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Machine Dazzle decks the halls!

Machine Dazzle decks the halls!

By Jim Gladstone

If you've only seen the official CBS-issued online video of Taylor Mac's recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," you can't comprehend the extent of costume designer Machine Dazzle's contribution to the proceedings.

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By Events Editor | November 14, 2018

Spend the pre-holidays with some inspiration performing, visual and aural arts.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | November 13, 2018

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller.


By Roberto Friedman | November 13, 2018

"Pacific" has always seemed a complete misnomer for the wild, raging, tempestuous ocean that pummels our western coast. But "Pacifica" is a fine name for the small community nestled beside it.

By Brian Bromberger | November 13, 2018

When they turn 80, most people would probably love to look like Jane Fonda, who appears more like 50.


By Sura Wood | November 13, 2018

It would seem to defy the laws of probability that there could still be undiscovered gems in the vaults of Film Noir.

By David Lamble | November 13, 2018

With "Widows," Afro-British director Steve McQueen completes the fourth in his quartet of films on topics that have shaped our modern world.


By Gregg Shapiro | November 13, 2018

Fiction frontier: "The Caregiver" (Simon & Schuster), the gripping final novel by the late gay novelist and filmmaker Samuel Park (who died of stomach cancer at the age of 41 in 2017), draws on his Brazilian birthplace.

By Philip Campbell | November 13, 2018

A fall feast of classical music performances is ongoing through November in San Francisco. Concerts large and small are providing a fine soundtrack to the days before Thanksgiving.


By Gregg Shapiro | November 13, 2018

It's interesting that Boy George and Culture Club would call their new studio album, their first such release in almost 20 years, "Life" (BMG), as that's the one thing it could use more of.

By by Tim Pfaff | November 13, 2018

"Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century" (UC Press) never resorts to the sensational to be gripping, compassionate and itself intellectually fluid.


By David Lamble | November 13, 2018

This time of year is rich with wannabe Golden Globe and Oscar contenders, films that are looking for some box-office love and awards-season hardware.

By Events Editor | November 7, 2018

Celebrate the arts, learn and grow. Harvest the bountiful array of ideas, images and expressions.


By Sari Staver | November 6, 2018

The opening-night feature of the SF Transgender Fim Fest is about performer Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson's role.

By Jason Victor Serinus | November 6, 2018

Tom Volf's new documentary "Maria by Callas" is essential viewing for anyone who cares about classical music, opera, the human psyche, or the biases of American media.


By Sura Wood | November 6, 2018

The Legion of Honor's "East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection" is a new exhibition that emphasizes cross-cultural exchange between India and the West.

By Roberto Friedman | November 6, 2018

Out There had an epic Halloween 2018. We were there at The Fillmore for a rollicking concert from The B-52s, only the greatest party band ever in the history of rock.


By David Lamble | November 6, 2018

Presenting the 2nd Cinematografo International Film Festival. This Asian American-themed event presents an array of films and videos, many with LGBTQ content.

By Jim Gladstone | November 6, 2018

In "Cardboard Piano," Hansol Jung's engrossing, idea-dense drama now playing the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 16-year-old girlfriends are forced to face down a double-barreled homophobia.


By Jim Gladstone | November 6, 2018

Watching "Men on Boats," the frontier adventure story now on stage at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater, summons up memories of childhood.

By Philip Campbell | November 6, 2018

Two classical chamber concerts closed a busy October for music-lovers last week, and, unpredictably, offered time for reflection and needed breaks from the madness of recent events.


By Victoria A. Brownworth | November 6, 2018

GLAAD's new "Where We Are on TV" report is out, and the numbers are up, which is great. But those numbers are also deceptive, because they don't tell the whole story.

By Events Editor | October 31, 2018

Elect to vote for arts to enliven our lives. Choose the performing artists in your district and express yourself.


By Jim Gladstone | October 30, 2018

Chita Rivera will be at it again at Feinstein's at the Nikko next week, singing songs and telling tales from throughout her career in a four-show run of her latest cabaret show (including afternoon matinees on Sat., & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11).

By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 30, 2018

Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, "Boy Erased" is an emotionally riveting new film about a young man in Arkansas, a pastor's son, who goes to a conversion therapy camp.


By Roberto Friedman | October 30, 2018

On the eve of this historic and Very Important Election, we can't say it better than Hans the Franz does with his spectacular outfit. He's out there in the Castro District streets, resplendent in his declamatory onesie, and it's all to get out the vote.

By Philip Campbell | October 30, 2018

Symphony and Opera lovers have been playing a game of performance ping-pong in San Francisco lately, bouncing between Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 30, 2018

Rami Malek beautifully channels the late rock star Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," the new biopic of Queen, the band Mercury (1946-91) fronted.

By Michael Jortner | October 30, 2018

When you take in watercolorist Timothy Wells' new solo show "SF Made in China" at the Jack Fischer Gallery in Potrero Flats and feel the urge to remove his paintings from the wall only to toss them into your recycling bin,


By Brian Bromberger | October 30, 2018

Created by BBC and now available on Amazon Prime, "A Very English Scandal," a three-part/three-hour series, is a breezy dissection of hypocritical British attitudes toward homosexuality and insular homophobia.

By Tim Pfaff | October 30, 2018

In the case of Dale Peck's new novel, "Night Soil" (Soho Press), forget everything you think about the Dale Peck of the past.


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