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7.24.13 #59

LADY BUNNY Invades The Other Show

Charlie Harding

Brings Hard Bodies to Blake’s

+ Chi Chi LaRue at Marietta Pride

Olympia Dukakis


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ou may not realize it, but many of our issues – particularly ones with dominating themes – are planned months in advance. This week’s issue, though, ended up developing a theme purely by coincidence. Between our Lady Bunny cover story, our interview with Chi Chi LaRue for Marietta Pride, a one-on-one conversation with Lady Chablis and a look at the We Are Family event with Phoenix and Ruby Redd, we ended up compiling an issue filled with some heavyhitting drag queens. What I especially loved as this issue came together is the unfiltered conversations we had with the legends, particularly Ladies Bunny and Chablis. We’ve profiled several younger drag queens this year, and I’m sure at least a few of them will have opinions on what Bunny and Chablis discussed with us. If you do have comments, my inbox is waiting.

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Feature > Marietta Pride 22 Chi Chi LaRue 26 Lady Chablis 30 Olympia Dukakis 42 We Are Family 48 Nashville54

Seen@ > Ten Atlanta 10 Woofs38 Paparazzi66 Model T 74 Bliss74

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The Rest > Deep Inside Hollywood 12 Creep of the Week 14 Hear Me Out 58 the Scene  60 Bartab62 Datebook64 Fairyscopes  72 Classifieds  73 Bitch, Please!  76

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By Romeo San Vicente Wes Bentley is wide Open

was the extremely gay Behind the Candelabra, will write and direct this adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musiIs Ryan Murphy in some kind of private who-can-havecal. The story revolves around the love affair between the-most-jobs competition with James Franco? Because an actress and a novelist, with one character’s timeline that’s the only reason we can come up with to explain moving backwards and the other’s moving forwards, the Glee and American Horror Story creator’s sprawling meeting in the middle for that wedding duet. It’s shooting proliferation of TV shows. And the Murphy wave just gets this summer in New York and you can expect this Scenes higher with Open, his new HBO pilot starring Wes Bentley From An All-Singing, All-Dancing Marriage in theaters (The Hunger Games). Co-written by Murphy with Lauren sometime in 2014. You won’t believe the choreography Gussis, Open follows the life of “handsome, arrogant” they’ve got ready for the pre-nup sequence. Evan Foster (Bentley), a man who thinks he knows all there is to know about human sexuality and who loves to Chozen will probably make you very hear himself spin theories about it all. We’re guessing he happy or very angry has a lot to learn and that, since it’s for HBO, there’ll be a lot of nudity while class is in session. Unless it turns into FX has a little brother network coming to basic cable a bro-style Sex in the City. Then nobody will ever take off this fall. Its name is FXX and its geared toward a their clothes. younger demographic (because FX shows like Archer are for old people?), which means that it’s perfect to Kendrick and Jordan spend 5 Years host Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride’s new together animated series, Chozen. Chozen features the voices of Grant Dekernion (Eastbound & Down), Bobby Moynihan Musicals, musicals, musicals, everywhere you look these (Saturday Night Live), Michael Peña (Gangster Squad ) days another musical is heading to the screen, either big and Method Man (The Sitter) and will revolve around or small. Of course, sometimes they get cancelled like the adventures of a gay white rapper who’s just been Smash, but even when they dump your favorite low-rated, sprung from prison. Now, given that McBride’s most somewhat-dorky TV show about Broadway, you know recent film is the wildly homoerotic apocalypse comyou’ll see those folks somewhere soon again. Case in edy This Is The End, one in which he winds up as what point: Jeremy Jordan, a Grammy- and Tony-nominated can only be called the “top” in an unusual relationship actor from that not-quite cult hit, will step out with Pitch with Channing Tatum, no one should be surprised Perfect’s Anna Kendrick for the film version of The Last 5 when this adult cartoon decides to go all the way with Years. Richard LaGravenese, whose most recent project its subject matter. Its creators are comedy trailblazers, 12 // davidatlanta.com


so it’s pretty much a given that nothing will be off limits and someone’s going to be offended at some point. Good.

Danny McBride

Don’t sleep on Orange Is the New Black Do you miss The L Word? Oz? Both? Sure you do; we all do. Well, by the time you get around to reading this you’ll probably already be late-coming to Orange Is the New Black, the comedy/drama that bubbled up quietly and mostly under the radar but now has a home at Netflix. Created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds) and based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange is the true story of what happened to the WASPy Kerman when she found herself doing time for being involved in a reckless relationship with a hot lesbian drug lord. Unlike the seemingly unscathed Martha Stewart, Kerman’s 15-month sentence became a lesson in everything she never knew she needed to know, including which all-female gang to roll with on the inside. The show stars Taylor Schilling (Atlas Shrugged ), Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew (!), Laura Prepon, Lea Delaria, Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning -- in other words, everyone great you always wished would be on a TV show full of lesbians. Get that Netflix subscription now and do your time.

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of the week: Greg Quinlan

Ha ha. Nope. On July 2, Quinlan took to right-wing radio to declare that the Supreme Court justices who overturned the Defense of Marriage Act were “five black-robed Nazis.” He then “outted” Justices Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan as gay and said that they ruled on the case in order to satisfy “their own lusts.” No word on the secret-homo status of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor who also voted against DOMA. Quinlan then called President Barack Obama “a downlow President,” because obviously you can’t be in favor of civil rights for LGBT people unless you are one of them. This is not the first time a right-wing flapping mouth has claimed that Obama is a gay. Evangelical pastor Scott Lively has done plenty of research on this issue and has a photo of Obama sitting next to a guy on the couch so, BAM! Proof. So now that the Gay Gestapo has taken over the White House and the Supreme Court, what’s next? Oh, you know, just the destruction of both church and state. “What’s in the way of us having sex with who you want to have it, no matter how old they are, any way we want to have it? It’s the church,” Quinlan says.

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By D’Anne Witkowski

ave you been feeling a little less gay than usual this month? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Ever since the Family Research Council declared July “Ex-Gay Pride Month,” it’s just so damn hard to stay gay these days. This exciting month of denial and despair with culminate with a July 31 dinner in Washington D.C. that will definitely be the place to see and be seen if you hate your gay self and/or other gays. For the low, low price of $150 you can be treated to the silver-tongued insanity of speakers like Greg Quinlan, the president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX).

“The Constitution of the United States is a Christian document,” Quinlan continues, “so what stands in the way? It’s the Constitution of the United States.” Got it? So gays must get rid of both religion and law in order to keep the sex party going. Because there ain’t no party like a gay sex party because a gay sex party don’t stop. Unless, of course, Jesus and that cartoon version of the Constitution from School House Rocks are being cock-blockers. “And in order to change … the mightiest government that ever existed because it’s founded on God Almighty’s truth and principles,” Quinlan continues, “is to destroy it so they can do what they want to do, have sex the way they want to have it and they only way they can do that is to shut us up.”

Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, which has been ferreting out “ex-gay” bullshit for years, described And that, Quinlan concludes, leads us to Nazi Germany Quinlan in 2008 as “one of the most insufferable, dishon- and pedophilia because, duh. est and phony anti-gay zealots in the nation.” Now that’s You can’t make shit like this up. $150 is starting to a ringing endorsement! seem like a bargain for this caliber of entertainment. But that was years ago! Perhaps Quinlan has become an Then again, maybe Quinlan should do himself and the ex-phony anti-gay guy (a.k.a. “X-PhAG”). rest of the world a favor and, well, shut up. 14 // davidatlanta.com


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ew drag queens who first made it big in Atlanta are as well-known around the world as Lady Bunny. For decades, Bunny has brought her comedic sensibility to audiences from Atlanta to New York and beyond.

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Yes, Honey; the Barbeque Inn out by the airport with unlimited refills on your side orders. [laughs] That is one thing that I have loved about Atlanta, I do love the food in Atlanta. I love it.

On Friday, July 26, Lady Bunny returns to Atlanta to perform at The Other Show XXXL, the first-ever expanded version of one of Atlanta’s hottest drag shows. The show teams Lady Bunny up with a gaggle of Atlanta’s hottest new drag queens, led by Edie Cheezburger.

I grew up in Chattanooga, but moved to Atlanta between ‘82 or ‘84. Atlanta is where I met RuPaul, became his roommate, really started to begin to figure out who I was as a performer: personality, what sort of look would I have.

Before her appearance, I spoke with Lady Bunny about her time here in Atlanta. As our conversation went on, though, we started discussing some trends that she finds discouraging, from the infiltration of Top 40 radio into clubs to the overabundance of Rihanna songs used by drag queens.

It’s kind of like my college years. They say the friends you meet in college are going to be your best friends for the rest of your life, so I do look longingly look back on those years. If I hadn’t gone to Atlanta from Chattanooga, and if I hadn’t met, not just RuPaul, but all of the Now Explosion – which included Larry Tee and LaHoma Van Zandt and a few other Atlantans who had a band called Now Explosion who were very popular and actually got me my first gig in New York. I still see one of the members of the band down when I go to visit all the time in Atlanta.

To this day, you’re one of the biggest names to come out of the Atlanta drag scene. Looking back, what about Atlanta’s drag scene prepared you for the bigger, broader world of drag? Well, Atlanta is – or definitely was, maybe still is – the capital of everything gay in the Southeast. So as a cultural Mecca, when I lived there in the 80s, there was such a booming drag scene, that entertainers came through Atlanta from different states, and I got to see all of the best. You need to understand, that all of the gays lived in Midtown; you didn’t have to drive to a bar, there was no drunk driving. All of the homes were there, all of the bars were there, and for me at age 20, it was absolute paradise. I think my roundabout way of answering your question is…Atlanta was so important as a gay destination. I got to see every kind of drag, and I got to see the real show-stoppers from around the country because Atlanta was definitely a tour stop for them. Not only was it a big, gay city, it was also known for hit drag, whether that was campy drag or the beauty/pageant queens.

Plus, my mom lives in Chattanooga, she’ll often come down from Chattanooga to visit and stay in the hotel with me so we can have some girl talk, which my father might not appreciate. The last time I did Atlanta Pride, I got a picture of him and mom with Charlie Brown, Lily White, Heather Daniels, and Bubba Dee. I have strong ties to Atlanta. Atlanta is family. Your appearance in Atlanta on July 26 brings you to Jungle’s first-ever The Other Show XXXL, where you’ll be joining the cast of The Other Show. Have you performed with any of the members before? What do you have planned for The Other Show XXXL? Well, I will tell you, I’d like to perform with anyone whose “XXXL,” and will bring some Magnum Condoms so that I could perform well with them – or they could perform well with me…

Even though you don’t live here anymore, you do come back to Atlanta periodically. Is there anything specific to Atlanta that you enjoy while you’re here? @DavidAtlantaGA // 17


because the music industry is really in a tale-spin right now, with piracy and illegal downloads. Also… I’m getting a little bit tired of going out to nightclubs and hearing pop music. I’m getting tired of hearing “Gangnam Style,” “Call Me Maybe,” “Harlem Shake,” and Icona Pop because it’s just not club music. This is pop music. I’ve been hanging out at clubs since 1978, and we always went out to hear interesting, underground sounds, and not just regurgitation of what is on the Top 40 charts on the radio. I’d really like to get back to that. I think that gay clubs were known for their good taste in dance music, and if we’re regurgitating what’s on the radio, I think that’s really tired. Everyone I know complains about the same ten songs, Rihanna… and so I think there are other artists out there and sometimes it’s time to just say, “Hey man, it’s not a big dance label, it’s not a big record label, but let’s just [play this song].” Clubbing has become really boring because of the bad music, so instead of whining about it, let me see if I can try to create the music which I think has a little bit more of an underground sound. Which is – I don’t know – a little bit cooler than Ke$ha.

Oh, I thought it “XXXL” like a porn, like “XXX”. Oh, are you telling me that it’s all fat queens and that’s why they put “XL” on it? [laughs] Well, lots of comedy, as usual. My comedy can be a little bit on the raunchy side. I’m also looking forward to performing “Take Me Up High,” which is the song I just released on July 1 on Lybra Records. It’s just a dance track that I wrote and sang. I’m best known for parody songs, changing the lyrics and making things dirty and silly, but this is actually something a bit more serious, and something new that I’m trying. I charted on some DJ chart at No. 2 in Africa, so somebody likes it.

“I don’t care; I love it!” I mean, give me a break, play something off of Barney or Sesame Street. I know people love that song, but they didn’t even bother to change one word in the verse, it’s like, 30 words in that song, you know? It’s a little embarrassing. Have you ever heard a song that’s like “verse-verse-crash my car into a bridge” – and the second verse is the exact same thing? I mean, come on. When I hear that, I have to rise up and say, “Oh, hold on, there may be a lot of stupid people with unsophisticated musical taste out there – but I am not one of them”. I realize that Icona Pop is not “English-first” language, they’re from overseas, so maybe they get a pass. I don’t know, not in my books.

Another disturbing trend is that choruses are disappearing from the songs. Two perfect examples are “Starships” by Nicki Minaj, where she just says “We’re Speaking of “Take Me Up High,” why did you higher than a motherfucker,” and then the chorus is decide to record something original now, and [imitates music] “We’re higher than a motherfucker,” why this song? Is there more original music and repeat. It’s the death of the song, really. What has coming in the future? happened… there’s a producer who’s doing the equivaIt’s actually not the first time. I’ve dabbled in it for years. I lent of a guitar solo. It’s like telling the artist, “Okay, the wrote a song that was used in HBO’s Dragtime, that was hook – the chorus of the song is going to be where the just something for my act. I co-wrote a duet with RuPaul audience thrashes around.” It’s so busy, that you can’t for his last album. On this album, we have another duet. have any lyrics over it. Unless it’s lyrics like [sings the I’ve written songs for other people. I have a song coming theme song to the 1966 Batman series]. Or with Ne Yo’s out that was recorded by a great vocalist named Annette “Let’s Go,” [sings example]. Instead of the chorus being this wonderful part of the song that everyone sings Taylor. So, I’ve done it over the years; I’ve dabbled in it. along to like [sings chorus to Cece Peniston’s “Finally”], we’re now reducing the chorus to “Let’s Go” or [blargh But, you know, comedy was what really paid my bills. by Nicki Minaj]. I mean, come on! And in a recession – we do what? What pays the bills, 18 // davidatlanta.com


I’m working with Wayne Numan, who did two of the mixes. He’s been great. Like I said, this is something I’ve dabbled in for years. He lit a fire under my ass, and gave me a release date of July 1, handled all of the remixes. So far I’m very pleased with the outcome and definitely want to do a follow up with him. Definitely want to continue doing that. It’s just been on my bucket list and it’s time to start fooling around with it more. What’s popular in drag is different depending on location, as well as generation. Looking at up-and-coming drag performers, what do you think they’re doing well as a group? Where do you think they need improvement? Well, the same Top 40 disease that has affected DJs has definitely affected drag queens and their selection of material. I went to a show and there were like six queens in the show all performing Rihanna! You know, give me a break! I don’t know what kind of show director doesn’t figure out what songs everyone’s doing in advance. It’s just like… I don’t know. I grew up watching drag and learning about music that I didn’t know from drag queens. In the same way that a DJ that really knows their stuff; he may play a song that I don’t know, and that is not on the charts, but it’s a great song because I’m trusting his instincts. And that’s why he’s being paid as the DJ, ‘cause he tends to have better taste, and distinction than the average Joe and has his finger on the pulse.

I was in DC recently; there was a drag queen doing with the pink wig, she was clearly impersonating Nicki Minaj, and she went out and started performing, and I heard the crowd just screaming and going ballistic. I looked up there and I said “I gotta see what she’s doing, she must be an amazing dancer.” No! She was just walking around to the song collecting tips. All of that’s good for her – it’s like, I’d rather see a song that meant something to that queen, even if no one had ever heard it, but she was really turning out, it was some rare, Fantasia track that was like a gut-wrenching, tears. If everyone’s doing Top 40, then the drag queens become just a jukebox. You give them a dollar, and they’ll do whatever song is number one. Don’t they know a song that means something to them, that they can…? I know they do, or they wouldn’t be up there lipsyncing. Sometimes you have to give the people what they want, but right now, DJs and drag queens are forced to give the people exactly what they want, and it is stifling the creativity of both DJs and drag queens.

Same thing with drag queens; you can give him all the Beyoncé and the Rihanna, but to me, it does become overkill at one point. I grew up watching drag queens that turned me on to incredible music I’ve never heard before like Patti LaBelle’s “Over the Rainbow,” “Lean on Me,” Melba Moore. Even rarer artists like New Birth had a drag queen lipstick classic called “I Don’t Want to Do Wrong”. I’m talking about you got an education from the DJ and from the drag queen. What about that Grace Slick number that so many queens lip sync to, “Dream”? These were never Top 40 songs, but they were songs that spoke to the drag. I always love when I see somebody do something different. I also realize though that you’re not always getting paid a lot, you’re trying to save up for that $1,000 gown to win you that pageant, so you end up doing popular songs that are on the radio at the moment in order to make those tips so you can get that gown and win that pageant. I understand the dynamic of it. @DavidAtlantaGA // 19


Even going back to MTV’s golden age, where people, queens all of a sudden thought that it was the absolute bee’s knees to recreate the choreography in a video that Janet Jackson had done – and I was like “bullshit!” Before videos, we didn’t know what Janet Jackson had done. So the queens had to create their own choreography, and, to be honest with you, a lot of drag queens danced better than the stars they impersonated. It was better! I was lucky – I saw some talent in Atlanta. I saw some real pressure-cookers that just hit that stage and, honey, you gave them every damn dollar you had. And it’s because they were bringing something fresh.

queens from that equation. Don’t even try. This was the people saying “Wait a minute; you cannot treat us this way.” And I think that we should regain some of that anger. I don’t know why we don’t have it today. What do you think it will take for the current LGBT generation to get involved in the way previous generations were?

I’m not sure that they feel the necessity. Every once in awhile, everyone will get upset about teen bullying that leads to suicide. We kind of feel like marriage is on the way, and we can now fight in the military. The new AIDS A lot of the queens now can bring something fresh to drugs do make AIDS no longer a death sentence in many their show using mixes, which I think is very creative. I cases. I don’t feel the necessity that gay groups like Act wish that – a queen that is doing a number that is doing Up that started up in the ‘80s that were like, “Oh my God, I’ve never heard, and that’s great, and that she can really we’re scared to death, and we’re in shock. Everyone we work onstage is going to impress me so much more than know is dying, and no one knows why. There’s no cure a queen doing “Single Ladies.” It’s just so obvious. in sight.” The government, Ronald Reagan refused to say the word “AIDS” for ages. Mayor Koch, the mayor of New You were part of the recent HBO documentary York City at that time, was a closet case. So he didn’t The Out List. How did you become involved in want to get too involved in the same way that Reagan that project? didn’t want to ever highlight the fact that his son is probably gay. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders put me on the cover of a book about people that you see at New York City runway I think that young people have got to get angry again. Why shows; so there was a connection there. He called me should they be angry? Somebody said “Oh, I think we’re to be interviewed and I was very flattered. Some of the doing pretty good.” Pretty good is like, what, 13 states people are huge celebrities, like Ellen, but there are also with gay marriage? Is that anywhere near half? I don’t some unknown people there too. It was just a great gig think that’s too good. Now that the DOMA ruling has said that I hoped to be included, and to be included as the only that our marriages can be respected – yeah, in the states drag queen. where we’re allowed to get married – which is a fraction of the 50 states that we have. I think that what I said resonated with people. Basically what I said is, I’m tired of conservative gays giving In the HBO documentary, Larry Kramer talked about shit to drag queens, because we started the gay rights anger being an important emotion, and anger was what movement, so you will never, ever subtract us from this stoked the fires of activists who got all of the AIDS drugs equation. So you people have come up to me and said that are now saving people’s lives. Do you know how that “I was that conservative gay that you were talking tragic it is for someone of my age to hear that HIV infecabout, but you really, really opened up my eyes. Because, tions are going up among youth because of barebacking? it’s true.” People fought so hard for those drugs that they’re going to throw their leg up in a bathhouse and ignore safe sex? Another thing that I say in the documentary is “Look. And think that these AIDS drugs are a cure? They’re not You’re conservatives, and you feel it’s okay to put on a a cure. It’s a very difficult and expensive regiment. I don’t pink t-shirt and go and march in a gay pride parade one know, this generation – it does slap its predecessors in day a year and then go back to your semi-closeted, not the face on a regular basis. very flamboyant lifestyle? Well, that’s not the type of person who started Stonewall.” Lady Bunny appears as part of The Other Show XXXL at Jungle on Friday, July 26, beginning at 9:30 p.m. The type of person that started Stonewall was forced The show also features Edie Cheezburger, Evah because they were a performer or because they lived Destruction, Jaye Lish, Justice Tyana Taylor, Miami as a woman or a woman living as a man. To be in their Royale, Violet Chachki, Jasmine Antoinette and spesituation 24/7, 365 days a year, and we – I’m not saying cial guest DJ King Atlas from Haus of Glitz. For more that I’m old enough to have been at Stonewall – that was information on the show, visit jungleatl.com. For the kind of person that had just had enough, and started more on Lady Bunny, visit ladybunny.net. gay rights for everyone. You will never subtract the drag 20 // davidatlanta.com


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Saturday is the first semi-full day of Marietta Pride, getting underway that afternoon with a Family Fun Zone, so bring the youngsters for a children’s show, music, movies, video games and consoles, face painting, activity center, and more from 2:00 to 6:00. There will also be DJ’s, performers, music, speakers, flea market, and over 25 vendor booths until 8 p.m. What’s more, health agencies, non-profits, and other organizations will be on hand to provide testing and other information. Organizers have booked a variety of merchants, including but not limited to clothing, jewelry, artists, and authors. Both the children’s area and festival activities on Saturday will be free and open to the general public. After the family-friendly activities wind down, the adult fun heats up when LaRue presides over an after party and Divas Cabaret that includes Destiny Brooks, Heather Daniels, Iysis Dupree, Bianca Nicole, and special guests. a Divas Cabaret, and special guests. LeBUZZ resident DJ Birdman will keep the sexy sounds pumping. On Sunday, the Pride weekend concludes with a charity three-course banquet at Hudson Grille, also in Marietta. This year marks the debut of the banquet. 100 percent of proceeds, after expenses, from the $50-per-person dinner will benefit The Health Initiative. Representatives from Georgia Equality and Coca-Cola will speak at the. Marietta Pride chooses a new local nonprofit beneficiary each year.

or most, if not all, Atlanta gays, the mere thought of venturing outside the LGBT-safe environs inside the Perimeter is one that can strike fear and A number of major corporate and local companies are loathing deep into their souls. That sense of dread might be compounded when that outside world is sponsoring this year’s Pride. Sponsors make either financial or in-kind donations, the latter of which typically Cobb County. involves goods or services that support the event. Any remaining surplus of financial contributions after But fear not, lovelies. There will be an oasis in Cobb overhead costs is donated to the beneficiary. when the fourth annual North Georgia Marietta Pride kicks off on July 25 at LeBUZZ. The annual gay pride celebration continues through July 28. At press time, the final schedule of entertainment and activities was still being finalized, but a cornucopia of fun is promised by festival organizers. On Thursday, it’s Ladies’ Night will have a special Pride show with Bianca Nicole and a “Kings Production Show.” Opening ceremonies go down on Friday on the LeBUZZ main bar stage with guest MC Chi Chi LaRue, the iconic gay porn director, drag personality, and DJ. The soiree features Destiny Brooks, Jasmine Antoinette, Envy Van Michaels, and special guests. Tickets must be purchased to attend.

BEGINNINGS “In a historical moment in 2010, given the somewhat clouded background for the city of Marietta, Georgia, and Cobb County, a group of about 20 people gathered at LeBUZZ … on a Monday night and vowed to improve the lives of others for generations to come,” said Johnathon Murphy, president and chairman of the board of North Georgia Marietta Pride, and co-owner of LeBUZZ. That intention to form a solid foundation for the future led Murphy, his wife Deborah, business partner Michael Gaeta, David Robertson, and TJ Cochran to officially charter the fledgling group and appoint a Board of Directors on June 7, 2010. @DavidAtlantaGA // 23


In light of the deeply red county’s history of homophobia, it’s a near miracle – but a happy one –that LeBUZZ has survived as long as it has. So it’s perhaps doubly amazing that a gay Pride festival is now in its third year there. However, because the festival has always taken place on private property – LeBUZZ and adjacent buildings in its surrounding shopping center – a certain measure of protection from conservative nuisances has always been present, according to Murphy. Much of that protection would be courtesy of private security and hired off-duty Cobb County sheriff’s deputies.

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And like all good things that endure, the idea of Marietta Pride “started as a conversation between Debby, Michael, and I, continued for a year, then we talked to friends and decided to try to put it together. I hate to admit it, but like most good things, it was Deb’s idea. Five years later and here we are,” said Murphy. “We wanted to create a charity that operated independently of the bar to help the GLBTQ community in north Georgia,” added Murphy. “We decided on an annual Pride celebration as the bridge that would bring everyone together and, further, that we would use our resources to donate to a local charity each year.” The first Marietta Pride started out small, with the same format as current, adding more events in subsequent years, according to Murphy. This year’s festival is the first time for the banquet and a major headliner. The Family Fun Zone was added in the second year.

ATMOSPHERE IN COBB Cobb County has had a longtime reputation as a conservative stronghold, both politically and religiously. Perhaps most notoriously, Cobb County’s government’s official anti-gay resolutions caused it to run afoul of the diversity-focused International Olympic Committee in 1996. The Olympics, of course, would storm Atlanta that year, and some competitions had been scheduled to take place at venues in Cobb. 24 // davidatlanta.com

“In the beginning, we didn’t know what to expect but made it through without incident. I actually wore a bulletproof vest the first year and had personal security, as we had been advised that threats had been made. An article was published in the Marietta Daily Journal and got quite a bit of negative reaction,” said Murphy. “In the three years since, things have improved somewhat. Protesters can’t be on the property without permits and none have filed for any to date,” Murphy added. “We are also holding our… banquet off site at Hudson Grille. We hope to add more events at other locations as we grow in the future.”

MISSION STATEMENT As with many large-scale community events, particularly in the activist-oriented LGBT community, a fitting theme can be key to rallying attention to the cause. Marietta Pride is certainly no exception. For 2013, the festival’s theme is “Unleashed.” The theme was chosen in order to celebrate and to make a positive statement about the gains achieved this year for GLBTQs, according to Murphy. “We decided that our theme would be ‘UNLEASHED’ as we try to expand and break down barriers in our own community for equality,” he said. “This year, we are very focused on education and healthcare for North Georgia.”

North Georgia Marietta Pride 2013 takes place July 26–28. For more information, visit rainbowgeorgia.org or thenewlebuzz.com.


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rom professional DJ to one of the most well known names in the porn industry, Chi Chi LaRue has a plethora of credentials to boast and this month she will be taking the stage at Marietta Pride to host the drag show. I caught up with the to talk about what she has planned for the event and other surprises we can expect to see from her soon. Is this your first time performing at Marietta Pride?

Are you going to be scouting for local talent while you’re in town? Honey, I am always scouting! I see that you recently directed a music video with Willam from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Can we look forward to seeing you explore other directorial adventures?

Has there been another Marietta Pride? (laughs) Yes, it is my first time. My love for Atlanta and the people of Atlanta have blessed me with Marietta Pride.

Yeah, I did. It’s for her new video “Trouble,” which I do play in my DJ set. I’ve been contacted by many of the RuPaul girls but I’m very busy. I’m a DJ so I love music. I love creating. I am a very artistic, creative person so whenever I create I can enjoy my challenge for something different.

I see that you are no stranger to Atlanta. What do you think about the city?

So what does Miss LaRue do in her down time?

I love Atlanta. It’s Southern hospitality It’s everything and more. I have so many friends there and it’s really is a fun living place.

Do I have down time? I watch TV. These are my choices: True Blood, Big Brother, The Chilling, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Revenge, Scandal... Oh, Judge Judy, bitch! She is the highest paid woman on television.

So what are you planning to bring to the table for this event? I usually DJ but this time I am not, so I am out of my comfort zone – which is good when you can do that. I am going to be hosting the drag event, which is so exciting. Any suggestions for our readers who want to be a Chi Chi boy? God, don’t do it. (laughs) Wow, porn is so not what it used to be but it’s so fun. Yeah, porn sucks and now it’s in the toilet. I am lucky and blessed to travel the world and spread the word of safe sex.

Can we expect to see you back with us for Atlanta Pride in October? Yes! Well I think there is going to be something very special announced. It’s going to be very big and very, very exciting. All I can say is DJ Rue, bitch! It looks like we will have to wait on the edge of our seats to hear about the big surprise for Chi Chi’s appearance at Atlanta Pride. Be sure to check out the music video for “Trouble” and look forward to seeing this all around bombshell in Marietta on the weekend of July 26.

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To be, or Not to Be,

Chablis BY K ELLI GOLDM A N

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Her thoughts on the evolution of drag, realizing her celebrity and what the future holds for her career Since breaking into the scene over 30 years ago, The Lady Chablis has given the South, and the world, a long, intoxicating sip of what it is to be Chablis. She’s won the hearts of not only the LGBT community, but all communities across the map, by way of her drag performances, movie roles and her shameless, blunt-natured personality that sparked her famous saying: “Two tears in a bucket, mother fuck it!” You can catch her in two shows, once a month at Club One in Savannah, and as a special guest for the shows of her choosing. She will be in the first episode of Bravo’s upcoming new series, Southern Charm (air date TBA), and has a silver screen project in the works that is still so young, we still don’t have any information beyond “It’s a movie” right now. The Grand Empress of Savannah may be ‘hiding her candy’, but her approach to the world, and life, is certainly not sugarcoated. Just ask her dog, Cracker.

out of their way to make sure that I wanted for nothing in L.A., which means that instead of flying out for a day or two to put together a press pack, we stayed for five or six days and they paid for everything…flew me first class there and back, rented a house. I never knew what a celebrity I was until I spent time like that in L.A. It was wonderful! We went to this comedy club, and one of the comedians was a lesbian. She came out on stage and started her act about females having three holes, and I was like “WHAT?!”, and all of a sudden she said “Wait a minute, I know who that is in the audience!” and she turned her whole around, and it’s about me, and the whole crowd’s going, “Who’s that lady?” I was very ‘incognegro’. She was so fabulous that we actually booked her here [at Club One]. But anyway that was how I knew people all over actually knew me. Another day we went on a tour of the stars, going to see the houses of the famous people. I was getting hot, and I’m like, “this is boring,” you know, but then we pull up to Richard Simmons’ house. This bitch decides to open up the front door and come out and have a good ol’ time with us. Some of the entertainers from RuPaul’s Drag Race came out along the tour. You know Raj’s birthday just passed and I was there for that.

So I hear you’ve been filming. You’ve recently been to Los Angeles. You have something in the works with Bravo. What’s up? Yes, yes. I didn’t go to LA to do any filming. I did something before I went to LA in Charleston, SC for Bravo. There’s a new series that’s coming out in the fall. I’m going to be in the first episode. Then after that, I flew out from here to L.A. for five days for some meet and greets, stuff like that. We met with some people from Logo and more people from Bravo. I met with some people who are doing the musical of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, just stuff like that. The owner of Club One and his friend went

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No, no, no, no, NO. I even knew what performing was about. It was because of people from my past like, for one Lily White, who I worked with when I first started. We were out of town somewhere and she just gave me the mic, and she said, “Just talk. Just do it,” and so I started talking. And then Charlie Brown came along, and Charlie is like, “Bitch, your little bitty ass...” So then I started doing little things, and then it just happened. I realized I need to do this. It’s not so much the lip synching; I like to make sure that I’ve got people’s attention. I’m not your typical drag queen or entertainer like that. So then what is your role and talent in the drag community as “not your typical drag queen”? It was fabulous, honey, just wonderful. It was something I I’m more like a talker. I could have done the whole show needed. Being in LA was like really being a celebrity, you tonight just talking, ‘cause I enjoy it and the crowd was taking it. Tonight was actually the first time I ever did know, it was wonderful! a show without doing a number during it. After over 25 years, that’s the first time I’ve ever not done a number. You’re telling me you really didn’t know how And girl, I’ve had rougher days. But I was just like, “You much notoriety you had until your trip to L.A.? know what, I am taking up too much of everybody’s time, Well I knew a little, but being from the South, people here and it just hit me that I’m at the age now that I don’t have to go out there and lip sync. They’re satisfied enough. know me well as a celebrity. I did not pay attention like The only reason I do continue lip-synching is to stay on I should have when I would travel; but I was only there for a day or two so I didn’t experience completely feeling my toes. like a celebrity in other places. I mean you saw what happened tonight at the club for just one show, they went I was recently hired to just be an emcee at a show in Monroe for their annual celebration, with a big ol’ show crazy over me. I’m used to it here. I don’t even lip sync that much. But I did not realize what came with me being and all that. But here is my problem with gay bars...or in Midnight and all of this. Someone called me an “icon” maybe here is their problem with me: Either they assume and “legendary”…people were crying. It was amazing, a that I’m going to cost too much and they’re afraid to ask me, or they have entertainers there who are bitter about feeling I don’t always get from the gay community. something and will block me from getting in there. You recently had a birthday, didn’t you? Talk about your growth as a performer. Yes I did, I turned 56 on March 9. I’m a Pisces, a fish, Tina Devoure is my drag mother, and I give her all the fish wouldn’t you know it. {Laughs} I may be 56 years old, but I’ve still got stuff to do. This was given to me for praises. Her and Lily White and Charlie Brown. We used to be tight, but Charlie Brown had a little jealousy proba reason. lem so we had to drift apart; I hate that kind of stuff. I am who I am, and when I know how to do things better then Did you always want to be a performer? You have such a natural presence about you as an I change things, but we live and learn. I went through this thing with friends turning on me. They just forget The entertainer. 32 // davidatlanta.com


Lady Chablis. For a while I was by myself, and had to find myself. Trusting people was hard. Bars that I have worked at have fucked me over. What can I do? I can’t make them be honest. All I can do is make sure they are prepared to take responsibility for what they’ve done to me. People can’t do that to me, and because of it I miss out on a lot of things. How has drag changed and evolved over the years, and why do you think that is? I just realized from talking to you that I have opened a lot of door for folks. I admire RuPaul for what she is doing, but RuPaul has made my career a big deal. People go on YouTube and look at RuPaul’s Drag Race, and think that’s what drag is about. And that’s not true. I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone, but we tested the waters for these people who get famous without doing the work, and that’s not fair. Some of us more established performers get overlooked, because these new girls will take $20 dollars to do a show. And the bars would rather pay these new girls $20 than pay us girls and give us any work. To me that’s not fair, but it’s a new generation. I don’t put it on the people who depend on that $20, I put it on the people who are opening these bars and don’t know what they’re doing to us. Entertainers are the last people on the totem poll. And my gay sisters – honey, I mean lesbians – they have finally gotten in to the drag scene. So you basically just said, in a nutshell, that drag isn’t what it used to be, and I agree. In your heart, what is the core and the essence of drag?

this is all they’ve got. New entertainers have it so good because they got a lot of work. Bars would rather hire a new entertainer and pay them a little money, just because they are up on the music and the new fads, rather than to pay someone who has been doing it for years. Now everyone is just impersonating someone, the originality and the personality is gone. I know that there is only one me. People can go ahead and quote my work and say my lines, but no one will ever be me. I don’t want to be in pageants because I don’t wanna be judged. Working with girls who are like, “Miss Gay Universe” used to intimidate me, until I realized I don’t want to be “Miss Gay” anything. I wouldn’t want to be Miss Gay Pride, or Miss Black Gay Pride. I just wanna be called “Miss Chablis” if they don’t wanna call me lady. But I don’t need no labels on me. What is the main message you want to convey to the GLBT community? “I am not a gay bar type of person. I am more like a minister toward the gay people. That’s the only thing I am trying to get across to the gay community, which they do not get. They do not get that yet. Back in the day straight people were scared to come into a gay bar, but they trust me enough to come in and see shows.” She raises her glass of water, meets my beer bottle with a muffled ‘clinck’, a “Cheers” and a sincere “thank you” for coming to see her and taking the time to listen. I don’t know why she was thanking me- I was the one who just got to spend the last hour holding on for dear life to the stream of consciousness pouring straight from the Doll’s mouth.

To me drag is used so loosely. It’s like when people call people “friends”, but they aren’t really their friends. So I think the question is really ‘What is the core of being an entertainer, or a female impersonator?” You can’t really use the word “drag” anymore ‘cause what I do and have done for years isn’t the same “drag” as what the new girls are doing. You have to have passion. My passion is talking. My passion is not the most fabulous costumes, and crazy fancy jewelry. No, my passion is talking. There are people who have the passion for entertaining, who can go out there and are just in it. I love that. They have the passion for it, not just a need to be up in the spotlight. There are some people who just want the spotlight, and I’m a spotlight kind of girl, so I’m like, “Move out the way!” People need to be more aware of girls like myself, like what it takes… this is not cheap, what we do. This shit costs money. Every girl nowadays has to have a “real” job to pay for this. Back in the day you could just work at a bar, and you could support yourself. I feel sorry for the girls that

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Charlie

Harding

Brings Hard Bodies

to Blake’s BY ELIJAH SARKESIAN

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harlie Harding knows a thing or two about sexy men, and he’s bringing them to Atlantans on a weekly basis.

The adult film actor and Atlanta resident recently teamed up with Blake’s for Charlie Harding’s Hard Bodies Party, a new event going on every Wednesday night. Each show brings Charlie together with a group of diverse, sexy dancers, all for the entertainment of the bar’s crowd that night. David Atlanta recently caught up with Charlie to discuss his Hard Bodies party, as well as what else he’s been up to recently. 36 // davidatlanta.com

How did Charlie Harding’s Hard Bodies Party come about? Well, I’ve been a go-go dancer off and on for years. In fact, I used to own a touring group of male go-go dancers and strippers. We traveled around the Southeast performing at various clubs and events. Since moving to Atlanta, I’ve been looking for fun opportunities to throw events and host parties, and Alan at Blake’s and I got to talking. We wanted to create a night that was a casual, fun and energetic experience for everybody involved that had a bit of a sexual edge! I mean, who doesn’t like drink specials by Tanqueray, Ketel One and Crown Royal, plus sexy boys dancing and some silly fun party games [such as] “Get to


know your go-go!” where we ask the dancers dirty questions from the audience. It’s hilarious and scandalous!

Aside from the Hard Bodies Party, what else do you have going on in your life, both personally and professionally?

How do you select the dancers for the show? Given my background in the adult film industry, I first reached out to my other guys in the area that work in that industry. I also had some contacts and friends that danced at clubs in Atlanta as strippers or go-go dancers and also had some buddies that do go-go cam shows. From there I’ve also auditioned folks that want to be a part.  What are you looking for in a dancer for the show? I like to have a very diverse group of dancers. We have everything from young looking twinks to muscle bears, and we rotate them through, so each week is a different mix. Anybody who’s been to the party will agree that there’s always eye candy for everyone. Beyond a sexy body and a great smile, I look for folks who have rhythm and can dance, who are outgoing, enjoy talking to people and being social and just wanna have fun! If you’re interested in auditioning, just stop in on a Wednesday night and let’s chat!

Well, I’m one of those guys who tries to do it all, and always has a million things going. At some point in the coming months, Scotty and I have our big gay wedding! We also just did a very personal and hopefully conversation starting interview and article for Manhattan Digest. I’m very excited about the success of my gay erotica book line at charliehardingpresents.com. Think of it as the Oprah’s Book Club of gay erotica e-books! My fiancé, Scotty Rage, and I have also launched RAGE T’s. It’s a line of one-of-a-kind artistic clothing. Right now we’re focusing on customized T-shirts, with gym shorts and sweat shirts coming soon to charlesworld.com. Also, keep on the lookout for some other big parties I have in the works! And search for me on iTunes. I always have something new coming up! 

What can audiences expect at a Hard Bodies Party? At my party each Wednesday you can expect sexy dancers, great drinks, your favorite bartenders, an awesome DJ playing super-fun music and the most random group of awesome Blake’s patrons all out having a great time! Wednesday night has also seem to attract a lot of the single guys in Atlanta. So if you’re looking for a date… I’m also excited to continue bringing in fun additional night sponsors like we did with the FORT GRUNT clothing line by Fort Troff. I mean, who doesn’t like free stuff and a fun time?

Charlie Harding’s Hard Bodies Party runs every Wednesday night at Blake’s. Be sure to follow Charlie on Twitter at @chardingxxx and his partner, Scotty Rage, at @scottyragexxx. @DavidAtlantaGA // 37


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Tough as

STEEL Olympia Dukakis on her new lesbian role – and why it’s made her feel less ‘rosy’ about gay rights

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hen Olympia Dukakis tells you about the time she cussed out a threatening cab caller, you know she was born to play Stella, a ballsy lesbian who takes her blind wife-to-be (played by Brenda Fricker) on a road trip in Cloudburst.

This film cannot get distribution in this country. Yeah, sit with that for a little bit. Sit with that! Don’t get too rosy in your view of things. You can’t get this distributed in this country.

What is the deal with that? This, of course, isn’t Dukakis’ first time taking on a tough female. With unforgettable roles in Steel Magnolias and Yeah, what is the deal with that? It played 10 weeks in Moonstruck, she’s been cutting through the bull for the Toronto. It’s going to be playing all over the world. Why bulk of her career. can’t it get distributed? The DVD’s coming out and that’s why we’re doing all these interviews and everything, to Dukakis did exactly that in our interview, too, when she let people know that it’s out there, especially the gay and derailed into a passionately heated rant on her frustration lesbian world. regarding the lack of distribution for the heartfelt dramedy Cloudburst, suggesting that maybe, when it comes to I spoke with director Steven Soderbergh gay liberation, we still have a long way to go. about this when his Liberace movie, Behind the Candelabra, premiered on HBO recently. You’re a hoot in Cloudburst, Olympia. He said Hollywood wouldn’t market his movie because they knew they were going to lose on Thank you. A “hoot” is good. My mother used to say that investment. The only audience for it, they told people were a hoot. It’s wonderful. I love it. Hoot! him, was a gay audience; it wasn’t mainstream enough. Do you know any lesbians like Stella? Well, that’s what they say, but it’s not playing 10 weeks Like Stella? No, not quite that … out there. Not that in Toronto because it’s only playing to a gay audience. much, no. She’s feisty. She doesn’t let people walk all I don’t know about Liberace, but that’s not true about over her. She’s blunt that way. Life has taught her that Cloudburst. It’s playing 10 weeks in Toronto! There are lesson. other countries it’s playing in; it’s not just the gay and lesbian community (wanting to Marriage is obviously at the core of the see it). film, because these are two women going on a road trip together to get married. Who never expected to get married! It never even occurred to them. It wasn’t something on their radar. Because most lesbians of that generation didn’t anticipate ever being able to legally marry in their lifetime. That’s the point! That’s the point about how it’s changing. That’s the point of what it was and what it’s moving toward now. How are you feeling about the progress we’ve made to recognize gay marriage legally? That I feel good about. I can see it changing. But I’ll tell you what I don’t feel good about: @DavidAtlantaGA // 43


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What are your feelings on the lack of distribution of the film, then? I wish I did understand. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has the distribution rights. They sold it to Lifetime, and of course you know what Lifetime did with it. They played it initially at 11 at night and at 3 in the morning, and they bleeped everything. Did the marriage of two gay people as a political statement play into your desire to take this role at all? It did, mostly because I have some gay friends. I sent (the script) to lesbians and they were very moved by it. I wanted to make sure that there was nothing that they found offensive. I didn’t, but I wanted to make sure that they didn’t. They were very moved by it and so eager for me to do it. And they were so happy that it was being done, because these two women are in their 70s, and of course their lives as two lesbians is very different from the lives of two lesbian partners who are 20 and 30 today. Their families rejected them, they had to hide, they had to pretend, and they had to do a lot of different things. Were there specific scenes you thought might be offensive to the lesbian community? No, I just wanted to make sure that they felt that the characters were delineated honestly. There wasn’t any 44 // davidatlanta.com

particular scene. For example, I know everything about being Greek-American, and so I know when something doesn’t ring true, you know? And I wanted to know if things rang true for them, and they did, so I felt really supported by that. I thought, “What’s the point in doing this film if it’s not going to mean something to the people whose lives are being somewhat represented in it?” I have felt, myself, an outsider from the time I was young because of being first-generation Greek in neighborhoods that were dominated by Irish and German in Massachusetts. I know what that is. And the truth of the matter is, you end up having problems with being a Greek and problems with being an American. You kind of straddle that hyphen in the middle. So feeling like an outsider, I had my own version of that. Does that come into play at all when you’re playing a role like Stella? Yeah, it does. You know what it is, not to feel valued and to be rejected … and not for who you are or what you’ve done, but just because you happen to have a stamp on you that says Greek-American, or gay or lesbian or black or Latino or Asian and on and on and on. We human beings do such a job on each other. You’ve worked with director Thom Fitzgerald on The Event, 3 Needles and now this film. What is it about Thom and his directing style that keeps you coming back?


Of course at first I was very surprised, because it hadn’t occurred to me. I was just doing the best job I could. I wasn’t thinking about how I was representing any particular group, which was not true with Cloudburst.

He can be trusted. When he tells me something, I don’t even ask anymore. If he says it, I do it. Yeah, he’s pretty damn good. Plus, he’s a terrific writer and he shoots a terrific film. All the locations were wonderful. We shot up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. An incredible place. I couldn’t get over it. I would just stare at those rock formations in the harbor and at the mountains. I would just sit there and stare at them and somebody said, “Well, we didn’t wanna disturb you; we knew you were thinking about the part.” I wasn’t thinking about the part. I was thinking about how these two rocks in the middle of the harbor looked like a mother seal and a baby seal! (Laughs)

For Tales of the City, what was it like playing trans during that time, in the early ’90s?

Here they thought you were deep in thought about your next take.

How do you reflect on working with Cher for Moonstruck?

See, for me it was just a human being who had something in them that they had kept secret and silent and protected and who was now coming forward now. I understand that. I had that.

I know. They thought I was being an artist. I was just being We were very sympathetic with each other. “Simpatico,” I think is the way she puts it. It was never a problem, never a tourist. anything. It was easy. It was like we knew each other and we trusted each other without even thinking about it. The gay community has always been drawn to the strong female characters you’ve played. Are you close with any of the gals from Steel When did you first realize you had a gay followMagnolias? ing? I think it was with Tales of the City, wasn’t it? That’s when it happened. I started to get letters thanking me and people coming up to me on the street crying and wanting to tell me how much it meant to them. And I still get that, actually.

Oh, not really. For a while Shirley (MacLaine) and I went back and forth. We’d see each other now and then. I’ve gone to see her show; she came to see me in something. But that’s about it.

What does it feel like receiving all that acknowledgement for that role?

How was the role in Cloudburst a new challenge for you?

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This is so hysterical. Yesterday a friend and I were trying to get a cab. So we go to this one cab and this guy and this woman were there before, so we turn around and we go look for another cab to come down the street. They were at the corner and we had moved into the middle of the block. All of a sudden I hear a voice saying, “There’s a line here! There’s a line here!” and I look over and they’re still not in the cab and he’s yelling about a line. I said, “Line? What line? I don’t see a line.” He just wanted me to go to the corner and wait behind him while he got the cab coming down the street. He starts coming toward me, threateningly, and I said to him, “What are you, gonna hit me, motherfucker? You wanna hit me? Is that what you wanna do?” He stopped, dead in his tracks. And this woman said to him, “That’s Olympia Dukakis!” And he backed off. He didn’t wanna get in trouble with an aging 82-year-old celebrity who’s screaming at him in the street.

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Well, the challenge was physical for me. To restrain my movements, to shape my gestures, the way I physically behaved – Thom was very insightful about that and very watchful. And he was very particular about how he wanted my hair. I looked at myself a couple of times and I thought, “My god, that’s a man. I look scary. That is a man up there.”

Well, you certainly have the willpower of Stella.

How did you get in touch with Stella’s butch toughness?

No, no, no, no.

And he knew that. Thom knows that about me. I mean, I’m very judicious about it. (Laughs) Did you learn any new vulgarities after doing this film?

Well, you’re very fond of the “c” word in it. Thom was the one who really pushed me in that direction. I happen to be kind of rebellious myself, to be honest with That I can’t take credit for. Thom wrote the script! you. I don’t have trouble being confrontational. I grew up (Laughs) But the finger gestures, I have to take responsiin Lowell, Mass. and by the time I was 12 I had my own bility for most of those. knife, so I was used to drawing lines and making sure nobody stepped over them – metaphorically, I’m talking. 46 // davidatlanta.com


A Show About the Community, For the Community By Daniel Jones

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here is much excitement in the air about the new show We Are Family at Jungle Atlanta, which held its debut this past Tuesday. With Phoenix and Ruby Redd at the helm hosting, it’s all of your favorite performers and shows in and around Atlanta coming together in one venue to compete head-to head. The best part is that it’s all for a good cause! Every week, each family sends one performer to represent them and the audience votes for their favorite performances from the night. The families represent a charity of their choosing. After eight weeks, the family with the most votes cumulatively will win all of the money raised at the door throughout the competition for their charity. There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door, so this could mean thousands of dollars for one charity in the Atlanta area. Here is a breakdown of the families and which charities they will represent.

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The Atlanta Sisters dba The Order of the Flaming Sugarbakers

The Sisters Grant Fund

The Flaming Sugarbakers are an order of 21st century nuns dedicated to the manifestation of cosmic joy through freedom of expression, charitable acts, community outreach, and social activism. The Armorettes

The funds raised by the Sisters are regularly distributed to different under-funded organizations or project to help better the community at large.

The Armorettes PWA Fund

For over three decades, the Armorettes have been premier All money raised by the Armorettes is donated to HIV/AIDS fundraisers for HIV/AIDS in the gay and lesbian community, support services. while providing the absolute best in camp entertainment. The Redds

Lost-n-Found Youth

The Redds are an Atlanta drag family led by matriarch Ruby This is Atlanta’s only non-profit targeting Atlanta’s homeless Redd. Known for doing just about anything for a dollar, LGBT youth. Ruby and her gang have helped countless charities while providing fun and interesting entertainment. The Stars of the Century

Someone Cares, Inc of Atlanta EDIC

The Stars of the Century is one of the longest running The EDIC is created to alleviate barriers to linkage to care and drag shows in Atlanta. Headed by show director Niesha assist in early detection of HIV/STDs in the African American, Dupree, they are known for one fabulous performance after Latino MSM and Transgender communities. another. Triple Threat

The MISTER Center at Positive Impact

Triple Threat is a weekly show held at LeBuzz every Wednesday at 11:30. Their show features a diverse cast with several different performance styles for a fun and entertaining evening.

The mission of MISTER is to be a one-stop resource for gay and bisexual men to increase awareness of available resources and services, and to promote social and sexual health.

The Gals of PALS

Pets Are Loving Support (PALS)

This family features the many drag performers that help raise money at PALS Bingo and other PALS events.

Pets Are Loving Support provides basic vet care and food to the companion pets of critically ill, disabled, and elderly Atlantans.

The Divas of Burkhart’s

Joining Hearts

Burkhart’s is host to many fantastic drag shows and their girls are fierce. With shows led by Phoenix and Angelica D’Paige, you better believe they know how to werq!

The mission of Joining Hearts is to raise awareness and funds to provide housing assistance to Atlanta 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organizations for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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CHRIS Kids

A team lead by Coco Couture, these girls mean business CHRIS Kids mission is to bridge gaps in foster care services with their glamour, uniqueness and talent. Step aside, Miss for children who require residential mental health treatment, Banks – your replacements are here. but do not need institutionalization or hospitalization. @DavidAtlantaGA // 49


NASHVILLE More Than Just Music City BY JOSEPH BROWNELL

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n January, The New York Times caught Nashville fever naming the Tennessee capital an “It” city. Referring to it as “the place where conservative Christians and hipsters overlap,” Nashville has become more than its Music City moniker, it’s become a thriving economic and creative center in the South.

Nashville LGBT Nightlife

One might only think neon lights and honky-tonks when considering Nashville as a tourist destination and of course any given afternoon or evening you can hear hopefuls belting out original (and cover) tunes from any of the venues lined up and down Broadway, but Nashville also has a growing LGBT scene (and foodie and theater and outdoor adventure scene) that’ll please even the most discerning of travelers.

Tribe and Play, arguably the best two nightlife spots in Nashville, are conveniently located next door to one another. Recently named two of the best 200 Gay Bars in the World by Out Magazine, Tribe is very similar to the vibe currently sported by Ten Atlanta and the upstairs of Blake’s on the Park. Known as a pre-gaming spot, Tribe boasts some great happy hour specials including its hump-day happy hour featuring $2 Smirnoff cocktails

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When it comes to LGBT nightlife, Nashville flaunts quality over quantity. The majority of LGBT bars/clubs are concentrated on just a few blocks of Church Street (much irony?), and make scene jumping quite easy to do.


from 5-8. On any given Wednesday evening, expect the crowds to be two and three deep at the bar as the community clamors to sip up this delicious deal. Be sure to also check out their weekend Happy Hour from 5-8 featuring $5 drinks on a wide variety of premium beverages. Next door, at Play, you’ll find the best in dancing and the best in drag under one roof. With its cabaret stage in the main room (complete with VIP viewing areas) and its separate, massive dance floor, where DJ Ron spins the latest and hottest tracks and remixes, Play boasts the most diverse crowds throughout the city. With their Play Mate shows featuring guest Play Mates each weekend, and monthly visits from RuPaul’s Drag Race alums, Play is definitely where you want to get your drag fix. One highlight of Play is their Thursday night Ladies’ Night, which features some strong drag king entertainment. One note, while there is an ATM on site bring cash for the cover at the door and for drinks because there is a $20 minimum on cards. Other Nashville nightlife hot spots include Canvas Lounge, Lipstick Lounge, Blue Genes and The Stirrup. If you’re looking for the best in 80s, 90s and today in music as well as a laid-back vibe and monthly theme parties, then Canvas Lounge is for you. On any given month, Canvas will host an all request 80s party, Bear Chested night and their always popular Sparkle Disco parties. Looking for the lesbian hangout? While Lipstick Lounge is all-welcoming, it stands as Nashville’s lone lesbian hangout and much like Atlanta’s My Sister’s Room is located in East Nashville. If you just have the need to sing your heart out then head over to Blue Genes, just a few doors down from Canvas. It can get pretty smoky but if you’re looking karaoke (or a place where the bartenders will always know your name), then it’s the bar for you. Looking a restaurant/bar vibe a la Joe’s on Juniper? Well you’re in luck; head to South Nashville and visit The Stirrup. You’ll find a jukebox, an outdoor patio and plenty of good bar food and cheap drinks. Finally, nightlife is not the only LGBT resource in Nashville. OutCentral, the city’s LGBT community center, also sits on Church Street and provides plenty of weekly programming for those who may be looking for more than nightlife. Check out outcentral.org for program details. Foodie Scene If you’re looking for food, from upscale to downhome BBQ, Nashville has a restaurant for you.

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While in town you should definitely check out Top Chef contestant and philanthropic drag performer Arnold Myint’s Nashville restaurants. Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, named after his drag alter-ego, is right next door to Tribe and can easily be accessed from the Bar’s side lounge area. Their East Meets Wedge salad with Wasabi Bleu Cheese is a highlight as well the Asian Wanton Pulled Pork Nachos. Myint boasts several Nashville restaurants so be sure to also check out blvd., PM and AM@ FM. blvd. is one of the city’s best brunch spots. Lesbian chef/owner Margot McCormack also owns two East Nashville spots that are worth checking out. First, Margot Café and Bar features a menu that changes daily and works to bring affordable (and local) ingredients into their kitchen. Entrees range from Grilled Lamb Chops with Eggplant and Tomato Couscous to Grilled Trout with Potatoes, Frisee & Bacon Vinaigrette. Be prepared though, because you can easily drop $100 plus on dinner for two with wine. If you’re traveling on a budget and don’t want to sacrifice quality, check out McCormack’s other venture, Marché Artisan Foods. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Marché is a European style café & marketplace that bustles from open to close. If you’re looking for some great Southern food then look no further than Monell’s and The Loveless Cafe. Monell’s boasts several Nashville locations where diners eat family style for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Known for their fried chicken, it doesn’t matter when you go. Fried Chicken is served morning, noon and night. Meanwhile, The Loveless Cafe’s melt-in-your-mouth biscuits are worth the trip alone but hey, while you’re there, dig into the Southern Sampler and choose from fried chicken, catfish, ham, meatloaf or pork BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, with three area locations B&C BBQ (Bacon & Caviar) serves some of the best grits in the South. Be sure to check out their Buffalo Chicken Grits. Served only on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market location (other locations may vary), the buffalo kick is definitely worth a stop when in Nashville. Other Cultural Spots

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Nashville is known for more than being Music City— with the wildly successful Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), it’s becoming known as Musical City. The 2013-2014 season is getting to kick off with Wicked, Ghost: The Musical and War Horse among the lineup. Check the schedule ahead of time for shows but right now TPAC is offering a three-pack of show tickets starting at $65. The shows include


Wicked, Ghost and Sister Act; the flex pack is available by calling 615-782-6560 and asking for the O&AN Flex Pack. Have some classical tastes? Then make sure to visit the state-of-the-art Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which houses the Nashville Symphony. In 2013, the Schermerhorn has hosted out singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, an ABBA Tribute, Chaka Khan and is preparing to host Kathy Griffin. Located in the heart of downtown, the building is a worth touring alone. History and art also figure prominently into Nashville’s landscape. The Parthenon, an exact replica of the Greek Parthenon, sits in Centennial Park and will host the upcoming Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) Annual Gala, Olympus, at the end of September. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, as well as several other downtown art galleries has made Nashville a hot spot for visual arts. History buffs can enjoy the Hermitage—the home of President Andrew Jackson, the equine-influenced Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion to name a few. And what would Nashville be without its music scene? While ABC’s Nashville has spotlighted the country music scene, be sure to stroll down Broadway and stop into the many bars where you can hear live music just about any time of day. Tootsies is just one of the few places that is definitely worth checking out. Visitors should also check out the newly-constructed Music City Center. Its main section is constructed like a flat-sitting guitar and boasts 1.2 million square feet while connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Omni Hotel. Currently, Carrie Underwood’s Blow Away Tour exhibit is one of the highlights tourists can check out. Finally, Nashville boasts plenty of live music venues but also several summer music festivals that are often free. Nashville Dancin’, a Thursday Riverfront Park event’ is wrapping up its season soon but if you’re planning a late-summer trip, you’ll want to check out this year’s Live on the Green lineup. Live on the Green runs in August and September and is bringing such acts as Matt Nathanson, Gin Wigmore, ZZ Ward and Matt & Kim. Outdoor Scene If your upcoming trip is more inspired by Nashville’s mountainous outdoors, then the Metro-Nashville area offers plenty of hiking, camping and river adventures. Float down the Harpeth River, hike Percy-Warner Park or head out to Natchez Trace for a number of day trips filled with activity. Perhaps you might want to make some friends while in town? Middle Tennessee OUTsiders, a local LGBT outdoor activity club, holds monthly events that may be worth checking out (www.facebook.com/Middle-Tennessee-OUTsiders).

Nashville is also a very bike-friendly city. Visitors can rent bikes from several downtown locations for as little as $5. Perfect for biking around town when parking can sometimes be a hassle. Nashville Neighborhoods Much like Atlanta, Nashville has several distinct neighborhoods that reflect the community that frequents them. Up and coming East Nashville is very similar to East Atlanta in its hip, bohemian and eclectic vibe. Artists and musicians alike reside in East Nashville and its Five Points area is definitely worth a Sunday Funday visit. Be sure to check out 3 Crow and Beyond the Edge as well as the various shops in the area including vintage guy’s shop Hello Boys and for the girls Goodbye Girls. Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants that are perfect to mull about during an afternoon. Situated in a four-block radius, Hillsboro Village is surrounded by Vanderbilt University. The area boasts the popular Pancake Pantry and FIDO as well as some smaller independent bookstores and coffee shops. 12 South, one of Nashville’s newest neighborhoods, has some great boutique and upscale consignment shops as well as some up-and-coming restaurants and art galleries. Think Castleberry Hills but safer. Finally, if you’re a Buckhead boy or girl and need a Lenox-like shopping trip, check out the Green Hills neighborhood as well as the Green Hills Mall. You may just run into your favorite celebrity at Starbucks in Green Hills but don’t say I didn’t warn you: the traffic is just as bad as Buckhead. If you do check out Green Hills, stop into H. Audrey, a clothing boutique owned by Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams. Accommodations With all the “what to do” stuff, where can you stay? Those looking for familiarity will find a Loews hotel just minutes from downtown’s center as well as a Sheraton and Hilton downtown. Those looking for more luxury might try to stay at the Union Station Hotel downtown or Hotel Indigo. If you’re looking for more quaint accommodations, Nashville has several LGBT-friendly B&B’s including The Mulberry House. For budget travelers, there are also several cheaper options around the airport and Opry Mills which are a short 15-20 minutes trip downtown. So what are you waiting for? It’s a short four-hour trip (plus you gain an hour in travel) and Nashville has plenty to do whether for a week or a long weekend. Oh and if you come, look me up and say hi! @DavidAtlantaGA // 57


zopardi By Chris Az

SIGUR RÓS, Kveikur

LEANN RIMES, Spitfire

When frontman Jónsi Birgisson went stag for his kaleidoscopic solo venture, he introduced sunshine and rainbows to the stirring atmospherics he’d already established with Sigur Rós. What a difference a few years, and a couple bandmates, makes: Kveikur, their seventh album released just a year after Valtari, rocks so hard in parts that it’s easy to forget Jónsi’s little gay side project. Thunderous bass rumbles through “Brennisteinn,” a whirling marvel that’s grayer and more restless – but still harmonious – than nearly all of Sigur Rós’ recent output. The Icelandic trio’s once mellowing Zen state is replaced with cranked guitars, clanging drums and an enveloping sense of panic dispelled into brash cacophonies; “Hrafntinna” plods with isolated sadness into a dreamy horn outro and “Yfirboro” sounds like the impending apocalypse, where darkness looms and hope barely exists. “Ísjaki,” though, breaks some of the sinister tension, evoking the majestic tranquility of their earlier work with a lightness that teeters on Coldplay pop. The calm of “Rafstraumur” also brings levity – as does the piano closer “Var,” sans Jónsi – but Kveikur isn’t rooted in the rock vanguards’ modus operandi: optimism. It has audacity, aggression and doom. This is Sigur Rós getting their hands dirty.

It’s hard to separate LeAnn Rimes “the tabloid magnet” from LeAnn Rimes “the Grammy success story.” Now you don’t have to. With her latest, Rimes flips through her diary to confess deeply personal thoughts on husband Eddie Cibrian’s ex (hissing diss song “Spitfire”), the extramarital affair (the surprisingly honest “Borrowed”) and breaking hearts (she takes the blame on “What Have I Done”). Throughout, the country singer pulls no punches – even unleashing a burn about some guy’s tiny manhood on the vengeful breakup self-booster “God Takes Care of Your Kind” (written with ex-hubby Dean Sheremet, so it’s probably not his) – as she backtracks on the emotions consuming her post-divorce and post-marriage. Rimes’ slays these songs – and has co-writing credits on many of them – with her now supremely underappreciated and overshadowed-by-drama voice, sounding particularly powerful when she finds every pain in Missy Higgins’ “Where I Stood.” Another fine choice in cover material, “Gasoline and Matches,” has her getting randy with Rob Thomas. “You’ve Ruined Me,” punched up with a gale of slide guitar and pulsating drums, and the buoyant “Bottle” could be hits … you know, in a world where a major talent’s personal life has no place on the charts.

Grade: B+

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ALSO OUT LAURA MVULA, Sing to the Moon Laura Mvula knows the power of being true to yourself. Not once on her debut does the former receptionist go for a big Beyoncé belt or any other gimmicky move that might earn her the mainstream following she’s certainly worthy of. Sing to the Moon is dreamy soul beyond her 26 years, and you won’t find many recent moments of musical beauty as exquisite as “Father, Father” or “Like the Morning Dew.” THE BLING RING: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack This is what robbing the homes of the rich and famous sounds like: thrashes of blown speaker static on Sleigh Bells’ “Crown on the Ground,” Kanye West (“All of the Lights”) and, of course, M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls.” But most indicative of the flick? “Super Rich Kids,” a slow groove released last year on Frank Ocean’s solo masterpiece that epitomizes everything about fame-hungry teens. The Lonely Island, The Wack Album It has a shelf life, for sure, but The Lonely Island’s latest isn’t without some laughs and surprising guest cameos. The highlight, of course, is Robyn and the troupe mocking follow-the-leader club music on the hooky “Go Kindergarten.” Solange also turns “Semicolon” into an unexpected pop pleasure (it’s really about punctuation), while Gaga and Justin Timberlake do their SNL classic, “3-Way (The Golden Rule).” @DavidAtlantaGA // 59


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Brooks and Phoenix 10pm model t Party with Elvis - 9 pm BLAKE’S Game Night - Trivia/Family Feud oscar’s Ruby Redd’s After Party - 10 pm 11pm swinging richards 2-4-1 VIP Room BURKHART’S Blue Monday Karaoke w/ ten atlanta Drag-a-maki w/ Kitty Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm LeClaw 8:30pm COCKPIT  Big Red Cup All Day, specials tripp’s Free Taco Bar 5pm EAGLE Music Videos with Scotty xcess ultra lounge Raquell Lord’s FELIX’S  Free Pool Talent Show 10:30pm, Sophia Mcintosh & FRIENDS Manic Mondays DJ opens - 2 pm Fab 5 +1 11:30pm, 18+ HERETIC Jukebox drag with Knomie Moore woof’s Food Special, Trivia 8pm HIDEAWAY  $2.50 Domestic Beer JUNGLE Stars of the Century Show 11pm MODEL T Monday Night Madness Free blake’s Texas Hold’Em Poker 7pm, “Guys Pool - 10pm - 2am OSCAR’S Service Industry Night with Eric & Dolls” with Shawnna Brooks. 11pm BURKHART’S Twisted Thursday w/ swinging richards Hip-Hop Night, Phoenix 11:30pm Sponsored by Hennessy 8:30pm cockpit  Dirty Boy Bingo w/ Ruby Redd ten atlanta Poker Night TRIPP’S Monday Nite Madness w/ Tana 9pm eagle Balls Deep Karaoke w/ Mikey felix’s Karaoke w/ Brett & Tyler 10pm WOOF’S Texas Hold ‘Em Poker 8pm friends  Where Girls Who Like Girls Meet Girls with Regina Simms 8-closing Gilbert’s Wine tasting 6-10pm BLAKE’S POP! Karaoke with Sasie Monroe heretic  3 Legged Cowboy Night 9pm and Suzanne Gleeson 11pm hideaway  Service Industry Night BURKHART’S Trivia Tuesday Karaoke w/ jungle Members Only with Evah Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm Destruction 10pm club rush “Tipsy Tuesday” 18 & up mIXX Gentlemen Cocktails with Aaron & Open until 4am Matt at 6pm COCKPIT  80s Party 9pm, specials 5-8pm model t Party Time with Michael - 9 pm EAGLE Tuesdays w/ Tony oscar’s Twisted Thursday with Eric FELIX’S  Smirnoff Martini Night swinging richards 2-4-1 VIP & Entry FRIENDS Let’s Make A Deal with Ken 6 pm xcess ultra lounge Turnt Up Thursday Gilbert’s Industry Night (complementary woof’s Food Special, Country Music 7pm pizza after 10pm) HERETIC 2-Step Tuesday, dance till 11pm HIDEAWAY Trivia with Wil 9 pm 10th & piedmont Live DJ 10 PM JUNGLE Ruby’s Tuesdays 8 pm blake’s 5-9pm TGIF, Charlie’s Angels w/ MIXX Piano with David Reeb at 8pm Charlie Brown 11pm MODEL T Wii Tuesday Afternoons 2pm BURKHART’S Fab Five w/ Angelica 9pm $2.50 beer / $3.0 well vodka OSCAR’S Show Tune Tuesday with Chad- D’Paige 11:30pm club rush “Got Leche” Free entry until 8 pm 11pm 18 & up - Open until 4am SWINGING RICHARDS 1/2 Price cover cockpit  DJ Diablo Rojo, guest VJ/DJ’s WOOF’S Industry Day Free Wii 5pm eagle DJ Dance Party friends Happy Time Friday Kelly & Ken 6 pm heretic FUR Friday BLAKE’S 5-9pm Doug’s party pop hits, hideaway  Kick Back Fridays! Charlie Harding’s Hard Body Party 11 pm jungle Dinner and a Movie 7 pm; BURKHART’S Humpday Karaoke w/ The Other Show with Edie Cheezburger Darlene Majewski 11:30pm 9:30pm; Jungle POP 11pm COCKPIT Balls Deep Karaoke 10pm mixx Ron’s End of the Week Party 4pm | EAGLE Underwear Night with Tony Grown & Sexy Dance 10 pm Friends Hump Night with Regina Simms model t Friday Bagels - 10 am | Texas Gilbert’s Karaoke 10pm-2am Holdem Poker 8 pm heretic  Pig Dance Black Out Party DJ oscar’s Music Video Night Stan Jackson 10pm-3am NO COVER swinging richards T-Shirt Review,$10 hideaway 1/2 Price Beer ten atlanta Music by George Greenlee jungle Dragamaniacs with Nicole Paige tripp’s Afternoon Delights 4pm

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10th & piedmont Bellini Brunch 11 AM & T-Dance 4 PM blake’s Open at 1pm - High Energy Music & Video w/ Bill Berdeaux & Daryl Cox BURKHART’S Armorettes Drag Show club rush Hip Hop and R&B - 18 & up Open until 4am cockpit  PBR Beer Bust felix’s  Bloody Marys & Mimosas friends Open @ 2pm; Dinner @ 4pm while it lasts Gilbert’s All you care to eat brunch (cooked to order) 11-4pm and Karaoke 6-11:30pm hideaway  Atlanta’s Favorite Bloody Mary Bar! 12:30 pm Jungle  The Day After with Knomie Moore 12-3pm; Sweet T with Bubba Dee and Wild Cherry Sucret 7pm las margaritas All You Can Eat til 3pm mixx Old School Sunday Dance 7pm model t Sunday Dinner with Ron 3:30 pm oscar’s Sunday Fun-day ten atlanta Music by George Greenlee tripp’s Buffet of Goodness - 3 pm | Karaoke - 7 pm woof’s Bloody Mary bar, PBR special


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theRundown ABear Comedy Show

Wednesday, July 24 • 8 p.m. • Jungle (2115 Faulkner Rd. NE)

Datebook

Ian Aber hosts his monthly comedy program. For more information, visit jungleatl.com.

Radical Relationships: Sexing Outside the Box Thursday, July 25 • 7:30 p.m. • Charis (1189 Euclid Ave. NE)

Looking to spice up your relationship? Check out this workshop from Charis. For more information, visit charisbooksandmore.com.

Coping: An Evening of LGBTQ Shorts

Thursday, July 25 • 8 p.m. • Dahlberg Hall (30 Courtland St.) The GSU Players present this collection of one-act LGBT-themed plays. For more information, visit gsuplayers.com.

Brandi Carlile

Friday, July 26 • 7:30 p.m. • Chastain Amphitheatre (4469 Stella Dr. NW)

Lesbian singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile brings her latest tour to Atlanta. For more information, visit livenation.com.

Backpack in the Park Sunday, July 28 • 4 p.m. • Cator Woolford Gardens (1815 S Ponce de Leon Ave.)

The annual benefit for For the Kid in All of Us includes music by Unknown Lyric and catering by Zest. Admission is a “virtual” backpack donation: $35 online or $45 at the door. For more information, visit forthekid.org.

Pitties in the City

Sunday, July 28 • 5 p.m. • My Sister’s Room (1271 Glenwood Ave. SE)

Pitties in the City benefits dog outreach and rescue. Look for special karaoke from Jack and Missy. For more information, visit mysistersroom.com.

Rodiney Santiago 2014 Calendar Release Party

Wednesday, July 31 • 7 p.m. • Steel (950 W Peachtree St. NW) Supermodel Rodiney Santiago and photographer Richie Arpino present their 2014 calendar collaboration; Steel is providing sushi appetizers and signature cocktails . For more information, visit facebook.com/ events/518045261602732. 64 // davidatlanta.com

Jaye Lish and The Birds of Paradise You know (and love) her from The Other Show. Now, Jaye Lish is hosting her own show once a month at Trader Vic’s Tiki Bar, located at the Hilton in Atlanta (255 Courtland Street). Jaye Lish and The Birds of Paradise brings tropical flavor to drag for two performances at 9 and 10:30 p.m. Among the Birds of Paradise: Celeste Holmes, Edie Cheezburger and Violet Chachki.

Vandalized: A Concert and Benefit Singer/songwriter Dylan Michael debuts his new album, Vandalized, on July 27 (6–9 p.m.) with a concert at Jungle benefiting Lost-N-Found Youth. He’s joined by J. Tyler, Alissah Brooks, Samantha Falk and Milyssa Rose. There’s a $5 suggested donation for the door, with 100% of all funds raised going to Lost-N-Found.

Wacked Out BlackOut Bedlam brings WackedOutBlackOut back to Jungle on July 27 (10:30 p.m.–3 a.m.). If you haven’t been before, it’s a dark body paint party, clothing optional. There’s a place to check your clothes, and Bedlam supplies the paint. There’s also music by DJ Shane V, plus a special performance by Michael Robinson. Entry’s $10 before midnight and $15 after.


IN THEATRES THIS WEEK The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman returns for the sixth (!) time to his most famous role. Based on early reviews, it sounds like this film’s much better than Wolverine’s last solo film. The To Do List: Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza leads an all-star comedic cast in a story about a girl on a mission to lose her virginity. The early 90s setting only adds to the comedy. I’m So Excited: The latest film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is a comedy filled with gay characters. Highlight: three male flight attendants lip-syncing to “I’m So Excited.” @DavidAtlantaGA // 65


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fairyscopes ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Don’t let arguments

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Even if you

become about making you look good or right. That will only backfire. Better to use any disagreement as a test of your diplomatic skills. The voices in your head are offering advice, not orders. Think before acting.

really do know better (and I’m sure you do!) your efforts to help are easily seen as aggressive meddling. Ask first if your suggestions would be welcome. Attending to your own tasks is usually the better way to set an example.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Make any social

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): There’s

commitments as tentative as you reasonably can. Your friends want your company and you’d find social occasions advantageous, but you might be even better off quietly with a few well-chosen pals.

more to “creative differences” than the idea that you’re creative and they’re different. As strong as your feelings are steel yourself to welcome constructive criticism as an opportunity to improve. Real friends are not flatterers, but tell the truth.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Don’t let social temptations distract you from your career, but use them to network and to get ahead. Be very attentive to moves behind the scenes and disappointments that could prove to be blessings in disguise.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Uncovering family treasures (House cleaning? Talking with older relatives?) can help you realize how much you have to offer in your work. Talking with family elders? Pay special attention to the family’s health history.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): Engage confusing new

CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19):

ideas. Clarity will come soon. Intellectual and aesthetic challenges will bring lots of opportunities to advance professionally and socially. When you feel overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask friends or experts to help.

Whether you are arguing with or citing the authorities you can all too easily get it wrong. Check and double-check your facts very carefully. Right or wrong, you are also likely to anger people in charge. Take it slow and easy; be diplomatic!

LEO (July 23 – August 22): Your sexual allure can

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Don’t be afraid of arguments. (But are you ever?) New angles of discussion will open your mind as well as others’ to intriguing new ideas. A little shock adds extra value. As usual, the trick is to accept challenges more than you offer them.

open erotic treasures and/or Pandora’s box. Sublimation can help your career, but needn’t be an all-or-nothing proposition. Dangers lurk at extremes of abstinence or indulgence. Use foresight and look for opportunities not necessarily in the bedroom.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): You are entering a long phase in your life where relationships are becoming even more complicated. Erotic impulses can open up hidden depths and new ways to communicate with the one you love. Some mixed signals are just part of the learning process.

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PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Being outgoing, even garrulous, will open a lot of doors. Some you may want to shut again in a hurry. Still the good outweighs the bad. Listen more than you talk, but speak up and you’ll hear something important.


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I can’t believe Rob Lowe wasn’t Emmy-nominated for Behind the Candelabra. His character was just four surgeries away from being an Emmy.

Are we only allowed to be proud of our community one month out of the year? No? Then why are we bitching about the time we choose to celebrate?

Just tried out Christian Mingle and was matched up with a hairdresser in Gomorrah.

Let’s bang… I mean, hang. No, bang. 76 // davidatlanta.com

Robin Thicke used to be Busted Timberlake, but he upgraded to Racy Chasez.

I’m not going to kill myself until I have a really solid Facebook status to go out on.

Remember: your crush gets to see themselves naked every day.

What’s up with all the gays nowadays trying to look and dress like rednecks? I’m sorry to say, not only does this look not make you look more butch, but it makes you look like Alabama trailer trash! What happened to the days when gays were fashion icons? Now even the straight men are like, “I wouldn’t wear that.” One Direction fans are going crazy about one of the guys playing gay in their new music video. Wait until they learn that one of them’s actually gay. *This page reflects the bitchiness of the community not David Atlanta or its publisher (although we’re bitchy too!)



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