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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

By Brian Bromberger | Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
Virtually every issue of importance about what it means to live a life and to be a human being was concentrated in Oliver Sack's unusual life story, says director Ric Burns of his new documentary about the gay neurologist and best-selling author.

Q-Music's 2020 LGBTQ History Month playlist

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
Erasure, Sabrina Chap, Matt Lovell, Rituals of Mine, and other queer and trans musicians deserve to be on your playlist. Listen up.

'Life' story: an interview with Branden James

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
Branden James has enjoyed success as a gay classical crossover musician in the duo Branden & James (with his husband James Clark). But his triumphs were not without trauma, something he goes into detail about in his new memoir.

'Angels in America' virtual performance streams Oct. 8

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
Seven pivotal scenes from the epic Tony and Pulitzer-winning two-part AIDS drama 'Angels in America' will stream online on October 8 as a benefit for amfAR's Fund to Fight Covid-19. Much more than a Zoom reading, look for some unusual changes.

Dance films, classes move on(line)

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
In these unprecedented times, artists still create. Dancers, choreographers, and teachers are no exception. While the in-person physicality of a dance performance can't be fully recreated, some companies are doing their best.

Jada Michael's 'body-positive' musical appeal

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Sep 28, 2020
You need some music to relax. Jada Michael's vocals range from moments of under-the-covers intimacy into the charismatic chorus with R&B smooth grooves, just what we need to feel better. Oh, and she's an out and proud lesbian, too.

Blue Hearts beating: an interview with gay musician Bob Mould

By Gregg Shapiro | Thursday Sep 24, 2020
If gay modern rock legend Bob Mould isn't the hardest working man in music, he's definitely one of them. To prove that point, he's wasted no time in following up 2019's 'Sunshine Rock' with the new 'Blue Hearts.'

Homing's In: Sept 24-Oct 2

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Sep 24, 2020
From Folsom fetish fun to literary loveliness, you can find online arts, nightlife and community events to suit whatever your mood may be.

The Aggie and the ecstasy: an interview with filmmaker Catherine Gund

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
Lesbian documentary filmmaker Catherine Gund has an exceptional eye for subject matter when it comes to her movie projects. The subject of her new doc "Aggie" is about her mother; art collector-philanthropist Agnes Gund.

Fashion on film: 'House of Cardin' directors P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes

By Cornelius Washington | Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
The fashion documentary of 2020 is here. At 98 years old, Pierre Cardin still has the magic, as does the film about his incredible life and 70-year career, "House of Cardin."

Show Timing: The Lavender Tube on the 'pand-Emmys,' Ellen and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
The 'pand-Emmys' include 'Schitt's Creek' and 'Watchmn' sweeps, Ellen DeGeneres address her show's backstage drama, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is remembered.

Friday night frights: 'The Bright Lands' by John Fram

By Jim Piechota | Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
Set in his home state, Texas-born writer John Fram's distinctive debut novel examines the dark occurrences circling around the small hamlet of Bentley.

Juanita MORE!'s charity event gets groovy

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Sep 20, 2020
What? You missed San Francisco drag icon and DJ Juanita MORE! and her lip-synch DJ event fundraiser? Never fear. It's still here, online, of course.

The Noël Coward Foundation's 'Marvellous Party'

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Sep 20, 2020
In an online fundraiser for two nonprofits, dozens of acclaimed actors and musicians perform intimate excerpts from the gay playwright/composer/author's plays, songs, poems and essays.

Lone Star Saloon offers '500 Club' membership fundraiser

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Sep 20, 2020
As we endure the pandemic, many local businesses have not been able to re-open. Some are innovating with unusual ways to find support. For the popular South of Market bear bar, it's a new membership club, which includes a handmade gift and other perks.

Sam Jay --

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Sep 20, 2020
As the first Black lesbian writer for 'Saturday Night Live,' comic Sam Jay's stand-up show is now on Netflix, breaking new ground there as well.

Fall forward: a reading list for early autumn

By Gregg Shapiro | Saturday Sep 19, 2020
Pick from an autumnal harvest of praiseworthy books in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Homing's In: nightlife, arts & community events Sept. 17-26

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Sep 17, 2020
Danceable, musical, literary and filmic fun fills your interwebs with continued hope, healing and hum-dingin' fun. Zoom in, log on, click away.

Literary grants, fellowships and awards update

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Sep 16, 2020
Literary arts emergency grant recipients have been announced, George Takei wins an award, and Lambda Literary's LitFest schedule is announced.

Frameline features, part II: queer cinema's maturity, complexity

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Sep 15, 2020
Having watched Frameline44's new roster of narrative features, what becomes increasingly evident is that queer cinema is maturing by bravely dealing with often taboo topics in inventive ways, creating thoughtful, even provocative movie-going experiences.

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