‘Phantom’ returns to San Diego


Meet Katie Travis and Storm Lineberger from the National Tour cast of this spectacular new production Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, opened in London in 1986 and opened on Broadway in 1988. The show has won its share of both Tony and Olivier Awards and is still running in New York City. It […]

The extravaganza that is ‘La Cage aux Folles’ comes to San Diego


La Cage Aux Folles got its start in 1973 when French playwright Jean Poiret penned a play about a gay couple. Georges, who manages a nightclub that offers drag entertainment, and his partner Albin who headlines the drag show. Both are faced with a complication involving Georges’ son, Jean-Michel. He wants to marry his fiancée […]

Up close with Paula Poundstone


Friday night Paula Poundstone walked up to her microphone on the Humphreys by the Bay bare stage and had the sold-out audience laughing with her first words. Those words were nothing special. She was simply trying to get her microphone to work, but it was the way she spoke about it that made us laugh, […]

‘Raven’s Touch:’ LGBT Weekly talks to director Marina Rice Bader and actress Traci Dinwiddie about Soul Kiss Films’ fourth lesbian feature-length movie


Probably the most remarkable thing about Raven’s Touch is how unremarkable their road to victory was. The idea that a picture could get made simply by donations from hundreds of people is less a tectonic shift in the marketing of movies – it was being done long before this picture – than a clear affirmation […]

The splendor of ‘PIPPIN’


San Diegans are in for a treat as two of the original cast members of the iconic show reunite Many direct-from-Broadway national tours come through San Diego every year at the San Diego Civic Theatre, home of Broadway San Diego. Last year we were the second city to host the Tony Award winning Cyndi Lauper […]

Melissa Etheridge brings her solo show to San Diego


Many summer concerts will come and go this year, just like they have in years past, and in years to come. It’s a summertime expectation that music venues here in San Diego and everywhere else will book some of rocks top headliners and selling their auditoriums out to excited and appreciative fans. Two years ago […]

BIG FREEDIA: The ‘undisputed ambassador’ of the energetic, New Orleans-based Bounce movement comes to Pride


If you take a metaphorical power saw to conventional hip-hop, inject it with a furious beat and a call-and-response patter, Bounce, one of the largest regional strains of the genre you may never heard of, starts taking shape. An early offshoot of Bronx-based hip-hop, Bounce arguably took off in 1991. According to Matt Miller, author […]

Return to Pride


A simple proclamation, “We Are Here”, is printed on a souvenir button from Phoenix, Arizona’s first march for gay and lesbian rights. The cherished button and official program have been collecting dust in a memorabilia filled cardboard box since June 27, 1981. I’ve kept them all these years because the event was transformative and life-changing. […]

Dylan: The personal journey of a transgender man


LGBT Weekly talks to director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh about her latest film exploration of the transgender community For just under ten minutes, Dylan starts from the Coney Island Stillwell Avenue station and then walks to the shores of Coney Island before disrobing then plunging himself into the Atlantic waters, flopping around happily in his new skin. […]

The soul of Motown comes to The Civic


LGBT Weekly talks to Allison Semmes who plays Motown icon Diana Ross The music and artists that were a part of Motown in the early ’60s changed the face of music and started an era of soul and dignity. Berry Gordy Jr. created Motown in 1959 and it was fully incorporated by April 14, 1960. […]

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