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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Gay Guide to Mardi Gras

Get ready to don your masks and gather your beads, as Mardi Gras is this Tuesday! Here’s a roundup of some of the major Fat Tuesday festivities happening in and around the gayborhood:

5 pm: Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras at Bourbon Street

6 pm: Bead Me at 1202

6 pm: Mardi Gras at Flicks

6 pm: Mardi Gras Playground at Urban Mo’s

6 pm: Hillcrest Mardi Gras

6 pm: Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

9 pm: Mardi Gras After Party at the Brass Rail

10 pm: Mardi Gras at Rich’s

Jackie Beat needs new hips

Last week internationally renowned drag queen and comedy songstress Jackie Beat made the following impassioned plea for help to defray important medical expenses, via her social media accounts:

“After years of excruciating pain, comic performer/writer JACKIE BEAT is finally getting a double hip replacement. Can you help?

Take a big-boned man-lady who has run around in high heels for over 20 years, add the fact that her mother drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney while pregnant with her, make it all take place right here in America instead of Canada and what do you get? A world-famous drag superstar with two hips that are crumbling like a sandcastle during high tide. NEWS FLASH: There's no such thing as a Drag Queen union, and as a result, I have no medical insurance. After years of excruciating pain it's finally time for the DOUBLE hip replacement. Many years ago I was told that my right hip was "bone-on-bone" (no, that's NOT the latest Chi Chi LaRue DVD!) and the left was almost as bad. But I didn't have the money, the time or the courage to have the surgery and continued to dance like a monkey and sing like a bird, despite the pain. But the time has come when I can barely walk and this must happen NOW. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th. I am terrified, but this must be done. I realize that this is NOT LIFE-THREATENING, but it has and continues to greatly affect and diminish my QUALITY OF LIFE. So, if I have ever given you a chuckle or made you crack a smile, please slip a little something into the brandy snifter here on mama's piano. (Okay, stop looking for a piano, that was merely a creative way of begging you to please give!) Every little bit helps. Am I embarrassed? Of course. Will I let that stop me? Never. Thank you so much and please feel free to share this!”

She’s set up GiveForward page entitled “Jackie Beat HIP HIP Hooray!” to raise the $50,000 needed for this procedure. To date friends and fans have already contributed over $17,000, which is about one-third of the way towards meeting this worthy goal.

I encourage people to consider giving what you can, lest chronic joint pain robs us all of this incredible entertainer. Hopefully she can get a shiny new pair of hips, recover, then come down and pay us a long overdue visit here in San Diego soon!

Harness at Numbers

This Friday Cub Club SD presents their monthly Harness leather night at Numbers, with Mr. San Diego Leather 2010 Anthony Rollar as host.

The event features many interesting activities, including shining service by boot black extraordinaire Spike Tranc, live fetish demonstrations, leather go go men, and even a male go go dancer boot camp audition:

“If YOU or someone you know has a hot face, owns their body, and can dance: SIGN THEM UP! At the next Harness, the PACK will be auditioning MEN of all sorts (Average Joes, Bears, Cubs, Daddies, Sirs, Muscle, Otters, Silver Foxes, Pups, scruffy, Fetish, Military, Athletes, BEEFY etc) We are looking for some guys to help round out our crew. We are looking for a few good MEN who are the life of the party, can hold their own on the dance floor, don't mind dressing like Sex, have team mentality, and that can dance like a muthafucker. We will be rotating auditioners throughout the night: to help fill our roster for our 2013 Events; that include but are not limited to the following Club Nights: Harness, Belt, Glitter Cub Disko, Geek Week, Heroes Vs. Villians, Brass Rail's Manic Monday, RudeBoy, WTF, CubClub's THE PACK and LLBear. Wear shoes/boots you can move in, and briefs/gear that pushes the line but won't get you arrested. (There will be a small changing area for auditioners who don't underdress: CubClub and Numbers will not be held responsible for lost items: so bring a watchful friend or leave the good shit at home) REMEMBER: this is CUBCLUB, we DONT care about a few extra pounds, and Shaving/manscaping is discouraged. Contact Cub Club SD (CubClubSD@yahoo.com) if you have any other questions...”

Cover is only $8, and leather gear attire is highly encouraged!

The Dreamgirls Do Disney at Urban Mo’s

San Diego’s best drag show is going Disney! Yes that’s right, this coming Wednesday at Urban Mo’s the Dreamgirls Revue at Urban Mo’s will be devoted to Disney divas. This is a one-night-only special event, with showtime at 8 pm, and a $7 cover.

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX for all the new albums from last week, including photos from #1 Fifth Avenue, Flicks, and the Brass Rail. Happy viewing!