Comedian Cassella a feature of Pride Week

On May 28, Maggie Cassella is bringing her  comedy show to this city as part of the local Guelph Pride celebrations.

Cassella, a sit-down come­dian, is presenting her topical humour routine Because I Said So at the Bookshelf Ebar, at 41 Quebec Street. The show starts at 9pm and tickets ($21) are available from the Bookshelf or by calling 519-821-3311.

Cassella is a former lawyer and teacher and bases her rou­tine on headline News stories and her experiences as a les­bian activist. Other events plan­ned as part of local Pride cele­brations include:

– Pride Week kicks off with Concert Q, a performance by the acclaimed Rainbow Chorus (it sang at Carnegie Hall in 2006). The concert is on May 24 at 8pm at Harcourt United Church. Tickets are $15 in ad­vance or $20 at the door and can be obtained at What’s in the Pantry or by calling 519-836-0224;

– Raising of the pride flag at City Hall at noon on May 26. Mayor Karen Farbridge will officiate at the ceremony;

– a pride film screening on May 29 at 9pm at the Bookshelf of For the Bible Tells Me So. Just see the movie or make a night of it with the dinner and movie for $17;

– a pride party and dance on May 31 at 9pm at the Holiday Inn on Scottsdale; and

– a pride brunch on June 1 from 11:30am to 1pm at Diana Downtown, 141 Wyndham St. N. Guelph.

Spokesman Barb Mc­Dow­all extends an open invitation to all to join the Rainbow Community at all of the events planned during Pride Week. She said, “We welcome every­one to join us in our cele­bration.”