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


Out & About

Alonzo King's Lines Ballet at Yerba Buena. photo: Marty Sohl.
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Terpsichore, the muse of dance, gleefully prances all over the Bay Area through the next week. The ninth annual Bay Area National Dance Week, April 20-29, includes 300 free events and classes, and highlights many shows where the price of admission is also worth it. You can be sure to find a dancerly showcase for any taste, and new ways to shake your groove thing.

Events kick off Friday, April 20 in Union Square with dance performances at noon, including a participatory conga line for adults, with one for kids, too. Ai, caramba!

Also Friday, free classes in hula, ballet, tap, bellydance, Afro-Brazilian, hiphop, and many other forms rev up at ODC's Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. at 17th. 863-9830. Other free classes include salsa at Vima Dance Studio (560 3rd St., 977-0203,, and ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, and salsa at Laney College in Oakland (900 Fallon St.. at Oak (510) 464-3482).

Saturday April 21, classes include hip-swaying fun with Hoopgirl (7pm, Dance Ground Keriac, 1805 Division St. 661-4667, a master class in Peruvian dance at Peoa Pachamama (5pm, 1630 Powell St., 261-2291,, a spin dance with the fiery Temple of Poi (1pm, Kezar Stadium, Frederick St. at Willard, 543-4911,, and Tahitian dance for men (2:30pm, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, 729 Heinz Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-2605.

The Bay Area Dance Awards may be a bit insular for those unfamiliar with the nominees and recipients of this year's Isadora Duncan Award, aka the "Izzies." But the show is free and also includes performances by John Kloss, Kara Davis & Nol Simonse, and Fogo na Ropa. Monday, April 23, 6pm. Grand Lobby, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. 568-5861.

Other prominent dance concerts include Alonzo King's Lines Ballet at Yerba Buena Arts Center. The acclaimed local dance company presents a world premiere work created with the Shaolin Monks of China, with amazing martial arts moves combined with modern ballet. $20-$65. 8pm (4/15 at 7pm, 4/22 at 3pm). Fri.-Sun thru April 22. 700 Howard St. at 3rd St. 978-2787.

For music and dance from Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil, the Third Annual CubaCaribe Festival brings vibrant dances like the sacred Voudoun, the sexy Masun, and the joyous Mambo in a festive fusion of Afro-Cuban and modern dance. The second week of the festival presents Ramon Ramos Alayo's dance company performing Four Threes and Traces. April 20-29 at Dance Mission Theatrer, 3316 24th St. at Mission. $12-$18.8pm. April 22 at 7pm and 29 at 2 & 7pm.

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and guests Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF's "The Devil Made Me Do It" features a dance and concert performance of Igor Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale, April 20. 8pm at Brava Theatre, 2781 24th St.; Saturday, April 21 at 8pm at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, and Sunday, April 22, 3pm at Foothill College Theater, 12345 S. El Monte Road at Stonebrook Road in Los Altos. 248-1640.

U Dance Electra's Electra Boogaloo 2 with special guest Sarah Bush Dance Project includes some festive footwork, and the burlesque fandancing of Hot Pink Feathers & Friends Dance. $10-$15. 8pm. April 20 & 21. Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St. near Folsom. 289-2000.

For more experimental works, the Berkeley Dance Project has commissioned Robert Moses, Ellis Wood, Tammy Cheney and Carol Murota to create cross-disciplinary dances that blend computer and visual technology. But don't be put off; the dances involve some very human themes of love, longing and tenderness. $10-$14. April 20-21 at 8pm, 22 at 7pm, 27-28 at 8pm, 29 at 2pm. Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Way at Dana St. (510) 642-9925.

For a full itinerary of this dance-apalooza, pick up the large format blue and white schedule, or visit

Girlyman at Café DuNord.
See Friday.

Events April 20-26, 2007

Fri 20

After the War @ ACT

Carey Perloff directed this world premiere play by Philip Kan Gotanda about Japanese Americans returning to San Francisco's then-abandoned Japantown after being released from internment camps after WWII. $25-$80. 8pm. Also Sat. at 2pm, Sun at 2pm and 7pm. Thru April 22. 415 Geary St. 749-2ACT.

Blood Wedding @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players' production of gay playwright Federico Garcia Lorca's passionate drama about a woman's love for a man she can't marry –and the gruesome revenge between families– includes Flamenco dances choreographed by Emmy Award winner Yaelisa. $17-$25. 8pm. 5pm on Sun. Thu-Sun. Thru April 29. 1901 Ashby Ave. (510) 841-6500.

Cafe con Comedy @ Dolores Park Cafe

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents comics Beth Lisick, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Nick Leonard, Kenny Yun, Julian Vance, Carla Clayy, Gretchen Rootes, Erin Souza, Brent Weinbach, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$10. 7:30pm. 522-3737. 501 Dolores St. at 18th St.

Ennio Morricone Films @ Castro Theatre

Five days of 11 films (of more than 400) scored by the Italian composer, most notably the Sergio Leone "spaghetti Westerns," concluding (April 25) with Pasolini's Arabian Nights and Malick's Days of Heaven. $6-$9. Various times. Thru April 25. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Every Night Is Ladies Night @ The Lexington Club

Exhibit opening party for "Lesbian Bar Culture Since the '60s," a benefit for the GLBT Historical Society. Free/donations. 7pm. Exhibit thru May 20. 3464 19th St. near Valencia.

Fools Fury Theatre Festival @ NohSpace/Traveling Jewish Theatre

Three-week run of several cutting-edge theatre and performance works performed by local small theatre ensembles, including works in progress and workshops; plays include The Turn of the Screw, The Defenders, 10 Brecht Poems, and Orestes Remembered. $10-$15, Festival pass $75. Various times. Thru April 29. 470 Florida St. at 17th; 2840 Mariposa St. (800) 838-3006.

Gay Divorce @ Eureka Theatre

42nd Street Moon's production of the 1932 Cole Porter musical that introduced Fred Astaire to Broadway audiences, and later became the film The Gay Divorcée. The musical includes many songs not included in the film. $20-$38. Thu. & Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 6pm. Sun. at 3pm. Thru May 6. 215 Jackson St. at Battery. 255-8207.

Girlyman @ Cafe Du Nord

Trio with sweet harmonies plays their latest music. Also performing, Chris Pureka. $15. 8:30 pm. 2170 Market St.

Hot Draw @ Mark I. Chester Studio

Drop-in drawing group focusing on leather, fetish and bondage, with a sexy nude male model. Donation suggested. 1229 Folsom St. 621-6294.

Josue y la Gran Orquesta @ Bench and Bar, Oakland

Enjoy a live concert of cumbia and salsa music at the fun East Bay Latin gay dance club. $15. 21+. Show at 11:45pm. 9pm-2am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland. (510) 444-2266.

Lypsinka @ Empire Plush Room

Lyps (John Epperson) swoops back into town with a Joan Crawford tribute, The Passion of the Crawford, including songs, snippets of film audio, and Epperson's recreation of a live interview Crawford gave at NYC's Town Hall in 1973. $42.50-$47.50. 8pm. Sun. at 7pm. Thru April 22. York Hotel, 940 Sutter St. (866) 468-3399.

The Magnificence of the Disaster @ The Marsh

Rebecca Fisher's solo show about growing up in Memphis. White-columned mansions and violence mark this personal journey as she interprets myriad characters. $15-$22. Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 7pm. Thru April 28. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.

Offside @ Lumiere Theatre

Jafar Panahi's film about the absurdity of sexist Iranian laws; a disparate group of Iranian girls dress as boys to sneak into a soccer match, which is restricted to men. $7.75, $9.75. Call for times. 1572 California St. at Polk. 267-4893.

Past Perfect @ Theatre Rhino

World premiere of Nicky Silver's caustic comedy about a family's delusions of happiness versus their penchant for arguing and resentment. $15-$25. 8pm. Sun. at 3pm & 7pm. Thru May 20. 2926 16th St. 861-5079.

Shadowplay @ The Stud

Five-year anniversary for the fun gay dance night of indie, new wave, electro tunes; DJs Donimo and Candy. $5. 10pm-3am. 399 9th St. at Harrison.

A Streetcar Named Desire @ Contra Costa Civic Theatre, El Cerrito

Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about Blanche Du Bois' fateful and desperate visit to New Orleans to stay with her sister Stella, and her rude introduction to Stanley Kowalski. $11-$18. 8pm. Fri./Sat. Some Sundays at 2pm. Thru May 12. 951 Pomona Ave. at Moeser Lane. (510) 524-9131.

Terre Haute @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

U.S. premiere of author Edmund White's drama loosely based on the relationship between convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and gay author Gore Vidal. $22-$34. 8pm. Sun. at 2pm. Thru May 6. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Market, lower lobby. 861-8972.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? @ Golden Gate Theatre

Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin (who won the Tony for this role) star in the touring Broadway/London revival of Edward Albee's classic drama about a marriage gone sour, and the bitter fight of epic proportions. $45-$80. Tue-Sat at 8pm. Also Sat/Sun at 2pm. Thru May 12. 1 Taylor St. at Market. 551-2000.

Scott Thompson at Cobb's Comedy Club. See Sunday.

Sat 21

Bearracuda @ Deco Lounge

Dance night for bears and their pals, now first and third Saturdays of each month. $5. 21+. 510 Larkin at Turk.

Carol Channing @ Palace of Fine Arts

Star of Hello, Dolly performs in a benefit for UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center's patient services. Also performing; Will Durst, James P. Connolly, Ross Turner, George Thomas, and Thee Stupeds. 6:30pm reception and silent auction. 8pm show. $75-$150. 885-7354.

Chez Badunkadunk @ Cat Club

One-year anniversary of the female-stripperama event, MCed by Fudgie Frottage. $10-$15. 21+. 9:30pm-3am. 1190 Folsom at 8th.

CIIS Barbecue @ The Mix

Coming out party for LGBT students, alumni, faculty and friends of San Francisco's California Institute of Integral Studies. 4pm. 4086 18th St. at Castro. 431-8616.

Crash Cabaret @ Voice Factory

Monthly queer neuvo punk variety show includes Battle of the Bands; Exit Signs, Billy-bob Rockers, Mistress XXX-Storm, Melusina Gomez; dance and karaoke relay contests, and other performative mayhem. $8 (with non-perishable food donation), $10. 8pm. 1519 Mission St. at 11th. 368-1224.

David Hawkins @ SF Comedy Club

Local director/playwright takes on ex-gays, politics, drugs and guns in his stand-up act, "The Me in Meat." $10. 8pm. 50 Mason at Eddy. 398-4129.

ElluMaNaughty @ House of Stormz, Oakland

Women-loving-women event with titillating entertainment, erotic poetry exhibition performed by Chocolate Rainbow Theatre Ensemble, demonstrations with edible massage oils, performances by Simone de la Getto of Harlem Shake Burlesque Black Oasis, DJ music by Olga T, DJ Rapture, and a Sexiest Costume Contest. Mack Mistress MCs. $10-$15. 21+. 10pm. 1439 105th Ave. (Warehouse Dist. International).

Girl Drink Drunk @ Big Gay Frat House

Performances by Trauma Flintstone and other local drag celebs, including Donna Sachet, Starr Monroe, Pollo Del Mar and competitors in the Desperate Divas Miss August 2008 Calendar Contest. Open bar. Proceeds benefit AIDS Housing Alliance. $20-$25. 8pm. 630 Castro St. at 19th. (More Desperate Divas contests April 20 at Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin St,; April 22 at Bench & Bar, 2111 Franklin St., Oakland).

Head Trips @ Hypnodrome

Grand Guignol collection of one-act plays, with equal parts lusty and gory theatrics, produced by Thrillpeddlers, including Eddie Muller's Orgy in the Lighthouse; Jonathan Horton's The Juliet Drug and The Glass Womb ; Jamie Moore conducts John Zorn's Cobra ; Chick Habit, based on the Christian comics; and Rob Keefe's The Empress of Colma. $25 ($69 "shock box" seats for two). 8pm. Thru April 28. 575 10th St. at Bryant. 377-4202.

Jean Genet in Chicago @ ATA Gallery

Frederic Moffet's revisioning of the 60s through footage of the gay writer's participation in the 1968 Democratic Convention protests; also a slew of other short ascerbic videos that twist the hegenomic view of history. $5. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. 648-0654.

Merrily We Roll Along @ Theatre Works, Mountain View

Stephen Sondheim's classic upbeat musical, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, about dreams and dreamers. $20-$60. 8pm. Also Sat. & Sun. at 2pm (Sun. at 7pm). Thru April 29. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. at Mercy. (650) 903-6000.

Pansy Division @ Cafe Du Nord

Band known for upbeat gay-themed songs performs with punkers The Avengers and Southern Girls. $12. 9pm. 2170 Market St.

Pride at Work Benefit @ El Rio

Concert of LGBT bands, including The Momma's Boyz (drag king champs), Kali B and Mr. TuffNStuff, Excuses for Skipping, Jo Boyer, Felicia Fellatio, burlesque with Carlotta Valdez and the Damnettes, DJ Gary Fembot, and a gender-bending fashion show. Proceeds benefit Pride at Work's Queer Youth Project and 2007 Trans March. $5-$20. 4:30pm. 3158 Mission St.

Swing Dance Lessons @ Magnet SF

Fun beginners basic lesson in Swing & Charleston, followed by social dancing. 7pm. Free. 4122 18th at Castro.

Tings Dey Happen @ The Marsh

Dan Hoyle's compelling serio-comic one-man show about political corruption in the Nigerian oil industry, in which he convincingly plays a fascinating variety of real-life characters; militant snipers, corrupt warlords, oil executives, and wily ambassadors. $15-$25. 8pm. Thu.-Fri. Sat., 5pm. Sun., 3pm. Thru May 6. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.

Sun 22

Amateur Strip Show @ Deco Lounge

Watch or compete in the weekly male gogo strip contest for cash prizes. Free. 21+. 10pm. 510 Larkin St. 346-2025.

Gay Men's Buddhist Sangha @ Hartford St. Zen Center

Psychotherapist Lee Lipp gives a talk on transforming depression and anxiety. Free/donations. 3pm. 57 Hartford St., side entrance.

Keiskamma Altarpiece @ Grace Cathedral

This multi-paneled beautifully detailed altarpiece made by 120 South African women and men is a hopeful response to the AIDS epidemic, and a richly symbolic inspirational work of community art. Free. Thru May 27. 1100 California St. 749-6350.

Kielbasia @ Martuni's

Accordian-playing dragutante performs. $5. 7pm. 4 Valencia at Market.

Mike Shriver @ Magnet SF

Exhibit of photographs by the local AIDS activist. Free. 8pm. 4122 18th St. 581-1600.

Out & Abouts Kickoff Party @ Hole in the Wall

Fundraiser for gay and lesbian group of participants in this year's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. 3pm-6pm. 289 8th St. 431-4695.

Scott Thompson @ Cobb's Comedy Club

Kids in the Hall veteran and fabulously gay comic actor does his stand-up act. $25. 7pm. 915 Columbus Ave. at Lombard. 928-4320.

Shopping for God @ The Marsh

Erica Lann-Clark's one-woman show about her comic search looking for faith in all the wrong places. $15-$22. Extended thru April 29. Sundays at 3pm. 1062 Valencia St at 22nd. (800) 838-3006.

Sleazy Sundays @ Victoria Theatre

Conclusion of mini-festival of the best of the worst scifi and horror flicks. Tonight; Phyllis Diller stars in Maniac (7pm); holy roller horror Preacherman and Blaxploitation feature The Black Gestapo! (double feature, 8:30pm) $8-$20. Sundays thru April 22. 2961 16th St. at Mission. 863-7576.

Think Outside the Box @ Our Little Theatre

Sia Amma's one-woman show "Clitoris Celebration" explores female sexuality; expect big laughs in a very small theatre. $15-$25. Thu. & Sun. 8pm. Thru Aug. 30. 287 Ellis St. at Mason. 928-4060.

Mon 23

Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly @ Herbst Theatre

Artist and writer whose graphic novels Maus, which portrayed the Holocaust with animals and received a Pulitzer Prize, talks with Mouly, his wife and RAW magazine cofounder. Noted local author Dave Eggers hosts. $19. 8pm. War Memorial Veterans Bldg., 401 Van Ness Ave. at McAllister. 392-4400.

Creating History @ SF Public Library

Pioneers Making and Saving Gay and Lesbian History: Portraits from the Robert Giard Photographic Portfolios; 18 black and white vintage prints accompanied by brief biographical sketches of individuals who have helped to document the elusive history of LGBT individuals. Free. Thru April 26. Main Library, Third Floor, James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. 557-4400.

David Boyer @ Books Inc.

Editor of Bachelor Party Confidential reads from and signs copies of his humorous book about the history and oddities of the men-only, sometimes strangely sexual, pre-wedding rituals. Free. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777. Also April 25 at Cody's. Free. 7pm. 2 Stockton St. 773-0444.

Get Out of Jail Free @ LGBT Center

Intimate group exhibit of small art focusing on themes of imprisonment (literal and figurative), illness, and release. Curated by Maysoun Wazwaz and Visual Aid. Free. Thru April 30. 1800 Market St. 3rd Fl. 775-4700.

Houston Allred @ Octavia Lounge

Cabaret pianist/singer hosts Open Call Mondays, a participatory night of music-making. Free. 6:30-10:30pm. 1772 Market St. 863-3516.

OUT Spoken @ Comcast Ch. 11

Cable TV show for the LGBT Community, co-hosted by Tim Gaskin and Donna Sachet. Mon. 6:30, Tues. 9pm, Wed. 7pm, Fri. 7:30pm.

Porchlight @ Caf� DuNord

Storytelling showcase hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, this time themed "The New Black: The Fashion Show," with stories by Joe Boxer creator Nicholas Graham, Kirk Read (How I Learned to Snap), Debbie Tuch, Meghan Ward and others. $12. 8pm. 2170 Market St.

Tue 24

Carl De Keyzer @ Robert Koch Gallery

Hauntingly beautiful and strange photographic images in color and black and white from Siberian gulags, New Orleans, and at U.S. religious events. Tues.–Sat. 11am-5:30pm. Thru April 28. 49 Geary St. 421-0122.

Corporate Art Expo @ The Lab

Exhibit of artists who package themselves as corporate entities, including Jay Critchley's "Transamerica, Condoms with a Conscience." Curated by Shane Montgomery. Thru April 28. Wed.-Sat. 1pm-6pm. 2948 16th Street at Capp. 864-8855.

Dining for Dollars @ Ararat

15% of all dinner sales at the Middle Eastern tapas restaurant go to the Rainbow World Fund. 4pm-10pm. 4072 18th St. near Castro. 252-9375.

Mark Doty @ Books Inc.

Author reads selections from his book Dog Years, about the love of his two golden retrievers. Free. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777.

Meditation Circle @ Magnet SF

Dharma Brandon, a clinical somatic coach and spiritual counselor, leads a group meditation on spiritual and sexual hang-ups and release. Free. 7pm-9pm. No late entries. 4122 18th St. at Castro. Reservations encouraged. 261-2957.

Not Given @ SF Camerawork

Talking of and Around Photographs of Arab Women, an exhibit of enlarged and projected images from the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut, questions the categorization of historic portraits and candids, and includes some unusual transgender and possibly gay and lesbian images as well. Tue.-Sat. 12pm-5pm. Free. Thru May. 657 Mission St. 2nd floor. 512-2020.

Trannyshack @ The Stud

Hang out with gypsies, tramps and thieves at a Cher tribute night with Heklina and co-host Jason El Diablo. $8. 10pm. 399 9th. St. 863-6623.

Wed 25

Ballroom Dance Classes @ Just Dance, Oakland

Light on Your Feet presents same-sex ballroom dance classes each Wed. eve in April. No partner necessary. No experience necessary for the level 1 class. Classes taught by Citabria Phillips. $8, $12, $22. 7pm-9pm. 2500 Embarcadero. (415) 218-1952.

Rainbow Skate @ Redwood City Roller Rink

Groove to tunes with gays on wheels. $7 (includes free skate rental or bring your own). Every Wednesday, 8pm-10:30pm. 1303 Main St. (650) 245-5367.

Salif Keita @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

West African troubador, called "the Golden Voice of Africa," performs with his band. $22-$42. 8pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988.

Will Bernard Trio @ Mecca

Jazz, hiphop and world music-inspired trio perform live. No cover. 6pm-9pm. 2029 Market St. 621-7000.

Thu 26

Dining Out for Life @ Various Restaurants

Dine at one of dozens of Bay Area restaurants tonight and 25 percent of your bill goes to HIV prevention programs at the Stop AIDS Project. 575-0150.

Ex-Boyfriends @ Cafe Du Nord

Cute local pop band performs; also Two Seconds. $12. 9pm. 2170 Market St.

Singing for Your Supper @ Eureka Valley Rec. Center

Music and performances by Cara Vida, The Peaceniks, and The Krelkins. Food, chocolates, drinks and raffles. Proceeds benefit Metropolitan Community Church and Mother's Kitchen. 7pm. $5-$10. Collingwood St. at 18th (behind Cala Foods).

Thursday Night Live @ Eagle Tavern

Bands performing live at the legendary leather bar include The Holy Kiss, The Old Haunts, OhSees, Fierce Antler. $6. 21+. 9pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison. 626-0880.

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