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


Out & About

O&A Jan. 12-19, 2017

Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, Jan. 19. See Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre Thursday 12 listing.
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Protest, puff, pronounce on or before January 20, and while you're at it, enjoy some subversive art, which may soon include anything. Refuse to normalize.

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Thu 12

20th Anniversary Exhibit @ ArtHaus

Group exhibit of paintings celebrating the gallery's two decades. Reception Jan. 12, 6pm-8pm. Thru Mar. 31. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 411 Brannan St. at 3rd.

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.

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.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Jan, 11 & 12: 2001: A Space Odyssey (6pm, 9pm). Jan. 13: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (7pm)and Gimme Danger (9:30). Jan. 14: SF Sketchfest presents The Kids in the Hall 7pm. Jan. 15: SF Sketchfest presents Stuff You Should Know with Josh Clark and Charles W. 'Chuck' Bryant (1pm) and Kentucky Fried Movie 40th anniversary screening, with director John Landis Q&A (7:30). Jan 16: Loving (2:45, 7pm) and Wattstax (5pm, 9:15) Jan18: The African Queen (3:15, 7pm) and River of No Return (5:10, 9pm). Jan. 19: The Great Dictator (3:15, 7pm) and Duck Soup (5:35, 9:15). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Jon Macy, Tara Madison Avery @ SF Public Library

The two gay/lesbian authors discuss the Diverse Heroes Coloring Book: A Hands-On Experience. 6pm. 100 Larkin St, lower level.

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.

Noise Club @ SF Bay

Wild fundraiser for art space The Lab, with drinks, food and performances by Dynasty Handbag, Las Sucias, MSHR, Voicehandler, Kevin Blechdom, and a psychedelic dance party by International Freakout A Go-Go, all on a yacht! $160. 7–10pm. Pier 40.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto @ Strut

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

Dance Brigade @ YBCA


Fri 13

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.

The Bitch is Back @ Oasis

Joe Posa and Tony Tripoli perform their Joan Rivers drag tribute comedy show. $25-$35. 7:30pm. Also Jan. 14. 298 11th St.

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. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

Dance Brigade @ YBCA

Gracias a la Vida, Love in a Bitter Time , Artistic Director Krissy Keefer's new work celebrating the company's 40th anniversary, plus two repertory works. $5-$40. Fri & Sat 7:30pm. Sat 3pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.

Fibers & Threads @ Pacific Felt Factory

Weekend exhibit of works on paper by Chloe Bensahei; a portion of art sale proceeds benefit local LGBT nonprofits. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Thru Jan. 15. 2830 20th St. at Bryant.

Fleetwood Mask @ Great American Music Hall

The talented Fleetwood Mac tribute band performs all the hits, with extra shawl-spinning. Southern Comfort opens. $15-$18. $40 with dinner. 9pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

The Human Form @ John Bergguen Gallery

Opening reception for a group exhibit of classic works by Alberto Giacometti, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter, Richard Diebenkorn, Pablo Picasso and other artists who explore the human anatomy. Thru Mar. 4. 10 Hawthorne St. Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.

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.


Approaching American Abstraction @ SF Museum of Modern Art

Sat 14

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.

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. Jan. 14: 50th anniversary of the first Human Be-In. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway

Bernadette Bohan @ The Laundry

The artist's exhibit of colorful toy assemblages. 3359 26th St.

Bowie/Prince Night @ Rickshaw Stop

Queen Bitch and Controversy, tribute bands for the two departed musicians, play live. $12. 9pm. 155 Fell 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.

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.

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.

Mincing Words @ The Marsh

Tom Ammiano returns with his comic solo show about his life in politics. $20-$100. Saturdays at 5pm. Extended thru Feb. 25. 1062 Valencia St.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

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

Popcorn for Breakfast @ Roxie Cinema

Wacky vintage animated flicks with the King of Cartoons. $8; kids free. 11am. 3117 16th St.

Red Hot Mama @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma

Sharon McNight performs her Sophie Tucker Story musical solo show. $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. class=locality>

Serge Gay Jr. @ Spoke Art

Different Rules, the painter's exhibit of compelling pop culture-infused fantastical images. Thru Jan. 28. 816 Sutter St.

She Loves Me @ SF Playhouse

The lighthearted musical by Masteroff, Bock and Harnick follows the 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.

Strangelove, Temptation @ Slim's

The Depeche Mode Experience tribute band, and the New Order tribute band share a New Wave bill. $17. $42 with dinner. 9pm. 333 11th St.

Wilde Chats @ Sweet Inspirations

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

Writers with Drinks @ The Make Out Room

Sara Benincasa, Jeff Chang, Antonio Garcia Martinez, Aya de Leon, Jennifer Dronsky and Wendy C. Ortiz and special guest-host Baruch Porras-Hernandez tell tall tales of their amazing lives. $5-$20. 7:30pm. 3225 22nd St.

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


Sun 15

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. 26. 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.

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). 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.

NeuroSociety @ Pace Art + Technology, Menlo Park

David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar's sound/tech installation that changes perceptions. $35-$45. Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Thru March 31. 350 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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.


MLK March, Interfaith Service
@ Downtown SF

Mon 16

Bringing Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. @ Nourse Theater

Youth Speaks' 20th annual spoken word and poetry slam finalists perform social justice and politically-themed prose. $5-$10. 7pm. 275 Hayes St.

MLK March, Interfaith Service @ Downtown SF

Keshet, the Jewish LGBT nonprofit, joins other groups for a Martin Luther Kink, Jr. weekend march and faith service. 11am. Meet at Townsend/4th CalTrain station.

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.

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.

Russian Tales @ Dog Eared Books


Tue 17

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.

Choir! Choir! Choir! @ Slim's

The Toronto singing group, where the audience sings along, returns for a rousing participatory night of song. $20. $45 with dinner. 8pm. 333 11th St.

Dina Martina @ Oasis

The hilarious drag act returns with her new show, Off the Charts. $22 7pm & 9pm. Also Jan. 18. 298 11th St.

Godless Perverts Book Club @ Borderlands Cafe

Ta-Nehisi Coates' article from The Atlantic, "My President was Black" will be discussed. 6pm-8pm. 870 Valencia St.

OutLoud Storytelling @ Oasis

Matthew Martin (aka Peggy L'eggs) hosts the fascinating storytelling series, this time with the theme 'Idol Chatter,' and guests Yodassa Willaims, Manuel Caneri, Laundra Tyme, Vanilla Meringue, U-Phoria and Leigh Crow! $10. 7:30pm. 298 11th St.

Queer Words @ Folio Books

Natasha Dennerstein, David Hathwell, Richard Loranger, and Arisa White read at Queer Words' Poetry & Prose night, with refreshments and prizes. 7pm. 3957 24th St.

Russian Tales @ Dog Eared Books

Gay authors Michael Aleynikov, Wayne Goodman, and Arthur J. Levy read from their novels with Russian themes. 7pm. 489 Castro 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.

Ishmael Reed at No Shadow Without Light
@ SF Public Library


Wed 18

Bear's Den @ Great American Music Hall

The popular folk-rock British duo returns for a stop on their U.S. tour. $21. $46 with dinner, 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

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.

Missing You @ Brava Theatre

Viva 16 documentary by Augie Robles and Valentin Aguirre, plus storytelling drag (Persia) and discussion of queer memory in the Mission. $10-$15.

No Shadow Without Light @ SF Public Library

Litquake's Writers Respond to Trump, a reading with TJ Stiles (two-time Pulitzer Prize winner), Ishmael Reed, Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Tennessee Reed and others. Free. 6pm-8pm. Koret Auditorium, lower level, 100 Larkin St.

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.

Gala Concert @ SF Jazz Center

Fifth anniversary concert honoring tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, with Bill Frisell, Kronos Quartet, Mary Stallings and many other performers, with an after-party. $145 and up. 6pm-11pm. 201 Franklin St.

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Kate Carroll de Gutes (Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear) is the featured reader at the eclectic open mic monthly event, cohosted by Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts. 8pm. 489 Castro 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.

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.

Connie Champagne at Poe-Pourri 5
@ Dog Eared Books


Thu 19

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.,

Poe-Pourri 5 @ Dog Eared Books

Jon Ginoli, Johnny Ray Huston, Connie Champagne, James Jeske, Marilyn Fowler, and Russell Blackwood read Edgar Allen Poe excerpts, with host Tweaka Turner, a lookalike contest, raffles, food, wine and cake. 7pm-8:30pm. 489 Castro St.

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library

Juliana Delgado Lopera hosts the eclectic queer reading series, this time with Gabrielle Glancy, Andrea Wolf, Carolina de Robertis, and Marcela Pardo. 6pm. 100 Larkin St., lower level.

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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