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14 December 2019


Online Extra: Guest Opinion: On the record with Governor Newsom: One year of California for All

LATEST NEWS | By Gavin Newsom | Dec 13

There's no state in America quite like California. In troubled times for the nation, California is where the American Dream is alive and well.

Online Extra: Oakland LGBT bars Club 21 and Club BNB to close next month

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Dec 12

Two Oakland LGBT bars are closing next month after they were given move-out dates by a new landlord who wants to transition the property to office use, according to Club 21 and Club BNB general manager Carlos Uribe.

Online Extra: South Bay supervisors approve more LGBT services

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Dec 12

Two separate projects that will expand future LGBTQ services in the South Bay got a boost this week by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

2 out candidates seek Alameda County judge seat

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Dec 11

A gay man and a queer Latina are running for an open seat on the Alameda County Superior Court.

Out contestant competes in Miss Universe pageant

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Dec 11

Miss Myanmar, Swe Zin Htet, didn't win the Miss Universe crown December 8, but she did make history.

Cathedral welcomes World Tree of Hope

NEWS | By BAR staff | Dec 11

This year's Rainbow World Fund World Tree of Hope was unveiled during a lighting ceremony Tuesday.

RuPaul enters the Hall

NEWS | By BAR staff | Dec 11

RuPaul Andre Charles became the first drag queen to be inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Business Briefs: Holidays a busy time for watch, candle businesses

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 11

The yearly holiday shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is peak sales time for a gay watch designer and a queer-owned candle business that also sells a line of "unmentionables."

Political Notebook: Gay lawyer aims to be first out Orange County legislator

NEWS | Dec 11

In Southern California, lawyer Bijan Mohseni is running as a Democrat for the state's Assembly District 72 seat.

Arts & Culture

Arts Events Dec 12-19, 2019

ARTS EVENTS | By Events Editor | Dec 11

Plays, musicals, art exhibits and concerts are already unwrapped and waiting for your childlike joy.

Hanukkah gelt

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Dec 10

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale (PBO) and departing Music Director Nicholas McGegan made a warm-hearted gift to the holiday season last week with performances of Handel's stirring oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus."

Being Ian McKellen

BOOKS | By Brian Bromberger | Dec 10

Among LGBTQ people, Ian McKellen is almost God.

Welcoming Eun Sun Kim

MUSIC | By Roberto Friedman | Dec 10

The heartfelt welcome for incoming Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim from the San Francisco Opera company, board, orchestra, stage crew and members of the press last Thursday could not have been more excited or sincere.

Future opera stars concertize now

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Dec 10

It might seem impossible, but last week's "The Future Is Now: 2019 Adler Fellows Concert" at Herbst Theatre was more special than ever.

Up, up & away!

MOVIES | By David Lamble | Dec 10

At the Castro Theatre the other night I watched actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones soar into the sky over jolly old England, circa 1862, in the breathtaking new Amazon Studios feature "The Aeronauts."


Femlins! Peaches Christ brings a 'Gremlins' drag parody to the Castro Theatre

DRAG | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Dec 11

On December 14, drag superstar Peaches Christ brings her own unique take on Joe Dante's 'Gremlins' in what promises to be a wild and wacky drag extravaganza, titled 'Femlins.'

Christmas with the Countess: Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's holiday concert at Feinstein's

CABARET | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Dec 11

The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko on December 19 for a three-night stand in which she will usher in the holidays with songs, stories and strong cocktails designed to make your Yuletide gay.

Santa Skivvies Run @ Castro District

FUNDRAISER | By Steven Underhill | Dec 11

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation's eleventh annual Santa Skivvies Run drew participants out in festive holiday undergear on December 9 for the brisk short run fundraiser around the Castro.

Nightlife Events  Dec 12-19, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Dec 11

We're serving up comedy, music, drag and drinks in this week's nightlife calendar.

Nightlife Events Dec 5-12, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Dec 4

Whether you celebrate the recent or upcoming holidays, you know you need a little release. Sweat out the eggnog and cookie calories on a dance floor.

Sheryl Lee Ralph: the Dreamgirl returns

LIVE MUSIC | By Cornelius Washington | Dec 4

Sheryl Lee Ralph burst into international fame on Broadway as Dreamgirls' original Deena Jones, and she returns to San Francisco to perform with other stars in the annual Help Is On the Way for the Holidays benefit concert on December 9.