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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.

Going Out, Dec. 21-29, 2023

Going Out, Dec. 21-29, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 20, 2023

While many of our readers may be out of town for the holidays, we've still got plenty of local arts and nightlife events. Unwrap Going Out, our weekly listings, online this and every week.

SF Gay Men's Chorus returns for Castro Christmas Eve show

SF Gay Men's Chorus returns for Castro Christmas Eve show

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 20, 2023

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will perform at the Castro Theatre for its annual Christmas Eve show — the last time it will be at the venue before extensive renovations begin next year.

Last-minute gift guide: local specialties and queer creations

Last-minute gift guide: local specialties and queer creations

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 19, 2023

It's not too late to go to a local small business or jump online and order presents that will arrive in time for Christmas. Here's a selection of unique gifts that will provide memorable experiences at the table, on the town and even on your television.

'Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg'

'Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Dec 19, 2023

Personal photos, clippings, ephemera and anecdotes from notable friends fill the expansive "Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg," compiled by Pat Thomas.

'Ruthless!' NCTC musical comedy's dressed to kill

'Ruthless!' NCTC musical comedy's dressed to kill

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 12, 2023

When the curtain rises on NCTC's camptastic, "Ruthless," even the most jaded audience members will find their outlook involuntarily brightened by the production's screaming unmellow zonker of color-coordinated design.

Matt Rogers brings Christmas to the Castro

Matt Rogers brings Christmas to the Castro

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2023

Comedian Matt Rogers, who headlines the Castro Theatre on December 20, is known for his comic skills. Now he's gone full pop star mode, recording a slickly produced yet dryly witty album, "Have You Heard of Christmas?"

'Guys and Dolls' at SF Playhouse

'Guys and Dolls' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2023

San Francisco Playhouse's amiably diverting production of "Guys and Dolls" may well succeed at bringing a warm, fuzzy feeling to fans of the Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows chestnut. A reinvention includes some deft gender-switching casting.

'The Bars Are Ours' — Celebrating the spirit of bars and community spaces

'The Bars Are Ours' — Celebrating the spirit of bars and community spaces

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 5, 2023

Lucas Hilderbrand seeks to redress the notion that in the early days, queer culture only happened at places like The Black Cat in North Beach and the Stonewall Bar in New York by introducing us to bars throughout the country.

Robert Glück's 'About Ed'

Robert Glück's 'About Ed'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 5, 2023

Captivating and bittersweet, local San Francisco poet and author Robert Glück has written a poignant and multifaceted tribute to his friend and distinguished painter Ed Aulerich-Sugai, whom he first met in 1970 as they became lovers and life partners.

Fariha Róisín's 'Survival Takes a Wild Imagination' — on being Queer and Muslim

Fariha Róisín's 'Survival Takes a Wild Imagination' — on being Queer and Muslim

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Dec 4, 2023

Poet, cultural critic and multidisciplinary artist Fariha Róisín (pronounced 'roh-zhin') has written a powerful collection of poems in "Survival Takes a Wild Imagination," her second book of poetry.

Going Out, Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2023

Going Out, Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 30, 2023

From holiday choral concerts to fierce drag queens, we've got another diverse batch of arts and nightlife events, this week and every week.

The unscripted self: Billy Crudup in Berkeley Rep's 'Harry Clarke'

The unscripted self: Billy Crudup in Berkeley Rep's 'Harry Clarke'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 28, 2023

"Why would anyone read reviews?!" asks the brash title character of David Cale's funny, brainy one-actor play "Harry Clarke," now at the Berkeley Rep. "Surprise me!"