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

Arts events

Out & About

Jan. 18-25, 2018

Pivot Festival @ Strand Theatre
Four concerts: Jan, 23, L.A. Dance Project [photo] performs Benjamin Millepied's Closer (music: Philip Glass), Hearts & Arrows, and Sarabande (music: J.S. Bach) Jan 24: Sarah Cahill & Friends piano concert. Jan 26: pianist Timo Andres. Jan 27: Joe Goode Performance Group. $25-$40. 8:30pm. 1127 Market St.
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Thu 18

The Birthday Party @ Geary Theatre

Artistic Director Carey Perloff directs the classic Harold Pinter drama, starring Tony Award winner Judith Ivey. $15-$110. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 4. Out With A.C.T. LGBT night with an after-party Jan. 24. 415 Geary St.

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 Jan. 21. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Jan 17 & 18: To Catch a Thief (2:45, 7pm) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (4:45, 9pm). Jan 19: They Live (7:30) and Videodrome (9:20). Jan 20: SF Sketchfest events, Jawbreaker with Peaches Christ (8pm); Jan 21, Animal House (4pm), Danny McBride & Jody Hill tribute (8pm). Jan 22: The Shape of Water (4:30, 7pm, 9:20). Jan 23: SF Sketchfest tribute to Ricky Gervais with Christopher Guest (7:30). Jan 24 & 25: Dunkirk (4:45, 7pm, 9:15). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Candide @ Davies Symphony Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the SF Symphony in Leonard Bernstein's satiric comic operetta. $35-$159. 8pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Jan 21. 201 Van Ness Ave.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Yayne Abeba, Sid Singh, Nick Leonard, Abhay Nadkarni, and host Lisa Geduldig share smart stand-up wit and wisdom. $7-$20. 7pm (new time). 3158 Mission St.

A Fatal Step @ The Marsh

Jill Vice's solo show about a hard-boiled detective, told by a femme fatale. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru Mar. 3. 1062 Valencia St.

Harriet's Spirit @ Buriel Clay Theater

Opera Parallele presents the world premiere of jazz composer Marcu Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera's opera about abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman. $5-$15. 6pm. Jan 20, 1pm & 4pm. African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.

Hollywood & Homosexuality @ GLBT History Museum

Jan. 18: How Has Hollywood (Mis)Represented Homosexuality?, a panel discussion with trailers from historic films presented by Jim Van Buskirk; 7pm. Also, Jan. 24: Fighting Back: Disability and the LGBTQ Community, with a panel of historians, veteran organizers and younger activists; $5. 7pm. Exhibits 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.

Latin Standards @ Brava Theater Center

Marga Gomez performs her new solo show about her inspiring performing Cuban father, Esta Noche and other aspects of her life. $20-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Jan. 28. 2781 24th St.

Mugwumpin @ Z Space

The innovative theatre ensemble premieres In Event of Moon Disaster, a multimedia adventure into science fiction and future, with a mystical lunar soul versus colonizing forces. $15-$25. Thru Jan. 28. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. 470 Florida St.

Queer Ancestors Project @ Strut

Opening reception for a queer youth exhibition of art about LGBTQ pioneers. 7:30pm-10pm. 4709 Castro St.

Volunteer Orientation @ Voices Youth Center, Santa Rosa

Meeting for those interested in volunteering with LGBTQ Connection, the East Bay LGBTQ group. 5pm. 714 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Well-Strung @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The popular men's string/vocal quartet returns to the intimate elegant nightclub. $33.75-$65 ($20 food/drink minimum). Jan 18-20. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.


Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Fri 19

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.

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.

Cupcakke! @ Oasis

The Chicago rapper known for openly sexual and queer-positive songs, performs live, and DavOmakesBeats DJs the hip hop night. $20-$25. 10pm-2am. 298 11th St.

Danielle Aubert @ SFAC Main Gallery

Marking the Dispossessed, the artist's exhibit and participatory reading project showcasing her obsessive collection of used marked editions of Ursula K. Le Guin's best-selling scifi novel. 6pm-8pm. Also Jan. 20, 12pm-2pm with a taping of a group reading of excerpts from the book. 401 Van Ness Ave., #126.

Joe Posa as Joan Rivers @ Oasis

The Bitch is Back, Rosa's affectionate impersonation show about the crass comic. $25-$35 and VIP champagne tables ($225). 7pm. Also Jan 20, 7pm. 298 11th St.

Kal Spelletich @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Original etchings by the artist; also, closing reception for the Derriere Le Miroir exhibit. 6pm-8pm. 149 Gough St.

Kambara & Dancers @ ODC Theater

Inaugural home season of Yayoi Kambara's new company in premiere works, including Near and Dear, with audience circled seating on stage. $10-$35. 8pm. Also Jan 20. 3153 17th St.

Megabytes the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Morris Bobrow's comedy song revue about the frustrations of technology. $25-$30. Fri & Sat 8pm thru Mar. 3. 533 Sutter St.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

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

SF Sketchfest @ Various Venues

Annual large-scale multi-event celebration of comedy and performance, with Jane Lynch, Rhea Butler, Dan Savage, Peaches Christ and hundreds of performers in improv, panels, films, workshops and parties. $15-$50. Thru Jan 28.

Solo Performance Festival @ Potrero Stage

Playground SF presents eight writer-performers in solo works: Lisa Evans, Malcolm Grissom, Marjorie Hazeltine, Michael Phillis, Katie Rubin, Thomas Robert Simpson, Nina Wise, and Dan Wolf. $21-$124 (full pass). Various dates/times. 1695 18th St.

Sondheim on Sondheim @ 3Below Theater & Lounge

Live and video musical performance of some of Stephen Sondheim's best songs, with video comments by the composer/lyricist. $41-$58. Thru Feb 4. 288 S. 2nd St., San Jose.

Still at Risk @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tim Pinckley's new play explores the hazards of rewriting an AIDS activists past, while trying to move forward. Pre- and post-show panels and events. $35-$45. Previews: opens Jan. 27. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 25. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.


Michael Phillis' Dolls @ Potrero Stage

Sat 20

Carry On: Your Political PTSD Cure @ Gray Area Art + Technology

Juanita MORE! hosts a party of art, resistance and dancing, with proceeds benefitting the GLBT Historical Society. Carry Nation DJs and Leo Herrera curates the art and performances. $14-$50 9pm-2am. 2665 Mission 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.

Dolls @ Potrero Stage

Michael Phillis (Baloney and countless drag shows) revives his hit 2008 solo show about a boy's love of dolls; part of the PlayGround Solo Performance Festival. $21-$36. Jan 20, 6pm. Jan 25, 8:30pm, and Jan. 28 at 7pm. Seven other performers thru Jan 28. 1695 18th St. class=4n-j> class=4n-j>

Gaydar Events @ Santa Rosa

The North Bay LGBT social group hosts two events: shopping and cocktails at 3 Monkeys Thrift (4:30-8pm, 116 4th st.) and food and drinks at Chevy's Fresh Mex (6pm-11pm, 24 4th St.), Santa Rosa.

Ida Lupino Films @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

Screenings of films starring the innovative actress who wrote, produced and directed films in the '40s and '50s. $5-$13. Thru Feb 24. 2155Center St., Berkeley.

Jawbreaker @ Castro Theatre

Peaches Christ hosts another film/drag experience, with a screening of the camp film, plus star Julie Benz and writer/director Darren stein. Part of SF Sketchfest. $ 8pm. 429 Castro St.

Josh Ritter @ The Fillmore

Folk rock music with the singer-composer and the Royal City Band; The Dustbowl revival opens. $35. 9pm. Also Jan 20. 1805 Geary Blvd. at Fillmore.

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh

Don Reed's acclaimed comic autobiographical solo show, about his tough life growing up in 1980s LA, returns. $20-$100. Sat 5pm, Sun 5:30pm. thru Jan. 27. 1062 Valencia St.

The Laramie Project @ Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Players' production of Moises Kaufman's powerful play about the murder of Matthew Shepard and its after-effects in a Wyoming community. $25-$52. 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 4. 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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.

Miya Ando @ Nancy Toomey Gallery

Oborozuki (Moon Obscured by Clouds), the artist's evocative exhibit of paint-on-aluminum depictions of clouds. Thru Feb 22. 1275 Minnesota St.

Mission Murals @ JCCSF

Art, Politics and Community Preservation , an exhibition of the work of local mural artists. Thru Jan. 2018. 3200 California St.

Object Action: The 'F' Word in a Post-Truth Era @ State

Collect for Change's politically-themed multimedia group feminist response to the current political climate, featuring Ana Teresa Fernandez, Chitra Ganesh, Michelle Hartney, Angela Hennessy, Nadja Verena Marcin, Sanaz Mazinani, and Michele Pred. Opening reception 5pm-8pm. Panels and other events, too. Thru Feb 16. 1295 Alabama St.

ShadowLight Theatre @ St. Cyprian's

Balinese shadow puppet play with Gamelan accompaniment. $20-$25. 8pm. 2097 Turk 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.

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.

Vijay Iyer Sextet @ SF Jazz

The jazz band plays music from their new album Far From Over. Part of a four-day residency with Iyer (Jan 18-21). $33-$95. 7:30pm. Miner Auditorium, 201 Franklin 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.


Donde Esta Mi Comedy? @ Strut

Sun 21

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.

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.

Donde Esta Mi Comedy? @ Strut

Barruch Porras-Hernandez hosts a night of rousing queer Latino comedy, with Eloisa Bravo, Jesus U. BettaWerk, Jennifer Dronsky, Molly Sanchez, Veronica Porras, Kay Nilsson and Grace Towers. 7pm. Free. 470 Castro 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.

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.

Katya Presents @ Martuni's

Katya Smirnoff-Skky performs cabaret ditties with stylish wit, plus special guests, and the brilliant Joe Wicht at the piano. $12 7pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St.

Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter @ Legion of Honor

Dual exhibition of works by the painter and sculptor. Free/$30. Thru Jan. 28. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden

Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Free with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

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 (thru feb 25). 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.

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.


St. Vincent @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Mon 22

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.

St. Vincent @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The popular singer performs new and favorite songs. $45 and up. 7pm. 99 Grove 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.


Peter Murphy @ The Chapel

Tue 23

Fool La La! @ the Marsh Berkeley

Unique Derique performs his wacky kid-friendly physical comedy clown show and holiday extravaganza. $15-$100. Extended thru Jan 21. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's

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

Joyce Carol Oates @ SF Public Library

The prolific author discusses the new anthology It Occurs to Me That I Am America, a response to Trumpian fascism, with Jonathan Santlofer. 6:30pm. Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Pivot Festival @ Strand Theatre

L.A. Dance Project performs Benjamin Millepied's Closer (music: Philip Glass), Hearts & Arrows , and Sarabande (music: J.S. Bach). Jan 24: Sarah Cahill & Friends. Jan 26: pianist Timo Andres. Jan 27: Joe Goode Performance Group. $25-$40. 8:30pm. 1127 Market 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.

Peter Murphy @ The Chapel

The legendary Bauhaus singer and solist performs a series of concerts spanning his musical career. $45-$50. 9pm. Also Jan. 24, 26, 27, 31, Feb. 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14 & 15. 777 Valencia St.

Rent @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

20th anniversary tour of the musical about East Village people effected by gentrification and AIDS. $48-$128. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri Sat 8pm. Sat 1pm. Sun 2pm, 6:30pm. Thru Jan 28. 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose.

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.


Sarah Cahill & Friends @ Strand Theatre

Wed 24

Bernadette Bohan @ Paxton Gate

All That Glitters is Gold, a new exhibit of the Bay Area sculptor's amazing whimsical toy-assemblages. Thru mid-Feb. 766 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. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

Sarah Cahill & Friends @ Strand Theatre

The acclaimed pianist performs a concert celebrating gay composer Lou Harrison, with violinist Kate Stenberg, the Alexander String Quartet and the William Winant Percussion Group (performing on instruments built by Harrison). $25-$40. 8:30pm. 1127 Market 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.


The Third Muslim @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Thu 25

Creating S-Town @ Curran Theater

In their talk, S-Town co-creators Brian Reed & Julie Snyder walk their audience through the process of how they developed an entirely new kind of storytelling, taking techniques from literature and merging them with journalism. $29-$85. 7pm. 445 Geary St.

Linda Eder @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The stellar vocalist and musical theatre star performs her new cabaret show An Evening With Linda Eder. $90-$130 ($20 food/drink min). 8pm. Also Jan 26 & 27, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

The Third Muslim @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, a group exhibition with performances, curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed. Opening reception and performaances Jan 25, 6pm-9pm. Reg hours Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm; Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Feb 22. 934 Brannan 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




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