Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Arts events

Out & About

Dec. 28- Jan. 4

The Kinsey Sicks @ Boxcar Theatre
The dragapella quartet returns with Oy Vey in a Manger, their multi-holiday comic music romp. $45-$65. Dec 28 7:30pm. Wed & Sat also 2:30pm. Thru Dec. 30. 644 Broadway.
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Things can be a little slow in the Bay Area between holidays. Take advantage of it by visiting art museums in relative quiet, or enjoy choice seats at a festive musical.

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Thu 28

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. Book now for holiday special shows. $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.

Black Rider @ Ashby Stage

Shotgun Players' production of the Williams S. Burroughs, Tom Waits and Robert Wilson adult fairy tale musical about a lowly clerk who must prove himself to his fiancee's father by riding through a mysterious forest. $25-$40. Extended thru January 21. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

A Christmas Story @ SF Playhouse

Local production of Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Joseph Robinette's Tony-nominated musical adaptation of the classic movie about a young boy's holiday hopes for a rifle. $20-$125. Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 13. 450 Post St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Dec 26-Jan 1: Sing-Along The Sound of Music hosted by Sara Moore and Laurie Bushman (1pm, 7pm). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Dysfunctional Holiday Revue @ Berkeley Rep

The Second City's comic sketch series focuses on seasonal satire and sacreligious songs. $40-$60 (includes one drink!). Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 31. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Forever Tango @ Palace of Fine Arts

Luis Bravos' acclaimed tango company performs their holiday dance and music concert, with guest dancer Anna Trebunskaya (Dancing With the Stars). $50-$170. Various times thru Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve concert and party). 3301 Lyon St.

Ginger Minj @ Oasis

The RuPaul's Drag Race star brings her Crossdresser for Christmas show to the SoMa nightclub. $27.50-$40. 8pm. Also Dec 29 & 30, 7pm (and at Mother Dec 30). 298 11th St.

Goapele @ Yoshi's, Oakland

The gorgeous singer with an amazing voice performs four nights at the elegant restaurant-nightclub, including two New Year's Eve concerts with her band. $36, $69, $99. Thu & Fri 8pm & 10pm. Sat 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Dec 31, 8pm and 11pm. 520 Embarcadero West.

The Kinsey Sicks @ Boxcar Theatre

The dragapella quartet returns with Oy Vey in a Manger , their multi-holiday comic music romp. $45-$65. 7:30pm. Wed & Sat also 2:30pm. Thru Dec. 30. 644 Broadway.

Kwanzaa 2017 @ Various Venues

The Village Project's celebration of Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles, with live music and dancers. Free. Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 7pm-10pm.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's

Readings by local authors, with Gina Stella dell'Assunta, Lewis DeSimone, Diane Glazman, Tony Press, and David Welper, and host James J. Siegel. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Mittens & Mistletoe @ Dance Mission Theatre

Sweet Can Productions' 8th annual fun family-friendly Winter Circus Cabaret, with acrobats, clowns and performers from Cal Shakes, Mixed Nutz, New Pickle Circus, Universoul, Cirque de Boheme, Ars Minerva, Teatro Zinzanni and more. $18-$60. 2pm, 4pm and some 8pm thru Dec. 28. 3316 24th St.

Nick Spangler @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Bay Area native and Broadway star performs his new cabaret concert, Since I've Been Gone. $22.50-$50 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason st.

OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer @ GLBT History Museum

OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer, an exhibit about the groundbreaking LGBT quarterly based in SF from 1988 to 1992; curated by E.G. Crichton; and Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

The Secret Garden @ Gateway Theatre

42nd Street Moon's production of Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's Tony-winning 1991 musical based on the novel about an orphaned young girl's discovery of an enchanted garden. $15-$45. Various times, Wed-Sun Thru Dec 24. 215 Jackson St. at Battery.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years. Free-$5. 5pm-10:30pm.Also Sundays (not Dec 24). 550 Barneveld Ave.


Avenue Q @ New Conservatory
Theatre Center

Fri 29

Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

The puppets return! The Tony-winning musical about a New York neighborhood of puppets and people is restaged. $35-$60. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Extended thru Jan. 21. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Call Me By Your Name @ Landmark Embarcadero, AMC Kabuki

Luca Guadagnino's gay film based on Andre Aciman's bestselling novel. $15. 1 Embarcadero. AMC Kabuki, 1881 Post St. (starts Dec. 22 at Alamo Drafthouse and other Bay Area cinemas).

Disney's Aladdin @ Orpheum Theatre

Touring production of the colorful hit musical based on the Disney animated film. $55-$162. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 1pm. Thru Jan. 7. 1192 Market St.

The Flamin' Groovies, The Rubinoos @ The New Parish, Oakland

The veteran fun power pop bands perform classic hits; The Chuckleberries also perform. $25. 9pm. 1743 San Pablo Ave., at 18th, Oakland.

Mary Poppins @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland

The classic Disney musical about a British nanny stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. $6. 8pm. 2025 Broadway, Oakland.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

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

Watch on the Rhine @ Berkeley Rep

Local new production of Lillian Hellman's Nazi/anti-fascist-themed drama set in 1940. $30-$60. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 7pm, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 14. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.


Jaye Blakesberg @
Harvey Milk Photo Center

Sat 30

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.

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Great American Music Hall

Enjoy funky folk bands. Also Dec 31 with Johnny Hickman. $26-$51 with dinner, 9pm. Dec 31 $50-$75, 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

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.

Jaye Blakesberg @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Exhibit of prints by the prolific photographer of pop and rock musicians. Thru Jan. 6. 50 Scott 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.

Mission Murals @ JCCSF

Art, Politics and Community Preservation , an exhibition of the work of local mural artists. Thru Jan. 2018. 3200 California 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-2pm and 3pm-5pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Tender Life @ Tenderloin Museum

Tender Life: Graphic and Ceramic Memories of Tenderloin Living, 1999-2004, a group exhibit of contemporary ceramic and other works by Holly Coley and others. 398 Eddy St.

Teotihuacan @ de Young Museum

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, a new interactive exhibit of archeological discoveries from the ancient Mexican city (thru Feb. 11). Also, Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1) and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Unearthed @ Napa Valley Museum, Yountville

Group exhibit of local artists' ceramics. Also, France is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child (thru Feb. 18). Reg. hours Wed –Sun 11am-4pm. Thru Jan 7. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville.

Various Exhibits @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

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

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide

Enjoy weekly 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.

World Tree of Hope @ City Hall

See Rainbow World Fund's 12th annual festive tree, where thousands of paper origami cranes send messages of hope. 8am-5pm. Thru December. 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.


Cazwell @ Oasis

Sun 31

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. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Cazwell @ Oasis

Celebrate the New Year with the whimsical sexy gay hip hop stud, plus drag acts Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, Valentine, Roxy Cotton Candy, Rock M. Sakura, Miss Rahni and more; VIP rooftop party with food, open bar and a Cazwell meet & greet. $35-$85. 7:30pm-2am. 298 11th St.

Couture Korea @ Asian Art Museum

New exhibit that showcases traditional and contemporary Korean fashion as art. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Free-$20. Thru Feb 4. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

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.

Fleetwood Macrame @ The Ivy Room, Albany

The Fleetwood Mac tribute band performs at a New Year's Eve night. $20.18. 9pm-1am. 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany.

Playtime @ Fort Mason

Trio of video installations by the award-winning British artist. Free. Wed-Sat, 12pm-8pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Thru Feb 11. Gallery 308, FMCAC Visitor Center, SFAI Gray Box Gallery. 1 Marina Blvd.

Jeff Goldblum @
Feinstein's at the Nikko

Jeff Goldblum @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The popular actor shows off his impressive piano skills with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, in two New Year's Eve concerts. $85-$125 ($20 food/drink min.) 7:30pm & 10:30pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason st.

Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter @ Legion of Honor

Dual exhibition of works by the painter and sculptor. Also, Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World, thru Jan. 7. Free/$30. Thru Jan. 28. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead @ Oakland Museum

New group Day of the Dead exhibit and installations, guest-curated by Evelyn Orante; Thru Jan. 14. Also, Question Bridge: Black Men, a video installation with 160 Black American men discussing important current themes of race and class. Other exhibits about local art and natural history; Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends and the Unknown, a large-scale immersive installation, thru Jan, 21. Friday night events, too. $7-$16. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (til 9pm Fridays). 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

Tom Ammiano MCs the
New Year's Eve Spectacular
@ Gateway Theatre

New Year's Eve Spectacular @ Gateway Theatre

Tom Ammiano, our favorite Italian-American gay comic and politician, MCs the New Year concert and party, with LGBT talents Justin Lucas, Bambi Lake, Birdie Bob Watt, Scott Gessford, Patricia Pittipan and the cast of Megabytes the Musical. $40. 8pm. 215 Jackson St.

New Year's Eve with Seth McFarlane @ Davies Symphony Hall

The TV show creator (Family Guy, The Orville) shows off his musical chops with the SF Symphony. $95-$235. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.

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.

Robert Rauchenberg @ SF MOMA

Erasing the Rules, a new expansive exhibit of work by the post-modern artist; thru March 25. Also, Walker Evans; an exhibit of 300 prints by the acclaimed historic photographer of American culture from the 1930s, with 100 of his own collected artifacts. 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. Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. Thru Feb 4. 151 3rd St.

Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier @ Cartoon Art Museum

New exhibit of works by the award-winning author and illustrator of graphic novels, at the museum's new location. Free/$10. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. Thru Mar. 20.


Mon 1

Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square

Enjoy skating at the downtown holiday rink; special performances and events thru January. To skate: $13-$25, daily 9:30am-9pm. 333 Post St.


Fool La La!
@ the Marsh Berkeley

Tue 2

Derriere Le Mirior @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Group exhibition of covers from the historic French art magazine, including prints by Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mir—, Alberto Giacometti and others. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Thru Jan 15. 149 Gough St.

Fool La La! @ the Marsh Berkeley

Unique Derique performs his wacky kid-friendly physical comedy clown show and holiday extravaganza. $15-$100. Jan 2-7. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's

Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Nick Aitken @ The Academy

The fashion photographer's exhibit, Paper Dolls: A Deck of Playing Cards, (local celebrity portraits) at the new barbershop & lifestyle lounge. 2166 Market St.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete @ LGBT Center

Exhibit of multimedia art by members of the Center's Youth Program. 1800 Market 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.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center

Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.

Voice of the Central City @ Tenderloin Museum

New exhibit about the history of The Tenderloin Times. Thru Mar. 30. Reg hours Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Free-$10. 398 Eddy St.

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.


Andrea Lawyor
@ Dog Eared Books

Wed 3

Andrea Lawyor @ Dog Eared Books

The author of the genre and gender-transcending novel Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl reads and signs copies. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

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.

There Is No Alas Where I Live @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of a dozen artists' photographs, curated by Ann Jastrab. Thru Jan. 27. 464 Sutter St.


Physique Pictorial
Film Night @ The Magazine

Thu 4

Physique Pictorial Film Night @ The Magazine

The Bob Mizer Foundation screens early erotic physique films made by Mizer (free), with copies of the new Physique Pictorial #43 for sale ($25). 7pm-9pm. 920 Larkin 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.

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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