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When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

By Michael Flanagan

The opportunity to see Marlene Dietrich in person came 23 years after her U.S. film dbut. In 1953 the Sahara Las Vegas offered her $30,000 per week to perform. And so her career as a cabaret singer was born. The film star later performed in San Francisco.

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By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 15, 2020

Like everything else, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has been affected by the pandemic, but that isn't stopping Kung Pao founder Lisa Geduldig from putting on a show. For 28 years, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has been a San Francisco tradition.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | November 3, 2020

People expressed shock and sadness when it was announced on Facebook that transgender performer Bambi Lake had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment at Zuckerberg General Hospital. She died on November 4.


By Jim Provenzano | October 24, 2020

While live concerts are mostly still on hold, LGBT and nonbinary musicians continue to release music at a steady pace. Whether you're into folk-rock, dance grooves or R&B hip hop blends, these twelve queer artists and allies are making music for any mood.

By Michael Flanagan | October 13, 2020

Skip Arnold's historic drag act became one of many fascinating anthropological subjects by scholar Esther Newton, whose groundbreaking dissertation, once ignored, has found new readers.


By Cynthia Laird | September 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

By Jim Provenzano | September 12, 2020

Matthew Simmons, known to many as his drag persona Peggy L'Eggs, died peacefully and unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8 at his Oakland apartment. Friends and colleagues offered a stream of tributes and remembrances.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 11, 2020

On third Thursdays, Lisa Geduldig brings us Lockdown Comedy, shows, online via Zoom. This month's show takes place on August 20 and promises to offer lots of laughs. The line-up includes the host's mom, at a senior home in Florida.

By Jim Provenzano | August 10, 2020

Marga Gomez returns to host the hit comedy series, Who's Your Mami Comedy. This time it's online, with headliner Laurie Kilmartin, pluis Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Suni Reyes, Dominique Gelin, and Jesús U. BettaWork.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | July 28, 2020

Kim David Smith, a gay Australian native who now lives and works in New York City, has released his first concert album: 'Live at Joe's Pub.' Smith's concert conjures up images of smoky nightclubs in Weimer Era Germany.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | May 19, 2020

The SF Queer Nightlife Fund is now accepting applications for a second round of grants to those whose income has been impacted by the Covid-19. For many of the recipients, the grants they received have been a lifeline which helps them survive.


By Michael Yamashita | May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | April 21, 2020

Linda Lavin, Tony-winning actress, best know for her TV show 'Alice,' has new music and new hope. We talked with her by phone from her Manhattan apartment, at the pandemic's U.S. epicenter.


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