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Tripping through history: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a roadmap to San Francisco's past

Tripping through history: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a roadmap to San Francisco's past

  • BARCHIVE
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 22, 2021

'The Letters of Thom Gunn' is both an intimate portrait of the poet and a window on the development of what would become gay and leather culture, and the rise of the hippies and drug culture.

50 years in 50 weeks; 2008's loved 'shack

50 years in 50 weeks; 2008's loved 'shack

In the second week of August, 2008, a beloved drag show reached its zenith, as host Heklina hosted the last weekly Trannyshack night at The Stud before exporting it to DNA Lounge and other larger venues.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: going strong after 29 years

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: going strong after 29 years

  • NIGHTLIFE
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 21, 2021

This year's Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show is producer/comic Lisa Geduldidg's 29th edition, and offers an all-female line-up. In addition to hosting, Geduldig will perform, as will her mom, 90-year-old Arline Geduldig.

Martha Wash: new music with love

Martha Wash: new music with love

If anyone can get us through this virus, from a musical perspective, it's Martha Wash. Her new album, 'Love & Conflict,' is the must-have album of the season. The iconic singer shared her thoughts and opinions in an expanded interview.

B.A.R. Talks: Eighth panel shares stories of LGBT nightlife

B.A.R. Talks: Eighth panel shares stories of LGBT nightlife

  • BARS
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 3, 2021

Join an online chat about the historic connection between the B.A.R. and its 50 years of writing about Bay Area LGBT bars; with Sharon McNight, DJ Page Hodel, author Mark Abramson, scholar Michael Flanagan, and assistant news editor John Ferrannini.

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

The fabulous Rizo will bring her unique style of performing to a holiday themed show on the stage of the Great Star Theater in Chinatown on December 10 and 11.

50 years in 50 weeks: The Gangway, 'still here' in 2005

50 years in 50 weeks: The Gangway, 'still here' in 2005

  • BARS
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 2, 2021

A classic neighborhood bar, The Gangway was a tiny yet cozy tavern noted for its exterior décor of a boat's bowsprit. Inside, colorful locals drank from the early hours.

Holiday concerts of note

Holiday concerts of note

The holidays are here and ready to celebrate in person. Opportunities to attend concerts and seasonal music events are plentiful and most performance venues are back to full capacity.

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

  • CABARET
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 22, 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and now that the Bay Area has reopened, there's plenty to do in December. Here are several ways you can celebrate and have a joyous holiday.

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

Departing from her guest-star turn as a chanteuse on the hit scifi TV show 'Snowpiercer,' SF-raised Lena Hall, also of 'Hedwig' and 'Kinky Boots' fame, returns to Feinstein's ballroom to perform her new cabaret concert.

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

Chris Conde, the Austin-based self-proclaimed "thicc, queer Mexican" rapper, unleashes a sophomore album, 'Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay.'

Randy Rainbow: gay satire king, er, queen, at the Masonic

Randy Rainbow: gay satire king, er, queen, at the Masonic

  • CABARET
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 16, 2021

Shining brightly through the seemingly impenetrable recent dark storm clouds, Randy Rainbow burst forth with colorful parody songs and videos that provided endless sources of laughs. He'll perform in SF Nov. 20.

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

  • DRAG
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 16, 2021

Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical, will perform November 23-28 at San Jose's Center For the Performing Arts. RuPaul's Drag Race star Nina West heads the cast as Edna Turnblad.

Josie Cotton's more than Johnny's girl

Josie Cotton's more than Johnny's girl

In 1982, Josie Cotton released her debut album 'Convertible Music,' containing the campy new wave single "Johnny, Are You Queer?" She's done much more since then, but was happy to chat about the old days, befo0re her Nov. 13 SF concert at Great Northern.