Queer eyes

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Monday June 1, 2009
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Pansy Division at Yerba Buena Arts Center's "What's the Big Deal?" party, Friday.
Pansy Division at Yerba Buena Arts Center's "What's the Big Deal?" party, Friday.

The Queer Arts Festival continues at a pace, and other exhibits around town promise an eyeful. By limiting this week's picks to the visual arts, also included are a few tasty parties, too!

Nature is So Gay! at The Garage, June 4. Ali Liebegott and Nicole J. Georges showcase their queer animal kingdom art, with performances after the art reception. $12-$20. 7pm/8pm. 864-4124. www.queerculturalcenter.org  

Queer at City Art

Art: Katie Gilmartin

Queer at City Arts June 5, the opening reception for a group exhibit of art by studio members with a "queer" theme. Free. 7pm-10pm. Reg. Wed-Sun 12pm-9pm thru June 27. 828 Valencia St. at 20th. 970-9900. www.cityartgallery.org

What's the Big Idea? at Yerba Buena Arts Center with the gayest rock band ever, Pansy Division, plus Ex-Boyfriends, Honey Soundsystem, comic David Hawkins, and a drag extravaganza hosted by Monistat and Anna Conda, a Project Nunway fashion show by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Cheap drinks, gourmet food, with bargain tacos on 3rd St. 9pm-3am. 701 Mission St. at 3rd. Free, but RSVP at www.ybcafree.org

Defying Gravities

art: Strangelfreak

Defying Gravities at the LGBT Center, an exhibit of transgender visual art by dozens of artists. Free. 6pm. Exhibit thru July 15. Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm. 1800 Market St.   www.lgbtcenter.org www.freshmeatproductions.org

Identity at Femina Potens Gallery opens. Meet gender-blurring artists Jess T. Duggan, Melvin Herrick, Julie Sutherland, and Fakir Musafar. Free. 7pm. 2199 Market St. www.feminapotens.org

San Francisco is Burning at SOMArts Theatre, a benefit fashion show for the Queer Arts Festival, with ensembles by The House of Radar, The Garage, Freeplay Dance Crew and others. $20-$50. 7pm. 934 Brannan St. 864-4124.

Weaving a Web of Queerness. Art: Jombi Supastar, Alwyn de Wally

Bratfest Benefit, a delicious benefit house party (yes, vegetarian "meat", too!) for Visual Aid at the home of the art nonprofit's director. $10-$39.95. 4pm-10pm. 3737 Cesar Chavez St. www.visualaid.org

Weaving a Web of Queerness: Creation Myths in the Wynbiverse, at Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, June 7. The opening reception for an exhibit by Wynbi (Jombi Supastar and Alwyn de Wally) of muslin and papier-mache sculptures of androgynous deities includes free food and drink; potluck offerings are welcome. Free. 6pm-9pm. 1519 Mission St. at 11th. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Threads. Art: Zee Boudreaux

Threads at SOMArts Gallery also opens on June 7. The opening event for the group exhibit of gay-themed quilts and fabric art includes a photo booth, music, food, and drinks. Free. 3pm. 934 Brannan St.   www.queerculturalcenter.org

The Creatives: Daytime Portraits for a Queer Nightlife by Molly DeCoudreaux at A Muse Gallery. See DJs, drag queens and celebutantes captured in daylight! 614 Alabama St. 279-6281. www.yourmusegallery.com

Manscapes

Manscapes at Eros, an exhibit of drawings on paper of men, nude and clothed, by Dan Becker, is free, but club full admission to the cruisy sex club is separate. Thru June 14. 2051 Market St. 255-4921. www.erossf.com

Hot Draw at Mark I. Chester Studio June 11. The erotic drawing group for gay men welcomes nude models Wes and Eric. Donations. 6:30-9:30pm. 1229 Folsom St. RSVP 621-6294. www.markichester.com/hotdraw

  Don't dream it. Be it, or draw it.

Bolshoi Ballet

Events June 4 " 11, 2009

Thu 4

Bisexual Support Group @ New Leaf

Weekly meetings. Free. 2pm. Hayes St. at Market. 626-7000.

Bolshoi Ballet @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Russian ballet company performs La Bayadere , the epic tale of Indian lovers, based on Petipa's 1877 work, with 1991 variations by Yuri Grigorovich. The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra accompanies. $50-$125. 8pm. Thru June 7. Also June 6 at 2pm, June 7 at 3pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave.  (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

California Academy of Sciences @ Golden Gate Park

Completely new science museum, with an aquarium, planetarium and natural history exhibits, and an all-green (eco-friendly) design. New evening parties each Thursday, with music, cash bar, entertainment, and guest lectures. $10. 18+. 6pm-10pm. Reg. $15-$25. 55 Music Concourse Drive. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org  

Manscapes @ Eros

Exhibit of drawings on paper of men, nude and clothed, by Dan Becker. Free (club full admission separate). Thru June 14. 2051 Market St. 255-4921. www.erossf.com

Nature is So Gay! @ The Garage

Ali Liebegott and Nicole J. Georges showcase their queer animal kingdom art, with performances after the art reception. $12-$20. 7pm/8pm. 864-4124. www.queerculturalcenter.org  

Out in the Bay @ KALW 91.7 FM

LGBT radio show. 7pm (right after NPR's Fresh Air). www.KALW.org www.OutInTheBay.com

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy @ Bimbo's

British "Godfather of Goth," former Bauhaus and Love and Rockets frontman ("Bela Lugosi's Dead," "Cuts You Up,") performs old and new tunes. $32. 8pm. 18+. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365. www.petermurphy.info  www.bimbos365club.com

Stronger Immune System @ LGBT Center

Jon D. Kaiser, M.D. gives a lecture on building immune systems for people with cancers, HIV, chronic fatigue or other immune suppression problems; food provided. Free. 6:30pm. 1800 Market St. (877) 777-5729. www.sfcenter.org

Through Future Eyes @ Yerba Buena Arts Center

Subtitled The Endurance of Humanity, an exhibit of social issue and political art, including Shepard Fairey's now-iconic Obama portrait and other works, muralist Diego Rivera and others; curated by six Bay Area young women. Thru July 5. 701 Mission St. 978-2787.  www.ybca.org

Out in the Bay @ KALW 91.7 FM

LGBT radio show hosted by Eric Jansen and Marilyn Pittman. 7pm (right after NPR's Fresh Air). www.KALW.org www.OutInTheBay.com

Another Hole in the Head Film Fest

Fri 5

Another Hole in the Head Fest

@ Roxie Cinema

Goretastic festival of low-budget horror, slasher, werewolf, dark comedy, sushi Western, and scifi sexploitation movies. Hunk alert for the films Samurai Avenger (photo, left) and Frat House. $10-$100. Roller Disco party at Cellspace June 6 ($10, $5 in costume, 8pm, 2050 Bryant St.). Thru June 18. 3177 16th St. 820-3907. www.sfindie.com www.roxie.com

At Home at the Zoo @ A.C.T.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee's The Zoo Story is updated with a prequel; a meticulously calibrated look at dangerously brutal relationships. $14-$72. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Also Sat 2pm. 415 Geary St. at Mason. Thru July 5. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Vagabondage in Big Gay Cabaret

Big Gay Cabaret @ The Dark Room

Cindy Emch hosts a night of accordian-playing gypsies, burlesque and music with Vagabondage, Lola Vauntz, Nomy Lamm, Bearlesque and Walkting Matilda the One Beer Prophet. $5-$15. 8pm. Mission St. at 19th. www.emchy.com

Cesar's Latin All Stars @ Metronome Dance Center

Weekly live music by the orchestra, with salsa, Latin and other dance instruction and open dancing for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. $8-$12. 9pm-2am. Also Saturdays. 1830 17th St. at DeHaro. 252-9000. www.metronomedancecenter.com  

Cirque X @ Paradise Lounge

Ten-year anniversary party for the St. James Infirmary, which provides healthcare for sex workers. MCs Tober Brandt, Sister Roma, Lorelei Lee; DJs M3 Honey Sound System, Dakini; aerial acts, Porn Clown Posse, BDSM shows, bellydancing, fire-dancing, pole-dancing, porny gogo gals and guys, and more. $15-$40. 9pm-3am. 1501 Folsom St. at 11th.   www.stjamesinfirmary.org   www.paradisesf.com

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Dead Man's Cell Phone @ SF Playhouse

Sarah Ruhl's dark comedy about a woman's technological and moral burden of dealing with the callers on a cell phone owned by a dead man. $40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Tue 7pm, Also Sat 3pm. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. Thru June 13. 677-9596.  www.sfplayhouse.org

Eccentrics of San Francisco @ SF Magic Parlor

Victorian parlor-style show recounts the stories of unusual local icons like Emperor Norton, with Gold Rush comedy and magic. $30. Fri and Sat, 8pm. Ongoing. 433 Powell St. at Post. (800) 838-3006. www.SFMagicParlor.com

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy @ New Conservatory Theatre

Russian countess (aka J. Conrad Frank) performs What Becomes a Legend Most? as she sings and recounts her fabulous misadventures. $20-$29. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru June 27. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Market. 861-8972. www.nctsf.org  

Kenny Yun

Kenny Yun @ The Marsh

Local actor and stand-up comic performs Lettucetown Lies, his solo show about growing up gay and Asian while worshipping Greek gods and dancing to Donna Summer songs. $15-$50. 8pm. Thru June 27. 1074 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006. www.kennyyun.com  www.themarsh.org

Open Eyes @ Femina Potens

Bondage queen Madison Young MCs a night of hot lesbian queer porn. Q&A post-screening panel. 8pm. 2199 Market St. 864-1558.   www.feminapotens.org

Pearls Over Shanghai

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome

Thrillpeddlers' revival of the comic mock operetta by Link Martin and Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture. Original Cockette Rumi Missabu reprises his role as the evil Madame Gin Sling. Connie Champagne, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, and Leanne Borghesi will alternate in the role of Petrushka, first created by disco diva Sylvester. $30-$69. 8pm. Previews this week. Opens June 12. Fri & Sat thru Aug. 16. (Sun at 7pm starting July 26. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Queer @ City Arts

Opening reception for a group exhibit of art by studio members with a "queer" theme. Free. 7pm-10pm. Reg. Wed-Sun 12pm-9pm thru June 27. 828 Valencia St. at 20th. 970-9900. www.cityartgallery.org

Queer Arts Festival @ Various Venues

Month-long festival of readings, music, theatre, dance and more, with several events taking place each day. Thru June 30. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Ralfka Gonzalez's art

Rabbi Sam @ The Marsh

Charlie Varon's acclaimed solo show about an ambitious rabbi who wants to reinvent American Judaism. $18-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. (Sat 5 May 16 on). Sun 7pm. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. Thru June 7. (800) 838-3006. www.charlievaron.com www.themarsh.org  

Ralfka Gonzalez @ Magnet

Opening reception for Crisis Apparitions:  Idiots, Icons, & Idols, the artist's exhibit of art visualizing ancient Zapotec transgender rituals. Free. 8pm. 4122 18th St. www.magnetsf.org

SF Moving Men

SF Moving Men @ The Garage

Monthlong manly motion; dances by Garage empresario Joe Landini in the intimate space, with some of the hottest male dancers in town. $20. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Thru June 28. 975 Howard St. 885-4006. www.sfmovingmen.org

Sex Worker Fest @ Various Venues

Last days of the week of events by/for/about prostitutes: films about sex workers in Asia (ATA Gallery, tonight, 12pm-2am, 992 Valencia St.), at the Roxie (June 5-6, 3117 16th St. at Valencia, ) and "Krip Sex!" (June 7, 7pm, 9th St. Film Center)  $5-$40. 287-3114. www.sexworkerfest.com

Sonya Smith

photo: Lydia Daniller

Some Men @ New Conservatory Theatre

West Coast premiere of Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally's new play, that moves from a gay wedding through gay history. $22-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. (no shows June 7, 28, July 4). 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org  

Sonya Smith/Dance Ceres @ CounterPulse

In/divisble, an evening of fluid dances and aerial work, plus guest artist Sadie Weinberg. $15. 8pm. Thru June 6. 1310 Mission St. at 9th.   www.danceceres.org   www.counterpulse.org

Strings @ Mama Calizo's Voice Factory

Terry Beswick (writer of the strangely sad and funny Hotshot) premieres a new "bromantic comedy" about brothers who craft a play about some family secrets. $12.50-$15. Thu"Sat 8pm. Thru June 6. 1519 Mission St. (800) 838-3006.    www.guerrillarep.org

Suzanne Forbes @ Madame S

Exhibit of the artist's bondage-themed paintings, at the women's SM store. Free. 7pm. Exhibit thru July 12. 385 8th St. 864-1558. www.fpedge.com

Thisway/Thatway

Thisway/Thatway @ SOMArts Theatre

Stephanie Cooper performs Laye(red), about the messy conjunction of consumerism and activism. $12-$20. 7:30pm. 934 Brannan St. 864-4124. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Three on a Party @ Theatre Rhinoceros

Three one-act plays by gay authors "Gertrude Stein, Tennessee Williams, and Armistead Maupin" based on short fiction, and performed in association with Word for Word theatre company. $15-$35. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Extended thru June 21. $30-$50. 2926 16th St. at South Van Ness Ave. 861-5079.  www.TheRhino.org

Three on a Party

photo: Kent Taylor

Under a Full Moon @ YBCA

30 Years of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a new exhibition of photos, artifacts, habits and more, all about the fabulous and historic drag nun group's history. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2787.  www.ybca.org   www.thesisters.org  

Wreckage @ Boxcar Playhouse

Crowded Fire's production of Caridad Svich's new play about two young men who wash up to sea and get entangled in familial and sexual relationships and cultural brutality. $15-$25 (special comps for the unemployed). Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru June 6. 505 Natoma St. at 7th.   www.crowdedfire.org

Sat 6

Artistic Luxury @ Legion of Honor

Exhibit of Faberge, Tiffany and LaLique antiques, jewelry and items from the bygone days of luxury home furniture and design. Thru May 31. Also, Waking Dreams, Max Klinger and the Symbolist Print, thru July 4. Impressive permanent collection as well. Free-$10. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm. Lincoln Park, 34th Ave. at Clement St. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Musical revue with ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$75. Wed, Thu 8pm. Fri, Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Bearracuda

Bearracuda @ Deco Lounge

Fredy, King of Pants visits the club night, plus snacks, and dancing bear fun. $5-$7. 9pm-3am. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.bearracuda.com

Bi-licious @ LGBT Center

Performances by bisexual artists Greta Christina, Khalil Sullivan, Liz Green, Allegra & April Hirschman, MC/comic Nick Leonard and others. $12-$20. 7pm. 1800 Market St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Bratfest Benefit

Bratfest Benefit @ Private Home

Delicious benefit house party for Visual Aid at the home of the art nonprofit's director; unlimited bratwurst dogs. $10-$39.95. 4pm-10pm. 3737 Cesar Chavez St. www.visualaid.org

Bullitt Bike Tour @ Citywide

Ride through San Francisco along the trail of the famous (car) chase scene in the Steve McQueen movie! Free. Meet 11am Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero. www.sfbike.org

Dancing With the Drag Stars

Dancing With the Drag Stars

@ Cheryl Burke Studio

Local drag queens and talented ballroom professionals pair up for the preliminary contest of dancing talents, with MCs Bebe Sweetbriar and Donna Sachet. Special judges Cheryl Burke (who paired with sexy Gilles Marini on Dancing With the Stars), plus pop star Lance Bass, comic Bruce Vilanch and more. VIP cocktail lounge (6pm, $100) Reg $20-$25. 7pm-11pm. 1830 17th St. 252-9000.  www.cherylburkedance.com

Defying Gravities @ LGBT Center

Opening reception for an exhibit of transgender visual art by Francesca Alaimo, Sid Branch, Bobby Cheung, Tristan Alex Crane, Nova Darkstar, Asher Hartman, Eva Hayward, Dorian Katz & Marlene Hoeber, Jackadandy, Zohar Weiman Kelman, Bo Luengsuraswat, Karen Massing, Aaron McElroy, John Miller, Emmett Ramstad, Rory Hejtmanek, Jen Rosenstein, Lex Non Scripta, Tuesday Smillie, Strangelfreak, Rae Strozzo, Gwendolyn Molly Madeline Sund, Adelaide Windsome and GB Woolf. Free. 6pm. Exhibit thru July 15. Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm. 1800 Market St.  www.lgbtcenter.org www.freshmeatproductions.org www.queerculturalcenter.org

Faust, Part One

photo: Jessica Palopoli

Faust, Part One @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Mark Jackson's "freely adapted" version of the classic "deal with the devil" tale, directed by Kevin Clarke and Jackson. $18-$22. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru June 21. 1901 Ashby Ave. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org

Fundi

Fundi @ Magnet

Local poet reads from his illustrated book, The Blaze of a Word-Song Warrior, with potluck, food and drinks. Free. Reception 6:30-8:30pm. 4122 18th st. at Castro. www.magnetsf.org

Gay Liberation Front 40

@ SF Public Library

Tommi Avicolli-Mecca hosts a panel of veteran gay activists who discuss the 40 years since the Stonewall Riots. Free. 2pm. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. www.sfpl.org

Hazardous Waste Project

Hazardous Waste Project

@ Mama Calizo's Voice Factory

Sewing The Seeds of Love, Life, Lust, Lost and the Bomb, directed by Dwayne Calizo, includes performances by marginalized communityies of color and HIV status. $12-$20. 8pm. 1519 Mission St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Identity @ Femina Potens Gallery

Opening reception of an exhibit of gender-blurring artists Jess T. Duggan, Melvin Herrick, Julie Sutherland, and Fakir Musafar. Free. 7pm. 2199 Market St.  www.queerculturalcenter.org   www.feminapotens.org

Jacob Collins @ John Pence Gallery

Exhibit of Collins' exceptional realist paintings; still lives, landscapes, and male and female nudes. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat til 5pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com

Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli @ Masonic Center

Brassy "queen of Mean" performs her raunchy comic act. 8pm. www.livenation.com

Matt Kahn: Artist and Educator

@ Museum of Craft & Design

Exhibit of historically significant work by local designer and teacher. Free-$3. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu til 7pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. 550 Sutter St. 773-0303. Thru July 12. www.sfmcd.org  

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth @ YBCA

Exhibit of Chicago artist and former Alvin Ailey dancer's fascinatingly detailed, multi-layered, mixed-media, wearable "Soundsuit" sculptures. $6-$12. Thru July 5. Tue-Sun 12pm"5pm, Thu til 8pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2787.   www.ybca.org

Outlook Video @ Comcast/Astound Channel 29

LGBT news show, this month with features on Prop 8, Rainbow Women's Chorus, Kirby Dick, director of the film Outrage, Yun Suh, director of City of Borders, and the Frameline film fest sneak preview. www.outlookvideo.org

Passionate Struggle

Passionate Struggle @ 18th & Castro

The Dynamics of San Francisco's GLBT History, a new mini-exhibit at the former corner camera store, with items from our San Francisco gay past, including a few Harvey Milk items. Wed-Sat 12pm-8pm (til 6pm Sun). $3. Closed holidays. Thru November 2009. 499 Castro St. at 18th. 621.1107. www.glbthistory.org

Pastor Tom Show @ KUSF

Dr. Tom Polcari's LGBT music and talk show. 4pm. Weekly on 90.3 FM.

Rally the Troupes @ SOMArts Gallery

Queer variety show with CHUBB, Thisway/Thatway, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Brush Arbor Girls, ButchTap, Jay Walker, Delicio Del Toro, The Bromantics, House of Glitter, Twilight Vixen Revue, The Lovesax Sisters, from Portland the fabulous Sahara Dunes, and from Seattle Miz Ginger Snapz. Plus your MC, Kentucky Fried Woman. $15-$20. 7pm, 9:30pm. 934 Brannan St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Russ Lorenson

Russ Lorenson @ The Rrazz Room

Cabaret singer performs on a shared bill with Amanda King. $30. 10:30pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.  www.TheRrazzRoom.com

San Francisco is Burning

@ SOMArts Theatre

Benefit fashion show for the Queer Arts Festival, with ensembles by The House of Radar, The Garage, Freeplay Dance Crew and others. $20-$50. 7pm. 934 Brannan St. 864-4124.  www.queerculturalcenter.org  

SF Hiking Club @ Point Reyes

8-mile hike on Estero Trail to Sunset Beach. Also, June 7 round Valley/Los Vaqueros Reser4voir 10-mile hike, and June 10 5-mile hike to Land's End-Ocean Beach. Carpools, info, etc. (510) 910-8734, 209-4131. www.sfhiking.com

Teatro Zinzanni

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29

Sultry Summer Magic is the new show at the theatre-tent-dinner extravaganza, with Melanie Stace, Svetlana, magic, comedy and aerial acts, a five-course dinner, and a lot of fun. Special guest stars thru the summer. $116-$156. Wed-Sat 7pm (Sun 6pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668. www.teatrozinzanni.com  

Von Iva @ Slim's

SF women's alt-pop-punk funk band perform at this all ages show; also, Gliss and Sick of Sarah. $13-$15. 9pm. 333 11th St. www.voniva.com  www.slims-sf.com

Von Iva

Watchmen Exhibit @ Cartoon Art Museum

Artwork by the creator of the graphic novel that's become the new action hero movie, with dozens of concept illustrations, preparatory sketches and original comic book pages illustrated by Dave Gibbons. $2-$6. Thru July 19. Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. 655 Mission St. 227-8666. www.cartoonart.org

What's the Big Idea? @ Yerba Buena Arts Center

Enjoy another big party at YBCA, with Pansy Division, Ex-Boyfriends, Honey Soundsystem, comic David Hawkins, and a drag extravaganza hosted by Monistat and Anna Conda, with a Project Nunway fashion  show by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Cheap drinks, gourmet food, cheap tacos on 3rd St. 9pm-3am. 701 Mission St. at 3rd. Free, but RSVP at www.ybcafree.org

Wicked @ Orpheum Theatre

Mega-hit musical "based on the book about the two famous Oz witches as young college roommates" returns to SF. $30-$99. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm.  Thru June 27. 1192 Market St. at 8th. 512-7770.   www.shnsf.com

You, Nero @ Berkeley Repertory

Acclaimed playwright Amy Freed's scathing comedy about the decadent Roman emperor and his outlandish plans for a violent sex-filled spectacle at the Colosseum. $13.50-$71. Wed, Sun 7pm. Tue-Sat 8pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru June 28. 2025 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 647-2917. www.berkeleyrep.org

Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater

Sun 7

Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Exhibition of works by Marc Chagall. Natan Altman, Robert Falk, Ignaty Nivinsky and other artists who thrived  in the 1919-1949 Russian theatre world. $5-$10. Also, Jews on Vinyl, the new exhibit based on Roger Bennett and Josh Kun's book And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl, offers a high fidelity view of 1940s-1980s Jewish American pop music. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu til 8pm). Thru Sept. 8. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7881. www.thecjm.org

The Creatives @ A Muse Gallery

Exhibit of photo portraits of local nightclub celebutantes. Artist's reception June 20, 7pm. Thru July 10. 614 Alabama St. 279-6281. www.yourmusegallery.com

Discovery Globetrotters @ Castro Meeting Room

Gay men's social and travel discussion group, with travel reps giving talks on destinations, cruises, and tours. Free. 4pm-6pm. 501 Castro st. at 18th, upstairs. www.discovery-community.org

Fabled Asp @ GLBT Historical Society

Lesbian comic Karen Ripley hosts an afternoon of poetry, music and comedy by disable women, with Papa Dino, Melodie Frances, Dominika Bednarska and Nomy Lamm. Free. 2pm-5pm. 657 Mission St. #300. www.glbthistory.org

Glitter Bomb @ Martuni's

Music, comedy, drag with hosts Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, performers Joe Wicht, Kathleen antonia, Brian Yates-Sharber, Carly Ozard, Donna Sahcet, Meg Mckay, Tony Koester and more. Proceeds benefit Vital California and Roaddawgz. Donations. 6-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio

New interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm. www.EnergyTalkRadio.com  

K'vetch! @ Eros

Tara Jepson and Kirk Read cochost the eclectic irreverent reading-performance open mic, with guest Kirthi Nath. $3-$5. 2051 Market St. at Dolores. www.kirkread.com   www.erossf.com

Man of La Mancha @ Mountain Play, Mill Valley

Outdoor ampitheatre staging of the musical about Don Quixote. $30-$40. 1pm. Also June 14, 21. Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Miller Ave. at Camino Alto. 383-1100.  www.MountainPlay.org

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $30. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com  

Threads

Threads @ SOMArts Gallery

Opening reception for a group exhibit of gay-themed quilts and fabric art; photo booth, music, food drink and fun. Free. 3pm. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Weaving a Web of Queerness

@ Mama Calizo's Voice Factory

Creation Myths in the Wynbiverse, the opening reception for an exhibit by Wynbi (Jombi Supastar and Alwyn de Wally) of muslin and papier-mache sculptures of androgynous deities. Free/bring food and drink. 6pm-9pm. 1519 Mission St. at 11th. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Dorothy Allison in Testimonies...

Mon 8

OUT Spoken @ Comcast Ch. 11

Cable TV show for the LGBT Community, co-hosted by Tim Gaskin, Donna Sachet and Dr. Betty Sullivan. 6:30, Also Tue. 9pm, Wed. 7pm, Fri. 7:30pm, Sat. 7pm, Sun. 6:30pm.  www.outspokensf.com

Testimonies: Poetry Evening @ SOMArts

Testimonies, Chisme, Spilling the Tea, with Dorothy Allison, Ching-In Chen, Elana Dykewomon, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Eloise Klein Healy, Cole Krawitz, D.A. Powell, Ely Shipley and Griselda Suarez; hosted by Jewelle Gomez. $12-$20. 7:30pm. 934 Brannan St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Patrick Wolf

Patrick Wolf @ Slim's

Talented (and fabulously stylish) multi-instrumentalist performs; also Living Things, Plastiscines and Jaguar Love. $16. 7:30pm. 333 11th St. www.patrickwolf.com   www.slims-sf.com

Same-Sex Salsa @ Live Art Gallery

Ongoing weekly dance classes in salsa, swing, and other dances. No partner needed. $10 one class, $35 for a 4-week series. Mon thru Thu classes. 151 Potrero Ave. 305-8242. Also 2nd Saturdays, 7pm, at Magnet, 4122 18th St.   www.QueerBallroom.com  

Translations @ The Garage

Performance piece about diverse global queer lives, with a collaborative script by Dewayne Dickerson, Natalia Vigil and Dacumos, with music by Jesus Guillon. $12-$20. 8pm. 975 Howard St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Funny Tuesdays;

Ronn Vigh cohosts.

Tue 9

The Drag Show @ Channel 29/76

New weekly talk show with local drag performers; Zachary Davenport and Stu Smith cohost. Free (with cable). 7:30pm.  

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey's

Ronn Vigh and Nick Leonard host the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. Free. One-drink minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Kenney Mencher, Carolyn Meyer @ ArtHaus

Duo exhibit of monochromatic paintings, including Mencher's witty faux-retro imagery. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru June 27. 411 Brannan St. 977-0223.  www.kenney-mencher.com www.arthaus-sf.com

Radar Superstar @ SF Public Library

Michelle Tea hosts the sixth anniversary of her eclectic reading series, with authors Sarah Schulman (People in Trouble, Rat Bohemia), James St. James (Party Monster), Raquel Guitterez, and Shawn Stewart Ruff. Free. 6pm. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. www.sfpl.org

Rare Elegance @ Robert Tat Gallery

Photos by Cathleen Naundorf, who specializes in artistic portraits of fashion designers' couture; thru June13. Also, vintage black and white prints by famous photographers. Free. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. Suite 211. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

Jefferey Self's

My Life on the Craigslist

Wed 10

10 Percent @ BAC 104

New LGBT-themed talk show hosted by local publicist David Perry. Also Mondays, 8pm. Bay Area Cable #104.

Garage All-Stars @ The Garage

Multimedia queer theatre works by Sherilyn Connelly, Calypso, and the Queer Girl Theatre Project. $10-$20. 8pm. 975 Howard St. www.queerculturalcenter.org www.975howard.com

Gay Skate @ Redwood Roller Rink

The weekly GLBT roller-skating night is worth the drive. $7. 8pm-10pm. 1303 Main St. Redwood City. (650) 574-8148. www.myspace.com/gayrainbowskate    

My Life on the Craigslist @ New Conservatory Theatre

New Yorker Jeffery Self's solo show about cruising for sex on the M4M section of the famous website. $20-$28. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 27. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org  

Mythfits @ SF Public Library

Radar reading with Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, Robin Coste Lewis + Sadie Lune, who use mythology in their writing. Michelle Tea hosts. Free. 6pm. 100 Larkin St. www.queerculturalcenter.org  www.sfpl.org

Bobby Caldwell

Thu 11

Bobby Caldwell @ The Rrazz Room

Singer-songwriter performs smooth jazz hits. $45-$7.50. 8pm.  two shows, 7pm, 9pm on June 12-13. 7pm June 14. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.   www.TheRrazzRoom.com

The Golden Girls

@ Mama Calizo's Voice Factory

Heklina, Pollo Del Mar, Matthew Martin, Cookie Dough, Mike Finn, and Laurie Bushman perform gay-themed episodes of the classic senior citizen sitcom. Thu-Fri 7pm, 9pm. Sat 5, 7, 9pm. Sun 3 & 5pm. Benefit shows Wed 7pm & 9pm. Thru June 26. 1519 Mission st. at 11th. Tickets: goldengirlssf@earthlink.net www.trannyshack.com

Hot Draw @ Mark I. Chester Studio

Erotic drawing group for gay men, with nude models Wes and Eric. Donations. 6:30-9:30pm. 1229 Folsom St. RSVP 621-6294. www.markichester.com/hotdraw (NSFW)

Juba Kalamka in Into the Streets

Into the Streets

@ SOMArts Cultural Center

Readings and Performances Inspired by Queer Street Protests, with Eileen Myles, Ali Liebegott, Annie Danger, Justin Chin, Juba Kalamka, Myriam Gurba, Meliza Banales, Keith Hennessy and Michelle Tea. Free. 7:30pm. 934 Brannan St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

The Letter From Mount Idy @ Playwrights Center

Staged reading of Bob Hayden play-in-progress about a gay Amish/Mormon couple in rural America. Free. 7:30pm. 131 10th St.

Love, Humiliation & Karaoke @ StageWerx

Enzo Lombard's solo show about a mad trek to meet an online blind date, and meeting him at a Taco stand parking lot. $20. 8pm. Thursdays thru June. 8pm/ 533 Sutter St. at Powell. www.brownpapertickets.com

Out & Equal Awards Dinner @ SF Marriott

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates' reception, dinner and program of "Addie" awards given to honorees. $175. 5:30-9:30pm. 55 4th St. www.outandequal.org

Out in the Bay @ KALW 91.7 FM

LGBT radio show. 7pm (right after NPR's Fresh Air). www.KALW.org www.OutInTheBay.com

Queer Relations @ Femina Potens

Native American two-spirit LGBTs Qwo-Li Driskill, Miko Thomas and Luna Maia, Miko Thomas and others read and perform works about their experience. $10-$15. 8pm. 2199 Market St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Rebel Girl @ The Garage

Performances by Riot Grrrl artists Gina de Vries, Chan Dynasty, Melissa Gira Grant, Liz Henry, Nomi Tamm, Melodie Younce and Zuleikha Mahmood. $10-$20. 7pm. 975 Howard St. www.queerculturalcenter.org

Through Future Eyes @ Yerba Buena Arts Center

Subtitled The Endurance of Humanity, an exhibit of social issue and political art, including Shepard Fairey's now-iconic Obama portrait and other works, muralist Diego Rivera and others; curated by six Bay Area young women. Thru July 5. 701 Mission St. 978-2787.  www.ybca.org

Bar On Church

Bar & Nightclub Events,

June 4 " 11, 2009

Thu 4

The Crib @ City Nights

Pop music club night. $10. 18+. 9:30pm-3am. 715 Harrison St. at 3rd. www.thecribsf.com

Flight 1760 @ Triple Crown

Gay night at the renovated bar (formerly Octavia Lounge), with DJ Adrian Taylor. 10pm-2am. 1760 Market St. at Octavia. www.triplecrownsf.com

Gay Dating Game Show @ The Mix

BeBe Sweetbriar hosts the weekly fun contest just like the campy straight 70s version. Be a contestant, get a date, or watch all the fun. No cover. 8pm. 4086 18th St. at Castro. 431-8616.

Juicy @ The White Horse, Oakland

Hip Hop, R&B and soul. 9pm. (karaoke, drag king shows other nights, too). 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820.

Kick It @ Bar on Church

New night of hiphop at the renovated bar (formerly The Transfer). 9pm-2am. Also Sundays. 198 Church St. at Market. www.TheBarSF.com

Live Bands @ SF Eagle

Local and touring bands perform live rock music at the famed bar. $7. 9:30pm. 12th St. at Harrison. www.hankbobbit.com   www.sfeagle.com

Pub Thursdays @ Cafe Flore

DJ Lamont Young; $2 and $3 Beer Specials, no cover. 10pm-2am. 2298 Market St. at Noe. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com  

Hyp, each Saturday

Fri 5

Activate @ The Lookout

Enjoy a view, hot DJ Luke Fry, and a cool crowd. $3. 9pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. 431-0306. www.lookoutsf.com

Black Friday @ Cat Club

Monistat hosts a disco romp with DJs PeePlay, Sex Wax and Randy. No cover. 10pm-2am. 1190 Folsom St. at 8th.

Club Dragon @ Club Eight

Weekly Asian gay dance club. 1151 Folsom St. at 7th. 431-1151. www.clubdragonsf.com

Dance Blend @ Q Bar

Hi-NRG pop, hiphop and underground grooves. 2pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.qbarsf.com

Ghetto Disco @ The End Up

Tune-tastic night for the all-nighters; guest and resident DJs David Harness, Hawthorne, Vince; outdoor porch. Free before midnight.11pm-11am. 6th & Harrison. www.theendup.com

Nasty @ Powerhouse

Filthy fundraiser for the AIDS Emergency Fund, withSuzan Revah, Barechest Men, The Disco Cherry and massages. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom st. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

Weekly saucy female strip show. DJed music, BBQ, and a great time. $5-$10. 7:30pm-9:30pm Dancing and more afterward. 3158 Mission st. at Precita. www.redhotsburlesque.com   www.elriosf.com

Salsa Club @ Cafe Cocomo

Same-sex dancing and lessons with a live band. 21+. 8:30pm-12am. 650 Indiana St. www.QueerBallroom.com

Shag Fridays @ Cafe Flore

Loungey fun in the center of gayville. $4 martinis; no cover. 10pm-2am. 2298 Market St. at Noe. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

Shirts Off @ Truck

Take off your shirt and get $1.50 for draft beer. 8pm-10pm. 1900 Folsom St. at 15th. 252-0306. www.trucksf.com

Adonis at Space 550

photo: Steven Underhill

Sat 6

Adonis @ Space 550

11th annual customer appreciation party; free before 12am, T-shirts, CDs for first 50 guests; DJ Rob Kaftan. $20. 10pm-late. 550 Barneveld Ave. at Industrial. www.guspresents.com

Bistroteque @ Cafe Flore

DJ Ken Vulsion of Honey Soundsystem spins tunes. 8pm-2am, $3 Cosmos & Lemon Drops; no cover. 10pm-2am. 2298 Market St. at Noe. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

Cockfight @ Underground

New gay night, with a sexy sleazy sports theme. Come as your inner slutty jock, or in one. Felicai Fellatio and DJ Earworm host. $6. 9pm-2am (2-for-1 drink sloppy hour 9pm-10pm). 424 Haight St. 864-7386. www.cockfightsf.com

Girls Night Out @ Vibe Lounge, Oakland

New soul, R&B music night for women at the new Oakland LGBT club, with DJ Page Hodel; each 1st Saturday. $10. 10pm-2am. 2272 Telegraph Avenue (between 23rd Street and West Grand Ave). www.thevibelounge.com

Hayes Valley Follies @ Marlena's

Weekly old-school drag show, hosted by Miss Galilea. 10pm. No cover. 488 Hayes St. 864-6672. www.marlenasbarsf.com

Hyp @ Club Eight

New weekly gay hiphop night, with DJs Twin Spin and Big G. 10pm-3am. Opening night RSVP required: info@hypsf.com   1151 Folsom St. at 8th. www.hypsf.com

Men in Gear @ Chaps II

Serious leather, boots, and uniform fan night. 9pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. at 9th. www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com

Social Club @ The Lookout

Upscale libations night, with DJs Lee Decker, Luke Fry. 9pm-2am. 16th at Market & Noe. www.guspresents.com

Tattoo Saturdays @ The Stud

Show off your ink. DJ Adrian Taylor spins house and hiphop. $6. 10pm-3am. 21+. 9th st. at harrison. www.studsf.com

Flexible gogo dudes at H.O.M.

Sun 7

Beer Bust @ Chaps II

Intimate alternative Sunday afternoon, with interactive gogo dancers. 3pm-6pmish. 1225 Folsom St. at 9th. www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com

Beer Bust @ SF Eagle

The most popular daytime gay bar event in Northern California, with benefits for local LGBT and AIDS charities and organizations. $10. 3pm-6pmish. 12th St. at Harrison. www.sfeagle.com

Cocktailgate @ Truck

Suppositori Spelling's wild little drag show; weekly at 9pm. 1900 Folsom St. at 15th. http://www.myspace.com/cocktailgate   www.trucksf.com

Confession @ Q Bar

Absolut-ion cocktails and confession booths for your pent-up weekend guilt trip. DJ Luke Fry.  456 Castro st. www.qbarsf.com

Fresh @ Ruby Skye

T-Dance for the Sunday dance fans; DJ Wayne G. $20-$25. 6pm-12am. 420 Mason St. at Geary. www.freshsf.com

Gloss Sundays @ Trigger

Lord Martine hosts the new weekend event at the new bar; DJ Hawthorne. 7pm-11pm. 2144 Market St. www.clubTrigger.com

H.O.M. @ Infusion Lounge

Monthly gay T-dance at the new stylish club in Union Square; guest DJ Moto Blanco (UK); resident DJs Luke Johnstone, Jamie Sanchez. $15-$25. 5pm-12am. 124 Ellis St. at Powell. www.infusionlounge.com

Jock @ The Lookout

Afternoon schmooze and booze, with door and donations benefiting gay sports teams. $3. 2pm-8pm. 3600 16th St. at Market. 431-0306. www.myspace.com/JockatLookout  

Honey Sundays @ Paradise Lounge

New fab dance night for the SoMa dudes, produced by the Honey Sound System folks. 8pm-2am. 1501 Folsom St. at 11th. www.honeysoundsystem.com  

Salsa Sunday @ El Rio

Dance lessons and hot music at the neighbhorhood bar where everyone (over 21) is welcome. Free BBQ 3pm. Show 4pm. $8. 3158 Mission St. at Cesar Chavez. www.elriosf.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Country-Western line-dancing and two-stepping night. $5. 5pm-10:30pm; lessons 5:30-7:30. Also Thursdays. 550 Barneveld Ave. 820-1403. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sweetbriar Sundays @ Martuni's

Bebe Sweetbriar hosts a new drag show with a tribute to Whitney Houston; Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Virginia Suicie and others perform.   7pm. 4 Valencia St. www.dragatmartunis.com

Lookers at The Lookout

photo: Steven Underhill

Mon 8

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's

Sing-along night with talented locals. 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Sacred Cocktails @ The Lookout

Religious discussion group for LGBT Christians and others. Free. 8pm-9pm. Thru June 15. 3600 16th St. 2nd floor.

Swing Side Room @ Julie's Supper Club

Same sex dance party with instruction classes. $10 drop-in or $35 discount on 4 week series. 8pm line dancing, 9pm lessons. Free dance for students 9-10pm. 1123 Folsom St. at 7th. 305-8242.  www.QueerJitterbugs.com

Tiara Sensation @ The Stud

Vivianne ForeverMore hosts a night of drag and and dancing fun. 10pm-2am. 9th at Harrison. www.studsf.com www.myspace.com/tiarasensation

Out & About at the Bars

Tue 9

Double Vision @ The Lookout

DJs Frantik and Adrian Taylor. 3600 16th St. at Market. 431-0306. www.thelookoutsf.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey's

Ronn Vigh and Nick Leonard host the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. Free. One-drink minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Ladies Night @ Q Bar

Women's night, with DJ Ms. Jackson, half-off drinks. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro st. www.qbarsf.com  

A-List Martini Nights

Wed 10

A-List Martini Nights @ Bar TBA

Ongoing popular weekly social and networking event for gay men and their friends. Sign up to get invites to a different bar each week. 9pm-12am. www.sfalist.com  

Booty Call @ Q Bar

Juanita More! and her More Boys entertain and debauche with; hot gogo studs, too. NYC DJs all month. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.spankzine.wordpress.com   www.bootycallwednesdays.com

Brain Farts @ The Lookout

Ongoing Wednesdays night fun as Bebe Sweetbriar and Poll Del Mar co-hostess the fun trivia game with wacky prizes. Free. 7:30-11pm. 3600 16th St. 431-0306. www.lookoutsf.com

Fame @ Bar on Church

New night of glam and costumed celeb farce at the renovated bar (formerly The Transfer). 9pm-2am. 198 Church St. at Market. www.TheBarSF.com

Frat House @ 440 Bar

College guys and those who impersonate them enjoy cheap drink and tunes spun by DJ Matt. 440 Castro St. www.guspresents.com

Jock @ Chaps II

Wear a jock strap, get cheap drinks. 9pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. at 9th. www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com

Mary-Go-Round @ The Lookout

Cookie Dough, Suppositori Spelling and Pollo Del Mar host a new weekly drag show. $5. 10:30pm show. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Soulduction @ Vibe Lounge, Oakland

Weekly soul, R&B music night at the new Oakland LGBT club. $5. 10pm-2am. 2272 Telegraph Avenue (between 23rd Street and West Grand Ave). www.thevibelounge.com

Gogo Night at Truck

Thu 11

The Crib @ City Nights

Pop music club night. $10. 18+. 9:30pm-3am. 715 Harrison St. at 3rd. www.thecribsf.com

Flight 1760 @ Triple Crown

Gay night at the renovated bar (formerly Octavia Lounge), with DJ Adrian Taylor. 10pm-2am. 1760 Market St. at Octavia. www.triplecrownsf.com

Gay Dating Game Show @ The Mix

BeBe Sweetbriar hosts the weekly fun contest just like the campy straight 70s version. Be a contestant, get a date, or watch all the fun. No cover. 8pm. 4086 18th St. at Castro. 431-8616.

Gogo Night @ Truck

Hot male dancers get naughty, 10pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. at 15th. 252-0306. www.trucksf.com

Juicy @ The White Horse, Oakland

Hip Hop, R&B and soul. 9pm. (karaoke, drag king shows other nights, too). 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820.

Kick It @ Bar on Church

New night of hiphop at the renovated bar (formerly The Transfer). 9pm-2am. Also Sundays. 198 Church St. at Market. www.TheBarSF.com

Live Bands @ SF Eagle

Local and touring bands perform live rock music at the famed bar. $5. 9:30pm. 12th St. at Harrison. www.sfeagle.com

Pub Thursdays @ Cafe Flore

DJ Lamont Young; $2 and $3 Beer Specials, no cover. 10pm-2am. 2298 Market St. at Noe. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com  

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