Arts & Culture

A new 'Parsifal' - Philippe Jordan leads a transformative recording

A new 'Parsifal' - Philippe Jordan leads a transformative recording

  • MUSIC
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 12, 2024

Sony's splendid new "Parsifal," under the leadership of out conductor Philippe Jordan, illuminates the largely interior drama in part by dropping the faux religiosity that has accrued to Wagner's final opera.

'Carol Doda Topless at the Condor' - new doc recalls the '60s trailblazing stripper

'Carol Doda Topless at the Condor' - new doc recalls the '60s trailblazing stripper

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 12, 2024

"The only way to get into show business was to show my business," says the late Carol Doda in "Carol Doda Topless at the Condor," a new feature length documentary by Marlo McKenzie and Jonathan Parker.

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 3 Diverse memoirs, fiction and a Liz Taylor biography

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 3 Diverse memoirs, fiction and a Liz Taylor biography

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 11, 2024

The third installment of our Spring 2024 books roundup includes novels about being queer and sex-positive within a Syrian culture, a few engrossing young adult novels, and an impressive nonfiction title about the life and film legacy of Elizabeth Taylor.

Ashley Ray's 'Ice Cream Money,' and hit podcast tell truths with laughs

Ashley Ray's 'Ice Cream Money,' and hit podcast tell truths with laughs

Ashley Ray, the "most famous bisexual solo polyamorous Black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles," continues to inform and entertain with her recently released debut comedy album "Ice Cream Money."

Rosebud Gallery opens; a new space for LGBTQ artists

Rosebud Gallery opens; a new space for LGBTQ artists

  • ART
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 8, 2024

Rosebud Gallery, a community-focused creative haven created by Shannon Amitin and Cabure Bonugli, opened its doors to the community on March 7 in celebration of art, inclusivity, and the resilient spirit of San Francisco's LGBTQ+ community.

Going Out, March 7-15, 2024

Going Out, March 7-15, 2024

  • ART
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 7, 2024

We're big fans of the terpsichorean arts, and not just modern dance and ballet, but gogo guys and gals as well. You'll find them all, plus theater, visual art and music, in our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

42nd Street Moon's 'Falsettos' — still stirring, even with false notes

42nd Street Moon's 'Falsettos' — still stirring, even with false notes

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 5, 2024

Composer William Finn's crossword-worthy lyrics and sung-through score is strong enough to overcome some sorely dated characterizations and relationships co-created with original director James Lapine in 42nd Street Moon's new production of 'Falsettos.'

Comedy tonight? The Lavender Tube on 'SNL's fails, the new 'Elsbeth' and more

Comedy tonight? The Lavender Tube on 'SNL's fails, the new 'Elsbeth' and more

Like Charlie Brown with that football, we keep tuning in to "Saturday Night Live" most Saturday nights to watch political satire and maybe hear some good music from the weekly guest, only to have that football of fun swiped away.

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 2

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 2

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 5, 2024

In the second of our Spring books series, we present several fiction titles by a memoirist and a trans woman that are set to make a splash in the literary world, plus new memoirs, biographies and fiction.

Singer/songwriter Katy Kirby is True 'Blue'

Singer/songwriter Katy Kirby is True 'Blue'

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 5, 2024

It's only March, but there's no doubt that the album "Blue Raspberry" (Anti-) by out singer/songwriter Katy Kirby will have a place on our music writer's best of 2024 list. In our interview, Kirby discussed her musical inspirations.

'Frida' magical new documentary on the life of artist Frida Kahlo

'Frida' magical new documentary on the life of artist Frida Kahlo

  • MOVIES
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Mar 4, 2024

The incredible true story of 20th-century Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, "Frida" is told from the artist's own perspective. The film is based on primary sources including Kahlo's illustrated diaries, essays and interviews.

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest'

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest'

  • ART
  • by Robert Brokl
  • Mar 3, 2024

The two-decade survey of paintings by John Bankston, now at the Rena Bransten Gallery through April 20, features prime examples of the cartoony figurative work that's brought him renown, along with more recent work reflecting shifts in media.

Stephen McCauley's 'You Only Call When You're in Trouble'

Stephen McCauley's 'You Only Call When You're in Trouble'

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 2, 2024

Stephen McCauley is a master of the comedy of manners genre. His eighth book, "You Only Call When You're In Trouble," follows a similar template, but is not formulaic, with new shibboleths to slay.

Madonna's 'Celebration' tour rocks the Chase Center

Madonna's 'Celebration' tour rocks the Chase Center

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 29, 2024

"The most controversial thing I've done is to stick around," says Madonna in a recorded segment from the dizzying array of montages that document her 40-year career in her Celebration Tour, which dazzled audiences at two sold-out Chase Center concerts.