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.

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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.”

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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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Gay News Briefs — April 14, 2017

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments

LOCAL THERAPIST TO RELEASE BOOK FOR GAY MEN SDCNN is proud to announce that Michael Kimmel, our resident psychotherapist, is about to release his first published book. Titled “The Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage,” the 298-page book is expected to hit bookstores on June 8. Kimmel has written a popular column, called “Life Beyond Therapy,” for Gay San Diego since November 2010.

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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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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?’”

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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).

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Thirty miles and worlds apart

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

SDGMC embraces their extended family across the border By Tom Felkner It’s Monday night and the 170 singers belonging to the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) have gathered on an unseasonably cool Hillcrest evening to rehearse for its upcoming “Broadway NOW” show. There’s singing, dancing and even a TV news crew stopping by to film the group for an upcoming segment.

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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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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.

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