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Carly Ozard: singer launches monthly shows at Martuni's
New operas for the new year; 'Everest' and 'Prospero'

New operas for the new year; 'Everest' and 'Prospero'

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 24, 2023

Two new opera productions from groundbreaking creators are coming to San Francisco in February and March. Collaborations between a veritable Who's Who of contemporary artists give encouraging evidence of the state of the art.

Donna McKechnie: Broadway legend sings Sondheim at Feinstein's

Donna McKechnie: Broadway legend sings Sondheim at Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 17, 2023

Donna McKechnie, best known for originating, and winning a Tony for, the role of Cassie in "A Chorus Line," will honor her late colleague in her solo show, "Take Me To The World: the Songs of Stephen Sondheim," at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Jan. 19 & 20.

Marshall Forte at Lyon & Swan: two sensational debuts

Marshall Forte at Lyon & Swan: two sensational debuts

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 17, 2023

Marshall Forte, a lightning bolt of charisma and musicality who, debuted as Lola in Ray of Light Theatre's production of "Kinky Boots," is now setting off sparks with his own cabaret act, "Hello My Name Is Marshall" at the new supper club Lyon & Swan.

Dalida - European superstar singer; the first gay icon?

Dalida - European superstar singer; the first gay icon?

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 17, 2023

With over 170 million records sold worldwide, Dalida was a pop music sensation in the 1980s. Yet she remains almost unheard of in the English-speaking world.

Crossing genres: new country & jazz recordings, and local gigs

Crossing genres: new country & jazz recordings, and local gigs

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 17, 2023

While it's true that country and jazz have come a long way in recent years, the number of successful and popular out artists in those genres pales in comparison to others. Here are a few notable acts, some who'll soon perform in the Bay Area.

Jason Gotay goes cabaret: 'Gossip Girl' and 'Spider-Man' star gets musically vulnerable

Jason Gotay goes cabaret: 'Gossip Girl' and 'Spider-Man' star gets musically vulnerable

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 10, 2023

Broadway and TV actor-singer Jason Gotay makes his San Francisco debut at Feinstein's at the Nikko this weekend on January 13 and 14. His new concert shares some intimate moments from his life.

'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' - Whitney Houston biopic's ups and downs

'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' - Whitney Houston biopic's ups and downs

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 3, 2023

"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" strives to be a triumphant celebration of the very special person that was Whitney Houston. So many things about the film are wonderful, including a magnificent all-star cast, but ultimately it does not deliver.

Because of a song: Holly Near celebrates Oakland's women's music scene with new online archive

Because of a song: Holly Near celebrates Oakland's women's music scene with new online archive

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 3, 2023

Women's music legend Holly Near called the music made by women musicians in the 1970s a lifeline. A new website documents the contributions of hundreds of women artists.

Embracing the past: more classic music reissues

Embracing the past: more classic music reissues

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 27, 2022

Don't be afraid of the past. Yours or anyone else's. It will always be there, and you can pretend it doesn't exist, but it's still there, nevertheless. One way to make peace with the past is to listen to it.

'As You Like It' - SF Playhouse's gender-fluid frolic

'As You Like It' - SF Playhouse's gender-fluid frolic

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 20, 2022

Shaina Taub, whose similarly contemporized '12th Night' delighted on this same stage last year, exhibits a topiarist's care in trimming and reshaping Shakespeare's original script.

Singer-songwriter Jim Andralis 'Can't Stop Trying'

Singer-songwriter Jim Andralis 'Can't Stop Trying'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 20, 2022

From his debut album "Your Dying Wish Come True" to his just released new full-length "I Can't Stop Trying," Jim Andralis' music features emotive vocals and his effortless gift for a turn of a phrase.

The gift of music: classics reissued

The gift of music: classics reissued

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 20, 2022

With the winter holiday season rapidly wrapping up, you may be considering a last-minute yet appreciated gift. Music is always a popular and appreciated present, including some recent exciting reissues.

Meredith Monk's 'The Recordings'- 13-CD set documents four decades

Meredith Monk's 'The Recordings'- 13-CD set documents four decades

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 13, 2022

One of the quiet revelations of "Meredith Monk: The Recordings" (ECM New Series) is that Monk herself confides that it was Janis Joplin who set her —and her voice— free. The 13-CD set chronicles the thrust of her expansive career.

Ruthie Foster: singer-songwriter on her 'Healing Time'

Ruthie Foster: singer-songwriter on her 'Healing Time'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 9, 2022

You know that feeling when you hear a singer's voice and it enters your soul, becomes a part of your very being. That's what happens when out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster sings.