Going Out, Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday September 28, 2023
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Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason with SF Performances at the Herbst Theatre; Flex @ The Powerhouse; <br>Chloe Sherman @ Fabulosa Books; Ryan Robichaux's 'Growing Pains' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery
Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason with SF Performances at the Herbst Theatre; Flex @ The Powerhouse;
Chloe Sherman @ Fabulosa Books; Ryan Robichaux's 'Growing Pains' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery

You can find plenty of arts and nightlife entertainment options whether you're in San Francisco, Oakland or anywhere in the Bay Area, this week and every week.

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

Marga Gomez' 'Swimming With Lesbians' @ Brava Cabaret  

Before the Sword @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
World premiere of Andrew Alty's play about author T.H. White and his inspiration for the classic Arthurian story 'The Sword in the Stone.' $30-$48; thru Oct. 15. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org (Read our feature article.)

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women at its Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret (Marga Gomez' 'Swimming With Lesbians,' Oct. 6-22; Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm. 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org (Read our interview with Marga Gomez.)

Castro Theatre
Live shows and films. Musician Michelle Buteau, Sept. 28, 7pm & 10pm. 'Milk' free screening with Cleve Jones, Oct. 5, 6:30pm. 'Stop Making Sense,' Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film (4K restoration) Oct. 6, 8pm. 489 Castro St. https://www.castrotheatre.com/

Chitresh Das Institute @ ODC Theater
The company performs Charlotte Moraga's newest works in Kathak Indian Dance: '13 Matra' (world premiere), and 'Invoking the River,' (2022) an exploration of India's sacred waterways through joy, turmoil, grief, and liberation. $25-$45. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 3153 17th St. Also Oct. 8 at the Hammer Theater, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. www.chitreshdasinstitute.org

CineMás 15 @
San Francisco Latino Film Festival screens films from the US and representation from Latin America and Spain, with five LGBTQ-themed films. $9-$50. Sept. 28-Oct. 15; at Roxie Theater, Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinemas, Mission Cultural Center and streaming online. https://www.cinemassf.org/

Crowns @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Center Repertory Company's production of Regina Taylor's rousing musical about Black women's tradition of donning fancy hats for special occasions. $45-$70; thru Oct. 6. 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/

'Cruel Intentions the Musical' @ Victoria Theatre  

Cruel Intentions the Musical @ Victoria Theatre
Ray of Light Theatre Company's new production of the sassy '90s teen private school musical based on the film. $20-$70; thru Oct. 1. 2961 16th St. www.rayoflighttheatre.com (Read our interview with director-choreographer Leslie Waggoner and the company's artistic director Shane Ray.)

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often political edge. DanceWright Project with special guests, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 7:30pm. $30-$35. 3316 24th St. https://dancemissiontheater.org/

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 thru Dec. 31. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Fiddler on the Roof @ GK Hardt Theater, Santa Rosa
6th Street Playhouse's production of the classic musical by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick about a Jewish family in early 20th-century Russia. $29; thru Oct. 8. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

'Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical' @ Toni Rembe Theater (photo: Kevin Berne)  

Hadestown @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
The national touring company of Anaïs Mitchell's hit musical based on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone. $44-$114, thru Oct. 1, 55 South Market St., San Jose. broadwaysanjose.com.

Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical @ Toni Rembe Theater
World premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Broadway-bound musical about the iconic music and dance TV show and its creator, DJ Don Cornelius. $25-$105; thru Oct. 8. 415 Geary St. www.act-sf.org (Read our interview with playwright Dominique Morisseau.)

Mrs. Christie @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of Heidi Armbruster's play about famed murder mystery author Agatha Christie's strange 11-day disappearance in 1926. $30. Oct. 4-29. 500 Castro St. https://theatreworks.org/

Nollywood Dreams @ San Francisco Playhouse
Jocelyn Bioh's romantic comedy's set in Nigeria's 1990s film industry boom. $15-$100. Sept. 28-Nov. 4. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

'POTUS' @ Berkeley Repertory  

Overlooked Latinas @ Theatre Rhinoceros
Tina D'Elia reprises her acclaimed multi-character solo show about Latine women. $17.50-$35; thru Oct. 1, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 4229 18th St. https://www.therhino.org/ (Read our feature article.)

POTUS @ Berkeley Repertory
Selina Fillinger's gleefully feminist satire, subtitled 'Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,' takes on White House politics when a guileless male president's fumble becomes an international incident. $45-$134; thru Oct. 22. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org/

San Francisco Opera
The company performs Giuseppe Verdi's 'Il Trovatore,' Sept. 29 & Oct. 1; $26-$246. 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' (music by Mason Bates, libretto by Mark Campbell), Sept. 30, Oct. 3 & 7. $26-$378. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

Sean Dorsey Dance @ Z Space
The company performs 'The Lost Art of Dreaming.' $15-$50, sliding scale. Sept. 29 & 30, 7:30pm, Oct. 1, 2pm (Sunday with ASL interpretation). 450 Florida St. https://seandorseydance.com/ (Read our interview with Sean Dorsey.)

Smuin Contemporary Ballet  

Significant Other @ Los Altos Stage
Joshua Harmon's lightly comic play about a man seeking a husband. $20-$45; thru Oct. 1. 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. www.losaltosstage.org

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The company's 30th anniversary season features the return of James Kudelka's riveting ballet in cowboy boots, 'The Man in Black,' set to the music of Johnny Cash, and 'Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink),' a dynamic neoclassical work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Val Caniparoli. $25-$89; thru October 7; Lesher Center for the Arts, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason. www.smuinballet.org

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Dan Hoyle's 'Border People,' Sept. 29-Oct. 28; Fred Pitts' 'Aren't You...?" thru Oct. 21. 1062 Valencia St. Brian Copeland's 'Grandma & Me, an Ode to Single Parents,' thru Oct. 20, at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.themarsh.org

Sylvester, The Mighty Real @ Haight District
Last weekend for EyeZen Presents' Out of Site music/performance walking tour that traces the life of disco diva Sylvester and the queer culture of the 1970s. $15-$125. Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Fridays at 12pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm and 4pm. Meet at 1035 Haight St. https://www.eyezen.org/oos-mighty (Read our feature article.)

Chloe Sherman ('Renegades' San Francisco: 1990s) @ Fabulosa Books  

Books Not Bans @ Booksmith
The popular indie bookstore joins forces with Fabulosa Books to send banned LGBTQ books to people and libraries. Donate online or in person. https://www.booksmith.com/BnB

City Lights Bookstore
Historic North Beach bookstore hosts frequent literary events. 261 Columbus Ave. www.citylights.com

Fabulosa Books
Sept. 28, 7pm: Chloe Sherman ('Renegades,' photographs of the queer '90s in SF). Oct. 1, 7pm: Paul Madonna ('The Commissions'). Oct. 7 & 8, the bookstore hosts 'Read For Filth,' a 24-hour marathon day and night of readings and celebrations of queer literature to support Books Not Bans (Read our feature article). Also, in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. Also, donate (online or in-person) to the Books Not Bans campaign. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

The large-scale annual literary festival includes hundreds of authors, poets, playwrights and musicians (many LGBTQ) in dozens of events around the Bay Area, culminating in the closing night Lit Crawl. Oct. 5-21. https://www.litquake.org/

Cafe and event space hosts engaging talks with prominent authors, activists and politicians; and Rachelle Steele's art exhibit. 3092 16th St. https://welcometomannys.com/

Josiah Luis Alderete with Mimi Tempestt @ Poetry Center  

Poetry Center
Literary events through the year. Oct. 5, 1pm: Josiah Luis Alderete with Mimi Tempestt. Oct. 5, 7pm: Alderete with Sara Borjas and Aided Medina. Humanities Bldg., Room 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. https://poetry.sfsu.edu/

San Francisco Ghost Hunt
Magician Christian Cagigal's 25th anniversary 90-minute walking tour of notoriously spooky places in the city. $30. Oct. 1-31, Tue-Sun 8pm. Meet in front of the Healing Arts Center, 1801 Bush St. https://www.sfghosthunt.com/

SF LGBT Center
Resume and interview workshop Sept. 28, 5:3pm. Career Fair Oct. 17, 11am-3pm. Also: Queer & Well, the Center's wellness program, celebrates its first year with new informative workshops, yoga classes and health clinics. 1800 Market St. https://www.sfcenter.org/

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/

Readings @ Poesia Cafe
Richard May, Michael Alenyikov, Anna Mantzaris, Sasha Vasilyuk and Olga Zilberbourg read from 'Eats: Unpublished Works on Food, Drink & Italy.' Oct. 4, 7pm. 4072 18th St. https://www.poesiasf.com

SF Hiking Club
Weekly hikes with LGBTQ nature lovers. https://www.sfhiking.com/

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center. Photographer Chloe Sherman in conversation with a slideshow of images in her book, 'Renegades: San Francisco: The 1990s,' Oct. 6, 7pm in the Koret Auditorium; after-party at Mother Bar, 3079 16th St. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

pianist Jeremy Denk for Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley  

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/

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Music and dance concerts and more. Oct. 1, 3pm at Hertz Hall; pianist Jeremy Denk performs works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven in a season opening recital. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St., and Herbst Hall, UC Berkeley campus. calperformances.org

Club Dates @ Club Fugazi
New live music series at the North Beach theater. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Broadway, film & TV star Cheyenne Jackson, Sept. 29 & 30, $74-$84. 'Maui Strong' benefit, Sept. 30, 11pm. Ben Jones' 'Let Me Be Frank: The Music of Frank Sinatra,' Oct. 6 & 7, 8pm, $59. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

The Fillmore
Historic venue hosts concerts by new and classic rock, folk and pop musicians. 1805 Geary Blvd. https://www.livenation.com

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

Man on Man @ Rickshaw Stop  

Man on Man @ Rickshaw Stop
The gay couple (Roddy Bottum and Joey Holman) perform music from their new album, 'Provincetown,' and more. Galore and Rose Haze open. $15-$17. Oct. 3, 7pm. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com www.manonmanmusic.com (Read our Q&A with Man on Man.)

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 (Read our interview with pianist and artistic advisor Dr. Carl Blake.)

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic and contemporary music. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ St. Mark's Lutheran Church
"Passions and Pastimes," a concert celebrating the various activities enjoyed by band members, includes a new work by Mattea Williams, the band's composer-in-residence. $15-$20. Sept. 30, 3pm, 1111 O'Farrell St. www.sflgfb.org (Read our feature article.)

pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason with San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre  

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. Sept. 29, 7pm: Alexander String Quartet. $50. Oct. 6, 7:30pm: acclaimed pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason ($50-$70). 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. Liz Wright, SF Jazz Collective, both Sept. 7-10. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

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 historic Masonic Lodge. 9 Corte Madera Ave. https://sweetwatermusichall.com/

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

Kim Anno's 'Animals' Reading Room' @ Angelic/Trimble Gallery  

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

2358 MRKT
Contemporary art gallery in the Castro. 2358 Market St. https://www.2358mrkt.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 and events featuring Black artists. 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works. Kim Anno's 'Animals' Reading Room,' thru Oct. 28. 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

Asian Art Museum
Historic and contemporary works by Asian artists. 'Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People - Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego,' vibrantly colorful acclaimed and new works; thru Feb. 12. Also: 'Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds,' thru Sept. 18. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Violet Spulock, Noah Ross and Eric Sneathen @ Artists Television Access  

Artists Television Access
Screenings of unusual art films and videos, readings and live music. Sept. 30, 2pm: authors Violet Spulock, Noah Ross and Eric Sneathen. 992 Valencia St. http://www.othercinema.com/ https://www.atasite.org/

Berkeley Art Center
Contemporary art exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Kenneth Tam's 'MATRIX 281: The Founding of the World,' thru Nov. 26. Griselda Rosas' 'Yo te cuedo' thru Nov. 19. 'What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection,' thru June 9, 2024. 'Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory.' 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles.' Ongoing film series, too. 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

'Chromatic Mannerisms 1962-1992' @ Bob Mizer Foundation  

Bob Mizer Foundation
Exhibits of vintage male physique and erotica prints. 'Bob Mizer: Socially Redeeming Value, 1955-1975,' thru September 30. 'Chromatic Mannerisms 1962-1992' opens Oct. 5, 6pm-8:30pm. . 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

New art gallery exhibits works by Charles Trapolin, antiquities, and other artists. Opening reception Sept. 30, 5pm-9pm. 609 Pacific Ave. https://bountysf.com/

Bravo: Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy @ Museo Italo Americano
exhibit about San Francisco Opera's first century and the early history of the Italian community's impact on the art form; in partnership with San Francisco Opera and Museum of Performance + Design, with performances through the run; Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm; thru Oct. 22. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://museoitaloamericano.org/

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. New: 'The World's Largest Dinosaurs,' an exhibit about sauropods Mamenchisaurus and Argentinosaurus. Also; 'Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines,' all about venomous creatures. 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. Monthly Nightlife Live parties 6pm-10pm. 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/

'The Rocketeer: The Life and Legacy of Dave Stevens' @ Cartoon Art Museum  

Cartoon Art Museum
New: 'The Rocketeer: The Life and Legacy of Dave Stevens,' thru Feb. 25. 'Edward Gorey al Fresco,' thru Oct. 15. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Josephine Taylor's 'Night House' (Sept. 30-Dec. 23), Arleene Correa Valencia's works on immigrant struggles, thru Nov. 4, and Jon Rubin's whimsical banners. 248 Utah St. https://cclarkgallery.com/

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/

Chosen Familias: Familias Por Elección @ Consulado General de México
GLBT Historical Society and the Consulate present a new version of the GLBTHS's 2019 exhibit about LGBTQ Mexican communities. 532 Folsom St. RSVP: [email protected] https://www.glbthistory.org

Conservatory of Flowers
Beautiful indoor and outdoor floral exhibits in the classic arboretum; special events and parties, too. See the amazing 'Scarlett the Corpse Flower.' 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. Free/$12. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum  

Contemporary Jewish Museum
Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' thru Oct 22. 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped,' a solo exhibition by Bay Area photographer Jay Blakesberg, thru Jan. 28, 2024. 'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9, 2024. Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the late artist and designer and other invited artists. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/ (Read our article.)

de Young Museum
'The de Young Open,' a group exhibition of 800+ works chosen from 1000s of submissions, Sept. 30-Jan. 7. 'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence,' an exhibit of stunning paintings and sculptures; thru Oct. 15. (Read our feature.) 'Crafting Radicality: Bay Area Artists from the Svane Gift,' thru Dec. 31. '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

¡Plantásticas! Our Lives With Plants' thru Sept. 10. 'The Great Animal Orchestra,' thru Oct. 15. Also, talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties (6pm-10pm). Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

Foreign Lens
Candid City street photography collective's debut group exhibit. 513 Green St. https://www.candidcityspc.com/

Fraenkel Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 49 Geary St. https://fraenkelgallery.com

Galeria de la Raza
Arts center focuses on Latine art and events. Lunada Literary Lounge with poetry, music and open mic, Sept. 29, 7:30pm. Reg. hours Wed-Fri 12pm-5pm. 2779 Folsom St. http://galeriadelaraza.org/

Gallery 16
Modern art and design exhibits. David Hytone and Nathaniel Parsons exhibits thru Nov. 2. Buy prints by Graham Holoch to Support Maui Direct; $250 each. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

Gallery Wendi Norris
Contemporary artists' works. 436 Jackson St. https://www.gallerywendinorris.com

'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform' @ GLBT History Museum  

GLBT History Museum
Free museum day Oct. 4. 'Dialogue of Inclusivity,' a talk with Corine Mauch (Mayor of Zurich) and SF Supe. Rafael Mandelman; Oct. 5, 10am. 'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective.' Also, 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist; curated by Bob Davis. Also: '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

Gregangelo Museum
Take tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances. 225 San Leandro Way. www.gregangelomuseum.com

Gray Area
Unusual and contemporary art exhibits and installations. 2665 Mission St. https://grayarea.org/

Haight Street Art Center
Pop and contemporary art exhibits. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. 'Uncanny Beauty,' works by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective; thru Oct. 21. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Headlands Center for the Arts
Installations and contemporary exhibits of site-specific art at the historic former military buildings. 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito. https://www.headlands.org/

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

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 'Evolving Visions,' works by Ben Aronson, Scott Fraser and Julian Opie. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Ken Jones @ San Francisco AIDS Foundation  

Ken Jones @ San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Exhibit of art works by the by Black Brothers Esteem member, long-term HIV survivor and prolific mixed-media artist; ongoing. 1035 Market St., 4th floor lobby. https://www.sfaf.org

The Lab
Contemporary and experimental art, music concerts, and installations. Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

Legion of Honor
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
'Subscription to Mischief,' an exhibit of graffiti zines of the 1990s. 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, including LGBT 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
Contemporary art exhibits. 'Changed Intentions,' a group exhibit of works by Bussie Parker Kehoe, Sarah Smith, and Denise Laws; thru Oct. 1. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

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 - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, The Jones Institute, Thomas+Projects and more- host different artist exhibits; all with new fall 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

Primary Hughes @ Modern Eden Gallery  

Modern Eden Gallery
Vibrant works by Primary Hughes, and the group exhibit, 'Harvest,' thru Oct. 5. 1100 Sutter St. https://www.moderneden.com

Museum of the African Diaspora
Exhibits include contemporary works by African and Black artists, and about Black culture; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances. 'JoeSam' (Sept. 27-March 3), 'Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art' (Sept. 27-March 3), the LGBTQ-focused 'Salimatu Amabebe: Grass' (Sept. 27-Dec. 10) and online: 'The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry' (Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2024). Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

'Designing Peace' @ Museum of Craft & Design  

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits. 'Designing Peace' features 30 design proposals, initiatives, and interventions from over 20 countries that look at ways to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions; thru Feb. 4, 2024. 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 online exhibitions. 551 23rd St., Richmond. https://niadart.org/

Oakland Museum
'Black Power' and 'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,' both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.org

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/

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

Queer Arts Featured  

Queer Arts Featured
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
Contemporary art exhibits. Tom Baril's 'Botanica,' and Matt Black's 'The Central Valley & Mexico, both thru Oct. 21. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 'Introductions 2023,' a juried group exhibition. 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. 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/

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
Handmade fabric art exhibits. 520 South 1st Street, San Jose. https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/

Ryan Robichaux's 'Growing Pains' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery  

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery; Ryan Robichaux's 'Growing Pains' the trans artist's evocative journey through the complexities of masculinity, Oct. 6-Dec. 2; opening reception Oct. 6, 5pm-8pm. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'A Public Voice/Una Voz Pública,' an exhibition that chronicles the history of political and community activism and cultural events in San Francisco through the posters produced by Mission Gráfica and La Raza Silkscreen Center/La Raza Graphics; thru July 12, 2024. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. Also, exhibits at City Hall, Ground Floor and North Light Court, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. https://www.sfartscommission.org

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

SF Camerawork
Benefit Art Auction exhibits 50+ photographers' works; public viewing thru Sept. 28. Auction and celebration Sept. 30, 5pm-9pm. The Storehouse at Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D. https://sfcamerawork.org/

'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love' @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love' thru Aug. 2025. 'Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales,' an exhibit of art celebrating lowrider culture; thru Feb. 19, 2024. Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity'; 'Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue;' 'Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection;' and new Infinity Rooms. 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. 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. Sept. 23, opening reception (5pm-7pm) for Simone Bailey's 'Hometraining,' works in various media; thru Nov. 11. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. Magnet 20th anniversary group show, with 23 artists. Also, 'Tomboy: Reclaiming my Childhood,' art by Nancy Cato; part of the new Black Queer Arts Program curated by Serge Gay Jr. and Ajuan Mance. 470 Castro St. https://www.sfaf.org/locations/strut

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. 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.eventbrite.com www.presidiotunneltops.gov

'Bay Area Now 9' @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  

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. 'Disney Cats & Dogs' thru June 24. $5-$15. 104 Montgomery St. www.waltdisney.org

We Were There
Online tours of art museums, showcasing hidden and overlooked LGBT themes, subjects and artists. http://wewerethere.org/

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
Strange and beautiful mansion with tour exhibits, brunch service, and live performances celebrates 100 years. New spooky live program for Halloween season: 'Unhinged: Housewarming.' $20-$42. 525 S. Winchester Blvd. https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

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
'Bay Area Now 9,' a large group exhibition of works by 30 local artists in diverse media; Oct. 6-May 5, 2024. Opening night party Oct. 6, 7:30pm-11pm. Also: unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. Sean Fader's 'Insufficient Memory,' ongoing. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Raja Gemini @ Beaux  

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. 133 Turk St.

Popular Castro club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food, celebrates its tenth anniversary Oct. 6-8, with drag stars Raja Gemini, Lady Camden and more. Ongoing: Shangri-La second Saturdays. Latin Divas Live 4th Saturdays, You/nique 3rd Saturdays. Big Top Sundays and Friday Manimal with cute gogo dancers. Drag brunch Sat & Sun, 2pm & 4pm. Pan Dulce Wednesdays, and weekly 'Drag Race' viewings. 2344 Market St. https://www.beauxsf.com/

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

Blush Wine Bar
Popular wine bar also has a tasty food menu, live music events, too. 476 Castro St. https://blushwinebar.com

Bottom of the Hill
The queer-friendly nightclub hosts concerts by local and touring rock, punk and other-genre indie bands. 1233 17th St. http://www.bottomofthehill.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/

Castro Street Fair (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Castro Street Fair
Annual outdoor festival of DJed and live stages, community and arts booths, food, drinks. Oct. 1, 11am-5pm. Gate donations. Castro St. at Market to 19th. https://castrostreetfair.org/

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

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/

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

Decant SF
New lesbian-owned wine bar and shop with tasting and culinary events, local delivery and shipping. 1168 Folsom St. https://decantsf.com/

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. New 'Vibin' Live' monthly music night each third Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

El Rio fans (photo: Steven Underhill)  

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. Sept. 30: a Lady Gaga/Beyoncé dance night. 475 11th St. https://www.dnalounge.com/

Mixed cocktail bar hosts occasional queer-specific events. 1225 Folsom St. https://www.driftwoodbarsf.com/

The Edge
Musical Mondays, the weekly Monster Show, Beards & Booze and other events at the popular bar. 4149 18th St. www.edgesf.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/

The EndUp
Historic SoMa nightclub hosts straight, gay and whatever late-night dance events. 401 6th St. https://theendupsf.com/

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

Feelmore Social, Oakland
New LGBTQ cocktail bar. 1542 Broadway. https://feelmoresocial.com/ (Read our feature article.)

Fireside Lounge, Alameda
Woman-owned LGBT-friendly bar with live shows, outdoor lounge, cool cocktails. 1453 Webster St. https://www.thefiresidelounge.com/

Frolic @ The Foundry (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Fluid510, Oakland
New nightclub from the founders of Port Bar blends LGBTQ, straight and fluid patronage. Weekly Jush Sundays drag cabaret with host Jasmine Masters and guest performers, 9pm. Sunday brunch 10am-2pm. Reg, hours Wed.-Fri. 4pm-2am, Sat. & Sun. 10am-2am. 1544 Broadway. https://www.facebook.com/Fluid510/ (Read our feature article and our coverage of evening Jush Sundays and daytime drag brunch>.)

Frolic @ The Foundry
San Francisco's epic Furry and Pup party returns to its new location with another fun night of costuming and dancing; with DJs NeonBunny and guests, drink specials, and food. $12-$16, Sept. 30, 8pm-2am. 1425 Folsom St. frolicparty.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

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

The House of Burton @ Storek  

The House of Burton @ Storek
'Beetlejuice'-themed speakeasy/immersive costumes-welcome event. $15. Oct. 4-31. 148 9th St. https://explorehidden.com

SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant. Sept. 30, 9pm-2am: Body Shop, with burlesque, drag, DJed dancing ($15). Ongoing: 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/

Castro bar with a panoramic view. Bounce (Sat. nights), Lips & Lashes Drag Brunch with host Carnie Asada (Sat. afternoons), Jock (Sunday nights), and frequent themed fundraisers. 3600 16th St. http://www.lookoutsf.com/

Joshua Barry's solo exhibition 'Dark Seas' @ The Lone Star Saloon  

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, special events, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. Joshua Barry's solo exhibition 'Dark Seas,' bear/scruff nightlife icon portraits Oct. 1-31; opening reception Oct. 7 with DJs Peter B. Clarke, Joe Prince Wolf and Steve Fabus. 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; also, specialty cocktails and meals (closed Tue-Wed). 124 Columbus Ave. https://www.lyonandswan.com/ (Read our feature article on performers Kippy Marks, Max Embers, Michael Martinez and Jeovani Abenoja.)

The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Ongoing: 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 (Read our interview). On last Sundays, 7pm, singer Carly Ozard hosts a monthly concert series (Read our interview), 5:30pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Merylthon @ Four Star Theatre  

Merylthon @ Four Star Theatre
Three-day film festival of eight Meryl Streep films, with panels, drag hosts and performers (Juanita MORE!, Peaches Christ, Fauxnique, Jubilee, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and others) at intermissions. Proceeds benefit Queer LifeSpace. $29-$119. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. 2200 Clement St. https://www.merylthon.com/

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.)

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  

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

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: Sept. 28-30, 7pm: Varla Jean Merman. Sept. 28: The Roast of Kochina Rude, 10pm. Sept. 30, 10pm: Club Mona, a dance party for queer women. Oct. 5-31: 'The Rocky Horror Show' immersive experience; $45-$100: opening night after-party with DJ Adam Kraft and pop-up 'Rocky' performances, 10pm. 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

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|

Flex @ The Powerhouse  

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. Flex, the muscle worship night with big guys, each fifth Friday (next Sept. 29: https://www.instagram.com/flexpartysf/). 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

R3 Hotel, Guerneville
The hotel hosts parties at its poolside and bar. 16390 4th St. https://ther3hotel.com/

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

SF Eagle beer bust (photo: Race Bannon)  

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. Karaoke, Mondays 8pm, hosted by Dana Morrigan. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. 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

Terror Vault's 'The Initiation' @ SF Mint
Peaches Christ and dozens of performers and designers present a new spooky immersive experience of thrills, chills, and horror acts, plus food, drinks and mercy. $55-$85. Sept. 29-Oct. 31. 88 5th St. https://www.tixr.com/groups/terrorvault

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

Town Bar & Lounge, Oakland (photo: Heather Cassell)  

Town Bar & Lounge, Oakland
New intimate Art Deco LGBTQ bar serves up signature cocktails. 2001 Broadway. www.goingtotownoakland.com (Read our feature article.)

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. French Press (first Thursdays) with DJs Stanley Frank, Sensation and Bus Station John, Oct. 5. 424 Haight St. https://undergroundsf.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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