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Arts Events Nov. 7-14, 2019

by Events Editor

Stomp @ Geary Theater Fri 8 photo Steve McNicholas
Stomp @ Geary Theater Fri 8 photo Steve McNicholas  

Turn over a new leaf as mid-autumn arts events make a harvest of entertainments.

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar, exhibit thru Dec 1. Nov. 7, 6pm-9pm, reception for High Fantasy by Raphael Villet. 398 Eddy St.

Blanket the Homeless @ The Independent
Benefit for the homeless nonprofit, with King Dream, Mickelson, members of Goodnight, TX & Ken Newman, and Shannon Koehler of the Stone Foxes. $15-$17. 8pm. 628 Divisadero.

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.

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.

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.

Driven @ Spark Arts Gallery
Boni Alvarez' new play about an actor who returns home to the Bay Area. $25-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm, thru Nov. 17. 4229 18th St.

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

Give Us the Word @ Alley Cat Books
Queer Rebels; People of Color reading and music night, with Mason J., Chibueze Crough, Blackberri, Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes and Carolyn Wysinger. 7:30pm. 3036 24th St.

Gypsy @ Alcazar Theatre Thu 7  

Gypsy @ Alcazar Theatre
The classic Styne, Sondheim, Laurents musical about the life of Gypsy Rose Lee and her vaudeville family gets a Bay Area Musicals local production. $30-$100. 8pm. Thru Dec. 8. 650 Geary St.

Hair to Stay the Diva Way
@ Herbst Theatre

Isabel Leonard headlines a benefit concert for cancer survivors, with performers Katya Smirnoff-Skky, Vanessa Bousay, Shawnette Sulker, cellist Evan Kahn, and more, with Juanita MORE! DJing the Green Room after-party. $25-$150 and up 6pm VIP reception, 8pm show. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Michelle Meow Show
@ Commonwealth Club

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

Reconsidering Randy Shilts @ GLBT History Museum
Panel discussion about the investigative journalism and books by the late writer, with The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts author Andrew E. Stoner. $5. 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St.

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.

Secret Emchy Society, Shawna Virago, Amy Blue @ El Rio
Three folk, America alt/country bands. No cover. 8pm-11pm. 3158 Mission St.

SF Dance Film Festival @ Lucasfilm Theater
Screenings of amazing dance films, including Queen + Bejart: Ballet for Life, a concert documentary of the ballet company's works set to the rock band's hits; $21-$75. 6pm. Festival thru Nov. 10. 1 Letterman Drive.

Stomp @ Geary Theater
The amazing percussive dance and drumming show, a world favorite for years, returns for a short SF run. $39-$125. Thru Nov. 10. 405 Geary 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 Cake @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 8 photo: Lois Tema  

Burning Man Block Party
@ Oakland Museum

Friday Night celebration with a Burner theme, with art cars, dancers, DJs marching bands and fire art performers. Dress up in your fave Playa gear. Free. 5pm-10pm; related to No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, an exhibit of amazing large artworks (thru Feb 16. Free/$15). Also late-night museum tours Nov. 14, 6pm-10pm ($12-$21).1000 Oak 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.

Cirque du Soleil @ Oracle Park
The amazing circus company brings Amalúna to the big tent. Pre-show festivities 6:30pm. Show 8pm. $54-$300. Wed-Mon most 8pm, +matinees. Thru Jan. 12. 24 Willie Mays Plaza (cross bridge to parking lot).

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Nov. 8: Raging Bull (7pm) and Mean Streets (9:25). Nov 9: South Asian Film festival features. Nov 10-16: Scorsese's new film, The Irishman (2:30, 7pm) $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Elevada @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players' production of Sheila Callaghan's fascinating dramedy about digital immortality, end of life and grabbing the moment. Thru Nov. 17. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Flea @ JCCSF Fri 8  

Flea @ JCCSF
The bass player for The Red Hot Chili Peppers discusses his life and memoir, Acid for the Children. $75-$95. 7pm. SF Jewish Community Center, 3200 Caliofrnia St.

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.

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. Exhibit thru Nov 16, with a closing night Molé 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.

Elevada @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley Fri 8  

Performance, Protest & Politics: Gilbert Baker's Art @ GLBT History Museum
New exhibit of the works and ephemera by and about the creator of the Rainbow Flag. $5. 4127 18th St.

Reading Events @ Green Arcade
Nov. 8: Poetry Center artists Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, and José Antonio Villarán read new works. Nov 11: Teaching Resistance Editor John Mink. Nov 13: Wherever There is a Fight contributors. All 7pm. 1680 Market St.

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

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.

Transfinite at SF Transgender Film Festival @ Roxie Theater Sat 9  

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 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 Comcis, 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.

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.

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.

John Sanborn: In Translation @ Telematic
The veteran media/video art director-producer has his first solo show in San Francisco. Opening reception 6pm-9pm. Wed-Sat 11am-4pm thru Dec. 14. 323 19th 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.

Lisa Loeb @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The grammy-winning singer-songwriter performs her new cabaret concert. $80-$100 ($20 food/drink min.). 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Testmatch @ Strand Theater Sat 9  

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.

Randall Bryett
@ Dance Palace, Point Reyes

Exhibit of the the artist's wildlife photography. Thru Nov. 30. Point Reyes Station.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
@ Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills

Bruce McLeod's new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's dark satirical classic about political corruption and fascism, reset in a seedy cabaret. $5-$20. Thru Nov. 28. Foothill College, 12345 South El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

San Francisco City Chorus @ Old First Presbyterian Church
The chorus performs Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, the 1747 oratorio with the Baroque Orchestra Including Strings from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. $20-$25. 7:30pm. 1751 Sacramento 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. 2155Center St. Berkeley.

SF Transgender Film Festival @ Roxie Theater
Four-day festival of short and feature films from 12 countries, by and about transgender people. $12-$25. 7pm opening night gala. Nov 8, 7:30pm. Nov 9, 7pm & 9pm. Nov 10, 4pm & 6pm. 3117 16th 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.

Testmatch @ Strand Theater
American Conservatory Theater's production of Kate Attwell's dual-story about women's cricket and British colonialism and power. $15-$110. Tue-Sat 7:30pm. Wed & Sat 2pm. Thru Dec. 8. 1127 Market St.

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.

Faith Prince & Jason Graae @ Orinda Theatre Sun 10  

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.

Faith Prince & Jason Graae @ Orinda Theatre
The two Broadway vocal talents perform together. $50-$75. 5pm. 2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda.

Lachanze @ Venetian Room
The Tony and Emmy-winning singer-actress (The Color Purple, Rent, Once on This Island) makes her Bay Area solo concert debut. $55-$65. 7:30pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason 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.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Oakland Museum
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, an exhibit of amazing large artworks; 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.

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.

Illuminate SF @ Citywide Mon 11  

Illuminate SF @ Citywide
40+ installations of light art sculptures in and outside buildings by more than 30 local artists. Free; walking tour info at

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.

Changing and Unchanging Things @ Asian Art Tue 12  

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.

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.

Kimberly Dark @ SF Public Library
Author of the lesbian-themed The Daddies reads from and dicsusses her new novel. 6pm.Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Melissa Etheridge @ Heritage Theatre, Campbell
Our fave pop-country singer performs $88-$175 to $350 (VIP packaages). 8pm. 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell.

Miss Saigon @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
New national tour of the Cameron Mackintosh hit musical set in wartime Vietnam. $43-$120. Thru Nov. 17. 150 West San Carlos St., San Jose.

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 13  

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.

@ 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.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square
The ice rink in the middle of downtown SF, is open for skating fun. Skate rentals $3-$18. 10am-11:30pm thru Jan. 20. Union Square, 333 Post St.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe @ Books Inc. Berkeley Thu 14  

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.

Beth Brant Tribute @ SF Public Library
Celebrating the life and legacy of the late Beth Brant on the occasion of the publication of A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant (Edited by Janice Gould); featured Readers: Qwo-Li Driskill, Lourdes Figueroa, Jennifer Foerster, Elena Gross, Thea Matthews, Kim Shuck and Lisa Tatonetti. 6pm. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin 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.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe @ Books Inc. Berkeley
The award-winning local author reads from and discusses her new Young Adult adventure novel, Running Wild. 7pm. 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley,

Modern Art Exhibits @ SF MOMA
Nov 14: Zackary Drucker and Susan Stryker discuss the photography exhibit of works by April Dawn Alison (7pm, floor 1). Soft Power, a new exhibit of 20 artists, 12 countries, 58 new works. 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.

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.

Who's Your Mami Comedy @ Brava Theatre Center
Karinda Dobbins headlines the monthly women-led comedy night, with Nato Green, Natasha Muse, Michael Foul, and Natasha Vinik. $10-$15. 8pm. 2773 24th St.

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