Arts & Culture

'Archie' miniseries explores the life of film icon Cary Grant

'Archie' miniseries explores the life of film icon Cary Grant

"I'm not Cary Grant. But he wasn't Cary Grant, either. That's the point," said self-deprecating actor Jason Isaacs, who aces his role as Cary Grant.

2023's six best LGBTQ albums

2023's six best LGBTQ albums

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 12, 2023

When it comes time to compile a "best of" list for the year, it's a relatively simple process. Our music writer shares his top six favorites, including Jakes Shears, Man on Man, Meshell Ndegeocello and others.

Going Out, Dec. 7-15, 2023

Going Out, Dec. 7-15, 2023

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 7, 2023

Oh, what fun we'll have, probably not in a one-horse open sleigh; more likely in a driver-less Waymo cab. Either way, arts and nightlife events await you in Going Out, this week and every week.

Matt Rogers brings Christmas to the Castro

Matt Rogers brings Christmas to the Castro

  • THEATER
  • 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

  • THEATER
  • 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.

Dance-Along Nutcracker's 'Nutmare before Christmas'

Dance-Along Nutcracker's 'Nutmare before Christmas'

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 5, 2023

Since 1985 the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band has presented the "Dance-Along Nutcracker." This year the Christmas spectacular will hearken back to Halloween when they present "Dance-Along Nutcracker 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas."

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 5, 2023

After a hiatus of several years, Lisa Geduldig's ever-popular Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, a Christmas tradition in San Francisco, is back in Chinatown. The show will take place on Saturday December 23 through Monday December 25.

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

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

  • BOOKS
  • 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'

  • BOOKS
  • 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.

Calling queer comic artists: Pride in Panels seeks exhibitors

Calling queer comic artists: Pride in Panels seeks exhibitors

  • ART
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 4, 2023

We're drawn to queer comics, and the upcoming inaugural Pride In Panels: SF Queer Comics Festival will certainly draw plenty of artists and fans. The organizers are actively seeking participants at the free event in February.

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

  • BOOKS
  • 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

  • CULTURE
  • 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 Golden Girls Live!' lives on: D'Arcy Drollinger and Coco Peru carry the torch

'The Golden Girls Live!' lives on: D'Arcy Drollinger and Coco Peru carry the torch

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 28, 2023

The ever-popular drag parody performances of Christmas episodes of "The Golden Girls" returns. D'Arcy Drollinger shared what it's like to become the character Rose, as did Miss Coco Peru, who replaces the late Heklina as Dorothy.

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 28, 2023

From classical music and dance, to campy classics featuring your favorite drag performers, there's something on stages across the Bay Area to bring joy and inspiration to your holiday season.