Herturn closes, and Turn magazine folds
by R.J. Grubb
Chalk up January as another month in which a club went
kaput. The latest victim of our shaky club scene was the Saturday-night
promotion Herturn, located at the Brass Bull (199 State
Street, Boston). According to Sam Jacobs, who owns the Bull, the
decision to cancel Herturn was just business as usual. "It's all about money,
and I had to make a choice," he says. And it shouldn't surprise anyone to learn
that a promotion geared toward a straight clientele will make more money than
one geared toward lesbians. "Everyone I met, either employee or patron at
Herturn, was great," he adds, "and I wish we could keep it going, but business
is business. It just didn't work out." Meanwhile, you can find Herturn's
manager, Debi Saltzberg, who quit the Bull, bartending at the Lava
Bar. As for her future plans, it looks like she's content to be working at
this latest Kenmore Square Sunday-night hot spot.
And why not? The Lava Bar took off last month during the long holiday weekend.
Keeping up to par with most openings, this HoJo's spot was crowded its very
first night. It wasn't as jammed the following week, but there were still
plenty of people in attendance. In fact, after 9:30 p.m., when the music
switches gears from soft to dance, it sparked a lot of grinding and all-around
PDA on the dance floor. Let's just say there was a lot of lust in the air. No
wonder Melinda Ancillo, who's promoting the night, deems it "a
Look for a "White Party T-Dance," which includes using the now-hidden
and closed-off pool room (as in swimming pool) at the end of March or the
beginning of April. Quite a sweet feature. Of course, that's an advantage of
housing your bar in a hotel. Also, Lava is currently recruiting players for a
softball team and is gearing up for Pride '99, where they hope to host a
float. Ancillo is also dreaming up a contest to produce the Lava Bar's "queen."
If you want to get involved in either of these two projects, stop by the club
and let them know.
On the other side of the bridge, SomePlace Else enjoyed its best night
ever during January's holiday weekend. Apparently, Lava Bar's opening didn't
siphon off as many patrons as initially thought. And the club did it without
its signature live acts; DJ Claire carried the entire evening.
Actually, if last month shows us anything, it's that there are enough of us to
go around. Maybe the two Sunday spots can each succeed without one aping the
other? Only time will tell, of course.
February marks the beginning of a new policy at SomePlace. Everyone who comes
to the club is now given a SomePlace Else "frequent clubber card." Modeled
after frequent-buyer cards given out at coffee shops and bookstores, the card
will give you free entry into the club on your sixth visit. Manager Candis
Gillette explains, "I wanted a way to reward people for consistently
supporting the club." Also, with a little help from some computer-savvy
friends, SomePlace recently went online with a new Web site at
Now you can keep up to date on all the SomePlace
offerings whenever you'd like. But just to fill you in on some upcoming gigs,
there's still time to catch Faith Soloway and Sonia Tetlow on
February 21, at 7 p.m. with a $7 cover. Also, in celebration of
OutWrite '99, the nation's only queer writers' conference, SomePlace will
host an "UnSlam" on February 28, the last day of the conference. The
"UnSlam" lets folks come on-stage to spew whatever's on their mind for an
open-mic night of poetry. Though there's no judging or scoring, Ren
Jender remains your host. That happens at 7 p.m. Cover $5.
Lastly, Turn, the Boston dyke 'zine co-published by Karin
Pomerantz and Michelle Vanoverbeek, has called it quits. The last
issue will be published in March, and then Pomerantz and Vanoverbeek will take
a break from the monthly scramble for funds. The final issue should be out in
time for OutWrite, however, so look for it at the Park Plaza conference. It'll
cost you a dollar, but you'll be buying a collector's item. Don't miss
Gendertalk at 8:30 p.m. on WMBR February 24, when Pomerantz and
Vanoverbeek will discuss some of the challenges they faced during their foray
into the publishing world and the reasons why they decided to stop the presses.
Considering the breadth and depth in which Turn covered dyke news and
issues, the 'zine's absence will mark a real loss.
R.J. Grubb is a writer living in Somerville. Got news? Let her know about
it at email@example.com.
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