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The ultimate tease artist

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie Palmer

Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese will be kicking off the West Coast leg of her critically acclaimed “The Art of the Teese” tour on July 5 in San Diego. Gay San Diego recently caught up with Von Teese to learn more about her past, her style and what show-goers can expect from her upcoming NSFW performance.

Von Teese never imagined she’d grow up to be the international “Queen of Burlesque.”

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FilmOut announces awards for 2017

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

“The Lavender Scare” — a powerful documentary about a largely forgotten chapter of American history when President Eisenhower unleashed a witch-hunt in the 1950s to rid the U.S. government agencies of homosexuals as “security risks” — has been honored with the Freedom Award at FilmOut’s 19th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

The relentless persecution of homosexuals ruined tens of thousands of lives and lasted for many years until astronomer Frank Kameny, one of those fired government employees, fought back. Kameny’s dogged pursuit for justice would go on to inspire the modern-day gay rights movement.

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Gay marriage: Monogamous or open?

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

As a psychotherapist focusing on LGBT issues, Michael Kimmel has heard it all. His clients have run the gamut from newly married gay couples to porn stars, go-go boys, male escorts and even a male “madam.”

But since June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Kimmel has been flooded with questions about how gay men should embrace same-sex marriage.

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Face of FilmOut

After battling lymphoma, Program Director Michael McQuiggan looks forward to the upcoming film festival By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor Chances are, if you have attended a movie or a festival presented by FilmOut San Diego, you have been cheerfully greeted by longtime Program Director Michael McQuiggan. Filmmakers from across the globe know McQuiggan, who has built a stellar reputation for helping to produce one of the top LGBT film festivals in the U.S.

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An ‘epic fairy tale’ comes to life

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review PigPen Theatre Company’s “The Old Man and the Old Moon” — playing through June 18 in its West Coast premiere at The Old Globe’s Shiley Theatre — is a devised and epic fairy tale packed into 90 fleeting moments in time. Swept up in visual beauty, wonder and music, the opening night audience on May 18 had a rip-roaring good time and at the journey’s conclusion leapt to its feet […]

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FilmOut Festival lineup

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Film | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff Get your tickets and peruse what’s in store The 19th annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival unspools June 9-11 at the Observatory North Park. Buy tickets online at filmoutsandiego.com or visit the box office on Saturday or Sunday. The Opening Night film has already sold out.

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Honestly loved

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Features, Q Syndicate, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“My dream is to see an end to cancer in my lifetime,” Olivia Newton-John told me at the end of April, just weeks before announcing that she’d been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer, which has spread to the sacrum bone in her back.

The entertainer and “Grease” star first battled breast cancer in 1992 and lost her sister to brain cancer in 2013. She turned her personal loss into a universal catharsis on her October 2016 release, “LIV ON,” a collaborative album featuring singer-songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky.

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Art around town

By Morgan M. Hurley | ArtZine

Local artist RD Riccoboni got some great news recently; Sen. Toni G. Atkins selected his work, “We Rise As We Lift Others,” for the Senate’s 2017-18 Contemporary Art Collection exhibition at the state Capitol building.

Each state senator was asked to select an artist from their district and Atkins chose Riccoboni’s iconic piece depicting the day Pride flags were flying from Balboa Park’s California Tower and Museum of Man to commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality.

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Glamming for a cause

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Glitz Glam — also known as Jesse Greika to his MO’s Universe family — learned that he was HIV positive at the age of 19. He said he remembers very clearly how he felt; he was devastated, overwhelmed and challenged with the journey that lay ahead.

On Saturday, June 3, he’s producing The Glam-a-thon, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser aimed at helping others — specifically Latino youth — who have been newly diagnosed with the disease and face similar challenges.

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It does bear repeating

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Because it bears repeating and seems like the right time to hear the play again, New Village Arts (NVA) cofounder and Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner programmed Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” as the last production in NVA’s 16th season.

Presented at La Jolla Playhouse in 1997, the autobiographical work was adapted by Emily Mann from the book by Sarah L. (Sadie) and A. Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.

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Airport ‘transcends’ race and age with dance

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, News | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer The San Diego International Airport’s Performing Arts Residency Program continues to thrive. Founded in 2016, goal of the program is to enrich the airport environment while helping to cultivate the performing arts community. And while the inaugural year featured the acrobatic and theatrical skills of Fern Street Circus, the airport’s choice for year’s resident group, the transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project, hopes to bring an inspired, youthful kaleidoscope to the venue.

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Alive in the cosmos

‘Silent Sky’ is the ‘Hidden Figures’ of astronomy By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review On the heels of its magnificent “Shadowlands,” Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado continues its string of extraordinary productions with the San Diego premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” an absolutely delectable, mind-expanding examination of the early days of women in astronomy.

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