MENALIVE PRESENT CHRISTMAS VACATION
We know, we know, it isn’t yet December, but Halloween is over and though Thanksgiving hasn’t hit, “It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas!” Men Alive: Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, is on hand to “Haul out the holly: Put up the tree before my spirit falls. Fill up the stocking, we may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now! For we need a little Christmas…” as it were. After all, what would the Christmas season be without a little MenAlive holiday concert cheer? According to the group’s website, “Come away with MenAlive on a fabulous trip through the music of the holidays!” The concerts take place in the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine, on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, December 3 at 3 p.m.
For tickets and more information, call 866.636.2548 or go to menalivechorus.org.
A TASTEFUL AFFAIR
The AIDS Food Store is celebrating their 31st year of service to the community. Their mission statement is as follows, “AIDS Food Store believes that no man, woman or child infected with HIV/AIDS in the greater Long Beach area should be without food or compassion. We are committed to distributing fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meats and non-perishable food items on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. We will honor this commitment until there is a cure for HIV/AIDS.” As a part of fulfilling that mission, they host fundraisers each year in order to fund their philanthropic efforts, honor local successes and celebrate all the heroes that continue to support them. This year’s annual event, called A Tasteful Affair, features a complimentary Champagne greeting, live entertainment, photo booth, complimentary wine tasting and a wonderful live auction! The “dress to impress” party will be held Friday, November 11, at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach.
For tickets and more information, go to aidsfoodstore.org.
WINTERTRAMP GAY SNOW DAY L.A.
“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…” That’s not something you see or hear every day here in California…Especially at a location just five minutes from downtown L.A.! Well, look no further all you gay-frozen-for-a-day fans than WinterTramp, the most festive (and only) LGBTQ snow day is happening in conjunction with Snow Los Angeles, at The Old Lodge Montecillo in De Leo Politi Park (Elysian Park near Dodgers Stadium) on Sunday, November 27! As they say, look for “A magical Brigadoon of decadence and delight,” featuring over 10,000 square feet of snow tubing across nine acres of winter wonderland, with food trucks, drinks, giant singing snowmen and tubing lanes of varying lengths and thrill levels to satisfy every snomo in your posse. (Get it? Yuk-yuk!) Tubing lanes are themed, including Avalanche, Friendly Yeti, Snowshoe Hare Hill, Arctic Fox, Polar Penguin and the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) with glowing snow! In the Snowman Forest, hundreds of Snowmen join together every hour for an Interactive light show. “Bring your winter best and rise above the rest. The snow-park, soirée, libations and glittering debauchery will all be provided.”
For tickets and more information, go to summertramp.com.
CHILL: A QUEEN MARY EVENT
Steaming full-ahead right towards that big hunk of ice again this year, the Queen Mary in Long Beach is about to repeat her up close brush with something large and frozen. Unlike the path of her famed, short-lived predecessor, at the bottom of the Atlantic, this experience is anything but an ill-fated rendezvous—this icy rendezvous is totally exciting and much less deadly. From Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, January 8 keep a lookout for the giant igloo/dome in Long Beach, right next door to the iconic Queen Mary’s mooring and you will learn what something big, frozen and super-fun means! Chill is made up of a number of different holiday-themed activities, with over 13,000 square feet of ice carvings to wander through, sculptures ranging in size from 8 to 24 feet tall, the largest being the Ice Kingdom display. That not enough? Fulfill your Alice in Wonderland fantasies on their 6000-square foot outdoor skating rink, the 135-foot ice tubing runs, shop in their quaint holiday village as you listen to carolers, other live music and activities! But don’t forget your parka and gloves, the “igloo” has to be at nine degrees to keep the nearly 4,500 blocks of ice weighing 2 million pounds, from dissolving into one giant slush pile.
For tickets and more information, call 877.342.0738 or go to queenmary.com.
As the Trevor Project says on their website, “The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.” Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Trevor LIVE their annual event and fund-raiser in celebration of the organization’s achievements, as well as those who support their mission, is being held this year on Sunday, December 4 at the Beverly Hilton. The evening’s guest performers include Brian Justin Crumb (Americas Got Talent), Out Lady J, Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Hayden Byerly (The Fosters) and Ross Mathews (with more to be announced), as well as cocktails, dinner and a silent auction and a dessert after party immediately following the main event. For tickets and more information, go to trevorlive.org.