Arts Forecast: choose your own adventure in a city full of wonders
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Walking through the abandoned canyons of the Financial District on a Sunday morning, the institutional cliffs cast a shadow over you as you make your way to North Beach, plunging into every little alleyway you can find (cobblestoned Gold, kooky Leidesdorff). Double espresso on ice and a band of traditional Italian neighborhood musicians in Trieste, then a Milanese sandwich with the works and a can of Sofia blanc de blancs in a can of Alimento deli, eaten in Washington Square Park while you ogle the faithful – maybe duck inside you for a whiff of incense and grace.
Then record at 101 Music (no more damp basement full of used gems, alas) and of course a trip upstairs to the poetry room at City Lights for real world news. One more coffee, then it’s time for a late dim sum scavenger hunt at various locations in Chinatown – Good Mon Kok is a great start. Now that the sun is out, everything is fine.
ARTISTIC EVENTS TO NOTE
WED/4-28 STAR TREK LIVE! THE WOMEN OF MUDD Teleport aboard a drag genre parody of interstellar proportions at Club Oasis, where you’ll find an irreverent take on a fan-favorite “Star Trek” episode in which the crew of the Enterprise fall in love. enchantingly beautiful extraterrestrials (drag queens). These live shows are always fun, and I can’t wait to see longtime stage legend Leigh Crow as Captain Kirk. (Plus, it starts on May 4, which is a real nerd joke.) Many times, Oasis, SF. More info here.
JEU/5: FUTURE OF MIGRANTS: SERIES OF POETS WITHOUT DOCUMENTS Javier O. Huerta hosts and curates this showcase for often overlooked voices at Medicine for Nightmares (formerly Alley Cat Books). The guests of this episode are Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Aline Mello and Alan Pelaez Lopez. All courtesy of Small Press Traffic, check out something new. 7-9 p.m., Nightmare Medicine, SF. More info here.
SET/5: FIRST LINE ASSEMBLY Eighties goth kids will remember dancing to FLA’s thrilling mix of industrial, electronic and ethereal, liberally sprinkled with politics – and though their output has been somewhat chameleonic over the decades that followed, it will always be one for the fists dyed black. raised children, especially since the new electro-industrial disc, mechanical soulrecalls that old-school angst and charm. 7 p.m., DNA lounge, SF. More info here.
GAME/5: ROB REGER: DARK MATERIALS Rob Reger introduced the world to the indelible character Emily the Strange, an icon of empowering alternative girls and underdogs of all ages who has become a global phenomenon. His design house Cosmic Debris “was born from a tangle of roots joining the DIY punk scene of the 80s with the art of guerrilla warfare, surrealism and the psychedelic explosion of the 60s.” But he also creates stunning oils, prints, watercolors and collages that reflect his abstract and neo-surrealist interests. His exhibition opens at 111 Minna with “Colorless Green Ideas,” a solo show by painter Adam Caldwell, who delves into figurative collage. Both shows will run until June 22. Opening Reception 5-11 p.m., 111 Minna, SF. More info here.
GAME/5: STARRY NIGHT I love the weekly Thursday night mixers at Cal Academy, where you can bump into the lovely singles crowd and learn a thing or two too! This nightlife, they collaborate with One Sky Project to “celebrate Indigenous astronomy and shine a light on how the myriad ways that cultures view the cosmos have contributed to our collective knowledge of the universe.” Don’t miss the planetarium after a few cocktails (reservations required). 6-10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, SF. More info here.
GAME/5: PUNK/PERFORMANCE IN OPENING RECEPTION ‘FAR “Tenderloin Museum is proud to present ‘Punk/Performance in the Loin,’ a gallery exhibition and series of public programs that explore the intersection of punk rock and performance art in the wild and tattered Tenderloin of 1980s, curated by the late, great video artist Dale Hoyt. Focused loosely on a triptych of art spaces that were mainstays of the 1980s TL scene – Sound of Music, Club Generic and the side-by-side Market galleries St. ARE & Jetwave, Inc – Punk/Performance in the Far features over a dozen long-form video interviews shot by Hoyt that create impressionistic portraits of each location and its respective community, as well as a collection of posters, photos and ephemera. The show runs until July 2. Opening Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here.
FRI/6: NORTH BEACH FIRST FRIDAYS CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY Last Sunday’s May Day Parade was great and I ended up taking a bus home full of fabulous young DSAs. But the celebration of International Workers’ Day isn’t over — you can catch up on the cultural end of things at this month’s North Beach First Fridays art walk, which is full of the festive spirit of protest. of the neighborhood, including art, poetry and song in support of Bay Area workers. 5-9 p.m., Columbus Street and around Washington Square Park, etc., SF. More info here.
FRI/6-13 MAY: CHINESE PIONEERS May 6 marks the 140th anniversary of the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act, an edict that has deep resonance in the Bay Area, and the California Historical Society, in conjunction with the Chinese Historical Society of America, is offering free admission to his Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in the Age of Exclusion Photographs exhibition until May 13. “The exhibition examines depictions of the Chinese people in photography and the illustrated press in the years before and after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It sheds light on the history of Sinophobia and resonates with broader issues on immigration, citizenship and border control currently under discussion. Many times, California Historical Society, SF. More info here.
SAT/7: METAMORPHOSIS: 10 ANNIVERSARY GALA OF QUEER LIFESPACE Sister Roma, Juanita More and a cavalcade of gay lebrities and artists (love, love Rahni NothingMore, Dulce de Leche and Fauxnique) join forces for a flowery dance party and drag show to raise funds for Queer LifeSpace , an essential mental health resource for the community, especially during the pandemic! Noon, Jones, SF. More info here.
SAT/7: MILL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL This inaugural show at Friends Field features some of our favorite artists like La Doña and Los Amigos Invisibles, teaming up with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Lettuce and Liz Cooper for a wonderfully diverse day. Noon, Champ des Amis, Marin. More info here.
SAT/7: LILA DOWNS Salute to this superhuman singer, who isn’t afraid to raise hell with a little conscience. “Mexican American singer and activist Lila Downs is adored by her many fans for staying true to her roots even as she always moves forward. Thanks to a long career that has earned her multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, she now ranks among the most recognizable singers in Latin alternative music. 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley. More info here.
SAM/7-SUN/8: AT WAR WITH OURSELVES — 400 YEARS OF YOU The Kronos Quartet joins forces with composer Michael Abels (of get out fame of the soundtrack), librettist Nikky Finney and a choir led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe for a piece that “explores the current conundrum of race relations and movements for social justice, civil rights and resistance”. Many times, SFJAZZ. More info here.