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INSIDE VOL. 32, ISSUE 06 / JULY 10 - 23, 2013

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This year’s list of vibrant, talented individuals profiles Angelenos that should be—if they’re not already—on your radar. Whether their field of choice is politics, the arts, activism or music (like Jen DM of Hi Fashion, pictured here), you can expect big things from these sexy, smart, heartfelt individuals, all of whom call L.A. home.

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INSIDE VOL. 32, ISSUE 06 / JULY 10 - 23, 2013

LEADING BY EXAMPLE Jeffery Bowman ............................................ 18 NEWS News Briefs .................................................. 20 The Bill Rosendahl I Know ........................ 22 Marriage Equality Returns to California .................................................. 24 SOCAL EVENTS GUIDE Calendar ........................................................ 49 SnapShots .................................................... 50 Food2Know .................................................... 54 Eating Out .................................................... 56 ENTERTAINMENT Film Reviews.................................................. 60 Music Reviews .............................................. 62 Theater Reviews .......................................... 64 COLUMNS Billy Masters.................................................. 66 Little Miss Know-It-All ................................ 67 Out & About .................................................. 68 Gossip Gay .................................................... 69 Drive ................................................................ 70 CITY GUIDES West Hollywood .......................................... 72 Orange County .............................................. 74 Long Beach .................................................... 75 Palm Springs .................................................. 76 HEALTH Off the Couch ................................................ 82 FRONTIERS MARKETPLACE Listings ............................................................ 83 Business Profile ............................................ 83 FRONTIERS4MEN Adult Classifieds .......................................... 86 Sex Ed.............................................................. 90

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ALL’S WELL THAT’S CAZWELL

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Out hip-hopper Cazwell has earned his hipster credibility and fattened his wallet with a steady flow of hilarious yet danceable hip-hop tracks. His hypomanic take on pop culture helped him to rack in over 10 million views on YouTube and sell over 1 million downloads. This summer, Cazwell returns with the first single from his soon-to-be-released album Hard 2 B Fresh. FrontiersLA.com/ExclusiveInterviews

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SISTER ACT By Michelle McCarthy

Famed drag performer Charles Busch celebrates 30 years in theater by reuniting with his original cast to record his Off-Broadway comedy The Divine Sister here in L.A. Read our interview with the legend (extended from what you’ll find on page 58 of this issue) at FrontiersLA.com/ExclusiveInterviews.

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SATISFYING SUMMER READS by Mikey Rox

BOOK REVIEWS by The Bookworm

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When you hit the beach this season, don’t forget to bring a good book. Frontiers has gathered our picks for Summer 2013’s hottest LGBT-interest titles. FrontiersLA.com/Features

SF PRIDE WEEKEND 2013 By Victor Barreiro

It was déjà vu all over again. “Your flight has been delayed” are the words I saw when I opened my e-mail from our beloved Virgin America. It was the same scenario all over again. My pals and I endured this same situation last year because of the fog in SF. FrontiersLA.com/LatinFrontier


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BUILDING COMMUNITY

Leading by Example

Jeffery Bowman: Bingo and Beyond By Michelle McCarthy

Every Wednesday and Sunday at Hamburger Mary’s in WeHo, Jeffery Bowman serves as the ringleader for the debaucherously delicious Legendary Bingo. In the midst of the madness, attendees might forget they’re actually at a fundraiser and the donation they paid to get in goes to charity. And that’s exactly what Jeffery wants. Coming from a family of philanthropists, Jeffery received The Spirit of Hope award in 2008 from The Chrysalis Center for his years of fundraising for HIV/AIDS. His mission is to introduce people to giving back by making charity events fun. How did you start working to help those with HIV/AIDS? I was working as a patient advocate at an HIV specialty pharmacy on Wilshire Boulevard. In those days, people were still dying of AIDS, so my job was basically to help people die. I talked to them about supplements and getting their AIDS medications covered. We turned the pharmacy into a cool, fun place. We showed old movies and played rock music because the only places they were going were to the pharmacy and the doctor and home again. Then they came up with the cocktail, and people started living. So I did health and fitness seminars and a newsletter. One of the people I had come speak was a nutritionist at APLA, and she called me one day and said, “You should come and work at APLA.” How did you come up with Legendary Bingo? I was working in the events department at APLA, and it was different because it was very removed from actually working

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with people who had AIDS. It was very political, because there were big celebrities and big events that cost $1,000 a person. I created Legendary Bingo because I asked them to let me go out in the community and put on low-cost fundraising events anyone could afford to go to. I’ve done my best to turn fundraising events into fun, club-like events to get younger people interested in working with charities. Most charities put on these black-tie dinners and galas. I try to create events that people don’t actually think of in terms of, “Oh, I’m going to another fundraising event.” They think more along the lines of, “I’m going out to do something really fun, and it also raises money for charity.” Then, once they’re there, I do my best to get them to realize their money is helping the world. Do you come from a family of activists? My grandfather was a Baptist minister and was the coolest guy. He would go out to hospitals and visit sick people. He would go to prisons and visit the inmates. He didn’t say, “You’re going to go to hell if you’re not a Christian.” He would make people feel better, and if they wanted some kind of faith to get them through, he offered them that. He was a huge example for me. In my family, just about everybody works for charities. I never felt like I had a choice. It’s very selfish what I do because it makes me feel really good. [Laughs] How do you pick the charities that benefit from Bingo? We get 10 to 20 requests a week from different charities. I want to do fundraising events for every charity. People who work for charities have so many dif-

ferent reasons as to why they work for charities. Most times, something happened to them or their family and that’s their way of coping with it and not remaining powerless. A lot of the charities I work with, their child passed away from a disease and they start the charity to help other people who are in the same position. I think that’s a wonderful reason to do something. I’m so fortunate that I get to work with people like that. Was there ever anyone who attended Bingo and was then inspired to get involved? A guy came up to me five years ago and said, “I started coming to Bingo when I was 19, and I do all these things for different organizations. It was your Bingo that inspired me to keep doing this.” When they come into Hamburger Mary’s, I have this real specific window when I know I can say stuff about the charity. If it’s a dog rescue, I’ll say, “Each one of you is saving an animal’s life. That’s what I want you to take out of here when you leave.” Hopefully, if one or two people woke up the next day and felt that way, they would maybe then go, “You know, I like that. I’m going to save another animal’s life.” bingoboyinc.com


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NEWS By Peter DelVecchio and Karen Ocamb

Same-Sex Couples Rush to Immigration Offices

Three Openly Gay Men Assume Power in L.A. “City Hall is a beautiful temple of democracy,” openly gay L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin, C.D. 11, said on his Facebook page about his first day at City Hall. He spent his actual first day as a councilmember meeting with constituents, and in some cases, helping with their jobs. Bonin is one of three openly gay men who assumed positions of power in City Hall on July 1. Photographer Marta Evry took this photo to mark the historic occasion: New City Controller Ron Galperin (second from left) with his husband Rabbi Zach Shapiro; City Councilmember Mike Bonin (C.D. 11) and his fiancé Sean Arian; and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (C.D. 13) with his longtime partner George Brauckman. There are no women in the City Council until after the July 23 special election for C.D. 6, between longtime LGBT ally Cindy Montanez and newer ally Nury Martinez.

Binational couples are rushing to immigration offices to apply for visas and green cards post-DOMA, the L.A. Times reports. Their eagerness is buffeted by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s July 1 pronouncement affirming that couples living in a state that does not recognize marriage equality can still apply for green cards. “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly,” Napolitano said. “To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”

Senate Committee to Vote on ENDA

Quick Pic One of the most iconic gay couples in pop culture celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality on the cover of The New Yorker: “Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy.”

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has scheduled the markup for July 10 to vote on the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, according to the Washington Blade. Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, promised to move ENDA out of the committee this year, which should not be a problem with all 12 of the Senate Democrats serving as co-sponsors of the legislation. The Blade reports: “One question is the way Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaksa, a HELP committee member, will vote on the legislation. A week before the Supreme Court decision, she became the third sitting U.S. Republican senator to come out in support of marriage equality. She also voted in favor of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal and hate crimes protection legislation.” Sirius/XM radio host Michelangelo Signorile wants a change. “It's time for a rebranding,” he wrote on Huffington Post/Gay Voices. “The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, following on the success of the ‘freedom to marry’ movement that he helped advance rapidly, should get to work right away and change the name of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which will be voted on in the Senate in coming days, to the ‘Freedom to Work Act.’”


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NEWS

The Bill Rosendahl I Know BY KAREN OCAMB Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl retired on July 1, proudly turning over the legislative care of his beloved Council District 11 to his friend and former chief of staff Mike Bonin, who also happens to be gay. The council chamber was packed on June 28 with longtime supporters from the district and friends from various battles to “do the right thing” for social and economic justice and the environment. I covered that moving farewell, which you can find at FrontiersLA.com with scores of photos. But I want to share some of my thoughts on why I think Bill is so caring. Bill and I are both Baby Boomers, though he is five years older and therefore was active in campaigns while I was merely an absorbent observer. In particular, Bill was just out of college when he joined Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Bill was with Bobby in that moment of triumph when he won the California primary on June 5, 1968, only to be gunned down as he made his way through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel. It was a searing moment for our generation, which had already seen a decade of soulwrenching, hope-dashing death—the assassinations of Bobby’s brother, President John F. Kennedy; Medgar Evers; post-Mecca Malcolm X and the inspirational, peace-loving Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bobby carried that mantle of hope we believed in and lived by. “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped,” Bobby Kennedy once said. “Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” We believed that, deeply. We cried when Ted Kennedy repeated words Bobby had written for his father but also applied to Bobby and now to us, too—“Beneath it all, he has tried to engender a social conscience. There were wrongs which needed attention. There were people who were poor and who needed help. And we have a responsibility to them and to this country. Through no virtues and accomplishments of our own, we have

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been fortunate enough to be born in the United States under the most comfortable conditions. We, therefore, have a responsibility to others who are less well off.” And that’s what Bill Rosendahl turned out to be—the social conscience of the City Council. “Potholes have no politics,” Bill recently told L.A. Times and KPCC journalist Patt Morrison. “And neither does homelessness. Issues have solutions that need resources. The most frustrating part for me is not having the resources to do all that needs to be done. It's a disgrace to be the richest country on Earth and have homeless people. When I cut the ribbon on transitional housing for veterans, the immediate neighbors went hysterical. A year later, a [neighbor] came up to me and said, ‘I brought them cookies, and one of them gave me a painting he had made.’ You have to get people out of fear and ignorance.” It was this kind of moral fervor that prompted Bill to be such a good, fair, independent journalist— an advocacy journalist who could unflinchingly wield the weapon of a good question and effect policy or change people’s lives. It was because Bill Rosendahl kept badgering him that Sheriff Lee Baca finally developed a controversial program in 2001 to provide condoms in city jails. Bill just would not take Baca’s repeated nonsensical answer that they couldn’t provide condoms because having

sex in jail was against the law! Bill sought to tell the truth—no matter who might blush in the telling of it. He was instrumental in providing public AIDS education by having AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein on his shows to regularly talk about HIV/AIDS and the latest news and programs. Bill also unabashedly shared that he took medical marijuana to help him eat and relax in his fight against cancer. And he wasn’t afraid to offend the big guys. Much of Bill’s social conscience came from his belief in God and the teachings of the Catholic Church. But when Pope John Paul II declared that homosexuality was “intrinsically evil,” Bill went ballistic. How could people like him—gays like him, who worked so hard to be and do good—be so cruelly and cavalierly dismissed as “intrinsically evil”? Bill Rosendahl came out as gay on his cable show after his longtime partner Christopher Lee Blauman died of AIDS in 1995. He came out again in an interview with me for Frontiers. He considers being gay an intrinsically good aspect of his character. God makes no accidents, he always says. And by taking up Bobby Kennedy’s mantle and bearing witness and sharing his authentic truth with others, Bill Rosendahl seeks to prove God right. That’s the Bill Rosendahl I know.


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NEWS

Marriage Equality Returns to California BY KAREN OCAMB AFER WeHo rally

“Happy Equality Day!” three gay men said to each other, hugging outside Gelson’s supermarket on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, June 26. The Supreme Court had finally ruled that the offensive Prop. 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act were dead, and exaltation swept through Los Angeles, touching even the most casual of moments with joy. Writing for the majority in the DOMA case brought by the now-84-year-old Edie Windsor— whose 2007 legal marriage to Thea Spyer in Canada was recognized in their home state of New York—Justice Anthony Kennedy said: “DOMA seeks to injure the very class New York seeks to protect. By doing so it violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the federal government. ... The avowed purpose and practical effect of the law here in question are to impose a disadvantage, a separate status and so a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the States. ... “DOMA writes inequality into the entire United States Code. ... DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal. The principal purpose is to impose inequality, not for other reasons like governmental efficiency. ... By this dynamic, DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. This places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices the Constitution

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protects, see Lawrence, 539 U.S. 558, and whose relationship the State has sought to dignify. And it humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives. ... “DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others. The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment. This opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.” President Obama immediately ordered all federal agencies—such as the military and immi-

gration—to start treating legally married couples as equal under federal law, which meant that love exiles and binational couples who have fought not to choose between love and country—such as now-married L.A. performance artist Tim Miller and Australian writer Alistair McCartney—could apply for a green card. The DOMA Project’s Lavi Soloway reported that his clients Julian Marsh and Traian Popov of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were the first to get the good news when “Julian’s green card petition for his Bulgarian husband was approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 3:45 p.m. EDT Friday afternoon, June 28,” two days after the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on DOMA. “But there are miles yet to travel on this civil rights journey,” the New York Times pointed out in its editorial. “The new marriage rulings leave behind an unsupportable state-by-state patchwork that threatens valid marriages when state lines are crossed. Cases already in the pipeline could give the Supreme Court another chance to fully confront the harm to real people’s lives and establish marriage equality nationwide. Soon, we hope.”


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equality fight in California. The proponents of Prop. 8 tried to stop the marriages from happening with a last-minute appeal to Kennedy, arguing that the Supreme Court’s ruling only applied to the two couples who filed the lawsuit. The Supreme Court overturned Prop. 8 because those Prop. 8 backers lacked standing to defend the discriminatory law in federal court—and Kennedy refused them again. Jon Davidson, Legal Director at Lambda Legal, called the proponent’s argument “pure malarkey.” “In circumstances like this where a law has been held ‘unconstitutional on its face,’ the 9th Circuit has explained that the law's provisions are not unconstitutional as to [plaintiffs] alone, but as to any to whom they might be applied,” Davidson said.

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the sudden lifting of the injunction imposed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiffs in the successful four-year constitutional challenge to Prop. 8 sponsored by the American Foundation for Equal Rights became the first in the state to wed. Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami were married by outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa live on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, while Attorney General Kamala Harris (who refused to defend Prop. 8 in federal court) officiated at the marriage of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier. Longtime lesbian activist Phyllis Lyon was present to witness that history. Phyllis and her late partner Del Martin were the first same-sex couple married by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, helping spearhead the marriage

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Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay Family Research Council, thinks differently. “I think Americans will begin to see that with same-sex marriage does not come a hope chest; rather it's a Pandora's box,” he told CBS News. “It's the reality that people will come face-to-face with over time, because right now same-sex marriage is limited to 12 jurisdictions. And as more people see that their freedoms, the freedoms of parents to determine what their children are taught, to be able to live your life according to your faith, all of that's at risk here. I think people will say, ‘Wait a minute. ... I gave a nod of affirmation, but not to that.’ And so I do think there's going to be time to rethink this.” In California, the definitive post-Prop. 8 celebrations started almost immediately with

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Marriage Equality Returns to California

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AFER attorney Davis Boies told CNN there “isn't any state we're giving up on” in the effort to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation. “Our goal is to have marriage equality that's guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, enforced in every single state in the union.” AFER attorney and former Solicitor General Ted Olson agreed, saying on Face the Nation that everyone would “be better off in this country if we stopped doing this sort of thing that is divisive and is hurting people who live next door, who work for us, who are our cousins and brothers and sisters. ... We should be treating all of our citizens equally, irrespective of their sexual orientation. This is something that they did not choose to be.” Olson praised the Supreme Court's rulings on Prop.8 and DOMA for signaling “equality for so many of our citizens who for so long have

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been discriminated against. [The decisions] removed that stigma. ... And you can see joy— tears of joy and happiness—in hundreds of thousands of people getting married in California to the person that they love.” That joy was celebrated by the hundreds lining the San Francisco Pride parade route on June 30, too, as the plaintiffs rode in cars with ‘Just Married’ signs. As to the question of “what’s next?”— Human Rights Campaign President and AFER co-founder Chad Griffin told a celebratory crowd of 3,000 gathered at West Hollywood Park after the victories that marriage equality could be achieved in all 50 states in five years. “We’ve got to rise to this historic occasion with an urgent new commitment—a commitment to Americans in those 37 states [with “hateful marriage bans”]—our brothers and sis-

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ters who didn’t feel the reach of justice by today’s decisions. It took us less than five years for this day—thanks to each of you and thanks to all that are on this stage—to finally restore marriage equality to California, the most populous state in this country,” Griffin said. “So tonight, we’ve got to set a new goal—a new goal for our brothers and sisters in the other 37 states. Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states in this country. And while tonight we celebrate, tomorrow this fight continues with greater urgency than ever before. After all, the lesson of the Perry case and of Ted Olson and David Boies and these incredible plaintiffs behind me is that justice can’t wait.” Boies, whom Griffin dubbed a “hero” along with Olson, urged people to keep spreading the message. “We are here because of all of you. We are here because people were not prepared to simply give up and accept second-class status. And because of that, today in California, everyone is equal. Every family is equal, every love is equal, every child is equal, and we have made that happen in California. And the great thing is that 30 percent of the country today lives under marriage equality, but the terrible thing is that 70 percent of this country still doesn’t,” Boies said. “And the great thing about the Supreme Court decisions that we got today was that not only did it kill Proposition 8 dead and kill DOMA, but it laid the principle and the foundation to eliminate discrimination everywhere. Because what the Supreme Court held, again, is that all people are equal, all love is equal and everyone has the right to the kind of family that we all aspire to. It is that kind of principle that establishes the right to marriage equality!” Asked if marriage equality was achievable in five years, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Meet the Press, “Well, I would certainly hope so. ... Let's hope it's even sooner than that.”


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OS ANGELES has always been a city of vibrant, talented individuals, and our beloved city’s LGBT community contains some of the brightest of the bunch. Every year, this Hot List issue profiles Angelenos that should be—if they’re not already—on your radar. Whether their field of choice is politics, the arts, photography or activism, you can expect big things from these sexy, smart, heartfelt individuals, all of whom call the City of Angels their home.

Rudy Bleu Frustrated by the slim pickings he would encounter while scouring vintage stores for clothing to fit his plus-sized frame, punkbear Rudy Bleu founded Big Boy Vintage, a website providing clothing and accessories for men with waist sizes 38 and larger. Bleu has amassed the core of the Big Boy Vintage collection by hoarding years worth of items from thrift shops and yard sales. “When I had the idea of doing this, I also thought it would be a good way to clean out my closet,” said Bleu. “I also wanted to inspire boys to be creative and fashionable and build some sort of community.” The zoftig entrepreneur plans on expanding this nascent community by establishing an official retail space, as well as Big Boy Zine. Stay tuned! bigboyvintage.storenvy.com

Mike Bonin Even amidst the cacophony of some protest screaming match in a dingy room somewhere, Mike Bonin’s piercing blue eyes will quell you with calm—just a minute before he returns to scribbling notes for a brief but comprehensive presentation to someone important—of late, his beloved boss and mentor, L.A. City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. When Rosendahl announced his retirement, no one—including the community activists in the 11th Council District—gave much thought to someone else stepping into those shoes. “Los Angeles is a city of unparalleled talent, vision and resources. Our city government needs to be as smart and creative as our people,” says Bonin, who takes the council seat on July 1. Like Rosendahl, Bonin is gay and can be just as feisty about LGBT visibility and grassroots activism. Everyone’s excited to see the creative vision that shines from Bonin’s blue eyes.

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Mike Che Originally from New York City, Mike Che has been working for the City of West Hollywood for the better part of three years. And though arts of every kind have bloomed under his tenure—especially the popular “One City One Pride” queer arts festival that featured 40 cultural events throughout the month of June—he is very careful to remind people that his efforts would be nothing without the help of others. “I can't say I, as I work as part of a team with my colleagues in Art and Culture at the city, and we are especially lucky to have a great Arts Commission and a City Council that is very supportive of the arts.”

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John Cantwell Cantwell erupted onto the cinema landscape as Legally Blonde's 'Bend and Snap' guy, stealing a scene from costars Jennifer Coolidge and future Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon by uttering a single line. Since then, the out actor has showcased his comedic talents in sitcoms like the homo haha-fest Will & Grace, with his band The Nellie Olesons and as “Connie” in two self-penned stage productions—Love, Connie and Connie Loves Juice. The latter, which seems certain to return to the L.A. stage after its sold-out runs thus far, co-starred local gay faves Mario Diaz and Nadya Ginsburg, a dance-heavy drag fest that tips its hat to Roller Boogie, Grease, Rosemary’s Baby and everything in between. Cantwell is certainly one to watch among L.A.’s thriving arts family if his groundbreaking stage shows thus far are any hint at what’s to come.

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Chico's Angels In 2003, a troika of feisty Latinas convened in the basement of a Mexican restaurant to put on a show. Ten years later, Kay Sedia, Chita Parol and Frieda Laye (portrayed by Oscar Quintero, Ray Garcia and Danny Casillas, respectively) have starred in four stage shows (each with multiple L.A. runs), as well as a series of mini-episodes for the web. The latter was nominated for a 2010 WeHo Award and for Best Short in the 2010 San Francisco LGBT Film Festival. The team’s upcoming show, Pretty Chicas All in a Row, which opens at the Cavern Club Theater on July 18, places the Angels undercover as they unravel the mystery of murdered contestants in the Miss Kumquat Pageant. But Chico's Angels have aspirations beyond the stage and webisodes, with plans for a television series, a feature film and even a line of action figures. Chico’s Angels are a fixture of L.A.’s LGBT community, and if you’re not familiar with their brand of hilarious, Latin culturereferencing humor, run—don’t walk—to that Mexican restaurant basement. chicosangels.com

Gabriel Gastelum Gabriel Gastelum has always loved photography. In college he was ‘that guy’ who always had a camera in his hands, clicking away, but it was just a hobby—until he got his first real taste of the legal career he’d been pursuing. He quit his horrible job and began to question his life’s trajectory, ultimately embarking on a backpacking trip through Africa, Mexico and Southeast Asia to figure things out, all the while taking pictures and blogging as he went. The right people took notice, and suddenly Gastelum found himself in a new career and in very high demand. His work can be found everywhere from wedding albums and zines to big, glossy magazines. Gastelum may be most recognizable from Tumblr, though, where his beautiful and revealing portraits of friends and various internet celebs have made him something of a celebrity in his own right. gdxphoto.com PHOTO: GABRIEL GASTELUM

Ari Gutierrez Ari Gutierrez, Co-Chair of the Latino Equality Alliance, is the very definition of ‘ubiquitous.’ She is everywhere. It’s almost as if she bears such a responsibility to be an effective, in-your-face representative for her family and her LGBT and Latino people that she might not get to heaven if she lets them down—so she doesn’t. Gutierrez’s most recent success was producing the LGBTQ Forum in collaboration with the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Boyle Heights. “It’s such an empowering thing for our community to be openly gay—for real— in our own community,” this White House liaison to the LGBT community said after the event. “You don’t have to leave here to be safe and feel safe.” Gutierrez brought her mother Emma to the White House LGBT Pride Reception this June, where they shared stories with other leaders about the importance of immigration and the American dream. facebook.com/Latino EqualityAlliance J U LY 2 3 , 2 0 1 3

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Will Hackner West Hollywood resident Will Hackner established the Varsity Gay League six years ago in an effort to provide the LGBT community with a unique social and athletic alternative to the club scene. V.G.L. includes league activities and individual games, such as bowling, trampoline dodgeball and kickball. “We created something that was not there,” Hackner says. “We’re proud of our growth, including the many requests to form V.G.L. leagues in other states. We’re happy to offer so many social and athletic alternatives to the LGBT community outside of the club scene; and it’s great that we even have straight participants, too, which diversifies our leagues! We’re creating community and having fun while doing it.” The league also offers fun events such as beer Olympics, Easter egg hunts, video game nights, poker tournaments, laser tag, scavenger hunts, Quidditch and Capture the Flag. varsitygayleague.com

Gabe Lopez Gabe Lopez gets around. His signature blend of pop, rock and R&B musical styles has graced the sound systems of landmark venues like The Roxy and Viper Room, the airwaves of Sirius XM and even NBC's recent summer Olympics coverage, securing his inclusion on Music Connection magazine's “L.A.'s Hot 100 Artists” list. The young musician has also lent his talents as a writer and producer to work with the likes of Belinda Carlisle, James Brown, New Kids on the Block and American Idol's Jim Verraros. Even with all these collaborations, Lopez still manages to produce his own material, evidenced by his recent sophomore album, Shine Like the Sun, which includes the hit tracks “Boomerang,” “If You Could Stop Time,” “Saboteur” and his latest release, “Red Light.” gabelopez.com

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Erika Nakamura & Amelia Posada Amelia Posada (aka Shop Mama) was born and raised in Pasadena, while her wife, Erika Nakamura (aka Meat Maven), is a native of Tokyo. Amelia’s mom was a chef; Erika spent her childhood following her mother around their bustling kitchen at home. The couple met and fell in love in New York. But after visiting Amelia’s family in L.A., they realized there was a need for sustainable butchers in the area and decided to open Lindy & Grundy, a sustainable butchery in the Fairfax District. “All of our meats are coming from within 150 miles of Los Angeles, except our lamb, PHOTO: JENNIFER MAY which is raised in Northern California,” Erika and Amelia say. “We keep our business as local as possible. We minimize waste by respecting the animal and using the whole thing. We feel that supporting local business and agriculture is incredibly sustainable for our community.” lindyandgrundy.com

Our Lady J Mix two parts frenzied piano playing with equal parts electronica and a dash of gospel and you get Our Lady J. The transgender artist moved to Los Angeles from New York and has made quick time stirring up buzz on this coast with her innovative live show, which has been showcased at the Christopher Street West Festival. She’s also served as a hostess to a number of events leading up to the big day as one of the official spokespersons for Pride. Brought up in a religious family, Our Lady J’s music reflects the struggles she’s faced. “My songs are about transcendence— whether transcending the farm life and moving to the city, or gender,” she says. “It’s not just about being transgender but about dealing with being a spiritual person but not a religious person, and celebrating life through the difficulties that have come through being transgender.” Her first studio album, Picture of a Man, will be released Aug. 21. ourladyj.com

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Admitted to the California Bar in 1997, attorney Raynard Pace says estate planning is now a growing part of his law practice. “It helps ensure that a client's assets transfer to people whom the client wants to receive the property,” he explains. “For couples, estate planning can protect one partner if the other partner's family attempts to seize property intended for his spouse.” The West Hollywood resident and self-described news junkie also has a deep interest in local politics. Raynard recently contributed to and championed the election of his friend L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and plans to become involved in a West Hollywood City Hall Commission.

Eric Shaw Quinn & Christopher Rice New York Times best-selling novelists Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls) and Eric Shaw Quinn (Say Uncle) have stepped away from their laptops and joined together to start The Dinner Party Show, the internet’s first live comedy variety show. Every Sunday evening, the Weho-based duo serves up a tasty, two-hour menu of celebrity guests, gossip and politics. The guest list has included personalities such as Chaz Bono, Frontiers’ own Karen Ocamb and Paul Vitagliano and Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles). The show’s butler, Shae Butters, elaborates, “They've taken to calling their show a livecast. But in my far more detached and rigorous point of view, theirs is a weekly audio assault, an alarming stew of bad manners, rash declarations and noxious little beasts they refer to as their ‘special correspondents.’” The Advocate went so far as referring to The Dinner Party Show as “the best thing about Sunday night.” thedinnerpartyshow.com

ROB.B California-born out rapper ROB.B (né Robby Antonio Zumaya) began his performance career in 2008 as half of the duo The Black Market under the stage name Robbery. After bouncing from city to city, Robby eventually settled in New York, where he re-christened himself as ROB.B and dropped his smash hit “Drop Your Jaws” with fellow openly gay emcee Bry’Nt. In 2012, ROB.B returned to his home state, only to suffer the loss of his beloved mother, which led to a spiral of self-destructive drinking and drug abuse. Eventually, the young rapper experienced a moment of lucidity, thanks to the dearly departed matriarch—”I knew this was not what my mom would have wanted. She was and will always be my biggest fan and supporter.” Search out his latest musical efforts—the digital album Meat—for a fun ride through hiphop, pop and rap tracks. robb.bandcamp.com

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As a young transgender person, Jacob Rostovsky was bullied, harassed and assaulted. He suffered from depression and attempted suicide. Now studying psychology at American Jewish University, he realizes that everything he endured was for a reason. “I came to the conclusion that I went through all my hardships so that all who came after me wouldn't have to,” he says. “I get my courage from knowing that by doing the work I do, others will never have to face the horrors I faced. This is when I also decided that I would do anything I could to make sure the transgender community would change for the better.” Jacob founded Trans United with Family and Friends (TUFF), a start-up support group that will provide financial assistance for transition costs. tufforg.com

Ambrosia Salad The legendary Ambrosia Salad didn’t set out to be a drag queen— San Francisco’s verdant drag and performance art scene was simply the quickest and most accessible route available to get onstage and in front of an audience. But taking to makeup and heels like a duck to water, for the better part of a decade Ambrosia Salad was a dominant force in San Francisco’s queer culture and nightlife, adding DJ, performance artist and party promoter to the repertoire of accomplishments. Now Ambrosia Salad has set her sights on conquering the City of Angels, which has already begun to feel the effects of her unique blend of style, humor, pop culture savvy and Latina sensibility. L.A. isn’t ready. vimeo.com/43939070

Marc Samuel

Her ready smile can be disarming. Just ask former LAPD Police Chief Bill Bratton, whose casual handshake with Bamby at an LGBT community meeting gave no clue about the tough questions he’d get. Having been an HIVpositive, transgender Latina stuck in an ICE deportation detention center, Bamby pressed for an assurance that the LAPD does not collaborate with federal immigration authorities. Bratton went to great pains to win over the one-time Skid Row drug addict who got sober, got a college degree and has since earned accolades galore as Project Coordinator of the Harm Reduction Project and the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Stop the bullshit! And then you find our communities,” she yells into a bullhorn from the back of a truck in filmmaker Dante Alencastre’s documentary TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story. The doc will have its world premiere on July 14 at Outfest. See it.

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Frontiers readers will recognize Marc Samuel from the cover of our recent Outfest issue. Most notable for his turn as openly gay nurse Felix DuBois on ABC's long-running daytime soap General Hospital, Samuel crosses over to the big screen in the film Hot Guys With Guns (screening as part of Outfest on July 19). In this queer buddy cop comedy-thriller, Marc portrays an actor who unwittingly uncovers a crime while researching a role and recruits his ex to help solve the case. Directed by Noah's Arc's Doug Spearman, the film blurs the lines between romance and bromance while examining the issue of discrimination African-American actors face in Hollywood. Samuel gets even grittier in his next cinematic turn, when he’ll star in Savaged, the tale of a deaf girl who is brutalized by a gang and then hunts them down when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her body.

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Nico Santos Born and raised in the Philippines, Nico Santos moved to the States when he was 16 years old. He had always been a funny kid, and he moved to San Francisco with the intention of pursuing comedy fulltime, but it took him three years to muster up the courage to get onstage. He knew he was on the right path, however, after he was invited to open for the legendary Sandra Bernhard to a sold-out house at San Francisco’s beautiful Castro Theater. “I was kinda stunned when I finished my set and the applause just kept going. I literally stayed onstage thinking, ‘Oh my God, they're still clapping. What do I do?’” What he did was move to L.A., and in less than three years he’s already made his mark, performing on Showtime’s Pride Comedy Jam and becoming a regular guest on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately. twitter.com/nicosantoscomic

Sir:Earl Before embarking on his own career as a singer/songwriter, SIR:EARL gained experience by writing, co-producing and doing vocal arrangements for a number of artists. His credits include an appearance in Celine Dion's “A New Day” video, and he served as the wardrobe designer for the independent film The Young and the Evil and Joe's “If I Was Your Man” music video. SIR:EARL’s first album, S.ugar H.oney I.ce T.ea, was a concept record in which the L.A. native took on the character Cliché. His song “Waiting for Your Stare” was used on Project Runway Season 5. He has performed all over town at venues including The 3 Clubs, The Cat Club, Fubar, La Cita and Here Lounge. SIR:EARL also took part in the first annual Gay Day at The Los Angeles County Fair 2011 and has performed at San Diego and Orange County Pride. Keep an eye—and ear—out for SIR:EARL in the near future. soundcloud.com/sirearl

George Takei With his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu in the groundbreaking sci-fi series Star Trek, George Takei ascended to the annals of TV history as one of the first actors to present an Asian character in a positive light. Decades later, he broke the mold again, coming out as gay in the pages of Frontiers. Since then, Takei has rocketed to the forefront of gay activism, winning the American Humanist Association's LGBT Humanist Award last year and earning the honor of Key Note Speaker at this year's San Diego Pride. His work for gay rights often collides with his work in front of the camera, as evidenced by the recent documentary chronicling his life and marriage to long-time partner Brad (George & Brad Live Long and Prospher, screening at Outfest on July 13 & 14). The film also draws parallels between the current battle for LGBT equality and the struggles of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Takei provides first-hand perspective as not only a gay man but also a prisoner of a Japanese-American internment camp for four years. georgetakei.com

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BY MICHELLE MCCARTHY

WITH THEIR OUTLANDISH COSTUMES, envelope-pushing videos and sensory-overload live shows, Hi Fashion has been turning heads since the release of the band’s first EP, Sprechen Sie Hi Fashion? in 2011. It’s funny to think that it all started when Jen DM met her partner in crime, Rick Gradone, in a New York gay bar, where he proceeded to try and pick her up, thinking she was a hot guy. We spoke to Jen of the queer electropop duo Hi Fashion on the day DOMA and Prop. 8 died. You could say she was emotional. In fact, she was speaking to us from her car as she made her way to the rally in West Hollywood.

How do you feel about what went down today? Oh my god, I’m on my way to West Hollywood right now. I’m feeling a million things. I feel thrilled, relieved, empowered and angry. My anger just comes from frustration that it’s taken this long. These were rights we were always entitled to have. It’s a reminder that we had to fight so hard for this. But I’m really impassioned, and I take it really personally. I’m in a celebratory mood.

I’m just glad that California’s coming around. I have faith in the state of California and the United States. It’s going to take a while, but this is a huge victory. It’s not just about our community; it’s about our nation. I’m really grateful to be in California on this day. I’m really glad to stand with other people in the community today at this rally. Do your lyrics reflect your politics? Some of them do. One of the songs on our new EP is called “You Are Gorgeous,” and it’s a celebration of trans visibility. It’s not quite so literal, but it’s a celebration of two spirits, which is a belief of there being more than the binary being, more than just male and female. In other ancient civilizations, there’s a whole scale. We certainly have a lot of trans fans, but that’s not why we did it. Our politics come through in our music, but that’s certainly not our agenda. Our agenda is a little more casual and humorous. We like to make each other laugh, and we like to keep people dancing. But we’re political people, so we can’t help that our politics leak into the lyrics. You guys are originally from New York but now live in L.A. What’s the biggest difference in fashion between the two cities? I feel like you can find commonalities in fashion in both cities. But the weather here— it’s just too hot to wear all those sexy layers you can in New York. I’m a lover of the layers. When I first moved here, I would get dressed in my house with all my layers on and by the time I’d get to my destination, I would have peeled off, like, five layers. I was in complete denial that there were no changes of seasons. [Laughs] It’s a really laid-back city here. And it’s sunny, and people have more of a sunny disposition. The colors are brighter. The colors here would

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come off as more garish in New York. Casual footwear is really common here. I’m not saying it’s a city of people who don’t care, by any means. Everyone’s gorgeous here. The fashion industry is way more prevalent in New York. People are really dressing to impress. Because it’s a pedestrian city, you’re constantly seeing what other people are wearing on the street. People kind of use the sidewalk as a runway. That said, I think people in both cities look pretty fantastic. Rick hit on you when you first met. How would you rate his pickup style? Oh, my god, he is so good. He is so slick and smooth, and it really would’ve worked. I kind of played around with him for a little bit. I don’t know if I would say that I passed as a guy, but in a dark enough bar when it was late enough, it was a little vague. I presented a little more masculinely. It was a time when I role-played a lot. Androgyny was really popular. We ended up becoming incredibly close friends. He’s my family now. Tell us about your new EP, You Are Gorgeous. It’s a long EP—seven tracks and two remixes of “Special Delivery Love.” It’s a bit of a departure from our first EP in that we decided to explore different sounds, and we were both coming from a time when we were in transition. I was going through a breakup of a relationship I was in for five years. Rick was going through some life changes. We were both questioning where we were in our lives and what love means to us. You can hear some of that, but there’s absolutely the tried-and-true Hi Fashion sound in there. It’s dancey, it’s electropop and it’s fun and funny. I love it. You Are Gorgeous will be released July 17. For more information, go to theworldofhifashion.com.


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San Diego Pride Celebrates the Freedom to Love and Marry

By Mike Ciriaco

San Diego has a lot to be proud of this summer. The SoCal city's 39th Annual LGBT Pride Festival and Parade celebrates the theme “Freedom to Love and Marry” and runs July 1214, mere weeks after the Supreme Court officially squashed both Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. As a result, same-sex marriages are not only legal in California but are also recognized on a federal level. This monumental judicial decision is arguably the most important milestone in American gay history since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the very event Pride commemorates. The time span between our gay marriage victory and Stonewall reflects how far the LGBT community has evolved in the past four decades. Stonewall was a revolutionary act that forced the heterocentric majority to acknowledge the existence of queer culture. While ultimately effective, the incident was characterized by violence that would prove to be a counterproductive civil rights strategy in the long run. On the other hand, marriage equality was earned by confronting an unjust law and battling it legally within the system. While Stonewall shouted “We're here, we're queer,” gay marriage cements, “We're here, we're queer and we're your peers.” Marriage equality would not have been won if not for the tireless efforts of countless LGBT activists. One prominent gay rights advocate participating in this year's San Diego Pride is out actor George Takei, who will serve as the

keynote speaker for the Spirit of Stonewall Rally and Flag Raising. Takei first broke societal barriers on the classic sci-fi series Star Trek with his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu, one of TV’s first popular Asian characters. In 2005, he once again flouted taboos by coming out publicly in an interview with Frontiers. Three years later, Takei married his longtime boyfriend Brad Altman, who will be joining his husband as a San Diego Pride Parade Grand Marshal. “Freedom, love and commitment are shared values across the spectrum of humanity, and I'm honored to celebrate and share that truth alongside my husband at this year's San Diego LGBT Pride,” says Takei. The couple will be joined by another political activist at this year’s San Diego Pride. La Toya Jackson will also serve as a celebrity grand marshal for her efforts in continuing her late brother Michael’s mission to combat HIV and AIDS. Additionally, La Toya will be emceeing the Pride festival’s mainstage on Sunday evening. “I am so excited, and I am absolutely honored to be a part of San Diego Pride. Love is hard for anyone to find, and if you have someone who you love enough to marry, why not celebrate it?” says Jackson. Frontiers has assembled a guide to this year’s San Diego festivities to aid in the celebration. Grab your spouse-to-be, your partner or just your friends, and take part in commemorating this summer's historical Pride season.

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party Friday, July 12, 7-11 p.m. Normal Street and University Avenue

The Spirit of Stonewall Rally and Flag Raising Friday, July 12, 6-7 p.m. Normal Street and University Avenue (Hillcrest Pride Flag) Keynote speaker George Takei kicks off this weekend of LBGT appreciation and revelry.

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Immediately following the Stonewall Rally and Flag Raising, the streets of San Diego's Boystown will shut down, the dance stages will go up and Pride's second annual Hillcrest Block Party will bust loose. Performing this year is number one Billboard dance artist and former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta. “I’m so excited and so honored to stand for the LGBT community and support the freedom to love and marry,” said Sutta. “You have my heart and my commitment to be the voice for the people who can’t be heard.”

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Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hillcrest

Saturday, July 13, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Marston Point, Balboa Park

The parade typically serves as the lynchpin to any Pride event, and San Diego is no different. In fact, as the fourth largest in the nation, this parade is expected to attract over 200,000 spectators, as well as significant media attention. The parade begins at Normal Street, proceeding west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street. Catch a glimpse of grand marshals La Toya Jackson, George Takei and Brad Altman-Takei.

San Diego Pride’s premier celebration includes multiple stages of entertainment, over 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, 300 participating vendor booths, cultural presentations and great food. Highlights include a “hiNrg” dance floor, a youth zone for underage participants and a Diversity Task Force hosting workshops throughout the weekend. La Toya Jackson serves as emcee for the mainstage on Sunday night.


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Become a Concrete Hero for APLA

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URBAN JUNGLE By Michelle McCarthy Angelenos are used to traversing the obstacleladen landscape that is our beloved city. You’ve gotta be quick on your feet out here. The driver in front of you on Sunset who can’t find a parking spot has suddenly stopped and clicked on his hazards? Nothing a brake pump and effortlessly executed swerve can’t fix. A Sig Alert on the 405? We simply scan our internal database of hidden alternate routes and coast through the hills. So when the Concrete Hero Urban Obstacle Challenge held its inaugural outing last year, eager participants let out a collective, “We were made for this.” This year’s event is going to be even bigger and better. Held at Los Angeles Historic Park on Sunday, July 14, the second annual Concrete Hero will feature L.A.-themed obstacles in a five-mile route through downtown streets and alleyways. Participants will leap over and climb through 28 vehicles and two buses in “Carmageddon,” scale nearly two stories over the “Hollywood Sign Climb,” dash through “Dodgeball Alley” and even face natural disasters, including “June Gloom Fog,” “Santa Ana Winds” and many other surprise obstacles along an all-new, chip-timed course. All money raised will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and reduce the incidence of infection in L.A. “It’s not so much a race as it is an adventure,” says Brian Olver, a 2012 Concrete Hero veteran.

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“Every time your breath starts to recover, there’s a new challenge in front of you. It was a lot of fun to get out there and do something different, out of the ordinary and out of West Hollywood.” Brian is an openly gay swimming champion who competed in the Gay Games in Chicago. This year, he is co-captain of the 14-member team Neon Explosion with his partner of 11 years, Daniel Kositzke. The couple has played a pivotal role in driving community involvement for this event, posting details on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. They also threw a fundraiser party two weeks ago and raised $4,500. Neon Explosion now ranks fourth in team fundraising. “There are a lot of events around L.A.—your fundraising dinners and your active events like walks and bike rides,” says Bart Verry, director of development at APLA. “This is really different, particularly because the Spartan races and things like that are typically out in rural areas. This is right in the heart of Downtown L.A., so participants are able to not only experience the opportunity of scaling walls and getting dirty and doing monkey bars, but they’re also able to give back to the community.” In case you’ve been giving the gym the cold shoulder as of late and this challenge seems daunting, don’t worry. All fitness levels are welcome, and participants are encouraged to approach Concrete Hero at their own pace. If you come to an obstacle you don’t feel comfortable tackling, you can just walk around it. “There are people at the front who are professional

triathletes, and then there are people who are just doing it for fun and to raise money for APLA,” Brian says. At 2012’s Concrete Hero, nearly 1,000 participants raised more than $400,000 for APLA’s life-sustaining direct services. There is a long list of APLA programs the money goes to support. “We have about nine food pantry sites throughout Los Angeles County,” Verry says. “We provide food free of charge for our clients. We also have a dental clinic where we provide oral health care services for people who don’t have insurance. And we have a great mental health program. We do a lot with nutrition counseling, and we have a fantastic prevention and education program to encourage people to get tested. We work with those who are HIV-negative to remain so.” Based on feedback from the first Concrete Hero, organizers are upping the ante this year— both athletically and socially. The course has been increased from three to five miles, and there will be more of a celebratory atmosphere once you cross the finish line. Verry explains, “We’re going to have more of an after-party atmosphere where people can do the event and then come together to celebrate their accomplishment.” In other words, once you catch your breath, prepare to rub sweaty elbows at a massive block party in the heart of the city. To register, donate or receive more information on Concrete Hero, visit concretehero.org or call (323) 462-HERO.


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Thu. | July 11

‘DAMAGES’ AUCTION

LE CORSAIRE Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

eBay Glenn Close auctions off amazing clothes and accessories from the hit show Damages, including items from Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, Prada and more. Proceeds will go to benefit the bringchange2mind organization, which strives to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness, of which Close is a founder. Bidding begins July 10. Check out the auction at bringchange damagesauction.com.

Three eras of choreography are represented in the programming of American Ballet Theatre as part of Dance at The Music Center, July 11 through 14. The engagement is highlighted by four performances of the swashbuckling Le Corsaire, an exotic fable of a dashing pirate's love for a beautiful harem girl that journeys through a tapestry of captive maidens, rich sultans, suspenseful abductions and dramatic rescues. musiccenter.org Thu. | July 11

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STRIPPER CIRCUS Here Lounge You’ve never been to a party quite like this, with carnival games, WeHo’s cutest boys and chances to win cash and prizes all night long, now with more strippers than ever. $5. herelounge.com Thu. | July 11

OUTFEST 2013 Various venues L.A.’s LGBT film festival, eagerly anticipated each year, returns for its 31st anniversary. The festival runs 11 days, through July 21, with screenings at venues from DTLA to West Hollywood. This evening’s opening night gala includes a screening of the David Sedaris adapatation C.O.G. Darren Stein’s G.B.F. closes the festival. outfest.org

AUTHOR AUTHOR Doheny Memorial Library, USC Over the course of his career, Michael Childers has documented the lives of a number of artists. His distinctive portrayals of Ray Bradbury, Michael Cunningham, Eve Ensler, Arianna Huffington, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams and many others delicately capture the nature of the writing life. View this exhibition of Childers’ photographs. libguides.usc.edu/author Thu. | July 11

ROARING NIGHTS L.A. Zoo This July, the zoo welcomes a new kind of wildlife with its new, 18+ nighttime series. In addition to the rare treat of exploring the zoo after-hours, Roaring Nights will feature live music from local bands, dancing with DJ Morningstar at the zoo's carousel and stand-up comedians holding court at the petting zoo. Food truck favorites will also be onhand, along with full bar service. lazoo.org/roaringnights

FORKED UP It’s no secret to Angelenos that our city has one of the country’s most dynamic dining scenes. In one city block, you may find a well-respected five-star restaurant alongside a much-hyped food truck—and both will be swarmed with eager, hungry mouths. Fortunately for us foodie city-dwellers, DineLA Restaurant Week is a 12-day event showcasing L.A. as the premier dining destination we know it to be, highlighting the rich diversity of culinary experiences our city has to offer. At no other time during the year do locals (and visitors, too) have the opportunity to enjoy a nearly infinite selection of specially priced prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of L.A.’s most renowned restaurants. An event such as this was created with two goals in mind—to drive business to our city’s local restaurants, and to build up L.A.’s awareness as one of the world’s premier cities for upscale dining. To participate, head to any one of the long list of participating restaurants for

either lunch or dinner, and indulge in a special menu created just for this event. Lunches can be had for $15, $20 or $25, dinners for $25, $35 or $45. DineLA Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to step into that acclaimed restaurant you haven’t gotten around to checking out, and also the perfect excuse to head back into that favorite restaurant of yours. Nearly 350 restaurants will be offering up special menus (generally including chefs’ specialties and diners’ favorites) throughout the event’s 12 days, and they literally cover a map of L.A., from Alhambra to Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica to Echo Park. We recommend that you make your reservations soon, as L.A.’s dining hot spots always fill up quickly during this promotion. DineLA Restaurant Week July 15-26 Various L.A. restaurants tinyurl.com/dineLA2013

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LYST Drai’s Hollywood This relatively new gay nightlife event went weekly (every Thursday) as of July 4, a place where divas, moguls, models and pretty boys frolic 12 stories above the Los Angeles skyline. Poolside cabanas, day beds, bottle service and cocktail service are all available. lystla.com Fri. | July 12

SISSY BAR Dragonfly This new party, taking place every second Friday of the month, calls all lady boys, butch femmes, bearded genderf*ckers and wig snatchers. Expect performances by a long roster of talented queens, plus special appearances by Squeaky Blonde and Phyllis Navidad. Beats by DJ James Cerne. thedragonfly.com Fri. | July 12

NINE MET Theatre Enter the glamorous world of “Cinema Italiano” when DOMA Theatre Company presents Nine, the multiple Tony Award-winning musical based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2. It’s a musical journey that explores the passion and pitfalls of an Italian film director grappling with his mid-life crisis and creative block. Through Aug. 18. domatheatre.com Sat. | July 13

BRUTUS Faultline This packed party sails into Faultline every second Saturday of the month, and it’s all hotties on deck. Have a beer and join in on the search for hidden treasure. DJ Chris Bowen provides the soundtrack, Mark Cuadrado mixes live video montages for the crowd and Mario Diaz hosts. faultlinebar.com

group of guys imbibing and dancing before starting up the work week. And because bigger is better, Billy Francesca hosts Size Queen from 4-7 p.m. tomwhitmanpresents.com Mon. | July 15

CIRQUE AT THE PLAYHOUSE Pasadena Playhouse

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This two-week session is for adults interested in pursuing a career in the circus arts—clowning, mask play, aerial arts and all non-fourth-wall styles of theatre. The summer program launches July 15, with a showcase and festival finale planned for Aug. 17. Develop a universal form of communication that crosses language barriers, touches hearts and elevates the human spirit. pasadena playhouse.org Tue. | July 16

SPANK! THE ‘FIFTY SHADES’ PARODY Scherr Forum Theatre This hilarious new comedy is sweeping the nation, bringing all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life with this clever reimagining of the book’s characters, who come alive with musical numbers, sexy and fun performances and other surprises. Through July 21. civicarts plaza.com. Tue. | July 16

AN EVENING WITH ‘WEB THERAPY’ Paley Center for Media The acclaimed Showtime comedy series Web Therapy truly delivers the funny, and this special evening includes a preview of the show’s new season, plus a panel discussion with Lisa Kudrow and the show’s creators and producers. The panel portion of the event will be streamed live at paleycenter.org/live. Wed. | July 17

LEGENDARY BINGO Hamburger Mary’s WeHo

Through July 28

SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL Pantages Theatre The musical comedy smash produced by Whoopi Goldberg, direct from Broadway, plays the Pantages for three weeks. “To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at Sister Act—a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they were expecting—is a magical experience,” says Goldberg. The show has been met with rousing critical and public acclaim. hollywoodpantages.com Sun. | July 14

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Having just celebrated 15 years as WeHo’s go-to spot for a good time, don’t miss out on celebrity guests, great prizes and a raucous night of Bingo with Bingo Boy and his drag queen hostesses. Take your pick of the 7 or 9 p.m. ‘shows’— or up your chances and play in both. bingoboyinc.com Wed. | July 17

CULVER CITY HAPPY HOUR Downtown Culver City Culver City invites you to celebrate a neighborhood-wide happy hour. There's nothing better than shopping, dining and enjoying live entertainment under the stars. Even better are free samples, discounts and prize giveaways from over 30 area merchants. Beat traffic by riding the rails to the new Expo Line Culver City Station. downtownculvercity.com

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CHICO’S ANGELS Cavern Club Theater Join the Angels as they unravel the mystery of murdered contestants in the Miss Kumquat Pageant. Cecil Kumquat hires the crime-fighting trio to find the killer and save his pageant. Kay and Chita go undercover as contestants; Freida and Bossman find themselves posing as a reporter and cameraman. The Angels are determined to solve the crime, get their story and take the crown! Through Aug. 4. chicosangels.com Thu. | July 18

THE B-52s & X Orange County Fair It’s two bands for the price of one when The B-52s and X share a stage at the Orange County Fair. Expect both bands to keep the crowd on its feet with amazing setlists of songs from yesteryear. Don’t miss out on the treats (funnel cake!) and people-watching of the fair before the show begins. ocfair.com Fri. | July 19

PINK MARTINI Hollywood Bowl The “little orchestra” known as Pink Martini plays three nights at the Hollywood Bowl, by now a summertime tradition in our city. The group hopes to appeal to all by drawing inspiration from music originating all over the world—crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. Through July 21. hollywoodbowl.com

RE-WIRED AND READY TO ROCK The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center proudly presents rock/funk/R&B legend Nona Hendryx, avant-garde alumna of the groundbreaking vocal group Labelle (“Lady Marmalade”), in a high-energy, multimedia techno mix of new works as well as her classic material (“Busting Out,” “Why Should I Cry?”). Hendryx’s performance incorporates cutting-edge music technology, including a Plexiglas tutu with built-in speakers, wireless remote-controlled visuals and the ability to manipulate digital instruments. Hendryx developed Re-Wired with 20 students and faculty of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The students rearranged and rewired songs from Nona’s catalogue along with new material written for the performance. Nona and three students worked on the designs for The W.A.V.E. Glove and M.I.T. (Mini Tutu) robot. The material in Nona Hendryx Re-Wired reflects her broad range of musical ideas and interests—from ambient, atmospheric work to funky, R&B-influenced rock and pop. The evening before Hendryx’s live performance, the exhibit Electric Summer opens at the Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries, a collaboration with New York-based artist Gina Raphaela. The exhibit runs through Aug. 17, and admission is free. Nona Hendryx Re-Wired July 12 L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, Hlywd. lagaycenter.org/theatre

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FOOD2KNOW Ribs

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Sometimes you just get a craving for some messy, saucy, finger-licking-good barbecue, and when you have one of those moments, here are the go-to spots for some of the best ribs in town.

BABY BLUES BBQ

BLUDO’S BAR-&-QUE

BONEYARD BISTRO

Whether you like your ribs Memphis-style, made Texas-style with beef or good old baby backs smoked and seasoned to tenderness—or all three on a platter—you’ll find some meat that tickles your taste buds at this WeHo ‘cue joint. Order the fried okra as a side. 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo. (323) 6561277, babyblueswh.com

This Compton favorite opened a new location in the swanky former Tar Pit space on La Brea last spring, and since then, Angelenos have been lining up for meaty pork ribs and other specialties like brisket, rib tips and hot links, all cooked according to methods perfected by the joint’s Texas-style pit master. 609 N. La Brea Ave., L.A. (323) 931-2583, barandque.com

Another upscale barbecue ‘bistro,’ this Sherman Oaks spot has been satisfying Valley dwellers’ cravings for tender smoked cuts. The house specialty—slow hickory-smoked pork ribs (both baby back and St. Louis spare ribs)— comes dry, wet or glazed with chipotle. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 906-7427, boneyardbistro.com

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Sat. | July 20

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL

ALEC MAPA Renberg Theatre

Cabrillo Music Theatre

BY ERIC ROSEN

The popular movie comedy comes to the musical stage with Broadway choreography, humor, music and an irresistible dog! Choreography by Tony Winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray). The story begins as Elle Woods graduates from UCLA, so it’s only appropriate that this production stars an actual UCLA student, Emma Degerstedt. Through July 28. cabrillomusictheatre.com

FRONTIERS NIGHT OUT: HOT GUYS WITH GUNS Ford Amphitheatre / Eleven Nightclub

DOWN HOME ON ABBOT KINNEY Beloved L.A. native chef Govind Armstrong (of Table 8 fame, and currently also executive chef of Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills) has taken over a beloved Westside spot (formerly Lilly’s on Venice’s Abbot Kinney) with his most recent restaurant concept, Willie Jane. The restaurant serves a seasonal, Californian take on the Lowcountry coastal cuisine of the American South, and is named

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after his fellow restaurant partner’s oldest living relative, Aunt Willie Jane, who marked her 100th birthday this year. The menu here is a hodgepodge of plates both large and small, though all are meant for sharing, and all contain a few elements of surprise. Take your time negotiating the menu over playful cocktails like the Coal Miner’s Daughter with bourbon, macerated ginger, lavender honey and lemon juice, which will have you singing an homage to honky tonk culture. Armstrong’s take on a Southern classic— catfish—comes in the form of delicious rillettes served with pickled fennel and radish for a tart bite. One of the standout starters (though it’s substantial enough for a main) is the plate of cherry wood-smoked ribs in a root beer glaze, served with burnt citrus accents, dusted with flakes of sea salt. The overall effect is meaty, smoky and satisfying. Of course, no meal here would be complete without sampling either the fried chicken with creamy Anson Mills smothered grits and fresh garden greens or the juicy pork chop brined in sweet tea and served with wilted greens and a savory date mostarda. Order a few sides for the table as well, like the black-eyed peas with chunks of Tasso ham and leaves of kale, or the Brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon vinaigrette and pecans for a hint of a sweet crunch. Although the red velvet cream cheese cake bombs with vanilla bean ice cream are fluffy and tempting, try the decadently silky chocolate peanut butter pudding with devil’s food cake and honeyed peanuts.

Don’t miss the premiere of Doug Spearman’s directorial debut, Hot Guys with Guns, at the Ford Amphitheatre, part of Outfest. After the screening, head to our special after-party, with red carpet arrivals starting at 10:30 p.m., along with cast appearances and celebrity guests throughout the evening. Enjoy hosted cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and special performances. eleven.la Fri. | July 19

FRESH CLASSIC FRIDAYS

Through July 20

THE LAST DAYS OF MARY STUART Son of Semele Theater

Fri. | July 19

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America’s Gaysian Sweetheart, Alec Mapa, stars in a special onenight-only encore presentation of his acclaimed solo show Baby Daddy. The show hilariously chronicles Mapa's adventures on his march through the uncharted territory of gay fatherhood. This performance will be filmed for future broadcast, so don’t miss it. lagaycenter.org

Lady Bear

Eleven Nightclub It’s one of the most popular nights in West Hollwood, with some of the city’s hottest man candy as well. The party features world-class DJs, dancers and pop artist performers, which makes for one hell of an entertaining night. eleven.la Fri. | July 19

UPRIGHT CABARET AT GLEH Triangle Square Every third Friday through Nov. 15, Upright Cabaret comes to Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing. Party past your prime (and maybe your bedtime) as hot recording artists belt the best of Broadway and decades worth of divas—all your gay favorites, aged to perfection. This evening features Matt Zarley. uprightcabaret.com

In an immersive club atmosphere, this electro-opera blurs the lines of history to create a musical allegory for our time. Mary Stuart is the disgraced and charismatic Queen of Scots, fast becoming an ‘it girl’ rising in 16th century England. She drives herself into the rift over Queen Elizabeth’s legitimacy, and it is in this political hothouse that Stuart grows her cult of personality that menaces the future of the English empire and the new world in which we live. sonofsemele.org Sun. | July 21

BEARS IN SPACE LOT PARTY Akbar The second edition of the Bears in Space Lot Party returns to the parking lot behind East Side hangout Akbar, this time featuring a performance by San Francisco drag favorite Lady Bear and a DJ set by Whitney Fierce of Hercules & Love Affair. The drinks are cheap, the boys are scruffy and the bounceyhouse will be inflated and ready to go! akbarsilverlake.com Through Aug. 18

A PARALLELOGRAM Mark Taper Forum This time-twisting funhouse is from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning author of Clybourne Park and the Tony Award-winning director of August: Osage County. Past, present and future collide for Bee when strange new revelations rock her normal suburban life, taking us down the rabbit hole on an unforgettable ride full of hairpin plot turns, riotously shifting realities and havoc-wreaking time travel. This bold new play will make you laugh, gasp and wonder how much control we truly have over our lives. centertheatregroup.org


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Sister Act

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shows up and wants to rekindle old flames. The comic hijinks ensue. Somehow it comes out into a very cohesive plot.

Charles Busch resurrects 'The Divine Sister' Famed drag performer Charles Busch is celebrating 30 years in theater. As a celebration of sorts, he is reuniting with his original cast to record his OffBroadway comedy The Divine Sister, July 11-14. Performed in front of an audience sans costumes or sets, much like a classic radio show, it will air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series. In the production, Busch sets his sights on Hollywood’s representation of nuns throughout the years. Is it harder to get into character without donning the costume? I don’t think so. The first seven years of my career, I was a solo performer, and I played all these different characters. I wasn’t in costume at all. I’d just wear neutral men’s clothes. I got used to playing female characters with no costume. Later, when I did Lesbian Vampires of Sodom and dressed in drag, it was kind of like a gilded lily. I was used to playing a female character with just acting. It’s funny—with drag,

it became more important to everybody else than it was to me. Why did you choose nuns as your subject matter? I was born Jewish, and I had no religious background at all. But I was obsessed with movies. I loved any movie to do with Catholicism and Jesus and nuns. It all seemed terribly romantic. I suppose if I went to Catholic school I’d have a more realistic notion of what nuns are like. From watching old movies, you would think nuns were just either graceful, spiritual, ethereal creatures or wacky fun-loving gals. The convent seemed like a sorority house where they dress up. For all these decades that I’ve been doing all these movie comedies, I’ve always had in the back of my mind a great desire to do one about nuns and Hollywood religiosity. It took me till 2010 to finally get it out of my system. What is The Divine Sister about?

The Divine Sister is a pastiche of every movie ever made about nuns. I play an embattled Mother Superior in 1966 in Pittsburgh. My convent is falling apart, so I seek out a wealthy Jewish philanthropist to give us money to build a new convent. Along the way, one of my postulants sees a vision in one of the schoolboy’s underpants when she’s doing the laundry. My former lover

How has the popularity of shows like Drag Race changed the art form? Certainly, it’s gotten more people to look at it—people who might have in the past thought, It’s not for me. I think Drag Race is terrific. Drag is so wide and varied that it’s rather remarkable that RuPaul has found a way to even it out so they can actually have a competition. I hope people who watch Drag Race will be interested enough to seek out other forms of drag as entertainment. Every so many years, there’s sort of a big spate of drag-related shows. In one year, we had Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; To Wong Fu; Mrs. Doubtfire— and Victor Victoria was on the stage. Now it’s kinda happened again. The one constant is me! [Laughs] I just keep treading along. Read the extended interview with Charles Busch at FrontiersLA.com/ExclusiveInterviews. For more info on The Divine Sister, go to latw.org.

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REVIEWS BLACKFISH Opens July 19

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This remarkable documentary—about orcas that have maimed and/or killed trainers while performing for audiences—is a film SeaWorld will not want audiences to see. But Blackfish is a don’t-miss doc for animal rights activists and viewers who will appreciate the honesty of former SeaWorld trainers. The interview subjects discuss the harsh conditions whales like the 6,000pound Tilikum experience as well as the shocking, unsafe environments they faced on the job. In addition to disturbing descriptions of Tilikum being housed in small, dark tanks or being “raked” (scratched by other whales), Blackfish offers horrifying footage of attacks, including some extraordinary scenes of trainers being pulled and dragged by these deadly but majestic creatures. While SeaWorld wants to promote fun—cue ironic advertisements—the film presents legal transcripts and corporate PR-speak that will infuriate viewers as much as it does those mourning the loss of a trainer. Exposing the lies propagated by places like SeaWorld is part of Blackfish’s agenda, but the deeper call here is for greater animal welfare. Only by ending greed and exploitation can whales like Tilikum be ‘free.’ It’s an important message that comes across loud and as disturbingly clear as the wailing sounds a mother whale makes when SeaWorld separates her from her baby. —Gary M. Kramer

THE HUNT

ONLY GOD FORGIVES

PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp

Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm

Starring Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser Opens July 12

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Opens July 19

Some films divide because of the singularity of a director’s vision (The Tree of Life, Blue Velvet). Others cause dissent based on subject matter (M, Last Tango in Paris). Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt is a powerfully ambiguous work about the accusations of child sexual abuse in a small town, and it can make an audience squirm. Kindergarten teacher Lucas (Mikkelsen)—still recovering from divorce and battling for more visitation time with his teenage son—is beloved by his mostly male students. Klara (Wedderkopp), an odd and lonely child, the daughter of Lucas’s best friend, Theo (Larsen), develops an unhealthy crush on him. When Klara not-so-innocently kisses him, Lucas very patiently tries to set boundaries. The next day, still smarting from embarrassment, she tells another teacher that she has seen Lucas’s penis, setting off a course of events that may ruin the unsuspecting man’s life. Mikkelsen—currently the title character of NBC’s Hannibal—gives a raw and nuanced performance (he won the Best Actor Award from the 2012 Cannes jury). And the young Wedderkopp, directed superlatively by Vinterberg, is a complicated marvel; moreso than the simpleminded adults who close ranks in an epic witch hunt of righteousness and indignation.

The Cannes Film Festival quite often gets things spectacularly wrong, so I wasn’t concerned when I heard that Only God Forgives, the latest film by director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, was a disaster. It was met with boos, walkouts, etc. My expectations lowered, the first 20 minutes of this Thai-set revenge fantasy buzzed by. The stylized compositions, the hotly lighted sets, the languorous tracking shots, the emotional deadness of the characters— Refn was setting up for a spectacular thriller. Then the film went nowhere fast—or let me be clear—it went nowhere excruciatingly slowly. The style of Only God Forgives is its all. The characters—played by Gosling, the luminous Kristin Scott Thomas (wasted here) and Vithaya Pansringarm—are ciphers. Gosling, especially, goes further into the mysterious blankness he perfected in Drive, only here he’s simply blank. Thailand seems post-apocalyptic. Scott Thomas is the only guest staying in her swank hotel. Cliff Martinez’s score percolates and thunders, a concrete symphony to nothing. (In its way, it’s perfect for the movie.) The violence, however, is rapturous, a real labor of love that’s like the bastard child of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. And it’s stillborn.

A Southern-fried turducken of a movie, Pawn Shop Chronicles is comprised of three overcooked, intersecting tales that revolve around transactions at Alton’s (Vicent D’Onofrio) pawnshop. The first story is a darkly funny vignette about Raw Dog (Walker) and his fellow white supremacist, Randy (Kevin Rankin), seeking revenge on someone who owes Randy money. It’s offensive, but not nearly as shocking as the second tale about Richard (Dillon), a wedding ring and a series of confrontations that are both disturbing and indelible. It is to director Wayne Kramer’s dubious credit that he does not hold back on showing some pretty graphic torture before telegraphing a ‘surprise’ ending that makes an already unpleasant sequence rather unsatisfying. The third tale is just disappointing. Here, Ricky (Fraser) is an Elvis impersonator who enters a strange town and makes a deal with a devil of sorts. The episode is the least compelling of the three, in part because Fraser’s Elvis is pretty lame—perhaps deliberately so. However, his rendition of “Amazing Grace” is interminable. It is as if Kramer was tuckered out after the first two episodes and just gave up here. Depending on one’s appetite for excess, this tasteless film will be either delicious or disgusting.

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The Duckworth Lewis Method

MUSIC

Sticky Wickets (Divine Comedy Records)

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Storming in the room, as if to be wearing crooked false teeth and the flag of Great Britain, there’s nothing more English than The Duckworth Lewis Method. Tongue firmly planted in cheek, DLM (Pugwash’s Tomas Walsh and The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon) write about one thing and one thing only—cricket. The group’s debut album, released four years ago, explored just about every issue of the game imaginable. Somehow it avoided sounding like a novelty record, primarily due to Hannon’s genius musicality, but the question is, can they avoid the trap twice? The answer, in short, is yes. Despite guest vocal appearances by Daniel Radcliffe and Stephen Fry (among others), this is a fantastic and—in places—moving LP. “The Umpire” is up there with the best Divine Comedy material. “Third Man” sounds like a single, and “Out in the Middle” is just spectacular. “Line and Length” sounds like Thomas Dolby in the late ‘80s then segues into a drinking shanty, “The Laughing Cavaleirs.” This album is musically all over the place yet narratively sturdy. It makes for a compelling, often hilarious album that’s sure to do nothing in America. You’re gonna have to seek this one out, people. It’s worth it. —Dominik Rothbard

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Daughn Gibson, a Pennsylvaniabased singer-songwriter, has a voice that’s the aural equivalent of a big, swinging dick. That’s to say it’s big, beefy and sometimes ridiculous. On his sophomore release, Me Moan, Gibson goes further down the electro-country path he blazed on his debut, All Hell. Gibson began as a drummer for stoner metal band Pearls and Brass, but once he discovered his deep baritone, he turned into a debauched crooner of dark narratives and broken romances. The songs on Me Moan delve deeper into the fringes. Opener “The Sound of Law” takes a no-rent father to task; “The Pisgee Nest” follows star-crossed lovers in a downward spiral. Gibson’s kind of a homegrown version of Nick Cave crossed with Iggy Pop, but he has his own wheelhouse. And that country connection is deeper than just his languorous drawl; he’s drawn to detailed narrative that he weaves amongst beds of electro effects and, best of all, a real love of guitars—slide guitars, twangy ones, the kind that get two-steppers moving across the floor (check out the genius “Kissin’ on the Blacktop”). Occasionally, Gibson’s voice turns mannered—he can often sound like the guys from South Park satirizing a heavy metal song—but he’s a true original. —Dan Loughry

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“If you create the game, then you create the rules” are the prescient lyrics that kick off this fantastic fifth effort from India.Arie. The song is called “Just Do You,” and it’s one of the many self-empowerment jams to be unearthed on this splendid collection of songs. Purpose, pride and individuality seem to be the recurring themes here, anchored by Arie’s honeyed and velveteen vocals, her gently strummed acoustic guitar and even some Turkish influences (most notable on lead single “This Love”), making for some serious chicken soup for the soul. And the stripped-down production works a charm in showcasing the simplicity of her elegance, especially on the laid-bare “Life I Know.” Musically, she remains a genteel, self-assured R&B storyteller with musical influences ranging from Stevie Wonder ("Nothing That I Love More") to Michael Jackson (the chorus of the aforementioned “Just Do You”) to Billie Holiday. And sweet, carefree numbers like "Flowers" and “Cocoa Butter” exemplify her positivity, along with some subtle sex appeal. It’s nice to hear the mutli-Grammywinning artist back in such fine form after a few years of record company woes, and these 16 tracks can easily make for some sultry sounds on a sunny Sunday afternoon—or some betweenthe-sheets romping. —Paul V.

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For the first half of the band’s debut, In a Perfect World, the Irish alternative act Kodaline comes across as a discount bin version of Coldplay. (It entered the Irish charts at No. 1.) Mostly, these 11 tracks have one eye on sales and the other one eyeing up your unsuspecting teenage daughters. Vocalist Steve Garrigan has patterned himself expertly on Chris Martin and Keane’s Tom Chaplin, with an occasional nod to his countryman Bono on the more bombastic songs. “Talk” is the kind of mid-tempo melodrama you hear once and know you’ll be hearing again way too soon in a shitty rom-com. “Love Like This” is Mumford & Sons without an ounce of authenticity (which doesn’t seem to bother Mumford & Sons fans). The lyrics mostly deal in the confusion of heartbreak—”If you loved me, why’d you leave me?” from “All I Want”; “A love like this won’t last forever” from “Love Like This”— and that’s the extent of their wisdom. Yet just when you’re ready to write off the entire album, along comes “Pray,” a tune that’s nearly as good as Jeff Buckley, and the simple end track “Way Back When” that’s as classically contoured as late-’60s Kinks. —Dan Loughry

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the male Lana Del Rey. No, they don’t sound similar, though they both make painfully middle-of-the-road Starbucks counter music. More importantly, they’re both shockingly beautiful, mysteriously and perpetually heartbroken and … have no identity of their own. Tom Odell, like Del Rey, is an A&R exec’s wet dream—a dumb lump of sexy clay. To sum up Tom Odell’s sound, if your mom is desperately waiting for the next David Grey album, get her Long Way Down. If your mom loves Marcus Mumford’s voice but wishes he were more of a pussy, get her Long Way Down. If you hate your mom, get her Long Way Down. The songs are interchangeable and often sound like Coldplay outtakes. Early single “Another Love” is infuriatingly catchy. I really can’t emphasize how much this guy sounds like Mumford with Florence + The Machine’s backing band. NME recently reviewed this album, giving it a zero out of 10, prompting Odell’s father to write the legendary magazine an angry letter. I say we retaliate. Let’s write angry letters to Tom Odell encouraging him to simply stop. We just got gay marriage—we can do this! Avoid at all costs.

I can’t lie—the last few Pet Shop Boys records left me underwhelmed. Some good ideas going on, yes, but no real lasting earworms or dance hits to keep me engaged. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear how vitalized and enlivened the UK duo sounds here on its 12th effort. And let’s credit über-producer Stuart Price, who flat out said he wanted to give it all a “euphoric, fresh feel,” and indeed he did. These are some of the most seductive beats, gut-punching basslines and sticky melodies the guys have come up with in a long, long time. And it’s an animated Neil Tennant who steals the show with his patented droll, Brit-centric lyrical delivery on tracks like “Love is a Bourgeois Construct” (a clear nod to Madonna via Abba’s “Hung Up”) and their first rap hit entitled “Thursday.” Many of the best songs (“Fluorescent,” “Axis,” “Inside a Dream”) are more chanted than sung, letting the seductive disco beats and ravetastic synth strains do all the talking necessary. The song that really sums up this vibe is the “It’s Alright”-inspired lead single “Vocal,” where Tenant extols the virtues of the vocalist, taking us to church on the dance floor. So yes, you can call this a very welcomed comeback.

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THEATER REVIEWS THE BOOMERANG EFFECT ZEPHYR THEATRE | 7456 Melrose Ave., Hollywood Through July 27 | tix.com

Veteran playwright-screenwriterdirector Del Shores (Sordid Lives, Yellow) dons a producer’s hat for an encore production of Matthew Leavitt’s raucous sex comedy, The Boomerang Effect. This episodic play, charting the subtly interrelated lives of five couples in five separate bedrooms, premiered at the Odyssey Theatre in April 2012. The original cast and a new group of alternate performers appear in this run, in mixand-match fashion. Acclaimed local director Dámaso Rodriguez is again at the helm for this remount, as he prepares to leave L.A. for his new post as artistic director at the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. The pedigree of this behind-thescenes team is formidable, and the production benefits further from skilled actors, including a couple of Shores main-

stays (Emerson Collins and Luke McClure, who costar in the upcoming film version of his play Southern Baptist Sissies). The piece blends a sitcom sensibility with a thin veneer of serious reflection. The contemporary story offers a vague hint of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 German classic La Ronde. Interactions shared by some characters with those from separate segments—occurrences that are referred to, but not seen—support the play’s examination of the ways choices we make in life and love can have unexpected repercussions on ourselves and those around us. The conflicts among the couples are varied. Likable but scarcely ambitious Trader Joe’s box-boy Paul (a terrific McClure), a pothead suffering from Peter Pan syndrome, is startled to learn that his steady girlfriend Stephanie (the

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amusing Kim Hamilton) is pregnant. The horny Andrew (the spirited Malcolm Barrett) is being driven nuts by a habit of his lover Renee (uproariously funny Tiffany Lonsdale), who has a penchant for instigating pensive conversation amid the heat of passionate lovemaking. Jonathan Slavin (as David) and Collins (as Nick) find hilarity and wry social commentary in the relationship between male lovers who differ on several issues. A smarmy business executive (hilariously detestable Charles Howerton) has more than dictation in mind when he calls his sexy underling Julie (shrewdly funny Katherine Bailess) to a hotel room, but he meets more than he bargained for. Another would-be Lothario, married businessman Marcus (Phillip Boyd),

wakes up in the bedroom of coworker Janetta (Vanessa Celso) following a booze-soaked office party. Rodriguez keeps the action moving at a fast clip, and Leavitt’s crisp dialogue boasts plenty of resonant zingers. The attempt to forge philosophical musing out of the material ultimately seems less successful than the simpler pleasure of watching engaging characters grapple with comedic contemporary dilemmas. Design credits add to the pleasures— particularly John Iacovelli’s stylish set, which quickly morphs into separate bedrooms, Brian Gale’s smart lighting and T. Ashanti Mozelle’s appealing costumes. This production provides a heaping helping of fluffy summertime fun. —Les Spindle

THE ASSASSINATION OF LEON TROTSKY: A COMEDY ODYSSEY THEATRE | 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Through July 28 | plays 411.com/trotsky

If Caryl Churchill and Larry Shue had a love child, and that love child wrote a play about the theater, it would look something like The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy, Peter Lefcourt’s smart, silly, surprising and outrageously entertaining play receiving a top-notch world premiere at the Odyssey. Using the framework of a playwithin-a-play, Lefcourt introduces us to a group of actors putting on a play about the last days of Leon Trotsky (Joel Swetow), the Bolshevik leader who was deported by Stalin and killed while living in Mexico with famed artists Frida Kahlo (Murielle Zuker) and Diego Rivera (Joe J. Garcia). Just before curtain, the playwright (Greyson Lewis) has to jump in to fill the role of an actor who was just hit by a bus. If the director rules in film, and the writer controls television, in the theater it is the actors who have the final 64

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say in what is said and done onstage. Trotsky becomes a madcap celebration of this truth, as the actors hijack the play-within-the-play, releasing their collective resentment against the overbearing writer in a torrent of outrageous rewrites and inserts. The degree to which you will relish this theatrical revolt depends on your familiarity with Chekhov, Shakespeare and Beckett, but the cast is so uniformly strong and committed, and director Terri Hanauer has staged it all with such a deft hand, that the ensuing hijinks can be enjoyed by all. Zuker and Garcia are delicious as the famed artistic couple, both bursting with passion, jealously, love and joie de vivre. Swetow is excellent as the aging revolutionary, and his acting chops—honed in years as a major talent at A Noise Within— are evident when he suddenly switches into Lopahkin’s speech from The Cherry

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Orchard. Lewis is like a character from a Pixar movie, his long, impossibly thin frame contorting in an endless variety of hilarious poses, while Holly Hawkins brings a wry humor to Trotsky’s wife. Ashley Platz and Christopher Rivas add humor and sizzle as the sexy servants. The producers have lined up a crack design team, with Joel Daavid’s twotiered, colorful hacienda set providing the perfect setting and Kristen Anacker’s costumes combining with Monica Sabedra’s wigs for some spot-on like-

nesses of the real characters. Lefcourt’s cheeky program notes claim the work “has absolutely no redeeming social value,” but he sells himself short. While there is plenty of silliness (Rivera claims Frida has “seen more organs than Johan Sebastian Bach”), Trotsky makes a stealthy point about the power of art and artists, while simultaneously celebrating and sending up some of drama’s greatest scripts. Not bad for a night at the theater. —Christopher Cappiello


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“Now that I'm a mom, I'm so grateful for The Trevor Project to support the LGBT youth so they have someone there for them. Because I'm praying I have a gay little boy one day.” —Snooki shares her support for the gay community at the recent TrevorLIVE event in NYC. The Trevor Project runs the only nationwide 24/7 365-day-a-year LGBT suicide hotline and can be found online at TheTrevorProject.org.

I was recently riveted by a story on ABC's 20/20. Normally I'm content to just gaze at David Muir—he of the wide stance who favors leaning to the left. And I'm always happy on weeks when Elizabeth Vargas isn't bumped for yet another special report by Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer. The story that touched me was about two transgender teens who are now dating—and they were brought together by their moms! The kids looked so cute and happy that I tried to dismiss the unlikely chance that a couple who begins dating in their teens will be together in 10 or 20 years ... or weeks. As they laughed about how they each wanted the other's “parts,” I found myself hoping these two make it after all. I'll post the segment for you to watch on BillyMasters.com. The big news came from the Supreme Court. I eschew using the acronym SCOTUS, because what I see is scrotum— and the last thing I want to see are the words “scrotum” and Ruth Bader Ginsburg so close together. The decision on Prop. 8 was predictable—instead of ruling on its constitutionality, they declined to consider reinstating it on a technicality:

“We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here.” Far more important was the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. It was deemed unconstitutional. In a strongly worded decision, Justice Kennedy said that DOMA's “principal purpose is to impose inequality.” The change in this law opens up over 1,600 federal benefits for same-sex couples. The first true sign of change came minutes after the 66

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ruling was handed down. A judge in NYC stopped the deportation of a Colombian man married to a U.S. citizen. Talk about swift justice. Two days later, a gay couple in Florida received notification that its application for a green card had been approved (the U.S. citizen married a Bulgarian in NYC). You know what this means? I could come back from my summer in Italy with a husband, not just an STD! Perhaps I'll bump into George Clooney, who usually summers at his home in Lake Como. The ageless actor is often asked by reporters if he's had any cosmetic surgery. He told Italy's Max magazine, “I never fixed my eyes, but I spent more money to stretch the skin of my testicles.” I know a guy in NYC who will do that for you at an affordable hourly rate, and he's not the only one. The Beauty Park Spa in Santa Monica has a non-surgical treatment that uses lasers to “erase wrinkles and correct discoloration on the scrotum”—and once again I have visions of Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Nurse Jamie at the spa told the Daily Mail that she's getting “inundated with requests, and now many are gearing up for the Emmys this September.” Am I missing something? I go to the Emmys every year, and not once has anyone asked to look at my testicles. Now, it's a whole other story at the Golden Globes! I recently had a fascinating encounter with Wilson Cruz. Actually, we had two encounters. The first one took place on a busy street miles away from West Hollywood, when Wilson recognized me from his cab en route from LAX. However, the fascinating one was when we got to catch up in the flesh at L.A. Pride. While we were talking, a young-ish actor wanted to thank Wilson for giving him a career. Back when this guy was a mere child, he saw Cruz on My So-Called Life playing TV's first gay teen. It gave him hope that he could not only have a career as an actor but could also be an openly gay actor. Later, Wilson told me that he's heard many similar tales from people around the country during his work as the Strategic Giving Officer for GLAAD. This got me thinking—with the resignation of Herndon Graddick as president of GLAAD, why not install someone who can not only talk the talk but has actually walked the walk? I'd certainly get behind Wilson—of course, I'd have to get in line!

Florent Manaudou and Frédérick Bousquet

Roger in Chicago: “Why have you never said anything about Alfie Allen, the gorgeous blond who plays Greyjoy on Game of Thrones? I love him.” How quickly they forget. I actually did write about Alfie back when he replaced Daniel Radcliffe in the UK tour of Equus. Not only was he nude onstage, he's been nude in Game of Thrones. Did you miss it? No matter—the footage can be found on BillyMasters.com (and, trust me, it's well worth looking at—repeatedly). Alas, I don't know much else about him. His older sister is singer Lily Allen. They both had small roles in the film Elizabeth, where Cate Blanchett played Queen Elizabeth I (their mother was a producer). And he's straight. Sorry. When our footage of Alfie proves there are no small parts, it's definitely time to end yet another column. The changes

A pair of sexy French swimmers are taking part in an anti-homophobia campaign. Florent Manaudou (Olympic gold medalist) and Frédérick Bousquet (world record holder) posed as a hunky gay couple getting amorous in a shower for photographer Olivier Ciappa's Facebook page. The photo is titled “les couples imaginaires” or, for those of you lacking a foreign tongue, “imaginary couples.” Here is Ciappa's description: “You're with the person you love. Not a man. Not a woman. Then, at the session, I disAlfie Allen Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard appear. For they are one with each other.” I presume he said this in French. It sounds very Truffaut—or at in California also affected one straight least should have included some couple. Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard umbrellas. As it happens, the two lads had previously stated they would not get do have a relationship—Frédérick is dating married until their gay friends had the Florent's sister, and they have a daughter. same right. Moments after the Supreme How fantastique for someone with two Court ruling was announced, Bell Tweeted, accents in his name to be straight! C'est “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo la vie. #marriageequality #loveislove.” It took In a far simpler story to follow, legDax about 90 minutes, but then he endary diver Greg Louganis has responded “@IMKristenBell Fuck announced his engagement. The fourYes!!!!!!!!!!!” Of course, you won't have time Olympian is engaged to Johnny to wait 90 minutes to get the latest news Chaillot, who is a paralegal. They've been over at BillyMasters.com, the site that together about a year and a half and plan always puts out. If you have a question— to wed in the fall—presumably in a state or perhaps a proposal of marriage (one where gay marriage is legal. When it was that you really mean, to those of you noted that they look strikingly similar, who have asked before)—send them to Greg said, “The more I fall in love with Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to Johnny, the more I fall in love with myself.” get back to you before Justice Ginsburg I bet that sounded a whole lot better in is seen at a Teabag Party rally! Until next French, too! time, remember, one man's filth is another Our “Ask Billy” question comes from man's Bible.


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MY NAME IS JACKIE BEAT Many, many years ago, a mild-mannered, soft-spoken gentleman approached me at The Cock and told me he was making a documentary about underground East Village performers. He asked if I would like to be involved. Being in full drag—and full character—I responded with, “Why don’t you just make a movie all about me!?” He paused, thought about it a moment and then quietly said, “OK.” Next thing I knew, I was being followed everywhere by this guy and his video camera. His name was Randy, and he shot my every performance—The Cock, Fez, gay Pride in Buffalo. Oh, the glamour of it all! He captured the magic in Toronto and the look on my face when, on Fire Island, a toothless, leathery queen proudly showed me the ‘room’ where I would be staying, supplied by the club that had booked me. It looked like the scene at the end of a movie when the police finally discover the serial killer’s ramshackle bachelor apartment and they pan the disturbingly shabby shoe box very slowly as to let the horror of it all really sink in. And if that weren’t bad enough, the hunchbacked homo handyman then muttered, “And the bathroom is down the hall.” If memory serves me, I actually cried. Randy even followed me to Berlin. Too bad he wasn’t there when Misstress Formika and I were detained by two hulking German policemen with AK-47s at the airport because she had packed a realistic-looking toy pistol in her luggage. “You can’t get these in New York!” she squealed. “They all have bright DayGlo orange paint on the end!” Yeah, that was fun—two American drag queens with overly tweezed brows, painted nails and tattoos trying to explain the handgun in their bag. But it was all worth it, because the finished product, a 66-minute film called My Name Is Jackie Beat, has played in film festivals all over the world. It features appearances by Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, Lady Bunny, Mario Diaz,

Joey Arias, Sherry Vine, The Misstress Formika, The World-Famous BOB and many more, not to mention interviews with my real sister, Vicki, and my father, Jack. And very rare home movies of my gorgeous real mom, Liliana. Due to annoying legal problems, the film is not available on DVD right now, but do not despair! I have decided to celebrate my upcoming birthday with a screening of it! I will be performing live, then we will watch the movie, and then I will take questions from the audience. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 50th birthday. Yes, that’s right, I will be turning 50! Out of respect for so many people I know who never made it to this ripe old age, I have decided to be open about it. Also, I think that lying about your age is no different than gay people pretending to be straight. Come out of the closet, old farts!

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OUR FREEDOMS ARE A BATTLE, NOT A DREAM What a wonderfully historic process we have lived through—just exceptional. If we all stay in the game, the further strides we as a gaggle will make in the next decade will most certainly be monumental. I was truly struck over the past several months how the LGBT community and our supporters rallied as a solid, articulate and cohesive force in the most positive ways imaginable. (Forgive me, as no less than the wickedly pointed and often out-there gay writer Andrew Sullivan now says the LGBT label is “ubiquitous” and dismissed it as “close to meaningless.” Kindly allow me the moniker today). I was so taken by our leaders, who had ample face-time via media to make our case in a controlled, intelligent manner that they surely had a positive impact on the American people and perhaps the court. Led by AFER—its amazing staff, board, volunteers and the phenomenal legal team they assembled—it was for the most part a time of salient discussion rather than the wild and crazy protests we needed to toss to get anyone’s attention around a myriad of past issues. The spokespeople, the talking points and as a whole the media campaign was refreshing, and they built a coalition like no other in our history. See, aside from the euphoria of the outcome, I was so pleased to see how the community itself responded. Rallies were nicely attended, money was donated—and perhaps most importantly, folks took to social media for power-promotion that exceeded anything we had ever witnessed. A pack that time and time again has been pegged as apathetic rose up en masse. From Stonewall to ACT UP, the gay army had soldin its vital messaging via small yet loud and most often lucid yet gruff voices. (Think Larry Kramer.) The majority sat back as others did the heavy lifting. Of course, there have been spectacular examples of powerful vocal support through the years. In 1993, a million of us showed up for the March on Washington, and in October 1996, over 1.2 million took in the AIDS Quilt in D.C., the last time it was ever displayed in its entirety. Yet this marriage debate seemed to rally a great deal more of the estimated 12 million LGBT Americans. Obviously these cases before our highest court hit the core of us on an equal rights front. Marriage is a common right we all grew up around—not an illness that has touched just some of us. Perhaps the timing of our community metamorphosis, the 24-hour news cycle, social media and the “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” vibe all played into it. And granted, I assume due to pure example, straight folks like us a lot more now than they did a decade ago. I just feel this is one of the real victories of this judicial action. I would hope and pray we can keep it going. There is lethargy and massive ambivalence around a whole ton of issues that affect us. Perhaps not on the same scale as this, but as a minority population, we need to battle much more than just the mega ones. We need to be involved. It is both our right and responsibility. Today we taste a fruit of acceptance that is unprecedented in any of our lifetimes. It is far from perfect, and we have tons to do. We have much to learn and frankly, much to teach—from and to our neighbors, families, governments, corporations and even friends. So let’s all together stay engaged. Talk about the issues. Spend time thinking about what is important. Hell, lets just vote, for God’s sake. Some down, many more to go.

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Queersay WESTSIDE ROMANCE I find myself walking the streets of Nashville, searching for JesusF#cker. (For those who don’t know the backstory, JesusF#cker is my soulmate who dumped me on Valentine's Day 10 years ago because God told him to become a Christian pop star and move to the South. I'm doing this because my soon-to-beex-boyfriend of a decade recently cheated on me with a 420 junkie WeHo bitch who moonlights as a women's roller derby squirrel mascot. Therefore, I now need to revisit my past and validate my sexual self-worth as a human being.) My regular readers understand what I'm saying, but if you're new to this here QueerSay column, I'll put it plain—now that I find myself single for the first time in a decade, I've taken a midnight plane from Burbank to Nashville in search of ‘the one that got away’—the ex-love of my life who just happens to be a famous, Jesus-loving Christian pop star. Now, granted, Mr. JesusF#cker and I haven't spoken in 10 years—not since that fateful February 14, 2003, when he left me for the Lord via text message. But we were truly, madly and deeply in love, a crazy/beautiful kind of love—that unique brand of punch-drunk love that only comes along once in a lifetime. Surely it was his guilty Christian conscious that made him dump me, right? And quite obviously, even a decade later, he hasn't been able to get over me and the awkward love we made in a bathroom stall after our Season 2 American Idol auditions, right? Clearly my stalking him 2,039 miles from home after no contact in well over 3,650 days would prove to him that we were meant to be together forever and ever ... right? I’m here to find out. With little to no (mostly no) plan, I asked myself, WWJD? Obviously, he'd download Grindr and begin poking, slapping, jabbing, messaging and winking at Drop me your at dirty little secrets m. .co queersay@hotmail r give I neve And don't worry, oat! up my deep thr y, go to For more Queersa Queersay. m/ .co LA ers nti Fro

any 5'9” blonde bottom within five miles. So I did, but all I got were toothless, tonedeaf bumpkins in OshKosh B'Gosh overalls. (Shudder!) I instead started going to Pentecostal churches and hanging out in the parking lot, because that's not creepy or anything. I clandestinely flashed photos of my ex to the most effeminate men and fag-haggy females of the flock and asked, “Have you seen this man?” Across the board, I received a resounding no. (And sometimes even a “Please leave. You and your rented van with tinted windows are making some of the parents here extremely nervous.”) Defeated and dejected, I did what I always do when I feel as if life has dance-kicked me in the blue balls—I stumbled into a gay bar. Sitting in a dark corner and shooting Smirnoff after Smirnoff, I found myself musing aloud over matters of the heart—first to no one in particular, but then to the crowd of Southern homosexuals who had gathered. Oh, how they enjoyed my queer tales of homo-woe —the text dumping, the Jesus f*cking, the ex-boyfriend's squirrel sucking, oh my! Until one guy finally asked to see a picture of my JesusF#cker. I pulled it out of my pocket, all pathetic, torn and (yes!) even a little tear-stained. Almost immediately, and in unison—as if this were the turning point in a ‘90s Julia Roberts romantic comedy—the gaggle of gays squealed, “That's [insert name of my exboyfriend here]!" Known to all of them and blown by most of them, I immediately got the skinny on my long-lost ex: “Yeah, he used to live out here but had a breakdown two years back,” drawled one of the Southern sissies. “He just started crying about how he had made so many mistakes in his life. I think he's living in California now, some place called, like, Culver City or something.” Culver City, a mere six miles from WeHo and yet a world away. Could I love someone who lived on the Westside? There was only one way to find out. With that, I boarded my Southwest flight back to the City of Superficial Angels and the JesusF#cker who got away— but not for long.

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2013 Lexus ES300h & 2014 Lexus IS250: Everybody Wins, As Planned Unable to harpoon the entry-level, $35-50K luxury automobile segment to the same level of success that, say, BMW has had with its 3-Series, Lexus has adopted a strategy that brackets the segment with two utterly antithetical cars—the tidy IS sport sedan and the sprawling, tranquil ES. Now, I could pitch one against the other here and tell you which one is best, but honestly, in this case, everybody wins. Both are essentially brand-new cars; the V-6-powered ES350 and its hybrid ES300h twin were brilliantly redesigned for 2013, adding gobs of style and topshelf substance like semi-analine leather and sexy bamboo trim to what had been a rather matronly proposition in its past iterations. The much smaller, rear-wheeldrive IS250 and IS350 are all-new for 2014, lunging for the 3-Series’ jugular with absolutely gorgeous steering and handling, revvy and conspicuously sonorous engines and decidedly intimate—if a touch over-styled—cabins. Both share Lexus’ new spindle-shaped grille and arrow-like LED daytime running lights, but while the ES looks like

Mister Responsible, the IS is a bratty little punk that happens to be wearing a business suit. Divergent as they are in the way they get down the road, there’s plenty of overlap in other areas. Both cars offer Mark Levinson surround sound audio systems, comfy leather seats (the ES, being more like lounge chairs, those of the IS being rather snug), a joystick-like Remote Touch screen interface and a full suite of Lexus Apps, including OnStar-like destination assist, local gas prices and more. Materials are a little hit-or-miss inside both cars—the beige ‘metallic’ plastic trim found in most every Lexus model today is particularly appalling—proving that the Germans still do the best job of covertly sneaking in the cheap bits without anyone noticing. Both get excellent fuel economy, particularly on the highway; while the IS numbers weren’t made public at the time of this writing, the trip computer on the prototype I drove for a week told me that I averaged 32 mpg on the freeway down to San Diego one day, and 26 mpg

BY THE NUMBERS Base Price* Styling Engine Handling Interior décor Interior space Cargo Space Parkability Fuel economy, city/hwy

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during the week I drove it. The ES350 gets 21/31 city/highway, while the ES300h hybrid hits an impressive 40/39 city highway. So, whether the IS or ES is better for you depends on which end of the

introvert/extrovert spectrum you resemble most. Whether you’re the calm, quiet type or the shameless extrovert, this year you’re more likely to find something you love at the Lexus store than ever before.

Spoiler Alert:

2014 Kia Cadenza In my opinion, the 2014 Kia Cadenza Lexus models above are more than worth the money, but if you want even more luxe for your bucks, the new 2014 Kia Cadenza is a really interesting—and greatlooking—alternative. By now, it shouldn’t be news to anyone that Kia’s parent company Hyundai can build PHOTO: STEVE SILER luxury cars, including the cushy and elegant Azera, as well as two credible big-boy luxury cars, the Genesis and Equus sedans. The Cadenza takes the Azera’s underpinnings and rewraps them in snappy Kia duds, including beautiful optional multi-spoke 19-inch wheels and a swellegant interior design that makes the notion of a $40K-plus Kia not at all unthinkable. As always, Kia packs in the features, too. It’s a big car that offers big V-6 power and, at $3642K, represents a really big bargain. If there is a nit to pick with the big Cadenza, it’s that it doesn’t actually break much ground in any particular respect. But when it comes to the existing luxury car ground currently being trodden by Lexus, Acura, Lincoln and others, the Cadenza covers it very, very well.


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CITY INTRODUCES ‘W|H CITYSCAPE’ COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BULLETIN

WEHO TO HOLD 3RD ANNUAL CITY-WIDE YARD SALE BY PAULO MURILLO Going green can be as good as gold in West Hollywood as the city prepares for the third annual “WehoGrnWknd 2013” with a Citywide Yard Sale on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, as well as a Document Shredding & Electronic Waste Collection Event on July 20, taking place at WeHo City Hall. West Hollywood is known for being green. The city is calling all residents to clean out their closets, clear out some clutter and pocket some cash at this year’s yard sale. For the third year, the city is encouraging the buying, selling and donating of used items to raise awareness on the importance of reuse and keeping useful items out of landfills. Whether you buy or sell, reusing is the smartest way to reduce waste, and it’s an easy way to make money while helping the environment. One never knows what kind of treasures you’ll find in a city like West Hollywood. For one weekend only, the city will help promote your

estate sale by listing your date, time and location on the city’s website. The same city regulations apply no differently than any yard sale happening within the city limits. Participants must register. Limited permits are granted, so register early. In conjunction with the citywide yard sale, the City of West Hollywood is also sponsoring another free “Document Shredding and E-Waste Collection Event” for WehoGrnWknd 2013 to help prevent identity theft by shredding documents and help protect the environment by collecting unwanted electronics, such as televisions, computers, stereos and so forth. The event is set for Saturday of that weekend at the city hall parking lot, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. The shredding of documents is secure; you can watch it happen. For more information, visit weho.org or contact West Hollywood’s Office of Environmental Services at (323) 848-6404.

WHAT TREASURES DO YOU THINK YOU’LL FIND AT A CITYWIDE YARD SALE IN A CITY LIKE WEHO? “I usually don’t shop at garage sales, but I think you can find a long list of junk that could be someone else’s treasure. I’m thinking we’ll find anything from a diary of an old drag queen to torn up feather boas to some cool vinyl records to VHS tapes, old books and other stuff that people like to hoard.” —Mark Flaherty

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“I’d love to find some cool furniture, preferably midcentury modern from the ‘50s and ‘60s. There are lots of hidden treasures in West Hollywood as you get closer to the hills. I run Posh Pet Care, and I’ve found some very nice crates for dogs at garage sales in this city.” —Oliver Alva

The city of West Hollywood recently launched the first edition of a new quarterly news bulletin called “W|H CITYSCAPE,” which comes directly from the City of West Hollywood’s Community Development Department and is now available to the public. The focus of “W|H CITYSCAPE” is West Hollywood’s built environment. It will highlight opportunities for community participation; it will provide updates on long-range planning efforts, major development projects, building and permitting trends and new technology improvements within the department. You can also find links to city and community resources that are most relevant to planning and development in West Hollywood. “W|H CITYSCAPE” also presents what’s happening in urban planning and emerging trends in municipal governance that are influencing the field of community development. The bulletin will also highlight innovations and best practices in the field from other cities across this and other countries. The community will have opportunities to give input on some of these cutting-edge techniques. “W|H CITYSCAPE” is available as an e-bulletin and in hard copy. To sign up for the “W|H Cityscape” e-bulletin, visit weho.org/cityscape or text “cityscape” to 22828. Hard copies are available at the City of West Hollywood’s Community Development Department or by calling (323) 848-6475.

SPEAK OUT “First off, I love this idea. It’s good to see WeHo doing its part. No doubt there will be some good finds across the city. I see anything from an old showgirl costume to a fabulous antique bar stool that Freddie Mercury sat on at the Gold Coast—can’t wait!” —Aron Ross


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O.C. USHERS IN A NEW POST-PROP. 8 ERA BY GREG HERNANDEZ It was a no-brainer to have Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Shaw as one of the featured speakers at a June 26 rally in Santa Ana, marking the end of Proposition 8. He is, after all, the only openly gay elected official in all of Orange County. Shaw stood before the crowd of more than 300 who had gathered in front of the Old Orange County Courthouse to usher in what he believes is a new era for LGBT equality in the county, the state and the country. “This is a sea change,” he told Frontiers the day after the rally. “Once people start getting married in California, things are going to change a bit faster. Gay people just want the same things everyone else wants—good schools, safe streets, clean air and oceans, and we want to get married to the person that we love. We're not different from everyone else really.” Shaw, whose 15-year relationship ended two years ago, isn't getting married himself anytime soon but knows of plenty of other people in Orange County who are. “I know of so many people who are asking each other to get married, and it is wonderful to see so many people who are taking the plunge,” he said. “But I'm sad for the people in other states. My [lesbian] sister lives in Oklahoma and she would love to marry her significant other but she can't.” In addition to Shaw, other speakers at the rally included Human Rights Campaign Foundation Co-Chair Sandra Hart-

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ness, who is an Orange County resident, and Kevin S. O'Grady, executive director of The Center Orange County. O'Grady told Frontiers he is “almost kind of thrilled” to see the end of Proposition 8 but disappointed that the count dismissed it on the issue of the proponents’ legal standing and not on the constitutionality of the law itself. “But we take what we can get right now, and I'm thrilled,” he said. O'Grady points out that Orange County does not have a significant gay enclave since the hey day of Laguna Beach, so future weddings will likely be spread out. “I hope what this does is allow some people to use this as permission to come out more,” he said. “Unlike Long Beach, which has a concentrated gay community, the gay community in Orange County is spread all over the county, and this is a massive county.” Wherever the weddings do happen, O'Grady said he is aware, anecdotally at least, of caterers and bakeries that are looking forward to an influx of wedding business once the ceremonies begin again in the state. While a lot of the focus right now is on the romance of it all, The Center Orange County is prepared to held couples navigate through the practical side of things as well. There are planning workshops for estate planning and also relaying what marriage means for couples in terms of social security and other benefits. thecenteroc.org


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LONG BEACH CELEBRATES THE DEATH OF PROP. 8 BY GREG HERNANDEZ There was no place else Long Beach's openly gay Vice Mayor Robert Garcia wanted to be than celebrating with fellow residents on June 26. That was the day a Supreme Court ruling effectively put a stake in the heart of Proposition 8 and killed it forever. “It was the end of the heartache Prop. 8 has caused over the last four years,” Garcia said. “November 2008 [when California voters passed the marriage ban] was such a terrible moment for the LGBT community, and we finally had an opportunity to celebrate that it had ended and was in the past. We could celebrate and look to the future.” Garcia has a feeling he is going to be invited to some weddings in the coming months. “I'm hearing friends talking, and I'm noticing engagement announcements on my Facebook feed,” he said. “We are preparing at City Hall for when the stay is lifted to be ready for some weddings. We not only have a lot of gay residents, but we also have a population that is overwhelmingly supportive of the gay community—people who are openminded and believe in diversity. We are grateful for that.” Garcia was among the 650-plus people who attended The Center Long Beach's victory party at The Grand in Long Beach, celebrating the decisions on DOMA and Prop. 8. Also at the event were James Gilliam, the deputy executive director of the ACLU of Southern California; Jane

Wishon, Marriage Equality USA's incoming Board President; Cory Allen, President of the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club; and openly gay Signal Hill councilmembers Mike Knoll and Larry Forester. Ron Sylvester, president of The Center's Board of Directors hosted the wedding-themed event, which featured wedding cake and champagne. Instead of standard speeches, speakers gave toasts. “We were busting at the seams. I had no idea so many people would show up,” Sylvester said. “We were expecting a few hundred. I was blown away by the response. Everybody was happy and thrilled. There were gay people, straight people who have been allies, people with kids and families. It was a great makeup.” “I think it's huge to finally be able to restore marriage equality back to California—that in itself is a big deal,” Sylvester added. “Now with DOMA out of the way, marriage equality has a much better chance of sweeping the other 37 states that don't have marriage equality yet.” Sylvester thinks his city will feel it more than most, because “when you are young and gay, you come to West Hollywood. Long Beach is a community where couples come to nest. I would think it is a community that would see a spike in gay marriages. We have a great gay population, and a good part of that are gay couples.”

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PALM SPRINGS ‘FOLLIES’ SAY FAREWELL BY JAMES F. MILLS Some things in Palm Springs, people just take for granted. The sun will rise each day. The heat gets turned to full blast in the summer. And the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies will be back in the fall for another season of song, dance and laughs. That’s why people were shocked last month when the Follies announced that it was closing and the 2013-2014 season would be its last. The Broadwaycaliber musical revue celebrating the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s has been a fixture at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Palm Springs since 1992. “I’m not happy about it,” says show producer and cofounder Riff Markowitz. “I’m saddened by the demise of the show. It’s been my entire life for 23 years. It’s difficult to imagine life without it.” Markowitz, who Follies-goers know as the show’s emcee, says the tough economy is to blame for the decision to close. “There are just so many difficult economic conditions that are working in

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our disfavor,” reports Markowitz. “The most important one is that Follies was never a profitable venture. It wasn’t designed to be, and we never expected it to be. But it was never our intention for it to lose money. The difficulty with not making some money is that you have no cash reserves. We suffered enormously—as the whole country did— when 9-11 occurred. The tourist business just stopped. It’s taken a long time for it to start to come back. If something awkward were to happen again to our economy and the show was suddenly placed once again in the position of doing really badly, we would not have the cash reserves, the wherewithal, to support it through another downturn and still climb back up.” Rather than make severe budget cutbacks, Markowitz and his producing partner, Mary Jardin, opted to close while it’s still a top-quality show. “It’s like our tram,” says the 74-yearold Markowitz, who worked many years as a TV producer in Hollywood. “My


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partner and I made the decision that it’s better to get off at the top than it is to take the trip down and hope that it’s not going to get stuck halfway.” Follies will go out with a bang with a final season, titled “The Last Hurrah!” featuring a greatest hits revue of all the best production numbers from 22 seasons of shows. Running November 1 to May 18, 2014, “The Last Hurrah!” will, as always, have celebrity performers joining the 20-member cast. During November and December, singer/actress Susan Anton, best known for her county hit “Killing Time” and for TV’s Baywatch, is the headliner. In January and February, singer Maureen McGovern, best known for “The Morning After,” the Oscar-winning theme song to 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure, will headline. Finally, from March through May, singer Darlene Love, best known for the early 1960s pop hits “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy that I Love,” closes out the season. The origin of Follies was somewhat serendipitous. Markowitz had retired to Palm Springs only to discover retirement didn’t suit him. Meanwhile, the city of Palm Springs was trying to figure out what to do with the historic Plaza Theater building, which opened as a movie theater in 1936. Markowitz suggested putting on a revue with Broadway-style production numbers celebrating mid-century 78

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song and dance. When he started casting the revue, rather than bring in 20-something performers, Markowitz opted to cast singers and dancers who had actually lived through the era in which they were going to portray. That tradition continues today, with the youngest cast member being 55, the oldest 84. Follies has featured many name headliners over the years, including John Davidson, Rita Coolidge, Mary Wilson, Melba Moore, Lou Christie and Lorna Luft. Markowitz says the show’s most embarrassing moment happened when actor/singer Howard Keel hit his mark too early and stepped into the open stage elevator shaft before the elevator platform returned to the top. Luckily Keel wasn’t hurt, but in the lobby afterwards, the audience kept asking if Keel did that every show. Markowitz isn’t sure what he’ll do come summer 2014 when Follies has finally closed. “At my age, about the only thing I’m qualified to do is be a security guard, a Wal-Mart greeter, a mall Santa or the Pope,” he quips. “The mall Santa Claus is a good idea, but the best wardrobe is the Pope.” Ever one to crack jokes, don’t be surprised if Markowitz ends up doing a stand-up comedy routine instead. psfollies.com


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CCBC UPS THE ANTE WITH NEW SHUTTLE BY JAMES F. MILLS In the competitive world of gay resorts, the Cathedral City Boys’ Club, CCBC, just upped the ante. The 44-room gay resort has purchased an eight-passenger van to shuttle guests to the bars and restaurants around Palm Springs. “We’re a destination location, so I’m always thinking about things to make my guests more comfortable and happy,” reports CCBC owner Richard Altman. “A lot of guests want to go into town to the restaurants and bars, but they’re worried about drinking and driving. So we’ll take them into town and we’ll pick them back up. They’re on vacation. This will be one less thing for them to worry about.” Altman says they’ll likely do trips into town every hour. They’ll put out a call saying the van is leaving at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. When guests are ready to return, they can call and the van will make a special trip into town or pick them up on the next regularly scheduled trip into town. CCBC will also use the van to shuttle people to and from the airport. “I’ve got guests coming from all over the country, all over the world,” says Altman, who bought CCBC in 2000. “This way, they don’t have to rent a car.” Because CCBC sells a lot of day passes, they’ll also use the van to pick up guests from other gay hotels who want to come over for the day. 80

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“They all come over here anyway, so we might as well pick them up,” says Altman. “I’ve already got a deal with some of the other gay hotels for their guests to come over for the day, so we can easily pick them up.” Altman says the van service will be completely free. He’ll have two staff members dedicated to driving the van who will also make recommendations for restaurants and bars if asked. The van is currently being painted with the CCBC logo. The largest clothing optional resort in Southern California, CCBC is also known for its weekend barbeque pool parties. On July 27-28, porn star Robbie Mendez hosts the party with a posse of go-go dancers. A Mr. Nude Awesome contest is scheduled for Aug. 3, while a Mr. Most Memorable contest is planned for Aug. 31. Originally an apartment complex, CCBC opened as a gay resort in 1997. The three-and-a-half-acre resort has a pool, waterfall, two hot tubs (one of which is penis-shaped), a gazebo, a nature walk and a ‘play area’ that includes a military compound, dungeon area and video room. “We have one side of the place where you can relax and enjoy yourself,” says Altman. “The other side you can walk on the wild side. We cater to everybody’s needs.” ccbcps.com


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THE ADVANTAGES (AND ONE BIG DISADVANTAGE) TO GAY MARRIAGE Ding-dong, Prop. 8 is dead! Once again—and presumably for longer than five months this time—California same-gender couples can get down on one knee, have rice thrown at us and file for divorce just like all the mismatched-gender couples out there! But once the entire gift registry is exhausted, what's in it for us?

Dr. Greg Cason is a licensed psychologist based in West Hollywood, specializing in cognitive therapy with individuals and couples. He can be contacted by going to DrGreg.com.

Well, I am not going to get into all the legal mumbojumbo. Let's just hope those old-time traditional marriage laws that once forbade different races from tying the knot and turned a non-consenting woman into a man's property are now sufficiently changed (except in mutually agreedupon S&M relationships, of course). Also, by now, I hope everyone has heard the benefits of marriage for our diverse-gender couples—things like better health, longer lives, less depression, more happiness, quicker illness recovery and less risky behavior. The only question is, Does that hold for the homos, too? Wait, strike that offensive statement. Homos can be in a discrepant-gender marriage. Ask Michele Bachmann. Do same-gender couples enjoy the same psychological benefits of their contrasting counterparts? According to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that in our first legal marriage state, Massachusetts, mental and physical health visits and costs went down for gay and bisexual men after marriage equality. The conclusion? The reduction of stigma and inequality lifted a heavy burden off these guys. So far, so good. The following month in that same journal, a UCLA study was published that found that men who were legally married to other men were more likely than other gay men to be more relaxed, calm, and peaceful, felt less depressed and felt hopeful about the future. This held true when the married guys were compared to the single guys. But it also held true

when the married guys were compared to guys in domestic partnerships! If we didn't learn it during the Jim Crow era, then we can certainly learn it now—’separate but equal’ is really just separate. To work, it needs to be just equal. It seems that having the same exact status, rights and privileges is what makes the key difference. What is perhaps more fascinating is that some people are making the case that allowing those of the same gender to wed will reduce HIV-infection rates. I assume they are focusing on the guys here as female-to-female HIV transmission rates are already about as low as you can go. Everyone seems to be pointing to a 2009 study by Emory University that found bans on same-sex marriage can be directly tied to a rise in the rates of HIV infection. These brains in the Atlanta-based University estimated that constitutional bans on gay marriage raise the infection rate by four cases per 100,000 people. This may not sound like a lot to you, but it is to those four people. HIV-prevention strategists make the case that same-gender marriage bans contribute to an atmosphere of intolerance for gay people and their relationships, resulting in increases of marginalization, depression and isolation among gay people—especially the young ones. As a result, our higher-risk coping methods of choice go up—sex, drugs and house music. (Now, obviously house music is not a high-risk behavior, but it's often playing in the background.) So it's easy to see why gay marriage bans are not good for our community's health. But will legal marriage decrease the rates of gay men getting HIV? I know what some of you are thinking—sure it will, because being in a marriage kills your sex life! “First he says, 'I do,' then he doesn't.” Stop! While

that may be true for your relationship, my relationship and all of our friends' relationships, it is not true for everyone. In fact, some argue that one of the groups at most risk for getting HIV is in-fact men in long-term relationships. Of course, this could be the result of a positive partner transmitting it to a negative partner; these couples are generally extra cautious and tend to stay their respective statuses. What is more likely is these long-termers who use Grindr for more than just chitchat. All of this is well and good, but here is the real downside—housework. A fascinating 2009 University of Iowa dissertation study found that marriage tends to have a “traditionalizing” effect among same-gender couples. Rather than giving more housework to the person who has more time to do it (as would only seem fair and as is done with the unmarrieds), it appears that femininity determines who does the household labor in these married same-gender couples. This works well for the one who gets to lie on the couch and drink a beer while watching RuPaul's Drag Race, but it is a real drag for the other one who ends up having to both bring home the bacon and also fry it up in the pan. Now, that is not to say that the bacon-fryer is less butch than his or her partner—it's more about personality. Basically, they can have a head for bed-making and a bod like a T-Rex. So, something to think about—legal marriage can bring more happiness, fewer trips to the doctor and less HIV-infection. So it is with great joy we same-gendered couples can now join the dissimilargender couples of California for lives of marital bliss (provided you are not the one saddled with the housework).

If you have any questions and/or comments, please direct them to: Frontiers, 5657 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 470, Los Angeles, CA 90036, or email them to feedback@frontiersla.com. 82

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