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Volume 22/Issue 9/2004

Rip & Marsha



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

Ringing Rocks Foundation presents Gospel Concert Apr. 30 during Jazz Fest

The first annual Gospel Concert Celebration will be presented by The Ringing Rocks Foundation and First Thessalonians Missionary Baptist Church on Fri., Apr. 30, 8pm, at the church, 840 Caffin Ave., New Orleans during the final weekend of Jazz Fest. Entitled Full Circle: Journey Back to Gospel, the celebration will be a free special concert with the purpose of bringing together renowned musicians to honor their elders, community, and gospel roots.

Hosted by Kim Prevost with the best musicians of New Orleans and around the country, including the Zion Harmonizers, Fred Sanders, The Old Time Religion Singers, First Thessalonians and New Belmont Baptist Church Choir, the concert features the performance of an elder’s choir, choir members whose minimal age is 90 years. A documentary team from Chicago led by Tony Labriola, a holder of numerous Emmy awards, is volunteering their time to film the event which will air on the PBS station.

The Ringing Rocks Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the survival and future development of global healing wisdom through education, research, and special projects. They have produced a major museum show at the Smithsonian, sponsored worldwide cultural events, and a critically acclaimed book series, Profiles of Healing.

In keeping with the mission of the Ringing Rocks Foundation, this special event helps to conserve and express the ancestral roots of this musical tradition of African American culture. Of course, in the best of New Orleans tradition, you never know who may show up to join in the celebration.

For more info please e-mail Kim Prevost (kimbill107@charter.net) or phone 504.220.6551 or visit the foundation’s website www.ringingrocks.org, and click on announcements.

Authors Greg Herren & David Leddick Signings at FAB May 1 & 7

FAB, Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen St., in New Orleans, will host a special Jazz Fest event with local author Greg Herren's reading and signing of Jackson Square Jazz on Sat., May 1 from 3 to 5pm.

The author takes the reader on a wonderful, strange trip in and about the sultry bars and smoky jazz clubs of the Big Easy with the most decadent private investigator ever to wear a thong and be proud of it. Scotty, the ex-go-go boy is back in the midst of a murder mystery and another unsolved crime and Cabildo fire on Jackson Square that has haunted New Orleans police for years. Scotty is drawn into the arms of the world’s sexiest cat burglar and a cutie skater while embroiled in fun, danger and intrigue.

FAB also salutes the publication of David Leddick’s newest book, The Handsomest Man in the World from Haworth Press with a reading and signing of his book on Fri., May 7 from 2 to 5pm. His book has been acclaimed as a wonderfully enlightening and entertaining glimpse back in time when the environment for same sex love was very, very different than today.

Greg Herren’s fiction has been featured in three novels and more than a dozen anthologies and publications including Genre, Instinct, and Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review. Greg is a personal trainer and writer who calls New Orleans home. He is former editor of Lambda Book Report. He will appear at the NO/AIDS Task Force Saints and Sinners Literary Festival scheduled for May 7 - 9. For more information on this event visit the web site www.sasfest.com, call the Task Force offices at 504.821.2601 ext. 217 to register.

Leddick's book descriptions stress this theme: Witty, honest portrait of gay life in pre-Stonewall America. Vividly evoking the mood of a vanished era, this tender love story shows a side of the 1950’s that few readers have ever seen. In the shadow of 1954 hydrogen bomb tests on the Bikini atoll, two sailors begin a tender, passionate affair that blazes between them moving them halfway around the world to Manhattan, Fire Island, San Francisco, and Washington D. C.

Last year Leddick released a very popular book, The Secret Lives of Married Men, giving readers a provocative look inside the secret lives of gay men who have married women. He is the author of three novels (Never Eat In, The Sex Squad, and My Worst Date) and has edited several photography books including Naked Men, Naked Men Too, Male Nude Now and George Platt Lynes.

Come visit with Leddick at FAB in the Marigny, as you kickoff the best GLBT literary event in the South, NO/AIDS Task Force’s Saints and Sinners.

Pride Fund-raisers Bring in Over $700 for 25th Festival

The Entertainment / Fund-raising Committee of New Orleans Alliance of Pride wishes to thank all the entertainers, raffle sponsors and guests for making its first fund-raiser such a success. Shower of Stars held Sun., Apr. 18th, at the Starlight By The Park on N. Rampart St., raised $626 toward this years 25th Anniversary Pride Fest. An additional $90 was raised on Easter Sunday by Donnie Jay and The 7th Circle with an Easter Egg Pull.

This is just the beginning and the festival has a long way yet to go. Your participation is greatly encouraged, as New Orleans Alliance of Pride needs everyone’s support. To volunteer your services or to make a donation please call 504.533.3320.

Fund-raisers scheduled for May include:

May 1, Sexy Bitch Productions presents Drama, 11pm, Ninth Circle;

May 8, Auction, 7pm, Masquerades Lounge, Metairie (To donate auction items call Shayne, 504.947.0816);

May 15/16, Left Over Bitches Show, 5am, Ninth Circle

May 28, Blue Plate Special/Golden Age Revue, 6pm, Golden Lantern.

Chet's Hosts Bradford Mohr Exhibition Opening May 7

Bradford Mohr

Chet's Pub, 706 Franklin in New Orleans is hosting the Bradford Mohr Exhibition featuring Mohr as its May Artist of the Month. The opening reception is Fri., May 7, 7pm in the popular Marigny club, featuring the sounds of Geo and Mike.

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Mohr's work, Beneath The Wheel, won him Best of Show at the Detroit Area Film and Television Festival. He's a graphic designer for a major automotive company, a web designer and the assistant communication manager for the world's leading fabricator of custom conveyor belting. For more on the artist, visit www.mohrandmohrproductions.com.

2 Birthday Parties to Raise Funds for Buzzy's Boys & Girls May 9 & 14

There will be not just one, but two, birthday parties for Wally Sherwood in New Orleans' Faubourg Marigny this year. And both of them will be fund-raisers to fight AIDS, a cause for which he has already raised over $60,000.

The first will be on his Mother’s Day birthday, May 9, at 5 pm at the Phoenix bar, 941 Elysian Fields Ave. Official Hostess and Mistress of Ceremonies will be Toni J.P. Pizanie, who is Ms. Gulf States Olympus, Ms. Marigny Leather and Queen of the Krewe of Petronius.

The second benefit will be on his real birthday of May 14, at 6pm at The Friendly Bar, 2301 Chartres St. The popular award-winning entertainer Electra City, the new Captain and past Queen of the Krewe of Amon Ra, will perform the hosting honors there.

The 4-foot-3 dwarf will be honored with a light-hearted Wally’s Short Trivia Contest at both venues, along with a 50/50 raffle. While Sherwood was born on Mother’s Day, the observance does not always fall on May 14. Nonetheless, he is not requesting any personal gifts but donations instead to the William J. Fanning Foundation, which helps AIDS victims as a group more popularly known as Buzzy’s Boys and Girls.

A winner of national and regional journalism awards during his professional career, he now writes a column for Ambush Magazine and also contributes to other sources in support of the leather community. He was chosen by popular vote as the Gulf South’s Leather Person of the Year for 2001-02-03. Also to assist the AIDS work of Buzzy’s Boys and Girls, Sherwood created and produces the Mr. and Ms. Marigny Leather Pageant held on the first Sunday of August.

He has been bestowed associate, honorary and lifetime memberships in over 15 leather clubs in America and Canada, continues as a long-time member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and is a new lieutenant of the New Orleans Bear and Bear Trapper Social Club.

Sherwood’s volunteer efforts have earned him citations from Pres. and Mrs. Bill Clinton, Pres. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Vice Pres. and Mrs. Al Gore and San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos. He also received the Heart of San Francisco Award from the AIDS Emergency Fund, while serving for eight years as the leather community’s advisor to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission on discrimination issues.

As a senior citizen, he was recognized last season by the New Orleans Saints as a Tenets Choices Champion "for demonstrating how a lifetime of experience supports our greatest achievements." Immediately following that honor, he was nominated by Buzzy’s Boys and Girls as a Community Quarterback by the NFL and Parade Magazine for his volunteer work.

For additional information contact Sherwood at wsherwoodforest@aol.com or 504.949.0882.

Satyricon’s 1st Star Search Set for May 14-15

The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon announces its first annual Star Search as it searches the local talent pool for the "next big thing" that the krewe will feature in its third Mardi Gras ball, January 30, 2005, at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

The Search will be held at Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., on two nights, Fri., May 14 at 8pm, which will be the preliminaries; and Sat., May 15, at 8pm, for the finals. Cash prizes will be awarded both nights, $100, $50 & $25 for the first night; $200, $100 & $50 for the finalists.

The Emcee for both evenings will be Queen Satyricon II, Bianca Del Rio, with a panel of celebrity judges headed by Queen Satyricon I, Ms. Becky Allen.

The krewe is presently seeking all who consider themselves to be (undiscovered) stars— and who will pay a $10 entry fee — from drag and lip syncing to stand-up comics, ventriloquists, mimes, dancers, magicians, and of course, singers. Anyone interested should call 504.525.4498.

The Star Search will be open to the general public. Each evening is $15 or only $25 for both evenings and tickets are available from any krewe member or by calling 504.525.4498.

5th Gay Easter Parade Raises Over $4,000, Benefiting Food For Friends

The 5th annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade brought thousands to the streets of the French Quarter for the traditional Easter Sunday parade in New Orleans. Led by Easter Grand Marshals V Brett Messmer and Princesse Stephaney, the 2004 parade benefited Food For Friends raising $4,160.72 for the organization this year. Parade income through sponsorships, fund-raisers and entry fees totalled $6,778.25. Total expenses were $2,617.53. The complete financial report is available in the final Easter Parade ad in this edition (page Expose-17) or on-line at www.GayEasterParade.COM.

A program of NO/AIDS Task Force, Food For Friends provides home delivered meals and food bank services to persons with HIV and AIDS in the Greater New Orleans area.

Since its third year, the parade has benefited GLBT charities donating a total of $8,663.27.

This year's parade boasted some 50 units in the procession showcasing the fashion and creativity of the entire GLBT community with ladies in gowns or summer suits with Easter Hats and gentlemen in summer suits or tuxedos.

The parade is presented by Founder Lance Ford and AmbushMag.COM and would not be possible without the generosity of its level sponsors listed below:

Platinum $1,000: Queen Fashions;

Gold $500: Double Play, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain;

Silver $250: Body & Soul, Bywater Bar.B.Que, Corner Pocket, Cowpokes, DNA, Floral Affair, 4 Seasons, Golden Lantern, Ninth Circle, Princesse Stephaney & Sam, Quartermaster, Society Page, Starlight By The Park, Whiz Magazine; and

Bronze $100: David Boyd, Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, Tom Conners & Bob Boler, Jay Cooper & Gizelle Bouvier, Fund For Diversity, Timm Holt, Ann Sauve, Matilda & Harold Stream, Rick Thomas.

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