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SF Film Festival 2021; a few fave flicks

By Brian Bromberger | Friday Apr 9, 2021
SFFilm is making big changes to accommodate the pandemic for its 64th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival to be held from April 9-18 that will include primarily online streaming and in-person events at the Fort Mason Flix drive-in theater.

Homing's In April 9-16, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Apr 8, 2021
Spring has quite sprung and many arts, nightlife and community organizers and producers have emerged from their Zoom caves. Chirp, chirp.

Groove Tube: the B.A.R.'s five decades of TV turn-ons

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Apr 7, 2021
It is hard to narrow the discourse to just a handful of TV shows over so many years and hundreds of columns, but here are some of the LGBTQ stories that spurred controversy or altered the landscape.

50 years in 50 weeks: May 1, 1971: In all their plumage

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Apr 6, 2021
As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, each week we'll take a nostalgic look at a highlight from each year's issues. In May 1, 1971 , a plumaged party seemed like a lot of fun.

Screen times: Film coverage in the B.A.R. through 50 years, part 2

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Apr 6, 2021
As the 1990s approached, films began to offer more positive portrayals of LGBTQ people, often as the loyal best friend, with characters beginning to be more fleshed out, having lives rooted in their sexuality but not necessarily ruled only by it.

That's (adult) entertainment: veteran editor & columnist on the B.A.R.'s erotica true connection

By John Karr | Sunday Apr 4, 2021
Our veteran erotica reviewer reminisces about the early glory days of gay porn on film, vintage B.A.R. coverage, and porn's rise, (ahem) in popularity before changes made into VHS and online formats.

Screen times: B.A.R. film coverage through 50 years, part 1

By Brian Bromberger | Friday Apr 2, 2021
It wasn't until the third issue of the Bay Area Reporter in 1971 that the rationale for having a film section was revealed by its first critic. 100s of film reviews since then have catalogued the rise of indie and mainstream cinematic LGBT depiction.

Homing's In, April 2-12, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Apr 1, 2021
As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, let's look to arts nightlife and community groups that share our collective history. Long-running theater companies and even new online forums span the decades.

Go West: How the B.A.R. brought me to California and halfway around the world, twice

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Mar 31, 2021
With more than 900 articles penned for the Bay Area Reporter, I feel a strong connection as the newspaper celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. I thought to share some behind the scenes tales as well.

50 years of Leather in the B.A.R.

By Race Bannon | Wednesday Mar 31, 2021
In honor of the B.A.R.'s 50th anniversary, let's look back on the past five decades of local leather seen through the lens of the paper, which is admittedly but a smidgen of the entirety of local leather history.

Curtains up, and out: Theater through the decades

By Jim Gladstone | Wednesday Mar 31, 2021
If you search the word "theater" in the archives of the Bay Area Reporter, you'll discover plenty of features and reviews. A few productions with LGBT themes stand out.

The B.A.R.'s decades of stars

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Mar 30, 2021
From the beginning, the Bay Area Reporter has covered celebrities, both Broadway and Hollywood stars. many have indeed sat down with us for a chat. There are many such examples in the B.A.R. archives.

The bars that brought us the B.A.R. - from the Tavern Guild to the Bay Area Reporter

By Michael Flanagan | Tuesday Mar 30, 2021
The Bay Area Reporter first published on April 1, 1971, two years after the New York Stonewall Riots. But the paper's emergence grew not out of activism, but from San Francisco's growing gay bar scene.

Juanita MORE! to run for Empress

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Mar 30, 2021
Local nightlife icon and community organizer Juanita MORE! this week announced her candidacy to run for Empress of The Imperial Council of San Francisco. If elected, MORE! would become the 56th Empress.

Homing's In March 26-April 4, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Mar 25, 2021
Face it, you're itching to get out. With more museums, galleries, move theaters, bars and restaurants opening, you're allowed. Mask up, get out, have fun.

John Holiday's night at the opera

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Wednesday Mar 24, 2021
It appears that countertenor John Holiday can sing just about anything. From his TV splash on 'The Voice' to a Vivaldi concert, to the operatic "Summertime" from 'Porgy and Bess.'

The Lavender Tube on racist crimes, 'Talk' tensions, and a new 'Law & Order' Meloni series

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Mar 24, 2021
Our TV columnist discusses the news coverage of the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes, Sharon Osbourne's alleged racist statement on and off-set of 'The Talk,' and Chris Meloni's return to the 'Law & Order' franchise.

The Sisters' Easter celebration's online April 4

By Jim Provenzano | Saturday Mar 20, 2021
For the second time, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will host their very popular Easter party online. the event will still include the Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contests, plus a basket full of drag fun.

Homing's In March 19-26

Thursday Mar 18, 2021
Events in arts, community and nightlife are carefully cracking open like a fertile spring Easter eggs. See what's hatching in this week's Homing's In.

Spirited disruption: Celebrating 150 years of the SF Art Institute

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Thursday Mar 18, 2021
San Francisco Art Institute will celebrate its 150th birthday with an extensive exhibition of a diverse array of alumni, and a particular focus on Black, indigenous people of color and LGBTQ+ artists, both online and at their Chestnut St. campus.

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