The city's Ol' Gray Lady, "Your New Orleans music and culture alternative," celebrates its fifth year this month. ANTIGRAVITY's tireless editor-in-chief, publisher, and occasional comic character and/or writer Leo McGovern has helmed the mag from its beginnings as a music and comics fanzine into a sprawling monthly magazine of record for all things independent, DIY or just a bit offbeat (but not OffBeat). Along with the annual Alternative Media Expo, AG also provides your one-stop shop for sometimes profanity-laced legal, health or relationship advice, punk rock news and noteworthies, and feature-length narratives and interviews from an expansive contributing staff, who for the most part, write pro-bono. (Save for the occasional guest list plus one.)

The magazine co-hosts a birthday bash this Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. as the middle child with the New Orleans Craft Mafia (which turns four) and Twisted Hair Salon (turning seven). The party promises free food from Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and free beer from NOLA Brewing Co., with a Craft Mafia/Twisted fashion show and music from a certain dj facial hair, who may or may not also be an AG head honcho.

AG is getting a new home, too, sharing space with the Uptown comic shop Crescent City Comics. It'll be its first real post-Katrina office — the previous one lasted only a week above Handsome Willy's before Katrina came through.

On behalf of Gambit, congrats all.

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