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Arts events June 14-21

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Alice Shepard and Laurel Lawson at Fresh Meat Dance Festival @ Z Space Thu 14 photo: Rain Embuscado
Alice Shepard and Laurel Lawson at Fresh Meat Dance Festival @ Z Space Thu 14 photo: Rain Embuscado  

THU 14

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.

Frameline42 @ Various Theatres
SF International LGBTQ Film Festival's 42nd annual screening of feature, short, documenary films from around the world, screened at the Castro, Roxie, Victoria and other venues.

Fresh Meat Dance Festival @ Z Space
The 17th annual transgender and queer performance festival features a transgender superhero rock opera, world champion gay ballroom dancers, queer disabled dance pioneers, gender-bending dance theater, and trans comedy; Sean Dorsey Dance, Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson, Blackberri, Shawna Virago, Breanna Sinclaire and many others. $15-$20 ($20-$50 for Saturday gala) 8pm. Thru June 14-16. (ASL interpreter Friday June 15.) 450 Florida St.

A History of Violence @ SOMArts
Group exhibit of varied media works exploring anti-LGBT violence, including Arthur Dong. Jason Hanasik, Xandra Ibarra Julie Tolentino and more. Thru June 28. 934 Brannan 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.

Kathy Griffin @ The Masonic
The popular, ostracized, now redeemed, comic performs two nights of searingly truthful comedy. $50-$60. 8pm. Also June 15. 1111 California St.

Frameline42 @ Various Theatres Thu 14  

Queer Slam @ SF LGBT Center
Spoken word, literary readings with a prize for best readers. Free. 6:30pm. 1800 Market St.

Pride Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Veteran gay and lesbian comics Karen Ripley, Irene Tu, Nick Leonard, Dom Gelin, and Lisa Geduldig perform at a special Pride night. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Samuel Miller @ Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Signing by the Paradise Fears vocalist and debut author of the acclaimed YA novel, A Lite Too Bright. 7pm. 601 Van Ness Ave.

Shortlived VII @ PianoFight
48 plays by Bay Area theatre companies are performed in a 9-week competition for a $5K prize. Thru Aug. 25. $20-$40. 144 Taylor St.

Straight White Men @ Marin Theatre Company
Young Jean Lee's serio-comic play about identity and privilege. $10-$37. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2pm/4pm. Thru July 8. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Resident Artists @ ODC Theater
The Resident Artist Program presents resident artist commissioned works thru June; June 14 & 15, Gerald Casel Dance. $30. 8pm. 3153 17th St.

What the Constitution Means to Me @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Heidi Schreck's Obie-winning solo show about her childhood speeches abouit 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.

Angels in America @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre Fri 15 photo: Kevin Berne  

FRI 15

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.

Fauxnique @ Oasis
The faux queen star reads from her new drag memoir-in-progess; proceeds benefit Radar Productions, the LGBTQ literary nonprofit. $27.50-$45. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Gwenaël Rattke @ Romer Young Gallery
Opening reception for the Berlin artist's multimedia art exhibit. 6pm-9pm. Thru July 21. 1240 22nd St.

A Kid Like Jake @ Balboa Theatre
Jim Parsons and Claire Danes star in the drama about parents with a transgender child. Thru June 14. 3630 Balboa St.

Madeline Miller @ Book Passage, Corte Madera
The acclaimed author of Song of Achilles reads from and discusses her new novel, Circe, a goddess' retelling of The Odyssey. 7pm. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

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 July 7. 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.

RAW Presents @ SAFEhouse
June 14: Octavia of Earth, a biographical scifi film/theatre work by Octavia E. Butler. $15-$20. 8pm. 145 Eddy St.

The Ring Cycle @ War Memorial Performing Arts Center
Richard Wagner's epic operas based on Norse mythology are performed in repertory by San Francisco Opera and Chorus. $10-$535. Thru July 1. 301 Van Ness Ave.

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.

Alex Locust hosts Spill the Disabili-tea @ Anchor Sat 16  

SAT 16

Art + Pride @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Opening reception for a group exhibit of Pride-themed photography and mixed media by dozens of LGBT artists and photojournalists. 6pm-9:30pm. Thru July 22. 50 Scott 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.

BodyTabooDefiance @ Shelton Theatre
Red Hots Burlesque's midnight cabaret of political and sexually-themed burlesque, drag and more, with Alotta Boutté, Maya Songbird, Dottie Lux, Suppositori Spelling, Peter 'U-Phoria' Griggs and more. $20-$100. 11pm door, 12am show. 533 Sutter St.

Branden Noel Thomas @ Hotel Rex
The musical theatre actor performs a cabaret show of songs with a twist; with pianist Matt Grundy. $35-$60. 8pm. 562 Sutter 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.

Finks @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of Joe Gilford's musical play about his father's McCarthy-era red-baiting blacklist from the entertainment industry. $40-$100. Tue-Wed 7:30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Also Sun 7pm. Thru July 1. 500 Castro st., Mountain View.

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.

Intimate Aphorisms @ Mission Cultural Center
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. Thru June 30. 2868 Mission St.

Jackie Beat @ Oasis
L.A.'s razor-sharp drag comic performs her Gayest Hits, comedy and song parodies. $27.50-$45. 7m. 298 11th 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.

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.

Spill the Disabili-tea @ Anchor
Alex Locust, aka Glamputee, hosts two workshops on discussing disability rights, awareness and interaction, with a queer edge. $20. 1pm-4pm. Also June 17. 1540 Market St.

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.

A Walk on the Moon @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre presents the world-premiere musical by Paul Scott Goodman and Pamela Gary, based on her 1999 screenplay of the film about a woman's affair at a 1960s summer camp, with a cast of Broadway actors. $10-$100. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru July 1. 415 Geary St.

Way Bay 2 @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley
Large group exhibit of 200+ works of art, film, performance and archival materials; thru Sept 2. 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.

Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips III @ DNA Lounge Sun 17  

SUN 17

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.

Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips III @ DNA Lounge
The sexy third annual strip & dance fundraiser benefit the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, with Jai Rodriguez, Cassandra Cass, and a bevy of dancing disrobing men and women. $45-$100. 8pm-11:30pm. 375 11th St.

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.

Emek @ Haight Street Art Center
Exhibit of prints by 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 challenge gender roles and equity in communities. Also, Xian Rui: Ten Years, an exhibit of works representing the Center's first decade. Thru Aug. 18. Thu-Sun 11am-4pm, thru June 17. 41 Ross Alley.

MORE! as Muse @ Apothecarium Mon 18  

MON 18

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
The RuPaul's Drag Race winning star peforms unusual drag solo shows, between his gig in Berkeley Rep's Angels in America. $20-$45. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Community Meetings @ Strut
Meetings for harm reduction, cycling, book club and more, most weekdays.

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.

MORE! as Muse @ Apothecarium
The famed pot store hosts a group exhibit of art about and inspired by nightlife and community icon Juanita MORE!, including Ariel Dunitz-Johnson, Criket, Doug Sandelin, Gooch, Grey Lux, John Foster Cartwright, Mr. David, Mutha Chucka, Sean Freitas and Spike. Thru July 3. 2029 Market St.

Rae Senarighi @ Strut
Transcend, the artist's exhibit of large portraits of various transgender people. Exhibit thru June. 470 Castro St.

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. 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.

Pride! @ Spark Arts Tue 19  

TUE 19

2nd Anniversary Party @ Dog eared Books
Celebrate two years of the Castro bookstore, with champagne, treats and cake, plus readings by Annalee Newitz, Virgie Tovar and Tongo Eisen-Martin, plus Jessica Tanzer's photo exhibit (thru June). 6:30pm. 489 Castro St.

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.

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. Thru June 25. 4229 18th 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.

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum Wed 20  

WED 20

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.

Martin Machado: Fluid State @ SF Art Institute
Exhibit of works by the artist that visualize shipping containers traveling through the Bay. Thru Aug. 19. Pier 2, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

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
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. 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

Hattie McDaniel: What I Need You to Know @ Cowell Theatre Thu 21 photo: Alisa Banks  

THU 21

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.

Carlo Fantin, Sara Lish @ Mercury 20, Oakland
Duo exhibit of works by the artists who focus on political, sexual and personal themes. Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru July 28. 475 25th St, Oakland.

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.

Hattie McDaniel: What I Need You to Know @ Cowell Theatre
Singer-actress Vickilyn Reynolds performs the musical life story of the Oscar-winning African American actress (Gone With the Wind). $25-$100. Various times thru June 24. Bldg. C, #260, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

Robert Plant @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley
The lead singer of Led Zeppelin performs new music with the Sensational Space Shirters. Jim James and Seth Lakeman opens. $60-$160. 7:30pm. 2001 Gayley Road, UC Berkeley.

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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