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Going Out, July 23-30, 2021

Going Out, July 23-30, 2021

Midsummer fun continues all over the Bay. Be careful, be kind, mask up indoors, and head out for plays, concerts, films and nightlife frolics. Many venues are requiring masks, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test for entry.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

  • CABARET
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 20, 2021

Oasis hosts Michael Phillis' new drag parody show, 'The Hand That Rocks the Crawford,' starring Matthew Martin as Joan Crawford in a mash-up of femme fatale '90s classic films.

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

  • DRAG
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 20, 2021

Is there anything gay performer and Texas-native Todrick Hall can't do? He sings. He dances. He writes songs. He acts on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He's also an outspoken activist, and discusses his new album, 'Femuline.'

The absence of doubt: Michael Lowenthal's dynamic 'Sex with Strangers'

The absence of doubt: Michael Lowenthal's dynamic 'Sex with Strangers'

In Michael Lowenthal's fifth book, Sex with Strangers, the writer steps out of the novel and delivers a fiery collection of eight stories coursing through queer and straight lives.

Eva Noblezada: Broadway star brings 'Flower Power' to Feinstein's

Eva Noblezada: Broadway star brings 'Flower Power' to Feinstein's

  • CABARET
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 20, 2021

Something new is in store for the genteel cabaret audiences that frequent Feinstein's at the Nikko. On July 28-31, two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada will premiere a brand new solo set at the club ... and she'll be pole dancing.

San Francisco LeatherWalk to return, as city plans leather elements along Folsom Street

San Francisco LeatherWalk to return, as city plans leather elements along Folsom Street

The San Francisco LeatherWalk will return this fall after being on hiatus for several years. The event, with a new route, will help to kick off Leather Week in late September.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1985, Lovin' la leather, Bare Chests galore

50 years in 50 weeks: 1985, Lovin' la leather, Bare Chests galore

If you think we're focusing on Mr. Marcus' May 23 1985 Leather column just to show off a photo of handsome Bare Chest Calendar contestant Paul John Gillespie, you're right. But there's a bit of historic irony to also observe.

Lillias White: 'Happy' to be here

Lillias White: 'Happy' to be here

There will be much to celebrate with Broadway star Lillias White when she makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in a two-night engagement beginning Friday, July 23. The very same day will see the release of White's new album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!'

Mary Gauthier: Saved by a songwriter

Mary Gauthier: Saved by a songwriter

Anyone familiar with the brilliant songs of lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier won't be at all surprised to learn that she also has a gift for writing prose, as shown in her first book, 'Saved By A Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting.'

Around the World With Lockdown Comedy

Around the World With Lockdown Comedy

  • NIGHTLIFE
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 12, 2021

Lisa Geduldig's monthly online comedy show Lockdown Comedy celebrates its one-year anniversary on July 15 with a rollicking night of comics from around the world: Marga Gomez, Jim Short, Shazia Mirza, oh, and Lisa's mom.

Post-Pride playlist

Post-Pride playlist

June has come and gone, but grooves from artists all over the rainbow continue to share queer tunes in a variety of genres, from longtime favorites to fresh newbies.

Fred Halsted art-porn classics at Embarcadero, Shattuck cinemas

Fred Halsted art-porn classics at Embarcadero, Shattuck cinemas

What are the cinematic boundaries between art and pornography? Two gay porn classics by Fred Halsted blend both in a strange mix, and will screen at Embarcadero and Shattuck cinemas July 9-15.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

Our weekly search for the year's best item stopped still for a fascinating two-page interview with the late great Sylvester. The feature served as an advance to his now-legendary Feb. 4 One Night Only concert at The Castro Theatre.