Arts & Culture

Going Commando: Juba Kalamka on his new music project

Going Commando: Juba Kalamka on his new music project

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 1, 2022

Juba Kalamka, who's remained active in a vast array of musical outfits, as well as appearing in movies, while remaining active politically and socially, has formed a new band, Commando, with Lynnee Breedlove, Honey Mahogany and other talents.

Drag and anarchy: Samuel Kay Forrest's 'HipBeat'

Drag and anarchy: Samuel Kay Forrest's 'HipBeat'

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 1, 2022

Samuel Kay Forrest's new film HipBeat, about a young radical political activist from Ireland now living in Berlin, is well-intentioned even as it leaves a few unanswered questions.

'Frankie & Bug' author Gayle Forman

'Frankie & Bug' author Gayle Forman

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 1, 2022

In her new Young Adult novel, best-selling author Gayle Forman takes us back to the summer of 1987 in Los Angeles. Bug (aka Beatrice) and her older brother Danny navigate the streets around Venice Beach.

The work of sex: Michal Witkowski's 'Eleven-Inch' addresses sex as survival

The work of sex: Michal Witkowski's 'Eleven-Inch' addresses sex as survival

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 1, 2022

'Eleven-Inch.' Polish novelist Michal Witkowski's ninth book, bracingly rendered by his regular translator W. Martin, shares the picaresque chronicle of two teenagers on the lam from their politically oppressive homelands in Eastern Europe.

50 years in 50 weeks: Big Freedia bounced 2017

50 years in 50 weeks: Big Freedia bounced 2017

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 25, 2022

When Big Freedia comes to town, we bow down for the Queen of Bounce. The New Orleans singer, TV star, cook and author performed at Mezzanine in April 2017, and writer Cornelius Washington shared a fun Q&A.

The good son: Neel Patel's 'Tell Me How To Be'

The good son: Neel Patel's 'Tell Me How To Be'

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 22, 2022

Akash, the protagonist of Neel Patel's debut novel, 'Tell Me How To Be,' ralphs at important family gatherings, behavior that evinces a certain sincerity in a clan infested with secrets.

Troye Sivan has 'Three Months' - writer-director Jared Frieder on his Florida-set coming-of-age film

Troye Sivan has 'Three Months' - writer-director Jared Frieder on his Florida-set coming-of-age film

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 22, 2022

Singer Troye Sivan shines in 'Three Months,' the new film by Jared Frieder. Set in Florida in 2011, it's a touching AIDS drama/comedy for the millennial generation.

Outside the rainbow: Black lesbian couple's memoir

Outside the rainbow: Black lesbian couple's memoir

  • BOOKS
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 22, 2022

Naomi W. Scales and Marilyn J. Jordan's co-authored memoir, 'From Pain To Love: Our Journey Outside The Rainbow,' is very timely, reflecting just about everything that is pathological about the African-American community.

Iced, iced, baby: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics successes and scandals

Iced, iced, baby: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics successes and scandals

Beijing 2022 was the best Winter Olympics and the worst all at once. It was the queerest Winter games ever, with a lot of out lesbians, some out gay men, the first nonbinary competitor and queer medalists galore.

Enemy lines: 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' at SF Playhouse

Enemy lines: 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' at SF Playhouse

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 22, 2022

At times when society feels divided into radically opposed camps, theater can remind us of a common humanity that transcends any singular ideology. But Will Arbery's play, 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning,' is a non-Kumbaya if ever there was one.

Christophe Rousset plays rediscovered harpsichord classics

Christophe Rousset plays rediscovered harpsichord classics

  • MUSIC
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 22, 2022

One of the most "baroque" things about the work of out early-music maestro Christophe Rousset is what a prodigious prodigy he is. His most recent harpsichord recording is the 'Le Manuscrit de Madame Theobon,' which he found on eBay.

50 years in 50 weeks: Shirley f-in' Manson in 2016

50 years in 50 weeks: Shirley f-in' Manson in 2016

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 17, 2022

While probably not the most historic article of 2016, for this writer, it was a red-letter day to interview Shirley Manson, lead singer for the band Garbage.

L'art dans l'air - 'Imagine Picasso' at The Armory

L'art dans l'air - 'Imagine Picasso' at The Armory

  • ART
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 15, 2022

'Imagine Picasso,' the latest immersive art installation, is now at the San Francisco Armory. But do these spectacles actually bring viewers closer to the art, or just provide a computer-assisted form of entertainment?

Lorraine Hansberry: two biographies on the life of 'A Raisin in the Sun' lesbian playwright

Lorraine Hansberry: two biographies on the life of 'A Raisin in the Sun' lesbian playwright

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 15, 2022

Two biographies of Black lesbian playwright Lorrain Hansberry, one new, the other recent, offer insightful perspectives on the writer whose singular success and difficult life were cut short.