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23 February 2020


Online Extra: Gay Apple CEO granted restraining order against SF man who sought to deliver flowers, champagne

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Feb 21

A San Francisco man is the subject of a temporary restraining order issued in Santa Clara County last week, preventing him from coming into contact with gay Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Online Extra: Grenell named acting director of national intelligence

LATEST NEWS | By Lisa Keen | Feb 21

The appointment may last only a few weeks, but President Donald Trump on Wednesday named longtime gay Republican activist Richard Grenell to be his new acting director of national intelligence.

Online Extra: Proposed SF public park tribute to Harvey Milk hits approval hiccup

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 20

A project that would see the first tribute to an LGBT individual installed in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park outside of the National AIDS Memorial Grove has hit a hiccup in the city's approval process.

Online Extra: Election 2020: Rivals pounce on Bloomberg at Dem debate

LATEST NEWS | By Lisa Keen | Feb 20

"Horse-faced lesbians." That was one of the first barbs tossed at the Democratic presidential field's newcomer, billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Wednesday night, in the party's most combative debate yet.

Editorial: Reelect Pelosi and congressional Dems

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Feb 19

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco in Congress, will almost certainly be reelected

Editorial: Eggman, Laird for CA Senate; Low, Lee for Assembly

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Feb 19

Next month, voters in San Joaquin County and the surrounding area, and those in Santa Cruz County and the neighboring regions have an opportunity to send two experienced out lawmakers to Sacramento.

Editorial: SF DCCC recommendations

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Feb 19

The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California's Government Code and Elections Code.

Election 2020: Gay SF Dem Party chair Campos seeks reelection

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 19

Since becoming chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party in the summer of 2017, gay former District 9 Supervisor David Campos has worked to funnel the passions of local party members into achieving tangible electoral results.

Political Notebook: Gay Sacto Councilman Hansen seeks third term

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 19

Over the last year gay Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen has found himself responding to several controversies that sparked ire within the state capital's LGBT community.

Arts & Culture

Arts Events Feb. 20-27, 2020


See some incredible art, creative theatricals, impressive musical performances and other events this week.

Ballet moves: SF Ballet Programs 2 & 3

DANCE | By Paul Parish | Feb 18

San Francisco Ballet was back in the Opera House for a two-week run continuing through Sunday, with a pair of great mixed bills. Each was like a three-course meal, each piece a world unto itself, but linked like islands in an archipelago.

Michael Novak carries on for Paul Taylor

DANCE | By Philip Mayard | Feb 18

Just three months before his death, Paul Taylor, who for years refused to name a successor, surprised the dance world by naming Michael Novak, a company dancer for just eight years, as Artistic Director-Designate.

Bey watch

ART | By Sura Wood | Feb 18

"Dawoud Bey: An American Project," co-curated by Corey Keller, opened at SFMOMA last week, and it's a winner.

French masters bring concert hall flair

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Feb 18

The San Francisco Symphony's February concerts cover the orchestra's full dynamic range, from Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt's mastery of tradition to Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen's contemporary flair.

And the winner is...

DVD | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 18

The 1966 film "The Oscar," released on DVD and BluRay to coincide with the just-passed Oscar season, was panned upon its initial release.


John Cameron Mitchell - Sharing new works, post-Hedwig

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Gladstone | Feb 19

Since Hedwig and the Angry Inch debuted as an edgy Off-Broadway musical in 1998, John Cameron Mitchell has steadily worked on other projects, including a new podcast musical, Anthem: Homonculus, one of two projects he'll attend in the Bay Area.

Bar Crawl @ SoMa bars

BARS | By Steven Underhill | Feb 19

Members of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and bar patrons enjoyed a South of Market bar crawl on February 6. The entourage visited the Powerhouse, the Hole in the Wall Saloon, the Stud, and the SF Eagle.

Jenn Colella - From Broadway to stand-up & cabaret

CABARET | By Jim Gladstone | Feb 19

Jenn Colella is best known for her portrayal of Beverley Bass, the first female captain at American Airlines, in the Tony-winning musical Come From Away, about travelers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland in the wake of 9/11.

Nightlife Events  Feb. 20-27, 2020

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Feb 19

Lists checked, dates made, crawl pubs, meet ups, cruise pups; whatever, have fun. Then vote for your favorites places, people, businesses and nightlife stuff in our annual Besties Readers Survey!

San Francisco Pride official magazine now accepting space reservations

LATEST NEWS | By Advertising Department | Feb 17

'INSIDE PRIDE', the official magazine of San Francisco Pride is now accepting space reservations.

That's how you do it! Ms. San Francisco Leather, SoMa Bar Crawl at Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Feb 12

The Ms. San Francisco Leather 2020 contest and the SoMa Bar Crawl are among the events covered by our Leather columnist.