This is the IMRU Community Calendar featuring
all the best things to do and see under the rainbow of Southern California
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 Self Defense, SGV GMG events and other activities, go to: pasadenapridecenter.org
GAYS 'R US at The Hollywood Improv - April 4
Erin Foley is back with another amazing crew of LGBT comedians, all happening at the Hollywood Improv on Melrose. The fun starts at 8pm! For more info or to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Hollywood/Event/GAYS-R-US/8d6c1dd8-ed76-43d8-b8b5-1679de2e5f5e
Caffe Cino: Birthplace of Gay Theatre (lecture with Q&A) – April 4
BRUCE VILANCH sponsors pioneer underground playwright ROBERT PATRICK's ("Kennedy's Children") talk on "The Caffe Cino: Birthplace of Gay Theatre," illustrated with unique large photographs, on April 4th, 8 p.m. at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, (1 block from Highland and Santa Monica). Lecture is 1 hour with Q&A to follow. RSVP absolutely required: 323-860-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ten dollar suggested donation at door. No latecomers will be seated. Limited free parking in lot across street, and free street parking.
Photo: JAMES D. GOSSAGE
“The Gay Hist-Orgy” with Ian MacKinnon extended thru 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: Saturdays April 7 and 14 at 8:00 PM
Location: Moving Arts Hyperion Station, 1822 Hyperion Avenue, LA, CA 90027
Price: $20 / $15 students
NAKED BEFORE GOD at [Inside the] thru 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.
Performances: through April 28:
Thursdays @ 8 pm: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Fridays @ 8 pm: April 6, 13, 20, 27
Saturdays @ 8 pm: April 7, 14, 21, 28
Sundays @ 2 pm: April 1, 8, 15, 22
Sundays @ 7 pm: April 1, 8, 15, 22
[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)
(323) 461-3673 (GO 1-FORD) or www.fordtheatres.org
General admission: $25
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)
DEATHTRAP – March 28 – May 6
The Broadway classic returns! It's the first Los Angeles production in 20 years of Ira Levin’s masterpiece, the comedy-thriller, Deathtrap. One of the longest-running plays in Broadway history, the Tony Award Best Play nominee comes to the Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre for a six-week run!
Directed by award-winner Ken Sawyer (Dracula), the expert cast includes: Brian Foyster (The Lost Plays of Tennessee Williams)
Cynthia Gravinese (The Sonneteer)
Burt Grinstead (Esther’s Moustache)
Elizabeth Herron (Our Town)
Carl J. Johnson (Figure 8)
Stephen Mendillo (Take Me Out).
This is not your mother's Deathtrap; it's the hottest, sexiest version ever! Filled with plays-within-plays-within plays, countless "heart-in-the-mouth" shocks, and a dose of dark humor, Deathtrap is expertly crafted to make you laugh and then jolt you out of your seat!
THE DAVIDSON/VALENTINI THEATRE
1125 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Fri March 30 - May 6
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 7 p.m.
Drag Queen World Series – April 21
It's the West Hollywood Cheerleaders vs. The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! They both have done so much for the community (East & West sides), it's nice to see them working together!
Proceeds Benefit The Life Group LA, Fairfax High School's GSA and ACES! (Gay Straight Alliance and Acceptance, Compassion, Equality and Social Responsibility)
Location: Fairfax High School Softball Field, 7850 Melrose Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 from 1-4pm
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: thelifegroupla.org
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#
California Music Festival & AIDS Walk – May 20
The California Music Festival and AIDS Walk is set for Sunday, May 20 from 2-9 pm in Griffith Park and the Greek Theater. To insure a sell-out KRTH, K-EARTH 101 radio is on board to help us celebrate. 2012 is AIDS Healthcare Foundation's 25th anniversary and K-EARTH's 40th, so together we plan on pulling out all the stops on this party for a cause!
The family-fun and free carnival games and rides, great performers in the park and plenty of food trucks will kick off the party in style in Griffith Park. Then it's a memorial AIDS Walk thru America's largest urban park ending at the Greek Theater with a mega-superstar concert hosted by Magic Johnson and presented by K-EARTH 101.
Now is the time to register and lock in donations. It only takes a minute to do it and the Festival provides all the support to have your family and friends make a donation in honor of your participation. Get your name on the list now! Once the superstar talent on the stage of the Greek is announced, every seat in the house will be filled!! It's the party with a cause!
For more info, go to: takeaction.aidshealth.org
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
www.inthemeantimemen.org — www.mylifemystyle.net
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.