As we approach our 10th month under COVID’s cloud, it’s very clear the “holiday season” won’t be “normal.” How might we find joy and peace without our usual parties, events and general fa-la-la falderal?

Fret not! This week, tips on virtual events from “The Slutcracker” to Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce” to jazz and classical music that may help you endure, nay even enjoy your Stay-At-Home Holidays. (Dare I say “Horror-daze?”)

Novelist Jim Provenzano, Bay Area Reporter Arts and Nightlife Editor, and l preview events of note and Jim tells us about books that could make great gifts for friends or yourself while you “snuggle in place” this winter — see links below. Jim also shares his expert observations on how performers, artists and cultural institutions have changed to survive.

As artists, journalists and creators struggle, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Out in the Bay this month. We have a $2,000 matching challenge grant from an anonymous donor who will fork over the $2k if we get that much from other donors by year’s end.

Guest and Links:

Jim Provenzano is Arts and Nightlife Editor of the Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco’s weekly LGBTQ newspaper and online news outlet. He’s also a novelist with eight books to his credit, most recently “Finding Tulsa” which was published in September.

Selected events we spoke of: Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce … Pandemic!” Live Dec. 12, then streams Dec. 13 – Jan 2; New Conservatory Theatre Center’s “A Mighty Queer Virtual Variety Show” streams Dec. 13 – Jan. 3; Ballets Ruses’ “The Slutcracker” streams now through Dec. 31. Oasis night club‘s Meals on Heels and outdoor rooftop dining through Dec. 6, then The Golden Girls Live: Xmas Episodes and more virtual events continue all month. More in Jim’s “Homing’s In” weekly events write-up and listing.

Two of Jim’s fave books: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic; Bryan Washington’s Memorial; a few more here.

The SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund provides relief to LGBTQ nightlife workers and entertainers affected by COVID-19.

Photo, by Little Fang, shows Taylor Mac in “Holiday Sauce” garb.

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