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.

Read More

Captivating cuisine from India’s tropics

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Forget the pakoras, naan bread and chicken tikka masala flaunted in most Indian restaurants. Those are standard provisions from the country’s northern regions far removed from the menu choices at Flavors of Mayura, which specializes in a rare lineup of dishes common to India’s tropical southwest province of Kerala. (Mayura is a Sanskrit word for peacock.)

Indeed, you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere things like ultra-thin dosa crepes made with a batter of rice and lentils and stuffed with turmeric-kissed potatoes. Dramatic in size, they sport the length and girth of a loosely rolled-up wall poster.

Read More

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.

Read More

Melissa Etheridge: ‘I’m still here’

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“You keep doing what you’re doing, you keep being out, you keep being beautiful,” Melissa Etheridge told me, as if to emphasize the present-day significance of simply being your queer self.

The Grammy-winning rock icon, whose coming out at the height of her career in the early ’90s paved the way for many in the LGBT community, knows the gravity mere visibility can have on the world.

Read More

A Very Reverend reverend

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

The goal of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Bankers Hill is to see dignity and to “seek and serve Christ in all people.” And the church’s dean, the Very Reverend Penny Bridges, is leading that charge of inclusiveness.

At St. Paul’s, it doesn’t matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, the place where you sleep, or any other box you could check — they just want you to worship with them.

Read More

Out with the brass, in with the new

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

What stands today as The Rail on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street in Hillcrest has made two previous moves from its original Downtown location, attracted a solid LGBT clientele along the way, and for a time greeted customers with a sunken bar defined by a long, brass foot rail.

From its early beginnings in 1934 and until July of last year, the nomadic establishment operated as The Brass Rail.

Read More

Dining and donating

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Before he even opened the doors to his new Hillcrest establishment, Ron Kazemaini knew he wanted to do more than serve beverages and his signature “light bites.”

“I want my business to be a part of the community,” said Kazemaini, who opened The Kouch Lounge on Fourth Avenue on April 1. “Because the community is so important to me, I think this should be a place that gives back in any way possible.”

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More


Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

Longtime musician and community activist Melanie Peters was elated when she was asked to emcee the San Diego Women’s March. The local event was held on Jan. 21 — starting with a rally at the Civic Center and culminating with a march on the streets of Downtown — in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.

“It struck me when I was up there, [amidst] the invigoration of all the energy that was coming towards me,” Peters said. “There were so many people looking at each other wondering, ‘what do we do now?’”

Read More

Transformations at The Center

Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Columns, Features, News, Profiles in Advocacy, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

For some fortunate cities and regions, there exists in the nexus of the LGBTQ community a hub or center where members can meet, celebrate, mourn and receive services.

San Diego is one such city and the past years have shown impressive and responsive programming from the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center).

Read More

Kathy Griffin to the rescue

Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

Of course Kathy Griffin’s manager asks if our conversation is being recorded — have you heard her talk?

Luckily, the celeb-skewering, gay-loving, Trump-hating comedienne’s filterless mouth moves at a meteoric pace, which is good news for anyone who wants to know her thoughts on basically everything: the practicality of celebrity activism, her idea for a “My Life on the D-List” spinoff and the surprising number of people she meets who say they’ve never encountered a gay person.

Read More