Arts & Culture

Going Out, July 6-14, 2023

Going Out, July 6-14, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 6, 2023

From drinks to drag to dinosaurs, we've got nightlife, performing arts and science exhibits to quench your thirst for knowledge, or just a beer.

Cidny Bullens: Meet the trans 'cosmic rock star'

Cidny Bullens: Meet the trans 'cosmic rock star'

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

Cidny Bullens' story is truly one of a kind, beginning with being a backing vocalist for Sir Elton John and continuing through their 2012 transition at the age of 61 as a musician, and now the author of a revealing memoir.

Samantha Irby: 'Quietly Hostile' author on jokes, pandemic dogs and Dave Matthews

Samantha Irby: 'Quietly Hostile' author on jokes, pandemic dogs and Dave Matthews

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

The best part about reading a book by Lammy Award-winning queer humor essayist Samantha Irby, including her new one, "Quietly Hostile," is the way she makes you laugh out loud.

'Out of Character' at Berkeley Rep: Ari'el Stachel's frankly unfinished yet fascinating story

'Out of Character' at Berkeley Rep: Ari'el Stachel's frankly unfinished yet fascinating story

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2023

Ari'el Stachel reveals much about himself in "Out of Character," his one-man theatrical memoir, directed by Tony Taccone in its debut production at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

'Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York'

'Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York'

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 4, 2023

The frightening true-life tale of a series of anti-gay murders is the subject of "Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York," a new four-part documentary on HBO.

'Joy Ride' is a trip

'Joy Ride' is a trip

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

The best way to describe "Joy Ride" is as a good and bad 'trip gone wrong' copycat that gets off to a great start, lags a bit, and then surprises us with scenes that are alternately outrageous and heartbreaking.

Alice Winn's 'In Memoriam' - The soldiers' tale

Alice Winn's 'In Memoriam' - The soldiers' tale

  • BOOKS
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 4, 2023

With her debut novel, "In Memoriam," screenwriter Alice Winn joins the ranks of the finest war writers this side of Homer and Heller.

The wild ride of Jinwoo Chong's 'Flux'

The wild ride of Jinwoo Chong's 'Flux'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 4, 2023

Jinwoo Chong's new futuristic debut novel is like no other book you've ever read. Written in the tech thriller genre, it is a masterful example of what just may be the literature of the future.

Going Out, June 29-July 7, 2023

Going Out, June 29-July 7, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 29, 2023

Are you exhausted? Got the post-Pride blues? Relax with some cool art exhibits, fun theatrical shows, or sip a beverage at your favorite bar.

Vive la différence! — Queer actors of color in "Les Misérables" at the Orpheum

Vive la différence! — Queer actors of color in "Les Misérables" at the Orpheum

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 27, 2023

Haley Dortch plays Fantine in the latest touring production of "Les Miserables," which opens at the Orpheum Theater on July 5. Christine Heesun Hwang is also in the cast, playing Éponine.

Atomic Comic: Sara Toby Moore's 'human cartoon fantasia'

Atomic Comic: Sara Toby Moore's 'human cartoon fantasia'

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 27, 2023

Sara Toby Moore is the writer and star of "Atomic Comic: a Human Cartoon Fantasia," which will perform at Z Space from June 30 through July 8. It's a show rife with humor while dealing with some very serious topics.

Ivo Dimchev: gay singer/songwriter's Bulgarian rhapsodies

Ivo Dimchev: gay singer/songwriter's Bulgarian rhapsodies

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 27, 2023

Ivo Dimchev, an openly gay HIV-positive performer who hails from Bulgaria, stands his ground in his music and performances, proudly letting the world know exactly who he is.

Glam, girls: The Lavender Tube on 'And Just Like That,' 'Glamorous' and more

Glam, girls: The Lavender Tube on 'And Just Like That,' 'Glamorous' and more

As Pride moves seamlessly into the Independence Day holiday, political storms keep brewing, but we can also take a breath and relax with some queer TV.

Author Jonathan Harper on belonging

Author Jonathan Harper on belonging

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 27, 2023

Jonathan Harper is good at luring and lulling readers. In his debut novel "You Don't Belong Here," the queer writer sets the stage with protagonist Morris, a bisexual writer from the DC area, and an unexpected encounter.