When Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird in Greta Gerwig's film of that name calls her hometown Sacramento "the Midwest of California," it's a good line but maybe a little bit unfair to our state capital.
Once famously derided as "that shabby little shocker" and condemned as "little more than a manipulative melodrama," composer Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" ultimately triumphed over the naysayers.
Last week Out There was lucky enough to catch two major figures from contemporary LGBT arts & culture live in performance, and to learn what they're up to these days.
Sometimes a novel feels so true to your lived experience it feels pulled from your own life. That was our sensation reading "That Was Something," a new novel by Dan Callahan (Squares & Rebels).
"You are what you wear" might be a colloquial, less scholarly way to frame the premise of "Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress," a new touring show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Last week Out There was in the house when "On Your Feet!," the touring Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway musical, opened at the newly remodeled SHN Golden Gate Theatre.
Classy concerts, merry musicals, paintings to ponder. The arts await you.
Yes, San Francisco Bay Area socialites have long called the week after Labor Day "Hell Week," but really it's a type of cultural heaven.
For the next two issues, we'll be bringing you B.A.R. arts writers' brief previews of what to look out for in the Fall 2018 season.
Street festivals and art festivals are cool indoor and (sometimes) cooler outdoors. Dress appropriately, but strip off your creative inhibitions.
The atmosphere over the Sierra Nevada was brown and smoky last month, a result of the many horrific wildfires raging all over the region. It felt apocalyptic and thus very much of the historical moment.
Any show that has the balls to call itself "Lew the Jew" has a leg up on the competition in my book.
Madrona Manor is a lovely grand old house surrounded by eight acres of wooded and well-tended landscape and gardens in the hills above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.
A flick of the wrist with a paint brush, a strong high note carries to the back row, and you're thrilled; arts events await your presence.
Joe Goode's new world premiere "Still Standing" led us through San Francisco's historic Haas-Lilienthal House during the course of the performance. It runs through Aug. 5 there.
Peter Hujar, now considered one of the greatest American photographers of the late 20th century, was living in poverty at the time of his death in 1987 from complications of AIDS.
Summer arts events indoor, outdoor, under the moon or sun, help our world turn.
The touring production of "School of Rock" now playing the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco through July 22 is the perfect opportunity to bring your secret air-guitar moves out of the closet.
It's not often that one can take full measure of a wide swath of a concert artist's career, but Deutsche Grammophon affords just that opportunity with its release "Pogorelich - Complete Recordings."
Opening night at Frameline 42 was a rousing good kick-off to the film fest. Co-directors Fiona Dawson and Gabriel Silverman were in the house for the screening of their documentary "TransMilitary."
Here comes "Giants of Land and Sea," a new, semi-permanent show at the California Academy of Sciences.
June is bustin' out all over. LGBTQ Pride Month always brings with it a cornucopia of new books of special interest to our community.
Last week, the film-world powers-that-be at Frameline gave a kick-off press conference for Frameline42, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival coming up this June 14-24.
Ask anyone who has ever tried improvisational theatre: a cardinal rule is always to say "yes" to whatever your improv partner has come up with during a scene.
Seeing the "Angels in America" revival at Berkeley Rep last month was among the most powerful theatre experiences Out There has ever had. It runs through July 22, and if you're interested in the American stage, you must see it.
All of a sudden we got really booked up! We don't remember when our datebook full of arts events went on overdrive, but it's been a while since we've caught up, Dear Reader, and in the interim Out There has been more out than in.
It's that time again when your old trusties at the Bay Area Reporter bestow the Besties, the reader's-choice LGBTQ Best of the Bay awards, for 2018.
As part of our ongoing quest to sample every cute little new boutique hotel that opens in San Francisco, Out There recently decamped to a two-night stay at the Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf, ground zero in SF's primo tourist zone.
Out There is always reading print media. Newsprint on our fingers is just mother's milk to us. Here are a few keepers from recent media we'd like to share with you.
American performance artist Laurie Anderson is one of those rare geniuses whose talents span diverse fields - music, painting, sculpture, film, storytelling, even the invention of musical instruments.
It's been many a moon since the once-familiar name Marc Huestis has graced these gossipy pages.