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Todd Stephens' 'Swan Song' of joy

By Gregg Shapiro | Thursday Jul 29, 2021
Todd Stephens, the writer-director of the acclaimed new film 'Swan Song,' discusses the culmination of his 'Sandusky trilogy,' working with actor Udo Kier, and returning to his hometown to film the unique gay "comeback" tale of a retired hairdresser.

Going Out, July 30-Aug 6, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Jul 28, 2021
As more venues re-open, more precautions become standard. Mask up, get your shots, and enjoy arts and nightlife events.

Sportertainment: The Lavender Tube on LGBT athletes & allies at the Tokyo Olympics

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Jul 28, 2021
After a year's delay, and continued health worries and protests, Tokyo's Olympic Games have begun, with the largest ever number of out LGBT competitors.

Phatima Rude memorial to be held Aug. 1 at Public Works

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Jul 27, 2021
Known for outrageous and unique performances, the late local drag performer Phatima Rude (Leigh Pankonin) will be remembered at a gathering on August 1 at Public Works.

Irish wise: Graham Norton's novel, 'Home Stretch'

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Jul 27, 2021
Known as the savvy, freewheeling UK television talk show host, Norton's new gay-inclusive novel is an unexpectedly insightful character-driven delight that is as binge-worthy and compelling as any trending Netflix series.

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

By Gregg Shapiro | Saturday Jul 24, 2021
Is there anything gay performer and Texas native Todrick Hall can't do? He sings. He dances. He writes songs. He acts on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He's also an outspoken activist, and discusses his new album, "Femuline."

Going Out, July 16-22, 2021

Wednesday Jul 14, 2021
Make your reservations, get your vaccinations, and rejoin audiences all over the Bay Area for films, theater, dance and nightlife. Catch up in Going Out.

Lillias White: 'Happy' to be here

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
There will be much to celebrate with Broadway star Lillias White when she makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in a two-night engagement beginning Friday, July 23. The very same day will see the release of White's new album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!'

Protests and produce: The Lavender Tube on sports, 'Gossip Girls,' 'Unforgotten' and 'Banana' & Emmy noms

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
Our erudite TV columnist covers Olympic controversies, Valerie Bertinelli's slap-back to fat-shamers, the "Gossip Girls" reboot, and Russell T. Davie's oh-so-gay "Cucumber" etc. series refreshed for U.S. audiences.

Jewish Filmfest includes compelling LGBTQ stories

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
San Francisco's Jewish Film Festival will present more than 50 films from over 20 countries. Now in its 41st year, 2021's program has "something for everyone," including six films addressing LGBTQ stories.

Derek Frost's 'Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS'

By Jim Piechota | Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
In this honest and poignant remembrance of the years before, during, and after the scourge of AIDS, celebrated designer, photographer, and artist Derek Frost escorts readers into the dark, devastating heart of the 1980s and beyond.

Fred Halsted art-porn classics at Embarcadero, Shattuck cinemas

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Jul 8, 2021
What are the cinematic boundaries between art and pornography? Two gay porn classics by Fred Halsted blend both in a strange mix, and will screen at Embarcadero and Shattuck cinemas July 9-15.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Jul 8, 2021
Our weekly search for the year's best item stopped still for a fascinating two-page interview with the late great Sylvester. The feature served as an advance to his now-legendary Feb. 4 One Night Only concert at The Castro Theatre.

Going Out July 9-15, 2021

Wednesday Jul 7, 2021
In midsummer, many arts organizations are planning their post-pandemic performances, while others, including nightlife event producers, have already returned to normal, somewhat. Catch up in Going Out.

Matt Yee keeps fun afloat in trying times

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Jul 6, 2021
Sing-along cruise ship host Matt Yee discusses making the best of the past year, and his upcoming shows at the thankfully re-opened Oasis nightclub.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1983,Tom Ammiano on 'Pitfall Prancing'

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Jun 30, 2021
Let's gander at a June 23 interview with Tom Ammiano, gay comic and later, politico and memoirist. Writer Scott Treimel's ruminative feature focuses on the politics of Tom's "sissy" stand-up style.

Carry on, my wayward son: Heidi Ewing's gay immigration drama

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Jun 29, 2021
'I Carry You With Me (Te Llevo Conmigo)" is a tender, frustrating, sporadically agonizing, and heartbreaking film that has wisdom to impart on a dire and bitterly divisive subject.

A Dog's Tale: Dan Perdios' charming story of a disabled gay man and his service dog

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Monday Jun 28, 2021
In his new book, "A Golden Retriever and His Two Dads," author Dan Perdios, a gay man with limited hearing, remembers his late service dog Willy and their adventures together.

Third B.A.R. Talks panel focus on news coverage of HIV/AIDS

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Jun 27, 2021
'B.A.R. Talks 3: AIDS/HIV in Print,' the third of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly 50th anniversary online panels, will feature Liz Highleyman, Tom Burtch and Guy Clark, who will discuss the paper's decades of covering the AIDS pandemic, online July 1.

Going Out, June 25-July 1, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
Now that in-person events are quickly becoming the norm, our ever-evolving listings will mutate. We're focusing on in-place events for now. Happy Pride etc.!

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