Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 21 / 25 May 2017


Out & About

Out & About arts events May 25-June 1, 2017

SF International Arts Festival @ Fort Mason
Large array of local and visiting performing artists in theatre, dance and music from around the world; Brenda Wong Aoki, Brian Copeland, Eth-Noh-Tec, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Stereoptik and many more. Single tickets, festival passes $12-$70. Thru June 4. 2 Marina Blvd. (photo: Gautam Tejas Ganeshan. photo: Deepa Preeti Natarajan)
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The arts in summer (June 1 is summerish enough for us) bloom in abundance. For nightlife events, see On the Tab listings.



Thu 25

Alan Lessik @ Books Inc. Opera Plaza

The author of the acclaimed debut novel The Troubleseeker reads from and discusses his work about a Cuban gay man's life struggles, and various gods' help and interference. 7pm. 601 Van Ness Ave.

The Cans @ Center for Sex and Culture

Burlesque and film event with The Incredible Edible Akynos, Jet Noir, and Madame Max; monthly, and part of the Sex Worker Fest. $ 7:30pm. 1349 Mission St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

May 25: The Long Goodbye (7pm) and The Big Fix (9:05). May 27: Drag Queens of Comedy (see Sat.). May 28 & 29: Moana Sing-Along (2pm & 7pm; Mon 1pm). May 29: The Untouchables (6pm) and L.A. Confidential (8:15). May 31: Goodfellas (6:45) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (9:25). June 1-4: Silent Film Festival. $10-$16. 429 Castro St.

Dirty Sweet Sound @ Night Light, Oakland

Sweet Things, Liza Colby and Modern Kicks perform their old-school rock songs. $15. 9pm. 311 Broadway, Oakland.

Flyaway Productions @ UC Hastings College of Law Outdoor Wall

The amazing acrobatic dance company performers Director Jo Krieter's The Right to be Believed, a politically-focused work on women's rights. Free. 8:30pm & 9:30pm. Thu-Sat Thru June 3. 333 Golden Gate Ave.

Hello, Dolly! @ Berkeley Playhouse

Can't go to New York to see Bette midler's Broadway production? How about an East Bay staging of the classic musical performed by children? $15-$18. Thru June 4. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

Katrin Sigurdardittir @ SF Art Institute

Harker Award Artist-in-Residence's new exhibit. 800 Chestnut St.

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.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's

Enjoy drinks and readings with Nicole Henares, Evan Morris, Tony Press, Cybele Zufolo, singer/songwriter Larry Gallagher, and host James J. Siegel. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. class=4n-j>

New Strands Festival @ Strand Theater

American Conservatory Theatre's annual festival of new works in a variety of disciplines; performances, lectures, cocktail nights, staged readings and student day and evening productions. Thru May 21. 1127 Market St.

Rex Ray @ Gallery 16

Retrospecitve exhibit of works by the late gay artist, whose visual designs were known worldwide; Monograph Rex Ray: We Are All Made Of Light on sale. Thru June 30. 501 3rd St.

The Roommate @ SF Playhouse

Jen Silverman's darkly comic play about two Iowa women's clashing and different lives. $35-$65. Tue-Thu 7pm, Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru July 1. 450 Post St.

SF International Arts Festival @ Fort Mason

Large array of local and visiting performing artists in theatre, dance and music from around the world; Brenda Wong Aoki, Brian Copeland, Eth-Noh-Tec, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Stereoptik and many more. Single tickets, festival passes $12-$70. Thru June 4. 2 Marina Blvd.

Shifting Movements @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Genevieve Erin O'Brien and Jess X Snow' dual exhibit of works that explore queer, mixed race and Asian subjects; co-presented with the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. Thru May 25. 934 Brannan St.

This Is What I Want: Tender Nights @ CounterPulse

Performance festival focusing on queer desire, youth under pressure and Tenderloin settings, with Krista DeNio, Jaime Cortez, Jose Abad, Sammay Dizon, Randy Reyes, Jaq Nguyen Victor, Tavi and Angeline. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. 80 Turk St.

Twins @ Pianofight

World premiere of Stuart Bousel's darkly comic docudrama that combines Greek mythology with modern violence that often targets youth. $20-$40. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Thru June 10. 144 Taylor St.



Monsoon Wedding @ Berkeley Repertory

Fri 26

Altar Boyz @ Center Repertory, Walnut Creek

East Bay performance of the lighthearted musical about a faith-based boy band. $37-$72. Thru July 1. 1601 Civic Center Drive, Walnut Creek.

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.

Les Enfants Terribles @ SF Conservatory of Music

Opera Parallele's new production of Philip Glass' 1996 dance-opera based on the 1929 Jean Cocteau novel; choreography by Amy Siewert. $45-$95. 7:30pm & 2:30pm. Fri-Sun. 50 Oak St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre

The mega-hit multiple Tony-winning hip hop musical about President Alexander Hamilton makes its Bay Area premiere. $100-$868. Thru June 8. 1192 Market St.

Jean-Michel Jarre @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley

The king of synth-electronic music performs at the scenic outdoor ampitheatre in his firt-ever North American tour. $35-$125. 8pm. 2001 Gayly Road, UC Berkeley campus.

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.

Monsoon Wedding @ Berkeley Repertory

Mira Nair's musical stage adaptation of her popular film about Indian-American and Indian fiances and their families. $60-$120. Thru July 2. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd @ Exit Theatre

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's classic satirical musical about class warfare gets a new production. $20-$40. Thru May 27. 156 Eddy St.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs
@ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

New exhibit of the wry cartoons by the award-winning artist and author; thru Sept. 3. Weekly poets lunch/readings May 26, and Fridays 12:30pm thru June. 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.

Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival @ Various Venues

Panels, events, films about women strippers and burlesque performers, curated by Laure McElroy and Lady Monster; performances by Gina Gold, Max Madame, Jet Noir Akynos. $15-$125. Thru May 28. At venues in SF and Oakland.

Smuin @ YBCA

The SF dance company performs works by Nicole Haskins, Trey McIntyre and Amy Seiwert. $57-$73. 8pm. Thru May 28. 701 Mission St.

Sordid Lives @ New Conservatory Theatre

Del Shores' hit comedy, about three generations of an eccentric small-town Texas family, gets a new local production. $20-$40. Previews; opens May 20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 11. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Summer in Sanctuary @ The Marsh Berkeley

Al Letson (NPR host) performs his acclaimed solo show about being a creative writing teacher in a poor Florida neighborhood. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru May 29. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery

New 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.


Dynasty Handbag @ The Lab


Sat 27

Arts Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens

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

Butterflies and Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers

Beautiful floral displays, plants for sale, docent tours, and the popular live butterflies exhibit; thru June 30. Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. $2-$8. Free for SF residents. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, 831-2090.

Common Grounds Arts Festival @ Intersection for the Arts

Two-week festival of 105 performing and visual arts in various indoor and outdoor spaces; thru June 6; between Mission & Natoma streets, and 5th & Mary 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.

Drag Queens of Comedy @ Castro Theatre

It's an invasion of drag celebrities, with Alaska, Willam, Bob the drag Queen, Sasha Soprano, Coco Peru, Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Peaches Christ and Heklina and Lady Red Couture. $45-$250 (VIP experience) 6pm & 10pm. 429 Castro St.

Dynasty Handbag @ The Lab

The wacky innovative and unique artist performs I, an Moron or Childless White Lesbian Coyote in Hollywood (A Star Spangled Banner). $15-$25. 8:30pm. 2948 16th St.

Fleetwood Mask @ Great American Music Hall

The acclaimed Fleetwood Mac tribute band performs all the hits. $15-$18 ($40 with dinner). 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

Irene Tu: Triple Minority @ Bindlestiff Studio

Irene Tu: Triple Minority @ Bindlestiff Studio

The SF-based lesbian Asian comic and actor performs her solo show, with special guest opening acts; part of the 20th Annual USAAF (United States of Asian America Festival). $10-$15. 8pm & 10pm. 185 6th St.

John Legend @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley

The R&B/pop singer-composer performs with his band. $52-$132. 7:30pm. 2001 Gayly Road, UC Berkeley campus.

The Events @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

David Greig's drama about people effected by tragedy and pushed to extreme reactions; with different Bay Area choruses perfoming live accompaniment. $25-$40. Wed-Sun, thru June 4. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Igor Josifov @ InSpace

Artist's multimedia installation of evocative singed fabric and other media; thru May 31. 218 Fillmore St.

Literary Pop! @ Faultline Studios

Storytellers, writers and comedians (Marc Abrigo, Jason Leroy, Na'amen Tilahun, Mary Van Note and Aviva Siegel) share work about and inspired by their pop culture obsessions; hosted by Wonder Dave. $6-$10. 7:30pm. 1139 Howard St.

Matisse/Diebenkorn @ SF Museum of Modern Art

New exhibit compares the art of Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn. 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 Larry Sultan: Here and Home (thru July 23), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header, '70s Bay Area and personal photos by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan; and Tomas Saraceno: Stillness in Motion: Cloud Cities (thru May 21). Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Monet: The Early Years @ Legion of Honor

New exhibit of paintings by the master Impressionist; thru May 29. 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.

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. 13), Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest (thru Aug. 20), and Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact (thru June). Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
@ Eureka Theatre

Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ Eureka Theatre
photo: David Wilson

Theatre Rhinoceros' production of the Broadway musical stage adaptation of the hit film about Australian drag queens on a road trip, with disco hits from the film. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. thru July 1. 215 Jackson St.

ShutterSpeed @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Group exhibit of skateboard-themed photos. Thru May 31. 50 Scott 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.

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.

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


Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Sun 28

Carlos Paz @ Castro Country Club

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

Chechnya Fundraiser @ Oasis

Benefit for American Friends of the Rainbow Railroad, which help gays in Chechnya escape the fascist antigay government; with drag acts Scarlet Letters, Laundra Thyme and others. $10-$25. 2pm-8pm. 298 11th St.

Dandy @ Oasis

The drag king and variety show returns, with Leigh Crow and many talents. $10. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Inappropriate in All the Right Ways @ The Marsh

Ann Randolph returns with her hit solo show about working in mental institutions, with Mel Brooks, Off-Broadway and more. $20-$100. Sundays 2pm. Thru June 18. 1062 Valencia 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.

Spring Home & Garden Tour @ Sonoma County

Food for Thought's 22nd annual fundraiser, featuring tours of wine country's prettiest homes and gardens. $50 ($15 optional box lunch). 10am-5pm. (707) 887-1647.

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.

Tomb Treasures @ Asian Art Museum

New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty, thru May 28. Also, Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture and Legacy of the Sikhs, thru June 25. Free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.


Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Mon 29

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 Exhibits @ GLBT History Museum

Exhibits include Lavender-Tinted Glasses , a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain; Beartoonist of San Francisco, art works by Fran Frisch, and the overview main exhibit. 4127 18th St.


Various Artists @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Tue 30

Curious Contraptions @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of 20 mechanical sculptures by 12 artists, along with interactive science displays. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID? @ Vessel Gallery, Oakland

Group exhibit celebrating Asian American artists. Thru May. 471 25th 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.

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.


The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh

Wed 31

Documentary Film Festival @ Various Cinemas

Wide array of feature and shot films about Bay area punk music, surfers, prison therapy, and much more. Parties and panels too. Thru June 15. Roxie Theatre, Vogue Theater and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

New large-scale multimedia exhibit about 1960s-1970s counterculture. Thru May 21. Free-$12. 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh

Adam Strauss' comic Off-Broadway hit solo show about his attempts to use hallucinogenic drugs for his OCD. $20-$100. Wed & Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru June 3. 1062 Valencia 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. Also, Council of Elders: Portraits of Older Gay Men (thru May 4). 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

Rigoletto @ War Memorial Opera House

Giuseppe Verdi's romantic opera is performed in Italian (English supertitles). $27-$256. May 31, June 6, 9, 14, 18, 22 & 27. Thru July 2. 301 Van Ness Ave.


Radar Superstar @ SF Public Library

Thu 1

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.

Maureen McVerry @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The vocalist and local musical theatre star performs her cabaret show, Love Will Kick Your Ass. $18-$40 ($20 food/drink min.).8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Radar Superstar @ SF Public Library

Queer AF variety show, with Ana Montenegro, Celement Goldberg, Javier Hurtado and Mari Naomi. 6pm. 100 Larkin St.

Raphael Villet's Anywhere Zines @ Tenderloin Museum

Exhibition and performance with the artist whose five-month residency developed community-based zines, with Skywatchers, DotCom and other performers; refreshments, too. 5pm-7pm. 398 Eddy St.

A Room (Of Our Own) @ Fort Mason

San Francisco-based choreographer Raisa Punkki and her Finnish film director sister, Pauliina Punkki bring the third installment of a ten-year project, Roadmap 2015-2025 to the San Francisco International Arts Festival. $25. 8:30pm. June 3, 9:30pm. June 4, 2pm. 2 Marina Blvd.

Sex and the City Live @ Oasis

D'Arcy Drollinger, Sue Casa and crew return for the sixth year of the drag parody version of the hit HBO series. $25-$35. Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru July 1. 298 11th St.

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.

Talk Story: A Storytellers Festival @ Exit Theatre

Solo and duo performers share mostly autobiographical stories of their lives. Thru June 17. 156 Eddy St.



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