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A play's 'playwright' can't keep his mind focused on the subject at hand in 'The Late Wedding'

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SF queer arts community mourns Arturo Galster, "drag queen's drag queen"

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To call seminal SF perfomer and alpha theater aficionado Arturo Galster merely a "drag queen" is to do his range -- from the legendary Vegas in Space movie and pitch-perfect live-sung Pasty Cline interpretations to his recent technicolor turns with the Thrillpeddlers -- a disservice. But his name will always call to mind that moment in the late '80s and early '90s when SF's drag scene unmoored itself from polite old school diva kabuki into a squall of gloriously punky, ironic camp.

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Pride on fire!

QUEER ISSUE 2014: Music, mayhem, parties, perfomances, more: Our guide to this Pride 2014's must-do events

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 There is way too much to do this year, as always. Don't be scared! Dive right into the party and performance bounty that is Pride.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FULL PRIDE GUIDE.

Pride on fire! 2014's must-do Pride events

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Hey gorgeous queer person (and friends)! There is way too much to do this year, as always. Don't be scared. Dive right into the party and performance bounty that is Pride.Read more »

Still hungry

Theatre of Yugen's remarkable world premiere of Chiori Miyagawa's 'This Lingering Life'

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THEATER A figure wanders into the void — a pristine wooden stage, that is, pinpointed by four delicate weights hovering pendulum-like at the corners, alive to the slightest ripple of air. In the back, behind a scrim and awash in crepuscular light, a large and blooming tree floats exquisitely in space. For the wanderer, the time (if such a thing can be said to exist here) is ripe. "This must be bardo, then," thinks the ghost. "I'm cool with that. I was beginning to think I'd live forever."Read more »

At the crossroads

A community is left reeling by sudden changes at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco's oldest alternative non-profit arts space.

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By Jolene Torr

On May 23, the city's oldest alternative nonprofit art space announced that it would suspend programming due to a fragile financial situation. Indefinitely.Read more »

Hold 'Steady'

Alonzo King's new work mixes dark threat into tenderness

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DANCE Alonzo King's The Steady Heart (which opened his spring season at YBCA May 21) is among his most dramatic and, thematically, most explicit works. It also just may be one of the finest he has yet created for his 11 Lines Ballet dancers, three of whom — David Harvey, Caroline Rocher, and Meredith Webster — will retire at the end of this season.Read more »

Oakland roundabout

Oscar Grant, Rodney King, and everyone in between make up the chains of cause-and-effect in Chinaka Hodge's 'Chasing Mehserle'

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THEATER Read. Think for yourself. Speak your mind. Map the wide world. Just don't leave your house. Read more »

'Venus in Fur' electrifies at A.C.T.

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Good lord, this play is hot, hot, hot. Rave reviews of its run in New York last year -- mostly heralding the rise of Broadway newcomer Nina Arianda -- gave me pause. Could our own A.C.T. pull off this super-steamy, sometimes-harrowing, consistently enthralling sex comedy without Arianda's now-famous starpower?

No fear. Sensational actors Brenda Meaney and Henry Clarke stole the audience's breath away, when playwright David Ives' perverse 2010 take on novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's perverse 1870 masterpiece opened at A.C.T. last night. Prepare to be intellectually and emotionally (and even a bit physically) whipped, beaten, and thrilled into submission.

And yes, there will be a touch of Velvet Underground.

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Goldies 2014 Performance/Music: Brontez Purnell

"I romanticize the outsider. There's always going to be this running theme of me versus the world."

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GOLDIES After being informed that Bay Guardian editors and a theater critic vetted his Goldie nomination, Brontez Purnell reacts. "I think it's fuckin' rad. I'm pretty into it. A theater critic? Was I criticized?"Read more »