Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 17 / 24 April 2014
 
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Fri 19: Cypress Quartet @ Herbst Threatre
The local string ensemble performs a world premiere by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Entitled In the Shadow of Sirius, Higdon's new piece is based on poetry by former American Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin and will be performed by the Cypress with soprano Christine Brandes. It will be paired with Dvořak's The Cypresses, twelve Moravian poems set by the Czech master as love songs for string quartet, and Schubert's Rosamunde. $15-$45. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.cypressquartet.com
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Violins, cellos, violas; enjoy the beautiful sounds of these instruments, played to perfection by acclaimed ensembles, at venues around town.

 

Thu 18: Tokyo String Quartet @ Herbst Theatre

Farewell performance of the classical music ensemble, started in 1969; also one of the last music concerts at the theatre before its three-year renovations close it. $36-$48. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. 392-4400. www.chambermusicsf.org

Fri 19: Cypress Quartet @ Herbst Threatre

The local string ensemble performs a world premiere by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Entitled In the Shadow of Sirius, Higdon's new piece is based on poetry by former American Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin and will be performed by the Cypress with soprano Christine Brandes. It will be paired with Dvořak's The Cypresses, twelve Moravian poems set by the Czech master as love songs for string quartet, and Schubert's Rosamunde. $15-$45. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.cypressquartet.com

Sun 21: Hausmann Quartet @ Legion of Honor

Enjoy classical music performed by the string ensemble in the Rodin Room. Free with admission (Free-$18). 12pm. 100 34th Ave. 750-3600. www.sffcm.org

 

For other classical treats, many of them free, check out the Music Recitals at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with student and faculty recitals of classical, renaissance and contemporary music. April 18, 8pm: a String and Piano chamber concert (concert hall), and a guitar students recial (recital hall). April 19, 8pm (and April 21, 2pm): Conservatory Baroque Ensemble. Other recitals nightly, 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave. www.sfcm.edu

 

Taye Diggs

Equally able to tug at one's heartstrings; the second annual Concert to End Bullying, a special fundraiser presented by the Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Whiffenpoofs Alumni Association. The evening will benefit New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware program. The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Stanford Mendicants and special guest Taye Diggs (Private Practice) will perform a cappella and choral renditions of American jazz classics, contemporary pop-hits, and more. $25-$150. VIP packages available. Saturday, April 20. 8pm. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (800) 595-4849. www.ayayale.com

 

 


Events April 18­–25, 2013

Thu 18

Arlo Guthrie @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Consummate folk singer performs a concert of songs paying tribute to his iconic father Woody Guthrie. $22-$48. 8pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

The Balcony @ Vulcan Studios, Oakland

Jean Genet's still-controversial play is performed by Phoenix SanctuaryTheater Project, with deleted scenes, nudity and a queerly sensual immervise environment. Proceeds for some performances benefit the St. James Infirmary and Wolf Creek Sanctuary. $15. 8pm. Fri-Sun thru April 27. 4401 San Leandro Blvd. #25, Oakland. (510) 499-5751. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/344421

Big Bang Gala

Big Bang Gala @ California Academy of Sciences

Explore the tastes, sounds, and creatures of the night at the California Academy of Sciences during Big Bang: Party After Dark, a special evening that supports critical conservation and sustainability programs at the Academy. Retro-soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne will headline the night with a live DJ set. Del Popolo serves up pizzas, plus open bars, and exhibits in an architectual wonder. $75 and up. 21+. 6pm-12am. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org/events/bigbang_2013

Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

April 18: Epidemic Film Festival. April 19: Romy and Michels' High School Reunion (7:30), Pretty in Pink (9:30) and Carrie (11:30). April 20: The Last Unicorn (12pm), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2pm), and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (5pm. 9pm). April 21: restored print of Lawrence of Arabia (2pm, 7pm). April 22: Chasing Ice (7pm) and Samsara (8:40). April 24, Paul Newman double feature with The Sting (7pm) and Slap Shot (9:25). April 25, Opening night of the SF International Film Fest. (www.festival.sffs.org) $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. 621-6120. www.castrotheatre.com

Dial Collect @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Group exhibit of interactive installations that focus on life goals, social technologies and the nature of friendship. Thru April 25 (closing reception 6pm-9pm). Reg hours Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414. www.somarts.org/dialcollect

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge

The classy drag revue (3rd Thursdays) now in its 12th year features Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Maria Garza, Mini Minerva, Kipper, Daffney Deluxe and Ruby LeBrowne, with special guest Anya; dinner seating at 7pm. Show at 8pm. No cover. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.com

Judy Grahn and Friends @ Sofia University, Palo Alto

The lesbian author is honored at a reading, reception and event with gay author Felice Picano. Reception 5:30pm. Even 6:30. Classroom 1059A, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto. (650) 493-4430.

Laura Antinou

Laura Antinou @ Various Venues

Author of the popular lesbian SM leather mystery Marketplace series reads from and discusses her new book, The Killer Wore Leather. April 18, 6:30pm at Good Vibrations, 1620 Polk St. April 21, 4pm, at Good Vibrations, 2504 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. April 22, 7:30pm at Books Inc., 2275 Market St. April 23, 4:30pm at Wicked Grounds, 289 8th St. April 24, 7:30pm at Mr. S Leather, 385 8th St. www.cleispress.com

My First Love @ SF Public Library, Martuni's

Second in a three-part reading series by LGBT poets: Sam Sax, Wonder Dave, Josh Merchant, Blythe Baldwin. 7:30pm. James Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org April 23, the third edition features Regie Cabico, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, James J. Siegel, Cam Akward Rich and others. 6:30pm at Martuni's, 4 Valencia St.

Music Recitals @ SF Conservatory of Music

Student and faculty recitals of classical, renaissance and contemporary music. Free unless noted. April 18, 8pm: String and Piano chamber concert (concert hall), and guitar students (recital hall). April 19, 8pm (and April 21, 2pm): Conservatory Baroque Ensemble. Other recital nightly, 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave. www.sfcm.edu

Opening Weekend @ The Exploratorium

Visit the new renovated fascinating science museum in its new Embarcadero location. Speical outdoor light show April 17 & 18. Free-$25. Pier 15 at Embarcadero. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Thu night 6pm-10pm, 18+). 528-4893. www.exploratorium.edu

The River @ A.C.T. Costume Shop

Richard Montoya's drama, directed and co-created by Sean San Jose, explores the cross-border cultural tensions of California immigrants, hipster, families and desperados. $25-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 4. 1117 Mission St. at 7th. 626-2787. www.theriver2013.eventbrite.com

Shih Chieh Huang

Shih Chieh Huang @ YBCA

Taiwanese artist's colorful installations create sculptural ecosystems from found objects. $8-$12. Exhibit thru June 30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Odd and vintage short films. This week, shorts from the 1930s Jazz Age (Betty Boop, the Great Gatsby). 8pm. April 19, 8pm: enjoy some Mad Men-era short promos in Selling the Dream: From Sex to Sedans. Each $10, 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Stuck Elevator @ A.C.T.

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis' innovative musical play about an immigrant Chinese food delivery man who gets stuck in an elevator, but can't call for help, as it will draw attention to his illegal immigrant status; with Chinese supertitles. $20-$85. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sat 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru April 28. 415 Geary St. 749-2250. www.act-sf.org

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma @ The Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers performs Scrumbly Koldewyn and Pam Tent's new, full-length restored version of The Cockettes' 1971 wacky drag musical comedy on the 42nd anniversary of the original production. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru June 1. 575 10th St. at Bryant. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Tokyo String Quartet @ Herbst Theatre

Farewell performance of the classical music ensemble, started in 1969; also one of the last music concerts at the theatre before its three-year renovations close it. $36-$48. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. 392-4400. www.chambermusicsf.org

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

Ninth anniversary! Enjoy retro disco and R&B tunes and a fun diverse crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

 

 

Fri 19

Acid Test @ the Marsh

Warren David Keith's solo show, Acid Test: the Many Incarnations of Ram Dass, about the '60s guru, returns. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru May 18. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

Alfred Hitchcock Films @ Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

Screening of the major works of the master of cinematic suspense. April 19 Foreign Correspondent (9pm). April 20, Psycho (8:30). April 24, Frenzy (7pm). Thru April 24. $5.50-$13.50. UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-1124. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

Alonzo King's Lines Ballet

Alonzo King's Lines Ballet @ YBCA

30th anniversary season of works by the acclaimed local choreographer, with new works that include a score by Edgar Meyer, and Academy Award-winning designer Jim Doyle. $25-$65. 8pm. April 20 gala event 6pm; $600. Wed-Thu 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Thru April 28. Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. 978-ARTS. www.linesballet.org

The Arsonists @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Aurora Theatre Company's production of Alistair Beaton's new translation of Max Frisch's classic comic parable about bourgeois complacency, and an absurdist allegory of the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. $35-$60. Tue & Sun 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. Thru May 12. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

Being Earnest @ Mountain View Center for the Arts

Lyrical adaptation (and groovy 1960s London update) of Oscar Wilde's comic play, The Importance of Being Earnest. $23-$73. Tue-Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Also Sun 7pm. Thru April 28. 500 Castro St. (650) 463-1960. www.theatreworks.org

The Bus @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

James Lantz' drama about two boys living in a rural conservative church town who have romantic trysts in an abandoned bus. $14-$45 (also pay what you can nights). Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 28. 25 Van Ness ave, lower level. Also tours May 3-11 in Central California. www.nctcsf.org

Carnival! @ Eureka Theatre

42nd Street Moon theatre company performs Bob Merrill's jaunty musical about a girl who falls in love with a carnie. $25-$75. Wed- 7pm. Thu 7 Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm Sun 3pm. Thru April 21. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

The Chosen Ones @ ArtHaus

Diverse group exhibition of interior designers and visual artists; also MPA/ArtHaus Photo Essay Award winners. 411 Brannan St at 3rd. 977-0223. www.arthaus-sf.com

The Coast of Utopia @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players performs Shipwreck and Voyage, two parts of Tom Stoppard's shipwreck utopian trilogy, about Russian pre-Revolutionary artists and lovers, in repertory. $8-$35. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru April 21. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org

Cuba Caribe Festival

Cuba Caribe Festival @ YBCA

Ninth annual dance festival of performances and workshops with Caribbean and Latino musicians and choreographers; special guests Danza del Caribe from Santiago, Cuba. $10-$25. Different programs nightly. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., Also April 26-28 at Laney College Theater. www.cubacaribe.org

Cypress Quartet @ Herbst Threatre

The local string ensemble performs a world premiere by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Entitled In the Shadow of Sirius, Higdon's new piece is based on poetry by former American Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin and will be performed by the Cypress with soprano Christine Brandes. It will be paired with Dvořak's The Cypresses, twelve Moravian poems set by the Czech master as love songs for string quartet (recently released by the Cypress on AVIE); and Schubert's Rosamunde. $15-$45. 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.cypressquartet.com

Elliot C. Nathan

Elliot C. Nathan @ Hangr 16

Opening reception for Slampop, an exhibit of the multimedia artist's new works. 7pm-10pm. 3128 16th St. www.elliottcnathan.com

Fallaci @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/journalist Lawrence Wright's intriguing two-person play dramatizes an interview with real-life journalist Oriana Fallaci, whose career included ferocious questions put to world leaders, but who reacts differently when the pointed questions are aimed at her. $14.50-$89. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru April 21. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Foodies, the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Morris Bobrow's musical comedy revue of songs and sketches about food. $32-$34. Fri & Sat 8pm. Open run. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006. www.foodiesthemusical.com

Friday Nights @ De Young Museum

Season 9 of the popular weekly early evening museum parties continues, with live music and performance, exhibit-themed workshops and food and drinks. 5pm-8:30pm. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Guys and Dolls @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley

Berkeley Playhouse stages the classic Loesser Swerling/Burrows musical comedy about oddball romances between New York gamblers and missionaries. $17-$60. Thu-Sat 7pm. Sat 2pm. Sun 3pm. Thru April 28. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-8542. www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre

New local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's popular transgender rock operetta, with multiple actor-singers performing the lead, including Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Jason Brock, Arturo Galster and Trixxie Carr. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended with open-ended run. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227. www.boxcartheatre.org

Hunky Jesus: The Second Coming @ DNA Lounge

The sexy savior portion of this year's rained-out Sisters Easter in the Park, once free and outdoors, is now, indoors and costs $8-$20. 8pm-2am. The Go Bang geniuses spin tunes. 375 11th St. www.thesisters.org

If Gender is a Kind of Doing @ MCCLA Gallery

Group exhibit of visual art ( by Regina Jose Galindo, Deborah Roberts, Elizabeth "Oscar" Maynard, Rye Purvis, Laura Luc'a Sanz, Lorraine Garc'a-Nakata and Ana Teresa Fernandez) exploring the constructions of female gender. Opening reception April 12, 7pm. $5-$10. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Thru May 25. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. 643-5001. www.missionculturalcenter.org

Let My People Go!

Let My People Go! @ Opera Plaza Cinema

Mikael Buch's gay and Jewish romantic comedy skewers stereotypes with a kitschy wit. 601 Van Ness Ave. 771-0183. Also at Berkeley's Shattuck Cinema. www.landmarktheatres.com

Oleta Adams @ Yoshi's, Oakland

The accomplished R&B/soul singer performs music from her new CD Let's Stay Here. $35-$39. 8pm & 10pm. Also April 20, 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Pericles, Prince of Tyre @ Berkeley Rep

Obie Award-winning director Mark Wing-Davey revamps Shakespeare's action-packed play seafaring drama full of knights, pirates, villains and kings. Special events thru the run. $29-$77. Tue-Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Also Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May 26. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 647-2949. www.BerkeleyRep.org

Questlove

Questlove @ Yoshi's

Internationally known drummer (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon Show's house band), journalist and music producer plays a special DJ set. $22-$35. 10:30pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Raquel Bitton @ Yoshi's

Celebrated French jazz singer, who's sold out Carnegie Hall three times, performs classic Edith Piaf songs with a 16-piece orchestra. $30. 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Rock 'n' Roll @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley performs Tom Stoppard's popular play about a Czech student who becomes fascinated by London's rock music scene in the 1960s, and how music works toward social revolution; and their 20-years-later reunion. $12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 4. 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 649-5999. www.aebofberkeley.org

 

 

Sat 20

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art

Fascinating intimate exhibit of rarely seen hand-made hats and other works (prints, paintings, sculptures and drawings) by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children's books. 781 Beach St. 292-0387 www.dennisraefineart.com www.drseussart.com/hatsoff

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

The Bereaved @ Thick House

Crowded Fire Theater's production of the West Coast premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's darkly comic play about sex, drugs and the American dream, or nightmare. $10-$35. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru April 27. 1695 18th St. at Arkansas. 746-9238. www.crowdedfire.org

China's Terracotta Warriors @ Asian art Museum

The First Emperor's Legacy, an exhibit of ten of the famous life-size sculptures of guards of China's first emperor, and 100-plus other treasures from 2,200 years ago. Free-$22 ($10 Thu eves, 5pm-9pm). Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru May 27. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.terracotta-warriors.asianart.org

Concert to End Bullying

Concert to End Bullying @ Palace of Fine Arts

Special concert fundraiser presented by the Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Whiffenpoofs Alumni Association. The evening will benefit New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware program. The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Stanford Mendicants and special guest Taye Diggs (Private Practice) will perform a cappella and choral renditions of American jazz classics, contemporary pop-hits, and more. $25-$150. VIP packages available. 8pm. 3301 Lyon st. (800) 595-4849. www.ayayale.com

Eric Fischl @ San Jose Museum of Art

Exhibit of a dozen-plus large paintings, and other works by the prominent post-modern neo-realist. Thru May 12. Also Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography. Thru June 30. 110 South Market St. www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org

Ernest Clayton @ SF Botanical Garden

Beautiful floral drawing exhibit of watercolor works by Ernest Clayton. Thru April. $2-$15. 9am-7pm. 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316. www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

The Happy Ones @ Magic Theatre

Bay Area premiere of Julie Marie Myatt's play about a 1970s appliance store owner in Orange County who's life gets upended. $22-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Tue 7pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru April 21. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor. 441-8822. www.magictheatre.org

Helen Reddy @ Uptown Theatre, Napa

The iconic pop singer, recnetly out of retirement, sings some of her classic hits. $40-$90. 8pm. 1350 Third St., Napa. www.UptownTheatreNapa.com

Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski @ Kanbar Hall

Tony Award winner (Nine), two-time Emmy nominee (30 Rock) and whimsical gorgeous musical actress performs her cabaret act, which the New York Times called "loaded with saucy double entendres." $50-$67. 8pm. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. 292-1200. www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/performances/music/jane-krakowski/

Kehinde Wiley @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

New exhibit, The World Stage: Israel, a series of vibrant portraits of Middle Eastern and African men, created by the gay artist. Thru May 27. Also, The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, a 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 (California Dreaming and Black Sabbath) ongoing. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

The Kinsey Collection @ Museum of the African Diaspora

New exhibit of works: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect offers an inspirational journey through five centuries of African American history. Thru May 19. Free-$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 685 Mission St. at 3rd. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

New Exhibits @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Inaugural exhibitions are Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968-2001 and Arline Fisch, Creatures from the Deep. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303. www.sfmcd.org

Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus

Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus @ Various Venues

Man, Oh Man!, the chorus' spring concert series, led by new artistic director Jeremiah Selvey, includes medieval chants, renaissance polyphony, spirituals and campy show tunes. April 20 (7pm) & 21 (5:30pm) at Odell Johnson Theatre, Laney College, Oakland. (800) 706-2389. www.oebgmc.org

Ovation @ Four Seasons

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's annual glamorous gala fundraiser, with host Danny Scheie, a four-star meal preapered by celebrity chefs, a cocktail reception and elegance galore. $500 and up. 5:30pm reception; 7:30pm dinner. 757 Market St. (510) 647-2909. www.berkeleyrep.org

Paul Eulalia @ Castro Country Club

Opening reception for an exhibit of graphic designs by the local artist. 11am. Thru April. 4058 18th St. www.castrocountryclub.org

Raven's Touch @ Hotel Monaco

Fundraiser for the women's film by Dreya Weber and Marina Rice Bader. $50. 7:30pm. 512 Geary St. www.skf.ticketbud.com/ravenstouch

Reasons to be Pretty @ SF Playhouse

Local production of Neil Labute's dark comedy about superficial "beautiful" straight people. $30-$100. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri/Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Thru May 11. Kensington Park Hotel, 2nd floor, 450 Post St. 677-9596l. www.sfplayhouse.org

SF Hiking Club @ San Francisco

Join GLBT hikers for a 14-mile hike in and over SF parks, stairways, and hills. The hike will include Buena Vista Park, Pemberton Steps, Mt. Sutro, Mt. Davidson, Edgehill Park, Pacheco Stairs, and more. Bring good shoes, layers, hat, lunch, water, and money for Muni. Meet at 8:45 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 861-8956. www.sfhiking.com

I Shot the Sheriff @ El Rio

Benefit for the Idriss Stelley Foundation, which provides services for the victims of police brutality; with music, speakers and performers. $5-$10. 3pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St. www.ElRioSF.com

Tarot: Art of Fortune

Tarot: Art of Fortune @ Modern Eden Gallery

Large group show of 75 artists' interpretations of the entire deck of Rider-Waite Tarot cards. Thru April 9. Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. 403 Francisco St. 956-3303. www.moderneden.com

Through the Lens @ John McLaren Park

Photo walk and exhibit presented by the Harvey Milk Photo Center and Save McLaren Park. 3pm-5pm. Meet at picnic area at Persia And Sunnyvale Avenues. www.events.savemclarenpark.org www.harveymilkphotocenter.org

Various Exhibits @ California Academy of Sciences

New exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties most Thursday nights. $20-$30. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

We Live Here @ SF Public Library

San Francisco 1960s-1970s, a new exhibit of historic local photos by photojournalist Phiz Mezey. Thru June 2. Jewitt Gallery, lower level, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

 

Sun 21

Earth Day @ Jack London Square, Oakland

Enjoy farmers markets, craft stations, solar-powered ice pop machines and more at the festive celebration of all things natural and earthy. 9am-2pm. Broadway at Embarcadero, Oakland. www.jacklondonsquare.com

Felice Picano's 20th Century Un-Limited

Felice Picano, Ron Williams @ Books Inc.

The prolific gay author reads from and discusses his latest, 20th Century Un-Limited, a fascinating pair of time-traveling tales; Williams shares his illustrated memoir San Francisco's Native Sissy Son. 5pm. 2275 Market St. www.booksinc.net

A Fierce Green Fire @ Dance Palace, Point Reyes

Screenings of A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, a fascinating documentary of the history of the environmentalist movement, with a Q&A with Academy Award-nominated director Mark Kitchell. $8-$14. 4pm & 7pm. 593 B St. Point Reyes. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org

Fred Raker @ Stage Werx Theatre

How to Make Your Bitterness Work for You, the performer-comedy writers acerbic parody of a self-help program. $15. Sundays, 2pm, thru May 5. 446 Valencia St. www.bitternesstobetterness.com

Girl With a Pearl Earring @ de Young Museum

Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, a new touring exhibit of Dutch Masters paintings, drawing and etching; Thru June 2. Also, Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson, thru June 16. Also, Objects of Belief from the Vatican, thru Sept 8. Also, artist fellows Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth's triptych mural, The Conflicts, a contemporary tribute to the historic Unicorn Tapestries. $10-$25. 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

Hausmann Quartet

Hausmann Quartet @ Legion of Honor

Enjoy classical music performed by the string ensemble in the Rodin Room. Free with admission (Free-$18). 12pm. 100 34th Ave. 750-3600. www.sffcm.org

Openhouse Spring Fling @ The Four Seasons

Roberta Achtenberg and former Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. are honored at the reception and brunch fundraiser for the LGBT seniors nonprofit. $175 and up. 11am. 757 Market St. www.openhouse-sf.org/springfling

Soberlicious @ Eureka Valley Rec Center

The Castro Country Club's celebration of three decades of LGBT community recovery community, with MC Sister Roma, performances (Mrs. Trauma Flintstone, Castles in Spain, Thrillpeddlers, Dazie Grego Rustin), food, drinks, dancing, raffles and silent auctions, plus the 4th annual Miss CCC Pageant. $15. 4pm. VIP soiree and soberfest 12pm-4pm ($30-$35). 100 Collingwood St. (800) 838-3006. www.castrocountryclub.org

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hun Liu @ Oakland Museum

Exhibit of haunting paintings by the U.S.-based Chinese artist. Thru June 30. Also, Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams a photo exhibit of 22 large-scale evocative portrait/tableaux of California families. Thru June 30. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). Thru June 30. 1000 Oak St. (510) 318-8400. www.museumca.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


Mon 22

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

California Native Plant Bloom @ SF Botanical Gardens

Seasonal flowering of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Free-$15. Daily thru May 15. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316. www.SFBotanicalGarden.org

Monday Musicals @ The Edge

The renovated bar now shows fun musicals each week, with Broadway touring performers occasionally stopping by to sing, too. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Party for the Planet @ San Francisco Zoo

Local edition of a nationwide Earth Day celebration taking place at 250 U.S. zoos. 10am-3pm. 1 Zoo Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.aza.org www.sfzoo.org

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm-1:30am. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Reverend Billy and
The Stop Shopping Choir

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir @ Various Venues

The wacky anti-consumerist street theatre troupe, led by the charismatically comic Rev. Billy, appears, well, all over! April 22, 7:30pm at Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. April 24, enyjo a full free show with the choir, 7pm at Studio Theater, Lone Mountain Campus at USF. April 25, 7pm at Dance Palace in Point Reyes ($12-$422). April 26, 4pm at Oakland City Plaza. April 27, 10am at The Chapelk, 777 Valencia St. and April 27, 8pm at the Victoria Theater, 2961 16ht St. 635-1397. www.revbilly.com

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry interviews Koko Lin, board member of Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community (APIQWTC).  Perry also talks to Pam Tent, beloved local actress and original member of The Cockettes now featured in the new show Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, produced by the Thrillpeddlers. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.comcasthometown.com

 

Tue 23

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

World-renowned modern dance company performs several repertory pieces in four programs. $30-$92. Tue-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 2pm and Sun 3pm. Thru April 28. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Randy Alfred at April Authors

April Authors @ ABC-& Offices

The local chapter of the National Lesbian/Gay Journalists Association presents a panel with gay and lesbian author/journalists Randy Alfred (Mad Science), Katia Noyes (Crashing in America) and Minal Hajratwala (Leaving India). Free. 7pm. 900 Front St. www.nlgja.org/norcal

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

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

Without Reality There Is No Utopia @ YBCA

Group exhibit/installation of politically-themed art focusing on the clash of Capitalism/Communism, propaganda/disinformation, financial lies and truths, and other global issues. Free/$10. Thru June 2. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

 

Wed 24

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

Career Fair @ LGBT Center

Showcase of dozens of local large and small businesses seeking to hire qualified LGBT applicants. Network, learn and find out about opportunities. Business attire recommended. Bring your resumes. 12pm. 1800 Market St. 865-5614. Free/register: http://lgbtcareerfair2013.eventbrite.com

Conversation 6 @ SF Arts Commission Gallery

SF-based Jason Hanasik and Amsterdam artist Berndnaut Smilde's dual installation about home, dislocation and impermanence, which includes Smild'e fascinating indoor clouds. Thru April 27. Main gallery, 401 Van Ness, Veterans Bldg. Hours Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. www.sfartscommission.org

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

Old-school drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the classic Tenderloin bar, 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

Ka-Bloom!

Ka-Bloom! @ Temple

Visual Aid's gala art auction, with works by dozens of artists up for sale. $35-$200. 6pm-VIP reception, 7pm main event, and live auction. Afterparty with desserts. 540 Howard St. www.visualaid.org

Legendary: African American GLBT
Past Meets Present
@ GLBT History Museum

Exhibit focusing on African American words, images and sounds that connect inspirational commentary by local queer community leaders with historic artifacts. Thru April 2013. Another new exhibit, Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates From Collections Around the World, features historical items from nearly a dozen countries and archives, each showcasing an archive of prominent LGBT person. $5. Reg hours Mon & Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistorymuseum.org

On the Clock @ SF Public Library

On the Clock: A Playful Guide to Working Life, a new exhibit in the Skylight Gallery, 6th floor. Thru May 31. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Thu 25

Chick Corea & The Vigil @ Yoshi's, Oakland

18-time Grammy winning keyboard virtuoso performs the experimental jazz ensemble. $45-$65. 8pm & 10pm. Thru April 28 (6pm). 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche

The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, Karen Ripley, Marga Gomez, Nato Green, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Jennifer Dronsky bring a sublime mix of gay, straight and hilarious! 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

David Dorfman Dance

David Dorfman Dance @ YBCA

Prophets of Funk, the New York choreographer's dance-performance celebration of the Sly and the Family Stone's uplifting soul sounds. $10-$30. 8pm. Thru April 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission st. 978-2787. www.ybca.org

Fact/SF @ ODC Theater

Falling, choreographer Charles Slender's evening-length, highly physical work, developed with the performers. $23-$28. 8pm. Thu Sun. Thru April 28. 3153 17th St. 863-9834. www.factsf.org www.odctheater.org

Funky Chicken Dinner @ Mars Bar

Dining Out for Life, the citywide fundraiser where a portion of your dinner bill at participating restaurants goes to Stop AIDS Project and the SF AIDS Foundation. Of note, Juanita More's classic Funky Chicken Dinner. 6pm-9pm. 798 Brannan St. www.juanitamore.com www.DiningOutForLife.com

Out & Equal Gala @ Four Seasons Hotel

Gala dinner, show and fundraiser for the LGBT workplace rights nonprofit, with MC Liam Mayclem and a performance by the Choral Project. $175. 6pm reception, 7:30pm dinner. 757 Market St. www.outandequal.org/annual-celebration

Regreturature @ Swedish American Hall

Litquake and the San Francisco Writer's Grotto present the third edition of acclaimed authors reading some of their worst published work; Jack Boulware MCs, with Simon Rich, Kim Wong Keltner, Todd Oppenheimer and Ellen Sussman and others. Musician Joshua Raoul Broday also performs. $12-$15. 8pm. 2174 Market St. www.litquake.org www.cafedunord.com

San Francisco Magic Parlor @ Chancellor Hotel

Whimsical Belle Epoque-style sketch and magic show that also includes historical San Francisco stories; hosted by Walt Anthony. with optional pre-show light dinner and desserts. $40. Thu-Sat 8pm. 433 Powell St. www.SFMagicParlor.com

Spring Into Summer Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences

The fascinating museum's weekly nightlife event; Music, cash bar, DJed music and entertainment. This week, sustainability, nature, hot bikes and summer fun. $10-$12. 21+. 6pm-10pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org

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