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Arts Events Jan. 23-30, 2020

by Events Editor

Marga Gomez @ Marin Center Showcase Theater Sun 26
Marga Gomez @ Marin Center Showcase Theater Sun 26  

Musicals, films, gay panel discussions, politically charged dramas and hilarious comedy are in the mix of arts events this week.

Bohemian Rhapsody? @ GLBT History Museum
Archiving Czech Queer History, a discussion and slideshow with art historian Ladislav Zikmund-Lende. 7pm. Jan 30: Two-Spirit Powwow documentary screening. 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.

Bohemian Rhapsody? @ GLBT History Museum Thu 23  

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Jan 23: A Woman is a Woman (7pm) & Pierrot Le Fou (8:40). Jan 24- Feb 2: 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival ( $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Events @ Manny's
Jan 23, 6:30pm ($5-$10): SF Trangender District cofounders Honey Mahogany, Aria and Janetta. 24, 5pm-10pm: the Reflect Experience, food, art, drinks, vendors. 25, 10am: Elizabeth Warren campaign volunteers. 25, 12:30pm: Honey Mahogany's Drag Storytime. 25, 8pm: Funny Immigrants Comedy show. 26, 2pm: Book Club discusses Yuval Noah Harari's '21 Lessons for the 21st Century. 27, 6pm: Holocaust Remembrance Day. 27, 7:30: Reimagine Financial Success. 28, 7:30pm: Social Innovation and tech. 29, 7:30pm: Reimagining transportation. 30, 6pm: tech and homelessness, and at 7:30: Urban Housing Reimagined. 3092 16th St.

Lady Bunny @ Oasis
Oh, no, she's back! New York's biggest wig owner and Wigstock founder performs her Pig in a Wig show, full of raunchy jokes, bad lip-synching and politically incorrect hilarity. $27-$50. 7pm. Also Jan 24. 298 11th St.

Mimi's Suitcase @ Noh Space
Ana Bayaat's riveting award-winning solo show brings the Iranian revolution to life in four languages (with English supertitles). $20-$30. Jan 23 & 24, 8pm. Jan 25 2pm & 7pm. 2840 Mariposa St.

Mimis Suitcase @ Noh Space Thu 23 Photo: Diaspora Arts Connection  

Performance, Protest & Politics @ GLBT History Museum
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.

Recoding CripTech @ SOMArts
Opening reception for a group exhibition of multimedia depictions of disabled people reimagined technologies and prosthetic tools; curated by Vanessa Chang and Lindsey D. Felt. 6pm-9pm. 934 Brannan St. Thru Feb 25.

Sketchfest Comedy Festival @ Multiple Venues
19th annual festival of comedy, cinema and more, with dozens of celebrity actors, comics, directors and musicians, including Tony Shaloub, Molly Shannon, Busy Philipps, Sandra Bernhard, Kevin Nealon, Crispin Glover and many more; thru Jan. 26. Free-$150.

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.

Wakey, Wakey @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre's production of Will Eno's compelling life-querying intimate solo play stars Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale. $15-$110. Thru Feb 16. 415 Geary St.

William Gibson @ Public Works
The bestselling 'cyberpunk' author presents Agency, his latest futuristic novel. $20-$53. 7pm. 161 Erie St.

Youll Catch Flies @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 24 photo: Lois Tema  

Amber Tamblyn @ McRoskey Mattress Co
Women Lit presents the author of Era of Ignition. $20-$34. 7pm. 1687 Market St.

Butterfly Effect @ Dance Mission Theater
Dance Brigade's new performance work takes on the climate crisis. $15-$25. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 6pm. Thru Feb 9. 3316 24th St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theater
The hugely popular hiphop history musical about Alexander Hamilton. $75-$400. Thru May 31. 1192 Market 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. 445 Geary St.

Kate Baldwin @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Two-time Tony Award nominee's new show, How Did You Get This Number?, features signature songs from her acclaimed performances in Finian's Rainbow, Giant, Big Fish, and Hello Dolly! $70 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Also Jan 25. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Noura @ Marin Theatre Company
Heather Raffo's intense drama about an Iraqi New York family's dramatic holiday gathering; extended thru Feb 9. $25-$70. 397 Miller Ave., Mill valley.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

Reverend Horton Heat @ Slim's
The rockin' psychabilly band performs; also, the Buttertones, The Paladins and Deke Dickerson. $25-$30. 8pm. Also Jan. 25. 444 11th St.

Chordless @ Old First Church
Pianist Allegra Chapman ans sopranos Sara LeMesh and Kate McKinney perform works by Copland, Stravinsky, Messiaen and a world premiere by Benjamin Pesetsky. $5-$25. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St.

You'll Catch Flies @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The world premiere of Ryan Fogarty's biting comedy about a group of gay friends and their familial and familiar revelations at a party. Wed. pre-show with cocktails, 6:30pm-7:30pm. $25-$55. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; thru Feb 23. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum Sat 25  

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.

Antonio Biaggi: Naughty and Nuts @ Oasis
The prolific porn actor discusses his career, and sex, lots of sex. $35-$50. 7pm. 298 11th St.

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.

Copyslut @ White Horse Bar, Oakland
The fun local band performs with Louda and Mya Byrne. Doors 6pm, show at 8pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Kaleidoscope @ Exploratorium
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.
Neverland Express with Caleb Johnson @ Great American Music Hall
Meat Loaf-approved and produced touring concert of his and Jim Zimmerman's classic rock hits, featuring American Idol winner Caleb Johnson. $35-$60. 9pm. Also Jan. 26. 859 O'Farrell 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.

Rahsaan Patterson @ Yoshi's Oakland
The jazz composer-instrumentalist performs with his band at the stylish restaurant-nightclub. $37-$79. 7:30pm & 9:30pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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.

Soft Power @ SF MOMA
Soft Power, a new exhibit of 20 artists, 12 countries, 58 new works; Jan 26 (2pm) participating artists Jason Moran performs piano concerts. Also, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. Also, The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait. 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.

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum
New exhibit of Harmony Becker's artwork for the graphic novel written by actor-activist George Takei, about his family's U.S. internment in a concentration camp during WWII. Free-$10. Thru May 17 (closed Wed). 781 Beach St.

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA Sun 26  

Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite @ MOAD
Prints by the Harlem Renaissance photographer of the 1950s and '60s; Also, multimedia works by Rashaad Newsome; Don't Shoot: An Opus of the Opulence of Blackness, and Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion and Resistance All thru Mar. 1. $5-$10. 685 Mission St.

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.

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA
Exhibit of Tibetan art depicting women as holy entities. Thru May 24. Also, Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting (thru Feb 2); Sylvia Fein: Matrix 275 (thru Mar. 1); Art Wall: Edie Fake (thru June 21); and Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California (thru April 26). Film screenings, too. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Gina LaDivina @ Oasis
The longtime local drag performer shares her solo show, with guests Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and Dulce De Leche. $20. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Ives Collective @ Old First Church
Pianist Elizabeth Schumann will play Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and his Viola Quintet $5-$25. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St.

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment @ Asian Art Museum
Exhibit of Tibetan antiquities and modern works -Sculptures, paintings, textiles and book arts made between 800 and 2016- with many related events and activities, thru May 3. Lost at Sea: 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 Tsherin Sherpa, 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.

Marga Gomez @ Marin Center Showcase Theater
The popular comic and actor performs her solo show, Not Getting Any Younger. $40. 7pm. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

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.

Soul of a Nation @ de Young Museum
Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983, thru Mar. 15. Also, exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$28. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.

Trixxie Carr: herSELF @ Potrero Stage
The talented local singer performs her solo show of music, stories and drag. $31.50-$46.50. 7pm. Also Feb 6, 8pm. 1695 18th St.

Andy Goldsworthy @ Presidio Mon 27  

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

Gallery of Illustrious Queers @ SF Main Library
Photographer Jordan Reznick's LGBT portrait photo exhibit; extended thru Feb. 20. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Peggy Orenstein @ Booksmith
The author of Boys & Sex discusses her study of youth, toxic masculinty, media pressure sexuality issues with boys and teens. 7pm. 1644 Haight 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.

Eric McKracken @ Strut Tue 28  

Eric McCracken @ Strut
Me, Myself and My Dirty Mind, the artist's exhibit of surrealist erotic gay art; thru Jan. 470 Castro St.

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

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.

Juliana Hatfield @ Slim's
The Boston-based singer-songwriter performs with her band. $20-$25. 8pm. 444 11th 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.

Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real @ Fort Mason Wed 29  

Alex Prestia @ Eros
Wistful Edificials, the local artist's exhibit of SF people and architecture, at the sex club; thru March. 2051 Market St.

Eddie Levert @ Yoshi's Oakland
The O'Jays singer and cofounder performs with his band at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $59-$94. 8pm & 10pm. Also Jan 30. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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.

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

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.
Money for AIDS, Not for War @ Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
Free public talk by members of Enola Gay, a 'faggot affinity group' who protested at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1984; with Jack Davis, Robert Glück, and Richard Bell. 7:30pm. 518 Valencia 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 (Open Christmas 12pm-9pm). 2051 Market St.

Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real @ Fort Mason
The artist's stunning exhibit of collage, sculptures and interactive A.I. blends queer diva iconography, robotic and African American imagery to question concepts of identity. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, thru Feb. 23. Main gallery, Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd. Other multimedia works also on exhibit at Museum of the African Diaspora thru March 1:

#We Music @ ProArts Gallery, Oakland
Host Richard Loranger welcomes performers Sidney Chen and Rybree Tree at the queer perspective talk and performance series. 7pm. 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.

Two-Spirit Powwow @ GLBT History Museum Thu 30  

Howard Jones Trio @ Palace of Fine Arts
The singer-songwriter performs acoustic sets with Robin Boult and Nick Beggs in the spacious theater; Rachel Sage opens. $50-$70. 8pm. 3601 Lyon St.

Patty From HR @ Oasis
Mo Patty, Mo Problems, Michael Phillis' annoyingly hilarious admin's third show. $20-$40. 7pm. Also Jan 31, 1, 298 11th St.

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.

Two-Spirit Powwow @ GLBT History Museum
Screening of Rick Bacigalui's documentary about Bay area American Indian Two Spirits. $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. 4127 18th 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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