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50 years in 50 weeks; 2008's loved 'shack

50 years in 50 weeks; 2008's loved 'shack

By Jim Provenzano

In the second week of August, 2008, a beloved drag show reached its zenith, as host Heklina hosted the last weekly Trannyshack night at The Stud before exporting it to DNA Lounge and other larger venues.

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By Jim Provenzano | January 20, 2022

The year certainly had more 'important' arts and nightlife coverage, but Gregg Shapiro's June 2012 interview with Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears brings back fond memories of their music.

By Jim Provenzano | January 12, 2022

In April 2011, the Bay Area Reporter celebrated its 40th anniversary with a mini-exhibit of vintage front pages, curated by photographer Rick Gerharter.


By BAR staff | January 12, 2022

The Occupy Wall Street movement in the fall of 2011 quickly spread to other cities, including San Francisco.

By Jim Provenzano | January 6, 2022

When asked to create a nightlife spinoff mini-magazine for the Bay Area Reporter, it took editor Jim Provenzano only a few seconds to devise the title, BARtab. Putting out a monthly second publication took a lot more time.


By BAR staff | January 5, 2022

The fight over marriage equality consumed the Bay Area Reporter for many years, especially after voters in 2008 approved Proposition 8, the state's same-sex marriage ban.

By Jim Provenzano | January 5, 2022

Our January 13 B.A.R. Talks panel focuses on drag and its local history, with guests Heklina, Fudgie Frottage, Khmera Rouge, Mercedez Munro, Persia, and Sister Tilda Nextime.


By Jim Provenzano | December 30, 2021

In Robert Sokol's May 14, 2009 interview with the late Joan Rivers, the celebrated comedian talked of her career and threw in plenty of timely jokes, which were very much of that age.

By BAR staff | December 29, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter's October 29, 2009 issue saved some space on page 1 for the news that then-President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate crimes bill into law.


By Jim Provenzano | December 16, 2021

We could have scoured the year's worth of arts and nightlife articles, but then stopped. What's better than a concise interview with Lily Tomlin?

By Jim Provenzano | December 9, 2021

2006 was a double-banner year for LGBT athletes. Two international sporting events were to take place that August; the seventh Gay Games in Chicago, and the upstart rival, the Montreal Outgames.


By BAR staff | December 8, 2021

In 2002, trans teenager Gwen Araujo went to a house party in the East Bay city of Newark.

By Jim Provenzano | December 3, 2021

Heading up the arts features in our June 23, 2005 edition, Adam Sandel gets good quotes from comic actor Alec Mapa, who was a celebrity Grand Marshal at that year's Pride events.


By Jim Provenzano | November 25, 2021

You can't fault us for our enthusiastic coverage of Richard Greenberg's thought-provoking drama 'Take Me Out,' about a gay baseball player's decision to come out. Also, the play includes extensive male nudity in shower scenes.

By | November 23, 2021

Seventeen years before she was sworn as the first woman and first Black and first Asian American U.S. vice president, Kamala Harris was district attorney in San Francisco.


By BAR staff | November 17, 2021

Bob Ross, the founding publisher of the Bay Area Reporter, died December 10, 2003 of complications from diabetes.

By Jim Provenzano | November 15, 2021

In the B.A.R.'s November 13 issue, John R. Killacky shares his experience in becoming disabled, and how using a wheelchair helped him gain more freedom than using a cane at age 51.


By BAR staff | November 10, 2021

The March 7, 2002 front page of the Bay Area Reporter featured the grand opening of the Charles M. Holmes campus of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.

By Jim Provenzano | November 4, 2021

Before and after 9/11, the Arts section's attitude seemed to be, "Keep Calm and carry on." The November 22 issue offers an overview of the arts highlights in a year stuck in amber by the catch phrase, "Never Forget," but one some would prefer to.


By Jim Provenzano | October 28, 2021

We'll leave the coverage of the contentious 2000 presidential election to our news editor and mention a sporty gay film, a snarky gay sports column, and leave it to Liza to give 2000 a bit of class.

By Jim Provenzano | October 20, 2021

In late October 1999, film writer Gary Morris focused on the San Francisco Film Society's Dark Wave series, a three-night mini-festival of unusual independent films screened at The Victoria Theatre.


By Jim Provenzano | October 14, 2021

As he bids farewell to his role as James Bond in the action franchise's 'No Time to Die,' let's look back to Daniel Craig's earlier years in cinema, particularly 1998's 'Love is the Devil,' where he played the butch lover of painter Francis Bacon.

By BAR staff | October 13, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter's "No obits" cover from August 13, 1998 is probably our most famous.


By Jim Provenzano | October 6, 2021

Back in the mid-1990s, every author —and their eager publicists— knew the value of a good or even bad review in the 'Bay Area Reporter.' One deserved standout was the work of Scott Heim.

By BAR staff | October 6, 2021

LGBTQs who embraced Levi's popular button fly 501 blue jeans were in for a shock when the May 15, 1997 Bay Area Reporter had a cover story on the possibility of San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. no longer selling the denim items in some establishment


By Jim Provenzano | September 29, 2021

The film 'Bound,' described in the October 3 issue of the 'Bay Area Reporter,; was 'Noir lite with a dyke twist.' The Gina Gershon/Jennifer Tilly stylized romance got off to a passionate start only minutes into the crime flick.

By Jim Provenzano | September 27, 2021

Cinema and television through five decades of 'Bay Area Reporter' coverage will be discussed by two prolific film writers, Brandon Judell and Brian Bromberger, on Oct. 7 at 6pm. Arts & Nightlife Editor Jim Provenzano moderates the online panel.


By Jim Provenzano | September 23, 2021

Extra Fancy front man Brian Grillo may have been the most prominent out gay rock singer of the year. The band headlined the 1995 Folsom Street Fair in one of several queer rock moments of the year.

By BAR staff | September 15, 2021

Looking back at our September 22, 1994 issue, Leather Week was upon San Francisco as the third annual LeatherWalk commenced from the old Headquarters bar in the Castro to the Eagle in the South of Market neighborhood.


By BAR staff | September 8, 2021

The April 29, 1993 cover of the Bay Area Reporter featured that year's March on Washington for lesbian, gay, and bi rights.

By Jim Provenzano | September 8, 2021

Perhaps the most visually striking lead Arts feature of 1993 showcased the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Tim Farrell interviewed members of the drag nun collective who were banned from the March on Washington stage.


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