The final weekend of the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival contains an impressive collection of serious Fall 2018 film fare.
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.
Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat" defies initial expectations.
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.
The new biopic "The Happy Prince" will spark a variety of emotions among devotees of the Irish-born author and gay icon Oscar Wilde.
Choreographer and performer Monique Jenkinson, in the guise of her drag queen persona Fauxnique, and her longtime partner, electronic composer Marc Kate, will premier their first full collaboration, "Girl," at the Joe Goode Annex.
"Oslo" playwright J.T. Rogers is far less interested in heads of state than in the hearts and minds of the people behind them.
2018 has become a banner year for the lesbian African-American playwright-activist Lorraine Hansberry, despite the fact that she died in 1965 at age 34, seemingly lost and invisible.
We've spent way too much time watching CSPAN of late, but we're grateful for this network devoted solely to the actions of our government in real time.
What have we before us in the form of pianist Igor Levit? Who is this guy?
Ben Folds Five drummer and backing vocalist Darren Jessee has kept himself busy.
At an October 5, 2018 advance screening of the new Queen film 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' fans at the Castro Theatre enjoyed the Fox/Regency biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band, and free T-shirts.
An excited crowd filled UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall last Friday night for the West Coast premiere of the Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland."
Called "the best cabaret artist of his generation" by The New Yorker, Justin Vivian Bond returns to San Francisco to perform at the GLBT Historical Society's annual gala on Friday evening, Oct. 5.
Here's a tip from those of us who have access to review copies and other advance media: Sometimes there's no better source for ear candy than the San Francisco Public Library, which has a wealth of audio-visual material for lending.
Get ready for a barnburner. "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?," now singeing audience eyebrows at the Custom Made Theatre, is the late Edward Albee's most uproarious, in-your-face play by a long shot.
Practice, practice, practice is how you get to Carnegie Hall, and the last program in the San Francisco Symphony's recent two-week Stravinsky Festival proved it once more.
It's no exaggeration to say that each new Neko Case album is cause for celebration.
The 41st edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival is loaded with award-season delights.
A pair of small-scale shows at SFMOMA provides a double dip of Wayne Thiebaud, a painter affectionately known as the king of cakes and pies for his depictions of delectable confectionary treats.
In the wake of last week's unintentionally laughable Kavanaugh Confirmation follies, one might attend "Red Scare on Sunset," Charles Busch's high-camp take on the pinko paranoia of mid-20th century Hollywood, thirsty for a comic tonic.
"Terror Vault," an immersive haunted journey though the underground vaults at the historic old San Francisco Mint, opens on Oct. 10 for a four-week run.
Prolific poet and writer Jim Elledge's "The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century" (Chicago Review) picks up where St Sukie de la Croix's "Chicago Whispers" left off.
Poet Rafael Campo's "Comfort Measures Only" gathers 88 poems, many of which are new and unpublished, with the remainder drawn from other books of his works.
There is a chilling scene in the first chapter of Rebecca Makkai's new novel "The Great Believers" where the main character, Yale Tishman, is attending a memorial party in 1985 for a close friend, Nico, who has died of AIDS.
Did you know that, since the 1950s, affluent Muslim women have patronized Parisian couturiers who've modified their designs to accommodate upscale clients' regional and religious sensitivities?
Gay fashion designer Christian Siriano is a wonderful example of what can happen when an LGBTQ child grows up in a supportive family and is encouraged to follow their dreams.
After 16 years on the musical theater A-list, Gavin Creel's performance at the Venetian Room on Oct. 14, as part of the Bay Area Cabaret series, will be his first major concert of showtunes.
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).
The San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas have covered a lot of ground since the start of the new season.
The accent is on horror and scary films at the Castro Theatre in October, with a treasure trove of spectacular films that have outlived their creators' original intentions. A highlight is a multi-film Burt Reynolds tribute.