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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta


By D. David Kinney 

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.

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

7:00 p.m. – Glitter Pop Drag Show 2014 at Georgia Tech

8:00 p.m. – Archer Live! at the Tabernacle

8:00 p.m. - Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

8:00 p.m. – “Young Frankenstein” at the Dramatech Theatre

8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Bucks Round Robin Meet-N-Greet at Heretic Atlanta

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

10:00 p.m. – Got Leche? at Club Rush

10:00 p.m. – Fundraiser For Mr. SECC 2014 Travel Fund at the Atlanta Eagle

11:00 p.m. - FEMME FATALE at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. – Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. - Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

11:55 p.m. - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) at the Plaza Theatre

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Spring Festival on Ponce at Olmsted Linear Park

11:00 a.m. - The Beltline Boil at Fourth Ward Skate Park

12:00 p.m. - “My feminism is…” Photo Shoot at Charis Books and More

12:00 p.m. - Atlanta Bucks Round Robin at Benjamin S. Carson High School

1:00 p.m. - AV200 & AID Atlanta Margarita Bust at Zocalo Atlanta

7:00 p.m. - Pure Imagination Artist Reception at PB&J Gallery

8:00 p.m. - Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

9:00 p.m. - Ruby’s Redd Light District: Spring Has Sprung! at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. - Jockstrap Sister Twister at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. - GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. - SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. - DJ ABEL at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. - Gurlfrandz: He Is Risen! at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. - Drag Race at My Sister’s Room

11:00 p.m. - The Raid 2 (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) the Plaza Theatre

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

11:00 a.m. - Atlanta Bucks Brunch at Joe’s on Juniper

12:00 p.m. - Respect The Brunch at TEN Atlanta

2:00 p.m. - “Standing On The Side Of Love” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

3:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live 8 at The Process Theatre Co.

4 p.m. – 9 p.m. - Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance at the Loews Atlanta Hotel

3:30 p.m. - Push Ups For P.A.L.S. at TEN Atlanta

4:00 p.m. - Hotlanta Softball League’s Extra Innings at My Sister’s Room

4:30 p.m. - Starz Presents: Da Vinci’s Demons (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) at the Plaza Theatre

7:00 p.m. - Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

7:00 p.m. - Miss Gay Georgia USofA at Jungle Atlanta

7:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live 8 at The Process Theatre Co.

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

8:00 p.m. - Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta


By D. David Kinney

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.

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

5:30 p.m. – AGLCC’s Fourth Friday Event at Alliance Theatre

7:00 p.m. – Atlanta Film Festival Opening Night: Joe at The Plaza Theatre

8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

8:00 p.m. – Sweet Tea: Girl Powerrr! at The Hangar

9:00 p.m. – Swank Ladies’ Night at 10th & Piedmont

9:30 p.m. - The Goddess Ravens Final Public Performance with Gender Fuzions Cabaret

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

10:00 p.m. - Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. – Ladies’ Night Upstairs at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. - The Bill Berdeauz Radio Show Downstairs at Blake’s on the Park

10:30 p.m. – The ManShaft: Lumberjack Gear Edition at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. – FEMME FATALE at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. - Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

11:00 p.m. - Spring Fever Party Edition at My Sister’s Room

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Whose Beloved Community? at Emory University

11:00 a.m. – Lost-N-Found House Cleanup at 5th & Juniper Property

2:00 p.m. - Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

2:00 p.m. - Atlanta Talons’ 5th Annual Patio Party at F.R.O.G.S.

5:00 p.m. - Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

7:00 p.m. – Decatur Women’s Sports League Casino & Game Night at The Rush Center

8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

10:00 p.m. – Fetish Night: UnderGear Theme at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. – Splash at My Sister’s Room

10:00 p.m. – GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

1:00 p.m. – JustUsATL Beer Bust at Joe’s on Juniper

2:00 p.m. - Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

4:00 p.m. – HBO Presents: Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere at Plaza Theatre

4:00 p.m. – Lost-N-Found Youth Spring Break Beer Bust at Felix’s Atlanta

5:00 p.m. – Hotlanta Softball Opening Day Beer Bust at Jungle Atlanta

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

8:00 p.m. – Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

8:00 p.m. - Princess Charles’ Birthday at 10th & Piedmont

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Atlanta Film Festival Goes Gay



Films about lesbians, drag queens and an Atlanta stripper! Oh my!

The Atlanta Film Festival begins today through April 1 and offers plenty of films sure to be popular with the LGBT community. Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star in “Cloudburst” as a lesbian couple who hit the road Thelma and Louise-style in an effort

Film "Cloudburst" starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker in "Cloudburst"

to get married. The documentary “Glitterboys & Ganglands” follows three contestants through the prelim rounds of a drag competition in South Africa. Drag diva Varla Jean Merman attempts to appeal to a younger audience in the mockumentary “Varla Jean & The Mushroomheads.” And, last but not least, “AKA Blondie” tells the intimate story of Atlanta’s famous exotic dancer known for crushing beer cans with her boobs. According to the festival’s web site, online tickets for “AKA Blondie” are sold out, so you’ll have to pull some strings to see it.

We spoke with Atlanta Film Festival Director Christopher Escobar about the week-long film fest and how Atlanta’s gay community plays a part in the film selections.

Fenuxe: How big is the festival this year?
Christopher: We’re playing more films this year than we ever have. We’re playing about 220 films and that has a little bit to do with the fact that we had about 500 more submissions than we’ve had in 36 years. Over 50 of those have local connections, which is also a record number. In addition to the awesome screenings and Q&A’s, there are some terrific parties, receptions and performances for those who are interested in learning more about the industry.

Fenuxe: What do you look for when selecting films for the festival?
Christopher: We’re looking for films and stories that are genuine and different. That can be in the story, the subject or the characters. We’re looking for something that makes us wide-eyed. We’re movie lovers just like the people who we program films for. We’re looking for films that get our attention. Sometimes we’re looking through the eyes of a middle aged mother and sometimes we’re looking through the eyes of a 21-year-old indie rock lover. We have to put different lenses on. We look for films that really strike us and that are new and interesting.

Blondie, Atlanta's famous stripper from the Clermont Lounge

"AKA Blondie" tells the story of Atlanta's most famous stripper

Fenuxe: Does Atlanta’s gay community factor into your film selections?
Christopher: It totally does. We were the original producers of Out on Film. I refer to it as our child that grew up and moved out of the house. We’re a 36-year-old non-profit, and Out on Film has been going on for two decades now and it’s since spun off and become it’s own non-profit. We’re extremely proud to have helped get that launched. We’re even more proud to see all the great programming and the great things that they’re doing. During the Atlanta Film Festival, as part of tradition, we host the Pink Peach Series, which features a number of feature-length LGBT films and shorts. One of the big ones we have is “Cloudburst” with Olympia Dukakis, which is a little bit like the movie “Thelma and Louise” but with lesbians. It’s a really great film, and it’s getting a lot of excitement. It obviously has an Oscar-winning actress in it. So the Pink Peach is a staple and a longtime tradition and will continue to be for the Atlanta Film Festival.

Fenuxe: What can you tell us about some of the LGBT-geared selections?
Christopher: “Glitterboys & Ganglands” focuses on the Princess Glamour girl Kat, and it’s really a character piece on Kat’s life as a cabaret star. It’s very much a bio piece. “AKA Blondie” is sort of similar but with someone who is an Atlanta celebrity. She’s a stripper at Clermont Lounge, and the film talks about her sexual escapades and her lack of luck in relationships and how she’s simultaneously jaded and hopeful. It’s a really interesting piece. You don’t typically see character pieces done on strippers. With “Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads” you sort of think of “Waiting for Guffman” by Christopher Guest but set in a drag show. It’s comedic, and it’s kind of tragic. It’s dramatic. It’s really fun. That’s one that is really edgy, and it pushes the limit a little bit. It’s one everyone would enjoy but I think there are some jokes in there that will have people of the LGBT community laughing a little harder.

Varla Jean Merman in Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads

Varla Jean Merman in "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads"

Fenuxe: Why do you think it’s important for Atlantans to support the festival?
Christopher: Our year-round mission is to lead Atlanta through cultural discovery through the moving image. We really want to help people discover more about themselves and about each other and about ourselves collectively using cinema, television, short films and all the forms of the moving image to help us understand more. It’s the medium that helps us know more about history, other cultures, ourselves and our relationships. We’ve chosen these different good films that can make you laugh and make you cry and help you learn something and maybe make you angry and make you feel passionate about an issue that’s maybe off your radar. For different reasons we’ve worked extremely hard over the last nine months to put this festival together specifically for the city of Atlanta.

For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival, please visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com. Buy your tickets for the following films below. All shows take place at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema unless otherwise noted. All tickets are $10.

Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads
Saturday, March 24, at 4:45PM

AKA Blondie
Sunday, March 25, at 9PM
Plaza Theatre
Online tickets sold out, rush line day of only

Pink Peach Narrative Shorts
Sunday, March 25, at 4PM and 5:30PM

Pink Peach Documentary Shorts
Sunday, March 25, at 6:15PM and 7:45 PM

Cloudburst
Monday, March 26, at 7PM

Glitterboys & Ganglands
Thursday, March 29, at 9:30PM

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‘Name of the Dame’ Leads ATL Film Fest’s Gay Lineup


A varied slate of gay-themed films will fight it out for the coveted Pink Peach award at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, starting this Thursday, April 28 and running through May 7 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. The musical documentary What’s the Name of the Dame? makes its world premiere at this year’s fest and is garnering major attention.

Name of the Dame explores the gay community’s love of ABBA by having nine celebrated drag divas – including Hedda Lettuce and Sade Pendarvis – reinterpret the group’s songs. The performance film includes interviews with Joan Rivers, Carson Kressley, Graham Norton, Christine Baranski and ABBA’s own Benny Andersson. The world premiere is Sunday, May 1 at 7PM.

The film’s Sunday premiere will be preceded by a preview party Friday night at Amsterdam featuring a performance by Pendarvis. Click HERE to view the trailer for What’s the Name of the Dame?

In the short film category, the role reversal drama Love Is All You Need? is standing out. The film examines a world where gay and straight are switched and it’s opposite-sex love that is viewed in a negative way. The story is told through the eyes of a teenage girl who is emotionally and physically abused after it’s discovered she has a crush on a boy. The film premieres Saturday, April 30 at 12PM. Click HERE to view the trailer for Love Is All You Need?

For a full listing of the Atlanta Film Festival lineup, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com.

The Atlanta Film Festival

Thursday, April 28 – May 7, 2011

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

www.atlantafilmfestival.com

 

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