Joshua Rotter

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Joshua Rotter is a contributing writer for 48 Hills. He’s also written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, SF Chronicle, and CNET.

Too soon for COVID jokes? Shazia Mirza on Zoom comedy and life at home

Shazia Mirza has been making the most of quarantine. The award-winning British stand-up comedian and writer—best known for her show “The Kardashians Made Me...

All hail Jacki Weaver, Pride’s hilarious, touching ‘Stage Mother’

When Jacki Weaver was asked to star in director Thom Fitzgerald’s latest film, Stage Mother, the Academy Award-nominated Animal Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook...

Generations of activism: Checking in with Cleve Jones

The LGBTQ community has already survived the tragic loss of Harvey Milk, the deaths of hundreds of thousands during the AIDS pandemic, and decades...

This year, the giant Pink Triangle bursts into 2700 twinkling lights

Other cities have their Pride parades, rainbow flags, and disco ball balloons. Only San Francisco has the Pink Triangle. Over the past 25 years, San...

Forget the ‘pale male’ podcast scene, here’s Bitch Talk

In 2012, Erin Lim, a publicist and Karyn Paige, a digital marketer, had just appeared on a San Francisco podcast called Your Straight Male...

Tori Amos: ‘Artists will be the second round of responders’

Singer-songwriter Tori Amos is quick to applaud the first responders—the doctors, nurses, and EMTs—who are currently risking their lives to save others during the...

A Drag Queen Story Hour star and activist publishes her own kids’ book

For the majority of Americans, drag queens are performers they catch every Friday night on RuPaul’s Drag Race or at their local gay bar...

The mother who stoned San Francisco

Alia Volz, the author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco,  knew she had a good story on her hands. Every...

Can drag queens beat death? Find out in ‘Drag Becomes Her’

UPDATE: 'Drag Becomes Her' has been postponed.  There are approximately 800 miles separating Seattle and San Francisco’s drag scenes. What bridges them, says RuPaul’s Drag...

’80s troubadour Colin Hay is still a man at work

Singer Colin Hay could have written Men at Work’s first major hit “Who Can It Be Now?” anywhere. But there was something about conceiving it...