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Arts Events July 12-19

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Victoria Theatre Thu 12 photo: Ben Krantz
The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Victoria Theatre Thu 12 photo: Ben Krantz  

THU 12

Brit Floyd @The Warfield
The acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute band (approved by the band) performs their trippy rock show, with multiple projections and a light show. $42-$75. 8pm.

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Ngaio Bealum, Francesca Fiorentini, Victor Pacheco, and Lisa Geduldig perform at a benefit for RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. $15-$100. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., 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.

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

Levonia Jenkins @ Oasis
Gender Fluids with Martha T. Lipton, Brooklyn's bearded drag performer Greg Scarnici's offbeat comedy song-parody show. $20. 8pm. 298 11th St.

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

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden  

Night Garden Piano @ SF Botancial Garden
Flower Piano's evening party's expanded to three nights, with stellar musicians in multiple genres, food trucks & drinks for sale, and a mesmerizing nighttime lighted tour of the Garden. $45. 8pm-11:30pm. Also July 13 & 14. 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park.

Oedipus at Palm Springs @ Gateway Theatre
Theatre Rhinoceros' production of The Five Lesbian Brothers' dark comedy about two vacationing couples. $20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Thru July 22. 215 Jackson St at Battery.

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 of 1912. Free ($20 donations). At parks and venues throughout Northern California, thru Sept. 9.

Sara Gazarek @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The accomplished jazz vocalist performs a concert of her own songs, with accompanist Peter Eldridge. $19-$45. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Yarn: Storytelling with Heather Gold and Friends @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
The erudite comic hosts a night of storytelling, with Cintra Wilson, Betsy Salkind (who was a writer on Roseanne), Virgie Tovar, and Julia Jackson. $15. 7pm. 736 Mission St.

Marvin K. White at The Sanctified Mic @ Oakland Peace Center  

FRI 13

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.

Arjun Verma @ Old First Church
Concert of North Indian classical music by the acclaimed sitar player, with tabla player Sudhakar Vaidyanathan. $5-$25. 8pm. 1700 Franklin St.

John Zorn, Bill Laswell @ The Chapel
First of two music nights with proceeds benefitting Keep Families Together charities. $60-$65. 9pm. Also July 14. 777 Valencia St.

Katie Morton @ Strut
Hand to Hand, the artist's exhibit of painting; thru July. 470 Castro St.

Leslie Jordan @ Feinstein's At The Nikko
The Emmy-winning actor performs his solo show (Read our interview here: 13 & 14 at 8pm, at 222 Mason Street
$30-60 ($20 food/drink min.)

Mendocino Music Festival @ Downtown Mendocino
Enjoy multiple genres of music by dozens of musicians in 30+ concerts. $12-$55. Thru July 21. Preston Hall (44867 Main St.), Tent Concert Hall (45035 Main 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 Sanctified Mic @ Oakland Peace Center
Poet & activist Marvin K. White hosts the new monthly (1st Fridays) poetry and writing night, with Alan Miller and Terry Taplin. 6:30pm-8:30pm. 111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland.

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.

White @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Player's production of James Ijames' comic play about a white male artist, snubbed for arts funding, who hires a Black woman as his front. $8-$40. Thru Aug. 5. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Sunday in the Park With George @ SF Playhouse  

SAT 14

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.

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.

Destroy Boys @ Bottom of the Hill
Garage, psyche and ska rock night with Destroy Boys, The Band Ice Cream, Beauty Queen and Paper Dolls. $10-$12. 8:30pm-1am. 1233 17th St.

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.

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.

Lyndsay Tunkl @ E.M. Wolfman Bookstore, Oakland
The conceptual artist and author hosts a book-signing and workshop on collective fears of death, related to her work Parting Practice: Rituals for Endings and Failure. 2pm-4:30pm. 410 13th St., Oakland. Additional events at Lands End (July 15), Lake Temescal (July 21) and Mountain View Cemetery (July 22).

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.

Maria Diamond @ Hotel Rex
Society Cabaret celebrates the 90th birthday of the veteran cabaret singer. No cover; cocktails & small plates available. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

Raw Design @ Museum of Craft and Design
Exhibit of modern scultures. Also, Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters, and Anchors in Time: Dominic De Mare; each thru Oct. 28. Free/$8. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 2569 3rd St.

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.

Serge Gay, Jr. @ Strut
Exhibit of vibrant colorful works by the local artist; thru July. 470 Castro 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.

Sunday in the Park With George @ SF Playhouse
Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's fascinating musical about painter Georges Seurat and his sculptor grandson gets a local production. $20-$125. Tue-Thu & Sun 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 8. 450 Post St. 2nd floo0r, Kensington Park Hotel.

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.

Conversations With Gay Elders @ Koret Auditorium  

SUN 15

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.

Contraption @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
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. 736 Mission St.

Conversations With Gay Elders @ Koret Auditorium
Screening of filmmaker David Weissman's series of in-depth interviews and conversational documentaries focused on gay men whose journeys of self-discovery precede the era of Stonewall and gay liberation. 2pm. SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St., lower level.

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.

Mama Tits @ Oasis
The big talented Seattle drag queen performs her live cabaret show, Big and Loud, with pop and soul classics, stories and comedy. $27-$40. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Mike Greensill, Joe Cohen @ Old First Church
Concert of the music of Duke Ellington, and new jazz compositions. $5-$25. 8pm. 1700 Franklin St.

Myq Kaplan, Nato Green @ the Ivy Room, Albany
Smart comics performs; Kaseem Bentley hosts. $15. 8pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

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.

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.

The World of Frida @ Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek
Group exhibit of works inspired by Frida Kahlo; thru Sept 16. 1601 Civic drive, Walnut Creek.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences  

MON 16

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.

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.

Perfectly Queer @ The Booksmith
Pride Poetry Palooza, LGBT readings with author/poets Susan Dambroff, Natasha Dennerstein, Michael Tod Edgerton, Europa Grace, Philip Harris, David Hathwell, Randall Mann and Luna Merbruja; with cohosts Richard May and Wayne Goodman. 7pm. 1644 Haight St.

Trans Voices @ Strut
Performances by queer trans artists with Breanna Elyce Sinclairé, Polythene Pam, Kay Nilsson, and cohosts Mya Byrne and KB Tuffy Boyce. 8pm-10pm. 470 Castro St.

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.

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley  

TUE 17

Community Meetings @ Strut
Meetings for harm reduction, cycling, book club and more, most weekdays. 470 Castro 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.

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

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

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley
Exhibit of photos by the New York 1970s-'80s art/celebrity scene gay photographer who died of AIDS in 1987; thru Nov. 18. Also, Way Bay 2, a large group exhibit of 200+ works of art, film, performance and archival materials; thru Sept 2. Cecelia Vicuna: About to Happen, thru Nov. 18. Ongoing film series at the Pacific Film Archive. Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA
New exhibit of 70 artworks by the master Surrealist painter; thru Oct. 28. Also, Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood film series thru July 29. 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.

After the Thrill is Gone @ MOAD  

WED 18

After the Thrill is Gone @ MOAD
Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art. Also, Digitalia: Art & the Economy of Ideas, and Emerging Artists exhibit, each thru Aug. 26. Free/$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St.

The Clyde Always Show @ The Marsh
The Bard of the Lower Haight's comic monologue solo show. $20-$100. Wed, 8pm thru Aug. 29. 1062 Valencia 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.

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

Write, Talk, Taste Your Tongue @ Museum of African Diaspora
Kimberly DaSilva, Jacqueline Francis, and Patricia Powell, queer, award-winning San Francisco Bay Area fiction writers, explore themes of migration, ghosts, and family ties that resonate in the experiences of people of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Free/$10. 6:30pm-8pm. 685 Mission St.

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers @ Bottom of the Hill  

THU 19

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.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio
Guest-host Dan St Paul, Michael Meehan, Karinda Dobbins, and Priyanka Wali perform cool comedy. $10-$20. 7pm. 3158 Mission 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.

I, Nomi @ Oasis
April Kidwell's fascinating darkly comic show based on the wacky character in Showgirls. $20-$35. Also 20, & 21. 298 11th St.

My Bloody Valentine @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
The rockin' Irish band returns for a stop along their U.S. tour. $50-$70. 8pm. Also July 20. 1807 Telegraph ave., Oakland.

Natasha Dennerstein @ MOAD
The local poet reads from her new work; part of the Poets Speak: Community Voices program. 5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St.

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Jason Hawk Harris, Secret Emchy Society @ Bottom of the Hill
Enjoy three Americana/Country bands with a queer edge. $12. 8:30pm-1am (9pm 1st show). 1233 17th 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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