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SF gay activist Ken Jones dies at 70

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jan 13

Longtime gay activist Ken Jones, a Black man who was key to the desegregation of LGBTQ activism, died January 13. He was 70.

Business Briefing: Amid bookstore uncertainty, queer authors series turns 5

BUSINESS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 13

As a monthly queer reading series marks its fifth anniversary of spotlighting out authors, the LGBTQ bookstore that hosts it in San Francisco's Castro district is facing an uncertain future due to the COVID pandemic.

CA bill aims to end deadnaming trans college students

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 13

For a year UC Berkeley graduate Juniperangelica Cordova's original diploma had sat on a bookshelf in her Alameda home wrapped in the envelope it arrived in.

SF leaders seek nightlife relief; handful of Castro bars received PPP loans

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jan 13

At a perilous time for many small businesses in the pandemic, a San Francisco supervisor is proposing legislation to fund nightlife venues while another board member spearheaded millions of dollars in regulatory relief.

Political Notebook: Alameda County Dem party sees record number of out leaders

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 13

The Alameda County Democratic Central Committee will see a record number of LGBTQ members serving on the oversight body for the local party this year.

Editorial: SF supes need to prioritize LGBTQs

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jan 13

History was made last week when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors selected Shamann Walton, who represents District 10, to be its new president, the first Black man to take the powerful post.

Out in the World: French LGBTQ preservationists push back against government

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jan 13

French LGBTQ cultural preservationists are standing their ground against the French government in their effort to establish an independent LGBTQ history archive and center in Paris.


NEWS | By BAR staff | Jan 13

This week's corrections.

News Briefs: SF and Israeli city connect through art

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 13

The Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest has announced that it is hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual tour in collaboration with three muesums.

Arts & Culture

SF author's 'No Obits' poem set to music

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 14

The B.A.R. has been immortalized in films and TV series. But this is new; a poem about our famous 'No Obits' headline has been set to music.

Cary Grant's 'Brilliant Disguise': Scott Eyman's biography recounts the actor's life

BOOKS | By Brian Bromberger | Jan 12

How small-town Brit Archie Leach became Cary Grant and how Grant finally assimilated that identity towards the end of his life, is the core of Scott Eyman's comprehensive, dense, meticulously researched, well-sourced, and probably definitive biography.

Film Maudit fest streams experimental & queer films

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 12

Santa Monica's revered Highways Performance Space presents Film Maudit 2.0, a truly unusual selection of feature, short and experimental films, some that blend performance and cinema, and others with decidedly queer themes, Jan. 12-24.

Capitol viewing: The Lavender Tube on Speaker Pelosi's interview, Ma Rainey, Funny Boy and more

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jan 12

We kept thinking of all the folks who told us that President Trump would never instigate a coup as we watched a simple roll call vote turn into an attempt to subvert the election and kill the Vice President and Speaker of the House.

A riveting Ma Rainey: Viola Davis stars in marvelous music biopic

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jan 12

The first few moments of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' are electrifying. It's 1927 in rural Georgia. Hundreds of people, all of them Black, are lined up at the entrance to a huge tent. Inside, Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is singing her heart out.

Man on stage: Tom DeTrinis rages on

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Jan 11

Call it serial monology. Los Angeles-based comic actor and writer Tom DeTrinis' new one-man show, 'Making Friends,' streaming through January 18, is the latest link in a director-actor trio of productions.


Queer bars' extraordinary fund list

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 10

Despite our astoundingly difficult times, fans and patrons of LGBTQ Bay Area bars and nightclubs were extraordinarily generous to multiple fundraising efforts in 2020, donating nearly $400,000. You can still donate to help your favorite venues survive.

Homing's In: Jan 8-17, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 7

Amid tumultuous terrifying times, find relief, get informed, or just amused for a while, with arts, nightlife and community events.

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | Jan 5

The opportunity to see Marlene Dietrich in person came 23 years after her U.S. film dbut. In 1953 the Sahara Las Vegas offered her $30,000 per week to perform. And so her career as a cabaret singer was born. The film star later performed in San Francisco.

Musical grooves: Best LGBT music, part 2

LIVE MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jan 4

From dazzling debuts (Izzy Heltai, Katie Pruitt) to familiar faces (Bob Mould, Indigo Girls), in 2020, musicians produced a treasure trove of awesome audibles.

Gay New Year's circuit parties in Mexico and Atlanta defy COVID health precautions

SEX | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 1

In events that have been harshly criticized, hundreds of gay men, many from California, traveled to circuit parties near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in Atlanta over the New Year's Eve holiday week.

Homing's In, Jan 1-10, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Dec 31

Enjoying the new year yet? While most online events carried over from the 'annus horribilis,' some new events in arts, nightlife and community should cheer you.