Updated August 12, 2009 Compiled & written by Mike Fitzpatrick
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Madison, Chippewa Valley Pride Events This Weekend
Wisconsin Capitol Pride Begins August 15
Madison - Thirteen months after Madison’s last “back to basics” pride event drew just hundreds, organizers of the new Wisconsin Capitol Pride hope to rejuvenate the city’s gay pride with a two-day series of events that mimics the former MAGIC picnic and Madison Pride in their scope, and comes just weeks after the first significant LGBT community political and cultural victory - the establishment of a statewide same-sex domestic partnership registry.
The festival kicks off at 2 PM Saturday, August 15 at the Alliant Energy Center on Willow Island and offers two stages of entertainment. Following the 3 PM Welcome ceremony, main stage attractions will include the Ms. WCP Presentation at 3:45, and a Latino drag show at 4 PM. Singer Ann Christopher follows at 5 PM and Madison’s gay choral group Perfect Harmony takes the stage at 6.
The gay “Texas-BBQ flavored” humor of nationally-known lesbian comedian Vickie Shaw at 7 PM has been billed at the festival’s headline event. However, Madison’s chart-topping home town rappers God-Des & She may challenge the comic with an evening-ending concert at 8 PM.
The Dance Stage will offer DJs from 2-5:30 PM and after 6:30 along with two special events: “Dancing with The Queens” at 5 PM and an hour-long drag show beginning at 5:30.
Following the 1 PM pride parade around the Capitol Square, Wisconsin Capitol Pride will again offer two stages of entertainment. On the Main Stage menu is a 2:45 PM magic show, followed by a drag show at 3:30. Entertainers Lynette’s Enchanted, Earthling Invasion and the Kingtown Rockers will each follow with shows between 4:30 and 6 PM. The Dance Stage will offer family dancing and sing-a-longs throughout the afternoon.
In addition to entertainment, vendors and organizations will be offering merchandise and information both days at the festival. Area bars, including Club 5, Woof’s and the recently-opened Plan B are also offering events on days before, during and after the pride festival.
Full details about Wisconsin Capitol Pride, the pride parade and ancillary events can be found on the festival’s website: www.wisconsincapitolpride.org
Chippewa Valley LGBT Community Center Sets Pride Events
Eau Claire - The LGBT Center of the Chippewa Valley has announced several events that will occur during the Chippewa Valley Pride 2009.
On Friday, August 14 from 7-10 PM, the Community Center will hold an open house featuring tours, free food and prizes given away each half hour. There is no admission charge. Also on Friday, August 14 from 7-9 PM. free confidential rapid HIV testing will be offered. ARCW-Eau Claire prevention specialist Erin McLaughlin will conduct the tests. For more information, contact Erin by phone at: 715-836-7710, Ext 110.
On Saturday, August 15, from 11 AM - %PM it’s the main event of the weekend: the Chippewa Valley Pride Picnic at the Riverview Island Pavilion. Share your LGBT Pride with the community. Food (including vegetarian options), beverages, volleyball, paddle boat rides, vendors, LGBT organizational exhibits and fun are on the “gay agenda.”
Following the picnic on Saturday evening the Center’s popular Saturday Night At The Movies offers a movie marathon. Doors are set to open at 6:45 PM, with movies showing at 7 and 9 PM respectively. On the August 15 bill are “Saved” and “Latter Days.”
“Saved” is the story of the fanatic and wealthy Hilary Faye and Mary. The girls are best friends, but their friendship ends when Mary gets pregnant, after having sex with her gay boy-friend trying to “save” him. In “Latter Days,” a promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.
Discussion to follow the movie for those interested. Admission & popcorn are free. Beverages and movie snacks are also available to purchase.
On Sunday, August 16, the Center will sponsor an Ice Cream Social and Pontoon Boat Ride. Come and have fun on the Chippewa River by enjoying a refreshing sundae followed with an hour long pontoon boat ride on the river. Cost is $10 per person or $100 to reserve the boat for you and up to nine of your friends. All funds go to support the LGBT Community Center. Reservations are required.
Three cruises will be offered: Participants for the first cruise should arrive between Noon and 12:20 PM for ice cream social in the yard. The boat will depart at 12:45 PM and return at 1:45. the second and third cruises will follow a similar schedule and begin at 2 and 4 PM respectively.
The 4 PM cruise has already sold out. To place a reservation for one of the earlier cruises, send an email to: email@example.com or call 715-552-LGBT. Please state the number of tickets needed and state shift preferences. Directions to the event and all other pertinent information are sent with reservation confirmations.