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Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! Cinerama benefit for Ref. 71
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Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! Cinerama benefit for Ref. 71

by Albert Rodriguez SGN A&E Writer

Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!
October 26, 7 PM
Cinerama Theatre


Never before have popcorn and Milk Duds played such an important role in Gay politics as they will on Monday, October 26. Both of these irresistible snacks will help in raising money toward approving the statewide Referendum 71 ballot measure.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Vulcan, Baltic Room, and Gemini Events are joining forces to provide local supporters of the equal rights initiative an evening of abundant laughs while donating the proceeds to assist in funding the Approve Referendum 71 Campaign down the homestretch of the election.

Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!, a motion picture about Jewish parents faklempt about their son coming out, will hit theaters later this year, but a special screening of it is scheduled for Monday night at the Cinerama Theatre, offering Seattle area moviegoers a rare opportunity to see a film premiere and contribute to a worthy cause.

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, the film revolves around Nelson Hirsch (John Lloyd Young) and his dramatic, pestilent, and obnoxiously loud parents, portrayed by Saul Rubinek and reputable jazz artist-turned-actress Lainie Kazan. The elder Hirsches are in search of a good Jewish wife for their handsome offspring, completely clueless that he's already paired with an unannounced live-in lover, in the form of Angelo, played by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Jai Rodriguez. Along for the ride is Carmen Elektra, who fills the part of bombshell Sybil, hired by Nelson's parents to straighten him back to heterosexuality.

With Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!, expect major freak-outs, voluminous disagreements, dysfunctional humor, and more Jewish slogans than you can shake a kosher hot dog at. Jokes aside, this is a fundraiser for the single most important issue currently facing Gay households throughout Washington State. This is why you'll find Mayor Greg Nickels and several other elected and appointed officials in attendance at the special screening, as well as Afineevsky and Rodriguez, both flying in just for the event.

Cost of admission is $25 per person, and a VIP package is offered for $71 to those feeling generous and/or desiring a red carpet experience, which includes reserved seating and access to a festive afterparty. Moviegoers are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the box office on Monday evening - if there are any remaining from the online sales.

Showtime for Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! is set for 7 p.m. The 808-seat Cinerama Theatre, boasting a 90-foot long by 30-foot high screen, is located in downtown Seattle at 2100 4th Avenue. For more information on the film, visit its official website at www.oyveymysonisgay.com, or go to www.geminievents.com.

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