Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Arts events: Sept. 21-28

Out & About

Leather Studio Portraits @ Mark I Chester Studios
Veteran Leather/kink community photographer Chester and Alex Ray exhibit their photo portraits. Fri & Sat Sept 22 & 23, 7pm-10pm. Also Sept. 24, 11am-6pm. Free/donations. Commissioned digital portraits also available ($40). 1229 Folsom St. (photo: Mark I. Chester)
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The curtain rises, the paint dries,
the voice warms up, "me may mi mo moo."

Along with leathery events (see Leather and On the Tab), arts events offer other fabrics of our lives.



Thu 21

Ain't Too Proud: The Temptations Musical @ Berkeley Rep

New musical by Dominique Morisseau based on the lives of the popular R&B vocal quintet. $28-$85. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Nov 5. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

An American in Paris @ Orpheum Theatre

The touring company of the Tony-winning musical based on the Gene Kelly film includes direction/choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. $65-$214. Tue-Sat 8pm. Thu, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 1192 Market St.

Baloney @ Oasis

The popular male burlesque troupe performs a special kinky Folsom Fair-themed night of strip-tease dances, choreographed by Rory Davis, with MC Michael Phillis, and hot dancing dudes. $25-$50. 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. 298 11th St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Sept. 21: The Big Lebowski viewing party (7:15), with pre-and post film parties and cocktails ( Sept 22: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (7:30) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (9:15). Sept 23: Lina Wertmuller tribute, with Love and Anarchy (11pm), Behind the White Glasses (1:30pm) Swept Away (4pm), Seven Beauties (6:30pm), White Glasses Party with food and drinks (8:30pm), The Seduction of Mimi (10pm). Sept 24: Disney's Moana sing-along (12pm). Sept 24: The Third Man (3:30, 7:15) and The Magnificent Ambersons (5:30, 9:15) Sept 25 & 26: Dunkirk (4pm, 6:15, 8:30). Sept 27: The Nutty Professor (2:45, 7pm) and The King of Comedy (4:50, 9:05). Sept 28: Vertigo (7pm) and Eyes Without a Face (5:10, 9:25). 429 Castro St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Funny stand up with Maureen Langan, Irene Tu, Zack Chapaloni, Arjun Banerjee, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St.

First Church of the Sacred Silversexual @ Elbo Room

The David Bowie tribute band performs classic hits; DJ Rosegold in between sets. $15. 9pm. 647 Valencia St.

The Legend of Pink @ Gateway Theatre

Kheven LaGrone's play, about an '80s West Oakland transgender woman whose diva life dreams are hampered by violent gang members, gets a world premiere with Theatre Rhinoceros. $20-$40. Thru Sept. 30. 215 Jackson St. (800) 838-3006.

Livability Awards @ Green Room

Livable City's annual fundraiser and awards ceremony celebrating achievements in making San Francisco more accomodating, and livable; food, drinks and awards. $50-$75. 5:30 VIPs, 6:30-9:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

En Mas @ Museum of the African Diaspora

En Mas: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean ; films and live performances to follow thru the exhibit run. Also, 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. And, The Ease of Fiction and Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967. Free/$10. Each thru Aug. 27. 685 Mission St.

Transform Fest @ YBCA

New works by almost a dozen dance, theatre and music artists: Fauxnique, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, fogbeast, Embodiment Project, pop-up shows, parties, panels and more. Single tix and full fest packages $25-$60. Thru Sept 23. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.


Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History
of Popular Music
@ Curran Theatre

Fri 22

Anniversary Concert @ Hotel Rex

Society Cabaret's 4th anniversary show, with Linda Kosut, Barry Lloyd, Bill Cooper, Maria Diamond, Carol Luckenbach, JoAna Gray, June Kamerling, Benn Bacot and the Society Cabaret Founders; G. Scott Lacy, piano and vocals. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

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 numbers include a Summer of Love anniversary tribute. $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.

Dance Theatre of San Francisco @ Cowell Theater

Season 5 premieres include works by Artistic Director Dexandro Montalvo and choreographers Sandrine Cassini and Angela Dice Nguyen. $20-$30. 8pm. Also Sept. 23. Fort Mason center, 1 Marina Blvd at Buchanan.

Heather McDonald @ Cobb's Comedy Club

The smart sassy comic performs her joke-filled set. $25-$50. 8pm. Also Sat. Sept. 24. 915 Columbus Ave.

Jim Caruso's Cast Party
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Jim Caruso's Cast Party @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The New York cabaret host presents amazingly talents stars and stars-to-be in an upbeat vocal variety show. $17.50-$25. ($20 food/drink min.) Fri. & Sat. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. Would-be Lana Turners of song can reach out to Caruso through Facebook or at

Leather Studio Portraits @ Mark I Chester Studios

Veteran Leather/kink community photographer Chester and Alex Ray exhibit their photo portraits. 7pm-10pm. Also Sept. 24, 11am-6pm. Free/donations. Commissioned digital portraits also available ($40). 1229 Folsom St.

Luna Gale @ Aurora Stage, Berkeley

Rebecca Gilman's drama about the dangers faced by foster children, and tough decisions for social workers. $33-$65. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 1. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

Reefer Madness @ Victoria Theatre

Ray of Light Theatre Company's new production of thw wacky tabacky musical based on the vintage classic propaganda film. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 7. 2961 16th St.

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music @ Curran Theatre

The astoundingly entertaining music show with the innovative queer performer and guest musicians is presented in four six-hour chapters, with musical selections from 1776 to the present. Single show $49-$285. 4-chapter packages: $186-$1083. Thru Sept. 24. 450 Geary St.

This Bitter Earth @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

World premiere of Harrison David Rivers' commissioned drama about an interracial gay couple, and political and racial tensions in modern America. $25-$50. Previews; opens Sept. 30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Turandot @ War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Opera's opening season performance of Puccini's opera about princess and a deadly game of wits with her suitors, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, with sets by David Hockney. $26-$300. Various nights thru Sept 30, Nov. 18-Dec. 9. Elektra thru 9/27. 301 Van Ness Ave.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin @ Roxie Theatre

The new documentary about the celebrated Tales of the City gay author. Thru Sept 28. 3117 16th St.


Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher
@ Regency Ballroom

Sat 23

Arts Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens

The annual outdoor daytime array of music, dance and theatre performances; other shows various days (usually Thu, Fri & Sat) thru Oct. 29.

Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher @ Regency

Two comic actors (and real-life couple) perform their rousing queer stand-up. $35. 8pm. 1300 Van Ness Ave.

Christopher M. Nelson @ Hotel Rex

The accomplished actor-singer performs Love, Losses and Longings, a concert of classic, country and musical theatre songs. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

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.

Flower Power @ Asian Art Museum

Exhibits include Flower Power, floral art and live plant installations celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and show how Buddhist art was an inspiration. Thru Oct. 1. Other Asian art exhibits as well. Reg. free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

Homobiles @ The Knockout

Queercore women's punk band performs the first show on the tour; also Lolly Gaggers and Maya Songbird. 8:30pm-11pm. 3223 Mission St.

Jim Winters @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Tears of a Clown, evocative clown paintings by the local gay artist. Also, works by Micah Wood and Rachel Cohen. Thru Sept. 29. Also, exhibits of art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St. Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh, Berkeley

Don Reed's acclaimed solo show about being the son of a pimp struggling through his college days. $20-$100. Sat & Sun 5pm, thru Oct. 22. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

Live in the Castro @ Jane Warner Plaza

Enjoy outdoor music concerts, dancing and other events, usually Saturdays 1pm. Castro St. at Market.

Love's Labour's Lost @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael

Marin Shakespeare Company's new production of The Bard's romantic word-play comedy. $10-$37. Fri-Sun 8pm. Sun 4pm. Thru Sept. 24. 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael.

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Taube Atrium Theater

African-American Shakespeare Company's production of The Bard's woodsy fairy-filled romantic comedy, reset in a Trinidad Carnivale. $30. Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 1. 401 Van Ness Ave., 4th floor.

Not a Genuine Black Man @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's acclaimed long-running solo show, about growing up in the racist suburbs, returns. $20-$100. Saturdays 5pm. Thru Sept. 30. 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.

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-2pm and 3pm-5pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Simrit @ Grace Cathedral

Simrit @ Grace Cathedral

The hypnotic, healing Greek folk singer performs. $35. 7:30pm. 1100 California St.

The Summer of Love Experience @ de Young Museum

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

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide

Enjoy informed tours of various parts of San Francisco, from Chinatown to the Haight, and a 'radical' and political-themed LGBT-inclusive tour. Various dates and times. $15-$25.


Degas, Impressionism and the
Paris Millinery Trade
@ Legion of Honor

Sun 24

The Art and Science of Pinball
@ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Alameda

New exhibit of 35 pinball machine, historic early versions, models, diagrams and demos. $5-$15. Thru Sept. 24. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Bay Area Cabaret @ Venetian Room

Opening night of the classy cabaret series' new season, and a celebration of the hotel's 100th year, with Lillias White, Janis Siegel, Freda Payne, Sony Holland and Amanda King. $85. Pre-fixe 3-course supper $59. 7pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

Degas, Impressionism and the
Paris Millinery Trade
@ Legion of Honor

New exhibit of works by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, paired with period hats from french designers. Thru Sept. 24. Also, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, thru August 2018. and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church

Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

Edvard Munch:
Between the Clock and the Bed
@ SF Museum of Modern Art

New exhibit of 44 works by the misunderstood painter, known most for "The Scream." 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 Paul Klee and Rex Ray (thru Oct. 9), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header. Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Folsom Street Fair @ SoMa

With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks; see On the Tab for details.

Nicki Parrott @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Jazz music with the accomplished Australian vocalist and double bassist. $45-$80 ($20 food/drink min). 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

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

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Dzanc Books authors Jason Tougaw (The One You Get) and Deb Busman (Like a Woman) read from their gay and lesbian-themed books. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

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.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years. Free-$5. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.


Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Mon 25

Archie Rand @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

The 613, an exhibit of the artist's paintings depicting each of the 613 Jewish texts for ethical and religious behavior. Also, Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane. 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.

Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Tabitha Soren's 15-year project photographing Oakland A's players through their careers. Thru Dec. 15. Ground Floor & North Light Court.

Karl Fjelstrom @ Strut

The gay artist's new exhibit, Scattered, a modern take on altered/scrambled gay porn imagery. Thru Sept. 470 Castro 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.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery

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.

Jason Mecier @ Spark Arts

Tue 26

Gay Outlaw @ Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Ozone, the artist's exhibit of new sculptural works. Thru Oct. 14. 1275 Minnesota St.

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's

Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu, Tess Barry, Dom Gelin and Wonder Dave. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Ira Watkins @ Tenderloin Museum

The "outsider" artist's exhibit of endearing portraits and landscapes portraying Black Americans. Thru Oct. 11. 398 Eddy St.

Jason Mecier, Adam Ansell @ Spark Arts

Dual exhibit of the partners' art, with Mecier's mosaic art, Ansell's paintings, and a "cranky gay uncle" theme. Thru Sept 30. 4229 18th St.

Marching for Our Rights @ GLBT History Museum

Multigenerational conversation about marches as a tactic for advancing LGBT rights. $5 7pm. Also, exhibits Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, featuring vintage tintypes, mugshots and historic documents of LGBT lives, curated by Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky; also, Lavender-Tinted Glasses , a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain. $5. 4127 18th St.

NYC & T @ Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley

Group exhibit of 50 artists' works inspired by New York City. Thru closing reception Oct. 14, 7pm. 1533 Solano Ave., Berkeley.

Summer of Love @ ArtHaus

Commemorative group exhibition of works in various media. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Sept. 30. 411 Brannan St. at 3rd.


Wed 27

Hamlet @ Geary Theater

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece, starring Obie-winning Tony-nominated actor John Douglas Thompson. $15-$85.Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 15. 415 Geary 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.

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.

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.


Katya Smirnoff-Skyy @ Oasis

Thu 28

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy @ Oasis

Our fave Russian exile opera diva (actor-singer J. Conrad Frank) performs her Bittersweey 90s Symphony, a fun take on grunge and rock music; Joe Wicht accompanies. $25-$35 and up. 8pm. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's

Drinks and readings with Josey Rose Duncan, Jennifer Lewis, Wayne Goodman, Laura A. Zink, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck; James J. Siegel hosts. 7pm 4 Valecia St. class=4n-j>

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.

Nick Aitken @ The Academy

Opening reception for the fashion photographer's exhibit, Paper Dolls: A Deck of Playing Cards, (local celebrity portraits) at the new barbershop & lifestyle lounge; cocktails, live music, charity blackjack games. 7pm-10pm. 2166 Market 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




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