Going Out, Feb. 29-March 8, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Thursday February 29, 2024
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Mads Tolling @ Feinstein's at the Nikko; Night of Ideas @ SF Public Library; <br>gogo hunks @ Que Rico, Oakland; Nathalie Joachim @ Zellerbach Playhouse
Mads Tolling @ Feinstein's at the Nikko; Night of Ideas @ SF Public Library;
gogo hunks @ Que Rico, Oakland; Nathalie Joachim @ Zellerbach Playhouse

We've got the most comprehensive LGBTQ and queer-friendly nightlife info in the Bay, along with dozens of arts events. Check out our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

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

Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge @ Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley (photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage)  

The 39 Steps @ San Francisco Playhouse
Patrick Barlow's thrilling stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film and novel by John Buchan is filled with murder, mystery spies and chase scenes. $15-$125. March 7-April 20. 450 Post St. https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

The Addams Family @ Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts
Student production of the musical based on the Edward Gorey characters. $20-$25. March 8-17. 555 Portola Drive. app.arts-people.com/

Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge @ Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley
Elevator Repair Service reenacts an influential 1965 civil rights debate between gay Black author James Baldwin (co-creator Greig Sargeant) and rightwing columnist William F. Buckley (Scott Shepherd). $40-$82. March 1-3, 2413 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley campus. https://calperformances.org (Read our interview with Greig Sargeant.)

Bees & Honey @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
Guadalís Del Carmen's two-person drama about a young man and woman in Washington Heights. $43-$70; thru March 10. 397 Miller Ave. https://www.marintheatre.org

BD Wong and Gabriel Brown in 'Big Data' @ Toni Rembe Theater (photo: Kevin Berne)  

Big Data @ Toni Rembe Theater
American Conservatory Theatre's world premiere production of Kate Attwell's dramatic exploration of artificial intelligence versus a family's personal connections; featuring BD Wong. $25-$130; thru March 10. 415 Geary St. https://www.act-sf.org (Read our review.)

The Book of Will @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
Lauren Gunderson's play about friends of William Shakespeare who hunt down his lost manuscripts after his death. $29-$45. March 8-30. 52 West 6th St. https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Boss McGreedy @ Berkeley City Club
Central Works theater company performs Gary Graves' comedy about an 1870s corrupt New York boss in prison. $35-$45. March 2-31. 2315 Durant Ave. https://centralworks.org/

Brava Theatre Center
Plays, dance, comedy and music concerts by BIPOC women. 'What Do the Women Say,' a showcase of Palestinian women artists and traditions, March 8, 8pm, $25-$100. Singer Meklit's EP release concert, March 9, 8pm, $30-$50. Theater, 2781 24th St. and at Brava Cabaret, 2773 24th St. https://www.brava.org

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

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

Closets Are For Clothes @ Strut
Left Coast Theatre Company's staged readings of a collection of short LGBT-themed plays. Free, March 5, 7:30pm. 470 Castro St. www.lctc-sf.org

Maria Silk's 'Viewing Pleasure' @ CounterPulse  

Arts center for experimental innovative performance, dance and art often with a queer focus. 'Viewing Pleasure,' Maria Silk's solo performance about consumption, sex, and transformation, March 7-9. $20-$35. BlockFest celebrates BIPOC women's history, March 8, 3pm-5:30pm. 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 (Readour review.)

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

Falsettos @ Gateway Theatre
42nd Street Moon's production of William Finn's two Tony Award-winning musical about gay and lesbian couples and their son facing the early onset of AIDS. $30-78. Feb. 29-March 17, 215 Jackson St. https://42ndstmoon.org

The Far Country @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
West Coast premiere of Lloyd Suh's multi-generational drama about Chinese immigrants incarcerated on Angel Island. $22.50-$134. March 8-April 14. 2025 Addison St. www.berkeleyrep.org

Lockdown Comedy
Enjoy online laughs with comics Joe Klocek, Carla Clayy, Amanda Marks,  Lisa and Arline Geduldig. $15-$25. March 7, 6:30pm. https://www.koshercomedy.com/lockdown-comedy

The Magic Flute @ Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Mozart's classic opera is performed by Livermore Valley Opera. $20-$105. March 2,3, 8, 10. www.livermorearts.org

ODC Dance's 'Real:Fake' @ ODC Theater  

ODC Dance @ ODC Theater
'Unplugged' presents ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into her upcoming world premiere, 'A Brief History of Up and Down.' March 1, 6pm reception, 7pm program. 'Real:Fake' showcases emerging and mid-career choreographers (Clairey Evangelho, Raychel Hatch, Jenni Hong, Lily Gee, Amber Gott and Addison Norman). March 2 & 3. 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance 

Put Away the Fire, dear @ ODC Theater
Kayla Farrish's evening-length dance/theater work addresses the evil endeavors of casting people of color for the silver screen. Free, $24-$104. March 8 & 9, 7:30pm. March 10, 5pm (ASL interpretation), at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. https://odc.dance/putawaythefiredear (Read our advance article.)

Rigoletto @ California Theatre, San Jose
Opera San Jose's production of Guissepi Verdi's tragic revenge opera. $55-$195; thru March 3. 345 1st St. https://www.operasj.org/

Smuin Contemporary Ballet @ Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA  

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
Helgi Tomasson's 'Swan Lake,' thru March 3, $29-$388. 301 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sfballet.org/

Smuin Contemporary Ballet @ Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA
The company performs the late Michael Smuin's story ballet 'Zorro!' and the Sinatra tribute, 'Fly Me to the Moon,' part of its 30th anniversary season. $36-$99. Feb. 29-March 3. 700 Howard St. 30th anniversary gala fundraiser March 3, 4:30pm, at the St. Regis Hotel. 125 Third St.; $750 and up. https://www.smuinballet.org/

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers at 1062 Valencia St. SF. 'Something is Wrong With Adam Strauss,' March 9-May 4. Other shows at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, include Marga Gomez' 'Swimming With Lesbians,' Sat & Sun 5pm; extended Sundays only thru March 19. Fred Pitts' 'Aren't You?' Saturdays, 8pm, thru March 2. "Unique Derique's 'Fool La La: Gift!' thru March 9, Saturdays, 1pm; and Algiin Ford's 'Tobacco, Zigzags & Gum,' Fridays, 7:30pm, March 1-April 12. $20-$100. www.themarsh.org

Unpacking in P'Town @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
World premiere of acclaimed author and playwright Jewelle Gomez' play about a group of late 1950s performers who gather as the civil rights movement takes hold. $5-$38. March 1-31. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. https://nctcsf.org/

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

Author Caroline Paul  

Alexis Bittar @ 2105 Fillmore
Meet & greet and showing of works by the Brooklyn jewelry and handbag designer. Feb. 29, 5pm-8pm, 2105 Fillmore St. RSVP: [email protected] https://www.alexisbittar.com/

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/

Book Passage
Indie bookshops host local best-selling author events at 1 Ferry Bldg. in SF; 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, and other venues for special events. https://www.bookpassage.com/

Books Inc.
Author events at several locations; 2251 Chestnut St., Opera Plaza store, 601 Van Ness Ave. Also shops in Berkeley, Laurel Village, Campbell and Palo Alto. www.booksinc.net

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

Caroline Paul
The author of 'Tough Broad: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking-How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age' makes three Bay Area appearances; Potrero Neighborhood House, March 3, 5:30pm. March 5, 7pm at Mrs. Dalloway's, Berkeley; Commonwealth Club, March 20, 5:30pm. https://www.carolinepaul.com/

Centering Black Trans Joy @ Chan National Queer Arts Center
Second program of the Memory Keepers initiative is a panel discussion with Breonna McCree, Carlo Gomez Arteaga, Shayron Grayson, Andrea Horne and Fresh Lev White. pay what you can. Feb. 29, 7pm. 170 Valencia St. https://www.sfgmc.org/

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

Author Dale Corvino @ Fabulosa Books  

Fabulosa Books
Author Dale Corvino ('Books and Boundaries') in conversation with Cesar Padilla, March 5, 7pm. 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/

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/

Ken Jones Awards @ Hilton Union Square
SF Pride's annual ceremony honoring local LGBTQ community members. $50. Feb. 29, 6pm-8pm, Cityscape Lounge, 330 O'Farrell St. https://sfpride.org/ken-jones-awards

Leap Into Kink @ SOMArts Cultural Center
SF AIDS Foundation presents a talk and demos on kink culture with Master Hines, Bianca Spencer and Donald Wolf. Free, Feb. 29, 5:30pm, 934 Brannan St. forbiddentickets.com

Literary Speakeasy @ Martuni's
James J. Siegel hosts the monthly authors and poets night (last Thursdays); Feb. 29, 7pm with Ingrid Keir, Sarah Cadorette, Lauren Parker, Miah Jeffra and Nicola Andrews. 4 Valencia St.

Cafe and event space hosts engaging talks with prominent authors, activists and politicians. 3092 16th St. https://welcometomannys.com/

Medicine for Nightmares
Bookstore and gallery hosts a variety of events; poetry, music, workshops and author talks. 3036 24th St. https://medicinefornightmares.com/

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

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Frequent workshops, discussion panels, clinic testing, vaccines, film screenings and more. 490 Lakepark Ave. https://www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org/

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

'Klezmer in the Afternoon' @ SF Jewish Community Center  

SF Jewish Community Center
The center hosts lectures, art exhibits, classes and more. 'Klezmer in the Afternoon,' a concert with the Klezmer Quartet, March 4, 1pm. 3200 California St. www.jccsf.org

SF LGBT Center
Events, talks, film screenings and workshops. 'Complex Complexions,' a new group art exhibit by Black, Afro-Latine, and LatinX artists. 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/

'Night of Ideas' @ SF Public Library  

SF Public Library
'Night of Ideas,' the annual festive array of talks, performances, kids' play sessions, food and fun; March 2, 4pm-11:45pm. 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

William H. Macy @ Curran Theatre
The acclaimed actor discusses his career in the 'Unscripted' series, with a screening of his film, 'Fargo.' $26-$214. March 7, 7:30pm, 445 Geary St. https://www.broadwaysf.com

Nathalie Joachim @ Zellerbach Playhouse  

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
Kronos Quartet performs music celebrating the ensemble's 'Five Decades,' with guest performers. $56-$82, March 2, 8pm. Nathalie Joachim performs 'Ki Moun Ou ye (Who Are You?') March 7, 7:30pm, $48 and up, at Zellerbach Playhouse. Okan performs March 8, 8pm, $58, at Zellerbach playhouse. Wild Up performs gay composer Julius Estman's 'Femenine,' March 9, 8pm, $38. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St.; Playhouse, 2413 Bancroft Way, 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/

Mads Tolling @ Feinstein's at the Nikko  

Feinstein's at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Renowned violinist Mads Tolling and friends, March 2, 8pm. $37. 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

Fox Theatre, Oakland
Elegant large theater hosts a variety of music and comedy acts. Van Morrison Feb. 28 & 29, 8pm, $149-$249. 1807 Telegraph Ave. https://thefoxoakland.com/

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Music venue presents folk, rock, blues musicians and more. 2020 Addison St, Berkeley. https://thefreight.org/

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

The Independent
Nightclub hosts upcoming and popular rock bands. 628 Divisadero St. http://theindependentsf.com/

The Lost Church
Intimate music and theater venue presents local and touring performers in a variety of styles. Venus, a new showcase for women musicians, includes Annette Phillip, Tess Posner and Trixie Rasputin; $25, 8:15pm. 988 Columbus Ave. https://thelostchurch.org/

'Many Voices, One Art' @ Calvary Presbyterian Church  

Many Voices, One Art @ Calvary Presbyterian Church
Workshops, group warm-up and singing in a variety of choral styles. Free, March 2, 9:30am-2:30pm. 2515 Fillmore St. www.sfbach.org

Noe Music
In-person and online concerts in many genres; classical, folk, early music. 1021 Sanchez St. https://www.noemusic.org/

Noontime Concerts @ Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
Enjoy concerts in a variety of genres, Tuesdays at 12:30pm. 660 California St. www.noontimeconcerts.org (Read our interview with pianist and artistic advisor Dr. Carl Blake.)

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic and contemporary music. Chopin birthday party with pianist Robert Schwartz, March 3, 2pm, $20-$30. 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 Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ Herbst Theatre  

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band @ Herbst Theatre
The band performs music about and inspired by our city, including 'Cobra' by composer-in-residence Mattea Williams, the commissioned 'Awakening,' by Roger Zare, and works by JohnAdams, Henry Cowell, Darius Mihaud, Dave Brubeck and others. $15-$20. March 9, 3pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. https://www.sflgfb.org

San Francisco Opera
The company performs new and classic operas, including livestreams. The Schwabacher Recital Series presents vocalists Arianna Rodriguez, Olivia Smith, Nikola Printz, Jongwon Han, with pianist Yang Lin, March 6, 7:30pm, $30-$75. 401 Van Ness Ave, 4th floor. www.sfopera.com

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

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall  

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
Classical and contemporary music concerts. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Scriabin's 'Prometheus, The Poem of Fire' and Bartok's 'Duke Bluebeard's Castle,' with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a special 'sensory experience' night. $50-$225. March 1-3. Alexandra Conunova violin recital, March 6. S?FJ Symphony Brass, March 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/

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

'Guilty Pleasures' @ 111 Minna Gallery  

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/

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). 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/

Rico Solinas' 'You Never Know' @ Anglim/Trimble Gallery  

Anglim/Trimble Gallery
Contemporary works; Rico Solinas' 'You Never Know,' thru April 27; opening reception March 2, 4pm-6pm. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.anglimtrimble.com/

Art Haus Gallery
Artist and gallerist Elizabeth Dekker's Noe Valley gallery. 3977 24th St. https://www.arthaussf.com/

ArtyHood @ Castro, Noe Valley
Block parties and artist booths twice a month. Artgasm, March 3, 12pm-6pm, 281 Noe St. www.artyhood.org

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

'Into View: New Voices, New Stories' @ Asian Art Museum  

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, mostly local women and queer 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. '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/

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

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

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 Academy of Sciences  

California Institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. 1453 Mission St. http://www.artsatciis.org/

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. 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
'Chi Chi Master: Disability Art Residency Program,' 'Present Tense 2023: Perilous Playground' and other exhibits, programs and events. 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
'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. Lee Mingwei's Rituals of Care' showcases conceptual art works like "Guernica in Sand." '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/

'Xeno in Vivo' @ Exploratorium  

Talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties (6pm-10pm). 'Xeno in Vivo,' a multimedia opera about biomedical technology by Heather Dewey-Hagborg,' March 7 & 8, 7:30pm. 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 March 10. 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. 'The Luck of the Dragon,' an immersive show with food and drinks, Feb. 29, 7pm. 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/

KatinKa Herbert's 'Bodies of Work' @ Harvey Milk Photo Center  

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; KatinKa Herbert's 'Bodies of Work,' March 2-April 20; opening reception and book-signing ('"Slam: Lucha Libre — Superheroes of the Ring"') March 2, 2pm-5pm. Also online galleries. 50 Scott St. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

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

Hues: an Exhibit of Bay Area Black Artists @ Sen. Scott Wiener's Office
Exhibit of works by 25 artists in celebration of Black History Month, curated by Joseph Abbati; thru March 30. 455 Golden Gate Ave., Suite 14800. RSVP (required) at www.lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov

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. 1275 Minnesota St. https://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

Jim Winters @ Bona Vada Barbershop  

Jim Winters @ Bona Vada Barbershop
The local gay artist's exhibit includes screenprints and paintings. Sales of Juanita MORE! popsicle prints go to local charity; thru March 31. 483 Guerrero St. www.instagram.com/bonavadabarbershop https://jimwinters.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. Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm. 2948 16th St. https://www.thelab.org/

Legion of Honor
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. Abstract Expressionist works by Kurt Oscar Weber; reception, discussion, March 7, 7pm. 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/

'After Dark' @ MAG Galleries  

MAG Galleries
Contemporary art exhibits. 'After Dark,' photo works by Randall Whitehead, Chris Komater, and Anne Veraldi; March 1-24; opening reception March 1, 5pm-9pm. 3931 18th St. https://www.mag-galleries.com/

Manna Gallery
Contemporary works. Sara Post's 'Source Materials,' March 1-April 13. 473 25th St., Oakland. https://www.mannagallery.com/

Mercury 20 Gallery
Contemporary art gallery. 475 25th St., Oakland. https://mercurytwenty.com/

Michael Perona @ Keter Salon, Berkeley
Exhibit of the local artist's stunning photo of wildlife and nature round the world. 2030 4th St. www.peronaphoto.com

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries - Rena Bransten Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art (Matthew Picton exhibit, 'A Seeker's Paradise' thru March 16), Municipal Bonds, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hashimoto Gallery, The Jones Institute, Thomas+Projects and more - host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St. https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

'Solo Mujeres' @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latine artists, plus performances, films and events. 37th annual 'Solo Mujeres' women's group exhibit, March 1-24; opening reception March 1, 6pm-9pm. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Modern Eden Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. Group show, 'Year of the Dragon,' thru March 7. 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: 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

'Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest,' and 'Mr. Roboto' @ Museum of Craft & Design  

Museum of Craft & Design
Innovative art and design exhibits. 'Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest,' and 'Mr. Roboto,' both thru June 30. 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
'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/

Unique art @ Queer Arts Featured  

Queer Arts Featured
LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. 575 Castro St. Donate to their emergency rent hike fundraiser. www.queerartsfeatured.com

Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
Online version of a new group exhibit at Berlin's Schedules Museum that explores the multiple historical, cultural, and political intersections of queerness and disability. https://queer-crip.schwulesmuseum.de/en/

Robert Koch Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 49 Geary St. https://kochgallery.com/

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; thru 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/

James Cherry's 'Listening' @ Schlomer Haus Gallery  

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery. Sculptor James Cherry's 'Listening,' March 1-April 27; opening reception March 1, 5pm-8pm. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. https://schlomerhaus.com/

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. '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

Strut SF
The LGBTQ health and wellness center also hosts art exhibits and talks. 'Queer Ancestors Project: Prints by Queer and Trans Emerging Artists,' '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

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

'Transition Times: Remembering Anticarceral Resistance the Tenderloin' @ Tenderloin Museum  

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; thru 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., 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/

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

Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley
Educational art space for students, faculty and alumni. 'Stitching Keffiyehs" Moving images from Palestine,' a group exhibit of film and video, thru March 13. 116 Anthropology + Art Practice Building (first floor), UC Berkeley Campus, College Avenue at Bancroft Way. https://art.berkeley.edu/gallery

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

440 Castro (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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
Rock and punk music venue. 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  

Asia SF
Dining, nightlife and classy drag performers mix at the popular SoMa club that's celebrating 25 years, will close in March; 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. DJ Bus Station John's leap year Tubesteak Connection Feb. 29, 9pm-2am $5-$10. 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.)

Buddies @ Beaux  

Popular Castro club with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food, celebrates its 11th year. Circuit Papi March 1 with DJ Jerac and cute gogo guys. Ongoing: Shangri-La second Saturdays. Latin Divas Live 4th Saturdays, You/nique 3rd Saturdays. Big Top Sundays with new hostess Miss Melanie Sparks; Friday Manimal with cute gogo dancers. Drag brunch Sat & Sun, 2pm & 4pm. Pan Dulce Wednesdays, and weekly 'Drag Race' viewings. 2344 Market St. https://www.beauxsf.com/

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

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

Bong-O Bingo @ Mission Cannabis Club
Enjoy games, drag and pot prizes with DJ Dank., Thee Pristine Condition and Brandelicious. $15 (+$10 minimum purchase), March 9, 6pm-9pm. 2441 Mission St. www.eventhi.io/events

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

Gal pals @ The Cafe (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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; 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/

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

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


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

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/

Drag Ball @ Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts
Drag ball for students and their friends with pizza, DJed music and performances. . $7-$10. March 1, 6pm-10pm. 555 Portola Drive. app.arts-people.com

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

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

El Rio fans (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. 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  

Fluid510, Oakland
Nightclub from the founders of the now-closed Port Bar blends LGBTQ, straight and fluid patronage. Honey, an R&B party for queer femmes, with DJ Fela Kutchii, Feb. 23, 9pm-1am. 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 and DJed events. 412 14th St. https://goldenbullbar.com/

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

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

The Initiation @ SF Mint
Into the Dark's immersive haunted experience, with Peaches Christ, ghoulish ghastly amusements and performers, returns for four nights; 18+ only; cash bar. $55-$85, March 1 & 2. 88 5th St. https://www.intothedarksf.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

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/

Lone Star Saloon  

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. James J. Siegel hosts Literary Speakeasy, last monthly Thursdays. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 51 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
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.)

Ivo Dimchev @ Oasis  

The multiple award-winning nightclub's shows include: 'Sqream,' an immersive parody of '90s slasher films, thru March 23, $45-$100 (Read our feature article). March 1, 10pm: Wild West. March 2, 10pm: Benito afterparty. March 3, 7pm: singer Ivo Dimchev returns. March 4, 7pm: HERstory, a Women's History Month cabaret. Ongoing: Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am (March 8 with Sapphira Cristal). 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
Port Bar closed February 25. (Read our feature article.) https://www.portbaroakland.com/

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruisy SoMa bar hosts many events. 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/

Hunky dancers @ Que Rico, Oakland  

Que Rico, Oakland
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed grooves. 3rd annual Brazilian Carnival, Feb. 23. $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/

SF Eagle (photo: Rich Stadtmiller)  

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, first Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Filth, a kinky night, first 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

Town Bar & Lounge, Oakland  

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
New intimate Art Deco LGBTQ bar serves up signature cocktails, DJed Fab Disq_O, first and third Sundays. dance nights, too. 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/

Turf Club, Hayward
The 'world famous' East Bay nightclub hosts live bands, dancing, outdoor patio, and Gag, the fun drag show, last Sundays. 22519 Main St. https://worldfamousturfclub.com/

Twin Peaks pals (photo: Steven Underhill)  

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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