by Brad Benedict
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Red Stick's First Gay Theater
Got a hankering for brief nudity, dudes in high heels, big hair, swanky music, and mediocre choreography? The LSU theater department tried this a couple of years ago with a major Gay play. Now it is about to happen again.
So let me introduce you to the first production of Baton Rouge's premiere Gay Theatrical Society, Bitter Glitter Productions, in association with Icon Dance Club. "Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom," written by Charles Busch, will be performed Fri. and Sat., Aug. 9 & 10, 2002 on the ICON stage at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
This will be the first play produced by the group Bitter Glitter Productions. The group was formed in the spring of 2002 under the direction of Dallas Bird, an openly gay theater student here in Baton Rouge. The group's intention is to open the doors for the inception of a gay and lesbian theatrical groups dedicated to gay and lesbian authors and plays.First performed at the Limbo Lounge in New York City's East Village in 1984. It became so popular it was moved to Off-Broadway in June of 1985. It ran five years at the Provincetown Playhouse.
One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920's silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.
It was published along with its companion piece "Sleeping Beauty or Coma", the classic fairy tale retold in the sixties mod London fashion world.
Be sure to mark your calendars for this event. I'll be at dress (or undress) rehearsal and will provide you with an up-close and personal look at the work that Bitter Glitter is bringing to the local area.
Red Stick Pride
In honor of Baton Rouge Pride 2002, Icon Dance Club is sponsoring a Pride Party on Fri. night, July 26, 2002. We hope to invite all members of the community to come together in remembrance of who we are and where we have been. Pride identity is something all of us share in some form or another.
And in case you don't remember why we celebrate, I quote from a banner I saw in a San Francisco Pride picture from the 1970's: "Denying the rights of ANY members of the community is denying the rights to all members of the community."
The Icon Pride Party is being planned as a celebration of sorts with live entertainment, prizes, and a spectacular balloon drop! Hopefully, all groups will be represented across all lines and ages. We encourage all attending to wear their pride, be it rainbow drag, bear gear, leather pup, or simply an oversized t-shirt with the word FABULOUS written in big pink letters on it! Just be creative, and you'll get a special prize at the door.
Doors open at 9 p.m., entertainment begins at around 11 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Guess what? Here's something to get you out of bed again, and you don't have to go to New Orleans to have a great time. Keith Mallini is introducing a new way to enjoy your Sunday socializing. Apparently this is going to be a monthly thing. As this issue goes to press, MarTEAni Sunday 2 is set to take place on July 21 at Mallini's The Place, 5255 Florida Boulevard, past Foster on the left, so I will have to report back to you on the success of this second extravaganza.
Miss Goldie Lishiss (she's everywhere, everywhere!) serves as the cruise director, music is by DJ Robbie Martin (don't know if this is a regular DJ but will let you know that too), and beach party attire was noted on the ads as being optional. Now if the guy on that ad is gonna' be there, I have a feeling they will have a huge turnout. I can see my queen Terry drooling now. I just had to say that.
This is a chance for Baton Rougeans to enjoy a dining and entertainment extravaganza, especially if it is going to be a regular event each month. The charge for this is $10 for Garden Room buffet style dining or $20 "VIP Champagne Room" dining (by reservation only).
Stay tuned for more on this. Their first one last month was a huge success.
Rainbow Social Club
The monthly "pot luck" dinner of the Rainbow Social Club will be held at the home of Jerry and Joe on July 27th from 7-10 p.m. To participate, all you need to do is bring what you want to drink and a covered food dish. The food dish can be bought or prepared by you.
For the address and/or directions, contact Jerry and Joe at 225.291.0793 or via email at email@example.com. Emails MUST have a contact name and valid email address. Anonymous emails will not receive a response.
The club's "pot luck" dinner is held the 4th Saturday of every month in someone's home. Volunteers to host the dinner's are needed. No one is required to host in order to participate. Check this out. It sounds like fun.
Mark your calendars now for Aug. 10th. The Baton Rouge Krewe of Apollo is presenting a gender-bending comedy where men become women and women become men in a little ditty called "Drag-net." This is all going to take place at The Fish Bowl, 7367 Exchange Place (formerly the Hide-A-Way).
The doors will open at 8 p.m., and swanky cocktails are promised. The show is set to begin at 10 p.m. The admission is $10, and it is for one night only.
Leave it to the Apollo guys to come up with this unique little extravaganza. Don't miss it. It promises to be a super-spectacular event.
The Lords of Leather, the only leather Mardi Gras krewe, held their monthly meeting last week and topped this off with a fabulous royalty announcement party. I can't tell you who won the titles, but you can find out when you reserve a seat at their twentieth anniversary bal masque on March 3, 2003.
The Lords are always noted for their fine balls, and I speak of the costumed ones, my dears. They close out each ball season by presenting outstanding programs, and this year, you will have to see it to believe it. There are some surprises I wish I could tell you about, but I dare not for fear of twenty lashes. On second thought, that sounds like a good idea, especially if it's done with tongues. Hmmmm. There I go again. I just can't help myself.
If you've ever wondered about how the leather clubs got started, this should be a great history lesson for you. Cowpokes owner, Timm, is the captain, and his ball lieutenant (co-captain) is none other than Baton Rouge's book baron Damon. Nearly half the membership is from the capital city, so come on out and help fill the St. Bernard Civic Center with Red Stick pride.
I'm excited, and I've been promised a front row seat so I can get some great pictures of this event.
Mr. Louisiana Leather 2003
Another year and another title quest has arrived, and the Saturday night of Decadence Weekend will see the Lords of Leather present another fine program on the way to sending a candidate to IML (International Mr. Leather). It will be held again this year at Harrah's Casino, and the judges are from all over the country. It's probably the best representation of Leather Pride anywhere in the country, and it puts New Orleans and the local leather group in the spotlight all over the world.
Tickets will be on sale at Hibiscus Bookstore in Baton Rouge and numerous places in New Orleans. Of course, all the active members will have tickets available. They are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Be sure to see this one. It's a fun-filled evening of sexy men and some fine entertainment from invited guests. Be there for all the excitement leading up to the announcement of the new winner. This is also a major fundraiser for the Lords of Leather, and it helps to guarantee the success of their bal masques.
A Little Bumble
Well, last time I told you about the fine little store on Perkins Road, at 2024 to be exact. With Casey at bat, you know there's a home run in the making. And the store is definitely one of the finest little gift shops in the city. I got the grand tour and ended up buying a number of items.
I've known Casey and Bill for a long time, and I'm glad to see them both doing so well. Actually Casey is at the store, and Bill is still nursing, or playing nurse. (I wouldn't want to give you the wrong idea there.) They are super-nice guys and just recently moved into a swanky condo unit. Things seem to be coming up roses for them, and I'm definitely so very proud to have made their acquaintance.
And Montpelier Too
Being proud of making acquaintances rings true also for my beautiful Montpelier boys. Gleeson and Bryan are just the hottest two studs you will find anywhere, and I mean anywhere! I had to turn down a date with them tonight because I had to finish this column, so you can see that when it comes to work, a little play has to come second. That's all right, guys. I'm available the rest of the week.
These guys are still in school and also holding down jobs, but they seem to have their act together. Their new home reflects the love you see between them. They have a game plan that others need to think about. Relationships need to be made on firm foundations, and this duo is definitely the firm-est of any I know. (Smile) Or do I describe myself when I say that.
Well, you know what I mean. They are two wonderful human beings, and I love them both. I can hardly wait until Friday and din-din by candlelight. Wow!
Because of the big leather function last week, I was not able to attend the big show Kyle and James had at Mac's TZ. My fellow workmate, the fabulous Anthony Benton, was also tied up and couldn't attend.
This was another function of the Capital City Royal Order of Unicorn. My source of info on this event states that it was a very entertaining evening, but these guys in this krewe know how to turn on the entertainment in style. Miss Tasha is a talented lady, and she brings out the best in all who perform with her.
George's also had another fabulous week of shows, but as always, their karaoke really packs them in. I go there just to karaoke with Michael. That is what you call it, right sweetie? There I go giving away my secrets again. I need to watch that!
The Spanish Town girls, Debbie, Claudette, and Josie, headed out to Florida for the holiday for a visit with Walt and his sexy sidekick, Wes. They reported back on the great time that was had by all. I need to start taking more trips. Maybe I can tag along next time. Just being in the presence of these gals and guys would make it a special time for me. That's what happens when you are with very special people.
Another Florida connection is that of Errol and Emile. They went for a visit and decided to stay. They are now residents of Key West. I talked with Errol yesterday and understand they will be coming back to Lafayette shortly to get the remainder of their things, and I think a couple of friends are going to be moving down too. I always try to do one island a year in my travels, and if I can't make it to the Caribbean, I always do Key West. Is that bed big enough for three, my darlings?
Little John has been doing a lot of scouting lately. I'm talking about scouting programs. Well, you know what I mean. It's one of those don't ask and don't tell situations. Our guy devotes a lot of time and effort to make these programs successful. He's a rare gem among the masses and is always willing to help with a cause.
And my Colla boy is another gem among the masses. He constantly amazes me with his chipper outlook on life and the way he masters any situation. As a friend, he's always there, and I'll always be there for him too. I told you recently that he was on the market again. He's lookin' and he's a fine catch if you can qualify for the race. If you can't catch him, at least go by and let him style your hair. He's at the Mall of Louisiana, upper level, nice little shop. I don't have to name the place. When you see him, you will instantly be in need of a good head job. Well, you know what I mean!
Legally speaking, Richard was on the right in the ad last time in Ambush. Greg was on the left. I dare not print what Richard told me to say. After all, Greg is so sexy, and I wouldn't want to offend him by spilling the beans. For your legal problems, try this duo on Florida, located in the building previously occupied by the Tyler-Possa duo. And speaking of Possa, have you seen that handsome hunk lately? My table awaits you, darling!
Now that July 4th has passed and the cookouts and good times at George's, Icon, and the TZ are in the past, we can look to Decadence. It's sometimes called the new gay Mardi Gras. You have to experience it to realize how outlandishly wonderful it is. I'll see you there, and my camera will be ready to record the action.
Okay, Mark, will I see you there?
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