Saturday, February 23, 2019

One Night Only Benefit Cabaret Event

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents a special One Night Only Benefit Cabaret event featuring cast members from the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical of “ Hello Dolly”. This is an evening of Broadway & more with special guest emcee, San Francisco drag personality Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy on Sunday March 3rd at the Brava Theater 2781 24th Street on San Francisco at 8P. Philanthropy & stellar entertainment will take center stage as the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents this special one-night-only benefit cabaret to raise funds for The Richmond /Ermet Aid Foundation & Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Cast members will sing a variety of Broadway & other favorite songs. The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has worked with over 50 touring casts to date to produce "One Night Only Cabaret" events. To date, REAF has distributed over $3.5 million to AIDS service agencies, hunger programs & programs for homeless youth. Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy has enthralled Bay area audiences for years with her unique blend of opera pop & booze. With a career spanning ...a very, very long time, Katya claims to have invented Popera, romanced William Shatner & lived next to John Lennon at the Dakota during her stint in NYC during the 1970's. Rumor is she was once Eastern Europe’s greatest Mezzo Soprano...understudy now the Countess now spends her days beautifying the masses at Macy's Department store, as everyone’s favorite Chanel counter lady. She spends her evenings crooning & drinking her away through the finer theaters, bars & bathhouses of America. Katya is the creation of San Francisco native, J. Conrad Frank. Tickets for this "One Night Only Cabaret" are $75 – VIP Front Orchestra – includes cocktails & desserts after party with the cast, $50 – Rear or Side Orchestra & $35 – Balcony.
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Rock The CASA Benefit Concert

Rock The CASA is the annual non-profit concert that takes place in California founded by San Francisco Bay Area ABC-7 New Anchor Dan Ashley for the purpose of benefiting charitable organizations that serve children in need. This year Rock The CASA 2019 takes place on Saturday March 2nd at Lesher Center for Performing Arts in Walnut Creek, CA & will feature fierce LGBTQ ally & legendary singer Patti LaBelle. Guitarist & vocalist David Victor who toured with the multi-platinum band Boston, including a number 1 single he scored called “Heaven on Earth” will open the concert. The event will be supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates, Friends Of Camp Concord & Big Brothers Big Sisters. Ann Wrixon, Executive Director, CASA of Contra Costa County stated, “Rock the CASA is our highest visibility event- not only providing the organization with much needed funds, but also getting our name in front of thousands of potential volunteers, which is the lifeblood of our work with abused & neglected children. Most remarkably, Dan Ashley has created Rock the CASA so that it is truly philanthropic. We could not be more grateful for the support of Rock the CASA.” Founded in 2015 by Ashley, Rock The CASA is a labor of love combining Dan’s passions in music, philanthropy, community & helping children in need. The annual Rock The CASA benefit concert has raised over $150k to support CASA of Contra Costa County & Friends of Camp Concord. The event has sold-out 3 years in a row & will continue to grow in order to help more kids & make the world a little bit brighter.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Latest Trump LGBTQ Ploy or Not

With the Trump administration launching 94 attacks in this country on our LGBTQ community’s rights since taking office how can we take seriously U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality mostly centered in the Middle East, Africa & the Caribbean. This is the Trump administration’s response in part to a reported hanging of a young gay man in Iran, Trump’s top geopolitical foe. Jeremy Kadden, HRC Senior International Policy Advocate stated, "Donald Trump & Mike Pence have turned a blind eye to a campaign of violence & murder targeting LGBTQ people in Chechnya that has stretched on for two years. They have turned away LGBTQ people fleeing violence & persecution & sent them back to countries that criminalize them & have consistently worked to undermine the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people & our families here at home from day one. If this commitment is real, we have a lot of questions about their intentions & commitments & are eager to see what proof and action will follow." Time will tell if anything will change here or it’s just a big ruse to end laws that outlaw homosexuality abroad which is in total contrast to the Trump administration’s record on LGBTQ equality here in the USA not to mention that the archaic use of the word “homosexuality” which is non-inclusive of our LGBTQ community.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

San Francisco Mardi Gras Event

If you’re in the Bay Area you must experience this outrageous evening of decadence & fun in the true spirit of Mardi Gras with San Francisco's Krewe de Kinque Mardi Gras club. This year's theme is "Bohemian Royalty: A Glam Rock Revolution" & will be held at The Café at 2369 Market Street in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 2nd from 6P to 9:30P. Expect wild costumes, outrageous performances, regal Kings & Queens, & sexy shenanigans by the West Coast's authentic krewe. For VIP Gold Sponsor tickets are $100 in advance only which will reserved a seat with stage view, a delicious Southern buffet, preferred name placement in the printed program, beads & 2 Stoli comp drink tickets. Be a VIP & enjoy a delicious Southern buffet, your name in the printed program, beads & 2 Stoli comp drink tickets for $40 advance & $50 at the door. General admission is $15 in advance & $20 at the door. Bal Masque XVI is hosted by KDK King XV Gareth Gooch & KDK Queen XV Miss Chief featuring dancing with music by Sergio Fedasz, a second line parade led by the Celebrity Grand Marshal, costumed tableaux show, the crowning of KDK King & Queen XVI with $5 Stoli drink special, $7 Hurricanes, exciting silent auction & raffle prizes & no host full bar service. Also, professional staged Photos by King Gooch. Proceeds will benefit The LGBT Asylum Project - Center for Immigrant Protection, the San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization, exclusively dedicated to providing pro-bono legal representation for LGBT immigrants who are fleeing persecution & seeking asylum in the United States.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

BGMC Performs At Club Café

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting “Thank You for Being a Friend Cabaret” concert series performing some of BGMC’s finest performed songs from favorite TV shows over the years on Friday February 22nd at 8P, Saturday February 23rd at 5P & 8P & a special VIP fundraising event on Sunday, February 24th at 3P. All performances will take place at Club Café 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston, MA. This is definitely a fun, festive & always a little risqué way to enjoy for a fabulous night out. Craig Coogan BGMC Executive Director stated, “I love our cabaret because a night of music & laughter in the middle of winter at Club Cafe is just what we need.” This is a 21+ event & tickets start at $30+ fees. The Sunday February 24th VIP fundraising event offers a unique & intimate experience for an exclusive audience of 80 people who will enjoy cabaret style seating. Tickets are $75 each & include complimentary hors d'oeuvres & doors open at 2P. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest & most successful community-based choruses founded in 1982. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical & popular music & creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the LGBTQ community. Club Café is located at the intersection of Berkeley Street & Columbus Avenue in Boston's South End. All performances are wheelchair accessible & doors open one hour before the performance.
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feminist & Queer Happy Hour Event

With a little over a week to go until the 91st Academy Awards celebrate women in film on Tuesday February 19th at “Feminist & Queer Happy Hour with Movies” a networking & film event that takes place at Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way in Somerville, MA from 6P to 8:30P. This is a fundraiser for the Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBT Film Festival now in its 35th year & runs March 28th to April 7th. There will be a screening of two short films, "an (un)natural birth" & Oscar-nominated "Marguerite". Co-hosts Jamie & Jasmine describes Feminist&Queer Happy Hour stating, "Networking is hard & weird. Meeting casually in a no pressure environment like this happy hour is a way to network as people who care about the same things. Ideally, there would also be cats, but I haven't figured out how to make that part happen yet. The event is free but we're asking for a suggested donation of $5 which will enter you in the raffle to win two pairs of tickets to a movie at the upcoming Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival. All proceeds will go to support the Wicked Queer.” Directed by Laura Kingwell “an (un)natural birth” is a 16 minute short & deeply personal documentary in which filmmaker Kingwell explores her anxieties about becoming a parent as she & her partner Mairi search online for a sperm donor. “Marguerite” directed by Marianne Farley is about Marguerite, a diabetic woman in her seventies who has been getting daily visits from Rachel her home health nurse. Discovering Rachel’s homosexuality plunges Marguerite into her own unacknowledged desires & unfulfilled longing runs 20 minutes.
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Friday, February 15, 2019

Melissa Hawkins Photography Event

At the GLBT Historical Society Museum in San Francisco a new exhibition opens February 15th entitled "SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins" that highlights the extraordinary vitality of gay nightlife in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) district during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis, an era that simultaneously marked the peak of AIDS activism & gay militant organizing in the city. Hawkins photos from 1986 to 1994 focuses on her work when she was a young photographer for the San Francisco gay weekly The Sentinel & other publications. Her black-and-white images vividly capture the scene with a combination of frankness & intimacy reflecting her dual roles as journalist & nightlife participant. This was a time when our community was still hesitant to make our identities public which could result in job loss or more. The exhibition includes powerful images from documenting parties at 177 Townsend, 1015 Folsom, The Eagle, The End Up, The Rawhide & The Stud in SoMa, as well as The Box in the Western Addition. The exhibit is co-curated by Hawkins & nightlife historian Marke B & will feature dozens of these never-before-displayed photos, along with memorabilia including flyers, posters, clothing & decorative artifacts selected to recreate an indelible moment in San Francisco & LGBTQ nightlife history. Tonight’s opening reception at the GLBT Historical Society Museum at 4127 18th Street in San Francisco runs from 7P to 9P & will feature DJ Junkyard of legendary club Junk, some of San Francisco’s best known nightlife personalities & brief remarks by the curators. Light refreshments will be served with beverages provided by Precept Wine, Fort Point Beer Company & The Stud. Tickets are $5.
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