Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 34 / 21 August 2014
 
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Violins, violas, guitars; even a piano has strings, of a sort. Being a percussion instrument, it's a different type, but musicians ranging from pop to classical strum, sing and play for you this week.

Classical Concerts @ Old First Church

Friday, Sept 28, celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller and pianist Sonia Leong perform Eugene Ysaye's Sonata for solo violin, Op. 27, No. 4, Beethoven's Sonata in A major for piano and violin, Op. 30, No. 1, and Bela Bart—k's Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano. 8pm. MusicAEterna and Friends perform traditional and new strong-piano works by Piazzola, Keyes, and Schubert, Sept 30, 4pm. $14-$17. 1751 Sacramento St. 474-1608. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Aimee Mann

Sat 29 - Aimee Mann
@ The Fillmore

Pop singer (Til Tuesday, the Magnolia soundtrack) performs new and classic songs. Field Report opens. $35-$47. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. www.thefillmore.com Also Sept 30 at the Uptown Theatre, Napa. $35-$50. 1350 3rd St. www.livenation.com

Sun 30 - A Brief History of the Piano
@ Performance Art Institute

Mauro Fortissimo and Robert Soper (with weekly guests) perform in a series of concerts featuring modern piano classics by Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, John Cage, Sun Rah and other composers. $15-$20. 4pm. Thru Oct. 7. 75 Boardman Place. 501-0575. www.theperformanceartinstitute.org

Sun 30 - Coyote Grace @ Great American Music Hall

Bluegrass-blues-folk band performs beautiful acoustic music and vocals. $12-$15. With dinner $37. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.   www.coyotegrace.com www.slimspresents.com

Mon 1- Left Coast Chamber Ensemble @ Sf Music Conservatory

Portraits in Sound, a concert of music by Kurt Rohde and Carl Schimmel, features projected images and text by Frances McCormack and Sue Moon. $15-$30. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness. 617-5223. www.leftcoastensemble.org

Cypress String Quartet

Tue 2 - Cypress String Quartet @ Old First Church

The acclaimed local music ensemble performs the world premiere of Elena Ruehr's String Quartet No. 6., plus music by George Tsontakis and Kevin Puts. $14-$17. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St. 474-1608. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Melissa Etheridge

Wed 3 - Melissa Etheridge
@ Fox Theater, Oakland

The folk-rock favorite gal returns with classic hits and songs from her new CD 4th Street Feeling. $58-$103. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave.  www.apeconcerts.com

Jonathan Biss

Thu 4 - Melissa Ivey @ La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley

Singer-guitarist with a Gypsy rock-punk edge performs songs from her new CD, Lovers and Stars. $10-$12. 8:30pm. 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley. www.melissaivey.com   www.lapena.org

Thu 4 - Schumann: Under the Influence @ Herbst Theatre

Pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore and two other musicians perform a series of concerts focusing on Schumann and other composers. $25-$62. 8pm. Different profram Oct 6, 8pm, also at the Herbst. 401 Van Ness Ave. 392-2545.  www.sfperformances.org



Bodies politic

Exceptional dance-theatre works this week offer moving visions.

Circo Zero

Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero @ YBCA

Innovative politically-focused choreographer and his performance ensemble premiere Turbulence (a dance about the economy), with alternating guest performers Laura Arrington, Jesse Hewit, Emily Leap, Jorge De Hoyos and Hana Erdman. $15-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 29. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Rhinoceros @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Parisian-based Theatre de la Ville performs an internationally acclaimed new production of Eugene Ionesco's masterpiece of absurdist dark satire about social conformity and fascism. $30-$90. Sept 27 & 28, 8pm. Sept 29, 2pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Zhukov Dance Theatre @ Z Space

Choreographer and set designer Yuri Zhukov's fifth season of new balletic yet ultra modern works, Product 05: Coin/C/Dance, about unplanned coincidence and chance, performed by his amazing dancers. $20-$50. 8pm nightly Sept 27-29. 450 Florida St. www.zhukovdance.org



Events September 27- October 4, 2012


Thu 27

The Bride of Death @ Hypnodrome

Thrill peddlers presents Shocktoberfest 13, an evening of horror and unhinged comedy with two world-premiere one-act plays and a classic: Coals of Fire by Fredrick Whitney,   The Bride of Death by Michael Phillis, and Rob Keefe's The Twisted Pair. $25-$35. Previews. Opening night Oct. 4. Thu-Sat 8pm. Special Halloween performances Oct. 30 & 31. Thru Nov 17. 575 10th St. (800) 838-3006.  www.thrillpeddlers.com

Easy Street, Bikes on Film @ Oddball Films

Unusual vintage travel/adventure shorts, 8pm. Sept 28, vintage and unusual cycling short films. 8pm. $10 each. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
@ Rinconada Park, Palo Alto

17th annual sale and exhibit of hand-blown colorful autumnal gourd sculptures. Special events thru the showing. 10am-9pm. Thru Sept 30. 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www.bagi.org   www.greatglasspumpkinpatch.com

Homo File, Fuck My Life @ CounterPulse

Seth Eisen's multi-layered performance exploration of gay rights author, scholar and tattoo artist Sam Steward; and Xandra Ibarra's darkly comic study of Hollywood "Latina bombshells." $20-$30. Thu-Sun 8pm.  Thru Sept 30. 1310 Mission st at 9th. 626-2060. www.counterpulse.org

How to Survive a Plague@ Embarcadero Cinema

David France's highly acclaimed documentary on ACT UP New York's Treatment Activist Group (TAG), and how they forced the government and pharmaceutical companies to speed up drug treatment programs. $7-$11. Various times. One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level. 267-4893. www.http://www.landmarktheatres.com

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen
Live in Budapest

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest @ Embarcadero Cinema

Remastered concert film of the classic rock band, and Freddie Mercury's last filmed concert performance. $12. 7:30pm. 1 Embarcadero Center. 352-0835. Also at other theatres.  www.queenonline.com www.landmarktheatres.com

Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero @ YBCA

Innovative politically-focused choreographer and his performance ensemble premiere Turbulence (a dance about the economy), with alternating guest performers Laura Arrington, Jesse Hewit, Emily Leap, Jorge De Hoyos and Hana Erdman. $15-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 29. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

L.A. Rebellion @ BAM/PFA

Creating a New Black Cinema, screenings of historic African American narrative and documentary films. $5.50-$13.50. Various dates and times. Thru Oct. 30. Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way. (510) 642-5249.   www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

LunaFest @ Herbst Theater

12th annual fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities. $10-$50.  6pm reception, 7:30 screening. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.lunafest.org

Niagara Falling

Niagara Falling @ Renoir Hotel

Jo Kreiter's Flyaway Productions' women aerial dance company performs another amazing outdoor work, with a suspended boat, scaffold and wall dancing, and video projections. Free. 8:30 and 9:30pm. Thru Sept 29. 7th St. at Market.  www.flyawayproductions.com

Plantosaurus Rex @  Conservatory of Flowers

Dinos Among Us!, a special cocktail party at the exhibit of prehistoric plants and flowers (giant ferns, spiky horsetails) from the Mesozoic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with life-size models of dinosaurs. Free (if you dress as a dino!) $5-$7. 6pm-10pm. Reg hours, Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Thru Oct. 21. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.  www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Rhinoceros @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Parisian-based Theatre de la Ville performs an internationally acclaimed new production of Eugene Ionesco's masterpiece of absurdist dark satire about social conformity and fascism. $30-$90. 8pm. Also Sept 28, 8pm. Sept 29, 2pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Theater of Yugen

Theater of Yugen @ ODC Theater

Mystical Abyss, the dance-theatre company's Butoh work. $17-$45. 7pm. Also Sept 28/28 8pm. Sept 29 3pm. Sept 30 2pm. 3153 17th St. 863-9834. www.odctheater.org

Thunder From Down Under @ The Rrazz Room

The Australian male strip troupe performs its sexy but women-focused show. $35-$55. Thru Oct 6. Wed & Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm & 9:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.  www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Topdog/Underdog @ Marin Theatre Company

Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two Black men, ironically named Lincoln and Booth, whose game of deception blurs the lines between honest and illegitimate work. $36-$57. Previews; opening night Oct. 2. Thru Oct. 21. Tue, Thu Fri & Sat 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 388-5208.  www.marintheatre.org  

Zhukov Dance Theatre

Zhukov Dance Theatre @ Z Space

Choreographer and set designer Yuri Zhukov's fifth season of new balletic yet ultra modern works, Product 05: Coin/C/Dance, about unplanned coincidence and chance, performed by his amazing dancers. $20-$50. 8pm nightly thru Sept 29. 450 Florida St. www.zhukovdance.org

Fri 28

Classical Concerts @ Old First Church

Celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller and pianist Sonia Leong perform Eugene Ysaye's Sonata for solo violin, Op. 27, No. 4, Beethoven's Sonata in A major for piano and violin, Op. 30, No. 1, and Bela Bart—k's Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano. 8pm.  MusicAEterna and Friends perform traditional and new strong-piano works by Piazzola, Keyes, and Schubert, Sept 30, 4pm.  The Cypress String Quartet performs contemporary works by Reuhr, Puts and Tsontakis, Oct 2, 8pm. $14-$17. 1751 Sacramento St. 474-1608. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Chinglish @ Berkeley Rep

David Henry Hwang's (M. Butterfly) hilarious play, direct from its New York run; set in China, it explores the cultural and linguistic confusion a businessman faces while attempting to secure a lucrative company contract. $15-$99. Tue, & Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Also Sat & Sun 2pm. Extended thru Oct. 21. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. at Shattuck, Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

David Hirata @ The Marsh, Berkeley

Enjoy the performer's magic and storytelling act with piano accompanist Larisa Migachyov, and happy hour cocktails ($5). Free. 6pm. Fridays thru Sept. 28. 2120 Allston Way. 826-5750. www.themarsh.org

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Aurora Theatre Company's production of Kristoffer Diaz' smart, action-packed play about racial stereotypes in the world of professional wrestling. This metaphor for modern-day America received the 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play, and was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  $32-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm., Also Tue 7pm. Thru Sept 30. 2081 Addison St. (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

Family Programming @ Shelton Theater

Seven gay-themed short plays (by Steven Korbar, Rodney Taylor, rich Orloff, Joseph Frank/Aaron Tworek, James A. Martin and Chauncey Wales) from Left Coast Theatre Company, the producers of the popular Eat Our Shorts series. $15-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct.13. 533 Sutter St.  www.leftcoasttheatreco.org

Friday Nights @ de Young Museum

Weekly parties, live performances and quick art installations, paired with current shows. Free-$18 (tickets required for exhibit entry). 5:30pm-8:30pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.deyoung.famsf.org

Invasion! @ Boxcar Playhouse

Crowded Fire Theatre Company's production of Rachel Willson-Broyles's translation of Jona Hassen Khemiri's Obie-winning dark comedy about Middle Eastern misrepresentations. $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept 29. 505 Natoma St. www.crowdedfire.org  

Matthew James

Matthew James @ Groove Salon

Opening reception for an exhibit of colorful pop art works by the local artist. 7pm-10pm. Thru Nov 10. 215 Fremont St. at Howard. 975-9900.  www.mattjamesart.com   www.groovesf.com

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre

Shakespeare's summer romantic comedy, where fairies make asses of humans, gets an appropriate outdoor production by Marin Shakes. $20-$35. Thru Sept 30. Dominican University of California, 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. www.marinshakespeare.org

The Normal Heart @ American Conservatory Theatre

West Coast premiere of George C. Wolfe's Tony Award-winning revival of Larry Kramer's historic drama about the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York City, with a stellar cast of Broadway and TV actors. $25-$80. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Some special curtain times. Special events and pre-curtain discussions thru run, including AIDS Now talk after the Sept 30 2pm show. Thru Oct. 7. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

The Other Place @ Magic Theatre

Sharr White's acclaimed thriller about a strange Cape Cod unexplained mystery. $22-$62. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Oct. 7. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor. Marina Blvd at Buchana. 441-8822.   www.magictheatre.org

Play Fair @ GLBT History Museum

Opening reception for Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer, an exhibit of safe sex promotional efforts. 7pm-9pm. Also, For Love and Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action 1960-1990s, a new exhibit organized by queer and transgender Asian Pacific Islanders. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistorymuseum.org

The Real Americans  @ The Marsh

Dan Hoyle returns with his acclaimed solo show with multiple characters based on his travels to the most liberal and conservative regions of America. $25-$50. Fri 8pm. Sat 8:30pm. Thru Sept 29. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.www.themarsh.org

The Waiting Period @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's hit solo show, about an intense time when he tried to purchase a gun to kill himself, is extended thru Sept. 29. $33-$53. Fridays 8pm. Saturdays 5pm. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Aimee Mann

Sat 29

Aimee Mann @ The Fillmore

Pop singer (Til Tuesday, the Magnolia soundtrack) performs new and classic songs. Field Report opens. $35-$47. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. www.thefillmore.com Also Sept 30 at the Uptown Theatre, Napa. $35-$50. 1350 3rd St. www.livenation.com

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. Reg: $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. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Bradley Platz @ Modern Eden Gallery

Blood and Marble, the painter's exhibit of works representing decaying classical sculptures. Wed-Sun 11am-7pm. Thru Oct 21. 403 Francisco St. 956-3303. www.ModernEden.com

The Call @ Regency Center

Fundraiser and performance of The Call: A Story in Four Acts, a dramatic vignette interpretation of the 30-year history of the SF AIDS Foundation's service to the community through the AIDS epidemic; produced by Kyle Ozier. Drinks and food served.   $300-$1,000. 6pm-9pm. 1300 Van Ness Ave. 487-3013. www.sfaf.org

Cindy Sherman @ SF MOMA

Retrospective touring exhibit of 150 photos by the artist who poses as different fascinating and obscure characters. Free-$18. Daily 11am-5:30pm, except Wed. late Thu until 8:45pm. Thru Oct. 8. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction! @ MOAD

Exhibit of abstract art by African American artists. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org  

Earthquake @ California Academy of Sciences

New exhibit and planetarium show with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about our ever-shifting earth. $20-$30. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.  379-8000.   www.calacademy.org

Chuck Close and Crown Point Press @ de Young Museum

Exhibit of the painter's printmaking works; also, permanent exhibits of Modern art. $6-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600. www.famsf.org  

Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism @ Legion of Honor

Photographs, paintings, drawings and manuscripts that explore the creative interaction between gay artists Man Ray and Lee Miller, two giants of European Surrealism. Also, Marcel Duchamp: The Book and the Box . And, Gifts From the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal, a new exhibit of Greek and Roman artifacts and art related to the lives of athletes of ancient times, and modern works that reflect athletics, including Robert Anderson "Gay Olympics" poster. Free-$10. Thru Oct. 14. Tue-Sat 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park at 100 34th Avenue (at Clement Street). www.famsf.org

Nayland Blake

Mark I. Chester  @ Wicked Grounds

Exhibit of photographs by the veteran photographer of leather culture; thru November. 289 8th St. www.markichester.com   www.wickedgrounds.com

My Fair Lady @ SF Playhouse

Modern stripped-down (11 actors, two pianos) adaptation of the Lerner & Lowe classic musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion . $20-$50. Tue-Thu 7pm.Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Sept. 29. 533 Sutter St. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

Nayland Blake @ YBCA

Former Bay Area native's exhibit of unusual installations, drawings, queer archival material and more. Opening night party Oct 12. Free-$15. Also, Occupy Bay Area, an exhibit of local art, video, photography and writing with a political edge. $8-$10. Thru Oct. 14. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Oakland Pride Tour @ Oakland Museum of Art

Celebrate Oakland Pride with LGBT History Docent Tours of the Gallery of California History. Discover historic LGBT artifacts and explore the stories behind California's vibrant, diverse LGBT culture. 7pm. Sept 30, LGBT Family celebration, 12pm-3pm. Also, The 1968 Exhibit, a touring exhibit of the historic year, with ephemera, protest posters, interactive media; extended thru Nov 2012. Also, Bay Area figurative art; Dorothea Lange archive, early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era works, California ceramics. Gallery of California Natural Sciences. $6-$12. 1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 318-8400. www.museumca.org

Open Rehearsal, Auction @ AXIS Dance

Enjoy bidding on a variety of ticket deals, hotel stays and art, meet the dancers, then see a rehearsal of new dances performed by the innovative company. $10. 6:30pm. Alice Arts Center, 1428 Alice St., Oakland. (510) 625-0110.  www.axisdance.org

Phantoms of Asia @ Asian Art Museum

Exhibit of bold contemporary art with perspectives on life, death, nature and other themes. $12-$15. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

(re)collection @ Intersection for the Arts

Group exhibit collaboration with Lost and Found: Family Photos Swept by the 3.11 East Japan Tsunami. Free. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Oct. 27. 925 Mission St. at 5th. www.theintersection.org

Single Gay Dads @ LGBT Center

Panel discussion and meeting for gay single parents. 2pm-5pm. 1800 Market St. www.gayfuturedads.org   www.sfcenter.org

Strange Travel Suggestions @ The Marsh

Oakland author Jeff Greenwald's witty insightful solo show about his travels and wanderlust, with audience participatory "spin the wheel" story selection. $20-$50.  Saturdays only, 8:30pm. Thru Sept. 29.  1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Tiara Sensation Drag Pageant @ Rickshaw Stop

Glamamore, VivvyAnne ForeverMore, DJ down-E, Diamanda Kallas, Dulce De Leche and many others compete and perform at the wild drag contest. $10-$20. 9pm. 155 Fell St.  www.rickshawstop.com

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night @ Hyde Street Pier

We Players' latest outdoor theatre adventure brings Shakespeare's mistaken identity, gender-bending, romantic comedy, set at Illyria's seaport, to the historic local pier. Evening show includes a live jazz band, drinks and snacks. $40-$60. Fri 5:30. Sat & Sun 12pm & 5:309pm. Thru Oct. 7. Jefferson St. at Hyde. 547-0189. www.weplayers.org

Visual Aid Benefit @ Silvia Poloto Studio

Enjoy wine, cocktails and nibbly things at the colorful studio of the Brazilian-born local painter/sculptor. $50-$200.   6:30-9:30pm 442 Shotwell St. 777-8242. www.visualaid.org  www.eventbrite.com/event/4360055042

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism @ de Young Museum

New exhibit of varied and little seen Modern Art works collected by the New York art patron with a diverse taste, including paintings by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Also, This World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon, thru Jan. 27. $10-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.   www.famsf.org  

Women 我們 @ Chinese Cultural Center

Exhibit of video works, installation art, photography, sculpture, and more by a diverse array of LGBTQ artists including Mu Xi, Yang Meiyan, He Chengyao, and other emerging artists based in China as well as five U.S.-based artists, among them Man Yee Lam and Stella Zhang. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. 750 Kearny St., 3rd floor (inside the Hilton Hotel). 986-1822. www.c-c-c.org

AIDS Quilt Interactive

Sun 30

AIDS Quilt Interactive @ San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

New exhibit marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Quilt; a 42-inch interactive touchscreen tabletop that allows users to search through and examine detailed individual images from the 1.3 million square feet of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Visitors experience the size and impact of the quilt in a new way; they can search for an individual's name to locate panels in the overall collection and find metadata about that panel and person. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. (Also 7pm-11pm first Fridays). Thru Oct. 14. 520 South First St., San Jose. (408) 971-0323. www.sjquiltmuseum.org

A Brief History of the Piano @ Performance Art Institute

Mauro Fortissimo and Robert Soper (with weekly guests) perform in a series of concerts featuring modern piano classics by Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, John Cage, Sun Rah and other composers. $15-$20. 4pm. Thru Oct. 7. 75 Boardman Place. 501-0575. www.theperformanceartinstitute.org

Bud E. Luv @ The Rrazz Room

Enjoy the fun Las Vegas lounge act right in downtown San Francisco. $30. 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Coyote Grace @ Great American Music Hall

Bluegrass-blues-folk band performs beautiful acoustic music and vocals. $12-$15. With dinner $37. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St. www.coyotegrace.com www.slimspresents.com

Fall Free for All @ UC Berkeley Campus

Enjoy multiple free dance, theatre and music performances at the annual festival of local and visiting arts groups, including Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Cypress String Quartet, George Brooks, Shotgun Players performing songs from Sondheim's Assassins, Eth-Noh Tec Pan Asian Storytellers, Daniel Barash Shadow Puppet, Kitka, SF Taiko, and others. 11am-7pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Imagining Val Travel

Imagining Val Travel @ Glama-Rama Salon

Local collage artist Tofu's exhibit focuses on vintage and contemporary travel imagery, based on his research discovering that the salon's building formerly housed Val Travel agency at the height of the "glam travel" 60s. On view thru Nov. 3. 304 Valencia St at 14th. www.tofuart.com www.glamarama.com

Outlook Video @ Channel 29

LGBT news show, this month, segments on pet care, GLAAD Media Awards, and SF International Film Festival. 5pm. Also streaming online. www.outlookvideo.org

PJ Andrews @ Castro Country Club

Exhibit of the gay artist's amusing glitter cartoon character portraits and collages. Thru Oct 31. 4058 18th St. www.castrocountryclub.org

SF Hiking Club @ Bay Trail, Oyster Point

Join GLBT hikers for a 10-mile hike on paved paths with good views of the bay, fishing piers, marinas, and maybe a few kiteboards. Carpool meets 8:45am at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker. (650)763-8537. www.sfhiking.com

Squeeze Box @ The Marsh

Benefit performance of Ann Randolph's Off-Broadway hit, which ran in SF for eight months, about the performer's experiences working the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter. $50-$500. 5pm. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

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

Under the Harvest Moon @ Kelly and Young Winery

Benefit dinner for Food for Thought's AIDS Nutrient Bank, with a wine and canape reception (4:30pm) and a five-course dinner (5pm). $100. 5465 Red Winery Road, Geyserville. (707) 887-1647. www.fftfoodbank.org

Mon 1

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble @ Sf Music Conservatory

Portraits in Sound, a concert of music by Kurt Rohde and Carl Schimmel, with projected image and text by Frances McCormack and Sue Moon. $15-$30. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness. 617-5223. www.leftcoastensemble.org

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Still Life & Tromp L'Oeil @ John Pence Gallery

Group exhibit of subtle, colorful "fool the eye" and still life paintings by local and regional artists. Exhibit thru Oct. 6. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Sat til 6pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry interviews designer and artist Kevin Loius-Barton and chats with Susan Casslan author of Conversations with Richard Purcell about the openly gay priest noted for his work with the homeless and people living with AIDS. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.comcasthometown.com

Tommy Igoe Band @ The Rrazz Room

Drummer welcomes guest performers. $25. 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Tue 2

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum

See biographical exhibits about Walt Disney, early sketches and ephemera from historic Disney movies. Frequent lectures and film screenings. $5-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio. www.waltdisney.org

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. www.dennisraefineart.com

Cypress String Quartet @ Old First Church

Acclaimed local music ensemble performs the world premiere of Eelna Ruehr's String Quartet No. 6., plus music by George Tsontakis and Kevin Puts. $14-$17. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St. 474-1608. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Denise Perrier @ The Rrazz Room

Vocalist performs symphonic jazz with an instrumental duo. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

The Drag Show @ Various Channels

Stu Smith's weekly LGBT variety show features local talents, and not just drag artistes. Channels 29 & 76 on Comcast; 99 on AT&T and 30 on Astound. www.thedragshow.org

Elect to Laugh @ The Marsh

Will Durst welcomes comic commentator pals to a weekly political humor night. $15-$50. 8pm. Thru Nov 6. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

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. www.harveyssf.com

LGBT Prenuptuals Forum @ Bananas Family, Oakland

Lawyers experienced with domestic partnership laws discuss financial planning pre-marriage. $5. 6pm-8pm. 5232 Claremont Ave. 981-1960.

Naked Girls Reading @ Stage Werx Theater

Kristine Wilson hosts a reading of selections from famously banned books, with members of The Twilight Vixen Revue reading, naked! $20-$35. 8pm. 446 Valencia St. at 16th. www.nakedgirlsreading.com/sanfrancisco

The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs @ Bimbo's

Stylishly cool British 80s New Wave/Nouvelle Vague band performs. The Chevin opens. $30. 21+. 8pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365. www.bimbos365club.com

Smarty Pants Trivia @ Stray Bar

Kitty Tapata hosts the game show fun with popcorn and prizes at the dog-friendly gay/straight bar in Bernal Heights. Tuesdays, 8pm. 309 Cortland. www.straybarsf.com

Wed 3

33 Variations @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Moises Kaufman's play about a brilliant musicologist racing to solve one of Beethoven's greatest mysteries, while her daughter struggles to connect with her. Two hundred years earlier and also no stranger to obsession, Beethoven uses his incomparable genius to turn a mediocre melody into 33 masterpieces. $23-$73. Tue & Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 28. 500 Castro St. at Mercy, Mountain View. (650) 463-1960. www.theatreworks.org

Art With Elders @ City Hall

Opening reception for a large group exhibit of works by 90 artists in 30+local arts programs, all seniors with a lengthy life perspective. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Thru Jan. 4. Reg hours Mon-Fri 8am-8pm. Ground floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. www.sfgov.org

Candlelight Flow Yoga @ LGBT Center

David Clark leads various yoga poses and practices, plus meditation and breathing exercises. Bring your own mat and water bottle, etc. $10. 7pm-8:30pm. 1800 Market St. www.4dbliss.com

Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy @ Yoshi's

The '70s singer returns from retirement to sing classic hits and new takes on other songs. $45. 8pm. Also Oct 4. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz @ SF Art Institute

Cynthia Carr, editor of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz, discusses the gay artist's work, in conversation with Amy Scholder, Editorial Director of Feminist Press; presented by City Lights Bookstore. Free. 7pm. Lecture Hall, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St. www.citylights.com

Melissa Etheridge @ Fox Theater, Oakland

The folk-rock favorite gal returns with classic hits and songs from her new CD 4th Street Feeling. $58-$103. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave. www.apeconcerts.com

Of Thee I Sing @ Eureak Theatre

42nd Street Moon opens its 20th season with a production of the classic political satire by George and Ira Gershwin (book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind). $25-$75. Wed 7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 21. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

Women's burlesque show performs each Wed & Fri. $5-$10. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

>Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza @ The Punchline

British Muslim comedian brings her taboo-breaking deadpan humor to the local club. $15. 2-drink min. 8pm. 444 Battery St. at Clay. 397-7573. www.punchlinecomedyclub.com

Melissa Ivey

Thu 4

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

Melissa Ivey @ La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley

Singer-guitarist with a Gypsy rock-punk edge perfomrs songs from her new CD, Lovers and Stars. $10-$12. 8:30pm. 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley. www.melissaivey.com www.lapena.org

Schumann: Under the Influence @ Herbst Theatre

Pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore and two other musicians perform a series of concerts focusing on Schumann and other composers. $25-$62. 8pm. Different program Oct 6, 8pm, also at the Herbst. 401 Van Ness Ave. 392-2545. www.sfperformances.org

Singing the Golden State @ Society of California Pioneers

Exhibit of beautiful sheet music and artwork from 1849 -1930s, all with California themes; curated James M. Keller, the exhibit includes a few subtly gay and historically transgender subjects. $2.50-$50. Wed-Fri 10am-4pm. First Saturdays 10am-4pm. Thru Dec. 7. 300 Fourth St. 957-1849. www.californiapioneers.org

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

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