Arts & Culture

Feelin' hot: The Lavender Tube on 'Last Call' 'The Idol,' 'Prank Panel' and more

Feelin' hot: The Lavender Tube on 'Last Call' 'The Idol,' 'Prank Panel' and more

Our TV columnist updates us on 'Climate Crisis: Drought,' GLAAD's media report, 'The Idol,' 'The Prank Panel' and other media news.

'Hello Yellow Brick Road' — SF Gay Men's Chorus pays homage to Elton John and Oz

'Hello Yellow Brick Road' — SF Gay Men's Chorus pays homage to Elton John and Oz

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 11, 2023

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Elton John's landmark album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" on July 19. The album's title track makes subtle references to the classic musical fantasy "The Wizard of Oz."

'Hi Honey, I'm Homo!' — new book traces the history of queers on sitcoms

'Hi Honey, I'm Homo!' — new book traces the history of queers on sitcoms

  • BOOKS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 11, 2023

One might not think of "Bewitched" when talking about queer characters on sitcoms, yet that's exactly what Matt Baume does in his new book "Hi Honey, I'm Homo! Sitcoms, Specials and the Queering of American Culture."

Boze Hadleigh's 'Game Show Confidential'

Boze Hadleigh's 'Game Show Confidential'

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 11, 2023

In his latest book, "Game Show Confidential: The Story of An American Obsession," prolific author Boze Hadleigh doesn't play around, pulling back the sparkly curtain to dare to reveal truths some would never consider about game shows.

Post-Pride pressings; reissues from Cher and Pet Shop Boys

Post-Pride pressings; reissues from Cher and Pet Shop Boys

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 11, 2023

Pride month has passed, but you can fly your own flag of fandom for two popular musical favorites; Cher and Pet Shop Boys, with reissued vinyl and CD collections.

Going Out, July 6-14, 2023

Going Out, July 6-14, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 6, 2023

From drinks to drag to dinosaurs, we've got nightlife, performing arts and science exhibits to quench your thirst for knowledge, or just a beer.

Cidny Bullens: Meet the trans 'cosmic rock star'

Cidny Bullens: Meet the trans 'cosmic rock star'

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

Cidny Bullens' story is truly one of a kind, beginning with being a backing vocalist for Sir Elton John and continuing through their 2012 transition at the age of 61 as a musician, and now the author of a revealing memoir.

Samantha Irby: 'Quietly Hostile' author on jokes, pandemic dogs and Dave Matthews

Samantha Irby: 'Quietly Hostile' author on jokes, pandemic dogs and Dave Matthews

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

The best part about reading a book by Lammy Award-winning queer humor essayist Samantha Irby, including her new one, "Quietly Hostile," is the way she makes you laugh out loud.

'Out of Character' at Berkeley Rep: Ari'el Stachel's frankly unfinished yet fascinating story

'Out of Character' at Berkeley Rep: Ari'el Stachel's frankly unfinished yet fascinating story

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2023

Ari'el Stachel reveals much about himself in "Out of Character," his one-man theatrical memoir, directed by Tony Taccone in its debut production at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

'Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York'

'Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York'

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 4, 2023

The frightening true-life tale of a series of anti-gay murders is the subject of "Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York," a new four-part documentary on HBO.

'Joy Ride' is a trip

'Joy Ride' is a trip

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

The best way to describe "Joy Ride" is as a good and bad 'trip gone wrong' copycat that gets off to a great start, lags a bit, and then surprises us with scenes that are alternately outrageous and heartbreaking.

Alice Winn's 'In Memoriam' - The soldiers' tale

Alice Winn's 'In Memoriam' - The soldiers' tale

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 4, 2023

With her debut novel, "In Memoriam," screenwriter Alice Winn joins the ranks of the finest war writers this side of Homer and Heller.

The wild ride of Jinwoo Chong's 'Flux'

The wild ride of Jinwoo Chong's 'Flux'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 4, 2023

Jinwoo Chong's new futuristic debut novel is like no other book you've ever read. Written in the tech thriller genre, it is a masterful example of what just may be the literature of the future.

Going Out, June 29-July 7, 2023

Going Out, June 29-July 7, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 29, 2023

Are you exhausted? Got the post-Pride blues? Relax with some cool art exhibits, fun theatrical shows, or sip a beverage at your favorite bar.