Arts & Culture

'San Francisco Cowboy' - indie film by local director to premiere at Balboa Theater

'San Francisco Cowboy' - indie film by local director to premiere at Balboa Theater

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 22, 2023

On August 26, Hassan Zee's new film "San Francisco Cowboy" will have an old-fashioned red carpet premiere at the Balboa Theater in which Zee and the film's stars will be in attendance.

Going Out, August 17-25, 2023

Going Out, August 17-25, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 17, 2023

Summertime, and the livin' is easy, or too hot, or too foggy. But either way, you'll adjust, and get out to enjoy some of the many nightlife and arts we have listed for you, this week and every week.

'Red, White & Royal Blue' - gay romcom's fluff, fun and flaws

'Red, White & Royal Blue' - gay romcom's fluff, fun and flaws

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 15, 2023

While parts of "Red, White & Royal Blue," Amazon Prime's new modern fairy tale rom-com, border on the preposterous, its handsome lead actors make up for the formulaic story.

Director Matthew López on 'Red, White & Royal Blue's' big romance

Director Matthew López on 'Red, White & Royal Blue's' big romance

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 15, 2023

Award-winning gay playwright Matthew López discusses taking the directorial helm for the lighthearted gay romcom. "Red, White & Royal Blue," based on the best-selling book.

'Josephine's Feast' at the Magic Theatre

'Josephine's Feast' at the Magic Theatre

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 15, 2023

A grand buffet of ideas crowds the table in "Josephine's Feast," the world premiere play by Star Finch being presented by the Magic Theatre and Campo Santo through this weekend. Two other plays are also worth seeing.

Q-Music: queer in your ear all year

Q-Music: queer in your ear all year

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 15, 2023

Our music writer shares new grooves from super-queer bands Anohni and the Johnsons, The Aces, Diners, Roselit Bone and Rodeo Boys. Listen up!

To 'Sur' with love: lost gay porn classic resurrected

To 'Sur' with love: lost gay porn classic resurrected

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 15, 2023

"Sur" was a 1970s gay porn film shot by Tom DeSimone at the lush and beautiful beaches of Big Sur, California. A new short documentary tells the tale of its production.

Jamie Stewart's 'Anything That Moves'

Jamie Stewart's 'Anything That Moves'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 15, 2023

Jamie Stewart's "Anything That Moves," an erotic catalog of collected memories of the non-binary performer's sexual experiences shifts from the awkward to the depraved to the hilarious.

Woolley's contributions to Frameline highlighted as he leaves ED role

Woolley's contributions to Frameline highlighted as he leaves ED role

  • MOVIES
  • by J.L. Odom
  • Aug 14, 2023

San Francisco's LGBTQ film festival is looking for a new leader.

Going Out, August 10—18, 2023

Going Out, August 10—18, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 10, 2023

From wild to mild, sexy gogo guys at Beaux and virtuous vocalists are among our many nightlife and arts listings, this week and every week.

'Barbie,' what a doll

'Barbie,' what a doll

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 8, 2023

Writer and director Greta Gerwig's latest movie "Barbie," a live-action fantasia revolving around corporate toy giant Mattel's legendary doll, while far from perfect, is an unexpectedly delightful breath of fresh and campy air.

Flown the coop: The Lavender Tube on Paul Reubens, Christian Cooper and 'Only Murders'

Flown the coop: The Lavender Tube on Paul Reubens, Christian Cooper and 'Only Murders'

The passing of Paul Reubens, the success of a Black gay ornithologist, and the third theatrical season of a favorite podcast-murder comedy are among this week's TV viewings.

'Tina' teeters but its star shines: Turner bio-musical plays the Golden Gate

'Tina' teeters but its star shines: Turner bio-musical plays the Golden Gate

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 8, 2023

The unbridled live energy that will send "Tina" audiences home trilling the producers' hoped for review —"Simply the best, better than all the rest"— is only part of the jukebox biographical musical about the life of music legend Tina Turner.

'Passages' — Ira Sachs' intense drama

'Passages' — Ira Sachs' intense drama

  • MOVIES
  • by Kyle Amato
  • Aug 8, 2023

Director Ira Sachs returns with another incisive character piece with "Passages," though this one is far meaner than usual, like a particularly nasty French New Wave film, but one with a gay relationship at the center.