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Arts Events, April 5-12


Funsch Dance Experience @ ODC Theater Thu 5
Funsch Dance Experience @ ODC Theater Thu 5  

Blossoming arts events unleash their fresh scent of creativity, and that's nothing to sniff at. For nightlife fun, see this week's Nightlife Events.


Physique Pictorial @ The Magazine Thu 5  

Thu 5

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre
SF International Film Festival, thru April 15 See feature on page 17. http://fest11.sffs.org/ 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot @ New Village Café
The Tenderloin Museum presents the world premiere of Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar and Donna Persona's stage story of the historic pre-Stonewall San Francisco uprising of Tenderloin drag queens, with a dozen performers. $60 (includes a 'breakfast for dinner" meal). 1960s attire and drag encouraged. Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5 (Fri & Sat only in April & May). 1426 Polk St. http://bit.ly/2mvz8ZY

Diasporic Alchemy @ SOMArts Cultural Center
New exhibit, Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms, curated by Louis Chinn and missTango, featuring shamanic and mythological subjects. Thru April 5. 934 Brannan St. www.somarts.org

Disruption @ Z Below
3Girls Theatre Company's world premiere production of AJ Baker's whodunit about sexual harassment, social media, miracle drugs and sexual politics. $35-$55. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, thru April 28. 450 Florida St. www.3girsltheatre.org

The Effect @ SF Playhouse
Lucy Prebble's play explores romance amid pill-popping culture as a straight couple fall in love, but is their passion from the drug they're taking? $35-$55. Tue-Sun thru April 28. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org

Five Feet Dance, Simpson/Stulberg @ CounterPulse
(De)Classified and Still Life No. 8, collaborative new works by the two companies. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm, thru April 14. 80 Turk St. http://counterpulse.org/

Funsch Dance Experience @ ODC Theater
Christy Funsch's new work, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel, honors the historic California Dancing Girls, one of San Francisco's first all-women dance companies, and her company's 15th anniversary. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru April 7. 3153 17th St. www.ODCtheater.org

Heisenberg @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre's production of Simon Stephens' Broadway and West End hit about a straight romance (or a con game?) in London. $15-$110. Thru April 8. 415 Geary St. www.act-sf.org

Iron Shoes @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players and Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble perform Michelle Carter, Janet Kutalas and Erika Chong Shuch's new music play of updated Eastern European fairy tales made radical for our times. $7, $25-$40. Thru April 15. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. https://shotgunplayers.org

Jazz Search West @ Various Venues
New weekly jazz singer/musician showcases and competition. Various dates thru Semi- Finale April 24 at Yoshi's Oakland. https://www.livingjazz.org/jazz-search-attend

My Stroke of Luck @ The Marsh
Diane Barnes' solo show about recovering from a stroke. $20-$100. Mar. 15-29, Thu 8pm & Sun 2pm. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Physique Pictorial @ The Magazine
Magazine release event for another new edition of the classic male muscle mag, plus the screening of a vintage Bob Mizer film. 7pm-9pm. 920 Larkin St. www.bobmizer.org

Steve Tyrell @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The talented Grammy-winning singer performs songs from his new CD, A Song for You. $67-$110. April 5, 6, 7 at 8pm. April 8 at 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com

Vietgone @ Strand Theater
American Conservatory Theatre's production of Qui Nguyen's moving road trip comedy about three Vietnamese immigrants who trek across 1970s America. $25-$55. Tue-Sat 7pm or 7:30pm (some 2pm); Extended thru April 29. 1127 Market St. www.act-sf.org

What They Said About Love @ The Marsh Berkeley
Steve Budd's 'Best of SF Fringe' solo show rumination on finding love. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 21. 2120 Allston Way. www.themarsh.org

The Wolves @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
Sarah DeLappe's new play about the drama surrounding a girls' soccer team. $10-$49. Thru April 8. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. http://www.marintheatre.org/


The Mushroom @ The Marsh, Berkeley Fri 6  

Fri 6

Amadeus @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma
Peter Shaffer's award-winning drama about Mozart and his rival Salieri gets a North Bay production. $15-$55. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 15. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. www.cinnabartheater.org

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. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Christeene @ Oasis
The wild and gothic live music performer who defies description returns to freak you out. $25. 10pm. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

A Different Long Stretch of Earth @ The Flight Deck, Oakland
Addie Ulry's play about the myth of the American West, and an apocalypse-themed birthday party. $25-$45. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Thru April 28. 1540 Broadway, Oakland. http://www.raggedwing.org/ http://www.theflightdeck.org/

Diffused Reflections @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
31st annual Solo Mujeres exhibit of new works, curated by Marissa Del Toro. Also, Guerrilleras, Victoria Montero and Rebecka Biro's exhibit of El Salvador women who endured the Civil War. Both thru April 20. 2868 Mission St. www.missionculturalcenter.org

Estate Sale @ SF Armory
Massive sale of props, furniture, art, Victorian décor and set pieces from the former Kink.com porn studio-turned event space. April 6-9, 10am-4pm. 1800 Mission St. https://theyesco.com/current-sale/

Exit the King @ Exit Theatre
Eugene Ionesco's drama (translated by Donald Watson) offers a timeless take on royal mortality. $20-$30. Thru April 7. 156 Eddy St. http://www.theexit.org/

Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin @ Yoshi's Oakland
The prolific Grammy-wining musicians play their original contemporary jazz . $32. 8pm & 10pm. Also April 7. 510 Embarcadero West. www.yoshis.com/

Megabytes the Musical @ Shelton Theater
Morris Bobrow's comedy song revue about the frustrations of technology. $25-$30. Fri & Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5. 533 Sutter St. http://www.megabytesthemusical.com/

The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh, Berkeley
Adam Strauss returns with his hit solo show about treating his ODC with hallucinogenic mushrooms. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru April 28. 2120 Allston way, Berkeley. www.themarsh.com

A Number @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Caryl Churchill's inventive drama about human cloning. $33-$65. Thru May 6. 2081 Addison St. Berkeley. www.auroratheatre.org

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. www.pacificcenter.org

Return to the Scene of the Crime @ The Marsh
David Kleinberg's solo show about his return to Vietnam 50 years after serving in the Army. $20-$100. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru April 21. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Smoke + Mirrors @ Ravot
Exhibit of glamorous nightlife photos of local drag queens by Gareth Gooch. Thru April 13. 115 Clement St. http://www.garethgoochphotography.com/ https://ravot-sf.com/


Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum Sat 7  

Sat 7

Agony in Effigy @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley
Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, a graphic art exhibit of historic works from the 1500-1600s. Thru June 17. Berkely Art Museum, Pacific Film archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times @ diRose Center for Art, Napa
Group exhibit of conceptual art that explores the dangers of contemporary times and ideas, with Rigo 23, Allison Smith, Ala Ebtekar, and Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian showcase works that represent fear and foreboding. Thru May 27. 200 Sonoma (Carneros) Highway, Napa. http://www.dirosaart.org/

Carol Luckenbach @ Hotel Rex
The talented vocalist performs Under the Influence, her collection of favorite life-changing songs. $35-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter St. https://societycabaret.com

Chromeo @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
The fab electrofunk-pop Montreal duo performs; Phantoms opens. $38.50- $50. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. http://thefoxoakland.com/

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum
New exhibit of sculptures and works about the Buddha, humans and their environments; thru July 29. Also, Traces of the Past and Future, Fu Shen's painting and calligraphy, thru Sept. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. www.asianart.org

A Fatal Step @ The Marsh
Jill Vice's noir solo show, extended thru April 28. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

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. www.roseitheriveter.org

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Also, The Hidden World of Mushrooms and Lichens: paintings by Lucy Martin, in the Helen Crocker Russell Library (thru April 30). Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way. https://sfbotanicalgarden.org/

The Retrieval @ SFAC Gallery
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's solo exhibit of works visualizing the disappearance of Black women in California, and with traditional Nigerian Egungun costumes. Thru April 7 (closing reception, performance 5:30pm-7pm). 401 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfartscommission.org

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. www.churchof8wheels.com

Tender Life @ Tenderloin Museum
Tender Life: Graphic and Ceramic Memories of Tenderloin Living, 1999-2004, a group exhibit of contemporary ceramic and other works by Holly Coley and others. 398 Eddy St. www.tenderloinmuseum.org

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, Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1) and amazing modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.famsf.org

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. www.niadart.org

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. www.wildsftours.com

Xian Rui: Ten Years @ Chinese Cultural Center
Opening reception for an exhibit of works representing the Center's first decade. 2pm-4pm. thru Aug. 18. CCC Visual Art Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor. www.cccsf.us


Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley Sun 8  

Sun 8

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. www.chabotspace.org

Billie Eilish @ Great American Music Hall
The indie pop sensation performs her new music and the fames concert hall; Reo Cragun opens. $20-$22. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St. http://www.slimspresents.com

Contraption @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
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. 736 Mission St. https://www.thecjm.org

Dandy @ Oasis
The hit drag king show, now monthly, features cohosts Leigh Crow & Ruby Vixen, with a Broadway theme. $10-$20 ($200 chamapgne tables up front). 7pm. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Electric Six @ The Independent
The fun rock band ("Gay Bar") performs; Northern Face opens. $18-$20. 8pm. 628 Divisadero St. http://www.electricsix.com/ www.theindependentsf.com

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. www.ecstaticdance.org

Endangered Species, Enduring Values @ SF Main Library
Book launch and showcase with contributing artists and authors in the new San Francisco writers and artists people of color anthology. 1pm-3pm, Koret Auditorium; reception in the Latino Hispanic Community Room, 3pm-4pm. 100 Larkin St., lower level. www.writenowsf.com

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. https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

OutLook Video @ Channel 29
The weekly LGBT TV show, with updates on current events. 9:30pm. www.outlookvideo.org

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. www.finnishhall.org

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. Thru May 6. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org


Drag Queen Story Hour @ Oakland Main Library Mon 9  

Mon 9

Drag Queen Story Hour @ Oakland Main Library
Yves St. Croissant reads childrens' book for families. Free. 10:30am. 125 14th St. http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/

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. www.sfopera.com

Sean Penn @ Herbst Theatre
The Oscar-winning actor and activist discusses his career and new book with author Barry Eisler. $45-$75. 6:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.commonwealthclub.org

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. www.williamblakegallery.com


Christian Cagigal @ Tenderloin Museum Tue 10  

Tue 10

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
The world-acclaimed dance company returns for its 50th annual series of concerts and workshops in residency. $30-$110. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 3pm. Thru April 15. UC Berkeley campus. http://calperformances.org

Christian Cagigal @ Tenderloin Museum
The magician and raconteur performs the third edition of his fascinating show, The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco. $10. 7pm. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

Designed in California @ SF MOMA
Exhibits of Pop, Abstract and Modern art, including Designed in California (thru May 27), Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner (thru Sept. 16), 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. www.sfmoma.org

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books
Poetry readings by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Aja Couchois Duncan, Luna Merbruja, and Lourdes Figueroa. 7pm. 489 Castro St. http://www.dogearedbooks.com/

Subliminal Sanctuary @ Jules Maeght Gallery
Paintings and sculptures by Yesnik Evad (Dave Kinsey) and Cecile Granier de Cassagnac. Thru April 28. 149 Gough St. www.julesmaeghtgallery.com

t.w.five @ Museum of Craft & Design
Installation of a lesbian couple's "home" and an exploration of domestic life. Also, Tom Loeser's Please Please Please, artistic unusual handmade chair sculptures. Both thru May 20. 2569 Third St. https://sfmcd.org/

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. www.calacademy.org

Tracy Bonham, Blake Morgan @ The Lost Church
The two prolific indie musicians share a concert at the intimate venue. $15-$20. 8pm. 65 Capp St. www.ticketfly.com

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. https://www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org/

Will Durst @ The Marsh
The satirical comic returns with his politically-themed show, Durst Case Scenario. $20-$100. 8pm. Tuesdays thru May 29. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org


Miss Peppermint at Head Over Heels @ Curran Theatre Wed 11  

Wed 11

Degenderettes: Antifa Art @ SF Public Libraries
Exhibit features objects and photographs documenting public performances, including parades, marches and die-ins, by the Northern California chapter of the Degenderettes. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Head Over Heels @ Curran Theatre
The new Go-Go's musical plays before its Broadway premiere. April 11, enjoy a post-show reception, with hostess Juanita MORE! and guest Miss Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race). Enjoy Humphrey Slocombe's limited edition "We Got the Beet" ice cream. Drink sales benefit the Trans Youth Truth Project. $39-$175. (Use code MORE! for 20% off tickets April 11). Thru May 6. 445 Geary St. www.sfcurran.com

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. www.museumca.org


Billie Jean King @ Brava Theatre Thu 12  

Thu 12

Amy Sueyoshi @ GLBT History Museum
Historian and author discusses her book, Discriminatng Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American "Oriental." $5. 7pm. Also, Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust, a mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. Also, 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. www.glbthistory.org

Billie Jean King @ Brava Theatre
The tennis legend talks with NCLR's Kate Kendell about civil rights, women's issues and other topics before a screening of Battle of the Sexes, the tennis film about her historic match with Bobby Riggs. $51-$161. 7:30pm-10pm. 2781 24th St. www.nclrights.org www.brava.org

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Maureen Langan (one-woman show, Daughter of a Garbageman) Joe Nguyen (Vietnamese Jewish comic), Bob McIntyre (has been a waiter since he was a toddler), and Lisa Geduldig (Kung Pao Kosher Comedy) will make you laugh, guaranteed. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. www.ashkenaz.com

Diane D'Angelo @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The versatile singer (who's sung at The White House and even Burning Man) performs her new cabaret show, I'm in the Mood for Love. $9-$45 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com

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

Nils Lofgren @ Yoshi's Oakland
The veteran guitarist-singer performs his original works at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $44-$85. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West. www.yoshis.com/

Radar Readings @ SF Public Library
Show Us Your Spines, the second archives residency project, with Aria Sa'id, Vernon Keeve III, Itoro Udofia and Yeva Johnson reading from new stories inspired by historic LGBT works. 6pm. James Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. http://www.radarproductions.org/ www.sfpl.org

Spring Selections @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Group exhibit of print and paintings honoring Women's History Month, featuring works by Lalla Essaydi, Aida Muluneh, Nnenna Okore, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Wesaam Al-Badry, Blessing Ngobeni, Omar Victor Diop, Gordon Parks, Hendrik Kerstens, and Julian Opie. Thru May 12. 464 Sutter St. http://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com/

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. www.ComcastHometown.com

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 www.kerouac.com


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