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Arts Events July 11-18, 2019

by Events Editor

Suzanne Ramsey at Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 11
Suzanne Ramsey at Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 11  

Catch up on summer musicals, comedy nights
and cool art exhibits out of the summer sun ... or fog.

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. July 18: screening of Forever's Gonna Start Tonight, the documentary about about Vicki Marlane (7pm). 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.

Events @ Manny's
July 11: Farming Hope celebration dinner (6:30pm). July 12: Flipping the Table (podcast about food and farming (6:30). 3092 16th St.

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse Fri 5 photo: Jessica Palopoli Fri 12  

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.

Michelle Meow Show
@ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. July 11, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Director of APIENC. 110 Embarcadero.

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.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Bay Area Parks
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; at Bay Area locales thru Sept 8.

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

Jim James photo exhibit @ Strut Fri 12  

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.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
July 12: The Doors: The Final Cut (7pm) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (9:30). Peaches Christ's Bring It On, Queen! a drag parody, no movie screening (4pm & 8pm, July 14: Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (12pm); Last Year at Marienbad (2:20, 6:45) Long Day's Journey Into Night (2019 Chinese, not the play, 4:10, 8:30). July 16 & 17: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (7pm) and The Cockettes (5pm, 8:45). July 18-28: 39th SF Jewish Film Festival. $8-$15. 429 Castro St.

Hairspray @ Victoria Theatre
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.

Jim James @ Strut
Opening reception for the photographer's exhibit of 'Black and White Nostalgia: Vintage Gay SF' photos from the 1970s and '90s. 8pm-10pm. Thru July. 470 Castro St.

John Lloyd Young @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Tony-winning actor-singer (Jersey Boys) returns after five sold-out engagements at the elegant nightclub. $85-$125. 8pm. Also July 13. ($20 food/drink min.). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Patti LuPone @ Davies Symphony Hall Fri 12  

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.

Patti LuPone @ Davies Symphony Hall
The celebrated Broadway singer-actress performs 'Don't Monkey With Broadway,' a concert of classic musical theatre songs. $40-$200. 7:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.

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

Pete Escovedo @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Enjoy a Latin Jazz birthday celebration for the veteran musician, with the Minor F Quartet. $40-$44. 8pm. Also July 13. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

Hairspray @ Victoria Theatre Fri 12  

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. July 13, 2pm: Celebrating Stories: Two-Spirits Art and Performance. 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.

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.

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.

Big, The Musical @ Berkeley Playhouse Sat 13  

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
Local 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

Bluegrass Night @ Amnesia Bar
Laura Benitez and the Heartache, Timothy O'Neil and Secret Emchy Society. 9pm. 853 Valencia St.

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-along @ Oracle Park
The popular Queen biopic is screened at the baseball stadium. $15-$75 (VIP). Cover band Killer Queens play live at 6:30pm; film at 7:30pm. 24 Willie Mays Plaza.

Bring It On, Queen! @ Castro Theatre
Peaches Christ presents a live drag parody of the hit cheerleader movie, with guest-stars Monét X Change and Bob the Drag Queen, plus Meredeath, Nicki Jiz, Roxy Cotton-Candy, Chaka Corn and more. $20-$140 (VIP meet & greet). 4pm & 8pm. 429 Castro St.

Comic Exhibits @ Cartoon Art Museum
Surfside Girls, original work from book illustrator Kim Dwinell; 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 Sat 13  

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.

Living History Discussion
@ American Bookbinders Museum
SF LGBTQ+ Journalism in the Early Days of HIV/AIDS, a talk with veteran journalist Randy Alfred. $10. 1pm. 355 Clementina St.

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

Group Show @ Mercury20, Oakland
It's All Been So Nice, duo exhibit of works by Andrew Miguel 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.

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.

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.

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.

Petty Theft, Fleetwood Macramé @ Slim's
The Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac tribute bands perform classic rock hits. $20. 9pm. 333 11th 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 14  

AIDS Walk @ Golden Gate Park
Annual fundraiser for various AIDS/HIV nonprofits. Enter at JFK Drive at Oak/Fell. 8am-2pm.

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.

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.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence Sun 14 photo: Dorothea Lange  

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.

Stringquake @ Old First Church
The harp, cello and percussion trio performs traditional and classical chamber works, plus jazz, Latin and Indian music. $5-$25. 4pm. 1751 Sacramento 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.

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.

Various 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.

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.

Chosen Familias @ GLBT History Museum Mon 15  

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.

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library
Exhibit of ephemera and memorabilia about Stonewall rebellion commemorations in Germany and worldwide films series Thursdays in August; additional exhibit also at Eureka Valley branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th; both 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.

Meg Elison, Michael Harris and Jan Steckel at B Stands for Bi at Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books Tue 16  

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.

The Book of Mormon @ Broadway San Jose
Touring company of the mega-hit Broadway musical comedy, created by the South Park guys, returns. $73-$93. Thru July 21. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S Almaden Blvd., San Jose.

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.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books
The B Stands for Bi, with award-winning author Meg Elison and poets Jan Steckel and Michael Harris; with cohosts Wayne Goodman and Richard May. 7pm. 489 Castro 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

La Vent du Nord @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Celebrate Bastille Day with the Francophonic folk band. $22-$26. 8pm. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez @ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland Wed 17  

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.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez @ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland
Exhibit of the artist's portraits of Puerto Rican Resilience. 1951 Telegraph ave., Oakland.

Sketch 9: Perspective @ ODC Theater
New dance works by eight dancers of Amy Seiwert's Imagery. $ 8pm. Thru July 20. 3153 17th St.

A Great Ride: Adventures in Lesbian Aging screening @ GLBT History Museum  

Baloney @ Oasis
The studly gay male revue returns with SPF 69, new and favorite male burlesque dances and sketches that'll make you laugh and turn you on, with "Roryography" by Rory Davis, and host Michael Phillis. $35-$70. Thu-Sat 7pm thru July 27. 298 11th St.

Clint Holmes and Billy Stritch
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The singing duo performs 'Straighten Up and Fly Right—The Music of Nat "King" Cole.' $50-$70. 8pm. Also July 19 ($20 food/drink min.). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

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. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Flower Piano at Night @ 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), (Daytime events include art exhibits and gift shop; free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing.) 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.

A Great Ride: Adventures in Lesbian Aging screening @ GLBT History Museum
A screening of the documentary by Deborah Craig, part of Chosen Familias exhibit. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

The Matthew Shepard Story @ SF Main Library
Staged dramatic reading adapted by Out West producer Gregory Hinton from a Wyoming State Archives oral history project for the University of Wyoming Matthew Shepard 20th Anniversary Remembrance. 6pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Ricky Lee Jones @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
The folk pop fave performs two shows. $44-$55. 8pm. Also July 19. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

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.

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