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Homing's In, Going Out May 28-June 6, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday May 27, 2021
The rainbow avalanche is upon us as Pride events in multiple media rev up online and in person. Dust off your glittery gear. It's our month.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1978, Glad to be Gay

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday May 27, 2021
While the Tom Robinson Band, then known for the inspiring folk-derived anthem, "Glad to be Gay," had a performance at the Old Waldorf (444 Battery St.), the venue's promoters used the ad to politicize their pro-gay presence.

Kristian Hoffman's loud and queer as Mumps music's re-released

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday May 26, 2021
In addition to his own music, Kristian Hoffman, a co-founding member of Mumps with Lance Loud, discusses the release of 'Rock & Roll This, Rock & Roll That: Best Case Scenario, You've Got Mumps,' a collection of 23 songs.

Frameline45 announces festival programs

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday May 25, 2021
Frameline45, which just announced its full program, has already made history: The Castro Theatre and other venues will finally reopen for in-person screenings, with plenty of online viewing as well.

Asian elders' romance in Ray Yeung's 'Twilight's Kiss'

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday May 25, 2021
While his previous two full-length feature films dealt with a younger age demographic, director Ray Yeung's "Twilight's Kiss" introduces us to men in the twilight of their gay years.

Return Engagements: Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Tina D'Elia bring back live cabaret, a solo show & a Haight history tour

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday May 25, 2021
Drag chanteuse Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, who will open a four-night engagement at Feinstein's at the Nikko, and Tina D'Elia performs her new solo and hosts the new Out of Site Haight walking tour, each in new "sort of" post-pandemic performances.

Vocal Varieties: LGBTetc musicians share special songs

By Jim Provenzano | Friday May 21, 2021
It's not yet June, but multiple musicians have shared new songs with an audible rainbow of sounds and styles to add to your late spring pre-Pride month playlist. So get gaily groovin'.

Homing's In, Going Out May 21-30, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Friday May 21, 2021
Mask on or off? Vaccinated? Not? I feel like a Sneech; star upon yars? Either way, with events increasingly opening for in-person arts, nightlife and community, get out or stay in, but find your fun.

50 years in 50 Weeks 1977; Drawn to It

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday May 19, 2021
The B.A.R.'s June 23, 1977 illustrated cover, an ad for The Balcony bar, took a macho cartoonish focus with art by Chuck Arnett, who was known more famously for his mural on the wall of the Tool Box bar.

Gay tech guru: 'Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story'

By Brian Bromberger | Wednesday May 19, 2021
Microsoft pioneering techie Ric Weiland used his wealth and good fortune to make the world a better and more just place, especially for LGBTQ people. A new documentary explores his short, yet amazing, life.

Proud; empowered; parting - The Lavender Tube on FX's 'Pride,' AAPI representation, & Ellen's finale

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday May 19, 2021
Must-watch TV: FX's six-part "Pride" series brings new perspectives on LGBTQ history, with interviews and rare footage; Asian American shows and characters get a to-view list; and Ellen DeGeneres' imminent departure from her chat show made news.

Michael Nava's 'Lies With Man' brings back the mystery

By Jim Piechota | Wednesday May 19, 2021
Attorney and prolific author Michael Nava's impressive, engrossing ninth mystery novel in his Henry Rios detective series flashes back to the 1980s where big hair ruled, neon lit up the night, and the dark storm clouds of the AIDS epidemic began.

Flower of Iowa playwright Lance Ringel imagines male intimacy during WWI

By Mark William Norby | Tuesday May 18, 2021
Lance Ringel's expansive novel centers on native 18-year old Tommy Flowers, who was raised in rural Iowa and sent to France by the U.S. Military in June 1918, the final months of World War I.

Cabaret, comedy & a class act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's new offerings

By Jim Gladstone | Monday May 17, 2021
A gay duo offers up new takes on classic sitcom theme songs, the long-gone Billie Holiday is revived in a play with her music, and half a dozen trans performers go virtual.

Homing's In, Going Out May 14-23, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Friday May 14, 2021
As more venues open up, you have more opportunities to enjoy art, music, nightlife and other events.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1976 — "Oh, Rocky!"

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday May 12, 2021
The 'advertorial' cover of the March 18, 1976 Bay Area Reporter did not include news of our nation's Bicentennial celebrations, but instead the hit production of 'The Rocky Horror Show' and inside a 2-page interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

AIDS activism by the book: 'Let the Record Show' captures a movement's rise and decline

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday May 12, 2021
In the lengthy 'Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993,' author Sarah Schulman documents and analyzes the ideals, actions, successes and failures of the people who made up the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power.

Frameline to cohost Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday May 11, 2021
Frameline, the San Francisco Giants and SF Pride present the first-ever Pride Movie Nights June 11 & 12, with an outdoor screening of the new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "In the Heights."

Drive & Drag at Southland Mall — photos by Steven Underhill

By Steven Underhill | Tuesday May 11, 2021
Drag fans enjoyed fun shows at Hayward's Southland Mall May 7-9, as 'RuPaul's Drag Race' stars and their hunky backup dancers put on a series of shows for fans in cars and at up-close outdoor VIP tables.

Decades of Pride: FX Docuseries showcases LGBTQ history

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday May 9, 2021
In six episodes made by six directors, FX's Pride Docuseries showcases six decades of stunning and deeply touching interviews and archival footage to visualize the more than half century of LGBTQ struggles and achievements.

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