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Saturday, 21 January 2012 16:00

Mr. Hayes Valley Michael Zane

Hayes Valley Leather Michael Zane By Rich StadtmillerMr. Hayes Valley Michael Zane

On January 22, Marlena’s Bar in San Francisco, CA hosted the Mr. Hayes Valley Leather competition which was won by Michael Zane, with Robert Soares as runner-up.
The panel of judges included, with Mr. Hayes Valley Leather 2008 Desmond Perrotto acting as head judge, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2011 Darren Bondy, SF Dyke Daddy 2002 Vick Germany, Jacob Richards of Folsom Street Events, American Leatherboy 2011 Tyler Fong and Mark Paladini of Paladini Productions.

Photo of Michael Zane By Rich Stadtmiller

Michael works as one of the clinicians at Magnet men’s sexual health clinic in the Castro where he helps create a space that is non-judgmental, supportive of kink and fetish as well as freedom of sexual expression.

Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 05:35

Celebration of Life Ceremony for Bob Tomasino

Bob Thomasino At IML 2007 By Dave Rhodes WebA Celebration of Life Ceremony for Bob Tomasino, famed founder and sole owner of Oil Can Harry's bar in Studio City, CA, will be held at the West Hollywood Auditorium on Sunday, January 19 from 2-5 PM.

Eulogies will be given by Charlie Matula and Hunter Fox Long of the Eagle LA, International Mr. Leather 2007 Mike Gerle and Avatar Club Los Angeles Secretary Nick Drance.

Formal Leather/Fetish attire is requested. A parade of flags led by several los angeles clubs will start the memorial.

Bob Tomasino, owner of Oil Can Harry’s which is the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi River at 47 years, was killed in an auto accident while returning home from work in the realy hours of November 23 in not far from his Lake Balboa residence in the Studio City area of los angeles, CA. He was 66 years old and was born in Rochester, NY.

Tomasino also ran the Country Dance Pavilion during the Festival at los angeles LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. He received many honors for his generous community service inculding when Christopher Street West Association honored Tomasino with its Sheldon Andelson Award in 2007.

Country Western music and dancing helped Oil Can Harry's to continue as one of the hottest night clubs in the San Fernando Valley. Before Country, Oil Can Harry's was a popular disco.

Published in Local Leather
Monday, 11 November 2013 15:26

Threshold Society's annual Bizarre Bazaar

Threshold Bizarre Bazaar 2013The Threshold Society held their annual Bizarre Bazaar on Sunday, November 3 at the Threshold Clubhouse, 11300 Hartland Street in North Hollywood CA 91605 with about 400 Leatherfolk attending to see demos, sample play and shop.

Taster booths were set up so that guests could try on all those kinky delights they have always been curious about but never got around to experimenting. These included Flogging, Wax, Littles, Whips, Spanking, Violet Wand, Fire Cupping and Canes.

Approximately 20 vendors were on hand including The Leather Journal.

There was a Silent Auction, Smoking Lounge, Entertainment and Food. One entertainer was a woman working in a suspended hoop that stopped the crowd each time she performed.

 

Published in Local Leather
Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:16

Andy Covarrubias was named Mr. Regiment 2014

Regiment Leather 2014 Andy By Motorboot PhotographyAndy Covarrubias was named Mr. Regiment 2014 on Saturday October 19th in front of a packed house at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. Andy wowed the crowd...and the judges with his charismatic smile, articulate remarks and sexy interaction with the audience.

Matthew Mullins and Daniel Flores made it a close race as these two gentlemen were mere points from victory themselves.

This was a sexually charged weekend of events for the Black and Tans who are celebrating 40 years of Service in Uniform in the los angeles community. Starting Friday night, the three contestants acted out their hottest fantasies at Enlistment which was held in the parking lot of Rough Trade in the Sliver Lake District of los angeles and only about three blocks from the Eagle LA. The contestants left the judges wet in their seats and drooling for more.

The party continued at the Eagle LA with Roll Call as the contestants officially kicked off the weekend, presenting themselves to the crowd.The highjinks continued on Saturday afternoon with an Interview and naked pool party.

 

Published in Local Leather

Oil Can Harry Leather 2014 Bobby Allen Photo By Dave RhodesDisplaying excellent command of the stage during his speech, Bobby Allen was declared Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2014 at that venerable bar in Studio City, CA on Sunday night, February 9. Gareth Chen was the runner-up and David Taylor also competed.

A tribute video to all of he past Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather titleholders prepared by Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2008 Randy Carmenaty entertained.

Sister Buffy was the emcee who handled the contestants quite well - and often. The crowd ate it up.The judges were Bullet Bar owner Michael Lara, International Mr. Leather 2007 and Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2007 Mike Gerle, Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2006 Tim Stake, Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2005 Lou Romano, Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2004 Mark Diamond and Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2013 Jeremy Ranceros. The tally master was Kris Larson.

The audience was blown away by Ranceros step down speech. One Leather community elder was heard afterward saying, "I think we are in good hands with this new generation.

Published in Local Leather
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:03

Mr. Barracks Leather 2014 Dominick Owen

Barracks Leather By Marko RussellThe Mr. Barracks 2014 contest was held on Saturday October 5 at The Barracks bar in Cathedral City, CA and was won by Dominick Owen. The first runner-up was Randy Espinoza and the second runner-up was Mike Trent. There were four contestants.

Dominick will compete at Mr. Palm Springs Leather in November during Palm Springs Leather Pride Week.

The judges were Ray Perea, Jonathan Rosenblatt, DJ Reed, Rheo Bruneo, and Steven Crawford.

The emcee was International Ms Leather 1988 Shan Carr.

Published in Local Leather
Friday, 06 January 2012 16:00

Oedipus MC Coronation of Officers

Oedipus MC Coronation Photo By Dave Rhodes

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club, based in los angeles, CA, held their coronation of club officers at the home of Rick F. and Paul J. in Chatsworth on Saturday night, January 7.

Members of many of the los angeles clubs were on hand including a strong showing from the Satyrs MC. The Warriors MC, LOBOC MC and Pacific Coast MC were there in force, too. Other clubs included Trident: LA, Avatar and the California B&B Corps. Out of town clubs included Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert, The 15 Association, Chicago Hellfire Club and the Golden Gate Guards.

The new officers and their offices are: Rick Feldman, Rex or president; Lou Willsea, Regent or road captain; Michael Fagone, Scribe or Secretary; Michael Landsman, Thesaurus or treasurer; and Howard Ferguson, Digitus Maximus or web master.

As part of the celebration, the Oedipus MC provided a nice lasagna dinner.

For more information on the Oedipus Motorcycle Club and its riding schedule, check out http://www.omcla.org

Published in Local Leather

Folsom Street Events announced charitable giving in the amount of $330,745 on December 15 in San Francisco, CA. With this, Folsom Street Events cleared the $4.6 Million Mark in its 28-year giving history.

Board president Jacob Richards said, “2011 was a solid year for Folsom Street Events and our charities. We are enormously grateful to our sponsors, beneficiaries, beverage partners, and the leather/fetish community for the ongoing support. This check represents an increase from our $326,161 in charitable giving for 2010. Particularly given the depressed economy, we feel that this check is a total success.”

According to executive director Demetri Moshoyannis, “Given that we had a less-than-stellar year with respect to the weather at both Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fair, we relied much more heavily on the successes of our Magnitude and DEVIANTS parties. The size of our check proves the potency and spirit of the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community. The vast share of the check will support our 16 Major and Supporting Beneficiaries, including AIDS Emergency Fund, Castro Country Club, Central City Hospitality House, Frameline, Project Open Hand, and Transgender Law Center, among others. Given what has been happening locally with other community organizations that distribute funds from special events, we feel particularly proud of our efforts. Combined, we are supporting  over 70 great charities in San Francisco and around the U.S.”

Folsom Street Events hosted a special evening to honor its beneficiaries, sponsors, and nonprofit partners with a check ceremony at The Armory, 1500 Mission Street, well known in the Leather/BBSM/Fetish community as the home of Kink.com. Special invited guests included Supervisor Jane Kim (District 6), Supervisor Scott Weiner (District 8), and many others.

Folsom Street Events is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that produces seven annual fetish events: The San Francisco Party at IML, Bay of Pigs, Up Your Alley®, SF Leather Week Formal Dinner, Magnitude®, Folsom Street Fair®, and DEVIANTS™. Its mission is to create volunteer-driven Leather events that provide the adult alternative lifestyle community with safe venues for self expression while raising funds to benefit charity. In 2011, an estimated 250,000-plus event attendees raised money for charitable donations.

Published in International Leather

images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/Orpheusblack.jpgThe Avatar Club los angeles educational program for Wednesday, August 27 is Fire Play with Orpheus Black at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 starting at 8 PM.

Fire Play by Orpheus Black will include discussion on Basic Fire Safety: Preparing private or public fire play scenes, checking tools, fuel storage and transportation, safety equipment and measures, treating burns. Preparing the Sub: Easing fears, outlining safety protocols, negotiating safe words, phrases and gestures, cultivating the head space. Technique: Types of torches brushes and their differences, review of basic torching methods and basic cupping, tips and tricks Advanced Techniques  Fire Painting Techniques:How to perform half body trails and full torso transfers  Advanced Fire Cupping:Demonstration of horning, using cups as tie points and leads  Torching Techniques: Safely combining rope bondage and fire play, safely increasing the heat and intensity of the flame.

 

 

Published in Local Leather
Friday, 20 January 2012 16:00

Eagle LA Mr. Leather Andre Chambers

Eagle LA Andre BC By Jay LawtonAndre Chambers won the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2012 title on Saturday night, January 21 at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. The runner-up was Dan Lovell and there were four men competing.

Eagle LA Mr. Leather was emceed by Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2010 Jasun Mark

On Sunday there was a victory brunch honoring the new Eagle LA Mr. Leather at the French Quarter in West Hollywood and concluded with a victory beer bust at Eagle LA. The judges were head judge Kevin
Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2011 Joey Lopez, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2006 Jeff Sekido, los angeles Mr. Leather 2010 Brad Taylor and LA Leather Coalition co-founder Brent Sweer.

Eagle LA Mr. Leather is a preliminary for Mr. los angeles Leather 2012.

Published in Local Leather

Los Angeles’ Gay Community is mourning the death of one of their most beloved members, Bob Tomasino, owner of the popular Country Western dance club, Oil Can Harry’s, located in Studio City, CA. The club is the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi and has been in business continuously for 47 years. Mr. Tomasino has received awards and recognition for his generosity many times over the years.

An unprecedented number of local Business leaders, family and members of the Gay community in los angeles are coming together in a virtual gathering for a moment of reflection scheduled for 8 PM, Wednesday November 26th. This moment of meditation is being lead by Reverend Les Demarco of North Hollywood Church of Religious Science, in the closing Benediction of their Wednesday evening service at 8 PM.

Published in Leather Obituaries
Friday, 27 January 2012 16:00

Mr. Powerhouse Leather Brent Gannetta

Powerhouse Leather Brent Gannetta by Rich StadtmillerBrent Gannetta was selected as Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2012 on Saturday night at the Powerhouse in San Francisco on Saturday night, January 28.

Brent competed at Mr. San Francisco Leather in March.

Published in Local Leather
Monday, 23 September 2013 10:05

Mr. Sister Leather Jordan

Jordan Frink And AndyJordan Frink was chosen Mr. Sister Leather 2014 at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA on Saturday night, September 21 in a contest produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: los angeles House. Another man named Andy competed. The Mad Tea Room Party was the theme. There was a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Friday night and the theme was Sacrilege.

Emcees Sister Unity in her well-known orange "face" and George Geary were on top of things from beginning end. They worked well together and are one reason that the Mr. Sister Leather is once of the favorite Leather contests in the los angeles title circuit.

 

Published in Local Leather

Tom Of Finland Drawing 1990The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in los angeles, CA announced that Helsinki-filmi, the innovative Finnish production company, has asked it to do a feature about Tom of Finland. Helsinki-filmi has demonstrated enormous respect for the artist who started the Foundation that bears his name.

The Helsinki-filmi biopic will be the first feature-length portrait of Tom of Finland's influential life and career, and everyone involved has committed to crafting it the way that would make Tom proud.

"Every project we've seen from this esteemed company has consistently impressed us with its creativity. The production team has a full grasp of the layers of the subject matter they take on," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation.

Tom's real name is Touko Laaksonen, he was born on May 8th, 1920 and "May" in Finnish is "Toukokuu." He lived and worked in Helsinki and later los angeles. He died in 1991 and was involved in two documentaries made about him during his lifetime (Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life and Works of Tom of Finland, 1988 and Daddy and the Muscle Academy, 1991).

 

Published in Society & Arts
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:12

Miss Fawna 1973 - July 22, 2014

Fawna, the recently-elected Coordinator of The Threshold Society in los angeles, CA, passed away suddenly on July 22, 2014.

She was a lovely face, passionate advocate, a delightful laugh and a helping hand.  She left us too soon. Fawna also used the names aka FawnaLemon, Fawnasaurus, The Fawnanator.

She joined the Southern California community in 2009 and quickly became active by volunteering, including being elected to the Threshold Society, Inc. Board of Directors on more than one occasion, most recently to the position of Coordinator.  She was also the founder and leader of the Domme Scouts Troop  96 (a kinky scout troop with a "twist," which is in its fourth year).

Fawna was a wonderful educator, a supporter of dreams and ambitions, and a real friend to many.  The Southland Honors group honored her recently with a nomination for the 2014 Jeff Burnam Community Service Award for her devotion and hard work on behalf of the community. Her laugh, her energy and her heart will be sorely missed.  Be at peace, Fawna.

Published in Leather Obituaries
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