Women’s Week In Provincetown

Author: , September 14th, 2016

Women's Week In Provincetown

Summer may be officially ending but the fun is just beginning in Provincetown. The historically gay and lesbian mecca on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has enjoyed a beautiful and rainbow-festooned summer, including appearances from legendary LGBT performers, and even a visit by Hillary Clinton and Cher. And now it’s gearing up for even more femme-forward festivities! Aside from the general pleasure of strolling Commercial Street hand-in-hand with your love, there are some big events to put in your calendar.

The 32nd Annual Women’s Week In Provincetown is now the longest-running women’s cultural festival in the country. This year the Festival runs from October 7 through October 16. Mary Lambert and Our Lady J round up the lineup of superstars who will perform in a benefit concert for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, which aims to alleviate LGBT youth homelessness. The closing night concert will be followed by an exclusive Rainbow Party and is one of several events produced by the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown.

The entire Women’s Week will be a star-studded celebration of culture and community with Kate Clinton, Lily Tomlin, Karen Williams, Vickie Shaw, Julie Goldman, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Poppy Champlin, Jennie McNulty, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Cris Williamson, Susan Werner, Suede, Zoe Lewis, Laura Zucker, and more performing. Sporty dykes are not left out, with events that include pickup basketball, an annual golf tournament, and Kate Clinton’s always-riotous Touch Football Classic.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve

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Chalk it Up – Sacramento

Author: , September 5th, 2016

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Fremont Park in Sacramento is playing host this weekend to a cool art event – Chalk it Up brings together a bunch of chalk artists to create their masterpieces, and runs for the full three day weekend.

Chalk it UpWe stopped by yesterday to check it out. About half the art pieces were finished, and it was fascinating to see the artists working on the others, some from mental pictures, some from props, and some from photos laid out on a grid.

This is a cool little community park in an up and coming part of Sactown, with not one but two local coffee chains on the park – Naked Coffee has a cool little retro cafe on the southwestern corner, while Insidght just opened on the ground floor of the gorgeous new eco friendly 16 Powerhouse Apartments on the East Side. You can also stop into Magpie or Hot Italian for lunch.

The park is filled with vendors too – our fave? Driftwoods Clothing, which does shirts for many of Sacramento’s diverse little neighborhoods.

If you are in the Sacramento area and have time today, stop by and see this festival before it ends.

Some of our favorite art is below.

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Wandering Wives – L Beach 2016

Author: , April 29th, 2016

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We’ve just returned from a crazy weekend of pool parties, live music, breathable waterproofs, DJ’s and bracing sea air on the Baltic Coast. L Beach is an annual festival now in its seventh year, which brings together around 4000 women in the German resort of Weissenhauser Strand. We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived at L Beach 2016, aside from the sound of 4000 pairs of comfortable shoes dancing until dawn. We love live music but we weren’t familiar with many of the musicians who were playing. We decided to go with the flow and see as many acts as possible, we had an amazing time and are pleased to say we were blown away by the range of talent at L Beach. We genuinely loved all of these artists and will be updating our music collection immediately. Here are Wandering Wives top five live performances from L Beach 2016:

5. Chefboss
Chefboss were a great surprise for us, we never planned to watch their gig but we are so glad we did. German hip hop doesn’t usually feature that highly on our list of favourite music genres, but the Chefboss chicks brought so much energy to their performance we were jumping around with the crowd and begging for more! It didn’t matter that we couldn’t understand the words to the songs, we were carried along in a wave of excitement and loved every minute of it. They beat some great English speaking acts to a place in our top five live performances at L Beach with their awesome stage presence and enthusiasm. With their team of hot dancers wearing wrestling masks, they not only owned the stage but the whole festival. There is only one word to describe the Chefboss crew: Fierce!…read more on Wandering Wives

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Wandering Wives – Crashing An Indian Wedding

Author: , November 19th, 2015

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When we arrived in Orchha it was late and we had trouble finding a room. Wondering if there was a census, holy day, festival or son of God being born in a stable near by, we eventually found a dank, desolate, 200 Rupee room that was available. Knowing from our past escapades that beggars can’t be choosers, we took the room.

We had travelled a whole day in the car and wanted nothing more than to sleep but the thumping music and lights from whatever parade was happening outside put pay to that. Mildly motivated by the stench of our room we decided to venture out into the streets to see what was happening.

Indian wedding horse“It is wedding season in Orchha!” We were told by our hotelier. He further explained, it was a sacred or lucky day to get married and over 200 weddings had happened in the town that day. We saw several grooms paraded through the streets on horseback followed by a procession of wedding guests. Many of these elaborate parades included large carts and vehicles wired to suspicious looking generators. These carried impressive displays of flashing fairground lights and blared out traditional Indian rave music with a thumping bass line. We were carried through the streets in a wave of festival atmosphere, dancing and cheering along with the locals.

We stopped outside a large restaurant with no roof and tried to sneak a look at the wedding reception being held there. We were quickly surrounded by children who for some strange reason wanted our autographs. Next came their parents, who rather than asking us to leave, took us by the hand and dragged us into the wedding reception…read more on Wandering Wives

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Dublin Celebrates Gay Theatre This Month

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Gay Film FestivalThings are “rarely pure and never simple” at the International Dublin Gay Theater Festival. The festival was established in 2004 to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, and it aims to present new Irish and international works with broad gay themes.

Whether a play is by an LGBT writer, has particular gay relevance, or includes performances by openly gay people, it can be featured in this annual event that attracts an international crowd to the Irish capital. Immerse yourself in the rich history of queerness and theatre, from May 5-18.

By Joseph Pedro – Passport Magazine | Ireland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

New LGBT Play Festival To Debut in September

Author: , May 10th, 2014

PlayPride LGBT FestivalUptown Players moved its Pride Play Fest from September to June this year, so it seems TeCo Theatrical Productions is stepping in to the fall spot.

The Oak Cliff-based company, which is celebrating its 20th season this year, has sent out a call for scripts for its inaugural PlayPride LGBT Festival, which will run Sept. 4-14.

Playwrights will compete to benefit their favorite local LGBT group with a $1,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

By Arnold Wayne Jones – Dallas Voice | Dallas Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Travel “Into Paradise” in Germany

Author: , May 8th, 2014

Into Paradise GermanyAdam meets Steve / Aimie meets Eve – and then it’s off into PARADISE! Under this motto, there is a Queer Pride Park Circus for the first time in Germany. From 30 May to 2 June 2014, the Center Parcs Bispinger Heide between Hamburg and Hanover hosts four days for the European community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and friends.

Into Paradise offers a sensational spectacle: concerts with international superstars, parties of the most successful organizer of the international club scene, shows, sports tournaments, cultural events, workshops and many more surprises.

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L Fest Coming to Staffordshire in July

Author: , April 24th, 2014

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L Fest is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts & comedy festival, returning in 2014 from 18-21 July in Staffordshire.

L Fest is a weekend celebration of live music, lesbian authors, workshops, lesbian cinema, comediennes, games, river cruises, speed dating, camping and more held at a new location this year at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire.

There’s also some other lovely bits to make the weekend more enjoyable and even more girly, such as the pampering retreat, workshops galore, activities, a cinema to showcase some of the best films, and of course, The L Project will be performing their charity single.

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Bears Come Out to London

Author: , April 14th, 2014

London BearfestThe first London Bearfest, a week-long festival celebrating the ever growing international bear scene. Taking place across the capital between 18 – 26 May, it will bring together bears, cubs, otters & admirers from all over the world to enjoy a week of furry and chunky fun in this cosmopolitan city. Throughout the week we will be raising vital funds and awareness for our chosen charity The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.

As well as major events, club nights & parties there will also be more intimate events, including restaurant outings, cabaret shows, sing a-longs and the ‘Big bear Bar Crawl’.

Kurt Hoffman, Artistic Director of London Bearfest 2014 comments: “I’m extremely excited and really proud to bring together the bear community with the very first London Bearfest being held in one of the greatest cities in the world.”

Authored By Kelly Riker – See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

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Lesbian Weekend Cancelled After Sitges Official Says “We Don’t Want More Gay Events”

Author: , March 14th, 2014

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After more than a year of conversations and negotiations, the Sitges local government has turned their back on the OlaGirls Lesbian Festival.

OlaGirls aimed to offer an event for Lesbians in Sitges and started working with the local government in January of 2013. The Tourism and Beach Councilman at the time provided the information about what was possible and explained the process to request the permits to host part of the event at a local beach.

WHAT HAPPENED?

On March 25th, 2013, the Sitges government sent a proposal to host the Festival the weekend of June 6-8, between the “Corpus” celebration and Gay Pride. The date was accepted an in April; the Festival was added to the Sitges event calendar. After the date confirmation, the team started working on making the necessary arrangements, reservations, activity planning, partnerships with hotels, bars, discos, bands, DJs, celebrities, etc. During the following months, OlaGirls and the Tourism department were in contact by email and via meetings.

At the beginning of December, the local government confirmed that everything was on the right track and we should start the formal request. The necessary paperwork was submitted and the team continued to invest time and money on the production of the event.

In January 2014, the Tourism department team supported our requests by, providing photographs of the town, and continued to work on the details. However, by late January, communication was at a stand still and OlaGirls was ready to start selling tickets. An urgent meeting was requested. The reply was a date in late February.

“WE DON’T WANT MORE GAY EVENTS”

After multiple attempts in February to contact Ignasi Garrigo, the Tourism & Beach Councilman, OlaGirls was informed by phone that Sitges would not grant the beach permits. The reason given was “…there are too many gay events in Sitges and there is no room for another one”. Garrigo suggested that OlaGirls host the event the same weekend as Gay pride, a date summarily declined the year before due to the fact that Gay Pride Sitges is aimed at and primarily attracts men, leaving little, if any room, for women. At this point it was too late to change dates. Agreements and contracts with hotels, bands, DJs, dancers, a celebrity, etc. had been signed and booked.

In spite of OlaGirls attempts to help the government understand that Lesbians offer a diverse tourism stream, permits to host some activities at a local beach have not been granted. OlaGirls is still waiting for an official communication.

The discriminatory and non-professional communication from the Sitges government has not only negatively affected the OlaGirls credibility but has caused significant expected losses to local businesses, artists, bands, DJs, and the celebrity, whom OlaGirls had signed contracts.

OlaGirls is saddened that the Sitges local Government has come 180 degrees in their original support and despite the revenue the gay MALE population provides, is not interested in opening the town to the lesbian community as well.