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Starr-gazing - 'Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade' uncovers an unknown history

Starr-gazing - 'Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade' uncovers an unknown history

  • BARCHIVE
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 13, 2022

The 2021 photography book "Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade" by Albert Tanquero and Lewis Rawlinson definitively answers the question of whether LGBT performers worked in historic North Beach nightclubs.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: annual holiday tradition celebrates 30 years

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: annual holiday tradition celebrates 30 years

  • NIGHTLIFE
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 13, 2022

It's been 30 years since Lisa Geduldig presented the first Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, now an annual Bay Area tradition. This year, Mark Schiff, Cathy Ladman, Orion Levine, Geduldig and her 91-year-old mother will perform.

Ruthie Foster: singer-songwriter on her 'Healing Time'

Ruthie Foster: singer-songwriter on her 'Healing Time'

You know that feeling when you hear a singer's voice and it enters your soul, becomes a part of your very being. That's what happens when out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster sings.

Gay gift ideas for the holidays

Gay gift ideas for the holidays

  • SPIRITS
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 6, 2022

Whether you're looking for tunes, booze, wearables, edibles or even insertables, support queer and LGBTQ-friendly makers and vendors in your quest for the perfect holiday gifts this year. Here are a few suggestions to help make your holidays gay.

The Mario 101: Sean Patrick Murtagh pays homage to Mario Lanza at Martuni's

The Mario 101: Sean Patrick Murtagh pays homage to Mario Lanza at Martuni's

  • CABARET
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 6, 2022

Former San Franciscan Sean Patrick Murtagh offers an impressive debut CD with "The Mario 101," an homage to the great Hollywood tenor Mario Lanza. He'll return to San Francisco for concerts at Martuni's Dec. 18 & 20.

Drag Queens on Ice @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

Drag Queens on Ice @ Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

  • NIGHTLIFE
  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • Dec 2, 2022

Union Square lit up with holiday fun on Dec. 1 as the 13th annual Drag Queens on Ice returned to Safeway Holiday Ice Rink. Donna Sachet hosted as Dusty Porn, Jota Mercury, Khmera Rouge, Mahlae Balenciaga, and others skated, sang and some did both!

One Night Only @ Strand Theater

One Night Only @ Strand Theater

  • FUNDRAISER
  • by photos by Steven Underhill
  • Nov 29, 2022

The cast of the Broadway touring company of "Ain't Too Proud" and special guest Paula West filled A.C.T.'s Strand Theater with soulful jazzy music on November 28 at the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation's first live benefit concert in three years.

A kiki with Herb: Kenny Mellman on breaking up and reuniting with Justin Vivian Bond

A kiki with Herb: Kenny Mellman on breaking up and reuniting with Justin Vivian Bond

  • DRAG
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 29, 2022

"In retrospect, it had to be a violent end," says Kenny Mellman, recalling the demise of "Kiki and Herb" back in 2007, not long after the locally-formed twosome's last San Francisco performance. They've now reunited for a holiday-themed tour.

It's Judy for Xmas with Connie Champagne

It's Judy for Xmas with Connie Champagne

  • CABARET
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 29, 2022

It wouldn't be Christmas in San Francisco unless chanteuse extraordinaire Connie Champagne brings her annual Judy Garland holiday show to Martuni's.

Zach Verdoorn: The Claudettes' bass player on music-making

Zach Verdoorn: The Claudettes' bass player on music-making

The bass player and guitarist in The Claudettes, and an openly queer musician, Zach Verdoorn discussed the new album "The Claudettes Go Out!," his third with the band, and his earlier years with other groups.

Amy Ray on Indigo Girls and her seventh solo album

Amy Ray on Indigo Girls and her seventh solo album

Whether out singer-songwriter Amy Ray is performing with longtime musical partner Emily Saliers as one half of the Indigo Girls —as she has since the mid-1980s— or going solo as she did with her solo debut "Stag" in 2001, you can recognize her instantly.

BARchive: Between the cities; an LGBTQ history of the Mid-Peninsula

BARchive: Between the cities; an LGBTQ history of the Mid-Peninsula

  • BARCHIVE
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Nov 1, 2022

Prior to Stonewall, one of the few ways we discover LGBTQ history is through encounters with the law, along with bar openings and closings, as in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties.

Ultra Naté's new (and classic) grooves

Ultra Naté's new (and classic) grooves

Every time house and dance music legend Ultra Naté releases a new album it's a cause for celebration. Her latest, simply titled "Ultra" (Peace Biscuit), is no exception.

Moody blues: Stephan Ferris' 'Blue Movie: Scenes from the Life of a Sexual Outlaw'

Moody blues: Stephan Ferris' 'Blue Movie: Scenes from the Life of a Sexual Outlaw'

Former gay porn actor Stephan Ferris's debut memoir that chronicles his life in 77 unflinching and graphically depicted scenes. Ferris (aka Blue Bailey) considers the experiences that shaped his early years as "dangerous and potentially deadly."