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Volume 16/Issue 22

by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain


In the last issue of Ambush Mag, an unfortunate typo was made in the listing of Gay Appreciation Award Winner category Dance Bar of the Year. It listed two winners. There actually was only one winner, Oz, New Orleans. Sorry for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

Halloween XV--
International Circuit Party Weekend
Benefits Project Lazarus

Revelers from across the globe will descend on New Orleans for Halloween XV. The internationally acclaimed circuit party weekend benefits Project Lazarus, a residential facility for men and women living with AIDS. Over 1.5 million dollars has been raised over the past 14 years. The '98 event is expected to raise over $300,000.

The official sponsors, along with some 364 hosts, have underwritten the cost of this tremendous event. All door proceeds go directly to Project Lazarus. Sponsors include Ambush Mag, French Quarter Suites Hotel, Malibu Rum, Miller Brewing Company, OUT Magazine, Oz, United Airlines and VitaRX Prescriptions by Mail.

Thursday night's "Gargoyles, Galleries and Grandeur" kicks off the weekend festivities at the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, Esplanade at N. Carrollton Ave., 7-11pm, Oct. 29. In addition to cocktails and buffet dinner, revelers can bid on many fabulous items which make this silent auction one not to be missed. Tickets are $75 per person; Cocktail attire.

Friday night's "The Hippodrome" is the dance, drink, meet and greet function at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 9pm-3am, Oct. 30. The double DJ double dance floor event will feature New York City's David Kane playing retro vinyl on the ground level in "The Forum Disco," adjacent to the beautiful Paddocks. Party in the third level grandstands where Neil Lewis of The San Francisco Pleasuredome will set the pace for the weekend in "The Hippodrome." Prance through the orse walk onto the tracks for hay rides and party-pik photos in the winners circle, or wander to the 2nd level "Hall of Halloween Past" where the Archives committee will have a fun display of memorabilia from over the past 15 years. Tickets are $30 per person; Casual attire.

Saturday night's "Le Bal Grotesque" is the big event costume dance extravaganza at the Esplanade Avenue Wharf, Esplanade at the river, 10pm-4am, Oct. 31. The Esplanade Wharf will be transformed into a spectacular night of lavish horror. Special thanks goes to Senator Mary Landrieu for securing the wharf for Halloween XV. The Polynesian Dance Troup will entertain revelers with an amazing 15-minute piece arranged especially for Halloween. Tickets are $40 per person; strictly Costume.

Sunday's finale, "Great Halls of Redemption" New Orleans Gospel Brunch, closes the weekend at Generations Hall/Tipitina's Big Room, 310 Howard Ave., 1-5pm, Nov. 1. The All Saints Day celebration will feature music by Jazz and Heritage Festival favorite, One-A-Cord, a female gospel ensemble featuring talents from various churches in New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu will make a very special guest appearance. To satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst, enjoy some of New Orleans' traditional favorites and daiquiris prepared by one of New Orleans' premier caterers, Partysist. Tickets are $30 per person; As-You-Are casual attire.

Four Day passes are $165 per person with guaranteed admission to all events Thursday-Sunday. Three Day passes are $100 per person with guaranteed admission Friday-Sunday. For additional info phone 504.945.5546, fax 504.945.5326 or visit www.halloweenneworleans.com.

Event shuttles by New Orleans Tours are available this year. A three day value pass for Fri., Sat., Sun. events is $25. The shuttle will pick-up and drop-off at the following locations: Entrance to Armstrong Park, 800 N. Rampart; French Quarter Suites Hotel, 1119 N. Rampart St.: and Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St.

Event Shuttle Passes may be purchased at Oz, 800 Bourbon; French Quarter Suites Hotel, 1119 N. Rampart St. and Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Tours Desk, 500 Canal St.

Ambush Gears Up For Halloween

This 76 page Halloween edition of Ambush brings Halloween revelers the latest on holiday activities across the Gulf South. Whether you are looking for events in Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Hammond, Harvey, Metairie, New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana; or even in Pensacola, Florida, this issue is for you.

Ambush is your best Halloween guide featuring some 55 pages on bars, restaurants, shopping and services. A complete calendar of events is available on page 46 in the main section of Ambush. In the center Expose section you will find a huge classifieds, business, services section featuring the outreach of this Gulf South entertainment/news guide.

Please let our advertisers know that you found them through Ambush. Without these advertisers, Ambush would not be able to sponsor and support so many of the important endeavors throughout the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community it represents. AMgrants [Ambush Advertising Grants] and donations exceeded $197,000 in 1997 demonstrating Ambush's commitment to community.

The Burbs Join The A List

The Burbs, representing 4 Seasons and Angles in Metairie plus Billy's in Slidell and Chances in Hammond, have joined the A List. The A List @ www.gayamerica.com/alist is AMBUSHonLINE's premiere banner location highlighting its many famous clients.

You can find Chuck Turner and Bill Miller's The Burbs @ www.gayneworleans.com.burbs. From here you will find links to 4 Seasons @ www.gayneworleans.com/4seasons, Angles @ www.gayneworleans.com/angles, Billy's @ www.gayneworleans.com/billys and Chances @ www.gayneworleans.com/chances.

Turner and Miller are known for having some of the friendliest bars around featuring an eclectic mixture of outstanding talent ranging from live bands, to hot drag and comedy acts, even featuring the art of magic.

Their Web sites feature weekly and special events calendars, as well as maps directing you to each location.

It's hot and these clubs are already raking in the hits after being on the Web a little over a month. These hits join in the over 1.5 to 2.5 million hits registered each month at AMBUSHonLINE.

Corner Pocket Bids Final Farewell
To Mikey Adams

Friends gathered at the Corner Pocket to bid a final farewell to Mikey Adams, Gay bar cleaning icon and 60's "Old Reliable" porn star great.

In Mikey's honor, bar owner Lee Fetherston gave away free draft and spearmint schnapps, along with a complete Krystal buffet including Krystal beef and chicken burgers, plus junior corn dogs. Smurf manned the bar, while the lovely and sometimes talented Ineeda Roch managed the elaborate buffet.

Lee eulogized Mikey, saying he was one of the most honest, unmaterialistic human beings he had ever met, making knowing Mikey quite refreshing. He also thanked all of Mikey's friends for being there and welcomed all the ones who were only there for the free beer and spearmint schnapps, that would make Mikey "smile down on us."

Lee urged all to come up to Mikey's box of ashes and pat him or spill a beer on him, that would surely be something Mikey would enjoy.

Ridgelake Stages Grand Opening Weekend

Ridgelake Cafe, Metairie's newest night club, 3044 Ridgelake at 20th, staged a fabu grand opening weekend. Manager J.R. Stansberry pulled out all the stops treating revelers to free well drinks, domestic beer and a cocktail buffet on Friday, Oct. 23. Later in the evening the big crowd joined Roger & Elsie in one of their famous karaoke presentations.

The party continued Saturday with Isaac's Guns and Sunday with Proud Marys, two of the best liked bands in the Big Easy.

As you walk into this upscale club, you're treated to the friendly welcome of Cyndi, Robert or Vicki, behind the snazzy bar. The club features a large dance floor and pool tables for your entertainment pleasure. In addition, the kitchen at Ridgelake serves burgers and cocktail appetizers.

2nd Annual Cake Walk
Raises Over $1,500
At Good Friends

The Krewe of Petronius and Good Friends Bar presented the Second Annual Cake Walk at Good Friends Bar, 740 Dauphine. Over $1,500 was raised from the sale of over 40 cakes, benefiting Petronius and Volleyball New Orleans.

Celebrity bakers included Miss Dixie, Margarita Bergen, Ken Marino, Ineeda Roch, Smurf, Jackie Mae, Wess Hughes, Ken Grandpre, Forrest Carter, and of course, Tom Wood's annual offering of a Pepperidge Farms frozen Coconut Cake.

Parade Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

The Parade, 801 Bourbon Street, celebrated its 23rd anniversary as one of New Orleans's hottest dance clubs. The weekend of festivities kicked off with Friday night's DJ Darren Thomas bringing some of the best dance music around.

DJs Lydian Prim on Saturday and Tedd Elison on Sunday were not to be outdone, featuring more hot dance tunes.

Lesbian of the Year Yvette and Phylis, aka Blake, were slingin' cocktails, keeping all the revelers full.

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