20, Midnites for Maniacs screens Can't Hardly Wait (7:15) and The Rules of Attraction (9:20). Sept. 21, a Jonathan Demme mini-fest of performance docs; Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2pm), Storefront Hitchcock (4:40), Swimming to Cambodia (7:30), and Stop Making Sense (10pm). Sept. 22, Excalibur (1:45, 6:30) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (4:25, 9:05). Sept 24, Antonioni films L'Avventura (7pm) and Red Desert (4:40, 9:40). Sept. 25, Mean Streets (2:30, 7pm) and Mikey and Nicky (4:40, 9:10). Sept 26, Soylent Green (7pm) and Idiocracy (5:10, 8:55). $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. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

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

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. Sept 19, Whacked, an eye-popping collection, including the fave The Cat Who Drank Too Much, homoerotic claymation, and Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp clips! Sept. 20: Animation Infatuations, cartoons about love. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

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

 

 

Fri 20

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 Oct. 6. 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

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

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane

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

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane @ YBCA

Exhibit and series of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the innovative dance company and its diverse collaborators. Included are several offsite performances and discussion panels. Free/$10. Thru Nov. 3. Also, Kota Ezawa's Boardwalk, an installation tribute to the Seaside Heights boardwalk (which was just destroyed by fire after barely enduring Hurricane Sandy). Thru Nov. 30. Also, Migrating Identities, an eight-artist exhibition visualizing cultural diversity in the U.S. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Chanticleer

Chanticleer @ SF Conservatory of Music

The Grammy-winning men's a cappella ensemble performs She Said/He Said, a concert of music from their upcoming CD Someone New; music and texts explore the feminine ideal by Hildegard von Bingen and Tomas Luis de Victoria; the harmony and tension between the sexes by Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms, and Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn; and a new arrangement of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now." $20-$50. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Franklin. Also Sept 22 at 5pm. And other Bay Area venues thru Sept 29. www.chanticleer.org

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

Fall Choreographers Showcase @ Dance Mission Theater

New works by Bollywood Performance Workshop, The Snadels, Vanessa Sanchez, Natasha Carlitz, Rapid Descent Physical Performance Company, Todd Eckert Dance Company, Erica Pinigis and others. $14. 8pm. Also Sept. 21. Different line-up Sept. 27 & 28. 3316 24th St. (800) 838-3006. www.dancemission.com

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

Macbeth

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

Krewella @ The Warfield

Popular young dance music trio performs live. Seven Lions and Candyland open. $30-$50. 9pm. 982 Market St. 345-0900. www.krewella.net www.thewarfieldtheatre.com

Macbeth @ Fort Point

We Players, the innovative site-specific theatre company, performs an energetic version of 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). $30-$60. Discounted Thursdays $45. Thu-Sun at 6pm. Extended thru Oct. 13. 1 Marine Drive. 547-0189. www.WePlayers.org

Sonia Rao

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. Also Sept 24, 29 & Oct. 2 (various times). 301 Van Ness Ave. 864-3330. www.sfopera.com

Sonia Rao @ Hotel Utah

Singer-composer and contestant on The Voice performs music from her new CD, Los Angeles Part 1. $10-$12. 9pm. 21+. 500 4th St. www.hotelutah.com

Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike @ Berkeley Repertory

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy about a wacky family's absurd country weekend includes a mom with a ditzy new boy toy. Previews thru Sept. 29. $29-$89. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 20. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

 

The Art of Bulgari

Sat 21

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond @ de Young Museum

New exhibit of 150 pieces of exquisite Italian jewelry made between 1950 and 1990, including gems from Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection. Thru Feb 17. 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

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

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 @ 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

The Cyrus Cylinder @ Asian Art Museum

Last days for two exhibits: 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

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

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

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Condor Club

The local jazz crooner and his band perform at the straight strip club (before the gals take to the poles). 3pm-6pm. No cover. 560 Broadway at Columbus. www.joshklipp.com

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

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty @ The Venetian Room

The Broadway (Wicked) and TV star (Smash) performs several genres of music from her new CD It Happens All the Time. $95. 8pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. 392-4400. www.bayareacabaret.com

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

Weekly wacky short film and video screenings. This week, vintage Muybridge clips, 16mm soundies, Tiny Tim on 8-track, Moog tunes and more. $6. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. www.othercinema.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

Sammy Obeid @ The Punchline

Local comic finishes his amazing record-breaking title of doing 1,001 consecutive stand-up gigs once a day! $20. 11:30pm. 444 Battery St. 397-7573. www.sammyko.com

SF Hiking Club @ Montara Mountain

Join GLBT hikers for a 10-mile hike from San Pedro Valley Park up Montara Mountain and into McNee Ranch State Park for beautiful ocean and coastal views. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker, hiking poles, sturdy boots. Carpool meets 8:30am at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 740-9888. www.sfhiking.com

Tour de Fat

Tour de Fat @ Lindley Meadow

SF Bicycle Colaition's 10th annual park party, with a parade, live music, bike games and valet parking, displays, and delicious New Belguim beer. 10am-5pm. Golden gate Park. www.sfbike.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


 

Sun 22

Brunch & Bowl @ AMF South Shore Lanes, Alameda

East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club hosts and brunch and bowling event. $25-$35. (company sponsor rate $175 for a lane). 11am-1pm. 300 Park St. Alameda. www.eastbaystonewalldemocrats.org

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. 2pm. Also Sept. 25 (7:30), 28 (8pm), Oct. 1 (8pm) and 4 (8pm). 301 Van Ness Ave. 864-3330. www.sfopera.com

Freewheelers Car Club

Freewheelers Car Club @ Collingwood Park

29th annual vintage and classic car show, hosted by the gay car club, with 50 snazzy vehicles. Proceeds benefit the Harvey Milk Civil Roights Academy. $5. 10am-4pm. Collingwood St. at 19th.

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

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

SF Album Project @ The Chapel

Third in the popular series of drag concerts where an entire classic album is performed by Precious Moments, Nikki Sixx Mile, Raya Light, Jordan L'Moore and others. This time, Prince & The Revolution's Parade. $15. 8pm. 777 Valencia St. www.peacheschrist.com/?page_id=10603

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

Mon 23

10 Percent @ Comcast Cable

David Perry's LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. This week, Perry speaks with Roberto Tiscareno, marketing chair for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Perry talks with Brian Andersen, artist and creator of the popular indie comic book series So Super Duper. 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

Cuong Nguyen's paintings at John Pence Gallery

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

Creating Culture From Mayhem @ Castro Theatre

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk and the SF Cacaphony Society present an evening of discussion about alternative cultures like Burning Man, flash mobs and Improv Everywhere; with John Law, Carrie Galbraith and moderator Brad Wieners. $15-$75. 6:30 VIP reception, 7:30 program, 8:30 book signing. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.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


Tue 24

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

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical @ Curran Theatre

Song-filled show about the early life and career of the hit-making singer-songwriter. $50-$210. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm (a few variations). Thru Oct. 20. 445 Geary St. at Mason. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.com

Ben Venom's art

Ben Venom, Lucien Shapiro @ Guerrero Gallery

The two artists' solo exhibits of modern takes on occult, ritual and primitive art forms. Reg. hours Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 2700 19th St. 400-5168. Thru Oct. 1. www.GuerreroGallery.com

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

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 25

Big Book Sale @ Fort Mason Center

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's 49th annual sale of thousands of books ($3 or less) includes a scavenger hunt for prizes (restaurant gift certificates, theatre, dance and museum tickets worth up to $100 each). Free entry. 10am-6pm. Thru Sept 29. (member preview Sept 24, 4pm-8pm). Festival Pavilion, 1 Marina Blvd. 626-7500. www. Friendssfpl.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

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

Robert Cray Band

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

Robert Cray Band @ Yoshi's Oakland

Multi-Grammy-winning musician and his band perform blues-jazz-rock music. $68. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com


Bodytraffic

Thu 26

Bodytraffic @ ODC Theater

Los Angeles repertory company performs hybrid dances (ballet meets hip hop!) by Barak Marshall, Richard Siegel, and a preview of a new work by Kyle Abraham. $20-$35. Thu-Sun 8pm. Sept. 29 7pm. Thru Sept. 29. 3153 17th St. 863-9834. www.odcdance.org

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche

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

Faculty Recital @ SF Conservatory of Music

Ian Swensen (violin) with Paul Katz (cello) and Pei-shan Lee (piano) perform Chopin's Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8; Enescu's Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25 and Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 Gassenhauer. $15-$20. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave. 503-6275. www.sfcm.edu

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

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

Joe Goode Performance Group

Joe Goode Performance Group @ Z Space

World premiere of Hush, a dance-theatre story of inter-related characters whose lives are alternately silenced and silencing; sound score by Sudhu Tewari, music by Ben Juodvalkis. $15-$70. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 5. 450 Florida St. (866) 811-4111. www.joegoode.org

Michael Alago @ Hat Rac Gallery, Oakland

Photographer and music industry veteran signs copies of his third coffee table book, Beautiful Imperfections, an eclectic combination of landscapes and tattooed male hunks. 10% of proceeds goes to The Wellness Project. 6pm-10pm. 1714 Franklin St. Oakland. (510) 463-7761. www.hatracfineartgallery.com

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Themed event nights at the fascinating nature museum (this week celebrating Steinhart Aquarium's 90th anniversary, with old-time cocktails, fish, frogs and fun; plus, food and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

Regina Carter

Regina Carter @ SF Jazz Center

The prolific violinist performs with guests Jenny Scheinman and Sara Caswell. $25-$55. 7:30pm. 201 Franklin St. (866) 920-5299. www.sfjazz.org

Richard Learoyd @ Fraenkel Gallery

The Outside World, the artist's exhibit of large-scale photographs. 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

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper @ Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers' new show takes on a creepy-fun Halloween theme, with Grand Guignol-styled tales of the famous London serial killer, plus the one-act Salome and more fun. $25-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Nov 23. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Stephen Jimenez @ Books Inc.

Author of the controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard discusses his book. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The veteran award-winning choreographer performs his semi-autobiographical musical show, "Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales." $30-$65. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 7pm. Thru Sept. 28. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1111. www.hotelnikkosf.com

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To submit event listings, email jim@ebar.com. Deadline is each Thursday, a week before publication. For more bar and nightlife events, go to www.bartabsf.com






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