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Upper Market dognapping has happy ending

NEWS | By Sari Staver | Oct 27

When Doug Roenicke returned to his Upper Market home on the afternoon of October 17, he was shocked to find that two of his 10-week-old French Bulldog puppies were missing.

What to watch for on election night

LATEST NEWS | By Lisa Keen | Oct 27

With one week remaining until Election Day, polls are tightening and candidates are making their closing arguments to voters in races across the country.

B.A.R. election endorsements

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Oct 26

Here are the Bay Area Reporter's election endorsements. Links go to editorials.

In final debate, Biden delivers sophisticated performance, Trump gives untruths

LATEST NEWS | By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | Oct 23

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden squared off in the final presidential debate.

Out in the Bay: Drag is revolutionary in '50 Years of Fabulous'

LATEST NEWS | By Eric Jansen | Oct 23

Frameline Distribution has released for online viewing "50 Years of Fabulous," an award-winning documentary recounting the life and legacy of iconic queer rights activist José Julio Sarria.

SF Castro group hits pause button on plan to install security cameras

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Oct 22

In light of vocal opposition to a proposed plan to install security cameras throughout the business district in San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro neighborhood, the group entertaining the idea is hitting the pause button for now.

LGBTQ Agenda: As pope says he's OK with civil unions, gay former seminarian speaks out

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Oct 22

As Pope Francis this week indicated he's OK with same-sex civil unions, a gay man who aspired to be a Roman Catholic priest but who left the church in protest of firings of LGBTQ people from its institutions spoke out about the church.

SF moves to landmark Japantown site with LGBTQ ties

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Oct 21

A day after San Francisco officials moved forward with the process to landmark the home of an iconic lesbian couple, a historic Japantown site with ties to LGBTQ history took a step closer to becoming a city landmark.

Political Notebook: Gay South Bay natives seek city council seats

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Oct 21

Two gay men who grew up in the South Bay are aiming to make LGBTQ political history in their respective cities come the November 3 election. Either would be the first out male city council person in their hometowns.


Arts & Culture

Fall 2020 reading list: LGBTQ books in fiction and nonfiction

BOOKS | By Gregg Shapiro | Oct 27

Bryan Washington, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Nicole Krauss and others have great new novels out. In nonfiction, Charles Monroe-Kane, Big Freedia and a book about Keith Haring top our recommended autumn reading list.

Theater, Technically: Bay Area plays with a political edge

CULTURE | By Jim Gladstone | Oct 27

Shotgun Players, Berkeley Repertory and Marin Theatre Company each have new shows ready to be viewed safely online, with astute and timely political and social messages told through innovative ways.

June Millington: cofounder of Fanny, the pioneering women's band, is still rockin'

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Oct 27

June Millington is the very definition of a living music legend. A founding member of celebrated '70s all-female rock band Fanny, Millington and her bandmates, including sister Jean, paved the way for everyone from the Runaways to the Go-Go's.

Halloween horrors with a queer twist

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Oct 27

In the mood for something spooky? Here are some movies (and a book) you can watch to enhance your Halloween season. All titles have a decidedly queer twist.

Art for/by the People: galleries and museums, re-opened and/or online

ART | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 25

As health safety precautions remain in effect, some large museums have reopened under careful guidelines, while others, including smaller galleries, showcase beautiful and thought-provoking works online.

Eye-opener: an interview with queer singer-songwriter H.C. McEntire

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Oct 20

On her exceptional second album 'Eno Axis,' the North Carolina-based H.C. McEntire expands on the promise of her first record, delivering ten breathtaking songs on one of the best albums of 2020.


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Castro cocktails

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 26

With parklets for many bars and restaurants, Castro businesses are gaining back patrons and fans. On October 25, Militia Scunt (photo by Rick Gerharter) performed on the sidewalk on Castro Street during a drag benefit for clothing shop Knobs.

Equal time: History mini-series dramatizes LGBT lives

CULTURE | By Brian Bromberger | Oct 20

In honor of LGBTQ History month, HBO Max has produced a new limited four-episode docudrama series called Equal about the trailblazers and unsung heroes who fought for queer justice and equality in the pre-Stonewall era.

When GAY was good: Pioneering weekly magazine covered community and arts scene

CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 17

Two years before the Bay Area Reporter premiered, the New York City-based GAY covered politics, arts, civil rights and sexuality with a bold and groovy style. The complete issue collection from 1969 to 1974 is online.

Homing's In Oct. 15-24

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 16

Mid-October, fall is ripe for surprises and scares. But you can still enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online, with several bars, museums and venues cautiously re-opening, too.

Fabulous at 50: celebrating the history of the Imperial Council

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Oct 13

50 Years of Fabulous, Jethro Patalinghug's stirring documentary about the half-century history of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, shows the past five decades of the council's growth and glamorous moments, including founder José Sarria.

Rediscovering 'Mother Camp' - Esther Newton, Skip Arnold and drag anthropology in the 1960s

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | Oct 13

Skip Arnold's historic drag act became one of many fascinating anthropological subjects by scholar Esther Newton, whose groundbreaking dissertation, once ignored, has found new readers.