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Arts Events Oct 11-18, 2018

by Events Editor

Marga Gomez @ The Marsh, Berkeley Fri 12 Photo: Fabian Echevarria
Marga Gomez @ The Marsh, Berkeley Fri 12 Photo: Fabian Echevarria  

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, but in the week following, feel free to gaily journey to fabulous arts events.


THU 11
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

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

Comedy Night @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
One-year anniversary show, with Diane Amos, Marga Gomez, Karen Ripley, Ngaio Bealum, Carla Clayy and host Lisa Geduldig. $15-$25. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo ave., Berkeley. http://www.ashkenaz.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
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/

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/

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

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

The Manhattans @ Yoshi's Oakland
Gerald Alston and the acclaimed R&B singers perform at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $44-$80. 8pm & 10pm. Also Oct. 12. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. www.yoshis.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

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

Sara Shelton Mann @ ODC Theater
Echo/Riding the Rapids, a four-dancer work with live music by Pamela Z. $30. 8pm. Thu-Sat thru Oct. 13. 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance/

Show Us Your Spines @ SF Public Library
Monthly literary residency and reading event program for LGBT folks of color, with Celeste Chan, Javier Fresquez, Dena Rod, and Carolyn "C-Dubb" Wysinger. 6pm-7:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Sins Invalid @ Strut
QTPOC presents a screening for the kickoff of the Superfest Disability Film Festival. 6pm-8pm. 470 Castro St. www.strutsf.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

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. 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26 & 30. 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

Zaccho Dance Theatre @ Bayview Opera House
The innovative energetic aerial dance company performs a series of free concerts. Oct. 11-14, 18-21. 8pm. 4705 3rd St. www.zaccho.org

FRI 12
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

Cameron Esposito @ Regency Ballroom
The hard-hitting comic performs her new show, Rape Jokes; 100% of proceeds benefit RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. https://www.cameronesposito.com/

Crying Time, Velvetta @ Parkway Lounge, Oakland
Honky Tonk music night with the two local bands playin' some rowdy hootin' tunes. No cover. 9pm-11:30pm. 1850 Park Blvd. www.facebook.com/ParkwayLounge/

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

Fairview @ Berkeley Rep
World premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury's eccentricly funny play about a family gathering, race and voyeuristic neighbors. $27-$80. Thru Nov. 4. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

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

Miss Saigon @ Orpheum Theatre
New touring production of Cameron Mackintosh's Broadway revivial of the 1989 hit musical about lovers torn apart amid the Vietnam War. $56-$256. Thru Nov. 4. 1192 Market St. www.miss-saigon.com www.shnsf.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

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/

The Posters of Rex Ray @ GLBT History Museum
Opening reception for the new exhibit, A Picture Is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray, survey of the graphic works of internationally renowned San Francisco queer artist and designer (1956 - 2015). $5. 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Sarah Cahill, Kate Stenberg @ Old First Church
The brilliant pianist and talented violinist perform contemporary works by Aaron Gervais, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kaija Saariaho, Linda Catlin Smith, plus works by Henry Cowell and Gra?yna Bacewicz. $5-$25. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

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/

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


SAT 13
Alexander Hernandez @ Strut

The artist's exhibit of portraits questioning gender. Thru Oct. 470 Castro St. www.strutsf.org

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

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

Flight of the Ancestors @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Day of the Dead exhibition of multimedia works. VIP celebration Oct. 19, 6pm ($30). Main celebration Nov 2, 6:30pm ($7). Reg. hours Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Thru Nov. 17. 2868 Mission St. www.missionculturalcenter.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

Juliana Huxtable @ The Stud
Molly House Records' new singer performs. DJed dancing with Russell EL Buttler and davOmakesbeats. $10-$15. 10pm-4am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.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

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

Patton Oswalt @ The Masonic
The witty diminutive comic performs his new standup act. $39-$65. 7pm. 1111 California St. http://sfmasonic.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/

Russell Deason @ Martuni's
Tough as Nails, the singer and AIDS survivor's touching autobiographical solo show. $20. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3595495

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

The Stone Foxes @ Slim's
The terrific local Blues/rock band performs; Tango Alpha Tango opens. $20-$45 (with dinner). 9pm. 333 11th St. https://slimspresents.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

Treasure Island Music Festival
@ Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland
The annual two-day concert schedule includes DJed and live acts Silk City, Santigold, A$AP Rocky, and a dozen other acts I've never heard of. www.treasureislandfestival.com

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

Women's Open Mic @ Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church, Oakland
Singer-songwriter Irina Rivkin is featured at the women's open mic potluck, $7-$10. 6:30pm-9pm. 424 Monte Vista, Oakland. www.facebook.com/events/1076620949162494/

SUN 14
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/

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

Dandy @ Oasis
The hilarious monthly musical drag king variety show, cohosted by Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen, takes on a Halloween theme; Kitten on the Keys accompanies, plus Meatflap, Jay Mercury, Chester Vanderbox, Dicky Luv, Seamen Marcus and Introducing Nine Inch Males! $15-$20. 6pm-10pm. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

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

Gavin Creel @ Venetian Room
The Broadway singer-actor (Tony winner in Hello, Dolly!) performs his new cabaret show. $55-$65. 7:30pm. Faimont Hotel, 950 Mason St. www.bayareacabaret.org

Ives Collective @ Old First Church
Music ensemble performs works by Sergei Prokofiev, Peter Schickele and Dmitri Shostakovich. $5-$25. 4pm. 1751 Sacramento St. www.oldfirstconcerts.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

Rachel Lark & The Damaged Goods @ DNA Lounge
Music night with several guests in a variety show format: aerialists, comics, poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez and more. $20-$30. 7pm-11pm. 375 11th St. www.dnalounge.com

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

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

Vanessa Bousay @ Martuni's
The local glamorous chanteuse performs Bewitched, a lighthearted Halloween-themed cabaret concert, with the Tom Shaw Trio. $15. 7pm. 4 Valencia St at Market. http://vanessabousay.com/

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

MON 15
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

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


TUE 16
Chanticleer @ Wilsey Center

The grammy-winning men's a cappella chorus performs at their 40th anniversary reunion party. $100-$500. 7:30pm. War Memorial Bldg., 301 Van Ness Ave, 4th floor. www.chanticleer.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/

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. 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/

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

WED 17
Beefcake: 50 Years of Tom of Finland @ SF Eagle

Litquake and 48 Hills present a celebration of the Swedish macho comic erotic creator, with MC Honey Mahogany, Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division, DJ Bus Station John, B.A.R. Leather columnist Race Bannon judging the Tom lookalike contest, specialty cocktails, raffles from Taschen Books, Mr. S Leather and Tom-style gogo studs. $20. 7pm. 398 12th st. www.litquake.com www.48hills.org www.sf-eagle.com

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/

Literary Death Match @ Elbo Room
Meg Elison, K.M. Soehnlein, Chris Colin, Maisha Z Johnson and Mac Barnett with special guest Cleve Jones; part of Litquake events. $15-$20. 6:30pm-9pm. 647 Valencia St. www.literarydeathmatch.com www.elbo.com

Men on Boats @ Strand Theater
American Conservatory Theater's new production of Jaclyn Backhaus's subversive retelling of 19th-century explorer John Wesley Powell's journey through Wyoming's waterways, with an all-women cast. $25-$55. Thru Dec 16. 1127 Market St. www.act-sf.org

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books
Trebor Healey (A Horse Named Sorrow) and M.J. Arcangelini are featured at the literary/music open mic. 8pm. 489 Castro St. http://www.dogearedbooks.com

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


THU 18
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

Dracula @ La Val's Subterranean Theater, Berkeley
Theatre Lunatico's production of Steven Dietz's adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale. $15-$25. Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, thru Nov 18. 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. www.theatrelunatico.org

HairToStay on the Runway @ JCCSF
Fashion show fundraiser for the cancer patient organization, with food, desserts, drinks, silent auction, fashion show of Mr David gowns, and singer Carlos Reyes. $125 and up. 6pm-9pm. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. http://www.hairtostay.org/runway/

The Homophobes: a Clown Show @ CounterPulse
West Coast premiere of Dino Dinco's performance work about a pastor caught in a scandal amid a conservative congregation. $20-$35. Thu-Sat thru Oct. 20. 80 Turk St. www.counterpulse.org

A Real Horror Show @ Eagles Club, Alameda
Glam Skanks' burlesque-style variety show take son Halloween themes, hosted by Jamie DeWolf; craft cocktails, artisan booths, and more. $12. 7pm-11pm. 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. www.brownpapertickets.com

The Resting Place @ Magic Theatre
World premiere of Ashlin Halfnight's drama about a family in crisis. $15-$75. Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Nov 4. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, 3rd floor. www.MagicTheatre.org

Spookfest @ Roxie Cinema
Haunted house décor in the theatre, costume contest and screenings of a dozen+ short horror films! $12-$16. 7pm, 9:15pm. 3117 16th St. www.roxie.com

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

This Old Bag @ Clift Hotel
The Power of the Purse, the 14th annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund includes celebrity's purses and designer hanbags. $150 and up. 6:30pm-9:30pm. 495 Geary St. http://bcef.org/thisoldbag/tob-event-info/

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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