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Cover >

LGBT Charitable All-Stars Leslie Jordan ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

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Feature > Mike Woodside Broadway Cares ASO’s ‘Around the World’

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Seen@ > AIDS Walk Atlanta 10 Fairy Tales & Magic 20 Ten Atlanta 30 Friends on Ponce 38 Burkhart’s44 Club Rush 50 Heretic58

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The Rest > Deep Inside Hollywood 12 Creep of the Week 14 the Scene  60 Bartab62 Datebook64 Comics66 Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast 68 Fairyscopes  72 Classifieds  73 Favorite Bitch 74 Bitch, Please!  76

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By Romeo San Vicente Lady Gaga cooks another Thanksgiving Special

someone can convince Tina Turner to come out of retirement for more Aunty Entity antics. A gay can dream.

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving must have pulled in some decent ratings because she’s doing it again, this time with the Muppets on Lady Gaga and The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, set to air Thanksgiving night on ABC. True to its name – one where the show’s holiday content will straddle Thanksgiving and Christmas but is sure to be used as evidence by right-wing lunatics that there’s an ongoing “war” on Christmas taking place – Gaga will co-host alongside the Muppets. There’ll also be plenty of guest stars in the 90-minute musical special, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kristen Bell, RuPaul and Elton John. In other words, awesome TV. Do we start calling it ThanksGaga-ing now? Thanksgaying? Both would work.

Ellen DeGeneres wants Sophia Grace and Rosie as next Olsen twins

Their careers began with a YouTube video. British cousins Sophia Grace Brownlee, age 10, and Rosie McClelland, 7, sang Nicky Minaj’s “Super Bass” and became overnight sensations when they appeared on Ellen. Since then they’ve appeared on the show multiple times, charming audiences with every appearance and gathering big ratings for the show. They’ve interacted with Reese Witherspoon, Minaj and Taylor Swift and are now poised to be breakout stars on their own. DeGeneres is producing a sitcom pilot for the girls, set up now at NBC, and a direct-to-video movie in which they’ll star as Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood go versions of themselves. It couldn’t be more in line with Into the Forest the Mary-Kate and Ashley template if those two sisters had written a how-to handbook. And with DeGeneres in Evan Rachel Wood (official status: bisexual, married to their corner, they’re likely to become huge stars. Quick, Jamie Bell) and Ellen Page (official status: not talking someone get the actual Olsen twins on the phone for about it, photographed by paparazzi hanging with Argo’s advice on how to navigate that Hollywood child star Clea DuVall – which, should totally settle it, right? – and shark tank. also with guys like Alexander Skarsgard, which totally unsettles it) are making a film together. It’s called Into Queen wants Whisham the Forest and the project is to be directed by lesbian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Ben Whishaw is pretty busy these days. The recently Singing). She will also adapt the screenplay from out actor will soon appear in Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name and Page will Theorem; Days and Nights, which is a modern version produce. It’s another not-too-distant-future apocalypse of Chekhov’s The Seagull (and co-stars Katie Holmes); scenario in which Page and Wood, playing sisters, Ron Howard’s The Heart of the Sea, where he’ll play will struggle to survive, The Road-style. Or even Mad Moby Dick author Herman Melville; and, of course, Bond Max-style, which would be way more exciting. Maybe 24, continuing his role as “Q.” But Queen wants him in 12 // davidatlanta.com


their movie, too. As Freddie Mercury. After Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project – they felt the Borat comic’s big personality would distract, overshadowing the role – the band recently threw their collective begging power into publicly wish-listing Whishaw. There is no other information suggesting that this will actually happen. But come on. Queen is asking you to be Freddie Mercury. Who can say no to that? Somebody with some pull should be arranging something – a meeting, a tea party, whatever happens in these sorts of situations. Make this happen! Ellen Page

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of the week: Kevin Swanson

But hey, don’t take my word for it. I’m just a lady with silly lady thoughts. Instead, here’s Kevin Swanson, a man who voices his man thoughts on right-wing radio. “I don’t want to promote a wicked organization that according to its own website doesn’t promote godly womanhood,” Swanson says. “The vision of the Girl Scouts of America is antithetical to a biblical vision for womanhood.” And what’s the biblical vision for womanhood? Shut your whore mouth and make your man a sandwich. Amen. Now, I know what you’re thinking: But, but… does this mean no Girl Scout cookies? Yep. “I don’t want to support lesbianism, I don’t want to support Planned Parenthood and I don’t want to support abortion, and if that be the case I’m not buying Girl Scout cookies,” says Swanson. FACT: Every time you buy a box of Trefoils a girl swears off boys forever and gets an abortion. Look, I know this is going to be hard for a lot of you. Thankfully, Swanson offers a workaround. “I suppose if you take a big, fat, black magic marker and you say, ‘Give me that box,’ and you start marking out all of the references to the Girl Scouts of America on all the boxes then maybe we’re not promoting that organization anymore and I’d be willing to buy it,” he says.

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was just reading about a middle school student who shot and killed his math teacher in Nevada. And like all decent Americans I thought, “God damn Girl Scouts.”

Reports estimate that the government shut down cost the United States $24 billion. When I heard this I Tweeted, “Are you happy now, Girl Scouts? #MoGirlScoutsMoProblems.”

It’s the perfect plan. If you think about it, all you really need is to carry a Sharpie around to “correct” what you don’t like anywhere and everywhere and voilà! The world conforms to your worldview. Drive an old gas-guzzler that spews black exhaust as you tool down the highway? Just write “PRIUS” on the bumper. Feeling guilty about smoking? Just cross out the Marlboro logo on your pack and write “KALE CHIPS.” Spend too much time watching TV and not enough time exercising? Grab that sharpie and scrawl “TREADMILL” across the cushions of your couch.

A man in Los Angeles spent his life savings getting plastic surgery to look just like Justin Bieber, yet does not look at all When every girl in America is just a Thin Mint away from belike Justin Bieber. He may have been successful if it hadn’t coming a raging bull dyke, arming ourselves with permanent been for those meddling Girl Scouts. markers is the only sensible thing. Everything terrible is the fault of the Girl Scouts. Granted, you might not be aware of this sash-clad menace, but that’s because they’ve lulled you into submission with their $100 boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas. While you’re busy stuffing your face with cookies, they’re busy turning your daughters into godless lesbians. 14 // davidatlanta.com

In fact, as support for anti-gay conversion therapy dries up, I suspect that the Sharpie Cure™ might be the best bet for “ex-gays,” too. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some cookie boxes to deface. For God.


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tlanta is among the top cities in the nation for charitable donations, ranking fourth in a study by The Daily Beast in 2011. A big contributor to that ranking ties into the LGBT community. With a wide number of charities focused on the LGBT population, our community is overflowing with resources for those less fortunate than others, those afflicted with chronic and fatal diseases, and those who have had to do without. With the Thanksgiving season kicking into gear, we’re highlighting just some of the best and brightest organizations serving Atlanta’s LGBT community.

Jerusalem House About the Organization: Like some of the other organizations on this list, Jerusalem House focuses on HIV/AIDS. For this organization, the focus is on housing. Jerusalem House provides housing and supportive services for homeless and lowincome individuals, families, and children affected by HIV/ AIDS.

Upcoming Events: While it’s half a year away, Jerusalem House is already planning for their special Silver Stars Party About the Organization: One on April 3, 2014. The annual event adds in “Silver” to the of Atlanta’s most well-known title for 2014 as part of a commemoration of Jerusalem health organizations, AID House’s 25th anniversary. Atlanta’s entire mission is to reduce new HIV infections Contact: Jerusalem House can be reached online at and improve the quality of life jerusalemhouse.org. of its members and the community by breaking barriers and building community. The group receives their funding through Joining Hearts a variety of federal, state and local grants, as well as corporate and private foundations. They also raise money annually About the Organization: through AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run, as well as through Joining Hearts works as an individual donations and community events. awareness-raising organization that also raises funds Upcoming Events: AID Atlanta has a pair of events later this to provide assistance to month with guests Del Shores and Leslie Jordan. The first, a other nonprofits that focus on “Sordid Soiree” on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., takes place at the 14th people living with HIV/AIDS. Street Playhouse. The second, a Gospel Brunch at Lips Atlanta, They raise funds through multiple major events throughout takes place on Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for both events the year, with the biggest event being the annual pool party start at $50, and can be purchased online. thrown at Piedmont Park. AID Atlanta

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About the Organization: As the name of the organization indicates, For the Kid in All of Us focuses on children. More specifically, they focus on brightening the lives of Georgia’s children in need. The organization is active in the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community, in order to provide our community with a way to positively impact the lives of children. The organization sends children to summer camp, and provides them with school supplies and holiday gifts.

Upcoming Events: Joining Hearts is partnering with the Heretic on Nov. 27 for a special event. Cover for the event is $15, with a portion benefiting Joining Hearts. The organization kicks off their annual fundraising on Dec. 15 with Wish List, an upscale holiday cocktail party. Entry is provided with a cash donation or a gift from their beneficiaries’ wish lists.

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Upcoming Events: Cockpit is throwing a “hot and sticky” party with a leather theme on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9 p.m., and the event will benefit Lost-n-Found Youth. The organization also benefits through the entry cost to the monthly Big Gay Game Show and ABear Comedy Show events at Jungle, occurring on Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 respectively this month. Contact: Lost-n-Found Youth can be found online at lost-n-found.org, or via phone at 678-856-7824. PALS (Pets Are Loving Support)

Testing • Empowerment • Resources), a community center with access to local resources and information for gay and bisexual men. Upcoming Events: The MISTER Center is hosting an art exhibit with local artist Tony Jackson throughout the month of November, with a reception on November 22 at 7 p.m. 50% of all sales will go directly to the MISTER Center. Contact: Positive Impact can be found online at positiveimpact-atl.org.

Team Friendly About the Organization: Atlanta Pets Are Loving Support, or PALS, provides free pet About the Organization: food and payment for basic Team Friendly Atlanta, an pet care of those living all-volunteer, grassroots with disabilities, termiorganization, seeks to nal illnesses and senior bring the message of Mr. citizens. For those unable to leave home, PALS provides Friendly, to the metro food delivery and vet transport services as well. The Atlanta area. Mr. Friendly basic services include spaying and neutering, annual is an international orgaexams, vaccinations, Heartgard and flea preventative. nization that helps other organizations and individuals fight the stigma of HIV, fulfill their missions to help raise “Our organization provides services to the pets of indiawareness and fight HIV/AIDS, and raise funds to benefit viduals who are unable to care for them. No other orga- the cause. nization does this,” said Executive Director Kevin Bryant. “The majority of our clients are HIV and AIDS-related.” “Already Team Friendly Atlanta has outreach relationships with the MISTER Center, the Atlanta Sisters of With only one staff member, PALS is primarily comPerpetual Indulgence & Lost-n-Found.  We are seeking prised of volunteers who take care of food delivery, vet to enhance upon what these groups do, by focusing transportation and fundraising. All other organizational on the stigma of HIV,”, said Chair Randy Prophater. duties, including client enrollment and grant writing, are “Through monthly outreach events, quarterly community performed by the Executive Director. events and a PSA campaign for metro Atlanta and surrounding areas, by engaging the community on multiple Upcoming Events: PALS is the beneficiary of the Manly levels.” Miss America Pageant this Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Jungle. PALS also throws a monthly bingo event, Team Friendly raises funds through community events PALS Bingo, on the second Wednesday of each month and donations for merchandise. “This summer, we did at Jungle at 6:30 p.m. This month’s theme is Superhero our first Awareness/Design Campaign that involved the Bingo. community,” said Prophater. “The result of that was a partnership with Ruff Rider Apparel and Boy Next Door, Contact: PALS can be found online at palsatlanta.org. the winning design ‘Love is Neutral’ debuted at Pride a few weeks ago.” Positive Impact/Team MISTER Upcoming Events: The MISTER Center is hosting an art exhibit with local artist Tony Jackson throughout the About the Organization: Positive month of November, with a reception on November 22 Impact works to eliminate the at 7 p.m. 50% of all sales will go directly to the MISTER risk of HIV transmission and to Center. empower those affected by HIV. Among the organization’s services: Contact: Team Friendly Atlanta can be found online at free HIV testing, a 120-day outteamfriendlyatl.org. patient substance abuse treatment program, free STD testing targeting men who have sex with men, psychiatric care, and MISTER (Men’s Information Services: 18 // davidatlanta.com


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PARTYING WITH A PURPOSE: Mike Woodside Sets Fundraising Record BY BILLY JONES

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IDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run has experienced an amazing campaign this year. As of Oct. 20, the day of the major event, Atlanta and her friends and family raised $1,000,582, and the donations continue to roll in until the end of the campaign. Of the participants who raised funds, Atlanta resident Mike Woodside stands above the rest. With a goal of $16,000, Mike and his friends, Ready for Hope, have exceeded their goal by nearly 100%; as of October 30, Mike and the group have raised an astounding $31,920. Mike moved to Atlanta 11 years ago, and registered for the Walk a few months later with a friend/co-worker. That year, Woodside managed to raise $115, which wasn’t enough for the t-shirt fundraising incentive. This didn’t discourage Mike from being involved again; each year since, he has raised more than the previous year through Facebook, emails, bar busts, and involving community businesses. In early spring 2013, Mike came up with the idea of Ready for Hope, also known as R4H. The idea behind the group: “party with a purpose.” Ready for Hope started with a “Bear B Que” at the Atlanta Eagle. Next was a weekend of events: a Friday night kick-off party at Heretic, Saturday pool party at the home of Mark Baker (a friend of Woodside), and a wrap-up party at Jungle on Sunday. These four events alone yielded an astonishing $20,000.

fundraising is a community effort that requires commitment from friends who are just as passionate. Mike, friends, and a number of sponsors and in-kind donors made the purpose clear: raise funds; have fun; restore hope. For veteran fundraisers and newcomers to AWA5K, Mike emphasizes that one should “set a realistic goal” and to not be discouraged while fundraising. One should aim to meet the amount one raised the previous year, thank donors for their involvement, and have fun doing it. “Friends asking friends” goes a long way in making impact. Among the ways fundraisers can do this: send appeals to friends and family, post a personal fundraising link on Facebook (all walkers/runners have the opportunity to create a personal fundraising page when they register for AWA5K), thank donors personally and publicly, and keep everyone updated on the progress. AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run 2013 is still not finished. Ready for Hope will have one last hurrah on Nov. 10 at Jungle from 6 p.m. – midnight, where the group will celebrate Keith Young of GA Boy Productions’ birthday with a tea dance. A portion of the door sales will be donated to Ready for Hope. The final opportunity to make donations to AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run 2013 is Nov. 30. Planning for the second annual Ready for Hope, meanwhile, has already begun.

Over the years, Mike has learned the HIV statuses of friends, and discovered how important it is that AID Atlanta and other HIV/AIDS service organizations stay funded. Mike quotes the statistic that a new HIV infection occurs every 9.5 minutes; in the 36 minutes that we spoke, four people had become infected with HIV. While Ready for Hope is about fundraising and fun, Mike is aware that the events from the Ready for Hope From Mike and weekend are also restoring hope for Atlanta’s HIV-positive friends to Atlanta’s community. residents: “Thank you for allowing “I didn’t donate $32,000”, Mike humbly acknowledges. us to give hope to He’s also quick to make sure everyone understands that others. Party with a purpose!” 22 // davidatlanta.com


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ou may know him as Beverley Leslie, Brother Boy, or even Mr. Blackly from The Help, but this 4’11” actor is named Leslie Jordan and he wants you to know it! Hailing from Chattanooga, Jordan is a fierce queen and gay icon. Known to make appearances throughout Atlanta, Jordan will be back in town Nov. 24–25 with frequent collaborator Del Shores as part of a charity event for AID Atlanta. I got the chance to chat with Jordan about his favorite roles, his upcoming appearances in American Horror Story: Coven and more! You’re coming into town Nov. 24–25 for an event for AID Atlanta. How did that come about?

The head of AID Atlanta came down and asked my agency what it would cost to get me and, of course, my agency gave an astronomical quote of what I cost. But it’s a benefit for AIDS, so you don’t want to pay your entertainment too much, right? So, he actually flew to New Orleans where I was shooting American Horror Story, and I gave him a much lower quote, money wise. And I know some people think that I should do this for free, since it’s charity, but this is my bread and butter! This is all I do! But it will be a fun night full of comedy with Del Shores and me! What do you like most about Atlanta? What keeps you coming back here? Well, I’m from Chattanooga, so I practically grew up there! There was a restaurant called Kitty Cat’s Porch, and we would drive down there when I was a kid to eat. That place actually had the very first salad bar I ever saw, and I thought it was just the neatest thing! (Laughs) And then I left home at 17, for Atlanta and that’s when I came out of the closet – in ’73 or ’74. So, over the years, any chance I get to come back to Atlanta, I take it.

Miami and New York and worked with horses everywhere. Then, I went back to school when I was 27 at the University of Tennessee, and I got a degree in theater. After I graduated, I moved out to California. And for the first five years I was out there, I did mainly commercials. I had a really huge commercial career, I was kind of like that girl on the Progressive commercials; everyone knew me from my different commercials. I would say my “big break” would be a TV show called Murphy Brown. It was a really funny part. [Jordan played one of Murphy’s legion of secretaries during the show’s first season.] And the day after it aired, my agent called me and was like “Everybody’s on the phone right now. Steven Spielberg wants to work with you, Burt Reynolds saw it, Pee Wee Herman saw it.” And I’ve heard of overnight success, but I’ve never actually seen it happen until then. So I guess I would have to say Murphy Brown was my big break. Do you feel that being an openly gay man has hindered your career at all? Well, ya know, it was funny. When I got to L.A. in ’82, it was very wink, wink, nudge, nudge. All the casting directors were gay, the producers were gay, my agents were gay. And they would tell me “Don’t be so gay now. Keep your feet on the ground. Put your voice in a lower register, we can’t have all that carrying on!” And so I don’t think it really hindered it, because I’m a character actor. If I had been a young leading man like Zac Efron then it might have made a difference. But I was so character anyway. The fact that I was a little sissy was a selling point, ya know?

There’s something about Atlanta that I really love! If you go out in L.A., let’s say you go out in West Hollywood, all the boys have an agenda. They’ve planned their outfits, and they’re hoping to get discovered, or meet a producer. Everybody’s trying to slip you a script to read, that kind of stuff. You can go anywhere in Atlanta, like Blake’s, and it’s just cute boys in flip-flops and shorts in the summertime. I just really love the Midtown area. I love everything about Atlanta, I just don’t know if I could live there. If I moved back down south, I’d probably move closer to my mother, up near Chattanooga. Or even move up to the mountains of North Carolina. I have such a big life here in California that I don’t think I could leave it, but I do love visiting Atlanta! So you mentioned that you moved out to Atlanta at 17. How did you get your start? What was your “big break”? Well, I didn’t start acting for many years. I got into racehorses, actually. I worked as an exercise racer up in a tiny town north of Atlanta called Cartersville. After that, I went to @DavidAtlantaGA // 25


actually started as a short story that Del wrote, as well as a couple of others. And he called me one day and said that he had put all these stories together into a play. We did a reading of Sordid Lives, the play, and the next day I met him at the dog park, and I told him it was too much, that he needed to toss it. It was so all over the place. Now, in my defense, it didn’t have the funeral scene yet, which tied everything in so nicely! I told him to toss it, but I’m glad he didn’t listen to me! (Laughs) And then, of course, second would be Beverley Leslie from Will & Grace, beause I had so much fun with that part; it was so silly. Which actually leads me right into my next question! How did it feel to win an Emmy for Best Guest Actor against people like Martin Sheen and Patrick Stewart?

But they had different names for it back then. They would say a “mama’s boy” or someone a little “nebbish” or a little “fey”, cause they would want someone gay without them actually saying the word GAY. And then there came a time where everyone wanted a gay person on their TV show, but they would say “we want you to be a little more like Niles on Frasier.” He wasn’t even gay on that show! I mean, he’s gay in real life but gay to them was very urbane and witty. So they’d constantly tell me to act this way or this way and I was like “Honey! You can’t tell me how to be gay! I came out of my mama’s womb and landed in her high heels, honey!” So, out of everything that you’ve ever worked on, what has been your favorite experience? My favorite part was a movie called Sordid Lives. Have you ever seen it? I know you’re a bit young. Of course! That’s part of my gay trifecta along with 9 to 5 and To Wong Foo! Well, there you go! The reason that I think it’s my favorite part is cause I’ve have been able to work with people like Del Shores who have allowed me to do my thing. Like, right now, with American Horror Story, it’s very set. They know what they want the character to be like, to wear. With Del Shores, I have an open reign; I have a say. Brother Boy 26 // davidatlanta.com

The Emmy that I won was given away at the Creative Arts Emmys, which is not the “Emmy” Emmys. And I didn’t even know that! I flew my mother out, paid $500 for a pretty new dress & the only one on the red carpet was Kathy Griffin! (Laughs) I said “Well, where are all the big stars?” and they said the Emmys weren’t until next week and I said “Well, what the fuck is this?!” (Laughs) But in my speech, I was so happy that I had won that I said in my speech, “There’s two ways to combat homophobia, that I know of. One is humor, which I learned in sixth grade when we had to play dodgeball. And two, is to put a face on it.” And I think when the history of the gay community is written, people will look at Will & Grace as a turning point. Things really changed radically during those four–five years. And I think it’s because the culture had a face. They accepted those characters. They laughed, they loved, they were normal people. I was so honored to be a part of it; even a small part. So, to have won that Emmy was amazing! Awesome! Well, my last question for you is what can you tell us about your role on the hit show American Horror Story: Coven? (Laughs) Not a whole lot! These people have threatened me with my life, if I tell you anything! All I can tell you is that I’m a warlock, I’m on a council and you’re just gonna have to watch to see! Be sure to check out Leslie Jordan on American Horror Story: Coven Wednesday nights on FX. Also, be sure to catch him with Del Shores at the 14th Street Playhouse on Nov. 23 and at Lips Atlanta on Nov. 24. Follow him on Twitter at @TheLeslieJordan!


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ome people may be surprised to learn that Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grantmaking organizations.  It may surprise people even more to learn that since the founding of the organization (which actually started life as two separate non profits and combined in May of 1992) that the charity has raised over $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Across the Unites States really does mean just that.  BC/ EFA awards annual grants to hundreds of groups nationwide, including several in the metro Atlanta area. “We work hard year-round to raise as much money as possible, to then make grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations, including 13 throughout Georgia (and six right in Atlanta such as Open Hand, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and AID Atlanta,” says Danny Whitman, Director of Communications and Development for BC/EFA. A charity connected to Broadway can, of course, boast an “A-list” of supporters.   Board members for the organization include Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera and dozens more.

around the country perform lavish burlesque style numbers, and shed layer after layer of costume pieces.  The event has grown to such astronomical popularity that sister events have popped up in the wintery cold of NYC, in Las Vegas and all the way across the ocean in the West End of London. Individual shows (from huge Broadway musicals to intimate off-Broadway plays) raise fund to contribute, really showing how important the community as a whole is to the cause.  Shows that go on tour across the United States also ask for funds from audience members to aid in the fight against AIDS.  For years shows that have come through Atlanta have made pleas to local theatre lovers to give whatever they can to help.  Touring companies of The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Million Dollar Quartet, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act and Wicked as just a small handful of the theatrical artists that have crisscrossed our country entertaining millions, and raising millions as well.  (This spring The Book of Mormon and The Lion King will be two of the shows being presented by Broadway in Atlanta at The Fox Theatre.)

Supporters of the cause and lovers of theatre can also support Not all fund raising for BC/EFA takes place in New York City BC/EFA by shopping on the under the bright lights of Broadway, however.  The majority of Broadway Cares online fund raising annual events do take place on and around the store, or bidding on one theatrical epicenter of the United States though.  Supporters of a kind items through know that every year they can expect events like The Easter their eBay or charityBonnet Competition, Gypsy of the Year, Broadway Backwards buzz.com sites (or make and The Broadway Flea Market to be some of the hardest the trip to NYC each tickets in town to get, and to be populated by more stars than September and shop are on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. at The Broadway Flea Market, which some have Perhaps the most popular event of the year is the annual called the greatest and gayest Broadway Bares every summer.  The first Broadway Bares day of the year for theater was presented in 1992 at one of New York City’s most lovers.) popular gay establishments, Splash bar. Since that first show, the event has continuously performed to sell out crowds in For more information visit some of Manhattan’s largest clubs.  During the evening, cast broadwaycares.org. members of Broadway shows and other performers from 28 // davidatlanta.com


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‘DALLAS BUYERS CLUB’ The Unlikeliest of Love Stories McConaughey and Leto talk inspirational HIV drama BY CHRIS A Z ZOPARDI

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he AIDS crisis reached a devastating peak in the mid ’80s, a time before cocktail therapies were sustaining life. Then, people were diagnosed and dead within days.

Ron Woodroof should’ve been. The party boy, who was given just 30 days to live after he contracted HIV in 1986, defied the odds – and, by smuggling anti-viral medications from across the globe into the U.S., helped others do the same. “The hard truth that I could see, and the way I approached it, was him getting HIV is what gave him his purpose in life,” says Matthew McConaughey from the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, still looking slender after dropping 40 pounds to play Woodroof in the critically acclaimed 32 // davidatlanta.com

dramedy Dallas Buyers Club. “That’s the first time that he had something that he grabbed ahold to for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day, until he was here no longer. That’s where he found a real identity. That’s where he found a purpose.” Jean-Marc Vallée, director of C.R.A.Z.Y. and The Young Victoria, tells the Texas cowboy’s story in this dramatized adaptation of his inspiring evolution from hard-edged homophobe to unlikely hero – and all from the perspective of a heterosexual man who thought only gay people got HIV. “He doesn’t start off as this crusader for the cause,” McConaughey says. “He’s not waving the flag. If anything, he’s a selfish son of a bitch who’s doing what he can to survive.”


To find that fortitude, McConaughey channeled a buddy’s real-life battle with cancer. “He had a lot of similar instincts, fight and characteristics that Ron had,” he says. “I secretly had some of this based on this guy and the way he was fighting against cancer.” Using a friend to inspire his performance – along with Woodroof’s diary, which the actor considered to be his “Pandora’s box” – McConaughey tapped into Ron’s humanity, says Vallée. “When he portrays a guy who’s racist and homophobic, and then his arc changes slowly but surely without even realizing it – he’s going to become the spokesperson of the gay community he’s been bashing for years and years – that’s what (McConaughey) brought naturally.” As he becomes a crusader for advancements in HIV medicine and the gay community, Woodroof’s journey leads him to Rayon (Jared Leto, who won our hearts in the mid ’90s during his My So-Called Life stint), an HIV-positive trans woman with just enough spunk to stand up to Woodroof’s narrow-minded machismo. “Rayon is quick to love and fall in love,” Leto says. “She’s full of grace and charm and a huge, open heart, and Ron provides some kind of a father figure. She was shunned by her father at a very young age and, in a lot of ways, Ron provided that father figure, that big brother – and there was a lot of love there.”

Vallée shares that sentiment, noting a scene where Woodroof sticks up for Rayon. “This is a love story between two guys,” he says, “and we’re not telling that, and it’s not really about that, but these guys love each other.” He pauses, laughing about the possibility of taking their relationship one or maybe two steps further. “I was asking myself, ‘Should we hint to the audience that maybe they’ll have sex together?’” Leto’s ‘role of a lifetime’ So how did Jared Leto fare in heels? “I was a bit of a natural, to tell you the truth,” he laughs. “Size 12, baby!” The reason for that, and it’s just now dawning on Leto: This ain’t his first time at the rodeo. “I forgot about this, but there was another project years ago – I forgot what it was for – where I went and auditioned in drag for another film and walked down Fifth Avenue and thought I would have everybody fooled. But nope, nobody was having it.” In Dallas Buyers Club, every time Leto slipped into those heels, he slipped right into Rayon. And he did it often. “Every morning when I showed up on set – it didn’t matter how exhausted I was – I always stepped out of that van, that glorious passenger van, in my heels,” he says. “That

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was one of the little things that helped me lock into the character.” The transformation, though, involved more than shoes. “You practice,” he says. “It’s one of the reasons why I was in character for the entire course of shooting, so I could get as much time in her skin as possible. But there was a lot going on. There was the gender. There was the voice. There was the dialect. There were the heels. There was the waxing. There were all kinds of things that made it a really unique experience.” He also had another priority: Embrace her as a sexual being.

But before securing the role of Rayon, Leto wanted to dig deeper. To do so, he met with young trans kids to discuss their challenges – and to give him a better understanding of what life looks like for transgender people. He calls that time with these teens “impactful.” “For me, it was important to identify with the desire to get to know oneself – one’s true self – because that’s what identity is really about,” Leto says. “It goes even beyond gender. It’s who are you in your heart, and how do you express who you are? And Rayon was in a process of discovery as well. She was finding out who she really was and certainly wanted to live her life as a woman and identify with that. So, (for me, it was) a really beautiful experience and a role of a lifetime.”

“Oftentimes, you see this role in a film and it’s a punch line, it’s a bit of a stereotype, and it’s also a safe choice for a lot of Behind the scenes it was too. Leto recalls dancing and people,” he says. “It’s a role that doesn’t have a lot of sexual- laughing at a bar after the cameras stopped rolling. Was it ity. I mean, the character isn’t sexualized. And to me, I thought a gay bar in real life, too? it was important not to be scared of that part.” “Well, if it wasn’t before, it is now,” he says, laughing. “We certainly had a good time there. It was wild. It was toward And though the heels came easy, his biggest concern was avoiding caricature pitfalls and “representing (her) with dignity the end – I think it was my last day – and I just kind of let and grace.” loose.” As a “young creative kid,” Leto was surrounded by a diverse circle – including transgender folks – while living city life in New York and LA. “I think that the people come to these cities to be who they really are, and you certainly come across people of all shapes and sizes and desires (who are) living their dreams as they wish them to be. That’s what’s so great about them.” 34 // davidatlanta.com

Having minimal time to mingle during the intense 25-day shoot, McConaughey remembers it a little differently: “I gotta tell you, I had blinders on.” But he chuckles when asked how immersed he got with the gays. “Well, pretty immersed in those bars!”


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ASO’s ‘Around the World’ Features Big Names and Beautiful Music BY MAT THE W HARRELL Carlo Montanaro

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he Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is bringing in two musical icons for its first ever “Around the World” concert. The evening will feature three pieces from different areas across the globe to create an experience that accentuates the rich universality of symphonic music. Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro headlines the show in his first appearance at The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. After years of classical training Montanaro began conducting major concerts in 2001 and has since made appearances all over the world from Rome to Florence to Tokyo. Vice President for Artistic Planning, Evans Mirageas, says that “we’ve wanted to engage this exciting young Italian conductor for some time” and that “[he] suggested the New World Symphony.” Montanaro will conduct the orchestra in two pieces: Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and Dvor˘ák’s “New World” symphony.

Rogé will be playing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Egyptian”), the composer’s final piece which was written in 1896. Once the collection of works came together the theme culminated seamlessly. “That’s how it happens sometimes a series of seemingly unrelated events coalesce into a fun idea that is also artistically first rate” says Mirageas. “People love the idea of traveling with music.” “Around the World” promises to be a night filled with cultural diversity and beautiful music. The show with its brilliants guests will run from Nov. 7–9. Tickets are available for sale on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s website at atlantasymphony.org.

Capriccio Italien was composed over a five month span in 1880. The fantastical piece was inspired by the artist’s trip to Rome during which he saw a carnival featuring Italian folk music and dance. The music represents classical elements of Italian history in an opulent manner and traditionally lasts around 15 minutes. The second piece Montanaro will conduct, Symphony No 9, “New World,” is a masterpiece of American Folk music composed over three years and is often considered metonymic of the romantic era of concert music. The grandiose piece varies in length and is made even more famous as being taken by Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Pascal Rogé is making his return appearance at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Mirageas expressed the excitement surrounding him: “The pianist is one of the most respected and beloved French artists working today. He has not been in Atlanta for many years owing to his busy schedule and so we were delighted to bring him back.” The current Ambassador of French Music is one of the most well-known people in orchestral music, and his name can be found at nearly every major concert around the world. He and his wife, Ami, have performed together for highly respected venues such as Carnegie Hall and London’s Chopin Society. 42 // davidatlanta.com

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Wednesday, Nov. 6 • 8 p.m. • The Fox Theatre (660 Peachtree St NE)

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Dir en Grey

Wednesday, Nov. 6 • 8 p.m. • Center Stage Theatre (1374 West Peachtree Street)

The Japanese metal band makes its way to Atlanta. For more information, visit centerstage-atlanta.com.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Sunday, Nov. 10 • The Alliance Theatre (1280 Peachtree St NE) Laugh your way through Hollywood’s complicated history as you’re introduced to Vera Stark, a woman of color in the 1930s. For more information, visit alliancetheatre.org.

Drake

Thursday, Nov. 7 • 7 p.m. • Philips Arena (1 CNN Center) Drake brings his Would You Like a Tour? show to Atlanta. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Cat Power Solo

Thursday, Nov. 7 • 7:30 p.m. • Center Stage Theatre (1374 West Peachtree Street)

Atlanta’s own Cat Power performs, with guest Nico Turner. For more information, visit centerstage-atlanta.com.

Culture Shock with DJ Nita Aviance Atlanta’s Haus of Glitz (HoG ATL) makes their official Atlanta debut with Culture Shock, described as “a storm of queens, scenes, shows and sweat,” Saturday night, Nov. 8, at Jungle, starting at 10:30 p.m. DJ Nita Aviance of The Carry Nation, NYC, is the evening’s special guest. The Haus of Glitz’ King Atlas says that “Getting Nita to finally come down to Atlanta is beyond major. On a scale of zero to legendary, Nita is everything. I think we Hautlantans deserve a full dose of what is going on in the NYC underground club scene. Y’all ain’t gonna want to miss this!” Also making appearances throughout the night: EJ Aviance, Cayenne Rouge, Ellisorous Rex, Violet Chachki, Kryean Kelly, Lavonia Elberton and Mo’Dest Volgare.

Suicide Girls

Sunday, Nov. 10 • 8 p.m. The Masquerade (695 North Avenue)

Watch this burlesque-themed event featuring performers from the popular suicidegirls.com website. For more information, visit masqueradeatlanta.com.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls Sunday, Nov. 10 • 7 p.m. Center Stage Theatre (1374 West Peachtree Street)

The very English folk/punk/pop musician comes to Atlanta featuring The Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. For more information, visit centerstage-atlanta.com.

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This Week In Theatres Thor: The Dark World: Marvel’s box office domination continues this week with more of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as the Internet’s favorite villain (and recently confirmed as bisexual) Loki. Diana: Naomi Watts stars as Diana, Princess of Wales.


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fairyscopes ARIES (March 20 – April 19): What looks like true

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Home and

love could just be co-dependency or the need for human contact. The only relationship you should be starting now is with a shrink, a 12-step group or a charity where you can be of service.

partnership are real-world enterprises, never matching the ideal. That gap can make you cranky, triggering upsets in your relationship. Mars entering your sign can feed your irritation. Moderate exercise (be careful not to overdo it!) will help you keep balance.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): As new ideas challenge

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): You can’t

long-held values you need to make some adjustments in thought and attitude. Don’t resist new thinking, but beware the zeal of the convert. Baby… bathwater… An independent mind can meld new ideas with the old.

avoid demands at work or niggling arguments, but you can stick to your principles and hold your head high. Scheduling time alone, preferably with the one you love, will keep you from burning out.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Growing and expressing yourself in new ways could throw a challenge to your friends. Maybe you need new friends. Still, be gentle with the old ones. You might need to make some apologies along the way.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): A new found sense of clarity and ambition can make you a bit too critical and outspoken. Think carefully about repercussions; take the long view before speaking. You’d do better to welcome advice than to offer it.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): Urges to protect your

CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Make

partner and your friends (or your partner from your friends) may be a projection of your own doubts and insecurities. In uncertain times your instinct is to protect hearth and home. Open alliances will serve you better than defensiveness.

an extra effort to be nice to colleagues. Your own efforts to push ahead might make trouble for them. Remember you’re all on the same team. Listen to their needs. The road to real success is slow, sure and cautious.

LEO (July 23 – August 22): Feeling moody and discon-

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Precocious brilliance may win a date but could upset a more serious relationship. Your mouth is a powerful weapon; be careful where you aim it and resolve to use your power for good. That requires a bit of restraint and humility.

nected? Make time to hide out and take care of yourself. Perhaps the best way is to take care of others. Some local charity would be glad for your help.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Your work can inspire brilliant, provocative insights, but may not be the best place to share them – at least not at first. Think ahead and consider those inspirations carefully before presenting them to your boss or clients.

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PISCES (February 19 – March 19): A surge of libido can open up erotic sensitivities you’d never considered but could also bring more trouble than fun. Pushing limits is one thing, tossing them away is another. Hold tight to your commitment to integrity and safety.


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ow that the candy corns are smashed into the ground, like the self-pride of your Halloween bootycall after having taken their walk-of-shame to the MARTA bus stop while still wearing their costume ... we can finally get back to our daily activities that don’t include these kind of messy situations. Recently, I’ve been getting all sorts of cries for help from people involving their smartphones. It seems as if this little device destroys more relationships than that slut at the bar who tried to fuck your partner in the bar restroom. This week’s edition of #FavoriteBitch is all about Mo‘ iPhones - Mo‘ Problems! Or should I call them dumbphones for dumb ass bullshit? Watch me werk, hunties! Dear Miss Tiger, I was jogging at the park and tripped and fell. I called my boyfriend and he didn’t get back to me until several hours later. Miss Tiger, I am ready to end our relationship! Should I just drop the subject, look through the call history on his iPhone or confront him? -Tammy Dear Athlete’s Foot,

Dear You ARE A Lesbian So Have Ya Ever Thought Of Smashing That Fuckin’ Phone To Pieces, Instead of getting frustrated and taking your ass to bed, try taking her ass to bed and make that bitch tap something else all night long - your pussy! Dear Miss Tiger, I decided to download the Grindr app on my brand new iPhone 5s. I found this dude on there and he had a real nice butt. He sent me a close-up pic of his hole and it looked real clean. I got there and right away I started eating his ass and it was dirty! I almost threw up! How do you ask a guy if he’s clean before you start going in on them cakes? -Javier Dear Sometimes You Get Angel Food Cake And Sometimes You Get Devil’s Food Cake, Look, motha fuckah ... next time, why don’t you try dipping your finger in the batter BEFORE you decide to go ahead and bake the goddamn cake!

Maybe your boo had a good reason for not calling you back right away - he was too busy fucking some other bitch ... just Well, babies, that does it for this edition of #FavoriteBitch. kidding! Until next time, I’ll be checking my messages and giving you the goddamn answers you’ve been searching for! Tammy, your first priority should have been your safety and NOT looking for your discount SuperMan to come and save your ass. Next time, try calling someone who is sure to pick up, like a goddamn 911 operator ... and fill your man in Advice columnist • SiriusXM radio personality ... and afterwards. NEXT! everyone’s FAVORITEBITCH Website FavoriteBitch.com Twitter @MissTiger Advice Dear Miss Tiger, ask@misstiger.com

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I happen to have a girlfriend who is addicted to her iPhone. I lay in bed and listen as she taps away on it all night long. I usually just end up falling asleep alone. What should I do? -Susie 74 // davidatlanta.com


I drank you twice today, I’d say we broke the ice already.

If the first thing you do after a workout is smoke a cigarette, it kind of defeats the point.

Yeah, there’s no doubt I like ya! But I sure don’t like what ya show, bubba.

Like I said, “You were only suppose to be a trick.” A couple of months doesn’t make a real relationship. Can we say “next”?

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Hey hun, I did my charity work for this week. I did your husband & your bf.

What’s with cutting eyes at people? It doesn’t make you more cute, just makes you ugly.

Some gays just kill me. They complain, but get pissed when someone else does it. Having a dry mouth can quickly cause bad breath. Help avoid that by staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water. Try it out, it’s a win-win for everyone.

There is no friend code in Atlanta. Guys, please. If he’s single and asks me out, I’m going. You need to get over yourself and know that all the men in Atlanta are not yours. *This page reflects the bitchiness of the community not David Atlanta or its publisher (although we’re bitchy too!)


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