Archive for August, 2009

COMING UP: Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards – An event for World AIDS Day

August 24, 2009

In celebration of World AIDS Day, STARViN-ARTiST Gallery is doing something really special, if not remarkable.

The gallery, which recently moved to the heart of the Original Highlands on Baxter Avenue, will be having an HIV/AIDS fundraiser called, “Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards,” a series in which artists will be selling original pieces, all to benefit clients who provide services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Here’s the fun part. The series will feature all kinds of artists, from those entering their very first show to icons within the local art scene. All works will be sold for $35, but you won’t find out who did the piece until after you purchase it.

The event is actually in two parts. First comes the preview show, on November 27; a sneak peak of the works, which is open to the public. The benefit sale takes place the following Tuesday on December 1. All pieces are first-come, first-serve and you can also enter a raffle to win an original work! Even if you don’t buy anything, you are encouraged to attend. Admission to the preview show is $35, but the benefit sale will only set you back $5. And all of this is meant to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, so why not get involved in helping stop this epidemic?

ARTISTS: If you want to be a part of the series and contribute a piece, please contact the studio at the address below to obtain a submission form or send an email:

Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards
c/o Starvin-Artist Gallery
608 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Deadline for submissions is November 1. Also, if you submit a piece, you get in free!

WHEN:
Preview Show
Friday, November 27
8-10 PM

Benefit Sale
Tuesday, December 1
6-10 PM

WHERE:
608 Baxter Avenue

HOW MUCH:
Preview Show: $35
Benefit Sale: $5

GOING OUT – SATURDAY: Fleur de Lez’s Sweet Heat Party

August 21, 2009

Sweet heat! It’s a party!

The ladies of Fleur de Lez are throwing a ball and you’re invited! If you’re into dancing, spoken word poetry and just having a good time in general, the Sweet Heat party (what an awesome name) should be on your to-do list this weekend. It’s free, but there is a cash bar for cocktails, with all proceeds going to Fairness Campaign and Fleur de Lez. Stop on by!

Speaking of Fairness, it’s not too late to volunteer for the KY State Fair. They’re still looking for people to fill in some shifts — plus you get in free! Call (502) 893-0788 or email kyle@fairness.org to sign up.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, August 22
9 PM-1 AM

WHERE:
Fierce Fitness Studio
1806 Frankfort Ave (next to Sweet Surrender)

HOW MUCH:
Free

The Louisville AIDS Walk NEEDS your help! Sign up and donate today!

August 20, 2009

In less than a month, the Louisville AIDS Walk will celebrate its 17th year — will you be part of it?

Since 1993, the Walk has united Louisvillians of all backgrounds to join against the struggle of AIDS, stand with those living with HIV and remember loved ones who have passed on. The event, which is the largest fundraiser in the state for this issue, helps clients who provide services and treatment for those living with HIV or AIDS.

Unfortunately, times have been tough for everyone, including the AIDS Walk. Due to the recession many sponsors have had to withdraw their contributions or give less. Just as worse, participation has dropped significantly. Last year, 130 AIDS Walk teams took part and $41,000 was raised through online donations. As of right now, there are only 58 teams and only $4,900 has been raised, which is just over 1/10 of last year’s amount.

But it’s not too late to get involved! Louisville AIDS Walk has traditionally seen a huge rise in donations and signups the month before the event. Even though the dip in activity is steep, a lot can be done within 24 days.

How do you get involved? It’s easy. Sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Just go to the Web site (http://louisvilleaidswalk.org) and create your own profile. Once this is set up, visitors can sponsor you or your team through donations (which are tax deductible). You can also download a pledge form and collect donations in person. If you want to take it to the next level, you can also become a sponsor of the event at various levels.

And just as important, PASS THIS ON. There are thousands of people who live with HIV or AIDS around the state who depend on treatment and services the AIDS Walk help funds. Despite the advances in medicine, AIDS cases continue to increase and the rates of HIV infections have grown in Kentucky, as funding for care has dropped. Your donations and commitment to the cause will not only help those in need, but stop the spread of this epidemic and the devastation it brings to them and their families’ lives.

For more information, please contact Brad Hampton at (502) 574-5947 or by email or visit the Web site.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 13
1 PM: Opening Ceremonies
2 PM: 5k Run
3 – 5 PM: Walk/Pet Walk

WHERE:
The Belvedere
500 W. Main Street

BREAKING: Woody’s owner to apologize for racist, sexist remarks

August 14, 2009

David Norton, the owner of Woody’s Bar in Louisville who was accused of making homophobic and racist epithets against a college professor and students last year, has agreed to a public apology. Fairness Campaign, who sent out a press release this morning, will be present and will also make a statement, along with Dr. Kaila Story and others involved in the incident.

WHEN:
Tomorrow
6:30 PM

WHERE:
Woody’s Bar
208 E. Burnett

GOING OUT x 2: Fleur de Lez Happy Hour / The Jarics at HOTEL’s Hard Candy

August 13, 2009

Two awesome things are going on tonight … think you can handle it?

First, our blogging sisters Fluer de Lez, a site for queer women in Louisville, is hosting their first ever Happy Hour at Zanzabar, the site of last week’s G3 Illustrated soiree. Zanzabar was known as the happening spot in the past decade and after recent renovations and a successful opening, they may take back that title. There will be drink specials tonight (of course), but you’ll also get a chance to meet some fellow members in your community!

After that, you can head on downtown to Hotel‘s Hard Candy, a monthly night of GLBTQ entertainment, and meet The Jarics! Aden and Jordan Jaric, two of Falcon Studio‘s hottest stars, will be the honorary hosts, giving away prizes and mingling with the crowd. Hotel is also making this summer steamier with $4 Absolut cocktails the entire night! And it’s FREE!

Fleur de Lez Happy Hour

WHEN:
6:30 – 9 PM

WHERE:
2100 S Preston Street

HOW MUCH:
Free, drink specials all night

The Jarics at Hotel’s Hard Candy

WHEN:
10 PM – 4 AM

WHERE:
410 S. Fourth Street

HOW MUCH:
Free

GOING OUT: Aüdiolüst at Renbarger’s Brewhaus

August 12, 2009

We’ve been wondering where to go for fresh electronic jams and dancing since the unfortunate collapse of Pink Door. But wonder no more.

Aüdiolüst, a weekly event at the newly renovated Brewhaus on Baxter Avenue has stepped up to fill in that missing piece. You get great dance music from DJs all over the country, drinks by Absolut Vodka and … it’s free! This week, the Brewhaus and BARCODE Entertainment will be hosting Lady Foursquare, Dufy and Figure, so go!

WHEN:
Tonight, 10 PM – 4 AM

WHERE:
Renbarger’s Brewhaüs
942 Baxter avenue

HOW MUCH:
Free

GOING OUT: G3 Soiree at Zanzibar tonight

August 6, 2009

Tonight G3 Illustrated gets ready to host another fun soiree, this time at newly remodeled Zanzibar. Known as the hotspot in the 1990s, this trendy Germantown restaurant becomes a happening bar after dinner hours, and it’s popular with the young professional crowd. As you might guess, there will be drink specials and complementary h’or doerves.  Get there early!

WHEN:
Thursday, August 6
8 PM-12 AM

WHERE:
Zanzibar
2100 S. Preston Street

HOW MUCH:
Free

MISSING: Robert Botts – Can you help?

August 5, 2009

Robert Botts, a friend to many in the gay community, has been missing since last week. Robert is white, 44-years-old, 230 lbs., with brown hair and grey eyes. He was last seen on July 30th, Thursday, at 11:30 PM. His car, a silver Saturn Ion with license plate number 139JLT was found at South Shelby Street and East Kentucky around the same time. His family has not been able to reach him since that night.

If you have any details, please call the Louisville Metro Police Department at (502) 574-LMPD or e-mail joe.botts@gmail.com. There is also a Facebook group raising awareness about his disappearance. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!