Arts & Culture

Steven Rowley's 'The Celebrants'

Steven Rowley's 'The Celebrants'

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 19, 2023

Billed as a "Big Chill" for our times, the lackluster "The Celebrants" is the latest fiction from the gay bestselling author Steven Rowley following his "The Editor" and "Guncle" feelgood books.

Kiki and Herb return for Castro Theatre holiday concert

Kiki and Herb return for Castro Theatre holiday concert

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 18, 2023

On December 15, Kiki and Herb's "O Come Let Us Adore Them" will bring out the holiday spirit, and/or spirits, at the Castro Theatre. Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman's sometimes soused cabaret duo rounds off their tour with a Bay Area homecoming.

'Cassandro' - Gael Garcia Bernal shines in new gay docudrama

'Cassandro' - Gael Garcia Bernal shines in new gay docudrama

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 18, 2023

Roger Ross Williams, an Academy Award-winning documentarian, offers his first narrative feature with "Cassandro." The film tells the story of Saul Armendariz, a real life competitor in the world of Lucha Libre, Mexican wrestling.

Shabbat at the Jewseum

Shabbat at the Jewseum

  • ART
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 18, 2023

On September 23 the Contemporary Jewish Museum will launch "Shabbat at the Jewseum," a new quarterly program that lets attendees immerse themselves in Jewish ideas of rest and rejuvenation while engaging in the ritual of Shabbat.

Edward Cahill's 'Disorderly Men'

Edward Cahill's 'Disorderly Men'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 17, 2023

Edward Cahill's moving, memorable debut novel does indeed deliver the "disorderly men" promised in the title. The novel is set in the 1960s and mostly takes place at a pre-Stonewall-era Greenwich Village gay bar.

Lesbians bring 'Overlooked Latinas' to SF stage

Lesbians bring 'Overlooked Latinas' to SF stage

It all started 18 years ago, when director Mary Guzmán took in one of Tina D'Elia's onstage performances and decided she wanted to work with her.

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

  • BOOKS
  • by Ken White
  • Sep 13, 2023

When I worked at A Different Light Bookstore on Castro Street in the 1990s, it was the cultural hub of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

'P.S. Burn This Letter Please' — fascinating '50s New York drag scene told in new book

'P.S. Burn This Letter Please' — fascinating '50s New York drag scene told in new book

  • BOOKS
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 12, 2023

The discovery of a series of letters addressed to someone named Reno Martin from a writer using the name Daphne talking about drag in New York in the 1950s has led to a fascinating documentary and now a book by Craig Olsen.

Film forum: gay DVDs to tide you over

Film forum: gay DVDs to tide you over

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 12, 2023

Since one can only watch so many reruns through the ongoing writers and actors' strike, queer audiences might reconsider discovering movies from last year that have recently been reissued on DVD and Blu-ray.

'Cruel Intentions' - Ray of Light Theatre's dark '90s jukebox bop

'Cruel Intentions' - Ray of Light Theatre's dark '90s jukebox bop

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 12, 2023

Based on the hit film, the '90s jukebox musical "Cruel Intentions" makes its Bay Area debut in Ray of Light's production. The show's director-choreographer and the company's artistic director shared their recipe for theatrical success and fun.

Q-Music: 12 inches of queer music

Q-Music: 12 inches of queer music

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 12, 2023

Our voracious music reviewer Gregg Shapiro shares new and reissued sounds from General Public, Nora Kelly Band, Veronica Swift and Worriers.

Autumn reads, part 3

Autumn reads, part 3

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 12, 2023

With the third and final installment of our fall 2023 books roundup, while we couldn't capture all the amazing queer books publishing this season, here are even more of the novels, memoirs, and picture book titles you will certainly want to seek out.

Going Out, Sept. 7-15, 2023

Going Out, Sept. 7-15, 2023

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 7, 2023

What's your pleasure? Dramatic stage plays, beguiling art exhibits, hunky dudes dancing to funky grooves? How about a full-out Pridefest in Oakland? We've got arts and nightlife events, in abundance, this week and every week in our expansive listings.

Myriam Gurba's 'Creep: Accusations and Confessions'

Myriam Gurba's 'Creep: Accusations and Confessions'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Sep 6, 2023

"Creep: Accusations and Confessions" is a truly worthy new collection of essays about the evil that exists all around us. It is written by the very talented Mexican-American writer Myriam Gurba.