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that Jewel would be coming to San Diego Sept. 25 for an intimate performance made available only to them, Midtown resident Zach Hayes could barely contain his excitement. The married, openly gay father of two is one of her biggest fans. Disappointed that he would have to miss her June appearance at Humphreys by the Bay, Hayes
San Diego’s own RuPaul took a few minutes out of his hectic schedule for an exclusive interview with Gay San Diego's media partner San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Gracious, accessible and down-to-earth as always, Ru is if nothing else, common. And that is meant as a compliment of the highest order. You and I have far more in common with this guy than most would ever suspect. “I could use a day off,” Ru began. “I work a lot. I like that, but I could probably take a day or two off. That would be really nice.” Now here’s a disclaimer: Lots of celebs say things like that. Busy, busy, busy. And I am so glad that I’m not on Skype or a Jetson’s visaphone when that same complaint is trotted out, because I’m not certain that a massive eye-rolling wouldn’t end the interview, then and there. “Cannes was exhausting this year, darling.” When Ru says it though, it’s credible. It’s more like he just finished a week of 10-hour shifts at Wal-Mart and you really can commiserate. “I loved that about Joan Rivers,” Ru continued. “I took a page from her
see Jewel, pg 3
see RuPaul, pg 14
Ian Morton returns
8 DINING Longtime Jewel fan and local resident Zachery Hayes holds the autographed guitar he won. (Courtesy Starwood Hotels)
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Jewel is saving his soul Local man wins big at private concert Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
A member of the San Diego LGBT community used his skills in social media to “out-hashtag” over 250 others from all over the world
recently, to win an autographed guitar at an intimate concert with his favorite performer. When word got out last spring to members of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program
Love and support from Coronado Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
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(l to r) Newlyweds Gary Jackson and Oscar De las Salas will get a “redo-I-do.” (Photo by Kristina Lee Photography)
On Aug. 17, Oscar De las salas and his fiancé Gary Jackson, both residents of Arizona, drove to San Diego with a group of 28 close family and friends to say their wedding vows on Coronado Island. They assembled on a beautiful patch of grass overlooking San Diego Bay and the skyline called Centennial Park. Someone on a balcony in the adjacent condos decided to ruin their wedding by screaming hateful words while the officiant conducted the ceremony. Attendees were frightened; the grooms were hurt and upset. Needless to say, the wedding did not turn out the way they expected. In our last issue (Vol. 5, Issue 19), we published Oscar and Gary’s story in their own words. The exclusive was called “Love and Hate in Coronado.” Since its publication, media outlets throughout San Diego County and across the nation have shared their story. The article is one of the most read in our newspaper’s online history. People were moved by it. Many were angered. Others were shocked. After all, our San Diego Pride celebration is known to be the city’s largest civic event; we have an openly gay district attorney, a gay county supervisor, a gay council president and a gay school board president. Many people took to our website to comment on the piece (see Letters, page 6) and began sharing the article. Our media partner sdgln.com ran the
story and it was shared over 650 times, 125 of those on Facebook. Then San Diego’s Channel 10 did extensive coverage and the straight community really began to take notice. Coronado-based attorney Alisa Kerr caught wind of the story on her Facebook page and decided to take action. “My reaction was, ‘Well, let’s fix it,’” she said. “We live here on Coronado, we know the attitude of the residents here, and it is very accepting of everybody. I felt that that story and the way they were treated was not an accurate reflection of the mentality of the residents of Coronado.” She and three friends — Rita Alipour, Cerissa McPartlin Kieffer and Kate Blumenthal — all got together and began to plan how to correct the situation. Kerr called Michael Chen of Channel 10 to tell him that she and her friends would like to have Oscar and Gary come back and give Coronado another chance. “The way we envisioned it was a small little get together on the beach, about 12 of us, like, we’re gonna have a good time with these guys and take them out to dinner,” she said. That same day, Kerr called her friend George Allen, general manager of Loews Coronado Bay Hotel, located just off the Silver Strand at 4000 Coronado Bay Rd., to see if they could toss in a free overnight accom-
see Coronado, pg 11
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JEWEL locked in a seat at the September performance at the US Grant Hotel, Downtown. (The Jewel show at Humphreys by the Bay ended up being canceled.) Hayes has been a member of SPG since then-boyfriend Jonathan Hayes encouraged him to join approximately 10 years ago. The rewards program is an offering of Starwood, a network of high-end hotels that includes the US Grant. The concert was part of the “Hear the Music, See the World” concert series, an SPG Moments program, where Starwood members can bid on special getaways, celebrity meet and greets, or other exclusive events using their membership points. Hayes said that despite his decades -long adoration for the pop star, his husband had never seen Jewel live before. In addition, despite their longstanding SPG platinum status, the couple had also never taken advantage of an SPG Moment. Those were both about to change. After committing 10,000 of their reward points, something Hayes said is equivalent to $400, they booked the concert, which came with a private, pre-event mixer including passed plates of food and an open bar. Attendees come to these events from across the country and even the world, so Hayes was thrilled it was happening just blocks from his home. Last year Hayes had gone to see the popular singer by himself at Humphreys and paid extra for the chance to meet her. During the meet and greet he had her sign his arm, which is now a permanent tattoo. “She wrote ‘who will save your soul’ and then signed her name,” he said. “Then she said, “Can I draw a star?’ I told her she could draw whatever she wanted to at that point,” he said, adding that after signing his arm she hugged him, something she repeatedly tells her fans she never does. A week before the Sept. 25 concert, SPG sent out an email to concertgoers announcing that they’d be giving away a Jewel-autographed guitar from San Diego’s Taylor Guitars. All contestants had to do to enter was participate in a lot of social media. Hayes was “on it,” he said. Using the hashtag #spglife, #USGrantHotel and his @notthecliche Twitter handle, Hayes immediately began tweeting a countdown to the event, following up each day with more tweets and Facebook
Last year at Humphreys by the Bay, Jewel signed Hayes' arm with song lyrics, which he tattooed the next day. (Courtesy Zachery Hayes) posts showing his excitement. The day of, he got more creative and tweeted as much as possible as they day wore on. The US Grant, also part of the The Luxury Collection of hotels, pulled out all the stops for the SPG event. Fresh tomatoes and other vegetables from the US Grant’s rooftop garden made their way into the plate-passed foods members were able to nosh on while sipping on drinks from the open bar. They even flew in Greg Seider, author of “Alchemy in a Glass,” who personally mixed up two of his published creations for attendees while they attended the invite-only VIP mixer in advance of Jewel’s performance. “We saw photos online of previous events and I was hoping it would be like that,” Hayes said. “I was very impressed. We actually went for drinks beforehand somewhere else because we weren’t sure what ‘open bar’ meant. And they had tons of food so we were surprised all around.” Thirty minutes before Jewel’s performance, Hayes and his husband got in line to get the best position in a first-come-first-served seating arrangement. Their tenacity paid off, and they scored a great table for two. For Jewel’s part, the awardwinning singer-songwriter who was discovered in the coffee houses of San Diego in the early 1990s talked a lot about her love for the city. She joked with the crowd, told stories, including some challenges she faced while living out
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of her van, and had a song list of 14 jewels (pun intended) that pleased the crowd and lasted well over two hours. After Jewel walked off the stage, a representative for SPG announced Hayes as the winner of the guitar. “I can’t even begin to explain how I felt! It was surreal,” Hayes exclaimed on his Facebook page. Along with the guitar came a snappy Taylor case and shoulder strap. Hayes plans to lacquer her autograph and pick up the guitar again, something he’s always wanted to learn.
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Jewel has since tweeted Hayes through a depressed period at that she will personalize the autoage 18 while attending Grossmont graph at their next meeting, which, College, but eventually came out to knowing Hayes, won’t be too long. his parents in a tearful but valiant Raised the son of two Salvaconversation. tion Army ministers, Hayes said “I don’t want to be fixed,” he he moved around a lot as a child, said he told them. “Let’s not see never staying anywhere longer how we can fix Zach. This isn’t a than three years and attending disease, it is who I am.” nine different schools before Not long after, he moved to graduating high school in San PeHillcrest. dro, California. Shortly thereafter, “I didn’t dip my toe into the the family moved to San Diego, community, I jumped in,” he said. with Hayes in tow. Since then his parents — and His love for Jewel came at the even officers within the Salvation age of 13 when he lived in AnchorArmy — have made a turnaround. age, Alaska. The city was also With a happy marriage, two Jewel’s hometown, though it had children, a close family and a new been years since she’d packed up guitar signed by Jewel, Hayes is at and journeyed across the country, the top of his game. finally settling in San Diego prior “It can’t get much better than to being discovered. Growing up this,” he said. in the church, Hayes said he was “hardcore” into music, mostly play—Morgan M. Hurley can be ing piano and trumpet, but a little reached at email@example.com of everything eventually. “I listened to her first record and just fell in love with how simple it was and just how honest the lyrics were,” he said. “It didn’t need a lot of bells and whistles. It’s a mix of café shows and recordings. And that is just what a true musician is, to pick up everywhere and play a good song and not have to have synthesizers and all that stuff.” Though she dabbled in country in recent years, assumedly due to the influence of her marriage, Hayes stayed true and has seen her at least eight times over the years. “Countr y is not my thing, but I have all her albums,” he said. Knowing the Salvation Jewel performing at the US Grant Sept. 25. Army’s doctrine was against (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley homosexuality, Hayes went
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South Bay Pride wrap up
DA E E L L I OT SOUTH BAY ALLIANCE South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival was a fantastic success! We had between 7,000 – 8,000 LGBT and their allies show up to celebrate Pride in south San Diego County. The cool ocean breeze was a perfect solution to the warm day. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence kicked off the event with their blessing. Our bands were fantastic and Laura Jane made it absolutely fabulous. With the awesome lineup of local bands on the Port Authority of San Diego stage, as well as the great lineup of deejays hosted on the Flicks Entertainment stage, everyone found a perfect place to kick back and enjoy. Even our local politicians came to show their support. Thank you to Congressmember Susan Davis, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, deputy mayor of Chula Vista Patricia Aguilar, Chula Vista city councilmembers
Pamela Bensoussan, and Mary Salas, former Chula Vista mayor and candidate for city council seat 1 Steve Padilla, and Serge Dedina, candidate for mayor of Imperial Beach. We value your ongoing and loyal support of equality for all. San Diego Kid’s Rentals provided us with the euro-bungee trampoline and other inflatable entertainment for kids of all ages. Others checked out the kayaking in the Bay offered by Chula Vista Kayaks, and of course, everyone enjoyed the food, vendors/exhibitors and Mo’s Playground beverage garden. Our first Leather Realm was a success and will be returning next year. We plan on continuing to expand this event. With all this success, we are considering moving the celebration over to Bayside Park, the park just north of Bayfront, so that we can make it even larger. There is also a sand beach there and more potential for parking, so stay tuned. Many people commented on how much they appreciated the diversity represented and the intimate atmosphere that it provided. It is the goal of the board to maintain that theme as we grow. We are thrilled that so many people continue to come out and celebrate with us and with the great support we have had from the Port Authority and the cities in south San Diego County. Next year we are going to target an attendance of 10,000 as our goal! Join us in moving this forward and supporting our outreach in the South Bay. If you can, please donate to the
cause by visiting southbaypride. org/donate. We fell short of our donation drive goals and would appreciate your support. Give what you can to keep this free event open to everyone. In addition, we are looking to expand the board and are recruiting members. If you are interested in being part of making a difference, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to thank everyone who made South Bay Pride such a wonderful event. In particular, I would like to thank Joe Burke and Craig Knudson, both of whom I could not have done without! I would also like to thank the rest of our board and our volunteers. You were fantastic and I love you all for being there and working your tail ends off. It is always inspiring to watch an event like this happen and turn out to be so fantastic — all through the efforts and support of dedicated people who want to make a difference. And of course, we could not have done it without our sponsors who continue to support us every year. We will keep you posted as we now turn to working with GSDBA to expand business networking into support our local area businesses and start having mixers for networking here in the South Bay. Thank you again everyone for making South Bay Pride so successful! — Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and organizer of the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival. Contact her at email@example.com
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Sabbaticals, shadow cities and San Diego
I A N M O RTO N PROFILES IN ADVOCACY The summer is over, and so is my “sabbatical,” if my three months away can be termed as such. It’s been a change-filled summer and I’d like to think I’m coming back as a changed man. I hit the big “4-0” in August and have embraced my silver hair (see my new headshot). I’m shifting career focus and timidly stepping back into school. I can now also cross off my bucket list the item of playing Tom Collins in “Rent.” I should probably consider suspending my Netflix, but I did take a nice pearl from my binge watching season nine of “How I Met Your Mother:” “Determine what’s important in your life, and make sure every step in your life is taking you toward that goal.” I love San Diego. I’ve lived here for 17 years, and of all the places in California I could have landed when I said goodbye to Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 22, I can’t imagine one better. I love the things that make San Diego beautiful and multi-cultural. But, as a person who has worked in the HIV/AIDS fundraising field, I don’t like the fact that we don’t get a lot of funding outside of what we do for ourselves. The person I profiled in my very first column, the fabulous Liz Brosnan of Christie’s Place, sent out an article some months ago about Shadow Cities. This concept is loosely defined as “a city, municipality or other jurisdictional area that is overshadowed, and thus overpowered by a larger city that is global in nature and possesses more resources such as expertise, enterprise, money, and a national government investment.” (See “Is Your City A Shadow City,”
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation). San Diego is one of the cities described in the aforementioned article. As Oakland is to San Francisco and Newark to New York, San Diego is often thought of as an extension of Los Angeles, especially in the nonprofit funding world. For example, the Elton John Foundation only funds the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco in the state of California, even though Oakland, Palm Springs and San Diego all have very different challenges in the field of HIV. Every year, San Diego cyclists raise thousands of dollars for the AIDS Life Cycle, none of which comes back to us. Even one of our local foundations, The McCarthy Family Foundation, was exporting their HIV money to UC Los Angeles until 2013, when a compelling grant from UC San Diego’s Dr. Susan Little kept some of that funding in San Diego. How does this all tie together? It’s pretty simple — I want to use my efforts to keep San Diego nonprofit money in San Diego. We are our own city, with unique challenges and demographics to serve. I want to see our city come out of the shadows and claim it’s rightful place in the non-profit sector. This is where I turn to you, the reader. Please tell me when you run across a person or organization that is making an impact in San Diego! This column is at it’s best when it celebrates real people who are doing great works. This space in Gay San Diego is meant to celebrate the best that humanity has to offer so, when you see it, report it! Also, I leave you with a challenge: Take a hard look at where your money is going. If you are supporting an LGBTQ organization or any other nonprofit, do they actually make the effort to have an office in San Diego? Is their “Southern California Ambassador” someone who lives in Los Angeles and visits us a few times a year? Does any of the money you donate come back to San Diego? We have talent, drive and passion in this great city, and it’s worth our while to make sure it has a chance to grow and improve our city. So, take the warm glow you hopefully felt while participating AIDS Walk San Diego last week, and remember the joy of fundraising for San Diego services throughout the year. And please, nominate local folks and nonprofits for this column. I look forward to hearing from you! —Ian D. Morton is s freelance grant writer and the producer of Y.E.S. San Diego, an LGBTQ youth empowerment conference. To nominate an individual or nonprofit for this column, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why can’t I sleep?
LIFE BEYOND THERAPY According to research, the average person (whoever he or she is) sleeps six to eight hours a night, almost 50 hours a week, and more than 2,600 hours a year. Without good, deep and regular sleep, the quality of our work, relationships and other activities usually suffer dramatically. Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Usually, insomnia is a symptom of another problem, like feeling overloaded with responsibilities. The good news is that most cases of insomnia can be cured with changes you can make on your own: no need to go to a sleep specialist or depend on sleeping pills. Changing your sleep-related habits (called “sleep hygiene” by those in the know) is often enough to overcome insomnia. It may take a few days for your body to get used to the change, but once you do, you’ll sleep better. I did a lot of research for this article, so here are my pick of the best — and easiest — tips from the pros on how to sleep easily and well: • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and cool. • Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, yes, weekends too. • Avoid naps. • No stimulating activity or stressful situations before bed time. Avoid vigorous exercise, big discussions or arguments, and TV, computer, cell phone or video game use. Instead, focus on quiet, soothing activities and keep the lights low.
the behaviors and thoughts that get in the way of a good night’s sleep. The cognitive part of the therapy shows you how to change anxiety-producing thoughts that interfere with your ability to sleep. The behavioral part focuses on changing behaviors that impair your ability to sleep, like spending too much time in bed or not exercising during the day. Pills aren’t the answer: over-the-counter sleep aids are meant for short-term insomnia only. Sleep experts generally advise against their use because of side effects. Use prescription medication only as a last resort, and then, only on a very limited basis. First, try changing your sleep habits, your daily routine, and your attitudes about sleep. If you’ve tried all these ideas and are still having trouble getting the sleep you need, consulting with a doctor who is a sleep specialist may be your next step. You can get referrals through either the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at email@example.com, or the American Board of Sleep Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org. —Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit lifebeyondtherapy.com.t
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• Don’t read from a backlit device (such as an iPad). If you use an eReader, opt for one that is not backlit. • During the day, take breaks outside in sunlight, remove your sunglasses when it’s safe to do so, and open blinds and curtains during the day. • Use the bedroom only for sleeping and sex. Don’t work, watch TV or use your laptop or smartphone. The goal is to associate your bedroom with sleep and sex, so that when you get in bed your brain and body get a strong signal that it’s time to nod off or be romantic. • Get out of bed when you can’t sleep. Don’t try to force yourself to sleep. Get up, leave the bedroom, and do something relaxing, like reading, drinking a warm cup of caffeine-free tea, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music. When you’re sleepy, go back to bed. • Move all bedroom clocks out of view. • Try progressive muscle relaxation; lie down, and starting with your feet, tense your muscles as tightly as you can. Hold for a count of 10 and then relax. Continue to do this for every muscle group in your body, working your way up from your feet to the top of your head. • Find ways to reduce the stress in your life during waking hours. This may include meditation, yoga, exercise, prayer, walks in nature, playing with your pets, gardening, reading something inspiring, dancing, etc. • Listen to sleep-inducing music or meditations on your iPod or CD player. When I wake up at 3 a.m., this is the fastest way for me to go back to sleep. It gives my mind something to focus on besides my obsessive, worried thoughts. • Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy can help you change
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Supporting LGBT rights around the world Response to love and hate Editor’s note: On Sept. 26, the United Nations passed a landmark resolution condemning violence and discrimination directed toward the LGBT community throughout the world. Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice released the following statements after the resolution’s passage. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power: I am very pleased that the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution today to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. This is only the second time in its history the Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on LGBT rights, and the first time it has done so with a majority of its members. This resolution mandates a much-needed U.N. report that will investigate and bring to the world’s attention the violence and discrimination faced by individuals around the world simply because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This has been an important week for advancing LGBT rights at the U.N. Today’s adoption is another historic step forward. Yesterday, I joined Secretary John Kerry at the first U.N. high-level LGBT Ministerial event that was open to all U.N. delegations, as well as to representatives of civil society. The event was attended by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as by ministers from around the world. As Secretary Kerry said at the meeting, “we have a moral obligation to speak up against marginalization and persecution of LGBT persons. We have a moral obligation to promote societies that are more just and more fair, more tolerant.” Across the globe, we still continue to witness acts of
intimidation and persecution against LGBT persons simply because of who they are and who they love. Indeed, more than 75 countries around the world still maintain discriminatory laws aimed at LGBT individuals. We must do more to ensure that governments do not condone the jailing or killing of individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The United States is proud to have worked with member states from every region in the world on this resolution, and we commend Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay for taking the lead in sponsoring it. We remain unwavering in our commitment to advance equality for LGBT persons at home and abroad. Discrimination against LGBT individuals exists in every corner of the world and we must continue working together to ensure that “all human rights for all” is truly a reality. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice: The United States applauds today's adoption by the UN Human Rights Council of a resolution in support of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. The second such resolution to be passed by the UN Human Rights Council, today's resolution reiterates that LGBT persons are entitled to the human rights and fundamental freedoms that are the birthright of all humankind, expresses grave concern regarding acts of violence and discrimination against LGBT persons, and requests the preparation of an important new report on preventing such abuses. We thank sponsors Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay for their leadership, and commend the Council for taking another historic step to reinforce the unassailable principle that LGBT rights are human rights.t
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I think you all handled this very sad situation [See “Love and Hate in Coronado” Vol. 5 Issue 19] with grace and have spun it in a way that makes you feel okay with it. It is unfortunate that you experienced this in a side of San Diego I’ve not seen in the ten years I’ve been here; the bigoted side. Mazel tov to you both! —Gary, via gay-sd.com As a lifelong San Diegan and former legislator who voted for marriage equality in CA nearly 10 years ago, I say: Best wishes to both of you on your marriage! May you enjoy many happy years together. Also, so sorry you had this experience. Yes, homophobia/racism/ sexism and many other “-isms” still exist in our fine region, and show up at terrible times. No one is immune, and we all have to help one another manage it as best we can. Again, best to you both. May you long remember the joy and love expressed by your friends and family during your ceremony, and let the other incidents fade from memory.
I am so, so sorr y that this happened to you in my community. I wish there is some way I could go back in time and fling a soundproofing banner across the building. No one should ever have to fear this, or even a fraction of this, on their wedding day. I hope that, all in all, it was a wonderful and love-filled day. Best wishes to you. —Jacqueline, via gay-sd.com I am so very sorry that this happened in my county. It’s not right, and I am happy that such a mean spirited act did not destroy your beautiful day. Best wishes for a happy marriage. —Amy, via gay-sd.com Congratulations on your nuptials, and thanks for sharing your courageous love story, but your wedding (and all of the gay and lesbian marriages across this country) will make a difference. Proudly introduce your husband. Make it the norm. We are changing history.
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GAY NEWS BRIEFS CHRISTINE KEHOE ELEMENTARY? On Wed., Oct. 8, the GLBT Historic Task Force will host a community discussion on renaming a local elementary school in honor of former state Sen. Christine Kehoe. The meeting will take place at Hillcrest’s Florence Elementary School, 3914 First Ave., which would be renamed if the initiative succeeds. The meeting will discuss future steps required for the school district to rename Florence in Kehoe’s honor, including a petition drive to demonstrate community support. Kehoe was first elected to the San Diego City Council in 1993 — and the first member of the LGBT community to do so — where she served for two terms before successfully running for the State Assembly in 2000. One of just four openly gay legislators in California during her time in office, Kehoe was then elected to the State Senate in 2004. Prior to running for elected office, Kehoe served as the executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association and as the editor of the San Diego Gayzette. She now serves as the executive director of the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative. “Senator Kehoe has dedicated her life to public service and is a role model leader who deserves this honor,” City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, chair of the GLBT Historic Task Force, stated in a press release. “We urge all community members to show up on October 8th and give their support.” BROWN SIGNS LAW BOOSTING LGBT BUSINESSES Starting next year, LGBT businesses will receive the same privileges as other minority-owned businesses when contracting with large public utilities in California. This is due to Assembly Bill 1678, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. It adds LGBT-owned businesses to a state law incentivizing public utilities with revenues exceeding $25 million to contract with businesses owned by ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans. Any business mostly owned by an LGBT person or persons qualifies. “This bill breaks historic ground by including LGBT business enterprises in existing efforts to ensure fair competition and equal opportunity to do business with utility companies,” said Michael Sestak, president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, in a press release published prior to the bill’s signing. “AB 1678 would be a tremendous step forward in offering the LGBT community the same opportunities to succeed and prosper by growing their businesses in our state.” The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce said the bill is the first of its kind in the U.S., and should serve as a model for legislation on other highly regulated industries in other states.
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 3–Oct. 16, 2014
LA JOLLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNS On Oct. 11 and 12, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will once again take over the coastal streets of Gerard Avenue for its sixth season. This year’s event will feature several new additions, including expanded festival grounds, a stein holding competition and a brew fest after sunset. Returning elements include a silent auction, a family-friendly area and dozens of wineries and breweries on site. The event is free and open to the public. Organizers expect over 40,000 attendees this year. Profits from this year’s event will benefit underfunded public school programs like art, music and science. The festival has raised $340,000 since launching in 2009. For more information, visit ljawf.org. DIPLOMACY COUNCIL TO HONOR PRIDE On Oct. 25, the San Diego Diplomacy Council will convene for the 35th annual Diplomacy Day at the Horton Grand Hotel Downtown. Chosen for their efforts in community building and fostering relationships with governments and community leaders, San Diego LGBT Pride and 10News producer J.W. August will be honored as the 2014 Citizen Diplomats of the Year. The Diplomacy Council praised the nonprofit’s mission to foster pride and respect in LGBT communities around the globe, as well as their efforts to foster discussions on women’s issues, at-risk youth, human rights issues and gender identity. The event, which runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., will include dinner, several speakers and a silent auction. To register, visit bit. ly.1wfV1Na. DIVERSIONARY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR After an exhaustive, nationwide search, Diversionar y Theatre has announced the hiring of a new executive artistic director. Matt Morrow, currently wrapping up commitments in New York, has been selected to take the reigns in November of the nation’s longest running LGBT theater production company. “We looked for a candidate with a keen knowledge of evolved LGBT theatrical productions, fundraising prowess, experience in developing new works, and excellent leadership and communications skills,” said Todd Nelms, Diversionar y’s acting executive artistic director in a press release. “In Mr. Morrow, we believe we found all of this and more. We firmly believe he will lead our theater in a bold new direction.” The position was widely advertised and nearly 60 applications were received from around the globe. The search committee, which was headed up by Board Vice President Darrell Netherton, also consisted of Nelms, several local community arts leaders, including Larr y Baza, Camille Davidson, Bill Eadie,
EMCOR/Dynalectric San Diego, UC San Diego Health System, Kitchell and several local elected officials joined forces on Sept. 30 to form a 650 person Pink Hard Hat Ribbon — the largest human ribbon formed in California — and kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and call to action for EMCOR’s “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today.” campaign. (Courtesy EMCOR)
Rob Granat, Dean Murray, Marcus Overton and Tamara Keller, a member of the theater’s board of trustees. Morrow is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he later ser ved as the John Wells Professor of Directing at its School of Drama. He has an extensive resume, with dozens of assistant directorships and directorships around the countr y. “I’m most excited about producing new plays and musicals that push theatrical boundaries, but also rarely seen classic work, and re-envisioning this work for today’s audience via the LGBT point of view,” Morrow said. “I’m attracted to work that explores what the LGBT experience means at this moment in time, both directly and indirectly. I’m interested in opening up the dialogue between the LGBT community and the community at large in an inclusive, thought provoking way that reveals our similarities and honors our differences.” Morrow added that he hopes to develop Diversionar y Theatre into “a haven for writers and their work.” For more information about Diversionar y Theatre, visit diversionar y.org.t
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Sisters In Support
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The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once a month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank. On the first Tuesday of every month, 9-10:30 am, visit The Center’s parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website. http://sandiegofoodbank.org.
Join us for a new Women’s Resource Center support group for women who are affected by breast cancer currently or have been in the past. This includes all women patients and partners facing any issue with breast cancer who are looking for other women who can relate. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Lunch & Learn: Mental health and Well-Being in Older adults
Sunday, Oct. 19
12 noon, the Center Learn to identify signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety among seniors. Join us as a behavioral health nurse provides information and tips on how to manage mental health issues. For more information and to rSVP, contact Larue Fields at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x205.
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Latin@ Services 10th anniversary tardeada! 1-4pm, the Center We’re celebrating The Center’s Latin@ Services Program’s 10th anniversary with a special Tardeada (Sunday afternoon dance party) in The Center’s parking lot. Join us for a festive afternoon of music, dancing, tacos, aguas frescas, beer garden, mariachis and more! Tours of the Latin@ Services space will also be offered. Please join us to celebrate and honor Latin@ Services’ 10 years of service and commitment to the community! The event is free, but we are encouraging community members to pledge $10 (or more) a month in support of Latin@ Services. #CelebrandoFamilia!
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 3–Oct. 16, 2014
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o broil or not to broil? That was the burning question hovering over the kitchen at Cali “O” Burgers for a couple of months after it opened earlier this year on the high-traffic corner of University Avenue and Richmond Street. With a burger and sandwich menu highlighting grass-fed beef as well as elk, ostrich, poultry and fish, most of the proteins were initially flame-grilled until an adjacent griddle seemed like the better cooking method for retaining their juices. So for a while, the burgers flew off the flat top with an ubiquitous fried taste. But recently, owner Mike Chenavo and his consulting chef realized that charbroiling the meats seared in the juices equally as well while adding a backyard-barbecue flavor that remains a rarity at other casual burger joints. As a result, the flames ultimately won, along with everything they lick in the broiling process. Chenavo notes that certain menu items featuring grilled toppings, such as the Pebble Beach beef burger with pineapple and caramelized onions, are moved to the griddle for the last 30 seconds to receive their crowns. For this diehard fan of char who believes griddles should be used only for cooking breakfast foods and grilled cheese sandwiches, I’m perfectly OK with that. And naturally, the Philly-style San Diego steak sandwiches are made entirely on the flat surface
since they require vigorous spatulachipping of prime rib that would otherwise tumble through the grates and into the flaming inferno. Since the charbroiler became king, a friend and I decided it was time to try the Elk Grove, a noticeably lean burger made of ground elk meat that would have likely tasted too gamey without its super-charry exterior. The flavor of the patty was soft and lamb-like, quelled further by grilled 1290 University Ave. (Hillcrest) onions, lettuce, tomato, 619-692-9999 spicy remoulade and a Prices: Salads and sides: $4 to $12.95; deftly cooked sunnyBurgers: $5.95 to $13.95 side egg. “We go through about 20 pounds of elk a week,” says Chenavo, adding that of sprightly sales for the burger were slow at salads such first but have picked up thanks to as the very filling some verbal promotion by the staff. “lemon red quinoa” Garlic-truffle fries with Parmewith cashews and feta. san sprinkles are now made differIn a past visit, when the ently as well. Instead of previously griddle was in regular blitzing them with raw, chopped use, we ordered a garlic, the minced cloves are couple of different heated gently in butter before the grass-fed burgfinished fries get tossed through ers that included the mixture. With or without the the La Jolla with other ingredients, this naughty bacon, sautéed commingling of melted butter and mushrooms, French fries is an overdue noSwiss cheese and brainer. Dijon aioli. The San The sidewinders are also rather Franciscan presented novel. Think curly steak fries with a similar savor, using crispy ends that are teasingly blue cheese instead meaty in the middle. Other accomof Swiss. Both were paniments include beer-battered enjoyable, but I’m betting onion chips, sweet potato fries and they’re exceedingly more tater tots, not to mention a variety memorable now that fire is involved. All burgers and sandwiches are named after California cities, hence the “Cali” in the eatery’s name. The “O” indicates that the meats and produce are organic. Also, every patty and filet weighs in at six ounces, including the housemade vegetarian Fresno burger constructed with quinoa, garbanzo beans and spices. For the Monterey Bay chicken burgers, which are tucked into fresh ciabatta buns from St. Tropez Bakery, the free-range breast filets
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(top to bottom) The San Diego steak sandwich, the Elk Grove burger with egg, The Monterey Bay chicken sandwich and the lemon red-quinoa salad (Photos by Frank
from Mary’s Farm are marinated overnight in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and cayenne pepper. Their inclusion of Jack cheese and smoked sun-dried tomato aioli compensate for any lost moisture in the meat. Cali “O” recently received its beer and wine license. Vinos are coming soon, although a variety of craft beers by Stone, Ballast Point and West Coast IPA are in stock. The eatery also houses a sleek Coca-Cola Freestyle soft-drink dispenser that allows you to mix
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and match soda flavors to your heart’s content. But the cooler feature is that you can activate the machine with a downloadable app on your iPhone. Chenavo has been in the restaurant business off and on since he was 18 years old and said he always wanted to run a burger shop. When asked if we’ll see more Cali “O” locations appear down the road, his response was a clear “yes.” —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@ san.rr.com.t
gay-sd.com A bevy of new and established restaurants from Mission Hills will dole out samples of their latest and greatest dishes for the third annual Taste of Mission Hills, from 5 to 9 p.m., Oct. 14. Participating restaurants include The Patio on Goldfinch, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, Brooklyn Girl, The Red Door and several others located throughout the neighborhood’s upper level. Further down the hill, along the India Street corridor, foodies can partake in fare from Saffron, Rubicon Deli, Gelato Vero Caffe, Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille, El Indio, Starlite and more. Free Old Town Trolley shuttles will loop continuously throughout the tasting route until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advanced at One Mission Realty, 928 Ft. Stockton, Suite 217 and at The Front Porch, located in Suite 101 at the same address. Day-of-event tickets can be purchased at The Front Porch. For more information, visit treasuremissionhills.com.
The long-running Marie’s Café at 3016 University Ave. in North Park has closed, but will make way for a second location of Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop in March. Jose Luis Rojano, who co-owns the wrestling-themed eatery in Mission Hills with his two brothers, says he just acquired the lease and won’t start breaking ground until January. He promises the same menu of unconventional tacos, yet in a bigger space that he says will be “even more fun and exciting than our current location.” 1810 W. Washington St., 619-296-8226.
A mondo vegan restaurant named Café Gratitude is coming to the mixed-use Broadstone Little Italy building early next year. Born out of the Bay Area more than a decade ago, the popular eatery will crank out an array of vegan cuisine made with organic, seasonally driven ingredients. Construction to the 9,000-square-foot space begins this fall. 1980 Kettner Blvd., cafegratitude.com.
Chef Rose Peyron of Counterpoint (Courtesy Counterpoint)
GAY SAN DIEGO Oct. 3–Oct. 16, 2014
A series of opera-influenced cooking classes at Great News! Cookware and Cooking School kicks off with a class themed after La Boheme, at 6 p.m., Oct. 17. Participants will learn recipes for butterpoached lobster over seared spinach, herb-crusted roast prime rib and cream-filled profiteroles. Ensuing classes featuring different recipes will focus on other operas such as Don Giovanni on Nov. 7; Nixon in China on Dec. 13 and El Pasado Nunca se Termina on Jan. 16. Each class costs $54 per person and will be hosted in part by Dr. Nicholas Reveles, director of Education and Community Engagement for San Diego Opera. The series also features special prix-fixe dinners and mixers tailored along the season’s opera schedule. Participating restaurants are Tapenade in La Jolla on Oct. 28; Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station on Nov. 12; Wang’s North Park on Dec. 9; and The Flight Path in Little Italy on Jan. 13. The dinners begin at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets to the events, call Great News at 858-270-1582 or the San Diego Opera at 619-533-7000.
A popular taco shop will bring its masked-wrestler theme to North Park. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)
Chef Rose Peyron of Counterpoint in Golden Hill is part of a quintet of chefs who will show off their body art at a unique culinary event titled, “Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo Dinner,” to be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at Saltbox Dining & Drinking. The five-course dinner allows each chef to create a dish based on one of their tattoos as they explain the inspiration behind them. In addition, each chef will pair their plates to a particular beer, wine or cocktail. The kitchen lineup also includes Jeremiah Bryant of Saltbox, Jarle Saupstad of Table No. 10, Elliott Townsend of The Pearl and Johnny Duran of Prepkitchen. Tickets are $50 (plus $15 for beverage pairings). Reservations are required. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003.
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Coming soon to University Heights is S&M: Sausage and Meat, a venture focusing on exotic game meats, charcuterie and house-cured bacon. It’s being presented in part by Scott Slater of Slater’s 50/50 in Liberty Station. The concept will capture a meat counter, bar and dining area within a 3,200-square-foot space occupied previously by Babbo’s Bar and Grill and Gulf Coast Grill. The project’s motto is no less provocative than its name: “Through our passion for pork, a community is born.” 4130 Park Blvd., sausageandmeat.com.
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The vegan jackfruit “pulled pork” burrito at Bearito Republic (Courtesy of Bearito Republic) Seattle native Zoe Kritzer and her fiancé, John Auchterlonie, recently opened Bearito Republic in Hillcrest after Kritzer ditched her intentions to open a restaurant in New York City, where she worked in fine-dining establishments for a while. “San Diego is relaxed and it’s a culture I more enjoy being a part of. It’s also a fit for my healthconscious menu,” she said, referring to burritos, bowls and salads as well as vegan specialties using house-made mock meats. Craft sodas from Batch are available and a beer-wine license is in the works. 3884 Fourth Ave., 619-458-9597. t
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Martin and Brickell’s world premiere musical is based on true events The Old Globe assembles a solid company directed by Walter Bobbie for the world premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s original musical, “Bright Star.” The production plays through Nov. 2 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, best known as the Old Globe Theatre. This review is based on the invited press performance of Sept. 27. Martin’s heartfelt book is based on a true incident, and as they say, truth is stranger than fiction. The co-written music is awash in country and bluegrass, so much so that at the evening’s end one feels as if one had been to Branson or the Grand Ole Opry. Part of Eugene Lee’s facile set is a rustic, rolling bandstand containing most of the ninemember orchestra, dressed as citizens and led by Music Director Bob Berman, who is also the vocal arranger.
The sweet story’s drawback (one might call it treacle if one enjoyed it less) is its transparency. Once the first act’s set up, numerous intertwined characters in two separate decades (1923 – 24 and 1945 – 46) is delivered, it’s likely that the astute onlooker has guessed the rest. All that remains is to poke one’s seatmate and say, “See? I told you so.” This is not to say the show should be coy about its denouement or should be changed. Its unsophistication is part of its charm, but will it survive Broadway? Perhaps the story is as honest and refreshing, as dark and light as its engagingly earnest, mostly fully fleshed characters steeped in the world of Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers. This is a land where villains are unusually devious and one’s social improprieties are public knowledge. This is especially true in Hays Creek and Ashville, North Carolina, where the action is set. A brief chamber music prelude, brilliantly written, sets up the possibility this could be a tragedy. Debarking the train at Ashville in his unadorned WWII private’s uniform, 22-year-old Billy Cane (A.J. Shively) has miles to go before he arrives home to reunite with his father (Stephen Bogardus), to tell him of his decision to become a writer. Beloved of Margo Crawford (Hannah Elless), who runs the local bookstore, Billy soon departs for Ashville, where he aspires to be published in the presti-
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gious Ashville Southern Journal, run by the no-nonsense Alice Murphy (Carmen Cusack). The 1923 – 24 plot involves Alice’s romance with Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Wayne Alan Wilcox), son of corrupt and over-protective Zebulon mayor Josiah Dobbs (Wayne Duvall), who thinks he knows what is best for everyone. Five additional
World premiere of Ò Bright StarÓ By Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Tuesdays-Sundays through Nov. 2
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(above) (l to r) Kate Loprest, Jeff Hiller, and Carmen Cusack, and Wayne Alan Wilcox and Carmen Cusack in the Old Globe’s “Bright Star” (Photos by Joan Marcus); (left) (clockwise from top left) Co-creator Steve Martin, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, director Walter Bobbie, and co-creator Edie Brickell (Photos by Jim Cox) actors — Jeff Hiller, Kate Loprest, Stephen Lee Anderson, Patti Cohenour and Libby Winters — portray magazine staff and family members, all of whom are given full character and in some cases even a song. These, plus an ensemble of 11 and the two-era action provide a complex situation and a dizzying array of characters whose motivations are not always clear. It’s almost “The Winter’s Tale” of musical theater. Virtues: the singing, particularly that of Cusack, who moves easily from uptight, demanding boss to girl in love. Her voice has a slight country bleat, excellent tone and diction. The others are all better than adequate, with Hiller providing needed comic relief. The
drawback: Most of the 17 songs, which include solos, duets and ensembles, sound alike. Nonetheless, the show’s got heart. In addition to Lee’s ingenious set, other assets include Jane Greenwood’s costumes, Japhy Weideman’s lighting, Nevin Steinberg’s coherent sound design, and Josh Rhodes’s choreography. Despite their frequent travels the orchestra apparently has a great time. Peter Asher is musical supervisor and August Eriksmoen orchestrator.
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CORONADO modation for the couple if they were able to get them to return for what Kerr calls a “redo-I-do.” Allen said Loews would do better than that; they wanted to put on the entire wedding. “He said, ‘Whatever you need, we will do it.’ His response was positive and immediate,” she said. On Saturday, Oct. 11, Loews is conducting an entire wedding for 300 guests on a terrace overlooking the marina, and they will provide tables, chairs, linens, lighting, a cash bar, a champagne toast and food — all for free — for the Arizona couple. Kerr said she was astonished by their generosity. Next, Kerr said they created a closed Facebook Group called “Coronado Loves Oscar and Gary.” “Within the first couple hours 165 people had joined, now it’s up to 220,” she said. “Everyone is being so generous, people posting that they can sing at the wedding, they can take pictures, bake cupcakes. It was so beautiful. That is what I feel is an accurate reflection of Coronado.” Oscar and Gary are inviting their original guest list and Kerr said that anyone who is donating their time or services to help put this on will also be invited. They are opening up the guest list within that Facebook group with a priority on Coronado residents. Kerr doesn’t expect the heckler who ruined the original wedding to show. “If I had to place money on it, I would say it was not somebody who lives here, but somebody who was
renting out one of those condos for August,” she said. Dozens of organizations within the Coronado business community have also reached out, offering to do flowers, music and offering other wedding provisions. In addition to all those donations, a GoFundMe.com page was also set up, seeking funds to assist with the other things that won’t be covered. So far $3,000 has been raised. “We have had two weeks to plan and zero budget and we’re gonna have an incredible party. It’s going to be amazing,” Kerr said. “None of us have anything to gain from this and we don’t know these guys. I’m a lawyer, I’m not a wedding planner ... but this is just honestly and truly a labor of love.” “This wonderful celebration next week has a special meaning toward the message of inclusion and the showing that support of all marriage can cross boundaries,” Gary Jackson said in a written statement. “We see this celebration as a chance to push bigotry into the closet, so to speak. And a new chance to create some new memories with the wonderful people of Coronado.” “I feel like it was such a disappointing story initially,” Kerr said. “Now it’s such a nice story — such a beautiful story — in terms of showing how I think our world is evolving into being such a more accepting society.” For more information, visit the organizer’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/CoronadolovesOscarandGary and check out the crowdsourcing site that was set up at gofundme.com/eyyjoo. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at email@example.com
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 AT 6:30PM SHOW STARTS AT 8PM An evening for gay and lesbian theatre lovers and the whole LGBT community. This event includes two drinks from the wine and martini bar, delicious appetizers and a pre-show mixer. Everyone is welcome. Just $20 per person in addition to your theatre ticket. Call to RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE or choose “Show + OUT event” option when purchasing online. a gathering of gay and lesbian theatre lovers.
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FRIDAY, OCT. 3
Friday Night Liberty: Large art walk on first Friday of each month. Free open artist studios, galleries and performances. 5 – 8 p.m. NTC at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. Visit ntclibertystation.com. Public Opening of “Exposing Scars”: Free admission to see this new exhibit by photographer Jennifer George with wine and snacks served. Show runs through Nov. 30. 5 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit womensmuseumca.org. Wine and Canvas: Step-bystep instruction and materials are included in this event to create a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas painting to take home. Today’s painting: “Summer Sun.” No outside food or drinks — both available for purchase. $35 per person. 6 – 9 p.m. Cozymels, 4303 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. Visit wineandcanvas.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 4
Purple Party: Fundraiser to raise money for Youth Rally, a camp catering to youth with digestive and bladder disorders. The event will include drag performers, a fashion show, a raffle, an auction, a mashed potato bar with fixings and more. $10 cover includes food and three raffle tickets. Doors at 5 p.m. Numbers Bar, 3811 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. Visit sdsisters.org. Rich’s 23 Year Anniversary Party: Live music by singer Dev, DJs and hosted cake and champagne from 10 – 11 p.m. are some of the highlights of this party, which runs after hours until 4 a.m. Rich’s, 1051 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit richssd.com.
SUNDAY, OCT. 5
Hunting Around Hillcrest: Hillcrest is hosting its first community scavenger hunt beginning at the Hillcrest Farmers Market (or any participating business). Participants will pick up goodies along the way and correct answers to scavenger hunt clues will earn raffle entries to win a shopping spree in Hillcrest. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit facebook.com/fabuloushillcrest or fabuloushillcrest.com. HRC San Diego Family Picnic: Celebrating LGBT families, friends and supporters. All ages welcome for games and activities. Grilled food and drinks to be provided, attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Halloween costumes encouraged. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pioneer Park, 1501 Washington Pl., Mission Hills. For more info or to volunteer email email@example.com or visit hrc.org. Bingo Fundraiser: A fundraiser to send four tournament teams from the San Diego American Flag Football League to Gay Bowl XIV. 2 p.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit facebook.com/SDAFFL. Sunday Bust in North County: Every Sunday Hill St. Café turns into a safe space for all LGBT and allies to gather. Food is vegan-friendly, and they serve beer, wine and sake. Fifteen percent of proceeds go to the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. 3 – 9 p.m. at Hill St. Café, 524 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Visit ncresourcecenter.org.
MONDAY, OCT. 6
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, OCT. 7
Community Food Distribution: The first Tuesday of the month, receive emergency food, pre-screen for Food Stamps and sign up for a range of other services, including employment and medical and well as low-cost utility programs. 9 a.m. The Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit TheCenterSD.org and Sandiegofoodbank. org. “Grab a Mic”: An open mic night hosted by singer/actor Sasha Weiss on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Signups at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit martinisabovefourth.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8
Pride Talks: A panel featuring local LGBTQ “activists and trailblazers” to discuss varying perspectives and give insight into the past, present and future of the community. A reception will follow the panel for attendees to interact with panelists. 5 – 8 p.m. The theater at the Aztec Student Union at SDSU, College West, San Diego. Visit facebook.com/ SanDiegoLGBTPride. Out Night at Cygnet: An evening for theater-lovers in the LGBT community. Pre-show mixer on the patio for everyone with a ticket to tonight’s performance of “Fool for Love.” 6:30 p.m. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town.
She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D 'She-rantulas' From Outer Space In 3D' invades Diversionary Theatre This send-up of femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s is opening just in time for a month of fright leading to Halloween. Oct. 5: Opening night for the comedy of horrors by Phil Johnson (writer) and Ruff Yeager (director/writer), which originated in San Diego. Oct. 9: Happy hour with director Ruff Yeager in Fritz’s Lounge with hosted hor ’d’ oeuvres, drink specials and a chance to chat before the show.
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North County Pride by the Beach: Performances at this year’s North County Pride include live music by Candye Kane, Mike Munich and more. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oceanside City Hall, 300 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Visit northcountypride.com. 2014 “Friends” Fall Concert: The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will present a concert lineup
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GSDBA Brunch: Annual awards brunch to recognize businesses and community leaders “that best exemplify the values and business success for which GSDBA stands.” 11 a.m. Kona Kai Resort and Marina, 1551 Shelter Island Dr., Shelter Island. Visit gsdba.org. Proclamation Celebration: Celebrate Speaker of the California State Assembly Toni Atkin’s Governor for the Day Proclamation given to Lambda Archives for 27 years of service. 4 – 6 p.m. 830 Alameda Blvd., Coronado. R.S.V.P.
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RUPAUL work-ethic book, and it’s important to ‘hit it while you’re hot.’ I’ve been in this business for a long time. I’ve been hot and I’ve been not hot. When you’re hot, you’ve got to hit it hard.” Ru went on to share some thoughts about Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4 in New York City at the age of 81. “She’s a part of the post-modern pop culture and how we see pop culture. She definitely speaks to the irreverent outsiders that so many gay people are, especially so many gay people of a certain generation. She was a friend of mine for 20 years, and it is a huge loss.” Ru mixed present and past tense speaking of his friend Joan, perhaps still processing a fresh loss like the rest of us. “But I understand,” he continued. “I understand that people come and people go, and I accept that. Nobody gets out of it [life] alive.” The skinny on ‘Skin Wars’ Moving on to the living, Ru shared some thoughts about the latest project, “Skin Wars,” which airs on the Game Show Network (GSN). “I love creativity, and I love
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an illusion or whatever. Every human being can do that.”
The details “Skin Wars”
GSN (Game Show Network) Wednesday evenings at various times a 6-foot-7 rancher from Wyoming, according to a 2013 profile in the Huffington Post. That explains a lot about how terribly grounded RuPaul seems, especially in a field that can seem so terribly un-grounded. Having a partner really helps. “Yes, especially having a partner who doesn’t give a shit about pop culture or show business,” Ru laughed. “He doesn’t care about any of that stuff. He’s not interested.” This led to home life and the question: Do you go home and watch yourself on television? And, what is that like? “Yes, and it’s mind blowing. I grew up in San Diego watching television. I learned everything I know from television. So, to be on the other side of it, to see myself, it’s — it’s really amazing. It just goes to show you that you can project yourself into whatever storyline on this planet that you want. Now, the time it takes to do that is unknown, but I’ve basically created my own life, just like on ‘Skin Wars’ where you create an image or you create
The big faux pas So, no good interview goes without faux pas, some bigger than others. “Congratulations on the success Ru!” “Don’t you mean Condragulations?” “Sorry, but what?” “Con-drag-ulations! “Oh, yes of course!” And then it all came back, how in a previous interview RuPaul speculated that each and everyone of us is in some kind of drag all the time, projecting the image we wish to project: suit and tie, jeans and T, or a ballgown. The only time we’re not in drag is the moment we are born and the moment we die, and I remembered that is what I love about this guy. RuPaul has made a career of unmasking the drag queen or king in us all. He pushed the envelope to the sublime and the world is a far better place for the effort. —Kurt Niece writes about visual arts for SDGLN. He is a freelance journalist from Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of "The Breath of Rapture" and an artist who sells his work on his website, kurtniecestudios.com.t
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World Series round-up
survive. It started with a thrilling 1312 victory over the always-tough Long Beach Outlaws. Next up was a 13-11 triumph over the Atlanta Menace. HBC finally enjoyed a little breathing room as they then crushed the Chicago Corruption 20-10 following a five-hour break between games. Immediately thereafter, Miller’s boys crushed Nashville — the same team Viejas lost to — 15-4. In their final game Friday, the Outlaws took down the Knoxville Hard Knox 17-12 to survive into Saturday. Their tremendous run ended with a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to the Boston Rebels, but good enough for seventh place.
PECS (7TH PLACE — D DIVISION) The Loft was one of 6 San Diego teams to compete in Dallas at the NAGAAA World Series. (Photo by Tim Harrington) A week in the Texas heat produced wild adventures, thrilling comebacks and near misses as six San Diego softball teams competed in the 2014 North American Gay Athletic Amateur Alliance (NAGAAA) World Series in Dallas at the end of September. All told, 167 teams from across North America and Canada participated in one of the five divisions of play, with San Diego sending two teams apiece to the B, C and D divisions. Of the six teams from our own America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL), three of them reached “championship day,” which is Saturday at the end of World Series Week and a remarkable achievement. The World Series is essentially broken up into two pieces: pool play on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then an ensuing double-elimination tournament, which begins Thursday. Each team is placed into a pool with four other teams and plays them all once, with two games each day. After those four games are complete, teams are seeded based on record, with run differential used as a tiebreaker. Those seeds are then applied as the brackets for the double-elimination tournament are filled out on Wednesday of World Series week.
VIEJAS STARS (33RD PLACE – C DIVISION)
It was a rough week for the Viejas Stars in the 55-team C Division. The trip began with some friends of mine having their hotel room broken into on the first day in town, causing the loss of valuable personal property that included their baseball equipment. Playing under those conditions alone excuses them for their struggles, but I was impressed by the fact that the team found a way to spend the rest of the week enjoying the World Series experience; Our teams met up almost every night at the Series party bars and it was hard to tell that the team was struggling. Pool play for Viejas got off to a rough start, as the Stars lost 11-5 to the Boston Maulers and then 19-0 to the Seattle Maulers on Tuesday. They recovered Wednesday with an early-morning 9-6 victory over the Denver Mile High Club, but were then crushed by the Ft. Lauderdale Mayhem 23-9. Double-elimination did not start off any better, as the Stars opened Thursday with a 13-3 defeat at the hands of the Nashville Force. Any team that loses on Thursday is then done for that day, in order to guarantee that the team gets a minimum of one Friday game. Unfortunately, Friday was even worse, as the Stars were whipped 16-0 by perennial title contender Philadelphia Triple Play.
#1 ON FIFTH HITMEN (17TH PLACE – D DIVISION)
The Hitmen started pool play with a pair of close losses to the
Austin Dirt Divas and Las Vegas Firestorm. But manager Austin Jacobsen’s resilient squad bounced back with wins over the Tampa Metrochefs (14-8) and Atlanta Flyers (7-6) the following day. The Hitmen opened double elimination with a win over Milwaukee A.K.A., but were then sent to the loser’s bracket after falling to the Houston Divers. The Hitmen then produced a pair of remarkable comeback victories on Friday, including a nine-run comeback after time had expired against the Phoenix Grizzlies. They followed that with another large rally against the LA Thunder Bolts. The Atlanta Reign ended the Hitmen’s tournament, but finishing 17th out of 63 teams is a tremendous accomplishment.
THE LOFT (13TH PLACE – B DIVISION)
This team, that I play on and manage, had a deceiving finish in the B Division. We finished 13th out of 31 teams, but held a lead or were at least tied in the final five minutes of every game. We went 2-2 in pool play, which included two walk-off losses. We opened double elimination with a dominant 9-2 victory over a tough Seattle Dirty Dawgs team. We then followed that up by losing 10-7 to the eventual champion Atlanta Show Stoppers, who we were tied with in the final inning. Friday began with us run-ruling the Twin Cities Freak 19-9. Our tournament ended in heartbreaking fashion, however, with an uncharacteristically low-scoring 5-4 loss to the Austin Marvels that saw us load the bases with nobody out in the final inning yet fail to score. Our largest loss was by three runs, and we were tied or leading in nearly every inning of the tournament.
HILLCREST BREWING COMPANY OUTLAWS (7TH PLACE – C DIVISION)
It was a Jekyll and Hyde week for Randy Miller’s team. The Outlaws accomplished something I did not think would ever be possible for this steady squad that has won smaller tournaments and competed well in previous Series events: They went winless in pool play. Not only did they go 0-and-4, they only reached double digits in runs once. An opening round, 10-6 victory over the Palm Springs Snipers in double elimination helped right the ship a little bit, but the Tulsa Rampage then took the Outlaws down 12-9 in the following game. The Rampage, it should be noted, were protested in their following game, and kicked out of the tournament. Still, the loss counted for the Outlaws and a rough road would lie ahead Friday. This team has made long, grueling tournament runs before, and sure enough, the Outlaws went on to win all five of their games on Friday to
Pecs dominated AFCSL’s D Division this spring, and that success carried over to the World Series. In pool play, they went 2-1-1, with their only loss being by one run to the St. Louis Rivals. In double elimination, Pecs immediately took down its first three opponents: the Twin Cities Polar Bears, the San Francisco Pups and the Atlanta Reign. They couldn’t get past the Ft. Lauderdale Underdogs, however, and were sent to the loser’s bracket for an early Saturday morning game against Orlando. The Sliders were able to narrowly take down Pecs 13-12. The seventh-place finish in a 63-team field is fantastic for Pecs, and the best showing by a D team since the Baja Betty’s Sin Nombre finished fifth in 2010.
SPIKES (7TH PLACE – B DIVISION)
The Spikes took a 1-3 record from pool play into double elimination, but immediately showed why they were the class of AFCSL’s B Division this year. The veteranladen team boasts a steady offense, and was able to put together backto-back victories on Thursday over the Marvels and Atlanta Ambush. Friday started off rough, however, as they were blown out by a tough Dallas Xplosion team, 17-7. Needing a win to survive, the Spikes did by edging out the Dallas Assault 8-5. They again beat the Marvels 13-2, but fell 18-7 to the San Francisco Fury to finish in seventh place. These AFCSL teams get right back onto the diamond over Columbus Day Weekend, as San Diego hosts its annual Autumn Classic tournament. Congratulations to all of our teams on representing our city so well in Dallas. —Jeff Praught is actively involved in the LGBT sports community, where he plays in the local softball (AFCSL), football (SDAFFL) and basketball (SD Hoops) leagues. He can be reached at dugoutchatter@ gmail.com.t
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MONDAY, OCT. 13
Fundraiser “Keep Our Wheels Turning”: Event celebrating eight years of Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol and honoring founders and supporters. 6 – 9 p.m. Harvey Milk’s American Diner, 535 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit stonewallcitizens.org. Live Music: Several singers from OnStage Playhouse’s production of “Disenchanted!” perform songs from the musical and more. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com.
TUESDAY, OCT. 14
Lesbian Meet-up: Weekly early morning business networking meeting, offering a chance to share and support each other’s business and passions. All lesbians in community are invited. 7:30 — 8:30 a.m. Caffe Calabria, 3933 30th St., North Park Spaghetti & Showtunes: When was the last time you had an all-you-can-eat plate of fabulous spaghetti for a mere $6? Now that’s a bargain. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., every Tuesday. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit urbanmos.com. Health and Happiness Series: “Depression vs. Sadness … Learning to Know the Difference” with Dr. Christina Zampitella, FT, Psy. D, a free presentation to help recognize and manage sadness or depression. 5 – 7:30 p.m. The McMillin Center, 2875 Dewey Rd., Libery Station. Registration required at howellfoundation. org or 858-412-5250.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15
Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a master-
piece. Tonight – “Golden Sunset” at 98 Bottles in Little Italy, 2400 Kettner Blvd. Event is 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. Visit paintingandvino.com.
THURSDAY, OCT. 16
Pride in the Mix: Happy hour to connect and mingle with the people who make Pride happen. 6 – 9 p.m. Harvey Milk’s American Diner, 535 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit sdpride. com. Gay Comedy: Jason Stuart has been called “a gay Don Rickles” and can currently be seen in the hit film “Love is Strange.” His “I’m Not Dead Yet” stand up comedy tour starts tonight in San Diego. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit martinisabovefourth.com. OUT at the Globe: A preplay mixer for LGBT theater lovers featuring a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. $20 plus cost of a ticket to Bright Star or The Royale. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For more information visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Cinema Under the Stars presents Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable role as Holly Golightly. 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. —For inclusion in the calendar email firstname.lastname@example.org. t
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