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Going Out, June 8-16, 2023

Going Out, June 8-16, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 8, 2023

Along with the arts events in this week's issue, we've got dozens more in our expansive coverage, with comprehensive LGBTQ bar and nightclub listings. It's rainbowlicious!

'Breaking the Rules' — Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown at the Crocker Art Museum

'Breaking the Rules' — Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown at the Crocker Art Museum

  • by Robert Brokl
  • Jun 6, 2023

Sacramento's new dual exhibit, "Breaking the Rules," benefits by the association that Crocker Art Museum curator Scott A. Shields had with both gay artists during their lifetimes.

Going Out, June 1-9, 2023

Going Out, June 1-9, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 1, 2023

While you may not yet have your full-tilt Pride on, never fear. June is already filling up this first week with fun arts and nightlife events. Get going out.

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 30, 2023

We're off to see...the movie? That's the question that's been cycloning around my mind ever since last April, when American Conservatory Theater first announced its planned production of "The Wizard of Oz," now in previews with opening night June 7.

Fangs, but no thanks: 'Let the Right One In' at Berkeley Rep

Fangs, but no thanks: 'Let the Right One In' at Berkeley Rep

  • May 30, 2023

Imagine if John Hughes made a vampire movie, set in Sweden. Well, that's what's on the menu — along with big gulps of stage blood — at Berkeley Repertory, in the National Theatre of Scotland's mystifying production of "Let the Right One In."

Anastacia-Renée's 'Side Notes From the Archivist'

Anastacia-Renée's 'Side Notes From the Archivist'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 30, 2023

Anastacia-Renee is an award-winning writer. Her fascinating new book of poetry is called "Side Notes from the Archivist," a historical document that provides insight into five decades of American history.

Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans'

Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 30, 2023

In Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans,' intelligent millennial characters argue with each other about race, power, politics, and especially class, trying to ascertain how social forces have shaped their identities, which seem in constant flux.

Magic Theatre's 'The Ni¿¿er Lovers' daring satire

Magic Theatre's 'The Ni¿¿er Lovers' daring satire

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 23, 2023

If you're uncomfortable with satire that takes a showbizzy scalpel to America's original and ongoing sins, by all means shuffle off and shy away from the final performances of Marc Anthony Thompson's excruciatingly humorous playwriting debut.

Aaron Hamburger: 'Hotel Cuba' author on his third novel

Aaron Hamburger: 'Hotel Cuba' author on his third novel

  • May 23, 2023

Even though it only spans two years in the life of immigrant Pearl, Aaron Hamburger's third novel "Hotel Cuba" has the feel and weight of an epic.

Project Nunway: The Sisters' sartorial celebration returns

Project Nunway: The Sisters' sartorial celebration returns

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2023

Holy haute couture! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's popular Project Nunway fashion show fundraiser returns May 26, and this time, the eleventh edition will be held in a former church, St. Joseph's Art Society.

Fabulous & fractious: The Lavender Tube on drag queens, death cleans, and CNN's careen

Fabulous & fractious: The Lavender Tube on drag queens, death cleans, and CNN's careen

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • May 16, 2023

With the GOP passing anti-LGBTQ laws every week and taking a stronger stand against queer and trans people existing than against sedition, watching drag feels like a revolutionary act. So watch we shall!

Catherine Lacey's 'Biography of X'

Catherine Lacey's 'Biography of X'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • May 16, 2023

Catherine Lacey's new novel, "Biography of X," tries to be all things — and succeeds. It's being praised for its genre-bending, but somehow entertainment seems too small a word.

Arts notes: Cal. Academy talks; Frameline's Colin Higgins Foundation grants

Arts notes: Cal. Academy talks; Frameline's Colin Higgins Foundation grants

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 14, 2023

A new series of panels at the California Academy of Sciences reclaims scholarly research to underserved voices, and Frameline announced new young filmmaker grant recipients.

Spring books 2023 round-up, part 3

Spring books 2023 round-up, part 3

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 9, 2023

Our final installment of Spring books includes Edmund White's provocative latest novel, a collection debut from a local Bay Area poet, memoirs from a former meth dealer, an outspoken queer female cultural critic, and a queer Black nurse.