Arts & Culture

Clips, quips and acid trips: Seth Rudetsky roasts TV variety shows at Feinstein's at the Nikko

Clips, quips and acid trips: Seth Rudetsky roasts TV variety shows at Feinstein's at the Nikko

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 26, 2022

Seth Rudetsky returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko on August 4 and 5 with "Seth's Big Fat '70s Variety Show" an evening that takes him back to some of his deepest roots.

Still here: SF Playhouse mounts the local premiere of 'Follies'

Still here: SF Playhouse mounts the local premiere of 'Follies'

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 26, 2022

Seeing "Follies" is like spotting the Bigfoot of Broadway history: It's the stuff of legend, even when it lumbers a bit. The current San Francisco Playhouse production more than does justice to this rarely revived classic of the Sondheim canon.

Sedition Edition: The Lavender Tube on 'Flowers,' 'Grantchester' & the Jan. 6th Hearings

Sedition Edition: The Lavender Tube on 'Flowers,' 'Grantchester' & the Jan. 6th Hearings

Now that the season finale of the January 6th Committee has left us in a cliffhanger, we turn to other thrillers and dramas. Here are some shows we highly recommend.

Bay Area Playwrights Festival 45: exposing new plays, on stage and online

Bay Area Playwrights Festival 45: exposing new plays, on stage and online

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 26, 2022

With in-person readings at Potrero Stage, and online viewing, the 45th Bay Area Playwrights Festival will reach new audiences with five staged readings of works in-progress.

Ana Castillo: celebrated author discusses her most personal life lessons

Ana Castillo: celebrated author discusses her most personal life lessons

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 26, 2022

Great books spur readers to grow and discover truths for themselves. Each of Ana Castillo's books delivers just that. In fact, Ana Castillo has been instrumental in the fight for LGBTQ acceptance, particularly within the Hispanic community.

'Anything's Possible' - Billy Porter's trans teen directorial debut

'Anything's Possible' - Billy Porter's trans teen directorial debut

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 26, 2022

The best way to approach Billy Porter's new film, "Anything's Possible," screening on Amazon Prime, is to view it as a fantasy, of what it should be like for young Black trans women rather than the often realistic trauma scenario.

Q-music: Queers in your ears; new and re-released music

Q-music: Queers in your ears; new and re-released music

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 26, 2022

Enjoy diverse new sounds from LGBT artists Lucy Dacus, Michael Mayo, Marianne Faithfull (reading poems set to music), Dave Koz, Emily Wolfe, Annie Keating, and a concert album re-release by the late Laura Nyro.

Roll on, Beethoven: Yannick Nezet-Seguin tackles The Nine

Roll on, Beethoven: Yannick Nezet-Seguin tackles The Nine

  • MUSIC
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 26, 2022

The release of the "Beethoven Symphonies," all nine of them, with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, makes for new essential recordings of time-honored classics.

Davey Davis' 'X' - kink at the end of the world

Davey Davis' 'X' - kink at the end of the world

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 26, 2022

"How bad could a waterboarding really be if you could get up and walk away afterward?" So posits the spicy protagonist of multi-talented author Davey Davis' kinky dystopian new novel "X".

Out in the Bay: Cockettes female co-founder shares group's saucy history

Out in the Bay: Cockettes female co-founder shares group's saucy history

  • CULTURE
  • by Eric Jansen
  • Jul 21, 2022

Meet artist, designer, photographer and actor Fayette Hauser, one of the few female co-founders of the Cockettes, the 1969-72 experimental SF performance troupe known for eye-popping costumes, glittery beards, and sexy musicals some called anarchic.

Berkeley Rep's 'Sanctuary City' sends up flares

Berkeley Rep's 'Sanctuary City' sends up flares

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 19, 2022

Contemporary social and political issues are tightly woven into "Sanctuary City," playwright Martyna Majok's gut-wrenching, personal-is-political drama, set between 2001 and 2005, and now playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

'A Quilt for David' - Steven Reigns' true crime poetry

'A Quilt for David' - Steven Reigns' true crime poetry

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 19, 2022

Steven Reigns, a Los Angeles-based writer who was the first official Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, blends literary genres to stunning effect in his spare and powerful new work, "A Quilt for David."

To hell and back: Sean Hewitt's 'All Down Darkness Wide' makes literature of the memoir

To hell and back: Sean Hewitt's 'All Down Darkness Wide' makes literature of the memoir

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 19, 2022

Getting lost in a relationship; people do it all the time, and it's the matter of some of our greatest literature. Rarer is the chronicle of making it back out, which is both the engine and the heart of Sean Hewitt's luminous new memoir.

Daring deception: Jono McLeod's 'My Old School'

Daring deception: Jono McLeod's 'My Old School'

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 19, 2022

McLeod's "My Old School" is a documentary that utilizes animation and dramatization to depict this bizarre true story of deception and discovery at a British school.