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Volume 20/Issue 5/2002

Rip & Marsha

by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain

Visit their site: ripandmarsha.com

Regular Passes & VIP Passes for Pensacola's Memorial Day Weekend Now on Sale

Weekend Passes and VIP Passes are now on sale for Memorial Day Weekend in Pensacola, FL, being presented by Johnny Chisholm, in association with New Orleans' Oz nightclub. Weekend Passes include access to Bounce, at Hampton Inn on the Beach Poolside, Fri., May 24, Wave, Fri. night on the Gay beach, Sweat on Sat. night, May 25 at Emerald City, Spellbound 1 on Sat. night after-hours, Abracadabra in Pensacola's Civic Center on Sun. night, May 26 and Spellbound 2, Sun. night after-hours.

The Weekend Passes are $200 each; Weekend VIP Passes are $300 which includes liquor/beverages in VIP tents at main parties.

Due to the fragile nature of the beach and dunes, no parking will be provided at the beach for Wave. All guests will be required to ride the shuttle bus to and from Wave. Bus passes are included with both Weekend Passes. Individual Bus Passes will be on sale at the Hampton Inn on the Beach Memorial Day Weekend.

Host hotels for the blowout event that heralds the arrival of summer are Hampton Inn on the Beach (800.320.8100), and Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand (800.599.8200). Check the Oz Web site (www.ozneworleans.com) for a listing of other Pensacola-area hotels and motels.

Both the Weekend and Weekend VIP Passes may be ordered online also at the Oz Web site (oznewolreans.com/orderform.htm).

Flights should be booked through Delta Airlines, the official airline of Memorial Day Weekend festivities. Call 800.241.6760 and mention code #183873A for a 5% to 10% discount.

For more information, e-mail Oz at ozclub@bellsouth.net or call 1.877.599.8200.

1st Annual Tennessee Williams Visual Arts Exhibition Call for Artists

The 1st Annual Tennessee Williams Visual Arts Exhibition is inviting art ists loking for a great opportunity for exposure to submit an original piece of work that celebrates the playwright or any of his extensive body of work.

David Rubin, Artistic Director of the Contemporary Arts Center, will jury all submissions. All selected work will be exhibited and offered for sale at Quarter Scene Restaurant, 900 Dumaine St. New Orleans, LA 70116. The exhibit will hang from Mar. 20 to April 20, concurrent with the 16th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, a weekend of lectures, performances, contests and other events, with an emphasis on Williams' work. There is no fee for submission, and the venue will not charge a commission on any sales.

This is the first instance of the inclusion of visual art in the Williams festival and it is the brainchild of of New Orleans artist John Lawson and restaurateur David Favret whose Quarter Scene Restaurant is just up the street on Dumaine from Williams' New Orleans home. Since the restaurant serves many fans of Tennessee each year during the festival, the organizers believe that it's a perfect venue for the exhibition.

Deadline for submission of slides or photographs along with a completed application is Mon., Mar. 11. For additional information and applications, please contact David Favret at 504.522.7533 or John Lawson at 504.827.1576.

NO/AIDS Task Force Resumes HIV Bar Testing

Now that Carnival and Mardi Gras are a thing of the past, the NO/AIDS Task Force has resumed its free HIV testing for the remainder of the month of Mar. The following is a list of the places, dates and times:

Good Friends, 740 Dauphine St., Wed., Mar. 6, 5pm - 6:30pm;

Flex New Orleans, 700 Baronne St., Wed., Mar. 6, 9pm - 11pm;

Oz, 800 Bourbon St., Thurs., Mar. 7, 6pm - 8pm;

Bourbon Pub, 801 Bourbon St., Fri., Mar. 8, 6pm - 8pm;

Voodoo at Congo Square, 718 N. Rampart St., Mar. 12, 9pm - 10:30pm; and

Club New Orleans, 515 Toulouse St., 9am - 10:30pm.

Wally McLaughlin Elected Captain of Petronius; Rush Party set for Mar. 10 at Queen's Head Pub

Wally McLaughlin was elected Captain of the grand dame of Carnival clubs, the Krewe of Petronius. As the oldest Gay krewe, Petronius celebrates its 42nd year of presenting some of the most lavish and outstanding Mardi Gras balls in the history of New Orleans McLaughlin created many of the costumes for the krewe's 41st ball including the queen as Gay Monarch Butterfly, the king as the Phoenix, the Griffin, Cupid, Tinker Bell, the Bird/Goldfinger and the Bar Fly's fabu hat.

The krewe is hosting its 42nd annual Rush Party Sun., March 10, 1-4pm, at the Queen's Head Pub, above Good Friends Bar. This is the perfect time to join the oldest Gay Carnival club in New Orleans.

For more information on membership or upcoming events, please contact Tim Symsek, secretary at 504.738.8227 or 504.731.3566, or Toni Pizanie at 504.833.1712 or 504.947.1060. The Krewe of Petronius' new mailing address is PO Box 72145, New Orleans, LA 70172.

The krewe wishes to thank former Captain, Mickey Gil, for his outstanding dedication to the organization.

Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza to Benefit Easter Parade & Erection of Monument

The Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade III founder Lance V. Ford is bringing us back to the days of Travis' Show Bar on Rampart. Along with show director and assistant show producer TT, they have brought together most of the best drag performers this area has to offer. Lance and TT will stage a "Super-Star-Studded-Drag Extravagnaza" at the Shim Sham Club, 615 Toulouse St., Mar. 10, with doors opening at 7pm and the show commencing at 8pm sharp. The show, to be emceed by Michael "Fish" Hickerson, will be fast-paced with no interruptions and promises drama, high energy and comedy, just like the legendary shows at Travis's.

Each of the 24 performers will do one number. They and the entire production staff are generously donating their time and considerable talent for the benefit of both the parade and the erection of the New Orleans AIDS Monument on Esplanade Ave.

The owner of the Shim Sham Club, 615 Toulouse, has made the theatre available, gratis -remember this when bar hopping - it might be straight but it's Gay friendly!

Parliament House West, 4861 Chef Menteur Hwy., is donating gift certificates for free lodging and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will furnish LPO tickets as door prizes.

The performers, in no particular order, are as follows: KCQ IX Lisa Beaumann, Electra City of Queen Fashions, Connie Marcelle, Miss Gay Louisiana America Asya Alexander, Alegra White, Bambi, Lauren Brown, Donnie Jay of Slutpuppies, Marcy Marcell, Amber Nicole Welch, Tiffany Holiday, Gazelle Bouvier, Opal Masters, Phyllis Denmark of Ambush, Nikki Rich, Miss Heavenly At Large Cymone Richard, Opal Masters, Miss Gay Pride Monica Storm, Ursuline Burgundy, SDGMs Big Rick & Estelle, Princesse Stephaney and Victoria Lynn Denmark.

Gay Easter Parade III Update

Lance V. Ford, the official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade III founder, and Carl J. Ford, its producer, tell us this year's parade is shaping up to be a multi-event happening.

The parade will be the biggest and best yet, with three bands, more carriages and cars including a Rolls Royce, and more floats, trucks and marching groups are being added.

Cowpokes, Studio 504 and Cafe' Lafitte in Exile, the parade's bar sponsors, are planning big partys, including a benefit show at Studio 504. Add to this the Super-Star-Studded-Drag-Extravaganza at the Shim Sham Club on Mar. 10, and you have a fun-filled social calendar.

Check Ambush for locations, dates and times for the various events, or visit the Web site at GayEasterParade.com.

Remember, participation in the parade is open to all. To arrange for a carriage or float, call Shamika at Mid-City Carriages, 504.581.4415. Floats can also be acquired from Louis Masset at the Masset Company, 504.949.4955. Tell them you are calling about the Gay Easter Parade.

For more parade information, call producer Carl J. Ford at 504.523.4700.

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