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Art and the Eye of the Beholder page 12

Wine Tasting Event Returns to Curtis Park page 15

Cher Releases Her Inner “Dancing Queen” page 19

Local Gay Painter Makes A Splash

“A Night With Janis Joplin” page 27

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he golden years can be difficult especially for members of the LGBT community. That is why the 5th Annual Senior Pride Information & Resource Fair is helping seniors “be in the know” so they can age independently and with dignity. On Tuesday, October 23, Wisdom Project LGBT Elders is bringing together more than 30 vendors at the E.M. Hart Senior Center

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’all remember the good ole days, when we had classy black folks living in the White House? That was before a KFCeatin’, Orange Creamsicle-lookin’, white-trash-with-money moron stole the election from Hillary Clinton. It seems like a million years ago now, but you can relive the glory days of our country’s previous President (for a couple hours anyway) when former first lady Michelle Obama brings a 10-city arena tour to San Jose this December 14, in support of her new book, “Becoming,” which hits stores on Nov. 13. No doubt Michelle will be discussing her 8 years in Washington and commenting – graciously, knowing her – on the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, during her San Jose appearance. That’s the only Northern California stop

on Mrs. Obama’s tour, and she is promising that her new book is her most personal yet. (You can bet she won’t be wearing a coat that says, “I really don’t care. Do U?” in San Jose, or anywhere else.) Every time I see our current President on my TV, saying something stupid and/or crazy, I think of Michelle’s famous “When they go low, we go high” speech, which gives me comfort that Donald Trump’s reign of terror won’t last forever. Tickets for Mrs. Obama’s book tour went on sale to the public Sept. 21, 2018. For information, visit events/detail/michelleobama.

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Super Speedy Circus History! by Emily DeSanto


he circus has welcomed every age, color, sexuality, ethnicity and gender since beginning in 1768. That was when Philip Astley created the first real circus in England. Yes, I could go all the way back to ancient Greece, but I only have 500 words to tell you some of the coolest facts ever. Like I was saying, the circus was started in 1768 by Philip Astley and it was originally brought to life because Philip was an equestrian. He had the idea to bring all of the elements of the circus we know and love together such as clowns, horses, acrobats and jugglers. Philip is also the reason that the circus has a ring because the size of a ring is the perfect amount for a horse to run and not fall or trip. Fast forward about 30 years or so, one of Philip’s students, John Bill Ricketts, who was also a trick horse rider, decided he wanted to bring the circus to America. So, that’s exactly what he did, and in April of 1793, the nation saw its first circus in Philadelphia. Now, when I think of circus, I think of clowns, the circus train, and elephants. The

International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, so if you like this article, come check out Baraboo! Anyway, The Ringling Brothers started out with a small concert show in the early 1880’s and then by 1907, they owned the largest railroad circus in the world. It wasn’t until 1919, when the Ringlings, Barnum and Bailey officially consolidated the circuses which then became Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. This grew into a big top, 3 ring, 2 stages, an outer hippodrome track for chariot races and wild west shows all while being able to accomodate audiences up to 10,000 show. In addition to the circus, they had events in the late afternoon and evening that showcased all the new technology such as electricity,

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circus didn’t have exotic animals until May of 1869. A man by the name of Dan Costello had the idea to add two elephants to his circus as well as use the transcontinental railroad instead of the outdated horse and carriage. It wasn’t until 1871 when P.T. Barnum, a veteran amusement proprietor, staged a 100 wagon grand traveling museum, menagerie, caravan and circus. This was an obvious success. Then, Barnum’s partner, William C. Coup started working on a design to utilize flat train cars so the fully loaded wagons could easily roll on and off the train. Soon after, in 1880, James Bailey joined Barnum to create “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Now, I am from Baraboo, WI. If you don’t know Baraboo (most people don’t) it is a quirky little circus town that was home to the Ringling Brothers Family. It is currently home to Circus World Museum and the

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movie films, “horseless carriages” a.k.a cars, and most stupendously, exotic animals. Now fast forward to right now: the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus toured for 146 years and closed officially in May of 2017. Luckily, circus is very much still alive and well. One of the most famous circuses in the world today is Cirque du Soleil. Cirque was created in 1984 by two French Canadian street performers. The first tour was known as “Le Grande Tour du Cirque du Soleil”. If you don’t know what Cirque is, it is very theatrical and artistic. Obviously this style is very different from the wild 3 ring “traditional” circus that you may think of, and one of the major differences that people notice is the fact that Cirque does not utilize animals in their performances and highlights their live performers in a much more dramatic way. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit

Art Exhibit Shines the Light on a History of Hate and Hurt


racist relic, “Sundown towns” are communities where African-Americans are not welcome after sunset…even today. In her fifth solo exhibition, “Sundown”, Xaviera Simmons explores how prejudice is woven through the American narrative.

Xaviera Simmons, Sundown, 2018 Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

Using historical imagery and through text paintings, photography and sculpture, the exhibition pulls from a multitude of threads: slavery, colonial America, the Antebellum South, Black reconstruction, Black migration, the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights era. The artwork explores these legacies and ways in which systemic prejudice are felt in

the present. Visitors are left wondering, what would our cultural landscape look like if AfricanAmericans had been given the opportunity to create generational stability since America’s founding or President Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation”? “Sundown” runs through November 17 at the David Castillo Gallery, in Florida..

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Get Your Art On At Local Museums by Chris Narloch


n addition to all of the great local art you can see for free during Second Saturday events at cool gallery spaces around town, Sacramento art-lovers can catch a number of high profile, must-see exhibitions at Northern California museums this fall. The work of husband and wife artists Charles and Ray Eames will be celebrated at the Oakland Museum of California, beginning this Oct. 13. Closer to home, two talented artists with local connections, Bruce

Michals, now 86 and still working, will make a rare Northern California appearance at the Crocker on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 7 for “Duane Michals In Conversation.” Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to

A Portion of the Painting “T he Son of Man” by Rene Magritte.

Nauman and Irving Marcus, will both have exhibitions at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, beginning Sept. 27. In Sacramento, you have until Oct. 7 to catch “Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo” at Crocker Art Museum, and while you’re there do not miss “Duane Michals: The Portraitist,” which recently opened and will exhibit through January 6, 2019 at Crocker. The Michals exhibition spans this influential (gay) photographer’s amazing 60-year career and includes more than 125 works. He is widely recognized for his eye-catching portraits of actors, artists, musicians, writers, and other public figures, including Andy Warhol, Meryl Streep, Leonard Cohen, Maya Angelou, Joan Didion, Tennessee Williams, and Rene Magritte.

check out “Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season” at SFMOMA – if you haven’t already -before it ends on October 28, 2018. The Magritte exhibition focuses on the latter half of the artist’s career, from approximately 1943 to 1967, a period of remarkable transformation and revitalization for the artist. With loans from North and South America, Europe and Asia, this is the most complete presentation of Magritte’s late work mounted since the artist’s death in 1967. Including more than 20 artworks being shown for the first time in a U.S. museum, and the first concentrated examination of Magritte’s sunlit surrealism and gouaches in this country, “Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season” marks a major milestone in the artist’s exhibition history.

Photo of Tilda Swinton by Duane Michals.

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Art is the Heart of Sacramento State

by Sheree L. Meyer, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Letters Sacramento State


t his fall 2018 address, President Robert S. Nelsen called on Sacramento State to become an “anchor university”: to move beyond current institutional, geographical, and conceptual boundaries to fully engage with our communities. Our various disciplines in the College of Arts and Letters celebrate individual and cultural diversity, and our shared dreams and visions. Through art, arts education, and entertainment, our students, faculty, and staff actively contribute to a sustainable and vibrant cultural environment that attracts individuals and businesses to our region. This summer, the university sponsored a mural on campus for Wide Open Walls painted by multiple artists. Each artist brought to the letters in SACRAMENTO a unique perspective: yet, each beautifully realized and distinctive letter combines to reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of the city. Professor Peter Williams created a digital, interactive mural and coached his students to create digital murals that were shown in the Downtown Commons during the festival. More ephemeral and interactive than the painted wall murals, these projections conceptually expanded the genre and medium of street art. While some of our talented students added Wide Open Walls to their portfolios, others are currently completing a work of public art sponsored by Power Inn Alliance. In October, a colorful 16-foot stegosaurus with California poppies will be installed and unveiled on the round-about on the new Ramona Avenue extension. Sacramento’s new cultural plan emphasizes two critical goals: cultural equity and

neighborhood art. The College of Arts and Letters proudly received one of the city’s Creative Economy pilot project grants to pursue those goals. We will collaborate with the residents of District 6 to stage two performances in their neighborhoods, creating art that speaks to the needs, aesthetic, and economic interests of their community. Sac State’s new Downtown Center at S and Third streets is a perfect location between the Crocker Art Museum, where we’ll share our faculty’s scholarly and creative projects during U-Nite on Thursday, Oct. 18, and the Verge and Beatnik Studios, which have hosted us for U-Create during our spring Festival of the Arts. On campus, we offer concerts, theater, dance, exhibits, lectures, and readings. Art tells stories, expresses pain and pleasure, provides creative solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems, connects us to the past even as it reimagines the future, and helps us develop empathy and understanding. Our engagement is a calling, and the arts are the media through which we respond.


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hether you have a small apartment or a large new house, sometimes the task of filling those blank walls with something that reflects your taste can be a challenge. However, finding the right artwork for your home doesn’t have to be daunting. Michael Kennedy, owner and curator of Kennedy Gallery in the heart of Lavender Heights, offers some sage advice for those who just wish to add flair to their abode to those who are looking to build a collection. The first thing to consider is the style of the home and the already existing decor including the color palette used within the home. “If the house is Western Americana but the decor inside the home has Asian overtones,” explains Kennedy, who holds a masters in acrylic painting, “then you would consider traditional landscapes with Asian elements. If the home is contemporary you would want minimalist abstract, contemporary or even

possibility of commissioning an original piece from an artist who already uses the desired elements in their work. “Some come into a gallery thinking they are limited to whatever is on display,” explains Kennedy. “They may like the coloring of one piece, but the subject matter of another. Separately the pieces don’t speak to them, but combining those elements may create the perfect piece. An artist who will do commissioned work can make that a reality.” Commissioned work can generally run as much as 20% higher than already finished pieces. On top of materials and hours spent creating the original piece, a patron is also paying for that artist’s expertise and creative Kennedy Gallery

pop art.” If you’re unsure what style is best for your home, some gallery owners offer home consulting for a small fee and can point you towards artists who specialize in the style you’re looking for. If your head spins at the thought of trying to discern Abstract Expressionism from Modern Cubism don’t let yourself get caught up in trying to speak the lingo. Just focus on what it is that you like about various pieces and take time to find ones you connect with. If you are working with a limited budget in a large space or business, Giclée (fine art digital prints) may be something to consider. Most of these are priced at about one-third of the original price. Another option is to buy a piece on consignment as some artists or galleries will accept payments over time towards the purchase of that perfect piece you simply must have. No matter what your budget, if you aren’t finding what you’re looking for, consider the 12 Outword Magazine

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expression which has taken a lifetime to develop. For those looking to build a collection, knowing how to select pieces that retain their value is key. “It’s important to look at the artist’s portfolio and see that they are going to continue producing at the same level they are now,” says Kennedy. “Those are artists worth investing in.” The current trend both nationally and internationally is that of the West Coast markets, specifically the I-5 corridor, which includes Sacramento and the surrounding region. From start to finish, choosing the right art for your home can be a rewarding experience, and one you don’t have to shoulder alone. Kennedy Gallery is located at 1931 L Street in Sacramento. Visit the website at


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Annual Wine Tasting Event Returns to Curtis Park


he 28th Annual Curtis Park Wine Tasting, Silent Auction & Beer Garden returns on Saturday, October 6, from 4 – 7 p.m. I am honored to be a part of this year’s planning committee, helping to organize some of my favorite local restaurants and wineries for my Curtis Park neighbors and for my husband, who I met at this event in 2011. This year’s event will feature a special VIP ticket which includes admission at 3 p.m. for an extra hour of wine sipping and tasting galore. We are proud to announce our VIP Restaurant sponsor will be one of Sacramento’s newest and hottest restaurants, The Diplomat, located directly across from the State Capitol. The VIP wine sponsor will be Ironstone Vineyards. Returning to support this year’s event are Curtis Park Wine Tasting veterans Selland’s, Dad’s, Espresso Metro, Miso Japanese, La Famiglia Catering, Gunther’s Ice Cream, Casa Garden, Sugar Plum Vegan, and Oak Cafe as well as the culinary students from American River College (under the tutelage of the amazing Chef Roxanne O’Brien). New to the event this year (so far!) are Cellar Door Platters (a custom charcuterie, fruit, and cheese platter creation service), Seasons 52, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Burgess Brothers BBQ (Antojito’s), Thai Farm House BBQ & Bistro, Buffalo Pizza and Cornflower Creamery, and Adamo’s Restaurant! Wineries set to participate are Revolution

Wines, Moniz Family Wines, Tryphon Vineyards, Matchbook Wines, Seka Hills Winery, Steiner Family Vineyards, and Via Romano Vineyards. If you’re a cider fan,

we’ve got Two Rivers Ciders coming, and as always, Pangaea Bier Cafe‘s Rob Archie will coordinate his fabulous Beer Garden for all the brew lovers out there. I have intentionally tried to reach out to restaurants that produce food that not only pairs with wine, but restaurants that will

give this event more variety and make it more culturally diverse. If we all have one thing in common, it’s that we need to eat to live. Food can be a great way of connecting

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people from different backgrounds. I feel this event is a great way to taste what Curtis Park has to offer and introduce residents to restaurants they might not normally seek out on their own. As one of my favorite travel hosts (and star of Netflix show “Somebody Feed Phil”) Phil Rosenthal says, “Food is the great connector for me, laughs are the cement. It’s all about getting to know people.” Yes! Proceeds from the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association’s Wine Tasting, Silent Auction and Beer Garden help support upkeep and maintenance of the historic Sierra 2 Center and Senior Center, community events like the Spring Egg Hunt, Music in the Park and Curtis Fest. Additional funds go toward Bret Harte’s 6th grade Nature and Science Camp and the McClatchy HISP program and the debate club. There is still time for restaurants and wineries to sign up and showcase their food at the event, particularly restaurants/wineries to represent different cuisines/wines throughout the world. If you are interested in participating, please contact me by calling (916) 612-0035 or email me at For information about participating, donating or volunteering, you can also contact Terri Shettle at the Sierra 2 Center, (916) 452-3005. To buy tickets online, go to http://www. and click “Get Tickets.” Hope to see you there!

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Out & About With Matt by Matthew Burlingame


ational Coming Out Day is Oct. 11. Take a moment to share your story this year as it could just change the life or viewpoint of someone you may not even know is listening.

Do you have plans for October 15? Well, you do now. You’re invited to one of the best birthday events to be held in Sacramento this year! Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Dennis Mangers are having a special birthday concert at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave. The event will benefit the Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists providing scholarships for disadvantaged children applying for personalized training in the arts. Your contribution will help support and inspire future Sacramento artists. benefit Grab your clubs and clean your balls! The Pineapple Classic golf scramble benefiting the Rainbow Chamber Scholarship Foundation will be Oct. 6. Golfers receive tournament green fees, golf cart, drink ticket & a delicious taco bar, served following your round at WildHawk Golf Club. They had me at taco bar! Oddrey Heartburn and Tom Holley are holding a Sister Social benefitting Sacramento’s BENT LGBT Film Festival on Sept. 28. Hosted by the Capitol City

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from regional restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, bands, and more. Find tickets on The Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento is hosting “Building the Pipeline: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the event LGBTQ Leadership” Sept. 27 at the Sterling will feature red carpet comedy commentary Hotel, 1300 H St. The second annual by Suzette Veneti and performance art by fundraiser event supports the Laurie Coco Bechamel. Raffle prizes include items McBride Scholarship and youth leadership from Montelena Winery, Ella’s, Natomas development. Yoga Studio and more! Outdoor movies are always a blast and Capital City AIDS Fund president Joyce this year the Sacramento Outdoor Film Mitchell, Apothic Heart’s Keith Cromie and Festival presents a salute to the “coming of local artists are coming together to sell their age” genre. Movies start at 8 p.m. in Fremont art for an amazing cause. All proceeds will Park, 1515 Q St. and run Sept. 28-Oct. 6 with benefit the Helen Veress-Mitchell Scholarship food, beer, and lawn games starting at 5 p.m. Fund to raise money for HIV-positive youth. The Front Street Shelter will be managing The event will take place on Sept. 29 at the the beer garden to raise funds for the shelter. Apothic Heart Tattoo Collective, 5770 Don’t forget Drag Queen Bingo on Oct. 4 Broadway. benefiting Sac State PRIDE, and Outword/ Dining Out For Life returns on Oct. 11 as Badlands Liquid Therapy Happy Hour on local participating restaurants donate a Oct. 12. Happy birthday to JG Gonsalves, portion of the day’s proceeds to Sunburst Steve Hansen, Dan Wilson, Robert Boucher, Project. Sunburst serves children and Edward Nelson, Christine Allen, Vitaly Sloan, families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Find your Richard Riley, Rand Alford, John Puente, local participating restaurants at Tina Reynolds, Jeffry Davis, Carl Brooks, Keith Johnson, Lee Louise and all other Libra Front Street Animal Shelter is one of the babies. best things to happen to Sacramento’s pets Got events, birthdays, anniversaries, or did in need. On Oct. 12 the California something awesome happen to you recently? Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., will Let Matt know at matthew.burlingame@ play host to Paws to Party to benefit the And check out his writing at shelter. The evening includes contributions

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Hitchcock-tober At The Tower Plus A Mini French Film Festival by Chris Narloch


fter a so-so cinematic summer, I am very much looking forward to the fall films, which include Bradley Cooper’s highly praised remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga, and Tom Hardy’s intriguing-looking Marvel movie, “Venom.” I am also excited to check out “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, as well as “Boy Erased,” with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as homophobic parents who threaten their gay son with conversion therapy.

Robert Donat in “The 39 Steps,” on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tower saved the best for last, and on Halloween night, Oct. 31, the theater will screen the Hitchcock masterpiece “Psycho.” (Shower before the film, horror fans, because you won’t want to take one

Anthony Perkins Stars In Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

In the meantime, I have two local film programs to recommend that should keep Sacramento cinephiles satisfied while we wait for those other movies to be released. Hitchcock-tober Five of the finest films directed by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, will return to the big screen this October for “Hitchcock-tober” at Sacramento’s historic Tower Theatre on Broadway. Grace Kelly and James Stewart kick off the series on Wednesday, Oct. 3, with “Rear Window,” followed by Joseph Cotton in “Shadow Of A Doubt” on the following Wednesday, Oct. 10. Next up, handsome Robert Walker and Farley Granger star in “Strangers On A Train” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, followed by 18 Outword Magazine

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after the movie!) For more information, visit Sacramento French Film Festival This great local movie fest turned 17 this past June with its annual celebration of French films at the Crest. On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the festivities temporarily move down K Street to the Esquire IMAX for the 5th Mini Fest, a one-day showcase of the latest and greatest films from the country that gave us Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. The 5th Mini Fest lineup had not been announced by my deadline, but you can get updates at

Cher Releases Her Inner “Dancing Queen” by Chris Narloch


ow about that dust-up between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj during NY Fashion Week? Wasn’t that some crazy sh*t? Mercy me. They were throwing shade, throwing down and throwing shoes!

Dancing Queen, Cher. Photo by Machado Cicala.

I wasn’t there so I don’t know what really happened between those rival rappers. What I do know is that crazy bitches come and go in the music business, but Cher just keeps on rocking and rolling, decade after decade. The 72-year-old singer and actress released her first album in 1965, and she is still going strong in 2018 with the arrival of her latest CD, “Dancing Queen.” Cher is scheduled to be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor this December 2 in Washington DC, she is a co-producer of The Cher Show, an upcoming Broadway musical opening on December 3, and she is currently performing a residency at MGM Resorts. No fool, Cher has also parlayed her recent

supporting role in the “Mamma Mia!” movie sequel into a new solo record in tribute to the music of ABBA. “Dancing Queen” will be released on Sept. 28 and features ten of the greatest hits by that Swedish super-group, retooled for the 21st Century in sassy Cher-style. “Fernando,” Cher’s exceptional contribution to the sequel’s soundtrack is included on the singer’s solo record as well, and “Dancing Queen” also contains the album’s title song, plus “SOS,” “Waterloo,” “The Name Of The Game,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “One Of Us,” “Chiquitita,” and my personal favorite, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).”

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Celebrating a Silver Anniversary Diva Style


he Kinsey Sicks, the beloved Dragapella Quartet that formed in San Francisco in 1993, returns to San Francisco with a special 25th anniversary performance of their hit show “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” October 5 – 6.

cast member will join the group later in the year. “I still can’t believe I’ve been performing with The Kinsey Sicks for a quarter century when I myself am only 21,” says Schatz. “But I couldn’t leave without performing once Things You Shouldn’t Say is the special guests, moderated by Kinsey Sicks more in our home town. I’m sure the group remarkable true story of four friends from co-founder and former cast member Irwin will continue to grow when I stop touring, as San Francisco who had a life-changing Keller. I’m going to keep writing for them and epiphany at a Bette Midler concert in 1993 This show also marks the final San desperately need the royalties.” The Harvard that led them to form The Kinsey Sicks in an Francisco run of Benjamin Schatz, founding Law educated Schatz refused to comment on effort to find joy during the darkest days of member of The Kinsey Sicks and the original the rampant media speculation that he will the AIDS crisis Rachel. While Schatz will continue his be the next Supreme Court Justice after Brett This unforgettable musical explores involvement with the group by contributing Kavanaugh gives him his seat in exchange for baseball tickets, saying simply that “I’m Trumpism, racism, AIDS, extreme macramé, new material and occasional guest looking forward to spending more quality oblong vegetables and, of course, Bette performances, a new yet-to-be-announced Midler. It deftly blends humorous stories and songs, such as “Putin in the Ritz,” and “Everybody Loves a Drag Queen,” with deeply moving segments about the group’s history, such as “Jerry’s Song,” written about one of the two original Kinsey members who died as a result of AIDS and substance abuse. “I have rarely seen audiences give midshow ovations the way they have with ‘Things you Shouldn’t Say,’” says Nathan Marken, who plays the role of Winnie. “As one of the boldest and most provocative Kinsey Sicks shows in our 25 years, it really takes you on an incredible journey with hearty helpings of laughter and heart.” To provide a more thorough retrospective, select shows will feature a special postperformance talkback with the cast and

time with other peoples’ families.” “Things You Shouldn’t Say” will perform at Marines’ Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St, San Francisco) for three performances only—Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be a special post-performance talkback with the cast and special guests, moderated by Kinsey Sicks co-founder and former cast member Irwin Keller immediately following the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon performances. Tickets for “Things You Shouldn’t Say” range in price from $40–$75 and are available online at or by phone at (415) 967-2227.

T he Kinsey Sicks. Photo courtesy of their Facebook page.

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Local Gay Painter Makes A Splash by Chris Narloch


till boyishly handsome at 39, local gay artist Gabriel Garbow looks like he could model for one of his own stunning paintings, which often depict beautiful, nude (or nearly nude) men. Don’t get any ideas, however, because this talented, good-looking guy is already partnered and has plans to marry his longtime boyfriend before too long. Another exciting development in Garbow’s life is his decision to begin offering private lessons in drawing, painting, and portfolio building custom-tailored to the needs of each adult or student.

Ever had any negative reaction to the sexuality in your work, from family, friends, teachers, or other artists? It is rare that I get blatantly negative reactions to my nude work. My family is vaguely supportive, although I’ve noticed they only post comments on the more anodyne pieces. The less-than-enthusiastic reactions that I get to the erotic work tend to fall into a few categories: either people just hurry past my artwork if it’s something they don’t want to see, or they say, “I like it, but can’t hang that in my living room.” The more frustrating thing is that my work over the past year has been decreasingly erotic, but that still tends to be the thing that people latch onto. Sometimes it’s fun seeing people read erotic content into my more innocent work, but at other times it can be a bit limiting to be regarded as an erotic artist. Well, you definitely have a talent for it,

Local Gay Artist Gabriel Garbow

Garbow also paints “on commission,” so if you have always wanted to drop your robe and preserve that chiseled (or not so chiseled) physique for posterity, contact him for a quote. Mostly, Garbow paints from photos, or from his imagination, which is clearly vivid and sensual given the erotic nature of much of his work. I spoke to Garbow recently about his background and his art, and this is what he had to say. When did you start painting, Gabriel? I can remember watercoloring as early as grade school and middle school, and my parents and teachers encouraged that, but I have known that this would be my career since high school. Later on, I studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and also Minneapolis College of Art and Design. How young were you when you first started sketching the male form? I started drawing naked men from imagination when I was probably around 13 years old. I first had an opportunity to draw from a nude model in the setting of a formal art class when I was 16, at a summer arts program in Savannah, GA. Have you ever painted a nude woman or any women at all? I have painted nude women. I painted quite a few nude women in college, and when I was part of an art cooperative in St. Paul, Minnesota. More recently, I painted a dual portrait of a lesbian couple in Sacramento. 22 Outword Magazine

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Gabriel. Your portraits of nude men in or around water are especially sexy. Oh, thank you. I love to play with light and shadow on skin, and water just adds an extra level of sensuality to a painting. Gabriel Garbow is currently scheduled to participate in the upcoming Castro Street Fair, a wonderful outdoor marketplace of gay-owned businesses, craftspeople, and artists, on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12-6 p.m. Locally, you can meet Garbow at the next Second Saturday, on Oct. 13, on the second floor of Sacramento’s Kennedy Gallery in midtown (where his art is on display indefinitely) between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. To see samples of his beautiful work, visit

SIGLFF Gets BENT For 2018 by Chris Narloch


ith all of the entertainment options folks have nowadays, including the ability to watch a movie on your phone, it can be a challenge to get butts in theater seats, even for a wonderful, long-standing film festival such as the Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), which returns to the historic Crest Theatre this Oct. 12-14, with a brand new name. Rebranding SIGLFF as BENT is one way to give a film festival a shot in the arm, and reminding people why we need a showcase for queer movies in the first place is another. Programming Co-Chair Jennifer Hatton said it best when I asked her to sum up the reason that gay (and gay-friendly) folks should attend BENT: “What I love most about the festival is how eclectic the assortment of films are,” said Hatton. “Foreign films, sexy short films, comedies, dramas, eye-opening documentaries that leave you feeling inspired. But I also love what a great community event it is, sitting in the dark together seeing our lives represented on the big screen. The Festival brings people from all walks of life together, spanning the entire rainbow spectrum. That helps us to learn and grow as a community.” But what is unique about this year’s Festival in particular, you ask? I posed that question to Hatton’s fellow Programming Co-Chair, Kevin Schaub, who let me know this is a particularly strong year for female filmmakers in LGBTQ cinema. “Our film’s directors have gender parity this year; half were made by female directors,” said Schaub. “Two womencentered comedies: our opening night feature, ‘Freelancers Anonymous,’ and our centerpiece narrative film, ‘Wild Nights With Emily,’ have had crowds roaring with laughter on their festival tours.” As an LGBTQ film and history buff, Schaub also loves “Dykes, Camera, Action!” which gives voice to queer women making films. “It’s chock full of audiencepleasing nuggets for people of all genders,” said Schaub. Schaub is quick to add that BENT didn’t forget about its loyal male viewers, as evidenced by Friday evening’s highly-

“Morning After” - Director: Patricia Chica

acclaimed late movie at 9:15, “1985,” which Schaub describes as “one of the most moving pieces of LGBTQ cinema this year, with a stunning ensemble cast who deliver emotionally nuanced performances throughout.” A powerful drama set during the AIDS crisis about a young gay man who has two secrets to tell his conservative, religious parents, “1985” currently has an approval rating from critics of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (as does “Wild Nights With Emily”), a rare accomplishment for any film, gay or straight. Everyone should enjoy the two programs of short films this year, the first of which screens late Saturday evening. Nine more short films screen on Sunday evening after a matinee showing of “50 Years of Fabulous,” which is a documentary celebration of the work of the Imperial Court and their five decades of activism and fundraising. Finally, who doesn’t love a shaggy dog story? “Life In The Doghouse” welcomes viewers to observe life from a dog’s-eye point of view at an amazing real-life rescue run by a gay couple in South Carolina. (Paired with an adoption event by Front Street Animal Shelter in front of the Crest Theatre, there will be canine cuteness inside and outside of the Crest on Saturday afternoon.) BENT marks the 27th year for Sacramento’s queer film festival, which takes place in October each year, coinciding with the national LGBTQ History Month, an observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. For updates about the BENT Film Festival, including visiting filmmakers and how to purchase festival passes, please check Facebook ( bentfilmfest) and the event website at

“50 Years Of Fabulous” - Director: Jethro Patalinghug

“Coming Of Age” - Director: Doug Tompos

“Freelancers Anonymous” - Director: Sonia Sebastián

“Life In The Doghouse” - Director: Ron Davis

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A Howling Good Time for a Good Cause


his Halloween, leave the ghosts and goblins at home and bring along your furry friends for the annual “Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites” and “DogFest Walk n’ Roll.”

A pre-Halloween party with dogs in mind, “Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites” is filled with tricks and treats for the entire family. The event will include live music, crafts for people and dogs, doggy treats, pet tricks, pet photos, caricatures and festival booths for adults, kids and dogs. Dogs can show off their (or your) Halloween spirit by competing in a costume contest. “DogFest Walk ‘n Roll” is a family-friendly quarter mile walk along Oakland’s waterfront at Jack London Square. The walk raises attention and funds for Canine Companions for Independence. The non-profit organization trains assistance dogs for people with

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disabilities, free of charge. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is free, but registration is required for the DogWalk. Proceeds raised from food and beverage

sales will go toward Canine Companions for Independence. For more information on this celebration of man’s best friend, follow the event page on Facebook https://www. .

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Spend “A Night With Janis Joplin” At Harris Center

by Chris Narloch


ou will have just five opportunities to see Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies reprise her award-worthy performance as singer Janis Joplin this October, when one vocal powerhouse impersonates another, in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” at Harris Center in Folsom.

Mary Bridget Davies stars in “A Night With Janis Joplin”

Davies brings Janis to life with eerie accuracy, and that is no small feat considering Joplin was one of the most unique and ferocious singers in rock music history. Like a comet that burns too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. Joplin’s unmistakable voice was filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern comfort, and it made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

Now you’re invited to share an evening with the woman and her influences, which included Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Odetta, and Nina Simone. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast and band recreate the magic of experiencing Janis live, in “A Night With Janis Joplin.” Harris Center presents “A Night With Janis Joplin” this Oct. 12-14. For more information, visit


unny lady Carol Burnett will make a rare Northern California appearance when she brings her latest live show to Sacramento’s Community Center Theater, on the evening of Oct. 16, 2018. During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her amazing career in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show,” where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage with questions and receive spontaneous answers. For tickets, call the Community Center Theater box office at (916) 808-5181.

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A Same-Sex “Oklahoma” Shakes Up Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Chris Narloch


ou have until the end of October to catch the queer theatrical event of the year on the West Coast. That’s when Bill Rauch’s thrilling same-sex production of “Oklahoma” will close out the current Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) season in Ashland, Oregon.

Ado Andy (Jonathan Luke Stevens) and Will Parker (Jordan Barbour). Photo by Jenny Graham, OSF.

Broadway saw big box office numbers earlier this year (and some Tony Awards, too) with starry NYC revivals of the gay plays “Angels in America” and “The Boys in the Band,” but on the other coast, theater fans are crowing about the revolutionary new staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s corn-fed classic, which has been playing to wildly-enthusiastic, sold-out crowds inside OSF’s Bowmer Theatre since April 18, 2018. I saw the daring, new, queer “Oklahoma” the other weekend in Oregon and can report that it was one of the peak experiences I have had as a gay man in all of my years attending the theater. We can thank OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch for having the radical vision to retool one of the most beloved of all American musicals; it turns out that giving “Oklahoma” a same-sex spin has been a dream project of his for decades. Since Rauch is leaving OSF in 2019, it was now or never, and you can surf the net to find out more about how the director convinced a guardian of the 28 Outword Magazine

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Rodgers and Hammerstein theatrical empire to let him add transgender characters to his OSF “Oklahoma” and make its two central love stories gay rather than straight. Such extreme artistic changes are rarely allowed in plays as iconic as “Oklahoma,” but I loved almost every aspect of the new production, which transforms Curly the cowboy hero into a cowgirl heroine (a superb Tatiana Wechsler) and turns Ado Annie into Ado Andy (the delightful Jonathan Luke Stevens). Special mention must also go to Bobbi Charlton, a trans actor whose gender-fluid portrayal of the musical’s maternal, salt-ofthe-earth Aunt Eller is nothing short of luminous. In fact, I am so crazy about this “Oklahoma” that I am considering making the five-hour drive up to Oregon to see it one more time before it closes on October 27. Please visit for information, and go to www. to read more about “Oklahoma” and the other plays Chris Narloch saw at OSF.

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609 Arts and Entertainment and BENT Film Festival 2018  

This year the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF) has officially changed their name to the BENT Film Festival. A...

609 Arts and Entertainment and BENT Film Festival 2018  

This year the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF) has officially changed their name to the BENT Film Festival. A...