Going Out, July 6-14, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday July 6, 2023
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Gay Wine Weekend; Rakeem Cunningham's 'Black Chrysalis' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery; 'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective' @ GLBT History Museum; Port Bar's 7th anniversary
Gay Wine Weekend; Rakeem Cunningham's 'Black Chrysalis' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery; 'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective' @ GLBT History Museum; Port Bar's 7th anniversary

From drinks to drag to dinosaurs, we've got nightlife, performing arts and science exhibits to quench your thirst for knowledge, or just a beer.

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

'A Chorus Line' @ SF Playhouse  

DANCE, OPERA, THEATER
Atomic Comic @ Z Space
Sara Toby Moore's autobiographical 'human cartoon fantasia' show, featuring a host of comic actors, and video guest star Sharon Gless. $20-$55; thru July 8. 450 Florida St. http://www.zspace.org/atomic-comic (Read our interview with Moore.)

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. (July 20, 7:30pm: Who's Your Mami Comedy) and Theater, 2781 24th St. https://www.brava.org

A Chorus Line @ SF Playhouse
New local production of the classic musical about dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical (music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante; conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett). $15-$100; thru Sept 9. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org

Circus Bella @ Bay Area Locations
'Bananas!,' the local circus' 14th season, performed at multiple outdoor venues in SF, Oakland, Richmond and Reno; free, thru July 16. https://www.circusbella.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/

Hurricane Diane @ Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley
Madeleine George's play about a gardener whose life is upended by an angry god Dionysus in the form of a butch lesbian. $20-$70; thru July 13. 2081 Addison St. https://auroratheatre.org/hurricanediane

The Kinsey Sicks @ New Conservatory Theatre Center (photo: Lois Tema)  

The Kinsey Sicks @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
The wacky dragapella quartet returns with their new show, 'Drag Queen Storytime Gone Wild!' $35-$45. July 5-16. 25 Van Ness Ave. https://nctcsf.org

Les Misérables @ Orpheum Theatre
Touring production of the Broadway hit musical based on the Victor Hugo novel about the French Revolution. $60-$230. July 5-23. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com/ (Read our interviews with actors Haley Dortch and Christine Heesun Hwang.)

Out of Character @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Tony-winning actor Ari'el Stachel's solo show about the struggles of growing up an Israeli American of Yemeni Jewish descent. $24-$89; July 30. Peet's Theatre, 2025 Addison Ave. https://www.berkeleyrep.org (Read our review.)

Ari'el Stachel's 'Out of Character' @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre  

San Francisco Mime Troupe
The company performs'Breakdown, a New Musical' about homelessness, at many outdoor spaces. Free/donations; thru Sept. 4. https://www.sfmt.org

San Francisco Opera @ War Memorial Opera House
Summer programs take place at various venues. https://www.sfopera.com/

The Secret Garden @ Children's Creativity Center
Circus Center's acrobatic adaptation of the popular children's book. $20-$40.; every weekend through July 9, 11am & 2pm. 221 4th St. www.circuscenter.org (Read our interview with Acrobatic Designer Evan Tomlinson Weintraub.)

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. Don Reed's 'The Never Too Late Show,' Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm, thru July 30. 1062 Valencia St. Also, at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley: Josh Kornbluth's 'Citizen Brain' thru July 29. ($10-$35). www.themarsh.org

Susan Ottaviano ('Book of Love') and Chris Young ('The Green Witch's Guide to Magical Plants') @ Fabulosa Books  

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/

Gary Pedler, Jim Provenzano @ Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Library
The two gay authors read from and discuss their recently published books ('Gaydonia,' 'Finding Tulsa'). Free/books for sale. July 11, 6pm-7pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St. sfpl.org

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Author readings, in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. July 18, 7pm: Susan Ottaviano ('Book of Love') and Chris Young ('The Green Witch's Guide to Magical Plants'). July 20, 7pm: Manuel Betancourt ('The Male Gazed'). July 25, 7pm: Sex Worker Story Hour with Don Shewey ('Daddy Lover God') and Allen Silver ('Man of Use'). 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

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; special Pride events thru June include readings, film screenings (in Koret Auditorium), workshops and more. July 18, 6pm: Zinething, the LGBTQ zine-making workshop. July 26, 6pm: Show Us Your Spines, Radar Productions' The QTBIPOC Archives Residency reading. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Adam Pascal @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

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/

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. July 7 & 8: Broadway star Adam Pascal ($65). Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
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/

Help is on the Way XXVII @ Marines' Memorial Theater
'Broadway and Beyond,' the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation's latest benefit concert, features cast members from the touring production of 'Les Miserables,' Leanne Borghesi, Marta Sanders, David Burnham, Del Shores, Denny Holiday and more. $39 and up July 16, 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St. VIP after-party at the Beacon Grand Hotel. https://www.reaf-sf.org/

Leanne Borghesi at Help is on the Way XXVII @ Marines' Memorial Theater  

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 (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 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

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

Stern Grove Festival
Free summer concert series returns thru Aug. 20. Rhoda Goldman Concert Meadow, 19th Ave. at Sloat Blvd. https://www.sterngrove.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. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. https://yoshis.com

'Art With Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community' @ City Hall Gallery  

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

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

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

African American Art & Culture Complex
Exhibits focusing on Black artists. 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works. 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

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/

Asian Art Museum
'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, 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper,' 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
'What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection,' thru June 9, 2024. 'Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory.' 'Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles.' 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

Blake Cedric @ Biona Vada Barbershop
Exhibit of the local gay artist's vibrant wild artworks. 483 Guerrero St. https://www.instagram.com/cedricsofhollywood/

Bob Mizer Foundation
'So It Begins... Bob Mizer Early Work, 1945-1955,' The first exhibit to open in The Bob Mizer Foundation's new downtown headquarters, with many of his unusual and pre-physique-era works; thru July 15. 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

'So It Begins... Bob Mizer Early Work, 1945-1955' @ Bob Mizer Foundation  

Bravo: Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy @ Museo Italo Americano
exhibit about San Francisco Opera's first century and the early history of the Italian community's impact on the art form; in partnership with San Francisco Opera and Museum of Performance + Design, with performances through the run; Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm thru Oct. 22. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://museoitaloamericano.org/

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. Also; 'Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines,' all about venomous creatures. 'Wander Woods,' an outdoor kids and families play space, 'Living Worlds,' a planetarium show. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. Nightlife Live parties July 12, 13, 27, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 & Oct. 12, 6pm-10pm. 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

Castro Art Walk
Multiple galleries host evening receptions to showcase their exhibits; first Fridays, 5pm-8pm. Next: July 7. https://www.instagram.com/castroartwalk/

See the giant 'corpse plant' @ Conservatory of Flowers  

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Deborah Oropallo and Michael Goldin's 'American Gothic' thru July 15. 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/

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

Colin Hurley @ 2727, Berkeley
'Rupurrr's Cat Drag Queen Art Show,' the artist's exhibit of cat portraits in drag. 2727 California St. https://www.2727.today/ http://colinhurley.weebly.com/

Comics in the City @ California College of the Arts
Artist talks and panels featuring numerous local comic artists; thru Aug. 4. Timken Hall, 1111 8th St. www.portal.cca.edu

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' thru 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

'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence' @ de Young Museum  

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/ (Read our feature article.)

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
'Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence,' an exhibit of stunning paintings and sculptures; thru Oct. 15. (Read our feature.) Also, '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

Exploratorium
¬°Plantásticas! Our Lives With Plants' thru Sept. 10. 'The Great Animal Orchestra,' thru Oct. 15. 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. 513 Green St. https://www.candidcityspc.com/

Fraenkel Gallery
Martine Gutierrez' 'Anti-Icon: Apokalypsis,' the artist's series of iconic photo self-portraits; thru July 15. 49 Geary St. https://fraenkelgallery.com

Gallery 16
Solo exhibitions of works by Zuzana Licko and the late gay designer/painter Rex Ray; thru July 22. Curator tour June 24, 1pm-3pm. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

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

'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective' @ GLBT History Museum  

GLBT History Museum
New: 'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective,' opens July 13, 7pm reception ($10). '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. 225 San Leandro Way. www.gregangelomuseum.com

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

Haight Street Art Center
'Dawn State MCXT,' Monica Canilao + Xara Thustra and Flying Colors, Silky Shoemaker, thru July. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; 'Soft Defiance' group exhibit thru July 15; 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

'The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England' @ Legion of Honor  

The Lab
'Pictures of You,' a group exhibition of works by Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellows. Opening reception July 8, 5pm-7pm. thru July 29. Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

Legion of Honor
New: 'The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England,' thru Sept. 24. European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works, from Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts; also, Wangechi Mutu's fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15. 100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park. legionofhonor.famsf.org

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

Lost Art Salon
Intimate gallery exhibits small and unusual works of note by contemporary and early 20th-century artists, including LGBT artists. 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
Contemporary art exhibits. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

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

Mill Valley Public Library
'Chains of Fires: LGBTQ+ History in Mill Valley,' an exhibit of photos and ephemera documenting the overlooked local Marin County history; also, oral history recoding project ongoing thru July. 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.millvalleylibrary.libcal.com

Marbie's 'Good Love Is Hard to Find' at Hashimoto Contemporary @ Minnesota Street Art Project  

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Jones Institute and more- host different artist exhibits. Richard Mosse's 'Broken Spectre' extended thru July 8. Marbie's 'Good Love Is Hard to Find,' July 8-Aug. 5 at Hashimoto Contemporary. SF Art Book Fair, July 13-16. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. 'Frida Interview: A Ribbon Around a Bomb,' a play by William Maynez. July 7, 7pm. $15. 'Chatting with History,' an art exhibit of works by Eugene Rodriguez, thru Aug. 5; opening reception July 8, 2pm-4pm. 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. 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/

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

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
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
New group exhibit thru July 29. 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

RVCA SF Art Gallery
'Space Claw,' an exhibit of works by Emily Fromm and George Rocha celebrating 50 years of Sutro Tower. 1485 Haight St. https://rvca.com/blog/_art_&_friends/

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

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
'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 thru Aug. 20. 520 South 1st Street, San Jose. https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/ (Read our feature article.)

Rakeem Cunningham's 'Black Chrysalis' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery  

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery. July 7, 5pm-9pm: opening of Rakeem Cunningham's 'Black Chrysalis.' 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; thru July 8. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfartscommission.org

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,' thru Sept. 10. 'Kinship: Photography and Connection,' a group exhibit thru Sept. 5. 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. 3030 20th St. https://soex.org

Jun Yang's 'Grow and Reveal' @ Strut SF  

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. Jun Yang's 'Grow and Reveal' and Lawrence Lindell and Breena Nunez's 'The House of Black.' 470 Castro St. https://www.sfaf.org/locations/strut

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. 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.eventbrite.com www.presidiotunneltops.gov

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

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

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

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
Strange and beautiful mansion with tour exhibits, brunch service, and live performances celebrates 100 years. $20-$42. 525 S. Winchester Blvd. https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

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. Sean Fader's 'Insufficient Memory,' ongoing. July 9, 1pm: Sean Fader and Maureen Towey's screening and talk, 'Queer American Memorials.' 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

440 Castro (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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/

Gogo bro @ Beaux  

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

Bong-O Bingo @ Mission Cannabis Club
DJ Dank's fun pot party includes games, drag, cannabis prizes and high hilarity. $15 ($10 minimum purchase). July 8, 4pm-8pm. 2442 Mission St. https://missioncannabisclub.com/

Bottom of the Hill
The queer-friendly nightclub hosts concerts by local and touring rock, punk and other-genre indie bands. 1233 17th St. http://www.bottomofthehill.com

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

The Cinch
Historic bar in the Polk district. July 9, 4pm-8pm: Cockettes or Bust fundraiser for the historic performance group's fall trip to New York City for their Joe's Pub shows; with singing, silent auction, raffle and Hibiscus T-shirts sale (also donate to the GoFundMe). 1723 Polk St. http://www.cinchsf.com/

Cockettes benefit @ The Cinch  

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

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

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

Fluid510, Oakland
New nightclub from the founders of Port Bar blends LGBTQ, straight and fluid patronage; Jush Sundays drag cabaret, 9pm. Fri-Sun at 4pm-12am. 1544 Broadway. https://www.facebook.com/Fluid510/
(Read our feature article.)

Gay Wine Weekend  

Gay Wine Weekend
14th annual weekend of wine-tastings, dining and parties outdoors in scenic Sonoma at Vintner's Resort Spa, La Crema Winery and other venues. $40-$950. July 14-16. https://www.outinthevineyard.com/ (Read our feature article.)

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/

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

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

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/

Bears & beards @ Lone Star Saloon  

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, special events, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. July 7: Bear Trap with DJ Chakaquan. 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.)

Marin County Fair
Enjoy rides, exhibits, carnival games and live music concerts; Patti LaBelle, July 7, 7:30pm. $35-$60. June 30-July 4, 11am-11pm. https://www.fair.marincounty.org/2023

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. 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.

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

Tenderoni's Princess drag king takeover @ Oasis  

Oasis
The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: 'Sex and the City Live' thru July 8. Danica Roem fundraiser July 8, 11am-1pm. July 7, 10pm: Iconique drag show and dance night. Tina Turner tribute concert and drag show July 9, 7pm. 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 (July 8 with Tenderoni's drag king takeover). Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am; Legacy, a trans women artistry night, Thursdays, 10pm-2am. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

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

Port Bar, Oakland
7th anniversary celebrations July 7-9 with a Cowboy Disco party and more. Also: 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|

Port Bar's 7th anniversary  

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

R3 Hotel, Guerneville
The hotel hosts parties at its poolside and bar. 16390 4th St. www.eventbrite.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. 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/

Frolic @ SF Eagle  

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

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. Pride party June 23; wear pink! 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/

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

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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