orange & los angeles counties community events

LONG BEACH BEAR CRUISE 2017 Once you’ve recovered from Long Beach Pride, or should I say come back out

of your den…There’s another fun-filled, furry adventure just waiting for you to partake in. Hmm…One wonders, do bears need life jackets or do they float on their own? OnSunday, May 28, it’s “All aboard” the Grand Romance Riverboat from 12 to 4 p.m. for Bear Cruise 2017 as you and all your furry friends (those bears, otters, koalas, grizzlies, polar bears, etc.) set sail for a Memorial Weekend jaunt around the beautiful Long Beach Harbor. Sexy go-go dancers, Tyler, Chris, Michael and Clayton will be “on paw” to demonstrate how to keep your tail a shakin’ on the riverboat’s “huge” dance floor, while DJ Mateo Sagade (Bearracu- da, Bubba Bang, Queen Kong) and local favorite DJ Rhino (The Brit, Mineshaft, Cuban Pete’s) will keep you motivated by spinning the hottest tunes around. Tickets are available for sale at The Brit and at Mineshaft, or you can purchase them online at

THE 6TH ANNUAL DRAG QUEEN WORLD SERIES LifeGroup L.A.’s 6th Annual Drag Queen World Series, takes place onSaturday, May

6 and pits the West Hollywood Cheerleaders against defending champions, the L.A. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence during a “Holy-Sunday” baseball game. Funds raised at the event go directly to Life Group L.A., the group founded in 2005 as a “coalition of people dedicated to the education, empowerment and emotional support of persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so that they may make informed choices and decisions regarding their healthcare and personal well-being.” Join announcers, Chita Parol (the smart one) and Frieda Laye (the “friendly” one) from Chico’s Angels, singers Irene Soderberg and Margot Evans, along with celebrity DJ Eur-O-Steve on hand to spin the latest and greatest music throughout the day. Baby’s Badass Burgers food truck will be there once again, along with super raffle tickets items including a $20,000 grand prize at the 19th Century Magic Villa Cognac, overlooking the Charente river and Charentais vineyards, in Cognac, France (sleeps 16). Show LifeGroup L.A. some love by purchasing a ticket (for as they say, “Less than a good tube of lipstick”), a fabulous T-shirt, or better yet, dear acolytes, just hand‘em a mitt full of cash! For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, go

ONE CITY ONE PRIDE: GO WEST Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates Pride month through the artistic

contributions of community members during the One City One Pride (OCOP) LGBTQ Arts Festival. This year’s theme “Go West,” whether associated with Horace Greeley’s famous 1800s quote, “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country,” the Village People’s anthem of hope and unity, or the Pet Shop Boys later cover of the song, “Go West” conjures images of a movement toward a promised land. The festival features 40 Days of LGBTQ Arts beginning with a Happy Hour Kickoff Party on Harvey Milk Day, Monday, May 22, taking place at The Abbey Food & Bar, 692 N. Robertson Boulevard. The event also features a free artist-led signmaking workshop so you can be prepared for the #RESIST Protest March on Sunday, June 11! Other OCOP events include: the Lambda Literary Award Finalists Readings on Tuesday, May 23 at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, a screening of LGBTQ Historic Places in L.A. three short films spotlighting significant LGBTQ spaces including: The Black Cat, The Woman’s Building and Great Hall/Long Hall on Thursday, May 25 at Plummer Parks Great Hall. Next, onWednesday, May 31, the City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series offers a panel discussion “Exploring International LGBT Rights in China and Abroad.”OnFriday, June 2 look for the opening reception for the exhibit “Lesbians to Watch Out for: “90s L.A. Activism” on view through Friday, June 30. Vox Femina:Woman Rising, A Taste of Season offers a concert on Sunday, June 4, featuring a snapshot of the organization’s past, present and future at Congregation Kol Ami. OnSunday, June 4, the film #LastDance, which is described as a little Boys in the Band meets Paris is Burning! will be shown at McCadden Place Theatre. It’s a film that will make audiences rethink what really is behind the wigs, makeup and heels and find out queens are people just like them. All of this is just a sampling of the many events to come throughout May and June...And if last year’s lineup is any indication, 2017 offer- ings will continue the rich tradition of showing LGBTQ Los Angelenos all the things we should be proud of. For an ever-evolving list of upcoming events in the arts, go and click on the LGBTQ (One City One Pride) tab, or check them out


GOODWILL EVENT (S.T.A.G.E.) Thirty-three years and counting…For certain, that’s a pretty impressive time-

period for any organization and/or fundraising event. Begun in 1984, S.T.A.G.E. is the longest-running annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the world, with funds going to support the many APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles) Health programs. Over the last three decades, more than 350 stars of Broadway, film and televi- sion have performed music from the Great White Way while raising more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS organizations in the Los Angeles area. This year’s event, titled Idols & Icons takes place on Saturday, May 13, at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Under the direction of David Galligan, the event and show pays tribute to stars of yesterday and today. Performers include stars such as Carole Cook,American Idol alumnae Kimberley Locke and Melinda Doolittle, Jai Rodriguez, Jake Simpson, and many more. APLA Health will also honor philanthropist and business owner David Cooley, with their first-ever Humanitarian Award. Cooley has hosted numerous fundraisers for APLA Health and has helped raise nearly $2 million for the organization. For tickets and more information, go


RAGE monthly | MAY 2017

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