Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 39 / 29 September 2016

Theatre - Darren Criss comes full circle

When Darren Criss was starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, he could hear his parents in the audience laughing at one risque joke or another. "And I'd be, like, guys, what I just said was terrible. You should be scolding me." His parents may be "a little bit old-fashioned," but after his run as the transgendered rocker had ended, "My mom was always telling me, 'I miss Hedwig. I miss Hedwig.' (read more)

Theatre - Drag kings: trending!

By day, she's a 30-year-old gender queer third-year law student, but at the 21st annual Drag King Contest, she'll be competing as "Pussy Diet." Pussy is one of eight contestants competing at the annual gala, held at the Oasis on Sept. 29. Billed as the "largest drag king event in the world," this year's theme is "A flashback to the 1970s." (read more)

Theatre - Albee: an appreciation

Edward Albee, the great American playwright, died at 88 on Sept. 16, after a short illness, at his home in Montauk, NY. (read more)

Out There - The First Lady's first lady

In this election year of "Settle for Hillary" vs. "The Orange Baboon Who Doesn't Pay Taxes" (credit: Paul Rudnick), Out There finds it helpful... (read more)

Out & About - Octobright

Ah, theatre, music, dance. Swirl like an autumnal leaf. (read more)

Theatre - Monarchy on the morning after

There's no need to brush up your Shakespeare to enjoy King Charles III. (read more)

Theatre - Cold War gamesmanship

There exists no definitive version of Chess, a fact that now allows theaters to chop, dice, mix, and stir ingredients from its various incarnations... (read more)

Film - Reflections in a steam bath

Spa Night, a Sundance-commissioned intimate family drama, opens with David, a beautiful 19-year-old man whose parents emigrated from Korea... (read more)

Books - Frankenstein, wherefore art thou?

"Look within" might be the motto of the great Romantic poets of bygone England, Keats and Shelley. (read more)

Film - Behind the lens

Back in the early 1950s when I first saw films in theaters, the operators would often permit you to stay through more than one screening. (read more)

Music - Italianate thrills

The first month of the San Francisco Symphony's new season ends this week with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a world premiere... (read more)

Music - Country tis of thee

Known for putting her money where her mouth is, versatile Tony Award-winning diva Cyndi Lauper is an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community. (read more)

Books - Homosexual conspiracies catalogued

If there are any more university-press bookstores around, look for Gregory Woods' Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (Yale)... (read more)

Fine Arts - Visual troubadour of urban blight

Art museums and alert curators provide an invaluable service when they shine a light on artists who haven't received... (read more)

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