Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

HOT PINK LIST 2013: COMICS GEEKS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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It's been a big year for queer comics. A movie based on a lesbian comic book, Blue is the Warmest Color, swept the top prizes at Cannes. The first textbook history of queer comics No Straight Lines was released by local hero Justin Hall, and snagged the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology. Heck, even Green Lantern went queer in "Earth Two," and there was a gay wedding in Archie's hometown, Riverdale. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: BOOT BLACKS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Midway through Folsom Street's dark Powerhouse leather bar, you'll find the bootblack, toiling away with a kit of rags and polish — break out your Stompers for a sublime shine. "What I've learned is that for me, bootblacking is religion," says seven-year bootblacker Ms. V. "What I do is simple, slow, and uncluttered — and it reveres the authenticity of the boot and shoe above all." She was first introduced to bootblacking seven years ago at Folsom Street Fair. "What a mystical experience seeing this polish-smeared wizard at work," she recalls. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: DRAG PHANTASMS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Hip-hop swagger meets goth-electro darkness, with the specters of legendary club disturber Leigh Bowery and e-art wunderkind Ryan Trecartin shimmering over the proceedings. But why stop there? Add in agitating performance art hijinks and a fundamental decontextualization of drag practices rooted in the shivery, negative emotions that the Internet pukes up on our screens. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: ACT-UPPERS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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AIDS-era nostalgia gripped popular culture recently with several acclaimed documentaries (including Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague) and the Tony-winning revival of Larry Kramer's play "A Normal Heart" (soon to be an HBO movie with Julia Roberts). But a new generation was also rediscovering the disruptive tactics of ACT-UP. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: HIP-HOP NATION

Our annual salute to the queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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If anything will tip the scale when it comes to mainstream hip-hop's acceptance of pansexual twerking in its midst (hi, Frank Ocean and Mykki Blanco), it will be the simple fact that this new class of queers just bnrings the game better: pops ass more profoundly, wears the shit out of some Hood By Air, and can channel Aaliyah, Slick Rick, and Le1f on the same track. Read more »

Pride on fire

Strap on your flaming jetpack and Zoom through Pride week's must-attend events

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Guide to Pride 2013*

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Polo in the park

SubZERO robots, late-night basketball, plastic mallets, and bikes for horses: a day in the life of Jose Coronado Playground

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le.chicken.farmer@yahoo.com

IN THE GAME The lights at Jose Coronado Playground stay on until 10 p.m. Like most playgrounds, it has a life of its own: a heart, a brain, a bloated liver, and a basketball hoop. In fact: two — but most nights the basketball court is cut in half by an extension of the tennis court to create a bike polo court. Which is cut in half by the slightly grassy crack between tennis-top acrylic and just plain asphalt.

So you don't always get a clean roll, but that's life.Read more »

Stretch out

Summer yoga retreats and festivals offer escape for body, mind

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culture@sfbg.com

On the Om Front The days are getting longer. The college kids who live next door are throwing parties seven nights a week instead of the usual four. Your dog is asking to be walked so early in the morning that you're not certain you've ever actually gone to sleep. It's summertime! And it's the perfect time to get out of town for a few days, and do what yogis (and defeated armies) do best: retreat.Read more »

Nasty 'Net

Mid-Market tech pioneer GameLink has been a top porn purveyor for 20 years

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX Let us not forget, in the middle of the city's complicated relationship with our tech brethren, that the Mid-Market neighborhood now teeming with Twitter and — presently — the tunes of Spotify, was first primed for Internet takeover by two little companies. eLine and GameLink (www.gamelink.com) moved into office space in an alley just off Sixth Street's most trafficked stretch back in 2000, long before 140 characters was a thing.Read more »