In the original production of George’s Truck Stop and Drag Bar, the drag queens of Krisko County take up residence at George's Truck Stop after their drag bar was burned down by its co-owner, Maybelline.
The sequel follows the queens of George's Truck Stop yet again. Will Delta’s cosmetic line get banned by the FDA? Will L’Oreal ever get help matching her dresses? Will the new chef, Maria, get deported? Will Maybelline get to see her only son/daughter perform in his first pageant? Will Mary Kay drink all the Bud Light?
These are the pressing questions that will be answered in this hilarious follow-up. The play shows at Evergreen Theatre from August 1st through the 3rd. Curtain opens at 8 p.m., but each night's performance is proceeded by a cocktail hour at 7 p.m.
Flirting with a stranger in a bar is about to get a little easier with this weekend's Coconut Post Office at the Pumping Station's Luau Night on Saturday, July 27th.
At the event, a fund-raiser for Mid-South Pride, attendees pay a donation and receive a number to wear on their shirts. Notepads will be located throughout the bar, and patrons may write messages (and leave their phone numbers) addressed to the numbers people are wearing. Notes are handed to the designated "coconut postman."
Patrons will watch for their number to be posted on the wall, and when it is, that means they have a letter to pick up from the postman.
Already coupled? Stop in anyway for drink specials, Jello shooters, games, and prizes. Don't forget to wear your grass skirt. The party starts at 8 p.m. The Pumping Station is located at 1382 Poplar.
The monthly "Cherry" party series, billed as a "lezzie shindig," is celebrating one year this weekend, and they'll be doing so in a different bar than usual.
On Saturday, July 27th, Cherry's anniversary party will be held at Side Street Grill on the redbar side. The party includes a birthday burlesque show starring Foxy Fairmont, Kissame Suga, Kitty Wompas, LadyDoo Moi, and Anne Tag-a-Knee. There will be music and dancing after the show.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and there's a $10 cover charge.
The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 21st at 2 p.m. at Neshoba Church.
TEP's acting executive director Chris Sanders of Nashville will be at the event on part of his Tennessee tour in support of his new role with the organization (Sander led the organization as president for years).
The event will feature an ice cream bar with multiple toppings and an appearance by Magic Mr. Nick. The entry fee is $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds benefit TEP.
April Blair — better known by her pen name, Skyy — had no idea she was even writing a book six years ago when she wrote the draft of her first book, Choices. She was just writing to combat depression, but after a friend read the manuscript, that friend convinced Blair to publish. This past June, Blair released Full Circle, the fourth and final book in her "Choices" fiction series. (The second and third books are titled Consequences and Crossroads.)
The books follow the lives of four women navigating lesbian life at a fictional Memphis college. At the center of the story are Lena and Denise, a pair of roommates whose relationship progresses beyond friendship but not without a cost. Lena was engaged to Brandon, star of the men's basketball team, until Denise shakes up Lena's world. The Flyer recently spoke with "Skyy" about her pen name, her fans, and her future. — Bianca Phillips
The Flyer: So, a friend convinced you to publish?
April Blair: That friend was sitting at my computer, and I asked her what she was doing. She said, "Reading this book you wrote. This is even better than the last Eric Jerome Dickey book I read. You should do something with it." I started researching how to get published, and I came across an independent lesbian book publisher called King's Crossing.
Has King's Crossing published all your books?
They published the first two, and they ended up going out of business. But by then, I had been featured on the Michael Baisden radio show, and my books had taken off. Carl Weber, who owns Urban Books, an imprint of Kensington, then wanted my books. He'd been selling them in his bookstores, and they were flying off the shelves.
Where does the pen name Skyy come from?
I originally started calling myself Skyy, because I have a tendency to daydream. In the gay community, if you join gay houses or families, they give you your own name. So I said I'd be Skyy.
Are the books written for the lesbian community, or do they have a broader appeal?
They were originally written for the lesbian community, but after I did The Michael Baisden Show, I learned that I had a lot of straight readers — men and women. The characters almost become gender-neutral. I think that's why the books appeal to so many. You don't love these people, because they're gay. You love these people because of who they are.
What's next for you?
One of the main things my fans want is a movie or TV series based on the books. I hope that's coming soon. The geek in me wants to write sci-fi books. And I'd like to assist other lesbian and gay authors to get their work out there and be seen.
Chris Sanders, who has served in a volunteer role as president of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) for years, has been named acting executive director of the organization.
The TEP Foundation's board has determined the organization needs a full-time, paid executive director to lead the organization. Previously, it was run by volunteers. Sanders will fill the interim role while the board launches a search for the full-time position.
The executive director's role includes directing TEP's education, advocacy, media relations, community organizing, and fund development efforts.
“The recent Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 are historic for our country, but we have to make sure that we’re not standing still in Tennessee. Having a dedicated professional to direct our efforts will allow us to achieve more in East, West, and Middle Tennessee. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in our state deserves no less," said TEP vice president Bleu Copas.
The board will also be appointing a new president of the organization to fill the role Sanders is vacating.
Sanders will begin his new responsibilities with an outreach tour around the state starting in Nashville on July 19th at a Forward Friday event at Tribe starting at 7:00 p.m., followed by TEP’s annual Ice Cream Sundae Social on July 21st in Memphis, completed by a gathering in Knoxville for the final vote on the Knox County non-discrimination ordinance on July 22nd.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) is hosting a night at TheatreWorks during a showing of Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche.
All proceeds from tickets sales to the show on Saturday, July 13th at 8 p.m. will benefit MGLCC.
The comedy, set in 1956, centers on the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein's annual quiche breakfast. Click here to see a video clip from the play on Flyer theater critic Chris Davis' Intermission Impossible blog.
There will champagne cocktails served at 7:30 p.m., before the play begins. Tickets for the MGLCC night are $45.
The Rainbow Riders, the city's LGBT bicycle club, will take off on a 30-mile trek from Republic Coffee in Midtown to Nashoba Park in Germantown on Saturday, July 6th at 10 a.m.
The ride is open to the public, so long as you can provide your own bike and safety gear (helmets are required). The ride will follow the Shelby Farms Greenline, the Wolf River Greenline, and the Germantown Greenline.
Anyone who can't make the full 30-mile round trip is invited to do a half-trek of 14 miles from Republic Coffee to Shelby Farms.
The Rainbow Riders will meet at Republic Coffee. The ride is expected to end at 2 p.m.
After last week's major scores for LGBT equality — the repeals of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — it seems fitting that the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community will be hoisting a larger rainbow flag up its flagpole.
The community center at 892 S. Cooper will host a flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday, July 3rd at 6:30 p.m. as they replace the older, small flag with a 10-foot flag. The money for the new flag was raised by the center's men's potluck group.
From a MGLCC newsletter:
"We've been aware that the small rainbow flag we have flying does not adequately represent the spirit of our community, so we have purchased a considerably larger one. At 10 feet, the flag will be the largest flag we have used on our flagpole. With the repeal of DOMA and Prop 8, it seems only right that the rising tide of LGBT equality should be matched by a new flag!"