Going Out, May 11-19, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday May 11, 2023
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Taravat Talepasand's exhibit @ YBCA; Satya Chávez in 'Where Do We Sit on the Bus?' @ Marin Theatre Company; Gigi Gorgeous @ Oasis; hunky dancer @ Beaux's Pan Dulce (photo: Marques Daniels)
Taravat Talepasand's exhibit @ YBCA; Satya Chávez in 'Where Do We Sit on the Bus?' @ Marin Theatre Company; Gigi Gorgeous @ Oasis; hunky dancer @ Beaux's Pan Dulce (photo: Marques Daniels)

What would you like? A concert or a dance party? A classy art opening or a rousing musical? Get Going Out and engage.

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'1776' @ San Jose Center for Performing Arts  

DANCE, OPERA, THEATER
1776 @ San Jose Center for Performing Arts
The classic musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence is given a modern feminist twist in the Broadway touring production. $38-$88. May 16-21. 255 Almaden Blvd. https://broadwaysanjose.com/ (Read our feature article.)

AfroSolo Arts Festival
'Black Voices: Standing Our Ground,' a series of free solo performances - Artist Charles Blackwell, Dr. Mwanza Furaha's musical tribute to Dr. Maya Angelous and Eric Ward's "The Last to Know" A Hoarder's Story"- May 12 & 13; 26 & 27 at Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St. June 9 & 10 at Potrero Stage Theatre, 1695 18th St. https://www.afrosolosf.org/

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance and music concerts by BIPOC women. May 12, 8pm: Golden Thread Productions presents 'Amreeka: The Comedy Show.' May 13, 7pm: Cuicacalli's Ballet Folklórico's México Lindo y Querido, a tribute to Jennifer Bautista, with live music from Mariachi La Misión. 2781 24th St. Also, in Brava's Cabaret (2773 24th St.): May 14 & 21, 2pm-5pm: Cultivating Creative Rituals for Resilience' with artist-in-residence Vidhu Singh, PhD. May 18, 7pm: Who's Your Mami Comedy with Micia Mosely, Jackie Keliiaa, Nina G, Vicki Kozel and host Marga Gomez ($15). https://www.brava.org

Chinglish @ SF Playhouse
David Henry Hwang's acclaimed comedy about language misinterpretation's at an American business man's meetings in China. $15-$100, thru June 10. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org

J. Conrad Frank in 'The Confession of Lily Dare' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center (photo: Lois Tema)  

The Confession of Lily Dare
@ New Conservatory Theatre Center

J. Conrad Frank, aka Katya Smirnoff-Skky, stars in the new production of Charles Busch's camp comedy take on the story of a woman with a dark past. $25-$37. May 12-June 11. 25 Van Ness Ave. www.nctcsf.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 run. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Detour Dance @ Oasis
'We Build Houses Here,' a queer drag immersive theatrical experience performed throughout the nightclub. $30-$70. Thu-Sat thru May 20, 7pm. 298 11th St. http://www.detourdance.com/ (Read our article.)

Exhaustion Arroyo: Dancin' Trees in the Ravine @ Cutting Ball Theater
W. Fran Astorga and Jesse Sanchez' psychedelic queer bilingual musical about friends on a druggy camping trip in the Santa Cruz mountains. $15-$100; thru May 21. 277 Taylor St. https://cuttingball.com

Behind the Golden Curtain @ Orinda Theatre
The weekend celebration of the classic television show "The Golden Girls" includes behind the scenes discussion panels with producers, writers, directors, and guest stars of the show; opening night with The Golden Gays, direct from New York with their hilarious musical, "Where In the World Is Sophia?" $40-$375. May 26-28. 1 Orinda Plaza. https://behindthegoldencurtain.com/

Lamplighters Music Theatre @ Presidio Theatre
The operetta company performs 'By Georges!,' James D. Sasser's world premiere commissioned musical play about violin prodigy Chevalier de Saint-Georges. $31-$80. May 20 & 21 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. https://lamplighters.org/

Lockdown Comedy
Online Zoom laughfest with Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Nina G, Nick Leonard, host Lisa Geduldig and her mom Arlene. May 18, 7pm. $15-$25. https://www.koshercomedy.com/lockdown-comedy

Smuin Contemporary Ballet @ Bay Area Theaters  

Locusts Have No King @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
West Coast premiere of C. Julian Jiménez' darkly comic play about four gay priests at a contentious dinner party. $25-$31; extended thru May 21. $25-$65. 25 Van Ness Ave. www.nctcsf.org (Read our feature article.)

Sharp & Fine @ Z Space
The dance company performs Megan and Shannon Kurashige's 'Imaginary Country.' May 12 and 13, 8pm, May 14, 2pm, Z Space, 450 Florida Street, $15-$25. www.sharpandfine.org (Read our feature article.)

Smart People @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
6th Street Playhouse's production of Lydia R. Diamond's provocative witty play about prejudice. May 11-28. $28-$45. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com/

Smuin Contemporary Ballet @ Bay Area Theaters
The company performs its Dance Series 2, with works by Amy Seiwert, Kate Skarpetowska, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin. YBCA, 799 Howard St., San Francisco (thru May 14), and Mountain View (May 25-28). Tickets ($25-$99) https://www.smuinballet.org

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Adam Strauss' 'The Mushroom Cure' and "Adam Strauss is Not Unhappy,' thru June 17, 1062 Valencia St. At The Marsh Berkeley: Don Reed's 'The Never Too Late Show,' thru May 27. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley ($10-$35). www.themarsh.org

South Asian Choreography Festival @ Dance Mission Theater
When Eyes Speak presents a historic collaboration between Duniya Dance & Drum, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour. $30. May 12-14. 3316 24th St. www.eventbrite.com

Satya Chávez in 'Where Do We Sit on the Bus?' @ Marin Theatre Company  

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco @ Herbst Theatre
The vibrant dance and music company performs 'Transitar por un Mundo
sin Tiempo (Passage through a Timeless World),' with guest star Adrian Santana. $25-$55. May 13, 8pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. CityBoxOffice.com/TheatreFlamenco (Read our interview with Adrian Santana.)

West Wave Counter Conference @ SafeHouseArts
Two-day conference and dance festival focused on healing, celebrating, and educating. May 13 & 14, 145 Eddy St.
https://safehousearts.org/westwave30/

Where Do We Sit on the Bus? @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
West Coast premiere of Brian Quijada's high-octane tour-de-force theatrical experience that examines what it means to be Latiné in America, starring Satya Chávez as 'Bee Quijada.' $20; thru May 28. 397 Miller Ave. http://www.marintheatre.org/

Vincent Traughber Meis and Richard May @ Fabulosa Books  

LITERARY/LECTURES/SPECIAL EVENTS
Events @ The Green Arcade
Bookstore presents author readings often with California and social justice themes. 1680 Market St. https://thegreenarcade.com/

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Author readings: May 11, 7pm: Vincent Traughber Meis ('Colton's Terrible Year,' 'First Born Sons') with Richard May; in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

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; 'I Still Love You: Queerness, Ancestors and the Places that Made Us,' a unique, intimate and community-based exhibit co-curated by local queer women of color artists Tina Bartolome and Natalia M. Vigil; thru June 29. May 11, 6pm: Kim Shuck's Poem Jam, Latinx Room. May 16, 6pm: Zinething, the monthly zine-making workshop. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Ann Talman @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

MUSIC
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/

Ava Nicole Frances @ Orinda Theatre
The two-time Broadway World Award winner returns to the Bay area for her debut solo concert. $55-$70. May 21, 5pm. 1 Orinda Plaza. https://www.orindamovies.com/

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

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Ann Talman's "The Shadow of Her Smile," an Elizabeth Taylor tribute. $59. May 12 & 13, 8pm. (Read our interview.) May 20, 8pm: Broadway actor-singer James Snyder. $59. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

Freight & Salvage
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/

Noe Music
In-person and online concerts in many genres; classical, folk, early music. May 14, 4pm, a concert of women singer-songwriters and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. 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. May 16: cellist Lewis Patzner and pianist Elektra Schmidt. 660 California St. www.noontimeconcerts.org (Read our interview with pianist and artistic advisor Dr. Carl Blake.)

Criibaby at Queer Vibes @ SF Center  

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic and contemporary music. May 12, 8pm: violinist Patrick Galvin. May 15, 7:30pm: Earplay. May 19, 8pm: pianist Ting Luo. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Queer Vibes @ SF Center
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres. Criibaby, May 12, 6pm-9pm. www.eventbrite.com

San Francisco City Chorus @ Calvary Presbyterian Church
Capping off his 25th year with the San Francisco City Chorus, Larry Marietta will conduct our Spring 2023 Concert featuring Rossini's 'Stabat Mater,' accompanied by John R.S. Walko on the storied Calvary organ, with soloists Chelsea Hollow, Soprano; Twila Ehmcke, Alto; Joachim Luis, Tenor; and Sergey Khalikulov, Bass. $20-$25. May 13, 7pm. 2515 Fillmore St. https://www.sfcitychorus.org/

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
'Spotlight on the '70s,' a concert of vintage classic songs celebrating the band's 45th anniversary. $45-$78. May 20, piano bar & silent auction 6:30pm, concert at 7:30pm. 388 9th St, Suite 290. https://www.sflgfb.org

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center  

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. May 10, 7:30pm: baritone Benjamin Appl with pianist James Baillieu. $45-$65. 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/

Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Intimate restaurant, nightclub and music venue presents all kinds of music, in the historical Masonic Lodge. 9 Corte Madera Ave. https://sweetwatermusichall.com/

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

'Entrapment to Entertainments' @ African American Art & Culture Complex  

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. New: The Bay Area 5 group exhibit. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.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 include 'Entrapment to Entertainments: a Celebration of Blacks in the American Circus,' curated by Uncle Junior Project founder Veronica Blair; thru June 30; 'Kemba Village' thru June 30, and 'Closer: 6 Feet Apart.' 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
John Roloff's 'Sentient Terrains, May 11-July 1. 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

ArtHaus
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

Art With Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community @ City Hall Gallery
SFAC Galleries partners with Art With Elders for a group exhibition of works by diverse senior artists; thru Aug. 25. Ground Floor and North Light Court, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. https://sfartscommission.org/

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael
Exhibits of works by local artists. 1325 4th St., San Rafael. http://artworksdowntown.org/

'Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art' @ Asian Art Museum  

Asian Art Museum
New: 'Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art,' a multimedia showcase of dance, bringing a wide array of sculpture, painting, textiles, jewelry, photographs, and more, thru July 10. Also, 'Into View: Bernice Bing,' 20 works by the contemporary artist, thru June 26. (Read our feature article.) 'Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka's Modern Prints,' thru May 1. 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
'Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World,' thru June 11. 'Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory.' 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles.' Pioneers of Queer Cinema, a touring two-month series, with screenings of 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Tongues Untied,' 'Parting Glances,' 'Paris is Burning' and other classics. $5-$14. (Read our article) thru May 3. Also, 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. 'Bugs,' a fascinating giant-plants-scale insect-view exhibit. 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space. Also, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. A new Nightlife panel series, 'Says Who?' explores the power and privilege of the storyteller in the world of science and beyond, and aims to uplift voices that have been systematically excluded from shaping science discoveries; May 18, June 1 & 29. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

'Bugs' @ California Academy of Sciences  

California institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

Cartoon Art Museum
'Thor and Loki: Midgard Family Mayhem,' an exhibition of original artwork from the forthcoming book by Jeffrey Brown, thru Aug. 27. 'An Edward Gorey Menagerie,' thru July 9. 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

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 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/

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
New: Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' May 18-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

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

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/

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

East Bay Open Studios
Choose from more than 185 artists to meet and see their works in several East Bat cities. May 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 11am, 5pm. https://eastbayopenstudios.com

Exploratorium
'40 Years of Cinema Arts,' thru March; ¬°Plantásticas! Our Lives With Plants' thru Sept. 10. 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; opening reception May 5, 6pm-11pm. 513 Green St. https://www.candidcityspc.com/

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

GLBT History Museum
New: 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist; curated by Bob Davis. Also: 'Matchmaking in the Archive: 19 Conversations with the Dead and 3 Encounters with Ghosts,' a companion exhibit to E.G. Crichton's book about historic archival subjects; '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. Special Cinco de Mayo events May 4-6. 225 San Leandro Way. www.gregangelomuseum.com

Gray Area
Unusual and contemporary art exhibits and installations; 'Techs-Mechs,' Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's immersive survey of Mexican technological culture; thru May 31. 2665 Mission St. https://grayarea.org/

Haight Street Art Center
Exhibit of rock music and 1960s photographer Herb Greene. Also, 'Enough is Enough: End Gun Violence.' Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; new: 'Our Mothers Ourselves: Legacies That Shape Us,' a group exhibit of motherly imagery; thru June 3; also online galleries. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Headlands Center for the Arts
40th anniversary exhibits include a May 7 open house, with new installations, film screenings and performances and readings, 1pm-5pm. 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

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
'Sargent and Spain,' an expansive exhibit of the painter's works created during his Spanish residency, thru May 14. (Read our feature on the exhibition.) Also, 'Paperworks: Fifteen Years of Acquisitions, thru June 25. 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

'Black Venus' @ Museum of the African Diaspora  

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. 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
New art gallery presents its first exhibit, "Squint: Recent Photography by Chris Komater," pixilated portraits; thru March 26. 3931 18th St.

Manna Gallery
'Flux,' Elaine Maute's exhibit of paintings. Also, Orlando Smith retrospective. 473 25th St., Oakland. https://www.mannagallery.com/

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery (Vik Muniz' 'Fotocubismo' thru June 24), Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Jones Institute and more- host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. Mission Grafica: 46 Years Community, Culture, and Politics,' an art exhibit curated by Juan Fuentes. 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. Ramekin O'Arwisters' 'Freeform and Razor-Sharp,' thru June 11. 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

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
'Angela Davis: Seize the Time,' an exhibit examining the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland-based icon; thru June 11. 'Black Power' and 'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,' both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.org

mosaic by Michael Kruzich @ Hunter's Point Shipyard  

Hunter's Point Shipyard
Meet, see, and buy works by 120 artists in various media. 451 Galvez Ave. https://www.shipyardartists.com/open-studios/ (Read our interview with mosaicist Michael Kruzich.)

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. 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
Online exhibition of work by French-American conceptual artist Nancy Wilson-Pajic. Edward Burtynsky's 'African Studies,' an exhibit of arial landscape photography. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

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

'Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community' @ San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles  

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

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 May 12- Aug. 20 (artists panel, May 13, 11:30am). 520 South 1st Street, San Jose. https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/ (Read our feature article.)

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Invincible Black Soul: The Art of Bearing Witness,' a three-person exhibition featuring the works of artists Mark Harris, Raymond L. Haywood, and Bryan Keith Thomas. The exhibition explores the work and legacy of influential novelist, playwright, activist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin. May 19 (opening recetion, 6pm—9pm)- July 8. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfartscommission.org

'Frank Bowling: The New York Years
1966-1975' @ SFMOMA  

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
'Frank Bowling: The New York Years 1966-1975' May 20-Sept. 10. 'Kinship: Photography and Connection,' a group exhibit, May 20-Sept. 5. 'Afterimages ,' SECA Art Award exhibition, with new works by several artists, thru May 29; 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

Telematic
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. 'Education for Action: California Labor School, 1942-1957.' thru July 1. 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.presidiotunneltops.gov

Taravat Talepasand exhibit @ YBCA  

Vessel Gallery
In-person and online exhibits; Michael Kang's 'In Motion,' thru June 11. 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. 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/

Worker
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. 'Taravat,' mid-career survey of Iranian-American artist Taravat Talepasand's work that visualizes her dual identity, displacement, and the policing of women across geographies.; May 12-July 23. Also, 'Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action,' a video, dance and multimedia installation, thru June 4. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

hunky dancer @ Beaux's Pan Dulce
(photo: Marques Daniels)  

NIGHTLIFE
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. May 13 & 14: Spring Flower Festival, with a Mothers Day high tea service. 2166 Market St. www.academy-sf.com

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

Asia SF
Dining, nightlife and classy drag performers mix at the popular SoMa club that's celebrating 25 years; dinner shows from $59-$79. 201 9th St. https://asiasf.com/

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

Beaux
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/

Blackbird
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

Bong-O Bingo @ Mission Cannabis Club
DJ Dank's fun pot party at the Mission dispensary includes games, drag hosts Brandelicious and Thee Pristine Condition, DJed grooves and weed specials. May 13, 6pm-9pm. 2441 Mission St. https://missioncannabisclub.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/

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

Decant SF  

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/

Curio
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/

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. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. 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/

Eros
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

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

The Hole in the Wall Saloon  

Fluid510, Oakland
New nightclub from the founders of Port Bar blends LGBTQ, straight and fluid patronage. Grand opening May 20. Now open Fri-Sun at 4pm-12am. 1544 Broadway. https://www.facebook.com/Fluid510/

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

The 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

Jolene's
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/

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

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/

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/

Mother Bar (photo: Gooch)  

Martuni's
The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. 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. 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
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

Oaklash Festival
Bay Area's sixth annual premier celebration of drag and queer performance, with panels and workshops May 7, 10 & 15, leading up to a full weekend of drag including live performance, DJs, artists, music, dancing, vendors and more; May 19-May 21. https://www.oaklash.com/ (Read our article.)

Gigi Gorgeous and Gottmik @ Oasis  

Oasis
The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: May 14: Drag Queen of the Year livestream (free, 7pm). May 16, 10pm; Princess with Gottmik and Gigi Gorgeous' Official 'T Guide' Book Release Party ($20-$40). May 19, 10pm: Xafad 5th anniversary. Ongoing: Oasis Tea Dance with D'Arcy Drollinger, Yves St. Croissant and Per Sia, 4pm-8pm Sundays. Also, Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am; Legacy, a trans women artistry night, Thursdays, 10pm-2am. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Off the Grid @ Fort Mason Center
The popular nighttime food, drinks and music outdoor event returns. Fridays, 5pm-10pm thru June 23. https://offthegrid.com/event/fort-mason-center/

Petchitecture @ Fairmont Hotel
Annual festive fundraiser dinner for Shanti and Pets Are Wonderful Support; dogs welcome. $300 and up. May 18, 6pm-9pm. 950 Mason St. https://www.shanti.org/

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/

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

Frolic @ SF Eagle (photo: Tasty Eagle)  

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. May 20: Hot Sauce with Analog Soul. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.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
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, $8-$12 (May 13). Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. Safe Words Comedy hosted by Wonder Dave, 7pm, 4th Wednesdays. 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

Steamworks Berkeley
The award-winning bathhouse hosts special events, DJed nights, and a cruisy vibe. $5-$200 (6-month membership). 18+ only. Open 24/7 every day. 2107 4th St., Berkeley. https://www.steamworksbaths.com/berkeleyhome

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

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

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.)

Trax
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/

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 (Read our feature article.)

Wild Side West
Historic lesbian and friends bar in Bernal Heights with an airy backyard garden (stairs). 424 Cortland Ave. https://www.wildsidewest.com/

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