Houston GLBT Community Center Goes French with Un Soiree Pelouse: A Garden Party. Plus OutSmart’s guide to choosing a drag name.
If you are one of those people who eats Freedom Fries or drinks only domestic Bordeaux, go ahead and turn to the next story, please. There’s nothing for you on this page.
But if you are a fan of all things French, you’ll love Un Soiree Pelouse: A Garden Party, a campy gala fundraising event set for April 20 at Rich’s.
Granted, the name Un Soiree Pelouse: A Garden Party sounds similar to the annual très gay Garden Party fundraiser of days gone by. But the two events are in no way connected, Houston GLBT Community Center board member Marc Garcia, says.
“The idea for Un Soiree Pelouse sprung from our desire to do a signature fundraising event for the programs of the community center, one that was really diverse and would get everybody involved,” Garcia says.
Garcia, who co-chairs the event with Tom Baker, hopes the soiree will eventually enable the center to fund a scholarship program for GLBT students.
In addition to complimentary well drinks and non-stop dance music, Soireers can expect to be treated to the hilarious antics of emcee Anita Bump and special guest entertainer, Bernadette. Additionally, M2M Fashion Lounge provides an “out of this world” runway fashion show with a sexy French twist, featuring both male and female models. Jenna Drey, Eric Alan, and XM Radio DJ Mark D round out the entertainment.
Even if it’s something as simple as sticking a croissant in your bonnet, the required attire for Un Soiree Pelouse is something à la Français, Garcia insists.
“Or they could simply wear something red or black, which are our theme colors,” he adds.
As if all this voulez-vous action weren’t enough, Pelouse partiers are eligible to win a free Norwegian Cruise Line vacation, compliments of AquaFest; you must be present to win.
Admission starts at $25, with VIP packages ranging from $100 to $250, with proceeds benefiting the Houston GLBT Community Center. April 20, 2–6 p.m. Rich’s, 2401 San Jacinto St. Details: www.myspace.com/agardenparty.
Photo caption (clockwise from bottom left): Marc Garcia, Kelly Murray, Tom Baker, Dominick Soliz, and Anita Bump (center) roll out the French finery for Un Soiree Pelouse: A Garden Party.
Spring queen: The self-styled “mouthy, smart-ass, hilarious” diva Anita Bump, who emcees Un Soiree Pelouse on April 20, made her debut seven years ago at the annual Pranksters In Pumps fundraiser show presented by Montrose Softball League (which this year takes place on April 5, 6–9 p.m., at Rich’s, featuring a special Bump performance). In addition to Un Soiree Pelouse, presented by and benefiting the Houston GLBT Community Center, Anita Bump’s activities include hosting a weekly show at Rich’s on Saturdays at midnight. Her content-rich website, www.anitabump.com, is no doubt one of the few drag-queen sites that features new food and cocktail recipes every month—for April, Apple-Pear Crisp and Sparkling Mint Lemonade.
How Does Your Garden Drag?
OutSmart ‘s guide to choosing a drag name
It started innocently enough:
Q: “Does anyone have change for a dollar?”
A: “Changephora Dollah! That would make a great drag name!”
Like most people who find themselves deeply ensconced in the GLBT culture, OutSmart staffers frequently find our daily conversations to be peppered with potential stage names.
And why not? Queer folk have been doing drag for centuries, perhaps even as long ago as when Adam first noticed Eve’s fig leaf and decided that color of green would look great for his big exit-from-the-Garden-of Eden production number.
As you prepare your costume for Soiree Pelouse, whether you opt to duct tape up that manly chest of yours to fashion some faux décolletage or you duct-tape down your more feminine front to convey the illusion of pecs, OutSmart wants to help.
We offer these potential monikers to you, hoping each name will be adopted by a fledgling performer and come to life in a Celine Dion medley on a gay stage near you.
FOR THE QUEENS
Bow Tie Mary
Auntie Em Bolism
Balmy Brisas (breezes)
A. Nell Retentive
Ivana B. Strokanoff
Hortense N. Uptight
Nocturna E. Missions
Appassionetta von Klymaxxx
Whit E. Banter
Nappy-Headed and Heidi, The Ho Sisters
Ova N. Dunwith
Sadie N. Gommorrah
Faith N. Begorrah
Park N. Rear
FOR THE KINGS
Ian E. Meany
Norm de Plume
Bayer Lee Maninuff
Bayer Lee Cubb
A. Sid Rayne