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Arts Events Aug 29-Sept 5, 2019

by Events Editor

Circus Vargas @ Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Fri 30
Circus Vargas @ Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Fri 30  

Whether you're escaping to the 'burbs or traveling elsewhere, local and regional arts events should liven up your Labor Day Weekend.

Queer Asia, BearPad @ Strut Thu 29  

THU 29
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, Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes; Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space; 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.

Building the Building
@ SOMArts Cultural Center

SOMArts 40th anniversary exhibition with works by 16 artists; thru Sept. 3. 934 Brannan St.

Cityscape @ Creativity Explored
New exhibit of urban-themed works by artists with disabilities. Thru Sept 5. 3245 16th St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Aug 29: Bullitt (7pm) and Dirty Harry (9:10). Aug 30: Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home (7pm) and Time After Time (5pm, 9:10). Aug 31: California Independent Film Festival. Sept 1 & 2: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (3:30, 6pm, 8:30). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Events @ Manny's
Aug 29: Book Talk: How Assad Destroyed Syria (6:30pm). Sept 4: CNN Climate Crisis town hall viewing (4pm). Free/$10 and up (donations). 3092 16th St.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Enjoy cocktails and readings with writers and poets Skye Allen, Erika Atkinson, Lisa Galloway, Minyoung Lee, and Gary Pei, with host 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.

Month of Momentum @ Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Daily protests, performances and actions protesting ICE's cruel and abusive internment of refugees and their children; daily through August. 630 Sansome St.

Queer Asia, BearPad @ Strut
Queer Asia: Identity [re]defined, a group exhibit of Bay Area queer Asian artists' works. Also, Woof/Grrr, X/O, BearPad's exhibit of illustrated colorful gay erotica. Thru August. 470 Castro St.

Queer Voices @ American Bookbinders Museum
Paperbacks and Periodicals Forging Community, an exhibit of pulp fiction and early paperback books; thru Aug. 31. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. 355 Clementina St.

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland
The former Beatles drummer performs classic and recent songs, along his 30th anniversary tour. $85-$175. 8pm. 2025 Broadway, Oakland.

San Geronimo @ The Chapel
The band performs Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album. $20. 8pm. 777 Valencia St.

The San Quentin Project @ BAM/PFA
Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison follows the evolution of artist Nigel Poor's (b. 1963) social art practice and her collaboration with the men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County; thru Nov. 17. Also, Strange, a Surrealist-inspired group exhibit of works by Goya, Magritte, Cindy Sherman, Jack Smith, and many others, thru Jan 5, 2020. 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

Sandcatchers, Charming Hostess @ Red Poppy Art House
The NYC Middle Eastern quartet and the Bay Area folk-Americana bands performs at the intimate community art space. $20-$25. 7:30pm-10pm. 2698 Folsom St.

Star Trek Live! @ Oasis
The hilarious drag king/queen parody performance of a classic episode of the scifi TV series teleports back to SoMa, starring Leigh Crow (Capt. Kirk) and a crew of queens and kings. $27.50-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm. Thru Sept 21. 298 11th St.

Theater Unplugged @ ODC Theater
Resident Artist Larry Arrington presents a work-in-progress performance of an "astrological folk dance," No Quarter. $15-$20. 8pm. 3153 17th St.

Wicked @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway San Jose presents the touring company of Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz's mega-hit musical about Oz's rival witches, based on the Gregory Maguire novel. $62-$112. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm; thru Sept. 8. 255 South Almaden Blvd., San Jose. (online and in-person $25 lottery tickets available)

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse Fri 30 photo: Jessica Palopoli  

FRI 30
The 39 Steps @ Mountain View
Center for the Performing Arts

Patrick Barlow's theatrical spoof of the John Buchan book and Alfred Hitchcock film about devious British and Scottish spies gets a local production. $30-$100. Tue-Sat thru Sept 15. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Anything Goes
@ Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City

The 1987 fun nautical take on 1930s musicals gets a South Bay production. $37-$60. Thru Sept 15. 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.

The Bird and the Bee, Alex Lilly, Samantha Sidley @ Rickshaw Stop
Three stylish pop/jazz bands perform. $20. 9pm. 155 Fell St.

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; then Sept 13-Oct 26. 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.

Circus Vargas @ Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
The cute family-friendly animal-friendly circus of acrobats, clowns and trapeze artists returns for its fall tour. $15-$72. Thru Sept 8, 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, then in San Jose and Sacramento.

Exit Strategy @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Performances of Ike Holter's play about teachers and students who fight the demolition of a beloved school building. $40-$70. Thru Sept. 29. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

A History of World War II @ The Marsh Berkeley
Theatre Rhinoceros' Artistic Director/playwright John Fisher's solo show about WWI stories, including a bungle plot to assassinate Hitler. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. Thru Sept. 7. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Lino Tagliapietra @ Montague Gallery
Radiance, the acclaimed glass sculptor's exhibit of beautiful new works. Thru Sept 28. 445A Sutter St.

Little Shop of Horrors @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma
The beloved Alan Menken/Howard Ashman musical adaptation of the classic Roger Corman B-movie, about an alien carnivorous plant, gets a regional production. $30-$45. Thru Sept 22. 3333 Petaluma Blvd.

Lumerians @ The Chapel
The spooky Oakland space rock/psychedelic band performs; Carlton Melton and Death Cheetah open. $18. 9pm. 777 Valencia 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 Yoga @ Love Story Yoga
All-level weekly classes in an LGBT space. $11. 6:30pm-7:30pm. 473 Valencia St. at 16th.

Titus Andronicus @ La Val's Subterranean Theater, Berkeley
Shakespeare's violent bloody tragedy gets an intimate local production. $15-$25. Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm thru Sept 29. 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre Sat 31  

SAT 31
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.

Country, Americana Bands @ Fireside Lounge, Alameda
Beckylin & Her Druthers, Lucy & the Long Haul and The Secret Emchy Society perform at the east Bay nightclub. $5. 9pm. 1453 Webster St., Alameda.

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

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.

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

The Flick @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players performs Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 drama/comedy about three people working in a cinema. $7-$40. Thru Sept 22. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

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.

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.

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell @ Oakland Museum
Historic photos of the Transcontinental Railroad's western expansion; thru September 2. Also, Mildred Howard's TAP: Investigation of Memory, a multimedia installation with themes of identity, church culture, gentrification, dance, and activism. Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, and other exhibits. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Roan at the Gates @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works' production of Christina Gorman's political thriller (adapted from her novel) about an NSA analyst's secret life, and his wife's possible betrayal. $22-$38, extended thru Aug 25. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

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.

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.

Three Solo Exhibitions @ Mercury 20, Oakland
Nick Dong's Mendsmith Project, Chris Komater's homoerotic Jack & Mack, and Ruth Tabancay's Geometricity 3.0. Reg. hours Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Sept 7. 475 25th St., Oakland.

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.

Veronica Klaus @ Martuni's
The award-winning cabaret jazz singer returns to town (see her interview in last week's edition), with the Tammy Hall Trio, at the intimate martini bar's lounge. $40. 4pm & 7pm. Also Sept. 1. 4 Valencia St.

Walk in Beauty @ Marin Center
Group art exhibit of local landscapes and wildlife paintings; thru Oct. 10. Also, Tricia George wildlife paintings (thru Oct. 10). 10 Ave. of the Flags, san rafael.

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.

Zine Fest @ County Fair Bldg. Sun 1  

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline
@ Oakland Museum

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.

Early Rubens @ Legion of Honor
Exhibit of epic massive paintings of biblical and mythical subjects by Peter Paul Rubens; Thru Sept. 8. Also, Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism, and the Book (thru Nov 10), and other beautiful exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

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.

Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin @ de Young Museum
First museum retrospective of the renowned California tattoo artist (thru Oct. 6). Also, Ana Prvac Ki: Detour (thru Sept 29), Specters of Disruption (thru Nov 10) and exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$28. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.

Good Omens Meetup @ Bindery
Cosplay and cocktails reception with raffles, auction, swag bag and more, for fans of the Neil Gaiman book and TV series adaptation. $20-$30. 4:30pm. 1727 Haight 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.

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.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley
The acclaimed solo performer's show about dealing with racism in show business returns for an extended run. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm. Thru Sept. 1. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

The Teen Age @ Cartoon Museum
Summer exhibition, The Teen Age: Youth Culture in Comics. Also, Surfside Girls, original work from book illustrator Kim Dwinell; other ongoing exhibits. Free-$10. 11am-5pm, except Wed. 781 Beach St.

Various Exhibit @ Asian Art Museum
Contemporary works by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; and exhibits of historic sculptures, prints and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Zine Fest @ County Fair Bldg.
18th annual showcase and sale of unique handmade and produced zines. 11am-5pm. 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park.

Breena Nunez' art at We Are More @ California Humanities, Oakland Mon 2  

Chosen Familias @ GLBT History Museum

Exhibits Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories, and The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer. 4127 18th St.

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library
Exhibit of ephemera and memorabilia about Stonewall rebellion commemorations in Germany and worldwide; film series Thursdays in August; additional exhibit also at Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th; both thru Sept 26. 100 Larkin St.

Various Exhibits @ Treasure Island Museum
Collections of historic Golden Gate Exposition photos and memorabilia, military ephemera and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

We Are More @ California Humanities, Oakland
Exhibit of art by four queer comic artists; Ajuan Mance, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar. Thru Sept. 538 9th St. Suite 210. Oakland.

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.

Summertime @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery Tue 3 photo: Gordon Parks 'Untitled,' Alabama, 1956  

Off the Wall @ Mission Cultural Center

Exhibit and sale of historic Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio's decades of posters and prints; main Gallery, thru Sept. 20. 2868 Mission St.

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.

Summertime @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Group exhibit of summer-themed photos and paintings. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat til 5pm, thru Aug. 30. 464 Sutter 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

Chuck Forester @ SF Main Library Wed 4  

Africa State of Mind @ MOAD

Traveling exhibit curated by Ekow Eshun includes 16 artists' works focusing on the idea of 'Africanness.' Also, The Sacred Star of Isis and Other Stories, photos by Adama Delphine Fawundo. Free/$10. Both thru Nov. 15. 685 Mission St.

Cabaret Karaoke
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Dick Bright MCs the new weekly karaoke night at the elegant nightclub. $12-$15. ($20 food/drink min.). thru Sept. 25. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Chris Isaak @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
The San Franciscan rockabilly star performs with his band. $60-$80. 7:30pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Chuck Forester @ SF Main Library
The author of gay memoirs and novels reads from and discusses his new book, Eat, Sleep, Love. 6pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Interior/Exterior @ Museum of Craft & Design
Group exhibit of works curated by Ariel Zaccheo; also, Dead Nuts: a search for the ultimate machined object, curated by David Cole; both thru Dec. 1. Cocktails and artis chats, plus hands-on workshops (Aug 15, 6pm-9pm). 2569 3rd St.

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.

Readings @ City Lights Bookstore
Sept 4, 7pm: Mark Araz (The Dreampt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California) in conversation with Kit Rachlis. Sept 5, 7pm: Daniel Handler on his new novel, Bottle Grove. 261 Columbus Ave.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez
@ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland

Exhibit of the artist's portraits of Puerto Rican Resilience. 1951 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Richard Caldwell Brewer @ Lost Art Salon
Exhibit of works by the late gay artist (1923-2014). Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave., #303.

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Hall
Opening night gala includes a concert of works by Copland, Getty, Glinka, Britten and Beethoven. $289 and up. Formal pre-concert dinner $500 and up. Sept 5: concert of works by Saint-Seans and Ravel $12 and up. 201 Van Ness Ave.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence Thu 5 photo: Dorothea-Lange-Turlock-California-May-2-1942.-National-Archives  

Annabeth Rosen
@ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, an exhibit of works by the Californian sculptor; thru Jan 19. Other exhibits, too. Free/$17. 736 Mission St.

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar, including Beautiful by Night: Photographs from Aunt Charlie's Lounge by James Hosking. Sept 5: reception for the new exhibit, Hot Boxx Girls, photos by Darwin Bell, 6pm-9pm. Exhibit thru Dec 1. 398 Eddy 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.

King Crimson @ The Fox Oakland
The iconic progressive rock band performs, with most of the original members. $65-$150. 8pm. Also Sept. 6. 1805 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

SF Fringe Festival @ Exit Theatre
28th annual festival of short, funny and dramatic performances. Thru Sept 14. 156 Eddy St.

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. Talks and events thru the exhibit's run. 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.

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