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By Roberto Friedman

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.

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By Philip Campbell | October 12, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | October 10, 2018

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.


By Roberto Friedman | September 26, 2018

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).

By Sura Wood | September 19, 2018

"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.


By Roberto Friedman | September 19, 2018

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.

By Events Editor | September 19, 2018

Classy concerts, merry musicals, paintings to ponder. The arts await you.


By Roberto Friedman | September 12, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | August 31, 2018

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.


By Events Editor | August 29, 2018

Street festivals and art festivals are cool indoor and (sometimes) cooler outdoors. Dress appropriately, but strip off your creative inhibitions.

By Roberto Friedman | August 8, 2018

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.


By Sura Wood | August 8, 2018

Any show that has the balls to call itself "Lew the Jew" has a leg up on the competition in my book.

By Roberto Friedman | August 1, 2018

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.


By Events Editor | July 25, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | July 18, 2018

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.


By Sura Wood | July 18, 2018

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.

By Events Editor | July 18, 2018

Summer arts events indoor, outdoor, under the moon or sun, help our world turn.


By Roberto Friedman | July 4, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | June 27, 2018

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."


By Roberto Friedman | June 20, 2018

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."

By Sura Wood | June 20, 2018

Here comes "Giants of Land and Sea," a new, semi-permanent show at the California Academy of Sciences.


By Roberto Friedman | June 6, 2018

June is bustin' out all over. LGBTQ Pride Month always brings with it a cornucopia of new books of special interest to our community.

By Roberto Friedman | May 30, 2018

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.


By Roberto Friedman | May 23, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | May 16, 2018

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.


By Roberto Friedman | April 18, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | April 11, 2018

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.


By Roberto Friedman | April 4, 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.

By Roberto Friedman | March 21, 2018

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.


By Roberto Friedman | February 28, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | February 14, 2018

It's been many a moon since the once-familiar name Marc Huestis has graced these gossipy pages.


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