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Out in the World: Campaign tackles Puerto Rico's LGBTQ violence issues; travel initiative launched

By Heather Cassell | Friday Nov 26, 2021
This year marks a new beginning for Puerto Rico's LGBTQ community following the deadliest year for transgender people in the U.S. territory in 2020.

Visual AIDS: 'Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster'

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Nov 25, 2021
"Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster" documents selected graphic art posters used as preventative advice or protest art through the AIDS pandemic.

American dreamer: 'App Kid' author Michael Sayman

By Gregg Shapiro | Thursday Nov 25, 2021
Young, groundbreaking, queer tech wizard Michael Sayman's memoir is the kind of book that has something for almost everyone, not just tech nerds.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
Fall becomes winter soon, but you can unfreeze your inhibitions by safely masking up where requested, and enjoy art, music, nightlife and more.

Michael Urie: the 'Single' sensation on his new holigay film

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
Michael (Buyer & Cellar on Broadway, 'Ugly Betty' costar on TV) Urie stars as Peter, the romantic lead in Netflix's entry in the gay holiday movie genre, 'Single All the Way.'

Holigay events: choral, cabaret, comedy and more for December fun

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and now that the Bay Area has reopened, there's plenty to do in December. Here are several ways you can celebrate and have a joyous holiday.

Fashion's fall: 'House of Gucci's scene-stealing cast led by Lady Gaga

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
The Italian fashion dynasty are the stars of the new Ridley Scott film "House of Gucci," based on the Sara Gay Forden nonfiction book. Heralded as one of the best movies of 2021, it is decidedly not that, but more of a glitzy melodrama.

Veteran dancer Brian Fisher's new steps

By Philip Mayard | Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
Having originated and performed the role of Drosselmeyer in Mark Foehringer's "Nutcracker Sweets" for 13 years, this year, Fisher will step down as a performer to serve as the production's Artistic Associate and Rehearsal Director.

Family forays on stage: Berkeley Rep's 'Wintertime' — Aurora Theatre's 'Father/Daughter'

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
Berkeley Rep's giddy show, Charles Mee's comic "Wintertime," takes on a home-for-the-holidays extended family gathering. Aurora Theatre offers the world premiere of Kait Kerrigan's Father/Daughter, about parents and children's connections.

9th Circuit panel rules for release of Prop 8 trial tapes

By John Ferrannini | Friday Nov 19, 2021
In a victory for media organizations, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that tapes of the 2010 San Francisco federal trial that struck down California's same-sex marriage ban can be released.

Best AIDS films, part 2

By Brian Bromberger | Thursday Nov 18, 2021
In Part 2 of our Best AIDS films articles, we focus on films that humanized PWAs and universalized their experiences by raising awareness of how they lived, what they thought and felt, sometimes with humor and a musical song and dance.

Going Out, Homing's In, Nov. 19-26, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Nov 17, 2021
Beefcake, Banksy, bears and Buffy! As more theaters, museums and nightclubs expand their in-person events, you can enjoy more thought-provoking art, or escapist fun; your choice.

Chick-fil-A opens near SF city line

Wednesday Nov 17, 2021
Long reviled by LGBTQ community members, chicken sandwich purveyor Chick-fil-A is opening its newest Bay Area location mere minutes away from San Francisco's city line.

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
Departing from her guest-star turn as a chanteuse on the hit sci-fi TV show "Snowpiercer," SF-raised Lena Hall, also of "Hedwig" and "Kinky Boots" fame, returns to Feinstein's ballroom to perform her new cabaret concert.

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
Chris Conde, the Austin-based self-proclaimed "thicc, queer Mexican" rapper, unleashes a sophomore album, "Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay."

Randy Rainbow: gay satire king, er, queen, at the Masonic

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
Shining brightly through the seemingly impenetrable recent dark storm clouds, Randy Rainbow burst forth with colorful parody songs and videos that provided endless sources of laughs. He'll perform in SF Nov. 20.

Preludes to a kiss: The Lavender Tube on news, and momentous smooches

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
While the news media continues to focus on losers, traitors, and murderers, awards shows, dramas, and even animated series smooch it up with gay, trans, and queer teen characters.

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical, will perform November 23-28 at San Jose's Center For the Performing Arts. RuPaul's Drag Race star Nina West heads the cast as Edna Turnblad.

Art as a cause: John R. Killacky's book of essays

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Nov 15, 2021
In his concise collection of essays and interviews, John R. Killacky's book offers behind-the-scenes perspectives on his decades of arts administration, and his own struggle to deal with physical limitations.

50 years in 50 weeks: 'Queer Crips' in 2003

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Nov 15, 2021
In the B.A.R.'s November 13 issue, John R. Killacky shares his experience in becoming disabled, and how using a wheelchair helped him gain more freedom than using a cane at age 51.

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