Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Arts events

Out & About

Oct. 5-12, 2017

Diego Gómez @ Strut
Opening reception for The Hard Femme Ex-Men, a new exhibit of superhero queer art by the prolific local artist and drag queen (Trangela Lansbury), with his new art book on sale. Friday October 6, 8pm-10pm. Exhibit thru Oct. 470 Castro St.
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Curtain up, light the lights! Art exhibits and literary events, comic queens and muscle mags, plus singing nuns, drag witches, all in this week's arts events; even queer lemurs. Yep, lemurs!


Thu 5

Ain't Too Proud:
The Temptations Musical
@ Berkeley Rep

New musical by Dominique Morisseau based on the lives of the popular R&B vocal quintet. $28-$85. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Nov 5. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

An American in Paris @ Orpheum Theatre

The touring company of the Tony-winning musical based on the Gene Kelly film includes direction/choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. $65-$214. Tue-Sat 8pm. Thu, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 1192 Market St.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

The musical comedy revue celebrates its 43th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs; new numbers include a Summer of Love anniversary tribute. $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.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live @ Oasis

D'Arcy Drollinger presents Michael Phillis starring in the return of the campy parody of the vampire-hunting high school student and her pals. $25-$35 ($200 VIP tables, too). Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. Oct. 31. 298 11th St.

Conversations With Gay Elders @ SF Public Library

Filmmaker David Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) cohosts a screening of an episode from his new project about elder gay stories, with 76-year-old Robert Dockendorff. Free. 6pm, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. (Also, Episode 2 screens Oct. 12 at YBCA, 7:30pm, ; Episode 3, Oct. 26 at Contemporary Jewish Museum,

Economic Justice Month @ LGBT Center

Workshops and panels addressing poverty and marginalization in the Bay Area and beyond. Oct. 5, 5:30pm, kickoff mixer and launch party with local LGBTQ-owned food vendors, beer and cocktails, plus honors for local queer entrepreneurs. 1800 Market St.

Freedom to Marry @ Little Red Hen Theatre, Sebastopol

Screening of the marriage equality documentary. $10. 7pm. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

The Mineola Twins @ The Exit on Taylor

Cutting Ball Theater's production of Paula Vogel's satire about the women's movement and the rise of conservatism. $15-$45. Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Oct. 29. 277 Tayloir St.

Physique Pictorial Celebration @ The Magazine

Physique Pictorial Celebration @ The Magazine

The Bob Mizer Foundation's film screening and release party for a new collectors' edition of the classic male muscle pictorial. $20 for purchase. 7pm. 920 Larkin St.

Salt Pepper Ketchup @ Buriel Clay Theatre

Joshua Wilder's dark comedy about a local restaurant owner and pushy new supermarket's threats to his turf. $15-$70. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 762 Fulton St.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center

Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include: Oct. 5: Girls Trip screening (7pm). Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.


A.C.T.'s Hamlet @ Geary Theater
photo: Kevin Berne

Fri 6

Cuban Festival @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Celebration of Cuban art, music and dance, with Grupo Nago, Rueda Salsa Valetodo and more. $15-$20. 8pm. 2868 Mission St.

Diego Gómez @ Strut

Opening reception for The Hard Femme Ex-Men, a new exhibit of superhero queer art by the prolific local artist and drag queen (Trangela Lansbury), with his new art book on sale. 8pm-10pm. Exhibit thru Oct. 470 Castro St.

Hamlet @ Geary Theater

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece, starring Obie-winning Tony-nominated actor John Douglas Thompson. $15-$85.Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 15. 415 Geary St.

Litquake @ Multiple Venues

The 18th annual multiple-event literary festival includes readings, workshops, parties and more featuring acclaimed authors and new talents. Thru Oct. 14, with the closing night Lit Crawl at dozens of venues along Valencia Street and nearby.

Mighty Real Gala @ Four Seasons

Positive Resource Center's annual elegant fundraiser includes cocktails, a silent auction, dinner awards and a live show, with after-party dancing with DJ Lamont; Michelle Meow and Ken Jones cohost. $250 and up. 6pm-11pm. Veranda Ballroom, 757 Market St.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

Marga Gomez co-MCs Q Ball
@ The Women's Building

OUT/LOOK and the
Birth of the Queer
@ GLBT History Museum

Opening reception for a new exhibit about the groundbreaking LGBT quarterly based in SF from 1988 to 1992; curated by E.G. Crichton, with a special commemorative new edition for sale. $5. 7pm. Also, Oct. 12 a panel discussion with contributors to the magazine (7pm). Also, Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, featuring vintage tintypes, mugshots and historic documents of LGBT lives, curated by Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky; and, Lavender-Tinted Glasses, a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain. $5. 4127 18th St.

Q Ball @ The Women's Building

Enjoy a vibrant variety show in a Speakeasy atmosphere, with Marga Gomez, Sister Roma, Alex U. Inn, cabaret singers, Red Hots Burlesque dancers, the Wily Minxes, a silent auction and community awards. $65-$85 includes food and two drinks. 6pm-11pm. 3543 18th St.

Reefer Madness @ Victoria Theatre

Ray of Light Theatre Company's new production of the wacky tabacky musical based on the vintage classic propaganda film. $15-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 7. 2961 16th St.

Remembrance and Resistance:
Dia De Los Muertos
@ SOMArts Cultural Center

Opening night for the 18th annual Day of the Dead exhibit, with 25+ installations and multimedia works by more than 60 participating artists; performances by La Gente and La Mezcla. $12-$15. 6pm-9pm. Reg hours Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 11am-5pm. Sun 11am-3pm. Thru Nov. 9.

Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts

24th season of the popular local ballet company, with works by Annabelle Lopez, Michael Smuin and Garrett Ammon. $25-$194 (subscription). Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 7. 3301 Lyon St.

StartOut Awards @ St. Regis Hotel

Singer-actor Lea DeLaria hosts the 6th annual LGBT business awards gala, with cocktails, food and entertainment. $350 and up. 6:30pm-11:30pm. 125 Third St.

This Bitter Earth @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

World premiere of Harrison David Rivers' commissioned drama about an interracial gay couple, and political and racial tensions in modern America. $25-$50. Previews; opens Sept. 30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.


Peaches Christ's Hocum Pokem
@ Castro Theatre

Sat 7

Arts Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens

The annual outdoor daytime array of music, dance and theatre performances; other shows various days (usually Thu, Fri & Sat) thru Oct. 29.

Barbeque @ SF Playhouse

Robert O'Hara's biting play about suburban bliss, racism and family interventions gets a Bay Area premiere. $20-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 11. 450 Post St.

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.

Hocum Pokem @ Castro Theatre

Peaches Christ's over-the-top drag tribute to (and screening of) the film Hocus Pocus, with Jinkx Monsoon, Bob the Drag Queen, and a talented cast. $30- $140 (VIP). 3pm and 8pm. 429 Castro St. After-party at Beaux 2344 Market St. (free/$6)

Horizons Foundation Gala
@ Fairmont Hotel

Horizons Foundation Gala @ Fairmont Hotel

Annual gala dinner, awards honoring Cleve Jones and Transgender Law Center, with cocktails, auction $75, $300, and up. 5pm-11pm. 950 Mason st.

Sister Act @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley

The rousing musical based on the popular film about singing nuns gets a local production by Berkeley Playhouse. $22-$40. Thru Oct. 22. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh, Berkeley

Don Reed's acclaimed solo show about being the son of a pimp struggling through his college days. $20-$100. Sat & Sun 5pm, thru Oct. 22. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

Question Bridge: Black Men @ Oakland Museum

Video installation with 160 Black American men discussing important current themes of race and class. Other exhibits about local art and natural history. Also, Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends and the Unknown, a large-scale immersive installation. Thru Jan, 21. $7-$16. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (til 9pm Fridays). 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

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-2pm and 3pm-5pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Revelations @ de Young Museum

Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1, 2018) and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

SF Hiking Club @ Garin/Dry Creek Parks

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 8-mile hike in two contiguous East Bay parks near Union City. Hike several trails, snack at Jordan Pond, stroll along the ridge with stunning views of the entire bay, and finish the day at the charming, relaxing Dry Creek Garden. Bring water, lunch, snacks, hat, layers, sturdy boots, and a smile. Carpool meets 8:30 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 684-6506.

Various Exhibits @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

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

Walker Evans @ SF MOMA

New exhibit of 300 prints by the acclaimed historic photographer of American culture from the 1930s, with 100 of his own collected artifacts. Also, 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. Edvard Munch thru Oct. 9. Other exhibits include Paul Klee and Rex Ray (thru Oct. 9), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. Thru Feb 4. 151 3rd St.

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide

Enjoy weekly informed tours of various parts of San Francisco, from Chinatown to the Haight, and a 'radical' and political-themed LGBT-inclusive tour. Various dates and times. $15-$25.

The Wizard of Oz @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Stephanie Temple's youth theatre adaptation of the classic L. Frank Baum tale about Dorothy's magical visit to Oz. $10-$15. Sat & Sun 2pm & 4pm. Thru Oct. 15. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.


Kenny Freis, Achy Obejas
@ Dog Eared Books

Sun 8

Ann Hampton Callaway, Amanda McBroom
@ The Venetian Room

The two cabaret and concert singers share a bill at the upscale hotel's ballroom venue. $55-$65. 5pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

The Art and Science of Pinball
@ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Alameda

New exhibit of 35 pinball machine, historic early versions, models, diagrams and demos. $5-$15. Extended thru Oct. 22. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church

Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

Kenny Freis, Achy Obejas @ Dog Eared Books

Freis discusses his new book In the Province of the Gods, about being gay and disabled while visiting Japan, with the Mills College professor and author (Ruins, Days of Awe). 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Lynn Comella @ Center for Sex & Culture

Author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex Toy Stores Set the Business Abuzz discusses her book about the history of sex toys. 6pm. 1349 Mission St.

North Beach and Beyond @ Gallery Rocking Horse

Exhibit of paintings by legendary locals Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, Jack Hirschman, Muldoon Elder, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Christopher Felver and others, in an expansive loft. Fri-Sun 2pm-6pm. Thru Oct. 15. 1643 Powell St. at Union.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

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

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years. Free-$5. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.



Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Mon 9

Archie Rand @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

The 613, an exhibit of the artist's paintings depicting each of the 613 Jewish texts for ethical and religious behavior. Also, Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane. Lectures and gallery talks as well (Fridays 12:30pm). Free (members)-$12. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm (closed Wed). 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Tabitha Soren's 15-year project photographing Oakland A's players through their careers. Thru Dec. 15. Ground Floor & North Light Court.

Indigenous Peoples Day @ Alcatraz Island

Ferry from Berkeley to the famous island for a sunrise ritual at 4:30am. Part of Indigenize the Bay events.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Children's Books by Queer Authors, with Marcus Ewert, (10,000 Dresses), Maya Gonzalez (When a Bully is President), Gayle E. Pitman (This Day in June) and Beth Reichmuth (I'm Jay, Let's Play), with refreshments and prizes. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

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.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery

Exhibit of classic plates in the 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.


Peter Oren @ Swedish American Hall

Tue 10

Gay Outlaw @ Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Ozone, the artist's exhibit of new sculptural works. Thru Oct. 14. 1275 Minnesota St.

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's

Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Ira Watkins @ Tenderloin Museum

The "outsider" artist's exhibit of endearing portraits and landscapes portraying Black Americans. Thru Oct. 11. 398 Eddy St.

Nick Aitken @ The Academy

The fashion photographer's exhibit, Paper Dolls: A Deck of Playing Cards, (local celebrity portraits) at the new barbershop & lifestyle lounge. 2166 Market St.

NYC & T @ Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley

Group exhibit of 50 artists' works inspired by New York City. Thru closing reception Oct. 14, 7pm. 1533 Solano Ave., Berkeley.

Peter Oren, Trevor Sensor @ Swedish American Hall

The rock/folk musician headlines. Oren opens and performs folk-style songs from his new album, Anthropocene. $12. 8:30pm. 2174 Market St.

Will Durst @ The Marsh

The witty comic performs his new solo show, Durst Case Scenario, with plenty of barbs at Hair Furor, aka Trump. $20-$100. Tuesdays, 8pm. Thru Nov. 21. 1062 Valencia St.


Armistead Maupin @ Kanbar Hall

Wed 11

Armistead Maupin @ Kanbar Hall

The prolific gay author of the Tales of the City series discusses his new memoir, Logical Family, in conversation with Peter Stein, with a special drag fashion of designs by Mr. David (Glamamore). $28-$38. Pre-show reception 6pm, program 7pm. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.

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.

Small Mouth Sounds @ Strand Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre presents Bess Wohl's acclaimed Off-Broadway comedy about the wellness industry and spiritual gurus, set in a woodsy retreat center. $14-$90. Tue-Sat 7:30pm. Wed & Sat 2pm. Thru Dec. 10. 1127 Market St.

Ten Percent @ Comcast

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

La Traviata @ War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Opera's production of Verdi's masterpiece. $29-$300. 7:30pm. Thru Oct. 17. 301 Van Ness Ave.

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.


Our Future Ends @ CounterPulse

Thu 12

Imaginary Comforts @ Berkeley Reprtory

Subtitled The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, Daniel (Lemony Snicket) Handler's deliciously dark comedy celebratesthe manic phase of family grieving with a lapine hallucination. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

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.

Meditation Class @ LGBT Center

The Equality of Compassion, a talk with Buddhist Gen Kelsang Choma. $15. 7pm.1800 Market St. #201.

Operatronica @ Mezzanine

SF Opera Lab presents another fun nightclub and opera music show, with talented young singers performing with a hybrid of club grooves. $20-$40. 9pm. 444 Jessie St.

Our Future Ends @ CounterPulse

Clement Hill Goldberg's bittersweet satire blends wildlife/extinction and queer/gentrification themes with lemur puppets, stop motion animation and choreography. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 21. 80 Turk St.

Perfectly Queer Rainbow Reading @ Dog Eared Books

Authors Lynne Barnes (Falling Into Flowers) Kate Carroll de Gutes (The Authenticity Experiment) and Kate Jessica Raphael (Murder Under the Fig Tree). 7pm 7pm. 489 Castro St.

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

Women @ Scott Nichols Gallery

Exhibit of fine art prints of female nudes and famous women by photographers Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Mona Kuhn, Ruth Bernhard, Andre Kertesz, others. Reception Oct 12, 5:30-7:30pm. Thru Nov. 22. 49 Geary St., 4th floor.


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