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his giant 76 page edition of Ambush Mag brings readers some 58 pages advertising the hottest activities happening in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Metairie, LA, Pensacola, FL, and Austin and South Padre Island, TX for the big Labor Day Weekend. Over 125 businesses, both Gay and Gay friendly chose to advertise this year. Ambush [AmbushMag.COM] is the Gulf South’s

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Over 100,000 Revelers Expected for 36th Southern Decadence Celebration

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fficial Southern Decadence XXXVI: A Celebration of Gay Life, Music & Culture, is expected to bring in over 100,000 revelers for

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this year’s weeklong celebration. Interest has exploded this year with many visitors returning for the first time since 2004, the year before Hurricane Katrina. It is believed that the 2007 economic impact could well exceed $80 million, based on an $800 per person conservative spending average. The mayor’s office, city council, police department, sanitation department, streets department and local businesses have worked together to ensure that visitors and locals will enjoy a safe Southern Decadence.

Southern Decadence Parade Sun., Sept. 2, 2pm

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he 34th annual Southern Deca dence Parade celebrating Southern Decadence 36 begins at the Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal at Barracks in the French Quarter. Always starting at 2pm sharp, this year’s parade is Sun., Sept. 2. Southern Decadence Grand Marshals (SDGM) XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe and Marcus Martinez will lead the 2007 parade. Their "official" theme is Ancient Truths, Lies & Sacrifice; colors crimson, teal and gold; and song, Beautiful Liar by Beyonce and Shakira. Since the parade has grown so much, the City of New Orleans has required a parade permit for the past nine years. Fourteen area businesses have underwritten the cost of the parade permit and fees for the police officers required for the parade. Special thanks to the 2007 Parade Sponsors: Golden Lantern, Le Roundup, Double Play, Corner Pocket, Orlando’s Society Page, Ninth Circle, Starlight By The Park, Rawhide 2010, Good Friends Bar, Bourbon Pub/Parade, Napoleon’s Itch, Oz, Ambush, and Cafe Lafitte in Exile.

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he Crescent City is renowned for its numerous drinking party establishments. In this issue of Ambush you will find numerous bar related activities centered around the Official Southern Decadence celebration. The bars and clubs offer live performances, the hottest DJs on the circuit, contests, dancers, swimming, art shows and so much more. There is definitely something for everyone this Southern Decadence. As you look through the ads, you are

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sure to find just the activity you want to experience this Labor Day Weekend. Restaurants, grills and delis are in abundance as well. You’ll want to see Chop Chop for Ambush’s dining recommendations. Of course, shopping is every true queen’s delight! Flip through the ads or look in the Classified listings in the center Expose section of Ambush for retail/shopping, bookstores, florists, galleries, gardening, hair/wig salons, laundries, lodging/accommodations, massage, models/ escorts, museum/arts, organizations, pharmacies, photography, real estate, receptions/halls, services, spas, theatres, tattoos/piercings and website listings.

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the "official" dish a good time.” --Robert King, one of the founding members of Southern Decadence t is coming again! The Official Southern Decadence celebration; that circus gone amok of a wildly aberrant, unusual, motley, slightly crazy bunch of avant garde attitudes in drag; that congerie of costumed marchers who take to the streets of the French Quarter in a route set by the Grand Marshal or Marshals on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend [late August/early September] that usually turns out to be one of the hottest of the year in this Bombay of the New WorldNew Orleans. They arrive like Asian termites hungering for pine logs in French Quarter architecture. But these strange creatures arrive mostly to imbibe of the grape; mostly to be outrageous and have fun doing it. Not even the fire from of a dragon’s breath would keep participants and watchers from assembling in the 1200 block of Royal Street on the first Sunday before

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Labor Day for a celebration that has gotten bigger and more wonderfully insane each year since its casual creation in 1972. That day, usually between 10am and noon, an unknown quantity of men and women, gay and straight, begin to assemble at the corner of Royal and Barracks Streets. They will huddle on the banquette in front of a favorite gay watering hole named the Golden Lantern, the Home of Southern Decadence, there for over 35 years. They will spill out into the street. No one ever knows exactly how many will show up, but recent years have seen the numbers grow into the tens of thousands. By around noon traffic will have to slow down or detour because Royal Street will be overflowing with marchers mostly costumed in drag, scare drag and traditional drag, and any other kind of rig they can conjure up from their imaginations. And don’t forget all those gorgeous men and women, most scantily clad. You will see the playful, the whimsical, the pretty, the ugly, the satirical, the witty, and the obscene. But whatever you see, it will always be totally decadent. It’s a scene

from a technicolor Fellini film extemporaneously created. It’s a happening of habadashery fit for an LSD Alice In Wonderland. It’s a casting call for Lord of the Rings. Then, at 2pm, the Grand Marshal(s) will arrive with a following of courtiers accompanied by the squeals and screams of his/her entourage and often other noises - the sound of whistles, goose honks, castanets, washtub fiddles, conch shell blasts, homemade jazz bands, horse whinnies, tiger roars, pussy meows, and whatever else that particular group fancies as an auditory assault, or a musical instrument. When the time comes to march, the Grand Marshal(s) blows his/ her/its whistle and the whole drunken, rowdy group weaves its drunken way down the streets of the Quarter. The route is always decadent, outrageous, and, of course, includes all the Gayles bars and other favorites; it’s always an extemporaneous demonstration of cutting edge freedom of expression, a walk on the wild side, a flourish, a smile, a brave conceit of the past.

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007 will be the 36th anniversary of Southern Decadence. This will actually be the 34th year with a grand marshal (the grand marshal selection did not begin until the third year), but Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXIII reigned as grand marshals two years since Decadence was cancelled in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina (the two in 1978 were counted as grand marshals 5 & 6). However, this is actually the 34th parade (there was no parade the first year or in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina). It all began in 1972 with a mixed going away party for Michael Evers consisting of gays, straights, blacks and whites, at Belle Reve, 2110 Barracks St. There was no parade. The first invitation read: “Ya’ll Come to the Dress Up As Your Favorite Southern Decadent Party at Belle Reve, 2110 Barracks, late afternoon, Sunday, September 3rd.” (1972) According to Southern Decadence historian and SDGM IV Robert Laurent, “Cheers to Southern Decadence! What began in 1972 as an end-of-summer party among a small group of friends has transformed itself into a Quarter-wide weekend celebration. The first costume party was a farewell to Michael Evers, who was leaving New Orleans. Now, 36 years later, his spirit, wit and sense of frivolity continue, transformed into a celebration of Laissez les bon temps rouler.” In 1973, an informal march began from Matassa’s bar to 2110 Barracks. There was no grand marshal yet. The grand marshal selection began in 1974. Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals include: SDGM I Frederick Wright, 1974 SDGM II Jerome Williams, 1975 [deceased] SDGM III Preston Hemmings, 1976 SDGM IV Robert Laurent, 1977 SDGM V Robert King and SDGM VI Kathleen Kavanaugh, 1978 SDGM VII Bruce Harris, 1979 SDGM VIII Tom Tippin, 1980 SDGM IX Tommy Stephan, 1981 SDGM X Don Ezell, 1982 [deceased] SDGM XI Danny Wilson, 1983 [deceased] SDGM XII Mumbo, 1984 SDGM XIII Michael “Fish” Hickerson, 1985 SDGM XIV Kathleen Conlon, 1986 SDGM XV Olive, 1987; THEME: Southern Decadence SDGM XVI Jerome Lebo, 1988 [deceased] SDGM XVII George Goode, 1989 [deceased] SDGM XVIII Ruby 1990 [deceased]; THEME: Circus Came To Town, COLOR: Red SDGM XIX Jamie Temple, 1991; THEME: Shirley Temple Black Leather, COLOR: Black SDGM XX Rhee, 1992 [deceased]; THEME: Casino CasiNOT, COLOR: White SDGM XXI Ms. Fly, 1993 [deceased]; THEME: Drag-ON-Fly, COLOR: Yellow SDGM XXII Alain, 1994; THEME: Voodoo That You Do, COLOR: White & Gold SDGM XXIII Blanche, 1995; THEME: The Cocktail Tour SDGM XXIV Wayne White, 1996; THEME: Tour of da’NILE, COLORS: Royal [continued on Main-10]

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the "official" dish ...from M-8 Blue & Gold, REVELERS: Over 35,000 SDGM XXV Miss Love, 1997; THEME: The Love Tour: A Wedding To Remember, COLORS: Silver, White & Teal, REVELERS: Over 50,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: Over $25 Million SDGM XXVI Robin Malta, 1998; THEME: Deliriously Decadent Divas: A Salute To Sitcom Reruns, COLOR: Color TV Optional, REVELERS: Over 60,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: Over $30 Million SDGM XXVII Errol Rizzuto, 1999; THEME: Dark Lady Tour: Dissidents of Decadence, COLOR: Silver & Black, REVELERS: 70,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: $35 Million

SDGMs XXVIII Tony Langlinais & Thom “Smurf” Murphy [deceased], 2000; THEME: Taboo X 2: The Forbidden Pleasures Tour, COLORS: Red, Silver & Black, SONG: Man I Feel Like A Woman, REVELERS: 91,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: $72 Million SDGMs XXIX Bianca Del Rio, Pat “Estelle” Ritter & Rick Thomas, 2001; THEME: “Menage a trois”, COLORS: Purple, Pink & Red, SONG: Lady Marmalade, REVELERS: 100,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: $80 Million

SDGM XXX “Irish” Mike Sheehan, 2002; THEME: “Fairy Tails”, COLORS: Any & All, SONG: Remix of “Over the Rainbow” into “Never Ending Story”, REVELERS: 110,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: $88 Million SDGM XXXI Rusty LaRoux, 2003; THEME: “Carnaval Decadence”, COL[continued on Main-12]

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

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the "official" dish ...from M-10 ORS: Vibrant Colors of the Rainbow, SONG: La Vida est Un carnaval by the late Queen of Salsa ~ Celia Cruz, REVELERS: 121,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: $96 Million SDGM XXXII Donald “Donnie ‘Jager’ Jay” James, 2004; THEME: DAYDREAMS & FANTASIES: Welcome To My Harem, COLORS: Electric Blue, Silver & Black, SONG: Welcome To My Harem by Sara Brightman · Dance Mix, REVELERS: 125,000 , ECONOMIC IMPACT: Over $100 Million SDGM XXXIII Lisa Beaumann & Regina Adams, 2005; THEME: Jazz & Jezebels, COLORS: Red & Purple, SONG: All That Southern Decadence 2005, CANCELLED: Due to Hurricane Katrina SDGM XXXIII Lisa Beaumann & Regina Adams, 2006; THEME: Southern Decadence 2006: Rebirth, COLORS: Green & Pink, SONG: I Just Want To F**king Dance, REVELERS: 75,000, ECONOMIC IMPACT: $60 Million

Radical Faeries Coronation Aug. 31 at The Country Club

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n Friday night, August 31, at the Country Club, 634 Louisa St., the New Orleans Radical Faeries invite you to join in their annual Decadence Fund-raiser which will celebrate the Coronation of the New Orleans Decadence Prince of Perversion V. With a slight interruption due to Miss Katrina, this extremely popular alternative Coronation Ball is in its 5th year. With the newly renovated swimming pool and hot tub at the beautiful Country Club, this year’s

coronation promises to be one to remember. The theme: Double Oh 7 inches James Bondage A GO GO 2007 ...costumes encouraged at this clothing optional event. Event begins at 9pm. Donation is $10. For more info contact Louisiana4Tboy@aol.com or contact the Country Club directly @ 504.945.0742.

Clifton Webb Debuts A New Pen-and-Ink Exhibit Sept. 4 at Dillard University

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he Dillard University Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of pen-and-ink drawings and paper polychrome sculptural marquettes Curves: Paper Works - created by Clifton Webb. The exhibit will run from September 4 with an opening reception that day from 6-8pm through October 26. On view at the Samuel DuBois Cook Communications Center, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm. Clifton Webb is an African-American artist based in New Orleans who has shown his work on a local and national basis for over 30 years. He is co-founder of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Webb has also exhibited at the Arthur Roger Gallery, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chattanooga Museum of Afro-American Culture and History, Alternatives Museum, and Max Hutchinson Gallery (New York).

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Rick & Rick of Tubby’s New Orleans in the smoke at Rawhide’s BYOM Night

Mike & Frankie shoot a game of pool at Rawhide

Lafitte’s bartender’s Jeff & Aletha flank Wood Enterprises’ Gary at Glazer’s SD kickoff

Wood Enterprises’ Ken & Glazer’s Michael at Glazer’s SD kickoff hosted at Queen’s Head Pub above Good Friends

SDGM XXXIV Tip, Tango’s Lee & Corner Pocket’s Patrick pop in for Glazer’s SD kickoff Prudential Gardner Realtors’ Troy Jowers & Rawhide GM Joe Trotta join Glazer’s SD kickoff

Glazer’s Megan & Bourbon-Strip Tease’s Robert at Rawhide

Napoleon’s Itch’s Ron & Chuck flank Good Friends GM Joey for Glazer’s SD kickoff Bartenders John & Travis did the honors at Glazer’s SD kickoff

”Love Is In The Air” during Trash Disco at Lafitte’s

Troy, Danny & Kiki on vacation in New Orleans at Lafitte’s

Ninth Circle’s Becky, Sarah & Glazer’s Megan at Queen’s Head Pub bash Good Friends bartender’s Spencer & Marc Rawhide bartender Eric & Tom pop in for Rawhide's BYOM Night

BYOM Night at Rawhide: Ron, Ken & Jerry

Double Play’s Frank joins Glazer’s SD kickoff at Queen’s Head Pub

Coca & Chris do Absolutly Coca Karaoke at Good Friends Bar

DJ Johnny Love celebrates his birthday blowout at Cafe Lafitte in Exile

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New Orleans Bears’ Vick, John & Danny pop in for Meat Night at Rawhide

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Max & Lafitte’s DJ Mike cocktailin’ at Good Friends


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Bait, Bait & The Big Fish at The Friendly

Steve slings cocktails at the Home of Southern Decadence, The Golden Lantern

Bar Baron Timm Holt & Bartender of the Year Stephen Murrell at Cowpokes

Anita Rich Goodman in Divas “R” Us at Golden Lantern

Andre & Bill cocktailin’ at Cowpokes

Bartender Stephen serving up hot dogs at Double Play

Dave & Ramon cocktailin’ at Le Roundup Divas “R” Us brings Mercedes Ellis Loreal to the stage at The Lantern

Crescent City Divas brought out Opal Masters & Darwin Reed to Cowpokes

Carolynn welcomes you to Le Roundup

SDGM XXXII Donnie Jay headlines at The Golden Lantern in Divas “R” Us Cindy & Pat celebratin’ their August birthdays at The Friendly

Sylvia, Janice & Diane cocktailin' at The Friendly Bar

Tittie Toulouse claims her innocence in the beheading of Electra City at Cowpokes

Ninth Circle’s own Greg, bartender Becky & DJ Chaz

Tango’s bartender Byron & GM Lee

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Jim & Steve slingin’ cocktails at The Friendly Bar

Keith & Orlando cocktailin’ at Society Page

Alice Brady & King Petronius Mae Falgout at The Friendly

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Pat & Sylvia dance to the sounds of Candi Riedl at The Friendly Bar


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Dealing with Decadence

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t is that time again my little sweet hearts when your Auntie Dee has to haul out her warnings again about the party week we have all come to love and hate at the same time, and always I have to remind all my children to remember to stop and take a little nourishment. Remember, man does not live by sex alone. For those of you who also accepted the extra burden of entertaining out of town guests, which of course, I always enjoy, having some cook ahead casseroles that can be popped in the microwave for easy eating is wise, because no matter how hard we try, we just can’t always sit down and dine with each other. So here are some easy fix ahead meals for all of us.

BACON AND EGG CASSEROLE This breakfast casserole can be made the day or evening before. 2 large baking potatoes, unpeeled, cubed cooked till tender, drained and cooled ¼ cup butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 cup half-and-half 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 12 large hard cooked eggs, sliced 1 pound bacon, cooked and coarsely crumbled 2 cups soft whole wheat breadcrumbs (4 slices) 3 tablespoons butter, melted Melt ¼ cup of butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk in flour till smooth. Cook one minute stirring constantly. Gradually add milk and half-andhalf; cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Add cheddar, Italian seasoning and pepper stirring till cheese melts. Remove from heat. Layer half each - egg slices, bacon and cheese sauce in a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Top with potato cubes, Top with remaining eggs, bacon and cheese. Combine breadcrumbs and melted butter, sprinkle evenly over casserole. Cover and chill till ready to use. Remove casserole from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature thirty minutes. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for thirty minutes. Yield ten servings.

EGGS FLORENTINE CASSEROLE 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained well 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 pound pork sausage, cooked and drained 2 cups sliced mushrooms 6 green onions, chopped 2 tablespoons butter, melted 12 large eggs, slightly beaten 2 cups whipping cream 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded swiss cheese

¼ teaspoon paprika Sprinkle cheddar cheese in bottom of a 13x9” baking dish, spread spinach over cheese. Sprinkle browned sausage over spinach. Sauté mushrooms and green onions in butter over medium-high heat until done. Sprinkle sautéed vegetables over sausage. Combine eggs and whipping cream beating with a whisk until well blended. Pour egg mixture on top of sautéed vegetables. Top with Swiss cheese and sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for forty minutes or until set. Yield; twelve servings.

HAM AND BROCCOLI STRATA A good make ahead dish to prepare the day before for a brunch or lunch. 12 slices white bread, crusts removed cut into small cubes 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained 2 cups diced cooked ham 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 3 ¼ cups milk 1 tablespoon dried minced onion ¼ teaspoon dry mustard 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese Layer bread cubes, broccoli and ham cubes in a buttered 13x9” baking dish. Combine eggs and the rest of the ingredients stirring well. Pour into dish, cover and refrigerate till ready to use at least two hours or overnight. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for about an hour. Yield; eight servings.

PICADILLO An easy to prepare dish ahead of time can be individually ladled over yellow rice, micro waved at any time of the day this will make eight servings, but if your house is full of people coming and going you might want to double this. 2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 large green peppers chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon celery salt ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole tomatoes, untrained and chopped 1 (3 ounce) jar pimento stuffed olives, drained ½ cup raisins Eight cups cooked yellow rice. Cook first four ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned, stirring until it crumbles; drain. Add salt and next nine ingredients; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer thirty minutes. Serve over yellow rice.

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he annual Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Luncheon was hosted by reigning SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe and Marcus Martinez at the Tapas Bar above Mimi's in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. The grand marshals feasted on an assortment of authentic tapas delights, and of course, complimentary cocktails. Following the luncheon a shuttle whisked the group on a bar crawl through the Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter. Photo: (seated) SDGM I Frederick Wright; (second row) SDGM XXXI Rusty LaRoux, SDGM XXXIII Lisa Beaumann, SDGM XXXIV Marcus Martinez, SDGM IV Robert Laurent, SDGM VIII Tom Tippin, SDGM XXXIV Electra City, SDGM XXIX Estelle; (back row) SDGM XXV Miss Love, SDGM XXXII Donnie Jay, SDGM XXX Irish Mike, SDGM XXIV Wayne White, SDGM XXXIV Gaudalupe & SDGM XXII Alain. Catch all the action at SouthernDecadence.COM.

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he Southern Decadence Grand Marshals post luncheon bar crawl brought the group to Cutter's in the Marigny. Photo: SDGMs XXXIV Electra City & Marcus Martinez, Cutter's Jimmy & Dudley; (back row) Cutter's Mac & SDGM XXXIV Guadalupe.

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he Phoenix Adonis Art Show featuring the works of Skylar Fein, brought the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals in for a peak during their post luncheon bar crawl including SDGMs XXXIV Marcus and Electra joining Phoenix's Bobby Connell and SDGM XXXIV Guadalupe.

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he post luncheon bar crawl traveled to the Bywater to catch The Grand Marshals of Southern Decadence art exhibition featuring this special series by Levy Easterly at The Country Club. Posing under the creation of the late SDGM XXVI Robin Malta are SDGM XXXIV Electra City, SDGM XXIX Estelle, and SDGMs XXXIV Marcus Martinez and Guadalupe.

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ruising In The Woods was up next as the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals joined the festivities at Cafe Lafitte in Exile on their post luncheon bar crawl including SDGM XXXIV Marcus, Rawhide GM Joe, Good Friends GM Joey, and SDGMs XXXIV Electra and Guadalupe.

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he last stop on the post luncheon Southern Decadence Grand Marshals bar crawl was Dance Club of the Year Oz where DJ of the Year Tim Pflueger joined SDGM XXXIV Electra City, Oz GM Tommy Elias and SDGM XXXIV Guadalupe.

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he Miss Gay Louisiana America pageant culminated with the announcement of this year’s winners following two days of stiff competition at Splash in Baton Rouge including 4th alternate Passion Armani Cassidine, 1st alternate Haley Alexander, newly crowned Miss Gay Louisiana America Chelsea Delorean Divine, Miss Gay Louisiana America 2006 Savanna Delorean, and 3rd alternate Dior Dandrige. Anastacia Davenport, 2nd alternate is not pictured. The winner and first alternate now travel to compete in the prestigious Miss Gay America pageant. Photo: Brad Benedict

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he last ones left standing at the end of the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals post luncheon bar crawl were Quadalupe's partner Bill, and SDGMs XXXIV Electra and Guadalupe with The Susan Lucci's: Rip and Marsha propped up on the bar at Oz.

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arsha and Rip NaquinDelain received quite a surprise when asked to come to The Friendly Bar in New Orleans on August 17th. Bartender Marty Curtin and partner Koo Gaffney had a banner and cake there to celebrate the couple’s 34th anniversary. Friends joined the couple and toasted with cocktails and champagne.

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Dining Out for Decadence

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isitors and locals alike are in for a treat this Southern Decadence with so many venues available. Ambush highly recommends those in it's restaurant guide. You are sure to fine any cuisine you desire to fit your cravings. To find out more, check out their ads in this edition. Remember you have to eat!

New Orleans Restaurant Guide Bumpin' Tacos, 720 St. Louis, inside Sean Kelly's Irish Pub, is a great choice for those craving Mexican/American delights including quesadillas, salads, nachos, tostadas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and even special dinners. Open noon til 7 days, the eatery offers carry-out, indoor seating and free delivery through late night. Call 565.7777 to order or for more info. Buffa's, 1001 Esplanade at Burgundy, serves breakfast 8am-4pm daily featuring homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, and real hash browns along with bacon, sausage, ham, eggs or omelettes. Lunch and dinner is also available here. Call 949.0038 for info. Bywater Bar.B.Que, 3162 Dauphine St., is noted for its gumbo, barbeque, pizza, sandwiches and specials. 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. Serving lunch and dinner: Wed.-Sun. 11am9pm, Sat. breakfast 10am-3pm & Sun. brunch 10am-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. Elizabeth’s Restaurant, 601 Gallier St. It's slogan, real food done real good, says it all. You will find some of the best breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties available in town. Serving lunch Wed.-Fri. 11am-2:30pm, dinner Wed.-Sat. 6-10pm, Sat. & Sun. brunch 8am-2:30pm. Phone 944.9272 for information or visit elizabethsrestaurant.com. Hillery's on Toulouse, 827 1/2 Toulouse, offers Neo-Creole cuisine, awardwinning gumbo and grilled oysters, with a full dinner and and full Southern breakfast menu. Serving breakfast 7-11am, Happy Hour noon-7pm, and dinner 6-10pm. Call 571.2888 for additional information or reservations.

NAKED BOYS SINGING. The Marigny Theatre 1030 Marigny St. 218.8559/948.9608 New Orleans premiere of the delightful, long-running off-Broadway show featuring, well, the title says it all. Tickets $25-35. 8pm Friday-Saturday, 6pm Sunday. Through Sept. 30. Photo: Glenn Meche

cookin' w/auntie dee ...from M-28 easy to slice for sandwiches any time of the day. Make a bowl of potato salad and a batch of macaroni and cheese and keep in your refrigerator for an easy to assemble meal in a minute. 2 pounds ground chuck ¾ cup, uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal I medium onion, finely chopped ½ cup ketchup ¼ cup milk 2 large eggs, slightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ cup ketchup 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons prepared mustard Combine first eight ingredients in a

large bowl; mix well. Shape into two 7 ½ x 4” loafs. Place on lightly greased rack in broiler pan; bake at 350 degrees for forty minutes. Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over meat loafs, bake another fifteen minutes. Yield; eight servings.

MACARONI AND CHEESE 1 (8 ounce) package macaroni, cooked, drained ¼ cup butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 cups milk 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups shredded American cheese Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour stirring till smooth. Cook one minute stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until thickened and

Marigny Perks, 2401 Burgundy, serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, pastries, danish and cakes. Open 7 days 7am-10pm. Call 948.7401 or 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. Orleans Grapevine, 720 Orleans, is located in a beautifully renovated 1809 building offering a pleasant atmosphere, extensive wine list with over 350 selections and delicious food including prime steaks, lobster tails and rack of lamb. Serving dinner 5-11pm daily. Call 523.1930 for additional information. Petunias, A Restaurant, 817 St. Louis, is open daily 8am-6pm serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, crepes, po-boys, salads, gumbo and Cajun/Creole specialties. Dinner is served Thurs. through Sun. 6pm til. Call 522.6440 for more info. 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 brasseriestyle 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. bubbly. Stir in salt and cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir macaroni into cheese sauce, and pour into a lightly greased two quart baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve hot or allow to cool and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

POTATO SALAD 2 ½ pounds red potatoes 1 stalk celery, diced 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish 2 large hard-cooked eggs, sliced 2 green onions, chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon dry mustard

Cook potatoes in boiling water for twenty-five minutes or just until tender. Drain well and cool slightly. Peel and cube. Combine potatoes, celery and next three ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Combine mayonnaise and next four ingredients in a small bowl; mix well. Spoon mayonnaise mixture over potato mixture, tossing gently to combine. Serve warm or chilled. Yield seven servings. Remember during Decadence to always keep a supply of sandwich makings handy, along with a selection of fresh fruit and your favorite snack food. Have a very decadent time. You may contact me at auntie_dee@hotmail.com.

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Ordinary People at the Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans

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getting to the production’s praiseworthy portion, the lead actors were so good that this did not prove fatal to the show. What Piazza’s staging lacked, he made up for by guiding the actors playing the Jarretts and the psychiatrist who tries to help them to beautifully nuanced, touching performances. As he did with Lucas

rdinarily, journalism’s first rule is “Don’t bury the lead.” But I prefer to “Save the best for last” and so will quickly dispense with my reservations about the Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans’ production of Ordinary People before saluting its praiseworthy components. Nancy Gilsenan has dramatized Judith Guest’s novel about the Jarretts, a mid-Western, upper middle class family who continue to deal with the loss of their eldest child. Unlike, say, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, however, with its short unconnected scenes Gilsenan’s People never rises above a stage version of the book (or movie) to become an organically created play. Director René J.F. Piazza comRandy Maggiore, Andy LaRocca & Morrey McElroy in Ordinary People pounded matters by failing to shape the show with imaginative staging; instead, scene changes had a herky-jerky Harms in The Nerd, with the right person quality with classical music that stopped in the right role, Piazza enables his actors and started rather than allowing for to find all the complex dimensions of his/ smooth segues among home, school her character and shape them into a conand psychiatrist’s office locales. Also, vincingly whole being. while the show doesn’t necessarily have In the role created on screen by Judd to take place in the 1970s when the book Hirsch, Tim Bellow brought a natural first came out, to set it in the “Present Day” warmth to Dr. Berger, a psychiatrist whose and then have teenagers sans cell phones somewhat unconventional ways support just doesn’t make sense. the concern he has for his patients. Bellow And with the exception of the fine Zak captured this fully and deeply. With his Moses as Conrad Jarrett’s schoolmate wide-ranging performances in Driving and best friend, the supporting cast was Miss Daisy, The Boys Next Door and strictly amateurish; they dragged down all Nighthawks, Bellow continues to have a the scenes they were in but, and now I’m heckuva season.

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As Conrad’s father Cal, Randy Maggiore balanced precisely on the thin line that separates a parent’s caring for his child and caring too much. As an accountant better at managing numbers than his own family, Maggiore made us feel we were looking into the soul of a decent man trying to do the right thing, trying to parent as best as possible and, sadly, coming up short. Though a tad too young in the role that brought Mary Tyler Moore an Oscar nomination, Morrey McElroy was absolutely devastating as Beth, Conrad’s mother. Beth is not one to give up control of her emotions, yet McElroy let leak through the tiniest of fissures in her façade the existential torment she felt at being incapable of loving her child who is still living as much as the one who has died. As McElroy and Maggiore warred over the fate of their family, their scenes crackled with pent up tension courtesy of the script’s best material as well as their own talents. Lastly, there was Andy LaRocca as Conrad. Appearing in nearly every scene of the play, LaRocca captured every bit of this tortured young man’s alienation and desperation stemming from his (unnecessary) guilt over his involvement with his brother’s death in a boating accident. He made us feel Conrad’s pain but also conveyed the teen’s ironic sense of humor as well as his emerging hormonal impulses. Demonstrating that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, LaRocca and McElroy jibed entirely as two perfectionists destined to disappoint one another. With Berger/ Bellow helping him to find the source of his anguish, it was almost painful to watch as LaRocca gathered himself in a fetal position and bared himself emotionally, finally achieving some inner peace. This was less a performance than an opportunity to watch a troubled, multi-faceted soul be brought to life better than any reality show could do. To Gilsenan’s credit, just when we think the play will end on a hopeful note, she remains true to her characters’ pathologies and jangles an audience waiting for a happily-ever-after resolution. It may be just what this tragically dysfunctional household needs in order to move on and start healing as individuals if not as a family unit. It’s the triumph of this production’s four lead actors that by then we care enough to want to know what will happen to the Jarretts.

The Pillowman at Muriel’s Cabaret/ Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

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f as Martin (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) McDonagh posits in The Pillowman, the “first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story” then McDonagh fulfills his duty wholly and wonderfully with his newest play recently seen in Le Petit’s small theater. The Pillowman takes place in the interrogation room of a police station in a totalitarian state. Katurian, a writer, is being interviewed by two detectives. From another room he hears his mentally challenged brother screaming out. We suspect he’s being tortured. Eventually we find out that a series of child murders have occurred seemingly inspired by

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the gruesome short stories Katurian has written but that have, so far except for one, been unpublished. Is the somewhat pompous Katurian responsible? Or his brother Michal? And if so, why did they do it? And what is their dark family history that caused them to turn out this way? McDonagh gives us lots of ifs and maybe’s, as his story turns upon itself with Escherian knottiness and metaphysical implications. If the tension flags a bit in the second of three acts—some of the dialog during Katurian and Michal’s lengthy scene together seems more for the audience’s benefit than the characters’—McDonagh leavens his drama with humorous lines sprinkled throughout to provide for an evening that’s challenging, thought-provoking and completely gripping. I would only argue with that “totalitarian state” setting. Once we realize that the charges at hand are criminal not political, it would seem that The Pillowman could take place anywhere. In fact, its cops’ actions might be scarier if set in any ol’ big American/European city. I mean, you don’t find torture in a democracy, right? Right??? At a running time of nearly three hours, Dane Rhodes’ direction went at a leisurely pace but nonetheless held our attention throughout. If he better illuminated the tale’s human dynamics than its metaphysical conceits, he admirably captured the fear and concomitant campfire-ghost-story-ness [continued on Main-36]

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trodding the boards ...from M-34 that McDonagh demands. Rhodes’ vision was enhanced by the atmospheric lighting and expressionistic scenic design of Josh Palmer and Chad Talkington whose set looked as though a childhood closet had been opened and long repressed memories had tumbled out. As Katurian, Blake Balu gave a beautifully modulated performance. His hysteria seemed to come from within, complete with uncontrollably twitching fingers; you believed his dread was genuine (the firstrate special effects helped) and not actorly emoting. Balu also brought out Katurian’s self-centered determination that would put the survival of his stories above all else. And with a proud glee, his eyes lit up as he pointed out to his captors the O. Henry-like “twists” that end his tales. A few flubbed lines notwithstanding, this is a performance that, along with Ordinary People’s LaRocca, ought to be remembered at awards time next year. Despite his twinkling eyes and a physiognomy too cute for a person who’s endured what Michal has, Leon Contavesprie’s inner talents convinced us of the distorted mind, body and soul of Katurian’s brother, a troubled innocent who lives at a slight distance from reality. As the detectives charged with solving the children’s murders by whatever means possible, Bob Scully’s bad cop was very good; Robert Pavlovich’s good cop with literary aspirations, excellent. McDonagh gives their tag team interrogation scenes just enough of a comic edge to remind us of such classic pairs as Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, even Vladimir & Estragon; Scully & Pavlovich worthily played up, but never overplayed, this aspect. The Pillowman is not exactly light, summertime entertainment. But when a production is this good, its tale can be told any time.

Soulville II at Anthony Bean Community Theater

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oulville II is a heartfelt cri decoeur from the inner city, an amalgam of monologs and dramatic scenes that reflect what today’s teenagers have to deal with on a day to day basis interspersed with gospel songs and modern dance numbers that offer a salve to the youths’ tremendous challenges. Written primarily by Anthony Bean and presumably taken from the real life stories of participants in his summer theater camp, Soulville II pulls no punches. There are missing fathers and too busy parents with too busy lives to pay attention to their children. Tales of drugs, alcohol and violence abound. That these kids are alive, yet alone thriving, after all they’ve gone through is a sterling testament to the resiliency of youth. Bean uses, in part, a radio call-in show for teens to discuss their problems as a framing device. Real life Q93 DJ Wild Wayne plays the host who tries to offer advice; sometimes it’s taken, sometimes a child, not quite ready to deal with it, shuts his/her cell phone and instantaneously cuts him off. Wayne is no James Earl Jones or even Oprah; given the callers’ gritty stories, responding with an almost unbelieving “Wow” may be understand-

able but it doesn’t make for piquant dialog. Still, one admires Wayne’s dedication to this project. The show begins with twenty-five 810 year olds, divided 25/75% between innocent and more knowing ones, trashtalking about things nobody I knew talked about when I was that age. Cute they are and a bunch of pros as well, sparkling with charisma and ready to light up a Broadway stage. But, man, they have been forced to grow up soooooo fast. The rest of the program features teenagers and if the music/dance numbers are not as strong as the dramatic pieces, they provide a nice counterpoint. I was tremendously impressed by the uniformly high level of acting ability of Bean’s student thespians. Among the highlights were Princey Walker as a girl whose Dad killed her Mom; Timothy Bellows whose Chauncey finds it impossible to tell the truth; Australia James as a 14year-old serving life in prison for killing her cheating boyfriend, a man she didn’t even know was 40-years-old until the trial; Bailey Gstohl as a more well-off kid who doesn’t realize how spoiled she is; Dedric Alexander as a 10-year-old who “gets the blues”; Reiana Brown whose Lisa, penned by Elise Felix, is being raised by her father; and 12-year-old Tony Felix sporting a mouthful of gold and a gun in his pocket. In the powerful ensemble section Mother’s Day, written by Marie Slade Weatherspoon, six young ladies (Dasia Bell, Angeletta Green, Chelsey London, Jade Radford, Bria Toney and Tyrianne Varnado—all flawless) described a series of mothers from hell, starting with one who had just been arrested for writing bad checks and going downhill from there. One marvels that their daughters turned out as poised as they did. In another memorable section, Father’s Day, Stephen Edmond, Daryl Lutcher and Telfry Thompson authoritatively played three aspects of one young man facing the oversize difficulties of growing up without a Dad. Picking up the story where another left off, these three actors interwove the tale seamlessly. Edmund will be leaving New Orleans soon for college; I hope we haven’t seen the last of him on stage nor his two other scenemates. Perhaps most haunting of all was the tale of 15-year-old Tyrone written by Ateja Lewis. Seduced and raped by an older aunt, he comes to find out that he has impregnated her and been infected with HIV. Haltingly enacted by Edward Buckles, it was a masterpiece of understatement that grabbed you by the throat and didn’t let go. Ironically, the only section that elicited an audible reaction from the predominantly African-American audience was when a preacher’s son admitted to Wild Wayne that he was gay. Michael Alexander portrayed Baby Boy with dignity and the response seemed one more of surprise, rather than derision, but one would think that an audience would more likely be shocked as much if not more so by tales of hatred and neglect rather than one of nascent love. Soulville II could use some trimming and shaping; the first act was about 15 minutes too long. But if Bean and Co. are willing to make some adjustments this could be a major work along the lines of Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways. The children of post-Katrina New Orleans deserve as much.

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PFLAG Awards

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he New Orleans Chapter of PFLAG is receiving two awards – one local, one national. In September, The Forum for Equality will honor PFLAGNO. Acclaim Awards IX sponsored by The Equality Club will honor PFLAG New Orleans with the Political Activism Award. Other awards recipients are Barbara Motley – Arts & Entertainment Acclaim Award; Rabbi Edward P. Cohn – Chair’s Acclaim Award; Senator Edwin Murray – Political Leader Acclaim Award; Dennis Woltering – Media Acclaim Award; and Project Lazarus – Community Health Acclaim Award. The gala will be held at The Astor Crowne Plaza. Ticket are available. At the National PFLAG Convention in Washington, DC in October, PFLAGNO will receive the PFLAG National Chapter Award for Outstanding Support Efforts. PFLAGNO is the first chapter to give GLBT students scholarships. We are the scholarship program that is being used by other chapters today. We also have given support to chapters smaller and less fortunate financially. PFLAGNO came back from Katrina with no meeting place and most of our members scattered. Our president’s home was under six feet of water. Yet from

Austin, she kept our people together so that we never missed giving scholarship awards. PFLAG Board Members have made themselves available as speakers at Universities, they attend the meetings and receptions of other organizations, they support the fund-raisers of other GLBT groups, they work the NO/AIDS Walk registration, they work the Gay NO Volleyball Tournament, and support the Gay Men’s Chorus while educating and supporting parents and Gay children. These are two awards well earned. President Julie Thompson will represent the chapter by accepting both of these awards on behalf of the New Orleans Chapter.

Pelosi talks with Ambush Columnist

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peaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited New Orleans to review the rebuilding of schools and tour the lower 9th Ward with the aim of helping residents find housing and help from the Federal Government. With thanks to teacher Daven Lewis, the partner of Fr. Michael Des Jardins, I was invited to attend the tour of Mary McLeod Bethune School and meet, if possible, Ms Pelosi.

I arrived early only to find that Pelosi, Bill Jefferson and many, many more luminaries had already started the tour. I caught up with them in the play yard that was filled with trailers and work vehicles. I followed the group through the school until I found someone that looked to be apart of the “in” group and asked for an interview. Interviews were being held at 1pm I was told. It was now 10am and at 1pm, I expected to be sitting at a card table playing bridge. So even though I am not a reporter, I thought of what my vision of a reporter would do. I caught up with the tour and watched where they were going and went in the opposite direction hoping to run face first into them. And so I did. I was asked to have a seat at the tables where the speakers were to sit. I explained that I was not someone important; I was just press. I was assured that it was okay for me to sit there. When Ms Pelosi passed me, I turned and smiled. She stopped. I introduced myself and asked what “the Party” could do for abused GLBT students. We talked about the recently passed Hate Crimes Bill and I informed her about the anti-Gay Pride Parade that was held in Nebraska each year. She was shocked. I was pleased. Before she was pulled away from me (I had perpetrated a no-no), we passed a few words about Hillary Clinton and both agreed that Hillary would make a great President for all the USA. It was the biggest smile I saw on her face while I was there. I was then asked to remove myself from the seat at the table. I’d gotten what I wanted so I agreed pleasantly. I started

for the door only to have three women in uniforms ask if I was leaving. This was interesting, I thought. They treat me badly, I walk out and that isn’t something they want to see in the press. I explained that I was shown to the wrong place and asked to leave. I was then ushered to a comfortable area in the rear of the room where a chair was brought in for me. I was really tickled at the attention and treatment. Rip has never gotten me a press pass so I could never prove that I was with the press but just saying the words, I work for an alternative life-style newspaper, gets people worried. By 11am, I was home with the story I went to get and a couple of doughnuts from the reception. I was impressed with Ms. Pelosi. The fact that she stopped to talk with me was astonishing. She could have just walked by without a word – most politicians do. She seemed genuinely concerned over the suicide rate of Gay youth and annoyed by the anti-Gay events. There is hope and I’m hoping it is with the Democrats especially Hillary & Nancy.

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had the great pleasure of viewing two movies aimed toward helping us live Green and why. First is serious adult content information in The 11 th Hour produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Brilliant experts in several fields – Stephen Hawking renowned scientist, Mikhail Gorbachev former Soviet Prime Minister, R. James Woolsey former head of the CIA & more – [continued on Main-40]

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Trafficant Some of these board members will be heading the committees that will handle coordinating the events throughout the year leading up to the big event in June, PrideFest 2008 and all of them will be promoting Pride and PrideFest in order to bring the festival here in New Orleans back to the premiere Pride festival of the Gulf South. Even though they will be doing a lot of the work necessary to bring us a festival for the GLBT community they can not do it without help so we have a little something to say. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Then become a member of New Orleans Alliance of Pride; it’s free and it’s rewarding. New Orleans Alliance of Pride is charged with promoting inclusion, pride, solidarity, and unity among the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) community as well as the community-atlarge. To this end the New Orleans Alliance of Pride organizes the annual event known as New Orleans Gay Pride or PrideFest, as well as other events throughout the year. All of the events the Alliance promotes are geared towards promoting the abilities as well as the creativity of the many people in the GLBT community. New Orleans Alliance of Pride needs representatives from all parts of the GLBT community, so if making a difference in people’s lives and being an active leader within the community appeals to you, call or write the Alliance for information regarding the next meeting date and make plans to attend. We, the Pride Board of Directors, The New Orleans Alliance of Pride itself and the entire GLBT community would appreciate your help and the leadership you can provide our community. The next board meeting will be held at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center on August 28 at 7:30pm so if you are interested in becoming a Pride member and volunteer then please come to the meeting; as always the meeting will be open to the public. Contact Pride New Orleans at New Orleans Alliance of Pride, C/O Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 2114 Decatur St., New Orleans, La. 70116-1102, phone: Lesbian & Gay Community Center 504.945.1103 or e-mail: pridefestneworleans@yahoo.com.

on the boards THE BREACH. Southern Rep Theatre, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 522.6545 — Written collectively by three playwrights (Catherine Filloux, Tarell McCraney & Joe Sutton), this drama weaves together three tales of those who were left behind after Katrina and were forced to fight for their survival. Ryan Rilette directs Troi Bechet, Kenneth Brown, Kesha Bullard, Bob Edes, Lance Nichols and Sean Patterson. Tickets $16-$26. 8pm Thursday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday. September 5-30. A DIFFERENT WOMAN: A TRUE STORY OF A TEXAS GIRLHOOD. The Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St Claude Ave., 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. Through Sept 1. 504. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862.7529 — A musical play written and directed by Anthony Bean about displaced New Orleans youths coming together to sing, dance and talk about what it truly means to miss New Orleans. Tickets $18, $16 students & seniors. 8pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday. September 7-30 FLEEING KATRINA. Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 885.2000 — Monologues by Rob Florence about Katrina and the aftermath based on actual experiences. Florence directs Harold Evans, Suzaune Yee McKamey, Bob Scully, Janet Shea, Phil Tracy, Wilbert Williams, Michael Zarou and Rudy Rasmussen. Featuring a live performance by the legendary Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.

sappho psalm ...from M-28 tell us why the big oil companies are responsible for the melting of Artic ice. And they tell us what that means to us and those who are coming after us. Second is the film Artic Tale. If you love great nature photography, this is a must see from the same people who brought us March of the Penguins. National Geographic Society brings to adults and children a film about the melting of the Artic and the problems facing our planet in a truly entertaining story that will be enjoyed by everyone. For anyone concerned about our world and how it is being abused, these are two films that will educate people of all ages. I hope you will try to see them both.

Tickets $15, $10 for children (& actors on Sundays). 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, 5pm Sunday. Also, 7:30pm Wed. August 29. Through Sept. 9. THE GAME SHOW. Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans, WTIX-FM Building, 2nd floor, 4539 N. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 456.4111 — A spoof of quiz shows written and directed by René J.F. Piazza that has the audience playing along with the contestants. Tickets $18, $16 students/seniors. 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday. September 6-22 I’M STILL HERE, ME! Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581.5812 — Ricky Graham brings back his one-man smash-hit show with new material. Tickets $26 (includes $5 bar credit). 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 [continued on Main-47]

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Sanctuary’s Gerrie welcomes SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Marcus Martinez & Guadalupe to Metairie Manager Brad & bartender Matt serve up cocktails at 4 Seasons

SDGMs XXXIV Guadalupe & Marcus flank SDGM XXV Miss Love at Starlight reception

The Belly Flop: Cutter’s bartender Poncho, Cutter’s bar baron Mac & SDGM Guadalupe

Queen Fashions’ James, SDGM Tip, Jimmy & SDGM Marcus enjoy Cutter’s reception

Bill & SDGM XXXIII Lisa at Sanctuary

Chuck does the music & buffet at 4 Seasons

Ambush’s Miss Dee, SDGMs Guadalupe & Marcus with Stephanie Lee at Starlight reception

SDGM XXXI Rusty LaRoux accepts the “official” poster from SDGM XXXIV Guadalupe at Big Daddy’s

Daniel & Tony behind the bar at Masquerades in Metairie

SDGMs Marcus, Guadalupe & Electra snag 4 Seasons' Toby

The Susan Lucci’s: Rip & Marsha flank SDGMs Marcus & Guadalupe at Starlight reception

SDGM Electra, Masquerades’ Sal and SDGMs Marcus & Guadalupe

SDGMs Quadalupe & Marcus flank Starlight’s CW & Javiar for the Starlight SDGMs Reception

SDGMs Tip & Marcus with Cutter’s Mac & SDGM Guadalupe for Cutter’s SDGMs Reception

SDGM XXXIII Regina Adams hits the stage for the Zoo Revue at Big Daddy’s

SDGMs Marcus & Guadalupe join 4 Seasons/Double Play/Billy’s Chuck & SDGM Electra at 4 Seasons in Metairie

SDGMs XXXIV Guadalupe & Marcus flank predecessor SDGM XXXIII Regina at Starlight SDGMs Reception where Electra was missing in action

Bill, Cutter’s JR, SDGM Guadalupe & Lloyd at Cutter’s SDGMs Reception

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book beat by Brad Benedict E-mail: bradhottails@hotmail.com

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t isn’t often that you come across a book as riveting in detail as No Ordinary Heroes. Dr. Demaree Inglese has come up with gripping tales of perseverance and dedication to duty in one of the most unlikely places during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He puts a new spin on heroism, one that shows an amazing look at the human spirit. This true story could easily be fiction. The fact that doctors, nurses, and prisoners all faced this ordeal together is truly amazing. At the time of the storm, Dr. Inglese was the medical director of the jail – the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office or OPP – one of the six largest jails in the country. Housed here were nearly 7,000 inmates, many of them being held for capital crimes such as murder and rape. The entire complex contained thirteen buildings and spanned eight city blocks, and a part of this facility contained an infirmary housing two hundred prisoners who were seriously ill. Few people in New Orleans or in the surrounding areas really realized this part of the Crescent City existed. The decision not to evacuate before the storm and subsequent events meant that the eight doctors and thirty nurses volunteered to stay and provide medical care during the hurricane. Into all this, there were several hundred deputies, and many of the employees brought family members and pets to shelter at the jail. The situation became one of isolation when the jail was cut off from the outside world after Katrina passed through the area. They were without communication or assistance from outside the complex. Adding to this situation was the fact that electrical power had been lost and also running water. They were totally isolated and surrounded by water. Even though the situation kept going downhill, Dr. Inglese manages to portray a positive look at this situation. He does this by focusing on the courageous actions of all the doctors, nurses, and deputies who struggled to ensure the safe evacuation of over 7,000 people. They endured all this as the waters rose, supplies diminished, and inmate problems escalated. The heat of that period in August was also overwhelming, and groups of inmates eventually broke free, set fire to buildings, and threatened the staff and security people. When you consider the fact that these were desperate inmates seeking to escape, you realize that these doctors, nurses, and security personnel were in extreme danger. The storm that moved through New Orleans created another storm, one of internal dangers. Through all this, you can see the goodness of man under stress. There is one aspect of this story that shows something different, something that few books tend to expose to the public. There are six main characters in the book, and four are gay men. It is not often that gay men are pictured in such a positive way. It is definitely something to take notice of, and Dr. Inglese has done a marvelous job in telling this story.

Heroes come in all sizes and shapes, all religions and sexual orientations, but few are pictured so well as in this book where several gay men stepped in to help out under such grueling conditions. Perhaps more stories of this type will emerge. At least, Dr. Inglese has had the courage to tell such a positive story. I have said many times that this book or that book is one that I found hard to put down. This book is definitely one of those publications. I am extremely appreciative that Dr. Inglese asked me to read and evaluate this work. Through all of this, he has managed to come forth with an inspirational story about people rising about personal losses and hardships in order to help others. I find that to be amazing and encourage everyone to read this book. It is a sad tale of despair, but it is such a glorious tale of human endurance that it deserves a place in any major library or personal collection. This beautiful hard-cover edition is priced at $24.95 and available at all bookstores. It contains over three hundred pages and includes pictures of staff members, doctors, and the place where this ordeal took place. It comes from Citadel/ Kensington, and you really need to get this one. It is absolutely an amazing piece of literature and deserves to be among award-winning books of 2007.

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rom the heroic of a true story, let’s now take a look at heroics of another kind. I definitely see this new hero as a very special undercover agent, and I use that description very loosely. It isn’t every day that you have this kind of hero enter your world of reading pleasure. The Hair-Raising Adventures of Jayms Blonde is hilarious, sexy, and definitely a joy to read, but I doubt if it will ever win any major awards. Jayms Blonde is a gorgeous gay guy who makes the bad guys pay. He is a hairdresser by trade and a secret agent by choice, a former U.S. Navy Seal who can use an Uzi as well as a teasing comb. With the aid of his faithful pedicurist Precious Needmoore, they lead an elite band of Pink Berets to save the world from bad hair and bad air. It just get wilder as you read along. The hair salon is at street level, and below this facility is the headquarters of STOP (Stop Terrorizing Our Planet), a secret environmental espionage agency created by Jayms and his fabulous celebrity clientele. Throw in the evil cartel ZENRON (Zealot Environmental Nazis Ruthlessly Obliterating Nature), and you have the basis for this new superhero to show what he is worth. It is outrageous, but it is fun to read. This is another hard-cover book, priced at $24.94, published by iUniverse, Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska, written by Robert W. Cabell, and available at your favorite bookstore.

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new orleans nightlife 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 8pm, Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Reception honoring Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, Double Play 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 6pm, 2nd Annual Generator Party, Cutter's 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 4-10pm, New Orleans Bear & Bear Trapper Social Club Southern Decadence Bear Beer Bust, Rawhide 2010 8pm, Southern Decadence Kickoff with SDGMs XXXIV Electra City, Guadalupe & Marcus Martinez, Bourbon Pub/Parade 9-11pm, The Jager Bus w/ the Jager Shot Boys plus a Decadent Pool Tournament, Starlight By The Park 10pm, Southern Decadence: 1st Annual Fetish Ball crowning 1st King of Decadence, Rawhide 2010 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 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 7pm, Gallery of Fine Art presents "The Grand Marshals of Southern Decadence" Opening Reception featuring the works of Levy Easterly, The Country Club 7pm, Playgirl: The Hottest Guy in the South Model Search plus The Radical Faeries Prince of Perversion Fund-raising Party, The Country

Club 7pm, September Artist of the Month Bradford Mohr Opening Reception, Cutter's 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. 31Sept. 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, Party Central for the Decadent Family w/DJ Snow, Tomatillo's 10pm, Southern Decadence featuring Tittie Toulouse & her Outlaw Gang of Drag Queens on trial for the beheading of Electra City, 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 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. 31Sept. 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 Banji w/celebrity DJs, The Country Club 10pm, Party Central for the Decadent Family: Back That Ass Up Dance Party w/DJ Snow, Tomatillo's 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 Southern Decadence Gumbo Revue, Starlight By The Park SUNDAY, Sept. 2nd... 10am, Annual Bear Decadence Breakfast & Make-up Party, Phoenix 10am-1am, All Day Pool Party, The Country Club 12noon, DecaFest Costume Contest, Esplanade Room, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 12noon, Southern Decadence 2007 featuring the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz 1pm, Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXIV: Guadalupe (Mark Thomas III), Marcus Martinez & Electra City Brunch & Makeup Party, Friendly Bar 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 5pm, Wet T-shirt & Wet Jockey Shorts Contest, Starlight By The Park 6-9pm, Leather Decadence: Bearish Beer Bust, Phoenix 6pm, Leather Decadence: Hot Ash Party, Eagle 6pm, Decadence Spectacular hosted by Jaded Jade & Marcy Marcell, Starlight By The Park 6pm, To Do Productions & The Marigny Theatre present Naked Boys Singing, The AllMale 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. 8pm, Harry Mayronne, Becky Allen, Chris Wecklen & Anais Patterson live, no cover, Cutter's 8pm, The Decadent Trial of Tittie Toulouse for beheading Electra City, Cowpokes 9pm, Decadence Spectacular hosted by Jaded Jade & Marcy Marcell, 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 Jacinta midnight til & the Men of Manwatch, Dance Club of the Year Oz LABOR DAY, MONDAY, Sept. 3rd... 10am-1am, Official Recovery Day, 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, Orlando's Society Page, 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

on the boards ...from M-40 wonders of technology – allows listeners to enjoy Sadie’s silky voice backed by an orchestra of Streisand-esque 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 Sept. 2. NAKED BOYS SINGING. The Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St., 218.8559/948.9608

Photo: Glenn Meche — New Orleans premiere of the delightful, longrunning off-Broadway show featuring, well, the title says it all. Tickets $25-35. 8pm FridaySaturday, 6pm Sunday. Through Sept. 30. THE QUEEN OF BINGO. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 522.2081 — Becky Allen and Sandy Bravender star in this long-running comedy hit. Call theater for times/ prices. September 7-16.

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 FRIDAY, Sept. 7th... 6-10pm, Candy Riedl live, The Friendly Bar 6-8pm, Drag Bingo w/Kabrina Watson & Sable Nicole Starr, Oz 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, The Eagle above 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, Sept. 8th... 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

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Tib wins the Calendar Boy Contest at Corner Pocket

Lords Gary & Marshall join the Lords of Leather Beer Bust at the Phoenix

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Bartender Allen & new bartender Gawain at Dance Club of the Year, Oz Country Club GM Sam & Chef Estelle welcomes you to the beautiful Country Club

Men of Manwatch’s Rip & Anthony on the bar at Oz

Calendar Boy contestant Cody at The Corner Pocket Lords of Leather Beer Bust brings Michael & Tim to the Phoenix

Kenny was contestant #8 in Corner Pocket’s Calendar Boy Contest Donovan serves up cocktails in the Cabana Bar poolside at The Country Club

The Country Club’s ready for Decadence

Corner Pocket Calendar Boy contestant Jace

Oz’s own Tommy Elias & Woogie

Frankie, Paul & Brandon join Kabrina’s performance at Oz

Bartender's Chris & Bert do the honors in the club house at The Country Club

Ryan was Calendar Boy Contestant #9 at The Corner Pocket

Timm & Gary celebrate at the Phoenix for the Lords of Leather Beer Bust

Amanda Straddle helps raise $$$ for the LSGRA at Starlight By The Park during the Country Divas show

Sugar stars in LSGRA’s Country Divas show raising almost $400 at Starlight

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or those of you that are visiting our great city, WELCOME to Southern Decadence! Those of us that call ourselves locals are just as glad it is here as you are. There is plenty going on here in New Orleans this weekend and you are invited to take part in it all. Yes, there will be an almost constant street party in the French Quarter with drinks and food all around but there is more than that.

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he New Orleans Bear and Bear Trapper Social Club will kick the weekend off with a Welcome to Decadence Beer Bust at Rawhide on Thursday night from 4-10pm. This event is premiering this year and I am sure that Rawhide, the Bears and Bud Light are going to go all out to get the weekend off to a great start. Stop by and say howdy, or Grrrrr, to this group of guys who have put a lot of hard work into this weekend. Friday, the Bears get the evening started with their annual Sire Ursus Contest at the New Orleans Leather Company, 2230 St. Claude Ave (right next to Cowpokes), from 6pm till 10pm. I hear there are just a few tickets left at the time I am writing this. Contact the Bears for availability. Bear President Steven and Webmaster Ed have been working incredibly hard to make this one of the best contest ever. Dinner will start at 6pm, the contest will start at 7pm with yours truly being the emcee. Ed and Steven have told me that they have a number of contestants signed up but there is always room for another. Think you have what it takes? Come on over and enter! Check the Bears website, www.bearsofneworleans.com for con-

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lso Friday night, the Lords of Leather, along with the Phoenix Bar, will sponsor Leather Decadence!, the largest Leather Block Party in the South. Come on over to the 2200 block on N. Rampart St. and see for yourselves from 10pm till 2am. The Lords will be hosting the night with a Beer Bust. This will also be your first opportunity to meet the judges and contestants for Mr. Louisiana Leather 2008! For information on the Mr. Louisiana Contest, check the Lords web site, www.lordsofleather.com. Phoenix Bar General Manager Clint Taylor tells me that they have invited other clubs to participate in this huge event. The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, the Bears and the Louisiana Gay Rodeo Association will all be there with booths set up selling canned beer and water. The block party is one of the biggest events of Decadence. Hot men, hot leather and New Orleans hot and humid weather! Everything you need to add up to an all around great time! Clint also tells me they are expecting the Jagermeister Bus to be present with JagerModels selling shots, a Boot Black set up outside and local vendors as well. It really is getting bigger and better all the time.

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n Saturday, September 1st, Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast proprietors Dale and Dave host their semiannual Bears and Bubbles Social. These parties held over Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence have become a great place for Bears and their friends from across the country to get

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aturday evening, the Lords of Leather sponsor the Mr. Louisiana Leather 2008 Contest. This is Louisiana’s premiere leather title and a preliminary to International Mr. Leather. Whoever becomes Mr. Louisiana Leather 2008 will represent not only the Lords, but all of Louisiana in the annual IML competition held in Chicago every Memorial Day Weekend. Local and national leather leaders will be there to judge the competition. The venue again this year will be The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St. in the Warehouse District. Doors will open at 6pm and the contest will start promptly at 7pm. Tickets are available from any member of the Lords of Leather and can also be purchased at the door.

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unday, September 2nd, the Phoenix Bar will be host to the Bear Breakfast from 10am till. Join the NOBBTSC for great food, drink specials from the Phoenix and a couple of contests. The Bears will be holding a series of “Best Bear” contests starting at 11am. Categories include “Best Bear…Beard, Chest, Belly and Butt”. Interested participants can enter any one or more categories they wish, just see any member of the NOBBTSC that morning.

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o is all this enough to keep you busy? Well believe me there is more. Every bar from the Quarter to the Marigny will be having specials and prizes throughout the weekend. I would like to offer a few suggestions and bits of advice to those of you visiting The Big Easy this weekend, after all, you aren’t in Kansas anymore Dorothy. First, pace yourself. It is hot and humid here in New Orleans which can be a double edged sword. While it may encourage the bearing of a bit more flesh, it can also make for an early end to your day if you aren’t a bit careful. Remember to add a bottle or two of water in among your choices of adult beverages. You will need the hydration, trust me. Get out of the heat every now and then. Take a few moments to get inside. Maybe enjoy a great meal in a local restaurant and support our local Gay and Lesbian entrepreneurs. A little cool down time and you’ll be back to the party all night long. Remember too, our bars do not close. That’s right, 24 hours a day serving you like no where else. Yes, you can take your drink with you when you leave, just make sure it is in a plastic cup – NO GLASS on the street. When Mother Nature calls, find a rest room. I know, I know, the lines are long and you really gotta go. Think in advance a bit though. Remember, you need to get out of the heat a bit anyway, right? Besides, this is not only where we come to party but we work and live here too. Our steps and doorways are not your urinals. This is also a great way to get to know the justice system here in New Orleans as the Police take offense at public urination. You could say, they take it personally and rightfully so. You really do not want a trip to Central Lock-Up and with this being a holiday weekend; court will not be held till Tuesday. That means you won’t get out till then too. Speaking of NOPD, regardless of what you may hear in the other media, they are good folks with a very serious job to do. They too have a sense of humor and do like to relax as well. But if you get on the business end of these men and women, cooperate with them. If they ask you to move on ...get your left foot in front of the other. If you get a chance though, say thanks to them for all they do for us this weekend and all others. Mostly boys and girls, have a great time here this weekend. Party all weekend, enjoy some of the best food in the world, and use a little common sense. Stay aware of your surroundings. Maybe take a taxi to avoid long walks and driving under the influence. Mostly, enjoy New Orleans and hopefully you will understand why so many of us love this place over anywhere else. Cheers!

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Top 5 Finalists: Haley Alexander, Chelsea Delorean Divine, Dior Dandrige, Passion Armani Cassidine, Anastacia Davenport

red stick paparazzi 1st Alternate Haley Alexander

Photographers Grant & Damon

Sexy head judge Rodger Dimick of Baltimore

4th Alternate Passion Armani Cassidine

Pageant Promoter Raquel Chevallier 2nd Alternate Anastacia Davenport Luscious, Miss Gay America 2007

Winner Chelsea Delorean Divine

Marsheya St. Clair

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Emcee Catia Lee Love

New Miss Gay Mississippi Victoria Valentine

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hen it all started, there were ten contestants vying for the title of Miss Gay Louisiana America 2007-2008 at Splash on Highland Road, located near LSU. By the end of the second day, there was only one – Chelsea Delorean Divine, the reigning Miss Gay Splash America 2007-2008 who had garnered the title of Miss Gay Louisiana America 2007-2008. The first runnerup was Haley Alexander, Miss Gay Crescent City America 2007-2008. It ended with cheers from the audience, but there was a mixed reaction from around the section where I was seated. That always happens when you have such outstanding finalists. It had to have been a very close score to come up with these two individuals. The other ten contestants included: Marsheya St. Clair, Miss Gay Splash America 1st alternate; Dior Dandridge,

Miss Gay Shreveport America; A’jah St. James, Miss Gay Shreveport America 1st alternate; Anastacia Davenport, Miss Gay Vieux Carre America; Passion Armani Cassidine, Miss Gay New Orleans America; Krystina Synclaire, Miss Gay Capital City America; Nicole Foxx, Miss Gay Capital City America 1st alternate; and Amy Nelson, Miss Gay Crescent City America 1st alternate. “A Night at Twelve Oaks” was a nice theme for this contest, and Savanna Delorean made the spirit of the Old South come alive with her beautiful opening number, and the closing number was equally nice and appropriate. She has been one of the best yet to represent the state of Louisiana, and her year has been one of many wonderful memories as she graciously represented her title with dignity and charm. Two other very nice things happened at this event. First, there was the excel-

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he Fall Semester began last week and it was back to school for all of us college students out there in Acadiana. I have been looking forward to the start of this semester for a while now, mainly because I get paid to be there, not to mention it brings a whole new group of people into Lafayette. It’s always to good to see more people in the Downtown.

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he Sound Factory, Acadiana’s premier gay club, has a lot planned for the rest of the month. Aside from hosting the Mystic Krewe of Apollo’s “Mr. And Miss Apollo Competition,” they are also showing their appreciation for returning students by giving a dollar off all regular priced Big Girl cocktails when they show their current college ID. Now that’s a reason to go out. Besides hosting some of the most memorable events in the area, Sound Factory and it's 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 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 it's Back Side. You’re sure to have an unforgettable night.

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know a lot of you are planning on going to Southern Decadence in New Orleans over the Labor Day weekend. Remember, there’s going to be a lot of cars on the road. Make sure you designate a driver. Until next time, have fun and be safe. I’ll see you around town.

lence seen in the current reigning Miss Gay America 2007, Luscious. She was really a super nice individual, and I enjoyed meeting her and watching her perform for the crowd who came to Splash for the contest. One of the best emcees of any event I’ve attended just happened to be in the exciting Miss Gay America 2000, Catia Lee Love. Her charm was apparent, and her performances were definitely outstanding. She managed to grab your attention whether she was performing or just announcing the contestants and other entertainers. And there were plenty of other entertainers too. Some have been around for a number of years, but they still charmed the crowd with their performances. These included: Victoria Valentine, a former Miss Gay Louisiana America now claiming the title of Miss Gay Mississippi America; Jessica Daniels, Miss Gay Louisiana America 1999; Maya McNeil, Miss Gay Louisiana America 2006; Dominique Delorean, Miss Gay Louisiana 2005; Carrione Synclair, Miss Gay Louisiana America 1997; Tiffany Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana America 1991, 1993; and, of course, state pageant owner Raquel Chevallier, Miss Gay Louisiana 1996 and also going on to win the Miss Gay America title in 2005. The one person I did miss at this event was the ever beautiful and talented Miss Nicole Dubois, Miss Gay America 2006. One of the nice things too about the program was the tribute paid to the memory of Asya Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana America 2002. In fact, that was the last year I judged this contest, and I was very impressed with this individual. You can tell a lot about an individual when you talk with them at length, and I can assure that this was a fine human being. I remember the night well. I noted this year that the judges were also quite charming. I was seated on the front row right behind Alvin Coleman of Houston. You may recall him as Victoria Versace. Of course, I had my hormones on the rise with the fine, fine head judge Rodger Dimick of Baltimore, Maryland. He owns a big club up there, but I saw him as this unusually sexy hunk of a man. Even though I didn’t get to meet him, I saw far beyond the judging potential of this beautiful man. The other judges were equally nice, namely Todd Darst, Terry Parker, and Edward Robicheaux. I have to say that Edward was also a former acquaintance who may have aged, but the aging is definitely with perfection. Raquel, along with Chris Wilderman,

are co-promoters of the MGLA organization. Luis Sosa is the MGLA graphic designer and designed the program, and Roy LeCompte is the MGLA webmaster. Terry Eason and Larry Tyger, co-owners of the national group, were also in attendance, and it was nice meeting both of them. Miss Gay America 2008 will be held at the Holiday Inn – Airport Memphis. The dates are October 17 – 21, 2007. “One Night in Hollywood” is the theme, and more information can be obtained at www.missgayamerica.com or by phone at 901.603.4838. I have to also say a few words about someone else here. That would be the one and only Ramona Leger, Miss Gay America 1995. She passed away before the end of her reign, but she will always remain in my memory as one of the outstanding winners of all time.

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always enjoy being with everyone and observing the latest trends in fashions and learning what is going on with the youth of today. That was definitely true at Splash this week. You can learn a lot about people by keeping in the background and watching the actions of those around you. Of course, when you know the individuals, it is easy to come to a conclusion on how nice they are, how hot they are, or just how you enjoy their friendships. I guess this is the joy of writing and photographing individuals for Ambush. It gives me the opportunity of explaining how these people not only mingle within my own life but the way they interface with others. I hear their conversations as I walk around. I talk with various ones and get a better understanding of their daily activities. I see the hard-working and studious ones, and I see the false personalities yet sometimes true personalities of those trying to pretend to be something or someone they are not. It is a lesson of observing how people fit in or attempt to fit it. There are winners, and there are losers. It is easy to spot the difference, and sometimes it is embarrassing to see some try so hard to be a part of the action, never apparently realizing how they are perceived by others. Then again, perhaps they know. Being true to self is important. I see the goodness of Stephen, Ty, Lance, Jimmy, Mia, Dan, both Davids, Michael, Joy, Johnny, Aaron, and others, but this is because I have known them for so long, [continued on Expose-9]

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hot tails of red stick ...from EX-8 some better than others. However, brief encounters are different, and they offer a challenge of getting to understand them better and perhaps even forming different opinions at future meetings. It’s all a part of the observation game. That is why it was a little different with Grant. I hadn’t met him before, but he immediately came across as a sincere and honest individual, someone who didn’t fit in with the surroundings but accepted the surroundings with an openness not seen in lots of those among the younger generation. He is part of a growing trend of those who accept yet stand aloof without showing their stature openly. With piercing brown eyes, curly black hair, amazing smile, a soothing voice, fantastic muscle tone, broad shoulders that showed how he cared for his appearance, and a great wit in conversation, he stood out, way above others around him. His reason for being in the crowd was work, an assignment he hadn’t wanted, but he accepted it because he was expected to cover a story through pictures. Watching him was enjoyable. Seeing his work ethic was delightful. Hearing about his youthful endeavors was definitely the highlight of an evening of work and pleasure. Others could take lessons from the goodness he exhibited, the openness he showed, and the excellence of his character. Grant stood tall in this setting. He is straight, but definitely not narrow in his acceptance of others. If everyone could be like him, the world would be a much better place to live. I wish him well in his work and

in his future endeavors. He is a deserving young man with a bright future ahead of him.

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had the pleasure of meeting more nice people during the past two weeks. When I stopped off at George’s, Michael pointed out his mother and sister who were at the bar that day. I made it a point to go over and talk with them. It has been evident over the past few years that I consider Michael a wonderful individual, and it was nice to see where the excellence in the human spirit originated. There is much to be gleaned in chance meetings, especially if you know about any given situation in advance of a meeting. It’s a long way from Montana, but because of a treasured son, Baton Rouge opened up its heart and accepted these two ladies. Life is good when shared, and Michael has proven that much of his strength lies within the very heritage from which he came. It was a pleasure meeting them. I ran into Paula at Hound Dogs. It had been quite some time since I saw her, but when meetings like this happen, it brings back lots of memories. I usually enjoy my trips to Hound Dogs because I not only enjoy being with Jeannie but it is a pleasure to be around Joy when she is bartending. When you have known people for so long, you sometimes accept them on unconditional terms, and this is definitely the case with Jeannie and Joy. We grow older and realize how important relationships are, and here is a fine ex[continued on Expose-13]

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Chelsea working the bar at Back Side

Ethan having a drink at Sound Factory

Dallas & Michelle at Back Side

Josh having a blast at Sound Factory

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Erin making drinks at Sound Factory

Jacob up on the pool table at Sound Factory

Sara & Micah getting wild at Sound Factory

Jon having a beer at Sound Factory

Chris hanging out at Back Side

Brodie looking absolutely fabulous at Back Side Willie, once again at Back Side

Lauren & Darius gettin tanked at Sound Factory

Steven behaving badly at Sound Factory

Randale having fun at Back Side Katherine looking positively radiant at Sound Factory

Chad outta uniform at Back Side

Becca & John looking adorable at Sound Factory

Trey having a cocktail at Sound Factory

Karl at Sound Factory

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Cocktailin' in Acadiana ~ Lafayette, Louisiana

Macky slinging cocktails at Back Side

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Some Pointers on Decadence

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elcome one, welcome all, to the thirty sixth annual Southern Decadence celebration. For those of you whom have never been to “The City That Care Forgot”, here are a few helpful hints on how to adjust to the freedoms you may be encountering for the first time.

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nlike most all other cities on this planet, New Orleans is a town where no place really has to ever close, mainly I’m talking clubs and bars. Things to keep in mind about this are really rather simple, where you might go out around nine or ten o’clock in your hometown and head back three or four hours later, it’s not a bad time to do so, this isn’t necessarily so in new Orleans. You can enter many places at eight pm while the sun is still shining and leave at eight twenty while it is still out, and rather than have spent twenty minutes inside dancing your but off, you have actually been at it for twelve hours and twenty minutes. In reality it is the next morning. Not me, you say. I say, yes you. You’d be surprised just how fast the time can fly, while you're downing some cocktail or beer, you're riding a high-energy wave, and you have spotted the man of your dreams swirling around the dance floor just out of your reach. Partying on down in New Orleans takes quite a bit of getting use to, and although we are probably the most liberal city in the entire South, we do have laws against public drunkenness, that can be and sometimes are strictly enforced. That is not to say the our law enforcement is to strict, as long as you don’t fall two or three times on your way out the door, you’ll probably get by them safely. Just remember to drink slowly and pace yourself, don’t try shooting those little pucker drinks every ten or so minutes. If you have a need to always have a drink in your hand you can always alternate a bottle of water or a plain juice in your hand between the harder stuff. Remember, you don’t have to keep pace with the locals drink for drink, we are a hardy drinking bunch, we are not really just a town of amateur alcoholics. We have had years of training, we are consummate professionals. Besides we absolutely adore our out of towner’s and you're sure to get laid anyway, it’s just a lot more fun doing so if you can remember at least a little bit of the details of the encounter. Maybe even the name of whom you did it with. Or at least where.

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s New Orleanians, the one thing that we never forget to do is eat. We are always sure to take food breaks even during our three and four days drinking festivals like Mardi

Gras and Decadence. Food is important to everyone, it is what keeps us going and the lack of it can have horrible consequences. Make sure you set time aside to get your proper nourishment, and not just try to exist on a liquid diet for the three or four days you’ll be visiting us. New Orleans is world famous for is restaurants and cuisine, as well as its clubs and cruising. Every restaurant is gay-friendly especially at Decadence, but there are a few that are run by and cater to our brothers and sisters year round. Petunias on St. Louis Street; Mona Lisa on Royal; Meauxbar Bistro on Rampart, Krystal Burger, Clover Grill and Quartermaster on Bourbon; Tomatillo’s on Esplanade; Bywater Bar.B.Que on Dauphine; and Marigny Perks on Burgundy. Just keep this thought in mind, you will definitely be able to party longer and have a much better time if you eat a good balanced meal every four or five hours. Now I’m not suggesting you over eat, just eat sensible, don’t skip meals. Take time out from the party, it will still be going when you return.

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ou have all heard the old adage, we don’t swim in your toilets, please don’t pee in our pool, well that goes for our street too. This is really one really big issue with the law enforcement here. First of all, in order to do such a thing you really have to expose yourself. Secondly, since Hurricane Katrina blew everybody’s skirts up, New Orleans has hired a new contractor to keep the French Quarter clean and stop the odor problems we have had in the past. Truth is, it has never smelled better nor looked cleaner, saying it clearly, the guy has done a great job, and to top it off he’s a real cutie. So don’t make his job any harder ...don’t pee in our streets. Now raise your right hand to your heart and pledge in unison; “We did not come here to pee in the streets, we will use provided outhouses and not the sidewalks, alleyways, doorways or any dark corner. Mainly because we don’t want to spend our vacation in jail, where we will have to pee in front of everyone wither we like them or not.

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his is a hard subject for me to approach, if you pardon my pun, because personally I find nothing wrong with any of it. If I had my way, no one would be forced to wear anything, anytime if they didn’t want to do so. But of course, I’m just a grey haired horny old bitch no one is going to listen to. The law clearly states that it is against the law to expose one‘s private parts in public. Private parts seems to only mean penises, tits seem to get by even with nipples flying in the wind. Occasionally, a cat may end up getting it‘s owner arrested, not as quick as a penis will. But one thing we can enjoy, which I do of course, is a well shaped rear. Just as long as the road in is covered, you can flaunt it. Seriously many times you can get away with a quick flash or two, just be

careful and be aware of who is around you. If you are more or less surrounded with like minded souls, you more than likely may get away with it. Here I should point out if you're going down the street with your rod trolling for something good to come along expect the boys who come following you to be dressed in blue. If you do end up in jail don’t expect to get out until Decadence is over, cause that’s just the way they have it set up. So keep your pecker in your pants. If you really want to see it all hanging out - legally that is catch NAKED BOYS SINGING at the MARIGNY THEATRE.

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tried smoking it once, but the handle got caught in my throat, old joke, showing my age I suppose. I admit almost everyone whom I grew up with tried it more than once, but none of us ever inhaled ...RIGHT !!!! ...Sure you’ll smell a lot of it just about anywhere you walk in the Quarter, drifting out to you on the gently summer breezes luring you with her aroma. Just a reminder that lighting up in public is still against the law here as is many other states and no matter how great it makes the city smell or how wonderful you feel smoking it. Mary Jane will gladly waltz with you right on down to Central lockup. She’ll fill up your dance card right on through the celebration on the streets.

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his is one area I really don’t care to express a personal opinion on, I really have none. To each of you, it is a choice which you have to personally make. Just because you are on vacation, and Decadence is considered a circuit event and facing facts we all know what that means, doesn’t mean to alter your mind into a non-thinking state. If you do partake, and those who do, know to whom I speak, keep in mind being in an altered state in pubic has definite disadvantages. As with alcohol, don’t expect our city’s finest to come looking for everyone with a hint of it on their breath, but if you are showing definite signs of partying to excess do expect to be questioned. And for your own sake, don’t carry anything with you, no matter how sly you make think you are, someone else may be a little slicker. Possession carries severe penalties and you just may find yourself spending a lot more time in our city that you would like. Remember no matter how fab you are, non of you are Paris. For those who are novices, this is no time to accept or try anything new just for the excitement of the adventure. Remember, you have no idea what you may be ingesting, to start with, let alone how your body may react to it. This advice goes out even to the pros, know your source. Play hardy, but play it safe.

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n no way do I want to put a damper on the big party, after all that is why you all came in the first place. But, as I did, many years ago upon first returning as an adult to this city, I let my hair down foolishly in public and paid the consequences. I don’t want that to happen to you. Remember, you can get away with more indoors than on the public streets anytime here, in the City That Care Forgot, especially during this period, our special

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on’t forget the big day is Sunday, September 2nd. The parade starts with the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals address in front of The Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal Street at 2pm.

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special salute to my dear friends Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXIV ELECTRA CITY - QUADALUPE and MARCUS MARTINEZ from me with all my love; wishing you well, nothing in your life will every top this, your special day. --DONNIE JAY SDGM XXXII See ya’ll on Royal Street, stop by and party. I’ll be greeting everyone from 11am until the parade starts at 1239 Royal.

hot tails of red stick ...from EX-9 ample of this. James and Kyle were there too. I can’t even count the number of years I’ve known them, but they really haven’t changed that much, just mellowed with age. Now as the owners of a new home here in Red Stick and another home up in Mississippi, they are beginning to reap the results of years of hard work, something they have mastered extremely well. The same could be said of Richard and Guy. I suppose I’ve known them even longer, but I’m not even sure of this. Time has a way of making the past merge with the future in interesting ways. It also has a way of bringing about an understanding of people by knowing their past histories. It is a story of lives moving along and meeting another day with pride and dignity. Cory and Jeff have also maintained a unique sense of importance within the community. Their business offers a place for everyone to gather and enjoy themselves. They have become an integral part of the Red Stick scene, and they constantly seek to improve not only their business but their very livelihood as well. It is a good sign when you can share and support in the way they have done over the past few years. I find that to be a special gift of the human spirit.

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ith football season upon us, we have a chance to gather at our favorite bars to watch the games and be with friends or we can enjoy gatherings at private homes. It is a time for forgetting but also a time for enjoyable encounters. When fall arrives, we have a lot to look forward to, like the beginning of a new period in our lives, full of hope and a desire to achieve new and important goals. We all have the chance to help in improving our image and importance on the face of this planet. As we move along into the following holiday period, I trust that everyone will enjoy the activities and at the same time play safe. Remaining happy is good, but keeping a firm hand on reality is the only way to completely stay out of harm’s way. It is my wish that this period of time will bring forth a new togetherness within the community and show the world that acceptance is far better than the alternative. Have a safe and happy Southern Decadence.

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

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nd they’re back. Just like the swallows return to Capistrano, every August some 20,000 plus students return to our fair city. Between the University of Texas, Concordia, St. Edwards University, Huston-Tillotson and Austin Community College, a bumper crop of new people flow into Austin every fall. Soon the hills will come alive with the sounds of hook ‘em as Austin’s beloved Texas Longhorns once again take to the field.

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unday afternoon’s will find us all crowded around the wall to wall television monitors at Oilcan Harry’s as the number 4 ranked Longhorns begin their march toward a BCS Bowl. Plagued with early minor injuries and a basket full of legal encounters, the Longhorns will have challenges to overcome but led by last year’s Freshman Player of the Year Colt McCoy, who recently made the 2007 Manning Award watch list, UT is a favorite for the Big 12 South Championship and will most certainly provide a dynamic season that will be full of thrills. Oilcan Harry’s provides one of the best viewing spots to take in all the Longhorn action while sipping some of the tastiest libations in town. Belly up to the bar as the friendly staff serves up plenty to tempt your taste buds. Catch the action on screen or off as there is always something to capture your attention. Be a star on Mondays at Oilcan Harry’s. Grab the microphone and croon the latest tunes on S.I.N. Night Karaoke. The fun starts at 9:30pm. Tuesdays flashes us back to the ultra-80’s with the hottest sounds from the decade of Doogie Howser spun by Austin’s hot mixologist Scot Free. South Padre Island, Texas

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Sip giant martinis starting at only $5.50. And if this wasn’t enough, Bobby Cook hosts Thursday’s Calendar Boy Contest. Stop in today and find out what nightlife aficionados already know. Oilcan Harry’s is the party in Austin.

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peaking of parties, an invasion of hot cowboy and cowgirls is just around the corner as TGRA’s Capital City Rodeo rolls into town. Several events are scheduled around town as well as two days of exciting rodeo competition at the Travis County Expo Center. The Rainbow Cattle Company hosts the royalty competition on Thursday, September 20th at 8pm and the grand finale “Happy Trails” party on Sunday, September 23rd at 8pm featuring the Austin Babtist Women. The Wyndham Hotel on Woodward is the host hotel for this year’s rodeo and the site of the “Howdy” pool party on Friday, September 21st from 1pm to 4pm and the HOT Bear pool party from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday, September 22nd. Contestant registration and the “Welcome” party will be Friday, September 21st at the Wyndham Hotel. Featuring live singers belting out the latest C&W tunes, scoot your boots across the large dance floor beginning at 7pm. A super shuttle will be running from the host hotel to sponsor bars beginning at 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the ad in this issue or visit www.austintgra.org for more information and a complete schedule of events.

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he Rainbow Cattle Co. offers the perfect way to get ready for all the cowboy action heading our way. Every Tuesday night the Rainbow Cattle Co. offers free C&W dance lessons (taught by a very handsome instructor I might add) at 8pm. Learn the latest line dances or how to two step with the best of them. All levels are welcome. Try off your new dancing skills each Saturday evening at the Rainbow Cattle Co. on one of Austin’s largest elevated dance floors. Grab a long neck and relax in the new glass enclosed pool area. The Rainbow Cattle Co. remains Austin’s leading location for Levis and Wranglers and Rockies… OH MY!

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he women continue to pack the house over on San Jacinto every Wednesday from 9pm to 2am at the CP’s popular Ladies Wanted Wednesdays. DJ OneLove keeps the beats moving on the CP’s large dance floor. The action comes alive with the ultrahot go-go dancers. There’s never a cover for this event and the parking is free. Stop by the CP today and see why it is the alternative for Austin fun.

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abor Day weekend is upon us and as is tradition, thousands will descend upon Hippy Hollow in celebration of what has become known as Last Splash. The night will continue to heat up as the party goes

indoors at one of Austin’s many tres-hip nightspots. Oilcan Harry’s, The Rainbow Cattle Co., The CP and all of Austin will be ready to make your trip to the Capital City one to remember. Whether you are coming for fun in the sun or fun in the saddle, September in Austin is sure to be hot, hot,

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Serving it up at OCH

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More fun at RCC

TGRA’s Kenneth & his “Mary” men at RCC

The Widow Modine at OCH’s Go West

David & pals belly up at RCC

TGRA State Contestant Rep Lance at OCH

Sister Betty Bea lays it on at OCH’s Go West

Empress 14 Simone Riviera

All the handsome cowboys go to RCC

Emperor 14 Jake Stone

Ima gets ready to Go West at OCH The beautiful Kelly Kline at OCH

RCC owner Andy & friends

The audience at OCH’s Go West was handsome & happy

OCH resident diva Dana Woodrow

Sandra & cohorts hang at RCC

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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

pets CHI-WA-WA GA-GA, 37 French Market Place, 70116; 581.4242; chiwawagaga.com FRENCH QUARTER PET ASYLUM, 510 Dumaine St., 274.0810

pharmacy New Orleans, LA [504] MUMFREY'S PHARMACY, 1021 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043, 504.279.6312

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submissions LGBT Call for Southern “Coming Out” Stories

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Submissions sought for a collection of narrative nonfiction stories focusing on the distinct nature of “coming out” in the South. Essays should weave thematic threads such as sexuality, race, gender, religion and class as uniquely experienced by southern LGBTs. Deadline: Feb 15, 2008. Guidelines: www.comingoutinthesouth.com. [is1907]

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

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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

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

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] Bumpin' Tacos, 720 St. Louis, 565.7777 Buffa's, 1001 Esplanade at Burgundy, 949.0038 Bywater Bar.B.Que,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-restaurant.com Hillery's on Toulouse, 827 1/2 Toulouse, 571.2888 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, A Restaurant, Cajun, Creole, Crepes, Cocktails, 817 St. Louis, 70112; 522.6440 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 THE HERB IMPORT COMPANY, 711 St. Peter [in French Quarter], 525.4372; 5055 Canal St. [near City Park Ave.], 488.4889 PANDA BEAR, 415 Bourbon St., 529.8064 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 QUEEN FASHIONS.COM, 808 N. Rampart St., 524.HEEL (4335) queenfashions.com, exoticfashionmall.com WICKED ORLEANS, 1201 Decatur, 529.4384, WickedOrleans.COM

Austin, TX [512] GOMI, 233 W. 2nd St., 442.9977, gomikitti.com TAPELENDERS VIDEO/OUTLINES MENSWEAR AUSTIN, 1114 West 5th St., 472.0844,

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

websites CRESCENT CITY, CrescentCity.COM GAY AMERICA, GayAmerica.COM GAY AUSTIN, GayAustin.NET GAY BARS, GayBars.COM GAY PENSACOLA, GayPensacola.COM OFFICIAL GAY EASTER PARADE, 828-A Bourbon St., 70116-3137, 504.522.8049, 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

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