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Arts Events Nov. 28- Dec 5, 2019

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Groundhog Day the Musical @ Fri 29
Groundhog Day the Musical @ Fri 29  

Holiday greetings; savor the season's refined arts events and outdoor artistic opportunities.

THU 28
Andy Goldsworthy @ Presidio

Enjoy a fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibit and three-mile walking tour. Free, extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

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

Andy Goldsworthys outdoor sculptures @ Presidio Thu 28  

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.

Harry Poofter and the Sorcerer's Rhinestone @ Oasis
Premier of the drag parody of the J.K. Rowling fantasy books. $27-$50. 7pm. Thru Nov. 30. 298 11th 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.

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.

The Golden Girls Live @ Victoria Theatre Fri 29  

FRI 29
A Christmas Carol @ Geary Theater

American Conservatory Theater's annual lavish production of the Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh's acclaimed stage adaptation of the the Charles Dickins holiday story. $10-$150. Thru Dec 24. 415 Geary St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Nov 29-Dec 1: The Sound of Music sing-along. Dec 2: The Aeronauts premiere (7:30). Dec 4-6: Pain and Glory. $8-$16. 429 Castro 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.

The Christmas Ballet @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Smuin Contemporary Ballet's annual touring production of the updated take on holiday ballets. $25-$97. Nov 29-Dec 1 in Mountain View (500 Castro St.) and Dec 12-23 at YBCA Theater, 700 Howard St., SF.

The Golden Girls Live @ Victoria Theatre
They're back! Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin and Holotta Tymes play the four women retirees, in live drag versions of the hit TV show. $30-$60. Thru Dec 22. 2961 16th 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.

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.

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.

The Tale of Despereaux @ Berkeley Rep Sat 30  

SAT 30
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 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.

Crystal Fair @ County Fair Bldg.
Pacific Crystal Guild's showcase of minerals, beautiful jewelry, gems,, gifts, entertainment, aura readers and more. 10am-6pm. Sun 10am-4pm, thru Dec. 1. 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park.

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.

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater Sat 30 photo: Matthew Murphy  

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.

@ 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.

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.

Light in the Grove @ National AIDS Memorial
Tenth annual gala fundraiser, with a sit-down dinner, drinks, performances, honors, remembrances, all in a tent in the beautiful Grove. $250 and up. 6pm-9:30pm. Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green Drive.

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.

Remarkable WWII Rosie @ Jewett Gallery, SF Main Library
Painter Carol Witten's exhibit of portraits of women factory workers during World War II; 3pm. 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.

Sasha Velour @ Palace of Fine Arts
The drag sensation performs a solo show of drag, visual art and magic. $35-$150. 8pm. 3601 Lyon St.

Strange @ BAM/PFA
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.

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 musical retelling of the beloved, Newberry 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.

Tom Petty Toy Drive @ Ivy Room, Albany
Heavy Petting, the cover band, plus Matt Jaffe and friends, perform; bring unwrapped toys to donate. No cover. 8pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

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 Soleil's Amalúna @ Oracle Park Sun 1  

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
@ Yountville Community Hall, Napa

LGBT Connection and Town of Yountville present a memorial with viewing, reading of names, and sharing local stories. 1pm-4pm. 6516 Washington St., Napa.

Another Hole in the Head
Film Festival @ New People Cinema

16th annual horror, scifi and fantasy film fest includes some notable LGBT titles. Thru Dec 15.

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).

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.

Events @ Manny's
Dec 1: Fathers, a World AIDS Day film screening, 6:30pm. Dec 3: Giving Tuesday and Valerie Jarrett, Pres. Obama advisor (6:30pm). Dec 4: Fighting, Healing and Building: Civil Rights and Criminal Justice, 5pm. 3092 16th 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. Also, Andy Goldsworthy's fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibit three-mile walking tour. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

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.

Remembering Steve Abbot and Karl Tierney @ SF Main Library
Editor Jim Cory reads from the new book about the deceased gay poet; Jamie Townsend, editor of Beautiful Aliens, reads poems by the late SF poet Steve Abbott, as well as Steve's daughter Alysia Abbott. 3:30pm. 100 Larkin St.

Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas @ Yoshi's Oakland
Enjoy soulful holiday songs with Brown and guest stars Marion Meadows and Bobby Caldwell. $84. 7pm & 9pm. Dec 2, 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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.

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.

SF Gay Men' Chorus @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
The Chorus revs up their holiday concerts with a n east bay show. $20-$40. 7pm. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. (Also, Dec 6 & 7 at the Sydney Goldstein Theatre, SF; Green Music Center Dec 15, and Castro Theatre, Dec 24).

Showstoppers @ Oasis
An Evening with Garland and Minnelli, Logan Walker's multimedia music tribute to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, returns. $20-$30. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Smack Dab @ Manny's
World AIDS Day open mic for sharing readings and thoughts, remembrances; five-minute limit. 5pm. 3092 16th 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
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.

World AIDS Day @ National AIDS Memorial
Observance, music performances, and speeches, with light lunch; free. 12pm-1:30pm. Bowling green at Nancy Pelosi Drive, Golden Gate Park.

James Tissot @ Legion of Honor Tue 3  

David King Tribute
@ McCroskey Mattress Co.

Green Arcade Books presents a tribute to the late artist's work and new book, Stencils. 1687 Market St.

Events @ Alley Cat Books
Dec 2: The Racket's Holiday literary night. 7pm. Dec 4: Bloodflower and Friends, 7pm. 3036 24th St. 3036 24th St.

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.

The Skivvies @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The underwear-clad Broadway musical actor duo (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) performs, with guest-stars Nick Adams and Lauren Zakrin. $65-$80 ($20 food/drink min.). 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Snoop Dogg @ the Fillmore
The witty hiphop daddy performs with Warren G., Berner and RJMrLA. $75. 8pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

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.

World Tree of Hope Decorating @ Grace Cathedral
Volunteers welcome to decorate the 14th annual Rainbow World Fund's annual tree with 1000s of origami cranes, a symbol of global unity; thru Dec. 8. 1100 California St.

Abby Chave Stein @ CIIS

Author of the memoir Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman discusses her memoir. California Institute of Integral studies, $10-$15, 7pm, 1453 Mission St. Also Dec 4, 7pm, at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis 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.

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

James Tissot @ Legion of Honor
James Tissot: Fashion & Faith (thru Feb 9); other beautiful exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

State of the Movement @ SF Main Library
National and international leaders of the LGBTQ movement for a discussion on where our movement is headed as we approach the 2020 election. Koret Auditorium, lower level. 6pm. 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

A John Waters Christmas @ Great American Music Hall Wed 4  

Black is Beautiful: The Photography
of Kwame Brathwaite

Exhibit of prints by the Harlem Renaissance photographer of the 1950s and '60s. thru Mar. 1. $5-$10. 685 Mission St.

Brentano String Quartet @ Herbst Theatre
The five-time Grammy-winning ensemble performs works by Mozart, Respighi, and Schoenberg with soprano Dawn Upshaw. $45-$70. 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

The California Honeydrops
@ The Independent

Two-night gig with the popular local folk-pop band. $35. 8pm. Also Dec 5. 628 Divisadero.

A John Waters Christmas @ Great American Music Hall
The 'Pope of Trash' filmmaker and author returns with his comic one-man show. $55-$120. 8pm. 859 o'Farrell St.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Dec 4: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, cofounders of World of Wonder (RuPaul's Drag Race) and producers of the new film Stonewall: Outloud. Free. 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

Modern Art Exhibits @ SF MOMA
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.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
British cellist performs works by Beethoven, Barber and Rachmaninoff with his sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. $42-$68. 8pm. Bencroft Way at Dana, UC Berkeley campus.

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.

Annabeth Rosen @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Thu 5  

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 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.

Drag Queens on Ice @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink
Enjoy a new annual tradition; Paja Munro and other drag queens performing on ice; Mutha Chucka, Paju Munro, Kylie-Pop, BeBe Sweetbriar, Dusty Porn, Kylie Minono, Mahlae Balenciaga, Khmera Rouge, and Tara Lipsyncki. Special guests Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Queen Dilly. 8pm-10pm. Free/$20-$25 for skating session with the queens. Union Square, 333 Post St.

The Jewelry Box @ The Marsh
Brian Copeland's Christmas-themed solo show, about buying a gift for his mother, returns. $20-$100. Thru Dec 14. 1062 Valencia 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.

A Noh Christmas Carol @ Theatre of Yugen
Third annual performances of a Noh adaptation of the Dickens holiday story. $15-$45. Thru Dec 30. 2840 Mariposa St.

Scott Wells and Dancers @ Dance Mission Theatre
New and repertory works by Wells, Megan Lowe and Brenton Cheng. $20-$25. Dec 5-8. 8pm. 3316 24th St.

Scrooge in Love @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of Grossman, Blair & Pool's musical free adaptation of the Dickens' story, starring Jason Graae. $31-$72. 215 Jackson St. Thru Dec. 22.

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