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Volume 7 Issue 10 May 13 - 26, 2016

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Normal Street re-imagined


Three days of fun left at Hillcrest’s favorite celebration spot Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

Writing for impact


He wants

the world to know Upcoming CD release party more of a ‘coming-out’ for local bandleader

Lynch hits the cabaret circuit


Dinner with Dietrich


Both the group and the record are lead band member Frank Mindingall’s way of saying who he is in an approach that also matches his artistic sensibilities. “I wanted to find a way of coming clean without getting someone down,” Mindingall said of the band’s By Alex Owens name. “I wanted to play on the derogatory words of A San Diego musician is using a CD release party as being black and gay and I wanted something that sounded silly on a surface level.” a coming-out event, in more ways than one. Mindingall has performed with many local bands Spooky Cigarette is a locally-based band that gets its over the years, most notably Beaters, Northern Tigers name from twisting around two pejoratives: “spook,” a and Ale Mania. His main instrument is bass, but he negative term for African-Americans; and “fag,” which plays keyboards in Spooky Cigarette, which has a besides being a derogatory term is also slang for cigapunky new wave sound similar to Joy Division and rettes in the United Kingdom. The band is releasing their debut album, “As Loud As I Can,” with a party at Soda Bar on May 19. see Spooky, pg 23

Rising up with Janis Ian

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For the past two years, thanks in part to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) has performed on the historic Balboa Theatre stage in the spring, each time with a featured — and iconic — female lead; and this year is no exception. On May 22, the 85-strong SDWC welcomes Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian to the stage with them for their “UPRISING: Songs of Change.” “The San Diego Women’s Chorus is all about the power of music and the power of women,” stated Heather Robert, SDWC board president, in a press release. “Our music is our activism and this concert is a tribute to the activists of the past and an appeal to

see SDWC, pg 21

Ian will join the San Diego Women's Chorus May 22. (Courtesy Janis Ian)

Normal Street, located on the east side of Hillcrest, could be getting a major face-lift in the near future if an upcoming four-day event proves to be successful. “Re-imagine Normal Street” is the brainchild of the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) as a way of breathing new life into this area of the community. “Normal Street has a history of civic gatherings through the events — Nightmare on Normal Street, San Diego Pride, the Hillcrest Farmers Market — that occur there,” said Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of the HBA. “Since the Pride flag and monument were installed, it has become a gathering space to celebrate the successes in the community.” Outside of the two big civic events celebrating Halloween and Pride, as well as the weekly farmers market on Sundays, Normal Street remains a woefully underused asset in the community. Last year, several ideas were kicked around by the HBA, including mobile parklet spaces. But this year, the HBA has met with various community stakeholders and together they have imagined new purposes for Normal Street. “We would love to create a modern urban space on Normal Street,” Nicholls said. “‘Re-Imagine Normal Street’ will showcase what that space could be. We envision a multi-use space that can be re-configured based on what the community needs it to be. “We want people to come and experience a park space, an event space, and a complete street with a variety of transportation options,” he said. Megan Gamwell, marketing and communications program manager for the HBA, said organizers will be reimagining Normal Street with four days of free fun starting Thursday, May 12, and ending on Sunday, May 15. “We will be transforming Normal Street into a car-free public space and opening up the street to pedestrians and cyclists,” she said. The HBA encourages residents and lovers of Hillcrest to come out

see Normal Street, pg 3


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NORMAL STREET and participate in the activities and offer their feedback and ideas to HBA staff. On Thursday, May 12, the HBA sponsored “Pechakucha Night,” took place, where planners and creative folks shared their ideas in 20 images for 20 seconds each. The remaining three days will have other events that the HBA hopes will bring people out and into the neighborhood.

A little history

Normal Street is a broad, four-lane road with a median that stretches three blocks between major east-west thoroughfares University Avenue and Washington Street. Cross streets in between are Polk and Lincoln avenues, and Harvey Milk Street, which leads to the San Diego LGBT Community Center on Centre Street. Way back in 1890, San Diego Cable Railway Co. opened a 4.7-mile cable car line up Fourth Avenue, along University Avenue, and then north on Normal Street and Park Boulevard to Adams Avenue, according to HillQuest Urban Guide. A year later, the cable car company went bankrupt, one of the owners vanished with $200,000 in his possession, and the other businessman killed himself as authorities closed in. In 1983, San Diego Pride started using Normal Street as the staging area for the annual Pride Parade in mid-July that winds down University Avenue to Sixth Avenue and onward to Balboa Park, where organizers now stage a two-day Music Festival. The Pride Parade and accompanying Festival comprise the largest civic event in San Diego, drawing hundreds of thousands of people every year. In the 1990s, The Center was located at the southwest corner of Normal Street and Blaine Avenue (now called Harvey Milk Street) where KTU+A is currently located. The popular Nightmare on Normal Street event began as a free LGBT community costume party in front of The Center, but has since grown into a huge street party for adults to celebrate Halloween. The Center moved a block east to Centre Street in 1999. In 2012, the Hillcrest Pride flag was erected at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue and the monument at its base followed

The Hillcrest Business Association wants you to help them rejuvenate the center of the gayborhood this weekend. (Courtesy HBA) months later. This location quickly become a gathering spot for the local LGBT community to celebrate or protest. Also in 2012, San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally — which began in July 1975 in Balboa Park — was held on a closed-off Normal Street in front of the new Pride flag. The rally continued in that location in 2013 and 2014, but in 2015 moved back to its traditional location in Balboa Park. Sponsors of “Re-imagine Normal Street” include Fabulous Hillcrest, Hillcrest Brewing Company, San Diego Architectural Foundation, SANDAG, iCommute, GObyBike and the Hillcrest Town Council.

A list of the events still to come l Friday, May 13, from 6 — 11 p.m., the family-focused “BikeIn Movie,” featuring the Steven Spielberg blockbuster classic, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” l Saturday, May 14, has two activities. The world’s largest gay-owned brewery, Hillcrest Brewing Company, located at 1428 University Ave., along Normal Street, will present the second annual Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl from 2 — 6 p.m. Advance tickets are just $20 (or $25 with a T-shirt) and can be purchased at by May 13, or $25 and $30 on the day of, at the registration booth located in the HBC parking lot before the crawl begins. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. The beer crawl will be followed

by a free outdoor concert from 6 — 10 p.m., sponsored by The Merrow. l Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. — 2 p.m., weekly Hillcrest Farmers Market. Visit the HBA booth to get information on the HBA’s upcoming Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign to “reinagine Normal Street,” watch a short video, and even make a donation to the cause. There will also be a “community tree” where you can present your ideas for Normal Street on index cards shaped like leaves. “As the ideas come in, the tree will grow,” Gamwell said. Incidentally, a free valet service will be available all four days. Organizers predict that “Reimagine Normal Street” will be a hit with the public and the event could be a harbinger of something to come in the future. “Once we showcase what Normal Street could be, we’ll work with our friends in government — SANDAG and the city — to create the multi-use street on Normal,” Nicholls said.   For more information about “Re-imagine Normal Street,” visit the Facebook page at bit. ly/23jU4zM or the website at bit. ly/1rOsPC2. —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report. —Ken Williams is editor of Uptown News and Mission Valley News and can be reached at ken@ Follow him on Twitter at @KenSanDiego.t

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Double take Casper Andreas scores two movies at annual FilmOut festival Ken Williams | Contributing Editor A FilmOut festival without a movie by Casper Andreas is like a rare day in San Diego without sunshine, so it comes as no surprise that the Swedish-born filmmaker has been tapped for the 18th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival. Fans of Andreas — known for hits such as “Big Gay Musical” and “Going Down in La-La Land” — are in for a double treat when FilmOut’s festival returns June 3 – 5. In an unprecedented honor, Andreas has had two of his films chosen to open and close the festival. “I selected ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ as the Opening Night film and ‘Flatbush Luck’ as the Closing Night Film because of the marquee/entertainment value and its accessibility for all audience types,” said Michael McQuiggan, longtime programming director for FilmOut. FilmOut announced about a month ago that the starstudded “Kiss Me, Kill Me” was chosen for the festival’s gala opening on Friday, June 3. Shortly after that announcement McQuiggan “lucked” into another gem by Andreas, which is still undergoing final production tweaks. “It was by chance that ‘Flatbush Luck’ even became available,” McQuiggan said. “It is technically a ‘Sneak Preview West Coast Premiere,’ so naturally I jumped at the chance to include the film in our lineup. It just made perfect marketing sense to offer the film as the Closing Night selection so we can spin the two films and its director.” In an exclusive interview with Gay San Diego, Andreas admits that he is blown away by McQuiggan’s decision to prominently showcase his two films. It is a first for FilmOut. “This is an incredibly huge honor,” the 43-year-old filmmaker said. “I found out about ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ chosen as the Opening Night film a while back, so when I then heard ‘Flatbush Luck’ was being considered for Closing Night I

Gale Harold (center) of Showtime's popular "Queer As Folk," stars in Andreas' "Kiss Me, Kill Me," the festival's opening night film. (Courtesy FilmOut) could hardly believe it. It’s very exciting and definitely a first for me as well!” Short films and features by Andreas have been shown at FilmOut for more than a decade. “We have screened all of Casper’s short films and feature films — starting in 2004 with his first endeavor, ‘Slutty Summer’ — through ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ and ‘Flatbush Luck’ in 2016,” McQuiggan said. “His films are always well-written and directed and perfectly cast,” he continued. “[Andreas] clearly knows what he is doing and has grown tremendously as a filmmaker since 2004. Not to mention that all his feature films [‘A Four Letter Word,’ ‘Between Love and Goodbye,’ ‘Violet Tendencies,’ ‘Big Gay Musical,’ ‘Going Down in La-La Land’] are immensely popular and crowd-pleasing movies. They are LGBT film entertainment at its best!”


“Kiss Me, Kill Me” is a murder mystery starring Van Hansis (“As The World Turns”) as a spurned boyfriend who becomes the prime suspect when his wealthy sweetheart — played by Gale Harold (“Queer As Folk”) — ends up dead. Andreas calls the film an homage to film noir, those highly-stylized Hollywood crime dramas from the 1940s

and 1950s. Even the film’s music evokes that theme. “I grew up reading Agatha Christie novels and always loved a good whodunit, and it was very exciting making a movie like this,” he said. “I watched a lot of Hitchcock movies in preparation and some of our shots were directly inspired by shots in his movies — we even have a ‘Vertigo’ shot! The film was also inspired by films like ‘Basic Instinct’ and ‘Fatal Attraction.’ Screenwriter David Michael Barrett is a big film buff and there were definitely a lot of references to other films in his screenplay. The score was inspired by ‘Chinatown.’” Fans will also notice the harsh look at Hollywood life, much like Andreas’ 2011 opening night film, “Going Down in La-La Land.” Does he have a particular fascination with Hollywood, or is it purely by chance that two of his major movies over the past five years have had Hollywood as the backdrop? “It’s actually more happenstance,” Andreas said. “‘Going Down in La-La Land’ I wrote based on a novel and I was fascinated by the life of struggling actors in LA — a life I have lived myself — and to explore why these characters would do the things they do. ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ is completely set in West Hollywood and is centered around a successful reality

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Writing from the heart Back Out with Benny Ben Cartwright I’ve been writing columns for local LGBT publications for more than a decade and sometimes it’s just really hard to think of topics to write about. Sometimes, I’m fired up or excited about something and my fingers work magic and whip something out in minutes. Other times I sit for hours trying to think of something that will resonate with readers and get people talking. This week was one of those weeks. I wrote introductions to about seven different column topics, but just couldn’t carry them through (I’ve saved all of those paragraphs and will certainly revisit them if the inspiration hits). Then I had several ideas for columns that sounded fun (sex, dating, hookup apps) but they’ve all been done before. So there I sat at Babycakes, wine in hand, staring at the screen, wishing for some magic inspiration. “Writer’s block” is rare for me, but when it hits, it’s painful. Then suddenly, like my wishes were being addressed by some higher power, a man I’ll call “Mr. Wizard” approached me. He asked if my name was Benny and if I write a column for the “Gay News of San Diego” (he meant Gay San Diego, but he was close enough). I told him yes and that it was funny he had asked at this very moment, since I was in the process of trying to pen my next column and was struggling to come up with something. Mr. Wizard then asked if he could sit down and although my first thought was that he was just going to suck up a lot of my time talking my ear off, I agreed. He started out by asking why I like to write. He wanted to know the purpose and whether I was just doing it for attention, or hoped to make a difference with my writing. I was very honest with him and said that when I started writing for Update newspaper in 2005, I think I did it because I wanted attention; I wanted the community to really get to know me. There wasn’t much in the way of social media back then, so traditional media sources were still the best way to get your name out there. He asked why I wanted to get my name out there and again, I was honest and said I think I was just a hotheaded 25-year-old who wanted attention. Mr. W then told me that he’s been reading my columns and other writing off and on in various publications for several years and can tell when I put my heart into it and when I don’t (reminds me of my favorite editor who is also very good at ‘reading through the lines’ of my work). His advice to me was to only write when I think I have something important to say. Don’t follow the new reality of trying to get reads with salacious headlines, or the tired old gay stories about the hook-up apps, but to really pour my heart into it. He said that the best work I’ve produced really seems to come from a personal place inside me that I’ve let spill out on the pages.

What is the point of telling all of you this? I’m not quite sure, but what I do know is that we all need to use our voices in the most effective, heartfelt place to create change in our world. Right now, in the midst of this very heated election season, there are millions of voices screaming at each other on social media, traditional media and out in the public square. We are not being productive by letting our immediate emotions (usually anger and fear) guide our words; rather, we are only inciting more anger, wasting good energy on the wrong things. I’m one of the lucky ones who has been given the opportunity to share with my community through the news pages and I pledge to always do so as responsibly as possible. Like everyone else, though, I also use social media and other methods to speak out, and I do my best to never respond with anger, hatred, or strong emotions. Our words are our best tool and we should all use them wisely. We have seven more months of this nasty election season and I don’t want to see any more relationships or friendships crumble because of differences of opinion on political candidates. The best way to spread the word about your viewpoints is to simply post positively about what your candidate can do and then step out of it. With that said, I hope a lot of the energy that is being used on social media translates to the ballot box! Speaking up on Facebook has some effect, but your real power is your vote. It floors me to find how many people I know (who regularly post about their viewpoints) tell me that they don’t vote! Please, please, PLEASE vote! If you aren’t yet registered or need to update your address, you can do it at If you are a San Diego County voter who has requested a mail ballot, it should hit your mailbox this week! Be sure to fill it out completely (there’s a lot more on

the ballot than just the presidential primary), and send it back in by Thursday, June 2 to ensure it’s received in time to be counted. Early voting has also begun and everyone is welcome to cast their votes at the County Registrar of Voters Office — located at 5600 Overland Ave. — through Election Day, which is June 7. Whatever you do, just vote! So much is at stake.

Get Out With Benny

Also, don’t miss the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, May 19 at the Hilton Bayfront. This annual event brings together over 1,000 movers and shakers to celebrate our community’s diversity and the memory of Harvey Milk. The event always sells out, so those who want to attend should purchase their tickets and tables now. This year’s keynote speakers are former mayor of Houston, Texas, Annise Parker, and Legislative Assemblymember of Alberta, Canada Michael Connolly. More information is at events. The Center will also celebrate Frida Kahlo at the annual Pachanga de Frida on June 11, from 6 – 10 p.m. This event raises funds for The Center’s Latino Services, and is so much fun! There’s a Frida look-a-like contest, lots of dancing, and lots of tequila! My favorite local band, The Manny Cepeda Orquestra (which can also be found monthly at #1 Fifth Avenue’s Havana Nights), will perform and keep everyone dancing all night long! Tickets and info at events. By the time of my next column, the Presidential Primary in California will have passed and we’ll have a better idea of what we’re looking at for November. Please make sure you have a part in these decisions by getting out there and voting! —Benny Cartwright is the director of community outreach at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. He can be reached at 619-692-2077 ext. 106 or outreach@ Note: Byline photo by Rob Lucas Modern Aperture Photographyt

We continue to branch out Out of the Archives Archives Staff May 13 is the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) awards at The San Diego LGBT Community Center and we’ll have people there with information about the Archives. On May 19, the Archives will have representatives at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. And May 20 at San Diego Pride’s Stonewall Awards at the Lafayette Hotel, we will be doing a display about the many sports groups and figures that have enlivened San Diego’s LGBT scene. On May 26, we are being honored with the Historic Preservation Diversity Award from the city’s Historical Resources Board. Nominated by Ernie Bonn of the University Heights Community Development Corporation, we appreciate the recognition. The Archives has also been nominated for the GSDBA’s nonprofit of the year award and we thank them for the nomination. It’s nice to see that the expanded efforts of the Archives board, staff and volunteers are getting noticed. If you would like to get involved with the Archives, we can always use volunteers at these events and we will also need help for our table at Out at the Fair event at the San Diego County Fair on June 11 and

in our booth at the San Diego Pride Festival July 16–17. Join the fun by calling 619-260-1522 or email us your info. On April 22, a drizzle put a slight damper on turn out for our first official walking tour of the LGBT history of Hillcrest, but those who came had a good time and offered input that will make the next tour even better. The May 22 tour is filling up fast — only a few spaces left. We are also having a special tour and reception for teachers on June 3 in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District. If you are a teacher and would like to join us, get in touch. Our next public historical tour will be June 25. On April 30, the Archives staff was able to see the culmination of their work with Kate Clark and Parkeology. The Archives provided assistance to record the histories of people who were involved in one way or another with the “Fruit Loop” in Balboa Park. To present this work, Parkeology had cars parked around Marston Point with those recordings playing on their car stereos. We now have a researcher looking for information about the early days of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in San Diego — especially those who were active in the church in 1972. Of particular interest to this Ph.D. student is information on Atascadero Hospital and

see Archives, pg 10


How to be popular Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel There are hundreds of books and videos on how to be popular. In this column, I’d like to talk about some of the personality characteristics I’ve noticed over the years in clients, friends and colleagues who were particularly loved and cherished. If you’re feeling lonely or unloved, consider these suggestions: Appreciation — Find reasons to thank people. This raises their self-esteem and is likely to increase their desire to be around you. Make sure the compliments are genuine. No phony praise, please. Ask questions, then shut up and listen — Has anyone ever asked you how you’re doing without letting you respond? Yeah, me too. Not very attractive, is it? Don’t pretend to care. Take an interest in someone else and let them have the time and space to respond to your question(s). Be reliable — The Ohio farm boy in me really likes this one. Don’t cancel at the last minute and don’t show up 30 minutes late. Do what you say you’re gonna do. Let people know that they can count on you. Dare to be eccentric — Most really popular people have something unique about them. They’re not like everyone else; they don’t totally blend in. It may be their hobbies, clothes, interests. It’s not about conforming, it’s about the courage to do things that not everyone else may approve of. Be brave!

Don’t be the star — You may think that the most popular person is the star of the party/ club/event. Not true! This person may be the star today, but that star won’t last. The most popular person habitually places the attention on other people who are usually grateful. Generosity is very attractive! Enjoy yourself — Do things you like. Don’t go places to be “seen” or “cool,” it will backfire. When you’re enjoying yourself, you are naturally more attractive to others. And you smile more — naturally (not that fake smile that screams, “Get me outta here!”). Expand your comfort zone — Are you shy or socially anxious? I used to be too. How did I become less so? I learned to shift my attention from myself and my fears (“They’ll think I’m an idiot.”) and began to focus on other people. This is a great stress reliever: it’s not about you! Aren’t you relieved? When someone makes you feel nervous or shy, get interested in them. This will calm you and intrigue them. Find the humor in things — The older I get, the more I laugh at myself and the situations I find myself in. Laughter is magnetic: People want to know what’s so funny and I think it makes people more attractive. It sure beats scowling! Give people your full attention — People feel valued if they are listened to and respected. When you listen closely to another person, their self-esteem rises: their brain releases endorphins — nature’s “happy drug” — and they feel good

about being with you. Go for quality — Popularity isn’t about numbers. Wouldn’t you rather have a few dependable, loyal, true friends instead of a bunch of acquaintances? Develop relationships with people of good character and ethics who are faithful and loyal. Oscar Wilde is not a good role model — Sure he was funny and sarcastic, but I’ve seen many brilliantly witty people scare other people away when they share their clever — but negative — observations too often and too quickly. People may laugh at your cutting comments, but they may not want you as a friend. Try not to judge — This isn’t easy, but, do the best you can. I struggle with this one a lot. It’s easy to make quick conclusions about people, but try not to judge others based on appearance or a perceived stereotype. When I have a negative reaction to someone, I try to give myself three days before coming to any conclusions. I tell myself: You don’t know what that person has been through, give them a break. Work on yourself — Know what you’re good at and what throws you off. Most popular people know their strengths and work on their weaknesses. They aren’t naïve; they know themselves and work to become the people they want to be. —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit

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South Bay — show your colors! South Bay Alliance Dae Elliott In an effort to increase support and visibility, South Bay Alliance (SBA) has recently revamped the signature Rainbow Palm Trees logo. For over eight years, the logo has symbolized our commitment to our community at-large, and presently, the logo is also a sticker. Clever, charming and classy, the sticker can be requested from South Bay Alliance at no charge. Just email us with your address and request at The stickers not only reflect support for the LGBTQ community, but they also speak to a broader need within South Bay. This affirmation of our desire to have inclusive neighborhoods that stand for equality and mutual respect of our diversity speaks volumes to all in our South Bay community and in particular to our LGBTQ youth. As a business or organization, your sticker can elevate the client profile for your business and secure customer loyalty. Additionally, they are an easy and convenient measure to develop strategic word-of-mouth and intentional marketing. For educators and social advocacy organizations, the stickers are a signpost for a safe space. For any person displaying a South Bay Alliance Palm Tree sticker, they are sending a clear

message of inclusiveness to the LGBTQ community of South San Diego County. As a result, the stickers have been appearing everywhere! These stickers mirror an important and ongoing SBA service project that started this year. SBA commenced a series of workshops geared toward helping our local community with LGBTQ education. With an outpouring of support and requests, SBA continues to offer LGBTQ101 workshops for businesses and residents of the South San Diego region. If interested, email us and we will work with you to arrange your LGBTQ101 training. Last year, the South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival gained a record attendance of 16,000 festival-goers. With that in mind, we welcome you to join us and reach out to thousands of community members in posting South Bay Rainbow Palm Tree stickers in your local business or organization. By doing so, we can continue to strengthen our diverse and vibrant South Bay! In addition, calling all artisans, vendors and nonprofits — don’t let our early bird special for space pass you by! We are hoping to break the 20,000 attendance goal this year during our event and have more than 100 participating vendors, exhibitors and artisans while still providing everyone with our always wonderful lineup of amazing local live bands and DJs for your dancing and listening

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Letters More on aging

[Ref: Back Out With Benny: “It’s OK to age,” Vol. 7, issue 8, or online at] Benny, great article again! Not sure if Michael the psychologist agrees or not, but I don’t wait for friends to go out with me. I do many a thing by myself. I pity those who CAN’T do something unless they enter the arena with someone else. Nothing wrong with “going it by yourself” vs. not even going out. Is there something wrong with someone who can go to a movie or eat by themselves? Is there something wrong with someone who can’t go out by themselves? My guess is they are both OK! Also, no age numbers or barriers on wearing any type of clothing or doing any activity please! I mean if someone loves skateboarding and is good at it … are they supposed to say at age 50, “well I guess I can’t skateboard any longer cuz I’m 50 now and it wouldn’t ‘look right’!” Also is clothing labeled “for ages 18 – 30 only”? I didn’t see that label! —Rich Stevens, via web

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Guest Editorial

Solving homelessness It requires commitment, understanding and action By Chris Ward [Editor’s Note: We accept and encourage guest editorials from political candidates, elected or appointed public servants and the general public. Guest pieces published from political candidates do not infer endorsement. Responses to guest editorials will run as a letter to the editor. Please direct opinion pieces to] Homelessness is top of mind to urban San Diego neighborhoods. In Downtown alone, we have seen a staggering 70 percent increase over the last three years in unsheltered homeless. We cannot call ourselves “America’s Finest City” with so many of our fellow San Diegans on the street, including a rising number of families. San Diego needs solutions to turn around EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Ken Williams, x102 Jeff Clemetson, x119 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Azzopardi Charlene Baldridge Ben Cartwright David Dixon Dae Elliott Michael Kimmel Alex Owens Frank Sabatini Jr. Lambda Archives Staff

this trend. San Diego is not alone – cities across the nation are leading efforts to end homelessness and they are succeeding. Housing First models work. We know that expanding proven, cost-effective housing and supportive services is essential to our success. But these programs take time to fund and grow. We need additional help now to address the situation on the ground. With the upcoming City Council election, it is imperative we choose a leader who understands the situation on the ground, the roles of those responsible in the greater picture, and the resolve it takes to employ new creative solutions and hold others accountable. I have experience working with local, state, and federal partners to find solutions. Just WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA Jen Van Tieghem, x118 COPY EDITOR Dustin Lothspeich

this year, I worked on legislation that identified $2 billion in new housing and support for these programs, while volunteering my own time on nonprofit boards responsible for providing social services to those in need. There are steps we can move forward with today based on leadership in other cities and missed opportunity in our own region. I would ask the mayor appoint a higher-level city staff member to coordinate initiatives and report out benchmarks. The City Council can declare a Homeless State of Emergency and encourage the County Board of Supervisors, which last year failed to allocate $170 million dollars for similar programs, to secure funding for mental health services. We should evaluate what is working here and advocate for increased funding when programs show success. For example, this year’s city budget increases the bed capacity for the Serial Inebriate Program from 32 to 56. This partnership with law enforcement, emergency medical services, hospitals, and courts provides chronic homeless alcohol abuse treatment in lieu ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962


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of custody — relieving strain on our hospitals and court system. Not only should we continue to increase this program, but we can further expand it to cover narcotics abuse. I will work to grow the Homeless Outreach Team and dedicate a separate team to East Village, our most impacted neighborhood, because one team at 40 hours citywide is just not enough. We also need leadership to press our nonprofit partners to better utilize existing resources to improve efficiency and get people off our streets.A report on utilization rates of San Diego’s more than 100 service providers in 2015 demonstrated that approximately 1,500 beds were not filled during the annual census. That represents 30 percent of the unsheltered homeless — imagine how many would be off our streets today if we increased utilization at existing facilities. We should act quickly to make the deadly street drug “spice” and other synthetic drugs illegal, emulating the work of other local jurisdictions. The rise in use and overdose is creating a growing public health hazard in the homeless community and may be

contributing to risks and attacks on our first responders. As a councilmember for these neighborhoods, I will build on my existing relationships and wisely and efficiently maximize the investments from our local, state and federal partners in public, nonprofit and private sectors. These issues are complex and require us to be well coordinated at all levels of government and with our nonprofits. When what we are doing isn’t working, I won’t be afraid to change direction. When what we are doing is working, I will push to expand effective work. Armed with these priorities, my background and principles, I am determined and ready to add America’s Finest City to others around the nation that have ended chronic homelessness. —Chris Ward is a candidate for San Diego City Council’s District 3 in the upcoming June primary. He is a father, a State Senate chief of staff and former urban and environmental planner. More information about his plan to address homelessness can be found at

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LETTERS Is Hillcrest the place for an AIDS memorial?

[Ref: “Guest Editorial: Build the AIDS Memorial in Hillcrest,” Vol. 7, Issue 9, or online at] I, too, would like to see the memorial in Hillcrest, the heart of the LGBT community. I recently suggested the garden at the corner of University and Centre–the corner of The Center’s parking lot. Great visibility from University Ave and also just a block from the flagpole. —Walter G. Meyer, via web I do not think a busy traffic intersection or thoroughfare is the best location for this memorial. I can’t recommend a suitable alternative, but I do think the memorial should be located in a place safely accessible to pedestrians and that offers a level of dignity, not commercialization. Prime examples are the National AIDS Memorial Grove (San Francisco) and Chicago Peace Garden. —Gary P, via With this announcement the chameleon-like Benjamin Nicholls shows exactly what a total and complete hypocrite he is and how ironic that he will bend over in Hillcrest to try and appease everyone, yet at the same time is doing nothing but feathering the HBA’s Republican business owners’ nest. This is the same Republican

who felt it appropriate to insult every single victim and survivor of the AIDS epidemic by lowering the community’s Pride Flag in honor of Nancy Reagan, and now at the same site he plans to kiss the community’s ass with an AIDS memorial? The HBA should have absolutely nothing to do with another public relations stunt for a memorial. Has our community lost any inkling of being an alternative community anymore? Have we lost any any sense of outrage at being toyed with by Republican posers trying to take our hardearned dollars? Who exactly are you Mr. Nicholls, the consummate manipulator trying to influence gay men with your vanity and metrosexual looks, or nothing but a slick nonelected, back-stabbing liar who will stop at nothing to seek approval from others? One only need know that Nicholls also lowered the Pride flag in honor of fellow conservative Republican and denier of marriage equality on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia. That’s a real ally of our community. I refuse to spend one cent in Hillcrest until Nicholls and his Republican agenda are forced out of the neighborhood. —John Thurston, via web If you want to know what this editorial is really about, it’s about convincing the city to hand over more publicly-owned land to the HBA, a non-LGBT and private “mutual benefit corporation.” This sudden effort to have an “AIDS memorial” at Normal and Harvey Milk streets is just

the latest attempt to make that happen. But don’t take my word for it: follow the link to see the plans the HBA originally had to install a 30-feet high by 20-feet wide multi-colored LED sign for the Hillcrest Farmers Market, on the exact site this editorial now says “would be the perfect home for this memorial.” The Truax House, possibly the first AIDS hospice in the nation, is rightly being considered as the appropriate place for an AIDS memorial. The attempt to co-opt that effort for a private land-grab is the definition of shameless. —Mat Walhstrom, via web

NOW to reach a milestone

[Ref: “Roses for equality,” Vol. 7, Issue 9, or online at tinyurl. com/jxgsuq6.] Thank you for writing a great article. It is most appreciated. It is my hope that we as a chapter are able to begin and work together to fulfill the thoughts and goals of feminists all San Diego, California, the United States and globally. It is the ripple effect. Join us, as we will work and walk together for equality! —Kim Sontag-Mulder, via t

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On Friday, May 20, San Diego Pride will present its first Stonewall Athlete Awards as a way to expand its Out at the Park event. Presented from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd., in North Park, the awards will honor local and regional LGBT and ally athletes — from rugby, pool, bowling, Revelers at the last event (San Diego Pride) darts, kickball, golf, flag football, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and deal; $87, for Sun Diego Beach, volleyball — to encourage and a new standing room deck (some celebrate inclusive and healthy limited seating options) behind competition within the San Diego center field. The ticket price athletic community. will include a buffet-style menu Voting is open through May 17 (served one hour before first pitch and tickets for the event are just until one hour after first pitch) as $10. well as domestic draft beer, sodas Nominees are listed on the San and bottled water (served one Diego Pride website under the hour before first pitch through the following categories: Community 7th inning). The next offering is Champion; Philanthropy; Team $35, located in right field upper Spirit; Volunteer; Leadership; and reserved; or $25, located in the upAll-Star Athlete. per pavilion on the right field line. A total of 30 individuals and In addition to the enjoyment of the 10 organizations make up the list game, a Pride Rally Towel will be of nominees. Vote your favorite provided to every attendee of all athlete/org or purchase your ticket three ticket options. at Tickets can be purchased onTickets are also still available line at and can be for San Diego Pride’s annual Out picked up between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Park event, on Saturday, the week prior to the game (May May 21, hosted by the San Diego 16 – May 20) at the San Diego Padres during their game against Pride office, located at 3620 30th the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first St., in North Park, or on game pitch is at 7:20 p.m. day, one hour prior to the first Three locations (limited pitch at will call, located at 100 seating in each) and ticket price Park Blvd. options are available. The first and see Briefs, pg 10 most expensive ticket is the best



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pleasure. Laura Jane will be here again to rock your world as our emcee! Bayside Park has gone through some renovations this year and has expanded their beach area so come ready to make a day of relaxing on the beach or on the grass areas enjoying the cool bay breezes. Your 10-foot by 10-foot space at the South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival on Sept. 10 can be yours at the discounted prices of only $50 for our artisan spaces, $100 for our nonprofit exhibitor spaces and $150 for our vendor/ exhibitor spaces if you apply and pay before May 15! It is a not-to-be missed opportunity to reach out to the South Bay LGBTQ community and their allies. To apply, visit We want to welcome Teddy Bruni to our committee as our volunteer coordinator this year. Teddy is an honors student at San Diego State studying English with an emphasis in digital humanities. He currently volunteers with local nonprofits, including SBA, Poetic Youth and Reality Changers. Aside from his volunteerism, Teddy works with SDSU Admissions as a student recruiter and leads Transfer Student Outreach Alliance, an organization that promotes academic success for community college students at SDSU. Teddy made Chula Vista his home over five years ago when he moved from Chicago and is grateful for the diverse welcoming atmosphere in the SD South Bay — a quality which he wants to help flourish. Welcome aboard Teddy, we are grateful to have you!

the MCC’s involvement there. If you were or know someone who was part of the MCC back then or was held at Atascadero, please let us know. We are thrilled with the work that volunteer Vanessa Madrid of the San Diego Public Library has done helping us to organize our collections of books and update our catalog to make it easier to find and access our 6,000 or so books. Our head archivist Jen LaBarbera recently presented a working paper entitled “History in the Making: How Archives and Activists Can Work Together” at the Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium in Vancouver, Canada. Her travel to the event was paid for by a grant from Litwin Books as well as the generous support of some of our board members. Jen is already hearing from some of the people she met at the conference and is looking forward to growing our network. We are now gearing up for a few other big-name events this year — still trying to make the Archives as dynamic as our static storage of the LGBT history. Get on our emailing list or start following us on Facebook ( so you don’t miss out!



—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@

—Lambda Archives, a 501(c) (3) dedicated to collecting, preserving and teaching the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in San Diego and the Northern Baja California region, is located at 4545 Park Blvd., in University Heights. To learn more, stop in or visit their website at


The local LGBT running and walking club — known as Front Runners, after the 1974 book “The Front Runner,” by Patricia Nell Warren — has announced the 2016 Pride 5K run/walk taking place Saturday, July 16, starting at 9:30 a.m. The annual event, held in the early morning hours ahead of the San Diego Pride Parade, starts and finishes at the corner of University Avenue and Centre Street. Participants follow the parade route, traveling west on University Avenue to Sixth Avenue and down to Laurel Street, then east to Balboa Park Drive and back north up Sixth Avenue to the finish near the San Diego LGBT Community Center. The race time limit is one hour. Those unable to keep up with the 19-minute-mile pace may continue on sidewalks, so that San Diego Pride can get the streets ready for the parade. Awards will be given for the first three in each age division for both male and female. Bicycles, inline skates, motorized scooters or skateboards are not allowed on the race route. Baby joggers will be allowed, however, but must start the race behind all runners. Race fees through May 31 are $35; from June 1 – 15, $40; and from June 16 – race day, $45. Each participant will receive a shortsleeved T-shirt as a memento of the event and a free continental breakfast after the race. Bibs and race packets can be picked up on Friday, July 15, from 2 – 7 p.m. at Fix Body Group, located at 1010 University Ave., in Hillcrest. Race day registration and bib pick up is between 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. No refunds or transfers. Some proceeds from the event will go to The Center’s Youth Housing Project. “This program is a vital safety net giving teens a safe place to live and an opportunity to get the education and skills needed to lead productive and fulfilling lives,” organizers stated in a press release. “A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to San Diego Pride Community Grants. Please help us in our efforts in reaching out to the community and helping us make this a huge success for Pride and for the deserving LGBT young people whose lives you will be enhancing and rebuilding and whose hearts you will be restoring.” Volunteers are still needed. For more information about the race or to volunteer, visit wp/pride or email


The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) has a couple important events in May. First is a “new member” networking reception on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Handlery Hotel San Diego, located at 950 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley. The event, open to all members, is meant to welcome new members but also offers GSDBA members the ability to “meet, mingle, engage and do business.” Tickets are $15 at the door or if attendees plan ahead and pre-register, attendance is free; parking will also be complimentary. One adult beverage and passed hors d’oeuvres are included for each attendee and new members will get a membership packet, including free passes to the next GSDBA social. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. Visit for more information and to register. On Monday, May 23 from 7 – 9 p.m., the GSDBA is co-hosting a candidates’ forum at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, located at 2728 Sixth Ave., in Bankers Hill. The forum will include two candidates for San Diego City Council District Three (Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward) and four in the running for San Diego City Attorney (Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara W. Elliott, and Robert Hickey). Forum panelists include Rev. Dr. Scott Landis of the United Church of Christ in Mission Hills and The Very Reverend Penny Bridges of St. Paul’s. The forum will include candidate introductions, a moderated panel discussion and a time for audience questions. For more information, visit jxx49el.t

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Tales from beyond the tracksuit Jane Lynch talks life after “Glee,” Catholic guilt and crushing on Susan Sarandon

it; it’s such a blast that it stands alone as an experience for me without having anybody telling me it’s good or bad. (CA) The reason I ask is because I read a New York Times review from 2014. (JL) It was awesome, wasn’t it? (CA) It was! They noted the show’s “sexual subtext.” I haven’t seen the show yet, but I’m curious about this “sexual subtext.” (JL) Yeah, I am too! I’m curious about it too! [Laughs] I think what they might have been talking about is: Cheyenne Jackson, a wonderfully talented man who also happens to be gay, did “Something Stupid” that night with me. It was a special thing and he came up and we sang the song “Something Stupid,” and he talked about this weird kind of sexual tension between the two of us, because I think he’s so attractive and so handsome and I get very confused about my sexuality when I’m in the presence of Cheyenne Jackson.

By Chris Azzopardi You better believe Jane Lynch can sing, and even if you don’t, “I think by the time you buy the ticket and come to the show, you hope I can sing! You’ve got your fingers crossed!” the “Glee” alum said of her touring act “See Jane Sing,” cracking her signature booming laugh. Lynch is best known as iconic cheer coach Sue Sylvester, who tormented McKinley High for six seasons of Fox’s musicaldramedy behemoth “Glee,” which brimmed with all sorts of songs — just not many sung by Lynch herself. There was, of course, the playful homage to Madonna, when Lynch donned black lace for a frame-by-frame remake of the Queen’s video “Vogue.” But on “Glee,” the 55-year-old Emmy winner was better known for her tyrannical outbursts and hair taunts (poor Mr. Schuester) than she was for breaking into song. Now, Lynch is making up for lost time as she headlines “See Jane Sing,” the entertainer’s touring cabaret that merges comedy with music and also features Kate Flannery of “The Office” and Tim

Now that "Glee" is done, Jane Lynch has hit the road with a touring cabaret act. (Photo by Jack Bailey)

Davis, the music director of “Glee.” After resolving a shoddy phone connection (“Where are you? Iraq covering the war?”), Lynch spoke at length about how her cabaret is not a “live sex show” like Liza’s, the one man she’d go straight for (and the one woman she’d stay gay for), and what’s so funny about three white people performing Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”

(Chris Azzopardi | CA) Do you read reviews? (Jane Lynch | JL) Ummm, good question! I have for this show, yes. The reason being is because I’m confident [laughs]. I don’t think anybody could say anything about it, me or anybody in it that would actually stick. I don’t think they could say anything bad because I’m very confident in

(CA) When I’m watching Cheyenne Jackson I know that I am 100 percent homosexual, no question about it. (JL) Isn’t that wonderful? I feel that way about Susan Sarandon, though she probably wouldn’t, you know, receive my affection… well, she’d receive it, but she might not return it. (CA) What was your introduction to cabaret? (JL) Well, let’s see, I’ve been in theater for a long time. I go see people perform, whether it’s at a hole in the wall or it’s a chick with a guitar. I usually don’t like big rock concerts – I don’t seek those out – so the combination of doing a comedy show with music has always been something I loved. I used to do sketch comedy a lot before I started doing television and film, and we always found a way to put a song in there. I did a “one person” show and I put the quotes there because there were three other people in there; it was all my material, but I had other people in it and we had six or seven songs in it and I love that. I don’t play a

character so much, but Kate is my inappropriate drunken sidekick and we have a particular thing that I think is very entertaining and a lot of fun. She’s the glue of the evening for me and I’m so lucky to have her. (CA) So your introduction to cabaret was not Liza’s “Cabaret”? (JL) Oh, that – well, that’s a whole different thing. That was almost like a live sex show in Nazi Germany! It’s funny, I think we call (this show) a cabaret and it’s kind of stuck with the show because we did it at 54 Below (in New York). It’s where one person stands there with their band and people come to eat and listen, so when I say cabaret, it’s a live performance comedy concert. [Laughs] (CA) Were you a funny kid? (JL) Yeah, I was a funny kid and that was one thing I always knew I had. You know how you’re insecure as a kid? I was like, “Well, I know I’m funny.” (CA) So you used that to your advantage? (JL) Yeah, I guess so. You know, sometimes I felt like I was just trying to survive, as I think a lot of kids feel, having the big gay secret and all that stuff. I feel like when you’re a kid — for a lot of kids anyway — it’s about trying to survive and stay under the radar of humiliation so people don’t sniff you out. (CA) Did humor help you survive, then, as a kid? (JL) Oh yeah, absolutely. (CA) How did you know you were funny and when did you realize you could make a living being funny? (JL) I never set out to do that. I love mining things for the comedy and, of course, that attracts people who love doing that as well. I had this one hilarious friend in high school, Christopher, who’s still a friend, and we did nothing but laugh together. The silliness of the social hierarchies — we would watch those and we laughed about

see Interview, pg 19


Riveting ‘Dinner With Marlene’ Based on actual events, play is Lambs’ 47th world premiere Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Look who’s proving its mettle (guts) now: Lamb’s Players Theatre, that’s who. Artistic Director Robert Smyth directs his wife, the splendid Deborah Gilmour Smyth, as Marlene Dietrich, along with eight other wondrously cast actors in the world premiere of “Dinner With Marlene” by San Diego playwright Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey. Harvey based the play on a story her father, Eric Hanes, told her when he was 90. It happened in October 1938 in Paris. A 27-year-old Swedish travel agent, Hanes had been sent by his employer to evaluate the Lancaster Hotel in Paris. There he met the famous singer/actress Marlene Dietrich, who was staying at the Lancaster and had just fired the nanny of her precocious 13-year-old daughter Maria Sieber. As a favor, Hanes “babysat” Maria (Avery Trimm) one afternoon, taking her to museums, and as a result was invited to be Maria’s escort to a dinner at Tout Paris, a renowned restaurant near the Lancaster. The hostess was American millionaire Barbara Hutton (Rachael VanWormer). Affable Brian Mackey portrays Eric Hanes. Among the dinner guests in the play are renowned

GAY SAN DIEGO May 13 - 26, 2016 months after the Anschluss (Germany’s annexation of Austria), and you realize that nearly everyone at the table, with the exception of Boubiel and Wolff, has come to Paris to await the opportunity to go somewhere else. As the dinner progresses and everyone drinks more and more Champagne, secrets are revealed and lies are told. Students of history, knowing what happens next and having learned what has already been forbidden or lost, worry for the safety of each character.

“Dinner With Marlene” Through May 29 Tuesdays through Sundays Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado Tickets $22 – $68 or 619-437-6000

(top) Brian Mackey and Avery Trimm accidentally find themselves at dinner with a legend; (bottom) Jason Heil and Deborah Gilmour Smyth (as Dietrich) (Photos by Ken Jacques) German violinist Fritz Kreisler; Dietrich’s current amour, author Erich Maria Remarque (Jason Heil); art dealer Bernadine Boubiel (Cynthia Gerber); and Lenore Wolff (Kerry Meads), wife of the

Lancaster’s owner. Patrick Duffy is the omnipresent waiter, providing Champagne to the diners all evening (the food is ordered but never seen). Consider the era, seven

At two and a half hours with a 15-minute interval, Harvey’s well-constructed, superbly played, extremely brave and intricate work will be of great fascination and satisfaction to many. Others, perhaps too challenged or bored or both, may leave at the interval as some in the opening night audience did. Those departures are sad, because they missed


the brilliant payoff in the second act. Tears came as we remembered those who did not make their way out. Within months, even Paris was no longer safe. What a blessing for us that just prior to his death Eric Hanes gave his daughter, Ann-Charlotte, the guest list at length, causing her to ponder what might have been said and what the topics of discussion were at his dinner with Marlene. The resulting play is much more than a history lesson. It is a reminder that such a thing must never recur. Unfortunately, it is very timely. Kreisler never plays his violin, but he does sing an Austrian folk song, accompanied on piano by Marlene. John Rosen’s performance as the renowned violinist is deeply layered, superb indeed, a jewel among many others. I cannot think of a better Marlene than Smyth, a master vocalist who wears the tuxedo well and convinces us she is Marlene. Think of the challenge presented by a table that seats eight placed before an audience. I found it amazing that there were no sight or sound problems. One hears every word (sound design by Deborah Gilmour Smyth), enjoys Jeanne Reith’s elegant costumes, Mike Buckley’s scenic design, Nathan Peirson’s lighting and Michael McKeon’s projections. Most of all, one savors the mental stimulation and substance of Harvey’s play, so well produced by Lamb’s Players Theatre. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at



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some of the film’s budget through investors, something the Kickstarter campaign helped with a great deal, since the less money they have to repay investors the more “in the green” the film may eventually be.


FILMOUT TV producer who gets murdered. In this case, the story could probably have been set in other cities but it was a lot of fun making the film with these LA-types that I certainly recognize and that Barrett knew well. And, of course, setting a film noir-inspired murder mystery in Los Angeles was a lot of fun considering the many great classic film noirs and thrillers that took place in Hollywood.” With a finished script in hand, Barrett approached Andreas about directing the film. “Originally it was called ‘Blackout,’” Andreas said. “We worked on developing it together for about a year and it went through quite a bit of rewrites during that time, so I think some of my ideas made it into the final script but mostly it’s all from David’s imagination.” Operating with a modest budget, the filmmakers still landed a large cast that included Van Hansis, Gale Harold, Brianna Brown, Jai Rodriguez, Matthew Ludwinski and Jonathan Lisecki. “We spent a lot of time casting the film and it was all through personal connections that we were able to reach these actors directly rather than having to go through their reps. It’s incredibly hard to get agents and managers excited


Swedish director Casper Andreas landed the opening and closing night film at FilmOut. (Courtesy FilmOut) about their clients making films on this budget level,” Andreas said. “David and I got a lot of help by Kit Williamson, who in addition to playing a role in the film, came on as an associate producer and put us in touch with several of our cast members, like Van Hansis and Briana Brown, both who worked on his web series ‘Eastsiders.’” They initially raised money to finance the film through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised well over the $100,000 goal. “I do think it’s the future of indie film — especially with LGBT themes,” Andreas said. “The

LGBT market is, of course, much smaller than the mainstream one to begin with so if you make a film for primarily a gay audience you have to keep the budget low. “Nowadays with illegal downloads, cheap streaming services and a disappearing DVD market, it’s only getting harder to make money back on these films,” he continued. “So we knew with ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ that our Kickstarter campaign had to be successful for us to make this film and we worked incredibly hard to make that happen.” Andreas said he also raised

“Flatbush Luck” may be the most mainstream movie made by Andreas; the film is about two cousins who work at dead-end jobs as telephone repairmen in their Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn. Jimmy (Tanner Novlan), a former hotshot on Wall Street before the recession hit, dreams of hitting it big again. And his cousin Max (Robby Stahl) is getting wet feet about his impending wedding to his longtime girlfriend Donna (Jenna Perez), especially after he find himself attracted to his hot Latino masseuse (Juahn Cabrera). ‘“Flatbush Luck’ is directed more towards a mainstream audience, but it does have a major gay plotline so I don’t think gay audiences will be disappointed,” Andreas said. “The film’s executive producer James Balletto wrote the original screenplay and approached me about making it. “It was a passion project for him having grown up in Flatbush and wanting to make a movie that takes place there. The best part is that he self-financed the film so no Kickstarter was needed in this case,” Andreas continued. “I did all the casting myself, something I do enjoy a lot, and I’m very excited about the cast we assembled. For several of our actors, this is their feature film debut and I’m very proud of everyone’s job in the film. We had a lot of fun making it and I hope that shows up on the screen. “ Writing credits go to James Balletto, Jed Seidel and Andreas, so the screenplay became a collaborative effort. “James was open to script changes and my friend Jed Seidel came onboard to help in developing the plot and restructuring the story quite a bit. Then I ended up writing the final few drafts of the screenplay,” Andreas said. Again, Andreas had great success in finding a great cast. Some reviewers have called the part of Jimmy a breakout role for Novlan. “I hope so! I think he is fantastic, and hopefully other directors and casting directors will see him in this role and agree,” Andreas said, adding that he is proud of the performance by Briana Marin as Barbara. “Briana I had known for a while — we actually took acting class together — and I think she is excellent and so exciting to watch in whatever she does,” he said. “I basically looked at the script to see which one of the female roles I was gonna offer her and then I cast her before casting had even begun.” Stahl once played the role of “bartender” on an episode of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” with Andy Cohen, Kristen Johnston and Luke Perry. FilmOut audiences will relate to his character’s coming out process during the move, which is very believable and realistic. “A big part of what Robby does in the film is thanks to his talent as an actor, and though incredibly handsome, he also has a sweetness about him that I think makes him very endearing on screen,” Andreas said. “Robby initially auditioned for the Jimmy character but I thought his sensitivity worked so much better for Max, and once I read him for that role it was pretty clear to me that he would be great,” he continued. “During callbacks I had him read several times with multiple actors auditioning for the roles of Donna and Andres, so that kind of worked out as a rehearsal.” Still, Andreas made sure Robby was fully prepared for the crucial role. “Once cast, Robby and I met up prior to shooting and looked at all his scenes together to make sure he understood what I needed from him,” Andreas said. “During production, I’m pretty hands-on with my actors, building up trust and making sure to give them room to play and have fun. This was Robby’s first time in a leading role in a feature film, so I also think some of the nervousness he had about that and about portraying this character, he was able to use to his advantage in the role.” Andreas, along with many of his actors and film crew, will spend the June 3 – 5 weekend in San Diego. For tickets, visit —Ken Williams is a contributing editor to Gay San Diego and can be reached at ken@sdcnn. com. Follow him on Twitter at @ KenSanDiego. He also serves a voluntary position as Film & Media Relations Director for FilmOut San Diego.t

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The self-proclaimed “world’s largest hot dog chain” just shrunk a little with the abrupt closing of Wienerschnitzel at 101 W. Washington St. in Hillcrest. No explanation was posted on the A-frame walkup, which became boarded up in late April. The company, founded in 1961 near Long Beach, purportedly maintains 340 locations in 10 states, all run by individual franchisees. Countywide, there are still more than a dozen outlets in operation.

Food Network host Alton Brown is coming to town (Google images) What exactly does Food Network star Alton Brown do in his live performances? Find out when the television host swings into San Diego for two appearances at 3 and 7 p.m., May 15, at the Balboa Theatre located Downtown. Titled “Eat Your Science,” Brown launched the interactive stage production in April and is currently on a 40-city tour with a promise that audiences “will see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” Tickets start at $34. 868 Fourth Ave., 619-570-1100, Restaurateur Garo Minassian is about to open Parc Bistro-Brasserie in the Bankers Hill address that previously housed Croce’s Park West. A sneak peek at the menu reveals French fare with lots of seafood options, plus daily specials extending to rack of lamb Provencal, wild boar ragu, butter-poached lobster, and more. The kitchen will be helmed by Chef Donald Lockhart, who moves over from Cusp Dining & Drinks in La Jolla. Garo, a native of Montreal, has run a string of restaurants throughout San Diego since the late 1980s. He most recently co-operated Harry’s Bar and American Grill before closing in December. Parc will start serving dinner by mid to late May, with plans of adding lunch service in the coming months. 2760 Fifth Ave., 619-795-1501.

Et Voila French Bistro on Adams Avenue is garnering rave reviews from restaurant-goers since opening in late April. Launched by French natives Vincent Viale (former chef de cuisine at Bernard’O) and Ludo Mifsud (past maitre d’ at Tapenade Restaurant), the bistro offers solid French classics with modern accents for nightly dinEscargot in garlic butter ner and weekend brunch. The interior, designed (Courtesy Et Voila French Bistro) with copious wood and old-style globe lighting, sets a cozy atmosphere for cheese and charcuterie boards, beef filet tartar, hearty bouillabaisse, steak frites, and more. Daily soufflés are also available on the dessert menu. 3015 Adams Ave., 619-209-7759,

One Door North brings the outdoors inside (Courtesy H2 Public Relations) The long-awaited One Door North in North Park opened April 29 with an interior design that beckons to lodges you’d find in rugged wilderness. Its 5,000-squarefoot layout features tented semi-private tables backed by forest imagery, banquettes set against painted landscapes of mountains, and a central wood-topped bar. Executive Chef Fred Piehl presents a menu of “campfire cuisine” that includes everything from trout and slow-roasted tri tip to burgers and s’mores, although the offerings also delve into the urban arena with small plates, salads and pizzas. Piehl and his wife Tammy own the adjoining Smoking Goat as well. One Door North is open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. 3422 30th St., 619-618-1285, The converted house on 30th Street where Eddie’s Philadelphia Steaks and Hoagies previously resided is undergoing a major remodel for the June opening of Dunedin, named after the New Zealand city. The venture (pronounced duh-nee-din) is backed by in part by P.J. Lamont, who also operates Bare Back Bar, Queenstown Public House and Raglan Public House. All three establishments carry a New Zealand theme. Dunedin will follow suit, but Lamont is keeping the food menu under wraps for now while assuring that some of the beer and wine will be imported from the two-island nation. The property is now clad in rustic wood siding and will feature Eucalyptus logs as fencing. Tables made from the wood of a flatbed truck will contribute to a rural feel inside. Lamont’s wife is from New Zealand, and he has made numerous trips to the country over the years. 3501 30th St.

A restaurant with a New Zealand vibe is taking shape in North Park (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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The evolution of an iconic

sandwich Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. What type of cheese makes for an ideal grilled cheese sandwich? I used to think only one — processed American that melts rapidly into orange goo before the outer slices of white bread finish toasting in the skillet. I’ve eaten them like that since childhood and always will. Yet the five-cheese blend that Grater Grilled Cheese uses in all of its sandwiches doesn’t meddle with nostalgia. Surprisingly, neither does its use of sourdough bread or gourmet additions like clover honey, green apples and butter-fried lobster. After trying three different constructs over two visits, it struck me as overdue that somebody grabbed the concept and ran with it. Grater is the brainchild of Gaston Corbala and his wife, Natalia Garin. The couple launched the business five years ago as a food truck named Greengo Grilled Cheese. They later swapped

Grater Grilled Cheese

5618 Mission Center Road, Suite 1002 (Mission Valley) 619-458-9611; Prices: Soups, salads and french fries, $2.50 to $7.50; sandwiches, $7.50 to $11.50 Tomato bisque and the mariachi grilled cheese (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) “Greengo” for “Grater” and opened their first shop at 723 Pearl St. in La Jolla last year. Their recent expansion into Friars Mission Center signals an appealing shakeup of the cherished sandwich, which begins here with two large slices of the sourdough bread capturing a mix of mild cheddar, jack, Swiss, provolone and Muenster cheeses, all supposedly grated in-house. The sandwiches are then laid into puddles of butter squirted onto the griddle per order, and cooked on both sides until bubbly on the inside and toasted exactly enough on the outside to emit an audible crunch when biting into them — the critical steps for appeasing traditionalists. My first entry into this new

world of grilled cheeses was with the “mariachi,” which layers in soy chorizo, vegetarian refried beans and pickled jalapeños. The flavors meshed except for the brined peppers, which flooded the sandwich with too much vinegar. I would have preferred the peppers raw or roasted or cut down by 50 percent. Parked alongside was an order of tomato-basil bisque, an elevated version of the requisite sidekick to any grilled cheese sandwich. Sold in half or full cups, it was moderately creamy. Although for me, any version of tomato soup will do, even if it’s out of a can. My second visit with a companion in tow cemented my liking for the place. We started out with

a bucket of thin-cut french fries accented lightly with truffle oil, parsley and Parmesan cheese. Though excellent on their own, they came with an unlimited choice of seven dipping sauces. We chose three: beer-spiked chipotle aioli; Spanish pimento aioli; and pestard, which is a blend of pesto and mustard. All rich and delicious, we could actually taste the ingredients stated in each, including the pale ale in the chipotle sauce. The lobster grilled cheese ($11.50) is a top seller and the most expensive on the menu. Rarely do I savor the combination of seafood and cheese. They’re odd bedfellows in my book. But this rocked our palates as we crunched through the bread leading to


discernable chunks of buttery lobster, plus shredded crab and faint smears of the chipotle aioli. The melty cheese blend seemed to raise the sweetness of the shellfish rather than demolish it. The “brie et pomme” was like eating a fondue sandwich. Plump and a little messy, the addition of creamy brie resulted in a velvety texture that contrasted exquisitely to walnuts and sliced Granny Smith apples tucked inside. Mexican clover honey hiding within added a nice whisper of sweetness. Other grilled cheese choices range from the basic five-blend to those containing a hamburger patty (the Carnivore); fried chicken and French ham (the Cordon Bleu); or tomato, basil, balsamic and pesto (the Caprese). The menu also allows you to customize sandwiches from a list of various meats, cheeses and veggies, as well as other breads such as whole wheat, French or gluten-free. In addition, the offerings extend to salads, deli sandwiches, craft beers, and a kid’s menu that includes a tamer grilled cheese sammie using only jack and cheddar. But even those are snazzier compared to what our mothers and school cafeterias made for us. —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



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INTERVIEW those. We laughed about everything; nothing was too sacred. And we were Catholic kids too! We laughed about the priests and the congregation. So, if you’re allowing your passion to lead you, you end up making money at it, which is a great thing! [Laughs] But I didn’t set out to do it. I really just set out to laugh. (CA) For a while there, you were performing in church basements. (JL) Yeah — a lot of them! The churches would rent out their basement just to make some money and they didn’t care what kind of show you were doing. They didn’t show up; you just paid the 50 bucks and you set up the lights and that’s what ya did. (CA) Is it true that, when you ended up at Second City, you were one of only two women picked to join the troupe? (JL) Well, that wasn’t unique. There were only two women in every company. Now, it’s three. So it wasn’t a unique thing. Every company had two women and four guys and now it’s three and three. It wasn’t like I was only one of two women in the entire history of Second City. I know in some press release it says that, or something online says “she was chosen,” but no, it’s not a big deal. All the girls were one of two women. Now they’re one of three women. (CA) Did it feel unfair to you that the men and women weren’t equal in number?

(JL) Nah, I didn’t have eyes for that stuff. I really didn’t. I didn’t see that stuff. I wasn’t available to feeling less than in that way. It just didn’t happen for me. (CA) Assuming you’re taking a bus on tour, what kind of music do you listen to on the road? (JL) Oh no, we’re not on a bus, man. Dude, we are flying. We do this first class — that’s why I’m not making any money on this tour! We fly. I said, “I’m not gonna do it if I have to sit in a bus,” so we fly and we all fly together, although Kate and I do fly first class and I make a joke about it in the show — another reason why I’m not making any money on this tour. But we all fly together and we hang out. We all eat together, laugh together, so I’m not listening to music or anything. I’m not a listener to music — I don’t listen to it very much. But Kate does, and Kate and I have very much the same taste. So, when we’re getting ready— we have a dressing room together – she plays Burt Bacharach songs. She has a terrific library of Burt Bacharach songs, not just by Burt Bacharach, but by all sorts of groups like The Carpenters and we sing at the top of our lungs and that’s our little pre-show warmup. (CA) How did Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” end up on the setlist? (JL) I had a burst of inspiration! I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if we did this?” First of all, I think it’s one of the most amazing, hilarious and artful videos I have ever seen. It is so funny. She is sooo self-deprecating, and she’s so kind of pinned this character

— this rich girl who’s from the hood who has no class who all of a sudden is hanging out with drug dealers and having access to Balmain and nice clothes and a nice car. She just nails it. So, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fucking hilarious if me, Kate and Tim” — I mean we look like the Heritage Singers out there! We’re so white, so immaculately white, and all three of us cannot dance at all but have all the confidence in the world in our moves. (CA) Looking back on “Glee”: The show changed a lot of queer kids’ lives, and if I had been younger, it really would’ve influenced me in a major way. (JL) Right; me too! (CA) If a show like “Glee” had been on when you were a young gay person, how might your life have been different? (JL) Ahh, it would’ve showed me that I wasn’t alone, and oh, just to know that you’re not alone. I really thought I had a mental disease that I was never gonna be able to get over, that I was cursed with it, that it was my fault. (CA) Catholic guilt? (JL) Yes, yeah! And I don’t know where I got this, because my parents weren’t Catholic in that way. We went to church but they weren’t like, “This is bad; this is good.” They just weren’t that way. They were very relaxed, not very good Catholics except that they went to church every Sunday. In saying that they weren’t very good Catholics — they were really good people! [Laughs]

GAY SAN DIEGO May 13 - 26, 2016 (CA) I get it. They weren’t devout. (JL) Exactly. So, I don’t know where I got that it was so horrible, maybe just by the fact that it was whispered about, if it was spoken about at all. And I didn’t see one person in my trajectory of life that had it! [Laughs] I was completely alone in it, so for me to have a “Glee,” and I’m sure I speak perhaps for you and a lot of other gay people growing up in the ’70s and the ’80s, a “Glee” would’ve been so wonderful – oh, how great that would’ve been. (CA) Did you feel that, when “Glee” ended in 2015, it was time? (JL) Yeah, sure. Absolutely. You know, these things can’t go on forever. We have this thing in American television that you have to be on for 10 years or something, and I think the British have it right. The British do 13 episodes and then take a holiday. (CA) Does the cast keep in touch? Are you and Matthew Morrison still close? (JL) I do talk to Matthew, yeah. And my niece was assistant to one of our executive producers and she’s friends with all those folks, so I see them and they come over to my house and we make dinner and sit out on the porch. (CA) I was gonna say, “What’s a post-‘Glee’ party at Jane’s house like?” (JL) [Laughs] Well, they don’t talk about “Glee,” that’s for sure! They’ve all kind of moved on, but they’re very good friends. It was a bonding experience for them – for all of them.


(CA) You have “Mascots” coming up for Netflix, and it’s directed by Christopher Guest, who also did “Best in Show” with you. What was it like teaming with Jennifer Coolidge again after playing her butch lesbian personal dog handler in “Best in Show”? (JL) Well, I didn’t work with her; I haven’t even seen her. I worked with Ed Begley Jr., Mike Hitchcock and Parker Posey, so I didn’t even get to see her. I can’t wait to see her at the premiere. (CA) What do you remember from working with Jennifer on “Best in Show”? (JL) It was a first-time experience for both of us, and we were both very nervous. We were shooting it in Vancouver and we got very close. The days we weren’t working, we would take walks through Stanley Park, and she is one of those people who can make me laugh so hard that I can’t catch my breath. She renders my mind inert. I can’t do anything but hold whatever spot I’m at and just double over and try to catch my breath. (CA) Has there ever been a role you regretted not taking? (JL) I can’t even think of one. I’m so in the moment, man. I don’t think about that stuff. I can’t even remember turning something down and I can’t even remember – I don’t remember most things. [Laughs] —Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website at and on Twitter (@ chrisazzopardi).t



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Festive experience for the young at heart Diversionary launches workshop series for LGBT seniors By David Dixon There are just a few months left until the annual San Diego Pride weekend of festivities. During the upcoming July 15 and 16 event, there will be a special showcase presentation derived through a new workshop at Diversionary Theatre called “The Silver Squad.” For seven weeks starting May 31, seniors will meet at the LGBTQ space to be part of the brand new program. Meeting two days a week, those 55-plus are invited to strengthen their skills in areas including acting and improv. Helping to teach the group is education associate of Diversionary and actor, Skyler Sullivan. He was recently seen in Diversionary’s production of “A Civil War Christmas” and New Village Arts Theatre’s staging of “Emile: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight.” Sullivan was interested in creating an experience for the “more mature” budding thespian and though “The Silver Squad” may target seniors within the LGBT community, no one is excluded. “A large majority will be representative of our community,” Sullivan said. “That being said, that is not required and anyone can join including allies.” Two kinds of storytelling will be

taught to “The Silver Squad.” “Part of the special event is going to be devoted to small group pieces where members are going to use ‘found text,’” Sullivan said. “This can include an interview with a friend, poem, or song lyrics.” The workshop members will also be writing an original piece for their July performance. “The writing can be about any subject they like,” he said. “It is going to be in their own words and from their own point of view. They are going to hone their storytelling skills in the program.” Joining Sullivan as a fellow instructor is improviser, Peggy Walkush. One of the reasons she is teaming up to conduct the workshop series is because she believes in how much improv can benefit students. “I’ve been performing and training in improv for over the past five years,” she said. “For people aging, there are positive aspects of thinking on your feet, being fearless about talking off the cuff and tapping into your creativity.” Besides sharing her love of improv, Walkush said she can’t wait to hear tales from the artists. “I thought it would be really powerful to have LGBT seniors tell their stories,” she said. “It will be so satisfying to help make that happen.” One of the unique aspects of the big presentation is that there are few rules and nothing is set in stone. “We do not know about the structure of the performance,” Walkush said. “We are going to let that evolve out of the people we

Skylar Sullivan is leading a writing, acting and improv workshop for LGBT seniors that will culminate on San Diego Pride weekend. (Courtesy Diversionary Theatre) have in the program.” Walkush hopes this will be the first of many workshops of its kind going forward, allowing them to base future programs on “the needs” of participants. She said Sullivan wants those who may not consider themselves performers to come out and participate. “I would love to encourage everyone because this is a supportive ensemble-based program,” he said. “It’s going to be a safe place where people can make friends and tell their own stories.” Like Sullivan, Walkush thinks anyone who wants to get involved in the program should give it a chance. “We think everybody can benefit from the course,” she said. “I really hope people will take the risk and attend.” Starting May 31, the Silver Squad will be meeting on Tuesday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Diversionary Theatre, located at

4545 Park Blvd # 101. Those seniors wishing to join in can do so for $350, which gets participants 28 hours of writing, storytelling, acting and improvisational training. Scholarships are available. The deadline for signups is May 24. Those in town the weekend of the San Diego Pride festival will likely be rewarded for seeing the accomplishments of “The Silver Squad.” Performances will be July 15 at 7 p.m. and July 16 at 3 & 7 p.m. All shows will be at the Diversionary Theatre space. For more information about how to get involved or participate (even if you are under 55), email ssullivan@ or call 619-220-0097. —A fan of film and theater from a very young age, David Dixon has written reviews and features for various print and online publications. You can reach him at



the activist impulse of the present. Our hope is that, after the audience listens to these songs about women and men from history who fought for freedom, equality, and dignity, they will be moved to rise up and push back against the injustices that remain today.” Though the women have been singing together and performing spring concerts for decades, they had never held court on the Balboa stage — like their male counterparts in the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus — until SDHDF stepped in. SDHDF’s goal was to not only bring more visibility and awareness to the SDWC, but to also connect them with a specific cause: the SDHDF’s newly launched Lesbian Health Initiative, which benefits low-income lesbian and bisexual women who struggle with medical needs throughout San Diego County. Ian said she was not planning to do much work while she “readjusts” her life and decides what she wants to do or “learn,” next and only had one performance scheduled over a two-year timeframe; but when the women came calling she couldn’t say no, for a number of reasons. “They were extremely persuasive,” she said. “And obviously the Human Dignity Foundation does wonderful work and the whole healthcare issue for anybody right now is so huge in this country. Plus, the chance to work with a large and well respected choir was definitely the icing on the cake. I was pleased to be asked.” Ian — who is probably best known to the masses for “At Seventeen,” a song she won “Best Female Vocalist” Grammy for in 1976 — said she’s asked to do a lot of “women” events but must often decline because they are too exclusionary. “As much as I understand the need for a safe space, it’s hard for me to reconcile that with the kind of music I do,” she said. “With this, it seemed a perfect opportunity to have the fun of working with a choir — and a good [artistic] director, too, Kathleen Hansen — raise some money for something good, get a trip to San Diego, maybe get some decent seafood, and just have a good time, really. “And I love the idea that there is a lesbian health initiative — because certainly we are a marginalized area of the population but I also love that a

gay men’s chorus and a women’s chorus can exist because when I was a lot younger, gay men and gay women — until AIDS really — were pretty much on opposite sides of so many things and did not get along. So it is nice to see that, too.” Hansen has already been working with Ian on adjusting some of the arrangements for the show, but the rehearsals with the chorus won’t take place until the day before, with a small set of singers, and the day of, with the entire chorus. “It has been a joy to collaborate with Ms. Ian on our combined pieces,” Hansen said. “Her dedication to the music and the message is apparent with every interaction. Her newer music is every bit as beautiful and honest as her well-known classics. We can’t wait to perform with her.” A Nashville resident since 1988, Ian said that at the May 22 show she will be performing a few songs with the chorus and several of her own, including the debut of a brand new one she wrote with Angela Aki, called “Sing, Sing, Sing.” The song was written to appeal to older people or those with a family member who may have cognitive issues. She said it is the perfect song for audience participation and Hansen has decided they will perform it “in the round.” “It’s a song that kids can sing, too,” Ian said. “There is so much evidence that music bridges [the memory] gap, that we thought if we could make something that a grandchild and a grandparent and a parent could all sing, easily, that could be a way to bring them together. “We’re just starting to try it out and hoping that it will help, so [San Diego] seemed the perfect spot, to try using it at an event that is for a health initiative” she said. “UPRISING: Songs of Change” will be held at 7 p.m., May 22, at the Balboa Theatre, located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Regular tickets are $15 to $85 and are available through Ticketmaster or the Balboa Theatre at VIP tickets, which include premium seating and an exclusive after party at the Hard Rock Cafe across the street from the Balboa Theatre with Janis Ian in attendance, are $250. VIP tickets are available at —Morgan M Hurley can be reached at

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GAY SAN DIEGO May 13 - 26, 2016


‘Re-Imagine Normal Street’: This free family event is already underway transforming Normal Street in Hillcrest into a car-free public space with the street open to pedestrians and cyclists for a total of four days. Continues through the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sunday, May 15. Visit

will feature beer tastings and a concert at the end of the crawl. Tickets are $20. Registration at 1:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Brewing Company, 1458 University Ave. Crawl from 2 – 6 p.m. Visit Celebrating 50 years of NOW: The San Diego Chapter of the National Organization for Women will celebrate its history with this event featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine, entertainment by San Diego Women’s Chorus and more. 3 – 6 p.m. San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 160, Liberty Station. Visit



7th annual ‘Eat, Drink, Read’: San Diego Council for Literacy will host this special event featuring local restaurants, breweries and more sharing their cuisine and beverages. Attendees who bring books to donate for children will receive a raffle ticket; those who buy a book at the event will also receive a raffle ticket. All donated books will be given to families in need of them. Tickets are $95 and include beverage and food tastings. 5:30 – 8 p.m., Liberty Station, 2641 Truxton Road. Visit (Photo courtesy


GLSEN San Diego GSA awards night: This event will celebrate LGBT students and allies who are part of their schools’ Gay Straight Alliances. 6 p.m. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit ‘The Maltese Falcon’: Cinema Under the Stars presents John Huston’s directorial debut from 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Additional screening on Saturday, May 14. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit or call 619-295-4221.


‘The Lunch Bunch’: Every second Saturday, the San Diego Pride invites LGBTQ+ junior high and high school students to mingle with one another. Free lunch and beverages provided by San Diego Ambassadors of The Trevor Project. Noon – 2 p.m. Contact Josh Coyne at josh@ with questions. San Diego Pride office, 3620 30th St., North Park. Visit SanDiegoLGBTPride/events. Project Trans ice cream social: Project Trans and Modern Health Pharmacy will host a night of ice cream sundaes, games and fun open to the transgender community and their friends, family and allies. 7 – 9 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl: The second annual installment of this beer crawl

FilmOut Screening: “What’s Up, Doc?” and “Overboard” — a double feature of celebrated comedies. $15. 7 p.m., Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. #200, Hillcrest. Visit


Disco Roll-O-Rama: The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and NvSr. [Novice Sister] Allison Wonderland will host this free community skate party with a limbo contest, costume contest, raffle and more. Skates included. Donations accepted to benefit the Sisters. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Skateworld, 6907 Linda Vista Road. Visit


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season eight viewing party: Hosted by Chad Michaels every Monday starting tonight and featuring guest hosts Paris Sukomi Max and Glitz Glam. There will be a “Dueling Divas” contest following the show with $50 weekly prizes and a $500 grand prize. 8 p.m. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


‘The 2nd BWT Miscast Revue’: Education theatre company Breakthrough Workshop Theatre presents this musical theatre repertoire. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. $20 reserved seating with $15 food/drink minimum. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast: An event to bring together more than 1,000 diverse locals to celebrate the memory of civil rights activist Harvey Milk. 7:30 – 9 a.m. Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit events. ‘The Birds’: Cinema Under the Stars presents this Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. Additional screenings on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit or call 619-295-4221.


‘Stonewall Athlete Awards’: This first ever awards reception is part of San Diego Pride’s Out at the Park weekend. It will feature awards for local and regional athletes, live music, food and drinks and more. 6 – 9 p.m. Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit Harvey Milk Day of Service: In honor of this day of service, the volunteer group Gay for Good will be assembling food packages with the San Diego Food Bank. 6 – 8 p.m. San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Ave., Miramar. Visit bit. ly/1T2VYn5.


The 10th annual Senior Resource Fair: ‘Active & Engaged’: This event will include educational and interactive workshops along with information booths and more. The first 100 attendees over age 50 will receive a free lunch. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit Young Professionals Council May social: Join the YPC for an afternoon picnic. Participants should bring lunch/snacks and drinks (alcohol is allowed). Contact YPC co-chairs Rick Cervantes (ricky.rc.cervantes@ or Prabha Singh ( for more information. 2 – 4 p.m. Balboa Park, Botanical Building West Lawn, 1549 El Prado. Visit Out at the Park: San Diego Pride’s annual Out at the Park will take place during the Padres vs. Dodgers game. Official Pride Night Rally Towels come with all seats purchased for this event. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Visit


‘UPRISING: Songs of Change’: This fundraising concert by The San Diego Women’s Chorus will feature the legendary Janis Ian and benefit both the Chorus and the Lesbian Health Initiative of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. 7 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit


‘Meet the Candidates Forum’: This event will be co-hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral


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Dennis McNeil with ‘A Century of Sinatra – The Frank Sinatra Songbook’: This show will celebrate the life and legacy of Sinatra and his music. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. $20 reserved seating with $15 food/ drink minimum. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit


‘Pie 101’ baking class: Hands-on class teaching simple pie crust, cookie crust, crumble toppings and more. $80. 6 – 9 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit


‘Woman – un•a•fraid’: The opening artist reception for a new exhibition by Khalid Alkaaby. 7 p.m. Alexandar Salazar Fine Art, 1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown. Visit ‘The Princess Bride’: Cinema Under the Stars presents the cult favorite fantasy starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes. Additional screenings on Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit topspresents. com or call 619-295-4221. —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Email calendar items to or jen@



and Greater San Diego Business Association featuring candidates for City Council District 3 and candidates for city attorney. 7 – 9 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in the Great Hall, 2728 Sixth Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit gsdba. org/2016-candidates-forum.

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Spooky Cigarette is (l to r) Daniel Gallo, bass; Jakob McWhinney, guitar; Frank Mindingall, keyboards; Skylar Eppler, drums (Photo and cover shot by Gabe Gussin) FROM PAGE 1

SPOOKY early New Order. “I loved Devo and Oingo Boingo, but I’ve never tried to imitate them,” Mindingall said. “I was really influenced by punk conceptually, but I’m not trying to fit into a style. As punk goes, I really liked the early stuff, but gave it up after a while because it felt like a uniform.” Fitting in hasn’t always been easy for Mindingall, who admitted he felt like an outsider at times being both black and gay. “I knew who I wanted to be, but I felt this pressure from outside,” said the Clairemont High School graduate. “Finally, I decided this is the world I’m choosing to be in.” Despite being in bands for more than 13 years, Mindingall has never actually led a band. Part of the reason was circumstances and part was finding the right group of musicians; something he feels he has now found with Spooky Cigarette: Danny Gallo on bass; Jakob McWhinney on guitar and vocals; and Skylar Eppler on drums. “[The band] is definitely from San Diego and Frank and I are both natives,” McWhinney said. “I grew up all over, from University Heights to Ocean Beach to La Mesa. Frank grew up in Clairemont. Skylar moved here as a teenager from a tiny town called Mohammet, Illinois, and Danny moved down to San Diego in his early 20s from Santa Barbara. “Skylar, Frank and I all met while working at the now-demolished Landmark indie movie theater in La Jolla,” McWhinney continued. “We all ended up getting fired from there, but we started a band called TRIPS before we did. It was actually pretty terrible and a stylistic smorgasbord that just didn’t really make sense.” The current quartet also launched “Field Trips” around the same time, a local artistic collective and imprint label that encourages its members work on and promote each other’s solo projects. McWhinney said we’ll hear more from some of those pursuits later in the year. “I always played bass in someone else’s band,” Mindingall said. “It’s been my life’s goal to start my own thing. It’s even more im-

portant to make a tape and have it my hand.” McWhinney said working with Mindingall is very exciting for him artistically. “Spooky Cigarette is built on this sort of dichotomy, the smooth and the rough, most of the songs have these sort of opposite feelings mixed up together,” McWhinney said. “A sweet synth with a distorted vocal, or a driving drum pattern with jittery guitars. It’s all about the details with Frank and he’s able to dig into them and find something new.” To do that, however, Mindingall had to dig deep within, have the courage to be who he really was and be honest with his bandmates. “I remember the night Frank came out to me, we were tanked at some bar in Hollywood after a record release show at the Roxy,” McWhinney said. “We were smoking cigarettes on the sidewalk out front and it was pretty tearful. It definitely felt like a significant shift.” Mindingall said being gay definitely affects his lyrics, but he prefers to approach it in a more subtle way. “I’m not going to be a spokesman,” he said. “Music is a very personal thing and I like the idea of people relating to it personally. Right now, my love songs are less about a particular person and more about wanting love or experiencing it as an outsider. That said, I will use pronouns like ‘he’ in my songs. “One of my songs does have the chorus, ‘Where’s my Prince Charming?’ which Jakob sings that in the song and at first, I worried about what he would think, but he didn’t really care,” Mindingall said. Spooky Cigarette’s CD release party is May 19 at Soda Bar, located at 3615 El Cajon Blvd., in City Heights. If you miss the Soda Bar debut, McWhinney said the band should be performing at Casbah soon. Listen to Spooky Cigarette’s “As Loud As I Can” on SoundCloud online at gngv8s9 or find them on Facebook at —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report. —Alex Owens is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

GAY SAN DIEGO May 13 - 26, 2016



GAY SAN DIEGO May 13 - 26, 2016

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