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

Arts events

Out & About

Feb. 8-15, 2018

Otra Mas: 40 Years of Carnaval in San Francisco @ MOAD
Performance and celebration of Mardi Gras, featuring dance companies and party crewes, Feb 9, 6pm-9pm. $5-$10. Feb 10: Engage: Beyond Feathers & Glitter, a symposium on Carnaval culture; $25-$55. 10am-5pm. Also, the exhibit En Mas': Carnaval and Performance Art of the Caribbean, thru Mar. 4. 685 Mission St.
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Uplifting dance concerts, thrilling organ recitals with pizzaz, and stirring exhibits feature in arts events this week. For nightlife frivolity, see this week's On the Tab.


Thu 8

After Dark @ Exploratorium

The cocktails and science night for adults, with installations throughout the hands-on exhibit museum. Feb 8: Peanuts, the Humidors and Labor of Love. Feb 15: Cobalt, with ceramic art demos. $20. 6pm-10pm. Pier 15 at Embarcadero.

The Book of Mormon @ Orpheum Theatre

The multi-Tony-winning musical about the Mormon Church, written and composed by the South Park guys, returns. $80-$246. Thru Mar. 4. 1192 Market St.

Call Me By Your Name @ Bay Area Cinemas

The gay-themed film (with four Oscar nominations) plays at Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St.; Embarcadero Center, 1 Embarcadero; AMC Van Ness 14, 100 Van Ness Ave.; Kabuki 8, 1881 Post St. and other theaters.

Cameron Carpenter @ SF Jazz

The celebrated keyboardist performs pop and classical music with a twist, on his International Touring Organ. $30-$75. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 11. 201 Franklin St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

Feb 7 & 8: Oscar nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (4:30, 7pm, 9:30) Feb 9-11: Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. Feb 12 & 13: Lady Bird (5pm, 7pm, 9:15). Feb 14-16: Phantom Thread (7pm) and I Know Where I'm Going (5pm, 9:20). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Dance Lovers @ CounterPulse

James Graham Dance Theatre's seventh annual concert of seven fascinating unusual duets, this year includes a new duet between choreographer Graham and his mother. $18-$38. Thu-Sat 8pm. 80 Turk St.

Dennis Conkin @ Tenderloin Museum

Color is Pure Feeling, the local artist and former B.A.R. journalist's exhibit of vibrant abstract paintings. Thru Mar. 31. 398 Eddy 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.

Queer Ancestors Project @ Strut

Queer youth exhibition of art about LGBTQ pioneers. 4709 Castro St.

Readings @ City Lights Bookstore

Feb 8: A. J. Lees on his William S. Burroughs book, Mentored by a Madman, 7pm. Feb 14: Joyce Carol Oates, 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave.

Cameron Carpenter
@ SF Jazz

SF Independent Film Fest @ Roxie, Victoria Theaters

29th annual festival of 33 features and 51 short films, including classic French noir, a documentary tribute to Dennis Hopper, and parties. $15-$200 (full filmfest pass). Thru Feb 15. Roxie, 3117 16th St.; Victoria, 2961 16th St.

Show Us Your Spines @ SF Public Library

Radar Reading's writer residency reading by Queer People of Color, with Yolandi Cruz, Thea Matthews, Natalia Vigil and Jamil Moises. Free. 6pm. James Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St.

Terrie Odabi @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

The Oakland singer performs classic Blues and R&B songs. $19-$45. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.


Angel Davis: OUTspoken @ GLBT History Museum

Fri 9

Angel Davis: OUTspoken @ GLBT History Museum

Opening reception for a new exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar. $5. 7pm-9pm. Feb 15: We'ha: The Life & Times of a Traditional Zuni Two-Spirit, an illustrated talk with historian Will Roscoe (The Zuni-Man Woman). $5. 7pm. Also, Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

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.

Brass Mafia @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the energetic New Orleans jazz-infused band, featuring vocalist Yvette Pylant, at the intimate elegant nightclub. $22.50-$50 ($20 food/drink min.) Feb 9 & 10, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Born Yesterday @ SF Playhouse

Garson Kanin's 1946 comedy gets a stylish revival at the downtown company's stage. $35-$60. Thru Mar. 10. 450 Post St.

Megabytes the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Morris Bobrow's comedy song revue about the frustrations of technology. $25-$30. Fri & Sat 8pm thru Mar. 3. 533 Sutter St.

ODC/Dance @ Grace Cathedral

KT Nelson's site-specific work, Path of Miracles, is performed with a choir. 7:30pm. Also Feb 10. 1100 California 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.

Otra Mas: 40 Years of Carnaval in San Francisco @ MOAD

Performance and celebration of Mardi Gras, featuring dance companies and party crewes, 6pm-9pm. $5-$10. Feb 10: Engage: Beyond Feathers & Glitter, a symposium on Carnaval culture; $25-$55. 10am-5pm. Also, the exhibit En Mas': Carnaval and Performance Art of the Caribbean, thru Mar. 4. 685 Mission St.

Peter Murphy @ The Chapel

The legendary Bauhaus singer and soloist performs a series of concerts spanning his musical career. $45-$50. 9pm. Also Feb. 10, 11, 14 & 15. 777 Valencia St.

A Rap on Race @ Oakland Metro Opera House

A Rap on Race @ Oakland Metro Opera House

Cal Performances presents Spectrum Dance Theater performing choreographer Donald Byrd and actor-playwright Anna Deavere Smith's theater-dance work based on the lengthy historic discussion between gay Black author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead. $54-$68. 8pm. Feb 10, 2pm & 8pm. 522 2nd St., Oakland.

Reel to Reel @ Magic Theatre

World premiere of writer-director John Kolvenbach's play about an elderly couple's recorded and forgotten memories. $35-$80. Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Feb 25. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg D, 3rd floor. www.Magic

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonanthan Biss @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

The acclaimed pianist performs concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Ravel, Timo Andres and Salvatore Sciarrino with the orchestra, and Tsontakis' O Mikros, O Megas; 3 programs. $48-$86. 8pm. Also Feb 10, 8pm & 11, 3pm. Bancroft Way at Dana, UC Berkeley campus.

Still at Risk @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tim Pinckley's new play explores the hazards of rewriting an AIDS activist's past as he tries to move forward. Pre- and post-show panels and events. $35-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 25. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Widowers' Houses @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Aurora Theatre Company's production of George Bernard Shaw's 1892 comic satire romance and villains. $33-$65. Tue, Wed Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 25. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.


The Third Muslim @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Sat 10

Anansi, an African Folktale @ New Conservatory Theatre

Youth Theatre production of Stephanie Temple's new twist on the magical folk story about the trickster spider god. $10-$15. Sat & Sun 2pm & 4pm. thru Feb. 18. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

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.

Con Funk Shun @ Yoshi's Oakland

The veteran funk band performs classic songs at the elegant restaurant-nightclub. $29-$39. 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Also Feb 11 & 12. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Constructed Communication @ Museum of Craft and Design

Dogpatch warehouse is a museum store, gallery and program space. Tom Loeser's Please Please Please (artistic unique furniture) and T.W. Five (vinyl murals). Thru May 20. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303.

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.

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.

Ocean Film Fest Gala @ The Pearl

Off the Reef, the 15th annual gala fundraiser benefitting SF International Ocean Film Festival (March 8-11), with silent auctions, dinner, drinks and DJ Bryce; hipster cocktail attire with sneakers encouraged. $250 and up. 5:30pm-10:30pm. 601 9th 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. and other events, too. Thru Feb 16. 1295 Alabama St.

Our Great Tchaikovsky @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Hershey Felder's solo show about the life of the Russian composer, one of his many piano-biography theatre works. $40-$100. Tue-Wed 7:30pm. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 11. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Rachel Lark & The Damaged Goods @ Brick and Mortar

Enjoy a wild acrobatic night with the talented vocalist-songwriter, plus comics Wonder Dave and Kate Willet, acrobatic pole dancer Sean Michael Polaris, plus games and a feminist bachelor auction to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. $15-$25. 9pm. 1710 Mission 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.

Skeleton Crew
@ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Skeleton Crew @
Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Bay Area premiere of Dominique Morisseau's play about workers at a Detroit plant who have to make tough decisions to survive. $25-$44. Thru Feb 18. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Sweeney Todd @ San Jose

Stephen Sondheim's wickedly amazing musical about a serial-killing barber gets a local production. $32-$72. Wed-Thu 7:30pm. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru March 18. 490 South First St., San Jose.

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.

The Third Muslim @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, a group exhibition with performances, curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed. Reg hours Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm; Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Feb 22. 934 Brannan St.

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.


Isaac Julien's Playtime @ Fort Mason

Sun 11

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.

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.

Isaac Julien's 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.

John Oates with the Good Road Band @ Great American Music Hall

One half of Hall and Oates performs a variety of songs and rock styles, featuring Sam Bush and Paul Franklin. $36-$61 (with dinner). 8pm. 859 O'Farrell 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.

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.

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.

Question Bridge @ Oakland Museum

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. Friday night events, too. $7-$16. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (til 9pm Fridays). 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

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. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. Thru Feb 4. 151 3rd St.

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.

Traces of the Past and Future @ Asian Art Museum

Fu Shen's Painting and calligraphy, thru Sept. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Will Roland @ The Venetian Room

The star of Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen performs his cabaret show, Loser Songs. $55. 5pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.


David Spiher @ Strut

Mon 12

David Spiher @ Strut

The gay artist's exhibit of compelling portraits and figure paintings. Thru Feb. 470 Castro St.

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.


Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Tue 13

Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Exhibit of the artist's collage portraits of African American girls. Thru March 17. 464 Sutter St.

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.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books

Valentine's romance with authors Anna Pulley (The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book, with Cats!), Meg Elison (The Book of the Unnamed Midwife), and Monica Nolan (Lesbian Landlady); Wayne Goodman and Richard May cohost. 7pm. 489 Castro 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

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


The Rocky Horror Picture Show
@ UC Theatre, Berkeley

Wed 14

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.

Erykah Badu @ The Armory

Four-time Grammy-winning soul singer-songwriter performs at the spacious venue, with Thundercat. $45-$99. 8:30pm. 333 14th St.

Frederick Douglas Now @ Laney College, Oakland

Roger Guenveur Smith's solo show about the 19th-century Black activist. $15-$25. 8pm. Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, 900 Fallon St., Oakland.

Lucia Berlin: Stories @ Z Below

Word for Word's staging of short stories by the acclaimed late author. $20-$75. Wed-Thu 7pm. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Thru Mar. 11. 470 Florida St.

Opera Parallele @ SF Jazz

Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus are performed. $30-$170. 7:30pm. Thru Feb 18. 201 Franklin 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.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ UC Theatre, Berkeley

Enjoy a Valentine's night screening of the campy scifi queer classic film adaptation of Richard O'Brien's musical, with the Barely Legal shadow cast, a costume contest, prizes and fun. $17-$27. 8pm. Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.


Nathan Habib at Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Thu 15

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Enjoy wit and wisdom with Kurt Weitzmann, Francesca Fiorentini, Nathan Habib, Victor Escobedo, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 7pm. 3158 Mission 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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