Making his mark

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 2 Comments

By Delle Willett

When he was growing up, future landscape visionary Michael Brennan viewed his Nana as his inspiration.

“She set an example of unconditional love and respect for all people,” Brennan said. “She was a master gardener in her own right and helped me learn the names of all the plants in her backyard, which was like a botanical garden.”

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The future of mobility

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

In December, we shared with you an introduction to a new long distance ride-share program that had recently come to San Diego [Ref: “Taking a loop in a Tesla,” Vol. 18, Issue 12, or online at ]. In that analysis, we provided a quick introduction to the Tesla vehicles and the service itself.

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Joely Fisher invites us in

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley

What was it like to grow up the child of celebrity parents? In addition to the usual drama and non-stop media attention, the gene pool alone can certainly offer up a whole lot of talent.

That talent is what San Diego will experience when Joely Fisher — daughter of ’50s film and recording artist heartthrob Eddie Fisher and singer/actress Connie Stevens — comes to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage on Dec. 11. Fisher will perform a stage adaptation of her recent best-selling memoir, “Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures.”

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Gay San Diego Holiday Guide 2017: Part 2

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Featured, Features | No Comments

Broadway San Diego
San Diego Civic Theater
1100 Third Ave. 92101

Broadway/San Diego — a Nederlander presentation — is part of the nationally recognized Nederlander producing company of America, one of the country’s largest and most experienced operators of live theater.

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Building dreams for LGBT seniors

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

When Sue Reynolds first took over as CEO of the nonprofit Community HousingWorks (CHW) in 1997, the builder-owner-development organization managed 300 affordable apartments in San Diego County, with a staff of 13. Two decades later, they’ve grown to 65 employees and an inventory of 3,000 apartments statewide; a total of 35 communities with 30 of those located in San Diego County.

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World AIDS Day events

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Featured, Features, News, Special Events | No Comments

29th annual Dr. Brad Truax Awards

The Dr. A. Brad Truax Awards were created to honor the memory of Dr. Truax and his contributions to the HIV/AIDS efforts in San Diego and those who have continued to carry the torch in the struggle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our community.

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Art, wine and … a peacock

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

When the LGBT-themed children’s book, “A Peacock Among Pigeons” was released two years ago, Clarione Gutierrez had high hopes it would resonate with young readers.

What Gutierrez — known professionally as just “Clarione” and the San Diegan who illustrated the colorful, 33-page book — did not anticipate was the reception it would receive from adults who absorbed the timeless message of celebrating the attributes that make each of us special and unique.

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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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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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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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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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Wine time in a garden

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Back in 2000, when the notion of opening a bar that serves only wine was considered financially risky, longtime gay couple and world travelers Reuel Olin and Bob Grinchuk decided to take the gamble after returning from a trip to Paris.

They were impressed by the city’s “unique civilization” of wine bars and the myriad varietals and artisan cheeses they served.

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