Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 44 / 30 October 2014
 
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Hooked on Symphonics

Out & About


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LevyDance @ Fort Mason Center The innovative local dance company performs Romp, an interactive site-specific dinner-dance experience. $30-$50. 8pm. Nov. 21 thru Nov. 23. General's Residence, Franklin St. at MacArthur Ave., www.levydance.org
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You know the biggies (SF's Symphony and Gay Men's Chorus), but this week, hear independent, smaller and alternative choruses and orchestras tune up with new and classic works in their repertory. Add a few drag and "Sweet transvestite"-enriched shows to keep the camp flowing.

 

Events Nov. 14-21, 2013

Thu 14

Adrian Brooks @ SF Public Library

Veteran poet, activist and author of the novel Roulette reads from his republished 2007 book. 6pm. James Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. www.adrianbrooksblog.blogspot.com www.sfpl.org

Cirque du Soleil @ AT&T Park

The visually stunning Montreal circus brings their new show Amaluna , loosely based on Shakepeare's The Tempest , to their big tent. $50-$140. Tue-Sat 8pm. Fri-Sun 4:30pm. Also Sun. 1pm. Thru Dec. 31. Third St. at Terry A. Francois Blvd. www.cirquedusoleil.com

Graham Nash @ Yoshi's

Legendary singer-songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) performs a concert of classic and new music with pianist James Raymond and guitarist Shane Fontayne. $89. 8pm. (Also at Yoshi's Oakland on Nov. 13). 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com Also, Nash has an onstage conversation and book signing event at Nourse Auditorium, Nov. 15, 7pm. 275 Hayes St. www.commonwealthclub.org

Ideation @ Tides Theatre

SF Playhouse performs Aaron Loeb's darkly comic suspense thriller about corporate consultants who aren't quite sure about an ethically ambiguous project. $10-$20. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. (no shows Nov 28, Dec 4/5). Thru Dec. 7. 533 Sutter St. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

I Married an Angel @ Eureka Theatre

42nd. Street Moon's production of Rodgers & Hart's lighthearted musical about a man whose wife turns out to be a celestial being. $21-$75. Previews. Opens Nov. 2, 6pm. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Nov. 17. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

Literary Death Match @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

"Unscrolled" takes on the Torah, with Jewish authors reading selections from Reboot's Unscrolled, a modern interpretation of the Torah by some of today's best known writers. 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

Lua Hadar @ Hotel Rex

Society Cabaret presents the French vocalist and her band, who perform songs made popular by Edith Piaf. $20-$45. 8pm. Also Nov. 15 & 16. 562 Sutter St. 857-1896. www.societycabaret.com

Megan Mullally & Stephanie Hunt

Megan Mullally & Stephanie Hunt @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Emmy Award-winning actress (Will & Grace) and fellow actress Hunt (Californication) perform unique versions of cabaret classics, with the band Nancy and Beth. $45-$66. 8pm. Also Nov. 15, 8pm. Nov. 16, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063. www.ticketweb.com

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

Cleverly-paired double features and special events. Nov. 14: The Big Lebowski (7pm) and The Long Goodbye (9:15). Nov. 15, Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride (8pm). Nov. 16, Prince's Purple Rain (2:30, 8pm) and Amadeus (4:40). Nov. 17, David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1:30) and Doctor Zhivago (6pm). Nov. 19, special event with Chef Rene Redzepi ($30-$65, 7pm). Nov. 20, the 50th anniversary restored print of Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (with Fritz Lang, Jack Palance and Brigitte Bardot). Nov. 21, Rebel Without a Cause (7pm) and Rumble Fish (9:05). Reg. admission $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Olympians Festival @ Exit Theatre

Annual festival of a dozen new works with contemporary takes on classic Greek mythology. $10. Various times. Thru Nov. 23. 156 Eddy St. www.sfolympians.com

The Pianist of Willesden Lane @ Berkeley Rep

Acclaimed pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek performs the solo stage adaptation of her book (co-written with Lee Cohen) about her mother when she was a young Jewish musician trying to survive the Nazi Germany regime. $29-$89. 8pm (other Wed 7pm) Thu-Sat 8pm. Also Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Dec. 8. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess @ Golden Gate Theatre

National touring production of the Broadway revival of George Gershwin's classic musical, which won a 2012 Tony Award; performed with a 23-piece orchestra. $40-$210. Tues-Sat. 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Wed 2pm. Thru Dec. 8. 1 Taylor St. at 6th. (888) 746-1799. www.porgyandbessthemusical.com www.shnsf.com

Remembering LGBT Historic Sites @ Women's Building

The GLBT Historical Society hosts a workshop that invited LGBTQ community members to share stories and add to a historical record of queer spaces, both public and private. Free. Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

The Rocky Horror Show @ Boxcar Theatre

Live performance of the original Richard O'Brien musical about sexed up aliens transsexuals that became a cult film. $20-$55. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 21. 505 Natoma St. at 6th. www.sfrockyhorror.com

The Rocky Horror Show

Shocktoberfest 14 @ Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers' new show takes on a creepy-fun Halloween theme, with a Grand Guignol-style tale of Jack the Ripper, 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

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. Nov. 14, Sex, Hygiene and Shockucation. Nov. 15, Kennedy Family film rarities. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Top Guys @ Stage Werx Theatre

SF Indie presents a wacky stage parody of the the '80s Tom Cruise film Top Gun. $20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 14. 466 Valencia St. at 15th. 820-3907. www.sfindie.com

 

Fri 15

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. Holiday shows now on sale. 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

Bitch & Tell @ The Garage

Footloose's offbeat variety show includes comedy, circus and other acts. $8-$10. 8pm. 8pm. Also Nov. 16. 715 Bryant St. (800) 838-3006. www.ftloose.org

Dissident Futures @ YBCA

Fascinating exhibit and series of events about visions of post-disaster Bay Area imagery; a future imagined in maps, videos, artwork and even a disturbing animal laboratory installation. 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. Thru Nov. 30. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Flyaway Productions

Flyaway Productions @ Joe Goode Annex

Give a Woman a Lift, Jo Kreiter and Sean Riley's latest acrobatic dance work, includes suspended wall and aerial choreography. $20-$25. Wed-Sat 7:30pm & 9pm. Thru Nov. 16. 401 Alabama St. www.flyawayproductions.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

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

My Beautiful Laundrette @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Previews begin for the U.S. premiere of Hanif Kureishi's tale (adapted by Andy Gram and Roger Parsley) about two gay men in 1980s England and their unlikely romance spurred by co-owning a laundromat. $25-$5. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave at Oak. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

My Beautiful Laundrette
photo: Lois Tema

Narratives of Desire @ Mark I. Chester Studio

The SoMa photographer's annual open studio, with kink and leather-themed artistic prints on display and for sale. Get your solo or group photo taken. Open by appointment thru 2013. 1229 Folsom St. 621-6294. www.markichester.com

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

See the new exhibit, Vicki Marlane: I'm Your Lady , which displays video, images and ephemera documenting the pioneering local drag, cabaret and carnival perfomer, known for decades of performances. Thru Feb 28, 2014. Also, The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song , includes archival materials from the historic chorus, lead-curated by Tom Burtch, with a touch-screen display by multimedia producer John Raines. 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. Exhibit 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

San Francisco City Chorus @ Mission Dolores Basilica

Artistic Director Larry Marietta conducts the 34th anniversary celebration season concert of rarely-performed 19th-century choral masterworks by Carl Maria Von Weber and Anton Brucker, with several soloists and organ accompanist John R.S. Walko. $12-$20. 8pm. 3321 16th St. at Dolores. Also Nov. 17 3pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway at 27th. www.sfcitychorus.org

Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars @ Phoenix Arts Theatre

George Crowe's comedy about a playwriting contest, London Idol 1610. $20-$25. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Nov. 17. 414 Mason St. (510) 276-3871. www.subshakes.com

Sidewinders @ Exit on Taylor

Cutting Ball Theater presents the world premiere of Basil Kreimendahl's play about a couple who find themselves in a gender-blurring other world. $10-$50. Thu 7:30, Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 2pm & Sun 5pm. Thru Nov. 17. 277 Taylor St. 525-1205. www.cuttingball.com

Underneath the Lintel @ American Conservatory Theatre

Actor David Strathairn performs Glen Berger's intriguing solo drama about a librarian haunted by ghosts unleashed from a mysterious antique book. $20-$95. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Nov. 6, Out with A.C.T. LGBT night includes after-party. Thru Nov. 17. Geary Theatre, 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

 

Sat 16

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony @ St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Guest Conductor Cyrus Ginwala leads the symphony in performances of Kenton Coe's Ischiana Overture, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto featuring Jassen Todorov, and Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell with readings from "Letters from a Life." $15-$35. 8pm. Also Nov. 17, 4pm. 1111 O'Farrell St. at Gough. (800) 595-4TIX. www.bars-sf.org

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition @ de Young Museum

New exhibit of 300 portraits, still lifes, and landscape paintings by the gay British painter. Free-$25. Thru Jan. 20. Also, The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, an exhibit of 150 pieces of exquisite Italian jewelry made between 1950 and 1990, including gems from Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection. Thru Feb 17. $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

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo @ SF Playhouse

Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize finalist drama about the ghost of a tiger who changes the lives of U.S. Marines and an Iraqi translator. $30-$70. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Nov. 16. 450 Post St. 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 Dec. 15. 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. 4:30 and 7pm. Saturdays thru 2013. Pier 39 at Embarcadero. 623-5300. www.capacitor.org www.aquariumofthebay.org

In Grand Style @ Asian Art Museum

In Grand Style, Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty, a new exhibit of works from 1392-1910. Thru Jan. 12. Also, Proximities 2 , a contemporary exhibit of works by Bay Area artists focusing on the concept of family, and cultural and geographical distances. Thru Dec. 8. 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

Lesbian/Gay Chorus

Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco @ First Unitarian Universalist Church

We Celebrate!, a classical concert, includes choruses from Lick-Wilmerding High School and the University of San Francisco. $10-$20. 7pm., 1187 Franklin St. www.lgcsf.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. 2pm and 3pm. Free. Castro St. at Market. 500-1181. www.castrocbd.org

Oakland Symphony Chorus @ First Covenant Church

Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes are performed by the chorus abd symphony, with Dr. Lynne Morrow conducting. Free. 7:30pm. 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland. www.oaklandsymphonychorus.org

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

Weekly wacky short film and video screenings. $6. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. www.othercinema.com

Speed Dating for Lesbians @ Rainbow Heart Studio, Berkeley

Lesbian and bi women meet and greet with a holistic relationship coach Kathleen Marte and family therapist April Hamilton. $ 6:30-9:30pm. 1450 Cornell Ave., Berkeley. www.consciousspeeddating.eventbrite.com

U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes @ Galer'a de la Raza

Opening reception for Neil Rivas' multimedia exhibit, a mix of dark parody and journalistic critique of government agencies, immigration policies, and race-based politics. 7pm. Free. Reg hours Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm. Thru Jan. 18. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009. www.galeriadelaraza.org

Sun 17

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

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 Hiking Club @ Presidio

Join GLBT hikers for a 9-mile casual tour of San Francisco's Presidio National Park. Meet at 10:00 at the top of the Lyon Street steps at Lyon and Broadway. 378-5612. www.sfhiking.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 18

10 Percent @ Comcast Cable

David Perry's LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. Rebroadcast various times thru the week. www.comcasthometown.com www.davidperry.com

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

Healthcare Reform Information Fair @ Bayview YMCA

Informational day of updates for HIV-related and other concerns related to the Affordable Healthcare Reform Act. Free. 2pm-4pm. 1601 Lane St. 552-5552.

Porchlight Storytelling @ Verdi Club

The theme this time is There Will Be Blood: Stories about Family, with Chris Caen, Karen Duffin, Sean Keane, Brontez Purnell and Jay Beamen, plus others TBA. $15-$20. 8pm. 2424 Mariposa St. www.verdiclub.net

 

Tue 19

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. Speical holiday botanical terrarium ornament-making workshop Nov 13, 2pm-4pm ($45). Holiday centerpiece-making workshop with supplies include, Nov. 20 ($50). Reg. hours, 10am-4pm. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Extended thru March 16, 2014. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.conservatoryofflowers.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

Moonface

Moonface @ Swedish American Hall

Pianist-vocalist performs live. $14-$16. 8pm. 2170 Market St. www.cafedunord.com

Will Durst @ The Marsh

Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG, the comic wit's one-man show about aging Baby Boomers. Tuesdays thru Dec. 17. $15-$50. 8pm. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.TheMarsh.org

 

Wed 20

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 renovated Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). Thru June 30. 1000 Oak St. ( 510) 318-8400. www.museumca.org

Q Salsa @ Symbolic Dance & Fitness

LGBT same-sex partner dance lessons; five weekly sessions $17 each or $65-$75 for the series (free for 12 to 18). Thru Nov. 27. 8:30-9:30pm. 672 South Van Ness Ave. www.QueerBallroom.com

Larry-bob Roberts at Smack Dab

Smack Dab @ Magnet

At this tenth anniversary show, cohosts Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts read from their recent works, along with the regular open mic (sign-up 7:30). Free. 8pm. 4122 18th St. at Castro. www.magnetsf.org

Twisted Sisters @ City Hall Gallery

Twisted Sisters: Reimagining Urban Portraiture, a large-scale photo exhibit and art exchange between SF and Zurich. Thru Jan. 27. SF City Hall, North Light Court, and various outdoor kiosks. www.sfartscommission.org

Xavier Castellanos @ Social Kitchen & Brewery

Exhibit of colorful landscapes by the local artist, at the stylish yet casual restaurant/bar. Thru Dec. 10. 1326 9th Ave. www.xavierart.com www.socialkitchenandbrewery.com

 

Hymns to Hermes: The Poetics of James Broughton

Thu 21

Bacon, Babes & Bingo @ Cafe DuNord

The game night and wild show's last event for a while. Enjoy music from Jessica Rose and Jinx Jones, hostess Dottie Lux, burlesque gals, prizes galore. Proceeds benefit local charities. $10-$25. Happy hour 5pm-7pm, Bingo time 7pm-11pm. 2170 Market St. www.baconbabesandbingo.com www.cafedunord.com

Hymns to Hermes: The Poetics of James Broughton @ SF Public Library

Local activist and archivist Joey Cain's exhibit of the gay poet and filmmaker includes rare personal items from his estate. Exhibit thru Jan. 16. James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, third floor, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Jan Daley

Jan Daley @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The former Miss California, stage and screen actress performs "Where There's Hope – A Tribute to the Love Songs of Bob Hope's Legacy." $25-$35. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063. www.ticketweb.com

Jason Lazarus: Live Archive @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Exhibit of unusual work by the Chicago artist who explores collective public archives, personal memory, and the role of photography and collecting in contemporary art and identity. Also, two exhibits about Jewish life: To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History (thru July 1) and Work in Progress: Considering Utopia (thru Jan 20). 2pm-5pm. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

LevyDance @ Fort Mason Center

The innovative local dance company performs Romp, an interactive site-specific dinner-dance experience. $30-$50. 8pm. Thru Nov. 23. General's Residence, Franklin St. at MacArthur Ave., www.levydance.org

Thomas Dolby @ Swedish American Hall

The pop genius perform with his new band Invisible Lighthouse. $25-$60. 8pm. 2170 Market St www.cafedunord.com.

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