Arts & Culture :: Music

Matt Rogers brings Christmas to the Castro

Matt Rogers brings Christmas to the Castro

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2023

Comedian Matt Rogers, who headlines the Castro Theatre on December 20, is known for his comic skills. Now he's gone full pop star mode, recording a slickly produced yet dryly witty album, "Have You Heard of Christmas?"

Dance-Along Nutcracker's 'Nutmare before Christmas'

Dance-Along Nutcracker's 'Nutmare before Christmas'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 5, 2023

Since 1985 the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band has presented the "Dance-Along Nutcracker." This year the Christmas spectacular will hearken back to Halloween when they present "Dance-Along Nutcracker 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas."

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 28, 2023

From classical music and dance, to campy classics featuring your favorite drag performers, there's something on stages across the Bay Area to bring joy and inspiration to your holiday season.

'My Name is Barbra' — long-awaited Streisand memoir tells all

'My Name is Barbra' — long-awaited Streisand memoir tells all

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 28, 2023

At age 81, after more than 60 years in show business, superstar Barbra Streisand's long-awaited memoir is finally out. In interviews, Streisand has said that she worked on the book for the better part of ten years. It was a massive undertaking.

Q-Music: Oy to the world! Cher, George Perris and others release holiday albums

Q-Music: Oy to the world! Cher, George Perris and others release holiday albums

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 28, 2023

Our prolific music writer has some holiday albums to share, including Cher! Also, songs by George Perris, Scout Durwood and Stephanie J. Block should get you into the spirit of the time.

Nancy Spada's biography of musician Thomas Schippers

Nancy Spada's biography of musician Thomas Schippers

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 28, 2023

Nancy Spada's new "Beyond the Handsomeness: A Biography of Thomas Schippers" hits a sour note. Spada breezes past one thing people who know little else about Schippers know: his versatile sexuality.

Going Out, Nov. 23-Dec. 1, 2023

Going Out, Nov. 23-Dec. 1, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 22, 2023

While many of you dear readers may be out of town for Thanksgiving, some of us will enjoy the weekend in the Bay Area, and nightlife offers a fun break from all the turkey and leftovers. We've got an extra helping of arts events, too.

Singer Jeff Harnar is sweet on Cy and Steve

Singer Jeff Harnar is sweet on Cy and Steve

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 21, 2023

The acclaimed cabaret singer discusses his two new albums, "I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim's Words" in 2022, and his latest, "A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman."

Gilbert O'Sullivan — singer/songwriter at Swedish American Hall

Gilbert O'Sullivan — singer/songwriter at Swedish American Hall

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 14, 2023

More than 50 years after Gilbert O'Sullivan's Grammy-nominated breakout single "Alone Again (Naturally)" made him a household name, the singer/songwriter continues to record and perform concerts, including at SF's Swedish American Hall Nov. 24.

Queen + Adam Lambert at the Chase Center— rhapsodising over the 'Rhapsody' tour

Queen + Adam Lambert at the Chase Center— rhapsodising over the 'Rhapsody' tour

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 9, 2023

Themes of science fiction, steampunk and outer space projected onto multiple screens did not upstage the musical artistry of Queen + Adam Lambert at their Chase Center concert November 8.

California Festival — new music celebrated in concerts and opera

California Festival — new music celebrated in concerts and opera

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 7, 2023

'California Festival — A Celebration of New Music' is recharging musical institutions throughout the Golden West for two weeks through November 19.

Theyfriend: shining a spotlight on nonbinary performers

Theyfriend: shining a spotlight on nonbinary performers

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 7, 2023

Nonbinary performers will be celebrated from November 14-18 when Diamond Wave, a San Francisco-based queer arts organization, presents the third annual Theyfriend performance festival.

Rett Madison — queer singer/songwriter is 'One' of a kind

Rett Madison — queer singer/songwriter is 'One' of a kind

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 7, 2023

Every once in a while, a major-label debut album comes along to take you by surprise. Queer singer/songwriter Rett Madison's "One for Jackie" is one such album.

Nathalie Lermitte's tribute to Edith Piaf

Nathalie Lermitte's tribute to Edith Piaf

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 31, 2023

Between a summer that brought TayTay and Bey to the Bay and a winter that heralds the latest manifestation of Madonna, yet another gay-favored global superstar headlines the Herbst Theatre on November 6; Edith Piaf, as interpreted by Nathalie Lermitte.