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'The Best of The Second City' at Berkeley Rep - George Elrod brings cheerful queerness to sketches and improv

'The Best of The Second City' at Berkeley Rep - George Elrod brings cheerful queerness to sketches and improv

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 16, 2024

As George Elrod rose through the ranks of Chicago's comedy scene over the past decade, he created countless characters in improv and sketches. He performs with The Second City touring company, now playing at the Berkeley Rep.

The Olympics: the operas - Two productions of "L'Olimpiade" in Paris

The Olympics: the operas - Two productions of "L'Olimpiade" in Paris

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 15, 2024

Christophe Rousset led his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques in a concert performance of Domenico Cimarosa's opera, "L'Olimpiade" (1784), at the Royal Opera-Versailles and on tour, having recorded the piece in Paris from December 18 to 22.

'Queering Rehoboth Beach' - James T. Sears on the beach town's evolution

'Queering Rehoboth Beach' - James T. Sears on the beach town's evolution

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 15, 2024

The dramatic and inspiring story of how Rehoboth Beach came to be what it is today can be found in gay historian James T. Sears's revealing new book "Queering Rehoboth Beach: Beyond the Boardwalk."

Adam Tendler: Contemporary pianist performs the intimate "Inheritances"

Adam Tendler: Contemporary pianist performs the intimate "Inheritances"

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 9, 2024

With "Inheritances," acclaimed pianist Adam Tendler commissioned 16 composers to create short piano works related to an unusual moment in his life after the death of his father. Tendler brings the concert to Brava Theater Center July 17.

'The Lifespan of a Fact' - engrossing play's strange story at Aurora Theatre

'The Lifespan of a Fact' - engrossing play's strange story at Aurora Theatre

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 9, 2024

Painfully funny and crackled with intelligent ambiguity, "The Lifespan of a Fact," now playing at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre, is but a single link in an unlikely lineage of artistic and philosophical responses to a suicide that took place 22 years ago.

SF Mime Troupe's 'American Dreams' - a topical yet fun new musical

SF Mime Troupe's 'American Dreams' - a topical yet fun new musical

  • Jul 9, 2024

Now through September 8, San Francisco Mime Troupe will perform "American Dreams," a new musical that opens their 65th season. The political show is a contemplation of what the future of the United States and the world might look like.

Too darn hot: The Lavender Tube on Celine, 'Orphan Black,' and 'General Hospital'

Too darn hot: The Lavender Tube on Celine, 'Orphan Black,' and 'General Hospital'

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jul 8, 2024

Along with politics heating up the airwaves, TV stories with queer characters include 'Orphan Black: Echoes' and 'General Hospital,' and the new Celine Dion documentary will melt your heart.

'Friends of Dorothy' - new queer music compilation out on vinyl

'Friends of Dorothy' - new queer music compilation out on vinyl

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 2, 2024

"Friends of Dorothy" is a new compilation album featuring music and spoken words by queer artists from all over the world. Available exclusively on vinyl, the album is the brainchild of producer/musician Moon Trent and his partner David Cole.

Gil Cuadros' 'My Body Is Paper' - Unflinching honesty in stories and poems

Gil Cuadros' 'My Body Is Paper' - Unflinching honesty in stories and poems

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 2, 2024

Gil Cuadros' long-awaited posthumous new book of short stories and poems, "My Body Is Paper," was recently released. Although Mr. Cuadros died in 1996 of AIDS, the book's editors worked to bring this new book to fruition.

MariNaomi - Queer graphic novelist confronts censorship

MariNaomi - Queer graphic novelist confronts censorship

  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • Jul 2, 2024

Confronted with censorship, queer graphic novelist advocates for freedom of expression, visibility for comics and artistic rights. Their efforts have made them a significant figure in the fight against book banning, inspiring others as well.

Khashayar J. Khabushani's 'I Will Greet the Sun Again' - an engaging debut novel

Khashayar J. Khabushani's 'I Will Greet the Sun Again' - an engaging debut novel

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 2, 2024

A gut-wrenching novel of survival you won't soon forget animates the searing debut of local Iranian-American author Khashayar J. Khabushani's "I Will Greet the Sun Again," just released in paperback.

Going Out, June 27-July 5, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, June 27-July 5, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 26, 2024

The finale of Pride events is of course SF Pride's march, parade, and Civic Center celebration. But we've got plenty of other LGBTQ events that don't need sunscreen. Plays, art exhibits and of course every bar and nightclub unfurls their rainbow colors.

Peter Gregus: Gay actor makes his local debut in 'Evita' at SF Playhouse

Peter Gregus: Gay actor makes his local debut in 'Evita' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 25, 2024

After living in New York for the first 60 years of his life, Bronx-born actor Peter Gregus moved to the Bay Area last fall. He's making his local stage debut as Juan Peron in the new production of "Evita" now playing at the San Francisco Playhouse.

Post-Tony predictions: Which award winners and nominees will make it to local stages?

Post-Tony predictions: Which award winners and nominees will make it to local stages?

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 25, 2024

For many Bay Area theatergoers, the biggest question on Broadway's biggest night isn't which shows will win Tony Awards, but which shows will we get to see on national tours or in local productions over the next couple of years?