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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Feb. 22 - Feb. 28, 2020

A lot of news in this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. 

The biggest local tidbit is that the Hillcrest neighborhood lost another business as The World Famous Tin Room suddenly closed its doors for good.

In the world of sports, the San Diego Loyal have signed the only out pro athlete in the Top 4, Collin Martin.

In entertainment news, Lady Gaga released a dance club bop. And we got to talk to local artist Eric Humphreys. 

Also, check out all the things to do as we leap into spring in Out & About. 

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

NEWS

What promised to be an exciting crazy Texas-style nightlife bar in Hillcrest has suddenly walked off into the sunset this week. The World Famous Tin Room in Hillcrest has closed for good after only three months in the historic neighborhood.

James Moed and his husband Damien Hughes aren't letting Uber off easy after they visited San Diego late last month and their driver called police on them saying that they had essentially kidnapped their infant.

President Trump recently attended a rally in his honor and played the song "Macho Man" by the LGBT band The Village People. 

Puerto Rican officials have confirmed that a transgender woman named Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, better known as Alexa, was killed early Monday morning. Officials aren't sure if the murder is in relation to a report that Neulisa had used the female restroom at a McDonald's

COMMENTARY

According to their press release, Rusticucina is now open in Hillcrest. Formerly Sirens, and before that, Pardon Our French, 3797 Park Boulevard has seen its fair share of restaurant purveyors vying to make their mark on the desirable neighborhood space, while Hillcrest dwellers have been aching for something to finally stick.

Fernando Zweifach López writes that San Diegans need to support, uplift, celebrate and honor their black LGBTQ community. Read more of his commentary HERE

CAUSES

Whether you have a green thumb or not the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden could use your help. They are currently accepting volunteers, novice or experienced, to join the Rose Garden Corps. Volunteers work in the garden trimming off dead blooms, weeding, raking, fertilizing, pruning and planting new varieties.

ENTERTAINMENT

The subway seems to the place to find amazing talent. First, there was the Emily Zamourka in Los Angeles who sang her heart out the Koreatown Metro station and thanks to a viral cellphone video landed a music deal. This week she appeared on Ellen

Eric Humphreys' parents allowed him to build a large wall in the backyard in an effort to keep his graffiti skills above board. The 40ft x 8ft structure was not a place to keep him contained though--just the opposite; it allowed him to freely express himself through the art of painting. Now he's doing gallery-quality works in Hillcrest. 

Playwright Paul Slade Smith opts for the hilarity of incompetence in “The Outsider,” his portrayal of the accession of a most unusual American lieutenant governor to the governor’s office as the result of a sex scandal. Jean Lowerison reviews this political comedy

Drag queens with Lady Gaga songs in their catalogs can rejoice, the pop star has returned to her outrageous costume roots in her latest video for the new song "Stupid Love."

SOCIAL

Spring is revving up and Hillcrest is blooming with fresh activities in Out & About this week. First, there's is a new season of Drag Race and as always there's a viewing party. Then  Roxie Bleu hosts the San Diego Community Leather Awards at Urban Mo's and things get charged up at Voltage at Rich's.

San Diego's Rikke Bahena and Luis Fitch have created a YouTube channel that will explore America's Finest City.  The show simply titled "Rikke & Fitch" went live on Wednesday, February 26.

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORTS

Collin Martin, a professional soccer player, made sports headlines two years ago after coming out publically while playing for the Minnesota United. That held historic significance because it made him the only out player in all five major sports organizations. He is now playing for San Diego

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

SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

 RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 Viewing Party at Urban Mo's

iO Wine Club at insideOUT

San Diego Leather Community Awards at Urban Mo's

Club Papi presents Voltage at Rich's

Harness presents Blackout at Urban Mo's

Other Great Upcoming SDPIX Presented Parties:

Gay As F**k

Dream Machine with DJ Harry Romero

CONTESTS

Enter to win a pair of weekend passes to Unite Music Festival!

Enter to win dinner for two at Currant American Brasserie

Enter to win a pair of tickets to Rupaul's DragCon 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VIDEO: If you think the world is against you, watch this.

VIDEO: Gay as Fu*k returns March 28th!

VIDEO: Rikke & Fitch - The Intro

Enter to win dinner for two at Currant American Brasserie

Enter to win a pair of weekend passes to Unite Music Festival!