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Arts Events Dec 20-27, 2018

by Events Editor

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus @ Castro Theatre Mon 24
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus @ Castro Theatre Mon 24  

At year's end, consider all the artists whose work you have yet to see, hear and enjoy.


THU 20
Arcadia @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players' production of Tom Stoppard's masterpiece that explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron, and the undeniable power of the human heart. $7-$52. Thru Jan 6. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. www.shotgunplayers.org

Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The foul-mouth puppets are back, in the theatre company's 6th popular production (with two casts) of Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty's Tony-winning musical. New Year's Eve show, too. Extended thru Jan 13. $33-$59. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. www.nctcsf.org

A Bronx Tale @ Golden Gate Theatre
Touring production of the acclaimed musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical story, with music by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, about a Bronx teenager enamored of a mafia boss. $56-$256. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm, Wed, Sat Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 23. 1 Taylor St. at Market. www.shnsf.com


A Christmas Carol @ Geary Theatre Thu 20 photo: Kevin Berne  

A Christmas Carol @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre's annual lavish big-cast production of Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff's popular stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens short story. $10-$120. Thru Dec 29. 415 Geary St. www.act-sf.org

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Dec 20 & 21: West Side Story in 70mm! (4:30, 7:30). Dec 22: A Christmas Story (12:30), It's a Wonderful Life (4K restored print, 2:30, 5:15, 8pm). Dec 24: SF Gay Men's Chorus live concert ($30-$40, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm). Dec 26: Singin' in the Rain (2pm, 4:15, 6:30) and Xanadu (8:30). Dec 27: Some Like It Hot (2:15, 7pm) and The Apartment (4:30, 9:15). 429 Castro St. http://www.castrotheatre.com/

Dear Evan Hansen @ Curran Theatre
National tour of Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Broadway hit musical (six Tonys) about a letter that changes lives. $75-$250. Thru Dec 30. 445 Geary St. https://sfcurran.com/

Jackie Beat @ Oasis
LA's sassiest drag comic brings her new music and comedy show, Menstrual Krampus, a dark parody of Christmas, to SoMa. $32-$42. 7pm & 9pm. 298 11th St. http://www.missjackiebeat.com www.sfoasis.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

Mike Pierce @ Spark Arts
The artist's exhibit of dyed scarves and silk fabric art. 4229 18th St. http://www.sparkarts.com/


Smuin Ballet @ YBCA Thu 20  

Once Upon a December @ Gateway Theatre
Bay Area Musicals' two-night benefit concert, with stars of their season shows performing holiday songs and show tunes, with food, cocktails for purchase, and after-party. $25-$45. 7:30pm. 215 Jackson St. www.bamsf.org

Reorienting the Imaginaries @ SOMArts Cultural Center
Exhibit of multidisciplinary works that bring together more than a dozen artists of color who are connected by complex histories, identity and power; thru Jan 24. 934 Brannan St. https://www.reorientingtheimaginaries.com/ http://www.somarts.org/

Skating @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink
The Union square ice rink is open, with hourly rates, skate rentals, and special events through Jan. 21. $13-$18. 333 Post St. www.unionsquareicerink.com

Smuin Ballet @ YBCA
The popular local dance company performs its annual holiday program. $34-$91. Thru Dec. 24. 701 Mission St. http://www.smuinballet.org

Tony Glaser and The Party, Dragland @ The Ivy Room
Funky bass, folk rock and more; also Ian Heid Band. $15-$20. 9pm. 860 San Pablo ave., Albany. www.ivyroom.com

Urban Abstracts @ Tenderloin Museum
Opening reception for PatriciaAraujo's exhibit of urban paintings. 6pm-9pm. thru Feb 3. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

World Tree of Hope @ Grace Cathedral
See the Rainbow World Fund's annual holiday tree, with 1000s of origami paper cranes, in its new location. Daily, 1100 California St. https://www.worldtreeofhope.org/help-us/


Sweet Can @ Dance Mission Theatre Fri 21  

FRI 21
The Bathroom Line @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Radar Productions' exhibit about intimacy, ritual, and public/private space, expressed in visual and text pieces by several queer People of Color artists. 934 Brannan St. http://www.somarts.org/

Cinderella @ Herbst Theatre
African American Shakespeare Festival's production of holiday kid-friendly show about a young woman, her fairy godmother and a handsome prince. $25-$45. Thru Dec. 23. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.african-americanshales.org

Cirque du Soleil @ AT&T Park
The amazing acrobatic circus returns for an extended stay with their new show, Volta. $54 and up; various times and dates thru Feb 3. www.cirquedusoleil.com

Fool La La! @ The Marsh
Unique Derique's fifth annual kid-friendly Over the Rainbow holiday show, with zany circus fun and juggling workshops. $15-$100. Fri & Wed 2pm, thru Jan 6. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Fotohoto @ Strut
Photographer Fabian Echevarria's exhibit of Latinx and Beyond models. 8pm-10pm. Exhibit thru Dec. 470 Castro St. www.strutsf.org

The Golden Girls @ Victoria Theatre
They're back! D'Arcy Drollinger, Heklina, Matthew Martin and Holotta Tymes perform drag versions of holiday episodes of the classic elder women's sitcom. $25-$50. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm thru Dec. 23. 2961 16th St. www.thegoldengirlslive.com

John Legend @ The Fox Oakland
The talented vocalist-composer performs his Legendary Christmas concert. $150-$500. 8pm. Also Dec 22. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. http://apeconcerts.com/

Kitka @ Old First Church
The acclaimed women's Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic music ensemble performs music from their Evening Star and Winter Songs albums. $20-$140. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St. http://www.kitka.org/

Mary Poppins @ SF Playhouse
The popular Broadway adaptation of the P.L. Travers book and Disney film about a magical nanny gets a local production; music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; book by Julian Fellowes. $30-$55 and up. Thru Jan 12. 450 Post St. www.sfplayhouse.org

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

One Googol & One @ Brava Theater Center
Aidaa Peerzada's reimagining of the One Thousand and One Nights, with a modern perspective about historical injustices. $35-$45. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Dec 22. 2791 24th St. www.sfbatco.org

Queer Variety Show @ SF Circus Center
Fundraiser for the Transgender Law Center features aerialists and singers Caroline Wright, Joey The Tiger, Myles Hochman, Nika Printz, Holden Cox, drag king troupe Nine Inch Males, goth drag king boy band Logan De Ley and host Sparkles Devine. $20. 7:30pm. 755 Frederick St. www.transgenderlawcenter.org

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 Santaland Diaries @ Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills
Joe Mantello's solo stage adaptation of David Sedaris' popular story about working as a holiday elf is performed by Max Tachis. $45. Thru Dec. 23. 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos. www.TheatreWorks.org

Southern Lights @ Z Below
3Girls Theatre Company's production of Lee Brady's country music love story. $20-$45. Thru Dec 22. 470 Florida St. www.zspace.org

Sweet Can @ Dance Mission Theatre
The kid-friendly circus-theatre troupe performs two shows, My Friend Hafiz (Dec 20-23) and Mittens & Mistletoe (Dec 26-30). $25-$75. 3316 24th St. http://sweetcanproductions.com/

You Betta Work Comedy Fiesta @ San Mateo County Pride Center
Jesús U. Bettawork hosts the monthly LGBTQ-friendly laugh-fest. 7:30pm. 1021 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. www.jesusubettawork.com


Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Sat 22  

SAT 22
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. Holiday show tickets now on sale. 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

Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace
Annual holiday festivities include exhibits, arts, crafts, food and drinks, all with a Dickensian costume flair. $14-$120. Thru Dec. 23. Lower Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. https://dickensfair.com/

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

A History of World War II @ The Marsh
Prolific playwright and director John Fisher's new solo show's subtitled The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Extended thru Feb 2. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarshsf.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

The Nutcracker @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Oakland Ballet's 47th production of the classic Tchaikovsky score with choreography by Graham Lustig, with the Oakland Symphony. $25-$97. 1pm & 5pm. Also Dec 23 1pm. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. www.oaklandballet.org

Nutcracker Sweets @ Cowell Theater
Mark Foehringer's tenth annual concert of his colorful kid-friendly abbreviated version of the classic ballet set to Tchaikovsky's music. Thru Dec 23. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. www.mfdpsf.org

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. www.othercinema.com

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

Various Exhibits @ SF Public Library
Holiday Train, a model train exhibit (thru Jan 3); Portal: Group Show of Speculative Fiction, thru Feb; Shaped: Sharing HIV/AIDS Photos Essentially Deaf, thru Feb 1; Art/Work: Art Created by the Staff at SFPL, thru Mar. 8; SF Wildlife: Photography by Jouko van der Kruijssen, thru Mar. 28. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.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

The World of Charles and Ray Eames @ Oakland Museum
Exhibit of the innovative designers' works, including furniture, toys, and rare prototypes; thru Feb 17. 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. Friday night events 5pm-9pm. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St. http://museumca.org


Sandra Wright Shen @ Old First Church  

SUN 23
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), and Home for the Holidays at Carolwood, 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/

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church
Weekly group free-form 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

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

Jason Brock @ Martuni's
The powerhouse vocalist performs his sixth annual Christmas show at the intimate martini bar. $25-$45. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. www.jasonbrockvocals.com

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ New Asia Restaurant
The 26th annual popular night of Chinese food and Jewish comedy with a queer edge features Carol Leifer, Joseph Nguyen, Jordon Ferber and host Lisa Geduldig. $52-$72. 5pm dinner show 8:30pm cocktail show. Also dEc. 24 & 25. 772 Pacific Ave. www.Koshercomedy.com


Westward @ City Hall Sun 23  

Painting is My Everything @ Asian Art Museum
Art From India's Mithila Region, thru Dec 30. Also, contemporary works by Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; also, 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

Sandra Wright Shen @ Old First Church
The talented pianist performs traditional and modern music with a holiday theme. $5-$25. 4pm. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Sprightly @ SF Public Library
Weekly hangout for LGBTQ youth, with crafts, snacks and activities. Dec 16: Jessie Sisannah Karnatz, aka money Witch, leads a financial workshop. 12:30pm-2:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

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. www.chabotspace.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


Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir @ Slims Mon 24  

MON 24 - Christmas Eve
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

Night Bloom @ Conservatory of Flowers
New evening exhibit of nocturnal plants, with light shows and music. $20-$39. 5pm, thru Jan. 6. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.nightbloom.org
https://conservatoryofflowers.org

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir @ Slim's
The acclaimed vocal chorus performs special Christmas Eve concerts. $17-$20. 7pm & 9:30pm. 333 11th St. https://slimspresents.com

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus @ Castro Theatre
Home for the Holidays, the chorus' annual Christmas Eve concert, will warm hearts and bring cheer. $30-$40. 5pm, 7pm & 9pm. 429 Castro St. https://www.sfgmc.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


Plant Collections @ SF Botanical Garden Tue 25  

TUE 25 — Christmas Day
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

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; FREE on Christmas Day. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way. https://sfbotanicalgarden.org/

Community Free Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Day of family fun with exhibits, art, noshes and soft drinks; 11am-4pm. Also, 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, Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo, an exhibit of the prolific tattoo artist's work, tools and life; thru June 9, 2019. Also, In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art—Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler, thru July 2019. 736 Mission St. https://thecjm.org/


East Meets West @ Legion of Honor Wed 26  

WED 26
Bodyscapes @ Strut

Group exhibit of art by the 50-Plus Network members. Thru Dec. 470 Castro St. https://www.strutsf.org

East Meets West @ Legion of Honor
Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection, thru Feb 24. 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/

Eternal Boy Playground @ Telematic
Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez' multimedia installation that playfully explores the cultural tropes surrounding crypto-currencies like Bitcoin; thru Feb 2. 323 10th St. https://tttelematiccc.com/

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

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/


Altai Kai @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley  

THU 27
Altai Kai @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley

Virtuoso throat singers perform traditional folk music with a unique style; Australian didgeridoo musician Stephen Kent opens. $15-$18. 7:30pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. http://www.ashkenaz.com/

Best of Baloney @ Oasis
The saucy, sexy and silly men's burlesque show presents their best acts in a four-night schedule. $27.50-$50. 7pm. Thru Dec 31. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.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/

Fever @ Center for Sex & Culture
Fever: Documenting the Human Sexual Experience, a group photography exhibit curated by Anissa Malady. Tue 11am-5pm. Wed 10am-3pm, Thu 3pm-7pm and by appointment. Thru Dec. 28. 1349 Mission St. www.sexandculture.org

Gaugin: A Spiritual Journey @ de Young Museum
New exhibit of the French painter's Tahitian paintings, and works by artists who influenced him. Thru April 7. Also, Contemporary Muslim Fashions, an exhibit of stylish fashions in the Muslim world; thru Jan 6. Also, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.famsf.org

The Life and Times of Jo Mora @ Cartoon Art Museum
New exhibit of drawing, maps, paintings and ephemera by the prolific illustrator of American culture (1876-1947). Thru April 28, 2019. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
The monthly reading series at the martini bar, this time with writers Pete Bailey, Spencer Tierney, Natalia Vigil, and special guest host Baruch Porras-Hernandez. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Modern Art @ SF MOMA
Wayne Thiebaud, Etel Adnan, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois and many classic Modern works. The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Envioronment and Idealism (thru April 28). Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory, thru March 31. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd St. www.sfmoma.org

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


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