Thursday, February 28, 2013

EVENT: 2013 Rogue Festival Kicks Off

The twelfth annual Rogue Festival is February 28th-March 9th, 2013

Rogue Program 2013-for web (in PDF format)

New this year: VIP weekend passes.  Weekend #1- March 1 thru March 3 and Weekend #2- March 6 thru March 9!

$75 per weekend pass, will get one person per pass into any show for the dates on the pass.  They can be purchased at any of the 3 Bucks booths during the festival: Landmark, Livingstone’s & Tower Theater Box Office.

The Rogue Store is at Studio 74 on Van Ness just north of Olive.  Get shirts, posters, & buttons in sale.  Also see all the submissions from this year’s poster contest: 12 artists made 16 submissions!
1. ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BEGIN ON TIME! Some performers and companies
will allow latecomers up to 15 minutes into the show and certain companies will not. This
will be indicated in this Rogue Map Program and at the venues.
(Audience tip: Please arrive early. The performers have worked hard on their pieces and
it is RUDE, INCONSIDERATE and very PROVINCIAL to show disrespect for their
efforts … it breaks concentration and affects a performance drastically!)

2. TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD AT THE DOOR!  You can purchase Rogue Bucks (cash or credit card) in advance at Rogue tickets sites: Tower Theater Box office, Landmark Restaurant, and Livingstone’s Restaurant during the festival.  Ticket sites will be open 5:00pm-10:00pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:00pm-10:00pm Saturday, and 12:00pm-8:00pm Sunday.
3. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. No Refunds, no exchanges, and no excuses.
(Audience tip: Please arrive early. This way you can get the best seats in the house.)

in front of ALL Performance Venues.
(Audience tip: Please arrive early. You also may want to sync your watches to ROGUE
TIME so that you can plan your entertainment day and not miss a show.)

(Audience tip: Catch as many different shows as you can … surprise yourself by trying
something different!

How Does It Work?
Find the show you want to see, here or via a ROGUE MAP PROGRAM. Next, go buy your Rogue Bucks at one of our ticket sites (Tower Theater, Landmark Restaurant, Livingstone’s Restaurant).  Now check out the companies and performers and read a short description of what they are doing, the times, the venues they are playing at and how much it costs. Finally, show up at the venue 15-30 minutes before it starts, pay with your Rogue Bucks… and enjoy. The fun is to bounce between venues and watch as many shows as possible!
With a maximum charge of $10 per show on the MAINSTAGE and $5 per show at the
ROGUE CAFE … how can you go wrong?!!!!

The Rogue celebrates the independent performer and artist by providing the opportunity to showcase works in a friendly, affordable, and creative setting. The Rogue Performance Festival is modeled after the fringe festivals which have become popular worldwide.

The Rogue is fast growing into a Festival that will encompass every aspect of the arts.

The Rogue Festival is a 501(c) non-profit, so all donations are tax-deductible.

INTERVIEW: The Kinsey Sicks

The Kinsey Sicks started a bit by accident. But since those humble beginnings in 1993 they’ve had a run in Las Vegas, an Off Broadway show, performed in two feature films, recorded several albums and have appeared all over the world. Their unique blend of drag, music and comedy has won audiences over. Their over the top a capella musical performances mix broad comedy with sharp political satire. 

On Thursday, March 7th, the group is performing in Fresno on the Fresno State campus at the  Fresno State Satellite Union. Click here for the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE . The event is sponsored by USU Productions and United Student Pride.  

Purchase advanced tickets at the University Student Union Information Center. $5- Fresno State Students with valid student ID
$10 - General Public. For mature audiences. Tickets at the door: $7 - Fresno State Student with valid student ID $12 - General Public * CASH ONLY at the door Parking Enforced - $3

I interviewed the drag group about their act and upcoming performance in Fresno.
Chris Jarvis: Is it true that this is all kind of an accident that came together because you did drag at a Bette Midler concert in the nineties?

Kinsey Sicks: It's true! It's too strange a story to make up. At the end of 1993 we went to a Bette Midler concert dressed as the Andrews Sisters. We were just all friends and on the spot someone offered us a singing gig. That idea had never occurred to us. So that night we invented the Kinsey Sicks, and unleashed the product on the unsuspecting public the following summer. 

CJ: Were you all doing drag performance before the group came about?

KS: We'd all done some drag for fun here and there. But we original members were all professionals - two of us were lawyers, one an audiologist and one a marketing executive. We had no intentions or aspirations around performance.

CJ: What are the origins of the group’s name?

KS: It's a reference to the Kinsey Scale of sexual orientation, with a "6" being a perfect homosexual score. Of course the spelling "sicks" relates to our sense of humor, as anyone who has seen us can attest.
CJ: You all have some form of LGBT activism in your bios. Is that still a big part of your lives?

KS: Absolutely. But now we do our activism through the Kinsey Sicks. It's amazing how much serious content you can get people to listen to when it's done using 4-part harmonies, hilarious lyrics and high heels. 
CJ: What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had while touring?

KS: Too many to count. One that comes to mind at the moment was when were hired to perform at Fuhrman Collage in South Carolina. Conservative students there mounted a campaign to have us banned from the school. They got loads of TV coverage and promised a picket outside the auditorium. As a result, the 1700-seat venue sold out. It was a love fest.

CJ: Your act is filled with satire…is everything fair game or are there some lines you won’t cross?

KS: We most definitely have a point of view. We are not equal-opportunity offenders by any means. We're willing to make fun of people for their questionable political views and horrific life choices. But not for their bodies, their backgrounds, their loves. 

CJ: What sets you off, motivates you and drives you to write the next piece?

KS: As a collective we tend to be driven to follow both politics and pop culture. And every new event on the public stage sets us buzzing. Sometimes those moments can best be addressed with a song. For instance, last fall when Todd Akin made his ridiculous comments that women who are raped can't get pregnant, we immediately responded with a song:
CJ: Are you secretly sad that Romney wasn’t elected, if only for the material he could have given you?

KS: We are publicly sad that WE weren't elected, after a full year of campaigning in our touring show "Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President." Very disappointing. At least we're the front runners for Pope. 

CJ: How about a reality show starring the Kinsey Sicks?

KS: Funny you should mention. The show we will be performing in Fresno is, in fact, a reality show called "America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild." We'll see Thursday if we win or not. We were, in fact, contestants in Season 3 of "America's Got Talent," but you can ask us about that experience after the show.
CJ: You’re appearing March 7th at Fresno State. Are college audiences different in any way?

KS: College audiences are very different. They don't pay as much to get in. Oh, and they're cuter. 

CJ: You have an educational panel after your performance at Fresno State. What kind of topics do you discuss?

KS: We discuss any topic the audience raises! Often we talk about politics. Sometimes about life as a performer. Sometimes it's music tips and makeup advice. 

CJ: What’s on the horizon for the Kinsey Sicks?

KS: Hang on, let me look out the window. Um, looks like a mushroom cloud to me.

Visit the Kinsey Sicks website HERE.  

Obama Admin Backs Gay Marriage in Prop 8 Case

Courtesy Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will urge the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, Pete Williams of NBC News reports. Thursday is the deadline for the administration to submit a friend-of-the-court brief in the Proposition 8 case, which will examine whether California voters had the right to ban same-sex marriage.

The precise language and scope of the amicus brief is unknown, but is expected to be filed later Thursday afternoon. It is unclear whether the brief will take the position that it is unconstitutional for any state to ban same-sex marriage or whether it will only speak to the specific circumstances in California, where voters narrowly voted to end gay marriage in 2008.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief earlier on Thursday urging the Supreme Court to strike down Prop. 8.

President Barack Obama has stated that he personally believes that same-sex couples should be allowed to be married but has also previously said the issue should be left up to the states.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

VIDEO: "On The Day I Was Born"

Gay Central Valley just completed a week of Cultural Compentency Training at Valley Children's Hospital. Through Cultural Competency we visit various buisiness and organizations throughout the Central Valley to help educate others on issues specific to the LGBT Community. 

Please click HERE for more information about our services.

This is a video, produced by Gay Central Valley, that we use during our training sessions. The video helps those outside the LGBT Community begin to understand the discrimination we face on a day to day basis.