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Margaret Cho: SF native returns for Palace of Fine Arts show

Margaret Cho: SF native returns for Palace of Fine Arts show

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 23, 2023

It's been a few years since queer comedian, actor, and activist Margaret Cho has done a stand-up comedy tour. For 2023, Cho will embark on a multi-city comedy tour, "Live and Livid," including in San Francisco June 2.

Going Out, May 18-26, 2023

Going Out, May 18-26, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 18, 2023

The universe is expanding, and so are your options for delight in nightlife and arts events. Get going out.

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • May 16, 2023

J. Conrad Frank's character Katya Smirnoff-Skyy was custom-made for a specific reason: to host cabaret and sing live. This week Katya celebrates 18 years hosting Katya Presents at Martuni's piano bar, a passion project that became an institution.

Project Nunway: The Sisters' sartorial celebration returns

Project Nunway: The Sisters' sartorial celebration returns

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2023

Holy haute couture! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's popular Project Nunway fashion show fundraiser returns May 26, and this time, the eleventh edition will be held in a former church, St. Joseph's Art Society.

Spotlight on Pride at Lyon & Swan: four gay performers are featured now through June

Spotlight on Pride at Lyon & Swan: four gay performers are featured now through June

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 16, 2023

To celebrate Pride month, the queer-owned Lyon & Swan supper club has booked a remarkable slate of four local gay artists, all worthy of broad attention, to play the intimate room.

Town Bar adds style to Oakland's nightlife

Town Bar adds style to Oakland's nightlife

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 9, 2023

Oakland's newest gay bar, Town Bar & Lounge, is a family affair, as owner Joshua Huynh explained. The intimate bar is one of a few new LGBTQ-owned venues in the East Bay.

Oaklash is Back: festival of drag and queer performance returns

Oaklash is Back: festival of drag and queer performance returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 9, 2023

Founded in 2018 by Mama Celeste and Beatrix LaHaine, Oaklash is a celebration of drag and queer culture that takes place primarily in Oakland. But it's more than just a drag show.

Tales of Taylor: Ann Talman's musical memoir at Feinstein's

Tales of Taylor: Ann Talman's musical memoir at Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2023

Ann Talman first met Elizabeth Taylor in January 1981. The writer-performer brings her musical reminiscences of La Liz, "The Shadow of Her Smile," to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Friday, May 12.

Billy Porter's big pop tour

Billy Porter's big pop tour

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 2, 2023

As a child in the 1970s, Billy Porter fantasized about growing up to become "the male Whitney Houston." He'll dip back into that oft-deferred dream later this week in both San Jose and San Francisco concerts.

Plans for expanded Heklina memorial unveiled

Plans for expanded Heklina memorial unveiled

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 28, 2023

Due to overwhelming demand, organizers of the upcoming memorial for drag icon Heklina have announced that San Francisco's Castro Street will be closed Tuesday, May 23, and the service projected onto screens outside so that more people can watch it.

The White Horse Bar's gay 90th, and a new owner

The White Horse Bar's gay 90th, and a new owner

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 25, 2023

The longest-running LGBTQ bar in the United States is under new queer ownership. Patty Nishimura Dingle took over Oakland's White Horse Bar from longtime gay owner, and patrons young and old are enjoying it.

'We Build Houses Here' — Detour's experiential extravaganza plays Oasis in May

'We Build Houses Here' — Detour's experiential extravaganza plays Oasis in May

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2023

Detour Dance's "We Build Houses Here," the ambitiously multivalent castaway extravaganza, premieres at Oasis with an ambitious immersive setting.

Q-Music: Say gay playlist

Q-Music: Say gay playlist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 25, 2023

Singing about LGBT and Q love, musicians in folk, pop, rock and jazz Y La Bamba, Caroline Rose, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Eric Reed, Mathew V and Pigeon Pit should be on your new playlist.

Zach Zimmerman: gay comic at the Swedish American Hall

Zach Zimmerman: gay comic at the Swedish American Hall

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 18, 2023

Along with his stand-up act, Zach Zimmerman's just published book of essays "Is It Hot in Here? Or Am I Suffering for all Eternity for the Sins I Committed on Earth?" will be on sale at his show at the Swedish American Hall.