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Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 28, 2023

New Conservatory Theatre Center, never afraid to take on hot-button topics, is once again about to touch the third rail of homosexuality vis-à-vis Catholicism with the West Coast premiere of C. Julian Jiménez's "Locusts Have No King."

SF LGBT Center's Soirée

SF LGBT Center's Soirée

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

On April 15 the City View at the Metreon will come alive when the San Francisco LGBT Center celebrates its 21st year with its annual Soirée, which promises to be a night to remember.

Queer books for life: podcast celebrates LGBTQ literature

Queer books for life: podcast celebrates LGBTQ literature

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

Books with queer themes are the subject of each episode of "This Queer Book Saved My Life," a podcast based out of Minneapolis. In installment after installment, host J. P. Der Boghossian talks to a guest about books that saved their life.

Kehinde Wiley's 'An Archaeology of Silence' - stunning new exhibit at the de Young

Kehinde Wiley's 'An Archaeology of Silence' - stunning new exhibit at the de Young

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Mar 21, 2023

Kehinde Wiley has been a very special, insightful artist for quite a while, but his work always appears fresh, modern and important. His new exhibition at the de Young reshapes the way we see Black people in portraiture and sculpture.

Bored Game: 'Clue' at SF Playhouse

Bored Game: 'Clue' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 21, 2023

With its borrowed brand name and broad physical comedy, "Clue" seems to be gunning for the stupefying success of "The Play That Goes Wrong," but instead unintentionally fumbles along the way.

'The Whale' and the cinematic curse of disabled queerness

'The Whale' and the cinematic curse of disabled queerness

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Mar 21, 2023

Brendan Fraser's performance in "The Whale" was heralded as emotionally riveting and deeply compelling. But for many queer and disabled (and queer disabled) viewers, it was yet another example of Hollywood's distorted and straight-portrayed view.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's 'Tell the Rest'

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's 'Tell the Rest'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 21, 2023

For the two enthralling queer protagonists in author Lucy Jane Bledsoe's just-published novel, they have lived a life scarred by their time in a Christian conversion camp, each bearing the enduring weight of psychological pain and torment.

Thomas Mallon's 'Up With the Sun'

Thomas Mallon's 'Up With the Sun'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 21, 2023

Readers can discover Dick Kallman, a gay miniscule has-been yet fascinating celebrity, in the new novel on his tumultuous life, "Up With the Sun" by Thomas Mallon, perhaps the country's foremost historical fiction writer.

Robert Moses Kin: Bootstraps Initiative connects choreography and community

Robert Moses Kin: Bootstraps Initiative connects choreography and community

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Mar 14, 2023

For more than 25 years, Robert Moses has been a powerful force in the Bay Area arts community. In addition to his dance company's March concerts, his dancers and musicians bring the arts to under-served youth communities.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 14, 2023

The remarkable nexus between Gustav Mahler's intense Symphony No. 6, the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas has captivated listeners, both at home and on tour, for many years.

Leslie Absher's 'Spy Daughter, Queer Girl'

Leslie Absher's 'Spy Daughter, Queer Girl'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Mar 14, 2023

While growing up, Leslie Absher didn't know or years that her father worked for the CIA. She later decided that her life as a spy daughter was also hers to reclaim. The result is an intimate portrait of personal healing.

A family affair: Richard Mirabella's 'Brother & Sister Enter the Forest'

A family affair: Richard Mirabella's 'Brother & Sister Enter the Forest'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 14, 2023

The title of Richard Mirabella's debut novel, "Brother & Sister Enter the Forest" promises the sinister, and Mirabella makes good on the promise. The plot sits queasily somewhere between "Hansel and Gretel" and "A Long Day's Journey Into Night."

Disney pride in concert: SF Gay Men's Chorus celebrates 100 film years

Disney pride in concert: SF Gay Men's Chorus celebrates 100 film years

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 7, 2023

On March 16 and 17, Davies Symphony Hall will come alive with the sound of Disney. It's "Disney Pride in Concert," a very special performance with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus which will celebrate 45 years of the chorus and 100 for Disney.

De'Shawn Charles Winslow: author discusses 'Decent People'

De'Shawn Charles Winslow: author discusses 'Decent People'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 7, 2023

Readers know a writer has created an effective murder mystery when they are kept guessing, and then are utterly surprised by the revelation of the guilty party. Gay author De'Shawn Charles Winslow does precisely that in his second novel, "Decent People."