Going Out, Feb. 1-9, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday February 1, 2024
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Traci Bartlow leads the Black History Month Dance Party @ KQED Commons; International Antiquarian Book Fair @ Pier 27; San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House; fab drag and shots @ Que Rico
Traci Bartlow leads the Black History Month Dance Party @ KQED Commons; International Antiquarian Book Fair @ Pier 27; San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House; fab drag and shots @ Que Rico

Shake up your usual routine with a vibrant dance concert, a stunning art exhibit, or a night of drinks and drag, and be greeted by a friendly bartender. While nearly every bar will screen the Super Bowl on Feb 11, you can find other diversions, even some that also include men in tights.

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

'Babes in Ho-lland' @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley  

DANCE, OPERA, THEATER
Babes in Ho-lland @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Players' production of Deneen Reynolds-Knott's lovely coming-of-age romance; thru Feb. 4. $8-$40. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org (Read our feature article.)

Billy @ Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher's new contemporary four-character play about queer spies and double agents. $17.50-$35. Feb. 8-25. 4229 18th St. https://www.therhino.org

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women; Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org

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

Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza' @ Oracle Park  

Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza' @ Oracle Park
The internationally acclaimed circus company returns with a new edition of their spectacular show with acrobats, clowns and more (Read our interview with featured dancer-acrobat Joey Vice). $49 and up (VIP packages available); thru March 10. Also April 18-May 26 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose. https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

CounterPulse
Arts center for experimental innovative performance, dance and art often with a queer focus. Qaotiq, a queer dance event, with performances and DJed techno and house music. Feb. 10, $30-$40. 80 Turk St. www.counterpulse.org

Cult of Love @ Berkeley Repertory
Leslie Headland's provocative drama about a deeply Christian family who claim all you need is love, but that's undone at a holiday gathering. $39-$139; thru March 3. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

Dance Mission Theater
Space for dance lessons, concerts with a modern often sociopolitical edge. Lenora Lee Dance 15th annual season includes world premieres of 'In Visibility' and 'Convergent Waves: EP.' $25-$60. Feb. 2-4. 3316 24th St. https://dancemissiontheater.org/

'Dear San Francisco' @ Club Fugazi  

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. $35-$99. 678 Green St. https://www.clubfugazisf.com/

Fences @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a Black baseball player enduring racial discrimination. $29-$45; thru Feb. 4. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Fresh Festival
15th annual festival of experimental dance, music, performance, workshops and parties with dozens of artists. Feb. 9-18 at Dance Mission Theatre, YBCA Gardens, and CounterPulse. $15-$45. https://www.freshfestival.org/

Garrett + Moulton @ ODC Theater  

Garrett + Moulton @ ODC Theater
Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton discuss their collaborative choreographic history, with video highlights. $10-$20. Feb. 3, 7:30pm; Feb. 4, 3pm. 3153 17th St. https://www.garrettmoulton.org/

Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
The acclaimed actor-pianist performs one of his several solo shows as the famed composer of "Rhapsody in Blue." $37-$77. Feb. 7-12. 500 Castro St. https://theatreworks.org/

How I Learned What I Learned @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents Anthony Jones in Todd Kreidler's solo play about the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning Black playwright August Wilson. $27-$84; thru Feb. 3. 500 Castro St. https://theatreworks.org/

Lockdown Comedy
Online gigglefest hosted by Lisa Geduldig, with Ophira  Eisenberg, Matt Kirshen, Scott Blakeman, and Geduldig's 92-year-young mom, Arline Geduldig. $15-$25. Feb. 1, 6:30pm. CityBoxOffice.com/LockdownComedy

Misery @ Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Players' production of William Goldman's stage adaptation of the harrowing Stephen King novel about a romance author kidnapped by a deranged fan. $30-$60; thru Feb. 4. 1305 Middlefield Road. https://paplayers.org/

'My Home on the Moon' @ San Francisco Playhouse  

MJ the Musical @ Orpheum Theatre
Biographical musical with the hits by Michael Jackson. $65-$234; thru Feb. 25. 1192 Market St. https://www.broadwaysf.com. https://mjthemusical.com/

My Home on the Moon @ San Francisco Playhouse
World premiere of Minna Lee's wild sci-fi play about family Vietnamese restaurant owners battling a gentrifying megacorporation. $15-$100; thru Feb. 24. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/ (Read our interview with Minna Lee.)

OYSTERKNIFE @ Grace Cathedral
'mouf//full' blends song, dance and visual design in a three-day performance event that honors Black faith across diaspora, secular and institutional, indigenous and inherited. Feb. 2-4, 7:30pm. 1100 California St. $25-$45. www.counterpulse.org
(Read our interview.)

Salute to Broadway @ Fox Theatre, Redwood City
Peninsula Lively Arts presents a music and dance concert featuring songs from 22 hit musicals. $45-$60. Feb. 3, 2pm & 7:30pm. 2115 Broadway. https://www.peninsulalivelyarts.org/

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House  

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
World premiere of Aszure Barton's 'Mere Mortals,' an immersive dance with AI elements that explores human connection vs. technological innovation; accompanied by Floating Points and the SF Ballet Orchestra. $29 and up; thru Feb. 1. Sir Kenneth MacMillan's 'Song of the Earth' and Frederick Ashton's 'Marguerite and Armand,' Feb. 9-15. 301 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfballet.org/

San Francisco Independent Film Festival @ Roxie Theater, 4 Star Theater
25th anniversary festival screens 34 features and 55 short films from 15 countries; also online. Feb. 8-18. https://sfindie.com/

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

SF Sketchfest
The annual comedy festival includes standup and music performances, film screenings, improv, panels and more, with 200+ actors and comics (Scott Thompson, Eric Idle, Margaret Cho, Joel Kim Booster; Sarah Marshall and special guest Chelsey Weber-Smith, Feb. 2 & 3 at Great Star Theater) at multiple venues; thru Feb. 4. https://sfsketchfest.com/

She Loves Me @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
The romantic musical comedy, with music by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick; book by Joe Masteroff, is set in a 1930s Budapest perfume shop. $29-$51. Feb. 2-25. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers at 1062 Valencia St. SF. Other shows at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, include Marga Gomez' 'Swimming With Lesbians,' Sat & Sun 5pm; extended Sundays only thru March 3 (no show Feb. 11). Brian Copeland's 'The Waiting Period,' Feb. 4 in Berkeley, Feb. 11 in SF. $20-$100. www.themarsh.org

'Tongues Untied' @ Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland  

Tongues Untied @ Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland
Marlon Riggs' documentary about Black gay men is screened to honor Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Free, 12pm. 3200 Grand Ave. www.eventbrite.com

W. Kamau Bell Gets His Act Together @ Berkeley Repertory
The best-selling author shares family and life stories, comments on news and tries out new material in an intimate solo show. $25; thru March 16. Bakery Studio, 2071 Addison St. https://www.berkeleyrep.org

The Wiz @ Golden Gate Theatre
The Tony-winning musical based on 'The Wizard of Oz' stars Wayne Brady and a talented cast. $55-$150; thru Feb. 11. 1 Taylor St. at Market. https://www.broadwaysf.com/ (Read our interview with Deborah Cox, who plays Glinda.)

Poets read from Mosab Abu Toha's 'Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear' @ City Lights Bookstore.  

LITERARY, LECTURES, SPECIAL EVENTS
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 Inc.
Author events at several locations including the Opera Plaza store, 601 Van Ness Ave. www.booksinc.net

Booksmith
Fancy Feast, author of 'Naked: On Sex Work and Other Burlesues' in conversation with Sam Sax. Feb, 1, 7pm. Also, 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

City Lights Bookstore
Historic North Beach bookstore hosts frequent literary events. Feb. 7, 7pm, multiple poets read from Mosab Abu Toha's 'Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear' at a benefit for the Middle Eastern Children's Alliance. 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/

International Antiquarian Book Fair @ Pier 27  

International Antiquarian Book Fair @ Pier 27
Survey and shop at one of the world's largest exhibitions of antiquarian books for sale with sellers presenting rare books, maps, illustrations, and historical documents. Free-$25. Feb 9, 5pm-8pm. Feb 10, 12pm-7pm. Feb. 11, 12pm-5pm. The Embarcadaero. https://www.abaa.org/cabookfair

Kayo Books
Fun bookstore sells vintage collectibles and pulp paperbacks, including many LGBTQ titles, at its new location. 907 Post St. https://www.kayobooks.com/

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

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley
Author events and signings. 2904 College Ave. https://www.mrsdalloways.com/

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah @ Oakstop Gaines Gallery, Oakland  

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah @ Oakstop Gaines Gallery, Oakland
Oakland Arts & Lectures and Litquake present the acclaimed author of 'Chain-Gang All-Stars,' Feb. 4, 3pm. 1740 Telegraph Ave. Free/RSVP: www.eventbrite.com

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

Author Richie Unterberger (''High Priestess of Soul') discusses Nina Simone  

SF Jewish Community Center
The center hosts lectures, art exhibits, classes and more. 'High Priestess of Soul,' Feb. 8, 1pm, author and rock historian Richie Unterberger discusses the life and career of musician and activist Nina Simone. Free. 3200 California St. www.jccsf.org

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

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center  

MUSIC
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts at the East Bay venue celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special schedule of concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. https://www.ashkenaz.com/

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 Chapel
Spacious venue hosts rock music acts. 777 Valencia St. https://thechapelsf.com/

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. The Kilbanes and Jen Coogan perform 'From Page to Stage: a Night of New Musicals.' $35. Feb. 3, 8pm. 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/

Samora Pinderhughes @ The Independent  

The Independent
Nightclub hosts upcoming and popular rock bands. Samora Pinderhughes, Feb. 4. 628 Divisadero St. http://theindependentsf.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/

Max Von Essen @ The Venetian Room  

Max Von Essen & Billy Stritch @ The Venetian Room
The 'Chicago' Broadway star and the acclaimed pianist performances their new cabaret concert, 'Call Me Old Fashioned: the Broadway Standards.' $30-$75. Feb. 4, 5pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. https://bayareacabaret.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. Feb. 6, pianist Daniel Glover. Feb.13, Beo String Quartet. Feb. 20, Friedrich Edelman (bassoon) and Rebecca Rust (cello). Feb. 27, William Underwood III (flute) and Carl Blake (piano). 660 California St. www.noontimeconcerts.org (Read our interview with pianist and artistic advisor Dr. Carl Blake.)

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic and contemporary music. Circadian String Quartet with Amy Zanrosso, Feb. 3, 8pm, Feb, 4, 4pm. $25. 'The Poetry of physics,' Feb. 5, 7:30pm. Kitka's 'Wintersongs,' Feb. 11, 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 Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. 401 Van Ness Ave. http://sfperformances.org/

'Casino Royale' screening with San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall  

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
Classical and contemporary music concerts. Sarasota conducts Beethoven's seventh symphony, Feb. 2-4. 'Casino Royale' screening with a live orchestra, Feb. 8 & 9. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony with the orchestra, Feb. 10. 201 Van Ness Ave. http://www.sfsymphony.org/

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue presents their concert series. 201 Franklin St. https://www.sfjazz.org

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

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/

Ute Lemper @ Orinda Theatre
The acclaimed singer performs her new cabaret homage to Marlene Dietrich. Feb. 4, 5pm. 4 Orinda Square. https://www.orindamovies.com/events/

Veronica Klaus @ Martuni's  

Veronica Klaus @ Martuni's
The former local chanteuse returns for two concerts at the intimate Martini bar. $30. Feb. 1 & Feb. 6, both 7pm. 4 Valencia St. https://www.facebook.com/veronica.klaus (Read our interview.)

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

'Guilty Pleasures' @ 111 Minna Gallery  

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. 'Guilty Pleasures,' a fun group exhibition. 11 Minna St. 111minnagallery.com

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

836M
Sahba Aminikia residency; the Iranian-born and San Francisco-based composer develops his latest project, 'The Language of the Birds,' a multimedia collaboration with translator Zara Houshmand, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Living Earth Show and digital media artist John Sanborn (culminating in performances May 31—June 1); thru June 1. 836 Montgomery St. https://836m.org/

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/

Bryan Keith Thomas' 'Tufted Cotton' @ Anglim/Trimble Gallery  

Anglim/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works. Bryan Keith Thomas' 'Tufted Cotton,' thru Feb. 24. 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. 'Into View: New Voices, New Stories' features recently acquired paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, and mixed-media work by local and international contemporary artists; thru Oct. 17. 'RAD (Research and Development),' a workspace for engineers, designers, and other leaders from the world of gaming to test hardware for a major original exhibition (opening in Spring of 2025) from game artist Jenova Chen; thru Oct. 31. 'Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People - Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego,' vibrantly colorful acclaimed and new works; thru Feb. 12. Cosplay Thursdays, weekly at 6pm. '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, readings and live music. 992 Valencia St. http://www.othercinema.com/ https://www.atasite.org/

'Matrix 284: Sin Wai Kin: The Story Changing' @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive  

Berkeley Art Center
Contemporary art exhibits. 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. 'Masc: Trans Men, Butch Dykes, and Gender Nonconforming Heroes in Cinema' thru Feb. 25 (Read our article). Yes I-Lann's 'Tikar/Meja/Plastik' exhibit of 60 hand-woven mats. 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. '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' extended thru March 2. 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  

Bounty
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; Black History Month party with Das Lady Ryan, artists, talks and more, Feb. 1. 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/

'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. Emerging Artist Showcase features Donna Almendrala, thru April 28. 'Pinoy Power!,' a celebration of Filipino Komiks, thru April 28. '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 (next Feb. 2). https://www.castroartwalk.com/ (Read our feature article.)

Catharine Clark Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 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

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

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. 'RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped,' a solo exhibition by Bay Area photographer Jay Blakesberg; thru July 28. 'Gillian Laub: Family Matters,' an exhibit of her family portraits. 'L'chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,' thru June 9. 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. 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
Contemporary and classical collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. 'Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style,' thru August 11. Free/$25. 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/

Exploratorium  

Exploratorium
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. Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller's 'Ambient Jukebox & Other Stories,' thru March 9. 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. 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
'API Family Wall of Pride,' a visual array of LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander communities, thru June. 'Doris Fish: Ego as Artform,' an exhibit of archival material documenting the illustrious Australian/San Franciscan drag artist, curated by Bob Davis; thru spring. 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. '120 Years: SFMTA Photo Archive exhibit, thru Feb 3. 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. 'Echoes of Building 123,' a 30-artists group exhibit of works depicting the abandoned building, scheduled for demolition; thru Feb. 29. 451 Galvez; 1 Rankin St. www.shipyardartists.com

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 'Entangled Gaze,' a group exhibition; thru Feb. 24. 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

Underground Jazz Cabaret @ The Lab  

The Lab
Contemporary and experimental art, music concerts, and installations. Underground Jazz Cabaret, a collaborative music/theater/storytelling event created by actor/activist Danny Glover, actress Rhodessa Jones and Afrofuturist jazz composer/performer Idris Ackamoor as a salute to Black History Month, Feb. 2 & 3., 8pm. $25-$60. Reg. hours Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

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
'Typographic Jazz: The Monoprints of Jack Stauffacher,' an exhibit of 100 of the artist's prints, sketches and proofs. 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/

'Word: Works by Katie Murken, Byron B. Kim, and Mario Laplante' @ MAG Galleries  

MAG Galleries
Contemporary art exhibits; 'Word: Works by Katie Murken, Byron B. Kim, and Mario Laplante,' thru Feb. 25. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

Manna Gallery
Contemporary works. Anna Garvey's 'Keep It Together,' thru Feb. 24. 473 25th St., Oakland. https://www.mannagallery.com/

Mercury 20 Gallery
Contemporary art gallery. 'Metamorphois,' a juried group exhibition; thru Feb. 10. 475 25th St., Oakland. https://mercurytwenty.com/

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art (Matthew Picton reception for his exhibit, 'A Seeker's Paradise,' Feb 2, 4pm-6pm), Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, The Jones Institute, Thomas+Projects and more - host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Callisto Robles' 'Arte Para El Pueblo' @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latine artists, plus performances, films and events. Callisto Robles' 'Arte Para El Pueblo' ('Art for the People') thru Feb. 23; artist talk Feb. 7, 6pm. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Modern Eden Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Shannon Taylor's 'Small Magic,' and 'Boreal,' a group exhibition, both thru Feb. 1. 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. Black History Month events thru Feb. 'JoeSam: Text Messages'; 'Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art' and online: 'The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry,' each thru March 3. 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. 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/

'For El Pueblo: The Legacy & Influence of Malaquías Montoya' @ Oakland Museum  

Oakland Museum
'For El Pueblo: The Legacy & Influence of Malaquías Montoya,' thru June 30. 'Black Power' and 'Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,' both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.org

The Pink and Purple Church in the Castro
Online multimedia exhibit documenting the history of Metropolitan Community Church, its LGBTQ-inclusive services and outreach through the AIDS pandemic. http://arspgallery.com/mccsf-exhibit-main/

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

Queer Arts Featured
LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. '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. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

'Crip'd Ecologies: Unfurling Expanded Environments' @ Root Division  

Root Division
Gallery hosts exhibits, classes, artist studios and events. 'Crip'd Ecologies: Unfurling Expanded Environments,' featuring Disabled artists addressing ecosystems that are personal, shared, and imagined; co-curated by moira williams and Jeremiah Barber; Feb. 1-March 10. 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. Devynn Barnes' 'Renaissance of Reclamation,' an exhibit of paintings, sculptures and multimedia depicting Black and Brown queer cowfolk, thru Feb. 24. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

'Conversation 8: Harry Dodge & Alicia McCarthy' @ SF Arts Commission Gallery  

SF Arts Commission Gallery
'Conversation 8: Harry Dodge & Alicia McCarthy,' thru April 27. '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. 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/

'Zanele Muholi: Eye Me' @ SF Museum of Modern Art  

SF Museum of Modern Art
'Zanele Muholi: Eye Me,' an exhibit of portraits, sculptures and other media depicting South African LGBTQ people; thru Aug. 11. 'Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear,' installations and photos, thru March 3 (Read our review.); '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. '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

'Shy Boy and Other Nudes: The Art of Mokhtar Paki' @ Strut SF  

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. 'Shy Boy and Other Nudes: The Art of Mokhtar Paki' and 'Higher Self. The Art of Salome El.' 470 Castro St. https://www.sfaf.org/locations/strut

Telematic
Gallery focusing on innovative experimental works in video and electronic media. 323 10th St. https://www.tttelematiccc.com

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. 'Transition Times: Remembering Anticarceral Resistance the Tenderloin,' Susan Stryker's archival materials on the Compton Cafeteria uprising; Feb. 1-April 26. '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. $5-$15. 104 Montgomery St. www.waltdisney.org

'We Were There'  

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

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
Strange and beautiful mansion with tour exhibits, brunch service and live performances celebrates 100 years. $20-$45. 525 S. Winchester Blvd. https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

Worker
Online exhibit showcases photos and historic paintings of sex workers by 19 artists, from the late 19th-Century of Edouard Manet and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec to modern day contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hockney, Nan Goldin, Bruce LaBruce and Margie Schnibbe. NSFW. www.artreporttoday.com

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
'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 and dance classes and art workshops; thru May 5. Also: unusual modern art exhibits, film screenings, murals, and tours. 701 Mission St. https://ybca.org

Middle-Aged Queers @ 924 Gilman, Oakland  

NIGHTLIFE
440 Castro
Friendly neighborhood bar has ample outdoor seating, indoor Monday underwear parties, and two bars. 440 Castro St. http://www.the440.com/

924 Gilman, Oakland
Punk fave Middle-Aged Queers will be joined by Trap Girl from Los Angeles, Austin Lucas from Bloomington, Indiana, and fellow Bay Area queer rockers Tits on a Bull. $12. Feb. 2, 7:30pm. 924 Gilman St. tickets.924gilman.org

Abrazo Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley
Beginning and intermediate tango lessons and parties. 1970 Chestnut St. https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.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

Badlands  

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

Beaux
Popular Castro club with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food, celebrates its 11th year. 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/

Traci Bartlow leads the Black History Month Dance Party @ KQED Commons  

Black History Month Dance Party @ KQED Commons
Dancer and culture-maker Traci Bartlow leads an interactive short history of social dance, from Lindy Hop to hip-hop. $15 (livestream is free), Feb. 8, 7pm. 2601 Mariposa St. https://www.kqed.org/event/3944

Blackbird
Classy Duboce area bar known for its artisanal cocktails. 2124 Market St. https://www.blackbirdbar.com/

Blush Wine Bar
Popular wine bar also has a tasty food menu, live music events, too. 476 Castro St. https://blushwinebar.com

Bong-O Bingo @ Mission Cannabis Club
Herbal hilarity with DJ Dank, Brandelicious and Thee Pristine Condition, games, prizes $15 ($10 min. Purchase includes a Bingo board). Feb. 10, 6pm-9pm. 2441 Mission St. www.eventhi.io

Bottom of the Hill
The queer-friendly nightclub hosts concerts by local and touring rock, punk and other-genre indie bands. 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/

Club 1220  

Castro Country Club
Sober space with meetings, events, art exhibits and a cafe; also host nonprofit of the monthly Mascara drag show. 4058 18th St. https://www.castrocountryclub.org/

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

Club 1220
Walnut Creek's gay bar, with drag shows, karaoke and dance nights. 1220 Pine St., Walnut Creek. https://club1220.com/

Club OMG
Intimate mid-Market nightclub includes DJed dancing, drag shows and a karaoke night. 43 6th St. http://www.clubomgsf.com/

Curio
Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag brunch shows with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone and other talents. 775 Valencia St. https://www.curiobarsf.com/

Decant SF
New lesbian-owned wine bar and shop with tasting and culinary events, local delivery and shipping. 1168 Folsom St. https://decantsf.com/

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

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel's fifth-floor bar & restaurant hosts themed nights, crafted cocktails and heated rooftop elegant ambiance. 'Vibin' Live' monthly music night each third Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. 12 4th St. https://www.zhotelssf.com/

Dark Sparkle's goth-glam Marc Almond tribute night @ DNA Lounge  

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. Dark Sparkle's goth-glam Marc Almond tribute night, Feb. 2, 9:30pm-2am. $5-$10. 475 11th St. https://www.dnalounge.com/

Driftwood
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/

Eros
SF's queer sex club in a new location (site of the historic Bulldog Baths), open daily at 2pm to 10pm-12am; memberships available. 18+ only. $10-$30. 132 Turk St. www.erossf.com

Fluid510, Oakland  

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/

Super Bowl viewing @ Hi Tops (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Hi Tops
Popular sports bar with multiple TV screens, events, and an irresistible snack menu. 2247 Market St. https://www.hitopsbar.com/hi-tops-sf

Hole in the Wall Saloon
Local rock DJs like Don Baird play at the SoMa 'friendly neighborhood gay biker bar.' 1369 Folsom St. https://blackwolfmetal.com/ Also, listen online: https://www.twitch.tv/donbaird

Jolene's
SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant. 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/

Drag Brunch @ Lookout  

Lookout
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/

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, special events, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. Feb. 2: Bear Trap with DJ omnibus. Feb. 3: Redwood Ritual and Bears in Toyland with DJ Chaka Quad. Feb. 4: Lone Star Strokers beer bust. Feb. 5: Gettin' Knit knitting night. Feb. 9: Cubcake Onesie party with DJ Paul Goodyear. 1354 Harrison St. https://www.lonestarsf.com/

Martuni's
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/

Mother Bar  

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.)

Oasis
The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: '9 to 5 Live!' A drag parody of the hit film, thru Feb. 3, 7pm (Read our feature article.) Preciosa Night queer Reggaeton party Feb, 2, 10pm. 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. 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

Party at The Faight
Kelsey Kindall performs live at dance party with DJs Kerrin & Unocoolbro. $15-$25. Feb. 8, 7pm-11pm. The Faight Collective, 473A Haight St. www.eventbrite.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| Note: Port Bar is under threat of eviction. Learn more about how to help at https://savetheport.com/

Drag & shots @ Que Rico, Oakland  

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/

Powerhouse pals (photo: Steven Underhill)  

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. Ongoing: Karaoke, Mondays 8pm, hosted by Dana Morrigan. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; Adonis, a muscle fetish night, last Fridays (next: Jan 26); monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Filth, a kinky night, first monthly Saturdays. Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. 398 12th St. https://thesfeagle.com/

Steamworks Berkeley
The award-winning bathhouse hosts special events, DJed nights, and a cruisy vibe. $5-$200 (6-month membership). 18+ only. Open 24/7 every day. 2107 4th St., Berkeley. https://www.steamworksbaths.com/berkeleyhome

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

Summer Bar & Lounge, Oakland
New East Bay nightclub with drag shows, gogo dancers, karaoke and open mic nights. 526 8th St. www.thebarsummer.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

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  

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

Trax
Historic Haight gay bar (since 1940!) serves up cheap and strong drinks. 1437 Haight St. http://traxbarsf.com/

Twin Peaks
Enjoy a great view and strong drinks at the historic tavern, now in its 50th year. 401 Castro St. https://www.twinpeakstavern.com/

Underground SF
Reopened and renovated intimate Lower Haight nightclub hosts varied DJed events, including LGBTQ nights like Hella Tight; also a cafe by day. 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

Wicked Grounds
The queer-owned cafe hosts events focusing on BDSM and consensual adult kink sexuality, and sells kink products. The venue needs donations for its pandemic-induced debt: www.gofundme.com 981 Mission St. https://www.wildsidewest.com/|https://www.wildsidewest.com/

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