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Volume 15/Issue 21

Reading At FM Bookstore

Author Mariana Romo- Carmona will read from her recently published book, Living At Night, Wed., Oct. 29 from 6-8pm, at the Faubourg Marigny Bookstore, 600 Frenchmen St.

Living At Night draws us into the world of Erica Garcia, a young, working-class, Puerto Rican-American lesbian searching for her own niche in the world. Erica's unresolved anguish over her mother's illness causes her to drop out of college and work as a nurse's aide at an institution for developmentally desabled persons. Mariana Romo-Carmona, a native of Santiago, Chile, has lived in the US for 30 years. She teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College, Vermont. Ms. Romo-Carmona is co-editor of Cuentos: Stories by Latinas. Her work appears in several anthologies including Companeras: Latina Lesbians. Living At Night is her first novel.

A New Cross- Dresser Organization
Being Formed

Kerry Sue Phillips is forming a new support group for gay or bi-sexual drag queens, cross dressers and transsexuals, either pre or post op, for the benefit of sharing and meeting new people with like-minded attitudes in a congenial atmosphere. In addition to social evenings and group activities and trips the group will also have a confidential dating service and registry, a confidential referral service with a qualified counselor, and other forms of social get togethers as an alternative to the bar scene. For more information, suggestions, ideas or comments, please contact Ms. Phillips at 504.394.4864.


The Lambda Group, Inc., a not- for-profit corporation which seeks to promote the well-being of the gay, lesbian bisexual and transgendered community in the Baton Rouge and surrounding rural areas, will present Lambdapalooza at Fallfest 97, Sun., Oct. 26 at the West Baton Rouge Community Center in Port Allen, LA from 12noon to 8pm, rain or shine.

With Tiffany Alexander and Lady Rhonda serving as mistresses of ceremonies, Lambdapalooza will present Kevin Latiolais from Lafayette, Wendy McDowell and Tin Angel, from Gainsville, FL, Isaac's Guns with Whitney Ann McCray, Sweet Revenge from New Orleans, and Sonia Rutstein of disappear fear.

Besides food, fun, beer, volleyball, music and a silent auction, there will also be a trash and treasure sale and each donation of non-perishable or personal care items will earn the donee one entry into a special prize drawing.

For more information call 504.383.077, 504.749.3786, or visit Lamda's web site at:

Esplanade Ridge Home Tour

The Esplanade Ridge Civic As- sociation will hold its fall home tour Sunday, Nov. 9, from 10am to 3pm. This year the tour will include several historic properties rarely open to the public. The tour is a unique chance to see beautiful and unique examples of the New Orleans architecture of Esplanade Ridge and Faubourg Treme.

Some of the buildings include: 1026 Esplanade Ave.-a much older home concealed within an Edwardian stye addition; 1236 Rampart St.-built as a cloistered convent, the tour shows the Victorian Gothic Revival Church and parts of the convent and courtyards; 1137 & 41 Gov. Nicholls St.-a home of several combined buildings exhibiting several New Orleans architectural styles; 1234 St. Claude-one of the oldest houses on the tour built with brick infill between massive wood beams called "briquette-entre-poteaux," a French construction method; 1123 Barracks-a bracketed style Creole cottage of the late 19th century; and, 922 Esplanade Ave.-a recently restored 1850's townhouse.

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Esplanade Ridge Civic Association. Tickets will be on sale on the neutral ground at the corner of Esplanade and Rampart. Parking is available at the nearby Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home at Rampart and Barracks.

Woman's Day

Women Leaders Online (WLO) reports that Octo- ber 23 is "The National Young Women's Day of Action," a grassroots campaign organized by and for young women - "to raise their voices, build alliances, and animate a broad reproductive rights agenda that sees reproductive and sexual freedom in the context of larger goals: racial justice, economic justice, an end to punitive immigration and welfare policies, the right to exist as queers and transgendered people, accessible healthcare, freedom from violence, and quality education."

"On this day, young women across the country will take action and speak out on the issues that affect their lives," according to WLO. "All of the actions are united by local and national press, visuals, stickers, and organizational support." Ultimately, coordinators of the day's events hope they "will serve as catalysts for long-term activism and movement building."

For a packet with information on how to organize "Day ofAction" events locally, contact NYWDA Coordinator, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002, tel. 413.582.5645, e-mail, web-site Contact Women Leaders Online at P.O. Box 11019, Washington, DC 20008, tel. 202.861.4730, fax 202.364.3018, e-mail, web-site

Homosexuality And The Bible

Grace Fellowship in Christ Jesus, an independent church that has ministered for the last 18 years in the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered community, presents "Homosexuality and the Bible," a seminar to dispel the myth of hatred that is spread by many of the mainline denominations. Many people in our community have been rejected by Christian ministries and feel rejected by God. This seminar brings the Truth of God's love and acceptance to all people.

"Homosexuality and the Bible" will be presented on Sat., Oct. 25 at 1pm at Grace Fellowship, 3151 Dauphine St. in New Orleans. Admission is free to all. Pastor Kay Thomas will address the passages in the Bible that are used by people to condemn all homosexuals. For more information call the church office at 504.944.9836.

NOMA Schedule Full
of October Treats

From Japanese porcelain to Dutch old master paintings; films to family workshops, the New Orleans Museum of Art is full of treats in October.

Collected and beloved for centuries, the colorful beauty of Japanese Imari porcelain takes center stage when New Orleanians Dr. Ralph and Freda Lupin share the treasure that has filled their lives with the exhibition Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces from the Freda and Ralph Lupin Collection. With its rich blue underglaze and distinctive red enamel and gilt patterns, Imari was the European decorative arts rage throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Lupins have built the nation's premier collection of Imari and NOMA has mounted the first Western exhibition of this porcelain style.

In the Eye of the Beholder: Northern Baroque Paintings from the Collection of Henry H. Weldon invites the viewer to enter the intimate environment of the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish old master paintings featured in this breathtaking collection. From oils by masters such as Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck to the "small marvels"-richly detailed postcard-sized works on copper-the Weldon Collection will delight all with its depth and refinement. From still lifes to mythology to land and seascapes, the 70 paintings at NOMA offer a full exploration of the genre.

Both exhibitions are on view in the Ella West Freeman Gallery through Nov. 2.

Carnival comes early with the exhibition Artists of Mardi Gras: The Golden Age of Carnival, 1870-1930. Curated by native New Orleanian and Carnival designer Henri Schindler, this exhibition of work by six prominent Mardi Gras artists of that era is sure to delight. In addition to whimsical Mardi Gras designs, the exhibition will feature works by artists like George Dureau and Paul Ninas in which Mardi Gras is the subject. Artists of Mardi Gras remains open in the Prints and Drawings Galleries through Nov. 23.

The passion of another Louisiana collector is featured in La Belle Epoque: Art Glass from the Collection of John W. Lolley, circa 1880-1920, in The Lupin Foundation Center for the Decorative Arts through Nov. 2. Comprising the exhibition are 135 pieces of Mr. Lolley's world-class collection.

NOMA Continues to Achieve
National Honor

The New Orleans Museum of Art has again been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Associations of Museums. NOMA was first accredited by the AAM in 1972. Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the 8,000 museums nationwide, only some 750 are accredited.

"We hope the people of New Orleans share our pride in having earned this prestigious honor," said Museum Director E. John Bullard. "This process was rigorous and demanding, as we examined virtually every aspect of our Museum's operations; a year of self-study and an on-site review by a team of experienced museum professionals was required. We invite everyone in our community to help us celebrate this award by visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art and exploring its fine programs and exhibitions."

The accreditation program, established in 1970, is one of several programs offered by the American Association of Museums to help museums achieve and maintain standards of quality and excellence in the profession. AAM has served the museum profession since 1906 and is a national organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Tou-Timin' Parrot Heads
Play Host To The 97
"Meeting of the Minds" Convention

The Tou-Timin' Parrot Heads in Paradise (PHIP) will be hosting this year's PHIP Convention in New Orleans. The convention will be held Nov. 6 through 9 with upwards of 1,000 attendees from Parrot Head clubs around the world expected to attend. Attendees will be treated to a weekend of non-stop bands at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe & Storyville and both locations of Tropical Isle. When not attending these special concerts, Parrot Heads will be volunteering for community service projects, going to special "convention attendee only" parties, and walking in the Krewe of Parrot Heads Parade. Proceeds from this convention will benefit New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Save the Manatee and Singing for Charity.

The Krewe of Parrot Heads Parade will be held on Fri., Nov. 7 and will roll in the French Quarter at 4:15pm. The parade will start at Tropical Isle - Bourbon, move up Bourbon to St. Anne and then to Royal St., down Royal to Bienville and then back up Bourbon. Members of the Tou-Timin' Parrot Heads of New Orleans will also be collecting beads which will be distributed amongst all of the chapters so that everyone will have something to throw.

Fans of the music of Jimmy Buffet are invited to attend the local chapter of the Tou-Timin' Parrot Heads' upcoming Oct. Membership meeting Oct. 16, 6:30pm on the 2nd floor of Tropical Isle at 721 Bourbon St. There is no cost for admission and you don't need to be a member to attend.

For more information, please call local president Marr Snyder at 504.891.0881.

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