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Arts Events Feb 28-March 7, 2019

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Steve @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 01  photo: Lois Tema
Steve @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 01 photo: Lois Tema  

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Black Choreographers Festival @ Dance Mission Theater
African American dances performed by several companies. Thru Mar. 10, 3316 24th St. Also Mar. 2-3 at SAFEhouse Arts, 145 Eddy St, and Mar. 9-10 at Laney College Theater, Oakland.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru April 27. $25-$100. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Feb 28-Mar 2: Lesbians Who Tech presentations. Mar. 3: Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along (7pm). Mar. 3-5: Roma (3:30, 5:15, 8pm). Mar. 6 & 7: Green Book (3pm, 5:45, 8:30). 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.

Fighting Back @ GLBT History Museum
Love, Marriage and Queers: 15 Years Bliss?, a discussion about the history of marriage equality. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

Betty Buckley in Hello, Dolly! @ Golden Gate Theatre Thu 28  

Hello, Dolly! @ Golden Gate Theatre
The vintage musical about a matchmaker stars Betty Buckley in the new touring production. $56-$226. 1 Taylor St. at Market.

Lesbians Who Tech @ Citywide
Annual conference of multiple business and social events for women in technology.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Strong cocktails and powerful words with authors and poets Missy Church, Nancy Patrice Davenport, Jeanne Lupton, René Vaz, and Siamak Vossoughi; hosted by James J. Siegel. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

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 March 3. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Steve Tyrell @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The crooner will feature selections from his newly-expanded Back to Bacharach album, his 2018 album, A Song for You, as well as various favorites from the Great American Songbook. $75-$115 ($20 food/drink min.). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Mapplethorpe @ Cinemas 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. Extended thru March 3. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Events @ GLBT History Museum
Mar. 1: Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender author Cáel M. Keegan discusses his study of the Matrix filmmakers. Mar. 7: Flashing After Dark: Queer Nightlife Photography Then and Now, with Melissa Hawkins and other photographers. Both $5, 7pm-9pm. Also, SoMa Nights: 1980s-1990s Queer Club Photography, an exhibit of prints by prolific photographer Melissa Hawkins. Also, Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle, a 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. 4127 18th St.

Every Day Alice @ PianoFight
Utopia Theatre Project's production of Anne Yumi Kobori's modern take on Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as a couple. $12-$35. 7pm. Thru Mar. 9. 144 Taylor St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre
The mega-hit Broadway hip hop musical revision of American Revolutionary-era history. $111-$686. Thru Sept 8. 1192 Market St.

Her Portmanteau @ Strand Theatre
Nigerian playwright Mfoniso Udofia's Ufot Family Cycle is performed thru Mar. 31 at 1127 Market St., and In Old Age at the Magic Theatre, 2 Marina Blvd, Mar. 27-April 21. $40-$100.

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.

Mapplethorpe @ Cinemas
Matt Smith stars as the gay photographer.

Pablo Sáinz Villegas @ Herbst Theatre Sat 2  

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.

Mother Lear
@ 4th Street Theater, Berkeley

We Player's intimate small cast 50-minute version of Shakespeare's King Lear. $5-$40. 8pm. Thru Mar. 16. 2020 4th St., 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.

Steve @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Mark Gerrard's biting comedy about older gay couples dealing with infidelity and other situations. $20-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru March 31. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Survey Bay Area @ Montague Gallery
Opening reception for a group exhibit of Bay Area glass artists; 5:30pm-7:30pm; thru April 13. Tue-fri 11am-6pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 445A Sutter St.

West Side Story @ Berkeley Playhouse
Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins and Steven Sondheim's classic urban musical is performed by the East Bay company. $20-$45; thru Mar. 17. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

A White Girl's Guide to International Terrorism @ Creativity Theater
Chelsea Marcantel's drama about post-9/11 America, seen through a young girl's experience. $30. Thru Mar. 7. 221 4th St.

Akram Khan @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Sat 2 photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez  

Akram Khan @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
The acclaimed solo dance/performance artis brings his latest work, Xenos, to the Berkeley stage. $30-$78. 8pm. Also Mar. 3. Bancroft Way at Dana St., UC Berkeley campus.

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.

Bob Mould @ The Fillmore
The gay rock musician performs new and favorites songs, including music from his new album, Sunshine Rock; Film School opens. $25-$30. 8pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

Body Taboo Defiance @ Shelton Theatre
Drag, camp, vaudeville monthly midnight cabaret show. $20-$100.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof @ San Jose Stage Company
Tennessee Williams' classic southern family drama gets an East Bay production. $32-$72. Thru March 3. 490 South 1st St., San Jose.

Events @ Manny's
Mar. 2, 4pm-6pm: Activist happy hour. Mar 3, 5pm-7pm: Michael Rios art opening. Mar 7, 6:30pm: Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. 3092 16th St.

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

Fiorello @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of the musical about NYC mayor LaGuardia. $30-$75. Thru Mar. 17. 215 Jackson St.

Forever, a Moment: Black Meditations on Time and Space @ SOMArts
Group exhibit; curators Yetunde Olagbaju and Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye feature 15 Bay Area artists who explore Black identity. Thru April 6. 934 Brannan St.

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 March 9. 1062 Valencia St.

Joe Jackson @ The Masonic
The '80s pop singer-songwriter's back on tour. $43-$63. 8pm. 1111 California St.

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.

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.

Tina D'Elias Overlooked Latinas @ Brava Theater Studio Sat 2  

Overlooked Latinas
@ Brava Theater Studio

Tina D'Elia's comic solo show about queer telenovela characters and family drama. $10-$25. Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm thru Mar. 3. 2781 24th St. at York.

Pablo Sáinz Villegas @ Herbst Theatre
Spain's 'rock star' of classical guitar performs a concert of works by various composers. 7:30pm. $40-$60. 401 Van Ness Ave.

SF Hiking Club @ City Hike
Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a 10-mile hike across the city from the ocean to the bay. Cross Twin Peaks, Noe Valley, and the Mission. Scenic highlights include bridge views (except when obscured by fog), SF architecture and streetscapes, tourists on Twin Peaks, perhaps neighborhood dogs. Bring lunch, water, layers, good shoes, hat, sunscreen, Muni payment. Meet 8:45 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, or 9:30 at the ocean end of the N-Judah line.

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.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley
The acclaimed local playwright/performer returns with his hit solo show that takes on Black stereotypes and show business bias. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm; extended thru April 28. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

Violet @ Alcazar Theater
Bay Area Musicals' new production of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Tony-nominated musical about a young women's spiritual cross-country journey. $35-$65. Thru Mar. 17. 650 Geary 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.

Wonderland @ Berkeley City Club
Gary Graves's dark comedy mixes Kafka and Alice in Wonderland. $15-$38. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm, thru Mar 17. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

H.P. Mendoza at My Gaze/Yr Gaze @ Alley Cat Books Sun 3  

Cameo @ Yoshi's Oakland
The iconic R&B band, led by Larry Blackmon, performs at the stylish nightclub-restaurant. $50-$100. 7pm & 9pm. 520 Embarcadero West.

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline
@ Oakland Museum

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.

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.

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molasey @ Venetian Room
The 'Astaire & Rogers of the cabaret world' return for another classy concert at the swanky hotel. $65, two different shows at 3:30pm and 7:30pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

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; free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Marks in Time @ Marin Center
Exhibit of the work of tattoo artists; thru May 31. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.

Monet: The Late Years @ de Young Museum
New exhibit of the French Impressionist's great later works, including Water Lilies; thru May 27. Also, Gaugin: A Spiritual Journey, an 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.

My Gaze/Yr Gaze @ Alley Cat Books
Queer animation discussion & screening with H.P. Mendoza (Colma: The Musical, Fruit Fly), and curator Irwin Swirnoff. 6pm. 3036 24th St.

One Night Only @ Brava Theater
Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy hosts a night of song and comedy with cast memebrs from the new touring production of Hello, Dolly! Proceeds benefit the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation. $35-$65. 8pm. 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.

Sprightly @ SF Public Library
Weekly hangout for LGBTQ youth, with crafts, snacks and activities. 12:30pm-2:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Tania Katan @ Dog Eared Books
Author of Creative Trespassing reads from, signs and discusses her book about putting 'spark and joy back into your life.' 5pm. 489 Castro 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  

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.

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
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. 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. 736 Mission 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.

Vocal Rush at Overlooked @ YBCA Forum 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.

Overlooked @ YBCA Forum
New York Times and YBCA 100 series honors women and people of color, with performances by FreeQuency, Martha Redbone and a cappella ensemble Vocal Rush, with a trio of journalists discussing their impact. $25-$35. 7pm. 701 Mission St.

Readings @ City Lights Bookstore
Mar. 5: Logic contributors Jim Fingal, with special guests Megan Rose Dickey, Alexis C. Madrigal, Fred Turner, Ellen Ullman, and Julia Carrie Wong. Mar. 7: Oscar Villalon on her book, Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury. Both 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

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. North Light Court, Ground Floor, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett

Kour Pour @ Ever Gold Gallery Wed 6  

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.

The Great Leap @ Geary Theatre
BD Wong stars in Lauren Yee's sports drama about a Chinese basketball star, with American values tested (Out With A.C.T. after-party March 19). $15-$110. Thru Mar. 31. 415 Geary St.

Ian Harvie @ Punch Line Comedy Club
The popular trans comic performs for a four-night residency. $20-$23 (2-drink min.). 8pm. nightly thru Mar 9. 444 Battery St.

Kour Pour @ Ever Gold Gallery
Exhibit of vibrant paintings combining historic and contemporary tapestry themes. Thru May 4. Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. Minnesota Art Project, 1275 Minnesota St. at 24th.

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.

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.

Various Exhibits @ Asian Art Museum
Kimono Refashioned, thru May 5. 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.

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.

Search of the Glass Slipper @ SF Public Library, Thu 7  

American Hero @ Custom Made Theatre
Bess Wohl's comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of sandwiches. $20-$45. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat 2pm, thru April 6. 533 Sutter St.

Billy Idol & Steve Stevens
@ Palace of Fine Arts

The '80s rocker performs an 'unplugged' concert of his music. $80. 8pm. Also Mar. 8. 3601 Lyon St.

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.

The Match Book @ Tenderloin Museum
Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project showcases artfully designed bar matchbooks through the neighborhood's history; thru March 31. 398 Eddy St.

Mimi Fox @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
CD release concert with the folk 12-strong guitarist. $20-$24. 8pm. 1111 Addison St.

Nevertheless @ Z Space
Kaneisee Collective and Cat Call Choir perform 17 vignettes about feminism, politics, gender-based harassment and more. $25-$40. Thru March 10. 450 Florida St.

ODC/Dance @ YBCA
The acclaimed local dance company performs the world premiere of Kate Weare and Brenda Way's World's on Fire. $30-$80. Thru March 10 (March 8 gala dinner/fundraiser $150-$600). 700 Howard St.

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
Program 8: Shostakovich Trilogy. Special NiteOut post-show party with LGBT patrons and performers (Mar. 29 & April 19). $64-$325. 8pm. 301 Van Ness Ave.

Various Exhibits @ SF Public Library
In Search of the Glass Slipper, Perci Chester's '70s gay community photo exhibit; opening reception, Feb 28, 6pm-7:30pm, thru May 16. Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, an art exhibition of historical research and ephemera about early twentieth century immigrant and activist Matilda Rabinowitz; thru May 19. Portal: Group Show of Speculative Fiction, thru Feb. 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.

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