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

Arts events

Out & About

Jan. 11-18, 2018

Dolls @ Potrero Stage
Michael Phillis (Baloney and countless drag shows) revives his hit 2008 solo show about a boy's love of dolls; part of the PlayGround Solo Performance Festival. $21-$36. Jan 13, 2pm. Also Jan 14, 5pm. Jan 20, 6pm. Jan 25, 8:30pm, and Jan. 28 at 7pm. Seven other performers thru Jan 28. 1695 18th St. class=4n-j>
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Thu 11

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.

The Birthday Party @ Geary Theatre

Artistic Director Carey Perloff directs the classic Harold Pinter drama, starring Tony Award winner Judith Ivey. $15-$110. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 4. Out With A.C.T. LGBT night with an after-party Jan. 24. 415 Geary St.

Black Rider @ Ashby Stage

Shotgun Players' production of the Williams S. Burroughs, Tom Waits and Robert Wilson adult fairy tale musical about a lowly clerk who must prove himself to his fiancee's father by riding through a mysterious forest. $25-$40. Extended thru Jan. 21. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

El Canto del Colibri @ Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa

Screening of a new documentary exploring the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members. This film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Free. 6pm. 99 West 6th St., Santa Rosa.

A Christmas Story @ SF Playhouse

Local production of Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Joseph Robinette's Tony-nominated musical adaptation of the classic movie about a young boy's holiday hopes for a rifle. $20-$125. Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 13. 450 Post St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Jan 11: SF Sketchfest (thru Jan. 23). Jan 12: Blade Runner the Final Cut (1:30, 7pm) and Blade Runner 2049 (3:45, 9:15). Jan 13 & 14 more Sketchfest with Bill Burr, Kevin Polak, (1pm) tribute to Twin Peaks with cast members (4pm), Rachel Bloom (8pm). Jan 14, live reading of the comic satire Stinker Lets Loose! (1pm), Baskets (5pm), Stuff You Should Know (8pm). Jan 15 & 16: Murder on the Orient Express , new version (4:30, 7pm. 9:15). Jan 17 & 18: To Catch a Thief (2:45, 7pm) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (4:45, 9pm). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley

Ngaio Bealum, Ronn Vigh, Carla Clayy, Jeff Applebaum, and Lisa Geduldig perform stand-up comedy. $15-$20. Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley.

LaToya London @ Yoshi's Oakland

The Bay Area singer and American Idol finalist performs songs from her new CD. $ 28-$50. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

LaToya London
@ Yoshi's Oakland

Louie Anderson @ The Strand Theater

The stand-up comic and actor performs his new solo show, Dear Dad, based on his best-selling memoir. $25-$55. 7:30pm. Jan 14 at 2pm. Thru Jan. 14. 1127 Market St.

Mugwumpin @ Z Space

The innovative theatre ensemble premieres In Event of Moon Disaster, a multimedia adventure into science fiction and future, with a mystical lunar soul versus colonizing forces. $15-$25. Thru Jan. 28. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. 470 Florida St.

Red Diaper Daughter @ GLBT History Museum

Three Generations of Rebels & Revolutionaries , author Laura Bock's reading and discussion about her fascinating new memoir about her life as a feminist, anti-war disability and lesbian rights activist, and the child of left-wing radicals. Jan. 18: How Has Hollywood (Mis)Represented Homosexuality?, a panel discussion with trailers from historic films presented by Jim Van Buskirk. 7pm. Also, exhibits OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer, an exhibit about the groundbreaking LGBT quarterly based in SF from 1988 to 1992, curated by E.G. Crichton; 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.

SF Sketchfest @ Various Venues

Annual large-scale multi-event celebration of comedy and performance, with Jane Lynch, Rhea Butler, Dan Savage, Peaches Christ and hundreds of performers in improv, panels, films, workshops and parties. $15-$50. Thru Jan 28.

Solo Performance Festival @ Potrero Stage

Playground SF presents eight writer-performers in solo works: Lisa Evans, Malcolm Grissom, Marjorie Hazeltine, Michael Phillis, Katie Rubin, Thomas Robert Simpson, Nina Wise, and Dan Wolf. $21-$124 (full pass). Various dates/times. 1695 18th St.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years. Free-$5. 5pm-10:30pm.Also Sundays (not Dec 24). 550 Barneveld Ave.

Untitled: Art Fair @ Palace of Fine Arts

SOMArts Cultural Center and curator Kelly Lovemonster present a group exhibition of visual, cinematic and other media works by queer, trans and artists of color: VivvyAnne Forevermore, Spice Queers, Nikki Jizz, Xandra Ibarra, Yetunde Olagbaju, Mark McBeth, and others. Thru Jan. 14. 3301 Lyon St.


Watch on the Rhine @ Berkeley Rep

Fri 12

Avenue Q @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

The puppets return! The Tony-winning musical about a New York neighborhood of puppets and people is restaged. $35-$60. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Extended thru Jan. 21. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Eric Benét @ Yoshi's, Oakland

The popular R&B singer performs four nights of concerts at the stylish restaurant-nightclub. $49-$94. Jan 12 & 15 at 8pm & 10pm. Jan 13 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Jan 14 at 7pm & 9pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Mikky Echo @ Rickshaw Stop

The compelling and cute vocalist performs at the intimate club. $15-$17. 9pm. 155 Fell St.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center

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

Orfeh & Andy Karl @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway singing couple perform Legally Bound, their new cabaret show. $52-$90 ($20 food/drink min.) Also Jan. 13 . Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Watch on the Rhine @ Berkeley Rep

Local new production of Lillian Hellman's Nazi/anti-fascist-themed drama set in 1940. $30-$60. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 7pm, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 14. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.


David Jacobs-Strain @ Cyprian's

Sat 13

Bambi Lake & Friends @ Oasis

The singer and trans luminary, whose recent concert wowed local audiences, returns with a new show, along with pianist Birdie Bo Watt, comic Natasha Muse, and rocker Maria Konner. $25. 7pm. 298 11th 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.

David Jacobs-Strain @ Cyprian's

The Oregon-based slide guitarist-singer performs his upbeat folk stylings with fellow musicians. $18-$22. 8pm. 2097 Turk St.

Dolls @ Potrero Stage

Michael Phillis (Baloney and countless drag shows) revives his hit 2008 solo show about a boy's love of dolls; part of the PlayGround Solo Performance Festival. $21-$36. 2pm. Also Jan 14, 5pm. Jan 20, 6pm. Jan 25, 8:30pm, and Jan. 28 at 7pm. Seven other performers thru Jan 28. 1695 18th St.

Ida Lupino Films @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

Screenings of films starring the innovative actress who wrote, produced and directed films in the '40s and '50s. $5-$13. Thru Feb 24. 2155Center St., Berkeley.

Ida Lupino Films @ Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

John Brothers Piano Company @ Great American Music Hall

The vibrant talented band performs their jazzy fun originals, with Dakini Star & Aima The Dreamer (Goddess Alchemy / Femme Deadly Venoms), Orchestra Euphonos. $16-$41 (with dinner). 9pm. 859 O'Farrell St.

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh

Don Reed's acclaimed comic autobiographical solo show, about his tough life growing up in 1980s LA, returns. $20-$100. Sat 5pm, Sun 5:30pm. thru Jan. 27. 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.

Miya Ando @ Nancy Toomey Gallery

Oborozuki (Moon Obscured by Clouds), the artist's evocative exhibit of paint-on-aluminum depictions of clouds. Thru Feb 22. 1275 Minnesota St.

Mission Murals @ JCCSF

Art, Politics and Community Preservation, an exhibition of the work of local mural artists. Thru Jan. 2018. 3200 California St.

Object Action: The 'F' Word in a Post-Truth Era @ State

Collect for Change's politically-themed multimedia group feminist response to the current political climate, featuring Ana Teresa Fernandez, Chitra Ganesh, Michelle Hartney, Angela Hennessy, Nadja Verena Marcin, Sanaz Mazinani, and Michele Pred. Opening reception 5pm-8pm. Panels and other events, too. Thru Feb 16. 1295 Alabama St.

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.

Teotihuacan @ de Young Museum

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, a new interactive exhibit of archeological discoveries from the ancient Mexican city (thru Feb. 11). Also, Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1) and amazing modern and historic art. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Unearthed @ Napa Valley Museum, Yountville

Group exhibit of local artists' ceramics. Also, France is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child (thru Feb. 18). Reg. hours Wed –Sun 11am-4pm. Thru Jan 7. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville.

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.

The Yale Whiffenpoofs @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland

The celebrated men's vocal ensemble performs contemporary and classic songs with flair. $5-$30. 7pm. 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland.


Couture Korea @ Asian Art Museum

Sun 14

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.

Couture Korea @ Asian Art Museum

New exhibit that showcases traditional and contemporary Korean fashion as art. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Free-$20. Thru Feb 4. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin 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.

In the Name of Love @ Scottish Rite Center, Oakland

Oakland Interfaith Choir, Living Jazz Children's Project, and numerous solists, with Tammy Hall Trio, perform the annual musical Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert, with MC Dana King. $8-$48. 7pm. 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.

Playtime @ Fort Mason

Trio of video installations by the award-winning British artist. Free. Wed-Sat, 12pm-8pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Thru Feb 11. Gallery 308, FMCAC Visitor Center, SFAI Gray Box Gallery. 1 Marina Blvd.

Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter @ Legion of Honor

Dual exhibition of works by the painter and sculptor. Free/$30. Thru Jan. 28. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden

Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Free with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Metamorphosis & Migration:
Days of the Dead
@ Oakland Museum

New group Day of the Dead exhibit and installations, guest-curated by Evelyn Orante; Thru Jan. 14. Also, Question Bridge: Black Men, a video installation with 160 Black American men discussing important current themes of race and class (thru feb 25). Other exhibits about local art and natural history; Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends and the Unknown, a large-scale immersive installation, thru Jan, 21. Friday night events, too. $7-$16. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (til 9pm Fridays). 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

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.

Robert Rauchenberg @ SF MOMA

Erasing the Rules, a new expansive exhibit of work by the post-modern artist; thru March 25. Also, Walker Evans; an exhibit of 300 prints by the acclaimed historic photographer of American culture from the 1930s, with 100 of his own collected artifacts. 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. Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Japanese Photography from Post-War to Now, Double Header. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. Thru Feb 4. 151 3rd St.

SF Hiking Club @ Montara Mountain

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a 10-mile hike at Montara Mountain via San Pedro County Park in Pacifica. Montara Mountain is the northernmost spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains, rising 1,900 ft above the Pacific. It offers commanding views of the Pacific, Portola's 1769 San Francisco Bay Discovery Site, SF Watershed/State Fish and Game Refuge, Sweeney Ridge, and more. Bring lunch, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker, hiking shoes and poles. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores at 8:30. (650) 740-9849.

Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier @ Cartoon Art Museum

New exhibit of works by the award-winning author and illustrator of graphic novels, at the museum's new location. Free/$10. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St. Thru Mar. 20.


Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Mon 15

Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

Tabitha Soren's 15-year project photographing Oakland A's players through their careers. Extended thru March 23. Ground Floor & North Light Court.

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.

Youth Speaks @ Nourse Theatre

21st annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. concert of spoken word. $5-$10. 7pm. 275 Hayes st.


Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences

Tue 16

Derriere Le Mirior @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Group exhibition of covers from the historic French art magazine, including prints by Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mir—, Alberto Giacometti and others. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Thru Jan 15. 149 Gough St.

Fool La La! @ the Marsh Berkeley

Unique Derique performs his wacky kid-friendly physical comedy clown show and holiday extravaganza. $15-$100. Jan 2-7. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's

Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Nick Aitken @ The Academy

The fashion photographer's exhibit, Paper Dolls: A Deck of Playing Cards, (local celebrity portraits) at the new barbershop & lifestyle lounge. 2166 Market St.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete @ LGBT Center

Exhibit of multimedia art by members of the Center's Youth Program. 1800 Market 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.

Voice of the Central City @ Tenderloin Museum

New exhibit about the history of The Tenderloin Times. Thru Mar. 30. Reg hours Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Free-$10. 398 Eddy St.


Sylvia L. Blalock at
Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Wed 17

Bernadette Bohan @ Paxton Gate

All That Glitters is Gold, a new exhibit of the Bay Area sculptor's amazing whimsical toy-assemblages. Thru mid-Feb. 766 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. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St.

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Queer open mic with cohosts Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts, with featured guest Sylvia L. Blalock (Uprising: A Book of Poetry, Sista: How Skynet Sparked the Revolution). 8pm. 489 Castro St.

There Is No Alas Where I Live @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of a dozen artists' photographs, curated by Ann Jastrab. Thru Jan. 27. 464 Sutter St.


Yayne Abeba at
Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Thu 18

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Yayne Abeba, Sid Singh, Nick Leonard, Abhay Nadkarni, and host Lisa Geduldig share smart stand-up wit and wisdom. $7-$20. 7pm (new time). 3158 Mission St.

A Fatal Step @ The Marsh

Jill Vice's solo show about a hardboiled detective, told by a femme fatale. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru Mar. 3. 1062 Valencia St.

Harriet's Spirit @ Buriel Clay Theater

Opera Parallele presents the world premiere of jazz composer Marcu Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera's opera about abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman. $5-$15. 6pm. Jan 20, 1pm & 4pm. African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.

Queer Ancestors Project @ Strut

Opening reception for a queer youth exhibition of art about LGBTQ pioneers. 7:30pm-10pm. 4709 Castro St.

Sondheim on Sondheim @ 3Below Theater & Lounge

Live and video musical performance of some of Stephen Sondheim's best songs, with video comments by the composer/lyricist. $41-$58. Thru Feb 4. 288 S. 2nd St., San Jose.

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

Volunteer Orientation @ Voices Youth Center, Santa Rosa

Meeting for those interested in volunteering with LGBTQ Connection, the East Bay LGBTQ group. 5pm. 714 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Well-Strung @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The popular men's string/vocal quartet returns to the intimate elegant nightclub. $33.75-$65 ($20 food/drink minimum). Jan 18-20. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.


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