10. EVENT: 2013 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
The 2013 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival returns to the Roxy Theater in the Mission District tonight.
Founded in 1997, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival takes place tonight through Sunday at the Roxy Theater, providing three days of award-winning transgender cinema and a host of programs by trans and gender-variant artists from around the world. The groundbreaking, provocative, and moving storylines are sure to help capture the complexity of trans people's lives and highlight struggles everyone can benefit from learning more about.
SFTFF kicks off tonight at 8 with an Opening Night Gala: Transgender Shorts. Tickets can be purchased on a sliding scale at BrownPaperTickets, which offers discounts for both seniors and low-income individuals. Watch the festival's trailer below, and get all the details here. — Michael Regula
9. THEATER: The Columnist
David Auburn’s play about the late closeted gay political columnist Joseph Alsop, produced on Broadway last year, gets its West Coast premiere courtesy of L.A. Theatre Works. Alsop, who died in 1989, was one of the most powerful Washington commentators of the 1950s and ’60s, a crusader against McCarthyism, a pal of President Kennedy, and a promoter of the Vietnam war. But he could never reveal the truth about his life. L.A. Theatre Works presents the play Thursday through November 17 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre and will record the production for its nationally syndicated public radio series. John Vickery (Broadway’s The Lion King) stars as Alsop; also appearing are Tara Lynne Barr, Wilson Bethel, John Getz, David Krumholtz, and JoBeth Williams. Auburn, a Pulitzer winner for Proof, directs as well. Tickets here. — Trudy Ring
8. MUSIC: Britney Spears, “Perfume”
There's something strange about hearing Britney Spears singing about "marking her territory." But if you can get past the odd lyrics ("I hope she smells my perfume"), "Perfume" stands out simply for being a Britney ballad reminiscent of the early 2000s and not a club banger like "Work Bitch" or "Til the World Ends." The second single off the forthcoming Britney Jean album, "Perfume" was written by Spears and bi musical phenom Sia Furler. It's nice to think Brit still has some of that vulnerability that helped endear her to us in the first place. — Neal Broverman