Arts & Culture

Tim Murphy's 'Speech Team'

Tim Murphy's 'Speech Team'

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 8, 2023

If you have loved gay writer Tim Murphy's books since his breathtaking 2016 breakthrough novel "Christadora" and its 2019 follow-up "Correspondents," then you will be happy to know that his fourth novel, "Speech Team" is being released in August.

Going Out, August 3—11, 2023

Going Out, August 3—11, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 3, 2023

Sip a beer with pals at The Midnight Sun, take in "The Tudors" at the Legion of Honor, or clap along to the rousing "Tina Turner Musical" at the Golden Gate Theatre. We've got all this and many more nightlife and arts listings, this week and every week.

Jerron Herman: Dancer/choreographer decodes Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

Jerron Herman: Dancer/choreographer decodes Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

  • DANCE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 1, 2023

One standout among the dozen artists in the 11th annual State of Play Dance Festival is Jerron Herman, whose extensive solo confronts the artistic 'perfection' of Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing.

Cowboy contemplation: Luca Torrens plays the SF Fringe Festival

Cowboy contemplation: Luca Torrens plays the SF Fringe Festival

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 1, 2023

A gregarious spirit of pioneering and possibility animates "Howdy, Stranger" creator-performer Luca Torrens' SF Fringe Festival solo show, which they describe as "a transmasculine Western."

Belinda Carlisle: Still mad about her music

Belinda Carlisle: Still mad about her music

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 1, 2023

Belinda Carlisle is the definition of a music legend. Her new EP, "Kismet" includes dance floor-ready bops. She discussed her work ahead of her SF concert on August 20.

'Out of Site: Sylvester, the Mighty Real' — immersive theater experience tells fab tales

'Out of Site: Sylvester, the Mighty Real' — immersive theater experience tells fab tales

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 1, 2023

Local theater company EyeZen Presents will debut "Sylvester: The Mighty Real," a performance-walking tour that celebrates the life and cultural impact of Sylvester James, Jr., the San Francisco-based dance music diva.

The past recaptured: Out conductors bring back classical rarities

The past recaptured: Out conductors bring back classical rarities

  • MUSIC
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 1, 2023

New recordings of operas and symphonies by Gaspare Spontini, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Franz Schreker have been released, led by a trio of prominent gay conductors.

Christian Cooper's 'Better Living Through Birding'

Christian Cooper's 'Better Living Through Birding'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 1, 2023

Christian Cooper's engrossing memoir chronicles his life as the first openly gay writer and editor at Marvel Comics, his fascination for birds, and his life before and after the now-famous Central Park "Karen" incident.

Gotta have faith: LGBTQ-inclusive spirituality books, part 1

Gotta have faith: LGBTQ-inclusive spirituality books, part 1

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 1, 2023

Several recent books on faith, mostly written by queer believers, strive to supply succor and strength to those who have remained in the institutional church.

Eliot Duncan's 'Ponyboy' — trans-male autofiction

Eliot Duncan's 'Ponyboy' — trans-male autofiction

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 1, 2023

Author Eliot Duncan provides his stories in three sections, called "negatives," presented in reverse order. For all its surface and latent sensationalism, Duncan's story is quite ordinary by present-day standards.

Going Out, July 27—August 4, 2023

Going Out, July 27—August 4, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 27, 2023

Whether you're strapping up or stripping down at the Up Your Alley Street Fair, or fanning out in finery at a summer music concert, we've got the deets, this week and every week in Going Out.

Lucinda Williams: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter on her new music, memoir and tour

Lucinda Williams: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter on her new music, memoir and tour

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 25, 2023

Lucinda Williams has left an indelible mark on contemporary Americana, country, blues, pop, and rock music, and despite setbacks emerges victorious on record and in print in 2023.

Left Coast Theatre Company debuts 'QueerStory'

Left Coast Theatre Company debuts 'QueerStory'

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 25, 2023

The latest production from Left Coast Theater Company is "QueerStory: Forgotten Figures from Queer History," which opens on Friday, August 4 at the Phoenix Theater, a nifty—and itself underappreciated— venue.

Joe Goode Performance Group debuts new work at YBCA

Joe Goode Performance Group debuts new work at YBCA

  • DANCE
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 25, 2023

"This piece is especially personal for me," said Joe Goode, creator of the new work, 'As It Goes.' "It's about aging and the arc of life. How do I make the transition from being the bad boy to the elder statesman?"