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

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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

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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

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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

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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. [...]

San Diego Summertime … and the music is LIVE!

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With so many wonderful venues in San Diego, it’s no surprise that the city attracts a high level of musical talent. This summer features a great selection of music, ranging from pop to rock and introducing new, up-and-coming artists along with veterans who have performed for decades. We’ve broken down some of the highlights by [...]

Sofia B: Using her music as a platform for promoting social change

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What do Itzhak Perlman, Kenny G, Cher, Lady Gaga and Toni Braxton all have in common besides being famous musicians? They all suffer from a disability or debilitating disease, but that hasn’t stopped them. Many up-and-coming musicians share those same struggles but are not quite as well known as those just mentioned. One of those [...]

Meet The Lovebirds

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As Lindsay White succinctly sums it up, “Our band’s mission goes further than our passion for music: we are also involved in mental health and LGBTQ advocacy. Our journey has included romance, breakups, breakdowns, divorce, hospitalization and everything in between – thank goodness for the healing power of music.” Just ahead of their U.S. tour [...]

Erich Bergen ‘Live’ hits Southern California

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Chances are you’ve heard of actor and singer Erich Bergen, but if you haven’t yet, it won’t be long before you do. Bergen is close to becoming a household name, being seen weekly in the CBS drama Madam Secretary. Bergen plays Blake Moran, assistant to the secretary of state, played by Tea Leone. The show [...]

Frenchie Davis joins the San Diego Women’s Chorus for an exclusive performance in San Diego

“I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous. To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer.” — Frenchie Davis There are a lot of people, and performers, who have looked in the face of adversity and said “Think what you wish, I’m going [...]

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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LGBT Weekly talks to Andy Huntington Jones who plays Prince Topher in this classic show Believe it or not the story of Cinderella, now made immortal both on screen and on stage, got its start in 1634 when Giambattista Basile wrote the Italian folk tale. Since then it has been rewritten a few times usually [...]

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