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Quack act: Shotgun Players find silver linings in taking theater online

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Aug 11, 2020
Medical ethics, journalistic practices, gender politics, body shaming, cancel culture and internet bullying are all on the table in 'Quack,' Eliza Clark's corrosive comedy-drama, now being mounted live-on-Zoom by Berkeley's Shotgun Players.

Oasis reopens rooftop bar Aug. 14

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Aug 11, 2020
Good news for nightlife fans. Oasis, the popular SoMa nightclub, announced plans to re-open its rooftop bar on August 14, with proper social distancing rules in effect Fridays through Sundays.

Who's Your Mami Comedy returns with host Marga Gomez, headliner Laurie Kilmartin

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Aug 10, 2020
Marga Gomez returns to host the hit comedy series, Who's Your Mami Comedy. This time it's online, with headliner Laurie Kilmartin, pluis Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Suni Reyes, Dominique Gelin, and Jesús U. BettaWork.

Armistead Maupin and Ian McKellen share an online conversation Aug. 12

By Jim Provenzano | Saturday Aug 8, 2020
Since moving to London with his husband Chris Turner, Bay Area fans of best-selling 'Tales of the City' author Armistead Maupin have missed his local appearances. On August 12, he'll discuss his life and writing with his friend, actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Q-Music: Queerantine playlist

By Gregg Shapiro | Saturday Aug 8, 2020
New music from Indigo Girls, Gordi, Katie Pruitt, Khruangbin's Mordechai, Totally F*cking Gay, and The Ultimate Peggy Lee collection.

Trans woman sues San Quentin prison, alleging retaliation

By John Ferrannini | Friday Aug 7, 2020
A transgender woman is suing officials at San Quentin State Prison, alleging that she was abused in custody and retaliated against with false criminal charges.

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF City College to offer cannabis degree

By Sari Staver | Friday Aug 7, 2020
City College of San Francisco will launch a two-year associate of arts degree program in cannabis studies next spring, which it says is the first of its kind in the nation.

Drag performers launch 2020 get out the vote effort

Friday Aug 7, 2020
Two San Francisco drag performers have joined an effort to promote participation in the fall elections, where control of the White House and U.S. Senate are up for grabs and countless local elections will be taking place across the country.

Biden says he can beat HIV by 2025 — but activists are skeptical

By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | Friday Aug 7, 2020
Joe Biden is seeking to one-up President Trump on the fight against HIV by pledging to end the epidemic by 2025 — an ambitious goal that would beat the current administration's goal by five years, although some HIV advocates are skeptical the presidential

Homing's In: arts, nightlife, community events Aug 6-14

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Aug 6, 2020
Music, comedy, theatre and community forums will get you through the next week of our collective endurance. Mask and ye shall receive.

Sam Harris: singer discusses the 'Substance' of his new novel

By Jim Gladstone | Thursday Aug 6, 2020
Sam Harris certainly won't be singing in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. But he's doubled-down as an author. His second book, 'The Substance of All Things,' was published July 1. It's a novel. And it's a knockout.

Castro street closure request for dining plaza hits roadblock

Wednesday Aug 5, 2020
A request by the Castro Merchants to turn a portion of a street running through the heart of San Francisco's LGBTQ district into an outdoor dining plaza on weekends through the end of the year has run into a roadblock over fire vehicle access.

Editorial: Raise an inclusive Castro flag

By BAR Editorial Board | Wednesday Aug 5, 2020
The Castro Merchants, the organization of neighborhood businesses which oversees the iconic rainbow flag flying at Castro and Market streets, should consider installing a more inclusive version of the global symbol of LGBTQ rights.

Besties forever: Jack & Yaya's true love story

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Aug 5, 2020
Seeing as how 'Jack & Yaya' is first-time co-directors Jen Bagley and Mary Hewey's full-length documentary debut, Bagley and Hewey get more right than wrong in their rendering of this touching true story.

'Upon This Rock' - David Eugene Perry's gay noir novel

By Will Snyder | Wednesday Aug 5, 2020
Church history, scandals and hypocrisy and international intrigue set in San Francisco and Italy make the author's debut novel an interesting read.

Political Notebook: Former Buttar campaign manager breaks her silence

By Matthew S. Bajko | Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
The former campaign manager for Shahid Buttar, the democratic socialist running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), is breaking her silence about what she describes as a "toxic workplace environment."

Tituss Burgess says, 'Dance, M.F.'

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Aug 3, 2020
You loved him in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ("Peenooooo Noir!") and other shows. Tituss Burgess' newest song, "Dance, M.F.," speaks to us now about letting our inhibitions down in a time of crisis.

Crescendo, SF Gay Men's Chorus gala, to include special guests

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Aug 3, 2020
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' annual Crescendo gala goes online with honors to singer-actor Billy Porter, activist Ariadne Getty, and special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Alex Newell, Wilson Cruz, and more.

Efren Ramirez, beloved SF gay photographer, remembered

By Daniel Nicoletta | Friday Jul 31, 2020
Efren Convento Ramirez, a gay man who was a photographer for the now-defunct San Francisco Sentinel newspaper, is being remembered several years after his death.

Bugs Bunny US stamps first to depict images of drag

Friday Jul 31, 2020
In issuing a new series of stamps honoring Bugs Bunny that includes two depicting the cartoon rabbit in women's clothing, the U.S. Postal Service has for the first time featured images of drag on the country's postage.

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