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Hot tunes for cooler temps

Hot tunes for cooler temps

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 13, 2024

Cuddle up next to your stereo, or just plug in your Spotify or iTunes, and enjoy some songs written, in most examples, by, for, and about us. Sample new music from Scott Free, Rachel Garlin, Cidny Bullens, Jeffrey Martin, Debby Friday and Chai.

'MJ' at the Orpheum: celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, not the man

'MJ' at the Orpheum: celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, not the man

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 6, 2024

How do you solve a problem like Michael Jackson? Amidst all the goosebump-inducing musical moments in "MJ," the Michael Jackson-inspired show now playing at the Orpheum Theatre, there's a quick snippet of song that's particularly worthy of attention.

Jeremy Jordan's Broadway-bound once again. But next, he plays Feinstein's at the Nikko

Jeremy Jordan's Broadway-bound once again. But next, he plays Feinstein's at the Nikko

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 30, 2024

When Jeremy Jordan performs at Feinstein's at the Nikko on February 18-20, more than four years will have passed since he last played San Francisco. After his concerts, he's back on Broadway starring in the musical, "The Great Gatsby."

Veronica Klaus returns: jazz diva to perform at Martuni's

Veronica Klaus returns: jazz diva to perform at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • Jan 30, 2024

Former San Franciscan Veronica Klaus, whose singing style transports audiences to a bygone era, returns to Martuni's for two nights only on February 1 and 6.

In Proust's time: new discs from the 'Belle Epoque'

In Proust's time: new discs from the 'Belle Epoque'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 30, 2024

New recordings of music from the era of Marcel Proust include works by Karol Szymanowski, Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók, Gabriel Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn.

Going Out, Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2024

Going Out, Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 25, 2024

From bright and beautiful musicals to thought-provoking arts exhibits, and rousing nightlife events, you've got plenty to whet your appetite for culture and clubbing, this week and every week in Going Out.

A two-man one-man show: salute to George Michael at the Curran

A two-man one-man show: salute to George Michael at the Curran

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 23, 2024

With "The Life and Music of George Michael," at the Curran Theatre on February 3, the Wham-bam leather man hunk of your teenage dreams has joined the wizened, grizzled likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash on the "concert experience" circuit.

Q-music: Songs she sings

Q-music: Songs she sings

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 23, 2024

From folk to ethereal, new music by women artists ranges from sassy to spiritual, including Lydia Loveless, Ismay, Mitski and Spellling (not a typo).

Bonni Suval: goth chanteuse to play Martuni's with original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn

Bonni Suval: goth chanteuse to play Martuni's with original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 19, 2024

On January 27 and 28, goth chanteuse Bonni Suval, who's been seen with the Thrillpeddlers and The Cockettes revival shows, will take to the stage of Martuni's for a night of song.

'The Wiz' — Deborah Cox brings Glinda goodness to the hit musical's revival

'The Wiz' — Deborah Cox brings Glinda goodness to the hit musical's revival

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 16, 2024

"As a little kid, I didn't even know about the Broadway show," said actor and singer Deborah Cox, who plays Glinda in a revival of "The Wiz," the Tony-winning 1975 musical that's playing a local stop of a national tour at the Golden Gate Theatre.

Michael Tilson Thomas' milestones and Mahler

Michael Tilson Thomas' milestones and Mahler

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 16, 2024

Michael Tilson Thomas returns as Music Director Laureate Jan. 25-27 to lead his final subscription concerts with the San Francisco Sympat Davies Symphony Hall. The program is devoted to Mahler, this time the composer's ecstatic Fifth Symphony.

Rocking reissues from A(qua) to Z(evon)

Rocking reissues from A(qua) to Z(evon)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 16, 2024

From sugary pop to gravelly blues, reissues of classic albums revive fan favorites in new formats.

Going Out, Jan. 11-19, 2024

Going Out, Jan. 11-19, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 10, 2024

Never mind the rain. Wrap up, umbrellafy yourself and head out to enjoy arts and nightlife events. For details on dozens of precipitation-defying events, check out our weekly online listings in Going Out.

Finding David Bowie's queer roots

Finding David Bowie's queer roots

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 8, 2024

David Bowie introduced alternative sexuality and caught people's attention before many knew about Stonewall. But where and when did his exposure to queer culture happen? Two recent books explore the gay London music scene of the 1960s and '70s.