IMRU Community Calendar for the Week of October 4, 2010
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Tuesday night at 7:00pm
Art Exhbibit: Jeff Sheng “DON’T ASK DON’T TELL at the Kaycee Olseon Gallery on La Cienega.
Social justice and identity are explored in these powerful photographs and images of LGBT soldiers serving their country in silence. For more artist information go to: www.jeffsheng.com
Viewings are free and open to the public at the Kaycee Olsen Gallery, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Tues thru Sat 11am - 6pm
Ends October 23
Opening week of TAKE ME OUT! Come check out this Tony Award-winning play at the Celebration Theatre! If you've been to Celebration before, it's a whole new experience . . . theatre in the round . . . baseball stadium-style!! Tickets at celebrationtheatre.com or call (323) 957-1884.
Thurs - Sat 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
7051 Santa Monica Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Celebration Theatre is a community of artists dedicated to presenting innovative, provocative and relevant work that examines the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer experience, endeavoring to challenge society’s perception of this community and give a vibrant voice to its evolving identity.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's
RESPECT AWARDS - Los Angeles
Friday, October 8, 2010
Beverly Hills Hotel
6:00 PM Reception, 7:30 PM Dinner
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
2010 Educator of the Year
Linda Bell Blue
SOLD OUT - To be put on the waiting list, contact: email@example.com
The Online Auction is open. Check out CharityBuzz here!
Unable to attend? You can still support GLSEN: Be A Star!
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
This Weekend: Butch Voices Los Angeles Conference starts Friday
Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
FRIDAY EVENING :
6:00 pm Registration opens
We’re expecting folks from all over California and the Southwest, so registration will be open for 4 hours. This is your first must-do to get into all the night’s events, so pre-register & get in the fastline.
Meet & Greet: Art Lounge & Vendor booths open. Hang out & enjoy! Meet the artists, tastings and more! Dozens of artisans, fashion designers, and products on sale for your shopping pleasure!
In the Art Lounge … queer artistic visions from fine artists & photographers who celebrate/question/adore butch, stud, trans & genderqueer.
8:30 pm INVINCIBLE: fashion show and kick-off event! A night of sartorial radicality for daggers, dandies, and dapper dudes. Don’t miss this fabulosity! You’re in for a night of hot fashions and butch surprises!! Get here early – you must register first – to get those good seats ….
11 pm Conference after-party – location info coming soon.
9:00 - 11:30 Registration re-opens (No registrations accepted after this!)
9:00 - 10:15 Workshop Session 1 (five workshops/panels to choose from)
10:30 – 12:00 Workshop Session 2 (five workshops/panels to choose from)
2:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judith ‘Jack’ Halberstam
2:45 - 4:15 Workshop Session 3 (five workshops/panels to choose from)
4:30 - 5:45 Workshop Session 4 (five workshops/panels to choose from)
SATURDAY NIGHT :
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner time (plan 15-20 minutes for travel/parking time to Swagger)
8:00 – 10 pm Performance at Fairfax Auditorium, 7850 Melrose Ave, LA 90046
SWAGGER: A Nite of Butch Bravado & Stud Service for Those Who Live It and Those Who Love It. Performance event - World Premiere of these artists
10:00 – late After Party (check back for location & theme details!)
10:30 – 4:00 Brunch and Plenary with Keynote Speech by Carmen Vaquez.
Plus Awards Ceremonies & Closing with “Butch Revival”: comedy, music & spoken word!! featuring Sandra Valls, Angie Evans, The Miracle Whips and more.
And what about food…?? There are lots of fab nearby restaurants in WeHo for Saturday lunch and dinner – all price levels.
Plus Food Trucks will be on-site for Saturday lunch!
Sunday light brunch included in your Conference registration. And a free Water Refill Station onsite throughout the conference too (don’t forget to bring your own cup or reusable water bottle)
Planning is in process for after-parties on Friday & Saturday nite—stay tuned! And check back for a singles meet & greet time too.
Send Queries & Comments to: BVLA2010@gmail.com
For more detailed information visit bvla2010.com
Please join us for the celebration of Riverside–Inland Empire Pride 2010. This year’s gathering will be held on Orange Street in Riverside, between University and Mission Inn Avenues. Visitors will enjoy an exciting lineup of entertainment, a dance pavilion with live DJs till 2 AM, art exhibits, merchandise, non-profit and educational booths, food and drinks. Plus, a new event feature is Kids’ Zone— where just $3 gets you all-day access to fun-filled activities such as a jumper, face painting, pirates, and art activities.
Hours: Noon till 10 PM
Dance Pavilion with Live DJs
Open 'Till 2 AM
Children under 12 are FREE
Orange St. between Mission Inn Ave & University Ave. Downtown Riverside
For more info: http://www.riversideiepride.org
MODELS OF PRIDE--all day conference at Occidental College
Models of Pride (MOP) is a free one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 12 to 24 and their allies. Words like camaraderie, safety and a strong sense of belonging have been used by 100’s of youth to describe this annual conference. The conference includes a workshop where service providers and educators can enrich their skill set to support our community. New for this year is an all-day parent track, where parents can have access to accurate information and resources and be able to ask questions in a safe and supportive environment.
The Models of Pride conference is filled with workshops and roundtables, entertainment, a resource fair, food and networking opportunities. This year's conference will host 250 high school students for dinner and a dance which will follow the day's activities.
NEW THIS YEAR!
Models of Pride will have a special "college-age track" at this year’s conference. Meet other local college-age youth, share ideas on what is happening in your life or on your campus, learn new strategies to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth at home and at school.
Additionally, this year's conference will include a series of special workshops for parents attending the conference with (or without) their LGBTQ children. The adults-only sessions will span the spectrum from: how to parent an LGBTQ youth; dealing with the coming out process; examining issues of sexual orientation; ensuring safety in local schools, working with the faith community and how to advocate for your child's rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are the lead organizers and sponsors of these sessions.
This year is the first year that Models of Pride is being co-sponsored by LifeWorks, a program of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
THE HISTORY OF MODELS OF PRIDE
The only one of its kind, Models of Pride, was created in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a means of providing a safe and positive environment where LGBTQ youth could network with each other and expose themselves to new ideas and information. Friends of Project 10 Inc. took over the sponsorship and major funding for this conference in 1998 when the LAUSD abolished all education commissions. For 18 years, conference programs have included a wide variety of workshops covering such topics as dating, coming out, stereotyping, student activism, cultural and religious issues, healthcare issues, and much more. The Models of Pride conference continues to be free to all youth participants.
FESTIVAL GAY LATINO at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena
FESTIVAL GAY LATINO 2010 arrives in Los Angeles, celebrating pride in cultural heritage and sexual diversity
Activities include traditional Mexican rodeo, health fair, musical performances by María José, Erika Vidrio, Mayra Muñoz and other award winning performers.
After a year of advances and setbacks in civil rights for LGBT Latinos in the USA and elsewhere in Latin-American, local Latino leaders and the organizations that serve LGBT Latinos in southern California are uniting to continue the fight for visibility, health, and immigration and marriage equality. An LGBT community that has boldly become more visible in Latino events such as the 2010 Mexican Independence day Parade in East Los Angeles and the 2010 Central American Parade in Los Angeles now launches a pride event at a venue full of tradition in
Mexican Culture: the Pico Rivera Sports Arena.
Attendees will be treated to traditional Mexican festivities such as a “Show de Jineteo (Mexican Rodeo Show)”, Escaramuzas (female horse riding), multi stage musical performances and much more. A health and information fair with organizations that provide services to LGBT Latinos in Southern California will be prominently located in the event’s grounds. The event will also commemorate the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and help reignite the Latino community’s commitment to decrease the incidence of HIV Infections.
The growing list of performers scheduled to perform include:
María José, Mexico’s leading pop Singer in sales (Platinum & Gold - Mexico) and radio air play in 2009 and 2010. With several sold out shows in her recent Mexican tour and a successful 10 city USA tour that included some LGBT venues, María José (aka LaJosa) returns to Southern California to headline the FESTIVAL GAY LATINO 2010. No stranger to LGBT audiences, LaJosa was a member of the pop sensation: Kabah; one of the most successful and representative pop groups in the World. Kabah performed lived for an LGBT audience in downtown Los Angeles before splitting up.(Maria Jose’s performance here outside of San Francisco City Hall is representative but not associated with Festival Gay Latino. Image courtesy of BeSeTu.com)
Also performing at the event:Erika Vidrio, undoubtedly the most influential female songwriter in the Mexican regional music genre that is traditionally dominated by men. Her songs have been recorded by leading singers and she owns several #1 hits in Spanish music over the last few years. Her latest album Te va a Seducir includes the popular single “Y Tomamos”a catchy song about a cheating
bisexual man who is having affairs with a man and a woman. Mayra Muñoz, recently nominated to the MTV video awards in Europe, will perform music from her latest album Mucha Mujer para ti. The second place winner of “Nuestra Belleza Latina 2007” on Univision arrives in LA after a successful tour in Central and South America.
Many more talent has been confirmed and more top notch performers will be announced soon. Radio personalities: DJ Keven from Superestrella 107.1; and Raq-C from Latino96.3 and the Mun2 reality show “Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis & Raq-C” showcase the growing list of media celebrities confirmed to attend and
publicly support the FESTIVAL GAY LATINO 2010.
Presale tickets for FESTIVAL GAY LATINO 2010 can be purchased at the event’s website www.festivalgaylatino.com.
FESTIVAL GAY LATINO 2010 will take place at the Pico Rivera Memorial Sports Arena is a 5,000-seat multipurpose arena located in Pico Rivera, California. It is used for rodeos, professional wrestling and boxing. Famous for hosting many presentations of leading Mexican Regional music singers and Mexican Rodeo (charreadas), the Pico Rivera Sports Arena is one of the most popular recreation
spots for the Southern California Latino community. This facility was built in 1979 and is reputed to be the largest Mexican rodeo ring in the USA. An average of 25 shows, preceded by a traditional Mexican rodeo, is held at the Sports Arena every year.
Also Sunday---NEW Worship Services for the LGBT Community and Allies
*NEW* GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH
Worship + Fellowship + Light Refreshments Will Be Served
All are welcome regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation or identity.
Supports "Marriage Equality For All"
Every Sunday at 4pm in Room 21 of the Neighborhood Church located at 301 N. Orange Grove Bl, Pasadena, CA 91103
Next Monday: October 11--mark your calendars: It’s National COMING OUT DAY....
Other October Events...
Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical will be opening October 14
Original Book by Tom Jacobson
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Lyrics by Shishir Kurup
Choreography by Sheetal Gandhi
Directed by Michael John Garcés and Mark Valdez
West Hollywood, 1984. What happens when residents in a little urban pocket in western L.A. decide to band together in their quest for community, sanctuary and rent control? E. Pluribus Chaos!
Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical follows the story of four UCLA friends who became pioneers of their generation by knocking down doors and uniting ex-Soviet immigrants, GLBTQ activists, and senior citizens in establishing West Hollywood as The Creative City…making it the vibrant cultural, artistic, and political hub it is today, more than 25 years later.
Heartbreaking, scary, triumphant...and musical.
This project celebrates the City of West Hollywood's 25th Anniversary of Cityhood and is part of Cornerstone Theater Company's 25th theatrical season.
October 14 - November 7, 2010
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
$15 previews (Oct 14-23)
$20 general run (Oct 23-Nov 7)
More info: http://www.cornerstonetheater.org/
OCTOBER 23: it’s CONVERSATIONS WITH COCO at the Renberg Theatre
For the sixth installment of Conversations With Coco, Miss Coco Peru’s series of live interviews with celebrated performing artists, the L.A. drag legend welcomes acclaimed actress Karen Black to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre. The special, one-night-only appearance will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Like her previous get-togethers with Lily Tomlin, Lainie Kazan, Charles Busch, Lesley Ann Warren, and the late Bea Arthur, Miss Coco has prepared a multi-media presentation featuring highlights of Ms. Black’s storied career, as well as ample opportunity for the kind of casual yet in-depth conversation audiences have come to relish at Coco’s table.
Blending delicious discussion, revealing stories and a multi-media survey of guests’ careers, Conversations With Coco have proven to be among the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center’s most popular offerings. “By the way,” says Miss Coco, “in case you don't know, Conversations With Coco is sort of like Inside The Actors Studio—only it’s much more fun—and I'm prettier than James Lipton—sort of.”
Karen Black’s first big film role was in Francis Ford Coppola’s You’re a Big Boy Now, in 1966, but true Hollywood stardom came with her breakout performance in Easy Rider. The next year she re-teamed with Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, portraying Rayette, his waitress girlfriend. The performance garnered her an Academy Award nomination and the Golden Globe award. She received another Golden Globe for The Great Gatsby (1974). Other memorable roles include that of the jewel thief in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, Family Plot (1976), and as the woman terrorized in her apartment by a murderous Zuni doll come to life in the well received TV movie Trilogy of Terror (1975). The following year she co-starred with Bette Davis in Burnt Offerings.
Other standout productions included John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust and Robert Altman’s Nashville, for which she received a Grammy nomination for the songs she penned for the film. Ms. Black continued to appear in mainstream movies until the late 1970s, when she turned her attention to independent films. Ms. Black again won rave reviews for her work in 1982’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, in which she played one of the first transsexual characters on screen. Recently, she appeared with Mink Stole and the Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin in the John Landis-produced Stuck!, an homage to film-noir women-in-prison dramas. Ms. Black will soon be seen in the multiple award-winning Nothing Special, of which Rotten Tomatoes declared, “Karen Black is nothing short of spectacular!”
Miss Coco Peru, the creation of actor/writer Clinton Leupp, first hit Los Angeles in 1999 with her acclaimed solo show, Miss Coco Peru’s Universe (1999 GLAAD Media Award nominee). Leupp, originally from the Bronx, is known for transcending simple camp values and bringing drag into the realm of true theatre. On his path to gender-bending stardom, Leupp/Peru has written and performed his award-winning solo shows on stages all over the world, including London, Lisbon, Cancun, Phoenix, New York, Beverly Hills, Maui and Delaware. Miss Coco has appeared in the films Girls Will Be Girls, trick, and To Wong Foo—Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Her television credits include Will & Grace, Boy Meets Boy, New York Undercover and Showtime’s Rude Awakening. Find out more at www.MissCoco.com.
CONVERSATIONS WITH COCO
Starring Miss Coco Peru and her special guest, Karen Black
Produced by Jon Imparato for the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
The Renberg Theatre (200-seat mid-size theatre)
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038
(One block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)
Saturday, October 23
General Admission: $25
Tickets: www.lagaycenter.org/boxoffice or call 323-860-7300
NEXT MONTH: Palm Springs Pride , Nov 6 & 7...
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