Typically, Easter morning is ushered in by ringing church bells. But there will be pulsating backbeats at the Salvation After Hours party, just one of the events planned for the infamous Jungle 13 weekend. The annual event is one of the hottest gay happenings of the year, drawing folks from around the state and country, and anyone who wants to shake it will be welcomed with open arms. Salvation After Hours happens in the wee hours of Sunday, March 27, at 3:30 a.m. at M Bar (402 Main). National circuit DJ Alyson Calagna will be on the decks for a night of dancing benefiting local HIV organizations.
Your Salvation consists of music, glitter, lasers and other eye candy, like the Fly Boys Flag Troupe, who'll show off some serious dance moves with performance artist Dynasty. Calagna says she's ready to spin for the late-night, Red Bull-drinking crowd. "There is this certain time where everything just hits," she says. "You feel like you've connected, where you're one with the people." Connected, maybe. But with the kind of, um, stimulants you'll need to attend every one of the events, we predict you'll be seeing the Easter Bunny and Jesus dancing together to sweet house beats.
Other Jungle 13 shows include Gathering the Tribe at 10 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Rich's Houston (2401 San Jacinto, 713-759-9610); DJ-producer Tony Moran with vocalist Kristine W at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Verizon Wireless Theater (520 Texas); and Tribal Lust at 10 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at South Beach (810 Pacific, www.southbeachthenightclub.com). For advance tickets and information, visit www.spoiledboyz.net or www.junglehouston.com. Single tickets start at $10; weekend passes start at $100. - Travis Ritter
Hollywood Specialty's Triple Rum and Coke
I happened to be downtown getting my boots resoled when I noticed I had a few minutes left on the parking meter. So I scurried into Hollywood Specialty (502 Caroline, 713-236-0947) to grab a quick libation. "No bartender today"What would you like?" A woman named Jennifer scurried behind the bar to tend to my alcoholic needs. "Why don't you give me a triple rum and Coke," I mumbled. She picked up a glass mug as I painstakingly pointed out three different bottles of rum. Judge Larry Joe Doherty, presiding over the courtroom on TV's Texas Justice, quickly ripped my attention away from my concoction. Some lady's three-legged dog -- named Tripod -- was in heat, got impregnated, then up and died. She was suing the owner of the horny male dog for $1,500, for mental anguish. I was laughing so hard I practically pissed in my pants. My drink tasted good and quickly disappeared. As the judge talked about the fate of poor Tripod, the bailiff laughed uncontrollably in the courtroom. I suddenly remembered my car, asked for change and ran outside -- only to find a fresh green envelope on my windshield. Having nothing better to do, I went back inside, ordered another drink and waited for pictures of the dogs having sex.
1 ounce Captain Morgan rum
1 ounce Bacardi Light rum
1 ounce Malibu rum
Splash of Coke
Measure out the rum into an old-fashioned glass mug and top off with Coke. Hold the lime. Goes great with afternoon TV. -- J.W. Crooker
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