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Volume 23/Issue 6/2005

Rip & Marsha



by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
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Gay Easter Parade Raises Thousands of Dollars

Following three weeks of successful event fund-raisers, the Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade is proud to announce that the events thus far have brought in $6,028. The parade is presented by Ambush Mag and Queen Fashions. The first function was the opening Grand Marshals Reception in honor of Easter GMs VI James Swire and Lisa Beaumann which raised $2,151 in sponsorships and through a 50/50 raffle. The 3rd annual Spring Fever, A Star Studded Benefit Gala brought in $1,565 from show tips, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and sponsorships. The 4th annual Super-Star Studded Gay Easter Parade Drag Extravaganza & David Egg Auction raised $2,312 from the egg auction, stage tips, VIP table sales, door admissions and sponsorships.

The Gay Easter Parade minus parade expenses benefits Food For Friends. Upcoming events and new sponsorships are expected to bring in many more dollars for this year's parade. The Board of Directors hopes to raise enough funds to donate at least $5,000 to Food For Friends. Parade expenses usually run between two and three thousand dollars which includes police escort, parade permit, carriage expenses for the grand marshals and one band.

For more on the important work of Food For Friends please read In The Spotlight by Tony Pizanie.

The 2005 parade rolls through the streets of the French Quarter on Easter Sunday, March 27 beginning at 4:30pm. Lineup begins promptly at 4pm. All parade participants must check in at Starlight By The Park, 834 N. Rampart between 3:30 and 4pm. Participants will be issued a placement ticket which they must have in order to be in the Gay Easter Parade.

This is the first year that the parade will pass in front of all gay bars in the Quarter. The parade kicks off on N. Rampart St. at Dumaine, traveling down St. Ann to Bourbon, Bourbon to Esplanade, Esplanade to Royal, Royal to St. Louis and St. Louis to N. Rampart ending at St. Ann. Visit GayEasterParade.COM for more info.

Gay Easter Parade Events Move into Full Swing

With Easter fast approaching, the Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade and it's remaining events move into full swing. Please join in the celebration and at the same time help raise much needed funds for Food For Friends.

Remaining Official Events are as follows:

• Mwindo Reception, Honoring Member EGM VI James Swire & Co-EGM VI Lisa Beaumann, Fri., March 18, 7-10pm, Cash Bar, Mwindo Den, 5902 Alost St. off Downman Rd in New Orleans East;

• Gay Easter Parade Benefit Show hosted by Rikki Redd featuring Past Grand Marshals & Guests, Fri., March 18, 11pm, Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal St.;

• 6th Annual Purple Party Grand Marshals Reception, Sat., March 19th, 8-10pm, Double Play, 439 Dauphine;

• Gala "Alice in Leatherland" Reception hosted by Honorary Easter Bunny Wally Sherwood with Mistress of Fantamonies Phyllis Denmark plus Fantasy Entertainers, $5 Beer Bust and 50/50 Raffle, Sun., March 20, 6-9pm, Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave.;

• Pre-Gay Easter Parade Party & Buffet, Sun., March 27, 3:30pm, Starlight By The Park, 834 N. Rampart St. (All parade participants must check in between 3:30 and 4pm. Participants will be issued a placement ticket which they must have in order to be in the Gay Easter Parade.);

• Gay Easter Parade Line-up, Sun., March 27 • 4pm, Board Carriages & Line-up of Motorcycles, Cars & Trucks, N. Rampart at Dumaine;

• 6th Annual Official Gay Easter Parade, Sun., March 27, 4:30pm, N. Rampart at St. Ann;

• Post-Gay Easter Parade Party & Buffet, Sun., March 27, 6pm, Queen's Head Pub (above Good Friends Bar), 740 Dauphine.

The Gay Easter Parade is presented by Ambush Mag and Queen Fashions. Sponsors include:

• Platinum $1,000 • Electra City & Tittie Toulouse, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Whiz Magazine;

• Gold $500 • Pride Specialty;

• Silver $250 • Jay Cooper & Gizelle Bouvier, Corner Pocket, Cowpokes, Double Play, 4 Seasons, Golden Lantern, Graham Studio One, Phoenix, Queen's Head Pub/Good Friends Bar, Starlight, Paul VanGeffen;

• Bronze $100 • Craig Austin, Paul Davis & Tami Tarmack, Andy & Phyllis Denmark, Zach Camardelle & Star Daniels.

Incredible Gay Easter Parade Sponsorship Incentive

The Board of Directors of the Gay Easter Parade is excited to make this incredible sponsorship offer. Jim Bridger of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad is offering the first ten Platinum $1,000 donors or Gold $500 donors an invitation for two to a private cocktail party aboard the railroad's private rail car City of New Orleans.

The event will take place in April or May at New Orleans Public Belt Railroad's private rail car track located at the end of Esplanade near the Governor Nicholls wharf.

Cocktails are courtesy of the railroad and the hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Martin’s Wine Cellar – Metairie.

The 6th annual Gay Easter Parade benefits Food For Friends. Please make all checks payable to Ambush/GEP (Gay Easter Parade) and send to 828-A Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3137.

Other sponsorship levels include Silver $250 and Bronze $100. Additional information on the parade is also available at GayEasterParade.COM.

Mayor’s Advisory Council for Citizens with Disabilities March 16

The regular meeting of the Council will be Wed., March 16 at 10am, on the UNO/Lakefront Campus, TRAC, Oliver St. Pe Building, room 103, at the corner of St. Anthony Street and Leon C. Simon Boulevard. The TRAC telephone number 504.280.5700 (Voice or TTY).


I. Call to Order. Introductions.

II. Consideration of the preceding meeting minutes.

III. Standing Committee Reports: 1. Employment and Training; 2. Transportation; 3. Housing; 4. Legislative Advocacy

IV. ADA Administrator’s Report

V. Unfinished Business

VI. New Business

VII. Public Comment and Announcements

VIII. Adjournment

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for additional accommodations, or any assistance to participate, can be directed to the Americans with Disabilities Act Administrator, Page McCranie, at 504.658.4020/Voice or 504.565.8259/TTY. Sign language interpreters are available at all Mayor’s Advisory Council meetings for Citizens with Disabilities.

St. Joseph's Altar at Coffee, Friends, and... Mar. 18

For the second year, Coffee, Friends, and..., 2401 Burgundy in New Orleans, will present it's St. Joseph's Altar on the Saints feast day of Sat., Mar. 19. The blessing of the altar will be at 10:30am on Fri., Mar. 18 and will be on view til closing. On St. Joseph's Day, Mar. 19, viewing will be from 7am-4pm.

And don't forget to get your lucky lemon. According to proprietor Carl Meyer, "If you steel a blessed lemon, you’ll be married before the next St. Joseph’s Day." And Meyer will have loads of blessed lemons on hand.

Offerings will be accepted for the poor and for petitions to St. Joseph. For additional information call 504.948.7401.

Michael Halloway Perronne Signing March 25 at FAB

On Fri., March 25, Michael Halloway Perronne offers local readers a special signing opportunity for his first novel A Time Before Me from 5-7pm at FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen St. in New Orleans

This new author crafts a classic coming-of-age story about a shy young boy growing up in a small Mississippi town. The reader witnesses how the young man deals with a crush on his best friend who flirts with the possibility of boyfriend romance but quicky disregards the attraction of his friend and dashes the hopes of his potential suitor. The action quickly accelerates when the young boy graduates from high school, visits his aunt in New Orleans and first experiences the decadent French Quarter working at his aunt’s drag queen cabaret. He meets and becomes infatuated with another young man who reminds him of his first love. This triggers a confrontation with a challenging choice of where to pursue his affections which he resolves with the help of advice and counsel from his aunt and a new aquaintance, a sassy drag queen.

Michael Halloway Perronne’s writing style entertains and provides his readers with precious visions of a southern boy coming out within an environment that contrasts the mystique of worldly New Orleans with the unique small town style of living in rural Mississippi.

The author is a native of Mississippi who received a MFA from the Creative Writing workshop at the University of New Orleans. He is an adult education instructor and writer living in Los Angeles. Visit his web site, www.michaelhperronne.com to learn more about him and his book which is available in paperback for $13.95.

Take a trip to Frenchmen Street in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny and enjoy a special outing of shopping, eating, drinking, music, art, books and great times with friends along funky Frenchmen St. Come see New Orleans largest selection of GLBT books and art at FAB, open daily noon-7pm.

3rd Annual Marigny Bunny Hop March 26

The 3rd Annual Marigny Bunny Hop walking tour of local bars in Easter Bonnets is set for Sat., Mar. 26 kicking off at 2:30pm. It's presented and begins at Coffee Friends and..., 2401 Burgundy, with free Bloody Marys and Best Spring Garden Hat Contest courtesy of the Country Club.

From there revelers will walk on over to Mimi's for the Tallest Hat contest, then Big Daddy's for the Widest Hat contest, then the Friendly Bar for Most Original Hat, then the Phoenix for the Campiest Hat contest, ending at Cowpokes for Best Group contest courtesy of Cowpokes, Most Glamourous courtesy of Ambush Mag and Best of the Best awarded by Coffee, Friends and...

For additional information call 504.948.7401.

4th Annual Buzzy's Brunch & Bunny Egg Auction March 27 at Bywater Bar.B.Que

On Easter Sunday, March 27, Bywater Bar.B.Que/Lorenzo's will once again open its restaurant doors to host the 4th annual Buzzy’s Boys and Girls Easter Brunch and Bunny Egg Auction beginning at 11am and ending at 3pm.

The Bunny Egg was created and donated by Sylvia Frank and Pat Skelly and the minimum bid for this beautiful egg with two bunnies inside is $300.

Owner Michael Murray and his staff donate all of the food, time and talent to prepare this Easter feast which has generated over $10,000 during the past three years. This year’s menu will feature a delicious selection of mid-morning delicacies including eggs Benedict, pan-fried sausage and bacon, freshly cut fruit, pancakes and homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, and of course, home fries like mama makes. The menu will also feature grillades and grits a la Dudley and James.

The event features eggs filled with valuable door prizes available for purchase. The cost of this lovely brunch is only $20 with all proceeds going directly to Buzzy’s Boys and Girls.

The William J. Fanning Foundation, also known as "Buzzy’s Boys and Girls," helps people with HIV/AIDS who are in need by providing prescription medicine, medical equipment and supplies, dental work, personal items, and clothing to name just a few services. The foundation also helps other organizations, such as Project Lazarus, Belle Reve, the Pediatric AIDS program at Children’s Hospital, HOP Clinic, NO/AIDS Task Force programs, Home Again, and others agencies in their efforts to care for those With HIV and AIDS.

Thank you for your continued support of Buzzy’s Boys and Girls. If you need more information on the Easter Brunch or about the organization, please contact Marty Curtain at 504.943.8929 or Michael Hickerson at 504. 638.6519.

14th Miss Heavenly At Large March 28 at House of Blues

C&V (Tova Lace Champagne & Opal Vanderhurst) Productions presents the 14th Annual Miss Heavenly At Large Pageant on Mon., Mar. 28, 8pm at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., in New Orleans. The 2005 theme is Red Hot! and will feature reigning Miss Heavenly at Large Ivy White along with former queens and special guests. Celebrity MC is Nicole DuBois.

This year's winner will receive $1,500 (night of pageant) and $500 (at end of reign), 1st Runner-up receives $750, 2nd Runner-up receives $200, and 3rd and 4th places receive flowers and plaques. The entry fee is $200.

For more information contact Tova Lace Champagne at 504.821.8934 or Opal Vanderhurst at 504.525.2088.

Saints and Sinners, a Literary Festival in New Orleans May 13-15

Join in a weekend of Literary Revelry in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Saints and Sinners is a literary festival for the GLBT community, their friends and anyone who is interested in reading and writing. It will take place May 13-15.

The weekend will include workshops, panel discussions, and a reading series that will appeal to readers and writers alike. There will also be special events and book signings.

Presenters include such nationally known authors as Jim Grimsley, Sarah Schulman, Tim Miller, John Morgan Wilson, Patricia Nell Warren, Radclyffe, Val McDermid, M. Christian, Emanuel Xavier, Ellen Hart, and Patrick Califia. Some of New Orleans’ favorites will also be on hand, with Poppy Z. Brite, Kevin Allman, Kay Murphy, Martha Ward, Patricia Brady, Greg Herren, Brad Richard, and J.M. Redmann. Other participants include Jameson Currier, Jay Quinn, Carolyn Gage, Ian Philips, Robert Taylor, Jim Gladstone, Trebor Healey, Charles Flowers, Toni Amato, Ron Suresha as well as many others.

A number of publishers and editors will be present, including Don Weise, Avalon Books; J.M. Redman and Kelly Smith, Bywater Books; G.K. Darby, Garret County Press; Robert L. Giron, Gival Press; David Rosen, Insightout Books; Thomas Keith, New Directions Press; Abram Himelstein, New Mouth from the Dirty South; Ammi Emergency, Soft Skull Press; Jay Quinn and Greg Herren, Southern Tier Editions of The Haworth Press; Greg Wharton and Ian Philips, Suspect Thoughts Press; and Patricia Nell Warren, Wildcat Press.

The weekend will start off on Fri., May 13th with a series of master classes on topics from "The Role of the Editor" with Don Weise of Avalon Books and Thomas Keith from New Directions Press to "Mysterious Beginnings" with Ellen Hart. Toni Amato and Kristi Helms will conduct a workshop on the topic of "From Online to In Print." Cherry Cappel will talk about "Creating An Effective Author Website," and there will also be workshops facilitated by John Morgan Wilson, Patrick Califia, Carolyn Gage, and Jim Grimsley.

The opening party of the weekend is a Friday night reception in that hot spot of Bourbon Street, Ambush Mag headquarters.

A special part of the weekend will be a chance to attend an intimate dinner party with a featured author including Jim Grimsley, Ellen Hart, John Morgan Wilson, Letta Neely, and Emanuel Xavier. The dinners will take place in the elegant homes of some of New Orleans most renowned hosts.

Saturday kicks off with panel discussions and a reading series. Sunday continues with the panel discussions and the reading series. And the weekend ends with a closing reception upstairs at the Bourbon Pub with the newest members of the Saints and Sinners "Literary Saints" being recognized.

It’s Official! Eleven Parties, Ten DJ’s, Five Days

The word is given! It’s official! Eleven Parties, Ten DJ’s, Five Days … Memorial Day Weekend in Pensacola, Florida keeps getting bigger and better every year! The 2005 Memorial Day Circuit Party Weekend, presented by Johnny Chisholm and Oz, will be overloaded with world-class DJs, shining new venues and the most vibrant entertainment and talent just for you!

The weekend officially kicks off Thurs., May 26, at an all new, totally remodeled, redecorated and re-arranged Emerald City nightclub hosting Foreplay, the opening party of the weekend. One of the south’s newest spinning sensations DJ Jay-R is back to get you started dancing the moment the doors open!

For those of you who have been here before, the exciting new changes begin Friday afternoon. Bounce, the ever-popular poolside T-Dance has a new home. This year, the Hilton Garden Inn (the official host hotel) is proud to welcome you to their facility for this event! Bounce 1 starts at 4pm, and ends at 8pm. The amazing Tracy Young will set the mood for the entire weekend while you enjoy the sunset and seeing your old friends from years past, while you meet some new ones.

Emerald City isn’t the only remix of the weekend, the Friday night beach party has also been remade! WAVE, the beach party, has been moved and renamed this year while repairs are being made to its traditional location. This year, HURRICANE hits the beach in front of the Hilton Garden Inn from 10pm to 3am. The perky Kimberly S. is your mixmistress of the evening and she’ll have you groovin’ to the music all night. WAVE will be back in 2006!

Sat., May 28 will be a busy, busy day for everyone in attendance. The natural raw talent of DJ Alyson Calagna will greet you poolside at the Hilton Garden Inn for Bounce 2 from 4pm to 8pm, then you’ll have just enough time to head back to your rooms to get ready for SWEAT or FORIDDEN I. Emerald City the shining new jewel of the coast invites you to SWEAT with DJ Roland Belmares. And for the ladies (the guys can go too!) DJ Mary Pappas leads the action at FORBIDDEN I, the Saturday girl party at this year’s location Flounders on the Beach. You’re not done yet! Atlanta-based DJ David Knapp is champion of the turntables at SPELLBOUND I, the first after-hours party of the weekend. Head over to The Annex from 3am to 9am for this all-night dance party.

Now in its eleventh year, ABRACADABRA will take over the Pensacola Civic Center for the true grand-daddy of all circuit parties. Manny Lehman will be blazing as he spins for you from 10pm to 4am in this massive venue. Ladies, we haven’t left you out, Mary Pappas is back for FORBIDDEN II from 9pm to 3am at Flounder’s on the Beach. The energy will still be sky-high and that’s when Barry Harris takes over to spin at SPELLBOUND II at the Annex, from 3am to 9am after Abracadabra.

"We know … you want more … well, you’re gonna get it." Mon., May 30, award-winning DJ Dewight Barkley brings you all to CLIMAX at Emerald City for the annual drink-n-drown closing party. The doors open a 9pm, and look for some exciting entertainment to round out your party weekend.

Are you ready to party non-stop for five days? Here’s all you have to do: Go to www.memorialweekendpensacola.com or www.ozneworleans.com to order your weekend passes and you’ll also find all the information you’ll need about hotels, the DJs, a shopping and dining guide to Pensacola and the latest information about the weekend’s events. A weekend pass is only $200, and that provides admission to all the events. If you’d like to be a Weekend VIP, that pass is $300, and includes admission to all events PLUS a separate VIP room with complimentary beverages at Bounce 1 & 2, HURRICANE, SWEAT and ABRACADABRA. Weekend and Weekend VIP passes, as well as individual event tickets may be purchased at the Hilton Garden Inn beginning Fri., May 25. The ticket desk accepts cash and credit cards. You may also purchase tickets, with cash only, for any event at the door of that event.

If you’d like to make reservations at the official host hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn on the Beach, please call their reservation hotline: 1.877.782.9444 (be sure to mention Group Code FUN). Additional accommodations are available at Portofino Resort (850.916.5000).

Weekend sponsors for 2005 include: Miller Beer, Wet Lubes, Ambush Magazine, Altitude 12 and Gay.Com. Go to ozneworleans.com to sign up for the e-mail list and you will receive the latest information about Memorial Day Weekend 2005. If you have any questions, please e-mail ozclub@bellsouth.net or telephone 850.433.7499 Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Airline booking information can be found at circuittravel.com.

One Mighty Party Returns to Gay Day Weekend

Johnny Chisholm, the Wizard from Oz, officially announces the purchase of Reunion Events, Inc. from Brian Bottorff. Chisholm’s organization is extremely excited about the addition of this world-class series of parties to their portfolio of incredible circuit events. Chisholm will rely on the expertise of Bottorff and his team for a smooth transition. In fact, Bottorff will continue to assist with the production of the pool parties during Gay Day weekend for the next couple of years stating that, "The Reunion gatherings founded by a small group of Central Florida friends are a proud tradition … and this legacy will continue with the new owner".

Chisholm wants to assure party attendees that there will be absolutely no changes to the Reunion Events. "I want these parties to continue on the path established by Brian over the last eight years."

The three days, June 3-5, of sun-drenched pool parties at the Wyndam Palace Resort will feature an exciting array of top DJs. The weekend begins with SPLASH! Friday afternoon with Jon Herseth followed by circuit superstar, Kimberly S.

Saturday is twice the fun beginning with ONE! featuring Doug Healy. Saturday continues with REUNION 8 spotlighting the talents of Don Bishop.

Warren Gluck presides over the Sunday tea dance, LEGACY.

THE RETURN OF ONE MIGHTY PARTY at Disney/MGM Studios, which has been greatly anticipated, is slated to begin Saturday night at 9:30pm with a special pre-party featuring an open bar. The party continues at 10pm with special entertainment, dazzling fireworks and mesmerizing music on two dance floors from top-notch DJs Tracy Young and Alyson Calagna. An exciting new development will be the availability of a ticket package that will include all Reunion pool parties and THE RETURN OF ONE MIGHTY PARTY! This package will be available starting Thurs., March 25. Individual tickets for THE RETURN OF ONE MIGHTY PARTY are available now. Details and the latest information can be found at www.onemightyweekend.com, www.reunionevents.net, www.ozneworleans.com, or by calling 850.433.7499.

HIT Comedy Play Continues at Marigny Theatre

The hit comedy, one-act play, People Come & Go So Quickly Here by Lewis Routh, now at Cowpokes Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St., New Orleans, has only two performances left on Fri. and Sat., March 18 and 19 at 8pm, and the audiences are LOVING IT!

One actor (playwright, Lewis Routh) plays all the residents of a Mississippi trailer park who have come to New Orleans to see their kids perform The Wizard of Oz. When the kids don’t show, the parents take over, even soliciting assistance from the audience!

Directed by Todd Blauvelt, Costumes by Bernadette Klotz, and outrageous Fifi Mahoney Wigs by Arthur’s House of Glamour.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID: "...a relentlessly raunchy riot ...a tour-de-force ... Routh proves himself a clever, adept writer-actor, who gets laughs with just about everything he does ...and my God, is it funny!" —David Cuthbert, Theatre Critic, Times-Picayune

"...the witty and wicked script... splashy comic gear (costumes) by Bernadette Klotz... The inventiveness comes in the details, the surprises, the twists on the expected... Routh has inventiveness to spare... he softens the sting of his satire with an infectious sense of fun." Dalt Wonk, Theatre Critic, Gambit Weekly

"... very very finely toned wit ...an amazing show of perfect timing... a stand up comedic show piece... a bright, subtle wit that saturates his inventions and creations like acid on etched glass ...Don’t miss it. You won’t see his kind of comedy again, unless he gives us the pleasure of a return performance... His is a class act from beginning to end." —Roy Patrick Shannon III, Theatre Critic, Crescent City Chronicles, and Ambush Magazine

"...Routh as the lite-on-his-feet Mr. Lew LaRoux delectably encapsulates the entire [Wizard of] Oz in 4 1Ž2 minutes. Fabulous!" — Brian Sands, Ambush Magazine

Tickets $10, adults only. Contact for Reservations and more information. Lewis Routh 504.821.3094, lewisrouth@cox.net, www.marqueetheatre.org.

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