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Arts events June 28-July 5

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 5
Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 5  

THU 28

The Go-Go's @ The Fox, Oakland
The popular women's pop-rock band performs; Potty Mouth. $49-$120. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph ave., Oakland.

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.

In Braunau @ Strand Theater
World premiere of Dipika Guha's nuanced dark comedy about an American couple who turn Hitler's Austrian home into a bed & breakfast. $30. Thru July 7. 1127 Market St.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Enjoy readings by local and visiting authors Jennifer Barone, MK Chavez, Paul Corman-Roberts, and Keeley Anne Finn, along with musical guests Wally Bee and Matt Langlois, and host James J. Siegel, at the monthly event's three-year anniversary. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different guests. 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

Soft Power @ Curran Theater
David Henry Huang and Jeanine Tesori's contemporary comic political satire and musical, about East-West relations and biases. $29-$165. Thru July 8. 445 Geary St.

Straight White Men @ Marin Theatre Company Fri 29  

FRI 29

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.

Baloney @ Oasis
The fun, sexy, hilarious (and occasionally disturbing) gay male burleque strip show returns with all-new acts, and some new hunks; choreography by Rory David and MC Michael Phillis. $27.50-$60. 7pm. Also June 30, July 5, 6, 7. 298 11th St.

Gwenaël Rattke @ Romer Young Gallery
The Berlin artist's multimedia art exhibit. Thru July 21. 1240 22nd St.

Martha Wash @ Feinstein's At The Nikko
The iconic vocalist performs at the upscale cabaret. $49-$85 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Also Sat., June 30. 222 Mason 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 July 7. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

The Music of Stephen Schwartz @ Hotel Rex
Vocalists Sandy Campbell, Jill Gould, Christopher Nelson, Brooke Michael Smith and Heather Watson perform songs from Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and other Schwartz-penned musicals, with pianist G. Scott Lacy. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter 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.

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

School of Rock @ Orpheum Theatre
Touring production of the Broadway musical adaptation of the Jack Black film about an eccentric music teacher, with songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. $80-$256. Thru July 22. 1192 Market 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 15. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

SAT 30

Art + Pride @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Group exhibit of Pride-themed photography and mixed media dozens of by LGBT artists and photojournalists. 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.

Bianca Del Rio @ Luther Burbank
Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

The sassy drag performer performs her new comedy show. $39.50 (VIP $125-$205). 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

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 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.

Marin County Fair @ Fairgrounds, San Rafael Sat 30  

Jacqueline De Muro @ Hotel Rex
The local vocalist performs Wholly Inappropriate!, a concert of songs so wrong, but deliciously right, with pianist G. Scott Lacy. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter 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.

Marin County Fair @ Fairgrounds, San Rafael
Annual festive fair, with live music (Michael franti & Spearhead, The Beach Boys, Eddie Money, Los Lobos. LeAnn Rimes and others), food, drinks, fine art, horticulture exhibits, farm animals, carnival rides, and fireworks. $12-$20. 11am-11pm. Thru July 4.

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.

Silver Tsunami @ PAWS
Mixed gender Queer Elders Writing Workshop participants read their written work. Free. 1pm. 3170 23rd 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.

TrumpCamp Protests @ Bay Area
Join thousands of protesters calling an end to the cruel rightwing/ICE incarceration of children at a rally and march organized by Indivisible San Francisco and MoveOn. SF rally in Dolores Park to SF City Hall, 10am-1pm. 19th St. & Dolores. Part of 100s of nationwide protests:

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 talented 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. 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.


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.

Dandy @ Oasis
The popular monthly drag king show, with cohosts Leigh Crow & Ruby Vixen, goes Way Out West, with Velveeta, Meatflap, Guicho Domingo & Titus Androgynous, Jeff Stroker & Chester Vanderbox, Fudgie Frottage, Jay Mercury, Dicky Luv and Violet Streak. $15. 7pm show. 298 11th St.

Truth and Beauty @ Legion of Honor
Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters, an exhibit of 100 Victorian works alongside six renaissance masterpieces that inspired them; thru Sept. 30. Also, Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life, a large installation by the post-modern artist. Thru Aug. 5. 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.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences Mon 2  


Barbara Lewis:
A Second Look
@ Lost Art Salon

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 stellar drag performer's solo shows go beyond mere lipsych. $20-$45. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Book Club @ Strut
The monthly group discusses Tony Kushner's epic drama, Angel in America. 7:30pm.

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 Operanter 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. 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.

René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA Tue 3  


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

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.

Formal Dimension @ Maybaum Gallery
Inaugural group exhibit of works. Artists' reception July 21, 6pm-8pm. Thru Aug. 31. 49 Geary St. #416.

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.

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, Nothing Stable under Heaven (thru Sept. 16) and Alexander Calder: Scaling Up (thru Aug. 19). Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd 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.

July 4 @ Berkeley Marina  

WED 4 - July 4th

Block Party
@ Jack London Square, Oakland

Enjoy food, drinks, booths, live music, kids games, at the open-air July 4 celebration. All-day beer pass $35-$50. 12pm-5pm. Broadway at Embarcadero, Oakland.

Fireworks @ Pier 39
Join thousands in the annual bay fireworks display from Crissy Field to the Embarcadero. 9:30pm.

July 4 @ Berkeley Marina
Daytime family fun alcohol-free event with beach access, crafts, dancing, live music (Caribbean, folk, rock, and jazz), food and dessert trucks galore, and evening fireworks. 12pm-10pm. 201 University Ave., Berkeley.

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.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Dolores Park Wed 4  

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.

San Francisco Mime Troupe
@ Dolores Park

The acclaimed theatre company returns with Rotimi Agbabiaka, Joan Holden and composer Ira Marlowe's new political satire, Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical, where a disgruntled Trump voter goes back to the Socialist movement on 1912. Free ($20 donations). 2pm. 18th St. at Dolores. Also, at other parks and venues throughout Northern California, thru Sept. 9.

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

Grease @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley  


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.

Castro Art Walk @ Castro Venues
Monthly (1st Thursdays) strolling events at participating bars and galleries, with artist exhibits and mini-chats, including Dog Eared Books, Blackbird Bar, Spark Arts and more. 6pm-9pm.

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.

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden
The festive annual series of informal and programmed outdoor concerts on a dozen pianos set in scenic locations around the Garden includes scheduled concerts and 'open piano' performances each day, plus gala nighttime fundraiser parties ($45). Free daytime entry for SF residents; otherwise $2-$8. Thru July 16. Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave.

Grease @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley
Berkeley Playhouse's student production of the 1950s-themed hit musical. $22-$40. Thru Aug. 5. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Victoria Theatre
Bay Area Musicals' new production of the Disney Menken/Schwartz/Parnell Broadway musical based on the novel. Previews. $35-$65. Thu-Sun 7:30pm, 8pm, 2pm. Thru Aug. 5. 2961 16th 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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