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50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1982 doubled the fun

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1982 doubled the fun

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 24, 2021

1982 saw the Bay Area Reporter moving to a weekly format, which provided twice as much fascinating coverage, including the year's best in arts, and a popular Dog Show on Castro Street with an appearance by Shirley MacLaine.

Juanita MORE!'s Pride party returns

Juanita MORE!'s Pride party returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 22, 2021

One of the more exciting pieces of news regarding the state's reopening is the return of Empress Juanita MORE!'s annual Pride Party at 620 Jones on June 27, Pride Sunday.

Party? On. Nightlife; it's alive!

Party? On. Nightlife; it's alive!

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 22, 2021

Person to person, get ready to party in places, not shelter in place. We're collectively emerging from our mostly masked, indoors, cautious and creative collabs, like Munchkins wooed out of hiding by Glinda.

On the record with Lorant Duzgun

On the record with Lorant Duzgun

  • by Anthony T. Eaton
  • Jun 22, 2021

Lorant Duzgun, producer, professional DJ and owner of Royal Advisor Records, about the impact of COVID, New York'c club scene, and how he came to be a DJ.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1979, Divinely Granted

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1979, Divinely Granted

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 3, 2021

While News stories covered the May 21 White Night Riots, in lighter fare, drag theatre in 1979's Arts section included an interview, ads and a review of Divine's show, 'The Neon Woman,' while porn stars served as a lure to a members-only health club.

San Francisco leather, bear fairs among 1st LGBTQ outdoor events to return in-person

San Francisco leather, bear fairs among 1st LGBTQ outdoor events to return in-person

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 2, 2021

As the Bay Area and the state open up after more than a year of COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions, LGBTQ street fairs are among those events that are back on.

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.

Maria Konner tells all: Bay Area musician and host's revealing memoir

Maria Konner tells all: Bay Area musician and host's revealing memoir

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 31, 2021

In her new book, 'Girl Shock', Maria Konner lets it all hang out. A TV host, musician, activist and sexual adventurer, Konner has lived a colorful life and has had a great time doing so.

Oaklash serves up drag fun from SF Oasis May 28-30

Oaklash serves up drag fun from SF Oasis May 28-30

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 26, 2021

Dive in to a hundred hours of nonstop drag and more as Oaklash serves up three days and nights of performance, DJ sets and panel discussions streamed from SF's Oasis nightclub.

Return Engagements: Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Tina D'Elia bring back live cabaret, a solo show & a Haight history tour

Return Engagements: Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Tina D'Elia bring back live cabaret, a solo show & a Haight history tour

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 25, 2021

Drag chanteuse Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, who will open a four-night engagement at Feinstein's at the Nikko, and Tina D'Elia performs her new solo and hosts the new Out of Site Haight walking tour; each in new 'sort of' post-pandemic performances.

Linda Simpson's retro drag scrapbook 'Drag Explosion' recalls NYC's nightlife yesteryears

Linda Simpson's retro drag scrapbook 'Drag Explosion' recalls NYC's nightlife yesteryears

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 25, 2021

Linda Simpson's epic pictorial stroll down Drag Queen Memory Lane captures that golden age of nightclub culture occupying the 1980s and '90s where creativity and fierceness combined in kaleidoscopic ways.

Leigh Pankonin, known as Sister Phatima Rude, dies

Leigh Pankonin, known as Sister Phatima Rude, dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 20, 2021

Leigh Pankonin, best known as Phatima Rude, aka Sister Phatima la Dyke Van Dick/Sister Hateful Sow of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Inc., died May 18 while sleeping in their Portland, Oregon apartment.

50 years in 50 Weeks 1977; Drawn to It

50 years in 50 Weeks 1977; Drawn to It

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 19, 2021

The B.A.R.'s June 23, 1977 illustrated cover, an ad for The Balcony bar, took a macho cartoonish focus with art by Chuck Arnett, who was known more famously for his mural on the wall of the Tool Box bar.

Drive & Drag at Southland Mall — photos by Steven Underhill

Drive & Drag at Southland Mall — photos by Steven Underhill

  • by Steven Underhill
  • May 11, 2021

Drag fans enjoyed fun shows at Hayward's Southland Mall May 7-9, as 'RuPaul's Drag Race' stars and their hunky backup dancers put on a series of shows for fans in cars and at up-close outdoor VIP tables.