Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 29 / 20 July 2017

Out & About,
July 20-27, 2017

Out & About

ODC/Dance Summer Sampler @ ODC Theater
The acclaimed company performs world premieres by KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, and a remount of Brenda Way's 1978 work, Format II. $20-$35. 8pm. July 27, 28 & 29. 3153 17th St.
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Thu 20

Bay Area Playwrights Festival @ Custom Made Theater

Annual festival presents six new works by emerging playwrights. $17-$80. Thru July 23. 533 Sutter St.

The Black Woman is God @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Opening reception and performances with 60+ artists in various media challenging Eurocentric notions of God. 6pm-12am. Performances also Aug. 25 & 26. Thru Aug. 26. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 934 Brannan St.

The Book of Mormon
@ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez' mega-hit nine-Tony-winning musical comedy offers a wacky take on the religion's strange history. $48-$350. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Various matinees. Thru July 23. 255 South Almaden Blvd.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

July 20-Aug 6: SF Jewish Film festival (see Thu 20). 429 Castro St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Lisa Geduldig hosts the popular monthly comedy show, this time with Karinda Dobbins, Ronn Vigh, birthday girl Bridget Schwartz, Priya Prasad. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission st.

Debbie Does Dallas @ Oasis

Nancy French stars in the title role of Erica Schmidt and Andrew Sherman's acclaimed campy musical adaptation loosely based on the classic '70s football-cheerleader straight porn flick. $25-$35. Wed-Sat 7pm. Thru Aug. 5. 298 11th St.

Each and Every Thing @ The Marsh

Dan Hoyle's acclaimed solo show about searching for community in a fractured world. $25-$100. Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 8:30pm. Thru Aug. 26. 1062 Valencia St.

Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Opening reception for Tabitha Soren's 15-year project photographing Oakland A's players through their careers, and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Thru Dec. 15. Ground Floor & North Light Court.

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden

The annual amazingly pleasant installation and informal concert series of a dozen pianos placed in scenic spots throughtout the gardens. Enjoy prepared and "open-piano" performances through each day; special Night Garden Piano benefit of evening performances on July 22, 7:30pm $40. Thru July 24. Reg. free admission for SF residents.

Inside Hollywood's Bisexual Closet @ GLBT History Museum

Author Boze Hadleigh discusses the subjects of his history books on famous actors and their private lives. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

In the End @ PianoFight

SF playwright Brian O'Berne's short play about two gay men meeting on the last day of the world. July 20-22, 7pm. Part of the Shortlived play fest/competition. 144 Taylor St.

Judy Collins @ Yoshi's Oakland

The iconic folk-pop singer performs at the elegant nightclub-restaurant. $49-$85. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

The Klipptones @ Top of the Mark

The local jazz band performs weekly at the swanky hotel lounge bar. 7pm-11pm. thru August. 999 California St.

37th annual festival of short, feature and documentary films by and about Jewish people and culture. Thru Aug. 6 at Castro Theatre, Landmark Albany Twin (Albany), CineArts Theatre (Palo Alto), Rafael Film center (San Rafael), and the New Parkway (Oakland).


La Cage Aux Folles @ SF Playhouse

Fri 21

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.

La Cage Aux Folles @ SF Playhouse

New local production of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's award-winning musical based on the French play about a gay couple who run a nightclub, and the farce that takes place when their son's conservative future in-laws visit. $30-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept 16.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Golden Gate Theatre

National Theatre's touring production of the award-winning drama about an autistic British teenager's troubled journey of discovery; with a fascinating LED production design. $35-$185. Wed-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun at 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru July 23. 1 Taylor St.

Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930 @ GLBT History Museum

New exhibit of vintage tintypes, mugshots and historic documents of LGBT lives, curated by Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky. Also, Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community, an exhibit of Lenore Chinn's portraits in painting and photography (thru Sept 18). Also, Lavender-Tinted Glasses, a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain. $5. 4127 18th St.

Jennifer Holliday @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

The stellar vocalist and original star of Dreamgirls performs soul, R&B and classic American standards as well as the favorite "And I Am Telling You." $68-$118. 8pm. 609 Sutter St.

Mark I. Chester @ Strut

Racial Portraits & Other Provocations, a new exhibit of photos by the veteran gay photographer of kink and alternative subcultures. Thru July. 470 Castro St.

Nicole George @ California College of the Arts

The author of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home in a Q&A with gay comic artist Justin Hall. 6pm. Timken Hall, 1111 8th St.

An Octoroon @ Berkeley Repertory

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' acclaimed comic play combines 1800s melodrama with contemporary cultural politics. $29-$85. Thru July 23. 2025 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.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Exhibit of the wry cartoons by the award-winning artist and author; thru Sept. 3. 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.

The Speakeasy @ Palace Theater

The immersive theatrical Prohibition-era nightclub experience includes drinks, food, entertainment, 1920s costumes requested of patrons (rentals available in advance; $125 and up), and hours of bootleg fun. $95. Thu-Sat thru Sept. 9. Columbus at Broadway.


Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden
photo: Natalie Jenks

Sat 22

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.

Celebrate Community @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Group exhibit of LGBT community-themed prints by prominent local photographers (Rick Gerharter, Gareth Gooch, Mick Hicks, Sandra Hoover, Dan Nicoletta, Bill Wilson and more), curated by Dave Christensen and Nicola Bosco-Alvarez. Thru July 23. 50 Scott 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 Piano @ SF Botanical Garden

The annual amazingly pleasant installation and informal concert series of a dozen pianos placed in scenic spots throughtout the gardens. Enjoy prepared and "open-piano" performances through each day; special Night Garden Piano benefit of evening performances on July 22, 7:30pm. $40. Thru July 24. Reg. free admission for SF residents.

Flower Power @ Asian Art Museum

Exhibits include Flower Power class=4n-j>: 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.

Jason Brock @ Martuni's

The popular talented singer celebrates his 40th birthday, with guests Erin-Kate Whitcomb and pianist Dee Spencer. $20-$25. 4pom & 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Komedio Comedy @ Awaken Cafe, Oakland

Stand-up comedy with Irene Tu, Stephen Ku, Tirumari Jothi, Wonder Dave, Marc Abrigo, Kristee Ono, Kelly Anneken, Allison Mick, Tess Barry,  Dom Gelin, Aviva Siegel, and Baruch Porras-Hernandez at a special recording session. 8pm. 1429 Broadway at 15th, Oakland.

Live! in the Castro @Jane Warner Plaza

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

Midsummer of Love @ El Sobrante Park

We Players presents another site-specific environmental play, this time an arboreal adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. July 15, 16, 22 & 23 ($30-$60). July 27-30 in Golden Gate Park's Strawberry Hill, 6:30pm ($40-$80).

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

Paired exhibit of works by the LA artist with archival items from the Bay Area Imperial Council royals; thru July 23. Also, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (thru Aug. 27), Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest (thru Aug. 20). Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

Playa in the Grove @ National AIDS Memorial Grove

Comfort & Joy the the Grove team up for a fun free outdoor party, with DJs Trever Pearson, sergio fedasz and Jason Godfrey, outdoor art, potluck food and BYO drinks. Donations. 12pm-5pm. Nancy Pelosi Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Queer Threads @ SF Art Book Fair

Contributing artists Jai Andrew Carrillo, James Gobel, Ramekon O'Arwisters, and Angie Wilson will join the curator and co-editor of Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, John Chaich, for a panel discussion and book signing of the Todd Oldham book. 1pm. First floor lounge, Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St. Fair thru July 23.

Seussical The Musical @ Alcazar Theatre

Bay Area Musicals' production of the wacky kid-friendly musical based on the popular children's books. $35-$65. Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm. Thru Aug. 5. 650 Geary 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.

Vignettes On Love @ Potrero Stage

PlayGround and Noise Pop present the world premiere of a new multimedia play based on the writings of David Steele; mature audiences only. $25-$55. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru July 30. 1695 18th St.


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


Sun 23

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.

Carlos Paz @ Castro Country Club

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

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), Larry Sultan: Here and Home (thru July 23), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header. Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Homopolis @ SF Public Library

Photos from Gay San Francisco in 1981, a new exhibit curated by Ken Maley. Thru Aug. 24. James Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin 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.

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.

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.


James Daniel
@ Dog Eared Books

Mon 24

Al Gore @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

The former Vice President discusses his prophetic sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, in discussion with co-directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and Climate One's Greg Dalton. 12pm. 609 Sutter St. 2nd floor.

James Daniel @ Dog Eared Books

The author of Holy Roller Disco (Growing Up Gay in the Seventies) discusses his memoir. 7pm. 489 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.


Tiny Bubbles @ SFAC Gallery
photo: Rick Gerharter

Tue 25

Dorian Katz @ Center for Sex & Culture

The artist's exhibit of multi-species erotic drawings. Thru Aug. 15. 1349 Mission St.

Fighting Back:
The Making of a Queer Museum
@ GLBT History Museum

Multigenerational discussion about the role of museums in preserving LGBT culture.. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th 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.

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.

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.

Tiny Bubbles @ SFAC Gallery

Group exhibition curated by Steven Wolf includes several works by the late Jerome Caja, and others with adult themes. Thru Aug. 19. 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.

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.

Wild Card @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of cardboard model villages; thru Sept 4. Also, hands-on exhibits. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

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 Sept. 19. 1062 Valencia St.


Beth Ditto @ The Independent

Wed 26

Beth Ditto @ The Independent

The powerhouse singer performs music from her six albums, and her new one, Fake Sugar. $30. 8pm. 628 Divisadero.

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.

Ugo Rondinone @ Berkeley Art Museum

The World Just Makes Me Laugh, an exhibit of wistfully interpreted various-media works featuring clowns and childhood toys. Thru Aug. 27. Also, Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos, thru Aug. 27. 2155 Center St., 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. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway




Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels

Thu 27

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's

James J. Siegel's monthly authors & drinks night, with class=4n-j>authors Alex Dolan and Shawn Wen, poets Ari Moskowitz and Jan Steckel, and singer-songwriter Derek Lassiter. 7pm. 4 Valencia 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.

ODC/Dance Summer Sampler @ ODC Theater

The acclaimed company performs world premieres by KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, and a remount of Brenda Way's 1978 work, Format II. $20-$35. 8pm. Also July 28 & 29. 3153 17th 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-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.




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