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A riveting Ma Rainey: Viola Davis stars in marvelous music biopic

A riveting Ma Rainey: Viola Davis stars in marvelous music biopic

By David-Elijah Nahmod

The first few moments of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' are electrifying. It's 1927 in rural Georgia. Hundreds of people, all of them Black, are lined up at the entrance to a huge tent. Inside, Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is singing her heart out.

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By Gregg Shapiro | January 19, 2021

Author and filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez's new bilingual children's book 'Pepito Has a Doll' challenges stereotypes about masculinity in teen boys.

By Jim Gladstone | January 19, 2021

San Franciscans have had rare opportunities to catch exciting new shows performed in London and New York without traveling, even as nearby as Petaluma, where the gay-themed 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' will stream for online audiences.


By Gregg Shapiro | January 19, 2021

Enjoy new music for the new year in a wide range of genres from LGBT artists young and older, including Fredo Viola, Tret Fure, Jay Thomas, Another Sky and Alex The Astronaut.

By Jim Provenzano | January 14, 2021

Inaugurate your new year with arts, nightlife and community events online, or go outside to stroll/roll through a park. you deserve it.


By Jim Provenzano | January 12, 2021

Santa Monica's revered Highways Performance Space presents Film Maudit 2.0, a truly unusual selection of feature, short and experimental films, some that blend performance and cinema, and others with decidedly queer themes, Jan. 12-24.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | January 12, 2021

We kept thinking of all the folks who told us that President Trump would never instigate a coup as we watched a simple roll call vote turn into an attempt to subvert the election and kill the Vice President and Speaker of the House.


By Jim Gladstone | January 11, 2021

Call it serial monology. Los Angeles-based comic actor and writer Tom DeTrinis' new one-man show, 'Making Friends,' streaming through January 18, is the latest link in a director-actor trio of productions.

By Jim Provenzano | January 10, 2021

The always innovative Amy Seiwert's Imagery will premiere the fourth dance film as part of the Sketch Films series online Jan. 15. Choreographer Ben Needham-Wood's 'What the Body Holds,' created with filmmaker Matthew McKee, features dancer Jenna Marie.


By Jim Provenzano | January 7, 2021

Amid tumultuous terrifying times, find relief, get informed, or just amused for a while, with arts, nightlife and community events.

By Jim Provenzano | December 31, 2020

Enjoying the new year yet? While most online events carried over from the 'annus horribilis,' some new events in arts, nightlife and community should cheer you.


By Victoria A. Brownworth | December 28, 2020

The past year included a feast of LGBTQ characters, story lines, comings out, and media representation. 'Dispatches from Elsewhere,' 'Killing Eve,' 'Cucumber/Banana' and 'Everything's Gonna Be Okay' are among the best shows still available to watch.

By Gregg Shapiro | December 28, 2020

Despite the absence of live concerts, LGBT musicians around the country have managed to release new music. Here is the first part of two Best of 2020 music mentions, including a few who came out of their musical closets.


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