The Other Side, a piano bar in Los Angeles that has catered to the gay community for over 40 years in Silverlake, CA., is set to close to this month. A friendly, musical place where the bartenders were sweet (as opposed to the west side's Abbey where drinks are always served with attitude) Jane Cantillon is just wrapping up production of her documentary, "The Other Side, a Queer History," and now is shooting an ending she wishes she didn't have to. The bar's demise mirrors Silverlake's waning status as a gay community. "The gay population slowly, quietly migrated to the West Side, to unincorporated West Hollywood, where the Sheriff's department wasn't as cruel or harsh," she says. Her film features many men recounting LAPD raids, where a stray look or a hand on the shoulder would be willfully misinterpreted as a lewd and lascivious act by vice cops looking to shut down an undesirable gathering place. And yes, the clientele could be dangerously close to retirement age, but despite all evidence to the contrary, old gay men need a social life too. Pianos bars and this quaint piano bar itself, fulfilled many social aspects that are quickly disappearing. A recent trip to Palm Springs, speaking of retirement age, provided a glimpse into the future: at local gay bars, people would be engaged with their cell phones, not one another, as they sat outside Hunters and cruised via Grindr. It is apparently more interesting to engage with an entity on an app, whose photo is most likely ten years old, than have to face the prospect of actually dealing with, wait, here it comes, personality. Which is why the demise of The Other Side is even more poignant, it really does signal the end of an era, a time when we sat around a piano singing the Broadway hits in unison with our fellow musical gay loving brothers and sisters.