The Bay Area Reporter first published on April 1, 1971, two years after the New York Stonewall Riots. But the paper's emergence grew not out of activism, but from San Francisco's growing gay bar scene.
The Covered Wagon bar hosted the 1972 Mr. Cowboy contest, but things didn't go well, as reported in the B.A.R.'s May 17 issue. Many in attendance were "stirred into a frenzy of accusations, charges and counter-charges of fraud, fake fix and cheat."
Some of the Bay Area Reporter's production designers were, and are, not only accomplished computer whizzes, but also artists and nightlife stars, like DJ and musician Adriana Roberts, who, with Scott King, share a bit of the backstage B.A.R. scoop.
With more than 900 articles penned for the Bay Area Reporter, I feel a strong connection as the newspaper celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. I thought to share some behind the scenes tales as well.
Philip Campbell summates 50 years of the Bay Area Reporter's classical music and opera coverage, noting examples and adding personal remarks to recount his four decades of contribution.
A former assistant editor and current freelance writer, Mark Norby recalls his first days working at the B.A.R.'s 9th & Harrison office.
The sensation of being completely surrounded by animated highlights of Vincent Van Gogh's oeuvre while buffeted by a thunderously amplified soundtrack is great fun and sometimes even a bit uplifting, if not overpowering.
Another Women's History Month is winding down with lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans women largely left in the shadows, where they have spent most of history.
San Francisco Art Institute will celebrate its 150th birthday with an extensive exhibition of a diverse array of alumni, and a particular focus on Black, indigenous people of color and LGBTQ+ artists, both online and at their Chestnut St. campus.
The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for its 2021 awards in multiple categories, making for a terrific to-read list of LGBTQ books. Nicknamed the Lammies, the finalists in 24 categories were chosen by 60 judges from 1,000 submissions.
We care less about the royal them than we do about the royal you. Are you doing right? Would you like some music, dance, theatre, drag or DJed grooves to help you get through the days and nights? Then ye shall have it. We proclaim fun.
In his impressive debut, Washington, D.C. writer Zak Salih chronicles the ongoing reunion of two gay men who were friends throughout childhood yet became estranged by the ebb and flow of adult life.
Playwrights, actors and voices in support of the arts, queer Black artists are bringing heartfelt and sometimes harrowing work to the Bay Area and national theater scene in the week ahead with streaming audio and video productions.