Arts & Culture

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.

Hollywood interviews: Ruthe Stein's celebrity-filled book

Hollywood interviews: Ruthe Stein's celebrity-filled book

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 9, 2021

Ruthe Stein's new book, 'Sitting Down With the Stars: Interviews with 100 Hollywood Legends,' is packed with selected interviews from her lengthy journalism career, including a number of Oscar winners.

Mayor Pete: the coming out of American politics

Mayor Pete: the coming out of American politics

  • MOVIES
  • by Brandon Judell
  • Nov 8, 2021

'Mayor Pete,' a highly moving unveiling of everyone's favorite queer presidential candidate, debuts worldwide on Amazon on Nov. 12. This is the latest of the many offerings produced and/or directed by Jesse Moss.

'Forbidden Letters' - long unseen gay classic at Porn Film Festival

'Forbidden Letters' - long unseen gay classic at Porn Film Festival

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 5, 2021

A long unseen gay cinema classic will screen at the Brava Theater on November 12. Arthur J. Bressan Jr.'s 1979 'Forbidden Letters' is an X-rated mood piece whose lead actors don't just have sex on camera, they make love.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2001's tragedies, tallies, tittilation

50 years in 50 weeks: 2001's tragedies, tallies, tittilation

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 4, 2021

Before and after 9/11, the Arts section's attitude seemed to be, "Keep Calm and carry on." The November 22 issue offers an overview of the arts highlights in a year stuck in amber by the catch phrase, "Never Forget," but one some would prefer to.

Arts Briefs: Joan Jett Blakk, Queer Vibes, & more

Arts Briefs: Joan Jett Blakk, Queer Vibes, & more

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 2, 2021

Here's an update on several LGBT arts events taking place in-person and online, including a short film about a political drag queen, a hair salon's fun events, and a new performer showcase produced by the SF LGBT Center.

Drag in their family

Drag in their family

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 2, 2021

Terry Guest, the Chicago-based playwright of At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen, shares the inspiration for his play; also, Brava Theater Center hosts the Theyfriend Nonbinary Performance Festival.

Queens, Baes & Ben: new dramas and a Brit detective hunk

Queens, Baes & Ben: new dramas and a Brit detective hunk

'Queens,' the new ABC musical drama series reunites a girl group, hunky gay Ben Aldridge plays a gay detective, the docuseries 'Tamps Baes' explores lesbian life in Florida, plus more in our TV column.

Leonard, Larry & Tim: gay comics legend Tim Barela

Leonard, Larry & Tim: gay comics legend Tim Barela

  • ART
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 2, 2021

Known for his witty comic series, "Leonard & Larry," Tim Barela, whose final comic strip ran in print almost 20 years ago, is celebrated in a new book, 'The Complete Leonard & Larry Collection,' with subjects that still resonate today.

Personal pieces: Drew Pisarra's 'You're Pretty Gay'

Personal pieces: Drew Pisarra's 'You're Pretty Gay'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 2, 2021

In queer author and poet Drew Pisarra's second collection of short stories, he really wants you to know all about his feelings, his life, his history, and every nuance in between.

Daley's news: Gay Olympian Tom Daley's memoir's a splash

Daley's news: Gay Olympian Tom Daley's memoir's a splash

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 2, 2021

Tom Daley's mesmerizing story in his new memoir includes his medal wins in Tokyo, at the age of 26 his fourth Olympics. But for all the candor in his story, there's little room for self-congratulation and none for self-proclaimed heroism.

Wakefield Poole  (February 24, 1936 — October 27, 2021) Remembering a visionary

Wakefield Poole (February 24, 1936 — October 27, 2021) Remembering a visionary

  • MOVIES
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Nov 1, 2021

Although he worked as a dancer, choreographer, and shop owner, Wakefield Poole is best known for his groundbreaking feature-length gay erotic films, particularly 'Boys in the Sand.'

Music for a new century: Mark Adamo concerts at Bay Area venues

Music for a new century: Mark Adamo concerts at Bay Area venues

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 28, 2021

Live classical and contemporary music concerts are back. New Century Chamber Orchestra continues its season with a program featuring American contemporary works, including the world premiere of gay composer Mark Adamo's 'Last Year.'