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Martin Sherman: the acclaimed playwright discusses his new and classic works

Martin Sherman: the acclaimed playwright discusses his new and classic works

  • by Tim Miller
  • Nov 30, 2021

In advance of the local premiere of his new play 'Gently Down the Stream,' prolific playwright Martin Sherman discusses 'the full heat of queer and Jewish identity' in his writing with performer and author Tim Miller.

New views of Oscar Wilde

New views of Oscar Wilde

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 30, 2021

Will we ever catch up to the genius of Oscar Wilde? Two new books, an expansive biography, and the letters the author wrote to Lord Alfred Douglas, offer new discoveries.

Family forays on stage: Berkeley Rep's 'Wintertime' — Aurora Theatre's 'Father/Daughter'

Family forays on stage: Berkeley Rep's 'Wintertime' — Aurora Theatre's 'Father/Daughter'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 23, 2021

Berkeley Rep's giddy show, Charles Mee's comic 'Wintertime,' takes on a home-for-the-holidays extended family gathering. Aurora Theatre offers the world premiere of Kait Kerrigan's Father/Daughter, about parents and children's connections.

Igor Levit performs Shostakovich's 'Passacaglia on DSCH' in 3-CD set

Igor Levit performs Shostakovich's 'Passacaglia on DSCH' in 3-CD set

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 23, 2021

Pianist extraordinaire Igor Levit has made new recordings of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, and Ronald Stevenson's towering Shostakovich tribute: the Passacaglia on DSCH.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 17, 2021

Beefcake, Banksy, bears and Buffy! As more theaters, museums and nightclubs expand their in-person events, you can enjoy more thought-provoking art, or escapist fun; your choice.

Art as a cause: John R. Killacky's book of essays

Art as a cause: John R. Killacky's book of essays

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 15, 2021

In his concise collection of essays and interviews, John R. Killacky's book offers behind-the-scenes perspectives on his decades of arts administration, and his own struggle to deal with physical limitations.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2001's tragedies, tallies, tittilation

50 years in 50 weeks: 2001's tragedies, tallies, tittilation

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 4, 2021

Before and after 9/11, the Arts section's attitude seemed to be, "Keep Calm and carry on." The November 22 issue offers an overview of the arts highlights in a year stuck in amber by the catch phrase, "Never Forget," but one some would prefer to.

Personal pieces: Drew Pisarra's 'You're Pretty Gay'

Personal pieces: Drew Pisarra's 'You're Pretty Gay'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 2, 2021

In queer author and poet Drew Pisarra's second collection of short stories, he really wants you to know all about his feelings, his life, his history, and every nuance in between.

Music for a new century: Mark Adamo concerts at Bay Area venues

Music for a new century: Mark Adamo concerts at Bay Area venues

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 28, 2021

Live classical and contemporary music concerts are back. New Century Chamber Orchestra continues its season with a program featuring American contemporary works, including the world premiere of gay composer Mark Adamo's 'Last Year.'

Seventh B.A.R. Talk to focus on local politics

Seventh B.A.R. Talk to focus on local politics

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 22, 2021

Politics through five decades of Bay Area Reporter coverage will be discussed by an esteemed panel of local officials, with Assistant News Editor and politics columnist Matthew S. Bajko, on Thursday, November 4.

Schlomer Haus art gallery opens in the Castro

Schlomer Haus art gallery opens in the Castro

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 20, 2021

A new art gallery kicks off its opening on October 26 with the work of six different artists. The gay couple who own Schlomer Haus Gallery, located in the Castro/Duboce district, hopes to draw art fans from all over.

Pajtim Statovci's 'Bolla'- Depredations of love and war

Pajtim Statovci's 'Bolla'- Depredations of love and war

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 12, 2021

Pajtim Statovci's unlikely success with his first three novels may have had more to do with their subjects' being au courante than with the author's staggering literary genius. In his latest, he adds the depredations of love and war.

Going Out, Homing's In Sept. 9-17, 2021

Going Out, Homing's In Sept. 9-17, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 9, 2021

Enjoy sly comics, super music, divas in drag or marvy museums. Arts and nightlife events await your attendance.

50 years in 50 weeks: The Sisters' hood in 1993

50 years in 50 weeks: The Sisters' hood in 1993

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 8, 2021

Perhaps the most visually striking lead Arts feature of 1993 showcased the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Tim Farrell interviewed members of the drag nun collective who were banned from the March on Washington stage.