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The New Voice, No. 539, February 22 - 28, 1991 - File 007. 1991-02-22/1991-02-28. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6265/show/6238.

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Title The New Voice, No. 539, February 22 - 28, 1991
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 22, 1991-February 28, 1991
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 24648896
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 6 TNV/THENEWVOICE/FtBRUARY22-28.1991 NewsLine:|Houstonl Montrose Palace to host 'liquorless nightclub' on Fridays By SHERI COHEN DARBONNE TNV Houston The Montrose Palace, 1505 Nevada, will be the site of a new social club for non- drinkers on Friday nights beginning this week (Feb. 22), said Ron Davis, proprietor of the neighborhood meeting center Davis renamed the building, formerly the Center for A Positive Lifestyle, last month and invited community groups to use it as a meeting site. Presently, two spiritual groups, Dignity Houston and the Houston Mission Church, are holding meetings there, and the building is available for social, civic and spiritual gatherings and private parties, he said. Though not actually a nightclub, the weekly events will mimic the relaxed, friendly social atmosphere found in a gay bar—"a place to meet and talk, laugh and see a show." Davis explained that he "wanted to provide an entertaining social environment" for people who do not drink, or are in recovery from alcohol or drug addictions. He said the new venture, which debuted with a "sneak preview" private reception on Feb. 15, will provide asocial atmosphere similar to a gay bar, but without the alcohol and the "hustle" one finds in a bar "I don't want anyone to think that I'm trying to judge people (who drink)," Baid Davis. "That's not what we're doing. I just thought it would be nice to have a place for (non-drinkers) to go, to have fun and socialize." The gatherings, as yet unnamed, will feature nightclub-style entertainment, including dancers, some live music, and "drag"—an art form especially close to Davis' heart. Davis and his twin brother Don entertained in St. Louis, Mo. as female impersonators in the 1970's, he explained. Donna Drag (Don) and Lana Kuntz (Ron) were well known figures in St. Louis gay bars in that era, and Davis hopes to recapture the warmth and camaraderie of the lifestyle—without the alcohol. The fact that Don is now in recovery was an added inspiration for the project, he said. "I started thinking about this (project) toward the end of last year, thinking that it would really be nice for people to have this sort of a place to go to without being hustled or pressured (to drink)," said Davis. He said that non-alcoholic refreshments would be available at the gatherings. A small cover charge would probably be necessary to cover the cost of putting on the events, and paying workers and entertainers, he added. "We're not really looking to make mon- * ■■ I _ Today, the Davis brothers are hosting a 'no alcohol" alternative club for gays and lesbians at Houston's Montrose Palace, 1505 Nevada. Live entertainment at the weekly gath ering will feature male dancers and local musicians as well as drag i3StSSQS0SE!IQSiaBSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Donna Drag (Don Davis, left) and Lana Kuntz (Ron Davis) as they appeared in an advertisement for the St. Louis, Mo., Red Bull bar in 1975 .ey," he said. "We're not going for a large ber, 1986. While the Center still exists as crowd...with our building, I think maybe an organization, Davis said he recently 40 or 50 people (each week) would be real- changed the focus of the building to make ly good!'The main objective, said Davis, jt available as a meeting place for organi- is to provide the environment for those zatjons particularly gay/lesbian spiritu- who want the chance to mingle with oth- ^ flnd social groups The Center may later gay people or attend a show, without ep regume laf meeting8 therei he feeling uncomfortable because they . don't drink. swd' The events will be held on Friday eve- Don Davis is founder of the Church of nings, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Religious Science, which will mark its Ron Davis, who describes himself as a third anniversary on March 17. That "deeply spiritual person," founded the group presently meets at a house on Center for a Positive Lifestylein Septem- Willard Street. 3rd annual 'Sweet Charity' event planned for April The third annual "Sweet Charity" AIDS benefit is set for April 28, with actor/singer Kris Kristofferson as the event's celebrity co-chair. This year's event is titled "A Chocolate Fiesta," and will feature chocolate masterpieces created by Houston's greatest chefs, including Mexican chocolate beverages and double fudge chocolate cake with raspberry icing, said organizers. Local celebrities will also be competing in a sugar sculpturing contest. Proceeds from "Sweet Charity" are donated to the AIDS Interfaith Council, a program of the Foundation for Interfaith Research and Ministry. The foundation is a non-profit organization which provides in-home care and companionship for people with AIDS. Melanie Lawson, KTRK-TV (Houston Channel 13) news anchor, will be the event's emcee. Co-chairs are Kristofferson and Houston phUanthro- pist Sue Rowan Pittman. "Sweet Charity" begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28; followed by dessert at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 (dinner and dessert) and $25 (dessert only), and are available from Ticketron, (713) 526-1709, or the AIDSInterfaithCouncil, (713) 682-5995. —MCCR "praise" Choir Expands The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection "Praise" Sanctuary Choir has begun its 1991 growth recruitment, hoping to expand to a 100-plus voice choir by the Christmas season. Presently numbering 55 voices, the choir just celebrated its 16th year as a ministry and had its largest Christmas program, attended by over 735 people. A display of new music the choir has received will be held at the church's "Victory Celebration Sunday Service," to be held at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center at 10:45 a.m. March 10. The choir will be accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra in celebration of the Capital Gifts Campaign to relocate MCCR into larger facilities. New additions to the Praise Music Ministry include a handbell choir, which rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:30 p.m., and a mixed ensemble. Though not a part of the music ministry, MCCR Worship Lay Ministry has added a "signing choirl' which rehearses Saturdays at noon. Present plans for the choir includes a three day trip to perform in San Antonio. Fort Worth and Dallas. The ensembles are planning a trip to Oklahoma City in May. to attend UFMCC's district conference. Video tapes of the 1990 Christmas presentation "Rise, Shine, Your Light has Come" will be on Bale shortly in the church's fellowship hall. For more information on the ministries, call MCCR at 861-9149. —"M. Butterfly" cast at Montrose Library "M. Butterfly" is a story so bizarre it could only be true. "A former French dip lomat and a Chinese opera singer have been sentenced to six years in jail for spying for China after a two-day trial traced a story of clandestine love and mistaken sexual identity. Mr. Bouriscot was accused of passing information to China after he fell in love with Mr. Shi, whom he believed for 20 years to be a woman."— (New York Times, May 11, 1986). Houston Public Library and the Houston Chronicle will host a free seminar. "Belief in Disillusion," presented by cast members of "M. Butterfly" at noon, March 6, at the Montrose Branch Library, 4100 Montrose Blvd. The Broadway stars will discuss the play, "M. Butterfly" and its production. A pair of freeopeningnight tickets will be given away through drawings at each of the 34 Houston Public Library locations. Registration for "M. Butterfly" tickets will end Feb. 27. Philip Anglim, one of the original stars, will perform in "M. Butterfly" at Jones Hall March 5-10, presented by the Society for the Performing Arts and the NCNB Houston Broadway Series. —MCC New Freedom bake sale MCC New Freedom in Christ will be having a bake sale on Feb. 23 at Kroger on Montrose, starting around 9:00 a.m. The Sunday morning worship service will be devoted to an all-musical service. Persons who sing or play a musical instrument are invited to join. For information, call the church office. Rev. Dee Lamb is pastor of the church, located at 3322 White Oaks.
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