Have you browsed through some of the Southern Decadence groups on social media lately? If you didn’t know any better, you might get the idea that the COVID-19 pandemic is completely behind us. Sure, there are occasional posts about masks, but on the whole, one gets the impression that the hordes of Southern Decadence devotees who did not come last year are … [Read more...] about “For the Love of Mardi Gras, Get Vaccinated!”
It was an overcast evening. The sun being hidden by clouds allowed our New Orleans evening to become a lovely June evening. To say it was cool would be to overstate the day. But it was not hot. The room started with a few early comers. They scattered here and there. Over time the musicians drifted into the room, all chatting. Several of the crew from central casting showed up … [Read more...] about Showing Up
Take it from me, the chances of a fully vaccinated person becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus are extremely low – but not zero. Regular Ambush readers may remember that I detailed my vaccination experience here, in this very column. I blasted at the anti-vax movement, dismissing its supporters with science and touting the benefits of vaccination. I strongly … [Read more...] about Isn’t It Ironic?
Our city heals differently than other places. We celebrate life through music, food and laughter. Soon we will usher in the Fall season with Southern Decadence and a host of other festivals, so clutch those pearls and let’s go! It is with much happiness that we are bringing back the calendar of events, so if you want something listed, please email … [Read more...] about Under the Gaydar (August 2021 Events Calendar)
Reverse Negative at The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts through July 31 Driving back from the North Shore recently, lightning crackled in the distance over Metairie and the West Bank. Lightning, however, had already sizzled earlier in the evening in Hammond at RoBenHood Productions and The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Reverse Negative, … [Read more...] about Trodding the Boards July 27, 2021
When Leslie Jordan’s new book was released, I quickly snapped it up and finished reading it within a week. How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived is a lovely collection of stories, memories and advice from a man whose life has recently been catapulted more into the spotlight through his Instagram fame during the pandemic. Jordan has actually … [Read more...] about Book of the Month: How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived
It is wonderful to see life returning to the LGBTQ+ community as well as our bar scene. It is equally exciting when a new gay-owned-and-operated business is established. The American Townhouse opened at the end of June and is a welcome addition to our community. The well-appointed space boasts a sleek bar with an impressive array of wine and spirits. … [Read more...] about Bartender Spotlight: July 2021
The memorial on the little stone church in Treme is known by the public as “The Murder Board”. Since 2007, as pastor of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, I have been researching and then posting the names of victims of violence on our Victims of Violence Memorials. For a time, the memorial was a worthy backdrop for stories about murder in New Orleans. Today, a certain kind of … [Read more...] about The “Constitutional Carry” SB 118 is bad policy at its best and a moral failure at its worst.
The National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT) will hold its 40th Convention in New Orleans from July 21 to July 24. Scott Duty, Co-Chair of the convention, said, “NABWMT has been at the forefront of anti-racism initiatives, equality for all, and creating supportive environments for those interested in interracial relationships for over 40 years.” “The … [Read more...] about National Association of Black and White Men Together to Hold 40th Convention in New Orleans
Although it’s no secret, I am pleased to officially announce my candidacy for New Orleans City Council, District C. District C incumbent Kristin G. Palmer is running for an At-Large seat on the Council, thus leaving the District C seat open. I’ve never run for office before but I’m no stranger to politics. As a columnist, I’ve covered many issues concerning … [Read more...] about Frank Perez Announces Candidacy for City Council