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Qualify To Win $3000 At Burkhart’s Pub Tonight!

Qualify To Win $3000 At Burkhart’s Pub Tonight!

By D. David Kinney

Can you sing like a canary? Are you a chord master on your acoustic guitar? Whether it’s a hidden talent that you’re dying to share with the world or you’re known throughout Atlanta for your golden pipes you can qualify to win $3,000 tonight during the Absolut Talent competition at Burkhart’s Pub!

Since November Ruby Redd’s Hott Talent Tuesdays has been finding some of the best talent in Atlanta and tonight is the last night to quality. The 20 qualifying finalists will compete on January 28th at 10 p.m. at Burkhart’s Pub for the grand prize.

Ready to claim your spot in the final round? We’ll see you at Burkhart’s Pub at 10 p.m. tonight!

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Singing Stars Belt It Out at Jungle

Singing Stars Belt It Out at Jungle

“Sing for Your Life” is an Atlanta singing competition that features local talent and is formatted after national television singing competitions. Hosted at Jungle nightclub, the audience gets to vote for their favorite singers and the two singers with the fewest votes has to sing for their lives! Judges then decide who moves forward to the week of live shows and who is going home.

Backed by live musicians and mentored by industry professionals, contestants receive performance coaching and style consultations, in addition to media exposure. Singers have the opportunity to garner votes by showcasing their talents weekly as well as strengthening their online presence by engaging fans via a social media vote on the “Sing For Your Life” website. The winner, a new singing star, will receive complete press package, an original three-song EP, a magazine cover and editorial, multiple bookings, and a cash prize. For more details visit or

Photography: Laura McCranie
Makeup: Various counters at Bloomingdales / Mason Hollandbeck
Hair: Drybar Atlanta
Stylist: Elliott Alexzander from House or Alexzander

Mentoring Panel
Barry Brandon: Producer/Promoter
JL Rodriguez: Singer/Songwriter
Michael Robinson: Dancer/Choreographer
Host: Jean Kelley


Amanda Hale

Instrument: Singer/songwriter
Base: Atlanta, GA
Releases: “Amanda Hale” (EP)
2010; “Phatasmagoria” (single) 2013
Music Genre: Pop/Rock/Christian
Amanda Hale is a singer and songwriter based out of Atlanta. She released her first self-titled EP in 2010 and released her new single “Phantasmagoria” last year. While Amanda is known for her upbeat pop/rock material, she has stretched the musical and lyrical conceptuality of her artistry over the past few years. Through this artistic journey she says she has found a new perception of authentic creativity.


Anna Ward

Instrument: Singer/Viola
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Pop/Rock/Soul
Anna began to sing at age 16 when she joined a Christian music band. Traveling to different states and performing at conventions, she found a real passion for people. She eventually connected with other artists online and began working with Ricky Raw, who taught her the basics of stage performance, PR, recording and mixing. While she’s had little formal vocal training, she has a natural tone and ear for music. Her major musical influences include Stevie Nicks, Christina Aguilera, Amy
Winehouse, Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan.


Ansley Gwinn

Base: Marietta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater
Ansley Gwinn is from Marietta and first took to the stage on her family’s fireplace mantel as a child, singing made up songs. She moved to Alaska after high school and worked as a nanny and vocal/performance coach for children. She eventually moved back to Atlanta in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the community theater scene. She recently won a 2013 MAT award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.


Autumn Hamilton

Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater/Pop
Autumn Hamilton attended Catawba College in North Carolina and earned her Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre. While pursuing her degree, she was recognized by her school with a vocal scholarship. Her resume spans across educational and regional theatres as well as popular music credits. Highlights include: “RENT,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Legally Blonde,”The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Queen’s Greatest Hits.”

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Briana Richel

Singer / Songwriter
Base: New York
Music Genre: Classical/Musical Theater
Briana Richel is a versatile cross over singer/songwriter. She was classically trained beginning at the age of nine. She credits much of her success to renowned Judith Fredricks of the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to classical and Broadway, she loves rock and R&B belt. When she’s not busy performing, she also works as a vocal instructor.


Christy Clark

Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater/Pop
Christy Clark, 26, is an Atlanta native with dreams of Broadway superstardom. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is now in the process of establishing herself in the entertainment industry. Some of her greatest musical influences include: Aretha Franklin, Minnie Ripperton, Audra McDonald, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, and Lisa Fisher.


Tim Olivar

Singer / Songwriter
Base: Valdosta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater
Tim is pumped to be a part of “Sing for Your Life” Season 2. Living and working in music business is his dream. A graduate from Valdosta State University’s musical theatre program, his theatrical credits range from college performances to professional premieres in Colorado and Florida. He loves writing and singing and has even written his own music. Tim is currently substitute teaching, writing music to accompany CDC public service announcements and pursuing a career as a solo artist.


James Eldridge

Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: All
James Eldridge has been singing since he was 15 years old. He enjoys open mics, karaoke and basically anything involving music. His musical influences are Darren Hayes, One Republic, The Fray, The Script, Gavin DeGraw and Boyce Avenue. Originally from Columbus, James moved to the Atlanta area approximately three years ago. His other interests include horror movies, tattoos and animal rescue.


Erick Uphoff

Singer / Actor
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater
Erick is originally from Chapel Hill, N.C. He currently lives in Atlanta, but has just moved back east from Los Angeles where he has worked in many facets of the field of entertainment, including dancing , acting and singing. Erick has performed on stage and screen with the likes of Joss Stone, Heather Headly, Stevie Wonder, Mario, Irene Cara, Babyface, El Debarge, Jamie Foxx, Colby O’donis and Skyline.


Dominic Greco

Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Acapella Group/
Theater Music
Dominic graduated in December 2012 from NC State University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Environmental Sciences. Throughout his college years spent studying his chosen topics, he consistently maintained an interest in singing and performance. In his sophomore year, he auditioned for a co-ed a cappella group that changed his view of college and his path thereafter. Dominic now resides in Atlanta pursuing his passion.


Edwin Young

Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: All
Much of Edwin Young’s early musical experience comes from church, where he began singing as a child. He loves writing music, arranging music and singing. In high school he was the founder, creator and the arranger of his high school choir ensemble. He has no vocal training or college experience in music, but possesses a natural gift he looks forward to sharing with Atlanta audiences.


For Lack of a Better Name

Base: Fayetteville, GA
Music Genre: Pop Music This dynamic singing trio is made up of three close friends from the small town of Fayetteville, Ga. Members include Estibaliz (Steabz) Martinez , Alexis Fabian, and Terryne (Tank) Harris. Alexis and Steabz have been friends for 14 years and they have both been friends with Tank for the past 7 years.


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Wanna Win $3,000 In Cold Hard Cash?

Wanna Win $3,000 In Cold Hard Cash?

Tonight and next Tuesday are the last chances to qualify for the final Absolut Talent competition at Burkhart’s.

The winner of tonight and the winner of next Tuesday will compete on January 28th at 10 pm along with a total of 20 finalists for the grand prize of $3,000 – and we’re not talking $3,000 in prizes, but $3,000 in CASH!

So, if you can sing or have some other talent Atlanta needs to know about, head to Burkhart’s tonight at 10 pm. Also, the winner is determined by audience applause so bring all your fans, groupies and entire entourage – they could help you win a lot of money!

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See the Photos from last week’s SFYL

See the Photos from last week’s SFYL

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Last week the top 12 Sing For Your Life contestants performed in front of a live audience and a scrutinizing panel of judges.

See the photos from the evening right here, and make sure to check out the SFYL facebook page for updates on the upcoming Thursday show where Barry Brandon will perform live and the judges will one step closer to picking their winner.


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Atlanta New Year’s Eve Events & Parties

Atlanta New Year’s Eve Events & Parties

By D. David Kinney

Looking for a fun spot to ring in the new year? From parties benefiting charity to your favorite neighborhood gay bar there is something for everyone this year! Check out our list below, grab some friends and celebrate the arrival of 2014!

New Year’s Eve Events In Metro Atlanta:

6:00 — Peach Drop with singer Janelle Monáe and David Koechner

6:00 — New Year’s Eve Party at LeBuzz Marietta

6:00 — Holiday Light Spectacular Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway

7:00 — Masquerade Ball at Lips Atlanta

7:00 — New Year’s Gala at Loews Atlanta

7:30 — Ruby’s Redd Light District NYE Spectacular Extravaganza

8:00 — Attack of the New Year’s Eve Party Monster at Mary’s Atlanta

8:00 — Atlanta Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Eve

8:00 — New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion with Cedric the Entertainer

8:00 — New Year’s Eve at BJ Roosters

8:00 — Masquerade Ball at My Sister’s Room

8:00 — Swinging Richards New Year’s Eve

9:00 — Genesis with DJ Eddie Baez at Heretic Atlanta

9:00 — Glitter & Fur New Year’s Eve Party at Takorea

9:00 — Swank New Year’s Party at 10th & Piedmont

9:00 — New Year’s Eve at The Model T

9:30 — New Year’s Eve With Michelle Malone at Eddie’s Attic

10:00 — NYE 2014 at Burkhart’s Pub

10:00 — New Year’s Eve Party at Bulldogs Bar Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at the Atlanta Eagle

10:00 — New Year’s Eve 2014 at TEN Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Bliss Atlanta

10:00 — Pennies From Heaven NYE 2014 at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 — Party Like A Rock Star NYE 8.0 at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve Red Carpet Affair VIII at 595 North Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve Bash at Amsterdam Atlanta

10:00 — Champagne Toast at Friends on Ponce

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Woofs Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Mixx Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at The Hideaway

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Felix’s

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Opus 1

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Cockpit Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Oscar’s Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Tripp’s Bar & Grill

New Year’s Day Hangover Relief?

3:00 (a.m.) — New Year’s Day at Xion

6:30 (a.m.) — New Year’s Day Morning Party at Heretic Atlanta

11:00 (a.m.) — New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet

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Toy Party 2013 Photos

Toy Party 2013 Photos

By D. David Kinney

Every year For the Kid in All of Us has their annual Toy Party that ushers in and welcomes the holiday season in Atlanta. Once again this year the party was incredible fun and the mountain of toys was staggering. “Since 2003, For the Kid in All of Us has distributed more than 38,000 toys and gift cards through The Toy Party…” the For the Kid‘s website explains.

Guests enjoyed great music from DJ Vicki Powell and DJ Sed as well as tasty bites and delicious cocktails. This year For the Kid changed up the layout of the party by allowing general admission on the upper level. Previously this was reserved for the VIP section. This allowed everyone at the party to enjoy the view as the donated toys piled high below.

Did you get your picture taken at the Step and Repeat during the Toy Party? You can find your picture below:

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Winner Crowned At Drag Wars “Queen of Queens” Competition

Winner Crowned At Drag Wars “Queen of Queens” Competition

By D. David Kinney

Seven talented entertainers took the stage at LIPS Atlanta last night to see who would be crowned the “Queen of Queens” at FENUXE’s Drag Wars 2013 competition. Leading up to Tuesday night’s event there were thousands of votes cast during the initial online contest. The top ten drag entertainers with the most online votes were invited to participate in the live competition and they put on a fantastic show!

All of the entertainers who performed were absolutely incredible, but it was Angelica D’Paige who was crowned this year’s Queen of Queens. The level of competition was a testament to how strong Atlanta’s drag community is. We have highly talented drag artists and entertainers in our area and they continue to wow us every week. 

We would like to thank the wonderful and talented Nicole Paige Brooks for hosting the “Queen of Queens” with FENUXE’s own Anita Richcock. Additionally, we would like to thank our panel of judges: Joey Helton (AID Atlanta), Jim Marks (P.A.L.S.), Wes Berry (Joining Hearts), Dino Thompson-Sarmiento (GLAAD), and Jeff Carrico (Open Hand).

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Out Photos: Taylor Dayne and Bonnie McKee At Atlanta Pride

Out Photos: Taylor Dayne and Bonnie McKee At Atlanta Pride

By D. David Kinney

A large crowd danced and set up tents in the Piedmont Park Meadow for Bonnie McKee and Taylor Dayne’s performances during Atlanta Pride on Saturday night. Here are some photos we snapped of the fun:



















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Tail End Of Summer

Tail End Of Summer

By Karen Hirsch, Contributor

Meet Calvina, a one-year-old female dilute calico, who is beautiful both inside and out.  This sweet and loving cat has huge green eyes, a lovely, soft coat, and loves people.  She gets along well with other cats, loves to play, and would make a great new family member.  To meet this sweet kitty, please email or call (404) 294-2165.  

DeKalb County Animal Services Tail End of Summer Promotion – Dogs Only $20!  Cats only $10!

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog or cat, now is the perfect time!  DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) is offering a ‘Tail End of Summer’ promotion during September, where all dog adoptions are only $20 and all cat adoptions are only $10!  This price includes the pet being spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm or combo tested and dewormed – services with a retail value of over $200!  Standard adoption screening criteria still applies. 

Eat, Drink and Save Animals:  Attend the Murder-Mystery Dinner at Agatha’s to Benefit LifeLine Animal Project 

Do you like theater?  Like murder-mysteries?  Like helping animals?  Then attend a murder-mystery dinner benefit at Agatha’s on Sunday, September 29th at 6 p.m.  Agatha’s will generously be donating every dollar of every ticket to LifeLine Animal Project!  The cost is $50 per ticket and includes a five-course meal (vegetarian meals available), a glass of wine and a great show!   You’ll have a fun evening while helping the animals!  Agatha’s is located at 161 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303.  Click here to purchase tickets. 

About DeKalb Animal Services

Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, DeKalb Animal Services provides humane care for the animals at the shelter, veterinary care including spay/neuters, pet adoptions, animal reclaims, volunteers, foster homes and rescue group coordination.  To learn more, please visit

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Ticket Giveaway Time!

Ticket Giveaway Time!

By D. David Kinney

Want to win a ticket to Atlanta’s hottest new Pride after-hours party? Just correct answer the trivia question below and you’ll be entered to win a ticket to the Tab Pride After-Hours Party on Friday, October 11th! We’re going to pick two winners tonight! You can enter using the form below:

Join Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Mariah, and Nina Flowers (who will be spinning in the DJ booth) from RuPaul’s Drag Race for this exciting new Pride after-hours party at the Tabernacle. Admission also includes access to the Sky View Ferris Wheel next door. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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