Going Out, April 4-12, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday April 4, 2024
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Josh Cloud's 'Bearing' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery; 'Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord' @ Strand Theatre; <br>Drunk Drag Snatch Game @ Oasis; Harder @ Club Six
Josh Cloud's 'Bearing' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery; 'Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord' @ Strand Theatre;
Drunk Drag Snatch Game @ Oasis; Harder @ Club Six

We've sprung into spring action with a blossoming array of arts and nightlife events in Going Out.

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

Alonzo King LINES Ballet @ Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  

The 39 Steps @ San Francisco Playhouse
Patrick Barlow's thrilling stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film and novel by John Buchan is filled with murder, mystery spies and chase scenes. $15-$125; thru April 20. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

Alonzo King LINES Ballet @ Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
The company performs King's 'The Collective Agreement,' 'Concerto for Two Violins,' and a world premiere by King. $45-$125, April 5-14 (gala benefit performance April 6, 5pm), 700 Howard St. https://linesballet.org/

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Cal Performances presents the 55th annual company residency, with five different programs of works by Alvin Ailey, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Amy Hall Garner, Hans van Manen, and Alonzo King. $50-$125. April 4 gala tickets start at $500. www.calperformances.org www.alvinailey.org (Read our interview with dancer Chalvar Monteiro.)

'Axis' @ The Marsh  

Axis @ The Marsh
Dirk Alphin's drama about the last family in a strip-mining town that's sinking underground. $20-$100, Sundays, 5pm, April 7-28. 1061 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Birds & Balls @ SF Jazz, Miner Auditorium
Opera Parallèle presents a world premiere double bill of two one-act operas, 'Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera,' a spoof of the obscure 400-year-old Flemish folk sport of professional Finch-sitting, and 'Balls,' a multimedia work about the sensational Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs 1973 'Battle of the Sexes' tennis match. $30-$185. April 5, 7:30pm. April 6, 2pm & 7:30pm. April 7, 2pm. 201 Franklin St. www.sfjazz.org (Read our article.)

Book of Mountains and Seas @ Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
Composer Huang Ruo and designer Basil Twist's vocal and puppet-performed opera based on the 4th-century Chinese creation myth. $23-$90. April 6, 7:30pm, April 7, 2:30pm. 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. live.stanford.edu

'Book of Mountains and Seas' @ Bing Concert Hall, Stanford  

Boss McGreedy @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works theater company performs Gary Graves' comedy about an 1870s corrupt New York boss in prison. $35-$45; thru April 7. 2315 Durant Ave. https://centralworks.org/

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women. 'Larry the Musical: An American Journey,' about the farm worker activist; $25-$150; thru April 14. Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Music, dance concerts, lectures and more. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St., and Herbst Hall, UC Berkeley campus. calperformances.org

Casement @ Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher performs his solo play based on Roger Casement's smutty diary entries. Free, April 10, 7pm. 4229 18th St. https://www.therhino.org/

Arts center for experimental innovative performance, dance and art often with a queer focus. 80 Turk St. www.counterpulse.org

The Crossword Show @ KQED Commons
Zach Sherwin ('Crazy Ex-Girlfriend') hosts comedian Dhaya Laksminarayanan and drag star Joshua Grannell (a.k.a. Peaches Christ) as they solve an actual crossword puzzle live onstage, with everything displayed on a big screen so the audience can follow along. $29, April 12, 7pm. 2601 Mariposa St. https://www.kqed.org/event/4131

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often sociopolitical edge. 3316 24th St. https://dancemissiontheater.org/

Dancing Moons Festival @ ODC Theater  

Dancing Moons Festival @ ODC Theater
Oakland Ballet presents the third annual festival of new works by Asian American and Pacific Islander choreographers (Natasha Adorlee, Phil Chan, Lawrence Chen, Ye Feng, Seyong Kim, Elaine Kudo, Caili Quan, and Ashley Thopiah) and a preview of 'The Angel Island Project.' $35-$40. April 5 & 6, 3153 17th St. https://oaklandballet.org/dancing-moons-festival/

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, has new added holiday shows; extended thru June 2. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Diane Amos at Eclectic Comedy @ Eclectic Box  

Eclectic Comedy @ Eclectic Box
Comics Diane Amos (The Pine Sol Lady), Shanti Charan, Abhay Nadkarni, Bob McIntyre, and Lisa Geduldig (Kung Pao Kosher Comedy) perform. $20-$50. April 14, 7pm, 446 Valencia st. www.cityboxoffice.com

The Far Country @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Lloyd Suh's drama spans three generations of Chinese Americans enduring the effects of the racist U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act. $29.50-$94; thru April 14, Peet's Theatre, 2025 Addison St. https://www.berkeleyrep.org (Read our review.)

Gay Chorus Deep South @ Chan National Queer Arts Center
Fifth anniversary screening of David Charles Rodrigues's award-winning documentary of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir's concert tour of southern U.S. states; with a Q&A. $10-$50. April 11, 7pm. 170 Valencia St. https://www.sfgmc.org/

The Great Leap @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Center Repertory Company's production of Lauren Yee's play about a U.S. vs China exhibition basketball game in Beijing. $42-$70; thru April 7, 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/

John Cleese @ Orpheum Theatre  

John Cleese @ Orpheum Theatre
The witty Monty Python alumnus performs his 'Last Time to See Me Before I Die' comedy show. $81, April 5, 7:30pm. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com

King Liz @ City Lights Theatre, San Jose
The company performs Fernanda Coppel's drama about the struggles of a woman sports agent in the NBA. $28-$67; thru April 21, 529 S, Second St. https://cltc.org/

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord @ Strand Theatre
A.C.T. present the comic actress/playwright's Pulitzer Prize finalist solo play about her COVID project of mass-producing facemasks. $25-$130, thru May 5, 1127 Market St. https://www.act-sf.org

'Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord' @ Strand Theatre  

Lockdown Comedy
The online laugh-fest features comics Wendy Liebman, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Joseph Nguyen, Lisa Geduldig and her 92-year-young mom, Arline Geduldig. $15-$25, April 4, 6:30pm. https://www.koshercomedy.com/lockdown-comedy

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players' production of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy, with original music by Erika Oba. $8-$40; thru April 27. 1901 Ashby Ave. www.shotgunplayers.org (Read our review.)

Million Dollar Quartet @ Santa Rosa
Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux's music play about Carl Perkins, who wrote and recorded songs for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and other famous musicians. $35-$58; thru May 4. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Nancy Karp & Dancers @ Taube Atrium Theater  

Nancy Karp & Dancers @ Taube Atrium Theater
The company performs two works set to music by Samuel Adams and David A. Jaffe, performed by the Friction Quartet. $30-$60, April 6, 8pm & 7, 3pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. https://nancykarp.org/

The Pride of Lions @ Theatre Rhinoceros
Roger Q. Mason's a sharp, funny and heart-wrenching portrayal of trans folk in 1920s Manhattan. $17.50-$25; thru April 21. 4229 18th Street. www.therhino.org
(Read our interview with playwright Roger Q. Mason.)

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
The 'Next @ 90 Curtain Call' presents a triple bill featuring encore performances of works by international choreographers Nicolas Blanc ('Gateway to the Sun'), Yuri Possokhov ('Violin Concerto'), and Danielle Rowe ('Madcap'), $39-$475, thru April 13. 'Dos Mujeres' features Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Arielle Smith's 'Broken Wings,' about painter Frida Kahlo, with mariachi music and lobby art displays, $39-$279, April 4-14. 301 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfballet.org/

Sign My Name to Freedom @ Z Space
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company performs 'The Unheard Songs of Betty Reid Siskin,' a musical about the life of the legendary local 102-year-old Black folk singer-songwriter, park ranger, activist and flood survivor. $15-$65; thru April 13. 450 Florida St. https://www.sfbatco.org/smntf

Brian Copeland's 'Not a Genuine Black Man' @ The Marsh  

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storytellers and performers at 1062 Valencia St. SF: Brian Copeland's 'Not a Genuine Black Man' returns, Saturdays, 5pm, April 6-May 4. 'Something is Wrong With Adam Strauss,' Saturdays, 7:30pm, thru May 18. Other shows at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, includes Algiin Ford's 'Tobacco, Zigzags & Gum,' Fridays, 7:30pm, thru April 12. $20-$100. Brian Copeland's 'The Waiting Period' returns for free shows March 24, April 14, May 19 & June 23 (Berkeley), March 17 & June 9m, SF. www.themarsh.org

TheTutor @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
World premiere of Torange Yeghiazar's commissioned witty play about the lives of two Iranian women in America who fall in love. $47-$63. April 5-May 12. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org/

Author Greg Mania @ Fabulosa Books  

Books & Letters, Guerneville
The Russian River shop hosts readings by local and visiting authors, including LGBTQ writers and poets. 14045 Armstrong Woods Road. https://www.booksletters.com/

Book Passage
Indie bookshops host local best-selling author events at 1 Ferry Bldg. in SF; 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, and other venues for special events. https://www.bookpassage.com/

Books Inc.
Author events at several locations; 2251 Chestnut St., Opera Plaza store, 601 Van Ness Ave. Also shops in Berkeley, Laurel Village, Campbell and Palo Alto. www.booksinc.net

The popular indie bookstore joins forces with Fabulosa Books to send banned LGBTQ books to people and libraries. Donate online or in person. 1727 Haight St. https://www.booksmith.com

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

Fabulosa Books
Author Greg Mania ('Born to Be Public') in conversation with Baruch Porras-Hernandez, April 8, 7pm. Alvina Chamberland ('Love the World or Get Killed Trying') with Susan Stryker, April 9, 7pm. In-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. Donate (online or in-person) to the Books Not Bans campaign. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

Kayo Books
Fun bookstore sells vintage collectibles and pulp paperbacks, including many LGBTQ titles, at its new location. 907 Post St. https://www.kayobooks.com/

Kitchen Table @ 826 Valencia
Food and literature night with Patrick Earl Ryan, Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Alan Chazaro, with food by The Chronic Kitchen. April 12, 7pm, 826 Valencia St. https://826valencia.org/

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel hosts the monthly authors and poets night (last Thursdays). 4 Valencia St.

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

Medicine for Nightmares
Bookstore and gallery hosts a variety of events; poetry, music, workshops and author talks. 3036 24th St. https://medicinefornightmares.com/

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley
Author events and signings. 2904 College Ave. https://www.mrsdalloways.com/

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Frequent workshops, discussion panels, clinic testing, vaccines, film screenings and more. 490 Lakepark Ave. https://www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org/

Poetry Center
Literary events through the year. Humanities Bldg., Room 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. https://poetry.sfsu.edu/

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

SF Jewish Community Center
The center hosts lectures, art exhibits, classes and more. 3200 California St. www.jccsf.org

SF LGBT Center
Events, talks, film screenings and workshops. 'Complex Complexions,' a new group art exhibit by Black, Afro-Latine, and LatinX artists. Queer & Well, the Center's wellness program, celebrates its first year with new informative workshops, yoga classes and health clinics. Also, housing and financial workshops. 1800 Market St. 1634 Jerrold Ave. https://www.sfcenter.org/

Bakla!: an afternoon with queer Filipinx poets Christian Aldana, antmen pimentel mendoza and Keana Aguila Labra @ SF Public Library  

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center, 3rd floor. Bakla!: an afternoon with queer Filipinx poets Christian Aldana, antmen pimentel mendoza and Keana Aguila Labra, who read, discuss and share writing prompts, April 7, 2pm. 'The Butch Manual' an interactive remembrance of the late Clark Henry, April 11, 6pm, Koret Auditorium. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Strut SF
Literary readings and community talks. 470 Castro St. www.sfaf.org

Lillias White @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

The 222, Healdsburg
Jazz, classical & contemporary music concerts, authors & artist talks and more. 222 Healdsburg Ave. https://the222.org/

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/

Cafe du Nord
Intimate downstairs nightclub hosts musicians in a variety of genres. 2174 Market St. www.cafedunord.com

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Concerts of classical modern and world music. Zellerbach Hall, Hertz Hall, and Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus. calperformances.org

The Chapel
Spacious venue hosts rock music acts. 777 Valencia St. https://thechapelsf.com/

Cornerstone, Berkeley
Brewery hosts diverse music acts. 2367 Shattuck Ave. https://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Jonathan Karrant sings the standards of Tony Bennett, $35, April 6, 8pm. Vocalist Lillias White, $61, April 12 & 13, 8pm. 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

Fox Theatre, Oakland
Elegant large theater hosts a variety of music and comedy acts. 1807 Telegraph Ave. https://thefoxoakland.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 Independent
Nightclub hosts upcoming and popular rock bands. 628 Divisadero St. http://theindependentsf.com/

Joyce Yang @ Kohl Mansion, Burlingame  

Joyce Yang @ Kohl Mansion, Burlingame
The acclaimed pianist performs works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky. $25-$58. April 7, 7pm., 2750 Adeline Drive. https://musicatkohl.org/

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

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

Reclaiming Radical @ Old Mission Dolores, Berkeley Hillside Club
Dr. Martin Benvenuto conducts soprano/alto vocal ensemble 21V in a concert of works by Chris Castro, Stacy Garrop, and others, inspired by civil rights activists. $30 (or choose your price)-$20 livestream. April 5, 8pm, 320 Dolores St. SF and April 6, 4pm (panel discussion 3pm), 2286 Cedar St. Berkeley. https://www.21vchoir.org/

Rickshaw Stop
Intimate venue hosts new, upcoming music acts and dance nights. 155 Fell St. https://rickshawstop.com/

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Frequent concerts of classical and contemporary music by students, faculty and visiting artists, most free. 50 Oak St. https://sfcm.edu/

San Francisco Opera
The company performs new and classic operas, with online livestreams. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. 401 Van Ness Ave. http://sfperformances.org/

Joshua Bell @ Davies Symphony Hall  

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
Classical and contemporary music concerts. Carol Reiley and the Robots, $65, April 5 & 6, 8:30pm. Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields, $125-$400, April 7, 7:30pm. Patti LuPone's 'A Life in Notes,' $25-$225. April 14, 7:30pm. 'The Lord of the Rings' film with live orchestra, $375-$450, April 11-13, 7:30pm, 2pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue presents their concert series. Pianist Hiromi performs 'Sonic Wonderland,' April 11-14, $30-$115. 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/

Pianist Hiromi @ SF Jazz  

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/

Thee Stork Club, Oakland
East Bay nightclub hosts a variety of music acts. 2330 Telegraph Ave. https://theestorkclub.com/

Tom Goss @ Hotel Utah Saloon
The gay singer-songwriter performs favorites and songs from his new album. April 11, 8pm. $20-$40. 500 4th St. www.hotelutah.com www.tomgossmusic.com (Read ouur interview.)

Tom Goss @ Hotel Utah Saloon  

The Warfield
Concert venue hosts rock bands, comics and more. 982 Market St. https://www.thewarfieldtheatre.com/

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

Mike Davis' 'Survivors of the Plague' @ 111 Minna Gallery  

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. Mike Davis' 'Survivors of the Plague' and Michael Kerbow's 'Reversal of Fortune,' opening reception April 12, 5pm-10pm; thru June 21. 11 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

2358 MRKT
Contemporary art gallery in the Castro. 'Botanical Collection,' online exhibit. 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/

Ken Graves and Eva Lipman's 'Seeing Male' @ Anglim/Trimble Gallery  

Anglim/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works. Ken Graves and Eva Lipman's 'Seeing Male,' an exhibit of photos; Ken Graves's 'The Meaning of Gravity,' and a panel discussion of the late artist's work, April 6, 3pm. Rico Solinas' 'You Never Know,' both thru April 27. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Art Haus Gallery
Artist and gallerist Elizabeth Dekker's Noe Valley gallery. 3977 24th St. https://www.arthaussf.com/

Aquarium of the Bay
Aquatic museum of sea life hosts many special events. Daily, 11am-6pm. Pier 39 Embarcadero at Beach St. https://www.aquariumofthebay.org/

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. 'Into View: New Voices, New Stories' features recently acquired paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, and mixed-media work by local and international contemporary artists, mostly local women and queer artists; thru Oct. 17. 'RAD (Research and Development),' a workspace for engineers, designers, and other leaders from the world of gaming to test hardware for a major original exhibition (opening in Spring of 2025) from game artist Jenova Chen; thru Oct. 31. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Edward J. Richmond's art in 'A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration' @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive  

Artists Television Access
Screenings of unusual art films and videos, readings and live music. 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
'A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration,' a group exhibit of 12 artists' focus on the theme of immigration, April 13-Sept. 22. Yes I-Lann's 'Tikar/Meja/Plastik' exhibit of 60 hand-woven mats. Gabriel Chaile's solo exhibit, 'No hay nada que destruya el corazón como la pobreza' a large-scale sculptural commission; thru April 14. 'What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection,' thru June 9. '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

Bob Mizer Foundation
Exhibits of vintage male physique and erotica prints. 'So It Begins: The Complete Mizer Chronicles,' thru April 24. 'Physique Pictorial: The Manufacture, Craft, and Art of Mizer's Magazine,' thru spring 2024. 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

New art gallery exhibits works by Charles Trapolin, antiquities, and other artists. 609 Pacific Ave. https://bountysf.com/

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

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. '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/

Cartoon Art Museum
Emerging Artist Showcase features Donna Almendrala, thru April 28. 'Pinoy Power!,' a celebration of Filipino Komiks, thru April 28. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Castro Art Walk  

Castro Art Walk
Tour galleries in the Castro District on a self-guided your. 5pm-8pm; first Fridays. https://www.castroartwalk.com/ (Read our feature article.)

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Jon Rubin's whimsical banners and Nina Katchadourian's 'Books: Look Who's Talking and What I Know About Magic.' 248 Utah St. https://cclarkgallery.com/

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Student, faculty and guest-artist exhibits. 'Exhibition, Part Two,' April 4-18, reception April 4, 5pm-8pm. 360 Kansas St. https://www.cca.edu/

Chabot Space & Science Center
Programs include live science programs each Wed., 10:30am, virtual telescope viewings each Sat. 9pm. Free/$15. 1000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. chabotspace.org

Chinese Cultural Center
Artist-in-Residence XiangQi Chen's 'Out Museum,' a special installation of queer Chinese works and ephemera, at 41 Ross, April 11-June 29, 41 Ross St.' artist-led reception April 12, 5:30pm-9pm. Also: 'Chi Chi Master: Disability Art Residency Program,' 'Present Tense 2023: Perilous Playground' and other exhibits, programs and events. 750 Kearny St. https://www.cccsf.us/

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

'Retro Blakesberg: The Music Never Stopped' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum  

Contemporary Jewish Museum
'First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art,' a group exhibition with nine artists exhibiting works in neon, glass, plasma, photography, sound, and installation; thru April 28. 'Retro Blakesberg: The Music Never Stopped,' a solo exhibition by Bay Area photographer Jay Blakesberg; thru July 28. 'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9. 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
Contemporary and classical collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. 'Irving Penn' photo exhibit, thru July 21. 'Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World,' April 6-August 18; Lee Mingwei's Rituals of Care' showcases conceptual art works like 'Guernica in Sand.' 'Contemporary Painting in Papua New Guinea: Mathias Kauage and His Family,' thru March 15, 2026. 'Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style,' thru August 11. Free/$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

'Irving Penn' @ de Young Museum  

Entwined @ Golden Gate Park
Popular outdoor light sculptures installation returns, including the new interactive light tree, 'Elder Mother.' Free, thru April 28. Peacock Meadow, JFK Drive at Conservatory Drive. https://sanfranciscoparksalliance.org/projects/entwined/

Talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties (6pm-10pm). Eclipse viewing events April 8, 10am-12:30pm. 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. Gallery hours Wed-Fri 12pm-5pm. 2779 Folsom St. http://galeriadelaraza.org/

Gallery 16
Modern art and design exhibits. Tucker Nichols' 'Somebody's Cheering Somewhere.' 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

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

'Gay Power, Gay Politics' screening @ GLBT History Museum  

GLBT History Museum
'You Are Here: Claiming your place in history,' a new interactive historical timeline exhibit; opening reception April 11, 6pm-8:30pm. Screening of the 1980 documentary 'Gay Power, Gay Politics,' with Randy Alfred and Myron Caringal, April 4, 6pm. 'All the Nights We Got to Dance,' a multimedia installation by artist Marcel Pardo Ariza. Also, 'API Family Wall of Pride,' a visual array of LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander communities, thru June. 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. $10/free for members. 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/

KatinKa Herbert's 'Bodies of Work' @ Harvey Milk Photo Center  

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. Photographer KatinKa Herbert's 'Bodies of Work' thru April 20. 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. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Ken Jones @ San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Exhibit of art works by the 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. Sound artists Patricia Wolf and Alexandra Spence, April 5, 8:30pm, $17-$20. Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

'Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World' @ Legion of Honor  

Legion of Honor
'Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World,' April 6-Aug. 18. Also: 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; 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
'Typographic Jazz: The Monoprints of Jack Stauffacher,' an exhibit of 100 of the artist's prints, sketches and proofs. 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, and Abstract Expressionist works by Kurt Oscar Weber. 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. 'After Dark: Photography by Chris Komater, Anne Veraldi and Randall Whitehead. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

Manna Gallery
Contemporary works. 473 25th St., Oakland. https://www.mannagallery.com/

Mercury 20 Gallery
Contemporary art gallery. 475 25th St., Oakland. https://mercurytwenty.com/

Michael Perona @ Keter Salon, Berkeley
Exhibit of the local artist's photos of wildlife and nature round the world. 2030 4th St. www.peronaphoto.com

'Unruly Navigations' @ Museum of the African Diaspora  

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art (Peter Halasz' 'Rapture & Reverie' thru April 27; artist reception April 6, 4pm-6pm), Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, The Jones Institute, Thomas+Projects and more - host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latine artists, plus performances, films and events. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Modern Eden Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 'Precious Metal,' a group exhibit of paintings and sculptures engage using gold, silver, platinum, copper, and other precious metals; thru April 4. 1100 Sutter St. https://www.moderneden.com

Museo Italo Americano
Museum of local Italian historical exhibits. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://museoitaloamericano.org/

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. 'Unruly Navigations,' 22 works by 10 artists in various media, and Rachel Jones' !!!!!,' abstract figurative paintings of teeth and mouths that represent Black interiority; both thru Sept. 1. Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits. 'Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest,' and 'Mr. Roboto,' both thru June 30. 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. Online: 'Los Colores y la Música del Amor.' 551 23rd St., Richmond. https://niadart.org/

Oakland Museum
'For El Pueblo: The Legacy & Influence of Malaquías Montoya,' thru June 30. '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/

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest' @ Rena Branston Gallery  

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/

Rena Branston Gallery
John Bankston's queer leather pastoral art work, '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest,' thru April 20. Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St. Open Wed-Sat., 11am-5pm. www.renabranstengallery.com (Read our review.)

Robert Koch Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 1131 Mission St. https://rootdivision.org/

Rosebud Gallery
Shannon Amitin and Cabure Bonugli's new trans and queer-owned art gallery and community space, with works by Ashley Salaz, Seibot, Vinsantos, FotoHoto, Jackie Brainland, and Mister Tuft Guy. 839 Larkin St. https://www.rosebudgallery.com/ (View our album of Steven Underhill photos from the opening night.)

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

Ruth's Table
Intimate arts nonprofit showcases works created by elders, disabled people and LGBTQ artists, plus workshops and events. 'Radical Resistance,' thru June 7. Reg. hours Tue-Fri 10am-5pm. 3160 21st St. www.ruthstable.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/

Josh Cloud's 'Bearing' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery  

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery. Josh Cloud's 'Bearing,' an exhibit of sculptures and paintings. Sculptor James Cherry's 'Listening,' thru April 27. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Conversation 8: Harry Dodge & Alicia McCarthy,' thru April 27. '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. 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
Diverse photography exhibits; 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
'Creative Growth: The House That Art Built,' 80 works by disabled local artists, April 6-Oct. 6. 'New Work: Mary Lovelace O'Neal,' thru Oct. 20. 'Zanele Muholi: Eye Me,' an exhibit of portraits, sculptures and other media depicting South African LGBTQ people; thru Aug. 11. 'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love' thru May 28. '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. 'Toward a Black Aesthetic,' 1960s & '70s photos by Kenneth P. Green Sr., thru April 21. Also, book exhibits on the 6th floor. 100 Larkin St. https://sfpl.org/

SOMArts Cultural Center
Community art exhibits and events. 11am-4pm. 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. 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

'Transition Times: Remembering Anticarceral Resistance the Tenderloin' @ Tenderloin Museum  

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. 'Transition Times: Remembering Anticarceral Resistance the Tenderloin,' Susan Stryker's archival materials on the Compton Cafeteria uprising; thru April 26. 'Central City 1970-2016' by Dave Glass in the Tenderloin Museum's art gallery space. A prolific San Francisco street photographer, Glass documented the Tenderloin's denizens; thru Dec. 30. 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. 'From Light We Merge,' thru April 14. 490 Lake Park Ave., 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'  

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. 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

Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley
Educational art space for students, faculty and alumni. 116 Anthropology + Art Practice Building (first floor), UC Berkeley Campus, College Avenue at Bancroft Way. https://art.berkeley.edu/gallery

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
'Bay Area Now 9,' a large group exhibition of works by 30 local artists in diverse media, with ongoing special events; film screenings, dance concerts, yoga and dance classes and art workshops; thru May 5. Also: unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Abrazo Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley  

440 Castro
Friendly neighborhood bar has ample outdoor seating, indoor Monday underwear parties, and two bars. 440 Castro St. http://www.the440.com/

924 Gilman, Oakland
Rock and punk music venue. 924 Gilman St. tickets.924gilman.org

Abrazo Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley
Beginning and intermediate tango lessons and parties. 1970 Chestnut St. https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.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 (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Asia SF
Dining, nightlife and classy drag performers mix at the popular SoMa club that's celebrating 25 years, will close April 28; dinner shows from $59-$79. 201 9th St. https://asiasf.com/ (Read our feature article.)

Aunt Charlie's Lounge
The intimate bar serves strong drinks and hosts frequent drag shows. 133 Turk St. www.facebook.com

The historic bar has finally reopened; nightly dancing, and Sunday Tea Dance. 4121 18th St. https://www.sfbadlands.com/ (Read our news article.)

Beaux fans (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Popular Castro club with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food, celebrates its 11th year. New: Corazon, a Latin night, 4th Fridays. Ongoing: Shangri-La second Saturdays. Latin Divas Live 4th Saturdays, You/nique 3rd Saturdays. Big Top Sundays with new hostess Miss Melanie Sparks; 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 Country Club
Sober space with meetings, events, art exhibits and a cafe; also host nonprofit of the monthly Mascara drag show. 4058 18th St. https://www.castrocountryclub.org/

Gogo cutie @ The Cafe (photo: Steven Underhill)  

The Cat Club
SoMa nightclub hosts a variety of events. 1190 Folsom St. https://www.sfcatclub.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/

Arcade fun @ Detour  

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

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. 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

Hard French @ El Rio  

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French (next April 6, 2pm-8pm), Daytime Realness, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. Musicians Flung, Cheflee and Three6Sashia, April 11, 9pm, $5-$15. Xismes! a Latin daytime drag and dance party with JuanitaMORE!, Per Sia, Dulce de Leche and more, April 13, 3pm-8pm. 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 with a cool ambiance. 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/

Harder @ Club Six  

Fluid510, Oakland
Nightclub from the founders of the now-closed 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>.)

Golden Bull, Oakland
LGBT-friendly bar presents diverse live music acts and DJed events. 412 14th St. https://goldenbullbar.com/

Harder @ Club Six
Cruisy queer dance night with DJs Shimmy, Riccardo Tavarez, Booty Juice, Steve Fabus, Kelly Naughton. $20-$35, April 6, 10pm-4am. 60 6th St. www.shotgun.live

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


Horsemeat Disco @ Great Northern
Dance music night with CarryOnDisco, DJ M3. $10-$40, April 5, 9:30pm-3am. 119 Utah St. https://www.thegreatnorthernsf.com/

SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant. 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. Encore, the drag musical revue hosted by Nitrix Oxide (first Thursdays); 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 pals on the patio  

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, special events like Cubcake, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. Bears in ToyLand with DJ Chaka Quan, April 6. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

The intimate martini bar hosts music and cabaret acts. Ongoing: pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. Katya Presents, Sundays 7pm, 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. James J. Siegel hosts Literary Speakeasy, last monthly Thursdays. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 51 years. Timeline Tuesdays, Honeypot Fridays with gogo studs; Nitrix Oxide's Killer Queen, 3rd Sundays, 9pm; 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/

Drunk Drag Snatch Game @ Oasis  

Mother Bar
New women's bar at the former Esta Noche is a welcome addition in the Mission. 3079 16th St. https://www.instagram.com/motherbarsf/ (Read our feature article.)

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: Baloney, the all-male gay revue, April 4-20. 'Yaas, and! Drunk Drag Snatch Game,' April 7, 7pm. Kyler's Bday party April 7, 10pm. Ongoing: Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am (Beyoncé 'Cowboy Carter' tribute show April 5, Xunami Muse April 12). 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/

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruisy SoMa bar hosts many events. 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. 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Tip the gogo guys @ Que Rico, Oakland  

Que Rico, Oakland
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed grooves, and gogo studs. 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
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/

Ronn Vigh @ Punch Line San Francisco  

Ronn Vigh @ Punch Line San Francisco
The hilarious local gay comic does his standup act. $20-$28, April 9, 7:30pm. 444 Battery St. https://www.punchlinecomedyclub.com/

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. New: monthly Tom of Finland leather gear and erotic art night, each last Friday; Karaoke, Mondays 8pm, hosted by Dana Morrigan. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; Adonis, a muscle fetish night, first Fridays; Woof, the pup/handlers play party, first Saturday afternoons, 3pm; Filth, first Saturday nights; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. 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

DJ The Blessed Madonna t The Stud Fundraiser @ Public Works  

The Stud Fundraiser @ Public Works
The Blessed Madonna is the featured DJ (with David Harness, Mark O'Brien, Carrie on Disco, Charles Hawthorne and more) at a fundraiser for the historic bar's new location. $20-$50. April 6, 9pm-3a, 161 Erie St. www.tixr.com

The Stud Sneak Peek @ The Stud
Benefit for 48hills.com and faux-birthday party for publisher Marke Bieschke, with DJ Rollo; see the new location of the historic bar before its grand opening (April 20)! $20-$40, April 12, 6pm-10pm, 1123 Folsom St. www.eventbrite.com

Suavecito @ Space 550
Valentino Presents and Club Papi present a weekly Saturday Latin dance night with DJs Mike, Mr. Biggs, and Lola; Sonora Tropicana band, drag acts, gogo guys, three dance rooms, outdoor lounge; $15-$25. 9:30pm-3am. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.suavecitosf.com

Summer Bar & Lounge, Oakland
New East Bay nightclub with drag shows, gogo dancers, karaoke and open mic nights. 526 8th St. www.thebarsummer.com

Sundance Saloon's 26th anniversary @ Space 550  

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550
The (mostly) Country music line-dancing, two-stepping nights (Sundays and Thursdays) celebrates 26 years; anniversary party April 14. $5, 5pm-10:30pm (lessons 5:30pm-7:15pm). 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Thee Parkside
Nightclub hosts concerts by rock, punk, folk bands and more. 1600 17th St. https://www.theeparkside.com/

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, DJed Fab Disq_O, first and third Sundays. dance nights, too. 2001 Broadway. www.goingtotownoakland.com (Read our feature article.)

Town Bar & Lounge, Oakland  

Historic Haight gay bar (since 1940!) serves up cheap and strong drinks. 1437 Haight St. http://traxbarsf.com/

Turf Club, Hayward
The 'world famous' East Bay nightclub hosts live bands, dancing, outdoor patio, and Gag, the fun drag show, last Sundays. 22519 Main St. https://worldfamousturfclub.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. 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

Wicked Grounds
The queer-owned cafe hosts events focusing on BDSM and consensual adult kink sexuality, and sells kink products. The venue needs donations for its pandemic-induced debt: www.gofundme.com 981 Mission St. https://www.wildsidewest.com/|https://www.wildsidewest.com/

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