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Contents 8 A Note from the Editor 10 3 Shots 12 The Book of Mormon 16 Bubba D. Licious 20 Ten Atlanta 24 Jonathan Groff 30 Film Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 34 DJ Billy Lace 40 Seen@: Jungle 42 Seen@: Burkhartâ€™s 44 Seen@: Heretic 48 the Scene 50 Bartab 51 Datebook 52 Crossword 56 Fairyscopes 57 Classifieds 58 Favorite Bitch 60 Bitch Session
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A Note from the
Beyond the Character
t the Golden Globes last week, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both won acting awards for their performances in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto is pretty much a lock to repeat his win at the Oscars in March, and McConaughey has a strong shot of repeating as well. As they prepare their Oscar speeches – because, let’s be real here, very few award winners are actually completely unprepared – I hope they’ll give more recognition to the situations their characters dealt with in the film, whether it’s about the fight against AIDS or the issues of acceptance faced by the trans community. This may seem like an odd thing to hope for, but there’s precedent for this. For example, when Tom Hanks won his Oscar for playing a lawyer with AIDS in Philadelphia, he spent a third of his speech talking about those who had passed away from AIDS-related complications. When Sean Penn won an Oscar for playing gay rights activist Harvey Milk in Milk, he emphasized the importance of marriage equality in his speech. Why were these acknowledgements important? It’s an acknowledgement to the people who share experiences with their characters that they care about more than just playing an interesting character (or worse, looking for an Oscar-baity role). More importantly, acknowledging the persistence of HIV and AIDS as a very real thing for people all over the world may be a much-needed reminder for some people. Both McConaughey and Leto went through some highly-discussed physical transformations for their roles. Acknowledging that there are people who have to deal with similar physical transformations under more dire – and more permanent – terms, and perhaps
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mentioning anything these characters taught them about…well, anything, would be more worthwhile than hearing Leto complain about waxing his entire body or McConaughey vaguely mention the importance of living. One thing McConaughey did mention in his speech was that it took over two decades, and 86 rejections, before the film found the right creative team to make Dallas Buyers Club. It’s great to show the struggle it took to get this film made, but while he’s at it, why not draw a parallel to the struggle of the characters in the film and their real-life counterparts?
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How did you get your start? When I was 18, I got my bartending license in Jacksonville, FL and started working at Incahoots nightclub. When I moved to Atlanta, I started bartending at Club Q afterhours, now called Xion. After a couple of months, I started at Heretic, and been here ever since! Tell me about one of your craziest experiences as a bartender. It was midnight at one of the busiest nights at Heretic, and my manager asked if I could be the bear mascot. Next thing I know, I’m on top of the box with this oversized furry bear head on top of my shoulders. It was hot like a sauna, pitch black, trying not to fall while I was dancing and throwing glow sticks out into the crowd. What do you like about the Atlanta nightlife scene? I love that Heretic, Xion and Jungle are consistently bringing in some of the biggest DJs worldwide. I have a big passion for music and dancing. Every chance I get, I’m on the dance floor! 10 // 01.22.2014
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Atlanta says “Hello!” to
The Book of Mormon photo: Joan Marcus
n 2011, The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway and dominated the Tony Awards that year, winning nine awards in all – including Best Musical. Now Atlanta audiences will finally have the chance to experience one of the most successful musicals of the century when the troupe of tapping Mormon missionaries take up residence at the Fox Theatre Jan. 28–Feb. 9.
By Nicholas Grant
To say that The Book of Mormon is popular is a severe understatement, and tickets for the Atlanta premiere have been in high demand since going on sale this past fall. The national tour has been dazzling audiences around the country for two years, and we talked to two of the boys you will ring the doorbell to you heart when the show comes to the Fox about life on the road. Grey Henson and Josh Daniel are no strangers to life upon the wicked stage. Both graduated from prestigious musical theatre programs (Henson in 2012 from Carnegie Melon and Daniel from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music just last year) and each have performed in dozens of musicals – everything from Sweeney Todd to Into the Woods to Assassins (and countless more). For the time being though, they are very happy in the white, short sleeve shirts and skinny black ties that America has come to recognize and adore.
The musical The Book of Mormon, not to be confused with the holy scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with the same name, is the brain child of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, best known for creating the animated comedy South Park. Parker and Stone co-created the music with Robert Lopez, a co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q. The story tell the tale of a pair of Mormon missionaries who are sent from Salt Lake City to Uganda to spread the word of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When they arrive, however, they find that the locals have bigger issues than be- David Atlanta: What makes people connect with ing spiritually saved – they have warlords, poverty and AIDS and love The Book of Mormon so much? to deal with. Sounds like the perfect setting for an old fashioned musical comedy, right? Josh Daniel: It’s a show about hope. And also, it turns the mirror at you and makes you laugh at yourself, makes you feel Audiences in New York have made The Book of Mormon one of uncomfortable, makes you question things. It’s what theatre the hottest tickets, destroying all previous box office records should do. at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. With some seats costing as much as $477 each, high attendance coupled with aggressive Grey Henson: I think people love it because it’s so wild. It’s pricing allowed the financial backers to recoup their invest- pretty shocking, which is exciting. People like to let loose and ment of $11.4 million after just nine months of performances. escape at the theatre – and that’s what happens here at The Book of Mormon. After winning the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, the original cast recording became the highest-chart- DA: Of course, The Book of Mormon is an old fashing Broadway cast album in over four decades, reaching #3 ioned style musical with a very modern sense of on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. humor, but how do different generations of theatre goers react to it? 12 // 01.22.2014
GH: Anyone – of a certain age, I’m not saying it’s for children DA: From your time on tour, what have been some – can appreciate this show, from major music theatre fans the more memorable experiences on and off the to people seeing a live show for the first time. stage? JD: Despite the fact that the show is a vaguely out of the ordinary journey for these characters and the situations are absolutely ridiculous, I’ve always felt that the show is about hope. Right at the top of the show, you meet this group of Mormon Elders finishing their training who are almost pitifully hopeful. Each and every one is so sure that they have the ability to change someone’s life through the Book of Mormon and will stop at nothing until each of them does. Then just a few songs later, you are transported to Uganda, transported to a community completely devoid of hope, having dealt with AIDS, poverty, famine, and the like for years. Watching these two communities come together and find a common language, a common knowledge of spirituality, and a common celebration of hope is what makes this show so universal. It’s what makes it appeal to all because it’s so intrinsically human. But you know what else is intrinsically human: laughter. And we’ve got that, too.
GH: Opening night in LA was a star-studded event. Taking a bow that night and looking out into the audience to see Kathy Griffin sitting next to Cher was pretty magical. JD: Oh, this show is full of memorable experiences, so it’s so hard to pick. The first thing to come to mind was when we were in San Antonio at the beautiful (and very old) Majestic Theatre. During Turn It Off, there was a live bat on stage. I had to run down at one point and sing the line, “just go bap!” and it took everything in my power to not say, “just go bat!” Needless to say, there were lots of giggles on stage that night. DA: What is your favorite part about being in the cast of this show?
JD: The company is so amazing, I can’t stand it. Amazing talents, no doubt, but more important, amazing human beings. I have felt so embraced, particularly being one of the younger GH: I love seeing South Park fans or husbands that were ones in the cast, from day 1 by cast, crew, company managers, clearly dragged to the theatre by their wives, up on their feet stage managers, music directors, and everything in between. cheering at the end of the show. GH: The sense of community. It can feel a little like summer DA: How do you think The Book of Mormon has camp on the first day in a new city when we’re all huddled as given the Mormon church a new platform and ex- a group together preparing to open in a new theatre. You get to posed people to it? know everyone really well after a while, and they become like a family. That’s why I started performing in the first place, the GH: It’s definitely put the church in the spotlight. And I think sense of community. they’re smart to jump on the success of the musical. JD: Also, getting to do this show is just a dream come true. I JD: Well, really any publicity is good publicity, and the writ- saw it in preview on Broadway on a whim my sophomore year ers of the show really strove to not poke fun at Mormonism, of college, and I’m still pinching myself daily now that I’m a part but to give it a theatrical pedestal. of this amazing show. GH: In almost every city we visit, there are real missionaries standing outside of the theatre waiting to talk to audience members.
JD: Obviously, the theatre is an art form that thrives on larger than life situations, but the reason “I Believe” kills every night is because every lyric is true. DA: What has been the toughest audience you have faced during the tour? GH: 99% of the time everyone seems to love the show, but every now and then we’ll get a subscription audience that has no clue what the show is about, and they can’t get into it. This show is an equal opportunity offender. I think we all have to be able to laugh at ourselves.
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DA: Being on tour for months at a time is hard on a personal life, so how do you deal with that? Do you have anyone special some place that you are away from? JD: It is such a different and unique existence – that’s for sure. I graduated from college this past April, so this has been a really amazing time for me to figure out me and to start my young professional life on the right track. That said, I have very many special someones far away, none of which are romantic, but all of which I miss daily. Home will be where the heart is! DA: Why do you think gay men have connected to musical theatre for so long, and why should this show be one of the ones they treasure the most? GH: You know, I’m not sure why gay men connect to musical theatre so much, but I can say that this show is one that should be appreciated by everyone who loves musicals. At the heart of this show is an old-fashioned, all-American musical that raises some hot button 21st century questions, what’s not to love? JD: I’ve always felt that every musical is about community, about finding where you belong, even if it means fighting against impossible odds. As human beings in general, each of us is always searching for a family, a home, and a place to belong, but those who have been oppressed know the beauty of finding this home, community, or place to belong in a way that some others don’t. It is so dear once you’ve finally found it. Like I said, watching these two communities come together in The Book of Mormon is a (albeit hilarious) beautiful, beautiful sight. You watch as two groups are changed for the better without following societal norms or rules, and you are reminded of the joy of finding where you belong. Also, I promise you 100% you’ll laugh so hard you may pee your pants. No joke, I thought I did the first time I saw it. And that’s a guarantee. DA: What about The Book of Mormon speaks to gay fans? JD: I think we’ve all known the challenge of having to “turn it off” for many years, so that’s a clear reason why the gay community connects to the show. It’s such a hilarious way to recall what was so challenging for so many of us growing up, and laughter truly is the best medicine. GH: Well, it’s a musical. (Laughs) It’s such a feel-good, “love yourself” kind of show. The characters overcome some surprisingly big obstacles over the course of 2 ½ hours. There›s a big message of hope, kindness and acceptance in the end. It›s really special. The Book of Mormon premieres at the Fox Theatre on Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 9. Tickets are available at foxtheatre.org. 14 // 01.22.2014
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She’s D. Licious: Bubba Celebrates 25 Years
et’s call it a Rhinestone Birthday. In the spirit of staying true to drag, I took the liberty of inventing my own fabulous, glitzy glam-iversary title. When the age you turn on your birthday is the same number as the day that you were born, it’s called a Golden Birthday. In this case, Bubba D. Licious will be celebrating 25 years in drag on the 25th of January, which happens to coincidentally be her birthday. She will be 57, and was born in 1957 – another facet to her Rhinestone Birthday.
By Dylan S. Goldman DA: And tell me…what’s with the fans? Everyone has a Bubba D. fan!
BDL: Oh yes! I did them for 11 years, I think, in a row. The CDC and Emory Health Center paid for one; it was a big round fan and it said, “Get pricked. Get your hepatitis shot.” That was the year two before I was Grand Marshal at Pride. I have people that say they have all of them [the fans]. There were three big round ones... one picture was so hideous… (Laughs) and then there were a couple of little ones…there was a big This may just be Bubba’s most D. Licious year yet, now that square one, one year. she has found her home at Lips, Atlanta’s newest and most unique drag venue. Bubba is most famous for swinging her DA: How did you come to audition for the Armorpearls around her neck, and for her notorious Pride fans. I ettes back in 1989? spoke with her about her start in drag, changes over the past 25 years, and more. BDL: I did it on a dare, because I was on the softball team and I was on the only one on the Armory softball team who had David Atlanta: Obviously, we have to talk about never done drag at all. I was 31 years old. It was and I dare so much as, “You have to do it.” So I went to the audition with a your pearl necklace…no pun intended. Kinda. friend. I just moved here six months earlier from Hilton Head Bubba D. Licious: (Laughs) Well! Each strand is 10 feet long, Island. I lived there for 10 years after college. So a friend went and are 23 years old. My partner and I bought a pair each off with me to the sips in Little Five Points to find a dress. I just QVC back when you ordered off TV and I started twirling them. remember walking in and him being loud and obnoxious and I undo them and make it one long strand doing “Looking for me hiding under the counter. And he goes, “This is my friend, a City” or “Mu Mu Land.” We broke up three years later, and and we have to put him in address by next weekend.” I go he left me his strand, obviously. His broke once, and so about in the dressing room and they start throwing things in. We five years ago, I stuffed them in my bra and later on pull them already decided I was going to do Audrey’s song “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors. It’s a cute out…and I jump rope with them. 16 // 01.22.2014
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little song, we never would do that now. But I had this little pink silk dress that buttoned down the front, black hair, horrible black care. I’ll show you pictures, their hideous. There were 13 people auditioning, and it was the first time they had auditions for the Armorettes. They had always done it like, people knew someone or got elected by friends, and that’s how they got in. That was 1989, and they started in 1979. I was not pretty at all. Not that I’m pretty now, but I was definitely not pretty back then. DA: Who all was auditioning along side you? BDL: Auditioning in the group with me was Kitty LeClaw, Beverly Hills, who, I don’t know if she does much anymore... And Misty Waters. I was a tentative selection. I was a pitcher on the Armory softball team, and they said we want you to be [an Armorette], but we don’t want you to start until after August, after the season is over, because we need you on the softball team. And I was uncertain about it, so that was really a blessing in disguise. It gave me two or three months to decide if I wanted to do this. I had only been living in Atlanta since January of that year. I needed the time to figure out if I wanted my new gay life in Atlanta to have drag as a part of it, and I wasn’t sure.
store.” He was so over me, and my not wanting to do this in the first place, so there was no way he was going back. DA: So, this is really more of a challenge that you never were inclined to try or do, and may never have done. BDL: Exactly! DA: How were your relationships with your fellow Armorettes, and do you still keep in touch with any of them? BDL: I keep up with pretty much all of them. We are friends on Facebook, but we don’t chat regularly. I am currently roommates with Knomie Moore. I lost my condo this year, and was basically unemployed for almost 10 months when Yvonne from LIPS called me and asked me if I wanted to do a brunch show every week. I came in and interviewed, and from there basically had the job to do the show once a week. I really am happy here doing what I’m doing, and then I get to do this fun thing on my day off as Bubba. DA: Any drag kids of your own? I don’t think I have heard of another Licious.
DA: Well, obviously you made a choice, which was obviously the right one. So, Bubba, just how did BDL: Although I have become a drag grandma to many of you come up with your name? them, I don’t have any Licious’ in my family tree. No one else ever wanted to be a Licious, like there are all the Brooks’ and BDL: Well, my roommate and I met at Colony Square Athletic all of the Diamante’s and Monroe’s... It’s wonderful for them, Club… He was this really attractive guy named Patrick. When but I pretty much was fine staying the only Licious. You know it came up in conversation about what I should use as my I guess it’s kind of like Charlie Brown, neither one of us have drag name, he said “well I would give you mine, but I might any drag children but we are always like sisters, cousins, use it still.” So I asked him, “What is it” and he said, “Tricia aunts, grandmas to [the other girls]. Licious.” So I said, “Tricia Licous…Huh. Well, I could be your cousin Bubba Licious!” Like the gum. I added the ‘D’ at some DA: Yeah, you’re right. As far as I know, there are point over the years. It doesn’t mean anything. But I don’t no Brown Children. like to be called ‘delicious’ because that’s an adjective that describes someone other than me. I am Bubba D. Licious, not BDL: No, I don’t think so. Maybe some from way back in the Bubba Delicious! But on Facebook I couldn’t be “Licious,” be- day but none I have ever heard about. And that seems to work cause according to them it was not an acceptable last name for us. I get invited to the Brooks family gatherings all the without filling out paperwork. When I tried to enter my name time. So I feel like part of the family. into Facebook, it told me it was not a valid last name based on this that and the other thing. So I didn’t bother contesting it. DA: Looking back on the last 25 years, do you have They want you to send a letter to them and blah, blah, blah… any regrets? DA: So tell me, what was your first show like? You BDL: I think I’m going to have to say no to that ‘cause if you must have a funny story to tell about it; comedy is live with regret... well, there are so many things you could obviously the meat of your routine. regret. But I can’t say that I have any regrets, or can think of anything that I would necessarily do differently now. I’m BDL: The first show I ever did was the audition for the sure if I were redoing it, there might be some things I would Armorettes. And the funny thing about that was we went to do differently. Pick and Pay, or Payless Shoes… It’s now like a laundromat or something, on the corner of North and Boulevard. That DA: Yeah, well having the knowledge you do now, laundromat was a Payless, I think. That’s where I bought the what with hindsight being 20/20. shoes for my first outfit. When I got the shoes home, one was a size 10 and one was a size 11. I called my friend who came BDL: Right. You could always have something come back to with me and was like, “Terry I got two different sized shoes.” haunt you. But I really have no regrets. And he said, “Fuck that bitch, fill that shoe with some tissue, or put some cotton in it. We are not going back into that 18 // 01.22.2014
Ten Turns One
t’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since Ten Atlanta first opened its doors for regular business. In that year, the restaurant/bar hybrid has helped turn the corner of 10th and Piedmont into a thriving part of Midtown’s nightlife scene, while also offering a new option for Sunday brunches. Now, with a year of experiences, Ten Atlanta’s getting ready to celebrate, while making some changes to the restaurant side of the business. One change that’s already taken over is the restaurant’s new dining concept, Table at Ten. The change includes a new menu that refocuses the food away from the Asian fusion with American concept the restaurant has made for the last year, in favor of a more traditionally American menu with some Southern influences.
By Elijah Sarkesian
longtime Midtown restaurant Nickiemoto’s existed until December 2010. The changes included new flooring and two separate bar areas, plus a state-of-the-art sound system. Ten Atlanta has also become a popular location for Sunday brunches, particularly in warmer months. The outdoor patio looks out onto the intersection of 10th and Piedmont, allowing patrons close access to the heavily trafficked area near Piedmont Park.
Since opening, Ten Atlanta has also hosted a number of events. Among them: during Atlanta Pride 2013, the club brought in RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bebe Zahara Benet and adult film star Tommy Defendi for separate events. Currently, the bar hosts a weekly Thursday night event called Decadence, with hosts Adam Bland and Ashley Mitchell. DJ Daryl Cox provides The change in dining extends to a new brunch concept, the music, and a wet underwear contest takes place at 11 p.m. Sunday Brunch Club, that starts on Sunday, Jan. 26. The brunch includes music by DJ Rob Reum and a special drink Ten Atlanta is located at 990 Piedmont Ave. For more information, visit tenatlanta.com or call that the restaurant is calling “Brunch Punch.” 404-347-3360. The first day of the Sunday Brunch Club is timed to coincide with the big celebration – Ten Atlanta’s One Year Anniversary party. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, Ten Atlanta will shift to a dance party with music from DJ Rob Reum. These changes come after an exciting first year of business. Though Ten Atlanta initially opened for a preview during Atlanta Pride in October 2012, the official opening occurred months later in January 2013. Prior to opening, Ten Atlanta remodeled the inside of the space from its previous time as 5 Napkin Burger, which built a new building where 20 // 01.22.2014
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Jonathan Groff (center)
The Kid Is More Than All Right photo: HBO / John P. Johnson
Jonathan Groff on All His Gay Projects, Idolizing Mark Ruffalo and How ‘Looking’ Freaked Out His Family
onathan Groff is remembering a scene he shot for the upcoming HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart. It’s his only part with Julia Roberts, and he doesn’t have a single line with her.
“She plays a doctor and I collapse on the street, and then they take me into her office and she’s like, ‘He’s dying,’” the actor recalls. “So I didn’t get to act with her because I’m, like, hyperventilating on a stretcher. I was foaming at the mouth. She was probably all, ‘This kid is really going for it.’ But she was really nice, very chill, very undramatic and easy.”
The same could be said for Groff. The affable Pennsylvania native got his start on stage, nabbing a Tony nomination for his role in the 2006 Broadway musical Spring Awakening before battling it out with New Directions on Glee, portraying a young David Sedaris in C.O.G. and voicing Kristoff in Disney’s hot winter hit Frozen. Now the actor plays Patrick, the charmingly clueless lead in the new gay-friends-living-in-San-Fran series Looking, also on HBO. Will there be foam? Probably, but only if it’s at a party.
By Chris Azzopardi
DA: In the pilot’s opening scene, after a phone call interrupts a hand-job hookup, you tell your friends you worried it was your mom calling. Has your own mother seen the show? JG: My mom has always been really supportive of my work. When I was doing Spring Awakening she took bus trips of people to come and see the show – like, seriously, 40 people on a touring bus up from Pennsylvania. That was before she had even seen it, so she was shocked when she saw the sex and the nudity and me hitting Lea Michele with a stick, but she obviously enjoyed it…because there were three more bus trips after that! So she overcame the awkwardness of seeing my butt on stage, but ever since they cast me in Looking, the big question in my family has been: “Are they gonna watch it or not when it comes on TV?” When I came home for the summer to Pennsylvania, I brought the pilot home on DVD and I just said, “I don’t know if you wanna watch this or not, but I feel like if you do watch it, you probably won’t wanna watch it with me in the room.” I think that really freaked them out. (Laughs)
DA: Director Andrew Haigh, who also did the 2011 gay indie drama Weekend, has a knack for David Atlanta: With Looking and The Normal Heart, capturing real moments on camera. How do you it must be nice knowing that HBO is gonna pay your think he’s accomplished that in Looking? bills for at least the next year. JG: I could spend hours talking about Andrew Haigh. I Jonathan Groff: (Laughs) Right? It’s great. But I’ve already been saw Weekend and was like, “Wow, somehow he’s made a gay movie that feels universal.” I feel like whether (the paid for those jobs in 2013! 24 // 01.22.2014
characters) were gay or old or whatever, he could take DA: How much do you relate to Patrick and what’s any story and humanize it. He’s somehow able to catch going on in his life? really human moments. JG: At the first audition, because I knew Andrew’s work, I I would be done with work some days and Frankie (J. Alvarez), knew the lines but I didn’t do a lot of emotional preparation. I Murray (Bartett) and I would look at each other and say, “Did didn’t even say the lines out loud until I was in the room with we even act today?” It felt so much like us hanging out that him, because I wanted to find it in the moment. The first time it didn’t feel like we were “acting.” It speaks to the energy of I did the audition scene – the scene on the train where I meet his movie Weekend, and also to the energy of our show. It was Richie (Raul Castillo) – I started to get hot, but not in a sexy really unlike anything I’ve ever worked on before. way. I got nervous-hot. I started sweating and blushing and I felt immediately, in the audition room, like, “I know who this DA: For Looking, what’s expected of you sexually guy is. I feel so connected to his social anxiety.” and what are you not comfortable doing on the show? DA: What shows and films did you connect with as a gay man who was figuring it all out? JG: Seeing Weekend and knowing Andrew Haigh was attached to direct the show, I was like, “OK, I feel 100 per- JG: I remember being in eighth grade and seeing the billcent comfortable to sign that nudity waiver and do absolutely boards for Will & Grace – and then, there was so little gay anything.” I signed on before I anything. Not as much gay press, really even knew him. I was like, not as many out gay actors or gay “Yes, whatever, I’ll do anything.” material to watch, certainly not Also, from years of being in on network television. Any sort Spring Awakening, I’ve built up of shred of people being gay was a tolerance for acted intimacy. like, “Oh my god, look at that. Is (Laughs) It doesn’t freak me out. that me? Is that who I am?” And I don’t wanna give the story away, so I’m not gonna tell you Even though I was not out in high the guy who I get naked with. school I knew that I was gay, and seeing that billboard and watchDA: I hope it’s your boss. ing the show, even though I didn’t really feel like I was a Will or a JG: (Laughs) I know! He’s cute, Jack – I didn’t necessarily conright? nect these characters to me – just to see some gay characters DA: What do you have to on TV was great. It made me feel say about the show beless alone. ing called a “gay version of Girls” – which, by the way, I As far as Looking is concerned, don’t think is accurate. Your the story is very specific to boobs don’t look anything Michael Lannan, our creator, and like Lena Dunham’s. his group of friends. When they were auditioning for the show, JG: (Laughs) I love that. It’s about a group of friends in the way they had pictures of his friends on the casting board to say, that Girls is about a group of friends, but the tone, writing and “This is what we’re looking for.” It’s very specific to his expeacting are totally different. I do think if you enjoy Girls you will rience in San Francisco, but the gay community will hopefully enjoy Looking, because it’s about relationships and trying to still embrace the fact that there are gay people on TV in the find love and your place in the world. way that I watched Will & Grace growing up.
“I was like, ‘OK, I feel 100 percent comfortable to sign that nudity waiver and do absolutely anything.”
DA: When Queer as Folk aired in the early 2000s, the show reflected how anti-hair the gay community was. Body hair wasn’t as accepted in the gay community as it is now. And Looking and Weekend really represent the zeitgeist in that regard. How do you feel about Looking embracing a hairier man? JG: The more natural the body, the better. What they’re trying to do in Looking is show as many types of people and as many different types of bodies as possible, and also to stay true to San Francisco. And there’s a lot of facial hair and body hair in San Francisco!
DA: Because of your role in Looking, how do you feel about possibly being the new poster boy for the gay community in the way Jack and Will were? JG: I feel so excited to be a part of a show that could potentially be a great moment for the gay community, because it’s crazy how few shows there are where there are a lot of central gay characters. As an actor you sort of become the face of whatever you’re working on, and I feel really lucky to be a part of this specific show because I believe in it so much as a television show. I’m so proud to be a part of this show. davidatlanta.com // 25
DA: Maybe Patrick will inspire some kid to feel less JG: Yeah, I was Mary Poppins for Halloween, I was Peter Pan, alone. and I grew up watching Disney movies. JG: Yeah, totally. That would be amazing. I mean, that’s so cool. DA: Do you see “Let It Go,” the film’s musical cliYeah, that’s like beyond. max, being done by drag queens? DA: In addition to playing gay in Looking, you also played gay in C.O.G., an adaptation of David Sedaris short stories, and you’re starring as a gay man in The Normal Heart. Are you worried about being typecast? Or do you think that’s no longer a concern for actors playing gay roles?
JG: Oh my god, completely. It’s like a gay anthem. I asked (composers) Bobby (Lopez) and Kristen (Anderson), “Did you intend to write a gay anthem? Because I’m pretty sure you did.” They’re like, “No; honestly, when we wrote that song we were like, ‘We’re gonna go to a room right now and get really in an emotional place and write this ballad that is just true and honest and real.’” So they did not intend to write a gay ballad JG: I don’t know. Only time will tell. For any actor, gay or straight, – but I think they did anyway! being typecast is the biggest thing you have to work against. When I did Spring Awakening in New York, it took a long time DA: You worked with Julia Roberts and Mark Rufof auditioning and then I moved to L.A. to prove that I could do falo on Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Larry Krammore than that. For any actor, you have to put in a lot of work to er’s 1985 play The Normal Heart, which airs in May. continually show people and the industry that you can do more. I mean, no big deal or anything. So if the show gets picked up season after season – which, god willing, I would love; that would be amazing and I would want JG: I know, it’s crazy. When The Kids Are All Right came out, nothing more than that – I’m also ready to take on the challenge I saw that movie three times in the movie theater and I’m so of trying to bust out of a role if I get attached to something spe- obsessed with it and I’m so obsessed with him (Ruffalo) in cific. Call me in 10 years, but I feel so excited to just continue to it. Like a crazy person, I cut out a picture of him in a magachallenge myself. zine – I’m not even kidding, I never do this – and put it on my dressing room mirror because I was like, “That’s who I wanna DA: Can we get Lea Michele on Looking? I mean, you be.” I just admire him so much. And so in the movie I play his did Glee, so I think it’s only fair. ex-boyfriend… JG: (Laughs) Oh my god, I would love that! I showed her the first DA: Do you get to kiss him then? episodes when we took a little trip to Mexico recently and she watched them all again a couple nights ago with her mom. She’s JG: We don’t have a kissing scene, which is unfortunate for so excited. It would be so amazing to have her on. me, because when the movie starts, we’re already exes. But just to be in the same room as him was a big deal for me. I DA: Everyone’s always saying how you’re the most fell deeper in love. charming man ever. But what sets you off? What makes Jonathan Groff a living hell? DA: What do you hope the takeaway will be for this generation of LGBT people who didn’t experience JG: Oh, good question. When we were doing Spring Awakening, the AIDS epidemic like those who saw The Normal I had to do this beating scene with Lea where I got really angry – Heart in its original form? and when we were in early days of rehearsals Michael Mayer, our director, screamed at me, “Seriously, you’re like the most every- JG: We did this scene on the beach on Fire Island where they thing-happens-for-a-reason person I’ve ever met. What makes had a white party and there were extras in their early 20s – you angry?! I don’t get it.” And I said, “You, when you belittle and I’m 28 – and we’re all having a blast, and then it hit a people!” Which is what he was doing to me in that moment. He bunch of us as we were standing there that, in the story of this was thrilled to get a rise out of me and help me finally get there. movie, most of these people are dead. Just standing there on But here’s what I hate: I hate when you’re at dinner with a couple the beach with everyone dressed in white being so young and who are dating or married and they belittle the other person in having a great time – and thinking about what happened to front of a group. It’s like nails on a chalkboard. I fucking hate that. the people who were dressed like this – it was really powerful and really affecting. DA: And you just dropped the f-bomb, so I know you really mean it. For my generation of people watching the movie, hopefully that will be like, “Oh, this was like us. This was us 30 years JG: (Laughs) Yes! I hate that! I honestly hate that in any way, ago.” It’s so amazing that they’re turning that play into a movshape or form – with teachers, directors, producers, friends or ie, and that young people will watch. Maybe people who aren’t anyone that is talking down to me or down to someone I’m with. as connected to the AIDS crisis will be able to look back and It really pisses me off. see themselves in these characters and pass the story onto the next generation. DA: As a Disney fan, was the experience of voicing Kristoff in Frozen surreal for you? 26 // 01.22.2014
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a competently-made reboot for the character’s film series, with a well-cast Chris Pine taking over the lead role.
rom 1990’s The Hunt for Red October through this year’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Jack Ryan has appeared in five films with four different actors portraying the central character. In other words, he has a turnover rate that makes the James Bond films look stable. But with the newest film featuring the character, the Jack Ryan series reboots with an origin story of sorts for the CIA analyst. Shadow Recruit refocuses Jack Ryan into a strictly post-9/11 world, with the opening moments showing a young Ryan joining the Marines specifically because of the events of 9/11. When he’s injured in Afghanistan a few years later, he’s recruited by the CIA as a financial analyst. Moving forward to 2012, one trip to Moscow turns Ryan from simply an analyst to a field agent who must save the United States from a ruthless Russian businessman.
Politically-driven action films like those in the Jack Ryan series have been in short supply over the past decade, as Hollywood increasingly moves toward big-budget tentpole films. That helps make Shadow Recruit seem a bit fresher than previous entries in the series, as well as similar types of films released in the past few years. While there are several action sequences, a good portion of the film deals with espionage instead of physical combat. The character of Jack Ryan is enough of a blank slate to let Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck all take turns playing him over the course of just over a decade. With Shadow Recruit, Chris Pine takes on the character, and it’s enough of a change 30 // 01.22.2014
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to feel appropriate for 2014. While capable of pulling off some of the action sequences, Pine has enough innate charm (and ridiculously piercing blue eyes) to carry the character through the potentially tedious economic shop talk he delivers, as well as the romance he shares with girlfriend Cathy. Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley also turn in solid performances. Costner, who once was enough of a box office star to claim lead roles similar to Jack Ryan, has settled nicely into supporting roles like William Harper in this film. Knightley, meanwhile, manages to make Cathy into something other than the token female. Her charm works well with Pine’s, and it makes some scenes that could come off as cheesy much more effective. Of the main cast, Kenneth Branagh is the only member who suffers. As the main villain, Viktor Cherevin is largely boring. He’s a Russian businessman who occasionally has wild outbursts. Nothing Branagh does makes the character stand out. Fortunately, Branagh’s work as the film’s director makes up for his character’s shortcomings. While there’s nothing outstanding about said direction, it’s competent and it allows the core trio of Pine, Costner and Knightley to create characters worth seeing again. In fact, that’s probably the best compliment I can give the film: it left me wanting more. The film has a nice, 108-minute running time that manages to move along at a quick enough pace to maintain interest, and there’s enough promise with the characters here that I wouldn’t mind seeing them team up in another film. I just hope that the next film can land a more memorable villain.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is now playing in theaters. The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language.
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DJ Billy Lace:
Heading South By Dylan Michael
e’s smoking hot, he’s got some killer tunes and he’s coming for you Atlanta. He’s coming for you hard. His name is Billy Lace, and you better remember it! The progeny of some of the best house DJs in history, he has learned from the best and it shows. He’s making his Atlanta debut on Jan. 25 at Jungle; I spoke with him about what he’s most excited about when it comes to going down South, what his biggest pet peeve is and who his dream collaboration would be! David Atlanta: Are you excited about coming down to Atlanta? What are you most excited about? Billy Lace: I’m looking forward to playing in a new market I’ve never played in before. It’s exciting for me to be in the south; it’s where I grew up! So, it’s exciting to see the development of house music there and how it’s becoming much more in the mainstream now. And it just seems to be a lot more parties happening and a lot more people going out, so it’s just really exciting for me to see that change. DA: You said it’s your first time playing this market. Where is your normal market located? Where do you normally play? BL: I normally play New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver. I just recently got back from China actually. It was my Asian debut! It was so amazing! But, I don’t really have one home place; I generally just scatter around the US. DA: How did you get your start? What inspired you to take that up? BL: I fell in love with music growing up as a teenager in the South; in North Carolina. It was an infectious thing with me and it was an escape from the world I knew, in the small town I lived in. It represented something bigger to me than where I was, in that small town. Before I moved up to New York, I started tinkering around with it, just DJing my own mixes for the car and all that. I wasn’t really accessible to music, so I had to make what I could on my own. And that was just the beginning!
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DA: Who are some of your influences when it BL: I would love to produce something for Cher, because of her comes to DJing? diva, iconic status. I would love to work with her. Also, I would love to work with Madonna. The two grand divas! That’s kind BL: I look up to a lot of people in the biz. Hector Fonseca of where my goals are set at, and I know that’s big time. I just is my mentor, taught me a lot from the get go. I look up to wanna touch on it to see what I can do there and I’d love to be Danny Tenaglia who is the MASTER of music. There’s nothing a part of it any way I could. I know their process has to got to that that man can’t do. I’m in awe every time I hear him play. be very unique and organic and I would love to experience that. DJ Victor Calderone was one of the first people I heard early on and was a big influence on me. It’s just a wide range of DA: What is your biggest pet peeve when you’re people! (Laughs) DJ-ing? DA: Which artists are your staples in your sets?
BL: I really hate when people are on their phones on the dance floor. It’s like “You just paid 20 bucks to get in just so you can stand around on your phone. You could have done that at home!” (Laughs) It just takes away from the moment and then they don’t really get to enjoy the moment as much. But I also see it as a challenge, it’s part motivation. I like to think “What can I do to get these people off their phones and keep dancing?” House music is all about being in the moment and enjoying the people you’re with, whether it be your friends or strangers or whatever.
BL: I wouldn’t say that there is an artist that I have to have in my sets. I like to remain current when I’m playing. I like to play stuff that’s current but also keep touching on the classics, so there’s a little bit of something for everyone. It’s important for me, and my sets, to stick with current melodies, beats and vocals, but keep the respect of where house music came from and touch on classics here and there. Planning my set is a pretty organic process. I pretty much have an idea of the classic elements I wanna use, but mostly it’s me going on stage and feeling out the audience and figuring out what they DA: What can people expect when they come hear wanna hear and really trying to make them feel my sounds. your debut at Jungle?
DA: So, you’ve flown all over the place; Asia, all BL: You can expect high energy house music; a good mix of over the US. What has been your wildest experi- progressive and tribal sounds. You’ll hear some familiar vocals ence as a DJ? and some stuff that you haven’t heard. I will most likely be debuting some new, original mixes there. I try to debut one or two BL: It had to definitely be my last gig at “Heaven” in Shanghai. new ones at each gig. And you can expect to have a really good It was a little bit of a shocker for me. I’ve never played for time, and I just hope that everyone will get into the music! I a crowd that large before. It was well over 3,000 people at know I will! (Laughs) least. When you walked into the club, you couldn’t really get a grasp on how big the club was. When I stepped on stage, You can keep up with DJ Billy Lace all over social I was up there all alone and the lights were in my face so I media: facebook.com/DJBillyLace, soundcloud.com/ couldn’t really see anyone. But when they lowered the lights, DJBillyLace or on his website at billylace.com. I looked out and just saw a sea of people. And it was very shocking to me! Like I said, you couldn’t really get a grasp of how many people where there until the lights went down until it was right there in my face. DA: Do you ever produce tracks for other artists? BL: I am currently developing in my production right now. I just released my first EP, which contained 3 tracks. I’ve also done some remixes for Hector Fonseca and some other folks. DA: Do you have a dream artist that you would love to work with? davidatlanta.com // 35
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Sweet Tea Sunday, Jan. 26 • 9 p.m. • Noni’s (357 Edgewood Ave SE) Sunday, Jan. 25 • 6–10 p.m. • Atlanta Decorative Arts This queer variety show features a blend of comedy, drag, live Center (349 Peachtree Hills Ave NE) music, slam poetry, performance art and more. The show’s hosted by TAYLOR ALXNDR, with music by DJ PK Fire. For more Jerusalem House teams up with the Savannah College of information, visit facebook.com/events/264051617077781/. Art and Design (SCAD) for this art auction and cocktail gala. Featured artwork comes from SCAD’s faculty and graduate students, along with select pieces by adult residents and children from Jerusalem House. The event includes a meet and greet with the ArtsNOW and Jerusalem House board at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online now. General admission tickets are $25 in advance, or $35 at the door; VIP admission is $75 in advance, or $100 at the door. VIP admission includes access to the VIP Lounge, access to champagne, wine, and catered food, plus a piece of artwork to take home. To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit jerusalemhouse. org/affairoftheart/. ‘Warrior Mother’ Discussion Wednesday, Jan. 22 • 7:30 p.m. • Charis Books (1189 Euclid Ave NE) Author Sheila K. Collins discusses her book Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and Rituals That Heal, which focuses on her son’s battle with AIDS and her daughter’s fight against breast cancer. For more information, visit charisbooksandmore.com.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Wednesday, Jan. 29 • Various Locations The annual film festival kicks off tonight and runs through Feb. 20. This year’s festival includes two LGBT-related subjects: the short film Summer Vacation and the comedy Cupcakes. For screening times and more information, visit ajff.org.
AGLCC’s Fourth Friday Friday, Jan. 24 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. • Escorpion Tacos & Tequila (800 Peachtree St NE) The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking event over tacos and more. For more information, visit atlantagaychamber.org. Bearracuda Saturday, Jan. 25 • 9 p.m.–3 a.m. • Heretic (2069 Cheshire Bridge Road) The recurring event returns to Heretic tonight, with music from DJ Paul Goodyear from Sydney. Admission is $7 before 10 p.m. and $10 after. For more information, visit hereticatlanta.com.
This Week in Theatres
Amy Ray Sunday, Jan. 26 • 8 p.m. • Variety Playhouse (1099 Euclid Ave NE) The Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray performs music from her new album, Goodnight Tender, with Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah opening for her. For more information, visit varietyplayhouse.org.
Gimme Shelter: Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter is about a homeless, pregnant teenager who finds hope for herself and her unborn child in a shelter for homeless teens.
I, Frankenstein: Set in a version of today where gargoyles and demons rage in battle, Frankenstein’s creation, Adam, finds himself caught in the middle as both sides try to discover the root of his immortality.
The Invisible Woman: A happily-married mother and schoolteacher is haunted by her past relationship with author Charles Dickens. davidatlanta.com // 51
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LIBRA (September 23 – October 22):
You may not be feeling particularly good today. Could it be a physical manifestation of a mental ailment? That’s a distinct possibility, given the way you stress out. Take a few days off next week if you can, and then see how you feel. But keep your therapist’s number handy, just in case.
You’ll need to be flexible today. People may not be on the same wavelength as you, and they’ll disrupt your chi. There’s not much you can do other than go with the flow and be adaptable. Work with that philosophy and you’ll get through the day without going ballistic.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20):
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21):
Today would be a wonderful one for a dinner party. Nothing chases away the blues better than socializing with friends. So whip up a quick and easy meal, pop open some wine and invite some of the guys over. They may need the release as much as you do.
Today’s a good one to get the things you want, especially with guys. Start with a subtle approach and try to go in through the back door. But if that doesn’t work, gather all your energies and charge full steam ahead until you emerge victorious.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20):
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20):
Your financial situation may be good, but make sure you have some tucked away for a rainy day. Right now the skies are sunny and you may be in a mood to spend. But don’t go crazy, or once the rains start you won’t even be able to afford an umbrella.
Follow your moods today. They may be like the sea: Unpredictable and forever shifting. But they’ll take you to new and exciting ports of call where you might find a first mate to help you navigate.
CANCER (June 21- July 22):
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19):
Watch how you snap those claws today, because there could be someone out there that’ll snap right back. It’s always interesting when two crabs meet; it can be like throwing gasoline on a fire. But, oh! The passions ignite once the lights go out.
Idiot coworkers will have you wishing you were somewhere else today, like on a beach in Tahiti, getting a massage and sipping a drink as you wonder what your idiot coworkers are up to.
LEO (July 23 – August 22):
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18):
You’re usually persistent in your attempt to meet and woo attractive new guys. This often works to your advantage, but it can also make you look even more pushy than usual. Be subtler in your approach today. And get rid of the baseball bat you use to club them over the head with.
Be aware of developing health issues today. It’s easy to let your well-being slip in these busy times. But you’ve only got one body, and there are no exchanges. Start with a physical and dental checkup. Then develop a fitness routine that works for you. Your body and mind will thank you.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22):
PISCES (February 19 – March 19):
You may have to care for a sick friend today. So whip up some chicken soup and bust out the can of sympathy. Most of us no longer live with our mothers, so we rely on the support of our friends to get us through. Be one such friend today. Besides, you’ve got the legs for that nurse’s outfit.
You find the absurdities of life to be entertaining, but you don’t have to be one of them. Acting the buffoon or behaving outlandishly may be a hoot to you, but others find it embarrassing and childish. Does that matter to you? It should.
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