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

Arts events

Out & About

Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Castro Street Fair @ Castro & Market
The 44th annual street fair includes vendors selling clothes, crafts, and art, plus nonprofit info, drinks, food and live entertainment by DJ MC2, host Carnie Asada, Boyfriend, SirJoQ, Josette Melchor, Bitch Please, Cheer SF, SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, and the queens of The Monster Show, plus Dance Alley, with DJed grooves, and the Sundance saloon Country Western Dance Stage. Gate donations (450$10). 11am-6pm.
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Our lives, dramatized on stage, sung about in musicals, read about in bookstores. Celebrate yourself in the arts.

Thu 28

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.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Sept 28-Oct 1: Vertigo (7pm) and (different each night) Eyes Without a Face (5:10, 9:25), Body Parts (5:10, 9:25) and Diabolique (4:40, 9:25), Oct 1 Vertigo at 6pm & 8:30. Oct. 2: noir films Phantom Lady (6pm, 9:30pm) and Blues in the Night (7:45). Oct. 4-6: Grease sing-along (7pm). 429 Castro 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.

Karl Fjelstrom @ Strut

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

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.

The Mineola Twins @ The Exit on Taylor

Cutting Ball Theater's production of Paula Vogel's satire about the women's movement and the rise of conservatism. $15-$45. Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Oct. 29. 277 Tayloir St.

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.

Salt Pepper Ketchup @ Buriel Clay Theatre

Joshua Wilder's dark comedy about a local restaurant owner and pushy new supermarket's threats to his turf. $15-$70. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 762 Fulton St.

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.


Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts
photo: Keith Sutter

Fri 29

Adam Ant, Glam Skanks @ Masonic Hall

The 80s pop star performs his classic hits; the women's band opens (including Cassie, anm SF native, and lesbian drummer!). $15 and up. 8pm. 1111 California 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.

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.

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.

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.

Robyn Hitchcock, Yo La Tengo @ The Fillmore

The folk-rock singer and band perform Black Snake Diamond Role. $29. 9pm. 1805 Geary Blvd.

Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts

24th season of the popular local ballet company, with works by Annabelle Lopez, Michael Smuin and Garrett Ammon. $25-$194 (subscription). Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 7. 3301 Lyon 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. 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.


A Midsummer Night's Dream
@ Taube Atrium Theater

Sat 30

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.

Barbeque @ SF Playhouse

Robert O'Hara's biting play about suburban bliss, racism and family interventions gets a Bay Area premiere. $20-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 11. 450 Post 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.

Food & Exhibits @ Museum of Ice Cream

Creative and wildly popular pop-up experiential museum and ice cream shop. $38. Wed-Mon 10:15am-9:15pm. Thru Feb 2018. 1 Grant Ave.

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.

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.

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.

Question Bridge: Black Men
@ Oakland Museum

Video installation with 160 Black American men discussing important current themes of race and class. Other exhibits about local art and natural history. Also, Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends and the Unknown, a large-scale immersive installation. Thru Jan, 21. $7-$16. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (til 9pm Fridays). 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

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.

Revelations @ de Young Museum

Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1, 2018) and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

We'd Rather Write @ PAWS/Shanti

The Mixed Gender Queer Elders Writing Workshop does a public reading of their written work; a queer world shared through stories. Free. 1pm. 3170 23rd St.

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.


Pat Wilder performs at
the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic Benefit @ Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Sun 1

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. Extended thru Oct. 22. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Castro Street Fair @ Castro & Market

The 44th annual street fair includes vendors selling clothes, crafts, and art, plus nonprofit info, drinks, food and live entertainment by DJ MC2, host Carnie Asada, Boyfriend, SirJoQ, Josette Melchor, Bitch Please, Cheer SF, SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, and the queens of The Monster Show, plus Dance Alley, with DJed grooves, and the Sundance saloon Country Western Dance Stage. Gate donations (450$10). 11am-6pm.

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic Benefit @ Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Fifth annual concert and benefits the lesbian-founded acupuncture and integrative care center for low-income women with cancer. Performers include Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Shelley Doty, Vicki Randle, Kofy Brown, Julie Wolf, Pat Wilder and R&B band Ruby's in Town. KCSM Radio's Melanie Berzon MCs; seating and open dance floor. $30-$100. 2pm. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

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." Thru Oct. 9. 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.

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.

SF Hiking Club @ Purisima Coastal Trail

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an easy 6-mile hike along the Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it offers spectacular views of the ocean, offshore rocks, inaccessible beaches favored by harbor seals, and shorebirds, as well as adjacent fields of artichokes, Brussels sprouts, and mustard. Bring lunch, water, hat, layers, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes. Carpool meets 9:00 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (650) 740-9849.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

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


Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Mon 2

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.

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.


Faces of the Past @ GLBT History Museum

Tue 3

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. 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.

Faces of the Past @ GLBT History Museum

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.

Mary McNear, Lori Ostlund, Laura J. Merrell @ Olive This Olive That

The three authors read from their works about Midwestern cuisine and share recipes; refreshments. Wayne Goodman hosts. 7pm. 304 Vicksburg.

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.

Will Durst @ The Marsh

The witty comic performs his new solo show, Durst Case Scenario, with plenty of barbs at Hair Furor, aka Trump. $20-$100. Tuesdays, 8pm. Thru Nov. 21. 1062 Valencia St.

Women @ Scott Nichols Gallery

Exhibit of fine art prints of female nudes and famous women by photographers Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Mona Kuhn, Ruth Bernhard, Andre Kurtesz, others. Reception Oct 12, 5:30-7:30pm. Thru Nov. 22. 49 Geary St., 4th floor.


Stephen Beachy @ Dog Eared Books

Wed 4

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.

Saint Etienne @ The Fillmore

The British trio performs their new and fave songs from nine albums. Shawn Lee opens. $35. 8pm. 1805 Geary Blvd.

Stephen Beachy @ Dog Eared Books

The acclaimed local author reads from his new unusual novel, Glory Hole; also stories by Johnny Ray Huston. 7pm. 489 Castro 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.


Conversations With Gay Elders
@ SF Public Library

Thu 5

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live @ Oasis

D'Arcy Drollinger presents Michael Phillis starring in the return of the campy parody of the vampire-hunting high school student and her pals. $25-$35 ($200 VIP tables, too). Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. Oct. 31. 298 11th St.

Conversations With Gay Elders @ SF Public Library

Filmmaker David Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) cohosts a screening of an episode from his new project about elder gay stories, with 76-year-old Robert Dockendorff. Free. 6pm, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. (Also, Episode 2 screens Oct. 12 at YBCA, 7:30pm,; Episode 3, Oct. 26 at Contemporary Jewish Museum,

Economic Justice Month @ LGBT Center

Workshops and panels addressing poverty and marginalization in the Bay Area and beyond. Free. 5:30pm. 1800 Market St.

Freedom to Marry @ Little Red Hen Theatre, Sebastopol

Screening of the marriage equality documentary. $10. 7pm. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

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.

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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