This is the IMRU Community Calendar featuring
all the best things to do and see under the rainbow of Southern California
LIP SERVICE Premieres on Showtime - March 14
Don't miss Lip Service – Andrea Meyerson's latest production on Showtime! This all-female comedy showcase presented in honor of Women's History Month stars Niecy Nash ("Reno 911") who hosts four of the most outstanding female comics on the standup circuit today: the prolific Vanessa Graddick, the quirky Christian Shirm, the wild Shawn Pelofsky, and the unpredictable Michelle Buteau, in a sexy night of hilarity and and humor.
Wednesday, March 14 at 9pm and also available On Demand beginning March 15!
For more info, go to: Showtime
LGBT Family Events
Family Day in the Park -- Magic Day! (March 17)
Alakazam! Join the amazing Jay Leslie as he takes us into the wonderful world of illusion and magic! Get a chance to see a kid friendly magic show, participate in his magic tricks and maybe learn a few of your own. Join other LGBT families for a magic day you won't want to miss!
Saturday, March 17
10 a.m. - Noon
West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For more information, please call or send e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rainbow Family Camp: A Weekend Camp for LGBT Families (March 23-25)
Experience a wonderful weekend away with other LGBT families in the beautiful mountains of San Bernardino. Nestled within a forest of towering trees, enjoy heated cabins featuring rustic comfort with modern, indoor bath facilities, bunk-beds and a limited number of cabins with double beds, living rooms and/or kitchens.
Friday - Sunday
March 23 - 25
Camp de Benneville Pines- Angelus Oaks, CA
Click here for more information and to register.
“The Gay Hist-Orgy” with Ian MacKinnon through April 14
"The Gay Hist-Orgy"-- Performance artist and activist Ian MacKinnon brings the past to life by tracing the history of gay people in new ways never before seen on stage. With the aid of his magic time-traveling hot pants and sexy Genie guide, Ian cruises a plethora of gay historical figures in his one-man multimedia romp. Along the way he covers thousands of years of homo-history to create a hot and horny evening of laughs and lust, fun and fucking, humor and heroism. Featuring hot histo-graphic hookups with: Plato, Rumi, Lincoln, Melville, Fredrick the Great, Edward Carpenter, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Karl Ulrichs, Harry Hay, Allen Ginsberg, Socrates, Whitman, Hafiz, Ganymede, Alexander, Hadrian, Zeami, Bayard Rustin and more! Performed in Gay Love-O-Vision!
Dates: 6 Saturdays Feb: 18, 25 & March: 3, 10, 17, 24 and April 7 and 14 at 8:00 PM
Location: Moving Arts Hyperion Station, 1822 Hyperion Avenue, LA, CA 90027
Price: $20 / $15 students
Lesbo Bingo! And Singles Mingle/Dance Party: March 24
Join Women On a Roll for a wild and wacky evening of fun, games, exciting prizes and lots of women!
Saturday, March 24: 4-6pm - Lesbo Bingo!
Price: $25 (Includes 10 games of Bingo -- nine regular games and one grand prize game. Does not include food and beverage.) Grand Prize: Coming soon! Space is limited!
Join WOAR for the dance party and receive $5 off admission with your Bingo purchase!
WOAR Dance Party
You asked for it and we listened! Get ready to dance the night away!
Saturday, March 24: 7 - 8pm - Singles Mingle! & 8pm - midnight - Dance party
Get ready to celebrate!
-Special discount admission for Lesbo Bingo ticket holders
-Claudette Sexy DJ spinning your favorite tunes and keeping you dancing
-Food and drinks available for purchase all night
-Lots of women in our own private party room
-Singles and couples easily identified
Location: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (in the private banquet room)
1 Pine Ave. (at Pine & Ocean), Long Beach, CA 90802
Price: $10 with Lesbo Bingo ticket purchase, $15 without ticket purchase
Space is limited! Reserve your spot now!
For more info, go to: Women On A Roll
Escondido Canyon Park Hike – March 25
Fitness trainer and WOAR Board Member Terri West will lead this hike. Meet Sunday, March 25 at 9am. Accessed from Pacific Coast Highway about a mile south of Kanan Road in Malibu, the trail through Escondido Canyon Natural Area leads hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians through oak woodland, riparian woodland, and Coastal sage scrub to the spectacular, multi-tiered 150-foot Escondido Falls-the highest in the Santa Monica Mountains. Allow about an hour and 15 minutes to enjoy this trail and spectacular waterfall. This is a nice, pleasant, moderate hike. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
From the parking lot, the trailhead is a one mile walk up the paved road. At the Escondido Canyon Trailhead sign, head to the left, walking upstream. The trail criss-crosses the creek several times and then opens onto grassy flats. A mile into the trail we will reach the base of the waterfall where we will rest and turn around. This is the lower tier of the huge limestone fall.
Directions: 27200 Winding Way, Malibu. From the East, take the 10 Freeway west until it becomes Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Continue north on PCH, about 15 miles, to Winding Way. Turn right on Winding Way and enter the parking lot. From the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 Freeway west, exit at Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. Head south on Las Virgenes which turns into Malibu Canyon Road. Drive until you reach PCH and turn right. Continue on PCH to Winding Way. Turn right on Winding Way and enter the parking lot. The parking lot is very small but there is ample parking on PCH. Park cars and walk along Winding Way East (private road) to dirt trail that starts at the end of the paved road. We will meet about 100 ft. east of the parking lot.
I SEE YOU, I AM HERE: Contemporary African-American LGBT Artists
Co-Sponsored by Common Bond and The Black LGBT Project thru March 29
Firemen 1 by Ronald Jackson
I See You, I Am Here is a traditional greeting of South Africa's Natal tribe. One person starts by saying, "I see you." The other person answers, "I am here." The words mean, "Until you see me, I do not exist." The goal is to truly "see" each other and thereby affirm each other's existence.
A group of accomplished artists presents visions of the LGBT African American experience in today's world, allowing us to truly see them, their lives, and ourselves.
Dale Guy Madison
Lucky Virgo Photography
THE ADVOCATE & GOCHIS GALLERIES - through March 29
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
Reception: Thursday, Feb 16, 9-10 p.m. FREE
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 6-9:30 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
California State University, Northridge Presents
Fourway: Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, and Sex[uality]: March 30 -April 1
The Queer People of Color Conference gives people the opportunity to understand the diversity of being a person of color within the queer community. It focuses on the issues of injustice and oppression faced by those within such communities, while simultaneously seeking methods of social reformation to alleviate such issues. It sheds light on various issues from the current political climate, safe sex and HIV, the coming out process for ethnic communities, to the movement of art; visual and performing. By illuminating these perspectives, through engaging workshops, discussion groups, caucuses and a captivating keynote speaker, QPOCC strives to fully expand knowledge and empower the identities of queer people of color.
The theme for this year is Fourway: Intersection of Race, Gender, Class and Sex[uality]. Under this theme, QPOCC will raise awareness on issues such as, being a queer person of color, the rise of homelessness in the queer community, what is Trans, what is a women's world, and so forth. Keynote Speaker: ADELINE ANTHONY
Adeline Anthony is a critically acclaimed and award winning Xicana lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, hailing originally from San Antonio, Tejas. The themes in her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities. She has nearly 20 years of professional stage experience in acting, directing, producing, teaching and writing. Adelina has garnered Best-Actress nominations in both ensemble and solo work in dramatic and comedic roles. In 2010, she was nominated by Dr. Rita Urquijo-Ruiz for the Sandra Cisneros' Del Moral Foundation Award, and co-awarded this literary grant. Also in 2010, she was awarded a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award for the development of her new work, JOTALOGUES. In 2009, the world-premiere of her solo dramatic play, Bruising for Besos received critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly (and she was also nominated in the category of Best Solo Performance). Her most popular comedy, Mastering Sex & Tortillas! was nominated and then selected as Best Solo Performance by Premios Sin Limite 2008 (NY); and in the previous year the show was nominated for Best Solo Performance by L.A. Weekly (CA). In 2007-2008 Adelina was the recipient of the highly competitive Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship for Solo Performance.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! For more info, go to: QPOCC 2012
FREE Health Fair: March 31
The Pasadena Pride Center is hosting a Health Fair SATURDAY MARCH 31, 10am-3pm, on the campus of Messiah Lutheran Church, 570 East Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104. FREE testing, immunizations, vision exams and MORE! FREE! The public is welcome.
Self Defense for LGBTQ Youth (10 week course begins April 2)
Learn Taekwondo and Judo in self defense. This will be a 10 week class on constructive and positive ways to defend yourself when confronted with a dangerous situation. Strategies on how to react safely and how to be aware of your environment will be taught. Course Fee: $35. First class Monday April 2, 2012 @ 5pm on the campus of Messiah Lutheran Church, 570 East Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104. Contact Pastor Rick to enroll: email@example.com or click HERE. Scholarships are available for those students who cannot afford the course fee.
San Gabriel Valley Gay Men's Group – April 3
The San Gabriel Valley Gay Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30pm at the Pasadena Pride Center on the campus of Messiah Lutheran Church, 570 East Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104. This group will plan special events for gay/bi men. Activities to include Speed Dating Night, pool parties, movie nights, book clubs, Reno Turn-Around, bowling nights, community volunteer opportunities and MORE. Led by Aaron Saenz.
For information on the Health Fair, Self Defense for Youth, SGV GMG events and other activities, go to: pasadenapridecenter.org
NAKED BEFORE GOD at [Inside the] Ford: March 15 - April 28
Naked Before God - What do a porn star, a stripper and a soldier have in common with a Christian, a Muslim and a Mormon? They all want to get NAKED BEFORE GOD ... what's left to reveal, once they've bared it all? Kristen Burrows has hit upon a brilliant way to transform the sins of her youth into lots of cash: she's going to combine her adult film past with a born again future. But things get more than a little out of hand when the Christian radio talk show host Kristen has invited for dinner meets her family in this wild and darkly comic romp. (Rated “R” – mature audiences)
Written and Directed by Leo Geter
Featuring Larry Clarke, Christopher Foley, Jen Kays, Aly Mawji, Morgan McClellan, William Salyers,Jennifer A. Skinner
Presented by Circle X Theatre Co.
Previews: March 15-23
Performances: March 24 through April 28:
Thursdays @ 8 pm: March 15, 22 (previews), 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26
Fridays @ 8 pm: March 16, 23 (previews), 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27
Saturdays @ 8 pm: March 17 (preview), 24 (Open), 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28
Sundays @ 2 pm: March 18 (preview), March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22
Sundays @ 7 pm: March 18 (preview), 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22
WHERE: [Inside] the Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068
(just off the 101, across the freeway from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios)
HOW: (323) 461-3673 (GO 1-FORD) or www.fordtheatres.org
Opening Night (March 24): $34
General admission: $25 (except March 24)
Seniors and full-time students with ID: $12
Previews and all Sunday matinees: Pay-What-You-Can
Discounts for groups of eight or more available online or by calling 323-769-2147
PARKING: FREE on-site (non-stacked)
2nd Annual KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron - May 6
May 6, 2012 -- KPFK 2nd Annual Hero Awards - A Musical Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron at Club Nokia at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: VIP Reception 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm
Post Reception 10:30 pm to 12:00 am
Tickets are available now by going online to www.kpfk.org and clicking on the Hero Awards & Tribute button. More information is available by calling KPFK at 818-985-2711 ext 361.
The Hero Awards is a benefit series for the Los Angeles-based Pacifica Radio station. The event honors icons of our time who have left an impact on music and community. This year’s honoree is musician and political poet Gil Scott-Heron, with special awards to Jazz bassist and activist Charlie Haden, music educator Fernando Pullum; and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Pete Seeger, American folk singer and activist. The 2nd Annual KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute will take place Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd, 3rd floor at the fabulous L.A. Live. The event starts with a VIP reception and silent auction from 5 pm to 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. The line-up will feature a host of prolific and poetic artists. The invited list of performers and guest speakers include Ben Harper, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Jill Scott, Tim Robbins, Ledisi, Nas, Nailah Porter, Mos Def, Saul Williams, Ravi Coltrane and Flying Lotus. Brian Jackson, long-time collaborator with Gil Scott-Heron, will be on hand as Music Director.
For updates on the 2nd Annual Hero Awards and Tribute log onto http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Annual-KPFK-Hero-Awards-and-Tribute/19859399021923
Alison Bechdel: Autobiography and the Graphic Art Novel - May 10
in conversation with Deborah Vankin
Bechdel follows her best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home, with a second tale of filial sleuthing—this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, amateur actor, and also a woman, unhappily married to a gay man. Bechdel’s quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf leads through psychoanalysis and Dr. Seuss to a truce that will move all adult children of gifted mothers.
Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life--queer and otherwise. Bechdel is guest editor of Best American Comics, 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and The New York Times Book Review.
Deborah Vankin is a journalist and graphic novelist. As a Los Angeles Times staff writer, she covers the spectrum of arts & culture, entertainment and nightlife -- including books and comics, the art gallery and street art scenes, alternative comedy, indie film and pop culture in general. Her 2011 graphic novel "Poseurs" follows three teenagers, from very different corners of L.A., into the underworld of L.A. clubs and Hollywood parties. She's now working on a second graphic novel.
ALOUD is one of the many free programs the Library Foundation makes possible at the Los Angeles Public Library. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. To help sustain this valuable cultural exchange, at least one copy of the author’s featured book must be purchased from the Library Store if you wish to participate in the post-program book signing. Other non-featured books by the author may be eligible for the signing without having been purchased at the Library Store. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library. Library Foundation members receive a 15% discount on all Library Store purchases. Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.
For more info, go to: http://www.lfla.org/event-detail/710/Alison-Bechdel-Autobiography-and-the-Graphic-Novel#
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.