Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Social Pages - Photos from SoCal Events & Parties

Lesbian Attack! Gives Back!
Fundraiser for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center at the Geisha House in Hollywood
co hosted by The YPC
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Gay For Good - May Volunteering at Vermont Square for Harvey Milk Day
with Mayor's office and Tree People.
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Liberty Hill Foundation: Upton Sinclair Dinner, May 2010

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WE HAVE TO STOP NOW - web series - premier party and screening for season two, with stars and executive producers Cathy DeBuono and Jill Bennett
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Benefit for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, hosted by Linda Perry, Brent Bolthouse and Shannon Del with appearances by Rene Zelwegger, Sarah Silverman and Pink
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GLAAD 2010 Media Awards, Los Angeles

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September 26th, Point Foundation Gala with Cherry Jones, Lily Tomlin, Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Frenchie Davis and more. Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.
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Andrea Meyerson's Drag Queen Comedy for LOGO

Drag Queen Comedy in Santa Monica, with Coco Peru, Varla Jean and Jackie Beat
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Lesbian Comics at East/West with Jennie McNulty, Pat Branch and Bridget McManus
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Liberty Hill Foundation has UPTON SINCLAIR DINNER this Thursday

The motto of The Liberty Hill Foundation is "change, not charity", and they are going celebrate this year's work on Thursday when they bestow honors at the Upton Sinclair Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

The host committee includes several LGBT activists including actors Doug Spearman and Tony Tripoli along with Judith Light and Rick Jacobs.

There will be a reception and silent auction followed by the dinner where several awards will be given.

Ms Michelle Satter - the Founding Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program will present the Upton Sinclair Award to writer Walter Mosley.

One of Bill Clinton's favorite authors, Mosley grew up in Watts and went on to be a highly prolific writer with an emphasis on racism, corruption and economic injustices African Americans face. He currently teaches English at New York University. Mosley currently has a project at HBO with Jonathan Demme called The Long Fall, based on his detective series.

The Founders Award will go to philanthropists John Manulis and Liz Heller and be presented by Emmy winning producer/director Paris Barclay. The Wally Marks Changemaker Award will go to the organization InnerCity Struggle, founded in 1994 to organize young people in East Los Angeles.

Upcoming LGBT Events in SoCal

Come out for a drink and a laugh (or 2 or 3) at Extra Criticum Brevity Fest II, featuring writers, actors and musicians exposing themselves completely as they share some of their latest stuff with each other and with you. (nobody's on stage for more than 5 min... imagine that!)
When: Thursday, June 3, at 7:30pm.
Where: El Cid, 4212 Sunset Boulevard in Silverlake. (323) 668-0318.
Cover: $10. Menu includes full bar and great Spanish food. No drink minimum. Order what you like.

Email your NAME and the NUMBER in your party to:

Joan Armatrading comes to
the Long Beach Performing Arts Center
Saturday, August 7
8 pm Tickets:
$85 VIP
$45, $35 Buy your tickets now!

TICKETS to The Prom will be $10 and available for purchase at the door (credit cards will be accepted). Guest arrival and socializing is scheduled from 2- 5 PM. Prom festivities are from 5-9 PM. This is a 21+ event, ID required at entry. The W Hotel is located at 421 West B Street at State St., downtown San Diego.
Presale tickets are available here

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25th Anniversary staged reading
Written by Larry Kramer
Directed by Joel Grey
Produced by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and David Youse
Benefiting the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic

WHERE: The Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024-3021

WHEN: Monday, May 17 at 8 p.m.
Pre-performance reception at 6 p.m.

TICKETS: VIP $250 (Includes reserved seating and pre- and post-show receptions)
$100 (Includes preferred seating)
$50 (General admission)
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Life Out Loud 5

Celebrate Pride by Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Saturday June 12, 2010

5-8 p.m.

Sunset Gower Studios
6040 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Life Out Loud is an annual cocktail party to kick off pride and to benefit LifeWorks,
a youth development and mentoring program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

Join us as a Host or Sponsor! Please call 323-860-7373
or email Michael at

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Thursdays at Hamburger Mary's, WeHo

Saturday, March 20th
Brunch & Bellinis
benefitting The Trevor Project

Thursday, March 25
Taste on Melrose
The Trevor Project

Sunday, March 28
A Taste of the Mazer!
An afternoon of Lesbian, Feminist & Queer Culture
to celebrate Marcia Schwemer's 60th birthday and
20 years of volunteering for the Mazer Archives.

The festivities will be held in the
all-access room below the Archives
626 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Sunday, March 28, 2010 3-5pm.

Monday, April 5th
Laugh Out Loud
Lifeworks Mentoring at the LAGLC

Sunday, April 11th
ROCK IN For Equality
The LA Gay & Lesbian Center

Every First Wednesday of the Month
Hollywood Improv on Melrose
Gays R Us

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Showtime set to premiere the Real L Word on June 20th

You probably saw them filming all over Dinah Shore Weekend, and if you live in LA you've certainly bumped into the camera crew at some of the lesbian hot spots. Well, Showtime has finally released the first trailer and some clips from Ilene Chaiken's follow up to THE L WORD, entitled, THE REAL L WORD.

The show will premiere on Showtime on June 20th.

In this new show, Chaiken teamed up with a hit reality show company to follow the exploits of 6 lesbians living in Los Angeles.
Watch the sneak peak here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Web Series WE HAVE TO STOP NOW premieres Second Season in Hollywood

Sunday afternoon, the producers of the popular web series We Have To Stop Now hosted a lovely premiere of the second season over at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza/The LA Gay & Lesbian Center, replete with live musical performances, a red carpet arrival, a catered reception and a Q&A.

Stars and executive Producers Jill Bennett and Cathy DeBuono were on hand with the rest of the cast, and performers from the soundtrack including Jen Corday rocked out the reception. All episodes were shown back to back as a two hour movie.

The series is a lesbian comedy about two therapists who are married to each other, but have to go to another therapist - played by comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer - to solve their own problems. Which are many.

This season, they brought another therapist into the mix, played by Meredith Baxter. Several of the episodes were also shot aboard the Sweet Cruise line.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Linda Perry and Co Bring Chique and Cool back to the Lesbian World with An Evening with Women

Last Saturday night, The LA Gay & Lesbian Center's annual lesbian cornerstone fundraiser was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with performances by Pink, Linda Perry, Gina Gershon and Heart, and special appearances by Sarah Silverman and Renee Zellweger. The auditorium was filled with a who's who of lesbians in the LA community, rockers, celesbians and an unusual amount of gay men! A record $370,000 was raised for the organization.

This was Perry's second year at the helm of the event - joined by co chairs Brent Bolthouse and Shannon Del - and they knocked this event out of the park on all levels. The stage show alone was sensational, and the vibe they bring to this black tie event is a combination of rock n roll, upscale, laid-back yet sophisticated hip. Which is what you could expect when the opening number was Gershon belting out "What's New Pussycat?" whilst prancing across the stage.

Heart rocked out "Barracuda" and "Crazy on You", while Pink performed an astoundingly emotional "What's Up?" with Perry on acoustic guitar, and Sarah Silverman was her usual hysterically wrong with her comedy set.

Chef Jamie Lauren captained the kitchen and provided a welcome departure from the typical banquet fair, including vegan brownies which were my personal favorite!

Gershon and Perry commanded the live auction on stage, which riled up the entire place, and was entertaining in and of itself as they got $12,000 for a vespa signed by Pink - and adorned by Pink as she offered to pose for photos straddling the winner Heather Hinkee for a photo op on stage. Other live auction scores were a dinner cooked by Top Chef Jamie Lauren, a tattoo from LA Ink's Kat Von D and two recording sessions with Perry.

The Board of Directors of the Center gave a well-deserved award to LA activist Jewel Thais-Williams, who founded Jewel's Catch One in Los Angeles - the first African American gay club in the country.

Perry credited her friend and assistant Shannon Del with bringing her to the Center. Del recounted her own experiences coming to Los Angeles and finding the Center and it's services after being disowned by her family for being a lesbian. She shared on stage her experiences with drug and alcohol addiction brought on by the criticism and abandonment of her family, and how the Center's counseling services saved her life.

Perry is a powehouse by any standard - having rose to fame in the group 4 Non Blondes, then branching out to be a uber producer/songwriter with hits like "Beautiful" with Christina Aguilera and "Get This Party Started" for Pink. She's also written for Alicia Keys, Kelly Osbourne, Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani. Her energy and commitment to helping the Center has certainly yielded incredible results, and she made sure to thank her girlfriend, actress Clementine Ford for "putting up with me the last few months".

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