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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Jan. 4 - Jan. 10, 2020

Almost two weeks into the new year and there are some really great stories coming out of Hillcrest.

First, Hillcrest is catching up with some of the other famous gayborhoods around the world and installing rainbow crosswalks near Pride Plaza. 

Then after years of dedication to Rich's Nightclub, General Manager Ryan Bedrosian has taken over ownership of the popular hotspot.

The section of alley behind Fourth Avenue, between University and Robinson, is getting a colorful update. And San Diego Pride reveals this year's festival theme.

All of this and more in this week's Weekly Wrap. 

NEWS

The building that now houses Rich's Nightclub has come a long way since it's humble beginnings as a warehouse on University Avenue in Hillcrest in 1960, but there's no denying it has always been an exciting landmark full of fun people, music and entertainment. This week Rich's got a new owner, longtime General Manager Ryan Bedrosian was handed the keys to the kingdom.

The San Diego Police Department has partnered with a national nonprofit in making a survey which includes questions about their overall performance and their use of technology. The SDPD would like the public's input on how they are doing. 

COMMENTARY

"Before the United Methodist Church (UMC) announced a proposal to split the denomination over “fundamental differences” regarding theological beliefs on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage, that Friday morning of January 3rd, I was on the phone with the Reverend Joel B. Guillemette, pastor of Sudbury UMC." Read Rev. Irene Monroe's full commentary HERE

On Tuesday Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York State’s policy categorically prohibiting transgender minors from correcting the sex designation on their birth certificates – a critically important document for transgender people seeking to navigate through life with accurate government documents.

CAUSES

The community has become concerned about the disappearance of Nicholas Brian Engstler, 32, AKA Nick Engstler, AKA Nick Adams. They have set up a search network via social media to help find him. 

The Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) conference brings together Prides and LGBTQ-serving organizations from across the western United States of America and Mexico.

ENTERTAINMENT

Our theater critic Jean Lowerison reviews "Dear Evan Hansen" which played in San Diego on its nationwide tour: "I had great hopes for six-time Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen” when I heard it would finally tour San Diego, but I’m sorry to report that my hopes were mostly dashed last night at San Diego Civic Theatre. But don’t blame the cast."

SOCIAL

It's a new year and that means another 365 days of getting Out & About. Start the new year off with any of these great entertainment ideas going on around the neighborhood. 

Executive Director of San Diego Pride, Fernando Zweifach López, reveals the San Diego Pride theme for 2020.

The Mural Alley project is back underway after a few delays in 2019. The community has come together on this project and there are a few updates on what is being planned.

Squid is a Domestic Short Hair Male who can be adopted to the right home from the San Diego Humane Society. 

HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SPORTS

Assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Katie Sowers is being featured in a new Microsoft ad. The sports trailblazer came out in 2017 and became the first openly gay coach, male or female, for a pro team. She is also only the second female assistant in NFL history.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? See our list of featured events below, and click HERE for a complete list of events.

Don't Forget Shipwrecked on Jan 25! Get tickets HERE

THIS WEEK:

Years of Ms. San Diego Herstory at Gossip Grill

Divas at Rich's

Viernes Sabroso Latin Party at Urban Mo's

Rainbow Crosswalk Installation & Community Celebration

Playroom Sundays at the Tin Room

Hopped Up Wednesday at Hillcrest Brewing Company