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'Martyr!' - Kaveh Akbar's poetic meltdown saga

'Martyr!' - Kaveh Akbar's poetic meltdown saga

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 6, 2024

Perhaps the only way one can find purpose in life and avoid meaninglessness is to author one's own story, or so asserts Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar in his wondrous, incandescent new novel "Martyr!"

Going Out, May 2-10, 2024

Going Out, May 2-10, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano, Arts Editor
  • May 2, 2024

From delicate dances to robust theatrics, Bay Area arts and nightlife events spring forth, including the queer rock cover band GayC/DC, who perform at The Ivy Room in Albany on May 3. Rock on with plenty more events in Going Out.

Artist grant recipients announced; film fests, theater submissions open

Artist grant recipients announced; film fests, theater submissions open

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 29, 2024

The winners of La Asamblea's Pa'lante Artist Grant Program have been announced by Kimzin Creative. Also, two film festivals and a theater company announced calls for submission.

Words: savoring Saints & Sinners: Gerard Cabrera on the LGBTQ literary festival

Words: savoring Saints & Sinners: Gerard Cabrera on the LGBTQ literary festival

  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • Apr 28, 2024

At the 2024 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans, writer Gerard Cabrera had the opportunity to immerse himself in a vibrant and diverse community of writers and readers.

Going Out, April 25-May 3, 2024

Going Out, April 25-May 3, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 25, 2024

Some really big shows are coming up in theater, dance, music and the visual arts. But probably nothing is as big as the giant sheep DJ art car, aka BAAAHS, that'll be at the April 28 Leather District block party. See plenty more events in Going Out.

Stephen Mark Lukas: the 'Funny Girl' guy - classic musical arrives at the Orpheum

Stephen Mark Lukas: the 'Funny Girl' guy - classic musical arrives at the Orpheum

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 23, 2024

Actor Stepen Mark Lukas — who stars as Fanny Brice's suave-to-a-fault gambler husband, Nicky Arnstein on the current tour of "Funny Girl," talks about his various experiences performing with six actresses, including his current co-star Katerina McCrimmon.

Xiangqi Chen's 'Out Museum' at 41 Ross

Xiangqi Chen's 'Out Museum' at 41 Ross

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 23, 2024

Nearly 100 people came out to the opening reception of "Out Museum: A Chinese Queer Museum" exhibit on April 12. The "Chinese queer museum prototype" by lesbian Chinese artist Xiangqi Chen opened at 41 Ross Alley art studio in the historic Chinatown.

Dance moves: Amy Seiwert on becoming the new artistic director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet

Dance moves: Amy Seiwert on becoming the new artistic director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Apr 22, 2024

As Smuin Contemporary Ballet approaches the conclusion of its ambitious 30th anniversary season, Celia Fushille prepares to step down after 17 years as Artistic Director and turn the leadership of Smuin Ballet over to choreographer Amy Seiwert.

Going Out, April 18-26, 2024

Going Out, April 18-26, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 18, 2024

What's black and white and read all over? Our arts and nightlife listings! Check it out this week and every week in Going Out.

'The Tutor' - passion play's penetrating perspectives at NCTC

'The Tutor' - passion play's penetrating perspectives at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 16, 2024

"The Tutor," Torange Yeghiazarian's hardly mellow drama, commissioned by New Conservatory Theater Center, plays with a love triangle as sharp and spiky as the dagger-like points on a backgammon board.

'Japanese Prints in Transition' - classics and contemporaries at the Legion of Honor

'Japanese Prints in Transition' - classics and contemporaries at the Legion of Honor

  • by Robert Brokl
  • Apr 16, 2024

The lavish new exhibit, "Japanese Prints in Transition," at the Legion of Honor, is as welcome as spring. The exhibit spans the earliest prints to works by artists competing with photography in the early 20th century, plus contemporary works.

'Forever Plaid' - pitch-perfect melodies from beyond the grave

'Forever Plaid' - pitch-perfect melodies from beyond the grave

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 16, 2024

A show that begins with the deaths of its lead characters might not seem like a fun evening at the theater, but that's exactly how "Forever Plaid" begins. 42nd Street Moon will stage a revival of the 1989 play at the Gateway Theater.

National Poetry Month LGBTQ reading list

National Poetry Month LGBTQ reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 16, 2024

To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, April (aka National Poetry Month), is the queerest month. There are so many books from which to choose before April's end, here are nine selections, including books by Richard Blanco, Kim Roberts and Emanuel Xavier.

'Kristina Wong: Sweatshop Overlord' — an inspiring agit-pop monologue at the Strand

'Kristina Wong: Sweatshop Overlord' — an inspiring agit-pop monologue at the Strand

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 9, 2024

In "Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord," the titular, jocular, Inner Sunset-raised performance artist's latest solo show, now playing at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater, that short hop back to the pandemic years feels shockingly epochal.