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Going Out, June 27-July 5, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, June 27-July 5, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 26, 2024

The finale of Pride events is of course SF Pride's march, parade, and Civic Center celebration. But we've got plenty of other LGBTQ events that don't need sunscreen. Plays, art exhibits and of course every bar and nightclub unfurls their rainbow colors.

Matthew Martin is Judy Garland: Local drag star returns to Oasis

Matthew Martin is Judy Garland: Local drag star returns to Oasis

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 25, 2024

Matthew Martin is well known, even beloved, for his portrayals of Hollywood's legendary leading ladies. On July 4, 5, and 6, Martin will return to Oasis, appearing as queer icon Judy Garland.

'Sylvester Sings' - Dark Entries Records releases private tracks of the disco icon

'Sylvester Sings' - Dark Entries Records releases private tracks of the disco icon

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jun 25, 2024

Dark Entries Records has captured that moment in San Francisco queer music culture in an album, "Sylvester Sings," a shimmering series of intimate recordings and rehearsals with Sylvester and Peter Mintun exercising their stellar talents.

Remembering Gina LaDivina: Trailblazer, performer and local trans icon

Remembering Gina LaDivina: Trailblazer, performer and local trans icon

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 9, 2024

When Gina LaDivina performed "Don't Rain on My Parade" at the opening of the Stud on April 20 I had little idea it would be the last time I would see her perform. The longtime drag artist died on June 4 after a brief illness.

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."

'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.

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.

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.