Arts & Culture

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 22, 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and now that the Bay Area has reopened, there's plenty to do in December. Here are several ways you can celebrate and have a joyous holiday.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 17, 2021

Beefcake, Banksy, bears and Buffy! As more theaters, museums and nightclubs expand their in-person events, you can enjoy more thought-provoking art, or escapist fun; your choice.

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 16, 2021

Departing from her guest-star turn as a chanteuse on the hit scifi TV show 'Snowpiercer,' SF-raised Lena Hall, also of 'Hedwig' and 'Kinky Boots' fame, returns to Feinstein's ballroom to perform her new cabaret concert.

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 16, 2021

Chris Conde, the Austin-based self-proclaimed "thicc, queer Mexican" rapper, unleashes a sophomore album, 'Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay.'

Randy Rainbow: gay satire king, er, queen, at the Masonic

Randy Rainbow: gay satire king, er, queen, at the Masonic

  • THEATER
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 16, 2021

Shining brightly through the seemingly impenetrable recent dark storm clouds, Randy Rainbow burst forth with colorful parody songs and videos that provided endless sources of laughs. He'll perform in SF Nov. 20.

Preludes to a kiss: The Lavender Tube on news, and momentous smooches

Preludes to a kiss: The Lavender Tube on news, and momentous smooches

While the news media continues to focus on losers, traitors and murderers, awards shows, dramas and even animated series smooch it up with gay, trans and queer teen characters.

Best AIDS films, part 2

Best AIDS films, part 2

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 16, 2021

In part 2 of our Best AIDS films articles, we focus on films that humanized PWAs and universalized their experiences by raising awareness of how they lived, what they thought and felt, sometimes with humor and a musical song and dance.

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 16, 2021

Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical, will perform November 23-28 at San Jose's Center For the Performing Arts. RuPaul's Drag Race star Nina West heads the cast as Edna Turnblad.

Art as a cause: John R. Killacky's book of essays

Art as a cause: John R. Killacky's book of essays

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 15, 2021

In his concise collection of essays and interviews, John R. Killacky's book offers behind-the-scenes perspectives on his decades of arts administration, and his own struggle to deal with physical limitations.

50 years in 50 weeks: 'Queer Crips' in 2003

50 years in 50 weeks: 'Queer Crips' in 2003

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 15, 2021

In the B.A.R.'s November 13 issue, John R. Killacky shares his experience in becoming disabled, and how using a wheelchair helped him gain more freedom than using a cane at age 51.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2002's stages

50 years in 50 weeks: 2002's stages

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 11, 2021

In October 2002, New Conservatory Theatre Center premiered Mart Crowley's 'The Men From the Boys,' the sequel to his historic 1968 plays, 'The Boys in the Band.'

Best AIDS films, part 1

Best AIDS films, part 1

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 10, 2021

This year is the 40th anniversary of the start of the AIDS pandemic. It is worth reflecting on how cinema has portrayed the disease and those afflicted with it.

Josie Cotton's more than Johnny's girl

Josie Cotton's more than Johnny's girl

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 9, 2021

In 1982, Josie Cotton released her debut album 'Convertible Music,' containing the campy new wave single "Johnny, Are You Queer?" She's done much more since then, but was happy to chat about the old days, befo0re her Nov. 13 SF concert at Great Northern.

Frameline, Trans fall filmfests

Frameline, Trans fall filmfests

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 9, 2021

Frameline's Fall Showcase, Nov. 11 & 12, will feature four in-person screenings at the Castro Theatre, while the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will run online from November 11-14.