Honey, Honey

It seems as though Honey Mahogany is everywhere these days. The season 5 ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ contestant has released an album, and recently played herself on the fourth episode of HBO’s gay series ‘Looking.’ She’ll soon be appearing at the hot Market Street nightspot Martuni’s.

Duncan Sheik: The Alchemist

With Grammy-winning music, seven albums, two Tonys for his musical accomplishments, and even a few film soundtracks, there’s no telling which of the many songs in Duncan Sheik’s repertory he and his band will play at their Yoshi’s concert on February 8. But fans and the newly interested will assuredly be entertained.

Lady Rizo @ Feinstein’s

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.”

The Music, man

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.

Sheena Rose: Queen of Clubs

As his drag persona Sheena Rose, Jacob Paiva has accomplished something no one else has done in San Francisco since the dance music icon Sylvester in 1986, that is place Number One on a prestigious dance music chart.

Bounce Back: Big Freedia

Forget Miley’s tired twerk. The authentic and decades-long history of the booty-shaking dance move, also known as Bounce, is fully supported through the driving crazy-making grooves of New Orleans sensation Big Freedia.

Aiden James: Philly’s finest

Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Aiden James will be performing in San Francisco at the Folsom Street Fair’s main stage on September 29, and at The Midnight Sun on Monday September 30.

Choir Boy: Matt Alber

Matt Alber performs in a special concert with the Cello Street Quartet on Thursday, March 28 at the Swedish American Hall (upstairs from Café Du Nord).

Winter Blues: Earl Thomas Sings Out & Proud

Earl Thomas is the greatest gay ambassador you’ve never heard of, or more probably, never heard. The acclaimed blues singer tours the world, and performs here in San Francisco, too.

BARtab February 2013 page-view

Read our new expanded uncensored page-view-only edition of February 2013 BARtab, with lots more photos from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s book, The World According to Wonder.

Le Jazz Hot

Jazz music in San Francisco; its rich past floats through open windows like melancholy notes from Chet Baker’s horn at the old Black Hawk. Today, the genre thrives at new and historic venues all over town.


Where to go and what to do to celebrate all things of the heart? We have the scoop this month for those in or out of love, or somewhere in between.

DJ Hot List: Jim Hopkins

Tenacious would be just one apt word to describe the career of Jim Hopkins, the local disc jockey known for his classic disco mixes, contemporary house blends, as well as archival work and original music.

Music: Shawna Virago

There’s no mistaking that many of the themes in local transgender singer Shawna Virago’s CD Objectified are autobiographical. The lead lyric in three of the CD’s songs, “Objectified,” “Transsexual Dominatrix” and “Butterfly” is the word “I.”


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