Arts & Culture

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest'

John Bankston's '20 Years in the Rainbow Forest'

  • ART
  • by Robert Brokl
  • Mar 3, 2024

The two-decade survey of paintings by John Bankston, now at the Rena Bransten Gallery through April 20, features prime examples of the cartoony figurative work that's brought him renown, along with more recent work reflecting shifts in media.

Stephen McCauley's 'You Only Call When You're in Trouble'

Stephen McCauley's 'You Only Call When You're in Trouble'

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 2, 2024

Stephen McCauley is a master of the comedy of manners genre. His eighth book, "You Only Call When You're In Trouble," follows a similar template, but is not formulaic, with new shibboleths to slay.

Madonna's 'Celebration' tour rocks the Chase Center

Madonna's 'Celebration' tour rocks the Chase Center

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 29, 2024

"The most controversial thing I've done is to stick around," says Madonna in a recorded segment from the dizzying array of montages that document her 40-year career in her Celebration Tour, which dazzled audiences at two sold-out Chase Center concerts.

Going Out, Feb. 29-March 8, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 29-March 8, 2024

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 29, 2024

We've got the most comprehensive LGBTQ and queer-friendly nightlife info in the Bay, along with dozens of arts events. Check out our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

'Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge' in Berkeley

'Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge' in Berkeley

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 27, 2024

"I have a lot in common with James Baldwin," says Greig Sargeant, who portrays the author and activist in "Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge," a work he conceived and will perform as part of the Cal Performances series in Berkeley.

Kayla Farrish's 'Put Away the Fire, dear' reclaims Black cinematic depiction

Kayla Farrish's 'Put Away the Fire, dear' reclaims Black cinematic depiction

  • DANCE
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 27, 2024

In San Francisco, the city often used as a setting in film noir, a new reinterpretation of Black people in cinema will be explored in Kayla Farrish's "Put Away the Fire, dear," an evening-length work at ODC Theater March 8-10.

'Drifter' — Pat Rocco's 1974 bisexual hustler film rereleased

'Drifter' — Pat Rocco's 1974 bisexual hustler film rereleased

Newly available on Blu-ray and including special features such as four of Pat Rocco's short films, as well as audio commentary by film historian Finley Freibert, the classically low-budget "Drifter" may finally find an audience.

Words: J. M. Redmann and Terry Wolverton: authors discuss lesbian mysteries and thrillers

Words: J. M. Redmann and Terry Wolverton: authors discuss lesbian mysteries and thrillers

  • BOOKS
  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • Feb 27, 2024

Lesbian mystery and thriller authors have carved out a unique niche within the genre. Authors J.M. Redmann and Terry Wolverton discuss their writing in and outside genre expectations.

Russ Lorenson: gay singer's new album, years in the making

Russ Lorenson: gay singer's new album, years in the making

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 27, 2024

"Standard Time: Live in New York" is a live album, recorded at the Metropolitan Room in New York City in October 2008. It's Russ Lorenson's fourth album, and likely his last.

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 1

Spring books 2024 roundup, part 1

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 27, 2024

For the first part of our Spring books roundup, we've got an amazing debut by a Southern writer, a welcome return to the "Tales of the City," a drag icon's life story, and a poetically written memoir by a celebrated Black writer.

Going Out, Feb. 22-March 1, 2024

Going Out, Feb. 22-March 1, 2024

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 22, 2024

The play's the thing, but so is the music, the dance, the painting, the bartender and the drag queen. We've got it all, and all the world's a stage. Check our online listings, this week and every week in Going Out.

'The New Look' — Dior vs Chanel miniseries' wardrobe malfunction

'The New Look' — Dior vs Chanel miniseries' wardrobe malfunction

"The New Look" chronicles how Paris reclaimed its title as the capital of haute couture, launching modern fashion by dueling designers Christian Dior and Coco Chanel after the disastrous World War II Nazi occupation.

Maurice Vellekoop: graphic memoirist's 'I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together'

Maurice Vellekoop: graphic memoirist's 'I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together'

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 20, 2024

Maurice Vellekoop's marvelous graphic memoir "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together," out this month, is a perfect addition to the genre of illustrated books about queer lives.

Caleb Nichols: queer musician brings indie rock to SF Noise Pop Festival

Caleb Nichols: queer musician brings indie rock to SF Noise Pop Festival

  • MUSIC
  • by J.L. Odom
  • Feb 20, 2024

Singer-songwriter Caleb Nichols, from San Luis Obispo, who's queer and nonbinary, will take the stage at Kilowatt Bar on February 29 as part of the SF Noise Pop Festival.