To hear Dae Elliot tell it, it wasn't so much that she felt San Diego wanted another LGBT Pride event. She just beleved it needed one.
“The big part was the passage of Proposition 22,” says Elliot, speaking of the 2000 California law that defined marriage between a man and a woman. “A group of us went to our state representatives and they told us that was a Hillcrest problem. That there was no LGBT community in the South Bay. We were like, ‘no, no, no, you've got that all wrong.'”
Thus, the South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival was born. Co-founded by Elliot and a group of friends in 2006, she sees the annual festival as a more “neighborly” alternative to the festivities that happen every July in Hillcrest. Happening this year on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Bayside Park in Chula Vista (adjacent to the J St. Marina) from noon to 10 p.m., the day will include local artisans, food vendors, a beauty pageant and family activities like kayak tours and bounce houses. There will also be DJs and bands on two stages throughout the day including local acts like Vokab Kompany, Rhythm & the Method, and Ivy Levan, among others.
“We wanted the music to be as diverse as the community,” says Elliot. She says the festival will always be free of charge.
If you can't make it this weekend, you can still show your support for South Bay Pride at the Queer Queens of Qomedy show on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the MG Space (3090 Polk Ave.) in North Park. Hosted by famed queer comic Poppy Champlin, the national touring show features almost half a dozen comics including Vickie Shaw, Karen Williams, Nick & Mel and more. Proceeds from the bar will be donated to South Bay Pride and Out With It. Tickets are $25 or $40 for a VIP cocktail reception with the performers.
IT'S HOW YOU LOOK
Back in his SNL days, Billy Crystal used to sit in the Fernando's Hideaway restaurant booth and deliver the catchphrase “You look mah-velous.” You could seriously apply that gag line to an upcoming tour called Taste of Design. Sponsored by the Design Institute of San Diego, the Tuesday, Sept. 15 tour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and combines good-looking restaurant interior design with samples of signature menu items. All three eateries are in Little Italy: Queenstown Public (designed with a Kiwi bent by Michael Soriano), newbie Kettner Exchange (Bluemotif Architecture), and Mauricio Couturier's funky Mexican food hangout El Camino. What's more, designer Tina Marie Koch will give a special presentation entitled, “The Front and Back of the House— What to Look For in Restaurant Design.” Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and there will be roundtrip transportation from the Design Institute (8555 Commerce Ave., Miramar).
We wouldn't usually go out of our way to promote a women's Jell-O wrestling event, but when it comes to Throw Down for a Cause, we'll definitely make an exception. Now in its sixth year, the delightfully unconventional fundraiser includes ladies rumbling in a gelatin-filled kiddie pool to help raise funds for homeless youth charities like Project LOL (Love Out Loud) and the San Diego LGBT Center's Sunburst Youth Housing Project. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with two hours of open hosted bar and there's something called a VIP Splash Zone for those who don't mind getting a little messy. What's more, CityBeat columnist Alex Zaragoza will be one of the night's wrestlers. Go Gozer! The filthy fun goes down at Rich's Nightclub (1051 University Ave., Hillcrest) on Saturday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with VIP Splash Zone tickets for $50.