Going Out, Dec. 15-23, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022
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Maria Muldaur @ Sweetwater Music Hall; fun cub @ Lone Star Saloon; <br>Jackie Beat @ Oasis; Matt Rogers @ Palace of Fine Arts
Maria Muldaur @ Sweetwater Music Hall; fun cub @ Lone Star Saloon;
Jackie Beat @ Oasis; Matt Rogers @ Palace of Fine Arts

Sleigh bells may not be ringing in your neck of the woods, but you can enjoy holiday arts and nightlife events by foot, train or car, as well as non-holiday fun for the Bah Humbuggers.

And check out our roundup of more than a dozen holiday-themed events in dance, theater and music.

VERA! in 'Performing Diaspora' @ CounterPulse  

ARTS
(Click here for listings of LGBTQ movies, TV series, podcasts and community organizations.)

DANCE, OPERA, THEATER
As You Like It @ SF Playhouse
Shane Taub and Laurie Woolery's new musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy, with a gender-shifting update. $15-$100; rescheduled previews begin Dec. 3, opening night Dec. 9; thru Jan. 14. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org

A Christmas Carol @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
East Bay production of a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' short story; thru Dec. 22. 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/|www.lesherartscenter.org

A Christmas Carol @ Toni Rembe Theater
American Conservatory Theater's lavish adaptation of the Charles Dickens short story, adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh, returns. $25-$130; thru Dec. 24. 415 Geary St. https://www.act-sf.org/

A Christmas Memory @ Theatre Rhinoceros
Sandra Schlechter performs Truman Capote's short story, Crystal Liu performs excerpts from David Sedaris' 'The Santaland Diaries,' plus food, drinks and raffles at Theatre Rhino's 45th anniversary benefit. $20. Dec. 20, 7pm. 4229 18th St. https://www.therhino.org/

Performing Diaspora @ CounterPulse
New series of dance and performance works by artists of color: 'Try, Hye!' by Armenian drag king VERA! and 'Dwelling for Unsettling' by the newly formed East, Southeast, and South Asian ensemble Unsettled/Soiled Group led by June Yuen Ting. Dec. 8-10 and 15-17. 80 Turk St. https://counterpulse.org/

Dear San Francisco @ Club Fugazi
The 'high-flying love story' weaves local history with acrobatic theatrics and live music by The 7 Fingers company, now with new cast members, and a full food and beverage menu, celebrated its one-year residency; extended through 2022, with a special new holiday-themed show. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Disney's Frozen @ Orpheum Theatre
'Let it go!' The hit musical based on the hit animated film (loosely based on the Snow Queen fairy tale; Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez (composers); Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer); thru Dec. 30. $50-$189. 1192 Market St. https://broadwaysf.com (Read our review.)

The Kinsey Sicks' 'Oy Vey in a Manger' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center  

The Golden Girls Live @ Victoria Theatre
The popular drag performances of holiday episodes of the classic sitcom stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia), and Manuel Caneri and Michael Phillis with Tom Shaw on the piano. $35-$65; thru Dec 23. 2961 16th St. https://www.thegoldengirlslive.com/

The Kinsey Sicks' Oy Vey in a Manger @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The famous (or infamous?) Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet returns with their classic holiday parody song-filled show. Thursday night preshow holiday crafts fun with Ruby Vixen. $24-$65; thru Dec. 31. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://www.nctcsf.org

Little Shop of Horrors @ Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's hit Off-Broadway musical about a people-eating plant is performed by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, reset in SF's Chinatown. $35-$95; extended thru Dec. 31. 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. https://theatreworks.org/ (Read our review.)

Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets @ Cowell Theater
14th season of the shortened kid-friendly version of the classic holiday ballet set to the Tchaikovsky score performed by a nine-piece chamber orchestra. $22.50-$44.50; thru Dec. 18. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://mfdpsf.org/nutcracker-sweets/

Oakland Ballet Company @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Graham Lustig's 'The Nutcracker' is performed by the company, with live accompaniment by the Oakland Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir. $33-$95. Dec 17 & 18. 2025 Broadway. https://oaklandballet.org/

Panto in the Presidio's 'Sleeping Beauty' @ Presidio Theatre  

Panto in the Presidio's Sleeping Beauty @ Presidio Theatre
Costume-filled music and comedy show blends fairy tales and local humor with cast of talented performers. $10-$40; thru Dec. 30. Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave. (415) 960-3949. www.presidiotheatre.org (Read our coverage of the show.)

Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski @ Berkeley Rep
Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn portrays the Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski, who risked his life to carry his report of the Warsaw ghetto from war-torn Poland to the Allied Nations and the Oval Office only to be met with inaction and disbelief. $25-$78; thru Dec. 18. Peet's Theatre, 2025 Addison St. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
'Nutcracker,' the company's popular ballet about a girl's holiday dream, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson. $25-$359; thru Dec. 27. 301 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfballet.org/

Scrooge in Love @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
Duane Poole, Larry Grossman and Kellen Blair's lighthearted musical take on 'A Christmas Carol.' $19-$48; thru Dec. 18. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com/

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Brian Copeland's 'Grandma & Me: an Ode to Single Parents,' and 'The Jewelry Box' (Dec. 16 & 17). Don Reed's 'The Never Too Late Show,' thru Dec. 18. $25-$100. 1062 Valencia St., and Unique Derique's 'Fool La La: Holiday Gift!' Dec. 21-30, at The Marsh Berkeley, 2061 Allston Way, Berkeley ($10-$35). www.themarsh.org

'Wuthering Heights' @ Berkeley Rep  

Two Trains Running @ Marin Theatre Company
August Wilson's acclaimed play about a family's struggle to save their diner and the rapid changes in their Pittsburgh neighborhood. $39.50-$43.50; thru Dec. 18. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. http://www.marintheatre.org/

Wuthering Heights @ Berkeley Rep
Director/adapterEmma Rice and composer Ian Ross' acclaimed stage play with music, based on the classic Emily Bronte novel. $25-$99; thru Jan. 1. Roda Theatre, 205 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org (Read our review.)


LITERARY
FabLab Playshop @ A.C.T. Studio
April Axe Charmaine leads a workshop of movement and dance in celebration of author Audre Lorde. Dec. 16, 7pm-9pm. 30 Grant Ave. https://www.eyezen.org/fablab23

FabLab Playshop @ A.C.T. Studio  

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
In-store and online monthly book club group discussion of literary works. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

Queer Words
Listen to online literary chats hosted by author Wayne Goodman, with guests Kelliane Parker, Brian Broome, Michael Nava, Vi Khi Nao, Anne Shade, Brontez Purnell, Christopher Castellani, the late Leslie Cohen and many others. https://queerwords.org/

Sabrina Imbler @ The Green Arcade/McRosky Mattress Co.
The author presents their new book 'How Far the Light Reaches: a Life in Ten Sea Creatures.' Dec 22, 7pm. 1687 Market St. (Facemasks, please; Free/RSVP required.) https://thegreenarcade.com/

SF Public Library
Drag Queen Story Hour with PerSia, Dec. 17, 11am. Online and in-person author events. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org


MUSIC
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Music and dance concerts and more. Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley. calperformances.org

'Dance-Along Nutcracker' @ YBCA Forum  

Dance-Along Nutcracker @ YBCA Forum
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band's annual fun and festive concert of the Tchaikovsky ballet score with a twist, and kid-friendly participatory sections. $25-$40. Dec 17, 3pm & 7pm. Dec. 18, 11am & 3pm. 701 Mission St. https://dance-along-nutcracker.sflgfb.org/

Dave Koz & Friends @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
The smooth jazz saxophone king performs his 25th anniversary Christmas concert. $49-$69. Dec. 21, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road. https://lutherburbankcenter.org/ https://www.davekoz.com/

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Dec. 14 & 15: Branden & James with Effie Passero perform their 'Home for the Holidays' concert ($65). Dec. 16 & 17, 8pm: Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'Holiday Spectacular!' ($80). Dec. 18, Kim Nalley's 'Gospel Christmas' ($60). Dec. 21 & 22, 8pm: Franc D'Ambrosio's holiday concert ($75). Dec. 23: Cocktails and Carols with Joe Wicht ($35). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

Freight & Salvage
Music venue presents folk, rock, blues musicians and more. 2020 Addison St, Berkeley. https://thefreight.org/

Great American Music Hall
Enjoy live music at the classic venue. 859 O'Farrell St. https://gamh.com/

Maria Muldaur @ Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley  

Kitka @ Multiple Venues
The acclaimed women's vocal ensemble performs stunning Balkan music in churches around the Bay Area. $25-$50. December 16 & 17, 8pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave. Oakland. Dec. 18, 4pm, Old First Concerts at Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St. SF. http://www.kitka.org/

The Lost Church
Intimate music and theater venue presents local and touring performers in a variety of styles. 988 Columbus Ave. https://thelostchurch.org/

Maria Muldaur @ Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Enjoy 'Christmas at the Oasis' with the talented singer and her Jazzabelle Quintet. $25. Dec. 15, 8pm. 19 Corte Madera Ave. https://sweetwatermusichall.com/

Matt Rogers @ Palace of Fine Arts
The cute gay actor-singer ('Fire Island') performs songs from his witty album-to-be, 'Have You Heard of Christmas?' $35. Dec. 19, 8pm. 3301 Lyon St. https://www.palaceoffinearts.org/event/matt-rogers http://www.mattrogerscomedy.com/ (Also on Showtime)

Matt Rogers @ Palace of Fine Arts  

Noe Music
In-person and online concerts in many genres; classical, folk, early music. 1021 Sanchez St. https://www.noemusic.org/

Noontime Concerts @ Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
Enjoy concerts in a variety of genres, Tuesdays at 12:30pm. 660 California St. www.noontimeconcerts.org

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic, and contemporary music. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Sean Patrick Murtagh @ Martuni's  

Queer Vibes
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres in season 2 of the show, on the LGBT Center's YouTube channel.

San Francisco Bach Choir @ Calvary Presbyterian Church
In-person and online concerts of classical music and other genres. 2515 Fillmore St. https://sfbach.org/

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
"Holiday Spectacular," an all-new holiday show in four venues: Dec. 17, 5pm at Rohnert Park's Green Music Center; Dec. 24, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.). www.sfgmc.org (Read our coverage of SFGMC's holiday concerts.)

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Winter season of chamber music, classical and vocal concerts and recitals. 401 Van Ness Ave. http://sfperformances.org/

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
In-person and online concerts. Film screenings with live accompaniment: 'The Grinch' Dec. 16 &17; 'Elf' in concert Dec. 21 & 22. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

Sean Patrick Murtagh @ Martuni's
The former SF singer returns to perform his 'Holiday Test Drive' concert, with holiday songs and tributes to Mario Lanza. $25. Dec. 18, 4pm. Dec. 20, 7pm. 4 Valencia St. www.eventbrite.com www.seanpatrickmurtagh.com (Read our interview.)

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians, and has returned to in-person concerts. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

Yoshi's
The elegant nightclub-restaurant features jazz and R&B musicians. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. https://yoshis.com



MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. On view: works by Amanda Lynn and Lady Mags. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

Acion Latina
Community organization sponsors events, and hosts exhibits in its gallery. 2958 24th St. https://accionlatina.org/en/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Unusual art exhibits; 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

'Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk' @ Asian Art Museum  

Arion Press Gallery
'Dyslexic Dictionary,' a group exhibit of works by prominent dyslexic artists, designers, and dignitaries, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sally Gardner, Gil Gerrshoni and others; thru Dec. 22. 1802 Hayes St., The Presidio. https://gershoni.com/culture/dyslexic-dictionary

ArtHaus
Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz showcase multiple visual artists. 228 Townsend St. http://www.arthaus-sf.com/main-gallery/

Art Visit
Meet with visual artists in your area at their studios. https://artvisit.org

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael
Exhibits of works by local artists. 1325 4th St., San Rafael. http://artworksdowntown.org/

Asian Art Museum
'Into View: Bernice Bing,' 20 works by the contemporary artist (Read our feature article.) new: 'Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk,' a dazzling electronic art installation combining ancient poetry and modern anime; thru Jan 23. 'Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision,' and 'Seeing Gender,' a selection of works that reveal the complexities and nuances of gender across Asian art. '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. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse art exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeleyhttps://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
'Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World,' thru June 11, 2023. 'Undoing Time,' installations focusing on mass incarceration; thru Dec. 18. Alison Knowles retrospective; thru Dec. 18. '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. www.bampfa.org

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. 'Bugs,' a fascinating giant-plants-scale insect-view exhibit. 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space. Also, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

'Edward Gorey's Eerie Art' @ Cartoon Art Museum  

California institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. 'Karla Diaz: While You Were Sleeping,' thru Feb 24. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

Cartoon Art Museum
'Edward Gorey's Eerie Art,' a rotating exhibit of different works, thru Feb 12, 2023. Melissa Pagluica's art, part of the Emerging Artist Showcase; also, 'YAy Comics!: Hilo, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and Friends' thru Feb 20, 2023; 'I Left My Art in San Francisco' thru Jan 22, 2023. Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Castro Art Mart
Monthly first Sundays outdoor array of local artists and craftspeople selling wares. Free, 11am-6pm, Noe St at Market. https://artyhoodsf.com/castro-art-mart/

Catharine Clark Gallery
Arlene Correa's touching immigration-themed textiles. 248 Utah St. https://cclarkgallery.com/

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

Chinese Cultural Center
Exhibition of new work by Bay Area-based contemporary ceramic artist Cathy Lu. 750 Kearny St. https://www.cccsf.us/

Conservatory of Flowers
Beautiful indoor and outdoor floral exhibits in the classic arboretum; special events and parties, too. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. Free/$12. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

'Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves' @┬áContemporary Jewish Museum  

Contemporary Jewish Museum
'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves' presents works by 30 Bay Area—based contemporary artists working in fabric sculptures and other media in taking on the theme of 'repair' (tikkun); thru Jan. 8. free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/

de Young Museum
'Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,' a fascinating multi-part exhibit of Egyptian antiquities, jewelry, sarcophagi, even cat mummies, and special virtual reality consoles; thru Feb 12, 2023. Also, 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future' (opening reception and artist-led ceremony Dec. 15, 7pm); the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley; 'Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival,' thru Feb. 2023; collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

Entwined @ Golden Gate Park
The popular outdoor light installation returns, with special events, thru March 12. Peacock Meadow, 240 JFK Drive. https://sanfranciscoparksalliance.org/projects/entwined/

Exhibits @ SF Public Library
Book displays at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 3rd floor. Also, book exhibits on the 6th floor. 100 Larkin St. https://sfpl.org/

Exploratorium Events
'Glow,' and exhibit of light-focused installations, thru Jan. 29. Also, talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties have returned. Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

'Out in the World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora' @ GLBT History Museum  

Gallery 16
'More Than What My Hands Can Hold,' a group exhibit of works by Kim Bennett, Adriane Colburn, Ala Ebtekar, Lena Gustafson, Nathan Lynch, Bruna Massadas, Shaun O'Dell, Rex Ray and Dani Tull; thru Dec. 17. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

Gallery Wendi Norris
Contemporary artists' works. 436 Jackson St. https://www.gallerywendinorris.com

GLBT History Museum
'Out in the World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora.' 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. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

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

Gray Area
Unusual and contemporary art exhibits and installations. 2665 Mission St. https://grayarea.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. 'Nomadic Lives,' photos by Jamie Johnson and Norma I. Quintana, thru Jan. 14. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Online solo and group exhibits of works by Philomela Williamson, Alex Jackson, and others. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Land's End @ Former Cliff House
Group exhibit of artists' varied works where their charge is twofold: to discover artwork in unlikely places and to consider the planet's health. 1090 Point Lobos Ave. https://www.for-site.org

Legion of Honor  

Legion of Honor
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. legionofhonor.famsf.org

Letterform Archive
'Strikethrough: Typographic Messages,' an exhibit of varies protest movement posters and graphics by Emory Douglas, Favianna Rodriguez, Jenny Holzer, W.E.B Dubois, ACT UP, Amos Kennedy, Jr., Corita Kent, Atelier Populaire, Guerrilla Girls, Ben Shahn and others. 2325 3rd St. https://letterformarchive.org/

Lost Art Salon
Intimate gallery exhibits small and unusual works of note by contemporary and early 20th-century artists. 245 S. Van Ness. #303. https://lostartsalon.com

Manna Gallery
'Flux,' Elaine Maute's exhibit of paintings. Also, Orlando Smith retrospective. 473 25th St., Oakland. https://www.mannagallery.com/

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
Exhibition 'Color Code' an exhibition that celebrates the many ways that color is used to create connection, convey meaning, and elicit emotion, featuring works by Etel Adnan, David Alekhuogie, Sadie Barnette, David Benjamin Sherry, and many more; thru Jan. 21. 1150 20th St. https://www.mcevoyarts.org

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries — Nancy Toomey Fine Art ('Smallish Treasures' group show thru Jan. 3), Municipal Bonds, The Jones Institute and more— host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

'The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion' @ Museum of the African Diaspora  

Museum of the African Diaspora
Exhibits include 'The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion,' thru March 5; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
'Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision,' an innovative, art and technology research project that explores the impact of new aerial imaging technologies and their influence and power in everyday life; thru March 19. $8-$10. 2589 3rd St. www.sfmcd.org

Tunnel Tops @ Presidio
New outdoor beautifully landscaped area with scenic views, recreation, ranger talks, murals, and visiting food trucks. www.presidiotunneltops.gov

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

Oakland Museum
'Angela Davis: Seize the Time,' an exhibit examining the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland-based icon; thru June 11, 2023. 'Hella Feminist,' an exhibit that combines art and historical artifacts to show the diverse individual and collective stories of feminism; thru Jan 8, 2023. 'You Are Here: California Stories on the Map,' thru 2022, 'Black Power' and 'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,' both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.org

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. http://arspgallery.com/mccsf-exhibit-main/

'Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer'  

Pleasure as Art @ Good Vibrations
Dafne Blade's sculptural window display installation made out of 100 decommissioned Magic Wand vibrators. 899 Mission St. https://www.goodvibes.com

Pride and Progress
The Victory Fund's online exhibit showcases a timeline of LGBT political history. https://www.prideandprogress.org/

Project Press Play @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Exhibition of art in Edward Gunewan's comic book about a queer Asian immigrant dealing with mental health issues. In-person events through the exhibit run. https://www.projectpressplay.com/exhibition

Queer Arts Featured
New LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. 575 Castro St. www.queerartsfeatured.com

Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
Online version of a new group exhibit at Berlin's Schedules Museum that explores the multiple historical, cultural, and political intersections of queerness and disability. https://queer-crip.schwulesmuseum.de/en/

Robert Koch Gallery
Contemporary artists exhibits. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery's new group show, 'Photo Realness; The Queer Aesthetics of Photography' with works by Zackary Drucker, Clifford Prince King, Matt Lipps, Alec Marchant, Joe Sinness, and Suzanne Wright; curated by Christopher Tradowsky. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Botanical Garden
Beautiful spacious gardens with multiple plants, trees and flowers. Free entry for SF residents; others $3-$10. 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park. https://www.sfbg.org

SF Museum of Modern Art
New: SECCA Art Award exhibition, with new works by Binta Ayofemi, Maria A. Guzmán Capron, Cathy Lu, Marcel Pardo Ariza, and Gregory Rick. 'Joan Brown,' a retrospective of paintings and sculptures by the SF artist, thru March 12. 'Shifting the Silence,' a group exhibit of 32 women artists, and 'Speculative Portraits,' an exploration of portraiture and identity. Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity' on display during its restoration, plus 'Diego Rivera's America,' an exhibit of his paintings. Joan Mitchell retrospective' 'Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue.' and Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

'Stitching Communities and the AIDS Memorial Quilt' @ Thacher Gallery  

SOMArts Cultural Center
Various art exhibits and events. 934 Brannan St. www.somarts.org

Southern Exposure
Unusual art and installations and online projects. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Stitching Communities and the AIDS Memorial Quilt @ Thacher Gallery
Exhibit of panels from The AIDS Memorial Quilt, which stands as an enduring monument to love, loss, and the power of art to bring communities together; thru Feb. 17. 2130 Fulton St. USF campus. https://www.usfca.edu/thacher-gallery

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. Leila Weefur's exhibit of trans portraits; thru Jan 7. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

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. Thru Jan. 8, 2023: 'Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece,' and 'Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals.' 104 Montgomery St. www.waltdisney.org

We Were There
Online tours of art museums, showcasing hidden and overlooked LGBT themes, subjects and artists. http://wewerethere.org/

Worker
Online exhibit showcases photos and historic paintings of sex workers by 19 artists, from the late 19th Century of Edouard Manet and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec to modern day contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hockney, Nan Goldin, Bruce LaBruce and Margie Schnibbe. NSFW. www.artreporttoday.com

Would You Be Caught Dead In That Outfit? - Que Perra Mi Amiga! @ Pacific Felt Factory
Julian Delgado Lopera and Rebeka Rodriguez's installation/archival project about legendary intergenerational histories of trans Latinas on San Francisco's 16th Street. 2830 29th St. www.pacificfeltfactory.com

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Unusual modern art exhibits; also, film screenings, murals, and tours. Lobby art: Taravat Talepasand's 'Peace in the Middle East.' Also, 'Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action,' a video, dance and multimedia installation 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Cannabis Cabaret @ Moe Greens  

NIGHTLIFE
440 Castro
Friendly neighborhood bar has ample outdoor seating, and indoor drink specials, Monday underwear parties and two bars. 440 Castro St. http://www.the440.com/

After Dark @ Exploratorium
Evening cocktail parties return to the interactive science museum, with different themes; Thursdays 6pm-10pm. Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St.) https://www.exploratorium.edu/

Asia SF
Dining, nightlife and classy drag performers mix at the popular SoMa club; dinner shows from $59-$79. 201 9th St. https://asiasf.com/

Aunt Charlie's Lounge
The intimate bar serves strong drinks and hosts frequent drag shows. Dec. 15, 9pm-2am: DH Bus Station John's Tubesteak Connection and holiday party. $5-$10. 133 Turk St.

Beaux
Nightlife's hopping at the popular Market Street club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food. Shangri-La second Saturdays. Latin Divas Live 4th Saturdays, You/nique 3rd Saturdays. Big Top Sundays and Friday Manimal with studly gogos. Drag brunch Sat & Sun, 2pm & 4pm. Pan Dulce Wednesdays, and weekly 'Drag Race' viewings. https://www.beauxsf.com/

B*tchfest LGBTQ+ Comedy Showcase @ Gilman Brewing, Berkeley
Monthly (3rd Fridays) free laugh-fest at the East Bay brewery with hosts Kavita Singh and Sarah Guth. Dec. 16, 7pm. Also, Dec. 17, 7:30pm: Cake Hole, a drag show with hosts KaiKai Bee Michaels and Phoebe Cakes. 912 Gilman St. https://gilmanbrew.com/location/berkeley/

The Cafe
Popular Castro nightclub with a dance floor and lounge areas, two bars, drag shows and gogo dancers on select nights; Picante Latin night on Thursdays. 2369 Market St. https://cafesf.com/

Cannabis Cabaret @ Moe Greens
Enjoy a holiday stoney night of celebration, song, music, drag and dance featuring Carl with Records, Diogo Zavadzki, Ismael Acosta, Pina Busch, Strobe, Polly Amber Ross and Ferosha Titties. $15. Dec. 20, 6pm-9pm. 1276 Market St. https://eventhi.io/event/dj-danks-holiday-cannabis-cabaret-at-7230

Can't Fake the Feeling @ Emperor Norton's Boozeland
DJ Bus Station John's second edition of his old school disco dance party (at the former Deco Lounge) attracts a fun diverse crowd. Boogie-oogie-oogie. $10. 9pm-2am. 510 Larkin St. https://www.facebook.com/events/510408824486129

Club 1220
Walnut Creek's gay bar, with drag shows, karaoke and dance nights. 1220 Pine St., Walnut Creek. https://club1220.com/

Club OMG
Intimate mid-Market nightclub includes DJed dancing, drag shows and a karaoke night. 43 6th St. http://www.clubomgsf.com/

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar/restaurant hosts themed nights, plus Tuesday night street food and other rooftop events. 12 4th St. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. 475 11th St. https://www.dnalounge.com/

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

Friends @ The Edge (photo: Steven Underhill)  

The Edge
Musical Wednesdays, the weekly Monster Show, Beards & Booze and other events have returned to the popular bar. 4149 18th St. www.edgesf.com

The EndUp
Historic SoMa nightclub hosts straight, gay and whatever late-night dance events. 401 6th St. https://theendupsf.com/

Eros
SF's queer sex club in a new location (site of the historic Bulldog Baths), open daily at 2pm to 10pm-12am; memberships available. 18+ only. $10-$30. 132 Turk St. www.erossf.com

Fireside Lounge, Alameda
Woman-owned LGBT-friendly bar with live shows, outdoor lounge, cool cocktails. 1453 Webster St. https://www.thefiresidelounge.com/

Golden Bull, Oakland
LGBT-friendly bar presents diverse live music acts; Queeraoke on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 7pm. 412 14th St. https://goldenbullbar.com/

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace
Holiday-themed amusements include food, drinks, gift sales, ice skating, music, theater performances and Victorian cosplay. $15-$45; thru Dec. 18. 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. https://dickensfair.com/

The Hole in the Wall
Local rock DJs like Don Baird play at the SoMa 'friendly neighborhood gay biker bar.' 1369 Folsom St. https://blackwolfmetal.com/ Also, listen online: https://www.twitch.tv/donbaird

Jinkx Monsoon & BenDeLaCreme @ The Warfield
The drag star duo performs their holiday show. $60-$300. Dec. 17, 8pm. 982 Market St. https://www.jinkxanddela.com/

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ Congregation Sherith Israel  

Jolene's
SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant; Coyote Queer, second Saturdays, with DJs Koslov & Livv, costume contest. Queer Karaoke Thursdays; UHaul SF, Fridays. Sunday brunch drag show 11am-5pm. 2700 16th St. http://jolenessf.com/index.html

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ Congregation Sherith Israel
Lisa Geduldig hosts the 30th anniversary comedy and Chinese dinner nights, with Cathy Ladman, Mark Schiff, Orion Levine, and Lisa's mom, Arline Geduldig. Dec. 23, 24, 25. Dinner 5pm, show 6pm. 2266 California St. Also on YouTube Live at 6pm. $30-$100 www.CityBoxOffice.com/KungPao www.koshercomedy.com (Read our feature article.)

Lookout
The Castro bar with a panoramic view. Bounce (Sat. nights), Lips & Lashes Drag Brunch with host Carnie Asada (Sat. afternoons), Jock (Sunday nights). 3600 16th St. http://www.lookoutsf.com/

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. Dec. 16: Horse Feathers: Let It Snow. Dec. 17, Krush. Dec. 18: Bearly Covered Clothing Beer Bust. Dec. 23: Fugly Sweater Party. Dec. 30: Big Boy Winter Onesieland. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

Cub club @ Lone Star Saloon  

Martuni's
The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. 5:30pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 50 years; Timeline Tuesdays, Honeypot Fridays with gogo studs; Galaxy Saturday nights with DJ Lu; K-Pop and drag shows like Munro's at Midnight, 10pm Monday nights. plus Thursday Media Noche, and more.4067 18th St. https://www.midnightsunsf.com/

Milk SF
Queer cafe in the Mission offers coffee, pastries, food, local drag shows. Sober Karaoke on 4th Wednesdays, 6pm-9:30pm. 302 Valencia St. https://www.milk-sf.com/

Moby Dick
Popular neighborhood bar known for its colorful aquarium and tasty drinks celebrates 40 years. 4049 18th St. https://www.facebook.com/MobyDickBar/

Muevelo @ Que Rico, Oakland
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. www.quericonightclub.com

Oasis
The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am.Art Hoe Vol. III: angel of the Apocalypse, Thursdays in Dec., 7pm. Tina Burner's 'I'd Rather Be Naughty Than Nice,' Dec. 16, 7pm. Snaxx's Homegirl Winter Formal, Dec. 16, 10pm. Hex: Solar Return, Dec. 17, 7pm. Parivar's holiday party, Dec. 18, 3pm-7pm. Gina La Divina and Friends, Dec. 19, 7pm. Jackie Beat's 'War on Christmas,' Dec. 20, 7pm. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Jackie Beat @ Oasis  

Port Bar, Oakland
Ongoing: Shake It Up Saturdays and Juicy (also Saturdays); Women's night Sundays; Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm; Big Gay Trivia on Tuesdays; Thursdays, Karaoke Star hosted by Amoura Teese; also weekend drag brunch. 2023 Broadway. www.portbaroakland.com|

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruisy SoMa bar; Underwear Thursdays; Juanita MORE's Powerblouse (fun drag makeovers) 1st Saturdays, Glamamore's Pillows drag show on Mondays; and Beat Pig, 3rd Saturdays. 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Que Rico
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed dance floor, brunch and dinner menus, too. Pap Chulo Nov. 26. 381 15th St., Oakland. www.quericonightclub.com

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French; Daytime Realness, a drag show hosted by Heklina, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. $10-$20. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.com/

Roller Disco @ Church of 8 Wheels
Roller-skating nights with groovy tunes, plus skate rentals. $5-$15. 554 Fillmore St. http://www.churchof8wheels.com/

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square
Enjoy fun outdoor making (rentals available) at the annual downtown rink, with ongoing special events. $13-$18; thru Jan. 16. 333 Post St. https://unionsquareicerink.com/

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events; BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Frolic cosplay/furry party, 2nd Saturdays, 8pm-2am ($8-$12, returns Dec. 10). Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. (http://frolicparty.com/) 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

Steamworks Berkeley
The award-winning bathhouse hosts special events, DJed nights, and a cruisy vibe. $5-$200 (6-month membership). 18+ only. Open 24/7 every day. 2107 4th St., Berkeley. https://www.steamworksbaths.com/berkeleyhome

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

Friends gathered @ Twin Peaks (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550
The (mostly) Country music line-dancing, two-stepping nights (Sundays and Thursdays) has returned. $5, 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Twin Peaks
Enjoy a great view and strong drinks at the historic tavern, now in its 50th year. 401 Castro St. https://www.twinpeakstavern.com/

White Horse Bar
Enjoy outdoor dining and drinks at the famous Oakland bar; monthly music nights, 7:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. whitehorsebar.com

Wild Side West
Historic lesbian and friends bar in Bernal Heights with an airy backyard garden (stairs). 424 Cortland Ave. https://www.wildsidewest.com/

Winter Wonderland Block Party @ Noe St. at Market
Castro Merchants' outdoor holiday cheer for everyone, with an elf contest, Sanat photo stand, music and drag shows, petting zoo and more. Dec. 18, 11am-5pm. https://www.castromerchants.com/events

World of Drag @ World of Beer, Dublin
Enjoy food, beer and a drag show. Dec. 21, 7:30pm-9:30pm. 4920 Dublin Blvd. https://worldofbeer.com/locations/dublin/

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