Arts & Culture

50 years in 50 weeks: Jake Shears' 2012 kiki

50 years in 50 weeks: Jake Shears' 2012 kiki

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 20, 2022

The year certainly had more 'important' arts and nightlife coverage, but Gregg Shapiro's June 2012 interview with Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears brings back fond memories of their music.

Going Out, Homing's In Jan. 21-28, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In Jan. 21-28, 2022

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 20, 2022

This is your arts and nightlife captain; please stand by as we navigate through abrupt closings, postponements —and even a few openings— around the Bay Area this week.

'The Gilded Age' - Julian Fellowes' new New York

'The Gilded Age' - Julian Fellowes' new New York

Julian Fellowes debuts his new long-awaited period drama series 'The Gilded Age' on HBO, a tale of an emerging new world at the height of New York City's industrial age, and the often merciless society members who ruled and invaded it, or tried to.

Outside Lands co-producer planning big changes at Castro Theatre

Outside Lands co-producer planning big changes at Castro Theatre

  • MOVIES
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 19, 2022

Another Planet Entertainment will be expanding Castro Theatre programming to include live music, comedy, and community events after a renovation project that will start later this year.

Lady Camden: former Smuin Ballet dancer on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Lady Camden: former Smuin Ballet dancer on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • Jan 18, 2022

When Lady Camden sashayed into the spotlight for the first time on RuPaul's Drag Race in the Season 14 premiere, proudly proclaiming, "Hello, you sexy bitches!," drag aficionados got to meet one of Northern California's most uniquely talented queens.

Musical moments: 'The Band's Visit' and 'Freestyle Love Supreme'

Musical moments: 'The Band's Visit' and 'Freestyle Love Supreme'

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 18, 2022

San Francisco stages are now hosting two of the more unorthodox musicals to hit big on Broadway in recent years, one subtle and poetic ('The Band's Visit'), the other boisterous and participatory ('Freestyle Love Supreme').

Latinx love: Edgar Gomez' 'High-Risk Homosexual'

Latinx love: Edgar Gomez' 'High-Risk Homosexual'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 18, 2022

In his outstanding new coming-of-age memoir, Florida-born queer Latinx author Edgar Gomez navigates a modest 13-year-old adolescence dominated by poverty and cultural machismo.

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 14-22, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 14-22, 2022

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 13, 2022

Oh my gosh, Omicron! We're keeping up to date on closings, postponements and persistent performances in arts and nightlife.

50 years in 50 weeks: 40th anniversary in 2011

50 years in 50 weeks: 40th anniversary in 2011

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 12, 2022

In April 2011, the Bay Area Reporter celebrated its 40th anniversary with a mini-exhibit of vintage front pages, curated by photographer Rick Gerharter.

Arts update: plays, comedy fest postponed; Chorus' center funding

Arts update: plays, comedy fest postponed; Chorus' center funding

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 12, 2022

It's one step forward and two steps back in the local arts scene as theater companies close their doors yet again, a comedy festival is postponed, and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus gets funding from Amazon.

James Magruder: playwright's new novel, 'Vamp Until Ready'

James Magruder: playwright's new novel, 'Vamp Until Ready'

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 11, 2022

James Magruder is a funny guy. His wonderfully wicked sense of humor comes through in his plays, and in his new novel, 'Vamp Until Ready.'

Pedro Almodovar's 'Parallel Mothers'

Pedro Almodovar's 'Parallel Mothers'

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 11, 2022

What makes Pedro Almodovar's latest film 'Parallel Mothers' is distinctive; for the first time he is incorporating a political agenda by confronting the dark past legacy of Spain's Franco regime.

The Lavender Tube on heroes and sheroes

The Lavender Tube on heroes and sheroes

Out intrepid TV columnist recommends the hunky gay firemen of '9-1-1 Lonestar,' British thriller 'Vigil,' ABC's 'Women of the Movement,' and other viewing pleasures.

Transit tales: Johnny Townsend's 'Orgy At The STD Clinic'

Transit tales: Johnny Townsend's 'Orgy At The STD Clinic'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 11, 2022

Johnny Townsend's new book chronicles the escapades of Todd Tillotson, a middle-aged, paunchy Seattle gay man and ex-Mormon riding the public transit bus in the present day pandemic while cruising for sex.