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Volume 15/Issue 18

Oz's MegaStar Lineup for SDXXV

Oz, voted New Orleans #1 gay dance bar for 1996, is planning another fabulous weekend with what promises to be the biggest Southern Decadence ever.

Starting Wednesday, with the best drag show in town, entitled Illusions starring Marylyn, Liza, Diana, Dolly, Reba and many more of your favorite stars followed by dancing to the music of DJ Extraordinaire Tim Pflueger.

Thursday is the finals in the Calendar Boy Contest commencing at 12am, plus a very special evening with those hunky Oz dancers showing the lenghs and circumferences of their more private assets.

Friday there'll be dancer fever with 16 beautiful dancers on the bar all night long; and, of course, you can dance to the sounds of four of the South's best Djs.

Saturday night's party, Twirl Girl-Grab Your Pussy & Scream III, will feature a live performance by the extraordinarily talented Billie Ray Martin singing all her hits, including, "Put Your Loving Arms Around Me." There will also be dancing to the music of renowned DJ Joe Gauthreaux and Bill Board reporter Matt Shaw.

Sunday's party, One Night In Heaven, will have you in heaven as you ogle Porn Star Marcello Reeves of Forum Studios and dance to the music of one of the South's best new Djs, Dwight Barkley. Late night DJ Matt Shaw returns to drive you into a dancing frenzy so you can dance til the wee hours of the morning.

Oz will wrap things up Monday with Strip-Tea I. You won't want to miss one night of this fabulous weekend at Oz.

Limited weekend passes are available-see Oz management.

Southern Decadence At Bourbon Pub/Parade

I n anticipation of their biggest weekend ever, the Bourbon Pub and Parade have announced their weekend lineup for Southern Decadence-and you won't want to miss a single day of the action.

Things get going on Thursday night at the Parade with the Big Dick Contest-the official kick-off contest of Southern Decadence weekend. It'll be hosted by the fabulous Scarlet O'Hara Butler, with a panel of celebrity judges headed up by none other than Miss Love, Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XXV! The cash prize will be awarded based on length times circumference, with other prizes for prettiest, best groomed, and best dressed also being awarded. People are still talking about the Parade's Big Dick Contest from this past Mardi Gras so you don't miss this sequel!

On Friday, the incomparable., legendary porn director Chi Chi Larue will take to the stage at the Parade with her bevy of boys for a show that you just have to see to believe. And, Miss LaRue will be at the Pub and Parade all weekend long cutting up and "recruiting" new talent. If you've never seen Chi Chi live in action, prepare yourself. If you have, you'll be front row center for her show on Friday night. And dance music for Friday night at the Parade will be circuit DJ Lydia Prim.

Direct from New York City, New Orleans' own DJ Max Rodriguez will be joining DJ Darren Thomas for the Parade's Deca-Dance '97 on Saturday night. And, after the street party on Sunday, the Parade will present the climax of Decadence weekend with special guest DJ Abel direct from Miami. Considered by all to be a member of circuit party DJ royalty, this will be Abel's third performance at the Parade, and will no doubt be the place to be Sunday night.

To wrap things up, there will be a Tea Dance at the Parade on Monday afternoon/evening with free draft.

A limited number of VIP Weekend Passes to the Bourbon Pub and Parade are on sale at Hit Parade, located directly across the street from The Bourbon Pub. Save money and avoid the lines by grabbing one of these passes before they sell out.

The Bourbon Pub and Parade is New Orleans' largest gay entertainment complex, and is located at 801 Bourbon Street. For more information, please call 504.529.2107.

"Boys" Tix At MRB

Tickets to The Boys In The Band are on sale at Andy Boudreaux's Mississippi River Bottom (aka MRB), 515 St. Philip St., Thurs. - thru closing night Sun. from 9am to 5pm. See Krewe of Petronius Captain Mickey Gil, who will be bartending during those hours.

Don't miss Andy's annual Southern Decadence Grand Marshal's BBQ at 5pm. It is a New Orleans tradition, this year honoring SDGMXXV Miss Love, and Clyde's secret BBQ sauce and hickory smoke make this a cookout to remember.

As usual, MRB will be the home of its star attraction, Karl "Angel" Thomas, he of the big kahuna, with special guest ecdysiast Carlos Morales and the MRB Dancers starring fertile Fernand with that hostess with the mostess Goddess. They'llb hit the MRB stage Fri. & Sat. at 11pm and again Sun., 7pm.

Chi Chi LaRue's New Book Now At Hit Parade

P orn director legend Chi Chi LaRue, who will be appearing live on stage with her boys at the Parade on Fri., Aug. 30th, has a new book out, and it's the hottest expose about the porn industry since the Joey Stefano blockbuster of a few years ago. During decadence weekend you can meet Chi Chi and purchase an autographed copy of her book at Hit Parade, New Orleans' newest and hippest gift and clothing store, located directly across from the Bourbon Pub/Parade on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.

Making it Big is the classic American rags-to-riches story-with a twist. It's about a young lad from Minnesota who traveled to California to become part of an industry he loved with all his heart: gay porn. And when he makes it big, there is no stopping the irresistible Chi Chi LaRue. Chi Chi has directed more than 100 all-male erotic films and has won numerous awards for his groundbreaking work in the adult video industry. He has also performed as a female impersonator in cities from Paris to Peoria, and his next stop is right here at the Parade for decadence. Don't miss it!!

FM Bookstore SD Events

The Faubourg Marigny Bookstore, New Orleans' only gay book emporium owned and operated by Alan Robinson, has scheduled two readings and receptions for two recently published books set in New Orleans to coincide with Southern Decadence.

Sat., Aug. 30, from 2-4pm, Rhydell Watson will read excerpts from To Mardi Gras Wit/ Love, a romantic comedic thriller about two African-American professional married (to each other) men preparing to seize the French Quarter. It is also a tribute to Mardi Gras and reveals two black men in a solid, committed relationship enjoying the good life and enjoying each other.

Also Sat., Aug. 30, from 6-8pm, Poppy Brite will read from Exquisite Corpse. Already an established cult favorite with Lost Souls and Drawing Blood, author Brite reaches a new level of horror in her third novel, a cannibalistic, necrophillic love story set in the Quarter which describes a four-way collision of an escaped serial killer, a disturbed playboy, a gay Vietnamese runaway and his crazed HIV positive ex-lover.

B.E.A.T. I.T.

No, we're not asking you to leave, or abuse yourself, B.E.A.T. I.T. stands for Big Easy Annual Tenpin Invitational Tournament, Inc. which is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization, Inc., currently the largest gay and lesbian sports organization in the world.

The tournament will be held at Fazzio's Rainbow Lanes on Bullard Ave., New Orleans East, Sat. & Sun., Aug. 30 & 31 at 10am. Registration is Fri., Aug. 29 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, the host hotel where the visiting bowlers will be housed and the location for the 1997 B.E.A.T. I.T., Inc. Kocktail Hour and Awards Brunch to be held on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 1.

The many sponsors for this event include, among others: Oz, Anheuser-Busch, The Quarter Scene, Feelings Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Mid-City Rock n' Bowl, & Bally's Casino.

Not only is the tournament geared to fun, but it is also an opportunity for its members to raise much needed funds for both Belle Reve and the Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

For more information, call Randy Urban, Co-Director, at 504.242.9552.

Tease That Hair, Girl!

O ne of Southern Decadence's major events is the Miss High Hair Awards Ceremony held at Good Friends Bar. It was started in 1990 as an added event for people to show off their extraordinary wigs, wiglets and falls. The winner is selected by the audience, so remember, the bigger the hair, the louder the applause. The Bronze Barbie is the coveted "Oscar" of this hilarious event. Varla Jean Merman, now performing in New York City, won the award in 1991 with the Empire State Building as her design. So, the sky's the limit!

The contest will be held at Good Friends, 740 Dauphine St., Southern Decadence Sunday, Aug. 31. Registration begins at 1pm and the ceremony commences at 5pm. The contest is open to anyone-all you need is high hair! Categories are: Bleached, Flipped, Psychedelic, Atomic, Pageant, Truck-Stop, Get-It-Girl Curl, Sculptured, Tortured, Anchor-Woman, Fried, Cosmic, Angel, Pubic, Fake, Streaked, Time-Less-you get the picture.

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