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Labor Day Weekend Is Sure to Set Records

3rd Annual Bourbon Street Extravaganza Sept. 1

mbush Mag has been bombarded with inquiries concerning Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans, Austin and across the Gulf South. New Orleans celebrates the 36th annual Southern Decadence blowout Wednesday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 3. Early estimates indicate that attendance this year may reach record numbers, over 100,000 participates as the celebration of gay life, music and culture did in 2004. For a list of 2007 events, visit the Official Website of Southern Decadence, SouthernDecadence.COM or see Main33 and 35. This Pre-Southern Decadence/Labor Day Weekend edition of Ambush is at 56 pages. Don’t miss out on the giant Southern Decadence/Last Splash/Labor Day Weekend edition which runs Tuesday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 10. Ad, photo and copy deadline is Friday, Aug. 17, 3pm. Ambush is proud to serve as your Official Southern Decadence Guide. Whether you’re from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee or Florida, Ambush continues to offer the best in local coverage. Every entertainment edition features more ads of the best hot spots, over 200 photos of the hottest action, the largest staff of local columnist, travel, news, reviews, the “official” dish, loads of color and a huge classified section for business services. Contact any of the sales reps below for all of your advertising needs: NEW ORLEANS/GULF SOUTH: Rip Naquin-Delain, 504.522.8049, info@ambushmag.com; AUSTIN & ALL OF TEXAS: Garry Holley, 512.291.1563, spiderpower2@yahoo.com; BATON ROUGE: Brad Benedict, bradhottails@hotmail.com; and LAFAYETTE: Patrick Clinton, BlondAtULL@aol.com. Ambush is celebrating GLBT Life, Music & Culture over 25 years in the Gulf South since 1982. The publication has donated over $3 million to organizations and GLBT causes in the very communities it serves through advertising, monetary disbursements and fund-raisers.

huck Robinson, owner of Napoleon’s Itch, in anticipation of the 2004 grand opening of the now famous club located at 734 Bourbon and St. Ann within the world famous Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The Bourbon Street Extravaganza is a live concert, outdoors on the corner of St. Ann and Bourbon, and kicks off at 5pm the Saturday of Decadence, September 1, and is the 3rd show in what has become an annual event, free to the public, and funded by Napoleon’s Itch. This concert is endorsed by the Mayor and the City Council, drawing some 13,000 of the 120,000 Southern Decadence visitors, and has become the single largest event in the Southern Decadence Festivities. From the first 2004 show the talent has included Martha Wash, Jeanie Tracy, Inaya Day, and Amber, along with a professional two hour staged production featuring the presentation of the “Men of Napoleon’s Itch” and the “Bourbon Pub Parade Dancers,” culminating in a grand finale involving all the dancers and stars on stage. It is, says Robinson, a concert and a half-time show all rolled into one. After a four year determination, Chuck Robinson has finally secured the appearance of Deborah Cox, Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, and Jeanie Tracy, Cha Cha Heels will be returning for her 3rd performance at the Bourbon Street Extravaganza. Jeanie is, says Chuck, “my tradition.” Frederick Ford joins the 2007 show with hits like Turn My World Around and Mat Jordan, a Louisiana native, will debut this year, as a new and developing act for Robinson, doing both solo performance and joining Jeanie Tracy and Frederick Ford in a production number of Purple Rain. The show just gets bigger and more exciting, says Chuck. This is my first year to double the number of artists, and my first year to have two fabulous male stars along with two major Divas. To give Mat Jordan and Fredrick Ford this opportunity is rewarding, according to Chuck, and the reality of Deborah Cox joining our ranks is an incomparable statement about the credibility the Bourbon Street Extravaganza

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has achieved in 4 short years. When people have asked....”Why a free concert?”, Chuck quickly responds... ”Southern Decadence brings some 120,000 visitors to New Orleans to celebrate the third largest event after Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. Southern Decadence has a financial impact on our city of at least 1/6 of the city’s total annual operating budget, which is well in the millions of dollars. We feel it is time to give something back!” Certainly with that spirit and attitude Napoleon’s Itch and the Bourbon Street Extravaganza have become a major force in Southern Decadence festivities, garnering press and television coverage from every network and their affiliates and international television coverage from Canada to Korea. The plans for the 2008 show are already in progress, states Robinson. “It is a privilege to play a key role in the tradition of Southern Decadence.”

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he Mystic Krewe of Satyricon is sponsoring the opening night debut performance, Friday, August 24, at 8pm, of Running With Scissors star Brian Peterson as his alter ego, Sadie, in a new cabaret show featuring piano accompanist/singer Anthony “Ant” Sears. Sadie & the Ant in...Just Sing is being presented at Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Tickets for this performance only are $25 and may be obtained by calling 504.525.4498. For tickets to all other performances, please call Le Chat Noir at 504.581.5812.

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casual tourist to the 1950s New Orleans might have missed the second-floor bookstore on N. Rampart St. But in the gay subculture of the time, Henkin’s Adonis — with its cruisy magazine racks, private

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booths, and tiny movie theater — was a place both notorious and beloved. When the city knocked it down to build Armstrong Park, the Adonis vanished, and with it went a gold mine of queer history. That’s all set to change on Saturday, August 25th as the Phoenix opens an exhibit of the original Adonis signs, discovered just seconds before they were to be destroyed in the cleanup from Katrina. Or so the story goes. “If locals don’t remember the Adonis,” local artist Skylar Fein says, “that may be because it never existed.” In fact, Fein dreamed up the Adonis and created all the historical signage from scratch. It’s a fantasy that’s based in reality. “We have hundreds of years of history to be proud of. You think the Baratarian pirates were straight?” Fein says. “This is my way of honoring those who came before us.” The Adonis has an imaginary history [continued on Main-6]

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lots of food and drinks to keep you fueled for the walk, and for those of you that need a little “eye-opener” we’ll be making bloody marys and screwdrivers complements of RAIN Vodka and Stoli Vodka. The website for the Walk is up and running so head on over to www.noaidswalk.com and register yourself today. With everything on-line, it’s even easier to raise money for this great cause. Not only will you be helping to raise funds for the programs and services of NO/ AIDS Task Force, but also other AIDS service organizations throughout the state who benefit from the Walk Share Grant Program. TEAMS: Teams are the largest source of fund-raising at the Walk every year, so why Walk alone when you can do it with a group of family friends and coworkers? VOLUNTEERS: The NO/AIDS Walk is only successful with the help of hundreds of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer you can either sign up on-line or download the volunteer form and fax it back to 504.821.2040 or e-mail it to doreent@noaidstf.org. There’s a number of different jobs available to suit almost any interest. Don’t forget, just because you are volunteering and might not be able to walk, you still get credit for all the pledges you receive. The 2007 NO/AIDS Walk is only a month and a half away, so now’s the time to sign up and start raising funds!

24th Anniversary TGRA Rodeo Coming to Travis County Expo Center! On all the signs, square-jawed leathermen stand tough, proud to bear witness to their role in New Orleans’ long history and present-day rebuilding. “The Lost Art of Henkin’s Adonis” runs one night only, Saturday, August 25th, from 8-10pm at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave.

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he 2007 NO/AIDS Walk is shaping up to be a an exciting event this year. Get your fundraising skills ready and break out your walking shoes, because the 2007 Walk is right around the corner On Sunday, September 16, thousands will once again gather in Audubon Park and walk to show their support for all of the men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. Everything kicks off at 8am when registration opens and the DJ starts cranking out tunes to get everyone warmed up for the day. They’ll be

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ustin - Texas Gay Rodeo Association’s (TGRA) Capital City Rodeo offers two full days of rodeo action on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. Rodeo proceeds benefit local charitable organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin, AIDS Services of Austin and Project Transitions Inc. The Rodeo action will be held in the Travis County Expo Center nestled in the beautiful hill country that surrounds Austin, Texas. In addition to Bull Riding, Barrel Racing and Team Roping, entertainment events such as Goat Dressing, Steer Decorating and Wild Drag Racing may not be your normal rodeo events, but will definitely provide lots of fun and laughter for this 24th anniversary Texas celebration. Men and women will be competing in 13 rodeo events. Prize ribbons will be awarded to the top five contestants / teams in each event, each day and the combined scores from the weekend determine the buckle winner in each event. The buckles and ribbons will be awarded to winners at the Award Ceremony following the rodeo on Sunday evening. The Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) is an association of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Winners from 18 IGRA rodeos held across the U.S. and Canada including the top winners from TGRA rodeos will be participating in the IGRA Finals Rodeo in Denver, Colorado on October 12-14, 2007 with proceeds benefiting charity and relief organizations. www.igrafinalsrodeo.com. The Texas Gay Rodeo Association Royalty Competition will also be held in conjunction with the Capital City Rodeo. Contestants will be competing for the titles of Mr / Ms / Miss / MsTer TGRA. The Royalty

Competition will be held at the Rainbow Cattle Company. “This Rodeo offers much more than a simple spectator’s event”, said Mark Miller, Rodeo Director. “It is a cultural festival where everyone can enjoy entertainment and music, dancing, dining and shopping, as well as educational and artistic venues. There is fundraising for worthy charities, friendship and camaraderie, and a chance to be part of a social organization committed to bridging the community closer together. “ The Capital City Rodeo is produced by the Austin Chapter of TGRA. Tickets can be purchased at the Travis County Arena Center. To order tickets now, visit www.austinagra.org for ticket prices and order information. The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) is an organization comprised of numerous regional Gay Rodeo Associations from across the United States and Canada. IGRA, in collaboration with member associations, assist these associations in raising and donating thousands of dollars to charity in their communities each year. The Gay and Lesbian Communities of the United States and Canada have been enriched by the educational efforts of IGRA through its sanctioning and sponsorship of the various events and activities which are a part of what we call “Gay Rodeo”. Visit www.igra.com for more information. The Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA), is an allvolunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to elevating the image of women and men in the field of rodeo. TGRA’s purpose is to promote and stage an annual rodeo in Texas and to encourage the participation of its members in western-related events and to engage in charitable activities. TGRA is proud of their twenty-year history of gay rodeos and of their record of donating more than $2,500,000 to Texas charities. For more information about TGRA, visit www.tgra.org.

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ensacola - An institution that has served the people of Northwest Florida for three decades is about to begin a new chapter in its work. Having been without a permanent meeting space since Hurricane Ivan, Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church is dedicating its new home, located at 3130 West Fairfield Drive in Pensacola. The dedication is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2pm. Friends from throughout the community are welcome. In addition to Holy Cross MCC pastor the Rev. Sandra O’Steen, guests expected at the dedication include the Rev. Elder Lillie Brock, an equivalent to a bishop in most denominations; the Rev. Steve Urie, from the MCC in Eureka Springs, Ark.; the Rev. Lee Carlton, a former Holy Cross pastor and current pastor of Cornerstone MCC in Mobile, Ala, and the Rev. Jo Crisco, a former associate pastor at Holy Cross and current pastor at New Hope MCC in Montgomery, Ala. The dedication will include a message from Rev. Elder Brock as well as performances by the church’s choir and praise team. A reception will follow. Holy Cross MCC was founded in 1977 and is one of nearly 300 congregations around the world that are part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Mainline in their Christian theology, Metropolitan Community Churches affirm the inherent worth and purpose of all people, with a special mission to bringing a liberating message to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Holy Cross MCC first met at the Unitarian Church when it was on Scott Street before purchasing property at 510 Massachusetts. The next property owned was a historic church building at 415 Alcaniz, in downtown Pensacola. That building nurtured the growing church until early 2002, when the congregation voted to seek larger and more accessible space. In early 2004 property was located and the congregation voted to purchase eight acres on Fairfield Drive. The property including a building that, with renovation, would provide a sanctuary double the size of the worship space on Alcaniz. Then, in September of that year, Hurricane Ivan struck Northwest Florida and, particular, Holy Cross MCC’s Alcaniz building. The storm left the building as a total loss. [continued on Main-10]

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his Labor Day weekend promises to be diverse, entertaining and much too busy. For example, I am double booked Friday through Sunday. That doesn’t happen often. The three big parties for me are DecaFest, Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest and Southern Decadence. I was thrilled to be asked to serve as a judge for the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest. It has been years since I won my titles in the exciting World of Leather. Unfortunately, my days were marred by being accepted only by the men’s community but NOT the women’s community even though no one else at the time was doing Women’s Leather Contests except for a few Transgenders who only wanted a title as a joke. If I sound bitter, I am. I have never found the New Orleans Lesbian Community as warm and welcoming as I have in other places I’ve lived. The thought of pulling out a box of lovingly packed away leather slacks, vest, hat, boots and accessories gives me a feeling of excitement. Will the slacks and vest still fit? I doubt it. The mix of leather, heat and sweat on an August night at the Phoenix is very sexual. Don’t believe me?

Robin Tyler Slated for DecaFest

Try it. The problem is that is the same night DecaFest will be entertained by the fabulous first Lesbian of stand-up comedy. Before Ellen, there was the out and proud Robin Tyler. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Robin live several times and she is

always fresh, fun and controversial. I suggest that you get to the DecaFest web sit now for tickets – www.decafest.com. The evening takes place in the air-conditioned comfort of the CAC on Camp St. Saturday night while I’m judging muscular, sexy Leather Men, Jade Esteban Estrada, the master entertainer, will be thrilling the audience at the CAC. Genre Magazine calls Jade, “the most exciting Latin pop artist ever to emerge onto the music scene.” And that is only one of his talents. And then there is Sunday when nothing is more fun than being on the Ambush balcony or just below it after the Decadence Parade for the Official Southern Decadence Bead Toss. That takes place just after the DecaFest Decadence Costume Contest. We’ll be thankful for Monday off just to rest up from trying to do everything. While the rest of the country is eating bar-b-que, we will be nursing headaches and sore feet. Mr. Louisiana Leather 2008 is presented by The Lords of Leather – www.lordsofleather.com. For weekend information or contestant information, contact Tim Lott, Mr. Louisiana Leather 2004 at 504.994.6431. Preliminary events take place at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue. The 2008 Contest is at the Howlin’ Wolf, 907 South Peters. Just to excite your senses, I’ll tell you a little about the judging. First there is street wear that represents an individual’s leather life-style. Next comes the jockstrap which does not allow total nudity but minimal coverage is encouraged. This is [continued on Main-12]

the "official" dish ...from Main-6 In the time since Ivan, the Holy Cross congregation met at a total of five temporary locations - including the back lawn at the Fairfield property for a few weeks last fall - while contractors worked to renovate the new building. Despite the adversity, the church has thrived. When Ivan struck, Holy Cross had 245 members. When the new building is dedicated, that number will be 315. With the new building ready for use, the church anticipates even more people coming to the growing congregation. While worship had gone to two services at the Alcaniz building because it was too small, the new facility is more than big enough for everyone to meet together. The new facility will include a food pantry, a garden to grow fresh vegetables, a pet care ministry, a transportation ministry, a one-acre park and memorial garden, a recreation area and a life center. All of the public areas of the new building are wheelchair accessible. Most services offer a Sign Language interpreter, and devices to help those who are hard of hearing are also available.

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sappho psalm ...from Main-10 to allow judges to investigate the tone and beauty of the contestants’ body – yeah, right. Third is the 90 second speech which usually gives the goals, ideals and objectives. The fourth and very important is the interview which takes place that morning so as not to drag the contest out too late. The contest should end between 9:30 and 10pm so you can get back out to Bourbon St. for a “good time” before hitting the streets on a hot Sunday afternoon. To say anything about Southern Decadence would be redundant as facts, schedules, history and information can be found throughout this issue and the next. I will just move onto DecaFest. This is the second annual DecaFest event. It is the brainchild of those who used to leave the city every Labor Day. It is designed for the nonheavy-bar-partiers, women who feel left out of Southern Decadence, visitors who want to experience more than just passing out face down on Bourbon St. and everyone who loves great entertainment.

I’ll let you go to the website for the details but for my take of the entertainers, here’s the skinny (do people still say that?). I first saw Robin Tyler live more than ten years ago. She was great and touched feelings of political activism that I had been working on since the mid 1980’s. When I was asked by Silver Threads, a women over fifty group, to help find entertainment for their first conference, I suggested Robin. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she is the first “out” comedian, producer and activist. Her first comedy album came in 1978. She was the first openly gay entertainer to perform in Russia, 1991, South Africa, 1995, and Mexico, 1996. As a political activist, Robin was the stage producer for the first three gay Marches on Washington. As national protest coordinator she “Stop(ped) Dr. Laura” and leads the fight that would ban samesex marriages. In 2004, she and partner, Diane Olson, filed the first equal marriage rights lawsuit in California. Their attorney, Gloria Alfred,

also filed on behalf of Rev. Troy Perry of MCC fame to recognize his Canadian marriage. Robin fights for the rights of abused children and serves on the National Advisory Board of Protect. She also is the coexecutive Producer for a documentary on the harm of Crystal Meth to the gay community called “Tweakers.” And she was a producer of the Stroll-A-Thon – caring for babies with AIDS. In addition to the thirty years of activism to protect the gay community, Robin created in 1990 the Robin Tyler Tours. She has a 98% repeat rate of business for women’s tours which serves an average of 30 to 50 clients per tour. Robin accompanies every tour. These small tours are personal, luxury tours and cruises. To review her five page resume, visit www.RobinTyler.com. I could go on for another several pages about her love and work on behalf of our community and her fabulous show “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom” which she will perform on Friday, August 31st at the CAC. Get your

tickets now. Few performers could follow Robin, Jade is the best. Jade has visited New Orleans four times and loves what he considers this European City. Last year, he gave us his self written, one man show Icons I. This year he will perform Icons II. Hopefully, next year we will see Icons III. Talk to anyone who saw Icons I last year and they will tell you that it was a smash hit. Jade accomplishes stunning transformation on stage in the spotlight as actor, singer, and dancer. Jade has felt the importance of performing since childhood. He has always wanted to say “something” through song and dance and acting. He is realizing his need to create as a gay American entertainer. He loves Lesbian and Gay history. Jade gained international fame and attention six years ago with his Latin pop album. Icons II takes small steps to mix serious history with comedy through song and dance. He says he feels like his audiences are his friends – sharing his love of theater. He is honored to meet audience members and get their feed back that helps him to improve his delivery of the subjects in Icons. NBC News called him “America’s Prince of Pride” and critics around the world have compared Jade to Andy Warhol and Billy Graham – that is quite a stretch. He is innovative and spiritual. The Estrella Award winning singer was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. In 1994, he won Funniest Amateur Comic in New York at Stand-Up New York. By day, Jade was a choreographer. By night, he performed as a singer, dancer, actor, writer and go-go boy. He performed in Germany in Starlight Express. Jade was choreographer and lead dancer for Charo, and signed to Total Envision Records in 1998 releasing the hit single, Raggae Twist. He gained unusual popularity performing on the global beauty pageant circuit. He was known as the Prince of Pageantry. He was presented awards from the Miss Universe Organization, the Miss America Scholarship Program, the Miss Black World Organization and Miss Latina USA. His debut album Angel was released in 2001. He toured for the next three years including a headlining appearance at Europride in Vienna. Jade has appeared on stage with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Ricky Martin, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah McLachlan and countless other famous names. Jade won the Premio Estrella award at the 9th Annual Encuentro Awards for outstanding visibility and achievement in the entertainment industry. His face has appeared on the covers of many Gay, music and Latino magazines. He is one of the most influential Latin artists in the country. Both his sister, Celeste Angela Estrada, and brother, David Miguel Estrada (SNL), have achieved theatrical fame through writing and directing. Jade is a force that should not be missed. Go on-line now for tickets to his spectacular show – www.decafest.com. I hope this help you make some out of the ordinary plans for your Labor Day weekend.

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re you ready for some Football?!?! Well if you are suffering Saints Fever, get on over to Good Friends and join the crowd. I was there for part of the Saints Hall of Fame Game premier and they had a great crowd. Good Friends General Manager Joey had Weenie Man, Bun Boy and all the rest ready to serve the eager crowd. Now I know the result of the game was not what we all hoped it would be but as they say, these games are practice and do not count. Let’s all hope our team gets together and gives us all as much fun as last season. I know Joey and all will be ready.

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he Louisiana State Gay Rodeo Association will be presenting “Country Western Divas” at Starlight by the Park on Friday, August 17th starting at 8pm. LSGRA member Mike A. tells me that admission is free and they have many fabulous local entertainers for your entertainment. Also, they will be holding a 50/50 raffle. If you are interested in meeting some of the Cowboys and Cowgirls of the LSGRA and support a great cause, come on down to Starlight. I have heard that the show will be loaded with surprises. For more info, you can call Mike at 504.523.6154.

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lso this weekend, our neighbors over in Mobile are ready to party like never before. The Mobile Bear weekend kicks off at B-bob’s Downtown with “Back in Black” night hosted by Southern Renegades. Friday, August 17th at 9pm till…. The Renegades will entertain you and keep the night going. The Renegades will keep the weekend moving on Saturday with “Meat the Renegades” Grill Out at 5pm at Visions “Twist” on Dauphin Street in Downtown Mobile. Get there early and stay late. These guys will undoubtedly have a great afternoon planned. The Southern Renegades relatively new Leather/Levi friendly Gentleman’s club with members from Mobile, Pensacola, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond. More information about these great guys check out their web site: www.southernrenegades.com. The Gulf Coast Bear and Leather Association caps the weekend off on Saturday, August 18th with their annual Mr. Gulf Coast Bear contest at B-bob’s starting at 10pm. If you want to see one of the best contests around, make a point of being there. This is no stand and pose contest either. For more info on the contest and GCBLA, check out their web site: www.gcbla.com.

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ith the weather hot and sticky here in ole New Orleans, many thoughts are focusing on Southern Decadence. Yes folks it is closer than you think. Only about two weeks away. Are you ready? There are an abundance of events scheduled for Decadence weekend. Now all you have to do is get your calendars out

and start planning. The New Orleans Bear and Bear Trapper Social Club will kick off Bear Decadence Thursday, August 30th with “Buds and Suds” Beer Bust at Rawhide from 4pm till 10pm. On Friday, August 31, the Bears continue with their Sire Ursus 2007 Contest at New Orleans Leather Co., 2230 St. Claude Ave. from 7pm till 10pm. Bear President Steven tells me they have several contestants but still have room for a few more. Tickets to this dinner and contest night are almost sold out so get them quick! Come out to the Marigny for a great night and lots of eye candy as well. After the Bear contest you will be right around the corner from Leather Decadence Block Party hosted by the Lords of Leather and sponsored by The Phoenix bar. Yes, the 2200 Block of N. Rampart Street will be filled with Leather Men and Women from around the country. This is the largest Leather Block Party in the South. Starting at 9pm and continuing till….. The Lords of Leather will be holding their $5 Beer Bust with other clubs setting up as well. The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club will be selling Bud Light and bottled water and The Bears will be selling Miller and Miller Light. I also hear that there will be vendors set up selling various wares. And of course, the Phoenix will be there for all you other adult beverage needs. Hot men in leather on a hot summer night! What more can you ask for? Saturday, September 1st the Bears continue the party week-end with Bears and Bubbles, a social gathering of bears from far and wide. Auld’s Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast, 2460 N. Rampart St., is the host for this party that has become one of the most anticipated relaxing ways to start the night. Stop by from 4pm till 7pm. Sweet Olive proprietors Dale and Dave put on a spectacular spread in their beautiful residence. The evening continues with the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest sponsored by the Lords of Leather. This year’s Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest will be held at the Howlin Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., in the warehouse district. Doors will open at 6pm and the contest will start at 7pm sharp. Tickets are available from any member of the Lords of Leather. Sunday, September 2nd, The Bears will host their Bear Breakfast, at the Phoenix Bar, starting at 10am. Come on out for a great breakfast to start your day. The Bears also will hold “Best Bear” contests. Categories include Best Bear Chest, Belly, Beard and Butt. Winners in each category will receive prizes! What a great way to get Decadence Sunday started! For more information on the New Orleans Bear and Bear Trappers Social Club, check their web site: www.bearsofneworleans.com. For Bear Decadence, check www.beardecadence.com. For information on the Lords of Leather and the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest, check their web site: www.lordsofleather.com. Remember, it is hot out there. Take steps to keep you hydrated and able to enjoy the fun here in New Orleans. While we all like to partake of our favorite adult beverages, remember to throw some water in too. Pace yourselves out there!

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Nightlife in The Crescent City

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Louisiana State Gay Rodeo Association (LSGRA) members host Beer Bust at the Phoenix

Lords of Leather Capt. David & LSGRA Board’s Mike at the LSGRA Beer Bust hosted by the Phoenix

Ed, Steve & King Amon Ra George take in the LSGRA Beer Bust at the Phoenix

Bartender Chris celebrates his b-day at Starlight By The Park

Bartender Stephen welcomes you to Double Play

The Men ??? of Amon Ra at Cowpokes for Crescent City Divas

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Michael, Matt & Kevin cocktailin’ at Lafitte’s Crescent City Divas emcee Lauren Brown, Brittney O’Brian & Opal Masters at Show Club of the Year Cowpokes

Cory & Joey serve it up at Good Friends for the Saints game

The Boys Next Door contestants at Dance Club of the Year Oz

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trodding the boards by Patrick Shannon, III E-mail: nedcat@earthlink.net

Aunt Tillie Goes To Town

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ctors Cooperative Theatre has not disappointed with its mounting of what is announced unashamedly as a simple silly summer entertainment. Mr. Caire directed the show with a sense of great fun and vitality. The show was well paced and the actors bring sparkle and skill and a crisp and comic interpretation of their characters to the stage. ACT did a fine job bringing to life a charming and funny farce which was a lovely diversion for a change from our town’s awful and tragic daily events of late. As “Butch” Caire told me, “This play opened in about 1935 and flopped, but we thought it might be a lot of fun to do.” The actors did seem to be having fun on stage; and it certainly was not a flop the night I attended. Oddly the play was not that dated, although a bit politically incorrect but I think PC is a lot of phoney nonsense anyway. My God, it’s a farce; lighten up. So what if it stereotyped the entire nation of China in one character, played with his usual flair for wonderfully insane character parts by our town’s beloved “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont (a.k.a. One-Foo-Old) who does the role of the Chinese Cook, Charlie One Lung. He filled the house with laughter in each of his manic scenes. Be that as it may, who really cares about the plot of a farce. Just so it’s funny. And it was watching as the repressed/ oppressive Aunt Tille goes to town leaving her home open to all kinds of absurd situations. It was a happy time watching some of our best local actors prance and prattle around Aunt Tillie’s lovely sunny bright yellow living room set, a well done and solid piece of work designed with skill by “Butch” Caire with touches of Orientalia. It even had the requisite three paneled dressing room screen prominently placed stage left for those necessary moments when one of the characters must hide quickly and/or change into a hilarious costume, such as from a barrel to a ladies dress or man’s suit. (Is there anything funnier than a man in a woman’s dress who looks like either an ugly woman or a hairy man in a woman’s dress?) It worked for Milton Berle and Flip Wilson to mention two of many who used the ruse of drag for laughs. And we get lots of that plus “mistaken identities” as unexpected visitors drop in while Aunt Tillie has left her home for the city for one day because a deceased relative has left her something the Maguffin of the plot. The bedizened housemaid, Lucinda, played with maniacal man-crazy madcap nuttiness by Taryn Vinet, set the tone for the farce as she makes the first entrance. Aunt Tillie tells her to keep the house in order; not to let any men inside; and to take care of her niece and new husband who are expected to arrive that day. Both predictable and perhaps unpredictable confusion ensues as the plot unfolds from one farcical scene to another. Aunt Tillie Task was played with elegance and grace as a no-nonsense but

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charming lady by Linda Hubchen who ends up winning the heart of our town’s legendary Stocker Fontelieu, who played Luther Lorrimer. Fontelieu lit up the stage with his suave presence and his familiar mellifluous voice. Eye candy even in h is eighties, he was a handsome suitor. Hubchen and Fontelieu had a bright and swinging stage presence; a crisp professionalism in their scenes together. Abby Lake trod the boards with finesse playing the role of Mrs. Tillie Tucker - who had one of the best groaner exit lines. Jeff Ramirez played Mervin Tucker with style as did Jonathan Mares who played Roland Howland. Both handsome men played each vigorous characters with a good sense of comedic timing. Even Jimmy deMontluzin had me fooled when he stormed on stage as Dr. Hattie Bing, in a drag ensemble that had me wondering who she/he was. And what a drag debut! He ranks among those mentioned masters, Flip Wilson and Milton Berle. Mr. deMontluzin has such a joie de vivre both off and on the boards, he always illuminates the stage with fluorescent energy. His scene was like a miniskit (and though he was in a long skirt, I bet he is impressive in a mini-skirt) from a good Saturday Night Live presentation. Joy Chun was funny and effective as Lizzie Parsons, and as stylish on stage as Pauline Boudreaux who played biz-lady, Ellen Neeland. Miss Boudreaux was the soigne fashion model of the play as she entered wearing a very chic and glamourous outfit. She was quite convincing in her role as a worldly attractive business lady who of course gets a handsome husband as the final curtain falls and the farce ends on a high note. Excellent Light and Sound Design was done by Gerald Lester with Costumes by Gwen and Alex Caire, all of which added to the wit and charm of this smart production.

work for me. Many people left after the first act, and more than usual number were seen sleeping in their seats. It was like watching a bird attempt to sore with one misshapen or broken wing. There were a few moments of actual flight but not enough to say the show was any where near a soaring success. With so much excellent talent on the stage we were happy to witness a few high flown moments among the crashes: Katie Howe in the role of Tracy Lord looked lovely, sang beautifully and acted with a certain charm. She was sweetly effective in her duet True Love with handsome Christopher E. Carey playing the role as her first husband C. Dexter Haven. Mr. Carey did his role with a suave naturalness, and a beautiful strong singing voice. C. Leonard Raybon as Mike Connor, the reporter, was very sexy lying around on stage wearing his 1950s bathing suit in some scenes; and later singing especially well the song You’re Sensational which he does both seated, on his knees, and lying in Ms. Howe’s lap. Dan Garvey was another performer who rather then appear dull as the script dictated in the role of George Kittredge was a sexy hunk on stage with a beautiful baritone singing voice. In the smart role as the one who loves him unnoticed, Jessica Gordon played Liz Imbrie with insight and edgy charm. Louis Q. Barroso did a splendid job playing the role of Uncle Willie with a scene stealing technique which made his character lovable and convincing. In a minor role as the kid sister Dinah Lord, Catherine M. Rodriguez was absolutely amazing. This young lady shows great promise. She was one of the most illuminating and convincing characters on the stage. Susan Barrett Smith was very good in the role of Margaret Lord. Reggie Hendry did a good job in the role of her philandering butt-pinching hubby Seth Lord. The 20 members of the ensemble did their best to make the Edmond Kresley’s clunkey choreographed tap dancing work; but it mostly looked like stampeding herds of buffalo en mass similar, without the tapping, to the even greater dancing hoards in the film Hello, Dolly!. The choral singing did soar beautifully. Kenneth L. Leach conducted the or-

somewhat off key this time. Considering that Mr. Howard pulled this show together in only two weeks perhaps such a recycled-song show resists even his talents. One must marvel at the many other shows that were resplendent and soared with beauty above the wide stage of Dixon Hall. Something went wrong this time. That bright bird of musical theater had a bumpy flight. This vehicle just does not give all these wonderful talents a lot of flying space. With nowhere to go they were destined to bump into each other in their lovely attempts not to.

Cobalt Blue, Disaster Number 1604, Parts 1 & 2

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he Marigny Theatre and Gods and Gators Theatre Company has an excellent production on stage with its world premiere of Playwright/Director Louie Crowder’s two related, post hurricane Katrina themed, one acts under the title of Cobalt Blue, Disaster Number 1604, Parts 1 & 2. Handsome, young, and well educated Playwright and Director Louie Crowder has an interest in and knowledge of esoterica, the occult, voodoo, myths, magic and religious sects. He puts this interest to work in his well written dramas without excess. Just enough to make his audience wonder; just enough to keep them on track with the elements of mystery. In the first of the evenings plays, When There Came A Knock At The Door. Mr. Crowder presents us with a post Katrina drama that manages to catch the terror and tragedy of this on going horrifying event in a net that lets some of the inexplicable slip through making for a tight well conceived script that doesn’t overwhelm; that leads us to ponder and think. A couple of memorable lines come to mind: “45s kill killers; it’s the gun of choice for the side of good....” and ...”love has to be saluted...” In this play two young gay men living near Frenchmen Street get caught up in a street riot where guns are fired, bullets fly everywhere and looting may be taking place during the Hurricane Katrina hell. Who was shot? Who is the man who knocks on their apartment door to discuss love and chaos with them (played with a delicate energy and convincing presence by Glenn Meche as Victor). And does the name

High Society

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igh Society the recent production done by Tulane Summer Lyric is one of the weakest vehicles ever put together patchwork style with songs by Cole Porter based on The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry about a rich family’s silly attempts to grow up among the trappings of gold. The musical is also based on the film of the same name. Trying to wrap a dull plot around 18 songs that simply don’t fit in just did not

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chestra with discipline and taste. Julie Winn’s glamorous 1950s period gowns and costumes were beautifully conceived. Smooth lighting was created by Peter Pfeil for the lovely set pieces by Rick Paul. The sound by Stewart Becnel required some adjustment. B. Michel Howard’s direction was

Victor imply victory of some sort? Are the two gay lovers dead or alive? Devin Michael plays the role of Alex Rainwater with a natural grace and a lovely baritone voice. This handsome African American actor does an excellent job of [continued on Main-26]

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iane Dimiceli takes Alice Brady for a spin on the dance floor at The Friendly Bar dancing to the tunes of Candy Riedl for Brady’s 80th birthday blowout in New Orleans.

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z manager Glenn Fonte and Wood Enterprises GM Ken Grandpre flank Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXIV Marcus Martinez, Guadalupe and Electra City for the Official Southern Decadence Press Party hosted by Dance Club of the Year, Oz New Orleans. The grand marshals unveiled their incredibly decadent and “official” poster (below) to the thunderous approval of the crowd in attendance. The artist proof was auctioned off raising $200 for the 2007 Southern Decadence charity, Belle Reve - Belle Esprit. The top bidder was Ambush’s Rip NaquinDelain. For a list of this year’s events, visit the Official Website of Southern Decadence, SouthernDecadence.COM.

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eigning Miss Gay Louisiana America Savanna DeLorean will give up her crown at the 2007 Miss Gay Louisiana America pageant hosted at Splash Baton Rouge. “A Night at Twelve Oaks” promises to be two evenings of excellence in the art of female impersonation on August 16 at 8pm and August 17 at 9pm. Reigning Miss Gay America Luscious is slated to perform and Miss Gay America ’89 Vicki Vincent will emcee the two day affair.

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ast Miss Gay New Orleans America Anastacia Davenport and Miss Gay Louisiana America Savanna DeLorean present 1st alternate Amber Nicole Welch and newly crowned Miss Gay New Orleans America Passion Armani Cassidine at the annual Miss Gay New Orleans America pageant, a prelim to Miss Gay Louisiana America, hosted by Dance Club of the Year Oz.

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anager Red welcomes revelers to the giant party celebrating Leather Bar of the Year, Phoenix’s 24th Anniversary, complete with “Best of” contest including Best Package, Best Butt, Best Hairy Chest, Best Bear Overalls, Best Tattoo and Best Wet Shorts in New Orleans.

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he Big 3: Jimmy Kilgour, Mac McAll and Dudley LeBlanc celebrate during the opening reception of August Artist of the Month Daniel Garcia at their club, Cutter’s in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans.

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ntertainer of the Year Princesse Stephaney announced the winners of Marigny Perks’ Table Decorating Contest in special ceremonies presenting Aly Sutton and Billy Armour, tied for 1st Place; Jim Meredith and Bob Byrd, runnerups; and Johnel Logan, Special Creativity Award, in New Orleans. (Photo: Johnel Logan, Aly Sutton, Marigny Perks Bob Patience, emcee Princesse Stephaney & Billy Armour)

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Darnell, Tony, DL, Princesse Stephaney & Tyrique

Oz GM Tommy Elias, SDGM XXXIII Regina Adams & Corner Pocket’s Michael Elias

SDGM XXXIV Marcus Martinez & partner/SDGM XXXIII Lisa Beaumann

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Stephanie Lee & Ambush’s Miss Dee Official Caterer/Deli of Southern Decadence, Quartermaster’s Steve Mettner & Corner Pocket bartender Bruce

Official Costumer & Jeweler of Southern Decadence, Queen Fashions’ Tittie Toulouse, James & Constance

Official Florist of SD Lee Worrells, Official Candles of SD, FrenchQuarterCandles.COM’s David Aranda, & Daryl Dunaway

Quadalupe's other half Bill Cook & Mayor's Office Rep Larry Bagneris

Oz GM Tommy Elias & Janice Goodbee

Official Home of Southern Decadence, The Golden Lantern’s Godfrey & Jim flank Larry Bagneris

Pride Grand Marshal Toby Lefort & Pride Chair Todd Blauvelt Dustin & Kyle

Eva Las Vegas & Marcy Marcell

Country Club’s Bertrand & Oz’s Allen

Ambush’s Brian Sands & Diane Simoneaux

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Jerry Peters & company representing the Official Beer of Southern Decadence, Bud Light

SDGMs XXXIII Regina Adams & Lisa Beaumann flank their predecessor SDGM XXXII Donnie “Jager” Jay

SDGM XXXIII Regina Adams, David, Starlight’s Javier & Queen Fashions' Tittie Toulouse

Official Southern Decadence Press Party at Dance Club of the Year Oz ~ New Orleans

Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXIV Guadalupe, Electra City & Marcus Martinez

Official Media Guide of SD/Ambush Mag & Official Website of SD/ SouthernDecadence.COM’s Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain


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cookin' with auntie dee by Donnie Jay E-mail: auntie-dee@hotmail.com Photo©GrahamStudioOne.COM

Sweets for my Sweets

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t has been quite awhile since I have done a total column on sweets. Being Diabetic, I’m sure you can understand why, but like all of us sometimes I just got to have it. Dessert that is. Many times when I make my own at home I substitute Splenda for the sugar. Like the first recipe which is for an unforgettable Lemon Cheesecake. Try it either way and I’m sure that you’ll agree.

LEMON CHEESECAKE Crust: 1 ½ graham cracked crumbs (I use regular) ½ cup (½ stick) butter melted (I use Promise) ¼ cup sugar (I use Splenda) Filling: 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (I use fat-free) 1 cup sugar (Splenda) 4 eggs ½ cup sour cream (I use fat free) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest, minced fine Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray bottom of spring form pan with vegetable spray. In a small bowl stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press

mixture into bottom and up sides of spring form pan. Bake eight to ten minutes, just until light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely. Reduce heat to 250 degrees. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar; mix well. Add eggs, sour cream, lemon juice and lemon zest; mix well. Pour into prepared crust. Place shallow pan of water on bottom rack of oven. Place spring form pan on baking sheet, bake for one hour and fifteen minutes. Turn off oven, leave cake in oven with the door closed for one hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate at least four hours. If desired, garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a lemon slice. Yield 12 servings.

PEANUT BUTTER - BANANA PIE 40 vanilla wafers 1/3 cup honey roasted peanuts ½ cup butter, melted 1 1/3 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar, divided 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened ¾ cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup whipping cream, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 bananas

Process first three ingredients and 1/ 3 brown sugar until crumbly. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 10” deep dish pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Beat remaining cup of brown sugar, cream cheese and 1 tablespoon whipping cream at medium speed with electric mixer until light and fluffy, set aside. Beat remaining whipping cream and vanilla until stiff peaks are formed. Fold 1/3 whipped cream mixture into peanut butter mixture, fold third peanut butter mixture back into remaining whipped cream. Slice bananas into the bottom of pie crust top with the peanut butter/whipped cream mixture. If desired top with some more chopped honey roasted peanuts. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Yields; eight servings

1 ¾ cups sugar divided or (Splenda) 1 pound butter, softened ¼ cup lemon juice 1 large egg 6 cups all-purpose flour Process basil and ¼ cup sugar (Splenda) until well blended. Beat butter with electric mixer at medium until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 ½ cups sugar (Splenda) beating well. Add lemon juice and egg blend well. Gradually add basil mixture and flour, beating until blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place two inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar (Splenda). Bake at 350 degrees for eight to ten minutes or until lightly browned. Cool cookies on wire racks. Yield; 61/2 dozen cookies.

LEMON-BASIL COOKIES 1 cup fresh lemon-basil or basil

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chop chop by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain www.ripandmarsha.com E-mail: info@ambushmag.com

New Orleans Restaurant Guide Bywater Bar.B.Que, 3162 Dauphine St., is noted for its gumbo, barbeque, pizza, sandwiches and specials. Tuesday is Mexican day and night, while Sunday evening is Prime Rib night. Hours are Mon., Tues. Thurs., Fri. 11am-9pm; Sat. & Sun. 9am-9pm. Closed Wed. Call 944.4445 for additional info. Cafe Amelie, 912 Royal St., offers romantic courtyard or indoor dining along with both eclectic culinary creations and drinks, plus live entertainment some evenings. Serving lunch: Wed.-Sun. 11am-3pm, dinner: Wed.-Sun. 5-10pm, Sat. & Sun. Brunch 11am-3pm. Call 412.8965 for reservations or additional information. Clover Grill, 900 Bourbon St., is open 7 days and features breakfast including build your own omelettes. But let’s not forget their fab burgers grilled right under a hub cap and then there’s all those sandwiches, sides, desserts and shakes. Call 598.1010 or visit CloverGrill.COM. Marigny Perks, 2401 Burgundy, serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, pastries, danish and cakes. Open 7 days 7am-10pm. Call 948.7401 for additional information. Visit www.marignyperks.com. Meauxbar Bistro, 942 N. Rampart St., serves classic contemporary bistro fare in the Quarter on the edge. Serving dinner and drinks Tues.-Sat, 6-10pm. Call 569.9979 for reservations or information. Mona Lisa Restaurant, 1212 Royal St., features Italian specialties including salads, pizzas, sandwiches and both lunch and dinner entrees. Lunch 11am-5pm Thurs.-Mon., Dinner 5pm-10pm 7 days. Call 522.6746 for info. Petunias, A Restaurant, 817 St. Louis, is open daily 8am-6pm serving breakfast, bruch, lunch, crepes, po-boys, salads, gumbo and Cajun/Creole specialties. Call 522.6440 or visit PetuniasRestaurant.COM. Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli, 1100 Bourbon St., was voted Restaurant/Deli of the Year once again and is open 24 hours 7 days. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the deli offers free delivery. Call 529.1416 to order. RICHE, Fulton Street at Poydras inside Harrah's Hotel, brings Chef Todd English with his one and only French brasserie-style restaurant to the city. Just steps from the Convention Center and Harrah's Casino, call 533.6117 for reservations and information. TOMATILLO'S RESTAURANT, 437 Esplanade Ave., is open Tues., Wed. 11am10pm; Thurs.-Sun. 11am-11pm. The restaurant refers to itself as "A Mexican Joint" featuring appetizers, soups, salads, make your own combination plates, house specialties, burritos, desserts, and of course, specialty margaritas. Call 945.9997 for reservations or information.

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trodding the boards ...from Main-20 acting. Shannon O. Williams plays Derrick Beach, his white lover, with a bombastic style and a powerful voice. This attractive man must learn how to tone the volume down, however, he does a moving job with his role. Both of these actors were very believable and they perform their roles with sensitivity and depth. In the second play, Cobalt Blue, these two actors play the roles of older lovers (who knew the couple in Act I) with the mystery of parting ways hanging in the air. Each understands that they have shared something wonderful and mysterious in their time together, but why does William (Shannon O. Williams) have to accept the departure of his lover Tyler (Devin Michael) who wants to move on and live in his own place? William has a mysterious connection to the sea and the goddesses who inhabit its mystical cobalt blue depths which he discovers when a spirit in the form of a beautiful young woman named Maya (Lisa Davis, whose role name means illusion in the Buddhist canon) suddenly appears (or reappears as she was present as his birth) in his life. The theme of water bringing both good and evil is suggested as the waters of Hurricane Katrina enveloped the city of New Orleans and brought mostly suffering and evil to the town, with perhaps something hopeful rising from the depths and aftermath. Like the Sea Goddess, Maya, played with her usual firm and convincing high degree of talent by Ms. Davis, a lovely red headed mermaid in deep sea blue, a sea change has come to New Orleans. Simple low budget stage dressings (cardboard boxes, tacky furniture and other detritus) and lighting handled by Steve Patrick and Timm Holt add to the ambiance of the look of hurricane destruction without distracting from the fine script of these plays. Mr. Crowder’s words and unique theatrical meanderings through the world of spiritual mysteries shine brightly in this production. We have a new and original voice among us that may well be classified in the company of R. J. Tsarov, our town’s only other uniquely original, most talented and visionary local playwright.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

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outhern Rep and The NOLA Project has another hit on stage with its production of Martin McDonagh’s bloody black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. This macabre fantasy is about a ruthless and violent Irish National Liberation Army enforcer, Padraic (Peter McElligott), and the only thing in the world he really loves, his little black cat named Wee Thomas (Zoot - Morla Gorronda’s cat in an uncredited docile (to the point of appearing catatonic) stage debut). In my opinion this lead character is also totally insane along with all the other characters in this queasy play which spotlights a lot of uncomfortable hysterical bloody situations and scenes which some will find very funny and over the top and which others will laugh at with nervous giggles. This production does not disappoint. It is a highly polished supremely well acted, and entertaining show in every aspect of theatrical craftsmanship. Director Noel Wilson shows great skill keeping this show from splashing over the top with a tight sense of pacing, and a deep sense of what makes black comedy work so well. And how the actors do shine in this show. They are so up there in excellence that I need only mention them by name and say that they are truly a professional group of performers: George J. Sanchez as Donny, the father of the crazed lead, Padaric and Peter McElligott as that lead, created a thrilling chemistry between themselves and the other fine actors: Andrew Larimer as Davey, James Bartelle as James, Kathlyn Tarwater as Mairead, Dane Rhodes as Christy, A. J. Allegra as Brendan, and Will Connoly as Joey. And we cannot forget Zoot, a living black cat, as Wee Thomas, a part that is essential to the plot and so calmly well done on stage the night I saw the show. However, I wondered if the poor creature was drugged, but I was told he was not. So I must presume he is a special needs cat, meaning he was only deaf or perhaps mentally challenged. Then again as his “mother” is the talented actress Ms. Gorrondona, his talent runs in the family. Whatever the situation, he almost, but not quite, steals the show from the other actors on stage, so bravo to Zoot as Wee Thomas, le chat noir. An excellent worn and weary looking cottage kitchen set [continued on Main-28]

cookin' w/auntie dee ...from M-24 OLD FASHIONED BREAD PUDDING 1 (16 ounce) day-old French bread, cubed 2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk 1 cup water 6 large eggs, slightly beaten 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained 1 large red delicious apple, grated 1 cup raisins 1 ½ cups sugar (Splenda) 5 tablespoons vanilla extract ¼ cup butter cut up and softened Bourbon Sauce Combine the fist three ingredients; stir in eggs, blending well. Stir in pineapple and the next four ingredients. Stir in butter. Pour mixture into a greased 13x9” baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for thirty-five to forty-five minutes until set. Serve with Bourbon sauce. Yield eight servings.

BOURBON SAUCE 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar (Splenda) 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons Bourbon 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg Melt butter in a small saucepan; whisk in flour, and cook five minutes. Stir in sugar (Splenda) and whipping cream; cook three minutes. Stir in rest of ingredients, lower heat and simmer five minutes. Yield 1 ½ cups.

SWEET POTATO PIE 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced, drained and boiled until tender ½ cup butter 3 large eggs 1 cup sugar (Splenda) ½ cup sweetened condense milk (sugar free) ½ cup evaporated milk 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon extract 2 deep dish pie crusts For garnish; whipped cream, ground nutmeg if desired. Beat cooled sweet potatoes and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and next six ingredients, beating well. Pour evenly in the two pie crusts and bake at 350 degrees on lowest rack of oven for fifty minutes or set. Garnish if desired, can be served slightly warm of chilled. Yield; sixteen

servings.

MACADAMIA - FUDGE CAKE ½ cup butter, softened ¾ cup sugar 1 large egg ¾ cup sour cream ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons unsweetened cacao 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt Macadamia-Fudge topping Garnish; Macadamia nuts toasted Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended, add egg, sour cream and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Gradually add the flour to butter mixture, beating well until blended. Pour batter into a greased, wax paper lined pan. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty-five to thirty minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for ten minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack. Pour, Macadamia-Fudge topping over cake. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish if desired.

MACADAMIA-FUDGE TOPPING 4 (1 ounce) semisweet chocolate squares 1 (7 ounce) jar macadamia nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 1 cup whipping cream ¾ cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Cook first six ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat of five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool ten minutes.

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To Play Among the Palms: Part Six

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y awoke still cradled in Brick’s arms, pressed tightly against him, they had fallen asleep spoon style and he could feel the hardness against him. He knew that he could maneuver his body in such a way as to envelope this God of a man without even waking him up. He thought about this for a split second, but looking at his watch he admitted to himself there wasn’t for another roll in the hay, if he was going to get to the airport on time. So, he eased himself out of his lover’s arms and headed toward the bathroom, Brick sat up and stopped him in his tracks “Is that the way you wake up and get out of bed every morning. I mean nothing before breakfast?” “You know what time it is? I have to be to the airport two hours ahead of my flight and I can’t afford not to get on my plane.” Brick picked Ty’s watch from the table at the bedside, he swung his legs out of bed and stood up. “If nothing else I’m showering with you before we leave.” “As long as it’s just a shower.” But of course it wasn’t and now Ty found himself in the front of Brick’s cab, traveling at breakneck speed towards the airport, praying that they weren’t going to get stopped by the police or worst yet have an accident. But they pulled into the terminal, on time, Brick jumped out of the cab, grabbed Ty’s bags and rushed him into the terminal, getting him in line with almost ten minutes to spare. He leaned into Ty kissed his cheek and gave his buns a squeezed. “Hope you’ll stop over on your way back. He smiled and turned walking away, not looking back, because he didn’t want Ty to see the tears running down his cheeks. Ty stared after Brick, expecting him to turn and at least wave back, but he didn’t, so he raised his arm and waved at Brick’s back as he exited to his cab. As he had feared, he assumed it was just another one night fling for this rather worldly man. He felt tears welling up in his eyes, but he fought them back and just remembered where he was heading, to fulfill his live long dream and play among the palms. Upon boarding the plane he settled into the same seat location he had on his flight into Frisco , but next to him this time was no older handsome man like James, who had taken him into the men’s room to join the mile-high club, sat in the row with him, but it was a mother with a small child. Well it looked like this would be a sleeper

trodding the boards ...from M-26 by Sean Creel, very good lighting by Christian Smith, poor “Irishy costumes” by Michelle Bohn, and amazing Sound Design by Peter McElligott added considerably to the evocation of a place and folks in an Irish county. Waldo Warshaw did the stunning special effects, fight direction and gun choreography. Body parts designer was Jeffrey Roche.

flight, which was just as well because Brick had not let him rest to much last night. He laid back in his seat right after take off and closed his eyes, he thought back to his high school days and Kevin bringing him out. He took the pillow from behind his next and calmly placed it over this crotch, he knew that he had no control over that area when he started dreaming about his coming out and how expertly Kevin led him along the road of discovery about his own sexuality. He wondered lately where Kevin got all his experience, he had always meant to ask him, but never did. It was to late now. He hadn’t heard from him in years. He thought about the first late afternoon after soccer practice, turning around and seeing that guy down on his knees in front of Kevin. Kevin acting like nothing out of the ordinary was going on. And later he remembered taking that other guys place, many times over and thought how Kevin had taught him everything he knew about sex between two men and more. He had enjoyed ever minute of every day he had ever spent with Kevin, and yes of course when it ended he missed it. He would of course have continued on with Kevin if he had returned to do so, but it just wasn’t meant to be. And when Kevin had left him alone that is basically how he had been, alone, until this flight to Frisco and James, then Brick, then the club and Tom, then back to the Inn and Brick again. Brick, he couldn’t stop thinking about him, just one night, that’s all it had been, but for some reason, he could still feel him, he still wanted him. He had no idea why. The child next to him became restless and started bouncing around in her sleep causing him to waken from his dream. It must have been a hot one, because he was glad he had placed the pillow over his lap, he could not have concealed his problem any other way. What in the hell was he dreaming about anyway? Then he remembered, it was the waterfall dream again and the bronzed man waving him up the rocks to join him in the mist. Of climbing up the slippery rocks to reach he stood and of gliding behind the water cascading down the hilltop and finding his Adonis standing there shimmering under the sprays of water, naked awaiting whatever he wanted to do. He embraced this figure of his imagination from behind burying his face in his hair, caressing his pecks with his hands. Slowly running his hands down the smooth skin of chest, downward and downward toward his nirvana resting just below the god’s navel. He could feel the Adonis take his hand in his own and lead him further downward on his journey to his ultimate goal, and finally reaching it he engulfed it’s hardness in his grasp. Reaching his one free hand up to this exquisite creature, he turned his face towards him, and that is right where the dream always came to an end lately, he could never see the other man’s face. There was a time up until probably a month or so ago he could always imagine the others face. At first it was always Kevin, but gradually as his face faded from his consciousness it became some one less

familiar, not necessarily someone he would personally know, but someone he saw on television or perhaps in a movie. The thing was it was always someone exceptionally handsome and more likely than not unattainable. It wasn’t that he considered himself less than a good catch, but rather that this was the purpose of dreams to reach for the unattainable things in life. The pilot’s voice came over the loud speaker, asking them to fasten their seat belts and to prepare for landing, he couldn’t believe it, somehow he had slept all the way, it had only felt like a few minutes, but as they started to descend to knew they were about to land. He straightened up in his seat and before he knew it was departing his plane and headed for his first stop on the island of Oahu and the most famous city of Honolulu where like in Frisco he planned to spend a one night here before flying off to the far out Island of Kauai where he had secured a small room in a gay friendly guest house for a month. He decided a month would be enough time to meet and maybe snag a mahu to stay with on this outer island, at least he had high hopes.. Honolulu was fun, as a tourist and he enjoyed a little of the nightlife, but his experience was no where near the hot time in Frisco, so he retired rather early and was up and out at the airport well before his flight to Kauai. The flight out to Kauai was on a rather small propeller plane, maybe holding all of three dozen people in it’s totality. He was use to flying only on larger planes, but he was assured by a hunky native flight attendant, that this was a perfectly safe mode of transportation between islands. The attendant was definitely of native stock, he could tell by the rich color of his skin, his jet black hair and the slight slant of his eyes. His broad shoulders and thin waist brought out the best of his uniform. Ty was wondering if he lived on Kauai, or one of the other islands, but after their brief exchange on the safety of small planes, he had turned his attention to the other passengers, on one particular young blonde girl, of well Ty thought to himself you can’t win them all. Departing the plane in Kauai, he had no problem getting his bags and finding the awaiting jeep to take him to his lodging. The ride there was very pleasant and the guy who came to pick him up seemed to be English from his accent. He pointed out places of interest in route including a nude gay beach, at which he assured Ty one could always find some satisfying action. Ty paid close attention to the rest of the trip to see just how far away from his lodging this beach was. Luckily he thought it wasn’t to far a distance, a good bike ride perhaps. Checking into his bungalow, he was quite surprised to find the only two other employees also seemed to be British, he had been hoping for a Polynesian run place. Due to the smallness of the place he just assumed it would be. Well none the less the three guys were all overly friendly and they seemed to be a family of sorts. In his imagination, he was already conjuring up several relationships and finally decided they were all in it together and he hit the nail on the head. It took the first three days to learn his way around the island, and finally make it to the gay nude beach, he had passed in on his way in from the airport. It was a Sunday and to say the place was packed

was an understatement. He found himself among more nude men than he had ever seen gathered in one place and any given time in his life and as if in answer to his prayers they were more of native stock than tourists. He found a place in the sand, near a stand of palm trees and lush tropical undergrowth. He spread his beach towel and stripped to the buff, and laid down to soak up some sun. He rubbed sun-block all over his front and turning tried to get his back, which of course proved to be quite a problem. Suddenly there loomed a shadow over him, he looked up, but with the sun behind the voice, he really couldn’t see. “You need some help there.” “I think so.” The guy slid to his knees if front of Ty, displaying an impressive package, and Ty noticed the bronze tone of his skin, he glanced up and there he was at last, the man from his dreams. The guy took the lotion from Ty’s hands, he leaned over him, dangling just in from of his face, Ty thought he had died and gone to heaven. Pouring lotion in his palms, he began massaging it into the whiteness of Ty’s back and slowly he found himself stretching the length of this young body applying the cream. “You want to take a swim, or maybe a walk?” The stranger asked him. “A walk might be nice.” Ty agreed. The guy stooped, taking Ty by the hand and without another world, walked him out into the open and across the street, paying no attention to the car or two that passed him. He led him deep into the lush green growth across from the beach, the further they went down this small path the taller the foliage got. The native was walking so fast that he suddenly disappeared among the tropical greenery which was now beginning to be surrounded by banyan trees and took on the look of a rain forest. He wanted to call out for his guide, but suddenly remembered they had not introduced themselves. He walked a few more yards and called out, but no answer came back to guide him on. He walked maybe another sixty feet or so, and then he heard it, the unmistaken able sound of a waterfall. Following the sound, it wasn’t long before he saw it, and just as if it were the place he had been dreaming about he saw it tumbling down from a small hillside. He could see the man standing on a rock ledge , in all his glory, looking for all the world like he was about to dive in the crystal pool below. He saw the man look toward him and wave him on to join hem. When Ty started to approach the area, the man ducked behind the falls. As in his dream Ty approached the waterfall and began climbing up. He was careful, watching his step, finally reaching his goal. Stepping behind the waterfall, Ty found thee man leaning against the damp wall of the cave, his back towards him. His legs spread eagle, his firm buttocks offer themselves to him. Ty was beside himself with anticipation and stepped up flat against the guy. He kissed the man’s neck and felt him reach back and grab his crotch guiding him toward nirvana. He placed his hands on the guys head and gently turned it to kiss him. His eyes filled with tears. “How in the hell did you find me here” “I went through your papers , I wasn’t about to lose you. I paid the guy at the [continued on Main-29]

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e-mail/letters THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The Board of the New Orleans Alliance of Pride would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support and donations in our 2006/2007 season. The success of our PrideFest and fundraising has left our bank account, as of this writing, at $12,412, however, two checks are still pending to clear our account which should leave us beginning the 2007/2008 season with a balance of $7,588. With all of the success we were able to donate $2,000 to the PFLAG Scholarship fund and are very proud to have done so and for that we owe you our thanks as well. It is partly our mission to give back to the community and with your kind support we achieved that goal. At this time we would also like to invite you to become a member of the New Orleans Alliance of Pride, if you are not already on our roster, and look forward to your support in the future. Your donations of prize raffle items, bar tabs, gift certificates and cash greatly help us achieve our mission and support the production of the Gay Pride Festival and Parade. To become a member of the Alliance simply e-mail us at pridefestneworleans@yahoo.com and furnish us with your legal name and current mailing address. Sincerely, --Todd J. Blauvelt, Chairman NOAP 2006/2007

on the boards COLLECTED STORIES. The Alamo Underground, 1547 Crete St., 481.4091 — Jump the Fence Productions and the NOLA Project present the New Orleans premiere of Donald Margulies’ drama about a writing teacher and her student. Alexis Jacknow and Nancy White star. Tickets $8. 8pm Thursday-Friday. Through Aug. 17. A DIFFERENT WOMAN: A TRUE STORY OF A TEXAS GIRLHOOD. The Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St Claude Ave.,

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800.258.9318 — An outspoken, unvarnished, unapologetically cynical tale of rural Texas told by Gertrude Beasley, a woman who pulled herself up from a childhood of poverty and abuse. Considerably more frank than many contemporary feminist authors, it includes her brash views on childbirth, education, politics, even incest and bestiality. Perry Martin directs Veronica Russell who adapted Beasley’s 1925 autobiography. Tickets $12-18. 8pm Thursday-Sunday (no perf. Aug. 24). Through Sept 1. I’M STILL HERE, ME! Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581.5812 — Ricky Graham brings back his one-man smashhit show with new material. Tickets $26 (includes $5 bar credit). 2pm Sunday. Through Aug. 26. Also, 8pm Wednesday, August 29. JUST SING. Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581.5812 — Songbird Sadie Shepherd and her musical collaborator, Ant, invite you to a unique cabaret event that – through the wonders of technology – allows listeners to enjoy Sadie’s silky voice backed by an orchestra of Streisandesque proportions, a jangly juke joint piano, and everything in between. Starring Brian Peterson. Tickets $26 (includes $5 bar credit). 8pm Friday-Saturday, 6pm Sunday. Through August 24-September 2. THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE. Southern Rep Theatre, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 522.6545 — Martin McDonagh’s award-winning play about a ruthless Irish Liberation army enforcer and his little black cat. Buckets of blood do not prevent it from being howlingly funny. Noel Wilson directs Peter McElligott, Andrew Larimer, Will Connolly, James Bartelle, A.J. Allegra, Kathlyn Tarwater, Dane Rhodes and George Sanchez. Tickets $16-$26. 8pm Thursday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday. Through Aug. 19. LOVE LETTERS. Minacapelli’s Dinner Playhouse, 1540 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, 985.781.6565 — Julie Vorus and David Jacobs star in A.R. Gurney’s epistolary dramedy about a relationship that spans decades. Tickets $40 (includes delicious all-you-can-eat dinner). 6:30pm Friday-Saturday. Through Aug. 18. NAKED BOYS SINGING. The Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St., 218.8559/ 948.9608 — New Orleans premiere of delightful long-running off-Broadway show featuring, well, the title says it all. Tickets $25-35. 8pm Friday-Saturday, 6pm Sunday. August 31-September 30. THE NEW ORLEANS BINGO! SHOW. Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812 — Weimar cabaret filtered

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The Wet Shorts Contest at the Phoenix’s 24th Anniversary

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Debbie slings cocktails at Friendly Bar

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David & bartender Mike, aka Big Nellie, celebrate at the Phoenix’s 24th JR slings cocktails at Cutter’s Koo, Julia, Betty, Winnie & Kol celebrating Alice Brady’s 80th B-day at The Friendly Bar

Sylvia & Pat flank Aleta for Alice Brady’s 80th Birthday at The Friendly Bar

Denise & Richard pop in for Alice Brady’s 80th B-Day Blowout at The Friendly Bar

Nick, Kristen, Koo, Shelby & Casey celebrating Alice Brady’s 80th at The Friendly

Aly Sutton’s entry tied for 1st Place in Marigny Perks’ Table Decorating Contest

Billy Armour’s entry tied for 1st Place in Marigny Perks’ Table Decorating Contest

Johnel Logan's design won the Special Creativity Award in Marigny Perks’ Table Decorating Contest

Bartender of the Year Stephen hails from Cowpokes

DJ Richie Rich & Ray cocktailin’ at Cowpokes

Ted, Catt, bartender Randy & Jeff at the Phoenix’s 24th Anniversary

Phoenix’s 24th Anniversary brought out the Bear Club Cowpokes’ bartenders Bill & DB flank Bar Baron Timm

Lords of Leather Capt. David, Mike, George & Melvin celebrate the Phoenix’s 24th Anniversary

Glazer liquor rep Megan popped in for the Phoenix’s 24th Anniversary

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Marigny Perks’ Table Decorating Contest boasted a tie for 1st Place, Billy Armour & Aly Sutton flanking emcee Princesse Stephaney

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Alice Brady joins Betty, Shamis, Kol & Harry for her 80th B-day at The Friendly


Philip Alviar joins Jack Jones as new co-owner of Alternatives on Bourbon Street

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Three-Way at Lafitte’s: Aletha, Matt & Jeff Follow us to $1 Cocktails outside Lafitte’s for Cruising In The Woods

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Bruce & Miss Ashlee slingin’ cocktails at Corner Pocket

Jim, Marsha & Chuck cocktailin’ at Double Play New Corner Pocket bartender Patrick

Paul all dolled up at Lafitte’s

And they’re off to Good Friends for Cruising In The Woods

Golden Lantern bartender Will, Bob & Tom join Cruising In The Woods at Lafitte’s

Good Friends manager Joey’s big bite at Rawhide for the end of Cruising In The Woods

Bartender Trevor bares it all at Double Play

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Getting in the spirit at Lafitte’s for Saturday’s Cruising In The Woods The Men of Rawhide at Saturday’s Cruising In The Woods

Bartender Toebe & Bar Baron CW welcome you to Starlight By The Park

An Ambush blast from the past, none other than Lafitte’s new DJ Mike

Cruising in the Woods brought this trio together at Lafitte’s: Tony, Ken & Rick

Good Friends Weenie Man & friends ready for the first Pre-Season Saints game

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new orleans nightlife TUESDAY, Aug. 14th... 8am, Pre-Southern Decadence/Labor Day Wknd. edition of Ambush hits the streets 6:30pm, Meet the Marigny Neighbors: A Social Event, Cutter's 8-11pm, Absolutly Coca Karaoke sponsored by Absolut, Best Singer wins Absolut Gift Basket, Good Friends Bar 8:30pm, Karaoke, Billy's, Slidell 10pm, Men's Night, Cafe Lafitte in Exile WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15th... 9pm, Karaoke, Cafe Lafitte in Exile THURSDAY, Aug. 16th... 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9:30pm, Karaoke w/Joey, 4 Seasons, Metairie 10pm, Calendar Boy Contest hosted by SDGM Electra City, The Corner Pocket 11:30pm, New Orleans Got Talent Strip Off Contest featuring MC Apheelia Breast w/$100 cash prize, winner chosen by audience response, Oz FRIDAY, Aug. 17th... 3pm, Deadline for the giant Southern Decadence, Last Splash, Labor Day Wknd. edition of Ambush, 504.522.8049, info@ambushmag.com 6-8pm, Drag Bingo w/Kabrina Watson & Sable Nicole Starr, Oz 8pm-12midnight, Candy Riedl live, Big Daddy's 8pm, Louisiana State Gay Rodeo Association presents Country Divas, Starlight By The Park 9pm, Dance w/the Best DJs on the Circuit w/resident DJs Tim Pflueger & Jason Lanoux, plus the Men of Manwatch Bartop Dancers, Dance Club of the Year Oz 9pm, DJ Richie Rich, Cowpokes 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9pm til, Fetish Fridays: "Bear" Chest Night, The Eagle above Phoenix 9pm-12midnight, New Orleans Bears Beer Bust on the Patio, Phoenix 10pm, New Meat Contest hosted by Lisa Beaumann, The Corner Pocket 12midnight, Starlight Girls Revue starring Marcy Marcell, Princesse Stephaney, Rikki Redd, Sandy Phillips & special guests, Starlight By The Park 12midnight, Strip-off Contest w/ Kabrina Watson, Oz SATURDAY, Aug. 18th,,, 6:30pm, Saints vs. Bengals Tailgate Party, Cutter's 7pm, Southern Decadence Grand Marshals’ Metairie Bar Run, Metairie 8pm, Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, Cowpokes 8pm, Western Night w/DJ Buddy, Cowpokes 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9pm, Dance w/the Best DJs on the Circuit w/resident DJs Tim Pflueger & Jason Lanoux, plus the Men of Manwatch Bartop Dancers, Dance Club of the Year Oz 11pm, The Zoo Revue starring SDGM XXXI Rusty LaRoux & Cast, Big Daddy's 12midnight, Marcy Marcell's Legends of Music Show, Starlight By The Park SUNDAY, Aug. 19th... 4-6pm, Crescent City Divas starring Lauren Brown & guests, Cowpokes 4-10pm, The Original, One & Only Trash Disco, Cafe Lafitte in Exile

4-8pm, Tommy T on Piano, Queen's Head Pub above Good Friends Bar 6-8pm, Drag Bingo w/Blanche Debris, Oz 6pm, Sundays in August: Piano & Pasta featuring Edgar Riley, Cutter's 8pm, Boy Next Door Strip Contest w/ emcee Blanche Debris, Dance Club of the Year Oz 8-11pm, Sing Along w/Randy Bibb, The Golden Lantern 8pm, Starlight Reception honoring SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, Starlight By The Park 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9pm, Drag Show w/Blanche Debris, Kabrina Watson, Vivica Devereaux, Sable Nicole Starr & special guests plus special guests, plus the Men of Manwatch Bartop Dancers, Dance Club of the Year Oz MONDAY, Aug. 20th... 8pm, Cutter's Reception honoring SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, Cutter's WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22nd... 9pm, Karaoke, Cafe Lafitte in Exile THURSDAY, Aug. 23rd... 7:30pm, Saints vs. Chiefs Tailgate Party, Cutter's 8-11pm, Open Mike Night alternate Thursdays, Billy's Slidell 8pm, SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez's Official Southern Decadence Poster Signing, Big Daddy's 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9:30pm, Karaoke w/Joey, 4 Seasons, Metairie 10pm, Calendar Boy Contest hosted by SDGM Electra City, The Corner Pocket 11:30pm, New Orleans Got Talent Strip Off Contest featuring MC Apheelia Breast w/$100 cash prize, winner chosen by audience response, Oz FRIDAY, Aug. 24th... 6-10pm, Candy Riedl live, The Friendly Bar 6-8pm, Drag Bingo w/Kabrina Watson & Sable Nicole Starr, Oz 7pm, Southern Decadence Grand Marshals' Marigny Bar Run, Faubourg Marigny 9pm, Dance w/the Best DJs on the Circuit w/resident DJs Tim Pflueger & Jason Lanoux, plus the Men of Manwatch Bartop Dancers, Dance Club of the Year Oz 9pm, DJ Richie Rich, Cowpokes 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9pm til, Fetish Fridays: "Boot" Night, The Eagle above Phoenix 9pm-12midnight, LSGRA Beer Bust on the Patio, Phoenix 9pm, Toby's NO/AIDS Walk Fundraiser: FeeMale Illusions, 4 Seasons, Metairie 10pm, New Meat Contest hosted by Lisa Beaumann, The Corner Pocket 12midnight, Starlight Girls Revue starring Marcy Marcell, Princesse Stephaney, Rikki Redd, Sandy Phillips & special guests, Starlight By The Park 12midnight, Strip-off Contest w/ Kabrina Watson, Oz SATURDAY, Aug. 25th... 12noon, Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Luncheon, by invitation only, Mimi's 8-10pm, Leather Art Show by Skylar Fein, Phoenix

8pm, Western Night w/DJ Buddy, Cowpokes 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9pm, Dance w/the Best DJs on the Circuit w/resident DJs Tim Pflueger & Jason Lanoux, plus the Men of Manwatch Bartop Dancers, Dance Club of the Year Oz 9pm, SDGM XXXII Donnie Jay's Divas "R" Us starring Rikki Redd, Anita Rich Goodman & Mercedes Ellis Loreal w/special guest Vanessa Carmichael, The Golden Lantern 12midnight, Jaded Jade Revue, Starlight By The Park SUNDAY, Aug. 26th... 4-6pm, Crescent City Divas starring Lauren Brown & guests, Cowpokes 4-10pm, The Original, One & Only Trash Disco, Cafe Lafitte in Exile 4-8pm, Tommy T on Piano, Queen's Head Pub above Good Friends Bar 6-8pm, Drag Bingo w/Blanche Debris, Oz 6pm, Sundays in August: Piano & Pasta featuring Edgar Riley, Cutter's 6:30pm, Sister Sunday Social honoring SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, and all former Grand Marshals w/buffet & drink specials, The Friendly Bar 8pm, Boy Next Door Strip Contest w/ emcee Blanche Debris, Dance Club of the Year Oz 8-11pm, Sing Along w/Randy Bibb, The Golden Lantern 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9pm, Drag Show w/Blanche Debris, Kabrina Watson, Vivica Devereaux, Sable Nicole Starr & special guests plus special guests, plus the Men of Manwatch Bartop Dancers, Dance Club of the Year Oz MONDAY, Aug. 27th... 10pm, Potluck Burlesque Southern Decadence Show starring Barry Bareass, Lisa Beaumann & the Boys plus Grand Marshals past & present, Corner Pocket TUESDAY, Aug. 28th... 8am, giant new Ambush Mag, the only Official Southern Decadence Guide, hits the streets in New Orleans, the rest of the Gulf South by Wed., Aug. 29th 8-11pm, Absolutly Coca Karaoke sponsored by Absolut, Best Singer wins Absolut Gift Basket, Good Friends Bar 8:30pm, Karaoke, Billy's, Slidell 10pm, Men's Night, Cafe Lafitte in Exile WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29th... 10am-1am, Get Decadent Outdoors: New Orleans Only Pool & Hot Tub Party, The Country Club 10pm, Kick Off Southern Decadence with Guttah Girl! The Southern Decadence Camp Drag Contest, 1st place - $150 & SD Weekend Pass, 2nd place - SD Weekend Pass & Last Place - $50, (No Glamour Bitches, Campiest & Funniest Drag, Beards & Moustaches Allowed), Dance Club of the Year Oz 10pm, Southern Decadence Wet Jockey Shorts Contest hosted by Lisa Beaumann, judged by SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, plus the Boys of Montreal & the Corner Pocket Boys with $150 in cash & prizes, Corner Pocket THURSDAY, Aug. 30th... 10am-1am, Get Decadent Outdoors: New Orleans Only Pool & Hot Tub Party, The Country Club 3pm until, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/The Boys of Montreal appearing

nightly, Corner Pocket 8pm, Southern Decadence Kickoff with SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, Bourbon Pub/Parade 10pm, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/ The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 11pm, Southern Decadence Benefit Show featuring Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XXXIV Electra City & many other entertainers TBA, Giveaways & Raffles, sponsored by Sauza Tequila & Bud Light, Tomatillo's Restaurant 11pm, Kick Off Southern Decadence with USDA Prime Aged Beef Contest w/ $100 cash prize, Good Friends Bar 12midnight - Dick of Decadence Contest, all $5 cover charge proceeds goes to top 3 finishers, Balcony Bar, Cafe Lafitte in Exile 12midnight, Hot Southern Decadence Stripoff Contest w/special guest emcee, Dance Club of the Year Oz 1am, Southern Decadence Balls to the Wall Exhibition & Competition Contest w/category trophies, Rawhide 2010 FRIDAY, Aug. 31st... 10am-1am, Get Decadent Outdoors: New Orleans Only Pool & Hot Tub Party, The Country Club 12noon, Southern Decadence 2007 featuring the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 3pm until, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 7pm, Badpuppy Party, Napoleon's Itch 7pm, Bear Decadence: Sire Ursus Dinner & Contest, New Orleans Leather Company 8pm-12midnight, Candy Riedl live, Big Daddy's 8pm, To Do Productions & The Marigny Theatre present Naked Boys Singing, The All-Male All-Nude Hit Musical Comedy Review, sponsored by Ambush Mag, plays Aug. 31-Sept. 30, 8pm - Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm - Sundays; Tickets: 504.218.8559 or 504.948.9608, The Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St. 9pm, The Annual Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals' Drag Show starring SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, hosted by The Susan Lucci's: Rip & Marsha + SDGM XXXII Donnie Jay & Phyllis Denmark with Past SDGMs & New Orleans finest entertainers, Official Home of Southern Decadence: The Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal St. 10pm, Southern Decadence Class or Trash Revue hosted by Tittie Toulouse & Guests, Show Bar of the Year Cowpokes 10pm-2am, Leather Decadence 2007: The Largest Leather/Levi Block Party in the South, presented by the Lords of Leather & the Phoenix, including a Vendor Fair & Beer Bust plus national leather celebrities, Phoenix 10pm, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/ The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 10pm, Southern Decadence 2007: Kickoff Dance Party w/resident DJs Jason Lanoux, Mary Pappas & Tim Pflueger plus Circuit Great Guest Star Roland Belmares midnight til & the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 12midnight, The Starlight Girls Revue, Starlight By The Park [continued on Main-35]

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new orleans nightlife ...from M-33 SATURDAY, Sept. 1st... 10am-1am, Get Decadent Outdoors: New Orleans Only Pool & Hot Tub Party, The Country Club 12noon, Southern Decadence 2007 featuring the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 2pm, Badpuppy Model Search, Parade 3pm until, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 5pm, Napoleon's Itch presents 3rd annual Bourbon Street Extravaganza, FREE Live Concert, featuring Deborah Cox along w/Jeanie Tracy, Fredrick Ford & Mat Jordan, Corner of Bourbon & St. Ann 6:30pm, Lords of Leather present Mr. Louisiana Leather 2008 Contest, a Prelim to IML 2008, Howlin' Wolf 8pm, To Do Productions & The Marigny Theatre present Naked Boys Singing, The All-Male All-Nude Hit Musical Comedy Review, sponsored by Ambush Mag, plays Aug. 31-Sept. 30, 8pm - Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm - Sundays; Tickets: 504.218.8559 or 504.948.9608, The Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St. 9pm, Southern Decadence Country Western Night, Neighborhood Bar of the Year Cowpokes 10pm, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/ The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 10pm, Southern Decadence 2007 Saturday Dance Party w/resident DJs Jason Lanoux, Mary Pappas & Tim Pflueger, plus Circuit Great Guest Star Alyson Calagna midnight til & the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 11pm, The Zoo Revue’s Southern Decadence Show starring SDGM XXXI Rusty LaRoux & Cast, Big Daddy’s 12midnight, SDGM XXXIII Regina Adam's Gumbo Revue, Starlight By The Park SUNDAY, Sept. 2nd... 10am, Annual Bear Decadence Breakfast & Make-up Party, Phoenix 10am-1am, Get Decadent Outdoors: New Orleans Only Pool & Hot Tub Party, The Country Club 11am, Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXIV: Guadalupe (Mark Thomas III), Marcus Martinez & Electra City Brunch & Make-up Party, Friendly Bar 12noon, Southern Decadence 2007 featuring the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 2pm sharp, 34th Annual Official Southern Decadence Parade led by SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez celebrating Southern Decadence 36, begins at Official Home of Southern Decadence: The Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal St. 3pm until, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 4pm, 14th Annual Official Southern Decadence Bead Toss led by SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, sponsored by the Susan Lucci's: Rip & Marsha, Ambush Mag & SouthernDecadence.COM, AMBUSH Headquarters Balcony, 828 Bourbon St. 5pm, Annual Miss High Hair Contest, winner takes home the coveted Bronze

Barbie, Good Friends Bar 5pm, Crescent City Divas' Southern Decadence Show hosted by Lauren Brown & Guests, Show Bar of the Year Cowpokes 6-9pm, Leather Decadence: Bearish Beer Bust, Phoenix 6pm, Leather Decadence: Hot Ash Party, Eagle 6pm, Marcy Marcell presents The Starlight Ladies Revue: Ladies Choice Show, Starlight By The Park 6pm, To Do Productions & The Marigny Theatre present Naked Boys Singing, The All-Male All-Nude Hit Musical Comedy Review, sponsored by Ambush Mag, plays Aug. 31-Sept. 30, 8pm - Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm - Sundays; Tickets: 504.218.8559 or 504.948.9608, The Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St. 9pm, Marcy Marcell presents The Starlight Ladies Revue: Southern Decadence Gospel Revival Show, Starlight By The Park 10pm, Southern Decadence 2007 Sunday Dance Party w/resident DJs Jason Lanoux, Mary Pappas & Tim Pflueger plus Circuit Great Guest Star Phil B. w/a special performance by Amuka midnight til & the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Dance Club of the Year Oz LABOR DAY, MONDAY, Sept. 3rd... 10am-1am, Get Decadent Outdoors: New Orleans Only Pool & Hot Tub Party, The Country Club 12noon, Southern Decadence 2007 featuring the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 2pm, 10th Annual Official Southern Decadence Closing Party: Southern Decadence Survivors Outer Loop Bar Crawl led by Guest Cruise Directors - The Susan Lucci's: Rip & Marsha, honoring SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, sponsored by Ambush Mag & SouthernDecadence.COM, beginning with snacks at Corner Pocket, then off to Double Play, Le Roundup, Ninth Circle & ending with a Labor Day BBQ at Starlight By The Park 3pm until, Southern Decadence XXXVI: Where The Boys Are, Hot Male Dancers w/The Boys of Montreal appearing nightly, Corner Pocket 6pm, Decadence Closing Dance Party w/resident DJs Jason Lanoux, Mary Pappas & Tim Pflueger plus Circuit Great Guest Star Joe Gauthreaux, plus the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz TUESDAY, Sept. 4th... 3pm, Deadline for the NO/AIDS Walk - Labor Day Wknd. highlights edition of Ambush, 504.522.8049, info@ambushmag.com 8-11pm, Absolutly Coca Karaoke sponsored by Absolut, Best Singer wins Absolut Gift Basket, Good Friends Bar 8:30pm, Karaoke, Billy's, Slidell 10pm, Men's Night, Cafe Lafitte in Exile WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5th... 9pm, Karaoke, Cafe Lafitte in Exile THURSDAY, Sept. 6th... 8-11pm, Open Mike Night alternate Thursdays, Billy's Slidell 9pm til, DJ Tony Spinning, Phoenix 9:30pm, Karaoke w/Joey, 4 Seasons, Metairie 10pm, Calendar Boy Contest hosted by SDGM Electra City, The Corner Pocket 11:30pm, New Orleans Got Talent Strip Off Contest featuring MC Apheelia Breast w/$100 cash prize, winner chosen by audience response, Oz

price busters (EDITOR'S NOTE: Additionally, many bars have daily happy hours. Check with your favorite for times.) MONDAYS 10am-6pm, $10 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club 10am-6pm, Free Daily Membership for Holders of Louisiana Responsible Servers Permits (TAM cards), The Country Club 3pm til, Happy Hour all night, 4 Seasons, Metairie 3-7pm, 3 for $5 Domestic Beer, Wine & Well, Cowpokes 4pm til gone, Monday Night Feed, Cutter's 5pm til, $3 Special Martinis, Cowpokes 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club 7pm-12midnight, Dogtini Mondays, Bring Your Dog, Free Doggie Treats & Human Drink Specials, Good Friends Bar 8pm-11pm, Martini Madness Mondays w/ $3.50 Absolut or Tanqueray Martinis, The Country Club 9:35pm, Pool Tournament w/Free Hot Dogs, Rawhide 2010 TUESDAYS 10am-6pm, $10 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-1am, $1 Any Flavor DeKuyper Shots, The Country Club 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club 3-7pm, 3 for $5 Domestic Beer, Wine & Well, Cowpokes 4-9pm, Marty & Rene's 3 Wells or Domestics for $5, The Friendly Bar 6pm-2am, 1/2 price rooms, Flex New Orleans 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club 7:30pm, Pizza Party, 4 Seasons, Metairie 8pm, Free Line Dance Lessons w/9pm Country Western dancing, Cowpokes 9pm, Bear Night w/$2 Domestic Beer, 4 Seasons, Metairie 9pm-closing, $3.25 Cuervo Shots, Rawhide 2010 9pm, Pool Tournament, Phoenix 10pm-2am, Drink & Drown w/$1.75 Well, Cafe Lafitte in Exile WEDNESDAYS 8:30am, The Gar Williams Show, New Orleans Number One Cable Access Show, Access Television Channel 78 10am-6pm, $10 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club 3-7pm, 3 for $5 Domestic Beer, Wine & Well, Cowpokes 6pm-12midnight, 1/2 price lockers, Flex New Orleans 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club 7pm-12midnight, Boots, Boxers & Beer, $2.25 Bud, Bud Light & Miller Lite, Phoenix 7pm, Bring Your Own Meat Night, The Friendly Bar 7pm, Bring Your Own Meat Night, you supply the meat, we supply the potato & salad, Rawhide 2010 8:30pm, The Gar Williams Show, New Orleans Number One Cable Access Show, Access Television Channel 78 9pm-12midnight, You've Got Male, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Domestic Beer & Well Drinks, 4 Seasons, Metairie THURSDAYS 10am-6pm, $10 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club

3-7pm, 3 for $5 Domestic Beer, Wine & Well, Cowpokes 4pm-9pm, South of The Border w/$3.25 Cuervo Shots & $2.50 Coronas, Cafe Lafitte in Exile 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club 7pm-12midnight, $3.50 Absolut Drinks, Phoenix 7pm-12midnight, Martini Madness w/$3.25 Absolut Martinis, Good Friends Bar 8pm, Pool Tournament, The Friendly Bar 9pm, Pool Tournament, Starlight By The Park 9:30pm, $3.50 Absolut Cocktails, 4 Seasons, Metairie FRIDAYS 10am-6pm, $10 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club 3-7pm, 3 for $5 Domestic Beer, Wine & Well, Cowpokes 4-9pm, Chuckwagon Happy Hour w/Country Music, Cheap Drinks & Free Grub, Rawhide 2010 4-9pm, Drink N Drown w/$1.50 Well Drinks, Cafe Lafitte in Exile 4-9pm, Drink N Drown w/$1.50 Well Drinks & Free Pizza, Good Friends Bar 5pm-1am, 25¢ Oyster Shooters, Balcony Bar upstairs at Cafe Lafitte in Exile 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club SATURDAYS 8am-12noon, Weekend Drink Specials w/ Robbie, $2 Domestic Beer & $2.50 Well Drinks, Starlight By The Park 8:30am, The Gar Williams Show, New Orleans Number One Cable Access Show, Access Television Channel 78 10am-6pm, $15 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club 11am-2pm, $2.25 Big Girl Bloody Marys, Cutter's 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club 6-6:30pm, Cruising In The Woods bar crawl w/$1 Well Drinks, Cafe Lafitte in Exile 6:30-7pm, Cruising In The Woods bar crawl w/$1 Well Drinks, Good Friends Bar 7-7:30pm, Cruising In The Woods bar crawl w/$1 Well Drinks, Rawhide 2010 8:30pm, The Gar Williams Show, New Orleans Number One Cable Access Show, Access Television Channel 78 SUNDAYS 7am-3pm, $3 Bloodys & Screws, Phoenix 8am-12noon, Weekend Drink Specials w/ Robbie, $2 Domestic Beer & $2.50 Well Drinks, Starlight By The Park 9am until the clothes run out, Dressed Bloody Marys, Cafe Lafitte In Exile 10am-6pm, $15 Day Pass, The Country Club 10am-2pm, Free Pool w/$2.25 Screwdrivers & Bloody Marys, Phoenix 10am-1am, $4.75 Name-Your-Flavor Cruzan Frozen Drinks while supplies last, The Country Club 11am-2pm, $2.25 Big Girl Bloody Marys, Cutter's 11am-3pm, Elegant Candlelight & Mimosas w/Hyacinth featuring Bartender of the Year Stephen Murrell, Cowpokes 12noon-5pm, $2.25 Well Vodka, Cafe Lafitte in Exile 1pm, Dart Tournament, Starlight By The Park 5pm, Joe's Jambalaya, Rawhide 2010 5:30-7:30pm, Heat Your Meat Cookout featuring Chef Paul, we supply the fixins, 4 Seasons, Metairie 6pm-1am, $6 Night Pass, The Country Club 6pm, BYOM BBQ in the Lair, Starlight By The Park 9pm-close, Shirtless Sundays, Happy Hour Prices if shirtless, Rawhide 2010

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capitol comments by Bob Hemby, Austin, TX E-mail: capitolcomments@yahoo.com

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ustin is getting rodeo fever. Sunday, August 12th saw the perennial preppy-ness of Oilcan Harry’s transform for one evening into a celebration of that emblem of all things macho – the Cowboy. With an evening themed “Go West,” Oilcan Harry’s threw their support behind the upcoming Capital City Rodeo. The Austin Babtist Women were joined by the staff of Oilcan Harry’s and several friends in a rousing show to entertain the jam packed crowd on hand to say “YeeHaw!” Representatives of the Texas Gay Rodeo Association were there helping to insure everyone had a great time. The big moment of the evening came as The Austin Babtist Women were announced as Grand Marshal’s for the 2007 Capital City Rodeo in recognition for their support of gay rodeo and countless other charitable causes. Oilcan Harry’s continues an entertaining month of August with a special in house performance by none other than that larger than life hairdo herself, Lady Bunny. Hailing from New York City, Lady Bunny is a one woman whirlwind of camp humor and over the top glamour. Billed as Dusty Springfield meets Don Rickles, her unique style of bawdy antics is, according to the Village Voice, “a sick, offensive

appalling evening that one can’t wait to attend again.” The Bunster invades Oilcan Harry’s Saturday, August 25th. Showtime is at 8pm but I would get there early. This show is going to pack the rafters.

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hile we are on the subject of twisted humor, mark your calendars now for Sunday, September 9 th as The Austin Babtist Women turn 21. In celebration of finally being of age, those gray haired faux septuagenarians will embark on their annual cavalcade of singers, be-wigged entertainers and enough cheap polyester and even cheaper jokes to make the most discriminating among us stand up and shout “hallelujah.” The show kicks off at 8pm on the large Rainbow Cattle Co. stage. Proceeds benefit Project Transitions. Can I get an Amen?

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nd if that weren’t enough, Sunday, August 19th at 8pm members of Austin’s GLBT softball league will don their gay apparel and take to the Rainbow Cattle Co. stage in a super benefit show — “What a Drag.” See Madonna, Cher, the Village People and more as you have only imagined them when these sexy softballers strut their stuff for your entertainment pleasure. There is a

suggested $5 donation at the door and the Jell-O Shots will be flowing for just $1. As I always say, there is always room for JellO. More information can be found at www.softballaustin.org.

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he Rainbow Cattle Co. continues to get ready for the multitudes of hot cowboys and cowgirls that will be descending upon Austin in September for the Capital City Rodeo. Tuesday night’s free country and western dance lessons are a great way to learn how to rub buckles with the best of them. Learn a new step or just polish up your skills. Either way, the Rainbow Cattle Co. offers a fun, friendly environment to get your boots ready to scoot, rodeo style. Dance lessons start at 8pm but stop in early and take advantage of happy hour pricing. Just another reason why the Rainbow Cattle Co. remains one of Austin’s favorite watering holes.

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he CP says “Take it or Leave it.” Every Thursday, those hard partying CP’ers throw their own twist on a television favorite. With all the excitement of its inspirational source, Take It or Leave It offers a fun way to possibly increase your $$$. On Mondays Frank and Ty serve up the cocktails while patrons enjoy free pool and on Wednesdays the ladies take over with “Ladies Wanted Wednesdays” hosted by the always fabulous Lea and Kimo. The CP continues to be the alternative in Austin nightlife. Hop over to San Jacinto and see for yourselves what fun waits behind the blue door.

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n Saturday, August 11th Austin was besieged with royalty from around the globe as the United Court of Austin celebrated Coronation 14, An Evening at the USO — Where the Soldier Meets the Geisha. This salute to war time glam was just another in a long line of excellent productions from these charity supporting courtiers. Just imagine Shriners with bigger hair and flashier dresses. Each year the United Court of Austin selects a pair known as the Emperor and Empress to lead their fund-

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nd a special Ambush welcome to Owen's Auto Care located at 15324 N IH 35 in Austin. Catch their ad at the top of this page and take advantage of the 10% off coupon. For more, visit www.owensautocare.com.

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f you know of anything going on in the Austin area or if you would like something mentioned in Capitol Comments, e-mail Bob at capitolcomments@gmail.com.

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Uncle Richard & friends Red Stick muscle stud

Making a night of it

Luther & a gal pal

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red stick paparazzi

Bi-weekly tongue check

Trio of cute Red Stickers

Happy couple at George’s

Out & About in Red Stick, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Torso stud on stage

Cute couple out on the town The Great Diva & the Splash stud

Sexy Splash bartender Brad

Chansley with that handsome stud again Sweet Mikey & Quentin at Splash

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Paul & David

Enjoying a night out

Jake & that handsome hunk again

Dwayne & Chansley

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t isn’t often that I go out to dine and enjoy my choice of food that I come across something as nice as what happened just this week at the Cake Palace. It was breakfast time, and I was ready for a good meal before starting my work of the day. It wasn’t crowded since I had missed the early morning crunch. I just picked up my food tray, chose a table by the window and facing the service county, and started chomping down on the feast before me. Then he walked in. My eyes were glued to this new gorgeous man in tight gray T-shirt stretched by muscles to die for. The beige shorts were stylish and not the long baggy types that so many younger and non-stylish guys wear. He had the body for the clothes, and he was feeling good in the neighborhood. I was in lust. My mouth was open. My eyes were glued to the unfolding scene before me. He ordered and surprisingly chose a table directly in front of me, put his paper on the table, and went to pour himself a cup of coffee. When he came back to the table, he picked the chair that was directly facing me, sat down to begin reading his paper, and waited for his food to be prepared. It was a sight of rare and informa-

tive beauty. He wasn’t aware of anyone else in the room. He was in his own world. I was in mine. Having the frontal view was absolutely amazing, and I would have been extremely unhappy if there had been anything or anyone between the two of us. As he unfolded the newspaper and pulled out the sports section, I was sipping coffee and trying to be discreet and not stare at this beautiful piece of humanity. I’m afraid it was a losing battle of the mind over matter, or something like that. I absolutely adore a man who freeballs. I do that myself, and it is far more comfortable than having the family jewels crowded into a tiny ball of material that just can’t be a good feeling for the wearer. This man in front of me had his feet firmly on the floor, legs spread naturally, and the view up the legs of those shorts was begging me to keep watching and waiting. Then it happened. His food was ready, and he got up to get the tray. That is when the separation of material and flesh happened, and the crown jewel of manhood came into view. It was ever so quickly but left me speechless in my own mind. Holy night at the baths! I almost dropped my coffee cup. He was unaware of the instant thrill and gratification he just

released within me. He got his tray of food, came back to the table, and sat down to eat. The positioning of the body facing me was just too much. With a view here, a view there, ever so wonderfully positioned, he began eating, never realizing what he was doing to my ever-sensitive bodily reactions. What was so beautiful about this was the fact that he was unaware of anyone else in the room. He was going about his daily routine in a way that was natural to him, and he was very comfortable in his own skin. That is the wonder of this encounter. He was being himself. He wasn’t being obvious. His every action was professional, not staged, just being a normal guy. I like that in a man - especially if he is about 28 to 30, has dark black hair, deep

blue eyes, slight growth that shows he didn’t shave before leaving home, rests his sunglasses on his head, has no wedding band on the left hand, shows dignity through masculinity, reads while he eats, gets up three times to refill his coffee cup, and shares his body in an uninhibited fashion but with no knowledge of what he has done. My goodness! I could tell his religion, and it was a revelation I will cherish forever. I need to hurry up and finish this column. My breakfast at 9am is calling.

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Nic & Grant at Sound Factory

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Darius hanging out at Sound Factory

Robert having a cocktail at Sound Factory Willie relaxing on the Back Side

Garland & Buster enjoying a night out at Sound Factory

Hard Knocks

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hese times are trying, but we live through them even with a better understanding of how important minor things matter in daily lives. Take that tree limb that fell across the front of Josie’s home. The damage wasn’t that great, but it eventually led to a complete reroofing job. Maybe it was a way of saying that it was time for the update. The tree across from Debbie and Claudette’s house was finally trimmed. It was an accident just waiting to happen, but thank goodness the city elders saw the need for the trim job, and things got changed in a hurry. Now if someone could convince that property owner on Spanish Town Road to trim that giant pecan tree behind his house. It could easily damage a half dozen homes if a sudden storm decided to take it out. Of course, that could be said about that pecan tree on the Sev[continued on Expose-8]

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Jon meandering around Back Side Jeffrey & Rob at Sound Factory

Ryan having a drink at Sound Factory

Becca getting wild at Sound Factory

Stephen posing pretty at Sound Factory

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The Club Scene: Back Side & Sound Factory ~ Lafayette, Louisiana

hug central right there on the sidewalk. I usually see him at Christina’s Restaurant, but we apparently changed our schedules so the meetings stopped. I guess that is another sign of retirement doing things when you feel like doing them and not worrying about a schedule. Richard has been a part of the community here in Red Stick for as long as I can recall. I think I first remember meeting him at the old Traditions, now Splash, or it could have been at his printing shop where I have often purchased excellent results of his labors. He worked the door at Traditions, and it was here that I began to be amazed at his insights into the youth of today. Richard is definitely a connoisseur of good taste when it comes to the beauties of youth. Those many times I saw him when going to Traditions brings back so many memories, so many people who have moved on or are no longer with us. There are some relationships in life that seem to stick while others are brief and unimportant. I think Richard could definitely be described as a permanent resident in one’s life, and that is good. He is one of those guys who you know will be the same tomorrow as he was yesterday and in the days to come. When he left Traditions to more or less retire to the good life of being a print shop owner and overseer of several rental properties, our visits and meetings started to decline. I even delivered Ambush to his home for a while so he could keep up with community happenings. He is not one to frequent that many bars so these delivery days became important in continuing our friendship. This all ended abruptly too. I built a fence around my garden for privacy. Richard built a fence for the same reason, but it was different. His fence was in the front of his house, not a tall one like mine, but one that had a gate that was always locked. Needless to say, there was this added problem making delivery of Ambush difficult, and that first time I discovered the fence, I just circled the block and headed home. I did drop a paper off at the print shop a few times, but the visits just weren’t the same. However, I’ll probably drop this issue off just to let him know he is remembered and appreciated. Aren’t friendships wonderful?


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he Fall Semester begins in just under a week, but the weather outside feels like anything but fall. It is sweltering hot, and it seems to be getting worse every day. I guess we can at least be thankful we haven’t had any hurricanes. But with the temperatures soaring, it seems only reasonable to cool off with a refreshing beverage after nightfall. And there’s no better place to have one than at Sound Factory or its Back Side. Besides having some of the strongest, most reasonably priced drinks in town, the Sound Factory and Back Side provide entertainment like no other place in town.

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ust this past Saturday, August 11, they hosted the Royal Order of Unicorn’s annual “Hat’s Off” celebration, and as always, it way a festive event.

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nd in September, Sound Factory is hosting the Mystic Krewe of Apollo’s Mr. And Miss Apollo competition. For those of you who have never been, it will be a night of fierce competition to see who will represent Apollo at what is clearly one of the most spectacular Mardi Gras balls in the state.

hot tails of red stick ...from EX-6 enth Street property. A part of that one has already broken off, and the rest is an accident waiting to happen. It just seems that there is always something to take your money, like the repairs on that Spanish Town road twostory home. However, the good thing about this one was the excellence in selecting the fixer-uppers. I speak of none other that one of the two brothers who is just the top notch beauty to set foot in Spanish Town in many a moon. His enthusiasm to spread his business is commendable. I cherish that business card he gave me. It was so sweet of him to share his goodness with me and others in the neighborhood. He was truly well blessed within those tight work pants, another freeballer of exceptional beauty. There is also a move on to improve the historic Spanish Town’s image by planting more trees. I recall when they first planted those that are so nicely draping over the street now. Some property owners cut the ones down on one section of the street, and a blight of openness remains now in this certain portion of the street. Since when does a property owner have the right to tell a city it can’t plant trees along the street? I have things planted in front of my house, but I am aware that they could go at any time if street improvements are needed. I suppose there are some people who like the no-green look. Otherwise, why would you spray not only the street-owned right-of-way but your complete yard with Roundup? Maybe the color brown is more appealing to some, but I do cherish green. It is amazing how some people beau-

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esides hosting some of the most memorable events in the area, Sound Factory and its Back Side also offer a weekly lineup that is second to none. The Sound Factory’s Hot Summer Drink Specials have been a real hit all summer long. With their early bird specials every night from eight til ten pm, they’ve really given people a reason to hit the streets earlier. Their two dollar domestics and one dollar wells really hit the spot after a long day at work. And once it’s ten, the fun doesn’t end. Every night of the week, Sound Factory is offering a different drink special. So no matter what night you decide to drop in, you’ll get great prices along with their one of a kind service. They are open seven days a week and work tirelessly to make sure each night is both fun and unique. Tuesdays are Karaoke Night at Sound Factory so feel free to come on out and serenade the city of Lafayette with your unique musical styles and talent. Whether you enjoy being on stage or simply watching those that do, you’re sure to have an awesome night. And the rest of the week is just as tify their yards while others just sit back and do nothing. It is like these people are between the browns and the greens. These I-don’t-give-a-damn people are the renters who take advantage of the stupidity of those off-site property owners who live in luxury digs outside the neighborhood. I know Spanish Town is the place to be if you like flamingos, but what about someone who has about a thousand of these idiotic representatives all over the yard and house. That isn’t beauty. That’s trash. Thank goodness I only see this when my dog is out walking me around the neighborhood. Thanks should be extended to whoever is restoring the two-story complex facing the block that used to house the insurance building. I don’t know what happened to the previous owner, but hopefully some kind of fence will be installed for privacy. After all, it isn’t nice when your neighbors can look down into your bedroom window and see you playing with yourself. That is true too for those who can look across the street and see you prancing around nude. What is this world coming to when you can’t find a safe place to be yourself? It’s just a shame, and the word gets around quickly about these things. And while I’m on the subject of great looking properties, try to envision a twostory on Seventh Street and a cottage on Bungalow that keep deteriorating at a quick pace. I know things don’t last forever, but help is out there. Maybe living in filth and ugly surroundings is appealing, but I find that a little hard to understand. As Scarlett would say, tomorrow is another day. Maybe changes will occur before they fall down completely. I certainly hope so.

great. Between Mama Ray’s karaoke on Tuesday nights and Show Night on Sundays, they pack seven days with everything from kickass contests to drag shows and pool tournaments. And scattered throughout are drink specials and some of the best dance music around. And unlike many other dance clubs, Sound Factory has a quieter more relaxed side, a Back Side, where you can take a break from the loud music and socialize with your friends, or make some new ones. And when the conversations wear thin, all you have to do is walk around the corner to dance the night away. What more could anybody ask for? It’s two bars for the price of one, and it’s right in the heart of Downtown Lafayette. It’s no wonder so many people travel from all over to come out in Lafayette. It offers a unique culture and an unbeatable nightlife. So next time you’re trying to figure out something to do, come by Sound Factory and its Back Side. You’re sure to have an unforgettable night.

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n a more personal note, the Sound Factory, along with its Back Side, have been an established part of the gay community longer than any other bar. Sure, the gay scene changes from year to year, but it’s nice to keep a semblance of continuity. Bars come and go, but the Sound Factory stays with us like a loyal friend, changing, but keeping the ideal that continues to set it above all the other gay establishments. The people who own and run it understand and care about the Acadiana gay community. They don’t discriminate based

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he local bar scene is moving along with the heat and humidity of the area. You have a beer to get cool and rested, and then you go outside and you are a sweat bomb ready to explode. The solution is to make sure you pee before you go outside, and even that doesn’t always help. The heat always builds up at Splash, especially on their dance floor. The owners have done a lot the past year or two to improve the surrounding here, but this is a positive move especially for those who love the dynamics of body movements. Splash is not the only dance bar in Red Stick, but it is the biggest, the best, and the most likely to succeed. I’m not much of a dancer myself, but it is great to stand on the balcony and watch the scene unfolding below. I rather enjoy this while I’m sipping a drink. If I want relative peace and quit of another kind, I just stay in the upstairs bar area. Whatever your choice, Splash has it all. It’s just a great club to visit. If your are after karaoke, boys on the bar, bear activities, or the latest in diva extravaganzas, you only have to turn to George’s. This place with the personal touch is always a cool retreat. The only thing missing is a bathroom with a trough, wall mirror, and blue lights to accentuate the positive. Oh, how I long for the days of the old Ramrod in Dallas, where the bathroom was the ideal place to pay your respects for drinking too much beer to the bartending section with the blue lights and the bartenders with freeballing white pants. Maybe this wouldn’t be ideal for George’s. However, when you have something good going for you, why bother to

on gender or any other reason because they understand the gay community is diverse. Though lesbians and gay men differ in some ways, they share a common goal and must work together if we, all gay people, are ever to be treated equally as human beings. It is the anti-gay groups that want to separate us into factions. The idea of bars specifically designated for gay women and others for gay men is a thing of the past. We are one gay community, standing together. As members of that community, we need to stand up for establishments that serve to unite rather than divide us. And that is exactly what Sound Factory and Back Side do. They have two sides that cater to two different personality types, but both are housed in one building, bringing different people together in one festive location. That, my friends, is the purpose of a gay bar, to offer refuge, a place where people can be themselves. If we allow ourselves to be categorized and separated by our own establishments, then we too are complicit in halting the progress of gay equality. Keep this in mind next time you’re planning a night out. You don’t want your money to support dangerous stereotypes. In the end, it is up to us to protect our way of life. And the first thing we need to do is go out of our way to support gay owned and operated establishments. If we can’t even do that, perhaps we don’t deserve to be treated equally. Think about it. Until next time, have fun and be safe. I’ll see you around town. switch? Right, Richard? I told James about some of my bar improvement ideas one day when I was in Hound Dogs. He listened, but the end result is a little shy of my personal expectations. However, things seem to be working their way. They have the atmosphere, the ability to tell certain people to hit the door permanently, and by doing so have increased their prestige in this section of Red Stick. There is always a party going on here, and it doesn’t have to be a scheduled event. It can be just a normal night of revelry. Whatever the case might be, Hound Dogs seems to be filling the bill with a new flair of success. It’s been too long coming, and I’m pleased with the end result.

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ummer is moving swiftly away. Southern Decadence is upon us again. It is going to be a hot time in the old town when holiday time arrives this year. Things have been slowly improving since Katrina, and with no storms on the horizon, this should be a big event once more. However, things happen quickly, so we just have to hope that the weather helps us out. When it’s hot, the clothes come off. Let’s trust we have a hot and sultry weekend. Get the cameras ready. There will be lots of sightings of beauty and brawn. Lots of reunions will be on tap, and lots of friendships will be rekindled. Let the party begin. Like Dore Alley and Folsom Street, Southern Decadence has had up and down cycles, but it is party time again, and I’m ready to party come rain or shine. How about you?

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memoirs of a miss gay louisiana america MGVCA with Tori Taylor nipping at her heels with 1st alt. Then my cell starts ringing it’s my girl Nicole Dubois, who I later had the pleasure of playing her counterpart as Glenda in her talent at Miss Gay USofA Classic, in Dallas. This is the life, performing with some of the most well respected and talented ladies in this business.

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ell, June’s here and it is time to take out the rainbow banners and flags because it is Gay Pride. I just could not get enough this year, so I had to first go emcee and perform for Baton Rouge Gay Pride, then come home and emcee and perform for New Orleans Gay Pride, not to mention judge Mr. & Miss. Gay Pride New Orleans. Lord that flame is burning bright!!! I believe very strongly in giving back to the community and helping our community to be stronger by teaching them about STD’s and ways to keep from contracting and spreading them (would you like some condoms with that lube)?! That is why a lot of these events that I attend donate a large, if not all proceeds, to different organizations throughout Louisiana!

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uly, fireworks, hot dogs and spending time with friends is always a blast. With only a little less than two months till MGLA our promoters get ready for our fourth and fifth prelims, with Miss Gay Capital City America, at Splash in Baton Rouge. Miss Krystina Synclaire capturing the title and Nicole Foxx taking 1st alt. Next Miss Gay

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ll the hard work and effort put into coming up with a talent, having a dress made and working with my friends and local businesses to prepare for this year, has paid off, I am now MGLA 2006-2007. There is no time to relax now Miss Gay America is just around the corner, and there are a few little things to work on. It is here MGA 2007, it is more than I ever thought it would be and I made it in the top ten! The excitement of being on this stage in the fabulous Cannon Center in front of all these people, that is one of the greatest moments of my life!

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ell back home after a very busy couple months of shows and appearances, from the always lovely Ambush parties, hosting House of Blues 12th night party to shows at the Bourbon Pub, Splash, Cowpokes, Drama Club, Oz and others all over the state. Time to put 2006 to bed and bring in 2007 Happy New Year!

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ell, January started off nice and easy getting me ready for the very busy February. Little Rock, here comes hurricane Savanna. What a great time and awesome stage. Of course, what is a road trip without one of your girlfriends talking into going with and can’t forget the lovely weather on the way up, with tornados, hail and lightning storms, it was crazy. But with

Crescent City America held at the Bourbon Pub in New Orleans, with Hailey Alexander taking the crown with a very creative talent and Amy Nelson placing 1st alternate.

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ur last prelim was at Oz for Miss Gay New Orleans America, with Passion Armani Cassidine winning the crown and Amber Nicole Welch placing 1st atl.

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iss Gay Louisiana America 2007-2008 will be held at Splash in Baton Rouge on the 16th & 17th of August. I hope to see all of my friends, family, co-workers and fans there. It will be a great two nights of pageantry and thank you’s to all who have supported the system. There are a few shout outs I wanted to do to all my sponsors: Ambush, City Center Construction, David & David, Queen Fashions, Splash, Cowpokes, Bourbon Pub, Fifi Mahony’s, Paul Davis of Latter & Blum, Tami Tarmac, LA Pond Company, Todd & Mike, Randy & Michel, John & Keith, Mrs. Kathy, John & Jan, Mrs. Desiree’ and to all who have helped me achieve this height of excellence!!!! With only a few more shows, this MGLA’s reign is coming to an end. But as I end this memoir I will be starting a new one, and I thank each and everyone of you for your support and love, but most of all for letting me be a part of your lives! --Savanna Delorean MGLA 2006-2007

Jasmine SX, myself and a car full of wigs, that tornado ran the other way (hee hee)!

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ime for our first prelim of the year, Miss Gay Splash America, held of course at Splash in Baton Rouge, where the lovely Chelsea Delorean Divine was crowned with Marsheya St. Claire as her 1st alt.

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pril, another fun filled month with my big brother’s B-day to kick things off in Houston; he still throws the biggest and best parties. Then off to Lafayette to judge the Miss Gay Louisiana USofA pageant, those girls know how to work. Miss Kofi is always a blast to work with! The peeps back home will not believe this one, me hosting a wedding party. It was like the Wedding Singer meets To Wong Foo, but it was so much fun (I think I found my calling).

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lright, time for the second prelim of the year “It’s Pageant Season.” The lovely Dominique Delorean (mommy dearest) is the new promoter of Miss Gay Shreveport America at Central Station, where the beautiful Dior Dandridge was crowned with A’jah St. James as 1st alt, all of the ladies did a lovely job, great pageant. With pageant season in full swing, May starts off with Miss Gay Vieux Carre America, held nowhere else but the Bourbon Pub. Miss Anastacia Davenport is our newly crowned

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322.7823 BIRMINGHAM ADULT BOOKS, 7610 First Ave. North, 836.1580 New Orleans, LA [504] AIRLINE ADULT BOOKS, 1404 26th St., Kenner, LA 70062; 468.2931 CHARTRES ST. CONXXXION, 107 Chartres St., 586.8006 FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen St., 947.3700 PARADISE ADULT VIDEO, 41 W. 24th St., Kenner, LA 70065; 461.0000 PARADISE #2 IN ELMWOOD, 5608 Heebe, Harahan, LA, 733.7780 SLIDELL ADULT SUPERSTORE, Slidell, LA, 985.646.2616 Knoxville, TN [865] TOWN & COUNTRY BOOK DEN, 6927 Clinton Hwy., 947.9153 WEST KNOX NEWS, 5011 Kingston Pike, 588.1972

Austin, TX [512] ADULT VIDEO MEGAPLEXXX, 7111South I-35, 442.5430,www.sexysite.com LOBO, 3204A Guadalupe, 454.5406

cable shows New Orleans, LA [504] THE GAR WILLIAMS SHOW, Every Wed. &Sat., 8:30am & 8:30pm, Access Television Channel 78

casinos New Orleans, LA [504] HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS, Canal at the River, 800.HARRAHS

chiropractic New Orleans, LA [504] DR. MICHAEL LECHLEITER, D.C., St. Charles Chiropractic, 1529 Jackson Ave., 566.1833 [is1607]

circuit/events Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2007, Official Southern Decadence 36-A Celebration of Gay Life, Music & Culture, end of Summer Blowout including the Southern Decadence Parade & loads of activities, bringing over 100,000 revelers to New Orleans, LA, sponsored by Ambush & SouthernDecadence.COM Oct. 25-28, 2007, Halloween 24 benefiting Project Lazarus, New Orleans, LA, sponsored by AmbushMag.COM, halloweenneworleans.com Dec. 29, 2007-Jan. 1, 2008, Gay New Year's in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, GayNewOrleans.COM Feb. 1-5, 2008, Official Gay Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA, sponsored by Ambush, GayMardiGras.COM Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, Official Gay Easter Parade, New Orleans, sponsored by Ambush & Queen Fashions, GayEasterParade.COM May 23-26, 2008, Memorial Day Weekend including Bounce, Sweat, Abracadabra, Forbidden 1 & 2 plus Spellbound after-hour parties, Pensacola, FL, sponsored by Ambush, GayPensacola.COM May 25, 2007, First Splash Austin, Hippie Hollow, Lake Travis, Austin, TX June 5-8, 2008, One Mighty Weekend, Gay Day Weekend at Disney sponsored by Ambush, OneMightyWeekend.COM

costumes New Orleans, LA [504] COSTUME HEADQUARTERS, PO Box 8129, NOLA 70182, 985.384.1265

counseling New Orleans, LA [504] DAVID WAGNER, M.Ed., Counseling & Psychotherapy, 3001 Fifth St., Metairie, LA

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florists Baton Rouge, LA [225] FOUR SEASONS FLOWERS & GIFTS, 3482 Drusilla Ln., Drusilla Shopping Center, 924.1386, 1.800.237.5381

framing New Orleans, LA [504] ANGLE CUSTOM FRAME, 4422 Magazine St., 269.3726

furniture Harvey, LA [504] FUTONS UNLIMITED LLC, 2701 Manhatten Blvd., Suite 11A, 366.2855, FutonsUnlimitedLLC.COM Metairie, LA [504] FUTONS UNLIMITED LLC, 801 Veterans Blvd., 834.4789, FutonsUnlimitedLLC.COM Slidell, LA [985] FUTONS UNLIMITED LLC, 1402 Gause Blvd., Suite B, 659.9650, FutonsUnlimitedLLC.COM

galleries New Orleans, LA [504] FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen St., 947.3700 JACK GALLERY, 537 Royal St., 588.1777 PALMA GALLERY, 828 Howard Ave., 598.2276, PalmaGallery.COM

gardening/landscaping New Orleans, LA [504] AMERICAN AQUATIC GARDENS, 621 Elysian Fields, 944.0410

guides America Damron Travel Guide, 800.462.6654, www.damron.com Gulf South/United States AMBUSH Mag, 828-A Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3137; 504.522.8049, ambushmag.com; email: info@ ambushmag.com International GayBars.COM, 828-A Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3137; 504.522.8049, webmaster@gaybars.com United States/Canada GAYELLOW PAGES: Informing the US/ Canada LGBTG Community since 1973. Separate sections for Women and Ethnic/Multicultural focus. PO Box 533, NY, NY 10014-0533;

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groceries/delis New Orleans, LA [504] QUARTERMASTER DELI, THE NELLIE DELI, 1100 Bourbon, 529.1416 VERTI MART, 1201 Royal St., 525.4767

hair salons New Orleans, LA [504] BOBBY BLUE, 906 Bourbon St., 527.5100 HAIR ASYLUM, 513 rue Dumaine, 522.7426 HEAD QUARTERS HAIR SALON, 900 Dauphine St., 522.2666 MICKEY NOLAN'S SALON, 815 Toulouse St., 587.7782 SALON D'MALTA, 1233 Decatur St., 565.5555

laundries New Orleans, LA [504] RALPH'S QUARTER LAUNDERETTE & DRY CLEANING, 1101 Bourbon St., 522.9274; 1838 Louisiana Ave. , 897-5199 WASHBOARD LAUNDRY, 1000 St. Ann, .522.2071 WASHING WELL LaunDRYteria since 1949, City Wide Pick-up, Fluff Dry or Finished, 1 Hour Service, 841 Bourbon St., 523.9955 or 525.3983 [is1607]

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BON MAISON GUEST HOUSE, 835 Bourbon St., 70116; 561.8498, BonMaison.COM BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL, 717 Orleans St., 523.2222 BOURGOYNE GUEST HOUSE, 839 Bourbon St., 70116; 524.3621 CREOLE INN, 2471 Dauphine St., 70117; 948.3230, CreoleInn.com DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayNewOrleans.COM ENGINE 24 GUEST HOUSE, 2711 Dauphine, 261.5368 HOTEL LA SALLE, 1113 Canal St., 566.1733, HotelLaSalle.COM LIONS INN BED & BREAKFAST, 2517 Chartres, 945.2339, 800.485.6846, lionsinn.com MARIGNY MANOR HOUSE, 2125 N. Rampart St., 943.7826, Toll Free: 877.247.7599 MarignyManorHouse.COM NEW ORLEANS GUEST HOUSE, 1118 Ursuline St., 70116; 566.1177, 1.800.562.1177 PIERRE COULON GUEST HOUSE - Comfortable and spacious private apt. in 1830 Creole Cottage just blocks from the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny gay bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Amenities include tv/vcr/cable, telephone, patio view, kitchenette, complimentary continental breakfast and plenty of free parking. 504.943.6692, 1.866.328.1497 coulonguesthouse@yahoo.com, www.pierrecoulonguesthouse.com ST. PETER GUEST HOUSE, 1005 St. Peter, 70116; 1.800.535.7815 URSULINE GUEST HOUSE, 708 Ursuline, 70116; 525.8509 Shreveport, LA DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, AmbushMag.COM Biloxi, MS DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayAmerica.COM Hattiesburg, MS DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayAmerica.COM Jackson, MS DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayAmerica.COM Natchez, MS [601] DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayAmerica.COM Austin, TX [512] DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayAustin.NET Beaumont, TX DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayAmerica.COM Dallas, TX DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayDallas.COM Galveston Island, TX [409] DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayTexas.NET Houston, TX DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayHouston.COM San Antonio, TX DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayTexas.NET South Padre Island, TX [956] DISCOUNT FLIGHTS, HOTELS, CARS, GayTexas.NET UPPER DECK HOTEL & BAR, PO Box 2309, 120 E. Atol St., 78597; 761.5953, E-mail: gaypadre@upperdeckhotel.com, upperdeckhotel.com

504.292.1577 massage New Orleans, LA [504] FRENCH QUARTER MASSAGE BY MIKE - Treat Yourself!” - Professional, Private & Personal. Deep Tissue & Swedish Massages available. Phone 598.3237. www.FrenchQuarterMassage.COM. E-mail: jma57@cox.net. License #LA2687 [is1807] NATIONALLY CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST specializing in deep tissue. Contact Rick 258.4335. License #LA2206. [is1807]

media New Orleans, LA [504] AMBUSH Mag, Official Gay Easter Guide, Official Gay Mardi Gras Guide, Official Gay New Orleans Guide, Official Gulf South Guide, Official Southern Decadence Guide, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 522.8049, AmbushMag.COM; email: info@ ambushmag.com AMBUSHonLINE, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137; 522.8047, ambushonline.com, email: info@ambushonline.com

museum/arts Baton Rouge, LA [225] LOUISIANAARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER / RIVERSIDE MUSEUM, 100 S. River Road, 344.5272 LOUISIANA GOVERNOR'S MANSION, 1001 Capitol Access Rd., 342.5855 LOUISIANA STATEARCHIVES, 3851 Essen Ln. LOUISIANA STATE CAPITOL, State Capitol Dr. LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY HILLTOP ARBORETUM, 11855 Highland Rd., 767.6916 LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY RURAL LIFE MUSEUM, I-10 at Essen Lane, 765.2437 LSU MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE and MUSEUM OF GEOSCIENCE, LSU Campus, 388.2855 MAGNOLIA MOUND PLANTATION, 2161 Nicholson Dr., 343.4955 OLD ARSENAL MUSEUM, State Capitol Complex, 342.0401 OLD BOGAN FIRE STATION, 427 Laurel St., 344.8558 OLD GOVERNOR'S MANSION, 502 North Blvd., 344.5272 OLD PENTAGON BARRACKS, State Capitol Dr. at River Road, 342.1866 OLD STATE CAPITOL, 100 North Blvd. at River Road, 342.0500 or 342.4479 USS KIDD/NAUTICAL HISTORICAL CENTER, Government St. at River Rd., 342.1942 New Orleans, LA [504] BEAUREGARD-KEYES HOUSE, 1113 Chartres, 523.7257, Mon-Sat 10am-3pm CABILDO, 701 Chartres, Jackson Square, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm CAC [Contemporary Arts Center], 900 Camp St., 528.3805, cacno.org 1850 HOUSE, 523 St. Ann, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm GALLIER HOUSE, 1132 Royal, 523.6722, Mon-Fri 10am-3:30pm GERMAINEWELLSMARDIGRASMUSEUM, 2nd Floor Arnaud's, 819 Bienville HERMANN-GRIMA HISTORIC HOUSE, 820

St. Louis, 525.5661, Mon-Fri 10am-3:30pm HISTORICAL PHARMACY MUSEUM, 514 Chartres, 524.9077, Daily 10am-5:30pm HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, 533 Royal, 523.4662, Tues-Sat 10am-4:45pm LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS, 7 Bamboo Rd, Metairie, 488.5488, Mon-Sat 10am4:30pm, Sun 1-5pm MUSEECONTIHISTORICALWAXMUSEUM, 917 Conti, 525.2605, Daily 10am-5:30pm NATIONAL D-DAY MUSEUM, 945 Magazine, 527.6012 NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 488.2631, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERNART, 925 Camp St., 539.9600 OLD U.S. MINT, 400 Esplanade, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm PRESBYTERE, 751 Chartres, Jackson Square, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL, Jackson Square, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1:30-5pm

organizations Mobile, AL ALABAMA PRIDE FEST, MobileAlabamaPride.COM AQUA, THE PARTY, PO Box 145, Mobile, AL 36601, TheAquaParty.COM BAY AREA INCLUSION, BayAreaInclusion.ORG FUSION, MobileFusion.ORG GULF COAST BEARS & LEATHER ASSOCIATION, b-bobs.com/gcbla.htm MOBILE ALABAMA PRIDE BOWLING LEAGUE Pensacola, FL [850] APPETITE FOR LIFE, INC., provides 2 nutritionally balanced meals a day-lunch & dinner, for some 60 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, 1842 West Cervantes St.; Mail: P.O. Box 308, 32592-0308; 470.9111, Fax: 470.0201, gaypensacola.com/appforlife GULF COAST TIDE, INC. w w w . G u l f C o a s t T I D E . o r g ; info@GulfCoastTIDE.org Alexandria, LA [318] CLASS [Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services], 103 Bolton Ave., 71301; 1.800.444.7993, 442. 1 0 1 0, FAX: 443.5216 Baton Rouge, LA [225] HAART (HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two), 4550 North Blvd., #250, 927.1269, Fax: 927.7367, haartinc.org, haartinc@aol.com GBLSU [Gays, Bisexuals, Lesbians & Supporters United], glsapres@unixl.sncc. Isu.edu, Kristy Price, President, 388.5160 KREWE OF APOLLO / BATON ROUGE, PO Box 3591, 70821; kreweapollobr.org KREWE OF DIVAS, kreweofdivas.com, 343.0380 LAMBDA GROUP, 2937 Greenwood Dr., PO Box 82775, 70884-2775, 907.3665, www.lambdabr.org, info@lambdabr.org LEWIS HUMPHREY’S FOOD FOR FRIENDS, 387.9798 METROPOLITANCOMMUNITYCHURCHOF BATON ROUGE, Worship Sunday @ 11am; Bible Study Wednesday @ 7pm, 7747 Tom Dr., LA 70806; 248.0404, www.MCCBR.org MYSTIC KREWE OF ROYALTY, PO Box 66571, 70896; 926.1698 PFLAG Baton Rouge, Harold L. Truax, 33370 Percy Young Rd., Walker, LA 70785; 225.218.8320, 225.288.2522 Lafayette, LA [337] ACADIANA CARES [Concern for AIDS Relief, Education, and Support], PO Box 386, Lafayette, LA 70502; 203 W. 3rd St., 70501; 233.2437, FAX: 235.4178; 800.354.2437 KREWE OF APOLLO / LAFAYETTE, PO Box 53251, 70505 LEAGUE FOR EQUALITY, PO Box 53425, 70505 PFLAG/LAFAYETTE, PO Box 31078, 70503 ROYAL ORDER OF UNICORN, PO Box 3985, 70502 Monroe, LA [318] GO CARE 2121 Justice, 71201, 325.1092 New Orleans, LA [504] ACADIANA RAINBOW SOCIETY OF THE DEAF, PO Box 57166, 70157; 889.0138 (TDD)

AIDS HOTLINE, 821.6050 in New Orleans, 1.800.99.AIDS[2437]-9 toll free statewide ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 779.1178 BELLE REVE NEW ORLEANS, AIDS Residence for Families, PO Box 3305, 70177; 945.9455 BROTHERHOOD, INC., To decrease the spread of AIDS and HIV among African Americans, 1661 Canal St., Suite 3230, 70112; 566.7955 CAVALIERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Gay motocycle group sponsors monthly day rides and other riding events in New Orleans area. Visit www.cavaliersmc.comc or call 782.5625 or e-mail info@cavaliersmc.com. CHURCH OF CHRIST THE LIBERATOR, Sun. 10:30am Service, 2013 Royal St., christliberator@yahoo.com COMING OUT SUPPORT GROUP, meets 1st Wed. of each month, 7:30-9pm, Info: Liz 482.4012; Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 2114 Decatur St., 70116; 945.1103 COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK, a project of the NO/AIDS Task Force which works with the gay community to implement HIV prevention activities, 507 Frenchmen St., 945.4000, noaidstaskforce.com COPS 8 (Citizens' Organization for Police Support in the 8th District), 840 N. Rampart St., #51, 70116; 588.COPS (2677), cops8.org DRAMA! [A Gay & Lesbian Arts Organization], PO Box 52565, 70152; 948.9924, DramaNO.org, DRAMA@DramaNO.org FOOD FOR FRIENDS, 944.6028 FORUM FOR EQUALITY, 336 Lafayette, Suite 200, 70130; 947.2981, ForumForEquality@aol.com FOUNDATION FOR MACRO BIOTIC WAY, enjoy-life.com GAY APPRECIATION AWARDS, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137; 522.8049; AmbushMag.COM/GAA GAY COUNSELING LINE, 833.1500 GLSEN [Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network], 482.4081, Fax 595.8587, E-mail: glsenno@hotmail.com, glsenno.org GULF GENDER ALLIANCE [GGA], NonProfit Support Group for Transgender persons. Monthly meetings, socials and political activism. Privacy respected and expected. Interview required. Nondiscriminatory. Call 504. 324.4035 or write PO Box 56836, New Orleans, LA 70156-6836; gga.org, E-mail: info@gga.org HALLOWEEN IN NEW ORLEANS, INC., PO Box 52171, 70152-2171; halloween neworleans.com HATE CRIMES HOTLINE, c/o Family Ser-

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vice of Greater New Orleans, 504.202.2131. The Hate Crimes Project offers to assist those who feel that they may have been a victim of a hate crime. The project provides advocacy for persons victimized due to race, religion, gender and gender identity, age, disability, and/or sexual orientation. IN THIS TOGETHER, HIV/AIDS Case Management, 1661 Canal Street, Suite 3107, 70112; 962.3245, is www.inthistogetherinc.org, itt@accesscom.net KOCKTAIL BUNCH BOWLING LEAGUE, Contact Glenn Culp, 504.861.0233 KREWE OF ARMEINIUS, PO Box 56638, New Orleans, LA 70156-6638, c e t u b b y @ c o x . n e t , KreweOfArmeinius.COM KREWE OF AMON RA, PO Box 7033, Metairie, LA 70010, TheOneKissFan@aol.com KREWE OF MWINDO, PO Box 51031, 70156; 913.5791, KreweOfMwindo.ORG, krewe@kreweofmwindo.org KREWE OF PETRONIUS, PO Box 71665, 70172, Pres. Wally McLaughlin 524.2915, Sec. Mae Falgout 484.6045 KREWE OF QUEENATEENAS / KING CAKE QUEEN ROYALTY CLUB, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 522.8049, GayMardiGras.COM/ KCQ LaCARP [Louisiana Community AIDS Research Program], 584.1971 LA-LIFT, Social Club for Lesbians, age 50+, who have fun together on weekends. Email: armyvet20@webtv.net LAMBDA CENTER, 831 Elysian Fields Ave., 70117, LambdaCenter.NET, info@lambdacenter.net, LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NEW ORLEANS, 234 Loyola, Suite 421, 70112; 581.9106 LESBIAN & GAY COMMUNITY CENTER OF NEW ORLEANS, 2114 Decatur St., 701162013; 945.1103, Fax 945.1102, Email: info@lgccno.net LORDS OF LEATHER, PO Box 770435; 70117, LordsOfLeather.COM LOUISIANA STATE GAY RODEO ASSOCIATION (LSGRA), 915.3339, lance@lsgra.com, LSGRA.COM METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS, Sunday Friendship Hour 4:15pm, Worship/Celebration, 5pm at St Matthew’s UCC, 1333 Carrollton Ave. at Willow; Mailing Address: PO Box 71024, 70172; 945.5390, www.mccgno.com MYSTIC KREWE OF SATYRICON, 1021 Gov. Nicholls St., 70116, 525.4498, MysticKreweOfSatyricon.COM NEW ORLEANS BEAR & BEAR TRAPPER SOCIAL CLUB, PO Box 740894, 70174-0894; 5 2 9 . 6 9 7 5 , w w w . p r i d e s p e c i a l t y. c o m / BearClub.html, phoenicxs@hotmail.com NEW ORLEANS GAY MEN’S CHORUS, 948.6884, nogmc.com; nogmc@aol.com NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, nojazzfest.com NEW ORLEANS WOMEN’S MUSIC COLLECTIVE, 2903 Jefferson Ave., 70115; Ann 838.7918, Sydney 833.2834 NO/AIDS TASK FORCE, 2601 Tulane Ave., Suite 500, 70119; 821.2601; NOAIDSTaskForce.COM MOC/NO [Men of Color/New Orleans], 482.5341 OFFICIAL GAY EASTER PARADE, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 504.522.8049, info@gayeasterparade.com, GayEasterParade.COM OFFICIAL GAY MARDI GRAS, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 504.522.8049, GayMardiGras.COM OFFICIAL GAY NEW ORLEANS, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 504.522.8049, GayNewOrleans.COM OFFICIAL SOUTHERN DECADENCE, 828A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 504.522.8049, SouthernDecadence.COM PEOPLE OF SUBSTANCE, INC. (POS), 7210 Arbor Dr., 70126, 244.1920, posnola.com PFLAG/NO [Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays/ New Orleans], PO Box 15515, 70175; 895.3936, 392.0001, pflagno.org, info@pflagno.org

PRIDEFEST NEW ORLEANS, presented by New Orleans Alliance of Pride, c/o Lesbian & Gay Community Center Of New Orleans, 2114 Decatur St., 70116-2013; 945.1103, Fax 945.1102, pridefestneworleans@yahoo.com PROJECT LAZARUS, A Residence for PWAs, PO Box 3906, 70177-3906; 949.3609 RA/UNO (Rainbow Alliance/University of New Orleans), Office of Campus Activities, 200 Lakeshore Dr., 70148; 280.6349; FAX: 280.6633. Regular meetings Thursdays, 12:301:30, RM 210 of UC, all students and members of UNO are welcome REGIONALAIDS INTERFAITH NETWORK [RAIN], 523.3755 ST. Mark's UMC (New Orleans), www.frenchquarterumc.org. St Mark’s is a part of the gay-affirming Reconciling Ministries Network of the United Methodist Church. TAU HOUSE MINISTRIES, 1029 Governor Nicholls, 70116, roddyssnd@aol.com, 529.3569. Mass on Sunday 4:15pm; Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6pm. Everyone is welcome! TO DO PRODUCTIONS, 948.9608, www.todoproductions.org VOLLEYBALL NEW ORLEANS, PO Box 13306, 70185-3306; volleyballneworleans.com, postmaster@volleyballneworleans.com WILLIAM J. FANNING FOUNDATION [Buzzy’s Boys & Girls], 2301 Chartres, 70117; 943.8929 Shreveport, LA [318] KREWE OF APOLLO/SHREVEPORT, PO Box 4918, 71134 PHILADELPHIA CENTER, PO Box 44454, 71134-4454; 222.6633 YWCAAIDS MINORITY COMMUNITY OUTREACH, 700 Pierre Ave., 71103; 226.8717 Austin, TX [512] AUSTIN BABTIST WOMEN, 291.1563 www.babtistwomen.com. Raising Spirits and Millions of Dollars for Charity Since 1986. AUSTIN LATINO/LATINA LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER ORGANIZATION [ALLGO], 1715 E. 6th St., Ste. 112, 78762-6149; 472.2001, allgo.org BI-MEN-TEXAS, Texas Chapter of the BiMEN Worldwide Network-now over 100,000 active male members. TX online support group and contact list for bisexual, bi-curious and gay adult men. Free. Annual Bi-Men Conference each Fall. www.bisexual.org/resources/ alist.asp KINGDOM SEEKERS IN CHRIST JESUS, 81 San Marcos St., 78702; 322.0049 MINISTRY OF COMMON SENSE SPIRITUALITY, PO Box 687411, 78701; 669.0608, Rev. N. Holmann, asknorbert.com PROJECT TRANSITIONS, PO Box 4826, 78765; 454.8646, projecttransitions.org, AIDShous ing@projecttransitions.org, dedicated to serving people with AIDS by providing hospice, housing and support in a compassionate and caring environment.

TEXAS GAY RODEO ASSOCIATION (TGRA) Austin chapter, www.Austintgra.org Dallas, TX [214] KREWE OF APOLLO-DALLAS, KreweofApollo-Dallas.com Houston, TX [713] PRIDE COMMITTEE OF HOUSTON, PO Box 66071, 77266-6071; 529.6979, Fax 529.6929, info@pridehouston.org, pride houston.org San Antonio, TX [210] DIVERSITY CENTER (San Antonio & South Texas' GLBTQI Community Center), Office: 223.6106, Fax: 223.7419, TDD: 271.8025, HIV/ AIDS & GLBT Domestic Violence Hotline: Toll Free 1.866.452.2724, diversitycentersa.org

mail New Orleans, LA [504] MARIGNY MAIL, 2401 Burgundy, 948.7401

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GOMI, 233 W. 2nd St., 442.9977, gomikitti.com TAPELENDERS VIDEO/OUTLINES MENSWEAR AUSTIN, 1114 West 5th St., 472.0844, www.tapelenders.com

photography New Orleans, LA [504] GRAHAM/STUDIO ONE NEW ORLEANS, by appointment, grahamstudioone.com

printers New Orleans, LA [504] SIR SPEEDY, 343 Carondelet, 586.9812

real estate New Orleans, LA [504] LATTER & BLUM, Agent Mary Lind, 948.3011, 539.9742, 581.2020 PRUDENTIAL GARDNER REALTORS, Agent Brett A. Rector, Cell: 453.2277, Office: 861.6400, brettinla@aol.com PRUDENTIAL GARDNER REALTORS, Agent Arden Kilgore, 296.8439

restaurants New Orleans, LA [504] BYWATER BAR-B-QUE/LORENZO'S PIZZERIA & BAR ,3162 Dauphine St., 944.4445 CAFE AMELIE, 912 Royal St., 412.8965 CLOVER GRILL, 900 Bourbon St., 598.1010, CloverGrill.COM ELIZABETH'S RESTAURANT, 601 Gallier St., 944.9272, Elizabeths-Resturant.COM KRYSTAL, 116 Bourbon at Canal, 523.4030 LA PENICHE, 1940 Dauphine St., 943.1460 MARIGNY PERKS, 2401 Burgundy, 948.7401, www.marignyperks.com MEAUXBAR BISTRO, 942 N. Rampart St., 569.9979 MONA LISA RESTAURANT, 1212 Royal St., 522.6746 ORLEANS GRAPEVINE, 720 Orleans, 523.1930 PETUNIAS NEW ORLEANS, Cajun, Creole, Crepes, Cocktails, 817 St. Louis, 70112; 522.6440; petuniasrestaurant.com QUARTERMASTER: THE NELLIE DELI, 1100 Bourbon St. , 529.1416 RICHE, Fulton Street at Poydras inside Harrah's Hotel, 533.6117 TOMATILLO'S RESTAURANT, 437 Esplanade Ave., 945.9997

retail/shopping New Orleans, LA [504] ALTERNATIVES, 907 Bourbon St., 70116; 524.5222 BEAR NECESSITIES, 940 Decatur, 598.2134, BearsAndHares.COM BOURBON-STRIP TEASE, 205 Bourbon St., 70130; 581.6633, bourbontease.com DRESS TO KILL, 227 Dauphine St., 587.7012 HOT CHOCOLATE, Erotic Cakes, Chocolates & Novelties, 509 Rue Dumaine, 70116; 588.9050, Fax: 588.9084 THE HERB IMPORT COMPANY, 711 St. Peter [in French Quarter], 525.4372; 5055 Canal St. [near City Park Ave.], 488.4889 MARY'S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE, 908 Bourbon St., New Orleans, 504.525.MARY RAB DAB CLOTHING AND GIFTS, 918 Royal St., 525.6662 SERENDIPITOUS MASKS, 831 Decatur St., 522.9158 SECOND SKIN LEATHER, 521 St. Philip St., 561.8167 TURNCOATS, 1926 Magazine St., 299.9004, turncoats.net QUEEN FASHIONS.COM, 808 N. Rampart St., 524.HEEL (4335) queenfashions.com, exoticfashionmall.com WELLINGTON & CO., 505 Royal St.,525.4855, wcjewelry.com WHISNANT GALLERIES, 222 Chartres, 524.9766, whisnantgalleries.com

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spas Ft. Lauderdale, FL [954] CLUB FT. LAUDERDALE, 400 W. Broward Blvd., 525.3344, www.the-clubs.com Atlanta, GA [404] FLEX ATLANTA, 76 Fourth St., 815.0456 New Orleans, LA [504] CLUB NEW ORLEANS, 515 Toulouse, 581.2402, www.the-clubs.com FLEX NEW ORLEANS, 700 Baronne St., 598.FLEX [3539] Austin, TX [512] MIDTOWNE SPA, 5815 Airport Blvd., 302.9696 Dallas, TX [214] CLUB DALLAS, 2616 Swiss Ave., 821.1990, www.the-clubs.com MIDTOWNE SPA, 2509 Pacific Ave., 821.8989 Houston, TX [713] CLUB HOUSTON, 2205 Fannin St., 659.4998, www.the-clubs.com MIDTOWNE SPA, 3100 Fannin St., 522.2379

tanning New Orleans, LA [504] PLANET BEACH TANNING SALONFRENCH QUARTER, 301 Burgundy St., 525.8266

tattoos/piercings New Orleans, LA [504] AARTACCENT TATTOO & PIERCING, 1041 N. Rampart in French Quarter, 581.9812; 5727 St. Claude, 949.5377 ELECTRIC LADYLAND TATTOO NEW ORLEANS, French Quarter-610 Frenchmen, 947.8286; Uptown-8106 Earhart, 866.3859 NOLATATTOO & PIERCING, 8120 Hampson St. uptown, 524.6147

theatres New Orleans, LA [504] MARIGNY THEATRE, 1030 Marigny St., 947.0505

travel Houston, TX [713] Aquafest GLBT Group Cruises, 4801 Wood Way, 400 West, 800.592.9058, aquafestcruises.com

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Emcee Teryl-Lynn Foxx & Oz GM Tommy Elias, Miss Gay New Orleans America at Oz

Sandy Phillips does the Starlight Revue

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Miss Gay New Orleans America contestant Valerie Sugarbaker at Oz Ashley, Felina Colby Shane & Jasmine pop in for Miss Gay New Orleans America at Oz

Lester & Shep pop in for Divas “R” Us at The Golden Lantern Selena dazzles ‘em at Starlight

1st Alternate Amber Nicole Welch, Miss Gay New Orleans America at Oz The finale of Potluck Burlesque at Corner Pocket Miss Gay Louisiana America Savanna DeLorean & Jessica-Jenise Cantrelle at Oz for the Miss Gay New Orleans America pageant

Passion Armani Cassidine wins Miss Gay New Orleans America at Oz

Miss Gay New Orleans America contestant Ursuline Burgundy has sure come a long way

Johnny, Blanche Debris & Bill doing Drag Bingo at Oz

Cynthia, Michael & Isabella pop in for Drag Bingo at Oz

DL Broadway stars in the Starlight Revue

The Corner Pocket Boys surprise Barry for his birthday

Full Moon at The Corner Pocket

Zoo Revue’s Opal Vanderhurst at Big Daddy’s

Entertainer of the Year Princesse Stephaney in Big Daddy’s Zoo Revue

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Divas “R” Us: Donnie Jay, Mercedes Ellis Loreal, Rikki Redd & Anita Rich Goodman, 2nd & 4th Saturdays at Golden Lantern

Pageants, Shows, Entertainment ~ New Orleans

Oz’s Kabrina Watson joins Miss Gay New Orleans judges Mercedes Ellis Loreal & Derisha Jenkins

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