Going Out, Sept. 21-29, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday September 21, 2023
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'POTUS' @ Berkeley Repertory (photo: Kevin Berne); BigMuscle party @ DNA Lounge (photo: Joe Pessa); <br>'Cruel Intentions the Musical' @ Victoria Theatre; Folsom Street Fair (photo: Rich Stadtmiller)
'POTUS' @ Berkeley Repertory (photo: Kevin Berne); BigMuscle party @ DNA Lounge (photo: Joe Pessa);
'Cruel Intentions the Musical' @ Victoria Theatre; Folsom Street Fair (photo: Rich Stadtmiller)

While we've got all the details on the annual Folsom Street Fair (this Sunday Sept. 24) and its related events, we also have plenty of less kinky arts and nightlife events listed, this week and every week.

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

(L to R) Adam KuveNiemann, Henry Halkyard, Kim Donovan, and Radhika Rao in 'Before the Sword'  

Afro Solo Arts Festival @ Potrero Stage
Free performance series featuring Black musicians and theater artists; in-person and livestreamed. Sept. 22 & 23, 7pm. 1695 18th St. https://www.afrosolosf.org/ tickets.playground-sf.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; thru Oct. 15. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org (Read our feature article.)

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women at its Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret (Who's Your Mami Comedy, with Betsy Salkind, Marga Gomez, Angie Crass and Priya Guyadeen, $15, Sept. 21, 7:30pm), 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org

Chitresh Das Institute @ ODC Theater
The company performs Charlotte Moraga's newest works in Kathak Indian Dance:
'13 Matra' (world premiere), and 'Invoking the River,' (2022) an exploration of India's sacred waterways through joy, turmoil, grief, and liberation. $25-$45. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 3153 17th St. Also Oct. 8 at the Hammer Theater, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. https://www.chitreshdasinstitute.org/

CineMás 15 @
San Francisco Latino Film Festival screens films from the US and representation from Latin America and Spain, with five LGBTQ-themed films. $9-$50. Sept. 28-Oct. 15; at Roxie Theater, Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinemas, Mission Cultural Center and streaming online. https://www.cinemassf.org/

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; thru Oct. 6. 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/

'Cruel Intentions the Musical' @ Victoria Theatre  

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; thru Oct. 1. 2961 16th St. www.rayoflighttheatre.com (Read our interview with director-choreographer Leslie Waggoner and the company's artistic director Shane Ray.)

Cymbeline @ Bruns Ampitheater, Orinda
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, thru Sept. 24 at Orinda's Bruns Ampitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. https://sfshakes.org

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often political edge. 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/

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. 8. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Hadestown @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
The national touring company of Anaïs Mitchell's hit musical based on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone. $44-$114, Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in San Jose (55 South Market St. broadwaysanjose.com.

'Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical' @ Toni Rembe Theater  

Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical @ Toni Rembe Theater
World premiere of Dominique Morisseau's 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.)

Lockdown Comedy
Laugh it up online with Ophira Eisenberg, Cynthia Levin, Eve Meyer, host Lisa Geduldig and her 92-years-young mom, Arline Geduldig. $15-$25. Sept. 21, 7pm. CityBoxOffice.com/LockdownComedy

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

Nollywood Dreams @ San Francisco Playhouse
Jocelyn Bioh's romantic comedy's set in Nigeria's 1990s film industry boom. $15-$100. Sept. 28-Nov. 4. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

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

Tina D'Elia's 'Overlooked Latinas' @ Theatre Rhinoceros  

Overlooked Latinas @ Theatre Rhinoceros
Tina D'Elia reprises her acclaimed multi-character solo show about Latine women. $17.50-$35. Sept. 21-Oct. 1, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 4229 18th St. https://www.therhino.org/ (Read our feature article.)

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

POTUS @ Berkeley Repertory
Selina Fillinger's gleefully feminist satire, subtitled 'Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,' takes on White House politics when a guileless male president's fumble becomes an international incident. $45-$134; thru Oct. 22. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org/

'POTUS' @ Berkeley Repertory (photo: Kevin Berne)  

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

Sean Dorsey Dance @ Z Space
The company performs 'The Lost Art of Dreaming.' $15-$50, sliding scale. Sept. 29 & 30, 7:30pm, Oct. 1, 2pm (Sunday with ASL interpretation). 450 Florida St. https://seandorseydance.com/ (Read our interview with Sean Dorsey.)

Significant Other @ Los Altos Stage
Joshua Harmon's lightly comic play about a man seeking a husband. $20-$45; thru Oct. 1. 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. www.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; thru 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. Dan Hoyle's 'Border People,' Sept. 29-Oct. 28; Fred Pitts' 'Aren't You...?" Sept. 23-Oct. 21. 1062 Valencia St. Brian Copeland's 'Grandma & Me, an Ode to Single Parents,' thru 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. 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.)

Chloe Sherman ('Renegades: San Francisco: the 1990s') @ Fabulosa Books  

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

City Lights Bookstore
Historic North Beach bookstore hosts frequent literary events. 261 Columbus Ave. www.citylights.com

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Sept. 21: gay former Secret Service agent Cory Allen ('Breaking Free'). Sept. 28, 7pm: Chloe Sherman ('Renegades: photographs of the queer '90s in SF). Also, 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/

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/

Queer & Well @ SF LGBT Center
The Center's wellness program celebrates its first year with new informative workshops, yoga classes and health clinics. 'Bi the Way' with Mel Andrada, Sept. 21, 5:30pm-7pm. 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. Sept. 21, 6pm: Show Us Your Spines LGBT BIPOC residency reading at the Hormel Center. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Unscripted @ Curran Theater
BroadwaySF's new series of talks about San Francisco, with prominent people. Sept. 27, 7:30pm: San Francisco 49ers legends Harris Barton, Dwight Hicks, Brent Jones, Ronnie Lott, and Steve Young in conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. $65 and up. 445 Geary St. https://www.broadwaysf.com/

Cheyenne Jackson @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

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

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

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Nic + Desi (Nicolas Dromard and Desiree Davar) with Sean Patrick Murtagh, Sept. 21, 8pm, $49. Singer-songwriter Frankie Moreno, Sept. 23, 8pm. $59. 'Soul Train: The Other Side of the Tracks,' a benefit concert with cast members from 'Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical.' Sept. 25, 7pm, $60. Broadway, film & TV star Cheyenne Jackson, Sept. 29 & 30, $74-$84. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. https://www.feinsteinssf.com/

The Fillmore
Historic venue hosts concerts by new and classic rock, folk and pop musicians. 1805 Geary Blvd. https://www.livenation.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/

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.)

Conductor Edwin Outwater with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra  

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic and contemporary music. Sept. 22, 8pm, Ensemble For These Times performs 'Transformations' a concert of contemporary and classical works for soprano, piano, violin and cello. $20-$25 (Link|https://www.e4tt.org/|https://www.e4tt.org/>) 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
The school and performance space hosts frequent concerts by students, faculty and guest artists. Sept. 23, 7pm: SFCM Orchestra with conductor Edwin Outwater. Sept. 26: cellist Seth Parker Woods. Sept. 29, SFCM New Music Ensemble with Nicole Pavement. 50 Oak St. https://sfcm.edu/

San Francisco Opera
The company performs Giuseppe Verdi's 'Il Trovatore,' Sept. 20, 23, 29 & Oct. 1; $26-$246. 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' (music by Mason Bates, libretto by Mark Campbell), Sept. 22, 23, 27, 30, Oct. 3 & 7. $26-$378. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. Sept. 29, 7pm: Alexander String Quartet. $50. 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. Sept. 23, 8pm: Maurice Tani & The Flying Salvias. Sept. 29, 8pm: The Black Feathers and Meredith Edgar. 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/

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

'Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People - Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego' @ Asian Art Museum  

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, thru 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. 'Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People - Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego,' vibrantly colorful acclaimed and new works; thru Feb. 12. 'Murakami: Monsterized," opening party Sept. 21, 7pm (free/$20). Also: 'Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds,' thru Sept. 18. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Artists Television Access
Screenings of unusual art films and videos, and live music. 992 Valencia St. http://www.othercinema.com/ https://www.atasite.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. 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

'Bob Mizer: Socially Redeeming Value, 1955-1975' @ the 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. Monthly Nightlife Live parties 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: The Life and Legacy of Dave Stevens,' thru Feb. 25. '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/

Arleene Correa Valencia's art @ Catharine Clark Gallery  

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

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
'Shabbat at the Jewseum,' a day-long activity-filled celebration of new quarterly program that lets attendees immerse themselves in Jewish ideas of rest and rejuvenation while engaging in the ritual of Shabbat. Sept. 23, 1pm-4pm. (Read our feature article.) Also: Mika Rottenberg's 'Spaghetti Blockchain,' thru Oct 22. 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped,' a solo exhibition by Bay Area photographer Jay Blakesberg, thru 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.)

'The de Young Open' @ the de Young Museum  

de Young Museum
'The de Young Open,' a group exhibition of 800+ works chosen from 1000s of submissions, Sept. 30-Jan. 7. '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

┬íPlantásticas! 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

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

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

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. 'Uncanny Beauty,' works by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective; thru Oct. 21. 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/

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. 'Evolving Visions,' works by Ben Aronson, Scott Fraser and Julian Opie. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Ken Jones' art @ San Francisco AIDS Foundation  

Ken Jones @ San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Exhibit of art works by the by Black Brothers Esteem member, long-term HIV survivor and prolific mixed-media artist; ongoing. 1035 Market St., 4th floor lobby. https://www.sfaf.org

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/

'Racial Portraits' @ Mark I Chester Studio  

Mark I Chester Studio
The veteran kink photographer presents his provocative 'Racial Portraits,' images that confront racial stereotypes, also available in book form online; adults only. Sept. 24, 12pm-6pm. 1229 Folsom St. https://www.instagram.com/markofsf/

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, The Jones Institute, Thomas+Projects and more- host different artist exhibits; all with new fall 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

Modern Eden Gallery
Vibrant works by Primary Hughes, and the group exhibit, 'Harvest,' thru Oct. 5. 1100 Sutter St. https://www.moderneden.com

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. 'JoeSam' (Sept. 27-March 3), 'Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art' (Sept. 27-March 3), the LGBTQ-focused 'Salimatu Amabebe: Grass' (Sept. 27-Dec. 10) and online: 'The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry' (Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2024). Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits. 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  

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/

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. Sept. 23, gala dinner fundraiser honors real-life 'Rosies.' $250, 4:30pm. 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/

'A Public Voice/Una Voz Pública' @ SF Arts Commission Gallery  

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'A Public Voice/Una Voz Pública,' an exhibition that chronicles the history of political and community activism and cultural events in San Francisco through the posters produced by Mission Gráfica and La Raza Silkscreen Center/La Raza Graphics; thru July 12, 2024. Also, '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

SF Camerawork
Benefit Art Auction exhibits 50+ photographers' works; public viewing thru Sept. 28. Auction and celebration Sept. 30, 5pm-9pm. The Storehouse at Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D. https://sfcamerawork.org/

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love' thru Aug. 2025. 'Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales,' an exhibit of art celebrating lowrider culture; thru Feb. 19, 2024. 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. Sept. 23, opening reception (5pm-7pm) for Simone Bailey's 'Hometraining,' works in various media; thru Nov. 11. 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. Also, 'Tomboy: Reclaiming my Childhood,' art by Nancy Cato; 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

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/

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
Strange and beautiful mansion with tour exhibits, brunch service, and live performances celebrates 100 years. New spooky live program for Halloween season: 'Unhinged: Housewarming.' $20-$42. 525 S. Winchester Blvd. https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

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

Jason Momoa @ Beaux  

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/

SoMa sex club with a leather and kink theme. Folsom CumUnion, Sept. 24, 3pm-12m. $40 cash only. 1060 Folsom St. https://www.cumunion.com/ www.442events.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.

Popular Castro club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food. Sept. 23, 7:30pm. actor Jason Momoa will be in-person to promote his new vodka brand. Ongoing: 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/

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 pot-lucky party, with Thee Pristine Condition and Brandelicious, games and herbal prizes. $15 ($10 min. purchase). Sept. 23, 6pm-9pm. 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/

Kai Kai Bee Michaels cohosts Cake Hole @ Gilman Brewing Company, Berkeley  

Cake Hole @ Gilman Brewing Company, Berkeley
Monthjly drag show hosted by Kai Kai Bee Michaels and Phoebe Cakes takes on a Barbie/Bully theme. $15. Sept. 23, 7:30pm. 912 Gilman St. https://gilmanbrew.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/

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/

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

Deviants Adult Arcade @ Storek
The official closing party of the Folsom Street Fair, produced by Fog City Pack and Mull, with a dozen DJs. $35-$70. Sept. 24, 6pm-2am. 149 9th St. www.eventbrite.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. Sept. 21 with Tyler Reece. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

BigMuscle & BigMuscleBears' Bare Chest Calendar fundraiser @ DNA Lounge (photo: Joe Pessa)  

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. Sept. 23, 1pm-7pm: BigMuscle & BigMuscleBears host the annual Bare Chest Calendar fundraiser. Sept. 24, 2pm-9pm: Vamp + Folsom a queer and trans kink party, with DJs Olga T., Dreams Jazmine Black & Micahtron. Sept. 24, 9pm-2:30am: Forced Femme, a transfeminine Folsom party. 475 11th St. https://www.dnalounge.com/

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

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

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. Weekly Jush Sundays drag cabaret with host Jasmine Masters and guest performers, 9pm. Sunday brunch 10am-2pm. Reg, hours Wed.-Fri. 4pm-2am, Sat. & Sun. 10am-2am. 1544 Broadway. https://www.facebook.com/Fluid510/ (Read our feature article and our coverage of evening Jush Sundays and daytime drag brunch>.)

Folsom Street Fair @ South of Market (photo: Rich Stadtmiller)  

Folsom Street Fair @ South of Market
The 40th annual massive leather and kink fair attracts a few hundred thousand visitors, with live and DJed music, multiple stages, kink products, crafts and community booths, demos, food, drinks and plenty of unusual eye candy. $10 gate donation. Sept. 24, 11am-6pm. 8th& Folsom to 12th St. https://www.folsomstreet.org/

Frolic @ The Foundry
San Francisco's epic Furry and Pup party returns to its new location with another fun night of costuming and dancing; with DJs NeonBunny and guests, drink specials, and food. $12-$16, Sept. 30, 8pm-2am. 1425 Folsom St. frolicparty.com

Geared Up Alley Party @ Mr S Leather
Two-day indoor-outdoor gathering of kink and leather fans, with gear, beer and DJed grooves. Sept. 22 & 23, 12pm-6pm. 385 8th St. https://www.mr-s-leather.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/

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

Bearracuda presents Horse Meat Disco @ Public Works (photo: Dusti Cunningham)  

Horse Meat Disco @ Public Works
Bearracuda presents the popular dance night. Sept. 22, 9pm-3am. 161 Erie St. https://bearracuda.com/

SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant. Sept. 23, 9pm-2am: Power Suit, with a best suit contest. Sept. 30, 9pm-2am: Body Shop, with burlesque, drag, DJed dancing ($15). Ongoing: 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/

Leather Pridefest
Diverse events preceding the annual Folsom Street Fair (Sept. 24) include bar and nightclub events, workshops, film screenings ('Cruising' and 'Tom of Finland'), the Mr. Eagle '24 contest, and more. https://leatherpridefest.com/category/events/

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.)

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.

Merylthon @ Four Star Theatre. "That's all."  

Merylthon @ Four Star Theatre
Three-day film festival of eight Meryl Streep films, with panels, drag hosts and performers (Juanita MORE!, Peaches Christ, Fauxnique, Jubilee, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and others) at intermissions. Proceeds benefit Queer LifeSpace. $29-$119. Sept. 29-Oct. 1- 2200 Clement St. https://www.merylthon.com/

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

New Breed @ Club Six
Polyglamorous and Pound Puppy's sexy leather dance party, with DJs Leeon, Juana, AunteeJoan, Oscar, Beya and Mark O'Brien. Sept. 23, 10pm-4am. 60 6th St. https://www.facebook.com/polyglamorous.club

Varla Jean Merman @ Oasis  

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: Baloney Does Folsom, thru Sept. 23, 7pm, $30-$75. Pre-Folsom Happy Hour Drag Show, Sept. 22, 5pm. Baloney's 'Creamed' underwear party, Sept. 22, 10pm. Folsom Sunday with dancing, drinks, gogos, Sept. 24, 12pm-9pm. Sept. 28-30, 7pm: Varla Jean Merman. Sept. 28: The Roast of Kochina Rude, 10pm. Sept. 30, 10pm: Club Mona, a dance party for queer women. 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. 23 with Kevin Aviance). 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

Matinee Pervert @ The Midway
Large leather circuit party with a kink theme, DJs Tom Stephan, Edu Quintas, Nina Flowers and others. $110 and up. Sept 23, 9pm-8am. 900 Marin St. www.xoxopresents.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
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. Flex, the muscle worship night with big guys, each fifth Friday (next Sept. 29: https://www.instagram.com/flexpartysf/). 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Que Rico gogo cuties  

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

Queerbait: Folsom @ The Great Northern
Adam Kraft, Fake and Gay and Squish present a queer kink dance day and night with multiple DJs. $20-$40. Sept. 24, 2pm-3am. 119 Utah St. https://ra.co/events/1691127

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/

Real Bad 34 @ 1015 Folsom
The popular annual dance party fundraiser for the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation features DJs Alfonso Tan, Moussa and Simon Harrison. $120. Sept. 24, 8pm-5am. 1015 Folsom St. www.eventbrite.com

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

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

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. Queer History Happy Hour for Leather Week, a benefit for the GLBT Historical Society, $10, Sept. 21, 5pm-8pm. DJ Bus Station John's Disco Daddy Does Folsom, Sept. 24, 7pm-2am, $15-$20. 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/

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550  

Steamworks Berkeley
The award-winning bathhouse hosts special events, DJed nights, and a cruisy vibe. Sept. 23, 11pm; a special live appearance by porn studs Damian Dragion and Kimono Dragon. $5-$200 (6-month membership). 18+ only. Open 24/7 every day. 2107 4th St., Berkeley. https://www.steamworksbaths.com/berkeleyhome

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

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

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

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

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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