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Homing's In April 16-25, 2021

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Apr 15, 2021
Plenty of outdoor and distanced events are worth joining this, week. But you'll pardon our recusal from 4/20, the marijuana party. Now that's legal, it's not so radical, and more like Muffin Monday. Going to bars feels more speakeasy-esque these days.

Mike Nichols: A Life, celebrated in new biography

By Brian Bromberger | Thursday Apr 15, 2021
Written by Mark Harris, the husband of gay playwright Tony Kushner, the new Mike Nichols biography profiles a prickly genius who was a virtuoso observer of others, yet a stranger to himself.

Allen Ginsberg's first recorded "Howl"

By Jason Victor Serinus | Thursday Apr 15, 2021
It was the poem that defined a generation. "Howl," Allen Ginsberg's defiantly gay manifesto, and other poems, will be released on audio by Omnivore Recordings on CD, LP, and in multiple streaming and download formats.

Dreamin' is free: Sean Dorsey Dance presents new online works

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Apr 13, 2021
Taking his art outdoors and on video, the always-innovative Sean Dorsey discussed his new dance works as part of the company's 2021 At-Home Season (April 16-18), and the new series "The Lost Art of Dreaming."

Andra Day in 'The United States v. Billie Holiday'

By Cornelius Washington | Tuesday Apr 13, 2021
The queer, Black classic that everyone in the LGBTQ community deserves is here. 'The United States v. Billie Holiday,' as a film, is an indictment, instructional guide and spiritual love letter rolled into one.

Sing out: Crescendo Voices Rising with SF Gay Men's Chorus

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Monday Apr 12, 2021
On April 22, SF Gay Men's Chorus will present their 15th annual "Crescendo: Voices Rising," an online gala with guest-stars LeeAnn Rimes, Jake Shears, Shangela, Rita Moreno and others.

50 years in 50 Weeks: May 17, 1972 Chaotic Cowboy Contest

By Jim Provenzano | Friday Apr 9, 2021
The Covered Wagon bar hosted the 1972 Mr. Cowboy contest, but things didn't go well, as reported in the B.A.R.'s May 17 issue. Many in attendance were "stirred into a frenzy of accusations, charges and counter-charges of fraud, fake fix and cheat."

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.

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