Going Out, Dec. 8-16, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday December 8, 2022
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Santa Skivvies Run (photo: Steven Underhill); Sister Roma tribute show @ Oasis; 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future' @ de Young Museum; Alaska Thunderfuck @ The Independent
Santa Skivvies Run (photo: Steven Underhill); Sister Roma tribute show @ Oasis; 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future' @ de Young Museum; Alaska Thunderfuck @ The Independent

Whatever seasonal stuff you celebrate, we've got serenades, Sisters, Santa Skivvies and more arts and nightlife events that don't start with S. And check out our roundup of more than a dozen holiday-themed events in dance, theater and music.

'As You Like It' @ SF Playhouse  

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As You Like It @ SF Playhouse
Shane Taub and Laurie Woolery's new musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy, with a gender-shifting update. $15-$100; rescheduled previews begin Dec. 3, opening night Dec. 9; thru Jan. 14. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org

Billie! Backstage with Lady Day @ Gateway Theatre
Synthia L. Hardy performs her concert/documentary about the life of singer Billie Holiday. $35. Dec. 9-11, 7:30pm. 215 Jackson St. https://www.billiebackstagewithladyday.com/

A Christmas Carol @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
East Bay production of a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' short story; thru Dec. 22. 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/|www.lesherartscenter.org

A Christmas Carol @ Toni Rembe Theater
American Conservatory Theater's lavish adaptation of the Charles Dickens short story, adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh, returns. $25-$130; thru Dec. 24. 415 Geary St. https://www.act-sf.org/

City Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts
The local ballet company performs 'The Nutcracker.' $65. Dec. 10 & 11, 2pm. 3301 Lyon St. https://www.palaceoffinearts.org/event/the-nutcracker-7

Performing Diaspora @ CounterPulse
New series of dance and performance works by artists of color: 'Try, Hye!' by Armenian drag king VERA! and 'Dwelling for Unsettling' by the newly formed East, Southeast, and South Asian ensemble Unsettled/Soiled Group led by June Yuen Ting. Dec. 8-10 and 15-17. 80 Turk St. https://counterpulse.org/

VERA! in Performing Diaspora @ CounterPulse  

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 through 2022, with a special new holiday-themed show. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Disney's Frozen @ Orpheum Theatre
'Let it go!' The hit musical based on the hit animated film (loosely based on the Snow Queen fairy tale; Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez (composers); Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer); thru Dec. 30. $50-$189. 1192 Market St. https://broadwaysf.com (Read our review.)

The Golden Girls Live @ Victoria Theatre
The popular drag performances of holiday episodes of the classic sitcom stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia), and Manuel Caneri and Michael Phillis with Tom Shaw on the piano. $35-$65; thru Dec 23. 2961 16th St. https://www.thegoldengirlslive.com/

Jonathan Van Ness @ Castro Theatre
The TV celebrity ("Queer Eye," Gays of Thrones" performs his solo show of stories. $60-$225. Dec. 10 & 11, 7pm. 429 Castro St. https://apeconcerts.com/events/jonathan-van-ness-221211/

Jonathan Van Ness @ Castro Theatre  

The Kinsey Sicks' Oy Vey in a Manger @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The famous (or infamous?) Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet returns with their classic holiday parody song-filled show. Thursday night preshow holiday crafts fun with Ruby Vixen. $24-$65; thru Dec. 31. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://www.nctcsf.org

Kiki & Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear? @ Curran Theater
Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman reunite as the darkly hilarious music lounge act in a holiday concert; after-party in the lobby with DJ Juanita MORE! ($35; proceeds benefit Queer LifeSpace). $31-$117. Dec. 9, 7:30pm. 445 Geary St. https://broadwaysf.com (Read our interview with Kenny Mellman.)

Little Shop of Horrors @ Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's hit Off-Broadway musical about a people-eating plant is performed by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, reset in SF's Chinatown. $35-$95; thru Dec. 24. 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. https://theatreworks.org/ (Read our review.)

Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets @ Cowell Theater
14th season of the shortened kid-friendly version of the classic holiday ballet set to the Tchaikovsky score performed by a nine-piece chamber orchestra. $22.50-$44.50; thru Dec. 18. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://mfdpsf.org/nutcracker-sweets/

Nava Dance Theatre @ ODC Theater
World premiere of 'Rogue Gestures/Foreign Bodies,' which uses the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and experimental movement to examine the labor of South Asian immigrant women who came to the US after the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. $20-$35. Dec. 9-11. 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance

Piff The Magic Dragon and Puddles Pity Party @ Sydney Goldstein Theater  

Panto in the Presidio's Sleeping Beauty @ Presidio Theatre
Costume-filled music and comedy show blends fairy tales and local humor with cast of talented performers. $10-$40; thru Dec. 30. Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave. (415) 960-3949. www.presidiotheatre.org (Read our coverage of the show.)

Piff The Magic Dragon and Puddles Pity Party @ Sydney Goldstein Theater
The surly sleight of hander Piff the Magic Dragon, accompanied by his sidekick Mr. Piffles, the world's only magic performing chihuahua, performs with the acclaimed singing 7-foot sad clown. $45-$75 ($179 VIP meet & greet). Dec. 10, 8pm. 275 Hayes St. https://apeconcerts.com/

Porcelain @ Theatre Rhinoceros
Staged reading of Chay Yew's 1992 drama about a Chinese man who confesses to shooting his white lover in a London rest room. Dec. 13, 7pm. 4229 18th St. https://www.therhino.org/

Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski @ Berkeley Rep
Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn portrays the Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski, who risked his life to carry his report of the Warsaw ghetto from war-torn Poland to the Allied Nations and the Oval Office only to be met with inaction and disbelief. $25-$78; thru Dec. 18. Peet's Theatre, 2025 Addison St. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
'Nutcracker,' the company's popular ballet about a girl's holiday dream, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson. $25-$359; thru Dec. 27. 301 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfballet.org/

Scrooge in Love @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
Duane Poole, Larry Grossman and Kellen Blair's lighthearted musical take on 'A Christmas Carol.' $19-$48; thru Dec. 18. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com/

'Wuthering Heights' @ Berkeley Rep (photo: Kevin Berne)  

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Michael Smuin's 'Christmas Ballet' is performed at various theaters: Dec. 9, Sunset Center, Carmel. Dec. 14, YBCA, SF, 700 Howard St. www.smuinballet.org

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Thru Dec 10: Sharon Eberhart's 'The Mark of the Minotaur,' about archeological mysteries; and, Brian Copeland;'s 'Grandma & Me: an Ode to Single Parents. Don Reed's 'The Never Too Late Show,' thru Dec. 18. $25-$100. 1062 Valencia St., and The Marsh Berkeley, 2061 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.themarsh.org

Sunday in the Park With George @ San Jose Playhouse
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's acclaimed musical about painter George Seurat and his grandson, gets a local production. $25-$55; thru Dec. 12. 288 South 2nd St., San Jose. https://sanjoseplayhouse.org

Two Trains Running @ Marin Theatre Company
August Wilson's acclaimed play about a family's struggle to save their diner and the rapid changes in their Pittsburgh neighborhood. $39.50-$43.50; thru Dec. 18. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. http://www.marintheatre.org/

The Velveteen Rabbit @ YBCA
ODC/Dance's popular kid-friendly holiday ballet about a toy rabbit; choreographed by KT Nelson, set to the Benjamin Britten score. $15-$75; thru Dec. 11. 700 Howard St. https://odc.dance/velveteenrabbit

Wuthering Heights @ Berkeley Rep
Director/adapterEmma Rice and composer Ian Ross' acclaimed stage play with music, based on the classic Emily Bronte novel. $25-$99; thru Jan. 1. Roda Theatre, 205 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org (Read our review.)

author and illustrator Laura Gao @ SF Public Library  

FabLab Playshop @ A.C.T. Studio
April Axe Charmaine leads a workshop of movement and dance in celebration of author Audre Lorde. Dec. 16, 7pm-9pm. 30 Grant Ave. https://www.eyezen.org/fablab23

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
In-store and online monthly book club group discussion of literary works. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

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

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events. Dec. 10, 2pm: Laura Gao, author and illustrator of the graphic novel 'Messy Roots,' about her coming of age as a queer, Chinese American immigrant. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Alaska Thunderfuck @ The Independent  

Alaska Thunderfuck @ The Independent
The drag star performs her concert of live music; Lagoona Bloo opens. $25-$250 (VIP meet & greet). 21+. Dec. 8 & 9, 8pm. 628 Divisadero St. https://apeconcerts.com/ https://alaskathunderfuck.com/

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

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

Connie Champagne @ Martuni's
The local singer returns with her wonderful Judy Garland holiday cabaret concert. $40. Dec. 10 & 11, 7pm. 4 Valencia St. (Read our interview.)

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Dec. 8-10: a holiday concert with Linda Eder ($135, 8pm). Dec. 14 & 15: Branden & James with Effie Passero perform their 'Home for the Holidays' concert ($65). Dec. 16 & 17, 8pm: Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'Holiday Spectacular!' ($80). Dec. 18, Kim Nalley's 'Gospel Christmas' ($60). Dec. 21 & 22, 8pm: Franc D'Ambrosio's holiday concert ($75). Dec. 23: Cocktails and Carols with Joe Wicht ($35). 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/

Kitka @ Multiple Venues  

Kitka @ Multiple Venues
The acclaimed women's vocal ensemble performs stunning Balkan music in churches around the Bay Area. $25-$50. Dec. 9, 8pm, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere. Dec. 10, 8pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave. Sacramento. Dec. 11, 4pm, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. December 16 & 17, 8pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave. Oakland. Dec. 18, 4pm, Old First Concerts at Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St. SF. http://www.kitka.org/

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. 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

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic, and contemporary music. Dec. 9, 8pm: Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco. Dec. 10, 8pm: Musae vocal ensemble. Dec. 11, 4pm: Ragazzi Boys Chorus. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Queer Vibes
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres in season 2 of the show, on the LGBT Center's YouTube channel.

San Francisco Bach Choir @ Calvary Presbyterian Church
In-person and online concerts of classical music and other genres. 2515 Fillmore St. https://sfbach.org/

Violinist Wyatt Underhill and conductor Jessica Bejarano with San Francisco Philharmonic @ Herbst Theatre  

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
"Holiday Spectacular," an all-new holiday show in four venues: Dec. 11, 7pm at Berkeley's Freight and Salvage; Dec. 17, 5pm at Rohnert Park's Green Music Center; Dec. 24, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.). www.sfgmc.org (Read our coverage of SFGMC's holiday concerts.)

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

San Francisco Philharmonic @ Herbst Theatre
Jessica Bejarano conducts a concert or excerpts from Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' and 'Sleeping Beauty,' and Brahms, with guest violinist Wyatt Underhill. $25. 7:30pm. Dec. 9, 401 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfphil.org/

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
In-person and online concerts. Film screenings with live accompaniment: 'The Grinch' Dec. 16 &17; 'Elf' in concert Dec. 21 & 22. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians, and has returned to in-person concerts. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus @ Santa Clara University Recital Hall
'Tis the season to kick off Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus' 40th anniversary season with a celebration of holiday music. $20-$30. Dec. 9 & 10, 8pm; Dec. 11, 3pm, 114 Franklin St., Santa Clara. https://svgmc.org/

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

'Into View: Bernice Bing' @ Asian Art Museum  

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. On view: works by Amanda Lynn and Lady Mags. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

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

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Unusual art exhibits; 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Arion Press Gallery
'Dyslexic Dictionary,' a group exhibit of works by prominent dyslexic artists, designers, and dignitaries, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sally Gardner, Gil Gerrshoni and others; thru Dec. 22. 1802 Hayes St., The Presidio. https://gershoni.com/culture/dyslexic-dictionary

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

Asian Art Museum
'Into View: Bernice Bing,' 20 works by the contemporary artist (Read our feature article.) new: 'Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk,' a dazzling electronic art installation combining ancient poetry and modern anime; thru Jan 23. 'Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision,' and 'Seeing Gender,' a selection of works that reveal the complexities and nuances of gender across Asian art. 'Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty' and 'Lam Tung Pang, After Hope: Videos of Resistance,' 'Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky,' and historic works. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse art exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeleyhttps://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
'Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World,' December 14, 2022—June 11, 2023. 'Undoing Time,' installations focusing on mass incarceration; thru Dec. 18. Alison Knowles retrospective; thru Dec. 18. 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles,' 'Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Folk and Modern Art in Postcolonial India' and art films streamed online and screened outdoors (BYO chairs). 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. New; 'Bugs,' a fascinating giant-plants-scale insect-view exhibit. 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space. Also, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. 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. 'Karla Diaz: While You Were Sleeping,' thru Feb 24; artist's reception Dec. 9, 5pm-8pm. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

'Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond' author Andrew Farago @ Cartoon Art Museum  

Cartoon Art Museum
Author Andrew Farago signs and sketches copies of the newly-updated edition of 'Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond,' Dec. 11, 2pm-4pm. Ongoing: 'Edward Gorey's Eerie Art,' a rotating exhibit of different works, thru Feb 12, 2023. Melissa Pagluica's art, part of the Emerging Artist Showcase; also, 'YAy Comics!: Hilo, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and Friends' thru Feb 20, 2023; 'I Left My Art in San Francisco' thru Jan 22, 2023. Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Castro Art Mart
Monthly first Sundays outdoor array of local artists and craftspeople selling wares. Free, 11am-6pm, Noe St at Market. https://artyhoodsf.com/castro-art-mart/

Catharine Clark Gallery
Arlene Correa's touching immigration-themed textiles. 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 (opens in Nov.). chabotspace.org

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

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves' presents works by 30 Bay Area—based contemporary artists working in fabric sculptures and other media in taking on the theme of 'repair' (tikkun); thru Jan. 8. free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/

'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future' @ de Young Museum  

de Young Museum
'Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,' a fascinating multi-part exhibit of Egyptian antiquities, jewelry, sarcophagi, even cat mummies, and special virtual reality consoles; thru Feb 12, 2023. Also, 'Lhola Amira: Facing the Future' (opening reception and artist-led ceremony Dec. 15, 7pm); thru Dec. 3, 2023; the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley; 'Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival,' thru Feb. 2023; collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

Entwined @ Golden Gate Park
The popular outdoor light installation returns, with special events, thru March 12. Peacock Meadow, 240 JFK Drive. https://sanfranciscoparksalliance.org/projects/entwined/

Exhibits @ 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/

Exploratorium Events
'Glow,' and exhibit of light-focused installations, thru Jan. 29. Also, talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties have returned. Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

Gallery 16
'More Than What My Hands Can Hold,' a group exhibit of works by Kim Bennett, Adriane Colburn, Ala Ebtekar, Lena Gustafson, Nathan Lynch, Bruna Massadas, Shaun O'Dell, Rex Ray and Dani Tull; thru Dec. 17. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

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

GLBT History Museum
'Out in the World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora.' Online exhibits include 'Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50.' Also, 'Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present, Fighting Back,' a series that brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating resistance efforts today; 'Reigning Queens: the Lost Photos of Roz Joseph,' curated by Joseph Plaster; and other exhibits. Online events as well. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

'Entwined' @ Golden Gate Park  

Gregangelo Museum
Take tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances. www.gregangelomuseum.com

Gray Area
Unusual and contemporary art exhibits and installations. 2665 Mission St. https://grayarea.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. 'Nomadic Lives,' photos by Jamie Johnson and Norma I. Quintana, thru Jan. 14. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

'Nomadic Lives' @ Harvey Milk Photo Center  

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Online solo and group exhibits of works by Philomela Williamson, Alex Jackson, and others. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

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

Legion of Honor
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. legionofhonor.famsf.org

Letterform Archive
'Strikethrough: Typographic Messages,' an exhibit of varies protest movement posters and graphics by Emory Douglas, Favianna Rodriguez, Jenny Holzer, W.E.B Dubois, ACT UP, Amos Kennedy, Jr., Corita Kent, Atelier Populaire, Guerrilla Girls, Ben Shahn and others. 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

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

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
Exhibition 'Color Code' an exhibition that celebrates the many ways that color is used to create connection, convey meaning, and elicit emotion, featuring works by Etel Adnan, David Alekhuogie, Sadie Barnette, David Benjamin Sherry, and many more; thru Jan. 21. 1150 20th St. https://www.mcevoyarts.org

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries — Nancy Toomey Fine Art ('Smallish Treasures' group show thru Jan. 3), Municipal Bonds, The Jones Institute and more— host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

'Angela Davis: Seize the Time' @ Oakland Museum  

Museum of the African Diaspora
Exhibits include 'The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion,' thru March 5; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
'Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision,' an innovative, art and technology research project that explores the impact of new aerial imaging technologies and their influence and power in everyday life; thru March 19. $8-$10. 2589 3rd St. www.sfmcd.org

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

NIAD Exhibits
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares in-person online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; in-person window displays and weekly online exhibitions. www.niadartstore.org

Oakland Museum
'Angela Davis: Seize the Time,' an exhibit examining the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland-based icon; thru June 11, 2023. 'Hella Feminist,' an exhibit that combines art and historical artifacts to show the diverse individual and collective stories of feminism; thru Jan 8, 2023. 'You Are Here: California Stories on the Map,' thru 2022, 'Black Power' and 'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,' both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.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/

Pleasure as Art @ Good Vibrations
Dafne Blade's sculptural window display installation made out of 100 decommissioned Magic Wand vibrators. 899 Mission St. https://www.goodvibes.com

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

Project Press Play @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Exhibition of art in Edward Gunewan's comic book about a queer Asian immigrant dealing with mental health issues. In-person events through the exhibit run. https://www.projectpressplay.com/exhibition

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

Robert Koch Gallery
Contemporary artists exhibits. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Maria A. Guzmán Capron's art, in SECCA Art Award exhibition @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery's new group show, 'Photo Realness; The Queer Aesthetics of Photography' with works by Zackary Drucker, Clifford Prince King, Matt Lipps, Alec Marchant, Joe Sinness, and Suzanne Wright; curated by Christopher Tradowsky. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

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
New: SECCA Art Award exhibition, with new works by Binta Ayofemi, Maria A. Guzmán Capron, Cathy Lu, Marcel Pardo Ariza, and Gregory Rick. 'Joan Brown,' a retrospective of paintings and sculptures by the SF artist, thru March 12. 'Shifting the Silence,' a group exhibit of 32 women artists, and 'Speculative Portraits,' an exploration of portraiture and identity. Diego Rivera's massive 1940 mural 'Pan American Unity' on display during its restoration, plus 'Diego Rivera's America,' an exhibit of his paintings. Joan Mitchell retrospective' 'Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue.' and Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

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

Southern Exposure
Unusual art and installations and online projects. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Stitching Communities and the AIDS Memorial Quilt @ Thacher Gallery
Exhibit of panels from The AIDS Memorial Quilt, which stands as an enduring monument to love, loss, and the power of art to bring communities together; thru Feb. 17. 2130 Fulton St. USF campus. https://www.usfca.edu/thacher-gallery

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. Leila Weefur's exhibit of trans portraits; thru Jan 7. 398 Eddy St. http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

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. Thru Jan. 8, 2023: 'Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece,' and 'Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals.' 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/

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

Would You Be Caught Dead In That Outfit? - Que Perra Mi Amiga! @ Pacific Felt Factory
Julian Delgado Lopera and Rebeka Rodriguez's installation/archival project about legendary intergenerational histories of trans Latinas on San Francisco's 16th Street. 2830 29th St. www.pacificfeltfactory.com

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Unusual modern art exhibits; also, film screenings, murals, and tours. Lobby art: Taravat Talepasand's 'Peace in the Middle East.' Also, 'Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action,' a video, dance and multimedia installation 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Gogo stud @ The Cafe  

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/

After Dark @ Exploratorium
Evening cocktail parties return to 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; 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. Nov 24: Thanksgiving Night edition of DJ Bus Station John's disco-infused Tubesteak Connection. $5-$10. 9pm-2am. 133 Turk St.

Nightlife's hopping at the 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. https://www.beauxsf.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/

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/

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar/restaurant hosts themed nights, plus Tuesday night street food and other rooftop events. 12 4th St. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

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

Drag Brunch at Curio
Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag shows (with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone) with brunch. 775 Valencia St. https://www.curiobarsf.com/

Sister Roma's Diamond Birthday Celebration @ Oasis  

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/

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/

GAPA Holiday Party @ Barley
GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance's winter gathering for members and friends. Dec. 11, 4pm-6pm. 1038 Polk St. RSVP: www.eventbrite.com

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 Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace
Holiday-themed amusements include food, drinks, gift sales, ice skating, music, theater performances and Victorian cosplay. $15-$45; thru Dec. 18. 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. https://dickensfair.com/

The Hole in the Wall
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

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

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

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. 5:30pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Santa Skivvies Run @ Castro District (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 50 years; Timeline Tuesdays, Honeypot Fridays with gogo studs; Galaxy Saturday nights with DJ Lu; K-Pop and drag shows like Munro's at Midnight, 10pm Monday nights. plus Thursday Media Noche, and more.4067 18th St. https://www.midnightsunsf.com/

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/

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

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

Sister Roma's Diamond Birthday Celebration, with drag and live performers, Hosted by Heklina and Michael "Shante" Youens with Honey Mahogany, Peaches Christ, D'Arcy Drollinger, Juanita More, BeBe Sweetbriar, Donna Sachet, Alex U. Inn and Michael Kuehl. Dec. 14, 9pm. Free, donations/VIP tables $100. Shows also include Palace of Trash's 'Dark Goddess' Dec. 9, 7pm. Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the all-Black drag show (Dec. 9, 10pm). City Folx 'Fun-Raiser drag and readings, Dec. 11, 7pm. Ryan Patrick Welsh's 'Sex, Camp, Rock n Roll, Dec. 13, 7pm. Tina Burner's 'I'd Rather Be Naughty ThanNice,' Dec. 16, 7pm. Snag's Homegirl Winter Formal, Dec. 16, 10pm. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Port Bar, Oakland
Ongoing: Shake It Up Saturdays and Juicy (also Saturdays); Women's night Sundays; Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm; Big Gay Trivia on Tuesdays; Thursdays, Karaoke Star hosted by Amoura Teese; also weekend drag brunch. Dec. 10, 8pm: Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Amoura Teese. 2023 Broadway. www.portbaroakland.com|

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruisy SoMa bar; Underwear Thursdays; Juanita MORE's Powerblouse (fun drag makeovers) 1st Saturdays, Glamamore's Pillows drag show on Mondays; and Beat Pig, 3rd Saturdays. 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. Pap Chulo Nov. 26. 381 15th St., Oakland. www.quericonightclub.com

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French; Daytime Realness, a drag show hosted by Heklina, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. $10-$20. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.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/

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square
Enjoy fun outdoor making (rentals available) at the annual downtown rink, with ongoing special events. $13-$18; thru Jan. 16. 333 Post St. https://unionsquareicerink.com/

SantaCon @ Citywide
While we're not sure if listing this mostly straight annual drunken Santa suit bar-hopping hordefest is as encouragement for participation or as a warning, here's the info. Dec. 10, 12pm-9pm. Start at Union Square and bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to needy kids. https://www.santacon.info/San_Francisco-CA/

Santa Skivvies Run @ Castro District
SF AIDS Foundation's annual fun run, with 100s of participants in red undies, long johns, Santa suits and reindeer drag raise funds. Dec. 11, 11am-2pm; after-party at event host Lookout. https://santaskivvies.donordrive.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, returns Dec. 10). Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. (http://frolicparty.com/) 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

Frolic returns to the SF Eagle (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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

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/

White Horse Bar
Enjoy outdoor dining and drinks at the famous Oakland bar; monthly music nights, 7:30pm. 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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