Arts & Culture

'Clyde's' - Lynn Nottage's diner comedy at Berkeley Rep

'Clyde's' - Lynn Nottage's diner comedy at Berkeley Rep

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 31, 2023

The beautifully balanced ensemble of five actors who play the owner and staff of a truck stop diner in "Clyde's" are provided with a bumper crop of fresh, zesty dialogue by Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

Jesse Blake Rundle: folk musician on life changes and Idaho life

Jesse Blake Rundle: folk musician on life changes and Idaho life

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 31, 2023

Sometimes the most interesting queer music comes from the least expected places; Boise, Idaho, for example. That's where out singer/songwriter Jesse Blake Rundle recorded his new eight-song LP "Next Town's Trees" during a period of "immense change."

Winter's tales; new books part 2

Winter's tales; new books part 2

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 31, 2023

Continuing on our Winter Books picks, here comes part two, which contains even more provocative reading material than the first group. Enjoy tales of thrillingly engrossing wartime queer love, conversion camp survival, and speculative foreign lands.

'Getting There' - world premiere debuts at NCTC; 'tick tick BOOM' postponed

'Getting There' - world premiere debuts at NCTC; 'tick tick BOOM' postponed

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 24, 2023

"Getting There," Dipika Guha's shifting, shimmering new play asks its characters and audiences to puzzle over a half-dozen abstract but interrelated concepts: loneliness, desire, friendship, love, guilt, and aging.

Brittney Griner's drama in a comic: basketball star's life told visually

Brittney Griner's drama in a comic: basketball star's life told visually

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 24, 2023

Brittney Griner's inspirational life story has now been immortalized in a new comic book published by TidalWave Comics, "Female Force: Brittney Griner."

Carly Ozard: singer launches monthly shows at Martuni's

Carly Ozard: singer launches monthly shows at Martuni's

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 24, 2023

Beginning Sunday, January 29, and continuing on the last Sunday of each month through the end of 2023, powerhouse singer Carly Ozard, accompanied by Barry Lloyd at the piano, will offer "Live at Martuni's: Carly Ozard and Friends."

Pick-up programs: The Lavender Tube on viewing to cure winter doldrums

Pick-up programs: The Lavender Tube on viewing to cure winter doldrums

Dry January and post-holiday doldrums can leave us aching for a pick-me-up and that's where queer TV comes in. 'Traitors,' 'Poker Face,' 'Velma' and more shows get some homocentric focus on sharp-view.

New operas for the new year; 'Everest' and 'Prospero'

New operas for the new year; 'Everest' and 'Prospero'

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 24, 2023

Two new opera productions from groundbreaking creators are coming to San Francisco in February and March. Collaborations between a veritable Who's Who of contemporary artists give encouraging evidence of the state of the art.

Donna McKechnie: Broadway legend sings Sondheim at Feinstein's

Donna McKechnie: Broadway legend sings Sondheim at Feinstein's

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 17, 2023

Donna McKechnie, best known for originating, and winning a Tony for, the role of Cassie in "A Chorus Line," will honor her late colleague in her solo show, "Take Me To The World: the Songs of Stephen Sondheim," at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Jan. 19 & 20.

Marshall Forte at Lyon & Swan: two sensational debuts

Marshall Forte at Lyon & Swan: two sensational debuts

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 17, 2023

Marshall Forte, a lightning bolt of charisma and musicality who, debuted as Lola in Ray of Light Theatre's production of "Kinky Boots," is now setting off sparks with his own cabaret act, "Hello My Name Is Marshall" at the new supper club Lyon & Swan.

'Women Talking,' a harrowing yet exhilarating drama

'Women Talking,' a harrowing yet exhilarating drama

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 17, 2023

Despite its dark themes, "Women Talking," about abuse in an isolated Mennonite community, while not a consistently riveting movie, ultimately becomes exhilarating thanks to an incomparable once-in-a-generation cast.

Dalida - European superstar singer; the first gay icon?

Dalida - European superstar singer; the first gay icon?

  • MUSIC
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 17, 2023

With over 170 million records sold worldwide, Dalida was a pop music sensation in the 1980s. Yet she remains almost unheard of in the English-speaking world.

Crossing genres: new country & jazz recordings, and local gigs

Crossing genres: new country & jazz recordings, and local gigs

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 17, 2023

While it's true that country and jazz have come a long way in recent years, the number of successful and popular out artists in those genres pales in comparison to others. Here are a few notable acts, some who'll soon perform in the Bay Area.

Winter's tales: new and upcoming LGBTQ books, part 1

Winter's tales: new and upcoming LGBTQ books, part 1

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 17, 2023

Book lovers have so many reasons to be excited as it is already promising to be another stellar year for queer literature. Presented here are just a few examples of the amazing literary delights at —or coming soon to— a bookstore near you.