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Arts Events Oct. 24-31, 2019

by Events Editor

AXIS Dance @ Z Space Fri 25 photo: David Da Silva
AXIS Dance @ Z Space Fri 25 photo: David Da Silva  

Seasons of change, museums and literary haunts, plus some spooky Halloween-themed events, make up our arts calendar.

THU 24
Adam Rippon @ Booksmith

The gay former Olympic figure skater reads from and discusses his witty memoir, Pretty on the Outside. $28 includes a book. 7pm. 1644 Haight St.

Agnostic Front @ Rickshaw Stop
The godfathers of hardcore punk perform. Pring and Urban Sprawl open. $20. 8pm. 155 Fell 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, Hot Boxx Girls, photos by Darwin Bell, and There Will Always Be Roses in San Francisco, by Marissa Letiman. Exhibit thru Dec 1. 398 Eddy St.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live @ Oasis
D'Arcy Drollinger presents Michael Phillis and a talented crew of drag queens/kings who perform a wacky version of a script from the hit TV vampire show. $27-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm. Thru Nov 9. 298 11th St.

Cabargay @ National LGBTQ Center for the Arts
The SF Gay Men's Chorus performs and new cabaret show with classic broadway, pop and American songbook hits; comp. beer, wine and soft drinks. $40-$50. 7:30pm. 21+. 170 Valencia St.

Cells to Self @ Exploratorium
New exhibit with amazing displays showing how single cells in the human body work, portraits engineered from DNA and more (talks, hands-on workshops and nightlife events). $20-$30. Pier 15 at Embarcadero.

Chris Baron, Blake Morgan @ Neck of the Woods
The front man for Spin Doctors and the passionate singer-songwriter stop through on their mini-tour. $12-$15. 9pm. 406 Clement St.

The Chinese Lady @ Magic Theatre
Bay Area premiere of Lloyd Suh's play inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to arrive on American soil. $15-$75. Tue 7pm, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2:30pm thru Nov. 3. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Oct 24 & 25: Reel Rock (7pm). Oct 26: Marc Almond, Hercules & Love Affair and others in a Sex Cells music night, 6:30-11pm. ($37-$275). Oct 27: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1:30, 6pm) and Carrie (the original. 4pm, 8:30). Oct 28: James Whale's Frankenstein (7:30) and Bride of Frankenstein (6pm, 8:55). Oct 29: Marriage Story (7pm). Oct. 30: Rosemary's Baby (7pm) and It's Alive! (9:30). Oct 31: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 original, 7pm) and The Thing From Another World (1951, 5:15, 8:30). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Dance Nation @ SF Playhouse
Clare Barron's dark comedy about competitive dancers in Florida, with teenagers played by adults. $35-$125. Thru Nov 9. 450 Post St.

Events @ Alley Cat Books
Oct 24: The Racket group reading with David H. Sanders (7pm). 26: Queerbound Open mic (6pm-9pm). 27: Slam Gun Violence (5:30pm). 28: Cindy Kolbe (7pm). 30: SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck & Friends (7pm). 31: Michael Roman print auctions and Halloween party (6:30pm-9pm). 3036 24th St. 3036 24th St.

Events @ Manny's
Oct 24: Environmental Voter Project (6pm), Impeachment updates (6:30pm). 25: Comedy night (8pm). 26: Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer and Jennie McNulty (7:30pm). 27: musician Morgan Jay (8pm). 28: Julia Roberts movie marathon (9am), Greening To-Go Ware (3pm), Abolishing Ice (6pm). 29: Small Business concerns (6pm), Book Talk: SF in 1978 (7:30). 30: Digital concerns (6pm) and Science & politics (7:30pm) 31: Flu vs. You (6pm). Free/$10 and up (donations). 3092 16th St.

Fragments + Resistance @ Creativity Explored
Dual exhibition of works by Joseph "JD" Green and John Iwaszewicz. Exhibit thru Nov. 7. 3245 16th St.

The Great Wave @ Berkeley Repertory
U.S. premiere of Francis Turnly's drama about Asian family members separated by an ocean. $30-$81. Thru Oct 27. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater
The acclaimed two-part musical based on the J.K. Rowling bestseller begins previews. $59-$300. Open-ended run. 445 Geary St.

Jade Bird, Flyte @ The Fillmore
Genre-bending singer-songwriter performs. $35. 8pm. 1805 Geary St.

Jesus Christ Superstar @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's classic rock musical about the last days of Jesus is performed by the 50th Anniversary touring company, with Aaron LaVigne and James Delisco Beeks. $43-$153. Thru Oct. 27. 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose.

Michael Nava @ SF Main Library
The award-winning prolific author (Henry Rios mystery series) reads from and discusses his new book, Carved in Bone. 6pm. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

No Regrets: A Celebration of Marlon Riggs @ BAM/PFA
Screenings of films by the late African American gay artist and UC Berkeley professor, including Tongues Untied and Black Is...Black Ain't. Thru Nov 25. Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Puppets & Poe @ Theatre of Yugen
Devised Defiance, a macabre theatre work inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. $20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Nov 3. 2840 Mariposa St.

Terror Vault @ SF Mint
Peaches Christ's annual horror-fun invasion of the historic building includes a full-scale spooky interactive tour. $62, various tour times. Thru Nov. 10. 88 5th St.

The Rocky Horror Show @ Victoria Theater Fri 25  

FRI 25
AXIS Dance @ Z Space

Intertwine, the company's new season with works by Arthur Pita, Robert Dekkers, and Jennifer Archibald. $20-$75. 8pm. Oct 26, 8pm. Oct. 27 2pm. 450 Florida St.

Caissie Levy @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Broadway and West End musical star (Frozen, Wicked, Hair) performs songs from her career, and a few surprises. $60-$95 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Also Oct 26, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

The Cake @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The Off-Broadway hit's about a Christian baker whose daughter wants a cake for her same-sex wedding. $34-$49. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm thru Dec. 1. 25 Van Ness ave.

Death and the Artist @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Mercedes Rein & Jorge Curi's musical folktale farce about life, death, and art. $25-$40. Thru Nov. 3. 2686 Mission St.

Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man @ Joe Goode Annex
Fools Fury production of Kate Tarker's modern take on the story of Oedipus from the perspective of the family of shepherds who raised him. $24-$50. Thru Oct. 20. 401 Alabama St.

Fleetwood Macramé @ Great American Music Hall
The acclaimed Fleetwood Mac cover band performs; FeatherWitch opens. $15-$40. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

Living the Shuffle @ The Marsh Berkeley
Film director and actor Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) performs his solo show about the ups and down of the movie business. $25-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm; thru Nov 8. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Mike Henderson @ SFAI
Honest to Goodness, an exhibit of vibrant colorful paintings by the local artist and musician. Thru Nov. 800 Chestnut St.

Ofrenda @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Annual Day of the Dead exhibit of reverential artworks. Day of the Dead celebration Nov. 2, 6pm-11pm. Exhibit thru Nov 16, closing Mole Contest 6pm-9pm. 2868 Mission 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.

The Rocky Horror Show @ San Jose Stage Company
Richard O'Brien's cult classic musical gets a South Bay production, with Keith Pinto as Frank N. Furter. $32-$60. Thru Nov 3. 490 South First St., San Jose.

The Rocky Horror Show @ Victoria Theatre
Ray of Light Theatre's final production of Richard O'Brien's cult classic rock-horror-transvestite aliens musical stars D'Arcy Drollinger as Frank N. Furter. $30-$40. Thru Nov. 2. 2961 16th St.

Scary Movies @ New Parkway Theatre, Oakland
The indy theatre programs a month of scary horror scifi movies for the season (Carrie, The Exorcist, Beetlejuice, The Thing, Nosferatu with live music, and many more), thru Oct. 31. 474 24th St.

Serge Gay Jr. @ Voss Gallery
P.S., I Love You, the artist's colorful pop exhibit of Palm Springs-set paintings. Thru Nov 2. 3344 24th St.

Solidarity, Struggle, Victory @ Southern Exposure
Group exhibit of works, by Sadie Barnette, Demian DinéYazhi´, Patrick Martinez, Dylan Miner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dignidad Rebelde and Jerome Reyes, that commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the country's first ever College of Ethnic Studies, established at San Francisco State College in 1969, ushering in a national movement for the transformation of higher education. Thru Nov 9. 3030 20th St.

Tenacious D @ Masonic Hall
Jack Black and Kyle Gass' whimsical yet totally rocking band performs; Winchester opens. $60 and up. 7pm. 1111 California St.

Women's Spiral Dance @ Orinda Masonic Temple
Daughters of the Goddess Womyn's Temple welcomes womyn and girls of all ages, multi-cultural and intergenerational ritual, led by Kahuna Leilani, and accompanied by spiritual elders of different traditions. $23-$29. 6:30pm-10:30pm. 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda.

The Daughters @ Creativity Theater Sat 26  

SAT 26
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.

The B-52s, The English Beat
@ Oxbow River Stage, Napa

The two classic bands perform at the spacious outdoor ampitheatre. $55-$125. 7:30pm. 1268 McKinstry St., Napa.

The Batman Armory @ Cartoon Art Museum
Artwork, Batman props and costumes on display, thru Feb. 16. Pre-Code Horror: Scary Stories and Ghastly Graphics from EC Comics, thru March 1. Free/$10. 11am-5pm daily; closed Wed. 781 Beach St.

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. Online lottery announced for tix to New Year's Eve closing shows! $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.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson @ Custom Made Theatre
Alex Timbers & Michael Friedman's darkly comic rock muscial about our violent seventh president. $30-$55. Thru Oct. 27. 533 Sutter St.

The Continuous Thread @ SFAC Main Gallery
Celebrating Our Interwoven Histories, Identities and Contributions, an exhibit of photos of indigenous Americans, coordinated with projections on the former Pioneer Monument statue in Civic Center. Thru Dec 14. 401 Van Ness Ave.

The Daughters @ Creativity Theater
World premiere of Patricia Cotter's drama about the origins of the lesbian group The Daughters of Bilitis. $30-$40. Wed-Sat thru Nov 2. 221 4th St.

Dancing Earth @ Dance Mission Theater
Between Underground and Skyworld, Rulan Tangen's spiritual culturally diverse concert of dance and music focusing on indigenous cultures. $20. 8pm. Oct 27, 6pm. 3316 24th 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.

From the Tower: Collecting Queer Histories @ SF Art Institute
Exhibit of 150 years' worth of history accumulated in SFAI's institutional archives as part of an ongoing effort to record and shed light on stories from its LGBTQ community. Thru Nov. 3. Main campus, Fort Mason campus, 2 Marina Blvd.

Jose Villalobos @ Strut
Exhibit of the artist's work, Entre Las Fibras Culturales (Between Cultural Fibres). Thru Oct. 470 Castro st.

Kim Petras @ Fox Theater, Oakland
The pop singer performs at the cool theater. $39. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

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.

Marc Almond, Hercules & Love Affair @ Castro Theatre
The Soft Cell frontman performs classic hits, with TR/ST, DJ sets by Hercules, Matthew Pernicano, Danny Lethal. $37-$275. 6:30pm-11:30pm. 429 Castro St.

Modern Art Exhibits @ SF MOMA
The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait; also, Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes; Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space; other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd 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.

Queering Familias @ GLBT History Museum
Exhibits Queering Familias: Building Latinx Resilience & Hope and The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer (both thru Oct 20). 4127 18th 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, Cidny Sherman, Jack Smith, and many others, thru Jan 5, 2020. 2155Center St. Berkeley.

SF Hiking Club @ Mount Tamalpais
Join GLBT hikers for a 7-mile hike at Mt Tam; hike in deep forest and also emerge to have stunning views of the Pacific for a couple of miles. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, layers. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, at 9:00am.

SF Open Studios @ Multiple Galleries
ArtSpan's annual citywide showcase of 100s of artists, in their studios, at galleries and special venues. 11am-6pm; free. Weekend showings thru Nov. 3.

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.

Unhinged @ Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
Spooky fun exhibits and interactive shows at the mysterious mansion, with up-close amazing special effects, Halloween parties, gourmet dinners, and daytime kid-friendly outdoor fun. $20-54. Various times thru Nov. 2. 525 S Winchester Blvd., San Jose.

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.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Oakland Museum Sun 27  

SUN 27
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.

Lizzo @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
The hip hop sensation performs two nights with Empress Of and DJ Sophia Eris. $50-$70. 8pm. Also Oct. 28.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Oakland Museum
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, thru Feb 16. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

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

Refugee Solidarity Party @ Victorian Mansion
Rainbow World Fun board member Karen Kai will lead a trip to the Mexican border to provide humanitarian supplies. Help raise funds for supplies at a cocktail party with food, hosted bar, and silent auction at a beautiful Victorian mansion. $25 and up. 4pm-7pm. 2004 Gough 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 @ de Young Museum
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.

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.

Changing and Unchanging Things @ Asian Art Museum Mon 28  

MON 28
Keith Secola @ Café Valor

Wounds Many, an exhibit of works focusing on the artist's Northern Ute heritage. Thru Dec. 13. 401 Van Ness Ave., lobby.

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.

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.

Chasten Buttegieg @ Oasis Tue 29  

TUE 29
Authors @ Dog Eared Books

Kathleen Knowles, Bud Gundy, Jim Provenzano and Kyle Smith read from their recently published works. 7pm. 489 Castro st.

Chasten Buttegieg @ Oasis
Husband of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg appears at a talk and fundraiser. $25-$500. 6pm-8pm. 298 11th St.

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.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers @ SF Main Library
Photographer Jordan Reznick's LGBT portrait photo exhibit. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin 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

James Tissot @ Legion of Honor Wed 30  

WED 30
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; also Rashaad Newsome's Stop Playing in My Face!, a Black queer multimedia installation. Free/$10. Both thru Nov. 15. 685 Mission St.

Changing and Unchanging Things
@ Asian Art Museum

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (thru Dec. 8). 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.

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. 2569 3rd St.

James Tissot @ Legion of Honor
James Tissot: Fashion & Faith (thru Feb 9); Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism, and the Book (thru Nov 10), other beautiful exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th 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.

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.

Annabeth Rosen @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Thu 31  

THU 31
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.

Astrozombie, Jean Genies @ The Chapel
Misfits and David Bowie tribute bands performs; also Rusty Chains (grunge tribute band). Rock, zombie, Bowie costumes appreciated, with a contest. $20. 8:30pm. 777 Valencia 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.

Driven @ Spark Arts Gallery
Boni Alvarez' new play about an actor who returns home to the Bay Area. $25-$30. Thu-Sa t8pm. Sun 3pm, thru Nov. 17. 4229 18th St.

Peter Combe @ K. Imperial Fine Art
Flawless, a solo exhibition of the Bay Area artist's fascinatingly detailed art that uses paint swatch collages. Thru Oct. 31. 49 Geary St., #440.

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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