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Volume 15/Issue 22

Joie de Vivre In Baton Rouge

The Metropolitan Community Church in Baton Rouge invites the public to enjoy two different events in one day. On Sat., Nov. 8, from 8am til 3pm the Church will hold its annual "Christmas Over the Rainbeaux" Bazaar and Festival; and, from 7pm until 9:30pm, its Emerald City Dinner and Variety Show. Both functions will be at the Uniting Campus Ministry Bldg. near LSU at 333 E. Chimes St.

For the bazaar, admission is a donation of $1., a new toy, or a nonperishable food item all of which will go to a needy person. The festival will include arts/crafts and retail booths, bake shoppe, food, beverages, pictures with Santa, children's fair and more.

The dinner and variety show's admission is a donation of $20. and includes a catered buffet, silent auction, and variety show.

Both functions benefit the ministries and mission of the church. Reservations are necessary by Nov. 2. Call 504.383.0450.

How To Master Change In Your Life

Author Mary Carroll Moore, author of How To Master Change In Your Life: Sixty-Seven Ways to Handle Life's Toughest Moments, will appear at the Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie, on Fri., Nov. 14 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm where she will hold a mini-workshop and sign copies of her book. The following day, Sat., Nov. 15, she will be the guest speaker at a statewide seminar also at the Landmark Hotel, from 1pm to 8:30pm.

An award-winning author and national columnist with the Los Angeles Times syndicate, Ms. Moore has faced and survived cancer, bankruptcy, and the dissolution of a marriage. In her book she candidly, sometimes, humorously, discusses the most devastating moments in her life to show the reader how she overcame the fear of change with insights gained through Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Today she is a successful author, editor, and columnist.

As an ordained minister in Eckandar, Mary has led highly popular workshops throughout North America and Europe on how to deal with change through heightened spiritual awareness.

"People want more than emotional and psychological methods for dealing with change," she explains. "They're hungry for the spiritual wisdom and love that are the gifts found in every turing point in life."

George Dunbar Paintings, Sculptures
Shine at NOMA

New Orleans artist George Dunbar, who has gained national renown with his gleaming works featuring metal leaf surfaces, will be the subject of a solo exhibition opening at the gala Odyssey Ball at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Sat., Nov. 15.

Dunbar: Mining the Surfaces showcases both the two- and three-dimensional metal leaf forms Dunbar has created over the years. The exhibition, open through January 4, 1998, is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by distinguished author and art historian Edward Lucie-Smith.

New Orleans-born Dunbar has long lived in Slidell, to the east of the city just across Lake Pontchartrain. He has been an influential real estate developer in the region, but art is his first love.

Dunbar attended the prestigious Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia following his service in World War 11. He described himself as an Action Painter, influenced by the likes of Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell.

Stylistically, Dunbar's work falls into two categories: elegant, controlled, compass-drawn designs; and freer, more baroque creations. His three-dimensional pieces fall almost exclusively into the latter category. The unifying factor is the use of metal leaf surfaces-gold, platinum, silver and palladium-in both styles. The delicate leaf is applied over clay, allowing Dunbar to dig into the supple surface and forge his design.

"Considering the rich world tradition of working in gold, it is surprising that George Dunbar is nearly unique among contemporary artists to extensively employ gold and other metal leaf to create a substantial body of two- and three-dimensional work," Museum Director E. John Bullard noted. "The New Orleans Museum of Art is proud to present this nearly 40-year survey of George Dunbar's art, with an emphasis on his metal leaf creations."

"These are not works from which one can extract their fullest meaning by treating them in a passive way," Lucie-Smith notes. "They demand the viewer's cooperation. It is not too much to say that we are invited to enter into a kind of dance. I think they will delight visitors to the exhibition just as they delight me."

Dunbar: Mining the Surfaces is the second solo exhibition the artist has enjoyed at NOMA-the first was in 1964. "NOMA is proud to present the successor to that event," said Museum Director E. John Bullard. "It is always a pleasure to showcase the work of a renown local artist."

Works in the exhibition, organized by NOMA, have been gathered from private collectors, the artist and NOMA's permanent collection.

Stop The Bigoted Ballot Box Stuffing!

The Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) learned on Oct 13 of the following "AFA Action Alert" by the anti-gay hate group American Family Association. Please counter this attempt to bias the poll through the manipulations of a marginal radical religious group.

The question ABC News asks is: "Would you allow your child to watch a lesbian kiss on television? Whatever your view, please go to the ABC News Web site to make your voice heard and urge other fair-minded Americans to respond to the poll. Cast your vote at: The Alert: "American Family Association has just been alerted by a pro-homosexual email list to a poll being conducted by ABC News. It is a yes' or no' vote on whether you would allow your child to watch a lesbian kiss on television.

"We do not have any details on how long the poll will be conducted, so please visit the site and cast your vote. This afternoon [Oct. 13] at 3:45pm the poll had 8,200 votes cast: 63.5% yes' in favor of a lesbian kiss; 36.4% no' against lesbians kissing on TV. " [Ed. note: as of Oct. 20, the figure was reversed with 56% no and 43.9% yes-the ballot stuffing is working in their favor].

AIDS Action to Launch
First-Ever "e-March" on Washington;
Get Ready to "Click the e-March"!

On Dec. 1, World AIDS Day 1997, AIDS Action will announce plans for the world's first electronic "e-March" on Washington to let our nation's leaders know that America cares about AIDS "until it's over."

The "Until It's Over e-March" will take place at AIDS Action's site on the World Wide Web ( Internet users will sign their name to e-mail addressed to our nation's leaders letting them know that "until it's over" America will maintain vigilance in the war on AIDS. A digital counter on the site will display the number of e-marchers.

"With traditional media fueling misperception of an end to AIDS, the 'Until It's Over e-March' will send a message to our national leaders that it's not over," said Daniel Zingale, executive director of AIDS Action. "Fighting a misperception that AIDS is over means convincing our national leadership that the epidemic is an issue for the 90s, not a relic of the 80s. The world's first e-March makes AIDS an issue for the information age."

Just like the Internet has made shopping, job hunting, news reading and a million other tasks more efficient, the "Until It's Over e-March" will take most of the headaches out of traditional marching: no more porta-potties lining the Mall, no more disputes about park service head counts, no more overbooked hotels with angry tourists, no more traffic jams clogging the streets of D.C. and no more exorbitant policing costs for taxpayers.

AIDS Action will announce details of the "Until It's Over e-March" at a news conference on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. Until then, get ready to "Click the e-March"!

AIDS Action is The nation's leading AIDS advocacy organization, representing all Americans affected by HIV/AIDS and over 2,000 community-based organizations that serve them.

Primetime Live Explores Gender

On Oct. 15, Primetime Live introduced America to Alex Myers, a 19-year-old transgender Harvard student. Alex, formally Alice, discussed his life as a transgender person, and Primetime examined his childhood, high school years, why he terms himself "transgendered" and what it is like to live in the boys dorm at the Ivy League university. Asked how he handled bigots, Myers told Primetime that people are going to hate him because he is Jewish, or because he goes to a famous, prestigious school.

Myers said that his self-discovery was "the most natural thing in the world to do if it's who you are."

Primetime Live's story explored issues of gender by speaking one-on-one with a person living as an openly transgender person. [from GLAAD]

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