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SF drag artist Joan Jett Blakk needs help after suffering stroke

SF drag artist Joan Jett Blakk needs help after suffering stroke

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 24, 2024

Joan Jett Blakk, a San Francisco drag performer who became famous for running for president of the United States in 1992, is in Oakland's Highland Hospital after suffering a stroke, according to two friends who spoke with the Bay Area Reporter.

Rotimi Agbabiaka - The talented actor adds 'Cabaret's MC to his roster, again

Rotimi Agbabiaka - The talented actor adds 'Cabaret's MC to his roster, again

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 21, 2024

"Cabaret," the classic musical, will be staged at the Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek. Queer Bay Area theater performer Rotimi Agbabiaka is no stranger to playing flamboyant characters, and reprises his role of the show's MC.

Cockettes Nouveau in 'Dirt! Sex! Passion!' - next gen theater revives drag troupe's quirky cabaret

Cockettes Nouveau in 'Dirt! Sex! Passion!' - next gen theater revives drag troupe's quirky cabaret

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 21, 2024

The Cockettes are back. Actually, it's the next generation of The Cockettes, who perform under the name Cockettes Nouveau. They're just as outrageous as their predecessors. It's must-see fun at Oasis.

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2024

We love a classy benefit, especially one with notable local celebrities. Also, local theater, dance and music concerts are worth your time and money, in Going Out.

Romelo Urbi steps out in Ray of Light Theatre's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Romelo Urbi steps out in Ray of Light Theatre's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 14, 2024

Romelo Urbi is poised for breakout local stardom as he takes on the title role in Ray of Light Theatre's upcoming Bay Area premiere of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie."

Oaklash unleashed! Oakland's three-day celebration of trans and queer performance returns

Oaklash unleashed! Oakland's three-day celebration of trans and queer performance returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 7, 2024

Oaklash, Oakland's annual celebration of queer and trans performance, is back, and it promises to be wilder than ever. The party takes place on the weekend of May 17.

'Torch Song' at Marin Theatre Company — Harvey Fierstein's breakthrough classic revised and revived

'Torch Song' at Marin Theatre Company — Harvey Fierstein's breakthrough classic revised and revived

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 7, 2024

More than four decades after its New York premiere, Harvey Fierstein's streamlined 2017 revision of "Torch Song Trilogy," retitled simply "Torch Song," makes its Bay Area debut at the Marin Theatre Company beginning May 9.

Bianca Del Rio: drag star to hold court at the Warfield

Bianca Del Rio: drag star to hold court at the Warfield

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 23, 2024

Currently on tour, drag star Bianca Del Rio will bring her unique brand of outrageous humor to the Warfield on May 3 and May 4 in a new show called "Dead Inside."

The Stud's return: historic bar's triumphant third time's a charm

The Stud's return: historic bar's triumphant third time's a charm

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 23, 2024

The Stud bar's fascinating history, going back to 1966, is matched by its festive reopening on April 20 at a new SoMa location, where many longtime patrons celebrated its multiple eras.

'Bitch Slap!' - 'Dynasty' in drag at Oasis

'Bitch Slap!' - 'Dynasty' in drag at Oasis

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 16, 2024

In 2017, Oasis staged "Bitch Slap!," a live-on stage homage to "Dynasty" with a touch of "Days of Our Lives" and novelist Jackie Collins thrown in for good measure. "Bitch Slap!" proved to be so popular that Oasis is doing it again.

Cynthia Carr's 'Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar'

Cynthia Carr's 'Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Apr 16, 2024

Cynthia Carr's biography "Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar" astonishing at every turn, deeply excavates the Darling archive in order to bring a pioneering trans woman into the spotlight of 1970s New York.

Rumi Missabu: original Cockettes member and performing artist, Nov. 14, 1947-April 2, 2024

Rumi Missabu: original Cockettes member and performing artist, Nov. 14, 1947-April 2, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 7, 2024

Rumi Missabu, one of the last original Cockettes, and a film, music and theater artist, died in his Oakland home on April 2. He was 76. Missabu performed in several of the shows, but later went on to many other artistic accomplishments.

AsiaSF's grand finale: popular nightclub/restaurant to close after 26 years

AsiaSF's grand finale: popular nightclub/restaurant to close after 26 years

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 19, 2024

AsiaSF, the visionary transgender cabaret spot which has called 201 9th Street home for 26 years, is leaving its permanent location to continue as a pop-up performance troupe, with performances at 9th St. continuing through its last shows on April 23.

'Drag Me to the Movies' - Cinematic songs with the SF Gay Men's Chorus

'Drag Me to the Movies' - Cinematic songs with the SF Gay Men's Chorus

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 19, 2024

On March 28 the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will take to the stage of Davies Symphony Hall for an evening that will celebrate the magic of the movies with hit songs, and guest performer Lady Camden.