Events : Around the Gay World
EdgeAlliance [sic] recreates the allure of Tinseltown’s fabulous 1930s-‘40s flare in a Hollywood-glam and celluloid-chic-catered celebration of solidarity and cinema at the social support organization’s sensational Fat Saturday Ball. Reeling 7-11 p.m. on Saturday Feb 13, the agency’s annual premiere fundraising gala transforms the Westin Chicago River North into a tantalizing theater of masquerade, minimally made-up models and movie-making marvels with proceeds benefitting EA’s non-profit membership initiatives servicing the disabled, veterans and people living with HIV/AIDS. $225/person, $2,250/table; reservations can be linked to online at www.edgealliance.org, or inquire by phone at 773.359.0103.
Akin to its 2010 theme, “The Journey Continues” at the 14th Leather Leadership Conference which is being held in the Motor City this year, April 9-11. Launched in 1997, the LLC is all about making strong and well-informed leaders in the SM/leather/fetish communities to foster connections and success. Check www.leatherleadership.org for hosting updates and info.
It’s educational and intoxicating: Every Saturday, Sunday and alternating Fridays, Out & About Tours takes LGBT sightseers on a bus ride from West Hollywood to Downtown L.A., highlighting the origins of the city’s Pride Parade, the first porn theater founded in the 1980s, one of the last gay piano bars, The Other Side of Silverlake and more. The tour features over 100 historically “queer” points of interest with alcohol and other refreshments served along the way. $75 per person; 21 and older. www.outandabout-tours.com.
The Food and Wine Festival hits the South Beach shore for four days in February, the 25th-28th. Sponsored by the Food Network, the festival showcases the “talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities” with all the network big wigs, like Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Paula Deen, scheduled to make appearances. Proceeds benefit FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and The Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. www.sobefest.com.
Miami’s famed Winter Party Festival musters the global circuit sect in SoBe to benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force during the city’s annual week-long, LGBT scene-wide fundraising fiesta, March 3-8; www.winterparty.com.
Exploring “the complexity of contemporary feminism, through fun, experimental, and community-building artistic events,” the Edgy Women Festival returns to Montreal March 20-28, with an Edgy Meow Mix opening the event at the Eastern Bloc March 20. The call for submissions ends Jan. 11; interested exhibitors and attendants can learn more about the fest at www.edgywomen.ca so long as said interested can read French.
The 2010 edition of Gay Mardi Gras (www.gaymardigras.net) lends its annually iniquitous fun and flesh sin-sation to the lower French Quarter, with beads, boys, DJs, BJs and discoball blowouts, Feb 11-16. After Ash Wednesday, guilty gay Mardi Gras-ers, penitent of their pre-Lent lasciviousness, can save their salacious souls at the 11th Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade with apologetically bold bonnets, innocently pastel-painted egg shells, selflessly chaste cash contributions to local charities and other acts of contrition, Easter Sunday, April 4. www.gayeasterparade.com.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission honors those recognized for advocating equality across the globe, while bridging the gap between LGBT issues and those of other disenfranchised groups, in a Celebration of Courage. The 2010 Human Rights Awards takes place at the Rosenthal Penthouse at NYU’s Kimmel Center, Monday March 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and again on the west coast, Thursday March 18, at San Francisco’s W Hotel. Support the cause at www.iglhrc.org.
The District of Columbian incarnation of famed musicians Bob Mould and Rich Morel’s dance party BlowOff hits the 9:30 Club Jan. 16 all night from 11:30-3:30 a.m. The disco ball moves to San Fran and then Brooklyn, NY in Feb. www.blowoff.us
Gay republicans congregate during the Log Cabin National Convention, April 15-18. Roundtable discussions will most likely cover capitalism and conservatism. Check for agenda, location and scheduling updates at www.logcabin.org.
At any one of the below-listed, LGBT-oriented ski weeks, ice queens and kings make for the mountains, hitting host-resort slopes to openly cruise the cabins, paw at the snow patrol, sexually solicit celebrity guests or just leisurely spend an allotted day getting liquored-up at the lodge. There will probably be skiing and snowboarding available to those who are actually into that sort of thing too. Check Web sites for accommodations, lift-ticket packages and special event schedules.
Aspen Gay Ski Week; Jan 17-24. www.gayskiweek.com • Vail Gay & Lesbian Ski Week; Jan 27-31. www.vailgayskiweek.com • Telluride Gay Ski Week 10; Feb 20-27. www.telluridegayskiweek.com • Winter PRIDE Whistler, BC; March 1-8. www.gaywhistler.com