Thursday, July 17, 2008

Saving the Boom Hollywood Premiere + No on 8 Endorsement

NEWS UPDATE Contact: Fred Karger 949-494-4750 July 25, 2008


LAGUNA BEACH – It’s been quite a couple of weeks. Last Tuesday, the Laguna Invasion of LA took place with several dozen Lagunans, who stared in the movie, coming up to Hollywood to see the World Premiere of John Keitel’s Saving the Boom documentary at the Outfest Film Festival. And there were two surprise guests at the Premiere, Brad (Pitt) and George (Clooney) who arrived on the red carpet and posed for photos with Premiere guests. Brad had flown in from Nice, where just days earlier Angelina had given birth to their twins. And George flew in from the set of his new fall comedy for HBO “The Fall of Bob.” He had gained 40 lbs for his new role and looked a little different.

The stars loved John’s movie and who knows; maybe they will buy the Coast Inn and SAVE the BOOM!!! once and for all. Brad, John, Fred and George at the Director’s Guild Theater last week for the World Premier of John Keitel’s Saving the Boom Documentary

Here some more pictures from that amazing night. Lagunans Andrew, Michael (Mr. March) and Eric with the stars Calendar Model Russ (Mr. June) and Chris Meeting Brad and George Calendar Model Mr. February Gustavo Made the trip up from the OC pictured with world renowned bagpiper Lorne Cousin from our AIG Demonstration in Century City on April 1st

Where guests were greeted by four searchlights in front and several hundred people celebrated the success of John Keitel’s Documentary Save the Boom Treasurer Shane, with Gustavo, Russ, Carlos and Calendar Contestant Coordinator Brian Filmmaker Extraordinaire John Keitel and his family at Falcon
It was a very fun and exciting night and special thanks go out to our sponsors, Skyy Vodka, Red Bull and Out Magazine. Film stars Ryan and Ty with Save the Boom Founder Fred Karger

After very emotional testimony and Council comments, the Laguna Beach City Council unamamously voted to oppose the anti gay marriage constitutional amendment -- Proposition 8 on the November ballot. Many residents testified and many more witnessed history being made as Mayor Jane Egly, Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl, Kinsman, and Council Members Elizabeth Pearson, Toni Iseman and Kelly Boyd all listened, discussed and lead the state by being the first city in California to formally oppose Proposition 8.

Here are links to the news coverage by Susannah Rosenblatt for the LA Times and Kelli Hart for the Orange County Register. And an excellent editorial also from the LA Times:,0,4080471.story

For everyone attending Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, it was a night that we will never forget.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to our outstanding City Council. They are leading the way for equality and making lives better through their action and their words.

We will keep you posted on our ongoing efforts to SAVE the BOOM – Forever!!!!

Thanks to one and all!

Friday, July 11, 2008

NEWS UPDATE July 9, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 949-494-4750

Record Numbers Flock to Laguna Beach

Over the Fourth Weekend (Photos up Soon)

LAGUNA BEACH – There were record numbers of gays and lesbians at West Street Beach and throughout Laguna over the three day holiday weekend. It was the first July 4th without the Boom Boom Room in 61 years, but Laguna was busy with parties, parties and more parties to fill the void. Promoter Extraordinaire Will Gorges put on his annual IndepenDance at two incredible venues. Friday night was Club W, at the Woman’s Club and Saturday night at the amazing event space seven degrees in Laguna Canyon.

Thanks go out to some of the many party hosts: Jack Corwin, Brad Harvey, Peter Montgomery and Michael Scales & Tom Panno and Tony Maquet. And Glen Kasper staged the first fun(d) raiser for his non profit Laguna Muse on Thursday night to kickoff the weekend at his beautiful home – see pics. Muse staged a fashion show and musical review all MC’d By Miss Dede Devine on a specially built stage over Glen’s swimming pool. There was a Scotch Tasting sponsored by Glenfiddich, a vodka bar sponsored by xzo Vodka, great decorations, food and a very fun crowd.

Czech in Here – holding up a copy of the new Laguna Muse

Models at Glen’s Party --- the “Revue”

Art Gallery owner Diana, Mr. March, Michael, his

boyfriend Andrew and Save the Boom treasurer Shane

Here are some other pictures from the weekend of fun in Laguna Beach

Colton (right) and Warren (left) at Brad Harvey's Party

Twin Bartenders Craig (left) and Greg (right) at Peter & Michael’s on the Fourth

Here I am at Marisa and Steve Robbins New House. Wow!

Loving the Ocean View at 5 Camel Point

Super Model and 30 year Laguna resident Scott at Tom and Tony’s

One Sad Note

After 61 years of gay history, the owner and operators of the Boom Boom Room and the Coast Inn removed the rainbow flag from the spot where it has flown for decades. The stars and stripes are flying but the gay rainbow flag is gone.

Several phone calls to management to find out what happened went unreturned. We hope that it will be back soon, but I have heard that because they are renting out the rooms they did not want the flag to remain.

We are hopeful that a buyer will come in and buy the Boom and Coast Inn and make it the most beautiful gay destination hotel and club in the U.S. Then the rainbow flag can fly proudly over our landmark Boom Boom Room again