Archive for April, 2009

Requiem for Roy Breimon, Artist’s Memorial Reception Next Friday at Gay Community Center

Posted in Arts & Entertainment with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by GayRVA

From the Gay Community Center of Richmond:

Requiem for Roy Beimon runs at the GCCR Gallery through May 30.

Requiem for Roy Beimon runs at the GCCR Gallery through May 30.

The Gay Community Center of Richmond’s GCCR Gallery is pleased to present Requiem for Roy Breimon: a memorial exhibition dedicated to the late Washington D.C. artist, with selected works by Vaclav Pisvejc.

Breimon’s work has been described as “innovative expressionist and symbolic . . . powerfully colored and complexly composed.” The show features reverse-painted tribal-inspired mask paintings, and costumes from the 1994 Meininger State Opera House production of Madame Butterfly in Germany.

Breimon, a former resident of Washington, D.C., was killed in the Czech city of Prague on July 8, 2004. Breimon reportedly had lived in Prague for about five years and The Prague Post reported at the time that Breimon was found bound and gagged on the floor of his apartment. Prague police arrested a suspect who was charged with “robbery resulting in death” rather than murder. Despite initial reports to the contrary, a police spokesperson later told the newspaper that the suspect was not a “rent boy” or prostitute, and that Breimon was killed by a robber who broke into his apartment.

Breiman studied art as a fifteen-year-old at the University of Mexico in Satillo and had his first major exhibition in Washington DC in 1976. He had numerous exhibitions around the world, including Berlin, Los Angeles, Miami, Barcelona, and Washington DC. During his career, Breimon became the only U.S. resident to ever work at the 173-year-old Meininger State Opera House when he designed the set and stage for a production of “Madame Butterfly” in 1994. He also spent time in Katmandu as an artist-in-residence at the invitation of the Nepalese government.

The works in the show have been in the possession of Richmonder Terry Curry since Breimon’s death. He remembers Breimon as a “larger than life” personality who people were naturally drawn to. Curry and Breimon became friends in Washington DC when Breimon worked on Capitol Hill before he pursued art full time. Also featured in the show are works by Vaclav Pisvejc, who was born in Prague in 1967 and currently lives and works in Firenze in Italy.

An Artist’s Memorial Reception will be held on Friday, May 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The show runs from April 17 through May 30, 2009.

Sposored by NATIONWIDE INSURANCE. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Roy Breimon Art Fund for art student scholarships.

The GCCR is located at 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220. (804) 622-4646. www.gayrichmond.com

Style Weekly Features Article on Transgendered Employment Discrimination

Posted in Transgender with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by GayRVA

Today’s Style Weekly features the story of former Richmond police officer Colin Mauger, a transgendered man.  He started his training as an openly gay lesbian, but once he began transitioning, peers and superiors allegedly harassed him.  The article focuses on the current lack of workplace legal protection based on sexual minority and gender identity.

The captain threatened “to put me behind the desk and take my police powers away because I was mentally unfit and unable to do my job because I was obviously upset,” Mauger says. “I took that as a threat.”

Federally or in the state, there is no current protection on the books for these groups, but one may be close to getting passed into law.  Read the entire article online at Style Weekly.

Pearl’s Male Review Starts Tonight

Posted in Nightlife with tags , , , on April 28, 2009 by GayRVA

Male Review

From the Richmond Queer League via Facebook:

ITS HERE!!!    Angelica Monique Spaulding is taking over PEARL with her Male Review show this coming Tuesday!

For those of you who do not already know, Angelica has worked up a great show for all who come to Pearl, located at 1713 East Main Street in Shockoe Bottom.

THIS JUST IN!!!   THIS JUST IN!!!   THIS JUST IN!!!

For those of you who are NOT late night fans, PEARL will open its doors for Helpful Happy Hour from 6 – 9.  What makes it HELPFUL?   $1 from each drink purchased (ABC or NON ABC) will be donated directly to AIDSWalk Richmond!

Come out to PEARL this coming Tuesday from 6 – 9 to show your support for AIDSWalk Richmond, then stay for the MALE REVIEW starting at 11:00.     $100 cash prize for the winner, so make your way down!

As always, DJ D will give you something hot to dance to as well!

SEE YOU ALL TUESDAY!

The event is 21+ with a $3.00 cover.

Gay Community Center Announces Logo Contest

Posted in Community with tags , , on April 27, 2009 by GayRVA

GCCRThe Gay Community Center of Richmond invites the public to design a logo for their upcoming 10th anniversary celebration:

The Gay Community Center of Richmond announces a $250 prize to the winning design of a logo for our upcoming 10th Anniversary Celebration, which will take place from September 2009 until August 2010. The deadline for entries is midnight on May 31st, 2009, EST. The logo will be used in print, online, and in presentations and marketing of our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Questions and submissions should be made to Gregg Johnson at gjohnson@gayrichmond.com.

Nations Changes Lineup

Posted in Nightlife with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by GayRVA

Starting this week, Nations is going to be switching around their club nights moving karaoke and adding top 40, 80’s, and a dance night.  Promo posters are linked above.

Tuesday :: Nations Karaoke, 8 p.m. – midnight
Thursday :: Top 40 Dance Night, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Friday :: 80’s Dance Night, 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday :: Top Dance Night, 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Live Tweeting TONIGHT at Gay Pride Virginia’s Date Auction

Posted in Nightlife with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2009 by GayRVA

GPV Date Auction

This week, you’ve gotten a taste of what’s going to be on the block tonight at Gay Pride Virginia’s date auction.  As part of #samesexsunday, GayRVA will be at the event tweeting away.  There’s over 30 people up for grabs.  Follow our Twitter to find out who goes for what…and more importantly, if there are any wardrobe malfunctions!

Richmond Responds to Passing of Bea Arthur

Posted in News & Views with tags , , , , on April 26, 2009 by GayRVA

Bea ArthurYesterday, we lost one of our closest friends.   Bea Arthur, well-known in recent years for her role as Dorothy in the Golden Girls, died yesterday at the age of 86.  On Facebook, some mourned the loss with a piece of cheesecake.  Others stayed in and had their own marathon of reruns to pay respect.

Some moving tributes from across Richmond’s online community:

“RIP Bea Arthur….You are my Maude, Dorothy, and woman who always made me smile. You will always be loved.”

“Deeply saddened with the passing of Bea Arthur and will be in mourning for the weeks to come. Please send condolences via his FB page”

“Travel down the road and back again.”

“Golden Girls will not be the same.”

“Dorothy and Sophia are bickering back and forth in heaven.”

“The world lost some of its’ color and charm today.”

“Heart broken that another one of the Golden Girls have gone to cheesecake heaven.”

“Bye-bye, Bea. Say hi to Estelle a.k.a. Ma.”

“Quite seriously devastated of the death of Bea Arthur. I knew this day would come, but that doesn’t make it any easier”

Thank you for being a friend Bea.  Rest in peace.