This is the IMRU Community Calendar featuring all
the best things to do and see under the rainbow of Southern California
TUESDAY, November 29
WORLD AIDS DAY
Artist-activist Michael Kearns appears in three events to honor of World AIDS Day 2011. Kearns has consistently written about AIDS for the past three decades, amassing a virtual library of material that he performs in America and abroad.
On November 30 at 8:00pm, the solo performer will premiere Torch, presented by theKatselas Theatre Company’s (http://www.katselastheatre.com/) INKubator with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Directed by Tony Abatemarco, Kearns’ ninth one-person show explores the inevitabilities of aging on sexuality and sensuality, the body and the brain, the past and the future, the sacred and the profane. The Skylab (at the Skylight) is located at 1816 Vermont in Los Feliz. Ticket price is $15 and reservations may be made by calling 702 582 85878 or ordering online by clicking here.
On World AIDS Day, December 1, the artist-activist will appear at the event, They Were Among Us: Remembering 30 Years of AIDS, at the One National Gay & Lesbian Archives. One is located at 909 West Adams Kearns will pay tribute to two of his fallen friends, Paul Monette and Steve Kolzak, by performing Monette’s seminal piece, Stephen at the FDA. The event is free but reservations are required. They Were Among Us begins at 6:30 with a buffet, beverages, and community reception with speakers and performances at 7:30. Call (213) 741-0094 or go to oneworldaidsday2011.org.
On December 4 at 7pm, Kearns will perform an excerpt from his landmark theatre work,intimacies. The evening will include a screening of the documentary, Celebrating the Unsung Heroes, Voices from the Fray, as well as performances by Kearns, David Trudelland Brian Frank. The event, in support of Hollywood Remembers, will be held at the Hollywood Lutheran Church, 1733 North New Hampshire. There is no charge. Every year Hollywood Remembers (hollywoodremembers.org) presents a special show for World AIDS Day to remember those who are afflicted with AIDS and to bring this plight to the attention of the general public.
Wednesdays and Thursdays, November 16 – December 15
In order to quell the rioting in the streets, we're bringing back the show for a limited engagement:
8 SHOWS ONLY!
Nov. 16th - Dec. 15th
Weds and Thurs Nights at 8 pm
"Hilarious, profane, touching... one of the funniest performances I've seen in a long time, a tour de force by Bottrell... Cathartic and uplifting"
-- John Rabe, SoCal Public Radio
Writer-Actor David Dean Bottrell ("Boston Legal") shares an oddball collection of HILARIOUS, SAD, BIZARRE (and yes) COMPLETELY TRUE STORIES -- all of which have something to do with "LOVE.” Directed by Jim Fall. Produced by Andrew Carlberg.
GET TICKETS NOW!
Nov. 16th - Dec. 15th
Weds & Thurs Nights at 8 pm
Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater
5041 W. Pico Blvd. (West of LaBrea)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Or Call: 323-930-0747 / Street Parking
November 11 thru December 18
WORLD PREMIERE: Who's Your Daddy? At The Victory Theatre
Who's Your Daddy? – The world premiere of a comedic true story about a single, gay man’s struggle to adopt against all odds. No one expected Johnny O'Callaghan (Stargate Atlantis) to ever become a father. But a documentary shoot in Africa becomes a 9 month adventure during which he finds a son… and discovers himself.
Written and Performed by Johnny O’Callaghan, Directed by Tom Ormeny, Produced by Maria Gobetti and Georganne Aldrich Heller, Presented by The Victory Theatre Center
Performances through December 18
Fridays at 8 pm: Nov. 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
Saturdays at 8 pm: Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
Sundays at 4 pm: Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
WHERE: The Little Victory Theatre, 3326 W Victory Blvd, Burbank , CA 91505
HOW: 818-841-5422 or www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org
Fridays and Saturdays thru December 10
LOVE, CONNIE at Celebration Theatre
Connie Slocum is a loveable, albeit hirsute, ramshackle flashdancer who wants nothing more than to entertain an audience with her wild choreography and pageantry skills. But a nemesis from Connie's past threatens to derail her plans by putting her beloved pussy cat, Vickie, in jeopardy. Watch Connie as she boogies to pop hits; strips off an array of spectacular outfits; Laughs, cries, hunts and fights harder than a baby sitter in a '70's-era slasher film! All while never forgetting that there's an audience to entertain and a cat she loves more than life itself!
The filmed portions of Love, Connie were directed by Michael Bodie (Sundance Institute), produced by Loretta Ramos (How Do I Say This: I’m Gay), executive produced by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me) and inspired by the work of Brian DePalma & Dario Argento as well as the film soundtracks of Pino Donaggio, Bernard Herrmann and Ennio Morricone.
PARTY AFTER EVERY PERFORMANCE!!
"Go! Hilarious, risqué... slightly demented evening. Lightning -speed costume changes and high energy dance routines."
--Pauline Adamek, LA Weekly
"If you ever wondered what an episode of 'Solid Gold' directed by Dario Argento would look like, see 'Love, Connie.'"
--Alonso Duralde, author “101 Must See Movies For Gay Men”
"Eerie... Enigmatic... Unlike any stage performance you’re likely to experience."
--Xaque Gruber, Venice Magazine
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm at
The Celebration Theatre at 7051 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038
For info, visit http://www.celebrationtheatre.com/
To buy tickets, go to http://www.vendini.com/u/6bfa84859a
December 2 – December 17
CHRISTMASTIME IS QUEER 4 – Holiday Mirth and Mary-Ment at Celebration Theatre
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
at The Celebration Theatre at 7051 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038
for tickets, visit http://www.celebrationtheatre.com/
December 3 - 4
BENT-CON at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
What is BENT-CON? -- BENT-CON is the convention that encourages, celebrates and appreciates LGBT and LGBT-friendly comic-book, scifi, fantasy and horror artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors, and producers, that create media targeted directly to LGBT audiences or the larger realm of underground and mainstream pop-culture as a whole.
But it’s just easier to think of it like a Comic-Con, only gayer…
BENT-CON is committed to encouraging the vast talent and creativity within a queer and queer-friendly environment for those passionate about sharing their respective talents with YOU — the Fans — New and not-so-new to the work found at this convention. This year’s BENT-CON is shaping up to be bigger and better than the last! It runs December 3-4th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California, the heart of the media, gaming, comic and pop-culture world! The weekend event will be filled with exhibitors, guests, panels, film-viewings and parties and attended by names you’ll recognize from various creative industries. All it needs is YOU!
For more info, go to http://bent-con.org/
Sunday, December 4
What Matters Most Anniversary/ Fundraiser
5-6 p.m. (promptly) - Champagne Reception/Tray Pass
6-7 p.m. - Entertainment/Awards Presentation
Maulana Karenga, Key Note Speaker with special guest appearance by song stylists, Jeffrey King)
7-8 p.m. - Afterglow/Cash Bar
4000 Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles California 90019
Attire: Holiday Dressy
Event Information: 323-733-4868
Monday, December 5
THE VILLAGE VARIETY PACK with your hosts Dennis Hensley and Michael Anthony
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, December 5, at 8 p.m.
Cast will include:
Cabaret Act Mack & Poppy (the sweethearts of the Florida panhandle!)
Comedienne Penelope Lombard
Singer/Male Actress/ Unicyclist JHO
Stand-up Comic Sarah Mozal
And much more!
"Supporting the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has never been so easy - or so fun!" ~Frontiers
"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
Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Next show: Monday, December 5 at 8 p.m.
For more information, go to: L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center - On Our Stages
* * * RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS * * *
GAY SALSA NIGHT: If you remember the Salsa Dances at Rudolpho's back in the 90's and early 2000's, or just want to give your dancing shoes a work out, check this out!! Mambo Infierno brings you Gay Salsa Night every Monday at Little Temple in Silverlake,CA. We provide a salsa dance instructor for beginners. Dance class starts at 8:30pm. Enjoy the salsa music with DJ FRANK - the best salsa dj in LA! $5 Cover. Go to http://www.myspace.com/gaysalsanight for more information!
WOMEN'S GROUP AT the SOUTH BAY LGBT CENTER: The South Bay LGBT Women's Group hosts a Women's Group at the Center. All interested women at any stage of life, love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are welcome to attend this group, which provides a safe and welcoming environment to meet, socialize, build friendships, and support the South Bay LGBT Center. Guidelines will be reviewed each week to ensure fairness, confidentiality, and respect for diverse opinions. $2 donation appreciated. Info: Voice mail: 310-328-6550, email: email@example.com
LGBT Center - 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, 90504 (310-328-6550)
IN THE MEANTIME MEN'S GROUP (ITMT) hosts discussion groups as follows:
BROTHERS REACHING BROTHERS DISCUSSION GROUP from 7:30pm - 9pm at The Village Health Foundation Community Room on W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019. The purpose of the group is to enrich, empower, and extend the lives of intergenerational black men, respectful of sexual orientation, through social, educational, health and wellness programs and services.” For more info: visit www.mylifemystyle.net
THE KICK BACK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR YOUNG MEN 29 and UNDER: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month from 7-9 p.m. at the New Drop-In Community Youth Center, 4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 — 323-733-4868
Free and Open — Refreshments served
The mission of IN THE MEANTIME MEN'S GROUP is to enrich, empower, and extend the lives of intergenerational black men, respectful of sexual orientation, through social, educational, health and wellness programs and services.” 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.
GRIFFITH PARK CONDITIONING HIKE: 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/
FRIDAY NIGHT DROP-IN: Friday evening at the South Bay LGBT Center, 7:00 - 9:45 pm. The Center will be open for your use and enjoyment. Come by and pick up publications, join in conversations about a variety of topics or hang out in a safe place; play games - there are several games at the Center, or people can bring their own table or board games. For a small donation, participants can enjoy coffee, tea, sodas, water and sometimes desserts. For questions, leave a message at (310) 328-6550. For more information, leave a message at (310) 328-6550. Check the Calendar for updates and details. southbaycenter.org
GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH Sundays at 2pm: Good Shepherd Church at 570 East Orange Grove Blvd in Pasadena is a congregation of full inclusion. All are welcome regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or sexual identity. An LGBT Church and so much more... “We warmly welcome the LGBT Community and its allies. We are a Christian independent congregation and not connected with any denomination. We affirm that God loves and cherishes all His children, and has shown His love through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us, regardless of your religious or denominational background.” For more info, go to: goodshepherdpasadena.com
You can find information on these and other events listed at the public Google IMRU Community Calendar which can be viewed/printed in monthly/weekly/daily or agenda forms. We also blog about important happenings at imru.posterous.com where you can leave comments or suggestions and crosspost links to the Calendar on Twitter as well as our Facebook page—so it pays to be a Friend and to Follow Us.