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Going Out, Homing's In Sept 3-10, 2021

by Jim Provenzano

Gay Games videos with GLBT History Museum; Juanita MORE's birthday party @ Powerhouse; 'Last Supper in Pompeii' @ Legion of Honor; Big Freedia @ UC Theatre
Gay Games videos with GLBT History Museum; Juanita MORE's birthday party @ Powerhouse; 'Last Supper in Pompeii' @ Legion of Honor; Big Freedia @ UC Theatre  

Autumnal arts and nightlife events ripen with favor. Take a bite.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Cal Performances presents the world premiere of Jamar Roberts' Holding Space, streaming thru Sept. 8. $5-$60.

Circus Bella
The fun acrobatic ensemble performs at outdoor parks on various dates through October.

New Conservatory Theater Company
LGBT theater company presents Season 2 of In Good Company, a podcast for when life goes off-script; also, Hold Me the Forgotten Way, an audio play collaboration by Harrison David Rivers.

San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company streams weekly new plays, readings, arts talks, improv and more; hosted by Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., and Marcelo Javier. They've also returned to in-person shows.

Theatre Rhino
Gay-themed plays, most performed by John Fisher, free and archived on youTube.

Virtual Burning Man
Enjoy a streaming version of the annual desert arts and nightlife event. Aug. 22-Sept. 7. Freee/donations.

Big Freedia @ UC Theatre, Berkeley  

Big Freedia @ UC Theatre, Berkeley
The Queen of Bounce returns for a booty-shaking night of riveting music and beats. $30. Sept. 8, 8pm. 2036 University Ave.

Jazz and R&B Bands@ Yoshi's Oakland
Enjoy live concerts at the elegant nightclub/restaurant. Aug. 28: The Fifth Dimension. Sept. 3-5: The Spinners. 510 Embarcadero, Jack London Square.

Noe Music
Online concerts in many genres; classical, folk, early music.

Old First Concerts
Enjoy live streaming and archived music concerts of classic, and contemporary music.

Paula West @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The celebrated local jazz singer performs at the nightclub's new third floor ballroom venue, still at The Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. $85. Fridays and Saturdays Aug. 13-28.

San Francisco Bach Choir
Weekly online concerts of classical music and other genres.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Enjoy music videos and programs like the Pride Showcase 2021, Wired. Also, video of the May 22 outdoor mini-concert, and a version of Todrick Hall's "Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels." Also, Behind the Curtain series and Summer Reruns.

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Fall season of chamber music, classical and vocal concerts and recitals begin Sept. 5 with the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg, at the Herbst Theatre. 401 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco Symphony  

San Francisco Symphony
In-person concerts return to Davies Symphony Hall. Also, Digital Soundbox includes programs curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

SF Jazz Fridays at Five
Jazz concerts will bring you good vibes. The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians.

Sounds of Broadway
24/7 radio station plays classic Broadway songs, with interviews and trivia shows, too.

(For expanded streaming online films and TV listings, see older event listings)

aGLIFF's Prism FilmFest
Austin LGBT film festival screens several movies online, Aug 26-Sept. 6.

Udo Kier in 'Swan Song'  

Films @ Roxie
Watch new and repertory films in-person and online, including Annette, Pig, The Green Knight, Eam, and Swan Song. 3117 16th St.

On Broadway
Oren Jacoby's fascinating documentary about the rise and fall —and rise— of Broadway show history includes dozens of stage stars. Opens Sept 3 at Landmark Embarcadero, Shattuck, and San Rafael cinemas.

Poly People @ Vudu
Comic mockumentary about a group of queer polyamorous people in a reality show.

A Wake
Gay-themed drama about clashing and romantic reunions at a family funeral; available on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and through local cable & satellite providers.

ArtHaus 25th Anniversary
Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz celebrate their gallery's silver anniversary with a group retrospective exhibit. 228 Townsend St.

Asian Art Museum
teamLab: continuity, an animated ecosystem of lush imagery drawn from nature and East Asian art. Other exhibits include Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang, After Hope: Videos of Resistance, Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky, and historic works. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St.

'New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century' @ BAAM/PFA  

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century showcases 140 Works by a range of contemporary Feminist artists; thru Jan. 31. Also, Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles, Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Folk and Modern Art in Postcolonial India) and art films streamed online and screened outdoors (BYO chairs). 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Cartoon Art Museum
The Legend of Wonder Woman, a new exhibition celebrating 80 years of DC Comics' iconic Amazon, featuring comic books, merchandise, and original illustrations by many of Wonder Woman's most prominent artists. Also at the Fisherman's Wharf gallery; contemporary and historic original cartoon, comic and graphic novel art exhibits, including A Treasury of Animation and Emerging Artists Showcase: Lawrence Lindell, as well as books and prints for sale. Sat & Sun 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St.

Catherine Clark Gallery
Stephanie Syjuco's video installation Native Resolution, plus other works. In-person limited attendance. 248 Utah St.

Chabot Space & Science Center
Online programs include live science programs each Wed., 10:30am, virtual telescope viewings each Sat. 9pm. Free/$15. 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland (opens in Nov.).

Chinese Cultural Center
Women: From Her to Here, an in-person and online exhibit focusing on women Asian diasporic cultures, including diverse gender and sexual identities, with video and film works, mixed media installation, photography, painting, featuring Bay Area filmmaker Madeleine Lim; New York-based spoken word performance artist and activist Brad Walrond; Bay Area-based Tina Takemoto, Chelsea Ryoko Wong, and Heesoo Kwon; Nicole Pun from Hong Kong; three artists from Taiwan; Beijing-based Luka Yuanyuan Yang; and the archives of the Queer Reads Library in collaboration with Mixed Rice Zines.

Conservatory of Flowers
Online Zoom classes, and beautiful indoor and outdoor floral exhibits in the classic arboretum; special events and parties return soon 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. Free/$12.

Contemporary Jewish Museum
The spacious downtown museum includes Experience Leonard Cohen with a series of four solo exhibitions by contemporary artists George Fok, Judy Chicago, Candice Breitz, and Marshall Trammell, all inspired by the life and work of the revered singer-songwriter; also, Julie Weitz' Golem: A Call to Action, thru Dec. 5. Also, Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, Stephen Berkman's Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years, an immersive photography installation about a mythical 19th-century Jewish photographer. Free/$16. 736 Mission St.

de Young Museum
Major exhibits include Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, Hung Liu: Golden Gate, thru Mar. 13, 2022; Nampeyo and the Sikyátki Revival, thru Feb. 2023; also, collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

Exploratorium Events
Talks, and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more. After Dark nighttime parties have returned. Pier 15.

Future Lore of Blackness: Nyame Brown @ re.riddle Gallery
Afro-futurist fantasy and science-fiction visuals that elevate black communities in paintings. Opening reception September 3, 4pm-7pm; Wed-Sun 11am-6pm thru Sept. 1632 Market St.

'Body and Soul: The Gay Games' @ GLBT History Museum  

GLBT History Museum
Gilbert Baker's original rainbow flag on display, plus ongoing exhibits. Online exhibits include Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50; Also, Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present , Fighting Back, a series that brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating resistance efforts today; Reigning Queens: the Lost Photos of Roz Joseph, curated by Joseph Plaster; and other exhibits. Online events as well. Sept 3, 6pm: Mighty Reels presents 'Body and Soul: The Gay Games,' with video clips from the first Gay Games, first held in SF in 1982 and 1986; with 2005's Sporting Life guest-curator Jim Provenzano. Sept. 9, 7pm: Our Family Coalition's Mimi Demissew. 4127 18th St.

Gregangelo Museum
Take online tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances.

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View online exhibits of masterful photographic art.

Immersive Van Gogh
Projected images of the Impressionist painter's works will dazzle in the spacious venue. SVN West, Van Ness Ave. at Market. $25-$40 and up; extended through Nov. 7.

Legion of Honor
Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave exhibit, thru Aug. 29; European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works. From Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts; also Wangechi Mutu's fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15.

'Last Supper in Pompeii' @ Legion of Honor  

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries host different artist exhibits.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
New and ongoing exhibits. 2869 Mission St.

Museum of the African Diaspora screens award-winning films, with multiple talks and music performances online as well.

Museum of Craft & Design
Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism, and other exhibits online.

My Park Moment @ Presidio
Largescale outdoor exbibit of visitor-submitted images in local and regional state parks; at the new Tunnel Tops.

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
Online and in-person exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St.

NIAD Exhibits
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; in-person window displays and weekly online exhibitions.

Oakland Museum
New: Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism, a relevant and timely exhibition that imagines the world through a Black cultural lens; thru Feb 27, 2022. Other exhibits: You Are Here: California Stories on the Map (through 2022), Black Power and Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism (both ongoing). 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

The Pink and Purple Church in the Castro
Online multimedia exhibit documenting the history of Metropolitan Community Church, its LGBTQ-inclusive services and outreach through the AIDS pandemic.

Nam June Paik retrospective @ SFMOMA  

SF Museum of Modern Art
Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural Pan American Unity, on display during its restoration. Also, video art pioneer Nam June Paik retrospective, the first U.S. show of this size, with 200 items and beguiling installations; thru Oct. 3. Also, Joan Mitchell retrospective (opens Sept. 4). View Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections; Warhol, Rosenquist, Lichtenstein, to name a few. Bay Area Walls mural project, the outdoor vertical garden and Olafur Eliasson's sparkling one-way color tunnel. Free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. 151 Third St.

Virtual Burn
Burning Man artists participate in events,m online chats, celebrations and art displays. Thru Sept. 7.

Walt Disney Family Museum
Located in The Presidio, the museum dedicated to the art of Disney films hosts online and in-person exhibits, classes and events. 104 Montgomery St.

When the Conference Heard from the Street: Scenes from the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, 1990
New exhibit of photos and text about the events of 1990 by photographer Rick Gerharter, journalists Liz Highleyman and Tim Kingston, at San Francisco Main Library, 6th floor, Skylight Gallery. On view thru October 9. Also, the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center has reopened. 100 Larkin St.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Various exhibits indoors and out; re-opened to limited capacity. Echo Location: The Cultural Geopolitics in South of Market, thru Oct. 3.

Juanita MORE!'s birthday party @ Powerhouse  (Source:Gooch)

Bootie Mashup
Adriana A and guest DJs blend pop hits to danceable grooves in live-streams. In-person nights have returned at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St.

Boy Division
DJ Xander hosts the Twitch online edition of the New Wave retro-fun dance party.

Club Papi, Drag Brunch @ Beaux
Outdoor nightlife's back at the popular Market St. club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food. Sat & Sun, 2pm & 4pm.

DJ Don Baird @ The Hole in the Wall
The fave local rock DJ's returned to the SoMa 'friendly neighborhood gay bikers' bar; Thursdays and Fridays. 1369 Folsom St. Also, listen online:

Drag Brunch at Curio
Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag shows (with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone) with brunch. 775 Valencia St.

Events @ The Edge
Musical Wednesdays, Beards & Booze and other events have returned to the popular bar. 4149 18th St.

The furry cosplay dance party returns from hibernation, with DJs Pepe, LycanCatt, NeonBunny, and Khatalyst; now second Saturdays at The SF Eagle. $8-$12. 8pm-2am. 398 12th St.

The SoMa queer nightclub and restaurant has re-opened, now with later hours Fri & Sat 6pm-12am. Sunday brunch 11am-5pm. Mask up, make a reservation. 2700 16th St.

Juanita MORE!'s Birthday @ Powerhouse
Celebrate our reigning Empress' birthday -no gifts, no cake!- just door donations for the LGBT Asylum Project; with DJ Rolo. Sept. 4, 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Martuni's Monday Happy Hour
Pianist Russell Deason hosts the return of the fun weekly open mic gathering. 5:30pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Muévelo @ Que Rico, Oakland
Valentino Presents' new East Bay Latin club is already a hit. Enjoy the new nightclub's weekly dance party with DJed grooves, drag divas, and gogo studs. Fridays, $10 and up, 9:30pm-3am. 381 15th St., Oakland.

Pan Dulce @ Beaux  

In-person shows have returned, including Princess, the new weekly Saturday night drag show. Sept 3: A-Pop with Jujubee and Jiggly. Sept 4 & 5, 7pm: Jackie Vision,a pop culture romp with Jackie Cox ($25-$75). Sept. 5, 10pm-4am: Nocturnal, a circuit dance party with DJs Jerac and Danny Verde. $35-$40. Sept. 9, 7pm: Sherry Vine's new wacky song parody show, I Love Being a Whore. $20-$30. Also, enjoy online shows on the web and via the club's new app as well.

Pan Dulce @ Beaux
The weekly Latin dance night returns (Wednesdays), as have other events at the popular Castro nightclub. 2344 Market St.

Port Bar, Oakland
Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm,11pm; Sunday Brunch, Big Gay Trivia on Tuesdays, 8pm, RuPaul's Drag Race episode watch on Thursdays, dancing on Saturday nights, and more events at the Oakland bar. 2023 Broadway.|

Powerhouse Bar
Enjoy indoor and outdoor drinks at the popular SoMa bar, re-opened. Underwear Thursdays and other events. 1347 Folsom St.

Red Hots Burlesque
Enjoy drag and strip shows, music acts and more in online performances.

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar, re-opened, has numerous events: Queer Leather Happy Hour Aug. 6. and more later. 398 12th St.

Lone Star Saloon
Events at the historic bear bar, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. 1354 Harrison St.

Suavecito @ Space 550
Valentino Presents and Club Papi present a new weekly Latin dance night with DJs Mike, Mr. Biggs, and Lola; Sonora Tropicana band, drag acts by Dorys, Ms.Lola, Delilah BeFierce and Betty Fresas; gogo guys galore, three dance rooms, outdoor lounge. Saturdays, $15-$25. 9:30pm-3am. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550
The (mostly) Country music line-dancing, two-stepping night returns in-person, August 8, 5pm-10:30pm. $7. Space 500, 550 Barneveld Ave.

Thirst Trap Thursdays at Dirty Habit
New weekly event on the heated 5th floor outdoor terrace of Hotel Zelos, $5 benefits the SF Queer Nightlife Fund. 5pm-10pm. 12 4th St.

Queer game show hosted by drag performer Deven Green and musician Ned Douglas.

White Horse Bar
Enjoy outdoor dining and drinks at the famous Oakland bar. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Being Seen
GLAAD's new podcast focuses on the Black gay and queer male experience, hosted by Darnell Moore, producer of Being Seen and singer, actor and activist, Lawrence "Miss Lawrence" Washington.

Broadway Podcast Network
Enjoy talks and audio performances with writers, composers, actors and professionals in theater.

Broadway Radio
Online Broadway music radio station featuring the best in the Off-Broadway, Broadway, and the London stage. Hosted by Stuart Brown. Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical, thru Aug. 29.

Community Talks @ Manny's
In-person and online events discussing local and global community issues. 3092 16th St.

Elton John's Rocket Hour
The gay music megastar hosts his weekly music show on Apple.

In the Key of Q
Podcast with interviews and music selections by LGBTQ musicians.

LGBT Asylum Project Podcast
Creator and host of the LGBTQ Asylum podcast is 28-year-old Sayid Abdul, a queer Uighur refugee who was granted political asylum in 2018.

Low Life in High Heels: Dragging Through San Francisco History
Rick Shelton discusses the history of drag in San Francisco, from the Black Cat Cafe to Finocchio's, Mona's, the Imperial Court, and beyond. Aug. 31, 7pm on Zoom. Email for the link.

Midnight Mass Podcast
Peaches Christ presents an online audio show with Michale Varrati about horror and cult movies; on Apple and Spotify.

Out in the Bay
The long-running LGBT radio show, offline for a few years, has returned with new podcast episodes, and an extensive archive. Host Eric Jansen welcomes artists, community leaders and celebrities.

Planet Classroom
Instructional podcasts on a variety of issues, including LGBT subjects.

Probably True
Podcast with queer stories, "a smutty-but-charming collection of personal misadventures."

The Qube
E3 Radio's black LGBTQ radio show and podcast.

Queer Powers
Indie channel of chats radio shows, vintage zine archives and drag shows.

A Queer Serial
LGBT-themed podcasts with voice actors such as Sam Pancake (Transparent, Gilmore Girls), Matthew Reimer, Radical Faeries' Will Roscoe and Joey Cain, and Chicago performers Salvio Gado and Jon Martinez, along with real recordings of pioneers including transgender entertainer Christine Jorgensen, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and lesbian journalist Edythe Eyde.

Queer Nightlife Talks
Blog and links to talks among Bay Area nightlife organizers and producers, with community input and opinions. Tune in, offer assistance or thoughts.

Queercore Podcast
The QueerCore Podcast, hosted by August Bernadicou, elucidates radical, LGBTQ activists' histories, including Phyllis Lyon, Don Kilhefner, Jack Fritscher, drag rocker Jayne County, Vanguard Editor Keith St. Clare, a Theater of the Ridiculous oral history, and veteran gay rights activist and prolific author Perry Brass. New: SF Tavern Guild cofounder and bar owner legend Robbie Robinson. Also, the Rev. Ed Hansen, veteran activist Martha Shelley; community activist Gene Fedorko, pioneering LA gay dance club owner Jewel Thais-Williams, and punk drag rock sensation Jayne County.

Taimi Talks
LGBTQ personalities (Jason Wimberly, Chris Mosier, Monique Heart and others) share guest-talks on various topics, with/on the Taimi app. (Apple Store or Google Play).

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