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‘Tyler’s Suite’ goes to New York City

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San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus to make Lincoln Center debut By SDCNN Staff

Activists respond to Manning A bevy of avant garde drag performance artists will join local celebrity Glitz Glam (left) on stage at Urban MO’s June 3, to raise money for Latino youth with HIV. (Artwork by Neon Clown Art)

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Local performance artist to help newly HIV-diagnosed Latino youth Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Glitz Glam — also known as Jesse Greika to his MO’s Universe family — learned that he was HIV positive at the age of 19. He said he remembers very clearly how he felt; he was devastated, overwhelmed and challenged with the journey that lay ahead. On Saturday, June 3, he’s producing The Glam-a-thon, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser aimed at helping others — specifically Latino youth — who have been newly diagnosed with the disease and face similar challenges. “The Latino youth community is the fastest rising segment of our community for new diagnoses, but there is a lack of education and funding in Mexico — they don’t tell them about PrEP, they don’t even tell them about HIV period,” Glitz said. “So they come over the border and they are uninformed, they’re uneducated and they don’t know what to do.”

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In 2014, Glitz’s friend Esteban Duarte launched a nonprofit, VIDA — which means “life” in Spanish — to help fill that void. “VIDA’s mission is to reduce the incidences of HIV among youth,” Duarte said. “Confront and battle stigmas. Remind people to get tested early. Know your status. Empower people.” To help accomplish that mission, Duarte said the organization has three mottos: ● We stand TOGETHER against HIV. ● Tener VIDA es tener AMOR (to have LIFE is to have LOVE). ● AIDS no tiene frontera; Yo tampoco las tendré (AIDS does not discriminate; nor will I). “I feel strong in supporting an organization that is going to help Latino youth, to educate and help them navigate through that red tape and find financial aid,” Glitz said. “Most of them don’t have

see Glamathon, pg 8

Few music venues around the world strike a chord as magical as that of Lincoln Center in New York City. In just four weeks, its famous stage — which has hosted presidents to Pavarotti — will welcome the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ acclaimed Chamber Chorale for a performance of its landmark masterwork, “Tyler’s Suite.” The concert will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 4, and appropriately staged at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. In addition to its singers, the Chorus will bring an important message to this world-renown stage, the message of overcoming bullying, especially for LGBT youth who are too often its victims. “Music has an amazing power to convey the emotion and tragedy that’s part of ‘Tyler’s Suite,’” said Bob Lehman, SDGMC executive director.

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A ‘Sordid’ Opening Night

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FilmOut festival to kick off with hilarious sequel to Del Shore’s cult classic Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

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Brother Boy, Latrelle, Sissy, LaVonda, Noleta and the other wacky “Sordid Lives” characters are back for one final romp through homophobia and bigotry in Winters, Texas. Complicating matters, a bisexual serial killer is on the run and he becomes smitten with Brother Boy! Writer-director Del Shores and his large cast will bring a barrel of laughs when “A Very Sordid Wedding” opens FilmOut San Diego’s 19th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival, which runs June 9-11. “A Very Sordid Wedding” will screen at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9 at the historic Observatory North Park theater. Tickets are $45 for the film, the Q&A session with Shores and the cast immediately following the film, and the Opening Night party at the Sunset Temple. Arriving 17 years after “Sordid Lives” debuted on the

silver screen, the sequel is set in the summer of 2015, not long after the U.S. Supreme Court made its historic ruling in favor of marriage equality. The high court’s dramatic 5-4 decision doesn’t please too many residents of the Texas town, where big-haired gossips and beer-guzzling rednecks conspire with their homophobic preacher to stage an anti-equality church rally with the goal of preventing same-sex marriages from happening in Runnels County.

Why release the sequel now?

Shores, a real-life native of Winters, Texas, population 2,562, wasn’t so sure he ever wanted to do a sequel to “Sordid Lives.” He readily admitted to being “bitter” about his experience working with Logo TV on his 2008 prequel, “Sordid Lives: The Series,” which featured the original cast plus stars Olivia

(l to r) Producer-actor Emerson Collins and writer-director Del Shores stand in front of “A Very Sordid Wedding” promo poster. (Facebook) Newton-John as Bitsy Mae Harling and Rue McClanahan as Peggy. Shores published a long letter on his Facebook page in 2009 and accused the network of not paying residuals — royalties paid to talent for repeat showings — and aired other grievances in explaining to disappointed fans why the TV series would not return for a green-lighted second season.

“I resisted it for so long,” Shores said. “I was frankly a little bitter after the demise of the TV series. But the fans kept showing me their ‘Sordid’ love, so I decided to complete the journey, if I could find the right story. And I feel I did.” What did Shores want to say in the sequel? “That people have the ability to evolve! To grow. To change.

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Activists celebrate release of Chelsea Manning Hillcrest sign draped with ag displaying transgender soldier’s image By Rick Braatz As many other festivities were taking place across the nation and the world to celebrate the release of transgender army soldier Chelsea Manning from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, local activists turned out at the Hillcrest Pride Flag on the evening of Wednesday, May 17 to do the same. “Thank you, Chelsea Manning! Thank you, Chelsea Manning! Thank you, Chelsea Manning!â€?

demonstrators chanted. “We are here today to celebrate the freedom of Chelsea Manning,� said William Johnson, the first to singly address those in attendance. Johnson, along with other activists in attendance, many of them from the group Artful Activist, held up a sign that read, ‘Patriot Chelsea Manning.’ “We want Chelsea to know we are there for her, we care about her [and] that she still has support,� Johnson added. Manning had served seven of her 35 year sentence (the longest sentence in U.S. history for a whistleblower) for disclosing more than 700,000

secret U.S. military and State Department documents in 2010. After advocates led a high-profile campaign to free Manning, President Obama commuted her sentence just before he left office in January. “I am here to show my gratitude and appreciation for this wonderful and courageous whistleblower who has suffered so much for us,â€? said Patricia Gracian, an activist and ally of the LGBT community, who spoke at the event. “And I want you to consider whistleblowers as patriots because that’s what they are. Without our patriots, without our whistleblowers, we cannot control our government. ‌ This is the only way

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sometimes we find out what our government is doing behind our backs.â€? The documents that Manning leaked became known as the Iraq War Logs and the Afghanistan War Diaries. Together they provided the American public with information about the Iraq and Afghanistan War that was not known, such as that out of the 109,000 people who died in Iraq between January 2004 and December 2009, 66,000 (more than 60 percent) were civilians. Manning’s disclosures also included the “Collateral Damageâ€? video, which showed a U.S. helicopter crew laughing as they gunned down 12 civilians (including two Reuters reporters) in Baghdad in 2007. The Hillcrest event was equal parts protest, commemoration and performance. There were about half a dozen local media in attendance, which were the main attendees, each requesting the protestors, at multiple times, to stop and start their chants and cheers for the cameras. “I can remember being in this spot before the flag was up,â€? said Sean Bohac, a local gay activist speaking at the event. “We marched from The Center over to a canopy we set up on Vermont Street because we didn’t have a sort of center for the LGBTQ community that was open to talking about Bradley, now Chelsea Manning. Imagine all the time that has gone by as Chelsea Manning has been serving a sentence, an unreasonable sentence for her patriotism; but today is a good day, we’re here to celebrate.â€? Bohac then compared Manning to a long list of civil rights leaders. “So in the ’50s, you may have been inspired by Martin Luther King. In the ’60s, you might have looked up to Angela Davis ‌ In the ’70s, we did have Harvey Milk and Caesar Chavez ‌ [And] in the last decade we had someone bring anti-war, whistleblowing and trans awareness to the peak of our consciousness,â€? Bohac said. Advocates also say that the Manning case also raised the issue of prisoner rights. Manning’s first year in prison was spent primarily in solitary confinement until the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture ruled that the U.S. government’s treatment of Manning was “cruel, inhuman and degrading.â€? In 2013, Manning publicly announced that she was transgender and requested hormone treatment, something she was

denied until 2015. In 2016, she attempted suicide twice; one of which she was given additional solitary confinement time as punishment. In the early morning hours on the day of Manning’s release, activists who later attended the celebratory event at the Pride flag hung their own rainbow flag — emblazoned with the words “Patriot Chelsea Manning� — from the Hillcrest sign near the corner of University and Fifth avenues, to recognize Manning’s actions and release from prison. The flag had been taken down by the time of the evening’s event. While no poll could be identified by press time that has asked what LGBT people think about Manning or whistleblowers in general, the American public appears to be divided. In 2014, when the Pew Research Center asked Americans whether the Edward Snowden leaks had served or hurt the public interest, 45 percent said it had served public interest, versus 43 percent who said that it had hurt public interest. That division — whether expressed as support or disavowal — is also apparent within different LGBT communities. For example, there were more media and speakers in attendance at the Hillcrest event than actual attendees, which totaled between five or six people, despite having been announced on Facebook the previous month. In contrast, as several activists at the event pointed out, more than 1,000 supporters walked as part of the Chelsea Manning contingent in the 2013 San Francisco Pride Parade. Larry Pierce, a gay activist who also took part in the event, said he’s been passionate about the Manning case for the better part of this decade. He said he has tried to reach out to the San Diego LGBT Community Center and the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest a couple years back, but never received a response from either. Pierce said he had hoped to put up political posters of Chelsea inside The Center. “They’ve never been receptive to the Chelsea Manning issue,� Pierce said. “They have more of a broad-based constituency among the queer that include military members. You know they clearly define the Chelsea Manning issue as too radical.� Among the others in attendance was Mary Tamburro, 36, of City Heights, who identifies

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ARTS & CULTURE

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ArtZine Morgan M. Hurley Local inspiration for Mainly Mozart

Our theater critic, Charlene Baldridge, has much to be proud of next month. The upcoming Mainly Mozart Festival will have, at the center of its June 2 and 3 Spotlight Series program, a new chamber work by opera composer Jake Heggie. Heggie, known for his work in “Moby Dick” and “Dead Man Walking,” wrote the piece in 2015. Called “The Work at Hand,” it is based on the writings of Baldridge’s daughter, Laura Morefield (1960–2011). “When Laura was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2008, she determined to write her way through the illness, which she was determined to conquer,” her mother said.

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The cover of Morefield’s book, which inspired a new chamber work Morefield, a graduate of Madison High School in San Diego and Pepperdine University in Malibu, was a gifted writer who penned dozens of poems throughout her journey battling the disease, and Baldridge eventually had most of them published as a chapbook called “The Warrior’s Stance.” Heggie described the composition based on Morefield’s text — which includes three symphonic songs lasting 18 minutes — in 2015. “‘The Work At Hand’ is about the difficult and deeply human experience of knowing it is time to say goodbye and let go: resenting, fighting, struggling, and then finding peace in acceptance. The language and imagery Laura chose is particularly striking: origami, the yoga Warrior 1 position, and a shimmering reconnection to nature.” Michael Francis, music director of the Mainly Mozart Festival, first conducted the orchestral premiere of “The Work at Hand” in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He then reprogrammed and performed it three times in Florida in 2016 and has now programmed the chamber version, which will be presented at Mainly Mozart in June.

see ArtZine, pg 17

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Mama’s international family Profiles in Advocacy Ian Morton Members of the LGBTQ+ community have often found themselves in a dynamic of a “two family system”; their family of birth and their family of choice. So when May, and Mother’s Day comes around, many of us find ourselves reflecting, not only on the mother(s) who may have raised us, but the women who have come into our lives as adults. One such community matriarch is “Mama” Sandy Reinhart, who has created an international family of leather folk who demonstrate leadership and a spirit of volunteerism. First dubbed “Mama” by popular drag persona “Ernestine” at the Phoenix Bar in San Francisco 18 years ago,

little did Reinhart know that the moniker would take on literal meaning in the leather community. Mama began building a family organically, by awarding individuals a gold “Mama’s Pin” that bore the name that she chose for them, as a sign of affection. Ray Tilton is Mama’s “husband,” Ernestine was named “Mama’s firstborn,” and others in the first group include “Mama’s #1 Brat,” “Mama’s Wicked One,” and “Mama’s #1 Bad Boy.” The thread that has continued — through the naming of over 200 family members — is a dedication to serving others through community service and volunteerism, often while holding titles. Often called upon to judge contests around the world, Reinhart uses the opportunity to observe who shows intention and thoughtfulness in their community work, and often the

Vonn Traml (center, front) at her 2015 pinning ceremony. (Courtesy Yvonne Larsen)

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next time that individual sees “Mama,” they find themselves inducted into the family. It is worth noting that the family includes not only titleholder representatives from just about every leather competition, but also those from the Imperial Court, Ducals and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Additionally, there are politicians such as California State Senator Mark Leno and even some famous gay icons, such as Armistead Maupin. Originally from Cuba, Reinhart first became involved in the U.S. Leather community 30 years ago, during the AIDS epidemic. “I encountered so many who became infected and needed funding for medications, food, and other basic needs, so I started doing fundraising,” she explained. “These were my boys and friends who needed this help and the men that wanted to step up and help me were amazing. The naming began as my fun way to acknowledge them, and suddenly my ‘family’ included folks from the U.S., France, Canada, Italy, (l to r) “Mama” Sandy Reinhart and Ms. San Diego Leather 2017, Tamanava and beyond.” “Tammy” Eden-McLintock (Courtesy Tamanava) Included in Mama’s Family are many San Diegans, inproduced Olympus Leather This personal journey has cluding the current owner and Weekend in San Diego at the also informed her current producer of the International beginning of May. title year, as her platform is Olympus Leather Contest, I was honored to have a building volunteerism in the Yvonne “Vonn” Traml (Mama’s chance to catch up with them, San Diego leather and broader Webn8rx); and 2017 Ms. San Diego Leather, Tamanava to discuss the leadership community. She has had great “Tammy” Eden-McLintock of women in the community success in linking folks to ad(Mama’s Broomstick). Both and how it felt to be a part of vocacy and events by helping ladies have experienced recent Mama’s Family. individuals to recognize their successes, with Tammy havVonn revealed that her talents and demonstrating ing been awarded her title in Mama’s name — a hybrid of how they can do good in the March 2017, and Vonn having “webmaster” and “dominatrix” community. Her challenge to — actually originated outside of those around her is to “do one the leather community. thing” every month. “It was the internet handle Circling back to Vonn, we given to me when I began discussed her newfound role working search engine optimias the producer of an interzation for an internet phone sex national contest and how the company,” Vonn said. “It was community has stepped up to there I discovered a knack for support her leadership. ‘playing chess’ with Google and “I’m beholden to my comthe other search engines, and munity, my clan,” Vonn said. getting my girls’ web pages to “The words ‘thank you’ seem the top searches of some really so insignificant when I think ‘competitive phrases.’ My boss about the people who helped called me a ‘webinatrix’ for my make it happen; this horde ability to seemingly control of beautiful people who just and dominate the placement of appeared and helped get it the characters and websites in done. The support of both my my care. This moniker stuck biological and chosen family with me and now I’m known as showed me what community Mama’s Webn8rx.” really is.” In addition to being the curMama Sandy, Vonn and rent Ms. San Diego Leather, Tammy all represent the orTammy is engaged as a leader ganic matrilineal evolution that may be seen in the interin many other organizations, national leather community, including Girl Scouts (with her as they learn from each other daughter), the Imperial Court and mentor other women, furde San Diego, and San Diego ther strengthening the family Pagan Pride, as well as Club X and San Diego Girls of Leather. ties. Through their efforts, comHer upbringing included many munity members are seeing of the tenants of leather protoa broadening of diversity and col, such as personal responthe prioritization of character sibility and honoring commitand honor as an individual’s ments, so she found a comfortable and familiar sense of home valued aspects. For more information about in the community. As a woman “Mama’s Family,” including who exists in an extremely dithe full list of members, visit verse advocacy intersection, we mamas-family.org. spoke about how she navigated those waters. —Ian D. Morton is the “For me it’s just natural,” director of operations at Tammy said. “Growing up in San Diego Human Dignity a large multi-ethnic and diFoundation and produces verse family, this sense of an the Y.E.S. San Diego LGBTQ ‘evolutionary mixture’ is very youth conference. To nominate natural to me. My personal motto is ‘In service to others, in an individual or nonprofit for this column, please email service to self,’ so I help where I am needed and wanted, which the information to ian@sdhdf. org.▼ feeds my soul.”

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How to live

keep learning new things while to begin that will bring me the discarding old ideas that no future I want?” longer work for you is a great Ask and you will receive. way to get smarter and happier Here’s another tip for a hapas you age. pier life: Watch your language. Life Beyond Here’s a question that’s anYour language is crucial to Therapy swer will show you in what diwho you are and who you will Michael Kimmel rection you’re headed: “Are you become. What you say becomes willing to be wrong?” your future. Start to listen to The title of this column kept The bad news is: We need to yourself. Pay attention to what tapping me on the shoulder. For be willing to be wrong in order comes out of your mouth. Your three days, I tried resisting, to be change and grow. The words – literally – create your but my intuition prevailed; so good news is: If we are willing future. here we are. to be wrong, we are on our way Notice when you use negObviously, there is no one to happiness. ative words to describe yourway to live. We each do it differIf you’re too much of a perfec- self. They are self-fulfilling, ently. We are supposed to. We tionist, or rigid or afraid, then you know. And drop the word are here to create, enjoy and try to be willing to be wrong. “should” completely from your learn from being alive. You may think it will be terrivocabulary. How to live? We make it fying; but, it’s actually a key to As my friend from Texas up. From what? From our exfreedom. says, “Don’t ‘should’ on yourperience, intuition, knowledge, And freedom is a very good self.” She’s right. Using the what others tell us. We’ll only thing. word “should” always means find out by experimenting. It’s Let’s talk about growing up. that you’re not doing what you all a big experiment ... this life, Yes, regardless of our age, many “should” do. But, according to this day, this moment. of us still act like little boys and whom? I’d like to suggest some girls. Often, with clients, it’s Try replacing “should” with qualities and/or characteristics clear to me that the person’s real “could” and begin to feel a bit whose development have been problem is that they’re still actlighter. Long ago, I stopped helpful for my clients (and me) ing like the child they once were. saying “I should go to the gym” over the years: I may even say, “It sounds to and replaced it with “I could go ● Humor me like you haven’t grown up to the gym.” ● Curiosity yet.” Almost always, the answer “Could” reminds me that I ● Open-mindedness is, “I want to, but I don’t know have a choice. “Should” is the ● A willingness to be how.” This is a good place to old voice of an internalized uncomfortable start. critical parent telling you that ● Consciousness/awareness Growing up is uncomfortable. you’re doing it wrong. ● Forgiveness/letting go No way around it. Don’t go there anymore. ● Assertiveness As summer begins, it’s the Are you willing? Are you Most of my clients come to perfect time to try an experiwilling to sit in a little puddle me because they want support ment: What little things can of discomfort from time to time with dealing with obstacles they in order to create the life you you do in your life that will have encountered as they get want? I hope so. Everyone expe- make you happier? Begin to closer and closer to how they do some of them and see what riences discomfort, but some of want to live. These obstacles happens. us learn to face it and begin to include: make peace with it. ● Feeling lonely and unloved —Michael Kimmel is a liTry this: Say to yourself,, ● Anger censed psychotherapist. His first “Okay (uncomfortable feeling), ● Bitterness book, “The Gay Man’s Guide I’ve been resisting you long ● Perfectionism and rigidity enough and that hasn’t worked, to Open and Monogamous ● Fear Marriage” will be available June so now I am going to invite you ● Ignorance 8. Advance order today (with a into my consciousness and stop ● Passivity or aggression 30 percent discount) from tinyurl. running away. Tell me what I One way to live is by aspiring need to learn. What people/sitcom/kn35n9c. Contact him to be open-minded. “Why?” you uations/things do I need to drop at 619-955-3311 or visit lifebemay ask. Because to continually and what new things do I want yondtherapy.com.▼

The aging crisis, by the numbers It has a larger population than either Canada or Australia and according to World Population Senior Statistics (see tinyurl.com/ Matters ksuagz5), more than one out of William E. Kelly 10 of all U.S. citizens (12.2 percent) live in California. According to numerous surI stress these statistics to veys and studies, most seniors emphasize the aging crisis wish to age in their own homes underway in our state and naand communities as long as tion, and the need for greater possible. In fact, AARP’s 2011 cooperation and collaboration survey states that 90 percent between all citizens and their of persons aged 65 and older government and public and priwant to age in place. vate entities to minimize the The U.S. Census Bureau’s increasingly negative impacts 2008 National Population it will have on our way of life, Projections, found online at regardless of our current inditinyurl.com/4sv5j2, shows that vidual ages. in less than 13 years, more A research report by the than 70 million Americans will National Conference of State be 65 and older — twice the Legislatures and the AARP number recorded just seven Public Policy Institute stresses years ago, or one out of every that how communities are defive citizens. signed and policies are set in According to Wikipedia, the place are crucial. 2017 population of California As stated in the report, is roughly 39.5 million “These policies include inte(see tinyurl.com/knvj28o). grating land use, housing and Extrapolating the projections transportation; efficiently deputs the current population 65 livering services in the home; or older in California at roughproviding more transportation ly 8 million. choices, particularly for older Putting this into perspecadults who no longer drive; and tive: If it were an independent improving affordable, accessicountry, California would rank ble housing to prevent social 34th in population in the world. isolation.”

The report concludes, “State legislators will continue to grapple with the challenges and opportunities presented by significant growth in the older adult population. Without changes in how communities are constructed and services are delivered, older adults may find it increasingly difficult to live in their communities and may have to consider institutional care. This could mean increased costs for states. State policy makers may consider the above strategies to facilitate aging in place, which people overwhelmingly prefer.” Refer further to “A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices,” found online at tinyurl.com/mefynlv. Now that I have your attention, let’s narrow the conversation to San Diego County area and a very important partner for our residents. Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were formally established in the 1973 Older Americans Act (OAA) and are a collection of over 618 agencies nationwide. It is the mission of that network of agencies to help vulnerable older adults age in place with

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Building bridges at breakfast By Omar Passons

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The life and death of a Palestinian homosexual By Anonymous A month ago, the Palestinian-American community and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement lost one of their most devoted members. Hassan was only 24 years old when he was found dead in his San Diego home. Hassan was an exemplary figure for young Palestinians and would have been a pillar of any community: a loyal son, a loving uncle and a brilliant student. But there was one thing that made him different and affected him throughout his short life: Hassan was gay and that made too much of a difference for some, even in the activist circles he frequented. Born and raised in the West Bank city of Tulkarm and living under the guise of Israel’s occupation, Hassan dreamt of a different life; a life without roadblocks, checkpoints and constant frisking. Hassan was a peacemaker, a problem-solver and the one you went to if you needed help. He turned no one away. Even EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 morgan@sdcnn.com CONTRIBUTING EDITORS (619) 519-7775 Ken Williams, x102 Jeff Clemetson, x119 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Charlene Baldridge Rick Braatz William G. Kelly Michael Kimmel Ian Morton Frank Sabatini Jr. Web and Social Media Sara Butler, x111

when tragedy hit close to home during years of fighting, he sought to understand Israelis and picked himself up to help his Palestinian brothers. When he turned 19, after attending one year at Al-Najah University in Nablus, also in the West Bank, Hassan decided to transfer to the University of Indiana to study dentistry. He arrived in Indiana and quickly made friends. Blacks and whites, Christians and Jews, straight and LGBTQ — he befriended everyone. He was also eager to contribute to society, and it wasn’t long before he joined SJP — Students for Justice in Palestine. Hassan was vocal and passionate about his homeland and was the life of every event he organized and participated in — his voice was always heard and creativity always evident. He never forgot where he came from; always talking about his family, especially his little nieces that he nicknamed Lolo and Shimshim. The one thing Hassan was not open about was his sexuality. Coming from a very COPY EDITOR Dustin Lothspeich SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958 mike@sdcnn.com ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS (619) 519-7775 Andrew Bagley, x106 Annie Burchard, x 105 Heather Fine, x107 Sloan Gomez, x104 John Watson, x113 INTERNS Alex Ehrie Czarina Greaney Madhu Chandnani SENIOR INTERN Jennifer Gottschalk

Palestinian-born Hassan recently took his life. (Image digitized by author) conservative and religious society and family, Hassan was afraid of exposing the fact that he was a homosexual. Leading this kind of life was hard, even in Trump-country Indiana, let alone in Palestine. Hassan was a silent activist in the local LGBTQ community in Indianapolis, with life practically compartmentalized — his Palestinian and other Muslim friends did not know of his secret, and his LGBTQ friends did not urge him to come out. But even when he tried to hide it, people saw he was in distress. Hassan would suddenly go quiet, keeping his thoughts to himself. At other times, he had outbursts, blaming people for not understanding him or demonstrating ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962 accounting@sdcnn.com WEB DESIGN Kim Espinoza espinozawebworks.com kim@kespinoza.com

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ignorance in their words and deeds. His friends from BDS, the ones from SJP and others, didn’t have a problem creating a political alliance with LGBTQ organizations on and off campus. It was fi ne as long as it served their worldview. But this sudden enlightened, “pink” agenda sported by BDS did not hold water when it came to containing and reassuring its gay members, such as Hassan. It was one thing to have LGBTQ “allies,” but his Palestinian friends did not want a gay Palestinian associated with their group. Hassan was practically alone. Far from home, with little money, he struggled. In addition to his studies, he worked extra hours as a dishwasher, a cabbie and as a research assistant. After finishing school, Hassan saw his future in the West Coast. The weather is warm, the society is more open and accepting — California was a natural choice. He set out to San Diego and started his dentistry internship. This wonderful time of his life, so well recorded on his Facebook profile, was unfortunately short-lived. The despair, the solitude, the confusion — did not leave him even in California.

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Like most regions, our San Diego community cares deeply about helping others. In any given week you can attend a special breakfast reception or dinner gala to raise money for various causes and celebrate important aspects of our community. One of my favorites of these events is the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was on Friday, May 19, and this year I heard something so wonderfully profound, yet so simple, I thought I’d share. Truthfully, the first thing I heard was Queen Bey blasting through the speakers, which let me know the party was going to be a good one — even at 7:30 a.m. in the morning. But then as the breakfast got underway I knew I’d be in for something special because one of the first things they did was invite all the current and former LGBTQ elected officials in San Diego County to come to the stage. This group couldn’t be described with just one set of identifiers, they represented different races, complexions, genders, and ages, and this diversity was an important theme that emerged a few times during the event. I’ve been advised by my wife that sometimes I meander too far off the key points, so while I won’t get sidetracked by Bishop Yvette Flunder’s remarks at the breakfast (she received the Champion of Equality award and was remarkable), if you are unfamiliar with the dynamic woman, please consult Google today. I’m going to focus instead on the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Cleve Jones. I can’t tell this part of the story without giving a little background. Jones escaped his early life in Phoenix and traded it in for being what he described as a “street kid” in The Castro in San Francisco in the early 1970s. He got to know Harvey Milk in those days and during his remarks at the Diversity Breakfast,

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Letters Applause for ArtZine

[Ref: “ArtZine,” Vol. 8, Issue 9 and 10, or online at gay-sd.com/artzine and tinyurl.com/kvsf7m4.] Thank you for your new column, ArtZine. Given funding cuts for our arts, it is all the more crucial that we shine a strong light on our arts and the artists of our community. Bravo! —Bill Kelly, via email Thank you for including HYPE at The Studio Door in the premiere ArtZine article. The Studio Door is proud to share newsprint with Alexander! Also, on behalf of the participating artists, thank you for announcing more details on PROUD and PROUD at Pride. The Studio Door and our collaborators are excited to share these thought provoking works. —Patric Stillman, via gay-sd.com

Location of AIDS memorial

[Ref: “Opinion: Where our AIDS Memorial belongs,” Vol. 8, Issue 10, or online at tinyurl.com/kul5bdr.] I completely agree, Morgan. The memorial belongs in Hillcrest, and it belongs right where you suggest. Let’s make this happen. —Luke Terpstra, chair emeritus, Hillcrest Town Council

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HARVEY MILK he took a moment to remind all of us that Milk was just as flawed and subject to human foibles as the rest of us. And that he was a truly kind man. But just after he reminded us “killing a dreamer does not kill a dream,” he said something that framed an issue in a way that I think is really important. As he brought his remarks to a close, Jones said that members of the LGBTQ community are old and young and black and brown and white and rich and poor and in every family and every geography across the globe. His point? That because the LGBTQ community is represented within all of the other “groups” in our society, it is uniquely positioned to build the bridges across our human divides that can help us heal and move our society past its divisions. Like hundreds of others in the room, I rose to my feet as Jones closed his remarks. And as I clapped just a bit harder and longer than I normally do, I felt a sense of joy as I thought about the shift in our collective consciousness that his words might bring about. A truly wonderful moment. —Omar Passons is a resident of North Park and a candidate for the District 4 seat of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Find more at omarpassons.com.▼

When I first heard about the memorial, I thought “wonderful.” San Diego needs a public remembrance to all our friends and family lost to AIDS. A children’s playground? A residential neighborhood away from Hillcrest? Makes no sense to me. I’m in favor of something in Hillcrest for sure. My only caveat is that it be quiet and peaceful and have a bench. —Jody Sims, via gay-sd.com I agree that Olive Street Park is not the place for an AIDS memorial but neither is a small median on Normal Street. Like the cancer survivors park at Spanish Landing (tinyurl.com/mtzok77), the AIDS memorial should be a place for reflection and contemplation that just can’t be accommodated on a busy street. Reference the AIDS memorial groves at Golden Gate Park and at SFSU in San Francisco. How about Marston Hills/ Richmond Street canyon? It is already park land, an undeveloped canyon added to Balboa Park. It already has primitive trails and two points of access from Richmond Street, as well as access from the bridle trail overcrossing/Upas Street. Developing this little gem a little more with benches and some meaningful public art would be the quiet meditative space right in Hillcrest that helps us to remember those we have lost and those who are surviving. We deserve much more than a simple monument in a median. Please consider advocating for this alternative. —Garrick Wilhelm, via email Spot on, Morgan. It makes absolutely no sense to locate the San Diego AIDS Memorial anywhere other than Hillcrest and I find it actually quite insulting that there would be any reasoning used as justification for quietly tucking such an important reminder away, as if it were an embarrassment, or additionally, to have any other purpose than reflection and to stand as a reminder for those that might otherwise easily forget. —Eric Arts, via gay-sd.com I agree wholeheartedly with your proposal for locating the memorial on Normal Street. Design will be difficult on that narrow strip but should be possible with dignity. The proposed site on Olive Street is absurd. —John Boyle, via email It wasn’t long ago that Normal Street was just that, a normal street. But in 2012, the Hillcrest Business Association, along with the High Heel Race Committee (a team of dedicated neighborhood volunteers), raised money to build the Hillcrest Pride Flag and LGBT historical monument. Since that time, the Pride Flag and the small plaza surrounding it have become a gathering space for the neighborhood. Over the next few years, you’ll start to see the expansion of Pride Plaza and I hope that it will include the proposed San Diego AIDS Memorial. Normal Street (and the proposed park that will soon exist

there) has become a statement of a “new normal” of acceptance and tolerance in our city. Over the last five years, Pride Plaza has become the gathering space, in joy or mourning, for the LGBT Community. Siting the AIDS memorial here would be recognition of the history of Hillcrest as a safe space in the story of the LGBT community. Since Pride Plaza was created, it has hosted vigils for the Orlando victims, a celebration of the passage of marriage equality (can you believe it was so recent?), remembrances for neighbors who have died (some who raised money for the flag), and, in just a few short months, it will host the return of the Stonewall Rally to kick off Pride weekend. Siting the AIDS memorial on Normal Street is fitting for this place that has been, and continues to mean, so much to the community. One of the worst tragedies of the AIDS crisis is that its victims were hidden and shunned by the wider society. Remembering this should tell us that it’s not right that their memorial be hidden away in a corner of Bankers Hill where nobody will see it. Their monument should instead be placed at the center of the community, in our heart, for all to see and for all to remember. —Ben Nicholls, executive director, Hillcrest Business Association, via email

On creating community

[Ref: “Back Out With Benny: Our bars, connecting and community,” Vol. 8, Issue 10, or online at tinyurl.com/n95eog4.] What an interesting and insightful explanation of the importance of bars in the gay culture. It was the Stonewall uprising (not riot) after all that gave birth to the modern gay rights movement. As an ambassador from a different world, I have always been made to feel welcome and accepted. You are correct to emphasize the positive aspects of these environments. And God knows they are wonderful places to let your hair down and have a good time as well. I just hope that we play at one of the places where you get to relax. —John Durkee, via gay-sd.com

More on our LGBT bars

[Ref: “Out of the Archives: The history of our bars,” Vol. 8, Issue 6, or online at tinyurl. com/h6nhfyx]. Great article! I was 18 years old in 1988. Fresh out of boot camp in San Diego and stationed at the Anti-Submarine Warfare base on Point Loma. I came from the backwoods of North Carolina and San Diego was a complete shock to me. The first gay bar I ever went to was Crackers. Later became a regular at WCPC, Wolfs, Bourbon Street, Peacock Alley, and a country bar that I can’t remember the name of. I grew up in those old bars and it was some of the best times of my life. —Tony, via gay-sd.com —Letters to the editor can be sent to morgan@sdcnn.com. Comments can also be made on our website or Facebook page.▼

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GLAMATHON the money to afford health care, especially what’s needed to take care of the HIV drugs.” The two men had worked together last year on VIDA’s first fundraiser, a Bowl-a-thon, and Duarte asked Glitz to get involved again; this time suggesting that he put on a production of his own liking. As a result, The Glam-a-thon was born. It will be one and a half hours of Glitz’s special kind of drag. “Glam-a-thon is just a night to see some avant garde drag that you wouldn’t necessarily otherwise see and to raise some money for a good cause,” Glitz said. A total of 10 performers will each bring their unique personal brands of performance drag to the stage, many who have performed on the popular monster-style drag alternative spawned from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Dragula, which Glitz calls “Drag Race on steroids.” In addition to Glitz Glam, who will both host and perform,

other performers at The Glama-thon include Xochi Mochi, a Dragula competitor; Daniel Demented, a “very creative” club kid from LA; Loris Queen, also a Dragula competitor whose face Glitz said gives him inspiration; Earthintruder, a local and a MO’s employee who is “the father of the San Diego club kids”; Sienna Desire, another local; Ursula Major, another Dragula competitor who is described as a “pain pig,” because she literally staples tips to her face and forehead; Grotesqua, a new performer on the scene; Lady VaJayJay, a close friend of Glitz’s who hails from a city near the Mojave Desert and creates all of her own headdresses; and Kicxky Vixen Styles, another local and MO’s and Rich’s employee, whom Glitz describes as a “machine” and a cosplay queen. Glitz is known for hosting the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing parties at MO’s and after seven years as a staffer, was promoted to manager in January. The Connecticut native got his drag start while living in Miami for five years, where he

performed as Glitz Glamore (emphasis on more), a much more feminine version of who he is today. A new job offer gave Glitz and his husband Anthony — they got married four years ago at the Grammy’s “with Madonna as our wedding singer,” he said — the opportunity to move west and start anew in 2008. Focusing on his job as operations manager at Mankind, he set his drag persona aside for a few years. When it was time to bring Glitz back, he wanted to recreate his look. Having lots of body hair, he said he was tired of shaving and had been inspired by Disco Dolly, who now lives in Portland, Oregon, and his use of glitter in his beard. “So let’s drop the ‘more’ and keep the ‘glam’ and reinvent myself as a bearded, gender fluid queen,” Glitz said. “I ran with it. Bearded queens have been around for a long time — so I am by no means the first one, but I think I am the first to bring it to the forefront of the drag community.” In his younger years, Glitz said he felt like an outcast and

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One of the many faces of Glitz Glam (Courtesy Jesse Greika) struggled both with his identity and to fit in, but the challenges he experienced with HIV is what ultimately inspired him to find himself. “When I was diagnosed it helped me to channel my fear into some creativity,” he said. “I wanted to numb the reality that something was crawling under my skin and I created this alter ego that was empowered. I said ‘fuck it, I’m going to be colorful, creative and beautiful and unique and myself, and I’m not going to let this take me down. “I love performing and hosting and I am comfortable in my skin now,” he continued. “I definitely feel that I am under the transgender umbrella, gender queer, if you will, or gender fluid. That’s where I’m at now.” While his current decidedly masculine alter ego has left more of his feminine attributes behind, he said he’s “kind of happy in the gender fuck” state he now resides. “I think we’re all really special, each one of us, and I think society makes us form ourselves into a certain box or label but I think that’s changing. Youth is much more empowered and making sure you have your right pronouns and I don’t even know all that stuff but I think it’s great.” A team of creatives, many from his work family, helps him style each new look and transform Glitz’s 5-foot-9inch frame to nearly 7-feet tall with shoes that vary their elevation from 8- to 12-inches and the addition of a variety of headdresses. His performances focus on classic rock and male-centric vocals, such as Journey, Ozzie Ozbourne, Queen and the Rolling Stones. “I’m not a dancing queen, I know that — though my lip sync is good — I’m a face queen,” he said. “We all have

our strengths and mine is about the transformation and the piece of art that you’re getting. I never do the same face twice. It’s been a different face for 20 years.” During the show, Family Health Centers of San Diego will have a van outside offering free HIV testing and there will also be free chair massages. Once The Glam-a-thon is over, the crew will move over to Rich’s for “Glamazon.” Those wearing their Glam-athon wristbands will not only get into Rich’s on a Saturday night for free, but also have access to the “VIP Glam Lounge” space upstairs and the opportunity to mingle with the performers. After a runway-style entrance, the performers will take turns with a “hot spot” or go-go set and be available for meet-and-greets, photos and tipping. DJ Kitty Glitter has flown in from Australia for the event and DJ K-Swift will be spinning in the front room. “Glitz Glam means the world to me as a personal friend, a leader, someone I can trust and I have learned a lot from him,” Duarte said. “At the same time, we both believe in helping others and bringing an end to the AIDS/HIV pandemic. I am grateful to Glitz and all the other girls for making this event a reality.” The Glam-a-thon, a fundraiser for VIDA, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Urban MO’s, located at 208 University Ave. in Hillcrest. Immediately following the show, join the performers at Glamazon at Rich’s Nightclub, located at 1051 University Ave. in Hillcrest. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/mwzeeah. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn.com.▼


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Fermentations in Ocean Beach Rare grapes and exceptional wines define Gianni Buonomo Vintners By Frank Sabatini Jr. Not long ago, Newport Avenue was the last place on earth where oenophiles flocked to assess the bouquets and flavors of wine varietals and their blends. Other than scoring a cheap glass of oxidized merlot at some bar slinging Coronas and Fireball, the pickings for wine drinkers were abysmal.

such grapes as Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera and Viognier are perfected in part by using an old-school aeration oxidation apparatus that tests sulfite and acidity levels from small beaker samples. “It’s a slow, cumbersome process compared to modern-day analyzers, but more accurate,” he noted.

Owner Keith Rolle tests the sulfur content of a wine sample in the facility’s lab But with Ocean Beach’s craft beer and food renaissance of late came Gianni Buonomo Vintners, a 3,000-square-foot winemaking facility and tasting room that opened last year in what used to be an antiques store. Owner Keith Rolle, a native of Minnesota, left the corporate world in the late ’90s to immerse himself in a full-time enology program in Washington State. Today, he impresses visitors with a portfolio of 10 reds and two whites made onsite with grapes from Washington State and El Dorado County in California. Some of them are obscure even to wine aficionados, such as the dark-skinned Blaufrankisch with Austrian roots and another called Charbono, a bold and rustic varietal that originated in eastern France and is grown only on 70 acres in the U.S. — all within California. Those wines, along with others he produces from

Assistant winemaker Neely Ashley agreed. She’s a chemistry-minded millennial who earned a bachelor’s degree in wine and viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “She knocked it out of the park during the interview and required zero training,” Rolle said of her hiring last year. While pouring for customers or helping those select bottles to go, Ashley and Rolle are adept at conveying specs about the wines in either layman’s terms or in technical wine speak, depending on the patronage. “Wine is for everyone and we’re all about making this a comfortable environment for anybody who comes in asking questions,” said Ashley, citing an increased interest in wine drinking and production seen within her 20-something age group based on personal observation and an article published last year by Wine Business Monthly.

She and Rolle are also accustomed to explaining the winery’s curious name. Gianni Buonomo is neither a vineyard or winemaker or type of wine. Their website explains that “buon uomo” means “good man,” and as legend has it, Gianni Buonomo was “a consummate gentleman,” a humble and elegant — but fictitious — role model that parents from Italy’s Piedmont region encouraged their sons emulate. Rolle said after much brainstorming on what to name the winery, which he launched originally in Washington State several years ago as a subscription-based business, his sister came up with the idea and it immediately stuck. The tasting room is as elegant as any you’d find in reputable small-production wineries nestled throughout Napa or Sonoma. The space is replete with wood barrels, string lights, earthy wall colors and antique jewelry cases used for displaying current releases. Wines by the glass start at $7 for an off-dry white flaunting fruity, floral notes called Symphony. They climb modestly to $12 for a 100-percent cabernet sauvignon reserve that calls to a beefy steak or roasted mushrooms with its rounded notes of black cherry and toasted vanilla. (Select wines are $5 and $7 per glass during happy hour, which is held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.) Bottles range from $23 to $69 and can be consumed on site with no corkage fee or purchased to go. Based on a tasting of seven reds, standouts included the prized 2014 Charbono ($45), which offered dark-red hues and a dusty, earthy soul balanced with essences of lavender and stone fruit. “We had a gay couple join us last month for our Charbono fest and they bought a bottle to take to a wedding they were about to attend in Italy. Everyone loves it,” Ashley said after Rolle pointed out that only 17 wineries in the U.S. produce the wine. The equally rare Blaufrankisch ($29) is a pinot-like varietal boasting a complex flavor profile of anise, berries, florals and white pepper. Both Ashley and Rolle concurred that for a red, it pairs

The front section of Gianni Buonomo’s tasting room. Wines are fermented and bottled on-site. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

A pouring conducted by Gianni Buonomo’s assistant winemaker Neely Ashley (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

unusually well with poultry and salmon. Another favorite was the 2014 Barbera, a medium-bodied wine sporting remarkably bright acidity, though without the puckering after bite. It was easy to imagine keeping it on hand to wash down red-sauced pasta or pizza. The winery serves only cheese, charcuterie or veggie boards, although more substantial dishes catered by local restaurants come into play at ongoing pairing events posted on Gianni’s website (gbvintners.com). In addition, Paella Lifestyle Catering sells plates of a Spanish rice dish for $8 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. “Not everyone is a burrito and Jagermeister type here,”

said Rolle. “We’re seeing a full age spectrum of people who live up in the hills coming into Ocean Beach again, and they love the fact there’s a nice, clean winery in their neighborhood.” Gianni Buonomo Vintners is located at 4836 Newport Ave. For information about upcoming wine-food events and the winery’s growing membership club, call 619991-9911 or visit the website. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san. rr.com.▼


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Vegan suppers inspired from the heartland Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. The term “Midwest comfort food” conjures up images of gravy-smothered meats, cheesy casseroles and butter-loaded desserts. They’re precisely the kinds of dishes Roy Elam grew up eating outside of St. Louis until becoming a vegan 12 years ago. Since then, he’s headed the kitchens of two vegan restaurants in the Los Angeles area, helped open a vegan eatery in Bahrain, and sadly lost his mother to breast cancer, which led him into launching a restaurant in her namesake, Donna Jean. Elam recently opened the venture with partners from Plant Power Fast Food in Ocean Beach and Evolution Fast Food in Bankers Hill. The latter resides next door to Donna Jean. His menu in comparison beckons to family meals you’d encounter in rural America, albeit with gourmet touches, rather than foods eaten from paper bags and drive-thru windows. The space was given a lovely makeover from its former Sanfilippo’s days. A well-tended garden puts patio diners in eyeshot of radishes, kale, beets and herbs that make their way into some of Elam’s dishes. Inside, the walls were repainted in soft earth tones, the bar was built out,

and modest décor accents a much airier layout. ried item The only deep-fried shville on his menu is Nashville hot mushrooms of the oyster variety. They’re breaded and brought to a hearty crisp in rice bran oil and served over triangular cuts of bread, which effectively absorbed the residual grease and drizzles of feisty hot sauce.

(clockwise from top left) Blistered shishito peppers; dairy-free mac n’ cheese in cast iron skillet; baked vegan ricotta; Salisbury tempeh steak and potatoes in red eye gravy (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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leaving behind only a ravished pile of stems. Our third appetizer, baked ricotta, is made with cashew milk and achieves accurate texture for spreading onto toasted slices of sourdough. But even if dairy-based, this ricotta would have soared to delicious heights with lemon oil, chili flakes and licorice-tasting hoja santa leaves bedded underneath. At last, the world’s most neutral-tasting “cheese” becomes a remarkable thing. From the short list of entrees, we ordered cast iron mac n’ cheese made also with cashew milk, which develops crispy edges and toasted pockmarks under high heat, much like mild cheddar does. Rich and pleasantly creamy underneath, we agreed that a dash of cayenne pepper or faux Parmesan cheese in the recipe would have made it sing louder. For ex-carnivores yearning for a nostalgic meat-and-potatoes meal, Elam’s tempeh Salisbury steak with mashed spuds and smoky red eye gravy will likely satisfy. Beet juice is incorporated into the faux steak, giving the center a convincing medium-rare appearance. And a caramelized exterior is achieved with bastings of vegan butter as the steak cooks. Mushrooms, onions and wilted greens clench the plate’s familiar, homey essence. Elam’s focused menu also includes a sprightly house salad of mixed greens, radishes, pickled shallots, orange sections, smoked almonds and hemp, which we assumed was hidden in the thick, earthy tasting dressing. There’s also hominy with smoked dates and black garlic, BBQ cauliflower, a black eyed pea burger, ricotta-tempeh ravioli in arrabbiata sauce and a few other dishes that have either evolved or been added since the

restaurant debuted three months ago. We concluded with a dish of blueberry cobble that you’d never guess bler was missing real butter in crum topping and a slice the crumb Bo b of Bourbon-spiked sugar pie sporting the texture of flan and topped with fresh strawberries — natural finales to what passes as down-home cooking but with appealing, complex twists. Craft beer, wine and kombucha are also available at Donna Jean, which is open for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Thursday, and for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.rr.com.▼

Donna Jean 2949 Fifth Ave. (Bankers Hill) 619-299-5500, donnajeansd.com Prices: Starters, $7 to $12; entrees, $11 to $16

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A quaint wine shop carrying nearly 75 different labels from California, Mexico and Europe has opened inside of Cucina Sorella in Kensington. They can be consumed onsite with a $9 corkage fee that’s waived on Wednesdays or purchased to go. In addition, through June 4 the restaurant is offering a 10 percent discount on retail sales from the entire selection. 4055 Adams Ave., 619-281-4014, cucinasorella.com. What opened in November as The California Fruit Wine Co. will celebrate its overdue grand opening June 23–25, but under the newly re-branded name, FruitCraft Fermentery & Distillery. Alan Haghighi, who co-founded the business with his brother, Brian, told Gay San Diego they recently began producing spirits from fermented fruits as well. Known as eau de vie, the brandies are currently available in flights and craft cocktails at the establishment in four varieties — mango, pineapple, cranberry and pomegranate. “We’ve been making improvements to the space and expanding our offerings since last year,” he said, adding that the spirits will also be bottled and ready for retail sales in time for the grand opening. 1477 University Ave., 877-4846282, fruitcraft.com.

Bring an iron stomach or a roll of antacids if you’re delving into the new, outrageous foods at this year’s upcoming San Diego County Fair (June 2–July 4) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Here’s a partial list of what to expect: From locally based Chicken Charlie’s comes Krispy Kreme chicken ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter and beef meatballs, fried pineapple with ice cream, and beignets on a stick. The vendor, Bacon A Fair, will introduce bacon-wrapped cactus, plus Brussels sprouts and asparagus wrapped in the cured meat, and bacon-wrapped grilled pineapple rolled in Parmesan cheese and served on skewers. Grantburger presents the Maui cowboy burger featuring an Angus beef patty stacked with fried Spam, cheddar, marinated vegetables, lettuce and spicy sauce. Tamer in comparison perhaps are two hot sandwiches on sourdough from Grilled Cheese A-Fair: one encasing jalapeno poppers, bacon and double cheddar; and the other containing a Brandt beef patty, double American cheese, caramelized onions and secret sauce. And hidden off the beaten track this year is a speakeasy called The Jade Peacock, which offers an Asian-inspired saloon experience with the support of local distilleries selling craft cocktails. Getting there requires a password given out on cards at the fair’s bars — Into the Sunset, Spurs & Spirits, and The Painted Cowboy. For detailed information on operating hours, admission prices, events and concerts, visit sdfair.com.

Chicken and ice cream between Krispy Kreme donuts is coming to our county fair. (Courtesy San Diego County Fair)

The Caja China grill at Libertad (Courtesy Cohn Restaurant Group) A contiguous trio of establishments by Cohn Restaurant Group has opened in Hillcrest. Among them is Bo-beau kitchen + Cache, an offshoot to Bo-beau kitchens in Ocean Beach and La Mesa that will follow suit with French-bistro cuisine. Located directly next door is Libertad, a taqueria with a Caja China grill that has earmarked 100 percent of its profits to a different charity each month. Hidden behind it is Cache, an intimate Parisian-style speakeasy specializing in craft cocktails and accessible through a rear door of the taco shop. The businesses are located respectively at 1027 University Ave., and 1023 University Ave. cohnrestaurants.com.

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Maine’s lobster season is celebrated at a Mission Valley seafood house. (Courtesy King’s Fish House)

The annual Maine lobster festival at King’s Fish House in Mission Valley kicked off May 23 and will continue for at least three weeks, said a company rep. The imported, sweet crustaceans appear in lobster bisque, classic or Connecticut-style rolls, in a New England clambake with potatoes and corn, and in whole, steamed form with weights ranging from 1.5 to 3 pounds. 825 Camino de la Reina, 619-574-1230, kingsfishhouse.com. The Mission Valley-based San Diego Poke Co. will expand with a second location in Normal Heights on June 8. Owner Yohei Umezu first launched the business at farmers markets before moving into a brick-and-mortar space last year at 10387 Friars Road. The Oh-No tuna burger from San The new location will be twice Diego Poke Co. (Photo by Jersen Navasca) the size and offer more options for building your own poke bowls, salads, wraps and tacos. It will also feature Umezu’s new tuna burgers, including the Oh-No made with cubed tuna, onions, seaweed salad and Hot Cheetos, all tucked inside a Furikake rice bun. The hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the first 50 guests to visit the new location will receive a free regular-size poke bowl. 3533 Adams Ave., sdpokeco.com. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@san.rr.com.


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It does bear repeating Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Because it bears repeating and seems like the right time to hear the play again, New Village Arts (NVA) cofounder and Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner programmed Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” as the last production in NVA’s 16th season. Presented at La Jolla Playhouse in 1997, the

autobiographical work was adapted by Emily Mann from the book by Sarah L. (Sadie) and A. Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. At the time Mann was artistic director of the McCarter Theatre, where the play premiered in 1995. The NVA cast is extraordinary, with well-known area actors Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson (recently Moxie Theatre’s “Brownsville Song b side for Tray” and “’night Mother” at ion theatre) as Bessie, the more opinionated and intractable of the two, and Milena

(l to r) Phillips and Thompson dance in their kitchen. (Photo by Rich Soublet)

(Sellers) Phillips (most recently in Cygnet’s August Wilson Repertory of “Seven Guitars” and “King Hedley II”) as Sadie, the more accepting and non-confrontational. Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed, the production continues through June 11 and is not to be missed. Christopher Scott Murillo’s set appears as if one could move right into the Delany sisters’ Mount Vernon, New York, home circa, 1991. Neither woman ever married. Both were college educated and broke numerous barriers by becoming independent and competent. Bessie became a dentist and Sadie a teacher. They were born into a large family of achieving children fathered by a former slave and raised to be frugal and to save. As soon as they were able, they bought property and lived together most of their lives. “Having Our Say” relates the Delany sisters’ history, their family history, and when it comes right down to it, the history of “negroes” in America. Sadie prefers that term and eschews “African-American,” saying no one is more American than they, despite their tough road to achievement. The discrimination they and others faced and still face is the part of the story that most bears repeating. Parts of the work are gently amusing now, especially their prediction that it would be a long time before there was a black president.

(l to r) Milena (Sellers) Phillips and Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson during a scene in NVA’s “Having Our Say” (Photo by Rich Soublet) Most enjoyable is observing the genuine affection between these two fine actors, the hand-holding, the physical assistance they give to each other, their amazing cooking style, as they prepare a celebratory dinner for everyone present; plus the way they unfold the lace tablecloth and set the table, the way they seem not like actors pretending to be old, but the way they inhabit old. It could be anyone’s family home and by the end of the evening it feels like it is one’s own. Coleman-Reed’s meticulous direction adds to the savory feast, as do her costumes, Melanie Chen’s sound and projections design, A.J. Paulin’s lighting design, and the amazing properties work by Angelica Ynfante. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenecriticism. blogspot.com or reach her at charb81@gmail.com.▼

“Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” By Emily Mann Thursdays-Sundays New Village Arts Theatre 2787 State St. Carlsbad Village Tickets $33-$36 newvillagearts.org 760-433-3245

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TYLER’S SUITE SDGMC’s Chamber Chorale will join 200 other singers from across the country on stage to perform the 40-minute concert, including members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus in Minneapolis, both of which were co-commissioners of the original work. “You feel the loss of gay music student Tyler Clementi, who was bullied literally to death,� Lehman continued. “Today, kids all around the world are hearing about Tyler and his story. They’re learning about the importance of kindness, about how to talk about suicide prevention and about how to stand up against bullying.� SDMGC was one of the seven original commissioners of the nine-movement piece created under the musical direction of Stephen Schwartz, the genius behind the music of “Wicked,� “Godspell� and “Pippin.� Schwartz collaborated with eight of today’s most celebrated composers and librettists: John Bucchino, whose songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Liza Minelli and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Ann Hampton Callaway, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter; Craig Carnelia, three Tony Award nominations; John Corigliano, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, three Grammy Awards and an Academy Award; Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award, Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated composer; Nolan Gasser, architect of Pandora Radio Music Genome Project; Jake Heggie, composer of the operas “Moby-Dick� and “Dead Man Walking�; and Lance Horne, Emmy Award winner for best original song. Directing the concert will be Dr. Timothy G. Seelig, conductor laureate and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Hampton Callaway will perform as soloist for a song she wrote about how Tyler and his mother, Jane, would say “I Love You More� upon parting. “Singing on stage at Lincoln Center is, of course,

NEWS / COMMUNITY VOICES an incredibly exciting opportunity for all of us, not only because of the prestige of the venue, but more importantly because of the work itself,â€? fi rst tenor Michael Harrison said. “’Tyler’s Suite’ is a beautiful piece that celebrates a young and vibrant life so needlessly lost, and we are honored to be able to share it with audiences in New York.â€? A group of all-volunteer singers, the Chorus members are also on a mission; to change lives one voice at a time. “Tyler’s Suiteâ€? has the ability to achieve that mission, to reach out — as what the San Diego Union-Tribune called SDGMC “San Diego’s gay ambassadorsâ€? — and change the hearts and minds of all communities. “Many of us grew up in a culture where if you were thought to be gay, you would be bullied. That’s just what happened,â€? Artistic Director RC Haus said. “All of us feel that pain and ‘Tyler’s Suite’ tells that story of our lives.â€? In 2014, Haus established the SDGMC’s Chamber Chorale for aficionados of classical and modern masterworks — both singers and audiences alike. It was a venture into new and exciting territory, because while all-male masterworks ensembles are highly prized, they remain a rarity outside of a few academic settings. In one fell swoop, Haus created what has become one of the largest vocal chorales of its kind in the nation. Since then, the 40-voice Chorale has presented multiple sold-out concerts and made regular appearances on the Balboa Theatre stage. In spring 2015, the Chorale appeared in Berlioz’s “Requiemâ€? with the La Jolla Symphony. SDGMC recently celebrated its 31th anniversary. With more than 200 members, it is one of the largest gay choruses in the world and has sung at various high profi le locations, including the White House and the Super Bowl. The group’s mission is to change lives one voice at a time. SDGMC performs next on July 29 and 30 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego with its summer show “Divas.â€? For more information visit sdgmc.org.â–ź

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His hope for acceptance in the activist communities where he undoubtedly left his mark was never realized and it ultimately followed him until the end. Hassan is an example that we in the activist community need to remember. A man pressured by different forms of discrimination throughout his short life, but who could not find release, even in the very circles that claimed to seek to combat the intersection of different forms of oppression. We who knew Hassan and were at his side in his daily struggle to free others from their shackles, could not muster the fortitude to accept Hassan for who he was. Maybe it is about time that the struggle to free Palestine also becomes a struggle to free Palestinians themselves; not just from the Israeli occupation, but from their own mental shackles. It might be too late for Hassan, but let’s make sure he did not die in vain. We will remember Hassan as an advocate of love for humanity and a true peace-bringer. May he rest in peace.

dignity in their own homes and communities. San Diego County’s AAA is known as (AIS) Aging & Independence Services. According to its website, AIS provides “services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living, and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities.� It is a very important resource that every senior and the friends and family members who care for seniors should familiarize themselves with so they are aware of the services available to assist them, most of which are free. Please refer to the AIS website, located at tinyurl.com/kwhtsyx, for

more detailed information. Rather than continue to quote alarming reports and projections, I hope this article informs and incites readers so that they might be more diligent, insistent and proactive in planning ahead and pressuring their elected and public officials to do no less, if we are to avert the worst possible outcomes of the unfolding aging crisis in all areas of our lives as we grow: affordable and accessible housing, health care, transportation, our economy, family and professional careers. —Bill Kelly is a longtime local activist who currently focuses on LGBT senior issues and moderates the Caring for our LGBT Seniors in San Diego Facebook page. Access to the group is free to all seniors, their advocates, families, friends and caregivers. Reach Bill at wekbill@yahoo. com.▟

—The individual who submitted this piece was identified as a friend of Hassan who wished to be anonymous.▟

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DAPPER as bisexual. Tamburro said she turned out to aid the cause. “I think it’s important to show support for whistleblowers and also I feel it’s important to show support for the trans community,” Tamburro said, who then reflected on the value of whistleblowers. “Honestly, for me … without whistleblowers, the government just continues to exert power over people that don’t deserve that treatment,” Tamburro said. “So if there’s no one on the inside saying there is something wrong going on, then how the hell are we supposed to know?”

A rainbow flag with the words “Patriot Chelsea Manning” hangs from the Hillcrest sign in the early morning hours of May 17 (Facebook/Artful Activists) —Rick Braatz is a sociologist, a social worker, a journalist and a former editor

of Gay San Diego. He can be reached at rickbraatz@gmail. com.▼

Surrounded by other demonstrators, Artful Activists member William Johnson speaks in front of news cameras near the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the May 17 event commemorating Manning’s release from prison. (Photo by Frank Colosi Photography)

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12 noon, Center Library The CDC estimates that over one-quarter of all HIV/AIDS patients are over 50 years old. If you are 50 years or better and living with HIV, then this discussion group is just for you! Discuss the topics that interest you most. Discover how to feel your best. Socialize with others who can relate. Join us for this lively discussion group to connect, to learn, and to have fun. This group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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Leslie Jordan (top), reprising his role as Brother Boy, consoles Emerson Collins in the sequel to “Sordid Lives.” (Photo by Steven K. Johnson)

The challenges of producing

End of the road “We had four different locaShores and Collins ended Despite a legion of fans, the tions in and around the club to up as producers for the sequel, shoot in 12 hours with more than “Sordid Lives” cottage industry along with six other financiers. is closing shop. 250 extras,” Collins said. “It was That added even greater re“Yes, this is the last chapter,” possible because of the phenomsponsibility for both men. Shores said. “I have lots more enal Dallas crew, the support of As an indie producer with characters and stories in me, Caven Enterprises [which owns a tight budget and a limited but it was time to end my amaza slew of LGBT bars there], the number of days to shoot, the ingly wonderful ‘Sordid’ journey.” —Ken Williams is a contribincredible cast and the enthusichallenge was “finding the So what’s next for Shores uting editor of Gay San Diego asm of the extras!” right story for each character and Collins? and can be reached at ken@ “It was one amazing crazy to complete their ‘Sordid’ jourBesides promoting the sequel, sdcnn.com or at 619-961-1952. day,” Shore said. “We pulled ney,” Shores said. “And, raising Shores said he is developing He is a volunteer board member it off all because of Emerson the money!” a new TV series that he loves, of FilmOut San Diego, serving Collins.” Collins said his challenge writing a new play called “This as Film & Media Relations Another amazing day of as a producer was “shooting a Side of Crazy” and working on Director.▼ shooting accommodated the low-budget indie with 32 actors ever-busy Whoopi Goldberg, in two different countries with who had only six hours to film two different crews in 15 total her cameo role as a wedding days!” officiant. “Whoopi is a good friend of That’s right: The movie was Caroline Rhea, and Caroline shot in Dallas, Texas, and in introduced her to the series.” Manitoba, Canada. So how MARYAH's Shores said. “One day Caroline did big-city Winnipeg become called me, passed the phone to a stand-in for small-town Whoopi, who praised my writWinters, Texas? ing and told me she wanted to “Caroline Rhea [who plays work with me. I wrote her into Noleta Nethercott] is Canadian the second season of the TV and did a movie up there severThursday, June 8th, 6–9 PM al months before we shot ‘A Very series, which never happened, The Hotel Del Coronado and Caroline informed me that Sordid Wedding.’ She called me 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118 Whoopi would love to be a part and said, ‘Why don’t we shoot of the new film. I wrote the role in Canada?’ The incentives to EVENT INFORMATION shoot there made sense and this and I’ll let Emerson tell you Live music, entertainment, food, drinks, and much more... how we got her to Winnipeg for became the only way we could e Tickets are $40 and available le h those five magical hours. She make the movie we wanted to br at MARYAH.org ut at Yo was amazing. Is amazing. A demake,” Shores said. in s ’ g 1 ter 2 Y e a r s o f Th e C e n light. Gracious. Loving. A pro!” “The Canadian dollar had Collins elaborated. slipped — unfortunately for “Whoopi and her team were them, fortunately for us,” he incredibly supportive in makcontinued. “I called my good friend Michael MacLennan, an- ing it possible,” Collins said. “They found one six-hour winother Canadian, who produced dow during our shoot schedule and wrote on ‘Queer As Folk’ on a Friday night that she with me, [which] we shot in Toronto, and he plugged us into could be with us. “We built the entire plan Buffalo Gal Pictures and it was around that one night and she a match. rode her bus 27 hours from “I could not believe we found New York City to Winnipeg the locations to match Winters, Limited Time Offer after a taping of ‘The View’ to Texas, but we did. And best get there,” he continued. “She crew I’ve ever worked with.” 3 sessions for $99* was gracious and generous and Did they save money by when Del told her she could imshooting in Canada? provise her lines she responded, “We did! We had incredi‘What you wrote is brilliant, ble partners in Buffalo Gal how about I just say that?’ Pictures who put together an When she finished, she got back incredibly gifted crew and helped us take advantage of tax on her bus and drove on!” Besides producing, Collins incentives that ensured that also played the part of Billy Joe we stretched the budget as far Dobson, a bisexual serial killer as possible to make sure all of the money is on screen,” Shores who escapes prison and hooks up with Brother Boy, played said. “It did make for an inagain by Leslie Jordan. teresting adventure getting 24 “Del wrote the part for me, actors there and shooting with so it’s basically typecasting, I snow flurries one day standing think! 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To learn from those they love,” he said. Without spoiling the plot, Shores reveals that the character of Latrelle Williamson — masterfully played by Bonnie Bedelia throughout the years — is the one who has evolved the most. “No question about it,” Shores said. “Sissy is right there by her side, but Latrelle makes a beautiful journey in the amazing incarnation by Bonnie Bedelia. That day shooting the church scene with Dale Dickey and Bonnie Bedelia could be my favorite day of directing ever.” Dickey, who played Glyndora in the original movie and TV series, takes over the role of Sissy Hickey — aunt to Brother Boy, LaVonda and Latrelle. In the sequel, Sissy makes it her mission to study the Bible page by page to find out what the good book says about homosexuality. Sissy also updates her little notebook in order to keep up on political correctness, which is a hilarious recurring joke throughout the movie. “This was my 15th time to work with Dale and I will work with her as long as she will work with me,” Shores said. “I happen to think Dale Dickey is a national treasure, one of our best actresses,” he continued. “So, when Beth Grant turned down the role, I went right to Dale. She had done the LA revival of ‘Sordid Lives’ and won an Ovation nomination for her brilliant portrayal of Sissy and also did the national tour. She is perfection in the role. Deep, complex, funny, and my real Aunt Sissy lives on!”

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For actor/producer Emerson Collins, who is also Shores’ business partner, the sequel comes at a crucial moment in American history at a time when the Trump administration and the Religious Right are trying to curtail or take away hard-earned LGBT legal rights. “For me,” Collins said, “it was important to continue to point out the hypocritical judgment that LGBTQ people encounter culturally in their families’ churches and communities despite advances in legal equality and at the same time celebrate that LGBTQ people of faith do have affirming church homes available!” Shores explores the concept of “religious freedom” in the sequel, so the film is timely since Trump recently issued an executive order that allows legal discrimination by faith groups. Will things get worse before they get better? Is Shores glum about the future? “Amazingly, I’m not pessimistic,” he said. “We’ve seen how judges immediately rule against 45’s executive orders, and I suspect the same will happen with this one. These bigots are being exposed for their ignorance and I believe we have to scream loudly and continue to be heard

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his new one-man show, “Six Characters in Search of a Play.” Collins is promoting the movie as it travels the film festival circuit and gets wider play in mainstream cinemas. “The audience reaction in theaters is jaw-dropping with multiple applause breaks in every premiere we’ve attended, from Palm Springs to Dallas to Fort Lauderdale, and the laughs cover the next lines throughout the film,” Collins said. “It’s a special community experience to laugh together,” he said. “In this particularly difficult political climate, this is our contribution to the conversation about continuing to advance the rights and quality of life of LGBTQ people in our country. “So we are spreading it as far and wide as we can and letting the word of mouth continue to open new doors for screening the film.” To learn more about the film, visit tinyurl.com/mrz6arh.

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— whether it be in our work, on stage, on social media. So, maybe we will take some steps back, but I do believe that we will continue to take more steps forward because the majority of this nation is now with us.” Collins agreed. “Progress is always made over the weeping and gnashing of teeth of those who prefer the status quo, but inevitably it moves forward,” he said. “The important thing for all of us is that, as bigots fight back, we protect and fight hardest for the most vulnerable in our community, from trans women of color to LGBTQ youth.”

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ARTZINE This year’s festival is called “Beauty Through Adversity: Finding One’s Voice,” and Baldridge said Heggie’s work “exemplifies” the theme. “The Work At Hand” will be performed twice; June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, located at 17025 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, and again June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. Mainly Mozart runs throughout June at various venues throughout the region. For more information, visit mainlymozart.org. To learn more about the composition, visit tinyurl.com/jwygps6. To read our 2013 story in Uptown News about Morefield’s “The Warrior Stance,” which inspired the piece, visit tinyurl. com/kd97mny.

Here comes Clarione!

Multimedia artist and illustrator Clarione Gutierrez has been a very busy artist of late. The San Diego native took a top honors at the Art Alive floral exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art in April. The three-day annual event featured more than 100 floral interpretations of established artwork, including sculptures and paintings. Floral designers choose a piece of art from the museum’s collection and then create an arrangement that represents or is inspired by the piece chosen. This was the second year that Clarione represented Neiman Marcus’ visual department, though the department store has been participating in the event for decades.

sculpture with succulents, calla lillies, wax flowers, spray roses, dianthus greens, and other miscellaneous blossoms.” His artistic interpretation and choices caught the eye of the museum’s members, who are responsible for choosing the absolute best of the 100 participants, and took second place in the “Member’s Choice” top awards. “I’ve only been dabbling in floral design for the last two years as well, so to be recognized among these experienced designers was nothing less than incredible for me,” Clarione said. One of the things that keeps this guy the busiest is lending his talents to local nonprofits. On May 12, Clarione performed what he calls his “live speed painting show” for the Surfrider Foundation’s annual gala and art auction, and his sea turtle painting, painted on the spot at the event, nabbed the nonprofit $800. He has performed his live speed painting at various galas over the years, including at MARAYAH’s 2015 Harvest Howl gala, when he painted local Olympian Greg Louganis, the event’s keynote speaker. On June 2, Clarione will be painting for the Filipino American Art Walk reception at the Muramid Museum and Art Center in Oceanside. “The event features art from local Filipino-American artists and being Filipino myself, this is an exciting opportunity to showcase myself in front of another community I am a part of,” he said. During Pride Week in July, he will again perform at the Rob Benzon Foundation Launch Party at the Marston House in Balboa Park, his second appearance for the nonprof-

Artist Clarione Gutierrez flanked by his winning Art Alive entry (right) and its inspiration (Courtesy Clarione) Clarione said he chose a bronze statue of Sridevi, a Hindu goddess who represents wealth, fortune and prosperity, and he was drawn to her “form.” “She had a lot of movement and was very sassy,” he said. “I was also inspired by her clothing and thought I could create a lot of texture with my design.” Known for bright and vivid colors in his art, Clarione said though the statue was a “dark, rusted bronze,” he wanted to bring his own personal touch to the piece and invoked plenty of color. “I created the base of her form out of moss,” he said. “I layered galax leaves as her pants. I used a bromeliad and hyacinth blossoms for her headpiece. Then I adorned the rest of the

it, named by the friends of Rob Benzon, a local light in their lives. The website says the foundation offers grants to individuals in urgent need after a catastrophic event and also to established charitable organizations. Visit RobBenzon.org. Finally, there is news about the wonderful LGBT-themed children’s book, written by Tyler Curry and illustrated by Clarione, “A Peacock Among Pidgeons,” released in 2015. We hear the book will soon be adapted into a musical! But more on that in a future article. To learn more about Clarione, visit clarionegutierrez.com —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.▼

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Friday, May 26

Uptown Romphim Party: Men’s rompers have taken the internet by storm and Uptown Tavern wants you to put on your best romphim or romper and get your Friday on. Happy hour, 3–6 p.m. and $5 Veuve Cliquot 4–6 p.m. Drink specials, tunes by DJ Joey Jimenez and DJ Hevrock. 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/leh5qhr. ‘Roman Holiday’: Cinema Under the Stars presents the classic romantic drama starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Additional screenings on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221. Ladies Happy Hour: Every Friday enjoy a full bar, large outdoor patio, no-smoking areas, lots of parking, and come hungry for $5 paninis. This week join the flip cup challenge against the LezBHonest Dragon Boat outrigger team. 5–8 p.m. Brick Bar, 1475 University Ave. Visit tinyurl.com/m39e9as.

Saturday, May 27

11th Annual Butterfly Release/Fiesta Botanica: Join Friends of Balboa Park to celebrate the beauty of nature! In addition to four butterfly releases, the event features educational and family-friendly activities. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Zoro Garden in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2qcRL9K.

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art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Tonight’s art selection is “Caribbean Dreaming.” Street parking. 6–9 p.m. Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit tinyurl.com/jhjhqev.

Wednesday, May 31

Sunday, May 28

The ABBA Show: The ABBA Show ensemble will pay tribute to the legendary Swedish pop group with a concert at the Belly Up. ’80s cover band BETAMAXX will also perform. 21+. Tickets $15-17 online at fgtix.to/2qWN7dl. 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Visit bit. ly/2qX7o2t.

perform with DeMore, who will use her voice and sound to lead the audience through a powerful journey involving our political, emotional and spiritual lives. Suggested donation $10. 7-9:30 p.m. University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. Visit tinyurl. com/lc39yqn.

Saturday, June 3

Live Music: Join the Skivvies (Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina), the hilariously funny undie-rock duo (yes, you read that right) straight from New York City — performing their “High and Dry” musical parody in their undies. If you like laughter, nudity, music, lingerie and skivvies, this is where you need to be. Special guests Tori Roze and Brian Banville. Tickets online at tinyurl. com/klmdr6z. $40–50 reserved seating and $15 per person food/drink minimum. Doors open 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 3940 Fourth Ave. in Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/2pwVjTu.

PROUD Exhibit Reception: Celebrate National LGBTQ Pride Month with the PROUD exhibit, a collection of works from LGBT artists around the country. Reception 6-9 p.m., exhibit will run June 2-25. Mature audiences. The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. Visit bit.ly/2qWNEMl or contact patric@ TheStudioDoor.com. ‘Singin’ in the

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony: Join the San Diego chapter of the Truman National Security Project for the third annual Memorial Day Sunrise “rose drop.” A quick program that includes participants sharing about loved ones who paid ultimate sacrifice for their country. Meet up is at sunrise, 5:30 a.m. (don’t be late) at Rosecrans National Cemetery, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive in Point Loma. Visit tinyurl.com/ mvmes37.

Tuesday, May 30

Wine & Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at the historic Lafayette, in the whimsical Conservatory room, next to HOPE 46 restaurant. Happy hour items will be available if you come early. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary

Thursday, June 1

‘Rear Window’: Cinema Under the Stars presents the Alfred Hitchcock action thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Additional screening on Friday, June 2. Visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.

Friday, June 2

Community Concert: San Diego Women’s Chorus presents an interactive evening with the music of Oakland-based vocal activist Melanie DeMore. Members of SDWC as well as singers from other local choral groups will also

Rain’: Cinema Under the Stars presents the iconic movie musical starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Additional screening Sunday, June 4. Visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221. North County LGBTQ gala: Called, “Rise Up, Shine On,” the North County LGBTQ Resource Center is having its annual gala fundraiser at a private estate in Oceanside. Lesbian comic Julie Goldman will entertain, with Lee Coulter as the special musical guest. Opportunity drawings, food, drink and more. VIP entry, 5:30 p.m., general admission entry starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit tinyurl.com/ m8dspm9.

High Leather Tea: Nathan Kendrick, Mr. San Diego Leather 2017, invites community members to put on your leather and boots and come support Sunburst Youth Housing. Sirs and leather pups will serve shots and show their stuff, and bootblacks will also be on hand to give your gear some love, while deejay dirtyKURTY serves up the music. Attendance is free but proceeds from the “jock auction” will go to at-risk youth. Leather attire encouraged but not required. The Hole in the Wall, 2830 Lytton St., Point Loma. Visit tinyurl.com/ mm8y6s8. HER San Diego Summer Party: There’s a new app for that … HER is a dating and social networking app that brings women together. To help raise awareness to the app in San Diego, they are having their first-ever local event. Doors open at 4 p.m. with DJ Heabnasty, DJ Little Indian and DJ Dida. Tickets start at $5. 21+. The Brew Project, 3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Pre-party party at Spitz, 3415 Fifth Ave., at 3 p.m. To download the app visit tinyurl.com/n6ysvu8. To learn more about the summer party, visit tinyurl. com/lsj2hua.

Monday, June 5

Mazing Mondays at the Caliph: Come sing along to the songs of your past with Carol Curtis from 5–8 p.m. and enjoy karaoke with Danny from 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at this “easy-going” cocktail bar and lounge that has been in our community since 1960. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.–1 a.m. The Caliph, 3100 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit thecaliph.net.

Tuesday, June 6

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Wednesday, June 7

Welcome back Wednesdays at the Caliph: Come out and enjoy Kenny Ard live on the piano from 8–11 p.m. at this “easy-going” cocktail bar and lounge that has

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