Briefs – Nov. 25 – Dec. 8, 2016

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest will host the 24th annual Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at Village Hillcrest, 3965 Fifth Ave. The event, sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, honors those affected by AIDS and also recognizes those fighting to end this epidemic.

A candlelight vigil in honor of those lost to and affected by HIV/AIDS is part of the annual Tree of Life ceremony, sponsored by Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest. (Courtesy Mama’s Kitchen)

A candlelight vigil in honor of those lost to and affected by HIV/AIDS is part of the annual Tree of Life ceremony, sponsored by Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest. (Courtesy Mama’s Kitchen)

The Tree of Life ceremony includes a candlelight vigil to honor those lost to AIDS. The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will sing holiday tunes and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Trees at the event are decorated with ornaments to honor those affected by AIDS/HIV, and will be on display throughout the holiday season at Village Hillcrest. The ornaments can be purchased prior to the event and personalized with a message. The cost of the ornaments is $15 each or two for $25 and they may be purchased online at

Proceeds will go toward Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego’s only free county-wide meal delivery service for those affected by AIDS or cancer. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to participate in other holiday giving opportunities for Mama’s Kitchen, call Aimee Halfpenny, 619-233-6262.


The San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Theatre, Television and Film in conjunction with the SDSU School of Music and Dance present “Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert” with four performances in the SDSU Don Powell Theater. Performances will be Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. The performances are conducted by Robert Meffe and directed by Stephen Brotebeck.

SDSU’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert” draws from the university’s massive array of talent and performing arts resources.

“We are marshaling the forces of 18 musical theater students, 120 choral singers, 65 symphonic musicians and a psychedelic rock band to perform on stage with spectacular rock concert lighting and projections for a theatrical experience like you have never seen before,” said Meffe, head of the SDSU MFA Musical Theater Program.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors, and are available online at The performance is rated PG and children under 6 are not permitted. 


Taste ’n’ Tinis, a spirited cocktail party and holiday shopping fest, will be held Dec. 8 from 4–9 p.m. in the Hillcrest business district. Participants may sample food, enjoy decadent dessert treats and sip holiday inspired martinis as they stroll through the Hillcrest neighborhood. The martinis will be served at retail establishments throughout the area and local restaurants will provide samples of their cuisine to compliment the beverages.

In addition, anyone who makes a purchase at participating establishments will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win nearly $3,000 to spend at participating Hillcrest businesses. Customers who shop or dine in Hillcrest between now and Dec. 24 are also eligible to receive a ticket each time they make a purchase. The raffle is part of the Shop Hillcrest for the Holidays promotion hosted by the Hillcrest Business Association.

Tickets for Taste ’n’ Tinis are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. The first 250 to purchase tickets will receive a collectible martini glass adorned with the Taste ’n’ Tinis logo. Those participating in the cocktail portion of this event must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid ID for proof of age. Tickets may be purchased online at


Sara Ramirez, a Tony Award-winning actress, singer and activist who played a lesbian doctor on the popular “Grey’s Anatomy” TV show, recently directed a $50,000 challenge grant toward the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Ramirez will match each monetary donation dollar for dollar up to $50,000 made as part of The Center’s fundraising campaign through the end of this year.

Ramirez was inspired to make the challenge grant after a recent visit to The Center.

“As a member of the LGBT community, as an immigrant and as someone with deep roots in San Diego, I believe the work of The Center is essential to creating a safer and more equal society,” she said in a press statement. “In that spirit, I am committed to supporting that work with my voice and resources.”

The Center asks supporters of San Diego’s LGBT community to donate as generously as possible during the end-of-year fundraising drive to make the best of this challenge. Donations may be made online at Donations may also be mailed to The Center at P.O. Box 3357, San Diego, CA 92163. For more information call 619-692-2077, ext. 213.

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