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10 December 2018


LGBT seniors grapple with end-of-life issues

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 5

While enjoying her seventh decade on the planet, Donna Personna knows her remaining days are numbered. Yet the prospect of her demise doesn't scare her.

Editorial: Bush was not good for the gays

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Dec 5

George H.W. Bush's presidency wasn't good for LGBTs, in spite of him signing landmark legislation.

Online Extra: Political Notes: New LGBT electeds sworn into office

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 7

Bay Area cities welcome new LGBT elected leaders as the winners of this year's races take their oaths of office.

Li feted at SF event

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Dec 5

Janice Li, who was elected last month to the board that oversees BART, was celebrated at a reception for LGBTQ leaders and allies and said she is ready to get to work.

Pope: Gay priests, nuns need not apply

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Dec 5

Pope Francis clarified his stance on gay priests and nuns serving as Catholic clergy with the release of his new book, "The Strength of a Vocation: Consecrated Life Today."

Sex worker clinic moves to SF health center

NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Dec 5

St. James Infirmary, a peer-based clinic for sex workers and their families, has moved to a new location in the Tenderloin shared with other community health and social services agencies.

Political Notebook: SF says strike up the LGBT band

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 5

When it comes to having an official city band, San Francisco's leaders say strike up the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.

News Briefs: SF, Oakland zoos decorate for the holidays

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Dec 5

Oakland Zoo is set to go big this holiday season with its annual ZooLights special event.

Reflective World AIDS Day ceremony

NEWS | By BAR staff | Dec 5

The National AIDS Memorial Grove honored a husband and wife who have last two sons to HIV/AIDS at its World AIDS Day ceremony.

Arts & Culture

Press violations on 'Murphy Brown'

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Dec 4

CBS' Nov. 29 episode of "Murphy Brown" took a cinema verité approach to Trump's "enemy of the people" mantra.

Family tides

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Dec 7

Mona Mansour's emotional colloquium of a play "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" draws much of its appeal from the warm relationship between its two main characters.

Arts Events Dec 6-13, 2018

ARTS EVENTS | By Events Editor | Dec 5

Whatever holidays you celebrate, enjoy the classic, traditional and irreverent arts events at venues around the Bay Area.

Christmastime in the concert halls

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Dec 4

There is a real need for moments of live musical entertainment and personal reflection amidst the ubiquitous soundtrack of Christmas cheer.

Laurie Anderson intensive

MUSIC | By Roberto Friedman | Dec 4

Performing artist-musician Laurie Anderson was Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center last week, during which she appeared in five consecutive nights of programming.

Straight outa the Bronx

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Dec 4

Straightforward, familiar and enormously satisfying, "A Bronx Tale" is the relatively rare contemporary musical that exudes winning sincerity more than winking self-consciousness.


Aaron Lazar: playing Dad

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Gladstone | Dec 5

It's been 18 years since Aaron Lazar last passed through San Francisco on a Broadway tour. He's in 'Dear Evan Hansen' at the Curran through December 30, and has a solo engagement at Feinstein's at the Nikko on December 17.

Living every kinky day

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Dec 5

What has been impressed on me on World AIDS Day is that we should each of us grab on to life hard and live it as fully, beautifully and vibrantly as we can. For kinksters, that means taking full advantage of the many opportunities we have.

Nightlife Events Dec 6-13, 2018

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Dec 5

Whether you're lighting candles, perching under mistletoe, or glugging eggnog, the holidays in all their forms approach. Cheer up or simmer down, but enjoy the festivities.

Light in the Grove @ National AIDS Memorial Grove

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Dec 5

World AIDS day annual local commemorations included the annual Light in the Grove, the gala fundraiser held at the National AIDS Memorial Grove.

Leather Events, December 7-21, 2018

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Dec 5

There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters, from drawing events to dance parties, rope demos to bar revelry.

20 Questions with Shawn Ryan - the Cabaret star plays multiple Bay Area gigs

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Nov 28

As he prepares for his November 30 show at Oakland's Sound Room (which is already sold out) and his December 9 show at Guerneville's Main St. Station, singer, actor and naughty comedian Shawn Ryan answered a volley of questions for the Bay Area Reporter.