Monday, June 08, 2009

Rainbows Rising over a Manic Monday

The countdown continues to PRIDE 2009 as this forum keeps percolating and producing our daily brand of what's really going on from the lunatic fringe to the plateaus of power. It's all here each and every day as Arkansas' only daily source for the GLBTQ community and beyond. Here we go again....

AIDS Walking: The Stonewall Caucus of Arkansas and the Democratic Party of Arkansas will have AIDS Walk teams on Saturday, June 13 during, the Arkansas AIDS Foundation's 7th Annual Celebration of Life AIDS Walk on Saturday, at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. President Clinton is the one of the world's foremost activists on the struggle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) was established to reorganize markets and work with governments making treatment more accessible to the developing world. After the walk, there will be a health fair, live entertainment, and FREE food. There will be a balloon release in memory of loved ones lost to AIDS and in the hope of finding a cure. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The entry fee for the event is $20 and all proceeds will be used to support client services at the Arkansas AIDS Foundation. To join the Democratic Party of Arkansas's team or to contribute to the walk please click here. For more information please contact Angela Bradford at (501)374-2361, or Joe L. at

Pride Picnic Meet: A planning meeting has been called for this Wed. June 10th at 3:00 p.m. for the 09 Pride Picnic being held June 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Allsop Park. The meeting will be held at the CAR offices, 800 Scott St. inside First Presbyterian. Please call 258-3186 to be let inside. For more info contact Randi at the Center for Artistic Revolution. This forum will be participating as a sponsor, so join us at this community event.

Let Us Entertain U: As you know readers, I do my best to make the rounds of the area outlets, actually "walking the walk as I talk the talk," about supporting these establishment as social alternatives. Yet to my surprise, I've been somewhat perplexed at the varying turn out that I've witnessed despite scheduled events for your pleasure. Both me and my companion have been startled when we've found ourselves to be the only faces in the place. At STAR Bar, 1900 W. 3rd Street, on a Friday evening, we were the only "two" patrons in this ultra metro spot. Although it was early evening, around post happy hour, for the next hour we had the place all to ourselves. We enjoyed some pricey, but tasty and beautifully presented appetizers in the cool lounge (pictured), listened to the DJ's mood music, strolled out to the "smoking area," with it's Tiki Torches, settled up the tab and moved on. On another outing on a Saturday evening at 601 Center, we found ourselves again, yes again, with our personal bartender, "Jeff", whom stated that he was glad that we dropped in since we were the first and only patrons during his shift. As a familiar face, we mused about a variety of topics as videos played overhead and we enjoyed cold beverages. My partner kept saying, what's wrong with this picture? I retorted that perhaps they knew I was coming so they were waiting till I was gone to come out! Silly me. Nonetheless, I realize that I've recoiled from the "late night" face in the crowd set, but finally we have outlets that do open early for those who are not on a midnight prowl. So this possible alternative is available for the taking on both sides of the river. Want a preview, then check out STAR BAR's chic website at

Pride Picnic in the Park, June 21, 2009 - 12:30 p.m.

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