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When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

  • BARCHIVE
  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 5, 2021

The opportunity to see Marlene Dietrich in person came 23 years after her U.S. film dbut. In 1953 the Sahara Las Vegas offered her $30,000 per week to perform. And so her career as a cabaret singer was born. The film star later performed in San Francisco.

Musical grooves: Best LGBT music, part 2

Musical grooves: Best LGBT music, part 2

From dazzling debuts (Izzy Heltai, Katie Pruitt) to familiar faces (Bob Mould, Indigo Girls), in 2020, musicians produced a treasure trove of awesome audibles.

Gay New Year's circuit parties in Mexico and Atlanta defy COVID health precautions

Gay New Year's circuit parties in Mexico and Atlanta defy COVID health precautions

In events that have been harshly criticized, hundreds of gay men, many from California, traveled to circuit parties near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in Atlanta over the New Year's Eve holiday week.

Homing's In, Jan 1-10, 2021

Homing's In, Jan 1-10, 2021

Enjoying the new year yet? While most online events carried over from the 'annus horribilis,' some new events in arts, nightlife and community should cheer you.

Twin Peaks Tavern reaches $100K fundraiser goal (Updated)

Twin Peaks Tavern reaches $100K fundraiser goal (Updated)

The historic Twin Peaks Tavern, a landmark gay bar on Castro and Market streets, has succeeded in its campaign to raise $100,000 to keep the struggling bar open and pay its staff. But more funds are needed in these difficult financial times.

Best LGBTQ music 2020: Q-Music's social distancing soundtrack

Best LGBTQ music 2020: Q-Music's social distancing soundtrack

Despite the absence of live concerts, LGBT musicians around the country have managed to release new music. Here is the first part of two Best of 2020 music mentions, including a few who came out of their musical closets.

Homing's In, Dec. 25-Jan 2

Homing's In, Dec. 25-Jan 2

Enjoy your leftover cookies and rum balls, ahem, as we wind up for yet another un-doable holiday. Yes, it's almost over, 2020, that is. But you still have plenty of online events to peruse.

Women on the record: Q-Music covers Sneaks, Ace of Cups, Shelby Lynne and more

Women on the record: Q-Music covers Sneaks, Ace of Cups, Shelby Lynne and more

You can hear the inspiration of the spoken word scene in the songs on Happy Birthday (Merge) by D.C.'s Sneaks (aka Eva Moolchan). Ace of Cups, Yelle and other women-led bands' new music are reviewed.

David Pevsner: selling it, onstage and off

David Pevsner: selling it, onstage and off

The filmed version David Pevsner's one-man show, Musical Comedy Whore (Breaking Glass Pictures), is indeed a musical. As for the "whore" part, Pevsner goes into great detail about his sexual exploits, including his time as a male escort.

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

'The Meaning of Mariah Carey' is The New York Times best-seller of the life and career of a truly influential artist and entertainer, the autobiography of one of the most talented, hardworking, compelling, witty, and transcendent African-American artists.

Merry Krimble! alternative holiday music playlists

Merry Krimble! alternative holiday music playlists

Whether you're safely home alone, or socially distanced with family or friends, this is a most unusual holiday. So, for Christmas week, Eve and Day, enjoy a most unusual holiday music playlist.

Martuni's sells wines, aprons, shirts for quick gifts

Martuni's sells wines, aprons, shirts for quick gifts

  • SPIRITS
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 20, 2020

Get a taste of those fun cabaret shows at Martuni's that we miss so much. The popular martini bar is making do in difficult times by selling a cute variety of gifts items.

Kosher Comedy: get some laughs with Judy Gold, Alex Edelman & Lisa Geduldig

Kosher Comedy: get some laughs with Judy Gold, Alex Edelman & Lisa Geduldig

  • NIGHTLIFE
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 15, 2020

Like everything else, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has been affected by the pandemic, but that isn't stopping Kung Pao founder Lisa Geduldig from putting on a show. For 28 years, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has been a San Francisco tradition.

Colton Ford on music, maturity and moving forward

Colton Ford on music, maturity and moving forward

After a few years away from music, singer-musician Colton Ford has returned with new songs and new perspectives on art, life and yes, politics.