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'Nuclear Family' fallout: Joseph Han's stunning debut novel

'Nuclear Family' fallout: Joseph Han's stunning debut novel

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 21, 2022

The sociological construct of "nuclear family," signifying a familial unit whose members all live together. Joseph Han's first novel, "Nuclear Family," explodes it, leaving you with the spectacle of the mushroom cloud.

Chloe Sherman's 'Renegades' - photo exhibit documents SF's '90s lesbian scene

Chloe Sherman's 'Renegades' - photo exhibit documents SF's '90s lesbian scene

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 14, 2022

Queer fine art photographer Chloe Sherman's new exhibit "Renegade San Francisco: the 1990s," opening June 17 at Schlomer Haus Gallery, dives into the pats heyday of the local women's nightlife and social scenes.

Summer books round-up, part 2

Summer books round-up, part 2

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 14, 2022

In our continuing Summer Books series, here are even more queer books coming to both physical and digital bookstores this summer. We list some exciting suspense novels, several books for younger readers, a graphic pictorial story for all ages.

Lambda Literary Award 2022 winners announced

Lambda Literary Award 2022 winners announced

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 11, 2022

Lambda Literary announced the winners of the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards at a live virtual award ceremony on June 11

Summer books round-up, part 1

Summer books round-up, part 1

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 7, 2022

Summer is alive with new books on or about queerness from a kaleidoscopically diverse array of LGBTQ subjects and authors, from a variety of literary angles. Here's Part One of a three-part sampling of what's already published or is coming up.

'Ragtime's Leo Ash Evens: actor on his iconic musical theater roles

'Ragtime's Leo Ash Evens: actor on his iconic musical theater roles

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 31, 2022

In TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's new production of the hit musical "Ragtime," actor Leo Ash Evens gained inspiration for his role as a Jewish immigrant from his own family's heritage. He also shared stories from some other iconic roles he's played.

Irish Ayes 'Out In The World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora'

Irish Ayes 'Out In The World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 24, 2022

By explaining the lives of Irish LGBTQ people abroad and contributions of those who returned, 'Out In The World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora,' now at the GLBTHS Museum, can help us understand how Ireland became such a welcoming place for Irish queer folk.

Women on the edge in stunning fiction

Women on the edge in stunning fiction

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 24, 2022

Several queer female authors have emerged in recent months to publish astoundingly impressive works of fiction. Each of the books profiled here are memorable, beautifully written, and well worth searching out for their resonant themes.

Pandemic prose: excerpts from 'Arlene Francis & Me -Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2020'

Pandemic prose: excerpts from 'Arlene Francis & Me -Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2020'

  • by Mark Abramson
  • May 3, 2022

While we holed up indoors in 2020 —which now seems like much more than two years ago— prolific local gay author Mark Abramson took notes. He shared a few witty diary entries which are included in his latest book.

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an auspicious literary debut

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an auspicious literary debut

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 3, 2022

Raw and transcendent are the words applicable to Paul Mendez's semi-autobiographical debut novel "Rainbow Milk," a multi-generational dissection of sexuality, race, and religion on the rocky evolution of a young gay Black man, set in England.

The art of Ajuan Mance  at the Cartoon Museum

The art of Ajuan Mance at the Cartoon Museum

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 26, 2022

Opening April 30 and running until August 7, San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum presents the art of Ajuan Mance as part of its ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase. The Mills College professor is known for her vibrant portrait series, '1001 Black Men.'

Rinabeth Apostol's take two: the luck and logistics of back-to-back roles

Rinabeth Apostol's take two: the luck and logistics of back-to-back roles

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 26, 2022

On May 8, Rinabeth Apostol will take her last bow as Alison Bechdel in the 42nd Street Moon production of the Tony-winning musical "Fun Home." Just three nights later, she'll be on stage at the Magic Theatre in "Monument, or Four Sisters (A Sloth Play)."

Ocean Vuong's rainbow afterglow: poet returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

Ocean Vuong's rainbow afterglow: poet returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 26, 2022

One true way to envision Ocean Vuong is as, if not The Survivor, a survivor. His newly released second book of poems was occasioned by the silence that enveloped him after the death of his mother.

Women on the Verge - 'Fefu and Her Friends' at A.C.T.'s Strand

Women on the Verge - 'Fefu and Her Friends' at A.C.T.'s Strand

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 12, 2022

Domineering den mother Fefu dispenses aphorisms like casually tossed grenades in 'Fefu and Her Friends,' Irene Maria Fornes' oblique psychosocial puzzle play, now being mounted in a luxe American Conservatory Theatre production at the Strand Theater.