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Minnelli Dismayed By Ellen’s Drag Joke

Minnelli Dismayed By Ellen’s Drag Joke

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

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

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

By D. David Kinney

Something about this newfound warm weather has put a spring in our step and we’re ready to celebrate it with some awesome weekend events.

FRIDAY 2/21/2014:

7:00 p.m. Dinner & A Movie at Jungle Atlanta

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8:00 p.m. Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour at the Cobb Energy  Centre

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

9:30 p.m. The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. DJ Daryl Cox at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Mr/Ms Atlanta Eagle Bar Night at the Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. FUR at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Charlie’s Angels at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

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11:00 p.m. Femme Fatale at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

SATURDAY 2/22/2014:

12 – 6 p.m. “Protect Your Relationship” at the Phillip Rush Center

6:00 p.m. Miss Gutterball 2014 at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare Follies 4th Anniversary at The Arts Exchange

8:00 p.m. Armorette Night with Atlanta Blackjack at Opus 1

8:30 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

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9:00 p.m. Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. Drag Race at My Sister’s Room

9:00 p.m. Bitch, Please! at Mary’s in EAV

10:00 p.m. LovHer / LovHim at 10th & Piedmont

10:00 p.m. DJ Rob Reum at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Jockstrap Night at Eagle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. DJ Paulo at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Karaoke Night at Felix’s

11:00 p.m. SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

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11:00 p.m. Drag-X-otic at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

SUNDAY 2/23/2014:

12 – 6 p.m. “Protect Your Relationship” at the Phillip Rush Center

12:30 p.m. Respect the Brunch at Eleven in the Loews Hotel

1 – 5 p.m. Bowling, Beer & Boys at Midtown Bowl

3 – 6 p.m. DRAGAVANZA 2 Beer Bust at TEN Atlanta

3:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

3:30 p.m. The Armory Reunion at Amsterdam Atlanta

5:00 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

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8:00 p.m. The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. The Silicone Outlaw at Blake’s on the Park

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

By D. David Kinney

If you’re ready to thaw out after Atlanta’s recent snow and ice storm there are tons of great events to choose from this weekend. FENUXE’s “Weekend Best Bets” are in bold below!

Valentine’s Day FRIDAY 2/14/2014:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free HIV tests for Love Day 2014 at AID Atlanta

4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Dinner at Campagnolo

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SeaNights at Georgia Aquarium

7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. HUNK AUCTION Benefiting Lost-N-Found at Burkhart’s Pub

9:00 p.m. Heart Throb Valentine’s Day Hookup Party at Mary’s

9:00 p.m. Valentine’s Night Edition at My Sister’s Room

9:30 p.m. The Other Show – Valentine’s Day Edition at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Diva Night at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Boys Suck Valentine’s Day Party at Felix’s

10:00 p.m. “I ♥ FUR” Valentine’s Day Party at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Charlie’s Angels at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

11:00 p.m. Femme Fatale at Burkhart’s Pub

SATURDAY 2/15/2014:

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Georgia GSA Youth Summit 2014 at Agnes Scott College

12:00 p.m. Cupid’s Undie Run in Midtown Atlanta

1:00 p.m. Emerging from the Margins at the Phillip Rush Center

7:00 p.m. Romeo et Juliette NITE OUT at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

8:00 p.m. The End with Ally Queered Al Yankadic at Heretic Atlanta

8:00 p.m. Romeo et Juliette at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

9:00 p.m. Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

10:00 p.m. Pajama Party at Eagle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Drag-X-otic at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Weekend With DJ Gauthreaux at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Eat Your Heart Out Valentine’s Edition at My Sister’s Room

10:30 p.m. “Atlanta’s Best Dance Party” at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

11:00 p.m. SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

SUNDAY 2/16/2014:

3:00 a.m. New Location Party at XION

1:00 p.m. Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Monthly Meeting at First Existentialist

5:00 p.m. Armory Reunion at Amsterdam Atlanta

6:30 p.m. P.A.L.S. Bourbon Street Bingo at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

ALL WEEKEND:

8:00 p.m. Well-Strung at Actor’s Express (Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m.)

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Absolut Talent Competition At Burkhart’s Pub Rescheduled Due To Weather

Absolut Talent Competition At Burkhart’s Pub Rescheduled Due To Weather

By D. David Kinney

For weeks Atlantans have been selecting the weekly winners in the Absolut Talent competition at Burkhart’s Pub. The contestants were scheduled to perform tonight for the $3,000 grand prize; however, the finale has been rescheduled due to Tuesday’s inclement weather. 

Traffic in Midtown Atlanta quickly became gridlocked on Tuesday afternoon after the snow began accumulating. With snow still falling and temperatures below freezing the decision to reschedule the event was made. According to Burkhart’s the grand finale event will take place on February 4th at 10:00 p.m. 

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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 SingForYourLifeATL.com or JungleATL.com

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

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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.

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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.

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Ansley Gwinn

Singer/Actress
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.

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Autumn Hamilton

Singer/Actress
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.

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Christy Clark

Singer
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.

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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.

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James Eldridge

Singer
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.

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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.

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Dominic Greco

Singer
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.

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Edwin Young

Singer
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.

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For Lack of a Better Name

Singer/Group
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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