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Kraven Comics: Fernando Velez' LGBTQ Superheroes

Kraven Comics: Fernando Velez' LGBTQ Superheroes

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 20, 2022

The pages of Kraven Comics appear on the surface to be like any other superhero comic book. But the brainchild of artist and publisher Fernando Velez is a comic book by and for LGBTQ people, with diverse queer characters.

Consider the narrator: plays that show but tell too much

Consider the narrator: plays that show but tell too much

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 20, 2022

Three productions —"the ripple, the wave that carried me home" at Berkeley Rep, "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Golden Gate Theater and "Lear" at CalShakes— employ narrator figures for various purposes and with varying degrees of success.

Fall fiction faves, part 3

Fall fiction faves, part 3

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 20, 2022

Here comes the third installment of our Fall book roundup featuring dynamic fiction from Meg Howrey, Courtney Summers, and RM Vaughan (posthumously). There's a lot to choose from. Keep those pages turning!

Miami City Ballet brings Balanchine's 'Jewels' - an interview with dancer Luiz Silva

Miami City Ballet brings Balanchine's 'Jewels' - an interview with dancer Luiz Silva

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Sep 13, 2022

Luiz Silva's meteoric journey from his first dance class to the ranks of the esteemed Miami City Ballet in only five years is astonishing. He'll perform with the company in George Balanchine's classic work.

Henry Fry's 'First Time for Everything'

Henry Fry's 'First Time for Everything'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 13, 2022

in his debut novel, author Henry Fry discloses how queer folk pretend to be someone else as survival mechanisms and the search for authenticity can lead down some treacherous paths as they find themselves.

Cary Alan Johnson's 'Desire Lines'

Cary Alan Johnson's 'Desire Lines'

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Sep 13, 2022

This novel sets one back, not just in time and place, but in its stunning honesty. Cary Alan Johnson's serious and romantic novel tells of life in New York City during the time when HIV/AIDS was ravaging the LGBTQ community.

Paint, print, power: Fall Arts museums & galleries, part 2

Paint, print, power: Fall Arts museums & galleries, part 2

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 6, 2022

One article simply was not enough to contain the eclectic cultural riches offered this season in museums and art galleries. So, here goes with a second chapter and a palette of shows in diverse media.

Get Lit: Fall Arts books, part 2

Get Lit: Fall Arts books, part 2

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 6, 2022

The second part of our Fall books roundup will give you an idea of what is coming to bookstores in the next several months. Highlights include a drag star's memoir, a horror film anthology, and a novel set in ACT UP New York's community.

Word for word: Fall Arts books, part 1

Word for word: Fall Arts books, part 1

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 30, 2022

As the seasons change, new books rush in and readers become enthralled at who's writing, what's new, and which trending (or non-trending) subject matter authors are focusing on.

The world's a stage: curtain up for Fall Arts theater

The world's a stage: curtain up for Fall Arts theater

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 30, 2022

For the first time in three years, the Bay Area is welcoming a full-fledged fall theater season, with a parade of opening nights that starts next week and marches all the way into December at a head-spinning pace.

Get an eyeful: Fall Arts museums & galleries, part 1

Get an eyeful: Fall Arts museums & galleries, part 1

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 30, 2022

This year in fine arts, women and artists of color take center stage, photography reigns supreme —only fitting, given our city's pivotal role in the medium— and at least one extravaganza confirms it's good to be king.

Duly noted: Fall Arts classical music concerts

Duly noted: Fall Arts classical music concerts

  • Aug 30, 2022

There's a celebratory quality to the classical music offerings this fall, in no small part out of gratitude that live performances can go on at all. The home team has seldom looked so good, and many of the visitors, too, are easy on the eye and ear.

Unlocked legacy: Jim Van Buskirk reveals family history

Unlocked legacy: Jim Van Buskirk reveals family history

  • by Patrick Hoctel
  • Aug 30, 2022

Author, historian and librarian Jim Van Buskirk presents the unique story of his grandmother's forgotten singing career at the Jewish Community Center.

'Goddess' opening night @ Berkeley Rep

'Goddess' opening night @ Berkeley Rep

  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • Aug 27, 2022

Opening night of the new musical "Goddess" on August 24 drew numerous local and national celebrities to see the acclaimed production at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.