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Carol Curtis: Hillcrest’s ‘piano wench’ Small company scores hits Carol Curtis, shown at The Caliph's piano bar, has played at various LGBT-owned bars in San Diego. (Photo by William Pontius)


Local musician has performed for the local LGBT community for decades


By Ben Cartwright Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two part story. A few decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon to fi nd a gay piano bar, or at least a piano in several gay bars. Only a handful of these types of establishments still exist across the country, where people can come together for drinks in a low-key environment, while listening to live piano music and singing. Los Angeles’ last gay piano bar, The Other Side, closed in 2012, but luckily LGBT San Diegans have at least two left: Martinis Above Fourth in Hillcrest and The Caliph in Bankers Hill. While Martinis Above Fourth has expanded to include all sorts of live entertainment and ticketed shows some nights of the week, they still have live piano and vocal entertainment by community favorites, such

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as Don LeMaster, Ria Carey, Janice Edwards, Nathan Fry and Andy Anderson on select nights each week. San Diego is also lucky to have an even more low-key bar, tucked away at the corner of Redwood Street and Fifth Avenue, The Caliph, that still lives up to the tradition of a true gay piano bar. The Caliph, which opened in 1960 as a straight bar, began to transition in the late 1970s to a ‘straight by day, gay by night’ establishment, and solidified itself as a gay bar in the early 1980s. Since 1986, the bar — which current owner Sherman Mendoza calls “everyone’s bar” (welcoming “gay, straight, male, female, or orange with purple spots”) — has been home to piano entertainment most nights of the week. One such entertainer, Carol Curtis, “came home” to The Caliph last October for the Monday evening spot and hasn’t looked back since.

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By Alex Owens The 1980s officially ended 27 years ago, but the music lives on whether it be radio, CDs or, for two nights in August, at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay. On Aug. 17 and 18, the Peter Byrne of the original Naked Eyes outdoor venue will be hosting Lost ’80s Live, a variety show featuring some of the most “Always Something to iconic acts of the Reagan era, Remind Me.” performing some of the decade’s The songwriting legend remost memorable songs. portedly considers the Naked One of the groups appearing Eyes version to be one of his on the stage is Naked Eyes, favorite cover songs ever. best known for the 1983 techno “That’s what I heard,” said remake of Burt Bacharach’s Peter Byrne, who formed

Curtis, 64, was born and raised in Riverside, California (a town that she wrote an original song about, “Riverside,” which we’ll discuss more later). She left home to study music at Cal State Fullerton, where she was recruited with a scholarship. While Curtis started taking piano lessons in the second grade, and began singing in the church choir in the fourth grade, it wasn’t until she got to college that she ever had formal voice coaching. Howard Swan was Curtis’ fi rst voice coach, and at the time, she didn’t realize that Swan was one of the premier master vocal coaches in the country. “It’s a good thing I didn’t know much about him at the time, because if I realized what a legend he was, I would’ve been scared to death as his student,” Curtis said.

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“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” was a two-part play by LGBT and AIDS activist and playwright Tony Kushner. In the midst of the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s and a conservative Reagan administration, while New Yorkers grappled with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. The series was extremely successful and won many awards. A new staging of “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” was broadcast live by The National Theatre Live on July 20, and “Part Two: Perestroika,” and broadcast live July 27, at the Angelika Cinema Center in Carmel Mountain. If you missed it, have no fear; a recording of these live broadcasts will be shown Aug. 22 and 23, at the Reading Cinemas Town Square, located at 4665 Clairemont Dr., in Clairemont Mesa. The schedule is as follows: “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,” Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. and again on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.; “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika,” will be shown Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and again Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Each part runs 3 hours and 40 minutes.

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Naked Eyes as a duet with key- He enjoys doing the Lost ’80s boardist Rob Fisher while in Live because it gives him a college in Bath, England. “We chance to connect with his never got a chance to have dincontemporaries. ner with him, but I heard he “It’s very convivial,” he said. was proud.” “We’re all over the pop star Besides the Bacharach thing. It’s calm backstage. We song, Naked Eyes had three all just do our thing.” other top 40 hits: “Promises, Although the lineup Promises,” which shares a tipacks a lot of music into one tle with a Bacharach song but show, Byrne said it can be a nothing else; “When The Lights challenge. Go Out”; and “(What) In The “There are eight bands and Name Of Love.” we do four songs. As soon as Despite being played nonyou’ve warmed up, it’s time to stop during the early days of get off stage,” he laughed. “It MTV, Naked Eyes never perdoes remind me of when I was formed live in the U.S. during young and saw Jimi Hendrix, their peak. Pink Floyd and The Nice all on “We couldn’t,” Byrne laughed. one bill.” “Everything was synth. Rob One 1980s band that has played 10 different parts by a connection to Naked Eyes himself.” but won’t be on the show is Byrne and Fisher separatTears For Fears, best known ed in 1985 after two albums. for mid-decade hits “Everybody Fisher died in 1999 following Wants To Rule The World” and surgery for bowel cancer while “Shout.” the two were working on a While in college, Byrne comeback album. and Fisher were in a band Since then, Byrne has percalled Neon that also featured formed under the Naked Eyes see ’80s pg 15 band with a four-piece group.



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InnerMission impresses with ‘Ordinary Days’ Theater Review Jean Lowerison Everyone in the world is (or has been) lonely. Composer Adam Gwon’s pop opera “Ordinary Days� introduces us to four people in New York who make connections, which may or may not become permanent. I know, you’ve seen this a million times before, but Gwon’s little chamber opera charms with fine melodies and often clever lyrics. Twenty-something Deb (Jamie Channell Guzman) is an ambitious, strident, nervous refugee from small-town America, and the exact opposite of laid-back, terminally upbeat

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Warren (Patrick Mayuyu). He’s looking for a “BFF� right now. She’s busy hurtling toward the “Big Picture� — her future. Warren is a wannabe successful visual artist waiting to be discovered. At the moment, he’s house and cat sitting for a “very, very influential downtown artist� — aka a “tagger� — now in the slammer for his “art.� Warren spends his days on New York streets, passing out flyers with upbeat advice like “Don’t worry, everything will be OK� and hoping, somehow, to be discovered. Meanwhile, wound-tightas-a-drum, no-nonsense Deb (Jamie Channell Guzman) sings that she has “dreams to fulfill and ideas to discover; they’re just never where I am.� She’s in grad school, though “I really don’t wanna be here.� When Deb drops the notes for her graduate thesis on Virginia Woolf in Union Square, Warren picks them up, finds a phone number and makes a date to meet her by the Monet in room 21 of the Metropolitan Museum, leading to one of the funniest songs (“Saturday at the Met�), describing Deb’s difficulty finding her way around that gigantic place. Deb isn’t sure what to make of Warren. She wants to know where Warren sees himself in five years; Warren is content to see and experience what is in front of him at this moment. It’s a friendship made in — well, somewhere; maybe desperation.

(l to r) Jamie Channell Guzman (Deb) and Patrick Mayuyu (Warren) are opposites who attract in "Ordinary Days" (Courtesy InnerMission Theatre) Claire (Kym Pappas) and Jason (Brent Roberts) are somewhat more settled 30-somethings who have been dating for a year. Jason is downright ecstatic that Claire has finally agreed to let him move in with her. Claire is a bit less thrilled, partly because it’s her place that has to provide space for somebody else’s stuff. Her pensive, nostalgic cleaning-out song “Let Things Go� will strike a familiar chord with most people. But that’s only part of the problem. Claire is also a commitment-phobe, with a tendency to run away from, rather to, Jason. He just wants to spend his life with her. Can these relationships survive? Find out at Diversionary

Theatre’s Black Box, where Matt Graber directs “Ordinary Days� for InnerMission Productions through Aug. 12. Gwon’s songs are reminiscent of Jason Robert Brown’s, with some Sondheim tossed in. The main Sondheim tribute is “Calm,� which is anything but — it’s Deb’s amusing, if warpspeed, search for something she’s never had. My favorite songs are Claire’s lovely “I’ll Be Here� (which has been covered by no less than Audra McDonald), in which we find out why she’s so skittish about relationships, and Jason’s pensive, even poignant “Favorite Places.� The most engaging characters are Guzman’s nervous-nelly Deb and Mayuyu’s

take-it-as-it-comes Warren. I can see these two becoming friends; though complete opposites, they both have things to offer each other. This is a fine cast. Roberts has a lovely, easy-to-listen-to baritone. Guzman’s high, occasionally piercing soprano is perfect for Deb, and would be very much at home on Broadway. I could watch and listen to Mayuyu all day. You’ll never catch him acting; he disappears into his character. He also has a lovely voice. Gwon did actors no favors in creating the skittish Claire, a difficult character to like. But Pappas makes her convincing. Graber does the best possible directing job in the tiny space he has to work with. The show really should be staged in a larger venue like San Diego Repertory’s Space Theatre, because it needs more room and would be more effective with some projections of New York scenes. Bravo to Music Director (and splendid pianist) Hazel Friedman, who provides excellent accompaniment for the singers. InnerMission continues to impress with its productions. Bravo to them on their first foray into musical theater. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at▟


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How Todrick Hall found his yellow brick road ‘Kinky Boots’ star and doc subject on finding his courage, shero emulation and inspiring ‘little Todricks’ Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate Todrick Hall grew up in Plainview, Texas, with a dream to be “one of these black women who could sing all these crazy notes.” It is, after all, in his blood —his cousin is none other than “Dreamgirls” song slayer Jennifer Holliday. But first, as a child, the aspiring soul singer found life in “The Little Mermaid,” replicating Ariel’s crimson hair with a red towel on his head and gadgets and gizmos a-plenty. Clasping a fork, he created a makeshift fishtail by binding his feet together with a water hose. Meanwhile, to channel another hero of his, Catwoman, he got his hands on some blue tape, nails and a jump rope, which doubled as his whip and tail. “My backyard was my playground,” the 32-year-old singer said of his childhood, when he discovered another one of his female role models: Mariah Carey. His adoration for the biracial diva ran deep. “I think I just was more inspired to be like Mariah Carey,” he said. In 1993, he made a revelation after seeing the “Dreamlover” music video: “I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I had never seen anyone who appeared to be Caucasian sound like that. I was just fascinated.” His propensity for female vocalists extended to Lauryn Hill’s singing in “Sister Act 2” and Brandy in the Whitney Houston-as-thefairy-godmother version of “Cinderella,” along with ’90s R&B girl-group sensation SWV. And, because he felt destined to become all these ladies, “I would practice day in and day out.” That practice led Hall beyond his own backyard, from ballet at age 9 to “The Color Purple” with “American Idol” alum Fantasia Barrino. Then, in 2009, he impressed the “American Idol” judges himself, nabbing a spot in the semi-finals. With vocal tributes to artists such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, his “4” series on YouTube gave his career

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Todrick Hall's new conceptual album "Straight Outta Oz" was released in 2016. (Courtesy AwesomenessTV) a nice boost. (Soon, he says he’ll be honoring his childhood idol with a webisode dedicated to Mariah Carey: “I just have to be on vocal rest for, like, three weeks; her music is so hard!”) After releasing an ambitious, 57-minute conceptual album in 2016 and replacing Billy Porter in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway that same year, Hall said, “I think my younger self would be really shocked [about my career now] because I didn’t have very high expectations for my life, and I’ve just gotten to do some really, really cool things I never thought I’d get to do.” The album, called “Straight Outta Oz,” reflects thoughtfully and powerfully on Hall’s coming-of-age as a gay black kid in Plainview, through his rise to fame while struggling

to adjust to a new life in Los Angeles. “Color” ruminates on his first boyfriend, a handsome Londoner named Garrett, “the first to really know me.” Visually, it replicates Dorothy’s own life in a new world, as yellows, blues and greens pop into the video’s stark, black-andwhite frame. Guest stars include “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vets Kim Chi, Bob the Drag Queen and Willam Belli, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicole Scherzinger and, as Hall’s mother, Amber Riley, who contributes the moving tearjerker “See Your Face,” about a woman yearning for her distant son. “Got a picture framed of you on stage at your very first ballet, and I know that you won’t answer,” she wrenchingly sings, “but I’ll call you twice a day, just in case today might be the day I get to see your face.” For Hall, “I think I was honestly very naive growing up and thought I was a Disney princess my whole life,” he said, laughing. “I still kind of think I do feel that way! So, I didn’t feel super different as a child, minus the moments where my dad made me feel really weird. My mom always applauded me for wanting to do ballet. But I didn’t attach a sexual orientation to my life until much later.” Though he grew up feeling fearless, when he moved to LA to pursue showbiz, “I learned how to be insecure and I learned how to doubt myself.” Ashamed of his race and sexuality, he said, “I didn’t really believe in myself.” “I wished I could change so I could be more successful commercially,” he recalls. “I remember being on ‘American Idol’ and I couldn’t be myself.

I had to talk a certain way to (host) Ryan Seacrest. I was just so nervous that people would figure out my secret.” Even if “this is gonna sound really crazy,” during a rough patch with his mom caused by his relationship with Garrett (they’ve since reconciled), he found comfort in Nicole Richie. He said the star and her reality show, “The Simple Life,” were his pick-me-ups. “I just think she’s so funny and so whippety,” he said. “I literally had dreams about being friends with her. So, when I Todrick in his "Kinky Boots" (Courtesy meet her one day, I’m gonna AwesomenessTV) lose my mind.” Now, “not only am I not During Thanksgiving last ashamed,” he asserted, “I’m year, Hall celebrated with so proud to be an openly gay Swift and her crew, and — like black man and so proud that a full-circle dream come true — me using my voice to tell my the two even sat down at a piastory can help people.” His no to sing “Part of Your World” journey through self-discovery from “The Little Mermaid.” “It and into empowerment is mirwas such an epic moment,” he rored in his work, where being recalled, gushing about how himself has been his greatest she’s the “ultimate great best asset. He says he was offered friend.” the role of Lola, the lead in “She gives me the best advice,” “Kinky Boots,” “without even he continued, “and when I auditioning, because they felt my story was so similar to that watch her, it’s much like watching RuPaul — RuPaul is not of Lola’s. only where he is because he’s “It’s opened up so many a legend in his own right, he doors,” he blithely added. treats every single person who Hall’s galvanizing story he works for and works with is the kind that makes for so well and that’s why he has movie magic, which is what people who’ve been around him filmmaker Katherine Fairfax for years.” Wright set out to create with After guest-judging the new documentary “Behind “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Hall’s the Curtain: Todrick Hall,” relationship with the drag currently making its film fest and cultural icon has given rounds. The documentary goes him new aspirations: He, like deep into the entertainer’s struggles to find his place in RuPaul, hopes to empower peoHollywood as a gay black man. ple who once felt as discouraged “There’s not a lot of roles for and hopeless as him. gay African-American men,” “Every time I sit next to he said during the film. “I was RuPaul on our panel, I’m like, ‘I like, ‘I’m gonna create my own want to be this one day.’ When opportunities because they you walk into a room and peodon’t exist if I don’t.’” ple say, ‘Thank you for doing His moxie and unflappable what you have done.’” ambition resulted in 16 videos “I wanna be somebody who’s — miraculously, all shot in two a trailblazer for our community weeks — for “Straight Outta — so a little Todrick in Texas Oz,” its creation covered in right now can look up to me depth during Wright’s “Behind and say, ‘You know what? I can the Curtain.” Post “Straight do it because Todrick did it.’” Outta Oz,” he began receiving calls from Broadway producers. —Chris Azzopardi is the Publishers offered him book editor of Q Syndicate, the indeals. Even Taylor Swift, who ternational LGBT wire service. came to see him in “Kinky Boots,” Reach him via his website at is a fan — and friend —now.▼

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Fabulous Hillcrest Back Out with Benny Ben Cartwright The day after San Diego Pride, dozens of volunteers took to the streets of Hillcrest to assist the Hillcrest Town Council in its annual Post-Pride Neighborhood Cleanup. While several of the volunteers were physically Hillcrest residents, a great many of them did not live in the neighborhood. So why would so many people come out to lend a hand in a neighborhood they don’t live in? Because Hillcrest is special. Hillcrest, historically considered San Diego’s “gayborhood,� is a place that many consider to be their neighborhood, even if they don’t live there. It is a special place that is, in general, welcoming to everyone. Sure, it’s not perfect. Sure, there are some marginalized members of our community that we could do better in providing a more safe environment for, but in general, Hillcrest is for everyone. I’ve only lived in the physical boundaries of the neighborhood for just one year of my life (I live in University Heights, just across the pedestrian bridge), but have considered it “my neighborhood� for over 20 years now, and have had a connection to the place since the day I was born 37-years ago. I’m of those lucky “rare� San Diego natives,

born at what is now called the UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest (in 1980, it was referred to as “University Hospital�). From about the time I was 8 years old, my single mother had an office in Hillcrest on Fourth Avenue, and because there was no one to watch me after school, I would ride the city bus from the Allied Gardens neighborhood (just east of Mission Valley) to Hillcrest and spend the afternoons at my mom’s office until she was off work. Her office mates would often send me on snack runs, and they particularly enjoyed getting afternoon bagels from what was then called “Baltimore Bagel� (now Einstein Brothers). In those years, I had no idea that decades later, I’d be regularly hanging out at many of the places that I was passing by. When I was 15, and came to the realization that I was gay, I decided to ride my bike the seven miles to Hillcrest so I could just be there around others like me. Hillcrest is that place for so many who are just coming to terms with their sexual orientation or gender identity where they can come and feel like they’re not “the only one.� Even San Diego, outside of the progressive confines of the central core, many LGBTQ people still struggle with finding acceptance. Hillcrest is that place people know they can turn to and see others like themselves

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7:30 p.m. at The Center. While 16-year-old me was super shy and would never have set foot in a support group meeting because of that reason, it was such a comfort to be able to drive by around 7:15 p.m. every Friday to see all of the youth pour into the building for the meeting. I knew I definitely wasn’t alone because not only would I see all of the adult LGBTQ people roaming the streets of Hillcrest, I could see other teenagers, like me, being out and open. I’d circle around Hillcrest for another hour and a half knowing that the meeting ended at 9 p.m., and would loop back by The Center around that time to see the youth come out. Social as I am today, thinking of that experience as “exciting� sounds crazy, but at the time and space I was in, it was thrilling. I’m sure there are thousands of other people who have similar Hillcrest stories, since this place has been a refuge for members of the LGBTQ community for decades. “Gayborhoods� across the country are going through a change. I read articles all the time about places like The Castro in San Francisco or West Hollywood in Los Angeles that report about how more straight people are moving into the gayborhoods, leading to higher rents and driving out the LGBTQ people and establishments. While I’m sure this is true to a degree in many places and has happened somewhat in Hillcrest, I am proud that we as a community have held on dearly to our beloved neighborhood. In 2012, the Hillcrest Business Association even erected a 65-foot flag pole that proudly flies the rainbow flag most days of the year (it’s changed out to the U.S. flag on national holidays, and occasionally flies the transgender or leather flags to celebrate those communities). Like any urban neighborhood, Hillcrest has its problems. Changing demographics and interests have made some of the neighborhood’s longtime retail establishments disappear. There are several storefront vacancies. As the city of San Diego experiences one of the worst homelessness crises in the country, Hillcrest has been highly impacted. The roads are a mess, the neighborhood lacks a single park, pool, senior center or other public amenity, and rents for both housing and commercial space are outrageous. But the neighborhood carries on because of that special place it holds in the hearts of so many people. I get frustrated when I hear people say “Hillcrest is dead� (and usually reference other urban neighborhoods that have seen a more recent resurgence such as North Park or Little Italy). Go out in Hillcrest any night of the week and many of our bars, cafes and restaurants are thriving. They may not be as “hip� and “cool� as the latest trendy craft beer and hipster doughnut joint in North Park, but no other neighborhood could be home to such fabulously fun places like we have in Hillcrest such as Urban MO’s, Babycakes, Rich’s and so many more. Our LGBT Center, located in Hillcrest, is the third largest in the nation and is also thriving. The neighborhood plays host to countless special events including the weekly Sunday Farmers Market, dozens of marathons and walks, and the annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade — the region’s largest single-day civic event. Hillcrest is full of passionate, giving people who regularly come together to support each other and those in need and I can’t think of many other places with a such a special group of people. So whether or not you physically live in Hillcrest, this neighborhood is yours if you want it to be. Everyone is welcome here! Take a moment to reflect on why Hillcrest is so special to you. Heck, feel free to post it in the comments section below [when this gets posted online] — I’d love to read your thoughts.

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Speaking of Hillcrest, if you love the neighborhood, or want to get involved, the next meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 6:30–8 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Community Center in The HUB shopping center. This month’s topic is “Beautifying Hillcrestâ€? so if you have ideas to make the neighborhood prettier, come ready to share them! More info is here Hillcrest’s biggest “Sunday Fundayâ€? of the year — CityFest — is fast approaching on Sunday, Aug. 13 from noon–11 p.m. The daylong street festival includes over 200 vendors, beer gardens, entertainment and dancing all night long under the iconic Hillcrest sign. Over 150,000 people attend this celebration of Hillcrest each year. There is no fee to attend. Visit The third annual Casino Night is a fun-filled evening of mock gaming with food, drink (including a bourbon bar!), music, and amazing prizes. This event, held at a gorgeous private home in Rancho Santa Fe, has become a “mustâ€? on the social calendar of many. All proceeds benefit the programs of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. More info and tickets can be found online at —Benny Cartwright is the director of community outreach at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. He can be reached at 619-692-2077 ext. 106 or outreach@thecentersd. org. Note: Byline photo by Rob Lucas Modern Aperture Photography.â–ź


Prestige, power and possessions Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel The above title came from a TED Talk I watched recently. In it, the speaker — a contented, wise elder — said that only young people expect that prestige, power and possessions will bring them happiness, and that spending a lifetime searching for them is to invite unhappiness and disappointment. Sunday, as I was watching “Meet the Press,” I was reminded of this phrase as I listened to one of the president’s minions say that Trump “has been a great

success in business because he has spent his whole life pursuing power, influence and wealth.” Hmmm, it sounds like Trump has been fixated on a life of physical trappings, money and fame … and look how he’s turned out. Does he seem like a contented, mature, wise person to you? Me neither. When we’re in our 20s and 30s, it’s normal to want “things” like a nice car, house and clothes, as well as a prestigious job and hot/smart boyfriend/girlfriend. This is — according to developmental psychology — what we should be going for. In my experience, we all need success at the beginning of our lives. We


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all need to know that, yes, damn it, we can set a goal and achieve it. We can get into law school and finish it, we can pursue the career that we want and become one of the best in San Diego and we can buy our first house or first new car with pride that we worked hard to earn it. In the long run, however, this strategy is awfully limited. How long will you keep accumulating more stuff? How much stuff is enough? And, more importantly: How will you know when you’ve “made it”? In my observation, it’s an internal experience: You feel it inside and when you “get there,” you’ll sense that you can ease up and relax a little.

Or, you don’t and you keep on a relentless search for a bigger house, fancier car, more prestigious job, a more beautiful (younger) girlfriend/boyfriend. Then, by the time you hit 40, you start to panic. Why? Because you may be at the peak of your success, and where do you go from here? A friend of mine is a theater director in New York City. Years ago, she went on a women’s guided spiritual retreat with a famous teacher/facilitator and five other women, one of whom was Barbra Streisand. My friend said that Ms. Streisand was discouraged and depressed because, in essence, she’d done it all, seen it all, won it all … so, what was left for her to do?

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Luckily, Ms. Streisand realized there was a whole lot she could do. She established The Streisand Foundation and became active in political, ecological and health-related issues. She became a powerful force for good and used her fame and fortune to advocate for causes she believes in. She realized that prestige, power and possessions can only take you so far. And, dear reader, I invite you to consider that the same is true for you. Once you’ve had your successes, achieved your early life goals and acquired lots of nice possessions, isn’t there still an emptiness that remains, in spite of it all? You can buy a Maserati (as a neighbor of mine did) or

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GAY SAN DIEGO Aug. 4 – 17, 2017 any mention of her affiliation for many years with the Log Cabin Republicans or her years of service as a campaign consultant to Republican candidates. From your glowing comments about her contributions, you mention her affiliations and her rejection of the president’s agenda. Why would San Diego Pride choose to totally whitewash her Republican past and make no mention of it whatsoever? That’s not honest, nor transparent, it’s deception. You can’t have it both ways, privately honoring her past work, yet essentially publicly deceiving the public of her factual work accomplishments. Think about that and let that settle in before you make claims of in-fighting in our community. Open and honest discussion of one’s accomplishments is the point. — John Thurston, via our website

turnout. More than 200,000 people from all generations and all backgrounds came together as a family to express our pride. It was at a Pride festival in San Francisco where the rainbow flag — created by activist and artist Gilbert Baker, who called himself the Gay Betsy Ross — was first raised in 1978. By Susan A. Davis Having just bought a sewing machine because glam rock was the rage and he simEditor’s note: The complete version of this ply needed to dress as David Bowie, Gilbert OpEd first ran in Cosmopolitan, July 24, was always being asked to make banners for and can be viewed here demonstrations and parades. Gilbert and other activists were looking to replace the pink When I put an LGBTQ rainbow Pride triangle, which had Nazi origins, as their flag outside my Washington office in symbol. Although some activists were trying March 2015, it was to little fanfare. I to take it back and turn it into a positive also display one outside my office in San symbol, Baker thought they needed someDiego. San Diego has a large and vibrant thing that didn’t come with that history. LGBTQ population and the rainbow flag That’s when Gilbert came up with the outside my office is a source of pride for rainbow. To him, it not only symbolized the my constituents and me. It only made LGBTQ community but also the diversity sense to display it. It is a symbol of our within the community. It was another symbol commitment to full equality. of freedom that Gilbert says he took inspiration One can understand my dismay and from — the stars and stripes. It was around disappointment when I was slapped with a the time of our bicentennial and he was seeing lawsuit last week for flying the Pride flag. the American flag flying everywhere. Almost 40 years later, the rainbow flag The lawsuit seeks to force the removal of has witnessed so much progress in the the rainbow flag. fight for full equality. I have been honored Two flags are always present outside to be a part of that progress. the Capitol offices of representatives — After the complaint was made public, the American flag and a state flag. There the outpouring of support for flying the is a third flag holder for a member to flag has been overwhelming — coming display a flag of their choosing. Some fly from Democrats and Republicans alike! the POW/MIA flag. Other members will Sadly, Gilbert died in March of this display the flag of their alma mater. It is year. But his creation and symbol of equalup to the discretion of the member. Three ity, acceptance, and diversity will live on. of my colleagues — Reps. Alan Lowenthal As the struggle continues, that colorful (D-California), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), and Don Beyer (D-Virginia) — banner shall wave. were also named in the complaint. —Rep. Susan Davis represents the It was especially offensive to see this 53rd Congressional District. Follow type of hateful legal action right after San @RepSusanDavis on Twitter.▼ Diego celebrated Pride with a record-high

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Why I am proud to display the Pride Flag

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Letters Correction

[Ref: “Gay News Briefs: SDGMC brings ‘DIVAS’ to San Diego,” Vol. 8, Issue 15, or online at] Thank you for your article on Stepping Stone and the SDGMC. The correct URL for Stepping Stone is —Steven Blocker, via email

Enjoyed Pride ‘moments’

[Ref: “Pride moments,” Vol. 8, Issue 15, or online at] Great work [on this piece]. I noticed your quote from Omar Passons, candidate for County Supervisor, District 4, and just wanted to say that I just happened to post his views on our aging population on my “Caring for Our LGBT Seniors in San Diego” group’s Facebook page earlier. I will be keeping an eye on his candidacy. —William “Bill” Kelly, via

A more considerate question

[Ref: “Guest editorial: A tale of two activists,” Vol. 8, Issue 15, or online at] Editor’s note: This reply is from the community member that the above referenced editorial was written in response to. Elizabeth, I respect your opinions about our community and its diverse political opinions. What I don’t respect was the San Diego Pride organization’s conscious decision to leave out of Ms. Jester’s official bio on their website honoring her many accomplishments and contributions to the local LGBTQ community,

Tracing our personal histories [Ref: “Out of the Archives: Tracing San Diego’s queer history,” Vol. 8, Issue 14, or online at]. 1974 is correct. I support the previous individual [posted online, below the article] in response. My dear love and best friend shared Gay Pride with me. We told stories; walked in the 1974 parade; feared our lives; wore brown bags with holes cut out to see; AIDS/HIV ... yes, all of it. I have been attending this event for over 20 years or more. Fifteen years I got to experience it with my beautiful best friend and my love. In 1996-2011, I learned about Lambda Archives and how important this was, the history, all related to her history and gay community/family involvement. Fifteen years of Pride with her. We saw religious protesters that would yell with megaphones at us while watching the parade. In 1998, we were “tear gassed.” We lived it, she was on the news; it was a very bad thing for so many innocent people. In 2011, even after chemotherapy treatment, she attended her last Pride Parade. If this isn’t history, what is? She passed Nov. 1, 2011. I will always go to Pride in honor of Geri M. Wilson. —Kristin M. Shelley, via▼

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Certification buzzwords ● Woman Business

Enterprise (WBE)

#LGBTB2B Michelle Burkart

● LBGT Business Enterprise

The world of supplier diversity procurement, or government contracting, is full of acronyms (i.e. abbreviations for titles, organizations, certifications) that I call “certification buzzwords.” In our first column, we provided a listing of the “organizational buzzwords” that named the agency players. Since every industry has its own “buzz speak,” I wanted to provide some of the ones you will hear as you begin to certify your business as LGBTBE. The first buzzword or phrase on my list is “certified business enterprise or owned.” There are different types of certifications that are for various business enterprises and populations. You can be certified in many categories as long as you meet the criteria of each certification. The advantage for having more than one certification results in the scoring of your bid during the competitive bidding process. It’s like being a five-star general instead of a two-star! The following are a list of certification buzzwords: ● Veteran-owned business (VOB) ● Service Disabled VeteranOwned (SDVOB) ● Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) ● Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

● Minority Business

Acronyms to remember B2B — Business-to-Business commerce exchange CPUC — California Public Utilities Commission GSDBA — Greater San Diego Business Association (San Diego’s local LGBT Chamber of Commerce and NGLCC affiliate) LGBTBE — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Business Enterprise (relates to being a LGBT Certified business) NAVOB — National Association Veteran-Owned Business NGLCC — National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce NVBDC — National Veteran Business Development Council SBA — Small Business Administration SBDC — Small Business Development Center SDI — Supplier Diversity Initiative SDIV SBDC — San Diego/ Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Regional Network


● Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

Enterprise (MBE)

● Small Local Business

Enterprise (SLBE) for San Diego ● Emerging Local Business Enterprise (ELBE) for San Diego ● National Association Veteran-Owned Business (NAVOB) ● National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) In addition, some of these designations above are “self” certifying, which means you can apply yourself. Some have to be “agency or third party certifications,” which involve being accepted and vetted by a third party such as the NGLCC for the LGBTBE, or WBENC for a WBE. The second buzzword is “mandated spend.” This means that an agency or corporation is “mandated to spend” a certain percentage of its procurement budget with the above designated business enterprises. This is a way to level the playing field for small businesses to compete in the contracting process. The state of California, for example, has a mandated spend for small business enterprises (SBE) of 20 percent of the total state contracting budget. The CPUC and its affiliates are mandated by law AB 1678 to spend with three types of certifications, which now includes LGBTBE. However, the percentages for LGBTBE by the CPUC affiliates are determined separately. Having a mandate is great progress for the LGBT business enterprises. The California Department of Government Services (DGS) is mandated to spend with SBE and DVBE only. The goal of the LGBTBE certification program is to grow the numbers of LGBT certified businesses so we can qualify for a mandated spend status on the state and the federal levels. Since there is no federal mandate to spend with LGBTBE businesses, the federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense, are not required to do so. The NGLCC has made great strides in educating these federal agencies that it’s just good business to include our community in contracting opportunities. The third critical buzzword to understand is “51 percent owned and operated” If one is an SBE, this is usually a revenue generated designation of $100 million or smaller, by the Small Business Administration’s definition. With the other certifications, there is the 51 percent owned-and-operated requirement. This means that to be eligible, you have to be a 51 percent owner and operator of the day-to-day operations. So, if you are in a business partnership with your same-sex partner, and you are

married, it would be smart to assess which of you has the most certification opportunities. I suggest that the one with the most be designated the 51 percent owner. If you are married to your business partner, you can design your estate to have survivor benefits of the business so that either partner becomes 100 percent owner in the case of death of a spouse. What if you already have your partnership established, and you have a 50/50 percent stake in the business? Then you are not eligible to apply for the any of the above certifications except the SBE, SLBE or ELBE. You could, however, change your ownership status to a 51/49 percent split to provide for more opportunities if it is determined that

your business would benefit from the change. For those partners who absolutely want to be 50/50 but you see the value of the 51/49 change, you could amend your written partnership agreement to provide for the 2 percent difference in the future sale of the company. With a corporate ownership structure, the same decision would need to be addressed in terms of stock ownership. If you are starting a business, I suggest that you consider what certifications are available to you as part of your business formation decisions. The SBDC Regional Network “LGBTBE certification program” provides four LET’S WORK IT! training modules to help you with the LGBTBE and all of the other

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certifications, to help you execute your certifications once you get it, and to provide oneon-one business consultations. There is no fee for either SBDC services, just your commitment to show up! As Mark Cuban, of “Shark Tank” fame, says, “The most important part of building a successful business is to just show up!” —Michelle Burkart is the SDIV SBDC network program coordinator for the LGBTBE certification program, and co-founder of the Diversity Supplier Alliance. She can be reached at mburkart@swccd. org, or michelle@think-biz. com. For more information on the SDIV LGBTBE programs, visit lgbtbe-biz-builder.▼


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CityFest returns at 33 with a twist! By HBA Staff

Artist Village and Alleys

With nearly 100 years of history, the Hillcrest Business Association continues to shape the story of our community. And since 1984 — that story along with the story of the Hillcrest sign — is celebrated with CityFest, an annual street fair and music festival that draws over 150,000 people to the heart of the community every August. It all began in 1886 when the region known as University Heights began to grow northward. Subdivisions soon popped up to border Balboa Park and in 1907, William Wesley Whitson opened the “Hillcrest Company” to sell parcels of land, giving birth to the community of Hillcrest. Over time, the neighborhood grew. Florence Elementary School opened in 1908 and in 1913, the Hillcrest Theater opened as the first theater house outside of Downtown. As the area expanded, the Hillcrest Association was formed by a group of neighborhood business owners in 1921. Years later, the Hillcrest Women’s Association donated the Hillcrest sign to the Hillcrest Association in 1940. The Hillcrest sign ultimately served to help the neighborhood become a destination, but over the course of the next 37 years, the sign fell into neglect. In 1977, it was repainted but still

Over 250 vendors will give you plenty of shopping opportunities, and Hillcrest’s quaint shops and restaurants along Fifth, Robinson and University avenues will give you a place to dive into and explore. CityFest’s Artist Alley offers one of the largest arts and crafts areas of any comparable street fair. It is the place to find one-of-a-kind specialty items and gifts. Booths lining Fifth Avenue (from University down to Pennsylvania avenues) will offer plenty to peruse, buy and explore. The Artist Alley will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

Grand Stage

in disrepair. In 1984, Hillcrest residents and business owners launched an effort to refurbish the Hillcrest sign and on Aug. 18, 1984, the sign, now completely restored, was reinstalled. Two weeks later, on Aug. 26, the new sign was officially unveiled and celebrated; marking the first festivity we now call CityFest. Since 1984, the HBA has

hosted CityFest during August, boasting the most spirited street festival in all of San Diego. Hillcrest locales join neighboring San Diego visitors and beyond to celebrate the sign and welcome the spirit of Hillcrest for a daylong celebration that takes place from noon until 11 p.m. — making it the largest single-day street and music festival in San Diego County. There will be a grand music

events ATTHECENTER Monday, Aug. 7

Friday, Aug. 11

Free Acting Classes

Free HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center

9:30 am, The Center Join this free, seven-week acting class on Mondays from 9:30am to 12:30pm in The Center’s auditorium. Class size is limited, so registration is required. Instructor Jerry Phalen is a professional actor, teacher and director who has taught in the San Diego area for more than a decade. He has appeared in plays nationwide and has been an active member of Actors Alliance of San Diego for 21 years. His work with beginners, advanced students and working actors helps them to reach their highest potential. Class will meet the following Mondays: Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 & Sept. 11, 18, 25. Reserve your space at 619.220.8554 or

3-6 pm, HYC

Free Legal Clinic

While HIV testing is available every day at The Center, once monthly we provide a tester at the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC)! Testing at the HYC is available for youth ages 14-18. We offer FREE Oraquick Rapid HIV antibody testing on the 2nd Friday of every month. The test is done with a mouth swab and results only take about 20 minutes. While you’re waiting, your HIV test counselor will have a judgement-free, sex-positive conversation with you that provides accurate information about HIV and risk. And there’s free swag and incentives for testing. Testing is available by walk-in, or you can make an appointment by calling 619.692.2077 x250 or email

9:30-11:30 am, The Center nter

Friday, Aug. 18

The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, will hold legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

Free Family Movie Night

Tuesdays, Aug. 8 & 222 The San Diego LGBT Community Center 3909 Centre Street • 619-692-2077

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6:308:30 pm, The Center Join Families @ The Center at family movie night every third Friday of the month. Bring the whole family with sleeping bags or blankets. Enjoy popcorn and snacks while you watch a family-friendly movie. For more information, contact us at619.692.2077 x212 or

stage and a DJ stage with live music and headliner bands all day long. Stay past sundown and dance the night away with Hillcrest’s best DJs under the Hillcrest sign during CityFest at Night! A massive spirits garden with cocktails, beer and fun games will keep you hydrated, and entertained!

The Grand Stage will be located at the heart of Hillcrest at the corner of University and Fifth avenues and hosted by community legend, Laura Jane Willcock. The Grand Stage will host multiple local and regional musical acts throughout the day, from noon until 8 p.m., followed by local and regional DJs for CityFest at Night from 8–11 p.m.

Gigantic food courts

With more than 50 food vendors, CityFest’s food court will offer plenty of variety for hungry attendees. Food vendors can be found along Robinson and Pennsylvania avenues

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Grand Stage lineup DAY TIM E — EV EN ING 12–12:40 P.M. Imagery Machine

4–4:40 P.M.

A J Froman

1–1:40 P.M.

The Whiskey Circle

5–5:40 P.M.

2–2:40 P.M.

The Strawberry Moons

The Montell Jordans

6–6:40 P.M.

The Schizophonics

3–3:40 P.M.


7–7:50 P.M.

The Tighten Ups

C I T Y F ES T AF TER DA R K 8–9:30 P.M 9:30–11 P.M.


CITYFEST between Fourth and Sixth avenues, and on Fifth Avenue between Pennsylvania and Brookes avenues.

The Pavilion

CityFest welcomes youngsters of all ages. The Pavilion returns to CityFest with the Rad Hatter, Kids Garden, Petting Zoo, Carnival Rides, Games and the Buskers Stage! Balloon artist Ms. Twisty, Cheer San Diego, and other buskers and street performers will be staged along the pavilion area and throughout the entire festival.

Beer and Spirits Garden

Sponsored by Cutwater Spirits, one block of University Avenue will be dedicated to the over-21 beer garden that will feature drink stations, a dunk tank and a great view of the Grand Stage from under the Hillcrest sign.


You will have the opportunity to benefit the Hillcrest Town Council by dunking a drag queen, friend, frenemy, or other prominent members of the community. As a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization, the Hillcrest Town Council provides a voice for the residents of Hillcrest. Show your support for the cause by visiting the Beer and Cocktail Garden and taking your best shot to Dunk-a-Queen! For more information about CityFest, including complete lineups for every stage, visit To learn more about the Hillcrest Business Association, visit▼

DJ K-Swift. DJ Taj



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Top-floor boss Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Ingrid Funes has figuratively and literally made her way to the top since leaving her native El Salvador at age 15 to pursue a restaurant career in Los Angeles. ef of Now the executive chef Cusp Dining & Drinks, where customers are afforded opulent views of La Jolla from an 11th-floor dining room and bar lounge, Lunes proves that you don’t have to be a man or an alumna of some highfalutin culinary school to achieve success.

She acknowledges that female chefs are in short supply, especially in finer restaurants such as this. Set atop Hotel La Jolla, the space has maintained a highbrow reputation for years, first as Elario’s and later as Clay’s La Jolla. “Even though I’m a bossy person by nature, I’ve kept

Sea bass in yuzu buerre blanc sauce

Red snapper ceviche with grilled pineapple

it quiet and stayed humble,” Funes said of working her way up in a male-dominated industry at kitchen gigs like The Beverly Hills Hotel, Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy and L’Auberge in Del Mar. Her menu at Cusp focuses on seafood but without excluding solid takes on lamb, chicken and steak. Some dishes cary a Latin influence, although ry her cooking style overall can’t be pigeonholed into any a specific eth ethnic category. With a stunning sunset dropping below a dramatically illuminated

New York steak with onion rings and veggies

Executive Chef Ingrid Funes (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) cloud line on this particular evening, we were no less awestruck by Funes’ daily ceviche featuring red snapper. Mixed with gr grilled pineapple and cocon milk, we feared it coconut wo would come across too s sweet. But the additions of radishes, red onions and jalapenos in the medley delivered a smart, complex balance that was difficult to forget. A touch of liquid smoke goes into her Caesar dressing, an ingredient that might se seem unconventional in the u ubiquitous salad, yet tasted sso natural in the tangy scheme of things. Rock shrimp and Spanish chorizo paired awkwardly on the San Sebastian flatbread mantled with red sauce, manchego cheese and fresh cilantro. The chorizo’s robust flavor upstaged the subtle essence of the shrimp. I would have preferred one or the other. Or maybe neither since the auxiliary ingredients played very well together. My companion hankered for red meat and ended up with a substantial flame-grilled New York steak served with baby carrots, greaseless onion rings and mashed potatoes accented judiciously with horseradish. The steak was cooked to a tender “medium” as ordered and draped in red wine sauce as sturdy as any you’d find in high-end steakhouses. I chose the catch of the day — sea bass from Baja set in a pond of buerre blanc sauce boasting a fish-friendly zing from yuzu. The filet was thick and flaky and complemented by flash-fried green beans and coveted chanterelle mushrooms. The plate also featured potato-chive gnocchi, which partly prompted me to order the dish. But they were too dense for my liking. Funes said she used to make them lighter, but customers complained and demanded heavier dumplings. I couldn’t help but wonder: Who are these people? Other items across the focused menu include rack of lamb with roasted king mushrooms and chimichurri sauce; seafood risotto incorporating lobster, mussels and clams;

roasted Scottish salmon in golden raisin sauce; and panseared scallops with grilled corn and coconut black rice. From a short list of a la carte sides, we tried the cauliflower with citrus-y lemon jam and crispy garbanzo beans. Excellent concept, although the additional presence of olive tapenade made the dish too acidic. Funes also wears the hat of pastry chef and does a fantastic job of it. For a light, summery meal ending, look no further than her deconstructed Pavlova, an Australian dessert of berries encased normally within a meringue dome. Here, the meringue is strewn throughout the seasonal berries, which derive extra lusciousness from a bedding of lemon curd. We gave it all our love without ignoring a peanut crunch chocolate bar layered with sponge cake and mousse. Cusp offers a full bar and stylish lounge area. All told, the restaurant sits at the top of the list for places to dine in San Diego with a killer view, detailed food and an ambitious, gifted woman running the show. Note: Cusp also serves breakfast and lunch, and features happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. —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. Reach him at fsabatini@san.▼

Cusp Dining & Drinks 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive (La Jolla)

858-551-3620, Dinner prices: Crudo, $3 to $13; soups, salads and appetizers, $8 to $15; entrees, $20 to $35


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AUGUST 1 – 27 Noted for its burgers, hickory smoked wings and craft beer selection, The South Park Abbey closed on July 30. The nearly 10-year-old establishment, which previously housed South Park Grill, alerted patrons to its last day of business on Facebook, but offered no explanation for shuttering. 1946 Fern St.


A popular breakfast spot in Hillcrest is opening a location in La Jolla. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Brunch with a solar eclipse is scheduled in South Park. (Google Images) In recognition of the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro in South Park will hold an “umbral brunch” from 9 to 11 a.m. the same day. Locally, the eclipse will peak at 58 percent coverage at 10:23 a.m., allowing guests before and after the phenomenon to savor a “midnight” mimosa or another select cocktail, plus a choice of entrée and side dish, “pitch black” flourless chocolate torte, and salted blueberry truffles. The cost is $50 per person, which also includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses. 2145 Fern St., 619-578-2984,

Snooze is branching into The Shops at La Jolla Village, marking its third location in San Diego County outside of Hillcrest and Del Mar. The Denver-based breakfast eatery has more than 20 locations in four states. Assistant general manager Kirsten Searcy said the La Jolla kitchen will soft-open Aug. 30. It will feature a spacious patio and the same dishes as the other locations. The company’s summer menu currently includes new rollouts such as blackberry pancakes with lime custard and mascarpone cheese, and Caprese-style eggs Benedict served on Parmesan-pesto quinoa cakes. 8861 Via La Jolla Drive, Suite 509,







CRITIC’S CHOICE “A crackling new revival of the musical favorite. It’s a splashy crowd-pleaser!”

Juan Carlos Recamier is bringing ceviche to Old Town. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Chef Juan Carlos Recamier is gearing up for a late-summer move to Old Town for Ceviche House, which he launched in a small space last year and recently closed at 4594 30th St. in North Park. The upcoming spot is significantly larger and will give customers more ceviche options in addition to hot dishes, all made with seafood sourced from local and regional fishermen. 2415 San Diego Ave.

A Musical Fable of Broadway Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes In Association with Asolo Repertory Theatre


A fast-casual spot for seafood opened recently in Mission Valley. (Yelp) The Irvine-based California Fish Grill recently made its San Diego debut in Mission Valley with an ambitious selection of fish and seafood served in bowls, tacos or plate form. Customers can also choose between grilled and fried. Sidekicks include New England clam chowder, ahi poke, kale slaw, fi re-roasted street corn and more. 1530 Camino de la Reina, 619-541-8723, cafi

Eat San Diego volunteers planting strawberries in a new public garden (Photo by Jim Lantry)

San Diego’s first free food park is blooming with tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, peaches, pink lemons and more. The garden, located on a 300-foot lot in City Heights, was created and funded by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement District, which partnered with Eat San Diego in its planning. According to Eat San Diego co-founder, Devon Lantry, the produce is accessible from the sidewalks and “people can graze as they please.” The humanitarian effort, he added, “Is another small reminder that if we get creative and refuse to settle for less, we’ll build a place to live where there’s enough for everyone to be happy and safe.” 4050 El Cajon Blvd. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at▼

(619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) eO dG o The cast of Guys and Dolls. Photos by Jim Cox.




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While guests at Curtis’ Monday night shows at The Caliph will primarily hear her singing and playing the piano with an occasional guitar, she said she has pretty much learned every instrument: drums, french horn, everything. She said her ex-husband even tried to school her on the trumpet. Before she was just “Carol Curtis,” she got her performance start at the age of 16 in the all-girl trio named “Carol, Cheryl, and Jan,” with Cheryl Flood and Jan Ritzau. Curtis played guitar with the trio performed off and on for about a year at a restaurant and bar called The Yodler in Crestline, California. On Curtis’ CD, “It’s About Time” (which can be purchased on her website pianowench. com), listeners can hear the first song Curtis ever wrote for the guitar in 1968, “You’re a Person.” Curtis said that she, Flood and Ritzau recorded the track in a restroom. Curtis eventually found herself in Oklahoma during a time when she was mostly performing top 40 hits and had previously sworn that she’d never be caught doing country music. She soon became a standout in the Sooner State, because while most other bar performers had some amount of country music in their repertoire, Curtis was doing Broadway and top 40 in a region that had a heavy concentration of country fans. Curtis eventually realized that she really loved performing country tunes, and that it may have served her well in Oklahoma. Today, she can be regularly heard singing tunes from Patsy Cline and other country stars during her sets. Her original tune “Riverside” is primarily a tale of the culture shock she experienced in Oklahoma, and her longing for California. Several years ago, she presented the song to the City Council office in Riverside to see if the city would be interested in making it the civic anthem. While she said all of the women in the council office loved the song and wanted to be her backup singers, the city wasn’t particularly interested in it being the town’s anthem — Curtis thinks it’s likely because of the mention of “smog” and “traffic” in the line, “I’ll have your smog for breakfast … I’ll have your traffic for lunch … Sweet Riverside, oh I miss you so much!” Eventually landing herself in El Cajon, Curtis began her decades-long connection to San Diego’s LGBT community. Her fi rst gig in San Diego County was at an El Cajon cowboy bar called Doc’s Landing, which was owned by David Wentworth and Richard Juras — who also were the third owners of The Caliph. But before Curtis learned about The Caliph, Wentworth and Juras bought The Library on Mission Gorge Road at Princess View Drive just east of Allied Gardens. This was around 1987 and

an airplane (as a client did) or even take your nearest and dearest on a five-week trip to Europe (as a friend did), but, when it’s over and you’re home alone, that empty feeling always comes back. Why? Because, now that you’re older and wiser, it’s time to up your game and ask more sophisticated questions, like: “What is my purpose here?” “Where is my peace of mind?” “What am I here to teach and what am I here to learn?”… you know, that kind of stuff. In my opinion, Donald Trump is a person who hasn’t gotten to those kinds of questions. He hasn’t really grown up. He’s still acting like a needy adolescent (with the intolerance to match). He hasn’t learned that prestige, power and possessions are fun — when you’re young — but, as you mature, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things, things that are more internal, more spiritual, more psychological … and much more deeply fulfilling.

One of Curtis' promotional photos. (Facebook) Curtis called it “a mixed bar in an odd part of town for a mix of gay and straight people.” She further described the venue as “a wonderful place with books and conversation pits, and a horrible piano … but it did the job.” She said The Library was eventually sold to new ownership and the bar started to go downhill. By total chance, one night Curtis was playing at The Library to “a nearly dead room” and two men named David Heiner and Ted Bettner were in the very small crowd. Heiner and Bettner invited Curtis to come perform at Bourbon Street — a gay bar in University Heights — and she immediately proclaimed “yes!” The two men kept reminding Curtis that the bar was gay, and she kept reminding them that her answer was “absolutely yes!”

In July 1989, Curtis began her residency at Bourbon Street. She calls her fi rst years at Bourbon Street an “immersion experience” into the community, and she played there regularly for eight years, before changing trends and tastes brought a new format to the popular bar, which closed in 2015. During her time at Bourbon Street, Curtis also played at another bar called WD’s, and began her very long residency at the former Inn at the Park around 1990. In 1991, she began her first stint at The Caliph, which lasted for 10 years. By the time she had fi nished her years at Bourbon Street, Curtis and her husband were engulfed in their work as owners of a courier

company so most of her music gigs were put on hold — except for her Saturday nights at The Caliph. Curtis said that not only was music a “vocation” but also a “vacation” from her busy business schedule. The courier company was eventually sold to a business partner and music once again became her focus. Catch up with the rest of Curtis’ storied career in the next issue of Gay San Diego, on the street and online Friday, Aug. 18. —Ben Cartwright is a local LGBT activist, a monthly columnist for Gay San Diego, and a longtime fan of Carol Curtis. Reach him at▼

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Friday, Aug. 4 Trivia Night at the Hole: It’s time for another fun night of trivia at the Hole with host Phil Lisotta! Stiff drinks, tasty Flaco burgers and tough trivia will start your weekend off right. Karaoke and beer pong will follow. 7–9:30 p.m. at The Hole in the Wall, 2830 Lytton St. Visit bit. ly/2vgHg6D.

Saturday, Aug. 5

Free lecture – Visual Artists and Gallery/Art Dealer Panel Discussion: This panel will discuss the partnership between artist, gallery and patron; how contemporary galleries operate; and business practices of successful artists. Limited seating. Free. 10 a.m.–noon at The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. Visit and Gallery Arts Exhibition Reception: The work of local artists and gallery owners – Alexander Salazar, Patric Stillman and Lynn Susholtz – will be showcased. Free. 6–9 p.m. at The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. The exhibition runs through Sunday, Aug. 27. Visit

Sunday, Aug. 6

Live music: Ed Sheeran will be stopping by San Diego on his North American tour, which celebrates the tremendous success the Grammy-winning singer has had with his third LP. Ticket prices vary. 8–11 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Visit bit. ly/2vZWlav. REHAB – Day & Pool Party: Get ready to lounge, relax and rejuvenate at the Lafayette Pool for LE Parties’ last event of the summer! Enjoy a performance from DJ durtyKURTY, pool floats, a photo booth, cheap drinks and more. This is an 18-and-older event. Tickets are $12–$20. Noon–5 p.m. at The Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. Visit bit. ly/2f2K2Gw. We Are Family: Stop by a group gathering for

LGBTQ families with children, for those who are expecting or for those considering starting a family. We Are Family is a safe space to encourage, share and support your family as well as connect with members in the local LGBTQ community. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Wonderful and Wild, 1007 University Ave. Free parking behind the store. Visit bit. ly/2udGjYL.

Monday, Aug. 7

Manic Monday at the Rail: Dance away at San Diego’s weekly ’80s/’90s night with Manic Monday Resident DJ Junior the DISCOpunk! Comment on the Facebook event page with your favorite songs from the era for the dance floor. $2 drinks until midnight. 9 p.m. at The Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2uSxAgu.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tour: See Neil Diamond – music icon, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member – onstage to celebrate his 50-year career. Ticket prices vary. All ages. 7 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Visit or

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Out at the Archives – Photographic Preservation Workshop: Got photo albums? Learn the best photograph preservation practices from Lambda Archives’ archivists, gain hands-on experience and receive a complimentary starter kit of preservation materials to take home. Free. Limited space; RSVP at archivist@lambdaarchives. org. 6:30–8 p.m. at Lambda Archives of San Diego, 4545 Park Blvd., Suite 104. Visit The North Park Coloring Club: Come indulge your artistic side and color your cares away! Bring your own coloring book or use some of the fun pages provided by the library. Free. Children are welcome but

asked to use whisper voices since this will be held in the adult section. 6–9 p.m. at North Park Library, 3795 31st St. Visit

Thursday, Aug. 10 Screen on the Green – ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’: Grab a picnic, a blanket and a few friends to enjoy a film screening of “Picture of Dorian Gray.” This movie uses light and shadow to create an ominous atmosphere in Oscar Wilde’s cautionary tale about vanity and morality. Unrated. Free. 8–10 p.m. at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, 1549 El Prado. Visit GLSEN San Diego Comedy Fundraiser: Enjoy a night of comedy for a good cause! Local comedians will perform to raise money for nonprofit GLSEN. The lineup features Sarah Burford, Manish Gupta, Jaleesa Johnson, Remington Scott Kienbusch, Leah Mansfield and the event’s host Chet Sewell. Tickets are $28. Wine and cheese offered before the show. 7–10 p.m. at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. Visit Sketch Night at Sparks Gallery: In celebration of their “minis / A Group Show” exhibition, Sparks Gallery will host a night of live music and creativity. Join artists Alexander Arshansky, Stefanie Bales, Michelle D. Ferrera, Mayra Navarro and Leah Pantéa for an evening of live painting, sketching and collage. Light refreshments provided. Free and family-friendly. 6–8 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit

Friday, Aug. 11

Sue Palmer at the MHTC Summer Concert Series: Mission Hills Town Council invites you to a music performance from Sue Palmer, the Queen of Boogie Woogie. Food from Cheesy Amigos will be available. Sen. Toni G. Atkins will be attending. Free and family-friendly. 6–8 p.m. at Mission Hills Pioneer Park, 1521 Washington St. Visit Shady Ladies and Hop Heads — Historical Pub

Crawl: Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town (now Downtown). In addition to the walking tour, enjoy a drink at three bars original to the Gaslamp. 21-and-older event. Tickets $10–$20. Reservations required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. 5 p.m. at Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit. ly/2vqdJIJ.

Saturday, Aug. 12

Sixth annual HRC San Diego Gala Dinner and Auction: This annual event celebrates the great strides made for LGBTQ equality across the nation, honoring local leadership excellence and strengthening HRC convictions on helping those who still experience profound injustice. The program features a reception, silent auction and dinner. 5–10 p.m. at Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. Visit or email questions to the HRC Gala co-chairs at

Saturday, Aug. 12– Sunday, Aug. 13

12th annual ArtWalk at Liberty Station: Enjoy a weekend filled with art, food, live entertainment and fun at Liberty Station. The ArtWalk features over 200 artists from around the world. Interactive art exhibits, street food, and a beer and wine pavilion will also be offered. Free and family-friendly. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road. Visit

Sunday, Aug. 13

Hillcrest CityFest 2017: Celebrate the community spirit of Hillcrest through music, arts, crafts and food at the largest single-day street fair in San Diego. The event features over 250 vendors, live bands, DJ performances, dancing and a spirits garden. Noon–11 p.m. at Fifth and University avenues in Hillcrest. Visit bit. ly/2v5AAsG.

OB Pier Jump: Drowning Prevention Foundation of San Diego and the San Diego Junior Lifeguards invite you to safely jump off the Ocean Beach Pier at their OB Pier Jump. This is an 18-and-older event. Participants must wear swim fins, attend safety lecture, be a strong ocean swimmer and submit a waiver form. A required $75 donation will fund drowning prevention programs. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, 1950 Abbott St. Visit 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

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Yoga Nights: Stretch your way to a more peaceful state of mind at North Park Library. Yogis of all levels are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. 7–7:50 p.m. at North Park Library, 3795 31st St. Visit

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at Imperial House. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Sunset Swing.” 6–9 p.m. at Imperial Steakhouse Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. Visit Gayzer Tag – San Diego Launch Party: Guy Social San Diego invites you to their inaugural event to celebrate their launch! Enjoy a full night of private laser tag, mingling, a team building workshop, photo booth and more. Tickets $30 in advance; $35 at the door. 8–11 p.m. at ULTRAZONE, 3146 Sports Arena Blvd. Visit bit. ly/2tSrCL9.


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BRIEFS This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse”). Andrew Garfield (“Silence,” “Hacksaw Ridge”) plays Prior Walter, along with a cast including Denise Gough (“People, Places and Things”), Nathan Lane (“The Producers”), James McArdle (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Russell Tovey (“The Pass,” “Looking”). “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. It then became a wildly popular and award-winning cable television series, starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Emma Thompson, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Wright and James Cromwell.

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Levi Kreis, an eight generation Appalachian from the Smokey Mountains who calls himself an urban hillbilly, will be in San Diego Aug. 18 performing from his latest album, “Broadway at the Keys.” “With bare feet and southern charm for days, he weaves

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nominated musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” in the role of Jerry Lee Lewis. He is currently starring in “A Very Sordid Wedding.” Kreis’ San Diego performance will be at Sunset Temple, located at 3911 Kansas Street in North Park. General admission is $25, VIP is $45. Visit▼

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