Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 18 / 5 May 2016

Fine Arts - In the footsteps of Grace Jones

Standing nearly six feet tall with the imperious bearing of an androgynous black Amazon, Grace Jones was bending gender identity for her own purposes and playing with extreme fashion and multiple personae before Lady Gaga got her groove and her meat dress on. (read more)

Film - Honoring Patty Duke

Film-lovers were shocked by the unexpected passing of actress Patty Duke on March 29. At the time of her death, Duke, 69, had amassed more than 125 credits at Internet Movie Database. She had won an Oscar, two Emmys and a People's Choice Award. She had also won the respect of millions for her mental health advocacy. (read more)

Dance - 'Onegin'
caps SF Ballet season

With Onegin, a three-act ballet choreographed in 1965 by the gay South African John Cranko, San Francisco Ballet brought their 2016 season to a sensational close. (read more)

Out There - Colorful museum encounters

Pressies from around the world and down the block toured the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) last week, set to open to the public on May 14. (read more)

Theatre - X marks
the theatrical stage

Even if you've never read Treasure Island, it probably feels like you did. (read more)

Theatre - Under
the grapevines

It doesn't take much to get the characters to sing in The Most Happy Fella. (read more)

Theatre - Shocking behaviors & louche acts

In the case of this particular German cow, it may seem a case of udder uber alles. (read more)

Film - May flowers
at the Castro Theatre

A month before LGBT Pride, the Castro Theatre continues its ongoing function as a neighborhood movie palace. (read more)

Out & About -
Visual music

What we have for you this week is pretty gay, meaning we have compelling visual art that's made by gay and straight people, fun musicals that are gayer than gay, and made by queer peeps and some of our best allies.
(read more)

Fine Arts -
Pop portraiture

A dozen portraits by pop artist Jason Mecier will be on display at a new show, Celebrity Trash, at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, May 2-28. (read more)

Music - An orchestra possessed

Guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado recently ended his latest two-week visit with the San Francisco Symphony leading concerts featuring a world premiere and a program that playfully toyed with listeners' expectations. (read more)

Film - Drag diva
dreams in Old Havana

There is no greater pleasure for this critic than discovering a new film that's a sure shot to make my year-end Best Queer films list. (read more)

Books -
Needing to belong

Occasionally a fresh, exciting voice rings out over the cacophony of mediocrity, and one can sigh with renewed confidence in the publishing world: here is a very good writer. (read more)

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