Arts Events Feb. 13-20, 2020

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  • Wednesday February 12, 2020
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Dance Lovers 9 @ Joe Goode Annex Thu 13
Dance Lovers 9 @ Joe Goode Annex Thu 13

With so many arts events, you could go out every night and day and still have more to enjoy.


Author Events @ City Lights Books

Feb 13: Howard Eiland (translator of Walter Benjamin's Origin of the German Trauerspeil). Feb 18: Dennis Baron (What's Your Pronoun?). Feb 20: William T. Vollmann (The Lucky Star); each 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre

Feb 13: JoJo Rabbit and A Hidden Life. $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Dance Lovers 9 @ Joe Goode Annex

A dozen-plus exceptional artists (lovers, best friends, sisters) perform duets about love at the 9th Annual Valentine's dance concert, with James Graham, Erik Lee and other performers. $19-$39. Thu-Sat 8pm. 401 Alabama St.

Friends Live @ Oasis

The popular sitcom gets a deserved drag parody, with Caleb Haven Draper, Carol Ann Walker, Emily France, Titus Androgynous, Sue Casa, Paul Grant, Hovannes, Cassie Wassie, Kirk Saraceno, L Ron Hubby and Anne Norland. $27.50-$50. 7pm. Thu-Sat 7pm thru March 14. 298 11th St.

Homobiles @ Ivy Room, Albany

Queer rock, plus Pls Pls Me and LeFemmeBear. $8-$10. 8pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

Horrorpops @ Slim's

Danish psychobilly sextet performs; also, The Quakes and Frank & Deans. $30. 8pm. 333 11th St.

Kronos Quartet @ Zellerbach Theatre, Berkeley

The award-winning music ensemble performs A Thousand Thoughts, a multimedia music and film collaboration celebrating composer Terry Riley and the group;s 45th anniversary. $24-$58. 8pm. UC Berkeley campus.

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Thu 13  

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Opening day of a new exhibit showcasing the jeans manufacturer's innovations. Also, Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area. Free-$16. 736 Mission St.

Manifesto @ Brava Studio
A Call to Arms, a Spectacular Reckoning, Rotimi Agbabiaka's new solo show about a gay Black actor's struggles with success versus integrity. $25. 8pm. Various dates and times thru Feb 15. 2773 24th St.

Paula West @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The popular local singer returns to the elegant nightclub with her band for a multiple-night residency of concerts. $65-$85 ($20 food/drink min.). Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 5pm thru Feb 16. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Polythene Pam @ El Rio
Queer and trans folk, pop and original music; also Shawna Virago, Scorpio Moon and Soft Vowel Sounds perform. No cover. 8pm-10pm. 3158 Mission St.

Violent Femmes, The Mermen @ The Fillmore
The two veteran bands (alt-rock and surf-pop) performs. $55. 9pm. Also Feb 14. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

Who's Your Mami Comedy @ Brava Studio
Diane Amos, Sampson McCormick, Dominique Gelin, Baruch Porras-Hernandez host Marga Gomez will keep you laughing at the popular monthly comedy series. $10-$15. 8pm. 2773 24th St.

The Spongebob Musical @ Golden Gate Theatre Fri 14  

AIDS Memorial Quilt
Volunteer Days @ Oakland

The Quilt is returning to San Francisco! Volunteers are needed to help unload trucks full of them to their new storage space near the Oakland Airport; BART station pickups available. Feb 14-16, 18-23, 10am-2pm and 1pm-5pm. Info: Kelly Rivera Hart at

Cats @ Roxie Cinema
Enjoy a Valentine's Day screening of the bizarrely amazingly awful-wonderful film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical. $8-$10 includes popcorn, a chocolate bar and commemorative Cats buttons! 6:45pm. 3117 16th St.

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater
The West Coast premiere of the acclaimed two-part play about Harry Potter's son, and his time-traveling misadventures at Hogwarts Academy, includes amazing special effects in the transformed Curran Theater. Same-day and subsequent night tickets available. $59-$300. Thru July 12. 445 Geary St.

Radical @ Spark Arts Fri 14  

My Spooky Valentine
@ The Golden Bull, Oakland

The Ink Bats, Suicide Queen, Pretty Frankenstein, plus drag performers Kai Mira and Yasferatu at a Goth-punk live music night. $10. 8pm. 412 14th St., Oakland.

Noura @ Marin Theatre Company
Heather Raffo's intense drama about an Iraqi New York family's dramatic holiday gathering; extended thru Feb 9. $25-$70. 397 Miller Ave., Mill valley.

Older and Out
@ North Berkeley Senior Center

Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

Pete Escovito Orchestra @ Yoshi's Oakland
The Bay area legend's Latin jazz band performs at the stylish restaurant-nightclub. $44-$74. 8pm & 10pm. Feb 15, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, Feb 16, 7pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Radical @ Spark Arts
John Fisher's new satirical drama about San Francisco politics. $25-$45. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm thru Mar. 1. 4229 18th St.

The Spongebob Musical @ Golden Gate Theatre
The wacky fun musical based on the cartoon show hits town. $56-$226. Thru Feb 16. 1 Taylor St.

Valentine's Gay @ 924 Gilman, Berkeley
Lolly Gaggers, CopySlut and Middle-Aged Queers play fun so-gay rock-punk sets. $10-$12. 7:30pm. 924 Gilman St., Berkeley.

The Full Monty @ Victoria Theatre Sat 15  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World (extended thru Feb. 17), and other exhibits of animation art by the prolific studio's artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

The Batman Armory @ Cartoon Art Museum
Artwork, Batman props and costumes on display, thru Feb. 16. Pre-Code Horror: Scary Stories and Ghastly Graphics from EC Comics, thru March 1. Gemma Correll's witty cartoons in the Emerging Artist Showcase, thru March 29. Free/$10. 11am-5pm daily; closed Wed. 781 Beach St.

Different Drum: A Celebration of Linda Ronstadt @ Ivy Room, Albany
After their sold-out concert at Oasis, the local collective of musicians and singers (Leigh Crow, Ruby Vixen, Jill Rogers, Liz Lewis, Lynne Maes, Peter Fogel, Allegra Bandy, Jessica Rose, Marilyn Fowler and others) perform Linda Ronstadt hits for an East Bay audience. $15. 9pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

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

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

Lawrence Lindell @ Strut Sat 15  

Kaleidoscope @ Exploratorium
Cells to Self, an exhibit with amazing displays showing how single cells in the human body work, portraits engineered from DNA and more (talks, hands-on workshops and nightlife events). $10-$30. Pier 15 at Embarcadero.

Lawrence Lindell @ Strut
The comic artist's exhibit of uplifting gay works. 470 Castro St.

LGBTQ Histories from the WWII Home Front @ Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Richmond
Park indoor exhibit that showcases the lives of historic LGBT people. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond.

Living the Shuffle @ the Marsh Berkeley
Film director Robert Townsend 's acclaimed solo show shares his story of the odds of making it in Hollywood while Black. $40-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm Sun 5:30pm thru Feb 29. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery
Weekly screenings of wacky, unusual, short, documentary and animated films; free books, vinyl, VHS and wine. $7. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St.

The Queer Ancestors Project @ Strut
Exhibit of prints by queer and trans emerging artists; Christine Abiba, grace cho, rai dang, Kazayra Miranda González, Kimiko Goeller, jess 'sylk' rodriguez, Satän, Sen, Striff, and curator Katie Gilmartin. Thru May 9. 470 Castro St.

Youll Catch Flies @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Sat 15 photo: Lois Tema  

Recoding CripTech @ SOMArts
Group exhibition of multimedia depictions of disabled people reimagined technologies and prosthetic tools; curated by Vanessa Chang and Lindsey D. Felt. Thru Feb 25. 934 Brannan St.

Soft Power @ SF MOMA
Soft Power, a new exhibit of 20 artists, 12 countries, 58 new works. Also, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait. Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes; Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space; other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Survival Architecture @ Museum of Craft & Design
Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience and Linda Gass: And Then This Happened..., fabric maps and multimedia; both thru May 3. 2569 3rd St.

Wakey, Wakey @ Geary Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre's production of Will Eno's compelling life-querying intimate solo play stars Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale. $15-$110. Thru Feb 16. 415 Geary St.

You'll Catch Flies @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The world premiere of Ryan Fogarty's biting comedy about a group of gay friends and their familial and familiar revelations at a party. Wed. pre-show with cocktails, 6:30pm-7:30pm. $25-$55. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; thru Feb 23. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA Sun 16  

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist
Journey Toward Enlightenment

@ Asian Art Museum

Exhibit of Tibetan antiquities and modern works -Sculptures, paintings, textiles and book arts made between 800 and 2016- with many related events and activities, thru May 3. Lost at Sea: Recovered Art From Shipwrecks, a new exhibit of antiquities discovered in oceans (thru Mar. 22); also, Chang Dai-chien (thru April 26), contemporary works by Tsherin Sherpa, Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; and exhibits of historic sculptures, prints and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite @ MOAD
Prints by the Harlem Renaissance photographer of the 1950s and '60s; Also, multimedia works by Rashaad Newsome; Don't Shoot: An Opus of the Opulence of Blackness, and Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion and Resistance All thru Mar. 1. $5-$10. 685 Mission St.

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA
Exhibit of Tibetan art depicting women as holy entities. Thru May 24. Also, Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting (thru Feb 2); Sylvia Fein: Matrix 275 (thru Mar. 1); Art Wall: Edie Fake (thru June 21); and Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California (thru April 26). Film screenings, too. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church
Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

The End of You @ Grand Theater Sun 16  

The End of You @ Grand Theater
Gray Area's unusual immersive multimedia experience about the natural interconnectivity of nature and the planet. $15-$25 (kids under 12 free). Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm. Sun 11am-6pm; thru March 1. 2665 Mission St.

Exclusion @ Presidio Officers Club
Exhibit documenting the Presidio's Japanese-American incarceration during World War II; other exhibits show the history of the former military base and the SF peninsula. Also, Andy Goldsworthy's fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibit three-mile walking tour. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended thru June. 50 Maraga Ave.

Ezra Furman @ Great American Music Hall
The 'spiritually queer' 'baroque pop' band performs new punk-influenced music; Kelley Stoltz opens. $18-$43. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Oakland Museum
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, an exhibit of amazing large artworks; thru Feb 16. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley
Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

Soul of a Nation @ de Young Museum
Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983, thru Mar. 15. Also, exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$28. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Sprightly @ SF Public Library
Weekly hangout for LGBTQ youth, with crafts, snacks and activities. 12:30pm-2:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers @ SF Main Library Mon 17  

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

Fiberful @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond
Exhibits of art by visiting professionals, and art made by developmentally disabled people; new exhibits include Fiberful, a fabric sculpture group exhibit, Tippy Toes: Terry Hoff, and Right Here, Right Now, Richmond. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St., Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers
@ SF Main Library

Photographer Jordan Reznick's LGBT portrait photo exhibit; extended thru Feb. 20. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

William Blake in Color
@ William Blake Gallery

Exhibit of classic plates in the new gallery of historic art by the 18th- and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum Tue 18  

Exhibits @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin district. 398 Eddy St.

Expedition Reef
@ California Academy of Sciences

Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Skin, a multi-species hands-on exhibit; Deep Reefs, Giants of Land and Sea, Gems and Minerals, and more. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Floral Exhibits @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens with displays of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world, including the annual Magnolia bloom. Monthly plant sales, plus art exhibits and gift shop; free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Richard Caldwell Brewer @ Lost Art Salon
Exhibit of works by the late gay artist (1923-2014). Also, Cappi and Michael Insinna. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave., #303.

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

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum
New exhibit of Harmony Becker's artwork for the graphic novel written by actor-activist George Takei, about his family's U.S. internment in a concentration camp during WWII. Free-$10. Thru May 17 (closed Wed). 781 Beach St.

The Supers @ Z Space Wed 19 photo: Fernando Gambaroni  

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

Exhibits @ Chabot
Space & Science Museum, Oakland

Space, science and planetary exhibits, including planetarium shows and the Observatory; special nighttime events like meteor shower shows. Free-$18. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

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

Naked Men's Sketch @ Eros
Get naked and take turns modeling at the sex club's popular weekly event. Donations/no entrance fee. 7pm-9pm (Open Christmas 12pm-9pm). 2051 Market St.

Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real @ Fort Mason Wed 19  

Rashaad Newsome:
To Be Real
@ Fort Mason

The artist's stunning exhibit of collage, sculptures and interactive A.I. blends queer diva iconography, robotic and African American imagery to question concepts of identity. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, thru Feb. 23. Main gallery, Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd. Other multimedia works also on exhibit at Museum of the African Diaspora thru March 1:

The Supers @ Z Space
Sara Moore's science fiction magical realism human cartoon opera costars DeMarcello Funes and includes music by Rob Reich. $15-$55. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm thru Feb. 29. 450 Florida St.

Valentine's is a Drag @ UC Theatre, Berkeley
Enjoy saucy drag and live music with Mala, Poison Oakland, WorkCapKid, Jbuk and others. $12.50. 8pm. 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.

Vincent Meis @ Dog Eared Books
The local gay author reads from and discusses his fifth novel, Four Calling Burds. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Diane Keaton @ Syndey Goldstein Theater Thu 20  

Diane Keaton @ Syndey Goldstein Theater
The actress discusses her memoir, Brother & Sister. $59 (includes a book). 7:30pm. 275 Hayes St.

Greater Sirens @ The Ivy Room, Albany
Local rock band performs, plus Butterfly Knives and The Elegant Bachelors. $8-$10. 8pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties, including Night Bloom evening events, 5pm-11pm. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

The Rainbow Did That: Remembering Gilbert Baker @ GLBT History Museum
Panel discussion about with Charley Beal, the manager of the Gilbert Baker Estate; Baker's friend Vincent Guzzone; community activist Ken Jones; and Cass Brayton (Sister Mary Media); also, Performance, Protest & Politics: Gilbert Baker's Art, an exhibit of the works and ephemera by and about the creator of the Rainbow Flag. $5. 4127 18th St.

Show Us Your Spines @ El Rio
Radar Productions presents authors LGBTQ authors Al Aguas, Kiyaan Abadani, Madhvi Trivedi-Pathak and Maneo Refiloe Mohale 6pm. 3158Mission St.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center
Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.

Various Exhibits @ Treasure Island Museum
Collections of historic Golden Gate Exposition photos and memorabilia, military ephemera and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

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