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:
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.
In addition to all of the great gay events happening in Atlanta this weekend, the 78th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is also taking place. You can enjoy the blooming dogwood trees and the festival from April 11 – 13 at Piedmont Park. Ready to put your weekend into high gear? Check out the great Leather Pride events at the Atlanta Eagle, and whatever you do don’t miss the incredible FEMME FATALE show this Friday at Burkhart’s Pub. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3 winner Raja is joining the cast of FEMME FATALE alongside Trinity K. Bonet from the current season. It’s going to be a busy and entertaining weekend!
Atlanta’s largest toga party returns next Thursday, April 17 at the Plaza Theatre, and it’s going to be an epic event. The gay owned and operated theatre is taking the classic “Animal House” college bash and recreating it with kegs, camaraderie, competition and togas. However, no Delta Tau Chi pledge class of ’62 throwback party could be complete without a bevy of red solo cups. Have no fear the Plaza Theatre will have plenty alongside the ice cold kegs. It’s the classic college experience without all of those boring classes to get in the way.
What could be better than lots of guys running around in togas? How about scoring a great deal on tickets with Plaza Theatre’s incredible Scoutmob offer. It’s one of Scoutmob’s current “hand-picked” offers and for only $18 you get into the show, your own red solo cub with plenty of keg beer and an out-of-the-ordinary wicked fun experience.
Think you’ve got the best Caesar look? Enter the Plaza Theatre’s toga contest and see if you really do reign supreme. If your fraternity days are a bit hazy and you need a quick refresher on how to turn your crisp bed linens into a toga, check out this quick how-to:
The first screening of the movie is at 7:30 p.m., however, if you want to arrive with the fab crowd, we suggest arriving for the second screening at 9:45 p.m. This is going to be an insanely fun evening and would make a great date night!
This is one roman holiday fiesta you don’t want to miss! For more information visit Plaza Theatre or check them out on social media:
All week it’s been work, work, work… but now it’s the weekend! Let down your hair and enjoy all of the awesome events and parties happening in Atlanta. The weather may be a bit temperamental on Friday and Sunday, but Saturday looks like a keeper! Highlights for this weekend include the Atlanta Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre and Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance on Sunday.
With a bottle of bubbly on ice beside my lounge chair and the calming sound of water falling from a fountain behind me, I closed my eyes and basked in Ft. Lauderdale’s glorious sunshine. It feels like I’m a million miles away from Atlanta, but just four short hours ago I was wrestling with my suitcase at the Midtown MARTA Station.
It was an odd scene. I was riding the escalator down toward the MARTA train when a strap on my bag got caught in the mechanics. Admittedly, I was still half asleep so the ordeal took me by surprise at the bottom. Sure it was incredibly early in the morning, but I got a fantastic deal on the first flight out on Spirit Airlines. For less than $200 I flew round trip to Ft. Lauderdale on a comfy Airbus A321. You can’t argue with that.
I had never flown with Spirit and I had some initial reservations (pun totally intended); however, the airline quickly schooled me in why they’re so popular. You can choose what to pay for and what you don’t want to pay for on your flight. Some people on the plane were grumbling about being nickle and dimed… but I rather enjoyed the a la carte approach.
If you’re familiar with taking discount airlines in Europe this experience is rather similar. However, there are some key differences that make Spirit better. Unlike discount airlines found elsewhere in the world, Spirit’s website is fairly straightforward with its pricing. Yes, you will have to pay for each checked bag (which is fairly standard now) and pay for soda and snacks on board. But you also have to pay to bring a carry-on bag as well. Want to pick your seat? That is an extra charge, too.
The flight takes about two hours to get to Ft. Lauderdale from Atlanta which makes this sunny hotspot an attractive weekend getaway. When you get to the airport round up your luggage, hail a taxi and head straight to the beautiful Grand Resort and Spa (539 North Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304). This gay owned and operated piece of paradise is one of my favorite hotels in South Florida. It was also named one of The Travel Channel’s “Best All-Inclusive Resorts” for 2014.
With lots of great gay guys from all over the country, a clothing optional Tropical Courtyard, a sparkling swimming pool and bubbling jacuzzi, the Grand Resort and Spa has everything you could ever want at a gay beach resort. What could possibly make this oasis of vacation perfection even better? The Grand Resort and Spa is also incredibly pet friendly! If your dog or cat is under 35 pounds you can bring him or her along for the fun. Not a dog fan? Don’t fret. Pets aren’t allowed in any of the common areas.
The resort also offers five different spa packages for guests. The “Beach Essential” package is absolutely perfect for a pampered beach weekend getaway. Each person receives a body scrub, Swedish massage and an exfoliating pedicure during their stay. Have you ever experienced a deep massage after spending the day at the beach? It’s the perfect way to transition from the beach to a fun night out in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.
Looking for a fun gay place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some drinks? Head to Wilton Manors and check out Georgie’s Alibi (2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305). Whether you’re going for Sunday brunch and Bloody Marys or a good ole’ cheeseburger after hours in the surf, there is always a great atmosphere and lots of gay guys hanging out.
The food at Georgie’s Alibi is delicious, but nothing in life that tastes that good is calorie free. So grab your dancing shoes and join the always hopping crowd at The Manor (2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305). This two-level nightclub isn’t very far from Georgie’s Alibi and regularly features international DJs and well-known singers on their large stage.
Whether you’re dancing the night away in Ft. Lauderdale or sitting poolside at the Grand Resort and Spa, this is a great weekend getaway from Atlanta. It won’t break the bank, and there is so much to do you’ll undoubtedly be planning your next trip on the flight home.
Welcome to FENUXE’s new weekend events feature “What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta!” Are you looking for a great event, party or show to check out in Atlanta? We’ve got you covered with a list of all the great gay things happening this weekend. If you’re running an event that you’d like to see on our list, send us an e-mail and we’ll spread the word!
It looks like we’re going to be battling rain on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday. However, Sunday looks mighty nice according to The Weather Channel right now.
Ellen Degeneres hosted this past Sunday’s Oscars for her second time after a seven year hiatus. While critics are calling her performance OK but not memorable, one joke from her opening monologue seems to have stirred the waters somewhat. Degeneres referred to Liza Minnelli as “the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen” playing her joke on the fact that the icon has been a favorite subject for female impersonators and drag queens for decades. She then added “Good job, sir” receiving a good laugh from the audience.
But it seems that Minnelli herself wasn’t laughing along with Ellen as she later commented on the joke to TMZ saying that; “I think she thought it would be funny, but she never stopped after she said it and said, ‘My friend Liza Minnelli’. So I think it went a little astray on her.” The star then quickly went on to say that: “I don’t think she meant any harm at all. She’s a wonderful lady”, and that overall it was a wonderful show, and that Ellen did a good job (even though Minnelli didn’t make the famous star-studded selfie).
Others did not take the drag joke as lightly as Minnelli and immediately took to Twitter to express their offense over Ellen’s comments. Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce was one of them, calling the joke disrespectful and transphobic, and theater writer Steve Schonberg even launched a petition to make Ellen Degeneres issue a public apology about the joke – not only to Minnelli but also to the drag and trans community, because as he stated: “Specifically, I was most offended that Ellen would act that way as a fellow gay person. Liza has been such an avid supporter of our community, even during the peak of the AIDS crisis, and simply put – I think she deserves a lot more respect.”
Whether Ellen will apologize for her joke (or insult?) is yet to be seen – but of course we’ll keep you updated.
Did you think Ellen’s joke was too much or offensive to Minnelli?
Please comment below and watch Ellen’s opening monologue (we apologize for the poor quality), and the TMZ interview in the clips below.
Source: TMZ, Huffing Post, YouTube, Change.org, Buzzfeed