Arts & Culture

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

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

  • THEATER
  • 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."

Nathalie Lermitte's tribute to Edith Piaf

Nathalie Lermitte's tribute to Edith Piaf

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 31, 2023

Between a summer that brought TayTay and Bey to the Bay and a winter that heralds the latest manifestation of Madonna, yet another gay-favored global superstar headlines the Herbst Theatre on November 6; Edith Piaf, as interpreted by Nathalie Lermitte.

Transgender Film Festival returns: 26 years and going strong

Transgender Film Festival returns: 26 years and going strong

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 31, 2023

For the past quarter of a century, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival has brought stories about the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people to the silver screen.

'Friends,' and a family's 'Fall' — The Lavender Tube on 'House of Usher,' Matthew Perry and more

'Friends,' and a family's 'Fall' — The Lavender Tube on 'House of Usher,' Matthew Perry and more

Could there be a more queer show right now than Netflix's fabulous new iteration of the Edgar Allen Poe classic, "The Fall of the House of Usher?" Also, the death of "Friends" star Matthew Perry, and other new series, are covered.

'The Gilded Age' — Fellowes serves costume drama's second season

'The Gilded Age' — Fellowes serves costume drama's second season

In a continual concern and compassion for the extremely rich, especially the unhappy ones, in our country, HBO MAX's "The Gilded Age" enters its second season as a glamorous soap opera.

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

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

  • BOOKS
  • 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.

Becca Mancari on her new music and a new tour

Becca Mancari on her new music and a new tour

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 31, 2023

In advance of her Nov. 7 concert at Cafe Du Nord, singer-songwriter Becca Mancari discussed the making of her new album, and the many musicians who helped create and produce it.

Going Out, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2023

Going Out, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2023

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 26, 2023

Halloween's on Tuesday, but you know there'll be plenty of creepy costumed fun through this weekend. We also have plenty of arts and nightclub events that are a bit less scary, including our Besties winners and runners-up, this week in Going Out.

John Cameron Mitchell on playing 'Cassette Roulette' with Amber Martin

John Cameron Mitchell on playing 'Cassette Roulette' with Amber Martin

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 24, 2023

John Cameron Mitchell takes to the stage on November 4 at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall with multi-talented singer Amber Martin. The duo will play "Cassette Roulette," a fun night of prepared and audience-request songs performed with their band.

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

  • ART
  • 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

  • THEATER
  • 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.

'The War On Disco' — PBS documentary recalls Disco Demolition Night

'The War On Disco' — PBS documentary recalls Disco Demolition Night

  • MOVIES
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Oct 24, 2023

What cultural conditions lead to a rock shock jock blowing up disco records and starting a riot at a ballpark? "The War on Disco," the PBS documentary, seeks an answer regarding the "Disco Demolition" at Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1979.

Roz Chast: Graphic novelist's dream come true

Roz Chast: Graphic novelist's dream come true

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 24, 2023

Roz Chast's new book, the wonderful "I Must Be Dreaming," is as dreamy as the title suggests. Dedicated "to the Dream District of our brains," Chast shares her own dreams — recurring, lucid, cartoon-idea, and body horror, among others.

'My Animal' — a howling good film

'My Animal' — a howling good film

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 24, 2023

While there are some vague, yet highly stylized, elements in 'My Animal,' there's nothing ambiguous about the way it equates queerness with supernatural otherness.