Join the cast of Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” an evening of cabaret benefiting Joining Hearts and Broadway Cares. Over 25 incredibly talented singers and dancers from the show will be performing songs from your favorites artists including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, The Jackson Five and others.
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It’s time for the Armorettes’ Easter Drag Races so you know this is going to be a great weekend! Easter bonnets, camp drag and a dunking booth to boot! You can also check out Lost-N-Found Youth’s customer appreciation sale going on Friday and Saturday this weekend at their Thrift & Consignment shop. So grab some friends and family, and get out there Atlanta because this work week is over! Check out the these great things happening in gay Atlanta this weekend:
Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that its newest team will be right here in Atlanta starting in 2017. The team owner, Arthur Blank, is the same man who controls the Atlanta Falcons. So it should be no surprise that the new team’s colors will be red and black. Other details about the team (like what they will be named) haven’t been decided yet. However, we do know they’ll play in the new football stadium downtown which will be soccer-friendly.
Finland is honoring artist Touko Laaksonen, more commonly known as Tom of Finland, with a stamp collection that it describes as “confident and proud homoeroticism.” Tom of Finland is the creator of iconic gay illustrations enjoyed around the world. However, as Slate points out, “Finland isn’t notably LGBTQ-friendly; gay marriage has yet to be legalized, and citizens can only legally change their gender if they are surgically sterilized. (Before you gasp, note that 16 other European countries require the same).”
Netflix Teases With Season 2 Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Trailer
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Catch Up With This Week’s ‘Gay Of Thrones’
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Egyptian Gays Fear Anti-Gay Government Raids
Gay life in Egypt is almost entirely underground– for good reason. Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt. However, the country still has “a flourishing underground gay community,” to use The Guardian‘s description. Until recently most gay Egyptians could avoid arrest by staying away from publicized gay parties and hangouts, however, gay Egyptians are now being arrested in their homes. “The latest and most concerning raid saw four men seized from their east Cairo apartment on 1 April within hours of signing the lease, according to activists. Within a week, the four were given jail terms of up to eight years – sentences unusual for both their length and the speed at which they were handed down,” The Guardian details.
Phi Phi O’Hara was known to be something of a b-i-t-c-h on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her on camera antics went beyond competitive chiding. She was constantly yelling at other contestants, often criticizing them for what she believed to be their lack of talent. “I was a bitch and I am a bitch,” she admits, “but only when I need to be.”
Phi Phi O’Hara feels her anger was misunderstood. “I was young and a lot of my anger was misguided frustration,” she explains.
Competing on the show turned out to be much tougher than O’Hara had anticipated. “I thought it would be easy. Little did I know the time crunch we would be under to prepare for each challenge, how quickly we had to change in and out of clothes and make-up, and how long we would be forced to stand on stage under burning hot lights. The powder puff I carried became my best friend because I was always sweating.”
“On top of all that, the girls I was competing against were good,” she adds. “Damn good!”
As she sings about in her new pop-rock anthem, “Bitchy”, a song she will debut at Camp David this weekend, Phi Phi O’Hara has never been one to let anyone stand in the way of achieving her dreams. She didn’t always appreciate the criticism she received from judges and other contestants on the show. She felt much of it was intended to be destructive, rather than constructive.
“Every now and then, it’s important to put your foot down and say enough is enough,” she says. “Much of what I did and said was meant to defend the hard work I put into the competition.”
She takes the words of fellow competitor Latrice Royale to heart. Royale told her that being a bitch is never a bad thing when one lives by a certain meaning of the word. B.I.T.C.H: Be In Total Control of Herself.
“That is a message I live by,” O’Hara says. “And it’s at the heart of the song.”
Written and produced by Zach Adam and Heather Holley (who has written several hits for Christina Aguilera), “Bitchy” lets everyone know O’Hara takes ownership of the title she has been branded. It is also an inspirational message to fans that whatever negative names people throw at them, they should never let it tear them down.
O’Hara sings “Bitchy” as her male counterpart, Jaremi. “I sing in my real voice because I wanted to showcase a very real and important part of what makes me…me.”
However, she is releasing the track as Phi Phi O’Hara and appears in full drag in the song’s music video. “I could never forget Phi Phi and the impact she has on who I am as a person and the career I have today. That’s why I felt it was appropriate to release “Bitchy” as my alter ego,” she explains. “I would like to eventually transition into singing and performing as Jaremi.”
Phi Phi O’Hara performs “Bitchy” at the RuPaul’s Drag Race BATTLE OF THE SEASONS party at Center Stage on Tuesday, April 22nd. “Bitchy” by Phi Phi O’Hara is available on iTunes. For more information, visit www.phiphiohara.com.
The annual Atlanta Cotillion has, since its inception in 1997, raised an impressive $1.3 million for AID Atlanta. However, event organizers are steering the event in a new and exciting direction this year. The night’s fundraising goals will be no different, but the event itself is changing to represent a new wave of cotillion — which this year is themed Cirque de Nuit en Rouge.
Not only does Atlanta Cotillion raise vital funds that are needed for AID Atlanta’s work throughout the year, but it is one of the best parties in the Atlanta gay community. In fact, the Atlanta Cotillion is one of this city’s largest early summertime events (this year it will take place on June 21,the first day of summer).
Originally, the Cotillion was centered around a debutante ball featuring a pageant as a nod to Atlanta’s rich Southern traditions. Each contestant would raise funds individually and everyone would come together at the end for the ball. However, the last queen was crowned in 2012. Since then the cotillion has changed its focus to be more about the fashion-forward event itself. It’s a change growing to new dimensions with this year’s Cotillion that’s even evident in the name: Atlanta Cotillion Presents. This year they’re bringing us the theme Cirque de Nuit en Rouge – circus of the night in red.
“This will be a new wave of Cotillion,” David Janke, chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Cotillion Presents, explains. Janke, who was also crowned queen at the 2012 Cotillion and therefore still reigns, is very excited about this year’s party. “By transforming the event into Cirque de Nuit en Rouge, we want to make the event more inclusive and at the same time bigger, bolder and better,” Janke says.
The wonderful evening will take place at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. Renovations are actually scheduled to conclude right before the cotillion party begins. Cirque de Nuit en Rouge will be the updated venue’s maiden event.
With all of the changes what should guests wear to this year’s event? “We wanted to get a wider range in the community and make this a fun, fashion-forward inspired event where there really are no limits to what you wear,” Janke tells FENUXE and continues, “That also translates into if you don’t want to wear a big costume, you can wear your tuxedo or show up in a fabulous cocktail dress. We want to reach not only the gay community but wider than that. We want to be all-inclusive and let everybody be part of this fresh, fun phase of the Cotillion – a fashion-forward avant-garde bang of an evening!” So dress up in your most outrageously creative costume or show up in your black-tie best – there really is no limit to what you can imagine, create and wear to the event.
Guests can also look forward to a night filled with amazing and talented performers. Both on-stage and happening right in the crowd there will be performances that are sure to wow and thrill guests. Additionally, Janke teases that a very well-known DJ will be setting the musical backdrop for the night. Mix in complimentary cocktails from Svedka Vodka and Trianon Tequila with a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres and this party is sounding tasty.
This fabulous ball will also feature a silent auction with fantastic and unique items that will appeal to bidders on all levels and exclusive areas for VIP and Host level ticket holders. This night will no doubt be one remembered for years to come so start planning your avant-garde outfit (and remember group themed costumes are encouraged), and don’t forget to visit atlantacotillon.com for your ticket to the Atlanta Cotillion – now bigger, better and bolder than ever!