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Arts events May 31- June 7

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Barn Owl @ CounterPulse Thu 31 photo: Robbie Sweeny
Barn Owl @ CounterPulse Thu 31 photo: Robbie Sweeny  

THU 31

(Broken Heart Emoji) @ SF LGBT Center
Closing party for the collaborative art exhibit, with a video, readings and audience Q&A. 6pm-8:30pm. 1800 Market St.

Barn Owl @ CounterPulse
Evan Johnson (Pansy, Don't Feel: The Death of Dahmer) presents a visually stunning show about UFOs, California cults, and queer cosmologies. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. 80 turk St.

Carol Peters & Benn Bacot @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The jazz duo performat the elegant intimate nightclub. $19-$45. ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Eels @ The Fillmore
The spooky-groovy rock band performs; That 1 Guy opens. $39.50. 8pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

An Entomologist's Love Story @ SF Playhouse
Melissa Ross' comic play about two bug scientists at the Museum of Natural History. $30-$100. Tue-Sun thru June 23. 450 Post St.

The Heart of the City @ Tenderloin Museum
Photos by Darwin Bell, thru June 2. Also, permanent exhibits of historical Tenderloin photos, artifacts and ephemera. 398 Eddy St.

Jesus Christ Superstar @ Victoria Theatre
Ray of Light Theatre company's new all-women production of the classic Weber-Rice musical/operetta about the last days of Jesus. $15-$40. Thu-Sat 8pm. some other nights and matinees. Thru June 9. 2961 16th St.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel hosts the monthly reading series at the popular martini bar, this time with Rohan DaCosta, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Bud Gundy, Chad Koch and Riss Rosado. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Rae Senarighi @ Strut Thu 31  

Mommie Queerest @ Oasis
Peaches Christ and Heklina's campy drag musical parody the Joan Crawford biopic. $27-$40. 7pm. Wed, Fri & Sat 7pm, thru June 9. 298 11th St.

Silent Film Festival @ Castro Theatre
23rd annual screenings of classic cinema from around the world, with live musical accompaniment. $15-$25. Thru June 3. 429 Castro St.

Rae Senarighi @ Strut
Opening reception for Transcend, the artist's exhibit of large portraits of various transgender people. 8pm-10pm. Exhibit thru June. 470 Castro St.

Velocity Entertainment @ Gregangelo Museum
Magician Jade is the featured performer at the colorful magical venue's special night, with soft drinks and dinner. $75. 7pm-10pm. 225 San Leandro Way.

Waafrika @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley
Theatre First's production of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's drama about a Kenyan transgender teen facing traditional pressures from hir tribe. $20-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 2. 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

What the Constitution Means to Me @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Heidi Schreck's Obie-winning solo show about her childhood speeches about the Constitution, and the document's multi-generation effect it had on women in her family. $17-$62. Thru June 17. Peet's Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Keith Hennessy @ Joe Goode Annex, The Lab Fri 1  


Alec Mapa @ The Laugh Cellar, Santa Rosa
The sassy gay comic performs as part of Sonoma Gay Pride weekend festivities; Ash Fisher opens. $40. 7:30pm. 5575 Mountain Hawk, Santa Rosa.

Big Dipper @ Oasis
The rappin' hip hop bear returns. $15. 10pm. 298 11th St.
Clusterfest @ Civic Center Plaza, Bill Graham Auditorium
Comedy festival with Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Trevor Noak, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll and several other acts. Single-day $19-$115. Three-day $200-$290. Thru June 3. Civic Center, Grove at Larkin sts.

The Gospel According to André @ Landmark Cinemas
Kate Novakc's intimate documentary about the style icon André Leon Talley from his childhood to his career as a fashion guru. Lamndmark Embarcadero SF and Shattuck, Berkeley.

Hot Draw @ Mark I Chester Studio
Erotic fetish leather drawing group with models in various poses, this time men of color. All talent levels welcome. $20 donate what you can. 6:30pm-9:30pm. 1229 Folsom St.

Intimate Aphorisms @ Mission Cultural Center
Opening reception for an exhibit of works by 15 queer Latinx artists (Toni di Carlo, Candy Guinea, Steve Lopez, LeeAnn DiCicco, Hector Gomez, Fabian Echevarria, Yolanda Reyes, Alexander Hernandez, Oscar Gallegos, Hablo Rodriguez-Williams, Fernando Miguel, Alfredo Bisset, Manos Creativas, Estela Nava, Celia Herrera Rodriguez). $5. 6:30pm-9pm. Thru June 30. 2868 Mission St.

Keith Hennessy @ Joe Goode Annex, The Lab
The politically-charged performer-choregrapher's two shows explore (Sink) self-contemplation and pink reactions, and (Crotch) the queer melancholoy of artist Joseph Beuys. Free, $15, $30. Sink: June 1 & 2 at Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St. Crotch: June 7 & 9 at The Lab, 2948 16th St. ASL interpretation by Debbie Taylore June 1. Audio description June 2.

The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh, Berkeley
Adam Strauss returns with his hit solo show about treating his OCD with hallucinogenic mushrooms. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Extended thru June 16. 2120 Allston way, Berkeley.

Nellie MccKay @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The accomplished jazz-pop singer-composer performs at the intimate nightclub. $22-$50. ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

Roman Women @ Palace of Fine Arts
We Players outdoor environmental drama, a variation on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, set amid the historic columns of the park, with live music and walking tour of scenes. $60. Fri-Sun 6:30pm, 7pm. Thru June 3. 3301 Lyon St.

The Speakeasy @ Secret Location
The ongoing 'theatre, booze, gambling and retro costumes' participatory experience takes you back to Prohibition-era debauchery. $50-$90. Fri & Sat thru June 16.

Three Days of Rain @ Dragon Theatre, Redwood City
Richard Greenberg's (Take Me Out) Pulitzer-nominated drama about the heirs of an architect and a secret love affair, is produced by the South Bay theatre company. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru June 17. 2120 Broadway St. at Theatre Way, Redwood City.

When Pigs Fly @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Revival of Howard Crabtree's hilarious hit music revue chockful of wacky songs and costumes. Thursday night Happy Hour sing-alongs, costume crafting nights and more. $20-$55. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 10. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Freak Chic: Vintage Vogue @ SF Institute of Possibility Sat 2  


The $18 Billion Prize @ Phoenix Theatre
Phelim McAleer's new drama about an environmental activist, rainforest natives, and oil company invasion, with a twist! $15-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm thru June 3. 414 Mason 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. $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 Princess Party @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Musical theatre stars Laurs Osnes (Cinderella), Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast) and Courtney Reed (Aladdin) perform a uniquely royal cabaret concert at the elegant intimate nightclub. $49-$85. ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. June 3 2pm & 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Can You Dig It? The '60s @ The Marsh
Don Reed's acclaimed autobiographical solo show recalls his groovy (and not so groovy) childhood. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm, thru June 16. 1062 Valencia St.

Cult of the Machine @ de Young Museum
Precisionism and American Art, featuring works by Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Demuth and industrial objects of the era; thru Aug. 12. Also, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Culture Catalyst @ SF Arts Commission Galleries
Group exhibit celebrating the art and legacy of the Neighborhood Arts Program, with works by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Nancy Cato, Enrique Chagoya, Lenore Chinn, Veronica De Jesus, Orlando de la Garza, Katie Dorame, Juan R. Fuentes, Katie Gilmartin, Aron Kantor, Vi?t Lê, Yolanda López, Macro Waves, Elizabeth "Oscar" Maynard, Geri Montano, Jane Norling, Queer Ancestors Project, Joe Ramos, Eustinove P. Smith, The Cultural Conservancy, Eugene E. White, René Yañez and Bayview Opera House Youth Artists. Thru June 11. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Freak Chic: Vintage Vogue @ SF Institute of Possibility
Comfort & Joy's 2nd annual glam retro fashion show, with belle epoque trans-fab couture, with Suppositori Spelling, Black Betty Towers, Bill Bowers, Qween and more; dress up in the pop-up drag closet, photos by Dot. $15-$50. 6pm-10pm. 3359 Cesar Chavez.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ The Stage, San Jose
South Bay production of the John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's Tony-winning hit trans rock musical. $30-$65. Wed & Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru July 8. 490 South 1st St., San Jose.

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
The outdoor entertainment series returns, with musicians and MC Donna Sachet. 12pm. Castro St at Market.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ Gateway Theatre
Encore run of Theatre Rhinoceros' hit 2017 production of the comic drag play based on the Australian film about queens on a road trip, with plenty of costumes and dance numbers. $15-$20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru June 30. 215 Jackson St.

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.

Sonoma County Pride @ Santa Rosa
Daytime march and celebration. March 10am-2pm. Entertainment at Old Courthouse Square, 12pm-8pm. 714 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Other events thru June:

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.

Way Bay @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley
Large group exhibit of Bay Area artists working in various media. Agony in Effigy: Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, a graphic art exhibit of historic works from the 1500-1600s. Thru June 17. Also, ongoing film series at the Pacific Film Archive. Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific
Film Archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

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.

Xian Rui: Ten Years @ Chinese Cultural Center
Exhibit of works representing the Center's first decade. Thru Aug. 18. CCC Visual Art Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor.

Angels in America @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre Sun 3 photo: Kevin Berne  


Angels in America @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Tony Kushner's multiple award-winning two-part epic drama about the 1980s, AIDS and politics, returns to the Bay Area, with Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk), Stephen Spinella (Tony-winning original cast member) and Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen). Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika on separate dates, and a few double-header days; free events and talks, too. $40-$100. Tue-Sat 7pm. Most Wed, Thu Sat & Sun also 1pm. Thru July 22. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

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. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe @ Legion of Honor
See Rococo finery in an 80-work tour of paintings, furniture and lavish objects. Thru May 28. Also, Séraphin Soudbinine, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Framing the Body, Mummies and Medicine and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

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.

Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane @ Walt Disney Family Museum
Exhibit of animation art by the prolific artist (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan). Thru Sept 3. Also, Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation (Bambi, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp), thru Jan. 7. Other exhibits of Disney artifacts and film screenings. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

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.

Ralph Steadman, Emek @ Haight Street Art Center
Exhibit of the illustrator known for Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (thru May), and the psychedelic rock concert poster designer (thru June 15). Free. Posters, clothes and stickers on sale. Wed-Sat 11am-5pm. 215 Haight St. at Laguna.

Unique Derique @ The Marsh
The comic juggling solo performer's new family-friendly show, Fool La La! Over the Rainbow includes a free juggling workshop after each show. $15-$100. Sundays, 1pm. Extended thru June 30. 1062 Valencia St.

Womxn, Omen, Women in Chinatown @ Chinese Cultural Center
Exhibit of works by Bijun Liang, Shisi Huang and Vida Kuang that challengen gender roles and equity in communities. Thu-Sun 11am-4pm, thru June 17. 41 Ross Alley.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences Mon 4  


Barbara Lewis: A Second Look @ Lost Art Salon
New exhibit of mixed media works by the prolific painter, photographer and print artist; with Gravel & Gold, a women's crafts collective. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave.

Bob the Drag Queen @ Oasis
Enjoy unusual solo drag acts with the RuPaul's Drag Race star, who's in town also performing in Berkeley Rep's Angels in America (as Belize). $20-$45. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Deep Reefs, Giants of Land and Sea, Gems and Minerals, and more. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

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.

WestWorld Popup @ AT&T Powell
Exhibit of sculptures, videos, costumes and props from the fascinating HBO series about robots outta control. Free. 10am-7pm. Thru July 1. 1 Powell St. francisco/118844

Westward @ City Hall
Exhibit of large-scale photos by women photographers focusing on West Coast communities. Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Thru May 2019. North Light Court, Ground Floor, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.

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.

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum Tue 5  

Alexander Nowik @ Et Al Gallery
The local artist's paintings and drawings. Thru June 23. 620 Kearny St.

Chaves Smith @ Vessel Gallery, Oakland
Beast of No Nation, the painter's exhibit of vibrant new works. Thru June 23. Thu-Sat & Tue 11am-6pm. 471 25th St.

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum
New exhibit of sculptures and works about the Buddha, humans and their environments; thru July 29. Also, Pema Namdol Thaye's A Guided Tour of Hell (thru Sept. 16), Traces of the Past and Future, Fu Shen's painting and calligraphy, thru Sept., plus exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

The Humans @ Orpheum Theatre
Richard Thomas (The Waltons) stars in Steven Karam's comic family story set in a lower Manhattan duplex with a spooky past. $40-$110. Sun, Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru June 17. 1192 Market St.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center
Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including 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.

René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA Wed 6  


René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA
New exhibit of 70 artworks by the master Surrealist painter; thru Oct. 28. Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner, a captivating video installation (thru Sept. 16). Also, Designed in California (thru May 27), Nothing Stable under Heaven (thru Sept. 16), The Train: RFK's Last Journey (thru June 10) and Alexander Calder: Scaling Up (thru Aug. 19). Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd St.

Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom @ Oakland Museum
New exhibit that visualizes the movement and sound of the music genre, with many live events through the run, including Friday night parties and performances. Free-$16. Wed-Sun. Thru Aug. 12. 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

Trans Resistance is Beautiful @ SF LGBT Center
Opening reception for a group exhibit of original art from trans liberation activist-artists Micah Bazant, Chucha Marquez, Ethan X Parker, Art Twink, Amir Khadar, Rommy Sobrado-Torrico, Mojuicy, Edxie Betts, and others. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Thru July 27. 1800 Market 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

Nicole Klaymoon, Embodiment Project @ ODC Theater Thu 7  


The Art of Rube Goldberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Art work and ephemera by the creative contraption illustrator and comic artist, thru July 8. Also, Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists, a new group exhibit of works by 16 artists who explore the idea of the "machines," including ceramics, drawings, sculpture and paintings by Ned Kahn, Bella Feldman, Howard Fried, and Annabeth Rosen; thru July 29. And, In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art-Allison Smith and Christina Zetterlund, thru July 3. 736 Mission St.

Empowerment in Print @ GLBT History Museum
Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust, a mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. Angela Davis: OUTspoken, a new exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar, and Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

Film Screenings @ BAM/PFA
Artistic and award-winning films, including documentaries about artists; ongoing. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Flyaway Productions @ Hotel Cadillac
Tender (n.) A Person Who Takes Charge, visualizes 100 years of Tenderloin activism with Jo Kreiter's astounding gravity-defying choreography set on the outside walls of the Cadillac Hotel, 380 Eddy St. Thu-Sat 8:30pm, select matinees 12:30pm. thru June 16.

Nicole Klaymoon, Embodiment Project @ ODC Theater
The Resident Artist Program presents a new work, Music of the Actualized Child. Other resident artist commissioned works thru June. $30. Thu-Sat 8pm. 3153 17th St.

Pride! @ Spark Arts
Group exhibit of LGBT-themed paintings and other art work by Ramon Pablo Vidali, An Luke Nguyen, Alan Beckstead, Susan Voix, and Sabrina Reid, with an opening reception and cabaret show. 6pm-9pm. Thru June 25. 4229 18th St.

Storm Large @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The vocalist (Pink Martini) actor and author perform her new cabaret show with her band Le Bonheur. $38-$70. June 7-9, 8pm. ($20 food/drink min.) Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

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