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Arts Events Dec. 26, 2019 — Jan. 2, 2020

by Events Editor

Sing-along The Sound of Music @ Castro Theatre Thu 26
Sing-along The Sound of Music @ Castro Theatre Thu 26  

Here we are, almost into a new year, 'the 20s; here's hoping it's good!

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Dec 26-29 & 31: Sing-along The Sound of Music (various times; goody bags, costume contest). Dec 29: Phantom Thread (5:30) and Eyes Wide Shut (8pm). Dec 30: A Star is Born (1937, 1:15, 6pm) and A Star is Born (1976, 3:25, 8pm). Jan 1: Singin' in the Rain (2pm, 6:30pm) and The Apartment (4pm, 8:30pm). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Mittens & Mistletoe @ Dance Mission Theater Thu 26  

Events @ Manny's
Dec 26-30, 5pm & 3pm: Holiday movie nights. Dec 28, 8pm ($10-$15): Funny Immigrants Comedy Show with Zoheb Virani, Lilibeth Helson, Sergio Novoa, Maryam Moosavi, Alyssa Westerlund, and Maria Diploudis. 3092 16th St.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
@ New Asia Restaurant

Jackie Hoffman (Feud, Yenta the Matchmaker) headlines the 27th annual 'comedy in a Chinese restaurant' event, with comic Mark Maier, Nathan Habib, and host Lisa Geduldig; partial proceeds benefit Groceries for Senrios and Kehilla Community Synagogue Immigration Committee. $54-$74. 5pm dinner show, 8:30pm cocktail show. 772 Pacific Ave., Chinatown.

Mittens & Mistletoe
@ Dance Mission Theater

Sweet Can Productions' 10th annual holiday show of dancers, tumblers, acrobats, circus clowns and more. $18-$25. Various times thru Dec. 29. 3316 24th St.

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.

Head Over Heels @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 27 photo: Lois Tema  

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi
Last days! The musical comedy revue celebrates its final week 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.

Best of Baloney @ Oasis
The sexy comic (nearly all) male strip revue's best routines are performed. $30-$60 7pm; thru Dec 31. 298 11th St.

Dina Martina's Christmas Show
@ Great American Music Hall

The hilarious twisted drag queen helps you celebrate the holidays. $30-$50. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell 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.

Head Over Heels @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The music of the Go-Go's, with story and book by Sir Philip Sydney and Jeff Whitty, presents a royal modern fairy tale. $34-$49. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Jan 12. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Lea DeLaria @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The 'big dyke' comic and accomplished jazz singer performs. $65-85 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Also Dec. 28. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical @ Golden Gate Theatre
Biographical jukebox muscial about the famed singer includes some of her best hits. $56-$226. Thru Dec. 29. 1 Taylor st. at Market.

AeJay Mitchell hosts Holiday Extravaganza @ Gateway Theatre Sat 28  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World (extended thru Feb. 17), 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. Gemma Correll's witty cartoons in the Emerging Artist Showcase, thru March 29. Free/$10. 11am-5pm daily; closed Wed. 781 Beach St.

Ben de la Crème & Jinkx Monsoon
@ Victoria Theatre

The two hilarious drag queens perform their duo show, 'All I Want for Christmas is Attention.' $39-$99. 8pm. 2961 16th St.

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Great American Music Hall
The rock-country-americana bands performs; Buffalo Jones opens. $35-$40. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater
The West Coast premiere of the acclaimed two-part play about Harry Potter's son, and his time-traveling misadventures at Hogwarts Academy, includes amazing special effects in the transformed Curran Theater. Same-day and subsequent night tickets available. $59-$300. Thru July 12, 2020. 445 Geary St.

Holiday Extravaganza @ Gateway Theatre
Theatre Rhino's comedy and music variety show, with host AeJay Mitchell, Jesús U. BettaWork, Blisx, Drunk Drag Broadway, Suzy Jane Edwards, Jenn Ekman, Rudy Guerrero, Trudy Giuliani-Poeschel, Kim Larsen, Justin Lucas, Lisa McHenry, Deborah Russo, and Steven Satyricon & Andy Arcade. $60-$65. 8pm. 215 Jackson St.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater Sat 28 photo: Matthew Murphy  

Kaleidoscope @ Exploratorium
Artist Karina Smigla-bobinski's exhibit of interactive swirling electronic colors panels; thru Jan 20. Also, Cells to Self, an 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). $10-$30. Pier 15 at Embarcadero.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cirque du Soleil's Amalúna @ Oracle Park Sun 29  

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.

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.

Lost at Sea @ Asian Art Museum
Recovered Art From Shipwrecks, a new exhibit of antiquities discovered in oceans (thru Mar. 22); also, Chang Dai-chien (thru April 26), 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.

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.

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.

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

Sing for Your Life @ First Congregational Church of Oakland Mon 30  

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

Fiberful @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond
Exhibits of art by visiting professionals, and art made by developmentally disabled people; new exhibits include Fiberful, a fabric sculpture group exhibit, Tippy Toes: Terry Hoff, and Right Here, Right Now, Richmond. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St., Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

Sing for Your Life @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
OneVoice CircleSingers' 18th annual group sing fest, with participatory singing, interactive altars. Drinks and snacks. $25. 12:30pm-12am. 2501 Harrison St.

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 @ Grace Cathedral Tue 31  

Exhibits @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin district. 398 Eddy 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.

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.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers @ SF Main Library
Photographer Jordan Reznick's LGBT portrait photo exhibit; thru Jan. 16. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Remarkable WWII Rosie @ Jewett Gallery, SF Main Library
Painter Carol Witten's exhibit of portraits of women factory workers during World War II; thru Jan. 26. 100 Larkin St, lower level.

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

Spencer Day @ Feinsteins' at the Nikko
The jazz pianist and singer performs a NYE afternoon concert with his band. $80-$95. ($20 food/drink min.) 5pm. New Year's Eve DJed dance party follow ($65, 10:30pm-1am). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Sutton Foster @ Geary Theater
The two-time Tony-winning singer actor performs her special New Year's Eve concert. Dining VIP packaages available. $60-$120. 9pm. 415 Geary St.

World Tree of Hope @ Grace Cathedral
See the 14th annual Rainbow World Fund annual holiday tree with 1000s of origami cranes, a symbol of global unity. Also open New Year's Day; thru Jan. 11. 1100 California St.

Exhibits @ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Oakland Wed 1  

Exhibits @ Chabot Space
& Science Museum, Oakland

Space, science and planetary exhibits, including planetarium shows and the Observatory; special nighttime events like meteor shower shows. Dec 13 & 14, 11pm-3am, Geminid Meteor Shower viewings! Free-$18. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

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

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 (Open Christmas 12pm-9pm). 2051 Market St.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square
The ice rink in the middle of downtown SF is open for skating fun. Jan. 1 is a Polar Bear Skate (swimsuit & sunglasses skating), 2pm-3:30pm. Skate rentals $3-$18. 10am-11:30pm thru Jan. 20. Union Square, 333 Post St.

Survival Architecture @ Museum of Craft & Design Thu 2  

Beyond the Rainbow: Building Queer Symbologies @ GLBT History Museum
Presentation and workshop exploring the history of LGTQ symbols, including Gilbert Baker's rainbow flag. $5. 7pm. Also, Performance, Protest & Politics: Gilbert Baker's Art, an exhibit of the works and ephemera by and about the creator of the Rainbow Flag. $5. 4127 18th St.

Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite @ MOAD
Exhibit of prints by the Harlem Renaissance photographer of the 1950s and '60s; thru Mar. 1. $5-$10. 685 Mission 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.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties, including Night Bloom evening events, 5pm-11pm. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Strange @ BAM/PFA
Surrealist-inspired group exhibit of works by Goya, Magritte, Cidny Sherman, Jack Smith, and many others, thru Jan 5, 2020. Film screenings, too. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Survival Architecture @ Museum of Craft & Design
Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience and Linda Gass: And Then This Happened..., fabric maps and multimedia (both thru May 3). 2569 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.

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.

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