LGBT Visitor Center to thrill participants with neighborhood’s spooky history
Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
Sightseeing tours are not new, but each one is unique in its own way; some focus on attractions, others on food or drinking establishments, while others rely on the history of the neighborhoods or region they explore.
Hillcrest has a rich and colorful history, and many who live and spend time there have always been enamored by what has come before, whether that be its historical buildings, its journey to becoming San Diego’s gay mecca, or the stories of its businesses, bars and people that have come and gone.
Just in time for Halloween, locals can experience a tour that may scare the Beetlejuice out of you, as you walk through the streets of the Hillcrest gayborhood. Read More
HBA’s ‘Nightmare on Normal’ to take over the streets of Hillcrest
Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
Nightmare on Normal Street is back with a creepier feel, an expanded costume contest and more treats for attending tricksters. Read More
Dishing with the opera’s general director
By Charlene Baldridge
October ushers in the first full production in San Diego Opera’s 2016-17 season. For an opera company that nearly closed in 2014, creative endeavors are booming, with an expansion of what makes a season plus several new programs and activities that are more than enough to discombobulate the usual general director. Read More
The musical’s writer, director and Diversionary’s artistic director all chime in
By David Dixon
One of the goals of Matt Morrow, Diversionary Theatre’s artistic director, is to be an advocate for rising playwrights. The latest production at the LGBT friendly venue, called “Lizard Boy: The Musical,” is the latest example of having Morrow’s objective come to fruition. Read More
AIDS MEMORIAL UPDATE
A presentation by the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force was made at a recent meeting of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation (Metro SD CDC).
The task force — co-chaired by San Diego’s first lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer and longtime activist and San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez — has led the charge with raising awareness, fundraising and finding a permanent home for the memorial, which would honor thousands of San Diegans who lost their battle with the disease. Read More
Life Beyond Therapy | Michael Kimmel
In the world of psychology, PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — is how doctors describe the experience of recovering from trauma. Created in 1980, the term was used to describe soldiers coming back from war: These men and women had often killed people and watched their friends die. Extremely traumatic, right?
I would like to posit a slightly different definition of PTSD. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything, which is best reflected at Trader Joe’s. The company this year has rolled out 70 products flavored with pumpkin spice at all of its 457 locations in 41 states. Read More
By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy
Auntie Helen’s Community Thrift is poised to make an impact. From its grassroots beginnings, founded in 1988 by Gary Cheatham to address a very specific need in the HIV/AIDS community, 2016 sees a new focus and a new dedication to all individuals living with or at risk for HIV infection in San Diego County. Read More
By Catherine Spearnak
In 1981, Linda Pennington and her husband moved to Azalea Park, and the City Heights neighborhood would never be the same.
“In my mind, I could see that we needed to clean the canyons up,” said Pennington, know widely known as the “Queen of Azalea Park.” Read More
Martinis pours live entertainment
By David Dixon
One of the most popular venues located in Hillcrest is Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage (MA4). The “cabaret supper club” features tasty food, delicious drinks and a variety of performers every night of the week.
While Martinis has been around since 2004, the original owners stepped down in 2011, when new proprietors took over the space. Co-owners Jim Simpson and Doru Tifui, and entertainment and marketing director, Devon Neubauer, have been responsible for the uptick in high quality weekly events. Read More
By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
San Diego Pride has had its ups and downs in recent years, with a few serious downs but mostly “hitting it out of the park” ups.
This current year was definitely one of those ups, with the weekend’s festivities bouncing back after torrential downpours all but ruined the weekend in 2015. Pride organizers said 2016 had “record numbers” in attendance and at the cash registers. So it was quite shocking to many in the community when barely a month after that very successful Pride, Executive Director Stephen Whitburn was ousted by the organization’s board of directors. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
The kitchen is up and running at North Park Beer Co., which formed a recent partnership with Mastiff Sausage Company to oversee food operations. Mastiff’s beer-friendly menu includes oxtail French onion soup, Scotch eggs, sausage tacos, and lamb stew made with the beer company’s signature stout. Read More
By Charlene Baldridge
Check it out. It’s all there — sets, costumes, lights, 19-piece orchestra, and an enormous cadre of actors (23) working very hard at the Spreckels Theatre through Oct. 9.
It’s San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s 2001 Broadway hit, “The Producers,” in its San Diego regional premiere, not to be confused with touring productions of the show that hit town earlier under the aegis of Broadway San Diego. Read More
By Ben Cartwright | Back Out With Benny
As I began to write this column on Tuesday, I saw the news on social media of yet another person shot by a police officer. Every time this happens (and it happens more than we even know), my heart sinks. And this time, the shooting was very close to home in El Cajon, California, just a 10-minute drive east of San Diego. Read More
By Michael Kimmel | Life Beyond Therapy
There’s a word in Buddhism, “muditā,” which means “celebrating the success of others.” The first time I heard it, at a meditation retreat in Northern California, I wondered, “Why is the teacher talking about this? What does this have to do with feeling calm and peaceful?” Read More
Food for thought
[Ref: “Dining review: The quirkiest café on earth,” Vol. 7, Issue 19, or online at tinyurl.com/z4ks9m6]
Thanks for the heads up. Now I know to avoid this restaurant. Though I’m sure I would have lost my appetite anyway after seeing all the Trump memorabilia. Read More
A young woman’s exodus from hate, and the Westboro Baptist Church
By Pat Sherman
Megan Phelps-Roper was 9 years old when she first visited San Diego, in July 1995.
“My most vivid memory is being at SeaWorld, with my family, and feeling like all was right in the world,” said Megan, now 30.
However, Megan and her family weren’t in town merely to dip their toes in the Pacific or view orcas at SeaWorld. They were here to protest San Diego’s LGBT Pride festivities, proclaiming — in their capacity as members of the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) — the assured damnation of all who attended. Read More
Join ‘Lube: A Modern Love Story!’ reading at The Center
By Stacey Blanchet
Novelist Jack Turner is setting out on a mission to bring his musical “Lube: A Modern Love Story” to the bright lights of Broadway.
“Lube” is a gay-themed play, written by a gay man, with music composed by a gay composer, intended for gay and gay-supportive audiences. It is a musical comedy that takes a serious look at growing up gay, including the decision whether to stay in or come out of the closet, bullying, prejudice and the lack of role models, religious persecution and teenage suicide. It also deals with friendship, changing attitudes, and acceptance — especially what can sometimes be the hardest of all: self-acceptance. Read More
‘The Cocktail Hour’ at North Coast Rep
By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review
The normal upper-middle-class childhood circa 1930s was spent in a loving home replete with mother and father. It was an era when the majority of Americans tended to stay put.
Many of our generation were born, grew up and remained in the same community all their lives. Others, like I, rolled around for a bit, following their work, their husbands, and at length, their dreams; settling at last in the far-flung elsewhere. Read More