Arts & Culture

Swan Song: remembrance of things past

Swan Song: remembrance of things past

By Gregg Shapiro

Inspired by a true icon, 'Swan Song' stars Udo Kier as Mr. Pat, the formerly famous hairdresser known for the magic he worked with a brush, a comb, and hairspray on the heads of Sandusky socialites.

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By Jim Provenzano | July 29, 2021

The lengthier arts section in the October 29, 1987 B.A.R. focused on the boom in 'gay and lesbian' literary subjects and reviews, from lesbian theater history to the work of James Broughton and a then-new author, Christopher Bram.

By Gregg Shapiro | July 28, 2021

Todd Stephens, the writer-director of the acclaimed new film 'Swan Song,' discusses the culmination of his 'Sandusky trilogy,' working with actor Udo Kier, and returning to his hometown to film the unique gay "comeback" tale of a retired hairdresser.


By Brian Bromberger | July 27, 2021

Known as the savvy, freewheeling UK television talk show host, Norton's new gay-inclusive novel is an unexpectedly insightful character-driven delight that is as binge-worthy and compelling as any trending Netflix series.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | July 27, 2021

After a year's delay, and continued health worries and protests, Tokyo's Olympic Games have begun, with the largest ever number of out LGBT competitors. Our TV columnist also focuses on some outstanding straight athletes of note.


By Jim Gladstone | July 26, 2021

Lauren Yee's light pop-music-infused romantic comedy tells of a one-hit pop star who skips out on his concert tour to beeline back to his blue-collar hometown in Pennsylvania.

By Jim Provenzano | July 25, 2021

In the fourth edition of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly online chats celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication, writers John F. Karr and Cornelius Washington will discuss the history of sexuality in the publication in an Aug. 5 online chat.


By Jim Provenzano | July 22, 2021

Midsummer fun continues all over the Bay. Be careful, be kind, mask up indoors, and head out for plays, concerts, films and nightlife frolics. Many venues are requiring masks, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test for entry.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | July 20, 2021

Oasis hosts Michael Phillis' new drag parody show, 'The Hand That Rocks the Crawford,' starring Matthew Martin as Joan Crawford in a mash-up of femme fatale '90s classic films.


By Gregg Shapiro | July 20, 2021

Is there anything gay performer and Texas-native Todrick Hall can't do? He sings. He dances. He writes songs. He acts on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He's also an outspoken activist, and discusses his new album, 'Femuline.'

By Brian Bromberger | July 20, 2021

In many ways, the new film 'Joe Bell' is Hollywood do-goodism at its worst. We're to view homophobia through the angst of a guilt-ridden parent in a shallow lopsided perspective that winds up becoming an elongated PSA.


By Mark William Norby | July 20, 2021

In Michael Lowenthal's fifth book, Sex with Strangers, the writer steps out of the novel and delivers a fiery collection of eight stories coursing through queer and straight lives.

By Jim Gladstone | July 20, 2021

Something new is in store for the genteel cabaret audiences that frequent Feinstein's at the Nikko. On July 28-31, two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada will premiere a brand new solo set at the club ... and she'll be pole dancing.


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