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Lighting The Night

Black AIDS Institute to Honor Heroes

Kathleen Turner at Feinstein’s

“Clown” Returns to Griffith Park

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LGBT Caucus Resolution Aims to Prevent Trans Service Member Discrimination


n behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 on August 22nd, condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military is offensive, misguided, and contrary to our American values,” said Low, Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. “The thousands of transgender military service members who have put their lives on the line for our country deserve better. The California Legislative LGBT Caucus stands by our transgender service members and will do everything in our power to prevent

In addition, the U.S. military is currently conducting a study on the medical obligations, impact on military readiness and related questions associated with the accession of transgender individuals who are not currently serving in uniform and wish to join the military. A new policy decision would be inappropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed. California hosts more than 190,000 active further discrimination.” and reserve service people from all five Although President Trump cited medical branches of the United States military and is costs as one of the reasons behind the ban, a home to three army bases, seven marine RAND Corporation study commissioned by bases, 10 navy bases, six air force bases and the United States military found that medical five reserve and national Coast Guard bases. care for transgender service members would Thousands of transgender troops are cost approximately $8 million a year of the currently serving in our military and an Pentagon’s $600 billion budget — compared unknown number are currently in combat to $84 million, which the United States zones. military currently spends on Viagra and AJR 22 will be heard on the Assembly other erectile dysfunction drugs. Floor in the coming weeks. Bruce Bozzi, Jr., photographed at The Palm in Beverly Hills, by Alden Wallace.

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GLSEN to Honor Bruce Bozzi at 2017 GLSENphilanthropist Respect Awards focused on improving his


LSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students, will honor restaurateur and philanthropist Bruce Bozzi with the Champion Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards.

Bozzi is a leading figure in Los Angeles and New York through his work as the Executive Vice President of Palm Restaurant Group and via “Lunch with Bruce” on SiriusXM. The iconic restaurant group makes public service part of their daily life with programs to fight hunger and support local communities.

community, and it will take all of us working together during this challenging time,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN. “We are honored to have him join us for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards to celebrate In addition, Bozzi has championed that commitment to the LBGTQ community numerous LGBTQ issues, including marriage and our efforts for students across the equality and GLSEN’s work to create safe country.” and inclusive school environments. He The gala will be held on Friday, October continues to support and organize with the 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Hollywood community against efforts to Angeles. Tickets for the Respect Awards — limit LGBTQ rights across the U.S. Los Angeles will be available soon. For “Bruce Bozzi is an activist and additional information, please visit September 7, 2017 - October 5, 2017 • No. 9


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Lighting The Night for Blood Cancer Cures


by Dawn E. Bell

ore than a third of blood cancer patients do not survive five years after their diagnosis, a staggering statistic that has spawned Light The Night, a powerful and unique fundraising campaign from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which brings together families, communities and companies to honor blood cancer survivors and loved ones lost to the disease. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are saving lives not someday, but today. LLS funds research to advance more breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients, and we are working to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. Despite progress, more than a third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after their diagnosis, so more funding is needed to advance research and ensure access to treatments to help save more lives. More than $1 billion has been invested in research through LLS to save the lives of blood cancer. Light The Night is an annual evening celebration that raises funds for LLS’s mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The event shines a light on the importance

of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients, as well as funds treatments that are saving lives of patients today. LLS is accelerating cures by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now. During the event, participants symbolically light the dark world of cancer by carrying illuminated lanterns to show how their lives have been affected by blood cancer: red for supporters, white for survivors, and gold for those walking in memory of a loved one lost to cancer. Light The Night is a family-friendly, non-competitive, less than two-mile walk route and is accessible to all fitness levels. Participants who raise $100 or more will become a Champion for Cures and will receive a commemorative Light The Night t-shirt and wristband which entitles the wearer to a variety of food and refreshments that evening. This year, all walkers will receive our exclusive, illuminated lantern on the night of the event. Two Light the Night events are upcomiing in Northern California: Napa Valley Light The Night on September 16, at Oxbow

Survivors celebrate by carrying white lanterns and taking part in an inspiring survivor ceremony within the survivor circle while the white beam of hope reaches up to the sky, illuminating the darkness.

Commons, in Napa; and North Bay Light The Night on October 07, at Old Courthouse Square, in Santa Rosa. When you walk, cancer runs! For more information or to register or to

donate for both events, visit Dawn E. Bell is a Campaign Specialist for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Greater Bay Area Chapter and can be reached at

Black AIDS Institute to Honor Heroes in the Struggle


ach year The Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America, and this year’s inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown and 2017 Corporate Hero Novant Health. The 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception will be held on September 16, at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett will serve as Chair and Host. The 2017 theme is Black Men Honoring Black Women and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi will perform a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall. “At the age of fifteen, I began working with the Black AIDS Institute and I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors,” said Jussie Smollett. “Although it is not spoken about like it used to, the AIDS epidemic is not over, especially in Black communities. I am humbled to pay tribute to these remarkable women in our community.” Nearly 100 individuals have been 4

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inducted into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame over the last 16 years. It is a photographic tribute to HIV/AIDS allies; elected officials and policy makers; artists from television, film, stage and music; civil rights leaders; health-care providers; advocates and activists; and people living

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with HIV/AIDS. “Black women are the single most important engine in the survival of Black people, including with HIV/AIDS,” said Phill Wilson, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. “This event not only allows us to acknowledge the invaluable role Black women have played in the AIDS fight, but it helps raise awareness about the devastating impact AIDS continues to have on Black women and the opportunities we have to turn that around if Black men and women work together.” Tickets and sponsorship packages are priced at various levels, from VIP packages to a limited number of community seats for as little as $75.00. “Because the event is completely underwritten by major donors, every penny raised goes directly into efforts to end the epidemic, help people get into care and stay in care, protect themselves from HIV infections, and advocate for sound HIV/AIDS policies,” said Wilson. For more information about purchasing tickets, becoming a sponsor, joining the host committee, or placing an advertisement in the program book, go to

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SF Gay Men’s Chorus Plans Lavender Pen Goodwill Tour


he San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) will kick off its 40th season with an ambitious goodwill tour visiting various cities and small towns in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, while raising muchneeded funds for local LGBTQ+ nonprofit groupss in those cities.

SFGMC at a recent concert

With a divisive political climate in the United States, marked by an increase in dangerous and hostile rhetoric against the LGBTQ and other marginalized communities, SFGMC will take its message and music on the road to promote universal equality and inclusiveness, and the value in treating all individuals – irrespective of differences – with dignity. The Chorus will marshal its mosaic of powerful, positive voices to empower fellow Americans, especially LGBTQ+ youth, to come together, provoke conversations and action around civil liberties for all, while raising funds for local communities. Joining SFGMC for the Lavender Pen Tour is the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC), a community of diverse races, cultures and faiths, inspiring joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music. Together, SFGMC and OIGC will perform five anchor concerts during the tour from October 7-15, with each show raising funds for local LGBTQ+ organizations. All funds raised during the

tour will support the vital work these organizations are doing to dismantle bigotry and discrimination locally and nationally. SFGMC and OIGC will also visit schools, churches, government buildings and more to spread the message and share the meaning of The Lavender Pen Tour. “As has been evidenced in the recent weeks, we as a country have a long road to travel. After spending a week in the South last month with our beneficiaries and community partners, I learned that hope - the unbreakable and audacious idea that Harvey Milk built his life on and inspired us to do the same - is very much alive,” said Chris Verdugo, SFGMC Executive Director. “We will amplify the work of these organizations across the South, raise tens of thousands in additional funding so they may continue their vital work and empower and inspire them with our music and mission. We believe this tour is another step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion and empathy.” View a video with more information about the Lavender Pen Tour here at

All Aboard the Farm-To-Fork Cocktail Train Rides


howcasing the rich history and deep connection between agriculture and the railroad, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation will be rolling out two VIP Cocktail Train Ride experiences celebrating Sacramentos Farm-toFork month.

“Early in its history, the Sacramento Southern Railroad was primarily used to transport pears, asparagus, celery, seeds and other agricultural products to markets from local Delta communities,” said Cheryl Marcell, President & CEO of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. “Today, the Museum and Foundation are proud to offer weekend excursion train rides on the very same Sacramento Southern Railroad — now in the 34th consecutive year – plus expand the popular Farm-to-Fork Cocktail Train experience to include two VIP train rides this year.” The Farm-to-Fork VIP Cocktail Train Ride experiences will be available this year, one each evening, on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. Rabobank N.A. – a locally based bank serving California communities grounded in agriculture – is the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Cocktail Train ride experiences. The VIP Cocktail Train first debuted in 2015, has sold out each year, and was recognized as a finalist in Sunset Magazine’s Travel Awards competition in the “Best Train Experience” category. With one VIP train ride on each evening at 6 p.m. departing from the Central Pacific Freight Depot in Old Sacramento, Farm-ToFork Cocktail Train ride guests can sit back and experience what first class was like during the early decades of the 20th century as developed by the Southern Pacific

Railroad. Ticketed guests will delight in a signature cocktail, exquisite appetizers and a delicious dessert from The Firehouse, Ten 22 and DISTRICT. The specially created menu items will be prepared and presented by Jay

Veregge, Director of Culinary Operations for Harvego Restaurant Group, and his talented culinary team. The food and beverages will showcase seasonal and locally grown ingredients, some of which will be generously provided by Blue

Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific No. 6051 – both of which are classic streamlined locomotives representative of the first generation of diesel-electric locomotives. Space is limited on The Farm-To-Fork

Diamond Growers. Uniformed stewards provide the finest first class service onboard three of the California State Railroad Museum’s first class cars: the Audubon dining car, the El Dorado lounge car and the French Quarter lounge car from the 1950s that served the famed Southern Pacific “Sunset Limited” service. As an added treat, the cars will be pulled by two eye-catching locomotives – Western

Cocktail Train and tickets are on sale now. Train ride tickets cost $100 per person and all train ride guests must be 21 or over. The Farm-to-Fork Cocktail Train is a Foundation fundraiser for the California State Railroad Museum, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the future California Railroad Technology Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets to The Cocktail Train presented by Rabobank, please visit www.

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Eat Real Festival Returns To Jack London Square


he Eat Real Festival (Eat Real) is returning for its ninth year to the Oakland waterfront, celebrating regional and sustainable food craft, offering a curated selection of local food vendors, as well as a showcase of food entrepreneurs, artisan products, and demonstrations from the Bay Area’s top chefs and culinary experts. Free to attend, Eat Real will be held September 22–24 and will include a wide selection of street food — from regional food trucks to street food vendors — for purchase, priced at $10 or less.

A combination of a state fair, a street-food festival and a block party, Eat Real will also feature interactive tastings, DIY workshops, competitions, and local chef demos. All proceeds from Eat Real Festival will

benefit Food Craft Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching budding food and beverage entrepreneurs and artisans how to build successful businesses. Jack London Square merchants including Belcampo Meat Co., Baia Pasta, California Canoe & Kayak, and Lungomare will be providing weekend-long specials and interactive activities, such as demos, in honor of Eat Real Festival. “More than ever, we feel it’s critical to celebrate our wonderfully diverse community and our way of doing that is through food,” says Eat Real Festival Director, Ally DeArman. “We’re filling three

city blocks with an incredible array of sustainably sourced street food made by our favorite local makers — some familiar and plenty of new faces too. Not only is everything delicious, but our festival goers are making a REAL impact because every dollar spent on food and drink at the festival helps support the efforts of Food Craft Institute to educate and empower craft producers who are making REAL food done right!” The Eat Real Festival will be held September 22–24, at Jack London Square, in Oakland. For more information, visit

Inaugural LGBTIQ Benefit Unites Wine Country


utRight Action International (OutRight) is launching the inaugural Crush Out, bringing together the wine country’s LGBTIQ community and allies for the first time to support equality on a global, national, and local scale. The benefit event, hosted by the historic Trione Vineyards & Winery, will support the work of OutRight, the National LGBTQ Task Force as well as Positive Images, which serves youth in Sonoma County. Supporters from Sonoma, Napa, the San Francisco Bay Area and across California will enjoy the stunning views and festive atmosphere of the Trione Winery’s celebrated stone barn from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd. Proceeds from the event will sustain the work of these critical organizations to advance the rights of LGBTQI people in each respective arena, working across borders for equality. “Our community is most adversely affected by discrimination and violence globally, but with the current administration’s hateful agenda, we are looking at setbacks nationally as well,” states Executive Director Jessica Stern. “We’re 8

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proud to stand united in support of LGBTIQ rights from the local to the global.” “As we work across the globe, we are committed to activism within smaller communities,” states Stern, “and the outpouring of support we have received already from Wine Country shows how local communities can affect global change.” In addition to food and wine pairings, featuring outstanding Trione wines, attendees will bid on silent auction items featuring local wine, artisan spirits, art, and travel opportunities funded by local businesses. Culminating the celebration, the benefit will feature a throwback to the “Tea Dance,” a late afternoon dance party with DJ Dray Lopez as participants enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. For tickets and more information, visit

Trione Winery’s celebrated stone barn in the beautiful Alexander Valley of Sonoma County.

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Kathleen Turner Brings Finding My Voice To Feinstein’s


tage and screen icon Kathleen Turner will bring her one-woman show, Finding My Voice, to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for two performances only — Friday, October 20 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, October 21 (8 p.m.).

In Finding My Voice, Turner lends her trademark husky voice to classic songs from the Great American songbook and shares personal anecdotes and stories from her celebrated career. “I am very excited to bring Finding My Voice to San Francisco, one of my favorite cities, and to perform at the intimate Feinstein’s at the Nikko,” says Turner. Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; 12 Outword California

Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Turner both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, and yet another Golden Globe nomination. Turner has also starred on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress, Indiscretions, The Graduate, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she received a second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress.

In addition to her film and stage credits, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Best Seller List and was recently recorded by Turner as an audiobook. Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein’s at the Nikko presents a wide range of entertainers from stage and screen all within an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting.

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There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person inside the showroom which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein’s at the Nikko, through Restaurant Anzu. Cheese and dessert platters will also be av-ailable in the showroom. Tickets for Kathleen Turner range in price from $42 – $80 and are available now by calling 866-663-1063 or visiting www. For additional information on Feinstein’s at the Nikko, visit:



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Camp No Counselors Celebrates LGBTQ History Month


amp No Counselors is adding yet another fun filled weekend at their Los Angeles location this Fall. In honor of LGBTQ History Month, Camp No Counselors is celebrating their first ever LGBTQ & Friends adult sleep away camp.

The all-inclusive, weekend-long experience will commence Columbus Day weekend (October 6-9) with tickets starting at $525/ person. “With many of our campers being part of the LGBTQ community, we are excited to provide our first ever LGBTQ & Friends camp experience! While this weekend will have many similarities to our typical camps, it is by no means a regular camp as it was created with and for the LGBTQ community,” said Adam Tichauer, Founder of Camp No Counselors In addition to the standard camp experience, Camp No Counselors has announced that a portion of the proceeds generated from this camp will go to supporting Camp Brave Trails, a Southern California leadership summer camp for LGBTQ youth. As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, Camp No

Counselors offers adults, age 21 and over, an all-inclusive (lodging, food, and spirits) weekend featuring epic nightly theme parties, an open bar, and delicious meals prepared by chefs. During the day, you can stop #adulting and enjoy an abundance of classic camp activities including archery, rock climbing, an extensive ropes course, dodgeball, beach volleyball, tie-dye, talent shows, Color Wars and much more. Camp No Counselors’ 2017 season is currently underway with more than 20 weekend dates to choose from across the U.S. and Canada including: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Florida, Los Angeles, Madison, Michigan, Nashville, New York, San Antonio, San Francisco and Seattle, Calgary, and Toronto. To learn more about Camp No Counselors and to register today, please visit: www.


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Making Midcentury Modern In Your 21st Century Home reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer


magine – you. A homeowner, finally, after saving, planning, and a ceiling-high pile of paperwork. Starting today, you can go home (home!), shut the door, and know that it’s all yours. You’ll never forget the feeling of that key in your hand.

So how do you reflect your style in this home you love? Begin with Making Midcentury Modern by Christopher Kennedy. When he was a young lad, Kennedy’s parents taught him the proper ways to a well-mannered life: his mother made him write thank-you notes, and she taught him how to “make a good first impression,” while his father advised him to “live each day to the fullest.” Those lessons were learned in “simpler, more gracious times.” Kennedy insists it’s not nostalgia that makes him love interior design from that period. Instead, he just likes the trend, and he doesn’t see it “slowing down any time soon.” In this book, he shows how you can include Midcentury Modern into your home, even if it was built last month. You can start in the entrance. Those first impressions matter when it comes to a home, says Kennedy. Paint your front door in a Midcentury Modern color to welcome guests warmly.

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On the topic of colors, Midcentury Modern isn’t shy. Orange is the “caffeine of the color wheel,” and it really pops. Think pink (Mamie Eisenhower’s favorite color), turquoise, white, red, or any shade of blue. Don’t just color walls, though; be bold with furniture, rugs, and accessories. Pillows in out-there colors are inexpensive ways to dip your toe into the design. Know the “secret to a beautiful and easy-to-make bed” – and for guest rooms, consider twin beds. Go ahead and mix metals, bring childhood treasures out for display, and recall Mom’s kitchen or bathroom for ideas. Take your indoors, outdoors, weather permitting. Pare down; Midcentury Modern isn’t cluttered (so on that note, hide your TV). And finally, have fun. “Above all,” Kennedy says, “never take your home … too seriously.” Sometimes, it’s easy to feel indecision or paralysis, when it comes to décor. What if you make a mistake? What if you have Making Midcentury Modern?

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With 100 easy-to-use (and surprisingly budget-friendly) tips, author Christopher Kennedy gives readers the inspirational boost they need to make a home dazzle. You’ll see how simple color will transform a house’s entire look, and where cherished possessions can become unusual displays. Kennedy fully admits that many of his favorite pieces were discovered online or at thrift stores, an idea that’s somehow very delicious. And pillows? Pile ‘em on! The one criticism I have with this book isn’t with the information – it’s with getting that information: the font color against color can be very difficult to read. White print on a yellow background, for example, is nearly hidden. It’s a design flaw in a design book. Go figure. That’s not insurmountable, though: there are photos enough to make this coffee-table book a can’t-miss full of fun. If you need your house to feel groovier no matter when it was constructed, Making Midcentury Modern may be key. Terri Schlichenmeyer is an avid reader and owner of The Bookworm Sez, a selfsyndicated book review column. She can be reached at

Scout Durwood Brings the Laughs and the Tunes by Chris Narloch


his gorgeous gay gal has two careers going – as a comic and a singer – which explains her entertaining current CD, a unique mixture of laughs and lyrics that somehow works.

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Take One Thing Off is the title of Scout Durwood’s disc, which features ten musical tracks with excerpts from one of the performer’s live comedy shows interspersed between each song. The first time I gave it a listen, I thought it was an odd gimmick to alternate comedy bits with music, but after the second play I was hooked and realized that the artist had simply combined her two passions on one CD. Is she a singer or a comic? The narrowminded might say, “Make up your mind,” but if Durwood can do both well, why not have it both ways? Luckily, the artist can sing and she is genuinely funny. I wasn’t that crazy about

the CD’s title track or the other “party” song, “Go Go,” but Durwood shows off a lovely upper register on the striking “Fallin’ In Love.” The singer co-wrote every song on the disc save for the Rodgers and Hart classic, “My Funny Valentine,” which she delivers very simply, without the overwrought belting we often get on TV talent competitions nowadays. Durwood’s comedy is just as good as her music, and I especially enjoyed her hilarious observations on topics ranging from the gay guys in L.A. to her own drinking, as well as her choice put-downs of straight men who hit on gay women. Visit

Wildly Successful – and Successfully Wild – Drag Brunch Coming To Los Angeles

Hot on the heels of producing the “Nine from 9” and “Battle on the Runway” shows at RuPaul’s Drag Con, Brandon Voss is bringing his wildly popular Drag Brunch to LA on September 24th at Viva Hollywood. “Drag Brunch is more than just drag queens lip syncing onstage,” says Voss. “Our shows center on production numbers and comedy routines.” One low price includes food, unlimited cocktails and, of course, the fabulous one-of-a-kind entertainment. Seating begins at noon, show begins at 1 p.m. For more information on Voss Events Drag Brunch and to book a table, visit

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Clown Returns to Griffith Park to Make Your Skin Crawl


ake a seat on the Haunted Hayride and slither through the genuinely haunted woods of Griffith Park’s Old Zoo, where you will meet a legion of vicious clowns waiting with more psychopathic fun than any wagon can handle.

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Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO) Clown will feature four zones guaranteed to make your skin crawl: Haunted Hayride, House Of Shadows, Trick Or Treat and Purgatory. And if you think you know clowns — you don’t know these clowns. The evolution of demonic apparitions that live within these trees have created a darkness that will leave with you and infiltrate your dreams. Clown — will literally have you on the edge of your seat and then forced out of those seats as you become immersed within your darkest fears escaping on foot to experience the winding, weaving Corn Maze smack dab in the middle of the ride! “Hayride fans have been asking us to bring back the Clown Tent Finale for years” said TTO CEO and Haunted Hayride Founder Melissa Carbone. “ We just couldn’t escape it. Once we started we got so sucked into this rabbit hole of incredible clown content that we couldn’t just do one finale scene. So we decided to take the number one fan favorite experience of our entire history and make it the entire 30 acre attraction. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for the hayride since year one.“ The legendary fan favorite scare zone, House of Shadows, will leave you completely blinded in total darkness, as the shadows of the most vicious, ugliest and depraved souls chase you through the re-imagined, colossally possessed demonic house — Southern California’s only true dark maze! At Trick Or Treat, it’s Halloween every night. Go get candy from strangers! The September 7, 2017 - October 5, 2017 • No. 9

interactive neighborhood has doubled in size and has tripled the mischief. The suburb of Hell welcomes trick-or-treaters to go door to door and come face to face with its freakish occupants. You’ve always known your neighbors were a little off, so tonight let’s pull back the curtain. “Ding Dong!” An ALL NEW layout may just make Purgatory the best part of the entire attraction. The charm and magic of the old world ‘haunted village’ invokes the nostalgia of Halloweens past; smell the freshly cut hay, feel the chill of cold fog, and see the deep, rich orange glow of jack o’ lanterns as you pass through the gates. Become a part of the show at Theatre Macabre, ride the Scary-Go-Round, enjoy food & drink at the Grub Shack, shop in the Bootique, visit a psychic, and get ready to see Purgatory like you’ve never seen it before from a seat around the 20-foot Living Bonfire that will send your jaws to the ground. Get ready for this never before seen spectacle. If you’ve ever thought about going to Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, this is the year to do it. The terror of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride begins on September 29th, and will be open select nights until October 31st. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7-10:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. General Admission is $44 and VIP passes that surpass the line are $62. There are also a limited number of Hayride Only Passes for $35. Visit for exact nights of operation and other details.

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