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Volume 6 Issue 3

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The gayest man in town

Leslie Jordan’s ‘life in front of the camera’ comes to San Diego Walter G. Meyer | Contributor

Like the eternal Ms. White, Mr. Jordan never wants to retire. “I’m going to keep going, I wouldn’t even to know what to do with myself,” he said. “I want to be like Betty, just keep doing what I love doing.

He calls himself, “The gayest man I know!” and given the number of gay men Leslie Jordan knows, that is a big statement for such a small man (the actor, comedian and

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selfstyled vaudevillian is 4-foot-11). Jordan said he loves playing in San Diego and is looking forward to returning Feb. 11 and 12, this time to Martinis Above Fourth | Table & Stage with his new oneman show, “Say Cheese! My Life in Front of the Camera.” If not the gayest man in Hollywood, he is certainly one of the busiest: his IMDB page lists 111 televisions shows and movies in which he has appeared, including a small, but unforgettable role in “The Help.” He won an Emmy playing a role on the TV show “Will & Grace” that was originally created for Joan Collins; he’s had scenes with Dustin Hoffman, George Clooney and host of Hollywood legends; he recently gained new fans with an appearance on “American Horror Story,” and said one of his favorite moments was getting murdered with a frying pan by Betty White on “Boston Legal.” “That bitch walloped me!” Jordan said, laughing about it.

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“I’m having a little bit of rough go in television right now,” he admitted. “Every day, billboards are going up of some new network, some new show I’m just sitting here thinking, ‘Why am I selling my pussy from one end of this country to the other? I need to be here in town doing TV shows!’ My manager just said the other day, ‘Just think of Jeffery Tambor’ [star of Amazon Prime’s “Transparent”]. I said, ‘I can’t wait till 70 — I’m 59 — and I’m not going to wait till 70 to play a transvestite. Get me a goddamn job!” He is a decade ahead of Tambor on that score: Many fans know Jordan from his movie-stealing turn as the character of Brother Boy, the cross-dressing Tammy Wynette-wannabe in “Sordid Lives.” But it’s not as though he hates what he is doing, traveling the country putting on shows. “I think I feed off the energy of the crowd, you get up there and you loosen up,” he said. “I’m a show off (Photo by Jim Cox)

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New year-long art exhibition raises the bar Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

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The Chee Chee Club lives!

It’s no doubt one of the first gay bars in San Diego, and arguably the oldest bar still in operation Downtown. The Chee Chee Club, located on the east end of Broadway near 10th Avenue, is a typical dive bar. Nondescript save its bright red neon sign mounted high above the street, passersby could easily miss this gem, especially in the shadow of Hodad’s exuberance, its neighbor immediately to the east. Inside, customers are met with a long bar, a pool table, old school

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ers were gay. Alexander Salazar, a local art curator who lives nearby and whose galleries have been livening up Downtown busisee Chee Chee, pg 5

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) recently announced it purchased the University Heights-based Diversionary Theatre building, which is located at 4545 Park Blvd. and also houses Lambda Archives, for $1.2 million. Leaders of the 29-year-old theater described the purchase as a godsend that will alleviate mounting financial woes, while SDHDF described the purchase as a commitment to local LGBT arts and culture, as well as a sound investment in a valuable piece of San Diego property. The arrangement, led by SDHDF, which provides investments and grants supporting LGBT initiatives and institutions in San Diego, will ultimately eliminate all rental costs for Diversionary for the foreseeable future and give Lambda Archives assurance in the long-term viability of the space. Through funds created by the deal, upkeep of the building is expected to improve considerably as well. Diversionary Board President Todd Nelms said the LGBT-centric theater faced growing financial challenges that often distracted from Diversionary’s mission to produce critically acclaimed theater. While SDHDF has aided Diversionary and Lambda in the past with their matching grant funds program, they haven’t done anything close to this scale supporting the nonprofits. The deal could not have been reached at a more opportune time for Diversionary. For the last several years, the nationally acclaimed theater has weathered years of financial uncertainty and leadership changes, which culsee SDHDF, pg 13


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FEATURE

Matt Ramon (foreground) surrounded by some of the 2014 “Cockettes” before the show (Photo by Cali Griebel)

Tipping their tiaras

Bar queens to once again battle it out for charity Margie M. Palmer | Contributor

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The beloved community fun-raiser “Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens” is just over one week away and it’s already promising to be a night of big personalities, incredible performances and a slew of special guests and surprises. Proceeds will benefit The San Diego LGBT Center, although the show itself is dedicated to the late Daniel Bodenmiller, who founded the show back in 2009. Bodenmiller’s premise was extravagantly philanthropic: create an annual community event that is everything but what you’d see at a traditional drag show. The contestants would be local bar employees who have little to no experience in drag, strutting around the stage in stilettos, and trying not to fall over. Contestants in this year’s pageant are from well-known community gay bars, including Flicks, Rich’s, Urban MO’s, #1 on Fifth and The Eagle. As with last year, Tantrums & Tiaras will be jointly produced by the team at MO’s Universe and The Center. The first show in 2009 was an overwhelming success, according to Urban MO’s General Manager Matt Ramon, but it went on hiatus after Bodenmiller passed in 2010. Last year marked the official return for Tantrums, he said, and the joint production succeeded in raising more than $50,000 in a single night. “The main challenge in bringing the show back was getting the community involved again, and getting the bars to support the contestants since this is a not-for-profit event,” Ramon said. “They provide everything from the costumes, to the hair and props, and even the makeup.” The 2015 lineup will be different than the one seen in 2014 and will feature a new set, different contestants, and a vast array of new characters. “None of these person-

alities have ever been in the show before,” Ramon said. “It’s going to be a fun night and a great big party and we are hoping everyone comes out to enjoy the show.” Representatives from The Center are equally excited, and feel that there is no doubt

to ensure the event’s success. “The Cockettes [the show’s opening number] have been rehearsing since last September, the contestants are going all out to get ready to perform on stage in front of over 600 people and the bars sponsoring them are making it possible,” he continued. “All of them are working to bring you a fabulous show to support a fantastic cause – programs and services at The Center.” The 2015 Battle of the Bar Queens is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 15 at The Observatory North Park, formerly the North Park Theatre. Tickets range from $25 to $150 for VIP seating and are available for purchase online at tantrumsandtiaras.bpt.me. Ramon said West Coast Tavern will be holding the official after party for the event, and the owners of Wang’s North Park will (l to r) 2015 Cockettes: “Shalita Buffet” (Chris Barone/ be donating 20 Baja Betty’s), “Ersella Skankentwat” (Gouda Brooks/ percent of all food Urban MO’s), “Zsa Zsa LaWhore” (Eddie Reynoso/ MO’s sales for each Universe), “BEULAH!” (Joey Arruda/Hillcrest Brewing Company), “Molly DuMae Cyrus” (Cristian Kirkland/2014 diner who says they are on their Miss Rich’s), ”Miss Kendyl Starr” (Kevin Gardner/Baja way to Tantrums Betty’s), “Eva Drunkgoria” (Dorian Klein/Urban MO’s), & Tiaras: Battle of “Lana Ramirez” (Carlos Ramirez/Urban MO’s), Not picthe Bar Queens. tured: “Linzi Lipo” (David Cope/Urban MO’s) (Photo by Matt Ramon) “Tantrums is a family that’s about that this year’s battle is going to spread some love to all those to be an “over-the-top, crazy in attendance,” Johnson said. good time.” “Don’t miss it!” “Yet at the same time, it brings together a group of dedi—Margie Palmer is a cated individuals with one comSan Diego-based freelance mon goal; raising funds to help writer who has been racking others,” added Ian Johnson, up bylines in a myriad of news The Center’s director of events. publications for the past 10 “Matt Ramon and Chris Barone years. You can write to her at have dedicated countless hours margiep@alumni.pitt.edu.t


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DJ John Joseph will spin again; Revelers at 2014’s Fat Tuesday (Photos by Vanessa Dubois/SDPix)

The ‘original’ Hillcrest Fat Tuesday returns Jen Van Tieghem | Staff Writer

Music, food and drinks — what more could you want from Hillcrest Fat Tuesday? Well apparently you wanted to see the Mardi Gras-style street festival back in its original location and the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) listened. “Although last year was a blast, nothing beats the original,” said Megan Gamwell, HBA’s marketing and communications program manager. “There was an overwhelming amount of response from the community to return to the original location, so we could incorporate businesses that had become a staple of the event.” Feb. 17 the event will take over University Avenue between First and Fourth avenues from 6 – 11 p.m., with two stages, two bars, an exclusive VIP area with a private bar, food vendors, beads, beads and more beads — 10,000 strands to be exact. The 21-and-up event promises several New Orleans-inspired elements including Cajun food, a Zydeco band, stilt walkers, carnival-style performances and lots of imbibing. The latter will come with some help from Fat Tuesday sponsor SKYY Vodka who will be serving limited-edition specialty cocktails. And there will also be Bud Light according to Gamwell.

Fat Tuesday 2015 DJs DJ Nickno DJ John Joseph dj dirtyKurty DJ Will Z That aforementioned VIP area will be located on Third Avenue between Fiesta Cantina and Urban MO’s with a rotation of food sponsors changing each hour including Babycakes, East Coast Pizza, Fiesta Cantina and MO’s Universe. VIP ticket holders will be able to choose a food item from one of these sponsors plus are entitled to two drinks and access to an elevated viewing platform in the VIP area. Even if you opt for general admission you’ll still have plenty to do with thousands of beads being distributed, vendors with festive masks, and food trucks on hand including: Mastiff Sausage Company, New Orleans Cuisine and Catering, and American Flavors. “Some of the new elements include a Rich’s San Diego main stage,” Gamwell said. “Similar to what you saw at Nightmare on Normal Street, which

was a huge success.” Tootie from Lips will host that main stage with live performances by the ladies of Lips and an additional DJ stage will offer a varied music experience and plenty of reasons to dance. Another tradition of Fat Tuesday that will continue for the 13th year in a row is the donation of 50 percent of the event’s proceeds to the GSDBAF Charitable Foundation Annual Youth Scholarship Program. VIP tickets are $50 in advance and $75 the day of; general admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. For a chance to win tickets and get a sneak peak sampling of SKYY Vodka’s special Fat Tuesday Cocktail Menu, check out one of the many pre-parties at participating venues around Hillcrest: Rich’s on Feb. 6, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Flicks on Feb. 7, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Babycakes on Feb. 8, from 4 – 7 p.m.; Urban MO’s Feb. 11, from 8 – 11 p.m.; Fiesta Cantina Feb. 12, from 8 p.m. – midnight; Urban MO’s Feb. 13, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.; and Rich’s Feb. 14, from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. For more information and to purchase tickets for Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17, visit HillcrestFatTuesday.com. Don’t forget to take pictures of all the fun and hashtag them with #HillcrestFatTuesday on social media.t

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GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 6-Feb. 19, 2015

Getting to that fourth quarter South Bay Alliance Dae Elliott The Super Bowl is over and what a day — neck and neck with all sorts of exciting moments. After the game, I could not help but reflect on how we cannot let up until the game is over and that goes for changing our world around TLGB issues. As far as we have come, we still have not made it to the end of the fourth quarter and of course, to take the analogy even further, there is always next year. The push back has already started to heat up around TLGB issues. Throughout the country, the anti-equality legislatures and lobbyists are gearing up to stop or at least, slow the change in attitudes. Even more concerning are the desperate moves by those who see no other way but to use violence as a means of enforcing their will around the issue. It is important that we solidify our progress and extend it to include addressing job discrimination, hate crimes, and bullying of our TLGB youth. That said, I am proud of those that have stepped up in our community to continue the fight through their hard work and their commitment to equality. One such dedicated member of the community is Angela Van Ostran, who will be our new volunteer coordinator for South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival this

year. Angela has been involved with the South Bay Pride for many years and has always been a valued member of our pride community. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State, during which time she actively served her campus community as the SDSU American Sign Language club president and vice president of SDSU’s president’s advisory committee on disability and diversity. In addition, Angela has served as a member of the Disability Rights California board of directors and on the community advisory Council for San Diego Pride. Her expertise and insight are wonderful assets to South Bay Alliance. In addition, Tom Cirillo (better known as Sister Ida Know of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) will be our new Social Media/Webmaster. Tom is a longtime supporter and committee member of South Bay Pride, having assisted with fundraising in 2008 at our first South Bay Pride Music Festival in Memorial Park! As Sister Ida, she is known for her commitment to our community and extending the following message: “Pride is all about celebration of who we all are as people. No matter who a person is, or how they identify, the truth remains simply that there is a diverse color pallet of people. It is the differences that make us unique and wonderful, not the similarities. Pride is about loving ourselves for who we are, and loving

others for who they are. Equality can spring from this mutual love and acceptance.” We look forward to seeing the new changes to the website as we prepare for this year’s celebration. Thank you both for your dedication to the community and to the South Bay. South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival is an all-volunteer event reaching out to the community at large in order to celebrate our diversity and pursuit of equality for all. We invite all of those interested to help us out. Two big ways of helping out are by volunteering and also by donations. Our initial fundraising drive is still going, in order to raise sufficient money to keep this celebration free to the public. South Bay Pride is committed to keeping access to the annual festival free, but can only do it with the support of you, the community. If you can give towards this, every little bit helps. Please visit southbaypride. org/donate and give today. Joe Burke, our executive director of Pride, would also love to hear from those that are interested in being our corporate sponsors. Please email Joe at JBurke@ SouthBayPride.org for more information. —Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance. Contact her at southbayalliance@ gmail.com.t

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new Immigration Laws Information Forum 6 pm, the Center Join us to hear about changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), new opportunities for drivers’ licenses and more. Presentations will be in both english and Spanish. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

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Don’t miss Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens! Local companies sponsor contestants, none of whom have any experience, as they compete to be crowned the next drag star. It’s an evening of wigs, glitter and hilarity, all for a great cause! Meet the contestants and buy your tickets online at mosuniverse.com/blogs/battle-of-the-bar-queens.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

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The ‘well of loneliness’ Life Beyond Therapy

Michael Kimmel As a young gay boy in small-town Ohio, I read “The Well of Loneliness,” one of the few LGBT books I could get my hands on in our miniscule (and conservative) town library. The novel — written in 1928 by British author Radclyffe Hall — follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, but their happiness together is doomed by social isolation and rejection. This book left a strong impression on me: I felt that, as a young homosexual, I was doomed to loneliness. It took me many years to realize that this was not true. Being LGBT does not mean we are more likely to be lonely, although we may, at times, face the same “social isolation and rejection” as Ms. Hall’s heroines. Let’s look at what loneliness is and how we can work with it. Here is my definition of loneliness: feeling unhappily alone and isolated. Sounds bad, right? On the other hand, I think that loneliness — like any difficult emotion — has a lot to teach us. Let me share some ideas for your consideration: • Loneliness is a choice. One research study I read said that loneliness is a perception, not a reality. It has a lot to do with our self-talk: What do I tell myself when I am alone? Do I scare myself, or comfort myself? • We can avoid it or run from loneliness, but only for a while. Even the most beautiful, popular people sometimes feel lonely. It’s a part of life, so why not learn how to make peace with it? • Other people aren’t the answer: There have been times where I’ve felt more lonely in the company of others than I have when I was alone. Imagine being at a party, surrounded by laughing, happy strangers and feeling lonely in the midst of it all. Ugh. • Staying busy or calling other people isn’t always helpful. When I did Internet research on this topic, one website told me to stay busy and connected, call other people, join social clubs … that “quickfix” kind of stuff. This is only a temporary fix. You can do all

that and still feel lonely. • No one else can take it away. Unfortunately, no other person — no matter how loving and wonderful — can be there for us 24/7. Even if they could, no one else understands exactly what we’re going through at all times. Even the best partner/friend will — eventually — let us down. • Loneliness is almost always temporary. In 99.99 percent of all situations, it passes. The situation changes or we change how we feel about it. The real challenge is taking care of ourselves until it passes. How can we work with loneliness so it doesn’t terrify us so much? In my twenties, I felt very lonely at times. I didn’t know what to do about it, so I tried a lot of ways not to feel it. In the short run, it helps to find other things to do to get your mind off of it, but a better strategy is to make peace with it. Tell yourself, “This is temporary, it will pass,” and sit down for a minute or two and just feel it. You may cry or feel angry or numb, but let yourself feel it. Watch what you tell yourself: Don’t make it worse. If your friends aren’t calling and you feel lonely, tell yourself things like: “This is temporary. I know people love me.” Affirm positive truths about yourself. Be willing to accept things as they are. Loneliness tells us that things should be different than they are, e.g., “People should be inviting me to go out. What’s wrong with me?” This is a sure way to suffer. Instead, tell yourself, “I am willing to accept things just as they are, right now,” and see what happens. This is the essence of mindfulness, meditation, yoga and any kind of meaningful personal/ spiritual growth. I think author Radclyffe Hall would be pleased to know that — as LGBT people in 2015 — we need not “drown” in a well of loneliness any longer. Loneliness is a part of life for everyone, and it can be a great teacher. Don’t fear it — hear it. —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 lifebeyondtherapy.com.t

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CHEE CHEE nesses for years, is a frequent guest. In December, Salazar decided to lend his expertise to his favorite watering hole. “The Chee Chee Project,” as he is calling it, will be a series of 12, monthly independent exhibitions held throughout this year. The first in the series, which launched Jan. 16 and continues through Feb. 16, is appropriately called, “Dive Bar Art: a figurative and nonabstract art exhibition.” “This is where I come for a drink,” Salazar said one night at the bar. “I’ve been wanting to do this exhibit for a while. They used to always ask me, ‘Why don’t you put up art?’ and unfortunately when you’re starting your own business you’re still branding and a lot of my artists won’t allow me to exhibit their artwork in places like this.” By “places like this,” of course, Salazar meant “dive bar,” not “gay bar.” Clients want their art to be seen in more upscale places, he said. “They don’t want their reputation to not be taken seriously, or their careers not taken seriously and they want a specific clientele and it looks better in an art gallery with fancy lights,” Salazar said. His challenge, then, in order to keep his branding intact, was to choose a theme and put out a call for artists who wanted to participate. His call went out just a few weeks prior to the exhibition launch. The response was immediate. Local artists, many from the LGBT community, one from Los Angeles, and artists from as far away as North Carolina responded wanting to be included. Within days Salazar had enough to curate a show and he filled in the gaps with his own private collection: The Chee Chee Project was born. Though it took him three weeks to curate this first in the series, Salazar is not being paid; though he is acting on behalf of a dozens artists in the exhibition, he is not taking a cent — in fact, 100 percent of sales go to the artists themselves. What Salazar gets is the pleasure of helping out his community — and free drinks for the duration. “The goal is to support the business first and foremost,” he said. “For the first time in a long time I was able to put on a show that wasn’t sale-based but it was fun-based, community-based, support-based and the artists were appreciative. It felt so good to have appreciative artists, a thank you goes a long way.” The Chee Chee Club has been doing art exhibits for years, but this series seeks to elevate the art experience to another level. “You could see that the art was crooked, it was sorta halfhung, it just wasn’t curated,” Salazar said. “So I decided to put my skills and my touch to making it different. And it’s very different in here wouldn’t you say?”

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Alexander Salazar (shown) is presenting 12 independent exhibitions at San Diego's oldest gay bar. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

Chee Chee Club staff say Salazar's current exhibit has brought a "dive chic" look to the place. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) Customers have taken notice, some even noting that it no longer looks like a dive bar. “Let me put up whatever I want,” Salazar said was his one request of Chee Chee management, aside from taking care of the art work. “Let me curate the show. You have to trust it. I am going to put some vulgarities up and it may offend people.” The offensive art in this exhibition consists of a lot of four and five letter words, part of what Salazar calls “text-based art” that has a 1960s and early ’70s feel to it. Other works are people-based, both famous and not, which make up the “figurative” aspect of the exhibit. There are about 25 pieces, including several sculptures behind the bar. “People react to words and they react to people,” he said. Over 300 people showed up for the Jan. 16 launch, possibly more people than the Chee Chee Club has seen at one time in its lifetime. For their part, Chee Chee management made long overdue repairs to the men’s bathroom and swapped out their old jukebox for a fancy new digital one in time for the series big debut. Fred, a longtime bartender who also runs the bar’s Facebook page, likes the new artwork adorning the walls. “I’ve been there eight years and I think the exhibition has definitely made the bar look very ‘dive chic’ but kept it real at the

same time,” he said. “I think it is great. Best art that has been there and I’ve helped put on around 20 shows at the Chee.” The next in The Chee Chee Project series, which will launch Feb. 20, will be called “The Shit Show: an assemblage art exhibit.” Salazar defines “assemblage art” on his call for artists Facebook page. “Assemblage art is non-traditional sculpture, made from re-combining found objects,” he stated. “Some of these objects are junk from the streets. It is doubtful that this form of art could have existed before the 20th century … But assemblage art is more than the works themselves. It expresses an attitude or statement by the artists about our throwaway society that values ever-more newness over quality.” It sounds like every month will be a treat to behold. The current exhibition runs through Feb. 16, followed by the second in the 12-month series, Feb. 20. The Chee Chee Club is located at 939 Broadway, Downtown. For more information, find the Chee Chee Club on Facebook or call them at 619-234-4404, also look for Alexander Salazar Fine Art and The Chee Chee Project on Facebook or at alexandersalazarfineart.com. —Reach Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com.t

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OPINION

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Letters It’s a nice day for a gay wedding It’s still sort of mind-blowing to see the notice about Valentine’s Day weddings at the County of San Diego as now just a general news item in a gay newspaper — and it’s a great thing! [See “Vol. 6, Issue 2, “Gay News Briefs: Valentine’s Day weddings offered by County”] I remember in my news reporter days heading down to the County Clerk’s office every year to cover the story of same-sex couples being denied marriage licenses. And now it seems like that is ancient history! Great progress. —Benny Cartwright, via gaysd.com

Binge reading I was the lucky recipient of this book as a gift from Lisa Shapiro just before the holi-

days [See Vol. 6, Issue 2, “Book Review: The Chamber and the Cross”]. I am so glad they stuck to their guns and kept the story intact. It took all of those pages and words to weave this lifeaffirming, historic, beautiful tale. Go get it people … and instead of binge-watching Netflix … binge on the “Chamber and the Cross.” —Pam Luster, via gay-sd. com

Support for Griffin What such a great interview [See Vol. 6, Issue 2, “Kathy Griffin: In all seriousness ...”]. Kathy’s turn to carry on the torch; thanks Phyllis’s and Joan. Thanks for empowering our comedians and the memories. —Art Rios, via gay-sd.comt

Editorial

The impact of ride-sharing By Diane Sterritt

Ride-sharing services are killing the taxi industry. My name is Diane Sterritt. I have been a taxi driver here in San Diego for 23 years. Our business has drastically declined. They’re doing what we’re doing (taking people places for money), but they’re not regulated like we are. First, they don’t need to take a drug or safety test, nor do they need a business license or go to the Sheriff’s Department for fingerprinting or a background check. We need to do this every year. You see, Uber does their background check electronically, so you never know if the driver is lying. An Uber driver hit and killed a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco. When the police investigated it, it turned out that the driver had previously been convicted of reckless driving and never should have been on the road. Uber denied the claim, saying the driver hadn’t picked up the customer yet and isn’t responsible.

All San Diego taxis must have a $1 million insurance policy. In addition to that, we need a yearly vehicle inspection done by the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB). The ride share companies only have limited liability coverage. [Editor’s Note: A link to a story about this coverage will be made available online at sandiegodowntownnews.com]. Also, a San Diego woman was recently charged $92 to go 2.7 miles. Uber said it was because of a surcharge when they don’t have enough drivers on the road. Why do they take it out on the customer? It’s not their fault. These ride-sharing services should be accountable for what they’re doing and held to the same standards taxis are. In my opinion, this is not right and totally unfair. I also want everyone to see this link on Uber’s disclaimer, available at uber.com/legal/ usa/terms. Once the customer downloads the app, they would rather just scroll down to the bottom of page and click on “I AGREE” than read and know about the disclaimer. Uber is basically saying they don’t provide

transportation (but yes they do), and they don’t control the third party (the driver) to whom they give the calls to via the Internet or iPhone. They say they are not liable or responsible for anything that they do for providing this service. It is already charged to the customer’s credit card and in turn Uber sends the driver a direct deposit into their bank account. Long story short, below is a portion of their disclaimer. [Editor’s Note: This online document is presented to customers in all capital letters but for readability’s sake, we have changed that format here.] “You acknowledge that Uber does not provide transportation or logistics services or function as a transportation carrier. Uber’s services may be used by you to request and schedule transportation or logistics services with third party providers, but you agree that Uber has no responsibility or liability to you related to any transportation or logistics provide to you by third party providers through the use of the services other than as expressly set forth in these terms. Uber does not guarantee

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the suitability, safety or ability of third party providers. It is solely your responsibility to determine if a third party provider will meet your needs and expectations. Uber will not participate in disputes between you and a third party provider. By using the services, you acknowledge that you may be exposed to situations involving third party providers that are potentially unsafe, offensive, harmful to minors, or otherwise objectionable, and that use of third party providers arranged or scheduled using the services is at your own risk and judgment. Uber shall not have any liability arising from or in any way related to your transactions or relationship with third party providers.” I just wanted your readers to know this information. What Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are doing is not right for San Diego or any other city. Their customers can’t even complain about them, because all they know is that they got into a black Prius. If they had called a taxi instead, the cab company’s name and cab number is on both the

front driver’s and passenger’s side door, and our sheriff’s I.D. card is on display inside the cab, in view of the passenger. The public and our communities need to know the truth. I also did a Yahoo search of American cities that have banned Uber. San Diego should be one of them. Here is that link. [The link will be available online.] News articles from across the nation identify various other issues, including the surge pricing, sexual harassment claims, subprime car loans for its drivers and more [links will be provided online]. People need to educate themselves. I’m only one person with one voice, but that’s where it starts, and I know that I speak for all the other San Diego taxi drivers who feel the same way I do. —Diane Sterritt has been driving a cab in San Diego off and on since 1977 and is just trying to get the word out. A member of the local LGBT community, she lives with her two dogs, Lily and Zoe. You can reach her at lildpup@ yahoo.com.t

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GAY NEWS BRIEFS ‘OUT AT THE FAIR’ AWARDED FIRST PRIZE At the annual Western Fairs Association (WFA) Convention and Trade show held in Reno, Nevada, Jan. 11 – 14, the San Diego County Fair won a total of 34 different awards for its 2014 month-long festival, but one award is good news for the San Diego LGBT Community. The Del Mar Fairgrounds-based annual fair won first place in the WFA’s “New Community Outreach Program” category for its “OUT at the Fair” event, held June 14, 2014. Previously known as “Unofficial Gay Days,” in 2014 the organizers partnered with San Diego Pride and changed names to “Out at the Fair” and claimed the second Saturday in June as its annual day. The event showcased local talent on the Paddock Day Stage from noon to 8 p.m. and the Coors Light and Rich’s Stage from 9 – 11 p.m., set up a vendor and nonprofit area with participating local nonprofits and businesses from the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) — the local LGBT chamber of commerce. The day also included a pool party at the adjacent Del Mar Hilton from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. “I am elated that the Fair industry has recognized such a groundbreaking event,” stated Luis Valdivia, Marketing Manager for the 22nd District Agricultural Association. “What started as a friendly outing with a small group of guys has turned into an important LGBT community event. The San Diego County Fair is inclusive to every single person in the county; it is encouraging that WFA recognizes that through this award.” The WFA is a nonprofit trade industry association that serves the fair industry in the Western United States and Canada. For more information about this year’s “Out at the Fair,” visit outatthefairsd.com. AMTRAK OFFERING COUPLES SWEETHEART DEAL Have you always wanted to run away on a train up the coast? Here is your chance, and you better take your sweetheart along with you, because Amtrak California is offering couples a sweetheart deal for the month of February. Buy a full-fare ticket and get 50 percent off a companion ticket valid to any California destination served by the Pacific Surfliner or the San Joaquin Line. Romantic destinations such as the wine country of Central Valley or secluded stops such as Carlsbad, San Juan Capistrano, and other locations along Southern California’s coastline are possible choices. The fares are good through Feb. 27, and couples can book travel through Feb. 28 through amtrackcalifornia.com by using promo code V613. No blackout dates, however reservations must be made three days prior to travel. For more information, visit amtrakcalifornia.com.t

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Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. The name screams French. But Bino’s Bistro & Creperie cuts across international lines with dishes touching down also in Greece, Italy, Austria and Mexico. Crepes, of course, rule the day. The savory versions are presented more elaborately compared to the simple, triangular crepes slung from Parisian street carts. They’re instead folded

Croque Madame crepe (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

on four sides with their fillings exposed, like those plated in tony bistros along the Champs-Elysees. If unfurled, they’d measure a foot in diameter. At the heart of the operation are siblings Balbino and Bogart Sanchez from Tijuana, and Balbino’s Austrian wife, Roswitha, a European-trained chef who authored most of the menu. From her native country she features Berner Wurstel served with pommes frites. Served on a board from the tapas menu, the juicy, grilled sausages are stuffed with Swiss cheese and take on an unconventional Cajun twist. Look no further

Bino’s Bistro & Creperie 1260 University Ave. (Hillcrest) 619-688-1674 Prices: Breakfast and lunch, $3.95 to $11.95; dinner, $6.50 to $25.95

than Duvel Belgian Strong Ale if you’re pairing them with booze. While customers journey through salad nicoise, Tijuanastyle tortilla soup, prosciutto sandwiches, assorted crepes and other global fare, the brothers play the role of affable hosts. And they’re naturals at it. Their restaurant experience dates back nearly 40 years when they began working within the white-linen atmosphere of The Westgate Hotel, where Roswitha happened to be fulfilling her chef apprenticeship. After marrying Balbino, the trio opened Bino’s in Coronado and ran it there for 15 years. “It did very well, but we always wanted to move the bistro to Hillcrest,” said Bogart as he and Balbino made the rounds chatting to diners (and warmly bearhugging some) throughout the two-room dining space. Since moving to University Avenue almost two years ago, they took part in last year’s Pride parade for the first time, showing off their musical talents from a Bino’s float. “We play guitar, bass, keyboards, you name it,” added Bogart, noting that an entertainment license for the bistro is in the pipeline so they can begin belting out everything from flamenco to reggae on certain nights in the coming months. Before encroaching on the crepes, my companion found true love in the French onion soup, a non-salty recipe cooked low and slow and flavored simply with salt, pepper and thyme. I tried the TJ tortilla soup, which the brothers said is the recipe their grandmother cooked for them as kids. Mildly flavored, the varied textures from avocado, tortilla chips and melted mozzarella made it a comforting winner. Salad dressings are scratchmade, such as the lemon-honey I chose for my well-constructed Greek salad. Both ingredients registered equally on the palate, not

(from top to bottom) Tortilla soup; Berner Würstel with pommes frites (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

too tart and not too sweet. For a spinach salad flecked with bacon, toasted almonds and mushrooms, the basil-balsamic dressing kept us engaged right down to the last leaf. From a choice of 10 savory crepes, the croquet Madame features super-smoky Black Forest ham cloaked in melted Swiss cheese and thick béchamel sauce. It’s topped with a fried egg, cooked over-medium as I had requested. Despite the lightweight crepe beneath, the meal was richer than a croque in its classic sandwich form, thus a third of it came home with me for the next day’s lunch. My companion’s chicken Florentine crepe was a tad lighter and crowned generously with marinated strips of chicken breast that tasted neither here nor there. But the spinach inside was fresh and semi-wilted, which I prefer to when it’s overcooked to the consistency of wet paper in crepes I’ve eat-

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en elsewhere. Our dessert crepes were stellar. The “limoncello” featured the lemony intensity I craved with just enough sweet brandy sauce strewn over it to quell the pucker factor. We also ordered the crepe Suzette, which held up to traditional versions I’ve had at fine-dining French restaurants. With whipped cream, Grand Marnier and fresh orange slices seeping into the delicate pancake, the sweet and sour elements were balanced and memorable. Bino’s wine list is surprisingly accommodating for a casual, neighborhood establishment. It spans from various bubbly to “crisp” and “softer” whites and onto “light,” “medium,” “full-bodied” and “interesting” reds. Italian sodas made with a splash of half-and-half are also in the offing, with the cherry version prompting us into ordering a second round. The bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. And regardless what you order, chances are high that your food will come with a big dose of hospitality from the lovable bros who run the front house with their well-trained staff. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@ san.rr.com.t


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JORDAN — I’ll admit that — and I love to talk dirty — I’ll admit that. I am definitely not drunk or high, but I’m having a good time.” He talks openly of his 18 years of sobriety, and how he now can get high from performing instead of artificial substances. Interviewing Jordan, who said he has been to San Diego often, is like pulling the cork on a champagne bottle that was thoroughly shaken. He gushes a nonstop bubbling of words that he interrupts at times to switch to a live-action, play-by-play of the paparazzi staking out a RiteAid in Los Angeles. “We used to come in a lot and do the beautiful theater behind the restaurant, the North Park — oh, here he comes! Channing [Tatum] just walked out of the Rite-Aid! — for years it was a steady venue. One year we rented the Spreckels to push ‘My Trip Down the Pink Carpet’ [his memoir]. We lost our socks. ‘Cause queers won’t go Down(l to r) Leslie Jordan and Councilmember Todd Gloria at a local fundraiser last town.’ That’s exactly what they told us. They said, ‘you just won’t summer (Photo by Big Mike) get a gay man Downtown.’” Robert Urich, to the director and presenting at Martinis for two He now tours up to 44 vencrew trying to coach him how to nights and said he wrote it himues a year. play butch. He still thought he self, first performing it in London’s “I just do my thing like an could pass. He no longer tries to West End. The title “My Life in aging show pony,” he said. “But lose his Southern accent or his Front of the Camera” is a play on San Diego has always been very gayness for any role. words, and not about his life, per supportive of me. I love doing “I happier than I’ve ever been,” se, more about his 20-year infatuSan Diego — I’ve done San Dihe said, which is another theme of ation with straight men. ego Pride a couple of times.” his Martinis show. “I’m perfectly “Why do we as gay men go He remembered an ill-fated content with who I am. And what for men who are unavailable?” trip to Baja Betty’s. I am. And this is what it took.” Jordan explained, summing up “Delta Burke and I did an To try to make life easier a theme for the show. “Why do appearance there together,” he for the next generation of gay we as gay men sometimes go gushed. “Apparently on ‘Designyouth, Jordan has volunteered for the fantasy? You know, we ing Women’ she owned a pig, for the Trevor Project and the were never taught to love in a and someone brought a pig LGBT Center in Los Angehealthy, embracive manner. All — not a little tiny Vietnamese les and worked with the Los the straight boys were learning potbelly — but a PIG! And it Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus on how to fall in love in junior high got spooked and trampled half anti-bullying. He said he anand break up and deal with all of us. I got Delta on a table and guishes over the much higher that teenage love-angst … where we got her out of there, but it suicide rate among LGBT teens were we? Well my generation was the most-scariest situation than their straight counterwas just living in a fantasy. This I’ve ever been in, a spooked pig parts and thinks it’s child show deals with pictures.” in the middle of a gay bar with abuse to frighten children with Jordan is coming off of a Delta Burke! The pig was so threats of the lake of fire in successful three-week stint in sweet, but it was HUGE! I’d hell that his Southern Baptist Puerto Vallarta, where they sold never seen a pig that big. It was upbringing inflicted upon him. out every night, and said this is big as a Shetland Pony! All hell He wrote in his book that he unlike any show he’s previously broke loose. I felt bad for the pig believes in the “separation of done in San Diego, including his more than for the people.” church and hate.” performance for the San Diego He’s looking forward to his “We are in the throes of Human Dignity Foundation next trip, hoping there will be no the greatest civil rights movebenefit last summer. pig surprises. ment since the 1960s, and I am “This not Mr. Jordan and a “I get to come down to San thrilled to be part of it,” Jordan mic — this is a story — this has a Diego on a Tuesday or Wednessaid in his book. beginning, a middle and an end,” day, and then there is a ThursHe thinks throwing the he said. “It has great heart. It’s day and then it’s Valentine’s gayest man in America in wildly funny, much funnier than Day,” he said, something he is people’s faces is a good way especially excited about, because I thought, it’ll curl your hair!” to break down some barriers. Like much of Jordan’s for the first time in his life, he Joe Biden credited watching work, there is often a has someone special. “Will & Grace” to changing subtler, more impor“I don’t talk about it, his view of gay marriage, so tant message. because he’s closeted, but maybe Leslie Jordan’s apHe suffered a lot of I have a boyfriend!” proach is working. bullying as a child he beamed. “I am Martinis Above Fourth is and tried hard to [almost] 60-years-old located at 3940 Fourth Ave., make himself — and I have met a if not straight — on the second floor. Tickets for young man in his Jordan’s show “Say Cheese! My at least appear late 30s who has Life in Front of the Camera,” to be straight. an absolute fetish Feb. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. are $35 In his for silver-headed – 45 and available at martinisamemoir he old men. He can’t bovefourth.com. writes about get enough of doing the TV me. He’s flying in —Walter G. Meyer is a local show “Amerito meet me. So freelance writer and the author can Dreamer” it’s going to be of the award-winning gay novin 1990 and a lovely trip.” el, “Rounding Third.” He can having everyJordan be reached at walt.meyer28@ one from the is proud of Jordan with his Emmy Award gmail.com.t shows’ star, the show he is by Jim Cox) (Photo

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SOHO’s 2015 Centennial Events at the Marston House Museum & Gardens

THE FIRST TWO EXHIBITIONS ARE NOW OPEN! February 7-November 30 Balboa Park Exposition Designers 1915-1935 The Making of the Dream City

Souvenirs and Keepsakes Memorabilia of the 1915 & 1935 Expositions

April 17-September 21 Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015)

April 17-November 30 Exposition Memories The music, literature and decorative arts of the 1915 San Diego Exposition A host of related events, including architectural tours, talks by leading experts, on the third Sunday of every month from April through September select artists will hold an outdoor art show and sale of works depicting Balboa Park, and a special Day at the 1915 Expo for children will mark and illuminate the centennial of the 1915 Exposition.


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Make yourself ‘unstoppable’ for the day You Should Be Doing It Brian White Desk jobs are killing us — we know that; but they are not going anywhere. So we need to figure out how to keep our body supple and vibrant to offset the tightness in the lower back, hips, hamstrings, neck and shoulders. Follow this sequence first thing in the morning to feel your best each day and gradually reinvigorate your body. Some of these exercises may be familiar, but if not you can look them up on YouTube (they are all there to see the demonstrations).

Stretches • Cat/cow — 15 of each

This stretch improves mobility across the entire spine. The lumbar spine becomes compressed by sitting for long periods, and the thoracic

spine becomes rounded from leaning forward looking at a computer screen. This exercise can strengthen the muscles as well as counteract an overly rounded back.

• Seated piriformis stretch — 30 seconds each glute

This stretch will alleviate tightness in the mid-glute area that you didn’t even know you had. This tightness can contribute to low back pain and sciatica. If you have a sedentary lifestyle and you sprinkle in runs or workouts too, this stretch will help alleviate knee pain and some injuries.

• Groin stretch — 45 seconds

There are many ways to stretch the groin — my favorite is lying down with the soles of your feet together and just allow gravity to gently stretch your adductors. Again these muscles become tight from sitting around too much and can result in low back pain and knee pain.

• Downward dog/cobra — five to seven

This yoga movement provides a great stretch for the hamstrings and abdominals. Hold each position for 10 – 15 seconds and switch back forth five to seven times.

Exercises

• Lateral lunge — alternating 12 to each side

This is exercise is a variation of the traditional lunge that involves stepping side to side. We don’t do enough lateral movements and this is a great one that targets the glutes, hamstrings and inner thigh muscles.

• Chest openers — 25 reps

This is a great exercise to open up the chest muscles, strengthen the mid-back muscles and it will help offset the forward posture we get from sitting in front of a computer. Do these in a standing posture or you can perform them seated on the edge of a

chair. Keep arms straight and palms out and really squeeze between the shoulder blades on each rep. After whipping through this circuit in about six minutes, you should feel a rush of energy and your body will be ready for the rigors of the day. This routine will help make each day a success by getting your body and mind right before you head out the door. Create habits like this throughout the day and you’ll be well on your way to creating the momentum you need to conquer all of your fitness goals! —Brian White owns Brian White Fitness (BWF), located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients at Diverge Gym. Read his blog at youshouldbedoingit.com, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at brianpwhite@gmail.com.t

Fifth Avenue Body Sculpting 3585 Fifth Ave., #103 San Diego, CA 92103 619-299-0700 | coolsculpting. com Coolsculpting by Chuck Sigmon (certified tech) The latest trend aesthetic specialists are seeing is a new generation of treatments and procedures targeted toward the growing population of people looking for non-surgical ways to better themselves. This is particularly true for fat reduction therapies that help patients transform their bodies. The trademarked CoolSculpting procedure is a breakthrough process (FDA cleared) that safely and effectively eliminates fat without the cost, downtime and risk associated with surgery. Unlike other methods of fat reduction that use heat, the CoolSculpting procedure cools fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death. Those cells are then eliminated naturally by the body over the following weeks and months. CoolSculpting results in an undeniable reduction of fat in the treated area and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results after one to three months. Visit coolsculpting.com for more information on the procedure. New Year special: three areas (one hour for each area) for $2,100. Fitness Together Blake and Gwen Beckcom 4019 Goldfinch St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-794-0014 Fitnesstogether.com/missionhills You don’t have to live in Hollywood to get “Hollywood Royalty” treatment in your fitness program. Get star service here locally with a “white glove” approach to your 2015 fitness program. Our clients train in luxury private suites away from the unwanted stares and the waiting found in most gyms. If you are seeking personal fitness training and nutritional guidance in a private, welcoming and safe studio that allows you to commit to and achieve your 2015 wellness goals, Fitness Together is the answer. Privacy, respect for your time, results, appointment only, it’s all about YOU … “star treatment.” Dr. Jeffrey Keeny, D.D.S. 1807 Robinson Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-295-1512 | drkeeny.com Dr. Keeny practices general dentistry with a heavy emphasis on cosmetic treatments. His practice also offers implants, crowns, white fillings, prevention, sports dentistry and children’s dental services. see Spotlights, pg 11

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SPOTLIGHTS According to Dr. Keeny, “our patients are our friends.” He is surrounded by various specialists, including a team of four hygienists, and has a customer support staff that offer exceptional service. When he is not offering exceptional dental services, Dr. Keeny is an avid athlete who has completed 10 ironman triathlons. He has done fundraising for varying HIV/ AIDS prevention programs as well as the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), where he has bike-trekked from San Francisco to San Diego to raise over $30,000 for the foundation in the past two years. Dr. Keeny has also been a member of the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) and has many other involvements that continue to help make a progressive difference in the community. Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology 3737 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-299-0700 | drheimer.com Dr. William Heimer and the team at his San Diego area practice consistently strive to achieve the best results for their patients. Whether you come to him for skin rejuvenation with microdermabrasion, wrinkle fillers such as Restylane, or for advanced acne treatment or laser hair removal, you can rest assured that Dr. Heimer and his staff will do everything in their power to make sure you leave the office satisfied. Healthy, smooth skin gives you a fresh, youthful appearance. Great skin is a key element of beauty. When your skin is well taken care of, it acquires the famous glow and it is radiantly beautiful. Though they may not be able to put their finger on the exact reason, people tend to notice something special about a person with perfect skin. Be that special person today!t

Coping with a fitness layoff By Scott Markey

Let’s face it: Being the fitness enthusiasts that we are — most people, when injured or have an illness, usually have the good sense to curtail activity that aggravates the injury or ailment. Whether you are working out for general overall fitness, on a serious basis, to become a fitness or physique competitor, or even a bodybuilder, you usually know when to listen to your body — especially when it’s telling you to slow down your weight training, running, cycling, cross fit, zumba, etc. — but that’s not always the case. Because we are often critical about ourselves, we may act less rationally when it comes to injuries or setbacks. Typically, we’ll try to tune out what our bodies scream to make us hear. I can’t count the number of times I have seen people put themselves through workouts suffering from bursitis, arthritis, inflamed tendons, muscle pulls, colds, asthma, and even a ruptured disc. At a loss to figure out why we would rather stop, we’re certainly not stopping. For the most part, the issue is vanity, plain and simple. Much of our ego and self-esteem is tied up in how we look, what we weigh, what the tape measures, what the mirror and scale tells us, and what others tell us. There is a lot of pressure put on us in society to look good and to look fit. But get an injury that forces a layoff and it becomes all too clear just how fragile that security is. It can all come crashing down with the snap of a rotator cuff or the tear of a patella tendon. So what do you do when an injury rears its ugly head and renders normal training impossible?

Patience. You have to be patient; take it from me. I have years of training, and an injury, just as insignificant as a common cold or flu might seem, is your body sending you a message to lay off! But regardless of the injury — with certain exceptions — there’s always something you can do. Case in point: I have a friend who last summer was suffering from a hip problem that was preventing him from doing squats and leg presses. Without heavy legwork he was certain his legs would soon look like toothpicks. I just put him on a regimen of leg extensions and leg curls, supplemented with cycling and some sprinting, and he kept his leg mass and shape intact. Always look at the positive. Injuries sometimes present a golden opportunity to work body parts that normally get ignored, thus giving you a chance to bring up a lagging or weak body part. Some injuries — like torn tendons and muscles, ruptured disks, pinched nerves, or broken bones — might require you to lay off completely. How do you cope with injuries like these, and still stay positive during a period of inactivity? Again, you have to be patient. The rest might even be beneficial, as your body just might need that break. Most injuries heal if given the chance. Also, it’s a matter of maturity, accepting injuries as a fact of the training and your working out lifestyle. In other words, they come with the territory. If you train long enough and hard enough without listening closely to your body, at some point you are going to get hurt. The human body can only take so much, so don’t push yourself to workout when you are injured, sick, or even on days

where you just really don’t feel like working out. This is a clear indication that you might be overtraining and need the rest. Instead, be positive and rest when you feel your body needs it. This will help you avoid injuries and come back even better when you do.

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—Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at scottmarkey@yahoo.com.t

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Make yourself ‘unstoppable’ for the day You Should Be Doing It Brian White Desk jobs are killing us — we know that; but they are not going anywhere. So we need to figure out how to keep our body supple and vibrant to offset the tightness in the lower back, hips, hamstrings, neck and shoulders. Follow this sequence first thing in the morning to feel your best each day and gradually reinvigorate your body. Some of these exercises may be familiar, but if not you can look them up on YouTube (they are all there to see the demonstrations).

Stretches • Cat/cow — 15 of each

This stretch improves mobility across the entire spine. The lumbar spine becomes compressed by sitting for long periods, and the thoracic

spine becomes rounded from leaning forward looking at a computer screen. This exercise can strengthen the muscles as well as counteract an overly rounded back.

• Seated piriformis stretch — 30 seconds each glute

This stretch will alleviate tightness in the mid-glute area that you didn’t even know you had. This tightness can contribute to low back pain and sciatica. If you have a sedentary lifestyle and you sprinkle in runs or workouts too, this stretch will help alleviate knee pain and some injuries.

• Groin stretch — 45 seconds

There are many ways to stretch the groin — my favorite is lying down with the soles of your feet together and just allow gravity to gently stretch your adductors. Again these muscles become tight from sitting around too much and can result in low back pain and knee pain.

• Downward dog/cobra — five to seven

This yoga movement provides a great stretch for the hamstrings and abdominals. Hold each position for 10 – 15 seconds and switch back forth five to seven times.

Exercises

• Lateral lunge — alternating 12 to each side

This is exercise is a variation of the traditional lunge that involves stepping side to side. We don’t do enough lateral movements and this is a great one that targets the glutes, hamstrings and inner thigh muscles.

• Chest openers — 25 reps

This is a great exercise to open up the chest muscles, strengthen the mid-back muscles and it will help offset the forward posture we get from sitting in front of a computer. Do these in a standing posture or you can perform them seated on the edge of a

chair. Keep arms straight and palms out and really squeeze between the shoulder blades on each rep. After whipping through this circuit in about six minutes, you should feel a rush of energy and your body will be ready for the rigors of the day. This routine will help make each day a success by getting your body and mind right before you head out the door. Create habits like this throughout the day and you’ll be well on your way to creating the momentum you need to conquer all of your fitness goals! —Brian White owns Brian White Fitness (BWF), located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients at Diverge Gym. Read his blog at youshouldbedoingit.com, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at brianpwhite@gmail.com.t

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Coping with a fitness layoff By Scott Markey

Let’s face it: Being the fitness enthusiasts that we are — most people, when injured or have an illness, usually have the good sense to curtail activity that aggravates the injury or ailment. Whether you are working out for general overall fitness, on a serious basis, to become a fitness or physique competitor, or even a bodybuilder, you usually know when to listen to your body — especially when it’s telling you to slow down your weight training, running, cycling, cross fit, zumba, etc. — but that’s not always the case. Because we are often critical about ourselves, we may act less rationally when it comes to injuries or setbacks. Typically, we’ll try to tune out what our bodies scream to make us hear. I can’t count the number of times I have seen people put themselves through workouts suffering from bursitis, arthritis, inflamed tendons, muscle pulls, colds, asthma, and even a ruptured disc. At a loss to figure out why we would rather stop, we’re certainly not stopping. For the most part, the issue is vanity, plain and simple. Much of our ego and self-esteem is tied up in how we look, what we weigh, what the tape measures, what the mirror and scale tells us, and what others tell us. There is a lot of pressure put on us in society to look good and to look fit. But get an injury that forces a layoff and it becomes all too clear just how fragile that security is. It can all come crashing down with the snap of a rotator cuff or the tear of a patella tendon. So what do you do when an injury rears its ugly head and renders normal training impossible?

Patience. You have to be patient; take it from me. I have years of training, and an injury, just as insignificant as a common cold or flu might seem, is your body sending you a message to lay off! But regardless of the injury — with certain exceptions — there’s always something you can do. Case in point: I have a friend who last summer was suffering from a hip problem that was preventing him from doing squats and leg presses. Without heavy legwork he was certain his legs would soon look like toothpicks. I just put him on a regimen of leg extensions and leg curls, supplemented with cycling and some sprinting, and he kept his leg mass and shape intact. Always look at the positive. Injuries sometimes present a golden opportunity to work body parts that normally get ignored, thus giving you a chance to bring up a lagging or weak body part. Some injuries — like torn tendons and muscles, ruptured disks, pinched nerves, or broken bones — might require you to lay off completely. How do you cope with injuries like these, and still stay positive during a period of inactivity? Again, you have to be patient. The rest might even be beneficial, as your body just might need that break. Most injuries heal if given the chance. Also, it’s a matter of maturity, accepting injuries as a fact of the training and your working out lifestyle. In other words, they come with the territory. If you train long enough and hard enough without listening closely to your body, at some point you are going to get hurt. The human body can only take so much, so don’t push yourself to workout when you are injured, sick, or even on days

where you just really don’t feel like working out. This is a clear indication that you might be overtraining and need the rest. Instead, be positive and rest when you feel your body needs it. This will help you avoid injuries and come back even better when you do.

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GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 6-Feb. 19, 2015

THEATER

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‘Trouble in Mind’ is the tale of high racial drama behind a ‘play within a play.’ (Photo by Daren Scott)

Moxie presents rediscovered classic Theater Review Charlene Baldridge “Wow!” is all one has to say about what might have been. And also, “How fortunate that history has a chance to rectify the wrong that was done.” Dedicated to women playwrights and theater artists, Moxie Theatre discovered Alice Childress’s 1955 off-Broadway play titled, “Trouble in Mind,” which has an interesting history to say the least. It plays through Feb. 22. We all think of Lorraine Hansberry’s Pulitzer Prizewinning “Raisin in the Sun” as the first play written by an African-American woman to reach Broadway (1959). What most don’t know is that the Obie Award-winning “Trouble in Mind,” but for demanding producers and a stubborn playwright, would have been the first to make it to the Great White Way. The play within “Trouble In Mind,” titled “Chaos in Belleville,” is a melodrama set in the South that concerns a lynching. As it is rehearsed, friction occurs between white producers and the director and the largely African American company. Prior to the intended Broadway move of “Trouble in Mind,” producers insisted on a happier ending (likely one that put the powerful in a better light) and a change in title. Childress refused. Hence, the play was largely forgotten until recently. It is much performed at major regional theaters. Directed by Moxie Founding Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, “Trouble in Mind” is fast moving and involves nine characters at loggerheads, the most fascinating and fractious are the intractable leading lady Wiletta Mayer (Monique Gaffney) and the implacable director Al Manners (Ruff Yeager), surely two of San Diego’s most accomplished actors. Other characters are the memory-challenged theater

(l to r) Monique Gaffney, Vimel Sephus , Samantha Ginn, and Cashae Meads (Photo by Daren Scott)

“Trouble in Mind” by Alice Childress

through Feb. 22 7 p.m. Thursdays 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Sundays Moxie Theatre 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Rolando Tickets $27, 858-598-7620 moxietheatre.com

Ruff Yeager and Monique Gaffney (Photo by Daren Scott)

custodian (Tom Kilroy), a young actor in his first important role (Vimel Sephus), Millie, the ingénue (Cashae Monya), a seasoned black actor (Victor Morris, whose speech about a lynching he witnessed is chilling), the well-meaning white cast member, Judy Sears (Samantha Ginn, the height of subtle, comic cluelessness), the browbeaten stage manager (Justin Lang), and Judy’s character’s father in the play-within-the play (Nick Young). The comedy proceeds from character and the characters are splendidly portrayed. Wiletta and Millie, particularly, are coming off years of portraying maids and servants with floral or gemstone names. They are eager to be seen as major characters by then contemporary audiences.

Adding to the enjoyment is Angelica Ynfante’s impeccably detailed set, the backstage of a Broadway theater in 1957. Eye candy fashions are created by Jacinda Johnston-Fischer, adorning female and male bodies alike, with the prizewinner being Gaffney’s era-appropriate, draped floral number in Act II. Missy Bradstreet is the wig designer, her most characterful being Ginn’s peek-a-boo blond tresses. Sherrice Mojgani is responsible for lighting and Rachel LeVine for sound. Even beyond its historical significance, “Trouble in Mind” is a true find and a marvelous vehicle for the prodigious talents on display here. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Follow her artistic endeavors at charlenebaldridge.com. She can be reached at charb81@ gmail.com.t


FEATURE

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GAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 6-Feb. 19, 2015

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OPERA’S ULTIMATE BAD BOY!

The iconic Diversionary Theatre building in University Heights now belongs to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (Photo by Hutton Marshall); (right from top) John L. Brown, Maureen Steiner and Todd Nelms FROM PAGE 1

SDHDF minated at a strategic planning conference held in 2013, at which time Diversionary’s board and staff were presented with three stark options. Option one was to shut down for six months, fire all staff and then rebrand the theater. Option two was to find another struggling local theater without a physical space and merge with them. Option three was to continue on as long as financially possible without any major changes. “All those things kind of caught the board off guard, and over the next two or three months things sort of deteriorated with our executive director,” Nelms said. After the previous executive director resigned, Nelms, who had just joined the board as treasurer two years prior, became the theater’s interim artistic director. He and the board began getting creative about how the theater could succeed financially. They got thrifty with constructing sets, surveying donors for ideas and creating a more transparent communication policy with the community. He said their donations began “skyrocketing.” “We came up with our own option four,” he said. Part of this involved figuring out how to hire a new executive artistic director without bogging him or her down with Diversionary’s financial challenges, and to allow the new leader to focus on what Diversionary is known for: theater. Enter SDHDF. John L. Brown, the executive director of SDHDF, has a vast range of experience with nonprofits. Over the last 30 years, he said he’s made “every mistake there is to make — twice.” Part of his expertise rests in major capital projects and acquisitions. He led major capital initiatives at the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. He credits this experience with his ability to reach this deal, favorable to all three of the nonprofits involved. Most importantly, it was perhaps the saving grace for one of San Diego’s cultural institutions. “[Diversionary Theatre] is the third oldest LGBT theater in the nation, so they have a great reputation already and that’s

something San Diego should be proud of, and something San Diego should work to preserve and maintain,” Brown said. The specifics of the deal, without treading too far into the waters of financial minutia, allowed for Diversionary to pay off their mortgage and create a $600,000 SDHDF fund with the remaining cash. This will give Diversionary considerable financial freedom while also pooling its resources with SDHDF. “Now, this puts them ahead of any other LGBT theater in the nation in having their own fund with $600,000 invested,” Brown said, adding that it’s important to see this move as a shrewd investment on SDHDF’s part as well. He estimated that were the site to be upgraded properly, the building could be worth as much as $2 billion. Diversionary and Lambda Archives technically still pay rent under the new agreement, but SDHDF gave Diversionary a matching grant that covers half of its monthly rent, which is approximately $6,000. Additionally, an anonymous donor offered to cover the other half of Diversionary’s rent for “as long as he’s able,” according to Nelms. Diversionary recently hired its new executive artistic director, Matt Morrow, after a competitive 59-applicant selection process, which allowed Nelms to step down after serving as the interim director for 13 months. Morrow will announce his debut season in the coming months, and Nelms promises it will be among the theater’s best. While Lambda Archives will continue paying the same amount as before — about $3,000 — the 20-year fixed rate will enable the nonprofit to plan far into the future. And assuming property values in University Heights continue to rise, the fixed amount will save them a considerable amount of money as neighboring rents increase over the next two decades. However, Lambda Archives President Maureen Steiner said now that Lambda has committed to staying in the building long term, some changes to their space will need to take place. “We are pretty much at capacity right now,” Steiner said. “We actually can’t stay in this space for very much longer unless we do some sort of capital improvement.” She said the most likely solution is to install collapsing shelves throughout the

FEB 14 • FEB 17 • FEB 20 • FEB 22 • 2015 archives, which will drastically increase their storage capacity. The nonprofit, which chronicles LGBT history in San Diego, is outgrowing their 2,400-square-foot space quickly, considering that just two years ago they moved from a small, 850-square-foot space upstairs in the same building, which they occupied for over 20 years. Regardless of the challenges ahead, there appears to be a newfound sense of optimism in the air. SDHDF will soon arrange a series of community meetings discussing the space’s potential as a cultural hub for the LGBT community. “I think the sky is the limit on where we can go with this,” Brown said. —Contact Hutton Marshall at hutton@sdcnn.com.t

Lustful, pompous and sadistic, Don Giovanni stalks his latest conquest, but he cannot escape his past sins or the ones who try to bring him to justice. In a shocking conclusion, we find that the living are not the only ones who can seek vengeance. This opera contains adult situations.

Tickets start at $45 sdopera.com (619) 533-7000 Tickets also available at

All performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Free lecture one hour prior to each performance.

ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS DISPLAYED ABOVE THE STAGE


mo14 c.ds-yagGAY SAN DIEGO Feb. 6-Feb. 19, 2015

Friday, Feb. 6 “THE CROW SHOW: AN HOMAGE TO THE RAVEN”: Exhibition produced by The Studio Door with catering by Venissimo Cheese. 6 – 9 p.m. (Additional showing during Ray at Night Feb. 14) San Diego Art Institute, 3830 Ray St., North Park. Visit the studiodoor.com. “SONS OF THE PROPHET”: Tonight’s performance of the comedy centered around two gay brothers and their family’s tragedies is dubbed “Cygnext Night.” Members of the “CygNext: Under 30 Club” can come to a pre-show mixer with happy hour prices. Show runs through Feb. 15. 7 p.m. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. Visit cygnettheatre.com.

Saturday, Feb. 7 SAN DIEGO AMERICAN FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYER CLINIC AND POST CLINIC SOCIAL: A chance for team captains to evaluate players before SDAFFL season starts, 9 a.m. – noon. Followed by a social at Hillcrest Brewing Co. and Baja Betty’s starting at 1 p.m. Clinic at Doyle Elementary School, 3950 Berino Court, La Jolla. Visit sdaffl.com. PUPPETS AND PETS ADOPTION DAY: In conjunction with the “Avenue Q” run, The San Diego Humane Society’s mobile adoption van will be on hand to assist those interested in adopting; cast members from the play will bring their own pets and provide entertain-

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ment on stage. 9 – 11 a.m. Coronado Playhouse Theatre, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. Visit coronadoplayhouse.com. NOR TH COUNTY FAMILY PLAYGROUP: This group meets on the first Saturday of the month in North County. Focuses on children 0-6 but all ages are welcome. Call 619-692-2077 ext. 121, email families@thecentersd. org and visit thecentersd.org.

Sunday, Feb. 8 “SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB”: Weekly fine dining and entertainment series. Seatings 7 & 9 p.m. Featured local musician Tori Roze performing at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Gossip Grill 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/gossip-supper-club.

Monday, Feb. 9 FEELING FIT CLUB: New 50 or Better class for older adults and suitable for all levels, Mondays and Wednesdays. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, etc. Exercises can be done sitting or standing. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Contact La Rue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org. The Center, 3903 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 LEIGH SCARRITT PRESENTS “STARS OF THE FUTURE”: Young performers showcase musical talents. Doors 5:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m., Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 GSDBA SOCIAL CLUB: A monthly gathering “unlike a traditional networking event,” hosted by the Greater San Diego Business Association. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lava Sushi, 1045 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit gsdba.org. LESLIE JORDAN: Jordan returns to MA4 with a new show “Say Cheese: My Life in Front of a Camera.” Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Additional performance on Feb. 12. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com.

Thursday, Feb. 12 ASEXUAL SUPPOR T GROUP: A monthly support group for asexuals, demisexuals, gray aces and all others who feel they fall into the asexual spectrum. North County LGBTQ Resource Center, 510 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Visit ncresourcecenter.org.

Friday, Feb. 13 LIVE MUSIC – SUE PALMER: Enjoy a fun Friday with the queen of boogie woogie starting at 7 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. “THE LAGGIES”: Cinema Under the Stars presents a dramedy starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moritz and Sam Rockwell. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie shows Saturday as well. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.

Saturday, Feb. 14 – Valentine's Day VALENTINE’S DAY BREAKFAST: $5 per plate for this festive breakfast feast. 8 a.m. Alano Club. 1730 Monroe Ave., University Heights. LIVE MUSIC – NINA FRANCIS: Enjoy a fun Friday with a midday performance starting at noon in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. “A ROMANTIC DINNER FOR TWO”: Parts I, II and III of this class will be offered Feb. 12 (6:30 – 9 p.m.), 13 (6

– 9 p.m.) and 14 (5 – 8 p.m.) for $60 each. Participants will create menus that include appetizers, entrees and, of course, desserts. Note: The menu on Feb. 12 is vegetarian if your love doesn’t love meat. Hipcooks San Diego, 4048 30th St., North Park. Visit sandiego.hipcooks.com SHE SHE VALENTINE’S DANCE: Event for women over 35 with $10 cover starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a special dinner from 6 – 8 p.m.: $29.95 for couples, $16 for singles. Dinner does not include cover. Bamboo Lounge, 1475 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit SheSheFun.com. VALENTINE’S DINNER AND LIVE MUSIC – GILBER T AND LORRAINE CASTELLANOS: Two prix fixe dinner options on Valentine’s Day: three-course dinner for $45 or three-course dinner plus live music for $55. Talented local couple Gilbert and Lorraine Castellanos will provide the entertainment in the Expatriate Room. 2760 Fifth Ave. #100, Bankers Hill. Visit crocesparkwest.com or call 619-233-4355. “AVENUE Q” VALENTINE’S DAY PACKAGE: Includes two tickets to the adult-themed play starring humans and puppets, a bottle of Champagne, chocolates and a picture after the show with your favorite puppet. Curtain at 8 p.m. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. Visit coronadoplayhouse.com or call 619-435-4856. HEARTBREAKER PARTY: In the cabana lounge with tray passing, raffle and giveaways plus $2 Avion shots and Avion drink specials. Baja Betty’s, 1421 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bajabettyssd.com. SEVENTH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY PROM: Hosted by Tootie, this event features a special three-course prix fixe menu. Lips San Diego, 3036 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit lipssd.com.

Sunday, Feb. 15 TANTRUMS AND TIARAS: “Battle of the Bar Queens” will have queens with “little to no experience in drag” competing in swimsuit, evening gown and talent rounds. 7 p.m. . The Observatory, North Park, 2891 University Ave. Visit tantrumsandtiaras.bpt.me.

YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH HER 45 Long in the field of acting 46 Bannon’s Brinker 48 Brian of figure skating 50 Ivy League team 53 “Beat it!” 55 Actor who plays 17-Across 60 Burning software 61 Kline of “De-Lovely” 62 Forbidden fruit site 64 CK One emanation 65 Make changes to 66 Sally who rode into space 67 Like three men that visited Mary 68 Office furniture 69 HIV exam, e.g.

“SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB”: Weekly fine dining and entertainment series. Seatings 7 & 9 p.m. Featured local musician Devan Moncrief performing at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Gossip Grill 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/ gossip-supper-club.

Monday, Feb. 16 TRANSGENDER COMING OUT GROUP: Every Monday, welcoming transgender people in all stages of exploring their gender identity, as well as their friends, family and loved ones. 7 – 8:30 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 HILLCREST FAT TUESDAY: Street festival sponsored by HBA with a nighttime dance party, carnival-style performances and more. Portion of proceeds go to GSDBA Charitable Foundation. 6 – 11 p.m. University Avenue between First and Fourth avenues. Visit mosuniverse.com/blogs/ hillcrest-mardi-gras.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 HIV TESTING: Lead the Way is offering this free and confidential service every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walgreens, 301 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit leadthewaysd.com. FILMOUT SCREENING: “Polyester” — John Waters’ comedy starring Divine and Tab Hunter. 7 p.m., Landmark Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. #200, Hillcrest. $12. Visit filmoutsandiego.com.

Thursday, Feb. 19 LIVE MUSIC – SHERRY WILLIAMS: The jazz performer will be joined by accompanist John Rodby to perform tunes from their CD “Just Us Two.” Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com. —Email calendar items to morgan@sdcnn.com.

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SINGLES CELEBRATION DAY: Play Pictionary with the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence while raising money for the North County LGBTQ Center. 3 – 9 p.m. Pictionary 4 – 6 p.m. Hill Street Café, 524 South Coast Highway, Oceanside. Visit sdsisters.org.

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solution on page 16 32 Strap on a stallion 33 Alpert of “Mame” fame 34 Peace Nobelist Wiesel 37 Buffalo’s lake 38 Dotted-line command 43 Sheehan’s sport 44 Dire destiny 47 Peter Allen’s “Once ___ I Go” 49 Photog Mapplethorpe 51 Hot under the collar 52 Part of a “Tommy” lyric 53 Are lousy 54 Dealer’s offerings 55 Knight job for Alec Guinness 56 Love of Lesbos 57 Part of YSL 58 Garfield’s sidekick 59 Beatty flick 60 “This instant!” 63 King’s court divider


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‘The Other Side of Paradise’ Out on the Page Katrina Young If you ever have the chance to experience one of Staceyann Chin’s dynamic performances, don’t hesitate. Do it. This Jamaican-born lesbian poet and activist displays a rawness in her presentation that allows you to feel every emotion that she invokes throughout her performance. Her no-holds-barred approaches to issues surrounding sexual and racial injustice will make her proponents applaud and will make her opponents quiver. Though “The Other Side of Paradise” does not go far into her life as a lesbian or activist, it does a great job of showing how she became the unapologetic, passionately proud woman that she is. Chin is always open about whom she is, but

her memoir gives that honesty in an even more candid — and often tender — voice. The memoir tells her story from

conception through childhood, adolescence and finally, her growth into womanhood. Chin’s story is full of hardships. She did not live in the Jamaica of the postcards and rum commercials that many tourists flock to. Her beloved Jamaica carried the weight of colonialism, classism, sexism and religious intolerance. The role of religion in Chin’s upbringing is a constant thread woven throughout the book and can be seen in chapter titles such as “As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord.” In her memoir, she shares her experiences of self-discovery outside of the roles given to her by family, religion and society. Chin also shares her struggle for healing and restoration.

gay-sd.com She lived an impoverished life in her early years as her grandmother struggled to provide for her and her older brother. She was raised by her grandmother and later by other family members after being abandoned by her mother and not knowing much of her Chinese father (which undoubtedly had a significant effect on Chin as a biracial child). Chin expresses vulnerability over not having her parents around. Time and again, she tells false accounts of the wonderful life her mother was living abroad but making sure to add that her mother would someday return for her. Chin approaches her experiences with grace by including in her memoir the lessons she learned from the occurrences in her life that were meant to break her down. As she states in “The Other Side of Paradise,” she has accomplished more than just surviving. She ends her memoir by encouraging readers to find their own truths. “Your own truths, your own stories, your yearning for the other

side of your very own paradise.” Take some time to get to know more about Staceyann Chin. Make sure to read her memoir “The Other Side of Paradise” and even watch a few of her live performance videos. If you enjoy Chin’s work then you will also enjoy the work of the women that will be featured at an upcoming event hosted by the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation, titled, “We Alive: A Celebration of Black Lesbian Womanhood” March 8 at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights. There will be vibrant performances and book signings. For more information visit the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation website sdliteraryfoundation.org or contact info@sdliteraryfoundation.org. —Katrina Young is the treasurer of the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation. She is a lover of literature and a developing activist. Contact her at ktrnyoung@gmail.com.t

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(l to r) Kikau Alvaro plays “Bernardo,” and Jacob Narcy, “Chino” in “West Side Story.” (Courtesy San Diego Musical Theatre)

‘West Side Story’

A timeless tale still very relevant today By Catherine Spearnak

Art as activism is the way James Vasquez sees the upcoming production of “West Side Story” by the San Diego Musical Theater, slated to open Feb. 14 at the Spreckels Theatre Downtown. “Our goal is to make a statement,” said Vasquez, the show’s director. “I hope the audiences leave moved and angry and with a desire to change.” The musical, based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” pits rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, for dominance over a blue-collar neighborhood in the Upper West Side of New York City. Racism marches in front and center as the Sharks, Puerto Ricans, and the Jets, Americans, vie for the bluecollar neighborhood. When Maria, sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang, falls in love with Tony, a member of the white Jets, the results are violent and catastrophic. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. West Side Story premiered on Broadway in 1957 and in 1961, won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Music is by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents. Jerome Robbins directed. “The brilliant thing is that it is 67 years old, yet it is still relevant today,” Velasquez said about the musical. “It’s a classic, so it’s a real honor to work with this music and these dancers and this story.” One of the dancers, and also a supporting actor, is Jacob Narcy, 24, of Chula Vista.

Narcy plays Chino, “the little buddy” of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks. Narcy, who is a trained dancer accomplished in every aspect of dance including ballet, hip hop, modern, tumbling and musical theater, said he is thrilled that there is so much movement in the piece. In one scene, 28 of the 31 cast members dance together on stage. “'West Side Story' is one of the iconic pieces that you dream about doing one day,” he said. “I am just excited that I am getting the opportunity.” This is only Narcy’s second musical. He performed previously in “Oklahoma!” at the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Escondido. Kikau Alvaro, who plays Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, is certainly familiar with this musical. He has appeared in it twice, once in Olmey, Maryland, and once in San Jose, California, his home, but as different characters in each. “I have matured and grown into myself,” said Alvaro, who is 34 playing a 20-something. “I wasn’t necessarily ready to play the part before.” Alvaro agrees with director Vasquez that race relations are still relevant today. He praised the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim. “I’m hoping that people who have not seen the show are able to see it,” he said. “It’s in the canon of Shakespeare. There is something about it that is very important.” “West Side Story” runs through March 1 at the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, Downtown. Tickets can be purchased through the Spreckels box office or through Ticketmaster. Visit sdmt.org for tickets and showtimes. —Catherine Spearnak is a San Diego-based freelance writer. She can be reached at catherine. spearnak1@gmail.com.t

SDCCU recently opened its new Hillcrest branch, located at the corner of one of neighborhood’s busiest intersections, University and Fifth avenues. The new branch offers loan and new account stations and teller windows, and is open convenient hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SDCCU is San Diego’s largest locally owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. With assets of $6.7 billion, SDCCU has over 279,000 customers, more than 35 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs. SDCCU is leading the way, offering free checking with eStatements, SDCCU Mobile Deposit, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. Equal Opportunity Employer. For details, visit sdccu.com.t

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Friends and teammates gathered in front of the Tony Gwynn statue to show Petracca their support. (Photo by Brian Turney/Michael Brian Studios)

Tragedy on the field, triumph of the spirit

Dugout Chatter Jeff Praught Every year in January, the majority of my softball friends from America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) look forward to making the trek to Las Vegas for the Sin City Shootout, an 18-sport tournament extravaganza hosted, oddly enough, by organizers from Los Angeles. Softball alone brings in over 150 men’s and women’s teams. Not everyone goes there expecting to win a championship, but promises of the wild and wacky that is Las Vegas never fall short of expectations. Win or lose, the three-day weekend is always memorable.

baseball bat. Rarely do bats ever go flying out of someone’s hand, but when they do, they usually land in the dirt or along the fence. No bat is going to pass through the tall backstop behind home plate, and they almost certainly would never pass over a dugout that’s usually at least 12 feet in height. But the bat that hit Mike Petracca traveled an unthinkable 100 feet, beyond the dugout, making the odds of a direct impact on someone’s skull in the range of one in a million. Upon impact, Mike fell to the ground, striking his head on the concrete, fracturing his skull and complicating the damage already done. The impact point on Mike’s head was the area of the brain

Petracca before and after the accident (Courtesy Mike Petracca Sr.) Sadly, this year’s event will be remembered for a tragic and freak injury that happened to one San Diego man, but the story brings with it an uplifting side story about our community, and hope for a happy ending seems to be growing larger day by day. Like everyone else who attends or plays in these tournaments, I have walked along the concrete pathways between fields without paying attention to whatever is happening in those games. I suppose the chance of a foul ball hitting me in the head is there, but people are really good about yelling warnings. What happened to 28-yearold Mike Petracca, a member of the Rich’s Firestorm team and a good friend of mine for over seven years, is simply unbelievable and unfair. Walking along one of those pathways, Mike was struck in the temple by a flying

that controls speech, and immediately, he lost that ability. He also suffered swelling in other areas of the brain, which limited his ability to move and control his right hand, as well as smile on the right side of his mouth. If you think about the velocity required in order for a bat to travel 100 feet, you can imagine the force with which Mike was struck, and the consequences become understandable. Mike was rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery as doctors looked for clots. His parents flew in from Carlsbad that night, Jan. 17, to be with their son. From that point on, this unthinkable story began shifting from tragedy to triumph, as good news continues to pour in on a daily basis. First, Mike was able to move out of intensive care within a couple of days. Six days after

the accident, he was able to take ambulatory transport back to Southern California, where he was admitted to the acute rehab center at Palomar Health in Escondido. There, he began work with a speech therapist, and was regaining his physical strength enough for his father to post video updates of the progress Mike was making while taking walks around the hospital grounds. While Mike was fighting hard for his recovery, his friends were rallying on his behalf. Our friend Brian Burnett created a GoFundMe crowdsourcing account (gofundme.com/mikepetracca) on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Having never done one of these before and not knowing what to expect, Burnett set the initial fundraising goal at $5,000 and shared the campaign on Facebook. That total was reached within hours. The goal was then raised to $25,000, and that benchmark again was achieved within a short time frame. Word of Mike’s shocking injury spread not only through social media, but within the mainstream media as well. The U–T immediately wrote a story about Mike, and papers in Las Vegas and Chicago soon followed suit. San Diego’s Channel 10 News was the first television station to cover the accident, and others have followed. Burnett raised the fundraising goal to $50,000, because people from across the nation were asking how they could help. That goal was reached on Jan. 30, but we are encouraging anyone who is willing to help to consider contributing, as doctors have told the Petraccas that there is just no way of knowing what level of care Mike will need in the ensuing years. As we all know, insurance does not cover everything. The good news is that Mike is in good spirits and making remarkable progress as he fights this damage. After surgery, we were told that he may never regain the ability to smile or speak, but he has already passed that milestone. While visiting him on Super Bowl Sunday, I was able to not only have a conversation with

gay-sd.com Mike — he can say a variety of words, some slower than others, though there are various letters of the alphabet that he cannot pronounce — and was able to sit with him while he and his father did a telephone interview with “Outfield,” an LGBT sports talk show on SiriusXM’s OutQ channel. Mike had the staples in his skull removed on Feb. 2, allowing him to enjoy the benefits of a normal shower. He is moving around normally now, and his daily visits to the speech therapist are paying dividends. A diehard Padres fan, Mike’s friends and Firestorm teammates went down to Petco Park to take photos and send a message of encouragement to their fallen teammate in and around the building that has brought him so much joy. The team passed along well wishes and a care package too. More fundraising is needed, and we have events being planned. CYO Pizza and Salad (2519 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad) is hosting a fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Others are encouraged to continue contributing to the GoFundMe site. The support that Mike has received from the LGBT community on a national level is extraordinary. Donations and well wishes have come pouring in from around the country, including from various other tournaments that members of our AFCSL participate in. More often than not, the theme of the messages has been

along the lines of: “Even though I don’t know you Mike, you’re a brother in our softball league, and I had to help!” Mike has been humbled by the support he has received, even noting to his family that he does not understand what he did to deserve all of the love. His attitude from day one has been upbeat and positive. He knows the difficult challenge he is faced with, but instead of complaining, he is outperforming expectations. To see Mike’s progress just a few weeks after this tragedy is uplifting, yet not surprising if you know him. He is a popular guy and friend to many in San Diego because, as Burnett so eloquently put it, “Mike just doesn’t know how to be mean to anyone.” It should be noted that the person responsible for throwing the bat has been traumatized by this accident as well. The Vancouver softball player was blinded by the sun during the pitch, and accidentally let go of the bat during his swing. Knowing what happened to Mike, that player has needed to receive support from his own friends to cope. One person who sends his sympathy to that player and holds no ill will towards him? Mike Petracca. No surprise there. —Jeff Praught is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, having participated in softball, basketball, football and pool as a player, serving on AFCSL’s board, and currently serving as the commissioner of SD Hoops. He can be reached at dugoutchatter@gmail.com.t


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