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Arts Events Aug 1-8, 2019

by Events Editor

Cassadro, The Exotico! @ Roxie Cinema Thu 1
Cassadro, The Exotico! @ Roxie Cinema Thu 1  

Heat up your love of the arts, in theatre, exhibits, musicals and outdoor concerts.

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar. Aug. 1, 6pm-9pm: Beautiful by Night: Photographs from Aunt Charlie's Lounge by James Hosking. Aug. 7: Drag It Out in the Open. Aug 8: screening of Screaming Queens, the Compton's Cafeteria riot documentary. 6:30pm. Exhibit thru Dec 1. 398 Eddy St.

Building the Building @ SOMArts Cultural Center
SOMArts 40th anniversary exhibition with works by 16 artists; thru Sept. 3. 934 Brannan St.

Cassadro, The Exotico! @ Roxie Cinema
Marie Losier's documentary about the Liberace of Lucha Libre wrestling, the first openly gay star of the performance-sport. Thru Aug. 1, Little Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St.

Cityscape @ Creativity Explored
New exhibit of urban-themed works by artists with disabilities. Thru Sept 5. 3245 16th St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Aug 1: Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin documentary, 7pm) and Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones, 8:45). Aug 2 -4: Disney's The Little Mermaid sing-along (various times). Aug 5 & 6: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (4pm, 6:30, 9pm). Aug 7: Strangers on a Train (3pm, 7pm) and Bad Influence (5pm, 8:55). Aug 8: The Dead Don't Die (7pm) and Night of the Living Dead (8:55). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Concerts & Comics @ Mountain Winery
Aug. 1: Kool & the Gang with Evelyn "Champagne" King. $60-$375. Most showtimes 7pm. 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga.

Dining Out for Abort the Ban @ Participating Restaurants
Raise funds for Planned Parenthood with a portion of your bill supporting women's reproductive rights.

Jim James @ Strut
The photographer's exhibit of 'Black and White Nostalgia: Vintage Gay SF' photos from the 1970s to 1990s, thru July. 470 Castro St.

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

The Ohio Players @ Yoshi's Oakland
The epic soul/funk band performs at the stylish restaurant-nightclub. $34-$75. 8pm. Also Aug 2, 8pm & 10pm. 510 Embarcadero west, Oakland.

Patty From HR @ Oasis
Mo Patty Mo Problems, Michael Phillis' second comic solo show as a petulant Humans Resources gal. $ 7pm. Thu-Sat thru Aug 3. 289 11th St.

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library
Exhibit of ephemera and memorabilia about Stonewall rebellion commemorations in Germany and worldwide; film series Thursdays in August (Aug 1 & 8); additional exhibit also at Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th; both thru Sept 26. 100 Larkin St.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Bay Area Parks
The company celebrates its 60th anniversary and performs Treasure Island, an update on the classic tale, with a development/greed scandal as the story. Free/$20 donations; at Bay Area locales thru Sept 8: Aug. 1, 7pm at Lakeside Park, Bellevue Ave. & Perkins sts, Oakland.

Hairspray @ Victoria Theatre Fri 2  

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.

Events @ Manny's
Aug 2, 7:30pm: Soul Food for Thought open Mic. Aug. 4, 9am-10pm: day of Action for Migrant Families, with a brunch benefit, backpack giveaway and benefit concert. Aug 5, 6pm: Honestly Speaking: Communicating Better in an Age of Political Polarization. Aug. 7, 5pm: Tech and Government Collide with tech Congress and Aspen tech Policy. Aug. 8, 6:30pm: Farming hope Pop-Up Dinner. 3092 16th St.

Hairspray @ Victoria Theatre
Bay Area Musicals' new production of Mark Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan's toe-tapping Tony-winning musical about a Baltimore '60s TV show, based on the John Waters film. $35-$100. 8pm. Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm, thru Aug. 11. 2961 16th St.

Mads Tolling @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
The jazz musician performs with guests John Hanrahan: A Love Supreme Quartet and Mads Tolling with Ron Marcus: Love Soaked Ensemble featuring Danny Click. $15-$20. 9pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave.

The Queen @ Landmark Cinemas Fri 2  

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 Queen @ Landmark Cinemas
Restored print of Frank Simon's classic 1968 documentary about participants of a pre-Stonewall drag ball. SF's Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave.; Berkeley's Shattuck Cinema, 2230 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.

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.

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.

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse Sat 3 photo: Jessica Palopoli  

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.

Body Taboo Defiance @ Shelton Theater
The monthly late-night cabaret this time features Petit Cheri, Kippy Marks, Tracii Chambers, Patches Sullivan and Dottie Lux. $15-$50. 11pm doors/bar, 12am show. 533 Sutter St.

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse
New local production of Kander & Ebb and Masteroff's classic musical based on the John Van Druten play and stories by Christopher Isherwood, set in Weimar Germany. $35-$125. Tue-Thu & Sun 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 14. 450 Post St.

Comic Exhibits @ Cartoon Art Museum
Surfside Girls, original work from book illustrator Kim Dwinell; other ongoing exhibits. Free-$10. 11am-5pm, except Wed. 781 Beach St.

Dog Surfing Championships @ Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica  

Dog Surfing Championships
@ Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica

4th annual competition for canines on surfboards! Includes dog adoptions, fashion contest, kids' activities and more. 9am-2pm. Highway One and Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica.

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

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.

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

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.

Kill Move Paradise @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley Sat 3 photo: Robbie Sweeny  

Kill Move Paradise
@ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players' production of James Ijames' modern choral tone poem that imagines an afterlife where the spirits of young Black men try to comprehend how and why they died. $7-$45. Thru Aug. 4. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

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.

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.

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.

Playa in the Grove @ National AIDS Memorial Grove
Comfort and Joy returns to the Grove for a daytime party of dancing (DJs Jason Godfrey, Bus Station John and Hill Huerta, drag and hoop performances, face-painting, art installations and general frivolity. BYO picnic stuff, share food and drinks. 12pm-6pm. Nancy Pelosi Drive at Bowling Green, Golden Gate Park.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley  

Roan at the Gates @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works' production of Christina Gorman's political thriller (adapted from her novel) about an NSA analyst's secret life, and his wife's possible betrayal. $22-$38, thru Aug 18. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

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.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley
The acclaimed solo performer's show about dealing with racism in show business returns for an extended run. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm. Thru Sept. 1. 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.

Marc Huestis @ The Green Arcade Bookstore Sun 4  

Chuck Forester @ Hormel Center
The local gay author reads from and discusses his new novel Eat, Sleep, Love. 6pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, Main Library, 100 LarkinSt.

Drag King Contest @ Oasis
The 24th annual showcase of fabulous butch drag kings, with a 'Game of Bones' theme, cohosts Fudgie Frottage and Sister Roma, special guests Wang Newton! Starring: Leigh Crow, Madd Dogg 2020, Rebel Kings, Mason Dixon Jars, Arty Fishal, Jay Mercury, Will X. Uly. $20-$40. 7pm. 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.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Skin, a multi-species hands-on exhibit; 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.

Felice Picano @ Dignity SF, Hormel Center
The prolific gay author presents his slideshow/lecture 'Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000,' about LGBT actors, directors and writers in the movie business. Aug 4 at Dignity SF, 1329 7th Ave. Aug 6, 12pm, SF Main Library, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

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.

Marc Huestis @ The Green Arcade Bookstore
The local author of the acclaimed new memoir Impresario of Castro Street reads from and discusses his memoir about SF gay life from the '60s, to his producing celebrity tribute shows at the Castro Theatre. 5pm. 1680 Market 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.

The Psychedelic Furs, James @ Stern Grove
Brit rock bands perform at the park venue. Free, BYO blankets, low chairs only. 2pm. 19th Ave. at Sloat Blvd.

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 Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, 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.

Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin @ de Young Museum
First museum retrospective of the renowned California tattoo artist; thru Oct. 6. Also, Ana Prvac Ki: Detour (thru Sept 29), Specters of Disruption (thru Nov 10) and exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$28. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Various Exhibits @ Treasure Island Museum
Collections of Golden Gate Expo postcards, military memorabilia and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

Andy Warhol @ MOMA  

Annabeth Rosen
@ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, an exhibit of works by the Californian sculptor; thru Jan 19. Other exhibits, too. Free/$17. 736 Mission St.

We Are More
@ California Humanities, Oakland

Exhibit of art by four queer comic artists; Ajuan Mance, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar. Thru Sept. 538 9th St. Suite 210. Oakland.

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.

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, Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes; Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space; The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait; other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Interior/Exterior @ Museum of Craft & Design
Group exhibit of works curated by Ariel Zaccheo; also, Dead Nuts: a search for the ultimate machined object, curated by David Cole; both thru Dec. 1. 2569 3rd St.

Queer Voices @ American Bookbinders Museum
Paperbacks and Periodicals Forging Community, an exhibit of pulp fiction and early paperback books; thru Aug. 31. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. 355 Clementina 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

Miss Belle Bottoms hosts a Keshet Benefit @ Mannys Wed 7  

Cabaret Karaoke
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Dick Bright MCs the new weekly karaoke night at the elegant nightclub. $12-$15. ($20 food/drink min.). thru Sept. 25. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Coffee, Rhum, Sugar and Gold:
A Post-Colonial Paradox

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.

Keshet Benefit @ Manny's
Miss Belle Bottoms hosts a concert of music and entertainment, supporting the LGBT Jewish nonprofit. $donations. 7pm. 3092 16th 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.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez @ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland
Exhibit of the artist's portraits of Puerto Rican Resilience. 1951 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Richard Caldwell Brewer @ Lost Art Salon
Opening reception for, and curator's talk about, the late gay artist (1923-2014). 6pm-8pm. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave., #303.

Granny Cart Gangstas @ Bindlestiff Studios Thu 8  

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Comic Johnny Steele, along with Karen Ripley, Ian Williams, and host Lisa Geduldig. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

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.

Marga Gomez hosts Whos Your Mami Comedy @ Brava's Cabaret Thu 8  

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; extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

Granny Cart Gangstas @ Bindlestiff Studios
Enjoy sketch comedy delights from the all-women all Asian-American troupe. $15-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm thru Aug. 25. 185 6th St.

Into the Woods @ Strand Theater
American Conservatory Theatre student production of the beloved Stephen Spondheim musical that blends classic fairy tales with a dramatic edge. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 7pm, Sat 2pm. Thru Aug. 17. 1127 Market St.

James Brandons Ziggy, Stardust and Me @ GLBT History Museum Thu 8  

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. Talks and events thru the exhibit's run. Extended thru Sept 1. 100 Montgomery St.

Three Solo Exhibitions
@ Marcury 20, Oakland

Nick Dong's Mendsmith Project, Chris Komater's homoerotic Jack & Mack, and Ruth Tabancay's Geometricity 3.0. Artists' reception Aug 10, 4pm-6pm. Reg. hours Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Sept 7. 475 25th St., Oakland.

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.

Who's Your Mami Comedy @ Brava's Cabaret
Marga Gomez hosts and headlines a new monthly standup series, with Bernadetee Luckett, Dominique Gelin, Jesus U. BettaWork and Josiah Luis Alderete. $10-$15. 8pm. 2773 24th St.

Ziggy, Stardust and Me @ GLBT History Museum
Young-adult novelist James Brandon reads from and discusses his gay-themed '70s-set novel. $5. 7pm. Also, exhibits Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories, and The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer. 4127 18th St.

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