Arts & Culture

'Swept Away' - Avett Brothers' musical sets sail at Berkeley Rep

'Swept Away' - Avett Brothers' musical sets sail at Berkeley Rep

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 1, 2022

There are sparkling bits of beauty bobbing on the surface, and treasures that one hopes will eventually be salvaged, in 'Swept Away,' an earnest, engrossing new musical with songs by the Avett Brothers now in its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.

'Minyan' - coming out kosher in the '80s

'Minyan' - coming out kosher in the '80s

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 1, 2022

Eric Steel's feature debut, 'Minyan,' for which he also co-wrote the screenplay, should be added to anyone's list of outstanding LGBTQ films.

Memory serves: Nate Lippens' 'My Dead Book'

Memory serves: Nate Lippens' 'My Dead Book'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 1, 2022

If the best things come in small packages, the diminutive chapbook by author Nate Lippens should pack a punch, and it certainly does. This fictional excavation of a man's past through the dead friends and lovers he'd managed to survive is worth the ride.

Edmund White faces the future in 'A Previous Life'

Edmund White faces the future in 'A Previous Life'

  • BOOKS
  • by Timothy Pfaff
  • Feb 1, 2022

With the publication of his latest novel, 'A Previous Life,' Edmund White joins the ranks of the great prolific artists who end their careers on a note of high ribaldry.

Sounds like the past: Neil Young, The Band, Peggy Lee reissues

Sounds like the past: Neil Young, The Band, Peggy Lee reissues

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 1, 2022

Our astute music columnist samples diverse reissued classic albums by Neil Young (who's making headlines again), The Band, Peggy Lee, Japan and The Beat Farmers.

50 years in 50 weeks; 2013's heroic hunks

50 years in 50 weeks; 2013's heroic hunks

  • MOVIES
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 27, 2022

This week, we're showcasing two admirable men in very different community subcultures, because we can. Filmmaker James Broughton and leatherman Andy Cross were featured in our June 13, 2013 issue, and both share a connection to gay erotic liberation.

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 28-Feb.4, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 28-Feb.4, 2022

  • DANCE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 27, 2022

The ins & outs and ups & downs of scheduling changes for arts and nightlife events are certainly keeping us on our toes, but we'll try to keep up with happenings around the Bay Area this week. If you're making plans, call ahead or check venues' websites.

Brian Hutchison's gay noir audio tale

Brian Hutchison's gay noir audio tale

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 25, 2022

'I Still Think About You,' a dark film noir-styled podcast done as a dramatic reading, is the new work of 'Boys in the Band' actor Brian Hutchison, with several of his actor friends in supporting roles.

Skating into History: The Lavender Tube on sports, SVU and M&Ms

Skating into History: The Lavender Tube on sports, SVU and M&Ms

From crime show and game shows, sporty athletes and Fox "news" cranks, our intrepid television columnist Victoria A. Brownworth recaps must-sees ('Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's kid coming out) and some potential hate-watching.

Making a pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Zellerbach Hall

Making a pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Zellerbach Hall

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • Jan 25, 2022

Dancer Joshua Thake's life journey has brought him from rural Massachusetts to some of the world's most revered stages as a member of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the celebrated all-male drag ballet troupe.

Karen Mason lets the music play

Karen Mason lets the music play

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 25, 2022

If you've ever listened to a Karen Mason album or been fortunate enough to attend one of her concerts, (or saw her on Broadway), you will be blown away by her interpretive skills, and the ease with which she makes even the best-known songs all her own.

 '80s awakening: Ken Harvey's 'The Book of Casey Adair'

'80s awakening: Ken Harvey's 'The Book of Casey Adair'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 25, 2022

After a novel and a short story collection, Ken Harvey's latest effort chronicles the life of a young gay man in the 1980s as he wanders stateside and internationally in search of love and adventure.

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.