Arts & Culture

John Waters on Zen and the art of filth, and 'Pink Flamingos' 50th anniversary

John Waters on Zen and the art of filth, and 'Pink Flamingos' 50th anniversary

  • MOVIES
  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jun 21, 2022

The newly released 50th anniversary BluRay edition of "Pink Flamingos" is only one part of the still-evolving art world of director and author John Waters.

Cookie Mueller's posthumous prose

Cookie Mueller's posthumous prose

  • BOOKS
  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jun 21, 2022

"Walking through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black" by the late Cookie Mueller is the newly-expanded reissue of the original 1993 Semiotext(e) compilation of writings by the multi-talent known mostly for roles in early John Waters films.

Mary Gauthier: singer-songwriter on her new music and life

Mary Gauthier: singer-songwriter on her new music and life

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 21, 2022

Mary Gautheir's "Dark Enough to See the Stars" has its share of poignant moments, and will astonish you in unexpected ways. The new album features honest and beautiful love songs, inspired by her relationship with musician Jaimee Harris.

Q-Music: Country 'tis of thee

Q-Music: Country 'tis of thee

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 21, 2022

Enjoy new country songs and creative covers by Eliza Gilkyson, James McMurtry, The Whitmore Sisters, The Staves, Hayes Carll and Bria.

Julio Torres: gay writer and actor on 'Vase' value

Julio Torres: gay writer and actor on 'Vase' value

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 21, 2022

Gay writer and actor Julio Torres, known for the 'Saturday Night Live' writing and deadpan stand-up style, has published a funny new children's book about a toilet plunger with hopes and dreams.

Summer books 2022 roundup, part 3

Summer books 2022 roundup, part 3

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 21, 2022

In our third and final installment of the Bay Area Reporter's Summer Books Series, we spotlight some amazing fiction, a new book about a trans youth's journey through grade school, and a sartorial exploration of the concept of the "Daddy."

'Nuclear Family' fallout: Joseph Han's stunning debut novel

'Nuclear Family' fallout: Joseph Han's stunning debut novel

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 21, 2022

The sociological construct of "nuclear family," signifying a familial unit whose members all live together. Joseph Han's first novel, "Nuclear Family," explodes it, leaving you with the spectacle of the mushroom cloud.

Woman launches queer arts festival in San Diego

Woman launches queer arts festival in San Diego

  • DANCE
  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 15, 2022

San Diego will see an inaugural queer arts festival this month. A queer San Francisco Bay Area native is the visionary behind the event.

Capitol viewing: The Lavender Tube on Jan. 6 hearings, 'Queer as Folk,' & Pride shows

Capitol viewing: The Lavender Tube on Jan. 6 hearings, 'Queer as Folk,' & Pride shows

Let's call it, "Saving Democracy," a limited series. The January 6 Committee Hearings certainly have all the drama of a hit summer true crime/thriller series. Also, the new 'Queer as Folk,' and ABC, Hulu and other networks dive in to Pride.

Sandra Bernhard plays Feinstein's for Pride

Sandra Bernhard plays Feinstein's for Pride

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 14, 2022

Sandra Bernhard, the queer actress-singer-raconteuse, will appear at Feinstein's at the Nikko next Thursday through Saturday with a new concert of songs and whip-smart comedy.

Frameline46's serious cinema

Frameline46's serious cinema

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 14, 2022

Frameline's full return to theaters has presented challenges to its staff. But with the most expansive array of films to see in cinemas or online, hundreds of directors' works will find new audiences.

'Benediction' - Terence Davies' biopic of British poet Siegfried Sassoon

'Benediction' - Terence Davies' biopic of British poet Siegfried Sassoon

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 14, 2022

With the gay English poet Siegfried Sassoon as the subject of "Benediction," Terence Davies has found a worthy rebel castigating British classicism and sexual mores. He has also created one of the year's best queer films.

Chloe Sherman's 'Renegades' - photo exhibit documents SF's '90s lesbian scene

Chloe Sherman's 'Renegades' - photo exhibit documents SF's '90s lesbian scene

  • ART
  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 14, 2022

Queer fine art photographer Chloe Sherman's new exhibit "Renegade San Francisco: the 1990s," opening June 17 at Schlomer Haus Gallery, dives into the pats heyday of the local women's nightlife and social scenes.

Summer books 2022 roundup, part 2

Summer books 2022 roundup, part 2

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 14, 2022

In our continuing Summer Books series, here are even more queer books coming to both physical and digital bookstores this summer. We list some exciting suspense novels, several books for younger readers, a graphic pictorial story for all ages.