Going Out, April 27-May 5, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday April 27, 2023
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Nancy Wilson-Pajic's art at Robert Koch Gallery's online exhibit; Billy Porter in concert; <br>Bay Area Dance Week; Jake serves up drinks at Lookout.
Nancy Wilson-Pajic's art at Robert Koch Gallery's online exhibit; Billy Porter in concert;
Bay Area Dance Week; Jake serves up drinks at Lookout.

Despite a few recent closures (We miss you, Harvey's), local bars and nightclubs are thriving. Each week, scroll through our bar, nightclub and arts listings. We guarantee you'll find something to suit your desires, from a wild club night to a meditative museum exhibit.

'1776' @ San Jose Center for Performing Arts  

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

DANCE, OPERA, THEATER
1776 @ San Jose Center for Performing Arts
The classic musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence is given a modern feminist twist in the Broadway touring production. $38-$88. May 16-21. 255 Almaden Blvd. https://broadwaysanjose.com/

Always ... Patsy Cline @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
6th Street Playhouse's production of Ted Swindley's music-filled biographical play about the legendary Country singer-songwriter's friendship with a devoted fan; extended thru April 30. $28-$45. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com/

Bay Area Dance Week
Dancers Group's ten-day celebration of dance, with dozens of companies performing, leading classes and workshops at venues around the Bay Area. April 21-30. https://dancersgroup.org/badw/

Bay Area Dance Week  

Blank Out @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
In Michel van der Aa's chamber opera, soprano Miah Persson interacts with a 3D backdrop (audience members will wear 3D glasses), an electronic soundscape, and live video projection in an exploration of memory, loss, and grief inspired by the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker; part of Cal Performances' 2022—23 season 'Illuminations: Human and Machine' programming. $45-$78. April 28 & 29, 8pm. Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley. calperformances.org

Blithe Spirit @ City Lights Theater, San Jose
City Lights Theatre Company's production of Noël Coward's ghostly 1941 comic play. $26-$54; thru April 23. 529 S. Second St. https://cltc.org/event/blithe-spirit/

The Canterville Ghost @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
NCTC's High School Performance Ensemble performs Stephanie Temple's kid-friendly spooky comedy about a family and the melodramatic ghost haunting their new home. $10-$15. April 28-May 7. $25-$65. 25 Van Ness Ave. www.nctcsf.org

Cyrano @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
Edmond Rostan's classic play about a large-nosed romantic go-between is adapted and directed by Josh Costello; thru May 7 (also streaming May 2-7). 2081 Addison St. https://www.auroratheatre.org/cyrano

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 run. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Detour Dance @ Oasis (photo: Robbie Sweeny)  

Detour Dance @ Oasis
'We Build Houses Here,' a queer drag immersive theatrical experience performed throughout the nightclub. $30-$70. Thu-Sat May 4-20, 7pm. 298 11th St. http://www.detourdance.com/ (Read our article.)

A Distinct Society @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of Kareem Fahmy's play about a quiet library that straddles the United States and Canada and becomes the battlefield for border control amid the Muslim travel ban. $30-$50; thru April 30. 500 Castro St., Mountain View. https://theatreworks.org/

English @ Berkeley Repertory
West Coast premiere of Sanaz Toossi's Obie Award-winning seriocomic play about Iranian adult students facing cultural challenges in learning English. $31-$106; thru May 7. 2025 Addison St. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

Exhaustion Arroyo: Dancin' Trees in the Ravine @ Cutting Ball Theater
W. Fran Astorga and Jesse Sanchez' psychedelic queer bilingual musical about friends on a druggy camping trip in the Santa Cruz mountains. $15-$100; thru May 21. 277 Taylor St. https://cuttingball.com

Home @ Z Below
Word for Word theater company opens its 30th season with a stage adaptation of George Saunders' story about a war veteran returning home to absurd complications. $5-$25; thru April 29, 470 Florida St. https://www.zspace.org/wfw-home

Lamplighters Music Theatre @ Presidio Theatre
The operetta company performs 'By Georges!,' James D. Sasser's world premiere commissioned musical play about violin prodigy Chevalier de Saint-Georges. $31-$80. May 5, 7:30pm & May 6 & 7, 2pm. 99 Moraga Ave. Also May 20 & 21 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. https://lamplighters.org/

'Locusts Have No King' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center (photo: Lois Tema)  

Locusts Have No King @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
West Coast premiere of C. Julian Jiménez' darkly comic play about four gay priests at a contentious dinner party. $25-$31; extended thru May 21. $25-$65. 25 Van Ness Ave. www.nctcsf.org (Read our feature article.)

Monica Palacios @ Brava's Cabaret
The local acclaimed comic and storyteller performs her new solo show, 'San Francisco, Mi Amor!, The 80's: Queer Comedy, Taquerias, The Castro, The Mission, Mullets & Shoulder Pads So Wide You Can Fly!,' about the start of her queer comedy career and activism in San Francisco during the 1980s. $20. April 28 & 29, 7:30pm. 2773 24th St. www.brava.org (Read our interview.)

Oakland Ballet @ Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College
The company performs 'Rainbow Dances,' a celebration of LGBTQ+ choreographers including Alyah Baker, Bobby Briscoe, Phil Chan, Sean Dorsey, William Fowler, Graham Lustig, and Los Angeles duo Grayson McGuire and Shiori Kamijo. $15-$30. May 5-7. 900 Fallon St. , Oakland. https://oaklandballet.org/rainbow-dances/

Poor Yella Rednecks @ A.C.T.'s Strand Theater
A.C.T.'s production of the second chapter of Qui Nguyen's hip-hop trilogy about a Vietnamese family who swap war-torn Saigon for rural 1970s Arkansas. $25-$60; thru May 7. 1127 Market St. https://www.act-sf.org/

Oakland Ballet @ Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College  

Pretty Woman: The Musical @ Orpheum Theatre
The working girl finds true love in the musical adaptation of the film, starring Jessie Davidson and Adam Pascal. $50-$213. April 25-30. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com

Sampson McCormick, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan @ Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Two two local comics perform. $20. April 29, 6:30pm 3207 Lakeshore Ave. www.eventbrite.com|
www.sampsoncomedy.com (Read our interview.)

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Performing Arts Center
The company performs Helgi Tomasson's 'Romeo & Juliet,' set to Sergei Prokofiev's score. $29-$455. April 21-30. 301 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfballet.org

Smuin Contemporary Ballet @ Bay Area Theaters
The company performs its Dance Series 2, with works by Amy Seiwert, Kate Skarpetowska, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin. April 28-May 28 in Walnut Creek (April 28-29), San Francisco (May 5-14), and Mountain View (May 25-28). Tickets ($25-$99) https://www.smuinballet.org

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Brian Copeland's 'Grandma & Me: an Ode to Single Parents,' thru April 29; 1062 Valencia St. Adam Strauss' 'The Mushroom Cure' and "Adam Strauss is Not Unhappy,' April 29-June 17. At The Marsh Berkeley: Don Reed's 'The Never Too Late Show,' extended thru April 30, then May 6-27. Fred Pitts' 'Aren't You...?' thru April 30. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley ($10-$35). www.themarsh.org

'Whim-Sea' @ Brave Theatre Center  

Tenderloin Arts Festival @ Various Venues
Inaugural festival of dance, theater, drag, music and more, at CounterPulse, Hospitality House, Aunt Charlie's Lounge and in parks; thru April 29. https://counterpulse.org/event/tlartsfest/

Where Do We Sit on the Bus? @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
West Coast premiere of Brian Quijada's high-octane tour-de-force theatrical experience that examines what it means to be Latiné in America, starring Satya Chávez as 'Bee Quijada.' $20. May 4-28. 397 Miller Ave. http://www.marintheatre.org/

Whim-Sea @ Brave Theatre Center
Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret presents a night of naughty nautical cabaret with live music, sing-a-longs, aerial acts, drag, burlesque, mermaids, pirates and more. $30-$100. May 4-6, Thu/Fri 8pm; Sat 6pm & 9:30pm. 2781 24th St. https://www.brava.org


LITERARY/LECTURES/SPECIAL EVENTS
Bay Area Book Festival @ Civic Center Park, Berkeley
300 top authors, including several LGBTQ writers, in all genres read and discuss their works on indoor and outdoor stages, and on Sunday, a large outdoor stage, literary exhibitors, gourmet food vendors, a lively family area, and a youth expo. May 6 & 7, 11am-5pm. 2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way. https://www.baybookfest.org/

Continuing Our Dances Queerly
Online panel of Indigenous and LGBTQ+ artists and scholars who'll discuss the political impacts of our work, and the specific tensions, violence, and healing traditional dance engages, with Kawika Keikiali'ihiwahiwa, Alfiche, Sherente Harris, Arturo Magaña and Cuauhtémoc Peranda. April 28-May 7. www.freshmeatproductions.org

author Cody Daigle @ Fabulosa Books  

Events @ The Green Arcade
Bookstore presents author readings often with California and social justice themes. 1680 Market St. https://thegreenarcade.com/

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Author readings: May 2, 7pm: Cody Daigle ('I Am Ace'). May 9, 7pm: poet Karen Poppy ('Diving at the Lip of the Water'). May 11, 7pm: Vincent Traughber Meis ('Colton's Terrible Year,' 'First Born Sons'). ; in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel hosts the monthly authors and alcohol night at the intimate martini bar, with a nod to National Poetry Month via poets Heather Bourbeau, Lourdes Figueroa, Benjamin Gucciardi, Sarah Heady, and Carla Sarett. April 27, 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

onePulse Community Run
Fundraiser for the Orlando-based onePulse Foundation also includes online national participation. May 3. $54 registration. https://www.communityrainbowrun.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/

Rebecca Solnit @ McRoskey Mattress Co.
The Green Arcade bookstore presents the editor of 'Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility' who discusses her new book. May 1, 7pm. 1687 Market St. https://thegreenarcade.com/

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center; 'I Still Love You: Queerness, Ancestors and the Places that Made Us,' a unique, intimate and community-based exhibit co-curated by local queer women of color artists Tina Bartolome and Natalia M. Vigil; thru June 29. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Billy Porter @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Golden Gate Theatre, SF  

MUSIC
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts at the East Bay venue celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special schedule of concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

Billy Porter @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Golden Gate Theatre, SF
The award-winning singer and actor performs his 'Black Mona Lisa' concert. $27-$90. May 4, 8pm. 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. www.sanjosetheaters.org $50.50-$86.50. May 5, 8pm, 1 Taylor St., SF. https://www.broadwaysf.com

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

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Broadway star Judy Kuhn April 28 & 29, 8pm, $70. 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/

The Klipptones @ The Breakaway, Hotel Via  

The Klipptones @ The Breakaway, Hotel Via
The jazz band performs two concerts; April 27, 8pm-10:30pm, with swing dancing, $15, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland; and April 28, no cover, 138 King St. https://klipptones.com/

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

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

Pixies @ Fox Theatre, Oakland  

Pixies @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
Alt-rock band performs; Slow Pulp opens. $100-$350. May 4, 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave. https://www.pixiesmusic.com/

Queer Vibes @ SF Center
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres; in-person shows return. www.eventbrite.com

San Francisco Choral Society @ Calvary Presbyterian Church
The chorus performs Stacy Garrop's 'Terra Nostra' (world premiere chamber ensemble version) and Morten Lauridsen's 'Lux Aeterna.' $35-$50. April 29, 7pm, April 30, 4pm. 2515 Fillmore St. www.sfchoral.org

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. April 28, 7:30pm: mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridge and percussionist Ulysses Owens Jr. ($45-$65). 401 Van Ness Ave. http://sfperformances.org/

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
In-person and online concerts. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue presents their concert series. April 27-30: Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Harlap. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

SF Performances presents J'Nai Bridge and Ulysses Owens Jr. @ Herbst Theatre  

SF Live Arts @ Cyprian's
Concerts by acclaimed musicians in a variety of genres. 2097 Turk St. https://sflivearts.org/

Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Intimate restaurant, nightclub and music venue presents all kinds of music, in the historical Masonic Lodge. 9 Corte Madera Ave. https://sweetwatermusichall.com/

Taylor Dayne, Sheena Easton @ Heritage Theatre, Campbell
The two pop musicians perform. $70. April 27, 8pm. 1 W Campbell Ave. https://www.campbellca.gov/353/Heritage-Theatre

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

The Bay Area 5 @ 111 Minna Gallery  

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. New: The Bay Area 5 group exhibit. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

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

African American Art & Culture Complex
Exhibits include 'Entrapment to Entertainments: a Celebration of Blacks in the American Circus,' curated by Uncle Junior Project founder Veronica Blair; thru June 30; 'Kemba Village' thru June 30, and 'Closer: 6 Feet Apart.' 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Rigo 23's 'February 31st with the Angola-3' thru April 29. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Arion Press Gallery
Print and design art exhibits. 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 With Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community @ City Hall Gallery
SFAC Galleries partners with Art With Elders for a group exhibition of works by diverse senior artists; thru Aug. 25. Ground Floor and North Light Court, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. https://sfartscommission.org/

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

'Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art' film screenings and exhibit @ Asian Art Museum  

Asian Art Museum
New: 'Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art,' a multimedia showcase of dance, bringing a wide array of sculpture, painting, textiles, jewelry, photographs, and more, thru July 10. Also, 'Into View: Bernice Bing,' 20 works by the contemporary artist, thru June 26. (Read our feature article.) 'Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka's Modern Prints,' thru May 1. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse arts exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
'Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World,' thru June 11. 'Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory.' 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles.' Pioneers of Queer Cinema, a touring two-month series, with screenings of 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Tongues Untied,' 'Parting Glances,' 'Paris is Burning' and other classics. $5-$14. (Read our article) thru May 3. Also, 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/

California institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

Cartoon Art Museum
'Thor and Loki: Midgard Family Mayhem,' an exhibition of original artwork from the forthcoming book by Jeffrey Brown, thru Aug. 27. 'An Edward Gorey Menagerie,' thru July 9. Meggie Ramm's art ('BatCat'), part of the Emerging Artist Showcase thru Aug. 6. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 248 Utah St. https://cclarkgallery.com/

Chabot Space & Science Center  

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. 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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'Cara Levine: To Survive I Need You to Survive,' thru July 30. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9, 2024. Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
'Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown,' an exhibit of the two gay artists' works. April 30-Aug. 27. 216 O St. https://www.crockerart.org/

Crossing Lines/Lineas que Cruzamos @ SF Arts Commission Gallery
Two-person exhibition features the works of Mexican-born artists Arleene Correa Valencia and Georgina Reskala; thru April 29. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfartscommission.org

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the later artist and designer; also, Ann Hamilton's 'here, there, then, now,' a mixed media homage to Ireland's work. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/ (Read our article.)

'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence' @ de Young Museum  

de Young Museum
New: 'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence,' an exhibit of stunning paintings and sculptures; thru Oct. 15. (Read our feature.) 'Ansel Adams in Out Time,' an exhibit of the renowned landscape photographer's prints, paired with 23 other environmental artists, thru July 23. 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future,' collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

Exploratorium
'40 Years of Cinema Arts,' thru March; ¬°Plantásticas! Our Lives With Plants' thru Sept. 10. Also, talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties (6pm-10pm) have returned. Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

Foreign Lens
Candid City street photography collective's debut group exhibit; opening reception May 5, 6pm-11pm. 513 Green St. https://www.candidcityspc.com/

Gallery Wendi Norris
Contemporary artists' works; María Magdalena Campos-Pons' solo exhibition, 'Finding Balance,' thru April 29. 436 Jackson St. https://www.gallerywendinorris.com

GLBT History Museum
New: 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist; curated by Bob Davis. April 28, 6pm: Doris Fish biographer Craig Seligman ('Who Does That Bitch Think She Is? Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag'). (Read our feature interview.) Also: 'Matchmaking in the Archive: 19 Conversations with the Dead and 3 Encounters with Ghosts,' a companion exhibit to E.G. Crichton's book about historic archival subjects; 'Queer Past Becomes Present,' the original Rainbow Flag, and 'The Flag in the Map: Charting Rainbow Flag Stories.' Online exhibits include 'Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50,' 'AIDS Treatment Activism,' 'Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present, Fighting Back,' and other exhibits. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Doris Fish biographer Craig Seligman @ GLBT History Museum  

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; 'Techs-Mechs,' Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's immersive survey of Mexican technological culture; thru May 31. 2665 Mission St. https://grayarea.org/

Haight Street Art Center
Exhibit of rock music and 1960s photographer Herb Greene. Also, 'Enough is Enough: End Gun Violence.' Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; new: 'Our Mothers Ourselves: Legacies That Shape Us,' a group exhibit of motherly imagery; thru June 3; also online galleries. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Headlands Center for the Arts
40th anniversary exhibits include 'Process + Place,' Mark Thompson's 'Semaphore,' a striking installation at the scenic arts center (paired with Ann Hamilton's 'here, there, then, now' at 500 Capp St.) 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito. https://www.headlands.org/ (Read our article.)

Hunters Point Shipyard Artists
Gallery, artists in residence and open studios events throughout the year. 451 Galvez; 1 Rankin St. www.shipyardartists.com

'Sargent and Spain' @ Legion of Honor  

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits; Dewey Crumpler's 'In Space Time' thru April 29. 1275 Minnesota St. 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
'Sargent and Spain,' an expansive exhibit of the painter's works created during his Spanish residency, thru May 14. (Read our feature on the exhibition.) Also, 'Paperworks: Fifteen Years of Acquisitions, thru June 25. 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. 100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park. 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

Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive
Renovated and re-opened archives, sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society; open to students, scholars, and the public by appointment only. 3021 Irwin St., Vallejo. https://lltransarchive.org/

MAG Galleries
New art gallery presents its first exhibit, "Squint: Recent Photography by Chris Komater," pixilated portraits; thru March 26. 3931 18th St.

'Black Venus' @ Museum of the African Diaspora  

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

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries -Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, 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

Museum of the African Diaspora
'Black Venus,' an exhibition surveying the legacy of Black women in visual culture from fetishized, colonial-era caricatures to the work of over 20 contemporary artists who are reclaiming the rich complexity of Black womanhood; thru Aug. 20. Ramekin O'Arwisters' 'Freeform and Razor-Sharp,' thru June 11. Other exhibits include contemporary works by African and Black artists, and about Black culture; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media. Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits, like Anne Hicks Siberell's 'Fight and Flight: Crafting a Bay Area Life Concrete Journals,' thru Sept. 10. 2589 3rd St. www.sfmcd.org

NIAD Art Center, Richmond
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares in-person and online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; window displays and weekly online exhibitions. 551 23rd St., Richmond. https://niadart.org/

Oakland Museum
'Angela Davis: Seize the Time,' an exhibit examining the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland-based icon; thru June 11. 'Black Power' and 'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,' both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.org

Open Studios @ Hunter's Point Shipyard
Meet and see (and buy) works by 120 artists in various media. Free. April 29 & 30, 11am-6pm. 451 Galvez Ave. https://www.shipyardartists.com/open-studios/ (Read our interview with mosaicist Michael Kruzich.)

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/

Nancy Wilson-Pajic's art @ Robert Koch Gallery online  

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

Queer Arts Featured
New LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. 575 Castro St. Donate to their emergency rent hike fundraiser. 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
Online exhibition of work by French-American conceptual artist Nancy Wilson-Pajic. Edward Burtynsky's 'African Studies,' an exhibit of stunning landscape photography. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 1131 Mission St. https://rootdivision.org/

Rosie the Riveter Historical Park, Richmond
Museum showcases the real women who built WWII planes, with films, events and talks. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way. https://rosietheriveter.org

San Francisco Historical Society Museum
Ongoing and new exhibits, and historian talks, of fascinating local history. Thu-Sat 10am-4pm. 608 Commercial St. https://www.sfhistory.org/

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery; Hunter Harvey's 'Go West,' colorful queer versions of cartoon heroes; also Joseph Abbati's 'Shape Shifters: Queering the Metaverse,' thru April 29. 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

'Bay Area Walls: Sadie Barnette's 'The New Eagle Creek Saloon' @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Bay Area Walls: Sadie Barnette's 'The New Eagle Creek Saloon,' a recreation of the historic Black-owned gay bar, with special music, happy hour, talks and other events Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 22-May 11. 'Afterimages ,' SECA Art Award exhibition, with new works by several artists, thru May 29; Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity'; 'Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue;' 'Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection;' also, Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Reg. admission free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

SF Public Library
Book displays at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 3rd floor. Also, book exhibits on the 6th floor. April 25, 6pm in Koret Auditorium; screening of 'Jimmy in Saigon,' a personal documentary about a gay soldier in the Vietnam war. 100 Larkin St. https://sfpl.org/

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

Telematic
Gallery focusing on innovative experimental works in video and electronic media. 323 10th St. https://www.tttelematiccc.com

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. 'Education for Action: California Labor School, 1942-1957.' thru July 1. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

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

Vessel Gallery
In-person and online exhibits. 490 Lake Park Ave. #10022, Oakland. www.vessel-gallery.com

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. www.waltdisney.org

'We Were There'  

We Were There
Online tours of art museums, showcasing hidden and overlooked LGBT themes, subjects and artists. www.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

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Unusual modern art exhibits, 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, thru June 4. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Kiki @ Beaux  

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/

The Academy
LGBTQ social club offers membership, plus public events, art exhibits, music, community talks, wine-tastings and more. 2166 Market St. www.academy-sf.com

After Dark @ Exploratorium
Evening cocktail parties at 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 that's celebrating 25 years; 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. DJ Bus Station John's Tubesteak Connection returns for its 19th anniversary bash. $5-$10. April 27, 9pm-2am (https://www.facebook.com). 133 Turk St.

Beaux
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. 2344 Market St. https://www.beauxsf.com/

Blackbird
Classy Duboce area bar known for its artisanal cocktails. 2124 Market St. https://www.blackbirdbar.com/

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/

The Cinch
Historic bar in the Polk district. 1723 Polk St. http://www.cinchsf.com/

Pinball wizards @ Detour  

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/

Curio
Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag brunch shows with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone and other talents. 775 Valencia St. https://www.curiobarsf.com/

Detour
Castro bar and restaurant with pinball and arcade games; drag bingo Wed. nights. 2200 Market St. https://www.detoursf.com/

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar & restaurant hosts themed nights, crafted cocktails and heated rooftop elegant ambiance. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

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

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/

Hi Tops
Popular sports bar with multiple TV screens, events, and an irresistible snack menu. 2247 Market St. https://www.hitopsbar.com/hi-tops-sf

Holi Color & Food Fest @ The Crossing at East  

The Hole in the Wall Saloon
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

Holi Color & Food Fest @ The Crossing at East
South Asian Festival with trans performers ParivarBayArea, food, drinks, color powders and dance music. Free-$18.50. April 29, 4pm-8pm. 250 Main St. www.eventbrite.com

Jolene's
SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant; Queer Physical, April 27, 7pm. Trans-Sational, April 29. Queer Life DRawing, May 4, 7pm-10pm. Coyote Queer, second Saturdays, with DJs Koslov & Livv, and a costume contest. Queer Karaoke Thursdays; UHaul SF on Fridays. Sunday brunch drag show 11am-5pm. 2700 16th St. http://jolenessf.com/index.html

Last Call
Small, neighborhood bar with a fireplace and old school jukebox. 3988 18th St. https://www.thelastcallbar.com/

Live, Love Sparkle @ Monte Rio Theater
The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's "not a roast" of Sister Sparkle Plenty. $25-$50; tables $100-$300. April 29, 3pm. 20396 Bohemian Highway,
Monte Rio. https://www.rrsisters.org/

Beer on tap @ Lookout  

Lookout
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. April 28, 9pm-2am; Big Boy with DJ Bodyrolls. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

Lyon & Swan
New gay-owned North Beach supper club with a diverse array of live cabaret acts; vocalists, jazz bands and comedy acts, including vocalist Marshall Forte, Saturdays thru April 29 (Read our feature article). Also, specialty cocktails and meals (closed Tue-Wed). 124 Columbus Ave. https://www.lyonandswan.com/

Martuni's
The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. Katya Presents, a monthly music series hosted by Katya Smirnoff-Skyy with pianist Joe Wicht. On last Sundays, 7pm, singer Carly Ozard hosts a monthly concert series (Read our interview), 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/ (Read our interview with Media Noche host Betty Fresas.)

pals @ Mother Bar (photo: Gooch)  

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/

The Mix
Castro bar with pool table, jukebox, popular patio. 4086 18th St.

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

Mother Bar
New women's bar at the former Esta Noche. 3079 16th St. https://www.instagram.com/motherbarsf/ (Read our feature article.)

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: April 28, 10pm-am: DJ ShyBoy's Kylie/Cyrus night. April 29, 2:30pm-5:30pm: Legalize Drag show and fundraiser for LGBTQ nonprofits. Ongoing: Oasis Tea Dance with D'Arcy Drollinger, Yves St. Croissant and Per Sia, 4pm-8pm Sundays. Also, Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am; Legacy, a trans women artistry night, Thursdays, 10pm-2am. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Off the Grid @ Fort Mason Center
The popular nighttime food, drinks and music outdoor event returns. Fridays, 5pm-10pm thru June 23. https://offthegrid.com/event/fort-mason-center/

Pilsner Inn
Historic neighborhood bar (since 1980) with an easy vibe, pool table, an excellent beer selection, and a spacious back patio. 225 Church St. http://www.pilsnerinn.com/

Port Bar, Oakland
Shake It Up Saturdays and Juicy (also Saturdays); Women's night Sundays; Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm; Big Gay Trivia with Jeremy Jones on Tuesdays; Thursdays, Karaoke Star hosted by Amoura Teese, who also hosts the Sunday Drag Brunch, 11:30am and 2pm. 2023 Broadway. www.portbaroakland.com|

Tip the gogo dancer @ Que Rico  

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; Lance Holman's Lick It (4th 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. 381 15th St., Oakland. www.quericonightclub.com

Rainbow Cattle Company, Guerneville
The Russian River's LGBTQ bar serves up local fun since 1979. 16220 Main St. https://www.queersteer.com/

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French, Daytime Realness, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.com/

Rize SF @ Origin
New LGBTQ dance party with K-Pop and other styles, DJ DNZA, drag performer Miss Shu Mai; first and third Saturdays. 1538 Fillmore St. www.simpletix.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/

pals @ the White Horse Bar  

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. Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. April 30 is the new Eagle's 10th anniversary with DJs CarrieOnDisco and Ana Matronic, hosted by GRGR Foundation and Folsom Street Events, 12pm-10pm. Safe Words Comedy hosted by Wonder Dave, 7pm, 4th Wednesdays. 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

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

Toad Hall
Spacious Castro bar with a small dance floor and back patio. 4146 18th St.

Trax
Historic Haight gay bar (since 1940!) serves up cheap and strong drinks. 1437 Haight St. http://traxbarsf.com/

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/

Underground SF
Reopened and renovated intimate Lower Haight nightclub hosts varied DJed events, including LGBTQ nights like Hella Tight; also a cafe by day. 424 Haight St. https://undergroundsf.com/

Velvet @ The Midway
Comfort & Joy, Electroluxx, Polyglamorous, GlamCocks, Gender Blender, Gemini, Mystopia, Bad Asstronauts, BAAAHS & Something Queer combine forces for a large spectacle dance and art event. $50-$100. May 6, 9pm-4am. 900 Marin St. https://www.tixr.com/

White Horse Bar
Enjoy indoor and outdoor drinks at the famous Oakland bar, now in its 90th year, under new ownership (Read our feature article.); music nights, new dance parties and more. 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/

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