Arts Events June 20-27, 2019

by Events Editor

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus @ Sydney Goldstein Theater Fri 21.  photo: Gooch
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus @ Sydney Goldstein Theater Fri 21. photo: Gooch  

THU 20
Above Ground Theater Festival @ Mojo Theatre

Four-week festival of new solo and ensemble theatre/dance works. $15-$30. Thu-Sun thru June 29. 2940 16th St.

Action Hero @ Phoenix Theatre
Theatre Rhinoceros' new production of John Fisher's play about an actor with Hollywood dreams. $20-$40. Thru July 6. 414 Mason St.

Archduke @ Mountain View Center for the Arts
Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph's play explores how one man and one moment can derail an entire century. $40-$100. Thru June 30. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar; thru Dec 1. June 20: LGBTQ History in the Tenderloin walking tour, 6:30pm. 398 Eddy St.

Carmen @ War Memorial Opera House
Bizet's classic opera of passion and tragedy is performed. $26-$256. 7:30pm. June 20, 23, 26 and 29. 301 Van Ness Ave.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
June 20: Frameline Film Festival opening night feature Vita & Virginia (7pm); fest thru June 30 $8-$15. 429 Castro St.

Frameline Film Festival @ Various Cinemas
43rd annual huge festival of 100s of LGBTQ films from around the world. Screenings at the Castro, Roxie, Victoria, and more.

Fresh Meat Festival @ Z Space
Three-day festival of dance, theatre, music and more with works by trans and queer artists Antoine Hunter, AXIS Dance Company, NowShade Vocal Ensemble, GAPA Men's Chorus, J Mase III and Randy Ford, Lottie Riot, Sean Dorsey Dance, Shawna Virago, The Singing Boys and more. $20-$50. 8pm. Also June 21 & 22. 450 Florida St.

It's All Been So Nice, Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru July 27. 475 25th St., Oakland  

Group Show @ Mercury20, Oakland
It's All Been So Nice, duo exhibit of works by Andrew Migul Fuller and Jeremiah Jenkins, and Duet by Kathleen King and Kerry Vander Meer. Both thru July 27. 475 25th St., Oakland. Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm.

Michelle Meow Show
@ Commonwealth Club

Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

Napa, Sonoma Pride @ Various Venues
Enjoy dances, cookouts, park parties, drag shows, youth dances, art shows and more; most Saturdays, Sundays thru June 28.

Readings & Events @ Manny's
June 20: LitCrawl Inside Storytime Pride Edition with Nona Caspers, Vernon Keeve III, Miah Jeffra, Lisa Galloway and Eddie Jen (7:30pm). June 21: ZYZZYVA's summer party and fundraiser (6:30-10pm). June 22: Queer Comedy Show (7:30). June 23: Marc Huestis' book party and after-screening event for The Impresario of Castro Street (8:30pm-10pm). June 24: Queer Sex, a panel discussion (6:30pm). June 25: State Violence against Dominicans discussion (6pm). June 26: Democratic Presidential Debate watch party (6pm, also June 27). June 26: Design Principles for Driving Change (7:30). 3092 16th St.

The Routledge History of Queer America @ GLBT History Museum
Author/editor Don Romesburg and panelists discuss the new anthology history book. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

Sex and the City Live @ Oasis
The comic drag parody performances of scripts from the hit HBO show about four Manhattan women, adapted and starring D'Arcy Drollinger. $27-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm thru July 13. 298 11th St.

Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth: The Queer Antifada @ CounterPulse
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto directs a collective-created future dystopian performance work. $15-$35. 8pm. Also June 21 & 22. 80 Turk St.

FRI 21
Aplauso! @ GLBT History Museum

Latinx queer storytelling night with Donna Personna, Mason J, Foxxy Blue Orchid Xandra Ibarra, Natalia M. Vigil, Dulce and Juliana Delgado Lopera. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru Aug. 30. $25-$100. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Clusterfest @ Civic Center
Third annual comedy and music festival, with a wide array of talents (Amy Poehler, Matteo Lane, Robin Tran, Leslie Jone, Boig Freedia, Patton Oswalt, Tig Natro, Trixie Mattel and dozens more). See feature in this section. $119-$1250. Thru June 23. Also in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Daughters of the Goddess @ Lafayette
Women's Summer Solstice celebration.

The Fit @ Strand Theater
Carey Perloff's new play involves an Indian-American woman's trevails to retain her ethnic identity in Silicon Valley's tech world. $30-$35. Wed, Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm thru June 29. 1127 Market St.

Garrett Clayton @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The TV, film and stage actor performs 'It Takes Three,' his new fun cabaret concert, with Ashley Argota and Desi Dennis-Dylan. $45-$75 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Also June 22. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre
The mega-hit Tony-winning Broadway hip hop musical revision of American Revolutionary-era history. $111-$686. Thru Sept 8. 1192 Market 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.

Orlando @ War Memorial Opera House
Handel's 1733 opera (the first of three operas using plots drawn from Ludovico Ariosto's Renaissance epic Orlando Furioso) is performed. $26-$256. 7:30pm. June 21 and 27. 301 Van Ness Ave.

Piano Bar @ Martuni's
Pianist Joe Wicht leads tasteful sing-along selections. 5:30-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St.

Queer California: Untold Stories @ Oakland Museum
Multimedia exhibition documenting California LGBT lives, with contemporary artwork, rare historical materials, film, photography, sculpture; thru Aug. 11. Friday 5pm LGBT film screenings. Also, Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline, Ray Troll's colorful illustrations paired with paleontologist Kirk Johnson's research. Also, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food and other exhibits. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Queer Yoga @ Love Story Yoga
All-level weekly classes in an LGBT space. $11. 6:30pm-7:30pm. 473 Valencia St. at 16th.

Rhinoceros @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre's new production of Eugene Ionesco's classic and still timely dark satire about political mendacity and cultural conformity; translated by Derek Prouse; special events thru run. $15-$110. Thru June 23. 415 Geary St.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus @ Sydney Goldstein Theater
Queens, the Chorus' annual Pride concert, features music of Sylvester, musicals, pop classics, local drag celebrities Heklina, Kylie Minono, Donna Sachet, Sister Roma and Sister Phyliss of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and a tribute to the Imperial Court and Ducal Council of San Francisco. $25-$100. 8pm. Also June 22 at 2:30 and 8pm. 275 Hayes St.

Shortlived VIII @ PianoFight
PianoFight and A.C.T. present the nation's largest audience-judged theater competition, with multiple short plays performed over several weeks. $20; thru Aug. 10 (Finals at the Strand Theater Sept 7 & 8). 144 Taylor St.

SAT 22
Alanis Morissette @ Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg

The '90s pop-rock singer is still going strong, and it's not ironic. $99-$149. 6pm. 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg.

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World (thru Jan 6), and other exhibits of animation art by the prolific studio's artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi
The musical comedy revue celebrates its final year with fun 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.

Comic Exhibits @ Cartoon Art Museum
Mais Kobabe's Gender Queer, thru July 1; among other exhibits. 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St.

David King @ IS Fine Art and Design
The local artist's new beguiling collage/abstract works. 1100 Sutter St.

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

Kiss My Aztec! @ Berkeley Rep
John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone's hilarious multi-genre musical comedy about woke Aztecs taking on Spanish invaders. $35-$115. Thru July 14. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

LGBTQ Art, Film, Poetry and Dance @ de Young Museum
Artists and culture makers discuss intergenerational arts from the 1960s to the present. 2pm-3:30pm. Piazzoni Murals Room, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

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.

Mamma Mia! @ San Jose Stage Company
South Bay production of the hit ABBA jukebox musical about romance and paternity queries on a Greek island. $32-$60. 8pm. Thru July 7. 490 South First St., San Jose.

Mia Nakano @ CIIS
The Visibility Project, the artist's series of portraits of diverse people. Desai Matta Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St.

Oedipus el Rey @ Magic Theatre Sat 22  

Oedipus el Rey @ Magic Theatre
Revival of Luis Alfaro's 2009 modern update on the classic Greek tragedy focuses on incarcerated youth. $15-$75. Thru June 23. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg D, 3rd floor.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery
Weekly screenings of wacky, unusual, short, documentary and animated films; free books, vinyl, VHS and wine. $7. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St.

Pride Comedy Night @ Santa Cruz & Berkeley
Host Lisa Geduldig welcomes jokers Marga Gomez, Sampson McCormick, Irene Tu (Berk.) and Kim Luke (S.C.). $25-$35. June 22, 8pm at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St., Berkeley. June 23, 7pm at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

Proud of My Family @ Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Fifth annual LGBTQ parents and their kids day art activities, kids dance area, storytime and performances. 10am-5pm. 180 Woz Way, San Jose.

Rusalka @ War Memorial Opera House
Antonin Dvorák's opera, a heartbreaking tale of love and sacrifice based on the same story that inspired The Little Mermaid, is performed. $89-$326. 7:30pm. Also June 25 & 28. 301 Van Ness Ave.

Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon @ The Lab
The Oakland artist's installation recreates and honors her father's history as owner of SF's first Black-owned gay bar, with archival materials and 'hosted' events; thru June 30. 2948 16th St.

Shop Out Day @ Fillmore District
Participating businesses donate 10% of sales to the SF LGBT Center. 11am-7pm.

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.

Stonewall: 50 Years @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Group exhibit of LGBT photography focusing on Pride events. Opening reception 5pm-8:30pm. Thru July 21. Reg. hours Tue-Thu 3pm-9:30pm. Sat 10am-5:300pm, Sun 11am-5:30pm. 50 Scott St.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley
The local actor-playwright's solo show combines autobiographical storytelling, improv and comedy. $20-$100. 8:30pm. Also 5:30pm Sundays, thru July 21. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

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.

With(out) With(in) the Very Moment @ SF Arts Commission
Exhibit about LGBT lives, and surviving AIDS, with Elliot Anderson, Adam Ansell, Ed Aulerich-Sugai, Mark Garrett, Cliff Hengst, Nancer Lemoins, Mark Paron, Anton Stuebner, and featuring Alternate Endings, a series of video programs by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art. Thru June 22; closing day. 401 Van Ness Ave.

SUN 23
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.

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.

Floral Exhibits @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens with displays of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world, including the annual Magnolia bloom. Monthly plant sales, plus art exhibits and gift shop; free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Gaugin: A Spiritual Journey @ de Young Museum
Exhibit of the Impressionist's great works; thru June 23. Also, Fans of the Eighteenth Century (thru June 30), Ordinary Objects/Wild Things (thru July 14), Specters of Disruption (thru Nov 10) exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Marc Huestis @ Victoria Theatre
Impresario of Castro Street author discusses his new celebrity-filled memoir, with a screening of his best Castro Theatre tribute nights, plus guests Carol Lynley, Bruce Vilanch, Matthew Martin, Helen Shumaker and others. $15. 6:30pm. 2961 16th St.

Muldoon Elder @ Laguna 500
Intimate exhibit of paintings and drawings by the local artist. 500 Laguna St.

The Oldest Living Cater Waiter @ Gateway Theatre Sun 23  

The Oldest Living Cater Waiter @ Gateway Theatre
Michael Patrick Gaffney's "Best of Fringe Festival" comedic solo show serves up a witty take on food service, fame and self-discovery. $20-$45. Sun, Mon Tue 7pm thru July 9. 215 Jackson St.

Once @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's new production of the multi-Tony-winning musical, a straight romance about an Irish musician who falls for a Czech immigrant. $28-$75. Thru June 30. 215 Jackson St.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.

Sprightly @ SF Public Library
Weekly hangout for LGBTQ youth, with crafts, snacks and activities. 12:30pm-2:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Tattoos in Japanese Prints @ Asian Art Museum
Tattoos in Japanese Prints and The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nein, both thru Aug. 18; also, Contemporary works by Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Exhibits @ Treasure Island Museum
The Port Chicago Story: Lighting the Fuse to Civil Rights, thru July 7. Also, collections of Golden Gate Expo postcards, military memorabilia and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

Various Exhibits @ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Oakland
Space, science and planetary exhibits, including planetarium shows and the Observatory; special nighttime events like meteor shower shows. Free-$18. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

MON 24
Bitchin'; an Art Show for Humans and Dogs @ Creativity Explored

Group exhibit of amusing art works of dogs by the members of the developmentally challenged artists group. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (Thu 7pm) Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru July 11. 3245 16th St.

Book Club @ Strut
The monthly meeting this time discusses Tom Spanbauer's epic novel I Loved You More. 7:30pm. 470 Castro St.

Chosen Familias @ GLBT History Museum
Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories. Also, The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer. $5. 4127 18th St.

Judas Priest @ The Warfield
The metal rock band, with now-out and proud lead singer Rob Halford, plays their classic hits; Uriah Heep opens. $50-$100. 8pm. Also June 25. 982 Market St.

Maiden @ Landmark Cinemas
Advance screening of the documentary about the first all-women sailing crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989 (opens July 5). Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embracadero.

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library thru Sept 26  

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library
Exhibit of ephemera and memorabilia about Stonewall rebellion commemorations in Germeny and worldwide; thru Sept 26. 100 Larkin St.

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, the work of groundbreaking French Jewish artist, Surrealist, and activist Claude Cahun (1894—1954) and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892—1972), thru July 7; In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art—Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler, thru July. Free/$17. 736 Mission St.

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.

Doug Meyer @ SF Main Library Tue 25  

TUE 25
Doug Meyer @ SF Main Library

The author of Heroes: a Tribute, Collectors Edition discusses his book that visualizes fifty brilliant, creative figures who were early victims of AIDS. 6pm. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Early Rubens @ Legion of Honor
Exhibit of epic massive paintings of biblical and mythical subjects by Peter Paul Rubens; Thru Sept 8. Also, Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson (thru July 14) and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Material Domestication @ Museum of Craft & Design
Exhibit of works by six design artists whose work displays repetition and craft. Also, Wanzin Zhang: the Long Journey, ceramic sculptures; both thru July 14. 2569 3rd St.

Sampson McCormick @ San Francisco Punch Line
Black, Gay & In The Bay features the insightful comic and storyteller. $17. 8pm. 444 Battery St.

Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs @ AAACC
Exhibit of works by six muralists and 20 artists focusing on pot use, hemp, and historical elements of cannabis in communities of color. Tue-Fri 12pm-6pm. Sat til 5pm. Thru Aug 31. 762 Fulton 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

WED 26
Coffee, Rhum, Sugar and Gold: A Post-Colonial Paradox @ MOAD

Exhibit of works that explore the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists. Free/$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Thru Aug 11. 685 Mission St.

Exclusion @ Presidio Officers Club
Exhibit documenting the Presidio's Japanese-American incarceration during World War II; other exhibits show the history of the former military base and the SF peninsula. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru Spring 2019. 50 Maraga Ave.

If I Were You @ SF LGBT Center
Merola Opera vocalists perform selections from a new work by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. $35-$60. 6pm. 1800 Market St.

Liberace and Liza @ Feinstein's at the Nikko Wed 26  

Liberace and Liza @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
David Safferrt and Jillian Snow Harris return with their witty wacky nostalgic cabaret tribute to the glam costume pianist and Liza Minnelli. $30-$600. 7pm. Also June 27, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Naked Men's Sketch @ Eros
Get naked and take turns modeling at the sex club's popular weekly event. Donations/no entrance fee. 7pm-9pm. 2051 Market St.

Pride Golf Tournament @ TPC Harding Park
Inaugural Pride golf tournament. 1pm. 99 Harding Road.

Andy Warhol @ SF MOMA Thu 27  

THU 27
Andy Warhol @ SF MOMA

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, a new exhibition of the iconic pop artist's works, the first retrospective in 25 years; thru Sept 2. Also, other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Lynne Breedlove @ Dog Eared Books
The author signs and reads copies from 45 Thought Crimes, essays, poetic and political prose. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence
Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a touring multimedia exhibit documenting the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry, including photographs by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. Free. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Extended thru Sept 1. 100 Montgomery 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.

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