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Julian Aguon's 'No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies'

Julian Aguon's 'No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Oct 4, 2022

"No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies" by queer Indigenous writer and human rights lawyer Julian Aguon, is part memoir and part manifesto, focusing on environmental and political strife for the colonized people of Guam.

Krystian Zimerman and Lisa Batiashvili record Szymanowski

Krystian Zimerman and Lisa Batiashvili record Szymanowski

  • by by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 4, 2022

The acclaimed pianist and violinist have each recorded stellar new performances of works by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.

Besties arts: curtain up, sound check, arts opening

Besties arts: curtain up, sound check, arts opening

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 28, 2022

It's time to get back out there and enjoy the communal experience of the arts in person. There is plenty in the pipeline from our readers' local favorites in both the visual and performing arts.

Lars Horn's 'Voice of the Fish' - exploring the trans experience

Lars Horn's 'Voice of the Fish' - exploring the trans experience

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Sep 27, 2022

A collage of essay, travelogue, history, meditation, and aphorism, Lars Horn's book is packaged —as is so much writing now— as a memoir.

'Juanita: 30 Years of MORE!' - art exhibit celebrates the drag icon

'Juanita: 30 Years of MORE!' - art exhibit celebrates the drag icon

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 25, 2022

A new art exhibition will feature a curated selection of photographs, posters, more than forty commissioned works of art, and dresses that offer a rare glimpse inside the glorious and fabulous life of Juanita MORE!

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.

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.

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.