Going Out, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday October 26, 2023
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Rufus Wainwright at 'A Love Letter to San Francisco' @ St. Joseph's Arts Foundation ; Naka Dance Theater @ EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland; Dia de los Muertos celebrations @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts; Peaches Christ's Terror Ball @ SF Mint
Rufus Wainwright at 'A Love Letter to San Francisco' @ St. Joseph's Arts Foundation ; Naka Dance Theater @ EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland; Dia de los Muertos celebrations @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts; Peaches Christ's Terror Ball @ SF Mint

Halloween's on Tuesday, but you know there'll be plenty of creepy costumed fun through this weekend. We also have plenty of arts and nightclub events that are a bit less scary, including our Besties winners and runners-up, this week in Going Out.

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

'Bulrusher' @ Berkeley Repertory  

Ain't Too Proud @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
'The Life and Times of The Temptations,' the hit musical about the R&B vocal group. $39-$89. Oct. 31-Nov. 5. 255 S. Almaden Blvd. https://ainttooproudmusical.com/ https://broadwaysanjose.com/shows/aint-too-proud/

Alex Edelman @ Curran Theater
The Obie Award-winning comic storyteller performs his solo show 'Just For Us.' $46 and up. Oct 26-28. 445 Geary St. https://www.broadwaysf.com/ (Read our interview.)

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women at its Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret: 'Black to the Future Unmasked,' Oct. 28 & 29. 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org (Read our interview with Marga Gomez.)

Bulrusher @ Berkeley Repertory
Eisa Davis' Pulitzer Prize finalist coming of age drama about a multiracial girl in 1955 Mendocino County. $33-$109. Oct. 27-Dec. 3. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org/

Castro Theatre
Live shows and films. 'Halloween in the Castro,' a new holiday celebration with multiple movie screenings ('Death Becomes Her,' 'Edward Scissorhands,' Hocus Pocus,' and 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' a costume contest hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; $5 per movie/free in costume. 1pm-12am. 489 Castro St. https://www.castrotheatre.com/

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

Arts center for experimental innovative performance, dance and art often with a queer focus. Thru Oct. 29: 'Tiny Fires: Scavengers at the Edge of the World.' https://counterpulse.org/theshow/

'Tell' @ Dance Mission Theater  

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often political edge. 10th Annual Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers showcase, Oct. 27-29 ($25). 'Tell,' Circo Zero's Keith Hennessy and Sarah Crowell's group dance-performance about the messiness, beauty, and necessity of multi-racial collaboration. Free/$30. Nov. 3-5. 3316 24th St. https://dancemissiontheater.org/

Dear San Francisco @ Club Fugazi
The 'high-flying love story' weaves local history with acrobatic theatrics and live music by The 7 Fingers company, now with new cast members, and a full food and beverage menu, celebrated its one-year residency; extended thru Dec. 31. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde @ Grace Cathedral
SF Jazz presents a screening of John S. Robertson's 1920 adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella of a doctor wrestling with split identities, starring John Barrymore and featuring a live score performed on Grace's famous pipe organ by renowned organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos. Oct. 30, 7pm. $25-$35. 1100 California St. www.sfjazz.org/ https://gracecathedral.org

The Emissary @ ODC Theater
Opera Paralléle's commissioned production of composer Kenji Oh and librettist Kelley Rourke's stage adaptation of Yoko Tawada's acclaimed novel about a fractured dystopian future. $10-$50. Oct. 27, 7pm. Oct. 28, 1pm & 4pm. 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance/

The Engine of Our Disruption @ Berkeley City Club
Patricia Milton's play about artificial intelligence devices that control people's decisions. $15-$40; thru Nov. 12. 2315 Durant Ave. https://centralworks.org/

Forgetting Tree @ Z Space
Queer Cat Productions' multimedia bioluminescent garden installation and performance. $25-$45. Nov. 3 & 4, 8pm; Nov. 5 3pm. Online Nov. 12. 18+. 450 Florida St. https://www.queercatproductions.com/jesdeville

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players' production of John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask's Tony and Obie-winning musical. $40-$49. Oct. 28-Dec. 17. 1901 Ashby Ave. https://shotgunplayers.org

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow @ Monroe Stage, Santa Rosa
6th Street Playhouse's production of John Minigan's stage adaptation of Washington Irving's short story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. $37; thru Nov. 5. 52 West 6th St.

'Loving Still' @ 336m  

Loving Still @ 336m
RAWdance presents works inspired by vintage photos of affectionate male couples. Free with RSVP; thru Dec. 10. 836 Montgomery St. http://836m.org/show/loving-still/

Mame @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of Jerry Herman, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Tony-winning musical based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play "Auntie Mame" by Lawrence and Lee. $30-$78. Nov. 2-19. 215 Jackson St. https://42ndstmoon.org

Naka Dance Theater @ EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland
'Y Basta Ya! The Performance of the Performance,' a visual installation/performance and collaborative project with Indigenous and Latine immigrant women and their explorations of race, gender violence, invisibility, and individual and collective power. $25. Oct. 26-29. 2277 International Boulevard. https://nakadancetheater.com/ www.eventbrite.com

Naka Dance Theater @ EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland  

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

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

Oakland Ballet @ Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose, Paramount Theatre, Oakland
The company performs 'Luna Mexicana,' choreographed by Martín Romero of Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza and OBC Artistic Director Graham Lustig. The program will also include performances of traditional Mexican folkloric dance by Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza, live mariachi music and OBC's Luna Mexicana ballet. $21-$70. Oct. 28 & 29, 2:3pm, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. Nov. 3 & 4, 7:30pm & 2:30pm, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. https://oaklandballet.org/

Oakland Ballet's 'Luna Mexicana'  

ReOrient Festival @ Potrero Stage
Golden Thread's series of plays by and about Middle Eastern stories, including gay and nonbinary playwrights Adam Elsayigh, Arti Ishak and Hamed Sinno. $20-$100, thru Nov. 4. 1695 18th St. (Read our feature article.)

Rogelio Lopez & Dancers @ Joe Goode Annex
The East Bay company performs Lopez' 'Entre Despierto y Dormido (Between Awake and Asleep)' with themes of dreams, queer sexuality, camp, and folklorico. $20-$50. Nov. 3-5, 10-12. 401 Alabam St. https://www.rogeliodance.com/

Rossum's Universal Robots @ Exit on Taylor
Cutting Ball Theater's production of Russian playwright Karel Capek's prescient 1923 satirical play about robots who've taken over the world; translated by Paul Selver. $10-$95; thru Nov. 12. 277 Taylor St. https://cuttingball.com

Rogelio Lopez & Dancers @ Joe Goode Annex  

San Francisco Opera
The company performs new and classic operas. Richard Wagner's 'Lohengrin' (German/English supertitles), thru Nov. 1 (livestream Oct. 21). $26-$246. Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels' 'Omar,' Nov. 5-21. $26-$246. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
32nd annual in-theatre and online festival of films at several theaters; thru Oct. 29. https://www.svjff.org/

Sketch 13: Lucky
Amy Seiwert's Imagery screens on-demand dance concerts, with a new program each week through November. Nov. 1-Dec. 5. Pay what you can. https://www.asimagery.org/sketch-on-demand

'We Are Continuous' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center (photo: Lois Tema)  

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Dan Hoyle's 'Border People,' thru Oct. 28; Don Reed's 'East 14th' thru Oct 29, both at 1062 Valencia St., SF. Lynne Kaufman's 'Poetic Justice,' thru Nov. 5; Wayne Harris' 'Train Stories' thru Oct. 26, and Mélia Mills' 'The Allure of Thug Life,' thru Nov. 11; each at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.themarsh.org

United Nations Association Film Festival
26th annual international festival of films focusing on world problems and solutions; at theaters in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco, and at Stanford University; thru Oct. 29. www.unaff.org

We Are Continuous @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
West Coast premiere of Harrison David Rivers' semi-autobiographical drama about a family's life-changing secrets. $25-$38; thru Nov. 26. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org

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

The Booksmith
Upper Haight bookstore hosts many author events. Oct. 30, 7pm: Literary Pop: Back From the Dead with six authors. 1727 Haight St. https://www.booksmith.com

The Caftan Chronicles
Acclaimed author Tim Murphy's expansive online interviews with gay men 'of a certain age' who discuss aspects of life and aging. Subscription, but here's a sample interview with award-winning actor BD Wong. https://thecaftanchronicles.substack.com/

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

Curtis Chin with Dominic Lim @ Green Apple Books  

Curtis Chin @ Green Apple Books
The gay author of 'Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant' discusses his book in conversation with Dominic Lim. Oct. 30, 7pm. 1231 9th Ave. https://www.greenapplebooks.com

Fabulosa Books
Punk musician Barb Morrison ('Bottoming for God') Oct. 26, 7pm. In-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. Also, donate (online or in-person) to the Books Not Bans campaign. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

Halloween Meet & Greet @ GLBT History Museum
The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District hosts an event with Tom Ammiano and Marga Gomez, and district staff and members of our Advisory Board; costumes encouraged. Free. Oct. 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm. 4127 18th St. https://www.facebook.com/events/6483716895069997/

Keith Ferris, Lia Smith @ McKroskey Mattress Loft  

Keith Ferris, Lia Smith @ McKroskey Mattress Loft
The Green Arcade presents the illustrator and author of 'Muni Is My Ride: Portraits of Muni in Words and Images.' Nov. 4, 5:30pm. 1687 Market St. https://thegreenarcade.com/

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
Host James J. Siegel welcomes writers Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Kevin Dublin in a special Halloween show at the monthly authors and music event. Oct. 26, 7pm. 4 Valencia St. https://www.facebook.com/martunissf/

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

Pumpkin-Carving Contest @ Noe Valley Courts
Senator Scott Weiner's annual fun contest includes pre-scooped pumpkins, tools, and celebrity drag queen judges D'Arcy Drollinger and BeBe Sweetbriar. Oct. 28, 12pm-3pm, @4th St. at Douglass. RSVP: lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov

Roz Chast @ Sydney Goldstein Theater  

Roz Chast @ Sydney Goldstein Theater
City Arts and Lectures the popular irreverent comic artist, who discusses her new collection, "I Must Be Dreaming" $49. Nov. 2, 7:30pm. 275 Hayes St. www.cityarts.net www.rozchast.com (Read our interview.)

Peter Turnley @ Fairfax Photo Club
The acclaimed photographer discusses and signs copies of his new book, 'The Other California 1975.' Oct. 26, 7pm. 142 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax, www.townoffairfax.org https://www.peterturnley.com/

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

Christian Cagigal's San Francisco Ghost Hunt  

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

SF LGBT Center
Events, talks, film screenings and workshops; New art exhibit, 'What Remains,' thru January. Queer & Well, the Center's wellness program, celebrates its first year with new informative workshops, yoga classes and health clinics. 1800 Market St. 1634 Jerrold Ave. https://www.sfcenter.org/

Queer Words
Listen to online literary chats hosted by author Wayne Goodman, with guests Kelliane Parker, Brian Broome, Michael Nava, Vi Khi Nao, Anne Shade, Brontez Purnell, Christopher Castellani, the late Leslie Cohen and many others. https://queerwords.org/

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

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center. "AIDS Self-Portraits: Positive Art," photographs by Jeannie O'Connor, at History Center and the Hormel LGBTQIA+ Center; thru Feb. 29. (Read our news coverage.) Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley  

924 Gilman, Berkeley
The nonprofit arts and music space hosts rock, punk and other genre bands. 924 Gilman St. https://www.924gilman.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. Nov. 4 anniversary gala. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Music and dance concerts and more. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, $40-$96. Nov. 1, 7:30pm. John Cameron and Amber Martin's 'Cassette Roulette,' $42-$120. Nov. 4, 8pm. (Read our interview with John Cameron Mitchell.) Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St., and Herbst Hall, UC Berkeley campus. calperformances.org

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

Alysha Umphress @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Broadway Villains Sing-Along with host Joe Wicht, Oct. 26, 7:30pm. The Ghoulishly Groovy '70s Dance Party with Top Shelf Classics, Oct. 28, 7:30pm. Alysha Umphress performs a jazzy Broadway concert with Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nov. 3, 8pm, $59. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

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

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Music venue presents folk, rock, blues musicians and more. 2020 Addison St, Berkeley. https://thefreight.org/

Grand Opening @ National Queer Arts Center
The new home of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus hosts an open house with tours and presentations. Free. Oct. 30, 4pm-6pm. 170 Valencia St. https://www.sfgmc.org/

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

Joshua Henry @ The Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel  

Joshua Henry @ The Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel
The Gramnmy-winning three-time Tony nominee ('Hamilton,' 'Scottsboro Boys') performs Broadway and Soul songs. $30-$85. Oct. 29, 7pm. 950 Mason St. https://bayareacabaret.org/

Kim Petras @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
The pop singer performs her Feed the Beast concert tour. $60-$70. Oct. 29, 8pm. 99 Grove St. https://billgrahamcivic.com/events/kim-petras-231029

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

Kim Petras @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium  

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

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

The Jack Quartet with San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre  

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. Alexander String Quartet Oct. 28, 10am. $55-$75. Violinist Miranda Cuckson with pianist Blair McMillen, Nov. 2, 7:30pm, $50-$70. The Jack Quartet's program celebrates the 70th birthday of composer John Luther Adams, Oct. 26, 7:30pm. $50-$70. 401 Van Ness Ave. http://sfperformances.org/

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
In-person and online concerts. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue presents their concert series. Meshell Ndedocello with special guests Ambrose Akinmusire & Mark Speer of Khruangbin, Oct. 27-29. $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/

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

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

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

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. '30 Year Anniversary Exhibition' thru Jan. 12. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

2358 MRKT
Contemporary art gallery in the Castro. 2358 Market St. https://www.2358mrkt.com/

Acion Latina
Community organization sponsors events, and hosts exhibits in its gallery. 2958 24th St. https://accionlatina.org/en/

African American Art & Culture Complex
Exhibits and events featuring Black artists. 'Season of Black Art,' multiple events, Oct. 29, 1pm-5pm. Free. 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works; Kim Anno's 'Animals' Reading Room,' thru Oct. 28. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People - Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego' @ Asian Art Museum  

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. 'Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People - Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego,' vibrantly colorful acclaimed and new works; thru Feb. 12. Cosplay Thursdays, weekly at 6pm. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

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; 'Naming Our Time,' a four-artist exhibit curated by Qianjin Montoya, Oct. 21-Jan. 13. Opening reception Oct. 27, 5pm-8pm. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

'Bob Mizer: Chromatic Mannerisms 1962-1992' @ Bob Mizer Foundation  

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

Bob Mizer Foundation
Exhibits of vintage male physique and erotica prints. 'Bob Mizer: Chromatic Mannerisms 1962-1992.' Also, '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/

Bravo: Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy @ Museo Italo Americano
exhibit about San Francisco Opera's first century and the early history of the Italian community's impact on the art form; in partnership with San Francisco Opera and Museum of Performance + Design, with performances through the run; Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm; thru Oct. 29. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://museoitaloamericano.org/

'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. Oct. 26: NightLife on Elm Street Halloween party with cocktails, Oaklash drag acts and more. $29, 6pm-9pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

California Institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. 'Balikbayan,' mother and son artists May and Mik Gaspay's gorgeous fabric tapestries depict Filipino home life; thru Dec. 15. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

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

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.)

Arleene Correa Valencia's art @ Catharine Clark Gallery  

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Josephine Taylor's 'Night House' thru Dec. 23; Arleene Correa Valencia's works on immigrant struggles thru Nov. 4. Valencia in conversation with SF Chronicle's Tony Bravo, Oct. 26, 6:30pm; also, Jon Rubin's whimsical banners. 248 Utah St. https://cclarkgallery.com/

Chabot Space & Science Center
Programs include live science programs each Wed., 10:30am, virtual telescope viewings each Sat. 9pm. Free/$15. Laser After Hours: Fright Night Light, Oct. 13, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. $25. 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. chabotspace.org

Chinese Cultural Center
Exhibition of new work by Bay Area-based contemporary ceramic artist Cathy Lu. 750 Kearny St. https://www.cccsf.us/

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

'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum  

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

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

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the late artist and designer and other invited artists. New: 'Orquídeas:' artist and curator Marcel Pardo Ariza turns David Ireland's historic home into an inviting and inclusive space for the Mission District's queer and trans community, with installations, drag shows and programs thru Feb. 17. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/ (Read our article.)

'The de Young Open' @ de Young Museum  

de Young Museum
'The de Young Open,' a group exhibition of 800+ works chosen from 1000s of submissions, thru Jan. 7. 'Crafting Radicality: Bay Area Artists from the Svane Gift,' thru Dec. 31. 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future,' collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

Talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties (6pm-10pm). Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

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

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

Galeria de la Raza
Arts center focuses on Latine art and events. Gallery hours Wed-Fri 12pm-5pm. 2779 Folsom St. http://galeriadelaraza.org/

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

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

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

GLBT History Museum
'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective.' Also, 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist; curated by Bob Davis. Also: 'Queer Past Becomes Present,' the original Rainbow Flag, and 'The Flag in the Map: Charting Rainbow Flag Stories.' Online exhibits include 'Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50,' 'AIDS Treatment Activism,' 'Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present, Fighting Back,' and other exhibits. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Gregangelo Museum
Take tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances. Special Halloween-themed music performance, 'Forbidden Secret Parlor,' Oct. 26, 7pm (each $75). 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/

Kevin Cole @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery  

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

Headlands Center for the Arts
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. Kevin Cole, Nov. 4-Dec. 22. Opening reception and artists talk, Nov. 4, 2pm-4pm. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Legion of Honor  

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. Reg. hours Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

Legion of Honor
European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works, from Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts; also, Wangechi Mutu's fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15. 100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park. legionofhonor.famsf.org

Letterform Archive
'Subscription to Mischief,' an exhibit of graffiti zines of the 1990s. 2325 3rd St. https://letterformarchive.org/

Lost Art Salon
Intimate gallery exhibits small and unusual works of note by contemporary and early 20th-century artists, including LGBT artists. Oct. 25, 5:30pm-8pm, art talk and opening reception for 'Surrealism & The Art of Diana Ferlini. 245 S. Van Ness. #303. https://lostartsalon.com

Elizabeth Sher's 'Good Coffee, Bad News' @ Mercury 20 Gallery  

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; 'Portals,' sculptures by Andrew Dewitt; thru Dec. 3. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

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

Mercury 20 Gallery
Elizabeth Sher's 'Good Coffee, Bad News,' Sara Lisch's 'Dream Garden' and Pantea Karimi's 'Eulogy,' each thru Nov. 25. 475 25th St., Oakland. https://mercurytwenty.com/

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, The Jones Institute, Thomas+Projects and more- host different artist exhibits; all with new fall exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Dia de los Muertos celebrations @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus performances, films and events. 'Living Ofrenda Fashion Show' and VIP benefit, Oct. 28, 5:30pm-9pm, $75 and up. Sia de los Muertos matinee concert with members of the SF Symphony, $5, Oct. 29, 2pm-4pm. Sip & Paint, a painting class with wine, food treats and music; $35, Oct. 31, 6pm-9pm. Day of the Dead community celebration, Nov. 2, 7:30pm. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Modern Eden Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 1100 Sutter St. https://www.moderneden.com

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

Charles Dabo with ArtSpan's Open Studios  

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits. 'Designing Peace' features 30 design proposals, initiatives, and interventions from over 20 countries that look at ways to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions; thru Feb. 4, 2024. 2589 3rd St. www.sfmcd.org

NIAD Art Center, Richmond
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares in-person and online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; window displays and online exhibitions. Online: 'Los Colores y la Música del Amor.' 551 23rd St., Richmond. https://niadart.org/

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

Open Studios
ArtSpan's annual Bay Area showcase of hundreds of visual artists who welcome visitors to their work spaces. Oct 28 & 29 and weekends through Nov. 19. https://www.artspan.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/

Zana Briski's 'Animalograms' @ Robert Koch Gallery  

Queer Arts Featured
LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. Vocal A.F., a queer open mic, Oct. 27, 7pm-10pm. 575 Castro St. Donate to their emergency rent hike fundraiser. www.queerartsfeatured.com

Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
Online version of a new group exhibit at Berlin's Schedules Museum that explores the multiple historical, cultural, and political intersections of queerness and disability. https://queer-crip.schwulesmuseum.de/en/

Robert Koch Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Zana Briski's 'Animalograms,' Oct. 26-Dec. 23; artists talk and opening reception Oct. 28, 2pm-5pm. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 'Introductions 2023,' a juried group exhibition. 1131 Mission St. https://rootdivision.org/

Rosie the Riveter Historical Park, Richmond
Museum showcases the real women who built WWII planes, with films, events and talks. 1414 Harbour Way. https://rosietheriveter.org

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

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/

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

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Transcending Physicality: The Essence of Place,' in the Main Gallery; thru Dec. 16. 'A Public Voice/Una Voz Pública,' an exhibition that chronicles the history of political and community activism and cultural events in San Francisco through the posters produced by Mission Gráfica and La Raza Silkscreen Center/La Raza Graphics; thru July 12, 2024. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. Also, exhibits at City Hall, Ground Floor and North Light Court, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. https://www.sfartscommission.org

'Pacita Abad' @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

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/

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Pacita Abad' 40 of the artist's large trapunto paintings; thru Jan. 28. 'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love' thru Aug. 2025. 'Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales,' an exhibit of art celebrating lowrider culture; thru Feb. 19, 2024. Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity'; 'Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue;' 'Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection;' and new Infinity Rooms. also, Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Reg. admission free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

SF Public Library
Book displays at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 3rd floor. Also, book exhibits on the 6th floor. 100 Larkin St. https://sfpl.org/

SOMArts Cultural Center
ArtLaunch, SF Open Studios group exhibition; thru Nov. 19. 934 Brannan St. https://www.artspanart.org/sfos2023 www.somarts.org

Julien Tomasello's 'The Secrets of Summer' @ Strut SF  

Southern Exposure
Unusual art and installations and online projects. Simone Bailey's 'Hometraining,' works in various media; thru Nov. 11. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. Julien Tomasello's 'The Secrets of Summer,' opening reception Nov. 3, 8pm. Free/RSVP at www.eventbrite.com 470 Castro St. https://www.sfaf.org/locations/strut

Gallery focusing on innovative experimental works in video and electronic media. 323 10th St. https://www.tttelematiccc.com

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. '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/

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

Tunnel Tops @ Presidio
New outdoor beautifully landscaped area with scenic views, recreation, ranger talks, murals, and visiting food trucks. www.eventbrite.com www.presidiotunneltops.gov

Vessel Gallery
In-person and online exhibits. 490 Lake Park Ave. #10022, Oakland. www.vessel-gallery.com

Walt Disney Family Museum
Located in The Presidio, the museum dedicated to the art of Disney films hosts online and in-person exhibits, classes and events. 'Disney Cats & Dogs' thru June 24. $5-$15. Screenings of Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' thru Oct. 28. 104 Montgomery St. www.waltdisney.org

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

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

Online exhibit showcases photos and historic paintings of sex workers by 19 artists, from the late 19th-Century of Edouard Manet and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec to modern day contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hockney, Nan Goldin, Bruce LaBruce and Margie Schnibbe. NSFW. www.artreporttoday.com

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
'Bay Area Now 9,' a large group exhibition of works by 30 local artists in diverse media; thru May 5, 2024. 'Becoming: On Practices of Queer Belonging,' with BAN9 artists and curators; Nov. 3pm-4pm. Also: unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. Sean Fader's 'Insufficient Memory,' ongoing. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Darren Criss at A.C.T.'s All Hallows' Gala Zombie Ball @ August Hall  

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

The Academy
LGBTQ social club offers membership, plus public events, art exhibits, music, community talks, wine-tastings and more. 2166 Market St. www.academy-sf.com

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

All Hallows' Gala Zombie Ball @ August Hall
American Conservatory Theater's festive Halloween costume gala (zombie cocktail attire recommended) includes a performance by actor-singer Darren Criss, dance band Vinyl Project, food, drinks, and more. $1,500 and up. Oct. 27. 420 Mason St. https://www.act-sf.org

Pan Dulce @ Beaux (photo: Marques Daniels)  

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. DJ Bus Station John's The Tubesteak Connection Halloween party. $5-$10. Oct. 26, 9pm-2am. 133 Turk St.

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

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

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

Bong-O Bingo @ Mission Cannabis Club  

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
The monthly herb-happy party's hosted by DJ Dank, with Thee Pristine Condition and Brandelicious for a night of bingo, haunted drag, mocktails, getting high and winning cannabis prizes. $15 ($10 min. purchase). Oct. 28, 6pm-9pm. 2442 Mission St. https://missioncannabisclub.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. 4058 18th St. https://www.castrocountryclub.org/

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

Death by Aria @ The Green Room  

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/

Danny Pellegrino @ Cobb's Comedy Club
The gay comic and author does a live podcast and launch of his second memoir, 'The Jolliest Bunch: Unhinged Holiday Stories.' $53-$73. Oct. 30, 7:30pm. 915 Columbus Ave. https://www.cobbscomedy.com/

Death by Aria @ The Green Room
3rd annual costume party and concert of spooky classical music. $60-$100. Oct. 26, 7pm-9:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.eventbrite.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/

El Rio fun  

Castro bar and restaurant with pinball and arcade games; drag bingo Wed. nights. 2200 Market St. https://www.detoursf.com/

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar & restaurant hosts themed nights, crafted cocktails and heated rooftop elegant ambiance. New 'Vibin' Live' monthly music night each third Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Oct. 19, 6:30-9:30pm with Tyler Reese. 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

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French, Daytime Realness, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.com/

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

Feelmore Social, Oakland (photo: Heather Cassell)  

SF's queer sex club in a new location (site of the historic Bulldog Baths), open daily at 2pm to 10pm-12am; memberships available. 18+ only. $10-$30. 132 Turk St. www.erossf.com

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

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

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

Safada Halloween @ The Great Northern  

Glow in the Streets @ Noe St. at Market
Comfort & Joy's annual fun festive block party, with performances with MC Grace Towers, glow decor by Chickpea, a costume contest and DJed grooves from Steve Fabus and others. Glowy costumes encouraged. $15. Oct. 28, 4pm-9:30pm. https://www.cnj.world/events

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 Great Northern
Safada Halloween, a Brazilian, pop, Latin costume dance night with drag and aerial acts; $20-$40. Oct. 27, 11pm-4am. Haunted Hoedown, Space Cowboys' Western costume Halloween dance night; $20-$40, Oct. 28, 9pm-3am. A Club Called Rhonda: Juanita MORE!, Dad SF and others DJ a Halloween night dance party. $15-$35. Oct. 31, 9:30pm-3am. 119 Utah St. www.eventbrite.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 House of Burton @ Storek  

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

Horror Story Scream Supreme @ 1015 Folsom
Polyglamorous and Mystopia's annual Halloween dance night, with DJs Minx, N2N, CarrieOnDisco, Beya, Mark O'Brien and more; costumed attire, please. $40. Oct. 27, 10pm-4am. 1015 Folsom St. wl.seetickets.us

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

Howl-O-ween Paw-ty @ Hotel Nikko
Dog-friendly '80s-themed costume party; best canine costumes win prizes. Oct. 26, 7pm-11pm. 222 Mason St. https://www.hotelnikkosf.com/

The Ivy Room, Albany
Nightclub books indie bands and events. Queer Goth Prom and Cabaret, Oct. 26, 8pm. Night of 1,000 Hedwigs, a 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' tribute night, Oct. 29, 8pm. 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany. https://www.ivyroom.com

Rufus Wainwright at 'A Love Letter to San Francisco' @ St. Joseph's Arts Foundation  

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

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, special events, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. Joshua Barry's solo exhibition 'Dark Seas,' bear/scruff nightlife icon portraits, thru Oct. 31. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

A Love Letter to San Francisco @ St. Joseph's Arts Foundation
Costume ball and concert fundraiser at the renovated former church, with performances by Rufus Wainwright, Lucius and immersive art installations. $150 and up. Oct. 26, 7pm-2am. 1401 Howard St. www.eventbrite.com

Midnight Sun fans (photo: Steven Underhill)  

The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Ongoing: pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. Katya Presents, Sunday, 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. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 50 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/

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

'The Rocky Horror Show' @ Oasis (photo: Rachel Z Photography)  

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: 'The Rocky Horror Show' immersive experience with a stellar cast; $45-$100; thru Nov. 4. (Read our review.) Oct. 27-31: Princess' Hell Hole.' Oasis Drag Brunch at the Phoenix Hotel, Halloween edition, Oct. 29, 11:30pm-3pm, $15-$55, 601 Eddy St. SF Night Ministry's fall fundraiser and masquerade ball, Oct. 29, 5pm-10pm, $30-$300. Iconique drag show, Nov. 3, 10pm. Mattachine, vintage vinyl night with John Cameron Mitchell and Amber Martin, Nov. 5, 4pm-9pm, $20-$60 (VIP meet & greet). 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 (Nov. 4, Britney tribute night). Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am; Legacy, a trans women artistry night, Thursdays, 10pm-2am. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Pilsner Inn
Historic neighborhood bar (since 1980) with an easy vibe, pool table, an excellent beer selection, and a spacious back patio. 225 Church St. http://www.pilsnerinn.com/

Port Bar, Oakland
Shake It Up Saturdays and Juicy (also Saturdays); Women's night Sundays; Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm; Big Gay Trivia with Jeremy Jones on Tuesdays; Thursdays, Karaoke Star hosted by Amoura Teese, who also hosts the Sunday Drag Brunch, 11:30am and 2pm. 2023 Broadway. www.portbaroakland.com|

Que Rico  

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruisy SoMa bar; Underwear Thursdays; Juanita MORE's Powerblouse (fun drag makeovers) 1st Saturdays; Glamamore's Pillows drag show on Mondays; and Beat Pig, 3rd Saturdays; Lance Holman's Lick It, 4th Saturdays. Flex, the muscle worship night with big guys, each fifth Friday. 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Que Rico
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed grooves, and gogo studs. $10 and up, 9:30pm-3am. 381 15th St., Oakland. www.quericonightclub.com

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

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

Rize SF @ Origin
New LGBTQ dance party with K-Pop and other styles, DJ DNZA, drag performer Miss Shu Mai; first and third Saturdays. 1538 Fillmore St. www.simpletix.com

Roller Disco @ Church of 8 Wheels
Roller-skating nights with groovy tunes, plus skate rentals. $5-$15. 554 Fillmore St. http://www.churchof8wheels.com/

SF Eagle guys  

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
The downtown ice rink is back, with a full season of fun events. $15-$20 includes skate rental, with optional locker, gloves rentals. Nov. 1-Jan. 15. 333 Post St. https://unionsquareicerink.com/

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. Karaoke, Mondays 8pm, hosted by Dana Morrigan. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. Safe Words Comedy hosted by Wonder Dave, 7pm, 4th Wednesdays. 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

Shanti Gala Dinner @ Palace Hotel
The health service nonprofit's 49th annual fundraiser dinner and honoring Barbara Rose Brooker, Juan Pablo Gutiérrez and Tom Nolan. $300 and up. Oct. 27, 6pm-9pm. 2 New Montgomery St. https://www.shanti.org/

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

Peaches Christ hosts Terror Vault's 'The Initiation' @ SF Mint  

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

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

Terror Vault's 'The Initiation' @ SF Mint
Peaches Christ and dozens of performers and designers present a new spooky immersive experience of thrills, chills, and horror acts, plus food, drinks and merchandise. $55-$85; thru Oct. 31. Oct. 28, Terror Ball, with even more events from Vau de Vire Society, Bootie Mashup, 30+ performers, costume contest and more. $89-$850. 9:30pm-1am. 88 5th St. https://www.tixr.com/groups/terrorvault

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  

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

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

Twin Peaks
Enjoy a great view and strong drinks at the historic tavern, now in its 50th year. 401 Castro St. https://www.twinpeakstavern.com/

Underground SF
Reopened and renovated intimate Lower Haight nightclub hosts varied DJed events, including LGBTQ nights like Hella Tight; also a cafe by day. French Press, first Thursdays. 424 Haight St. https://undergroundsf.com/

White Horse Bar  

White Horse Bar
Enjoy indoor and outdoor drinks at the famous Oakland bar, now in its 90th year, under new ownership (Read our feature article.); music nights, new dance parties and more. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. whitehorsebar.com

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

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