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SF planning body approves housing at former Castro diner site

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 2

The San Francisco Planning Commission has unanimously approved the redevelopment project proposed for the Church Street site of the former Sparky's Diner.

Farley, head of San Francisco mayoral transgender office, departs

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 2

After four years of overseeing the country's first municipal office dedicated to transgender issues, Clair Farley is departing to pursue other opportunities outside of the city.

Acting Mission police captain addresses Castro Merchants

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Dec 2

Gavin McEachern, the new acting captain of Mission Station, spoke to the Castro Merchants Association meeting December 2 as fear of crime has become more palpable in the city.

Milk-Moscone memorial defaced in the Castro

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Dec 2

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club opted to keep a temporary memorial to the slain supervisor and mayor up after it was vandalized. "We wanted to not hide the disrespect and disregard," the club's co-president said.

SF Castro Inscribe event commemorates those lost to AIDS, COVID

LATEST NEWS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Dec 2

Names were written in chalk onto Castro Street sidewalks as part of Inscribe on World AIDS Day to colorfully remember those lost to the disease, now in its 40th year, and the COVID-19 pandemic that began over a year ago.

Argument in US Supreme Court abortion case concerns LGBTQ advocates

NEWS | By Lisa Keen | Dec 2

The primary issue before the U.S. Supreme Court December 1 was abortion, but a swirl of other critical questions drew the justices' attention.

First US Omicron COVID case detected in SF

LATEST NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Dec 1

The first case in the United States of the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in San Francisco, local and national health officials announced December 1.

Hanukkah celebration returns to the Castro

NEWS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Dec 1

After canceling the public Hanukkah celebration in the Castro last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 people turned out November 30 for the return of the large menorah in Jane Warner Plaza.

HIV inequity persists at home and abroad

NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Dec 1

Despite overall progress in reducing HIV among men who have sex with men, Black and Latino gay and bisexual men are not seeing the same improvements as white men.

Arts & Culture

Crash, cookies & Colton: The Lavender Tube on TV bad guys and good shows

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Nov 30

Holiday baking shows, an anti-vax soap actor's fired, a reality show hunk goes gay, and plane crash survivors share a lurid secret; all this and more in our TV column.

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Nov 30

Robin de Jesús discusses his new more mature role in the film 'tick, tick... Boom,' plus his earlier work onstage and film in 'Rent,' 'The Boys in the Band' and 'In the Heights.'

Caleb Teicher: dancing a new path

DANCE | By Philip Mayard | Nov 30

Caleb Teicher & Company amake their Bay Area debut at Zellerbach Hall on Dec. 5 with 'More Forever,' a jazz/tap/Lindy Hop ensemble work, performed in a 24-foot sandbox with a live original score, composed and performed by virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao.

Holiday concerts of note

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Nov 30

The holidays are here and ready to celebrate in person. Opportunities to attend concerts and seasonal music events are plentiful and most performance venues are back to full capacity.

Martin Sherman: the acclaimed playwright discusses his new and classic works

THEATER | By Tim Miller | Nov 30

In advance of the local premiere of his new play 'Gently Down the Stream,' prolific playwright Martin Sherman discusses 'the full heat of queer and Jewish identity' in his writing with performer and author Tim Miller.

Poetic points of perplexion: 'Plot Points in Our Sexual Development' at NCTC

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Nov 30

Miranda Rose Hall's 'Plot Points in Our Sexual Development,' now in its regional debut in a polished production at the New Conservatory Theatre Company, is a superficially familiar hour-long relationship drama with a surprising grenade toss of an ending.


B.A.R. Talks: Eighth panel shares stories of LGBT nightlife

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Dec 3

Join an online chat about the historic connection between the B.A.R. and its 50 years of writing about Bay Area LGBT bars; with Sharon McNight, DJ Page Hodel, author Mark Abramson, scholar Michael Flanagan, and assistant news editor John Ferranini.

50 years in 50 weeks: The Gangway, 'still here' in 2005

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Dec 2

A classic neighborhood bar, The Gangway was a tiny yet cozy tavern noted for its exterior décor of a boat's bowsprit. Inside, colorful locals drank from the early hours.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2021

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 24

Fall becomes winter soon, but you can unfreeze your inhibitions by safely masking up where requested, and enjoy art, music, nightlife and more.

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

ARTS EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Nov 22

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and now that the Bay Area has reopened, there's plenty to do in December. Here are several ways you can celebrate and have a joyous holiday.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 17

Beefcake, Banksy, bears and Buffy! As more theaters, museums and nightclubs expand their in-person events, you can enjoy more thought-provoking art, or escapist fun; your choice.

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

MUSIC | By Jim Gladstone | Nov 16

Departing from her guest-star turn as a chanteuse on the hit scifi TV show 'Snowpiercer,' SF-raised Lena Hall, also of 'Hedwig' and 'Kinky Boots' fame, returns to Feinstein's ballroom to perform her new cabaret concert.