Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 33 / 17 August 2017

Arts events, Aug. 17-24, 2017

Out & About

Daniel Nicoletta @ Koret Auditorium
The former SF-based photographer of historic and contemporary LGBT communities in the Bay Area discusses his new lavish large-format retrospective book with a visual slideshow; also with poet Ruth Weiss, percussionist Hal Davis; ASL interpreted; Thursday, August 24. 5:30pm. SF Public Library, lower level, 100 Larkin St. After-party hosted by Juanita MORE! with DJed grooves, at War Memorial Green Room, 7pm-10pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.
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Coordinate your interests, timing, hats, whatever; just get out and see some of the lovely arts offerings this week here in the Bay Area.


Thu 17

Bitch Slap! @ Oasis

World premiere of D'Arcy Drollinger's comic drag parody of telenovelas and nightime soap operas, with plenty of big hair and shoulderpads, with Matthew Martin, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Nancy French, Steven LeMay, Jef Valentine and other talents. $25-$35. Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru Sept. 9. 298 11th St.

Blues is a Woman @ Custom Made Theatre

The acclaimed new musical tribute to women composers and singer (from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt) returns in a theatre setting. $30-$50. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Aug. 27. 533 Sutter St.

Butch Voices @ Oakstop, Oakland

Butch Voices National Conference for lesbians and colleagues, with keynote speeches, panels and workshops. Thru Aug. 20. 1721 Broadway #201, Oakland.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Aug. 17: A Clockwork Orange (7pm) and Straw Dogs (9:30). Aug. 18: The Fifth Element (7pm) and Starship Troopers (9:20). Aug. 19: The Goonies (3pm, 7pm) and Weird Science (5:10, 9:10). Aug. 20: Disney's Frozen sing-along (1pm). Aug. 20: Hitchcock's Rebecca (7pm) and Marnie (4:30, 9:20). Aug. 21 & 22: Wonder Woman (3pm, 5:45, 8:30). Aug. 23: Monterey Pop (3:30, 7pm) and Easy Rider (5pm, 8:35). Aug. 24: A Nightmare on Elm Street (7:30) and Phantasm (9:15). $10-$16. 429 Castro St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Bob McIntyre, Carla Clayy, Kat Evasco, Ian Williams, and host Lisa Geduldig perform at the monthly smart comedy show. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St.

Craig Jessup @ Hotel Rex

The comic vocalist performs witty songs, with bass & piano accompaniment. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

Desi Comedy Fest @ Various Venues

Nine cities, 11 shows, and more than 40 comedians perform at the fourth annual festival of comics with diverse South Asian backgrounds. Aug. 10 at Cobb's Comedy Club ($25, 8pm, 915 Columbus Ave.). Festival passes $79 and up. Thru Aug. 20.

Each and Every Thing @ The Marsh

Dan Hoyle's acclaimed solo show about searching for community in a fractured world. $25-$100. Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 8:30pm. Thru Aug. 26. 1062 Valencia St.

Ethos de Masquerade @ Strand Theater

Communal spiritual dance-ritual performance and talk series presented by Campo Santos and Global Street Dance Masquerade, focusing on loss and love through racism, AIDS and other crises. $15-$25. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Aug. 27. 1127 Market St. at 7th.

Glen Meadmore, Pachuco Cadaver, Maria Konner @ SF Eagle

Queer bands, including the pioneering country crooner, play live at the famed leather bar's music night. $8. 9:30pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Ira Watkins @ Tenderloin Museum

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

The Klipptones @ Top of the Mark

The local jazz band performs weekly at the swanky hotel lounge bar. 7pm-11pm. thru August. 999 California St.

LGBT History Panels @ GLBT History Museum

Aug. 17: Do What Thou Wilt: Kenneth Anger and the Dawn of Aquarius, a talk with Joey Cain about the queer influence of Aleister Crowley and Anger's queer occult themes, plus Anger's short films. Aug. 22: Fighting Back: Gender Labels, Then & Now. Both $5, 7pm. Exhibits: 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; Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community, an exhibit of Lenore Chinn's portraits in painting and photography (thru Sept 18); Lavender-Tinted Glasses, a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain. $5. 4127 18th St.

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Grammy-winning R&B duo and founding members of The 5th Dimension perform classic and new songs. $65-$110. 8pm. Aug. 18 & 19 at 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Mike Birbiglia @ Berkeley Rep

The insightful comedic solo performer's "New One." $45-$55. Tue-Fri 8pm. Sat 7pm & 9:30pm. Thru Aug. 20. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

New Works Festival @ Potrero Stage

3Girls Theatre's 6th annual festival of free performances, staged readings and discussions of feminist, lesbian and women-themed/written works. Mostly Wed-Sun 7:30pm. Some afternoon events. Thru Aug. 27. 1695 18th St.

Todd Grey @ Museum of the African Diaspora

Todd Grey: My Life in the Bush With MJ & Iggy, an exhibit of art by Michael Jackson's personal photographer through the 1980s, and his experience living and documenting the Los Angeles music industry. Also, The Ease of Fiction and Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967. And, Sounds of Resistence , a Wednesday weekly music series thru Sept. 13. Free/$10. Each thru Aug. 27. 685 Mission St.


La Cage Aux Folles @ SF Playhouse

Fri 18

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.

Broadway Showcase @ Hotel Rex

Join eight singers and pianists for a knockout Broadway songfest. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

La Cage Aux Folles @ SF Playhouse

New local production of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's award-winning musical based on the French play about a gay couple who run a nightclub, and the farce that takes place when their son's conservative future in-laws visit. $30-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept 16. 450 Post St.

Felix D'Eon @ Strut

The queer Mexico City-based artist's new exhibit of homoerotic Tarot cards and other works. Also, Jordan Joel Pennock's When We Become Ravens, the artist's mixed media portraits of radical faeries and flamoyant queer men. Thru August. 470 Castro St.

Keith Moon: the Real Me @ Marin Theatre Company

Mick Berry's solo show as the iconic drummer for The Who. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 10. Lieberman Theatre, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

MacBitch @ Exit Theatre

All-women adaptation of Shakespeare's "Scottish play," with an '80s high school Heathers meets All About Eve take, produced by Breadbox theatre company. $15-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Aug. 19. 156 Eddy 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.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Exhibit of the wry cartoons by the award-winning artist and author; thru Sept. 3. Also, exhibits about Jewish culture and by Jewish artists, including Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show (witty pop art with a queer edge, thru June 25). 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.

The Speakeasy @ Palace Theater

The immersive theatrical Prohibition-era nightclub experience includes drinks, food, entertainment, 1920s costumes requested of patrons (rentals available in advance; $125 and up), and hours of bootleg fun. $95. Thu-Sat thru Sept. 9. Columbus at Broadway.

Whose Streets? @ Landmark Cinemas

Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis' documentary about the Black Lives Matter activist movement and the Ferguson uprising that inspired it. Embarcadero Center Cinema 5, Landmark Shattuck, Berkeley and other theatres.


Project Nunway @ SOMArts

Sat 19

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.

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.

Dandy @ Oasis

The drag king variety show cohosted by Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixxen, with Meat Flap, Madd Dogg 20/20, Kegel Kater, Fleigh, Dick Move and special guest Marga "Machete" Gomez, with pianist Kitten on the Keys. $10-$20. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing @ Oakland Museum

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (thru Aug. 27), Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest (thru Aug. 20). Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

Flower Child @ Modern Eden Gallery

Large group exhibit of contemporary works in many media that celebrate the floral Summer of Love 50th anniversary. 6pm-9pm. Thru Sept. 2. 801 Greenwich St.

Flower Power @ Asian Art Museum

Exhibits include Flower Power class=4n-j>: floral art and live plant installations celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and show how Buddhist art was an inspiration. Thru Oct. 1. Other Asian art exhibits as well. Reg. free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

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.

Live! in the Castro @Jane Warner Plaza

Enjoy outdoor music concerts, dancing and other events, usually Saturdays 1pm. Castro St. at Market.

Motive @ Vessel Gallery

Group exhibit of works about power, action and tradition. Thru Aug. 26. 471 25th St., Oakland.

Not a Genuine Black Man @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's acclaimed long-running solo show, about growing up in the racist suburbs, returns. $20-$100. Saturdays 5pm. Thru Sept. 30. 1062 Valencia St.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

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

Project Nunway @ SOMArts

Sinfinity, the eighth annual fashion show featuring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in couture creations. $25-$100. 7pm-10pm. 934 Brannan St.

The Summer of Love Experience @ de Young Museum

New exhibit about San Francisco's historic 1967 groovy era. Also, a beautiful Stuart Davis retrospective, and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.


Puttin' on the Glitz @ Herbst Theatre

Sun 20

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. Thru Sept. 24. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

David Mertens @ Castro Country Club

Exhibit of the artist's new collection of evocative urban landscape paintings. 4058 18th St. Thru Sept 10.

Degas, Impressionism and
the Paris Millinery Trade
@ Legion of Honor

New exhibit of works by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, paired with period hats from french designers. Thru Sept. 24. Also, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, thru August 2018. and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed @ SF Museum of Modern Art

New exhibit of 44 works by the misunderstood painter, known most for "The Scream." 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. 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. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Homopolis @ SF Public Library

Photos from Gay San Francisco in 1981, a new exhibit curated by Ken Maley. Thru Aug. 24. James Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

How to Counter White Supremacists @ New Valencia Hall

Socialist Party informational meeting, with brunch, about organization for Aug. 27 Berkeley counter-protest against the Nazi punks. $8-$10. 12:15pm. 747 Polk St.

Katya Presents @ Martuni's

Katya Presents @ Martuni's

From Reno With Love, the local Russian opera diva's monthly cabaret show at the intimate martini bar, with Ethel Merman, and accompanist Tom Shaw. $12. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

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

Puttin' on the Glitz @ Herbst Theatre

Help Is On the Way, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation's musical variety show and fundraiser, features Levi Kreis, Trent Harmon, Jessica Sanchez, Maureen McGovern, David Burnham, Lisa Vroman, Carole Cook, Garrett Clayton, Maddie Baillio,  Paula West, Jason Brock, Lisa Viggiano, and Eileen & Leah Bourgade. VIP pre-concert gala in the Green Room, and after-party with the cast. $125 and up. 5pm-11:30pm. 402 Van Ness Ave.

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.

SF Hiking Club @ Mt. Tam

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a six-mile hike on obscure trails of Mt. Tam. Much of this looped hike is in deep forest, across meadows, and along Swede George and Ziesche Creeks. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes, hiking poles, hat, sunscreen. Carpool meets 9:00 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 926-9220. 

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years! Free, including lessons for newbies. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.


Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Mon 21

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.

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.


Will Durst @ The Marsh

Tue 22

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's

Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu, Tess Barry, Dom Gelin and Wonder Dave. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Summer of Love @ ArtHaus

Commemorative group exhibition of works in various media. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Sept. 30. 411 Brannan St. at 3rd.

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.

Wild Card @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of cardboard model villages; thru Sept 4. Also, hands-on exhibits. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green 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 Sept. 19. 1062 Valencia St.


Ugo Rondinone @ Berkeley Art Museum

Wed 23

Perfectly Queer @ Nomadic Press, Oakland

Readings from Dispatches From Lesbian America with contributors Joan Annsfire, Xequina Maria Berber, and Giovanna Capone. 7pm. 2301 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

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.

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.

Ugo Rondinone @ Berkeley Art Museum

The World Just Makes Me Laugh, an exhibit of wistfully interpreted various-media works featuring clowns and childhood toys. Also, Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos ; both thru Aug. 27. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.



Various Exhibits @ The Beat Museum

Thu 24

Daniel Nicoletta @ Koret Auditorium

The former SF-based photographer of historic and contemporary LGBT communities in the Bay Area discusses his new lavish large-format retrospective book with a visual slideshow; also with poet Ruth Weiss, percussionaist Hal Davis; ASL interpreted; 5:30pm. SF Public Library, lower level, 100 Larkin St. After-party hosted by Juanita MORE! with DJed grooves, at War Memorial Green Room, 7pm-10pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

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.

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.

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

William Florian @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The singer (a veteran of the '60s New Christy Minstrels) performs an upbeat musical journey with folk and pop songs. $17-$40. 8pm. $20 food/drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.



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