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Fresh Meat Festival: a celebration of queer and trans dance, theater & music

Fresh Meat Festival: a celebration of queer and trans dance, theater & music

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 11, 2024

This year's Fresh Meat Festival features a diverse cast and will feature voguing, Salsa, trans-Americana music, taiko, South Asian contemporary dance, and deaf performers. It all happens June 21-23 at Z Space.

Pride in songs and humor: Stephen Sondheim's compositions & David Mills' comedy

Pride in songs and humor: Stephen Sondheim's compositions & David Mills' comedy

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 4, 2024

Not exactly rainbowlicious, some prickly entertainments by sophisticated queer creators can be found amidst the shrapnel of June's glitter bomb; 'Company' at The Orpheum, a Sondheim celebration in Mountain View, and a returning comic at Martuni's.

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 1, 2024

In acknowledgment of Pride Month, Opera Parallèle and the Presidio Theatre present the West Coast premiere of "Fellow Travelers" by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce for three performances June 21—23 at the historic Presidio Theatre.

Going Out, May 30-June 7, 2024 - arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 30-June 7, 2024 - arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 29, 2024

Are you a bit theatrical? You're not the only one. There are so many new and fabulous shows that we're going to focus on those first, followed by literary events, music of all kinds, art exhibits and of course nightlife, all in Going Out.

Sets and sensibility — 'The Lehman Trilogy' at A.C.T and 'All's Well That Ends Well' at Theatre Rhino

Sets and sensibility — 'The Lehman Trilogy' at A.C.T and 'All's Well That Ends Well' at Theatre Rhino

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 28, 2024

Two strikingly different styles of theater-making can be seen this week. The exquisite production design of a big-budgeted history play at A.C.T. offers a fascinating counterpoint to the shoestring fun of Theatre Rhino's take on The Bard's comedy.

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 28, 2024

From theatre stages to picturesque parks and scenic outdoor locales, the Bay Area's cultural landscape blossoms in the summer, whether it's Davies Symphony Hall or an alfresco performance under Stern Grove's eucalyptus canopy.

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 28, 2024

San Francisco Opera's 101st season continues post-Memorial Day with three productions starting May 30; a new to San Francisco imagining of a Mozart evergreen; the return of a baroque hit, and a major American premiere.

'Best Available' - The comedy of compromise in Shotgun Players' premiere

'Best Available' - The comedy of compromise in Shotgun Players' premiere

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 28, 2024

A critique of pandering theater companies gets alchemized into comedy gold in Jonathan Spector's "Best Available," now enjoying a wickedly giddy premiere production by Shotgun Players in Berkeley.

Clyde Always' 'Surreal San Francisco' walking tour - Enjoy local tales and folklore

Clyde Always' 'Surreal San Francisco' walking tour - Enjoy local tales and folklore

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 28, 2024

Local storyteller, comic artist and author Clyde Always' amusing "Surreal San Francisco" walking tour navigates Duboce Park, The Mission and Castro districts with amusing bits of trivia, stories and recommendations for dining and drinking.

Rotimi Agbabiaka - The talented actor adds 'Cabaret's MC to his roster, again

Rotimi Agbabiaka - The talented actor adds 'Cabaret's MC to his roster, again

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 21, 2024

"Cabaret," the classic musical, will be staged at the Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek. Queer Bay Area theater performer Rotimi Agbabiaka is no stranger to playing flamboyant characters, and reprises his role of the show's MC.

'Galileo' at Berkeley Rep — Political science, oversimplicity, stellar singing

'Galileo' at Berkeley Rep — Political science, oversimplicity, stellar singing

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 21, 2024

Raúl Esparza stars in "Galileo: The Rock Musical," now making its debut at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which tries to make insightful connections between the self-serving anti-intellectualism of power brokers during the Renaissance and in today's world.

'tick, tick...BOOM!' at NCTC - Larsen musical's a pocketful of sunshine

'tick, tick...BOOM!' at NCTC - Larsen musical's a pocketful of sunshine

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 21, 2024

"tick, tick...Boom!," is more tickle than gloom. Now charming audiences in an already-extended production at NCTC, this posthumous cobbling of writer-composer Jonathan Larson's pre-"Rent" music shines a welcome light on his sly humor and jukebox wit.

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2024

We love a classy benefit, especially one with notable local celebrities. Also, local theater, dance and music concerts are worth your time and money, in Going Out.

Romelo Urbi steps out in Ray of Light Theatre's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Romelo Urbi steps out in Ray of Light Theatre's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 14, 2024

Romelo Urbi is poised for breakout local stardom as he takes on the title role in Ray of Light Theatre's upcoming Bay Area premiere of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie."