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Michael Nava's 'Lies With Man' brings back the mystery

Michael Nava's 'Lies With Man' brings back the mystery

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 18, 2021

Attorney and prolific author Michael Nava's impressive, engrossing ninth mystery novel in his Henry Rios detective series flashes back to the 1980s where big hair ruled, neon lit up the night, and the dark storm clouds of the AIDS epidemic began.

Cabaret, comedy & a class act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's new offerings

Cabaret, comedy & a class act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's new offerings

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 17, 2021

A gay duo offers up new takes on classic sitcom theme songs, the long-gone Billie Holiday is revived in a play with her music, and half a dozen trans performers go virtual.

Homing's In, Going Out May 14-23, 2021

Homing's In, Going Out May 14-23, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 14, 2021

As more venues open up, you have more opportunities to enjoy art, music, nightlife and other events.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1976 — "Oh, Rocky!"

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1976 — "Oh, Rocky!"

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 12, 2021

The 'advertorial' cover of the March 18, 1976 Bay Area Reporter did not include news of our nation's Bicentennial celebrations, but instead the hit production of 'The Rocky Horror Show' and inside a 2-page interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

AIDS activism by the book: 'Let the Record Show' captures a movement's rise and decline

AIDS activism by the book: 'Let the Record Show' captures a movement's rise and decline

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 11, 2021

In the lengthy 'Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993,' author Sarah Schulman documents and analyzes the ideals, actions, successes and failures of the people who made up the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power.

Smart staging: Marin Theatre Company's 'Brilliant Mind'

Smart staging: Marin Theatre Company's 'Brilliant Mind'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 11, 2021

Denmo Ibrahim's ambitious new play will be presented online with the help of some new technology that moves beyond Zoom recitations and recorded shows.

Decades of Pride: FX Docuseries showcases LGBTQ history

Decades of Pride: FX Docuseries showcases LGBTQ history

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 8, 2021

In six episodes made by six directors, FX's Pride Docuseries showcases six decades of stunning and deeply touching interviews and archival footage to visualize the more than half century of LGBTQ struggles and achievements.

Homing's In, Going Out - May 7-16, 2021

Homing's In, Going Out - May 7-16, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 7, 2021

Museums and nightlife venues are opening, cautiously, so we've changed the title of our expanding ever-shifting events in arts, nightlife and community.

50 Years in 50 Weeks; 1975 - Empress and an elephant

50 Years in 50 Weeks; 1975 - Empress and an elephant

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 4, 2021

1975 was a great year for B.A.R. covers, but the most legendary image of the year is assuredly that of Empress Doris riding an elephant down Polk Street for the annual Gay Freedom Day Parade. How did it happen? And why?

Queer spring non-fiction

Queer spring non-fiction

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 4, 2021

After a brutal winter, made even more difficult by the pandemic and killer storms, the Spring Equinox has arrived and warmer weather days are in sight. The following new non-fiction books are a good way to welcome the new season.

B.A.R. Talks series kicks off with photojournalist Rick Gerharter

B.A.R. Talks series kicks off with photojournalist Rick Gerharter

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 29, 2021

Continuing the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary celebrations, May 6 kicks off our B.A.R. Talks series, with veteran photojournalist Rick Gerharter, who will discuss his career and new project, curating the GLBT History Museum's B.A.R. online exhibit.

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 27, 2021

The 1906 play 'God of Vengeance' caused a sensation. When performed on Broadway in 1923, the cast was arrested on obscenity charges due to its lesbian kiss.Yiddish Theatre Ensemble's new online adaptation begins May 2.

Sam Rush's 'Swallow' - poet shatters the mold of identity

Sam Rush's 'Swallow' - poet shatters the mold of identity

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Apr 27, 2021

In the new poetry collection 'Swallow' by Sam Rush (Sibling Rivalry Press), we're given a lot of content that wakes up the reader into identity, forms, breaking forms, and into freedoms that are part of our constant becoming.

Curiouser comics - 'Alice in Leatherland's kinky capers

Curiouser comics - 'Alice in Leatherland's kinky capers

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 25, 2021

Queer comic fans, rejoice. 'Alice In Leatherland,' the series by writer Iolanda Zanfardino and illustrator Elisa Romboli follows a young woman's journey to San Francisco and its sexy subcultures.