Fred and Jason’s Halloweenie, Sponsored by Kevin Huvane, has been fittingly referred to as the “Party with a Purpose.” For eleven years, it has been a “must-do” event for Los Angeles LGBTQ scene-sters who want to celebrate the Halloween season while also lending their support to one of their community’s longest-standing and most beloved institutions.
On October 27, the historic Belasco Theater in DTLA will be the setting for the event’s twelfth incarnation, “Fred and Jason’s Halloweenie: Rebirth,” as it returns to once more benefit the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
GMCLA, the largest LGBTQ arts organization in the country, is known for its spectacular concert extravaganzas – full of fabulous costumes, glittering guest stars, and magnificent musical performances – which are a staple of the community’s cultural life every year.
As Executive Director Jonathan Weedman wants you to know, however, it’s much more than just a singing group. “Every Monday night,” he points out, “we gather together 300 volunteers. That’s more than any other volunteer-based organization in the city.”
These men are coming together to rehearse their music, of course, but they are also doing much more than that. GMCLA channels all those resources into advocacy and outreach, promoting visibility, acceptance, and equality for the LGBTQ community through its vitally important youth outreach programming, including its Alive Music Project and its national “It Gets Better Tour, among other community outreach projects.
The Alive Music Project (AMP) brings a message of anti-bullying and acceptance by placing students together with GMCLA members through an interactive presentation, sharing their stories, music, and experiences while fostering a safe space. For many gay or questioning young people, this is a valuable and life-changing first opportunity to connect with others like themselves.
AMP also offers an opportunity to enrich each school’s music education program. Artistic Director Dr. Joe Nadeau, visits the school prior to the presentation and conducts choral master classes with students, who are then invited to perform with GMCLA at the presentations.
The It Gets Better Tour travels to communities around the country, producing a week of educational workshops which culminate in a theater performance. The stage show is derived from the true experience of stories of lesbian, gay, transgender, genderqueer and straight allies from across America across America, bringing them to life and infusing them with dynamic musical numbers.
Programs like these are even more important in the current political climate. As GMCLA Board Chairman John Jude Durant points out, “The world changed on November 8, 2016. The horrible, regressive agenda of the nation’s current administration means that our work has become much, much harder, and will be that way for at least the next four years.” The Chorus is committed to advocacy for the rights of not just LGBTQ citizens, but also those of all populations who are now at risk of being marginalized even further – and the ongoing battle against a backwards tide requires resources more than ever.
That’s where Halloweenie – and you – can help.
Due to the generous support of the event’s creators Fred Arens and Jason Duguay, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for GMCLA, and this year’s 12th Annual Halloweenie hopes to continue that grand tradition.
Every year, partygoers are invited to enter into a completely immersive and original Halloween experience with astonishingly real décor, ghoulish celebrity guests, killer photo ops, an array of fully stocked bars, and sexy and ghoulish costumed eye candy.
Costumes are required, so bring your best Halloween game – and be prepared to dance all night.
To help with the latter, Halloweenie will provide imaginatively crafted sounds by some of the world’s most sought after DJs.
DJ Hector Fonseca is an international DJ superstar and coveted celebrity remixer. He has charted over 15 Official Billboard #1 dance remixes for artists like Sia, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Blondie, Kerli and Beyonce.
DJ Jeremy Blacklow is the director of entertainment media for GLAAD. His recent production work includes the highly-acclaimed update (with two full remix packages) of the 2001 dance music anthem “To Be Able To Love” on Swishcraft Music, and an explosive high-energy take on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut To The Feeling.”
DJ Max Bruce got his start spinning in the after hours and gay clubs of Toronto over 25 years ago, and brings a great historical perspective to his sets. “House” is the word with “disco”, “tech” and “deep” being the prefixes.
Additional sponsors for the event include Anawalt Lumber, Ketel One Vodka, LASC, Don Julio Tequila, and Rockwell Table & Stage.
Only those 21-and-over are allowed to enter. Ticket prices have been adjusted to reflect this year’s change to a cash bar. There will also be private cabanas and VIP areas available throughout the venue.
For more information or to purchase tickets ($75-130) in advance, visit www.halloweenie.com or call (424) 239-6514.