Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018


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Glee star Alex Newell performs at Great America's Pride Night, Friday, May 24.
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Yes, those two young faces are familiar to fans of the TV show Glee. See and hear two of its stars performing live. Okay. So Darren Criss' show is already sold out, and Alex "Unique" Newell is performing out in Santa Clara, but hey! I don't decide such things. Enjoy these and other gleefully talented performers.


Fri 24 - Pride Night @ Great America, Santa Clara

Looking for a little holiday getaway? The annual GLBT party at the East Bay amusement park is MCed by Pollo Del Mar, with DJed music and a featured live song set by Alex Newell (The Glee Project and Glee's "Unique", see photo at left), plus Wendy Williams, Phoenix Normand and Kevin Mikal. Cookie Dough brings The Monster Show drag fun, and DJs The Perry Twins, MC2, Shawn Perry and Kidd Sysko spin dance tunes. $40-$55. 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara. (408) 988-1776.

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Events May 23 – 30, 2013

Thu 23

Arcadia @ American Conservatory Theatre

Tom Stoppard's masterpiece of romance and literary intrigue, with 19th and 20th-century scenes in an English country house, is performed in a new production directed by Carey Perloff. $25-$200. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. (some Sun 7pm or 8pm, weekdays matiness 2pm). Thru June 9. 415 Geary St. 749-2228.

Black Watch

Black Watch @ Armory Community Center

American Conservatory Theatre presents the National Theatre of Scotland's globally acclaimed military drama-dance performance work, appropriately staged in the enormous Mission District Armory's Drill Court. (Special bike valet night May 23). $44-$82. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru June 9. 333 14th St. at Mission. 749-2228.

Burqavaganza @ Brava Theatre

Vidhu Singh's satire of political and religious oppression, banned in Pakistan, gets an acclaimed local production performed by Ajoka Theatre Company. $12-$17. Thu-Sat 8pm Sun 3pm. (May 26, 7pm ). Thru June 2. 2781 24th st.

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche

Enjoy the fun weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, Mark Davis headlines with Lydia Popovich. Marga Gomez hosts.8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Jack Curtis Dubowski Ensemble @ Luggage Store Gallery

Experimental ensemble performs electro-acoustic structures improvisation music. $6-$10. 8pm. 1007 Market St at 6th. 255-5971.

Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night @ Exit Theatre

Cutting Ball Theater's production of Andrew Saito's poetic Beat-like family saga, full of eccentric characters. $10-$50. Thu 7:30. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm. Thru June 16. Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St. 525-1205.

Music Recitals @ SF Conservatory of Music

Student and faculty recitals of classical, renaissance and contemporary music. Free unless noted. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave.

New & Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

May 23: Black Swan (7pm) and Dancer in the Dark (9pm). May 29: Spring Breakers (7pm) and Enter the Void (8:45). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Philip Glass Ensemble @ YBCA, Davies Hall

The iconic minimalist composer's 75th brthday is honored, as his musicians perform a live score to the Cocteau film La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast). Pre-show conversation with Glass May 25, 6pm. $40-$65. 8pm. Also May 24 & 25. Lam Research Theatre 700 Howard St. Also, May 26: Koyaanisqatsi screened with the score performed live at Davies Hall. $40-$65. 7pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 978-2787.

Redwood Summer @ The Holdout, Oakland

First in a series of talks, panels and film screenings about Bay Area radical protest history focuses on the "redwood Summer" and the rise of Earth First, plus controversies. 7pm. 2313 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

Darling Gunsel at Show/Off

Show/Off @ Red Devil Lounge

Drag, comedy, burlesque, music variety show, with a bevy of drag queens, DJ Sergio Fedasz spinning tunes, and live music by Darling Gunsel and Corpus Hideous. $10. 10pm show. 1695 Polk St.

Smuin Ballet @ Various Venues

The SF modern ballet company tours East Bay and Carmel. $50-$70. May 22-26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. May 31-June 1 at the Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, Civic & Locust Sts. June 7-8 at the Carmel Sunset Center. 556-5000.

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Odd and vintage short films and excerpts. May 23: God, The Devil and Betty Boop, bizarre short films with satan. May 24, Play With Your Toys; animated toy shorts scare the kids! Thu & Fri. Each $10, 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117.

Terminus @ Magic Theatre

U.S. premiere of Irish playwright Mark O'Rowe's poetic fantastical drama about three people ripped from their ordinary lives into a strange underworld of serial killers and lovesick demons. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun (& Sat June 1) at 2:30pm. Fort Mason Center, Bldg D., 3rd floor. 441-8822.

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. Extended thru June 29. 575 10th St. at Bryant. (800) 838-3006.



Fri 24

Abigail's Party @ SF Playhouse

Mike Leigh's biting comedy pokes fun at straight suburban Brits in the '70s disco era, where a cocktail party goes overboard. $30-$100. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru July 6. 450 Post St. 2nd. floor of Kensington Park Hotel. 677-9596.

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.

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Marc Acito's comic play about Central Park Zoo's gay pengins, Fifth Avenue hawks, and the silly human reactions to such flighty families. $22-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 2. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972.

By & By @Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players' production of Lauren Gunderson's scifi thriller drama about an eccentric professor of cloning who puts his skills to use after a family tragedy. $20-$30. Wed & Thu7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru June 23. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.

Dear Elizabeth @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters' new play based on the letters between 20th-century poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Previews; opening night May 29. $29-$72. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru July 7. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

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.

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.

Funny Girl @Saratoga Civic Center

South Bay Musical Theatre's production of the classic musical about Fanny Brice. $20-$44. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru June 8. 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. (408) 266-4734.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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.

Jess Curtis, Jorg Muller

Jess Curtis, Jorg Muller @ CounterPulse

The duo's Performance Research Experiment #2: Paradox of the Heart (Phase 1) takes on a scientific movement environment. Fri-Sun 8pm. Thru May 26. 1310 Mission St.

The Medea Hypothesis @ Berkeley City Club

Three actors play several rols in Marian Berges' modern adaptation of Euripedes' Medea. $15-$28. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. (510) 558-1381.

The Merry Wives of Windsor @ Buriel Clay Theatre

African-American Shakespeare Company's production of The Bard's comic middle-class spin-off from the King Henry plays, reset in the urban U.S. 1950s, with Sir John Falstaff scheming and plotting. $10-$35. Thu 10am, Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru May 26. Arifcan American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. at Webster. (800) 838-3006.

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.

Peter White @ Yoshi's

Jazz fusion guitarist performs with his band at the cool nightclub. $22-$29. 8pm & 10pm. Also May 25. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600.

The Presets

The Presets, Dragonette @ Fox Theater

Australian electropop duo with a queer edge perform live. $32.50. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Pride Night @ Great America, Santa Clara

The annual GLBT party at the East Bay amusement park is MCed by Pollo Del Mar, with DJed music and a featured live song set by Alex Newell (The Glee Project and Glee's "Unique"), plus Wendy Williams, Phoenix Normand and Kevin Mikal. Cookie Dough brings The Monster Show drag fun, and DJs The Perry Twins, MC2, Shawn Perry and Kidd Sysko spin dance tunes. $40-$55. 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara. (408) 988-1776.

Spencer Day

Spencer Day @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The celebrated local pianist-singer-composer performs music from his new CD The Mystery of You, and selections from his prior albums. $55-$75. 8pm. Also May 24 (8pm) & 25 (7pm). Hotel Nikko lobby, 222 Mason St. (855) 636-4556.

Sweet Charity @ Lesher Theatre, Walnut Creek

The Tony Award-winning musical about a call girl (book by Neil Simon, music and lyrics by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields), is produced by Center Repertory Company. $38-$47. Tue-Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Some Sat and Sun 2:30pm. Thru June 22. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. (925) 943-7469.



Sat 25

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.

Blues, Brews & Oysters @ Dance Palace, Point Reyes

38th annual fundraiser for the Marin Headlands arts space, with a performance by Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review, Soul Delights and other groups, plus beer, oysters, food and a silent auction. $10-$20. 11pm-6pm. 503 B St. Pount Reyes. 663-1075.


Bjork @ Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

The Icelandic art/pop music composer-singer performs a special intimate in-the-round concert of music from her CD Biophilia. $75-$150. Also May 25 & 28. 8:30pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond.

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.

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.

From Heather's Mommies to Tango's Daddies @ SF Public Library

Subtitled The Evolution of Family Affirming Children's Literature, exhibit curator Randall Tarpey-Schwed shares his unique collection of children's books that portray gay or lesbian parents. Thru Aug. 1. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

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. $5-$10. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Thru May 25. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. 643-5001.

The Last War Crime @ Delancy Street Screening Room

Dramatic narrative film based on the actual accounts that led to Dick Cheney being charged with war crimes. Free/donations. 6pm & 8pm. 600 Embarcadero.

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.

Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone @ Osher Marin JCC

The veteran comic expounds (get it?) on everything and anything, with her dry wit. $25-$80. 8:30pm. Jewish Community Center, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 839-9474.

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.

SF Hiking Club @ Almaden, Mt. Tam

Join GLBT hikers on an 8-mile hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park near San Jose, an area steeped in California goldmie an Indian history. Carpool meets 8:45am at Safeway sign. 740-9888. May 27: a 9-mile hike along the south side of Marin's Mt. Tamalpais along Temelpa and Wheeler trails. Carpool meets 9:15am. (510) 985-0804.

UnderCurrents @ SOMArts Cultural Center

UnderCurrents & The Quest for Space, a group exhibit of works by Asian American women about stereotypical depictions of Asian Americans. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru May 25. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414.

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.

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.


Casey Ley at Comedy Explosion

Sun 26

Comedy Explosion @ 1772

Paul Doyle hosts another night of LGBT and gay-friendly stand-up comics, including Casey Ley, Land Smith, Keith D'souza, Kristee Ono, Larry Dorsey Jr., Matt Lieb,Zach Garner, Kymedienne Jackson and Johan Miranda. $10. 21+. 8pm. 1772 Market St (formerly Rebel).

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, From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection, thru Aug 4. 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.

Grease Sing-Along

Grease Sing-Along @ Castro Theatre

You better shape up, and go back to high school because we're hopelessly devoted to sing-along events at the Castro! Laurie Bushman and Sara Moore cohost; goody bags, costume contests, kid-friendly matinees and more cineamtic musical fun. $10-$15. 2:30 & 8:30. May 26 & 27. June 1-3. 429 Castro St.

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.

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet hosts the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. Big Dive a special Memorial Day weekend event follows with drink specials. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Trannyshack @ DNA Lounge

Heklina and her entourage of drag talents (Cookie Dough, Becky Motorlodge, Grace Towers, and more) do a Madonna tribute show; Guy Ruben DJs. $15. 11pm. (club 9:30-3am). 375 11th St.

Vital Signs @ The Marsh

Aloson Whittaker's solo show about her career as a nurse. $15-$450. Sundays, 7pm. Thru June 16. Upstairs Studio Theatre, 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.



Camile Rose Garcia

Mon 27

Camile Rose Garcia @ Walt Disney Museum

New exhibit of Goth interpretations of the Alice in Wonderland story. Thru Nov 3. Also, 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.

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.

High Heel drag Race @ Castro Country Club

The 4th annual drag race in real drag and heels raises fun and funds for the LGBT-inclusive sober space. 11am registration. 12pm race. 4058 18th St.

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.

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. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm.


Tue 28

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

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.

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.

Giuliano Bekor, Piotr Perski @ Geras Tousignant Gallery

Two exhibits; Perski's panoramic Bay Area and Barcelona landscapes, and Bekor's stunning golden male nude photos series, Odyssey. Exhibits thru June 10 & 19. RSVP in advance required. 433 and 437 Pacific Ave. 986-1647.

Travis Jensen @ Genlser

Exhibit of arresting black and white street portraits by the photographer are exhibited at the design firms' offices. Thru June 29. 2 Harrison St., #400. 433-3700.


Butterflies & Blooms

Wed 29

Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers

Popular exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Thru Oct. 20. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.

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.

Darren Criss

Darren Criss @ The Fillmore

The cutey-pie singer/actor and San Francisco native performs music from his upcoming solo album with his band, plus Glee and Starkid (A Very Potter Musical) fan faves. $25. 8pm. 1805 Geary St. 346-6000.

The Decameron @ Fort Mason Center

Ten-day series of cafe-style storytelling theatre; site-specific performances of chapters in Boccaccio's fanciful classic work of literature. Various nights 8:30pm, thru June 9. $35. The Firehouse, Bay St. at Buchanan. 424-7249.

Dinner Party @ The Verdi Club

The Roxie Cinema's 2nd annual Filmmakers Awards honors gay documentary Oscar-winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and Hima B; seasonal food by Chef Leif Hedendal; cocktails, dancing a live auction and more fun. $175 and up ($250 per couple) 6pm-10pm. 2424 Mariposa St. 613-3778.

Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway

Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Vocal sister act performs classic pop and Broadway hits. $70-$95 (includes $30 food/drink credit). 8pm. (Sat 7pm & 10:30pm; Sun 7pm).Thru June 2. Hotel Nikko lobby, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

Migrating Archives @ GLBT History Museum

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 persons. $5. Reg hours Mon & Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.

On the Clock @ SF Public Library

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

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.

When the Rainbow Isn't Enough @ Commhnity Initiative

Town hall meeting on suicides in the gay male community, with panelists Race Bannon, Michael Brandon, Blue Buddha, Veronika Fimbres and Jorge Vieto, Jr. Timothy Vollmet moderates. 7:3pm. 385-A 8th St.


Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Thu 30

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

New exhibit of vintage prints taken by gay Beat poet of his friends Jack Kerouac and others. Curator talk and musical performance arrangement of Ginsberg's poem "America," May 23, 7pm ($10-$20). Thru Sept. 8. Also, Kehinde Wiley's 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. Also Black Sabbath (ongoing). Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche

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

InForum @ Castro Theatre

The Commonwealth Club presents a Nofilter Conversation with Mike Krieger and Kevin Systron, the cofounders of Instagram. $15-$65. 7pm. 429 Castro St.

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.

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

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.

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.



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