Arts & Culture

Rediscovering Richard Caldwell Brewer: Bay Area gay painter may finally get his due

Rediscovering Richard Caldwell Brewer: Bay Area gay painter may finally get his due

  • ART
  • by Robert Brokl
  • Jun 2, 2024

Richard Caldwell (Dick) Brewer (1923-2014), may be one of the most interesting but uncelebrated gay artists in America. But SF gallery Lost Art Salon offers a trove of his paintings and drawings.

Pride Booksapalooza 2024, part 1: LGBTQ stories in fiction & poetry

Pride Booksapalooza 2024, part 1: LGBTQ stories in fiction & poetry

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 2, 2024

Happy Pride Month! In between the film festival offerings, the parties, the marches, the performances, and the sheer joy of celebrating our unity, inclusion, and diversity, enjoy your downtime with a new book or two.

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 1, 2024

In acknowledgment of Pride Month, Opera Parallèle and the Presidio Theatre present the West Coast premiere of "Fellow Travelers" by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce for three performances June 21—23 at the historic Presidio Theatre.

Going Out, May 30-June 7, 2024 - arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 30-June 7, 2024 - arts & nightlife events

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 29, 2024

Are you a bit theatrical? You're not the only one. There are so many new and fabulous shows that we're going to focus on those first, followed by literary events, music of all kinds, art exhibits and of course nightlife, all in Going Out.

Sets and sensibility — 'The Lehman Trilogy' at A.C.T and 'All's Well That Ends Well' at Theatre Rhino

Sets and sensibility — 'The Lehman Trilogy' at A.C.T and 'All's Well That Ends Well' at Theatre Rhino

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 28, 2024

Two strikingly different styles of theater-making can be seen this week. The exquisite production design of a big-budgeted history play at A.C.T. offers a fascinating counterpoint to the shoestring fun of Theatre Rhino's take on The Bard's comedy.

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 28, 2024

From theatre stages to picturesque parks and scenic outdoor locales, the Bay Area's cultural landscape blossoms in the summer, whether it's Davies Symphony Hall or an alfresco performance under Stern Grove's eucalyptus canopy.

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 28, 2024

San Francisco Opera's 101st season continues post-Memorial Day with three productions starting May 30; a new to San Francisco imagining of a Mozart evergreen; the return of a baroque hit, and a major American premiere.

SF DocFest 23: Compton's, Texas drag, Oliveros, and gay Hungarians

SF DocFest 23: Compton's, Texas drag, Oliveros, and gay Hungarians

Known for its eclectic selection of nonfiction features, the 23rd San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) will be held May 30-June 9. As usual, there are a handful of LGBTQ-related films.

Ivy Riot! Pride Month series gives center stage to the queer musicians & community

Ivy Riot! Pride Month series gives center stage to the queer musicians & community

  • MUSIC
  • by JL Odom
  • May 28, 2024

In the East Bay, the owners of The Ivy Room are going above and beyond for Pride month by hosting an unprecedented 19 music and community events.

'Best Available' - The comedy of compromise in Shotgun Players' premiere

'Best Available' - The comedy of compromise in Shotgun Players' premiere

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 28, 2024

A critique of pandering theater companies gets alchemized into comedy gold in Jonathan Spector's "Best Available," now enjoying a wickedly giddy premiere production by Shotgun Players in Berkeley.

Taking aim: The Lavender Tube on veterans, viewing and disco docs

Taking aim: The Lavender Tube on veterans, viewing and disco docs

Veterans who were jailed or discharged for being LGBT are getting some overdue reparations, according to new reports; plus comedy shows, 'Carol's streaming and 'Oh, my!' a George Takei documentary.

Clyde Always' 'Surreal San Francisco' walking tour - Enjoy local tales and folklore

Clyde Always' 'Surreal San Francisco' walking tour - Enjoy local tales and folklore

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 28, 2024

Local storyteller, comic artist and author Clyde Always' amusing "Surreal San Francisco" walking tour navigates Duboce Park, The Mission and Castro districts with amusing bits of trivia, stories and recommendations for dining and drinking.

'God Made My Face' - James Baldwin tribute book honors the writer in essays and art

'God Made My Face' - James Baldwin tribute book honors the writer in essays and art

  • BOOKS
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • May 27, 2024

"God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin" is a delicious assemblage of interviews, essays and works of art by talented and learned intellectuals and artists.

Words: writer meets publisher: Elisabeth Nonas on meeting Nancy Bereano

Words: writer meets publisher: Elisabeth Nonas on meeting Nancy Bereano

  • BOOKS
  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • May 26, 2024

Elisabeth Nonas is an accomplished author whose path crossed with Nancy Bereano, a noted publisher. Although Nancy Bereano did not publish Elisabeth Nonas' works, their professional connection blossomed into a significant personal relationship.