Arts & Culture

Going Out, Homing's In, Aug. 13-19, 2021

Going Out, Homing's In, Aug. 13-19, 2021

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 12, 2021

Theaters, bars, museums and more venues have reopened, while some have cancelled concerts (like Stevie Nicks!), but are you ready? Most Bay Area venues require proof of vaccination, so get your shots and have fun.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1989, Angels & AIDS

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1989, Angels & AIDS

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 12, 2021

In addition to the disastrous earthquake (see this week's News edition of this series), 1989 was full of AIDS: protests, drug treatments, and the staged reading of a new play-in-progress about AIDS by Tony Kushner titled 'Angels in America.'

Seriously cinematic: Outfest LA's choice flicks

Seriously cinematic: Outfest LA's choice flicks

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 10, 2021

Outfest LA will be held August 13-22 with outdoor events, indoor screenings for vaccinated attendees, and streaming for those wishing to experience the festival from their own home. The nearly 200 hand-picked films represent every genre.

Romanovsky and Phillips: gay music duo's fascinating, groundbreaking history

Romanovsky and Phillips: gay music duo's fascinating, groundbreaking history

  • MUSIC
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 10, 2021

Incredible as it seems, it has now been more than 20 years since Romanovsky and Phillips called it quits. Part of the reason it seems so amazing is that accolades continue to pour in about them all these years later.

Smart TV: The Lavender Tube on 'Hacks,' 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Jeopardy,' & Russian Olympics hatred

Smart TV: The Lavender Tube on 'Hacks,' 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Jeopardy,' & Russian Olympics hatred

In 'Hacks,' Jean Smart plays a legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedian and total diva who resists a comedic update from a much younger comedy writer. Also, 'Days of Our Lives' changes, 'Jeopardy' host shuffle and Russian bile over LGBT Olympians.

Kings' quarter (century): Drag King Contest celebrates 25 years

Kings' quarter (century): Drag King Contest celebrates 25 years

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 10, 2021

The San Francisco Drag King Contest will commemorate its 25th year on August 22 with a rollicking show at Oasis. Drag king legend Fudgie Frottage will co-host the evening along with former presidential candidate, the fabulous Joan Jett Blakk.

'Pray Away' documentary investigates 'ex-gay' scam

'Pray Away' documentary investigates 'ex-gay' scam

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

The Ryan Murphy-co-produced documentary examines the history of the "ex-gay" movement, from mass prayer sessions to current interviews with those who attest that (no surprise) praying away homosexuality doesn't work.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1988's joy amid loss

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1988's joy amid loss

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 9, 2021

Can one page sum up an entire year? The late 1980s, while still in full-on Reaganomics hell, offered bits of resistance and joy amid the continuing oppression, epidemic deaths, and discrimination.

Q-Music: family jewels: Songwriting siblings, sons and daughters

Q-Music: family jewels: Songwriting siblings, sons and daughters

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 4, 2021

Sons and daughters, sisters and brothers of prominent musicians have long shared their own talents. Our music columnist offers a few new bests.

Udo Kier on his 50-year career and 'Swan Song'

Udo Kier on his 50-year career and 'Swan Song'

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 3, 2021

At age 76, gay German actor Udo Kier is having the time of his life, because he has just played the role of a lifetime. Kier stars in Todd Stephens' acclaimed new film 'Swan Song' as gay retired Sandusky, Ohio hairdresser.

Literary loss: Anthony Veasna So's 'Afterparties: Stories'

Literary loss: Anthony Veasna So's 'Afterparties: Stories'

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 3, 2021

Published after his death, Anthony Veasna So's story collection includes characters haunted by memories of genocide, especially the older parents, aunties, and uncles who experienced trauma before escaping Cambodia.

Zola: Let me call you Tweetheart

Zola: Let me call you Tweetheart

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 3, 2021

Based on the tweets of Aziah "Zola" King and David Kushner's article 'Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,' the film adaptation is original, immediate, fresh and futuristic.

Truths and consequences: P.J. Vernon's 'Bath Haus'

Truths and consequences: P.J. Vernon's 'Bath Haus'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 3, 2021

In 'Bath Haus,' author P.J. Vernon's dynamic and impressively exhilarating follow-up to his debut, the 2018 psychological thriller 'When You Find Me,' he explores what happens when a cheating boyfriend meets a sexy, vendetta-driven psycho at a bathhouse.

Watch Marc Huestis' 1982 film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?' free online

Watch Marc Huestis' 1982 film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?' free online

  • MOVIES
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 1, 2021

Marc Huestis' eccentric and campy film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane' embodies the early 1980s of New Wave, drag queens and wild characters through the misadventures of runaway Virginia housewife. Watch it free online.