PastOut: 5 Years Ago in ‘OutSmart’

PastOut: 5 Years Ago in ‘OutSmart’: May 2005

by Donalevan Maines

Theater buffs partied with Peter Pan’s Emmy-winning, Tony-nominated star Cathy Rigby, and they mingled with the cast and enjoyed cabaret music at Artista in the Hobby Center at an Out@TUTS soiree following a performance of the classic musical.

Club goers from disco’s zenith years strapped on platform shoes and shook their groove things as they boogie-oogie-oogied at a Copa reunion party at Bocados, where the eatery’s owners Terry Flores and Lilly Hernandez raked in donations for AssistHers and Montrose Counseling Center.

Flores also DJ’d the fourth annual Kindred Spirits celebration that Marion Coleman hosted at the Hornberger Center as a benefit for various community organizations.

Allen Cole and Charlie Pacheo, aka “Angelique Andrea,” launched Faces, a monthly talent contest/fundraiser, at Keys West. The first month’s beneficiary was The Assistance Fund.

Kent Locklin opened Nsomnia Furniture & Gifts at 433 North 610 West, with sales supporting operations of West Heights House.

The popular ’80s duo Jerry Atwood and Rick Comeaux reteamed for the annual Diana Foundation gala and joined Steve Dixon for a show at Ovations, with both events benefiting Bering Omega Community Services.

For a wonderfully green Mother’s Day gift, OutSmart at Home suggested a Texas Herbs Gardens box crafted by Kiki Neumann as the newest addition to her Mother’s Old Fencepost line of garden and home creations.

Lily Tomlin made ’em laugh at the Steel Magnolias Ball honoring the many women of Houston’s Cullen family and their contributions to the Alley Theatre.

In GrooveOut, Erasure voice Andy Bell told OutSmart, “I just had two hip replacements; I’m in the Liza Minnelli club now.”

On Friday and Saturday nights, CC Ryder’s Seaside Cabaret entertained at 3rd Coast Beach Bar in its new location at 3102 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.

And on May 10, editor Tim Brookover hosted the first “Talk Back to OutSmart” evening at the GLBT Community Center, inviting readers to ask questions, present information about organizations and activities, and share ideas with magazine staff.

Donalevan Maines wrote about the Academy Awards in the March issue of OutSmart.

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