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Wide Open Walls Returns Featuring “Wishing Wall” by Maren Conrad page 8

Don’t Miss Andy Warhol page 6

“Out at the Kingdom” Returns page 10

Two Country Queens & A Country King page 19

New Queer Music page 20


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San Diego Activist Kevin Tilden Receives Prestigious Pride Recognition Award From LGBT Caucus

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alifornia American Water Vice President of External Affairs Kevin Tilden was recently recognized Monday by the state LGBT Legislative Caucus with their prestigious Pride award.

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Don’t Miss Andy Warhol at SFMOMA by Chris Narloch

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ooler temperatures and very cool art await you in San Francisco, where the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is currently presenting a fantastic retrospective entitled “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again” but only through Sept. 2, 2019.

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again is currently on display at SFMOMA.

A survey of the always-relevant artist’s 40-year career, the exhibition is extensive and thorough, including drawings, paintings, films, video, and prints that reveal new complexities about one of the most inventive and important American artists of the 20th century (or any century). This is the West Coast premiere of the first Andy Warhol retrospective in the U.S. since 1989, and it’s a major exhibition that features more than 300 works by the quintessential pop artist (who, among other things, immortalized the Campbell’s soup can). “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again” was organized by Donna De Salvo, Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum in New York City, and, to her credit, the show does not shy away from Warhol’s homosexuality and the sometimes-coded queer content in his art. The main part of the exhibition, on the fourth floor of the museum, is an overview of his entire artistic career, but if you go – and you should – do not skip the Warhol works displayed on the second and fifth floors, which are essential viewing. Floor 5 showcases some of Warhol’s best-known portraits, featuring artists, athletes, and other celebrities such as Debbie Harry, Dolly Parton, and Liza Minnelli, while Floor 2 includes some really lovely Warhol work from the ‘50s. 6

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Those pieces on the second floor were of special interest to me, since I had never before seen Warhol’s homoerotic drawings of men or a fun series of gold shoe collages he did during his early career. I cannot stress enough that this exhibition is not to be missed, despite its costly price tag of $35. That breaks down to $25 for the basic museum admission, plus $10 extra for the Warhol show, which cannot be purchased alone. Spend the day at SFMOMA, and I guarantee you, it will be worth every penny. For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org. outwordmagazine.com


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Big Wishes: Bridging the Urban Planning Gender Gap Through Art

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Op-Ed by Maren Conrad - Sacramento-Based Muralist and Fine Artist

n dirty space between urban dwellings, above the frayed and broken concrete littered with needles and drenched in addiction, lies my opportunity to turn scenes of despair and danger into backdrops of joy, expression and value. These larger than life canvases of steel, brick and stucco become the destinations that define a city. My murals become the place where toddlers go to wish, where dandies go to peacock, and where cars appear toy sized against the background of giants. Each work may be a part of a developer’s project, or painted on a wall that someone has purchased, yet they are owned by no single person, not even their creator.

Michele Obama mural at Rivercity Market Place on Del Paso Blvd. Artist Maren Conrad.

As a female muralist, the desire to transform dangerous alleys into stages for playful interactions originates from a place of self-preservation. The very places that now adorn my 12,000+ square foot creations were once places I would have dreaded to walk through alone. Using my passion as a vehicle that narrows the urban-planning gender gap is not simply insurance for my survival, it is my mission. When local developer Julie Young of Urban Elements, Inc. purchased the building that now houses the offices of Covered Sacramento, she worried the graffiti and frequent visits from those plagued by the

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opioid crisis to the northern alley would create an unsafe atmosphere for the staff supporting the underserved Sacramento population with health care support founded by our late mayor Joe Serna. Julie and I are kindred spirits. Instead of focusing on high-rent luxury properties like many in the Sacramento Real Estate game, Julie has turned her focus to concentrating on dwellings for our often unthought of working class. Similarly, I have shifted my focus from creating pricey pieces for milliondollar homes to try to make a difference in the way women are forced to walk a city, carefully dodging under-lit alleys with large

dumpsters that serve as perfect visual obstructions. We are making our way in separate yet related male-dominated career fields. On a drizzly gray day in December, we met to talk about ways to activate the space on 19th & Historic Alley. She relayed a quote by Northern California based poet and children’s book author Shel Silverstein that had been churning through her mind since the beginning of her project: “If you are a dreamer come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a pray-er, a magicbean-buyer. If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire, for we have some flax golden tales

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to spin. Come in! Come in!” With thoughts of magic-bean-buyers, wishers, and flax golden tales- a “Jack & The Beanstalk” sized golden dandelion seemed like the perfect image to make a place inviting to children and adults alike, and convey Julie’s sentiment for the building. Thus, the “Wishing Wall” was conceived. In Sacramento, there is now a place to go where you can always find a dandelion to wish upon. If you don’t have enough money to afford a birthday cake or candles, the Wall is there for you. Bad day? A little bright spot of optimism now stands where darkness lay before. Come In.

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“Out at the Kingdom” Returns to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

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t’s time for the return of the LGBT night at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo (just north of San Francisco). Out at the Kingdom is on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 8pm-12am. It will be a night of fun rides and games, performances including Soju from RuPaul’s Drag Race, host Sister Roma from the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, dance party music from Ray Rhodes, a bar for those 21+, and more. Photo courtesy of Out at the Kingdom 2018.

The Out at the Kingdom ticket includes full day fun with the general public from 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. throughout the entire park and then special LGBT night all to ourselves in DC Universe from 8pm-12am. Special Out at the Kingdom rides are scheduled to include: • BATMAN the Ride • THE FLASH Vertical Velocity • THE JOKER • SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight • WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth • THE PENGUIN • HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster From the producers of Out on the Mountain (Gay Night at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California), Out at the Kingdom is an event not to be missed. Last year’s inaugural event featured Morgan McMichaels who competed in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 and All Stars Season 3, and supported a number of community organizations. This year’s supported organizations include Solano Pride Center. For more information, visit http://www. OutattheKingdom.com. PERFORMERS Soju competes in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11. Soju was raised in Korea and brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or martial arts weapons. Her Youtube video channel "Shot with Soju" has featured past RuPaul's Drag Race stars and has received over five million views. 10 Outword Magazine

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Sister Roma is "The Most Photographed Nun In The World." She is one of the most outspoken and highly visible members of the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in San Francisco, California. Roma is recognized around the globe as an activist, fundraiser, public speaker, Master of Ceremonies, and glamorous clown. Since taking her vows she has been on the front lines in the war against HIV and AIDS as an educator, activist and fundraiser helping to raise over $1 million for the LGBTQ global community. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrate 40 years of helping the community in 2019. Ray Rhodes is a Billboard Reporting DJ, remixer and event producer. His remixes can be heard on Sirius XM, top radio stations like Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP radio, and throughout the world on places such Capital FM “UK’s No.1 Hit Music Station”. Ray’s remixes, including Britney Spears’ “Make Me…”, Katy Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm”, Rihanna’s “Sex With Me”, Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens To You” (all of which have gone to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart) among many others, are popular on DJ playlists across the world and in his own DJ setlist. TICKETS Tickets, which include free parking, are on sale in advance for $45 at OutattheKingdom.com, with gate price of $60. Six Flags annual passes holders receive an additional discount. outwordmagazine.com


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ilver Oak is a well-known winery, and the annual release of their Cabernet is anticipated each year. Wine stores set up events for the heralded moment when the latest vintage will be available. People have been known to camp out to be first in line to secure their wine. Silver Oak makes one varietal and one varietal only. They focus and specialize in Cabernet. There are two wineries for production of their wine; one in Napa and the other in Healdsburg.

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I walked into the new property in Healdsburg that had opened just one year ago in April of 2018. To say it was a gorgeous setting would be an understatement. Located just off Highway 128, you drive up through vines to reach the winery as it is set among the vines and surrounded by beautiful hillsides. The architecture is modern and sleek yet very welcoming. Once inside, the bar is broad and spacious to allow for many visitors to comfortably stand and enjoy their offerings. There are several different tastings available from a bar tasting to a scheduled library tasting. The choice is yours depending on the experience you are interested in and the time to enjoy. The standard walk-in tasting consists of three wines: The current vintage of the Napa Cabernet, the Alexander Valley Cabernet, and a library wine. I tasted the 2014 Napa, the 2014 Alexander Valley and the 2007 Napa Cabernet. It is really unique to be able to contrast the current release of any wine with an older vintage. The tasting includes a outwordmagazine.com

Silver Oak crystal wine glass to take home. All of this is for only $20! (At the Napa location, I understand this is $30.) I consider this remarkable in these times. Out of the wines, the 2014 Napa Cabernet emerged as my favorite. It was bright red and black fruit and a plush mouthfeel with a soft finish that lasted. Yes, I had to take a bottle home. One of the most interesting aspects of the winemaking at Silver Oak is that they only make one wine. That wine is, of course, Cabernet. It is their focus and their pride to deliver a wine with great depth, year after year with a winning profile. The other stand out for the process is the use of only American oak. American oak is known for providing notes of vanilla, cream soda and coconut, with a creamier texture. The wine is aged for 25 months in barrel and held for 14 to 20 more in bottle before release. Next time you are in Napa or Healdsburg, give yourself the opportunity to step in and try the wine and the experience for yourself. www.silveroak.com Enjoy! August 8, 2019 - August 22, 2019 • No. 630

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t’s hard to believe it’s already the middle of August! The nights are hot, a new television season is almost here and we all know that one queen who already has all their holiday shopping done.

Kick back and relax at Outword’s Liquid Therapy Monthly Happy Hour at Badlands, 2003 K St. on August 9! Come hang with awesome people, dance, get drink specials and win awesome prizes! The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce’s August Mixer & Reception will be held August 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Golden Pacific Bank, 1409 28th St. The event is a great opportunity for networking and making connections with local businesses. Not to mention getting in on some great food and beverages. Rainbowchamber.com If camping, or even glamping, is your thing Yolo Rainbow Families is holding an all-gender inclusive camp for families with LGBTQ+ members! The Family Camp is specifically created to be a safe space for all, especially children and youth who are gender diverse. Parent and kid campers can choose to participate in arts and crafts, rock climbing, nature hikes and evening campfire activities. Registration is required and includes lodging, food and camp activities. Email: anoosh@ucla.edu for the registration link. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo is the place to be for Out At

The Kingdom 2019 on August 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Ray Rhodes and Out Ventures will host the LGBT Private Party which will be closed to the general public for this special gay and gay-friendly event. No regular tickets or season passes will be accepted. With live performances by Shot with Soju from RuPaul's Drag Race, hostess Sister Roma and main stage DJ Ray Rhodes this is gonna be the party to be at! Outatthekingdom.com Everyone has been looking forward to the Fork to Fabulous event hosted by the Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus (SGMC) on August 17 for their Annual Spaghetti Feed at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St. Always expect the best from SGMC and this year that includes salad, pasta, bread, dessert, wine, music and raffle prizes. If you dream of being part of the SGMC join them on August 15 for an open rehearsal where all are welcome to attend regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Sacgaymenschorus.org There is a huge buzz about the final two Broadway At Music Circus shows! The first is The Wiz playing through August 11 which is the

Tony-winning retelling of L. Frank Baum’s novel The Wizard of Oz. The second is In The Heights running August 20-25 written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about a vibrant New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. This year’s season lineup brought us a number of bold choices and these two shows are a perfect way to bring this year’s series to a close. broadwaysacramento.com Don’t forget the NorCal AIDS Cycle (NCAC) 2019 check distribution on August 13 from 5:45–7:45 p.m. at Mulvaney's Building & Loan, 1215 19th St. A cash bar and food will be available for purchase. Norcalaidscycle.org Congratulations to Jim Austin on his many wins at this year’s California State Fair. Happy birthday to Jason Phillips, Richard Hallmarq, Stephan White, Stacy garrett, Kevan Forbes, Tom Swanner, Kelly Schaal, Jerry Sloan, John Hancock, Sam Catalano, Precious Cargo, Jake Bradley-Rowe, and other August babies. Got events, birthdays, anniversaries, or did something awesome happen to you recently? Let Matt know at matthew. burlingame@gmail.com. Check out his books at JustKissTheGuy.com

DOCO to Host Free Block Party

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OCO (Downtown Commons) will host its first-ever DOCO Block Party on Sunday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to invite the community to explore and discover DOCO, the dynamic outdoor plaza that showcases a mix of shops, restaurants and office space, and sits adjacent to iconic Golden 1 Center.

The event will focus on interactive and innovative experiences, entertaining live music, hands-on art activities along with tenant specials and activations. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend the free open-air festival. Nearly all the 30+ DOCO tenants will engage with guests, inviting them to learn more about their businesses by setting-up outside activations complete with outwordmagazine.com

unique experiences, special samplings and tastings, giveaway opportunities and much more. Supported by Carson Landscaping Industries and Outword Media, the Block Party will feature entertaining live music and a Kids Zone operated by Verge Center for the Arts on the main plaza area and live artistry in action on the west end. Additional fun and free

activations are likely to be added, and all are based on availability and subject to change. Popular “On the Green” games – such as giant checkers, Jenga, corn hole, etc. – and inviting outdoor furniture and lounge areas are available for guests to relax in the plaza. For more detailed information about the DOCO Block Party event or the plaza in general, please visit DOCOSacramento.com.

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See “The Wiz” & “Visiting Mr. Green”

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by Chris Narloch

his month at Broadway At Music Circus, don’t miss a rare chance to see one of the most soulful musicals ever made, and after that take a drive up to Sutter Street in Old Folsom for a powerful, gay-themed, two-man play. The Wiz It’s just a hunch on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if “The Wiz” turns out to be the hit of Sacramento’s summer theater season, especially given the dynamite cast that director Glenn Casale has assembled, including Music Circus favorites Phillip Boykin (Lion), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Scarecrow), Alan Mingo, Jr. (The Wiz), Terry Burrell (Addaperle) and Zonya Love (Evillene). Additionally, Broadway stars Adrianna Hicks and James T. Lane will play Dorothy and Tinman, respectively, with Christina Acosta Robinson as both Glinda and Aunt Em, in this supremely soulful, AfricanAmerican retelling of L. Frank Baum’s beloved novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” “The Wiz,” a seven-time Tony Awardwinner (including Best Score and Best Musical), is one of my absolute favorite Broadway shows, and this rare opportunity to see it performed in the round by a sensational cast should not be missed. “The Wiz” performs through August 11 only. “Ease on Down the Road” to the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, or get tickets at

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www.BroadwaySacramento.com. Visiting Mr. Green If you have never been to Sutter Street Theatre, a quaint, intimate venue in Old Folsom, you have until August 18 to see this entertaining two-person drama about a pair of men, one young and one older, who bond despite their initial differences. Two fine actors, Stephen Kauffman and Shane Burrows, give committed performances in “Visiting Mr. Green,” a play that transcends its rickety premise thanks to skillful direction by Janelle Kauffman and terrific work by both lead actors. Kauffman plays Mr. Green, a widowed retiree who will receive community service visits from a much younger man named Ross, as punishment for a near-accident. The basic setup is not very believable, but it does provide a framework for two sturdy performances that make the play well worth seeing. Both men are Jewish, but they are miles apart, with Mr. Green set in his ways yet forgetful, and Ross, a single gay man, initially resentful of his civic duty. The first act is somewhat repetitive and predictable as the pair slowly bonds, and the characters’

Stephen Kauffman and Shane Burrows star in “Visiting Mr. Green” at Sutter Street T heatre in Folsom. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

secrets are revealed. The second act contains the fireworks, including moving speeches by both men that are very well delivered by Burrows and Kauffman. (The meaty dialogue in Jeff Baron’s script reveals Ross’s simmering anger towards his homophobic father and Mr. Green’s

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painful family tragedy.) “Visiting Mr. Green” is definitely gaypositive, and although I wouldn’t call it a classic, it is a genuinely moving play about two broken men who learn to care about each other against all odds. For more information, visit www. sutterstreettheatre.com.

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Two Country Queens & A Country King

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he modern marriage of country and rap recently produced the longest-running #1 single in pop music history, Lil Nas X’s addictive “Old Town Road.” If mainstream, classic country is more your thing, check out one or both of these not-to-be-missed shows coming to Sacramento and Reno, respectively. Brett Eldredge Get ready for the first-ever Country In The Park 2, at Fair Oaks Park in Sacramento, featuring a trio of hot country hunks, including headliner Brett Eldredge, plus Michael Ray, and local boy Nate Smith. Radio station New Country 105.1 welcomes country fans to Country In The Park 2, and general admission tickets are only $30 in advance for this family-friendly music festival, on Saturday evening, August 17, 2019. Beer, wine, margaritas and other cocktails are available for purchase (valid ID required), and the festival will also feature free photo booths, numerous food trucks and other festival vendors. For more information and tickets, visit www.kncifm.com.

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Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan If you missed these country queens when they performed together at Harris Center in Folsom three years ago, you have another chance to see them team up, in Reno, NV, on Friday, August 30, 2019. Daughter of Mel Tillis, and a top-selling recording artist in her own right, Pam Tillis had a string of hits that included “Mi Vida Loca,” “Maybe It Was Memphis,” “In Between Dances,” “Spilled Perfume,” and “Shake the Sugar Tree.” Lorrie Morgan is best known for the songs “Something in Red,” “What Part of No,” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” The ladies team up for their Grits & Glamour Tour, which will bring them to Atlantis Ballroom in Reno for one night only. Even better together, these successful solo artists have recorded two CDs together and will be backed by some of Nashville’s finest musicians. For more information, go to www.atlantiscasino.com. outwordmagazine.com

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New Queer Music Reviewed by Chris Narloch

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e receive so much new queer music that it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with it all. Here are five excellent LGBTQ artists who are making music that matters.

Lucy Spraggan – Today Was a Good Day The fifth studio album by this lesbian singer-songwriter, a former contestant on The X Factor, is a winner that showcases her clever songwriting (“Dinner’s Ready,” “Don’t Play This On The Radio”) and her versatile voice (“Breathe,” “Lucky Stars”).

Mathew V – Flashback This soulful gay singer’s video for “Flashback,” a song he wrote about sexual violence he suffered when he was seventeen, is a stunner. Singing through tears, Mathew addresses head-on the shame and the fear of intimacy that survivors of rape experience. The song is great, and by the end of the video, I was in tears too.

Brian Justin Crum – I & U Fans of America’s Got Talent will remember this gorgeous gay guy, who was a finalist on that popular TV talent show. Crum has a hot new look and an addictive new dance track, “I & U,” just out. We can’t wait for an entire album. Brian Justin Crum

Hayley Kiyoko – I Wish This bisexual babe has been using her pop platform to address issues like trans-violence and to make gay-positive music such as “Girls Like Girls.” The very catchy single “I Wish” is the first new music from Kiyoko since she released her dynamite debut disc, “Expectations,” last year.

Hayley Kiyoko. Photo by Amanda Charchian.

Wrabel – One Nite Only This talented, queer singer-songwriter released “One Nite Only,” a terrific live album, on a label called Big Gay Records earlier this year. If you don’t know his music, you should. Heartbreaking hits such as “11 Blocks” and “The Village” are essential listening, and the artist recently appeared as a guest on Pink’s new CD.

A Tribute To Judy Garland In Folsom

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mmy-nominated actress Angela Ingersoll celebrates the music of Judy Garland live in concert this month, when “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland” makes its way to Folsom’s Harris Center for two performances.

As seen on PBS, "the heiress apparent to the Garland legacy" (Splash Magazine) delivers a powerful, virtuoso performance with her tremendous voice, compassionate storytelling, and naturally winning humor. In addition to headlining concert stages nationwide, Ingersoll won acclaim for her superb portrayal of Garland in the play “End of the Rainbow,” including Chicago's Jeff Award and LA Times Woman of the Year in 20 Outword Magazine

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Theatre. Featuring an exceptional six-piece orchestra, Ingersoll’s tribute includes Garland classics such as "Over the Rainbow," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "The Man That Got Away." “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland” performs twice on Sunday, August 25. For ticket information, visit www.harriscenter.net. outwordmagazine.com


BTS & Babs On The Big Screen by Chris Narloch

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ovie theaters continue to schedule special events such as concert films, Broadway shows, and re-mastered classic movies in an attempt to combat declining attendance at cinemas as a result of Netflix and other popular streaming services. This month in theaters, you can see a brand new concert film by BTS, the most popular K-pop band to crossover in this country so far, and a 50th Anniversary showing of one of Barbra Streisand’s early movies, the timeless musical “Hello, Dolly!”

Bring The Soul: The Movie The seven-member, South Korean boy band BTS was formed in Seoul in 2013, and their worldwide domination continues with this new concert film, which will be shown numerous times at Sacramento’s Tower Theatre between Aug. 7 and Aug. 18. Featuring live concert footage from their recent “Love Yourself” tour, plus interviews shot on a Paris rooftop after the European leg of the tour, “Bring The Soul: The Movie” should have BTS fans happily screaming their lungs out. Visit www.readingcinemasus.com/tower/film/bring-the-soul-the-movie.

Hello, Dolly! Can it really be 50 years since Barbra Streisand lit up the big screen with her hilarious performance as the marvelous meddling matchmaker Dolly Levi in the movie version of this beloved musical? On stage, Carol Channing and more recently Bette Midler owned the role, but Babs is the eternal Dolly on film, and she wrings every ounce of humor out of the story of a scheming widow who decides to make a match for herself after a wealthy single man (Walter Matthau) comes calling, looking for a wife. TCM Big Screen Classics celebrates the 50th Anniversary of “Hello, Dolly!” back on the big screen, on two different days: Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, and Wednesday evening, Aug. 14, 2019. To find a theater near you, go to www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2019-hello-dolly-50thanniversary-1969. outwordmagazine.com

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Advertiser Directory ACCOUNTING/TAX PREP RUSSELL, CPAS Jason Russell, CPA Lic. 99177 Jason@RussellCPAs.com 916-966-9366

ADULT STORES

L’AMOUR SHOPPE 2531 Broadway, 916-736-3467 SUZIES ADULT STORES Multiple locations www.suzies.com/locations.html

ATTORNEYS

M. JANE PEARCE 455 University Ave. Ste 370. 916-452-3883

AUTO DEALERS

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ELK GROVE SUBARU 8585 Laguna Grove Dr., Elk Grove, 877-360-0259 ElkGroveSubaru.com ELK GROVE DODGE, CHRYSLER, JEEP 8575 Laguna Grove Dr., Elk Grove, 877-399-4262 ElkGroveDodge.com

BARS / CLUBS

BADLANDS 2003 K St., 916-441-6823 SacBadlands.com THE DEPOT 2001 K St., Sac, 916-441-6823 TheDepot.net SIDETRAX 2007 K St., 916-441-6823 facebook.com/sidetraxsac

CANNABIS DISPENSARY ABATIN 2100 29th St., Sac., 916-441-7966 www.abatinsacramento.com

CAT ERING

FAT’S CATERING 916-441-7966 www.fatscatering.com

CHIROPRACTORS

HEALING TOUCH CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Darrick Lawson, 1919 21st St, Ste. 101, 916-447-3344 www.FixMyBack.com

CLEANING SERVICES HOUSE 2 OM 916-833-8510 www.house-2-om.com

HOUSE CLEANING 916-507-5375 www.saccleanliving.com

COUNSELING WEAVE 916-920-2952 (24/7) www.weaveinc.org

LavenderLibrary.com FRIENDS OF THE SAC. PUBLIC LIBRARY 8250 Belvedere, Ste. E, 916-731-8493

DENTISTRY

ERIC GROVE, DDS KENDALL HOMER, DMD 9216 Kiefer Blvd., STE 5 916-363-9171 grovehomerdentists.com

MEN’S CLUBS STEVE’S 1030 W. 2nd St., Reno 775-323-8770 www.StevesReno.com

DINING/BEVERAGES ERNESTO’S MEXICAN FOOD 1901 16th St. 916-441-5850 ernestosmexicanfood.com

MORTGAGE

IL FORNAIO 400 CAPITOL MALL, 916-446-4100 www.ilfornaio.com/sacramento

MICHAEL POLAND Movement Mortgage 916-936-3710 michael.poland@movement.com

LA COSECHA - THE HARVEST 917 9th St. 916-970-5354 lacosechasacramento.com

JEREMY WILLIAMS Positive Lending 707-592-1732 cell jeremy@mrhomeloans.com

LUCCA RESTAURANT & BAR 1615 J St., 916-669-5300 www.LuccaRestaurant.com MAYAHUEL Corner of 12th and K St. 916-441-7200

OPTOMETRY

CAMERON YEE, O.D. 6407 Riverside Blvd., 916-395-0673 DrCameronYee@aol.com

FINANCIAL PLANNING MIDTOWN FINANCIAL Al Roche, 1330 21st St., Ste. 201, 916-447-9220 MidtownFinancial.net

HEARING

PERFECTION HOME SYSTEMS 916-481-0658 www.HotCold.com

HEALTH SERVICES CAPITAL CITY AIDS FUND 1912 F Street, 916-448-1110 ONE COMMUNITY HEALTH 1500 21st St., 916-443-3299 onecommunityhealth.com

INSURANCE

LELAND INSURANCE Bill Skinner, 916-428-1309 bill@lelandins.com STATE FARM INSURANCE Stephanie Slagel, 916-485-4444 StephanieSlagel.com

LANDSCAPING DEMETRE LANDSCAPES 916-648-8455

LIBRARIES

LAVENDER LIBRARY 1414 21st St., 916-492-0558

EARTH GUARD PEST SERVICES 916-457-7605 contact@earthguardpest.com

PET SITTING/CARE

UNIVERSITY AUDIOLOGIC, INC. Deborah Powell, M.S., 1325 Howe Ave., Ste. 101, 916-927-3137

HEATING & AIR

PEST MANAGEMENT

GRATEFUL DOG 430 17th Street, Sacramento 916-446-2501 gratefuldogdaycare.com LUCKY BUDDY PET CARE 916-505-4375 LuckyBuddyPetCare.com

PHARMACY

PUCCI’S PHARMACY 2821 J Street, Sacramento, 916-442-5891 www.puccirx.com

REAL ESTAT E

COLDWELL BANKER Mark T. Peters, 916-341-7794 www.MarkPeters.biz Tim Miguel, 916-798-0746 www.TimMiguel.com MCMARTIN REALTY Brian McMartin, 916-402-4160 brian@brianmcmartin.com McMartinRealty.com

THEAT ERS & MOVIES BROADWAY SACRAMENTO BROADWAY AT MUSIC CIRCUS & BROADWAY ON TOUR 916-557-1999 www.BroadwaySacramento.com MONDAVI CENTER 1 Shields Ave, Davis, 530-754-5000 www.mondaviarts.org/events

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See T he SF Mime Troupe For Free T his August In Davis And Sacramento

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rian Rivera and Andre Amarotico of SF Mime Troupe play pirates in “Treasure Island,” which will be performed this month in Davis (Aug. 13) and Sacramento (Aug.14). “Treasure Island” is a new musical comedy about corporate greed in the Bay Area inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate novel of the same name. SF Mime Troupe is currently celebrating its 60th Anniversary of performing free political theater around Northern California. Please visit www. sfmt.org. Photo by Mike Melny. outwordmagazine.com



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