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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Community mourns the loss of Giggles

Michael Calles aka Giggles as winner of Tantrums & Tiaras 2014
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Jim Winsor/SDPIX

As many of you are aware, we all lost a shining star last weekend with the death of Michael Calles, aka Giggles. He passed away in his sleep Friday night/Saturday morning, due to what the what the Medical Examiner has determined to be a heart attack.

In addition to being an immensely popular public figure in the nightlife industry here in Hillcrest, he was also my roommate. So, as you can imagine this tragedy has been particularly difficult for me to process.

My other roommate Kevin Gardner and I are greatly heartened, however, by the overwhelming outpouring of grief and love the community has shown this week.

I personally received numerous calls and texts offering condolences and support, and the past few days my Facebook has been literally transformed into Gigglesbook.

In addition, at the time I write this the GoFundMe page set up by Mo’s Universe on behalf of Michael’s family for memorial arrangements has raised nearly $9,000 of its goal of $10,000 … in only 3 days!

I also want to thank the Hillcrest Business Association for lowering the Hillcrest Pride Flag to half-staff in an informal ceremony on Sunday.

Given Michael’s work with the Amazing High Heel Race that helped fund the flag, the gesture was in my opinion particularly appropriate and I know greatly appreciated by his friends and family who were in attendance there that day.

There will be a larger community ceremony celebrating Michael’s life in coming days; as soon the details are worked out I will let you all know.

Latin nights at #1 Fifth Avenue

This week #1 Fifth Avenue is serving up a couple of popular Latin-themed events. Tonight (Thursday) from 8 pm to 10:30 pm will be Ole! A Night of Flamenco, featuring the Flamenco Sur dance company, emceed by hostess Kc Star.

The on Saturday, get ready for another edition of #1’s extremely popular Havana Nights, with Manny Cepeda & Orchestra, and hosted by Michele Ada.

RuPaul Season 9 premier parties

This Friday marks the beginning of Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and a couple local Hillcrest hotspots will be hosting viewing parties in honor of the big occasion.

Brick Bar will be having their RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Premier Party from 7 pm to 11 pm, in conjunction with their regularly scheduled Deep Fridays promotion.

Urban Mo’s will be hosting a the first of their weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party: Season 9 events from 6:30 pm to 10 pm, which will include Chad Michaels presents Dueling Divas 2017 Week 1 contest from 10 to 10:30 pm.

White Party Kickoff at Rich’s

This year’s White Party Palm Springs is just around the corner (May 5 - 8, 2017), so this Saturday SDPIX will be presenting the official White Party Kickoff at Rich’s. There will be after hours until 4 am, with DJ Roland Belmares and DJ Nikno spinning the main room, and DJ Hektik in the front room. Plus, get ready for a live performance by Inaya Day around midnight!

Matinee Las Vegas Tour

Another big party weekend coming up in May is Matinee Las Vegas (May 26 – 29), and they too will be having a series of pre-parties in various cities leading up to the big event. This weekend the pre-party tour will be in Atlanta; no word yet on when the tour will hit San Diego, but I will keep you posted.

Other fun stuff this week


6 pm to 9:30 pm: Chadwick Johnson in "Vegas ... Shaken & Stirred" at Martinis Above Fourth

8 pm: Haters Roast: The Shady Tour at the Balboa Theatre

8 pm to 11 pm: SDPIX presents Outlaw at Uptown Tavern

10 pm to 2 am: Flicker at Flicks: The Money Grab


6 pm to 10 pm: SDPIX presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

7 pm: Finger Me Fridays at Gossip Grill

7 pm: Deep Fridays at Brick Bar

8 pm: Divas at Rich’s


10 am to 2 pm: Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

11 am to 2 pm: Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

8 pm to 9:30 pm: Kickers Country Western Line Dancing at Urban Mo's


6:45 am: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k at Petco Park

11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

1 pm to 6 pm: F-Monday It's Sunday Funday at Uptown Tavern

3 pm to 8 pm: Church at Babycakes


6 pm to 11 pm: 50₵ Wing Night at Hillcrest Brewing Company


4 pm: Happy Hour at the San Diego Eagle


7:30 pm to 10 pm: Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

10 pm to 12 am: Lip Sync War Wednesdays at Uptown Tavern

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Flicks, Martinis Above Fourth, Brick Bar, Rich’s and the Leather Fetish Ball at the WorldBeat Cultural Center.