Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 4 / 22 January 2015

Theatre - Back in
the spotlight again

Billy Porter knows what it's like to be an overnight sensation. He's done it twice. At least it seemed that way as he accepted the 2013 Tony Award for his stunning star turn as Lola in Kinky Boots. Broadway insiders may have remembered his stop-the-show performance as Teen Angel in the 1994 revival of Grease, but for many of the years after that, he had fallen from the spotlight and eventually into bankruptcy.

"I know what it's like to be black and gay and out in this business. And there wasn't shit for me to do," Porter, 45, said recently from New York. (read more)

Film - Three cheers
for Peaches & Natasha!

Drag icon Peaches Christ will host a screening of the classic film But I'm a Cheerleader on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Peaches will be joined at the big, beautiful Castro Theatre by the film's star, actress Natasha Lyonne. The evening is being co-presented by SF Sketchfest.

Lyonne is proud of But I'm a Cheerleader. The side-splitting 1999 film, a dark satire about gay conversion therapy, was released at a time when LGBT people were finally achieving real visibility in the mainstream culture. (read more)

Out There - It's Malcolm McDowell's world

In a Mostly British Film Festival special event next month, movie-lovers will have a chance to hear McDowell, a noted raconteur, discuss his varied career... (read more)

Film - More murderous marriages at the Castro

This year's 13th Noir City festival at the Castro Theatre, Til Death Do Us Part, concludes with rare and memorable examples of the onscreen perils of matrimony. (read more)

Out & About -
Words with friends

Can we all just agree that we have some fabulous local authors, and that the best ones visit as well? (read more)

Film - Burgundy shmurgundy

As I entered the darkened cinema, a character onscreen said with remarkable clarity of diction, "You're late. (read more)

Music - Big performances in small packages

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, along with some very impressive guest artists, had Davies Symphony Hall burning with energy last week... (read more)

Music - Upholding the countertenor voice

I clearly remember when you could count the working countertenors on the fingers of one hand. (read more)

Film - Handicapping the major Oscar races

Whether you have a chip in the office Oscar pool or consider this august event queer revenge for Super Bowl Sunday madness, the 87th Academy Awards... (read more)

DVD - The parent trap

Two Mothers (out on DVD from TLA) is that rare subtitled queer film that delivers a far more insidious emotional punch than one expects. (read more)

Books - Winter books: Read all about them

Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench has worked with some of the great gay actors of our time... (read more)

DVD - Members only

Is your dick the polestar of your life? Do you think about your dick constantly? If yes, you are hardly alone, as the new film Dick: The Documentary, just released on DVD by IndiePix Films, makes clear. (read more)

Books - Pleasure principles

Comprehensively and creatively addressing the ever-expansive rainbow of kinkdom and fetish-play subject matter... (read more)

Music - Bands on the run

Future Islands' Singles (4AD) isn't a hits compilation, in spite of the album's title, but it should be. (read more)

DVD - Cyberwar revelations remembered

Taking his title We Steal Secrets from a former CIA spy chief, director-prducer-writer Alex Gibney moved into an elite class of filmmakers... (read more)

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