Arts Events May 16-23, 2019

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  • Wednesday May 15, 2019
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Bitchin'; an Art Show for Humans and Dogs @ Creativity Explored Mon 20
Bitchin'; an Art Show for Humans and Dogs @ Creativity Explored Mon 20

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110 in the Shade @ Gateway Theatre

42nd Street Moon's energetic production of Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash's popular romantic musical. $30-$70. Wed-Sun thru May 12. 215 Jackson St.

American Psycho @ Victoria Theatre

Previews begin for Ray of Light Theatre's production of Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's darkly satiric musical based on the 1980s Bret Easton Ellis novel. $15-$40. Thru June 8. 2961 16th St.

InnerSpace @ CounterPulse

Space-themed gala fundraiser for the innovative performance space, with cocktails, dinner, auctions, performance and gifts. $25-$250. 6pm-11pm. 80 Turk St.

The Mayor of Folsom Street @ GLBT History Museum Thu 16 photo: Alexander V. Areno  

The Mayor of Folsom Street
@ GLBT History Museum

Opening reception for The Mayor of Folsom Street: Alan Selby's Legacy, an exhibit of the leather culture pioneer (7pm). Also, SoMa Nights: 1980s-1990s Queer Club Photography, an exhibit of prints by prolific photographer Melissa Hawkins. Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle, a Native American queer exhibit of the Bay Area organization on its 20th anniversary. May 23: Fighting Back: Unions, Workers and Queers: An Enduring Alliance, a panel discussion. 7pm. $5. $5. 4127 18th St.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre
May 16 & 17: Restored 4K prints of John Carpenter's Escape From New York (5:30, 7pm) and The Fog (8:55, 9:25) May 18: The Roast of Sister Roma with MC Ross Mathews, Mistress Jackie Beat and others ($20-$100). May 20/21: The Shining (5pm, 8pm). May 22: The Times of Harvey Milk (5pm), Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along (7:30). May 23: The Big Lebowski (7pm) and Kingpin (9:10). $8-$11. 429 Castro St.

Magic Masquerade Gala @ Gallery 308
Warhol's Factory is the theme for the venerable theatre company's annual gala, with dancing, cocktails, three-course dinner, live auction and multiple Andys! $500 and up. 6pm-11pm. Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, 2 Marina Blvd.

MAX 2019 @ Various Venues
Media Art eXploration, a space, arts and science festival of performances, exhibits, talks, and parties all over the Bay Area. Thru May 18.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different prominent guests. Weekly, 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

New Strands Festival @ Strand Theater
New theatre works-in-progress, readings, a master class series, and special happy hours; including a new rock musical by The Kilbanes; new works by playwrights Luis Alfaro, Emily Feldman, Robert O'Hara, Jiehae Park; mentalist Vinny DePonto, and more. Free/RSVP online. Thru May 19. 1127 Market St.

Queens Read Celebrity Autobiographies @ Oasis
Second festive and hilarious night of dragsters reading excerpts from unintentionally campy celeb tell-alls, with Cruzin' d'Loo, Thee Pristine Condition, Roxy Cotton-Candy, Cristal Guysir, Intensive Claire and Carrie Fisher-Price; hosted by James J. Siegel. $20. 7pm. 289 11th St.

Significant Other @ SF Playhouse
Joshua Harmon's witty romantic comedy about a gay men who endures all his friends' weddings. $20-$100. Thru June 15. 450 Post St.

Supremacy @ Exit Theatre
Jason Mendez' debut playwrighting work about a superhero, racial and political animus and inhumanity. $20-$32. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 18. 156 Eddy St.

Tom Reardon @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The veteran singer-pianist performs at the elegant nightlcub. $50-$80. 8pm. Also May 17. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Walking Distance Dance Festival @ ODC Theater
Three programs, eight days in and near ODC's theater and studios. $15-$60. Thru May 19. 3153 17th St.

Sister Act @ Gateway Theatre Fri 17  

Castro Comedy @ Strut
Wonder Dave hosts Bisexualapalooza, a night of jokes by, for and about bisexuals, and their pals, with Sureni Weerasekera, Arjun Banerjee, Max Eddy and Chey Bell. 8pm-10pm. 470 Castro St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio
10th anniversary of the funny comic night, with host Lisa Geduldig, Bernadette Luckett, Ian Williams, Justin Lucas, Arjun Banerjee. $10-$20. 7pm-8:30pm. 3158 Mission St.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre
The mega-hit Tony-winning Broadway hip hop musical revision of American Revolutionary-era history. $111-$686. Thru Sept 8. 1192 Market St.

Leela James @ Yoshi's Oakland
The stunning R&B vocalist performs at the upscale restaurant-nightclub. $40-$80. 8pm & 10pm. Also May 18, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

Queer California: Untold Stories @ Oakland Museum
Multimedia exhibition documenting California LGBT lives, with contemporary artwork, rare historical materials, film, photography, sculpture; thru Aug. 11. May 17, 5:30pm: Out/Here, Bay Area Asian American LGBTQ Filmmakers panel, and screening of Leits in Waiting (7pm). Also, Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline, Ray Troll's colorful illustrations paired with paleontologist Kirk Johnson's research. Also, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food and other exhibits. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon @ The Lab Fri 17  

Sadie Barnette: The New
Eagle Creek Saloon
@ The Lab

The Oakland artist's installation recreates and honors her father's history as owner of SF's first Black-owned gay bar, with archival materials and 'hosted' events; thru June 30. May 17, film screening and performance., 7pm. 2948 16th St.

Sister Act @ Gateway Theatre
The nun-filled musical comedy. $15-$20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm; thru June 1. 215 Jackson St.

Queer Yoga @ Love Story Yoga
All-level weekly classes in an LGBT space. $11. 6:30pm-7:30pm. 473 Valencia St. at 16th.

Sarah Cahill, Regina Myers @ Old First Church
The two acclaimed pianists perform a shared concert of work with a social justice theme, including Elinor Armer, Ruby Fulton and Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk. $5-$20. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St.

Trente Morant @ Harvey Milk Arts Center
The vocalist shares musical tales of last-minute performances, with Bryan Nies (piano) and Byran Dyer (bass). $35-$60. 8pm. 50 Scott St.

The View UpStairs @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Max Vernon's glam-rock gospel-pop musical, about a man who's transported back in time to a historic 1960s New Orleans gay bar, gets a regional premiere. $35-$60. Live music pre-show Wednesdays. Thru June 9. 25 Van Ness Ave.

The Importance of Being Earnest @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Sat 18 photo: David Allen  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Exhibit of animation art by the prolific artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi
The musical comedy revue celebrates its final year with fun lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm & 9pm. Sun 2pm & 5pm. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). 421-4222.

Dandy Warhols @ The Fillmore
The Portland rock band plays; Cosmonauts and The Vacant Lots open. $30. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

David King @ IS Fine Art and Design
Opening reception for the local artist's new beguiling collage/abstract works. 5pm-9pm. 1100 Sutter St.

femMasculine @ Strut
Informal reading of an upcoming queer/non-binary performance work. 2pm-4pm. 470 Castro St.

Films @ BAM/PFA
Artistic and award-winning films, including international features, and documentaries about artists; ongoing. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Garren Benfield @ The Lost Church Sat 18  

Garren Benfield @ The Lost Church
The singer-songwriter performs at the super-intimate venue for a CD release concert, with Paige Clem. $15-$20. 7:30pm. 65 Capp St.

The Importance of Being Earnest
@ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Oscar Wilde's classic "trivial comedy for serious people" gets an East Bay production. $35-$70. Extended thru May 19. 2018 Addison St., Berkeley.

The Jungle @ Curran Theatre
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's acclaimed drama about French refugee camp immigrants, set in an up-close immersive and intimate staging. $79-$165. Thru May 19. 445 Geary St.

Lenora Lee Dance @ Angel Island State Park
Site-specific works Dreams of Flight and Within These Walls in an around the U.S. Immigration Station. $30-$60 (not including ferry fees). 11am & 1pm. Also May 19.

LGBTQ Histories from the WWII Home Front
@ Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Richmond

Park indoor exhibit that showcases the lives of historic LGBT people. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond.

Lindsay Mendez @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Tony-winning musical theatre actress performs at the elegant cabaret nightclub. 8pm. Also May 19, 7pm. $60-$85. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Maureen McVerry @ Oasis
The musical theatre actress perform her updated Very McVerry cabaret concert. $20-$40. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Maria Diamond @ Harvey Milk Arts Center
The veteran vocalist performs a tribute to Nat King Cole, with pianist Barry Lloyd. $30-$50. 8pm. 50 Scott St.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery
Weekly screenings of wacky, unusual, short, documentary and animated films; free books, vinyl, VHS and wine. $7. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St.

Polythene Pam @ The White Horse Bar, Oakland Sat 18  

Polythene Pam
@ The White Horse Bar, Oakland

The upbeat witty queer band performs at the historic gay bar, with Forgetmenauts and Julia Serano. $5. 6:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Roast of Sister Roma @ Castro Theatre
The popular Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and longtime community organizer gets a loving night of jokes at her expense, with MC Ross Mathews, Heklina, Bob the Drag Queen, Varla Jean Merman, Sherry Vine, and roast mistress Jackie Beat. $20-$100. 7pm. 429 Castro St.

Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels
Wheeled fun at the former Sacred Heart Church-turned disco roller skate party space, hosted by John D. Miles, the "Godfather of Skate," including Saturday's Black Rock night (Burning Man garb encouraged). 7pm-10pm. Sat afternoon sessions 1pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

That Don Reed Show @ The Marsh Berkeley
The award-winning solo performer returns with his acclaimed show about Black media stereotypes and his own identity. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm, thru June 9. 2120 Allston way, Berkeley.

Various Exhibits @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond
Exhibits of art by visiting professionals, and art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St., Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

Who Killed Sylvia Plath? @ The Marsh
Lorri Holt performs Lynne Kaufman's fascinating solo play about the tragic demise of the poet. $25-$100. Sat 8:30pm, Sun 5:30pm. Thru June 16. 1062 Valencia St.

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide
Enjoy weekly informed tours of various parts of San Francisco, from Chinatown to the Haight, and a 'radical' and political-themed LGBT-inclusive tour. Various dates and times. $15-$25.

The Fifth Dimension @ Yoshis Oakland Sun 19  

Andy Warhol @ SF MOMA
Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, a new exhibition of the pop artist's works, the first retrospective in 25 years; thru Sept 2. Also, other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd St.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church
Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

Expedition Reef
@ California Academy of Sciences

Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Deep Reefs, Giants of Land and Sea, Gems and Minerals, and more. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Davis Pride @ Davis Central Park
Celebrate LGBT Pride at the regional celebration, with a community fair, live music (Xavier Toscano, Mariah Paris Balenciaga), food and drinks. 10am-5pm. 401 C St., Davis.

The Fifth Dimension @ Yoshi's Oakland
The iconic R&B soul band performs at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $40. 7pm & 9pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Floral Exhibits @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens with displays of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world, including the annual Magnolia bloom. Monthly plant sales, plus art exhibits and gift shop; free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Karen Margolis @ K. Imperial Fine Art
False Positives, the artist's new exhibit of abstract works. Thru June 1. 49 Geary St.

Katya Presents @ Martuni's
Our favorite exiled Russian opera diva performs with Summer Clearance (aka John Cavallinni) and accompanist Tom Shaw for a 14-year-anniversary and birthday concert. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Maricela, Luis Mora @ Dance Palace
Art and photo exhibit of imagery and symbolism of Danza Azteca. 503 B St., Point Reyes Station.

Marks in Time @ Marin Center
Exhibit of the work of tattoo artists; thru May 31. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.

Melissa Errico @ Venetian Room
Tony-nominated Broadway actress-singer performs Legrand Affair, her cabaret show of songs by Sondheim and other favorite composers. $ 7:30pm. Fairmount Hotel, 950 Mason St.

Monet: The Late Years @ de Young Museum
New exhibit of the French Impressionist's great later works, including Water Lilies; thru May 27. Also, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Muldoon Elder @ Laguna 500
Intimate exhibit of paintings and drawings by the local artist. 500 Laguna St.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley
Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

Sprightly @ SF Public Library
Weekly hangout for LGBTQ youth, with crafts, snacks and activities. 12:30pm-2:30pm. James C. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Thrill Spot: A Lost Queer History Walking Tour @ North Beach
Author/artist Katie Gilmartin leads a tour of sites related to the historic lesbian bar Tommy's Place and the sensational media attacks of the day, with performances by Molly Shaiken, Dulce de Leche, and Kippy Marks. Free. 2pm-4pm. Jack Kerouac Alley, 261 Columbus Ave.

Various Exhibits @ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Oakland
Space, science and planetary exhibits, including planetarium shows and the Observatory; special nighttime events like meteor shower shows. Free-$18. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Gordon Silveria @ Strut Mon 20  

Bitchin'; an Art Show
for Humans and Dogs

@ Creativity Explored

Group exhibit of amusing art works of dogs by the members of the developmentally challenged artists group. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (Thu 7pm) Sat 12pm-5pm. 3245 16th St.

Book Club @ Strut
Discussion of Andrea Lawlor's novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. 7:30pm. 470 Castro St.

Gordon Silveria @ Strut
'Queers in Space,' an exhibit of the artist's scifi comic illustrations. Thru May. 470 Castro St.

Lest We Forget @ Civic Center Plaza
Luigi Toscano's outdoor photo exhibit of 78 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors; thru May 19.

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, the work of groundbreaking French Jewish artist, Surrealist, and activist Claude Cahun (1894—1954) and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892—1972), thru July 7; In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art—Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler, thru July. Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo, an exhibit of the prolific tattoo artist's work, tools and life; thru June 9. 736 Mission St.

A Twist of Limelight @ Alcazar Theater
Bay Area Musicals' 4th annual gala funderaiser includes cocktails and food, a season preview by company actors, and a concert of music with Broadway star Paul Nolan. $45-$175. 6:30pm-10pm. 650 Geary St.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery
Exhibit of classic plates in the new gallery of historic art by the 18th- and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

Joan Brown @ Anglim Gilbert Gallery Tue 21  

Early Rubens @ Legion of Honor
Exhibit of epic massive paintings of biblical and mythical subjects by Peter Paul Rubens; Thru Sept 8. Also, Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson (thru July 14); Mummies and Medicine (thru April 14) and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Joan Brown @ Anglim Gilbert Gallery
Exhibit of figurative paintings by the late local artist. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, thru June 22. 1275 Minnesota St.

Material Domestication @ Museum of Craft & Design
Exhibit of works by six design artists whose work displays repetiion and craft. Also, Wanzin Zhang: the Long Journey, ceramic sculptures; both thru July 14. 2569 3rd St.

Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs @ AAACC
Exhibit of works by six muralists and 20 artists focusing on pot use, hemp, and historical elements of cannabis in communities of color. Tue-Fri 12pm-6pm. Sat til 5pm. Thru Aug 31. 762 Fulton St.

Survey Bay Area @ Montague Gallery
Group exhibit of Bay Area glass artists; 5:30pm-7:30pm; thru April 13. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 445A Sutter St.

Various Exhibits @ The Beat Museum
Enjoy exhibits, a bookstore and gift shop that celebrates the era of 'Beatnik' literature (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, etc.), with frequent readings, walking tours and other events in North Beach. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway

Westward @ City Hall
Exhibit of large-scale photos by women photographers focusing on West Coast communities, thru May. North Light Court, Ground Floor, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett

Coffee, Rhum, Sugar and Gold: A Post-Colonial Paradox @ MOAD Wed 22  

Ben Platt @ The Warfield
The popular Broadway singer (Grammy, Tony, Emmy winner) performs music from his new album, Sing to Me Instead; Wrabel + Ben Abraham open. $45-$125. 8pm. 982 Market St.

Border People @ The Marsh
Dan Hoyle's new solo show embodies multiple characters based around the U.S./Mexico border wall controversies; extended thru June 22. $25-$100. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Coffee, Rhum, Sugar and Gold:
A Post-Colonial Paradox

Exhibit of works that explore the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists. Free/$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Thru Aug 11. 685 Mission St.

Exclusion @ Presidio Officers Club
Exhibit documenting the Presidio's Japanese-American incarceration during World War II; other exhibits show the history of the former military base and the SF peninsula. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru Spring 2019. 50 Maraga Ave.

Then They Came For Me @ Futures Without Violence
Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a touring multimedia exhibit documenting the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry, including photographs by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. Free. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Extended thru Sept 1. 100 Montgomery St.

From Baghdad to the Bay @ SF Public Library  

Aussie Heat @ Oasis
The sexy Australian men's strip troupe performs. $27-$50. 7pm. Also May 24 & 25. 298 11th St.

From Baghdad to the Bay
@ SF Public Library

Screening of the documentary about gay SF resident Ghazwan Alsharif's epic journey as an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Free. 6pm. Koret Auditorium, lower level. 110 Larkin St.

Gender Queer @ Cartoon Art Museum
Mais Kobabe's Gender Queer, thru July 1, and other exhibits. 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St.

Juanes @ UC Theatre, Berkeley
Columbian singer-sonwriter performs. $75. 8pm. 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.

Peter Shinkle @ Commonwealth Club
Author of Ike's Mystery Man: the Secret Lives of Robert Cutler discusses his book about the gay government figure, with Michelle Meow. Free. 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

SF International Arts Festival @ Fort Mason
See new dance, theatre and performance works by Joe Landini, Tango Con*Fusion, OOMPH Dance Theatre, pateldanceworks, Steamroller Dance Company, Lucia August/ Everyone Can Dance, ABADA Capoeira SF. $15-$38. Thru June 2. Various spaces, 2 Marina Blvd.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center
Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.

Various Exhibits @ Asian Art Museum
Contemporary works by Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; Tattoos in Japanese Prints and The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nein, both thru Aug. 18; also, eexhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

With(out) With(in) the Very Moment @ SF Arts Commission
Exhibit about LGBT lives, and surviving AIDS, with Elliot Anderson, Adam Ansell, Ed Aulerich-Sugai, Mark Garrett, Cliff Hengst, Nancer Lemoins, Mark Paron, Anton Stuebner, and featuring Alternate Endings, a series of video programs by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art. Thru June 22. 401 Van Ness Ave.

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