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Arts events May 10-17

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Night School: LGBTQ History in the TL @ Tenderloin Museum Tue 15
Night School: LGBTQ History in the TL @ Tenderloin Museum Tue 15  

THU 10

Art Party & Auction @ CounterPulse
Annual fundraiser for the performance space, with performances by Deborah Slater Dance Theater, PUSH Dance Company, installations, mask-making, giant coloring books, craft brews from Queers Makin' Beers, and more. $ Donations. 7pm-10pm. 80 Turk St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre
May 10: CAAMfest Opening Night: An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy (7pm). May 11: Jabberwocky! (5:30, 9:15) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (7:30). May 12: Disney's Frozen sing-along (11am, Double Indemnity (1:30, 7:15), The Killers (3:30, 9:15) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (5:30). May 13: Disney's Mulan (11am), My Fair Lady (1pm, 7pm) and Doctor Dolittle (4:15). May 14: Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate, plus onstage Q&A with Bianca Del Rio and Peaches Christ (7:30) May 15: Black Panther (7pm) and Shaft (9:25). May 16: Black Panther (7pm) and Coming to America (9:25). May 17: Barbarella (7pm) and Modesty Blaise (8:50). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

The Color Purple @ Orpheum Theatre
Touring company of the Tony-winning Broadway revival musical based on Alice Walker best-selling novel about African American women in the South. $55-$246. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & sun 2pm. Thru May 27. 1192 Market St.

The Rider @ Embarcadero Cinema Thu 10  

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Comics over 50 (with Bad Backs), features stand-up comics Ian Williams, Bridget Schwartz, Judi Leff, and Lisa Geduldig. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

The Congresswoman @ Exit Theatre
Stuart Bousel's contemporary adaptation of Aristophanes' play about communities and political corruption. $15. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 26. 156 Eddy St.

Eureka Day @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Jonathan Spector's comedy of vaccination manners set in a tony Berkeley private school. $33-$65. Tue-Sun, various times thru May 20. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Father Comes Home From the War (Parts 1, 2 & 3) @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Suzan-Lori Parks's epic drama trilogy inspired by Homer's The Odyssey, reset during the U.S. Civil War. $35-$85. Thru May 20. 415 Geary St.

Madeleine Peyroux @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
The accomplished jazz singer performs music from her 8 albums, and her newest, Anthem, with her band. Carsie Blanton opens. $45-$60. 8pm. Thru May 13 (7pm). 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

The Mystery of Love and Sex @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Bathsheba Doran's play about a young man and woman who are very different, but find ways to connect. $20-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 20. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

The Rider @ Embarcadero Cinema
Touching autobiographical film about a young rodeo horse rider facing his future after an accident.

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.

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.

When Pigs Fly @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 11 photo: Lois Tema  

FRI 11

All the Shah's Men @ Royce Gallery
Arabian Shakespeare Festival's production of Matthew Spangler's drama about the 1953 U.S. and British-led coup in Iran. $15-$35. Thu-Sun 8pm. Thru May 20. 2901 Mariposa St.

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.

Flash Gordon: Live!@ Exit Theatre
Comic stage adaptation of the campy 1980 space opera film loosely based on the comic series. $20. Fri & Sat thru May 26. 156 Eddy St.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami @ Embarcadero Cinema
12 years in the making, Sophie Fiennes' documentary about the amazing singer as she tours the world and visits her Jamacian family. Also at Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley.

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.

A Number @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Caryl Churchill's inventive drama about human cloning. $33-$65. Thru May 13. 2081 Addison St. Berkeley.

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

Power Plays @ Noh Space
Four satirical plays by Nick Ishimaru about social iniquities, civil rights and community. $20-$50. Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 4pm. Thru May 13. 2840 Mariposa St.

Smuin Ballet @ Various Venues
Works by Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli are performed in the Dance Series 02 concert series: Walnut Creek (May 11-12) and Mountain View (May 24-27), and in Carmel (June 1-2). $39-$79.

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.

Trog Live @ Oasis
Matthew Martin, Adam Roy and Heklina star in a restaging of the hilarious camp drag parody performance of Joan Crawford's no-budget final film about a scientist and a troglodyte. $27.50-$40. Fri-Sun 7pm. Thru May 12. 298 11th St.

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.

Marjorie Prime @ Marin Theatre Company Sat 12  

SAT 12

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.

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.

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.

Joey Alexander @ Yoshi's Oakland
The Grammy-nominated young Balinese piano prodigy performs with his band. $44-$84. 7:30pm & 9:30pm. May 13, 7pm & 9pm. 510 Embarcadero West.

Legacy @ Century Club
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance's 30th anniversary banquet and gala includes MD Tita Aida, keynote speaker Sam Park, community award presentations, and performances by GAPA Mens Chorus, GAPA Theater, Mr. GAPA 2017 Danny Chung, and special guests. $150 and up. 6pm-10pm. 1355 Franklin 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.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe @ Laurel Books, Oakland
The prolific acclaimed lesbian author of nonfiction and novels discusses her new fiction work, The Evolution of Love, about a post-earthquake San Francisco. 5pm. 1423 Broadway, Oakland.

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.

Manring, Kassin, Burr @ St. Cyprian's Church
Concert of harp guitar and flute virtuoso concert, with guest musician Jeff Titus. $16-$20. 8pm. 2097 Turk St.

Mark and Jay Duplass @ JCC SF
The two comic actor/writer-director brothers discuss their book, Like Brothers, with SF Film Programming Director Rachel Rosen. $55 includes a book. 8pm. 3200 California St.

Marjorie Prime @ Marin Theatre Company
New local production of Jordan Harrison's stunning drama about an elderly woman whose programmed companion brings funny and haunting surprises. $25-$60. Thru May 27. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley

Me and My Girl @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of the Tony-winning revival version of Rose & Furber's rollicking 1930s musical. $25-$75. Wed & Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru May 20. 215 Jackson St.

Out in the Park @ Noe Valley Town Square
Enjoy disco dancing outdoors, Bingo games hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and rainbow sherbet. Free. 3:30pm-7pm. Also, Shop Out Day; 20% of your participating Noe Valley store purchase supports the SF LGBT Center. 24th St. at Sanchez.

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.

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.

Writers With Drinks @ The Make Out Room
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Allegra Huston, Irene Tu, C.B. Lee, Cyrus Farivar and Maw Shein Win read/perform, with MC Charlie Jane Anders. $5-$20. 7:30pm. 3225 22nd St.

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.

Sublime Seas @ SF MOMA Sun 13  

SUN 13

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.

Dandy @ Oasis
The fab monthly drag king cabaret show, cohosted by Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen, this time celebrates Prom, with Rebel Kings Of Oakland, Fontaine Blue, MeatFlap, Tyson Check'In, Chester Vanderbox and Jay Mercury. Don your ruffled shirts and tuxedos, or drag out a prom dress. $10-$20 ($200 front row champagne tables). 6pm-10pm (7pm show). 298 11th St.

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.

Flagging in the Park @ National AIDS Memorial Grove
The celebratory outdoor flow arts picnic and party returns, with DJ Jamie J Sanchez. Donations go to Openhouse. BYO food, drinks, blankets, etc. 1pm-4pm. Nancy Pelosi Drive at Bowling Green, Golden Gate Park.

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. 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.

Sublime Seas @ SF MOMA
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.

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.

Westward @ City Hall Mon 14  

MON 14

Anand Vedawala @ Strut
Hot Chachas, an exhibit of the artist's South Asian-themed queer multimedia works. Thru May. 470 Castro 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.

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.

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.

Walking Distance Dance Festival @ ODC Theater Tue 15  

TUE 15

Night School: LGBTQ History in the TL @ Tenderloin Museum
Screening of a documentary about the famous 1965 pre-Stonewall Raid on the California Hall drag ball, with discussion moderator Dr. Megan Rohrer, Joanne Chadwick, Executive Director Emeritus for the Commission for Women, ELCA and The Rev. Charles Lewis, ELCA San Francisco Night Minister Emeritus, both of whom were present at the dance and featured in the film. $10. 6:30pm. Also, 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.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books
Jim Mattson (The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves), Tim Floreen (Anatomy of a Murder) and Andrew Demcak (How Do You Deal With a Deal Girl?) read from their gay fiction works. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

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.

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.

Walking Distance Dance Festival @ ODC Theater
Seventh anniversary festival features dances by Yara Travieso, Belinda McGuire, Kiandanda Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener and others. $20-$60. Tue-Sat 8pm, plus free workshops and a dance party. Thru May 20. 3153 17th St.

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.

Chaves Smith @ Vessel Gallery, Oakland Wed 16  

WED 16

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, 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.

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.

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books
Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha, authors of the children's book 47,000 Beads, are the featured guests at the open mic talent night. 8pm (7:30pm sign-up). 489 Castro St.

Tricky @ Mezzanine
The cool hip hop singer performs. Young Magic and Aaron Axelson open. $30. 9pm. 444 Jessie 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

The Queen of Ireland @ SF LGBT Center Thu 17  

THU 17

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.

Barbara Lewis: A Second Look @ Lost Art Salon
Opening reception for a new exhibit of mixed media works by the prolific painter, photographer and print artist; with Gravel & Gold, a women's crafts collective. 5:30pm-8pm. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio
Tenth anniversary show for the popular night, with Diane Amos, (The Pine Sol Lady), Ngaio Bealum, Mark Pitta, Bob McIntyre, and MC Lisa Geduldig, plus a celebratory after-party with food. $7-$20. 7pm (note earlier time). 3158 Mission St.

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

Franz Ferdinand @ The Fox Oakland
The fun Scottish pop band performs at the beautiful theatre. $38. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

LGBTQ Youth in France & the U.S. @ GLBT History Museum
Discussion about youth queer culture in the two countries, with professors Michael Lucey, Don Romesburg, Nicolas Noguier, Claire Hart, and Jodi Schwartz. $5. 7pm. Also, 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.

The Queen of Ireland @ SF LGBT Center
Screening of the documentary film about Ireland's marriage equality legislation and Panty Bliss, the drag queen activist; cohosted by the Consulate General of Ireland. Free. 6:30pm screening, 8pm Q&A. 1800 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.

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