Gay News Briefs: Nov. 24 – Dec. 7, 2017

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, Opinion & News | No Comments


Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25, and it is a marketing event along the same vein of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It seeks to get consumers out of the big-box stores and to stay offline for one day and redirect their holiday-shopping dollars to local small businesses.

Launched in 2010 by American Express as a national campaign to encourage people to support local small businesses in their own communities on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the event still encourages people today with businesses offering special promotions to attract local shoppers.

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) is jumping on the Small Business Saturday bandwagon and asking San Diegans to #ShopSmall in Hillcrest.

The day’s festivities will be anchored by a welcome station and include words from an elected official, live entertainment, a Santa Claus onsite and special giveaways to those who do indeed shop small.

The welcome station —located in the Rite Aid parking lot at the southwest corner of Fifth and Robinson avenues — will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25.

District 3 City Councilmember Chris Ward will kick off the festivities with a rally to encourage and support the shoppers. Local cheer group Cheer San Diego will entertain attendees.

Shoppers who show the HBA staff at the welcome station a receipt for $15 or more from local merchants will get a gift bag containing more than $100 in gift certificates and other giveaways from participating Hillcrest businesses, while supplies last.

Gift bags will include gift cards for free meals at local restaurants, free drinks at local coffee shops and bars, free hair and beauty products, free beauty services including eyebrow threading and facials, and more.

If you can’t make it to Small Business Saturday, the HBA will also be promoting its local small businesses through the annual Taste n’ Tinis event on Dec. 14, from 4–9 p.m.

For more details about either of these events, visit


The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, an extension of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), is seeking local community-based organizations that provide HIV/AIDS prevention, education and/or care, or treatment programs and services, to respond to their request for proposal and throw their names into the grant process.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits located in San Diego County, and must provide HIV/AIDS services.

Three major funding areas are under consideration, and organizations may only apply for one of three categories: strengthening systems for HIV/AIDS coordinated service sites; HIV/AIDS prevention and education services; or HIV/AIDS care and treatment services.

Only one proposal per funding cycle, per applicant and SDHDF funds cannot be used to supplant any other funding source and should be considered funding of last resort.

Funding sources for this year’s grant process come from Think Red (aka the Red Dress Party); the Recovery Ride San Diego; proceeds from the sale of Hillcrest Brewing Company’s Red Ribbon Ale; Bar AIDS; and the Sunshine Brooks Fund.

Applications must be submitted electronically by Dec. 1 to Ian Morton, SDHDF operations director, at For more specific details regarding this RFP, visit


On Thursday, Dec. 7, organizers of the second annual Bar AIDS San Diego ask you to “raise your glass” to the end of new HIV infections in the region.

The Bar AIDS event offers bars, coffee shops, nightclubs and juice/smoothie bars the opportunity to support HIV services throughout San Diego County by donating 25 percent or more of the day’s beverage sales to the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, an organization that will then distribute the money to HIV support services programs.

Last year’s Bar AIDS participants were Rich’s San Diego; Numb3rs (now closed); Babycakes; The Merrow; Rakitori; Pecs; The Hole in the Wall; and Pardon My French. Keep an eye on the website to see who will be participating this year. Businesses and ambassadors (volunteers) still needed. Businesses who wish to participate should visit To sign up to be an ambassador, visit For more information about the event itself, visit


FilmOut San Diego is bringing the beloved “Xanadu” to San Diego as part of its monthly screening series on Dec. 13. The film has sold out, but FilmOut will have a standby line in case any tickets are returned or unused.

The 1980 musical fantasy film, written by Richard Christian Danus and directed by Robert Greenwald, starred Olivia Newton John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck and Matt Lattanazi, Newton-John’s first husband, whom she met while making the film.

The film’s soundtrack features music from Electric Light Orchestra, The Tubes, Cliff Richard and Newton-John.

While considered a “flop” at the box office when it was first released, the roller-disco-themed fantasy film has enjoyed a cult following over the years and a stage musical based on the 97-minute film was released on Broadway in 2007.

To view a trailer from the film, visit

Presented by FilmOut San Diego, the film screening is co-presented by Mance Creative, Josh Bottfeld, Amy Driscoll, Ron Oster and Ivan Solis.

FilmOut holds its film screenings throughout the year to help support its annual FilmOut San Diego Film Festival, which takes place each year in June. The 2018 festival, scheduled to be held June 7–10, 2018, will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary, and submissions are now open.

“Xanadu” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, located at 3965 Fifth Ave., in Hillcrest. Tickets cost $10. For more information, visit


The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble performs a “Holiday Revue” on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the newly remodeled Parq West Event Center, formally the San Diego Woman’s Club, 2557 Third Ave. in Bankers Hill.

Under the direction of John Winkelman, the 45-piece ensemble will take a nostalgic look at the holidays, featuring swing arrangements of Christmas classics interspersed with some non-Christmas big-band medleys, including a salute to Benny Goodman. The Hillcrest Holiday Singers will join the ensemble for a special performance.

Homemade holiday baked goods and coffee will be available during intermission. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The Windsmith, 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park, or at and at the door.

The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble is a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. In its 31st year, it acts as a musical ambassador to the community. For more information, call 619-692-2077 x814 or visit


Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” will be staged by Welk Resort Theatre, located at the historic Welk Resort in Escondido.

Directed by Larry Raben, choreography by Karl Warden and musical direction by Justin Gray, the Welk’s production of “A Christmas Carol” runs through 2017.

From the theater: “Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”) breathes new life into the moving tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an irascible, cold-hearted grump who despises all things Christmas — that is, until he’s visited by three ghosts one fateful Christmas Eve. Watch as Scrooge, forced to face his selfish ways, finds the true meaning of love and gratitude. An enduring family classic.”

This will be the last production before the Welk Theatre closes temporarily for an extensive remodeling. It plans to reopen next fall with more live musical performances.

“A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 31. Performances are Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 and 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets $59. Add a pre-show meal for $21. Contact box office at 888-802-7469 or visit

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