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

Art array

Out & About

Out & About arts events, April 20-27, 2017

Urs Fischer: The Public & The Private @ Legion of Honor
Unusual post-modern art; thru July 2. Also, Monet: The Early Years, an exhibit of paintings by the master Impressionist; thru May 29. Also, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, thru August 2018. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600.
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Musicals, films, poetry readings and more blossom this week. Strap on a helmet and enjoy the ride. For nightlife events, see On the Tab listings.


Thu 20

Arisa White, Morgan Parker @ Alley Cat Books

Radar Productions' QueerLit presents the two poets in conversation. Free. 6:30pm. 3036 24th St.

Author Readings @ City Lights Bookstore

April 20: Omar El Akkad discusses his novel American War ; 7pm. April 23: Erica Lewis reads from her new poetry collection; 5pm. April 25: Akashic Books' Oakland Noir new crime fiction anthology contributors; 7pm. April 26: Damon Krukowski discusses The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World. April 27: poet David Shapiro; 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

April 20: Green Film Fest opening night, 6pm reception, 7:30 Evolution of Organic. April 21: La La Land sing-along hosted by Leigh Crow (8pm). April 22: Dino Risi film series; Il Mattadore (1pm), Profuma di Donna (3:30), Il Sorpasso (6pm), Commedia All'Italiana Party (8:30), I Mostri (10pm). April 23: Raging Bull (1:45, 7pm) and Boogie Nights (4:10, 9:25). April 25: Jacques Pepin: The Art of the Craft (7pm). April 26: Green Film Fest's Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (6pm) and Twelve Pianos (8:30pm; wrap party 10pm). April 27: Psycho (7pm)and The Silence of the Lambs (9pm). 429 Castro St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Mimi Gonzalez, Bill Santiago, Nathan Habib, Valerie Vernale and host Lisa Geduldig share intelligent humor. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. at Precita.

Daughter of a Garbageman @ The Marsh

KGO host and stand-up comic Maureen Langan's solo show about her family life, and the endurance of working class people. $20-$100. Thu 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru May 13. 1062 Valencia St.

David Gordon and
Pick Up Performance Co(s) @ ODC Theater

ODC Theater presents the world premiere of Live Archiveography, a retrospective of performance-dancemaker David Gordon's works. $30-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. 3153 17th St.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin @ Berkeley Rep

The acclaimed pianist-actor returns with another in his repertoire of music icons. $35-$97. Extended thru May 7. 2025 Addison St.

John @ Strand Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre's production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker's drama about a couple's increasingly strange stay at a bed and breakfast in historic Gettysburg; co-starring Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show). $20-$105. Tue-Sat 7:30pm. Wed & Sat 1pm. Thru April 23. 1127 Market St. 749-2228.

More Than a Roof and Walls @ Tenderloin Museum

Artists Alice Combs and Susa Cortez of Root Division's installation art work. Thru April 29. 398 Eddy St.

Needles and Opium @ Geary Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre presents Robert Lepage's innovative staging of his play combining the drug-fueled creative visions of jazz legend Miles Davis, and gay French filmmaker Jean Cocteau. $20-$105. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sat 2pm. Thru April 23. 415 Geary St.

Noises Off! @ SF Playhouse

Michael Frayn's hilarious farce, about the on- and offstage shenanigans in a theatre company, gets a local production. $35-$85. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru May 13. 450 Post St. 677-9596.

Phedre @ 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.

Rita Moreno @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway, TV and film actress performs her new show, with stories and songs from her illustrious career. $50-$90. $20 food/drink min. 8pm. Also April 22, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason st. (866) 663-1063.

Three's Company Live @ Oasis

The drag parody performances of two new episodes of the campy '70s sitcom return, with D'Arcy Drollinger, Heklina, Michael Phillis, Matthew Martin, Sara Moore, Marine Layer, Sue Casa & Laurie Bushman. $25-$35 ($225 champagne VIP table). Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru April 29. 298 11th St. at Folsom.

Urinetown @ Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley

The three-Tony-winning musical satire about pee repression and corporate greed is performed by Berkeley Playhouse's ensemble. $22-$40. Thu-Sat, 7pm and matinees, thru April 30. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.



Bay Area Dance Week @ Several Venues


Fri 21

Bay Area Dance Week @ Several Venues

The 19th annual large-scale multi-show festival of movement returns, with concerts, classes and 400 events throughout the Bay Area, thru April 20. Kickoff opening event April 21, 12pm at City Hall.

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.

Everything That's Beautiful @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

World premiere of Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder's play about a gay couple whose child lives as a girl, until an accident disrupts their Midwestern life. $25-$50. Previews; opens Mar. 25. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 23. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Hamilton @ Orpheum Theatre

The mega-hit multiple Tony-winning hip hop musical about President Alexander Hamilton makes its Bay Area premiere. $100-$868. Thru April 23. 1192 Market St.

Leni @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Bay Area premiere of Sarah Greenman's innovative biographical play about the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose cinematic brilliance promoted the Nazi regime. $36-$65. Tue & Sun 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. thru May 7. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822.

New Order @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley

The electro pop kings perform live; Polica opens. $59. 8pm. 2001 Gayley Road, UC Berkeley campus.

Overnight @ Flight Deck, Oakland

Ragged Wing Ensemble presents Anna Shneiderman's drama about how a neighborhood deals with a high-rise building that's suddenly appeared. $25-$45. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm thru April 22. 1540 Broadway, Oakland.

Rita Moreno @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Broadway, TV and film actress performs her new show, with stories and songs from her illustrious career. $50-$90. $20 food/drink min. 8pm. Also April 22, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason st. (866) 663-1063.

Signs of Hope @ Art Works Downtown, San Rafael

Exhibit of political protest art and posters. Thru May 5. 1337 4th St., San Rafael.

Sing-Along Jesus Christ Superstar
@ Victoria Theatre

Sing-Along Jesus Christ Superstar @ Victoria Theatre

Actor Barry Dennen (Pontius Pilate) appears at The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and host Storm Miguel Florez's annual campy sing-along with the film adaptation of the hit Rice/Lloyd Weber musical about Jesus' last days; costume and Chunky Jesus contest. Proceeds benefit the trans March. $15-$35. 7pm. 2961 16th St.

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

Opening reception for a new exhibit of classic plates; 4pm-7pm. n 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.

Butterflies and Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers


Sat 22

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.

Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Exhibits about Jewish culture and by Jewish artists, including Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show (witty pop art with a queer edge, thru June 25), new Roz Chast exhibit (April 27-Sept.3). 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.

Cloud Forests @ SF Botanical Gardens

See beautiful floral and foliage displays, trees and plants in various beautiful gardens specific to region. Daily walking tours and more. Free-$15. Tours, lectures, classes and more. Open daily, 7:30am-sunset. Golden Gate Park. 661-1316.

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.

Detour, Silent Disco @ Curran Theater

45-minute walking tours of the fabulously renovated theatre, including secret passageways, with celebrity audio narration; and an evening headphoned silent disco with drinks ($25; 21+); 8pm. 450 Geary St.

Jennifer Ekman @ Hotel Rex

Songs I Want to Sing, for You!, with pianist G. Scott Lacy and guitarist Stephanie Teel. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter 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, 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, 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.

Piéce de Resistance @ SOMArts Cultural Center

A contemporary renaissance ball and benefit for SOMArts, with Happy hour 6pm, 8pm party and performances (Dia Dear, Nicole Kidman is Fucking Gorgeous, and India Sky of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus), custom cocktails, wines, beer, DJs Juanita More!, Jackie House and Lady Ryan. Fierce, fan and freaky attire requested. $20-$85. 6pm-12am. 934 Brannan St.

Exhibit of surprisingly high-quality images taken by local artists with plastic cameras. Thru April 23. 428 3rd St.

Psychedelic Sex @ Center for Sex & Culture

Psychedelic Sex from Buzz Bense's Gay Stash: A Memorial Exhibition of colorful erotic art works by the late founder of Eros Sex Club. Thru April. 1349 Mission St.

Rags @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of the Tony-nominated musical, by the Fiddler on the Roof team, about 1900s tenement life in New York City. $35-$86. Thru April 30. 500 Castro St, Mountain View.

SF Hiking Club @ Mt. Diablo

Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 8-mile hike at Mt. Diablo on the Back Creek Trail to Eagle Peak. There's a lot of water in Back Creek this year, and the flowers should be spectacular. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, layers, sturdy boots. Carpool meets 10:00 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 910-8734.  

ShutterSpeed @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Opening reception for a group exhibit of skateboard-themed photos; music by Starheadbody and Bad Sh*t. 5pm-8pm. 50 Scott St. Thru May 31.

The Summer of Love Experience @ de Young Museum

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

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

Wilde Chats @ Sweet Inspirations

Community Initiative's weekly informal discussion group at the dessert shop. 10:30am-12pm. 2239 Market St. 621-8664.

A Billion Buddhas @ Asian Art Museum<


Sun 23

A Billion Buddhas @ Asian Art Museum

A Billion Buddhas: The Awakened Cosmos of Himalyan Buddhism (thru April 9). Free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

Carlos Paz @ Castro Country Club

Opening reception for 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 institutions, 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.

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar @ YBCA

New retrospective exhibit of the Bay Area artist known for videos, installations and feminist themes. Free/$15. Thru May 21. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Matthew Jain @ Martuni's

The TV and musical theatre actor performs a concert and fundraiser for Because Justice Matters. 7pm 4 Valencia St.

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.

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.

Le Voix's Red Hot Globe Trot @ Oasis

The drag chanteuse channels Cher, Liza, Judy, Shirley Bassey and other music icons in a comic muscal travelogue. $20-$30. 7:30pm. 298 11th St.

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.


Eddie Sarfaty @ Oasis

Mon 24

Eddie Sarfaty @ Oasis

The funny gay comic brings his "Chucklef*cker" show to SF. $25-$45. 7:30pm. 298 11th St.

Kumalicious @ Strut

Gay bears of color comic art exhibit curated by E. Salvador Hernandez; 2nd floor. Also, Gay Mens' Sketch, a group exhibit of works by past and current participants in Mark I. Chester long-running drawing group; 1st & 3rd floor. Thru April. 470 Castro 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.

The Encounter @ Curran Theater


Tue 25

20th Anniversary Exhibit @ ArtHaus

Group exhibit of paintings celebrating the gallery's two decades. Thru Mar. 31. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 411 Brannan St. at 3rd.

Bitter Creek, Sweet Water @ Jules Maeght Gallery

Exhibit of subversive post-modern works by Marshall Elliot, Paul Kos, Isabelle Sorrell and Christopher Upham. Thru April 29. 149 Gough St.

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.

Dialogues in Drawing @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Group exhibit of women artists who explore aesthetic and social concerns. Thru May 14. 464 Sutter St.

The Encounter @ Curran Theater

Simon McBurney's solo show (where the audience wears headphones) about National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. $ Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri/Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 7. 450 Geary St.

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

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

Nocturnes & Noir @ Harvey Milk Photo Center

Exhibit of Bay Area nighttime photos by local photographers. Thru April 2. 50 Scott St.

Queers & Electoral Politics @ GLBT History Museum

A multi-generational conversation about party politics and its historical context for LGBTQ communities. $5. 7pm. Also, Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love, a new mini-exhibit curated by Joey Cain. Also, Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture, featuring art work by bear cartoonist Fran Frisch. $5. 4127 18th St.

Sherilyn Connelly @ Dog Eared Books

Reading and discussion with the author of Ponyville Confidential: The History & Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016. 7pm. 489 Castro 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.

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
photo: Dominik Tarabanski


Wed 26

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.

Jason Mecier @ Dolores Park Cafe

The popular gay collage artist known for celebrity portraits unveils his latest collection, Real Housewives of Macaroni, at the cafe. 501 Dolores St.

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.

Femprovisor Fest @ Exit Theater


Thu 27

Big Freedia @ Mezzanine

The Queen of Bounce returns for a rousing concert of booty-shaking grooves; Boyfriend and Madam Gandhi open. $22-$25. 9pm. 444 Jessie St.

Femprovisor Fest @ Exit Theater

Tara DeFrancisco (Chicago's Comedy Sportz/Second City), Laura Hall of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Shulie Cowen (LA's Opening Night: The Improvised Musical .) $15-$20. 7:30pm & 9:30pm thru April 29. 156 Eddy St.

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.

Queer Nation, Queer Migration, an evening of food, and community showcasing the youth services nonprofit's new gallery and exhibit. 5:30pm-7:30pm. 127 Collingwood St.

Poetry & Martinis @ Martuni's

Dan Bellm, Kay Nilson, Julian Shendelman, Amos White, and Arisa White read their own poems, and a few by their favortie authors. Jame J Siegel hosts. No cover. 7pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

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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