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21 November 2019


LGBT advocates call for Australia to release Saudi gay journalist couple

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Nov 20

Two gay Saudi journalists, who claim they were outed in retaliation for contacts one of them had with a foreign media outlet, have been detained in Australia after requesting asylum.

SFMTA looks to speed up J-Church Muni line

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Nov 20

Monday night the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency held a meeting in Noe Valley to present to the public its proposal for speeding up service on Muni's notoriously slow J-Church subway line. The presentation kicked off at 5:30 p.m.

Editorial: AIDS quilt, welcome home

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Nov 20

The Names Project Foundation's announcement this week that it intends to transfer stewardship of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to the National AIDS Memorial Grove was welcome news indeed.

Political Notebook: CA Dems back queer San Diego congressional candidate

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Nov 20

The California Democratic Party is throwing its support behind queer San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez's bid for an open House seat. If she wins, Gomez would be only the third LGBT community member elected to Congress from California.

SF supervisors honor transgender leaders

NEWS | By BAR staff | Nov 20

All 11 members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recognized trans individuals as part of the city's Transgender Awareness Month.

Jock Talk: Bodybuilding as self-actualization

NEWS | By Roger Brigham | Nov 20

I've always had a somewhat ambivalent fascination with the sport of bodybuilding that transcends the obvious erotic appeal and focuses on the sport's artistry and discipline.

HIV specialist named medical officer at SF health center

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Nov 20

The San Francisco Community Health Center has named an HIV specialist as its new chief medical officer.

New biography reexamines Sontag

NEWS | By Brian Bromberger | Nov 20

She was America's last great literary star, her beautiful, glamorous face adorning popular magazines in the 1960s, photographed by Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon. A new biography looks at Susan Sontag.

Seeing in the Dark on hiatus

NEWS | Nov 20

The Bay Area Reporter's Seeing in the Dark column is taking a break.

Arts & Culture

Gay Chorus meets the Deep South

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Nov 19

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus showed tremendous courage in the aftermath of Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency and the passage of "religious freedom" laws that legalized LGBT discrimination in conservative states.

Witch hunts: 'Hansel & Gretel'

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Nov 19

The final production in the San Francisco Opera's fall season is also the first big entertainment of the holidays. Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" opened last week.

Art from injustice: 'Soul of a Nation'

ART | By Sura Wood | Nov 19

"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" is the most overtly political exhibition the Fine Arts Museums have presented in recent memory. It's an export from the Tate Modern, London.

Art & pleasure trip to San Jose

ART | By Roberto Friedman | Nov 19

A quick jaunt to San Jose brought Out There many happy hours of art enjoyment. The San Jose Museum of Art is currently showing a handful of special exhibits.

It takes two to tangle

BOOKS | By Tim Pfaff | Nov 19

Carmen Maria Machado's new memoir "In the Dream House" addresses the topic of lesbian domestic abuse, though it also circles the subject.

Out to Pastor: Tim Seelig's Southern journey

MOVIES | By David Lamble | Nov 19

For Artistic Director Tim Seelig, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' Deep South tour brought up painful memories of his past life as a heterosexually married member of a Houston, Texas Baptist Church.


Thankfully kinky

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Nov 20

It's that time of year again when we're all preparing to be thankful. Thanksgiving is around the corner and many of us will gather with family or friends, kinky or otherwise, and hopefully enjoy the holiday pondering that for which we're thankful.

Nightlife Events Nov. 21-28, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Nov 20

Do the turkey dance, find a place the prance, or simply take a cool club stance.

Tracks of her Tears:  Oasis pays tribute to rock legend Linda Ronstadt

LIVE MUSIC | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Nov 20

On Sunday, November 24, SoMa nightclub Oasis will host a tribute concert to rock legend Linda Ronstadt. The show features an all-star line-up of talent, including local legends Leigh Crow, Ruby Vixenn, Heklina, and others.

Leather Events, November 21 — December 8, 2019

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Nov 20

As autumn ripens with brisk weather, bundle up in your leathers. There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

Opening Day @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

DAYTIME | By Steven Underhill | Nov 13

It was quite an icebreaker at the 12th annual opening for the Union Square Ice Rink, a holiday tradition that attracts thousands of locals and visiting tourists.

Nightlife Events Nov. 14-21, 2019

NIGHTLIFE | By Events Editor | Nov 13

Dance, prance, find romance. Revive, survive, enjoy being alive.