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UNO'S Gala Sets Fundraiser

U.N.O.'s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Organization, known as G.A.L.A.will hold its spring celebration, "Swing Into Spring," at Charlene's, 940 Elysian Fields, Friday, Jan. 24, from 9pm-til.

For a $5. donation, $3. for students, dance the night away to music by DJ Mags. Plenty of food will also be provided.

4th Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts

The Big Easy Entertainment Awards will hold its fourth Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the La Nouvelle Ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone with last year's winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Harvey Hysell, serving as Master of Ceremonies.

A dozen awards will be given - four in classical music and opera, four in dance, and four special awards including Lifetime Achievement, Arts Education and Special Recognition. In addition, the event features live performances by classical musicians and excerpts from modern, ethnic and ballet productions.

The 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Classical Arts will go to the Co-Directors of New Orleans Musica da Camera, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien. The focus on accomplished musical ensembles continues as 1997 marks the beginning of a new category honoring Best Chamber Music Performance.

Gambit Weekly publisher Margo DuBos, hosts John and Anne Monteleone Burr, and Werlein's will give WWNO a Special Recognition Award for 25 years of service to the classical arts community.

This event is made possile through the generous sponsorship of Gambit Weekly, the Monteleone Hotel, Werlein's for Music and roadcast media sponsors WWNO/KTLN 89.9 FM and WVUE-TV FOX Channel 8.

Tickets are only $20.00, seating is at tables for 10. Reservations may be made and tickets paid by calling Maggie Mortensen at 504.486.5900, ext. 160.

Third Annual Ms. Gulf Coast Leather Contest

The third annual Ms. Gulf Coast Leather Contest Weekend is coming up March 7th through March 9th, 1997. The contest will be held in the Montrose area of Houston, Texas. The contest is open to all Leatherwomen regardless of sexual orientation in the Gulf Coast Region - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The event has been moved from the middle of January, which conflicted with the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, to the end of February.

Mr. Chuck Higgens, National Leather Association - International Male Co-Chair 1992-93, will MC the contest along with Ms. Jill Carter, International Ms. Leather 1996-97. The judges will be prominent members of the national leather community led by Ms. Gulf Coast Leather 1997, Ginni.

The weekend will begin with Friday Night's Meet and Greet. Saturday afternoon there will be seminars and demonstrations covering topics For those of all experience levels and exposure to the leather community. The contest will be held on Saturday evening, and a brunch with Ms. Gulf Coast Leather 1997 on Sunday will bring the weekend to a close. We want to have contestants from all of the states in the Gulf Coast Region, and we also hope that we will have weekend participants from all over the country. We would really like to see individuals of all sexual orientations and backgrounds come and share in claiming our sexuality as our own.

Anyone who would like information about the Ms. Gulf Coast Leather 1997 Weekend can either write to Texas Leather Productions at P.O. Box 667072, Houston, TX 77266-7072, or e-mail Texas Leather Productions at

State Museum "Shakes Things Up" With Cocktail Exhibit

Gleaming with sophistication and style, cocktail shakers evoke images of glamorous martini-and-cigarette parties of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. But beyond popular images, these swank and practical cultural artifacts demonstrate a uniquely American blend of form and function in 20th-century decorative arts.

The colorful history and art of the cocktail culture is explored in the exhibition Shaken, Not Stirred: Cocktail Shakers and Design. Presented by the Louisiana State Museum now through April 6, 1097, the traveling exhibit is comprised of over 90 cocktail shakers and other items from the extensive collection of Stephen Visakay of New Jersey. To add a local twist to the show, which will be on view in the Arsenal (adjacent to the Cabildo), the Louisiana State Museum will display photographs of famous New Orleans watering holes.

"We are thrilled to host this unusual exhibit, which has proven to be a crowd-pleaser in both the United States and Canada," said Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. "And since New Orleans is the birthplace of many cocktails, it is fitting to toast their history here. At the opening, we will be celebrating with time-honored classics and non-alcoholic versions."

Among the most unusual pieces in the exhibit are a French cocktail shaker of lacquered and painted goat skin over wood, a brass cocktail shaker made from an artillery shell and a ruby glass shaker in the shape of a woman's leg, complete with chrome "slipper." Other cocktail memorabilia on view from the Visakay collection are recipe books from 1899 through 1930, a U.S. Treasury book of Prohibition Prescriptions, a vintage 1930 cigarette dispenser and barroom advertising art of the era.

To add a local twist to the traveling exhibit, the Louisiana State Museum will display a selection of images of famous New Orleans drinking establishments by photographer Keri McCaffety. The Napoleon House, the Saturn Bar and the stylish Sazerac (home of the drink of the same name) are among those pictured. A variety of items on loan from the Baton Rouge Art Deco Society round out the exhibit, which is cosponsored by Absolut Vodka and J&B Scotch.

Programing presented in conjunction with Shaken, Not Stirred includes a lecture on local barroom culture and lore and a cocktail "film fest." The first program, a free lecture entitled Prelude to Prohibition, will take place on March 6 at 7:00 pm in the Arsenal.

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