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'Radiant' - Brad Gooch's expansive biography of artist Keith Haring

'Radiant' - Brad Gooch's expansive biography of artist Keith Haring

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 17, 2024

Visionary pop artist Keith Haring's short, meteoric, glamorous life and career is the subject of a new biography, "Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring," by Brad Gooch.

'Unpacking in P'town' premieres at New Conservatory Theatre Center

'Unpacking in P'town' premieres at New Conservatory Theatre Center

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 12, 2024

Watching "Unpacking in P'town," a New Conservatory Theater Center commission now having its premiere production feels a bit like screening a black-and-white movie that's been colorized.

'Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad' at the Magic Theatre

'Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad' at the Magic Theatre

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 12, 2024

Naima, the 29-year-old protagonist of "Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad," now premiering in a Magic Theatre/Campo Santo co-production extended through March 24, may be depressed and directionless, but she wields a wicked analogy.

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 3 Diverse memoirs, fiction and a Liz Taylor biography

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 3 Diverse memoirs, fiction and a Liz Taylor biography

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 11, 2024

The third installment of our Spring 2024 books roundup includes novels about being queer and sex-positive within a Syrian culture, a few engrossing young adult novels, and an impressive nonfiction title about the life and film legacy of Elizabeth Taylor.

Ashley Ray's 'Ice Cream Money,' and hit podcast tell truths with laughs

Ashley Ray's 'Ice Cream Money,' and hit podcast tell truths with laughs

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Mar 10, 2024

Ashley Ray, the "most famous bisexual solo polyamorous Black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles," continues to inform and entertain with her recently released debut comedy album "Ice Cream Money."

Rosebud Gallery opens; a new space for LGBTQ artists

Rosebud Gallery opens; a new space for LGBTQ artists

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 8, 2024

Rosebud Gallery, a community-focused creative haven created by Shannon Amitin and Cabure Bonugli, opened its doors to the community on March 7 in celebration of art, inclusivity, and the resilient spirit of San Francisco's LGBTQ+ community.

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 2

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 2

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 5, 2024

In the second of our Spring books series, we present several fiction titles by a memoirist and a trans woman that are set to make a splash in the literary world, plus new memoirs, biographies and fiction.

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest'

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest'

  • by Robert Brokl
  • Mar 3, 2024

The two-decade survey of paintings by John Bankston, now at the Rena Bransten Gallery through April 20, features prime examples of the cartoony figurative work that's brought him renown, along with more recent work reflecting shifts in media.

Stephen McCauley's 'You Only Call When You're in Trouble'

Stephen McCauley's 'You Only Call When You're in Trouble'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 2, 2024

Stephen McCauley is a master of the comedy of manners genre. His eighth book, "You Only Call When You're In Trouble," follows a similar template, but is not formulaic, with new shibboleths to slay.

Going Out, Feb. 29-March 8, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 29-March 8, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 29, 2024

We've got the most comprehensive LGBTQ and queer-friendly nightlife info in the Bay, along with dozens of arts events. Check out our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

'Big Data' is a big deal; an ambitious, thrilling world premiere at A.C.T.

'Big Data' is a big deal; an ambitious, thrilling world premiere at A.C.T.

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 27, 2024

"Big Data," the funny, itchy, nerve-jangling new play by Kate Attwell, commissioned by American Conservatory Theatre, now plays in a world premiere production at the company's Toni Rembe Theater.

Russ Lorenson: gay singer's new album, years in the making

Russ Lorenson: gay singer's new album, years in the making

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 27, 2024

"Standard Time: Live in New York" is a live album, recorded at the Metropolitan Room in New York City in October 2008. It's Russ Lorenson's fourth album, and likely his last.

Words: J. M. Redmann and Terry Wolverton: authors discuss lesbian mysteries and thrillers

Words: J. M. Redmann and Terry Wolverton: authors discuss lesbian mysteries and thrillers

  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • Feb 27, 2024

Lesbian mystery and thriller authors have carved out a unique niche within the genre. Authors J.M. Redmann and Terry Wolverton discuss their writing in and outside genre expectations.

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 1

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 1

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 27, 2024

For the first part of our Spring books roundup, we've got an amazing debut by a Southern writer, a welcome return to the "Tales of the City," a drag icon's life story, and a poetically written memoir by a celebrated Black writer.