outpouring from the Billings community was humbling,"
vocalist Danielle Egnew said of the public reaction to
rockers, who enjoyed local celebrity in the 1990s, will
headline a show at the Montana Pride Celebration.
Jane's performance at the Loft on Saturday night will
be the first appearance by the band's original members
show, like Pride weekend, will be for the gay and straight
communities of Billings.
an everyone show," Egnew said.
Holly Shawver has been raising four children in Billings
with her husband during the band's hiatus. For her, the
concert offers a trip down memory lane.
excited for the reunion. It's fun to relive my youth a
little bit," Shawver said.
drummer Kristen Coyner, a chance to shake off the rust
coincided with an event she cares about.
pride event was pretty cool, because to have a pride festival
there at all is remarkable," Coyner said.
Jane is just one highlight for the weekend, Pride coordinator
Robin McClure said.
weekend is an annual celebration to recognize lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender Montanans and Two Spirit
explained that it is a time for people to express themselves
proudly and let the community know that LGBT people are
"no different" than anyone else.
turned into an arena for people to meet people and have
fun," she said.
also a special weekend for those who feel alone and fear
can be out for one day a year. We like to be able to offer
that escape," McClure said.
Pride Ceremony kicks off Friday with a drag show performed
at the Loft by the Imperial Supreme Court of the State
Carney, co-executive director for the ISCSM, said the
show promises entertainment, and the proceeds will go
to charities around the state.
really looking forward to it," he said. "It'll
be all sorts of fun."
lineup includes 15 performers and will be emceed by Miss
Jade. The show begins at 8:30 p.m., has a $10 cover charge
and is open only to people 21 and older.
alcohol-free, no-charge bowling night for those under
21 will run concurrently at Sunset Bowl.
will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. on North 26th Street.
McClure said the parade is a traditional part of a gay
pride weekend and a way for a community to support its
a way for people to show they are proud," she said.
also said the visible support from nongays and religious
groups at the 2007 parade was encouraging.
support of the spiritual community last year was astounding,"
the parade, the festivities move to North Park, where
there will be a variety of vendors and food options from
noon to 6 p.m. The Festival in the Park will offer tattoo
artists, massage therapists, bingo, gay games, a beer
garden and musical entertainment from Judy Fjell, Kym
Berry Music and the Missoula Gay Men's chorus.
so much for people to do," McClure said.
said the gay games are traditional festival games with
a twist. The three-legged race will take place on an obstacle
course, and contestants in the egg race will have to complete
a puzzle while running with their egg.
Park will host the kickball tournament as well. Vanessa
Browning, a local teacher and a member of the Batters
Not Included team, said the party in the park is all about
a very inclusive, very accepting weekend," Browning
said. "It's nice to connect with people we don't
see very often."
concert at the Loft begins with singer Josh Zuckerman
at 7:30 p.m., followed by comic Jenny Sherwin at 8:30
p.m. As the headliners, Pope Jane will go on at 9 p.m.
with a promised two-hour show. Coordinators will fence
off the Loft parking lot to accommodate the large number
it is a 21-and-older show, younger participants and their
families can play on the giant, inflatable Twister board
or play games with members of Students Helping Others
Understand Teen AIDS.
wraps up the weekend with an interdenominational faith
service in North Park at 9 a.m., followed by a farewell
breakfast at 10 a.m.
said the organizers are expecting a larger crowd than
last year and have stepped up security measures in light
of the recent white-supremacist graffiti. She encouraged
all members of the community to attend and interact.
not just for gay people, and we'd prefer not to have it
that way," McClure said.
the proceeds from the weekend will go to charity through
the Montana Pride Network.
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Published on Thursday, June 19, 2008.