Arts Events Feb. 27-March 5, 2020

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  • Wednesday February 26, 2020
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The Forgotten Empress @ Hammer Theatre, San Jose University & Z Space Fri 28
The Forgotten Empress @ Hammer Theatre, San Jose University & Z Space Fri 28

Plays and paintings, poems and performances await in the arts.


David Sanborn @ Yoshi's Oakland

The popular jazz saxophonist performs with his band. $36-$80, 8pm & 10pm. Feb 28 8pm & 10pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

femMasculine @ Pacific Felt Factory Arts Complex

Screening of documentation of Kevin Seaman's trans-drag solo show. Free. 6:30pm. 2830 20th St.

Following Lou @ GLBT History Museum

Following Lou: Searching the Archives for Our Queer Past, with Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, coauthors of We Both Laughed In Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan. 7pm. 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.

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.

Radical @ Spark Arts Thu 27  

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

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Lit and liquor at the famed martini bar, with Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Spencer Fleury, Yume Kim, Andrea Passwater, and Danielle Truppi, and host James J. Siegel. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

NoisePop @ Multiple Venues
Music and arts festival with dozens of acts, thru March 1.

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.

Trans Voices @ Strut
QTPOC presents a trans open mic night and party, hosted by Pearl Teese, with creators Julian Shendelman and Kay Nilsson. 6:30pm-9pm. 470 Castro St.

The Supers @ Z Space Fri 28 photo: Fernando Gambaroni  

And Then We Danced @ Embarcadero Center Cinema, Shattuck Cinema Berkeley
Levan Akin's film about a gay dancer's coming-of-age in former Soviet-Georgia.

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.

The Forgotten Empress @ Hammer Theatre, San Jose University; Z Space
Multimedia dance production from Farah Yasmeen Shaikh and Noorani Dance that tells the compelling story of the 17th-century Empress Noor Jahan. $35-$60. Feb 28 & 29, 7:30pm. March 5 & 6, 7:30pm at Z Space, 450 Florida St.

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.

Jenn Colella @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Broadway performer with a smart comic edge performs at the elegant cabaret nightclub. $50-$65. ($20 food/drink min.) Also Feb 29. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

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.

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music Sat 29  

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

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

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Violins of Hope, a concert that's part of citywide events with violins and string instruments left behind after Jewish and gay holocaust victims were killed in Nazi Germany; commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp; Mendelssohn Symphony #3 "Scottish", Ethel Smyth's Overture to the Boatswain's Mate; Chris Brubeck's Interplay for 3 Violins, with Dawn Harms, Kay Stern, Robin Mayforth violin soloists. $15-$35. 8pm. 50 Oak St.

Dave Schweisguth @ Martuni's
The vocalist's concert, 'Here's to Your Illusion: Songs About Life by Yip Harburg,' with accompanist Russell Deason. $20. 7pm 4 Valencia St.

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

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

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

Art Exhibits @ Minnesota Street Project Sat 29  

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.

March to Remember & Re-ignite Hope
@ Castro District

Juanita MORE! and local activisits and community builders take a solemn informative walking tour of former LGBT-owned businesses and queer spaces. 2pm. Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro St. at Market.

Multiple Exhibits @ SF MOMA
Dawoud Bey: An American Project (thru May 25); Elemental Calder (thru May 3); Elad Lassry (thru May 10); JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco (thru May 31); New Work: Nevin Aladag (thru June 7); other exhibits of Pop, Minimal and Figurative art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Omar Sosa, Yilian Canizares @ Yoshi's Oakland
Enjoy the Cuban jazz-pop vocalists and band at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $29-$74. 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Mar. 1, 7pm & 9pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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.

Pre-Code Horror @ Cartoon Art Museum
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.

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.

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.

The End of You @ Grand Theater Sun 1  

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.

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
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.

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

Phil Wiseman @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
What a Country: Celebrating the American Experience, Wiseman's solo music revue about his family's history; also a benefit for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation; includes a cocktail reception and
three-course dinner. $100. 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason 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.

SmackDab @ Manny's
Alex L. Combs, S.F. cartoonist, is featured at the long-running free LGBTQIA community queer open mic. 5pm. 3092 16th St.

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.

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum Mon 2  

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

Carmen Jones @ Yoshi's Oakland
The powerhouse vocalist performs a Teena Marie tribute, with host-comedian Dennis Gaxiola. $20. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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.

They Called Us Enemy
@ Cartoon Art Museum

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

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

Robert Buelteman @ Slate Contemporary, Oakland Tue 3  

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

Antigone Rising, the Muddy Roses
@ The Ivy Room, Albany

Women bands play folk, blues and more. $15-$18. 8pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

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.

Illuminate SF @ Citywide Wed 4  

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

Curious & Wonderful:
Selections From the Achenbach Vault
@ Legion of Honor

Historic handmade works on paper; thru Mar. 22. Also, Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale; thru April 12. Also, other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

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

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA Thu 5  

Amber Martin @ Oasis
The amazing singer performs Bathhouse Bette, her tribute concert of Bette Midler songs. $20. 9pm. 298 11th St.

Big Butterfly @ The Ivy Room, Albany
Diverse rock, jazz, zydeco and other hybrid styles with Scott Amendola, Zachary Ostroff & Adam Nash. $10. 8pm. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany.

Divine Women,
Divine Wisdom @ BAM/PFA

Exhibit of Tibetan art depicting women as holy entities. Thru May 24. Also, 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.

Leo Kottke @ Yoshi's Oakland
The prodigious guitar instrumentalist performs at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $42. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

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.

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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