4 Montrose voice / Dec. 16,1983
By Amanda B. Recondwith
It's coming! Yes, it's coming! Can you see the
lights everywhere, and feel the chill in the air
and hear all the cheery carols in the elevators
and corridors of our vast metropolis? Christmas is getting so close. I can almost feel the
crowds pressing against me at the airport
already! Christmas in Houston has about the
same effect on the population as a hurricane
Well, for those of you who choose to stay in
Houston this year, there is plenty going on—at
least for those of you who live in the blessed
area of Montrose!
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Our own Montrose Singers will be giving a
wonderful Christmas program at 8pm Friday at
St. Stephens Church, 1805 West Alabama. If
you are not totally holiday'd out by then, drop
in and listen and enjoy your very own neighborhood singers.
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The Montrose Symphony Band will also be
playing at 8pm Saturday at Cullen Auditorium
on the campus of good ol' U of H. The Symphony is one of the best gay-oriented bands
around, and if you've never heard it. you
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This Tuesday night is the third annual Montrose Voice Christmas Party and Public Spectacle at the Officer's Club Upper Oeck. This is a
public event for the readers of the Voice (you)
with a free beer bust, and disco by premiere
Houston DJ Ram Rocha. It'll be 8pm to lam-
be there (And, if we can twist your arm, bring
$2 to donate to the Media Fund for Human
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Tickets are now available for GPC's "Night at
the Alley," Friday, Jan 27—at the Alley
Theater, of course. The play will be "Cloud 9."
a popular off-Broadway comedy (see related
article inside). Tickets are $12.50 and may be
purchased at Montrose Hair Design, 1004 California (Now who would think thatagay organization would be selling tickets for an event at a
hair studio?). Just so we ail may get political
together, there will be a wine and cheese party
after the performance.
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And now for a little Hoiidae Cheere. Greedy
Seasons to Miss "O" from Princess Plastic
Basket and Blanket B—of Taft Automotive.
Oh, I love these quaint, dignified Christmas
There is something wonderful happening on
Westheimer—maybe not for the drivers of
Metro, but at least for those of us who take
pride in our little community A group of merchants has assembled and formed an association called the OTC (On the Curve). It is a
name that is only foo appropriate, since the
shops concerned are all located on the bothersome curve between the 1300 and 1400 blocks
Among the shops involved are Creative
Stained Glass. What's Up. Muscle Beach.
Appearances, Nothing Sacred. Stop the
Clock. Tiz Avenue. Creative Beveled Designs,
Friday's Florist. The Dragon and The Rat.
Facets, and East Texas Diner.
The recently restored Firehouse 16 will be
the future meeting place of OTC. Park that car
and get out and walk for a change—abandon
those massive parking lots and give up those
plexiglass domes for real sky and air. Stroll
along Westheimer and shop at what could
become the first inkling of a major turn-around
for this city's most colorful (and perhaps
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Poor Larry! We send our heart-felt condolences to your lip, after the accident at Mary's last
It seems that Mr. Bagneris (prez of GPC) was
helping unload a transformer from the roof of
the building when it suddenly slipped and fell
on his face, hitting him in the mouth—OUCH!!
Hopefully there wasn't too much damage, and
we have confidence that the community will
continue to hear from you. despite your injury.
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Really. Lola! Even us Housfomansfvile. uncul
tured creatures that we are) were shocked to
find out they would serve hot dogs and last
year's lasagna at a tre' posh gathering in Dallas!
Miss Gooch; ail of us in Houston are sure that
you've already installed your birthday present
from Slings /v" Things.
Get out those Christmas sombreros Saturday
night, ya'll! The Gay Hispanic Caucus is giving
their big Christmas bash, "Dazzle 'Til Dawn."
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Mary's has really outdone itself this year. The
tree looks wonderful, and the crowd was so
festive and in such good spirits. And what did
we see but even some straight people admiring
the tree. Well, if anything, this season brings
out the best in all of us, and the great tree on
top of Mary's is rather like a symbol that Montrose is a community unto itself. It is a beautiful
tree. (I just wish we could tear down that billboard on the west side1)
Saturday, Dec. 17: The Wright brothers flew
their first successful flight today in 1903. It
lasted 12 seconds and covered a distance of
120 feet—less than the wingspan of one of
today's jetliners. But order an "Airplane" today
at your favorite bar and raise a toast.
Monday, Dec. 19: Today is the birthday of
"Barbette," a famous drag queen of the 1920s
and the inspiration for the movie Victor/
Victoria. "Barbette" (Vander Clyde was his real
name) was born today in 1904 in Round Rock,
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Slap Mr. Bray on the fingers, because he did
some mistakes last week. Wallace Whitman is
not Wallace Whitman—he is Wallace Whit-
worth. Mr. WhitwonT? has just left the Houston
Symphony, not the Opera! And Marilyn Roark
played at Central Presbyterian, not First. Well,
Amanda B. Recondwith will not make such
silly mistakes in the future.
HAPPY HOUR DAILY - NOON TIL 8PM
^*St$.l 750 Long
Friday, Dec. 16 A PARTY 9pm til
NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA
December 31 (midnight)
Coming January 6th