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with Oyle Shots Harrison photos: Dylan S. Goldman
or over a decade now, Oyle Harrison has spent most of his nights slinging drinks around Atlanta, the last six of which he’s spent behind the bar at Little Five Point’s Corner Tavern. Between his welcoming energy and the fluidity of his every move, it’s obvious that Oyle is truly at home behind a bar. In a profession that can really take it’s toll on a body, Oyle’s warm smile and quick-tolaugh personality makes it apparent that work hasn’t worn him down one bit. He is like a battery that never dies, he seems almost omnipotent – the guy somehow bikes over 20 miles every day on top of keeping long, late-night hours! When he’s not at the bar or on his bike, you can find Oyle at his sewing machine, stitching together a new, hot leather outfit to wear to his other favorite spot, the Atlanta Eagle.
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as we realized that, oh my God that really is going on. So I went over there and was like, “Heyyyyy‚ can you guys please not do that‚ it is 10 o’clock and you are in the middle of the floor. Here’s your tab‚ you can come back, we’re not banning you‚ you just can’t do that.” That’s by far the craziest. What’s the most unusual drink request you have ever gotten?
You know, at this point there aren’t really a lot of weird things, but more like things that are just gross. Like tequila and Coke. Why would you order tequila and Coke? On the rocks. As a drink. I’m like, “Are you 12?” Then there are a couple drinks that I just think are especially gross that people order every so often, things like Jäger, tequila and vodka. Together. I don’t Due to a fire at the Little Five location, his home bar, you can know why you would mix those three things together. It’s just find Oyle for the time being at Corner Tavern’s Edgewood. gross. What is the craziest experience you’ve had as What’s the worst thing a customer can do? a bartender? Not tip. You can be obnoxious‚ as long as you’re tipping me. When I was at the Little Five location, we had Karaoke Sundays. You can be loud‚ as long as you’re tipping me. You can be a We always had a very large group of adult entertainers that lot of things as long as you’re tipping me. It doesn’t happen a would come and karaoke – about 15 to 20 of them and their lot, but when it does, we are actually allowed to say something “escorts” would come – and they were always super nice, to the customer or let the Manager on Duty know so we don’t threw a lot of cash around, you know. So‚ on one specific occa- have to confront them ourselves. Sometimes people get embarsion, one of the girls who we called Sparkles – ‘cause she loved rassed and they’ll give you more money, sometimes they don’t to show off the sparkly butt plug she wore all the time – she ever come back. It’s the ones that keep coming back that don’t had brought her “gentleman caller” with her that night. They give you anything that are hard to believe. Huh. You want me were sitting at the table up front by the stage; it was maybe 10 to make you a Manhattan but you don’t want to tip me. It’s one o’clock at night‚ not late‚ and I go into the dining room to check thing for me to pop the top and hand you a beer, that’s easy, on them and make a round to see how they’re doing. (Laughs) I can get over that. But when someone expects me to actuAnd she’s sitting on his lap‚ her skirt’s up, and they’re just do- ally physically make them a drink, like‚ muddle something, for ing this (makes a humping motion)‚ you know, an up and down instance, and they don’t tip. I mean, that’s a service! You tip motion. My owner was there and he was like, “Are they… okay‚ people for providing a good service. It’s just rude. we have to stop that!” We just looked at each other for a minute 10 // 05.07.2014
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oin your four-legged friends on May 18 from 2–5 p.m. various charities and spending time with other, like-minded at Piedmont Bark on Amsterdam Walk for the Eighth pups. Annual Atlanta Pet Cotillion to benefit PALS, where the new spokespet for 2014 will be named. Buddy is a one-and-a-half year old rescue dog from a Humane Society in Florida. He is friendly to everyone he meets, and This year there are eight contestants vying for the spokespet loves to play with both animals and humans. If chosen to be title, seven dogs and two cats. Seven plus two makes nine, the 2014 PALS spokespet, Buddy promises to fulfill his duties you say? Don’t worry, our math isn’t that ruff; cats Serenity with honor and dignity. and Gigi are running for the title as a team. The canine contestants include Buddy, Conner, Dakota, Buddie, Leroy, Louie Serenity and Gigi are nine-year-old sisters who have stayed and Bucky. together since birth. Gigi can high five you with both paws, and she loves sour cream and peanut butter. Serenity’s favorPolls officially opened on the PALS website on April 1. Each ite past time, however, is sleeping. She makes it known when vote costs $1, or you can cast multiple votes at once, from she is both ready for bed and ready to wake up. If she feels $5 to $250, by choosing from one of the available donation the alarm has been going off for too long, she makes sure packages. everyone knows it by wetting her face and shaking the water onto those sleeping too-soundly. Serenity and Gigi are truly a If a picture isn’t worth a thousand words to you when it comes unique and wonderful duo. to picking a pooch or puss, read on for a closer, more intimate look at a few of this year’s contestants. Tickets to this year’s Pet Cotillion are $20 in advance at palsatlanta.org and $25 at the door. Admission includes comBuddie is a joy to everyone who meets him. He is quite a plimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. There will be a silent unique pup, born with six toes on both his hind feet! He’s also auction, live DJ and a pet photographer on site. Pets are alvery smart. From when he was only a few months old, his hu- ways welcome to attend, but due to State Regulations, only man sister, Annabelle, taught him to sit, high-five and shake. leashed, currently vaccinated pets can legally be allowed in Now, at just seven months old, Buddie can sit, shake, high- the building. Owners should bring a copy of their pet’s current five, lay down, sit pretty, jump, catch treats in his mouth on records. command, fetch and speak. This sweet boy has never met a Make sure to cast your cotillion votes before it’s too late; polls stranger. close at midnight on May 17th. Louie is a four-and-a-half year old Pug who is all about showing off, getting attention and raising money for PALS! Louie is And remember: as always, the Pet Cotillion benefits Pets are free spirit who loves to play outside, lay in the sun and give Loving Support and the amazing work they do for the pets of kisses and love. He enjoys volunteer work, raising money for those most in need.
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PALS: Providing Loving Support for Atlanta
Piedmont Bark: Taking Care of Atlanta’s Dogs
Let’s face it: pet parents can’t always find or give the time to their animals that they require. Whether it’s work, school, a demanding social calendar or even illness, life sometimes just gets in the way. And when it does, your four-legged friends happen to be in luck.
Midtown’s Piedmont Bark, a local doggy daycare and boarding facility on Amsterdam Walk, raises both awareness and money for PALS by hosting several Yappy Hour fundraising events at their facility. One of the Yappy Hour events held annually is the Pet Cotillion event.
Those who become unable to care for their pets due to critical illness, old-age or disabilities can count on the loving staff and volunteers at Pets are Loving Support (PALS) to pick up the leash and get the ball rolling again when it comes to their pets’ routine.
Open seven days a week, Piedmont Bark provides much more than daycare and boarding for your furry friend – they are a second home for your dog.
After his search for the perfect full-service daycare and boarding facility for his dog Sebastian fell short, owner An Atlanta-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, PALS William Campbell decided to open Piedmont Bark with every provides their clients with everything from in-home pet dog’s special wants and needs in mind. care to free pet food and reduced Veterinary care, including annual immunizations, vaccinations, heartworm pre- The 10,000-square-foot facility has six climate-controlled ventative and flea control, based on their individual needs. play areas that mimic a dog park setting, complete with park benches, trees and a full-color mural of – where else? With so many in needs, PALS obviously cannot cover the – Piedmont Park. The separate areas are designated for minentire cost of owing a pet. Things like prescriptions, x- iature, small, medium, large, younger or older dogs, creating rays, emergencies and exams other than annual check-ups a safe and fun environment for any pooch. are not covered. There are several clinics, like the Atlanta Humane Society, that have partnered with PALS to provide Piedmont Bark offers more than daycare and boarding. Pet additional discounted services to their clients. parents can choose from two different pet-pampering services, a self-serve dog wash or a full-service grooming salon. Prospective clients must complete an online application The self-serve wash is and meet certain requirements to receive aid from PALS. perfect for a pet’s basic As you can imagine, operating solely on monies from fund- bathing needs. But for raisers and donations (both public and private), resources pets requiring more speare limited – only those who really need help are eligible to cialized pooch-primping, receive it. Those requirements are as follows: 1) Animals the full service grooming must be of adult age, and have lived in your home for at facility offers everything least two years prior to enrollment; 2) You must have an from basic bath packages annual income of $25,000 or less; and 3) Unless your cur- to hair cuts and nail trims. rent pet dies, you may not acquire additional animals once you become a client. If you do, your new pet will not be For a full list of services, eligible for service, and your status as a client could be rates/requirements for daycare/boarding and fajeopardized. cility hours, or for more These requirements may seem strict, but they have to be! info about upcoming PALS provides a service that should never be taken advan- Yappy Hours, visit piedtage of or taken for granted. These people are truly guard- montbark.com. ian angels for the pets of people who really need their help. davidatlanta.com // 15
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David Atlanta: You’re a Georgia native. With your career taking you so many places, what is it like coming back to Georgia to perform? Rob Evan: Well, I’m super thrilled. I’m thrilled to be back in Atlanta because I’m a Georgia boy, even though I’ve lived in New York for 20 years. I get a little nervous every time I perform for an Atlanta audience, because that’s my home. DA: You’ve performed as part of the Rock Tenors a few times before. How did this act come together? RE: I’m involved in a lot of rock/Broadway projects, because those are my two “things,” and I’ve been involved in the symphonic world for a long time. But this is only our third outing with the Rock Tenors. We did this a year and a half ago at Calgary, and the principal Pops conductor at the Atlanta Symphony, Michael Krajewski, is also the principal Pops conductor at a lot of other places. He brought us together. He knows my voice from doing a show called Broadway Rocks, and also created what the Symphony’s called Beatles & Friends.
‘Rock Tenors’ Blends Rock and Classical Worlds at the ASO
And he brought two other “rock tenors” in. Shem von Schroeck, who is a bass player for Kenny Loggins’ band, and he’s about to go out on tour with Don Felder, Styx and Foreigner. He’s this great, super-talented guy who plays every instrument and sings wonderfully. And then we have Micah Wilshire, who is from Nashville. Micah’s been on tour with Michael Bolton, and he’s had some hits with his own band, Wilshire.
But we came together a year and a half ago at Calgary, and Maestro Krajewski had put this program together for us, and it just went really well. So we started booking, but symphonies book things out a year in advance, so we booked in Atlanta and Jacksonville right away, but that was a year ago. It’s funny, By Elijah Sarkesian we’re coming together now, and it’s been a year and a half he musical genres of classical and rock come to- since we’ve seen each other. But we just did a rehearsal, and it gether for the Rock Tenors, the newest program was like we’d done it just yesterday. from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing May 9–10 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Featuring orches- DA: So at this concert, what can audiences expect tral takes on rock classics from artists like Paul to hear? McCartney, Journey, Coldplay and Queen, the Rock Tenors promise to be an exciting addition to this year’s ASO lineup. RE: The whole classic rock genre. I’m a kid of the 80s, and I Making the May 9 performance even better, the Rock Tenors love Journey and Foreigner and Led Zeppelin. So even though program is part of a special LGBT Night that includes premium those bands are older than I am, I grew up listening to them. seating and a post-concert reception with ASO musicians in But it’s pretty wide. We’re doing songs from Paul McCartney CenterSpace. and Wings, the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.” We’re doing a Kenny Loggins number that he and Michael McDonald wrote The Rock Tenors brings together three vocalists from differ- together, because Shem’s been on the road with those guys, a ent backgrounds for each performance. They include Micah song called “This Is It.” It’s kind of a mish-mash, but it’s very Wilshire, Shem von Schroeck, and Rob Evan. Evan, a native fun and safe rock material. The older audiences will love it, but of Montecello, GA, has a number of prestigious credits to his there might be some hits for younger people. name. He starred in the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Rock Tenwas a cast member in other shows such as Les Miserables and ors perform Friday, May 9 and Saturday, Little Shop of Horrors, and is currently a member of the TransMay 10 at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets for Siberian Orchestra as a vocalist. Fresh out of a rehearsal beFriday night’s LGBT Night, call ASO Group fore the Rock Tenors make their Atlanta debut, David Atlanta and Corporate Sales and 404-733-4848 or spoke with Evan about what audiences can expect, returning email firstname.lastname@example.org. to Georgia, and more.
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pring is the perfect season for us to plant the proverbial seeds of charity and giving – and what better way to start than with a garden party? Make sure you’re free on May 18th from 4–7 p.m., because that’s when The Health Initiative is hosting their annual Garden Party.
Sweet Pea members will receive two Garden Party tickets, six drink tickets and two raffle tickets. Those in the Forget Me Not tier will receive four Garden Party tickets, 12 drink tickets and four raffle tickets. Finally, in addition to six Garden Party tickets, Perennial Circle members can enjoy the privilege of an open bar, six raffle tickets and two invitations to an intimate gathering featuring food and drinks at the home of The Health One of the organizations largest fundraising events of the Initiative’s Executive Director Linda Ellis. Ellis has served as year, the 18th Annual Garden Party will take place at the E.D. since 2009. Phillip Rush Center, home to The Health Initiative’s offices since its’ development in 2008. The Rush Center, located at Whatever your contribution, every Garden Party guest is a 1530 DeKalb Avenue, is also home to several other impor- significant petal of the flower that furthers the reach of the tant LGBTQ organizations, including Georgia Equality, Atlanta largest non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ community Pride, United 4 Safety, Pro Georgia, and SOJOURN. not only in Atlanta, but also in the entire Southeast. Each year, the Garden Party serves as a venue to recognize Tickets may be purchased online at thehealthinitiative.org. that year’s recipient of the organization’s highest accolade, the Healing Angel Award. This year, the honor goes to Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham, who is also a founding board member of Georgians for Healthy Future and serves in a leadership role in Cover Georgia. Past recipients include Decatur Women’s Sports League founder Anne “Sarge” Barr, the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Health Center. General Admission tickets are $50 each, and include one drink ticket. For a more sizable (and tax-deductible) contribution, you can become a member of the 2014 Host Committee. The committee is comprised of several different tiers, with giving amounts ranging from $250 - $1000. Levels of the 2014 Host Committee are as follows: Perennial Circle ($1000+), Forget Me Not ($500+) and Sweet Pea ($250+), each level providing guests with a bit more than the basic ticket, as well as subsequent tier.
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MEGAN HILTY The Blondest of Bombshells
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n just a few short years, Megan Hilty has taken both Broadway and Hollywood by storm, by stepping into the shoes of some of the most iconic (and blondest) females in pop culture. Her story is a fairy tale of sorts, and what better place to start a fairy tale than somewhere over the rainbow?
“All of those characters are iconic. It’s terrifying. Thinking that you wont please anyone but also freeing knowing that you can’t please everyone makes it okay to put your spin on it. Wicked set it up. I was trying to do what Kristin [Chenoweth] did, but it wasn’t funny, it wasn’t touching. I would go back to the script and make it my own. It’s better that way. That was the reason why I wanted to do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. On May 10, audiences in Atlanta will get to experi- What a great challenge to find a performance between Marilyn ence some of her personal fairy tale magic twice in Monroe and Carol Channing, and not mimic.” one night as she performs a concert at the Cobb Energy Center and then races to Midtown to It’s playing characters like those, and her constant support celebrate the Alliance Theatre’s annual A Tony of the LGBT community that is making her one of the fastest Evening. rising new gay icons around. She also recently played Liz, the best friend to Sean Hayes on Sean Saves the World. Born in Bellevue, Washington in 1981 she started singing opera at an early age “It’s fantastic having a gay fan base, I’m always grateful for and attended the Washington Academy of anyone who is willing to go on the ride. I’ve got tons of gay Performing Arts Conservatory High School. friends; they’ve been with me since the beginning.” Just a few months after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University she stepped onto a Broadway Leaping from television to stage, into a lead role in the biggest hit Broadway has films, to the bright lights of seen in decades. Making your Broadway debut as Glinda Broadway can be tiring for in Wicked isn’t how most people start off their careers, but some people, but Hilty takes Megan Hilty isn’t like most people. it all in stride.
“I’m just trying to figure out me,” she says when asked about “My favorite thing is just what roles she wants to play. “Are there any blondes left?” working. Anytime I see a stage production I think, After ascending in a bubble as Glinda in Wicked, Hilty strapped ‘Why am I not doing that on the cowgirl boots made famous by Dolly Parton in 9 to right now? It’s nice on the 5: The Musical, where she shared the stage with the amaz- TV end, though. You get fed ing Allison Janney and the sensational Stephanie J. Block. and get free rides.” After that was the luscious red lips and tight silver dresses of Marilyn Monroe on television’s Broadway-themed Smash, Just last year she married and recently she taught everyone that diamonds really are a musician Brian Gallagher, girl’s best friend as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. and they are currently exIt’s clear though, that isn’t just gentlemen that prefer blondes; pecting their first child (they it’s all of us. also just relocated davidatlanta.com // 25
to Los Angles with their two dogs). When she performs in Atlanta she says she will be very pregnant and singing the hit song “Popular” from Wicked “will have a whole new meaning.”
“When I met her it made my appreciation for her stronger. She is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever got to me. She has a way about her; she’s a no nonsense businesswoman, but extremely kind to everyone she works with. She can laugh, but is business when she needs to be. It was terGallagher, and a group of close friends, will be backing rifying to sing her music on a daily basis. The minute I met Hilty’s belting voice in a concert that is sure to be as diverse her, all went out the window.” as her career has been. With the recent rebirth success of musicals on television “The concert is going to be a lot of fun. My husband is in the and at the movies, it isn’t just gay fans that are fueling the band with some friends of ours – all good friends. It’s going need for programs like Smash. While Broadway will always to feel like you are in the living room. I have an eclectic taste be home to singing and dancing, it could just be a fad that in music. You’ll hear everything from Smash to Bob Dylan musicals are back in popular culture on the small and silver to Broadway. It really runs the gamut and going to be a lot screen. of fun.” “It’s hard to predict. I’m honored to be a part of something This is not the first time Atlanta audiences have experienced that glamorized musical theatre. It made it sexy and edgy Hilty in concert at the Cobb Energy Center. She appeared and campy and it exposed a lot of people to theatre who had there in 2010 with the Broadway Dreams Foundation in a never been exposed to it. My favorite was meeting big, burly concert titled “Don’t Stop Believing” and she’s also ap- men, coming up to me and telling me that they loved the peared at an event for Coca-Cola at the Georgia Aquarium. show but telling people that they watched it for their wives!“ “I am in love with Atlanta. The Cobb Energy Center is amaz- Whether or not musicals on the small and big screen are ing! We performed with the kids we were teaching and the here to stay, none of us can know for sure. But one thing is audience was so supportive.” perfectly clear: wherever there is a need for a brassy, belty blonde, Megan Hilty will be the first name on the list to call. Even though she is living her dream of performing for live And like most fairy tales, knowing that means we will all be audiences, there are still a few roles she would like to play able to live happily ever after. and people she wants to work with. Megan Hilty appears at the Cobb Energy Center on Saturday, May 10. Tickets for “I’d love to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and The Witch this event can be purchased at cobbenerin Into the Woods. I’d really like to work with Tina Fey – she gycentre.com. She will also be appearing is a genius. A smart business woman and kind.” at the Alliance Theatre’s A Tony Evening, also on May 10. Tickets for the event at And what about working with Dolly Parton? Hilty had to not the Alliance can be purchased at allianceonly make her iconic Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 her own, but theatre.org. also sing Parton’s music in a huge Broadway musical.
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Racing for a Cure
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n 2003, a group of cyclists decided to form Action Cycling Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) to raise funds for AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center. The group had participated in the 2002 European AIDS Vaccine Ride, whose producer, Pallotta Teamworks, included the Emory Vaccine Center among its beneficiaries. When Pallotta Teamworks dissolved due to cost overruns, the local cyclists decided to fill the fundraising void that was left. Combining a two-day ride across Georgia with fundraising for HIV/AIDS vaccine research, the AIDS Vaccine 200 (or AV200) was born. This year, the AV200 takes place May 17–18. The ride begins at Emory University, with cyclists and volunteers passing through small towns throughout Georgia such as Stone Mountain and Social Circle before arriving at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in the Oconee National Forest Saturday night. Cyclists and volunteers lodge Saturday night in cabins at Rock Eagle, before journeying back to Emory on Sunday. Cyclists have different mileage options to ensure their journey works for their abilities. The full ride includes 100mile rides each day, for a total of 200 miles. Cyclists can also choose a shorter 80-mile route for each day, or 160 miles total. For those who want a more adjustable distance to ride, cyclists can form relay squads of up to five riders. The squad then divides the 100-mile distance each day into relay segments for as long as each cyclist chooses to ride. There are also two new additions this year: a 30-mile Rally Ride and a 62-mile Metric Century. These one-day rides both take place on Sunday, May 18, and leave from Emory University.
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Through 2013, the AV200 has raised $1,630,440. The majority of the funds have gone to the Emory Vaccine Center, one of the largest academic vaccine centers in the world. Additional portions of ride proceeds go to different AIDS service organizations, with Jerusalem House and Positive Impact both being recent beneficiaries. If you’re a cyclist and you’re interested in joining, or if you’re looking to volunteer, there’s still time to sign up for this year’s event. Just visit actioncycling.org to find out more information, and to sign up.
Inside MAAP’s Second Annual Nonprofit Showcase
he Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals, or MAAP, will be hosting their second annual Nonprofit Showcase. Formally known as the Atlanta Executive Network, or AEN, this will be the first showcase under the organization’s rebranded name. The AEN was turned into the MAAP after the term “executive” was deemed to give an “incorrect impression of what the group is about.” The Nonprofit Showcase starts at 6 p.m. on May 15 at Jungle Atlanta. The Showcase provides an opportunity for people to learn about and get involved with various nonprofit organizations that are in Atlanta. Along side the nonprofit organizations, there will also be light bites and a cash bar for patrons to enjoy. Current MAAP president, Joshua Lorenz, stated, “We started this Showcase because organizations were asking us independently for opportunities to address our membership. We thought what better way than to have an annual event solely focused on Atlanta’s nonprofits. Every year we invite nonprofit LGBT friendly entities to tell their story. This is a great way for each charity to find new volunteers, new donors and new participants for their events. This will be our second year of this event and based on last year it will be another great opportunity to learn how you can get involved with the community.” This year, some of the organizations included are the Atlanta Freedom Bands, a nonprofit LGBT band that plays for anything from parades to sit-down concerts, and Just As You Are, a religious organization with more of a coffeehouse vibe instead a judgmental organized religious feel. Previous showcases have also included organizations such as the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, Lost-n-Found Youth, DREAM, For The Kid In All of Us, Gay Fathers of Atlanta, Team Friendly Atlanta, CHRIS Kids, The Trevor Project, Georgia Equality, The
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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Atlanta Pride, Out on Film and Young People Matter, Inc. We can expect to see just as many nonprofits this year that are working hard to help people and create change. Founded in 1992, the AEN was an organization for LGBT business professionals to showcase what the community had to offer and to expand their business networks. The AEN rebranded itself as the Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals in favor of the more inclusive name. The organization’s committee emphasized keeping their doors open to anyone interested in expanding their business and professional career. It became an open forum that allowed its members to not only aid and support each other, but to also combat negative stereotypes of the LGBT community and employment discrimination. During the organization’s history as AEN, MAAP has also had a string of notable speakers to address its members. These speakers include former Georgia governor Roy Barnes, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, currently Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, Jane Fonda, mother of gay murder victim Matthew Shepard, Judy Shepard, and Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk. The showcase costs guest $10 if tickets are purchased in advanced, or $15 at the door. For more information about the MAAP and their events, visit their page at meetup. com/maapATL/.
MJ Villanueva: From Culinary Arts to Fusion on Canvas By Elijah Sarkesian
ach year, the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces presents a number of different events spread throughout the year that give Atlantans a chance to interact with the city and surround themselves with local art. Their upcoming event is a special one: the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival at Chastain Park on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 marks this particular event’s fifth anniversary. This award-winning, free festival brings together 175 artists and artisans, live acoustic music, a children’s area, and local foods and drinks. Among the artists presenting their work at the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival is MJ Villanueva. Villanueva’s artwork is focused in painting contemporary abstracts, with a fusion of color, texture and movement. For this native of Hawaii, the move to Atlanta came courtesy of his partner. “My partner was originally from Atlanta, and he works for CNN,” says Villanueva. “He brought me over here.” While Villanueva worked in a number of different culinary jobs, including teaching culinary arts in the Atlanta Public School system, he felt a need to reconnect to his love of art. “I’ve always had a love for art. Having a culinary arts degree, I wanted to get back into it. I was working full-time, doing what everyone else does, just doing their 9-to-5 job. But at the same time, I had this drive to create my own art.”
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He started showcasing his art at small festivals periodically. At one of those events, he met a few people who would change his professional life. “Randall Fox and Patrick Dennis, who started AFFPS, saw my work at a festival and said, ‘Hey, we want to put you on. We love your work, and we want to feature Atlanta artists,’” says Villanueva. “So I hopped on board and started doing their inaugural shows at Atlantic Station. And that just snowballed into something else, and I thought, ‘Hey, I have a pretty good thing.’” Among the strengths of festivals put on by AFFPS, according to Villanueva, is the ability to showcase art at a number of festivals without worrying about significant travel expenses. “The guys offer something to local artists, and we don’t have to travel anywhere. Some artists have to travel from state to state, doing these big festivals, which is great. But we can do something fresh, something that’s artists for artists, or artists for the hometown. They got me to really start small, and work my way big. And years later, I’m doing this professionally now. I get to do what I like to do, and be free with it. The guys are really great at helping out communities.” Being gay, Villanueva loves seeing the local LGBT community involved in AFFPS events, including one of Midtown’s most famous street performers. “One of my favorite things is Baton Bob was there at Piedmont Park last year and the year before. And everyone loves Baton Bob. So the artists had a little parade, and all of the rainbow people would come out and support that. “So being gay, it’s a good thing to come out and say, ‘Hey, guess what? You’re not only supporting the arts, which we all love theater and music, but really to show more culture too.” Beyond using his art as an outlet for his creativity, Villanueva also uses the proceeds of his art sales to help others. He’s a frequent supporter of charities preserving habitats for Hawaiian owls. He also supports LGBT-related charities, and with any sales that come from the Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival or the upcoming Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts (May 31–June 1), Villanueva is donating 20% of his profits to nonprofits benefiting the LGBT photo: Project Q Atlanta community.
The Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival runs May 10–11 at Chastain Park, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, open to all ages, and pets are welcome. For more information, please visit buckheadartsfestival.com.
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Christina Perri: Head or Heart
he exploded on to the pop scene back in 2010 after one of her songs, the slow heartbroken ballad “Jar of Hearts”, was used on an episode of So You Think You Can Dance. With that, Christina Perri’s journey began. The single sold 3 million copies and spent over three months in the Top 40. Because of the attention her single was getting, she signed with Atlantic Records. She recently released her newest album Head or Heart, with her lead single “Human” burning up the charts. But is it a hit or a flop? Will the sophomore slump affect Miss Perri? Let’s find out.
By Dylan Michael
is what happened – and I love every minute of it! The hook instantly starts to make you bop back and forth, while the lyrics warm your heart.
The next track is the first single, which you’ve probably already heard on radio, “Human.” It’s a beautiful midtempo ballad, where she shows off her amazing vocal chops and, finally, I feel like she found her niche. Another track on the album is “I Don’t Wanna Break,” which is as sweet a love song as I’ve heard in a while. The production is very Coldplay, in the way that she has a big, big sound behind her, and she shines. The lyrics are so soaked with love that The album starts off with the song “Trust.” The first thing you can’t help but get the warm fuzzies. I noticed was how much better her voice is now that she’s had experience. Her tone is better and she sounds more The second to last track is entitled “Shot Me in The Heart”. confident. The song itself isn’t extravagant or anything It’s a cute electro based song with a throwback kind of that jumps off the page as “single-worthy”, but it is full feel. She shows off her amazing vocals and songwritof beautiful, folk-inspired harmonies and lyrics that touch ing chops once again by creating a catchy, pop song. something in you. All in all, her project is solid. There are some hits, and only The next track is called “Burning Gold” which is a song a few misses. I don’t see her releasing eight singles from about taking control of your life, and destiny, and going the same album like some other artists (ahem, Rihanna), for it. It’s not an extraordinary new concept, that whole but the songs she does choose to release will fair well. I self-empowerment thing, but she provides a great hook think she’s finally found her niche, and thank God for the that’s (almost) disco inspired. This song doesn’t show off “Popificiation of Christina Perri”! any amazing vocals, but it’s a cute track. Songs to check out: “Human,” “Be My ForImmediately following is a song called “Be My Forever” ever,” “I Don’t Wanna Break,” “Shot Me In featuring, the folksy ginger himself, Ed Sheeran. I wish The Heart” instead of “Head Or Heart”, she would have named the album “The Popificiation of Christina Perri,” because that
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Datebook Are the Lips a Grave?
Wednesday, May 7 • 7:30–9 p.m. • Charis Books (1189 Euclid Ave NE) • charisbooksandmore.com Author Lynne Huffer discusses her book, Are the Lips a Grave? A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex, which examines the areas where queers and feminists agree and disagree.
Cher: The Dressed to Kill Tour
Monday, May 12 • 7:30 p.m. • Philips Arena (1 Philips Dr) • cher.com The one and only Cher brings her Dressed to Kill Tour, in support of new album Closer to the Truth, to Off Stage Thursday, May 8 • 6:30–8:30 p.m. • Whitespace Gallery Atlanta. And that’s not all. Special guest Cyndi Lauper, currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of She’s So Unusual, (814 Edgewood Ave) • atlantaballet.com The Atlanta Ballet presents this party celebrating their current opens the night. season’s finale, MAYhem, and the season premiere of Wabi Sabi. This free event includes performances from dancer Christine Winkler, the art installation Scarlet Air, live music, food and cocktails.
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Saturday, May 10 • 1 p.m. • Mixx (1492 Piedmont Rd NE) • atlantabucksrugby.org The Atlanta Bucks’ annual Purple Dress Run returns! This year’s journey starts at Mixx, flows around Piedmont Park to Blake’s, heads down to F.R.O.G.S. and wraps up at the Atlanta Eagle with a cookout. Registration to participate is $30, and includes drinks at each stop plus access to the cookout.
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This Week in Theaters Neighbors: A young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their baby. But with frat boys who look like Zac Efron and Dave Franco, why complain? Belle: An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British admiral is afforded certain privileges by her lineage, but her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. Based on a true story. Fed Up: Katie Couric is behind this documentary about the food industry in America, taking a look at food, exercise, and the government. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return: In this animated film from upstart Clarius Entertainment, Dorothy is whisked back to Oz to try and save the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a new villain, the Jester. Locke: On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. Moms’ Night Out: So far, advertising has hinted at this being a painfully unfunny “comedy” about a bunch of moms out for a night. What the ads hide: it’s a religious film in the vein of recent box office hits God’s Not Dead and Heaven is for Real.
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fairyscopes ARIES (March 20 – April 19):
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22):
All those hours of hard work and overtime have paid off with a paycheck the size of Dolly Parton’s ... hair. Take some of that windfall and spend it on yourself today. The world is your high-end department store. Plan a well-deserved trip abroad, or buy some expensive possessions for your home. So what if you’re only there six hours a week?
Things may seem smooth, but problems with friends are simmering just beneath the surface. There’s a tension in the air that’s palpable, and it’s what’s not being said that is speaking volumes. Sooner or later things will reach a boiling point, but try to keep your cool today. Go about your business, but gather your allies; you’ll need them when the roof blows off.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20):
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21):
Romance will come knocking today, and it plans on staying a while. Will you be ready? Check your look in the mirror, use plenty of deodorant and start eating those egg whites. Its flight has been delayed, but it’s on its way. And it’s coming for you.
Your partner has suggested opening up your relationship, and you couldn’t be more hurt or insulted. It may be time to think about your place in this partnership. It’s supposed to be one-on-one, not the one and the many. Go off by yourself today, and ask yourself some tough questions. If you’re not man enough for him, surely you are for someone else.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20):
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20):
Bigmouth strikes again as busybodies are very busy spreading gossip and rumors about you. There’s something slightly flattering about being the focus of such attention, but keep some perspective today. Protesting and defending your name will only fuel the fire. Your true friends will recognize it as the idle chatter of empty minds, and pay it no mind.
Life will need a magnifying glass today, as the small details will present the biggest problems. Seeing the forest for the trees isn’t always easy; there’s always distractions lurking in the woods, and they’re rarely wearing clothes. It won’t be as hard as you think if you keep your mind on the minutia.
CANCER (June 21- July 22):
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19):
You’re a true original. As such, some of your ideas are rooted in an originality that can only be called unique. Okay, maybe the electronic dog walker didn’t quite pan out. There were people who thought Michelangelo was a kook, too. Keep the fires of the idea factory stoked today.
Your discipline will be sorely tested today as a sexy, magnetic stranger tests your fidelity. He’s smooth and he’s suave and he’s oh-so persuasive. Look past the muscles, the tight jeans and the tired come-on lines. The one who really loves you is waiting at home, and that’s where you need to be. Right now.
LEO (July 23 – August 22):
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18):
Your almost celebrity-like status has you the belle of the ball today, and everywhere you go you have hot men vying for your attention. Be careful of overindulgence, as there can’t be enough food, enough wine, enough everything. Get a little exercise in today. Too much of the good life will eventually settle in your waistline, and you can’t lose that boyish figure.
While others yawn while elders tell stories of their past, you hang on every word. There’s so much you can learn from their tales; they’ve been places and done things you only dream about. Live vicariously through them today by using their words to fuel your own imagination. They could give you inspiration to write, or to travel to the places they’ve been.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22):
PISCES (February 19 – March 19):
You’re a practical guy, and sometimes there’s no room for spontaneity in your well thought out and deeply analyzed world. You bring these admirable aspects to your love life, and maybe that’s why you’re not having enough naughty fun. Drop your inhibitions today. Your pants might just go with them.
Throughout history people have used beautiful words to woo other people, whether an individual or a mass audience. Either way, it’s all about exposing your soul to someone else, and that puts you in a vulnerable place. The risk will be worth it today, so tell Mr. Special how you feel. Write him a letter or poem that he can keep and cherish. Or just tell him.
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hen spring chickens hatch, the first think they do is feed off of drama and not the scattered corn of good advice. I’ve realized over the years to let them go ahead and learn the hard way because they don’t listen for shit. This is Favorite Bitch - not the House of Tiger where I play den mother to kinderqueens and their foolery. Hunties, this week is all about Troublesome Twinks! They may be serving #TenderoniRealness, however, it doesn’t take long to go from savory chicken dumplings to a discarded bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken! Dear Miss Tiger, I’m 22, a college student and work a part-time job. I live paycheck to paycheck! My roommate knew this when I moved in. We always end up fighting whenever I come home with any type of shopping bag. He accuses me of spending my rent money in the mall. He doesn’t understand that I’m buying on credit and not with real money. Help! -Chance Dear Chances Are You’re A Hot Fucking Mess, You’re young, fabulous and won’t listen to a goddamn thing somebody tries to tell you. One thing’s for sure, though Make your credit card payments on time, bitch! There’s nothing less attractive than a motha fuckah with bad credit ...
Dear Reality Check, After Tony nuts in your boypussy, then gets dressed to go home to his husband and gives you money to “buy yourself something pretty” ... do you feel like his BOYFRIEND or his WHORE? NEXT! Dear Miss Tiger, I’m a twink and I just came out! I’ve only fucked guys who shaved their pubic hair. I don’t know how I even got crabs from somebody! Where do crabs come from? I love your column, Miss Tiger! Can you help me too? -Christopher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dear Hmmm ... I Wonder What Your SAT Score Was, I don’t know where they come from! Hell, with the countless cracks and crevices your dick has seen, who the fuck knows where you picked up those critters, sugar pie! I am certain of one thing though ... you got ‘em from being a slut and not from attending the annual Creole Gumbo Festival! (FYI, crabs can attach themselves to any body hair including eyelashes!) If you really want the answer, look to a calendar and peek inside your Andrew Christian Trophy Boy Brief. By the way, at the rate you’re going, you may wanna buy RID in bulk ... and remember to RINSE & REPEAT!
P.S. I love you too, boo! If ‘real money’ is what you’re after, then take that twink-ass down to a gay strip club and make those coins, hunty! Give Need advice? Write, Tweet or Facebook me and get some of the jackpot to your roommate and not the boys you the goddamn answers you’ve been looking for! flirt with during your shopping sprees at the mall. The extra cash will keep that bitter roommate off your back. Speaking of your back, try lying on it and maybe you can find a sugar daddy who’ll pay for your retail therapy AND an apartment Advice columnist • SiriusXM radio personality ... of your own. NEXT! and everyone’s #FAVORITEBITCH Website: FavoriteBitch.com Facebook: /MissTiger Dear Miss Tiger, Advice : email@example.com My boyfriend is way older than me - like 20 years and some change. His crew thinks I’m a whore who’s using Tony for his money. It ain’t my fault he gives me that paper. It’s also not my fault that him and his man are in an open relationship. You got some advice on how I can get his friends to believe we’re for real? -Joaquín
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I don’t mind heterosexuals, just as long as they don’t act super straight or weird around me. If I speak to you in English, then why do you insist on responding in Spanish? I’m not going to suddenly learn the language.
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The only thing worse than a condom is AIDS.
I hate every bone in his body except mine.
It’s such a shame when a strict top with a nice ass isn’t using it.
I learned that if I twerk while peeing at the bar, everyone else doing coke gets so mad. Grow up – just pee.
Like my gay mother says, don’t give these queens an inch ‘cause they’ll take nine.
I hate when people say, “You’re too cute to be single.” Then why don’t you date me?!?
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