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

After All

Out & About

AXIS Dance Company, Fri 11. Photo: David DeSilva
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By stepping or rolling out into the three-dimensional world, you can enjoy your choice of dozens of in-your-face events. I'm singling out two of my favorites.

For example, you can enjoy Pina, a film about dance in 3D. It's better to experience them live, like the time I saw Pina Bausch's company perform a work in which they dispensed peanut butter sandwiches to audience members. Getting splashed with water, dust and even snow have also been some 3D thrills for fans of the late great choreographer's epic works. But for now, there's a great film, and it returns for a screening in 3D at our friendly Castro Theatre.

You'll excuse my once-again fanboy-ish focus on dancing, but here's an opinion-fact. Yvonne Rainer's "Trio A" completely changed the face of modern dance. In fact/opinion, it made the term "post-modern" viable for dance at its Judson Church premiere in 1968.

I could be off by a mark, by a year or a zip code, but the work, outwardly innocuous at first glance, represents a pivotal moment in the arc of dance as its own form, not a mimic of theatre or music. And this week, AXIS Dance Company will perform a never-before-done physically integrated "Pressure X" version of "Trio A," along with a world premiere trio by Guest Artistic Director Marc Brew, and a stirring new dance film by Alex Ketley.

And speaking of films, for some child-like treats, visit the Walt Disney Family Museum for a new exhibit, all about Mary Blair, the artist who production-designed several mid-20th-century Disney classics, as well as the design for the hypnotically cute "It's a Small World " ride/exhibit at Disney World. You can also enjoy sing-along screenings of the Oscar-winning Frozen at the Castro Theatre, the viewing of which will allegedly make your kids gay (according to whackdoodle rightwing fundie Christians).


Events, April 10-17

Thu 10

Chomp! @ Conservatory of Flowers

They Came From the Swamp, a new floral exhibit of carnivorous plants includes exhibits, docent talks and a giant replica model so you can feel like a bug about to be eaten. Opening night gala "Dangerous Beauty," April 10, 6:30-11pm. $175-$250 and up. Thru Oct. 19. Reg. hours, 10am-4pm. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Extended thru March 16. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.

Emma Donoghue @ Alexander Book Co.

Author of the book Frog Music, set in 1870s San Francisco, reads from and discusses her book about the murder of frog-hunting cross-dressing woman Jenny Bonnet; with live Celtic harp and banjo music performed by Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus. 50 2nd St. 495-2992.

Every Five Minutes @ Magic Theatre

World premiere of Scottish playwright Linda McLean's drama about a family dinner gone strange when a returning son slips into an unimaginable dreamscape. $20-$60. Wed-Sat 8pm. Tue 7pm. Sun 2:30 & 7pm. Thru April 20. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg D, 3rd floor. 441-8822.

The Habit of Art @ Z Below Theatre

Alan Bennet's "very British comedy" about gay artists Benjamin Britten and W.H Auden's imagined meeting, takes on the nature and purpose of theatre, poetry and music; directed by Theatre Rhino's John Fisher. $15-$35. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru April 13.

Hope Mohr Dance @ ODC Theater

The local choreographer premieres three of her works, including Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction, set to live jazz music. $20-$40. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 13. 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

Joan Collins @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The iconic fabulous actress performs a unique autobiographical cabaret show. $60-$75. 8pm. Also April 11, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1111.

Lynda Carter @ Yoshi's

The multi-talented actreess-singer performs with her all-star band, featuring Paul Leim and Blue Lou Marini. $25-$55. 8pm. Also April 9, 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600.

Pina, in 3D

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre

April 10, dance films The Red Shoes (7pm) and Pina, in 3D (9:25). April 11, Groundhog Day (7pm) and Caddyshack (8:55). April 12, Frozen Sing-Along (1pm) and Harold Ramis tribute: Vacation (5pm), Stripes (7pm) and Animal House (9pm). April 13, Ben Hur (1pm) and The Last Temptation of Christ (6pm) and Resurrection (9pm). April 16, Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (7pm) and The Great Beauty (8:45). April 17, Sorcerer (7pm) and Midnight Express (9:15). $11. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

Main exhibit room is closed for a new exhibit installation until May 15, but front area exhibits are open (except April 10-16). Reg. hours Mon-Sat 11am-7pm (closed Tue.) Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107.

Painting the Clouds With Sunshine @ Eureka Theatre

42nd Street Moon, the company known for reviving lost musicals, presents the world premiere of Greg MacKellan and Mark D. Kaufmann's new musical that features old songs from 1930s musicals; a jaded newspaperman and a struggling waitress find romance in Tinseltown. $25-$75. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm Sun 3pm. Thru April 20. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207.

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers' hilarious Cockettes revival returns, with many of the ebullient original cast members. $30-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 31. 575 10th St. (800) 838-3006.

Queer Ancestors Project @ LGBT Center

An exhibition of prints by queer artists age 18 to 26, with Corey Brown, Joan Chen, Jared Clifton, Amman Desai, Paula Graciela Kahn, Amirah Mizrahi, Courtney Stock & Terry Xiao, and artistic director Katie Gilmartin. Panel discussion, 6pm, artist reception and print sale 7pm-9pm. Exhibit thru May 16. 1800 Market St.

The Scion @ The Marsh

Solo performer Brian Copeland's new show focuses on privilege, murder and sausage in his retelling of the triple murder crime at the Santos Linguisa Factory. $15-$60. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Extended thru April 18. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

Steven Saylor @ Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley

The prolific gay author reads from and discusses his latest historic novel, Raiders of the Nile. 7:30pm. 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 704-8222. Also April 16, 6pm at Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, SF 835-1020.

Untitled (Wind), Untitled (Sound) @ SF Art Institute

Julie Tolentino, veteran ACT UP NY and Queer Nation activist and artist, presents a projected image installation, viewable on the school's bell tower, campus, and elsewhere. 800 Chestnut St.

Unusual Shorts @ Oddball Films

Enjoy wacky offbeat vintage short films. April 10, Stop-Motion Explosion (Gumby, Pokey and more). April 11, Juvenile Delinquent Thu & Fri, each $10, 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117.



Fri 11

AXIS Dance Company @ Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland

The Oakland-based physically integrated innovative dance company performs a unique adaptation of Yvonne Rainer's "Trio A," a world premiere and a solo by Guest Artistic Director Marc Brew, and a screening of The Gift (of Impermanence), a dance film by Alex Ketley. $10-$30. 8pm. Also Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. 1428 Alice St. at 14th, Oakland. (510) 625-0110.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

The musical comedy revue celebrates its 40th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222.

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.

The Importance of Being Earnest @ Russian River Hall, Monte Rio

Curtain Call Theatre company's production of the Oscar Wilde pun-filled comedy. $15-$20. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru April 12. 20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio. (707) 524-8739.

Jesse Sugarmann @ Southern Exposure

We Build Excitement, the Central Valley-based artist's multimedia installation, explores the life and death of the auto industry, with video documentation of his unsanctioned Pontiac car dealerships, interviews with crash victims and more. Special Fremont event May 5. Local exhibit thru May 3. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 3030 20th St.

Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco

Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco @ Mission Cultural Center

City Swing joins the vocal ensemble for Swing Break, a concert of classic big band jazz music, with Queer Jitterbugs dancing, and guest soloist Tom Reardon. $15-$40. 7:30pm. Also April 12. 2868 Mission St. 779-5428.

Mark M. Garrett @ Dogpatch Gallery

Exhibit of the local artist's hand-cut mapwork art. Thru April 19. 2295 3rd St. at 20th.

Public Intimacy @ YBCA

SF MOMA on the Go exhibit Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, a collection of photography, with artists Kemang Wa Lehulere, Athi-Patra Ruga, Sello Pesa, and Vaughn Sadie, among others. Thru June 29. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 321-1307.

Shit & Champagne @ Rebel

D'Arcy Drollinger's "whitesploitation" drag satire musical play kicks up the laughs; also starring Matthew Martin. $20-$25. Fri & Sat, 8pm. Extended thru April 26. 1772 Market St. at Octavia.

Taylor Dayne @ Yoshi's

The dynamic vocalist and gay community favorite ("Tell It To My Heart") performs her pop hits and new music. $45-$49. 8pm & 10pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600.

Tribes @ Berkeley Repertory

Nina Raines acclaimed drama about a young deaf man who meets a women with a non-assimilation perspective, which forces him to confront his parents, and the meaning of language. $29-$99. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru May 18. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Truong Tran's art

Truong Tran @ Telegraph Hill Gallery

Closing reception for the gay artist's solo exhibit features 24 fascinating works made from thousands of paper butterflies hand-cut from vintage pornography magazines. 6:30-8:30pm. 491 Greenwich St.

Venus in Fur @ Geary Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre presents a new production of the Broadway hit by David Ives, about straight sexual domination. $20-$72. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Also Sun 7pm. Thru April 13. 405 Geary St. 749-2228.

Work MORE! #6 @ SOMArts Gallery

Mica Sigourney's collaborative drag art performance and installation includes 22 avante and traditional drag performers, their visual art, performance and panel April 16, 6pm. Closing reception April 24, 6pm. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 934 Brannan St.

Xavier Castellanos @ Blue Fig Cafe

Exhibit of the local artist's colorful landscapes. 990 Valencia St.


Sat 12

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley

Berkeley Playhouse performs the Tony Award-winning musical comedy about word-obsessed kids and their families. $17-$60. Thu-Sun various times. Thru May 4. 2650 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-8542.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist @ Berkeley Repertory

Comic actor Steven Epp stars in Dario Fo's political farce about bureaucratic duplicity and political corruption. $29-$57. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru April 20. Roda Stage, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

New exhibit of 48 fascinating and richly detailed illustrations of Hebrew stories by the early 20th-century artist (thru June 29). Also, To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History (thru July 1). 2pm-5pm. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

AtmosQueer Spring Fling v@ LGBT Center

Fun & free community expo designed to connect members of the LGBTQ community to groups and organizations that pique their personal interests. From culture, arts and leisure to athletics and volunteerism, AtomsQueer will get you connected to the queer community. Live DJs, food trucks, performances and prizes. Free HIV/STD testing. Free and open to the public. 1pm-5pm. 1800 Market St.

Crosscurrents @ MoAD

Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980 , an exhibit of contemporary art. Thru April 13. $5-$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200.

David Sokosh: American Tintypes @ Robert Tat Gallery

The fine art photography gallery presents an exhibit of Sokosh's contemporary faux-vintage imagery, created with a 19th-century Wet-Plate Collodion process. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. Thru May 31. 49 Geary St., #410. 781-1122.

Avotcja at Donde Esta Mi Gente?

Donde Esta Mi Gente? @ Magnet

Festival of Latino Poetry and Spoken Word continues at the men's health space and arts venue; host Baruch Porras-Hernandez, poet-musician Avotcja, and others. Free. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St.

Double Down for Shanti @ City Club

The fundraiser for breast cancer patients turns the nightclub into a glamorous casino complete with a variety of betting tables and games, plus honors for board member Tracy Curtis. $100-$400 and up. 3pm-6pm. 155 Sansome St. 674-4700.

Feisty Old Jew @ The Marsh

Charlie Veron's new solo show about a fictional elder man who hitches a ride with surfer-hipsters, and rants about what he hates about the 21st century. $25-$100. Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Thru May 4. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

Frozen Sing-Along

Frozen Sing-Along @ Castro Theatre

"Let It Go" at the Disney animated film screenings, where audience members sing along, dress up in character costumes, and enjoy the family fun, the viewing of which will make your kids gay, according to inane fundamentalust Christians. $10-$16. 1pm. Also 5pm April 20. Also April 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 1pm. 429 Castro St.

Georgia O'Keeffe @ de Young Museum

Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George , a new exhibit of paintings focusing on the artist's New York landscapes. $25. Thru May 11. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

Interior. Leather Bar. @ Roxie Theatre

James Franco's introspective homoerotic take on scenes from the then-boycotted gay thriller Cruising. $7-.50-$10. 3117 16th St. 863-1087.

Intimate Impressionism @ Legion of Honor

The exhibition includes nearly 70 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., featuring the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. Also, the Salon Dore, a reconstructed room from the Hotel de La Tremoille, has re-opened. Free/$25. Thru Aug. 3. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Marga Gomez @ The Marsh

Lovebirds, the lesbian comic's new solo show, portrays an array of wacky characters, from different eras, each searching for love. $15-$50. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat. 8:30pm. Extended thru April 12. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway and TV singing sensation performs her stylish cabaret show. $60-$75. 7pm. Also April 13, 7pm. Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St.

SF Hiking Club @ Almaden Quicksilver Park

Join GLBT hikers for an 8-mile hike at this site of the Gold Rush-era mercury mines and camp memorialized in Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer-winning novel Angle of Repose. This park is steeped in California history (including a hanging tree and cemetery!) with panoramic views. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, a small flashlight if you want to check out the San Cristobal Mine tunnel, the only mine in the park open to the public. Carpool meets 8:30am at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 740-9888.

Queer Dharma @ SF Zen Center

Monthly Zen Buddhist meditation and discussion group, with speaker Fugan Eugene Bush. 1pm-3pm. 300 Page St.

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Collection of short plays with several unique takes on the moments before, during and after "I Do" by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright, conceived by Brian Shnipper. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 27. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Tipped & Tipsy @ The Marsh

A "Best of Fringe" show, Jill Vice's solo work portrays an array of characters from the bartending world. $15-$50. Sat 5pm, Sun 7pm. Extended thru May 17. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

Underground Short Film Festival @ Victoria Theatre

Screening of dozens of weird, wacky and visually fascinating short films; hosted by Peaches Christ and Sam Sharkey, with performances by Zbornak and Citizen Midnight. Different programs at 4:30, 7pm and 9:30pm: a special film and live drag tribute to Phatima Rude. $15-$20. 2961 16th St.

Woods to Wildflowers @ SF Botanical Gardens

See blooming floral displays, trees and exhibits. Also, daily walking tours and more, at outdoor exhibits of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Thru May 15. Free-$15. Daily. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316.


Sun 13

And the Oscar Goes To... @ Century 9 Cinema

Fathom Events' simulcast screening of the documentary about the greatest moments in the Academy Awards ceremony broadcasts. $15. 2pm. Also April 16, 2pm & 7pm. 835 Market St. Other cinemas in the Bay Area as well.

Bruce Vilanch hosts The Big Gay Comedy Show

The Big Gay Comedy Show @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

Bruce Vilanch headlines the stellar laughfest, with Marga Gomez, Shann Carr, Shawn Ryan, Leanne Borghesi and her B.O.O.B.S. trio, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Ali Mafi, Cassandra Cass, Jason Brock, and Kitty Tapata; proceeds go to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. $35-$75. 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St. 273-1620.

Homo File Salon @ Third Workplace

Jeb Havens and other artists perform at the third fundraiser for Seth Eisen's multimedia theatre work about gay culture pioneer Samuel Steward; wine, and a spring feast as well. $35-$200. 3pm-6pm. 270 King St.

Igor Sazevich @ Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station

Exhibit of the Inverness painter's works, at the scenic Headlands arts center. Reg. hours Wed-Mon 11am-5pm. 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station.

Mission in Motion @ Brava Theater

Mission Academy for the Performing Arts presents a student showcase of music, dance and theater. $5-$10. 3pm. 2781 24th St. 641-7657.

New Exhibits @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Exhibits include Stoney Lamar sculptures (thru Mar. 23). Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303.

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.

The World of Mary Blair

The World of Mary Blair @ Walt Disney Museum

Magic, Color, Flair, an exhibit of original art work from the innovative production design artist for Disney's Peter Pan, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and other films, and the iconic attractions at Walt Disney World like the "It's a Small World" ride; thru Sept. 7. Also, Leading Ladies and Femme Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis, including original drawings of Cruella DeVille, Tinkerbell and other iconic characters; thru Nov. 4. 104 Montgomery St.


Mon 14

Lunada Literary Lounge @ Galeria de la Raza

The Queer Latino Poetry and Spoken Word Festival continues with a special event at the gallery's monthly readings and open mic, with Norman Zelaya, and Estela de la Cruz. $5. 2857 24th St.

Still Life, Floral & Trompe L'Oeil @ John Pence Gallery

Exhibit of fascinating paintings by various artists. Thru April 26. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138.



Tue 15

Big Book Sale @ Festival Pavilion

Friends of the SF Library's annual massive discount book sale, where everything is $3 or less, also includes DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, food and drinks. Free. Members preview April 15, 4pm-8pm. Open sale April 16-20, 10am-6pm. Fort Mason Center, Bay St. at Buchanan.

Chicks with Shticks @ SF Public Library

The Kinsey Sicks and 20 Years of Dragapella Activism , a new exhibit about the musical ensemble Thru July 10. Also, Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, 4th floor. Thru June 5. Also, You Don't Say! Wordless Cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, an exhibit of witty visual comics like Little Lulu, from the 19th to 21st century. Thru May 31. Also, The Black Woman is God, Karen Seneferu's exhibit focusing on the art of Tarika Lewis, Karen Seneferu, Malik Seneferu, Sydney "Sage" Cain and Ajuan Mance, whose work explores the divinity of Blackness. Thru May 15. African American Center. 100 Larkin St.

It's Everything @ KOFY-TV

Local nightlife host and singer BeBe Sweetbriar's new streaming web talk show welcomes local celebrities. 7pm. Audience welcome at KOFY-TV, 2500 Marin St.

Rex Ray's art

Meditation Group @ LGBT Center

New weekly non-sectarian meditation group; part of the Let's Kick ASS AIDS Survivor Syndrome support group. Tuesdays, 5pm, 1800 Market St.

Positive Pride Toastmaster @ SF AIDS Foundation

Public speaking, communication and leadership skills are shared at this weekly meeting for people with HIV. Free. 6pm-7pm. 1035 Market St., 4th floor.

Rex Ray @ Gallery 16

Exhibit of strikingly colorful works by the prolific local gay painter and designer. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. Thru May 9. 501 3rd St. 626-7495.


Wed 16

New Dances @ The Garage

Joel Brown (AXIS Dance), Marissa Brown and Khala Brannigan (Lines Ballet) perform new dances. 8pm. 715 Bryant St. 518-1517.

Smack Dab @ Magnet

Musician Blair Hansen is the featured performer at the monthly queer-friendly open mic, hosted by Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts. Free. 7:30pm sign-up. 8pm. 4122 18th St.

Sony Holland @ Level III

The acclaimed jazz vocalist performs with guitarist Jerry Holland. Weekly 5pm-8pm. Also Thursdays & Fridays. JW Marriott, 515 Mason St. at Post.

Traditions & Taboos @ Modern Eden Gallery

Exhibit of work by tattoo artists from SF, San Jose and Brooklyn working in print (vs. skin). Also OKTP (Okay To Print), a group exhibition of new small-scale printmaking works. Thru April 5. 403 Francisco St. 956-3303.

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.

Yoga: The Art of Transformation @ Asian Art Museum

New exhibit of visual art representing the 2,500-year-old health practice. Other ongoing exhibits as well. Free (members)-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.



Thu 17

Berkeley Dance Project @ Zellerbach Playhouse

Diverse concert series of student and guest artist works. $10-$15. Thu-Sat 8pm. Spieker Plaza, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-8827.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

The monthly comedy show this time includes Shazia Mirza, Carla Clayy, Victor Escobedo, Belo Cipriani and hostess Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. (800) 838-3006.

Geoff Hoyle @ The Marsh, Berkeley

The veteran comic actor returns with his solo show, Geezer, a nostalgic meditation on his lengthy career and life. $25-$50. Thu 8pm. Sat. 5pm. Extended thru April 26. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 282-3055.

Magic Parlor @ Chancellor Hotel

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

Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway and London stage sensation (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, Master Class) debuts her intimate cabaret show. $40-$55. 8pm. Also April 18, 8pm. April 19, 7pm. Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St.

Sleeping Cutie @ Thick House

Doug Katsaros and Diane Sampson's musical about a narcolepic teenager girl and jailed father's pursuit to get her married. $30-$40. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 11. 1695 18th St. at Arkansas. 992-6677.

So Bent: Queer Performance @ SF Art Institute

Julie Tolentino, veteran ACT UP NY and Queer Nation activist and artist, performs "Work your cart and plow over the bones of the dead," a four-to-six-hour durational performance with sound artist Robert Crouch, Stosh Fila and Rita Tolentino. Free. 12pm-9pm. Sculpture ramp, 800 Chestnut St.


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