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Arts Events March 14-21 2019

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Matt Alber @ Feinstein's at the Nikko Fri 15
Matt Alber @ Feinstein's at the Nikko Fri 15  

Books, films, musicals, art exhibits. Choose wisely, or recklessly. Either way, you'll enjoy yourself.

American Hero @ Custom Made Theatre
Bess Wohl's comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of sandwiches. $20-$45. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat 2pm, thru April 6. 533 Sutter St.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru April 27. $25-$100. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Mar. 14 & 15: Mary Poppins Returns (3pm, 5:30, 8pm). Mar. 16: Katya Zamolodchikova live drag comedy show (7pm). Mar 17: Annie sing-along Mar 17: Tom Jones (3:20, 8pm) and The Dresser (5:45). Mar 18 & 19: Stan & Ollie (4:30, 8:30) and Laurel & Hardy's Sons of the Desert. Mar 29: SF Film members night (6:30pm0. Mar 21: The Moth Grand Slam storytelling ( $8-$11. 429 Castro St.

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Carla Clayy, Priyanka Wali, Jade Theriault, and host Lisa Geduldig perform a special Women's History Month set. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

The Great Leap @ Geary Theatre
BD Wong stars in Lauren Yee's sports drama about a Chinese basketball star, with American values tested (Out With A.C.T. after-party March 19). $15-$110. Thru Mar. 31. 415 Geary St.

Hello, Dolly! @ Golden Gate Theatre
The vintage musical about a matchmaker stars Betty Buckley in the new touring production. $56-$226. Thru March 17. 1 Taylor St. at Market.

Irish Comedy Fest @ Bay Area Venues
Shows with U.S. Irish comics. March 8 at The Battery Club SF March 9 in Oaakland, elsewhere thru March 17, St. Patrick's Day at Cobb's Comedy Club, SF.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. March 14: singer-songwriter Matt Alber. March 21: BD Wong and cast members of A.C.T.'s The Great Leap. 110 Embarcadero.

Patty From HR Would Like a Word @ Oasis
Michael Phillis' scathingly comic parody of office gossip and passive-aggressive administration. $20-$50. 7pm. Also March 15. 298 11th St.

Peter Murphy @ The Chapel
The former Bauhaus frontman performs a series of full-album concerts, David Bowie tributes, and intimate acoustic sets. $33-$175 (VIP). Thru Mar. 27. 777 Valencia St.

Fauxnique and Mica Sigourney at To Be Free Festival @ CounterPulse Thu 14  

Readings @ City Lights Bookstore
Mar. 14: poet Sally Wen Mao (7pm). Mar 17: Ferlinghetti at 100 at SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St. (1pm). Mar. 21: Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights (7pm). 261 Columbus Ave.

San Francisco Ballet
@ War Memorial Opera House

The Sleeping Beauty is performed thru March 17. Special NiteOut post-show party with LGBT patrons and performers Mar. 29 & April 19. $64-$325. 8pm. 301 Van Ness Ave.

Sean Dorsey Dance @ Z Space
Boys in Trouble, a new LGBT-themed work by the acclaimed local choreographer. $10-$30 (March 16: 15th anniversary gala $20-$50). Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat 4pm. Thru Mar. 16. 450 Florida St.

Telly Leung @ Orinda Theatre
The Broadway star (Aladdin, Wicked, Allegiance) performs his new cabaret concert. $55-$100. 7:30pm. 2 Orinda Theatre Square.

To Be Free Festival @ CounterPulse
Performances, workshops, installations and other events at the innovative performance space, including Fauxnique & Mica Sigourney, Jess Curtis/Gravity and more; thru Mar. 17. 80 Turk St.

You Betta Work Comedy Fiesta @ San Mateo County Pride Center
Jesús U. BettaWork and standup comedians bring a night of laughs. $5. 7:30pm. 1021 South El Camino Real, San Mateo.

Actually @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Anna Ziegler's new play dives into race, gender and sex on college campuses. (previews; opens March 14). $ 35-$70. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm, Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm, thru May 5. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Blue Oyster Cult @ Heritage Theatre, Campbell
The iconic rock band performs at the small town's historic theater. $65. 8pm. 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio
Joe Klocek, Kurt Weitzmann, Priyanka Wali, Ian Williams and host Lisa Geduldig crack you up with their wit. $10-$20. 7pm. 3158 Mission St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre
The mega-hit Tony-winning Broadway hip hop musical revision of American Revolutionary-era history. $111-$686. Thru Sept 8. 1192 Market St.

Matt Alber @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Grammy-winning gay singer-songwriter performs music from his new album How High the Moon, a Mel Tormé tribute, and favorites, at the stylish nightclub. $25-$55 ($20 food/drink min.). Also March 16. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Mother Lear @ 4th Street Theater, Berkeley
We Player's intimate small cast 50-minute version of Shakespeare's King Lear. $5-$40. 8pm. Thru Mar. 16. 2020 4th 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.

Queer Yoga @ Love Story Yoga
All-level weekly classes in an LGBT space. $11. 6:30pm-7:30pm. 473 Valencia St. at 16th.

West Side Story @ Berkeley Playhouse
Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins and Steven Sondheim's classic urban musical is performed by the East Bay company. $20-$45; thru Mar. 17. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

When Pigs Fly Over the Moon @ Salesforce Tower
QTAPI Bay Area Coalition's resource fair and gathering for Asian LGBTs, with drag performers, historical displays and discussions. 5:30-8:30pm. 415 Mission St. Free/register

DIRT Festival @ Dance Mission Theater Sat 16  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Exhibit of animation art by the prolific artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi
The musical comedy revue celebrates its 45th 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.

DIRT Festival @ Dance Mission Theater
Dance In Revolt(ing) Times, the fourth annual political dance concert, with Tigre Bailando, Danza Puerto Rico, Patrick Makuakane / Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu (Saturday only), Boomshake Music (Sunday only), Yayoi Kambara and Dancers, Sammay Dizon and Halau Kawainuhi, Hien Huynh and Primera Generación. $20-$30. Mar. 16 & 17, 8pm/7pm, 2pm. 3316 24th St.

Films @ BAM/PFA
Artistic and award-winning films, including international features, and documentaries about artists; ongoing. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Fiorello @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of the musical about NYC mayor LaGuardia. $30-$75. Thru Mar. 17. 215 Jackson St.

Forever, a Moment: Black Meditations on Time and Space @ SOMArts
Group exhibit; curators Yetunde Olagbaju and Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye feature 15 Bay Area artists who explore Black identity. Thru April 6. 934 Brannan St.

Her Portmanteau @ Strand Theatre
Nigerian playwright Mfoniso Udofia's Ufot Family Cycle is performed thru Mar. 31 at 1127 Market St., and In Old Age at the Magic Theatre, 2 Marina Blvd, Mar. 27-April 21. $40-$100.

A History of World War II @ The Marsh
Prolific playwright and director John Fisher's new solo show's subtitled The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Extended thru March 9. 1062 Valencia St.

Irish Comedy Fest @ Bay Area Venues
Shows with U.S. Irish comics. March 8 at The Battery Club SF March 9 in Oaakland, elsewhere thru March 17, St. Patrick's Day at Cobb's Comedy Club, SF.

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.

Literary Speakeasy @ Oasis
Queens Read Celebrity Autobiographies, with Clammy Faye, Coco Buttah, Elsa Touche, Foxxy Blue Orchid, Phoebe Cakes, Sugah Betes, Vanilla Meringue and host James J Siegel; proceeds benefit Foglifter journal. $20. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Many Voices, One Art @ Calvary Presbyterian Church
Fourth annual day-long series of concerts and workshops hosted by San Francisco Bach Choir, with many vocal groups performing Bach, gospel, Mozart, Yiddish songs and other genres; participate (register online) or listen. Free. 10am-4pm. 2515 Fillmore St.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery
Weekly screenings of wacky, unusual, short, documentary and animated films; free books, vinyl, VHS and wine. $7. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia 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.

Steve @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Sat 16  

Steve @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Mark Gerrard's biting comedy about older gay couples dealing with infidelity and other situations. $20-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru March 31. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

That Don Reed Show
@ The Marsh Berkeley

The acclaimed local playwright/performer returns with his hit solo show that takes on Black stereotypes and show business bias. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm; extended thru April 28. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

Violet @ Alcazar Theater
Bay Area Musicals' new production of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Tony-nominated musical about a young women's spiritual cross-country journey. $35-$65. Thru Mar. 17. 650 Geary St.

The Who and the What @ Marin Theatre, Mill Valley
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are. $12-$52. Thru March 24. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

When Doves Cry @ Ivy Room, Albany
Prince tribute concert with an eight-piece band. $15. 9pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

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.

Wonderland @ Berkeley City Club
Gary Graves's dark comedy mixes Kafka and Alice in Wonderland. $15-$38. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm, thru Mar 17. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Monet: The Late Years @ de Young Museum Sun 17  

The Bogues @ The Ivy Room, Albany
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Pogues tribute band, plus The Hooks and White Limozeens. $10. 4pm-11pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline
@ Oakland Museum

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline, Ray Troll's colorful illustrations paired with paleontologist Kirk Johnson's research. Also, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food and other exhibits. Friday night events 5pm-9pm. Free/$15. 1000 Oak 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.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Deep Reefs, Giants of Land and Sea, Gems and Minerals, and more. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Katya Presents @ Martuni's
The Russian exiled opera diva hosts and sings at the intime martini bar's monthly cabaret show. $13. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens with displays of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world, including the annual Magnolia bloom. Monthly plant sales, plus art exhibits and gift shop; free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Marks in Time @ Marin Center
Exhibit of the work of tattoo artists; thru May 31. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.

Monet: The Late Years @ de Young Museum
New exhibit of the French Impressionist's great later works, including Water Lilies; thru May 27. Also, Gaugin: A Spiritual Journey, an exhibit of the French painter's Tahitian paintings, and works by artists who influenced him. Thru April 7. Also, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.

Sprightly @ SF Public Library
Weekly hangout for LGBTQ youth, with crafts, snacks and activities. 12:30pm-2:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Modern Art @ SF MOMA Mon 18  

Sylvia O'Stayformore @ Oasis
Seattle drag performer shares slideshows, comedy and songs. $20. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Various Exhibits
@ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Oakland

Space, science and planetary exhibits, including planetarium shows and the Observatory; special nighttime events like meteor shower shows. Free-$18. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.


Modern Art @ SF MOMA
Wayne Thiebaud, Etel Adnan, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois and many classic Modern works. The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Envioronment and Idealism (thru April 28). Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory, thru March 31. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd St.

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, the work of groundbreaking French Jewish artist, Surrealist, and activist Claude Cahun (1894—1954) and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892—1972), thru July 7; In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art—Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler, thru July. Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo, an exhibit of the prolific tattoo artist's work, tools and life; thru June 9. 736 Mission 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.

Ashish Kumar @ Strut Tue 19  

Ashish Kumar @ Strut
Exhibit of digital South Asian male erotic imagery. Thru March. 470 Castro St.

Art Exhibits @ Legion of Honor
Séraphin 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.

Falsettos @ Golden Gate Theatre
Touring production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning operetta about a gay couple facing AIDS, ex-wives, precocious kids and 'the lesbians next door.' $56-$256. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru April 14. 1 Taylor St. at Market.

Survey Bay Area @ Montague Gallery
Group exhibit of Bay Area glass artists; 5:30pm-7:30pm; thru April 13. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 445A Sutter 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

Westward @ City Hall
Exhibit of large-scale photos by women photographers focusing on West Coast communities. Thru May. North Light Court, Ground Floor, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett

Survey Bay Area @ Montague Gallery Wed 20  

Black Refractions @ MOAD
Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a new traveling exhibition showcasing a century of artworks. Thru April 14. Free/$10. Museum of the african Diaspora, 685 Mission St.

Dee Dee Bridgewater @ Yoshi's Oakland
Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and four-decade music legend performs at the stylish nightclub-restaurant. $39-$84. 8pm. Also March 21. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Kour Pour @ Ever Gold Gallery
Exhibit of vibrant paintings combining historic and contemporary tapestry themes; thru May 4. Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. Minnesota Art Project, 1275 Minnesota St. at 24th.

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.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence
Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a touring multimedia exhibit documenting the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry, including photographs by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. Free. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 100 Montgomery St.

Uncertainty Principle @ The Marsh
Adam Strauss' new solo show grapples with OCD and life's big questions. $20-$100. Wed & Fri 8pm, thru Mar. 29. 1062 Valencia St.

Various Exhibits @ Asian Art Museum
Kimono Refashioned, thru May 5. Also, contemporary works by Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; also, exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

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.

The Deadliners @ McRoskey Mattress Company Thu 21  

Baloney @ Oasis
The popular men's strip-burlesque comedy show returns, with sketches by Rory Davis, and host Michael Phillis. $30-$50. 7pm; thru Mar. 30. 298 11th St.

The Deadliners
@ McRoskey Mattress Company

The band composed of notable authors performs at a benefit for Butte County fire victims, with author Rebecca Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster); sponsored by The Green Arcade Bookstore. $10 and up. 7pm. 1687 Market St.

Exclusion @ Presidio Officers Club
Exhibit documenting the Presidio's Japanese-American incarceration during World War II; other exhibits show the history of the former military base and the SF peninsula. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru Spring 2019. 50 Maraga Ave.

The Life and Times of Jo Mora @ Cartoon Art Museum
New exhibit of drawing, maps, paintings and ephemera by the prolific illustrator of American culture (1876-1947). Thru April 28. 781 Beach St.

The Match Book @ Tenderloin Museum
Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project showcases artfully designed bar matchbooks through the neighborhood's history; thru March 31. 398 Eddy St.

Velvetta, Kissin Cussins @ Winters, Pacifica Thu 21  

Night at the Jewseum: Purim Cabaret
@ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Party with drag queens LOL McFiercen, Miss Shugana, Snaxx and Queen Esther. Free. 5pm-8pm. 736 Mission St.

SoMa Nights @ GLBT History Museum
SoMa Nights: 1980s-1990s Queer Club Photography, an exhibit of prints by prolific photographer Melissa Hawkins. March 21: Life Beyond Uranus a panel with DJ Lewis, Gus Bean, Jennifer Morris and DJ Page Hodel. $5. 7pm. Also, Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle, a Native American queer exhibit of the Bay Area organization on its 20th anniversary, including the annual Two-Spirit Powwow organized by BAAITS, indigenous medicine and responses to HIV/AIDS, and Two-Spirit meaning within indigenous communities. $5. 4127 18th St.

Various Exhibits @ SF Public Library
In Search of the Glass Slipper, Perci Chester's '70s gay community photo exhibit; opening reception, Feb 28, 6pm-7:30pm, thru May 16. Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, an art exhibition of historical research and ephemera about early twentieth century immigrant and activist Matilda Rabinowitz; thru May 19. Portal: Group Show of Speculative Fiction, thru Feb. Art/Work: Art Created by the Staff at SFPL, thru Mar. 8. SF Wildlife: Photography by Jouko van der Kruijssen, thru Mar. 28. 100 Larkin St.

Velvetta, Kissin' Cussins @ Winters Tavern, Pacifica
Two country bands, with local veteran musicians Leigh Crow, Ruby Vixen and Connie Champagne, perform at the seaside bar. 9pm. 1522 Francisco Blvd., Pacifica.

We Built a Movement From Books @ SF Public Library
Carol Seajay, Jack Collins and Jim Van Buskirk discuss the LGBT rights movement's path through gay studies and femeinist publishers. 6pm, James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

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