steers & queers from austin
Visit Gay Austin
Volume 17/Issue 3

by Eric A. Crabtree
AUSTIN, TEXAS

Ambush Quote of the Times

Ambush is like a bunch of flowers with its aroma bouquet of information and entertainment unlike the others. I have been reading Ambush since it was Two Weeks Before Water. - Marcy Fletcher, Diva of Dancers, U.S.

Mardi Gras '99 & Ambush Goes Weekly

Ambush has turned into a weekly publication, but just for the Mardi Gras season. Ambush is not only featured in Austin on Thurs., Feb. 4, but a new edition will hit the streets next Thurs., Feb. 11, just in time for Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras '99. After these two editions, Ambush goes back to its regular publication distribution as a biweekly news and entertainment source on Mar. 4. Fat Tuesday is Feb. 16, and the Capital City is just gearing up plans for their carnival season. Out of a partial list of events supplied at press time, Dick's Deja Disco will be hosting their Carnival Rio on Sat., Feb. 6 with food, costumes, music and great bar specials. Doors open at noon. The Edge is featuring an upcoming Sweetheart Cupid Contest and Mardi Gras Madness starting next weekend, Feb. 12-16. RCC will host, on Sun., Feb. 7, a United Court of Austin Show emceed by Emerald Knight, Bobby Birchmier.

Over at The Forum, look for The OZ Parties on Feb. 12 with more detailed information listed below. Charlie's Austin welcomes all to their Mardi Gras Get-Away with MANWATCH Dancers and great music and specials all weekend long starting this weekend, Feb 5-7. Also this weekend Chain Drive presents the Lunar New Year with their year of the Hare Party and guest appearance of Mr. International Leather, Tony Mills. Austin will host a Mardi Gras Parade on 6th St. from 8-10pm on Fri., Feb. 12. The Friends of 6th Street and local Mix 94.7 radio station sponsor the parade. More info. may be obtained by contacting Mark Schaberg at 512.499.0980. On Valentine's/Mardi Gras weekend, look in next week's edition of Ambush for full Austin details & Mardi Gras history celebrating 300 years in New Orleans.

CCMC Presents Sweetheart Cabaret
& Releases Silent Noon CD

The Capital City Men's Chorus (CCMC) 10th Anniversary Season presents the Fifth Annual Sweetheart Cabaret on Sat., Feb. 13, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin located at 4700 Grover St. The Sweetheart Cabaret features their annual evening of romance, song, food and drink directed by artist Jeffrey Jones-Argon. The night consists of performances by the CCMC, dinner service with dessert, a cash bar, a surprise drawing and complimentary champagne. There will be one seating at 7pm, for a donation of $40 per couple or $20 for singles. Reservations are required and more information may be obtained by calling 512.477.SING (7464) or by sending an E-mail to CabaretRes@aol.com.

As for that perfect Valentine's gift, CCMC features a release of their CD entitled Silent Noon which is CCMC's first recording featuring songs of love and remembrance. The CD contains songs such as "Amor" (Monteverdi) - a breakup song, "The Pasture" (Thompson, from "Frostiana") - a shy love-song, "We Are Not Afraid Love" (Karl Logue) - a Stonewall anthem-declaration of Pride. Still other songs are "With your Beautiful Eyes" (Carl Smith) - love poetry by Michelangelo, "Ave Maria" (Arcadelt) - a CCMC favorite at GALA, "Song of Parting" (traditional Scots tune) - spiritual song of farewell. The CD sales benefit CCMC and may be purchased at the Sweetheart Cabaret or at local retails stores in Austin such as Barnes and Nobles, the Arboretum, Tower Records, at 24th and Guadalupe and Lobo Bookstore, 3204-A Guadalupe St. Silent Noon is also available as well as additional information on CCMC by calling 512.477.SING or by visiting their Web site at www.io.com/~ccmcaus/.


vinny

Austinite Vincent Dudonis
assists Ambush Austin
in distribution, photography and ad sales.
1999 seems to be Vinney's year.


The OZ Parties Commence This Month
[by Austinite Stuart Wayne Oretgo, organizer for The OZ Parties]

The OZ Parties is a non-profit social organization created to provide opportunities for HIV+ singles to meet in comfortable settings for friendship and dating. Developed by several HIV+ individuals on a volunteer basis, it was formed to fill an unmet need evident in the HIV community, and intends to serve Gay, Straight, Bisexual and Transgender individuals. The OZ Parties is neither affiliated with nor sponsored by any community-based organization, business or individual; however, AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) and the HIV Wellness Center do assist in providing advertising opportunities in their client newsletters.

The OZ Parties' next large singles social is scheduled for Fri., Feb. 12, 5-9p.m. The Forum, located at 408 Congress Ave. in Austin, is sponsoring this event in their upstairs tented bar, and is offering special drink prices for guests of The OZ Parties. This Mardi Gras celebration will also include Cajun buffet appetizers provided by The Forum, and a $5 entry contribution toward The OZ Parties is suggested, but not required. Contributions help to fund this and future quarterly social events; however, no one is ever turned away from events because of an inability to contribute. As mentioned above, The OZ Parties has no formal financial support from any source, and relies upon contributions & volunteer efforts from guests & community establishments for its continued success.

The OZ Parties develops meeting opportunities for HIV+ singles through large quarterly socials in various settings throughout the city, including community centers, nightclubs and outdoor areas. Plans for summer and fall quarterly socials are already in discussion. In addition to the large quarterly socials, we are coordinating smaller monthly activities in the community, such as bowling, movie or skating nights, held during the second full week of each month. The OZ Parties next event will be in Mar. with a movie night. The OZ Parties may be reached for additional information at 512.406.6408 for announcements of upcoming quarterly & monthly activities for any questions, suggestions or offers to contribute & volunteer.

United Court Offers Feb. Festivities

The month of Feb. is packed full of festivities from the United Court of Austin. Starting on Sun, Feb. 7, a United Court of Austin Show will be emceed by Emerald Knight, Bobby Birchmier, at Rainbow Cattle Company (RCC) starting at 9pm. Coming up on Valentine's Day, Sun., Feb 14, look for the United Court and the Austin Babtist Women's signature Valentine's show at RCC entitled Love is in the Air at 9pm with many guest diva performers. The show benefits local Breast Cancer Research Center and the HIV Wellness Center. On Feb. 21 at 9pm, Emperor V Bob Hemby and Empress V Cecilia Martae' present the Mr. and Miss Rainbow Contestants held at RCC. The contestants will be presented in this show and campaign until Mar. 17 at which time they will be crowned based upon money raised for their particular charity. Lastly, on Sun., Feb. 28 at 9pm, the Court presents at RCC a show by Grand Duke Robert Evanson.

Also that Sun., the House of Harpsburg presents "Birth of a Fantasy," a Mardi Gras Krewe Ball at the American Legion Hall. Tickets are $25 in advance from any Court member. Meanwhile, both Emperor V Hemby and Empress V Cecilia travel to San Francisco to represent Austin at the Coronation of the Mother Court of the International Imperial Court System. The United Court of Austin donates their full time to raising money for local charities. Their almost weekly presence on Sun. at RCC verify this fact with their shows and the Chocolates for Charity from 6-9pm on Thurs. Recently, the Court raised over $680 benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Center, Pediatric Aids League (PAL) and the Metropolitan Community Church/Austin (MCC) Building Fund. On another occasion last month, the Court raised over $300 benefiting the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL). More information on the Court may be obtained by contacting Emperor V Bob Hemby at 512.257.0560 or E-mail at AusEmperor@aol.com.


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