(HOUSTON) People might associate Texas with yellow roses or bluebonnets, but this year an unmistakably different flower is taking over the state. Houston-based drag entertainer Violet S’Arbleu, née Jacob Chaput, will shower the Lone Star State with a purple reign as the newly crowned Miss Gay Texas America.
“The Miss Gay Texas America legacy is 43 years of stellar, inspirational entertainers,” he says, “and honestly I’m just so humbled and thrilled to have the honor to join those ranks and represent the system this year.”
(HOUSTON) — Everyone deserves a drink, but today here’s a little secret. The list of the top 5 bartenders in the LGBT community. Because everyone deserves a drink from this year’s best bartenders.
Even though we suggest getting to know all the bartenders in our community, we really suggest acquainting yourself, your friends, with these innovators of all things boozy, and yummy in Montrose. Great bartenders wear many different hats while they sling those cocktails. Because of this, it’s very difficult to pick these masters. But we tried our best.
Austin Abernathy at Hamburger Mary's
Austin Abernathy of Hamburger Mary’s probably won’t admit it, but he’s a huge puzzle piece who has helped Hamburger Mary’s grow their sales from behind the bar. With all the seasonal science experiments that Austin is constantly cooking up, there’s really no way to ever tell what kind of new flavor experiments he has up his sleeve. That’s why it’s probably best to give him a few clues and then sit back and enjoy whatever he whips up for you.
Christopher Hunter at Guava Lamp
If you’ve wandered down Waugh Drive in Montrose on a Wednesday night and been drawn into Guava Lamp by the glowing neon lights, you have most likely been served a drink by Christopher Hunter. Guava’s resident cocktail master, Hunter is deliberate and precise with his drinks while also making sure that no one is thirsty for too long.
Jared Miles at Jr's Bar & Grill
The word ‘green’ comes to mind when talking about Jared Miles. While holding it down behind the bar of Jr’s Bar & Grill, Jared treats the thirsty of Montrose. He can whip you up a made-from-scratch margarita or extra-dirty martini to the beat of the drag queens or dancers. Jared’s genial nature and welcoming warmth are what keeps regulars coming back and visitors likely to become regulars.
Eric Ervin at Rich's Houston
For years, the undisputed cocktail master of the Montrose cocktail scene has been Eric Ervin. Even though he now mixes his master cocktails at Rich’s in Midtown. There’s a reason that Eric is considered “the bartender’s bartender.” Don’t be surprised if he remembers your drink and exactly how you like it even after only a few visits.
Chris Contello at The Eagle Houston
If you visit the Eagle Houston, you’re likely to be served a drink by Mr. Chris Contello. He’s the one at the end of the bar, near the DJ booth. Chris hides a great secret: He’s secretly a cocktail master and one of the sweetest bartenders you will encounter. He remembers your name and your flavor.
Queer Act Boys’ Entrance Releases News Single on iTunes
(Houston) – Queer artists are flourishing in most music genres, including Country where artists like Shane McAnally, Ty Herndon, Steve Grand, and Brandy Clark have joined the ranks of out superstars Chely Wright, Melissa Etheridge, and k.d. Lang.
The last frontier of music might just be in punk rock where only a handful of acts exist, among them; Pansy Division, Against Me, and Boys’ Entrance.
Tim Cain created Boys’ Entrance over 25 years ago and, in that time, has produced some of Queer Rock’s most iconic, political, and galvanizing music. Their latest album, out this month, is Tunnelvision, a rock opera that is being called the next Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, it tells the story of Tim and Troy and their tumultuous relationship. The story opens with Tim, a rock musician, on stage, getting jeered by the audience for being queer. He responds by unabashedly claiming the title of “Mr. Sissy”. His bold declaration wins the crowd over, then, in “Creation,” he explains how the purpose of gay men is to create, not procreate.
Troy, a closeted straight guy, happens to be in the audience. The two hook up after the show and begin a rollercoaster ride of a relationship that involves break-ups and make-ups, drugs, alien encounters and one of the men becoming a call boy. The two say they want to be in a committed relationship together, but they simply don’t know how to make it work. Its the 1980s, after all. The physical relationship between Tim and Troy eventually breaks down, but their desires continue unabated. That is when the “wolf” comes knocking at the door.
The wolf in “The Wolf Is At The Door,” the first single release from the album, is temptation. The song is Peter Gabriel meets Duran Duran meets David Bowie. It is funky like Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” with a Duran Duran veneer and a final verse that pays homage to Bowie. It is the climax of the opera, coming at a point of intense exasperation between Tim and Troy, conveying sexual appetite and frustration.
The love story ends not-so-happily-ever-after, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Tragedy is the currency of opera. Still, the music of the finale sounds like a sunrise. The song, “Back to One,” conjures up those first few moments when the sky begins to turn and the sun appears. For Tim, there is satisfaction at having removed himself from the madness of his relationship with Troy. There is also a pride that comes from realizing he is ok with being alone. It’s a reminder that at the end of the day, we all ride solo in this journey of life.
It’s easy to see how some might compare Tunnelvision with Hedwig. Both use the power of rock to convey a dramatic and powerful story, but while Hedwig uses humor to defuse a personal tragedy, Tunnelvision is more operatic and dramatic, incorporating a wide array of music genres into its story. There is Heavy Metal and Goth; also Soul, Industrial, New Wave, Hip Hop, Jazz, Psychedelic, Gospel and even Cabaret. The songs flow in style and type, helping to inform the lyrics. Now, if only they had added just a touch of Country…
Tunnelvision by Boys’ Entrance is available on iTunes now along with the band’s first single release, “The Wolf Is At The Door”. Visit their official website here.
Lance Bass Husband Michael Turchin Gets ‘Dramatic,’ Accuses Man Of Assault After Clubbing In Houston
(HOUSTON) — Hours after the grand success of the 20th annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Houston Gala, special guest and former Nsync member Lance Bass and model husband, Michael Turchin hit the Houston LGBT club scene.