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LA Editor, Columnist

Raised in Long Beach and a graduate from CSULB, I consider much of my life experiences as very Californian. My academic interests lie in history and sexuality with particular focus heterosexuality. I believe if there is such a thing as gay and lesbian history, there too, is also a worthwhile conversation about heterosexual history. As a queer, Filipino male, I came out at the age of 14, a rarity in many aspects. After high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy but voluntarily left the armed services shortly thereafter. Books are my life and coffee is my blood. My fascination with zombie and post-apocalyptic narratives borderline obsessive and my penchant for popular culture exposes what we truly value and believe in our society. I have seen the sunset in the Pacific, shaken the hand of a President, shoved a Vice-President out of my way and danced in front of a thousand people yet I find writing the most exhilarating experience of my life. You can reach me at cyrus@thenewgay.net.

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[23 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Lazy LA Summer Weekend Edition

Well, Summer is finally here in So Cal and you know what that means: seek refuge indoors, come outside at 3 pm and party all night long in 80 degree summer coolness. Some great things are going on this weekend. The 3rd annual College Battle of the Bands brought to you by Chegg makes an appearance at the Echo. Silver Lake’s last Saturday flea market, Art and Crafts Vintage and food truck block party invades Micheltorena Middle School. And for the culture vulture, check out the Borderlandia exhibits showcasing the typography between the Mexican American Border. Have a great Summer Weekend!

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[17 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Artful Dodger Edition

All right LA weekenders, this week its about mixed art and new styles. This week is heavier on the museum side than compared to other weekend previews but they all coincided fantastically to not only offer art but music, science, details, oceans, curves and color. Art on the Street at the MOCA this weekend showcases the first exhibit where graffiti and street art is considered high art. Looks like now-a-days, graffiti artists are gaining street and art credibility as Banksy and Fab 5 Freddy are now synonymous with contemporary art. All the Sordid Little Details at the WWA gallery shows a unique exhibit showcasing the talents of 6 artists and their detailed works of art. From color, brush strokes and composition, everything is painstakingly remarkable. And lastly, the Hyperbolic exhibit at the Williamson Gallery meshes art with the natural world in some pretty interesting ways. Have a great Weekend…. oh and Happy Father’s Day. Bring Dad along for this weekend’s adventures. Have a great Weekend!

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[10 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
LA Pride Edition

Alright, one of the big daddies of the gay pride stops touches down in LA this weekend, and the festivities seem to get bigger and more extravagant every year. LA Pride will without a doubt dominate many gay related and queer related events in LA. But TNG has other alternatives to this weekend to get those who are not interested in attending LA pride this year.Get your craft on at the Etsy-inspired craft party in Westminster.DeColores Queer Orange County is holding their 3rd Annual Queer Of Color conference in Santa Anna Ca. Dyke Day La will be basking in the Sun just near Vermont Street. and Finally, the renown LA Beat Swap Meet congregates at the Grandstar Jazz Club.

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[2 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Tim Burton Edition

This weekend is dedicated to one of my favorite directors of all time: Tim Burton. The phantasmagoric and slightly peculiar way he directs his films leaves every imaginative audience member to want more. His exhibit, which kicked off last weekend at the LACMA, will make the LA fans go bonkers as it did when the exhibit was at the MOMA in New York City. Having been to exhibit at the MOMA and LACMA, trust me. If you are even a remote Tim Burton follower, this exhibit will rock your socks off. There are also other great events going on the the LA are as well. SheRaw mixes it up once again with their queerest DIY dance party in Long Beach and a theater ensemble at the Redcat near the Disney Opera House. Have a great weekend!

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[26 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
LA Weekend Preview: Memorial Weekend Edition

Finally, its Memorial Day Weekend. So enjoy your four day weekend and have a blast in the Long Beach- Los Angeles area. For the recent graduates, bask in the freedom of doing nothing and finally living a life free from being a student and live it up! in the LA Area Club Underground gears up for their year- long ten anniversary celebration once again at the Echo. Then check out that Family Album exhibit in Long Beach which gives Family picture awkward realness a new definition. And lastly check yourself into the Museum of Latin American Art where the Defiant Chronicles are challenging ideas of street art and urban identity into a a high art. Have a great weekend and enjoy the great things in the LA area.

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[20 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]
LA Weekend Preview: The First Pride of the Season Edition

Well, this is the kick off to the gay pride circuit and Long Beach is one of the biggest and oldest. Not in the mood for a Pride Festival? Dont worry, TNG has a line up of other queer friendly events that will still bring the celebration to town. This Friday is the 4th annual Pink Party. Saturday, go to prom like how you’ve always wanted with Bootie LA’s special Prom Event Mash-up party and Sunday go and chill at the Red Cat theaters checking out some amazing collision of different styles of Art. Have a great weekend.

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[12 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]
LA Weekend Preview: Sweet Friday The 13th Edition

Happy Friday the 13th! This weekend in LA, check out the Rocky Horror Picture benefit show for AIDS/ LifeCycle in Long Beach, a soulful classic reggae/Motown/ Soul club in Santa Monica Beach and a piece of Los Angeles History celebrating women in the LAPD at Heritage Park. Have a great weekend!

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[11 May 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
X Factor USA Preview: The Los Angeles Auditions

The X Factor USA made its debut to the US audiences Sunday May 8th at the Galen Center in Los Angeles this week. I have been a huge fan of the X Factor (UK edition) for over 3 years now, watching official clips of contestants by iTV and bootlegged clips by fans of youtube and I have not skipped a beat. I logged on every Saturday to watch the star making power of the talent show in creating some sensational artists and launching very famous and successful careers such as JLS and most notably Leona Lewis. This year they are setting their eyes on American talent and last night on the taping of their kick off city Los Angeles where I was in attendance, the audience was beaming, looking for the next American superstar

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[5 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]
LA Weekend Preview: Hey Ma, You Want Brunch Too?

Well its Mothers Day this weekend and what a loaded weekend it is for the LA queer scene. SheRAW, Long Beach’s queerest dance party is going Cyborg chic this Friday at Que Sera. Bootie LA is back this Saturday and spinning the best music with some of the old favorites and with some of the most unlikliest parings of music in a collision of fatasmic surprise. And if you want to, there is a screening of Mommie Dearest at the Egyptian Theater that will bring a bonding between mother -daughter or mother-son even closer as Joan Crawford takes you away.

Happy Mother’s Day and Have an Amazing weekend!

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[28 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Weekend Preview: Newport Beach Film Festival Edition

The Newport Beach Film Festival in town with a good queer selection this year. Be sure to check out showtimes and theaters officially sponsored by the Newport Film Festival. Also going this weekend is a marvelous art gallery showing in Long Beach featuring work by Rod Luff and end your week partying with the part time punks post pop indie punk night (Say that three times!). Enjoy your weekend!