Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal

Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million. The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs. The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-acc

HAPPENINGS | Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7, 2021 - Ventura County Reporter

HAPPENINGS | Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7, 2021 - Ventura County Reporter

HAPPENINGS | Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7, 2021 - Ventura County Reporter

Posted: 30 Dec 2020 09:45 PM PST

ELF: THE MUSICAL Through Jan. 18 online. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's beloved 2019 holiday production returns for streaming online. Follow Buddy as he leaves the elf community in the North Pole to seek out his human father in New York City. $15-25. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening. Photo by Jon Neftali Photography

Thursday – Dec. 31

STARTING RIGHT FOR 2021 HIKE 8-9 a.m. Get a jump on a healthier year with a hike. Bring a mask and physical distancing is required. Bring water, comfortable shoes and layers are recommended. Space is limited. Led by Pleasant Valley Parks and Recreation department. Register online HERE. 

VC COVID TESTING BY APPOINTMENT | Avoid lines by making an appointment at State operated testing sites in the county: Newbury Park at the Thousand Oaks Library and the other is at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.  Call  1-888-634-1123 or visit www.lhi.care/covidtesting. HAVE SYMPTOMS? Make an appointment at a County Clinic in Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Fillmore. Please call 805-652-7660 to make an appointment. Walk in testing schedule changes daily at other sites, visit www.vcrecovers.com.

VIRTUAL FUN-RAISING NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION 6-7 p.m. Dance out 2020! Be cozy in comfy pajamas, pour the champagne and enjoy music, comedy, silent and live auction. Auctions benefit Senior Concerns programs helping local seniors. FREE online registration HERE. 

Friday – Jan. 1

VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS All Day FREE entry in celebration of New Year's Day! Garden Shop will be open. Leashed dogs welcome. Wear your mask and practice physical distancing. 

Saturday – Jan. 2

HOLIDAYS IN YOUR CAR Last day to see the lights at Ventura County Fairgrounds in this festive, drive through display. Tickets online HERE

Monday – Jan. 4

ZAPPA Streaming This new, fully authorized by his family, film on the life and talent of Frank Zappa shows the brilliance and irreverence of a man who challenged the status quo, not only in the music industry but in the halls of censorship in the United States. He became the face of the music industry fighting censorship when others didn't want to speak out for fear of losing money. Known for his musical skill and exacting standards this film offered through the Oxnard Film Festival is insightful, funny and ever so relevant today. Streaming now. $12 for three days. Access the film online HERE

Tuesday – Jan. 5

GUIDED ONLINE MEDITATION FOR VETERANS 10-10:45 a.m. FREE Roger Ford, with Healing in America in partnership with the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation offers this meditation session for veterans and their families who are seeking help on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Meditation can help those in need to relax, re-energize and rebalance. Details and registration are online HERE

NEW YEAR NUTRITION SERIES 10 – 10:45 a.m. FREE This is the first of two sessions offered by the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging with registered dietitians that will focus on healthy, creative recipes for the new year. To register call 805-406-8332 or email dietitian.realfood@ventura.org. 

Thursday – Jan. 7 

PERSEVERANCE TIME: MARS LANDING CHALLENGE 10 a.m. – noon Part of the Fifty and Better Lecture Series this talk with Luis Velasco, a senior engineer with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will explore the Mars 2020 mission that sent the Perseverance rover to the red planet seeking signs of ancient life. Velasco, originally from Mexico, won JPL's Bruce Murray Award in 2018. The Fifty and Better program was designed to offer university-level courses without homework or tests and social engagement for older adults. The event is free, but you must register by 5 p.m. Jan. 6, for the Zoom link. For more information, go to CalLutheran.edu/fab or contact Christina Tierney at christinahelm@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3290.

EAT SMART, LIVE STRONG 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. First session in a four week course for those 60 and over wanting to learn more about healthy food choices and ways to exercise more. Classes are stand alone, but participants are encouraged to join the full four-weeks. To register call 805-477-7353 or e-mail Christal.Greenlaw@ventura.org.

GUIDED MEDITATION AND DISTANT HEALING 5:30 p.m. FREE This webinar, on the first Thursday of every month, will join you with others around the world to create a powerful healing vortex, sending group healing to those in need. To add a name to the list of those in need of healing email:  info@healinginamerica.com. Details and registration are online HERE. 

Streaming events online

VIRTUAL FITNESS Pleasant Valley Recreation Department offers a wide array of online classes – from salsa dancing to minecraft to 5K runs. They even have a Jedi training camp for kids! Offerings are online HERE.

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Spring semester begins Jan. 25 Registration is open now for class offerings for OLLI at Cal State Channel Islands. These programs are college level for ages 50 and over in a wide range of topics: Magic of Ballet, Morocco and Tunisia, Science Fun and more. All classes are online. Full catalog and registration information are online HERE. 

Current Community Needs and Resources

VOLUNTEER MEAL DELIVERY FOR SENIORS At least 10 volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Conejo Valley area (including Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park). Delivery takes about one to one and a half hours, meals are picked up in Newbury Park at 11:30 a.m. Mon.-Fri. You pick the day/s you deliver. Volunteer application is online at: www.seniorconcerns.org/volunteer. Email application to: volunteers@seniorconcerns.org. Questions? Email: kfowler@seniorconcerns.org

FREE NUTRITION COUNSELING FOR SENIORS Offered by registered dietitians through the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging this telephone resource can help those over 60 with their questions about high blood pressure, eating better, controlling diabetes and more. To speak with a VCAAA Registered Dietitian, call 805-406-8332 or 805-340-3084 or email dietitian.realfood@ventura.org. 

NEW ROUND OF FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES Application period Dec. 30 – Jan. 8 The application period for Round 2 funding of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now open and the deadline to apply is Jan. 8, 2021. Micro-grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic are available. Details and application are online HERE.

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS LINE Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Turning Point Foundation has established a phone line for anyone to speak with trained staff to offer support, coping strategies and other resources. The number is: 805-653-5045


Many venues remain closed in compliance with public health orders. Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.


OJAI POTTERY AND CLAY SCHOOL Jan. 4-March 14. Join the creative clay community for a series of winter classes for throwers and handbuilders, beginner to advanced, online via Zoom and in the studio. $300-395. 212 Fox Street, Ojai, 805-798-3990, classes@ojaipottery.com, www.ojaipottery.com.

POPPIES ARTS AND GIFTS  Jan. 1-31. Paintings by guest artist Jim Bruce of Ventura. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.


realART SPRING JURIED SHOW Through Feb. 21, 2021. realART is now accepting submissions for its spring show, which will be on exhibit March 3-April 30. Sculpture, painting, photography, furniture, jewelry, functional art and wearable art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit whatisrealart.com/spring-juried-show.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opened Dec. 20 online. A podcast featuring an all-new musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, put together by the actors from the High Street Broadcast Audio Theater. Free. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Jan. 3, 2021 online. Jefferson Mays inhabits several characters in this one-man version of the Charles Dickens holiday classic. Available to stream as video on demand through the Rubicon Theatre Company. $50. www.onthestage.com/show/rubicon-theatre-company/a-christmas-carol-85170/tickets/5fb413ac08c47100038bbaf7

ESTELLA SCROOGE Through Jan. 3, 2021 streamed online. A mashup of Charles Dickens classics with a modern musical twist that's perfect for the whole family. $29.99-$49.99. www.rubicontheatre.org/estella-scrooge. Also streaming online through Jan. 31 courtesy of the Ojai Art Center Theater. ojaiact.org.

STAY AT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Through Jan. 10 online. A virtual cabaret from the Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center, featuring some of the center's "all stars" singing a collection of holiday hits. Streamed online. Free. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening.

STROKE OF LUCK Streaming now. The Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center presents the first in its online cabaret series featuring a musical dramedy about one woman's stroke and recovery. Starring Farley Cadena. www.svvac.org/virtual-cabaret-series

VOICES NOT HEARD Through Dec. 31 via YouTube. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents two pre-recorded productions from its Voices Not Heard project, available for viewing on YouTube. <em>Subtle Permission</em> focuses on a college student trying to navigate her family, issues facing the BIPOC community and police brutality. In <em>Meetings</em>, a man and his husband arrange a Zoom meeting with an estranged parent to introduce her to their newborn child. Pay what you can. skywayplayhouse.org.


AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31 online: Throwing Shade, featuring the coast live oak tree and its woodland community. Ongoing: Exhibits dedicated to Ventura County's farming and ranching legacy, with antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive, outdoor gardens and more. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.

ATRIUM GALLERY Opened Oct. 26. Origin, a virtual exhibition whereby artists reflect on creative beginnings, family history and more. vcartscouncil.org/atrium-gallery/origin/.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Jan. 16 online: Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild 50th Anniversary Exhibition. Through Dec. 31: John Keenan: Ceramic Journeys. 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Dec. 31: Life Interrupted, a virtual exhibit of work by young local artists, with paintings, illustrations, digital art and mixed media exploring life during quarantine, social distancing and uncertainty. Ongoing: Virtual exhibit: Empathy: Beneath the Surface, multidisciplinary perspectives on the idea of empathy, personal agency and the universal bonds that connect us. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Ongoing. "Museum from Home" resources, including Mineral Mondays, Women in STEM Wednesdays and Fossil Fridays. Kids' educational giveaways every month. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org or @caoilmuseum.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS Ongoing. The Learning to See Student Art Showcase online, featuring work by students from Anacapa, Cabrillo, De Anza Academy of Technology; the Arts and Rio del Valle middle schools; and Montalvo, Pierpont and Sierra Linda elementary schools. focusonthemasters.com

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through Jan. 11, 2021: Members Choice Seaside, with works by several BAA artists depicting local sights and sentiments. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.facebook.com/HarborVillageGalleryGifts.

KWAN FONG GALLERY Ongoing. Virtual exhibits: Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community; Thinh Nguyen: Reorient, Thingamajig VI: A Printmaking Exploration and Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong/

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. Boasting one of the best collections of French automobiles in the world, as well as vehicles, artwork, sculpture and furniture from renowned designer Bugatti. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400, mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Available online now: The MVC Gallery Marketplace has been created to help regional artists sell their works. Through Dec. 31 online: Amendment 19: Votes for Women, stories of Ventura County suffragists and the suffrage movement, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ongoing: Several virtual exhibits, George Stuart Historical Figures® and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Ongoing. While the museum remains closed, it offers a virtual video featuring talented guests such as Perla Batalla, MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones, a talk by Bill Weirick and more. Virtual exhibits are also viewable online at www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

realART Opened Nov. 8. Annual Winter Juried Show with over 50 artists from across the country will be on exhibit in the gallery's new space. The original gallery will also host artwork by artists such as Lynne Deutch, Diane Williams and John White. Whizin Market Square, 28873 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, whatisrealart.com.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Ongoing virtual exhibits. The First Decade: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions, an exhibition of works from the museum's permanent collection in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. 117   N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

SIMI VALLEY VIRTUAL ARTS CENTER Ongoing. 25th Anniversary Photography Collection, photography by Jon Neftali and Worth Living For, a suicide prevention art campaign organized by the Simi Valley Youth Council. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Centers has created an online presence to showcase work from both local and regional artists, theater and performing arts events and more. www.svvac.org.

SPICETOPIA Through Jan. 3, 2021. The Buenaventura Art Association debuts its newest exhibit space — on the walls of the gourmet spice and tea shop in Downtown Ventura — with a small image show, featuring modestly sized works that are perfect for gift giving. 576 E. Main St., Ventura. www.spice-topia.com.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Through Jan. 16 online: Elemental Dreams, jewelry and sculpture crafted in ceramic, glass, metal and wood. Ongoing: Virtual art exhibits include Gallery Virgins, Richard Barnett Portraits, Magical Realism, The Illusionists and Illuminated, as well as artist video talks, online art  classes and children's educational resources. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org.

VITA ART CENTER Through Jan. 14, 2021: Viewing Ventura: A Group Exhibit and First Responders by Ray Harris. Opened Nov. 14: Pulp Gallery (drawing and other works on paper). 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Ongoing. Virtual exhibits: Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community; Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance, examining formal and informal forms of resistance through figurative paintings that confront the politics and histories of representation; Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski, autobiographical paintings and drawings from the artist's experiences of World War II, the Holocaust and their aftermath; Passionate Perspectives senior art exhibit; and Thingamajig VI: A Printmaking Exploration. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.

First China-US music school Tianjin Juilliard starts graduate program amid COVID-19 pandemic - Global Times

Posted: 14 Dec 2020 12:00 AM PST

The landmark building of the Tianjin Juilliard School Photo: Courtesy of the Tianjin Juilliard School

The Tianjin Juilliard School, the first performing arts institution in China to offer a US-accredited Master of Music degree, has kicked off its graduate courses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The graduate program brings together 39 graduate students from 11 countries around the world, including South Korea and Canada, to the school, which was co-founded by The Juilliard School in New York and the Tianjin Conservatory of Music.

The 39 students are inaugural class majoring in Orchestral Studies, Chamber Music and Collaborative Piano. Among them, 61 percent are Chinese students and 39 percent are international. 

Everyone or No One 

All of the international students have overcome difficulties to get to the campus in North China's Tianjin Municipality. Alexander Brose, Executive Director and CEO of the school, told a story about Alla Sorokoletova, a student from Uzbekistan who is currently a flute major at the school.

Alla went to the Chinese Embassy in Uzbekistan several times to apply for her student visa, but she was turned away each time due to the special situation in 2020. After the Foreign Affairs Office of the Tianjin Municipal Government contacted the Embassy and introduced the school, the latter finally agreed to give Alla her visa. 

Brose explained that they needed all 39 graduate students to arrive at the school as otherwise the orchestra consisting of students would not be complete and therefore would not be able to rehearse and perform. There would be only four cello players but without oboe, flute and some other instrument players.

Alla has already arrived at the campus and started her study. She told the Global Times that all staff members at the school are friendly and helpful, so she has not been homesick despite living in a far-off city.

International Cooperation

The Juilliard School in New York manages the school in partnership with the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, the Tianjin Binhai New Area Administrative Commission and the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company. The announcement on the initiation of the project was made at a ceremony attended by China's First Lady Peng Liyuan in 2015.

One of performance halls of the Tianjin Juilliard School Photo: Courtesy of the Tianjin Juilliard School

Students interested in studying at the school need to provide the same application materials including TOEFL scores as required by the New York Juilliard School and will get a degree granted by the latter when graduating.

Cooperation between the two schools takes many forms, with some students receiving instructions online from teachers in New York. 

When the pandemic eventually passes, it is expected that the people-to-people exchanges between the two schools will become more frequent. Teachers in New York will come to Tianjin and students at the school will have the chance to travel to the US for lessons and performances.

"I'll just add that obviously,this has been a very difficult time period for China-US relations," Brose told the Global Times. 

"But throughout that entire time,the support that we've received from our partners in Tianjin and from our partners in Beijing has been unwavering."

"So we feel that we have already served as a cultural bridge between the two countries and we know that we will be able to continue to do so in the years ahead," he added.

Besides graduate courses, the school also offers Pre-College lessons to students aged 8-18 every Saturday. Nearly 90 students from different places around China, including Beijing, the island of Taiwan and Hong Kong have been enrolled in the program.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the campus covers about 45,000 square meters along the Haihe River in Tianjin. The school has 22 teaching studios and 84 practice rooms for students.

The school is also open to the public with three performance halls of various sizes. After registering online, audiences can access performances presented by the school's students and teachers in its landmark new building. 

Homing&#039;s In, Jan 1-10, 2021 - Bay Area Reporter, America&#039;s highest circulation LGBT newspaper

Posted: 30 Dec 2020 03:53 PM PST

Enjoying the new year yet? While most online events carried over from the 'annus horribilis,' some new events in arts, nightlife and community should cheer you.


Alice in Californiland
AXIS dance revises their performance of the magical strange dance-tale of a young girl's journey. https://www.axisdance.org/

Broadway on AirBnB
Promotional-sponsored performances by a variety of talents: Tittus Burgess, cast members from Moulin Rouge, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more, plus dance, yoga, tarot and circus classes. $10-$50. www.airbnb.com

Broadway Performers
For Broadway fans, Tony-winning performers perform new concerts, and classic shows are streamed as well. https://www.broadwayworld.com/

Different Stars
Musical show with a current theme: How do these emotions collide during time spent alone in quarantine? When James opens a box of artifacts from his first breakup, after months of self-isolation during COVID-19, he reckons with memories that haunt him of a first queer love gone awry; starring James Jackson, Jr., Victoria Huston-Elem, Danielle Buonaiuto, and Karl Saint Lucy. https://www.differentstars.live/

Flamingos Forever
"A radio play in poor taste," a new script inspired by the John Waters classic camp film Pink Flamingos, where The Queen of Filth and her family return to Baltimore for the first time since 1972. $10 gets a full download plus other goodies. https://www.queerpowers.com/homodaze-2

The Flats
Produced by the Aurora Theatre Company; three episodes of a collaboration between top Bay Area playwrights Lauren Gunderson, Cleavon Smith and Jonathan Spector. A single ticket covers all three segments, which focus on the diverse residents of a Berkeley triplex who find themselves sheltering-in-place due to a mysterious threat. $20. www.auroratheatre.org

From Broadway to Hollywood
42nd Street Moon's online streams of various shows. https://42ndstmoon.org/

'The Gaze: No Homo'  

The Gaze: No Homo
LA's Fountain Theatre presents Larry Powell's play series of twelve short-form episodes produced through artistic protest in support of Black Lives. examines the process of building culturally specific and queer works of color in historically white spaces. New episodes each Friday. https://www.fountaintheatre.com/now-upcoming/the-gaze

The Golden Girls, a Puppet Parody
The favorite sitcom is performed by puppets, directed by Jonathan Rockefeller; 16 episodes. https://thatgoldengirlsshow.com/

In Good Company
New Conservatory Theatre Center's new podcast drama-comedy, with playwrights and producers dealing with COVID in a realistic story. https://www.nctcsf.org/In-Good-Company-Podcast

Live at The Lortel
Season 2 of the podcast series, with musical theatre talents discussing their art and lives. Archived podcasts include BD Wong. liveatthelortel.com

Making Friends
Tom Detrinis' "gaytastic" solo show performed by the self-confessed rage-aholic, plays online Dec. 17-Jan. 11. 415. http://www.iamatheatre.com/

The Marsh Stream
The theatre producer known for acclaimed solo shows presents a variety of programming at 7:30pm nightly on MarshStream, its newly launched Broadcast Platform, even interactive Bingo game nights, too. http://themarsh.org/marshstream/

Tom Detrinis' 'Making Friends'  

New Conservatory Theater Company: Offstage But Online
Temporarily shuttered, queer theater company NCTC is now building a digital playground for your viewing pleasure that will feature the new podcast drama, actor monologues, messages from playwrights, exercises to practice mindfulness and original material from Conservatory students. New: A Mighty Queer Virtual Variety Show, with host Dusty Pörn, live music from Azuah, SevanKelee Lucky 7 Boult's spoken word, comedy with Baruch Porras Hernandez, $10-$40. Dec. 13- Jan. 3. Also, The Law of Attraction, Patricia Milton's radio comedy about a self-help guru whose life goes awry; streaming thru Jan. 3. (pay what you wish-$40). Also, Quarantine is a Drag Trivia Night, with J. Conrad Frank (Katya Smirnoff-Skyy). www.nctcsf.org

Nutcracker Sweets
Mark Foehringer's kids-inclusive version of The Nutcracker Suite is viewable on-demand. $28.50. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nutcrackersweets

Play at Home
Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents a bunch of short play scripts you can download and perform at home, featuring works by Julia Cho, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Miranda Rose Hall, Ricardo Pérez González and several others. www.playathome.org

The Public Theater
Live and recorded solo and group plays and performances from the acclaimed New York City theater company; Under the Greenwood Tree, a new documentary about the 2017 production of As You Like It. https://publictheater.org/

The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special
Ed Jones plays the wacky host of the holiday show gone off-kilter; written by David Cerda. $25. Dec. 4- Jan. 9. http://www.handbagproductions.org/

Robert Moses' Kin
The acclaimed local dance company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with new video dances; five new works since March, including a major fundraiser for SF Unified School District; also free online events and paid master classes. https://www.robertmoseskin.org

San Francisco Mime Troupe's A Red Carol
The local theatre ensemble performs a radio version of their gleefully leftist take on Charles Dickens' holiday story; thru Jan. 17. https://www.sfmt.org/

San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company streams weekly new plays, readings, arts talks, improv and more. https://www.twitch.tv/sfbatco

SF Opera
Stream recordings of the company's performances of classic operas and vocal concerts. https://sfopera.com

SF Playhouse Zoomlets
The acclaimed SF theatre company adapts, with short online plays. Also, weekly playwright chats. Ticketed videos on-demand include Brian Copeland's The Jewelry Box. Free/donations. https://www.sfplayhouse.org

'Three Decembers'  

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The local dance company streams notable works, including new versions of Michael Smuin's The Christmas Ballet, filmed at various locations and original works. https://www.smuinballet.org/ (Read the B.A.R. article.)

Stars in the House
Musical savant and affable host Seth Rudetsky —with his husband, producer James Wesley— hosts Zoom chats with Broadway, film and TV stars galore. One of the first online fundraisers (for The Actor's Fund), your donations help artists of all kinds, from actors to lighting crew members. Broadway may be closed, but you can enjoy living room concerts and chats with favorite stars. www.starsinthehouse.com

Tampon Rock
Alyssa Brown, Sarah Aument and Sophie Dinicol's new scripted audio comedy show about an Oakland lesbian rock band, with original music. https://www.tamponrock.com/

Theatre Rhino
The local gay theatre company presents online performances of solo and other plays, including works (mostly) written and performed by John Fisher. All plays archived online. www.therhino.org

Three Decembers
Jake Heggie's intimate modern opera, based on Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally's unpublished play Some Christmas Letters, gets a new production by Opera San Jose, with Susan Graham, Maya Kherani and Efrain Solis; extended. $40-$50. https://www.operasj.org/

We Players' Audio Dramas
the innovative site-specific theatre company presents podcast-style audio re-interpretations of their recent productions, including Wonder Storytime with Alice and Friends, and The Odyssey. www.weplayers.org

WQUR: Queer Quarantine Radio
BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ and Major Scales perform old-time radio-style thriller detective programs. https://anchor.fm/wqur

Author Events at Alley Cat Books
The bookstore, while physically closed, hosts online events with acclaimed authors. the store is also taking mail order book purchases. www.alleycatbookshop.com

Author Events at Booksmith
The popular Upper Haight bookstore hosts talks and readings with mainstream fiction, nonfiction authors. https://www.booksmith.com

Author Events at BGS-QD
The New York City bookstore Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, located in the GBT Community Center, shots multiple online literary events each month. https://bgsqd.com/

Author Events at City Lights
the historic bookstore presents online author events. http://www.citylights.com/

Shop at Dog Eared Books, Valencia & Castro  

Author Events at Dog Eared Books Castro
Online readings and chats, with in-person purchases available at the store, 489 Castro St. https://dogearedbookscastro.com/

Author Events at Green Apple Books
Online readings and chats; in-store shopping. www.greenapplebooks.com

QueerWords Podcast
Wayne Goodman's online audio discussions with many notable LGBTQ fiction, poetry authors, essayists and journalists. https://queerwords.org/

50 Years of Fabulous
View (purchase or rent) the new documentary about José Sarria and the history of the Imperial Council; on AmazonPrime and . https://www.50yearsoffab.com/

American Pavilion Films
Virtual debut for a diverse showcase of 38 new films between all six of the showcases — Student Short Films, Student Documentaries, Emerging Filmmaker Short Films, Emerging Filmmaker Documentaries, High School Showcase, and Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase Films. https://www.ampav.com/


Historic romance set in 1840s England between two women, played by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Nov 13 opening at multiple Landmark online and in-person cinemas. https://www.landmarktheatres.com

Quirky, anxiety-fueled gay rom-com directed by Simon (Nevermind the Buzzcocks) Amstell and starring Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Happy Prince), is now available on DVD and digital platforms including Kino Now.

Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes And Sadomasochism
25th anniversary online screenings of the historic documentary, with Michelle Handelman
Featuring Tala Brandeis, Patrick Califia, J.C. Collins, Queen Cougar, Amy Marie Meek, Skeeter, Wickie Stamps, Peggy Sue, Ann Soucy-West & others. https://newfest.org/event/bloodsisters/

Born To Be
Documentary about America's first hospital center for transgender medical care; at Roxie Virtual Cinema. https://www.roxie.com/

The Changin' Times of Ike White
Dan Verdon's fascinating documentary about the incarcerated musician who made an album in prison, then disappeared for four decades. kinomarquee.com

Jonah Greenstein's feature debut about inter-related straight and gay people in a disturbed rural Iowa town; viewable on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, OVID.tv & Kanopy. http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/intheaters.html


Dekkoo Films
LGBT online subscription channel with new short and feature films, series and classics. https://www.dekkoo.com

New HBO Max series of docudrama about prominent figures in LGBT history, with Billy Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Rapp, Sara Gilbert, Anne Ramsay and others. https://www.hbomax.com

Films at The Roxie
Watch independent and classic films online at the Roxie's virtual cinema.

Film Out San Diego
The Southern CA city's LGBT film fest screens movies online. http://filmoutsandiego.com/

The Garden Left Behind
Winner of SXSW's Audience Award and named one of the best LGBTQ films of all time by Rotten Tomatoes, Flavio Alves's moving drama of an undocumented Mexican trans woman in New York City can be viewed online. https://www.cinematropical.com/

Streaming channel for independent LGBT short, feature and documentary films.

Gay Chorus Deep South
The acclaimed documentary follows the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on their trailblazing tour of Southern U.S. cities in 2016; on Pop, Logo and Pluto TV. https://www.gaychorusdeepsouth.com/

The Gay Husbands of San Francisco
Free online series created by Adam Sandel, with SF gay actors in a witty reality show parody. https://tinyurl.com/t96b93j

Holy Trinity
Named to Indiewire's "Fabulous LGBTQ Films Not To Miss," Holy Trinity is the story of a sex-positive dominatrix in Chicago who discovers a newfound (and drug-induced) talent for speaking to the dead. Molly Hewitt wrote, directed and stars in this wild ride of queer spirituality and alternative sexuality. https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/trinity

'The Gay Husbands of San Francisco'  

Homo Say What
Acclaimed documentary explores the origins of homophobia against men that became institutionalized in the 1950s and how that continues to negatively affect all genders and sexualities to this day. https://homosaywhatfilm.com/

House of Cardin
The acclaimed documentary about fashion designer Pierre Cardin's online. http://houseofcardin.com/

I'm Moshanty - Do You Love Me?
Tim Wolff's new documentary is a musical tribute to the legendary South Pacific recording artist and transgender activist Moses Moshanty Tau and the LGBTQI community of Papua New Guinea. www.facebook.com/Im-Moshanty-Do-You-Love-Me

LGBTQ Films on Revry
The global queer streaming network screens free and subscription-paid feature films, documentaries, short films and episodic series. New: Jason Stuart in Hank. https://revry.tv/

LGBTQ Films on Tubi
The free streaming service showcases several queer films, including God's Own Country and many others. https://tubitv.com/

Henry Golding's touching film about a gay man who returns home to Vietnam after being away for many years. https://strandreleasing.com/films/monsoon/

Mr. Soul
Acclaimed documentary about Ellis Haizlip, the 1970s gay Black TV host who brought Black actors, activists, musicians, and community leaders to TV screens. https://www.mrsoulmovie.com/

Oakland International Film Festival
Rent VOD feature, documentary and short films. https://theoaklandinternationalfilmfestival.vhx.tv/products

Old Show Queens
Amusing insightful interview series with gay couple Gary Gunas and Billy Rosenfield, super and and producers of Broadway shows. www.oldshowqueens.com

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Fascinating documentary about the gay psychotherapist and author. www.oliversacksdoc.com

OutFest 2020
View LGBT films and artist discussion panels online. https://outfest.org/alwayson/


New interview series with Dyllón Burnside talking with Southern LGBT people. www.pbs.org

Promo Homo TV
Veteran journalist Nicholas Snow hosts an online series of video interviews with LGBT actors, directors, authors and community activists. https://promohomo.tv

Philippe Faucon's three-part dramatic film about French gay lives in 1981, 1999 and 2013. https://kinomarquee.com/

Putting On
Season 2 of the gay reality show airs (starring Israeli-born underwear model On Mekahel); Sundays at 4pm & 7pm. https://revry.tv/

Queen of the Capital
Josh Davidsburg's vivacious and inspiring documentary follows Muffy Blake Stephyns, a drag performer with high aspirations. Muffy and her everyday persona, Daniel, navigate the drag and bureaucratic worlds of Washington, D.C. $10. https://ondemand.drafthouse.com/film/queen-of-the-capital/

Queer East Film Festival
Mini-festival of LGBT Asian films. https://queereast.org.uk/

Queer Japan
New documentary shows a cross-section of LGBTQ Japanese life. On-demand starting Dec 11. http://www.queerjapanmovie.com/

RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 13 of the popular drag competition premieres Jan. 1, 8pm PT, on multiple channels: The CW Network along with MTV, MTV2, PopTV, Logo and YouTube. http://www.vh1.com/shows/rupauls-drag-race

SF Latino Film Fest
Stream new and archived feature, short and documentary films. https://www.cinemassf.org/

Sounds of Broadway
24/7 radio station plays classic Broadway songs, with interviews and trivia shows, too. https://soundsofbroadway.com/

Sideways Smile
Comedy web series about a young queer Asian American woman's urban journey of sexual self-discovery. https://sidewayssmileseries.com/

Jason Stuart and Mitch Hara's two-man comedy film, now on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Revry. https://www.smotheredtv.com/

Indie film dramatizes modern day political divides in the LGBTQ Community, made by writer, director and star, Jack Tracy. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/snowflakefilm

The Sons of Tennessee Williams
Fascinating documentary film about gay-run Mardi Gras crews, from their early years to today. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sonsoftennesseewilliams

Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
Screening of the American Masters documentary about the the late gay playwright. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters

Sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven stand-alone short stories where supernatural trans and queer people from various cultures use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive. https://linktr.ee/transfinitefilm


Uncle Frank
Writer-Director Alan Ball's family dreamed about a young girl and her gay uncle, and who they reconnect; on Amazon Prime. https://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Frank-Paul-Bettany/dp/B08KZCMFRQ

New HBO Max series by Spanish creators and directors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi bring the beloved transgender celebrity of the 1990s, Cristina Ortiz, based on the memoir by Valeria Vegas. https://www.hbomax.com

Virtual Streaming Room With Cinema SF
Cinema SF, owners of the historic Balboa and Vogue Theaters, are keeping the spirit of movie-going alive with a series of virtual movie screenings and online chats. Proceeds from the screenings will go towards keeping the theaters alive so they can reopen after the shutdown ends. https://www.cinemasf.com/

Where the Bears Are
New online comedy show with two mature gay men. https://youtu.be/5TQnRDc15i0

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Animals worldwide have reclaimed urban spaces, as you may have seen in the news. But we need to face how our damage to the environment and abuse of wild animals may have aided the spread of disease. While we contemplate that, enjoy films of animals in the wild. Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) hosts an ongoing series of nature films and talks. openspacetrust.org

Justin Utley  

Arts Unite - Art Unites
Goodmesh's online music and performance competition, where you vote for your favorites; among the competitors, drag opera baritone Nina Naï's 'Drauma' project. https://www.goodmesh.nl/

Cal Performances at Home
Watch videos of classical and modern music concerts, and artist conversations courtesy of the Berkeley-based performing arts organization; cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott perform 'Songs of Comfort and Hope,' a recital that's part of 16 new full-length performance aces streaming online. $15-$60 and up. Full new season schedule at www.calperformances.org

Garrin Benfield
Enjoy live and recorded home sets performed by the gay singer-composer. Garrin's YouTube channel

Justin Utley
The hunky gay singer has new music out, including his holiday-themed, "All is Bright." https://www.justinutley.com/

The Klipptones
Local jazz-pop band performs weekly streaming concerts; Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. https://www.facebook.com/klipptones/live

Noe Music
Online concerts in many genres (classical, folk, early music). https://www.noemusic.org/

Old First Concerts
Enjoy live streaming and archived music concerts of classic, and contemporary music. https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Enjoy concerts plus guest performers joining the Behind the Curtain series and Summer Reruns (Britney Coleman, Lisa Vroman, Billy Porter, Wilson Cruz, Adam Rippon, Britney Coleman, Laura Benanti, Andrew Lippa); plus Chasten and Pete Buttigieg, Wanda Sykes, Sharon Stone, Martha Wash and other performers. https://www.sfgmc.org/sfgmctv

San Francisco Performances
After several programs in celebration of their 40th anniversary were cancelled, instead, SFP offers memorable classical concerts from the past, all recorded at the Herbst Theater between 2004-2008. Concerts are audio only. http://sfperformances.org/

Seth Concert Series
Broadway, film and TV actor-singers perform intimate concerts online (live and on-demand) with pianist and musical theatre expert Seth Rudetsky; Sundays, repeated Mondays. $20-$25. https://thesethconcertseries.com/

Susan Werner  

SF Jazz Fridays at Five
Jazz concerts will bring you good vibes. The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians. https://www.sfjazz.org

Sounds of Broadway
24/7 radio station plays classic Broadway songs, with interviews and trivia shows, too. https://soundsofbroadway.com/

Stevie Nicks
Online screenings of the Fleetwood Mac singer's '24 Karat Gold' solo concerts. https://www.stevienicksfilm.com/

Susan Werner
The accomplished singer-songwriter (Bull Durham, The Musical) performs acoustic songs with friends online, including music from her new album, 'Flyover Country' series. http://susanwerner.com/

Alex Winter's new documentary about extraordinary musician Frank Zappa includes never-seen footage; in theaters and on-demand. http://www.zappamovie.com/

[note: museums and galleries have closed again through January,
but most have online exhibits and events]
After Life (we survive)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' multi-artist online and in-person installation of works examining survival tactics for indigenous, people of color, queer, trans and marginalized cultures; thru Jan. 24. https://ybca.org/event/after-life-we-survive/

Asian Art Museum
Exhibits include Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, Jenifer K Wofford: Pattern Recognition, a mural that celebrates Asian American artists, Lost at Sea: Art Recovered from Shipwrecks, and Chang Dai-chien: Painting from Heart to Hand. Among the outdoor exhibits is Don't Mess With Me, a vibrant colorful mural by Mumbai-based street artist Jas Charanjiva. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St. asianart.org

Chabot Space & Science Center's online  

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Closed to the public for now, view online exhibits (Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Folk and Modern Art in Postcolonial India) and art films streamed online. 2155 Center St., Berkeley. www.bampfa.org

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. https://www.calacademy.org/

Chabot Space & Science Center
Online programs (the center is closed to the public) include live science programs each Wed., 10:30am, virtual telescope viewings each Sat. 9pm. chabotspace.org

Contemporary Jewish Museum Events & Exhibits
The spacious downtown museum includes Stephen Berkman's Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years, an immersive photography installation about a mythical 19th-century Jewish photographer. Levi Strauss: A History of American Style continues through Jan. 10, 2021; Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area continues through Feb, 28, 2021. Free/$16. 736 Mission St. thecjm.org

de Young Museum
Major exhibits include Friday Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving (through Feb. 7, 2021), Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI (through June 26, 2021), collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm (extended to 7:45pm, Fridays and Saturdays through November for the Frida Kahlo exhibit). 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. deyoung.famsf.org

San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken's whimsical wonderland where visitors can explore paths and sit under a grove of three entwined sculptural trees while practicing social distancing, at Golden Gate Park's Peacock Meadow, in celebration of the park's 150th anniversary. Daily, 10pm closing. Thru Feb 28, possibly thru June 1. https://www.goldengatepark150.com/entwined

Exploratorium Events
Talks, and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more. www.exploratorium.edu

'Angela Davis: OUTspoken' at GLBT Historial Museum online  

GLBT Historical Society events & exhibits
[Closed] Fighting Back, a series that brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating resistance efforts today. Online exhibits include Reigning Queens: the Lost Photos of Roz Joseph, curated by Joseph Plaster; Angela Davis: OUTspoken, Labor of Love about the first ten years of Pride events in San Francisco; Performance, Protest & Politics: The Art of Gilbert Baker, Pioneering Periodicals, 1940s-1950s, Picturing Kinship: Portraits of our Community by Lenore Chinn and 50 Years of Pride. Dec. 11, 6pm: Gabriela Martinez leads an online workshop on 'Printmaking for Queer Social justice.' $5 donation. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Gregangelo Museum
Take online tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances. New: the holiday-themed Solstice: Illuminate Your Wonder, thru Dec. 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm (various dates) www.gregangelomuseum.com

Haight Street Art Center
Forward Together's new exhibit honoring Trans Day of Resilience with works by and for trans people of color, includes posters and an outdoor Garden Gallery open to the public. Indoor exhibits closed. 155 Laguna St. https://haightstreetart.org/

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View online exhibits of masterful photographic art. https://www.harveymilkphotocenter.org/

Legion of Honor
European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works. From Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, the various collections will leave you awe-struck. [closed] Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15. legionofhonor.famsf.org

Mercury 20 Gallery
Exhibits include works by Andrea Brewster, Tara Esperanza, Fernando Reyes. Notable sale works include Chris Komater's sexy nudes of gay bear Jack Radcliffe, and Johanna Poethig's timely Covid Spring (2020), an archival print (15 x 20 inches). 475 25th St., Oakland. Fri-Sat 12pm-6pm. mercurytwenty.com

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries host different artist exhibits, most viewable online (in-person closed thru Jan. 1 https://minnesotastreetproject.com/

NIAD Exhibits  

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Although still closed to the public, the Center offers online virtual tours and Day of the Dead activities, poetry-reading videos, music and dance concerts and workshops. 2869 Mission St. missionculturalcenter.org

Museum of the African Diaspora screens award-winning films, with multiple talks and music performances online as well. https://www.moadsf.org/

NIAD Exhibits
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art. www.niadartstore.org

Oakland Museum
The East Bay museum remains closed, but online exhibits include You Are Here: California Stories on the Map (through 2022), Black Power and Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism (both ongoing). 1000 Oak St., Oakland. museumca.org

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next), an exhibit of collaborative works by the two multimedia artists Rodney Ewing, Tahiti Pehrson. thru Nov 30, by appointment only. 1275 Minnesota St. nancytoomeyfineart.com

SF Museum of Modern Art
Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections include some easily recognizable famous works, even for an art-loving amateur. Warhol, Rosenquist, Lichtenstein, to name a few. But give yourself a day to enjoy all five floors of visual treats, since the massive redesign of the building makes for an easy journey through the past century of compelling works. New exhibits include David Park: A Retrospective (through Jan. 2021) and Bay Area Walls, a group mural project in response to 2020's chaotic events. Free/$25. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

Walt Disney Family Museum
Located in The Presidio, the museum dedicated to the art of Disney films, with online exhibits and events, including the Happy Haunts Tour. 104 Montgomery St. www.waltdisney.org

Bright Light, Bright Light in Digital Pride Fest  

[Note: outdoor dining at restaurants and bars is on hold.]
Bootie Mashup
Adriana A and guest DJs blend pop hits to danceable grooves in livestreams, Tuesdays-Saturdays. https://www.twitch.tv/BootieMashup. Also, DNA Lounge weekly webcasts (and DNA Pizza's open for take-out). https://www.dnalounge.com/

Boy Division
DJ Xander hosts the Twitch online edition of the New Wave retro-fun dance party. www.twitch.tv/deejayxander

Digital Pride Fest
Enjoy drag and cabaret performances with Tom Goss, Bright Light, Bright Light, Divina De Campo, Trinity the Tuck, Pearl & Precious Brady-Davis, Deven Greeen & Handsome Ned, Miz Cracker, Desmond is Amazing, Manila Luzon and many more. www.digitialpridefest.com

DJ Don Baird
Missing the rock mixes by the fave local DJ at The Hole in the Wall? Liston up online: https://www.twitch.tv/donbaird

Drag Alive from The Stud
Every Saturday night The Stud, San Francisco's oldest queer bar, will host Drag Alive. Vivvyanne Forevermore and Jillian Gnarling bring you a virtual Stud to help support the staff, performers and the goals for a future venue. Party with the crew of The Stud at Twitch TV: https://www.twitch.tv/dragalive

Drag Queen Mukbang
Online episodic mini-series of drag performers in a show sponsored by Jack Daniel's new brand, Tennessee Fire, with Patrick Starr, Gia Gunn, Eugene Lee Yang and Laganja Estranja. Saturdays. www.jackdaniels.com

Frolic Quarantine
The fun pursuit party goes virtual. Don your animal gear and enjoy a variety of DJ mixes. Monthly, first Saturdays. www.frolicparty.com

The Monster Show
One of the longest running drag shows in the Castro, The Monster Show has made The Edge bar a Thursday night destination. The Monster show now comes to Twitch TV, where the performers will entertain you while they raise money for bar employees. https://www.twitch.tv/monstershowsf

New Years Queens  

New Years Queens
Enjoy a cavalcade of drag performers to ring in 2021, with Hosted by Miz Cracker & Peppermint, Alaska & Bob The Drag Queen, Trixie Mattel & Katya, with performances by BenDeLaCreme, Boulet Brothers, Divina De Campo, Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, BeBe Zahara Benet, Sharon Needles and Trinity The Tuck. $50-$500. Dec. 31 starting at 6pm PT. https://sessionslive.com/NewYearsQueens

Oasis TV
The SoMa nightclub has closed all in-person events. Enjoy online archival footage from the venue's best shows; The Golden Girls Live, Cyberotica: the Rock Musical, Sex and the City Live, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live, AbFab Live, Star Trek Live, Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, Debbie Does Dallas, Bitch Slap. www.sfoasis.com

One of the first local nightlife fundraisers, the SF Queer Nightlife Fund presents DJs spinning hours of music for your now possibly obsessive housecleaning activities. https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund

Quarantinis with Katya
Katya Smirnoff-Skyy sings and hosts weekly Thursday online cocktail parties. www.facebook.com/katya.smirnoffskyy

A new LGBTQ+ platform developed by two San Franciscans on the first day of the Covid-19 quarantine. Enjoy live drag shows, queer house parties, political broadcasts and other LGBTQ content from all over the world, uploaded hourly. Founded and curated by former Google employee Katie Bush and former Apple employee Anders Howerton. https://www.queerpowers.com/

Red Hots Burlesque
Enjoy drag and strip shows, music acts and more in online performances.

Russell Deason's Happy Hour in Exile
The Bestie-winning pianist and cabaret singer brings his martini bar ambiance into your home; Mondays 5:30pm-7pm. www.facebook.com

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar now features wacky karaoke, DJs and other entertainments. https://www.twitch.tv/sfeaglebar

Sampson McCormick
The acclaimed comic shares insightful witty perspectives of a Black gay man in short clips and "Church Boy," a new 40-minute recorded show. www.sampsoncomedy.com

Sundance Saloon Online Live
Sundance Saloon offers online dance lessons and dancing every Sunday night. Beginning classes are aimed at novices. Learn how to dance while you shelter in place from 6-9pm. 6pm: beginning line dance for complete novices; 7pm: intermediate line dance; 8:15pm: line dance mini-marathon. www.sundancesaloon.org

Trixxie Carr
The wacky and talented singing performer hosts online shows. http://trixxiecarr.com/

New queer game show hosted by drag performer Deven Green and musician Ned Douglas. https://watch.revry.tv/details/33707

Gay Men's Sketch/Hot Draw  

AIDS Memorial Quilt
The National AIDS Memorial's virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt features more than 10,000 Quilt panels representing all 50 state and U.S. territories. https://www.aidsmemorial.org/virtual-exhibition

AXIS Dance Classes
'If you have a body, you can dance' is the acclaimed Oakland disability-inclusive award-winning company. Take a Zoom class with company members JanpiStar, Bradford Chin, movement improvisation with Artistic Director Mark Brew, or a ballet with guest teacher Robert Dekkers, contemporary style with Bianca Cabrera. www.axisdance.org

Being Seen
GLAAD's new podcast focuses on the Black gay and queer male experience, hosted by Darnell Moore, producer of Being Seen and singer, actor and activist, Lawrence "Miss Lawrence" Washington. www.beingseenpodcast.com

Castro Country Club's Virtual Gratitude Meetings and Check-in
Castro Country Club, the safe space for queers in recovery, will be holding virtual meetings on Sundays at 1 pm until they are able to reopen. The Zoom meeting room will open at 12:30 and the meeting room will remain open for at least 30 minutes thereafter for hanging out and fellowship. https://www.facebook.com/pg/CastroCountryClub/events/

Conservatory of Flowers
Online Zoom classes, and outside floral exhibits. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Daily Services at Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral, the welcoming and affirming Episcopalian congregation atop Nob Hill, will be holding online services weekday mornings at 9am and Sunday mornings at 11am. Grace is also hosting online Bible study and other events. www.gracecathedral.org

Fighting Racism
Join fundraising support and civil rights activism through various groups: The George Floyd Memorial Fund
(www.gofundme.com/georgefloyd, The Minnesota Freedom Fund (https://blacklivesmatter.com/|blacklivesmatter.com/), Campaign Zero (www.joincampaignzero.org).

Gay Men's Sketch/Hot Draw
Mark I. Chester hosts three gay men's sketch events a week, with sexy male models posing and works shared via Zoom. Ongoing events - Tue, 6:30pm: Gay Men's Sketch in exile. Fri, 6:30pm: Hot Draw! in exile. Sun, 2pm: Gay Men's Sketch in exile. instagram.com/gaymenssketch instagram.com/hotdrawsf

GLIDE Services
Online services with the spiritual center of healing, faith, justice and community for everyone. https://www.glide.org/church/

Glitter Worthy
Shop for queer stuff (prints, masks,, aprons and more) featuring local drag queens, including art by Aquaboogie, mugs, housewares, prints by photographers Gooch and mrPam, at the new online shop. https://shopglitterworthy.com/

HER app community chats
The women and trans-friendly dating app hosts frequent chats on various topics. https://www.facebook.com/pg/hersocialapp/events/

Job Services at LGBT Center
Learn new job search skills, work on your resume and more in online workshops. Oct. 9, 11am: Resume Workshop. https://www.sfcenter.org/program/employment_services/

The Jewish LGBTQ organization's online events include discussions, author talks and celebrations. https://www.keshetonline.org

author Brandon Tyler on Out in the Bay  

Les Leventhal Yoga
Stretch and feel better with live and/or recorded donation-based Yoga classes via Zoom. https://lesleventhalyoga.com/ https://join.lesleventhalyoga.com/

LGBT Asylum Project Podcast
Creator and host of the LGBTQ Asylum podcast is 28-year-old Sayid Abdul, a queer Uighur refugee who was granted political asylum in 2018. Sayid speaks authentically and truthfully to the US asylum process, and he and his guests engage listeners in gripping, critical stories that bring urgency to a crisis affecting millions; available on Spotify and Apple's Podcast. https://www.lgbtasylumproject.org/

LGBTQ Connection
Online and in-person events for Napa and Sonoma community, including a voter registration party, candidate forums, Big Gay Trivia night, counseling and more. https://www.lgbtqconnection.org

Jeffrey Masters hosts a series of weekly podcasts with community notables; sponsored by The Advocate and GLAAD. podcasts.apple.com-lgbtq

Manny's Live
Community leaders, authors, activists and politicians join online discussions, voter registration campaigns and more. join the Wed. night book club, discussing Pres. Barack Obama's memoir, A Promised Land, with special guests. www.welcometomannys.com

National AIDS Memorial
The National AIDS Memorial launches a new web platform that features the entire AIDS Quilt's 48,000 panels online, with a new initiative to share stories from 40 years of the pandemic from then to now. https://aidsmemorial.org/

Out in the Bay
The long-running LGBT radio show, offline for a few years, has returned with new podcast episodes, and an extensive archive. Host Eric Jansen welcomes artists, community leaders and celebrities; the latest: acclaimed author Brandon Tyler (Real Life). https://www.outinthebay.org/

Outdoor Dance Classes
Stretch, spin, sing your body electric in outdoor, distanced playground-set SF/mission and West Oakland dance class fin Hip Hop, Salsa, Cuban and other styles. Also online classes. https://dancemissiontheater.org/

Probably True
Podcast with queer stories, "a smutty-but-charming collection of personal misadventures." https://www.probablytruepodcast.com/

Queer Powers
Indie channel of chats radio shows, vintage zine archives and drag shows. https://www.queerpowers.com/

A Queer Serial
New series of LGBT-themed podcasts with voice actors such as Sam Pancake (Transparent, Gilmore Girls), @lgbt_history's Matthew Reimer, Radical Faeries' Will Roscoe and Joey Cain, and Chicago performers Salvio Gado and Jon Martinez, along with real recordings of pioneers including transgender entertainer Christine Jorgensen, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and lesbian journalist Edythe Eyde. https://www.mattachinepod.com/seasontwo

Queer Nightlife Talks
Blog and links to talks among Bay Area nightlife organizers and producers, with community input and opinions. Tune in, offer assistance or thoughts. sfqueernightlifefund.org

Queercore Podcast
The QueerCore Podcast, hosted by August Bernadicou, elucidates radical, LGBTQ activists' histories; a spotlight on the catalysts who fought in the front-lines, in the back-lines and in the trenches of civil rights. The QueerCore Podcast is an opportunity for them to tell their stories in their own words, including Phyllis Lyon, Don Kilhefner, Jack Fritscher, drag rocker Jayne County, Vanguard Editor Keith St. Clare, a Theater of the Ridiculous oral history, and veteran gay rights activist and prolific author Perry Brass. https://www.queercorepod.com/

Rainbow Railroad
International organization that helps LGBTQI people escape violence and persecution to find a path to safety — has launched its campaign to raise $600,000 in the last 60 days of 2020 to save 60 lives. https://www.rainbowrailroad.org/

Rainbow World Fund
Ongoing fundraisers support children and impoverished families in South America. https://www.rainbowfund.org/

Website, documentary film and toolkit for women to restore their power, encourage voting and resistance. https://www.resisterhooddoc.com/

For dance class fun right off the stage of some Oasis and Peaches Christ productions, Roryography is also now online and in-person at Dolores Park's tennis courts. Sign up for classes (Fridays 6:30pm, Saturdays 1pm) at https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1672375 or https://www.facebook.com/rory.davis.94.

D'Arcy Drollinger's fun retro-aerobic dance class returns, now in-person and outdoors at Dolores Park. http://www.sexitude.com/

Shabbat Services With Congregation Shaar Zahav
During the Covid-19 shutdown Congregation Shaar Zahav, San Francisco's synagogue for LGBTQ Jews and friends, will stream their Shabbat (Sabbath) services via Zoom. Friday nights at 7:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 10 A.M. https://shaarzahav.org/services/

Sound On
MTV News brings together leading voices for "Sound On," a roundtable series igniting essential conversations through a BIPOC lens. Panelists dive into the topics of gender identity, white supremacy, allyship & more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPc5wy-iROM

Stay Fresh at Home
Fresh Meat Productions' new online weekly series of talks and classes to support your wellness, embodiment, breath and connection, with singing, dance and lessons in various topics. http://freshmeatproductions.org/

Taimi Talks
LGBTQ personalities (Jason Wimberly, Chris Mosier, Monique Heart and others) share guest-talks on various topics, with/on the Taimi app. (Apple Store or Google Play). https://taimi.com/

The T-House
Community gathering space for trans-masculine and masculine of center individuals including trans men, nonbinary people, genderfluid people, butches, studs, two spirit people who identify with transmasculinity, sponsored by City College of San Francisco. Weekly online events. https://t-house.carrd.co/

Worship With Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer
Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer of Grace Lutheran Church, the first openly transgender pastor to be ordained in the Lutheran church, will be offering a variety of online services and events during the Covid-19 shutdown. For kids stuck at home there will be Kids Dance Parties on Zoom until May 1. Pastor Rohrer will also hold their Sunday services online via Facebook live at their Facebook page.

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2020 Staff Picks: UW First Wave alum Zhalarina Sanders wins Chicago Emmy for music video series - madison365.com

Posted: 30 Dec 2020 10:02 PM PST

We're looking back on some bright moments in a difficult year, and asked each member of our team to name a few of their favorite stories. This is one of Robert Chappell's.

Zhalarina Sanders has been rapping since she was six.

"I'm a hip-hop artist. I've always been a hip-hop artist, but I've also been this hip-hop artist who grew up watching Disney," she said in an interview this week. "Fell in love with Raven Symone and everything that she did, and I was like, I want to do that too."

Now 28, the University of Wisconsin First Wave alum has won a Chicago Emmy for her three-part music video series, "The Light," produced with PBS Wisconsin, with her sights set on launching a career in television and music.

Sanders grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida and made her way into the First Wave program at 18, earning both bachelor and master's degrees at UW. A program of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, First Wave offers full four-year scholarships to hip-hop artists.

During her time at UW, she created and starred in a one-woman hip-hop theater piece called Rose Gold, in which she played seven characters.

"It's a story that I created and the characters are loosely based on different women in my life. They're all Black women and they're all family members, so they're all connected. Rose Gold was hip hop theater, where I was doing monologues and I was acting, but it was also infused with rap and dance and all of these other things," she said. "Creating what became Rose Gold as a piece of hip-hop theater was really just me being like, 'Well, I don't yet have the capacity or awareness or skillset to recruit a cast, create something for a full cast, and rehearse with them and produce it and get it up on stage. But I know that I can keep somebody entertained for 70 minutes just by myself.' … With hip-hop theater, it is theater, but there's hip-hop. So there's going to be rapping. I'm going to be dancing. I'm probably going to freestyle, make a beat on a table or something. Just infusing as many elements of hip-hop into the story as possible. And that's important to me as a black person. That's important to me as a hip-hop artist."

Sanders mounted that show at the same time that PBS Wisconsin was producing Hip Hop U, a documentary about the First Wave program. The show — and, more importantly, Sanders herself, caught the attention of PBS Wisconsin's producers.

"Her talent jumped off the screen," PBS Wisconsin producer Trevor Keller said. "I think the whole team at PBS Wisconsin enjoyed working with her because she's just so full of energy and she is so creative and so full of ideas."

They enjoyed working with her so much, in fact, that PBS Wisconsin director John Miskoski approached Sanders at the premier of the documentary, expressing interest in working on something together.

What followed, in the fall of 2018, were brainstorming sessions, ideas, attempts at creating something for PBS Wisconsin's new digital-first programming committee, Digital Voltage. At one point, there was talk of creating a full-fledged series, based on Sanders' autobiography — all with the one-woman hip-hop vibe that everyone loved from Rose Gold. The team even shot a pilot that got a green light from management, but the production was a bit more than PBS Wisconsin could do.

"We did a lot of brainstorming and there were lots of ideas thrown around in this brainstorming session," Keller said. "And we did a pilot and we kind of did some testing to see how things worked and what we could do … because we'd never really done a project like this. There was a lot of learning on our end."

Ultimately the production became a series of music videos based on one chapter in Sanders' youth. The three videos span a year in high school when Sanders had her first romantic relationship with a girl, grappled with adolescence and queer identity, and had her heart broken, all while her mother also went through the process of coming to terms with her daughter's identity.

Sanders wrote and performed the music, and performed most of the parts in the videos. She reconnected with Jake Penner, who'd directed Rose Gold, to direct, and PBS Wisconsin staff did much of the production design and videography.

The shooting took about two and a half weeks in September 2019, almost a year after those initial conversations, and the videos were released online in May 2020.

Sanders had finished her master's and moved to Atlanta by then to pursue performance full-time. 

"I had heard through email that it was getting a very warm reception" after it was released, Sanders said. "In terms of my community and stuff, everybody loved it and were crying, especially people who knew the story prior to it coming out, because family members are thoroughly aware of what happened. So they were all very tearful and happy. So it was a very great reception in terms of what I could see."

Sanders said she was a little nervous about her mom's reaction, since the project depicts her mom's angry reaction to finding romantic texts from a girl on her phone as well as her ultimate acceptance.

Sanders said it's important to recognize that she might come off as immature or self-centered in the performance — but that was intentional.

"Those (songs) are written in the voice of a 14- or 15-year-old," she said. "If I were to tell that story now, I'd tell it differently. Not in the sense that the facts change, but I think the tone that I chose for the (PBS Wisconsin) version of it as a 14 year old, I chose to have a little bit of an immature perspective, or slightly self-centered. I tried to bring in empathy for my mom as much as possible, in terms of understanding where she was coming from, into that story. But even how I wrote it was still a little immature."

Any worry about her mom's reaction was misplaced, it turned out.

"She loved it. She loves it and has shared it with literally everybody," Sanders said. "Everybody has received a text from my mom with the link."

A couple months after the release, Sanders got an email from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences letting her know the series was being considered for a Chicago Emmy — the top award from the Chicago chapter, which covers nearly 50 television stations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Then, in September, she learned that she'd officially been nominated in the Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programming category, alongside productions from Milwaukee and Chicago. 

"So then I freaked out. My family freaked out. It was a wonderful moment of freaking out," she said. "And I was like, 'Well, cool. I'm Emmy-nominated now. I guess that's always going to be my life or a part of my story. That's really cool.'"

And that was enough, she said.

"Still didn't think that I would get the Emmy. I mean, I'm a fairly confident human, or at least I try to be, but it all felt so soon," she said. "I feel like I just got here. It's a very small project in a very niche part of the world. This didn't feel like the thing that would get an Emmy, if that makes sense. And then the awards show happened and I won my category."

With that kind of recognition in her pocket, she's as confident as ever that a big break is coming. Remember that whole series based on her life story? She's getting ready to shop that around, with hopes of selling the idea to Netflix, HBO or ABC. 

"We had planned to do that already, but now with the Emmy, it just makes the pitch even stronger, the proposal even stronger," she said.

She said she's got plenty of material to work with, too.

In terms of the full story, there's so much more. There's so much more," she said. My father, alone, is at least a season. He's a season worth of episodes. And so this was as much of a teaser as something could be for the full show."

PBS Wisconsin producer Keller thinks selling a show to a big network is well within Sanders' capability.

"Zhalarina has tremendous potential," he said, something he knew when working on the Hip Hop U documentary. "I would routinely say when we were editing that, I would tell people, 'We're going to look back in 10 or 15 years and be like, we had Zhalarina in this documentary before she really hit it big.'"

Sanders said she doesn't have any meetings with network execs lined up yet, but will get to work on that when she finishes the last track of her album, Again. She's been releasing singles as Zhalarina, which are available on Apple Music and Spotify and most other streaming platforms. She's just got one more single to put to bed before the album drops.

"The purpose of the album, or the mission of the album, is my own personal artist mission, which is that suffering is not something we have a choice about, whether or not we want to engage in this life," she said. "And so because it is inevitable, a lot of us when we suffer, we do so quietly or alone, and I want to be the enemy of that. So my album, I pray, represents being the enemy of suffering quietly and alone. It's like, if we're going to do it, let's do it in community and let's talk about it. Even if it's uncomfortable or embarrassing or just painful to put some light on it, because that's what it needs. That's what we need in order to get through it." 


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