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

Out & About: Sanity Claus

Out & About

The Golden Girls @ Victoria Theatre
Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin and Holotta Tymes return in Christmas episodes of the hilarious and popular drag stage adaptation of the hit sitcom about retired women in Florida. $30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Dec. 23. 2961 16th St. at Mission.
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Most of you aren't even in town this week, but for those who are, festive arts events await. For nightlife, see On the Tab listings.


Thu 22

Cinderella @ Herbst Theatre

San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company and African American Shakespeare Company's new production of the classic fable, with campy drag stepsisters. $20-$40. 8pm. Dec. 23: 2pm & 8pm. Dec. 24: 11am & 3pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Dec 22: It's a Wonderful Life (5pm, 8pm). Dec. 24: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (5pm, 7pm, 9pm) $35-$40. Dec. 26: Sing-Along The Sound of Music, various times daily thru Jan 1. $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

The Golden Girls @ Victoria Theatre

Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin and Holotta Tymes return in Christmas episodes of the hilarious and popular drag stage adaptation of the hit sitcom about retired women in Florida. $30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Dec. 23. 2961 16th St. at Mission.

The Last Christmas @ PianoFight

Daniel Heath and Christy Crowley's Holiday Action Musical pits Santa Claus, Jesus and a pop princess against Big Oil's plan to drill at the North Pole. $20-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm. Thru Dec. 23. 144 Taylor St.

Mittens and Mistletoe @ Dance Mission Theater

Sweet Can Productions' annual Winter Circus Cabaret promises acrobatic and clown talents for the whole family. $18-$65. Wed-Sun most shows 2pm. Fri 8pm. Thru Dec. 31. 3316 24th St.

Peter White Christmas Show @ Yoshi's Oakland

Contemporary jazz concert of holiday songs. $39. 8pm & 10pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Scrooge in Love @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

Jason Graae stars in 42nd Street Moon's production of Grossman, Blair & Poole's fun musical about what happens to Ebeneezer Scrooge after Christmas. Thru Dec. 24. 609 Sutter St.

­­­­­­­­­­The Skivvies @ Strand Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre presents the award-winning undie-rock comedy duo (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) with special guest Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk, Cabaret) in Holiday Roadkill, a night of seasonal parody songs. $35-$75. 7pm. Also Dec. 23, 7pm & 10pm. 1127 Market St.

Smuin Ballet @ YBCA

Michael Smuin's The Christmas Ballet is performed by the popular local dance company. $25-$70. Thu-Sun 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 24. 700 Howard St.

White Christmas @ Golden Gate Theatre

The classic Irving Berlin musical returns for the holidays, with lavish sets and production numbers. $30-$120. Tue-Fri, 7:30pm. Wed 2pm. Sat & Sun 12pm & 5:30pm. Thru Dec. 24. 1 Golden Gate at Market.

Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center


Fri 23

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips @ Berkeley Rep

Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice's rousing musical play about a seaside British family whose house is invaded by WWII U.S. soldiers after D-Day. $29-$97. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Jan. 15. Roda Theatre, 201 Addison St., Berkeley.

Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Lopez & Marx and Whitty's hilarious puppets-for-adults musical comedy returns, with two different casts, and a New Year's Eve show, too. $20-$60. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Extended thru Jan. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

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. Holiday Extravaganza runs Nov. 16 –Dec. 31 (special New Year's Eve shows). $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm & 9pm. Sun 2pm & 5pm. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). 421-4222.

Chanticleer @ St. Ignatius Church

The Grammy-winning a cappella men's vocal ensemble performs their holiday concert. $35-$75. 8pm. 650 Parker St. Also Dec. 23. (and Dec 18 in berkeley)

Cirque du Soleil @ AT&T Park

The amazing Canadian circus company performs another dazzling show, Luzia, a Waking Dream of Mexico. $49 and up. Tue-Sat 8pm. Also various matiness thru Jan. 29. 74 Mission Rock St.

A Christmas Carol @ Geary Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre's popular annual large-scale stage adaptation (by Cary Perloff and Paul Walsh) of Charles Dickens' holiday story about Ebeneezer Scrooge. $25-$120. pm. Tue-Sat 7pm. Wed, Fri Sat 2pm. Sun 1pm & 5:30pm. Thru Dec. 24. 415 Geary St.

Fool La La! @ The Marsh Berkeley

Unique Derique's annual kid-friendly clown solo show. $12-$100. Daily at 2pm. Thru Dec. 30. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

The Madwoman in the Volvo @ Berkeley Rep

NPR personality and best-selling memoirist Sandra Tsing Loh takes the driver's seat and slams the engine into overdrive in her hilarious, enlightening, and totally candid road trip through the triple M's: middle-age, menopause, and motherhood. $60-$75. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 15. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Native Son @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Nambi E. Kelley's stage adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel stars Jerod Haynes, who originated the role in the Chicago world premiere. Previews; opens, Jan 24. $22-$60. Tue-Sun 7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 12. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players perform Edward Albee's classic drama about an unhappily married college town couple. $25-$40. In repertory thru Jan. 22. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.

SF Gay Men's Chorus @ Castro Theatre


Sat 24

A Billion Buddhas @ Asian Art Museum

A Billion Buddhas: The Awakened Cosmos of Himalyan Buddhism (thru April 9). Other exhibits include The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine Ally, Foe (thru Jan. 15), Worshipping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting (thru Mar. 26). Free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 @ Oakland Museum

Multimedia exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oakland-based civil rights and community group; thru Feb. 12. Other exhibits include Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (thru April 2) and Oakland, I want you to know..., an exhibit of Oakland resident portraits and reflections on gentrification. Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

Approaching American Abstraction @ SF Museum of Modern Art

See the restaged installations and new exhibits of Pop, Abstract and classic Modern art at the renovated and visually amazing museum, with two extra floors, a new additional Howard Street entrance, cafe and outdoor gardens. New exhibits include Bruce Conner films, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, and Tomas Saraceno: Stillness in Motion—Cloud Cities (thru May 21). Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Architecture of Life @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

New art and film museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with more than 200 new and ancient works dating back 2,000 years. Free-$12. 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

The Brothers Le Nain @ Legion of Honor

Painters of 17th-Century France, thru Jan. 19, 2017. Also, The Future of the Past : Mummies and Medicine , thru August 2018. Also, World in a Book, A Princely Pursuit and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Butterflies and Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers

Beautiful floral displays, plants for sale, and docent tours. Starting Nov. 17, the live butterflies exhibit; thru June 30. Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. $2-$8. Free for SF residents. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, 831-2090.

Cloud Forests @ SF Botanical Gardens

See beautiful floral and foliage displays, trees and plants in various beautiful gardens specific to region. Daily walking tours and more. Free-$15. Tours, lectures, classes and more. Also, The Park: A Love Story, nature photos by Stephen Kane; thru Dec. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Free Day Nov. 24! Open daily, 7:30am-sunset. Golden Gate Park. 661-1316.

Constructed Communication @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303.

Curious Contraptions @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of 20 mechanical sculptures by 12 artists, along with interactive science displays. $20-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

LGBTQ Histories from the WWII Home Front @ Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Richmond

Park indoor exhibit that showcases the lives of historic LGBT people. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

Weekly screenings of unusual, rare and strange short films and videos. $9. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. 648-0654.

SF Gay Men's Chorus @ Castro Theatre

The chorus' annual holiday concert, Home for the Holidays , features guest soloist Melody Moore. $25-$40. 5pm, 7pm & 9pm. 429 Castro St.

SF Hiking Club @ Mt. Tam

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 11-mile strenuous hike on Mt. Tam. This hike has everything; views, every Mt. Tam microclimate, streams, and good karma for circumnavigation of SF's nearest mountain. The route is designed to maximize beautiful, gradual incline trails and minimize fire roads. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking boots, layers, hat, sunscreen. Carpool meets 8:45 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 926-9220.

She Loves Me @ SF Playhouse

The lighthearted musical by Masteroff, Bock and Harnick follows a comedic misadventures of a straight couple looking for love over the holidays. $30-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 14. 450 Post St.

Space Program: Europa @ YBCA

Tom Sachs NASA-styled installation takes you to Jupiter's moon. $10. Thru Jan. 15, 2017. 701 Mission St.

Watermelon Woman 3.0 @ Center for Sex and Culture

Group exhibit of diverse art works celebrating director Cheryl Dunye's groundbreaking African American lesbian film. Thru Jan. 6. 1349 Mission St.

Wilde Chats @ Sweet Inspirations

Community Initiative's weekly informal discussion group at the dessert shop. 10:30am-12pm. 2239 Market St. 621-8664.

Wish Upon a Star: Pinocchio @ Walt Disney Family Museum

New exhibit all about the Disney classic about a puppet who longs to be a real boy; thru Jan. 9. Free (members)-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio. 345-6800.

XXXmas Eve Gathering @ Center for Sex & Culture

Bring a gift for the White Elephant exchange, and celebrate the holiday with kinky people. 4pm-7pm. 1349 Mission St.

Community Free Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum


Sun 25 (Christmas Day)

Home Land Security @ Presidio Trust Park

Site-specific multi-artist installation in and around the historic gun turrets overlooking the bay and Golden Gate Bridge; curated by Cheryl Haines with the For Site Foundation. Free. Thru Dec. 18.

Community Free Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Enjoy a kid-friendly free day at the museum (11am-4pm), with exhibits about Jewish culture, including Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane and Pour Crever by Trimpin, Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman. Lectures and gallery talks as well. Free (members)-$12. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm (closed Wed). 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

The weekly LGBT TV show, with updates on current events. 9:30pm.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square

The annual ice rink opens once again for holiday fun. Thru Jan. 16.


Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Mon 26

Not Alone @ SF Arts Commission Gallery

Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces, an expansive group exhibition featuring works by local and national artists and veteran artists. 6pm-8pm. Thru March 4. War Memorial Veterans Bldg. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Plastic Man @ Transmission Gallery, Oakland

Jerry Ross Barrish's exhibit of sculptures from plastic refuse. Thu-Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 21. Oakland. 770 West Grand Ave.,

SF Hiking Club @ Mission Peak

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 11-mile hike to the top of Mission Peak above Fremont. We start at at Sunol Regional Park. This hike will provide a rigorous workout to help you walk off that Christmas dinner and pays off with terrific views of the East Bay hills and all of the South Bay from the top. Bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, a hat, and a jacket to protect against possible cold wind at the top. Carpool meets 8:30am at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 599-4056.

Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; new exhibit, From Stone Age to Space Age, showcases minerals through time. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties many Thursday nights. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Vintage Prints @ William Blake Gallery

New gallery of historic art by the 18th and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

10 Percent @ Comcast


Tue 27

10 Percent @ Comcast

David Perry's online and cable interviews with notable local and visiting LGBT people, broadcast through the week. 7pm. Thu-Tue 11 & 11:30am & 10:30pm.

Ascendancy @ RayKo Photo

Exhibit of prints by the late Steve Harper, a local master of night photographer, curated by Tim Baskerville.Thru Jan. 13. Side gallery: David Wolf's The After Life of Thing Discarded, Collected and Assembled . Tue-Thu 10am-10pm. Fri –Sun 10am-8pm. 428 3rd St.

Enter: 126 @ SFAC Gallery

Enter: 126: Coalescence by Annette Jannotta and Olivia Ting; thru Dec. 17. Free. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Fabian Echevarria @ Strut

Fotohodo, an exhibit of the local gay photographer's work. 470 Castro St.

Tours and Exhibits @ The Old Mint

New Sunday program offers tours and exhibits about San Francisco's history. Explore the fascinating building's grand halls and vaults. $5-$10. Weekly, 1pm-4pm. 88 5th St. 537-1105.

Various Artists @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Exhibits of art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St. Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

Viewpoints @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of abstract and conceptual works by Romare Bearden, Tony Lewis Aubrey Williams and 6 other artists. Thru Jan 14. 464 Sutter St.

Gertrude Stein and a Companion @ Eureka Theatre
photo: David Wilson


Wed 28

Cartoon Crafts @ Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a Watercolor New Year's Cards for Adults workshop, with hands-on instruction and inspiration to help you create unique cards. $35. 18+. 1pm-3pm. 275 5th St.

Gertrude Stein and a Companion @ Eureka Theatre

Theatre Rhinoceros' new production of Win Wells' award-winning play about the lesbian poet and her partner, Alice B. Toklas. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm (no show Dec. 31). Also Jan. 7 & 8 at 3pm. Thru Jan. 8. 215 Jackson St.

Looking Through the Lens @ Diane Wilsey Center for Opera

The Glory of San Francisco Opera, Past and Present , an exhibit of historic productions photos from the San Francisco Opera's many productions. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Queerest Library Ever @ SF Public Libraries

Hormel at 20: Celebrating Our Past/Creating Our Future , a dual exhibit of archival materials celebrating two decades of the LGBTQ collections. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

The Unseen World of the Tenderloin @ Tenderloin Museum

The Unseen World of the Tenderloin: Rare Historic Photographs 1907-71. Thru Jan. 16. 398 Eddy St. 351-1912.

Various Exhibits @ The Beat Museum

Enjoy exhibits, a bookstore and gift shop that celebrates the era of 'beatnik' literature (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, etc.), with frequent readings, walking tours and other events in North Beach. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway

Zio Ziegler @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Exhibit of unusual sculptures and paintings; gift shop has some neat art reprints, cards and scarves. Thru Jan. 28. 149 Gough St.

Skin Deep: The Art of Tattoo @ Katz Snyder Gallery


Thu 29

Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels

Wheeled fun at the former Sacred Heart Church-turned disco roller skate party space, hosted by John D. Miles, the "Godfather of Skate," including Saturday's Black Rock night (Burning Man garb encouraged). 7pm-10pm. Sat afternoon sessions 1pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Skin Deep: The Art of Tattoo @ Katz Snyder Gallery

Exhibit of art and photos about tattoo art by 20 regional artists. Thru Jan. 20. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.




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