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Remembering Esta Noche as queer, POC spaces shutter

Remembering Esta Noche as queer, POC spaces shutter

  • BARS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 15, 2020

The long illustrious life of the Mission bar Esta Noche, its recent closure and the more recent loss of Club BnB marks a loss of LGBTQ People of Color venues.

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

  • DRAG
  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Apr 15, 2020

Half a century ago, a bedazzled assortment of psychedelically-influenced, collective-living, sexually experimental, and inherently theatrical gay men and straight women forever transformed the Bay Area's cultural landscape. They were The Cockettes.

Nightlife, Arts and Community Events Continue Online During Shutdown

Nightlife, Arts and Community Events Continue Online During Shutdown

Nightlife and community gatherings are a big part of queer culture, but all that has gone away. Undaunted, many of the Bay Area's most beloved performers, party promoters and events producers have found a new way to bring their magic to the masses.

Keeping nightlife alive: Event producers adjust, go virtual

Keeping nightlife alive: Event producers adjust, go virtual

  • BARS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 7, 2020

The arts and nightlife communities have been hit particularly hard, with venues including Oasis and Manny's in San Francisco and The Alice Collective in Oakland seeing their revenue streams disappear overnight.

Lena Hall: in Limbo and Hell

Lena Hall: in Limbo and Hell

Like virtually all performing artists, Lena Hall, best known for her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in the Broadway run of 'Hedwig & The Angry Inch,' has had her music and acting career set on pause.

Going solosexual: Keeping an erotic spark alive

Going solosexual: Keeping an erotic spark alive

How to handle sexual urges in social distancing? Let technology give you a helping hand, as it were. But even solo-sex online needs precaution.

Bestie sexies: Hope For future fun

Bestie sexies: Hope For future fun

  • SEXUALITY
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Apr 2, 2020

Even though we, as a nation, are going through some very trying times, the winners in these categories, voted for by Bay Area Reporter readers, should inspire you to get your freak on once social distancing becomes a thing of the past.

Bestie Eats: adjusting, closing and to-go

Bestie Eats: adjusting, closing and to-go

When the lockdown finally ends and we're able to get out and about to socialize over our vittles once again, this year's Restaurant Besties will be here to help.

Bestie Bars - Closed for business, but open in our hearts

Bestie Bars - Closed for business, but open in our hearts

  • BARS
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2020

With the closure of bars due to Covid-19, reading about which bars are best in the Bay Area according to our readers may be a bit like looking through the window of a candy shop when it's closed.

We miss the nightlife: Bestie talented people

We miss the nightlife: Bestie talented people

What would queer San Francisco be without our nocturnal animals, the revelers and entertainers and service stars? Let's raise a glass (make it a double), to this year's Nightlife People Bestie winners.

Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

  • BARS
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2020

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Celebrating the past year and with an eye toward the future, let's bring on this year's Bestie-winning events.

Heklina's online TV show: 'Live From the Apocalypse'

Heklina's online TV show: 'Live From the Apocalypse'

Feeling drag-deprived? Many performers are hosting online numbers, but SF icon Heklina's got her own show!

Charlotte Coleman: Gay bar superstar: lesbian entrepreneur's 45 years of success

Charlotte Coleman: Gay bar superstar: lesbian entrepreneur's 45 years of success

  • BARCHIVE
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 25, 2020

Charlotte Coleman's bars grew from the harassment of the 1950s. But the unintended consequence of losing a job was that she wasn't just a bar owner: she had such business acumen that some of her bars still exist till today.

Sex in the era of COVID-19

Sex in the era of COVID-19

Well, life has sure changed in the past two weeks. COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, has affected all of us dramatically, certainly for the short term.