Friday, February 11, 2000

Notable Locals Nominated for Pantheon of Leather Awards

(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #123, February 11, 2000)

Welcome Black Frost Attendees

A special welcome to folks from out of town visiting for Black Frost 23/”When Pigs Fly,” which happens Feb. 18-20 (see details below and in the Calendar). Have a safe, enjoyable weekend!

PHOTO: P.J. Knight, nominated for Woman of the Year

GRAPHIC: T.I.E.S. (Tremendously Intense Erotic Sensations), nominated for Club of the Year

GRAPHIC: The Minneapolis Eagle, nominated for Business of the Year

PHOTO: Joshua and Thomas Smith, nominated for Couple of the Year (formerly of the Twin Cities, now of Palm Springs, CA)

PHOTO: Cori Ander, nominated for Midwest Regional Award

PHOTO: Sam Carlisle, nominated for Midwest Regional Award

PHOTO: Gary O’Neill, nominated for Midwest Regional Award

PHOTO: Joshua Smith, nominated for Midwest Regional Award

Representing Minnesota in the 2000 Olympus Leather Contest:

PHOTO: David Coral, Mr. Minnesota Olympus Leather 2000

PHOTO: Mistress Hannah, Ms. Minnesota Olympus Leather 2000

The Twin Cities leather community received a record number of nominations for this year’s Pantheon of Leather community service awards. There were a total of eight local nominations: P.J. Knight for Woman of the Year; T.I.E.S. for Club of the Year; The Minneapolis Eagle for Business of the Year; Thomas and Joshua Smith for Couple of the Year; and Cori Ander, Sam Carlisle, Gary O’Neill and Joshua Smith for the Midwest Regional Award. The award winners will be announced at this year’s tenth-anniversary Pantheon of Leather award ceremonies on the evening of Friday, Feb. 25 in New Orleans. Awards will be presented this year in 22 categories.

Then, on Saturday evening, Feb. 26, David Coral and Mistress Hannah will represent Minnesota in the Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather contest. Cori Ander, who brought the national Ms.Olympus Leather title home to Minnesota last year, will be on the judging panel to help select her successor; also on the judging panel will be Mr. International Rubber 1999 Thomas Smith, a former Twin Cities resident currently living in Palm Springs, CA.

Pantheon of Leather is a non-profit organization; the president is Dave Rhodes, who is also editor and publisher of The Leather Journal and, “a news magazine reporting news as it relates to all aspects of the Leather community.” For more information, including updated announcements of Pantheon award and Olympus Leather contest winners, visit

Black Guard’s Black Frost 23 features production of “When Pigs Fly”

The Black Guard has made a name for themselves over the years by producing raucous run shows. How to follow last year’s Wizard of Oz? This year they’re doing something new in the history of leather club run shows: they’re doing a production of an actual show, direct from the New York stage.

When Pigs Fly, the show the Black Guard is staging in conjunction with their 23rd annual Black Frost run, is “a gleefully over-the-top musical revue with catchy, upbeat music” (Variety) and a “hog heaven of silliness” (Associated Press). When Pigs Fly features 20 musical numbers and over 150 costume changes. (The Black Guard has been in rehearsal for the show since the beginning of October.) The show’s creator, Howard Crabtree, was a legendary theatrical costume designer and “out” gay man who unfortunately died just days before the show’s New York opening—but what a legacy he left!

The Black Guard’s charitable organization of Because We Care will perform the show Saturday night, Feb. 19 at the Mall of America’s Camp Snoopy Playhouse Theater. Doors open at 6:45 PM, dinner is at 7 PM and the show follows at 8 PM. Dinner/show price is $40; proceeds will be going to AIDS charities. Call to make your reservation.

Upcoming Leather Events (for Calendar section)

Saturday, February 12

Atons Leather/Levi Night and Officer Installation
7 PM, Backstage@Bravo, 900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Drinks and 28th Annual Club Officers’ Installation at 7 PM in the Blue Room (upstairs). Dinner following installation, about 8:15 PM, on the first floor. Please call the Atons HotLine to make reservations.

Friday, February 18

Atons Club Colors Night
7:30-10:30 PM, The Minneapolis Eagle
The saga of Paul Bunyan continues in anticipation of the Atons’ Bunyan-themed Gopher XIV run happening in July. Drink specials and door prizes. $3 at the door.

Saturday, February 19

The Black Guard presents When Pigs Fly
Doors open 6:45 PM, dinner at 7 PM, show at 8 PM, Camp Snoopy Playhouse Theater, Mall of America
Part of Black Frost 23 run events, this dinner and show is open to everyone, not just run participants. Proceeds to AIDS charities. $40 includes dinner and show.

Saturday, February 26

Leather/Levi Night in Duluth/Superior
9 pm-closing, The Main Club, Superior WI
Part of The Main Club’s old anniversary weekend. Wear your spurs and get 25 cents off your drinks.

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