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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.

The Mario 101: Sean Patrick Murtagh pays homage to Mario Lanza at Martuni's

The Mario 101: Sean Patrick Murtagh pays homage to Mario Lanza at Martuni's

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 6, 2022

Former San Franciscan Sean Patrick Murtagh offers an impressive debut CD with "The Mario 101," an homage to the great Hollywood tenor Mario Lanza. He'll return to San Francisco for concerts at Martuni's Dec. 18 & 20.

One Night Only @ Strand Theater

One Night Only @ Strand Theater

  • by photos by Steven Underhill
  • Nov 29, 2022

The cast of the Broadway touring company of "Ain't Too Proud" and special guest Paula West filled A.C.T.'s Strand Theater with soulful jazzy music on November 28 at the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation's first live benefit concert in three years.

A kiki with Herb: Kenny Mellman on breaking up and reuniting with Justin Vivian Bond

A kiki with Herb: Kenny Mellman on breaking up and reuniting with Justin Vivian Bond

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 29, 2022

"In retrospect, it had to be a violent end," says Kenny Mellman, recalling the demise of "Kiki and Herb" back in 2007, not long after the locally-formed twosome's last San Francisco performance. They've now reunited for a holiday-themed tour.

It's Judy for Xmas with Connie Champagne

It's Judy for Xmas with Connie Champagne

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 29, 2022

It wouldn't be Christmas in San Francisco unless chanteuse extraordinaire Connie Champagne brings her annual Judy Garland holiday show to Martuni's.

Adler Fellows gala concert

Adler Fellows gala concert

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 29, 2022

The Adler Fellows class of 2022 will appear in their final concert of the year, 'The Future Is Now: Adlers in Concert' on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Herbst Theatre.

Don we now: SF Gay Men's Chorus holiday concerts

Don we now: SF Gay Men's Chorus holiday concerts

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 22, 2022

Christmas will commence early this year when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus returns with "Holiday Spectacular," an all-new holiday show in four venues, including their Castro Theatre concerts on Christmas Eve.

Holiday happenings: music, dance, and theater make the yuletide gay

Holiday happenings: music, dance, and theater make the yuletide gay

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 22, 2022

From campy drag to chorus boys, classical music to "A Christmas Carol" —not to mention eight different "Nutcrackers" to choose from— if you're gay in Bay, there's something that's sure to bring joy, laughter, and inspiration to your holiday season.