Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Oddly enough

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Fire it up at The Crucible's anniversary show. Photo: Eric Gillett
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Strange and horrible news inspires fear. But hopefully, you can push through that and find renewed bravery by daring to enjoy some truly unusual performances this week.

For incendiary art, attend the 12th Anniversary Benefit at The Crucible, Oakland, a gala pyrotechnical show at the fire arts school. Performers include dance, music, aerial, theatre, and fire arts acts by Mark Growden, Loop Station, Axis Dance Company, Iron Monkey and many more.$60-$120. VIPs get premium seating, and a hosted bar with hors d'oeuvres. Friday, Jan. 14. 7pm-11pm. 1260 7th St. (510) 444-0919.

Lost Animation VI

Lost Animation VI at Oddball Film screens award-winning and strangely fascinating short animated films from the 1960s and '70s. $10. Jan. 14, 8:30pm. Also, Jan. 15, Steampunk: Imagined Futures, with short films about H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, by George Méliès, and clips from The Wild Wild West. $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St.

La Pocha Nostra

Performance art, when good, is always a bit odd. At It's all a Blur at SOMArts Cultural Center, La Pocha Nostra performs Corpo-Ilicito: The Post Human Society 6.9 as the live part of the exhibit of works by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat. $10-$12. Saturday, Jan. 15. 8pm. Exhibit Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 28. 934 Brannan St. at 8th.

If recent mass animal deaths have got you thinking apocalyptic, take it a step further. Evangelion screens at Viz Cinema. The pair of popular Japanese post-apocalyptic anime films about giant robots and a destroyed earth should thoroughly scare away any real life worries, right? $10-$12. Jan. 18 & 19. Evangelion 2.0 plays Jan. 21-Jan 27. 1746 Post St. 525-8600.

African American GIs and Germany

Events Jan. 13 – 20, 2011

Thu 13

African American GIs and Germany
@ African American Arts Complex

Opening reception for an exhibit about the role of African American soliders in World War II. Exhibition researchers Maria Hohn and Martin Klimke will be at reception. 6pm-8pm. Thru April 22. 762 Fulton St. at Webster.

Alfred Hitchcock Films @ Castro Theatre

Last day of a mini-fest of a dozen rarely screened mysteries, thrillers and comedies from the master. Frenzy and Family Plot Jan. 13. $10. Check website or call for times. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Stacy Printz Company in AWARD Show

AWARD Show @ ODC Theater

Dance showcase and competition, with the audience voting on awards of up to $10,000. Jan. 13, 8pm, works by Scott Wells, Stacey Printz, Pearl Marill and Kara Davis. Jan. 14, 8pm, works by Alex Ketley, Jacinta Vlach, Dominic Duong and Jodie Lomask. Jan 15, 8pm, all finalists from previous nights performs. $20. 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222.

Clothing Drive @ Dress for Success

Brandy Kuentzel and Nicole Chiu, contestants on The Apprentice, make an appearance at the clothing drive for lightly-used women's business clothes. Donations help women get job interviews. 4pm-6pm. 500 Sutter St.

Jess Curtis/Gravity @ YBCA

Local dance company performs site-specific dances in advance of their full concerts in February. 4pm-8pm thru Jan. 15. Several visual art exhibits, too: Nina Bier: Agents of Change (thru Jan. 23) and Lauren DiCioccio: Remember the Times (thru Mar. 27), ongoing Middle East videos and more.$5-$7. Thu-Sat 12pm-8pm. Sun 12pm-6pm. Free first Thursdays. 701 Mission St. at 3rd.

Larry-bob Roberts @ Books Inc.

Author of the acclaimed The International Homosexual Conspiracy, musician and zinester emeritus reads and chats. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777.

Lost in Japan

Lost in Japan @ YBCA

Mini-fest of the existential comedies of Yuya Ishii. First, Sawako Decides (7:30pm and Jan. 15, 1pm). To Walk Beside You, Jan. 14, 7:30pm, Jan 15, 4pm. $6-$8 (includes gallery admission). 701 Mission St.

Lost in Yonkers @ Jewish Community Center

Neil Simon's comic coming-of-age play is performed by the Jewish Theatre of San Francisco. $20-$39.  Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru Jan. 16. Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St. 292-1233.

Martha Reeves @ The Rrazz Room

Motown great performs R&B, jazz and blues classics. $40-$45. 8pm thru Jan. 15. Also Jan 16, 7pm. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095.

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

Grand opening of the new exhibit from the GLBT Historical Society, with a wide array of rare historic items on display. Free. 7pm-9pm. Reg, hours: Free for members-$5. Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.

Women on the Way Festival

Women on the Way Festival @ Shotwell Studios, The Garage

11th anniversary festival of women choreographers, with 23 works premieres, favorites and more. $15-$20. All shows 8pm. Thru Jan. 30. 3252-A 19th St. and 975 Howard St. 920-2223.

Yoga Journal Conference @ Hyatt Regency Embarcadero

Large-scale four-day conference with panels, workshops, shopping, celebrity authors, live music, and of course, yoga products and classes. $29-$99. Thru Jan. 17.

Dirty Little Showtunes

Fri 14

Anniversary Benefit @ The Crucible, Oakland

12th annual edition of the gala pyrotechnical show at the fire arts school. Performers include dance, music, aerial, theatre, and fire arts acts by Mark Growden, Loop Station, Axis Dance Company, Iron Monkey and many more.$60-$120. VIPs get premium seating, hosted bar with hors d'oeuvres. 7pm-11pm. 1260 7th St. (510) 444-0919.

Clue @ Boxcar Playhouse

Boxcar Theatre's stage adaptation of the dark comedy murder mystery film based on the classic board game. $10-$25. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat 7p, & 10pm. Thru Feb. 19. 505 Natoma St. at 6th.

Coraline @ SF Playhouse

Musical stage version of the story and animated film about a girl whose family changes in an alternate reality; extended thru Jan. 15. $30-$40. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Some 7pm weeknights. 533 Sutter St. 677-9597.

Dirty Little Showtunes @ New Conservatory Theatre

Tom Orr's wicked and wacky musical revue of campy parody songs includes six special guest performers. $24-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 16. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972.

German Gems @ Castro Theatre

Mini-festival of German films includes themes on river surfing, David Lynch, Gustaf Mahler and more. Jan 14, Mahler on the Couch. Jan. 15, Keep Surfing, Intern for Life, The Architect, She Deserved It.  Jan. 16, Celebration of Flight, David Wants to Fly, Mountain Blood, Disenchantments. $10. 429 Castro St.

Ghetto Disco @ The Endup

DJs Hawthorne, Wayne G., James Torries and Cuervo spin tunes for the new decade. Free before 0pm. $10-$20. Open til 6am. 6th St. at Harrison.

A Hand in Desire

Gush @ Brava Theater

Joe Goode curated this three-week dance-theatre-fest of works performed by his company, Ledoh and Axis Dance Company. $25-$30. 8pm. Thu-Sat thru Jan. 29.

A Hand in Desire @ Viracocha

EmSpace Dance's movement-theatre interpretation of the poker scenes and romantic tension in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire; with intimate audience seating near the performance. $10-$20. 8pm. Fri & Sat thru Jan. 29. 998 Valencia St. at 21st.

Hayes Valley Show @ Marlena's

Galilea's weekly drag show starts off your weekend with Kitty Glamore, Saybaline, Melenie, Sofonda boyz, Emma Peel, Ella Gant, and Ana Mae Cox. No cover. 9:30pm. 488 Hayes St. at Octavia.

The Lion in Winter @ Actors Theatre

Local production of James Goldman's intriguing play about 1183-era English royalty. $26-$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Extended thru Jan 15. 855 Bush St. at Taylor. 345-1287.

Lost Animation VI @ Oddball Film

Award-winning and strangely fascinating short animated films from the 1960s and '70s. $10. 8:30pm. Also, Jan. 15, Steampunk: Imagined Futures, with short films about H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, by George Méliès, and clips from The Wild Wild West. $10. 8pm. 275 Capp st.

Sal Mineo: A Biography

Michael Michaud @ Books Inc

Author of Sal Mineo: A Biography reads from and discusses his book. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe.

The Real Americans @ The Marsh

Dan Hoyle's (Tings Dey Happen) multiple-character solo show based on his road trip to Middle America to explore the profound disconnect in a politically polarized country. $15-$50. Thu-Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru Feb. 12. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.    

SF Sketchfest @ Various Venues

Month-long comedy shows with dozens of famous and upcoming comics, at clubs and theatres. $15-$30.

Some Thing @ The Stud

Dragtastic show hosted by Glamamore, and a New Year's party, and DJs Juanita More, Sidekick and Stanley Frank. $10. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison.

Curious George Saves the Day

Sat 15

Architectural Bike Tour @ Citywide

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's tour of the buildings designed by Canadian brothers James and Merritt Reid (Fairmont Hotel, Cliff House). Free/$5. Meet 1:30pm at David Hewes Bldg., 995 Market St. at 6th.

Curious George Saves the Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Fascinating exhibit of 80 drawings by Margret and   H.A. Rey, cocreators of the impish monkey books, and how their daring escape from the Nazis in Europe was aided by their drawings. Also, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations (both thru March). Thu-Tue 11am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800. Thru March 13.

Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Four days of acts in audition by more than 130 (nearly every) ethnic dance company in Northern California. $10 per day (kids under 12 free; in-out privs). Jan. 14, 10am-6pm. Jan 15 10am-7:30pm; Jan 16 10am-7pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. 474-3914.  

Gay & Lesbian Sierrans @ Briones Hills

Share a 6-8-mile hike in the East Bay with LGBT hikers. Meet 9:15am at Rockridge BARt station. (510) 451-4867. 

Gay Shamanism Class @ LGBT Center

Meet your "power animal" and share spiritual focus with LGBTs. Bring a drum or rattle.; 3rd Saturdays. $20. 10am-12pm. 1800 Market St.

It's all a Blur @ SOMArts Cultural Center

La Pocha Nostra performs Corpo-Ilicito: The Post Human Society 6.9 as the live part of the exhibit of works by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat. $10-$12. 8pm. Exhibit Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 28. 934 Brannan St. at 8th.

Lemony Snicket's
The Composer is Dead

Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead @ Berkeley Rep

Strangely amusing musical comedy based on the author's orchestral narrative work; starring Geoff Hoyle and 100 puppets; developed by Phantom Limb Company; music by Nathaniel Stookey; directed by Tony Taccone. $14.50-$73. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 16. (510) 647-2949.

Meat Sluts @ Thee Parkside

Female punk band performs, along with Reducers, Complaints and the Paper Bags. $7. 9pm. 1600 17th St.  

Mike Daisey @ Berkeley Rep

Master storyteller tells tall tales The Last Cargo Cult (natives who worship shipments from overseas) and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (computer guru's precarious trip to China). Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. $15-$73. Thru Feb. 27. 2025 Addison St. (510) 647-2949.  

Night Market

Night Market @ Public Works

Innovative food vendor event at the new bare-bones warehouse nightclub, with pizza, dim sum, desserts, music (Josh Cheon, Honeysoundsystem, others), drinks and more for sale from dozens of local eateries. $5-$10. 11am-4pm: take-homeables and gifts. 6pm-2am: hot food and 21+ drinks. 161 Erie St. at Mission.

Non-Stop Bhangra @ Rickshaw Stop

Indian hiphop, drum-driven DJed music, dance lessons, and performances by the Dholrhythms Dance Troupe. $10-$20. 21+. 9:30pm-2am. 155 Fell St.

Peter Alexander Welch

Peter Alexander Welch @ Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay

Pianist-singer performs songs from his original musicals. Guests Melissa O'Keefe and Cliff McCormick also perform. $25. 8pm. 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay. (650) 726-1390.


BARtab Pick of the Week:
Raz-B @ Bench and Bar, Oakland

Club Rimshot presents the cutie-pie hiphop singer Raz B (Demario Thornton). Known for his boy band singing, his solo career, and playing a gay character on the Logo series Noah's Arc, Raz will perform live at his CD release party. No stranger to controversy (nude pics, Twitter wars with other singers, and telling of his abuse by boy band managers), the straight but gay-friendly Raz will surely deliver a hot show. Saturday, January 15. 9pm-4am. 510 17th St. Oakland. (510) 444-2266.

SF Hiking Club @ Mount Tam

Join GLBT hikers for a strenuous, 11-mile hike to Carson Falls. Hike along Pine Mountain Ridge and past Kent Lake. Bring water, lunch, snacks, layers, hat, sturdy boots. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, 9am. Also, Jan. 16, urban hike across San Francisco (9 miles). Also 9am Safeway meet-up. 279-5570.

Strobe @ Deco Lounge

Miss Star Search winner Tweaka Turner hosts a new event at the Polk hotspot, with classic disco diva music, performances by BeBe Sweetbriar and Duplicity Dilemma, a retro hip ambiance, gogo guys, Jager shots and more. $5. 9pm-2am. 510 Larkin St. at Turk.

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Sun 16

Antiques and Collectibles Fair

Shop form hundreds of vendors booths, with thousands of items; furniture, jewelry, art and lots more. $5-$10. 6am-3pm. Also Sun. (510) 217-8696.

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art

Fascinating exhibit of rarely seen prints, paintings, sculptures and a few of the more known drawings by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children's books. Ongoing, with updates and new items. 351A Geary St. 391-1948.

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum

See biographical exhibits about Walt Disney, early sketches and ephemera from historic Disney movies. Frequent lectures and film screenings. $12-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio.

Design & Wine 1976 to Now @ SF MOMA

Exhibit of the rich culture of wine, with historical artifacts, art, installations designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro. Special contests with prizes, including hotel stays in Napa, SF and Sonoma. 151 3rd St.

Dot 429 Brunch @ Orson

Enjoy a delicious meal, drinks, and LGBT business pro networking at a local event sponsored by the national gay networking group. $35. 12pm-3pm. 508 4th St.

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio

Interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating @ Union Square Rink

Celebrate the post-holidays, or gift returns, with a round of ice skating. $4.50-$9. 10am-10pm. Powell St. at Geary. Last day's Jan. 17.

Fresh @ Ruby Skye

Moto Blanco and DJ Luke Johnstone spin tunes at the popular monthly T-dance. Proceeds benefit Stop AIDS Project and Horizons Foundation. $20-$25. 420 Mason St. at Geary. 21+.

My Dog Tulip

My Dog Tulip @  Rec Vic Movie House

Christopher Plummer star-voiceovers the heartwarming animated film about an elderly man who befriends a German Shepard dog. $6-$9. 2pm, 4pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm. Thru Jan. 18. 1727 Haight St. 668-3994.

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome

Special benefit show Jan. 16 for the Castro Country Club, 7pm. 100% of all proceeds go to the LGBT sober space. Thrillpeddlers' revival of the comic mock operetta by Link Martin and Scrumbly Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture; with an all-star cast. $30-$35. 18 and over only! Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Extended again thru April 9. 575 10th St. at Division. (800) 838-3006.  

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Country-western dancing for the LGBT community and friends two night a week, every Sunday and Thursday. $5-$8. 21+. Sundays 5pm-10:30pm, lessons 5:30–7:15pm. Thursdays 6:30–10:30pm, lessons 7pm-8pm. 550 Barneveld Ave., near Bayshore and Industrial.

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the fabulous weekly brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Swing-out Sundays @ Rock-it Room

Slim Jenkins and other bands play weekly for your same- and opposite-sex swing dancing pleasure. $5 includes a lesson. 8pm-11pm. 406 Clement St.

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29

License to Kiss II  is the show at the theatre-tent-dinner extravaganza with Kevin Kent, twin acrobats Ming and Rui, Vertical Tango rope dance, plus magic, comedy, a five-course dinner, and a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am "Breve" show $63--$78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668.  

Gregory Douglass

Trevor Project Benefit @ Cafe duNord

Out gay singer Gregory Douglass, and twin sister folk-rock duo Acoustic Minds perform at a benefit for the LGBT Youth nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention and youth issues. $10-$25. 8pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016.

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond @ de Young Museum

Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay, the second of two exhibitions from the Paris museum's permanent collection, Thru Jan. 18. Also, Developed and Undeveloped: Photographic Landscapes, thru March 6. $10-$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Thru Jan. 18, 2011. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park,

Various Exhibits @ Oakland Museum of California

Bay Area figurative art, Dorothea Lange archive, Early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era works, California ceramics. Gallery of California Natural Sciences focuses on California's unique status as a region of extreme biological and geological diversity. $6-$12. 1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 238-2200.

A Penis Show

Mon 17

A Penis Show @ Magnet

Jack Davis's exhibit of crocheted penis sculptures. 8pm-10pm. Thru Jan. 4122 18th St. at Castro.

Singing Classes @ Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

Eli Conley teaches weekly LGBT singing classes for all skill levels. $280 for eight-week class. 7pm-9pm. 290 Dolores St. at 16th. Thru Mar. 7. Also Tuesdays thru Mar. 18 at La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's new talk show about LGBT local issues. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

What Is Your Dream? @ Museum of the African Diaspora

Activities and programs celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including lectures, art exhibits, activities and interactive exhibits, and an outdoor Selma march recreation in downtown SF. Free. 11am-6pm. 685 Mission St. 358-7200.


Tue 18

Blue Room Comedy @ Club 93

Weekly adults-only jokes at the divey small bar; David Hawkins hosts. 10pm. 93 9th St. at Mission.

Buffy the Musical @ Lone Star Saloon

Sing along to the hilarious musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Comic book and toy prizes from Whatever Comics. 7pm-10pm. 1354 Harrison St. 863-9999.

Evangelion @ Viz Cinema

Pair of popular Japanese post-apocalyptic anime films Evanglion, about giant robots. $10-$12. Also Jan. 19. Evangelion 2.0 plays Jan. 21-Jan 27. 1746 Post St. 525-8600.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey's

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV.  

Grease @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

National tour of the new Broadway production of the 50s-style hit musical. $20-$79. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm.   Also 2pm Sat., and 1pm & 6pm Sun. Thru Jan. 23. 255 Almaden Blvd. (408) 792-4111.

Meditation Classes @ Kadampa Buddhist Temple

Tessa Logan teaches drop-in meditation classes. $10. 7-8:45pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.

Martin Freeman's art

Martin Freeman @ Visual Aid

Exhibit of works by the local creator of funky collage sculptures. Thru Feb. Tue-Fri, 2pm-6pm. 57 Post St. #905.

Michael Ajerman @ Toomey Tourell Fine Art

Exhibit of lush dreamlike paintings. 5:30-7:30pm. Thru Jan. 31. 49 Geary St. 4th floor.

Paula West @ The Rrazz Room

Popular local singer performs with The George Mesterhazy quartet on various nights for eight weeks thru Mar. 13. $35-$45. Mostly at 8pm. Check online schedule. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095.

Prostate Play @ Good Vibrations, Berkeley

Learn about posterior pleasure techniques with or without toys and/or a partner, from Dr. Charles Glickman. 6pm. 2504 San Pablo Ave. at Dwight Way.

Radar Readings @ The Luggage Store

Author Michelle Tea's eclectic reading series moves to the gallery, and welcomes Vendela Vida, Ali Liebegott, Tara Jepsen, Sara Seinberg and more. 7pm. 1007 Market St.

Yoga Classes @ The Sun Room

Heated, healing weekly yoga classes in a new location. Suggested donation $10-20.  12pm-1pm. Tue & Thu. 2390 Mission St, 3rd floor. 794-4619.

Angels in America at 20

Wed 19

A-List Martini Nights @ Various Bars

The roving weekly cocktail events for gay men and their pals, held at different stylish venues. Sign up for email updates.

Angels in America at 20 @ Museum of Performance & Design

Exhibit documenting the award-winning Tony Kushner drama, with an array of original costumes, props, manuscripts, video clips, photos, designs and audio interviews. Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Mar. 26. 401 Van Ness Ave. 255-4800.

Badly Happy @ Performance Art Institute

Pain, Pleasure, and Panic in Recent Romanian Art, a group exhibit representing a generation which struggles to make sense out of the rapidly changing post-communist world. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Jan. 8, 2011. 575 Sutter St. 501-0575.  

Breakfast at Tiffany's @  Rec Vic Movie House

Audrey Hepburn stars in the de-gayed yet charming film based on gay author Truman Capote's novella. $6-$9. 2pm, 7pm, 9:25pm. Also Jan. 20.  1727 Haight St. 668-3994.

Galeria 4.0 @ Galeria de la Raza

40th anniversary exhibit, with Latino/Chicano works spanning four decades. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm (Tue 1pm-7pm) thru Jan. 29, 2011. 2857 24th St.

Jewelle Gomez @ Duboce Park CafeLesbian author celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of her popular The Gilda Stories vampire novels. 6:30pm. 2 Sanchez St.

The Last Drag @ LGBT Center

LGBT quit smoking classes; first of an eight-week series. You must attend first session. Free. 7pm-9pm. 1800 Market St.

Reprise @ Robert Tat Gallery

Favorite photographs on display at the fine art gallery of historic prints. Thru Feb. 26. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. #211. 781-1122.

Roger Arvid Anderson's photos

Roger Arvid Anderson, Bill Bowers @ Steven Wolk Fine Arts

See rare Cockettes-era photos, collages and costumes by the two veteran gay artists. Thru Jan. 29. 2747 19th St. A. 263-3677.

The Social Network @ Castro Theatre

Darkly comic film about Mark Zuckerberg's monster Facebook and its origins. $10. 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:20pm. 429 Castro St.

Smack Dab @ Magnet

Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts cohost the eclectic often queer open mic show. Featured reader is Andrew Ramer (Two Flutes Playing). 8pm (sign-up by 7:30 to perform). 4122 18th St. at Castro.

Whatcha Doin' Wednesdays @ Castro Bars

Monthly promotional events (each 3rd Wed.) at Castro bars, and live performances in Jane Warner Plaza. 7pm-11pm.


Thu 20

David Richo @ Books Inc

Psychotherapist and author of Daring To Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy discusses his book. 2275 Market St. at Noe.

Gantz @ Century 9

World premiere (simulcast in 300+ screens worldwide) of the new Japanense science fiction movie, with live action sequences (PST tape delayed). $12.50. 8:30pm. 835 Market St.  

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Weekly parties with different themes at the new museum of life sciences. Enjoy the exhibits while drinking and schmoozing; Life: A Cosmic Story, narrated by Jodie Foster in the Planetarium. $12. (Reg, admission $20-$30). 21+. 6pm-10pm. Golden Gate Park.

Photo Show @ Good Vibrations

Closing night reception for an exhibit of works by photographers Rink Foto and Kija Lucas and painter Sholeh Asgary. Thru Jan. 20. 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento.  345-0400.  

Sketchfest @ Castro Theatre

Live version of It's Gary Shandling's Show with Shandling and Alan Zweibel at 7pm. Then Rifftrax does voiceover jokes to short films, with Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (MST3K), Zach Braff, Maria Bamford and more. (9:30pm). $25 each. 429 Castro St.


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