Issue 700 June 13 - 20 | 2012
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Contents 8 WTF!?! Tidbits 10 Scene@ Friends on Ponce 12 Big Hearts: East Point Possums Show 19 Peach Party Schedule 20 Interview: DJ Micky Friedmann 28 Interview: DJ Sin Morera 34 Interview: Underwear Designer Sanfield 38 WTF?!?! 40 BarTab Map: Guide to Gay Atlanta 42 BarTab Week: Calendar 43 Tribute to Dennis Dean Dravland 47 Top 10 Tracks 52 Dallas Brings Back Family Drama 54 Protect Your Monster 57 Sunset Garden Series at Burkhart’s 58 Fairyscopes 61 Classifieds 62 Bitch Session
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WTF!?!? Tidbits After leaving him at the alter, selling her engagement ring, and making the media rounds to trash him, Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner are back together. “Crystal begged Hef to let her come back. He surprisingly doesn’t have any hard feelings against her, so he let her move back into the Mansion.” Translation: bitch is broke and needs her sugar daddy back. Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to accuse British Airways of stealing
“special items” from her luggage that were “sentimental” and “not replaceable.” When I heard about this, I assumed it was an expensive piece of jewelry her dead grandmother left her or her father’s urn—something along those lines. The item allegedly taken from her luggage? Sunglasses. …SUNGLASSES. Granted, they’re sunglasses her dead father gave to her, but shit, if I kept every casual gift I got from now-deceased relatives, I’d be a good candidate for Hoarders.
Collective ‘duh’ moment of the week: Andrew Rannells, star of Book of
Mormon and the upcoming The New Normal (featuring Atlanta’s own NeNe Leakes), confirmed to Vulture that he is, in fact, gay in real life.
Adam Levine has moved from Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna
to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. He scans the Victoria’s Secret catalog for potential girlfriends the same way the general public looks through it for lingerie.
Richard Dawson, the longtime host of Family Feud, has died. All women
looking to be unwillingly molested are in mourning.
Justin Bieber walked into another glass surface and suffered a mild concussion. The jokes write themselves.
You saw this one coming: Octomom has taken to working the pole to support her 14 chirrens. Look, I find stripping to be a very respectable job when done right, but when you’re doing it solely to support fourteen kids, the stigma is well-deserved.
Kathryn Joosten, a.k.a. Mrs. McCluskey from Desperate Housewives, died in real life at the age of 72. The sad fact of the matter is I was so enveloped in DH that I considered her to be my real grandmother, despite the fact her character was much less bitchy than my actual grandmother. by Lucas Witherspoon 8 | david atlanta
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Photos courtesy of East Point Possums
Bad Drag, Big Hearts 15th Annual Possums Show raises spirits and cash for Atlanta Pride and the Phillip Rush Center
by Van Gower
t’s probably no secret that Atlanta’s drag community has long been dedicated to raising funds for worthy causes, and everyone knows that the best parties with the most fabulous people only happen at night. So, it’s only natural that night is when one local group of drag performers will be coming out once again to strut their tails for charity. The 15th annual East Point Possums show is set for Saturday, June 16, from 7-11 p.m. Once again, it takes place in its namesake environs of gay-friendly downtown East Point, Georgia. [At press time, performers and sponsors were still being finalized.] East Point “has the most unique blend of people,” said the Possums’ Rick Westbrook (aka “Rapture Divine Cox”). “You’ll see little old blue-haired ladies, straight couples, gay couples. It’s a very diverse, very gay friendly community. East Point has been so incredible to us, and our turnouts are always huge.”
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As always, the East Point Possums show is a madcap gathering of amateur and professional drag performers pooling their irreverent talents for the benefit of local non-profit organizations. This year, the Possums have once again named the Atlanta Pride Committee as their key beneficiary, which will split monies raised with the Phillip Rush Center.
Atlanta’s only LGBT Center The Center – located in Atlanta – is home to GLBT organizations including Georgia Equality, Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative, MEGA Family Project, and Circle of Grace Community Church. It also regularly serves as meeting space for a number of local support groups, public health fairs, and political and social events. Westbrook pointed out that in discerning which local non-profits to designate as proceed recipients each year, calls are put out to various local organizations to submit bids. From those applicants, beneficiaries are selected. “It’s always something that benefits the community,” said Westbrook. Westbrook stressed the importance that the East Point Possums show’s outdoor setting, lack
of need to rent facilities, and sponsors play in maximizing proceeds for the beneficiaries. “We obviously have a very low overhead,” he said. “It’s a free show. You only pay if you want to drink [or tip performers].” The Possums show is also an opportunity for many of Atlanta’s hottest drag superstars – little-known and well-known – to take to the same stage for an evening of outrageous comedic revelry. This year’s show will boast a whopping 28 gals. “We always tell everybody we have the largest drag show in the Southeast. People will say there are a lot of shows that may have much bigger audiences, but we have the biggest single show, especially with 28 performers this year,” said Westbrook. He noted that the East Point Possums is where several of today’s biggest drag divas like Alexandria Martin, Gigi Monroe, and Genre got their starts.
Many of the dedicated Possums performers from some of the earliest shows are still acting up all these years later. But to help keep the shenanigans fresh each year, the East Point Possums committee endeavors to check out the newest ladies on the local drag scene and invite them to perform, according to Westbrook. If your yen for drag theatrics sways to the more regal and realistic, however, you’re best to look elsewhere. At a Possums show, the emphasis is on campiness, craziness, and ridiculous fun. There’s little to no feminity to be found in this troupe. After all, their slogan is “Doing good work through bad drag!” Bad drag though it may be, however, these ladies have big hearts. But it’s not merely the sense of camaraderie that they share as comic performers that drives their mission to serve their community. The comedic approach of an East Point Possums show, and indeed the camp drag genre
East Point Possum Show – Free WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 7-11 pm WHERE: Commons in Downtown East Point 2727 East Point St., East Point, GA 30344 MORE INFO: www.eastpointpossums.com www.facebook.com/eastpointpossums Twitter @EastPointPossum
in general, could be attributed to a shared sense of feeling like outsiders in a conservative area.
cash anonymously to Pets Are Loving Support, and a mission was born.
“Being a native Atlantan, I have to say it’s just being in the Bible Belt that we realize this is maybe the best way to get people’s attention,” said Westbrook. “We want to raise awareness and proceeds and get people to think, and it’s just easier for me to do that as Rapture Divine Cox.”
One year, Jenkins, Thurman, Jeffrey, and Westbrook performed a flamboyant “Moulin Rouge” production number. When Sanford announced the group and told the crowd they were from East Point, spontaneously naming them the East Point Possums, a living legend was born.
Humble beginnings To truly appreciate how big and dynamic the annual East Point Possums show has become in this, its 15th year, it’s important to consider its humble beginnings. In mid June 1998, four longtime friends – Chuck Jenkins, Chesley Thurman, John Jeffrey, and Westbrook – received invitations for a party to celebrate Independence Day. A unique kink was issued with those invitations: the party’s host, David Sanford, wanted some of his guests to also perform a drag show. The friends rose to the challenge and set off on a madcap quest to acquire their attire. After finding the right ensembles, Jenkins would become “Rococo Baroque,” Thurman became “Dina Daintymouth,” Jeffrey sashayed as “Prissy Cilla,” and Westbrook, as “Shenitta Lott,” served as backstage dragboy. At that first impromptu performance, a tip jar was passed around and quickly netted a hefty sum. The performers that night decided to donate the 14 | davidatlanta
As word spread about the party – which for the guests was as much about celebrating queer independence as it was American independence – the number of attendees began to grow each year until it ultimately became too big for its informal backyard setting. The amount of donations that were being collected at the annual Independence Day parties also grew too large to be given to PALS anonymously. In response, Sanford passed the glittering flame on to the Possums, who moved the event to downtown East Point and decided to hold it in June to take advantage of less sweltering temperatures. Now, fifteen years after its inception, the East Point Possums show’s popularity continues to grow by leaps and bounds. It is one of the most eagerly anticipated pre-Atlanta Pride events of the season, and has to date netted tens of thousands of dollars for local non-profits that serve the GLBT community.
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June 15-17 | Atlanta, GA Party Schedule Friday 9pm-3am DJ Sin Morera @ Heretic Saturday 3-4:30pm DJ Corey D @ Opera 4:30-9pm DJ Micky Friedmann @ Opera 9pm-3am DJ Paulo @ Jungle Sunday 3am DJ Abel @ XION Sunday Brunch DJ Mike Pope @ Las Margaritas Tickets available: www.peachpartyatl.com
If the term “Peach Party” conjures up an image of a sedate evening on an antebellum plantation, you’re a bit off the mark. Instead, the Peach Party is Atlanta’s answer to circuit parties like the White Party. For this brand-new event, organizers have landed major national and international talent across a variety of Atlanta clubs. DJs include New York City’s Sin Morera, Atlanta’s own Corey D, Micky Friedmann from Berlin, Los Angeles’ Paulo and Abel from Miami. Additionally, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Phoenix will be performing, along with her backup dancers. Before the party starts this weekend, take a look at the event’s schedule to see when and where each DJ will be performing. You can also look at our exclusive interviews with DJs Micky Friedmann and Sin Morera, who are looking forward to the weekend. Tickets for the event are available online; organizers encourage attendees to purchase their tickets in advance so they can avoid lines at the various venues. – Elijah Sarkesian
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DJ Micky Friedmann Finds Atlanta Boys ‘Very, Very Sexy’
by Elijah Sarkesian
s the Peach Party heats up, DJ Micky Friedmann will be one of two DJs playing at Saturday’s Day Party at Opera. Friedmann brings a distinctly European flavor to Peach Party – while the rest of the weekend’s DJs hail from major American cities, the Israeli-born Friedmann comes to Atlanta from Berlin. After getting his start as a ballet dancer and model, Friedmann started DJing as a hobby. Eventually, the DJing took over as his full-time gig. Before he arrives in Atlanta, Friedmann took the time to talk to us about his start as a DJ, the connection he sees between sex and the dance floor, and his feelings on Southern boys.
You started out as a professional ballet dancer and model. What led you to focus on DJing? The first time I was introduced to electronic club music was during my time at ballet school in Jerusalem. We used to drive to Tel Aviv on the weekends and go out dancing. The club atmosphere fascinated me but I never thought of becoming a DJ back then. My passion was to become a dancer. Fourteen years ago, after dancing professionally in companies across Europe I was offered a soloist contract with the Berlin Ballet. After moving to Berlin I decided to buy two used turntables and a mixer, practicing at home on my own, determined and disciplined. One thing ballet teaches you is to be extremely disciplined which led me to master my new hobby quickly. After being in the ballet studio
for 8 hours or having performances three times a week, coming home to my records was like an escape into my own world. I spun for friends at private parties or chill outs just for fun. It was only at the end of my ballet career that DJing became serious. One gig led to another and before I knew it I was busy with my new career. Meeting my manager after my first set in NYC was the jumping board to my international career. The musicality I obtained as a dancer was the key to my rapid success as a DJ. Working with music, counting beats over and over all day trains your brain to be very precise. Once a DJ learns the basics of working the equipment, one adopts tricks taught by other DJs or learning some of their technical maneuvers just by listening. But experience is the best teacher of all. Reading the energy of a crowd and understanding how a room full of people breathes is the key to a DJ´s success. Modeling was never my main job though I used to work with agencies in Berlin, London, Paris, Hamburg and Tel Aviv. I was a part of it for a little while but quickly learnt that it was not something I would want to do as a
full time job. Being on the cover of magazines such as Men’s Health and the Australian Blue, done TV commercials and quite a few editorials – fun extra money on the side. The part I loved the most standing in front of the camera was for art books and I was lucky enough to work with great photographers such as Pierre et Gille, Andreas Biesnich, Greg Gorman, David Vance, James Moritz and Kevin McDermott, whom I admire very much. Mario Testino is a close friend of mine. We meet every time he comes to Berlin, I´m sure we will have a fun photo shooting some day soon.
You’ve talked about there being a certain sexuality on the dance floor, and how you try to appeal to it. To you, what do you see as the connection between sexuality and the dance floor?
beats, sexy melodies, [and] sexy vibes for my sets to give the crowd the extra help of over coming some of their inhibitions.
How do you keep your set fresh? The search for new music consumes most of the time in a DJ’s life. Also mine. Some days I am glued to the chair for so many hours listening to new music, that I forget to eat. Listening to new promos, searching on the DJ music sites such as Beatport, or just spending time with colleague DJs and producers exchanging music. A third of my set is built of new tracks every single party I spin. I don’t like to recycle sets;
Sex is an inseparable part of club life. Many times during the party and surely after the party. I think I can say with great certainty that most of us go out wishing to find a sexual adventure. Maybe even the love of our life. Music can help people feel sexy on the dance floor. I search for sexy
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each crowd deserves a whole new creation of music.
Professionally, what has occupied your schedule in recent months? What projects do you have coming up? I have been traveling like crazy for the last few months but now that the summer just started the real madness begins. Playing gay prides in Madrid, Toronto, Frankfurt, Berlin, Zurich and Prague. [There’s a] circuit festival in Barcelona in August, a far east and a Brazilian tour coming up, and of course the Peach Party in Atlanta. On the production side, my production partner Alex Botar and I just finished two new remixes: “Feel It Inside” by Carlos Gallardo featuring Rebeka Brown, and “Musika” by Ivan Gomez. We are now working on a new remix for Edson Pride.
When you’re not focusing on your career, how do you spend your time? When I am not traveling I try to spend as much time as possible with my close friends in Berlin. Daily work out, good movies and books. No time for more.
Comparing your gigs in Europe and America, what do you find different between the two continents when you DJ? These days, in the Internet era, the differences have shrunk quite a bit. Also the ability to travel more easily brings crowds
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from both North America and Europe to fly from one side of the globe to the other. With digital, it is much easier these days to reach individuals or influence their taste. I would say though, that Europe is a touch more electro then North America. North America still embraces the big room tribal Diva sound. The trick is to find the right balance in order to win and fascinate the crowd.
Who are your inspirations? My mother is on the top of the list. Inspiring me with her incredible neverending support and belief in me. I have a line of great artists whom inspire me with their work: Pedro Almodovar, William Forsyth, Henry Purcell, [and] Idan Raichel.
How does it feel to return to Atlanta? It would probably sound a bit too expected of me to answer with “I really love Atlanta,” but I do. The harmony between the promoters of different venues brings a peaceful vibe. I absolutely love the owners and promoters of the clubs I play at. I call them “my Atlanta family.” If they read this interview they surely know I’m talking about them. The Peach Party was also born from a positive will of throwing a great new party event and with the amazing line up I am sure it will be the first one of many more to come. I really hope they will make me their European resident. People in Atlanta are open to new sounds, no matter big events or small. People are friendly generous and not pretentious. And to finish up with one little confession of mine, I find the “Southern” boys in Atlanta very, very sexy. DJ Micky Friedmann will be playing at the Peach Party on Saturday, June 16 at Opera. For tickets, visit peachpartyatl.com. david atlanta | 25
DJ Sin Morera splits open the Peach Party
by Elijah Sarkesian
each Party Atlanta is quickly approaching, and with a stellar line-up, it promises to be one of the biggest series of events for dance music enthusiasts in Atlanta this year. Opening up this year’s event is New York’s DJ Sin Morera. Morera, who has worked with DJs such as Junior Vasquez and Shep Pettibone, is returning to Atlanta after over a year, and he’s coming in the midst of a wave of new work. I had the opportunity to talk with Morena about his background as a DJ, his recent activities and more.
How did you get your start as a DJ? I have been on the decks for about 15 years. I started with vinyl and am stuck on digital turntables today. I can’t seem to get along with the computer just yet – I still knock it. I feel anyone can try and be a DJ with the sync button. That’s not a DJ! But I give my thanks to Jimmy Murtagh, a good friend of mine – NYPD shark of a man – who bought me my Techniques 1200, way back when. But I am a
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DJ last and a songwriter first, the producer… this just pays my bills, but I love it. It lives inside of me. It’s in my veins.
How do you keep your set fresh? I am constantly working on music. I travel a lot for work around the world, so I get to listen to all types of music, from ambient to world to dance, so I take little elements from here and there and create my own ideas, almost like food when a chef throws everything into a cooking pot. It’s the same thing for me. But you’ve got to be on top of your game because there’s always someone right behind you. Plus, I am pretty competitive. I like a challenge; I love change. Evolving with all.
What have you been up to in recent months? Well, my single “Heartbeat” was released last October, and it kinda has a life of its own at this point. The Cube Guys came on board and did an amazing job on a remix for us. The record is about a toxic relationship and when you hear the original, it spells out some of the things that were done during this lovely time in my life. I laugh now, but then it was a
very painful time. The second single is the B-side of “Heartbeat” so the drama still continues, but this time the record is about being on top and the other party losing it all. I am in studio mode. I’ve always said I am a DJ last. I am a songwriter and I channel what I feel into poetry, then melody comes to life after. As a kid I always wrote. It’s my gift from God. I’m working on my own label. I’m writing a book as well, about my life, and how I grew up. Other songs include a new dance record with Jon Secada and hopefully much more!
You just finished a gig at the Life Ball in Vienna. Can you tell us a little more about that experience? Life Ball is the biggest charity in the world for HIV and AIDS. I am proud to be part of this [charity] that is held in Vienna, Austria in May every year. This year was the 20th anniversary. I met Gary Kessler, the founder of the Life Ball, during a dinner and a private event, and we hit it off. Then he asked me to spin the main stage – the Red Ribbon – which was an honor. In front of 40,000 people…of course, I lost it; it became a tearjerker for me.
So this year on May 19th I did it again. This time I had the opportunity to work alongside Antonio Banderas, Jon Secada, Deborah Cox, and President Bill Clinton to name a few. It’s a massive event. It’s like the Olympics meets the Oscars. A little guy from Jersey doing this? As Mom says, not bad.
How does it feel to return to Atlanta for Peach Party? It feels fucking great! I am excited. Atlanta is a great city and I’m happy to be back after a year.
You’ve worked with Junior Vasquez, one of the biggest names in the industry. What was that like? Junior Vasquez is one of my musical mentors
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as a DJ. I always say this, and I’ll say it again – he was my therapist when I couldn’t afford one. I would just sit at the original Sound Factory back in 1989 and dance and listen to how he created magic. To this day I haven’t felt what I felt back then. The man will always be magic to my ears. How he made three or four records work on the turntables was incredible to me. He will always be the bitchy old man, but in my eyes he was the greatest DJ of them all alongside Frankie Knuckles. There was always a balance for me between the two. And of course, there’s Shep Pettibone, the man who wrote and produced “Vogue” for Madonna, or wrote it with her I should say.
What are your plans for the future? I want to buy property in Florida, maybe buy a warehouse and build a gym, build my studio, continue to write songs from the heart, and retire as a DJ. I want to spend more time with my parents and newborn nephews and nieces. I want to continue to
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see the globe and just chill. Life is short and today I’m finally at peace with myself, and no longer angry. Though people will still piss me off, there will always be a [part of] me, where if I have to kick ass, I will! I am rough and tough, inside and out, but I am also a softy. DJ Sin Morera plays at the Peach Party Friday, June 15 at the Heretic. Ticket prices for the weekend start at $100, and are available online at peachpartyatl.com.
Model-slash-Designer Todd Sanfield Bares All
by Elijah Sarkesian
odel. Designer. Doctoral candidate?
Yes, Todd Sanfield is all of these things. On top of a modeling career that’s led him to land the covers of magazines such as DNA and Têtu, Sanfield is branching out. Among his recent creative outputs, there’s his burgeoning underwear line, the Todd Sanfield Collection, which he designs himself. There’s also his just-released coffee table book, Motel/ Hotel, which promises to show more of Sanfield than he’s previously shown. But Sanfield is more than just a pretty face (and ridiculously hot body). The Michigan native is also a doctoral candidate, currently working on becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy. In the middle of a very busy schedule, Sanfield took the time to talk with David about his line, his new book, modeling, and more.
How did you get your start in modeling? My mom talked me into it when I was younger. We set up a shoot in Detroit and it kept progressing from there.
Are there any particular shoots you’ve done that stand out as favorites? There are a few that stand out, but the Motel/ Hotel shoot is what’s on my mind at this time. It is still very fresh. The reaction to the book has been incredible. This is all I have been thinking about.
Have you ever been approached in public by fans of yours? I have, but not as much as you would think. People seem to be savvier in NYC; this is where I get approached the most.
How do you stay in shape? I try to eat as healthy as possible and work out five to six days a week. The key for me is to eat lots of natural food and get a good sweat while lifting weights. And, cardio for 20 to 30 min a day is a must.
What do you think is your best feature? Probably my butt. I have been told it is the best butt in the game, but you guys can be the judge of that.
Is there a limit to how much skin you’ll show? Buy the book; there are no limits within! All you will see is skin!
What was the inspiration behind Motel/Hotel? The photographer, Kevin McDermott and I talked about doing a shoot. He came out to Detroit while I was spending the summer there last year. We started shooting as soon as he arrived and kept going for two days. I was inspired to take the best pictures possible. When you do something you love you try to do it the best way possible. That is Motel/Hotel. We never planned this, it just happened.
Your previous photo shoots are already pretty sexual in nature. How does this book compare to those previous shoots? Again, you have to buy the book. I can guarantee that it will blow your minds.
What was your inspiration behind creating The Todd Sanfield Collection? I have always had a creative side; along with my creativity I have been very athletic. I felt underwear went well with my personality and allowed me to express my creativity the best possible way. david atlanta | 35
How involved are you in the creation of items in the line? I am completely involved at this point. In the beginning phase I have to be the only one.
What makes The Todd Sanfield Collection stand out in the underwear market? We are going for the highest quality product with the best fit. This is by the far the most important characteristic a line should have.
What is your favorite piece from the Collection? Well, the range is small currently, having only briefs and boxer briefs. My favorite pieces are the red and pink boxer briefs. Those colors look the best on me; this is why I have them in our collection.
There are two pieces of information about yourself that you never divulge: your age and your sexual orientation. Why do you choose not to divulge either piece of information? It is the simple fact that everybody wants to know. Those are two very basic, irrelevant questions in my life that seem to be a big deal to everyone else. This is why, haha.
In addition to being a model and a designer, you’re studying Pharmacology. How is that going? How do you balance everything? Yes, Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD. I just finished my second year and have two more to go. I do enjoy this, but not always the amount of time that has to be put into it. The first two years they pile on the material, they saturate you with it to the point that you don’t even know if you are learning anything. The next two years should be a lot better; you actually practice what they have been preaching in a clinical setting. I don’t know how I balance it; there is no other option but to balance it. Todd Sanfield’s underwear line, The Todd Sanfield Collection, is available exclusively in Atlanta at Brushstrokes. His book Motel/ Hotel is available at motelhotelbook.com. 36 | davidatlanta
My Tell-Tale Gay Signs
by Lucas Witherspoon
’m fortunate enough to have great and supportive parents who are cool with the fact that I’m gay, but it doesn’t mean they weren’t at one time holding on to a glimmer of hope I’d turn out straight, as I’m sure a lot of parents of gay children do, not necessarily because they care about the whole ‘gay’ thing, but because they know the traumas that can come along with being gay. However, when I did come out, I wasn’t scared it’d be some big deal, because as I look back, I made it extremely obvious I’m gay from early on. As far as specific incidents that were potentially the giveaway, though, there have been a few, like…
side is that we did get a standing ovation for the last half of the song, but looking back, it was definitely a sign.
The time I said I wanted my first child to be a girl so I could name her Beyoncé I mean… really? And while I was explaining all of this to her, I was still trying to convince myself I was straight. My denial ran deep, what can I say? I may as well have also told her I wanted to design women’s shoes for a living or own a bed and breakfast in Maine.
The time my parents found gay thug porn in the family computer’s Internet history Obviously I’d looked at porn before, but it would appear I was a size queen from a young age, because once I discovered that black men generally came with larger endowments than many of their white counterparts, I was sold. So, as if my parents finding gay porn on the computer when I was a preteen was embarrassing enough, it also happened to be thug porn because of the big dicks.
The time in third grade when I started dotting all of my I’s with hearts The time I sang a Britney Spears duet with my fifth grade girlfriend for a talent show To preface this story, let me just tell you that the year before, four friends and I had choreographed an entire Backstreet Boys routine (terrible matching outfits and all) to “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”. As if that couldn’t be topped, I convinced my then“girlfriend” (who’s now a lesbian, naturally) that we totally needed to duet to a song from Britney’s first album called “I Will Still Love You,” which she sang with some unknown artist named Don Philip. Guys, it was a mess. First of all, my natural inclination was to sing all of Britney’s parts, which I had to suppress with all my might. Secondly, there was hand choreography, like we thought it was a fucking Céline Dion concert or something. The bright 38 | davidatlanta
At some point in the third grade, I got bored with regular old dots above my eyes, so I started dotting them with hearts. That only lasted for about two days until my mom, who worked in the school I went to elementary school at, told me my teacher found my work incomprehensible because of my jazzy new habit. Bummer.
The time I told them, “Guys, I’m gay” If I had left any sliver of suspicion that I might be heterosexual, that inkling was demolished when I told them face-to-face I was gay, which, of course, they’d known for some time, which could have been the result of the aforementioned events in my coming out timeline… or maybe it was that one time they caught me naked in bed with a local neighbor boy when I was 7. Either way, there’s no question in their mind anymore.
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BLAKE’S I Gotta Sing! Hosted by Jerry Cyccone (Karaoke) 11pm BURKHART’S Trivia Tuesday Karaoke w/ Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm Club Rush HipHop til 4am, $5 COCKPIT 80s Party, 9pm, 1/2 Price Appetizers 5-8pm EAGLE Tuesdays w/ Tony FELIX’S Smirnoff Martini Night FRIENDS Let’s Make a Deal 6pm HERETIC 2-Step Tuesday, dance till 11pm HIDEAWAY TEAM Trivia w/ Will 9pm Mixx Piano Night w/ David Reeb 8pm MODEL T Texas Hold’em Poker 9:30pm Oscar’s Show Tune Tuesday 8pm SWINGING RICHARDS Free til Midnight Tripp’s Ladies Night 9pm
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BLAKE’S $5 burgers, Texas Hold’Em Poker 7pm, Shawnna Factor Show 11pm BURKHART’S Twisted Thursday w/ Phoenix 11:30pm COCKPIT Dirty Boy Bingo w/ Ruby Redd EAGLE Karaoke w/ Mikey FELIX’S Karaoke w/ Brett & Tyler 10pm FRIENDS Where Girls Who Like Girls Meet Girls all night HERETIC 3 Legged Cowboy Night 9pm HIDEAWAY Service Industry Night JUNGLE Cherry Pop Thursday! LAS MARGARITAS Crazy Bitch Bingo 7:30pm Mixx The Toolbox 6pm MODEL T Party-Time 9pm Oscar’s Kickin It w/ Kyle 8pm SWINGING RICHARDS 2-4-1 VIP Room & 2-4-1 Door Entry Tripp’s Spotlight Karaoke 9pm XCESS ULTRA LOUNGE Turnt Up Thursday, No Cover, Hip Hop, Rnb & Reggae
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Top 10 Tracks 1. Every Night I Say A Prayer – Little Boots 2. Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) – Nelly Furtado 3. Hollywood (The Magician Remix) – RAC (feat. Penguin Prison) 4. Drummer – Niki and the Dove 5. Warrior – Mark Foster, A-Trak, and Kimbra 6. Never Gonna Let You Go – Esthero 7. Where Have You Been – Rihanna 8. Timebomb – Kylie Minogue 9. Risk For You – Wolfette 10. Electric Sky – Milla Jovovich By Dustin Shelby. Check out more music at Dustin’s blog at www.echodust.com
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Dallas Brings Back Family Drama
by Elijah Sarkesian
eboots of classic television shows are becoming increasingly common these days. In most cases, these programs are doomed from the start. For every Battlestar Galactica, there are plenty of Charlie’s Angels. Just don’t lump TNT’s Dallas with the reboot pile. Dallas is, as everyone involved with the production insists, a continuation of the groundbreaking primetime soap. Original cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are part of the main cast in this new production, where they join Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. In this version of Dallas, the drama centers around cousins Christopher (Metcalfe) and John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the respective sons of brothers JR (Hagman) and Bobby (Duffy). Each cousin shares many of their characteristics with their respective fathers. John Ross, like JR, is more concerned with money and power; Christopher, meanwhile, shares his father’s concern about the family’s Southfork Ranch and the family name. Along with Dynasty, Dallas was one of the original primetime soaps. The landmark “Who Shot JR?” cliffhanger alone is largely responsible for so many tv seasons ending on dramatic scenes. Fast-forwarding twenty years after the show originally left the airwaves, the new series feels in many ways like a modern spin on the original. While the drama that filled the original is still present, the show takes advantage of its place in the 21st century, as well as its place on a cable network. Unlike the original show’s season orders, which went as high as 31 episodes, Dallas in its 2012 form works with a relatively sparse
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ten episodes. The order works to the show’s advantage, allowing the writers to keep track of storylines more efficiently. Dallas’ new cast members more or less grow into their roles quickly. As the two leads of the show, Metcalfe and Henderson have enough command of the screen to get through their scenes, though it’s difficult to watch the two without comparing them to their screen fathers. The strength of the show, though, lies with its ties to the past. The decision to bring back the three most prominent of the original show’s cast was a wise decision. Duffy’s return as Bobby Ewing is probably the most notable, mainly because his character is as integral to the show as the new leads’. While her appearances are less in quantity, Gray also brings plenty to the table with a version of Sue Ellen Ewing that seems more mature than the original program’s version. The show really doesn’t take off, though, without the man who grabbed America’s attention during the 80s. Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing is still an electric presence, absolutely dominating every one of his scenes. At 80, Hagman still possesses more charisma and magnetism than actors a third his age. His presence elevates this Dallas as much as it did during its original run. Whether audiences will respond to Dallas is something that will be hard to judge. Fans of the original will have a reason to turn in with the original cast, and with Strong, Metcalfe and Henderson having worked as series regulars on Desperate Housewives, fans of that program may have an incentive to tune in as well. It’s worth testing, at least. Dallas premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, June 13 at 9 p.m. on TNT.
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Raise Your Glasses to a Good Cause Summer-long ‘Sunset Garden’ series brings early evening cocktails & charity to Burkhart’s
he summer party season is about to kick off in style with the June 8 premiere of “Sunset Garden,” an ongoing series of events that continues the Atlanta LGBT community’s tradition of combining fun and fund-raising.
Billed as promising “cocktails, DJs, and a sunset party supporting Atlanta’s LGBT community organizations,” Sunset Garden will take place every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer on the patio at Burkhart’s Pub. With Smirnoff Vodka as sponsor, every party promises to flow with plenty of the kind of delicious cocktails that we love and that inspire great conversation. Perhaps most inspirational of all, though, is the reason for this party season: each event will support a different local organization by recognizing its valuable contributions to the LGBT community. Burkhart’s Pub will donate 50 percent of the sale of each “Smirnoff Sunset Tea” cocktail to the evening’s organization. “The summer ‘Sunset Garden’ series is first and foremost all about having fun in the sun with great DJ’s on Burkhart’s patio while raising awareness and funds for many of our community organizations,” said Don Hunnewell, coordinator of the series. “’Sunset Garden’ is just one more way to give back to our community, while at the same time responding to customers who want to party earlier in the evening.” A rotating slate of local DJ’s will also ensure things are hot and happening. DJ’s Christopher Kind and Bryan Craft will kick things off at this weekend’s series. If you want to give yourself a base for all those cocktails or you just work up an appetite with all that high-energy dancing, Burkhart’s kitchen will be kicking it up a notch as always with lots of delicious food. Hunnewell adds, “And face it, aren’t we all tired of having many Facebook friends we have yet to meet in person? So come to Burkhart’s for dinner, drinks, DJ’s, and real social interaction and enjoy the festivities at sunset!” — Van Gower
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ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Avoid any games of verbal one-upmanship. You’ll just hurt feelings and have to eat your words. If you’re really so clever, you can figure out what needs work in your relationship. Listening to your partner will help.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Arguments over money arise too easily, especially over silly details like splitting a lunch check. Don’t fuss over pennies. There are more important things than money. Think long and hard about what really matters. You may surprise yourself. GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Try a new look, go shopping for clothes. If money is tight, hit the thrift shops. Your imagination and an open mind are better than any amount of money. Good as your own queer eye is, a friend’s encouragement will help. CANCER (June 21- July 22): New insights can be a little scary, but best to look deeper and find out what they’re really about. Irritation with other people, awful and annoying though they are, is more about you than them. LEO (July 23 – August 22): You need some private down time. Plans with friends may need canceling, but that’s OK. Your real friends will understand, and the rest don’t matter. New creative efforts can cure social ennui, but the real answers are deep inside you. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Stay calm, measure your words carefully, and just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Read the myth of Cassandra. Let people take or leave what you have to tell them. They’ll eventually realize you were right.
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LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Your efforts to smooth out problems at home will only backfire. If you really want things to be nice, be a good listener and get a sense of how you can improve your own self and your actions. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Being responsible for a problem does not mean being at fault and solution is more important than blame. How much responsibility you should take is hard to judge. Take on what you can, but overdoing it is self-sabotage. Gauge your capacities carefully. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Eagerness to explore new sexual techniques can improve your relationship or your chances for getting into one. If your baby balks, let it be “just a suggestion.” Even without pursuing new pleasures the suggestion can open up conversations that build greater intimacy. CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Your ability to shut up and listen to job critiques determines your ability to profit from them. There’s always room for improvement. You don’t have to agree with every criticism, but listen and think carefully before responding. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Efforts at having fun are likely to get you into trouble. Unless you’re considering skydiving, that doesn’t have to stop you. How much trouble can you handle? You might find arguments fun, but your opponent is probably not amused. PISCES (February 19 – March 19): “Family fun” doesn’t have to be an oxymoron, although efforts may seem easily muddled and misunderstood. Listening rather than pushing can help. Or leave them alone and try out some new recipes or restaurants with adventurous friends.
Scopes brought to you by Jack Fertig, professional astrologer since 1977. Visit his website at www.starjack.com.
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It’s a joke, not a dick. Don’t take it so hard. It really says something about the city’s public transit when ads for jobs will say, “Must have reliable transportation” followed by “MARTA doesn’t count.”
Why is it impossible for men to be honest, AND accept honesty from others with some grace? You’d think I was criticizing the way you give head (which needs some improvement, by the way). It’s not that young guys are bitchy and hate older guys. It’s just that you start half of your sentences with “When I was your age” and end the other half with “You’ll understand when you’re older.” It’s condescending as fuck.
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