The result of my biopsy identified pre-cancerous cells, and treatment would be necessary. The cherry on top of this HPV sundae--I also had a fistula in the lining of my rectum. “A what?” I asked, immediately returning his call. In a rather pre-occupied tone, I was told: "A fistula is an abnormal passage that sometimes forms from the anal canal to the skin near the … [Read more...] about Ass Cancer and Me – The Hole Story, Part 2
I cannot express the happiness in my soul to be able to start writing this column again. It has been a year since I was able to sing the praises of some of the hardest working people in the hospitality industry. Whether you call them bartenders, mixologists, bar chefs, or servers of happiness, these people spend their time creating an atmosphere of festivity, … [Read more...] about Bartender of the Month: March 2021
It’s March 2021, and here we are. This March, we may still feel stuck, tired of, or frustrated with limited socializing, no really safe playing, or less than regular physical connection. Sometimes, it may seem like there is a fog in your head and when you try to clear it, it stays a bit foggy. Foggy brain is now a thing, with the media and medical professionals … [Read more...] about Introducing Crowded Brain, 2021!
One morning, not very long ago, I woke up to discover that small growth clusters had begun to appear around the base of my penis and testicular area. I panicked and did what anyone with a medical mystery to solve would do – I ran straight to Google. There is a reason we should never self-diagnose ourselves using Google. Based on my findings, by late afternoon, I was almost … [Read more...] about Ass Cancer and Me – The Hole Story
Have you ever watched the movie Titanic? This 1997 iconic movie has so many great scenes that I still remember to this day. Of course, there is the scene when Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack, stood at the front of the boat exclaiming that he was, “King of the World!” There is also the scene where he is asked to paint Kate Winslet’s character, Rose, like “one of his … [Read more...] about Let’s Stay Safe! Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine!
Brighton Beach Memoirs at 30 by Ninety Theatre through March 14 I remember seeing Brighton Beach Memoirs at the then-recently rechristened Neil Simon Theatre and being a bit underwhelmed by it. I’m not sure if it was because my expectations were too high after its rave reviews and Tony Awards or because the charms of this intimate family dramedy got lost in the upper reaches … [Read more...] about Trodding the Boards March 9, 2021
I am about to pour myself a glass of wine and settle down in front of my computer to log into the New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) Book Club for February Zoom meeting. We are discussing our book of the month, A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane, a witty novel about an assistant to a famous movie star and their complex relationship and adventures together. … [Read more...] about Book Clubs Are The New Bars
The announcement on January 12 that Matassa’s would be closing sent a shock wave through the French Quarter. The place had been around for nearly 100 years, after all. For a century, Matassa’s was an anchor in the lives of French Quarter residents, serving the two fundamental needs of Quarter Rats: cheap booze and food (usually in that order). But more than that, Matassa’s had … [Read more...] about Matassa’s Close Call
Are you thinking of skipping the Sat., Mar. 20, election for U.S. Congress? I hope not! I hope you’re carefully considering the candidates vying to represent us in the U.S. House as our representative. More so, I hope that you’ll consider voting for our friend Troy Carter. To explain why, let me take you way, way back to a lost age known as the 1990s. I want to introduce … [Read more...] about A Commentary by Larry Bagneris
For the last year and half, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell managed to rouse the ire of French Quarter residents and business owners. Her proposal to pedestrianize the neighborhood sparked immediate protests and her handling of the pandemic, while generally praised, has not been without its critics. Detractors point to inconsistencies in COVID regulations and an utter lack of … [Read more...] about Does Mayor Cantrell Hate the French Quarter?