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Vichet Chum's 'Kween' — playwright's debut novel delights and educates

Vichet Chum's 'Kween' — playwright's debut novel delights and educates

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Nov 14, 2023

"Kween" is the welcome new novel by debut author, playwright and actor Vichet Chum, the Texas-born, Lowell, Massachusetts-bred son of Cambodian immigrants.

Marlena's Birthday at Patricia's Green

Marlena's Birthday at Patricia's Green

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 12, 2023

Friends of Absolute Empress Marlena (aka Gary Mclain) celebrated the 84th birthday of the local icon at Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley on November 12.

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' — Shotgun Players pulls the wig down from the shelf

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' — Shotgun Players pulls the wig down from the shelf

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 7, 2023

As conceived by writer John Cameron Mitchell and composer/lyricist Stephen Trask back in 1997, "Hedwig"— now being presented by Berkeley's Shotgun Players — is intended to feel like a late night in a dive bar, not an evening at the theater.

Tanika Baptiste directs 'Group Therapy' at Theatre Rhino

Tanika Baptiste directs 'Group Therapy' at Theatre Rhino

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 7, 2023

Tis the season for Tanika Baptiste. While performing in the recent SF Playhouse production of 'Nollywood Dreams,' the multi-talent helmed rehearsals of Theatre Rhinoceros' new show, Kheven LaGrone's 'Group Therapy.'

California Festival — new music celebrated in concerts and opera

California Festival — new music celebrated in concerts and opera

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 7, 2023

'California Festival — A Celebration of New Music' is recharging musical institutions throughout the Golden West for two weeks through November 19.

Theyfriend: shining a spotlight on nonbinary performers

Theyfriend: shining a spotlight on nonbinary performers

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 7, 2023

Nonbinary performers will be celebrated from November 14-18 when Diamond Wave, a San Francisco-based queer arts organization, presents the third annual Theyfriend performance festival.

Going Out, Nov. 2-10, 2023

Going Out, Nov. 2-10, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 2, 2023

November in the Bay Area may not burst into colorful fall foliage, but arts and nightlife events continue to add color to our lives. Rake it all in with our Going Out listings.

Show and 'Tell' — dancing towards racial healing

Show and 'Tell' — dancing towards racial healing

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 31, 2023

"Tell," a new interactive dance piece, will, according to creators and choreographers Sarah Crowell and Keith Hennessy, begin a dialogue geared towards racial healing. The shows have been postponed to Dec. 8-10.

NCTC's 'we are continuous' — Ordinary people, extraordinarily wrought

NCTC's 'we are continuous' — Ordinary people, extraordinarily wrought

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 31, 2023

One of the most poignant moments in Harrison David Rivers' autobiographical "we are continuous," is a mother's reaction when her gay adult son, says "You don't have to worry about me."

JD Doyle's '1981: My Gay American Road Trip'

JD Doyle's '1981: My Gay American Road Trip'

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Oct 31, 2023

"1981: My Gay American Road Trip," a journal of music and queer culture historian JD Doyle's cross-country trip to 29 cities in 24 states, shares a bounty of stories from our collective past, including San Francisco's pre-AIDS heyday.

Museums, music & more: Besties arts: a winning year in local culture for 2023

Museums, music & more: Besties arts: a winning year in local culture for 2023

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 24, 2023

From music to dance and theater, our readers have shared their favorites in the Besties once again. Here's what they have to say this go-round in the performing arts.

Theater Briefs: closing soon and coming soon

Theater Briefs: closing soon and coming soon

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 24, 2023

The fall theater season continues at a fast and furious pace, with plenty of openings still to come. Here are a few productions that should be on your radar.

Anne Eekhout's 'Mary and the Birth of Frankenstein'

Anne Eekhout's 'Mary and the Birth of Frankenstein'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 24, 2023

Against the odds, by concentrating on its author, Anne Eekhout's new novel, "Mary and the Birth of Frankenstein" (translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson), makes Mary Shelley's life story more involving than most revisited novels based on classics.

Witch ways: Christine Cunningham Ashworth's 'Scott Cunningham: The Path Taken'

Witch ways: Christine Cunningham Ashworth's 'Scott Cunningham: The Path Taken'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 24, 2023

Written by his younger sister, Christine, this biography of Wiccan trailblazer Scott Cunningham (1956-1993) is a fitting and loving tribute to a queer man who helped usher witchcraft into the mainstream.