Going Out, Homing's In, Sept. 23-30, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday September 22, 2022
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Secret Emchy Society @ Ivy Room, Albany; Brüt @ Great Northern; Smuin Contemporary Ballet; Vinsantos @ Oasis
Secret Emchy Society @ Ivy Room, Albany; Brüt @ Great Northern; Smuin Contemporary Ballet; Vinsantos @ Oasis

Leather, rubber and other fetish gear abound at the annual Folsom Street Fair this weekend and at tied in —or tied up— nightlife events this weekend. We've also selected plenty of arts events that don't require such a kinky dress code.

'Cabaret' @ Sixth St. Playhouse, Santa Rosa  

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Always ... Patsy Cline @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Center Repertory Company's production of the biographical drama with plenty of music, about the fabled Country music singer-songwriter. $45-$70; thru Sept. 25. 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/

Anything Goes
Sutton Foster stars in the recorded stage production of the classic nautical musical comedy; streaming at https://www.anythinggoesmusicalcinema.com/

Aunt Jack @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Nora Brigid Monahan's comic play about a drag performer and his son. Sept. 16-Oct 16, 8pm, 2pm Sun matinees. Thursdays pre-show drag acts hosted by Fran Zaya. $35-$56. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://www.nctcsf.org/

Cabaret @ Sixth St. Playhouse, Santa Rosa
The classic Kander & Ebb musical set in Weimar Germany gets a North Bay production; $35-$43. Sept. 15, extended thru Oct. 16. 52 W. 6th St, Santa Rosa. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com/

Cats @ Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose
The new North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical about street cats. $38-$138. Sept. 20-25. 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, https://broadwaysanjose.com/

Company @ Saratoga Civic Theater
South Bay Musical Theatre's new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 musical comedy about a single man amid several couples. $20-$55. Sept. 24-Oct. 15. 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. https://southbaymt.com

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Los Altos Stage
Simon Stephens play, based on Mark Haddon's novel, about an autistic young man determined to solve the case of a killed dog. $20-$40; thru Oct. 2. 97 Hillview Ave. www.losaltosstage.org

'Goddess' @ Berkeley Rep  

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; extended through 2022. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

A Death-Defying Escape
Judy Carter's Hollywood show with magic, comedy and stories of Jewish life and lesbian love streams online. https://deathdefyingescape.com/

Detour Dance @ ODC Theater
"beloved comet falling up," a triptych of duets choreographed as a collaboration between Maurya Kerr and Eric Garcia. $10-$20. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance/

Evolution @ Live Oak Theater, Berkeley
Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company presents six new short original plays about the Asian-American experience. $25-$45. Sept. 16-25, 1301 Shattuck Ave. https://www.ferociouslotus.org/

Generations In Time
Gary Schall's experimental short dance and music film highlights the unique, cherished bond between father and jobs HIV+ drag queen son as they support each other as both family members and creatives. https://found.ee/generationsintime

Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
Charming magician Christian Cagigal leads walking tours in Pacific Heights with spooky tales about multiple houses and locations; includes a cocktail and card trick show. $30-$100 (VIP Halloween weekend). https://www.sfghosthunt.com/

Goddess @ Berkeley Rep
World premiere of an exuberant new musical about a mysterious singer who arrives at Moto Moto, a steamy Afro-jazz club in Mombasa, Kenya; by award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh and composer Michael Thurber, conceived by director Saheem Ali. $38-$104; thru Oct 1. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org/

Indecent @ SF Playhouse
New production of Paula Vogel's play based on the real-life events surrounding the scandalous Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's 'God of Vengeance,' considered to be a seminal work of Yiddish theatre by some, and a piece of traitorous libel by others. Sept. 22-Nov. 5. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

Keith Hennessy @ CounterPulse
The celebrated local dancer/choreographer performs 'Back,' with three dances, a song, and a few costumes, exploring larger themes in a concise performance. Free/$25. Sept. 14 ,15, 19 at 8pm; 18 & 24 at 4pm. 80 Turk St.

Kinky Boots @ Victoria Theatre
Ray of Light Theatre's new local production of the Tony and Grammy-winning musical (songs by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein about a drag infusion that saves a shoe factory. $20-$50; thru Oct. 1. 2961 16th St. https://sfkinky.org (Read out review.)

'Kinky Boots' @ Victoria Theatre  

Lear @ Bruns Ampitheater, Orinda
Cal Shakes, Oakland Theater Project, and Play on Shakespeare's production of Marcus Gardley's new adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy; thru Oct. 2. 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. https://calshakes.org/

Li Chiao-Ping Dance @ CounterPulse
'Here Lies the Truth,' a mixed-media dance work where collaborators investigate "truth" as it relates to positionality, power, access and equity. $20-$35. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. 80 Turk St. https://counterpulse.org

The Marriage of Figaro @ California Theatre, San Jose
Opera San Jose's new production of Mozart's opera is reset in colonial India under Victorian rule.; sung in Italian with English & Spanish supertitles. $55-$195; thru Sept. 25. 345 South First St., San Jose. https://www.operasj.org/

Moulin Rouge! The Musical @ Orpheum Theatre
Broadway SF presents the touring company of the hit Broadway musical inspired by the Baz Lurmann film. $61-$122; thru Nov. 6. 1192 Market St. https://broadwaysf.com/ (Read our review.)

Otto Frank @ Magic Theatre
Roger Guenveur Smith's solo show inspired by the father of diarist Anne Frank, and scored live by Marc Anthony Thompson. $20-$70. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. https://www.magictheatre.org/

Passengers @ Toni Rembe Theater
A.C.T. presents the beguiling acrobatic dance-drama about train passengers performed by The 7 Fingers company. $25-$110; thru Oct. 9. 415 Geary St. https://www.act-sf.org/

'Picnic' @ The Barn Theatre, Ross  

Picnic @ The Barn Theatre, Ross
Ross Valley Players' production of gay playwright William Inge's drama about a handsome drifter who changes lives in a small town. $15-$30. thru Oct. 9. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. on the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center. http://www.rossvalleyplayers.com/

the ripple, the wave that carried me home @ Berkeley Repertory
World premiere of Tony-nominated playwright Christina Anderson's commissioned new play, a poignant, transporting, and quietly subversive story of racial justice, political legacy, and family forgiveness. $28-$83; thru Oct. 16. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. www.berkeleyrep.org

San Francisco Opera @ War Memorial Opera House
Live and online performances; John Adams' 'Antony and Cleopatra' - Sept. 23 (7:30pm), 27 (7:30pm), Oct. 2 (2pm), and 5 (7:30pm). Sept. 18 matinee will be streamed live at 2pm PT. The performance will be available to watch on-demand for 48 hours beginning Sept. 19 at 10am PT. www.sfopera.com/digital) (Read our advance coverage.) 301 Van Ness Ave. Sept. 11, 1:30pm: Opera in the Park at Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park. https://sfopera.com/

San Juan @ Spark Arts
Theatre Rhino's John Fisher performs his new solo show; in-person and online. Free. Sept. 22, 8pm. 4229 18th St. http://therhino.org/

Sean Dorsey Dance
The local trans and queer dance company is featured in a KQED documentary.

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The company performs its 'Dance Series 1' including Michael Smuin's evergreen "Take Five" set to the Dave Brubeck jazz classic; at the Cowell Theater in SF's Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. ($34-$84, Sept. 23-Oct. 2) and Walnut Creek's Lesher Arts Center, 1601 Civic Dr. ($59-$79, Oct. 7-8) https://www.smuinballet.org/

Smuin Contemporary Ballet  

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Brian Copeland's 'Grandma & Me' thru Oct. 22. Alicia Dater's 'Are You Dressed for the Apocalypse?' thru Oct. 23. Irma Herrera's 'Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?' Sept. 23-Oct. 21. $25-$100. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

This Much I Know @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley
World premiere of Jonathan Spector's commissioned drama about the search for Stalin's daughter and two other intermixed stories. $20-$75; thru Oct 7; live and streaming productions. 2081 Addison St. https://auroratheatre.org

With You Festival @ Brava Theater Center
Three queer timely solo shows: Sept. 22-24: César Cadabes' 'Not My First Pandemic,' the artist's exploration of AIDS and COVID. Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Yosimar Reyes' 'Prieto,' his journey from immigrant to fashion maven. $25-$40-$100. 2781 24th St. https://www.brava.org/

Grace Jones @ Fox Theatre, Oakland  

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Music and dance concerts and more. Miami City Ballet performs George Balanchine's "Jewels," September 23-25, at Zellerbach Hall. $21-$148. Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley. calperformances.org

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Sept. 23 & 24: Erika Henningsen ($70). Sept. 29-Oct. 1: legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye ($75-$85). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

Grace Jones @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
The music goddess returns. $85 and up. Sept. 23, 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave. www.thefoxoakland.com

Great American Music Hall
Enjoy live music at the classic venue. 859 O'Farrell St. https://gamh.com/

Lavender Country, Brontez Purnell @ Phoenix Hotel
The Tenderloin Museum's Sound of the Tenderloin presents Patrick Haggerty, the veteran gay country musician, and the award-winning local queer author/musician. $12. Sept. 25, 3pm-6pm. 601 Eddy St. www.tenderloinmuseum.org

Lavender Country, Brontez Purnell @ Phoenix Hotel  

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 weekly concerts in a variety of genres, Tuesdays at 12:30pm. 660 California St. www.noontimeconcerts.org

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

Portola Music Festival
Two-day music fest includes dozens of acts; headliners Flume, Chemical Brothers, queer electro duo Giolì & Assia, and many more. $200-$400. Sept. 24 & 25. Pier 80. portolamusicfestival.com

Queer Vibes
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres in season 2 of the show, on the LGBT Center's YouTube channel.

Roxy Music, St. Vincent @ Chase Center
The '80s band is still with us, playing their hits; St. Vincent opens. $47 and up. Sept. 26, 8pm. 300 16th St. www.ticketmaster.com

San Francisco Bach Choir
Weekly online concerts of classical music and other genres. https://sfbach.org/

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Enjoy music videos and programs online. www.sfgmc.org

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ Knuth Music Hall
Timescapes: Music Spanning Time & Space, the next in the Band's award-winning series of community concerts. $15-$20. 3pm. SF State Univeristy campus, 19th Ave. at Holloway. https://www.tickettailor.com

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Winter season of chamber music, classical and 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/

Secret Emchy Society @ Ivy Room, Albany (photo: Dave Le)  

Secret Emchy Society @ Ivy Room, Albany
The local Americana band led by Cindy Emchy performs at the release party of their new CD, 'Gold Country/Country Gold.' Also, Thee Olde Country and Shawna Virago. Sept. 30, 8:30pm. $12. 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany. http://www.emchy.com/

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians, and has returned to in-person concerts. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

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

111 Minna Gallery
In-person Thursday 5pm-11pm sketch events have returned in conjunction with show by Alec Huxley and Robert Bowen. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Unusual art exhibits; 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz showcase multiple visual artists. 228 Townsend St. http://www.arthaus-sf.com/main-gallery/

Art Visit
Meet with visual artists in your area at their studios. https://artvisit.org

Ritzy Panh films @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive  

Asian Art Museum
'Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision,' and 'Seeing Gender,' a selection of works that reveal the complexities and nuances of gender across Asian art. 'Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty' and 'Lam Tung Pang, After Hope: Videos of Resistance,' 'Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky,' and historic works. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse art exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeleyhttps://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Ritzy Panh in person Sept. 24 & 25, with screenings of his animated films about surviving the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. 'Undoing Time,' installations focusing on mass incarceration; thru Dec. 18. Whitney Bradshaw's 'Outcry,' a response to the alarming rollback of women's rights; thru Nov. 8. Alison Knowles retrospective thru Dec. 18. 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles,' 'Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Folk and Modern Art in Postcolonial India' and art films streamed online and screened outdoors (BYO chairs). 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. New; 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space. Also, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

Cartoon Art Museum
Ajuan Mance's art, part of the Emerging Artist Showcase; also, 'Chivalry: Art of Colleen Doran,' original artwork from the Dark Horse graphic novel illustrated by Doran and written by Neil Gaiman; thru Sept. 18. 'Keith Knight's 'Woke,'' the local Black cartoonist's exhibit ('The K Chronicles'); 'The Legend of Wonder Woman,' an exhibition celebrating 80 years of DC Comics' iconic Amazon. Sat & Sun 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Castro Art Mart
Monthly first Sundays outdoor array of local artists and craftspeople selling wares. Free, 11am-6pm, Noe St at Market.

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary artists' exhibits; Arlene Correa's touching immigration-themed textiles. 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 (opens in Nov.). 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/

'Oz is for Oznowicz: A Puppet Family's History' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum  

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
New: 'Oz is for Oznowicz: A Puppet Family's History,' a paired exhibit about Frank Oz and his local family arts connection; thru Nov. 27. Also, group exhibit 'Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves,' Julie Weitz' 'Golem: A Call to Action.' Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects. 'Libby Black: The Way Things Also Are, ' the Berkeley-based artist's sculptural installations, thru Oct. 8. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/

de Young Museum
'Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,' a fascinating multi-part exhibit of Egyptian antiquities, jewelry, sarcophagi, even cat mummies, and special virtual reality consoles; thru Feb 12, 2023. Also, 'Faith Ringgold: American People,' an exhibit of Black historical and personal paintings, quilts and soft sculptures; thru Nov. 27. Also, the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley; 'Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival,' thru Feb. 2023; and, collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

Exhibits @ 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/

Exploratorium Events
Talks, and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties have returned. Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

Gallery Wendi Norris
Contemporary art exhibits. Fort Mason Center Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd. https://www.gallerywendinorris.com

GLBT History Museum  

GLBT History Museum
'Out in the World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora.' Online exhibits include 'Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50.' Also, 'Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present, Fighting Back,' a series that brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating resistance efforts today; 'Reigning Queens: the Lost Photos of Roz Joseph,' curated by Joseph Plaster; and other exhibits. Online events as well. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

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

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

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. Bryan Locke's 'Hot Walker,' an exhibit of stunning black and white photos set at a horse racetrack; thru Oct 15. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Online solo and group exhibits of works by Philomela Williamson, Alex Jackson, and others. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Land's End @ Former Cliff House
Group exhibit of artists' varied works where their charge is twofold: to discover artwork in unlikely places and to consider the planet's health. 1090 Point Lobos Ave. https://www.for-site.org

Legion of Honor
'Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy,' the first extensive exhibition of the designer's work, bringing together more than 80 ensembles from the past two decades; extended thru Nov. 27. 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; also, Wangechi Mutu's fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Uue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15. legionofhonor.famsf.org

'Strikethrough: Typographic Messages' @ Letterform Archive  

Leslie Ewing @ Rockridge Cafe, Oakland
Queer activist's comics on display at the cafe; thru Oct. 26. 5492 College Ave., Oakland. https://www.rockridgecafe.com/ http://www.leslieewing.com/

Letterform Archive
'Strikethrough: Typographic Messages,' an exhibit of varies protest movement posters and graphics by Emory Douglas, Favianna Rodriguez, Jenny Holzer, W.E.B Dubois, ACT UP, Amos Kennedy, Jr., Corita Kent, Atelier Populaire, Guerrilla Girls, Ben Shahn and others. 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. 245 S. Van Ness. #303. https://lostartsalon.com

Manna Gallery
Opening reception for 'Flux,' Elaine Maute's exhibit of paintings, Sept. 17, 12pm-5pm. Also, Orlando Smith retrospective. 473 25th St., Oakland. https://www.mannagallery.com/

Mike Ruiz @ The Academy
LA photographer and filmmaker's exhibit, 'The Leathermen Project,' elegant sexy leather-themed portraits. 2166 Market St. https://www.academy-sf.com/

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries (Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, The Jones Institute and more) host different artist exhibits; many new openings Sept 7-10. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

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

Museum of the African Diaspora
Exhibits include award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media; works by David Huffman, Richard-Jonathan Nelson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Sam Vernon thru Sept. 18. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
'Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail,' thru Oct. 30; and other exhibits online. www.sfmcd.org

My Park Moment @ Presidio
Large-scale outdoor exhibit of visitor-submitted images in local and regional state parks; at the new Tunnel Tops. www.presidiotunneltops.gov

NIAD Exhibits
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares in-person online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; in-person window displays and weekly online exhibitions. www.niadartstore.org

Queer Arts Featured  

Oakland Museum
'Hella Feminist,' an exhibit that combines art and historical artifacts to show the diverse individual and collective stories of feminism; thru Jan 8, 2023. 'You Are Here: California Stories on the Map,' thru 2022, '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
New LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. 575 Castro St. www.queerartsfeatured.com

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

San Francisco Cat Extravaganza @ Cow Palace
Three-day exhibition of live cats, products, runway show, competition, speakers and demos, with hosts Heklina, Steven Meserve, and Sister Roma. $15-$60. Sept. 23-25. 2600 Geneva Ave. www.lcwwgroup.com

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery's new group show, 'Photo Realness; The Queer Aesthetics of Photography' with works by Zackary Drucker, Clifford Prince King, Matt Lipps, Alec Marchant, Joe Sinness, and Suzanne Wright. Curated by Christopher Tradowsky. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Arts Commission
Ongoing exhibits of works by local artists. 401 Van Ness Ave. https://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 Museum of Modern Art
'Shifting the Silence,' a group exhibit of 32 women artists, and 'Speculative Portraits,' an exploration of portraiture and identity. Also, Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity' on display during its restoration, plus 'Diego Rivera's America,' an exhibit of his paintings. Also, Joan Mitchell retrospective' 'Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue.' and Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

Alexander Hernandez' 'Soft Power' @ Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco

Southern Exposure
Unusual art and installations and online projects. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco
'Soft Power,' recent projects by Alexander Hernandez, who blends queer immigrant narratives into bold and sometimes whimsical fabric sculptures; thru Nov. 6. 2130 Fulton St. www.usfca.edu/thacher-gallery

Tom of Finland Foundation
The LA-based museum hosts online exhibits and sketch sessions with male models (second Sundays); also LA fundraisers and events. https://www.tomoffinland.org

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. Thru Jan. 8, 2023: 'Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece,' and 'Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals.' 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/

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

Would You Be Caught Dead In That Outfit?- Que Perra Mi Amiga! @ Pacific Felt Factory
Ain Delgado Lopera and Rebeka Rodriguez's installation/archival project about legendary intergenerational histories of trans Latinas on San Francisco's 16th St. S 2830 29th St. www.pacificfeltfactory.com

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Unusual modern art exhibits; also, film screenings, murals, and tours. Lobby art: Taravat Talepasand's 'Peace in the Middle East.' Coming up Oct. 20: 'Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action.' 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Brüt @ Great Northern  

After Dark @ Exploratorium
Evening cocktail parties return to the interactive science museum, with different themes; Thursdays 6pm-10pm. Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St.) https://www.exploratorium.edu/

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

Bearracuda @ Public Works
Horse Meat Disco DJs play at the popular bear dance and cruise event. $60-$100. Sept. 23, 9pm-3am. 161 Erie St. https://www.eventbrite.com

Nightlife's hopping at the popular Market Street club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food. Shangri-La second Saturdays. Big Top Sundays. Drag brunch Sat & Sun, 2pm & 4pm. Pan Dulce Wednesdays. https://www.beauxsf.com/

Brut @ Great Northern
Hedonic and Brian Kent present the popular gay leather dance and cruise party, with DJs Ralphia Rosario and Dan Darlington. $40-$60. Sept. 23, 10pm-4am. 119 Utah St. https://www.eventbrite.com/

Club OMG
Intimate mid-Market nightclub includes DJed dancing, drag shows and a karaoke night. 43 6th St. http://www.clubomgsf.com/

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar/restaurant hosts its Thursday night Second Summer Outdoor Movie Series, thru Oct. 20, plus other rooftop events. 12 4th St. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. 475 11th St. https://www.dnalounge.com/

Drag Brunch at Curio
Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag shows (with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone) with brunch. 775 Valencia St. https://www.curiobarsf.com/

Dust Bunnies @ District Six
Space Cowboys' post-Burning Man queer and pals day party with multiple DJs, food trucks, drinks, art cars and several camps; playa costumes encouraged. Free, Sept. 25, 12pm-7pm. 428 11th St. www.facebook.com/events

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

Folsom Street Fair @ SoMa  

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

Folsom Street Fair @ SoMa
The annual leather, kink, beer, pups, queens and whips festival returns. $10 donations, Spet. 25, 11am-6pm. Folsom St. between 6th and 12th. https://www.folsomstreet.org/

Geared Up @ Mr S Beer Garden
Two-day outdoor gear/kink and beer days, hosted by the famous leather/kink shop. Sept 23 & 24, 12pm-6pm. 385 8th St. https://www.mr-s-leather.com/

Golden Bull, Oakland
LGBT-friendly bar presents diverse live music acts; Queeraoke on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 7pm. 412 14th St. https://goldenbullbar.com/

The Hole in the Wall
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

Hot Tea, Leather Edition @ Audio
Cecil Russell presents DJs Dan Slater, Arno Diem, Orel Sabag and Jack Chang for a Folsom weekend tea dance, with hot gogo guys, drinks, all near the fair. $25-$95. Sept. 25, 5pm-12am. 316 11th St. www.eventbrite.com

SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant; Coyote Queer, second Saturdays, with DJs Koslov & Livv, costume contest. UHaul SF, Fridays. Sunday brunch drag show 11am-5pm. 2700 16th St. http://jolenessf.com/index.html

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

Masteurdome @ Regency Ballroom  

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. 5:30pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Masteurdome @ Regency Ballroom
Tom of Finland tribute at the massive official dance/kink event, with DJs' Pagano, Justin Nicoll, Karsten Sollors; Mike Ruiz leather portraits photo shoot. $95-$500. Sept. 24, 10pm-5am. 1300 Van Ness Ave. https://masteurdome.com/

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 50 years; Timeline Tuesdays, Honeypot Fridays with gogo studs; Galaxy Saturday nights; K-Pop and drag shows like Munro's at Midnight, 10pm Monday nights. 4067 18th St. https://www.midnightsunsf.com/

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/

Muevelo @ Que Rico, Oakland
Valentino Presents' new East Bay Latin club is already a hit. 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

New Breed @ Club Six
Polyglamorous and Pound Puppy team up with DJs Leonce, NSA, Guerrilla Pumo and more for a pup-welcome Folsom weekend dance and cruise night. $25-$60. 10pm-4am. 60 6th St. www.eventbrite.com

Vinsantos' 'Living With the Undead' @ Oasis  

In-person shows include Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Sept 15-24, Thu-Sat 7pm: Baloney Folsom, the (almost) all-male burlesque show. Sept. 25: get cool and kinky all day at Folsom Sunday, $5, 11am-8pm. Sept 28, 8pm: Vinsantos' 'Living With the Undead,' a cabaret concert; $25-$40. Sept. 29, 7pm: 'Moist, a Black Erotic Cabaret' ($30-$50). 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Pervert XXL @ The Midway
DJs Tom Stephan, Nina Flowers, J Warren and Paulo Gragoso and DJ Cindel play at the large-scale super-sexy leather dance and cruise event. $15-$165. Sept. 24, 10pm-8am. 900 Marin St. www.xoxopresents.com

Port Bar, Oakland
Shake It Up Saturdays; Women's night Sundays; Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm; Big Gay Trivia on Tuesdays; Thursdays, Karaoke Star hosted by Amoura Teese; also weekend drag brunch. 2023 Broadway. www.portbaroakland.com|

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruise SoMa bar; Underwear Thursdays; Juanita MORE's Powerblouse (fun drag makeovers; Aug. 6: Raul Anthony Gomez) 1st Saturdays, and Beat Pig, 3rd Saturdays. 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Prime @ Club Six
Leather-themed pre-Folsom dance and cruise event for elder men and their fans, with DJs Neon the Glower and Serge, hot logo dads, clothes check. $40-$60. Sept 23, 10pm-4am. 60 6th St. www.eventbrite.com

Real Bad 33 @ 1015 Folsom  

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

The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience @ SVN West
Immersive Regency Court experience, with live music, cocktails, actors playing roles from the hit TV series, including the Queen. $45 and up. 16+. Festive attire suggested. 10 Van Ness Ave. https://bridgertonexperience.com/san-francisco/

Real Bad 33 @ 1015 Folsom
The always popular, sold-out Folsom weekend dance event with proceeds going to nonprofit charities. $108-$160. Sept. 25, 8pm-5am. 1015 Folsom St. www.realbad.org

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French, Daytime Realness, a drag show hosted by Heklina, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.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
The famed leather bar has numerous events; BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Frolic cosplay/furry party, 2nd Saturdays, 8pm-2am. Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. (http://frolicparty.com/) 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

SoMa Second Saturdays @ Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District
Join kink folks and fans on 12th Street between Eagle Plaza and Folsom Street to shop with some of the finest queer and kink artists, artisans, and craftspeople. Beverages are available at the SF Eagle, including Beer Bust from 3pm to 6pm. 12th Street between Folsom and Harrison. https://bl.ooo/m/soma-second-saturdays-135 https://sfleatherdistrict.org/sunday-streets/

Stranger Things; The Experience @ SF Armory
Fun interactive tour of exhibits and rooms based on the hit Netflix series. $54. Wed-Sun thru Sept. 25. 1800 Mission St. https://strangerthings-experience.com/san-francisco/

Pan Dulce @ Beaux (photo: Marques Daniels)  

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

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550
The (mostly) Country music line-dancing, two-stepping nights (Sundays and Thursdays) has returned. $5, 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

White Horse Bar
Enjoy outdoor dining and drinks at the famous Oakland bar; monthly music nights, 7:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. whitehorsebar.com

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