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'Guys and Dolls' at SF Playhouse

'Guys and Dolls' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2023

San Francisco Playhouse's amiably diverting production of "Guys and Dolls" may well succeed at bringing a warm, fuzzy feeling to fans of the Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows chestnut. A reinvention includes some deft gender-switching casting.

Dance-Along Nutcracker's 'Nutmare before Christmas'

Dance-Along Nutcracker's 'Nutmare before Christmas'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 5, 2023

Since 1985 the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band has presented the "Dance-Along Nutcracker." This year the Christmas spectacular will hearken back to Halloween when they present "Dance-Along Nutcracker 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas."

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 5, 2023

After a hiatus of several years, Lisa Geduldig's ever-popular Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, a Christmas tradition in San Francisco, is back in Chinatown. The show will take place on Saturday December 23 through Monday December 25.

Robert Glück's 'About Ed'

Robert Glück's 'About Ed'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 5, 2023

Captivating and bittersweet, local San Francisco poet and author Robert Glück has written a poignant and multifaceted tribute to his friend and distinguished painter Ed Aulerich-Sugai, whom he first met in 1970 as they became lovers and life partners.

Calling queer comic artists: Pride in Panels seeks exhibitors

Calling queer comic artists: Pride in Panels seeks exhibitors

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 4, 2023

We're drawn to queer comics, and the upcoming inaugural Pride In Panels: SF Queer Comics Festival will certainly draw plenty of artists and fans. The organizers are actively seeking participants at the free event in February.

Fariha Róisín's 'Survival Takes a Wild Imagination' — on being Queer and Muslim

Fariha Róisín's 'Survival Takes a Wild Imagination' — on being Queer and Muslim

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Dec 4, 2023

Poet, cultural critic and multidisciplinary artist Fariha Róisín (pronounced 'roh-zhin') has written a powerful collection of poems in "Survival Takes a Wild Imagination," her second book of poetry.

Going Out, Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2023

Going Out, Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 30, 2023

From holiday choral concerts to fierce drag queens, we've got another diverse batch of arts and nightlife events, this week and every week.

'The Golden Girls Live!' lives on: D'Arcy Drollinger and Coco Peru carry the torch

'The Golden Girls Live!' lives on: D'Arcy Drollinger and Coco Peru carry the torch

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 28, 2023

The ever-popular drag parody performances of Christmas episodes of "The Golden Girls" returns. D'Arcy Drollinger shared what it's like to become the character Rose, as did Miss Coco Peru, who replaces the late Heklina as Dorothy.

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 28, 2023

From classical music and dance, to campy classics featuring your favorite drag performers, there's something on stages across the Bay Area to bring joy and inspiration to your holiday season.

Our gay apparel: The Lavender Tube on queer holiday viewing

Our gay apparel: The Lavender Tube on queer holiday viewing

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Nov 28, 2023

To paraphrase the song, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas movies, everywhere you go." As we lamented elsewhere, how is it I love Christmas so much and really don't like Christmas movies? And why are there so many of them?

'My Name is Barbra' — long-awaited Streisand memoir tells all

'My Name is Barbra' — long-awaited Streisand memoir tells all

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 28, 2023

At age 81, after more than 60 years in show business, superstar Barbra Streisand's long-awaited memoir is finally out. In interviews, Streisand has said that she worked on the book for the better part of ten years. It was a massive undertaking.

The unscripted self: Billy Crudup in Berkeley Rep's 'Harry Clarke'

The unscripted self: Billy Crudup in Berkeley Rep's 'Harry Clarke'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 28, 2023

"Why would anyone read reviews?!" asks the brash title character of David Cale's funny, brainy one-actor play "Harry Clarke," now at the Berkeley Rep. "Surprise me!"

Nancy Spada's biography of musician Thomas Schippers

Nancy Spada's biography of musician Thomas Schippers

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 28, 2023

Nancy Spada's new "Beyond the Handsomeness: A Biography of Thomas Schippers" hits a sour note. Spada breezes past one thing people who know little else about Schippers know: his versatile sexuality.

Q-Music: Oy to the world! Cher, George Perris and others release holiday albums

Q-Music: Oy to the world! Cher, George Perris and others release holiday albums

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 28, 2023

Our prolific music writer has some holiday albums to share, including Cher! Also, songs by George Perris, Scout Durwood and Stephanie J. Block should get you into the spirit of the time.