Archive for July, 2009

Varietease Cabaret Dinner Takes On Nations

Posted in Nightlife with tags , , on July 31, 2009 by GayRVA

Varietease

If you were at the Drag Race reunion show last night, you got a nice little sneek peek of a peep show from very classy Dolli Holiday, one of the head mistresses of Richmond Varietease.  Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside will be hosting the evening of burlesque caberet and drag this Sunday, August 2 starting at 6:30 p.m.

This debut monthly show includes their star studded cast of performers Boo Boo Darlin’, Charlie, and Boylesque performer Vinnie Royale.   The show features drag performances from Natasha Carrington and Magnolia.  Cover is $7 plus dinner and reservations are being made at 804-257-9891.  Nations is at 2729 W. Broad St.

Guest Post on Drag Race at OMGWTFRVA.NET

Posted in Drag with tags , , , , on July 30, 2009 by GayRVA

OMGWTFRVAWe caught up with our friends at omgwtfrva.net at last week’s Social Media Club event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  They kindly asked us to write a review of Esta’s Drag Race.  Here’s a snippet of what we had to say:

Keeping with her burlesque roots during the finale, the southern belle dawned golden wings and a rendition of “Mama” from Chicago that lead to a final reveal of sparkling ruby pasties.   All this left straight-dude friend once more confused and the audience asking, “are those real?”

We still don’t know the answer to that question.  What we do know is the OMGWTFRVA kids stay hip to the bar scene, so check out what’s going on.  Read our guest post here.

Benefit Drag Party This Saturday

Posted in Drag with tags , on July 30, 2009 by GayRVA

GCCRBenefit

What a busy week at the Gay Community Center!  Round two of their drag fundraising extravaganza takes place this Saturday, August 1.  Details below:

Performers include the incomparable Tiffany Devereaux, Millenium C. Snow, Monica Duvall, Zoe Vuitton, Bleu Devereaux, and Natasha Carrington. Rumor has it some special guest appearances may be in the cards, too!

Through the wonderful generosity of all the performers, this event is a benefit for GCCR. Proceeds will be used to fund the programs and facilities that serve our community and its groups – groups like ROSMY, Richmond Triangle Players, Equality Virginia and Gay Pride Virginia.

Doors open at 9:00 pm and showtime is at 10:00 pm. There is a $5.00 admission charge and a full cash bar will be available. This is a 21 and up show. No one under 21 will be admitted.

GCCR Gallery Hosts Emerging Artists Show Opens Friday with Reception

Posted in Arts & Entertainment with tags , on July 29, 2009 by GayRVA
untitles by Eric Russell, part of the new show at the GCCR Gallery

Untitled by Eric Russell. The GCCR Gallery at the Gay Community Center of Richmond hosts a show by emerging artists this Friday, July 31 with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. The show runs through September 6. The GCCR Gallery is located at 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220.

The Gay Community Center of Richmond is online at www.gayrichmond.com.

Richmond LGBT Professionals Announce Three New Meetups

Posted in Community with tags , , , , on July 28, 2009 by GayRVA

MeetupLogoMeetup.com is a social networking website that connects people to a mutual interest, cause or community.  The Richmond LGBT Professionals Meetup formed in January 2008 and has 240 members.  The group is open to anyone interested.

Yesterday, three new meetups were announced:

Community Center Announces 2009 Grant Program

Posted in Community with tags , , on July 28, 2009 by GayRVA

Each year, the Gay Community Center of Richmond helps fund programs that are advancing the lives of LGBT people in Central Virginia.  More from the GCCR.

GCCRGCCR has previously funded a variety of organizations that work with Central Virginia’s LGBT communities, including Equality Virginia Education Fund, ROSMY, and the Richmond chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

In 2008 the GCCR Board of Directors voted to create the “Jon Klein Grant for Community Activism” in honor of the Founder of the Gay Community Center of Richmond. In a career in Richmond spanning two decades, Jon Klein worked to protect and advance the lives and opportunities shared by all our in our community, from those who find themselves homeless or at risk, to those who want to find a sense of belonging and to learn from cultural and educational opportunities. This grant will be awarded to a project that meets the spirit of Jon’s devotion to grass roots organizing and community development.

Organizations that are not designed to primarily benefit the LGBT communities are still eligible for funds as long as the program for which funds are sought will benefit the LGBT community. Previous grant recipients include the Virginia Historical Society (to catalog and preserve documents relating to LGBT history in Richmond), the Virginia Holocaust Museum (for a permanent exhibit on the Nazi persecution of gays), the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (for a health initiative targeting lesbians), Meals on Wheels (to provide meals to people living with HIV), Barksdale Theatre (to help with production costs of The Laramie Project) and the Fan Free Clinic (to fund an HIV case manager).

The application deadline is 5:00pm, September 18th, and the grant application guidelines are available by clicking here. The grant application cover sheet can be found here.

Applications can also be requested by calling the Gay Community Center of Richmond at 804-622-4646.

Bilerico Blogs on RTD Editorial

Posted in News & Views with tags , , , on July 27, 2009 by GayRVA

TimesDispatchBilerico contributor Michael Hamar wrote an interesting commentary on last week’s Times Dispatch editorial apologizing for the newspaper’s role in segregation post-Brown vs. Board of Education 50 years ago.

I can only wonder how many more decades we will have to wait for apologies for the misdeeds done to LGBT Virginians by politicians endorsed by the Times Dispatch.

Read Hamar’s entire post here.