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Arts Events Oct 4-11, 2018

by Events Editor

Dreamgirls @ Berkeley Playhouse Fri 5
Dreamgirls @ Berkeley Playhouse Fri 5  

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, but in the week preceding, you should come out to see some wonderful arts events. How's that for timeliness?


THURSDAY 4

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's new production of the rollicking football-prostitution-scandal musical comedy. $30-$75. Wed/Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm, Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 21. 215 Jackson St. www.42ndstmoon.org

Black Odyssey @ Bruns Ampitheatre, Orinda
California Shakespeare Theater's acclaimed production of Marcus Gardley's contemporary post-Gulf War adaptation of Homer's epic tale returns for a limited run thru Oct. 7. $33-$74. Tue-Sat various times. 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. http://www.calshakes.org/

The Briggs Initiative @ GLBT History Museum
The Briggs Initiative: A Scary Proposition; the exhibit focuses on the 1978 ballot measure aimed at banning lesbian and gay teachers, and how activism bridged communities to fight it. $5. Thru Jan 2019. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Circus Vargas @ Various Venues
The California family-run circus (with no animals abused!) takes on a fun pirate theme, with hunky acrobats, plus clowns, jugglers and other talents; pre-show lets kids learn magic tricks and more. $15-$72; at NorCal venues thru Oct. 14. http://www.circusvargas.com

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Oct 4: Bad Reputation: A Joan Jett Documentary (7pm) and Nico (5:10, 8:45). Oct 6: Young Frankenstein (3:30, 7:15) and The Producers (5:30, 9:15). Oct 6-8: Disney's Beauty and the Beast sing-along (1pm, 2pm, 7pm). Oct 8: Wanda (7pm) and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (4:55, 8:55). Oct 9: Rosemary's Baby (7pm) and Unsane (9:30). Oct 10: Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit (7pm) and Hooper (8:45). Oct 11: An American Werewolf in London (7pm) and The Curse of the Werewolf (8:50). $11-$16. 429 Castro St. http://www.castrotheatre.com/

Culture Talks @ T-Mobile San Francisco Signature Store
New weekly talks featuring emerging music talent and trailblazing innovators; Oct 4, innovators in Gaming and Esports. Free. 5:30pm. 1 Stockton St. https://www.t-mobile.com/store/cell-phone-san_francisco-ca-6258.html


Dance Film Festival @ Brava Theatre Center, Other Venues Thu 4  

Dance Film Festival
@ Brava Theatre Center, Other Venues

Ninth annual multi-theatre screenings of dance films made by local and international artists, with live performances, virtual reality demos, exhibits, and discussions. Free, $25-$225 (full pass). Thru Oct. 14. 2781 24th St. and other venues. www.sfdancefilmfest.org/

A Doll's House: Part 2
@ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Lucas Hnath's innovative funny 'sequel' to the Henrik Ibsen theatre classic about a 19th-century housewife who returns to the husband she abandoned. $23-$75. Thru Oct. 21. 2025 Addison St. www.berkeleyrep.org

Fact/SF @ Counterpulse
New dance work, Death, performed by Charles Slender-White's company, takes place throughout the venue, with audience moving through the space. $25-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 13. 80 Turk St. www.counterpulse.org

Hope Mohr Dance @ ODC Theater
The local choreographer's new unsuual multimedia in-the-round work, extreme lyric 1, inspired by Sappho's iconic poems. $20-$45. 7pm & 9pm thru Oct. 6. 3153 17th St. www.hopemohr.org www.odctheater.org

Lenny Kravitz @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
The rockin' musician performs with his band; Curtis Harding opens. $65-$95. 8pm. 99 Grove St. www.apeconcerts.com

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

Mill Valley Film Festival @ Film Center, San Rafael
Diverse array of films includes half a dozen LGBT-themed features and documentaries. Thru Oct. 14. www.cafilm.org

Oslo @ Marin Theatre Company
J.T. Rogers' Tony-winning political thriller details the story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul, and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, brokered top-secret negotiations between Israel and Palestine. $22-$60. Tue-Sun 7:30pm. Additional matinees. Thru Oct. 21. 397 Miller St., Mill Valley. www.marintheatre.org

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Hall
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the symphony in performances of Violin Concerto and Le Sacre de Printemps (The Rite of Spring); part of the Stravinsky Festival. 10/4, 8pm. $32-$156. 201 Van Ave. www.sfsymphony.org

Sephardic Legacy @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Music and dance celebrating women's oral song traditions, with Mirian Peretz, Rachel ValferEliyahu Sills, Faisal Zedanand Dan Cantrell; presented by The Ladino Project. $15-$25. 6:30pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. www.thecjm.org

Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts
The vibrant dance company celebrates its 25th anniversary with Trey McIntyre's Blue Until June, new works by Nicole Haskins, Ben Needham-Wood, Rex Wheeler, and repertory works Schubert Scherzo and Eternal Idol by the late founder Michale Smuin. $25-$200 (opening night gala). Oct 4-6 at 7:30pm. Sept 29 & 30 at 2pm. 3301 Lyon St. www.smuinballet.org

Sweat @ Geary Theater
American Conservatory Theater's production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in Reading PA's dying steel industry. $15-$110. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 21. 415 Geary St. www.act-sf.org

Varla Jean Merman @ Oasis
The big drag star performs her new show, Under a Big Top. $24-$40. Also Oct. 5-7. 7pm. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Villains and Vixens @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Clay David's witty cabaret show blends songs made famous by women singers (Earth Kitt, Cher, Helen reddy) and Broadway Disney villain characters. $25-$45 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com


Dyad at Concerts @ Old First Church Fri 5  

FRIDAY 5

Acid Test @ The Marsh
Acid Test: the Many Incarnations of Ram Dass, Lynne Kaufman's spiritual exploration solo show, returns. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru Nov. 4 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Concerts @ Old First Church
Oct. 5: Club Glee: spetugenarians from Japan sing popular music arranged for choir, 8pm. Oct. 7: Dyad with violinist Niv Ashkenazi and bassoonist Leah Kohn, 4pm. $5-$25. 1751 Sacramento St. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Detroit '67 @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Dominique Morisseau's Motown-infused drama about an African American family's connections while enduring the historic riots of 1967. $35-$70. Thru Oct. 7. 2018 Addison St., Berkeley. www.auroratheatre.org

Dreamgirls @ Berkeley Playhouse
Local production of the hit musical about a Motown music trio. $20-$40. Thru Oct. 21. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Gary Numan @ Bimbo's
The metal rocker performs classic songs and new music. $35-$55. 9pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. www.bimbos365club.com

The Kinsey Sicks @ Marines' Memorial Theatre
25th anniversary show with the wacky comic drag-apella quartet. $35-$80. 8pm. Oct. 6 at 3pm & 8pm. 609 Sutter St. https://kinseysicks.com

Make History! @ Green Room
The GLBT Historical Society's annual gala features a performance by Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond, MC Michelle Meow, a hosted bar, tasty hors d'eouvres, historic silent auction items and a fabulous City Hall balcony view; honorees includes curator Lisbet Tellefson, SF Gay Men's Chorus, and the Bob Ross Foundation's Tom Horn. $150 and up. VIP 5:30pm, Gen. tix, 6:30-9:30pm. War Memorial Opera House, 401 Van Ness Ave. www.glbthistory.org


Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution @ Roxie Cinema Fri 5  

Marga Gomez @ The Marsh, Berkeley
Return engagement of the comic's hit show, Latin Standards. $25-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru Nov. 17. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.margagomez.com www.themarsh.org

Melissa Manchester
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The multi-award-winning folk-pop singer-composer returns to the stylish cabaret venue. $45-$85 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Also Oct. 6. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. www.pacificcenter.org

Olympians Festival @ Exit Stage Left
Annual festival of short plays (27 plays, 28 writers) exploring themes of Roman gods and goddesses. $10-$12. Thru Oct. 20. 156 Eddy St. www.sfolympians.com

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution @ Roxie Cinema
Fascinating documentary about the '80s queercore music scene, with Justin Vivian Bond, John Waters and many more; filmmaker Tony Leyser, Lynn Breedlove (Tribe 8) and Jon Ginoli (Pansy Division) in person (Oct. 5 & 6). $5-$10. Different times thru Oct. 11. 3117 16th St. www.roxie.com

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

Red Scare on Sunset @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Charles Busch's campy parody of 1950s McCarthy-era red-baiting is performed by the acclaimed local company, with J. Conrad Frank (Katya Smirnoff-Skky), Nancy French and others. $20-$55. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 21. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. www.nctcsf.org

Washed Up on the Potomac @ Custom Made Theatre
World premiere of José Zayas' play about D.C. proofreaders caught up in a possibly murderous scandal. $30. Thu 7pm, Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. 533 Sutter St. 2nd floor. www.sfplayhouse.org

You Mean To Do Me Harm @ SF Playhouse
Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen's drama about two interracial couples, and an insult that starts an escalation of anger and paranoia. $35-$100. Thru Nov. 3. 420 Post St. www.sfplayhouse.org


Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco @ Cowell Theater Sat 6  

SATURDAY 6

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi
The musical comedy revue celebrates its 45th 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. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Contact Warhol: Photography Without End @ Cantor Arts Center, Palo Alto
Exhibit of contact sheets and previously unseen images by Andy Warhol. Thru Jan 6, 2019. Stanford University campus, Palm Drive at Museum Way. https://museum.stanford.edu/visit

Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco @ Cowell Theater
25th anniversary season concert includes dances by Artistic Director Zenon Barron, with live music by Vinic-Kay led by Jose Roberto Hernandez. $25-$35. 2pm & 8pm. Oct. 7, 2pm. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. http://www.ensambles-sf.com


Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Victoria Theatre Sat 6  

Films @ BAM/PFA
Artistic and award-winning films, including international features, and documentaries about artists; ongoing. Mark Morris Presents: In the Age of Pepperland, iconic 1960s films; thru Nov. 25. 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

Fun Home
@ Mountain View Center
for the Performing Arts

Lisa Kron and Jeanine Resori's Tony-winning adaptation of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic novel about her family tragedies is performed by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. $40-$100. Tue/Wed 7:30pm,. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru Oct. 28. 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
@ Victoria Theatre

Ray of Light Theatre's new production of the hit rock musical about a German transgender singer and alter-ego. $15-$40. Thru Oct. 6. 2961 16th St. http://rayoflighttheatre.com

Horizons Foundation Gala @ Fairmont Hotel
Author Jewelle Gomaz and transgender activist Gavin Grimm are honored at the LGBTQ nonprofit's annual fundraiser gala, with cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Tonga Room after-party. $300 and up. 6pm-11pm. 950 Mason St. https://www.horizonsfoundation.org/s/connect/

Interpol @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley
NY electropop quartet performs; The Kills and Sunflower Bean open. $49.50. 7pm. 2001 Gayley Road, UC Berkeley campus. http://apeconcerts.com/

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. https://www.nps.gov/rori/index.htm

Lily Allen @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
The British pop singer performs; S-X opens. $35. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. http://apeconcerts.com/

Mamma Mia! @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
The ABBA jukebox musical gets a local production, with LeAnne Borghesi and other talented singer-actors. $39-$83. Thru Oct. 7. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. www.lesherartscenter.org


Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally @ Curran Theater Sat 6  

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally
@ Curran Theater

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, the comic actor married couple's fun autobiographical show, with moderators Stephanie Allynne and Tog Noataro. $50-$110 (includes a signed copy of their new book). 8pm. 445 Geary St. https://sfcurran.com

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

The Phantom of the Opera
@ Orpheum Theatre

New lavishly-staged touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical based on the Gaston Leroux novel. $56-$256. Thru Sept. 30. 1192 Market St. www.shnsf.com

Plant Collections @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens with displays of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world. 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. https://sfbotanicalgarden.org/

Raw Design @ Museum of Craft and Design
Exhibit of modern sculptures. 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. https://sfmcd.org/

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. www.churchof8wheels.com

Through-LINES: The Art of Ballet @ 836M
Exhibit of stunning dance photos by prolific photographer RJ Muna, with design and sound installations by Christopher Haas, Bernie Krause and Jim Campbell; presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet as part of its 35th anniversary season. Thru Jan 7, 2019. 836 Montgomery St. www.linesballet.org www.836m.org

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. www.niadart.org

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. www.wildsftours.com


Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley Sun 7  

SUNDAY 7

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Exhibit of animation art by the prolific artists, including 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. http://wdfmuseum.org/

Castro Street Fair @ Castro St. at 18th
45th annual fair with live acts (Big Dipper) and DJed music (Trevor Sigler), drinks, food, crafts, and many exhibitors. $5-$10 gate donation goes to multiple local nonprofits. 11am-6pm. Castro Street between Market & 18th, Market St. closed to Noe St. https://castrostreetfair.org

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. www.ecstaticdance.org

Painting is My Everything @ Asian Art Museum
Art From India's Mithila Region, thru Dec 30. Also, 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. http://www.asianart.org/

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. www.finnishhall.org

Second Look, Twice @ MOAD
Exhibition of the work of 15 critically-acclaimed contemporary artists of African descent, including Glenn Ligon, Martin Puryear, and Kara Walker, who have used the medium of printmaking to create vivid and abstracted works. Thru Dec. 16. Free/$15. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Tosca @ War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco Opera's new production of Puccini's classic tragedy, sung in Italian with English supertitles. $26-$400. Oct. 7, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26 & 30. 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

Truth and Beauty @ Legion of Honor
The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters, a paired exhibit of painting eras; thru Sept 30. 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. https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

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

Weapons of Mass Seduction @ de Young Museum
The Art of Propaganda, an exhibit of historic international posters and war-era graphics; thru Oct. 7. Also, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.famsf.org


Veiled Meanings @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Mon 8  

MONDAY 8

Ben Iliili @ McClaren Lodge
Exhibit of the photographer's diverse subjects (boxers, portraits); reception Oct. 11; thru Nov 2. Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 501 Stanyan St. http://harveymilkphotocenter.org

Connecting Threads @ JCCSF
Quilts From the Social Justice Sewing Academy, an exhibit of textile art by local youth, with political themes. Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-8pm, thru Nov. SF Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. www.jccsf.org

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. www.sfopera.com

Sting & Shaggy @ Masonic Hall
The former Police frontman and the reggae musican perform music from their new collaborative album. $84-$144. 8pm. 1111 California St. http://sfmasonic.com

Veiled Meanings @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, an exhibit of detailed clothing from dozens of countries; thru Jan 6, 2019. Also, In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art—Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler, thru July 2019. Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo, thru June 9. 2019. 736 Mission St. https://thecjm.org/

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. www.sfartscommission.org

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. www.williamblakegallery.com


Verasphere @ Harvey Milk Photo Center TUE 9  

TUESDAY 9

Comeda es Medecina @ Galería de la Raza
Group exhibit of works by artists focusing on the topic of food justice from Latinx, Chicanx, Central American, indigenous, and immigrant perspectives. 2857 24th St. www.galeriadelaraza.org

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

David Shrobe @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery
The artist's exhibit of symbolic painting/collage portraits. Thru Oct. 27. 464 Sutter St. http://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com/

Eric Idle @ Curran Theater
The Monty Python's Flying Circus cofounding member discusses his "sorta autobiography," Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. $65-$95 (includes signed book). 7pm. 445 Geary St. https://sfcurran.com

Exclusion @ Presidio Officers Club
Exhibit documentating 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. https://www.presidio.gov/officers-club/exhibitions/

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. 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. www.bampfa.org

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. www.sfmoma.org

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. https://www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org/

Verasphere @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Exhibit of David Faulk ("Mrs. Vera") and Michael Johnstone's photos of their fabulous colorful art costumes. Thru Oct. 15. Tue & Thu 3pm-9pm. Wed 5pm-9pm. Sat & Sun 11am-5pm. 50 Scott St. http://harveymilkphotocenter.org

Will Durst @ The Marsh
The erudite political comic returns with yet another updated version of his show, Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness. $20-$100. Tuesdays, 8pm Thru Oct. 30. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Writing Hope @ Dog Eared Books
Queer Authors in Times of Opression, excerpts from works by various LGBT authors, read by members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, with cohosts Perfectly Queer's Wayne Goodman and Richard May 7pm. 489 Castro St. www.dogearedbooks.com


Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences Wed 10  

WEDNESDAY 10

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. www.calacademy.org

Friendly Fire @ Wessling Gallery
Group exhibit of vibrant works in various media by 14 artists. 440 Brannan St. http://wesslinggallery.com/

Monica Lundy @ Nancy Toomey Fine Art
Deviance - Women in the Asylum During the Fascist Regime, an exhibit of the artist's touching posthumous portraits in coffee, charcoal and burnt paper. Thru Oct. 13. 1275 Minnesota St. http://nancytoomeyfineart.com

Terror Vault @ The Old Mint
Peaches Christ's new haunted house event's set in the classic old building, with multiple rooms and floors of creepy interactive fun; 45-minute tours of groups of 12. $60. 6:30pm-10pm. Cash bar. Thru Nov. 3. 88 5th St. https://www.intothedarksf.com/terror-vault/

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 www.kerouac.com


Amanda Curreri @ Romer Young Gallery Thu 11  

THURSDAY 11

Amanda Curreri @ Romer Young Gallery
Country House, an exhibit of the artists' fabric-tapestry "queer feminist response" to the current political morass. Thu-Sat 11am-5pm, and by appointment. Thru Oct. 27. 1240 22nd St. www.romeryounggallery.com

Bravo 25 @ The Marsh
Bravo 25: You're A.I. Therapist Will See You Now, Eliza Gibson's solo show about her work as a social worker and therapist. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 5pm, thru Oct. 27. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! @ Oasis
Opening night of the popular drag parody of the vampire-hunting TV show, starring Michael Phillis and a cast of comic locals, including Kim Burly, Melanie Marshall, Flynn DeMarco and others. $27-$50. 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru Nov 3. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Deirdre Weinberg: Living Memory in the TL @ Tenderloin Museum
Opening reception for the artist's exhibit of mini-portraits showing "beauty where it might be overlooked." 6pm-8pm. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

Litquake @ Multiple Venues
Opening night of the annual multi-venue celebration of literature, with 100s of local and visiting authors reading from and discussing books. Opening party at the University Club, 800 Powell St. $20-$25. Oct. 20, where the annual Lit crawl converges on venues along Valencia Street and nearby. Most events free. www.litquake.org

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. www.ComcastHometown.com

Walking the Line @ GearBox Gallery, Oakland
Group exhibit of works. Thu-Fr 12pm-6pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland. www.gearbocgallery.com


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