Arts & Entertainment

A hand-clappin’ hootenanny

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Reviews | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison “God scratches where the world itches,” says nervous Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe (Brian Mackey) of North Carolina’s Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. That’s by way of a vamp, since the stars of the church’s first-ever Saturday night sing-a-log are late. Unfortunately, vamping isn’t the good pastor’s long suit, so he spends considerable energy looking out the window, hoping to see the Sanders family.

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New Mr. Gay San Diego announced

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

After nearly a decade of hiatus, the Mr. Gay San Diego competition — this year co-produced by Big Mike Phillips and Robert Rodriguez — roared back into the community on Sunday, Nov. 5.

It was a packed house at the newly redesigned Hillcrest landmark The Rail, formerly called The Brass Rail, that greeted the eight competitors who each strutted their stuff across the new stage.

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Additional Veterans Day performance Nov. 11 at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff In the first performance since its nationally acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in June 2017, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Chamber Chorale returns with “Faith & Freedom: An Evening of Sacred and Patriotic Masterworks.” Artistic Director RC Haus leads the 40-voice ensemble, the largest of its kind in the country, on a pilgrimage through decades of deeply moving and inspiring masterpieces.

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(Bad) Moms know best

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Interviews, Q Syndicate, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“Are there gays in Michigan? They made it all the way there?” deadpanned Mila Kunis to native Michigander Kristen Bell, as if to jokingly say all the world’s queers migrated from her hometown of West Hollywood.

Bell, 37, seated next to Kunis, 34, at a hotel conference room in The Peninsula Chicago, replied plainly. “Well, yes.”

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A tremendous splash of color

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 3 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Sometime over the last week or 10 days, the L-shaped, two-story building that has been a longtime fixture at the northeast corner of University Avenue and Florida Street had a major face lift. As a result, social media has gone wild as local residents weigh in.

While the brick along the base of the building at 2004 University Ave. remains untouched, the rest of the structure has been transformed into a rainbow wonderland. Some think the bright, ragged, multi-colored theme is garish and over the top. Other people, including many from the LGBT community whose 60-foot Pride flag monument is just three blocks west of the building, think it is fabulous.

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Coming out a second time

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

While it’s true that “a rose is a rose is a rose,” Gertrude Stein was surely aware that one is not identical to the next. Rather, there are differences in petals’ shapes, in the curve of each thorn, the dentation of each leaf.

And so it is with parents. Yes, they all change diapers and suffer sleep deprivation, but, as author and LGBT activist Eric Rosswood writes, “Parenting as a gay dad is different.”

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The face of homelessness

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Film, News | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Tony Rodriguez is an intelligent and articulate man. The San Diego native is described as humble, kind, compassionate, loyal and creative. Sporting an associate’s degree in graphic arts from Mesa College, Tony draws, paints and assembles sculptures made from discarded items. Tenacious and handy with tools, he can even fix a bicycle “in a heartbeat.”

Five years ago, Tony lost his job as a waiter, despite a 15-year tenure. Lacking financial and familial support, he could no longer afford his basement apartment. Homeless, Tony said he learned to survive living on the streets because it was “easier than living in shelters.”

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A ‘Legend’ grows

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

An accidental drag queen’s transformation provides needed respite from current events

If Elvis can’t save the day, how about a drag queen or two? In Matthew Lopez’s sprightly “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” a man saves everything by discovering his inner woman. The play is at Cygnet Theatre through Nov. 12.

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Bring your nightmares to Normal

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Halloween is a long-standing tradition within the LGBT community – going back decades — and Hillcrest will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its own version of that tradition, Nightmare on Normal Street, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6–11 p.m.

The festivities will take place as they always have, on Normal Street in Hillcrest — between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street — near what is now called Pride Plaza and under the Pride Flag.

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‘Absolute Brightness’ of being true to yourself

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

For my money, there’s no better theater than a single good storyteller. The Old Globe has found a splendid one in James Lecesne, now performing at the Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre through Oct. 29 with his one-man show “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”

Don’t let that gobstopper of a title keep you from this terrific one-act show, which is based on Lecesne’s 2008 young-adult novel “Absolute Brightness.”

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In bed with Alan Cumming

By Chris Azzopardi

Alan Cumming is chill as can be in a hotel bed in Los Angeles, where he’s tugging on his crotch, illustrating to me the surprisingly flirty exchange he just had with tennis great and LGBT pioneer Billie Jean King.

“She just made a joke about my dick in the corridor,” Cumming said, amused. “I’m like, ‘Billie Jean!’”

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May the best woman werq!

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie Palmer

After a sold-out 16-city tour through Europe, the queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will soon unleash their own brand of hilarity and hijinks upon San Diego, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The U.S. extension of their Werq the World Tour will be hosted by Shangela Laquifa Wadley of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” seasons two and three, and feature performances by some of the series’ most unforgettable queens, including Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, and Violet Chachki, along with season nine favorites Peppermint and Valentina.

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‘Directly in the shoes’ of others

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Film | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The San Diego International Film Festival (SDIFF), held Oct. 4–8 and presented annually by the San Diego Film Foundation, is considered by many to be one of California’s premier events on the film festival circuit and is certainly something not to be missed by lovers of movies.

Each year, in addition to bringing top quality mainstream and independent films to the San Diego region from up to 68 countries around the world, the five-day festival continues to expand its offering of LGBT-themed films.

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