Issue 707 Aug 1 – 8 2012
David Atlanta Contents 8
Issue 8 | Aug 1 – 8 | 2012
Scene@ Felix’s / Tripps
11 WTF!?! Tidbits 15 Jungle Renovations 16 Hip-Hop’s Bustin’ Out the Closet 22 Scene@ Bedlam / Hideaway 29 Crazy Bitch Bingo 30 Scene@ Joining Hearts 25
34 BarTab Map: Guide to Gay Atlanta 36 BarTab Week: Calendar 40 The Brent Star Report
44 Food Review: P’cheen 47 Top 10 Tracks Protect Your Monster 51 Porn Mogul Michael Lucas
58 Fairyscopes 59 Scene@ Joining Hearts 25 60 Classifieds 62 Bitch Session
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WTF!?!? Tidbits In case you haven’t heard, Kristen Stewart was snapped by paparazzi
cheating on her boyfriend, fellow Twilight star Robert Pattinson, with 41-year-old Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, who is married with two young children. After the photos were published in Us Weekly, Kristen issued the following public apology: “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” I have to give it to her: what she lacks in on-screen acting skills she makes up for with her ridiculously overdramatic apology. But honestly, if you’re going to be a homewrecker, at least own it. I’d have respected her a lot more if she’d just come out and said, “Yeah, I let him go down on me, what of it?”
Mariah Carey has signed on to judge the upcoming
season of American Idol for around $18 million, which I imagine will be spent on Cristal baths, jewel-encrusted Hello Kitty accessories, and workout stilettos.
Shit is going DOWN with the Jacksons. It all started
when Katherine Jackson, the guardian of Michael Jackson’s three children, Paris, Prince, and Blanket, was in essence kidnapped by Randy, Jermaine, and Janet, and taken to an Arizona resort with no cell service or Internet access for 10 days in an attempt to have her overthrow the executors of Michael’s estate. Apparently Katherine then called her home in Calabasas sounding drugged Photo by s_bluckley and asked that her entire security team be fired and replaced / Shutterstock.com with Janet’s. TJ Jackson (how many of them are there?!) called to ask Katherine for temporary guardianship, which she denied him. Cut to TJ filing for an emergency hearing in order to gain temporary guardianship of the three children, which was granted per TJ and the childrens’ wishes. Now Katherine is on her way back to LA, where her lawyer says he plans to file a motion to have Katherine reinstated as the primary guardian, all the while TJ is busy filing for permanent guardianship. In a world that can be unpredictable, it’s nice to see that there’s at least one constant: the Jackson family will always be fucking nuts.
72-year-old Fred Willard, who ironically will be starring in an upcoming film called The Yank, went the way of Pee Wee Herman after he was arrested for jacking off at a Hollywood porn theater. First of all, porn theaters still exist? Secondly, what’s the point of watching porn if you’re not going to tug one out? Third, I get that he’s 72, but surely he’s heard about a miraculous invention that allows for unlimited private porn viewing—it’s called the Internet. Look into it. Sherman Hemsley, best known for playing George Jefferson
on All in the Family and its spinoff The Jeffersons, passed away of natural causes in El Paso, Texas at 74. And with that, thousands of “moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky” jokes were made. by Lucas Witherspoon david atlanta | 11
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Jungle Plans for Massive Renovation in Busy Month
By Elijah Sarkesian
ungle Club Atlanta is one of the biggest gay clubs in Atlanta, and with a recently announced set of renovations, the club is slated to be even bigger. Over a six-week period littered with events, the club will make significant changes in its structure. “We’re going to be tearing out a lot of the non-public spaces in the front, and turning those into public spaces,” says owner Richard Cherskov. “We’ll be changing the entryway of the club, so you’ll be entering from a different door. We’re going to create a different room in the front with its own bar and stage, so that we can have a separate experience that’s going on other than the big dancehall in the back.” The construction period falls during a busy time for the club. August’s event lineup includes a number of highprofile DJs, starting with Tracy Young on August 4. “Last year was one of our busiest nights of the year [when Young last appeared]. She always brings a really good party when she comes to spin. We’re really excited to have her back,” says Cherskov. Later appearances in the month include the
return of DJ Manny Lehman on August 18, as well as DJ Power Infiniti and Debby Holiday at the after-party for Rainbow Days at Six Flags on August 25. With several major events occurring during the construction period, event attendees will be able to see the club’s transformation. Cherskov is hopeful that construction won’t impact the events too significantly. “It’s business as usual for us, but in the middle of that, we’re going to be ripping out walls, building new bars, and changing everything up. “It’s definitely going to have an impact. We’re going to try to minimize it, obviously, but I also think it’s part of the fun of going through the changes over the next six weeks of people coming in and seeing something a little bit different until the remodel’s done.” Even as the club gets ready for what will undoubtedly be a tumultuous period, though, Cherskov is eager for the change. “We’re very excited. They’ve been a long time coming. I would say that Atlanta’s ready to see some positive changes in the nightlife scene, and they’re ready for a new space, and they’re ready for the new parties and the new things that we’re going to bring to the scene.” david atlanta | 15
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ded itself Historically hip-hop has bran ly a few hyper-masculine- allowing on mainstream female emcees to enter the r longevity game and allowing even fewe that image and success. Consistent with militant of hyper-masculinity, hip-hop’s ity has been relationship with homosexual st three recorded throughout the la decades and if you were gay, then ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ was the path many chose.
rom the early 90s, in an attempt to assert dominance, rappers would refer to each other as faggot. Ice Cube’s 1991 N.W.A. diss track “No Vaseline” featured lyrics such as “…you little maggot; Eazy E turned faggot…Eric Wright, punk, always into somethin’, gettin’ fucked at night by Mista Shitpacker, bend over for the gotdamn cracker, no Vaseline…”
The trend continued in the early 2000s with superstar
Eminem spitting lyrics the media and gay rights activist construed as homophobic. On his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem rapped “…New Kids on the Block sucked a bunch of dick…I’ll knock you fuckin’ faggots the fuck out…” dropping the word faggot no less than 6 times on one track alone. The album also showcased interlude skits such as “Ken Kaniff” which simulated oral sex between three guys. Homophobic or derogatory lyrics aren’t self-contained in mainstream hip-hop. Jamaican reggae/ dancehall artist, Beenie Man, has
President Obama’s lead, came out in support of same-sex marriage. “I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay-Z said. “What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”
But not every artist holds these sentiments. In early 2012, EMPD member Erick Sermon went on record saying that “n----s will kill you” if you’re openly gay in rap. Sermon may be eating those words now that Island/Def Jam recording artist Frank advocated violence towards the LGBTQ commuOcean has sold 131,000 copies of his debut nity on several tracks including “Batty Man Fi album Channel Orange. Prior to the album’s Dead (Queers Must Be Killed).” And while he release, Ocean decided to publicly reveal his has since apologized, the message has done its sexuality, becoming the first out mainstream damage. hip-hop artist. there has been While Ocean may have become the first a gradual reversal of homophobia in hip-hop. mainstream hip-hop artist to publicly reveal his Artists like Kanye West, whose endeavors in sexuality, hip-hop busted out of the closet years fashion and his auto-tuned, soul-baring album ago. In 2006, director Alex Hinton unleashed 808s & Heartbreak, have helped redefine Pick up the Mic, an eye-opening documentary masculinity within the hip-hop genre. In a about the world of LGBTQ hip-hop artists. 2005 MTV special, West acknowledged his Mic exploded onto the scene and featured previous homophobia and explained that it performances and intimate moments with some took a family member coming out as gay to of the influential members of the LGBTQ hip-hop help change his opinion. movement. While the media scrambles to focus West isn’t the only rapper who has come on Ocean (and rightfully so- it is monumental) forward to support the LGBTQ community. there’s a lesser heard movement that has been In a 2011 interview Fat Joe stated, “ making noise across the country and even in …2011, you gotta hide that you’re gay? our own backyard for years. Check out David Be real! Like, ‘I’m gay, what the fuck?’ If Atlanta’s guide to LGBTQ hip-hop artists across you gay, you gay. That’s your preference. the United States. Fuck it, if the people don’t like it.”
Over the last few years
by Joseph Brownell
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Rocco Katastrophe Twitter: @roccokay Facebook: www.facebook.com/katastrophemusic Website: www.roccokatastrophe.com
f you live a life that is not reflected in the mainstream, inevitably that is going to influence who you are, what you write about, how the media writes about you and how you are received by your audience,” shared transgender hip-hop artist Rocco Katastrophe. Rocco started rapping in 2002 and just released his 4th full length album, Second Hand Emotion. Written entirely last summer after a devastating cross-country move where Rocco found out his girlfriend was cheating and lying, Rocco borrowed the title from Tina Turner’s smash hit “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and created an “emotionally honest, open and vulnerable” album that “deals with love, love-lost, betrayal, lust and infatuation.” Rocco is no stranger to Atlanta having performed at MondoHomo a few years ago. The self-confessed incredibly social performer hopes to get out to the ATL sometime this year but in the meantime you can check out videos for two tracks from his latest album on Rocco’s website. Key Tracks: “Wake Me If I’m Dreaming” and “Let Me Go”
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KIN4LIFE Twitter: @KIN4LIFE Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/KIN4LIFE/233728574779 Website: www.kin4life.com
ur music speaks from the perspectives of struggle and fun; creating a certain balance in content that enlightens and inspires the listener,” shared Nor and IQ from KIN4LIFE. KIN4LIFE formed in 1999 in Mount Vernon, NY but currently reside in our own backyard, Atlanta, GA. KIN4LIFE has never wavered in the pursuit of truth through their music. Being out artists has made it “liberating being able to do and say what you want when you create.” One of those creations, the 2010 release “Lone Ranger,” tackles youth suicide. “We wanted to be a voice for the forgotten,” KIN4LIFE shared. “[It’s] our letter to anyone who has ever felt so low that they wanted to end it all, or run away, or just give up.” “Lone Ranger” also gives a nod to KIN4LIFE’s many musical influences. “We are 80s babies and grew up in the 90s when alternative music and the grunge scene was its peak,” KIN4LIFE explained. “If you listen to the line that intros the first verse, ‘Jeremy’s spoken, it’s not over, you don’t have to pull that gun out the holster,’ that pays tribute to Pearl Jam and their classic hit ‘Jeremy’. You remember when music videos actually had a message and artistic value.” With a major video for “Lone Ranger” in the works, KIN4LIFE is gearing up for the release of their new single “It’s Over Now,” which is now available on iTunes. KIN4LIFE will also be making an appearance this October as part of the Atlanta Pride Festival. Key Tracks: “Makeup Girl,” new single “It’s Over Now” and “Lone Ranger”.
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Deadlee Twitter: @deadlee2213 Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/DEADLEE/50509197026 Website: www.deadlee.com
t may be tough to pinpoint a pioneer for the LGBTQ Hip-Hop movement but Deadlee was definitely integral to its beginning stages. Deadlee’s live shows, which featured go-go boys and drag queens, caught people’s attention in LA and his “new twist on hip-hop” eventually scored him international coverage and spots on Howard Stern, CNN and The Tyra Banks Show. In 2002, Deadlee released his first album Seven Deadlee Sins, and followed it up four years later with Assualt with a Deadlee Weapon. While it’s been six years since his last album, Deadlee has been no stranger to the entertainment industry. “Music wasn’t fun anymore and I felt more love on movie sets,” Deadlee shared. His interests shifted to film and Deadlee can be seen in the cult favorite Hoochie Mamma Drama and such films as Vengeance, Dead Men Walking and most recently starring in 2011’s Rampart with Woody Harrelson and Ice Cube. But don’t count Deadlee out from the hip-hop game. “I know there is still one more CD in me,” he admitted. Key Tracks: “Marathon” a track written about an HIV-positive ex-boyfriend and “Good Solider” a track that chronicles Deadlee’s coming out and subsequent stormy first relationship.
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JenRO Twitter: @jenromusic Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenro.net Website: www.jenro.net
a Brat, Snoop Dogg, James Brown and Heidi Fleiss are just a few from a long list of influences that have inspired JenRO. And the list should be long because the Bay-Area rapper has been in the game for over a decade.
In that time, JenRO has launched her own successful entertainment label RO Records, been involved in films and worked with her community to help effect change. That doesn’t come easy when you’re a female emcee but a lesbian as well but it’s her “I don’t give a shhh*” attitude, which she’s had from an early age, that has helped her stand out. “I’ve created results and built a wide, diverse audience that proves it doesn’t matter if I’m a woman or I’m gay,” JenRO boasted. “One of my favorite sayings is ‘life is like film, we create positives from the negatives’,” JenRO shared. A saying that is reflected on at least one track on her upcoming album Street Light. “Mona Lisa” is a personal track that chronicles JenRO’s early life on a “rough path” and how she “painted a new one with her music.” Key Tracks: “Closet” is a personal reflection about coming out and “Eclipse” is a song JenRO wrote after her best friend passed away from drugs at a young age.
Crazy Bitch Bingo Goes for Green (Cards)
by Elijah Sarkesian
tlanta diners looking for some entertainment with their meals have received that with Crazy Bitch Bingo, the gay Atlanta mainstay that combines the traditional bingo game with pop culture and catty commentary. On August 9, Crazy Bitch Bingo will be teaming up with Las Margaritas to produce a special version of the event: Crazy Bitch Bingo – Green Cards and Giveaways. This particular version of Crazy Bitch Bingo serves as a benefit, with all of the evening’s proceeds going to AID Atlanta. With the evening’s game play, owner Bryen Christopher is planning special additions to the normal game structure. “We’re going to have a couple of new challenges in there that we haven’t done before. We should be rolling out about six new Kinky Karaoke songs, which will give us about 30 songs. It’s funny, everybody always picks the same songs, but there are actually 30 songs available. I don’t know why.” Special door prizes for the night come from a number of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses in Atlanta, including a party package from Las Margaritas, gift cards, and bar tabs. As for the event’s name, Christopher credits it to the nature of the game, as well as the event’s location. “It has to be offensive. We have to pick a name that’s kinda goofy.” Crazy Bitch Bingo has been a gay Atlanta mainstay since it launched in 2007. Currently, the game operates at Joe’s on Juniper Wednesday nights and Las Margaritas Thursday nights. Christopher is also looking to expand the game’s reach. “I’ve done the game for weddings, I’ve done the game for several Fortune 100 companies, and I’ve done it in several states. We’re actually looking at a franchise deal right
WHAT: Crazy Bitch Bingo Fundraiser for AID Atlanta WHEN: Thurs August 9, 8pm WHERE: Las Margaritas 1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd. now to where the game will go into Cincinatti. We’re also looking at Florida and California.” Christopher credits his own background in corporate America as the catalyst to create the game: “I really just wanted to do something where people who work all day long and all week long can just come and let loose and have fun. Something that every age group can play. “Each week, we try to push buttons. I’m always getting in trouble, and there’s always somebody pissed off at me, but the goal is fun. It’s all joking and humor. We want everyone to forget about their jobs and stresses, and life, and just come and have a good time.”
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BARTAB | map CHESHIRE BRIDGE & BUCKHEAD
C2 BJ Roosters 2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd. www.
A22 Amsterdam 502 Amsterdam Ave. www.amster-
C3 Bliss Atlanta 2284 Cheshire Bridge Rd. www.
A23 Burkhart’s 1492 Piedmont Ave. www.burkharts.
C4 Club Rush (formerly Chaparral) 2715 Buford Hwy C5 Heretic 2069 Cheshire Bridge Rd. www.hereticat-
A24 Felix’s 1510 Piedmont Ave A25 Mixx 1492 Piedmont Ave - B www.mixxatlanta.com A26 Oscar’s Atlanta 1510 Piedmont Ave NE www.
C6 Jungle 2115 Faulkner Rd. www.jungleclubatlanta.
A27 The Hideaway 1544 Piedmont Rd NE, Suite 124
C7 Las Margaritas 1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd. www.
A28 Brushstrokes/Capulets 1510 Piedmont Ave.
C36 Mood Lounge 3081 E. Shadowlawn Ave. NE C8 Opus 1 1086 Alco St. C9 Tripps 1931 Piedmont Circle www.trippsatlanta.
A29 Boy Next Door 1447 Piedmont Rd. www.boynext-
C10 Woofs 2425 Piedmont Rd NE www.woofsatlanta.
PONCE & the Highlands
P30 Atlanta Eagle 306 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.
P31 Friends on Ponce 736 Ponce de Leon Ave.
P32 Model T’s 699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #11 www.
P30 Rawhide Leather at the Eagle 404.881.0031
C11 Gravity Fitness 201 Faulkner Rd. www.gravityatl. C12 Manifest4U 2103 Faulkner Rd. www.manifest4u. C13 Southern Nights Videos 2205 Cheshire Bridge MIDTOWN & WESTSIDE
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M14 Blake’s on the Park 227 10th St. www.blake-
E35 The Cockpit 465 Boulevard Ave. www.thecockpit-
M15 Bulldogs 893 Peachtree St. M16 Daiquiri Factory 889 W. Peachtree St., 30309
E38 Sister Louisa’s Church 466 Edgewood Ave.
facebook.com/pages/The-Daiquiri-Factory M17 Gilberts 219 10th St. www.gilbertscafe.com M18 Joe’s on Juniper 1049 Juniper St www.joesonjuniper.com M19 Swinging Richards 1400 Northside Dr. www. swingingrichards.com M20 XS Ultra Lounge 708 Spring St., 30308 www. traxxatlanta.com M21 Flex 76 4th St. www.flexbaths.com
E33 Mary’s 1287 Glenwood Ave. www.marysatlanta. com
E34 My Sisters Room 1271 Glenwood Ave www. mysistersroom.com
E37 Asylum 543 Flat Shoals Ave. www.asylumatl.com/
LeBuzz 585 Franklin Rd SE, Marietta www.thenewlebuzz.com
L38 Phase One 4933 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, 30083 www.wassupnatl.com
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BLAKE’S Trivia w/ Mary Edith Pitts @ 11pm $250 prize, then New Drag on the Edge w/ Nicole Paige Brooks BURKHART’S Blue Monday Karaoke w/ Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm COCKPIT Big Red Cup All Day, specials EAGLE Comedy TV- Free Pool FELIX’S Free Pool FRIENDS Bad Boy Brian opens at 2pm HERETIC Play w/ Eddie 4pm-11pm HIDEAWAY $2.50 Domestic Beer JUNGLE Stars of the Century Show 11pm MODEL T Monday Night Madness 9pm Oscar’s Midtown Martini Club 4pm. Service Industry Night 9pm Tripp’s Monday Night Madness 9pm Woof’s Texas Hold ‘Em Poker 8pm
BLAKE’S Karaoke w Jerry Cyccone 11pm BURKHART’S Trivia Tuesday Karaoke w/ Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm Club Rush HipHop til 4am, $5 COCKPIT 80s Party 9pm, specials 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 Woof’s Industry Day Free Wii 5pm
BLAKE’S 5-9pm Doug’s party pop hits, The “Lust and Bust Show”11 pm BURKHART’S Humpday Karaoke w/ Darlene Majewski 11:30pm COCKPIT Balls Deep Karaoke 10pm EAGLE 80’s Music w/ Travis
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FRIENDS Team Trivia 8pm HERETIC 25¢ Keystone Light ,No Cover! HIDEAWAY Trivia w/ Will 9pm Mixx Texas Hold’em Poker 7pm MODEL T Karaoke 10pm Oscar’s ReBooT Retro 8pm SWINGING RICHARDS 2-4-1 VIP Room Tripp’s Free Taco Bar 5pm XCESS ULTRA LOUNGE Raquell Lord’s Talent Show @ 10:30pm, Sophia Mcintosh & Fab 5 +1 @11:30pm, 18+ Woof’s Food Special, Trivia 8pm
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 Girls Who Like Girls Meet Girls 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 Phase One $3 Thurs Entry + drinks SWINGING RICHARDS 2-4-1 VIP & Entry Tripp’s Spotlight Karaoke 9pm XCESS ULTRA LOUNGE Turnt Up Thursday Woof’s Food Special, Country Music 7pm
BLAKE’S 5-9pm TGIF, Bingo w/ Bubba & Bill 7pm, 1/2 price appetizers, Charlie’s Angels w/ Charlie Brown 11pm BURKHART’S Fab Five w/ Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm Club Rush Got Leche? til 4am, $10 COCKPIT DJ Diablo Rojo, guest VJ/DJ’s EAGLE DJ Dance Party FRIENDS Happy Times w/ Brian & Ken
HERETIC no cover B4 11pm HIDEAWAY After Work Martini Madness JUNGLE Club Night, Various DJ’s Mixx Grown & Sexy Dance 10pm MODEL T Saturday Night Live 9pm Oscar’s 80’s Retro Vidz 8pm SWINGING RICHARDS T-Shirt Review, $10 Tripp’s Afternoon Delights 4pm Woof’s Atlanta’s Best Social Night 6pm
BLAKE’S opens 1pm, Daring Divas 11pm BURKHART’S Extravaganza w/ Shavonna B. Brooks 11:30pm Club Rush Dance Party COCKPIT DJ Diablo Rojo, guest VJ/DJ’s EAGLE DJ Dance Party FELIX’S Karaoke w/ Brett & Tyler 10pm FRIENDS Afternoons w/ Bob! 2pm HERETIC Varies: Club Night or 3 Legged Cowboy Night - 10pm JUNGLE Club Night, Various Guest DJ’s. Mixx Guest DJ’s Dance 10pm MODEL T Sunday Dinner 3:30pm Oscar’s Total Request Videos 8pm SWINGING RICHARDS T-Shirt Review $10 Tripp’s Afternoon Cookout 3pm XCESS ULTRA LOUNGE 25+ FREE til 12am Woof’s Game Day All Day
Burkhart’s Armorettes Drag Show Blake’s ON THE PARK open 1pm, Classic Sunday “T” w/ Bill Berdeaux & Daryl Cox Club Rush Hip Hop w DJ Truz, no cover COCKPIT PBR Beer Bust FELIX’S Bloody Marys & Mimosas FRIENDS Smirnoff B Mary Bar 12:30pm HIDEAWAY Bloody Mary Bar 12:30pm LAS MARGARITAS All You Can Eat til 3pm Mixx Old School Sunday Dance 7pm MODEL T Sunday Dinner w Ron 3:30pm Tripp’s Buffet 3pm; Karaoke pm Woof’s Bloody Mary bar, PBR special
TreZure AKA Widow Twitter: @trezureakawidow Facebook: www.facebook.com/Trezureakawidow Website: www.trezureakawidow.net
taying true to the game is an important facet of hip-hop and everyone’s truth is different. For TreZure aka Widow, part of her truth was coming to terms with her sexuality. In 2005, TreZure walked away from the hip-hop game. “I was coming out as a lesbian and with all that I was going through, just the adjustment to that change, made it hard for me to concentrate on music,” TreZure confessed. After that five year sabbatical, TreZure came back to the game with her most personal work to date. 2010’s My Emancipation found TreZure celebrating her newfound truth not pulling any punches with the title track, announcing her arrival back in the game with “I’m Here” and the sexy ladies anthem “Again”. TreZure was recently nominated for two Hip-Hop female of the Year awards from the Carolina Music Awards and Queen City Awards but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing bigger goals. She’s currently working on new music with a hopeful September date but she’s not sure whether she’ll release it as only a mixtape or a full-fledged album. Either way TreZure is looking to make Atlanta know her name. “I really want to get into My Sister’s Room and perform…just go in there and tear it down,” TreZure laughed. Jen, if you’re reading this, look TreZure up, she’s definitely ready to rip the roof off that mutha. Key Tracks: “Think About It” an open letter to the straight community and “Widow’s Back”.
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Montreea Twitter: @djmontreea Facebook: www.facebook.com/djmontreea Website: www.montreea.com
uick Bio: “I’m not the most polished singer,” Montreea admits but what she does bring to the table is “raw, unbridled emotion.” Montreea, who was part of the documentary Pick up the Mic under the moniker Miss Money, has left the hip-hop game but her convictions to help people has stayed strong. Montreea, whose name means faithful, is now following a larger calling with gospel performances. “[I] love God more than hip-hop and it’s evident in my career now,” she shared. “My main focus is strengthening my ministry so I can help people that are one emotion away from jumping off a building. The world doesn’t need any more exhibitionists. It needs more people that care about others.” During a candid interview for Mic, Montreea stated that she was an artist above all else. While she doesn’t speak publicly about her sexuality anymore, she does promise that “if people pay attention, [she] spells things out. I’m so confident this is God’s plan for me,” she elaborated, “and not a single person has come to me about my sexuality because my message and Master is so much bigger.” Montreea’s “days of singing hooks for secular rappers” may be over but she still dabbles in the occasional R&B song which is evident in her cover of Desree’s heartbreaking track “Kissing You” from the Baz Lurhman film Romeo and Juliet. Key Tracks: “Kissing You,” “Next in Line” and “Let’s Get Married”. You can hear these tracks on Montreea’s website.
Just ask Janise!
ever take a good friend for granted, especially one who has your back…because unfortunately, these days, those kinds of friends are hard to find. Ever since I started writing for David Atlanta magazine, it feels like I’ve interviewed a thousand folks, but selfishly kept one special person in my life to myself. Her name is Janise Henry. Um, it’s kinda hard to explain the 10+ years of her being not only a friend but pretty much like a “life coach” to me. To give you a short cut explanation/breakdown, remember Lord of the Rings? Ok, imagine I’m Frodo (shut up, I’m making a point right quick), she is like that “White Lady in the Forrest”. Here’s another example, remember STAR WARS….ok, now I’m Luke Skywalker (with his fine ass…oh, sorry, got off track). Yeah, so I’m Luke in the middle of the swamp talking to Yoda (um…because of her wisdom, knowledge, and incredible patience). Ok, ONE last example, remember The Karate Kid, she’s my Mr. Miyagi (um yeah, you don’t have to pretend I’m anyone in this movie). I hope you get the point by now; she’s kind of like my Jedi master…
Now back into real world translation. Any answers about your life you need to know, she’s very good at guiding you to the right path to take. Seriously, she’s better than GOOGLE because she has a special intuitive gift that allows her to tap into your energy and vibes and receive particular information. She’s not some fake physic or anything, she’s for real. (I say “fake physic” because before I met her 10 years ago, the only things I knew about that world were Miss Cleo and Dionne Warwick). The information she receives is amazing because you just KNOW that…um… NOONE could possibly have known that but you. You can share things with her that you may be otherwise uncomfortable to talk about with others and she’ll assist you without judging nor asking for a thousand dollars NOR pulling out a crystal ball or anything. Oh and my other favorite thing about her is the way she can effectively help you with HEALING…not just with life problems, but health wise. She can guide you to the best organic remedies of any health issues you may be experiencing. There’s really not enough room on this one page for me to share with you all of her gifts, and not to mention countless times she saved the day for me. You can find her current ad in your local AQUARIUS paper. Or just call her if you’re in need child, 678-472-9302 and whatever issue you have, just ask Janise! UNTIL next week, DON’T read the girls, instead read The Brent Star Report! 40 | davidatlanta
Ripparachie Twitter: @ThatFagRip Facebook: www.facebook.com/ripparachie Website: www.ripparachie.com/
ipparchie opens his latest album with the self-affirming “Love Myself,” a track whose verses compel the listener to pay attention and chorus compels you to run to a dance floor. It’s a great start to a new chapter in his artistry.
Ripparachie started writing his own music when he was 11 years old. Even though by the age of 14 he had opened up for hip-hop heavy hitter Too $hort, he knew he would have to blaze his own path. “I decided to not follow every trend,” Ripparachie explained. “I stepped away from the normal topics in the ‘rap game’ and decided to rap about more serious issues that matter to me.” One of those issues happened to be accepting his sexuality. Prior to coming out, Ripparachie feared being called a fag. To face his fear, Ripparachie decided to deconstruct the word. “When I call myself a ‘fag’, I am actually saying I am a ‘Fly Ass Guy,” Ripparachie shared. Once Ripparachie was free from that fear, F.A.G (Free and Genuine) was born. The album tackles discrimination, bullying, self-acceptance and love and is available now. Key Tracks: “Love Myself” and “I Know You Like Me” You can order the album through iTunes with proceeds benefitting Lafayette, IN Pride.
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Illuminati Princess Twitter: @gregorygrey Facebook: www.facebook.com/ TheIlluminatiPrincess
hat do The Spice Girls, Marilyn Manson, Lil’ Kim and Hole all have in common? Probably nothing but these are the influences that the Illuminati Princess counts as inspirations. “I’ve always had this utter adoration for any artist who shakes up the industry and plays by their own rules,” he shared. Hailing from Nashville (yes, you read that correctly), Gregory Grey is no stranger to pushing boundaries. “I already expected to encounter a lot of negativity simply for being a gay white rapper from Tennessee, so I thought to myself why not take it a step further.” Forget a step, Grey made a leap. If you look at the outfits and call them costumes, think again. This is how Gregory Grey lives his life. It’s how he feels most comfortable. They’re all a part of his truth and he brings that to his music. “My musical tastes have always been all over the place but there is such a freedom that comes with hip-hop,” Grey explained of his genre choice. Grey has already released two tracks “Stay on My Grind” and “Bow Down” to demonstrate his commitment as an artist. He’s currently working on an 8-track EP with the working title Less Human, More Being to be released later this year. Key Tracks: “Stay on My Grind” and “Bow Down”. Be on the lookout for new music and a month-long tour that is sure to swing through every major city.
P’cheen: Great for Dining, Drinking, and Decompressing by Clayton Morey
t the center of the newly thriving Old Fourth Ward (and only steps from what will undoubtedly be the hottest stop on the much anticipated Atlanta Belt Line) this one part neighborhood pub, one part lounge is sure to become a fixture of the Atlanta dining and nightlife scene for years to come. Having arrived a little early for dinner, I decided to enjoy a pint of Palm (a fantastic Belgium white ale - one of the well curated selection of drafts they offer). The room was alive with a good mix of neighborhood locals enjoying cocktails at the obviously popular bar, as well as destination diners enjoying a quiet meal. My dinner companion ran a little late trying to find a place to park, only due to the fact that she wasn’t aware that there is complementary valet parking available for P’cheen patrons. As soon as she arrived, we where immediately sat at a cozy table just across from the open kitchen. The dining room is an unexpected mix of rustic charm and modern sensibility. Across the room on the other side of the bar, there is a lounge area with a grouping of comfy chairs and sofas for enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere, if you prefer. It also has a gallery wall that offers a rotating selection of art from local artists. To begin our meal, we felt obligated to try one of the restaurant’s namesakes, house-made “P’cheen” cocktails (the original name for moonshine). I ordered the Cancun Cletus with strawberry shine, coconut rum, and pineapple, which I must admit I did not enjoy (it tasted like my memories of Panama City Beach, a sour mix of suntan oil and shame). My pink-haired dinner companion ordered the Mountain Man; which much to her dismay, was actually a delicious blend of apple pie moonshine and Irish whiskey, and not an actual bearded man from somewhere in the mountains of North Georgia.
Our meal began with the “Just Trust Us”. This is a unique built to order, one of kind appetizer chosen FOR you BY the chef (that is if you are so bold as to take the chance). We were pleasantly surprised with a baby lamb chop, grilled medium rare over a bed of fresh asparagus, shaved Parmesan, EVOO, and an aged balsamic emulsion. It was a great surprise and totally worth the risk. For a second course, we enjoyed a selection of house-cured charcuterie and cheeses. You can choose three for eight dollars, four for ten, or five for twelve. All the meats are cured in-house and the cheeses are paired deliciously, as well. For my entrée, I enjoyed the Ancho rubbed Pork Shank, served with sweet corn, poblano grits, crispy tobacco onions and ancho jus. The Pork was so tender it literally fell clean off the bone, and while I found it needed a touch of salt and pepper, it was totally delightful. My friend had the Risotto Du Jour, yet another chef’s daily creation. Tonight’s section was a tomato risotto with fresh, hand pulled mozzarella curd (surprisingly the star of the dish) topped with veal flank steak. When it came time for dessert, we chose the Grand Mainer Crème Brule, which was enjoyable…but was completely over shadowed by a surprise from the chef; a Figgie pudding. It was so delicious that we (even though it was July) spontaneously broke into the popular Christmas carol “so bring us some Figgie pudding!” The evening finished, as it began, with a few more ice-cold drafts at the bar while enjoying the company of the Fourth Ward locals who make this their place to unwind and commune. I found the staff to be very accommodating and well informed, and the space to be welcoming and hip. Overall, P’cheen is a fantastic destination whether you are looking to dine, drink, or just decompress.
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Top 10 Tracks 1. Spirit Indestructible – Nelly Furtado 2. Settle Down – No Doubt 3. Headphones – Little Boots 4. Rocket Ship – Dragonette 5. Never Gonna Let You Go – Esthero 6. Idea Of Happiness – Van She 7. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk 8. Live Your Life – Yuna 9. Electric Sky – Milla Jovovich 10. Hanging On – Ellie Goulding By Dustin Shelby. Check out more music at Dustin’s blog at www.echodust.com
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Going Soft Adult film mogul Michael Lucas softens with age
by Trent Locke
any words have been used to describe Michael Lucas through the years: abrasive, iron-fisted, arrogant, a hard ass... but family guy?
evaluate who they are and where they want to be. Are you where you want to be in your life right now? Yes, I am absolutely where I want to be.
Can you name one thing that is missing?
Believe it or not, the man behind Lucas Entertainment, one of the top five gay porn companies in the world, is showing his gentler side these days and it’s all thanks to the “The Power of Love” – for his brand new baby niece.
I pretty much have everything I want in life. There are certain things that I miss and cannot get back like my mother. Her passing was the most devastating thing in my life and it took me about three years to recover.
While promoting his latest film (also titled “The Power of Love”), we sat down with Michael to discuss why a man who has made a career from being hard is now getting a little softer.
Would you consider having a child yourself?
Michael Lucas… smiling? Your new images show a Michael Lucas rarely seen in media. Is it an attempt at showing your softer side?
She is only three-and-a-half months old so, for the most part, all I can do right now is hold her, give her baths and watch her smile. It’s amazing to see how fast she is becoming aware of things.
Yes, you could say that, but I also think I have just been very happy lately. Everything is going so well in my life. My family, my boyfriend, and my business... I really don’t have anything to complain about.
You recently turned 40, one of the key psychological milestones in a person’s life when they
I always did, but right now I feel like I do have a child, my niece, Ariela.
What do you enjoy doing with your niece?
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“A lot of people believe I am arrogant which is absolutely not true. I am very confident and that can sometimes come across as conceit.” Just being around her gives me tremendous pleasure.
How do you feel about gay men raising kids? I don’t think it’s about gay men or straight people raising children. I believe it is something that should be done by those who have the desire and passion to do so regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. I have gay friends who have children and they are better parents then some of my straight friends.
If you had a child, would you still do porn? Yes. My film career I’m absolutely proud of.
How would you explain your job to your child? I don’t see why I would need to explain anything. I have a very progressive family, my parents, brother, and my 91-year-old grandmother all know what I do for a living and nobody has a problem with it. Everyone respects and loves me. I don’t see how it will be different when my niece is older. In fact, I bet she will think it’s very cool.
Would you consider yourself a family man? My family has always been a priority in my life. When I left Russia I immediately started supporting them and have been doing so for the last 17 years. I brought my whole family including my parents, grandparents and my brother to America and gave them a nice life.
I consider myself to be a very disciplined person. I go to the gym everyday, don’t smoke or drink, and have never tried drugs. I live a very healthy lifestyle.
As you grow older, is it getting harder to keep your youthful looks? I have a very beautiful family. My father has always looked better then I do.
How do you feel about the idea of growing old? I don’t think anyone wants to grow old, but it is inevitable. That’s why I am trying to enjoy the moment. While I am certainly not afraid of getting older, I do think about it when I spend time with my grandmother. However, seeing her so active and full of life only makes me think positively about the future.
Where can we find you on a Friday night? I don’t have one spot where you can find me. I am usually with family and friends.
What is currently on your bedside table? A book of course! Why, what did you think?
Most adult stars would say ‘a dildo’. I’m not most porn stars.
What’s the last thing you do before turning in each night? I read a book.
Does Michael Lucas say his prayers?
What’s the biggest misconception about Michael Lucas?
No, I don’t believe in anything supernatural and I don’t know any prayers.
A lot of people believe I am arrogant which is absolutely not true. I am very confident and that can sometimes come across as conceit.
How do you plan to spend the next forty years?
What do you have left to achieve? You know, I think what I really need to learn is how to relax and enjoy the moment. I am way too energetic and can never just sit down and relax. It’s something I am currently working on and you know, I think I am getting there.
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I look forward to traveling more and working less while spending time with close family and friends in New York.
What’s your message to the gay community? Don’t do drugs and stop others from doing them.
Episode 1 of The Power of Love is now available at Brushstrokes / Capulets.
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ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Worries about your relationship, or fears of never getting in one, are mostly groundless, but do say something about long-buried wounds or anxieties. Talking it out with your partner or a close friend can be very illuminating.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Whatever you do with your money or flirtations will come to naught, but there’s nothing wrong with feeling flirty and confident. “Wasting” time with pleasant company can make good practice to shore you up for real investments of your treasure or time. GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Humility is your big issue now. Whether you are too cocky or too shy you need to get back to knowing that in the grand scheme you are anyone’s equal – no more or less. CANCER (June 21- July 22): Be discreet and strategic. That doesn’t mean “be shy.” Know what you’re worth, but keep your cards close to your chest. Trust your instincts, be adaptable and know whom you can depend on. Even with all that, hard work counts for more than politics. LEO (July 23 – August 22): Trying to smooth over differences only causes problems to fester. Deal with it now. Solutions require original thinking, and you probably will make mistakes, but better to do that and correct them than not to try. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): You might get to act out some long-hidden desires. Revealing that secret side can cause doubts, especially if word gets out. Hold your head high, dismiss lurid rumors as trashy gossip and let them wonder. The mystique will do you good.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): However you need to revise plans, stay focused on your goal and clear on your limits. Promising too much can ruin everything. Talk up what you realistically can do; that’s quite enough. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Let people know what you can do that will really make a difference. You may need to work on getting it across diplomatically. Think carefully before speaking, but it’s better to risk offending than to say nothing and let opportunity pass you by. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): A new adventure will liven up your partnership, or help you build or find one. Be daring and bold. It doesn’t have to be expensive. For some people roller skating or karaoke are daring and bold. What would get your pulse racing? CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): You could be the center of domestic disturbances, a force of change in the community, and/or a dynamo in the bedroom. Any one of these can support another. Thinking of others first will help to keep it all clean and positive. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): You need to get a grasp of deep worries that are affecting your relationship. Talking with your partner is generally better than talking about your partner, but find a sympathetic and trustworthy ear where you can. PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Confusion at work can stir a greater range of anxieties. Take a break and think through the problem at hand. It will get crazier before you can solve it, but control the damage and don’t let it undermine other parts of your life.
Scopes brought to you by Jack Fertig, professional astrologer since 1977. Visit his website at www.starjack.com.
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If you’re cheating on him now, you’ll cheat on me later. Thanks but no thanks. I hope Grindr and Scruff treat you well. The Joining Hearts pool party restored my faith in Gay Atlanta. Now we just have to figure out where all those hot guys are hiding the rest of the year!
I used to be a people person, but people ruined that for me. You know you’re a hoe when your justification for sleeping with everyone else except your mate is your belief in true love. Society is like a freaking vortex. I want to break free!
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Chick-fil-A – you’re in business to sell chicken sandwiches. Your corporate leaders are worried about what kind of sex their customers are having in the bedroom. Someone in your company’s upper management is really perverted.
Men who drive SUVs do so to compensate for their tiny dicks. The bigger the SUV, the smaller the dick – and they all drive like pussies! According to astronomy, when you wish upon a star, you are actually a few million years late. That star is dead, just like your dreams.
They hired the “straight” bartender that got canned from my favorite bar at the new place I wanted to frequent. He’s like a bad fungus that won’t go away! You still ignore paying gay customers for unattractive straight girls. Take your childish t-shirts and go work at Hooters, bitch! NOTE: Opinions expressed are those of the readers and do not reflect the opinions of David magazine.
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