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Issue 11  |  Aug 22 – 29  |  2012


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19 Freedom & Chicken Sandwiches 22 Seen@ Heretic 24 Tiffany Comes Full Circle 31 Top 10 Tracks Protect Your Monster 34 BarTab Map: Guide to Gay Atlanta 36 BarTab Week: Calendar 38 Marci Alt says “Welcome Mr. Cathy” 42 HELMET Hair Worx



47 Brent Star 48 Restaurant Review: The Optimist 55 Hear Me Out: Best of 2012 58 Fairyscopes 59 Classifieds 61 Seen@ Jungle 62 Bitch Session

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The September Issue Atlanta Photographer Laurie Edward Published in Vogue


by Elijah Sarkesian

he September issue of Vogue. In the magazine industry, it’s the biggest issue of the year in terms of both size and sales. With the upcoming September issue, marking Vogue’s 120th anniversary, the publication is going all-out. Lady Gaga graces the cover, and the page count eclipses Vogue’s previous record for the biggest magazine ever published at a whopping 916 pages.

really beautiful image put together, and Vogue accepted the image,” says Edward. The advertisement is an Atlanta-area exclusive, available only in subscriber editions – a number totaling roughly 20,000 copies of the magazine. Edward believes that the exposure will help broaden his reputation in the community.

“Timeless Beauty. That’s the title of the actual ad. We thought of the very iconic and recognizable image of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.”

For Atlanta photographer Laurie Edward, the upcoming Vogue also marks the first use of his photography in the iconic publication. An advertisement in the upcoming issue for Blue MedSpa features Edward’s take on an iconic image.

“Timeless Beauty. That’s the title of the actual ad,” says Edward. “We thought of the very iconic and recognizable image of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. We thought it would be very fitting for the spa and the image it portrayed, Timeless Beauty, worked because that image is very iconic. We really reproduced it to where it has more of a modern kind of look and feel to it. I think people who recognize that image will be able to see and know immediately what we were trying to do and give in our version.” Edward, who works at Blue MedSpa in addition to his job as a photographer, was selected by the business from a pool of several photographers because of his concept for the ad. “I photographed it with the help of Mikel Cain and his team, and my team. We actually got a 14 | davidatlanta

“It’s my goal that this will take my photography to another level. I continue to learn, to grow as a photographer every time I do a shoot. I just hope the exposure will help to continue my success as a photographer.”

For Edward, photography has been a life-long love. He credits a camera that he received as a Christmas gift when he was young as kick-starting his passion for taking pictures. “I remember walking around my neighborhood the entire month, it seemed like, just photographing as many things as I could,” he reminisces. Professionally, though, Edward started after landing a job as a writer with his hometown newspaper. As is common with smaller publications, Edward found himself routinely taking photos to run alongside his articles. His photos started catching the attention of readers, which led to job offers. “I would go to sporting games, and then people would see my photography in the newspaper, and they would call me and ask me to photograph their child or wedding or headshot or whatever. I continued to expand on that throughout the years,” explains Edward. Ultimately, Edward ended up moving to Atlanta

in 2004 with his partner, where he’s been able to expand his career. Atlanta has also given Edward more options for his preferred artistic form – the male physique. “I love the male physique. I think the male physique is very beautiful,” Edward explains. “I’m intrigued by the beauty, by the shape of the male physique. I think it’s very artistic, and one of my goals is to photograph the male physique and to get people to look at the male physique in an artistic way, and not only in a sexual way.” When asked how he plans to follow up this highprofile gig, Edward admitted that he’s unsure of what will happen next.

“Oh my gosh, I don’t know. I would love to do more high-fashion stuff, more editorials, get some more covers for national magazines. I really want to continue to feed off this energy and to really continue to grow as a photographer. Getting published more broadly is my goal; I’d love to work with GQ and more higher-end publications, [and to] do more locally as well.” For now, Edward is basking in the knowledge that his work is reaching a new level of exposure. “I’m really excited about it. I don’t think it’s really set in yet, that I’m going to have a photo that appears in Vogue.” davidatlanta | 15 

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Thinking Out Loud

Freedom and Chicken Sandwiches Is standing up for LGBT rights tantamount to censorship?


by Abby Dees

am so happy I decided to stop eating chicken last month. It had nothing to do with the Chick-fil-A brouhaha, but rather, a chance encounter with a sweet wandering hen in Minnesota. That story’s for another time, but for now I’m relieved that I got to have my chicken sandwich mourning period privately, without having to hear everyone’s opinions about it on CNN. However, when I was still a chicken eater, I’d already boycotted Chick-fil-A (sigh -- I loved their sandwiches). They’d been donating scads of money to anti-gay groups for years and even founded a “pro-marriage” organization through their charitable wing, WinShape. They’re not the first company I’ve stopped patronizing for political reasons (Carl’s Jr.,

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Dominos, Walmart and even the Salvation Army are on the list too), and will probably not be the last. I thought this was one of the core concepts in capitalism – customers create demand not just for products but for business practices as well. It’s almost a national tradition. Thus I’m baffled by the sudden uproar over CEO Dan Cathy’s comments in support of the “Biblical definition” of marriage. It’s not like he said anything surprising, considering that Chick-fil-A has funded groups like the Eagle Forum (remember Phyllis Schlafly? Still going strong!), Focus on the Family (founder James Dobson recently declared that “Glee” was in the hands of “the Enemy”), and Exodus (praying the gay away…but not very well). If he’d sung the Lumberjack song in full drag, now that would’ve been a fabulous shock. Please don’t misunderstand; I think Cathy is a moron. But why is everyone so upset by what he said, and not so concerned about what he’s been doing all along? And why does the dialog seem so screechy? Predictably, the far right is calling the entire left intolerant and against free speech because some of us have

“…our Constitutional guarantee of free speech only applies to government action. You and I are free to protest Chick-fil-A as much as we like, but no government official could (or should) interfere with its operations just because its CEO is an odious jerk”

called for a boycott, and a few more want Chick-fil-A officially banned. Meanwhile, Texas is rolling out the red carpet. Rahm Emanuel has declared Chicago a no-Chickfil-A zone while the Palins are posing with thumbs up and holding bags of the stuff. And Facebook has caught on fire. Everyone is screaming about free speech, but my impression is that few know what that actually is. I never thought that I’d be using my legal background to explain free speech as it applies to chicken sandwiches, but here goes. Each of us has a right to vote with our wallets for any reason. Money talks, and talk is protected by the Constitution (see the Citizens United case for a vivid example of that). A Chick-fil-A boycott is a lawful, and I’d even argue, American, thing to do. Meanwhile, evangelicals get to boycott you, me or Kermit the Frog for boycotting Chick-fil-A (and Kermit has boycotted Chick-fil-A, by the way). Dan Cathy’s remarks are offensive, but I’d still defend his right to speak. Rahm Emanuel, however, as the mayor of Chicago doesn’t get to ban Chick-fil-A from his city; neither does Boston Mayor Thomas

Menino nor D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. This is because our Constitutional guarantee of free speech only applies to government action. You and I are free to protest Chick-fil-A as much as we like, but no government official could (or should) interfere with its operations just because its CEO is an odious jerk. You might wonder, then, why each of these mayors is spouting off anyway. As individuals they can express their opinions, even if they can’t actually head Chick-fil-A off at the city limits. We can support their bullypulpit leadership, or scream outside of City Hall because … well, almost any reason. Personally, I suggest a nice note to Mayor Gray for tweeting about “hate chicken,” which gets my vote as best new term describing the intersection of inequality and fast food. If this still seems convoluted, you only need to remember one thing: Imagine if the tables were turned and politicians were allowed to ban local businesses for publically supporting LGBT rights. There is an old legal axiom that applies now as much as ever: the best response to bad speech is more speech. It’s messy, loud and often painful, but it’s way better than the alternative. davidatlanta | 19 

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Tiffany Comes Full Circle I

by Joseph Brownell

f you’re planning on attending this weekend’s Rainbow Days festivities at Six Flags, make sure you keep an eye out for who may be riding in the seats around you. Tiffany is geared up to not only perform as the musical headliner, but to hit up the rollercoasters when she visits Atlanta and Six Flags this Saturday. “I’ll definitely be on the rides. I’m kinda more chicken throughout the years but I hope that it’s short-lived and I reconnect with my wilder side,” Tiffany joked. Best known for mega-hits “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been,” September marks the 25th anniversary for the release of Tiffany’s self-titled debut album. Over the course of those 25 years, Tiffany has evolved from a teenage pop princess to a dance diva and actress, an illustrious singer-songwriter, and now with her latest release, 2011’s Rose Tattoo, a country music recording artist. Prior to releasing her debut album in 1987, Tiffany’s early career included a second-place finish on Star Search, the 80s version of the now ubiquitous vocal competition show. But that doesn’t mean she’s able to keep up with all of today’s shows. “I watch America’s Got Talent but I don’t get to watch a lot of TV because I’m on the road so much,” she reveals. “But also living in Nashville is totally different from living in LA. I have all this acreage out here and I spend a lot of time outdoors.” With her debut album, Tiffany became the

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youngest female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard charts. The album’s success was closely tied with an innovative touring promotion that took Tiffany through the nation’s malls instantly connecting her with her blossoming teen fan base. In a genre of music where the landscape has changed exponentially with Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and more, the 80s teen icon recognizes the role model status that fame bestowed upon her. “There’s a lot more leeway for young stars today. It’s okay to have a boyfriend. It’s okay to dress a little sexy. If I wore something that was a low-cut shirt – forget about it. Mom wouldn’t let her daughter come to my concert.” While follow-up releases never matched the commercial success of her debut album, Tiffany has explored different genres of music over the last 25 years. On the dance floor, Tiffany has had several Billboard Dance hits including “Higher” and “Just Another Day”. Equally as impressive is Tiffany’s evolution as a songwriter. “I’ve always wanted to further my songwriting career,” Tiffany admitted. “It was something I regretted that I didn’t hold firm to or put my foot down for but I was 14 at the time of my record deal. I probably wasn’t a great songwriter then but I had potential and people just didn’t want to nurture that.” Over the years, Tiffany’s songwriting has gained critical success including the release of 2000’s The Color of Silence. Tracks such as the introspective power ballad “If Only”, pop-rock “All the Talking” and the Trisha

Yearwood reminiscent “Betty” round out a record that showcases Tiffany’s diverse influences. “As a songwriter, I’m influenced by Emmylou Harris. Vocally, I’ve always got into Tenna Marie and Stevie Nicks – when they sing they just know who they are,” Tiffany shared. “Nowadays I listen to Alex Clare and David Gray. I love Lady Antebellum and Sugarland, and I’m a big fan of Bridgette Tatum who wrote [Jason Aldean’s] ‘I’m Country’.” Now Tiffany is steadily building a catalog, occasionally holding onto tracks that she wants to record. “All of a sudden you write a great song and you say ‘I want to keep that

one for me. Let’s put that on the list of songs that I should cut’,” Tiffany admits. Some of those keeper tracks made the cut for Tiffany’s first country album, Rose Tattoo, a record that brings Tiffany’s musical journey full circle. “It’s been something that I wanted to do for a very long time,” Tiffany says. davidatlanta | 25 

“There’s probably never a right time but I met the right producer, Chris Roberts, and he really got the sound. It’s the very first project I’ve funded on my own and started my own label. It’s very much my baby.” Tiffany credits her gay fans for giving her the ability to move across the musical map. “My gay fans have allowed me to be who I am. They get it. You don’t want to have boundaries on yourself. There’s a mutual understanding there. They really get me as a songwriter.” Gay fans can relax because Tiffany is not abandoning them on the dance floors. “I have a track from Rose Tattoo in a remixer’s hands right now. I hear ‘He Won’t Miss Me’ as a big dance single kinda like an ‘Un-Break My Heart’. Why limit the music? There’s a lot of people who wouldn’t buy country but they’re in the dance clubs all the time and that’s my audience and fan base too but I think they could relate to a song like this.” This weekend’s stop in Atlanta is just one 26 | davidatlanta

of many things Tiffany is working on for 2012/2013. She’s got a clothing boutique opening up in Nashville, shows planned across the world including Hawaii and Singapore and she’s hoping to get in the studio to record some classic standards for an upcoming album. So be on the lookout; while you may dance to her music this weekend at Six Flags, you may just be playing Tiffany’s latest album at a dinner party soon. For more info visit Tiffany is performing live for Rainbow Days @ Six Flags this weekend and tickets can be purchased at

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“Welcome to Dinner, Mr. Cathy” Marci Alt & Marlysa Brooks-Alt Bring Love – not Hate – to the Table


by Van Gower

hen Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy was interviewed last month by the conservative

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Christian online news wire service Baptist Press, he openly declared the company’s steadfast support of what he called the traditional family, a euphemism for families led by heterosexual couples. “Well, guilty as charged,” was Cathy’s response. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said

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Chick-fil-A has come under fire in the past – and is being taken to task again in light of Cathy’s recent statements – for donating millions of dollars through its WinShape Foundation charitable arm to conservative faith-based organizations that work to oppose gay equality and same-sex marriage, including Exodus International, the Family Research Council, the National Christian Foundation, and the Marriage and Family Foundation. Cathy’s statements to Baptist Press quickly sparked outrage among GLBT activists and equal-rights organizations across the country. The wildfire of indignation continued to spread uncontrolled as more GLBT groups, their supporters, and straight allies rose up in a unified force against what has widely been seen as another case of faith-based discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Numerous protests have arisen on both sides of the controversy. Atlanta’s Marci Alt and her wife Marlysa Brooks-Alt are two local gay activists who recently extended an invitation to Cathy, via online petition on, to join their family for a meal so that he can see what a gay family looks like. in the now infamous article. “We are a familyowned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” Cathy went on to say, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

“It’s not like a demonstration. I would hope Mr. Cathy would come to our home and experience the warmth we have for our family,” Brooks-Alt told David Atlanta. “My objective would be not to change his view, but to open his eyes so he can see that, as gay parents, we deserve the same rights he has as a hetero. I hope that after coming to our home, he would reflect and see a loving family, with strong role models for our children.” Concurs Alt, “I would love Dan to sit down with us and experience our dinner time. He would davidatlanta | 39 

experience us blessing our food, being thankful for the day, and he could hear firsthand our children tell us about their day. I would hope after meeting with us, he would see how well rounded and strong our family is and that we deserve the same rights afforded to any heterosexual couple. He would also see that we are raising our children with strong family values and lots of love.” Alt, 48, and Brooks-Alt, 36, met over eleven years ago in the offices of the Gay Community Yellow Pages, which Alt has owned for over 20 years. They were married at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in June 2004. The couple now have a daughter, 7, and a son, 2. Alt is a co-owner of Carma Productions, Inc., which also produces Gayborhoodapp, an onling GLBTQ resource directory. Her wife Brooks-Alt teaches voice and piano and operates Come Play With Us, a children’s musical theater company. What actually preceded the dinner invitation to Cathy, however, was an August 3 rally outside the Decatur, Georgia, location of Chick-fil-A. Alt and Brooks-Alt got the idea to stage the rally and approached the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) for help in publicizing it nationally. Alt said the protest was peaceful and was not met with opposition from Chick-fil-A supporters or customers who were dining inside the restaurant. It was during the discussions with GLAAD about the rally that the couple was inspired to follow up with the dinner invitation. “We thought it was a great idea for Dan Cathy to see a typical dinner with an LGBTQ family,” Alt and Brooks-Alt said. One of the prevailing arguments from the conservative side of the conflagration has been that, as a

privately-owned and family-run company, Chickfil-A can legally and idealistically be operated on the foundation of the Cathy family’s Christian beliefs. GLBT’s and their allies, however, have felt that a company that serves the diverse general public should not operate on exclusionary religious principles. “Dan Cathy absolutely has the right to operate his business as he deems fit. However, we as the consumer have the right to voice our grievance and if we are not happy with the answer the company provides, we don’t have to patronize their establishment,” said Alt and Brooks-Alt. “We would hope that as a restaurant for the public, he would take into consideration the LGBTQ communities and stop funneling his money to anti-gay groups or to hate groups.” An August 1 nationwide “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” observed by supporters of the fast food chain allegedly set a sales record for the company. With such massive support still in place for Chickfil-A, GLBT’s could be seen as waging a daunting David-versus-Goliath battle, but it’s a fight that Alt and Brooks-Alt feel is worth the effort and is slowly having an effect. “What we do know is that since the protest, Chick-fil-A’s approval rating has dropped and more and more people are aware of the organizations that this company contributes to. We also believe as this has come out publicly, people are more angered to know that [Dan Cathy] supports such hate groups,” they said. “I can only hope one day this kind of discrimination will end,” said Alt. “Unfortunately, I don’t think it will truly end in my lifetime, so I’ll continue to fight for equality for my children and for my grandchildren’s rights.” davidatlanta | 41 

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Helmet Hair Is In W

by Sam Gabel

e all strive for growth and longevity in our lives, but when it comes to hair, HELMET is the place—to find exactly that. Owner Randy Addison opened the salon in 2003 shortly after acquiring a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Illustration. With nothing else but a small humble investment and a bold risk against all odds, he opened shop refusing to take any exuberant loans that other entrepreneurs often convince themselves is a requirement to establishing a successful business. Contrary to the assumption that the salon is named after 90’s metal-band, HELMET, the origin of the salon’s name actually stems from a relaxing afternoon of South Beach’s diet: “soul-searching.” He noticed that common trends of that area were these one-word names to epitomize the establishments like “TOUCH,” and “BASE.” “Well,” he realized, “with a love of football and Steel Magnolias,” HELMET was born. Like all artists and writers, hairstylists follow that intuitive calling no matter what form or how much education you obtain, and so Randy apprenticed under a stylist with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree under his belt to learn the tricks of the trade. After the business took off in 2003, during the initial following years, HELMET effortlessly acquired awards and accolades such as Best of David, Yelp, Citysearch, and others. To say his reaction was a pleasant surprise would be a clichéd understatement, it only ignited his passion further for prioritizing customer service and the connection that we all find when we find the true meaning of “community.” It was as if

Love was the golden key behind Randy’s alchemy for the Midas touch, and the puzzle pieces started to form in a destined, universal fashion. HELMET’s flagship Midtown location houses the HELMET Loft Academy, a tribute to Randy’s own roots in the hair industry. Fresh young talent is an attribute he looks for, but observing their real-life application in interacting with guests is the key component to offering them employment. His philosophy is setting the difference between a technician and a stylist; his staff consults and collaborates with you, escalating the experience from a simple, “how would you like your hair cut today,” to “what do you do for a living?” They want to know who you are, how your hair and appearance contributes to who you are as a person and how you choose to fit in the community: they make a connection with you—that rare intimate quality that keeps us hooked for more. And it is through this specific business mantra that drew in attention from the beauty industry powerhouses such as Bumble & Bumble and Aveda that allied them with the HELMET brand magnifying an ethic that chooses quality over quantity, and care over profit. Your hair is an investment in showcasing your inner beauty to the world around you, and choosing HELMET will help you achieve exactly that. Sam Gabel is a food columnist for Atlanta-Restaurants. Org, and a writer of short-stories (Alyson Publishing’s Ultimate Gay Erotica 2009). For more information on HELMET’s award-winning five locations, visit their website and Facebook for special offers, updates, model calls, and more. [ & HELMETHairWorx] An intimate look into Randy’s original Illustrations:

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Did they harm us … or help us?


ow you already know, if I say “help”, I BETTER have a damn point! With that said, there’s no need to discuss how much of an asshole they’ve been (HYPOCRITS!). But seriously, think about it right quick, every since Chick-fil-A lost their minds, they have caused us gays to be in the center of America’s attention right now. Rather you oppose, support, or don’t give a damn, at some point in your conversation, trust and believe ‘gay marriage’ will come up in your conversation! BEFORE Dan Cathy opened his big mouth, it was only a few people who paid attention around the fact Chick-fil-A was donating money to cold hearted anti gay marriage groups that includes Family Research Council, and The Marriage & Family Foundation. There were still quite a few people who were clueless about this (like ME). By him doing that, he not only exposed HIS hate, but also exposed those organizations that want to not only block gay marriage but make it illegal to be gay! Can you image folks out there with that much unnecessary hate towards us?! Also because of his coming out some of us had to learn that some of our so called “supportive” straight friends/ family actually supports them…oh they don’t mind us being gay, entertaining them, decorating their homes, styling their hair, teaching them how to be more of a lady or what a lady expects from a man, being their shoulder to lean on and listen to their problems…JUST AS LONG AS YOU DON’T GET MARRIED!! A close relative of mine was telling me she couldn’t understand why we were so upset over someone’s opinion. After I calmed down and then got her together real quick by explaining to her it’s not just about his opinion but all of our hard earned money being used for “organizations” that want to set us back to the 1950’s. Well, like I damn said, ever since he opened his mouth, “gay marriage” is pretty much being SHOVED down everyone’s throats! Had Dan just TOOK THE MONEY TINA for the chicken sandwiches and said “thanks for coming” none of this would have happened, but ALEAST America now knows that GAY MARRIAGE is serious and we aren’t going out without a fight! They might have won that battle but not the war! Speaking of which, I hope the exposure of that group remind us that now is the time for us gays to stop being so freaking catty towards each other and WAKE UP. If those bus loads of brainwashed straight folks can come together as one, then so can we! In my opinion, Dan just opened a much needed can of worms! See…I told you I had a point!

UNTIL next week, DON’T read the girls, instead read The Brent Star Report! davidatlanta | 47 

Optimistic Entrepreneur Brings Fish House to West Midtown


by Clayton Morey

ord Fry has brought his optimism about the West Midtown dining scene to another Howell Mill Road location. The Optimist is located just up the street from his other west side eatery, JCT Kitchen. The new space, located inside a former ham warehouse, has been transformed into what is apparently the designer’s idea of a fish camp. Now, I have been to a couple fish camps in the past and the good news for us is that this beautifully designed and fastidiously detailed space is nothing like any of the dank fish camps I have ever visited. As you approach from the parking lot, you pass

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an insanely difficult putting green area on your way to the front door. I assume they put this here to provide some entertainment for patrons who might be waiting for a table; but for our purposes, it was just a source of amusement for my husband as he mocked my feeble attempts to sink a ball as we enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail. Upon entering, you discover that The Optimist is actually two concepts in one cleverly divided space. The room is simply named “The Oyster Bar”. Offering a great raw bar and a selection of small plates, most of which are prepared in an open wood oven right there at the bar. Also worth mentioning is the signature Fish House Punch. A blend of Gosling’s Black Rum, Hennessy V.S. cognac, black tea, sugar, lemon, peach whiskey

photos by Andrew Thomas Lee

Restaurant Review

and what is undoubtedly some sort of black magic this stuff is wickedly addictive (too bad this place is a block from my apartment). After our putt-putt and cocktails, we were seated at one of the long banquets that stretch across the expansive main dining room. Although I would have preferred to dine at one of the super cozy booths across the back wall, we were running late for our reservation so I decided not to be that guy. The dining room is absolutely stunning. The warehouse high ceilings and concrete floors are made warm with reclaimed wood accents, high end finishes, and cleverly curated nautical themed décor. We were quickly greeted by Daniel who was our server for the evening, whom to my pleasant surprise didn’t launch into some long soliloquy of daily specials because, as he smartly pointed out, the menus are printed daily. As it stands, the expansive menu has plenty of fantastic options to choose from. He was so kind to point out a few

of his favorites to help narrow down my search. For starters, we had to try a couple of the Raw oysters, which where amazingly fresh given our inland location. Served on ice with a house mignonette and grated horseradish. Perfect! That was followed by a few selections from the small plates menu. There were mussels steamed with a Birds Eye Chile in a green curry broth which were delicious. Now, I’d heard before our visit that Executive Chef Adam Evans can be a touch heavy handed with heat but, in my opinion, I would have liked a little more heat. We also had the whole Georgia White Shrimp A La Plancha with “Sopping Toast”. The sauce was fantastic and the shrimp where fresh and delicious (unfortunately, the shrimp weren’t deveined all that well). I’m not sure that’s exactly what the chef intended when he included the quote “messy, but worth it!” on the menu. For the entrée course I took one of Daniel’s suggestions and chose the seared rare tuna, davidatlanta | 49 

charred octopus & potato salad, harissa. My fish was seared perfectly rare, the octopus was crispy and delicious, and the warm potato salad with harissa was a great complement. However, the harissa, typically a hot Tunisian pepper sauce, again left me looking for a little more heat. My husband chose the Maine sea scallops with an oxtail marmalade and brown butter-chicken jus. He thought the savory sauce was an odd pairing with the lightness of the scallops, but I thought it was triumphant, the highlight of the night. Offering great options for pairing by the glass with each course or plenty of heavy hitter options if you prefer to go for the gusto with a bottle or two, the wine list features a selection nearly as vast as the dinner menu. Now be prepared. Being surrounded by all this beauty and having all these delicious treats to

choose from comes at a price. At three bucks an oyster, the average small plate coming in at around nine dollars, and an entrée at somewhere around twenty five, you can rack up quite a bill in short order. And that’s before you order wine and a cocktail or two. But I say, what the hell, you’re worth it! So, grab your someone special and head over to The Optimist for what will surely be a special evening made so by this unique eatery.

Rating: B+

The Optimist , 914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 477-6260, Thoughts or comments? Contact Clayton Morey at clayton@ or visit his website at www.feedinfrank. com for more restaurant reviews! davidatlanta | 51 

Hear Me Out

Best of 2012 (so far) by Chris Azzopardi

Lana Del Rey, Born to Die She was all anyone could talk about in the beginning of the year, but for all the wrong reasons: Lana Del Rey’s two performances on Saturday Night Live, of singles “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” were awkward and off-key. Her first album on a major label, though, is a complete triumph that no one has yet eclipsed – a hypnotic pop concoction that felt like a Quentin Tarantino film, exploring love and fame with cynicism and sadness. Call her fake like it matters, but there’s no arguing the genius of Born to Die.

Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe Santigold has the hooks, hope and hoes on this long-awaited album, a state-of-the-world address that reminds us that “our house is burning down” and that girls can have just as much swagger as the guys (see: “Look at These Hoes”). “Disparate Youth” is a Portishead-sounding daydream, and “The Riot’s Gone,” produced by hit-maker Greg Kurstin, works as a political or personal statement. Listen up.

Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE The hip-hop prodigy accomplished something even more extraordinary this year than coming

out: a debut that takes the genre back to the Lauryn Hill days of poeticism. His best work is “Lost,” “Bad Religion” and “Forrest Gump,” but singling out any tracks almost does the album a disservice – the whole thing works so well together. An exploration of social issues, his relationships (with all types) and the effects of fame, channel ORANGE shows Ocean to be one of the most refreshing voices of our time.

Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game You know that expression go big or go home? Well, Rufus Wainwright definitely isn’t having the home part. His grand L.A.-pop album taps into music mogul Mark Ronson for a front-to-back stunner with walloping orchestration, soulful lady singers and some of his slyest songwriting. His dig at modern-day pop stars – the title track – is a highlight, but so is his sentimental “Sometimes You Need,” a sweet meditation on the hopefulness found in “a movie star’s eyes.” Everything about Out of the Game is just as magical.

Emeli Sandé, Our Version of Events Her voice could fight world wars – it’s that strong. But even though the artist formally known as Adele (she changed her name for obvious reasons) has the instrument, her mixed-bag material is

still very much artist-in-the-making. The songs that do work atone the ones that don’t: “Heaven” is a soaring dance anthem, “Suitcase” is a brutal love song that could’ve come from Tracy Chapman and the retro-soul single “Next to Me” really shows off them pipes. Emeli Sandé is one to watch.

Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream After taking a seven-year hiatus, it’s good to have Bonnie back. Slipstream doesn’t just reaffirm her as the rock goddess she is, but goes a step further and establishes that the world just isn’t the same without her brand of soul-blues. From the slide guitar solos, which she’s noted for, to the slow ache of “Not Cause I Wanted To,” one of the best ballads you’ll hear this year, Raitt gives us something to talk about.

First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar If Robyn taught us anything, it’s that the Swedes are a special breed. But that’s not the only reason sister duo Johanna and Klara Söderberg make such a roar with the follow-up to their 2010 debut: Like the country legends they sing about on “Emmylou,” this Americana album has what it takes to go down in history. With lingering melodies and harmonies wrapped so tightly they could only be sung by siblings, First Aid Kit is a neo-folk phenomenon.

Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur The ballads hurt the most on the alt-country Canadian’s heartbreak-fueled fourth album: “A Soft Place to Land” and “House Full of Empty Rooms” are vivid takes on her broken relationship. When she kicks things up on “Change the Sheets,” even the surging sound can’t hide her glum state. The best part? That Justin Vernon produced it – and not just because he’s Bon Iver, but because he’s Edwards’ new man, taking on the best breakup album of the year. Her album. Now that’s love.

UPCOMING DATES SEPT 1 – Santigold at the ONE MusicFest. Tickets: OCT 4 - First Aid Kit at the Buckhead Theater. Tickets: OCT 13 - Emeli Sande at the Variety Playhouse. Tickets:

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ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Life has been too intense lately and nobody who knows would blame you for letting off steam, but most don’t know. Try to pour that energy into work or exercise. Puttering around your home will also help keep your mouth out of trouble.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Friends can help promote you, but be clear about what you want. Being too nice can encourage disastrous dysfunction. Opportunities for advancement and the chance to quietly accomplish a lot may pull you in different directions. Balancing both could take some juggling.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Share good news unless it involves money. Friends are too likely to exploit your good nature. Stash that cash where it will be safe and collect a bit of interest. Your own charms should be enough to hold your pals’ interest.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Your ruler Mars, coming home to your sign, boosts your energy. It may be hard to focus at first. Accept guidance, even criticism from your friends. Blowing off some steam in the bedroom can actually help.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Flirtation (in the right places), affability and your best manners will open doors for you. Turn up the charm. Think ahead about what doors you want open. Social temptations can be a real distraction from big opportunities. CANCER (June 21- July 22): Daydreams can be a serious diversion from work that needs to be done. That would just feed your worries and undermine your health. No, you can’t do everything so do what’s most important. LEO (July 23 – August 22): Keep your energy from being wasted through your mouth and you can accomplish a lot. Prioritize home, family and community in that order. If there’s a more economical way to do anything you can find it. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Trust your instincts to do and say the right thing. You can hardly go wrong. Friends and authority figures will prove helpful. Don’t waste this gift but be very mindful of your long-range goals, professional and otherwise.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Take a chance on love, or even just sex. New opportunities await for a grand romance, or new thrills with your old love. Breaking appointments with platonic friends can cause trouble. Reschedule with respect. CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): With recent pressures abating you may feel a bit adrift. Your partner can help provide direction and focus. Your natural instinct for work and accomplishment will also point you in the right direction. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): New ideas may show where you need to step back a bit, take a broader view and find opportunity. New connections at work can prove helpful. Balancing cooperation with subtle individual initiatives can challenge your integrity and new friendships. Some wit is necessary; too much is disastrous. PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Nobody lives up to your ideals, but neither do you. Don’t blame them for not keeping your universe perfect. Your helpful suggestions are taken more as annoying criticism. Keep the focus on quiet, meditative self-improvement and you will be much admired.

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Hey, at least Romney didn’t choose a VP as crazy as Sarah Palin!

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NOTE: Opinions expressed are those of the readers and do not reflect the opinions of David magazine.

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