Monday, July 28, 2008

Upcoming Cultural Events in SoCal

Opening in theatres nationally next week.

Melineh Kurdian
Saturday, September 6, 2008
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Click here for all the info on this exciting weekend event -

A celeb-studded evening of fast-paced Texas hold ’em is in the cards for the Center’s Celebrity Poker Tournament.

“World class cards surrounded by groovy people all for a good cause—where's the gamble in that?” says event co-chair Peter Paige.

High Rollers ($500 buy-in) will compete for a weekend trip for two to Las Vegas; High Stakers ($250 buy-in), a weekend for two in Palm Springs; and Card Sharks ($125 buy-in) a weekend for two in the L.A. area. There will be the chance for additional buy-ins during the first hour.

Only 120 seats are available—so don’t let this exciting event get lost in the shuffle!
Get your tickets here and get lucky for a reason!

Wednesday September 3, 2008
Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Avenue one block west of Crescent Hgts
RSVP suggested: (323) 651-2583
$13 cover at door, but only $10 with attached flyer (print it out)

Thursday, September 4th
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Come join the LAGLCC for our new mixer series. This is the networking event of the year. Join us the first Thursday of every month to mix, mingle and network with other Chamber members. Bring a Business Guest and your Business Guest gets in FREE! Appetizers! Drink Specials! Raffle Prizes! Members and Guests - $5.00. For more information, call 888-5LAGLCC or email

East|West Lounge
8851 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

present their signature fundraiser

The 2nd Annual HERO AWARDS

honoring four extraordinary individuals
who champion LGBTQ issues and make our community proud.

Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 7pm-9pm
At the Home of Alan Uphold and Jeff Olde

at 110 S. Martel / Los Angeles 90036 in Miracle Mile

Hosted by Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton,

Proudly join us in honoring:

Visionary Award Honoree,
LA City Council President Eric Garcetti;

Trailblazer Award Honoree,
Jenny Pizer of Lambda Legal;

Youth Advocacy Award Honoree,
Jorge Valencia of the Point Foundation;

Mentorship Award Honoree,
Michael Andraychak of the Stonewall Democratic Club

With an honorable mention to all of our LGBT veterans.

Individual tickets are $40 or $25 for Young Democrats (under 36). Sponsorships start at $250.

To buy tickets or a sponsorship,
2008 Hero Awards RSVP,
email or
call Shawn at (323) 997-0601.

For more info and tickets click here.

Dates: September 4 - October 12, 2008
Shows: Thursday - Saturday at 8pm,
Sundays 7pm
Venue: The Alexandria Hotel 501 South Spring Street, Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tickets: $15 can be purchased on-line or at the box office. Group Sales, please call: (323) 883-1717

A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Jeff Griffith Center to help homeless LGBT youth in LA. The Griffith Center is a program of the LA Gay + Lesbian Center.

For Tickets Click Here.

Attic Studios and Attic Theatre Ensemble production of Charles Busch's Red Scare on Sunset.
Film Center
September 12-October 18.
Cindy Gendrich, director.

Set in 1951, Hollywood, the comedy centers around America's sweetheart, Mary Dale, who discovers that her husband, her best friend, her director, and her houseboy are all mixed up in a communist plot to take over Tinseltown.

Drew Droege stars as Mary Dale, with the cast also featuring Michelle Begley, Eric Jorgensen, Jan Munroe, Amy Procacci, Chris Tarantino, Sona Tatoyan and Dane Whitlock.

Droege was last seen at the Attic Theatre in Say You Love Satan , and performs regularly at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Comedy Central Stage, where he produced his solo show, Bad Education.

For more information, visit

Click here for more info on Serafemme.

For information and tickets, click here for the LA Opera Site.

Buy tickets here and support the LA Gay & Lesbian Center!

The West Hollywood Book Fair

Celebrated Authors, Food, and Festivities at the City of West Hollywood’s Seventh Annual Book Fair on Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cost - Free!

Presented By: City of West Hollywood & LA Weekly

100+ Panels & Book Signings
Mystery, entertainment, politics,
memoir, comics, fiction, LGBT,
food & multi-cultural

3 Live Performance Stages
Theatre, poetry performances,
storytelling, readings & poetry
Parking - Parking is available across the street at the Pacific Design Center—Enter from San Vicente across from the park. FREE shuttle service is also available from Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Blvd.) the day of the Fair.

For more information, visit:

First Thursday of Every Month

6-8 p.m.
East|West Lounge - 8851 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

This will be a great opportunity for all of us to network with each other LGBT professionals, meet others from various organizations, network with potential employers, and ask questions about participating organizations.

* Come mix and mingle with other LGBT professionals from all walks of life
* Share a fun time with other LGBT alumni from various schools
* Deepen existing relationships with existing friends and meet new people
* Just come and have fun with other professionals in our community

These high schoolers wouldn't take "NO" for an answer and staged their production OFF CAMPUS after their principal refused the performance!
photos by Adam Bouska

Students at Burbank's John Burroughs High School were so saddened by the senseless slaying of Lawrence King at another school in SoCal, that the drama class decided it would be a good idea to collaborate with the Gay Straight Alliance on a production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Moises Kaufman's pinnacle telling of the Matthew Shepard slaying.

Sounds like the great, forward-thinking kind of stuff that we as Americans should be proud of our youth for doing, right? No. The principal, Emilio Urioste denied them. With $500 from thegay/straight alliance, they decided to mount this production OUTside their high school.

They started rehearsals in someone's backyard and hoped for any other venue - in true Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney "let's put a show on in the barn" spirit.

What followed could be called the work of karma, angels or just plain the gay mafia.

A call to the Colony Theatre got results, and the venue was donated. Free. They also donated all the props, sets and wardrobes. The creators of the original production - Leigh Fondakowski and Kelli Simpkinsheard - about this and got involved. They not only flew out to help with rehearsals, but landed the kids part of their own theatre company grant.

Please support this show because is encompasses all about humanity that is good - gay and straight youth trying to make a difference and defying authority in true CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE and continuing on with the show, with our gay and straight community stepping up to help.

Pathways to Justice Conference: Family Law Issues Affecting Same-Sex Couples and Their Children

Friday, June 6, 2008 - 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
With Cathy Sakimura, Esq., Equal Justice Works Fellow

Join NCLR and Family Protection Project Coordinator Cathy Sakimura at the Pathways to Justice Conference for advocates providing legal services to low- and moderate-income Californians. Cathy Sakimura and NCLR cooperating attorney Diane Goodman will present a legal training on family law issues affecting same-sex parent families.

Marriott - Downtown Los Angeles
333 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California
NCLR National Office 415.392.6257

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