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Safety in queer numbers: Elton John, Sad Daddy and more

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Dec 28, 2021
Lend your ears to new music from Elton John's "The Lockdown Sessions," Sad Daddy, Adult Mom, Bachelor, Destroy Boys and Haunted Like Human. Each offers a queer turn on pop, country and rock grooves.

Going Out, Homing's In Dec. 24-Jan 1, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Dec 23, 2021
Whether you'll be cuddling at home sipping eggnog, planning to go out and guzzle champagne on New Year's Eve, or staying home and ignoring it all with a Netflix binge, we've got events for you, both online and not, plus updates on event cancellations.

Tripping through history: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a roadmap to San Francisco's past

By Michael Flanagan | Thursday Dec 23, 2021
'The Letters of Thom Gunn' is both an intimate portrait of the poet and a window on the development of what would become gay and leather culture, and the rise of the hippies and drug culture.

Saving Saint-Saëns: 'Carnaval des Animaux' and other works

By Tim Pfaff | Wednesday Dec 22, 2021
Camille Saint-Saëns has gotten a comparatively bad rap as being 'superficial.' New and recent recordings may prove that bias wrong.

'The Woman in Black' at The Strand

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Dec 21, 2021
'The Woman In Black,' a ghost story, is now on stage at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater. Thousands of goosebump-loving audience members who have made this play a huge hit in London.

Ashes to Ink: moving memoir recalls life with gay dad

Tuesday Dec 21, 2021
Lisa Lucca has written a moving memoir in which she recalls coming to terms with her gay dad, coming to the realization that she and her dad loved each other as best they could.

'The Matrix Resurrections' premiere @ Castro Theatre

By Gooch | Monday Dec 20, 2021
Many cast members of 'The Matrix Resurrections' film attended the Castro Theatre premiere on December 18, including stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and director Lana Wachowski.

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

By Brian Bromberger | Wednesday Dec 15, 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.

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

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Dec 15, 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.

West Side Story: new film adaptation pays homage while updating a classic tale

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Dec 14, 2021
It's always a daunting gamble to remake an acknowledged classic, especially decades after the original, but Steven Spielberg has defied the odds, reinventing and rejuvenating the 1961 ten-time Oscar winner "West Side Story."

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

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Dec 14, 2021
A packed audience filled the Castro Theater on Sunday Dec. 12 for a free screening of Steven Spielberg's reimagining of "West Side Story," and a special Q&A with legendary actress Rita Moreno.

Deadly entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

By Jim Piechota | Tuesday Dec 14, 2021
James Han Mattson's new book encompasses themes of race, identity, greed, prejudice, and sexuality, all playing out within the dark dingy confines of a Nebraska "full-contact" haunted attraction.

Martha Wash: new music with love

By Cornelius Washington | Thursday Dec 9, 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.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2006's sporting life

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Dec 9, 2021
2006 was a double-banner year for LGBT athletes. Two international sporting events were to take place that August: The seventh Gay Games in Chicago, and the upstart rival, the Montreal Outgames.

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

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday 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.

Kal Penn's engaging yet incomplete memoir

By Brian Bromberger | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
South Asian film and TV actor and Obama 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.

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

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday 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.

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

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Dec 5, 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

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Sunday Dec 5, 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.

Caleb Teicher: dancing a new path

By Philip Mayard | Friday Dec 3, 2021
Caleb Teicher & Company make their Bay Area debut at Zellerbach Hall on Dec. 5 with "More Forever," a jazz/tap/Lindy Hop ensemble work, performed in a 24-foot sandbox with a live original score, composed and performed by virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao.

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