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Through the 'Looking' Glass

Emillio Mesa | Posted 03.11.2015 | San Francisco
Emillio Mesa

"I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours," is a line from Lewis Carroll's sequel to "Alice in Wonderland." Earlier this week, at the historic Castro Theatre, that line came to life through HBO's premiere for "Looking." The world premiere showcased the first two half-hour episodes of the ten-part, second season

Vamping and Camping

George Heymont | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Like a religious deathbed conversion, wretched excess may be the antithesis of everything a person stood for in his sane, tightly disciplined life. But there comes a time when giving in is a better option than merely giving up.

UPAJ: Improvise Blazes at San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.07.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

At the heart of UPAJ: Improvise - a documentary about the unlikely liaison between an elder statesman of Indian classical dance and a rebellious young African American tap dancer.

The Alloy Orchestra Meets 'Son of the Sheik' at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.18.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The film has been treated to the latest in the art of restoration and preservation and will be shown for the first time this coming Saturday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Actor Ed Stoppard On Codebreaker -- A Film Bio of Alan Turing

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Codebreaker, a 2011 docudrama originally broadcast in the UK as Britain's Greatest Codebreaker, was a mind-bending entry in the recent Frameline37 film festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

San Francisco Silent Film Fest Leaves You Spellbound in Darkness

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 09.14.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Silent films can transport us back in time. Movies from the early years of the 20th century are filled with details which reveals the way people used to live, work, think, fall in love, solve problems, act silly, and get by on a daily basis.

Where Will Your Yellow Brick Road Take You?

Chris Delyani | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Chris Delyani

I remember this guy who snapped at me in a crowded Castro bar. I felt sad for him -- sad for all of us. We were a community, weren't we? If we couldn't get along in a gay bar in the gayest neighborhood in the gayest city in North America, I thought, then where could we get along?

WATCH: Intrigue, Betrayal And Murder

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.28.2013 | San Francisco

The Steve Jobs film is apparently "embarrassing," "Fruitvale" doesn't have a release date yet and, with the recent will-they-or-won't-they intrigue su...

PHOTOS: Local Landmark Celebrates Huge Birthday

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.05.2012 | San Francisco

Whether it was the "Wizard of Oz" sing-alongs that did it, the organ concerts, the Rachel Maddow conversation or the emotional "Milk" premiere, every ...

San Francisco, Starring Jeanette MacDonald, to Be Featured at the Castro Theatre's 90th Anniversary

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

This month marks the 90th anniversary of the Castro Theatre, San Francisco's last fully functioning movie palace. With its towering and pulsating neon sign, the theatre is in the heart of one of the easiest recognized and most visited neighborhoods in the world.

Drag Race Winner Sharon Needles Stars in Peaches Christ's Silence of the Trans at Castro Theatre July 28

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.26.2012 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Silence of the Trans, a scary-yet-hilarious production, followed by a screening of the Academy Award-winning favorite upon which it's based, hits San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre on Saturday, July 28.

The Silents Are Deafening

George Heymont | Posted 09.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The parade of film festivals through San Francisco's arts calender offers a constant source of entertainment. But if I had to choose one, my favorite would undoubtedly be the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

The Unsung Athleticism of Charlie Chaplin

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the joys of watching a great comic at work is his mastery of the material he has crafted for himself. Whether one is a performance artist or a stand-up comic, whether one is working with movement or text, a great performer's confidence in his craft allows him to take risks required by unexpected events and improvise when an opportunity suddenly presents itself.

Mario Cantone on His First San Francisco Stint

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

I really only had three or four questions for stage actor Michael Cantone to ponder, but in 2010, what with the political climate the way it is and gay rights still a pressing concern, a chat-fest ensued.