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22 January 2019


Harris announces presidential run

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 21

In the end, California Senator Kamala Harris made the announcement from New York City on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day — she's running for president.

Gay man sentenced to life in prison for killing friend

CRIME | By Alex Madison | Jan 18

Convicted murderer Michael Phillips was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his elderly gay friend.

Missouri lesbian couple who were denied housing lose legal battle

LATEST NEWS | By Alex Madison | Jan 17

An elderly lesbian couple in Missouri have lost their legal battle against a senior housing community that allegedly denied renting them a unit after finding out they were married.

SF gay chorus buys building, plans national LGBTQ arts center

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 17

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus announced Thursday that it has purchased a building and plans a national LGBTQ center for the arts.

Roxie names new ED

NEWS | By Sari Staver | Jan 16

The Roxie Theater, San Francisco's longtime independent cinema, has hired its lesbian general manager as its next executive director.

Board honors Britt

NEWS | By BAR staff | Jan 16

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors honored former supervisor Harry Britt at its meeting Tuesday.

SF mayor seeks permit for leather plaza

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 16

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has stepped in to expedite the permit process for the construction of a leather-themed parklet in the city's South of Market neighborhood.

Editorial: Berkeley needs to improve ped safety

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jan 16

Berkeley must stop procrastinating and start implementing its Vision Zero program to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.

Political Notebook: GOP CA legislators do well on LGBT scorecard

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 16

An overwhelming majority of Republican legislators in California earned scores of 50 percent or more on the 2018 Legislative Scorecard compiled by Equality California, the statewide LGBT advocacy group.

Arts & Culture

Next year's model: San Francisco Opera announces 2019-20 season

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Jan 22

The San Francisco Opera announced season repertory and casting for 2019-20 this week, and positive first impressions were confirmed in a conversation with General Director Matthew Shilvock.

Black genius

ART | By Sura Wood | Jan 22

Harlem's temporary loss is a gain for San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora, the first stop for "Black Refractions," the largest touring exhibition The Studio Museum in Harlem has ever undertaken.

Singular sensations

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Jan 22

The versatility of solo theater as a form, and the diversity of the Bay Area artists who explore it, are being showcased between tonight and Feb. 10 in the second annual Solo Performance Festival produced by PlayGround.

Designated (music) driver

MUSIC | By Roberto Friedman | Jan 22

There was a certain electricity in Davies Symphony Hall last Friday night as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the San Francisco Symphony for the first time since his appointment as Music Director Designate was announced at the end of last year.

The Dark 50s: Noir films at the Castro

MOVIES | By Tavo Amador | Jan 22

Eddie Muller's 2019 Noir City film festival includes pictures that show how national paranoia damaged society. It runs at the Castro Theatre Jan. 25-Feb. 3.

Declarations of independence

MOVIES | By David Lamble | Jan 22

The 2019 San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) returns (Jan. 30-Feb. 14) with a bevy of challenging films that include two outstanding LGBTQ narratives.


Paradise Square @ Berkeley Rep

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Jan 16

Opening Night of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's new musical Paradise Square was followed by a festive cast party, where patrons, directors, producers and numerous local arts luminaries celebrated.

Positioning our sex - Deconstructing top, bottom and various codes

SEXUALITY | By Race Bannon | Jan 16

Far too frequently, the leather communities tend to honor and revere tops and doms in a way they do not always bottoms and subs. I've increasingly seen this play out in the non-kinky gay men's world as well.

Susan Werner - Somewhere under the radar

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Gladstone | Jan 16

Susan Werner is waxing lyrical about Carmen Cusack, the Tony-nominated singer-actress (Bright Star) with whom she'll share a sublime Bay Area Cabaret double-bill at the Venetian Room this Sunday afternoon.

Nightlife Events Jan 17-24 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Jan 16

Follow a popular New Year's resolution into 2019; sweat off a bit of winter weight on the dance floor, or stack it on at a food truck outside the club. No judgment.

McKechnie & McArdle - Broadway legends reunite at Feinstein's

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jan 9

On January 18 and 19 Broadway legends Donna McKechnie and Andrea McArdle will reunite for an evening of song at Feinstein's at The Nikko. The two performers will pay tribute to two songwriting giants: Stephen Sondheim and the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Nightlife Events Jan 10-17 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Jan 9

Despite inclement weather, some solid stand-by nightlife events are still standing. Shake it off, get indoors to get wet.