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Running up that hill in 2019

Running up that hill in 2019

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Dec 12, 2018

2018 was a rough year for almost everyone I know, even if there were hopeful moments sprinkled along the way. You might have noticed that we had an overwhelming number of success stories, too.

Aaron Lazar: playing Dad

Aaron Lazar: playing Dad

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2018

It's been 18 years since Aaron Lazar last passed through San Francisco on a Broadway tour. He's in 'Dear Evan Hansen' at the Curran through December 30, and has a solo engagement at Feinstein's at the Nikko on December 17.

Support the things you love

Support the things you love

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Oct 31, 2018

October was cute, and it was sweet to end it with such gorgeous weather. My two monthly parties at Powerhouse have helped to raise great money for two organizations that I really care deeply about.

Litquake's queer pages: Literary festival's got plenty for all

Litquake's queer pages: Literary festival's got plenty for all

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 10, 2018

Litquake's 19th annual festival runs from October 11 through 20 at venues all over the Bay Area. Along with readings galore, and the last-night Lit Crawl, several LGBTQ authors promise plenty of fun for wordsmith fans.

Big little talent: meet 11-Year-Old Drag Diva Desmond

Big little talent: meet 11-Year-Old Drag Diva Desmond

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 10, 2018

He's only eleven years old, yet Desmond Napoles has already made a name for himself with appearances at New York's famed Wigstock, and cutting the opening ribbon at DragCon NYC with RuPaul.

Varla Jean Merman:  Talkin' 'bout her generation

Varla Jean Merman: Talkin' 'bout her generation

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 3, 2018

This weekend brings two very different drag shows to San Francisco. At Oasis, tonight through Sunday, legendary comedienne Varla Jean Merman performs her latest solo cabaret act, the circus-themed 'Under A Big Top.'

The Life of the Party

The Life of the Party

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Oct 3, 2018

When I first moved to San Francisco, one of my roommates sold a little coke and meth to help him make some extra cash while working his way through college. By that time, I had already made it through school as a devoted pot smoker.

Live from the Stud! - Etta James, Sylvester and more - when live music first ruled Folsom Street

Live from the Stud! - Etta James, Sylvester and more - when live music first ruled Folsom Street

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 19, 2018

When we think of entertainment in our bars, the chances are that we think of drag performances or DJs more often than live music. But from the 1960s to the 1980s at the Stud (then at 1535 Folsom Street), live performances often ruled the night.

Laugh track record - Comedy Returns at El Rio

Laugh track record - Comedy Returns at El Rio

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 19, 2018

Laughs will no doubt abound on September 21 when comic Lisa Geduldig returns to El Rio with her monthly comedy show, which, in various incarnations, will soon celebrate its thirtieth anniversary.

Pool party: River Raid's splash in Guerneville

Pool party: River Raid's splash in Guerneville

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 12, 2018

On Friday September 14, dozens of gay men will converge upon Guerneville for River Raid 2018, a weekend of partying by the Russian River. Book your rooms and tickets now, because no one wants to be stuck in the fog while all the guys are at the river.

Mind Your Queer Bizness: supporting LGBT-owned shops, bars and restaurants

Mind Your Queer Bizness: supporting LGBT-owned shops, bars and restaurants

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Sep 5, 2018

Supporting small queer business means getting your shoes shined at your local queer-owned cobbler, flirting with the racks at that cute atelier down the street, and tossing back a Paloma with the regulars at your local gay watering hole.

Bringing back the fun

Bringing back the fun

  • by Race Bannon
  • Sep 5, 2018

This week I want to talk about fun; sheer, unadulterated fun. When you mention to those outside of the leather and kink worlds that the object of what we do and who we are is supposed to be fun, they nod and say, "of course!"

Labor Day Libations

Labor Day Libations

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 29, 2018

It's Labor Day weekend, the summer's third and final sanctioned drinking festival. A new bar, a new book, a new bottle, and a new drinking game have all shown up on the BARtab radar in recent days. Please, enjoy one on us.

Daniel Reichard: singer-actor talks Broadway and Burning Man

Daniel Reichard: singer-actor talks Broadway and Burning Man

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 29, 2018

In what's likely to be a classic, only-in-San Francisco juxtaposition, Reichard expects a passel of playa-goers to convene in the significantly more straight-laced climes of Feinstein's at the Nikko not long after the Burn.