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Volume 21/Issue 3/2003

Rip & Marsha


by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
Visit their site: ripandmarsha.com

Valentine's-Sweetheart Issue Brings Great Gift Ideas

This big 72-page edition of Ambush will bring you many great gift ideas for your special Valentine's. After all, this is the Valentine's-Sweetheart and Pre-Mardi Gras issue of the Gulf South mag.

Why not flip through these pages and find just the right event, concert, show or dance to take your sweetheart to. Or how about flowers or dinner from one of the great florists or restaurants featuread here. Maybe chocolates, cards or gifts from one of the shops, or even a beauty treatment or service from one of the salons, or a membership at one of the spas.

11th Barkus Parades Through the Quarter Feb. 23

Barkus, the only Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans, by and for the canine population, is ready to sniff the streets of the French Quarter for the eleventh year on Sun., Feb. 23. The 2003 theme is "Tail-House Rock: from Graceland to Jazzland."

The 2003 Parade will start at Armstrong Park promptly at 2pm and proceed on their traditional 15-block route through the Vieux Carré, stopping at the VIP Reviewing Stand at Good Friends Bar, corner Dauphine and St. Ann, where VIPs (and those who desire to be VIPs) will toast the Royal Court.

The Pawty (before, during & after parade) at Armstrong Park is open to all at no charge to hear the music and see the sights! Edibles and potables available to all. Armstrong Park opens to all at 10:30am and is the staging area for the parade participants.

Membership in the parade krewe is open to all dogs - regardless of their past. Pre-registration (membership dues & parade pass) is $40 until Feb. 21. Day-of-parade registration (Feb. 23) at Armstrong Park is $50. Registration includes one dog and one human escort. Additional human escort passes can be purchased for $5 each on-line or the day of the parade at Armstrong Park. Only dogs who are registered krewe members with parade tags will be allowed to be part of the parade. Check out our Membership Page to see esteemed levels of registration/membership.

If you are not parading this year, but still wish to support our doggone good cause, you can become a krewe member for $20. Krewe members receive all mailings of the Krewe for one year.

We need volunteers! Could you give us at least four community service hours? Our parade is only possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who set up the park, man our booths and act as Krewe Marshals in the parade. Shifts are available: 8am-12noon setup & checkup (a manly job!); 10-2pm booth manning; 1pm-5pm booth manning and krewe marshals. If you can volunteer, please send your name, address, phone (day and evening), via email to info@barkus.org, put "VOLUNTEER" in the subject line, or you can leave your vitals on our Hotline at 504.581.BARK. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you.

For more information, call 504.581.BARK our recorded hotline, email info@barkus.org,
Mail to 1000 Bourbon St., Suite 317, New Orleans, LA 70116; Fax to 504.522.0239.

39th Bourbon St. Awards Returns to 800 Bourbon at St. Ann for 2nd year

The 39th Annual Bourbon Street Awards, World famous as the ultimate costume contest will be returning to the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann St.'s. for its second year.

Mardi Gras day, Mar. 4, will see the return of this famous and sometimes infamous costume contest to Oz, 800 Bourbon at St. Ann St. beginning at 12noon.

Presented by Dance Club and Show Club of the Year, Oz New Orleans, and sponsored by Bud Light, the Bourbon Street Awards promises to be the best show of the Mardi Gras season.

Over the years, this contest has attracted participants and media coverage from around the World. As in the past, this year Mardi Gras is expected to be a feast for the eyes!

The award categories include: Best Drag, Best Leather, Best Group and Best of Show. Contestants can register at the site on Mardi Gras morning at 10am.

Oz super circuit star Bianca Del Rio and Calendar Boy hostess Blanche DeBris return to prove the 39th Annual Bourbon Street Awards will be "The Best Free Show of Mardi Gras."

For more information call 504.592.8200 or visit www.OzNewOrleans.COM. The history of the awards as well as the history of Gay Mardi Gras is available exclusively at the Official Gay Mardi Gras Web site, www.GayMardiGras.COM.

Dralion Attracts Sell-out Crowd Opening Night

The much anticipated Cirque du Soleil New Orleans premiere of Dralion filled all 2,500 seats in the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau in the Zephyr Field parking lot Feb. 6. Due to overwhelming demand, nine more performances have been scheduled from Feb. 26 to Mar. 2.

Jonglerie (Juggling) Viktor Kee
Dralion/New Orleans

Although the entire production smacks of Cirque du Soleil magic, three of the acts were more astounding. The jonglerie (juggling) by Viktor Kee was amazing as he demonstrated why Prince Rainier of Monaco chose his act as one of four from the show Dralion to be presented at the 27th Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo last month. The four Dralion acts took home seven awards.

Prizes awarded to Cirque du Soleil included the Juggling Act: Clown d'argent, Greta Alession Award and Rosgoscirk Special Award; Single Hand Balancing Act: Princesse Antoinette Cup and Prix de l'Academie du Cirque; Aerial Pas de Deux Act: Prix tele Monte-Carlo and Hoop Diving Act: Gandey Award.

Aerial Pas de Deux Colette Morrow

& Igor Arefiev Dralion/New Orleans

The Aerial Pas de Deux featuring Colette Morrow and Igor Arefiev, another winning act in Monte-Carlo last month, displayed the agility, grace and beauty of the couple as they sailed above the New Orleans stage on two lengths of flowing fabric.


Dralion/New Orleans

The third outstanding act was the Double-Trapeze featuring the talents of Hao Desheng, Zhou Counmel, Wang Jial and Lei Lulu. Their breathtaking performance was astounding as they performed feats of incredible strength.

Dralion features more than 55 artists from ten countries (Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Ivory Coast, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States), including a house troupe of 37 Chinese acrobats. The multi-talented performers present a variety of juggling, single hand balancing, double trapeze, skipping ropes and more. All acts were specially created for Dralion. Clowns - without whom no circus is complete - appear throughout the show, adding more than a touch of madness.

The breathtaking futuristic set is an immense technological sculpture whose every component serves as an accessory to the acrobats throughout the show. One of these components, hanging close to the dome of the big top, is an aluminium structure made up of three rings, each of which has a particular function. One ring, called "the sun", serves as an acrobatic apparatus, another as a catwalk, while the third is used for technical purposes and houses an enormous lantern. The metal wall acts as backdrop and orchestra pit, in addition to being used by the artists during the performance.

Performances are Tues., Wed., and Thurs. at 8pm, Fri.’s and Sat.’s at 4pm and 8pm, and Sun.’s at 1pm and 5pm. No performances on Mon.’s.

Tickets range from $45 to $65 for adults and from $31.50 to $45.50 for children. For students (13 to 17 years) and senior citizens (65 plus), prices are from $40.50 to $58.50 weekdays only (Tues. to Thurs. and Fri. at 4pm).

The Dralion VIP Package includes one of the best seats in the house, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served in the Cirque-style ambiance of the Dralion VIP Suite, a special Dralion gift and a souvenir program. Dralion VIP Packages are $165 for adults and $115 for children (ages 2-12).

Tickets and VIP packages are available on-line at cirquedusoleil.com or call the Admission Network at 1.800.678.5440.

Group reservations for 40 adults or more can be made by calling the box office at 1.800.450.1480 or purchase on-line at cirquedusoleil.com.

Shabbat Evening Dinner set for Mar. 7

The Gay & Lesbian Chavurah of Temple Sinai is pleased to invite all members of the New Orleans Gay & Lesbian Community, their friends and their partners, to a festive Shabbat Evening dinner.

This evening of Shabbat warmth and celebration will take place on March 7, at 6:30pm in the Temple’s Feitel Auditorium at 6227 St. Charles Avenue. The charge for the Shabbat dinner is $15 per person, and advance reservations must be made by calling 504.861.3693. For those desiring, Sabbath evening services will follow at 8:15pm.

Sinai’s Gay & Lesbian Chavurah (Friendship Group) was established two years ago at an historic dinner hosted by Willow Catering, attended by almost thirty women and men from the greater New Orleans community. Since then, the group has met informally for discussion of gay and lesbian Jewish issues.

The Chavurah is also pleased to announce that an interfaith Seder is scheduled by their group for this coming Passover on April 22, co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans (MCC) and Temple Sinai. All are welcome to attend with prior reservations and there is no charge for the Seder.

For further information about either event or about future events planned by the Gay & Lesbian Chavurah, call the Temple at 504.861.3693 or e-mail Rabbi Cohn at rabbiepc@aol.com.

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