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Rainbow Reflections…

A column about LGBTQ life in Laguna

By Craig Cooley

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In just three weeks, the second annual Laguna Beach Pride 365 Festival will commence. With a much larger program than last year, the organization has outgrown the Boom Boom Room and has located to a new venue, Seven7Seven in Laguna Canyon (formerly Tivoli Too!). It is an excellent location with ample parking and has more than four times the space.

Announcing Pride entertainers and the schedule lineup

This year the event will include an entertainment stage, 10-plus vendor booths, garden patio, and huge dance pavilion, optional valet parking for everyone, and a VIP package that is the envy of any LGBTQ Pride Festival. 

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Seven7Seven in Laguna Canyon

With a larger venue there is more room for “name” entertainers including Debby Holiday with her new dance releases, Joey Suarez, and Jennifer Corday. For music we have the Perry Twins, Dawna Montell, and DJ Arrow. It is an excellent lineup.

Thank you!

As a member of the Laguna Beach Pride 365 organization, I wish to thank the venue owner, Mo Honarkar, and Laguna Beach Company/Laguna Creative Ventures for working so closely with us and our event to make it the best that Laguna Beach has ever experienced. But perhaps more importantly, I wish to thank them for their fantastic support of diversity.

A current list of Laguna Beach Pride activities

May 31 – Club Nirvana Rooftop Deck 

Join us for a special edition of Rainbow Friday’s “Happy Hour Pride Kick Off Party” at Club Nirvana. Enjoy rooftop views, cocktails, and special nibbles. Watch the sunset and get the weekend off to a Prideful start! 

--303 Broadway St

--6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - No Cover

May 31 – Main Street Bar & Cabaret Dance

Laguna Beach Pride 365 welcomes you to Main Street Bar & Cabaret with our official Pride Weekend Kick-Off Dance Party. Enjoy your favorite beverages and dance the night away. Wear a Rainbow and join in the Best Rainbow Contest to win “Prizes and Surprises” for everyone.

--1401 S Coast Hwy

--9 p.m. to 2 a.m. - No Cover

What’s up on Sunday

June 1 – Laguna Canyon Nature Hike

Enjoy an early morning hike to get the juices flowing for a full day of Pride. Your tour director will meet you with bottled water and maps for the outing as you discover a portion of the 22,000 acres of preserved outdoor spaces that surround Laguna Beach. More details will be provided as they become available. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

--Location in the Canyon to be determined...more to follow. 

--8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – it’s free!

June 1 – Love is Love Drag Bingo Brunch

Endora can call the number as no one else can, with her own raucous commentary, all in good taste, as always. Some great prizes will be awarded to the winners. The competition will be fierce. Enjoy some personable hosts and bingo card distributors who will certainly add to the entertainment value. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

--OC Craft Gastro Pub, 237 Ocean Ave

--11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - $5 Admission with Welcome Rainbow Jell-O Shot. 

June 1 – Laguna Beach Pride Festival

Enjoy a day of entertainment with specialty vendors, GoGos, Queens, guest DJs, and special guest performances. VIP Package includes private lounge with no host premium bar, complimentary Lite Bites, and free valet parking. More details to follow. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

--Pride Entertainer Wilhelmina Caviar hosts Debbie Holiday, Joey Suarez, and Jennifer Corday

--Seven 7 Seven, 77 Laguna Canyon Road

--3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. VIP Admission is $45 in advance, $55 at the door. 

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Jennifer Corday

June 2 – West Street Beach Pride Celebration

Join us for an afternoon of fun at the iconic West Street Beach with featured guest DJ, entertainment, and dancing. All ages and all families welcome! 

--Officially known as Camel Point Beach 

--11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free!

June 2 – Pride Closing Party T-Dance

Featured guest DJs, GoGos, and Queens galore. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

--Mozambique, 1740 S Coast Hwy

--5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

-- $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 

You can pre-purchase discounted general admission or VIP tickets or make a donation to the nonprofit Laguna Beach Pride 365 at www.lagunabeachpride.org.

Rainbow Radio this Saturday features…

This week’s radio guest is Florian Klein to talk about the world premiere of Shooting Star – A Revealing New Musical.

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Florian Klein

Shooting Star – A Revealing New Musical is a semi-autobiographical musical love story by Florian Klein (in the role of gay porn star Hans Berlin), with music by Thomas Zaufke and lyrics by Erik Ransom. The production is directed by Michael Bello (assistant director for the Tony Award nominee Summer: The Donna Summer Musical).

The daring musical explores identity, family, and love in the unexplored world of gay porn. It is an invitation to not only destigmatize our views on the adult film industry and its players, but also to meet the real people behind the scenes of this taboo (and fascinating) industry. 

The production goes beyond the stereotype and prejudice. We see that the standard image we as a society tend to assign any and all adult video stars is actually pretty far from the truth. Shooting Star shows the human side of adult video by focusing on the performers in the adult film world — their hopes, lives, and dreams. It is about finding oneself, a family, and above all else love. The movie trailer can be viewed on YouTube.

Florian Klein is originally from Germany, where he’s worked as an actor, singer, moderator, TV host, and HIV activist. In 2002, he moved to New York and later to Los Angeles – both times in pursuit of his acting career.

Club Q – Laguna Beach…

If you are not familiar with Club Q, let me explain. It is a vibrant social organization bringing together the LGBTQ community for various fun and affordable social events, from educational and related community efforts to entertainment and social mixers. Membership is free and includes all ages, from 18 up.

A list of upcoming events includes: 

--Friday, May 17 from 3 - 5 p.m., featured movie Boy Erased

--Friday June 7, from 3 - 5 p.m., guest Joyce, representing Shanti, is going to speak on “Sensuality and Intimacy After 60, Dispelling the Over the Hill Myth”

--Friday June 2 from 3 - 5 p.m., featured movie Bohemian Rhapsody

Club Q meets at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. 

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Craig Cooley, Nadia Babayi, and Chris Tebbutt

Recently the Susi Q celebrated its tenth anniversary at [seven-degrees] in the Canyon. Chris Tebbutt and I were there and shared the moment with Nadia Babayi. It was an emotional event as the Quilter family brought the community together with a proud heritage of giving back to the community.

So, there you have it for this week lots going on here in our beautiful beach city…lots to be prideful about.

Until next week, Craig Cooley here doing my best to keep up with all the LGBTQ fun in Laguna Beach.

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