Arts & Culture

Standing up to Mahatma Gandhi

Standing up to Mahatma Gandhi

By Jim Gladstone

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

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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.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 8, 2018

Based on a true story, director Spike Lee's latest, "BlacKkKlansman" is the tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a rookie cop in Colorado Springs during the early 1970s.

By David Lamble | August 8, 2018

"Nico, 1988" is a sad, silly tale about a boho recording star whose heroin-fueled demise was predictable.


By David Lamble | August 8, 2018

In "Vive L' Amour," a nervous real estate agent, her hip street-vendor boyfriend and a homeless gay kid find sanctuary along with sexual shenanigans in an empty, high-end Taipei, Taiwan apartment.

By Jim Gladstone | August 4, 2018

"There's a standard criticism that people make about us," says Joan Holden, a member and leader of the San Francisco Mime Troupe since 1967. "They say we're preaching to the converted. Well, don't the converted need to be inspired and animated?"


By Sura Wood | August 1, 2018

It's remarkable but not altogether surprising that over 3,000 people attended the opening of "The World of Frida," an expansive new exhibition now at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek.

By Philip Campbell | August 1, 2018

For Bay Area opera-lovers or anyone curious about the state of the art, August is full of promise. Whether your taste runs to the traditional or contemporary cutting-edge, local companies are offering an exciting variety of musical events.


By Roberto Friedman | August 1, 2018

Madrona Manor is a lovely grand old house surrounded by eight acres of wooded and well-tended landscape and gardens in the hills above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.

By Paul Parish | August 1, 2018

For the picnickers who went to Stern Grove for the San Francisco Ballet's annual outing on the amphitheater stage of that sublime local park, we sat under towering redwoods and a milky afternoon sky.


By Sari Staver | August 1, 2018

"Obsexion," by local writer Matt Converse, is based on the author's seven years as a dancer at the iconic San Francisco club.

By Tim Pfaff | August 1, 2018

There are less loaded ways to ask the question "Has the Gay Movement Failed?" than making it the title of your new book from the University of California Press, as the eminent gay historian Martin Duberman just has.


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