Arts & Culture

Q-Music: Say gay all year playlist

Q-Music: Say gay all year playlist

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 17, 2023

Our music columnist shares a diverse quintet of new sounds from Meshell Ndegeocello, Jordy, Paisley Fields, The Refugees, and re-released classics from Wham!

Mark Abramson's 'Laughing Matters'

Mark Abramson's 'Laughing Matters'

Mark Abramson's sequel of sorts, 'Laughing Matters: Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2021-2022' pushes forward from his previous diary-book when the author roamed the empty Castro district where bars and restaurants were closed by the city.

Eddie Izzard and Alex Edelman: Pushing the envelope of stand-up

Eddie Izzard and Alex Edelman: Pushing the envelope of stand-up

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 16, 2023

This month, San Francisco audiences can see two of the brainiest comics currently working in full-length solo shows: queer British entertainer Eddie Izzard, and rising star Alex Edelman.

'We Are Tenacious' — Trans and queer ranchers in new documentary

'We Are Tenacious' — Trans and queer ranchers in new documentary

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 15, 2023

"We Are Tenacious," billed as a classic story of American perseverance, features transgender Alpaca rancher Penny Logue and her dedicated band of queer ranchers who endured threats from a local rightwing militia.

Golden Thread's ReOrient Festival — Middle Eastern playwrights share their stories

Golden Thread's ReOrient Festival — Middle Eastern playwrights share their stories

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 14, 2023

The ReOrient Festival of Short Plays, running at Potrero Stage includes three productions of works by queer and nonbinary Middle Eastern playwrights with a focus on LGBTQ characters.

'Make Me Famous' — Painter Edward Brezinski and the'80s East Village art scene in a new documentary

'Make Me Famous' — Painter Edward Brezinski and the'80s East Village art scene in a new documentary

  • ART
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 13, 2023

Gay painter Edward Brezinski's brief career and disappearance is the subject of the documentary "Make Me Famous," which visually takes a dizzying journey back in time to the 1980s East Village art scene.

Going Out, Oct. 12-20, 2023

Going Out, Oct. 12-20, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 12, 2023

Along with the currently running "Rocky Horror Show" and the upcoming Anthony Rapp musical, "Without You" (see our features in this week's issue), we've also got art exhibits, music concerts, plus bar and nightclub listings in Going Out, each week.

'The Rocky Horror Show' — Ray of Light & Oasis deliver a definitive delight

'The Rocky Horror Show' — Ray of Light & Oasis deliver a definitive delight

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 10, 2023

To borrow a line from playwright-composer Richard O'Brien, Ray of Light Theatre "has discovered the secret, that elusive ingredient, that... spark that is the breath of life itself!" in its electrifying resurrection of O'Brien's own "The Rocky Horror Show."

Anthony Rapp's 'Without You' — Musical musings on love and loss

Anthony Rapp's 'Without You' — Musical musings on love and loss

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 10, 2023

From October 19-22 actor Anthony Rapp, whose career took off when he was cast as Mark Cohen in the now classic musical "Rent," will bring his solo musical "Without You" to the Curran Theater.

'Kiss Me Kosher' — Israeli queer romcom

'Kiss Me Kosher' — Israeli queer romcom

The full-length feature debut by writer/director Shirel Peleg is a charming addition to the canon of contemporary Israeli cinema. It's an effective queer romcom that also manages to make a political statement.

Alvin Orloff's 'Vulgarian Rhapsody'

Alvin Orloff's 'Vulgarian Rhapsody'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 10, 2023

Alvin Orloff knows good books. And he's written one, too, with his fourth novel about a group of queer San Francisco residents who feel the pinch of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s.

Q-Music: queer pop playlist

Q-Music: queer pop playlist

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 10, 2023

October is LGBTQ History Month and coincidentally there's an abundance of music from our community to get listeners through the rest of the year and well into the next, with K Flay, Soft Punch, Sigur Rós, Mouths of Babes and Ragana.

Justin Torres' brilliant new novel, 'Blackouts'

Justin Torres' brilliant new novel, 'Blackouts'

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 8, 2023

Justin Torres deploys fluid, engaging writing throughout his new novel, "Blackouts," that's far from frivolous but not shy of hilarity when warranted. In a way all its own, it's a consistent pleasure to read.

'Dicks: the Musical' - crass queer comedy's oddly fun

'Dicks: the Musical' - crass queer comedy's oddly fun

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 6, 2023

'Dicks: the Musical' is filled with all kinds of raunchy humor, including twin brothers who fall in love, and a flying vagina. You have to see it in order to believe it.