Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Out & About


Arts events Sept. 14-21

Nadya Tolokno @ Herbst Theatre
The Pussy Riot cofounder discusses her activism in the face of Putin's oppressive regime in Russia. Friday, September 15. (Pre-lecture reception at CIIS Gallery, 1453 Mission St., $30, 6pm). Lecture 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.
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Fall arts events offer so many theatre, gallery and music season openings. See new musicals, dramas, exhibits, dance and performance works that'll inspire you and revive your overheated summer state.


Thu 14

Ain't Too Proud:
The Temptations Musical
@ Berkeley Rep

New musical by Dominique Morisseau based on the lives of the popular R&B vocal quintet. $28-$85. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

An American in Paris @ Orpheum Theatre

The touring company of the Tony-winning musical based on the Gene Kelly film includes direction/choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. $65-$214. Tue-Sat 8pm. Thu, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 1192 Market St.

Author Readings @ City Lights

Sept. 14: Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven is All Goodbyes). 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Sept. 14: Jeanne Moreau film Jules and Jim (7pm) and Bay of Angels (5:15, 9pm). Sept. 15 & 16: California Independent Film festival, with Zachary Quinto, Tab Hunter, Lainie Kazan and other actors in person, GLBT-themed feature and short films from many countries ($12-$150). Sept. 17: North by Northwest (2:30, 7pm) and The Bride Wore Black (4:55, 9:25). Sept. 18: Baby Driver (7pm) and The Driver (9:05). Sept. 19: The Beguiled (7pm) and A Ghost Story (5:15, 8:45). Sept. 20: Edward Scissorhands (7pm) and Cry-Baby (9pm). Sept. 21: The Big Lebowski viewing party (7:15), with pre-and post film parties and cocktails ( 429 Castro St.

The Legend of Pink @ Gateway Theatre

Kheven LaGrone's play, about an '80s West Oakland transgender woman whose diva life dreams are hampered by violent gang members, gets a world premiere with Theatre Rhinoceros. $20-$40. Thru Sept. 30. 215 Jackson St. (800) 838-3006.

Motion After-Effect & Mesh @ CounterPulse

Freya Olafson with Yagiz Mungan and Kinetech Arts perform a new multimedia performance project. Sept 14-16. 8pm. 80 Turk St.

Queer Before the Theory @ GLBT History Museum

Sept. 14: Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex, a talk with curator Joey Cain about the bisexual adventurer, utopian, philosopher and astrologer credited as the grandfather of hippie culture. $5. 7pm. Sept. 18: curator's closing night tour of Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community, an exhibit of Lenore Chinn's portraits in painting and photography (thru Sept 18, 7pm); Also, exhibits Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, featuring vintage tintypes, mugshots and historic documents of LGBT lives, curated by Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky; Lavender-Tinted Glasses, a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain. $5. 4127 18th St.

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library

Melissa Sipin, Avy Jetter, Vernon Keeve II and Aja Couchois Duncan read at a queer edition of the eclectic reading series. 6pm. lower level, 100 Larkin St.

En Mas @ Museum of the African Diaspora

Opening reception fro En Mas: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. 6pm-8pm (patrons and members only); films and live performances to follow thru the exhibit run. Also, 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.

Transform Fest @ YBCA

New works by almost a dozen dance, theatre and music artists: Fauxnique, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, fogbeast, Embodiment Project, pop-up shows, parties, panels and more. Single tix and full fest packages $25-$60. Thru Sept 23. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission st.

Varla Jean Merman @ Oasis

The big drag talent presents her new show, Bad Heroine . $25-$35. Sept. 13 & 14, 8pm. 15 & 16 7pm. 298 11th St.


Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music @ Curran Theatre

Fri 15

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. 450 Post St.

Design Meets Divas of Drag 3 @ SF Design Center

Third annual glamorous fashion and drag event, with a dozen-plus performers; proceeds benefit Lava Mae: mobile showers for the homeless. $50, $75 and up. 5:30pm-9pm. SF Design Center Galeria, 101 Henry Adams St.

Keith Moon: The Real Me @ Marin Theatre Company

Mick Berry's solo show as the iconic drummer for The Who. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 10. Lieberman Theatre, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Lisa Vroman @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The acclaimed soprano performs Broadway classics by Sondheim, Berlin, Bernstein and others. $35-$70, $20 food/drink min. 8pm. Also Sept. 16. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Luna Gale @ Aurora Stage, Berkeley

Rebecca Gilman's drama about the dangers faced by foster children, and tough decisions for social workers. $33-$65. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 1. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Nadya Tolokno @ Herbst Theatre

The Pussy Riot cofounder discusses her activism in the face of Putin's oppressive regime in Russia. (Pre-lecture reception at CIIS Gallery, 1453 Mission St., $30, 6pm). Lecture 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

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

Reefer Madness @ Victoria Theatre

Ray of Light Theatre Company's new production of thw wacky tabacky musical based on the vintage classic propaganda film. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 7. 2961 16th St.

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music @ Curran Theatre

The astoundingly entertaining music show with the innovative queer performer and guest musicians is presented in four six-hour chapters, with musical selections from 1776 to the present. Single show $49-$285. 4-chapter packages: $186-$1083. Thru Sept. 24. 450 Geary St.

Turandot @ War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Opera's opening season performance of Puccini's opera about princess and a deadly game of wits with her suitors, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, with sets by David Hockney. $26-$300. Various nights thru Sept 30, Nov. 18-Dec. 9. Elektra thru 9/27. 301 Van Ness Ave.


Jim Winters@ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Sat 16

Argentine Tango Fest @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Sixth anniversary weekend celebration for the same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $7-$15. 7pm beginners' lesson, 8pm-11pm dancing (dessert and appetizers included). Also ongoing classes on Sundays. Men's Tango class on Monday. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

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.

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 Power @ Asian Art Museum

Exhibits include Flower Power, 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.

Jim Winters@ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Tears of a Clown, evocative clown paintings by the local gay artist. Also, works by Micah Wood and Rachel Cohen. Thru Sept. 29. Also, exhibits of art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St. Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh, Berkeley

Don Reed's acclaimed solo show about being the son of a pimp struggling through his college days. $20-$100. Sat & Sun 5pm, thru Oct. 22. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

Live in the Castro @ Jane Warner Plaza

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

Love's Labour's Lost @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael

Marin Shakespeare Company's new production of The Bard's romantic word-play comedy. $10-$37. Fri-Sun 8pm. Sun 4pm. Thru Sept. 24. 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
@ Taube Atrium Theater
photo: Jay Yamada

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Taube Atrium Theater

African-American Shakespeare Company's production of The Bard's woodsy fairy-filled romantic comedy, reset in a Trinidad Carnivale. $30. Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 1. 401 Van Ness Ave., 4th floor.

Not a Genuine Black Man @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's acclaimed long-running solo show, about growing up in the racist suburbs, returns. $20-$100. Saturdays 5pm. Thru Sept. 30. 1062 Valencia St.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

Weekly screenings of unusual, rare and strange short films and videos. $9. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. 648-0654.

SF Hiking Club @ Tennessee Valley

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 8-mile loop hike at Tennessee Valley and Muir Beach. We'll enjoy beautiful views from several Marin Headlands trails and quietly pass through the Green Gulch farm and Zen Buddhist retreat center before eating lunch at Muir Beach. Bring sunscreen, hat, layers, water, lunch, good hiking boots. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, at 9am. 845-4940. 

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.

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.

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide

Enjoy 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.

Vixen Noir @ Online Concert

The sassy singer-composer performs an online concert from her bedroom! 7pm PST. $5 suggested.


Degas, Impressionism and the
Paris Millinery Trade
@ Legion of Honor

Sun 17

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.

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. and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

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.

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), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header. Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears @ SAP Center, San Jose

The pop music bands perform at the big arena, with opener Allen Stone. $33-$171. 7pm. 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose.

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-$5. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Woodsqueer @ Stagewerx

Michael Mik Coyle's solo show about a rurual cabin isolation, a mysterious Tarot deck and natural disasters. $12. 7pm. 446 Valencia St.


Becca Blackwell @ Z Below

Mon 18

An American in Paris Cast @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Cast members from the touring production of the hit musical perform other songs in a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. $25. 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Archie Rand @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

The 613, an exhibit of the artist's paintings depicting each of the 613 Jewish texts for ethical and religious behavior. Also, Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane. 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.

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.

Becca Blackwell @ Z Below

They, Themselves and Schmerm, a one-night performance with the trans artist's solo show about adopted family and identity. $20-$35. 8pm. 470 Florida St.

Jason Mecier, Adam Ansell @ Spark Arts

Dual exhibit of the partners' art, with Mecier's mosaic art, Ansell's paintings, and a "cranky gay uncle" theme. Thru Sept 30. 4229 18th St.

Leonardo Sardella leads a
Men's Queer Tango Workshop
@ Finnish Kaleva Hall, Berkeley

Karl Fjelstrom @ Strut

The gay artist's new exhibit, Scattered, a modern take on altered/scrambled gay porn imagery. Thru Sept. 470 Castro St.

Men's Queer Tango Workshop @ Finnish Kaleva Hall, Berkeley

New York dance instructor Leonardo Sardella leads an evening of lessons and dancing for men; singles and couples welcome. $10-$25. 6:15-8pm. open dancing afterward. 1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley.

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.


OutLoud @ Oasis

Tue 19

Gay Outlaw @ Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Ozone, the artist's exhibit of new sculptural works. Thru Oct. 14. 1275 Minnesota 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.

Ira Watkins @ Tenderloin Museum

The "outsider" artist's exhibit of endearing portraits and landscapes portraying Black Americans. Thru Oct. 11. 398 Eddy St.

NYC & T @ Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley

Group exhibit of 50 artists' works inspired by New York City. Thru closing reception Oct. 14, 7pm. 1533 Solano Ave., Berkeley.

OutLoud @ Oasis

Storytelling series hosted by Peggy L'eggs; this month, Hurts So Good, Folsom Fair tales with Kylie Minono, Fauxnique, Jeffrey Haynes, Magnoliah Black and Carol Queen. $10. 7:30pm. 298 11th 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.

Will Durst @ The Marsh

The witty comic performs his solo show, Durst Case Scenario , with plenty of barbs at Hair Furor, aka Trump. $20-$100. Tuesdays, 8pm. thru Sept. 19. 1062 Valencia St.


Brenda Usher-Carpino at
Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Wed 20

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.

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts cohost the monthly eclectic reading and open mic show, with special guest Brenda Usher-Carpino. 8pm. 489 Castro 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.


Irene Tu at Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Thu 21

Baloney @ Oasis

The popular male burlesque troupe performs a special kinky Folsom Fair-themed night of strip-tease dances, choreographed by Rory Davis, with MC Michael Phillis, and hot dancing dudes. $25-$50. 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. 298 11th St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Funny stand up with Maureen Langan, Irene Tu, Zack Chapaloni, Arjun Banerjee, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission 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.

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle

Rock music at the fames leather bar. Sept. 21: GayC/DC, Fat Bottom Girls (AC/DC and Queen cover bands in drag!) and Zbornak. $5. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

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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