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Columbus Pride Weekend June 15-16 2012

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    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans


    2012 Columbus Pride is the Weekend of June 15-16th

    Parade is on Saturday, June 16th

    Step-off at Noon

    More Info

    Volunteer for Pride!

    Stonewall Columbus relies upon the generous support of the LGBT & Ally Community and requires nearly 450 volunteers annually to staff and assist with the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival.

    The success of Stonewall Columbus Pride 2012 depends upon YOU!

    Corporate Groups Welcome! Raise Money for your favorite charity as a group!

    More Info here.

    Tom Over
    Tom Over

    Extreme weather events are God’s punishment for sexual perversion, not the result of Climate Change.



    TomOver said:
    Extreme weather events are God’s punishment for sexual perversion, not the result of Climate Change.

    Happy Pride to you too!



    @placebohigh – I think Tom was mocking religious rightwing nutcases not being derogatory toward Pride.



    bman said:

    – I think Tom was mocking religious rightwing nutcases not being derogatory toward Pride.


    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    2nd Annual Pride Art Show Opens on June 7

    COLUMBUS (May 14, 2012) — Spinelli’s Deli, in partnership with Stonewall Columbus, will host the second annual Pride Art Show at Spinelli’s Deli in June and July. The show will feature pride and equality themed pieces by boudoir photographer Taryn Cook, artist Allen Dodson, painter/HIV awareness advocate Anthony Muncy, and multimedia artist Sharon Stevens.

    The Pride Art Show opening reception takes place on Thursday, June 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with free food and beverages. DJ Max of BPM Productions will spin dance music. The exhibit, which is an official event of Columbus Pride, will be on display through the end of July.

    Presented by Stonewall Columbus, the 31st annual Columbus Pride celebration will be held on June 15 and 16 in Goodale Park. The Columbus Pride Parade begins at 12:00 p.m. on June 16 and will march through downtown and the Short North.

    Spinelli’s Deli is located at 767 Neil Avenue in Victorian Village. It’s open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans


    Columbus Ohio – When Dane Terry takes the stage in The Green Room at the Garden Theater on June15 for his new Pride Week cabaret act—Dane Terry: Seeking Same—he’ll be bringing the past few years of his reflections on gay identity with him.

    The eccentric and unpredictable Terry, a Columbus native, has sold out his first two cabaret acts this year in The Green Room. In January’s act—A Cosmic Cabaret—he adopted the guise of an intergalactic traveler approaching Earth and encountering humanity through radio waves emanating from the planet. In his April show he was a honeybee named Barry trying to find an errant queen bee on a journey that led him to the King of Prussia Shopping Mall on his way to self-discovery.

    Returning to his hometown from his new residence in New York City for Pride Week, Dane is coming home with an agitated mind about the conflicts of establishing identity as a gay man in today’s world of commercial categories. Those conflicts will emerge on The Green Room stage through several new songs, a few covers, and another original Dane-Terry character who’s sure to provoke laughter, perhaps a tear or two, and in the process provoke some soul searching.

    “I’m just a hillbilly philosopher at the end of the day,” says Dane, adding that his new show will dwell in an entertaining way on “the dark unspoken impact” of the commercial world we live in on our views of our selves. He notes the increasing influence of corporations on Pride celebrations. “More and more corporations turn up as sponsors for Pride, saying they care about us. They do indeed care about us—but only as customers.”

    “Think about clothes,’ he says. ‘Advertisers tell us to express ourselves through our clothing, but then decide on a limited number of categories for us to choose from.”

    He feels gay men are particularly vulnerable to categorization. He cites the common case of an older gay man wearing an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt that screams youthfulness. “He buys it because he wants his youth back so badly,” says Dane. “But in the end all he’s bought is a shirt.

    “Or consider the way we construct our online profiles. We’re offered a bunch of categories without much either/or. Then when we complete the profile, we often find that who we are looking for is ourselves.”

    Terry moved to New York earlier this year to develop his music career. “I want to be a strange, surreal gay performer and New York City is the only place for that,” he says, adding “Except, of course, The Green Room, which has really given me the chance this year to explore and express who I am and push my creative boundaries.”

    Since moving to New York, Dane has written the musical score for a new movie, called The Restaurant Job, which may have a premier in Columbus later this year. He’s also been hired as musical director for a new musical called The Material World by Dan Fishback. The plot of that musical involves a fantasy about Madonna and Brittany Spears living in a 1920s boarding house in Brooklyn with a family of Russian immigrants who are considering going back to Russia because they think the Revolution has been successful. And that kind of plot seems perfectly, totally, pure Dane Terry.

    Dane Terry: Seeks Same will be performed on Friday, June 15th at 9:00 pm at The Green Room at The Garden Theater, 1187 N High Street, Columbus OH. Tickets are available at the door for $12.00 or in advance for $10.00, and may be purchased by visiting at http://www.shortnorthstage.org or call 866-967-8167.

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    To help Columbus celebrate Pride Week, Short North Stage will bring movies back to the historic Garden Theater for the first time in least three decades. Starting June 9—the Saturday before Pride Weekend—the new theater troupe will present twelve mainstream films with gay or Lesbian themes. Some either won or were nominated for Oscars; others are just fun and fitting for the upbeat mood of the week. There will be double features every night except Sunday, June 10 and Friday, June 15. (See the schedule below.) Admission is free. Beer, wine and cocktails, along with other concessions will be available.

    The Pride Week Film Festival represents another way Short North Stage seeks to utilize the long-dormant Garden—once the pride of the neighborhood—for community-wide purposes beyond its primary mission of musical theater. Recently the company has used the theater to host a series of cabaret performances, a drag performer, an avant garde traveling acting troupe, a Short North flea market, a book-signing, an old-style variety show with a popular band—and next month even a local high school reunion.

    If the Pride Week festival proves popular, Short North Stage plans many more movie series in the future with a variety of themes.

    The Garden is the second oldest surviving theater in Columbus; only the Southern Theater is older. Construction on the main part of the building began in 1917 on the site of a carriage house and stable for the working horses of Columbus. That stable was built around 1850 and there was a paddock on most of the block. A portion of that stable and carriage house persists as the back wall and foundation of the present theater structure. Apparently the Garden was the first theater in Ohio to be air-conditioned and other aspects of the building were quite advanced for 1920 — including its reinforced concrete construction and the façade which is decorated with some of Columbus’s earliest examples of Art Deco motifs.

    The Garden Theatre opened Thanksgiving Day 1920 amidst great celebration. Cellist Ferdinand Gardiner played at that day’s festive matinee and again with the rest of his piano trio at a gala evening showing. The new Garden was a state-of-the-art movie house with a single screen for showing silent films (and later “talkies”), and it had a sunken garden enclosed with a fragrant boxwood hedge decorating the orchestra pit.

    The theater was described as having “resplendent pale blue and copper-colored accents.” Some early 20th century maps of Columbus label the current Short North area as the Garden District. The corner of 5th and High was “the vortex of Short North social life” into the 1950’s and 60’s.

    The theater was on the vaudeville circuit and then later became a burlesque house. It then became a movie theater in the 1950’s and 60’s showing Westerns and Hollywood musicals. But by the 1970’s the area was in decline and it became a venue for pornographic films. The building’s facade and interior structure fell into disrepair.

    In 1996 the property became home to the Garden Church and its ministries for urban youth. The group renovated portions of the building, but then moved on when the opportunity to buy a nearby church became available around 2004. A group of investors bought the building and planned to convert it to a condominium complex, but those plans never materialized, and instead used the theater auditorium for storage.

    In September 2011, Short North Stage, a new professional regional theater company, reopened The Garden as a live performance, movie and events venue. It operates events in both the smaller “Green Room” cabaret space and in the partially renovated main stage area, which will be the location for the film festival. The group continues to raise funds toward the complete renovation of the main theater.


    Shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

    Doors open at 6:30.

    The Garden Theater, 1187 N High Street, Columbus OH. Admission is free; donations appreciated.
    June 9 – Saturday

    BOYS IN THE BAND—7 p.m.

    The trailblazing 1970s drama about a close-knit group of gay friends who gather for a birthday party. When the booze starts to flow—and a straight male arrives—the evening takes a turn for the bitter.

    CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC –9 p.m.

    The screen debut of the Village People with Olympic champion Bruce Jenner added to the mix. A New York DJ-songwriter (Steve Guttenberg) lands a record deal, and creates a new super group by bringing together six singing macho men from Greenwich Village. Based on a real story, it’s an adventure in fantasy and disco fever.

    June 11 – Monday

    BOYS DON’T CRY—7 p.m.

    Violent and gritty, this harrowing movie won an Oscar for Hilary Swank, who plays a transgendered young man searching for love and acceptance in a small Midwestern town. Based on a true story.

    THE HOURS—9 p.m.

    This gripping drama follows the parallel lives of three 20th-century women: incomparable writer Virginia Woolf, an unsatisfied 1950s housewife and a modern-day book editor who’s losing her former lover to AIDS.

    June 12 – Tuesday


    When his drama teacher casts him as Puck in his school’s upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Timothy (Tanner Cohen) turns in an inspired performance, whipping up a fittingly Shakespearean love potion with the power to turn people gay. He begins, of course, with the school jock — the object of his affection.


    This classic rock musical features John Cameron Mitchell as an East German rocker who becomes Hedwig after a botched sex-change operation and travels across the United States with a stage show in pursuit of her ex-boyfriend.

    June 13 – Wednesday

    DESERT HEARTS—7 p.m.

    Uptight literature professor Vivian Bell heads to Reno in 1959 for a quickie divorce. While staying at a ranch to establish residency, Bell meets a casino worker 10 years her junior. Bell finds herself increasingly drawn to the open and self-assured lesbian, and their developing intimacy releases buried emotions Bell has never explored.


    This breakthrough 1986 movie featuring Daniel Day-Lewis focuses on the friendship of two young men struggling to survive in racially tenseThatcher England. Pakistani Omar and his old school chum Johnny use stolen drug money to renovate a launderette. Through their struggles they refuse to hide the sexual side of their partnership.

    June 14 – Thursday


    The delightful 1994 fable of three Australian drag queens on their journey across the Outback in a broken-down lavender bus named Priscilla. Unparalleled fun with a disco beat, outrageous and plenty of ABBA.


    This comedic 2003 romp follows the intertwined stories of three roommates — Evie, Coco and Varla — all actresses who are struggling to claw their way up through the brutal Hollywood hierarchy. The female leads are all played by men in drag, bringing an even more outrageous perspective to the already-bawdy proceedings, which incorporate spoofs of classic films such as Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve and Mommie Dearest.

    June 16 – Saturday


    This film adaptation of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Broadway play traces three distinct episodes over a 10-year period in the life of middle-aged gay man Arnold Beckoff as he tries to find a lasting relationship. The film is a riotously funny and poignant story of an aging drag queen and his attempts to connect with someone. Anne Bancroft co-stars as Fierstein’s mother along with Matthew Broderick in one of his earliest roles.


    In this hilarious 1999 satire, Megan Bloomfield lives a “normal” teen life as a cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. But her parents and friends suspect Megan is gay because of “clues,” such as her distaste for kissing her boyfriend. Shipped off to True Directions — a camp designed to shove her back in the closet — Bloomfield meets tomboy Graham Eaton who helps her recognize her sexual orientation.

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    Pride Poker Run
    Saturday, June 9th
    Check-in 10a – Bikes Leave 11a
    Driver $15 / Passenger $10

    Start Location Club Diversity
    Come out for a great community motorcycle ride benefiting Columbus Pride. Cook-out at end location of Inn Rehab.

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    COMEDY TONIGHT: THE PRIDE SHOW – June 8th, 9:00 and 11:00 pm

    Short North Stage will kick off Pride Week with Comedy Tonight: The Pride Show, a standup comedy event featuring Brooke Cartus, Joseph Ivan, Carlos Teel, Lindsey Martin, and Zachariah Baird, a cohort of comedians that over the last four years have brought standup comedy to Columbus’s growing gay community.

    “We’re putting on the greatest and gayest comedy show Columbus has ever seen,“ promises ringleader Baird. “It’s sure to put a smile on your face—and maybe more if you are lucky.”

    The show will run Friday, June 8th with shows at 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm at The Green Room at The Garden Theater, 1187 N High Street, Columbus OH. Tickets are available at the door for $10.00 or in advance for $8.00, and may be purchased by visiting http://www.shortnorthstage.org or call 866-967-8167.

    FOR MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW: Zachariah Baird, 614-434-6470



    And this Sunday ”Showing Our Shorts”– short LGBT films from the CIFVF, the JSF[/url] and Stonewall. Brunch, a shorts fashion contest with fab prizes and films, all for $5.



    Anne said:

    I’ve only seen a few films on this list, but Danial Day Lewis played a great role in My Beautiful Laundrette. He played a cool tough guy. Good flick. Hedwig and the Angry Inch was like Rocky Horror Picture Show for the 90’s, probably a lot of fun with a filled theater belting out the soundtrack.

    I’m surprised The Sum of Us is not on the list, but not too surprised since it’s kind of an obscure film, even with Russel Crow playing the lead role. The film is about a gay man (Crowe), his straight father, and their search for love. It’s a film that is about sexuality, but yet transcends it for deeper truths, and is a good primer for pride week.

    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp

    Check out who is throwing a pride party this year, I have to give a chuckle:


    The best way to celebrate pride is with a Pedicab ride! Text ahead and schedule a ride! 703.674.9015 . Wanna ride IN the parade, we’ll pick you Saturday at 11:30 and head on over! also doin rides from softball to brunch! And every event in between!




    Is there going to be a cover for the festival again this year?

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