Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018


Out & About

Smuin @ YBCA
The San Francisco dance company performs works by Nicole Haskins, Trey McIntyre and Amy Seiwert. $57-$73. 8pm. May 19 thru 28 (plus matinees). 701 Mission St. (photo: Keith Sutter)
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Thu 18

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

May 18: KQED presents Bill Moyers on the freedom of the press, with John Boland. (7pm May 19: Wild at Heart (7:15) and Angel Heart (9:35). May 20: Final screening of Showgirls with Peaches Christ's drag show, Night of 1000 Showgirls (8pm, $25-$85, see Saturday). May 21: The Birds (2pm, 4:30, 7pm) and Village of the Damned (9:15). May 22: The Times of Harvey Milk , with extra Harvey Milk Club events 12pm-3pm/1:30pm screening and 6pm-9:30pm/8pm screening ( May 23: Jonathan Demme's Something Wild (7pm) and Stop Making Sense (9:10). May 24: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (2:30, 7pm) and Grey Gardens (5pm, 9:30pm). May 25: The Long Goodbye (7pm) and The Big Fix (9:05). $10-$16. 429 Castro St.

Katr'n Sigurdard—ttir @ SF Art Institute

Harker Award Artist-in-Residence's new exhibit. 800 Chestnut St.

Kumalicious @ Strut

Gay bears of color comic art exhibit curated by E. Salvador Hernandez; 2nd floor. 470 Castro St.

Kyle Abraham @ YBCA

YBCA 100 honoree, MacArthur 'Genius' grantee and Doris Duke Award-winning choreographer's commissioned Dearest Home is performed. $18-$40. Tue-Sat thru May 20. 701 Mission St.

Fundraiser for the Chorus' Lavender Pen Tour, with the soprano and the chorus' Vocal Minority performing. $500 and up. 6pm. 33 Mountain Spring Ave.

New Strands Festival @ Strand Theater

American Conservatory Theatre's annual festival of new works in a variety of disciplines; performances, lectures, cocktail nights, staged readings and student day and evening productions. Thru May 21.

Ph dre @ Exit on Taylor

Cutting Ball Theatre performs a new translation of Jean Racine's classic tragedy of love and revenge. $15-$45. Thu 7pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Thru May 21. 277 Taylor St.

Primahood @ Center for Sex & Culture

Exhibit of drawings and comics by Tyler Cohen. Thru May 22. 1349 Mission St.

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library

May Queer Reading series, with host Juliana Delgado Lopera, Stacy Nathaniel Jackson, Vanessa Hua, Meg Allen, and Trinidad Escobar. 6pm. 100 Larkin St., lower level. class=textexposedshow> class=textexposedshow>

Rex Ray @ Gallery 16

Retrospecitve exhibit of works by the late gay artist, whose visual designs were known worldwide; Monograph Rex Ray: We Are All Made Of Light on sale. Thru June 30. 501 3rd St.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

New exhibit of the wry cartoons by the award-winning artist and author; thru Sept. 3. May 11, (6:30pm, panel discussion on queer aesthetics. Also, exhibits about Jewish culture and by Jewish artists, including Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show (witty pop art with a queer edge, thru June 25). Lectures and gallery talks as well (Fridays 12:30pm). Free (members)-$12. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm (closed Wed). 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Shifting Movements @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Genevieve Erin O'Brien and Jess X Snow' dual exhibit of works that explore queer, mixed race and Asian subjects; co-presented with the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. Thru May 25. 934 Brannan St.

Trixie Mattel @ Oasis

The RuPaul's Drag Race contestant and glam drag queen performs her show Ages 3 and Up. $25-$40. 8pm. May 19-21 at 7pm. 298 11th St.

Twins @ Pianofight

World premiere of Stuart Bousel's darkly comic docudrama that combines Greek mythology with modern violence that often targets youth. $20-$40. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Thru June 10. 144 Taylor St.


Mark I. Chester @ Strut


Fri 19

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

The musical comedy revue celebrates its 43th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs; new numbers include a Summer of Love anniversary tribute. $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm & 9pm. Sun 2pm & 5pm. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). 421-4222.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre

The mega-hit multiple Tony-winning hip hop musical about President Alexander Hamilton makes its Bay Area premiere. $100-$868. Thru June 8. 1192 Market St.

Mark I. Chester @ Strut

Racial Portraits & Other Provocations, a new exhibit of photos by the veteran gay photographer of kink and alternative subcultures. Opening reception 7:30pm-9:30pm. Thru July. 470 Castro St.

Monsoon Wedding @ Berkeley Repertory

Mira Nair's musical stage adaptation of her popular film about Indian-American and Indian fiances and their families. $60-$120. Thru June 25. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd @ Exit Theatre

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's classic satirical musical about class warfare gets a new production. $20-$40. Thru May 27. 156 Eddy St.

Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival @ Various Venues

Panels, events, films about women strippers and burlesque performers, curated by Laure McElroy and Lady Monster; performances by Gina Gold, Max Madame, Jet Noir Akynos. $15-$125. Thru May 28. At venues in SF and Oakland.

Smuin @ YBCA

The SF dance company performs works by Nicole Haskins, Trey McIntyre and Amy Seiwert. $57-$73. 8pm. Thru May 28. 701 Mission St.

Sordid Lives @ New Conservatory Theatre

Del Shores' hit comedy, about three generations of an eccentric small-town Texas family, gets a new local production. $20-$40. Previews; opens May 20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 11. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Summer in Sanctuary @ The Marsh Berkeley

Al Letson (NPR host) performs his acclaimed solo show about being a creative writing teacher in a poor Florida neighborhood. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru May 29. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Temple @ Aurora Theatre

U.S. premiere of British playwright Steve Waters' drama bout the Occupy London movement, and its eventual decline. $32-$65. Tue & Sun 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. Thru May 14. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery

New exhibit of classic plates in the new gallery of historic art by the 18th and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

Yes to Everything @ Exit Theatre

Footloose's solo performance festival, with eight acts (Sarah Elovich, Jeremy Julian Greco, Nicky Martinez, Andrea Mock, Paco Romane, Tracy Shapiro and Steven Westdahl. $15-$25. Fri & Sat thru May 20. 156 Eddy St. at Mason.


Arts Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens

Sat 20

Arts Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens

The annual outdoor daytime array of music, dance and theatre performances; various days (usually Thu, Fri & Sat) thru Oct. 29.

Butterflies and Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers

Beautiful floral displays, plants for sale, docent tours, and the popular live butterflies exhibit; thru June 30. Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. $2-$8. Free for SF residents. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, 831-2090.

Common Grounds Arts Festival @ Intersection for the Arts

Two-week festival of 105 performing and visual arts in various indoor and outdoor spaces; thru June 6; between Mission & Natoma streets, and 5th & Mary St.

Constructed Communication @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303.

Food Porn Lab @ Women's Building

API Wellness' cooking and sex workshops for Asian & Pacific Islander gay/bi/trans men and friends, with hostess Estee Longah. Free. 5pm-7pm. 3543 18th St.

The Events @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

David Greig's drama about people effected by tragedy and pushed to extreme reactions; with different Bay Area choruses perfoming live accompaniment. $25-$40. Wed-Sun, thru June 4. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Guards at the Taj @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Bay Area premiere of Rajiv Joseph's 'ghoulishly funny' play about two Taj Mahal guards swept up in carnage and injustice. $25-$60. Tue-Sun 7:30pm. Also Sun 2pm, thru May 21. 397 Miller Ave., Mill valley.

Igor Josifov @ InSpace

Artist's multimedia installation of evocative singed fabric and other media; thru May 31. 218 Fillmore St.

Matisse/Diebenkorn @ SF Museum of Modern Art

New exhibit compares the art of Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn. Also, exhibits of Pop, Abstract and classic Modern art at the renovated and visually amazing museum, with two extra floors, a new additional Howard Street entrance, cafe and outdoor gardens. Other exhibits include Larry Sultan: Here and Home (thru July 23), Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header, '70s Bay Area and personal photos by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan; and Tomas Saraceno: Stillness in Motion: Cloud Cities (thru May 21). Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St.

Monet: The Early Years @ Legion of Honor

New exhibit of paintings by the master Impressionist; thru May 29. Also, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, thru August 2018. Also, Urs Fischer: The Public & the Private, (thru July 2) and other exhibits. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery

Weekly screenings of unusual, rare and strange short films and videos. $9. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. 648-0654.

Over the Top: Math Bass & the Imperial Court SF @ Oakland Museum

Paired exhibit of works by the LA artist with archival items from the Bay Area Imperial Council royals; thru July 23. Also, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (thru Aug. 13), Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest (thru Aug. 20), and Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact (thru June). Free/$15. Reg. hours Wed-Sat 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

ShutterSpeed @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Group exhibit of skateboard-themed photos. Thru May 31. 50 Scott St.

The Summer of Love Experience @ de Young Museum

New exhibit about San Francisco's historic 1967 groovy era. Also, a beautiful Stuart Davis retrospective, and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Tiny Bubbles @ SFAC Gallery

Group exhibition curated by Steven Wolf includes several works by the late Jerome Caja, and others with adult themes. Thru Aug. 19. SF Arts Commision Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Todd Grey @ Museum of the African Diaspora

Todd Grey: My Life in the Bush With MJ & Iggy, an exhibit of art by Michael Jackson's personal photographer through the 1980s, and his experience living and documenting the Los Angeles music industry. Also, The Ease of Fiction and Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967. Free/$10. Each thru Aug. 27. 685 Mission St.

Various Exhibits @ The Beat Museum

Enjoy exhibits, a bookstore and gift shop that celebrates the era of 'beatnik' literature (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, etc.), with frequent readings, walking tours and other events in North Beach. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway


Carlos Paz @ Castro Country Club

Sun 21

Carlos Paz @ Castro Country Club

The local illustrator's exhibit, at the LGBT sober space. 4058 18th St.

Inappropriate in All the Right Ways @ The Marsh

Ann Randolph returns with her hit solo show about working in mental instituations, with Mel Brooks Off-Broadway and more. $20-$100. Sundays 2pm. Thru June 18. 1062 Valencia St.

LGBTQ Histories from the WWII Home Front @ Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Richmond

Park indoor exhibit that showcases the lives of historic LGBT people. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

The weekly LGBT TV show, with updates on current events. 9:30pm.

Photography Workshop @ Art Saves Lives

Tom Schmidt, aka Dot, offers a workshop for intermediate/advanced photographers. $140. 11am-3:30pm. 518 Castro St.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

SF Hiking Club @ Carquinez Strait

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a seven-mile hike near the Carquinez Strait. From Carquinez Regional Shoreline, climb Hulet Hornbeck Trail to Franklin Ridge and its hawk's-eye view of the Carquinez Strait, Mt Diablo's lesser-glimpsed northwest flank, and the US Navy's mothballed fleet; descend to Martinez to visit the Italianate home of John Muir, a National Historic Site. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the hike but not in Muir's home. Bring lunch, water, hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, hiking poles. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, at 8:30am. 740-9888. 

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years! Free, including lessons for newbies. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Susan Griffin @ Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley

The Pulitzer Prize nominee and Emmy-winning playwright discusses "How war erodes and destroys democracies." Free. 3pm.3075 Adeline St., Berkeley.

Tomb Treasures @ Asian Art Museum

New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty, thru May 28. Also, Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture and Legacy of the Sikhs, thru June 25. Free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

The Waiting Period @ The Marsh

Brian Copeland's solo show about buying a gun while struggling with depression, with special free shows. Sundays, 5:30pm. Donations accepted for the theatre. Thru May 21. 1062 Valencia St.


Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Mon 22

100+ Days In @ SF LGBT Center

What's at Stake, What We Can Do, a forum hosted by Project Inform about the current horrid political regime, with Dan Bernal, Vignetta Charles, Ernest Hopkins, Monique Tula and Project Inform staff. 5:30pm-7:30pm. 1800 Market St.

Still Here: Portraits of Gay Elders @ SF Public Library

Exhibit of artist Ghee Phua's portraits of senior gay men. Thru May 4. James C. Hormel Center, 100 Larkin St.

Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; new exhibit, From Stone Age to Space Age, showcases minerals through time. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties many Thursday nights. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.


Peter Gajdics @
Dog Eared Books
& Laurel Bookstore

Tue 23

Curious Contraptions @ Exploratorium

New exhibit of 20 mechanical sculptures by 12 artists, along with interactive science displays. $10-$30. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St.

Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID? @ Vessel Gallery, Oakland

Group exhibit celebrating Asian American artists. Thru May. 471 25th St.

Fighting Back @ GLBT History Museum

Development vs. LGBTQ Preservation, a multigenerational conversation about the conflict between urban growth and historic preservation. $5. 7pm. Also, exhibits include Lavender-Tinted Glasses, a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain; Beartoonist of San Francisco, art works by Fran Frisch, and the overview main exhibit. 4127 18th St.

Peter Gajdics @ Dog Eared Books, Laurel Bookstore

The author of The Inheritance of Shame, a memoir about his six years in gay-conversion therapy, discusses his book; May 23 with author Anne Raeff at Dog Eared Books, 489 Castro St. 7pm; May 24 with author Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway, Oakland.

Susan Kuchinskas, Jan Steckel @ Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland

Erotic reading and open mic with the two featured authors. 7:30pm. 2101 Webster St. at 22nd, Oakland.

Ten Percent @ Comcast

David Perry's online and cable interviews with notable local and visiting LGBT people, broadcast through the week. Wed 7pm, Thu-Tue 11:30am & 10:30pm.

Tours and Exhibits @ The Old Mint

New Sunday program offers tours and exhibits about San Francisco's history. Explore the fascinating building's grand halls and vaults. $5-$10. Weekly, 1pm-4pm. 88 5th St. 537-1105.

Various Artists @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Exhibits of art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St. Richmond. (510) 620-0290.


The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh

Wed 24

24 by 24 @ McRoskey Mattress Co

Twenty-four Pianists Play Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, a concert of presented by the Ross McKee Foundation and Nicholas Pavkovic. $20. 7:30pm 1687 Market St.

David Brazil @ City Lights Bookstore

The poet and activist reads from his new collection, Holy Ghost; with Julien Poirier. 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

New large-scale multimedia exhibit about 1960s-1970s counterculture. Thru May 21. Free-$12. 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh

Adam Strauss' comic Off-Broadway hit solo show about his attempts to use hallucinogenic drugs for his OCD. $20-$100. Wed & Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru June 3. 1062 Valencia St.

Queerest Library Ever @ SF Public Libraries

Hormel at 20: Celebrating Our Past/Creating Our Future , a dual exhibit of archival materials celebrating two decades of the LGBTQ collections. Also, Council of Elders: Portraits of Older Gay Men (thru May 4). 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

This Is Not a Gun @ Tenderloin Museum

Amanda Eicher and Cara Levine's interactive artwork, part of 100 Days Action, with post-show discussion. 6pm-8pm. 398 Eddy St.


Alan Lessik @
Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Thu 25

Alan Lessik @ Books Inc. Opera Plaza

The author of the acclaimed debute novel The Troubleseeker reads from and discusses his work about a Cuban gay man's life struggles, and various gods' help and interference. 7pm. 601 Van Ness Ave.

Hello, Dolly! @ Berkeley Playhouse

Can't go to New York to see Bette midler's Broadway production? How about an East Bay staging of the classic musical performed by children? $15-$18. Thru June 4. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

Looking Through the Lens @ Diane Wilsey Center for Opera

The Glory of San Francisco Opera, Past and Present , an exhibit of historic productions photos from the San Francisco Opera's many productions. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels

Wheeled fun at the former Sacred Heart Church-turned disco roller skate party space, hosted by John D. Miles, the "Godfather of Skate," including Saturday's Black Rock night (Burning Man garb encouraged). 7pm-10pm. Sat afternoon sessions 1pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.



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