Arts Events March 12-19, 2020

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  • Tuesday March 10, 2020
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Pussy Riot @ UC Theatre, Berkeley Sat 14
Pussy Riot @ UC Theatre, Berkeley Sat 14

Afraid to go out? Buck up, wash your hands and wave at the ushers, docents, and box office managers who brave dealing with hundreds of us each night. Due to public health concerns, some events may be cancelled or postponed. Contact the venue in advance.


Chicago @ San Jose Stage Company

Broadway's longest running multiple Tony-winning musical about 1920s criminal corruption and hype gets a South Bay staging. $32-$60. Thru Mar. 15. 490 Soputh 1st St., San Jose.

Classic and News Films @ Castro Theatre

Mar 12: Judy Garland in I Could Go on Singing (2pm, 6pm) and Judy (3:50, 8pm). Mar 13: Color Out of Space (7pm) and Mandy (9:05). Mar. 14: Peaches Christ's Drag Becomes Her ($20-$150; 4pm & 8pm). Mar. 15: Disney' Frozen II sing-along (12pm). Mar 15: The Bad and the Beautiful (3:45, 8pm) and Ace in the Hole (6pm). Mar 16: Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (6pm, 8pm) Mar 17: The Crying Game (6:30) and Miller's Crossing (8:35). Mar 18: SF Film members night (7pm). Mar. 19-21: Hitchcock's Vertigo in 70mm.$8-$15. 489 Castro St.

Classic and News Films @ Castro Theatre

Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza bring their Chicano satire and political comedy to the stage. $29-$85. Thru April 5. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

Don't Eat the Mangos @ Magic Theatre

World premiere of Ricardo Perez Gonzalez' comic-drama about three sisters caring for their ailing father amid a San Juan hurricane. $15-$75. Thru Mar. 22. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd.

Events @ Manny's

Mar. 12, 6:30pm: Push, the film and panel discussion. 13, 6:30pm: Elect Women in iowa reception. 8pm: screening of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9. 14, 6:30pm: Charity+Comedy. 15, 5pm: Dem. Debate viewing. 17, 6pm: Primaries 1010. 3092 16th St.

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.

Gloria @ Strand Theater

American Conservatory Theater's production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Pulitzer Prize finalist dark comedy about competing aspiring writers amid a shared tragedy. $30-$75. Thru April 12. 1127 Market St.

Toni Stone @ Geary Theater Thu 12  

Laverne Cox @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
The Emmy-winning trans actress discusses her life and career. $13-$58. 8pm. UC Berkeley campus.

Queer Bands @ El Rio
Llano River Blue, Sean Fredrick & Amy Bleu, and Abbey Pope perform sets at the always-cool Mission bar. 8pm. 3158 Mission St.

Radical @ The Marsh
Restaging of John Fisher's three-character local politicial satire. $20-$100. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru April 4. 1062 Valencia St.

Suffrage 100: a Centennial Celebration @ Mechanics' Institute
Author Elaine Elinson and historian Jennifer Helton discusses the historical subjects in her book, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. 6:30pm. 57 Post St.

Toni Stone @ Geary Theater
American Conservatory Theater's production of Lydia R. Diamond's historical drama about the real-life first woman to play in Negro League Baseball. $30-$95. Thru Mar. 29. 405 Geary St.

Tori Scott @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The talented comic vocalist performs an eclectic concert of songs from Judy Garland hits to Queen. $35-$55 ($20 food/drink min.) 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Who's Your Mami Comedy @ Brava Studio
Nina G., Jesús U. Bettawork, Tammy Tealove and Aivy Cordova do stand-up with host Natasha Muse. $10. 8pm. 2773 24th St.

Helen Wicks Works @ Space 124 Fri 13  

Amanda Shires @ Slim's
The talented singer-songwriter-violinist performs. L.A. Edwards opens. $25-$125. 9pm. 333 11th St.

Dorrance Dance
@ Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley

The innovative tap dance company performs. $34-$68. 8pm. Also Mar. 14, 2pm & 8pm; Mar 15, 3pm. UC Berkeley campus.

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.

Helen Wicks Works @ Space 124
Click Tracks, a concert of aerial dance works. $30-$50. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 401 AlabamaSt.

JosĂ© @ Roxie Theater Fri 13  

The Human Ounce @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works' production of Nicole Parizeau's political and social justice-charged play, seen through the examined reputation of a famous painter. $15-$38. Extended thru Mar. 22. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

José @ Roxie Theater
Li Cheng's acclaimed film about a gay Central American man. $8-$13. Thru Mar. 19. 3117 16th St.

Liz Callaway @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
A Hymn to Her, the all-new show from the Emmy-winning, Tony-nominated singer-actor. (Cats, Merrily We Roll Along, Baby). $55-$70. ($20 food/drink min.) Also Mar. 14. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Love @ Marin Theatre
World premiere of Kate Cortesi's drama about sex, power and harassment accusations between straight people. $10-$52. Thru Mar. 29. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Marga Gomez Spanking Machine @ Brava Studio Fri 13  

Marga Gomez'
Spanking Machine @ Brava Studio

The celebrated comic and playwright premieres her new solo show, about kissing a boy and how they both became gay. $25. Thru Mar. 29. 2781 24th St.

Miah Jeffra @ Alley Cat Books
The author's book release party of The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic, with special guest readers. 7pm. 3036 24th 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.

Third Eye Blind @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
The rock band performs; Saves the Day opens. $50. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Zoo Station, Stung @ The Chapel
U2 and The Police tribute bands perform. $15-$20. 9pm. 777 Valencia St.

Min Yoon, Daria Garina, Em(body) Dance Project @ SAFEhouse Arts Sat 14. Photo by Elena Zhukova  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Exhibits of animation art by the prolific studio's artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

Art Exhibits @ Minnesota Street Project
View a dozen+ art galleries' exhibits, including Nicola Roos' Kurobozu/Dark Stranger (closing day!) 1275 Minnesota St.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
The world-famous drag dance company performs classic works with a twist. $37-$110. 8pm.Also Mar. 15. UC Berkeley campus.

The Book of Mountains and Seas @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 26: World premiere of Yilong Liu's intimate and epic adventure of Chinese mythology and a search for the perfect Yelp review. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; thru April 5. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Drag Becomes Her @ Castro Theatre
Peaches Christ returns with the full drag parody of the film Death Becomes Her, with Jinkx Monsoon, Ben DeLaCreme, Heklina; $20-$120. 4pm & 8pm. 489 Castro st.

The Full Monty @ Victoria Theatre
Bay Area Musicals' new production of the stage show based on the film about a crew of workers who put together a male strip act to raise money. $35-$85 (Opening Night Feb 15 fundraiser $50-$100). Thru March 15. 2961 16th St.

GayC/DC, Homobiles, Middle Aged Queers @ Bottom of the Hill
Enjoy an all-queer night of pop, punk and rock. $15. 9pm. 1233 17th St.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of the Tony-winning musical filled with romance and treachery. $31-$72. Thru Mar. 15. 215 Jackson St.

G. Love & Special Sauce @ Great American Music Hall
Enjoy electrifying blues music; Jontavious Willis opens. $35-$65. 8:30pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

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

Installations @ David Ireland House
Unusual home made into living art exhibits, includes Ireland's and other artists' works; March 7-June 27: Felipe Dulzaides' There is no such thing as a perfect circle. 500 Capp 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.

Loose Ends @ Yoshi's Oakland
London soul band featuring original lead vocalist-songwriter Jane Eugene. $37-$79. 7:30 & 9:30pm.Mar. 15, 7pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Earth Shot @ Harvey Milk Photo Center Sun 15  

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.

Earth Shot @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Photographic survey of the environmental crisis, curated by Liza Faktor, with prints by Luján Agusti, Dominic Bracco II, Melanie Burford, Brendan Hoffman, Pete Muller, Katie Orlinsky and Max Whittaker. Thru Mar. 26. 50 Scott 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. 50 Maraga Ave.

Keala Settle @ Herbst Theatre Sun 15  

Keala Settle @ Herbst Theatre
Singer-actress (The Greatest Showman, Waitress) is interveiwed and accompanied by the erudite Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky. Partial proceeds benefit SF Gay Men's Chorus, Project Open Hand and Sandy Hook Promise. $50-$150. 5pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
New exhibit showcasing the jeans manufacturer's innovations. Also, Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years, thru Aug 23. Free-$16. 736 Mission St.

Music of Queen for Kids @ UC Theatre, Berkeley
Special kid-friendly concert of the rock band's music performed the Rock and Roll Playhouse. $17-$20. 11:30am. 2036 University, Berkeley.

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.

Joseph Abbati @ Strut Mon 16  

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

Events @ City Lights Bookstore
Los Proximons Pasos with Osiah Luis Alderete with panelists: Roberto Lovato, Monica Zarazua, Alan Pelaez Lopez, and Ricardo Tavarez. 17, 7pm: William J. Drummond (Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News). 18, 7pm: Lisa Robertson (The Baudelaire Fractal). 19, 7pm: Chris Carlsson (Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories). 261 Columbus 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.

Joseph Abbati @ Strut
Queeries, the local artist's gay take on masculinity through colorful illustrative art. 470 Castro St.

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. Exhibit thru April 5. $5. 4127 18th 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.

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.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences Tue 17  

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

Irish Music Concert @ Great American Music Hall
Celebrate St. Patrick's day with authentic Irish bands Lucia Comnes, Colm O Riain, Canyong Jumpers. $20-$50. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

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.

Robert Buelteman @ Slate Contemporary, Oakland
The creator of illuminated plant images exhibits some of his work. Thru Mar. 28. 473 25th st., Oakland.

Bobby Caldwell @ Yoshi's Oakland Wed 18  

Angelboy & The Halos @ El Rio
Live music night, also the Turnouts and The Mutilations. $5. 8pm-10pm. 3158 Mission St.

Bobby Caldwell @ Yoshi's Oakland
The classic jazz singer performs with his band. $39-$79. 8pm. Mar. 19 8pm & 10pm. 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.

Frankie Moreno @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The super-talented Emmy-nominated vocalist-multi-instrumentalist performs his first concert at the stylish cabaret-nightclub $45-$65. 7pm. Also Mar. 19, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

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

Curious & Wonderful: Selections From the Achenbach Vault @ Legion of Honor
Historic handmade works on paper; thru Mar. 22. Also, Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale; thru April 12. Also, other 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. 2051 Market St.

Speed-the-Plow @ Gateway Theatre
Foursome Productions and Adriano Aragon's production of David Mamet's satirical 3-character play about Hollywood and American commerce. $30-$65. Thru April 4. 215 Jackson St.

Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective @ BAM/PFA Thu 19  

Anniversary Party @ GLBT History Museum
Celebrate 35 years of the GLBT Historical Society's amazing curatorial archival achievements, with cocktails and exhibits. $10-$15. 6pm-8pm. 4127 18th St.

Paul Lisicky @ Booksmith
The gay author discusses his new memoir, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, in conversation with Ryan Van Meter. 7pm. 1644 Haight 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.

QT Con2 @ Strut
Second annual comic book event for queer and trans people of color. 5pm-8:30pm. 470 Castro St.

Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective @ BAM/PFA
Exhibit of beautiful quilts by the fabric artist; thru July 19. Divine Women, Divine Wisdom, an exhibit of Tibetan art depicting women as holy entities. Thru May 24. 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.

The Tallest Man on Earth @ Great American Music Hall
The popular Brooklyn singer-songwriter performs; Courtney Marie Andrews opens. $30-$55. 7pm. Also Mar. 20 & 21. 859 O'Farrell 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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