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22 September 2019


Online Extra: Political Notes: Report shows states, feds falling short on LGBT data collection efforts

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 20

A new report has chronicled how the vast majority of states and the federal government are falling short on LGBT data collection efforts.

Advocates say Gilead broke antitrust laws

LEGAL | By Liz Highleyman | Sep 18

A group of advocates has filed a federal class action lawsuit against Gilead Sciences Inc. and its partner companies, alleging that they violated antitrust laws.

Israel sends gay diplomat to SF

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Sep 18

San Francisco recently welcomed its latest gay diplomat.

Film on SF's Central Market Street to premiere

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 18

There is a brief moment toward the end of the documentary "5 Blocks" where an anonymous woman can be heard screaming "Get off my block!" in the background of a shot showing traffic on Market Street near the intersection of Eighth Street.

Jock Talk: Hong Kong Gay Games may be in jeopardy

NEWS | By Roger Brigham | Sep 18

After months of seemingly nonstop clashes between Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters, many Gay Games supporters are doubting the quadrennial event can be held in Hong Kong in 2022.

Arizona decision on religious exemption seen as narrow but 'dangerous'

LEGAL | By Lisa Keen | Sep 18

The Arizona Supreme Court September 16 ruled that a business can — under certain circumstances — cite the business owner's religious beliefs to claim an exemption from a city human rights ordinance.

Political Notebook: SF D5 supervisor candidates split on transit issues

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 18

The two leading candidates in San Francisco's heated contest for the District 5 supervisor seat both are vocal critics of the city's mass transit system and its less-than-stellar service in the Haight, Cole Valley, and Fillmore neighborhoods.

Leather parklet to hoist new flag

NEWS | By BAR staff | Sep 18

One of the more visible elements of the under construction Eagle Plaza public parklet will be dedicated Sunday, September 22, at the culmination of the annual Leather Walk

Editorial cartoon

NEWS | By Paul Berge | Sep 18

This week's editorial cartoon.

Arts & Culture

Arts Events Sept. 19-26, 2019

ARTS EVENTS | By Events Editor | Sep 18

Roll up for fall arts events in theatre, music, dance and museums.

'Billy Budd's all-male travails

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Sep 17

"Billy Budd," Herman Melville's unfinished allegory of innocence and guilt upon a British war ship, deeply examined by composer Benjamin Britten and librettists E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, is the second offering in San Francisco Opera's fall line-up.

Laundry & liberalism: 'Caroline, or Change'

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Sep 17

"Caroline, or Change" is more than the title of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's ingenious sung-through musical, now playing in a not-to-be-missed Ray of Light Theatre production. It's an aphorism we'd be well to heed.

Class warfare: 'Exit Strategy'

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Sep 17

If you're a fan of fast-talking, morally complicated characters, don't miss playwright Ike Holter's "Exit Strategy," a bristling ensemble drama now in its Bay Area premiere at the Aurora Theatre Company.

Gibson, an elegant eatery in the theatre district

CULTURE | By Roberto Friedman | Sep 17

Now that the fall theatre season has begun in earnest, the search is on to discover new places to go to dinner close to San Francisco's downtown theatres.

32 by 32: Pinnacle of piano

MUSIC | By Tim Pfaff | Sep 17

The 32-year-old Igor Levit, three of whose four commercial releases for Sony have included Beethoven, has just seen the release of "Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas," all 32 of them.


49ers Pride @ The Detour

BARS | By Events Editor | Sep 18

A San Francisco 49ers football Pride watch party at The Detour in the Castro District featured the 49ers vs. Bengals game, which was shown Sunday Sept. 15 at The Detour.

One Night Only with Hamilton Cast @ Herbst Theatre

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Sep 18

Cast members from the touring production of Hamilton sang an array of songs themed Protest: Revel with Some Rebels, at the benefit on Sept. 16, with proceeds going to the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Nightlife Events Sept. 19-26, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Sep 18

Fun is where the heart is, and musicians, cabaret acts and queens all over the bay gear up to entertain your nightlife desires.

MAX @ Eclipse Bar

NIGHTLIFE | By Steven Underhill | Sep 11

MAX held a First Friday cocktail meet & greet at Eclipse Bar in the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on Sept. 6. The social group for gay men and their friends goes back to 1988, and continues to welcome new members at frequent social events.

A Fabulous Affair: Carlos Eugenio Venturo Diaz and Joseph William Copley's fabulous wedding

DINING & DRINKING | By Events Editor | Sep 11

We haven't had a good wedding announcement in a while, and the betrothal of Carlos Diaz and Joseph Copley included seaside views, and dance and nightlife community fabulousness.

Nightlife Events Sept. 12-19, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Sep 11

With any luck, your Friday (13th!) will be full of fun, not fear. Superstitious? Plan nightlife fun on other nights.