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Freedom brings a night of hope

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Celebrate resilience and foster freedom at MHASD event of an event presented by Mental Health America of San Give what you can, Diego County (MHASD) billed Even when your allies draw a as an evening of hope and enline in the sand couragement for the LGBTQ Dig, always dig a little deeper community and its allies in Sometimes it’s hard to be a “A Celebration of Resilience,” brother’s keeper Thursday, Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m., at —Nahko of Nahko & the Sunset Temple in North Medicine for the People Park. The event of music, connecGive more, reach farther and tion and solidarity is part of never quit. MHASD’s “Breaking Down That’s the underlying theme Barriers” program. By Joyell Nevins

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Trans activist and folk-hop musician Shea Freedom will headline the evening, and its theme is adapted from his own life. Freedom has lived through such trials as drug-addicted parents, foster care, homelessness, thievery and a horrific motorcycle accident. Yet he refuses to descend into bitterness and hopelessness. “I want to personify hope,” Freedom said. “I can use my life story as a crutch or a ladder. It’s just a mindset.”

Analysis: Surviving the storm LGBT businesses need to THINK of the bigger picture

Ramen with verve

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see Freedom, pg 15

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Freedom’s mission and mindset is to build a place for foster youth and trans people like him to know that they are not alone. He calls his movement, Foster Freedom, a “living musical prayer for future generations.” Kat Katsanis-Semel, MHASD’s LGBTQ+ community outreach coordinator, connected with Freedom at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center’s Pride by the Beach festival last October. She was stirred by his music and spirit and wanted to incorporate that into her work in San Diego. “Initially, I was moved by how talented he is as a musician,” Katsanis-Semel explained. “Yet, I approached Freedom in regards to potential collaboration when I observed that he’s not just talented, but he also has a rare life story that is only matched by his uniquely resilient spirit.” Freedom decided early on to adopt the mantra “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” He said he heard that saying from a woman named Autumn when he was about 10 years old. She was referencing the pain he was feeling while she fi xed his cornrows, but Freedom decided

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For decades, small-business owners — especially those who are deemed “socially and economically disadvantaged” (women, veterans, ethnic minorities and the disabled, for instance) — have been sheltered and supported by the Small Business Association, a government entity which was established in 1953. In addition, small disadvantaged businesses often get a leg up and organizations within the federal, state and local sectors are required to award a percentage of their annual contracts to these businesses, if they are certified. Now, the nearly 1.4 million small, LGBT-owned

businesses across the country can join that club. The initiative is called the LGBT Business Enterprise program — or LGBTBE — and it is being spearheaded by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in conjunction

with the Small Business Association’s regional small business development centers (SBDC). There are three SBDC offices within the San Diego-Imperial Valley network.

see LGBT-owned, pg 2

Beyond Mariah Carey calling me “dahhhling” in her famous diva affectation as my childhood self landed somewhere over the moon, a lot happened in 2016. Here’s a collection of some standout quotes from [the

see Year in review, pg 14



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LGBT-OWNED With that many businesses to capture, the SBA and the NGLCC have decided to partner on this program, prioritizing it for the next two years, and they are dedicated to certifying as many qualifying businesses as possible. In San Diego, local business consultant Michelle Burkart, former interim CEO of the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA), can help you make it happen. The GSDBA is one of the NGLCC’s 52 affiliates nationwide. If you are a local small-business owner and you are not a member, you should be. As founder and “chief results officer” of TH!NKbusiness, Burkart has helped small to mid-size business owners grow and expand their businesses since 1996, and one client, working with her since 2011, recently increased their profit and sales by 30 percent. “People don’t take the time to think about their business or step away from their business and look at it differently,” Burkart said. With regards to LGBTBE, the SDBC is her client and she is working as project coordinator on behalf of the SBDC. As such, Burkart and the LGBTBE team will offer decades of experience to guide, assist, train and consult, LGBT small-business owners through the certification process and the benefits of the program itself.

Business consultant Michelle Burkart wants you to certify your LGBT-owned business. (Courtesy Michelle Burkart)

What does becoming LGBTowned certified do for you? It not only opens you up to all those federal, state and local government contracts, but the resources that will be offered by your local SBDC are immeasurable. According to the NGLCC website, walking the LGBTBE track is a no-brainer. “By becoming a certified LGBTBE, businesses are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. As corporate America becomes more inclusive and further diversifies its supply chain, certification offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors,” the NGLCC website stated.

With the expected changes coming to America in the coming weeks with regard to how we do business, who gets to discriminate and the suspected impacts on the LGBT community, it seems to make even more sense to get that added assistance that certification will offer. NGLCC also says that certified LGBTBEs are “routinely sought after” by other corporate partners within their proprietary database. Those companies are looking to partner with other LGBTowned businesses on myriad opportunities. The NGLCC currently also has 160 “supplier diversity” contacts — larger corporations looking to not only diversify their portfolio, but enhance their appeal to big government entities. Locally, Burkart said the SBDCs will assist LGBT-owned businesses through the extensive vetting and certification process; provide business development training that will help lead you to contracts and be more successful; train you on your capability statements, marketing and contract accounting; and offer general business consulting — all at no fee.

“These are your tax dollars at work,” Burkart said. The fee to get certified is $400, but if you are a member of your local LGBT chamber of commerce (i.e., GSBDA in San Diego), that will be waived. Always ahead of the curve, the state of California already has laws in place that benefit LGBT-owned businesses, thanks to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and AB 1678. The bill, passed in 2015 and referred to as the “Supplier Diversity Law,” requires that the CPUC and any of its affiliates award a percentage of their contracts to LGBT-owned businesses, just like as they are mandated to do so with any other disadvantaged business. For those of us that live in California, that alone should be enough incentive for certification, but in the bigger picture, the more LGBT businesses that get certified across the country, the more power we will have as a group and as a whole on the SBA scorecard; and in Washington, D.C. Tune in next issue when we offer more information on the LGBTBE process and its benefits and lay out the steps to get certified as an LGBTowned business with the SBA. If you can’t wait that long, reach out to Burkart — —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@▼

Families Using Smart Tech for Pet Care According to the American Pet Products Association, 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet of some kind. Whether they’re cats, dogs, reptiles or birds, families enjoy having a pet in the home. Feeding, caring and walking pets are often the first form of responsibility for kids and everyone enjoys the unconditional love, companionship and spunky personalities offered by furry, scaly and feathered friends. And animal owners are using technology in some surprising ways to show their love and appreciation – from using nanny cams, to leaving Animal Planet on the TV, to spending more money on pets than on friends, according to a recent study conducted by Cox Homelife. Here are some highlights of the study, are you doing any of them? Make pets comfortable while home alone: • 58% adjust the thermostat. • 57% leave out toys. • 80% leave on lights. • 40% turn on the TV or radio. Use a pet sitter, then checking on the pet sitter: • One in three pet owners reported they would be more likely to use a pet

sitter if they could monitor their activity though home automation technology. • 75% of pet owners ask for a pet sitter when leaving pets at home alone for extended periods of time. • Pet owners said they use home automation technology to check when the pet sitter visited, how long they stayed, watch what they did while they were at the house, make sure the dog is safely in its kennel, and ensure they locked the door behind them when they left.

Buy smart technology for pets There are many ways technology can improve peace of mind and quality of life for pets. Dog and cat owners differ on which technologies they’d consider buying: • Automatic food and water distribution: 32& of dog owners versus 46% of cat owners. • GPS tracker: 36% of dog owners versus 25% of cat owners. • Video monitoring system: 32% of dog owners versus 26% of cat owners.

• Smart collars to monitor vitals: 13% of dog owners versus 11% of cat owners. Spend a lot on pets: Pet owners spend more money on gifts for their pets than for their friends and work colleagues. • One in five pet owners spend at least $100 on their pets each month. It’s evident that pet owners love their pets. And while video monitoring of pets is a perk of having a home monitoring and automation

system, it also provides peace of mind for the entire household. Cox Homelife’s state-of-the-art security and home automation technology can not only safeguard your home and its contents, but also provide warning of potential damage caused by weather events such as the heavy rains and flooding and monitor for flooding, smoke and carbon monoxide, in addition to a host of other customizable features. For more information, visit

Art scholarship opportunity ‘Creative commerce’ is theme of award SDCNN Staff

A local LGBT artist is co-sponsoring a "Business of Art" scholarship. (Courtesy Patric Stillman)

Are you an art student or an emerging artist with a body of work? Take a chance and throw your hat into the ring for an opportunity to win a scholarship that will surely take your artistry and career to the next level. Patric Stillman, founder of The Studio Door, an art studio, incubator and arts community located at 3750 30th Street in North Park, has announced a “unique opportunity” for local artists to win a “Business of Art” scholarship. Stillman himself is uniquely qualified to be involved. His studio’s website says it is “dedicated to the creative marketplace, and the promotion of contemporary artists.” The scholarship is being awarded to one lucky art student or emerging artist through a collaborative relationship between Stillman, the San Diego Visual Arts Network and Mission Federal ArtWalk, a popular and prestigious annual art festival taking place April 29 and 30 in Little Italy. The Business of Art scholarship gives the recipient the opportunity to indulge in the business side of their passion. Included in the award is a booth at ArtWalk, an extensive marketing package and professional development throughout 2017, with Stillman acting as mentor out of The Studio Door. “This is such a fantastic opportunity for artists who want to engage in creative commerce,” said Stillman. “The whole package that The Business of Art scholarship offers is the type of platform that can really help establish an exciting career path for an emerging artist. I only wish I had professionals to help guide me through the realities of the art world when I was starting.” In addition, the artist selected will be given the guidance needed to put together a portfolio, navigate the media, create a successful 10-foot-by-10-foot booth at the art festival, establish a 12-month action plan,

see Scholarship, pg 3


SCHOLARSHIP develop further exhibit opportunities and achieve future goals. “Originally, The Art of Business scholarship was a mentoring scholarship that was awarded to a SDSU student artist,” Stillman said. “The program has transformed over the years as different collaborators took the helm.” Stillman, who was a community member of the former San Diego Art Department on Ray Street before he opened his own studio a couple blocks away, is an award-winning artist whose own work has been exhibited at the Louvre in Paris. In 2016, Stillman was named “U.S. Mentor of the Year,” in Professional Artist magazine for his incubator lab and workshops at The Studio Door.

Stillman said last year’s scholarship winner was Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko, who was mentored by Ginger Shulick Porcella, executive director of San Diego Art Institute. Sandi Cottrell, managing director of ArtWalk who is heavily involved, often collaborates with other arts-based organizations within the region. “This scholarship/mentoring opportunity has been a huge boost to the career path of past recipients,” Cottrell said. “The business aspect of selling your work is often not part of traditional art school curriculae, and this hands-on experience of preparing for a large art show provides skills and knowledge that would otherwise take years to gain.” “Patricia Fischer [of San Diego Visual Arts Network] has covered The Studio Door’s programs and exhibits over the past few years, most recently

Patric Stillman (center) with his partner Danne Sadler (right) in his exhibition booth at ArtWalk. (Courtesy Patric Stillman)

our Open Studios San Diego,” Stillman said. “When the discussion about this year’s program came up, she remembered that I was awarded Mentor of the Year and they thought I would be a good fit to take over the reigns this year. “I have expanded the mentoring portion of the project so that the artist has a great experience at ArtWalk but also sets their sights on the next steps as well,” he said. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and an individual, not part of an ensemble or group. Artists who have gallery representation or an agent are not considered “emerging” and therefore not eligible. Visual artists who practice any fine art form are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have established a modest, independent body of work; demonstrate commitment; have reliable transportation to attend mentoring meetings and other events. Application for the scholarship is free. “Becoming an artist that gets paid isn’t just about being able to create beautiful artwork, it’s about becoming a professional,” Stillman’s website says. “If you have a strong interest in being an artist and have begun to build a body of work, The Business of Art scholarship may be the next step for you to navigate the complex art industry while participating in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk.” For a complete understanding of what’s involved and to download the application, visit▼

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ArtWalk in Little Italy draws thousands of art lovers every year. (Courtesy Mission Federal ArtWalk)

Stillman with the issue of "Professional Artist" magazine where he was identified as "Mentor of the Year." (Courtesy Patric Stillman)


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San Diego a destination for all Back Out with Benny Ben Cartwright If you are on Facebook, you may have noticed the “Year in Review” feature that users were able to access. The social media platform’s algorithms created a cute little video of your top photos of the year and had some facts about your Facebook usage over the year. In 2016, I added 299 new friends, reacted to 64,607 posts (be it likes, hearts, wows, sads, or angries) and checked in to 906 places. What stood out the most to me, though, was that those 906 check-ins were all in San Diego, Los Angeles, or Palm Springs. I did not travel outside of Southern California at all this year and as I reflected on that, I started to get a little sad, especially as I continued scrolling through my feed seeing friends’ photos of their travels all around the world. Why didn’t I travel out of Southern California? I don’t

know, but schedules, finances, and some anxieties I have were likely a part of it. I used to travel a lot, and have been to many states and Europe, and hope to add additional states and continents in the future. But seeing this Facebook proof that I really didn’t travel this year struck me. After I finished my internal whining about it, I had another realization: I got to know the city/county I’ve lived in my entire life a lot better. And it’s a pretty darn cool place. While most of my social media posts focus on my shenanigans around Hillcrest, I trek all over the place. I drive out of the neighborhood frequently and go for walks and drives and have found or re-found so many cool things. I’ve found new hiking trails, noticed unique architecture in different neighborhoods, people-watched, overheard fascinating conversations and just realized how lucky we are to live in San Diego. While communities/towns like Clairemont, El Cajon,

Assessing senior needs Senior Matters William E. Kelly This is the first of a threepart series about assessing and addressing the needs of seniors. Part one categorizes the most basic concerns of all adults and provides a list of the “needs categories,” which include income and assets, expenses, housing, health and healthcare, geographic location and support systems. But first, what is the “aging crisis” we are hearing more about? Numerous studies over the past decade or so have confirmed that San Diego, the nation, and even countries across the world are facing a staggering growth in our older population that is having an increasingly devastating impact on seniors and those about to enter the world of “seniordom.” That impact is and will be overwhelmingly felt in every aspect of our society and its economic, political and social structure. Paul Downey, CEO of local nonprofit Serving Seniors, shared that one out of four homeless persons in San Diego is currently aged 60 or greater and the number of San Diegans over the age of 60 will double by 2030 to one in four residents. The Public Policy Institute of California announced that “Californians age 55 and older represent 31 percent of the state’s adult population.” The Elder Index, part of a national effort developed by

gerotological experts and derived from Census data, is now being used by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to produce ground-breaking analysis and research of the economic challenges facing California’s seniors. Based on local market rates for items such as housing, food, health care, transportation and basic necessities, “47 percent of retired older Californians [65+ years] are struggling to make ends meet.” That research shows that the basic cost of living for elders with disabilities is 20-100 percent higher than for those without disabilities. This indeed is a crisis that demands an “all hands on deck,” bi-partisan collaboration and cooperation between diverse citizen representatives, their government, the nonprofits that serve them and the for-profit organizations that depend on them to stay in business. A lessor effort is not capable of producing cost-effective and efficient solutions that need to address the monumental complexities of both unique diversity-age-driven and universally-age-driven issues. The World Health Organization and a growing number of cities across the country are recognizing the need for greater collaboration and cooperation to address a deepening and burgeoning backlog of needs for more affordable and accessible age-friendly cities that serve the needs of all ages simultaneously. A study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies warns that

National City, or Allied Gardens aren’t often thought of as the most exciting parts of San Diego, I’ve found some really fun and quirky things on my walks and drives. And then, of course, there are the “destination” spots in San Diego, like Downtown, North Park, or Harbor Island, which of course, upon passing through remind me why so many people want to travel here. In my interactions at local bars, coffee shops, and other public places, I have also met so many people who have been visiting here from different places, many of them among those 299 new Facebook friends I added in 2016. I’m so glad to have made friends this year with people who live in Mexico City, Amsterdam, Australia, Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, San Francisco, Taiwan, and South Africa (from what I can recall), and I know that I have a place to stay and familiar face if and when I visit any of these destinations. If you, like me this past year, aren’t able to travel for

governments at all levels are poorly prepared to meet the challenges. In less than 13 years, 132 million Americans will be age 50 or greater. That is more than a 70 percent increase between 2000 and 2030 and one in five Americans will be 65 or older. The burden this unfolding crisis is putting on medical care, insurance, housing, social safety nets, the economy, individuals and family life is staggering. Moreover, I dare say it is being woefully underestimated and irresponsibly dealt with by us as individuals and as a society. Organizations such as the AARP and the San Diego Foundation are promoting community-based efforts to make safer cities and neighborhoods with more walkable streets, affordable housing and transportation options that together create opportunities and activities for residents where all ages can participate. In San Diego City and County individuals, nonprofits, government, businesses and philanthropic communities are starting realize there is a need and there are ways we can make our region among the most age-friendly in the country. While seeking to identify possible opportunities to work together to mitigate the challenges impacting our older adults, their families and caregivers, it remains to be seen what the outcome of these efforts will be. For now, we need to focus on what we need to do as individuals to fill the gaps. There are roughly six “needs categories” to be reviewed: Income/Assets: Pension(s); social security; investments; cash/savings; future inheritance; real estate. Expenses: Rent/mortgage; all utilities; food; clothing; transportation; all insurances.

whatever reason, keep in mind what a great place we live in and get out there and explore or re-explore all the things San Diego has to offer! I am excited, though, because I do have some trips planned already this year to Washington, D.C., Mexico, and hopefully, Hawaii for the first time!

Getting Out With Benny

The holidays were fabulous but I’m so glad they are over! There were so many events, parties and celebrations with amazing people, but it was exhausting. Things have slowed down a bit, but there’s still some great things coming up. The Center’s Young Professionals Council will host their “First Tuesday Series” for January on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. at BRICK Bar. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun mixer, which will include a presentation on networking. And yes, this month, they chose to hold the “First Tuesday” on the second Tuesday due to the usual date being so close to

Housing: Affordability; accessibility; suitability; adequate space. Health/healthcare: Ambulatory; disabled; hearing/ sight; physical/mental. Geographic location: Security/safety/crime; crosswalks; transportation options; street lighting; sidewalks; parking; parks; demographics. Support system: Goods and services; family; friends; social groups; community organizations; clubs; hospitals/ medical care; schools. For every senior, an assessment of all these needs and an inventory of the resources at hand to meet them must be taken. A full understanding of each person’s circumstances the holidays. Visit tinyurl. com/zz6zm8d. That same night, the Hillcrest Town Council will host its first community meeting of the year, with a featured presentation by new City Councilmember Chris Ward. Everyone is welcome to come out and hear about Chris’ plans and ideas for the district and city. Check out jb9p72u. And get your tickets now for Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens 2017 before they sell out! This hilarious drag pageant has become a community favorite and it benefits the programs of The Center. The show is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19 from 7-10 pm at Observatory North Park. Get tickets here: —Benny Cartwright is the director of community outreach at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. He can be reached at 619-692-2077 ext. 106 or outreach@thecentersd. org. Note: Byline photo by Rob Lucas Modern Aperture Photography.▼

and environment is necessary for assessing individual areas of greatest need in priority order. Have you considered what you or a loved one’s priority needs are or will soon be? Stay tuned when the next “Senior Matters” discusses how to assess those needs. —Bill Kelly is a longtime local activist who currently focuses on LGBT senior issues and moderates the Caring for our LGBT Seniors in San Diego Facebook page. Access to the group is free to all seniors, their advocates, families, friends and caregivers. Send Bill questions or comments at wekbill@yahoo. com.▼

Real change Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel Every year, around this time, clients ask me: How can I make this new year better? How can I make real changes in my life? How can I be less stressed out? Less lonely? Make more money? I can’t promise answers to all your desires, but I’d like to use this column to suggest how you can make changes that really last, leaving maladaptive old habits behind. Consider these: Don’t make any resolutions — they rarely work and just make you feel worse when you “break” them. Instead, pick two or three things you’d like to change about your life and start to work on them. Don’t pick more than three! It’s too hard to sustain and a sure setup for failure. Make changes slowly — don’t scare or defeat yourself. One of the worst things you can do is to try to change things quickly. Real change is hard; by it’s very nature, it can’t come overnight. Gradual change is sustainable change; extreme personality makeovers come and go. Real change lasts. Find some quiet inside of you — if you have a spiritual practice and meditate, great! Walking meditation is good for those of us who would rather move than sit. If you have a connection with God, prayer can be very centering. Anyone of us can take a few minutes to simply focus on our breathing. I like to repeat words like “calm” or “peace” when I sit or walk, because there are emotions I’d like to experience more of. Stop looking for your happiness outside yourself — if you are convinced that being a good consumer can make you happy, then you’ll be on a never-ending search for the perfect stuff. This also applies to people, jobs and homes. If you think that the perfect partner will make you happy, you’ve obviously never been in a long-term relationship! It brings joy, for sure, but also lots of problems. It’s the same if you expect a new job or home to make you happy. If the same old you is at

COMMUNITY VOICES a new job, how long before your old negative habits kick in? And, while a new home can be great, if the same old you lives there … well, you get my drift. Look for happiness inside yourself and all that external stuff will be nice, but not essential. Watch what you’re thinking — people say it only matters what you say, but in my experience, it matters just as much what you think. Your mind and body are inextricably linked: Your mind thinks a thought and the cells of your body respond. Your body has an experience and your mind jumps in to make sense of it. Start to notice what you’re thinking. Don’t make this into hard work; let it be a gentle process of “waking up” (some people call this “mindfulness”). Notice when things are going well and ask yourself: “What am I thinking now?” Do the same when things are going badly. If you’re thinking thoughts that only bring more bad stuff (“What a rotten day this is.”) try replacing them with more neutral thoughts (“It’s been a rough morning, but the rest of the day could get better.”) Don’t diet — instead, focus on being kind to your body. Kindness is not starvation. Kindness is not going to a gym and doing things you hate. Kindness is figuring out what would make my body happy in the long run. Would I really like to eat Cheetos every day for the rest of my life, or would my body be happier with an occasional Cheetos indulgence mixed in with a variety of other foods? Become your own best cheerleader — we all need someone who encourages us when times are rough. It’s great to have friends who do this for you, but no one knows how to do it as well as you do. And, you can’t always count on other people to do it for you when you need it (like when you wake up — worried about losing your job — at 3 a.m. and can’t get back to sleep). Give some of these ideas a try and see if 2017 will be a year of real, sustainable change for you. Happy New Year! —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit▼

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Beware of Home Inspection Pitfalls Before You Put Your Hillcrest Home Up for Sale Hillcrest According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That's why it's critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what you're looking for, and knowing what you're looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help homeseller's deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled "11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection" has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-866-220-9502 and enter 1003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn't cost you the sale of your home. This report is courtesy of Moore & Sons Realty BRE #01990368. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copy right © 2016

How to Sell Your North/South Park Home Without An Agent And Save the Commission

North Park If you've tried to sell your home yourself, you know that the minute you put the "For Sale by Owner" sign up, the phone will start to ring off the hook. Unfortunately, most calls aren't from prospective buyers, but rather from every real estate agent in town who will start to hound you for your listing. Like other "For Sale by Owners", you'll be subjected to a hundred sales pitches from agents who will tell you how great they are and how you can't possibly sell your home by yourself. After all, without the proper information, selling a home isn't easy. Perhaps you've had your home on the market for several months with no offers from qualified buyers. This can be a very frustrating time, and many homeowners have given up their dreams of selling their homes themselves. But don't give up until you've read a new report entitled "Sell Your Own Home" which has been prepared especially for homesellers like you. You'll find that selling your home by yourself is entirely possible once you understand the process. Inside this report, you'll find 10 inside tips to selling your home by yourself which will help you sell for the best price in the shortest amount of time. You'll find out what real estate agents don't want you to know. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1866-220-9502 and enter 1017. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how you really can sell your home yourself.

This report is courtesy of Moore & Sons Realty BRE #01990368. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copy right © 2016 This report is courtesy of Moore & Sons Realty BRE#01990368. Not intended to solicit buy ers or sellers currently under contract. Copy right © 2016




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Guest Editorial

A tale of two elections

Democrats both terrified and triumphant By Francine Busby

I began election night doing upbeat media interviews at the Democratic Election Night Party. I predicted that we would be witnessing the historic election of the first female president of the United States and that Democratic candidates would rack up victories in local races across San Diego County due to a surge in registration, a strong field of candidates and our increased capacity to win elections. I even brought a white pantsuit to change into at the moment Clinton was declared the winner. As the evening progressed, a pall began to subdue the party. Democrats anxiously huddled around a lone television screen and watched closed-caption explanations as red began to flood across the electoral map. Once the floodgates opened, it seemed there was no stopping the tide or mitigating the stunned anxiety and punch-inthe-gut pain that transformed our party into a wake. Not only did Hillary Clinton not win, but the unthinkable had happened; Donald Trump was being elected president. All the while, I was announcing victory after victory on the local front. Signaling a shift in the political landscape, the San Diego County Democratic Party raised $1.4 million to elect 70 percent of their endorsed candidates EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Ken Williams, x102 Jeff Clemetson, x119 ASSISTANT EDITOR John Gregory CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Azzopardi Ben Cartwright William E. Kelly Michael Kimmel Joyell Nevins Frank Sabatini Jr. Romeo San Vicente

in November, including winning 16 seats previously held by Republicans. Democratic voter registration surged by over 70,000, giving Democrats a record 108,000 voter advantage over Republicans countywide. In fact, Republican registrations have fallen to only 2.6 percent more than independent voters. What could have been a night of sheer joy was instead a bittersweet tale of two elections: one that plummeted us to terrifying depths of despair nationally; another of elation that all our hard work had paid off and our shared values had come to fruition in San Diego. Ironically, both stemmed from the same source. San Diegans embrace the diversity that is woven into our DNA. We reject the politics of fear, anger, hate, violence, misogyny and racism. Our border region has deep and inextricable ties with Mexico. More Native American tribes live here than any other county in the country. Being the home of the Pacific fleet imbues us with pride and patriotism. From taxi drivers to tech entrepreneurs, our immigrant, refugee, and expat communities teem with energy and the hope of achieving the American dream. Our universities attract the best and brightest, who come to learn and stay to live. Our soccer fields are full of healthy California children and cheering families. Women as well as members of our LGBT, Latino, African American and Asian COPY EDITOR Dustin Lothspeich ART DIRECTOR Todd Kammer SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958 ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Andrew Bagley, x106 Sloan Gomez, x104 Lisa Hamel, x107

communities are represented on our school boards, city councils, and our state and congressional delegations. It is this mixture of hope and fear that drove over 70,000 voters to register as Democrats this year. There is a palpable fear that in Donald Trump’s America, San Diego families will be torn apart, science and research mocked, and that racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and anti-immigrant discrimination would unleash ugly, frightening, and very real forces of anger and hatred. We’ll see if Donald Trump will act upon his promises to build a wall, block Muslims, deport 11 million people, criminalize abortion, drop 30 million people from health insurance, befriend Putin and tear up treaties — or if his campaign was based on a pack of lies, taunts and insults just to win an election, with the intent to morph into a rational human being and steady leader. So far, the outlook is dim. In the meantime, there is some good news. San Diegans voted for Hillary Clinton by a 15 percent margin and made inroads in solid Republican city councils with the election of the first Democrats in decades with Colin Parent in La Mesa; Cori Schumacher, an outstanding LGBT candidate, in Carlsbad; and Ben Kalasho in El Cajon. Democrats now hold majorities on city councils in Chula Vista, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, National City, San Diego and Solana Beach. Democrats hold all the seats on the boards of the San Diego, Mira ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962 WEB DESIGN Kim Espinoza

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Costa, Southwestern and Palomar Community College Districts and San Diego Unified School District and majorities on the County Board of Education, as well as the boards of Poway Unified, Sweetwater Union, and San Dieguito High School Districts. The election of Mara Elliott, the first woman and Latina City Attorney of San Diego and the passage of measures K and L, that move all city elections to run-offs in November, bodes well for more equitable elections in the city of San Diego. Colonel Doug Applegate lost his race against Darrell Issa by less than 1,900 votes, but he won the San Diego portion of the 49th district by a whopping 6 percent. Even the 25 percent of the district that resides in Orange County, where he lost by 20 percent, is trending Democratic. We are a forward-looking and inclusive blue county, standing up for what is great and good in our country and in ourselves. We’re building bridges to a bright future and inspiring those Americans who are feeling fearful and left behind to do the same. Breathe. Join the movement to change the Electoral College and validate the national popular vote. Breathe. Prepare to win elections in the 2018 backlash. Breathe. Engage in dialogues about a course correction in the National Democratic Party. Breathe. Regroup with a message and vision to lead America forward. Exhale. —Francine Busby is the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. She can be reached at▼

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Coronation 45 for the Imperial Court de San Diego will take place Feb. 4 at the Handlery Hotel, located at 950 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley. A complimentary hospitality welcome to guests will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the hotel and the coronation ceremony will be from 5:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include light hors d’oeuvres. The coronation weekend runs Feb. 2 to 5 with events scheduled locally, including: ● The In-Town Show, Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6-9 p.m. at Numbers Night Club, located at 3811 Park Blvd. on the North Park/Hillcrest border. Tickets are $10 and include a light buffet. ● The Tijuana Show, Friday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Redwing Bar & Grill, located at 4012 30th St. in North Park. Tickets are $20 and include a Mexican-style brunch. ● The Out of Town Show, Friday, Feb. 3, from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. Tickets are $15. ● The Out of Town Sponsored Show, Sunday, Feb. 5, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Numbers Night Club. Tickets are $10. ● The Sea to Shining Sea Show will be on Sunday, Feb. 5. Organizers encourage attendees to book hotel rooms now by calling 619-298-0511 or 800676-6567. Callers must refer to the group name of San Diego Imperial Court to book the group rates and be included in a group room block. Room rates are $119 per night. Deadline for the special rate is Jan. 11. For more information, contact Empress Regina Styles at 619-288-1183 or Empress Mia Pearl at 619-737-7326.


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Barons Market has opened its new store at 3231 E. University Ave. in North Park, remodeling the space formerly occupied by Fresh & Easy. This is the first urban store for the family-owned grocery store. “This store has been tailor-made to embody the distinct culture that makes North Park extraordinary,” said Rachel Shemirani, vice president of marketing. “We infused the character of North Park into every element of this store, from the parking garage to the ceiling, to bring the neighborhood a market that shares its passion for public art and local community.” Barons collaborated with five local artists to create three custom murals — two inside the store and one in the parking garage below. “In three very different ways, each mural has captured the same sentiment: We love this community, and everyone that makes it so special,” Shemirani said. Barons also worked with retail designer Julie Dugas of Studio H2G to transform the 15,000-square-foot space with a style more akin to a modern-day market than a traditional grocery store. Store highlights include a local coffee corner, featuring blends from five local coffee companies including North Park’s Dark Horse Coffee Roasters; more than 400 microbrews; an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar — the only grocery store chain in California with this feature; a hot soup bar, fresh salad bar and antipasto bar; and an in-store, squeeze-it-yourself orange juice press. The North Park store becomes the market’s seventh Southern California location, joining three San Diego County stores in Point Loma, Rancho Bernardo and Alpine, and three Inland Empire stores in Murrieta, Wildomar and Temecula. The store brings more than 40 jobs to the neighborhood. For more information, visit


To kick off its monthly LGBTthemed film series for 2017, FilmOut San Diego will show the controversial and multi-Academy Award-nominated film “The Crying Game” on Jan. 18. Neil Jordan directed the 1992 thriller about a hostage

situation involving the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which starred Stephen Rhea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson. Whitaker, who plays a British soldier, is taken hostage by an IRA unit (Rhea, Richardson and other actors). Davidson plays Whitaker’s girlfriend, who later has a brief encounter with Rhea, a scene that provided a shocking moment for filmgoers 25 years ago. The film explored themes of race, gender, nationality and sexuality, according to a Wikipedia synopsis. And audiences saw full frontal male nudity, according to, along with strong violence and language. “The Crying Game” won six Oscar nominations and won for Best Screenplay. The screening will take place Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, located at 3965 Fifth Ave., #200 (upstairs), in Hillcrest. Admission is $10. To see the film’s trailer, visit To learn more about FilmOut, visit


In 2016, one small business in Point Loma gave back in the best way it knows how – one pour at a time. The Wine Pub, a gourmet restaurant and wine destination, raised almost $9,000 for regional causes and organizations, including The Breast Cancer Fund, Canine Companions for Independence, Corazon de Vida, San Diego Down’s Syndrome, All Souls Episcopal Church and the San Diego LGBT Community Center. “Being a small business owner means finding creative and sustainable ways to support others making a difference in your neighborhood,” said Sandy Hanshaw, owner of The Wine Pub. “It’s important that when our customers come in for great food and wine, that they also get a taste of community engagement and feel-good fun.” Hanshaw said The Wine Pub makes a resolute effort to weave giving back into everything the community favorite does — from large events that draw hundreds of friends together to small, neighborhood gatherings over a simple dinner for two. Last year, its biggest event remained Bike for Boobs — a bike ride and outdoor auction supporting The Breast Cancer Fund. As a breast cancer survivor, Hanshaw celebrates Bike for Boobs as the merging of a personal triumph and supporting a local, heartfelt cause. The Pub’s weekly Woofer Wednesday special donated 10 percent of each check paid by people who dined in with a four-legged friend. The North County-based nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence was the beneficiary for this weekly fundraiser in 2016. The restaurant also participated in Dine Out For Life — a citywide fundraiser for the San Diego LGBT Community Center every April. “Though our donation wasn’t monumental in size, joining this event taught me just how far a small amount can go,” Hanshaw said. The Wine Pub is located at 2907 Shelter Island Drive. Visit▼

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Activist basics for the Trump era JD Davids | Positive Thoughts Regardless of where we sit — or where we toss and turn — during these long nights since the United States presidential election, many of us are wondering what we can do to take care of ourselves and each other and how we can even hold our gains in the HIV epidemic, much less prevent the loss of significant ground. Given the platform of the Trump/Pence campaign and the leadership of Congress, there is not a lot of promise that we’ll get closer to the end of the HIV epidemic. In fact, there will likely be significant changes in programs serving people with HIV or seeking to prevent new HIV cases. In addition, members of communities with high rates of HIV are facing threats to our health, our relationships and our families, to say the least. A lot is already emerging in terms of ways to respond. In fact, there may be too much; in keeping with our time of information overload, the sheer volume of resources and opportunities to contribute can itself be an overwhelming impediment to action. Yet, as the HIV community, we have a robust history of resistance, resilience and victory that calls us to the forefront of where we need to go today. Within hours after the election results came in, HIV leaders joined with others to form the Activist-Led Emergency Response Team (ALERT), a growing activist network for sharing information and ideas. And I’m working with HIV activist Jennifer Johnson Avril on a new effort called #ActivistBasics, which draws from the rich history and present-day efforts of HIV and other activist movements to provide tools, information and inspiration for our present and coming struggles.

A movement born in a moment of challenges

The HIV community was born in the Reagan era, a time that may hold the closest parallel to today in terms of political conservatism and policies that impede an effective response to the epidemic. Today brings additional challenges, including a weary and polarized population that has in many cases seen its standard of living decline as a direct result of the very policies Reagan unleashed. As a young adult, I was raised in the HIV movement during the presidency of the first George Bush, and I know that this movement has much to offer those who are looking for the way forward today. I have learned that our time, energy and passion are precious resources. That drives my urgency to ensure that we’re using them in the best possible ways to further justice and to help sustain our efforts, rather than exhausting ourselves without hope of success.

Working on key HIV issues, as well as being a part of broader movements concerned with our moment today, gives us the opportunity to combat HIV stigma, as we — people with HIV and their friends, families, and communities — stand shoulder to shoulder with old and new allies as we come to learn and appreciate the issues that affect each others’ lives. Here are some ideas that we’re talking about in our #ActivistBasics effort:

● Going with what we know: ourselves Just as I have reached out to comrades and loved ones, asking, “What are we doing? What should I do?” others have reached out to me. It is an honor for us to hold each other in this moment, valuing each other’s hearts and minds and spirits, and sitting in uncertainty together. And in this uncertainty, I encourage us to go with what we know: ourselves. In this moment, what do you know about your strengths, your skills, your drive? In what areas do you feel confident and how can you bring that together with the areas in which you hope to grow? Make a list of your skills and qualities, your areas of interest and those about which you are curious and bring that self-knowledge to take your seat in our coming efforts for HIV justice. There’s going to be a lot to do and no one person can do it all, so go with what feels productive and important to you. Make a list of what current initiatives and groups appeal to you. Then put them into a twoby-two grid. There are four boxes in a two-by-two grid: one for efforts that are easier for you and may have the most impact, one for those that are easy but may have less impact, plus one each for harder efforts that have more or less impact. That can help you decide where to start first — probably something in the box of things that are easier to do and have a greater possible impact. You don’t have to go it alone. I encourage people to start an “affinity group,” a cluster of two to eight people you already know

and trust who are dedicated to supporting each other. Whether you all work on different efforts and come together to replenish at a weekly potluck dinner, or whether you decide to join a group and work together to make sure you can get to the meetings and events, you’ll have this base to come home to in the long struggle ahead.

● Feeling scared, moving forward I’ve been an HIV journalist and activist since the pre-antiretroviral era and I’m a Jewish queer and trans survivor of abuse and gender violence. I would say it’s been a rollercoaster of fear and panic since the election — but mostly the downhill plunge part. I’m also a white, middle-class, HIV-negative U.S. citizen with tremendous privilege and a good job. I live in a relatively amazing bubble of robust solidarity and safety in a place (New York City) that has vowed to resist the Trump agenda of deportation, registries and divisiveness and the expected deep and sweeping funding cuts and redistribution of public resources. Pulling together #ActivistBasics isn’t just a way for me to feel useful. It’s the result of me going through the very process I’ve just recommended — looking at my skills, resources, realities and passions to determine what will help me connect with my past, calm my breath in the present and get ready to face the future. As always, it is an honor to work in the HIV community and I welcome your ideas, your strategies and your collaboration. —JD Davids is the managing editor of Find him on Twitter @JDatTheBody. This article is an adaptation of a piece that originally published on on Nov. 23, 2016. This column is a project of Plus, Positively Aware, POZ, TheBody. com and Q Syndicate, the LGBT wire service. Visit their websites —,, and thebody. com — for the latest updates on HIV/AIDS.▼

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n isn’t needed. Gluten-fr Gluten-free noodles are yet y another option option. When the tongue becomes invariably over-shellacked by this rich ramen, the ironic sandblaster is calpico, a thin and fermented milk-based drink that’s slightly sweetened and offers an elusive, fruity finish. I drank it with gusto as my companion went straight for the sake instead. A variety of poke rice bowls containing salmon, tuna or chashu are also available, although we opted for kimchi fried

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A new drinking and dining venture is coming to Park Boulevard (Courtesy JEL Design) The bar and culinary team from Trust restaurant on Park Boulevard in Hillcrest is gearing up to open Hundred Proof several blocks up the street, in the space formerly occupied by S&M Sausage and Meat. Due to arrive in spring, the establishment will feature “old-school” dining booths, indoor-outdoor seating and offer lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. Libations will include handcrafted cocktails, boozy milkshakes and assorted boilermakers (shots with beer chasers). 4130 Park Blvd.,

Local distiller introduces lemon and orange liqueurs to San Diego (Courtesy Bartelmo Limoncello)

North Park resident Dennis Bartelmo has cracked into the local retail market with limoncello and orangecello liqueurs he produces in Ensenada, Mexico. The products recently became available in 375 ML bottles at Mona Lisa in Little Italy, KNB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro, Hub Liquor in Pacific Beach and a few other outlets. “I have a lot more potential retailers in the pipeline,” Bartelmo said, who fi rst began making limoncello as a hobbyist from his kitchen 10 years ago before the late Ramona winemaker, William Holzhauer, urged him to go into business. “It’s from an old family recipe, but the orangecello is my own creation,” he said. The bottles sell commercially for $27 to $40 and ring in at 40 percent alcohol by volume. bartelmolimoncello. com.

Chef Javier Plascencia is parting ways with two local restaurants (Courtesy Alternative Strategies)

Famed chef Javier Plascencia announced on Jan. 3 that he will leave his executive chef positions at Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy and Romesco in Bonita, where he gained media accolades over the years for his creative fusions of Baja-Mediterranean cuisine. Plascencia oversees several establishments in Mexico, including the acclaimed Mision 19 in Tijuana’s vibrant Zona Rio District. A statement he released said in part: “Going into the new year, I will be taking time to focus on my restaurants in Tijuana, Valle de Guadalupe, as well as a new project I have in the pipeline in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur.”

A tasting room for spirits emerges in Mission Gorge (Photo by Jason Swinford) South Park resident Jason Swinford has added a 400-square-foot tasting room and bottle shop to his Mission Gorge distillery, Swinford Spirits, which produces whiskey, gin and vodka. The latter is contained in self-infuser bottles, allowing consumers to fl avor the vodka with spices, fruits and teas. The tasting room allows visitors to consume onsite a total of 1 1/2 ounces of the spirits (either straight up or in cocktails). It’s open from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 5980 Fairmount Ave., 844-933-7465,


Concept Two Seven Eight, the new Hillcrest restaurant named after owner Jessica Fisher’s past apartment number in New York when she worked there as a pastry chef, is officially open for nightly dinner service. It replaces the former Tractor Room. Chef de Cuisine Rachel Synder describes the menu concept as “New American cuisine,” which features pasta, slow-cooked chicken and dishes using locally sourced veggies. The offerings, she adds, will further expand, and weekend brunch will be introduced in mid-February. In addition, a full bar and cocktail program is in place. 3687 Fifth Ave., 619-278-0080,

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Far, far a-gay Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence on queer plumbers in space, LGBT equality and surviving cosmic travel with Beyoncé Chris Azzopardi | Q-Syndicate Take it from Chris Pratt, who recently experienced being shipped off to a new world: The future is full of promise for the queer population. “If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community and you’re really good at plumbing, then you know, they’ll send you, I’m sure,” quips one of the hottest actors on earth regarding whether the hibernating pod people aboard the Starship Avalon in his latest action-adventure, “Passengers,” are of varied sexual orientations. “Anyone who’s valuable to the homestead company and (who) would be worth money to the homestead company would go,” the 37-year-old “Guardians of the Galaxy” star continues, speaking from the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, “so that would include all people from all — the whole spectrum, anyone who could essentially provide a service that’s an oldworld service.” Imagine a world of gay plumbers who aren’t defined by their sexuality but by their ability to unclog toilets. Or one in which Chris Pratt, as Jim Preston, and his “Passengers” co-star Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Aurora Lane, aren’t contemplating anyone’s sexuality. Perhaps sexuality will be but a footnote among the more important qualities that characterize persona, even as Jim prematurely wakes up 90 years ahead of schedule. “Hopefully we’re well into the future where none of these things are even a conversation anymore, where they’ve gone from issues to conversation to hopefully [being] forgotten about and everybody is treated equally,” said Lawrence, 26. “So, yes. Of course I would assume there’d be diversity.” Naturally, director Morten Tyldum shares that sentiment. Not only does he have a gay stepdaughter, the filmmaker was behind the camera for the Oscar-winning “Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as gay computer scientist and famed WWII codebreaker Alan Turing. “I think, very shortly, it will become a non-issue,” Tyldum said. “As Chris said: If he’s a good plumber, he would be on the ship. Nobody would care if he’s gay, straight, whatever.” That, he notes, was his approach to 2014’s “Imitation Game,” which was controversial for its absence of gay sex scenes. In an interview with Variety in 2015, the director explained why his Turing wasn’t romantically or sexually engaged with another man. “It was not because we were afraid it would offend anybody,” he said at the time. “If I … had this thing about a straight character, I would never have a sex scene to prove that he’s

heterosexual. If I have a gay character in a movie, I need to have a sex scene in it just to prove that he’s gay?” In “Passengers,” Pratt and Lawrence, known for her Oscar-winning performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” and as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” franchise, do go at it. But Tyldum, who admits sex scenes in films are “very complicated,” explained this sexy scene is necessary for character development. “The sex scene in ‘Passengers’ is there because it’s a relationship — it’s between the two main characters — and there’s a sex moment because it’s about these two characters,” he said. “I think to have a sex scene it needs to have a story moment, going from the two strangers to becoming a couple.”

Chris Azzopardi speaks to the stars and director of the sci-fi hit, “Passengers,” currently in theaters. (Courtesy Sony Pictures) The difference, the director points out, is that “to have a sex scene in ‘Imitation Game’ would have been there to sort of prove that Alan Turing is gay,” which, like the hypothetical gay pod people, would minimize more qualifying human attributes. For “Counterpart,” an upcoming espionage-themed thriller Tyldum shot for Starz, the filmmaker reveals one of the leads is gay “for no other reason than that person is gay.”

Director Morten Tyldum explains the challenges of straight and gay sex scenes. (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

“It’s not made an issue,” he added. “He just happens to be gay.” Conversations with his stepdaughter led to him underplaying the gay character’s sexuality both in “Imitation Game” and “Counterpart.” The sex in “Passengers,” on the other hand, builds upon Pratt and Lawrence’s chemistry. Hypothetically, could a movie this blockbuster-sized involve two queer lovers in space? “I think that that will come sooner than we think,” Tyldum said. “But there’s always going to be the challenge that the more an audience can identify with the character — there’s a bigger group of heterosexuals than gay people, but I think we’ll be seeing more and more.” Meanwhile, you decide if “Passengers” benefits from a hetero sex scene and — bonus! — two shots of Pratt’s bare bottom. Lawrence relishes the fact that “we could just keep diving in” — no, she wasn’t exactly talking about sexy time with Pratt. She was referring to the “original script.” “It’s really rare that you get to be so intimate with filmmaking,” she said, not meaning “intimate” in the way most of us do when we refer to Chris


Pratt. “It’s normally an ensemble. I’ve never worked with so few actors before. I was very excited to be stuck in space in Atlanta with them.” Shot on a 1,000-foot-tall, four-story concourse adorned with eight miles of LED lights, Pratt likens the confined set to a stage play. “It did feel more intimate than anything I’ve ever done,” he said. What other celebrity would they be keen on sharing such close quarters with? “Oprah! Beyoncé!” Lawrence blurted. “No, I’d get jealous of Beyoncé after a while and, like, probably rip her hair out.” Pratt, on the other end, wants “someone really funny.” “Well, my wife [Anna Faris] is famous, so I’m gonna say, of course my wife,” Pratt said. “I would take my wife. But I would try to do someone really funny, maybe like George Carlin.” Unless, of course, you know any famous gay plumbers. —Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website at and on Twitter @chrisazzopardi.▼

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YEAR IN REVIEW QSyndicate interviews], including some Hollywood queens — and one horny JoBro. “I have a song called ‘Outside’ that a lot of people from the gay community have always said they grew up listening to and were like, ‘That helped me come out to my family.’” —Mariah Carey

“In my teenage years, I was very girly. I remember when I used to go on a French exchange in Paris and all the locals called me ‘mademoiselle’ because they thought I was a girl.” —Hugh Grant “I think some of the shoes I wear are ugly but they don’t hurt. I just don’t want my feet to hurt anymore.” —Cyndi Lauper

“There are thousands upon thousands of voiceless LGBT people within even just the Mormon community who feel like they can’t ask questions and can’t have doubts and can’t be themselves. I want to be able to give a microphone to those people.” —Tyler Glenn, Neon Trees

“I’m not saying ‘Will & Grace’ is responsible for gay marriage; I’m saying that maybe there was an element that helped in some way.” —Megan Mullally “It’s definitely fun when you bring some whips and leather and whatever you may be into, a little bit of S&M, into the bedroom.” —Joe Jonas

“I was a funny kid and that was one thing I always knew I had. You know how you’re insecure as a kid? I was like, ‘Well, I know I’m funny.’” —Jane Lynch

“We love you, sweetie darlings!” —Actresses Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders of “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” “When we get married we want our wedding party to just be our two sisters in tuxedos. Jack has a straight sister, I have a queer sister; they’d be our best men/women and we’ll call it a day. That’s our dream.” —Lena Dunham

“I’ve grown up with gay people and been in love with gay people.” —Meryl Streep

“I’ve had many people through the years who I have helped to feel good about themselves. I say, ‘You need to let people know who you are and you need to come on out.’” —Dolly Parton

“I know what dark places feel like and I know what the absence of love and community feels like, and if I had a me when I was growing up to see, I would have perhaps been familiar to you guys a lot sooner than two years ago.” —Tituss Burgess

“I would be blessed with a gay son.” —Gwen Stefani

“There are a lot of people, and time does this, who are going to be severely embarrassed for their bias and intolerance. And they’re going to have to live with that; that’s going to be their legacy. I refuse to have that as part of my legacy.” —Michael Buble

Some of these celebrity interviews by Chris appeared this year in Gay San Diego. To find them, visit and use our search engine. —Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website or on Twitter @chrisazzopardi.▼

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FREEDOM to apply that to emotional pain as well. Freedom and his sister were put into foster care when he was 7 years old due to general neglect from their mom, who was addicted to pain pills and about anything else she could get her hands on. She passed away when he was 14. Dad was around but not a good role model. From age 7 to 17, Freedom went through 28 different foster care placements. He noted that there are two personality types in this world: the people who understand that we all have two faces, one that we are and one that we show the world; and those who may understand that concept but can’t live it. “That second type is me — I am what I am,” Freedom said. So while his sister could “fake it to make it,” Freedom’s anger and hurt bubbled to the surface, got him separated from her in the foster system, and he bounced from home to home. In all those placements, Freedom said that while there were some wonderful caring foster families and social workers, on the whole he just saw people out to make money. “Foster care is an industry; it’s sad,” he said. Freedom said there is a reason that 14 percent of California’s inmates have been in foster care at some point in their childhood, as related by the California Senate Office of Research, or that foster youth make up 46 percent of California’s homeless population. The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System found that in fiscal year 2014, out of 251,764 children placed into foster care nationwide, 23,439 aged out; meaning that at 18 they are no longer a ward of the state and are on their own. Out of those who aged out, one in five will become homeless; one in four will experience post-traumatic stress disorder; and less than 3 percent will earn a college degree. Freedom was one of the 20 percent who ended up homeless. At about 17 1/2 years old, he had a transitional planning conference with his social worker and was given an “emancipation packet” with paperwork such as his medical history and a list of

transitional housing — which he said has a very long wait list — but Freedom didn’t really understand what he was being given or what to do with it. After he turned 18, Freedom aged out of the foster care system, also known as emancipation. He couch-surfed and lived with a girlfriend for the first couple of years, but when the relationship went sour, he found himself with no place to live — and ended up sleeping in a tent on a preserve in Otay Mesa. That’s what he refers to as his real emancipation. But Freedom proved resilient. He chose to embrace love, gratitude and possibility — and poured his soul into music, having initially picked up the guitar at 14 in honor of his late mother.

Freedom will bring his music and message to San Diego Jan. 12. In 2014, Freedom was still presenting as female and was at the Women’s Red Rock Festival in Utah. He fell into the opportunity to open for the hip-hop duo GodDes & She, and had an epiphany. “I said, ‘Holy shit, this is my extreme moment — I want to do this,’” he recalled. Freedom hooked up with the independent folk band Rising Appalachia the next year, and they created an opportunity for him to open for them. He hitchhiked for the rest of the Appalachia tour and since then has produced a live album, performed with many other musicians of substance and started booking his own shows. He now uses his music and the stage to advocate for foster youth, environmental issues and trans people. It was people who rallied around him that enabled him to choose to present who he saw inside rather than in the mirror. “I am not a girl and I never have been,” Freedom said. “I would look in the mirror and see a different person.”

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It wasn’t until he was a part of a Gay-Straight Alliance at college that he realized he wasn’t alone in that regard. Now Freedom wants others to know they’re not alone, too. “Even if you like being alone, you don’t have to be,” he said. Whatever your gender identity or sexual orientation, you are welcome to meet Freedom and take part in the solidarity discussion at “A Celebration of Resilience,” Jan. 12, at Sunset Temple, located at 3911 Kansas St. in North Park. Registration for the event is free, but reservations are requested. Healthy refreshments and mental health resources will be provided and interpretation for the deaf will be offered by Deaf Community Services. The Celebration of Resilience is funded by County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, Mental Health America of San Diego County and San Diego LGBT Pride. The event is also offered in collaboration with LGBTQIA Education and Advocacy at San Diego Unified School District. For more information about MHASD or the program, visit or call 619-543-0412. For more information about Shea Freedom, visit If you’d like to be part of the movement, email him at —Freelance writer Joyell Nevins can be reached at You can also follow her blog Small World, Big God at swbgblog.wordpress. com.▼

Freedom has opened for various acts, including God-DES and She. (Photos courtesy Shea Freedom)

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Kate McKinnon takes the lead

Developing the show with Berlanti is producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Looking”), and the pair have said that they look to cinematic influences like “The Virgin Suicides” for the tone of the series, which will star New Zealand actor K.J. Apa as Archie, a racially diverse cast as the rest of the gang, Luke Perry as Archie’s dad, and newcomer Casey Cott as Riverdale’s gay teen, Kevin Keller. We’ll be listening for the sloweddown, minor key cover version of “Sugar Sugar” to pop up somewhere during the murder mystery montages when the show comes to the CW sometime in 2017.

She already has an Emmy for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” and she’s managed to steal every scene she had in the ensemble comedies Kate McKinnon “Ghostbusters,” (Photo by KathClick) “Masterminds” and now “Office Christmas Party.” The next step, then, for Kate McKinnon is leading lady. This “The Good Wife” spinoff being McKinnon, however, she delivers a lesbian lead will be playing a school lunch CBS’s “The Good Wife” has lady who is also a witch. Of a spinoff series on the way. It’s course. called “The Good Fight,” and The adaptation of Deb Lucke’s will star “Game of Thrones” young reader novel “The Lunch actor Rose Leslie as Maia, the Witch” will be directed by Clay goddaughter of “Wife” regular Kaytis (“The Angry Birds Diane (Christine Baranski). Movie”) and will star McKinnon Maia will get caught up in a as Grunhilda, a witch without purpose — nobody really believes financial scam, one that also affects Diane and will then in magic or witches anymore — who decides to unleash her awful have to rethink/jump-start her career. She will also be lesbicauldron of badness on unsuspecting children in the school caf- an, with a regular girlfriend, eteria. Along comes a misfit child although CBS declines to comment on that narrative move. who needs a mentor, and well, It’s a terrific hook and we you can probably guess the rest. can’t wait to see a lesbian take This one was just announced, so the lead and simply live her life, McKinnon is the only cast member attached, but come 2018 or so, rather than be a novelty supporting character. lunch will be served. The ensemble cast will Why we’re glad “Sex and the include other “Good Wife” City 3” is happening actors like Gary Cole, Cush It’s official. The ladies have Jumbo and Sarah Steele, signed on. There will now be a alongside newly cast Delroy third “Sex and the City” film. Lindo (“Chicago Code”), Paul We don’t know what it’s going Guilfoyle (“CSI”), Bernadette to be about. But we’re happy, Peters (“Smash”), Justin and here’s why: The second Bartha (“The New Normal”) one was godawful. If you have and Erica Tazel (“Justified”). not yet admitted that to yourGet your all-lady watching parself, now is your opportunity. ty set for Sunday, Feb. 19. Bloated, tone-deaf, unfunny Reba McEntire: and glib, the second movie She’s the sheriff managed to turn off longMarc time fans — who often comCherry, gay fort-watch the TV series and creator of first film — and give ammuni“Desperate tion to those inclined to hate Housewives,” the franchise just for existing. has a new But another shot at restoring series in the the good name of this beloved works. It has foursome is very welcome. It’ll no name, but be a chance to see the brunchReba McEntire it has a star ing, shopping New Yorkers (Photo by KathClick) in country bring heart and soul, not music legend merely style, to middle-age Reba McEntire. Described as life, something we know can a “Southern Gothic soap opera,” and should be a part of these the dramatic series is set imstories. All it needs is to be mediately following a suspected handled with care and intelligence, a script that matters and terrorist act at a 4th of July direction that understands why parade in a small Kentucky we loved them in the first place. town. And when the FBI sends a hotshot Middle Eastern agent We’re all counting on you to investigate the aftermath, “SATC3” — don’t fuck it up. the local sheriff (McEntire) “Riverdale” pushes Archie joins him in digging for clues into the present and discovering local secrets. Greg Berlanti, the gay That’s everything we know producing dynamo whose about it for the moment, but comic book loyalty has given we’re going to keep an eye on how TV “Arrow,” “The Flash” and this develops because it sounds “Supergirl,” is about to debut his like a strange, “Twin Peaks”next move. It’s a bit of a lateral style situation in the making. one, firmly planted in comic Also because even though we book history, but minus the sunever watched Reba’s sitcom perheroes: Archie. The new CW and never will, we loved her in series, “Riverdale,” will update “Tremors” and we want material the Archie gang in a live-action worthy of her status. Cherry series that will be part teen should be able to provide that. drama, part mystery, and much more sexy than you ever re—Romeo San Vicente slays member these characters being Reba’s version of “Fancy” at (this is the CW, after all). karaoke.▼

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Top of the Bay at the Porta Vista: Meet on the fifth floor of the Porto Vista Hotel for Top of the Bay San Diego — the original LGBT happy hour — located on the Ripassi Rooftop with beautiful harbor views. The T-dance starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by rotating DJs at 7 p.m. Round trip shuttle service is available to and from Rich’s Nightclub in Hillcrest. Attendees also receive a hand stamp, good for free entry into Rich’s 10 p.m. to midnight every Friday; ask front desk for hand stamp. Visit bit. ly/2hQVnXv.


Flag Football League Pub Crawl: Meet old friends while crawling through Hillcrest to recruit new players for the San Diego American Flag Football League’s 2017 season. Cost is $10 and includes the official Pub Crawl T-shirt. Starts at Pecs, 2046 University Ave., at 1 p.m. and moves to the next stop at 2 p.m. Visit To register for the 2017 season, visit San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus auditions: Those who love to sing, dance or volunteer for the arts have an opportunity to join the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus in preparation for its new spring show “Broadway Now!” Visit, click the “Join the Chorus” tab and send your application. Singer auditions begin Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. and continue on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in the University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave.


Join the San Diego Women’s Chorus: Women with great voices may try out for the San Diego Women’s Chorus for spring 2017, its 30th anniversary season. Those who love to sing and are passionate about the mission to encourage women’s creativity, celebrate diversity and inspire social action may join. Singers of all skill levels are welcome. Reading music is a plus, but not a requirement. Singers need not prepare a formal audition piece, but will be voiced by the artistic director to show they are able to match pitch to piano within a soprano/alto range. New member orientation begins at 4 p.m. at Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw St. Rehearsals start Sunday, Jan. 15. Send an email to to RSVP or to request more information, or visit bit. ly/2hB0VXE.


Experience the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus: See and hear the chorus for yourself during the Info Night Party at 7 p.m. in the University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave. Meet the members and learn what it’s like to be part of the chorus. Visit

portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Use of the registration link is required: Learn more about WIBSD at

and adults. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. Cost is $60. Purchase tickets and learn more at bit. ly/2iyJTIn. Pride Youth Lunch Bunch: Visit the San Diego Pride office, 3620 30th St., with other LGBTQ+ junior high and high school-aged youth. Hang out, meet other queer kids and make friends. Decorate gender-bread cookies. Get connected to other youth-serving programs and help Pride plan youth-centered events. Free lunch and activities begin at 11 a.m. For questions, contact Josh Coyne at Visit DeLaria comes to UCSD: Multi-talented star Lea DeLaria, known as “Big Boo” on Netfl ix’s popular original hit series “Orange is the New Black,” will amaze the audience with her gutsy vocals, superhuman scatting technique and witty commentary in a special ArtPower sponsored performance at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego. Tickets are $35 to $55 and can be purchased online at boxoffice. or by phone at 858-534-TIXS (8497).


MA4 presents Eric Krop: Showcasing the talents of Eric Krop in a solo performance. Krop, whose debut pop single is titled “Greater Things,” will take the audience through a night of joy and heartbreak with a sense of humor. Besides original music, Krop covers such artists as Adele, Sia, Michael Jackson and Etta James. 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 3940 Fourth Ave. Visit



Hillcrest Community Meeting: The Hillcrest Town Council invites all Hillcrest residents and friends to its first Community Meeting of 2017 on Jan. 10, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. The meeting will include updates from local elected officials representatives, community organizations, public comment and a featured presentation by City Councilmember Chris Ward. For more information, contact or visit


WIBSD Food Bank Tour: A behind the scenes tour of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Ave., will highlight the monthly program for Women in Business San Diego (WIBSD). Following the tour participants will meet for dinner at Cape Town Grill, 7580 Miramar Road. The event will be from 5:30–8 p.m. Shoes with closed toes are required for the food bank tour. Cost is $45 for members and guests. A

DIVAS presents Lake & Davis: San Diego DIVAS will present “Rupaul’s Drag Race” superstars Darienne Lake and Kasha Davis on the Divas Stage at Rich’s. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. A meet-and-greet will be held immediately after the show. For table reservations and VIP bottle service, call 619-817-9926. Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave. Visit



Tig Notaro at The Observatory: Los Angelesbased LGBT comic and cancer survivor Tig Notaro will perform at The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. For tickets, visit Making Murals with Maxx: International muralist Maxx Moses, known for his large-scale murals, will teach a three-hour, hands-on, collaborative mural-making workshop for mature teens

Care bags for LGBT homeless youth: Come together as a community to serve LGBT homeless youth for MLK Day of Service. This is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and teachings into community action to help bring people together, strengthen communities and meet national challenges. Volunteer to assemble donated items into care bags for LGBT homeless youth, served by San Diego Youth Services. Donations will be collected from noon–1 p.m., and care bags will be assembled from 1–2 p.m. Takes place at HRC San Diego, 801 Fourth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2iyMm5x. Restaurant Week: The 13th annual San Diego Restaurant Week kicks off today and runs through Jan. 22 with more than 180


MLK Day of Service: San Diego leaders from diverse faiths will join hands in community service as part of the National Day of Service in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Members of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, LDS, Unitarian and Hindu congregations will help beautify Balboa Park from 9 a.m. until approximately noon. The group will work near the corner of Juniper Road and Balboa Drive at the southwest end of the park. Activities may include clearing and hauling brush and trash, cleaning flowerbeds and planting. Volunteers are invited to stay for musical entertainment and a complimentary picnic of hot dogs and chips beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited and volunteers are encouraged to register at MLKDay. Pride Youth Marching Band Social: This is the place for you if you are an LGBTQA youth enrolled in a marching band program. Young musicians are invited to join the Pride Youth Marching Band as it holds its first social and rehearsal of the year, 4-7 p.m. at Point Loma High School, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd. New members are welcome. There will be a short rehearsal (bring your instrument), then a meeting will be held to gather ideas for the year. Leaders will be elected, and those attending are welcome to enjoy pizza and socialize afterward. RSVP at Learn more about the band and register at bit. ly/2iyzAUq.

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ACROSS 1 Cathedral of Hope area 5 Patron of Wilde’s homeland, briefly 10 Sound like Harvey Fierstein 14 Draw a cross over 15 Your place, or mine 16 Request from one’s knees 17 Nastase of the net 18 Socrates’ market 19 Bearing 20 “Village Voice” columnist Hentoff 21 Start of a quip 23 Ball in the skull 24 Allman ex of Cher 26 Of the kidneys 28 Lorca’s pink 31 American follower? 33 More of the quip 38 Verlaine or Rimbaud 39 More of the quip 40 Coal porter’s vehicle? 42 Emulated Zachary Quinto 44 Dreaded ink color 45 Lake, of “Hairspray”

restaurants offering specials and prix-fixe menu options. This year, San Diego Restaurant Week partners with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies. To celebrate, chefs are getting creative with America’s favorite cookies with special offerings for Restaurant Week diners. Visit,

46 With 48-Across, source of the quote (1956-2016) 48 See 46-Across 49 1990 Kathy Bates film 51 Like Elton John’s glasses 52 Unbar, to Byron 53 End of the quip 55 Cone starter 57 Where a queen bee rules 59 Former New York state senator Tom 60 One way to cook fruit 61 “___ ideal world ...” 62 Artist Hernandez 63 Highland dialect 64 Gaze at gays, e.g. 65 Like a nocturnal emission? 66 Word after “Hail Mary”

1 Cutting with a heavy tool 2 Kind of bear 3 “Plaza ___” (1968 Broadway hit) 4 Summer for Colette 5 Hayes of “Will & Grace” reruns 6 Puts out, like Billy Bean 7 Bapt. or Meth. 8 Gillette brand 9 “Better ___ Chocolate” 10 Tachometer’s meas. 11 Mork, for one 12 “So long!” 13 Segment for Roberta Gregory 21 “___ Rhythm” 22 Rita Mae’s horses may do this 25 Cheese shredders 27 Flake of the upper crust 29 Pose for Bruce Weber 30 Out and then some 31 Treated a swollen member 32 Article of Fassbinder’s 33 Participate in an outing, in scouting 34 Hunting dog’s job

35 Dick’s running mate 36 Group that played with Bernstein 37 Maximum tattoo exposure 38 D.C. lobby group 41 To me, to Hirschfeld 43 Chubby chaser’s bane 45 Gay wedding item 47 Eats away at 48 Clothing worn to the Oscars 50 Pronoun in Aaron Copland’s borough 51 Like a muscle Mary’s abs 52 John Goodman’s “Normal, ___” 54 A little behind 56 Is in the hole 58 Uey from WSW 60 Autumn mo.




Trivia Tuesdays: If it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for trivia at Hillcrest Brewing Company, 1458 University Ave. Trivia time is 7:3010 p.m. Trivia players have a chance to win $10, $20 and $30 gift cards. Visit

FilmOut presents ‘The Crying Game’: Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson star in “The Crying Game,� a haunting, humorous and shocking romantic thriller. Directed by Neil Jordan, the fi lm received six Oscar nominations and won for Best

Screenplay. Running Time: 112 minutes, Rated R. FilmOut presents this classic from 25 years ago from 7–10 p.m. at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. For tickets visit fi


A musical journey: Join Spencer Day as he travels through a 100-year period

GAY SAN DIEGO Jan. 6 – 19, 2017 of music that has inspired him as a songwriter and a premiere of his new show, “Western Standard Time,� featuring original compositions as well as unique takes on songs from artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Paul Simon, Blondie, Gershwin, Cole Porter and a few one-hit wonders. Day weaves together music from every decade of the last

century and reveals how much these songs share in common. Doors open at 6 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 3940 Fourth Ave. For more information and tickets, visit bit. ly/2hBqW9k.

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