This is the IMRU Community Calendar featuring all
the best things to do and see under the rainbow of Southern California
Wednesday-Saturdays through October
WHAT'S WRONG WITH ANGRY?
at The Celebration Theatre
Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm
with select understudy performances on Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
“Director Michael Matthews and a terrific cast inspire us in this impressive production of WHAT’S WRONG WITH ANGRY. They skillfully deal with a difficult and important subject. This opening show of the new season for the Celebration Theatre Company continues its string of winners!” – Performing Arts LIVEfor tickets, visit http://www.celebrationtheatre.com/
Playing at a Theatre Near You This Week
West Coast Premiere!
“America’s Gaysian Sweetheart,” ALEC MAPA, returns to the Renberg in his first new solo show in three years!
It's an all-new evening of stand-up comedy called BABY DADDY, which hilariously chronicles his latest adventures as he marches into the unchartered territory of gay fatherhood.
THE RENBERG THEATRE
Mapa is a "petite and powerful bundle of Filipino-American sass, all wired up with energy and humor ... He never flagged or disappointed, careening through topics without ever losing his kooky command of the stages ... Mapa deserves an Oscar!" ~ Michael Musto/Village Voice
Wednesday, October 26
We Dare You to Come to
In The Meantime's Annual BLACK PARTY
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 10-2a.m., Dance all night
4067 W. Pico Blvd., LA CA 90019
(Free with Black Card)
Drink Specials & Entertainment
Suggested Attire: All Black or a Costume
Costume Contest with Cash Prizes
11pm to Midnight
1st Place $250.00, 2nd Place $125.00, 3rd Place $75.00, 4th Place $50.00
$25.00 Incentive for the first 25 Black men to get an HIV test
Supported by In The Meantime's General Fund and AIDS Health Care Foundation
Event open to ALL........
WHAT: Fred & Jason’s Halloweenie
L.A.’s most monumental Halloween party, with an open bar, dancing, and
music by Grammy-nominated circuit king Dave Aude and DJ Beau Dasher! Proceeds support L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center services
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
COST: $65 for general admission tickets through Friday, Sept. 30
$125 for VIP tickets through Friday, Sept. 30
$75 for general admission starting Saturday, Oct. 1
$150 for VIP tickets starting Saturday, Oct. 1
$1,000 for cabanas, which include:
Admission for six
Cabana near the dance floor
Private drink service
Preferred parking for two vehicles
INFO.: For more information, go to www.ypchalloweenie.org.
Saturday, October 29
Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day
The City of West Hollywood has a long history of being on the cutting edge of new artistic and musical endeavors. The Whisky A Go-Go, the first live music venue and the only surviving one to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, opened its doors in 1964 and soon after launched a trend that would ultimately become the norm in clubs all over the world by suspending cages with Go-Go dancers from the ceiling of the club.
“From the Whisky to Micky’s, from Voyeur to Club Eleven – Go-Go dancers perform all year long for the delight of both locals and tourists in West Hollywood,” said West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran. “We have more Go-Go dancers per square mile than any other city in America and it’s time we celebrated their efforts and hard work!” continued Mayor Duran.
In the mid-1960s and the 1970s, the Sunset Strip became a major center for the counterculture as Go-Go dancers did their thing at the Whisky and other clubs along the Strip. In 1968, the first Groovy Guy contest was started as a marketing tool for the then newly-formed Advocate magazine and as a way to unite the Los Angeles gay community. By 1970, the contest had become so famous that The Advocate featured a Groovy Guy float in the first gay pride parade down Hollywood Boulevard and that summer’s contest was held at Ciro’s Restaurant (now The Comedy Store). The Groovy Guy contest ran in one form or another through 1991.
“Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day is about celebrating the part of our West Hollywood culture that arrived with the freedom generation and stuck around through the decades as an expression of who we are,” said Councilmember John D’Amico.
By the early 1970’s both the female and male Go-Go dancing phenomenon was part of West Hollywood culture and dancers have been appreciated on stages big and small at clubs across the City ever since.
Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day will consist of the City working in conjunction with local businesses to stage an amateur Go-Go dancer competition on Larrabee Street north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Clubs along the Sunset Strip will also participate and businesses Citywide will be hold special events and offerings on Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day.
THE VILLAGE VARIETY PACK
Hosts Michael Anthony and Dennis Hensley invite you to dive into a delicious mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, music, interviews, videos and surprise guests at our old-fashioned variety show where anything can happen!
Our community's hottest young musicians, comedians, performance artists and behind-the-scenes talents take the stage to do what they do best!
Next show: Monday, November 7, at 8 p.m.
"Where does one go for variety-type entertainment on a Monday night? Thank the gays for bringing us The Village Variety Pack!" ~LA Weekly
|THE DAVIDSON/VALENTINI THEATRE
Next show: Monday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
to Be Honored at
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala
Hosted by Leslie Jordan
Featuring Jane Lynch
Writer, actor, musician and transgender activist Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars) will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction, hosted by Leslie Jordan (The Help) and featuring Jane Lynch (Glee) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. As was previously announced, Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka will also be honored.
Bono, who will be honored with the Center’s Board of Directors award, has been a trailblazer in transgender activism, publicly sharing his experience transitioning to male in the documentary Becoming Chaz. Since 1995, he has been a dedicated activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, having served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and Entertainment Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“Chaz has been a trailblazer in our community for many years, bravely speaking his truth and working to make our movement stronger. He has continued that leadership since coming out as a transgender man. No other person has done more than Chaz to promote visibility and understanding about the reality of transgender people,” says Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “His courageous example is helping transgender youth and their families throughout the world. That’s great progress not only for the LGBT community, but for society as a whole.”
Emmy-winning stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and his partner, actor and chef David Burtka, will be honored at the gala with the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award, presented by Center board member Jane Lynch. Lynch was the recipient of the award last year.
One of the premier events for the LGBT community of Los Angeles, the gala begins with a chic cocktail reception and large silent auction featuring travel and dining packages and much more, followed by dinner and fabulous entertainment.
The gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. The cocktail reception is at 6 p.m. with entertainment to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets for the gala are $300 for general admission or $400 for a VIP ticket. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, go to www.anniversarygala.org.
the Kick Back’
For Young Men 29 and Under
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month from 7-9 p.m.
The New Drop-In Community Youth Center
4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 —
Free and Open — Refreshments served
www.inthemeantimemen.org — www.mylifemystyle.net
“In The Meantime Men’s Group, Inc. is purposed to enrich, empower, and extend the lives of intergenerational black men, respectful of sexual orientation, through social, educational, health and wellness programs and services.”
In the Meantime Men's Group, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit community service organization. Over the past 10 years In The Meantime has been on the forefront of creating an environment that supports, empowers and educates black, gay, same gender-loving and bi-sexual men in Los Angeles County.
Through an integrated holistic approach to wellness, In The Meantime (ITMT) focuses on the mental/emotional, physical, spiritual, and economic well being of a community that is oftentimes isolated and excluded from mainstream society.
ITMT facilitates three home-grown HIV/AIDS empowerment prevention programs, two (weekly) social discussion support groups, peer and group counseling, a black men’s wellness conference, a three day men’s empowerment retreat, the SOLA Meth Crystal Meth Taskforce, and the South Los Angeles Black Gay Men’s Taskforce, computer training, a quarterly community publication (Message In The Meantime), an online weekly newsletter, and a host of community and cultural events that focus on community building that include a King Day Celebration and a Kwanzaa Celebration.
ITMT’S most recent program addition is a community drop-in center that provides a relaxed social environment for youth programming, and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling activities.
Gay and Lesbian Sierra Club has a weekly Griffith Park Conditioning Hike every Wednesday night at 7pm. Join the Sierrans for a moderate hike of 5 miles to Mt. Hollywood with an eleven hundred foot gain. Lug-soled boots are best for traction, but some hikers wear sneakers. Bring a flashlight if you’re not used to hiking in the dark. Rain cancels. That’s every Wednesday, 7 p.m. sharp by the flagpole near the vending machines at the Griffith Park Visitors Center. Check out other gay and lesbian Sierran outings at http://angeles.sierraclub.org/gls/
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