Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 17 / 28 April 2016

Theatre - His Lola adventure

He did not create the role of Lola in Kinky Boots, but it sometimes seems like the role was created for him. Of all the actors who have yet played the drag performer who upturns the provincial world he lands in, J. Harrison Ghee has the most autobiographical connection to the role. "I sometimes say Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper must have had someone tracking my life when they wrote the show," said Ghee, who is now starring in the touring production that will return the musical to San Francisco beginning May 11. "The cast always says to me, 'You're a real-life Lola.'" (read more)

Film - International visions

The queer highlight of the San Francisco International Film Festival's second week is a timely revival of The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl Dunye's 1996 LGBTQ Cinema classic. The story involves a black lesbian videostore clerk who sets out to dramatize the life of a 1930s African American actress. "The Watermelon Woman" was so named because she specialized in playing stereotypical black "mammy" roles. The Watermelon Woman, a hit at the 1996 San Francisco LGBT International Film Festival, marks the first time a black lesbian helmed a feature-length film. (Castro, 5/1) (read more)

Film - Classic African American lesbian film returns

San Francisco is the next stop on an international tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cheryl Dunye's... (read more)

Out There - Purple reign

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." The lyric was, of course, from the immortal musical genius Prince, the setting was... (read more)

Fine Arts - Talking with Isaac

The gay, black filmmaker/photographer Isaac Julien is soft-spoken, thoughtful and one natty dresser. (read more)

Out & About - Impactory

Strong dramatic theatre, art, and dances fill up this week's arts agenda. (read more)

Music - Queer acts

Openly gay male hip-hop acts were unthinkable just a few years ago. (read more)

Music - Passionate playing

Two recent and very different concerts with the San Francisco Symphony turned out to have more in common than we first expected... (read more)

Books - Ghosts in animated spaces

Presence and evanescence would seem to lie somewhere near the heart of Ocean Vuong's poetry. (read more)

Books - Truman Capote & his swans, plucked

Historical fiction is a challenging genre, especially when readers remember the characters and situations portrayed. (read more)

DVD - Poolside revelations

There is a tender scene in the new DVD Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (Wolfe Video) where a mother, in a moment of candor sitting in a parked car with... (read more)

Film - Into the valley of love & death

Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu, two of France's greatest living actors, are the leads in a film by Guillaume Nicloux called Valley of Love. (read more)

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