Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018


Out & About

Out & About; arts events May 4-11, 2017

Sarah Cahill @ Center for New Music
The acclaimed local pianist performs works by the late gay new music composer Lou Harrison, including his Summerfield Set, several movements from the Suite, two Cembalo Sonatas, the early Jig and Range-Song, and several unpublished and rarely performed works. $10-$15. Sunday, May 7. 8pm. 55 Taylor St.
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We've got a lot in the arts this week. A Glee star brings her solo concert, an acclaimed pianist performs works by a gay composer, and eye-popping theatrical experiences will astound you. For nightlife events, see On the Tab listings.


Thu 4

Alonzo King Lines Ballet @ YBCA

The popular SF dance company features a collaborative work with poet/filmmaker Bob Holman, Gala fundraiser May 6. $25-$85. Wed & Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru May 14. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

May 4: authors Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant discuss Option B, their book about recovering from loss, and life lessons. ( May 5 (8pm) & 6 (1pm): La La Land sing-along hosted by Sara Moore and Laurie Bushman (plus other sing-alongs). May 6: Ghostbusters (original, 7pm) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (5pm, 9pm). May 7: Disney's Moana sing-along (1pm). May 7: In a Lonely Place (7:15) and The Man Who Wasn't There (5pm, 9pm). May 10: The Women (1:50, 7pm) and All About Eve (4:20, 9:30). May 11-May 16: Disney's Beauty and the Beast sing-along (2017 live action version, nightly 8pm, Sat & Sun also 2:30pm). $10-$16. 429 Castro St.

Daughter of a Garbageman @ The Marsh

KGO host and stand-up comic Maureen Langan's solo show about her family life, and the endurance of working class people. $20-$100. Thu 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru May 13. 1062 Valencia St.

The Encounter @ Curran Theater

Simon McBurney's solo show (where the audience wears headphones) about National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. $ Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri/Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 7. 450 Geary St.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin @ Berkeley Rep

The acclaimed pianist-actor returns with another in his repertoire of music icons. $35-$97. Extended thru May 7. 2025 Addison St.

Kumalicious @ Strut

Gay bears of color comic art exhibit curated by E. Salvador Hernandez; 2nd floor. Also, Gay Mens' Sketch, a group exhibit of works by past and current participants in Mark I. Chester long-running drawing group; 1st & 3rd floor. Thru April. 470 Castro St.

Mommie Queerest @ Oasis

Peaches Christ and Heklina return in this high-camp drag parody of the Joan Crawford biopic. $25, $35 and VIP $225 tables. 7pm. Also May 5, 6, 7. 298 11th St.

Noises Off! @ SF Playhouse

Michael Frayn's hilarious farce, about the on- and offstage shenanigans in a theatre company, gets a local production. $35-$85. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru May 13. 450 Post St. 677-9596.

Phedre @ Exit on Taylor

Cutting Ball Theatre performs a new translation of Jean Racine's classic tragedy of love and revenge. $15-$45. Thu 7pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Thru May 21. 277 Taylor St.

Primahood @ Center for Sex & Culture

Exhibit of drawings and comics by Tyler Cohen. Thru May 22. 1349 Mission St.

Queer Jitterbugs @ Center for Sex and Culture

Swing dancing, same-sex and opposite, and ASL-inclusive. $15. 5pm and 6pm lessons. 7:30-10pm dancing. 18+. 349 Mission St.

Rex Ray @ Gallery 16

Retrospecitve exhibit of works by the late gay artist, whose visual designs were known worldwide; Monograph Rex Ray: We Are All Made Of Light on sale. Reception 6pm-9pm. Thru June 30. 501 3rd St.

Shifting Movements @ SOMArts Cultural center

Opening reception for Genevieve Erin O'Brien and Jess X Snow' dual exhibit of works that explore queer, mixed race and Asian subjects; co-resented with the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. 6pm-9pm. Thru May 25. 934 Brannan St.

Twins @ Pianofight

World premiere of Stuart Bousel's darkly comic docudrama that combines Greek mythology with modern violence that often targets youth. $20-$40. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Thru June 10. 144 Taylor St.

The Witches: Salem 1692 @ Commnwealth Club

Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem, discusses the Puritan-era mania in comparison with modern culture. $7-$20. 5:30pm. 555 Post St.


Beach Blanket Babylon
@ Club Fugazi


Fri 5

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

The musical comedy revue celebrates its 43th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. New acts include groovy Summer of Love numbers. $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.

Civic Symphony Association Gala @ War Memorial Green Room

Enjoy drinks, hors d'eouvres and beautiful chamber music at the symphony's fundraiser; semi-formal attire, please. $125 and up. 6pm-10pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre

The mega-hit multiple Tony-winning hip hop musical about President Alexander Hamilton makes its Bay Area premiere. $100-$868. Thru June 8. 1192 Market St.

Leni @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Bay Area premiere of Sarah Greenman's innovative biographical play about the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose cinematic brilliance promoted the Nazi regime. $36-$65. Tue & Sun 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. thru May 7. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822.

Pride Mural Project @ Unionmade, Powerhouse, Lush Lounge

Juanita More! presents the start of three commissioned LGBT-themed murals, sponsored by Cliff's Variety, with artists J. Manuel Carmona, Serge Gay, Jr., and Elliot C. Nathan.

Signs of Hope @ Art Works Downtown, San Rafael

Exhibit of political protest art and posters. Thru May 5. 1337 4th St., San Rafael.

Summer in Sanctuary @ The Marsh Berkeley

Al Letson (NPR host) performs his acclaimed solo show about being a creative writing teacher in a poor Florida neighborhood. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru May 29. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Temple @ Aurora Theatre

U.S. premiere of British playwright Steve Waters' drama bout the Occupy London movement, and its eventual decline. $32-$65. Tue & Sun 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. Thru May 14. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery

New exhibit of classic plates in the 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.

Yes to Everything @ Exit Theatre

Footloose's solo performance festival, with eight acts (Sarah Elovich, Jeremy Julian Greco, Nicky Martinez, Andrea Mock, Paco Romane, Tracy Shapiro and Steven Westdahl. $15-$25. Fri & Sat thru May 20. 156 Eddy St. at Mason.

Kelli Dunham @ Spark Arts


Sat 6

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.

The Events @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

David Greig's drama about people effected by tragedy and pushed to extreme reactions; with different Bay area choruses perfoming live accompaniment. $25-$40. Wed-Sun, thru June 4. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Guards at the Taj @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Bay Area premiere of Rajiv Joseph's 'ghoulishly funny' play about two Taj Mahal guards swept up in carnage and injustice. $25-$60. Tue-Sun 7:30pm. Also Sun 2pm, thru May 21. 397 Miller Ave., Mill valley.

Kelli Dunham @ Spark Arts

Leak of Faith, the genderqueer ex-nun's comic's show about bathroom rights and more, with guests Katrina Goodlet and Red Durkin. $8-$60. 7pm. 4229 18th St.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs
@ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

New exhibit of the wry cartoons by the award-winning artist and author; thru Sept. 3. May 11, (6:30pm, panel discussion on queer aesthetics. Also, exhibits about Jewish culture and by Jewish artists, including Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show (witty pop art with a queer edge, thru June 25). Lectures and gallery talks as well (Fridays 12:30pm). Free (members)-$12. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm (closed Wed). 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Plant Sale @ SF Botanical Gardens

50th annual large-scale Spring plant sale, with 2500 varieties; 10am-2pm. Also, 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.

Matisse/Diebenkorn @ SF Museum of Modern Art

New exhibit compares the art of Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn. Also, 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. Other exhibits include Larry Sultan: Here and Home (thru July 23), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, 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.

Monet: The Early Years @ Legion of Honor

New exhibit of paintings by the master Impressionist; thru May 29. Also, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, thru August 2018. Also, Urs Fischer: The Public & the Private, (thru July 2) and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

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

Over the Top: Math Bass & the Imperial Court SF @ Oakland Museum

Over the Top: Math Bass & the Imperial Court SF @ Oakland Museum

Paired exhibit of works by the LA artist with archival items from the Bay Area Imperial Council royals; thru July 23. Also, Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest (thru Aug. 20) and Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact (thru June). Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

ShutterSpeed @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Group exhibit of skateboard-themed photos. Thru May 31. 50 Scott St.

The Summer of Love Experience @ de Young Museum

New exhibit about San Francisco's historic 1967 groovy era. Also, a beautiful Stuart Davis exhibit, and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Sunny Sweeney @ The Make Out Room

The acclaimed vocalist performs songs from her new album, Trophy. $15. 7:30pm. 3225 22nd St.

Tiny Bubbles @ SFAC Gallery

Group exhibition curated by Steven Wolf includes works by the late Jerome Caja, and adult themes. 11am-6pm. SF arts Commision Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Todd Grey @ Museum of the African Diaspora

Todd Grey: My Life in the Bush With MJ & Iggy, an exhibit of art by Michael Jackson's personal photographer through the 1980s, and his experience living and documenting the Los Angeles music industry. Also, The Ease of Fiction and Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967. Free/$10. Each thru Aug. 27. 685 Mission St.

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

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley


Sun 7

Tomb Treasures @ Asian Art Museum

New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty, thru May 28. Also, Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture and Legacy of the Sikhs, thru June 25. Free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

Carlos Paz @ Castro Country Club

The local illustrator's exhibit, at the LGBT sober space. 4058 18th St.

Inappropriate in All the Right Ways @ The Marsh

Ann Randolph returns with her hit solo show about working in mental instituations, with Mel Brooks Off-Broadway and more. $20-$100. Sundays 2pm. Thru June 18. 1062 Valencia St.

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.

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar @ YBCA

New retrospective exhibit of the Bay Area artist known for videos, installations and feminist themes. Free/$15. Thru May 21. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

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

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.

Sarah Cahill @ Center for New Music

The acclaimed local pianist performs works by the late gay new music composer Lou Harrison, including his Summerfield Set, several movements from the Suite, two Cembalo Sonatas, the early Jig and Range-Song, and several unpublished and rarely performed works. $10-$15. 8pm. 55 Taylor St.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years! Free, including lessons for newbies. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

The Waiting Period @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's solo show about buying a gun while struggling with depression, with special free shows. Sundays, 5:30pm. Donations accepted for the theatre. Thru May 21. 1062 Valencia St.


Daphne Gottlieb at Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Mon 8

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Manic D Press authors Daphne Gottlieb, Thea Hillman, Alvin Orloff and Larry-Bob Roberts read from new works, at the monthly LGBT reading series. 7pm. 489 Castro st.

Still Here: Portraits of Gay Elders @ SF Public Library

Exhibit of artist Ghee Phua's portraits of senior gay men. Thru May 4. James C. Hormel Center, 100 Larkin 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.


Todrick Hall @ UC Theatre

Tue 9

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.

Dialogues in Drawing @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of women artists who explore aesthetic and social concerns. Thru May 14. 464 Sutter St.

Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID? @ Vessel Gallery, Oakland

Group exhibit celebrating Asian American artists. Thru May. 471 25th St.

Ten Percent @ Comcast

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

Todrick Hall @ UC Theatre

The innovative musician and director presents his dazzling Straight Outta Oz concert-theatre show. $38-$103. 8pm. 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.

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.


Lea Michele @ Palace of Fine Arts

Wed 10

The Flaming Lips @ Fox Theater, Oakland

The groovy rock band performs; Klangstof opens. $50. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

New large-scale multimedia exhibit about 1960s-1970s counterculture. Thru May 21. Free-$12. 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Lea Michele @ Palace of Fine Arts

The powerhouse vocalist and star of Glee performs music from her new album, Places, and popular hits. $ pm.

The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh

Adam Strauss' comic Off-Broadway hit solo show about his attempts to use hallucinogenic drugs for his OCD. $20-$100. Wed & Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru June 3. 1062 Valencia 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. Also, Council of Elders: Portraits of Older Gay Men (thru May 4). 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

The Scottish Ballet @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

West Coast premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Nancy Meckler's dance/film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire, with a a jazz score by Peter Salem. $36-$105. 8pm. Also May 11 & 12. Bancroft Way at Dana, UC Berkeley campus.


Jarrod Spector @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Thu 11

Courtney Act @ Oasis

The Aussie drag performer (RuPaul's Drag Race ) brings The Girl From Oz to the SoMa nightclub. $25-$35. 8pm. Also May 12., 7pm. 298 11th St.

Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian @ City Lights Bookstore

The local beloved author couple share an evening with contributors to their anthology, Writers Who love Too Much. 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

Family Feast & Fundraiser @ CounterPulse

Enjoy drinks and nibbly things, plus lots of silent auction items at the fundraiser for the performance space. 7pm-10pm. 80 Turk st.

Jarrod Spector @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Tony-nominated star of Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carole King Story returns after his recent sold out concerts at the intimate upscale nightclub. $40-$60; $20 food/drink min. 8pm. Also May 12. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

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.

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.




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