Jason Collins: ‘Common ground and conversation’

Jason Collins

Originally published on the Huffington Post Blog, Jason Collins discusses how sports can be used as a vehicle to bring people together and deal with adversity, in a safe environment.  He also discusses the importance of volunteering and giving back to those that are less fortunate. The post follows: I feel that we can all [...]

Watch: Transgender star, Jaila Simms, releases debut music video

Jaila Simms

LOS ANGELES – Transgender musician Jaila Simms, also known as Jaila With An “I” today released a music video for her debut single “Loving Ya’.” “Loving Ya’” is the first single off her upcoming EP Best of Both Worlds It was produced by Titus “TJ” Hooker (Keri Hilson), with additional guitar by Alex Kramer(Jason Derulo). [...]

Despite same-sex marriage rulings some Las Vegas chapels turning gay couples away

Fabulous Las Vegas

After a federal appeals court overturned the prohibition of same-sex marriage in Nevada earlier this month, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVC&VA) has been actively promoting the city as one of the top destinations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors. At the time of the ruling the LVC&VA said, “This is a [...]

Appalachian Queer Film Festival, a first, debuts Oct. 23 in Lewisburg, W.Va.

AQFF

Hoping to both quash stereotypes and introduce the public to the pulse and talent of local queer artists, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival is set to premiere Wednesday, Oct. 23 and conclude three days later. The event, which will be hosted in the self-described artistic colony of Lewisburg, W. Va., will screen 12 films of [...]

Tijuana Hace Teatro’s ‘Audience School’ begins theater chapter in San Diego

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2014 marks the fifth consecutive year that Tijuana based theater company Tijuana Hace Teatro (Tijuana Does Theatre) conducts the project Escuela de Espectadores (Audience School) where a group of people is invited to see theater throughout one year in Tijuana. Once a month a meeting takes place in order to discuss the plays seen during [...]

A brief history of barbecue

Let’s talk about your meat. Do you like it “hot and fast”, or “low and slow”? To be clear, I’m talking about the difference between grilling and barbecue. Grilling is generally done quickly over direct heat from low-smoke fuels, while barbecue is usually conducted slowly over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels. After all, what is [...]

Broadway smash ‘Jersey Boys’ comes to the San Diego Civic Theatre

At this point just about everyone knows about the Tony Award winning Broadway smash Jersey Boys. If you don’t, that’s OK because you will probably know the singing group it’s based on, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of [...]

An extraordinary piece of filmmaking

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Whiplash It’s hard to imagine a teacher worse than Terrence Fletcher, the jazz band leader at fictional Shaffer Conservatory of Music in New York who J.K. Simmons plays with terrifying, unpredictable, sadistic joy. Fletcher, something like a cross between a Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket and Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order [...]

The City: Top to Bottom

thursday, oct. 16 BearQuake 2014 San Diego’s “Bear Weekend” of fun and frolic to benefit Bears San Diego’s charities is here – this year with a Western feel. BearQuake 2014 starts this Thursday with a Kickoff Dinner and Bear Ho’ Down at Urban Mo’s. Bears San Diego, for full schedule of events visit bearquake.com friday, [...]

Snowpiercer

dvd of the week Snowpiercer, Joon-ho Bong’s first English-language film and full of international stars, is an astonishing film, breathtaking in its visuals, bleak in its plot and enraging in its refusal to do what most American audiences expect from their science fiction action films. The film is set in 2031, 17 years after an [...]

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