Arts & Culture

SA Drag Queen Makes ‘American Idol’ Debut on Sunday

SA Drag Queen Makes ‘American Idol’ Debut on Sunday

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On the heels of the season finale of the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, San Antonio’s own singing drag queen Ada Vox has landed as a contestant on ABC’s reboot of American Idol. This isn’t exactly Vox’s first go-round with the show. After wowing celebrity

Gay Teen Romance ‘Love, Simon’ Is Charming, Authentic, Emboldening

Gay Teen Romance ‘Love, Simon’ Is Charming, Authentic, Emboldening

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Unless you’ve been perusing the catalog of gay teen art house cinema and stumbled across recent gems like Beach Rats or Princess Cyd, it’s safe to say the genre isn’t one that Hollywood has been in a rush to make in recent years. Even with critically acclaimed LGBTQ

SA’s Armie Hammer Honored at Texas Film Awards

SA’s Armie Hammer Honored at Texas Film Awards

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Hollywood heartthrob and San Antonio business owner Armie Hammer may have missed an Oscar nomination this go-round, but he landed Variety‘s One to Acclaim Award which recognizes breakout film talents. The Austin Film Society presented Hammer with the accolade on March 8 at its 18th annual Texas Film

Randy Rainbow Brings His Satirical Songs of Resistance to SA

Randy Rainbow Brings His Satirical Songs of Resistance to SA

The election of Donald Trump as president has turned out to be a good thing for Randy Rainbow. “Every time something happens with this fakakta administration, there’s more material,” he told Mother Jones in an interview. For Rainbow (his real surname), resistance to “The Donald” takes the form of musical satires like “Desperate Cheeto,” set

In ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Trans Actress Daniela Vega Proves to Be Just That

In ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Trans Actress Daniela Vega Proves to Be Just That

Originally published in the Riverfront Times. There may be a double meaning in the title of Sebastián Lelio’s new drama, A Fantastic Woman. From one point of view, Lelio’s heroine, Marina (Daniela Vega), lives up to the title, displaying considerable courage under pressure. From another view, “fantastic” can mean unbelievable or even a bit unreal.

Drag Race All Stars Team Up in SA for ‘Haters Roast’

Drag Race All Stars Team Up in SA for ‘Haters Roast’

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. When it was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race would make a switch to VH1 after eight seasons on the LGBT-centric LOGO network, it was expected that the reality competition show would receive a boost in ratings. The season nine premiere doubled the previous season’s debut and earned RPDR

Pace Foundation Exhibition Features Monochromatic Works by Women Artists

Pace Foundation Exhibition Features Monochromatic Works by Women Artists

The Linda Pace Foundation’s newest exhibition, which opens on March 10, will feature 25 monochromatic works by some today’s most influential contemporary female artists. The show, titled Reclaimed, showcases artworks from the Foundation’s collection. Artists include Laura Aguilar, Dorothy Cross, Judy Dater, Annette Messager, Lorraine O’Grady, Robyn O’Neil, Linda Pace, Tracey Rose, Lara Schnitger and

Love Songs Take Spotlight at This Month’s ‘Noche Azul’

Love Songs Take Spotlight at This Month’s ‘Noche Azul’

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, singer Azul Barrientos is keeping the spirit of the day alive with her upcoming concert, Amorcito Corazón, slated for February 17 at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Every month since 2007, Barrientos’ Noche Azul concerts have showcased traditional Mexican music featuring a new theme with each concert, and

Seventh Annual Emerald Ball Fundraiser to Benefit Pride Center SA

Seventh Annual Emerald Ball Fundraiser to Benefit Pride Center SA

The seventh annual Emerald Ball, a variety show to benefit Pride Center San Antonio, will take the stage at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, March 10. The show, which is organized by photographer Julián P. Ledezma, who is on the Pride Center board, will feature local drag queens, singers, aerialists, the Live Oak

Del Shores to Perform His Newest Play in San Antonio

Del Shores to Perform His Newest Play in San Antonio

Del Shores, known for his work as a playwright and screenwriter who uses comedy to explore LGBT issues, will be in town on February 10 to perform his new one-man show, Six Characters in Search of a Play, at the Public Theater of San Antonio. Shores has written, directed and produced for film, television and

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