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Arts Events Jan. 30- Feb. 6, 2020

by Events Editor

You'll Catch Flies @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Sat 1 photo: Lois Tema
You'll Catch Flies @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Sat 1 photo: Lois Tema   

Celebrate art at film screenings, art exhibits, even outdoor sculpture installations.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Jan 24- Feb 2: 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival ( Feb 3 & 4: Oscar contenders Parasite and Pain and Glory. Feb 5 & 6: Knives Out. $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

East 14th @ The Marsh
Don Reid returns with his acclaimed autobiographical solo show. $20-$100. 8pm. 1062 Valencia 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. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Events @ Manny's
Jan 30, 6pm: tech and homelessness, and at 7:30: Urban Housing Reimagined. Jan 31, 12:30pm: Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Feb 1, 4:30pm: Taneshia Johnson discusses her book about depression and anxiety. Feb 1, 6:30pm: Arava Institute environmental panel. Feb 2, 3pm-8pm: Super Bowl gay viewing party! Feb 2, 5pm: Smack Dab Open mic. Feb 3, 5pm: Iowa Caucus results viewing party. Feb 3, 6pm: Oscar talk with Mick LaSalle, Mariecar Mendoza, Tony Bravo and Otis Taylor. Feb 4, 6:30pm: Uncanny Valley author Anna Wiener. Feb 5, 6pm: SF Chronicle writers discuss the primary elections. Feb 5, 8pm: Gay Like Me author Richie Jackson. 3092 16th St.

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.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Drinks and cocktails with Lauren Ito, Kevin Dublin, Sarah Kobrinksy, Vincent Chu, Heather Bourbeau and host James J. Siegel. 7pm. 4 Valencia 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.

Two-Spirit Powwow @ GLBT History Museum Thu 30  

Performance, Protest & Politics
@ GLBT History Museum

Jan 30: Two-Spirit Powwow documentary screening. Jan, 6: panel discussion; screening of the film Thanks to Hank: a Liberation Movement, a Plague and Unsung Hero, with Bob Ostertag an Tom Ammiano 7pm. 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
Group exhibition of multimedia depictions of disabled people reimagined technologies and prosthetic tools; curated by Vanessa Chang and Lindsey D. Felt. Thru Feb 25. 934 Brannan St.

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.

Translating Selena @ Brava Cabaret
Staged performance of Campo Santo's developing production of Richard Montoya's work-in-progress that explores drag and other tributes to the murdered singer. $30. 8pm. Thru Feb 2. 2773 24th St.

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.

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.

Butterfly Effect @ Dance Mission Theater Fri 31  

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.

Franc D'Ambrosio
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The talented singer-actor (The Phantom of the Opera) performs his cabaret concert, Music of the Knight. $65-$75 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Also Feb 1. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

Hot Draw! @ Mark I. Chester Studio
Open to sketchers of all skill levels, muscular model Troy will pose as he raises funds for his AIDS/Lifecyle ride. $25. 6:30pm. 1229 Folsom St. Text reservations: (415) 613-0369.

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.

Queensrÿche @ Slim's
Hard rock excellence with John 5 and Eve to Adam opening. $40. 8pm. 444 11th St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Sat 1  

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.

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

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.

Living the Shuffle @ the Marsh Berkeley
Film director Robert Townsend 's acclaimed solo show shares his story of the odds of making it in Hollywood while Black. $40-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm Sun 5:30pm thru Feb 29. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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.

Soft Power @ SF MOMA
Soft Power, a new exhibit of 20 artists, 12 countries, 58 new works. Also, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. 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.

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.

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA Sun 2  

Black is Beautiful: The Photography
of Kwame Brathwaite

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.

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.

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.

Monday Night Off @ Feinsteins at the Nikko Mon 3  

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.

Monday Night Off @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Cast members from the megahit musical Hamilton perform their own favorite songs, a concert of African American classics from broadway to opera, at the stylish nightclub. $45-$65 ($20 food/drink min.). 7pm. Also Feb 17. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Odd Mondays @ Folio Books
Nancy Au (Spider Love Song), Anita Felicelli (Chimerica), and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett (Harm's Way and Twice Shy) read from their works. 6:30pm. 3957 24th 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.

Remarkable WWII Rosie @ Jewett Gallery, SF Main Library Tue 4 photo: Carol Witten-S.F. Public Library  

Eric McCracken @ Strut
Me, Myself and My Dirty Mind, the artist's exhibit of surrealist erotic gay art. 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.

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 5  

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

Caspian @ Great American Music Hall
Talented rock band performs; The Velvet Teen opens. $17-$42. 859 O'Farrell St.

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.

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:

Son Jarocho Festival @ Brava Theatre
Eighth annual celebratory concerts of Veracruz, Mexico folkloric music, with multipel performers. $20-$45. Thru Feb 9. 2781 24th St.

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum Thu 6  

Friends Live @ Oasis
The popular sitcom gets a deserved drag parody, with Caleb Haven Draper, Carol Ann Walker, Emily France, Titus Androgynous, Sue Casa, Paul Grant, Hovannes, Cassie Wassie, Kirk Saraceno, L Ron Hubby and Anne Norland. $27.50-$50. 7pm. Thu-Sat 7pm thru March 14. 298 11th St.

Manifesto @ Brava Studio
A call to Arms, a Spectacular Reckoning, Rotimi Agbabiaka's new solo show about a gay Black actor's struggles with success versus integrity. $25. 8pm. Various dates and times thru Feb 15. 2773 24th St.

Paula West @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The popular local singer returns to the elegant nightclub with her band for a multiple-night residency of concerts. $65-$85 ($20 food/drink min.). Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 5pm thru Feb 16. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

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.

Trixxie Carr: herSELF @ Potrero Stage Thu 6  

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.

Tycho @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
Grammy-nominated techno-pop band performs; mild Minds opens. $45. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph ave., Oakland.

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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