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Arts Events Jan. 31- Feb 7, 2019

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Black Refractions @ MOAD Wed 6  Photo: Juliana Huxtable.
Black Refractions @ MOAD Wed 6 Photo: Juliana Huxtable.  

Stunning visuals, transcendent sounds, terrific theatrics and more await you at arts venues around the Bay.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; thru Feb 23. $25-$100. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Candlestick @ A.C.T. Costume Shop
Campo Santos presented Ben Fisher's new drama about about 49ers fans at the last tailgate party at the stadium. $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Feb 3. 1117 Market St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Jan 25-Feb 3: Noir City film festival. $11-$16. 7pm. 429 Castro St.

Friends Live @ Oasis
The popular '90s sitcom gets a double drag (king/queen) parody performance of a few episode scripts, with Nancy French, Sue Casa Steven LeMay and other talents. $27-$50. Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru Mar. 2. 298 11th St.

How I Learned What I Learned @ Marin Theatre Company
August Wilson's autobiographical solo play gets a local production, performed by Steven Anthony Jones. $10-$52. Wed-Sat 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm, thru Feb 3. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Lena Hall @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Tony-winning Broadway and touring costar of Hedwig and the Angry Inch performs her new cabaret concert, Art of the Audition: From Falling Apart to Nailing the Part to Feinstein's at the Nikko. $55-$85 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Also Feb 1 & 2. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel's monthly author, poet, music night, this time with Keith Donnell, Laurie Ann Doyle, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Miah Jeffra, and Emily Pinkerton. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle @ GLBT History Museum  

Metamorphosis @ Berkeley Rep
Mary Zimmerman's award-winning modern adaptation of Ovid's iconic mythological story collection returns in a new co-production with The Guthrie Theatre. $28-$115. Thru Mar 10. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

Michelle Meow Show
@ Commonwealth Club

Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

Paradise Square @ Berkeley Repertory
New musical about the 1860s Black and Irish-populated Five Points district of New York (Book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan; Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen; based on the songs of Stephen Foster). $40-$115. Thru Feb 17. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray @ GLBT History Museum
Exhibit of vibrant works by the late gay artist; thru Feb 3. The Briggs Initiative: A Scary Propostiion, thru Jan 20. $5. 4127 18th St.

Solo Performance Festival @ Potrero Stage
PlayGound's annual showcase of two dozen-plus performers' shows, including Marga Gomez, Matthew Martin, Nina Wise, Michael Phillis and others. $31-$93 (full pass). Thru Feb 10. 1695 18th St.

SF Sketchfest @ Multiple Venues
The annual comedy, film & TV festival includes live appearances by dozens of comics, funny actors and celebrities; thru Jan 27.

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.

Tosh Berman @ City Lights Bookstore
The author of the fascinating memoir Tosh: Growing up in Wallace Berman's World, about his assemblage-artist Beat-era father, in a talk with Natalia Mount and Roman Coppola. 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave. Also Feb 1, 7pm at Moe's Books, 2470 Teelgraph Ave, Berkeley.

Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle @ GLBT History Museum
Opening reception for the Native American queer exhibit of the Bay Area organization on its 20th anniversary, including the annual Two-Spirit Powwow organized by BAAITS, indigenous medicine and responses to HIV/AIDS, and Two-Spirit meaning within indigenous communities. $5. 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St.

King of the Yees @ SF Playhouse Fri 1  

Creditors @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
August Strindberg's drama (powerful psychodrama about a sexual triangle taken to destructive extremes) is performed in a new version by David Greig. $35-$70. Thru Feb 24. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

The Drag Roast of Heklina @ Revry TV
Online screening of the Castro Theatre festive roast of drag impresario Hekina.

King of the Yees @ SF Playhouse
Lauren Yee's comic play about a Chinese American family, a missing father, and a 150-year-old men's club. $25-$125. Tue-Thu & Sun 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru March 2. 450 Post St. 2nd floor.

Late Company @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Jordan Tannahill's gripping family drama about antigay bullies, redemption and anger, gets its West Coast-premiere in the gay theatre company's new production. $20-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 24. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Mitambo Festival @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Chinayakare Ensemble and Zimbabwean musicians and dancers to celebrate the music of the people - Chimurenga music - and to celebrate its roots in traditional mbira music played by the ancestral Shona people in Zimbabwe. $20 and up. Also Feb 2. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

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

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

Sweeney Todd @ Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City
Stephen Sondheim's award-winning gruesomely dramatic musical, based on the penny dreadfuls about the 'demon barber of Fleet Street' and his pie-making accomplice, gets an East Bay production. $20-$40; thru Feb 10. 1285 Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.

Mitambo Festival @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley Fri 1  

Mitambo Festival @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Chinayakare Ensemble and Zimbabwean musicians and dancers to celebrate the music of the people - Chimurenga music - and to celebrate its roots in traditional mbira music played by the ancestral Shona people in Zimbabwe. $20 and up. Also Feb 2. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Older and Out
@ North Berkeley Senior Center

Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

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

Sweeney Todd @ Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City
Stephen Sondheim's award-winning gruesomely dramatic musical, based on the penny dreadfuls about the 'demon barber of Fleet Street' and his pie-making accomplice, gets an East Bay production. $20-$40; thru Feb 10. 1285 Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.

Night of Ideas @ SF Public Library Sat 2  

Aaron Carter, Xavier Toscano
@ Brick & Mortar

The two pop singers perform; Shawn Jermaine, Taylor Grey open. $18-$60. 8pm. 1710 Mission St.

Animation Exhibits
@ Walt Disney Museum

Exhibit of animation art by the prolific artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

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.

Body Taboo Defiance @ Shelton Theatre
Festive variety show with comics, vaudeville, dancers, burlesque, Carla Tutu and others. $20-$100. 11pm, 12am show.

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.

Come From Away @ Golden Gate Theatre
Touring production of Irene Sankoff & David Hein's Tony-winning Broadway musical about stranded passengers who landed in Newfoundland. $56-$256. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm, thru Feb 3. 1 Taylor St at Market.

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

Frost/Nixon @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Peter Morgan's stage adaptation of the dramatic TV interview gets a local production by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. $40-$100, thru Feb 10. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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.

Seascape @ Geary Theatre Sat 2 photo: Kevin Berne  

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.

Masako Miki
@ Cult: Aimee Friberg Exhibitions

Shapeshifters, the artist's whimsical exhibit of paintings and sculptures. Thru Feb 23. 1217-B Fell St.

Night of Ideas @ SF Public Library
Local edition of a new five-city event, with thinkers, artists, musicians and performers exchanging ideas in a variety of ways at dozens of events around the library. 7pm-2am. 100 Larkin St. Register at

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.

Seascape @ Geary Theatre
Edward Albee's prize-winning satirical comedy about a retired couple's beachside encounter with a pair of talking lizards. $15-$110. Thru Feb 17. 415 Geary St.

SF Hiking Club @ Marin Headlands
Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 8-mile hike from Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach in the Marin Headlands. Hike includes many ocean views and a look at Green Gulch farm and Zen Buddhist retreat center. Bring water, lunch, snacks, hiking shoes, layers, hat, sunscreen. Carpool meets at 9:00 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 415-845-4940.

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.

Turkuaz @ The Fillmore Sat 2  

Then They Came For Me
@ Futures Without Violence

Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a touring multimedia exhibit documenting the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry, including photographs by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. Free. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 100 Montgomery St.

Turkuaz @ The Fillmore
Rousing multi-instrumental and vocal R&B-pop band performs, with paris_monster. $25. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

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.

Various Exhibits @ SF Public Library
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.

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.

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.

Life of Pi @ Brava Theater Sun 3  

Choreographies of Disclosure @ Pro Arts Oakland
Choreographies of Disclosure: What the Mind Forgets, an LGBT-artist group exhibit (Eliza Barrios, Cassandra Clark, Oriana Doria-Quesada, Leslie Dreyer, Angela Hennessy, Lydia Greer, Jo Howard, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, LeahAnn Mitchell #lamfemmebear, Quinn Peck, Reaa Puri, Azin Seraj, Jadelynn Stahl) about sexual violence, thru Feb 15. 150 Frank H Ogowa Plaza, Oakland.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church
Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; 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.

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman @ SF Public Library
Art exhibition of historical research and ephemera about early twentieth-century immigrant and activist Matilda Rabinowitz; thru May 19. Feb. 3, 1 pm: Opening Event: Meet artist Robbin Henderson as she discusses the life of Matilda Rabinowitz and shows her artwork. Music by the San Francisco Rockin Solidarity Labor Chorus. Main Library, Koret Auditorium. 100 Larkin St.

Lew the Jew and His Circle @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
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. Also, Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, the work of groundbreaking French Jewish artist, Surrealist, and activist Claude Cahun (1894—1954) and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892—1972), thru July 7; In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art—Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler, thru July. 736 Mission St.

Life of Pi @ Brava Theater
Dance concert of Ganesh Vasudeva's dance interpretation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel. $25-$35. 3pm. 2781 24th St.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.

Readings @ City Lights Bookstore
Feb 3, 5pm: SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck with E.K. Keith. Feb 5, 7pm: Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg, with Steven Taylor, Peter Hale, Erik Drooker, Peter Carlaftes. Feb 7, 7pm: contributors to A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers. 261 Columbus Ave.

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.

Various Exhibits @ Asian Art Museum
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.

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.

Modern Art @ SF MOMA Mon 4  

Jason Brock @ Martuni's
The powerhouse singer performs at the intimate martini bar, with accompanist Dee Spencer. $5. 6pm. 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.

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.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence Tue 5  

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.

Friendly Fire @ Wessling Gallery
Group exhibit of vibrant works in various media by 14 artists. 440 Brannan 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

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

Black Refractions @ MOAD
Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a new traveling exhibition showcasing a century of artworks. Thru April 14. Free/$10. Museum of the african Diaspora, 685 Mission St.

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, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.

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.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 7  

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.

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. 781 Beach St.

Little Village Foundation Benefit Show @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Kevin Burt, Members of Mariachi Mestizo, Marina Crouse, Maurice Tani, Sean Wheeler, The Sons of the Soul Revivers w/Marcel Smith, Raise Your Voice - The Sound of Student Protest. $20-$24. 8pm. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens with displays of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world, including the annual Magnolia bloom. Monthly plant sales, plus art exhibits and gift shop; librart art exhibit of landscapes by Heath Massey thru April. Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

The Match Book @ Tenderloin Museum
Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project showcases artfully designed bar matchbooks through the neighborhood's history; thru March 31. Also, Urban Abstracts, Patricia Araujo's exhibit of urban paintings, thru Feb 3. 398 Eddy St.

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