Arts & Culture

Sabrina Imbler's 'How Far the Light Reaches'

Sabrina Imbler's 'How Far the Light Reaches'

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 3, 2023

Sabrina Imbler's new book, "How Far the Light Reaches," has a conventional publisher, Little, Brown. But word has it that a major source of the book's distribution is friends giving it to friends, as something singular and precious.

Dustin Brookshire's Dolly Parton poetry anthology

Dustin Brookshire's Dolly Parton poetry anthology

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 3, 2023

If 54 emerging and established poets found it fit to write about Saint Dolly, the unofficial Patron Saint of Tennessee, there may be no greater seal of approval, other than, say, being a 2022 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Best LGBTQ films of 2022

Best LGBTQ films of 2022

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 27, 2022

2022 will be remembered as the year LGBTQ films went mainstream, meaning Hollywood studios were willing to make and market them at cineplexes. Unfortunately they were box office failures, especially "Bros," despite massive publicity and good press.

Presents and presence: The Lavender Tube on holiday treats and 2022's best in shows

Presents and presence: The Lavender Tube on holiday treats and 2022's best in shows

We love the holidays, so in addition to eight days of Chanukah, we have 12 days of Christmas, which means there's plenty of time left to watch some queer Christmas movies and make the Yuletide gay, right?

Embracing the past: more classic music reissues

Embracing the past: more classic music reissues

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 27, 2022

Don't be afraid of the past. Yours or anyone else's. It will always be there, and you can pretend it doesn't exist, but it's still there, nevertheless. One way to make peace with the past is to listen to it.

Michael J. Lato's 'Refugee Handbook' - a real-life international love story

Michael J. Lato's 'Refugee Handbook' - a real-life international love story

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Dec 27, 2022

Michael J. Lato's first book shares the remarkable love story of a male couple and offers us a window into a world few of us will ever get to see for ourselves.

'As You Like It' - SF Playhouse's gender-fluid frolic

'As You Like It' - SF Playhouse's gender-fluid frolic

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 20, 2022

Shaina Taub, whose similarly contemporized '12th Night' delighted on this same stage last year, exhibits a topiarist's care in trimming and reshaping Shakespeare's original script.

Singer-songwriter Jim Andralis 'Can't Stop Trying'

Singer-songwriter Jim Andralis 'Can't Stop Trying'

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 20, 2022

From his debut album "Your Dying Wish Come True" to his just released new full-length "I Can't Stop Trying," Jim Andralis' music features emotive vocals and his effortless gift for a turn of a phrase.

'Beetlejuice the Musical' - national tour's a pulpy, goofy, juicy good time

'Beetlejuice the Musical' - national tour's a pulpy, goofy, juicy good time

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 20, 2022

As played with ghoulish gusto by Justin Collette in the musical's first-ever national tour, which launched at the Golden Gate Theatre last week, this 'Beetlejuice' is a comparable Mama Rose from the Dead.

Ty Hunter: fashion guru pens autobiography

Ty Hunter: fashion guru pens autobiography

  • BOOKS
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 20, 2022

The fashion and lifestyle book of the season has emerged. Mr. Ty Hunter has decided to grace the planet with "The Makeover From Within: Lessons in Hardship, Acceptance, and Self-Discovery," an autobiography that's also about style and aesthetics.

'Cumming Home for Christmas' - Cade Maddox in Falcon Studios' holiday hump-fest

'Cumming Home for Christmas' - Cade Maddox in Falcon Studios' holiday hump-fest

Cable networks like Hallmark and Lifetime abound with holiday movies designed for the whole family to enjoy. It's an annual tradition. Now, legendary gay adult studio Falcon is tossing its hat into the ring with an X-rated Xmas feature.

The gift of music: classics reissued

The gift of music: classics reissued

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 20, 2022

With the winter holiday season rapidly wrapping up, you may be considering a last-minute yet appreciated gift. Music is always a popular and appreciated present, including some recent exciting reissues.

Starr-gazing - 'Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade' uncovers an unknown history

Starr-gazing - 'Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade' uncovers an unknown history

  • BOOKS
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 13, 2022

The 2021 photography book "Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade" by Albert Tanquero and Lewis Rawlinson definitively answers the question of whether LGBT performers worked in historic North Beach nightclubs.

Meredith Monk's 'The Recordings'- 13-CD set documents four decades

Meredith Monk's 'The Recordings'- 13-CD set documents four decades

  • MUSIC
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 13, 2022

One of the quiet revelations of "Meredith Monk: The Recordings" (ECM New Series) is that Monk herself confides that it was Janis Joplin who set her —and her voice— free. The 13-CD set chronicles the thrust of her expansive career.