Arts Events March 5-12, 2020

  • by Events Editor
  • Wednesday March 4, 2020
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'The Book of Mountains and Seas' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 6 photo: Lois Tema
'The Book of Mountains and Seas' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Fri 6 photo: Lois Tema

March yourself off to the box office at theatres, welcome desks at museums and perhaps even a box seat at the symphony; whatever arts makes your heart sing.


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.

Classic and News Films @ Castro Theatre

Mar. 5: Jesus Christ Superstar with stars Ted Neely and Yvonne Ellman (7pm). Mar 6: Dolomite is my Name (7pm) and Bowfinger (9:10). Mar 7: five Federico Fellini films. Mar 8: Out of the Past (1:45, 6pm) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (3:45, 8pm). Mar 9-11: 1917. Mar 12: Judy Garland in I Could Go on Singing (2pm, 6pm) and Judy (3:50, 8pm). $8-$15. 489 Castro St.

Don't Eat the Mangos @ Magic Theatre

World premiere of Ricardo Perez Gonzalez' comic-drama about three sisters caring for their ailing father amid a San Juan hurricane. $15-$75. Thru Mar. 22. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd.

Toni Stone @ Geary Theater Thu 5  

Events @ City Lights Bookstore
Mar. 5, 7pm: slideshow and talk about the book The Half Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening. 261 Columbus Ave.

Events @ Manny's
Mar. 5, 6pm: Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News. 6, 7:30pm: Soul Food for Thought Open mic. 8, 6:30pm: Fiesta Flamenca. 9, 6pm: Crystal Meth epidemic talk, 7:30pm screening of Crystal City. 11, 5pm: Dr. Arati Prabhakar. 11, 7:30pm: Hadar Aviram's Yesterday's Monsters book party. 12, 6:30pm: Push, the film and panel discussion. 3092 16th St.

The Forgotten Empress @ 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. March 5 & 6, 7:30pm at Z Space, 450 Florida St.

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.

Sarah Menefee @ The Green Arcade
The author reads from her new book, Cement, with guest poet/artist Boadiba. 7pm. 1680 Market St.

Toni Stone @ Geary Theater
American Conservatory Theater's production of Lydia R. Diamond's historical drama about the real-life first woman to play in Negro League Baseball. $30-$95. Thru Mar. 29. 405 Geary St.

Joseph Abbati @ Strut Fri 6  

The Book of Mountains and Seas
@ New Conservatory Theatre Center

World premiere of Yilong Liu's intimate and epic adventure of Chinese mythology and a search for the perfect Yelp review. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm Sun 2pm. thru April 5. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

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.

The Human Ounce @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works' production of Nicole Parizeau's political and social justice-charged play, seen through the examined reputation of a famous painter. $15-$38. Extended thru Mar. 22. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

The Joffrey Ballet @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
The acclaimed dance company performs works by Nicolas Blanc, Justin Peck, Stephanie Martinz and Christopher Wheeldon. $42-$148. Mar. 6&7, 8pm. Mar. 8, 3pm. Bancroft Way at Dana, UC Berkeley campus.

Joseph Abbati @ Strut
Opening reception for Queeries, the local artist's gay take on masculinity through colorful illustrative art. 8pm-10pm. 470 Castro 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.

Weaving Spirits Festival @ CounterPulse
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits' performances and workshops co-curated by Landa Lakes and Javier Stell-Fresquez. $10-$40. 7pm. Thru March 8 (Sun 5pm). 80 Turk St.

Black Choreographers Festival @ Laney College Theater, Oakland  

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.

Black Choreographers Festival
@ Holland Theater, Oakland

See multiple dance works by Gabriel Christian & Chibueze Crouch, Alex Diaz, Clarissa Dyas, Dana Fitchett, Ashley Gayle, Shawn Hawkins, Jhia Jackson, Frankie Lee Peterson III, Dazaun Soleyn, Andréa Spearman, and Jamie Wright. $10-$25. Also March 8. Holland Theatre, Lisser Hall, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.

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.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of the Tony-winning musical filled with romance and treachery. $31-$72. Thru Mar. 15. 215 Jackson St.

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

Installations @ David Ireland House
Unusual home made into living art exhibits, includes Ireland and other artists'; works; March 7-June 27: Felipe Dulzaides' There is no such thing as a perfect circle. Opening reception and performance, 1pm. 500 Capp 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.

The Full Monty @ Victoria Theatre  

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.

Meet the Curator @ GLBT History Museum
Joanna Black leads a tour of Performance, Protest & Politics: Gilbert Baker's Art, an exhibit of the works and ephemera by and about the creator of the Rainbow Flag. 1pm. Exhibit thru April 5. $5. 4127 18th St.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. Also, Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years, thru Aug 23. Free-$16. 736 Mission St.

Patrick McDonnell @ Cartoon Art Museum
Celebrated cartoonist of Mutts discusses his work and signs copies of his books. $10. 6:30pm. 781 Beach 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.

Ásgeir @ Great American Music Hall Mon 9  

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

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

Ásgeir @ Great American Music Hall
The Icelandic singer-songwriter performs music from his new album, Bury the Moon; Khushi opens. $22-$46 (with dinner). 8pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

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.

They Called Us Enemy @ Cartoon Art Museum  

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 @ 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). Upcoming: A Boy and his Tiger, a tribute and online auction of works by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes). 781 Beach St.

Illuminate SF @ Citywide  

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. 2051 Market St.

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.

Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective @ BAM/PFA
Exhibit of beautiful quilts by the fabric artist; thru July 19. Divine Women, Divine Wisdom, an exhibit of Tibetan art depicting women as holy entities. Thru May 24. 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.

Suffrage 100: a Centennial Celebration @ Mechanics' Institute
Author Elaine Elinson and historian Jennifer Helton discusses the historical subjects in her book, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. 6:30pm. 57 Post 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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