Gap partners with El Centro to offer curriculum

There’s nothing particularly gay about this item, except that one of El Centro College’s gay professors alerted us to it. And as part of Dallas County Community College, El Centro added protections based on gender identity to its nondiscrimination policies earlier this year. And it does concern San Francisco-based, but not-really-gay The Gap and El Centro’s not-really-gay but probably-mostly-gay fashion department.

Gap Inc. has chosen El Centro as one of 15 community colleges across the country to participate in its “Gap for Community Colleges” program. The program is part of President Barack Obama’s “Skills for America’s Future” initiative.

Beginning this week, El Centro College fashion marketing students will have access to the training curriculum given to Gap store managers covering a variety of workplace skills. This is the first time the program has been offered outside the company and will be useful to students not seeking a career with Gap Inc., including topics such as interview skills and resume writing as well as workplace skills such as managing people and setting priorities.

 

 

—  David Taffet

‘Bent’ at El Centro this weekend

A break from the Foote

Is the Horton Foote Festival getting a little much but you still want to head out to the theater? The El Centro College Actor’s Workshop presents Martin Sherman’s Bent about gay men in the Holocaust. Yes, some pretty heavy stuff, but the story is both tough and tender.

Bent follows the life of Max, a promiscuous gay man in 1930′s Berlin. When a one night stand goes terribly wrong, Max finds himself running from the S.S. and eventually imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp.”

The production is directed by Daniel Scott Cates.

DEETS: El Centro College Arena Theatre,801 Main St. Through Sunday. Free.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: El Centro releases trailer for its upcoming 'Fashionscapes' DVD

Y’all might remember our story on El Centro fashion student Jazzy Abram getting ready for the school’s annual fashion show at the Women’s Museum. I made it to the show and it turned out to be a big deal.

El Centro is releasing “Fashionscapes” on DVD for purchase, and I just got word that the trailer is out. My video  featured only Abram’s fashions, but this obviously shows all of the lines that walked the runway that night — and some that sashayed it, as you can tell at the 0:25 and 1:03 marks.

—  Rich Lopez

Scenes from Friday's FashionScapes, runway show by El Centro fashion students

In our April 30 issue, I talked to Jazzy Abram, a student at El Centro studying fashion. He was preparing his “Romancing the Rhinestone” line for the annual school fashion show. He was intent on bringing his “refined drag” look to the runway. And he did. The video highlights his part of the show.

—  Rich Lopez