Arts & Culture

Arts notes: Cal. Academy talks; Frameline's Colin Higgins Foundation grants

Arts notes: Cal. Academy talks; Frameline's Colin Higgins Foundation grants

  • ART
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 14, 2023

A new series of panels at the California Academy of Sciences reclaims scholarly research to underserved voices, and Frameline announced new young filmmaker grant recipients.

'Queer Threads' exhibit opens in San Jose

'Queer Threads' exhibit opens in San Jose

  • ART
  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 11, 2023

The highly anticipated "Queer Threads" exhibit makes its Northern California debut at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles May 12.

'1776' — a new, queer take on an old classic

'1776' — a new, queer take on an old classic

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 9, 2023

It's been more than fifty years since the musical "1776" opened on Broadway. But a new production coming to San Jose takes this old chestnut and turns it on its ear. cast entirely with female, transgender and non-binary actors.

Tales of Taylor: Ann Talman's musical memoir at Feinstein's

Tales of Taylor: Ann Talman's musical memoir at Feinstein's

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2023

Ann Talman first met Elizabeth Taylor in January 1981. The writer-performer brings her musical reminiscences of La Liz, "The Shadow of Her Smile," to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Friday, May 12.

'Joyland' — queer Pakistani film is transcendent

'Joyland' — queer Pakistani film is transcendent

  • MOVIES
  • by Joshua Polanski
  • May 9, 2023

Saim Sadiq delivers a remarkable directorial debut in "Joyland," the first Pakistani film to premiere at Cannes Film Festival. It's also the first major Pakistani motion picture to feature a trans actor in a lead role.

Spring books 2023 round-up, part 3

Spring books 2023 round-up, part 3

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 9, 2023

Our final installment of Spring books includes Edmund White's provocative latest novel, a collection debut from a local Bay Area poet, memoirs from a former meth dealer, an outspoken queer female cultural critic, and a queer Black nurse.

Ana Castillo's 'Dona Cleanwell Leaves Home'

Ana Castillo's 'Dona Cleanwell Leaves Home'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 9, 2023

"Dona Cleanwell Leaves Home" is the latest collection of short stories by literary legend Ana Castillo. It features seven beautifully told stories that come to life as they seamlessly straddle the cultures and move between locations in the US and Mexico.

Q-Music: rolling in retro

Q-Music: rolling in retro

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 9, 2023

Reissues of classic albums by Elton John, A Flock of Seagulls, Little River Band and Stephen Stills include multiple extras.

Christine Barker's 'Third Girl from the Left'

Christine Barker's 'Third Girl from the Left'

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 9, 2023

Along with her career highlights in 'A Chorus Line,' Christine Barker's personal story, intertwined with cultural history, offers a unique searing testimony about the impact of AIDS from the straight perspective of families and friends.

Billy Porter's big pop tour

Billy Porter's big pop tour

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 2, 2023

As a child in the 1970s, Billy Porter fantasized about growing up to become "the male Whitney Houston." He'll dip back into that oft-deferred dream later this week in both San Jose and San Francisco concerts.

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco features Adrian Santana

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco features Adrian Santana

  • DANCE
  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 2, 2023

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco proudly presents the upcoming show "Transitar por un Mundo sin Tiempo (Passage through a Timeless World)" on May 13 at the Herbst Theatre, featuring openly gay dancer Adrian Santana from Malaga, Spain.

Dr. Carl Blake & Noontime Concerts keep the music moving

Dr. Carl Blake & Noontime Concerts keep the music moving

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 2, 2023

Dr. Carl Blake, a board member, artistic advisor and concert pianist, underscored the beneficent mission of Noontime Concerts, the organization dedicated to presenting free classical and jazz music concerts.

'Mama's Boy' - Dustin Lance Black's personal cinematic family memoir

'Mama's Boy' - Dustin Lance Black's personal cinematic family memoir

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 2, 2023

The new HBO Max documentary "Mama's Boy," based on screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black's 2019 bestselling memoir, aims to tell you much more than what it shows you, yet remains touchingly personal.

Spring books 2023 round-up, part 2

Spring books 2023 round-up, part 2

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 2, 2023

Continuing with the sequel to our spring book picks, here are nine new selections. We have a mind-bending tale of a tech worker's life gone awry, a memoir from a Tony Award-nominated actor, a cult survivor's childhood memories, and more.