Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: An Ethio-jazz marvel, a Tenderloin snapper, The Residents …

the marvelous Meklit performs her Elio-Jazz at SFJAZZ, Fri/6

ARTS FORECAST All the talk this week will be about the San Francisco International Film Festival—check out this week’s Screen Grabs film column for our preview—and I love that its dedicating a night to the incredible Stephen Parr, who left us last year, but whose Oddball Films remains the essential repository of the Bay Area’s, and the world’s, film knowledge. (See Mon/9 below for more.)

If you can tear yourself away from all the hullaballoo of the fest, here are some other local arts happenings you may be into. 

TUE/3-SUN/8 “NIJINSKY” “The vision of a troubled soul walking the line between genius and madness. For the first time in over a decade, guest company The National Ballet of Canada returns to the Bay Area to perform Nijinsky —a daring work of dazzling theatricality. A ground-breaking dancer and choreographer known for his erotic magnetism and gravity-defying leaps, Nijinsky both thrilled and shocked audiences in his far too-short career.” Various times, $40+. War Memorial Opera House, SF. More info here.

WED/4-THU/5 BATMAN AT THE SYMPHONY Tim Burton’s Batman film is a complete camp classic—and, as always, composer Danny Elfman steals the show with his idiosyncratic soundtrack. Hear that soundtrack performed live by the SF Symphony (under the baton of Sarah Hicks) as the confection-colored film is projected on a huge screen. 8pm, $50+. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

Photo by Darwin Bell

THU/5 DARWIN BELL: HEART OF THE CITY One of our absolutely best street photographers (and party-hoppers) turns the lens on the neighborhood he loves: the Tenderloin, celebrating “the iconoclastic neighborhood’s perpetual state of metamorphosis.” Opening 6pm-9pm, free. Tenderloing Museum, SF. More info here

THU/5 LITERARY DEATH MATCH AT CJM A stellar lineup of competitors and judges, as this classic— Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show—hits the Contemporary jewish Museum. 6:30pm, $15. CJM, SF. More info here. 

THU/5 “TESTIMONY” OPENING RECEPTION “As part of her Testimony project, artist Eliza Gregory introduces us to more than a dozen immigrants to San Francisco. They relate their experiences through photographic portraits, interviews touching on family history and adapting to a new culture, and selected materials such as scrapbooks and family photographs. Meet the artist and participants — from China, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia and Vietnam.” 6:30pm-8:30pm, $10 (includes admission to museum). Asian Art Museum, SF. More info here

THU/5-FRI/6 THE RESIDENTS Holy rolling eyeballs! The classic experimental outfit from the Bay comes back to perform for two nights at the Chapel. Expect high-concept hi jinx, some great tunes, and the spirit of the acid-tinged 1970s to rise again. 8pm, $35-$40. The Chapel, SF. More info here

FRI/6 ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET WITH NICHOLAS PHAN One of SF’s most accomplished (and beloved) string quartets comes to the Community Music Center with tenor Nicholas Phan for a free concert and conversation. 6pm, free. CMC, SF. More info here

 FRI/6 MEKLIT ETHIO-JAZZ CELEBRATION One of our favorite musicians, singers, and all-around people, Meklit brings her exciting Ethio-Jazz sound to SFJAZZ as part of its African Diaspora series. Don’t miss his incredible local talent in a large venue! 7:30pm, $25-$45. SFJAZZ. More info here

FRI/6-APRIL 28 “A DIFFERENT LONG STRETCH OF EARTH” “Taxidermy. Decolonization. Kink. Apocalypse. Inspired by her work at the intersection of arts nonprofits and social justice as well as her fickle and persistent love of the Old West, playwright Ulrey takes us into the contemporary American West where a group of characters wrestle with the mindsets and mythologies of our collective past and explore how they shape our ability to envision the future.” Performed by the Ragged Wing Ensemble Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, $25-$45. The Flight Deck, Oakland. More info here.  

SAT/7 “THE RED SHADES”: TRANS SUPERHERO ROCK OPERA SHOWCASE A full rock opera sing-through with a seven-piece band! “The story follows a teenage trans girl, Ida, who unlocks her super powers after experiencing the traumas of small-town life in the sixties. Eventually, she runs away and joins a gang of trans superheroes squatting in the Tenderloin. They use magic collectively to defend the community against the police and other enemies of their liberation.” 3:30pm-8pm, $10. El Rio, SF. More info here

SUN/7 DUST BOWL REVIVAL “Dustbowl Revival is a vibrant Los Angeles-based eight-piece who have been making their mark with a stellar mix of of vintage Americana sounds.” Not is sure how much we want to revive the Dust Bowl, but don’t miss a good night of music, also featuring the Shook Twins. 

MON/9 A CELEBRATION OF ODDBALL FILMS Last year we lost the wonderful Stephan Parr, a lynchpin of our independent film scene as proprietor of Oddball Films. “The reels in Stephen Parr’s Oddball Films collection are said to number 50,000, but their impact on screens and filmmakers is exponentially greater. Elements of Parr’s archive of industrials, educational films, and, yes, oddities of all kinds found their way into the hands of filmmakers near and far, from Bay Area documentarians like Jennifer Kroot to A-list Hollywood directors like Ridley Scott.” As part of the SF International Film Fest, a ton of musicians performing as the Red Room Orchestra will come together to soundtrack 16mm films from the Oddball archive. 8pm, $25. Castro Theatre, SF. More info here. 

Arts Forecast: Walking the Irish border, making epic poetry

Mica Sigourney and Ruairí Ó'Donnabháin

ARTS FORECAST The Counterpulse Festival is on this week (Wed/14-Sun/18) and its bursting with performance and arts innovation. One of its most interesting moments: aon mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tíre (Sat/17 and Sun/18)a performance by queer artists Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin and Mica Sigourney, in which the two translate their six-week walk along the 303-mile (499 km) border separating Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic into epic poetry and movement. 

“The border is currently a soft one, it’s very permeable and not set along any specific or obvious division like a road or fence. You may only know you’ve crossed over because the mailboxes or the street signs change color,” Sigourney told me. “It’s kind of a middle ground right now, but there’s obviously so much history along it, including some incredible stories of smuggling that we heard. But all that might change with Brexit, which harden the border and would completely change the economy, split up families… you can see the obvious parallels to what else is going on in the world.”

Kitted out with a paper map, camping supplies, and a few vague notions (as well as a deep history of Irish literature), the two—Ó’Donnabháin a resident of Cape Clear, a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area, and Sigourney, a San Francisco-based child of an Irish immigrant father—hiked, kayaked, and otherwise found their way along unpredictable paths and met with more than a few characters. (The name of the piece translates to “one son of the land or several sons of the land.”) 

“At one point we met a Russian man named Vladimir from nearby Castleblaney on the southern Irish side, which is known as the St. Petersburg of Ireland,” Sigourney said. “There’s so many Russian people living there, since the Irish left to make money elsewhere. So it brought up a lot of questions about what it means to be Irish now, what makes something Irish.”

The performance itself is more than a tale or a dance of their walk. “There have been similar art projects—endurance, landscape-based, famous ones like Marina Abramovic’s along the Great Wall of China. So we didn’t just want to replicate, but rather translate in some way all of our reactions to walking along this soft border, the difference between someone native (Ruairí) and someone diasporic (me), and the implications and complexity of the history. So afterwards, we went to Switzerland and holed ourselves up, and wrote a mythological epic poem about it all,” Sigourney said. 

The performance consists of the two reading the poetry as they navigate shards of broken glass and other hazards, and involves dance, drag, dual-language interaction, and more. According to Sigourney: “It’s very Irish but also very queer—and it’s about the troubles of being outside of borders, invisible and known.”


Sister Spit

March 15: Sister Spit: “QTPOC Cruising the West Tour—San Francisco” Literary powerhouse Sister Spit celebrates its 21st anniversary (!) with an all-star lineup, including Mari Naomi, Juliana Delgado Lopera, and Virgie Tovar for “an evening of provocation, feelings, analysis, astrology, and shade” at the Stud. More info here.  

Now through April 5: “Diasporic Alchemy” At SOMArts, co-curators missTANGQ and Louis Chinn present an art show in which “artists of the global diaspora explore ancestry, mythology and cultural heritage as the foundational elements for transformation and creative mutation.” The exhibition centers artists whose identities as immigrants, activists, LGBTQ, and people of color inform their experience of diaspora. More info here.  

March 15-17: “American Optimism” Something that’s in awful short supply lately, get s a musical jolt from SF Symphony, with a performance of Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and, wonderfully interesting, a world premiere performance of new commissioned work “Sudden Changes” by composer Charles Wuorinen, plus Prokofiev’s “witty and fiendishly difficult Third Piano Concerto,” performed by Uzbek sensation Behzod Abduraimov. More info here.  

March 16-April 1: “Latin Standards” Beloved comedian Marga Gomez’s hilarious and poignant excavation of her family’s past—focusing on that of her Cuban showbiz-wiz dad, and her own history performing at Mission gay bars in the ’90s — returns to the Brava Theatre for more shows (and rolling in the aisles). More info here

March 19-April 7: “Exit the King” Ionesco’s absurdist pay at the Exit Theatre (perfect) teaches us to laugh in the face of death: “King Berenger clings to life like he clung to his scepter, but one-by-one his faculties, staff, and two wives are taken from him until he has no choice but to die, as we all must, alone. But will he die at peace?” More info here

March 21: Relay for Death Every month or so, the Peacock Lounge is transformed into an experimental noise palace featuring some awesome, mind-bending acts. This time: relay for Death, Jim Haynes, AEMAE, The Third Ear. More info here

Granny Cart Gangstas

March 22-31: “Here Kitty Kitty: The Pussy Bites Back” The Bindlestiff-originating, all-women, all Asian-American sketch comedy troupe Granny Cart Gangstas, whose “vags’ persist to resist,” go hard to tickle your panties in these crazy times, with all-new sketches exploring the mundane and absurd. I love them! More info here

March 23: Caminos Flamencos: “BailaHora” Our legendary and spectacular Flamenco troupe, led by Yaelisa, celebrates Wonmen’s History Month with a special program. “The show is a journey revealing the nature of the woman in flamenco: her essence, her humanity, how she reflects her time, how time reflects upon her, the joy, the artist, mother, dancer and the rapture when the woman envelops the art and the art envelops the woman.” More info here.  

March 23: “Chevrons” Through a constant investigation of materials and process, Alex Couwenberg’s paintings are informed by the visual landscape of his native Los Angeles. Mid-century design, furniture, architecture, surf and skateboard culture, color and graphics, as well as hard-edge abstraction all play a role in his work. The paint, pin striping, and finish associated with hot rod and custom car culture also impact the aesthetic of his paintings. Couwenberg’s newest work embraces the V-shaped chevron form, whose sharp edges are incorporated seamlessly into the overall geometric style of the paintings. At Andrea schwartz Gallery. More info here

Alex Couwenberg, Mai Tai, 2008

Arts Forecast: Bowie Wowie Zowies!

ARTS FORECAST It’s been two years since David Bowie’s shocking death — an event that many pinpoint as the beginning of world’s current madness spiral, and why not? If it has to hang on something, the passing of the patron saint of weird and wonderful (followed soon by Prince ascending to the purple heavens) might as well have foretold the psycho-cyclone we’re living in.

 San Francisco already threw huge parties to mark Bowie’s birthday (January 8), and since the Starman departed our sphere in 2016, they’ve only grown huger and more poignant. Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s:

7TH ANNUAL BOWIE BASH A two-night extravaganza from the First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, San Francisco (led by Reverent Father Lysol Tony-Romeo) — our very own Bowie performance cult — which will recreate three of his seminal albums live: Friday will see The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and on Saturday we get Station To Station and Let’s Dance. Live band, drag queens, burlesque, and tons of stage shenanigans. Fri/6 and Sat/7, 8pm, $25. The Chapel, SF. More info here

BOWIE AND ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH Two splashy legends for the price of one? OK! From “Hound Dog” to Diamond Dogs, DJs Shindog (New Wave City) Cammy, Moonshine, and Andy T play all your faves. It’s a costume affair, too, with prizes for best dressed. Birthday cake! Fri/6, 9pm-1:30am, $12. Edinburgh Castle, SF. More info here

BOWIE BIRTHDAY BALL Monthly Club Leisure is our bastion of all things British and pop — from mod to Morrissey — so of course a Bowie Ball chimes with its good times. Bowie-themed drink specials, Bowie tunes, Bowie karaoke, and one of the most stylishly fun crowds in the city. With DJs Aaron, Omar, and Jez and a champagne toast to the Thin White Duke at midnight. Sat/6, 10pm-3am, $10. Cat Club, SF. More info here

BOWIEMAS XIV The 14th installment of this cherished tradition, this year teaming up with the Stud’s rockin’ Sunday Lip Service party for hot tunes and tons of drag and burlesque. A magical night of dance and romance, plus a midnight mass in his honor. Dress up as a Bowie character (or a song lyric) and have a blast. Sun/7, 10pm-1am, $7. The Stud, SF. More info here.   

GOLDEN YEARZ: A BOWIE BIRTHDAY PARTY “GoldenYearz celebrates the ever-changing and far-ranging master of the extraordinary, David Bowie. Our focus is on David’s Golden Years from 1965-1980DJs d’Animal & d’Escargot will spin Bowie and the artists he loved and there will be several live performances.” Projections, surprises, and get your face airbrushed like a Starman. Sat/6, 9:30pm-2am, $10-$15. The Great Northern, SF. More info here

DAVID BOWIE SINGALONG One of my favorite local performers, Kitten on the Keys, leads a lively, good ol’ fashioned singalong of Bowie’s hits and favorites. Grab a cocktail and  belt out something fabulous. Tue/9, 7pm-10pm, free. PianoFight, SF. More info here

BOWIE-A-GOGO A truly freaky tribute! Our weekly pansexual bondage-themed wonderland, Bondage-A-GoGo, pays tribute to the true master. DJs Tomas Diablo and Damon, sexy go-gos, and a dungeon in the back room. Wed/10, 9:30pm-2:30am, $7-$10. Cat Club, SF. More info here

BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASH WITH THE JEAN GENIES Who doesn’t love/live in constant terror of tribute bands? The Jean Genies will bring one Bowie back to life at the Starry Plough with their energetic covers, while openers Burning Down the House will animate another, David Byrne of the Talking Heads. Craziness. Sat/13, 9pm-1am, $10-$12. The Starry Plough, Berkeley. More info here


SAN FRANCISCO TAPE MUSIC FESTIVAL One of my absolute favorite events of the year! “America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features four distinct concerts of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 30 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system (24 high-end loudspeakers) with the audience seated in complete darkness. It’s a unique opportunity to experience music forming — literally — around you.” Fri/5-Sun/7, $10-$20 for each night/$60 for all four performance. Victoria Theater, SF. More info here

LONG BEACH DUB ALLSTARS Founded in 1997 by surviving members of Sublime (I admit, this is a total selling point for teenage me), LBDA plays  a mixture of punk rock, reggae, dub, ska and hip hop. They’re also endorsed by our own dub party powerhouse, Dub Mission, so you can barely go wrong here. Spark one up. Fri/5, 8:30pm, $25. The Independent, SF. More info here.  

“BRILLIANT DILETTANTES: SUBCULTURE IN GERMANY IN THE 1980S” The invaluable Goethe-Institut brings this awesome show of underground German club, arts, and music to Pro Arts Gallery, and I can’t wait to see it (especially since I was lucky enough to party in Berlin before the fall of the Wall). “Curated by Mathilde Weh, this exhibition presents the most comprehensive survey to date of this extraordinarily innovative subculture, highlighting the work of the bands Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft/D.A.F. (Düsseldorf), Der Plan (Düsseldorf), Die Tödliche Doris (Berlin), Einstürzende Neubauten (Berlin), Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle/ F.S.K. (Munich), Ornament und Verbrechen (East Berlin), and Palais Schaumburg (Hamburg), as well as various artists, filmmakers and designers from West and East Germany.” Opening reception Fri/5, 6pm-8pm, free. Show runs though January 27 with all kinds of live performances and music planned. Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland. More info here

KIRK MAXSON: “BLACK ELK SPEAKS” Kirk Maxson is one of our most exquisite artists, fashioning nature imagery out of metal foil to create forests of reference and delight. (He all recently outfitted models for the Victoria Secret fashion show, so there’s a lot of range going on in his work.) In this ambitious show, he addresses the fact that he was raised believing his family was part Cherokee and immersing himself in the culture: That provenance is now under question, but the sculptural metal works here explore Native American History in the United States, through book, song titles and a phrase from presidential speeches. Opening reception Sat/6, 6pm-8pm, free. Show runs through Feb 17. Eleanor Harwood Gallery, SF. More info here

MIYA ANDO: “OBOROZUKI” Artist Miya Ando’s inspiration for this exhibition, including new paintings and ink works on aluminum, is the Japanese word ‘Oborozuki,’ meaning ‘the moon obscured by clouds.’ For the show she draws on the oldest known Japanese novel “The Tale of Genji.” “Written by Murasaki Shikibu, the book is composed of minute, poetic observations of nature by it’s lead female protagonist, Lady Murasaki. This ancient novel takes as its premise the fundamental interconnectivity of all things, and the fleeting, transitory awareness this recognition engenders. Nature is depicted not as a force, but as the vehicle that inspires in us contemplation and reverie.” Opening reception Sat/6, 5m-7pm, free. Show runs through February 22. Nancy Toomey Fine Art, SF. More info here

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ODDBALL FILMS’ STEPHEN PARR The local film and underground events community was devastated when Stephen Parr passed away in October. Stephen was the mind behind Oddball Films and the San Francisco Media Archive, and the former proprietor of Club Generic — he was a catalyst of so much that happened to keep underground film alive in the city. This memorial at the Roxie will pay tribute with “remembrances and testimonials, blessings and spiritual sharing and, of course, film and music.” A reception will follow and the memorial will be filmed and shared for those unable to attend. Sun/7, 12:30pm, free. Roxie Theater, SF. More info here.

“BARN OWL” “At the dawn of the cyber age, 39 members of the UFO death cult Heaven’s Gate “exited” their human vehicles [bodies], transitioning, they believed, into androgynous Star Beings and leaving behind a trail of breadcrumbs on the World Wide Web. Evan Johnson (PansyDon’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer) teams up with Teddy Hulsker (performer/multi-media artist/Klanghaus Artistic Director) to create a chilling sci-fi ghost story exploring loss, queer cosmologies and the power of belief. Also featuring a live ET channeling by Nouzarbus. Performances by Silkworm, Hollow Eve, Clove Galilee, and Ingrid Shoop.” Ummmm, yes I will be there. Mon/8, 7pm, $7. Z Space, SF. More info here

Arts Forecast: Coolest holiday events for everyone

Holiday Gaiety with Armstead Maupin at the SF Symphony features drag emcee Peaches Christ and conductor Edwin Outwater joining the beloved author of 'Tales of the City,' Fri/8. Photo by Alex Fiore

ARTS FORECAST Holidays can be a drag — and that’s a good thing! Two big drag holiday traditions lead our list of fun events that out the “oh, hey!” in holiday. Two big things, though, to kick it all off: If you have not been to the Great Dickens Faire (through Sun/17), please do go — three years after visiting, I am still recovering from the overwhelmingness of this enormous ye olde Burning Man-meets-Exotic Erotic-meets-Edwardian Ball-meets Renaissance Faire thing.

Second, The San Francisco Botanical Gardens are free on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 (also on New Year’s Day, too!) Spend the day wandering amid the gorgeous orchids, primeval ferns, and blooming cloud forests with your family from out of town — or just by yourself, in all that glorious nature, celebrating your personal solstice.   

PS: This is your fair warning — stay off the streets Sat/9 for Santacon, or risk being puked on by a reindeer. (Hey, your choice, it’s the holidays.) This afterparty at Monarch looks cute, though. 

PPS: Duck into Martuni’s for a warming drink and some songs of the season live on the piano! Cutest bar for holidays ever.   

DRAG QUEENS ON ICE Slip slide away — just don’t lose you wig — as a cavalcade of elegant gender clowns shows off its figure eights. This is one of the warmest, friendliest, family-full events I’ve attended in SF, and perfect to set off your joyful season. Thu/7, 8-9:30pm, free. Union Square Ice Rink, SF. More info here.

WINTER WALK WITH HOUSE OF MORE! Pair your Drag Queens on Ice with the legendary drag queens of the House of MORE!, led by Juanita More, as they strut their stuff near Union Square. “Catch two fabulous holiday shows with the House of MORE! Pose for awkward family photos at our free holiday photo-booth, featuring ugly sweaters, kitschy photo props and classic Christmas card backdrops, as well as a DJ Jim Collins blasting campy holiday tunes to fuel all your merrymaking.” I think there’s also food trucks? This event has everything. Thu/7, 5:30-8:30pm, free. 133 Stockton, SF.  More info here

TENDERLOIN MUSEUM HOLIDAY BAZAAR “Ten local artist-vendors will bring pop up shops to the Museum for a festive marketplace flush with neighborhood wares. Forget the old chestnuts and stereotypical stocking stuffers–enliven your gift game while supporting the arts. From hand-tooled leather belts to intricately-latticed metalworks to cherry-picked vintage duds, there will be a plethora of unique gifts for sale. This year’s seasonal celebration coincides with the opening reception for Holly Coley’s solo exhibition in the TL Museum gallery, Tender Life: Graphic and Ceramic Memories of Tenderloin Living, 1999-2004.” Thu/7, 6pm-9pm, free. tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here

CASTRO ART WALK This new monthly neighborhood peregrination puts out a plethora of goodies for your delectation. Stop in, especially, at the wonderful Dog-Eared Books Castro for some wonderful crafts and cheer — all featuring local artists, of course. Thu/7, 6pm-9pm, Castro District, SF. More info here

KITKA: WINTERSONGS Do not miss this, no matter what your take on the “holidays”! I took my parents a couple years ago and it was perfect and gorgeous. ” The women of Kitka have mastered repertory from all over and include everything from Sephardic songs to Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Romany tunes and much more, some in arrangements by choir members.” Throughout the Bay Area Thu/7-Thu/21 (Oakland Fri/15 and Sun/17, SF Sat/16). More info here

HOLIDAY GAIETY WITH ARMISTEAD MAUPIN The beloved author of Tales of the City is joined by scarily brilliant drag emcee Peaches Christ, SF Symphony conductor Edwin Outwater, actor Cheyenne Jackson, the legendary Bob the Drag Queen, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and more for a night of fabulous and dazzling performances and readings. Fri/8, 7:30pm, $15-$44. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here.  

DECEMBER FIESTA AT COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER the Community Music Center is a fantastical, magical San Francisco institution in the Mission that hosts this awesome cultural celebration every year and draws huge crowds. “A vibrant multi-generational celebration of Latin American song and dance! Performances by the Mission District Young Musicians Program, Children’s Chorus, Coro Solera, and the Cuban Charanga Ensemble. Come for the music and stay for the celebration with a piñata, tamales, hot chocolate, and a Cuban charanga dance party!” Fri/8 (7pm-9pm) and Sat/9 (3:30pm-5:30pm), CMC, SF. More info here. Oh! And then go back on Sun/10 for the Winter Music Celebration full of poetry and music classics. 

GOLDEN BOUGH: CHRISTMAS IN A CELTIC LAND “Folk songs tell a story and the music of the Celtic trio Golden Bough is full of the stories and mythology of the Celtic lands. For 36 years Golden Bough has been delighting audiences with their exceptional interpretations of the music of the Celtic nations and the uniqueness of their original compositions.” Sat/9, 8pm, $5-$23. Old First Church, SF. More info here

MEXICAN MUSEUM HOLIDAY MERCADO The Mexican Museum‘s La Tienda holiday gift store opens its doors during the “Holiday Mercado” at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. La Tienda features items from Mexico, Central America, and local artisans and vendors for this special holiday shopping event.  The Holiday Mercado also offers fun art activities for families and the opportunity to see the exhibit, “Mexico In San Francisco: Works On Paper From Diego Rivera to Alejandro Santiago,” before it closes.” Sat/9 and Sun/10, noon-5pm, free. Fort Mason Center, SF. More info here

UNSILENT NIGHT WITH THE SF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS Very cool, and participatory: “We hope you’ll join us for this family-friendly, free holiday event linked to ‘Unsilent Night’ celebrations around the world. The original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising ‘Unsilent Night.’ We will walk a carefully chosen route in and around San Francisco’s Dolores Park area, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.” Sat/9, 5pm-6pm, meet at Dolores Park tennis courts, SF. More info here.

SF FETISH FLEA MARKET Ho ho ho, honey — gifts for everyone on your naughty list. “Whether you’re curious about the local kink community or you’re an experienced player looking for the best new toys, the Fetish Flea is for you. The Flea hosts a variety of toy makers, artists, businesses, upcyclers and more right at the SF Citadel for one day. Think of the Fetish Flea as your friendly neighborhood kinky shopping mall. Get all your gear in one place, and support the artists in your local community! All genders, presentations, and consensual dynamics are warmly welcomed!” Sat/9, 11am-5pm, $5. SF Citadel. More info here.  

PETER AND THE WOLF Narrated by hunky half-Vulcan (in the Star Trek movies, anyway) Zachary Quinto, this Prokofiev classic will have you and your younger friends gasping and bopping in your seats, in awe of the timeless fable and music, as played by the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sun/10, 2pm, $25-$79. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here.  

Mariachi Sol De Mexico.

A MERRY-ACHI CHRISTMAS “Led by the incomparable José Hernández, Mariachi Sol de Mexico returns to Davies Symphony Hall for a festive musical tribute to Mexico’s Christmas traditions. Experience a truly international celebration, with the ensemble singing and playing holiday favorites from both Mexico and America in a vibrant performance that will have the whole family dancing in the aisles.” Sun/10, 8pm, $16-$90. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here.

KUGELPLEX I personally cannot wait for this: “Celebrate Hanukkah with a wild performance by Kugelplex, California’s rockin’-est purveyor of klezmer and old-world party music. Formed in 2001, the group plays wild, soulful dance music.” Sun/17, 4pm, $5-$23. Old First Church, SF. More info here

NIGUNIM CHORUS PRESENTS: HANUKAH COMMUNITY CELEBRATION “A grand time of music, fun, entertainment, candlelighting, dancing, tchochkes, Hanukah gifts, books, and refreshments. Featuring the 45-member Nigunim Chorus directed by Achi Ben Shalom, the Adama Band, Story Teller Joel ben Izzy, virtuoso violinist David Chernyovsky, and special guests. All ages are invited!” Sun/17, 1pm, $20-$24. Freight and Salvage, Berkeley. More info here

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS — LIVE! “Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang are back at Davies Symphony Hall! The show begins with your favorite characters dancing along to holiday classics and colorful video. Then, the gang returns to the stage to bring A Charlie Brown Christmas to life! With singers, dancers, and actors performing in front of an animated background, and Vince Guaraldi’s timeless music performed live by the Symphony.” Thu/21-Sun/24, $30-$80. Davis Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

BUD E LUV CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR The 28th anniversary of this campy-yet-actually-amazing big band/lounge act spectacular. It’s got a spectacular history as well: “The Christmas show had its humble beginnings at the famed Paradise Lounge at 11th and Folsom in 1990. Unexpectedly, the power went out in the club but they pulled power from the next door, lit candles, and the Christmas Show tradition was started. When it moved to The Red Devil Lounge in 1998 they added the full nine-piece big band and continue with that extravagant sound to this day. From there it moved downtown to The Rrazz Room for three years to sold out crowds. Mayor Willie Brown has made this show part of his Christmas tradition for years. So put on your best cocktail dress and swinging dinner jacket and STAY in the Christmas spirit for one more day.” Sat/23, 8pm, $22-$25. The Chapel, SF. More info here

KUNG PAO KOSHER COMEDY 25TH ANNIVERSARY Holy pickled herring! Can’t believe it’s been a quarter-centry of yuck-yucks over roast duck with this institution. Basically: Comedy in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas, for anyone who doesn’t want to sit around all day at home. And it’s charitable! Go out, why don’t you! Eat something! Laugh a little!  Two shows a night, Fri/23-Sun/25, 5pm (with dinner) and 8:30pm (cocktails and veggie dim sum). New Asia Restaurant, SF. More info here

Arts Forecast: Druid Film Fest, San Fransgiving, Amplify Her…

The movie "Amplify Her" tells the story of women in the contemporary electronic dance music field.

COMMUNITY CREATING SAFER AND WELCOMING NEIGHBORHOODS “Racial profiling thrives in so-called ‘pursuit of safety’ efforts throughout our communities. From social media spaces to crime watch programs and other policing efforts, people of color are profiled with insidious regularity. Our campaign aims to raise awareness and take action against both implicit and explicit racial bias in San Francisco public spaces. Join us for a presentation from Neighbors for Racial Justice whose work in Oakland has received national attention, and learn how you can join the campaign to take action here in San Francisco.” Wed/15, 6:30pm-8:30pm, free. Cloudflare, SF. More info here

FILM AMPLIFY HER “This documentary film — and graphic novel and animated motion comic series — explores the rise of female artists in the electronic music scene. Imagined and brought to life by more than 21 female creators across North America – mainly from the West Coast – the 89-minute feature follows seven up-and-coming stars as they find their unique voices within a male-dominated realm.On the surface, it’s a story about women in the electronic music industry, but the film’s deeper message is the resurgence of ‘the feminine’ in Western culture.” Thu/16, 7pm doors (film at 8pm), $15, or $40 for film and graphic novel. Castro Theatre, SF. More info here

FILM XTH DRUID FILM FEST “Showcasing the best of a decade of unique programming, the 10th annual Druid Underground is a high-powered blast of rebellious cinema hosted by Billy Burgess. A spectacle unlike any other, Druid Underground champions subversive techniques that advance the language of cinema, challenge pre-conceived notions of underground art, and simultaniously blow your mind out of your skull!” Thu/16, 7pm-10pm, $10. Artists Television Access, SF. More info here

DANCE POST:BALLET PRESENTS LAVENDER COUNTRY “Post:Ballet’s latest creative endeavor, Lavender Country, features live music by Patrick Haggerty (singer/songwriter of Lavender Country) and his exceptional ensemble of Bay Area musicians. Led by Post:Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, this new work for six dancers is set to and inspired by the music of Lavender Country, a self-titled album released in 1973 which was country music’s first openly gay album. Post’s new work reflects on Haggerty’s radically defiant music as Dekkers and Thiessen use ballet’s inherently traditional gender roles as a dramatic tension against queer characters and narratives.” Fri/17 and Sat/18, 8pm, $30-$50. Z Space, SF. More info here.

MUSIC NEGATIVE PRESS PROJECT: JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan, so this is right up my alley. “San Francisco Bay Area electro-acoustic ensemble Negative Press Project featuring Andrew Lion (bass) and Ruthie Dinnen (piano/keyboards) celebrate their ravishing second album Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds, a tribute to iconic pop singer Jeff Buckley, with a CD release party.”  Fri/17, 9pm, $12-$15. Doc’s Lab, SF. More info here.  

DRINK SAN FRANSGIVING BEER BUST “Celebrate Thanksgiving with people you actually like…before your actual thanksgiving with people you barely tolerate!” Broke Ass Stuart is teaming up with folks at Laughing Monk Brewery to bring us a day party with bottomless beer mugs — and more fun stuff, including “a Trump piñata to bang on, the ’90s R&B you know and love, and supersized versions of games from your childhood.” Best of all? Yummy soul food from Old Skool Cafe. Sat/18, 1pm-6pm, $30-$45. Laughing Monk Brewery, SF. More info here

PANEL/PARTY SHIFTING SPACES: QUEER NIGHTLIFE IN THE CITY An all-star nightlife cavalcade comes together to talk history and parties. “Join us for a night of films, performance, music, food, and a lively panel discussion exploring the social and political importance of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ bars – with an emphasis on queer bars that center women, trans folks, and people of color. Why are they closing here in SF, and internationally? What are the psychological effects of this dislocation? How can we reimagine new modes of building queer community space?” Sat/18, 6pm-9:30pm, $20. Eric Quezada Center, SF. More info here.  

LIT HOWARD ZINN BOOK FAIR This year’s theme is “The World We Want.” Over 140 authors, zinesters, bloggers, and publishers will gather for a jam-packed for a day of close to 60 readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small. There will also be a big room full of over 75 radical book sellers, publishers, and community organizations. Sun/19, 10pm-6am, free. City College Mission Campus, SF. More info here.  

FESTIVAL/SHOPPING 2017 BAY AREA RECORD FAIR An incredible array of record stores, independent labels, and vendors — from Left Hand Path and Gaylord’s Party Music to Vinyl Me, Please and World of Stereo come together for a huge showcase of vinyl encounters. Raffles, demos, and of course lots of flat plastic sounds. Sun/19, noon-5pm, $5. Swedish American Music Hall, SF. More info here

MUSIC FIRE RELIEF BENEFIT SHOW Featuring Down Dirty Shake, Rupa and the April Fishes, Magic in the Other, and Best of the Bay winner Sam Chase. “All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the victims of this disaster and their families via UndocuFund ( An estimated 28,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sun/19, 7pm, $16. Slim’s, SF. More info here

MUSIC SFS YOUTH ORCHESTRA This wonderful program from the SF Symphony gives young musicians the opportunity, tuition-free, to receive a pre-professional caliber orchestral experience. For this season kick-off, 2017 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winner Leyla Kabuli will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The afternoon concert also features Elgar’s Enigma Variations and German composer Detlev Glanert’s Prelude No. 1, from “Three American Preludes.” Sun/19, 2pm, $15 general admission. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

COMMEMORATION 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALCATRAZ OCCUPATION “Join Indians of All Tribes Co-Founder Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island for the 48th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation. Opening Ceremony by Ann Marie Sayers of Indian Canyon Nation. Morning panel: “Why We Took The Rock.” Film: End of the Line with Pearl Means. Afternoon panel: “Legacies of the Occupation.” The program will conclude with an honoring Indigenous Women’s Dance Dancing Earth & Eva Lopez Feat Desirae Harp & Kanyon Sayers-Roods.” Mon/20, 10am-5pm, free. Alcatraz, SF. More info here. Part of the three-day indigenous peoples’ celebration, more info here

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Arts Forecast: Trans Film Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, Rebirth Brass Band …

Rebirth Brass Band comes to the Bay Area Thu/9-Sat/11. Amazing artwork by Frenchy:

ARTS FORECAST The biggest local arts news of last week was the announcement that Michael Tilson Thomas will step down as conductor of the SF Symphony in 2020 — after an amazing run of 25 years. During his tenure, MTT has brought an impeccably polished, cosmopolitan sound to the Symphony (not to mention an impish experimentalism) that truly reflects his great musical loves Mahler, Ives, Stravinsky, Copeland, and Gershwin. This weekend is the perfect time to check him out in his true element, conducting Gershwin and Ives (and hey, some Dvorak, too) in a poignant “American Masters” showcase, Fri/10-Sun/12. More info here.   

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STAGE MUMU: AN OTHERWISE EXPERIENCE I love that DJ Marky “Proof” Enriquez is one of the co-producers of this fascinating-sounding show. “It’s 1977 in San Francisco, and a young Filipino immigrant follows his poetry into the shadows. Through an ominous soundscape and immersive space, this exploration of our unknown darkness reveals an intimate story of connection, cultural psyche, and death… this is our inquiry of everything that haunts us as a people.” Spooky! Now through Nov. 18 at Bindlestiff Theater, SF. More info here

LIT “CALIFORNIA HISTORY THROUGH AN INDIGENOUS LENS” “Join the California Historical Society and Heyday Books for a night of indigenous storytelling that explores how California’s history has been told for generations. Our speakers are Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of the new book How a Mountain was Made and William Bauer, author of California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History. The event will close with a short performance from Word for Word Performance Company, who will be performing one of the creation stories from Chairman Sarris’ new book.” Wed/8, 6pm-8pm, $10. California Historical Society, SF. More info here

LIT SF PUBLIC PRESS ISSUE #23 LAUNCH: SOLVING HOMELESSNESS “The fall 2017 edition of the San Francisco Public Press features “Solving Homelessness,” a special project investigating proposals that could help secure housing for large numbers of people who are living on the streets or in temporary shelters. Come by, pick up a copy and join us for an enlightening conversation with our reporters about the stories in this project.” Wed/8, 7pm, free. Green Arcade, SF. More info here

FILM/FESTIVAL 3rd-i SF INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL The 15th installment of this wonderfully vibrant fest. There’s so much going on here, from opening film Abu (“a quintessential immigrant story that captures the tumultuous journey of his family’s move to Canada from Pakistan in the early ’90s”) to Shepherdess of the Glaciers (“set amidst the stunning landscape of Ladakh, this mesmerizing doc is a tribute to the unbreakable bond between humans and animals.”) Thu/9-November 18, more info here.  

MUSIC REBIRTH BRASS BAND The legendary New Orleans outfit returns to get everyone’s blood pumping. Formed way back in 1983, the band “is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show.” They’re here at two locations: Thu/9 and Fri/10 at Starline in Oakland (more info here) and Sat/11 at Mezzanine in SF (more info here).  

ART/PARTY SFAI FORT MASON OPENING SPECTACLE The SF Art Institute is coming to Fort Mason with a big bang of, well, art. Friday night sees a huge party, with a “raunchy performance by the Extra Action Marching Band” plus food trucks, DJs, and much more, while all day Saturday both the new Fort Mason campus and the original Chestnut Campus heave with family friendly activities and art, art, art. Fri/10 and Sat/11, more info here.

ART/SOUND ANNEA LOCKWOOD: A SOUND MAP OF THE DANUBE “Between the winter of 2001 and the summer of 2004 I made five field-recording trips, moving slowly down the Danube from the sources in the Black Forest through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania to the great delta on the Black Sea, recording the river’s sounds (at the surface and underwater), aquatic insects, and the various inhabitants of its banks.” The surround-sound exhibit allows freedom to come and go, and incorporates a large wall map of the river, a book of interview texts and a rock from the river. Fri/10-November 17, various times, free. The Lab, SF. More info here

FILM/FESTIVAL 20TH ANNUAL TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL Two decades of vision! Love this fest, which combines DIY spirit with revelatory filmmaking. Intriguing titles this year include The Gold Fish Casino, My Femme Is A Reflection, Sununú: The Revolution of Love, Soless, Where We Were Not: Feeling Reserved, Last Night’s Sugarm In My Mother’s Closet, and dozens more over six separate programs. Fri/10-Sun/12. Roxie, SF. More info here

FILM “BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS”: A BENEFIT FOR THE GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY This benefit screening of Before Homosexuals takes the viewer on a wondrous tour of same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Scagliotti guides us in this expedition of erotic history, poetry and visual art in this point-of-view documentary. He explores how the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the growth of LGBT political power in the 1990s cleared the path for artists and scholars to re-discover pre-20th century same-sex desires. Sat/11, 4pm, $12.50. Roxie, SF. More info here

SHOPPING RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR “Renegade returns to Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion with a festive weekend celebration of all things handmade! Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, discover top independent maker talent from around the country, and enjoy a memorable Holiday weekend of local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets, DIY workshops, photo ops, and more.” Sat/11 and Sun/12, 11am-6pm, Fort Mason, SF. More info here

FILM THE LAST PIG The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential, with sparse inner reflections, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season of slaughtering pig.”  Follow day a Q&A Q&A with Wayne Hsiung, Organizer of Direct Action Everywhere. Sun/12, 1pm, free. Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, Main Branch. More info here.  

DRINK INTERNATIONAL TEA FESTIVAL Welp, you better really like tea! “Taste teas from local and global producers. Free swag bag includes your very own teacup to savor tea. Access to hundreds of different types of tea in our tea market. Connect with the biggest names in tea. Learn how each cup of tea can be a different experience.” Sun/12, 11am-5pm, $25. Ferry Building, SF. More info here

LIT DAVID SEDARIS The most popular of our contemporary homosexual raconteurs, Sedaris will fill the War Memorial Opera House with his perfectly reedy voice and deeply detailed observations of everything from life in the french countryside to learning how to drive, mostly from his new collection Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977 – 2002). Mon/13, 7:30pm, $88. War memorial opera House, SF. More info here

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Arts Forecast: Dia de los Muertos, Open Studios, Circus Veritas …

ARTS FORECAST You’ve mastered Halloween (or, like me you’ve mastered watching everyone’s Halloween costumes on Instagram), but are you ready for Day of the Dead? One of my favorite times, respectfully visiting the Mission and seeing all the beautiful altars, and popping into the late-night galleries, businesses, and, OK, more than a couple restaurants.  

This year’s Day of the Dead SF celebration takes place Thu/2 at 7pm, with the procession starting at 22nd and Bryant and ending at the offrenda-filled Garfield Park. But of course there’s a whole week’s worth of celebration, including two of my favorite annual things: SOMArts glorious, colorful Dia de los Muertos exhibit (running through  November 9) and the SF Symphony’s family-oriented Dia de Los Muertos Community Celebration (Sat/5, 2pm and 8pm), featuring ensemble La Santa Cecilia and all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache plus tons of decorations. 

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Below are some more upcoming wows: 

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s ‘Multiverse’

STAGE RAGGED WING ENSEMBLE’S ‘MULTIVERSE’ “Two scientists-turned-astronauts, looking to escape the cruelty and destruction of our current world, travel through multiple realities (dystopian, strange, beautiful, and comic) looking for a kinder, freer universe. As they travel, their identities are thrown into question, and they must grapple with the scariest thing in the multiverse: themselves. Will they find a way beyond our broken universe? And who will they become along the way?” Through Nov. 11. Flight Deck, Oakland. More info here.  

MUSIC THE BAD PLUS “For their final tour with pianist Ethan Iverson, the irreverent band of jazz outlaws return to the Miner stage. A uniquely audacious trio that has crossed into the mainstream to draw jazz fans and rock aficionados alike, the Bad Plus rose to fame over a decade ago by transforming pop and rock anthems like Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man,’ Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ and Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ into epic improvisational journeys.” Thu/2-Sun/5, 7:30pm, $40-$80. SFJAZZ, SF. More info here

EXHIBIT VOICE OF THE CENTRAL CITY: THE TENDERLOIN TIMES, 1977-94 The Tenderloin Times had its start in August 1977 when three homeless men mimeographed 150 copies of the first edition from the basement of Hospitality House. Over the next 17 years, The Times grew into an award-winning newspaper with a circulation of 15,000 that was published in four languages – English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. Created in collaboration with community historian and former Times Editor Sara Colm, this exhibition will showcase a number of the publication’s rare archival images, articles, and political cartoons documenting our vibrant community during the pivotal years of 1977-1994.” Opening reception and panel discussion Thu/2, show runs through March 30. Tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here

STAGE THE NORMAL HEART Towering gay curmudgeon Larry Kramer’s breakout play comes to Theatre Rhino. “A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.” Fri/3-November 25. Gateway Theatre, SF. More info here.  

STAGE THE INFINITE WRENCH Best of the Bay best Theater Troupe winners the SF Neo-Futurists are back with a new, zany, participatory show. “The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that will never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join us as we test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF, and the new.” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Fri/3-November 25. Shelton Theatre, SF. More info here

PERFORMANCE THE 2017 BRIDGE PROJECT: RADICAL MOVEMENTS: GENDER AND POLITICS IN PERFORMANCE For this installment of the annual Bridge Project, Hope Mohr Dance asks: “What does it mean to have a radical body?” And two weekend’s-worth artists, activists and academics respond with two weeks of multidisciplinary performance and dialogue. These are big names in our community, so do not miss out: Judith Butler, Mo Jenkinson, Jack Halberstam and boychild, Maryam Rostami, Peacock Rebellion’s Lisa Evans, Julie Tolentino, and more. Fr/3-Sat/4 and Fri/11 and Sat/12. CounterPulse, SF. More info here.   

ART OPEN STUDIOS We’re already the fourth and fifth weekends of the original Open Studios, launched in 1975. This weekend takes us through North San Francisco and SoMa, with dozens of artists inviting you into their studio to see how they work. (Buy some awesome things!) Sat/4 and Sun/5, more info here

STAGE CIRCUS VERITAS “Circus Veritas is a powerful, cohesive circus performance from Kinetic Arts Productions, the Oakland circus company that has been bringing audiences thrilling shows for almost a decade. Follow the aerial adventures and physical theater antics of the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants, an ancient cult of liars, as they entertain you, thrill you, shock you and above all… lie to you.” Sat/4-December 17. Kinetic Arts, Oakland. More info here

FILM BORN IN FLAMES The monthly my gaze // yr gaze queer film showcase pairs an intriguing curator with a seminal work. From this month’s selector Scott Hewicker: “”I selected Lizzie Borden’s 1983 film Born In Flames mainly because I am a man who is very much sick to death of men, especially those who aim to assert a brutal entitled authority over everyone else. Female and transgender voices that intersect race, class and culture need to be heard now more than ever, and Lizzie Borden and many other people like her have known that for over 34 years since this film was made.” Sun/5, 6pm, free. Alley Cat Books, SF. More info here

PERFORMANCE ANTI-SURVEILLANCE PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOP WITH ZERENA DIAZ “This performance is a workshop tutorial on masking your identity from facial recognition technology using makeup. Zerena Diaz will teach participants how to create makeup looks and fabric accessories to hide their identity from surveillance. By appropriating makeup as an anti-surveillance tool, we can show the dynamism of makeup as something beyond a gendered beauty product, and instead as a tool for both artistic and resistance practices for all genders. There will be a runway throughout the evening open to the audience to model the looks they create.” Sun/5, 4p-7pm, free. CounterPulse, SF. More info here

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