'Spend the Night With Alan Cumming' at the Castro Theater


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 20, 2016

On Thursday, September 22, join moderator Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as he brings Tony Award winning actor, activist and author Alan Cumming to the stage for "Spend the Night With Alan Cumming," at the Castro Theater. The event includes a reception and book signing.

Stage, silver screen, books, behind the camera: Alan Cumming can do it all. His career spans the Broadway stage and Hollywood to the New York Times bestseller list and beyond. You may know him as the wily "Eli Gold" from the CBS drama "The Good Wife," from leading roles in Broadway shows like "Cabaret," which won him the Tony Award. Alan has made movies with everyone from Stanley Kubrick to the Spice Girls, playing roles including the Devil, the Pope, and God, and he's not done yet.  He was also the host of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. 

When he's not onstage, in front of the camera or writing away, Cumming's a vocal advocate for causes including LGBT rights and AIDS charities. He has received both the Vito Russo Award at the Annual GLAAD Media Awards and Human Rights Campaign's Humanitarian Award in recognition of his many efforts. He was also named an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.

Cumming's latest book is "You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams," published by Rizzolo Ex Libris. Cumming's previous books include "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir and Tommy's Tale."

Cleve Jones is a human rights activist who launched the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987 to commemorate the lives of those who had died of AIDS and bring awareness of the disease to the community at large.  He also co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1982 with Dr. Marcus Conant, Frank Jacobson, and Richard Keller. The foundation promotes accurate AIDS education and encourages safe sex practices. In the 80s, the foundation was a major resource and support system for those affected with the disease during a time of stigma and misinformation. With its great success in the U.S., the foundation expanded in 2001 and brought HIV/AIDS treatment and education to developing countries.

Jones's book "When We Rise" is currently being adapted for an ABC mini-series to be executively produced by the critically acclaimed director of "Milk" Gus Van Sant. In 2009 he led the National March for Equality in D.C. and worked on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights which opposed California's Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2005 he was featured in the documentary "Echoes of Yourself in the Mirror" in which he spoke about World AIDS Day. Jones got his start in politics in the 1970s when he interned with San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Milk's mentorship helped Jones become one of the LGBT community's strongest leaders. Jones attended San Francisco State University.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. INFORUM's new Director Marisa Levine notes, "INFORUM audiences include some of the most interesting, inquisitive and connected young professionals in the Bay Area. Stay smart and current. Get off work and engage your brain for an hour before going out or going home."

INFORUM VIP access goes beyond the Q&A's and book signings to include exclusive receptions, dinners, demonstrations, games and prizes for many events.

Premium (includes seating in the first few rows and a pre-program cocktail reception): $55 non-members, $45 members; General admission: $35 nonmembers, $25 members, $10 students (with valid I.D.).

"Spend the Night with Alan Cumming" will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Castro Theater, 429 Castro St., San Francisco.

For tickets or information, visit www.inforumsf.org.