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Cultivating Attention Diversionary Theatre gets a new ‘boss’

A juicer’s tale

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Philanthropy shares the love (l to r) Event co-chair James Vasquez, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and honoree Maureen Steiner. (Photo by Blake Miller)

Lambda Archives big winner with SDHDF at end of 2014 That’s a-lot-a meat

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By Walter G. Meyer

The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) held their annual Aston-Brooks Awards Gala Dec. 6, and the event, tagged “Fit to be Tied,” was filled to the brim with bow-tie wearing members of the local LGBT community. The gala, held at the Hil-

ton San Diego Resort and Spa Mission Bay, is the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser and honored three LGBT community activists, two national: George Takei and Cleve Jones; and one local, Lambda Archives of San Diego Board President Maureen Steiner. Both the Archives and Steiner have had a busy few weeks, starting with an Ar-

chives fundraiser in November at Steiner’s Coronado home, the SDHDF gala a couple weeks later, and culminating Dec. 8 at an award reception with San Diego Pride. At the Coronado reception, Speaker of the Assembly and local LGBT leader Toni Atkins presented a proclamation to Steiner that she had issued in July honoring the Archives. The event raised almost $6,000 for the organization, and

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The annual San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) Holiday Spectacular at the historic Balboa Theatre Downtown is always a mustsee event for our community every holiday season and this year is no exception. New at the helm of this year’s show is RC Haus, who took over as artistic director immediately following last year’s holiday show. Having served as the group’s assistant artistic director a few years prior to his selection as director, Haus said he was already in tune with SDGMC, as well as their

mission of social change and community outreach. In the last year, he has upped the ante across the board for the organization. Gay San Diego recently reached out to RC in advance of the upcoming Holiday Spectacular, to hear what 2014 has been like for him as well as the men he now leads in both chorus and song. Gay San Diego (GSD): It’s now been about a year since you took over, can you share what that experience has been like? RC Haus (RCH): You’re right, our Holiday Spectacular completes my first full year as artistic director. The journey

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has been fantastic. We’ve seen the chorus nearly double in size and sing to record-setting audiences. Our summer Madonna concert was the biggest

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see Morrow, pg 3

see SDHDF, pg 3

SDGMC’s artistic director takes chorus to new heights Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

(Photo by Sue Ellen Fitzsimmons)

Upon viewing Matt Morrow’s resume on his website, mattmmorrow.com, it is very clear that he is a multitalented artist. Morrow has directed many shows and taught numerous theatre classes in New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Just as importantly, Morrow has had a broad range of experience in artistic leadership and management. He was the associate artistic director of City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh and the literary and development director of Amas Musical Theatre in New York City. A new chapter of Morrow’s career recently began when he was named the executive artistic director of Diversionary Theatre in San Diego in October. Growing up in Central Florida, Morrow realized he had a passion for drama at a young age. “Theater kind of saved my life there,” he said. “As an adolescent, I had very little direction … but I had this impulse towards theater. I went to a community theater production and saw the musical, ‘Tom Sawyer,’ and fell in love with the whole experience.” He is a high school graduate of Lois Cowles Harrison School for the Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama

Changing lives, one voice at a time Mirror, mirror

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Artistic Director RC Haus (Courtesy SDGMC)


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SDHDF SDHDF doubled that amount through their “matching grant” program. At the gala, SDHDF honored Steiner with the Richard Geyser Community Leadership Award in recognition of her many years of service, and once again Speaker Atkins made the presentation. The award also came with a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit of Steiner’s choice, and to no one’s surprise, the nod went to Lambda Archives. Takei received the Lincoln Aston Public Service Award from Council President Todd Gloria on behalf of the SDHDF. Best known for his work on Star Trek and the Howard Stern show, Takei has become an international LGBT icon since officially coming out in 2005. SDHDF recognized Takei not only for his work advancing LGBT rights, but human rights as well. The popular musical “Allegiance” — which was presented at the Old Globe in 2012 — was inspired by Takei’s childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp during World War II and it also starred the actor. Takei currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s “Coming Out Project.” The actor chose the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation as the recipient of his $5,000 grant. SDHDF also gave legendary LGBT activist Cleve Jones the Sunshine Brooks HIV/AIDS Advocacy Award. Jones, who in 1985 conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, was already well known as a community leader, but following his portrayal in the movie “Milk,” his fame spread to a much larger audience. Jones acknowledged his own HIV status in his acceptance speech and pleaded with the audience to help promote the use of PrEP to prevent further infections. He gave his $5,000 to the AIDS Housing Alliance, a San Francisco-based advocacy that does work throughout California. The Lincoln Aston and Hattie “Sunshine” Brooks awards are given in recognition of two of the SDHDF’s most important philanthropic funders, whose gifts both helped launch the organization and continue to allow it to prosper. Takei and his husband Brad generously allowed their photos to be taken with many of the attendees before the dinner and ceremonies, and afterward Takei autographed the evening’s program for fans. Headliner and Tony Award winner Andrea Martin joked, sang and danced for attendees. Opening for Martin was Sirius radio host and musician Seth Rudetsky. Numerous local entertainers were also on hand, including Diversionary Theatre favorite Tony Houck, with other performances including Chrissy Burns, Chary Cadalac de Vil, Lalo Star, and Tori Roze and the Hot Mess. Recognition for Lambda Archives continued at The San Diego LGBT Center on Dec. 8, where San Diego Pride held an awards reception and distributed grants to various local organizations based on the success of this year’s San Diego Pride celebration. Pride Executive Director Stephen Whitburn gave an update

on Pride, attendance figures, revenues, and the millions of dollars San Diego Pride brings into the region’s economy each year. One of many surprising statistics he presented was that almost as many straight people attend the Pride festival, as do LGBT individuals. Whitburn said that Pride’s revenues were down this year due to lower attendance, which also meant beverage sales and merchandise sales were down as well. This in turn meant that grants to the community groups were subsequently less, but the organization was still able to give over $80,000 back to the local community in 2014. Whitburn presented $1,000 to TJ Seguine, treasurer of the Archives, at the reception. The Archives was also the recipient of another $5,000 grant from SDHDF in October, which they will use toward staffing as they continue to expand and work on physical and real estate preservation projects around the community. Lambda Archives focuses on preserving the LGBT history of the greater San Diego region, including Northern Baja California, Mexico. —Walter G. Meyer is a local freelance writer who has written three published books, including the award-winning LGBT novel, “Rounding Third.” Several of his screenplays have been optioned and his stage play, GAM3RS, is being made into a web series. Reach him at walt.meyer28@ gmail.com. —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report.v

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MORROW at Carnegie Mellon University. Since then, he’s had an extensive career focusing behind the scenes in the world of theatre. “I worked for practically every major off-Broadway theater company in various capacities,” he said. “I assisted-directed, directed, worked as the company manager for ‘Forbidden Broadway’… I did pretty much everything you can do, besides be on the stage.” Earlier this year, he applied to be the leader of Diversionary. “It was a really organic process coming to know the Diversionary, the board of directors and the staff,” he said. One of the main reasons that Morrow is excited for the future of the company, is because the board will be promoting world premieres of up-and-coming playwrights. “Our focus will be developing and producing new plays and musicals,” Morrow said. “Immersive and sitespecific theatrical experiences. That’s one movement happening in the theater that’s really exciting to me.” A potentially difficult task for any executive artistic director might be attracting theatergoers to see original pieces. “It’s always a challenge to develop and cultivate audiences to support new work, because it’s supporting the unknown,” he said. “I think that’s going to be somewhat of

GAY SAN DIEGO Dec. 12–25, 2014 a [risk], but I look forward to surmounting that challenge.” Although the thrust might be on original stagings, there will still be revivals of plays focused on the LGBT community in Diversionary’s future.

"Our focus will be developing and producing new plays and musicals, immersive and site-specific theatrical experiences." “There’s definitely space to revisit existing, popular works from the cannon with a new spin, take and perspective,” he said. “I’m not necessarily interested in doing a straightforward revival of a piece. That’s not to say I won’t ever do that, because I think there’s room for it all.” Morrow has high hopes for the continuing growth of the theater. “I do think Diversionary should become known as a nationally recognized home that develops and produces exciting LGBT works,” he said. “I want us to be known for being a very fertile ground where LGBT writers from around the world can come and work. Where they can come and find a creative home.” When asked about increas-

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ing attendance at the Diversionary, he replied by saying “by doing more of the same.” When it comes to increasing attendance at Diversionary, Morrow thinks the group should keep on doing what they are doing. “I feel the staff has a wonderful attitude with the patrons,” he said. “The attitude is once you know us, you’re gonna come back. It’s just getting them in the door the first time. Once people experience our work, I think they fall in love. We produce quality work in a very loving atmosphere, which I believe is contagious.” Morrow had even more to add about why he thinks people should give the Diversionary a try. “Because it’s good and because it’s exciting,” he said. “That sort of sums up where we are with Diversionary right now. I can promise a great time that they will carry with them for the rest of the week, if not month, if not year.” Currently being staged at Diversionary through Dec. 21 is “Tru,” the 1989 play based on Truman Capote’s words and works. For more about Diversionary, visit diversionarytheatre.org. —A fan of film and theatre from a very young age, David Dixon has written reviews and features for various print and online publications and is currently a student at San Diego State. You can reach him at daviddixon0202@gmail.com. v


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GAY NEWS BRIEFS TREE OF LIFE EVENT BRINGS LOCAL AWARENESS TO WORLD AIDS DAY On Dec. 1, hundreds of candles were lit in the courtyard of Village Hillcrest for 23rd annual Tree of Life event, to commemorate World AIDS Day and remember those who have lost their lives to the disease. Community leaders including Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria attended the ceremony hosted by Mama’s Kitchen, and members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus performed holiday tunes during the event. In addition to the candlelight vigil, the Tree of Life itself was decorated with personalized ornaments purchased at the event to honor those affected by AIDS. The tree will be on display throughout the month. Village Hillcrest is located at 3955 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Proceeds from the event went to Mama’s Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) that has been providing nutritious meals to people with HIV/AIDS and cancer since 1990. To see more photos of the event, visit facebook.com/ mamaskitchen. BEING ALIVE SELLING RIBBONS OF HOPE One of its largest annual fundraisers, Being Alive is once again selling red ribbons — the universal symbol of AIDS awareness — to help them continue their mission to provide health, nutrition and social services to those living with HIV/ AIDS. Ribbons may be purchased for $1, $5, or $25. The “Ribbons of Hope” are available throughout San Diego, at various sponsors such as Revivals, AHF Pharmacy, Baja Betty’s, Mankind, The Loft, Pecs, Redwing and many more. For a complete list, visit beingalivesd.com/ Being_Alive_Buy_A_Ribbon. php. Ribbons of Hope will be available through Dec. 31. Being Alive is located at 4070 Centre St., Hillcrest. To donate without purchasing a ribbon, visit beingalivesd.com.

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CHORUS show in our almost 30-year history and our upcoming show is already our biggestselling holiday show. We’ve also become much more visible in the community. We’ve performed at more than two-dozen outreach events this year from Oceanside to La Mesa to our recent headlining of the December Nights tree lighting ceremony before 10,000 people. We aim to change lives one voice at a time — this is how we are accomplishing that goal. For me personally, it has been the most fulfilling work I have been involved with as an artist. To stand before 150+ men and listen to the passion, artistry, sound and joy through their voices can almost be overwhelming at times.

NEWS / COMMUNITY VOICES to our chorus family this year. We brought in some tremendous dancers and choreographers and are so excited to provide them with a home base. Our Holiday Spectacular will be more of a choral experience than a Broadway/show type of program, but the troupe will have several choice moments in the concert where they will add meaning to the songs by

Haus directs a San Diego Gay Men’s (GSD): What Chorus ensemble. changes, if any, will regulars see at the Holi- (Photo by Jonathan's Photography) day Spectacular? (RCH): Our show is a the art of dance. fun, festive and family-friendly (GSD): What is the Choevent. As a father of five chilrus’ charity this year? dren, I’ve included some real (RCH): Our outreach kid-friendly (and kid-at-heart partner for this show is Voicfriendly) music like “Rudolph es for Children — Speak Up the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Mr. Now. They do amazing work Heat Miser” and the smash helping abused children Disney song every kid knows and those in the foster care by heart this year, “Let it Go.” system, helping them find There will be a great mix of safe and permanent homes. traditional holiday music like I think there are many “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow” LGBT families that would be and “Jingle Bells.” And we’ll wonderful additions to this even have some funny pieces program and hopefully we’ll like “Boogie Woogie Hahelp facilitate that. We’ve nukka” and “Coming Out at also provided 50 tickets to Christmas.” There truly will be these foster kids to come see something for everybody. our show and I can’t wait to I think the biggest see them there. change from past holiday shows will be the addition of (GSD): Anything else our highly regarded Chamyou might want to mention? ber Chorale that premiered (RCH): We are always earlier this year. This 40-voice looking for people to join us. masterworks group sold out We may have 200 members, its first concert and now is but there is always room back for the first time to for more. If you like to sing, perform an amazing rendition dance, make props, work of “Noel” and the ethereal “O behind the scenes — we are Magnum Mysterium.” They always on the lookout for are very impressive and rank good people. Our Info Night among some of the best singis just a few weeks away on ers in the country. Monday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at the University Christian Church in (GSD): What has been Hillcrest and auditions follow your favorite part of putting after that. Check out our webtogether the holiday show? site for details and an applica(RCH): I must admit that tion at sdgmc.org. my favorite part of every year The SDGMC’s Holiday as a musician is the holiday. Spectacular will be presented I drive my family crazy as I Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m., begin to sing holiday music with an encore matinee at 2 in the spring, already looking p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at for great arrangements for the the Balboa Theatre, located coming holiday season. I enat 868 Fourth Ave., Downjoy sifting through the array town. Tickets start at $28 and of holiday music and trying range to $70 for preferred to program a show that will VIP seating. A $4 discount is have moments of laughter, available for seniors, stumoments of memories of yesdents, active-duty military teryear, moments that warm and groups of 10 or more. the heart, and moments that At will parking is available will encourage and lift the at Horton Plaza and prepaid spirit through the busy and parking is available for $10 hectic holiday season. I hope when purchasing tickets I have done that. or in the theatre lobby. For more info visit sdgmc.org. (GSD): What plans do you have for the new dance —Morgan M. Hurley can troupe of SDGMC? be reached at morgan@sdcnn. (RCH): The dance troupe com.v has been an exciting addition

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I Hate the Holidays Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel A recent email I got sums up many people’s attitude towards this time of year. Dear Dr. Kimmel: I hate the Holidays! People are so fake and everyone competes with each other for the best gifts, best parties, best tree decorations, etc. What can I do to get through this falsely festive time of year? Signed, Depressed Already in Bankers Hill Dear Depressed: You are not alone: “the Holidays” (e.g., Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, etc.) can easily become a series of competitive events. So, dear reader: Shift your mindset. Like Maya Angelou once said, “If you can’t change the situation, then change your way of looking at it.” You can’t change the holidays single-handedly: Most of us suffer some negative effects from what I call RRT (Retailing/Religion/Tradition). Instead of falling victim to the effects of RRT, why not decide how you want to spend the next few weeks? Ask yourself: • Do I want to lay low and have a quiet month? • Do I want to hang out with my friends more than usual? • Do I have relatives I actually like to be with? • Do I want to give gifts or is it a real drag for me? • Do I want to go out of town and avoid all the hoopla? • Is there a spiritual/religious aspect of the holidays that I like? Identify what you want and organize the coming weeks to get as much of it as possible. Mr./Ms. Depressed Already wants people to be more genuine and less fake. As a psychotherapist, here’s what I’ve observed about why people put on a fake holiday face: People act fake when they feel insecure or lonely. So don’t try to live out some idealized Hallmark special version of the holidays. Instead, make them real for yourself. I suggest that you pay more

attention to yourself this month and notice what you’re feeling: Are you waxing nostalgic for a happy childhood that wasn’t? Are you envious of someone else? Do you feel disconnected from the happy-happy people in all those sappy holiday movies/videos? If so, notice your unhappiness, be kind(er) to yourself and you’ll likely see your own false festiveness replaced by something more real, grounded and peaceful. Many people feel tense, angry and/or depressed at this time of year. All that pressure to have a Martha Stewart kind of holiday pushes a lot of our buttons. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself because your house/apartment looks nothing like Martha’s, try thinking about other people for a change. Get your butt out of that easy chair and volunteer for a good cause. Deliver food to someone, call a children’s hospital or a nursing home and ask what you can do. No matter how lousy your less-than-glamorous life may feel, after helping someone else in need, you feel better about yourself, your life and your own (now quite small) problems. If you actually enjoy giving gifts, let them come to you as easily as possible. Avoid crowded shopping malls. Instead, patronize local, LGBT-owned businesses. Let’s give back to our own … and you can easily walk around Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, Adams Avenue or Kensington without spending 20 minutes inching into and out of a

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mega-mall parking lot! The most important recipient of your love this season is you. It’s healthy — not narcissistic — to be kind to yourself. Give yourself something nice for the holidays; at least you’ll get one gift you really like. Consider a facial or a relaxing morning at a local spa. Book a massage by a local masseur or masseuse. We all need to be touched — literally — in a caring and attentive way, especially during holiday times. Maybe this year it’s time to break with tradition and buy yourself a plane ticket somewhere fun and get the hell outta town. A vacation away from expectations (and family) may be the best gift of all. Whatever you do in the coming weeks, give yourself the gifts of compassion, kindness and understanding. Santa would be proud. —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Michael is currently accepting new clients. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit lifebeyondtherapy.com.v

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Letters More sports to love Don’t forget about the San Diego Sparks Soccer Club [See “Dugout Chatter: Thankful for sports in San Diego,” Vol. 5, Issue 24]. Visit their website at sparksoccer.org. —York Lackey, via gay-sd.com

Cheers for Oceanside I am glad to hear the reason for the low score for Oceanside [“North County Update: The impact of visual inclusivity,” Vol. 5, Issue 24]. While many of us in North County know we have a way to go, I have been very impressed and happy to see the City of Oceanside stand behind the LGTBQ Resource Center and all of their efforts. Oceanside’s leaders deserve our thanks for their support and inclusive attitude. They are setting a fantastic example for the other communities in North San Diego County. —JoyLynn Murray, via gay-sd.comv

EDITORIAL

Ten steps to turn your New Year's Resolutions into success stories By Christian Wasinger, CHt

an apple, your mind will immediately think of an apple and all your associations with them. Rather than stating, “I no longer want to be broke,” say, “I manage my money well, and pay all my bills on time.” Being in a positive mental and emotional state, you are far more likely to achieve your goals.

Every year, approximately 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. A staggering 25 percent don’t make it past the first week, and only about eight percent stay on course and achieve their resolutions. After years of failing to succeed, our subconscious mind has learned to associate negative feelings with New Year’s resolutions, such as disappointment, failure, and anger. Here are 10 steps to shift the outcome and make the road to achieving your New Year’s resolutions both smooth and swift.  

If you want a taxi driver to drop you off at a specific destination, you must be clear, otherwise you won’t get there. The same goes for your goals. So long as you have a clear destination, you will eventually get there, even if there are detours and obstacles along the way.

1. Give your New Year’s resolutions a name change.

4. Make your goals measurable and give them a deadline.

3. Be specific.

Words generate feelings. Some cause us to feel happy, others sad, and some leave us in a neutral state. The words “New Year’s resolutions” may awaken negative feelings. Replace the words “New Year’s resolutions” with “future accomplishments,” which leaves you feeling more positive.  

Your goals and the progress you make must be measurable, so you know whether or not you are getting closer to reaching them. Have a deadline, because goals without a deadline are only dreams.

When setting your goals, state them as positives. If I ask you not to think of

It may not be realistic to go to the gym every single day, if you haven’t

2. State your goals as positives.

5. Be realistic, flexible, and break down your big goals into smaller goals.

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exercised once in 2014? Perhaps commit to exercising three times a week. If you miss a day, don’t give up. Make up for it with an extra workout the next week. If losing 100 pounds in 2015 feels overwhelming, focus on losing two pounds a week. You still end up with the same result, but the goal feels more manageable. 

6. Keep your goals in front of you daily.

Place your goals where you will be reminded of them daily. Place a sticky note on the dashboard of your car, or a vision board in your office. Read them after waking up and before you go to sleep. Falling asleep with the visuals and feelings of having achieved your goals programs your subconscious mind to accomplish them.

7. Take action and have faith.

Setting “future accomplishments,” and affirming them daily won’t “attract” them magically into your life. The last six letters in the word attraction spell “action.” To achieve them, you must map out a plan, and focus on one step at a time. When driving to L.A. from San Diego, you must first get to Carlsbad, then Irvine, and so on northward before reaching LA. Take that very first step, and have faith that the next step will be revealed.

8. Keep at it, even if you don’t succeed at first.

There really is no failure. It may have taken you multiple attempts, but

you achieved every past goal that was important to you, because you persevered. Those you didn’t attain either were not important enough to you, or were no longer important because your situation or desires changed. When it appears you are experiencing failure, change and adjust some aspect of your approach. Everything will work out in the end. If it hasn’t yet, then it’s not the end.

9. Be accountable.

Have an accountability partner, or use smartphone apps, and computer programs to help you stay on track. We are less likely to let others down than ourselves. Share your goal only with people who are supportive of you.

10. Are you getting closer to your goal?

Always ask yourself if what you are doing is getting you closer or farther away from accomplishing your goal. Don’t waste time, money, or energy on anything that is not getting you closer to your final destination. Finally, be patient with yourself and be realistic. Start by implementing one of the above steps at a time, until you have reached your goals.  —Christian Wasinger, CHt, is a bestselling author, neuro-linguistic programming trainer, and clinical hypnotherapist with an office in Mission Valley, San Diego. To learn more about him, visit theNLPexpert.com.v

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OH! what a journey GSD Editor takes on a five-day cleanse of her system Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

This is the story of my juice cleanse journey. In our last issue, I wrote about a new local company that sells fresh, all-organic, cold-pressed juices from the Hillcrest, Little Italy and La Jolla Farmers Markets [“OH! Juice: the new age milkman,” Vol. 5, Issue 24]. In addition to that story, I had planned to include my own journey with those juices, but I ran out of room. So here we are. Back in October, I was contacted by Olive PR, the company that represents OH! Juice, and I thought it would make a great story for Gay San Diego. We all love our cleanses, right? But there was more to it. There is a lot of competition in this arena these days but this organization intrigued me. Their marketing literature is out of this world and the CEO Hanna Gregor — a feisty 24-year-old nutritionist and entrepreneur — was a delight in every way. When I first decided to do the cleanse, I wasn’t sure what I was in for. Sure, I’d done that three-day cabbage soup deal, and I’ve had to drink that white chalky stuff for 24 hours for various medical procedures, but I’d never done a true cleanse. I bought a pill version once at Sprouts but never did it. I always felt the time had to be “just right,” and since I didn’t know what to expect or how my body would react, the time never seemed right. The OH! Juice cleanse consists of six, 16-ounce glass bottles of juice per day. A oneday cleanse felt like just dipping my toe into it, so I opted for the three-day. The next step was finding a workweek that would be amenable. I only have one week per month when I’m not managing the production of a newspaper, and that week was rapidly approaching. If I didn’t make a split decision, it would be another month before I had that time and it would be too close to the holidays. I knew doing the cleanse at work — as opposed to over the weekend — was the best option for several reasons: I wanted to be as “stationary” as possible so access to the juices wasn’t a problem, and being at work, I’d be at my desk a great majority of the time; also, let’s face it, I wanted to be near a bathroom at all times, and my desk is mere steps from our work restroom; but the biggest reason was that I don’t have access to a refrigerator at home and that is imperative. I spent some time talking to Hanna about my selections. The one-day cleanse is pretty cut and dried; it consists of a strategic and balanced combination of greens and fruit juices. I could do three days of the one-day cleanse, or change

it up and add more intense greens. Not everyone is interested in that, but I explained to Hanna that I love wheatgrass and eat a lot of kale and other dark, hearty greens in my diet. She immediately encouraged me to expand the cleanse to more greens on days two and three to get more out of it. Drinking water is an important aspect of the cleanse, and luckily for me, our office kitchen has an alkaline water dispenser, which is ideal for a someone doing a cleansing. Hanna and I also discussed

The one-day juice cleanse offered by OH! Juice (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) days worth of juices first thing Monday morning. Good thing the office fridge is full sized because there was no hiding 18 16-ounce glass bottles in

The healthier, greens-heavy juice cleanse at OH! Juice (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

willpower and challenges that may pop up and make you want to cheat. They actually give you options to cheat with! I wanted none of that because I was not going to be cheating. How hard could three days be? So the night before, I went to Piacere Mio near my house and had a lovely bowl of pasta with fresh tomato sauce. Yep, basically I “carbed up” in advance of the cleanse. I thought it was a good thing, like prepping for my last meal for a while, and it was a good one, not junk, but Hanna felt otherwise. Lesson learned, go easier the night before you start. Monday arrived and I was ready. I knew OH! Juice delivered but I didn’t quite understand how that worked. I found it surprising that they’d personally deliver my six juices three days in a row ... and well, they don’t. I got three

that white box. I’m a coffee drinker — just two each morning, but those two steaming hot cups of caffeine are an important part of my day. I was a little concerned about not having them, but Hanna assured me the first juice of the day would more than compensate. Speaking of that first juice of the day, had I been drinking coffee when I first studied the bottle, I would have definitely spit it out. This combination of cantaloupe, carrot, apple, orange, and other fine ingredients is called “Nice Melons.” Great start for a lesbian, I thought. I wondered if the rest of them would have such clever titles. According to the marketing, this juice is “formulated to awaken your central nervous system,” and it does. The cleansing plan is to drink the six juices every two

or three hours; my goal was two so I could consume as many as possible at work; unfortunately that first day I didn’t even get to my first juice until after 10 a.m., which threw me off the entire day. That and I realized some of them didn’t go down as easily as the others. I definitely had my favorites and my lesser favorites. Most of my first day I had a raging headache. I never get headaches. I contacted Hanna to inquire why. We decided it could be the coffee withdrawal. It could be the crash after the sugar high from those nice melons. It could be my body adjusting — or, it might be totally unrelated. I kept plugging on through. The one thing I forgot when making the cleansing plan was that an old friend

of mine was coming to town that very week and I had made plans to see him. There I was on the first night of my cleanse at King’s Fish House drinking water while he ate a two course meal and drank alcohol. I was proud of myself, and my willpower inspired me. Day two, based on our decision to up the ante on the greens, was a lot tougher in some ways but it was also easier. No fluffy drinks here. I had moved up to the tough stuff. Heavy on the greens. I asked for it; but the thing is, my body seemed to love it. Gone were the headaches. I felt full the entire day. In fact, at 3 p.m. on day two, I contacted Hanna and asked if I could do the fiveday cleanse. Just two days

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Holiday Gift Guide Seasons Greetings The holiday season in the “gayborhood” is a magical time, the streets are full of holiday cheer and retailers are eager to greet those who wish to SHOP HILLCREST; other local artisan shops in nearby neighborhoods like Little Italy and South Park also beckon. PetCo Park has morphed into a Winter Wonderland this year; you can go ice skating at Horton Plaza or the Hotel del Coronado; special holiday-themed events are everywhere you look and opportunities to give to those less fortunate are in abundance. See our calendar on page 18 for festive events around town; go to page 20 if you are looking for a place to spend NYE; ways you can donate food and toys this season are on page 27; and here, on pages 9 through 12, peruse local vendors who wish to make your holidays a little easier and brighter. Happy Holidays from everyone at Gay San Diego, and all the best in 2015.

Charles Koll Jewelers 7007 Friars Road, # 691 San Diego, CA 92108 619-298-5655 Charleskoll.com Engaged this holiday season? Let us custom design the perfect wedding set to match your unique story. Did you know the holidays are the number one time of year couples get engaged? Are you one of them? Congratulations! The next step is to continue your love story with a wedding band set as unique as you are. Visit the master jewelry designers at Charles Koll Jewelers in Fashion Valley and let your imagination soar. Platinum? Mixed metals? Black diamonds? Colored stones? Interlocking pieces? We’ll help you create a set like no other. Learn more and see samples on our website or come visit us at Fashion Valley in the upper level, Nordstrom wing. Cheers!

Diversionary Theatre 4545 Park Blvd., #101 San Diego, CA 92116 619-220-0097 diversionary.org Founded in 1986, Diversionary Theatre develops new works and produces plays and musicals that explore the issues, characters and stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in all its complexity and diversity. They are the third-oldest, continuously-producing LGBT theater in the United States and are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Diversionary was founded at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in order to bring to light important social issues that impact the quality of life of LGBT people. The constantly shifting debates — both within California and the nation — over marriage equality, adoption rights, discrimination, bullying, and military service, all speak to the importance of their mission. As the social climate rapidly changes, Diversionary has worked to foster conversa-

tion in the community about how the LGBT narrative fits alongside that of other groups in the community. By exploring stories that describe what sets LGBT culture and history apart, as well as those that focus on the humanity of LGBT people rather than their sexuality, Diversionary Theatre is in a unique position to help bridge the gap of cultural understanding.

ally everyone. Some areas that they specialize in include baby boomer/older-adult training, high-intensity interval training, partner training, training for women, youth fitness, boxing, strength training and body weight training. The personal trainers at Fitness Together will motivate and guide you in achieving your fitness and health goals. They’ve got the perfect program to get you the results you want. For more information, give them a call.

Fitness Together 4019 Goldfinch St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-794-0014 As fitness professionals, the personal trainers at Fitness Together help clients by motivating them to make exercise a fun part of their lives. Whether it’s by improving your overall health and wellness, or through strength training — or by learning about your weight management options to reach fitness goals, Blake and Gwen Beckcom and their team are eager to start you on a journey that will change your life forever. Fitness Together has an exercise program for virtu-

La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 858-550-1010 lajollaplayhouse.org La Jolla Playhouse, a Tony Award-winning professional nonprofit theater, is located in a beautiful San Diego coastal suburb. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the LJP is now led by Artistic Director Chris-

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HOLIDAY topher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg. Its mission is to advance theater as an art form, and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. With a youthful spirit and an eclectic, artist-driven approach, LJP cultivates a local and national following with an insatiable appetite for audacious and diverse work. LJP has received more than 300 awards for theater excellence, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theater. LJP is also nationally acclaimed for its innovative productions, including classics, new plays and musicals, scores of which have moved to Broadway and garnered a total of 35 Tony Awards, including, “The Who’s Tommy,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “A Walk in the Woods,” and many others including recent

Tony winners “Jersey Boys” and “Memphis.” The Playhouse also presents a wide range of educational programs that enrich the community and serve the maximum number of children, students and adults. For more information, visit their website.

The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-5623 theoldglobe.org The internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the most renowned regional theaters in the country, and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly regarded Shakespeare festival. The Globe has become a gather-

ing place for leading theater artists from around the world, such as Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan and Chita Rivera, among many others. Numerous Broadwaybound premieres and revivals, such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Full Monty” have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country. To order tickets, including for Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” call 619-23-GLOBE or email tickets@TheOldGlobe.org.

Port of San Diego SDPortWalk.org Give a lasting gift this holiday season.

Looking for that special gift for friends or family? Sponsor a paver, table or bench on the North Embarcadero and help pave the way to a new San Diego waterfront. By purchasing an available item, you can help build a legacy on San Diego Bay and prominently display a family name or business name on the Port Walk for years to come. Act now to take advantage of a special offer on 4 x 8-inch pavers, which are priced at $149 until the end of 2014. The regular price is $199. Your generous gift will ensure continued improvements and beautification of the North Embarcadero. Other options available are: • 4 x 16-inch pavers – $499 • Table sponsorship plaques – $699 • Bench sponsorship plaques – $4,999 • Custom bench sponsorship plaques – $5,999 • Area signage – $7,999 Your purchase of any of these items is tax deductible. For more information or to purchase any of the items, visit SDPortWalk.org.

SHOP Hillcrest Siesel’s 4131 Ashton St. San Diego, CA 92110 Iowa Meat Farms 6041 Mission Gorge Road San Diego, CA 92120 619-281-5766 iowameatfarms.com Happy and delicious holidays from our family to yours. What we could do without is all the running around, fighting for parking at the mall, and stressing about what to get for those difficult to buy for folks on our list. We can help streamline and reduce the stress of holiday shopping with “4G,” our gourmet gift-giving guide. We are a foodies’ toy store! A gourmet’s fashion boutique! The one-less-stop answer to completing your gift shopping this year. There is something for everyone on your list. Here are some creative suggestions to help get you started:

1. We have hundreds of BBQs for the BBQ lover on your list; 2. Give the gift of breakfast with Stonewall Kitchen pancake, muffin or scone mix; a bottle of pure maple syrup; Kerry Gold Irish butter; and a pound of our smoked bacon or sausages. Christmas breakfast will never be the same. 3. Host or hostess gift: Browse our vast wine selection for the perfect bottle. 4. The family beer connoisseur: We have an impressive selection. 5. For the serious cook or those difficult to buy for, get the one-size-fits-all Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel’s Meats gift card. Available in any amount and even reloadable for re-gifting.

Westfield Horton Plaza 324 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-8180 westfield.com/ hortonplaza Downtown San Diego’s fashionable front door — Westfield Horton Plaza — is more than just a shopping center. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza is the hub of Downtown San Diego for all things art, community, entertainment, and shopping. Designed by architect Jon Jerde and built in 1985, the plaza was influenced primarily by old Italian architecture and is distinguished by its open-air concept, bright colors, collection of public art, array of distinguished shops and nod to the historic Downtown San Diego. There’s something for everyone on your guest list at Westfield Horton Plaza.v

HILLCREST — The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) is encouraging everyone to support locally owned businesses and Shop Hillcrest this holiday season. To sweeten the pot, the HBA is offering every shopper the chance to win a $1,500 shopping spree, courtesy of dozens of Hillcrest businesses. Check off everyone on your holiday shopping list and stop in for a bite to eat, all while giving back to your neighborhood and giving your neighborhood the opportunity to give back to you. All you have to do is Shop Hillcrest — each visit to a participating retail or dining location will reward your purchase through Dec. 24 with a raffle ticket. Go to five locations, make a purchase a four of them, receive four raffle tickets; go back the next day for more purchases and get more raffle tickets; each raffle ticket is a separate chance at winning.

After Dec. 24, all raffle tickets will be tossed into a hat and placed in the running for a basket filled with $1,500 worth of gift cards and services. The winner will be announced Monday, Jan. 5, through social media. There is something for everyone on your list in Fabulous Hillcrest. To date, participating businesses include Pure Barre, The Smoothbar, Empire House, Adam & Eve, Village Hat Shop, Green Fresh Floral’s, Americana Clothing, Cody’s Home + Gift, Obelisk Mercantile, Establish, Crest Café, Gioia’s Room, Urban Optiks Optometry, Uptown Tavern, Detour Salon, Babette Schwartz, Luigi Vera, Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Local Habit, Purity Apothecary, 100 Wines Kitchen, Artist and Craftsman Supply, The Wine Lover, Pretty Please, Mankind, Blue Stocking Books and Beauty By Dolly. For more information and a complete list of up to date participating businesses, visit ShopHillcrestfortheHolidays.com. v

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HOLIDAY topher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg. Its mission is to advance theater as an art form, and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. With a youthful spirit and an eclectic, artist-driven approach, LJP cultivates a local and national following with an insatiable appetite for audacious and diverse work. LJP has received more than 300 awards for theater excellence, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theater. LJP is also nationally acclaimed for its innovative productions, including classics, new plays and musicals, scores of which have moved to Broadway and garnered a total of 35 Tony Awards, including, “The Who’s Tommy,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “A Walk in the Woods,” and many others including recent

Tony winners “Jersey Boys” and “Memphis.” The Playhouse also presents a wide range of educational programs that enrich the community and serve the maximum number of children, students and adults. For more information, visit their website.

The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-5623 theoldglobe.org The internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the most renowned regional theaters in the country, and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly regarded Shakespeare festival. The Globe has become a gather-

ing place for leading theater artists from around the world, such as Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan and Chita Rivera, among many others. Numerous Broadwaybound premieres and revivals, such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Full Monty” have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country. To order tickets, including for Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” call 619-23-GLOBE or email tickets@TheOldGlobe.org.

Port of San Diego SDPortWalk.org Give a lasting gift this holiday season.

Looking for that special gift for friends or family? Sponsor a paver, table or bench on the North Embarcadero and help pave the way to a new San Diego waterfront. By purchasing an available item, you can help build a legacy on San Diego Bay and prominently display a family name or business name on the Port Walk for years to come. Act now to take advantage of a special offer on 4 x 8-inch pavers, which are priced at $149 until the end of 2014. The regular price is $199. Your generous gift will ensure continued improvements and beautification of the North Embarcadero. Other options available are: • 4 x 16-inch pavers – $499 • Table sponsorship plaques – $699 • Bench sponsorship plaques – $4,999 • Custom bench sponsorship plaques – $5,999 • Area signage – $7,999 Your purchase of any of these items is tax deductible. For more information or to purchase any of the items, visit SDPortWalk.org.

SHOP Hillcrest Siesel’s 4131 Ashton St. San Diego, CA 92110 Iowa Meat Farms 6041 Mission Gorge Road San Diego, CA 92120 619-281-5766 iowameatfarms.com Happy and delicious holidays from our family to yours. What we could do without is all the running around, fighting for parking at the mall, and stressing about what to get for those difficult to buy for folks on our list. We can help streamline and reduce the stress of holiday shopping with “4G,” our gourmet gift-giving guide. We are a foodies’ toy store! A gourmet’s fashion boutique! The one-less-stop answer to completing your gift shopping this year. There is something for everyone on your list. Here are some creative suggestions to help get you started:

1. We have hundreds of BBQs for the BBQ lover on your list; 2. Give the gift of breakfast with Stonewall Kitchen pancake, muffin or scone mix; a bottle of pure maple syrup; Kerry Gold Irish butter; and a pound of our smoked bacon or sausages. Christmas breakfast will never be the same. 3. Host or hostess gift: Browse our vast wine selection for the perfect bottle. 4. The family beer connoisseur: We have an impressive selection. 5. For the serious cook or those difficult to buy for, get the one-size-fits-all Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel’s Meats gift card. Available in any amount and even reloadable for re-gifting.

Westfield Horton Plaza 324 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-8180 westfield.com/ hortonplaza Downtown San Diego’s fashionable front door — Westfield Horton Plaza — is more than just a shopping center. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza is the hub of Downtown San Diego for all things art, community, entertainment, and shopping. Designed by architect Jon Jerde and built in 1985, the plaza was influenced primarily by old Italian architecture and is distinguished by its open-air concept, bright colors, collection of public art, array of distinguished shops and nod to the historic Downtown San Diego. There’s something for everyone on your guest list at Westfield Horton Plaza.v

HILLCREST — The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) is encouraging everyone to support locally owned businesses and Shop Hillcrest this holiday season. To sweeten the pot, the HBA is offering every shopper the chance to win a $1,500 shopping spree, courtesy of dozens of Hillcrest businesses. Check off everyone on your holiday shopping list and stop in for a bite to eat, all while giving back to your neighborhood and giving your neighborhood the opportunity to give back to you. All you have to do is Shop Hillcrest — each visit to a participating retail or dining location will reward your purchase through Dec. 24 with a raffle ticket. Go to five locations, make a purchase a four of them, receive four raffle tickets; go back the next day for more purchases and get more raffle tickets; each raffle ticket is a separate chance at winning.

After Dec. 24, all raffle tickets will be tossed into a hat and placed in the running for a basket filled with $1,500 worth of gift cards and services. The winner will be announced Monday, Jan. 5, through social media. There is something for everyone on your list in Fabulous Hillcrest. To date, participating businesses include Pure Barre, The Smoothbar, Empire House, Adam & Eve, Village Hat Shop, Green Fresh Floral’s, Americana Clothing, Cody’s Home + Gift, Obelisk Mercantile, Establish, Crest Café, Gioia’s Room, Urban Optiks Optometry, Uptown Tavern, Detour Salon, Babette Schwartz, Luigi Vera, Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Local Habit, Purity Apothecary, 100 Wines Kitchen, Artist and Craftsman Supply, The Wine Lover, Pretty Please, Mankind, Blue Stocking Books and Beauty By Dolly. For more information and a complete list of up to date participating businesses, visit ShopHillcrestfortheHolidays.com. v

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Holiday Gift Guide ‘Tru’: the life, the art and the execution By Charlene Baldridge

Known to his friends as Tru, Capote (1924 – 1984), born in New Orleans, knew he was a writer even before he began grade school. Due to her unsettled life and divorce, his mother left him with a gaggle of female

In order to approach and describe the experience of Jay Presson Allen’s 1989 play, “Tru” (playing at Diversionary Theatre through Dec. 21), it seems expedient to divide one’s comments into three parts: the life, the art, and the execution. The man, the play and especially the production glitter with allure that is well supported by Matt Scott’s scenic design, Peter Herman’s costumes and Angelica Ynfante’s props. The setting — Truman Capote’s apartment at New York’s United Todd Blakesley as Truman Capote in “Tru” Nations Plaza in 1975 — (Photo by Daren Scott) takes place at Christmas, with an undecorated tree dominating the stage, along relatives. When she remarried with a cart filled with every and moved to New York City, alcoholic beverage imaginable. Tru, 11, joined her and her new Despite the décor and the achusband. He published his first couterments, the play, based novel, “Other Voices, Other on Capote’s life and writings, Rooms,” when he was 23. When is hardly festive, which brings he was 24, he received the O. us to the man, perhaps best deHenry Award for his short stories scribed as an extremely talented published in such periodicals as writer who became famous and Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Bazaar, was not prepared to deal with and The New Yorker. his own celebrity. Capote wrote the tender sto-

ry, “A Christmas Memory,” based on his relationship with Sook, his mother’s aged, distant relative; “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which became a film; and his painstakingly researched nonfiction novel, “In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences,” which also became a film. Capote was an open homosexual, partnered for most of his life by Jack Dunphy, another writer, who in 1987 wrote “‘Dear Genius…’: A Memoir of My Life with Truman Capote.” Jack is in Switzerland when “Tru” begins. The play is set at a time in Capote’s life when his long unfinished book titled “Answered Prayers” had been published in part in Esquire. According to Capote’s obituary, this event “was catastrophic to the grand social life he had cultivated” because it told “apparently true and mostly scandalous stories about his famous friends …” During the course of “Tru,” Capote is observed in the aftermath of the catastrophe, drinking way too much — as is his wont — and trying to make amends with some of his former friends. People to whom the play makes reference are outlined in the program. In the second half of the play, we see Tru as he struggles to keep his promise not to take another drink. It ends with the self-described alcoholic, drug addict and genius’s jaunty departure to see his few remaining friends and take them gifts. Tru is portrayed by San Diego actor and Diversionary Theatre debutante Todd Blakesley, perhaps best known for his administrative work with the San Diego International Fringe Festival, Actors Alliance Festival, and Twainfest, a free literary festival cocreated with Write Out Loud. Also a playwright, Blakesley the actor is remembered as the father in Moxie Theatre’s “Eurydice” in 2010. Under the direction of Derek Charles Livingston, Blakesley understatedly and effectively delivers a Capote that reflects the writer at this juncture, alone and lonely, which seems part and parcel of the life he created. How much is fiction, how much is self-pity, and how much is reality is for onlookers to decide. No matter, the production is a coup de theatre not to be missed, totally apropos the season and the community, and a real feather in Diversionary’s cap. “Tru” by Jay Presson Allen from the words and works of Truman Capote, with performances through Dec. 21; Thursdays at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Diversionary Theatre is located at 4545 Park Blvd., in University Heights). Tickets $15 – $51. Visit diversionary.org or call the box office 619-220-0097 v


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Del Mar’s jumbo Jewish deli Dining Review Frank Sabatini Jr. A friend at our table commented, “I wish I had the flu,” as she spooned into a bowl of Milton’s matzo ball chicken soup that was so pure and warming, it could reduce the national average of sick days we take. Although if successfully polishing off one of the establishment’s big, overstuffed sandwiches, you’ll need a nap or exercise to recover. Milton’s in Del Mar fills a glaring void of Jewish delicatessens in San Diego County, rivaled in its massive size and intense popularity only by D.Z. Akin’s in La Mesa. Deli-crazed transplants from New York and Chicago seem collectively split on which kitchen hits the zenith for such classics as chopped liver, knishes and stacked pastrami on rye. But one thing is for certain; a meal at Milton’s will set you back a few extra dollars. Since opening in 1995 by two business partners from Chicago, the cost of a Reuben has escalated to $15.95. If ordered with extralean corned beef, which I highly recommend, the price goes up 50 cents. Add pastrami into the mix, and you’re looking at a “super Reuben” loaded mightily with thinly sliced meat for $17.95. Towering doors lead into a deli section brimming with pastries, smoked fish, cold cuts and Milton’s house-made breads, which include fresh, braided challah. To the right is a spacious, sunny dining room appointed by an oversized wall clock, a reflection perhaps of some of the larger, more expensive sandwiches you’ll find here such as triple deckers ($18.50) made with nearly a pound of turkey, albacore tuna, corned beef or pastrami. What will seem like sacrilege to Manhattanites who wax nostalgic over iconic Jewish eateries like Katz’s Deli and Barney Greengrass is the inclusion of dishes that pander to California diets: mahi fish tacos, grilled-chicken wraps, etc. Or for Chi-towners who can’t live without deep-dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches, the menu obliges with those as well. Either way, you’re still reminded of a Jewish deli with complimentary bread and dill pickles that arrive when settling in, even if the pickles are cut into spears and plated rather than served out of buckets in traditional, whole form. Nonetheless, there’s usually enough to go around should you get a hankering for more in the middle of your meal. In several visits I’ve made over the years with both Jewish and gentile friends, as well as with back-East transplants and Southern California natives, the hearty chicken soup (with or without matzo) and the extra-lean

Reubens using good caraway rye bread have been consistently triumphant. The “over-stuffed” hot pastrami sandwiches, however, are fickle, with the meat ranging from exceptionally lean and fluffy to gristly and thick at other times. At last week’s lunch, a friend unleashed his sweet tooth on ber-

the recipe, as the dish was more sweet than sour. But everyone nodded with approval after it passed around the table. Milton’s sizable chopped salad is also a winner due in part to the house-made dressing, which is basically buttermilk ranch with a heaping of minced garlic blended into it. The medley of vegetables receives a significant protein boost from turkey, salami and hard-boiled eggs. If you’re intent on also ordering a sandwich — full or half — you’ll be hard-pressed to finish both. From the confections lineup, the New York cheesecake hits the

MILTON'S DELI An extra-lean Reuben

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ry-banana crepes from the all-day breakfast menu. The crepes were superbly delicate and draped in chocolate and cherry sauces. Much to my surprise they didn’t taste overly cloying, thanks to the fresh, mildly tart berries inside. Another tablemate tried the Hungarian-inspired sweet and sour cabbage soup featuring a hefty cabbage roll in the middle of the bowl that was stuffed with ground beef and white rice. We assumed that sugar goes into

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mark for creaminess and tang. The lemon bars sport a silky curd and smooth citrus flavor. But my favorite so far is the strudel, an old-fashion recipe of Eastern European origin that harbors tart cherries and chopped walnuts inside flaky, buttery pastry dough topped with poppy seeds. To some, Milton’s is merely a model of an authentic Jewish deli that mixes into its menu too many modern, pedestrian dishes with the classics. Yet for others like myself, who rarely encounter a

cheese blintz that isn’t cooked to death or a Reuben that is actually grilled on both sides to a buttery crisp, I take comfort here — and with the hope that it will someday open a second location in metro San Diego to save me some gas. —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.v

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Roman-style pizzas are coming to Hillcrest as Napizza prepares to open a new location in the Uptown District in April. The family-owned pizzeria debuted two years ago in Little Italy and specializes in rectangular pies served “al taglio” style, which means by the slice. The dough rises for 72 hours, resulting in an airy crust that is neither thick nor thin. In addition to pizzas using a variety of housemade sauces and unusual toppings, the menu will also feature soups, salads, beer and wine as well as “a few entrée items that we’re keeping as a surprise,” said administrative staffer Basia London. 1014 University Ave., Suite B101, 619-696-0802.

Donuts that beat to a different drum at Nomad (Courtesy of Nomad Donuts)

Since its late-November opening, Nomad Donuts in North Park has added a variety of new, rotating flavors that will continue evolving with unique ingredient combinations, said co-owner Cameron Corley. With up to 12 different varieties currently in the offing, look for newcomers such as Thai peanut butter and jelly, pear-cinnamon with ricotta and coconut with blackberry glaze. Also in the pipeline are additional donut holes that include lavender-sugar and spiced chai. 4504 30th St., 619-431-5000. In other pizza news … Berkeley Pizza recently soft-opened in a North Park storefront that previously housed a linens and upholstery shop. Famous for its stuffed pizzas and signature mushroom-spinach pies accented with secret spices, this marks Berkeley’s third San Diego outlet, with another location in the Gaslamp District and a stand at the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market on Saturdays. For now, the North Park shop sells slices only. 3932 30th St., 619-937-0808.

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A fond adieu to Social Experiment Bar + Kitchen at 530 University Ave., which restaurateur Wade Hageman closed after originally opening it as Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen. Since re-branding the Hillcrest operation in July and introducing smaller plates and a revised cocktail list, the restaurant failed to generate the traction

The Twelve Days of Christmas just got merrier with Waypoint Public’s “12 beers of Christmas,” which runs from Dec. 12 through 23. Each day, the restaurant will sell a different holiday beer from local and national breweries that are paired to a complimentary small Seasonal hot apple cider at Waypoint Public (Courtesy of H2 Public Relations) plate crafted by Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten. The series kicks off with Russian Imperial Stout by Port Brewing Company matched to duck and Gouda stuffed pretzels, and continues with Belgianstyle Quadrupel Ale from The Bruery that is accompanied by a date and bleu cheese tart. And for the entire month, the menu features a holiday Yule log by Pastry Chef Jennifer Reinhart, who uses black cocoa and eggnog cream in the recipe. There’s also hot apple cider infused with star anise, orange zest, cinnamon, and Chile de arbol. 3794 30th St., 619-255-8778. The popular La Creperie is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month as one of the first vendors to join the Hillcrest Farmers Market, held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Lincoln and Normal streets. The crepes, which are made to order from a tented cooking station, range from sweet to savory. Top sellers include the Jamaican, filled with bananas, rum, chocolate and cream, and the Green Gobbler stuffed with chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes and cheese. La Creperie also operates a café in North Park at 3773 30th St., 619-795-0407. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@ san.rr.com.v


gay-sd.com become a pescatarian. When you cleanse your body like that, you really begin to think about what you put into it. As much as I enjoy meat, my before I wasn’t sure how I’d family history tells me it’s not get through three days and good for me, and the older and here I was asking to make it more aware I get, the more I five. I was motivated and she understand the plight of animals was excited. It was clear I and the horrific nature of faccould do it. tory farming. I’ve considered Hanna asked if I’d like to the switch in the past, but never change it up and I tried some had such a definite stepping off new recipes she had recently point before. It was a no brainer put together on day four. after cleaning my system. Now that they are going for On Friday night, when their FDHA organic certificaI drank my 30th 16-ounce tion, they won’t be able to juice in five days, I truly felt accomplished, healthier, lighter and free. People asked me all week, “Are you losing weight?” “How much weight have you lost?” I told them all the same thing. I weighed myself the first night and had no plans to again until the day after I finish. I wasn’t as interested in the weight loss as I was with the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of it. If I lost weight in the process, that would be a bonus. Well, I did lose weight — 10 whole pounds. I was pleasantly surprised. Hanna said some lose three, some six, one recently lost 12 but she was skeptical. So 10 was good. Very good. My first meal was Park Porridge from Cafe on Park — oatmeal, The “Nice Melons” blend at OH! Juice brown rice, coconut, (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) raisins, nuts and soy milk. It was the perwhip up new recipes on the fect “re-entry” food choice. spot like that anymore, but it My lunch meal was a small was fun to try some out. but robust salad from Cali O Wednesday night posed Burgers. another challenge for me. I haven’t eaten meat A second old friend was in since the cleanse and I town for one night and made scrutinize everything a little plans to meet nine of us at harder now. I can’t say I’m Casa Guadalajara. I hadn’t perfect, but it sure made a seen her in almost eight huge change in my life and years. I had to go. There I sat, the choices I make about surrounded by sizzling fajitas what I put in my body. I and the smell of refried beans highly recommend it for and cheese with margari2015. Earlier this week I tried tas everywhere — with my the one-day cleanse again. It fourth juice of the day and was so much easier this time, several glasses of water. and Hanna and her team By Thursday I felt a defi- recommend it as a “lifestyle nite change. As I ascended package.” You can subscribe the two flights of stairs at to the one-day cleanse and my work, it felt easier. I felt use it however you wish; all lighter in the world. So far in one day, spread over two the mornings had been the days, or one juice per day biggest challenge: Since I for six days. However you was not doing the juicing choose, it will make a differfrom home, I couldn’t grab ence in the nutrition you are one as soon as I woke up, so putting in your body. by the time I got to work at 9 a.m., I hadn’t had any nuOH! Juice Company trition for at least 12 hours. products can be found every This led me to feel a bit Saturday at the Little Italy lethargic, weak and a little Mercado and every Sunday at testy when I first arrived, the Hillcrest Farmers Maruntil I drank the first juice ket and the La Jolla Farmers of the day. By Thursday I no- Market. You can also find ticed this feeling was gone. them at The Dailey Method, On Friday, day five, I was located at 1230 Columbia feeling very accomplished but St. #110, in Little Italy. To looking forward to regular review what goes into each food at the same time. I talked of their juices, visit them to Hanna about what my first online at ohjuiceco.com, meal should be. She cautioned and be sure to follow them that it shouldn’t be heavy; that on Facebook and Twitter @ I shouldn’t jump back into OHJuiceCo. coffee or alcohol right away; and that I should avoid pro—Morgan M. Hurley can cessed foods at all costs. be reached at morgan@sdcnn. At some point earlier in com.v the week, I had decided to

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BRIEFS LEAD THE WAY PARTNERS WITH WALGREENS FOR WEEKLY TESTING Starting this month, San Diego-based HIV-prevention nonprofit Lead the Way has partnered with Walgreens in Hillcrest to offer weekly, free, confidential HIV testing to the local community. “We’re excited to have a new location to provide free, confidential HIV testing to the community,” said Joshua Romero, community outreach manager for Lead the Way. “Getting tested and knowing your status is an important part of HIV prevention for the health of our community.” Lead the Way, a research effort from UC San Diego’s Anti Viral Research Center, is the nation’s first “test and treat” model for HIV prevention. Their headquarters at 3830 Park Blvd. also provides free, confidential testing daily from 12 – 8 p.m., as well as at other events and venues with a mobile testing van. In early October, Lead the Way had to suspend its

weekly mobile testing at Urban MO’s, due to necessary repairs required for its mobile testing van. Since then, MO’s has begun an expansion on its patio, requiring another delay in offering weekly testing. “Working with MO’s was such a perfect fit for us,” said Romero. “We’ll miss being there, but we’re excited for what the expansion means for San Diego’s best gay bar. And we’re happy to continue partnering with MO’s to encourage people to get tested for HIV.” Walgreens, located across the street from Urban MO’s at 301 University Ave., in Hillcrest, will offer the testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information visit leadthewaysd.com. DONATION DRIVE TO ASSIST LOCAL HOMELESS LGBT YOUTH HRC San Diego and San Diego Youth Services are joining hands in January for MLK Day of Service on Martin Luther King’s birthday, for a project that will help LGBT homeless youth in San Diego. MLK Day of Service is a way to create community action out of Dr. King’s life

and teachings, by bringing people together, strengthening communities and meeting the nation’s biggest challenges. LGBT youth make up 40 percent of homeless and other at-risk youth, nationwide. Day of Service organizers are asking the public to donate items for the project, or to coordinate a donation drive at your work, school or place of worship, between Jan. 12 – 16. They need help collecting items urgently needed by LGBT homeless youth. Those items include new and unused underwear and socks, athletic clothing, and shoes; unopened travel-sized toiletries including toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, chapstick, lotion, and wet wipes; disaster kits; drinks and nonperishable snacks; diapers, baby clothing, strollers, car seats, and booster seats; arts and crafts supplies; blankets, pillows, sheets for twin/full beds, towels, pots, pans, and cooking utensils; hats and gloves; bus passes, phone cards, electronics, gift cards, and batteries. Those interested in organizing a donation drive or who have questions about this project are asked to con-

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What one finds in the mirror Theater Review Charlene Baldridge It was Saturday (Dec. 6), the Gaslamp Quarter was about to explode with pleasure seekers, and the adventurer snagged the last free parking spot near her destination — the Horton Grand Theatre (444 Fourth Ave. between Island and J), where she was scheduled to see Devra Gregory’s “Woman in the Mirror: A Dancer’s Journey.” Having experienced an earlier version of this work a year or more ago at Liberty Station’s White Box Theatre, the reviewer was eager to see what changes had been effected by Gregory, cowriter and director Jessica Bird, and the script editor, playwright Thelma Virata de Castro. The journey is shorter, clocking in at 75 minutes with no interval. The physical accouterments (costumes and props) are much the same, having been devised by Gregory. Newly enhanced by script tightening, Areta MacKelvie’s lighting, and Kevin Anthenill’s sound design, the show seems created for an intimate space just like the Horton Grand, home until recently of the long-running Lamb’s Players production of “Boomers.” The mirror figures prominently in Gregory’s journey from neglected child to dancer (ballet, vaudeville and exotic, among others), to grown woman trying still to find herself spiritually and sexually. Eventually, through discovering and letting loose the goddess inside, she does. Along the way, Gregory is deeply affected (and so are we) by her stunning impersonation of the late Michael Jackson. She so nails the performer in every way that it is eerie, knowing that he died

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while trying to make a comeback with these very moves. Gregory presents numerous dance numbers while touching on her history as human being and performer. She makes costume changes on stage, occasionally stepping behind a screen. There are two, one of which is translucent and backlit, the other, solid. At 56, she has a well-maintained, attractive body with no extra flesh. This is not to suggest she is skinny. Considering the demands of the show, she is quite remarkable. Qualities this reviewer finds lacking are warmth of vocal de-

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(Left) Dev on stage. (Above) Dev as Michael Jackson at her dressing table (Photos Courtesy Photo Bakery)

livery and bone deep sincerity, as if in some part of herself, Gregory still is not fully convinced of her own goddess-ness. It’s an ineffable, indescribable, transcendent quality that cannot be learned,

taught, or instilled. Granted, it is tough to be a goddess in the making in these times. And tougher still to write a fully convincing journey of self-discovery and wholeness when that is still a work in progress. Still, it’s one helluva journey.

—Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@gmail.com.v


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FRIDAY, DEC. 12 Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem: This holiday cabaret will play through Dec. 21 with shows Thurs. – Sun. 8 p.m. (2 p.m. on Sundays). $14. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. Visit coronadoplayhouse.com. SATURDAY, DEC. 13 Come Home for the Holidays: A free, family event at The Center with holiday refreshments. 5 – 8 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org. San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ Holiday Spectacular: For 29 years, the chorus has presented this event singing festive favorites. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit sdgmc.org and sandiegotheatres.org. Christmas Party at Flicks: This event will feature an ugly sweater contest, go-go boys and more. Bring a new unwrapped toy or blanket to benefit The Smiles Foundation. 9 p.m. Flicks, 1017 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit sdflicks.com. SUNDAY, DEC. 14 San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ Holiday Spectacular: For 29 years, the chorus has presented this event singing festive favorites. Matinee show at 3 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit sdgmc.org and sandiegotheatres.org. ‘An Evening of Holiday Magic’ CD release fundraiser: This event will support the production and distribution of Children’s Holiday Magic Project’s annual compilation album. Doors will open for the fundraiser at 5 p.m., a three-course dinner will be ser ved at 6:30 p.m., and entertainment is scheduled through 9 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit martinisabovefourth.com and holidaymagiccd.org. MONDAY, DEC. 15 Transgender Coming Out Group: Welcoming transgender people in all stages of exploring their gender identity, and their friends, family and loved ones. 7 – 8:30 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org. TUESDAY, DEC. 16 “Grab a Mic”: Open mic night hosted by singer/actor Sasha Weiss on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Sign ups at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit Martinisabovefourth.com.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17 Free, confidential HIV testing: Lead the Way is offering this ser vice ever y Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walgreens, 301 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit leadthewaysd.com. FilmOut Screening: “Tootsie” — the 1982 film about an out-of-work actor (Dustin Hoffman) posing as a woman to land a role on a soap opera. 7 p.m. Landmark Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave., #200, Hillcrest. $10. Visit filmoutsandiego.com.

Onesie Wonderland and Snow Party: Come to this annual party in your favorite onesie and get half off your first drink. There will be drink specials and more festivities throughout the night. 8 p.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit gossipgrill.com. Live Music: Jazz vocalist Jonathan Karrant performs in the Plaza Bar many Saturday nights. 8 – 11 p.m. Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. Visit westgatehotel.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 18 GSDBA Advocacy Committee Meeting: The Advocacy Committee fights for public policies consistent with GSDBA mission and core values. The public policy priorities of premier concern to GSDBA are attaining full business equality for GSDBA members and full equality for LGBT persons. 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. GSDBA Conference Room, 3737 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit gsdba.org. TRU: This one-man production about Truman Capote is adapted from the author’s words and works. Tonight’s performance includes a “Next Act” gathering: a chance to mix and mingle with stars of the upcoming Diversionary show, “Baby With The Bathwater,” and includes hosted hors d’oeuvres, drink specials and more. 8 p.m. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Tickets diversionary.org or call 619-220-0097. Some Like It Hot: Cinema Under the Stars presents the gender-bending classic starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie shows all weekend long. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21 San Diego Democrats for Equality Holiday Party: This event invites you to don your favorite ugly holiday sweater, bring a festive potluck treat and enjoy provided libations. 2 – 5 p.m. Hosted by Eva and Daniel Posner – address given upon RSVP. Email number of guests and dish you will bring to email@ democratsforequality.org. TRU: Finale night for this look into the mind of Truman Capote. The one-man production is adapted from the author’s words and works. 8 p.m. Diversionar y Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Tickets diversionar y.org or call 619-220-0097. Woman in the Mirror, A Dancer’s Journey: Devra Gregory blends storytelling with dance excerpts in this show about her life as a professional dancer, Michael Jackson impersonator and Wiccan priestess. Final performance at 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit devasmj.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 19 A Ver y Babette Christmas: This holiday show will feature Babette Schwartz and special guests with DJ Taj after the show. 8 p.m. Urban Mo’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit urbanmos.com SATURDAY, DEC. 20 Holiday Food Giving: The Center’s distribution of holiday food items and gift cards for families. RSVP required from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Contact Don Stith at 619-692-2077 ext. 121 or families@ thecentersd.org. She She Holidaze Dance: This event for women over 35 will include a holiday hat contest with prizes, dancing and more. $10 cover. 7 – 10 p.m. U-31, 3112 University Ave., North Park. Visit sheshefun.com.

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MONDAY, DEC. 22 Annual Manic Monday Ugly Sweater Pre-Christmas Party: Wear an ugly sweater to this event featuring ’80s and ’90s music and receive 80-cent drinks all night. No cover. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit thebrassrailsd. com. TUESDAY, DEC. 23 Live Music – Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen: Enjoy Tequila Tuesday with this duo starting at 6 p.m. in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-2334355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. Live Music: Christmas Eve Eve with Don LeMaster and friends: Musical director and performer LeMaster will be joined by other local favorites including Amelia Browning for an event filled with holiday cheer. 7 p.m. Free. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15 Jazz up your holiday: Beautiful Broadway star and San Diego native Chondra Profit will grace the stage at Martinis Above Fourth with an exclusive performance at 8 p.m. Profit grew up in Paradise Hills and remembers her mother guiding her and her siblings to perform at a young age “whether we wanted to or not,” but the feelings she had during a solo performance sealed her fate. She later attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts for six years before moving on to the American Music and Dance Academy in Los Angeles. She is currently starring on Broadway in The Lion King.

Chondra Profit

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“The Lion King is definitely all that it is cracked up to be and more,” Profit said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better Broadway debut and job. I am surrounded by the most talented people in the world, and it gets me so excited daily.” Profit will perform songs from her recent Christmas album, “A Jazzed Up Christmas” during her Martinis performance. “It’s a rare chance for me to come home and do what I love,” Profit said. “Additionally, I have never performed in this capacity in my hometown before. Musicals, yes; plays, yes; interviews and such, yes; but never a solo concert. It’s going to be amazing!” Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com.v Live Music: Dave Koz and Friends bring their Christmas Tour to this historic Balboa Theatre. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $41. 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit sandiegotheatres.org.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24 The Center holiday hours: The Center will be closed today through Dec. 28 reopening Dec. 29 at 9 a.m. San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org. Free, confidential HIV testing: Lead the Way is offering this service every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walgreens, 301 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit leadthewaysd.com. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service: The open and affirming Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego presents three Christmas Eve services at 5, 7 and 10:30 p.m. 2633 Denver St., Bay Park. Visit themetchurch.org. THURSDAY, DEC. 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY The Big Lebowski: Cinema Under the Stars presents the Coen Brothers’ cult favorite starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Movie shows all weekend long. For more info visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.

HOLIDAY DRIVES Imperial Court de San Diego’s 39th annual Toys for Kids drive: The oldest toy drive of the local LGBT community will run through Dec. 21. Toys will be distributed to at least six local organizations. Drop off locations include: San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St.; Redwing Bar & Grill, 4012 30th St.; Haircut Boulevard, 1050 University Ave.; The Eagle, 3040 North Park Way; Lips, 3036 El Cajon Blvd. For more information contact Emperor Robert Rodriguez at 619-817-9926 or Empress Miss Pearl, 619-737-7326. The Center’s Gift Card Drive: Gift cards to local grocer y stores, Target or Toys R Us in denominations of $25 or more can be dropped off or mailed for this drive through Dec. 31. Donated cards will benefit seniors and families this holiday season. Drop off at the San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest or mail to PO Box 3357, San Diego, CA 92163. Visit thecentersd. org. —Email calendar items to morgan@sdcnn.comv


SPORTS

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The community that is AFCSL Dugout Chatter Jeff Praught Just about every time I go out, inevitably someone will ask me how they can get involved in our local softball league, known as America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL). While there is some truth to the fact that there are a lot of people in our community who are just looking for ways to stay active, make new friends, and not deal with the typically-unrewarding aspect of meeting people in bars, the allure of AFCSL goes beyond what happens between the lines on the softball diamond. What makes AFCSL unique, among the team sports in San Diego’s LGBT community, is that teams can stick together for years at a time. The flag football league (SDAFFL) is as popular as ever, and does a fantastic job introducing players to the sport while providing a wide range of social activities away from the football league. SD Hoops offers LGBT athletes the only league in town where they can display their basketball skills. But each of those leagues operates under a draft system. That is, players in those leagues are chosen by coaches at a pre-season draft and assigned to teams. A player’s experience on a draft team can be good or bad, depending on their fortune. You might end up on the most fun team in a league, or you might end up on a team that does not utilize you much or spend time together outside of games. Of course, there will be players who do not want the social aspect of recreational sports — they are just there to play — but the socializers far outnumber those people. It is not rocket science to point out that people who know each other well tend to have a better time together, and AFCSL provides an avenue for just that sort of team-building, by not using a draft system. For more than 30 years, men’s and women’s teams have competed at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of competition, with some teams having been together for over a decade. Teammates become like a second family, with game nights, dinners and, especially, travel tournaments. The Flicks Fireballs, the Open D division team that I am fortunate to coach, just returned from a fantastic tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and everyone who went on this trip can attest that such adventures involve far more than playing softball. The team held several fundraisers in order to pay for team rental cars and other travel expenses. Those fundraisers themselves are fun, social ways for players to hang out away from the fields. We had a traveling party of over 20 people when including partners, fans and our fantastic sponsor and owner of Flicks, Jeff Jackson.

Over 3,000 miles away from home, the Fireballs made their presence known at the Hurricane Showdown. That tournament rarely draws teams from west of the Mississippi River, and we were the only one to make the trip this year. Each night over the long weekend, we mingled with players from other cities at tournament parties and people would be shocked to meet players from San Diego. The tournament weekend began on Thanksgiving evening, with an “Orphan Dinner” party at one of the sponsor bars. Our team did not quite make that event, as a certain coach missed his flight and did not arrive in time to gather the masses and head to the party. Players who arrived on time headed to Sidelines, a gay sports bar, to watch the 49ers-Seahawks game and enjoy some adult beverages. When the aforementioned coach finally arrived, the team then bounced around the bar scene to meet players from other teams and just enjoy time together. The actual tournament did not begin until the weekend, so the Fireballs had the entire day Friday to sightsee, hit the beach, attend the tournament registration party and generally goof off. Anyone who is friends with any Fireballs player on Facebook was able to follow the team’s adventures non-stop over the weekend, as no fewer than 500 photos and status updates were posted. Pool play began on Saturday, with early games at 8, 9 and 11 a.m. It was somewhat harsh to ask a West Coast team to play so early in the morning, but the situation was unavoidable. We were competitive in all three games but won only one of those pool play games. The bright side was that those games did not serve as anything more than seeding games for the double-elimination portion of the tournament. We earned the 20th seed out of 27 teams, and began double-elimination play with a 1:30 p.m. game against a team from Tampa. Winning the first doubleelimination game is always important, because a victory proves to your team that you can compete against anyone. We won the first game 11-9, lead-

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ing the entire way and holding on at the end. Losing that first game would have slated us for a Sunday morning game at 8 a.m., where our tournament lives would have been on the line. Instead, we advanced in the winner’s bracket to play at 3:30 p.m. Sadly, we dropped that game in an ugly fashion, scoring only three runs against another Florida team that would eventually reach the championship game. That night, Jackson treated the team to a fantastic team dinner The Flicks Fireballs spent Thanksgiving weekend in Ft. Lauderdale at the Hurricane. along the beach in (Photo by Cali Griebel) Fort Lauderdale. After playing five games in a We now know who snores the the Fireballs who have fun toshort span, most of the loudest; we know which player gether off the field, and nobody players were sore and tired, and has the guts to enter a stripper should feel too intimidated to a bonding event such as a team contest; and we definitely know give the sport a try. dinner is always a great way to each other’s drinking limits. Anyone who wants to join a spend the evening. Some of the The trip culminated on Dec. softball team should register on guys went out to the bars after, 3 with a return flight home that the league’s website (afcsl.org) while others just relaxed at the saw 11 members of our traveland be ready to play. The spring tournament host hotel. ing party seated together on the season begins in March 2015, Sunday morning, the Firesame flight home. and at just $55 per person, is a balls came out on fire as they Overall, we played well, cel- fantastic value. run-ruled our first opponent in As for the Fireballs, we are ebrated some birthdays, recona 19-3 whipping. Those kind already fired up about our next nected with two former teamof games have the potential travel tournament: Las Vegas in mates who had moved to other to set up a team up for a long January. Wonder what trouble cities but joined us for the trip, run — we would have needed we can get into there? and generally had a fantastic to win six consecutive games in time enjoying a vacation across order to reach the title game — —Jeff Praught is actively the country. but unfortunately, we ran into involved in the LGBT sports Since I have been back, I a travel team called ATS that community, having participated have already had a handful of was just too good. In a backin softball, basketball, football people ask me how to get inand-forth game, they beat us in and pool as a player, serving on volved in softball, and trips like the final inning and ended our AFCSL’s board, and currently these, with amazing people like tournament. serving as the commissioner of the Fireballs, are the biggest atAt these tournaments, some SD Hoops. He can be reached at traction. I tell people that there teams choose to stick around dugoutchatter@gmail.com.v are many teams out there like the fields and watch other teams play. Most of the Fireballs, instead, went to grab food at Sidelines and watch the Chargers’ amazing comeback victory in Baltimore. Once again, the locals all knew who the San Diegans were in town, and many of us made new friends. The majority of the team stayed in Florida until Wednesday, in order to take some time to go sightseeing. Some players went to Orlando to Universal Studios. Others took a drive down to the Florida Keys. Some checked out the local casino, while others just partied. There was something to do for everyone, but the important thing was, teammates were doing it all together. When you have 20 gay guys together for a week (and one straight player we’ve nicknamed “token”), you learn a lot more about each other than ever.


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ENTERTAINMENT

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Doing it up on New Year’s Eve We’ve rounded up ways to ring in 2015 whether you want to stay close to the hood or get away. Whether you prefer to wind down 2014 with a fancy dinner, a festive dance party or live music — we’ve got you covered. Belly Up Tavern (143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach): North County’s premier music venue has a night full of live music to ring in the new year. The happy hour show starts at 5:30 p.m. with the main NYE party kicking off at 9:30 p.m. The Candye Kane NYE Happy Hour will feature the legendary songstress with special guest Debbie Davies. The main event concert features Donavon Frankenreiter with opener Tom Curren. $12+ for NYE happy hour; $65+ for NYE party. bellyup.com. The Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park): The historic North Park hotel will host this 1920s-themed event in a trio of areas on the property: “The City Within a City,” “The Cotton Club,” and the “Speakeasy” — if you can find it. Dubbed “On with the Show” the festivities will include a fourcourse dinner, live entertainment and more from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Music from Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, Trio Gadjo, Miss Erika Davies, Sarah Cranberry and more. Additional entertainment from Circus Mafia, DJ Man Cat and improv comedy shows. $50+ lafayettehotelsd.com Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest): This venue offers two celebration packages, each with a five-course-dinner. The “East Coast” starts at 5 p.m. with Andy and Nathan from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and a champagne toast, $60. The “West Coast” celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. featuring Andy and Nathan from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen at 10 p.m. plus a champagne toast at midnight, $125. martinisabovefourth. com/nye Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens (2816 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station): This NYE party from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. includes three servings of beer or wine, food stations and desserts, and a commemorative glass for the midnight toast with a rare Stone beer. There will also be a heated outdoor cigar lounge with items for purchase. Discount tickets available for designated drivers. DJ Tim Altbaum Productions on the dance floor and live music throughout gardens and restaurant. $99 stonelibertystation.com Lips Masquerade Ball (3036 El Cajon Blvd., North Park): 3 course pre-fixe dinner hosted by Tootie, live drag shows, dancing, midnight celebration, champagne toast, masks, horns and party favors. 619-295-7900. Lipssd.com Brass Rail’s New Year’s Eve Latin Edition (3796 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest): Latin and dance music by DJ XP, hosted by Daisy Salinas. Complimentary champagne toast, party favors, VIP booth, bottle service. 619298-2233 or thebrassrailsd.com Gossip Grill (1220 University Ave., Hillcrest): Reservations are recommended for GG’s 4-course filet mignon dinner with a glass of wine or champagne, entertainment by DJ Dida and a complimentary toast at midnight. They’ll follow up the festivities with brunch on Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring $9.50 bottomless mimosas. 619-260-8023 or gossipgrill.com.v

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