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Arts events May 24-31

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Jesus Christ Superstar @ Victoria Theatre Thu 24
Jesus Christ Superstar @ Victoria Theatre Thu 24  

THU 24

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre
May 23 & 24: Ready Player One (5:15, 8pm) May 25-28: 2001: A Space Odyssey (unrestored 70MM print; 1pm, 4:30, 8pm). May 29: A Fistful of Dollars (7pm) and Dirty Harry (8:55). Reg. $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 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.

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.

Father Comes Home From the War @ 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.

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.

The Color Purple @ The Orpheum Thu 24  

Luna Merbruja @ Dog Eared Books
The Mexican-Athabaskan author of Trauma Queen reads from and discusses her work. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
@ The Flight Deck

Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre's student production of Shakespeare's imaginative fairy forest romantic comedy. $5-$50. Thu-Sat thru May 26. 1540 Broadway, Oakland.

Smuin Ballet
@ Mountain View Center for the Arts

Works by Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli are performed in the Dance Series 02 concerts. $56-$72. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May 27. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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.

Windows for Harvey @ Castro Businesses
Celebration of Harvey Milk, with a mural, art tributes in shop windows, and other events. Thru May 27.

Angels in America @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre Fri 25 photo: Kevin Berne  

FRI 25

Alexander Nowik @ Et Al Gallery
Opening reception for the local artist's paintings and drawings. 6pm-9pm. Thru June 23. 620 Kearny 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.

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.

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 of 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.

This Charming Band @ Rickshaw Stop
Morrissey birthday bash with The Smiths cover band, DJs Omar and Aaron Axelson. $13-$15. 9pm. 155 Fell St.

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.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ Gateway Theatre Sat 26  

SAT 26

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.

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.

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.

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

Our Lady J @ Oasis
The talented singer (and writer/producer of Transparent) performs her new show. $27-$40. 7pm. 298 11th St.

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.

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.

Ralph Steadman @ Haight Street Art Center Sun 27  

SUN 27

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.

Gay Hollywood in the Golden Age @ Dignity SF/Seventh Avenue Church
Gay author Felice Picano discusses the early history of gays in the movie industry, including his work with Cary Grant's production company, and director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest), with a photo-filled slide show. Free. 6:30pm. 1329 7th Ave.

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.

Sloane Kanter, Michelle Kilfeather @ Castro Country Club
Lady Drag, an exhibit of photos of local drag personalities. 4058 18th 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.

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.

Barbara Lewis: A Second Look @ Lost Art Salon Mon 28  

MON 28

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

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.

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.

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.

Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? @ SF Public Library Tue 29  

TUE 29

Centennial Reckoning
@ War Memorial Performing Arts Center

Preview of a site-specific dance-theatre work-in-progress by Echo Theater Suitcase and KD Moving Ground, with a theme of LGBT and immigrant service members stories from WWI to today. Free (walking,s tanding, sitting in various building locations; wheelchair accessible). 6pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

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.

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.

Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? @ SF Public Library
Screening of Marc Huestis' wild camp one-hour film about a woman's journey into the strange 1980 San Francisco scene. Free. 5pm.Koret Auditorium, lower level, 100 Larkin 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.

Bebe Neuwirth @ Lesher Center for the Arts Wed 30  

WED 30

Bebe Neuwirth @ Lesher Center
for the Arts, Walnut Creek

The Emmy and Tony-winning Broadway and TV actress-singer-dancer performs her new cabaret show. $65-$100. 7pm. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

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.

Junk Parlor @ Bottom of the Hill
The Oakland band plays their multi-genere gypsy punk rock, with Larry and His Flask, and Acousta Noir. $15-$18. 9pm. 1233 17th St.

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.

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.

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

Velocity Entertainment @ Gregangelo Museum Thu 31  

THU 31

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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