Arts & Entertainment


By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

ArtZine is a new column that will share the work, places and lives of the artists within the local arts community of San Diego. I will try to make it as all-inclusive and feature not only artists of all mediums but also galleries, art spaces, art classes and at times include photography, music, theater or even architecture.

Alternative topics may include murals, tagging, outdoor art, interviews, etc. It may not run every issue but it is my wish to bring more attention to our local arts community, with a focus on LGBT artists of all kinds.

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A timorous bit of travel

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review It’s not a long drive to North Coast Repertory Theatre where currently playing is a hilarious, tightly conceived trip around the world titled “Travels With My Aunt.” Aunt Augusta has “brilliant” red hair, according to her nephew, Henry. Audiences hear this description but never really “see” the flamboyant septuagenarian in Graham Greene’s “Travels With My Aunt.”

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From Del Shores to Armistead Maupin

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

“A Very Sordid Wedding,” Del Shores’ sequel to his “Sordid Lives” cult classic film and TV prequel series, will get its San Diego premiere at FilmOut San Diego’s 19th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival in June.

The socially relevant sequel, which explores what happens when marriage equality comes to a small town in conservative Texas, will get the coveted spot as the Opening Night film.

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Bringing Broadway talent to college

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

Diverse and with plenty of gay subtlety, it offers the full R-rated monty By David Dixon Since being a faculty member at San Diego State, Stephen Brotebeck has directed several acclaimed productions, including highly successful interpretations of “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert.” His next show will be the Broadway adaptation of “The Full Monty,” which he not only directs, but will also act as choreographer for the fun and salty play.

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A road well traveled

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Playing now through April 23 at San Diego Repertory Theatre is Karen Zacharías’ play, “Into the Beautiful North,” based on the novel by San Diego State grad and literary luminary Luis Alberto Urrea (b. 1955 in Tijuana).

The comedy is set in many places familiar to those who know both sides of the border and features an appealing gay character, Tacho, who runs a taco shop and internet café called La Mano Caída (The Fallen Hand) in Tres Camarones (Three Shrimp), a small village in Sinaloa.

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Billy Porter: In full bloom

By Chris Azzopardi | Q-Syndicate

Sociopolitical demonstrations have long been woven into various musical genres — even Katy Perry’s ironically shiny single, this year’s “Chained to the Rhythm,” like Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn,” underscores continued minority suppression.

In 2013, singer and theater performer Billy Porter left his mark on socially-conscious art while originating the role of Lola, a drag queen who finds common ground with a shoemaker, in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” which garnered the Pittsburgh native a Tony Award for Best Actor.

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A trip down the yellow brick road

Symphony holding first LGBT night, ‘Oz’ is theme By Dave Fidlin Thoughts of the symphony might conjure up images of formal attire and an all-around buttoned-up atmosphere for some, but with special events that include performances alongside screenings of such disparate films as “Star Trek” and “Home Alone,” the San Diego Symphony has been trying to broaden its fan base in recent years.

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Lights, camera … crown

Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, News | No Comments

Investiture and Royale Ball are big productions Morgan M. Hurley | Editor The Imperial Court de San Diego is one of the oldest and most preeminent charitable nonprofits within our local LGBT community and this weekend, the newly crowned Emperor Jay Heimbach and Empress Angel Fairfax will formally invest their court for the 2017 reign. The “investiture,” as it is called, will act as a precursor to the 2017 Royale Ball, which serves as the […]

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‘Blameless’: Journeys of grief

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Despite wonderful casting and Gaye Taylor Upchurch’s sensitive direction, the world premiere of Nick Gandiello’s family drama, “The Blameless,” seems somehow under-cooked.

Developed in part in a reading at the Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival last year, the piece, which concerns grieving and forgiveness, continues at the White Theatre through March 26.

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Your 2017 “Dinah guide”

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

It’s the largest lesbian music and comedy festival in the world, right in our backyard By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Dinah Shore Weekend got its start more than three decades ago, when lesbians began to gather in small groups in various hotels in the Coachella Valley so they could attend the Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite women’s golfer in action. Later, Nabisco took over sponsorship and the event became one of four majors on the […]

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North Coast Rep nails Kushner’s ‘Illusion’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents a fine production of Tony Kushner’s “The Illusion” — his thoroughly modern 1988 adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century work, “L’Illusion Comique” — playing through March 19.

Playwright Kushner went on to write the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia of America,” in 1993.

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Making America hopeful again

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

With an emotionally resonant acceptance speech, Dustin Lance Black accepted the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2009 for “Milk”, a powerful tribute to gay political hero Harvey Milk. Could an Emmy be next?

It’s possible, even if the 42-year-old Sacramento native is too modest to admit that his latest screen ambition, “When We Rise,” the accomplished filmmaker’s tremendous seven-part undertaking chronicling the progressive uprising of the 1960s and ’70s, is certainly golden statue-worthy.

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