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20 August 2018


Online Extra: Political Notes: With incumbents off the ballot, SF school board race is wide open

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 16

With SF school board member failing to make ballot, five out candidates are among those vying for three open seats on the oversight body.

Judge rejects Ghost Ship plea deal

CRIME | By Alex Madison | Aug 15

In a highly unusual move, a judge rejected the plea deal of Ghost Ship defendants Derick Almena and Max Harris following emotionally charged statements from family members in an Oakland courtroom last week.

Almena blasts judge's decision

CRIME | By Ed Walsh | Aug 15

Ghost Ship founder Derick Almena is blasting the judge who threw out the plea deal last week and said it is no longer possible for him to get a fair trial.

Guerneville gears up for Pride - canceled

NEWS | By Charlie Wagner | Aug 15

Russian River Pride has been canceled. The parade is off, but some events scheduled for next weekend may go on. Check Russian River Pride Facebook page for more info.

Trans woman wins Vermont primary for governor

NATIONAL | By Lisa Keen | Aug 15

It's been a stellar month for LGBT candidates.

Political Notebook: LGBT clubs snub out SF school board candidates

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 15

Of the trio of out candidates seeking seats this year on the San Francisco Board of Education, it appears two have failed to secure the support of either of the city's two main LGBT political clubs.

Editorial: Trump's 'fake news' is fake news

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Aug 15

Today, the Bay Area Reporter joins 200-plus publications across the country, spearheaded by the Boston Globe, in condemning President Donald Trump's constant attacks on the news media.

Guest Opinion: Build it, and the people will come

NEWS | By Ken Jones | Aug 15

The Castro Muni station has meant a lot of different things to me during the past four decades: a construction site. A community rallying place. A point of entry for gay people from around the globe. And now, a workplace.

Costa Rica can't ban same-sex marriage, court rules

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Aug 15

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado welcomed the country's Supreme Court ruling August 8 that declared a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Arts & Culture

Banish the Meanies!

MOVIES | By Sari Staver | Aug 17

A new digitally remastered, sing-along version of the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" will screen at the Castro Theater for five days, beginning on Fri., Aug. 17.

Buccaneers stop here

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Aug 15

Of the Gilbert & Sullivan "big three," which include "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Mikado," "The Pirates of Penzance" or "The Slave of Duty" arguably remains the most popular.

Opera under a mushroom cloud

MUSIC | By Roberto Friedman | Aug 15

Nonesuch has just released the first recording of "Doctor Atomic," composer John Adams' opera about the Manhattan Project, which had its world premiere from San Francisco Opera in 2005.

Portland underground

BOOKS | By Brian Bromberger | Aug 15

Lesbian novels have rarely caught the public imagination, but this deserves to change with the publication of "Stray City," a tender, insightful debut novel set in 1990s Portland.

Elizabeth Taylor as a phoenix rising

DVD | By Tavo Amador | Aug 15

In "Ash Wednesday" (1973), Barbara Sawyer (Elizabeth Taylor) is a wealthy, middle-aged matron unhappy with her appearance.

Skateboarder angst

MOVIES | By David Lamble | Aug 15

The Sundance Award-winning doc "Minding the Gap" arrives Friday at the Roxie Theater.


NorCal Pride: big and small town celebrations

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Dan Renzi | Aug 15

Northern California's Pride events continue on past June. These festivals may not have the big name entertainment or famous Grand Marshalls like San Francisco, but at their cores are groups of volunteers with big dreams and even bigger hearts.

Kings at Sea: salty swaggering drag kings dock at Oasis

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Aug 15

On Wednesday August 22 the 23rd annual Drag King Contest comes to the Oasis. This year's show, dubbed "Salty Swaggering Sea Men," invites audiences to man the torpedoes full speed ahead for a nautical-themed show with seamen, mermen, sailors.

Nightlife Events Aug. 16-23, 2018

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Aug 15

Celebrate whatever makes you feel good. Libate and liberate, or stay sober yet sassy.

Guy Branum: stand-up, TV writer and author on 'new gay comedy'

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Gladstone | Aug 8

Guy Branum is the zaftig Sontag of comedy. His brainy magpie's nest of a book, My Life As A Goddess: A Memoir Through Unpopular Culture, has just been released, and it presents a more prickly, philosophical and intellectual POV than we usually expect.

Teaching an old dog new tricks

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Aug 8

Right after the bucket-load of events leading up to the iconic Up Your Alley street fair, I knew what I wanted to write about this week. The second a certain pivotal inspiring moment occurred at the fair.

Shining Stars: iCandy @ The Café

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Aug 8

At iCandy, one of the weekly events at The Café, the Castro District's upstairs dance club (with an accessible elevator) draws a fun and diverse crowd of club kids, queens and cuties.