Arts Events Jan. 9-16, 2020

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  • Wednesday January 8, 2020
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Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real @ Fort Mason Sat 11
Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real @ Fort Mason Sat 11

Let's kick off 2020 with some new and classic arts events.

Make a resolution to soak up more culture.


Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley

Lisa Geduldig (Kung Pao Kosher Comedy producer) welcomes comics Zahra Noorbakhsh, Lynn Ruth Miller and Aundre the Wonderwoman at the event's last night. $15-$25. 8pm. 1317 Ave., Berkeley.

Classic and New Films @ Castro Theatre

Jan 9: SF Sketchfest opening night with Maria Bamford and Josie Long ($29-$49, Jan 10: The Shining (6pm, 9pm). Jan 11: Rocky Horror Picture Show screening and tribute celebrating its 45th anniversary, with Barry Bostwick, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn and host Peaches Christ. $45-$55. 9pm. Jan 13 & 14: Doctor Sleep. Jan 15: The Third Man (3pm, 7pm) and The Long Goodbye (4:55, 8:55). $8-$16. 429 Castro St.

Zahra Noorbakhsh and Lynn Ruth Miller at Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley Thu 9  

Events @ Manny's
Jan 9, 6pm: Greg Dalton on 2020 elections. Jan. 10, 7pm: Democracy Under Siege discussion, and Soul Food for Thought Open Mic. Jan 12, 3pm ($5): War with Iran? discussion with Dr. Chimene Keitner. Jan 12, 6:30pm ($15-$20): Fiesta Flamenca! Jan 13, 5:30pm ($5): Colorism: a Discussion. Jan 13, 7pm ($5-$35): Teddy Goff, Obama and Clinton digital director. Jan 14, 5pm ($10) Democratice debate watch. Jan 14, 6:30pm ($5-$12) History of The Mission's Murals. Jan 15, 6pm: Dialogue in Conflict. Jan 16, 6:30pm ($5-$54): The Politics of a Bridge, with Golden Gate District Director Denis Mulligan. 3092 16th St.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ Curran Theater
The West Coast premiere of the acclaimed two-part play about Harry Potter's son, and his time-traveling misadventures at Hogwarts Academy, includes amazing special effects in the transformed Curran Theater. Same-day and subsequent night tickets available. $59-$300. Thru July 12. 445 Geary St.

Margo Seibert @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The Broadway performer brings her cabaret concert —including songs from her debut album, 77th Street— to the elegant nightclub. $35-$55 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Performance, Protest & Politics @ GLBT History Museum
Performance, Protest & Politics: Gilbert Baker's Art, an exhibit of the works and ephemera by and about the creator of the Rainbow Flag. $5. 4127 18th St.

Sketchfest Comedy Festival @ Multiple Venues
19th annual festival of comedy, cinema and more, with dozens of celebrity actors, comics, directors and musicians, including Tony Shaloub, Molly Shannon, Busy Philipps, Sandra Bernhard, Kevin Nealon, Crispin Glover, Robert Klein, Eugene Mirman, Brian Regan, Phoebe Robinson, and The Monkees with Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz; Maria Bamford, Macaulay Culkin, Margaret Cho, Tony Hale, Rachel Dratch, Fred Armisen, Patton Oswalt, Phoebe Robinson, Kristen Schaal, Doug Benson, Michael Ian Black, the cast and creators of SpongeBob SquarePants; film tributes to Airplane!, Clue, Rocky Horror Picture Show and many more; thru Jan. 26. Free-$150.

Survival Architecture @ Museum of Craft & Design
Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience and Linda Gass: And Then This Happened..., fabric maps and multimedia; both thru May 3. 2569 3rd St.

Trans Filmmaker Benefit @ Saint Joseph's Arts Society
Benefit for the Provincetown Film Society's trans-inclusive filmmakers' funding. $250. 7pm-11pm. (celebrity discussion panel Jan 11). 1401 Howard St.

Who's Your Mami Comedy @ Brava Theatre
Women's comedy night with Marga Gomez, Chelsea Bearce, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Justin Lucas, Glory Maga�a and drag king duo 'Sheesh and Schlong.' $10-$15. 8pm. 2773 24th St.

Willie Nelson & Family @ The Fillmore
The iconic country singer performs with his band and family members. $85. 8pm. 1805 Geary St. at Fillmore.

World Tree of Hope @ Grace Cathedral
See the 14th annual Rainbow World Fund annual holiday tree with 1000s of origami cranes, a symbol of global unity. Also open New Year's Day; thru Jan. 11. 1100 California St.

Andie Main, Torio Van Grol @ Brava Cabaret Fri 10  


Andie Main,
Torio Van Grol @ Brava Cabaret

The two comics perform and celebrate the release of their debut comedy albums; Curtis Cook, Emily Catalano, and JoAnn Schinderle also perform; part of SF Sketchfest. $22. 10pm. 2781 24th St.

Eric McCracken @ Strut
Me, Myself and My Dirty Mind, the artist's exhibit of surrealist erotic gay art; thru Jan. 470 Castro St.

David Bowie Birthday Bash @ The Chapel
The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual perform their ninth annual concert of complete albums The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; Jan 11 Aladdin Sane, plus encores, drag stars; Bowie attire appreciated. $25-$35. 9pm. 777 Valencia St.

Groundhog Day the Musical @ SF Playhouse
Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin's musical adaptation of the surreal-comic Bill Murray film about a weatherman who gets stuck repeating the same day. $35-$125. Thru Jan 18. 450 Post St.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow @ Fox Theatre, Oakland
Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes cohost the screening of their new film, with live comedy. $35-$65. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley.

Jonathan Butler @ Yoshi's Oakland
The veteran R&B singer, guitarist, composer performs with his band at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $34-$74. 8pm & 10pm. Also Jan, 11 & 12. 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.

Porchlight @ Swedish Hall
Comedy and storytelling, with the theme of 'bullies,' with Arline Klatte, Beth Lisick, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bryan Safi, Erinn HayesJosh Gondelman, Marc Capelle, and Marcella Arguello.; part of SF Sketchfest. $28. 7:30pm. 2174 Market St.

Head Over Heels @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Sat 11 photo: Lois Tema  

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World (extended thru Feb. 17), and other exhibits of animation art by the prolific studio's artists. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

The Batman Armory
@ Cartoon Art Museum

Artwork, Batman props and costumes on display, thru Feb. 16. Pre-Code Horror: Scary Stories and Ghastly Graphics from EC Comics, thru March 1. Gemma Correll's witty cartoons in the Emerging Artist Showcase, thru March 29. Free/$10. 11am-5pm daily; closed Wed. 781 Beach St.

Head Over Heels @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The music of the Go-Go's, with story and book by Sir Philip Sydney and Jeff Whitty, presents a royal modern fairy tale. $34-$49. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Jan 12. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Kaleidoscope @ Exploratorium
Artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski's exhibit of interactive swirling electronic colors panels; thru Jan 20. Also, Cells to Self, an exhibit with amazing displays showing how single cells in the human body work, portraits engineered from DNA and more (talks, hands-on workshops and nightlife events). $10-$30. Pier 15 at Embarcadero.

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.

Modern Art Exhibits @ SF MOMA
Soft Power, a new exhibit of 20 artists, 12 countries, 58 new works. The Chronicles of San Francisco, photo-muralist JR's interactive community giant group portrait; also, Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes; Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space; other exhibits of Modern art. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. 151 3rd 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.

Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real @ Fort Mason
The artist's stunning exhibit of collage, sculptures and interactive A.I. blends queer diva iconography, robotic and African American imagery to question concepts of identity. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, thru Feb. 23. Main gallery, Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd. (other works also on exhibit at Museum of the African Diaspora thru March 1:

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.

Writers With Drinks @ Make Out Room
Baruch Porras-Hernandez guest-hosts the night of wild storytelling, with Irene McCalphin aka Magnoliah Black, SNJV, Joe Wadlington, and Robert Andrew Perez; glitter and glam garb appreciated. $5-$20. 7pm. 3225 22nd St.

Cirque du Soleils Amalúna @ Oracle Park Sun 12  

Cirque du Soleil @ Oracle Park
The amazing circus company brings Amal�na to the big tent. Pre-show festivities 6:30pm. Show 8pm. $54-$300. Wed-Mon most 8pm, +matinees. Thru Jan. 12. 24 Willie Mays Plaza (cross bridge to parking lot).

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.

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. Also, Andy Goldsworthy's fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibit three-mile walking tour. Free, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

Lost at Sea @ Asian Art Museum
Recovered Art From Shipwrecks, a new exhibit of antiquities discovered in oceans (thru Mar. 22); also, Chang Dai-chien (thru April 26), contemporary works by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, Kim Heecheon and Liu Jianhua; and exhibits of historic sculptures, prints and antiquities. Sunday caf� specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Oakland Museum
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, an exhibit of amazing large artworks; thru Feb 16. Free/$15. 1000 Oak St.

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.

Rashaad Newsome @ MOAD
Exhibit of the artist's brilliant collages that blend queer and Black iconography. (Other works also on exhibit at Fort Mason thru Feb. 23. Main gallery, Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd.) Also, Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, prints by the Harlem Renaissance photographer of the 1950s and '60s; Also, Don't Shoot: An Opus of the Opulence of Blackness, and Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion and Resistance, all thru Mar. 1. $5-$10. 685 Mission St.

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.

Various Exhibits @ de Young Museum
Exhibits of Modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$28. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Andy Goldsworthy @ Presidio Mon 13  

Andy Goldsworthy @ Presidio
Enjoy a fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibit and three-mile walking tour. Free, extended thru June 2020. 50 Maraga Ave.

Fiberful @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond
Exhibits of art by visiting professionals, and art made by developmentally disabled people; new exhibits include Fiberful, a fabric sculpture group exhibit, Tippy Toes: Terry Hoff, and Right Here, Right Now, Richmond. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St., Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

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.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers @ SF Main Library Tue 14  

Exhibits @ Tenderloin Museum
Multimedia exhibit about the historic Tenderloin district. 398 Eddy St.

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.

Expedition Reef
@ California Academy of Sciences

Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Skin, a multi-species hands-on exhibit; 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.

Gallery of Illustrious Queers @ SF Main Library
Photographer Jordan Reznick's LGBT portrait photo exhibit; thru Jan. 16. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Remarkable WWII Rosie @ Jewett Gallery, SF Main Library
Painter Carol Witten's exhibit of portraits of women factory workers during World War II; thru Jan. 26. 100 Larkin St, lower level.

Richard Caldwell Brewer @ Lost Art Salon
Exhibit of works by the late gay artist (1923-2014). Also, Cappi and Michael Insinna. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave., #303.

Blackberri: Songs & Stories @ Eureka Valley SF Library Wed 15  

Alex Prestia @ Eros
Opening of Wistful Edificials, the local artist's exhibit of SF people and architecture, at the sex club. 5:30pm-7:30pm. thru March. 2051 Market St.

Blackberri: Songs & Stories
@ Eureka Valley SF Library

The local singer-composer performs an intimate concert. Free. 7:30pm. 1 Jose Sarria Ct, at 16th near Market.

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.

Illuminate SF @ Citywide
40+ installations of light art sculptures in and outside buildings by more than 30 local artists. Free; walking tour info at

James Tissot @ Legion of Honor
James Tissot: Fashion & Faith (thru Feb 9); other beautiful exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Naked Men's Sketch @ Eros
Get naked and take turns modeling at the sex club's popular weekly event. Donations/no entrance fee. 7pm-9pm (Open Christmas 12pm-9pm). 2051 Market St.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square
The ice rink in the middle of downtown SF is open for skating fun. Skate rentals $3-$18. 10am-11:30pm thru Jan. 20. Union Square, 333 Post St.

Sharon McNight @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The cabaret legend performs at the upscale nightclub. $45-$65 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Also Jan 16. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Carla Rachel Sameth @ SF Main Library Thu 16  

Carla Rachel Sameth @ SF Main Library
The lesbian Jewish author of reads from and discusses her memoir, One Day on the Gold Line. 6pm. LGBTQIA Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Plant Exhibits @ Conservatory of Flowers
Artfully arranged plant and floral exhibits; special evening events and parties, including Night Bloom evening events, 5pm-11pm. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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 @ Treasure Island Museum
Collections of historic Golden Gate Exposition photos and memorabilia, military ephemera and more. Building One, Treasure Island, One Avenue of the Palms.

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