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'Fireworks' — true-life story packs an emotional wallop

'Fireworks' — true-life story packs an emotional wallop

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 16, 2024

Giuseppe Fiorello makes his debut as a director with "Fireworks," ("Stranizza d'amuri") a bittersweet tale of young gay love in a small, homophobic town. The film is set in Sicily in the early 1980s.

Author Michael Cunningham sees the light of 'Day'

Author Michael Cunningham sees the light of 'Day'

  • by Brian Brmberger
  • Jan 16, 2024

Michael Cunningham figures out the pandemic's implications for our lives in his new book, "Day: A Novel," his first since "The Snow Queen" (2014). It's his best work since his now classic novel, "The Hours" (1998).

'Masc' film series at BAM/PFA

'Masc' film series at BAM/PFA

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 16, 2024

A new film series at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, "Masc: Trans Men, Butch Dykes, and Gender Nonconforming Heroes in Cinema," celebrates the rarely depicted masculine identities of queer and gender non-conforming trailblazers.

Rocking reissues from A(qua) to Z(evon)

Rocking reissues from A(qua) to Z(evon)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 16, 2024

From sugary pop to gravelly blues, reissues of classic albums revive fan favorites in new formats.

Going Out, Jan. 11-19, 2024

Going Out, Jan. 11-19, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 10, 2024

Never mind the rain. Wrap up, umbrellafy yourself and head out to enjoy arts and nightlife events. For details on dozens of precipitation-defying events, check out our weekly online listings in Going Out.

'Babes in Ho-lland'  Shotgun Players stages Deneen Reynolds-Knott's love story

'Babes in Ho-lland' Shotgun Players stages Deneen Reynolds-Knott's love story

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 9, 2024

Until recently, it hadn't occurred to me that it could be fraught to describe something as "gentle." But playwright Deneen Reynolds-Knott's lovely coming-of-age romance "Babes in Ho-lland," is just that; gentle.

'American Fiction' — Cord Jefferson's performative racial hijinks

'American Fiction' — Cord Jefferson's performative racial hijinks

  • by Brian Brmberger
  • Jan 9, 2024

In Cord Jefferson's debut film "American Fiction," a Black professional is forced to reexamine his integrity as he concocts a fictional book about racial stereotypes. Is he a sellout or mocking the shibboleths that surround the politics of race?

Swan songs: The Lavender Tube on Capote's crash, Golden Globes gaffes & more

Swan songs: The Lavender Tube on Capote's crash, Golden Globes gaffes & more

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jan 9, 2024

The latest in Ryan Murphy's 'Feud" series dives into Truman Capote's scandalous exposé of New York's society women, and how their revenge led to his downfall; plus, abortion nightmares and insurrection terrors.

K. Allison Hammer's 'Masculinity in Transition'

K. Allison Hammer's 'Masculinity in Transition'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 9, 2024

In this current moment in history, K. Allison Hammer's new academic tome "Masculinity in Transition" provides, a "vision of gender justice in a time of selective care and empathy."

Martin Duberman on drawing 'The Line of Dissent'

Martin Duberman on drawing 'The Line of Dissent'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 9, 2024

Gay writer and historian Martin Duberman is the very definition of a living legend. His latest book, "The Line of Dissent: Gay Outsiders and the Shaping of History," out this month, compiles a dozen essays with prominent and lesser-known LGBTQ people.

Finding David Bowie's queer roots

Finding David Bowie's queer roots

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 8, 2024

David Bowie introduced alternative sexuality and caught people's attention before many knew about Stonewall. But where and when did his exposure to queer culture happen? Two recent books explore the gay London music scene of the 1960s and '70s.

Going Out, Jan. 4-12, 2024

Going Out, Jan. 4-12, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 3, 2024

Whether you celebrated the new year wildly or mildly, 2024 brings bevy of new and ongoing arts and nightlife selections, scrollable this week and every week.

Joey Vice: dancer-acrobat's the new sly Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza'

Joey Vice: dancer-acrobat's the new sly Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 2, 2024

Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza," opening Jan. 17, features two characters: The Innocent, a naïve young man, and The Trickster, a magical mentor who escorts him on a journey of discovery. Dancer-acrobat Joey Vice shares his experience as the new Trickster.

Ten best LGBTQ movies of 2023

Ten best LGBTQ movies of 2023

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 2, 2024

When it comes to looking back at LGBTQ movies (and characters) in 2023, it's reassuring to know that representation still matters, and we are, in fact, everywhere onscreen. Here is a list of some of the best.