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Hidden Mercy: untold stories of Catholic care in the AIDS epidemic

Hidden Mercy: untold stories of Catholic care in the AIDS epidemic

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 14, 2021

Even before its publication, gay Catholic journalist Michael O'Loughlin's book 'Hidden Mercy,' about the ministry of Catholics during the height of the AIDS crisis, has generated publicity via his open letter to Pope Francis.

Rita Moreno: celebrated actress at SF FILM's 'West Side Story' screening

Rita Moreno: celebrated actress at SF FILM's 'West Side Story' screening

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 14, 2021

A packed audience braved the rain and filled the Castro Theater on Sunday Dec. 12 for a free screening of Steven Spielberg's reimagining of the classic musical 'West Side Story,' and a special Q&A with legendary actress Rita Moreno.

Make the Yuletide Gay: The Lavender Tube on holiday specials, 'With Love' and more

Make the Yuletide Gay: The Lavender Tube on holiday specials, 'With Love' and more

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 14, 2021

Billy Porter and others celebrated the National Christmas Tree Lighting, 'With Love' stars Mark Indelicato as a gay son coming out on Christmas, plus coverage of ABC's George Michael special and the Jussie Smollett media blitz; all in our TV column.

Deadly entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

Deadly entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 14, 2021

James Han Mattson's new book is a thinking person's horror novel and encompasses themes of race, identity, greed, prejudice, and sexuality, all playing out within the dark dingy confines of a Nebraska "full-contact" haunted attraction.

Going Out, Homing's in Dec. 10-17, 2021

Going Out, Homing's in Dec. 10-17, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 8, 2021

With so many present events happening where your presence is welcome, you might want to make a list of what's naughty and nice, or both; wait; we did that, and here it is.

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in film adaptation of Thomas Savage book

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in film adaptation of Thomas Savage book

  • by Brandon Judell
  • Dec 7, 2021

Jane Campion's dark western film is gaining acclaim, particularly for Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of a deeply closeted and disparaged lost soul.

Martha Wash: new music with love

Martha Wash: new music with love

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 7, 2021

If anyone can get us through this virus, from a musical perspective, it's Martha Wash. Her new album, 'Love & Conflict,' is the must-have album of the season. The iconic singer shared her thoughts and opinions in an expanded interview.

Holiday movies with a queer twist

Holiday movies with a queer twist

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 7, 2021

If anything proves how mainstream the LGBTQ community has become, it's the advent of queer-themed made-for-TV holiday movies. This season includes gay and lesbian rom-coms, and holiday-themed drag movies with very gay apparel.

Funny that way: 'No Straight Lines' documents queer comic artists

Funny that way: 'No Straight Lines' documents queer comic artists

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 7, 2021

If ever there was a documentary subject that was long overdue, it would have to be that of LGBTQ+ cartoonists and comic book creators. Vivian Kleiman saw fit to do so with her respectful exploration of the art form.

Kal Penn's engaging yet incomplete memoir

Kal Penn's engaging yet incomplete memoir

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 7, 2021

In his new memoir, South Asian film and TV actor and Obama administration advisor Kal Penn shares funny and touching tales of racism in Hollywood, and misadventures in The White House, but turns shy in discussing his life as a gay man.

Cassandra's complex: Shotgun's take on Malvina Reynolds; SF Playhouse's 'Twelfth Night'

Cassandra's complex: Shotgun's take on Malvina Reynolds; SF Playhouse's 'Twelfth Night'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 7, 2021

Malvina Reynolds's "Little Boxes" expands to a performance arty stage event, while SF Playhouse's one-act version of Shakespeare comedy of errors is colorfully anachronistic.

50 years in 50 weeks: Alec Mapa's pride

50 years in 50 weeks: Alec Mapa's pride

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 3, 2021

Heading up the arts features in our June 23, 2005 edition, Adam Sandel gets good quotes from comic actor Alec Mapa, who was a celebrity Grand Marshal at that year's Pride events.

B.A.R. Talks: Eighth panel shares stories of LGBT nightlife

B.A.R. Talks: Eighth panel shares stories of LGBT nightlife

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 3, 2021

Join an online chat about the historic connection between the B.A.R. and its 50 years of writing about Bay Area LGBT bars; with Sharon McNight, DJ Page Hodel, author Mark Abramson, scholar Michael Flanagan, and assistant news editor John Ferrannini.

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 2, 2021

The fabulous Rizo will bring her unique style of performing to a holiday themed show on the stage of the Great Star Theater in Chinatown on December 10 and 11.