With a history going back decades, roller skating and its various gay nights continue to offer up fun on wheels, both in Redwood City and at a church on Fillmore Street. Both locations bring lighthearted nightlife with an innocent sense of fun.
With a wise and worldy perspective, several local women comics are standing up to sexism, homophobia and other cultural malaises by helping us to laugh at such ignorance. Insightful truths are often the funniest, and these women –lesbian, queer and straight– have performances through the month.
Lady Rizo performs in San Francisco at Feinstein’s at the Nikko February 6 and 7. Her new album, ‘Violet,’ released in November 2013, is brilliance incarnate. Her stage shows are a terrific mix of what she calls “caburlesque.”
D’Arcy Drollinger loves Blaxploitation cinema. Cheesy all black action flicks like Cleopatra Jones can make his day. Drollinger’s ‘Shit & Champagne,’ opening Friday January 17 at Rebel, is what the actor/dancer calls “whitesploitation.”
With a career spanning Broadway, television, film and concerts, actor-singer-composer Cheyenne Jackson and I mostly discussed his music, specifically his own, some of which he’ll be performing at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, January 10 and 11.
Year-end events are either a flurry of Santa-themed fun or a desolate, “We’re Closed” dormancy. While many bars and restaurants will be open for those who won’t be leaving town or perching couchward at family gatherings, so few of them bothered to tell us (putting them on our Naughty list). You’ll have to ring up your preferred tavern to see if they too, will have flown the coop.
The eerily wonderful pop-opera singer Klaus Nomi is long gone, but Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman, his two close friends and collaborators, will return to the stage in a rare duo concert. Lightning Strikes, a musical tribute to the man who “came from outer space to save the human race,” plays at Feinstein’s at the Nikko for one night only October 24 at 8pm.
Surfacing on the national comedy scene in the early 1990s and remaining a comedic staple ever since, Emmy and Grammy-nominated actress and comic Margaret Cho will return to her hometown of San Francisco where she got her very first start.
Eclectic, experimental, punk, electro… it takes many words to try to describes the unique musical talent known as Peaches. She and her Peachettes will headline the 40th anniversary Castro Street Fair with a special musical tribute to Sylvester.
She’s back! Lady Bunny, New York nightlife drag queen extraordinaire, Wigstock creator, performer and DJ, returns to San Francisco with the latest edition of her bawdy variety show full of saucy songs and sassy commentary.
Jeb Havens and Xavier Toscano, two gay local singer-composers, both known for performing everywhere from bars and benefits, will be among the talents at this year’s Pride main stage show, Sunday June 30.