Arts & Culture

Gran Fury's glory: Jack Lowery discusses his book, 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic'

Gran Fury's glory: Jack Lowery discusses his book, 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 3, 2022

In 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic,' author Jack Lowery fully explores the history of Gran Fury, the ACT UP activist-artist collective that cleverly incorporated advertising styled messaging.

Legacies, loss and losers: The Lavender Tube on vampires, cute teens, and the antigay AFA

Legacies, loss and losers: The Lavender Tube on vampires, cute teens, and the antigay AFA

Spring has totally sprung! May is a good month to get outside and do outside-y things. But then you come home and watch TV, right? Catch up with a gay romance on 'Legacies,' the end of 'Batwoman,' and rightwing hissy fits over queer-inclusive commercials.

King of filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

King of filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 3, 2022

Step aside, Dawn Davenport. There's a new bitch in town and she means business. Her name is Marsha "Liarmouth" Sprinkle, and she dominates all the depravity in filthy filmmaker and bestselling author John Waters' debut novel, "Liarmouth."

Bitch is back: queer singer-songwriter's new music

Bitch is back: queer singer-songwriter's new music

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 3, 2022

Nine years after she released her last full-length disc "In Us We Trust," Bitch is back with "Bitchcraft" (Kill Rock Stars), an album that draws on all of her strengths with dazzling results.

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an auspicious literary debut

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an auspicious literary debut

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 3, 2022

Raw and transcendent are the words applicable to Paul Mendez's semi-autobiographical debut novel "Rainbow Milk," a multi-generational dissection of sexuality, race, and religion on the rocky evolution of a young gay Black man, set in England.

Eli Conley: queer trans country artists to perform in East Bay

Eli Conley: queer trans country artists to perform in East Bay

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 3, 2022

On May 15, Eli Conley will perform in Queer Country West Coast at the Ivy Room in Albany. It's an afternoon show with Conley, Mya Byrne, Polythene Pam and Side Pony.

Anaïs in Love: French romantic comedy's not so funny

Anaïs in Love: French romantic comedy's not so funny

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 3, 2022

'Anaïs in Love's running joke is that Anaïs is always running late; running to appointments to parties to school to family functions, rarely breaking a sweat. It's one of several overplayed odd moments in this abruptly lesbian-themed film.

Going Out, Homing's In, April 29-May 6, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, April 29-May 6, 2022

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 27, 2022

May the 4th, through 6th and beyond, for this week, bring you arts, nightlife and community events of interest, plus online amusements as well.

The art of Ajuan Mance  at the Cartoon Museum

The art of Ajuan Mance at the Cartoon Museum

  • ART
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 26, 2022

Opening April 30 and running until August 7, San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum presents the art of Ajuan Mance as part of its ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase. The Mills College professor is known for her vibrant portrait series, '1001 Black Men.'

'Everything, Everywhere' is almost everything

'Everything, Everywhere' is almost everything

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 26, 2022

Michelle Yeoh stars in the mind-blowing "Everything Everywhere All At Once" a hallucinogenic action-packed multiverse journey involving family drama, coming out, martial arts, piles of receipts, a laundromat, a fanny pack, butt plugs, and a raccoon.

'Firebird's flight: Peeter Rebane and Tom Prior's Russian Cold War love story

'Firebird's flight: Peeter Rebane and Tom Prior's Russian Cold War love story

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 26, 2022

When "Firebird" screened at last year's Frameline Festival in the just re-opened Castro Theatre, it received a deserved standing ovation from the nearly full house. The Russian love story's back and screening locally and internationally.

Rinabeth Apostol's take two: the luck and logistics of back-to-back roles

Rinabeth Apostol's take two: the luck and logistics of back-to-back roles

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 26, 2022

On May 8, Rinabeth Apostol will take her last bow as Alison Bechdel in the 42nd Street Moon production of the Tony-winning musical "Fun Home." Just three nights later, she'll be on stage at the Magic Theatre in "Monument, or Four Sisters (A Sloth Play)."

Homecoming queen: Alejandro Varela's 'The Town of Babylon'

Homecoming queen: Alejandro Varela's 'The Town of Babylon'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 26, 2022

The problematic return of a gay Latinx man to his hometown after decades away is supreme fodder for an engrossing and melodramatic novel, and debut author Alejandro Varela seems more than happy to seize the moment.

Ocean Vuong's rainbow afterglow: poet returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

Ocean Vuong's rainbow afterglow: poet returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 26, 2022

One true way to envision Ocean Vuong is as, if not The Survivor, a survivor. His newly released second book of poems was occasioned by the silence that enveloped him after the death of his mother.