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Arts Events Aug 22-29, 2019

by Events Editor

Trina Robbins @ Cartoon Museum Sun 25
Trina Robbins @ Cartoon Museum Sun 25  

Summer's end keeps shining with arts events all over the Bay.

Building the Building @ SOMArts Cultural Center
SOMArts 40th anniversary exhibition with works by 16 artists; thru Sept. 3. 934 Brannan St.

Cityscape @ Creativity Explored
New exhibit of urban-themed works by artists with disabilities. Thru Sept 5. 3245 16th St.

The San Quentin Project @ BAM/PFA Thu 22  

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
Aug 22: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (3pm, 7pm) and Tron (original 1982; 5:10, 9:10). Aug 23: The Thing (John Carpenter's 1982, 7:15) and Cat People (5pm, 9:30). Aug 24: Poltergeist (2:30, 7pm), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (4:50) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (9:15). Aug 25: Triple 007 with Bond cars on display on the street; Goldfinger (2pm,9pm), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (4pm) and Moonraker (6:45). Aug 26/27: Yesterday (7:15, 5pm, 9:10), and Wild Rose (5pm, 9:10, 7pm). Aug 28: Vertigo (2:45, 7pm) and High Anxiety (5pm, 9:20). Aug 29: Bullitt (7pm) and Dirty Harry (9:10). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Drunk Drag Broadway: Dizney! @ Oasis
Chyna Maykit and her crew performs classic songs with a boozy edge. $25-$50. 7pm. Also Aug. 16., 17, 22-24. 298 11th St.

Events @ Manny's
Aug 22, 6:30pm: Assemblymember Phil Ting. Aug 24, 2pm: Senator Michael Bennet. Free/$10 and up (donations). 3092 16th St.

The Gay Divorce Play @ Potrero Stage
Carson Beker, Nicole Jost and Genevieve Jessee's immersive interactive theatre ritual of a queer marriage dissolution party. $26.50. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm, thru Aug. 25. 1695 18th St.

Wicked @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts Thu 22  

Granny Cart Gangstas @ Bindlestiff Studios
Enjoy sketch comedy delights from the all-women all Asian-American troupe. $15-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm thru Aug. 25. 185 6th St.

Michelle Meow Show
@ Commonwealth Club

Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

Month of Momentum
@ Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Daily protests, performances and actions protesting ICE's cruel and abusive internment of refugees and their children; daily through August. 630 Sansome St.

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. 2155Center St. Berkeley.

Show Us Your Spines @ Jolene's
Radar Productions reading series, with Chibueze Crouch, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, Anthony Veasna So and Yodassa Williams. 6:30pm. 2700 16th St.

Wicked @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway San Jose presents the touring company of Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz's mega-hit musical about Oz's rival witches, based on the Gregory Maguire novel. $62-$112. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm; thru Sept. 8. 255 South Almaden Blvd., San Jose. (online and in-person $25 lottery tickets available)

Lino Tagliapietra @ Montague Gallery Fri 23  

The 39 Steps @ Mountain View
Center for the Performing Arts

Patrick Barlow's theatrical spoof of the John Buchan book and Alfred Hitchcock film about devious British and Scottish spies gets a local production. $30-$100. Tue-Sat thru Sept 15. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru Aug; then Sept 13-Oct 26. 30. $25-$100. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Ceremony @ August Hall
Punk-influenced pop band headlines; Pissed Jeans, Marissa Nadler and Choir Boy also perform. $20. 9pm. 420 Mason St.

Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington @ The Greek Theatre, Berkeley
The master pop-funk bands perform, along with Robert Glasper, at the spacious open-air auditorium. $50-$125. 7pm. 2001 Gayley Road, UC Berkeley campus.

A History of World War II @ The Marsh Berkeley
Theatre Rhinoceros' Artistic Director/playwright John Fisher's solo show about WWI stories, including a bungle plot to assassinate Hitler. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. Thru Sept. 7. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Karrin Allyson @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
Five-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz vocalist/pianist performs original music with her band. $30-$65 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Also Aug 24. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Lino Tagliapietra @ Montague Gallery
Opening reception for Radiance, the acclaimed glass sculptor's exhibit of beautiful new works. 6pm-8pm. Thru Sept 28. 445A Sutter St.

Musiq Soulchild @ Yoshi's Oakland
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter performs soul R&B. $65-$91. Nightly (mostly 2 shows) thru Aug 26. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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

Planet Booty @ The New Parish
The hunky sexy East Bay funk band plays on a bill with Forrest Day, Unlikely Heroes and other musicians. $15-$18. 9pm. 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

Queer Yoga @ Love Story Yoga
All-level weekly classes in an LGBT space. $11. 6:30pm-7:30pm. 473 Valencia St. at 16th.

Robert Howard @ Old First Church
The acclaimed cellist performs works by Beethoven, Bruch, Janacek, Shostokovich and the West Coast premiere of Akshaya Ticker's The Heart Savors Its Fragrance; with pianist Kevin Korth. $5-$25. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St.

All My Friends are Depressed! with Tiny Baruch @ Potrero Stage Sat 24  

All My Friends are Depressed!
with Tiny Baruch @ Potrero Stage

Writer, poet, host Baruch Porras-Hernandez' comic illustrated storytelling journey about dealing with resistance exhaustion. $21.50. 3pm. 1695 18th St.

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.

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.

Cabaret @ SF Playhouse
New local production of Kander & Ebb and Masteroff's classic musical based on the John Van Druten play and stories by Christopher Isherwood, set in Weimar Germany. $35-$125. Tue-Thu & Sun 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 14. 450 Post St.

Cirque du Runway @ Herbst Theatre
Runway 31, the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance's annual gala drag competition and entertainment extravaganza, with cohosts Mr. GAPA 2013 Nguyen "Sir Whitney Queers" Pham and Miss GAPA 2012 Jezebel Patel. $25-$50. 7pm (5pm VIP reception). 401 Van Ness Ave.

David King @ IS Fine Art and Design
The local artist's new beguiling collage/abstract works. 1100 Sutter St.

Entwined @ 1544 Events, Oakland
Fundraiser reception for AXIS Dance Company, with performances, food, open bar and DJed dance music. $100-$125. 7pm-10pm. 1544 Broadway, 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.

Films @ BAM/PFA
Artistic and award-winning films, including international features, and documentaries about artists; ongoing. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Bay Area Parks Sat 24  

The Flick @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players performs Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 drama/comedy about three people working in a cinema. $7-$40. Thru Sept 22. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre
The mega-hit Tony-winning Broadway hip hop musical revision of American Revolutionary-era history. $111-$686. Thru Sept 8. Special fundrasier Aug 22, with a portion of $175-$250 ticket sales going to the SF Gay Men's Chorus ( 1192 Market 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.

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell @ Oakland Museum
Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell, historic photos of the Transcontinental Railroad's western expansion; thru September 2. Also, Mildred Howard's TAP: Investigation of Memory, a multimedia installation with themes of identity, church culture, gentrification, dance, and activism. Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, and other exhibits. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Roan at the Gates @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works' production of Christina Gorman's political thriller (adapted from her novel) about an NSA analyst's secret life, and his wife's possible betrayal. $22-$38, extended thru Aug 25. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Bay Area Parks
The company celebrates its 60th anniversary and performs Treasure Island, an update on the classic tale, with a development/greed scandal as the story. Free/$20 donations; at Bay Area locales thru Sept 8.

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.

Three Solo Exhibitions @ Marcury 20, Oakland
Nick Dong's Mendsmith Project, Chris Komater's homoerotic Jack & Mack, and Ruth Tabancay's Geometricity 3.0. Reg. hours Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Sept 7. 475 25th St., Oakland.

Tower of Power @ Fox Oakland
The legendary funk band performs; Con Brio opens. $60-$80. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

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.

Vintage Paper Fair @ County Fair Bldg.
See and buy stuff from dozens of vendors of vintage posters, postcards and ephemera. Free. 10am-6pm. Sun 11am-5pm. Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way.

Walk in Beauty @ Marin Center
Group art exhibit of local landscapes and wildlife paintings; thru Oct. 10. Also, Tricia George wildlife paintings (thru Oct. 10). 10 Ave. of the Flags, san rafael.

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.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre Sat 24  

The Broadway Princess Party @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Broadway stars Laura Osnes, Susan Egan, Christy Altomare, Arielle Jacobs and muscial director Benjamin Rauhala, with guest-prince nick Pitera, performs songs from hit musicals with a royal style. $73-$85. 3pm.

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline
@ Oakland Museum

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline, Ray Troll's colorful illustrations paired with paleontologist Kirk Johnson's research. Also, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food and other exhibits. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Daniel Glover @ Old First Church
The accomplished pianist performs Polish music; lesser-known works from the 20th century by Dutkiewicz, Bacewicz, and Szymanowski, alongside Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28. $5-$25. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento 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.

Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin @ de Young Museum
First museum retrospective of the renowned California tattoo artist (thru Oct. 6). Also, Ana Prvac Ki: Detour (thru Sept 29), 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.

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.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties. 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.

Tattoos in Japanese Prints @ Asian Art Museum
Tattoos in Japanese Prints and The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nein, both thru Aug. 18; also, Contemporary works by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley
The acclaimed solo performer's show about dealing with racism in show business returns for an extended run. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm. Thru Sept. 1. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Trina Robbins @ Cartoon Museum
Cartoonist and historian leads a guided tour of the summer exhibition The Teen Age: Youth Culture in Comics. 2pm. Also, Surfside Girls, original work from book illustrator Kim Dwinell; other ongoing exhibits. Free-$10. 11am-5pm, except Wed. 781 Beach St.

Various Exhibits @ Treasure Island Museum
Collections of Golden Gate Expo postcards, military memorabilia and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

Book Club @ Strut Mon 26  

Book Club @ Strut
Monthly meeting of book fans; this month, discuss Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. 7:30pm. 470 Castro St.

Chosen Familias @ GLBT History Museum
Exhibits Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories, and The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer. 4127 18th St.

Queer as German Folk @ SF Public Library
Exhibit of ephemera and memorabilia about Stonewall rebellion commemorations in Germany and worldwide; film series Thursdays in August; additional exhibit also at Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th; both thru Sept 26. 100 Larkin St.

We Are More
@ California Humanities, Oakland

Exhibit of art by four queer comic artists; Ajuan Mance, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar. Thru Sept. 538 9th St. Suite 210. Oakland.

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.

Witch Camp @ Oasis
Amber Martin and Nath Ann Carrera perform covers of songs by Led Zeppelin, Yoko Ono, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Stone Ponys, Black Sabbath, The Ises Black and more; in the Fez Room. $15. 7:30pm. 298 11th St.

Terry Baum @ Alley Cat Books Tue 27  

Aunt Charlie's @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin drag bar, including Beautiful by Night: Photographs from Aunt Charlie's Lounge by James Hosking. Exhibit thru Dec 1. 398 Eddy St.

Andy Warhol @ SF MOMA
Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, a new exhibition of the iconic pop artist's works, the first retrospective in 25 years; thru Sept 2. Also, Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes; Far Out: Suits, Habs, Labs for Outer Spaceand The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait; other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Crash Test Dummies @ The Chapel
Canadian rock band reunites for the first time in 17 years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore album God Shuffled His Feet. Jill Sobule opens. $44. 8pm. 777 Valencia St.

Off the Wall @ Mission Cultural Center
Exhibit and sale of historic Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio's decades of posters and prints; main Gallery, thru Sept. 20. 2868 Mission St.

Queer Voices @ American Bookbinders Museum
Paperbacks and Periodicals Forging Community, an exhibit of pulp fiction and early paperback books; thru Aug. 31. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. 355 Clementina St.

Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs @ AAACC
Exhibit of works by six muralists and 20 artists focusing on pot use, hemp, and historical elements of cannabis in communities of color. Tue-Fri 12pm-6pm. Sat til 5pm. Thru Aug 31. 762 Fulton St.

Terry Baum @ Alley Cat Books
The lesbian playwright reads from One Dyke's Theater, an anthology of her short plays. 2pm-5pm. 3036 24th 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

Summertime @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery Wed 28 [Gordon Parks Untitled Alabama, 1956]  

Cabaret Karaoke
@ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Dick Bright MCs the new weekly karaoke night at the elegant nightclub. $12-$15. ($20 food/drink min.). thru Sept. 25. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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. Cocktails and artis chats, plus hands-on workshops (Aug 15, 6pm-9pm). 2569 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.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez @ Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland
Exhibit of the artist's portraits of Puerto Rican Resilience. 1951 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

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.

Summertime @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Group exhibit of summer-themed photos and paintings. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat til 5pm, thru Aug. 30. 464 Sutter St.

Queer Asia, BearPad @ Strut Thu 29  

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.

Anything Goes
@ Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City

The 1987 fun nautical take on 1930s musicals gets a South Bay production. $37-$60. Thru Sept 15. 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.

Early Rubens @ Legion of Honor
Exhibit of epic massive paintings of biblical and mythical subjects by Peter Paul Rubens; Thru Sept. 8. Also, Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism, and the Book (July 20-Nov 10), and other beautiful exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

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. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Enjoy cocktails and readings with writers and poets Skye Allen, Erika Atkinson, Lisa Galloway, Minyoung Lee, and Gary Pei, with host James J. Siegel. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Queer Asia, BearPad @ Strut
Queer Asia: Identity [re]defined, a group exhibit of Bay Area queer Asian artists' works. Also, Woof/Grrr, X/O, BearPad's exhibit of illustrated colorful gay erotica. Thru August. 470 Castro St.

San Geronimo @ The Chapel
The band performs Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album. $20. 8pm. 777 Valencia St.

Theater Unplugged @ ODC Theater
Resident Artist Larry Arrington presents a work-in-progress performance of an "astrological folk dance," No Quarter. $15-$20. 8pm. 3153 17th St.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence
Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a touring multimedia exhibit documenting the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry, including photographs by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. Free. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Talks and events thru the exhibit's run. Extended thru Sept 1. 100 Montgomery 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.

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