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The Dinah adds poker & film fest White Party brings fun & freedom Going vegan


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The 23rd annual largest lesbian party in the world, known as “Club Skirts presents The Dinah” is again hitting the streets of Palm Springs April 3 – 7. The Dinah has brought quality entertainment in the form of comedy, music, dancing, and legendary pool parties to tens of thousands of weekend attendees for over two decades. This spring, founder Mariah Hanson is offering all the excitement of years’ past, including the popular White Party, a weekend full of pool parties and all the debauchery they bring, but she is also expanding the brand by adding a couple events that offer alternatives to attendees: the first annual Film Festival and a Celebrity Poker Tournament. The Film Festival will offer two world premieres: “Second Shot,” an independent comedy series co-created by and starring web-series darling Jill Bennett, and “Out in the Desert,” a documentary about The Dinah filmed by Page Hurwitz. During “Second Shot” post-production, Bennett said she was making her Dinah plans when it dawned on her the core audience for her new comedy series would also be there. The last time she attended, a friend was filming a documentary about it, so she contacted Hurwitz to check the status and then approached Hanson with the idea of a film festival. “I knew [Hanson] was really supportive of getting lesbian content out there,” Bennett said. “Page thought this could be a really good

Men, music and mayhem come to Palm Springs for this year’s White Party, one that party promoter Jeffrey Sanker said was getting bigger and better. This year’s event takes place Easter weekend, from Friday, March 29 – March 31. “For each event, I’ve tried to re-envision and re-imagine every element and detail, from the entertainment to the music to the most cutting-edge sounds and lighting, advanced special effects and full-surround LED video walls,” Sanker said in a press release. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Sanker realized his passion for largescale parties when living in New York City during the 1980s while working at Studio 54, Palladium and Private Eyes. He now plans circuit parties around the globe. For White Party, Sanker brings a mix of celebrity headliners, worldrenowned DJs and up-and-coming artists for three days and nights of nonstop music, including pool parties each day, the Bulge Underwear Party Friday night, the White Party main event along with its afterhours event Saturday, and Sunday’s T-Dance and closing party. That is eight events packed into one big weekend, bringing a good portion of the world’s LGBT community to Palm Springs, outside of the city’s Pride celebrations each November. While White Party is not an official Palm Springs Pride event, organizers for this year’s Pride get behind Sanker 100 percent.

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Courtside guide Who, what and when to watch at the Supreme Court on marriage argument days Dishing with Dido

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By Lisa Keen | Keen News Service Two of the LGBT civil rights movement’s most important cases come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 and, regardless of the outcome, they will almost certainly be the most watched oral arguments ever on LGBT issues. As the high court does not provide for any live camera or web broadcast of the arguments themselves, readers eager to absorb the arguments have two options: an audio recording and a transcript, both available at The public information office says both will be available by 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday and 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. To help readers prep for the argument the following is a quick guide to the issues, the attorneys, and what to listen for:

Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. EDT: Proposition 8 Case name: Hollingsworth v. Perry (Case No. 12-144) Issue in play: Whether the voters of California have a right to amend their state constitution to prevent same-sex couples from obtaining marriage licenses the same as male-female couples. A decision, if rendered, could potentially affect other states with such bans. Question posed by the court: Whether Proposition 8 violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Additional question posed, on standing: Whether the Yes on 8 coalition that campaigned for passage of Proposition 8 has legal standing to appeal the lower court decision, given that California elected officials chose not to appeal. History: This dispute began

more than 13 years ago, when voters first approved Proposition 22 to limit marriage to heterosexual couples only. That vote was challenged in state court and the California Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that such a restriction violated the state constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. Opponents of allowing gays to marry came up with another initiative, Proposition 8, to amend the state constitution. Proposition 8 passed that same year, but supporters of same-sex couples, via the newly minted American Founda-

tion for Equal Rights (AFER), filed suit in 2009 in federal court, saying the ban violated the equal protection rights of gays under the federal constitution. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out as gay after retirement, issued a decision in August 2010 saying Proposition 8 violated the federal equal protection clause because there was no rational basis for limiting the designation of marriage to straight

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Max Disposti makes a ‘home’ for North County’s LGBT community By Monica Medina | KPBS Hey Neighbor! Max Disposti oozes boyish charm, right down to his robust, Italian accent. Meet him and you’re immediately caught up in his genuine enthusiasm and zeal for all he’s been able to accomplish here, in San Diego. For Disposti, his achievement amounts to having created a center for the LGBT community in North County, the first of its kind for the area: a place where LGBT people can get answers, support and feel safe. More importantly, a place where they can go and be accepted. In other words, a second home for them and their families. “After a few years living here as an openly gay man, I found it impossible to believe that with 800,000 people in this geographic area, there was nothing for us,” he explained. “It’s important to have a place here that is LGBT friendly.” In 2008, Disposti established the North County LGBT Coalition, a non-profit organization that soon began increasing visibility for LGBT in North County, and building the groundwork for the Resource Center. Then, in December, 2011, he founded the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, taking the helm as executive director. Located in a space along the North Coast Highway in Oceanside, Calif., the Center is barely 1,000 square feet in size. “In our first year, we put 100 volunteers to work,” Disposti boasted. “We created about 15 different support and discussion groups that meet every week: for women, men, transgender, students, youth and elderly. Every month, we check in to the center about 800 people. They come for reading material, resources, and they come for services, like our mental health program.” With Camp Pendleton nearby, it’s easy to wonder just how accepting is the military base about having the LGBT Resource Center in its backyard. “There are a lot of active military men and women who use our services,” Disposti noted. “Camp Pendleton doesn’t officially recognize the Center in its community, though they know we are here. Besides our attempts to create an official relationship, nobody has come forward to confirm that. “I’d like to see a relationship with Camp Pendleton, where they can refer people to us. Or maybe, we can train them as to how to deal with issues of sexual orientation and identity.” For the first year of operation, everyone working at the center has been helping out strictly on a volunteer basis. But that is no longer the case, as Disposti explained.

Max Disposti (Photo by Jim Fisk / KPBS) “We were finally able to hire one person. Her name is Linda Johnson and she’s supposed to work five hours a day but sometimes she’s here a lot longer. They’re all committed people, each person who’s here,” he said. Disposti, who became an American citizen in 2007, was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where he said, “we were all affected by this cloud of the Catholic Church and the way of life. You grew up in an environment where that’s the only religion you have in the world, and the Pope is above ever ything.” His parents, however, were of a different mindset. “I

was baptized but my parents allowed me to make my own decisions about religion when I turned 18. I was fortunate enough to live in a family that was very open when it comes to advancing other beliefs, so it was never really forced on me,” he said. Having such compassionate parents gave Disposti a sense that he was spoiled. “Here I was, my family accepted me as a gay man,” he said. “I felt privileged, believe it or not, especially knowing that I have a lot of friends who, at 45, still can’t come out, and feel guilty because they can never be themselves to their parents.” In 1998, Disposti came to California with one goal – to make a difference – but he ended up living in San Francisco, becoming complacent, working in the hotel industry and then as a realtor. “I kind of lost myself, to be honest, and it was [a] conversation with my mother that brought me back. … I was selling homes and making good money,” he said “I felt disoriented, for this was not the reason I came here. I came to make a difference.” So he moved to San Diego, and soon the idea for the North County LGBTQ Resource Center was born. And now, after a year in operation, the Center’s biggest challenge seems to be funding. “We are small, but the destiny of the center now is to grow,” he said. “We’re hoping someone will come forward to support it because, at a certain point, you have to have money. We do enough to keep the place open, to run the programs, but besides Linda, we can’t afford to pay anyone else. As executive director, I volunteer. I’m not a wealthy man, so sooner or later I’m going to have to make a decision.” The North County LGBTQ Resource Center, located at 510 North Coast Highway in Oceanside, is open from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays. For more information, visit or call 760-994-1690. “I don’t know what motivates me to do this,” he said. “I just wake up in the morning and feel like I need to do it.” Editor’s note: Monica Medina is director of diversity, engagement and grants at KPBS, and posts stories on their blog “Hey Neighbor!” about “extraordinary people in diverse communities.” This story on Max Disposti was first posted on the blog Feb. 14. Visit


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Staying true

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Swing Out Sister marks 25 years in the business with release of ‘Private View’ By Brendon Veevers | GSD Reporter Sophistic-pop duo Swing Out Sister have been around for over 25 years, which is a great run for any band. While some pop acts that emerged in the late eighties found quick fame and dispersed, leaving their one-hit wonder legacy for generations to come, Swing Out Sister have held on tight to a success that has carried them over an impressive four decades. In the midst of members Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell’s 25-year anniversary celebration, which includes the release of “Private View,” we caught up with Swing Out Sister to talk about their time in the spotlight and the band’s latest release. Brendon Veevers: First things first – a congratulations are in order as Swing Out Sister has passed the 25 year mark as a band. How does it feel to reach such a big milestone in your career? Corinne Drewery: Thank you! Feels like quite an achievement in the ever-changing world of pop music. I suppose the Northern [British] trait of being stubborn paid off. BV: When you released your first album, “It’s Better To Travel” in 1987, did you ever think you would be here, together as Swing Out Sister, 25 years later? CD: I had a childhood ambition of being a singer but thought I should train for some-

thing else in case I didn’t succeed in a career in music. I studied fashion and textile design, which I worked in prior to joining Swing Out Sister. However, we are still making music and I’m not a fashion designer so it looks like things worked out OK. BV: Can you tell us a little about the release, “Private View?” CD: We had prepared a brand new, stripped-down set of our songs for a U.S. tour, which was stopped in its tracks due to a volcanic ash cloud. All flights from Europe were grounded so we decided to go into the studio and record the songs with our band before they were lost forever … We revisited them a year later – it was like discovering an un-opened present – and mixed and arranged them. BV: What was it like to record songs from your career in different styles? CD: It was great to strip the songs naked. We have a tendency to be very lavish … with arrangements and instrumentation. We decided to limit ourselves to a live take per song and keep it really simple, quite the opposite to what we usually do in the studio. BV: You are widely known for your single “Breakout,” which was featured on your 1987 debut. Do you still enjoy performing tracks like this on tour?

CD: “Breakout” was the song that paved the way for all of the others so we couldn’t possibly leave it out. We keep the songs fresh by reinventing them. Andy rearranges them and we work them out together with the band. We tr y not to be too precious, and keep on changing. The songs are sometimes so different I don’t even recognize them. BV: You have a loyal and global LGBT following. Would you say that having the backing of the LGBT community has helped the bands success over the years? CD: It seems our music is reflected in the diversity of our audience: gay, straight, black, white, all kinds of people, of all ages. We love to see everyone getting together at our concerts. “Breakout” even became a coming out anthem I am told. And yes, we have a very loyal following. BV: As you are celebrating your anniversary, what do you think the secret to longevity as an artist is? CD: Stay true to yourself. BV: You have witnessed first-hand all of the changes that the music industry has

gone through over the last 25 years. What are your thoughts on these changes? CD: No one likes change, but as one era ends a new one begins. It’s sad to see the demise of the record shop, but people have chosen the internet and downloads as it is a much more convenient and immediate way of accessing music. If nothing changed we wouldn’t even have had records or CDs. We would still be listening to the latest songs being played on a piano at the end of the pier! Perhaps the distancing effect of the internet has made way for the current renaissance of live music. BV: As well as all of the changes in the distribution of music, there are also many new ways for aspiring musicians to find success. What do you think of these new, quick-fame platforms? CD: The more instant the success the faster the demise. Nothing can replace experience and the time spent perfecting one’s skills. You have to know your own abilities and limitations and take control of managing them. When someone else does that for you it is easy to lose control of your own identity. There is only one you, and if you stick to your principles, you will be unique.t


COURTSIDE couples. He also said it violated the federal due process clause because there was no compelling reason for the state to deny same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry. State officials in California chose not to appeal the decision, but the Yes on 8 coalition was allowed to do so, creating the question of legal standing. In February 2012, a threejudge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Walker’s decision but on much more narrow grounds. The Supreme Court is asking for arguments on the broader question of whether Proposition 8 violates the constitutional right to equal protection. Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m. EDT: Defense of Marriage Act Case name: U.S. v. Windsor (Case No. 12-307) Issue in play: Whether the federal government can deny to citizens who are legally married to a same-sex partner the same benefits it provides citizens who are legally married to an opposite-sex partner. A General Accounting Office study in 2004 found that DOMA affects 1,138 federal statutory provisions of the United States Code in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights and privileges. Question posed by the court: Whether Section 3 of DOMA violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Additional question posed, on standing: The Supreme Court has posed two questions: Whether the executive branch’s agreement with the Second Circuit decision in Windsor v. U.S. (that DOMA is unconstitutional) precludes the Supreme Court from ruling in the case, and whether the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) has standing to defend DOMA in court. History: The Windsor lawsuit is one of seven challenges with appeals pending before the Supreme Court against DOMA, the law approved by Congress in 1996 to head off what was then a burgeoning movement toward achieving equal rights to marriage. The law has two sections: Section 2 says that no state “shall be required” to recognize a marriage license to a same-sex couple granted by another state. Section 3 says that the federal government can give recognition to marriage licenses of male-female couples only. Section 3 is the only part of DOMA under contention in the lawsuits. In December, the Supreme Court agreed to hear U.S. v. Windsor. The Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the first federal appeals court to examine DOMA under heightened scrutiny, ruled last October that DOMA violates the equal protection clause of the constitution. Defending DOMA is former George W. Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement, an attorney hired by the Republican-led BLAG. House Speaker John Boehner called for Clement’s help after directing BLAG’s General Counsel to begin defending DOMA in court after the Obama administration announced it believes the law to be unconstitutional. The Obama administration is obliged to enforce the law, but it has refused since February 2011 to defend the law as constitutional. After the argument is over each day – shortly after 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday and after 11:50 a.m. EDT on Wednesday – attorneys from both sides of the argument that day typically convene impromptu press conferences on the front steps of the Supreme Court. They express optimism about the outcome, compliment the justices for asking “good questions” and explain the importance of the cases in short sound bites. One thing they don’t typically do is predict the outcome. Editor’s note: Lisa Keen is a renowned international journalist reporting on issues pertinent to the LGBT community. We are partnering with her for coverage concerning the Supreme Court’s upcoming marriage equality cases. This is the second in a multiplepart series called History in the High Court to prepare our readers for what to expect leading up to and after March 26 and 27.t


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GAY NEWS BRIEFS LEATHER FOUNDATION PROMOTES SAFETY THROUGH CONDOMS San Diego-based The Leather Foundation elected new members to its board of directors and has expanded the foundation’s programs to include Hepatitis C testing and case management. “When it comes to Hep C infections, we are in the same spot we were decades ago at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said El Bissaro, The Leather Foundation Hepatitis Integrated Program and Services project director, in a press release. “Maybe this time we can get ahead of the disease spread early. Our program may be the only one in California and most of the nation which includes testing and followup client case management support.” The release also included information stating that more than 3,000 people were newly infected with Hepatitis C compared to 251 new HIV cases in 2011. Known for its LIFE Fund distribution of free condoms, The Leather Foundation’s containers filled with male and female condoms are distributed in over 30 local bars and restaurants as well as college health services, community health centers and Veterans Affairs facilities. The Foundation distributed more than 124,000 condoms in 2012. “If distribution patterns hold up we will surpass that number in 2013,” said The Leather Foundation board President Russ Mortenson Boyd in the release. “I appreciate the support we have received from the community in promoting one aspect of safer sex.” For more information visit ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER ENROLLS IN CANCER STUDY Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins publicly enrolled in a medical study Saturday, March 16 at The San Diego LGBT Center. Called the Cancer Prevention Study-3, the national research study is being conducted by the American Cancer society and is intended to enable cancer researchers to better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. “Everyone dreads hearing the words, ‘You have cancer’ from their doctor,” Atkins said in a press release. “This study can help that be a rare event by identifying who gets cancer, why and how to prevent it. Enrolling in this study is a simple way to save lives.” For more information about the study or other enrollment events visit DWAYNE CRENSHAW GAINS EHJC ENDORSEMENT IN D4 COUNCIL RACE The Environmental Health & Justice Campaign (EHJC), an organization that fights toxic pollution in low-income communities of color, endorsed Dwayne Crenshaw, San Diego LGBT Pride’s executive

see Briefs, pg 6 Don’t miss out on the Mr. Basket Contest with a special performance by Billboard-charting artist Raquela on Saturday, March 30. The long anticipated White Party is right around the corner on March 28-31! Singles get a day pass for just $10 from 9 p.m -12 a.m. on Thursdays for a limited time. Indulge in your inner spring fiend and have some fun! There is no better place for a sensual escapade than at C.C.B.C., the largest clothing optional gay men’s resort. Bask in the pleasure of luxury as you soak up the fun in the pool that takes center stage on the resort’s 3.5 lavish acres of bliss. The excitement doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Enjoy not one – but two! – anatomically correct hot tubs playfully called JOCKuzzis where there is always plenty of room for pleasurable fun. Temperatures are rising so nothing is stopping you from getting cozy on the nude beach with its beautiful oasis – you can even float away in privacy on a dinghy boat. C.C.B.C. features 46 deluxe suites that accommodate both budget and taste. Enjoy the delicious view of the pool and jacuzzis where there is rarely a dull moment. Want to steam things up but don’t want to leave your suite for the hot tub? C.C.B.C. offers The Atlantis Suite where the jacuzzi is built right into the room for your fun and convenience. Suite amenities include direct dial phone, cable TV featuring all four male adult channels,

refrigerator, private bath, and air conditioning. Continental breakfast is also served all morning to satiate your hunger. Explore C.C.B.C.’s Dungeon to release your inner wild side. Located in the rear of the property, the Dungeon’s dim lighting will suit your mood for some leather fun. Featuring a St. Andrew’s cross and sling, the Dungeon is the perfect sanctuary for cool spring evenings. Across the Dungeon is a video room that features all adult channels and the best adult films – many filmed at C.C.B.C.! C.C.B.C. infamously features “the Walk,” a Palm Springs legend that lets your frisky adventurous side frolic free. Let nature seduce you and join the wildlife with its attractive alcoves, lush foliage, and waterfalls where you might meet the man of your dreams or even come away with a new friend. C.C.B.C. ups their game by including a cave – Danny’s Jail – in its giant waterfall that serves as an intimate lock-up chamber worth experiencing. C.C.B.C. is also great for private parties. Their Military Compound has its own entrance and lots of room to romp, and tons of privacy. This section of their spacious property is equipped with pup tents, camouflage, an observation deck and everything else you need for a weekend pass. Don’t miss out on the fun at C.C.B.C. as they keep the festivities thriving with specialized occasions that will cater to your release!




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Planned Parenthood supports marriage equality By The LGBT Advisory Group, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in defense of and opposition to marriage equality. Among the issues addressed will be the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008. Why is Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of reproductive and sexual health care, such a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage? Planned Parenthood is an organization founded on the principles of social justice. We support and respect the decisions of all people and families, regardless of their sexual orientation. We believe that individuals should be able to make their own choices about their health, futures, partners, and who they marry. Until our LGBT patients and supporters enjoy the same rights as their straight counterparts, we will continue to advocate for equal protection under the law. When Proposition 8 narrowly passed, many voters had misconceptions about marriage equality. They believed that because a same-sex couple could form a domestic partnership, they had the same legal protec-

tion that comes with marriage. But domestic partnership and marriage are very different. There are more than 1,000 economic and social distinctions between the two unions, with marriage always coming up the winner. Without marriage, same-sex couples are denied Social Security benefits to their partners. This means that even if a person has paid Social Security taxes for 50 years, his or her partner would not receive the benefits a spouse would. With the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the door was opened for lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to serve openly. And with the increased visibility, has come an awareness of the discrepancies in benefits afforded to opposite-sex married service members, which their counterparts in same-sex relationships are denied. Without a marriage certificate, gay and lesbian couples are also forced to fill out and carry power of attorney paperwork to make emergency financial decisions on behalf of their partner. The list of injustices goes on and on. Planned Parenthood will be closely watching the Supreme Court with hope that the justices will do the right thing and extend equal rights to all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation.t

Letters Additional founding members of at North County GSAs mentioned As one of the co-faculty advisors to the Palomar LGBTQ&A, I am very proud of the great work and leadership that John displayed [see “John Jones announced as North County Pride director,” Vol. 4, Issue 5]. The anti-bullying campaign that the club is working on is one that he initiated. CSUSM is lucky to have him. There are a few things, though, that the article omitted. … It was also in 2008 that the original GSA was formed. Among the students who formed the club were Marisa PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 EDITOR Anthony King (619) 961-1952 ASSISTANT EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 ART DIRECTOR Rebecah Corbin (619) 961-1961 ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Anulak Singphiphat (619) 961-1961

McDowell (the ver y first president of the club), Ari Rivera (the second president) and Larr y Shoemaker. These Palomar College alumni continue to be active promoting equality in the LGBT community. I am proud to have been associated with all of them. —Peter Bowman, via Also in the group of founding members were Spencer Jones, Viviana Gonzales, and Jesus Perea. — Marisa McDowell, via


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director, in his efforts in running for the District Four San Diego City Council seat. “It’s crucial that we elect a councilmember who listens to the community and takes action to improve the environmental and economic wellbeing of southeast San Diego communities,” Diane Takvorian, EHJC executive director, said in a press release. EHJC said they selected Crenshaw because of his leadership in protecting residents’ rights to clean air, green jobs and healthy neighborhoods as well as his platform on neighborhood redevelopment, public safety, affordable housing and effective community planning. “I have lived, worked and fought for the neighborhoods of the Fourth District for more than 37 years,” Crenshaw said in a separate press release. “I am humbled by the strong support from voters, donors and volunteers for our grassroots campaign and our fight for stronger neighborhoods with good jobs, quality schools and safe streets.” With days left before the Tuesday, March 26 special election, a press release from the Crenshaw campaign said Crenshaw out performed others in the recent fundraising period, which ran from Feb. 10 to March 9. PALM SPRINGS PRIDE ANNOUNCES ‘IT’S TIME’ ‘It’s Time’ is the theme of the 27th annual Greater Palm Springs Pride celebration scheduled for Nov. 2 – 3. In a press release announcing the theme, organizers said it is a nod to the past, but also represents new hope, new beginnings and future progress toward equality. “From the steps of city hall to the marble clad Supreme Court we may only have one chance in our lifetime as significant as we have today to bring about freedom and equality for all LGBT individuals. Wherever you live, I encourage you to join your local Pride celebration,

‘Addictions’ Cause we’re addicted to our demons, Can’t seem to let them go, exorcise them, exchange cursed spirits for bless’d ones. Our demons have us remember drunken nights and slowly forget sober ones. Cursed spirits make us believe that our long lost loves will come with the next hookup, next fuck. Cursed spirits give us false confidence and pride when we sit behind the wheel and drive home drunk/high. But we were born pure, untainted and

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step off the sidewalk, march for equality and be a part of history,” said Ron deHarte, Greater Palm Springs Pride president, in the release. “Realizing our movement did not get this far overnight it’s clear that full equality will take a continued fight. It’s time to stand up and make your voice heard. If you are not out, it’s time to courageously come out. Gather your family, friends and coworkers and be present. Be there for our elders, be there for the youth, be there for yourself and the ones you love.” For more information about Palm Springs Pride visit MAMA’S KITCHEN PLANS 22ND ANNUAL CULINARY FUNDRAISER More than 45 restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s Mama’s Day fundraiser on May 10 at the Hyatt Regency, La Jolla. The event will benefit Mama’s Kitchen, a local non-profit organization that cooks and delivers hot, nutritious meals to residents in San Diego County who are affected by AIDS or cancer. “Mama’s Day is our largest fundraiser of the year and the original food tasting event in San Diego,” said Alberto Cortés, Mama’s Kitchen executive director, in a press release. “Each year we welcome the best of the best of this region’s culinary professionals from the finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies, and their commitment to our organization enables us to continue to serve meals to critically ill clients throughout San Diego County at no charge.” For the fifth consecutive year, Sam “the Cooking Guy” Zien returns as the event’s culinary host. He will be joined by AJ Machado from “AJ in the Mornings” on Energy 103.7 as the emcee for the evening. Other festivities include a VIP reception, silent auction and a drawing for a chance to win more than $1,000 worth of premium wines. General admission tickets are $125 per person and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250 per person. For more information about Mama’s Day visit

gifts to this world. Even if many of us weren’t intended, even if many of us are rejected, even if upon our arrival to this world we faced struggle and difficulty Never doubt or be afraid of your capacity and ability to learn from love, cherish and nurture others with, express divinity in your lovemaking. We must never forget that demons were once angels And angels can always become demons. —Gibran Guido, via on “The nest step: 3 legal parents,” Vol. 4, Issue 5.t

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Monogamy, emotional monogamy & open relationships Celebrating the power and legacy of women


LIFE BEYOND THERAPY Of all my columns, the most popular – by far – is on monogamy and open relationships. I also did workshops on this topic in San Diego and Los Angeles a few years ago, and sold out both cities. Why is this topic such a hot one? Let’s begin with a few questions. Ask yourself: • For me, what would be the purpose of an open relationship and of monogamy? • What are the pros and cons of each? • What does “emotional monogamy” mean to me? • Could my partner and I remain emotionally committed to each other while having sex with other people? Here in California, we had the ability to get married and hope to have it again. But, let’s not assume that everyone in the LGBT world wants to get married. And if we do, is the hetero model the one we want to emulate? For many of us, the marriage question is secondary to this question: do we want to be monogamous with our future husband or wife? Do we believe we can be happy with only one person for the rest of our lives? Gulp. These are hard questions and worth asking. To address them, I am partnering with the California Men’s Gathering to offer a two-part workshop “Monogamy or Open Relationship?” at The San Diego LGBT Center on April 10 and 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. each evening. Each part of the workshop will stand alone, or you can come to both. This column discusses some of what we’ll talk about on April 10. The next Life Beyond Therapy column will focus on the subjects explored at the April 12 workshop.

So let’s dive into a juicy topic, monogamy or open relationship: the joys of infinite sexual possibilities or the security of one person for the rest of your life? I don’t know if it’s unique to me, but living in San Diego since 1998, I’ve noticed that many of my coupled clients, colleagues and friends are examining traditional heterosexual marriage-based relationships and finding them lacking. Other people, however, think the idea of “emotional monogamy and sexual non-monogamy” is just a way to rationalize not being faithful to your partner. While this is a controversial issue, it’s a great opportunity for our community to be social pioneers. We can critically analyze what heterosexist society has pushed on us for the past 200 years and consider that when – not if – we get married, how do we want to structure that relationship? For many of us, the model of a traditional monogamous “marriage” isn’t a good fit, no matter how many movies or TV shows tell us that a “faithful” marriage is the only way to go. To tell the truth, it’s not working very well for the hetero folks, is it? When half of straight marriages result in divorce, this is a hardly a wonderful role model for us to emulate. When looking at alternatives to longterm monogamy, let’s not idealize open relationships either. After all, how many open relationships are happy and healthy? In fact, isn’t it more difficult to have a good open relationship than a “closed” one? After all, in a closed relationship you have only one other person with which to work out your intimate difficulties and disagreements. If you open up your relationship to other people, you may have two, three, four or more people to learn to get along with. While an open relationship sounds great in theory, how do you pull this off with grace and sanity? These are questions with no right answer, save the one that every couple comes up with. If you and your partner are considering opening up your relationship, consider attending one or both of my upcoming workshops, April 10 or 12. The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. Admission is $15 for either evening, or $25 for both. Feel free to contact me if you’d like more information. —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


PROFILES IN ADVOCACY As March comes to a close, I want to honor Women’s History Month by focusing locally on the San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) and nationally on the National Women’s History Museum. Both of these institutions celebrate the power of women in shaping the landscape in which we live. Founded in 2000 by a small group of volunteers that recognized the changing patterns of women’s giving, the SDWF began harnessing the collective philanthropy power of local women. Gone was the idea that giving was solely based on a patriarchal model led by a male “head of household.” Boasting the slogan “Women Can do More Than Woman,” SDWF members are committed to the idea that by partnering with others, women together will support the causes close to their hearts. The SDWF wisely balances a grants process to address immediate needs while seeing to the sustainability of the foundation. Each of the over 200 members contribute $2,000 annually to the fund, 45 percent of which is allocated to a permanent endowment. As of June 2012, the collective has awarded over $2.3 million in grants to 63 community partners to initiate or improve programs that deal with health and human services, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Looking at the organization’s impact reports on the SDWF website is inspiring, showing that the impact of their philanthropy is being felt all over San Diego County. Programs that support young artists and scientists provide environmental education, and at-risk populations, such as those who are homeless, the formerly incarcerated and refugees, continue to thrive after receiving the SDWF “stamp of approval.”

In addition to the immediate monetary value of receiving a grant, being recognized by this foundation has opened many doors for community-service projects and programs to acquire additional funding through other business and foundation sources. Across the country in Alexandria, Va. is the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Karen Staser founded this privately funded institution in 1996 to research and collect stories of and contributions from women through history. Recognizing that women, who constitute the majority of the population, are underrepresented in the annals of history, Staser put forth the following in her online letter: “A better world awaits the generation that absorbs what women and men have to share about life from a joint perspective. … If we and future generations are to learn all the lessons of the past upon which to build the future, we must be aware of the true experiences and contributions of women. Clearly, men cannot get there alone. Together, all things are possible,” she wrote. Staser and the NWHM board’s dream is to see this tribute to women permanently housed in our nation’s capital and recognized as a Smithsonian affiliate museum. While working to establish a site near the National Mall in Washington, the NWHM has found a way to bring the education and history to the nation and world through their Online Exhibits. Now 22 total, with four more in development, these comprehensive modules include topics “Women in the Olympics” and “Chinese-American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance.” Understanding the impact of physical exhibits, the NWHM also created the travelling exhibit “Rights For Women” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. Before this month ends, please take a moment to reflect on the meaningful impact that women have had on our development as a civilization, and thank the ones that have changed your life for the better. I also encourage you to check out the SDWF and NWHM websites. The community impact of the foundation and the online exhibits of the museum are truly to be treasured. To find out more about these institutions, visit and —Ian Morton has worked in the HIV field since 1994 when he began volunteering with AIDS Response Knoxville. He currently serves as outreach liaison for the AIDS Research Institute at UCSD. To nominate a person or organization to be featured in Profiles in Advocacy, please submit name, affiliation and contact information to

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GAY SAN DIEGO March 22–April 4, 2013


Building bridges in D4



SPECTRUM It’s no secret that I get excited about things and invest myself it something very much. Most recently I have been working to help Dwayne Crenshaw win election to the open Fourth District City Council seat. Despite the fact that he is the executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride, many LGBT people don’t know that we have the opportunity to elect not only another LGBT person to the city council, but an African-American man as well. Crenshaw winning would be a historical election for our community, which has worked hard over the years to build bridges with and within the African-American

and LGBT communities. District Four has a vibrant and active African-American community, and I am excited to have had the opportunity to work there and learn about their issues. This is a community in Southeast San Diego that voted 66 percent in favor of Proposition 8, even though it is heavily Democratic. Electing someone like Crenshaw could really begin to change the narrative that exists about the way the African-American and LGBT communities relate and work together. We need more elected officials who are also people of color. It is an important voice that has very rarely been given a place at the table. When I started thinking of LGBT African-American elected officials, I could only think of two. I know Mitch Ward is the former mayor of Manhattan Beach, Calif. who ran for state assembly in 2010. I also know Jason Bartlett, a state representative from Connecticut whose coming out in 2008 was featured in an exclusive interview on NBC. I realize I can’t know an exhaustive list of all of the elected officials around the country, and there are probably many more LGBT African-American elected officials I have never heard. But the fact that we can sit here and count people on our hands doesn’t recognize the fact that there are still few representations. It’s time we change that. The more I have worked on this

campaign, the more I see striking parallels to the fight Har vey Milk had to take in order to be elected to the board of super visors in San Francisco. He faced opposition from both the established Democratic Party and from within the LGBT community. Milk fought to have a voice at the table and could not just campaign as a candidate wanting to improve the neighborhood, he had to deal with a whole slew of other issues pressed upon him because of his sexual orientation. Already in this campaign, Crenshaw has purportedly been called a “drag queen,” and then it was corrected that the person who made this comment actually called him a “drama queen.” Either way, such comments are clearly targeted at baiting the issue of sexual orientation. Even worse, this offhanded comment is what was said twice to volunteers walking for Crenshaw’s campaign. A few weeks ago, someone who was out knocking on doors was approached by a truck full of men who began asking our supporter personal questions about the nature of his relationship to Crenshaw as well as the supporter’s “lifestyle.” Our supporter came back concerned and worried about his safety because of the nature of this inquiry. Just last week, another supporter – who himself is gay – was knocking on doors when another car full of men began to ask him questions about his and Crenshaw’s “lifestyle,” alluding to their sexual orientation. These in particular had a car full of yard signs for another candidate in the race, and my attempt to call this campaign office and discuss the issue resulted in my being told that we needed to “control our people.” As if being openly gay and knocking on doors about a man who has worked in their community his whole life was somehow wrong. I refuse to believe that in 2013, LGBT people can’t go walking around any part of the city supporting another gay person without fear of harassment or bullying. But it looks like this is a reality, and one that we must change. That is why even as there are other qualified candidates in this race, I am resolute in my belief that Crenshaw is not only extremely qualified, but that his election will serve our community much more than the election of any other person to that post. We need visible and vocal African-American leaders from our community building bridges needed to one day run a campaign where one’s sexual orientation is not even discussed as an issue. Until that day, we need to continue to work to elect not just allies of the LGBT community, but our own to ensure that we have a voice at the table and in communities outside of Hillcrest. —Allan Acevedo is co-founder and president emeritus of Stonewall Young Democrats of San Diego. He has worked on multiple political campaigns and served on numerous boards including the San Diego Democratic Club, California Young Democrats, Gay-Straight Alliant Network and Equality California PAC. Follow @allanacevedo on Twitter.t


GAY SAN DIEGO March 22–April 4, 2013



FRANK SABATINI JR. Caterpillar roll

Mock walnut shrimp

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe 3914 30th St. (North Park) | 619-795-2889 | | Prices: Soups, salads and appetizers, $2.50 to $10; entrees and noodle bowls, $7.75 to $10 It was 10 years ago when Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe opened its first location in Clairemont Mesa, pioneering a local pathway to innovative Asian-inspired cuisine tailored to the supposed 3 percent of the population that adheres to vegan diets. Now, with a lengthy menu in place, which includes the rare finding of vegan sushi, Sipz has become a trusted name for meatless meals in the heart of North Park. Its second location looks out to the urban bustle of 30th Street, featuring big front windows, tall ceilings and calming earth tones. Arrivals are greeted with a well-stocked dessert case and a nearby stack of peanut butter-chocolate brownies that rival all those made with eggs and butter. Don’t ignore them at the end of your meal. The menu is nearly 100 percent vegan except for walnut shrimp, which highlights some of the most convincing faux crustaceans I’ve encountered when dabbling in soy-based meals. Replicating the flavor and texture of Baja white shrimp, they’re battered and deep-fried and served with drizzles of slightly sweet sauce made with real mayonnaise and condensed milk. “People didn’t like it when we used Vegenaise in the sauce recipe,” said Sipz owner Sylvia Le, a Buddhist whose brother (a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America) and father (a former restaurant operator) contribute their expertise to the menu. The dish in every way strikes a near-exact hit to its traditional Hong Kong roots. The most recent newcomers to the menu include vegan crab Rangoon, an appetizer of fried wontons stuffed with soy crab and vegan cream cheese. They were a little bland

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until swiping them through the accompanying house-made sweet-and-sour sauce, which compensated for the lack of tanginess that dairy-based cream cheese normally imparts. Conversely, the latest addition of “General Tsao double delight” combining smoky mock chicken and plain tofu offered a muscular flavor from an enchanting dark sauce that was both sweet and spicy. Strewn also with broccoli, the ingredients were permeated with classic “wok breath,” a term used for describing that elusive flame-licked essence achieved from when woks become sporadically engulfed by fiery heat sources. Visiting with a vegan, he steered me also to a staple appetizer of “chicken drumstickz” that were denser than real drums, but crispy and juicy nonetheless. The dish sprung particularly to life with a few daubs of housemade chili oil. It’s actually more of a paste containing enough pepper seeds to set off the sprinkler system if you’re not careful. Here is where Sipz’s new green smoothie comes to the rescue. The heavy dose of kale that goes into it is equalized by pineapple and apple juice, resulting in a deliciously chlorophyll-loaded beverage that isn’t bitter or grassy tasting, despite its blinding green color. Consider it an elixir for burning tongues, extreme hangovers, weak immune systems – you name it. A separate menu of vegan sushi spotlights many of the artful constructs seen in traditional sushi houses,

such as teriyaki, Hawaiian and dynamite rolls. We chose the caterpillar roll, featuring an intricate mosaic of yams, cucumbers and shitake mushrooms inside. Never for a moment did I long for fish in the scheme while biting through an exterior of avocado and teriyaki sauce peppered with scads of sesame seeds. The thing tasted as beautiful as it appeared. At the North Park location, the sushi is served after 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and all day on Fridays and Saturdays. At Clairemont, it’s available after 5 p.m. daily. Whatever creations you order, be sure to ask for a side of vegan aioli, which offers chaste creaminess with a garlicky flavor. Other dishes found across the all-Asian menu include Japanese “fire noodlez,” Vietnamese rice noodle soup, lime-infused Tom kah soup, veggie pad Thai and a memorable char-grilled veggie salad

sporting a unique mix of steamy potatoes, cucumbers and purple eggplant. An “Oriental” dressing rich in sesame ties the dissimilar organics together. As for desserts, the raspberry “cheesecake” made with tofu tasted rather decadent until we chomped into the aforementioned ultra-fudgy peanut butter-chocolate brownie. Wow. If I had a personal chef cooking vegan meals and sweets for me everyday with this level of expertise, I could maybe bid fond adieu to animal flesh, or at least taper off a bit.t

(l to r) Tom kah soup and their new green smoothie (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

10 GAY SAN DIEGO March 22–April 4, 2013

Friday, March 22

BANKERS HILL FEST: It’s a Hillquest no-brainer, and you know we’ll be there too. The Bankers Hill Business Group presents their first Art & Craft Beer Festival, taking place at The Abbey from 5 – 9 p.m. The $20 ticket will get you 10, four-ounce tastes from brewers. The Abbey is located at 2825 Fifth Ave. For more information and tickets visit

Saturday, March 23

HITCHCOCK MARATHON: I can think of no other place to be but the Birch North Park Theatre today for a fest of films by none other than Alfred Hitchcock himself. Starting with “Rear Window” at 12:45 p.m., FilmOut San Diego will screen “Vertigo” at 3:15 p.m., “The Birds” at 6 p.m. and close out the marathon with “Psycho” at 8:30 p.m. When was the last time you saw all these films in one place? Tickets are $20 for an all day pass or $8 per film. The Birch is located at 2891 University Ave. For more information visit LISTEN TO YOUR ART: The popular Lis(t)en and LikeAFox art productions join forces for tonight’s first “Listen to your Art” show, including art, live performances, music and happy hour specials. Tori Rog and The Lovebirds will

perform, and over 15 artists will be presenting their work from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Range Kitchen & Cocktails, 1202 University Ave. For more information visit listenat1202.

Sunday, March 24

BACHELOR AUCTION: Help the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus raise some money and find the man of your dreams at their Bachelor Auction tonight at Flicks. Come on, I know you like a man who can sing. ABC 10 news reporter John Carroll will host, and the highest bidders will receive a date with a number of Chorus bachelors right after the auction at Wang’s North Park. The meet and greet starts at 4 p.m., with the auction at 5:30 p.m. Flicks Bar is located at 1017 University Ave. For more information email

Monday, March 25

SUPREME COURT RALLY: SAME San Diego will host a community rally in front of the Federal Courthouse Downtown to show solidarity in the pending Supreme Court Prop 8 and DOMA cases. SAME was formed in 2008 at Prop 8’s passage. Following the 6 p.m. rally, SAME will join the Overpass Light Brigade at the First Avenue Bridge over I-5 to hold a “light the

way to justice” rally. The Courthouse is located at 880 Front St. For more information visit

Tuesday, March 26

WITHOUT WALLS: La Jolla Playhouse continues their Without Walls series with their fourth production, “Accomplice: San Diego,” opening today and running through April 21. Moving from inside the theater all the way to Little Italy, “Accomplice: San Diego” is a mysterious journey with shady characters and a carefully crafted criminal plot. You’ll be a part of the story, too, traveling from place to place around the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35 and each performance accommodates 10 adults (21 and older). Performances begin every half hour from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and 1 – 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets, as well as the secret starting location, call 858-5501010 or visit

Wednesday, March 27

MOST STYLISH MAN: Kick off the spring season in style, and fashion, with 98 Bottles in Little Italy, Vixen Pop Up Boutique and Details Matter at the first “San Diego’s Most Stylish Man” event from 7 – 11 p.m. Ten men will compete on the runway to be crowned the

winner by a panel of fashion judges. There will be food, a live DJ, drinks and top designers Street Chic, Moderne, SKOVA and Miss Kinsman. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 98 Bottles is located at 2400 Kettner Blvd. For more information and tickets visit or call 760-402-0388.

Thursday, March 28

IMMIGRATION AND EMPLOYMENT LAW: The AILA San Diego Chapter and AILA LGBT Committee are hosting the evening discussion “Exploring LGBT Issues in Immigration and Employment Law” tonight at The Center. Ginger Jacobs of Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP, Carolina Ramos of The Center and Denise M. Visconti of Littler Mendelson P.C. will lead the discussion from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Food and drink will be provided. The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. For more information call 619-692-2077. PATTI ISSUES: Ben Rimalower – writer, producer, director, performer and all-around artist – brings his critically acclaimed show “Patti Issues” to Martinis Above Fourth for one show only. Using Patti LuPone as a backdrop, Rimalower showcases his own growing up and coming out, and in the process tells a universal story of LGBT

parents and children.The show starts at 8 p.m. with doors at 6 p.m., and tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. Martinis is located at 3940 Fourth Ave. For more information and tickets visit or call 619-400-4500.

Friday, March 29

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: The Lafayette Hotel Pool Parties is hosting a night of Chicago-style blues featuring Blues Specters, a local blues band comprised of six amazing musicians. “This group brings the energy, the crowds and the power of blues,” organizers said. After the music? “National Lampoon’s Vacation” for their Dive-in Movies. Happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m. with the band at 6 p.m. and the movie at 8 p.m. For more information visit

Saturday, March 30

HAVANA NIGHTS: If you haven’t been to this monthly event at #1 Fifth Avenue yet, you’re missing out. It’s Havana Nights, an evening of live salsa, Cumbia, merengue and Cuban music, drink specials and dancing. Musician Manny Cepeda is amazing, and will have you on the back patio dance floor even if you say you hate to dance. You’ve never done it Cuban style. It’s a SDPIX event and starts at 8 p.m. #1 Fifth Avenue is located at 3845 Fifth Ave. For more information call 619-299-1911.

Sunday, March 31

EASTER EGG HUNT: This was by far one of the best events I attended last year. Join the Imperial Court de San Diego as they bring together our community for one amazing family-filled event, the ninth annual Easter Egg Hunt in Trolley Barn Park. There are so many ways to get involved, including donating baskets to hand out to hundreds of children (no child leaves empty handed) to monetary donations to your time. Honorary chair Bronwyn Ingram will be present as well. The fun is from 12 – 3 p.m. near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue in University Heights. For more information and to be involved call 619-300-1232.

Monday, April 1

THE BIG READ: It’s the opening night celebration of Write Out Loud’s “The Big Read – Fahrenheit 451” event, where the nonprofit will be presenting community reading and panel discussions, along with your re-imagined submissions, from Ray Bradbury’s classic book on the stage at the Old Town Theatre. The event is free, but organizers are asking to RSVP as it will be a full house. The theater is located at 4040 Twiggs St. For more information and to RSVP call 619-297-8953 or email

Wednesday, April 3

LA TERRAZA: It’s Wednesday night, so it must be La Terraza Latin night at Bourbon Street. Guest bartender Alonzo joins Alejandra as host, with special performances by Jenny and Alexa. Drink specials all night long, with music by DJ Sebastian La Madrid. Bourbon Street is located at 4612 Park Blvd. in University Heights. For more information visit bourbonstreetsd. com or call 619-291-0173.t

GAY SAN DIEGO March 22–April 4, 2013

Labor of love By Morgan M. Hurley | GSD Assistant Editor

Established poet, author and theater critic Charlene Baldridge always expected her only daughter would one day publish Baldridge’s more personal writings posthumously. What she did not expect was the reverse: taking on the task of publishing her daughter’s work that way. Laura Jeanne Morefield was an avid poet and writer in her own right, though she spent the majority of her career in banking, and then philanthropy. Married for almost 30 years, Morefield chose to travel extensively with her mother the last 10 years of her life. She lived her life artfully and generously, always on the go, Baldridge said. When Morefield was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in November 2008, she had triumphantly walked off an 18-hole golf course two days prior. A nagging pain in her side prompted her to finally visit a doctor, and for the next two and a half years, Morefield faced the most challenging battle of her life. Morefield’s choice to document that battle was not a surprise to Baldridge, who had enjoyed a collaborative relationship with her daughter, sharing first-draft poetry readings with her for decades. What was a surprise to Baldridge, she said, was the day her daughter gave her an assignment. In the preface to “The Warrior’s Stance” – Morefield’s recently released chapbook that Baldridge edited – Baldridge describes the assignment. “Laura, a lifelong poet, expressed the wish that her post-diagnosis poems be collected and made into a chapbook. She believed them to be her best. These, then, are but a few fruits of the warrior’s last years,” Baldridge wrote. The first draft of Morefield’s work amounted to about two-dozen poems, all piecing together the


difficult journey she had undertaken. Baldridge said she thought she was done, but soon her son-in-law alerted her to many more poems he found in various stages of completed prose while perusing Morefield’s personal journals. The finished chapbook contains 39 poems, and was a “painstaking and emotional” task, Baldridge said, but something that makes her very proud. “It was a wonderful thing to be with her through the work,” she said. As mother and confidant first, and now editor, Baldridge has carefully woven her daughter’s journey together in a dramatic arc, and added notes when needed to assist the reader with deeper insight into the work. It ends with a poem written by Morefield’s husband, which acts as a proper postscript as he uses similar style and prose. The chapbook will come with a matching bookmark, and all the proceeds from the book will go to the Colon Cancer Alliance. “By some miraculous, mysterious process, the book was completed by mother suffering eyestrain and too many trips back to the scans, hoping to decipher words, make out punctuation and hew to Laura’s intent as much as possible regarding line lengths, words, repetitions [and] dashes,” Baldridge said. “[The] big deal was did she really want ampersands, or should ‘and’ be spelled out? I’ll find out when I next see her.” A publication party has been set for Monday, March 25 from 4 – 7 p.m. at ion theatre company, located at 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. RSVP to Baldridge at To donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance in Morefield’s name, visit



GAY SAN DIEGO March 22–April 4, 2013



“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

(l to r) Jefferson Mays and Heather Ayers (Photo by Henry DiRocco)

Perfectly delicious theater Old Globe latest is marvelous, unqualified hit Jefferson Mays, Tony Award winner for “I Am My Own Wife,” returns to San Diego to play no less than eight members of the D’Ysquith family in a marvelously entertaining musical comedy called “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.” It’s a hysterically funny tour de force you won’t want to miss. Mays’ quick-change impersonations of English aristocrats are not the sole highlight of this perfectly delicious theatrical pastiche, based upon the novel “Israel Rank” by Roy Horniman. The story is about a man set upon regaining his place in Edwardian society. In fact, the entire cast is nothing less than splendid and perfectly on target. Lisa O’Hare and Chilina Kennedy play Sibella and Phoebe respectively. Both of these love interests are adorned in delicious Linda Cho costumes while they valiantly sing for the affections of Monty with fresh, melodious soprano notes throughout. The charmingly handsome Ken Barnett takes on the role of the impeccably dashing Monty Navarro, a man who has to murder a mere eight members of the D’Ysquith

family to secure an earldom. Barnett’s timing and attention to detail is impressive and no doubt assisted by the meticulously elegant directorial talents of Darko Tresnjak, who is the fifth and current Artistic Director of Hartford Stage. Robert L. Freedman fashioned the book and Steven Lutvak composed the music, while both collaborated on writing the satirically funny and acerbically lively lyrics. The influences for the book and lyrics include Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Gilbert and Sullivan, and even Mozart. The storyline allows Monty to set the facts straight about his climb back to the top of the D’Ysquith ladder to become the ninth Earl of Highhurst. From a prison cell, awaiting a verdict in his murder case, he informs the audience of his heritage and the cruel life his mother suffered after she was disinherited for marrying beneath her. Throughout the production is a fine line between bloodthirsty murder and outlandish comedy; those extremes are wonderfully melded to a middle ground that allows the audience to embrace the show’s

Through April 14 Old Globe Theatre Tues. & Wed. 7 p.m. Thurs. & Fri. 8 p.m. Sat. 2 & 8 p.m. Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. 619-234-5623 conceit with nary a second thought about propriety or suitability. Favorite witty numbers include Lord Adalbert’s “I Don’t Understand the Poor,” Henry’s doubleentendre filled “Better with a Man” and “Around the World with Lady Hyacinth.” Alexander Dodge’s scenic design underscores the Victorian era and is equipped with all sorts of gadgets and props, all the while looking gorgeously draped, brightly colored and beautifully embellished. Mike Ruckles handles his musical direction with precision; Aaron Rhyne offers up some truly inventive projection designs, and Peggy Hickey keeps things moving with inventive choreography. With the hysterically funny Mays lifting the acting bar to an almost unreachable level, and a cast that follows his steady and determined lead, “A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love and Murder” is an unqualified hit – most likely headed for Broadway – and should not be missed.t

Sprinting to the mountaintop Katori Hall’s mythical story of King’s last days shows duality of iconic figure In Katori Hall’s celebrated “The Mountaintop,” the playwright allows her audience to be a voyeur in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 3, 1968, the day before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Viewers observe King’s dual personality, that of iconic figure as well as that of common man. King’s strengths and weaknesses are juxtaposed against one another to be weighed, and then put into historical perspective. Hall is overly generous with imaginary elements that build into an all-too-brief, 85-minute mythical storyline that a few might suggest is incomplete. Built around the idea of a runner’s relay race, the playwright is suggesting that it not only takes a tireless team to make political progress, but any glory that comes with that hard-fought progress can be as fleeting as a sprinter crossing the finish line. One might even suggest that Hall’s plot is tabloid tease, like so many we’ve witnessed in political circles over the years. Still, that tantalizing tease is about the making and the marking of an important historical event. Larry Bates does a fine turn as King, who returns to his hotel room after delivering the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis. He’s tired and has a cold and is waiting for cigarettes to be delivered by his roommate, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. He paces and looks around for listening devices; clearly he’s paranoid and exhausted. Abernathy never shows up, but a hotel maid by the name of Camae enters the room and offers King more than just a Pall Mall cigarette. Danielle Moné Truitt plays the maid as a sexually charged potty mouth, who takes us on a winding journey that

“The Mountaintop” Through March 31 San Diego REP Thurs. – Sa.t 8 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. 619-544-1000 includes a telephone conversation with a female deity. “The Mountaintop” found fame for Hall by way of a fringe theatre for new playwrights in Battersea, England. And after playing on Broadway in 2011 with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, the drama may play better in more intimate theatres like the San Diego REP. Roger Guenveur Smith directs his two principals with an even hand, allowing both to create a chemistry that sets up a spiritually charged connection. Christopher Ward’s minimalist set design provides an intense feeling of claustrophobia, fear and paranoia. It also allows for historic projections to be shown on a TV screen positioned in the middle of the set, including the controversial Black Power salute by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. In the end, this play reminds us all that the hallowed, iconic figures that walked this earth were just as fallible as the rest of us; they just passed the baton more often and crossed the finish line with much greater frequency.t


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By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate It would be easy to mistake Dido as being as mellow as her music, but don’t. In our chat, the British singersongwriter – promoting her first album in five years, “Girl Who Got Away” – didn’t just chat about her gay fans and the Eminem song that launched her career. We found out what turns the musically meek songstress into an angry beast. Let’s just say this: tequila makes Dido dangerous.


(Photo by Guy Aroch)

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Chris Azzopardi: Welcome back, Dido.

Singer-songwriter on ‘loyal’ gay following, anger issues and which song of hers she doesn’t want at your wedding

Dido: Thank you very much. It’s nice to be back. CA: When did you recognize you had a gay following? D: Pretty instantly, I would say. I’ve always had a very loyal gay following, which I’m very thankful for. CA: Do you have a lot of gay people in your own life? D: Oh yeah, tons. I mean, friends, work people … everybody. CA: Everybody? D: [Laughs] no, not everybody, but a huge amount. I’m surrounded by very good people. CA: Two of your biggest singles, “Thank You” and “Don’t Leave Home,” are wedding favorites. D: It’s funny: I think “Don’t Leave Home” at a wedding is just completely weird. It surprises me that anybody has that at their wedding. It’s a song about being incredibly claustrophobic [ laughs]. People are like, ‘I’ve played that at my wedding,’ and I’m like, ‘Why, if I can be honest?’ I guess it’s the title. “Thank You,” though, is a perfect wedding song, and I’ve actually sang it at quite a few friends’ weddings. But if someone asked me to play “Don’t Leave Home,” I’d just be like, ‘Really?’ CA: Have you ever sung at a gay wedding? D: I haven’t actually, no. I haven’t really sung at many weddings. It takes quite a bit of alcohol and coaxing to get me to sing at anyone’s wedding. CA: What kind of alcohol? D: Back then I used to drink quite a lot of tequila, but then that all went a bit wrong and I found that’s just the one thing

I cannot drink. So now I like to drink wine. Does that mean I’m getting old? It probably does [laughs]. But tequila makes me get into fights. CA: Tequila makes you fight? D: Yeah! It used to make me weirdly aggressive – and I’m like the most unaggressive person ever [laughs]. But tequila makes me quite angry. CA: But, Dido, you seem so mellow. D: It takes so much to piss me off. Someone’s gotta poke at me quite a lot to get me even remotely angry, but if I have tequila, I’ll just get angry at the next person who comes around. CA: How personal is “Girl Who Got Away” in relation to your other three albums?

D: All my albums are pretty personal. You can’t help your life filtering into your songs – or if you’re me, you can’t. I can’t help it. I’m a very open person. I’m very honest in life and I’m very honest in my music, as well. I think I’m always going to write that way. CA: Who is the ‘girl’ and whowhat-where is she trying to get away from?

less feeling, that feeling of maybe there’s another life somewhere and that feeling of wanting to be exceptional but not quite reaching it. It’s my favorite song. But then, as far as the title of the album, it’s also about everyone reaching out to me [saying] that I keep disappearing, and it was quite a good comment on that. I don’t think I was disappearing, but everyone else thought so.

D: Actually, my brother [Rollo Armstrong] is the ‘girl who got away,’ and he wrote most of those lyrics.

CA: Maybe because it’s been five years since you released an album. What’s your life like when you’re away from music?

CA: There’s some gender-bending going on there.

D: I’m never really away from music. I might be away from the public eye, but I’m never away from music. I’m always making it, I’m always writing it, I’m always playing it, and then obviously it builds up into an album and I put it out and I’m back in the public’s consciousness. And then I’m out of it again.

D: [Laughs] definitely! I love that song. He sent me the lyrics and I just remember reading it thinking, ‘I love this song.’ It’s about so many things: about how I used to feel, that sort of rest-


I took a bit of time between albums two and three just because I realized I’d been on the road for nine years at that point and that it was probably time to go home and clean up the mess I left, and so I took a bit of time in making the third album. But actually, this record I put together quite quickly. Then in the middle I had a baby. You know, a small event [laughs]. CA: How do you feel before an album drops? D: Oh my god, I’m so excited. I’ve only put out three records in my life; this is only my fourth, and so this is still so fresh and exciting to me. It feels like the first time I ever put a record out. I’m really proud of this album. I feel like it’s my best record. It was such a fun record to make. Me and brother just had such a brilliant time. I’m so lucky to have my brother as my producer. It’s just a happy record for me. CA: What kind of place in your life were you at when you recorded the song “Let Us Move On”? D: You know how we all go around saying life is short? I remember saying once, ‘Life is actually really long, and not in a bad way but in a good way.’ When things are just really dark, when you look back on it, this will be such a small moment in your life. You know when something’s so huge you can’t get past it? Actually, it’s not. It’s just a very small part of a very big life. CA: Your debut, “No Angel,” obviously had such a huge impact

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(third from right) Jill Bennett as Kat McDonald is flanked by the rest of the cast on the set of “Second Shot.” (Courtesy Jill Bennett)


DINAHSHORE pairing and would get her off her butt to finish the documentar y, and Mariah loved the idea.” Two episodes of “Second Shot” – the story of beleaguered ex-soccer player Kat McDonald who returns to her small Midwest town after receiving news she inherited Dot’s Hole, the local gay bar – will make their debut at The Dinah. Bennett hopes the series will resonate with viewers. “It doesn’t matter we have come so far culturally, when you’re in a small town in the middle of nowhere, the only place that you have that feels comfortable and at home is the gay bar,” Bennett said. “So it’s the perfect setup for a sitcom but we also believe still culturally relevant to our community.” Originally developed for Logo TV, Bennett said the LGBT-focused network did not have the funding at the time, so the script for “Second Shot” sat on a shelf for years until she and co-creators Nancylee Myatt and Dara Nai dusted it off last year. They filmed three episodes and now hope to find a distributor so they can complete the typical eight episodes that make up a cable TV season. After Friday night’s premiere, the two episodes will also be made available online starting at midnight. Find them at the “Second Shot” Facebook page or its streaming website, Bennett said most of the cast will be on hand at The Dinah premiere and Hurwitz also hopes to gather some of the celebrities she caught on film during the production of the documentary. “I hope it goes over well and people come out and support it,” Bennett said. The Celebrity Poker Tournament, a Texas Hold ‘Em-style game to benefit the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), takes place Saturday night during the Monte Carlo party at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The tournament was also Bennett’s idea. “I pitched this idea to Mariah years ago,” she said. “I love poker but I’ve been begging her to add events to The Dinah for people who don’t want to be outside all day drinking or who might not want to go to all the dance parties, and it just seemed like lesbians and poker were a really good match.” Attendees wishing to participate can “buy in” for $50. Cash raised will go to HRC, but there are plenty of prizes and giveaways, as well as the thrill of playing alongside your favorite “celesbians.” Bennett has also signed up to throw her competitive spirit into the fourth annual Celebrity Dodgeball game, to be held Saturday at the Hilton Hotel and Spa pool area. “I’m super, super competitive,” she said. “I’m one of

those people where something takes over in me once I start playing something that is a contest. This sort of ugly person emerges, so I purposely try to stay away from competitive anything, and especially something like Dodgeball. I know I’m gonna get hit in the face.” Dinah attendees can also participate in the game and compete against their cherished celesbians, some of whom have proven in previous years that they can really heave a dodgeball. Aside from celebrity sightings at the pool parties, the red carpets and even in the hotel lobby, there is plenty of other stuff to do in Downtown Palm Springs, which is where The Dinah festivities are centered. The city of Palm Springs will be offering Dinah VIP discounts for area activities and dining. For more information or tickets – online deadline is April 2 – visit

Wednesday, April 3 • The Dinah Official Pre-Party 8 p.m. Hilton Hotel & Spa

Thursday, April 4 • Thursday Night Comedy – Fortune Feimster, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Jackie Loeb, Jacqueline Monahan 7:30 p.m. Hotel Zoso • The Dinah Opening Party – K. Rose 9 p.m. Zelda’s Nightclub

Friday, April 5 • Thank God It’s Dinah Friday Pool Party – Anjulie, and Sirius XM OUTQ radio broadcast with Doria Biddle, Frank DeCaro 12 – 5 p.m. Hilton

Friday, March 29 • Splash Pool Party – DJ Ryan Kenney 12 – 6 p.m. Renaissance Hotel • Bulge Underwear Party – DJs Dave & Gerardo and Dani Toro, Kwanza Jones, Meital Dohan 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. Renaissance

Saturday, March 30 • Splash Pool Party – DJs Pornstar and Grind, Beleona, Adriana De Moura 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Renaissance

• The Dinah Film Festival 6:30 p.m. Hilton

• White Party Main Event – DJs Sean O’Grady, Danny Verde, Peter Rauhofer, headliners Ana Matronic, Alexis Jordan 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. Convention Center

• The Dinah White Party – Havana Brown 8 p.m. Hotel Zoso

Saturday, April 6 • The Cabana Girl Pool Party – Kat Graham 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hilton

• Climax Afterhours – DJs Paulo & Jackinsky 4 – 9 a.m. Renaissance

• Celebrity Dodgeball 11 a.m. Hilton • Battle of the Celesbian Web Series – 5 p.m. Hilton

Sunday, March 31

• Girls That Rock – Life Down Here, PlayBoy School & Love’s Darling 11 a.m. Hotel Zoso

• Splash Pool Party – DJ Casey Alva & DJ Andy Almighty, Laura Michelle 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Renaissance

• The Dinah Goes to Monte Carlo – Karmin & red carpet arrivals 8 p.m. and Celebrity Poker 9 p.m. Convention Center

• Circus Extreme T-Dance – DJs Manny Lehman & Wayne G, Carmen Electra, Carly Rae Jepson, Icona Pop and Willam, Detox & Vicki Vox 3 – 10 p.m. White Party Park

Sunday, April 7 • The Wet and Wild Pool Party – Diana King 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hilton • Sunday Night Concert – Uh Huh Her 8 p.m. Hotel Zoso • The Dinah Official Closing Party – Katy Tiz 9 p.m. Hotel Zoso


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“This time of year the desert is so beautiful, and the White Party adds a little eye candy that makes a weekend visit even more picturesque,” said Greater Palm Springs Pride President Ron deHarte. “Jeffrey Sanker pulls the partiers to town in big fashion. The hoteliers get a big boost of business and the city enjoys the economic impact.” This year’s headliners are Alexis Jordan, Carly Rae Jepson and Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters, in addition to the dozens of other entertainers over the three-day weekend. Matronic, who takes the lead on several Scissor Sisters hits, said she has something special in store for her solo performance. “I am so excited to be headlining White Party this year,” she said. “Revelers can expect a high energy, high glamour performance of two Scissor Sisters favorites, in addition to the debut performance of a new song remixed especially for White Party. I’m ready to bring the house down and have a Kiki.” LGBT advocate and artist Kwanza Jones will be performing Friday night, in part to help launch her latest album, “Supercharged.” This is her second White Party. “I’m thrilled to have been invited back to perform for the second year in a row,” Jones said. “Let me tell you, Jeffrey Sanker knows how to throw a party. I expect this year will be even more of a spectacle than last. That means great music, hot boys and a feeling of fun and freedom.” Jones has used her music and image to fight inequality, and has partnered with several LGBT or or-

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Ana Matronic (Courtesy Jeffrey Sanker Presents)

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SD Hoops regular season recap This year’s regular season has been among the most competitive and exciting that SD Hoops has seen in recent years. Any team is capable of making a championship run – during my first season in the league, my team went 1-13 in regular season only to pull off the league’s biggest championship upset ever – but typically there is one team that stands out as a favorite. Not this year. I would argue that the top four seeds in this eight-team playoff tournament have legitimate title hopes, while the other four teams have players who could potentially carry a team to the championship if things fall their way. Because the league was able to expand to nine teams, the last-place Jersey Joe’s squad was shut out of the playoff field. We were really hampered by losing Jay Irby to a knee injury after nine weeks, as Irby was second in the league in scoring at the time. Coach James Vidovich did his best to pick up the scoring slack, but a loss to Pecs in the final week eliminated us. Bulls & Bears (13-3, #1 seed) Coach Paul Demke has consistently drafted players that were multi-dimensional: they could run his offense but also play steady defense. This year’s team definitely plays defense as well as anyone, holding opponents to a league-low 40.4 points per game. Big man Tommy Miles is an adept shot blocker, while Demke himself applies steady pressure on ball-handlers around

the perimeter. On offense, newcomer Max Cutrone led the team with 15.3 points per game, while Demke (11.9) and Miles (10.9) also reached double figures. Veteran Frank Nunez also has a knack for hitting jumpers from time to time. Wsup Now (11-5, #2 seed) This team really is one-dimensional, but when that dimension is league-leading scorer Jeff Leas, it is hard to argue with their game plan. Leas not only paced SD Hoops with a 31.1 points-per-game average, he was nearly 11 points better than the next closest player. Wsup Now’s strategy has basically been to let him do his thing, which means driving to the basket every chance he can. He shot nearly 75 percent from the free throw line, a place he gets to frequently. Defensively, he and Darin Adler can defend the perimeter, with lanky Jeff Lehmann and the physical Bryan Leigh guarding the post. Army of Happy (11-5, #3 seed) Eddie Quintero’s team was treading water midway through the season when they found their sparkplug: they were allowed to add star Johnny Stultz to their roster and they haven’t lost since. Stultz has the capability of dropping thirty points at any time, though on this team he pairs up with steady big man Brandon Horrocks to shoulder the scoring load. Really, every starter on Army of Happy is capable of reaching double digits, making

them tough to defend. Stultz’s best attributes might be his strong defense and his fantastic passing. He recognizes the open man probably as well as anyone in the league. The Loft (9-7, #4 seed) I recently told coach John Crockett that his team might be the best 9-7 team I have ever seen in this league. They lost a number of close games in the final minutes, but they sure are talented. Derek Wright (17.1 PPG) is their leading scorer, and is complimented by high-energy teammate Ace Vieyra, who scores and rebounds well. We cannot overlook the contributions of Marcus Lenihan, who may well be the scrappiest player in the league. He is always pounding the boards, diving for loose balls, and pressuring guys into turnovers with his high-effort play. Flicks (7-9, #5 seed) Coached by current high school scout and former collegiate coach Dave Batzer, the Flicks squad has sort of a Jekyll-and-Hyde persona. They have players who can take over a game (Julio Montano and Brandon Patchett), but consistency has been a problem. Flicks was really hurt by the loss of Brock Hartman (21.8 PPG) mid-way through the season. The talent is there to pull off some upsets. Urban MO’s (6-10, #6 seed) Sereeta Jones brought this team back from the dumps, so to

Quarterfinal results Wednesday, March 20 (3) Army of Happy 45 (6) Urban Mo’s 41 (1) Bulls & Bears 45 (8) Baja Betty’s 42 (2) Wsup Now 71 (7) Pecs 52 (4) The Loft 58 (5) Flicks 43 speak, after a lousy start to the season. MO’s is the prime example of how difficult it can be for a team to gel right off the bat, when the players have never played together before. Once they found their groove, MO’s really started to play well. They are led by Jon Dyer, who averaged a double-double over the course of the season (11.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game). King Mike (6.1 PPG) and Ray Valenzuela (6.9 PPG) get to the basket quite a bit, but sometimes have trouble getting the ball to go through the cylinder. If those shots drop, MO’s will hang in there against the big boys. Pecs (6-10, #7 seed) Like Wsup Now, this team is pretty one-dimensional, but in a different way. Two-time league Most Valuable Player Patrick Schoettler, who is also the team’s coach, really fuels the offense but in a different style than Leas of Wsup Now. Schoettler is a tall, lanky forward who has a deadly shot from outside. He does not post up much in the paint, forcing smaller guards to try and cover him. His leaping abilities make him a fierce rebounder, and on defense he is often lurking in the middle to double down and alter opponents’ shots. Teammate Brian Jinings is capable of dropping 20 points in a game but will not be available for the playoffs, so Pecs

Playoffs continue Wednesday, March 27: Golden Hills Rec Center Semifinal: (1) Bulls & Bears vs. (4) The Loft – 6 p.m. Semifinal: (2) Wsup Now vs. (3) Army of Happy – 7 p.m. Consolation Game – 8 p.m. Championship Game – 9 p.m. will need Schoettler to dominate to be successful. Baja Betty’s (6-10, #8 seed) These guys will go as far as Noah Ingram (15.2 PPG) takes them. He can string together a bunch of three-pointers in a row, but he can also get to the basket quickly. They have the ability to play a press defense after scoring, meaning that the other team better have good ball handlers while bringing the basketball up court. Derek Rice, Chaz Chase and Brad Anderson are all good compliments to Ingram, and every now and then, Bryan Robbins can hit a few threes. To be successful, they will need to create turnovers and have Ingram catch fire. My predictions For the semifinals, I think The Loft presents match-up problems for Bulls & Bears, so this one could go either way. I will take Bears in a close one, thanks to a big game from Cutrone. Army of Happy and Wsup Now should be a high-scoring battle, but I am taking Army to find a way to contain Leas. And in the finals, I am going with Army of Happy to take down Bulls & Bears, giving Demke yet another title-game heartbreak. However the only prediction that I know will come true, as Commissioner of SD Hoops, is I am going to get harassed for these guesses.t

INTERVIEW too sucked into it. Isn’t that, I guess, why he performed with Elton John at the Grammys?



on your career, as did your featured spot on Eminem’s “Stan.” Did you worry about the possible repercussions of performing with one of the most controversial entertainers at the time?

D: Being played during “127 Hours” was really cool. While I was watching it, I was wincing and listening to my song and thinking, ‘This is so wrong but so good.’ That was a thrill being nominated for an Oscar. A dream thrill. “Sliding Doors” was the first song I had in a movie, and that moment was most exciting for me because I had never heard myself used in a film before.

CA: Yeah, he was debunking the homophobia talk.

CA: They used the same song, “Thank You,” during the love scene with Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone in “If These Walls Could Talk 2.” Have you seen that? D: Oh, totally!

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D: That was really cool! There have been so many good uses. It’s just been brilliant, and I’ve been really lucky.

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D: Yeah, exactly. I go on the person I see in front of me, and he was really not a misogynist to me at all. Quite the opposite. Just utterly respectful, and all the people around him were utterly respectful, as well.


D: I didn’t really feel sucked into it, to be quite honest. I’d heard that he was making a social commentary on things and I just thought he was a great storyteller and I didn’t get

CA: What’d you think of your song being used during a lesbian sex scene?


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scene that included one of your songs?

D: I didn’t, because when I met him he was so respectful to me and treated me so well. I saw integrity. I think he’s one of the greatest storytellers around, and so, no. As a real fan of his music, I have a lot of respect for him musically, and he treated me well. That, for me, was enough. I just really enjoyed working with him.


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