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Women on the record: Q-Music covers Sneaks, Ace of Cups, Shelby Lynne and more

Women on the record: Q-Music covers Sneaks, Ace of Cups, Shelby Lynne and more

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 22, 2020

You can hear the inspiration of the spoken word scene in the songs on Happy Birthday (Merge) by D.C.'s Sneaks (aka Eva Moolchan). Ace of Cups, Yelle and other women-led bands' new music are reviewed.

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 22, 2020

'The Meaning of Mariah Carey' is The New York Times best-seller of the life and career of a truly influential artist and entertainer, the autobiography of one of the most talented, hardworking, compelling, witty, and transcendent African-American artists.

Merry Krimble! alternative holiday music playlists

Merry Krimble! alternative holiday music playlists

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 20, 2020

Whether you're safely home alone, or socially distanced with family or friends, this is a most unusual holiday. So, for Christmas week, Eve and Day, enjoy a most unusual holiday music playlist.

Colton Ford on music, maturity and moving forward

Colton Ford on music, maturity and moving forward

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 15, 2020

After a few years away from music, singer-musician Colton Ford has returned with new songs and new perspectives on art, life and yes, politics.

Classy classical Christmas: music, dances, plays and choral treats for the holidays

Classy classical Christmas: music, dances, plays and choral treats for the holidays

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 15, 2020

Holiday-themed music, choral and dance concerts continue, albeit in virtual formats, including San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Chanticleer, Kitka, Cal Performances, San Francisco Bach Choir, and more.

Q-Music: Making the yuletide gayer

Q-Music: Making the yuletide gayer

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 15, 2020

Have you been looking forward to the 2020 winter holidays, either as the giver of gifts or the recipient? If so, you can't go wrong with some of these very Mary, I mean merry, titles from Elton John, Little Richard and new bands like Dust Bowl Faeries.

Choral response: SF Gay Men's Chorus brings holiday music

Choral response: SF Gay Men's Chorus brings holiday music

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 15, 2020

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus isn't letting the pandemic spoil their Christmas holiday. The chorus' annual Christmas Eve concert, '(At) Home for the Holidays,' will go on this year as a virtual event with guest-star performers.

Koz for celebration: an interview with jazz saxophonist Dave Koz

Koz for celebration: an interview with jazz saxophonist Dave Koz

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 8, 2020

Smooth jazz superstar Dave Koz has a new album and a fresh take on the holidays with a one-night 'Greatest Hits of Christmas ' concert online.

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'Spectacular'- Russian opera diva's holiday concert's online

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'Spectacular'- Russian opera diva's holiday concert's online

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 8, 2020

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, our favorite local exiled Russian opera diva, takes to the online airwaves in a holiday-themed concert that'll make the Yuletide extra-gay.

Holiday variety: Taylor Mac, New Conservatory's seasonal shows

Holiday variety: Taylor Mac, New Conservatory's seasonal shows

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 8, 2020

The tinsel-strewn variety show has long been a staple of December entertainment. Taylor Mac revives his 'Holiday Sauce' at the Curran, and New Conservatory Theatre Center's 'Queer Variety' show should bring some holiday cheer.

Big Freedia's booked; celebrates paperback memoir release online with regional bookstores

Big Freedia's booked; celebrates paperback memoir release online with regional bookstores

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 28, 2020

The Queen of Bounce will share stories from his new book, 'God Save the Queen Diva.' The New Orleans musician and reality show star will chat with hosts of bookstores nationwide, from Philadelphia, to Tulsa, Austin, Fairfield and Los Angeles.

Sondheim's score: 'Anyone Can Whistle' 1997 recording to be released

Sondheim's score: 'Anyone Can Whistle' 1997 recording to be released

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 19, 2020

A 1997 recording of the full score of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent's cult favorite musical about corrupt politics, a miracle fountain and asylum inmates will be released on December 4, giving musical theater fans a new score to enjoy.

Q-Music: Women at work

Q-Music: Women at work

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 17, 2020

New music by Jazzmeia Horn, Suzzy Roche, Joan Osborne, Brandy, and -oh, yes- Mariah Carey, are reviewed, with music clips for your enjoyment.

Q-Music: Men at work - new and recent releases

Q-Music: Men at work - new and recent releases

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 10, 2020

Sam Doores, P.J. O'Connor, Will Butler, Grant Lee Phillips and other male musicians get some due attention.