Arts & Culture

Going Out, July 16-22, 2021

Going Out, July 16-22, 2021

Make your reservations, get your vaccinations, and rejoin audiences all over the Bay Area for films, theater, dance and nightlife. Catch up in Going Out.

Lillias White: 'Happy' to be here

Lillias White: 'Happy' to be here

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 13, 2021

There will be much to celebrate with Broadway star Lillias White when she makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in a two-night engagement beginning Friday, July 23. The very same day will see the release of White's new album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!'

Protests and produce: The Lavender Tube on sports, 'Gossip Girls,' 'Unforgotten' and 'Banana' & Emmy noms

Protests and produce: The Lavender Tube on sports, 'Gossip Girls,' 'Unforgotten' and 'Banana' & Emmy noms

Our erudite TV columnist covers Olympic controversies, Valerie Bertinelli's slap-back to fat-shamers, the 'Gossip Girls' reboot, and Russell T. Davie's oh-so-gay 'Cucumber' etc. series refreshed for U.S. audiences.

Jewish Filmfest includes compelling LGBTQ stories

Jewish Filmfest includes compelling LGBTQ stories

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 13, 2021

San Francisco's Jewish Film Festival will present more than 50 films from over 20 countries. Now in its 41st year, 2021's program has "something for everyone," including six films addressing LGBTQ stories.

Mary Gauthier: Saved by a songwriter

Mary Gauthier: Saved by a songwriter

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 13, 2021

Anyone familiar with the brilliant songs of lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier won't be at all surprised to learn that she also has a gift for writing prose, as shown in her first book, 'Saved By A Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting.'

Derek Frost's 'Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS'

Derek Frost's 'Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 13, 2021

In this honest and poignant remembrance of the years before, during, and after the scourge of AIDS, celebrated designer, photographer, and artist Derek Frost escorts readers into the dark, devastating heart of the 1980s and beyond.

Gender rainbows: Kyle Lukoff and James Sie's trans-themed books

Gender rainbows: Kyle Lukoff and James Sie's trans-themed books

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 13, 2021

Authors Kyle Lukoff and James Sie bring new perspectives to trans teenage lives in their new books.

Around the World With Lockdown Comedy

Around the World With Lockdown Comedy

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 12, 2021

Lisa Geduldig's monthly online comedy show Lockdown Comedy celebrates its one-year anniversary on July 15 with a rollicking night of comics from around the world: Marga Gomez, Jim Short, Shazia Mirza, oh, and Lisa's mom.

Post-Pride playlist

Post-Pride playlist

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 12, 2021

June has come and gone, but grooves from artists all over the rainbow continue to share queer tunes in a variety of genres, from longtime favorites to fresh newbies.

SF Gay Men's Chorus receives death threats after InfoWars article

SF Gay Men's Chorus receives death threats after InfoWars article

  • MUSIC
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 8, 2021

The office of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is closed "out of an abundance of caution" after members started receiving a barrage of negative messages, including death threats, in response to a mischaracterization of a song the group posted to YouTube

Fred Halsted art-porn classics at Embarcadero, Shattuck cinemas

Fred Halsted art-porn classics at Embarcadero, Shattuck cinemas

  • MOVIES
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 8, 2021

What are the cinematic boundaries between art and pornography? Two gay porn classics by Fred Halsted blend both in a strange mix, and will screen at Embarcadero and Shattuck cinemas July 9-15.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 8, 2021

Our weekly search for the year's best item stopped still for a fascinating two-page interview with the late great Sylvester. The feature served as an advance to his now-legendary Feb. 4 One Night Only concert at The Castro Theatre.

Donnie's welcome back to 'The Colored Section'

Donnie's welcome back to 'The Colored Section'

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 6, 2021

Donnie's exceptional debut album 'The Colored Section' was virtually ignored after its release. Now, Motown has reissued the album in an expanded 20th-anniversary edition.

Matt Yee keeps fun afloat in trying times

Matt Yee keeps fun afloat in trying times

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 6, 2021

Sing-along cruise ship host Matt Yee discusses making the best of the past year, and his upcoming shows at the thankfully re-opened Oasis nightclub.