Ophelia definitely has Rodeo on the brain. Thankfully, the big event is this weekend. She barely let Aaron get through much else during this week’s LIVE webcast from the patio at the Caliph. Caliph’s fab bartenders kept the drinks coming (virgin bourbon and cokes for Miss Thang) and we managed to chat our way through – albeit quickly – the news of the week including: Montana Teabaggers’ anti-gay attitudes, the Chargers ‘rumored’ move to Los Angeles, Governor Schwarzenneger‘s refusal to defend Prop 8, the killer whale who died at SeaWorld, and – you guessed it – San Diego’s big gay weekend of rodeo events. We covered some other hot topics and events, but somehow everything seemed to chat its way back rodeo madness. Yee haw, y’all! Read More
It’s the end of summer and seriously, it doesn’t really feel like we’ve had one. Maybe I’ve just been so busy that it’s completely crept by me. But, I already feel the season changing – we’re moving into shorter days, longer nights and the homestretch to the holidays. Unreal. This summer has been a blast though. We’ve had parties and festivals galore, some DVR worthy off-season TV like Top Chef, True Blood, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Big Brother and Whale Wars and several major events that draw seemingly everyone from Sausalito to South Africa to our little slice of west coast paradise. But, don’t think we’re done yet. September is another month full of parties, events, festivals and fundraisers that, if you’re smart, you’ll enjoy before you break out the boxes of gaudy bobbles and settle in for the holiday hibernation. Oh, and don’t forget, this year especially, EVERY vote couts. If you’re not registered to vote, do it now! You can even vote by mail from the comfort of your own home. I don’t care how you do it, just make sure you do. VOTING MATTERS.
San Diego Gay Rodeo Director and Mr. IGRA 2010 2nd Runner Up Kelly Gilliland was in studio with Aaron and Ophelia to ‘Cowboy Up’ for The Golden State Gay Rodeo Association – Greater San Diego Chapter. The GSGRA-GSDC will be hosting LGBTs and allies from around the globe starting September 10 for a big gay rodeo weekend chock-full of some serious horsey business with a dash a camp. Kelly filled us in on what the Gay Rodeo is and what attendees can expect throughout the weekend including pool parties, rodeo events, dance parties, awards ceremonies and a Boots ‘n Briefs. San Diego Gay Rodeo stretches from Hillcrest to the Sheraton Mission Valley to the Lakeside Rodeo grounds. And, there’s a shuttle that’ll take you there, no driving needed. Yee-haw y’all!
A very sick Ophelia braved the heat, make-up, duct tape and cincher to finally join us (albeit late) at Cheers in University Heights where the drinks are stiff and cheap, and everyone really does know your name…no matter how drunk they are. The Cheers crew was wonderful and their crowd was welcoming as we rambled through lots of news and hot topics including former Bush campaign chair Ken Mehlman‘s coming out, the Chilean mine disaster, Meg Whitman’s buying off bloggers, election results and lesbionics. After La Lee showed up with the tiramisu (delish), we dished TV deets and covered all the big weekend events in and around the gayborhood. Oh, and poor Producer Joey had hives. We’re beginning to think someone put a hex on our asses. You never know, the Nicky Awards are this weekend so anything’s possible.
By Shaun Flak
Industry Productions has been a vision of mine for quite some time. After working in the industry for five years, about three years ago I decided I wanted to start my own company focused on producing quality “industry parties” the right way.
You may be asking, what is industry? There have been numerous advertisements for “service industry nights” aka SIN. These are special nights dedicated to those who work in the bar or restaurant service industry (i.e. bartenders, servers, cooks, hosts, barbacks, etc.) The idea is that as an employee in a bar or restaurant, you bust your ass to make sure guests have the absolute best time possible at your respective establishments. It’s not always easy to do. So, to give back to service industry workers, venues host nights for them to enjoy and say “thank you for your hard work.” Read More