Arts & Culture

San Antonio ‘American Idol’ drag performer Ada Vox will compete on new ‘Queen of the Universe’ series

San Antonio ‘American Idol’ drag performer Ada Vox will compete on new ‘Queen of the Universe’ series

After slaying her way into the top eight of American Idol a few years back, many predicted big things for San Antonio native Ada Vox, the long-running singing competition’s first drag queen contestant. And they were right. Vox has joined a cast of 14 international drag performers competing for a $250,000 prize on the new

Transgender stand-up comedian Joan Riviera Simoncelli explains what Dave Chappelle got wrong

Transgender stand-up comedian Joan Riviera Simoncelli explains what Dave Chappelle got wrong

As a stand-up comedian, Joan Riviera Simoncelli wants fellow comics to have the freedom to entertain audiences however they see fit. To her mind, nothing should be off limits. People need to laugh. “The week after my mom died, I went on stage and made jokes about her death,” the San Antonio-area comedian told the

HBO drag series ‘We’re Here’ to showcase Del Rio, Texas in forthcoming episode

HBO drag series ‘We’re Here’ to showcase Del Rio, Texas in forthcoming episode

A small Texas border town is getting its moment to shine in a new episode of HBO’s We’re Here. In the unscripted series, queens Shangela, Eureka and Bob the Drag Queen — all RuPaul’s Drag Race alums — travel the country, hosting one-night-only drag shows in small towns featuring local residents as performers. A small

San Antonio designer Agosto Cuéllar to create Dia De Los Muertos altar at Ruby City

San Antonio designer Agosto Cuéllar to create Dia De Los Muertos altar at Ruby City

The Ruby City contemporary art center in San Antonio has commissioned local artist and designer Agosto Cuellar to create an altar in observance of this year’s Dia del los Muertos, which is observed on November 1. According to a Ruby City press release, Cuellar “will be honoring local artists and fashion designers using his signature

Travis Park Church to reveal design of new downtown mural recognizing 175th anniversary and policy of inclusion

Travis Park Church to reveal design of new downtown mural recognizing 175th anniversary and policy of inclusion

On September 21, Travis Park Church plans to unveil the design of a mural commemorating its 175th anniversary with the theme, “All Are Welcome, Love Conquers All.” The church is located downtown at 230 E. Travis Street adjacent to Travis Park. “For 175 years, Travis Park Church has leveraged the power of faith and devotion

Queer San Antonio rapper Chris Conde releases new video from ‘Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay’ album

Queer San Antonio rapper Chris Conde releases new video from ‘Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay’ album

San Antonio queer rapper Chris Conde (them, they) has released a new video from their latest album, Engulfed In The Marvellous Decay. Conde, who now lives in Austin, was previously the music editor for the San Antonio Current and a regular performer at local clubs. The new video of the single, “Summertime Heat,” premiered nationally

Ahead of San Antonio show, Paula Poundstone talks about creating comedy to help people cope

Ahead of San Antonio show, Paula Poundstone talks about creating comedy to help people cope

Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone isn’t letting the global pandemic keep her down – for the most part, at least. Over the last year and a half, Poundstone, best known these days for her quick-witted responses on National Public Radio’s quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, has kept busy hosting her own podcast from home, Nobody

Beloved local designer Agosto Cuellar returns to retail with new Blue Star boutique

Beloved local designer Agosto Cuellar returns to retail with new Blue Star boutique

The last time we spoke to local designer Agosto Cuellar, he was between two milestones. First, he was selling off the final remnants of Jive Refried — the wildly creative Southtown vintage emporium he ran from 1999 to 2o11 — as part of a 20th anniversary exhibition at Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery. Second,

Remembering San Antonio writer, poet and playwright Gregg Barrios

Remembering San Antonio writer, poet and playwright Gregg Barrios

Editor’s Note: Gregg Barrios passed away on Tuesday, August 17 from a heart attack. Following is an excerpt of an interview he did with Out In SA in March 2016.  San Antonio actor Rick Sanchez, who played the lead role in Barrios’ play, I DJ, posted a sentiment that many in our city are feeling.

San Antonio gallery to host LGBTQ-friendly installation from the Human Rights Campaign

San Antonio gallery to host LGBTQ-friendly installation from the Human Rights Campaign

Hopscotch, a downtown San Antonio gallery that hosts immersive art experiences, will debut an installation from the Human Rights Campaign. The HRC installation will open on Thursday, August 5. The acrylic panel and LED light installation, dubbed GAZE, “transports guests into a world that encourages them to see beyond their own experience and into a

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