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Holiday concerts of note

By Philip Campbell | Friday Dec 3, 2021
The holidays are here and ready to celebrate in person. Opportunities to attend concerts and seasonal music events are plentiful, and most performance venues are back to full capacity.

New views of Oscar Wilde

By Tim Pfaff | Friday Dec 3, 2021
Will we ever catch up to the genius of Oscar Wilde? Two new books, an expansive biography, and the letters the author wrote to Lord Alfred Douglas, offer new discoveries.

Crash, cookies & Colton: The Lavender Tube on TV bad guys and good shows

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Thursday Dec 2, 2021
Holiday baking shows, an anti-vax soap actor's fired, a reality show hunk goes gay, and plane crash survivors share a lurid secret; all this and more in our TV column.

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

By Gregg Shapiro | Thursday Dec 2, 2021
Robin de Jesús discusses his new more mature role in the film "tick, tick... Boom," plus his earlier work onstage and film in "Rent," "The Boys in the Band," and "In the Heights."

Going Out, Homing's in Dec. 3-10, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Dec 2, 2021
Holiday events and ongoing arts and nightlife shows will warm your spirits like a hot toddy for the soul.

Stephen Sondheim: March 22, 1930-November 26, 2021

By Brian Bromberger | Monday Nov 29, 2021
It is no exaggeration to say that Stephen Sondheim reinvented the Broadway musical and became the quintessential musical dramatist of our age, and the most influential composer-lyricist of the second half of the 20th century.

Out in the World: Campaign tackles Puerto Rico's LGBTQ violence issues; travel initiative launched

By Heather Cassell | Friday Nov 26, 2021
This year marks a new beginning for Puerto Rico's LGBTQ community following the deadliest year for transgender people in the U.S. territory in 2020.

Visual AIDS: 'Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster'

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Nov 25, 2021
"Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster" documents selected graphic art posters used as preventative advice or protest art through the AIDS pandemic.

American dreamer: 'App Kid' author Michael Sayman

By Gregg Shapiro | Thursday Nov 25, 2021
Young, groundbreaking, queer tech wizard Michael Sayman's memoir is the kind of book that has something for almost everyone, not just tech nerds.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
Fall becomes winter soon, but you can unfreeze your inhibitions by safely masking up where requested, and enjoy art, music, nightlife and more.

Michael Urie: the 'Single' sensation on his new holigay film

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
Michael ('Buyer & Cellar' off-Broadway, 'Ugly Betty' costar on TV) Urie stars as Peter, the romantic lead in Netflix's entry in the gay holiday movie genre, 'Single All the Way.'

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and now that the Bay Area has reopened, there's plenty to do in December. Here are several ways you can celebrate and have a joyous holiday.

Fashion's fall: 'House of Gucci's scene-stealing cast led by Lady Gaga

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
The Italian fashion dynasty are the stars of the new Ridley Scott film "House of Gucci," based on the Sara Gay Forden nonfiction book. Heralded as one of the best movies of 2021, it is decidedly not that, but more of a glitzy melodrama.

Veteran dancer Brian Fisher's new steps

By Philip Mayard | Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
Having originated and performed the role of Drosselmeyer in Mark Foehringer's "Nutcracker Sweets" for 13 years, this year, Fisher will step down as a performer to serve as the production's Artistic Associate and Rehearsal Director.

Family forays on stage: Berkeley Rep's 'Wintertime' — Aurora Theatre's 'Father/Daughter'

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
Berkeley Rep's giddy show, Charles Mee's comic "Wintertime," takes on a home-for-the-holidays extended family gathering. Aurora Theatre offers the world premiere of Kait Kerrigan's Father/Daughter, about parents and children's connections.

9th Circuit panel rules for release of Prop 8 trial tapes

By John Ferrannini | Friday Nov 19, 2021
In a victory for media organizations, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that tapes of the 2010 San Francisco federal trial that struck down California's same-sex marriage ban can be released.

Best AIDS films, part 2

By Brian Bromberger | Thursday Nov 18, 2021
In Part 2 of our Best AIDS films articles, we focus on films that humanized PWAs and universalized their experiences by raising awareness of how they lived, what they thought and felt, sometimes with humor and a musical song and dance.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Nov 17, 2021
Beefcake, Banksy, bears and Buffy! As more theaters, museums and nightclubs expand their in-person events, you can enjoy more thought-provoking art, or escapist fun; your choice.

Chick-fil-A opens near SF city line

Wednesday Nov 17, 2021
Long reviled by LGBTQ community members, chicken sandwich purveyor Chick-fil-A is opening its newest Bay Area location mere minutes away from San Francisco's city line.

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
Departing from her guest-star turn as a chanteuse on the hit sci-fi TV show "Snowpiercer," SF-raised Lena Hall, also of "Hedwig" and "Kinky Boots" fame, returns to Feinstein's ballroom to perform her new cabaret concert.

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