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Arts Events Nov. 21-28, 2019

by Events Editor

Winter Park @ Civic Center Thu 28
Winter Park @ Civic Center Thu 28  

Stuff yourself full of arts events; they burn calories while growing imagination, hope and desire.

Atomic Clown @ Potrero Stage
Sara Moore's new autobiographical comedy show. $26-$42. Nov 21-23, 8pm. 1695 18th St.

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar, including High Fantasy by Raphael Villet. 398 Eddy 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.

Terry Baum @ Exit Theatre Thu 21  

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Nov 21: The Ox-Bow Incident (6:40) and My Cousin Vinny (8pm). 22: ski movie Timeless (7:30). 23: The Godfather (2pm, 7:30) and A Wedding (5:10). 24-27: Renée Zellweger in Judy (3:30, 6pm, 8:30). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel's monthly reading and music night, in the intimate lounge of the popular martini bar; this month with Jay Hartlove, Kar Johnson, Justin Lucas, Tomas Moniz, and Ari Moskowitz. 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.

No Regrets:
A Celebration of Marlon Riggs


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.

SFCM Opera @ SF Conservatory of Music
Performances of Mozart's The Impresario and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Free/RSVP. 7:30pm. Also Nov 22. 50 Oak St.

Steve Grand @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The hunky gay singer-composer performs his songs and a few covers. $55-$90 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Terry Baum @ Exit Theatre
Book launch party for the playwright/performer's new book, One Dyke's Theater. 8:30pm. 156 Eddy St.

Through the Windows @ GLBT History Museum
Documenting Twin Peaks Tavern, a film screening and panel discussion with director Petey Barma and producer Bret Parker. $5, 7pm. Also, Performance, Protest & Politics: Gilbert Baker's Art , a new exhibit of the works and ephemera by and about the creator of the Rainbow Flag. $4127 18th St.

Wreaths by Bryan Mosé @ Deli Board
Opening night party for the multi-media artist's sale and exhibit of festive ornament-made holiday wreaths. 6pm-8pm. 1058 Folsom St.

The Cake @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 22 photo: Lois Tema  

Academy of Friends Happy Hour
@ The Academy

The Oscar party nonprofit hosts a happy hour kickoff to advance donor contributions for the annual gala event; proceeds benefit the LGBT Asylum Project. $20. 6pm. 2166 Market St.

Brittany Howard @ The Fillmore
The stellar vocalist performs; Georgia Anne Muldrow. $49. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

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.

Came Here To Live @ CounterPulse
Resilience and Resistance in the Containment Zone, ABD Productions and Skywatchers Ensemble's performance work performed by Tenderloin residents. $18-$35. Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. 80 Turk St.

The Christmas Ballet @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Smuin Contemporary Ballet's annual touring production of the updated take on holiday ballets. $25-$89. 7:30pm. Also Nov 23, 2pm & 7:30pm. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Also Nov 29-Dec 1 in Mountain View, and Dec 12-23 at YBCA Theater, SF.

Cinematic Orchestra @ The Regency
The electro-jazz band performs; Photay, PBDY, Patrick Watson open. 8pm. $35-$40. 1300 Van Ness Ave.

Gay Chorus Deep South @ Roxie Theatre
The inspiring documentary about the SF Gay Men's Chorus' Southern U.S. tour. Nov 22-27 various times. 3117 16th St.

Ghost Light @ The Independent
The fascinating 'new prog. rock' band performs; Andrew St. James opens. $20. 9pm. 628 Divisadero.

Gypsy @ Alcazar Theatre Fri 22  

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.

Hip Hop DanceFest @ Palace of Fine Arts
Annual festival of performances by companies from U.S. and international cities. $20-$55. Fri-Sun 2 programs, 8pm & 2pm. 3301 Lyon St.

Lesli Margherita
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway star (Marilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro) performs her sassy music cabaret show, Rule. $45-$70 ($20 food/drink min.) Also Nov. 23. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Mandy Patinkin @ Sydney Goldstein Theater
The Broadway singer-actor performs in Concert: Diaries with piano accompaniment. $50-$175 (VIP tickets include priority seating and CDs. 8pm. 275 Hayes St. presented by Feinstein's at the Nikko.

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater Sat 23 photo: Matthew Murphy  

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.

Aquabats @ The Regency
The festive fun band performs, with special guests PPL MVR and Jacob Turnbloom. $25-$30. 8pm. 1300 Van Ness Ave.

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. $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.

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.

John Sanborn: In Translation @ Telematic
The veteran media/video art director-producer has his first solo show in San Francisco. 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.

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.

Remarkable WWII Rosie @ Jewett Gallery, SF Main Library
Opening reception with painter Carol Witten, who discusses her exhibit of portraits of women factory workers during World War II; 3pm. Exhibit thru Jan. 26. 100 Larkin St, lower level.

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.

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 @ Point Reyes
Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a 9-mile hike at Point Reyes. We will hike up the Laguna Trail, connect with the wooded Sky Trail on the ridge, and descend via the Fire Lane Trail with expansive views of the Pacific. We'll have a long lunch at Limantour Beach, and then we'll return via the Coastal Trail. Bring: water, lunch, layers, hat, sunscreen. Carpool meets 9:00 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores.

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.

The Tale of Despereaux @ Berkeley Rep
Pigpen Theatre Co.'s inventive and imaginative muscial retelling of the beloved, Newbery Medal-winning modern fable. $35-$85. 7pm & 2pm thru Jan. 5. 2015 Addison Ave., Berkeley.

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.

West Coast Craft Fair @ Fort Mason Center
Annual exhibition of 100s of crafts, designers of handmade clothes, jewelry, ceramics and more. Also Nov 24.

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.

Cirque du Soleils Amalúna @ Oracle Park Sun 24  

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).

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. Also, Andy Goldsworthy's fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibit three-mile walking tour. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga 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.

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.

Linda Ronstadt Tribute @ Oasis
Tracks of My Tears, a tribute concert with the talents of Leigh Crow, Ruby Vixen, Marilyn Fowler, Jill Rogers, Heklina, Peter Fogel's All Star Band and more. $20. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Mister Wives @ The Independent
The genre-blending high-energy pop band performs; Foreign Air opens. $29-$100 (VIP). 8pm. Also Nov 25. 628 Divisadero.

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 25  

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 26  

Aeronauts Journey @ Treasure Island
Promotional event for the new film, with a sprawling Victorian fair, period performers and bites, and a replica of the "Mammoth" balloon (as featured in the film). A VIP screening of the film will begin at noon. 699 Ave. of the Palms.

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.

Natasha Dennerstein, Hilary Brown @ Wolfman Books, Oakland
The two writers read from their works at #We, the queer literary series hosted by Richard Loranger. 7pm. 410 13th St., Oakland.

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 27  

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.

Groundhog Day the Musical
@ SF Playhouse

Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin's musical adaptation of the surreal-comic Bill Murray film about a weatherman who gets stuck repeating the same day. $35-$125. Thru Jan 18. 450 Post 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winter Park @ Civic Center
Enjoy holiday festivities, ice skating, and concessions; open Thanksgiving; 12pm-9pm thru Jan 5. $13-$18. Civic Center, Grove St. at Polk.

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