Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 13 / 29 March 2018

Arts events, March 29 – April 5

Out & About

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
@ Davies Symphony Hall

Bridges, a concert inspired by the Chorus' Lavender Pen Tour, includes guest performers Holly Near, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel, Community and Youth choirs. $25-$125. Thursday, Match 29. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.
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Whether seeking an inner reflection of yourself or people and worlds far outside your own experience, arts events offer journeys in both directions.

For nightlife fun, see this week's On the Tab.

Thu 29

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Mar. 29: Play It As It Lays (6:30) and Mulholland Drive (8:30). March 30-April 1: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (animated) sing-along (3:30, 7pm). April 2: Lady Bird (7pm) and The Virgin Suicides (8:45). April 3: The Shape of Water (7pm) and Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (9pm). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot @ New Village Cafe

The Tenderloin Museum presents the world premiere of Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar and Donna Persona's stage story of the historic pre-Stonewall San Francisco uprising of Tenderloin drag queens, with a dozen performers. $60 (includes a 'breakfast for dinner" meal). 1960s attire and drag encouraged. Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5 (Fri & Sat only in April & May). 1426 Polk St.

Contraption @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists, a new group exhibit of works by 16 artists who explore the idea of the "machines," including ceramics, drawings, sculpture and paintings by Ned Kahn, Bella Feldman, Howard Fried, and Annabeth Rosen. Thru July 29. 736 Mission St.

The Effect @ SF Playhouse

Lucy Prebble's play explores romance amid pill-popping culture as a straight couple fall in love, but is their passion from the drug they're taking? $35-$55. Tue-Sun thru April 28. 450 Post St.

Empowerment in Print:
LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust
@ GLBT History Museum

New mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. Also, Angela Davis: OUTspoken, a new exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar, and Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

Heisenberg @ Geary Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Simon Stephens' Broadway and West End hit about a straight romance (or a con game?) in London. $15-$110. Thru April 8. 415 Geary St.

Here Kitty Kitty:
The Pussy Bites Back
@ Bindlestiff Studio

Granny Cart Gangstas, the all-women Asian American comedy troupe, performs hilarious sketches about San Francisco, pop culture and daily life. $13-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru March 31. 185 6th St.

Iron Shoes @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Shotgun Players and Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble perform Michelle Carter, Janet Kutalas and Erika Chong Shuch's new music play of updated Eastern European fairy tales made radical for our times. $7, $25-$40. Thru April 15. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Jazz Search West @ Various Venues

New weekly jazz singer/musician showcases and competition. Various dates thru Semi- Finale April 24 at Yoshi's Oakland.

Office Hour @ Berkeley Rep

Julia Cho's new drama about a troubled student and a teacher's attempts to help him. $30-$97. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm, and Sun 2pm. Thru March 25. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

My Stroke of Luck @ The Marsh

Diane Barnes' solo show about recovering from a stroke. $20-$100. Mar. 15-29, Thu 8pm & Sun 2pm. 1062 Valencia St.

The Penalty @ Old U.S. Mint

The Penalty @ Old U.S. Mint

Enjoy a fascinating bit of history, with a screening of the macabre classic silent film about a bank robbery, shown at the film's location; with a live music score. $10-$20. 6pm-9pm. 88 5th St.

Queens Read Celebrity Autobiographies @ Martuni's

Cruzin d'Loo, Mutha Chucka, Clammy Faye, Sister Abbi Abnormal, Menorah Manischewitz, and musical guest Scotty Idol take on tacky memoir excerpts "written" by celebrities; Jame J Siegel hosts. Proceeds benefit Radar Productions. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Designed in California @ SF MOMA

Exhibits of Pop, Abstract and Modern art, including Designed in California (thru May 27), Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner (thru Sept. 16), Nothing Stable under Heaven (thru Sept. 16), The Train: RFK's Last Journey (thru June 10) and Alexander Calder: Scaling Up (thru Aug. 19). Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd St.

SF Gay Men's Chorus @ Davies Symphony Hall

Bridges, a concert inspired by the chorus' Lavender Pen Tour, includes guests Holly Near, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel, Community and Youth choirs. $25-$125. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.

Vietgone @ Strand Theater

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Qui Nguyen's moving road trip comedy about three Vietnamese immigrants who trek across 1970s America. $25-$55. Tue-Sat 7pm or 7:30pm (some 2pm); Extended thru April 29. 1127 Market St.

What They Said About Love @ The Marsh Berkeley

Steve Budd's 'Best of SF Fringe' solo show rumination on finding love. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 21. 2120 Allston Way.

The Wolves @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Sarah DeLappe's new play about the drama surrounding a girls' soccer team. $10-$49. Thru April 8. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.


Concept Series 22 @ Green Room
photo: Margo Moritz

Fri 30

Amadeus @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma

Peter Shaffer's award-winning drama about Mozart and his rival Salieri gets a North bay production. $15-$55. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 15. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

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. $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.

Concept Series 22 @ Green Room

RAWdance's 22nd series of new works showcased in the spacious venue, with Sean Dorsey Dance, Diane Frank, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, RAWdance, and others. Pay what you can. 8pm. Mar. 31a t 3pm & 7pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Diffused Reflections @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

31st annual Solo Mujeres exhibit of new works, curated by Marissa Del Toro. Also, Guerrilleras , Victoria Montero and Rebecka Biro's exhibit of El Salvador women who endured the Civil War. Both thru April 20. 2868 Mission St.

Exit the King @ Exit Theatre

Eugene Ionesco's drama (translated by Donald Watson) offers a timeless take on royal mortality. $20-$30. Thru April 7. 156 Eddy St.

How to be a White Man @ Buriel Clay Theatre

Luna Malbroux's "practical guide to getting privilege you don't have, but are entitled to." $20. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 1. 762 Fulton St.

Marga Gomez' Latin Standards @ Brava Theater Center

Latin Standards @ Brava Theater Center

Marga Gomez' hit show about her father's show biz legacy returns. $25. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Thru April 1. 2781 24th St.

Megabytes the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Morris Bobrow's comedy song revue about the frustrations of technology. $25-$30. Fri & Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5. 533 Sutter St.

A Number @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Caryl Churchill's inventive drama about human cloning. $33-$65. Thru May 6. 2081 Addison St. Berkeley.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

Return to the Scene of the Crime @ The Marsh

David Kleinberg's solo show about his return to Vietnam 50 years after serving in the Army. $20-$100. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru April 21. 1062 Valencia St.

Smoke + Mirrors @ Ravot

Exhibit of glamorous nightlife photos of local drag queens by Gareth Gooch. Thru April 13. 115 Clement St.

Spirited Probabilities @ Southern Exposure

Group exhibit using the space as a canvas. Thru Mar. 31. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 3030 20th St.


It's Only a Play @ New Conservatory Theatre
photo: Lois Tema

Sat 31

Agony in Effigy @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley

Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, a graphic art exhibit of historic works from the 1500-1600s. Thru June 17. Berkely Art Museum, Pacific Film archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

Be Not Still:
Living in Uncertain Times
@ diRose Center for Art, Napa

Group exhibit of conceptual art that explores the dangers of contemporary times and ideas, with Rigo 23, Allison Smith, Ala Ebtekar, and Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian showcase works that represent fear and foreboding. Thru May 27. 200 Sonoma (Carneros) Highway, Napa.

A Fatal Step @ The Marsh

Jill Vice's noir solo show, extended thru April 28. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. 1062 Valencia St.

It's Only a Play @ New Conservatory Theatre

Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally's 11th production at NCTC shares the story of a nervous playwright awaiting reviews at a cast party. $25-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm thru April 1. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Lawrence Brownlee, Myra Huang @ Herbst Theatre

The acclaimed tenor and pianist perform the West Coast premiere of Tyshawn Sorey's Cycles of my Being, and works by Schumann. $40-$65. 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

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.

Magnificent Magnolias
@ SF Botanical Garden

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden

Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Also, The Hidden World of Mushrooms and Lichens: paintings by Lucy Martin, in the Helen Crocker Russell Library (thru April 30). Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom @ Oakland Museum

New exhibit that visualizes the movement and sound of the music genre, with many live events through the run, including Friday night parties and performances. Free-$16. Wed-Sun. Thru Aug. 12. 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

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-2pm and 3pm-5pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Tender Life @ Tenderloin Museum

Tender Life: Graphic and Ceramic Memories of Tenderloin Living, 1999-2004, a group exhibit of contemporary ceramic and other works by Holly Coley and others. 398 Eddy St.

Cult of the Machine @ de Young Museum

Precisionism and American Art, featuring works by Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Demuth and industrial objects of the era; thru Aug. 12. Also, Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1) and amazing modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Various Exhibits @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

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

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide

Enjoy weekly informed tours of various parts of San Francisco, from Chinatown to the Haight, and a 'radical' and political-themed LGBT-inclusive tour. Various dates and times. $15-$25.

Unique Derique @ The Marsh

Sun 1

The Art and Science of Pinball
@ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Alameda

New exhibit of 35 pinball machine, historic early versions, models, diagrams and demos. $5-$15. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Unique Derique @ The Marsh

The comic juggling solo performer's new family-friendly show, Fool La La! Over the Rainbow includes a free juggling workshop after each show. $15-$100. Sundays, 1pm. Thru May 6. 1062 Valencia St.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church

Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe @ Legion of Honor

See Rococo finery in an 80-work tour of paintings, furniture and lavish objects. Thru May 28. Also, Seraphin Soudbinine, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Framing the Body, Mummies and Medicine and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29

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

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.


Mon 2

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.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery

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.

Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Tue 3

Subliminal Sanctuary @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Paintings and sculptures by Yesnik Evad (Dave Kinsey) and Cecile Granier de Cassagnac. Thru April 28. 149 Gough St.

t.w.five @ Museum of Craft & Design

Installation of a lesbian couple's "home" and an exploration of domestic life. Also, Tom Loeser's Please Please Please, artistic unusual handmade chair sculptures. Both thru May 20. 2569 Third 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.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center

Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.

Will Durst @ The Marsh

The satirical comic returns with his politically-themed show, Durst Case Scenario. $20-$100. 8pm. Tuesdays thru May 29. 1062 Valencia St.

Wed 4

Degenderettes: Antifa Art @ SF Public Libraries

Exhibit features objects and photographs documenting public performances—including parades, marches and die-ins—by the Northern California chapter of the Degenderettes. 100 Larkin St.

Diasporic Alchemy @ SOMArts Cultural Center

New exhibit, Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms, curated by Louis Chinn and missTango, featuring shamanic and mythological subjects. Thru April 5. 934 Brannan St.

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum

New exhibit of sculptures and works about the Buddha, humans and their environments; thru July 29. Also, Traces of the Past and Future, Fu Shen's Painting and calligraphy, thru Sept. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

The Retrieval @ SFAC Gallery

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's solo exhibit of works visualizing the disappearance of Black women in California, and with traditional Nigerian Egungun costumes. Thru April 7 (closing reception, performance 5:30pm-7pm). 401 Van Ness Ave.

Physique Pictorial @ The Magazine

Thu 5

Disruption @ Z Below

3Girls Theatre Company's world premiere production of AJ Baker's whodunit about sexual harassment, social media, miracle drugs and sexual politics. $35-$55. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, thru April 28. 450 Florida St.

Film Screenings @ BAM/PFA

Artistic and award-winning films, including documentaries about artists; ongoing. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Funsch Dance Experience @ ODC Theater

Christy Funsch's new work, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel, honors the historic California Dancing Girls, one of San Francisco's first all-women dance companies, and her company's 15th anniversary. $20-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru April 7. 3153 17th St.

Physique Pictorial @ The Magazine

Magazine release event for another new edition of the classic male muscle mag, plus the screening of a vintage Bob Mizer film. 7pm-9pm. 920 Larkin St.

Spring Selections @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of print and paintings honoring Women's History Month, featuring works by Lalla Essaydi, Aida Muluneh, Nnenna Okore, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Wesaam Al-Badry, Blessing Ngobeni, Omar Victor Diop, Gordon Parks, Hendrik Kerstens, and Julian Opie. Thru May 12. 464 Sutter St.

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.

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


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