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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.

Black like him: Rasheed Newson's 'My Government Means to Kill Me'

Black like him: Rasheed Newson's 'My Government Means to Kill Me'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 23, 2022

Rasheed Newson's debut novel, "My Government Means to Kill Me" is not the only noteworthy gay novel with footnotes, but still, they do make themselves known, and provide background on actual history and real historical people.

Duane Scott Cerny: midcentury maven

Duane Scott Cerny: midcentury maven

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 16, 2022

Duane Scott Cerny knows enough about buying and selling vintage artifacts to fill a book; actually, a couple of books, including his latest, "Vintage Confidential — Retro Rattled, Tales Tattled: Confessions of the World's Third Oldest Profession."

Mahler makeover: new-fangled recent recordings of Symphonies 2 and 4

Mahler makeover: new-fangled recent recordings of Symphonies 2 and 4

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 16, 2022

The wild world of recordings serves up two new readings of Gustav Mahler symphonies —Gabriel Feltz's of the Second, Francois-Xavier Roth's of the Fourth— guaranteed to shake loose the last cobwebs clinging to what are now the standard interpretations.

Rough trade: Kevin Lambert's 'Querelle of Roberval'

Rough trade: Kevin Lambert's 'Querelle of Roberval'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 9, 2022

Canadian author Kevin Lambert's second novel is a heady affair revolving around issues of domination, labor equality, sexuality, and violent exploitation at the hands of a cocksure sex-god-like man named Querelle.

A passage from Pakistan: Taymour Soomro unearths "Other Names for Love"

A passage from Pakistan: Taymour Soomro unearths "Other Names for Love"

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 9, 2022

It's by no means a backhanded compliment to say that, in his debut novel, "Other Names for Love," Taymour Soomro is ace at describing weather.

'Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology' - chilling tales about what it means to be different

'Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology' - chilling tales about what it means to be different

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Aug 2, 2022

Editors Vince Liaguno and Rena Mason, both Bram Stoker Award winners, have put together a chilling collection of original short stories by a diverse group of some of today's biggest names in horror as well as new authors.

GAPA pageant returns in-person with gender-inclusive titles

GAPA pageant returns in-person with gender-inclusive titles

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 27, 2022

The GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance is bringing back its major fundraising event in-person for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Kevin Rolston's 'Deal With The Dragon'

Kevin Rolston's 'Deal With The Dragon'

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • Jul 26, 2022

"Shame is a really tricky beast," said gay playwright and actor Kevin Rolston. "It hides things from you and whispers in your ear that you're not good enough." Rolston's new solo play, "Deal With The Dragon," explores many emotions.

Bay Area Playwrights Festival 45: exposing new plays, on stage and online

Bay Area Playwrights Festival 45: exposing new plays, on stage and online

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 26, 2022

With in-person readings at Potrero Stage, and online viewing, the 45th Bay Area Playwrights Festival will reach new audiences with five staged readings of works in-progress.

Ana Castillo: celebrated author discusses her most personal life lessons

Ana Castillo: celebrated author discusses her most personal life lessons

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 26, 2022

Great books spur readers to grow and discover truths for themselves. Each of Ana Castillo's books delivers just that. In fact, Ana Castillo has been instrumental in the fight for LGBTQ acceptance, particularly within the Hispanic community.

Davey Davis' 'X' - kink at the end of the world

Davey Davis' 'X' - kink at the end of the world

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 26, 2022

"How bad could a waterboarding really be if you could get up and walk away afterward?" So posits the spicy protagonist of multi-talented author Davey Davis' kinky dystopian new novel "X".