Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 38 / 18 September 2014
 
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Out & About


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Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts

The popular local modern ballet company performs vibrant works by Adam Hougland, Try McIntyre, and Michael Smuin; set to music ranging from Philip Glass to The Shins. $25-$65. 8pm. Thu-Sat 8pm Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 14. 3301 Lyon St. 912-1899. www.smuinballet.org

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This week's two mini write-ups parallel disparate words; the curatorial and the choreographic. Exhibits, lectures and live performances include dance, and other super-humans in tights, or out of them.

Thu 4 - Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts

The popular local modern ballet company performs vibrant works by Adam Hougland, Try McIntyre, and Michael Smuin; set to music ranging from Philip Glass to The Shins. $25-$65. 8pm. Thu-Sat 8pm Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 14. 3301 Lyon St. 912-1899. www.smuinballet.org

Phil Jimenez

Thu Oct 4 -
Phil Jimenez @ California College of the Arts

The Eisner-nominated gay comic artist (known for his DC Comics' Wonder Woman, New X-Men, the Obama Spider-Man special, and other works), discusses comics and art with CCA faculty (and gay comic artist) Justin Hall. Free. 7pm. Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. http://www.cca.edu/calendar/daily/2012-10-04/all

Wed 10 - Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra
@ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

The Russian company performs Swan Lake, with music by Tchaikovsky, with choreography by Constantin Sergeyev, based on Petipa and Ivanov's original. $30-$175. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Oct 13, 2pm; Oct 14, 3pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Sat 6 - Rudolf Nureyev:
A Life in Dance
@ de Young Museum

Direct from the Centre National du Costume de Scene in Moulins, France, this exhibit displays costumes, photos, videos and ephemera documenting the amazing dancing and choreography of the world-famous gay dancer. Thru Feb 17. Also, Chuck Close and Crown Point Press, an 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


Artifactual

Art, the acquisition of it, the discovery of it, the categorization, can be as involving and fascinating as the exhibits themselves. Sometimes, public court documents become art.

Desert Jewels

Desert Jewels @ MOAD

North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection showcases nearly 100 pieces of jewelry from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, plus documentary photographs. $5-$10. Members free. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan 21. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

Out of Character

Out of Character @ Asian Art Museum

Decoding Chinese Calligraphy, a new exhibit of modern and ancient scripted art, with numerous special events, workshops and discussions. Thru Jan 13. Also on exhibit, Phantoms of Asia, which showcases bold contemporary art with perspectives on life, death, nature and other themes. $12-$15. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

Dr. Seuss flicks!

Thu Oct 4- Beauty Tips @ Oddball Film

Vintage and more than slightly sexist commercials and short films about women and 'beauty.' 8pm. Oct 5, Dr. Seuss on the Loose , cartoon adaptations of popular stories, plus clips from the 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. 8pm. Each $10. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Fri 5 - Cage/Oliveros Celebration @ Mills College, Oakland

Performances of Event with Canfield, the Merce Cunningham dance with a score by John Cage. The two gay artists were part of the Mills College's early arts departments; works by former faculty Pauline Oliveros as well. $10-$15. 8pm. Also Oct 6., 8pm. 5000 MacArthur Blvd. http://musicnow.mills.edu/

8 the stage play

Sun 7 - 8 @ American Conservatory Theatre

It's an archived trial transcript that became an amazing play. A.C.T. presents a one-night staged reading of Lance Dustin Black's play, based on the transcripts from the notorious Proposition 8 court case, with Dustin Lance Black, Neil Giuliano, Cleve Jones, Luke MacFarlane, Jonathan Moscone, John A. Perez and Holland Taylor. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and ACT's LGBTQ youth ArtReach program. $50-$250. 7pm. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org



Events October 4–11, 2012

Thu 4

Acid Test @ The Marsh Berkeley

Warren David Keither performs Lynne Kaufman's Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass, the story of Richard Alpert, the Harvard psychology professor and spiritual seeker, started the LSD-fueled psycheledlic movement. $15-$50. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Previews thru Oct 18. Thru Nov 24. 2120 Allston Way near Shattuck. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Beauty Tips @ Oddball Film

Vintage and more than slightly sexist commercials and short films about women and 'beauty.' 8pm. Oct 5, Dr. Seuss on the Loose , cartoon adaptations of popular stories, plus clips from the 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. 8pm. Each $10. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.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. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

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

Melissa Ivey @ La Pena 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

Phil Jimenez @ California College of the Arts

Eisner-nominated gay comic artist (known for his DC Comics' Wonder Woman, New X-Men, the Obama Spider-Man special, and other works), discusses comics and art with CCA faculty (and gay comic artist) Justin Hall. Free. 7pm. Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. http://www.cca.edu/calendar/daily/2012-10-04/all

Pianist Jonathan Biss

Schumann: Under the Influence @ Herbst Theatre

Pianist Jonathan Biss and tenor Mark Padmore Schumann's "Gesange der Fruhe," "Dichterliebe," Berg's "Sieben Fruhe Lieder" and Schubert's "Heine Songs." $25-$62. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. 392-2545. www.sfperformances.org

Sharktoberfest Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences

View shark exhibits and sip local brews, with music by Sleazemore. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

Shocktoberfest 13 @ Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers 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

Thunder From Down Under @ The Rrazz Room

Thunder From Down Under

The Australian male strip troupe performs its sexy 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. Thru Oct. 21. Tue, Thu Fri & Sat 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org


Chinglish

Fri 5

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

Cage/Oliveros Celebration @ Mills College, Oakland

Performances of Event with Canfield , the Merce Cunningham dance with a score by John Cage. The two gay artists were part of the Mills College's early arts departments. Works by Pauline Oliveros as well, $10-$15. 8pm. Also Oct 6., 8pm. 5000 MacArthur Blvd. http://musicnow.mills.edu/

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

Congressman Barney Frank @ Commonwealth Club

The prominent outspoken gay Massachusetts congressman discusses the election year at a buffet luncheon. $30-$45. 11:45am serving, 12:30pm program. 595 Market St., 2nd floor. 597-6705. www.commonwealthclub.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

Desert Jewels @ MOAD

North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection, an exhibit of nearly 100 pieces of jewelry from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, plus documentary photographs. Thru Jan 21. $5-$10. Members free. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

Family Programming

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

The Game Show Show @ The Retrodome, San Jose

Campy parody musical show, with audience participation, that pokes fun at vintage TV game shows. You're laugh your _____off! $44. Fri & Sat 7:30pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Nov 18. Westgate Center, 1694 Saratoga Ave. (408) 404-7711. http://www.theretrodome.com/

Ho Down @ Thee Parkside

Queer-lectic electronic/pop/punk music variety concert, this month with Bernadette, Shawna Virago, Castles in Spain, Lydia Popovich and DJ Salex. $10. 9pm-2am. 1600 17th St. www.theeparkside.com


Litquake

Oct 5-13: Litquake
@ Multiple Venues

850 authors, 163 events and lots and lots of books! It's the annual literary festival, with readings galore in bookstores, cafes, libraries, even on the street. Among the extra-gay offerings Friday Oct 5: Radar Productions Litquake event with Bay Area authors Justin Chin, Kevin Killian, D. Scot Miller and Maggie Nelson reading poetry and fiction. 6:30pm. YBCA, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org Litquake includes fundraiser parties, special events, including in Oakland and Berkeley, culminating in the fun Lit Crawl (Oct. 13, closing night, along Valencia Street). www.litquake.org

Matthew James @ Groove Salon

Exhibit of colorful pop art works by the local artist. Thru Nov 10. 215 Fremont St. at Howard. 975-9900. www.mattjamesart.com www.groovesf.com

District 9

Midnites for Maniacs @ Castro Theatre

Triple feature of scary and scifi movies; Clive Barker's Candyman (7:30), Neill Blomkamp's District 9 (9:45), and Attack the Block (11:45). $13. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

New World, New Sequence @ YBCA

Reception and installation of experimental performance/art works by Gregory Ito, Surabhi Saraf and Sebastian Alvarez, and Evan Bissell. $5. 6pm-9pm. Also, Nayland Blake; the former Bay Area native's exhibit of unusual installations, drawings, queer archival material and more. Oct 8, 6:30pm, a discussion about queer public identity with artist Carlos Motta and curator and Berkeley Art Museum director Larry Rinder. 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

The Normal Heart

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

Odair Assad @ SF Music Conservatory

Talented guitarist performs selections from Brazilian composers Villa-Lobos, Sardinha, and Gismonti, as well as pieces by Piazzolla, Brouwer, Kevin Callahan, and Sergio Assad's Seis Brevidades, featured on Odair's 2010 album El Caminante. $30-$45. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness. 242-4500. www.omniconcerts.com

Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing @ Eureka 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

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. Extended thru Oct. 14. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor. Marina Blvd at Buchana. 441-8822. www.magictheatre.org

Out of Character @ Asian Art Museum

Decoding ChineseCalligraphy, a new exhibit of modern and ancient scripted art, with numerous special events, workshops and discussions. Free-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru Jan 13. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

Philharmonia Baroque @ Herbst Theatre

Henry Purcell's Dioclesian, a tragicomic semi-opera, is performed, with seven guest vocalists. $25. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. Also Oct 6 & 7 at First Congregational Church, Berkeley. 392-4400. www.philharmonia.org

Play Fair @ GLBT History Museum

Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer, an exhibit of safe sex promotional efforts. 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

Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts

Popular local modern ballet company performs vibrant works by Adam Hougland, Try McIntyre, and Michael Smuin; set to music ranging from Philip Glass to The Shins. $25-$65. 8pm. Thu-Sat 8pm Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 14. 3301 Lyon St. 912-1899. www.smuinballet.org

Spaceholder Festival @ ODC Theater

Choreographer Morgan Thorson's postmodern exploration of the relationship between human bodies and human-made trash. $20-$35. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. 3153 17th St. 863-9834. www.odctheater.org

Sylvester Tribute @ The Rrazz Room

Musical based on the life of the gay disco icon. $25. 10:30pm. Also Oct. 6. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Trick or Treat @ City Art

Opening reception for a group exhibit of paintings and works in other media, with a macabre or Halloween theme. 7pm-10pm. Reg. hours 12pm-9pm, Wed-Sun. Thru Oct. 27. 828 Valencia St. 970-9900. www.cityartgallery.org


Cindy Sherman

Sat 6

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

Beats for Boobs @ Mezzanine

Fundraiser for breast cancer nonprofits, with DJs Carol C, Emily Fox, Kimba, Mo Corleone, plus a fashion show and catered treats. $25-$35. 7pm-2am. 444 Jesse St. www.beatsforboobs2012sf.eventbrite.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

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

Guy Overfelt @ Ever Gold Gallery

#Blacklight, a hesher tribute to Dan Flavin, the final performance "Seance" by the conceptual artist. 6pm-10pm. Exhibit thru Nov 3. Reg hours Wed-Sat 1pm6pm. 441 O'Farrell St. 796-3676. www.evergoldgallery.com

Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance @ de Young Museum

Direct from the Centre National du Costume de Scene in Moulins, France, this exhibit displays costumes, photos, videos and ephemera documenting the amazing dancing and choreography of the world-famous gay dancer. Thru Feb 17. Also, Chuck Close and Crown Point Press, an 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

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

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer

Geezer @ The Marsh

Veteran comic actor Geoff Hoyle returns with his hit solo show about his youth in England, and growing older. $25-$100. Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Nov 18. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Horizons Foundation Gala @ Fairmont Hotel

U.S. Representative Barney Frank and NCLR's Executive Director Kate Kendell are honored at the fundraising gala for the LGBT nonprofit, with music by Toshi Reagon, private auctions, drinks, food, a dessert buffet, and a casino party theme. $75 and up for party, $250 and up for dinner and party. 5:30pm-11pm. 950 Mason St. 398-2333. www.horizonsfoundation.org/gala

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. Free-$10. Thru Oct. 14. Tue-Sat 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park at 100 34th Avenue (at Clement Street). www.famsf.org

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

The 1968 Exhibit @ Oakland Museum of Art

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

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice @ Castro Theatre

Two Tim Burton classic films in a double feature, starring Paul Reubens (1:30, 5:10, 8:50) and Michael Keaton (3:20, 7pm). $11. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

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 collabrootion 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

SF Hiking Club @ Montara Mountain

Join GLBT hikers for a 7-mile hike starting at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica. We'll hike Brooks Creek Trail to the summit of Montara Mountain. The hike includes eucalyptus forest, chaparral, manzanita thickets, lots of switchbacks, and - fog willing - incredible views from the summit in all directions including Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, Santa Cruz, and the Marin Headlands. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes, layers, hat, and sunscreen. Carpool meets 9:15 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 596-1304. www.sfhiking.com

Show + Tell @ YBCA

Radar Productions Litquake event with Bay Area authors Justin Chin, Kevin Killian, D. Scot Miller and Maggie Nelson reading poetry and fiction. 6:30pm. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs @ Kanbar Theatre

Handsome actor (Rent, Private Practice) –and husband of Broadway's Wicked star Edina Menzel– performs musical theatre songs, pop hits and standards with a band. $50-$62. 8pm. 3200 California St. at Presidio. 292-1233. www.jccsf.org/arts

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

United in Anger: a History of ACT UP @ ATA Gallery

Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman's documentary about the history of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. $6. 992 Valencia St. at 21st. www.othercinema.com

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


Andrew Norman Wilson's ScanOps

Sun 7

8 @ American Conservatory Theatre

A.C.T. presents a one-night staged reading of Lance Dustin Black's play, based on the transcripts from the notorious Proposition 8 court case, with Dustin Lance Black, Neil Giuliano, Cleve Jones, Luke MacFarlane, Jonathan Moscone, John A. Perez and Holland Taylor. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and ACT's LGBTQ youth ArtReach program. $50-$250. 7pm. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

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

Andrew Norman Wilson @ Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito

Artist in Residence presents ScanOps, a performance lecture with interesting visuals, about his secret documentation of his former employer Google's massive book scanning project and its facility. Part of Zero1 Biennial, the installation explores corporate authority, labor, money and copyright laws includes a post-lecture dinner ($20-$25), 4:30pm. 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito. www.headlands.org

Brian Kent @ The Rrazz Room

New York singer-composer performs with his band in a fundraiser for AIDS Emergency Fund. $50. 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

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

Calabash Gourd Festival @ Food For Thought, Forestville

Harvest-themed benefit for the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, with drumming, planting exhibits, nature-art, and more. $45. 1pm-5pm. 6550 Railroad Avenue
between First and Forestville streets. (707) 887-1647. www.fftfoodbank.org

Castro Street Fair @ Castro & Market

Annual street fair with live entertainment, DJed music, booths galore, food trucks, drag and dance acts, all with a County Fair theme. Stop by the Bay Area Reporter booth and sign up to be among the possible winners of a new car or a trip to Maui! Donations at the gate. 11am-6pm. www.CastroStreetFair.org

Drawn Out Stories @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Comic Book Art and Artists, a slideshow and panel discussion with Rumpus.net contributors Paul Madonna, Mari Naomi, and Chelsea Martin; New York based artists Gabrielle Bell, Tom Kaczynski, Noah Van Sciver; and graphic novelist Thien Pham. Part of Litquake's Museum Crawl events. Free with museum admission ($5-$10). 3:30pm-5pm. Also, Oct 11, 7pm: Wine, Women and Words , with writers Amy Sohn and Katie Crouch. 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

The Flamingos @ The Rrazz Room

R&B veterans perform classic romance songs. $35-$45. 4pm. Also Oct 8, 8pm.2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Frankenstein, The Spirit of the Beehive @ Castro Theatre

New 35mm restored print of James' Whale's classic monster flick (7pm) and Spirit, the story of a young Spanish girl who becomes obsessed with the film (8:25). $11. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Gianmarco

Gianmarco @ Yoshi's

Peruvian pop singer-composer (Latin Grammy winner) performs. $45-$60. 6pm. Also Oct 8, 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. www.yoshis.com

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 week; pet care, Kathy Wolfe discusses film piracy, pastor David Harvey and coverage of San Jose Pride. 5pm. Also online and at other times in different areas. 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

Plantosaurus Rex @ Conservatory of Flowers

Exhibit of prehistoric plants and flowers (giant ferns, spiky horsetails) from the Mesozoic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with life-size models of dinosaurs. Reg hours, Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Thru Oct. 21. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Thomas Dolby at Steamstock

Steamstock @ Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

Thomas Dolby headlines a daylong festival of steampunk culture, with wacky retro-future costumes encouraged; nay, required! Abney Park, Frenchy and the Punk, Lee Presson & the Nails, Vernian Process and others perform. $22-$52. 1pm-12am. 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond. www.steamstock.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

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


Sammy Obeid at Comedy Returns

Mon 8

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Diverse comic performers do stand-up; Maureen Langan, Sammy Obeid, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Bobby Golden and guest-host Nick Leonard. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. at Precita. 522-3737. www.koshercomedy.com www.elriosf.com

Moonrise Kingdom @ Castro Theatre

Star-filled Wes Anderson dark satire about two kids who run away and stir up an entire community. $11. 2:30, 4:45, 7pm, 9pm. Also Oct 9. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

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

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's talk show about LGBT people and issues. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.comcasthometown.com


Wil Durst's Elect to Laugh

Tue 9

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 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

Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves @ The Rrazz Room

R&B iconic singer performs with her band. $40-$45. Nightly thru Oct 14 (7pm). 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Tamale Night @ farm: table

Juanita More hosts a tamale dinner, with delicious food and drinks, plus dessert. Proceeds benefit Gay For Good. $22. 6pm-9pm. 754 Post St. RSVP required. http://juanitatamalenight.eventbrite.com/

Tamara Ireland Stone, Ingrid Paulson @ Books Inc., Castro

Not Your Mother's Book Club welcomes the authors of Time Between Us and Valkyrie Rising. 7pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net


Dream Queens Revue

Wed 10

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

Art With Elders @ City Hall

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

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

Retro-classic drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the classic Tenderloin bar celebrates six years; featuring Collette Ashton, Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, Sheena Rose, Davida Ashton and Joie de Vivre. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

Heather David @ Books Inc, Opera Plaza

Author-editor of Mid-Century By the Bay discusses her historic San Francisco photo book. 7pm. 601 Van Ness Ave. 776-1111. www.booksinc.net

Jet Black Pearl @ The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret

Satirical comic accordion-playing songstress performs her show Sex, Slugs & Accordion, weekly thru Nov 14. $10. 8pm. 2120 Allston Way, near Shattuck. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

The Russian company performs Swan Lake, with music by Tchaikovsky, with choreography by Constantin Sergeyev, based on Petipa and Ivanov's original. $30-$175. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Oct 13, 2pm; Oct 14, 3pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Moby-Dick @ War Memorial Opera House

Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's opera adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel of a whale-hunter ship's captain and his vengeance. $10-$340. Sung in English with English supertitles; 7:30pm. Oct 13, 8pm. Oct 18, 7:30pm. Oct 21, 2pm. Oct 23, 8pm. Oct 26, 8 pm. Oct 30, 7:30pm. Nov 2, 8pm. 301 Van Ness Ave. 864-3330. www.sfopera.com

Orient: a New Anthropology @ The Garage

SF writer-musician Kevin Simmonds' genre-blending multimedia exploration of Asian-Black relations in U.S. history. $10-$20. 8pm. Also Oct 11. 715 Bryant St. www.715bryant.org


Josh Klipp

Thu 11

Arab Film Festival @ Castro Theatre

Opening night of the festival screens Man Without a Cell Phone. $20-$25. Various times. Thru Oct 21. 429 Castro St. www.arabfilmfestival.org www.castrotheatre.com

I Capuleti e I Montecchi @ War Memorial Opera House

Bellini's operatic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is staged by the San Francisco Opera with Munich's Bavarian State Opera. $22-$340. 7:30pm. Also Oct. 14, 16 & 19. 301 Van Ness Ave. 565-6451. www.sfopera.com

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

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

Josh Klipp & The Klipptones @ Mint Plaza

Jazz vocalist and his band perform at the Central Market Arts Fest. Free. 6pm-7pm. Mint Plaza. Also, Oct. 13 at Mondy's Living Room Series, and Oct. 14 atBliss Bar. www.joshuaklipp.com

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Group exhibition of fascinating photos from 1936-1951 taken by members of the progressive collective that documented the eras of postwar struggles, McCarthy blacklists, and urban life. Other exhibits ongoing. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm)736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

Scott Terry @ Books Inc, Castro

Author of Cowboys, Armageddon and the Truth discusses and signs copies of his novel about a gay teen persecuted by Jehovah's Witnesses. 7pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

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/singing_the_golden_state.html

Sundance Stompede

Sundance Stompede @ Holiday Inn, Regency Ballroom, Space 550

Yeehaw! It's the 11th annual LGBT two-stepping line-dancing festival, with four days and nights of dancing, performing, lessons and socializing. Oct 11: Kick-Off Dance, $10, 6:30-11pm, Space 550, 550 Barneveld Ave. Oct. 12: Welcome Dance, $20, 7:30pm-1am, Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Ave. Oct 13, Hoedown 2012, with performances, silent auction, raffle and open dancing, $45, 7:30pm-1am ($35 advance tix at Rock Hard, 518 Castro St.) Oct 14, Stompede Ball, $10, 5pm-11pm at Space 550. Dance workshops daily, $20-$30, various times at the Holiday Inn. Country-Western gear appreciated but not required. Regency, 1300 Van Ness ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Treasure Island Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Gems and minerals are on display, withinformative talks in between drinks and dreamy soundscape DJing Groundislava and electro tunes by Shigeto. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

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