Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 21 / 21 May 2015

Fine Arts - Return to the Rainbow Forest

A spinner of tales, a visual novelist, a dream weaver, John Bankston is a San Francisco-based, gay African-American artist who, like the characters in his adventures, prefers not to be pigeonholed by race or sexual orientation. His work often bends pop-culture icons – pirates, cowboys, magicians – that tend to be white and straight, opening the door to fantasy and imagination, realms the artist believes are largely closed off for African-Americans. His figures are black men who have departed a place that has stymied and labeled them for another where they can determine their identity and destiny through performance dress or costumes. The Explorer, a new show of his whimsical paintings and drawings at Rena Bransten Projects, continues the ongoing saga of the Rainbow Forest, a land in which a man – perhaps Bankston's alter ego – can become the avatar of his dreams. (read more)

Theatre - Funny in drag!

Join RuPaul sidekick Michelle Visage and a collection of impeccably dressed if raucously funny drag superstars for a night of wild and wacky comedy at the venerable Castro Theatre. The Drag Queens of Comedy returns on Sat., May 23, tickling your funny bone at 7 and 10 p.m. The show's press release describes the event as "epic," as 10 drag superstars will appear in the boisterous line-up. Performers include Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, film actress Coco Peru, superstar Lady Bunny, and San Francisco icons Peaches Christ, Heklina, and Sasha Soprano, who serves as the event producer. (read more)

Out There -
International style

Tonight begins the three-week run of this year's edition of the San Francisco International Arts Festiva (May 21-June 7 at Fort Mason Center). (read more)

Out & About -
Training days

Vocal voices, theatricalities, simmering syncopated dancing; there's more than enough to keep you off the tube and your phone. (read more)

Theatre - Full frontal farce in Brighton

One joke, two acts. Even the author of One Man, Two Guvnors acknowledges the dramatic dilemma at hand. (read more)

Theatre - Desperate television executives

"I am the master of my fate," famously wrote Victorian poet William Ernest Henley. (read more)

Film - Catching a wave
at the Castro Theatre

The second half of May at the Castro Theatre offers a birthday party for Harvey Milk (5/22, his 85th), an evening of Drag Queen Comedy (5/23)... (read more)

Film - The
madness of love

L'Affaire Le Roux, or more vulgarly, the Le Roux Affair, is a real court case involving a young heiress on the French Riviera whose body never turned up... (read more)

DVD - In the shadow of
the Gare du Nord

What does it mean to be dislocated not only in terms of your homeland, but also emotionally? (read more)

Books - Mother's day

At 47, it is up to Melissa to keep the Rivers legacy of boundary-pushing, fearless vitality alive, both hers and her mother's. (read more)

Fine Arts - GLBT history is told through art

The Castro, aka the Gayborhood, has been part of the LGBT landscape for many decades. (read more)

Film - Autumn rhapsody

The new big-screen soap opera I'll See You in My Dreams from director Brett Haley is 95 mostly inoffensive minutes long... (read more)

Music - Reissue roulette

The 1970s were a festival of double studio albums, from Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street ... (read more)

Television - End of the line for many series

Another landmark week on TV, and a week of endings. (read more)

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