Arts & Culture

Sights and sounds: The Lavender Tube on shootings, shrinks and 'Swarm'

Sights and sounds: The Lavender Tube on shootings, shrinks and 'Swarm'

Our TV columnist takes on coverage of the Covenant School mass shooter's identity, 'Swarm,' 'Shrinking,' the 'Ted Lasso' and 'Shadow and Bone' gay characters and more.

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus celebrates Black history

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus celebrates Black history

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 4, 2023

On April 15 & 16 the Oakland Gay Men's Chorus will perform "True Colors," their Spring concert, including a performance of the song "My Heart Be Brave," which the chorus describes as "an important contribution to music in the Black tradition."

Yvonne Zipter's 'The Wordless Lullaby of Crickets'

Yvonne Zipter's 'The Wordless Lullaby of Crickets'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 4, 2023

Author, poet and retired University of Chicago Press manuscript editor Yvonne Zipter has released her captivating new collection of poetry with a penetrating eye for observation and a big heart.

Gerardo Samano Cordova's 'Monstrilio'

Gerardo Samano Cordova's 'Monstrilio'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 4, 2023

Grief for the death of a child manifests in some horrific ways in queer author Gerardo Samano Cordova's smashing debut, "Monstrilio."

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

Drag artist Sasha Velour takes to the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts Theater on April 6 with a new show that's also a celebration of the publication of "The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag," her first book.

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 28, 2023

New Conservatory Theatre Center, never afraid to take on hot-button topics, is once again about to touch the third rail of homosexuality vis-à-vis Catholicism with the West Coast premiere of C. Julian Jiménez's "Locusts Have No King."

Q-Music: The art of rock

Q-Music: The art of rock

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 28, 2023

You know the old adage: don't judge a book by its cover. But what about an album? What happens when the music on the record is as cool as the cover art? That sounds like a win-win situation for everyone.

Ann Hampton Callaway has the "Fever"

Ann Hampton Callaway has the "Fever"

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 28, 2023

More than 30 years since the release of her debut album, jazz vocalist, songwriter, and Winnetka-native Ann Hampton Callaway shows no sign of slowing down. Her new album pays homage to the late great Peggy Lee.

SF LGBT Center's Soirée

SF LGBT Center's Soirée

  • CULTURE
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

On April 15 the City View at the Metreon will come alive when the San Francisco LGBT Center celebrates its 21st year with its annual Soirée, which promises to be a night to remember.

Queer books for life: podcast celebrates LGBTQ literature

Queer books for life: podcast celebrates LGBTQ literature

  • BOOKS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

Books with queer themes are the subject of each episode of "This Queer Book Saved My Life," a podcast based out of Minneapolis. In installment after installment, host J. P. Der Boghossian talks to a guest about books that saved their life.

Kehinde Wiley's 'An Archaeology of Silence' - stunning new exhibit at the de Young

Kehinde Wiley's 'An Archaeology of Silence' - stunning new exhibit at the de Young

  • ART
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Mar 21, 2023

Kehinde Wiley has been a very special, insightful artist for quite a while, but his work always appears fresh, modern and important. His new exhibition at the de Young reshapes the way we see Black people in portraiture and sculpture.

'The Whale' and the cinematic curse of disabled queerness

'The Whale' and the cinematic curse of disabled queerness

  • MOVIES
  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Mar 21, 2023

Brendan Fraser's performance in "The Whale" was heralded as emotionally riveting and deeply compelling. But for many queer and disabled (and queer disabled) viewers, it was yet another example of Hollywood's distorted and straight-portrayed view.

Bored Game: 'Clue' at SF Playhouse

Bored Game: 'Clue' at SF Playhouse

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 21, 2023

With its borrowed brand name and broad physical comedy, "Clue" seems to be gunning for the stupefying success of "The Play That Goes Wrong," but instead unintentionally fumbles along the way.

Q Music: men's men

Q Music: men's men

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 21, 2023

Check new music by men, including Lambchop, Father John Misty, Marlon Williams, Bret McKenzie, The Mountain Goats, and Freedy Johnston.