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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.

Dance films, classes move on(line)

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Sep 28, 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.

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.

A weekend in the Castro: businesses, re-opened

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Sep 14, 2020
Visitors to the Castro district on Sunday Sept. 13 enjoyed outdoor dining, drinks and shopping at local stores. Safety and health precautions were heeded as patrons enjoyed themselves while supporting local businesses.

Shorts attention span: Frameline44 short films in comedy, romance, documentary and animation

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Sep 14, 2020
Short film programs have long been a popular favorite with Frameline patrons. They not only bring succinct stories to the screen, but also give fledgling filmmakers a first look at their talents.

Marga Gomez keeps us laughing: 'Spanking Machine' to play online

By Jim Provenzano | Saturday Sep 12, 2020
In her live-streaming queer Cuban comedy-drama 'Spanking Machine,' Marga Gomez shares the story of the first boy she ever kissed and how it made them both gay forever.

Matthew Simmons April 28, 1960-Sept. 8, 2020: healer, social worker, musician, was also known as drag performer Peggy L'Eggs

By Jim Provenzano | Saturday Sep 12, 2020
Matthew Simmons, known to many as his drag persona Peggy L'Eggs, died peacefully and unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8 at his Oakland apartment. Friends and colleagues offered a stream of tributes and remembrances.

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