Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017

Music - Jane Lynch swings

She'll always be best-known as Sue Sylvester, the gym teacher you love to hate on the late, lamented "Glee." Sue is a far cry from Jane Lynch, her portrayer. Or is she? (read more)

Theatre - Christmas treats

The Puritans didn't approve of its celebration, and for part of the 17th century, Christmas was banned in Boston as a public nuisance. Too much revelry. But the urge to have fun at this time of the year began long before anyone attached a significant birthday to it. We seem pretty much hardwired to drink from the cup of cheer at this time of the year. One of the places you can dip your cup is the theatrical punchbowl where ingredients are spiced and spiked to most any taste. (read more)

Fine Arts - Globalism comes to the galleries

Local galleries are wrapping up 2017 with their final shows of the year. (read more)

Out There - Seal does Standards

The English singer-songwriter Seal is known for his international pop music and his smooth, mellifluous voice. (read more)

Out & About - Arts events

Sing it out,
clap your hands,
pay your money
and show support for the arts. (read more)

Theatre - Carolina hoedown at the Curran

It's once upon a time with an achy-breaky heart and a whole heap of happily-ever-afters. (read more)

Film - A Coney Island of the mind

Woody Allen's nebbishy character Alvy Singer claimed in the first frames of his Oscar-winning 1977 comedy "Annie Hall" to have... (read more)

Books - A life in porn

Fans of the films of noted sexographer Arch Brown, director of, among others, Pier Groups, Harley's Angels, All Tied Up , and New York Men , will pounce upon the memoir... (read more)

Film - Winston Churchill's missing bits

Joe Orton was a gay English playwright whose final play, "What the Butler Saw" (1967), featured "the missing parts of Winston Churchill" as a running gag. (read more)

Music - The spirit of resistance

Classical music has its slaves. I refer to opera characters, though fans may identify. (read more)

Music - SF Opera Chorus up-close & personal

Away from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House and out of the shadows of the stars... (read more)

Books - Voices united in joy

This past October, in an olive-branch tour in light of Trump's election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus visited five southern states... (read more)

Film - Refugee camp

In the opening frames of the new Finnish comedy-drama "The Other Side of Hope," a head appears in a dusty coal-bin aboard what seems like a tramp steamer. (read more)

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