Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Port bar’s not open, but will celebrate Cohen-Cooper show in Oakland

The owners of Uptown Oakland’s most anticipated new bar, the Port bar, are teaming up with their neighbor, the Paramount Theatre, to make Sunday afternoon – January 17 – a very gay day.

(Members of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band mill about outside the Port bar space after Oakland Pride. Photo: Cynthia Laird)

(Members of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band mill about outside the Port bar space after Oakland Pride. Photo: Cynthia Laird)

Ahead of the 3 p.m. appearance by gay TV stars Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper in the AC Squared event at the Paramount, gay Port bar owners Sean Sullivan and Richard Fuentes will be hosting an outdoor event with free hot chocolate and a free raffle for two tickets to the show. The fun starts at 1:30 p.m. at 2023 Broadway.

Sullivan said that the sidewalk celebration will feature six talented Bay Area artists, most of them queer people of color, and their six panels honoring pioneering LGBTQ leaders – Jose Sarria, Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin, Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, and Silvia Rivera.

Teaming up with the Paramount in promotion of “AC Squared: Deep talk and shallow tales with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” might just be the perfect recipe for the bar that’s not quite open yet, Sullivan noted. A news release from the bar quoted Cohen describing the show.

“It definitely feels like you are hanging out at a bar with us, just kind of shooting the shit. It’s very insider,” he said. “We represent two sides of people’s brains – Anderson is on the front lines of every breaking news story and I’m kind of in the middle of everything pop culture. We’re both really interested in what the other person does, and we’re both trying to get the story in our own universe. Somehow, in the Venn diagram, there is a place in the middle where we intersect and it’s really a great intersection between news, and pop culture and current events. Between the two of us, we have accumulated a lot of great stories and we love to share them.”

Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host and executive director of Watch What Happens Live and executive producer of the Real Housewives series. Cooper is an Emmy Award-winning CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent.

Tickets for Sunday’s Oakland show start at $55 and are available at Cohen and Cooper will also appear in San Francisco Friday, January 15 at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre.

— Cynthia Laird, January 14, 2016 @ 4:27 pm PST
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