Arts & Culture

Silicon Valley TheatreWorks'  'Little Shop of Horrors' is a kick in the plants

Silicon Valley TheatreWorks' 'Little Shop of Horrors' is a kick in the plants

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 6, 2022

Forget the poinsettias and celebrate this holiday season with an Audrey II. Perennial stage favorite "Little Shop of Horrors" is blooming in the Bay Area for a second time this year, and for good reason.

'Spoiler Alert' - Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge on their gay 'Love Story'

'Spoiler Alert' - Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge on their gay 'Love Story'

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 6, 2022

"Spoiler Alert," based on Michael Ausiello's 2017 memoir, concerns his 14-year love affair with his photographer partner, Kit Cowan, who died of a rare cancer in 2015. Actors Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge discussed their roles in the film.

Sara Thankam Mathews' 'All This Could Be Different'

Sara Thankam Mathews' 'All This Could Be Different'

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 6, 2022

In what could be taken as her philosophy of fiction, Sara Thankam Mathews has produced a debut novel, "All This Could Be Different." Mathews controls large block of prose with a clear, involving plot and characters that make strong impressions.

Gay gift ideas for the holidays

Gay gift ideas for the holidays

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 6, 2022

Whether you're looking for tunes, booze, wearables, edibles or even insertables, support queer and LGBTQ-friendly makers and vendors in your quest for the perfect holiday gifts this year. Here are a few suggestions to help make your holidays gay.

The Mario 101: Sean Patrick Murtagh pays homage to Mario Lanza at Martuni's

The Mario 101: Sean Patrick Murtagh pays homage to Mario Lanza at Martuni's

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 6, 2022

Former San Franciscan Sean Patrick Murtagh offers an impressive debut CD with "The Mario 101," an homage to the great Hollywood tenor Mario Lanza. He'll return to San Francisco for concerts at Martuni's Dec. 18 & 20.

YA Winter Books Round-Up

YA Winter Books Round-Up

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 6, 2022

If you're a reader who loves to become lost in a good book and enjoys books featuring younger queer characters, this listing of new and upcoming fiction might be just what you're looking for.

One Night Only @ Strand Theater

One Night Only @ Strand Theater

  • MUSIC
  • by photos by Steven Underhill
  • Nov 29, 2022

The cast of the Broadway touring company of "Ain't Too Proud" and special guest Paula West filled A.C.T.'s Strand Theater with soulful jazzy music on November 28 at the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation's first live benefit concert in three years.

'The Inspection' - Elegance Bratton's gay military drama

'The Inspection' - Elegance Bratton's gay military drama

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 29, 2022

In "The Inspection," gay writer and director Elegance Bratton's fictionalized reminiscence of his entry into the Marines, tells of his surviving the near-death trauma known as Boot Camp.

A kiki with Herb: Kenny Mellman on breaking up and reuniting with Justin Vivian Bond

A kiki with Herb: Kenny Mellman on breaking up and reuniting with Justin Vivian Bond

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 29, 2022

"In retrospect, it had to be a violent end," says Kenny Mellman, recalling the demise of "Kiki and Herb" back in 2007, not long after the locally-formed twosome's last San Francisco performance. They've now reunited for a holiday-themed tour.

Holidays & heartache: The Lavender Tube on tragedies televised

Holidays & heartache: The Lavender Tube on tragedies televised

Violent shootings and hateful comments contrast sharply with game show victories, sincere comings-out, and personal loss, in this week's TV column.

It's Judy for Xmas with Connie Champagne

It's Judy for Xmas with Connie Champagne

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 29, 2022

It wouldn't be Christmas in San Francisco unless chanteuse extraordinaire Connie Champagne brings her annual Judy Garland holiday show to Martuni's.

Adler Fellows gala concert

Adler Fellows gala concert

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 29, 2022

The Adler Fellows class of 2022 will appear in their final concert of the year, 'The Future Is Now: Adlers in Concert' on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Herbst Theatre.

'Natasha, Pierre' & 'Wuthering Heights' hit Berkeley

'Natasha, Pierre' & 'Wuthering Heights' hit Berkeley

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 29, 2022

There's a super-abundance of energy on Berkeley stages this holiday season. Shotgun Players' "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" and Wise Children's "Wuthering Heights" at the Berkeley Rep each compress the soul of an epic literary masterwork.

'Flaming Ears' - dystopian pop sci-fi lesbian extravaganza

'Flaming Ears' - dystopian pop sci-fi lesbian extravaganza

  • MOVIES
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Nov 27, 2022

Filmed in Austria in 1991, "Flaming Ears" is truly an underground film. Highly acclaimed for its endlessly disruptive narrative —almost to the point of rendering it incomprehensible.