Going Out, July 27—August 4, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday July 27, 2023
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Big Muscle Party @ DNA Lounge; 'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical' @ Golden Gate Theatre; 'The Rocketeer: a Tribute to Dave Stevens' @ Cartoon Art Museum; Ahya Simone at Expansive @ A.C.T. Strand Theater
Big Muscle Party @ DNA Lounge; 'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical' @ Golden Gate Theatre; 'The Rocketeer: a Tribute to Dave Stevens' @ Cartoon Art Museum; Ahya Simone at Expansive @ A.C.T. Strand Theater

Whether you're strapping up or stripping down at the Up Your Alley Street Fair, or fanning out in finery at a summer music concert, we've got the deets, this week and every week in Going Out.

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

'A Chorus Line' @ SF Playhouse  

Ballet22 @ Z Space
Ballet22's 'Momentum' features classic excerpts from 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'La Bayadère,' and contemporary works by Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill, William Forsythe, and world premieres by Thang Dao and Ballet22 co-director Lorris Eichinger. $35-$100. July 28 & 29, 8pm. 450 Florida St. https://www.zspace.org/momentum

Beetlejuice @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Touring production of the wildly funny musical based on the Tim Burton film about a ghost couple who hire a demon to scare the human residents in their home. $53-$250. Aug. 1-6. 255 Almaden Boulevard. https://broadwaysanjose.com/shows/beetlejuice/

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. and Theater, 2781 24th St. https://www.brava.org

A Chorus Line @ SF Playhouse
Terrific new local production of the classic musical about dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical (music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante; conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett). $15-$100; extended thru Sept 16. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org (Readour review.)

'Disney's Aladdin' @ Orpheum Theatre  

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often political edge. 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/

The Dignity Circle @ Berkeley City Club
Lauren Smerkanich's play about the dark secrets of a women's empowerment group. $35-$40; extended thru July 30. 2315 Durant St. https://centralworks.org

Disney's Aladdin @ Orpheum Theatre
The lively musical adapted from the animated film includes additional songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. $81-$221. Aug. 2-13. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com

Joe Goode Performance Group @ YBCA
The company performs 'As We Go,' a new dance-theater work about aging and mortality. $30-$65. Aug. 3-13, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. www.joegoode.org (Read our feature article.)

'Kinky Boots' @ City Lights Theater, San Jose  

Kinky Boots @ City Lights Theater, San Jose
South Bay production of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning musical adaptation of the film about how drag queen boot production saves a troubled shoe factory. $24-$65; thru Aug. 27. 529 South Second St. https://cltc.org/

Out of Character @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Tony-winning actor Ari'el Stachel's solo show about the struggles of growing up an Israeli American of Yemeni Jewish descent. $24-$89; thru July 30. Peet's Theatre, 2025 Addison Ave. https://www.berkeleyrep.org (Read our review.)

QueerStory @ Phoenix Theatre
Left Coast Theater Company's "QueerStory: Forgotten Figures from Queer History," collected short plays about lesser-known LGBTQ people in history. Pay what you can/$20-$60. August 4-19. 414 Mason St., 6th floor. www.lctc-sf.org(Read our feature article.)

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival @ Castro, Vogue, Piedmont Theatres
43rd international array of narrative, documentary and short films. $15-$75; thru Aug 6. 429 Castro St., 3290 Sacramento St., 4186 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. https://jfi.org/sfjff-2023 (Read our feature article.)

San Francisco Mime Troupe
The company performs'Breakdown, a New Musical' about homelessness, at many outdoor spaces. Free/donations; thru Sept. 4. https://www.sfmt.org

'Sketch 13: Lucky' @ ODC Theater  

San Francisco Opera @ War Memorial Opera House
Summer programs take place at various venues. https://www.sfopera.com/

Sketch 13: Lucky @ ODC Theater
Dance works by Amy Seiwert, Natasha Adorlee, Hélène Simoneau, and Trey McIntyre, with dancers from Amy Seiwert's Imagery, BalletMet, Sacramento Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and ODC/Dance. July 28-30 3153 17th St. $13-65. www.asimagery.org (Read our advance article.)

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Don Reed's 'The Never Too Late Show,' Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm, thru July 30, then Aug. 6-Sept. 3. Fred Pitts' 'Aren't You...?' thru Aug. 18. 1062 Valencia St. Also, at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley: Josh Kornbluth's 'Citizen Brain' thru July 29, then Aug. 5-26. ($10-$35). www.themarsh.org

'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical' @ Golden Gate Theater  

State of Play @ ODC Theater
11th annual summer dance festival, with works by more than a dozen choreographers. $15-$100. Aug 3-13. 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance/stateofplay

Thanks for Playing: The Game Show Show @ San Jose Playhouse
Comic game show-inspired musical where audience members can be contestants in a parody of old-time game shows. $25-$25; thru Aug. 20. 3Below Theater, 288 S. Second St., San Jose. https://sanjoseplayhouse.org/thanks-for-playing/

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical @ Golden Gate Theater
The vibrant hit musical portrays the life and career of the Queen of Rock & Roll, with music from her own records, book by Katori Hall. $76.50-$179.50. Aug. 1-27. 1 Taylor St. https://www.broadwaysf.com/

Queer Poetry with Daniel WK Lee, Octavio R. Gonzalez and Yume Kim @ Fabulosa Books  

Transnational Cabaret
New Conservatory Theatre Center's free online cabaret showcase of trans performers Polly Amber Ross, Kimiyah Prescott, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, StormMiguel Florez, Zad Gravebone, and Ezra Reaves; thru Aug. 20. Donations accepted for Trans Lifeline and Trans Youth Equality. https://nctcsf.org/event/transnational-cabaret/

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Author readings, in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. July 30, 4:30pm: Queer Poetry with Daniel WK Lee, Octavio R. Gonzalez and Yume Kim. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

Cafe and event space hosts engaging talks with prominent authors, activists and politicians. 3092 16th St. https://welcometomannys.com/

Queer & Well @ SF LGBT Center
The Center's wellness program celebrates its first year with new informative workshops and 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/

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center; special Pride events thru June include readings, film screenings (in Koret Auditorium), workshops and more. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Take Pride in Our Health Stories @
Stanford Medicine hosts a free interactive exhibit about what community-engaged health research is and why LGBTQIA+ representation is important; Aug. 19 in Morgan Hill. https://pridenet.org/popups

Harpist Ahya Simone @ 'Expansive' @ A.C.T. Strand Theater  

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. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley. calperformances.org

Expansive @ A.C.T. Strand Theater
Opera Parallele presents a music showcase of transgender and nonbinary classical artists, with singers Katherine Goforth and Nikola Printz, harpist Ahya Simone, pianist Taylor Chan and host Afrika America. $ Aug. 3 & 4, 7:30pm. 1127 Market St. https://operaparallele.org/

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. 'Liberace & Liza Open Their Golden Gates,' David Saffert & Jillian Snow Harris's witty musical tribute to the two music icons, thru Aug 5 ($59). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.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/

'Liberace & Liza Open Their Golden Gates' @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

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 Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. 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. 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/

Stern Grove Festival  

Stern Grove Festival
Free summer concert series returns thru Aug. 20. Rhoda Goldman Concert Meadow, 19th Ave. at Sloat Blvd. https://www.sterngrove.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

'Cool Summer Vibes' @ 2358 MRKT  

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks; 'Poolside,' a new large group exhibition of works by more than 60 Bay Area artists; opening reception July 14, 5pm-10pm; thru Sept. 21. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

2358 MRKT
Contemporary art gallery; 'Cool Summer Vibes,' a group show thru July 28. 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. 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  

Asian Art Museum
Historic and contemporary works by Asian artists. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse arts exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
'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.' 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

Blake Cedric @ Biona Vada Barbershop
Exhibit of the local gay artist's vibrant wild artworks. 483 Guerrero St. https://www.instagram.com/cedricsofhollywood/

Bob Mizer Foundation
'So It Begins... Bob Mizer Early Work, 1945-1955,' The first exhibit to open in The Bob Mizer Foundation's new downtown headquarters, with many of his unusual and pre-physique-era works; extended thru July 29. 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

'The World's Largest Dinosaurs' @ California Academy of Sciences  

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. Nightlife Live parties July 27, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 & Oct. 12, 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/

Cartoon Art Museum
New: 'The Rocketeer: a Tribute to Dave Stevens,' July 29-Sept. 17. 'Edward Gorey al Fresco,' thru Oct. 15. 'Thor and Loki: Midgard Family Mayhem,' an exhibition of original artwork from the forthcoming book by Jeffrey Brown, thru Aug. 27. Meggie Ramm's art ('BatCat'), part of the Emerging Artist Showcase thru Aug. 6. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

'The Rocketeer: a Tribute to Dave Stevens' @ Cartoon Art Museum  

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits; 'Yes, it's an original,' an exhibition of publications by Mullowney Printing in our South Gallery, thru Aug. 23. 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

Colin Hurley @ 2727, Berkeley
'Rupurrr's Cat Drag Queen Art Show,' the artist's exhibit of cat portraits in drag. 2727 California St. https://www.2727.today/ http://colinhurley.weebly.com/

Comics in the City @ California College of the Arts
Artist talks and panels featuring numerous local comic artists; thru Aug. 4. Timken Hall, 1111 8th St. www.portal.cca.edu

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

'Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown' @ Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento  

Contemporary Jewish Museum
Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' thru Oct 22. Also, 'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'Cara Levine: To Survive I Need You to Survive,' thru July 30. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9, 2024. Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
'Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown,' an exhibit of the two gay artists' works; thru Aug. 27. 216 O St. https://www.crockerart.org/ (Read our feature article.)

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the later artist and designer; also, Ann Hamilton's 'here, there, then, now,' a mixed media homage to Ireland's work. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/ (Read our article.)

de Young Museum
'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence,' an exhibit of stunning paintings and sculptures; thru Oct. 15. (Read our feature.) Also, 'Ansel Adams in Out Time,' an exhibit of the renowned landscape photographer's prints, paired with 23 other environmental artists, thru July 23. '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

'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence' @ de Young Museum  

¡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) have returned. 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

Gallery 16
Modern art and design exhibits. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

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

GLBT History Museum
'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. '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

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

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
'Dawn State MCXT,' Monica Canilao + Xara Thustra and Flying Colors, Silky Shoemaker, thru July. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Headlands Center for the Arts
40th anniversary exhibits of site-specific art. 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. Summertime..., a cross-generational and multi-cultural exhibition featuring Wesaam Al-Badry, Kevin Cole, Dewey Crumpler, Alex Jackson, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gordon Parks, and Raelis Vasquez; thru Aug. 25. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Leather Photo Sessions @ Mark I. Chester Studio  

The Lab
'Pictures of You,' a group exhibition of works by Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellows; thru July 29. Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

Leather Photo Sessions @ Mark I. Chester Studio
Prolific kink photographer offers free photos for leathermen of color July 27-30. Text (415) 613-0369 for appointments. 1229 Folsom St. https://www.instagram.com/sfphotou/

Legion of Honor
'The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England,' thru Sept. 24. 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. 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/

'Chains of Fires: LGBTQ+ History in Mill Valley' @ Mill Valley Public Library  

Mill Valley Public Library
'Chains of Fires: LGBTQ+ History in Mill Valley,' an exhibit of photos and ephemera documenting the overlooked local Marin County history; also, oral history recoding project ongoing thru July. 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.millvalleylibrary.libcal.com

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Jones Institute and more- host different artist exhibits. Marbie's 'Good Love Is Hard to Find,' thru Aug. 5 at Hashimoto Contemporary. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. 'Chatting with History,' an art exhibit of works by Eugene Rodriguez, thru Aug. 5. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Museum of the African Diaspora
'Black Venus,' an exhibition surveying the legacy of Black women in visual culture from fetishized, colonial-era caricatures to the work of over 20 contemporary artists who are reclaiming the rich complexity of Black womanhood; thru Aug. 20. Other exhibits include contemporary works by African and Black artists, and about Black culture; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media. Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits, like Anne Hicks Siberell's 'Fight and Flight: Crafting a Bay Area Life Concrete Journals,' thru Sept. 10. 2589 3rd St. www.sfmcd.org

'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism' @ Oakland Museum  

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 weekly 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
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
New group exhibit thru July 29. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

'Space Claw' @ RVCA SF Art Gallery  

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 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. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way. https://rosietheriveter.org

RVCA SF Art Gallery
'Space Claw,' an exhibit of works by Emily Fromm and George Rocha celebrating 50 years of Sutro Tower. 1485 Haight St. https://rvca.com/blog/_art_&_friends/

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
'Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community,' a new exhibit of works by several artists in the LGBTQ community working in fiber crafts. $5-$10. Fri-Sun thru Aug. 20. 520 South 1st Street, San Jose. https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/ (Read our feature article.)

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery. Aug. 4, 5pm-8pm: 'What Remains,' a group exhibit and art auction of works focusing on post-Pride imagery and remnants; proceeds go to Queer LifeSpace. Also, Rakeem Cunningham's 'Black Chrysalis.' 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia,' July 28 (opening reception 6pm-8pm) thru Sept. 23. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. 'Art With Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community,' thru Aug. 25 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

'Frank Bowling: The New York Years 1966-1975' @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Frank Bowling: The New York Years 1966-1975,' thru Sept. 10. 'Kinship: Photography and Connection,' a group exhibit thru Sept. 5. Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity'; 'Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue;' 'Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection;' 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. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. Jun Yang's 'Grow and Reveal' and Lawrence Lindell and Breena Nunez's 'The House of Black.' 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


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. New exhibition: 'Disney Cats & Dogs.' 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. $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
Unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. Sean Fader's 'Insufficient Memory,' ongoing. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Beaux patrons (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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. Aug. 3, 9pm-2am: DJ Bus Station John's Tubesteak Connection. $5-$10. 133 Turk St.

Popular Market Street club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food. Shangri-La second Saturdays. Latin Divas Live 4th Saturdays, You/nique 3rd Saturdays. Big Top Sundays and Friday Manimal with studly gogos. 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

Brut SF @ The Great Northern
Leather and fetish dance night with DJs Morabito and Dan Darlington. $40-$60. July 29, 10pm-4am. 119 Utah St. www.brutparty.com

Brut SF @ The Great Northern  

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/

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/

Big Muscle Party @ DNA Lounge  

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; first is July 20 with Tyler Reese. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

Disservice @ Driftwood
Dore Alley Dyke Party with DJs Infinite Jess, Malika, Jen DM. $10. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. https://www.driftwoodbarsf.com/

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. July 29, 2pm-7pm: Big Muscle Party's Up Your Alley edition with DJ Paul Goodyear and the Bare Chest Calendar Men. $20-$35. 475 11th St. https://www.dnalounge.com/

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

Fluid510, Oakland (photo: Heather Cassell)  

Fluid510, Oakland
New nightclub from the founders of Port Bar blends LGBTQ, straight and fluid patronage; Jush Sundays drag cabaret, 9pm. Fri-Sun at 4pm-12am. 1544 Broadway. https://www.facebook.com/Fluid510/
(Read our feature article.)

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

SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant; 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/

Lazy Bear Week @ Guerneville Venues  

Lazy Bear Week @ Guerneville Venues
The annual bear-fest fills the Russian River's cabins, hotels and campgrounds with outdoor parties and events. $225-$250. July 31- Aug. 7. https://www.lazybearweek.org/

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/

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, special events, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. Big Boy with DJs Bodyrolls and Ben Stefonik, July 28, 9pm-2am. Sleazeball Underwear party July 29, 9pm-2am. 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.

Midnight Sun notable patrons (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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
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

Rooftop relaxing @ Oasis (photo: Steven Underhill)  

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: Baloney: SPF 69, July 20-29, 7pm ($30-$75). July 28, 10pm: MaDonna Summer anniversary party. Juoly 39, 12pm-9pm: Dore 2023 with DJs Sergio Fedasz and Pumpkin Spice. Aug. 3, 7pm: Mama Tits' 'Por Qué No? Life is Short!' Aug. 4, 7pm: Hex with Leo Szn. Aug. 4, 10pm: Fat Slut. Aug., 5, 7pm: An Evening wit Matthew Martin. 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 (July 14 with Meatball); 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|

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). 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Prime: Daddy Alley @ The Midway  

Pretty in Kink @ Roccapulco
Glamcocks Up Your Alley party, with a kink/Barbie theme, DJs David Harness, Beverly Chills, Blake Scott. $15-$40. July 28, 10pm-3am. 3140 Mission St. http://www.roccapulco.com/

Prime: Daddy Alley @ The Midway
Trophy Dad's older men party, with DJ Neon the Glowgobear, gogo dads, clothes check and a mature cruisy vibe. $35. July 28, 10pm-4am. 900 Marin St. www.tixr.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/

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. July 28, 9pm: Sweeth Tooth a BIPOC pansexual party. Aug. 2, 8pm: LGBTQ bands Tami Heart, Kaia Wilson and Eddie & The Heartbeats ($15). 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.com/

Ritual After hours @ 1015 Folsom
Late night to early morning link/leather cruise & dance event with DJ Juanma Escudero . $50. July 30, 4am-9am. 1015 Folsom St. www.eventbrite.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 (photo: SF Eagle)  

Romp T-Dance @ 1015 Folsom
'Adventures in Kinkland,' Brian Kent Productions and Paradigm's official closing event for Up Your Alley weekend, with DJ Russ Rich; kink, leather and fetish gear welcome. $60-$70. July 30, 6pm-1am. 1015 Folsom St. www.eventbrite.com

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. July 30, 7pm-2am: Disco Daddy Does Dore, with DJ Bus Station John; $10-$15. 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/

Sneaks @ Club Six
Polyglamorous' sneaker kink dance & cruise night with DJs Sharlese, d'Adhemar, Squish, Beya and Mark O'Brien; sneaker footwear and sports gear only! (Clothes check available) $25-$45. July 29, 10pm-3am. 60 6th St. www.eventbrite.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. Pride party June 23; wear pink! 550 Barneveld Ave. www.suavecitosf.com

Up Your Alley Street Fair (photo: Rich Stadtmiller)  

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

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

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. 424 Haight St. https://undergroundsf.com/

Up Your Alley Street Fair @ Folsom St./Dore & 9th
The annual outdoor naughty street fair for adults includes DJed music, beverages, food, leather and kink displays, vendors and a cruisy vibe. Gate donations. July 30, 11am-5pm. www.folsomstreet.org

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/

Young Hearts @ Public Works
Queer inclusive dance night with DJs Sassmouth, Nark, Jesse Frank and more. $35. 9pm-2am. 161 Erie St. https://publicsf.com/

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