Friday, January 30, 2009

First TGI Friday 09

Is it here already, yes sirree, it's the first TGIF of 2009! Yep, we are off and running with a vengeance as we prepare to do our best to bring you the latest updates, commentary, links and every thing over or under the rainbow. Welcome to the no messing around fast lane....ready, set, go!

Love Lights: Interweave a program of UUCLR will host Heart to Heart a Valentine Eve dance
February 13, 2009 8:00 - 11:00 pm ,$5.00 / person at the Unitarian Universalist Church
of Little Rock Fellowship Hall 1818 Reservoir Rd. This smoke free environment will feature mixing as Beer, Wine, and Soda will be available. For more info click it to: or call Sue McDonald, 501.225.1503.

Electing 2010: Didn't we just finish this electing stuff? Yeah we did, but it's never too early to start your fundraising for the next election cycle. Enter the friends of Jay Barth with their 2.5.09 soiree, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., raising funds for his impending run for Arkansas state Senate District 34. The event will be held at the home of Dr. Rickey Medlock and Scott Heffington 2200 Broadway St.,in downtown Little Rock. Barth is an educator and has served on the State Democratic Committee.

NA Calleth: I've received "congrats" from a few of you as well as Norbet Young, co-chair of the National Association of Black and White Men Together on their vote to choose me as a new board director. After that vote, at the pleasure of the chair, It's been suggested that I be dispatched to the newsletter/publications committee as it's Co-Chair. Now how did they come to that conclusion, well isn't obvious? It will be my pleasure to help usher in a new digitized version of the their venerable publication, The Quarterly which will be re-christened after a name search and selection. I'll be off to Chicago in April for our board meeting and then to Philadelphia, July 29- Aug 1 for the national convention. If you are interested in attending the national, hit me up with an e-blast, click the picture icon or NABWMT link for more info! I'd love to show up with other folks from this part of the country.

7th Street Duos: Last week I gave you my take on the new bar in the 7Th Street entertainment corridor, Six Ten Center which opened simultaneously with it's "sister" entity, Off Center formerly known as Easy Street. The piano bar concept of Easy Street wasn't new to me although it was new to this city's rainbow community which thoroughly embraced it. It was different from karaoke with it's mix of good and not so good singers. Even though the idea was fresh, some of the back story antics that plagued the venue eventually caused it demise. Flash forward to Off Center which gussied up things, rearranged, re-tooled, re-stocked and is now off to re-create the good times. I visited on a week night to let the chips fall where they may. I didn't expect a crowd and there wasn't, but there were a few die hearts sitting around the new bar area sharing conversation. Bar GM Jordan greeted myself and my companion warmly, although the house was quite chilly, if not down right cold. However, he complied to adjusting the temp and explained the nature of the problem. Off Center has been re-vamped yet still has elements of the past, including an great nod to the past with the former bar top accented on the wall for an interesting decorating twist. Some one's been watching those TV designer shows! The rest of the "performance area" is rather basic with banquette seating and other non descript seating. Unlike it's former predecessor, the smartly lit bar is fully stocked with your favorite libations, soft beverages and power drinks. Each night there's a entertainment offering including an open mike night on Wednesday's and scheduled weekend fare. I mentioned in earlier post that when this change over was in progress, that the days of "no cover" would cease and I was on target. Yet, the nominal cover is supposedly slated to cover the expenses of those entertainers along with your generous tips. Let's face it folks, being entertained has it cost. Smoking is allowed in the rear pool/game/lounge area with it's access to the patio, which I suspect will get lots of play when the weather warms. I can see a very nice garden area developed with subdued lighting. Someone send for Chris Olson or P.Allen Smith if he's available. As for that dinky theater that hosted an all kinds of stuff, the plans are in a "TBD"( to be determined) holding pattern until the bar finds it's bearings. All in all, Off Center is a quaint diversion that with a steady hand, could develop into a premiere stop for early birds or those in a late evening speakeasy mood.

Super Sunday: It's going down this Sunday, the Super Bowl! On the north shore, Sidetracks is getting ready to bust out with food reportedly from the new Whiskey Restaurant, bar specials and all other kinds of shenanigans that this venue is known to enjoy. All this activity will be highlighted with their new flat screen TV over their elongated bar. Will I be there? Possibly, But will you? I hope so. Tell em I sent ya!

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