Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 51 / 18 December 2014
 
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Chad Valley @ Bottom of the Hill The UK singer with a great voice performs vocal synth-pop music from his new CD Young Hunger. Ski Lodge and The Soonest also play. All ages. $10-$12. Monday, April 29. 9pm. 1233 17th St. at Missouri 626-4455. www.chadvalley.tumblr.com www.bottomofthehill.com
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When was the last time you frolicked? You know, played, or moved about in a cheerful, excited or energetic way? Consider shaking your groove thang at one of hundreds of Bay Area Dance Week events (See Friday). Get some spring in your step (or pedal, or pogo stick) and enjoy our beautiful bay, then chill out in some air-cooled theatres, screening rooms and music halls to enjoy the luscious bouquet of gala fundraisers, musical marvels and theatrical thrills blooming this week.

 

 

 

Events April 25–May 2, 2013

Thu 25

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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

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

The Canterville Ghost
@ New Conservatory Theatre Center

NCTC's Teen Performance ensemble's production of Tim Kelly's 1960s adaptation of the Oscar Wilde comic tale about a family who move into a haunted house. $10-$15. Thu & Fri 7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru April 28. 25 Van Ness Ave. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Chick Corea & The Vigil @ Yoshi's, Oakland

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


Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

April 25, Opening night of the SF International Film Fest. (www.festival.sffs.org) April 26, Deliverance (7pm) and Duel (9pm). April 27, Clockwork Orange (2:15, 8:30) and Barry Lyndon (5pm). April 28, Casablanca (2:30 & 7pm) and The Year of Living Dangerously (4:30, 9pm). May 1, Modern Times (2:30, 7pm) and Brazil (4:15, 8:45) May 2, Performance (7pm) and The Man Who Fell to Earth (9pm). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. 621-6120. www.castrotheatre.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 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

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. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414. www.somarts.org/dialcollect

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

Music Recitals @ SF Conservatory of Music

Student and faculty recitals of classical, renaissance and contemporary music. Free unless noted. April 25, 8pm: student recital of instrumental and vocal repertory. April 26, 7:30pm: opera scenes. April 26, 8pm: composition student recital. April 27, 5pm: hard studio recital. April 27, 8pm: musical theatre workshop (also April 28, 2pm). April 28, 5pm: conservatory chorus. April 29, 1pm: Baroque cello concert. April 29, 8pm: woodwind chamber music. April 30, 8pm: string and piano chamber music recital. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave. www.sfcm.edu

Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow @ SF Public Library

Ron Hansa's historic film includes footage of works by Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin in his film about the summer dance festival. Free. 6pm. Koret Auditorium, lower level. 100 Larkin St at Grove. www.sfpl.org

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 Brody also performs. $12-$15. 8pm. 2174 Market St. www.litquake.org www.cafedunord.com

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 25, 7pm at Dance Palace in Point Reyes ($12-$422). April 26, 4pm at Oakland City Plaza. April 27, 10am at The Chapel, 777 Valencia St. and April 27, 8pm at the Victoria Theater, 2961 16ht St. 635-1397. www.revbilly.com

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, hipsters, 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 @ 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

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

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Odd and vintage short films and excerpts. April 25, 8pm: Circus shorts with Mae West, W.C Fields, and Jodie Foster in Carny. April 26, 8pm: The Feminine Aesthetic: Pioneering Women Artists and Filmmakers. $10. 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 operetta 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

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 26

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

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. 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

Bay Area Dance Week @ Multiple Venues

The 15th annual celebration of dance of all kinds includes hundreds of performances, workshops and free event all over the Bay Area. Kickoff event April 26 in Union Square, 12pm. Thru May 5. www.BayAreaDance.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

Body Image workshop @ AHP Services Center

Body Image: I Want to Change How I See Myself, a workshop for gay and bisexual men. Free (Space is limited; pre-registration is required. To register please call (415) 476-6448, ext 1). 6:30-9:30pm. 1930 Market St. www.ucsf-ahp.org

The Bus
photo: Lois Tema

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

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

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. Closing reception April 26, 6pm. Main gallery, 401 Van Ness, Veterans Bldg. Hours Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. www.sfartscommission.org

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

Dave Lippman @ Unitarian Universalists' Hall, Berkeley

The satirical songster performs politically-themed humorous songs, and as his evil twin, Wild Bill Bailout. $8-$10. 7pm. 1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley. www.davelippman.com www.bfuu.org

An Evening With
"Mama" Cass Elliot

An Evening With "Mama" Cass Elliot @ The Garage

Annalisa Bastiani portrays the Mammas and Pappas singer, who performs her popular hits in a dramatised rehearsal only weeks before her death. $25. 8pm. Also April 27, May 3 & 4. 715 Bryant St. at 5th. www.facebook.com/CrazyCatsTheatricals

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

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

John Leguiziamo
photo: Carol Rosegg

John Leguizamno @ Orpheum Theatre

The comic actor performs his hit Broadway solo show, Ghetto Klown. $40-$95. 8pm. Also April 27. 1192 Market St. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.com

Pericles, Prince of Tyre @ Berkeley Rep

Obie Award-winning director Mark Wing-Davey revamps Shakespeare's action-packed 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

Pink Friday @ The Mad Dog in the Fog

Yo, bro; the Haight straight bar goes gay, now each 4th Friday. Gogo guys, pink drinks, no cover, Jell-O shots, and gay fun; DJ Getty spins tunes. 9pm-2am. 530 Haight St. 626-7279. www.facebook.com/MadDogPinkFriday

Queer Open Mic @ Modern Times Bookstore

Blythe Baldwin and Baruch Porras-Hernandez cohost the eclectic LGBT reading series, this time featuring poet Nic Alea and music act Tina and Her Pony. Free/donations. 7:30pm. 2919 24th St. 282-9246. www.moderntimesbookstore.com

Requiem for a Heavyweight @ Village Theatre, Danville

Role Players' production of Rod Serling's Emmy Award-winning drama about a boxer. $20-$28. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 18. 233 Front St., Danville. (925) 820-1278. www.danvilletheatre.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

Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard @ Yoshi's

American Idol Season 2 winner performs new and classic R&B songs. $32-$40. 8pm & 10pm. Also April 27. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond
at Soiree

Soiree @ Terra Gallery

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund's 40th anniversary gala fundraiser includes a sit-down dinner, lounge performances, dessert buffet and a performance by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. $75-$325. 6pm-11pm. 501 Harrison St. www.lambdalegal.org

 

 

Sat 27

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

Bibi SF @ Club OMG

Middle Eastern LGBT dance party, with DJs Nader, Momentum; plus gogo dancers, arak and pomegranate drinks. $5-$8. 9pm-2am. 21+. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

China's Terracotta Warriors

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

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

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 include California Dreaming (thru April 28) 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

Night Light @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Multimedia garden party, with installations by dozens of artists, live music and performance and digital and cinematic projections; food, beer and wine, too (cash bar). $10-$12. 8pm-12am. 934 Brannan St. at 8th. www.somarts.org

Paul Eulalia @ Castro Country Club

Exhibit of graphic designs by the local artist. Thru April. 4058 18th St. www.castrocountryclub.org

Public Square @ YBCA

Director Marc Bamuthi Joseph curated this day-long mini-fest of participatory events, subtitled Future Soul Edition, which includes one-day art installations,discussions, food, technology displays, plus David Dorfman's dance concert Prophets of Funk (see Thu), with a dance party afterward. 11am-1am. 701 Mission St. www.ybca.org/public-square

Reasons to be Pretty

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

Saying Goodbye @ SF Veterans Building

Members of the gay-inclusive Bob Basker Post 315 of the American Legion hold a farewell reception before the historic building closes for two years for retrofit renovations. Reception 5pm, formal program 6pm, with drinks and buffet food. 401 Van Ness Ave. 474-4724.

Science Exhibits @ The Exploratorium

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

SF Hiking Club @ Purisima Creek Redwoods

Join GLBT hikers for a 9-mile hike along fern-bordered creeks and through forests of redwoods, firs, and big-leaf maples at Purisima Creek on the Peninsula. The terrain will open up giving views to the ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains, unless the fog restricts the view. Bring lunch, water, layers, hat, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. Carpool meets 9am at the Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 495-5522. www.sfhiking.com

Tango No., 9 @ St. Cyprian's Church

Talented chamber ensemble performs a concert of refined yet fervent tango music, with guest vocalist Ramana Vieira. $15-$18. 8pm. 2097 Turk St. at Lyon. 454-5238. www.tango9.com

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

 

Arturo Galster kicks off Behind the Wig

Sun 28

Ana Matronic @ Public Works

Ana Matronic and Juanita More join forces to present a night of outrageous glamour, ferocious music, and psychedelic fantasy. Matronic (of Scissor Sisters) will perform a live set with new material from her upcoming solo record; plus, DJ sets from Juanita More, Ana Matronic and Seth Kirby, and additional performances by special guests. The night will also feature an immersive light installation by Seth Kirby and Brock Monroe of the Joshua Light Show.  $15-$20. 9pm-2am. 131 Erie St. www.juanitamore.com

Behind the Wig @ Boxcar Theatre

New cabaret series features performers from the local hit production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performing out-of-drag cabaret shows, and sharing behind-the-scenes stories; each 2nd & 4th Sunday.Arturo Galster inaugurates the series. $20-$25. 7pm. 505 Natoma St. www.boxcartheatre.org

Dances From the Heart 2

Dances From the Heart 2
@ Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Second annual Bay Area Dancers United to Fight AIDS concert, with members of Post: Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Salsamania, Joe Goode Performance Group, Diablo Ballet, Ballet San Jose and Chitres Das Dance Co performing. Proceeds benefit several local AIDS/HIV nonprofits. VIP post-show champagne/dessert reception. $40, $60, $100, $1,000. 7:30pm. 3301 Lyon St. 273-1620. www.richmondermet.org

Fred Raker @ Stage Werx Theatre

How to Make Your Bitterness Work for You, the performer-comedy writers ascerbic 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

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble @ Berkeley Arts

The new music ensemble performs Current Events, a multi-instrument work, with an array of film montages (drones, future cities, disasters and more). Part of the Berkeley Arts Festival. $10. 8pm. 2133 University Ave., Berkeley. (424) 256-5910. www.jackcurtisdubowsky.com www.berkeleyartsfestival.com

The Last Closet @ The Lookout

Fundraiser for the website and campaign to end homophobia in porfessional sports; raffle prizes, DJed tunes; Sister Roma hosts. $2. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 3600 16th St. www.thelastcloset.org www.lookoutsf.com

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

Time Warp @ The Regency

American Conservatory Theatre's grand fundraiser gala, this year with a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme; special performances by the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon, with dinner and dancing ( including "The Time Warp!"). $500 and up. 5pm-11pm. 1300 Van Ness Ave. 439-2470. www.act-sf.org

 

 

Mon 29

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

Chad Valley

Chad Valley @ Bottom of the Hill

UK singer with a great voice performs vocal synth-pop music from his new CD Young Hunger. Ski Lodge and The Soonest also play. All ages. $10-$12. 9pm. 1233 17th St. at Missouri 626-4455. www.chadvalley.tumblr.com www.bottomofthehill.com

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

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.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

David Perry's talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry sits down with Vanessa Coe, lead organizer of API Equality in Northern California. Perry also chats with Monica Nolan, author of lesbian pulp novels, such as her latest, Mainwaring Lesbian Dilettante. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.comcasthometown.com

 

Tue 30

Magnet Book Club discusses
Every Time I Think of You.

Book Club @ Magnet

The monthly book club for gay men and their friends welcomes author Jim Provenzano (yep, that's me) after a discussion of his (my) Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, Every Time I Think of You. Free. 7:30pm. 4122 18th St. www.magnetsf.org (Books can be purchsed at Books Inc, 2275 Market St. www.booksinc.net).

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

 

Wed 1

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

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

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 2

Lambda Literary Award Finalists @ SF Public Library

Bay Area finalists in several categories for the 25th annual LGBT book awards read from their work, including Judy Grahn, Ryka Aoki, Kevin Killian, Janet Hardy, Malinda Lo, Kathryn L. Pringle, Cyd Nova, Elliott DeLine, Mattilda B. Sycamore, Brenna Munro, and Sinclair Sexsmith. 5:30pm reception, readings at 6pm. Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, lower level, 100 Larkin St. www.lambdalit.org www.sfpl.org

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

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

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Deadline is each Thursday, a week before publication.

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