THE LATEST

Madonna Releases Six Songs From 'Rebel Heart' Album

NEWS | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 20
Saying she would 'prefer fans to hear completed versions of the songs," Madonna has released six tracks from "Rebel Heart."

Robbie Rogers Says 'No Way' to FIFA for Anti-Gay World Cup

NEWS | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 20
LA Galaxy star and unrepentant hunk Robbie Rogers blasted FIFA for on Thursday for their decision to hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the virulently anti-gay countries of Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Sexologist's Revelation Spurs Discussion in China

NEWS | By Didi Tang | Dec 20
A leading Chinese sexologist's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community.

Nine Must-Have Apps for Your Smartphone

TECHNOLOGY | By Mike Halterman | Dec 20
Who isn't glued to their smartphone nowadays? I have some apps that you should try, and I bet that once you do, you'll wonder how you survived without them!

D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' is a Transcendent Comeback Album

ENTERTAINMENT | By Jason St. Amand | Dec 20
Earlier this week, R&B genius D'Angelo shockingly released his third album "Black Messiah" with little warning. Not only did it surprise the world, simply because it exists, but it also turns out to be one of the best records since his 2000 opus "Voodoo."

Winter TV Preview

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mike Halterman | Dec 20
Set a date with your DVR and watch at least one of these twelve new offerings. Also, I've got the dish on eight of your returning faves.

'Sandra Bernhard Is #Blessed' Hits Joe's Pub For New Year's Eve

ENTERTAINMENT | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 20
The inimitable Sandra Bernhard returns to Joe's Pub at The Public with her all new show, "Sandra Bernhard is #blessed," as part of her annual year-end residency, which starts December 26 and leads up to her New Year's Eve spectacle.

Out There :: Russian Roulette

ENTERTAINMENT | By Roberto Friedman | Dec 20
Out There spent several happy days last week immersed in reading "Little Failure," the acclaimed memoir by author Gary Shteyngart (Random House) now out in a cute little paperback ($16).

The Best LGBT TV of 2014

ENTERTAINMENT | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Dec 20
It wasn't the gayest year on TV, but 2014 was still superb for good, better, best TV. Stellar series, incomparable acting, great writing -- it was all there.

Geyser Eruption App Launches

TECHNOLOGY | Dec 20
Yellowstone National Park fans can get a heads up on when Old Faithful and five other geysers are set to erupt thanks to a new app available for smartphones and tablets.


News

Drag Club Races to Open by New Year's Eve

LOCAL | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 20
The sounds of power tools and hammering reverberate inside the confines of the former Club Caliente in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.


Entertainment

'Into the Woods' and Onto the Screen

MOVIES | By Brian Scott Lipton | Dec 19
Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Rob Marshall, Tracy Ullman and more discuss making the film version of a Sondheim classic.


Business

Average US 30-Year Loan Rate Falls to 3.80 Percent

FINANCE | Dec 19
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year. The rates' historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers.


Technology

FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

PERSONAL TECH | By Eric Tucker | Dec 19
The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Finance

3 Tips to Help Use Remaining Health Account Funds

INSURANCE | By Tom Murphy | Dec 18
Sunscreen may not top many shopping lists this time of year, but stocking up now can keep you from wasting money. December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance.


Cars

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

AUTO NEWS | By Joan Lowy | Dec 18
The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.


Style

Pampered Pets That Don Duds Move to the Mainstream

FASHION | By Sue Manning | Dec 20
Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets.


Health/Fitness

The Soundtrack of Your Workout

FITNESS | By Stephen Mosher | Dec 18
There is a pulsating, motivating musical soundtrack to guide everyone through his or her workout. But what's the real truth behind the phenomenon of soundtracking your workout?


Travel

Rich Fun on A Low Budget: South Beach Side Streets

By Jennifer Kay | Dec 20
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.


Nightlife

On the Tab :: Dec. 18 - 25

LOCAL EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Dec 18
Whether with friends and family, or fellow orphans over the holidays, be of good cheer, despite (non)catastrophic precipitation, judicial monstrosities or cataclysmic economic crunches. It's the holidays! Smile. They'll be over soon.