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Victor Heringer's 'The Love of Singular Men'

Victor Heringer's 'The Love of Singular Men'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 23, 2024

You'll know before the first sentence has run its course whether Victor Heringer's final novel, "The Love of Singular Men" (New Directions), is for you. It opens with a creation story, unless, that is, it's a desecration story.

Going Out, Jan. 18-26, 2024

Going Out, Jan. 18-26, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 17, 2024

Winter might be a hibernating season for some, but we've got arts and nightlife events that are guaranteed to wake you up, this week and every week in Going Out.

'Two Dykes and a Mic' — podcasters McKenzie Goodwin & Rachel Scanlon serve up laughs and life lessons

'Two Dykes and a Mic' — podcasters McKenzie Goodwin & Rachel Scanlon serve up laughs and life lessons

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 16, 2024

"Two Dykes and a Mic" is the hit podcast created by stand-up comedians and platonic best friends McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon, who share their magnetic chemistry, quick wit and unique perspectives.

Michael Tilson Thomas' milestones and Mahler

Michael Tilson Thomas' milestones and Mahler

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 16, 2024

Michael Tilson Thomas returns as Music Director Laureate Jan. 25-27 to lead his final subscription concerts with the San Francisco Sympat Davies Symphony Hall. The program is devoted to Mahler, this time the composer's ecstatic Fifth Symphony.

Author Michael Cunningham sees the light of 'Day'

Author Michael Cunningham sees the light of 'Day'

  • by Brian Brmberger
  • Jan 16, 2024

Michael Cunningham figures out the pandemic's implications for our lives in his new book, "Day: A Novel," his first since "The Snow Queen" (2014). It's his best work since his now classic novel, "The Hours" (1998).

'Babes in Ho-lland'  Shotgun Players stages Deneen Reynolds-Knott's love story

'Babes in Ho-lland' Shotgun Players stages Deneen Reynolds-Knott's love story

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 9, 2024

Until recently, it hadn't occurred to me that it could be fraught to describe something as "gentle." But playwright Deneen Reynolds-Knott's lovely coming-of-age romance "Babes in Ho-lland," is just that; gentle.

K. Allison Hammer's 'Masculinity in Transition'

K. Allison Hammer's 'Masculinity in Transition'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 9, 2024

In this current moment in history, K. Allison Hammer's new academic tome "Masculinity in Transition" provides, a "vision of gender justice in a time of selective care and empathy."

Martin Duberman on drawing 'The Line of Dissent'

Martin Duberman on drawing 'The Line of Dissent'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 9, 2024

Gay writer and historian Martin Duberman is the very definition of a living legend. His latest book, "The Line of Dissent: Gay Outsiders and the Shaping of History," out this month, compiles a dozen essays with prominent and lesser-known LGBTQ people.

Finding David Bowie's queer roots

Finding David Bowie's queer roots

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 8, 2024

David Bowie introduced alternative sexuality and caught people's attention before many knew about Stonewall. But where and when did his exposure to queer culture happen? Two recent books explore the gay London music scene of the 1960s and '70s.

Joey Vice: dancer-acrobat's the new sly Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza'

Joey Vice: dancer-acrobat's the new sly Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 2, 2024

Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza," opening Jan. 17, features two characters: The Innocent, a naïve young man, and The Trickster, a magical mentor who escorts him on a journey of discovery. Dancer-acrobat Joey Vice shares his experience as the new Trickster.

Words: Emanuel Xavier and Cheryl Boyce Taylor: two poets in conversation

Words: Emanuel Xavier and Cheryl Boyce Taylor: two poets in conversation

  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • Jan 2, 2024

Our new literary columnist shares a conversation between acclaimed poets Emanuel Xavier ("Love(ly) Child") and Cheryl Boyce Taylor ("The Limitless Heart: New and Selected Poems 1997-2022").

Andrew Holleran on 'Dancer From the Dance' reissue

Andrew Holleran on 'Dancer From the Dance' reissue

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 2, 2024

In late 2023, following the 2022 publication of "The Kingdom of Sand," Andrew Holleran's fifth work of fiction, his classic novel "Dancer From The Dance" was reissued in a new paperback edition.

New discs reconfigure French music classics

New discs reconfigure French music classics

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 26, 2023

Leo Delibes' "Lakme," Camille Saint-Saens' "Symphonic Poems" and "The Carnival of the Animals," and Francis Poulenc's "Stabat Mater" are among the new recordings of works by French composers.

Year-end honorable mentions in books

Year-end honorable mentions in books

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 26, 2023

As 2023 wraps up, there are a few notable books publishing at the tail end of the year, and a few more emerging just as the rainbow wrapping on 2024 is ripped away.