Arts & Culture

Dearth on the Nile: Branagh remake's inconsistent

Dearth on the Nile: Branagh remake's inconsistent

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 15, 2022

One thing you can say about Kenneth Branagh, at the very least he's consistently inconsistent, and after the excellent 'Belfast,' follows his lackluster 2017 take on 'Murder on the Orient Express' with yet another Agatha Christie remake.

Q-Music: After Marianne and Melissa

Q-Music: After Marianne and Melissa

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 15, 2022

Check out new music from veterans Marianne Faithfull and Melissa Etheridge, and new groups Gypsum, Zvrra and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Art and drag: Monique Jenkinson's memoir, 'Faux Queen'

Art and drag: Monique Jenkinson's memoir, 'Faux Queen'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 15, 2022

Monique Jenkinson's memoir, a dazzlingly unfettered exposé of life as a soulful performer, begins, of course, with style, fashion, and budding star quality.

Keith Butler on his 'Unapologetic Memoir'

Keith Butler on his 'Unapologetic Memoir'

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 15, 2022

Memoirs by LGBTQ authors continue to be more popular than ever. Among the new releases, Keith Butler has written a no-holds-barred book about his personal struggles and his path to recovery.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015's Sylvester musical

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015's Sylvester musical

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 9, 2022

In an interview published in February 2015, Richard Dodds talked to Anthony Wayne, the creator and star of the rousing 'Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,' which was performed at Brava Theater.

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

  • DANCE
  • by Paul Parish
  • Feb 8, 2022

San Francisco Ballet is back in the Opera House, looking strong, with two very different yet captivating programs of premieres and repertory works by choreographers Helgi Tomasson, Cathy Marston, William Forsythe, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

  • DANCE
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 8, 2022

Zaccho Dance Theatre's long-delayed site-specific performance installation brings an aerial, ethereal new breath to the spiritual haven of Grace Cathedral.

Karinda Dobbins' new 'Black & Blue' comedy album's out

Karinda Dobbins' new 'Black & Blue' comedy album's out

  • CULTURE
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 8, 2022

She's black, beautiful and brilliant. Stand-up comic Karinda Dobbins, a regular on the comedy circuit for years, has released 'Black & Blue,' a new album of her recent acts.

'Flee,' a tale of escape, coming out and finding love

'Flee,' a tale of escape, coming out and finding love

  • MOVIES
  • by Brandon Judell
  • Feb 8, 2022

Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen's extraordinary 'Flee,' is an animated yet real-life tale of a young gay man's harrowing escape with his family from Afghanistan to Russia and finally, accidentally, by himself as a teen, to Copenhagen.

'The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs' - a Black queer extravaganza for a new generation

'The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs' - a Black queer extravaganza for a new generation

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 8, 2022

Criterion's three-DVD special edition, 'The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs,' honors the gay Black filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1994, whose entire career was based on confronting racism and homophobia, especially in media portrayals of People of Color.

Frozen '22: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics, 'Euphoria' and 'SNL's trend queens

Frozen '22: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics, 'Euphoria' and 'SNL's trend queens

The Beijing Olympics 2022 are incredibly exciting. Among the competing out athletes are freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, skeleton Olympian Andrew Blaser, speed skater Brittany Bowe and figure skater Jason Brown.

Q-Music: Bowie and beyond

Q-Music: Bowie and beyond

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 8, 2022

'Toy' is the perfect, playful name for what is labeled as "the new (albeit posthumously re-released) album from David Bowie." Also worth a listen, new albums from Bryce Bowyn, Davis Mallory, Lotic and Brion Starr.

50 years in 50 weeks: Ronnie Spector ruled in 2014

50 years in 50 weeks: Ronnie Spector ruled in 2014

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 3, 2022

Andre Torrez weaves insightful perspectives in his July 3, 2014 interview with the late music legend Ronnie Spector. The Ronettes singer performed at Burger Boogaloo, Oakland's fun outdoor music concert that summer.

Going Out, Homing's In, Feb. 4-11, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, Feb. 4-11, 2022

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 2, 2022

We've got the scoop on the best and LGBTQ-est happenings around the Bay Area this week. Again, if you're making plans, call ahead or check venue' websites for openings, closures, and health safety protocols.