Going Out, Dec. 14-22, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday December 14, 2023
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Norm Lewis @ Feinstein's at the Nikko; Jackie Beat @ Oasis; <br>Kitka @ various venues;   Sean Patrick Murtagh @ Martuni's
Norm Lewis @ Feinstein's at the Nikko; Jackie Beat @ Oasis;
Kitka @ various venues; Sean Patrick Murtagh @ Martuni's

Holiday pressures got you down? Go see a musical, some art, a music concert, or a fun drag show. We've made a list and checked it twice, in Going Out, this week and every week.

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

'A Christmas Carol' @ Toni Rembe Theatre (photo: Kevin Berne)  

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's charming musical gets a South Bay production by Theatreworks Silicon Valley. $27 and up; thru Dec. 24. 1305 Middlefield Road. https://theatreworks.org/

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women; 'Ghostly Labor,' a dance theatre performance, Dec. 15-17. Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org

Carpet Companion @ New Parkway Theater, Oakland
Premiere screening of JenRo's indie comic film about a young lesbian in Oakland who decides to become an escort. $15. Dec. 16, 3pm. 474 24th St. www.eventbrite.com

Castro Theatre
Live shows and films. 489 Castro St. https://www.castrotheatre.com/

A Christmas Carol @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Center Rep's production of the stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens short story. $45-$70; thru Dec. 21. 1601 Civic Drive. https://www.lesherartscenter.org/

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

Circus Bella @ Downtown SF  

Circus Bella @ Downtown SF
'Kaleidoscope,' a winter holiday spectacular, features tumblers, acrobats, clowns and more under a big tent. Dec. 15-31, The Crossing at East Cut, Beale St. at Howard. https://www.circusbella.org/kaleidoscope

Arts center for experimental innovative performance, dance and art often with a queer focus. 80 Turk St. www.counterpulse.org

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often sociopolitical 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, has new added holiday shows; extended thru June 2, 2024. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

'Disney's The Lion King' @ Orpheum Theatre  

Disney's The Lion King @ Orpheum Theatre
Touring company of the mega-hit Broadway musical (six Tony Awards) based on the animated film; directed by Julie Taymor, with music by Elton John and Tim Rice. $96.50-$189.50; thru Dec. 30. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com/events/the-lion-king/ (Read our interviews with dancer Eric Bean and Company Manager Jose Solivan.)

Dragon Lady @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
Bay Area premiere of Sara Porkalob's solo cabaret musical about her Filipino American gangster family. $43-$70; thru Dec. 17. 397 Miller Ave. www.marintheatre.org

Elf, the Musical @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
Holiday comic musical based on the hit film (Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin; book; music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin). $19-$41; thru Dec. 17. 52 W 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

The Game's Afoot @ City Lights Theater, San Jose
Ken Ludwig's 1930s-set comedic whodunit. $28-$67; thru Dec. 17. 529 S. Second St. https://cltc.org/event/games-afoot/

'The Golden Girls Live!' @ Victoria Theatre  

The Golden Girls Live! @ Victoria Theatre
The annual return performances of 'The Christmas Episodes,' with D'Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, Hollota Tymes, Coco Peru and special guests. $40-$65; thru Dec. 23. 2961 16th St. https://www.thegoldengirlslive.com/

Guys and Dolls @ San Francisco Playhouse
The company's new production of Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and Jo Swerling's hit musical about gamblers, gangsters, and betting on love. $15-$125; thru Jan. 13. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

Harry Clarke @ Berkeley Repertory
Emmy and Tony-winning actor Billy Crudup performs David Cale's solo play about an awkward  Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner. $22-$134; thru Dec. 23. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyrep.org/

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley  

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players' production of John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask's Tony and Obie-winning rock musical. $40-$49; thru Dec. 17. 1901 Ashby Ave. https://shotgunplayers.org (Read our review.)

Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets @ Cowell Theater
The local dance company's annual performances of a shortened version of 'The Nutcracker.' $24-$50; thru Dec. 23. Fort Mason 2 Marina Blvd. https://fortmason.org/event/mark-foehringers-nutcracker-sweets/

Million Dollar Quartet Christmas @ Curran Theater
Holiday musical/concert with actor-singers as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, who meet at Sun Studios to record Christmas songs. $60-$121. Dec. 16 & 17, 1pm & 7:30pm. 445 Geary St. https://www.broadwaysf.com/

Oakland Ballet's 'Nutcracker' @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Artistic Director Graham Lustig's choreographic take on the holiday classic features music performed by the Oakland Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir. The lavish set designs take on an Art Nouveau style, fitting with the opulent theater's architecture. All performances are held during the day, including two shows with sweet treats and dancer meet-and-greets afterwards. $26-$126, Dec. 16 & 17, 2025 Broadway.

Rosie Petals and Nia Politan cohost the Prism Gala @ Castro Theatre  

Potted Potter @ Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience, Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner's comic capsule send-up of all seven Harry Potter books. $40 and up. Dec. 19-Jan. 7. 330 Lyon St. https://www.pottedpotter.com/

Prism Gala @ Castro Theatre
Fashion, drag and burlesque show, hosted by Rosie Petals and Nia Politan, with an artist bazaar pop-up market; glam attire encouraged. $15-$75. Dec. 14, 6:30pm market; 8pm show. 429 Castro St. www.eventbrite.com

Ruthless @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Joel Paley and Marvin Laird's wacky musical comedy about a murderous child actor; Wed. night pre-show drag acts hosted by Martha T. Lipton. $40-$62; thru Jan. 7. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. https://nctcsf.org (Read our review.)

San Francisco Ballet's 'Nutcracker' @ War Memorial Opera House
Set in San Francisco during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, the production features more than 150 world-class dancers and a full orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's iconic score. $25-$388, thru Dec. 30, 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfballet.org

San Francisco Opera
The company performs new and classic operas, with one-night livestreams. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

Sex, Camp, Rock & Roll @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Ryan Patrick Welsh's musical cabaret fantasy plays Dec. 18 & 19. $30. 1901 Ashby Ave. www.shotgunplayers.org

'Sleeping Beauty' @ Presidio Theatre  

Sleeping Beauty @ Presidio Theatre
Stephanie Brown and Richard Ciccarone's campy yet kid-friendly Panto staging of the classic fairy tale with lavish costumes, with music by Mason Williams and Bill Keck. $20-$60; thru Dec. 30. https://www.presidiotheatre.org/show/2023sleepingbeauty/

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The company performs Michael Smuin's 'The Christmas Ballet' at several locations: Dec. 7 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; Dec. 14 at YBCA in SF. https://www.smuinballet.org/

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers at 1062 Valencia St. SF: Dan Hoyles' 'Border People,' thru Jan. 13. Mélia Mills returns with 'The Allure of Thug Life,' thru Dec. 16 and Don Reed's 'East 14th' thru Dec. 17 at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way. Brian Copeland's 'The Jewelry Box,' Dec. 15 in Berkeley, Dec. 23 in SF. www.themarsh.org

Sondheim on Sondheim @ 3Below Theater, San Jose
San Jose Playhouse's production of James Lapine's tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim. $25-$55; thru Dec. 17. 288 South 2nd St. https://sanjoseplayhouse.org/

To Kill a Mockingbird @ Golden Gate Theatre
Richard Thomas stars in the returning touring company of Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel about a crime in a small town. $69-$185; thru Dec. 17, 1pm & 7:30pm. 1 Taylor St. at Market. https://www.broadwaysf.com

Fabulosa Books  

Books & Letters, Guerneville
The Russian River shop hosts readings by local and visiting authors, including LGBTQ writers and poets. 14045 Armstrong Woods Road. https://www.booksletters.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. 1727 Haight St. https://www.booksmith.com/BnB

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

Fabulosa Books
In-store and online monthly (4th Saturdays) book club group discussion of literary works, 8:30pm-10pm. 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/

Poetry Center
Literary events through the year. Humanities Bldg., Room 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. https://poetry.sfsu.edu/

World Tree of Hope @ Grace Cathedral (photo: Rick Gerharter)  

SF LGBT Center
Events, talks, film screenings and workshops. Exhibit 'What Remains,' thru January. Queer & Well, the Center's wellness program, celebrates its first year with new informative workshops, yoga classes and health clinics. 1800 Market St. 1634 Jerrold Ave. 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. 'AIDS Self-Portraits: Positive Art,' photographs by Jeannie O'Connor, at History Center and the Hormel Center; thru Feb. 29. (Read our news coverage.) Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

World Tree of Hope @ Grace Cathedral
Rainbow World Fund's annual holiday tree is decorated with thousands of origami cranes and stars. 1100 California St. https://www.worldtreeofhope.org/

Chanticleer @ various venues  

924 Gilman, Berkeley
The nonprofit arts and music space hosts rock, punk and other genre bands. 924 Gilman St. https://www.924gilman.org/

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/

Cafe du Nord
Intimate downstairs nightclub hosts musicians in a variety of genres. 2174 Market St. www.cafedunord.com

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

The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble performs their annual holiday concert, "A Chanticleer Christmas," at venues around the U.S. In the Bay Area, enjoy their beautiful sounds in Stanford, Oakland, Berkeley, Carmel and in San Francisco (at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave.) Dec. 14-23. $36-$85.

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

Connie Champagne @ Martuni's (photo: Kent Taylor)  

Connie Champagne @ Martuni's
Our local chanteuse known for her heartfelt Judy Garland cabaret homage performs 'A Very Judy Christmas' at the popular martini bar's intimate lounge, with accompanist Barry Lloyd and guest singer Olivia Gonzales. $40. Dec. 16 & 17, 7pm. Martuni's, 4 Valencia St. www.missconniechampagne

Dance-Along Nutcracker @ YBCA Forum
SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band's annual fun kid-friendly dance-along concert of the Tchaikovsky classic, this year with a 'Nutmare Before Christmas' Halloween crossover theme; tutus available. $27-$45. Dec. 16, 3pm & 7pm. Dec. 17, 11am & 3pm. 701 Mission St. https://dance-along-nutcracker.sflgfb.org/ (Read our feature article.)

Dave Koz & Friends
The popular jazz saxophonist-composer returns with his holiday concert of revamped Christmas and Hanukkah songs, with his band and special guests. $49 and up. Dec. 20, 7:30pm at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Dec. 21, 8pm at the San Jose Civic, 135 San Carlos St. https://www.davekoz.com

Norm Lewis and Megan Hilty @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Meghan Murphy's 'Holiday Cheers!' Dec. 14, 8pm, $55. Norm Lewis' Christmas Show, Dec. 15 & 16, 8pm, $89. Megan Hilty, Dec. 17-19, 7:30pm, $125. Franc D'Ambrosio's 'It's Beginning to Look Lot Like Christmas,' Dec. 22 & 23, 8pm, $74. 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/

Golden Gate Men's Chorus @ St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Under the directorship of Joseph Piazza, the chorus performs winter anthems, joyful carols, and sentimental holiday classics. $30-$50. December 14-19, 3281 16th St.

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

Katya: A Holiday Spectacular @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
Our local Russian countess chanteuse (aka actor-singer J. Conrad Frank) performs madcap melodies, holiday songs and disco Klezmer hits. $50-$65. Dec. 20-22, 7:30pm. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org/

Kiki & Herb @ Castro Theatre  

Kiki & Herb @ Castro Theatre
Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman return to where it all began with their wild irreverent 'O Come Let Us Adore Them' holiday concert. $29-$150. Dec. 15, 8pm. 429 Castro St. https://www.justinvivianbond.com/

Kitka: Wintersongs
The acclaimed women's vocal ensemble performs Eastern European folk songs at venues around Northern CA thru Dec. 17 (Oakland Dec. 15 & 16; SF Dec 17). $25-$50. http://www.kitka.org

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

Matt Rogers @ Castro Theatre
The gay comic actor-singer ('Fire Island') performs his witty sardonic Christmas concert. $35-$45. Dec. 20, 7pm. 429 Castro St. (Read our interview.)

Matt Rogers @ Castro Theatre  

New Century Chamber Orchestra
Holiday concerts 'Christmas Ornaments,' with works by Bach, Corelli, Copland and Neruda. $30-$70. Dec. 15-17 in Berkeley, Tiburon and San Francisco. https://www.ncco.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.)

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet @ Golden Gate Theatre
An international cast with Ukrainian Principal Artists perform the classic holiday ballet with acrobatics, larger than life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes. $45-$146.50. Dec. 19, 3pm & 7pm. 1 Taylor St. at Market. www.broadwaysf.com

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic and contemporary music. Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco, Dec. 15, 8pm. Golden Bough's 'Christmas in a Celtic Land,' Dec. 16, 8pm. Kitka's 'Wintersongs,' Dec. 17, 4pm. 1751 Sacramento St. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Rickshaw Stop
Intimate venue hosts new, upcoming music acts and dance nights. 155 Fell St. https://rickshawstop.com/

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Frequent concerts of classical and contemporary music by students, faculty and visiting artists, most free. 50 Oak St. https://sfcm.edu/

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus  

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
'Holiday Spectacular,' the chorus's 46th annual popular concert series, is performed at four locations: Dec. 16 at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park; Dec. 17 at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley; Dec. 24 at the Castro Theatre, SF. www.sfgmc.org

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

'Holiday Gaiety,' co-emceed by Peaches Christ and conductor Edwin Outwater @ Davies Symphony Hall  

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
'The Colors of Christmas' with Jennifer Holliday, Ruben Studdard, Oleta Adams, Peabo Brytson and the Oakland Interfaith Choir, $30-$299, Dec. 13 & 14, 7:30pm. 'Holiday Gaiety,' co-emceed by conductor Edwin Outwater and Peaches Christ, features the orchestra with performances by Bianca Del Rio; vocalist Dylan Mulvaney; mezzo-soprano and aerialist Nikola Printz; vocalist Renée Lubin; Sister Roma; the cast of "Baloney;" and the SF Gay Men's Chorus. Dec. 15, 7:30pm, $35-$109. 'Love Actually' film with live music, Dec. 16, 7:30pm. 'A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!' Dec. 20 -23, $29-$300. 'Holiday Brass,' Dec. 21, 7:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

Sean Patrick Murtagh @ Martuni's
The award-winning cabaret singer returns with his 'Holiday Test Drive XI: Fabulous, Festive, & Fruity!' show with music, stories and flowing caftans. $25. Dec. 17, 4pm and Dec. 19 7pm. 4 Valencia St. www.eventbrite.com

Sean Patrick Murtagh @ Martuni's  

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue presents their concert series. The Klezmatics' 'Happy Joyous Hanukkah,' Dec. 14, 7:30pm. Adam Shulman Trio plays 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' Dec. 16, 2pm & 7:30pm. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

SF Live Arts @ Cyprian's
Concerts by acclaimed musicians in a variety of genres. The Marcus Shelby New Orchestra performs Duke Ellington's 'Nutcracker Suite,' Dec. 17, 7pm. 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

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. '30 Year Anniversary Exhibition' thru Jan. 12. 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: 'Prêt à Placer,' a group exhibition. Grace Munakata's 'Biology of Flight,' thru Dec. 23. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Aquarium of the Bay
Aquatic museum of sea life hosts many special events. Daily, 11am-6pm. Pier 39 Embarcadero at Beach St. https://www.aquariumofthebay.org/

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. Cosplay Thursdays, weekly at 6pm. 'The Heart of Zen,' thru Dec. 31. 'Resilient Traditions: Korean American Stories Told Through Paper.' Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

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

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

Berkeley Art Center
Contemporary art exhibits; 'Naming Our Time,' a four-artist exhibit curated by Qianjin Montoya, thru Jan. 13. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. https://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
'Matrix 284: Sin Wai Kin: The Story Changing,' a retrospective of the artist's multimedia works that blend drag, Peking and Cantonese opera, and film; thru March 10. Also, Gabriel Chaile's solo exhibit, 'No hay nada que destruya el corazón como la pobreza' a large-scale sculptural commission; thru April 14. '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: Chromatic Mannerisms 1962-1992' thru Jan. 27. Also, 'Physique Pictorial: The Manufacture, Craft, and Art of Mizer's Magazine,' thru spring 2024. 920 Larkin St. https://www.bobmizer.org

'Bob Mizer: Chromatic Mannerisms 1962-1992' @ Bob Mizer Foundation  

New art gallery exhibits works by Charles Trapolin, antiquities, and other artists. 609 Pacific Ave. https://bountysf.com/

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. '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; Book Fair Nightlife, Nov. 16. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

California Institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. 'Balikbayan,' mother and son artists May and Mik Gaspay's gorgeous fabric tapestries depict Filipino home life; thru Dec. 15. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

'Edward Gorey and the Performing Arts' @ Cartoon Art Museum  

Cartoon Art Museum
'Edward Gorey and the Performing Arts,' an exhibit of original artwork and ephemera created by celebrated author and artist, thru March 10. 'The Rocketeer: The Life and Legacy of Dave Stevens,' thru Feb. 25. Ongoing: 'The Batman Armory.' Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Castro Art Walk
Tour galleries in the Castro District on a self-guided your. 5pm-8pm; first Fridays. https://www.castroartwalk.com/ (Read our feature article.)

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Josephine Taylor's 'Night House' and Katherine Vetne's 'Palate Cleanser' both thru Dec. 23; also, Jon Rubin's whimsical banners and Nina Katchadourian's 'Books: Look Who's Talking and What I Know About Magic.' 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. 1000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. chabotspace.org

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

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
'First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art,' a group exhibition with nine artists exhibiting works in neon, glass, plasma, photography, sound, and installation; thru April 28, 2024. 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped,' a solo exhibition by Bay Area photographer Jay Blakesberg; thru July 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

Marcel Pardo Ariza's 'Orquídeas' @ David Ireland House  

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects by the late artist and designer and other invited artists. New: 'Orquídeas:' artist and curator Marcel Pardo Ariza turns David Ireland's historic home into an inviting and inclusive space for the Mission District's queer and trans community, with installations, drag shows and programs thru Feb. 17. 500 Capp St. https://500cappstreet.org/ (Read our article.)

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

Entwined @ Golden Gate Park
Popular outdoor light sculptures installation returns, including the new interactive light tree, 'Elder Mother.' Free, thru April 28. Peacock Meadow, JFK Drive at Conservatory Drive. https://sanfranciscoparksalliance.org/projects/entwined/

Talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; 'Glow,' a new light exhibit; 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

Galeria de la Raza
Arts center focuses on Latine art and events. Gallery hours Wed-Fri 12pm-5pm. 2779 Folsom St. http://galeriadelaraza.org/

Gallery 16
Modern art and design exhibits. Adrien Colburn and Kim Bennett exhibits, thru Jan. 4. Buy prints by Graham Holoch to Support Maui Direct; $250 each. 501 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

Gallery Wendi Norris
Contemporary artists' works. Ambreen Butt's 'Lay Bare My Arms,' thru Dec. 22. 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. Serge Gay, Jr's 'Prince 2 Queens,' his exhibit of visual art commemorating his family's immigration from Haiti; thru Jan. 1. (www.sergegayjr.com) Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 215 Haight St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. '120 Years: SFMTA Photo Archive exhibit, Dec. 16-Feb 3; opening reception Dec 16, 2pm-5pm. 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. Kevin Cole thru Dec. 22. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Ken Jones @ San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Exhibit of art works by the 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. Reg. hours Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

'Botticelli Drawings' @ Legion of Honor  

Legion of Honor
'Botticelli Drawings,' an exhibit of 60+ works by the Italian Renaissance master; thru Feb. 11. European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works, from Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts; also, Wangechi Mutu's fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15. 100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park. legionofhonor.famsf.org

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

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

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

MAG Galleries
Contemporary art exhibits. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

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

Mercury 20 Gallery
'Art for the Winter Solstice,' a group exhibit, Dec. 1-30. 475 25th St., Oakland. https://mercurytwenty.com/

'Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art' @ Museum of the African Diaspora  

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 performances, films and events. Holiday Mercadito, artists aand craftspeople sale, Dec. 9, 11, 16, 11am-5pm. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Modern Eden Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 1100 Sutter St. https://www.moderneden.com

Museo Italo Americano
Museum of local Italian historical exhibits. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. https://museoitaloamericano.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. 'JoeSam' (thru March 3), 'Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art' (thru March 3) and online: 'The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry' (thru Oct. 1, 2024). Free-$12. 685 Mission St. www.moadsf.org

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits. 'Designing Peace' features 30 design proposals, initiatives, and interventions from over 20 countries that look at ways to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions; thru Feb. 4, 2024. 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. Online: 'Los Colores y la Música del Amor.' 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

Oakland Zoo
Animals on display; also, 'Glowfari' holiday illuminated animal sculptures display, 5pm-9pm, thru Jan. 28. $20-$24. 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland. https://www.oaklandzoo.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/

'Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer'  

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. 'We Are Divine: Queer Sacred Objects,' a group show of works by Jack Davis, Keith Hennessy, Benito El Salvador and others. 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. Zana Briski's 'Animalograms,' thru Dec. 23. 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. 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. Adam Baker's 'Passing Through the Soft Storm' thru Dec. 23. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

'Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear' @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Transcending Physicality: The Essence of Place,' in the Main Gallery; thru Dec. 16. '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. 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
Diverse photography exhibits; The Storehouse at Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D. https://sfcamerawork.org/

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear,' installations and photos, thru March 3 (Read our review.) 'Pacita Abad' 40 of the artist's large trapunto paintings, thru Jan. 28. '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
Community 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

Author Mercury Stardust @ Strut SF  

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. Author Mercury Stardust ('Safe and Sound'), Dec. 15, 7pm. Julien Tomasello's 'The Secrets of Summer.' Also, 'The Queer Bodies Project,' photos by Brittany Maxste. 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. 'Central City 1970-2016' by Dave Glass in the Tenderloin Museum's art gallery space. A prolific San Francisco street photographer, Glass documented the Tenderloin's denizens; thru Dec. 30. 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. 'Possibilities Unleashed: a Pet Portrait Exhibition,' thru March 2024. $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. Holiday candlelight tours thru Dec. 30. $20-$45. 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
'Bay Area Now 9,' a large group exhibition of works by 30 local artists in diverse media, with ongoing special events; film screenings, dance concerts, yoga abnd dance classes and art workshops; thru May 5, 2024. Also: unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Asia SF  

440 Castro
Friendly neighborhood bar has ample outdoor seating, indoor 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. www.facebook.com

The historic bar has finally reopened; nightly dancing, and Sunday Tea Dance. 4121 18th St. https://www.sfbadlands.com/ (Read our news article.)

BAAITS Two-Spirit & Indigequeer Winter Potluck @ Oakland LGBTQ Center
Bring a dish to share at the gathering. Dec. 15, 6pm. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. RSVP: www.eventbrite.com

holiday hunks @ Beaux (photo: Marques Daniels)  

Popular Castro club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food, celebrates its tenth anniversary. 'Trans'-cending Borders,' Parivar Bay Area and the LGBT Asylum Project's holiday gathering with food, artists and drinks, Dec. 16, 5:30pm. 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

Bottom of the Hill
The queer-friendly nightclub hosts concerts by local and touring rock, punk and other-genre indie bands. Tess & The Details record release party Dec. 15. 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/

Castro Country Club
Sober space with meetings, events, art exhibits and a cafe. Colin Hurley's paintings exhibit 'Addicted to Art.' 4058 18th St. https://www.castrocountryclub.org/

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

Kylie Minono @ Curio's drag brunch  

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/

Depeche Mode Night @ Cat Club
Enjoy hours of the band's music with the Dancing Ghosts crew. $7-$10. Dec. 15, 9:30pm-2:30am. 1190 Folsom St. https://www.facebook.com/events/1062025001505921

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. 'Vibin' Live' monthly music night each third Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. 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

Pals @ El Rrio (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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. Queer Rebels 15th anniversary fundraiser, with Per Sia, LBXX, Joshua Merchant, DJ YNG GMA and more; Dec. 15, 9pm-11pm. 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 with a cool ambiance. 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>.)

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

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace, Daly City  

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace, Daly City
The 39th annual festival of Victorian style, crafts, gift shopping, food, drinks, dancing, music and costumed capers returns. $18-$45; thru Dec. 17. Saturdays & Sundays, and the Friday after Thanksgiving. 2600 Geneva Ave. https://dickensfair.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

Holiday Party @ OpenHouse SF
The LGBTQ senior housing center's festive event with treats, warm beverages, music, short films, crafting activities, & more. Dec. 17, 2pm-4pm. 75 Laguna St. RSVP: tockify.com

Holiday Tea @ City Club of San Francisco
Enjoy a traditional tea service, savory delicacies, holiday desserts, gingerbread cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa. $25-$135. Dec. 17, 10am-3pm seatings. 155 Sansome St. https://cityclubsf.com


SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant. 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

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ Imperial Palace Restaurant
Enjoy Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant, with MC Lisa Geduldig and her mom Arline, Wendy Liebman, Rich Aronovitch and Talia Reese. $30-$100. Dec. 23-25. 5pm dinner and 8:30pm cocktail shows. 818 Washington St. https://www.koshercomedy.com/ (Read our feature article.)

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

Castro bar with a panoramic view. Encore, the drag musical revue hosted by Nitrix Oxide (first Thursdays); 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/

Cubs welcome @ Lone Star Saloon (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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/

The intimate martini bar hosts music and cabaret acts. Ongoing: pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. Katya Presents, Sundays 7pm, 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; Nitrix Oxide's Killer Queen, 3rd Sundays, 9pm; 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/

Jackie Beat @ Oasis  

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

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: Lady Camden's 'Naughty Nutcracker,' Dec. 13-16. Stevie Nicks after-party and drag show, Dec. 15, 10pm. Jaackie Beat's 'It's the Most Miserable Time of the Year,' Dec. 17, 7pm. 'Dom We NOw Our Gay Apparel,' Dec. 18, 7pm. PS Marilyn's 'Winter Wonderland' open mic, Dec. 20, 6pm. Hex Winter Solstice burlesque show, Dec. 21, 7pm. Kushmas 420-friendly holiday drag show, Dec. 21, 10pm. Gina La Divina & Friends drag show, 7pm. Club Mona's Vamp, Dec. 22, 10pm. Lady Bunny's 'A Very Blue Christmas, Dec. 23, 7pm. Ongoing: Oasis Tea Dance with D'Arcy Drollinger, Yves St. Croissant and Per Sia, 4pm-8pm Sundays. Also, Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am (Dec. 16 with Kandy Muse). Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am; Legacy, a trans women artistry night, Thursdays, 10pm-2am. Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

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

Port Bar, Oakland
Friday night dance party (Dec. 15 with DJ NoSilence). Shake It Up Saturdays (Dec, 16 with DJ Marv) 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| Note: Port Bar is under threat of eviction. Learn more about how to help at https://savetheport.com/

Hung...uh, stockings @ Powerhouse Bar (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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. 1347 Folsom St. https://www.powerhousebar.com/

Que Rico, Oakland
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed grooves, and gogo studs. $10 and up, 9:30pm-3am. 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/

Rize SF @ Origin
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/

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
The downtown ice rink is back, with a full season of fun events. $15-$20 includes skate rental, with optional locker, gloves; thru Jan. 15. 333 Post St. https://unionsquareicerink.com/

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. Kinky Xmas Drag Brunch with Trixxie Carr, Miss Rahni, Queera Nightly and others, Dec. 16, 23, 12pm & 2pm ($35). Ceremony celebrating the bar being awarded a $10,000 Arts & Culture Grant from SF New Deal via a partnership with the City of San Francisco's Shared Spaces Program, Dec. 16, 1pm. 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  

Squish @ F8
DJs Danny Daze, Nick Leon, Peach, Juanita MORE! and others spin at the dance event. $25-$30. Dec. 15, 9pm-4am. 1192 Folsom St. https://ra.co/events/1739581

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

Sunday's a Drag @ Club Fugazi
Donna Sachet hosts holiday brunch and drag shows, Sundays through Dec. 17. $89. 11am-2pm. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/sundaysadragholiday

Thee Parkside
Nightclub hosts concerts by rock, punk, folk bands and more. 1600 17th St. https://www.theeparkside.com/

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/

White Horse Bar pals  

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. French Press, first Thursdays. 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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