Arts & Culture

Deadly entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

Deadly entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 14, 2021

James Han Mattson's new book is a thinking person's horror novel and encompasses themes of race, identity, greed, prejudice, and sexuality, all playing out within the dark dingy confines of a Nebraska "full-contact" haunted attraction.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2006's sporting life

50 years in 50 weeks: 2006's sporting life

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 9, 2021

2006 was a double-banner year for LGBT athletes. Two international sporting events were to take place that August; the seventh Gay Games in Chicago, and the upstart rival, the Montreal Outgames.

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in film adaptation of Thomas Savage book

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in film adaptation of Thomas Savage book

  • MOVIES
  • by Brandon Judell
  • Dec 7, 2021

Jane Campion's dark western film is gaining acclaim, particularly for Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of a deeply closeted and disparaged lost soul.

Martha Wash: new music with love

Martha Wash: new music with love

  • MUSIC
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 7, 2021

If anyone can get us through this virus, from a musical perspective, it's Martha Wash. Her new album, 'Love & Conflict,' is the must-have album of the season. The iconic singer shared her thoughts and opinions in an expanded interview.

Holiday movies with a queer twist

Holiday movies with a queer twist

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 7, 2021

If anything proves how mainstream the LGBTQ community has become, it's the advent of queer-themed made-for-TV holiday movies. This season includes gay and lesbian rom-coms, and holiday-themed drag movies with very gay apparel.

Funny that way: 'No Straight Lines' documents queer comic artists

Funny that way: 'No Straight Lines' documents queer comic artists

  • ART
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 7, 2021

If ever there was a documentary subject that was long overdue, it would have to be that of LGBTQ+ cartoonists and comic book creators. Vivian Kleiman saw fit to do so with her respectful exploration of the art form.

Kal Penn's engaging yet incomplete memoir

Kal Penn's engaging yet incomplete memoir

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 7, 2021

In his new memoir, South Asian film and TV actor and Obama administration advisor Kal Penn shares funny and touching tales of racism in Hollywood, and misadventures in The White House, but turns shy in discussing his life as a gay man.

Cassandra's complex: Shotgun's take on Malvina Reynolds; SF Playhouse's 'Twelfth Night'

Cassandra's complex: Shotgun's take on Malvina Reynolds; SF Playhouse's 'Twelfth Night'

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 7, 2021

Malvina Reynolds's "Little Boxes" expands to a performance arty stage event, while SF Playhouse's one-act version of Shakespeare comedy of errors is colorfully anachronistic.

50 years in 50 weeks: Alec Mapa's pride

50 years in 50 weeks: Alec Mapa's pride

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 3, 2021

Heading up the arts features in our June 23, 2005 edition, Adam Sandel gets good quotes from comic actor Alec Mapa, who was a celebrity Grand Marshal at that year's Pride events.

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 2, 2021

The fabulous Rizo will bring her unique style of performing to a holiday themed show on the stage of the Great Star Theater in Chinatown on December 10 and 11.

Going Out, Homing's in Dec. 3-10, 2021

Going Out, Homing's in Dec. 3-10, 2021

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 2, 2021

Holiday events and ongoing arts and nightlife shows will warm your spirits like a hot toddy for the soul.

Crash, cookies & Colton: The Lavender Tube on TV bad guys and good shows

Crash, cookies & Colton: The Lavender Tube on TV bad guys and good shows

Holiday baking shows, an anti-vax soap actor's fired, a reality show hunk goes gay, and plane crash survivors share a lurid secret; all this and more in our TV column.

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 30, 2021

Robin de Jesús discusses his new more mature role in the film 'tick, tick... Boom,' plus his earlier work onstage and film in 'Rent,' 'The Boys in the Band' and 'In the Heights.'

Caleb Teicher: dancing a new path

Caleb Teicher: dancing a new path

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 30, 2021

Caleb Teicher & Company amake their Bay Area debut at Zellerbach Hall on Dec. 5 with 'More Forever,' a jazz/tap/Lindy Hop ensemble work, performed in a 24-foot sandbox with a live original score, composed and performed by virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao.