Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 16 / 16 April 2015

Theatre - Separating from Hedwig

Lena Hall won a Tony Award for playing a woebegone man in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. After more than a year of eight shows a week as the beaten-down Yitzhak, it's not surprising that her first post-Hedwig endeavor is about cutting loose.

Just four days after her final performance in Hedwig on April 4, Hall debuted a cabaret show at Cafe Carlyle that defies expectations that come with the "cabaret" label. That show, dubbed Sin and Salvation, is now bringing her to Feinstein's at the Nikko on April 24 and 25. It will be the first time she has performed in her hometown since a touring company of Cats swept her away 17 years ago. (read more)

Fine Arts - Jacob Lawrence's rhapsody in blues

A master storyteller with a fine-tuned social conscience who used his gifts and a powerful artistic voice to become a leading chronicler of the African-American experience, Jacob Lawrence was a superb draftsman and visual thinker in an impressive range of mediums. Fifty-six of his paintings, drawings, rare color etchings and prints dating from 1943-98 are currently on view in Promised Land: The Art of Jacob Lawrence, a new exhibition that emphasizes his figural strengths, narrative skills and a bold distinctive style characterized by a meld of Cubism and early 20th-century Social Realism. (read more)

Out There -
Books, props, kudos

What books are currently on your nightstand? That's a question The New York Times Book Review asks a featured writer each week. (read more)

Music - Charting the course

A funny thing happened on the way to the San Francisco Symphony last week. (read more)

Out & About - On the bias

Can I tell you what's the most fun to do? Can I be a tad biased? Can you trust me as your cultural tour guide for the week? (read more)

Dance - Dueling
mixed bills delight

Well, I'll be damned! It's impossible to prefer one over the other of San Francisco Ballet's mixed bills that opened last week at the Opera House. (read more)

Books - Matrimonial bliss

As the United States Supreme Court nears its pivotal decision this summer to resolve the debate on gay marriage, tensions are running high... (read more)

DVD - Stormy weather

Land of Storms This deliberately paced hot-boy triangle romance from Hungarian director Adam Csaszi pulls us seductively into the burgeoning erotic freedoms... (read more)

Music - Around the world in 80 minutes

His journey has taken him from the fields of Oklahoma to the West End of London, where he has produced and performed since he first moved to the UK 28 years ago. (read more)

Television - Big reveal on 'Bold & Beautiful'

While The Bold and the Beautiful 's Maya Avant is not the first transgender character to appear on a daytime drama... (read more)

Film - Seductive imagery

Throughout my viewing of Cheatin', the latest feature-length adult-content animation from the nimble pen of American animator Bill Plympton... (read more)

DVD - Bedtime story

There is that famous scene in the 1939 classic musical Babes in Arms. (read more)

Music - For your
queer ears only

The best part of Clint Eastwood's unnecessary film adaptation of Jersey Boys was adorable Mike Doyle's flaming portrayal of queer songwriter and music legend Bob Crewe. (read more)

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