Briefs – Sept. 16 – 29, 2016

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Gay News Briefs, Opinion & News | No Comments


The South Park Business District is sponsoring a South Park style of the popular neighborhood nibbling and mingling event, “Taste of South Park,” on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon – 4 p.m.

Ticket holders can take their “passport” along the corridor that runs down 30th and Fern streets and sample bites and drinks from some of the neighborhood’s favorite bars and eateries. This year’s participating restaurants and bars include Eclipse Chocolate, South Park Brewing Co., Rebecca’s, Station Tavern, Buona Forchetta, Café Madeline, Piacere Mio, Kindred, The Big Kitchen, and many more.

Advance tickets are $30; $35 on the day of the event. Each “passport” will also give participants discounts at various boutiques and shops along the tasting route. Passports and a walking map can be picked up at Grape Street Square, located at the intersection of Grape and 30th streets.

To purchase a ticket, visit or


The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) is hosting a business social Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the offices of Strachota Insurance. Located Downtown in Diamond View Plaza, at the corner of 10th Avenue and J Street. Strachota’s 10th floor, open-air patio offers views of Petco Park and on this evening, the Padres will be taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The mixer will offer food, beverages and the opportunity to mingle with like-minded business associates and will benefit Urban Street Angels.

Tickets are $15 for GSDBA members and their guests.

Strachota Insurance is located at 350 10th Ave. To purchase tickets for this social, visit 


San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is working on its “Transit Optimization Plan,” also known as “TOP,” and is asking for public input to better meet the system’s bus and trolley market demands and rider needs.

In 2004, a similar analysis saved MTS over $10 million and increased ridership to nearly 20 million since.

With the recent addition of the Rapid bus routes from North County to Downtown, and planned the planned addition of a South Bay Rapid line and a Mid Coast Trolley extension, MTS wants to make sure their riders have a voice so they can prepare.

MTS currently operates 95 bus routes and three trolley lines across 53 miles of double-tracked railways. They carry more than 300,000 passengers every weekday.

Interested parties can take the survey online and the deadline to participate is Sept. 23. To take the survey, visit 

Blanche Debris (Courtesy SDGMC)

Blanche Debris will host SDGMC’s Gala Cabaret (Courtesy SDGMC)


The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is calling their upcoming encore benefit gala, which will take place Sept. 29 in Balboa Park, a “star-studded evening.” They promise “incredible acts” from across San Diego County in a night of “burlesque, comedy, song and dance.”

Hosting the Gala Cabaret fundraiser will be Blanche Debris, a Las Vegas burlesque star, and Chad Michaels, winner of “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race,” will be featured. Michaels will perform as Cher at the event, which will be produced by Jason Ensign and Keith Elliott, who created “Dance for Life.” Sponsors include Andrew Christian, the PGK Dance Project, Pride Resource Partners LLC and San Diego Pride.

“This will be an amazing show with some of the country’s most talented singers and dancers,” said Bob Lehman, SDGMC executive director. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we hope everyone comes out and helps support our chorus and our musical mission of outreach.”

chad-michaels-1Other guest stars will include Paris Sukomi Max, DJ Artform, PGK Dance Project, the Vaudeville Vixens, the Dance Divas, Lola Demure, Frenchie Kiss, Max Cadillac, Mykul J. Valentine (Mr. Continental 2016), Hot Toddy (Mr. Exotic World), Whitney Shay and the Candy Shop Dance Troupe.

With more than 200 current members, the SDGMC is celebrating its 31st year of “changing lives, one voice at a time.” They perform dozens of outreach events throughout the year. Proceeds will help the chorus continue their work.

SDGMC is still looking for underwriters for the event and auction item donations for the silent auction. Contact Bob Lehman at

The gala will be held Sept. 29, at the historic Prado Grand Ballroom, located at 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park.

General admission seats are $25 and fully tax-deductible. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a hosted cocktail reception from 6 – 7 p.m. VIP tables are $800 (six people) and $500 (four people). General admission doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 619-432-2244.


The San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park will be host of the 2016 Red Dress Party, which returns to San Diego Oct. 8, from 8 p.m. – midnight. The evening, dubbed “Red & Wild,” is promised to be full of surprises, though cofounder Marvin Hanashiro refused to divulge his secrets.

“We’re very excited to host this year’s event at such a grand venue with ‘Red and Wild’ as our new theme,” Hanashiro said. “We also have some stellar entertainment and surprises in store for this year’s attendees and can’t wait for everyone to revel in the celebration.”

Though Hanashiro remained tight-lipped, the evening has been billed as “a night of music and dancing mixed with charity.” All attendees are required to wear a red dress — the color identified with the original AIDS ribbon insignia — regardless of sexual identity or sexual orientation.

“This serves as a powerful sign of solidarity and compassion for all of us affected by HIV/AIDS and a way to unite the crowd in one radiant theme,” Hanashiro said.

The primary beneficiary for the second year in a row is the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (SDHFC). Chaired by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, the SDHFC has been a local HIV funding and advisory resource since 1990.

The Red Dress Party event sold out in 2015 and their fundraising goal for 2016’s “Red and Wild” night is $20,000.

Founded in 2015, the Red Dress Party San Diego is presented by the Think Red Project, a 501(c)3 that’s mission is “to plan, promote and produce events that raise funds and awareness for the local HIV/AIDS community, as well as activate a new generation of philanthropists who want to do something that is both feel-good and fun-loving.” For more information, visit

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