Going Out, May 18-26, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday May 18, 2023
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Heklina's memorial in the Castro; 'The Book of Mormon' @ Orpheum Theatre; 'Invincible Black Soul: The Art of Bearing Witness' @ SF Arts Commission Gallery; 'Let the Right One In' @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Heklina's memorial in the Castro; 'The Book of Mormon' @ Orpheum Theatre; 'Invincible Black Soul: The Art of Bearing Witness' @ SF Arts Commission Gallery; 'Let the Right One In' @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

The universe is expanding, and so are your options for delight in nightlife and arts events. Get going out.

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

'Behind the Golden Curtain' @ Orinda Theatre  

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

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

The Book of Mormon @ Orpheum Theatre
The touring company of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hilarious musical about Mormon missionaries returns. $60-$220 (online discount lottery ticket sales as well at https://www.todaytix.com/). May 23-June 18. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com

'The Book of Mormon' @ Orpheum Theatre  

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance and music concerts by BIPOC women. May 20 & 21: Petits Pas dance recital. May 24, 7pm: Chelis López's Spanish podcast, Indómitas with guest La Doña. 2781 24th St. Also, in Brava's Cabaret (2773 24th St.): May 18, 7pm: Who's Your Mami Comedy with Micia Mosely, Jackie Keliiaa, Nina G, Vicki Kozel and host Marga Gomez ($15). May 21, 2pm-5pm: Cultivating Creative Rituals for Resilience' with artist-in-residence Vidhu Singh, PhD. https://www.brava.org

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

The Confession of Lily Dare @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
J. Conrad Frank, aka Katya Smirnoff-Skky, stars in the new production of Charles Busch's camp comedy take on the story of a woman with a dark past. $25-$37; thru June 11. 25 Van Ness Ave. www.nctcsf.org

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

'Dear San Francisco' @ Club Fugazi  

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

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

Let the Right One In @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Tony Award winners Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and Obie Award winner Steven Hoggett stage adaptation of the supernatural thriller that's part brutal vampire myth and part coming-of-age romance. $30-$104. May 20-June 25. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Ave. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

'Let the Right One In' @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre  

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

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

Community Mixer @ ODC Theater
Informal gathering for artists, organizational leaders, funders, producers, designers, and arts professionals from multiple constituencies to build bridges in a casual and connective space. May 24, 5:30pm-7pm. 3153 17th St. Free/RSVP at odcsf.my.salesforce-sites.com

Pericles @ Yerba Buena Gardens
Theatre Rhinoceros' free outdoor performances of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy, with a queer twist. May 26 6pm, May 27 1pm. 750 Howard St. https://www.therhino.org/

SF Ballet School @ Blue Shield Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  

SF Ballet School @ Blue Shield Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Dance students perform repertory exerpts and works in progress. May 24 & 26, 7:30pm. May 25, 6pm. 700 Howard St. https://www.sfballet.org/

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

Smuin Contemporary Ballet @ Bay Area Theaters
The company performs its Dance Series 2, with works by Amy Seiwert, Kate Skarpetowska, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin; in Mountain View, May 25-28. $25-$99. https://www.smuinballet.org

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

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

Manny's  

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

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Author readings, in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. M489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel's monthly night of authors and alcohol, with Diane Glazman, Peter Kline, Steven Meloan, Abigail Stewart, and André Le Mont Wilson. May 25, 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

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

Queer & Well @ SF LGBT Center
The Center's wellness program celebrates its first year with new informative workshops and clinics. 1800 Market St. 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 Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center; 'I Still Love You: Queerness, Ancestors and the Places that Made Us,' a unique, intimate and community-based exhibit co-curated by local queer women of color artists Tina Bartolome and Natalia M. Vigil; thru June 29. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Fanny performs live, part of CAAMFest  

MUSIC
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts at the East Bay venue celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special schedule of concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

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

CAAMFest
Film, food and music events celebrating Asian American culture at multiple locations, including the band Fanny, documentary and live concert (May 20, 1pm at YBCA Gardens), thru May 21. https://caamfest.com/2023/

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

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. May 20, 8pm: Broadway actor-singer James Snyder. $59. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

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

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

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

Noe Music
In-person and online concerts in many genres; classical, folk, early music. May 14, 4pm, a concert of women singer-songwriters and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. 1021 Sanchez St. https://www.noemusic.org/

Flautist Rhonda Bradetich with guitarist Paul Grove at Noontime Concerts @ Old Saint Mary's Cathedral  

Noontime Concerts @ Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
Enjoy concerts in a variety of genres, Tuesdays at 12:30pm. May 23: flautist Rhonda Bradetich with guitarist Paul Grove perform works by five women composers. 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

Queer Vibes @ SF Center
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres. www.eventbrite.com

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

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. 401 Van Ness Ave. http://sfperformances.org/

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

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue presents their concert series. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

Hiromi @ Yoshi's  

SF Live Arts @ Cyprian's
Concerts by acclaimed musicians in a variety of genres. 2097 Turk St. https://sflivearts.org/

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

Yoshi's
The elegant nightclub-restaurant features jazz and R&B musicians. HIromi May 19-24. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. https://yoshis.com

'Entrapment to Entertainments: a Celebration of Blacks in the American Circus' @ African American Art & Culture Complex  

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. New: The Bay Area 5 group exhibit. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

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

African American Art & Culture Complex
Exhibits include 'Entrapment to Entertainments: a Celebration of Blacks in the American Circus,' curated by Uncle Junior Project founder Veronica Blair; thru June 30; 'Kemba Village' thru June 30, and 'Closer: 6 Feet Apart.' 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
John Roloff's 'Sentient Terrains' thru July 1. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Arion Press Gallery
Print and design art exhibits. 1802 Hayes St., The Presidio. https://gershoni.com/culture/dyslexic-dictionary

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

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

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

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

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

Asian Art Museum
New: 'Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art,' a multimedia showcase of dance, bringing a wide array of sculpture, painting, textiles, jewelry, photographs, and more, thru July 10. Also, 'Into View: Bernice Bing,' 20 works by the contemporary artist, thru June 26. (Read our feature article.) 'Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka's Modern Prints,' thru May 1. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse arts exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
'Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World,' thru June 11. 'Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory.' 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles.' Pioneers of Queer Cinema, a touring two-month series, with screenings of 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Tongues Untied,' 'Parting Glances,' 'Paris is Burning' and other classics. $5-$14. (Read our article) thru May 3. Also, 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

'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. New: 'The World's Largest Dinosaurs' an exhibit about sauropods Mamenchisaurus and Argentinosaurus; opens May 26. Also; 'Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines,' all about venomous creatures. 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. A new Nightlife panel series, 'Says Who?' explores the power and privilege of the storyteller in the world of science and beyond, and aims to uplift voices that have been systematically excluded from shaping science discoveries; May 18, June 1 & 29. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

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

Cartoon Art Museum
'Thor and Loki: Midgard Family Mayhem,' an exhibition of original artwork from the forthcoming book by Jeffrey Brown, thru Aug. 27. 'An Edward Gorey Menagerie,' thru July 9. Meggie Ramm's art ('BatCat'), part of the Emerging Artist Showcase thru Aug. 6. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 248 Utah St. https://cclarkgallery.com/

Chabot Space & Science Center
Programs include live science programs each Wed., 10:30am, virtual telescope viewings each Sat. 9pm. Free/$15. 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. chabotspace.org

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

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

Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum  

Contemporary Jewish Museum
New: Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' May 18-Oct 22. Also, 'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'Cara Levine: To Survive I Need You to Survive,' thru July 30. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9, 2024. Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
'Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown,' an exhibit of the two gay artists' works; thru Aug. 27. 216 O St. https://www.crockerart.org/

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the later artist and designer; also, Ann Hamilton's 'here, there, then, now,' a mixed media homage to Ireland's work. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/ (Read our article.)

de Young Museum
New: 'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence,' an exhibit of stunning paintings and sculptures; thru Oct. 15. (Read our feature.) 'Ansel Adams in Out Time,' an exhibit of the renowned landscape photographer's prints, paired with 23 other environmental artists, thru July 23. 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future,' collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

Drag Love Parade @ Scrap  

Drag Love Parade @ Scrap
The reclaimed/recycling nonprofit showcases fab fabrics, sequins, fringe, tassels, wigs and much more for all your drag, cosplay or Burning Man attire needs and wants; 10am-6pm thru May 20. 2150 Newcomb Ave. https://www.scrap-sf.org/

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

Exploratorium
'40 Years of Cinema Arts,' thru March; ¬°Plantásticas! Our Lives With Plants' thru Sept. 10. Also, talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties (6pm-10pm) have returned. Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

Foreign Lens
Candid City street photography collective's debut group exhibit; opening reception May 5, 6pm-11pm. 513 Green St. https://www.candidcityspc.com/

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

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

GLBT History Museum
New: 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist; curated by Bob Davis. Also: 'Matchmaking in the Archive: 19 Conversations with the Dead and 3 Encounters with Ghosts,' a companion exhibit to E.G. Crichton's book about historic archival subjects; 'Queer Past Becomes Present,' the original Rainbow Flag, and 'The Flag in the Map: Charting Rainbow Flag Stories.' Online exhibits include 'Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50,' 'AIDS Treatment Activism,' 'Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present, Fighting Back,' and other exhibits. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Gregangelo Museum
Take tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances. Special Cinco de Mayo events May 4-6. 225 San Leandro Way. www.gregangelomuseum.com

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

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

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

Headlands Center for the Arts
40th anniversary exhibits of site-specific art. 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito. https://www.headlands.org/

Hunters Point Shipyard Artists
Gallery, artists in residence and open studios events throughout the year. 451 Galvez; 1 Rankin St. www.shipyardartists.com

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Legion of Honor  

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

Legion of Honor
'Paperworks: Fifteen Years of Acquisitions, thru June 25. European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works, from Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts; also, Wangechi Mutu's fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15. 100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park. legionofhonor.famsf.org

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

Lost Art Salon
Intimate gallery exhibits small and unusual works of note by contemporary and early 20th-century artists. 245 S. Van Ness. #303. https://lostartsalon.com

Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive
Renovated and re-opened archives, sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society; open to students, scholars, and the public by appointment only. 3021 Irwin St., Vallejo. https://lltransarchive.org/

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

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

Agelio Batle @ Minnesota Street Art Project  

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery (Vik Muniz' 'Fotocubismo' thru June 24), Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Jones Institute and more- host different artist exhibits. May 20, 2pm-4pm; a collage workshop with artist-in-residence Agelio Batle. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. Mission Grafica: 46 Years Community, Culture, and Politics,' an art exhibit curated by Juan Fuentes. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Museum of the African Diaspora
'Black Venus,' an exhibition surveying the legacy of Black women in visual culture from fetishized, colonial-era caricatures to the work of over 20 contemporary artists who are reclaiming the rich complexity of Black womanhood; thru Aug. 20. Ramekin O'Arwisters' 'Freeform and Razor-Sharp,' thru June 11. Other exhibits include contemporary works by African and Black artists, and about Black culture; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media. Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits, like Anne Hicks Siberell's 'Fight and Flight: Crafting a Bay Area Life Concrete Journals,' thru Sept. 10. 2589 3rd St. www.sfmcd.org

NIAD Art Center, Richmond
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares in-person and online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; window displays and weekly online exhibitions. 551 23rd St., Richmond. https://niadart.org/

'Angela Davis: Seize the Time' @ Oakland Museum  

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

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

The Pink and Purple Church in the Castro
Online multimedia exhibit documenting the history of Metropolitan Community Church, its LGBTQ-inclusive services and outreach through the AIDS pandemic. http://arspgallery.com/mccsf-exhibit-main/

Pride and Progress
The Victory Fund's online exhibit showcases a timeline of LGBT political history. https://www.prideandprogress.org/

Queer Arts Featured
New LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. 575 Castro St. Donate to their emergency rent hike fundraiser. www.queerartsfeatured.com

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

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

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

Rosie the Riveter Historical Park, Richmond
Museum showcases the real women who built WWII planes, with films, events and talks. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way. https://rosietheriveter.org

San Francisco Historical Society Museum
Ongoing and new exhibits, and historian talks, of fascinating local history. Thu-Sat 10am-4pm. 608 Commercial St. https://www.sfhistory.org/

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

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
'Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community,' a new exhibit of works by several artists in the LGBTQ community working in fiber crafts. $5-$10. Fri-Sun thruAug. 20. 520 South 1st Street, San Jose. https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/ (Read our feature article.)

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

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

'Invincible Black Soul: The Art of Bearing Witness' @ SF Arts Commission Gallery  

SF Botanical Garden
Beautiful spacious gardens with multiple plants, trees and flowers. Free entry for SF residents; others $3-$10. 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park. https://www.sfbg.org

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Frank Bowling: The New York Years 1966-1975' May 20-Sept. 10. 'Kinship: Photography and Connection,' a group exhibit, May 20-Sept. 5. 'Afterimages ,' SECA Art Award exhibition, with new works by several artists, thru May 29; Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity'; 'Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue;' 'Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection;' also, Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Reg. admission free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

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

SOMArts Cultural Center
Various art exhibits and events. 934 Brannan St. www.somarts.org

Southern Exposure
Unusual art and installations and online projects. May 20, 5pm: opening reception for 'We've Been Among You,' Juicebox Burton and Maya Pen 's installation of multimedia works about extra-terrestrial species living on earth and publicly revealing their true nature for the first time; thru July 1. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

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

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. 'Education for Action: California Labor School, 1942-1957.' thru July 1. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

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

Vessel Gallery
In-person and online exhibits; Michael Kang's 'In Motion,' thru June 11. 490 Lake Park Ave. #10022, Oakland. www.vessel-gallery.com

Walt Disney Family Museum
Located in The Presidio, the museum dedicated to the art of Disney films hosts online and in-person exhibits, classes and events. 104 Montgomery St. www.waltdisney.org

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

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

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. 'Taravat,' mid-career survey of Iranian-American artist Taravat Talepasand's work that visualizes her dual identity, displacement, and the policing of women across geographies, thru July 23. Also, 'Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action,' a video, dance and multimedia installation, thru June 4. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

After Dark @ Exploratorium  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blush Wine Bar
Popular wine bar also has a tasty food menu, live music events, too. 476 Castro St. https://blushwinebar.com

Gogo hunk @ The Cafe  

The Cafe
Popular Castro nightclub with a dance floor and lounge areas, two bars, drag shows and gogo dancers on select nights; Picante Latin night on Thursdays. 2369 Market St. https://cafesf.com/

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

Club 1220
Walnut Creek's gay bar, with drag shows, karaoke and dance nights. 1220 Pine St., Walnut Creek. https://club1220.com/

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

Curio
Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag brunch shows with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone and other talents. 775 Valencia St. https://www.curiobarsf.com/

Decant SF
New lesbian-owned wine bar and shop with tasting and culinary events, local delivery and shipping. 1168 Folsom St. https://decantsf.com/

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

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar & restaurant hosts themed nights, crafted cocktails and heated rooftop elegant ambiance. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

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

Hangin' out @ The Edge  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heklina Memorial @ Castro Street
The indoor Castro Theatre memorial is sold out, but fans of the late great drag queen can enjoy an outdoor big-screen simulcast on Castro Street at Market. May 23, 8pm-10pm.

Hi Tops
Popular sports bar with multiple TV screens, events, and an irresistible snack menu. 2247 Market St. https://www.hitopsbar.com/hi-tops-sf

The Hole in the Wall Saloon
Local rock DJs like Don Baird play at the SoMa 'friendly neighborhood gay biker bar.' 1369 Folsom St. https://blackwolfmetal.com/ Also, listen online: https://www.twitch.tv/donbaird

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

Beary good times @ Lone Star Saloon  

Last Call
Small, neighborhood bar with a fireplace and old school jukebox. 3988 18th St. https://www.thelastcallbar.com/

Lookout
Castro bar with a panoramic view. Bounce (Sat. nights), Lips & Lashes Drag Brunch with host Carnie Asada (Sat. afternoons), Jock (Sunday nights), 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. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

Lyon & Swan
New gay-owned North Beach supper club with a diverse array of live cabaret acts; vocalists, jazz bands and comedy acts; also, specialty cocktails and meals (closed Tue-Wed). 124 Columbus Ave. https://www.lyonandswan.com/ (Read our feature article on performers Kippy Marks, Max Embers, Michael Martinez and Jeovani Abenoja.)

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy @ Martuni's  

Martuni's
The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. Katya Presents, a monthly music series hosted by Katya Smirnoff-Skyy with pianist Joe Wicht (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. May 20, 4pm-7pm: Krewe de Kinque presents fundraiser donation check to Rainbow World Fund's LGBTQ Ukraine Emergency Fund (https://www.rainbowfund.org/ukraine-emergency-fund); $10 beverage specials, Jell-O shots, raffle prizes, and open mic show. Also; Timeline Tuesdays, Honeypot Fridays with gogo studs; Galaxy Saturday nights with DJ Lu; K-Pop and drag shows like Munro's at Midnight, 10pm Monday nights. plus Thursday Media Noche, and more. 4067 18th St. https://www.midnightsunsf.com/ (Read our interview with Media Noche host Betty Fresas.)

Milk SF
Queer cafe in the Mission offers coffee, pastries, food, local drag shows. Sober Karaoke on 4th Wednesdays, 6pm-9:30pm. 302 Valencia St. https://www.milk-sf.com/

The Mix
Castro bar with pool table, jukebox, popular patio. 4086 18th St.

Krewe de Kinque's Rainbow World Fund LGBTQ Ukraine Emergency Fundraiser @ Midnight Sun  

Moby Dick
Popular neighborhood bar known for its colorful aquarium and tasty drinks celebrates 40 years. 4049 18th St. https://www.facebook.com/MobyDickBar/

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

Muevelo @ Que Rico, Oakland
Enjoy the new nightclub's weekly dance party with DJed grooves, drag divas, and gogo studs. Fridays, $10 and up, 9:30pm-3am. 381 15th St., Oakland. www.quericonightclub.com

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

New drag Laurete D'Arcy Drollinger and a pal @ Oasis (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Oasis
The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: May 19, 10pm: Xafada 5th anniversary. Detour Dance's 'We Build Houses Here' thru May 20. May 23, 10pm-1am; Heklina memorial after-party, with U-Phoria, Vinsantos, Timmy Spence, Gina La Divina, and more. May 26, 10pm-2am: Hella Tight's Kim Petras drag tribute. Ongoing: Oasis Tea Dance with D'Arcy Drollinger, Yves St. Croissant and Per Sia, 4pm-8pm Sundays. Also, Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am; Legacy, a trans women artistry night, Thursdays, 10pm-2am. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

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

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

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

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

on the patio @ El Rio  

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

Que Rico
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed dance floor, brunch and dinner menus, too. 381 15th St., Oakland. www.quericonightclub.com

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

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French, Daytime Realness, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. May 20: Hot Sauce with Analog Soul. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.com/

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

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

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Frolic cosplay/furry party, 2nd Saturdays, 8pm-2am, $8-$12. Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15 (May 21 is Grass Roots Gay Rights beer bust and margarita party). Safe Words Comedy hosted by Wonder Dave, 7pm, 4th Wednesdays. 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

Grass Roots Gay Rights beer bust and margarita party @ SF Eagle  

Space Cowboys @ Monarch Gardens
The fun Burner collective's all-day outdoor party, with a dozen resident DJs; festive attire welcome. $10-$20. May 21, 12pm-10pm. 428 11th St. www.eventbrite.com https://www.spacecowboys.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

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

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

Toad Hall
Spacious Castro bar with a small dance floor and back patio. 4146 18th St.

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

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

Miss Rahni at a recent Truth in Pink @ Jones  

Truth in Pink @ Jones
Juanita MORE! and Sister Roma host a fundraiser gala and tea dance for Queer Life Space, with a pink triangle exhibit, drinks, drag and dancing, gift bags, open bar. Pink attire suggested. $30-$300. May 20, 12pm-6:30pm. 620 Jones St. https://www.truthinpink.org

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

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

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

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

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