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Fall concerts, comedy & nightclub fun

Fall concerts, comedy & nightclub fun

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 31, 2021

Bay Area cabaret, rock and concert venues are once again filling their halls with the sound of music and laughter. Oasis, The Masonic, El Rio, Great American Music Hall and other favorite venues offer some terrific talents.

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

Matt Yee keeps fun afloat in trying times

Matt Yee keeps fun afloat in trying times

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 6, 2021

Sing-along cruise ship host Matt Yee discusses making the best of the past year, and his upcoming shows at the thankfully re-opened Oasis nightclub.

Homing's In, Going Out June 18-27, 2021

Homing's In, Going Out June 18-27, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 17, 2021

Heading into the home stretch of Pride Month, many nightclubs, bars and theaters are welcoming indoor patrons, with some outdoor spaces welcoming guests; bring proof of vaccination in most cases. Unfurl, unmask -or not, if you choose- and enjoy.

Comic Pride: Marga Gomez hosts Who's Your Mami

Comic Pride: Marga Gomez hosts Who's Your Mami

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 8, 2021

On June 17 lesbian comedy legend and host Marga Gomez will offer 'Who's Your Mami Comedy: Pride Edition,' with Sampson McCormick, Sandra Valls, Karen Ripley, and Jesus U. BettaWork.

Justin Vivian Bond: celebrated chanteuse returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko

Justin Vivian Bond: celebrated chanteuse returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 1, 2021

Creatively, I've been very satisfied during the pandemic," says Justin Vivian Bond, who performed mini-concerts at home in upstate New York. Bond returns in-person to Feinstein's at the Nikko June 16-19.

Get down on the farm with Veronica Klaus

Get down on the farm with Veronica Klaus

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 24, 2021

Former Bay Area chanteuse Veronica Klaus is much missed in the Bay Area. The singer will perform an in-person and live-streaming jazz concert from her rural farm house in Sharon Springs, NY on May 30.

Feinstein's returns: popular nightclub to reopen May 20

Feinstein's returns: popular nightclub to reopen May 20

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 8, 2021

Feinstein's at the Nikko, San Francisco's premiere nightclub, will once again bring Broadway stars and Bay Area acts to its stage. Performances are set to resume on May 20 with an all-star lineup.

Oasis telethon to feature dozens of talents

Oasis telethon to feature dozens of talents

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 24, 2021

Despite a year of providing entertainment through the pandemic, the drag-focused nightclub Oasis still needs fan support to remain open. So owner D'Arcy Drollinger will host a 12-hour telethon with dozens of performers on March 6.

A Stritch in time: an interview with Billy Stritch

A Stritch in time: an interview with Billy Stritch

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 2, 2021

Billy Stritch is a gay man as comfortable in the limelight as he is in the background, known for his collaborations with Liza Minnelli, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, and his uplifting pandemic-era live-streaming performances.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

Bambi Lake, trans singer, succumbs to cancer Nov. 4 (updated)

Bambi Lake, trans singer, succumbs to cancer Nov. 4 (updated)

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 3, 2020

People expressed shock and sadness when it was announced on Facebook that transgender performer Bambi Lake had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment at Zuckerberg General Hospital. She died on November 4.