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EQCA Endorses Robert Garcia in Long Beach Mayoral Bid
quality California has endorsed Robert Garcia in his campaign for reelection as mayor of Long Beach. Garcia will appear on the June 2018 primary ballot.
“Robert Garcia is one of the most prominent and respected LGBTQ elected officials in the country,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Since he was first elected to city government, he has been a visible champion for LGBTQ equality and social justice and has devoted considerable time and energy to supporting and improving the organizations that serve the LGBTQ community.” Garcia was born in Lima, Peru and came to the U.S. with his mother when he was five. He was elected as the first openly-gay, first Latino and youngest-ever mayor of the city of Long Beach in 2014 at the age of 36. He was the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college and was elected student body president while at CSULB. He has been named to a list of Long Beach’s “Most Innovative Minds” by Long Beach Magazine, to the Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of young LGBTQ influencers in 2010 and to Instinct Magazine’s list of “Leading Men” in 2009. “His courage, passion and visibility as mayor of one of the largest cities in California have made him a role model both for LGBTQ public officials and for
the Long Beach City Council in 2009. Under his tenure, Long Beach has continued to rank as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the nation according to HRC’s
EQCA has endorsed Robert Garcia in his campaign for reelection as mayor of Long Beach.
young people everywhere,” said Zbur. “He devotes considerable time to organizations that support the LGBTQ community and is a member of the boards of Equality California and the Victory Fund. Garcia was first elected as a member of
Municipal Equality Index. He has also been a champion of education, open government and infrastructure, and has worked with both labor and business groups to promote the city’s economy and revitalize its downtown.
LA Mayor Spearheads Trans Youth Employment Programs
new series of trainings spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LGBTQ advocates are promoting employment practices that can expand career opportunities for transgender young people.
set a new goal to hire 20,000 young people for year-round employment by 2020. The training was delivered in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Initiative, and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)’ Community Based Learning Program, and specifically targets foster youth, youth on probation, and homeless youth. “Young transgender people face significant challenges in entering the workforce and finding meaningful career pathways. Many of them who cannot attain employment face the risk of becoming homeless,” said Simon Costello, director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Children, Youth & Family Services. “This indispensable training to case managers and career advisors will help empower trans youth in becoming equal and complete members of society. Thank you to Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity, the City of Los Angeles LA Youth at Work is one of the programs helping to find emplayment for transgender youth. Economic and Workforce Development More than 100 caseworkers from City and career and prosper,” said Garcetti. Department, and the Los Angeles County agencies and local non-profits “Transgender youth are among the most Performance Partnership Pilot for helping attended the inaugural training held july vulnerable Angelenos — and employers and some of the most vulnerable and 18th, where they learned about trans-specific advocates should have the tools to help underserved young people in the barriers to employment, the transition young people get on the path to meaningful community.” process, preferred gender pronouns and opportunities in every sector of the The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless vocabulary, and key differences between economy.” Youth Count estimates that nearly 6,000 sexual orientation, gender identity, and The workshops are part of Mayor Garcetti’s Transition Age Youth, ages 18-24, in the gender expression. commitment to grow the number and County are homeless on any given night, a The training, and the L.A. Transgender quality of jobs in the HIRE LA’s Youth staggering 64 percent increase over last year. Youth Employment Toolkit, are designed to program, and bring together public and A disproportionate number of these young support employment case managers in nonprofit partners to empower LGBTQ youth people identify as LGBTQ. meeting the needs of transgender clients, and as they prepare to enter the workforce. Since For more information, visit lalgbtcenter. encourage employers to hire LGBTQ youth. taking office, Mayor Garcetti has tripled the org/social-service-and-housing/transgender/ “Everyone deserves the chance to build a number of youth jobs in Los Angeles, and t2w. August 3, 2017 - September 7, 2017 • No. 8
Trump Tweets Ban on Transgender Military Service
onald Trump tweeted on July 26th that he is barring transgender people from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military. It is not clear how legal law by tweet is, or if the President will follow up with an Executive Order.
“This is an outrageous and desperate action,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project. “The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines for this country deserve better than a commander-in-chief who rejects their basic humanity. Transgneder service has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country. “The announcement is more than a slap in the face to the estimated 16,000 transgender troops currently serving with honor and
distinction.” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “Contrary to the president’s statement, barring qualified and loyal Americans from serving reduces military readiness and only creates division, not cohesion. Transgender Americans have always been a part of our armed forces and will continue to do so in spite of today’s announcement.” “The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country,” said Block. “This is simple bigotry,” said Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “This attack
has nothing to do with military readiness, reason or science. It is indefensible and cannot stand. NCTE is telling the President that using the lives, the careers, and the service of transgender troops to attempt to score political points is not OK. “ “This is a horrifying, vicious attack on thousands of actively serving troops in the military who happen to be transgender,” said
American Military Partner Association (AMPA) President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “Transgender service members are risking their lives around the world, and President Trump literally just put a target on their backs, threatening to ruin their careers and kick them out of the military. This is unconscionable, and we are beyond outraged.”
New Project to Gather Oral Histories on SF AIDS Activism
he GLBT Historical Society has launched a new oral history project under the guidance of historian Joey Plaster to chronicle, preserve and share the history of ACT UP/San Francisco and other AIDS direct-action groups in the city from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The San Francisco ACT UP Oral History Project is currently seeking veterans of the city’s AIDS activist movement interested in giving interviews, as well as volunteers to help with the initiative. ACT UP/San Francisco was a highly visible and influential group of militant AIDS activists associated with a national network of independent organizations. The group emerged from earlier AIDS direct action in the city starting in 1984; it remained active into the mid-1990s. The project also will document the wider context by gathering oral histories on AIDS direct action by other local groups, including Enola Gay, the ARC/AIDS Vigil, AIDS Action Pledge, ACT UP/Golden Gate and Prevention Point. In addition to creating historical documentation, the project aims to foster dialogue between veteran AIDS activists and younger organizers involved in the current upsurge of social justice organizing. The initiative will train people ages 18-29 to conduct oral histories and to actively shape project outcomes. Through round-table
conversations, listening parties and other public events, the project will draw on the history of AIDS direct action in San Francisco to inform contemporary resistance. Funded by California Humanities, the San Francisco ACT UP/ Oral History Project will be active through 2019. Outcomes will include the following: Oral histories with at least 40 former members of ACT UP/San Francisco and other AIDS activist groups to be permanently archived by the GLBT Historical Society; An exhibition at the GLBT History Museum incorporating high-quality documentarystyle video portraits, photos and other materials; A multimedia Internet presence; and A series of culminating public events offering opportunities for dialogue and debate Through oral history recordings, the project will document ACT UP/San Francisco’s legacy of protest and politics. In addition, the project will focus on the unique artistic and sexual cultures fostered through the constellation of San Francisco groups of which it was a part, including
ACT UP protesters shut down the final session at the VI International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco (June 24, 1990). Photo © Marc Geller; used with permission.
AIDS Action Pledge; Mobilization Against AIDS; Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE); Queer Nation/San Francisco; Boy With Arms Akimbo/Girl With Arms Akimbo; Bad Cop/ No Donut; Diseased Pariah News; and Transgender Nation.
For more information about providing an interview or volunteering, contact Joey Plaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. To take part in the conversation and get regular updates, join the project’s Facebook group and visit www.glbthistory.org.
Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE) blockading the Golden Gate Bridge (January 31, 1989). Photo: Copyright © Rick Gerharter; used with permission.
ACT UP/San Francisco members Rebecca Hensler (left) and Ingrid Nelson at the Women’s March on the VI International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco (June 22, 1990). Photo © Rick Gerharter; used with permission.
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3GT Celebrates Radical Hope and The New Resistance
he 6th Annual New Works Festival representing the best of 3GT’s work in developing, producing and promoting original work by women playwrights throughout the year has adopted for its theme this year Radical Hope and The New Resistance.
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The 10-day free festival takes place from August 17 to 27, 2017 at the Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House) in San Francisco, and is part of PlayGround’s Potrero Stage Presenting Program. 3Girls Theatre Company is one of the few theater companies in the country that produces only plays by women playwrights. 3GT seeks more than “gender parity” in theater: the company has a vision of a world where stories told by women are heard onstage just as often as stories told by men. Less than 20 percent of new plays produced annually by the American mainstream theater are written by women (the same today as it was a century ago). The 2017 festival events explore the need for artists to never let go of hope, despite what political forces surround us. Persistence, resistance and radical hope are what theater-making is all about. Like so many of fellow artists (and fellow citizens), 3GT feels discouraged and disenfranchised by the results of the 2016 election. This year’s 6
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theme relates to the helplessness many people feel due to the new regime in Washington. The theme allows people to express frustration in a constructive way. 3GT will feature its Salon Series Finalists along with all-new editions of Repro Rights (in collaboration with Repro Rights Theater), LezWrites! and GirlWrights, and a special multi-disciplinary evening of conversation and performance exploring its theme. And 3GT will again be hosting its annual curated art exhibit, playwrights meet and greet, talk-back panel and artists reception. New this year: QueerWrites! A Writing Workshop. (August 23 @ 7:30pm); Girl Talk: The Play (August 24 @ 7:30pm); GirlWrights Performance Day (August 27 @ 3pm); and the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. All events are free to the public, but many performances “sell out” so advance reservations are recommended. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.3girlstheatre.org. OutwordCalifornia.com
Gay River Cruises Up the Entertainment Ante
by Eric Poole
f you go on a straight river cruise, you’ll be entertained with piano sing-alongs of patriotic hits, and educational lectures on the benefits of Lipitor – and lights out at 8 p.m.!
Amy & Freddy
But a gay river cruise is a different animal, because the clientele is younger (30s on up) and generally far more sophisticated. Gay cruise operators know that their guests expect more excitement, and when it comes to onboard entertainment, they deliver. Depending on the size of the river cruise ship – which is never more than about 200 – these cruises generally offer one and even two premium acts in addition to whatever entertainment the cruise line traditionally offers. Each of these premium acts will do multiple shows per cruise. So, there’s top flight entertainment just about every night. Due to the nature of river ships, where shows are presented in the observation lounge (there’s no traditional theatre), the acts tend to be of the cabaret, drag queen and comedian variety, which work best in a smaller venue. But they’re the best in class of these types of entertainment. People like Amy & Freddy, who’ve headlined in every gay mecca, from Palm Springs to New York to Puerto Vallarta. Amy’s hilariously bawdy humor and breathtaking voice, combined with Freddy’s gorgeous arrangements make them one of the country’s top cabaret acts. If you haven’t seen them, you’d better hide your gay card, ‘cause somebody be comin’ to take it. Or the astounding cabaret and Broadway goddess Ann Hampton Callaway, who headlines at every major NYC club (Birdland, 54 Below, etc) as well as theatrical venues like The Kennedy Center. OutwordCalifornia.com
With a voice like melted butter, and sensational interpretations of standards and pop classics, this Tony-nominated diva will make you cry like the big girl you are. And she’s flat-out hilarious to boot. Drag queens are also a popular addition – people like Miss Conception, the queen of the Toronto and Puerto Vallarta club circuits. Miss C sings, dances, and does a dozen costume changes right before your eyes. As she says, “I should charge extra for the front row.” Her “reinterpretations” of Broadway and movie classics will have you literally crying with laughter. Wear waterproof mascara. One phenomenon we see frequently on these gay cruises is that the first night of one of these acts, the lounge won’t be full because some guests won’t know their work. The next time they perform, the place is packed. One of the best bonuses to entertainers on a river cruise is that they’re often on the ship for the entire cruise. So, you’ll see them in the dining room, on shore excursions, etc., and have the chance to get to know them as people, not just the fabulous glitterati that they are. So, what are you waiting for? Book yourself a gay river cruise and get ready to laugh, and cry, and snap a selfie with your favorite diva. Eric Poole is Director of Marketing for Brand g Vacations, the leader in all-LGBT river cruises and land tours to Europe, the Amazon, Asia, India and more. He can be reached at www.brandgvacations.com. August 3, 2017 - September 7, 2017 • No. 8
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Galleries Throughout LA Join Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
ore than 65 art galleries in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California will participate in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty-led exploration of Latin American and Latino art that launches on September 15, 2017, and runs through January 2018.
Latin American and Latino artists will be exhibited in more than 70 museums, galleries and cultural institutions as a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Pictured here is Mingo and Fireboy by Gilbert Magu Lujan, of the legendary Los Angeles Chicano arts collective Los Four.
Complementing PST: LA/LA’s expansive roster of exhibitions, performances, and public programs at more than 70 museums and cultural institutions, participating galleries will present more than 90 group and solo exhibitions, artist-curated projects, and installations in Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, and beyond. Throughout the four-month initiative, a vibrant cross-section of emerging and established galleries will join in celebrating Latin American and Latino artists, and will bring works to the region by both internationally-known artists who will be shown on the West Coast or in the United States for the first time and emerging talent from across Latin America and the U.S. “Our ambition is to reveal on an unprecedented scale the diversity and complexity of Latin American and Latino art by looking at key historical moments, movements, and figures, as well as at the variety of contemporary practices that are so abundant today.,” said Jim Cuno, President of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “We are thrilled that the participating galleries will add new insights on modern and contemporary art to the Pacific Standard Time initiative.” 12 Outword California
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The work of Gilbert “Magu” Luján, a member of the legendary Los Angeles Chicano arts collective Los Four — which also included Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, and Robert de la Rocha — will be the focus of the solo exhibition Gilbert “Magu” Luján: Tracking Magulandia at Craig Krull Gallery. Luján’s iconography of mythical, fanciful creatures and cultural oddities will be traced to their sources in traditional Mexican folklore and Pre-Columbian art. The gallery show will complement Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján at the University Art Galleries, UC Irvine, the artist’s first museum survey. Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The participating gallery program is a component of Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA, and is organized by ForYourArt, a collaborative platform for artists, institutions, and patrons. Complete information about participating galleries, exhibitions, and schedules will be available online at www.pacificstandardtime. org in early August. OutwordCalifornia.com
Taylor Mac & Machine Dazzle Throw A Big Gay Party In SF Performance Artists Deconstruct History With Music & Queer Fashion
by Chris Narloch
amilton may have exited San Francisco for new digs in Los Angeles, but the next big theatrical event in the Bay Area is ready to arrive this September at The Curran. If the story of Alexander Hamilton was little known to most people before Lin-Manuel Miranda and his collaborators put their spin on it, wait until you see the fabulous and fantastical history lesson that Taylor Mac and Machine Dazzle have up their queer sleeves. Mr. Mac and Mr. Dazzle are highly acclaimed performance artists from New York City, and they are bringing their latest epic work, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, to San Francisco’s Curran Theatre for four six-hour performances only. The work will be performed in its entirety for the first time since Mac‘s historic 24-hour marathon performance at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse last fall. Over four performances, audience members in San Francisco can experience what The New York Times’ Wesley Morris called “one of the great experiences of my life.” A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, is Mac’s incredibly ambitious effort to chart a subjective history of the U.S. through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country, from 1776 to the present day. The Bay Area event will include local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War I soldiers and Yum Yum from The Mikado. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has handmade outrageous costume pieces for each of the 24 decades and will also be a performer in the show. I spoke with both men recently by phone and, in honor of their close collaboration, decided to combine the separate conversations in to one big, fabulous, queer interview. TAYLOR continues on next page
Taylor Mac. Photo by Teddy Wolff.
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continued from previous page Q: Do you have a favorite period or decade in the show, Taylor? TM: We have a full orchestra on stage at the beginning, and I love a big party so the early decades are very fun for that reason. But popular music got more sophisticated during its heyday in the 20th Century, and also people in the audience have lived through the events in the more recent decades so that is thrilling and fun also, to have this shared experience in the room. Q: Where did you study costume design, Mr. Dazzle? MD: I am actually self-taught, although I did study Fine Arts at the University of Colorado, in Boulder. I started doing drag downtown and making costumes after I moved to New York City. That’s how Taylor and I met, in the clubs. I still love making costumes for myself, especially for Gay Pride in New York, and this past 4th of July on Fire Island I was a stack of strawberry pancakes. Q: Why did you decide to do the show again, Taylor? TM: I feel like we’re living in calamity right now with the current President and so much of this show is about how do you turn calamity in to something usable and progressive and forward thinking. We have a long history in this country of communities being torn apart. And as a result of being torn apart, they have made themselves stronger. That is primarily what this show is about. Every decade in the show focuses on a different community in the United States that was built as a result of being torn apart. And for me, part of doing the show is the healing that I need in order to manage all of my frustrations and exhaustion with the current administration. Q: Where do you find the inspiration for something like a hotdog headdress, Mr. Dazzle? MD: I feel like the inspiration finds me. With that piece, we found out that hot dogs were popularized during the Civil War period, when Germans started selling them on the street in New York or Boston. Taylor’s jacket for that decade was inspired by the military uniforms of the day, and then I read that barbed wire was invented during that time so I made a huge hoop skirt that looks like large-scale barbed wire. Q: Taylor, things must go wrong occasionally when you’re on stage for this length of time, if only a wardrobe malfunction… TM: I learned when I was starting out in the clubs in New York to use that kind of thing to my advantage and include it as part of the show. It’s a similar approach to how I’m thinking about Donald Trump and the Trump administration. You have to incorporate them into your life in a way that they don’t take over, but they help get you to a deeper consideration of the things that you want and the things that you care about and the other people in your life. Q: You must have learned a great deal about queer history, and history in general, researching the show. MD: That is one of the reasons for the show, that there is no queer history going back that far. You can’t find it anywhere. You have to know that there were queer people running around during the Civil War, but they weren’t really written about, or that part OutwordCalifornia.com
of their lives wasn’t written down. So we’re inserting ourselves into American history where we’ve been left out. Q: How do you prepare for the intensity of the schedule? TM: I’ve been in training for a long time to make all this happen. So I’ve learned a lot of vocal techniques that have helped. The other thing though is that I’m supposed to fall apart to a degree by the end of the show. My voice may crack at times, but that sort of vulnerability comes with working really hard on something and exposing yourself and doing your best. My vocal chords were swollen at the end of that 24-hour show, and I had about an octave range left but I never lost the ability to sing. Q: I have to ask where you got the best name ever, Machine Dazzle? MD: I moved to New York in 1994 and was doing a lot of clubbing and dancing, and people would say, “You dance like a machine. You’re the dancing machine.” And then around 2000, I became a part of The Dazzle Dancers, which was an existing group of dancers. They had names like Cherry Dazzle and Corn Flake Dazzle and Noir Dazzle, and I became Machine Dazzle. So I was making costumes for them and also for other people, and then I didn’t want to change the name because I had established a reputation as a costume designer under that name. Q: Your fans must love all the audience participation in this show, Taylor. TM: For me, the audience is the central character of the work, and I’m kind of the narrator, helping them along. So the goal of all the audience participation isn’t to force them to have a good time…it’s really just to get them thinking about things in history a little bit differently, and thinking about their relationship with each other a little bit differently. For the most part, it’s stuff like the entire audience is singing along on a chorus or something like that. I like people to participate in the show, but I leave you alone if you don’t want to do it. I’m not that type of artist to force anyone to participate. Q: I just saw our President on TV before I called you, and he must have been having a bad hair day because he was wearing his trademark business suit and tie with a baseball cap! Since you’re a costume designer, I have to ask what you think of Donald Trump’s fashion sense.. MD: (laughs) What fashion sense? Q: Why did you decide to break the show up in to four separate performances? TM: I only wanted to do the 24-hour marathon show one time because it’s just too hard on my body and too hard on my collaborators. It’s still going to be extremely difficult physically. Four six-hour shows in the course of two weeks will not be easy, but this way the audience can think about what they have seen and then come back in a few days for the next chapter. So we’re trying it out for the very first time – doing the six-hour shows – and the audience will share this two-week journey with us. Tickets for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which begins on September 15 and concludes on September 24, can be purchased at SFCURRAN.com/shows/ taylor-mac or by calling 415-358-1220.
Machine Dazzle and Taylor Mac on stage. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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South Asian Comedy Festival Coming to NorCal
ay Area-based Indian-born comedians, Samson Koletkar and Abhay Nadkarni, are presenting the 4th Annual Desi Comedy Fest, an 11-day South Asian stand up comedy extravaganza touring comedy clubs and theaters in nine cities throughout Northern California.
The idea for the festival was born on August 14 and 15, 2013, Pakistani and Indian Independence Days, respectively, when Koletkar produced a few comedy shows that featured Pakistani and Indian
Karinda Dobbins. Photo byJennifer Graham
comedians. The positive response to the shows planted the seed for something larger: The Desi Comedy Fest. Desi (pronounced (“THEY-see”) is a term for the cultures and products of the Indian subcontinent or South Asia and their diaspora, derived from the Ancient Sanskrit (desá or deshi), meaning Land or Country. Desi countries include India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives. The festival, the largest of its kind in the U.S., runs August 10-20 and features 40 South Asian comics from all over the U.S., India and South Africa with diverse ethnic backgrounds: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani, Sri Lankan, Iranian, Filipino, and African American. Last year’s festival boasted attendance of 2,100 and this year’s festival will go to San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley, Santa Clara, Union City, Alameda, Livermore, Santa Cruz, and Mountain View. “2017 has been a great year for South Asian comics,” said Abhay Nadkarni, the festival co-producer. “Aziz Ansari hosted Saturday Night Live; Hasan Minhaj hosted The White House Correspondents Dinner; Kumail Nanjiani is back with a new season of Silicon Valley; and Aditi Mittal got her own Netflix special, and Azhar Usman, featured in CNN’s America’s Funniest Muslim, who was scheduled to perform at 16 Outword California
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last year’s festival, but he got hit by an SUV while crossing the street, and unfortunately couldn’t attend. Hopefully he doesn’t get hit by the travel ban this time!” Three of the comics performing are openly LGBT; Bay Area based Arjun Banerjee and Karinda Dobbins; and LA-based, Nik Dodani. “Usually introverted South Asians are taking to the stage to openly talk about their cultural characteristics while also addressing immigration, race, and other personal experiences of the South Asian diaspora,” said Koletkar. “Where else can you find Indians and Pakistanis sitting together and laughing?” Comics to watch for this year include: Alingon Mitra who has written for The Daily Show and been on numerous late night talk shows (Conan O’Brien, Colbert, and Craig Ferguson); Irish Catholic/Pakistani-IndianBurmese-Muslim comedian, Ahmed Bharoocha, featured on Conan and Comedy Central and named one of Ten Comedians to Watch in 2017 by Esquire Magazine; and the fastest growing young female comic hailing from South Africa, Karmen Naidoo. The Festival runs Aug. 10 through 20, for a complete listing of dates, locations and participating comics, and to see videos, visit www.DesiComedyFest.com.
Matinée Returns To San Diego This Labor Day
atinée, the legendary festival, returns to San Diego this Labor Day Weekend with eight new spectacular parties over four fun-filled days. Matinee San Diego Festival 2017: Labor Day Weekend begins Friday, September 1 with LaLeche!, the Friday night main event at Rich’s with music by Taito Tikaro and Dan Slater.
Matinée events don’t just pump dance music. Producers Jake Resnicow, Justin David and Paul Nicholls re-imagine and craft elaborate experiences, complete with blazing pyrotechnics and production by the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Matinée Ibiza. “Part of our mission is to show people that a Matinée party is all about awe and extravagance,” explains Resnicow. “Once again, we are teaming with the hottest and most cutting-edge acts from around the world.” On Saturday, revelers will start the day getting soaking wet at Heat, the afternoon pool party at Lafayette. At night, its off to Pervert, the main event party at Spin with duel headliners Nacho Chapado and Danny Verde. On Sunday, its back in speedos as Lafayette hosts the weekend’s second pool party, Pump! Then revelers will dance to the beats of Phil Romano at the Music Box for the Sunday night extended main event, Matinée Air Force, followed by the Sunday afterparty Action! with music by drag superstar DJ Nina Flowers. The Sunset Tea party takes place the afternoon of Monday, September 4 at Lafayette with special surprise DJs, followed by a fabulous and free closing party at Rich’s. For more information and tickets, visit www. MatineeSanDiego.com Matinée launched twenty years ago in Ibiza. Since then, it has evolved internationally, gaining notoriety for it’s lavish, over-the-top events. It made its San Diego debut in 2015 with eight thrilling parties that included a surprise appearance by JoJo and jawdropping spectacles including fireworks over Mission Bay. “That first year, I knew Matinée San Diego was the beginning of something really special,” says Nicholls. “With the city as a backdrop, the beaches and the incredible Lafayette Host Hotel… everything combined to create a sense of camaraderie that was unique to any city in the world. It was like gay summer camp with world class parties! Everyone kept commenting on how spectacular the vibe was and that, to me, is what a successful party is all about.” Raising the bar on nightlife is exactly what the Matinée brand was built to do. Whether in the heart of Manhattan, the Las Vegas Strip or on the white sands of Miami, a Matinée event is meant to take revelers out of body and beyond the confines of their imagination. Matinée is the festival where there is something for everyone and all are welcome! Weekend passes for Matinee San Diego Festival 2017: Labor Day Weekend start at $199. The Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd) is the host hotel for Matinée San Diego Festival. Suites start at $149/night. VIP Weekend Passes are also available. They include VIP admission with express entry to the five main parties, complimentary fruit/snacks, private restrooms and exclusive, elevated, VIP areas overlooking all the action. The Ultra VIP All-Access Weekend Pass includes VIP admission to all eight parties, including the Sunday Afterparty, Monday Tea Dance, and an exclusive Matinée gift pack. For tickets and more information on Matinée San Diego Festival, visit www.MatineeSanDiego.com. 18 Outword California
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