28 • APRIL 26, 2019 • LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
“Together” Photo courtesy SEEFF
Queer to Queer: A Live Comedy Read from the Lesbian Diaries of Anne Lister is tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Greenbar Distillery (2459 East 8th Street). Join Autostraddle and HBO for a very lesbian live read that is sure to make you swoon (and blush). Anne Lister lead quite a life. Born in 1791, Lister bucked all manner of 19th-century norms. She traveled abroad frequently and ran the family business herself, both of which would seem odd to her peers. Add to that her style of dressing — all in black, sans petticoats or stays — and her determination to marry a woman, and Lister really made waves. Times have changed and today she’s hailed as a lesbian pioneer. Cameron Esposito, Jasika Nicole, Rhea Butcher, Brittany Ashley, Gaby Dunn and Brittani Nichols will appear. “Gentleman Jack”-themed cocktails at Greenbar Distillery is what’s really guaranteed to make your day. Open bar serving beer, wine and signature cocktails from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Show begins at 9 p.m. For ages 21 and up only. Free.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Los Angeles Day on the Ride is today from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. at John Ferraro Athletic Fields (5101 Zoo Drive). Day on the Ride is a fully supported ride that simulates an actual day of AIDS/LifeCycle. Complete with themed rest stops, lunch and more, you won’t want to miss out. Check in opens at 6 a.m., ride out on the brand new route out of Griffith Park at 7:30 a.m. and pedal to the scenic foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, then back through Pasadena. Jersey Mike’s will be serving boxed lunches and burritos will be waiting for you at the finish line. Oh and did we mention themed rest stops and massages? Plus so much more. Don’t miss out on the most important prep day of the year. Just be serious and show up. Free. Homophobia’s Roots in the Aftermath of World War II is tonight at 7 p.m. at One National Gay and Lesbian Archives (909 West Adams). On the battlefields of World War II, with their fellow soldiers as the only shield between life and death, a generation of American men found themselves connecting with each other in new and profound ways. Back home after the war, however, these intimacies faced both scorn and vicious homophobia. The Mourning After makes sense of this cruel irony, telling the story of the unmeasured toll exacted upon generations of male friendships.
John Ibson draws evidence from the contrasting views of male closeness depicted in WWII-era fiction by Gore Vidal and John Horne Burns, as well as from such wideranging sources as psychiatry texts, child development books, the memoirs of veterans’ children and a slew of vernacular snapshots of happy male couples. In this sweeping reinterpretation of the postwar years, Ibson argues that prolonged mourning for tenderness lost lay at the core of midcentury American masculinity, leaving far too many men with an unspoken ache that continued long after the fighting stopped, forever damaging their relationships with their wives, their children and each other. “Simply Divine” is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd). Following its successful inaugural run at Hollywood Forever last year, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 14th annual Simply diVine will return to the fascinating landmark, best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth. Guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, wineries, distilleries, breweries and more. All proceeds support the center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services. Looking for a more intimate experience? Get a onehour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a Club VIP Lounge ticket, which includes private bartenders; tastings of rare wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; live music; celebrity chef experiences and more. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included. Some of the restaurant partners include Border Grill, Bourbon Steak, Gracias Madre, Hinoki and the Bird, Hock+Hoof, Huntington Dining, Jaffa, Kismet, Lovely Eats, Pizzeria il Fico, Rossoblu, and Salazar. $150-500.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
25th Annual Lavender Celebration: LGBTQ+ Commencement Ceremony is today from 2:30-6 p.m. at the University of Southern California (West 36th and Pardee Way). Celebrating our graduating LGBTQ undergraduates and graduate students by joining the LGBT Resource Center for Lavender Celebration at Argue Plaza.During this special ceremony, students’ identities are honored, their achievements are recognized and the community is brought together in celebration. There will be free refreshments and catering as well as gift bags for all graduating students. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
“Together” is tonight at 8 p.m. at Lammele Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Boulevard). The Slovenia entry into the 14th annual South East European Film Festival features the North American premiere of Director Marko Šantic’s emotionally charged story of a gay Slovenian man who fights for custody of his deceased partner’s daughter tackles persistent prejudice and social obstacles facing same-sex couples. This screening is made possible by the RTV Slovenia. More programming info at SEEfilmla.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
“Valley of the Dolls,” A Benefit Staged Reading is tonight at 8 p.m. at The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, Renberg Theatre (1125 North McCadden Place). High camp and quelle dramatique is an understatement as Steve Tyler Presents Jacqueline Susann’s “Valley of the Dolls,” a benefit staged reading of the screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley and Directed by Richard Hochberg. All proceeds benefit Alcott Center for Mental Health and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Join the following cast members: Steve Bluestein as Ted Casablanca/Claude Cardot, Wilson Cruz as Neely O’Hara, Joely Fisher as Narrator (Fri), Mo Gaffney as Bellamy, Robert Gant as Kevin Gilmore, Tom Lenk as Mel Anderson, Greg Louganis as Tony Polar, Alec Mapa as Anne Wells, Laraine Newman as Narrator (Sat), Sheryl Lee Ralph as Helen Lawson, Gordon Thomson as Lyon Burke, Joan Van Ark as Miriam Polar, Bruce Vilanch as Jennifer North, Marissa Jaret Winokur as Miss Steinberg. It doesn’t get gayer, OK?
SATURDAY, MAY 4
An Evening With The Clintons is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum (3900 West Manchester). Love ‘em or hate ‘em this is bound to be a newsmaking super event. The “I” word and all the arguments for and against are bound to be center stage as the world’s most powerful couple meets and greets and shows up for Los Angeles.
E-mail calendar items to email@example.com two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specific events or those with LGBT participants. Recurring events must be re-submitted each time.
Losangelesblade.com, Volume 3, Issue 17, April 26, 2019