Arts and Entertainment 2021! Yeah!

Sep 23, 2021

Outword’s Annual Arts and Entertainment Issue is OUT Now!

It’s been a rough year and a half, and the staff at Outword thought y’all needed some entertainment! Lucky for you, it’s time for our Annual Arts Issue which aims to please, with page after page of fun things to read, watch, attend, and listen to, this fall and beyond — in Sacramento, Davis, and the Bay Area.

The long-awaited, Sacramento premiere of “Hamilton” at the beautifully-remodeled SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center (formerly the Community Center Theater) officially kicked off the fall arts season in River City recently, and you can read our critic’s thoughts on both the theater and the production, on page 25.

The next big Arts event in Sacramento — at least for the LGBTQ community — is the return of queer cinema to the Crest at the BENT Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival. BENT (formerly SIGLFF) turns 30 this year, and we mark the occasion with our beautiful cover, which features a promotional photo for one of the short films playing at this year’s festival, Spain’s “Before the Eruption (Antes de la Erupcion).”

You can read Chris Narloch’s rundown on BENT’s 30th Anniversary offerings on page 21, and that’ s only the beginning of the Arts coverage in this issue. Our other Chris, Christopher Beale, has a wonderful, exclusive-to-Outword interview of the quintessentially queer singer-songwriter Wrabel, on page 22, and Matthew Burlingame interviews Michael Misha Kennedy, the fabulous owner of Kennedy Gallery, an institution in Sacramento for over 15 years, on page 12.

It’s not all Arts though, and we kick off this issue with a tribute to retiring Library Director Rivkah Sass, on page 3, and then a photo, on page 4, of Governor Newsom and President Biden, taken at Mather airport by Chris Allan the day before Gavin trounced the Republican recall effort.

You won’t want to miss the Women’s March For Reproductive Rights, this Oct. 2 in Sacramento. You can read about that important event on page 8, and the Stonewall Foundation Announces Scholarships, on page 13.

Back to the Arts, you’ll learn what’s coming soon to Sacramento’s Tower Theatre, the Esquire IMAX Theatre, and the Mondavi Center in Davis. And for those who still feel skittish about venturing out during a pandemic, we have three book reviews, on pages 5 and 6, and four capsule summaries of new queer music CDs, on page 18.

Believe it or not, there’s so much more in this Special Arts Issue of Outword, so click on on one of our five fabulous coverboys (or the buttons down below) and read all about it!