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Arts Events May 2-9, 2019

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Dorrance Dance @ YBCA Thu 9
Dorrance Dance @ YBCA Thu 9  

Arts events heat up our cultural taste buds. Get in while it's hot!

110 in the Shade @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's energetic production of Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash's popular romantic musical. $30-$70. Wed-Sun thru May 12. 215 Jackson St.

48 Hills Spring Gala @ Oasis
The indie local progressive news & culture website's 6th annual fundraiser features food, drinks, entertainment and a smart crowd, guest-speaker Pulitzer-winning journalist Martin Espinoza and Latin jazz quartet The Turnaround. $50-$500 and up. 6pm-9pm. 298 11th St.

Hannah Gadsby @ Palace of Fine Arts Thu 2  

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
May 1-5: SF Silent Film Festival. May 8: A Streetcar Named Desire and Clash by Night. May 10: Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picutre Show. $8-$11. 429 Castro St.

Deborah Voigt @ Herst Theatre
The acclaimed soprano performs contemporary and classical songs about love (including Mahler and Cole Porter) with pianist Steven Bailey. $45-$70. 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

The Gentleman Caller
@ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Philip Dawkins' play explores the relationship between gay playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge. $28-$44. Thru May 5. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Hannah Gadsby @ Palace of Fine Arts
The witty Tasmanian lesbian comic performs. $39-$60. 8pm. Also May 3. 3301 Lyon St.

Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story
@ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View

The prolific playwright/pianist performs as composer Claude Debussy. $40-$120. Thru May 5. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

110 in the Shade @ Gateway Theatre Thu 2  

MGMT @ Fox Theater, Oakland
The popular and innovative band performs. Warpaint opens. $45. 8pm. 1807 Telegrpah ave., Berkeley.

Michelle Meow Show
@ Commonwealth Club

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

Smoke & Mirrors:
The War on Drugs

Exhibit of works by six muralists and 20 artists focusing on pot use, hemp, and historical elements of cannabis in communities of color. Tue-Fri 12pm-6pm. Sat til 5pm. Thru Aug 31. 762 Fulton St.

Weightless @ Strand Theater
American Conservatory Theatre's and Z Space present the Kilbanes' rock musical about sisterhood, love, betrayal and rebirth. $15-$65. Tue-Sat 7:30pm, thru May 12. 1127 Market St.

The Importance of Being Earnest @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Fri 3 photo: David Allen  

Actually @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Anna Ziegler's new play dives into race, gender and sex on college campuses. $35-$70. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm, Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm, thru May 5. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Bay Area Dance Week @ Multiple Venues
The annual festival of dance includes theatre, outdoor performances, and in unusual spaces, too. Thru May 5.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory @ Golden Gate Theatre
Touring company of the musical stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's popular tale about a contest to tour the magical sweets factory. $40-$226. Thru May 12. 1 Taylor St.

Gordon Silveria @ Strut
Opening reception for 'Queers in Space,' the artist's scifi comic illustrations. 8pm-10pm. Thru May. 470 Castro St.

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

The Importance of Being Earnest @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Oscar Wilde's classic "trivial comedy for serious people" gets an East Bay production. $35-$70. Extended thru May 19. 2018 Addison St., Berkeley.

Jack Alexander @ Oasis
The cute young magician performs his Vegas-style magic act; proceeds benefit the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation. $25-$40. 7pm. Also May 4. 298 11th St.

Liss Fain dance @ Z Space
Close the Door Slowly, the company's new work, is performed, with a commissioned score by Jordan Glenn. $18-$35. 8pm. Also May 4 & 5. 450 Florida St.

Nancy And Beth @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Megan Mullally (Emmy winner, Will & Grace) and Stephanie Hunt returns with their new comic music cabaret show. $65-$105 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Also May 4, 7pm & 10pm. Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St.

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 California: Untold Stories @ Oakland Museum
Multimedia exhibition documenting California LGBT lives, with contemporary artwork, rare historical materials, film, photography, sculpture; thru Aug. 11. May 3, Drag Family Storytime with Momma's Boyz and Rebel Kings (6pm). May 4: screening of Marlon Riggs' Tongues Untied (2pm). 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. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Smuin Ballet @ YBCA
Dance Series 02 is performed. $34-$81. 7:30pm. thru May 5. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. Also May 17, 23 & 31 thru the Bay Area.

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

Time Sensitive @ Flight Deck, Oakland
Amy Sass' thoughtful contemplation of life and philosophical queries. $25-$75. Thru May 4. 1540 Broadway, Oakland.

Pippin @ Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley Sat 4  

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 final 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.

Comic Shop Hop @ Cartoon Art Museum
Scavenger hunt to local comicbook stores; win prizes. 11am-5pm. Also, ongoing exhibits (Mais Kobabe's Gender Queer, thru July 1) and classes. 781 Beach St.

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

The Jungle @ Curran Theatre
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's acclaimed drama about French refugee camp immigrants, set in an up-close immersive and intimate staging. $79-$165. Thru May 19. 445 Geary 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.

Merce Cunninghams Assemblage @ Delancey Street Screening Room Sat 4  

Merce Cunningham's Assemblage
@ Delancey Street Screening Room

Screening of KQED's 1968 film documenting the gay choreographer's abstract work performed in San Francisco; Part of the SF Dance Film Festival; dancer discussion panel afterward with Margaret Jenkins, Karen Attix, Charles Moulton, Bill Yahraus (Assemblage film editor) and moderated by Hope Mohr. $13-$25. 2pm. 600 Embarcadero.

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.

Pippin @ Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley
The Stephen Schwartz musical gets a local production Berkeley Playhouse. $20-$40. Thu-Sat 7pm &/or 1pm, 2pm; thru May 5. 2640 College Ave.

SF Hiking Club @ Mount Tamalpais
Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a nine-mile hike on Mt. Tam and into Muir Woods. The hike at first will be in the redwoods and later will open up to incredible views of the Bay, San Francisco, Alcatraz, Mt. Diablo and beyond. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sturdy hiking boots, hat, sunscreen, layers. Meet 10am at the trailhead at Bootjack campground on Mt Tam.

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.

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, Mahsa Vahdat @ St. Cyprian's Church
The Vietnamese and Iranian musicians perform a unique collaboration of music styles. $22-$25. 8pm. 2097 Turk St.

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.

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.

Wimples of the World @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Group exhibit of art, portraits and photos of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who celebrate their 40th anniversary. Thru May 11. 50 Scott St.

Floral Exhibits @ SF Botanical Garden Sun 5  

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.

Floral Exhibits @ 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.

Maricela, Luis Mora @ Dance Palace
Art and photo exhibit of imagery and symbolism of Danza Azteca. 503 B St., Point Reyes Station.

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

Muldoon Elder @ Laguna 500
Reception for an intimate exhibit of paintings and drawings by the local artist. 6pm-10pm. 500 Laguna St.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties. 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.

R&B Jam @ Copyright Bar
Dee Walsh and the Baycoin Beats play at the monthly music afternoon at the lesbian-owned cocktail bar. 5:30pm. 1123 Folsom St.

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.

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.

In Search of the Glass Slipper @ SF Public Library Mon 6  

Bayonne, Talos @ Rickshaw Stop
Electro-pop singer and multi-instrumentalist (Roger Sellers) performs on a bill with Talos (Eoin French), Palm Daze and DJ Aaron Axelsen. $13. 8pm. 155 Fell St.

Lest We Forget @ Civic Center Plaza
Luigi Toscano's outdoor photo exhibit of 78 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors; thru May 19.

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.

Various Exhibits @ SF Public Library
In Search of the Glass Slipper, Perci Chester's '70s gay community photo exhibit; 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.

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.

Significant Other @ SF Playhouse Tue 7  

Bring Change to Mind @ Herbst Theatre
Glenn Close, Jessie Close, Stephen Hinshaw and Hannah Deng discuss adolescent psychology issues. $10-$32. 7pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Early Rubens @ Legion of Honor
Exhibit of epic massive paintings of biblical and mythical subjects by Peter Paul Rubens; Thru Sept 8. Also, Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson (thru July 14); Mummies and Medicine (thru April 14) and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Felice Picano @ Dog Eared Books
The prolific gay author reads from and discusses his new book, Justify My Sins: a Novel of Hollywood. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Jefferson Starship
@ Marin Center Veterans Auditorium

The Bay Area rock band and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform classic rock hits. $50-$85. 7pm. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael.

Significant Other @ SF Playhouse
Joshua Harmon's witty romantic comedy about a gay men who endures all his friends' weddings. $20-$100. Thru June 15. 450 Post St.

Survey Bay Area @ Montague Gallery
Group exhibit of Bay Area glass artists; 5:30pm-7:30pm; thru April 13. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 445A Sutter St.

Trevor Daniel @ The New Parish, Oakland
The emo-hiphop pop singer performs; also, Noah North and 916frosty. $15-$60. 8pm. 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

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

Willie Nelson @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
The Country music legend performs; Desure opens. $103-$173. 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Chad Lawson @ Herbst Theatre Wed 8  

Betty Who @ The Fillmore
Aussie pop star performs. Rozzi opens. $30. 8pm. 1805 Geary at Fillmore.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru June 22. $25-$100. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Chad Lawson @ Herbst Theatre
Pianist-composer whose works have been used in numerous TV series performs his original works. $44-$50. 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

David Sedaris @ Marin Center Veterans Auditorium
The popular gay author reads his stories. $35-$60. 8pm. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael.

Dustin Lance Black @ Marines' Memorial Theatre
The gay filmmaker (Milk) discusses his new book, Mama's Boy, and 'Coming of Age in Red and Blue America.' $30-$65. 6:30pm. 609 Sutter 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.

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.

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.

Uncertainty Principle @ The Marsh
Adam Strauss' new solo show grapples with OCD and life's big questions. $20-$100. Wed & Fri 8pm, thru Mar. 29. 1062 Valencia St.

Various Exhibits @ Asian Art Museum
Kimono Refashioned, thru May 5. Also, contemporary works by Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; Tattoos in Japanese Prints and The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nein, both thru Aug. 18; also, eexhibits 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.

Tattoos in Japanese Prints @ Asian Art Museum Wed 8  

China Crisis @ Yoshi's Oakland
British '80s band performs. $24-$54. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Comedy Night @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Laugh it up with Diane Amos (the Pine Sol Lady), Karinda Dobbins, Emily van Dyke, Brandi Brandes (Ashkenaz Executive Director making her comedy debut), and de facto Jewish mother and MC Lisa Geduldig. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Dorrance Dance @ YBCA
Michelle Dorrance's innovative company takes tap-dance to new dimensions in ETM: Double Down. $15-$70. Thru May 11. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.

Ginger Minj @ Oasis
The RuPaul's Drag Race competitor performs her live show. $27-$50. 7pm. Also May 10. 298 11th St.

Michael Feinstein @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The master pianist and jazz singer performs at his own nightclub, with a band. $80-$115 ($20 Food/drink min). Also May 10, 11, 12. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

California and the Stonewall Riots @ GLBT History Museum
Discussion with author/historian Marc Stein (The Stonewall Riots: a Documentary History), 7pm. Also, SoMa Nights: 1980s-1990s Queer Club Photography, an exhibit of prints by prolific photographer Melissa Hawkins. 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.

With(out) With(in) the Very Moment @ SF Arts Commission
Exhibit about LGBT lives, and surviving AIDS, with Elliot Anderson, Adam Ansell, Ed Aulerich-Sugai, Mark Garrett, Cliff Hengst, Nancer Lemoins, Mark Paron, Anton Stuebner, and featuring Alternate Endings, a series of video programs by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art. Thru June 22. 401 Van Ness Ave.

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