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Banish the Meanies!

Banish the Meanies!

By Sari Staver

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.

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By Philip Campbell | August 15, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | August 15, 2018

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.


By Sura Wood | August 15, 2018

We're swinging into the final round of summer, which means it's time for the California Academy of Sciences' annual "BigPicture" show, where a cavalcade of eye-popping color photographs is now on view.

By Brian Bromberger | August 15, 2018

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.


By Tavo Amador | August 15, 2018

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

By David Lamble | August 15, 2018

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


By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 15, 2018

Carole Cook, still quite active in cabaret, is one of more than a dozen performers who will be taking to the stage of the Herbst Theatre on Sun., Aug. 19 for "Help Is on the Way 24," the latest fundraising variety show for Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | August 15, 2018

Rosie O'Donnell has been making the political pundit tour since her protest concert with Broadway stars in front of the White House, while lesbian heartthrob Ruby Rose, she of the many tats on "Orange Is the New Black," will be the next TV Batwoman.


By David Lamble | August 15, 2018

"Skate Kitchen" is a terrific new girls-can-skate-too New York City drama from San Francisco-born, Tamalpais High School-educated director Crystal Moselle.

By Jim Gladstone | August 8, 2018

"#GetGandhi: A Seriously Radical Feminist Comedy" opens this Saturday, August 11, at the Mission District's Z Space Below performance space.


By Philip Campbell | August 8, 2018

When revolutionary 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky teamed with co-librettists W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman to write "The Rake's Progress" in 1951, he was finally moving past his "neoclassic" period.

By Roberto Friedman | August 8, 2018

The atmosphere over the Sierra Nevada was brown and smoky last month, a result of the many horrific wildfires raging all over the region. It felt apocalyptic and thus very much of the historical moment.


By Tim Pfaff | August 8, 2018

For all we've written about two great gay keyboard artists, pianist Stephen Hough and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, the fact is that we've skated over their recorded output.

By Sura Wood | August 8, 2018

Any show that has the balls to call itself "Lew the Jew" has a leg up on the competition in my book.


By Brian Bromberger | August 8, 2018

"When the Beat Drops" not only reveals the underground dance movement "bucking," but also uncovers courageous creative resistance in the often-stigmatized world of black gay men.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 8, 2018

In director Matt Tyrnauer's new documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood," author Scotty Bowers attends a book signing for his memoir "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars."


By Gregg Shapiro | August 8, 2018

The greatest success story that "RuPaul's Drag Race" ever launched has now written a book of advice, "Blame It on Bianca Del Rio" (Dey Street).

By Tavo Amador | August 8, 2018

J. Randy Taraborrelli provides new insights in his fascinating "Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Life of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill" (St. Martin's Press, $29.99).


By Jim Piechota | August 8, 2018

"History of Violence" is a harrowing work of fictionalized fact that depicts its 25-year-old author's rape and assault during a botched hookup.

By Brian Bromberger | August 8, 2018

Written as a star vehicle for Divine, the iconic drag queen lead, "Female Trouble" cemented director John Waters' auteur status.


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