Arts & Culture

'Michael' — early gay film was ahead of its time

'Michael' — early gay film was ahead of its time

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 20, 2024

Originally released in 1924, Carl Theodor Dreyer's "Michael" was a film that was quite different from what audiences of the time were used to. "Michael" is about a gay artist who loses his young male lover to a gold-digging woman.

Josh Fernandez's 'The Hands that Crafted the Bomb'

Josh Fernandez's 'The Hands that Crafted the Bomb'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Feb 20, 2024

Josh Fernandez is a multi-talented man with an artist's eye. His first book, "The Hands That Crafted the Bomb," released this week by PM Press, is a fascinating memoir.

Going Out, Feb. 15-23, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 15-23, 2024

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 14, 2024

Arts, music, theater, plus drag, DJs and dancers. That's our 100+ events for you in a nutshell. Check our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

Quintessentially, quixotically queer: Taylor Mac brings "Bark of Millions" to Berkeley

Quintessentially, quixotically queer: Taylor Mac brings "Bark of Millions" to Berkeley

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 13, 2024

Is Taylor Mac's "Bark of Millions," making its west coast debut in a Cal Performances presentation, a pop concert? A drag show? Rock opera? Political theater? It's sll of the above, and then some.

'Capote vs. The Swans' Truman's deadly crash landing from high society

'Capote vs. The Swans' Truman's deadly crash landing from high society

"Capote's Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal and the Swan Song of an Era" by Lawrence Leamer, is the basis for the Ryan Murphy anthology series "Feud: Capote vs. The Swans," which premiered on FX and is now streaming on Hulu.

Turned-on town: Damon Scott's 'The City Aroused: Queer Places and Urban Development in Postwar San Francisco'

Turned-on town: Damon Scott's 'The City Aroused: Queer Places and Urban Development in Postwar San Francisco'

  • CULTURE
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Feb 13, 2024

"The City Aroused: Queer Places and Urban Development in Postwar San Francisco" is the perfect introduction to a tale of maritime workers, labor unions and the building of a sexual subculture that has its roots in the city before World War II.

'Sqream,' Queens! Immersive horror parody coming to Oasis

'Sqream,' Queens! Immersive horror parody coming to Oasis

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 13, 2024

Look out for Ghost Face! "Sqream: A '90s Musical Drag Parody," comes to Oasis on February 14. This will be an immersive show, meaning that the cast will be performing all over the club, mixing in with the audience.

Hot tunes for cooler temps

Hot tunes for cooler temps

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 13, 2024

Cuddle up next to your stereo, or just plug in your Spotify or iTunes, and enjoy some songs written, in most examples, by, for, and about us. Sample new music from Scott Free, Rachel Garlin, Cidny Bullens, Jeffrey Martin, Debby Friday and Chai.

'I.S.S.' - In space no one can hear you scream

'I.S.S.' - In space no one can hear you scream

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 13, 2024

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Nick Shafir's screenplay is set in the near (and not totally improbable) future. "I.S.S." takes place aboard the International Space Station research facility.

'Hundreds of Beavers' — slapstick comedy's snowy silliness

'Hundreds of Beavers' — slapstick comedy's snowy silliness

  • MOVIES
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 13, 2024

Set in the wintry Wisconsin wilderness, "Hundreds of Beavers" recalls the early silent film comedies of Buster Keaton with a hint of Wile E. Coyote. Amid its national tour, the wacky film screens at the Balboa Theatre beginning February 23.

'Rescuing Morgan' — true tale of a gay couple and their dog

'Rescuing Morgan' — true tale of a gay couple and their dog

  • BOOKS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 13, 2024

"Rescuing Morgan," the new self-published book by Dan Perdios, is short and sweet. Clocking in at 155 pages, it tells the story of Perdios and his husband's relationship with Morgan, an abused golden retriever they rescued.

Going Out, Feb. 8-16, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 8-16, 2024

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 8, 2024

Whether you're full of love for Valentine's Day or happily single, you can mingle amidst great art, dance, music and nightlife fun. Check our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring' reborn

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring' reborn

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • Feb 6, 2024

The riotous premiere of "The Rite of Spring" in 1913 Paris is something of a legend. An iconic interpreter of this seminal music was German choreographer Pina Bausch. Her stunning dance's new production tour includes UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.

Pride in Panels: queer comic books to be celebrated at SF's main library

Pride in Panels: queer comic books to be celebrated at SF's main library

  • ART
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 6, 2024

On Sunday February 18 San Francisco's main library will celebrate queer comic books with an exhibition to remember. Titled "Pride in Panels: SF Queer Comics Fest," the afternoon will bring together scores of queer comic book creators.