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

Arts events

Out & About

March 15-22

Smoke + Mirrors: photos by Gooch @ Ravot
Opening reception for an exhibit of glamorous nightlife photos of local drag queens by Gareth Gooch. Friday, March 16. 6pm-10pm. 115 Clement St.
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Overture, hit the lights. This is it, the night or nights...or the matinee. Timing is everything. For nightlife fun, see this week's On the Tab.


Thu 15

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Mar. 15: Faces Places (3pm, 7pm) Playtime (4:40, 8:45). Mar. 16: Get Out (7pm) and The Stepford Wives (9pm). Mar. 17: Vicki Lawrence (and Mama) A Two-Woman Show (8pm: $30-$100). Mar. 18: The Dark Crystal (1pm, 7pm), The Lord of the Rings [animated] (2:50, 8:50) and Watership Down (5:15). Mar. 19: Candidate Forum for SF Mayor (7:30). Mar. 20: The Post (2:15, 7pm) and Silkwood (4:30, 9:10). Mar. 21: The Post (2pm & 7pm) and All the President's Men (4:15, 9:10). Mar. 22: Raising Arizona (7pm) and High and Low (8:45). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Laugh along with stand-ups Dan St Paul, Carla Clayy, Victor Pacheco, Judi Leff, and MC Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 7pm. 3158 Mission St.

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot @ New Village Cafe

The Tenderloin Museum presents the world premiere of Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar and Donna Persona's stage story of the historic pre-Stonewall San Francisco uprising of Tenderloin drag queens, with a dozen performers. $60 (includes a 'breakfast for dinner" meal). 1960s attire and drag encouraged. Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5 (Fri & Sat only in April & May). 1426 Polk St.

Contraption @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists, a new group exhibit of works by 16 artists who explore the idea of the "machines," including ceramics, drawings, sculpture and paintings by Ned Kahn, Bella Feldman, Howard Fried, and Annabeth Rosen. Thru July 29. Also, Mar. 15: Women and New Machines, demos by technology innovators. 736 Mission St.

The Elephant Man @ Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City

Tony-winning drama about John Merrick, a disfigured man who became a celebrity. $27-$52. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 25. 1285 Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.

Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust @ GLBT History Museum

New mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. Also, March 15: Designing Women: A Lesbian Couple in the Arts & Crafts Movement: Architectural historian Inge Horton and novelist Linda Ulleseit will present their research on architect Emily Williams and her partner, metalwork artist Lillian Palmer. $5. 7pm. Also, Angela Davis: OUTspoken, a new exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar. Also, Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

Heisenberg @ Geary Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Simon Stephens' Broadway and West End hit about a straight romance (or a con game?) in London. $15-$110. Thru April 8. 415 Geary St.

Iron Shoes @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players and Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble perform Michelle Carter, Janet Kutalas and Erika Chong Shuch's new music play of updated Eastern European fairy tales made radical for our times. $7, $25-$40. Thru April 15. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Jazz Search West @ Various Venues

New weekly jazz singer/musician showcases and competition. Various dates thru Semi-Finals April 18 and Finale April 24 at Yoshi's Oakland.

John Beauparlant @ Blush Wine Bar

Jackie Kennedy collage works by the local artist. Thru March 11. 476 Castro St.

ODC Dance @ YBCA

47th annual home season for the innovative modern dance company. $25-$80. ($150 and up for March 16 gala at the St. Regis Hotel). Mar. 15-18. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.

Office Hour @ Berkeley Rep

Julia Cho's new drama about a troubled student and a teacher's attempts to help him. $30-$97. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm, and Sun 2pm. Thru March 25. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Performance Festival @ CounterPulse

Launchpad for new experimental dance and performance works, many with queer themes, including Valeria Reding, Mica Sigourney and Silk Worm, Ruairi Donovan, and others. Thru Mar. 18. 80 Turk St.

PunkkiCo @ ODC Theater

Raisa Punkki and company performs Controle, her new work about online vs. real life identities. $15-$50. Mar. 15-17, 8pm. 3153 17th St.

Sister Spit @ The Stud

The women's and QPOC writing collective closes out their national tour at the famed bar with Mari Naomi, Jamal Lewis, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Wo Chan, Jayy Dodd, Virgie Tovar and Andrea Abi-Karam. $15-$20. 7pm-9pm. 399 9th St.

My Stroke of Luck @ The Marsh

Diane Barnes' solo show about recovering from a stroke. $20-$100. Mar. 15-29, Thu 8pm & Sun 2pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Steven Saylor @ Book Passage

The prolific gay author of Roman history novels and mysteries reads from his latest, The Throne of Caesar. 6pm. 1 Ferry Bldg., SF.

Vietgone @ Strand Theater

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Qui Nguyen's moving road trip comedy about three Vietnamese immigrants who trek across 1970s America. $25-$55. Tue-Sat 7pm or 7:30pm (some 2pm), thru April 22. 1127 Market St.

What They Said About Love @ The Marsh Berkeley

Steve Budd's 'Best of SF Fringe' solo show rumination on finding love. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 21. 2120 Allston Way.

The Wolves @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Sarah DeLappe's drama about the drama surrounding a girls' soccer team. $10-$49. Thru April 8. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.


Marga Gomez's Latin Standards @ Brava Theater Center
photo: Fabian Echevarria

Fri 16

Anniversary Party @ GLBT History Museum

DJ Marke B spins and Landa Lakes performs at the 33-year anniversary of the GLBT Historical Society, and the 7-year anniversary of the Castro museum; two for one, more fun. $10-$20. 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St.

Bamboozled @ City Club, Berkeley

Central Works Workshop's production of Patricia Milton's new play about a Daughter of the Conferacy swindled out of historic heirlooms. $30-$35. Extended thru Mar. 25. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

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. $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.

Brooke Candy @ Oasis

The LA singer-rapper performs. $20-$45. 10pm. 298 11th St.

Diffused Reflections @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Opening reception for the 31st annual Solo Mujeres exhibit of new works, curated by Marissa Del Toro. $5. 6:30pm-9pm. Also, Guerrilleras, Victoria Montero and Rebecka Biro's exhibit of El Salvador women who endured the Civil War. Both thru April 20. 2868 Mission St.

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum

New exhibit of sculptures and works about the Buddha, humans and their environments; thru July 29. Also, Traces of the Past and Future, Fu Shen's Painting and calligraphy, thru Sept. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Holes in the Floor @ Old First Church

The cello quartet performs new works by composers Jeremy Crosmer and Bobba Panh, plus works by Tansman and Bach. $5-$23. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St.

It's Only a Play @ New Conservatory Theatre

Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally's 11th production at NCTC shares the story of a nervous playwright awaiting reviews at a cast party. $25-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm thru April 1. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Latin Standards @ Brava Theater Center

Marga Gomez' hit show about her father's show biz legacy returns. $25. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Thru April 1. 2781 24th St.

Mandy Gonzalez @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway star (Hamilton, Wicked) brings her new cabaret show, Fearless, to the stylish nightclub. $41-$75. 8pm. Also March 17, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Megabytes the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Morris Bobrow's comedy song revue about the frustrations of technology. $25-$30. Fri & Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5. 533 Sutter St.

A Number @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Caryl Churchill's inventive drama about human cloning. $33-$65. Thru May 6. 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.

Ragtime @ Berkeley Playhouse

Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel about early 1900s New York immigrants gets a local production. $22-$40. Thru Mar. 18. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

Smoke + Mirrors @ Ravot

Opening reception for an exhibit of glamorous nightlife photos of local drag queens by Gareth Gooch. 6pm-10pm. 115 Clement St.

Spirited Probabilities @ Southern Exposure

Group exhibit using the space as a canvas. Thru Mar. 31. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 3030 20th St.

Star Trek Live @ Oasis

Back by popular demand, another hilarious stage adaptation of a classic Star Trek episode, "Turnabout Intruder," with Leigh Crow, Laurie Bushman, Allison Johnson, Ammo Eisu, Sue Casa and others. $27-$40. Fri-Sun 7pm. Thru March 17. 298 11th St.

Transitions @ Gateway Theatre

Theatre Rhino's new production of John Fisher's satire about Donald Trump's secret romance with a sassy drag queen. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Thru Mar. 17. 215 Jackson St.

The Wedding Singer @ Victoria Theatre

Bay Area Musicals' new production of the Tony-nominated musical based on the Adam Sandler film. $35-$100. Thu-Sat 8pm, some 7:30pm. Thru Mar. 17. 2961 16th St.

Weightless @ Z Space

World premiere of Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses' genre-bending rock show take on Ovid's tale of Procne and Philomela, sisters who fight gods and distance to reunite; set in a nightclub speakeasy, with different nightly opening acts. $10-$150. Thru March 18. 450 Florida St.


Vicki Lawrence @ Castro Theatre

Sat 17

Agony in Effigy @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley

Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, a graphic art exhibit of historic works from the 1500-1600s. Thru June 17. Berkely Art Museum, Pacific Film archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times @ diRose Center for Art, Napa

Group exhibit of conceptual art that explores the dangers of contemporary times and ideas, with Rigo 23, Allison Smith, Ala Ebtekar, and Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian showcase works that represent fear and foreboding. Thru May 27. 200 Sonoma (Carneros) Highway, Napa.

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.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden

Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Also, The Hidden World of Mushrooms and Lichens: paintings by Lucy Martin, in the Helen Crocker Russell Library (thru April 30). Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Out of Site @ North Beach

Out of Site @ North Beach

Seth Eisen and James Metzger's group performance event and walking tour of local LGBTQ historic sites and people; see queer history come alive, from colonial days to the '70s. Different times thru March 25. (Part 2 May 12-27 in the Tenderloin).

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.

Sonnets to Orpheus @ The Hillside Club, Berkeley

Left Coast Ensemble concert of several works that explore the myth of Orpheus, including composers Eric Moe, Claudio Monteverdi and a new work by Aida Shirazi. $15-$30. 7:30pm at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley.

A Streetcar Named Desire @ Marines' Memorial Theater

African American Shakespeare Theatre Company's new production of Tennessee Williams' dramatic classic. $35. Mar. 17 & 18. 609 Sutter St.

Sweeney Todd @ San Jose Stage Company

Stephen Sondheim's wickedly amazing musical about a serial-killing barber gets a local production. $32-$72. Wed-Thu 7:30pm. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru March 18. 490 South First St., San Jose.

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.

Revelations @ de Young Museum

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

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.

Vicki Lawrence @ Castro Theatre

Oasis presents the veteran comic actress and singer (Mama's Family, The Carol Burnett Show), who shares songs, stories and comedy, and a bit with Mama, plus a Mama lookalike contest! $30-$100 (VIP meet & greet). 8pm. 429 Castro St.

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.


Tommy Tune @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Sun 18

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.

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.

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe @ Legion of Honor

See Rococo finery in an 80-work tour of paintings, furniture and lavish objects. Thru May 28. Also, Seraphin Soudbinine, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Framing the Body, Mummies and Medicine and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Junior Bach Festival @ Old First Church

All-Bach concert of solo and ensemble works performed by local student musicians. 4pm. $3-$15. 1751 Sacramento 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.

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. 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.

Tommy Tune @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The ten-time Tony-winning musical theatre legend performs his new intimate cabaret show about his life and career. $60-$100. 4pm & 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.


Alex Girard @ Strut

Mon 19

Alex Girard @ Strut

Muse, the artist's exhibit of gender-shifting photo portraits. Thru March. 470 Castro St.

Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Tabitha Soren's 15-year project photographing Oakland A's players through their careers. Extended thru March 23. Ground Floor & North Light Court.

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.

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.


t.w.five @ Museum of Craft & Design

Tue 20

The Effect @ SF Playhouse

Lucy Prebble's play explores romance amid pill-popping culture as a straight couple fall in love, but is their passion from the drug they're taking? $35-$55. Tue-Sun thru April 28. 450 Post St.

Queens of Adventure @ Oasis

Drag queens play Dungeons and Dragons! The hit show from Seattle invades the Bay Area with a new local cast: Empress Pollo Del Mar, KaiKai Bee Michaels, Erika Klash, Kitty Powers and 'Dungeon Master' Matt Baume. $10-$15. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Subliminal Sanctuary @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Paintings and sculptures by Yesnik Evad (Dave Kinsey) and Cecile Granier de Cassagnac. Thru April 28. 149 Gough St.

t.w.five @ Museum of Craft & Design

Installation of a lesbian couple's "home" and an exploration of domestic life. Also, Tom Loeser's Please Please Please, artistic unusual handmade chair sculptures. Both thru May 20. 2569 Third 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.


Margaret Cho and Friends @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Wed 21

Dennis Conkin @ Tenderloin Museum

Color is Pure Feeling, the local artist and former B.A.R. journalist's exhibit of vibrant abstract paintings. Thru Mar. 31. Also, historic exhibits in the main museum. 398 Eddy St.

Diasporic Alchemy @ SOMArts Cultural Center

New exhibit, Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms, curated by Louis Chinn and missTango, featuring shamanic and mythological subjects. Thru April 5. 934 Brannan St.

Drunk Drag Broadway @ Oasis

The parody singing troupe takes on Grease . $20-$40. 8pm. Also Mar. 23 & 24, 7pm. 298 11th St.

Margaret Cho and Friends @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

The daring comic shares a night of comedy and talk about race and identity with Ali Wong, Aparna Nancherla and Hari Kondabolu in the Front Row series. $5. 7pm. UC Berkeley campus.

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.

The Retrieval @ SFAC Gallery

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's solo exhibit of works visualizing the disappearance of Black women in California, and with traditional Nigerian Egungun costumes. Thru April 7 (closing reception, performance 5:30pm-7pm). 401 Van Ness Ave.

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts cohost the eclectic reading and open mic series, with special guest Harmony Moses, found of Vasileia. 8pm. 489 Castro St.


Here Kitty Kitty: The Pussy Bites Back @ Bindlestiff Studio

Thu 22

Spring Selections @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of print and paintings honoring Women's History Month, Featuring works by Lalla Essaydi, Aida Muluneh, Nnenna Okore, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Wesaam Al-Badry, Blessing Ngobeni, Omar Victor Diop, Gordon Parks, Hendrik Kerstens, and Julian Opie. Thru May 12. 464 Sutter St.

Here Kitty Kitty: The Pussy Bites Back @ Bindlestiff Studio

Granny Cart Gangstas, the all-women Asian American comedy troupe, performs hilarious sketches about San Francisco, pop culture and daily life. $13-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru March 31. 185 6th St.

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall

The Symphony performs works by Tippett, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, with pianist Simon Trpceski. $15-$165. 8pm (10am open rehearsal). Also Mar. 9 & 10, 8pm. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mar. 22-25 concerts of works by Berg and Mahler ($15-$159). 201 Van Ness Ave.

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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