Arts & Culture

'Cicada' - love takes wing

'Cicada' - love takes wing

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 5, 2022

When a film opens with the tagline "Based on true events," it's an attention-grabbing move. Writer/co-director/actor Matt Fifer takes that step with his full-length feature debut 'Cicada,' with additional story by his co-star Sheldon D. Brown.

Betty White: a TV legend remembered

Betty White: a TV legend remembered

Betty White was the last major cast survivor of two television programs in which she gave iconic comic Emmy award-winning performances. But White's career was much more than two hit sitcoms.

Q-Music: Lesbians lead the way

Q-Music: Lesbians lead the way

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 5, 2022

Queer women are making big sound waves in music, including Amythyst Kiah, Jennifer O'Connor, Brandy Clark, Lilli Lewis, Lady Blackbird, Ana Egge, Torres and Rosie Tucker. Enjoy our latest round-up, with a music clip of each artist.

'Better' than ever: author Philip Dean Walker

'Better' than ever: author Philip Dean Walker

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 5, 2022

Washington, D.C.-based gay writer Philip Dean Walker's third book contains six short stories consisting of fictionalized situations involving characters whose names will be familiar to many readers.

Matthew Aucoin on 'The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera'

Matthew Aucoin on 'The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera'

  • BOOKS
  • by Timothy Pfaff
  • Jan 5, 2022

Matthew Aucoin's new book, "The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera," focuses on opera's mysteries, the alchemy of opposites that fires it, and, perhaps most surprising of all, its unique and lasting power.

50 years in 50 weeks: Joan Rivers sounds off in 2009

50 years in 50 weeks: Joan Rivers sounds off in 2009

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 30, 2021

In Robert Sokol's May 14, 2009 interview with the late Joan Rivers, the celebrated comedian talked of her career and threw in plenty of timely jokes, which were very much of that age.

Sharon Gless: 'Queer as Folk' and 'Cagney & Lacy' star on her new memoir

Sharon Gless: 'Queer as Folk' and 'Cagney & Lacy' star on her new memoir

Multiple Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Gless shares highlights and low times in her new memoir, 'Apparently There Were Complaints.'

The Lavender Tube's best of 2021

The Lavender Tube's best of 2021

Here are what we thought were the best TV series featuring LGBTQ characters in primary roles, not as tacked on adjuncts to cis-het normativity. These series made queer, trans and nonbinary characters integral to their plots.

'Being the Ricardos' - Aaron loves Lucy

'Being the Ricardos' - Aaron loves Lucy

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 28, 2021

From the moment Nicole Kidman first appears onscreen as Lucille Ball in 'Being the Ricardos,' it's clear that writer/director Aaron Sorkin loves Lucy.

'Solid Ivory: Memoirs' - gay filmmaker James Ivory's career told

'Solid Ivory: Memoirs' - gay filmmaker James Ivory's career told

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 28, 2021

Prolific gay film director James Ivory's candid, urbane, and meandering book is a pastiche scrapbook of letters, diary entries, travelogue, magazine articles, sketches of famous show business personalities, and reflections on his childhood.

Safety in queer numbers: Elton John, Sad Daddy and more

Safety in queer numbers: Elton John, Sad Daddy and more

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 28, 2021

Lend your ears to new music from Elton John's 'The Lockdown Sessions,' Sad Daddy, Adult Mom, Bachelor, Destroy Boys and Haunted Like Human. Each offers a queer turn on pop, country and rock grooves.

SF Gay Men's Chorus cancels Christmas Eve concerts

SF Gay Men's Chorus cancels Christmas Eve concerts

  • MUSIC
  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Dec 22, 2021

Citing some breakthrough COVID infections among its members, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus announced Wednesday afternoon that it is canceling its three Christmas Eve concerts at the Castro Theatre.

B.A.R. seeks freelance reporters, sports columnist

B.A.R. seeks freelance reporters, sports columnist

The Bay Area Reporter is seeking freelance reporters to write about the diversity of the LGBTQ community, particularly LGBTQ people of color — in news, arts, and sports.

Tripping through history: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a roadmap to San Francisco's past

Tripping through history: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a roadmap to San Francisco's past

  • BOOKS
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 22, 2021

'The Letters of Thom Gunn' is both an intimate portrait of the poet and a window on the development of what would become gay and leather culture, and the rise of the hippies and drug culture.