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


Out & About

Out & About arts events January 5-12, 2017

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto @ Strut
Opening reception for Mussalmaan Musclemen, the artist's exhibit of mixed media works depicting Muslim men, fabric and photos, combining craft styles with homoerotic imagery. Friday, January 6. 8pm-10pm. 470 Castro St., second floor. Thru January.
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Thu 5

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Jan 5: Samsara (7pm) and Fearless (8:55). Jan 6: Alien (7:30) and Lifeforce (9:40). Jan. 7: David Bowie in Labyrinth (7:30) and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (9:25). Jan. 8: The Man Who Fell to Earth (2pm, 7pm) and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (4:35, 9:35). Jan 10: The Handmaiden (5:30, 8:30). Jan. 11: 2001: A Space Odyssey (6pm, 9pm). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Gertrude Stein and a Companion @ Eureka Theatre

Theatre Rhinoceros' new production of Win Wells' award-winning play about the lesbian poet and her partner, Alice B. Toklas. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm (no show Dec. 31). Also Jan. 7 & 8 at 3pm. Thru Jan. 8. 215 Jackson St.

Matthew Martin @ Oasis

The popular local performer, known for dozens of drag impersonations (from Baby Jane to Helen Lawson), returns with his solo show, full of Hollywood female icon live music tributes. $25-$35. 8pm. Also Jan. 6. 298 11th St.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips @ Berkeley Rep


Fri 6

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips @ Berkeley Rep

Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice's rousing musical play about a seaside British family whose house is invaded by WWII U.S. soldiers after D-Day. $29-$97. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Jan. 15. Roda Theatre, 201 Addison St., Berkeley.

Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Lopez & Marx and Whitty's hilarious puppets-for-adults musical comedy returns, with two different casts. $20-$60. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Extended thru Jan. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

The musical comedy revue celebrates its 40th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm & 9pm. Sun 2pm & 5pm. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). 421-4222.

Bowie Birthday Bash @ The Chapel

The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual's sixth annual music tribute night to the music genius, with a drag, dance and live music performance set to the entire Ziggy Stardust album, with Raya Light, U-Phoria, Johnny Rockit, Phatima Rude, Kitty Von Quim, Honey Penny, and more, plus DJ Sergio Fedasz. Glam rock drag encouraged; mirrors and dress-up area/clothes check. Also Jan. 7, with a full performance set to Diamond Dogs. $20-$35. 9pm-2am. 777 Valencia St at 19th.

Cirque du Soleil @ AT&T Park

The amazing Canadian circus company performs another dazzling show, Luzia, a Waking Dream of Mexico. $49 and up. Tue-Sat 8pm. Also various matiness thru Jan. 29. 74 Mission Rock St.

Curious Contraptions @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of 20 mechanical sculptures by 12 artists, along with interactive science displays. Jan 6 & 7: Tactile Dome open after hours, 6:15 and 7:15 entries. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

The Madwoman in the Volvo @ Berkeley Rep

NPR personality and best-selling memoirist Sandra Tsing Loh takes the driver's seat and slams the engine into overdrive in her hilarious, enlightening, and totally candid road trip through the triple M's: middle-age, menopause, and motherhood. $60-$75. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 15. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Native Son @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Nambi E. Kelley's stage adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel stars Jerod Haynes, who originated the role in the Chicago world premiere. Previews; opens, Jan 24. $22-$60. Tue-Sun 7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 12. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players perform Edward Albee's classic drama about an unhappily married college town couple. $25-$40. In repertory thru Jan. 22. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto @ Strut

Opening reception for Mussalmaan Musclemen , the artist's exhibit of mixed media works depicting Muslim men, fabric and photos, combining craft styles with homoerotic imagery. 8pm-10pm. 470 Castro St., second floor. Thru January.


Bernadette Bohan @ The Laundry

Sat 7

All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 @ Oakland Museum

Multimedia exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oakland-based civil rights and community group; thru Feb. 12. Other exhibits include Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (thru April 2) and Oakland, I want you to know..., an exhibit of Oakland resident portraits and reflections on gentrification. Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

Approaching American Abstraction @ SF Museum of Modern Art

See the restaged installations and new exhibits of Pop, Abstract and classic Modern art at the renovated and visually amazing museum, with two extra floors, a new additional Howard Street entrance, cafe and outdoor gardens. New exhibits include Bruce Conner films, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, and Tomas Saraceno: Stillness in Motion: Cloud Cities (thru May 21). Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Architecture of Life @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

New art and film museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with more than 200 new and ancient works dating back 2,000 years. Free-$12. 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Bernadette Bohan @ The Laundry

Opening reception for the artist's exhibit of colorful toy assemblages. 7pm-9:30pm. 3359 26th St.

The Brothers Le Nain @ Legion of Honor

Painters of 17th-Century France, thru Jan. 19. Also, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, thru August 2018. Also, World in a Book, A Princely Pursuit and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Butterflies and Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers

Beautiful floral displays, plants for sale, docent tours, and the popular live butterflies exhibit; thru June 30. Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. $2-$8. Free for SF residents. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, 831-2090.

Christine Ebersole @ Nourse Theater

Two-time Tony-winning musical theatre star, with interviewer/accompanist Seth Rudetsky, performs favorite songs and talks about her career; partial proceeds benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Project Open Hand, and San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. $30-$75. 8pm. 275 Hayes St.

Cloud Forests @ SF Botanical Gardens

See beautiful floral and foliage displays, trees and plants in various beautiful gardens specific to region. Daily walking tours and more. Free-$15. Tours, lectures, classes and more. Open daily, 7:30am-sunset. Golden Gate Park. 661-1316.

Constructed Communication @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303.

East 14th @ The Marsh

Don Reed returns with his solo show about his Oakland childhood, part of his coming-of-age trilogy. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm. Sun 5:30pm. Thru Feb. 18. 1062 Valencia St.

Havdallah, Game Night @ Sha'ar Zahav

Queer Jewish Women of the Bay's night of board games, snacks, drinks and music. 5pm. 290 Dolores St.

How ACT UP Fought Back @ Center for Sex and Culture

ACT UP SF members Rebecca Hensler, Crystal Mason, and Ingrid Nelson share some of their personal stories about how they came to be involved in direct action, how they got organized and more. $5-$20. 2pm-4pm. 1349 Mission St.

Lamp of the Covenant @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Exhibits about Jewish culture, including Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane and Pour Crever by Trimpin, Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman. Lectures and gallery talks as well. Free (members)-$12. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm (closed Wed). 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Lookout Records Bands @ Gilman Street, Berkeley

Pansy Division, The Mr. T Experience, The Smugglers, Brent's TV, Squirtgun, Potatomen and Kepi Ghoulie perform at three days of reunion concerts with bands from the Bay Area record label.

Michael Nava @ Hormel Center, SF Public Library

Michael Nava @ Hormel Center, SF Public Library

The award-winning author reads from and discusses his new gay-themed Henry Rios novel Lay Your Sleeping Head , a complete revision of his 1996 mystery The Little Death; with author Kevin Killian. 3pm. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

Weekly screenings of unusual, rare and strange short films and videos. $9. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. 648-0654.

Red Hot Mama @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma

Sharon McNight performs her Sophie Tucker Story musical solo show, with a special New Year's Eve concert. $25-$35. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 29. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. (707) 763-8920.

Revolutionary Grain @ Oakland Library

Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panthers in Portraits and Stories commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. Thru Feb. 28. African American Museum & Library, 659 14th St., Oakland.

Serge Gay Jr. @ Spoke Art

Opening reception for an exhibit of Different Rules, the painter's exhibit of compelling pop culture-infused fantastical images. 6pm-9pm. Thru Jan. 28. 816 Sutter St.

She Loves Me @ SF Playhouse

The lighthearted musical by Masteroff, Bock and Harnick follows a comedic misadventures of a straight couple looking for love over the holidays. $30-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 14. 450 Post St.


Space Program: Europa @ YBCA

Tom Sachs NASA-styled installation takes you to Jupiter's moon. $10. Thru Jan. 15, 2017. 701 Mission St.

Wilde Chats @ Sweet Inspirations

Community Initiative's weekly informal discussion group at the dessert shop. 10:30am-12pm. 2239 Market St. 621-8664.

Wish Upon a Star: Pinocchio @ Walt Disney Family Museum

New exhibit all about the Disney classic about a puppet who longs to be a real boy; thru Jan. 9. Free (members)-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio. 345-6800.

Plastic Man @ Transmission Gallery, Oakland


Sun 8

A Billion Buddhas @ Asian Art Museum

A Billion Buddhas: The Awakened Cosmos of Himalyan Buddhism (thru April 9). Other exhibits include The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine Ally, Foe (thru Jan. 15), Worshipping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting (thru Mar. 26). Jan. 8: Cross-Cultural Comparison of Dance, a Cambodian dance demo, with Charya Burt, 12pm-4pm. Free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

Curious Contraptions @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of 20 mechanical sculptures by 12 artists, along with interactive science displays. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

Exposed @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Juried street photography exhibit, thru Jan. 22. 50 Scott St.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

The weekly LGBT TV show, with updates on current events. 9:30pm.

LGBTQ Histories from the WWII Home Front @ Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Richmond

Park indoor exhibit that showcases the lives of historic LGBT people. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond.

Plastic Man @ Transmission Gallery, Oakland

Jerry Ross Barrish's exhibit of sculptures from plastic refuse. Thu-Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 21. Oakland. 770 West Grand Ave.,

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square

The annual ice rink opens once again for holiday fun. Thru Jan. 16.

Sara Ros Bronson & JoAna Gray @ Oasis

Musical duo performs a witty cabaret show, Tits, Sass, and ...Penis Envy? $20. 7pm. 298 11th St.


Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Mon 9

Not Alone @ SF Arts Commission Gallery

Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces, an expansive group exhibition featuring works by local and national artists and veteran artists. 6pm-8pm. Thru March 4. War Memorial Veterans Bldg. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

The monthly reading series presents, New Year, New Books, with authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe (A Thin Bright Line), Rob Rosen (Midlife Crisis), and Aya de Leon (Uptown Thief). 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Rhino in the Castro @ GLBT History Museum

The monthly play reading series with Theatre Rhinoceros presents Tenn by Kathy Boussnia, an evocation of celebrated gay playwright Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover, Frank Merlo. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; new exhibit, From Stone Age to Space Age, showcases minerals through time. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties many Thursday nights. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Vintage Prints @ William Blake Gallery

New gallery of historic art by the 18th and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

Bill Irwin On Beckett @ Strand Theatre

Tue 10

10 Percent @ Comcast

David Perry's online and cable interviews with notable local and visiting LGBT people, broadcast through the week. 7pm. Thu-Tue 11 & 11:30am & 10:30pm.

Ascendancy @ RayKo Photo

Exhibit of prints by the late Steve Harper, a local master of night photography, curated by Tim Baskerville.Thru Jan. 13. Side gallery: David Wolf's The After Life of Thing Discarded, Collected and Assembled. Tue-Thu 10am-10pm. Fri –Sun 10am-8pm. 428 3rd St.

Bill Irwin On Beckett @ Strand Theatre

The veteran comic and dramatic actor performs excerpts from Samuel Beckett plays, and discusses his explorations of the playwright's work. $20-$60. Tue-Sat 7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 22. 1127 Market St.

Tours and Exhibits @ The Old Mint

New Sunday program offers tours and exhibits about San Francisco's history. Explore the fascinating building's grand halls and vaults. $5-$10. Weekly, 1pm-4pm. 88 5th St. 537-1105.

Various Artists @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Exhibits of art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St. Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

Viewpoints @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of abstract and conceptual works by Romare Bearden, Tony Lewis Aubrey Williams and 6 other artists. Thru Jan 14. 464 Sutter St.

Crimes of the Heart @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
photo: Kevin Berne


Wed 11

Crimes of the Heart @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three sisters in Mississippi gets a local production. $31-$80. Thru Feb. 5. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Looking Through the Lens @ Diane Wilsey Center for Opera

The Glory of San Francisco Opera, Past and Present , an exhibit of historic productions photos from the San Francisco Opera's many productions. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Queerest Library Ever @ SF Public Libraries

Hormel at 20: Celebrating Our Past/Creating Our Future , a dual exhibit of archival materials celebrating two decades of the LGBTQ collections. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

The Unseen World of the Tenderloin @ Tenderloin Museum

The Unseen World of the Tenderloin: Rare Historic Photographs 1907-71. Thru Jan. 16. 398 Eddy St. 351-1912.

Various Exhibits @ The Beat Museum

Enjoy exhibits, a bookstore and gift shop that celebrates the era of 'beatnik' literature (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, etc.), with frequent readings, walking tours and other events in North Beach. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway

Zio Ziegler @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Exhibit of unusual sculptures and paintings; gift shop has some neat art reprints, cards and scarves. Thru Jan. 28. 149 Gough St.

Madonna Dearest @ Oasis


Thu 12

Local Sirens @ Rickshaw Stop

Women in Music series features Bay Area singer-composers Plush, Tanukichan, Sirir and Rayana Jay. Free. 8pm. 155 Fell St. at Van Ness Ave.

Madonna Dearest @ Oasis

Venus D'Lite's comic drag show (created by Tony Blass with Adam Daniel Guerra) about pop stars, evil villains and more. $20-$40. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels

Wheeled fun at the former Sacred Heart Church-turned disco roller skate party space, hosted by John D. Miles, the "Godfather of Skate," including Saturday's Black Rock night (Burning Man garb encouraged). 7pm-10pm. Sat afternoon sessions 1pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Skin Deep: The Art of Tattoo @ Katz Snyder Gallery

Exhibit of art and photos about tattoo art by 20 regional artists. Thru Jan. 20. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.




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