Mama’s Day 2019 – Mama’s Kitchen is prepping for its 28th annual Mama’s Day happening on Friday, May 10, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Mama’s Day, often touted as the original San Diego tasting event, is held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day and features more than 50 restaurants offering distinctive tastes to more than 600 attendees. From San Diego’s finest restaurants to our city’s top-of-the-line hotels and catering companies, Mama’s Day is a one-night-only event filled with fun, food and friends for all to enjoy. Proceeds from the event help to raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s mission to deliver three medically-tailored, nutritional meals a day, seven days a week and free of charge to local women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses. Tickets: $150 general admission. $250 VIP. More packages and opportunity drawing available. Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast – The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is designed to bring together more than 1,000 diverse San Diegans — business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, all communities, all ages, all San Diegans who support equality and justice — to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist. The 2019 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held on Friday, May 17, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Proceeds benefit the social services programs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. 1 Park Blvd. Book a table here:
PFLAG Scholarship Awards Luncheon 2019 – PFLAG San Diego County, in partnership with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, is hosting Launching Leaders, a scholarship awards luncheon on Saturday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for this lunch reception at the LGBT Community Center. Scholarships are awarded to LGBTQ high school seniors continuing higher education or full-time undergraduate and graduate students through a competitive application and essay process and are awarded based on commitment to their chosen field, financial need and academic achievement. Luminaries, such as Assembly member Todd Gloria, were past recipients of PFLAG SD scholarships. 3909 Centre St.
QueerX Festival — Premiere queer global streaming network, Revry, is proud to present the fourth annual QueerX festival May 31-June 2 in West Hollywood. Formerly known as Out Web Fest, QueerX is the intersection of music, film and industry. QueerX announces its 2019 program lineup as well as the star-studded, opening-night concert headliners. The festival features luminaries in the LGBTQ and media influencer communities with concerts, screenings, industry speaker panels, parties, the Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest and the Revry Visibility Awards. queerx.com
Friday, April 26
‘They Promised Her the Moon’ – The Old Globe’s West Coast premiere of Laurel Ollstein’s “They Promised Her the Moon” has been extended and will run through May 12. Developed in the Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival, it wowed festival audiences with the story of the powerful forces that kept one woman from reaching orbit. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli (the Globe’s “The Whipping Man and “Somewhere”), “They Promised Her the Moon” runs at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets start at $30. 1363 Old Globe Way.
‘Sister Act’ – San Diego Musical Theatre presents “Sister Act,” the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, “Sister Act” will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, “Sister Act” is reason to rejoice! San Diego Musical Theatre. Runs through May 26. $30-$70/ Horton Grand Theatre. 444 Fourth Ave.
Rock n’ Roll Rebellion Ball – Rock out in an exhilarating evening celebrating the ferocity and determination of the third-oldest LGBT theater in the country! This high-energy party will include decadent dining and sizzling auction items, featuring and an electrifying performance by The Lizards (Justin Huertas and Kiki deLohr of Diversionary’s acclaimed musical “Lizard Boy”)! Tickets: $175 individual, Honorary Committee and VIP tables available. US Grant Hotel. 326 Broadway.
Saturday, April 27
Adams Avenue Unplugged – The 2019 Adams Avenue Unplugged will feature 80 artists performing on 24 stages along Adams Avenue, from Kensington to University Heights. This year’s Unplugged headliners are: multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, who has performed and recorded with some of the top musicians in popular music, including Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, and Warren Zevon; and 2013 Latin Grammy Award-winner for Best New Artist singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno. Both headliner concerts will be ticketed. Adams Avenue. Free.
California Regional Bearded Queen 2019 – California Bearded Queen Pageant with MC Glitz Glam. Raffle, bachelor/bachelorette auction, entertainment and more. Portions of proceeds benefit the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. $10. 5-11 p.m. MO’s Bar and Grill. 308 University Ave.
Tuesday, April 30
An evening with Brian Selznick – Warwick’s and Diversionary Theater present New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “Wonderstruck” with his new book “Live Oak, with Moss.” Walt Whitman wrote 12 poems in a small handmade book he entitled “Live Oak, with Moss.” The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction and affection for other men, and Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful, and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman during his lifetime and has remained unknown to the general public — until now. Brian Selznick has been greatly influenced by Whitman and has created more than 100 pages of original images that form a stirring visual narrative around the poems. “Live Oak, with Moss” is a transporting tour de force that presents Whitman like never before and will be beloved by Selznick’s grown-up fans as well as poetry lovers everywhere. 6:15 p.m. $37.31; one general admission and one signed copy of “Live Oak, with Moss.” 4545 Park Blvd., #101. Seating is first come, first served. bit.ly/2GmcA89
Thursday, May 2
Dining Out for Life – Dining Out for Life (DOFL) San Diego is set and organizers are working to ensure that diners have locations all over San Diego County to choose from when they dine out. More than 73 of San Diego’s most generous restaurants and bars throughout San Diego have agreed to donate 25% percent or more of their food and liquor sales on the day of the event to support HIV services and prevention programs at The San Diego LGBT Community Center. This year, there are also 10 venues that are giving 50% or more to the event. Each year, Dining Out for Life draws thousands of participants to dine out with family and friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or drinks at these DOFL participating establishments. Participants in this year’s DOFL:
Saturday, May 4
San Diego Democrats for Equality – Join the San Diego Democrats for Equality for its Our Members Make History: A Celebration Lunch from 10 a.m.-noon. Much of the progressive change throughout San Diego County can be traced directly or indirectly through the work of our San Diego Democrats for Equality members. Let’s celebrate the work our members have done to spur on that progressive change, as well as some of our recent leadership transitions and accomplishments.
Through the contributions of our Host Committee and brunch tickets, we’ve set a fundraising goal of $2,500 in support of our club’s mission and goals. If you’re unable to attend, please make a donation instead! $25-$150. At the home of Susan Guinn and Denice Feldhaus. Address provided upon registration.
Sunday, May 5
Stepping Out Ice Cream Social – Stepping Stone of San Diego has been up and running for a year now. Thanks to the generosity of the board and the strong effort in the community to bring this service back, it created a location that is welcoming, comfortable and can accommodate its clients. The flexibility of its program allows it to address people from the community at all levels of their recovery efforts. Stepping Stone now covers the complete spectrum of care, from harm reduction to a high level of residential care for individuals with co-occurring diagnoses. To celebrate all our its accomplishments and to say thanks to the wonderful efforts of so many, Stepping Stone is having an ice cream social. Please come by, build yourself a sundae and see for yourself how we have grown. Please RSVP on their Facebook page so they they how much ice cream to buy. 3829 Illinois St. 2-4 p.m. bit.ly/2PfRnkb
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