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Arts Events July 4-11, 2019

by Events Editor

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Dolores Park Thu 4  photo: Mike Melnyk
San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Dolores Park Thu 4 photo: Mike Melnyk  

Post-Pride, settle in for some quality entertainment that's a bit less gay, but still entertaining. For a July 4 non-flammable antidote, check out exhibits and musicals.

Action Hero @ Phoenix Theatre
Theatre Rhinoceros' new production of John Fisher's play about an actor with Hollywood dreams. $20-$40. Thru July 6. 414 Mason St.

Fireworks Displays @ Bay Area
San Francisco fireorks at the Marina. Berkeley Marina includes daytime events and live music; free/ alcohol-free.

Wink @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley Thu 4  

July 4 Celebration @ USS Hornet, Alameda
Enjoy live music with multiple bands and kid-friendly entertainment aboard the historic battleship; food, beverages for sale, full bar on the hangar and flight decks; active military and first responders free. $15-$25. 2pm-10pm. 707 West Hornet Ave., Alameda.

Marin County Fair @ Marin Fairgrounds
Enjoy rides, food, agriculture and animal exhibits, live music (Dwight Yoakam, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, Steel Pulse and an ABBA tribute band). $10-$60. Thru July 7. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Dolores Park
The company celebrates its 60th anniversary and performs Treasure Island, an update on the classic tale, with a development/greed scandal as the story. Free/$20 donations. 2pm. 19th St. at Dolores. At Bay Area locales thru Sept 8.

Wink @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
Jen Silverman's wacky comedy about secret desires, domestic anarchy, and feline vengeance. $10-$60. 7:30pm. Thru July 7 (also Sat & Sun 2pm). 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse Fri 5 photo: Jessica Palopoli  

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru Aug. 30. $25-$100. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse
New local production of Kander & Ebb and Masteroff's classic musical based on the John Van Druten play and stories by Christopher Isherwood, set in Weimar Germany. $35-$125. Tue-Thu & Sun 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 14. 450 Post St.

Cazwell @ Oasis
The hunky gay hiphop rapper ("Ice Cream Truck") performs new and favorite music, with Libra Gemini. $15-$20. 10pm-2am. 298 11th St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
July 5: Jaws (2:30, 7pm) and Rollercoaster (4:45, 9:20) July 6 & 7 restored prints of Sergei Bondarchuk's epic 1966 War and Peace; four parts at various sequential times. $8-$15. 429 Castro St.

War and Peace; see Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre Fri 5  

Events @ Manny's
July 5: Soul Food for Thought open mic (7:30pm). July 6: Smack Dab queer open mic (5pm). July 9: Sponsors' Social (6pm). July 10: Affordable Housing Crisis discussion (6:30pm). July 11: Farming Hope celebration dinner (6:30pm). 3092 16th St.

Howard Jones @ Regency Ballroom
The pop singer performs with his band on a bill with Men Without Hats and All Hail the Silence. $45-$50. 8pm. 1300 Van Ness Ave.

Kill Move Paradise @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players' production of James Ijames' modern choral tone poem that imagines an afterlife where the spirits of young Black men try to comprehend how and why they died. $7-$45. Thru Aug. 4. 1901 Ashby 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.

Passion @ Custom Made Theater
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical gets a local production. $10-$30. Thru July 20. 533 Sutter St.

Piano Bar @ Martuni's
Pianist Joe Wicht leads tasteful sing-along selections. 5:30-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez @ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland Fri 5  

Queer California:
Untold Stories
@ Oakland Museum

Multimedia exhibition documenting California LGBT lives, with contemporary artwork, rare historical materials, film, photography, sculpture; thru Aug. 11. Friday 5pm LGBT film screenings. 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.

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

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez @ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland
Opening reception for the artist's portraits of Puerto Rican Resilience. 5pm-8pm. 1951 Telegraph ave., Oakland.

Sex and the City Live @ Oasis
The comic drag parody performances of scripts from the hit HBO show about four Manhattan women, adapted and starring D'Arcy Drollinger. $27-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm thru July 13. 298 11th St.

Shortlived VIII @ PianoFight
PianoFight and A.C.T. present the nation's largest audience-judged theater competition, with multiple short plays performed over several weeks. $20; thru Aug. 10 (Finals at the Strand Theater Sept 7 & 8). 144 Taylor St.

Big, The Musical @ Berkeley Playhouse Sat 6  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World (thru Jan 6), and other exhibits of animation art by the prolific studio's 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 fun 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.

Big, The Musical @ Berkeley Playhouse
Production of John Weidman, David Shire and Richard Maltby's musical adaptation of the hit Tom Hanks film about a kid who magically becomes an adult (on the outside). $20-$40. Thu-Sun thru July 28. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Avenue

Body Taboo Defiance @ Shelton Theatre
Burlesque, drag, performance art, live music, circus, spoken word, danger and frivolity with Red Bone, Damien Alvarez, Forced2Fly, and the Red Hots Burlesque crew. $20-$100. Door/bar 11pm. show 12pm. 533 Sutter St.

Ethnic Dance Festival @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Sat 6  

Burger Boogaloo
@ Mosswood Park, Oakland

John Waters MCs the tenth annual punk/alt rock/retro rock-in-the-park concert, with Jesus and Mary Chain, Dead Boys, Shannon & The Clams, Sheer Mag, NoBunny, Phantom Surfers and more. $10-$200. 12pm-9pm; also July 7 (pre-party July 5 at Eli's Mile High Club). 3612 Webster St., Oakland.

Comic Exhibits @ Cartoon Art Museum
Maia Kobabe's Gender Queer thru July 9. Other ongoing exhibits. Free-$10. 11am-5pm, except Wed. 781 Beach St.

David King @ IS Fine Art and Design
The local artist's new beguiling collage/abstract works. 1100 Sutter St.

Ethnic Dance Festival @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
41st annual series of dance concerts performed by 28 local and international ethnic dance and music companies. $28-$78. Sat & Sun 3pm thru July 14. UC Berkeley campus.

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

Hairspray @ Victoria Theatre Sat 6  

Group Show @ Mercury20, Oakland
It's All Been So Nice, duo exhibit of works by Andrew Migul Fuller and Jeremiah Jenkins, and Duet by Kathleen King and Kerry Vander Meer. Both thru July 27. 475 25th St., Oakland. Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm.

Hairspray @ Victoria Theatre
Opening night of Bay Area Musicals' new production of Mark Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan's toe-tapping Tony-winning musical about a Baltimore '60s TV show, based on the John Waters film. $35-$100. 8pm. Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm, thru Aug. 11. 2961 16th 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.

Kiss My Aztec! @ Berkeley Rep
John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone's hilarious multi-genre musical comedy about woke Aztecs taking on Spanish invaders. $35-$115. Thru July 14. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

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.

Mamma Mia! @ San Jose Stage Company
South Bay production of the hit ABBA jukebox musical about romance and paternity queries on a Greek island. $32-$60. 8pm. Thru July 7. 490 South First St., San Jose.

Mia Nakano @ CIIS
The Visibility Project, the artist's series of portraits of diverse people. Desai Matta Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre Sat 6  

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.

Secret Emchy Society @ MakeOut Room
Our favorite local queer Americana band performs on a bill with Beckylin & Her Druthers. $8 6:30pm. 3225 22nd St. Also July 7 at Songwriters Circle with other musicians, 7:30pm at Farley's Coffeehouse, 1315 18th St.

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 local actor-playwright's solo show combines autobiographical storytelling, improv and comedy. $20-$100. 8:30pm. Also 5:30pm Sundays, thru July 21. 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.

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.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences Sun 7  

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; Skin, a multi-species hands-on exhibit; 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.

The Space Lady @ Oasis
Susan, the popular street musician, performs, with opening sets by Chaki & Piranha. $25. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Various Exhibits @ de Young Museum
Fans of the Eighteenth Century (thru June 30), Ordinary Objects/Wild Things (thru July 14), Specters of Disruption (thru Nov 10) and exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Muldoon Elder @ Laguna 500
Intimate exhibit of paintings and drawings by the local artist. 500 Laguna St.

The Oldest Living Cater Waiter @ Gateway Theatre
Michael Patrick Gaffney's "Best of Fringe Festival" comedic solo show serves up a witty take on food service, fame and self-discovery. $20-$45. Sun-Tue, 7pm thru July 13. 215 Jackson 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.

Smack Dab @ Manny's
Juba Kalamka (Deep Dickollective) is the featured artist at the monthly queer open mic night hosted by Larry-bob Roberts. 5pm. 3092 16th 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.

Tattoos in Japanese Prints @ Asian Art Museum
Tattoos in Japanese Prints and The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nein, both thru Aug. 18; also, Contemporary works by Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Exhibits @ Treasure Island Museum
The Port Chicago Story: Lighting the Fuse to Civil Rights, thru July 7. Also, collections of Golden Gate Expo postcards, military memorabilia and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

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.

Eddie Izzard @ Golden Gate Theatre Mon 8  

Bitchin'; an Art Show
for Humans and Dogs
@ Creativity Explored

Group exhibit of amusing art works of dogs by the members of the developmentally challenged artists group. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (Thu 7pm) Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru July 11. 3245 16th St.

Chosen Familias @ GLBT History Museum
Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories. Also, The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer. $5. 4127 18th St.

Eddie Izzard 'Wunderbar'
@ Golden Gate Theatre

The deft British comic performs his new solo show; thru July 10. $67-$100. 1 Taylor St.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. July 8: Hunter Schafer and Barbie Ferreira, costars of the new HBO series Euphoria. July 11, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Director of APIENC. 110 Embarcadero.

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library
Exhibit of ephemera and memorabilia about Stonewall rebellion commemorations in Germany and worldwide; thru Sept 26. 100 Larkin 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. Free/$17. 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.

Andy Warhol @ SF MOMA Tue 9  


Andy Warhol @ SF MOMA
Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, a new exhibition of the iconic pop artist's works, the first retrospective in 25 years; thru Sept 2. Also, The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait; other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Chronicling the Century
Before Stonewall
@ SF Main Library

Jim Van Buskirk's slideshow-lecture showcases San Francisco LGBT activism and pivotal events before 1969. 6pm-7:30pm. Part of Queer as German Folk: a Transatlantic Commemoration of the Stonewall Riots (exhibit thru Sept. 26, also at Eureka Valley branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th). Hormel Center, 100 Larkin St.

Material Domestication
@ Museum of Craft & Design

Exhibit of works by six design artists whose work displays repetition and craft. Also, Wanzin Zhang: the Long Journey, ceramic sculptures; both thru July 14. 2569 3rd St.

Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs @ AAACC
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.

Stonewall: 50 Years @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Group exhibit of LGBT photography focusing on Pride events. Thru July 21. Reg. hours Tue-Thu 3pm-9:30pm. Sat 10am-5:300pm, Sun 11am-5:30pm. 50 Scott 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

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence Wed 10 photo: Dorothea Lange  

Cabaret Karaoke @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Dick Bright MCs the new karaoke night at the elegant nightclub. $12-$15. ($20 food/drink min.). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Coffee, Rhum, Sugar and Gold:
A Post-Colonial Paradox

Exhibit of works that explore the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists. Free/$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Thru Aug 11. 685 Mission 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; extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

Naked Men's Sketch @ Eros
Get naked and take turns modeling at the sex club's popular weekly event. Donations/no entrance fee. 7pm-9pm. 2051 Market St.

Paul McCartney @ SAP Center, San Jose
The former Beatle sings classic songs with his band. $60-
$300. 8pm. 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose.

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. Extended thru Sept 1. 100 Montgomery 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.

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 11 photo: Natalie-Jenks  

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar; thru Dec 1. July 11, 6pm-9pm, opening reception for Tim Snyder's Ducal Court portraiture paintings. With drag performances. 398 Eddy St.

Comedy Night @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Mary Carouba and Regina Stoops, share comedic insight in their "Better Than Therapy" tour, with host Lisa Geduldig. $15-$20. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

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) and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Open July 4. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden
Fifth anniversary series of scheduled and impromptu concerts on a dozen pianos placed outdoors throughout the Garden. Night-time concerts and parties with beer, wine and food trucks July 18-20 ($55), 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.

Oddball Films @ Balboa Theater
25th anniversary celebration of the funky fun film show's first quarter-century, with a screening of the documentary Oddball, about founder Stephen Parr, plus unusual clips. $20. 8pm. 3630 Balboa St.

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