Going Out, Sept. 7-15, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday September 7, 2023
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Ledisi @ Davies Symphony Hall; Smuin Contemporary Ballet; 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum; Petipa Awards Gala: World Ballet Stars @ Herbst Theatre<br>
Ledisi @ Davies Symphony Hall; Smuin Contemporary Ballet; 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum; Petipa Awards Gala: World Ballet Stars @ Herbst Theatre

What's your pleasure? Dramatic stage plays, beguiling art exhibits, hunky dudes dancing to funky grooves? How about a full-out Pridefest in Oakland? We've got arts and nightlife events, in abundance, this week and every week in our expansive listings.

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

'Before the Sword' @ New Conservatory Theatre Center (photo: Lois Tema)  

DANCE, OPERA, THEATER
ARC Combustible @ CounterPulse
Artist residency shows combine drag, dance and technology, with Ambrose Trataris aka DestroyHerr & Digital Milk: Metaphase 0 by Driven Arts Collective. Free/$35. Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15 at 8pm; Sept 9 & 16 at 2pm. 80 Turk St. www.counterpulse.org

Before the Sword @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
World premiere of Andrew Alty's play about author T.H. White and his inspiration for the classic Arthurian story 'The Sword in the Stone.' $30-$48. Sept. 15-Oct. 15. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org

Bellwether Dance Project @ ODC Theater
The company's second home season includes world premieres; 'Aurora Sad Magic,' 'What's the Matter,' and the popular "Let Slip the Witches," $25-$75. September 14-16, ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St. www.odc.dance

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women at its Theater, (Sept. 10, 6pm; in-progress showing of 'The Long Walk Home') 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org

'Cruel Intentions the Musical' @ Victoria Theatre  

A Chorus Line @ SF Playhouse
Terrific 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; extended thru Sept 16. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org (Read our review.)

Crowns @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Center Repertory Company's production of Regina Taylor's rousing musical about Black women's tradition of donning fancy hats for special occasions. $45-$70. Sept. 9-Oct. 6. 1601 Civic Drive.

Cruel Intentions the Musical @ Victoria Theatre
Ray of Light Theatre Company's new production of the sassy '90s teen private school musical based on the film. $20-$70. Sept. 8-Oct. 1. 2961 16th St. www.rayoflighttheatre.com

Cymbeline @ Red Morton Park
SF Shakespeare Festival performs a modern update of The Bard's romantic comedy with a trans character and a Bowie meets Roman Empire style. Free, SF's McLaren Park Sept. 10, and at Orinda's Bruns Ampitheater Sept. 16-24. https://sfshakes.org

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often political edge. 'The Source,' a gathering of intercultural experiences of multi-disciplinary creativity, wellness, and compassion; Sept 7-10. 'Dance & Social Justice: Creating Work from the Heart with Sarah Crowell & Bongo Sidibe,' free, Sept. 9, 1pm. 3316 24th St. https://dancemissiontheater.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/

'Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical' @ Toni Rembe Theater (photo: Kevin Berne)  

Fiddler on the Roof @ GK Hardt Theater, Santa Rosa
6th Street Playhouse's production of the classic musical by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick about a Jewish family in early 20th-century Russia. $29; thru Oct. 1. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical @ Toni Rembe Theater
World premiere of the Broadway-bound musical about the iconic music and dance TV show and its creator, DJ Don Cornelius. $25-$105; thru Oct. 8. 415 Geary St. www.act-sf.org (Read our interview with playwright Dominique Morisseau.)

Matilda the Musical @ Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Players' production of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's fun musical based on the Roald Dahl book about kids enduring a bizarrely abusive boarding school. $30-$57; thru Sept. 24. 1305 Middlefield Road. https://paplayers.org

Megan Lowe Dances @ ODC Theater
World premiere of 'Gathering Pieces of Peace,' a dynamic dance theater work that explores mixed-race Asian American Pacific Islander experiences. Free. Sept 1,2, 8, 9 at 7:30pm. 3153 17th St. https://www.meganlowedances.com/

Odyssey @ Marin Theatre Company
Emily Wilson's 2018 translation of Homer's epic poem is performed, adapted and directed by Lisa Peterson. $43-$70; thru Sept. 24. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley https://www.marintheatre.org

Paula Poundstone @ Presidio Theatre
The veteran comic performs her standup act. $49-$59. Sept. 8, 7:30pm. 99 Moraga Ave. https://paulapoundstone.com/

Petipa Awards Gala: World Ballet Stars @ Herbst Theatre  

Petipa Awards Gala: World Ballet Stars @ Herbst Theatre
Star-studded gala dance performance by some of the world's most renowned dancers, and a celebration of the winners of this year's Petipa Awards: iconic prima ballerina and choreographer Natalia Makarova and the late Pierre Lacotte. $180-$1240. September 23, 5:30pm. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. www.cityboxoffice.com

Reel Queer Flix @ Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland
Cinemama presents a mini-festival of LGBTQ-themed movies. Sept. 6, 7pm. 3200 Grand Lake Ave. https://cinemamafilm.com

Romeo & Juliet @ California Theatre, San Jose
Opera San José's new production of Gounod's opera adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. $55-$195. Sept. 9-24. 345 1st St. https://www.operasj.org/

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/

Significant Other @ Los Altos Stage
Joshua Harmon's lightly comic play about a man seeking a husband. $20-$45. Sept. 7-Oct. 1. 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. https://losaltosstage.org/

Smuin Contemporary Ballet (photo: Chris Hardy)  

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The company's 30th anniversary season features the return of James Kudelka's riveting ballet in cowboy boots, 'The Man in Black,' set to the music of Johnny Cash, and 'Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink),' a dynamic neoclassical work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Val Caniparoli. $25-$89. September 15-October 7; Lesher Center for the Arts, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason. www.smuinballet.org

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 Sept. 3. 1062 Valencia St. Also, Brian Copeland's 'Grandma & Me, an Ode to Single Parents,' Sept. 9-Oct. 20, at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.themarsh.org

Sylvester, The Mighty Real @ Haight District
EyeZen Presents' new Out of Site music/performance walking tour traces the life of disco diva Sylvester and the queer culture of the 1970s. $15-$125. Sept. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-Oct. 1: Fridays at 12pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm and 4pm. Meet at 1035 Haight St. https://www.eyezen.org/oos-mighty (Read our feature article.)

Bill W. Jones @ Book Passage, Corte Madera  

LITERARY, LECTURES, SPECIAL EVENTS
The Art and Life of Riki Chen @ Shanti Project
Memorial celebration for the life and work of the artist, poet and musician, and a benefit for the Shanti Project. $25. Sept. 9, 6pm-9pm. 3170 23rd St. https://donorbox.org/events/473987

Bill W. Jones @ Book Passage, Corte Madera
The author of 'Bachelor Father' reads from his memoir about becoming the country's first gay adoptive single father. Sept. 9, 4pm. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. https://www.bookpassage.com/

Books Not Bans @ Booksmith
The popular indie bookstore joins forces with Fabulosa Books to send banned LGBTQ books to people and libraries. Donate online or in person. https://www.booksmith.com/BnB

East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Pride Breakfast @ Fluid510, Oakland
19th annual breakfast, honors, with guest speakers. $25-$50 and up. Sept. 10, 8:30am-10am. 1544 Broadway. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ebsdcpride2023

Dan Pelosi @ Omnivore Books
The food maven shares recipes and stories from his book, 'Let's Eat!' with guest Juanita MORE! Sept. 8, 6:30pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez St. www.omnivorebooks.com

Gay Liberation Front cofounder Martha Shelley @ Fabulosa Books  

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Sept. 12, 7pm: Gay Liberation Front cofounder Martha Shelley ('We Set theNight on Fire'). Sept. 20, 7pm: Edward Cahill ('Disorderly Men') in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein. Author readings, in-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. Also, donate (online or in-person) to the Books Not Bans campaign. 489 Castro St. https://www.fabulosabooks.com/

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

Mark S. King
The author of 'My Fabulous Disease: Chronicles of a Gay Survivor' makes a few local appearances: Sept. 15, 7:45am: on-air interview with Reggie Aqui on KGO-TV. Sept. 16, 10am-12pm: Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Networks weekly meeting, Maxfield's House of Caffeine, Dolores St. at 17th. Sept. 16, 7pm: Mark and members of San Francisco's long-term survivor community will read excerpts from 'My Fabulous Disease' at Strut SF, 470 Castro St. https://marksking.com/ (Read our review.)

author Mark S. King  

Queer & Well @ SF LGBT Center
The Center's wellness program celebrates its first year with new informative workshops, yoga classes and health 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 Hiking Club
Weekly hikes with LGBTQ nature lovers. https://www.sfhiking.com/

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events at The Hormel Center. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org


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

Faetooth @ Neck of the Woods  

Club Dates @ Club Fugazi
New live music series at the North Beach theater. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Faetooth @ Neck of the Woods
The all-women queer 'fairy doom' band performs. $15. Sept. 15, 7:30pm. 406 Clement St. www.neckofthewoodssf.com

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'I Did it My Way,' Sept. 8 & 9, 8pm, $59. The Soul Train Sunday Brunch, Sept. 10, 10:30am, $35-$74. Tony winning actress Ali Stroker, Sept. 15 &16, 8pm, $74. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

Ali Stroker @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden
Sunset Piano's annual festive beautiful installation of a dozen pianos around the garden includes dozens of scheduled and impromptu performances each day; special Piano Lounge (paid VIP access) as well. Free/$15. Sept. 8-12. 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park. https://www.sfbg.org/flowerpiano

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/

Ledisi @ Davies Symphony Hall
SF Jazz presents the stellar singer in a concert of songs by Nina Simone, with the SF Orchestra. $55-$160. Sept. 8, 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. www.sfjazz.org

Ledisi @ Davies Symphony Hall  

The Lost Church
Intimate music and theater venue presents local and touring performers in a variety of styles. Rachel Sage and Alexx Calise, $18, Sept. 12, 7:30pm. Wave Chamber Collective & Silvi Alcivar perform a music and poetry concert; $25, Sept. 13, 8:15pm. 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. Sept. 8, 8pm; pianist Francesca Khalifa. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Opera
Opening night gala performance Sept 8, (tenor Roberto Alagna and Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus) with pre-concert dinner and after-party at City Hall; $325-$650. Free Opera in the Park, Sept. 10, 1:30pm at Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park. Verdi's 'Il Trovatore,' at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., Sept. 12-Oct. 1; $26-$426. https://www.sfopera.com

SF Opera's 'Il Trovatore' @ War Memorial Opera House (photo: Cory Weaver)  

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. Liz Wright, SF Jazz Collective, both Sept. 7-10. 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/

Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Intimate restaurant, nightclub and music venue presents all kinds of music, in the historic 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

Griselda Rosas' 'Yo te cuedo' @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive  

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks; 'Poolside,' a new large group exhibition of works by more than 60 Bay Area artists; thru Sept. 21. 111 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

2358 MRKT
Contemporary art gallery in the Castro. 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 and events featuring Black artists. 762 Fulton St. https://aaacc.org/

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works. Kim Anno: Animals' Reading Room, Sept. 7 - Oct. 28. 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

Asian Art Museum
Historic and contemporary works by Asian artists. 'Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds,' thru Sept. 18. 'Murakami: Monsterized," opening party Sept. 21, 7pm (free/$20). Gala fundraiser party Sept. 13, 9pm-1am, $125-$175. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Berkeley Art Center
'Rabbit Hole,' a group exhibit, thru Sept. 23. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Kenneth Tam's 'MATRIX 281: The Founding of the World,' thru Nov. 26. Griselda Rosas' 'Yo te cuedo' thru Nov. 19. '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.' Ongoing film series, too. 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

Bob Mizer Foundation
Exhibits of vintage male physique and erotica prints. 'Bob Mizer: Socially Redeeming Value, 1955-1975,' thru September 30. Sept. 15, 7pm: a talk with Mizer historian JOhn Fagundes. 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

'Bob Mizer: Socially Redeeming Value, 1955-1975' @ 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 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
New: 'The Rocketeer: a Tribute to Dave Stevens,' thru Sept. 17. 'Edward Gorey al Fresco,' thru Oct. 15. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Arleene Correa Valencia's works on immigrant struggles, thru Nov. 4. 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

'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped' @ Contemporary Jewish Museum  

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
'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped' brings together more than 200 photographs and related ephemera from 1978—2008 that trace the evolution of San Francisco's unique music culture; thru Jan. 28. Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' thru Oct 22. Also, 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped,' a solo exhibition by Bay Area photographer Jay Blakesberg, Aug 31-Jan. 28, 2024. 'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9, 2024. Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the late artist and designer and other invited artists. 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.) 'Crafting Radicality: Bay Area Artists from the Svane Gift,' thru Dec. 31. '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). Pier 15. www.exploratorium.edu

Nathaniel Parsons @ Gallery 16  

Foreign Lens
Candid City street photography collective's debut group exhibit. 513 Green St. https://www.candidcityspc.com/

Fraenkel Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 49 Geary St. https://fraenkelgallery.com

Gallery 16
Modern art and design exhibits. David Hytone and Nathaniel Parsons exhibits Sept. 15-Nov. 2; opening reception Sept. 15, 6pm-9pm. Buy prints by Graham Holoch to Support Maui Direct; $250 each. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

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

GLBT History Museum
'Curve Magazine Cartoons: A Dyke Strippers' Retrospective.' Also, 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist; curated by Bob Davis. Also: '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
Pop and contemporary art exhibits. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Headlands Center for the Arts
Installations and contemporary exhibits of site-specific art at the historic former military buildings. 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito. https://www.headlands.org/

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

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 Lab
Contemporary and experimental art, music concerts, and installations. Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

Legion of Honor
'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. 'Changed Intentions,' a group exhibit of works by Bussie Parker Kehoe, Sarah Smith, and Denise Laws; thru Oct. 1. 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/

'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism' @ Oakland Museum  

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. At Hashimoto Gallery, Lorein Stern's 'Old Friends,' thru Sept. 23. (www.hashimotocontemporary.com) 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

Museum of the African Diaspora
Exhibits include contemporary works by African and Black artists, and about Black culture; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances. 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 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
Contemporary art exhibits. Tom Baril's 'Botanica,' and Matt Black's 'The Central Valley & Mexico, both thru Oct. 21. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

Tom Baril's 'Botanica' @ Robert Koch Gallery  

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 'Introductions 2023,' a juried group exhibition. 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/

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
Handmade fabric art exhibits. 520 South 1st Street, San Jose. https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery. 'What Remains,' a group exhibit and art auction of works focusing on post-Pride imagery and remnants; proceeds go to Queer LifeSpace. Also, Rakeem Cunningham's 'Black Chrysalis.' 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia,' thru Sept. 23. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. Also, exhibits at City Hall, Ground Floor and North Light Court, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. 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

Yayoi Kusama exhibit @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Yayoi Kusama: Aspiring to Pumpkin's Love, the Love in My Heart' thru Aug. 2025. 'Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales,' an exhibit of art celebrating lowrider culture; thru Feb. 19, 2024. '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;' and new Infinity Rooms. 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

Nancy Cato's 'Tomboy: Reclaiming my Childhood' @ Strut SF  

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. Magnet 20th anniversary group show, with 23 artists, opening Sept. 8, 8pm. 'Tomboy: Reclaiming my Childhood,' art by Nancy Cato; opening reception Sept. 9, 7pm; Part of the new Black Queer Arts Program curated by Serge Gay Jr. and Ajuan Mance. 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. 'Disney Cats & Dogs' thru June 24. $5-$15. 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/

'We Were There'  

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. Sean Fader's 'Insufficient Memory,' ongoing. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Drag Brunch @ Beaux (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 Castro 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 cute gogo dancers. 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

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. 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/

Dancing Ghosts-Boy Division @ Cat Club (photo: Angel Nihthasu)  

Dancing Ghosts-Boy Division @ Cat Club
The two events merge for QueerWave & DarkWave pre-Folsom dance night with DJs Xander, Poly Eurethane, Steve Fabus, and Tom Axe. Leather/fetish gear welcome. $5-$10. Sept. 15, 11:30pm-4:30am. 1190 Folsom St. www.eventbrite.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. New 'Vibin' Live' monthly music night each third Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

Driftwood
Mixed cocktail bar hosts occasional queer-specific events. 1225 Folsom St. https://www.driftwoodbarsf.com/

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

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

El Rio's famous patio  

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. The Buds play live Aug. 31, 6pm-8pm (www.thebuds.org. 3158 Mission St. https://www.elriosf.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.)

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/

Pals @ The Lone Star Saloon  

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/

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.)

Martuni's
The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Ongoing: 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.)

Fab drag @ The Midnight Sun  

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

Oakland Pride @ Downtown Oakland  

Oakland Pride @ Downtown Oakland
Two-day outdoor celebration of LGBTQ Pride, with live and DJed music, drag acts, food, beverages, a parade, community booths and more. Fre/$20. Sept. 9 & 10, 11am-6pm. Broadway from 14t to 21st St. After-parties and a bar crawl at several nearby nightclubs. https://oaklandpride.org/

Oasis
The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Live,' thru Sept. 9. Drag Brunch at The Phoenix, Sept. 10, 11:30am-3:30pm, $15-$55, 601 Eddy St. Baloney Does Folsom, Sept. 14-23, 7pm, $30-$75. 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 (Sept. 9 with Sasha Colby). Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am m(Sept. 8 with Kornbraed); 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/

Oakland Pride Black Girl Magic @ Port Bar, Oakland  

Port Bar, Oakland
Oakland Pride Black Girl Magic, all day Sept. 9. 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 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|

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. https://ther3hotel.com/

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

Towel off @ Steamworks Berkeley  

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. Karaoke, Mondays 8pm, hosted by Dana Morrigan. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; 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. 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.

Verka Serduchka @ The Warfield  

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/

Verka Serduchka @ The Warfield
Ukrainian drag performer brings her fundraiser music show for Ukrainian resistance. $95-$185. Sept. 16, 9pm. 982 Market St. https://www.thewarfieldtheatre.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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