Arts & Culture

Hot tunes for cooler temps

Hot tunes for cooler temps

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 13, 2024

Cuddle up next to your stereo, or just plug in your Spotify or iTunes, and enjoy some songs written, in most examples, by, for, and about us. Sample new music from Scott Free, Rachel Garlin, Cidny Bullens, Jeffrey Martin, Debby Friday and Chai.

'Hundreds of Beavers' — slapstick comedy's snowy silliness

'Hundreds of Beavers' — slapstick comedy's snowy silliness

  • MOVIES
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 13, 2024

Set in the wintry Wisconsin wilderness, "Hundreds of Beavers" recalls the early silent film comedies of Buster Keaton with a hint of Wile E. Coyote. Amid its national tour, the wacky film screens at the Balboa Theatre beginning February 23.

'Rescuing Morgan' — true tale of a gay couple and their dog

'Rescuing Morgan' — true tale of a gay couple and their dog

  • BOOKS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 13, 2024

"Rescuing Morgan," the new self-published book by Dan Perdios, is short and sweet. Clocking in at 155 pages, it tells the story of Perdios and his husband's relationship with Morgan, an abused golden retriever they rescued.

Going Out, Feb. 8-16, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 8-16, 2024

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 8, 2024

Whether you're full of love for Valentine's Day or happily single, you can mingle amidst great art, dance, music and nightlife fun. Check our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring' reborn

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring' reborn

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • Feb 6, 2024

The riotous premiere of "The Rite of Spring" in 1913 Paris is something of a legend. An iconic interpreter of this seminal music was German choreographer Pina Bausch. Her stunning dance's new production tour includes UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.

Pride in Panels: queer comic books to be celebrated at SF's main library

Pride in Panels: queer comic books to be celebrated at SF's main library

  • ART
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 6, 2024

On Sunday February 18 San Francisco's main library will celebrate queer comic books with an exhibition to remember. Titled "Pride in Panels: SF Queer Comics Fest," the afternoon will bring together scores of queer comic book creators.

'MJ' at the Orpheum: celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, not the man

'MJ' at the Orpheum: celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, not the man

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 6, 2024

How do you solve a problem like Michael Jackson? Amidst all the goosebump-inducing musical moments in "MJ," the Michael Jackson-inspired show now playing at the Orpheum Theatre, there's a quick snippet of song that's particularly worthy of attention.

Magnificently familiar: Berkeley Rep's 'Cult of Love' sings and prickles

Magnificently familiar: Berkeley Rep's 'Cult of Love' sings and prickles

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 6, 2024

There's lots of beautiful music in "Cult of Love," the coruscatingly funny drama now on stage at the Berkeley Rep, as the Dahl clan —elderly parents, four adult children and their partners— has gathered for Christmas and a good deal of familial conflict.

An homage to Chita Rivera, the musical theater star

An homage to Chita Rivera, the musical theater star

  • THEATER
  • by J.A. Valentine
  • Feb 6, 2024

The passing of Chita Rivera on January 30 at age 91 will be deeply felt by many. Here, a devoted fan, and a performer himself, shares highlights of the musical theater star's epic career.

Cruises & comedy crashes: The Lavender Tube on 'Death and Other Details,' SNL's off-kilter sketches and more

Cruises & comedy crashes: The Lavender Tube on 'Death and Other Details,' SNL's off-kilter sketches and more

Hulu's new murder mystery series "Death and Other Details" will remind you of "White Lotus" and other shows, but it's got three lesbians. Our columnist also cover SNL's comedic crashes, and news of their next guest host, a racist homophobe.

A.C. Burch's 'The Distance Between Us' — a murder mystery in Provincetown

A.C. Burch's 'The Distance Between Us' — a murder mystery in Provincetown

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Feb 6, 2024

Written with great creativity and passion, "The Distance Between Us" by A. C. Burch is a fun page-turner with echoes of "Murder She Wrote," Miss Marple, and at times Jane Austen.

Mostly British Filmfest at The Vogue

Mostly British Filmfest at The Vogue

  • MOVIES
  • by Joel Shepard, Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 5, 2024

For some jolly good cinema, the Mostly British Film Festival returns on February 15 to 22, at the Vogue Theatre. The 16th annual tribute to English language films from the former Commonwealth screens 26 movies, some with queer themes.

Going Out, Feb. 1-9, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 1-9, 2024

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 1, 2024

Shake up your usual routine with a vibrant dance concert, a stunning art exhibit, or a night of drinks and drag. While nearly every bar will screen the Super Bowl on Feb 11, you can find other diversions, even some that also include men in tights.

Minna Lee's big launch — 'My Home on the Moon' at SF Playhouse

Minna Lee's big launch — 'My Home on the Moon' at SF Playhouse

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 30, 2024

"I can't imagine I'll ever eat an algorithmic cookie and love it," declared queer playwright Minna Lee, whose "My Home on the Moon" is currently having its world premiere production at the San Francisco Playhouse. "Eat a what?!," you may wonder.