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Volume 15/Issue 22

"Body"-Paintings By Keith Theriot
At The Community Center

The Lesbian and Gay Community Center is proud to announce the opening of "Body," a show of paintings by Keith Theriot on Sat., Nov. 8, 1997 from 6:30- 8:30pm.

Theriot returns to the Community Center with twelve figurative works in acrylic, created over the past two years. Combining brilliant color with expressive shapes and forms, for "Body" he represents the human figure in bold, muscular ways not as we would like to be, but as we are.

A native of St. Martinville, Theriot graduated from LSU in 1983 before spending some time in Manhattan. He has exhibited in New York, Baton Rouge, Washington, DC, and had a one man show at the Community Center in Apr., 1995. His works have been described as "mysterious and beautiful," "child-like and Matissey" and "going right to the heart or right to the jugular vein." He currently lives in the French Quarter.

"I have been painting for 33 years, since I was four, when my parent-no Santa Claus-gave me an oil paint set for Christmas," says Theriot. "The human figure particularly fascinates me. It is full of wonderful surfaces and textures that are very exciting to create with. I normally do not work from a particular model, although some of my friends and lovers can be found in my paintings.

"I use a stream of consciousness approach and attack a canvas with paint, create chaos and clouds, then search the figure or figures out. There becomes a soulful bond in the story telling that occurs. Whatever I am feeling strongly about will appear."

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork from this show will be donated to the Community Center by the artist. The Community Center is located at 816 N. Rampart St.; call 504.522.1103 to confirm daily exhibit hours. The show will run through Dec. 5, 1997.

The Community Center Needs Help

The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans will be holding a volunteer orientation on Sun., Nov. 9, 11:30am at the center, 816 Rampart St.

The center is a Louisiana non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community in a wide variety of ways and is looking for a few proud men and women to help them in this service.

NO/AIDS Prometheus Awards
Looking For Nominees

The NO/AIDS Task Force is proud to announce the establishment of The Prometheus Awards. The awards have been established to recognize those companies and individuals that work unselfishly to further the battle against AIDS in our community. Presentation of the awards will take place at the Art Against AIDS Patron Party on Dec. 1, 1997. But now through Nov. 14, the Task Force is soliciting nominees for this new award from the community.

Nominations will be evaluated according to the following criteria, (at least one of these criteria must be met for a nominee to be eligible for one of the awards):
1) responded to the effects of AIDS in our community using innovative and creative ways;
2) increased public awareness of the serious medical, legal, social and emotional problems of AIDS in our community;
3) provided support and service to persons living with AIDS; and,
4) worked toward a treatment and cure for the AIDS epidemic.

Six awards will be given in the following categories: Torch of Health (health care); Torch of Justice (legal services); Torch of Liberty (advocacy); Torch of Service (voluntarism); Torch of Knowledge (education); and, Torch of Truth (media).

The new award has been designed by glass sculptor Maurice Alvarado whose career, since being discovered by New Orleans designer and gallery owner Mario Villa, has taken off with annual shows in Chicago and New Orleans, where his work is in great demand.

Nominee ballots can be obtained from NO/AIDS Task Force, 1407 Decatur, or by calling 504.586.9255 (ask for Laura Szec), where one may also obtain information about the Patron Party, Dec. 1, and the Dec. 5 Art Against AIDS Gala.

Ecumenical Vigil Of Prayer
Scheduled For Nov. 1 & 2

Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church will sponsor a 24 hour vigil of prayer to take place beginning at 11am on Sat., Nov. 1, and ending at 11am on Sun., Nov. 2. The ecumenical nature of the vigil is reflected in this year's theme, "A House of Prayer for ALL People." Throughout the 24 hour period, different faith traditions will introduce their own perspectives of prayer and meditation. Among the different traditions to be represented are the Tau House, First Unitarian Church, Abundant Grace Fellowship, East Indian chanting and meditation, and Native American spirituality. The public is invited to be present for this time of prayer and meditation, and to take part in any or all of the vigil which will take place at 1128 St. Roch Ave.

VCMCC's Traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Everyone is invited to attend the Worship Service scheduled at Vieux Carre MCC for Thanksgiving Day, Thurs. Nov. 27, which will be followed by a traditional Thanksgiving potluck dinner. If you are able, bring enough food for residents of Lazarus House as well as those present at church. The meal will be divided prior to serving, and the portion for the Lazarus House residents will be delivered as attendees partake of their own meal. It's a great way to do a good service as well as to enjoy some great fellowship.

For more information concerning either the Vigil Of Prayer or the Thanksgiving Meal, please call 504.945.5390.

Halloween Weekend Author Appearances

The Faubourg Marigny Book store will be visited by two authors over the Halloween weekend.

Sat., Nov. 1, from 2-4pm, Sandra Russell Clark will sign Elysium: A Gathering Of Souls. Elysium is a photographic study of one of New Orleans' most unique cultural expressions: New Orleans cemetaries, our cities of the dead. The forward is written by Andrei Codrescu and the introduction is written by Patricia Brady.

Sun., Nov. 2, 3-5pm, there will be a reception to meet Anne Stockwell, Arts & Media Editor for the Advocate and to celebrate the publication of her new book, The Gorilla Guide To Mastering Student Loan Debt.

Overeaters Anonymous

An organization derived from "AA," and utilizing the same principles to help people cut down on food consumption, called Overeaters Anonymous, will hold its annual Fall Retreat on Nov. 21, 22 & 23 at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, MS.

The three-day package is $75. per person. For more information, call 504.336.3230.

Haring & Warhol At Gallerie 508

The French Quarter's newest art gallery, Gallerie 508, located at 508 St. Philip St., is carrying on the tradition of the building's previous owner, the avid collector and supporter of contemporary art, Fred Weismann, with their first showing featuring works of two of the most well known artists of our times, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. The owners, Stuart Smith and Laura Turner, have gathered a diverse sampling of works from these two major artists' careers. The gallery's collection includes the complete Apocalypse series in which Keith Haring collaborated with author William Burroughs. Also includied are several pieces from Haring's Pop Shop groups. Andy Warhol is represented with his Cowboys and Indians suite as well as Dracula from his Myths suite.

Mr. Smith bought the gallery building and private residence of Mr. Weismann from his estate last year. He decided to carry on the building's art traditions with his partner, Ms. Turner. Mr. Smith has long been a fan of both artists' works and quickly set out to fill what he percieved as a void in the New Orleans area art market. Warhol and Haring's work has previously been difficult to find here. With the help of other galleries around the country, Mr. Smith and Ms. Turner hope to help other devotees of the artists find their works more readily. They are also looking to represent the wonderful art that is being made today by artists such as their newest associate, Myles Maillie.

Gallerie 508 will have its opening Halloween weekend (Oct.l 31-Nov. 2) from 7 to 9pm daily.

Heaven & Hell At Positive Space

Positive Space The Gallery, located at 2022 Magazine St., between Jackson and St. Andrew, presents, just in time for Halloween, Heaven & Hell in two parts: painter Alex Beard's extraordinary series of the saints, and Mikko's startling new collaborative performance piece.

Alex Beard's one-man painting exhibition Heaven & Hell, with indelible images of the saints and their moments of struggle, premieres at a sneak preview on Halloween, Fri., Oct. 31, from 7-9pm and opens to the public on All Saints' Day, Sat., Nov. 1 with an artist's reception from 6-10pm. The exhibits runs until Sat., Dec. 5.

Mikko Presents....Heaven & Hell: Get Your Soul Rehealed is a performance arts piece featuring puppetry, dance, the band Stavin' Chain, Acid Bath poetry, the long-awaited syphilis dance that unites Salome with Satan, a one-man eight-minute version of Jesus Christ Superstar, and even God. It premiers on Fri., Oct. 31 at 9pm and Nov. 1 at 7 & 10pm. Theatre performances also run on Fri., Nov. 7 & 8 at 9pm. Running time for the Heaven & Hell performance is two hours, will be outdoors.

Gallery hours are Tues.-Sun., 11-5pm and by appointment. Admission to the gallery is free, but the theatre performance is $10.

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