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San Diego Women’s Chorus brings the Great White Way to San Diego Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

legions of fans, will be featured in “Tab Hunter Confidential.” The documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz weaves a fascinating tale — using vintage and current footage as well as archival interviews — of how Hunter hid behind famous beards such as Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds

On the heels of their successful Broadway Cabaret show, performed by a smaller troupe of singers April 17 at the Irenic in North Park, the entire San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) is now ready for their close up. The “really big show” as Ed Sullivan used to say, is SDWC’s annual spring concert, this year called “Broadway, Our Way,” with special guest Frenchie Davis, and held Sunday, May 17 at Downtown’s Balboa Theatre. This Broadway-song themed extravaganza will feature songs from a large variety of Broadway hits and lesser-known songs that gelled with the women of the chorus. “Instead of just doing a bunch of fun show tunes, we wanted to do things that were more reflective of the women in our chorus and the things we experience in life,” said Artistic

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Zachary Quinto and James Franco, both marquee stars of today, and Tab Hunter, the golden boy from the golden age of Hollywood, will be among the top attractions at FilmOut San Diego’s film festival later this month. The 17th annual LGBT Film Festival will run May 29-31 at the

historic former Birch North Park Theatre building, now home to Observatory North Park, presented by the FilmOut board of directors and supported by a slew of dedicated volunteers. Hunter, the blond-haired, blueeyed boy next door who crushed it at the box office and on the music charts in the 1950s all the while hiding in the closet from his

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San Diego’s famous craft beer, food trucks and ethnic cuisine, colorful artwork, local musicians and dancers: This is just a tempting sampling of the 19th annual Festival of the Arts in North Park and a glimpse of why North Park is hailed as one of the hippest neighborhoods in America. Coming May 16, the Festival of the Arts will close down the heart of North Park to street traffic as the enticing smells of kettle corn and street tacos waft through the air. This year’s festival is bigger than ever with even more things to do, including the addition of a second beer garden to showcase special-

Six stages, two beer tasting areas featuring local breweries including Belching Beaver and Hillcrest Brewing Company and lots of art sums up North Park Festival of Arts. (Courtesy North Park Main Street) ty craft beer, something San Diego is becoming globally famous for. Angela Landsberg, executive director of the

North Park Main Street organization that stages the popular event, said this year’s festival will easily be the largest

one yet as organizers predict attendance will surpass 35,000 visitors from as far away as Orange County and Baja,

California. “What’s new this year? How about a live art expo,” Landsberg said. “It’s like a big graffiti artists’ party. Zipcar [the car-sharing company] is donating one of its vehicles to be painted out in colorful graffiti colors, and will be showcased around North Park and San Diego in the weeks to follow the festival. “But that’s not all,” she said. “Delivery trucks will be painted. Dumpster bins will be painted. Everyday objects will be painted.” The art theme will carry over to children and teenagers with a special stage set up for them to try their own hands at painting. Also for the youth is the Young People’s Photography Contest with entries due by May 10. Music and dance also see Festival, pg 11


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Alexander Salazar Fine Art hosts the Pietà Delle Willett | Contributor

Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarotti Simoni unveiled what came to be regarded as one of the world’s great masterpieces of inspired art and perhaps the most beautiful sculpture ever created. Called the Pietà, the sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, death, and removal from the cross, before he was placed in the tomb. It was both the consummate expression of Michelangelo’s artistic abilities and an embodiment of the divine inspiration that guided his work. To see the Pietà each year, millions of people travel to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. For security purposes, the statue is enclosed in glass and visitors can’t get very close, let alone touch it. The challenge is to even view it all while there, since you are competing for a peek with the vast numbers of others trying to see it, gathered in all directions. For those who don’t have the time or money to travel, a new opportunity has presented itself to see the Pietà with none of the Basilica’s restrictions. They can look at it for as long as they want; they can pray; they can touch; they can photograph; they can even sketch. A posthumous, precise Pietà has been recreated 1:1 in cast Carrera marble from a Vaticanauthorized mold of the original, and is on display through 2015 at Alexander Salazar Fine Art gallery at 1040 Seventh Ave. in Downtown San Diego. Salazar’s gallery was chosen by Arte Divine, the exclusive sculpture licensee of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, which facilitates the placement of sublime sculptures in settings where they can enlighten the minds and touch the lives and hearts of the faithful. “We selected Alexander Salazar Fine Art as the venue of choice in San Diego to place these marvelous works of art, in part because of Salazar’s knowledge and passion for the works of Michelangelo and other Masters, and also because we felt his gallery provided the perfect Downtown location,” said Michael Jacobson, vice president of corporate relations at Arte Divine. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him, and we look forward to providing him with additional Michelangelo masterpieces in the future,” Jacobson said. “It’s been interesting having the Pietà in my gallery,” Salazar said. “I’ve had people coming in, kneeling and praying. So this is more than just an art gallery now, it’s a place people are coming to meditate. “To me this just changes the entire feeling of an art gallery, and that comes directly from having such an important work of art here,” Salazar added.

While a student, Salazar lived in Florence, Italy, surrounded by art created by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Bernini and others. He also holds a master’s degree in theology and art from Harvard and a second masters in sociology and art from Boston College. As an art dealer, Salazar said when this project first came to him he wasn’t interested, because religious art is difficult to sell. But his personal interest has always been in religion and religious art. “So I was motivated to share

the curves and shapes — there’s a connection happening that’s beyond whether or not it’s the actual thing,” Salazar said, who admits he gets goose bumps whenever he thinks about these occasions. In all, 100 replicas of the Pietà are being made, and are mostly purchased by benefactors who give them to organizations such as churches and schools. Each Pietà is priced at $250,000. The openly gay Salazar, 42 and originally from Houston, Texas, opened his own gallery

(above) The bust of Virgin Mary and Salazar’s “Wall of Angels” (Photo by Delle Willett); Salazar with the 1:1 Michelangelo replica in his gallery (Courtesy Alexander Salazar Fine Art) my art experience with people because I was very lucky and blessed to be living in Florence and traveling throughout Italy,” he said. “I thought that with my 18 years of working as an art dealer it finally made sense to have this work in my gallery. I felt like I was preparing for this throughout my career. So it’s a blessing in itself to me and to the gallery” Also on exhibit is the a bust of the Madonna, which captures the compassion and serenity in Mary’s face with so much grace that, half a millennium later, the vision of it continues to inspire viewers. Behind the bust, Salazar created a memorial wall called the “Wall of Angels,” and encourages people to bring photos of their loved ones who have passed to place on the wall. They do and they stay to pray. “What I also find interesting is that people who have vision problems come in and touch the Pietà, feel the movement,

five years ago on the corner of Broadway and Seventh Street in Downtown San Diego. His current gallery is two blocks away at 1040 Seventh St, where he mainly works with private collectors, architects and designers. Recently he has been working with local artists with the intention of supporting the local art community. Alexander Salazar’s current gallery hours are by appointment but he would love to have people come in groups to see the Pietà and the Bust of the Madonna, and other art in the gallery, including copies of the Medici art. He can be contacted at 619531-8996 or as@alexandersalazarfineart.com —Delle Willett is a PR consultant and a freelance journalist. She does pro-bono work for organizations that empower women and work to end world hunger. Reach her at dellewillett@gmail.com.u


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Throwing your business to the dogs Certified dog walker course offered to entrepreneurs Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

“Dogs are a man’s best friend.” That sentiment has been around seemingly since the beginning of time. And it’s true; our dogs are a huge part of our lives. There are dog beaches, dog runs, dog parks and even dog washes; and more and more restaurants are establishing dog-friendly patios where your furry friends can sit by your side as you dine in their establishments. But what about those long days we spend at work away from them? Enter a professional dog walker. Dog walkers are people who will — generally for a fee — come take your dog for walks in the morning, afternoon and evening; you basically give them unfettered access to your precious pooch and sometimes even your home. As a dog owner, you should make sure any dog walker is trained or has a longstanding reputation, said Amber Cottle , founder and chief training instructor of International Academy of Canine Trainers in Vancouver, British Columbia. The concept of dog walking is becoming more and more popular and unfortunately, Cottle said, since the trade is relatively new, there is no governing body and anyone can claim to be a professional. “There are a whole bunch of people who get a business card and say, ‘Hey I’m a dog walker and I’m gonna take your dog out,’ and sometimes they are fine and good, and sometimes they are not,” Cottle said. She referenced a recent situation in Vancouver where five dogs died of heat stroke because of outright negligence; the dog walker went to jail. Cottle, who has over 10,000 hours of experience, had already been teaching a certified dog walker course at the time of the tragedy, but the incident raised awareness and she wants to spread that knowledge to dog-friendly San Diego starting this month. The Laguna Beach native is still an American citizen but has lived in Vancouver for the last 17 years. Before that she spent five years surfing and skinboarding at Beacon’s Beach and other locations along the North County coast while living in Leucadia and Encinitas. After a career in sales and marketing, things shifted after her beloved Ridgeback died of bone cancer. Missing her “doggie connection,” she sought out the local animal shelter to lend her time and fill the void; but after realizing the challenges of working with most shelter dogs, she picked up a few books on dog behavior, found an academy and became a certified dog trainer. “I really just wanted to be a better volunteer,” she said. “But one thing led to another and I started my business.”

Cottle has 10,000 hours experience working with dogs. (Courtesy Amber Cottle) Fifteen years later she has developed quite a name for herself in British Columbia and wants to expand to Southern California. She and her partner recently bought a condo in Aliso Viejo where they now spend one week per month. Down the road, Cottle plans to give free workshops and seminars to local dog shelters and daycare centers and eventually offer her intensive 46-hour dog training certification course, but for now she wants to begin making a name for herself in the region. On May 17 and 18, Cottle will teach a two-day “Certified Dog Walker” course for those who wish to launch their own dog-walking business. “I’ve been an entrepreneur for 15 years and I’ve made all the mistakes,” she said. “I’ve developed all the programs. There was nothing like this for me when I got started, I just had to

figure it out.” The course — which will be held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, located at 3737 Sports Arena Blvd., in the Midway district, just a short dog walk to Ocean Beach’s dog-friendly beaches and parks — consists of two eight-hour days of training. Day one will include dog park safety; reading body language; assessing personalities; assessing dogs together for group walkings; owner agreements; application forms; liability releases; insurance; bonding; and business licenses. “It’s basically a business in a box,” she said. Day two will be hands-on: handling dogs on a leash; where to walk the dog; and learning how to walk up to six dogs at a time, together. Participants will be required to bring a dog — theirs or a friends’ — to see Dogs, pg 11

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Dressing dapper Two local women launch jeans line that everyone needs? Jeans. So they decided to launch their line with jeans instead of suits. Vicky: When I first started to get a bit more masculine of center, I bought jeans from the men’s section at Old Navy. I got a new confidence from men’s jeans. I stopped dressing like a slob. My ties matched my shoes! ButchOnTap (BOT): That’s a thing? I thought it was just the belt and the shoes… Vicky: I don’t know, maybe not. But I had a plaid bow tie and these plaid loafers, and I felt awesome. BOT: How do you start making jeans? What does that even look like? Vicky: I started talking with this guy, and he strongly encouraged me to focus on one thing. That’s when I went through my laundry list and decided the one thing everyone wears is jeans. The problem is men’s jeans aren’t flattering. We started looking like crazy for a manufacturer. No one would call me back, we got hung up on.

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I sat down with Vicky and Charisse Pasche, the brains and talent behind DapperBoi, a new fashion line for androgynous types. In true ButchOnTap fashion, we met at Brothers Provisions in Rancho Bernardo and talked over a craft beer and some Irish Nachos. Vicky and Charisse are recently married; Vicky is from upstate New York and moved to San Diego in 2005 and Charisse moved to San Diego from the Philippines when she was only 1. I started by asking how DapperBoi came to be. Vicky explained that she has been thinking about DapperBoi for three years. Her initial concept was for suits and bow ties (gulp!), and they actually have prototypes of both. When Vicky saw what Saint Harridan was doing and that they were successful, she got excited. What is the one thing

(l to r) Vicky and Charisse Pasche, co-founders of Dapper Boi. Special touches like adding bowties to the logo and inside seam are part of their Dapper Boi unique branding. (Courtesy Dapper Boi) Charisse: In fashion, you need to know someone, or they have to really love your product. Vicky: Someone finally replied to my email and we met with him in LA. Charisse and I tried on the same cut of jeans in both mens and womens. Charisse: I was the fit model. [Charisse is a self-identified super-girly femme]. The men’s products were super unflatter-

ing. I thought, how would any butch want to wear these? BOT: Explain some of the differences. [I am a little skeptical, maybe because I like baggy men’s jeans. Or do I? Is it just that I haven’t had any other options?] Vicky: Men’s jeans have an extra-long crotch (which gives women crotch rub), they have no give in the hip, baggier legs and

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more pockets. Women’s jeans have a shorter zipper, more flexibility at the waist and seat, and go in at the knee and flare out or go skinny. We added nice deep pockets — including one that will fit your iPhone 6, and put in a longer zipper without the longer crotch. Basically, we took the top half of women’s jeans and added masculine features, and the bottom half of men’s jeans. Plus, we added in our own little details. BOT: Like a bow tie stitched into the bottom cuff! Vicky: Yes, like that, and the DapperBoi logo lining around the top. Plus, the denim is a medium weight and it has the newest blend of materials to give it this great stretch. It’s cottonpoly-spandex. To prove that, I can tell you that I wore them on our drive to Oakland and for the eight-hour drive I didn’t have to unbutton my jeans. They are super comfortable. BOT: How did you come up with the name “DapperBoi”? Vicky: Dapper is a sharp look and Boi is a cute play on words. BOT: Do you identify as a Boi or a Butch? Vicky: Not really. I’ve been called both, but I don’t really identify myself as either. I think I am most comfortable describing myself as a masculine of center (MOC) woman. BOT: Tell me about Kickstarter. Vicky: We launched on April 21 and it ends on May 20. We must raise $18,000. We were at $5,400 already this morning in just four days. Of course our family and friends have been super supportive, and sharing our stuff a lot. But we need more people to pledge! We are nervous and a mess. [They don’t appear to be either.] We put everything into these jeans. We moved from a four bedroom to a one bedroom. Charisse: I used to have a shoe room, but I sold most of them to raise money for DapperBoi and then put the others in storage. We work 4 feet from each other. Side-by-side every day. We are super committed and excited. We will literally give each other a high-five and then keep working. BOT: What does success look see Dapper, pg 15


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The psychology of shopping (and hoarding) Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel I enjoy shopping … in small doses. It’s fun to go into stores and see what’s there. I used to shop a lot more. When I would go into a store, I’d literally get an adrenaline rush: so much stuff to look at … and buy. There was a period when shopping was a kind of entertainment for me. When I was bored, I knew what to do: I could go shopping. Does this sound like you? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us are shopping to fill the voids in our lives. For some people, shopping is about getting something you need. Period. It’s not fun for them, they get no rush in looking through racks of stuff they really don’t need. Lately, hoarding is in the news. You see shows featuring people whose houses are piled high with so much stuff they can barely walk from one room to the next. We feel sorry for these poor folks and wonder, “how did they get this way?” Shopping and hoarding are points on a continuum: they’re both about getting and keeping stuff. The idea is that there is comfort in having lots of stuff. For some people, buying it is the best part. For others, keeping it is what makes them feel good. Shopping and hoarding aren’t so very different when you dig beneath the surface. I know quite a few people who have even hired professional organizers to help them get rid of piles of things they’ve bought and find it hard to let go of, even as their garages and closets (and guest rooms) are chock full of clothes, shoes, household items and other stuff that they don’t need and never use. How did we get here and how can we get out of this cycle of acquiring things we don’t need, don’t want and don’t have the space for? When I realized I was shopping more than I really wanted to, I decided to do some work on myself to get to the bottom of it. This is what I found: • Avoiding difficult emotions: I used to shop so much because I felt sad, lonely or bored. And I didn’t want to feel those feelings … so I continually ran away from facing them down — and learning from them — by going shopping. At first it was hard for me to sit down and admit to myself, “I feel lonely.” Part of my mind said, “If you let yourself feel this, it will kill you. Run, run now, go shopping, don’t feel it!” And, for many years, that’s just what I did. • Wanting to feel in control: There is so much in the world that we cannot control. Things happen all the time that we don’t like; people let us down, we don’t get the promotion, the new house or the new partner. Shopping — and

hoarding — gives us a sense of being in control: “I can’t control my partner’s anger at me, but I can control buying a great new (whatever) to cheer myself up.” • Feeling not enough: Often, we feel that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, or successful enough just as we are. We think that by having more great stuff —

When I was a personal shopper in NYC, I found this was often the case. People had so many clothes, shoes and accessories that they didn’t know what to do with them. There were too many choices; it was too confusing to get dressed in the morning; and there were all those items that you really never wore, but hated to part with. Psychological research shows that it is experiences — not things — that bring us the most lasting joy. Memories of these experiences stay with us, long after the short-term thrill of a new acquisition has passed. If you find yourself shopping more than you’d like or holding onto stuff when you’d be happier without it, consider the ideas in this column and see if you can’t find a way out. I did. So can you.

How did we get here and how can we get out of this cycle of acquiring things we don’t need, don’t want and don’t have the space for? clothes, furniture, cars, homes — that we’ll feel better about ourselves and that other people will admire us more and want to be with us. Ironically, all our possessions aren’t making us happier. Psychological research shows that a home with too much stuff is correlated with higher levels of anxiety. The idea of our home as a calm, safe refuge is a useful one: we just have to get back to simplicity — and a lot less stuff.

—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.u

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Welcome news South Bay Alliance Dae Elliott

South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival has a new entertainment coordinator; everyone welcome William Felix to the team. William holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and hopes to pursue a JD in the near future. His experience last year as entertainment coordinator with San Diego Pride, along with being a longtime resident of Chula Vista makes William a perfect addition to our great team here at South Bay Pride. Growing up and attending Chula Vista High School has given him a special insight into some of the struggles our youth face. When discussing why he wanted to be a part of South Bay Pride, William voiced what many of the LGBT youth feel here in the South Bay. “I did not have the proper support while growing up in this region,” he said. “This made it difficult to come out in my teens and live a proud life as a gay Chicano. I knew about the LGBT Center and LGBT friendly areas like Hillcrest, but they were unfamiliar to me.” The need to extend the supportive environment felt in the Hillcrest area is paramount to meeting the needs of the youth, but also, of continuing the move

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towards LGBTQ equality. South Bay Pride has always worked to be inclusive and represent the specialness of the South Bay. “What makes the South Bay region a wonderful place to call home is its rich diversity,” William said. We wholeheartedly agree. “I am proud to work with the South Bay Pride family of volunteers to showcase at this year’s Arts & Music festival how the LGBTQ community adds to this rich diversity,” he said. “I believe we succeed when we put on an entertainment experience our family and diverse neighbors enjoy, while at the same time promote dignity and equality for all people in the South Bay region.” In addition, we are proud to announce that the Tidelands Activation Program Advisory Committee has recommended an increase in the Unified Port District’s support of South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival as a great way to encourage the economic development of and investment in the South Bay. The South Bay is a hidden jewel that encompasses the many communities such as Coronado, National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro and South San Diego and is one of, if not the last, undeveloped waterfront areas in California. The increase in support will allow South Bay Pride to extend the number of both vendor/exhibitors and artists to see South Bay, pg 16


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Supervisors approve Letters Laura’s Law More Benny love By Dave Roberts

In a landmark vote April 21, the San Diego Board of Supervisors approved implementation of Laura’s Law, which allows for court-ordered treatment of severely mentally ill people who present a risk to themselves or others. I have pushed for San Diego to join other counties in adopting this law since I took office and I admire the work of the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, which prepared an implementation plan that presents nine requirements a patient must meet before triggering mandatory care. At our hearing on April 21, Supervisors again heard pleas from the relatives of mentally-ill people, who told us forced treatment could have kept their loved one from incarceration, homelessness or death. The following is a transcript of the remarks I delivered before the final vote:

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I stand with Bruce By Morgan M. Hurley

Editor’s note: The pronouns “he,” and “his” are used throughout based on Jenner’s current request to use them. I tuned into Diane Sawyer’s muchpublicized interview of Bruce Jenner with a large amount of skepticism and an equal amount of curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised. What many expected would be a complete train wreck turned out to be a thoughtful, well-planned, well-researched, enlightening and very educational two hours of television. While Bruce Jenner’s understanding of his own journey may not equate to what many of us who work, live and breathe in the LGBT community know to be that of others, it is uniquely his, and by his choosing to share it with the world it becomes uniquely ours. None of our journeys are the same, but as a community, they merge into one. Jenner specifically stated that he is not trying to be a spokesperson for the community, but hopes his story helps bring attention to the struggles transgender people face. He talked about the recent suicides and the bashings and murders of trans women of color. He also admitted he doesn’t know everything yet (that was clear when he stated that he is still attracted to women and yet is “straight”); but that’s OK. None of us usually do as we grab the doorjambs on our way out of the closet. As a cisgender (one whose gender matches the body I was born with), I cannot speak for the trans community, either, but I can speak for our combined LGBT community when I say that this program — like it or not — was a huge step forward for all of us. It was reported that 16.9 million people watched Jenner’s interview, and that

number is nothing to sneeze at. That means that perhaps 15 million of those people now can say they finally “know” a transgender person. That also means that those people, whether they supported Jenner’s coming out or not, are now a lot more educated than they were before they tuned in. I saw members of our local LGBT community bashing Jenner and the interview on Facebook, saying they refuse to watch and that we should not give a voice to someone with such fame and fortune. On the contrary, we need to embrace the national stage that Jenner’s fame and fortune offer him; it gives him a platform to open people’s eyes, minds and hearts. Many of those millions would have changed the channel had the interview not been with an Olympic champion or the stepfather of the Kardashian girls. The irony is, we yell and scream and beg high-profile people to come out, and yet, when they do, we yell and scream and complain that they didn’t do it correctly. We want and need this kind of visibility and accessibility to keep our cause moving forward. Let’s never forget the ripple felt ’round the world when Magic Johnson acknowledged his HIV diagnosis on national television. It changed people’s perceptions forever. More importantly, we must also remember that Jenner’s struggle began long before he married a woman named Kris Kardashian; long before the millions he amassed before her; and long before he stood on the world stage accepting his Olympic gold medal. His journey, as most of our journeys did — began as a confused child struggling to fit in; a young boy trying on his sister’s clothes, recognizing that he was not a boy at all. —Morgan M. Hurley is editor of Gay San Diego and can be reached at morgan@sdcnn.com.u

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Mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect any person of any age, race, religion or income. Some people who suffer severe mental illness refuse to accept treatment, even though their loved ones, caregivers or caseworkers urge them to do so. We have seen many cases in which that refusal produces tragic results. Laura’s Law, which allows a judge to order mandatory treatment if a mentallyill person shows risky behavior and refuses care, would add another option to existing county programs. I consider this option to be another valuable tool to help families in crisis. That’s why I was pleased to partner with Supervisor Dianne Jacob to bring this program to the Board and on Jan. 27 to vote in support of ordering a thorough staff analysis of Laura’s Law. That vote directed our staff to return with an implementation plan within 90 days. Today we have that implementation plan and I am so pleased with the extensive work that our staff has done with the community to get us to this point in time. With an affirmative vote today, San Diego will join other large counties such as Los Angeles, Orange and San Francisco in taking this next step forward. Our county’s new Behavioral Health Advisory Board recently voted 11-0-1 to support this action. This panel advises our Board of Supervisors and I appreciate its hard look and support of this program. I want to caution that this option may not be the right option for every family, but it is the right step forward and I hope my colleagues will vote to support it. I am proud to serve an agency that provides help for people who need it most. —Dave Roberts is vice chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Visit his website at supervisordaveroberts.com.u

Benny, you look fabulous, darling [see “Back Out With Benny: Vol. 6, Issue 8]! You’re almost 35? Wow! Keep up all the good work. I don’t know how you do it — you’re everywhere! — John Nelson, via gay-sd.com

Teen deaths tug our heartstrings Brava on the article about the North County trans suicides [see “Pain and vigilance in North County,” Vol. 6, Issue 8]. Too many people tend to skirt around the issue, but your article made me teary eyed. Keep your great articles coming. —Chris Allen, via email It touches my heart to hear of anyone being so depressed that they take their own life [see “North County Update: A tribute to Sage,” Vol. 6, Issue 7]. It pulls my heartstrings when they are so young, vulnerable and ridiculed. Unless a person has suffered from depression, been bullied, or/and felt alone, they have no idea how painful and hopeless a person feels. I looked at Sage’s FB page and that baby was crying for help, but it’s hard for those closest to him to see. I only looked because I heard about him on the news and it broke my heart. I’m a mom of grown children, but after my bouts with depression, I look for the signs. My prayers are going out to his family, friends, and any LGBT child who reads this. Please Love who you are because you are truly special and make a difference. God Bless —Robin, via gay-sd.com u

Correction In our last issue [see “Directing her instruments of voice,” Vol. 6, Issue 8], we stated that Kathleen Hansen was shown directing the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) at a “San Diego Sings” event in Balboa Park. She was in fact directing another chorus in that photo, not SDWC. We regret the error.u

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For the third year in a row, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center held its annual Prom. This year themed “Promicon,” the event combined celebrations for both graduation and Prom and served as a safe place for North County youth to enjoy what otherwise may not have been a welcome event at their individual schools. “This was our third Pride Prom the Center held in partnership with Vista Community Clinic (VCC) CHAT program,” said Carolyn Bolton, LGBTQ Resource Center’s board chair. “Our youth had a fantastic time and are still talking about how great the event was. Students got creative with their attire and dressed as their favorite super hero, villain character or formal.” Bolton said 220 “Against Bullying” comic books were donated by Charles “Zan” Christensen, publisher of Northwest Press, and distributed through gift bags. In addition there was food, a photo booth, Mikiea Perkins as deejay, and other prizes. “We’d like to thank all the students who attended our event,” Bolton said. “They’re the reason we continue our work to provide safe spaces where they can have fun and be themselves. Our youth events, services and our other programs are what is needed to help give them the

strength and confidence they need to grow into the amazing adults they are meant to be.” For more information about the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and its programs, visit ncresourcecenter.org.

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Michael Mizerany, who created the popular dance series “Hot Guys Dancing” and “Malashock/RAW,” introduces a new dance event at ion theatre in Hillcrest. “Dancer Briefs” features work that Mizerany said “strips away the physical, emotional and/or psychological masks we all wear to hide from ourselves or the world around us.” No piece is longer than eight minutes and features some of San Diego’s best-known choreographers and dancers. Contemporary dance artists Anne Gehman, Bradley R. Lundberg and Lara Segura will be joined by Sidney Franklin and Katie Amarillas (tap), Grace Shinhae Jun (hip hop), and Travis Ti (acro adagio) to create an evening of eclectic, inspiring and provocative work. Mizerany, artistic director of Compulsion Dance & Theatre, will showcase his critically acclaimed solo, “Via Dolorsa,” which premiered at “Hot Guys Dancing” in January. “Dancer Briefs” contains mature themes and partial male nudity. ion theatre’s BLKBOX is see Briefs, pg 9

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BROADWAY Director Kathleen Hansen. Some of the numbers include a medley from “Wicked,” Funny Girl’s classic, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Children Will Listen,” from “Into the Woods” — which was just made even more popular with an Acadamy Award-nominated musical — “Dancing Queen” by Abba, and many more. Organizers expect each of the choices, which they say will take attendees “on a journey through love, loss, trials and triumphs,” will also be full of exciting surprises. The previous cabaret show, though it featured solos and small ensembles instead of the complete chorus, still acted as the perfect precursor to the Balboa Theatre show and got everyone in the right frame of mind. Last year, SDWC joined forces with San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) — a local philanthropic nonprofit — for their “Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace” spring show with the Indigo Girls in May of 2014. It was the first time the chorus had performed on the Balboa Theatre stage, unlike the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, who have held residency there for years. “Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace” was such a success, the two organizations are at it again, returning to the historic Balboa stage. As was the case last year, the co-benefactor is SDHDF’s Lesbian Health Initiative.

An ensemble performs at SDWC's recent Cabaret show. (Courtesy SDWC) Money from last year’s proceeds helped fund two programs dedicated to both the health and the quality of life of women in the local LGBT community. The SDWC consists of nearly 100 women singing in various levels of alto or soprano, aged from 13 – 76, both straight and gay, and from all ethnicities and backgrounds. Many have been singing together since the chorus’ inception, 28 years ago. Grammy-nominated Frenchie Davis first sang her way into people’s hearts as a contestant on Fox’s American Idol. She later appeared as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice and has starred on Broadway in “RENT,” “Dreamgirls,” “Ain’t Misbehaving,” and more. “As with our concert last spring, ‘Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace’ with the Indigo Girls, we are thrilled to have a special guest that is the perfect fit for both the theme and the cause,” said Board President Heather Robert in a press release. “Obvi-

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The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law sponsored by City Councilmember Todd Gloria, will hold legal clinics the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. to make an appointment or for more information, please contact Joshua Bruser at 858.342.0551 or Josh@BruserLaw.com.

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ously, Frenchie Davis’ vocal talent is astounding and she’s going to bring the house down, but what makes her the perfect special guest for this event is the way she uses her voice when she’s off stage to speak up for justice and equality for women, people in the LGBT community and people of color.” The San Diego Women’s Chorus will perform “Broadway, Our Way,” live with Frenchie Davis, at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at the Balboa Theatre, located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Tickets range from $25 – $105, and are available through Ticketmaster or at sdwc.org. A limited number of VIP tickets — which include choice seating and admittance to the after-show reception at the Hard Rock Café across the street — are available by calling 619-291-3383.

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annual Senior resource Fair 10 am - 1pm, the Center Live Life to The Fullest! Join 50 and Better Together in the auditorium as organizations committed to serving the local senior community share information, activities and goodies. Learn about the many resources available in San Diego. Lunch is free for the first 100 seniors. For more information, contact Larue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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FILMOUT and Sophia Loren to protect his privacy from the prying paparazzi. It is a story of survival and redemption as Hunter’s career waned but years later found new life as a favorite actor for director John Waters and cult diva Divine. The opening night film will have its California premiere at 7:30 p.m. May 29. Hunter, who came out later in life, will be the guest of honor and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He will participate in the Q&A session after the film and attend the Opening Night Party across the street at the Sunset Temple. Quinto (“Star Trek”) and Franco (“Milk”) star in “I Am Michael,” Justin Kelly’s film that got tremendous buzz at Sundance. The film is based on the true story of gay activist Michael Glatze (Franco) and his partner Bennett (Quinto). After facing a health crisis, Glatze turns to fundamentalist Christianity, renounces his homosexuality and eventually marries a woman. He becomes the darling of the “ex-gay” movement, yet can’t quite give up his connection to Bennett, who has moved on with another same-sex relationship. As the closing night film, “I Am Michael” will have its California premiere at 7 p.m. May 31. After the Q&A with Kelly and some of the cast and crewmembers, the Closing Night Party in the lobby between the theater and West Coast Tavern will conclude the festival. In between, more than 30 feature and short films will be shown during the streamlined three-day festival, which draws thousands of movie lovers from San Diego and beyond. Many of the out-of-town visitors will be staying this year at the remodeled Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, a short ride from the theater. Michael McQuiggan, the longtime programming director for FilmOut who is the ultimate decision-maker decider on which movies are chosen,

thinks this year’s festival has something to please just about anyone. “My hope is that all the movies will be draws, but I would say that our opening night film ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’ and closing night film ‘I Am Michael’ will be the biggest draws — particularly due to the marquee value names Tab Hunter, Zachary Quinto and James Franco — all of whom are big draws in the LGBT community,” McQuiggan said. McQuiggan and his programming assistant Jeff Howell had the Herculean challenge of reviewing hundreds of movies

filmmakers/talent, we landed in the top 10 LGBT film festivals worldwide.” Not only does FilmOut score with the filmmakers, it also becomes a second home to more than a handful of dedicated volunteers who have become mainstays of the nonprofit organization. Just ask longtime volunteers Tom Kirkman and Jeff Gilson. Gilson said he volunteers because he likes to support movies that tell our stories. “The stories told in independent LGBT cinema are important,” Gilson said. “Whether it’s the story of love or overcoming the odds, the stories are ours. Our voices are being heard through film. They are preserved for future generations to understand what happened today or in the past.” Kirkman, who has been a volunteer since 2007, said he wanted to give back to FilmOut because the organization always donated free tickets to seniors when he was executive director of the SAGE Center, which closed in 2009. “When I retired, I began to volunteer for every festival,” Kirkman said. “And now I also volunteer at the monthly screenings. This year’s festival will be my ninth year of volunteering.” For Kirkman, who still speaks in a Boston accent after all these years in San Diego, said the LGBT Film Festival has a special place in his heart. “There is so much that appeals to me about the festival, but primarily it is seeing our stories — our history — being

(l to r) Franco and Quinto play tempestuous lovers in “I Am Michael.” (Courtesy "I Am Michael")

from around the world from filmmakers who wanted to be in the popular FilmOut festival. “The biggest challenge programming-wise is watching all of the submissions. This year Jeff Howell and I received a record number of almost 800 submissions. And since we have streamlined the festival down from five days to three days the past couple of years, it makes film selection a bit more daunting,” McQuiggan said. Some board members and volunteers also review some of the top submissions to help in the selection process. McQuiggan thinks he knows why FilmOut is so popular with filmmakers. “FilmOut is a low-key, lowmaintenance festival, and we treat our filmmakers/talent with great respect and make them as comfortable as possible,” he said. “And it shows. Last year in an online poll by

told on film,” Kirkman said. “I’ve been around long enough to witness much of our history take place in real time, but seeing our stories presenting on screen by so many capable artists brings me much pride knowing that much of our history will be preserved for many generations to come.” FilmOut San Diego takes place May 29 – 31 at Observatory North Park, located at 2891 University Ave., in North Park. Tickets for the VIP all-access pass are $100. Opening night tickets, which include the film and the kickoff party at Sunset Temple, are $25. Closing night tickets, which include the film and party at West Coast Tavern are $15. Tickets for individual movies are $10. For more information visit filmoutsandiego.com. —Ken Williams can be reached at ken@sdcnn.com.u


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Expressing our Pride Out on the Page Katrina Young It’s that time of year again. Spring and summer are peak vacation times and one of the best companions on a relaxing vacation is a good book. Patrons of the second annual Expressions of Pride Literature and Arts Festival hosted by the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation are able to get the titles on their summer reading list during the festival, which occurs on May 2. The festival features hundreds of titles by LGBT authors of color and offers a chance to attend readings from three amazing authors (Rigoberto González, Chinelo Okparanta and Craig Womack). As we were preparing for the festival, I found myself thinking about what expressing Pride really looks like and the importance of literature in doing so. Of course Pride season is one of my favorite times of the year (the festivals, parties, energy, a sense of community, and the rainbow everything) but “pride” is so much more than a great weekend once a year. It is part of our everyday lives. It is shown in how we live and love. There are as many different ways to express pride, as there

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are individuals in the LGBT community. Literature alone is a form of pride expression but more so it is a mode of sharing with the world the abundance of ways we express the pride not seen at your local Pride festival. Our lives are significant. Our stories are significant. Our pride is significant. LGBT literature plays a great role in humanizing and giving voices to our lives and the way we express our pride. One of the ways I express pride is through my work. People often ask me why I do the work I do with the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation. Consistently my answer is that I believe in the power of literature. The best love stories, mysteries, sci-fi stories, comedies and dramas, come from the pages of literary fiction. Once we fall in love with the amazing story lines we often feel empowered to do more. Chase more dreams. Be more proactive. Be confident. Be proud. Be better people. We do more because seeing ourselves reflected in literature gives strength to our dreams and ideas and fosters understanding and diversity. Our fears are no longer in control and that makes us our most powerful selves. Without fear stifling us we are able to be our authentic selves and that is

one of the greatest gifts we can give to both our loved ones and ourselves. Although the Expressions of Pride Literature and Arts Festival is only for one day each year, we at the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation are always available to assist you with finding ways to express pride through literature. We have several other exciting events planned for the remainder of the year. You can visit us at our website sdliteraryfoundation.org and like us on Facebook to stay up to date. We look forward to connecting with you and hearing about your expressions of pride! Expressions of Pride — A Literature and Arts Festival, will be held May 2 at the Diversionary Theatre space, 4545 Park Blvd., in University Heights. A book and art festival exhibit takes place from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; and two readings and performances will be held 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and 6 – 7 p.m. Free mimosas from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. if you purchase a book. For more information visit sdliteraryfoundation.org.

C) Town Hall on Monday, May 4, from 6 – 8:30 pm at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest. The event, which is free and open to the public, will address the new treatments, access to care and drug coverage, as well as the spectrum of Hep C and treatment approaches to HIV/Hep C co-infection. “This is good news considering that over 500,000 Californians are living with the virus, yet 65 – 75 percent of these people do not know they are infected,” said El Bisara, HIPS program manager said in a statement. Jerry Turner, chairman of POZabilities added, “One in five people with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. HIV co infection more than triples the risk for liver disease from

HCV. This will be an important forum for HIV-positive and HIV-negative people.” Featured speakers are Tracy Swan, HIV/Hep C Director at the Treatment Action Group. She has collaborated with other activists and researchers in the United States and internationally to ensure that HIV and Hep C treatment trials are well designed and address issues relevant to HIV positive people. Joining her is Dr. David Wyles, associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of California and a noted expert on hepatitis. Two patients will also talk about their experience with hepatitis. For registration and additional information contact Jerry Turner at poz@pozabilities.org or call 619-241-8538.u

—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.u

Who says you’re too old for summer camp? Join us for the country’s most fun and distinctive all-inclusive LGBT vacation: a real, week-long, sleep-away summer camp for adults! Men and women of ages from across the U.S. will gather in gorgeous southwestern Maine this August to enjoy an authentic summer camp experience. Your week will include all activities, meals, and accommodations — plus, all the new friends you can handle! With a wide variety of traditional summer camp activities such as hiking, pottery, lake swimming, stained glass, tennis, canoeing, and softball to chose from each day and a different evening social event to enjoy every night, you’re sure to find something to keep you active and challenged. You’ll return home relaxed and renewed. Come be a kid again this summer — and discover for yourself why our campers all say that “Camp” Camp is the best time ever! Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/BestTimeEver; Twitter: @ CC_BestTimeEver; Instagram: campcampbte; and YouTube: youtube.com/user/CampCampBestTimeEver.

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Steaks for cheap Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. In an age when everyone is eating healthier, exercising more and drinking responsibly, or at least attempting to do those things, there’s a funky old joint in Grantville that defies the wellness movement. It’s a place where nobody judges your capacity to wash down a top sirloin steak with a few fireball cocktails and a cigarette. Enter the Camel’s Breath Inn, an oasis-themed watering hole set within a generic plaza fronted by the considerably more expensive, yet equally outdated Black Angus Steakhouse. At more than 30 years old, the Camel bows to the days when bars served only domestic beers and common rack drinks, and when ground beef tacos actually existed outside of Taco

Bell. All of those are still the norm here, although just recently Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA nudged its way onto the tap list. “It’s selling well,” says longtime waitress-bartender Joelle, who makes gallon batches of zippy Bloody Mary mix in preparation for weekend breakfasts (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), when a plate of steak, eggs and potatoes sells for as little as $9.99. To call it brunch inside this workingman’s haunt with an odd cult following would be pretentious. Or to order a cocktail that even verges on frou-frou would be futile because the bar isn’t equipped with a blender. Conversely you can expect a little mojo in your bloody mary, which is garnished with olives, pickles and green beans. Just past the sizable smoking patio, which is occupied mostly by mature regulars during the day and slightly younger peeps at night, are two interior bars separated by a small kitch-

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lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. The meat was crumbly and tender, but under-seasoned until I kicked it up with fresh salsa served alongside. Burgers and sandwiches come in a few varieties, starting with sliders on Hawaiian buns called “hump burgers.” There are also half-pound beef burgers and third-pound turkey burgers in addition to Cajun chicken sandwiches. Beyond that, the pickings filter down to Caesar and taco salads, potato skins, chicken fingers and fries. Whether you duck in for the food or to wet your whistle or to take in the live DJs on weekend nights, the Camel’s Breath presides as a quirky, unpretentious establishment that has withstood the test of time. It’s not for everyone, but worth a peek.

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on rib eye, New York strip or other cuts, she grabs them. Last weekend, a porterhouse for $12.99 was available, which she described as “the size of my face.” Whatever steaks are in the offing, they come with two eggs and crispy, cubed potatoes, not to mention a side of classic rock streaming from the jukebox. Other breakfast choices include chorizo and eggs, veggie omelets and corned beef hash straight from a can and crisped nicely on the grill — a shameful dish I confess to liking. There’s also a specials board at the bar, which can include anything Lazano chooses to pull out of her sleeve that day: ham steaks, chili, spaghetti, fish and chips, etc. From the regular menu, the beer-battered onion rings are the bomb. Greasy for sure, but the batter is at the same time so light and delicate, it practically floats through your mouth. There’s an art to making these, and Lazano has it nailed. A pair of ground beef tacos I ordered recently for lunch featured semi-crispy corn tortillas stuffed with shredded

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Beer-centric North Park is also becoming a hub for coffee drinkers with the May 4 opening of Holsem Coffee, a small-batch roaster showing off a 2,200-square-foot “coffee parlour” designed in Calcutta marble and oxidized maple wood. Co-owner Salpi Sleiman, who also founded Roast Coach Coffee Bar, teamed up with Shane Brennan of Suja Juice and Comun Kitchen & Tavern for the new Uptown venture, which includes a 15-tap beer system as well. Look for about 18 different coffee drinks using sustainable beans sourced from around the world. Their recipes incorporate components such as house-made nut milks, fruit purees and syrups made from evaporated cane sugar. The menu also features espresso shakes, tea drinks and homemade sodas. 2911 University Ave., 619-546-8542. As San Diego’s largest provider of nutritious meals to adults and children living with AIDS or cancer, Mama’s Kitchen will holds its annual fundraiser in the form of a culinary extravaganza from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 8, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The Mama’s Day event showcases more than Sweets and savories abound at the annual 50 top-notch restaurants Mama’s Day fundraiser. (Courtesy Mama’s Kitchen) doling out an abundance of savories and sweets. No need to plan on dinner afterwards. The cost is $125 in advance and $150 at the door. 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, mamaskitchen.org. A franchised gourmet store specializing in oils, vinegars and spirits pulled from casks opens May 3 in the HUB Hillcrest Market. Vom Fass originally launched in Germany and spread across Europe before fanning out to 25 locations in the U.S. The San Diego shop, headed by franchisees Colleen and Jay Cavalieri of Coronado, will also carry pasta, syrups, pestos and spreads. Its spirits selection extends to brandy, whiskey, absinthe and more made by smallCasks filled with oils, vinegars and batch distillers from around the spirits dominate the new Vom Fass world. 1050 University Ave., Suite specialty store in Hillcrest. (Courtesy All Points Public Relations) E-103, 619-534-5034. The third season of the KPBS series, Savor San Diego, debuts at 8:30 p.m., May 7, and continues every Thursday and Saturday for 12 weeks. Hosted by Su-Mei Yu of Saffron restaurants in Mission Hills, the new season spotlights artisan shops such as Venissimo Cheese in Mission Hills, Prager Brothers Bakery in Carlsbad as well as the food scenes in Little Italy and along Convoy Street. For a complete schedule, visit savorsdtv.com. The recent soft opening of Barn Brewery in North Park features rollouts of the company’s Wicker Basket Blonde, Homestead Hess and Haywire IPA. The suds were brewed off site in prior months, but they’ll soon be made in-house. A food menu of burgers and sandwiches is also in the works. The rustic design greets with big barn doors and heavy wood beams across the ceiling. In addition, the bar carries about 20 taps featuring crafts from other local and national breweries. 2850 El Cajon Blvd., 619-955-8228. Take a gustatory trip around the globe at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, which features 10 different food and drink stations around the park representing flavors from France, Baja, Asia, South American and more. The festival runs on weekends through May 23-24. The dishes, which highlight sustainable, local ingredients, are created by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef, Axel Dirolf, who teaches culinary classes at the Art Institute of California, San Diego. Small-plates range from $4 to $5.50; although park guests can opt for the $40 “sampler package” good for five food items and five drinks. Several craft breweries are also taking part in the month-long event. 500 SeaWorld Drive, 800-257-4268. A couple of unexpected closures have occurred around town. Royale Café in Bankers Hill, which began as a coffee house and recently added wine and full meal service to its format, has ceased operations because of an ownership dispute. And over in Liberty Station, the eight-year old Wine Steals closed its doors because of a rent increase. “The numbers were simply not working out,” said CEO Ken Mills in a statement released to customers. The company’s Hillcrest and Cardiff locations, however, remain unaffected and will honor gift cards and reward points obtained at the now-shuttered Point Loma location. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@san.rr.com.u

construct the foundation of any arts festival, and this year there will be six stages devoted to those art forms. More than two dozen musical acts will perform at the Bar Pink Stage, 30th Street Stage, The Observatory Stage and Queen Bee’s Stage on Ray Street. The Dance Stage will be set up on 32nd Street, highlighted by a troupe from Baja that will trek here from Mexico. More than 25 dance companies and 300 dancers will perform, including Visionary Dance Theatre, Alma Latina, Ballet Folklorico, Stage 7 and North Park’s Vernetta’s Dance Studio. Landsberg said organizers splash into the local talent pool to choose musicians and dancers. “San Diego has got so much talent in both those areas,” she said. “I’m just so happy we can showcase our talent, and for free, to our community.” Festival organizers are noticing an increase in “local tourism,” which Landsberg described as people who come from nearby counties. “We are hoping it will continue to pick up as a local tourism attraction,” she said. Good examples of “local tourists” are the visitors who come up from our southern neighbor of Tijuana and other parts of Baja. Tijuana will go head-to-head with America’s Finest City, showcasing a popular Baja craft beer called Cerveceria Insurgente, stacking it up against well-known local craft breweries such as Stone Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing, Belching Beaver Brewery, Thorn Street Brewery and The Lost Abbey. Also noteworthy is the appearance of Hillcrest Brewing Co., the world’s first LGBT-owned brewery that has proven to be quite the hit in Uptown. More than 30 local breweries will be on tap at the Craft Beer Block, one of the few events that cost money at the festival and is restricted to those of legal drinking age. A $40 ticket will get you 13 samples, 4 ounces

(top) Refreshing drinks made from local produce await; artists of all types will be on hand selling their wares (Courtesy North Park Main Street) each, of the locally-made craft beer that is all the rage. This popular activity will sell out quickly, so those interested are encouraged to visit the festival’s website to purchase tickets in advance. Only a limited number of tickets will be reserved for the day of the event. The beers gardens, so popular that there will be two of them this year, are free to enter for those 21 and older. Here you can get a full pour of craft beer (12 ounces) from Stone, Modern Times and Mother Earth beer for $5.50. The first beer garden will be located on University Avenue and 30th Street near the Main Stage and the other on 31st Street and University Avenue near Urbn Coal Fired Pizza at the Bar Pink Stage. Landsberg said the festival — sponsored for the second consecutive year by San Diego County Credit Union — has more food vendors than ever before, including cuisines

such as Cajun, barbecue, Filipino, Mexican, Italian and East African. Ten food trucks will serve up their trendy menus, along with local restaurants such as City Tacos, Waypoint Public and Urban Solace also open nearby. “North Park is one of the most diverse communities in America, and our festival tries to capture that diversity,” Landsberg said. The festival originally got off to such a humble start in 1996, attracting only a few hundred people, she said. It’s safe to say that the festival today is growing and thriving. The 19th annual North Park Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday, May 16, on University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets. For more information or tickets, visit northparkfestivalofarts.com. —Ken Williams can be reached at ken@sdcnn.com.u

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Cottle will teach you how to walk up to six dogs at a time. (Courtesy Amber Cottle) people that have emotional attachments to them. “We can’t afford to make mistakes.” For more information about Cottle’s upcoming course or to learn more about

her academy, visit ambercottle.com, call 604-858-6840, or follow her on Facebook. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@ sdcnn.com.u


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FRIDAY, MAY 1 National Bike Challenge: The challenge starts today and runs through September 30 to ride as many miles as possible with a goal of uniting 75,000 riders nationwide to pedal 35 million miles. You can join a San Diego team or create one for your workplace or school. Visit nationalbikechallenge. org/local-challenge/1580. ‘North by Northwest’: Cinema Under the Stars presents this Hitchcock caper starring Cary Grant. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie also screens Saturday. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Women Empowering Women forum: This form to connect and empower women will include guest speakers, live music, breakfast, lunch and networking. $40. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Liberty Station Conference Center at Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive, Point Loma. Visit womenempoweringwomen.co. Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at The Grove: The South Park bookstore will be celebrating all day with featured authors, workshops, storytimes for children and adult and more (full schedule to be released online). The Grove, 3010 Juniper St. South Park. Visit thegrovesandiego.com ‘Our Friends’: The first monthly meeting presented by the North County LGBTQ Resource Center for LGBTQ Youth and Allies ages 15 – 25. First Saturday of every month. 10 a.m. – noon. The Treehouse, 142b South Grape St., Escondido. Visit ncresourcecenter.org. Second annual Expressions of Pride: The largest LGBT multicultural literary festival featuring over 400 titles by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans authors. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Visit sdliteraryfoundation.org.

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Flagship Cruises and Events’ 100th anniversary party: This free event will include jet boat rides, a harbor tour around San Diego Bay, live music, kids entertainment, complimentary food and drink tastings and more. 2 – 6 p.m. Flagship Fleet, 990 North Harbor Drive, Marina District. Visit flagshipsd.com/100-yearcelebration. Out at the Park: San Diego Pride’s annual Out at the Park will take place during the Padres vs. Rockies game. Tailgate from 2:15 – 5:15 in the Tailgate Lot. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Vilage. Visit facebook.com/SanDiegoLGBTPride/events. San Diego Women’s Drum Circle: This event starts with an all-level drum class ($8 includes drum rental) followed by the drum circle ($10 requested donation). Class from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., circle from 7 – 9 p.m. San Diego Women’s Drum Circle, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest. Visit sdwomensdrumcircle.net.

SUNDAY, MAY 3

‘Once Upon A Tiempo Mariachi Spectacular’: Classic 4 Kids presents one of three seasonal concerts conducted by Dana Zimbric and performed by the Classics Philharmonic Professional Symphony Orchestra. 2 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit classics4kids.com.

MONDAY, MAY 4

Hepatitis-C Town Hall: A free event by POZabilities and Hepatitis Integrated Program Services addressing new treatments, drug coverage, treatment approaches to HIV/Hep C co-infection and more. 6 – 8:30 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 5 – CINCO DE MAYO Cinco de Mayo at Heat Bar and Kitchen: Specials will include tequila shots, margaritas, special plates and more. 4 – 9 p.m. Heat

Bar and Kitchen, 3797 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. Visit hea barandkitchen.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

‘Intro to Bread’ baking class: Hands-on lesson on home bread baking covering focaccia, flatbreads, pizza dough, English muffins and more. $75. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit bakesalesd.com. Mixology: Monthly social cocktail event presented by SDPix. RSVP required and includes complimentary samples off the custom drink menu from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., plus 15 percent off all menu items and happy hour drink prices all night. 7 p.m. Heat Bar and Kitchen, 3797 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. RSVP by texting SDPIX MIXOLOGY to 46786 or call 619-5464328 or email sam@heatbarandkitchen.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

‘Tyler’s Suite & A Celebration of Life’: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting this special performance for free for all San Diego students, teachers, counselors, parents and families. 6 p.m. The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave., Diamond District. Visit sdgmc.org.

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’: Cinema Under the Stars presents this classic film starring Audrey Hepburn. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie also screens Friday and Saturday. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221. Shann Carr in ‘MidCentury Modern Gay’: The international lesbian comedian returns to MA4. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. $15 - $20 reserved seating with $15 food/drink minimum. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit martinisabovefourth.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 8

Mama’s Day: A culinary event with over 55 local chefs, restaurants and caterers raising money for

Mama’s Kitchen. 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Visit mamaskitchen.org. Live Music: Jennifer Corday: CD release show for Corday’s “Tastiest Licks: Greatest Hits Collection” with pre-party happy hour (6 – 7 p.m.), opener Summer Osborne (7 – 8 p.m.) and Jennifer Corday with full band (8 – 10 p.m.). Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest.

SATURDAY, MAY 9

Her HRC Masquerade Party: Third annual masquerade held by HRC San Diego will include a silent auction, raffles, DJs and a date auction. Proceeds benefit HRC. General admission $15 ($20 at the door), VIP $35 ($40 at the door) 7 p.m. – midnight. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit hrc.org/steeringcommittees/san-diego. ‘Tyler’s Suite & A Celebration of Life’: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting this the life of Tyler Clementi in song. 8 p.m. North Chapel at Liberty Station, 2881 Roosevelt Road. Visit sdgmc.org.

Urban Mo’s 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit urba mos.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 12

San Diego Pride volunteer info session: An information session to learn about various volunteer opportunities with Pride. 6 p.m. San Diego Pride, 3620 30th St., North Park. Visit facebook.com/ SanDiegoLGBTPride/events.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

‘Bake Sale Cookies’ baking class: Hands-on lesson on making perfect cookies with technique for 3 – 4 types of cookies plus tricks for storing, freezing and baking. $75. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit bakesalesd.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

‘Let’s Work It!’ LGBTBE Certification Workshop: A workshop for LGBTBE Certified businesses on government contracting and more. Free. 9 – 11:30 a.m. Point Loma Nazarene College, 4007 Camino del Rio South #206, Mission Valley. Visit growmybiz.org. —Email calendar items to morgan@sdcnn.com.u

Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl: Hillcrest Brewing Company presents its inaugural beer crawl featuring 12 restaurants in the 92103 area code. 3 – 6 p.m. Visit hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 – MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day cruises: Hornblower offers three brunch cruises and an evening dinner cruise for Mother’s Day. Brunch times begin at 9 a.m., the dinner cruise boards at 5:30 p.m. Visit hornblower.com.

MONDAY, MAY 11

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ viewing party: Hosted by Chad Michaels every Monday and featuring Jasmine Masters, extended happy hour (2 p.m. – close), prizes and giveaways. “Drag Race” will be on all TVs and big screens with sound. 9 p.m. QSyndicate.com

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ACROSS 1 Rev. Perry 5 George Michael's old band 9 Herbert's "Fortune and Men's ___" 13 New York college 14 Hoover hookup that sucks 15 Words after so 16 McKellen's Magneto movie 17 What's in the stallion's mouth? 18 Enchanted girl of film 19 U2 tribute song to 51-Across 22 Seven on the sundial 23 Month for Kahlo 24 Hard to mount 25 Woody woe 27 Pax network, now 29 Dr. Kerry Weaver's helpers 30 Old fruit drink 31 Patty Sheehan, for one 34 Song by 51-Across that protested racism and lynching

38 Hurts a lot 39 Date for Caesar 41 Not a thing 44 Blow away 45 Make noise in bed 46 Take as one's own 48 Chiding sound 50 Designer Claiborne 51 Singer born April 7, 1915 55 Garfield's whipping boy 56 Madonna's "Truth or ___" 57 Cockpit predictions 59 Novelist ___ Mae Brown 60 If that fails 61 Small pooch, briefly 62 Pronto, in the OR 63 Hidey-hole 64 Colette's price

DOWN 1 Passes on Broadway 2 Brooks with some lettuce heads 3 Kind of stand 4 Cristina of Grey's Anatomy 5 Gods and Monsters' subject 6 Migratory guys 7 Yeah, right! 8 The M in SMU (abbr.) 9 "Your Movie Sucks" author Roger 10 Disney dog Old ___ 11 Myles of lines of poetry 12 Terence's family 20 Mouth-to-mouth pro 21 Moore costar 22 Florist's wheels, often 26 Ian McKellen and Elton John 27 "Why should ___ you?" 28 Switch positions 31 Chew like a mouse 32 Fairy-tale monster

solution on page 14 33 Screw royally 35 Valuable strings 36 Adorer of Clay Aiken 37 Marinade type 40 "___ who!" 41 Jim, who did a Pyle of acting 42 Cry of success 43 Jeremy Irons flick of 1997 45 Glide on snow 47 Skirt fold 48 Porno mag on a trunk 49 Trim and graceful 52 "East of ___" 53 Holy headgear 54 Ed Wood star Johnny 58 Leading cause of birth


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New beginnings and halfway points Dugout Chatter Jeff Praught Padres sign Athlete Ally Pledge

On April 27, Alicia Jessop (@ RulingSports) tweeted out that the Padres will become the first team in Major League Baseball to sign the Athlete Ally Pledge, a commitment to promoting LGBT diversity and inclusion in sports. Good on you, San Diego. Obviously, real change needs to come from within the walls of the clubhouses that define the heart — and thinking — of a team. Signing a pledge does not magically erase discrimination or tame even the mildest of jokes. What it does is continue the baby steps that Major League Baseball — and our hometown team — are taking to finally stand up against the machismo of professional sports that suggests LGBT athletes are lesser people than their heterosexual counterparts, or that a major league clubhouse is not prepared to welcome them as equal members. The AAP is not just an in-

ternet-driven symbolic gesture, either. While nearly 25,000 people have taken to signing this pledge, many established professional athletes, including stars, are among them. This includes Brandon McCarthy, one of the best follows in the Twitterverse and a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers (who unfortunately tore his UCL in a game at Petco Park against the Padres and is now out for the season), and Jason Collins, the NBA’s first active openly gay basketball player. Athlete Ally actively promotes diversity not just throughout the country, but across the globe. It has organized conferences to discuss ways to make further progress. It has tackled issues such as LGBT discrimination in Russia before the Olympics were held there, the Religious Freedom Protection Act laws in multiple states here in America, and other causes. Athlete Ally partners with the players associations of the NBA, MLB, and the NFL, among others. Hopefully, gone are the days of players feeling a desire to express to the media that they would not be comfortable with a gay teammate. While I sup-

Josh Ramirez takes a swing for AFCSL’s D Division Fireballs (Courtesy Flicks Fireballs) port freedom of speech and the right to have your own personal views, I believe sharing them with the media takes it a step too far. The Padres’ action on April 27 is yet another fantastic step in the drive towards making major league baseball what it is: America’s pastime for everyone.

AFCSL hits halfway mark

America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL)’s Open Division has evolved into a whole new animal, with perennial contenders struggling and new teams climbing towards the top of the division standings. The league rests on a better foundation when there is parity and teams feel they have a chance to compete, year in and year out. This year, that parity is here. In the D division, Team Shade (formerly Krush) has jumped out to a fast start at 10-1, though they were just hit with the difficult news that their star shortstop would have to move up to the C division due to being underrated. This could open the door for George Biagi’s Babycakes (9-2) team to take control of the division. The two

teams play once more this season, and Babycakes is as strong as ever after starting as team full of newbies four years ago. In third place, it is hard not to appreciate the job Austin Jacobsen and the Hitmen (9-3) have done. This team finished second in Spring 2014, but saw as much turnover as any roster in the division, with players being bumped up to C. Jacobsen re-tooled the roster and though it may not always be pretty, the team has won repeatedly, doing well in close games. Right behind them are the Rebels (8-3), off to their best start in their short history, and Raw (7-6), who deserve special credit for playing so well out of the gate in just their second year of existence. The Flicks Fireballs (6-7) team that I coach got off to a rough start this year, but they have really improved recently, and I give a tip of the cap to Laura Szymanski, our team mom who has run the team recently in my absence. We’re in every game and have suffered three one-run losses. Win or lose, we still have as much fun as anyone.

In the C Division, there are no more Lawmen-Outlaws wars to speak of. The Outlaws split up, and the Lawmen are a shell of what they were. This does not mean Roman Jimenez’s Flicks team is not capable of putting a beating on teams; the Lawmen have some new, young players who could give them a strong core in the future. But there’s a new sheriff in town. The Breakers (9-4) sit atop the division and are made up of part of the core of last year’s SOL team that won so many games. Right behind Bill French’s team sits up-andcoming Firestorm (8-5). Led by Kyle Matthews and Brian Burnett, the Firestorm used to be an easy win for teams, but the past two seasons, they have grown as a young team, learned how to win, and are now beating teams with their defense and speed. They are tied with the Scorpions, a team which includes other members of that SOL team. The Lawmen are laying in the weeds at 7-6, but it would not surprise me to see them go on a run and make the C playoffs. Four other teams sit within two games of Flicks. In B Division, the dynamic of the division is a little different because all three teams are assured World Series berths at the onset of the season. That said, everyone is competitive and wants to win. The Spikes are as good as any B team in the country, boasting an A-level offense that is relentless. But they can be beaten, and the improved Strike Force has taken them down twice. My Loft team, the division champs in 2011 and 2013, has really struggled this year, failing to field a consistent lineup and having yet to beat one of its division foes. From the manager to the players, our team has underachieved, but is capable of beating anyone. Four weekends of softball remain before playoffs, and we could be looking at a leaguewide slate of new division winners come June. Check out AFCSL at afcsl.org to learn how you can get involved in time for the fall season. —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.u

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‘Rocky Horror’: The TV remake. Yep.

Like all unnecessary remakes, this one was, perhaps, inevitable. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 40 years old now, was asking for it by being so beloved. The cult favorite of misfits and queer kids holds the distinction of being the movie with the longest theatrical distribution run in film history. And that means it’s worth money. And that means someone wants to milk more from it. Gail Berman, former Fox entertainment president, has long wanted to remake the film, calling it a “passion” project for her. And Fox already loaned it to “Glee” for auto-tuning. So the next step is handing it over to “High School Musical” director Kenny Ortega for a TV version to air on Fox. The working title is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event,” and while there’ll be, of course, a new cast and what’s being called a “visual reimagining,” there’s a promise to be faithful to the script and songs. If the “High School Musical” association bothers you, consider “Rocky’s” trajectory as something akin to the human rights movement for the LGBT community. Once considered dangerous and dirty, now mainstream and cuddly, the outrageous musical’s transgressive yesterday is today’s cute karaoke. That’s a real time warp.

He was also painfully shy, choosing to allow celebrities like Lou Reed, Sandra Bernhard and Nancy Sinatra read for him at book events. Well, the last two parts are true, anyway, although shyness isn’t why LeRoy rarely appeared in public. He was, instead, a construction, an elaborate literary hoax. And now it’s all on film. Marjorie Sturm began a documentary about LeRoy in 2002, at the height of his fame, and she was there in 2006 when it all came crumbling down around an author named Laura Albert, whose pen name and alter ego had caused one too many questions without answers. The result is a “The Cult of JT LeRoy,” a provocative examination of how fiction is employed in building a celebrity, how we all want to believe in the redemptive power of tragedy through art, and what happens when the truth comes out. It’s making the film festival rounds right now, so catch it while you can.

‘Animal Crackers’ are the new Legos

OK, “maybe” they’ll be the new Legos, box office-wise, anyway, when the animated feature “Animal Crackers” is released. It could be argued that the tiny, vanilla-flavored cookie, beloved by generations of children, has an even deeper brand identity than Lego, so anything could happen. The feature — not a remake of the Marx Brothers comedy, in case you were worried — is about a family employing a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a rundown circus from being seized by an evil ringmaster. (Although, let’s be real, circuses aren’t exactly America’s favorite day out anymore, so their existence may need to be explained to very young audiences.) The movie boasts a few LGBT cast members providing voices: Ian McKellen, Raven-Symone, and the venerable Harvey Fierstein as “Esmerelda,” a character we hope is the ferocious queen of bear-shaped cookies. And they’ll join Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Patrick Warburton, Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito and Gilbert Gottfried. It hits multiplexes for family consumption in 2016. BYOMilk.

JT LeRoy: the hoax everyone bought

JT LeRoy was a lot of things: a former teenage prostitute, an HIV-positive recovering drug addict, gender-ambiguous and the critical darling of the literary world with a best-selling autobiographical novel, “Sarah.”

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Professional sports’ LGBT heroes are ‘Out to Win’

In a world where Michael Sam comes out “before” he makes it to the NFL, no matter the consequences, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago, his decision would have been unthinkable. Athletes in professional sports have long paid the price of silence, usually waiting until their most active years were behind them before coming out. This is history we shouldn’t forget, and now “Out to Win,” the latest documentary from director Malcolm Ingram (“Small Town Gay Bar,” “Continental”), is making the festival rounds. The stories of people like Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Jason Collins, Billy Bean and John Amaechi, all speaking about their careers first-hand, are collected in this moving portrait of the last nonreligious American job where coming out as LGBT can cost everything. Cable and DVD and streaming will happen soon enough, but if you’re near a good indie film fest, be sure to give it your support. —Romeo San Vicente still thinks “Sarah” is a good book. He can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.u

brought several sizes for me of the prototypes, but it just so happened that the jeans closest to my size were the ones Vicky was wearing. like for DapperBoi? “I am literally going to give Vicky: Working together you the jeans off of my body to and collaborating. We want to expand into different jean lines, try on,” she said. “Is that gross?” “Not as long as you are wearing if we hit some of the stretch underwear,” I replied, and the two goals on Kickstarter, we will offer different washes and styles. of us marched off to the restroom. As Vicky took off her DapWe want girls to feel comfortable perBoi jeans and handed them because jeans are such a staple to me, I noted she had slipped of our closet, androgynous girls on purple basketball shorts and should have accessible jeans. We want to be the go-to place for was wearing Superman socks. “An MOC person after my jean lines. Up until now, it has own heart,” I thought. been like word-of-mouth. You I tried on the jeans and ask a friend where you might get though they were too big, I did some jeans that aren’t too girly, like them. Yes, they are much but won’t be huge on you. We slimmer through the leg than want to change that. what I normally wear, but After that, it was time for again, I think that is because me to try on the jeans. They

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I have not had jeans that were made to fit a woman that I would feel comfortable wearing as a Butch. I think that DapperBoi has changed that. I can’t wait to get my hands on my very own pair and I will be supporting their campaign to make that happen. If you would like to do so, too, here is the link: bit/ly/ DapperBoiKickstarter It’s Butch to find jeans that make you feel amazing. It’s even more Butch to make them for the whole community. Be Butch. —Tristan Higgins is a native San Diegan who blogs about beer and being butch at ButchOnTap.com, which is also often carried in the Gay Voices section of the Huffington Post. You can follow ButchOnTap on Twitter and Facebook.u


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David Turner stars as out-of-work actor Alex More who takes an odd job working for Barbra Streisand in the fictional "Buyer & Cellar," through May 10 at The Old Globe. (Photos by Jim Cox)

Theater Review Charlene Baldridge How much, if anything, is true, onlookers of the already extended (through May 10) Old Globe production of Jonathan Tolin’s “Buyer & Cellar” may never know; that is, unless there are rats in the cellar of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home — the one she wrote about decorating in her 2010 book, “My Passion for Design.” Reports from those who know and those who saw the New York production say that friends of friends and friends of Barbra who have really been in the cellar avow that the play rings true. Truth be told, there are no rats in Barbra’s cellar. The über diva has arranged her careerlong, globe-spanning memorabilia down there, as if in a quaint European arcade, say in her favorite Swiss town. That way, La Streisand can pretend to shop, and she doesn’t have to be among — what shall we say?

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‘Buyer & Cellar’

Extended through May 10 Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park Tickets start at $39 theoldglobe.org or 619-23-GLOBE — the common people. That’s where out-of-work gay actor Alex More (Broadway actor David Turner) comes in. In Tolin’s play he is hired as Streisand’s shopkeeper, dusting, making certain everything is purchase-ready and pristine for his pretend customer, who takes forever to make her first appearance and then, as divas do, especially this one, takes over his adoring mind and soul, her every shopping day announced by the tinkle of a bell. As the diva and the shopkeeper get to know one another, Alex, who finds himself transported to another world, becomes more and more convinced that the exceptionally

private Barbra, who really needs a confidant, is his true, close friend. Alex’s boyfriend warns him it will not end well, but to no avail. What appears at first to be funny and frothy, with a lot of double entendre and Jewish jokes, becomes chewier and chewier — serious issues about fame and its ramifications are presented by the playwright. Turner plays all the roles. Ron Lagomarsino (assisted by San Diego director Anthony Methvin) stages the work, which is played without interval on Erik Flatmo’s playful set, appointed with a purple poof, a row of fake yellow flowers, a blue “S”-shaped modern recliner, an orange arm chair and

an upholstered white bench. It’s a lovely production in which no one gets to design Barbra’s frocks (Charlotte Devaux is costume designer), but we see the diva nonetheless, in many moods and guises and degrees of neediness. Because she is such a gay icon, the show has a built-in audience. “Buyer & Cellar,” which originated at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and subsequently played off-Broadway, is presented Tuesdays-Sundays through May 10 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenebaldridge.com or reach her at charb81@gmail.com.u

the celebration, as well as make use of the great beach and Chula Vista harbor at Bayside Park with even more water sports. The move to Bayside Park will also give us more parking and greater access to public transportation. Many past attendees of South Bay Pride have discovered what an amazing area this is and much of our growth has been through our returning attendees telling their friends. Our expectation to break 10,000 attendees is only limited by our ability to get the word out. Everyone help us with this by posting the event on social media through Facebook and Twitter. But also, be an even greater help in making a difference and keeping this event FREE by visiting our website at southbaypride.org and donating. For your tax-deductible donation of $20 or more, we will give you a VIP parking pass and list your name as a “Friend of Pride” on our webpage. Show your support, give now, and keep this FREE Pride going for all of those that cannot afford to contribute but still need the LGBT community to be there and visible in order to break down the barriers to equality and acceptance. It is only through you that we can continue to grow. —Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and organizer of the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival. Contact her at southbayalliance@gmail.com.u

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