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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

Ok… so the rain is probably going to stick around long that we would like… just like that mildly annoying dinner guest who can’t pick up on your subtle clues that it is time to go home. However, we’re partying regardless! From CHRIS Kid’s annual (and incredibly awesome) Premiere Party to SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub, Atlanta is going to be hopping this weekend! So find a buddy and get your weekend on!


6:00 p.m. – Flower Hour for Atlanta Pride at Gardenhood

8:00 p.m. – “End Of The Rainbow” at Actor’s Express

8:00 p.m. – “Steel Magnolias” at On Stage

8:00 p.m. – Mother, Daugther, Sister: Celebrating Music for Women at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church

10:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s

10:00 p.m. – Ladies Lounge 2.0 at My Sister’s Room

11:00 p.m. – Pump Friday with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic

11:00 p.m. – !POP! Star Season 2 with Princess Charles at 10th & Piedmont

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. – Got Leche? at Club Rush


10:30 a.m. – National Flag Football League of ATL Semifinals and Championship at Grant Park

6:00 p.m. – CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party 2014 at Mason Murer Fine Art

8:00 p.m. – “End Of The Rainbow” at Actor’s Express

8:00 p.m. – “Steel Magnolias” at On Stage

8:00 p.m. – Mother, Daugther, Sister: Celebrating Music for Women at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church

10:00 p.m. – Girlfrandz at Mary’s

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

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

11:00 p.m. – Bearracuda at Heretic Atlanta


1:00 p.m. – Eats and Beats with DJ Neon at Zocalo Atlanta

2:00 p.m. – “End Of The Rainbow” at Actor’s Express

3:00 p.m. – “Steel Magnolias” at On Stage

3:00 p.m. – High Energy at Blake’s on the Park

7:00 p.m. – Second Sunday Service at Sister Louisa’s Church

8:00 p.m. – The Armorettes’ Sunday Sing-Along at Burkhart’s Pub

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

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5 Videos To Warm You Up!

 By D. David Kinney

Our friends over at the Weather Channel aren’t making these incredibly low temperatures up! It’s a balmy 21 degrees right now and the low tonight in some parts of Atlanta will be 16 degrees. So stay inside, cuddle up and warm up with these 5 videos:

You may already know choreographer Yanis Marshall from his viral video last year dancing with friends throughout Paris. But the master of high heel dancing didn’t stop there. Want more Yanis? Check out his interpretation of Beyonce’s “Partition.”

Last September we featured a story about David Beckham’s H&M ad campaign. Why? Cause he’s hot and the photo shoot was great. So while the Polar Vortex gusts outside it’s the perfect time to enjoy this behind the scenes footage.

Who could forget the sexy and hilarious scene in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” between Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell? 

Clearly no list would be complete without one of Andrew Christian’s famous videos. Check out their most recent video that dropped just before Christmas.

Don’t forget to warm your heart this winter too by participating in Lost-n-Found Youth’s “Warm for the Winter” donation drive. Click here for more information. Please remember Atlanta’s homeless and especially homeless gay youth during this significant weather event. If you know of a young person who needs help or you need help yourself please contact Lost-n-Found Youth at (678) 856-7825.

Warm your heart even more with a donation to CHRIS Kids as well! CHRIS Kids has helped over 20,000 Atlanta children since 1981. You can sign up to give a monthly donation or donate just once. Click here for more information.

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Out Photos: CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party

With everyone donning their whitest whites the CHRIS Kids’ annual Premiere Party, at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery last Saturday, was a great summer kick off. The money raised during the event will benefit abused and neglected youth in the metro Atlanta area. Here are FENUXE’s photos from the event:





















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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

With little chance of rain this weekend and temperatures in the mid 80s, most of us at FENUXE will surely be by the pool this weekend. However, there are several events that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy the great weather and fantastic events, but don’t forget your sunscreen! You don’t want to show up to the CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party looking like a cooked lobster!

FRIDAY, May 31, 2013:

LeBuzz is turning the tables yet again with their fourth annual Turnabout night. The staff become the entertainers and the entertainers become the staff. Turnabout nights are always great fun and crowded, so get here early.

The Fab Five revue hosted by Angelica D’Paige starts at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s. Join the always entertaining gals as they welcome tonight’s special guest, Isabella Diamante

ATL-Food-and-WineThe Atlanta Food and Wine Festival started yesterday and goes all weekend celebrating Southern food and beverage traditions this summer. The event will include cooking and cocktail classes, tasting tents to showcase the South’s top chefs, and dinner events with out of town chefs and mixologists. Tickets are available here.

SATURDAY, June 1, 2013:

CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. CHRIS Kids has been helping abused and neglected youth in the metro-Atlanta area since 1981. The party will be hosted by co-chair Brent Garner and Vandy Beth Glenn with cocktails and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 at the door.

The (Pork) Roast of Rick Westbrook at Jungle Atlanta starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join some of your favorite drag queens as they roast Rick Westbrook, executive director for Lost-n-Found. Guest roasters include Edie Cheezburger and Ruby Redd with a special appearance by Peep Peep from Le Sexoflex, who’ll perform a new song.

VA-SummerfestVirginia-Highland’s Summerfest is today and tomorrow with art, shopping, food, and music coming together for a family fun weekend. The event kicks off with a 5K race and the Tot Trot. The festivities include paintings, photography, jewelry, food, and live music. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

SUNDAY, June 2, 2013:

The Evolution Project’s 2013 Spring Fling starts today at 5 p.m. in Piedmont Park. The event will feature good music, fun games, a tasty cookout, and the premiere public screening of Maurice Jamal’s 2011 film “Dirty Laundry.” Admission is free. 

BOOK-CLUB-HORIZON-THEATRE“The Book Club Play” continues at the Horizon Theatre poking fun at life, literature, love and friends reading between the lines. A comedy revolving around a passionate book club member with the perfect life, things take a turn when a new member shakes things up. Tickets are $25 and can be found online, alongside showtimes, here

The Armorettes take over Burkhart’s starting at 8 p.m. for their fun and hilarious Sunday show. Join the award-winning ladies as they entertain with comedy and song for a great end to the weekend. You can see FENUXE’s photos from last week’s show here.   

A legal clinic for same-sex couples, presented by the Georgia Benefits Counsel and the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., will be held at The Phillip Rush Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Today’s legal clinic is part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month. 

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Las Margaritas [Recap & Photos]

Arriving at Las Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo it becomes clear that you’re at a fiesta like no other in Atlanta. Shot stations with sexy shot boys, margaritas for only $5, a live band and orchestra, Mariah Balenciaga from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and great Latin food were waiting for party goers at the annual Cinco de Mayo Carnival Extravaganza.

Worried about parking? No need to fear! Papi has arranged for convenient and free parking at the Heretic. A free shuttle will even pick you up and quickly whisk you away to the fiery Latin party. There are several lots charging to park, but drive past them and take advantage of the free parking. How often do you get free parking in Atlanta?

Even the occasional refreshing rain shower couldn’t keep the flamenco dancers and live band and orchestra down. With the music swelling and liquor flowing, partygoers are having a fantastic Sunday!

Check out FENUXE’s photos below from Las Margaritas:












































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Backpack in the Park Helps Underprivileged Children

A young girl approaches a pile of new backpacks and hesitantly selects one. At first, she seems unsure if she’ll be able to keep it. Eventually, a bright smile spreads across her face and she refuses to take it off, even though it’s slightly too big and could topple her over at any second.

In the five years Alison Hall has served as a For the Kid in All of Us board member, she’s observed this very experience more than once. Since 2006, the volunteer organization has provided backpacks full of school supplies to underprivileged children through Backpack in the Park.

“It’s just a great feeling to witness pure happiness,” Alison said. “Every child deserves to start the school year fresh with a sense of pride and the tools necessary to be successful.”

So far, the group has collected 7,100 backpacks filled with supplies and gift cards. More than 1,200 bags were donated last year, and Alison said For the Kid hopes to round up more than 1,500 during the July 28 event at Piedmont Park’s Greystone Pavillion.

The theme for this year’s kid-friendly cocktail party is “summer camp.” Nostalgic camp food will be served, and DJ Vicki Powell will be spinning. The entry fee is one brand new backpack filled with school supplies or a $35 gift card. The bags will go to various beneficiary organizations, including AID Atlanta, CHRIS Kids and Jerusalem House.

“We work with organizations that serve the needs of Georgia’s neediest children, and we provide something that may not be a priority when children have so many other needs like shelter and food and healthcare and safety,” Alison said. “Our beneficiary organizations are typically ones that provide many programs and services on very limited budgets. Each year we include an elementary school that has a high population of children on free or reduced lunch, a leading indicator of economic need.”

Official School Supply List
Folders (6)
Spiral Notebooks (2)
150 Sheets Filler Paper (1)
Pink Eraser (3)
Ruler (1)
Glue Stick (1)
No. 2 Pencil 12-Pack (1)
Crayons 24 Count (1)
Colored Pencil 12-Pack (1)
3×5 Index Cards Pack (1)

When: July 28, 4-7PM
Where: Greystone Pavillion, Piedmont Park
Details: ForTheKid.org

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Premiere Party Attracts Fun, Fashionable Crowd

There’s something sexy about wearing all white. Have you ever seen Daniel Craig in a crisp, white shirt. We’ll wait while you Google that image. So sexy!

You can feel just as smooth and sophisticated as James Bond during the annual Premiere Party, an event to benefit CHRIS Kids. More than $800,000 has been raised through this event since it launched in 2002, and all proceeds help the Atlanta organization support homeless LGBT youth. Every year guests dress in white to celebrate in style, and they certainly dress to impress.

“We have seen some altogether fabulous white suits, hats, shoes, boas and dresses,” said CHRIS Kids Chief Executive Officer Kathy Colbenson. “It is hard to pick the most memorable.”

For this year’s theme, the organization chose “Transformation.”

“CHRIS Kids provides acceptance of people for who they are, where they are,” Kathy said. “Acceptance validates the dignity and worth of persons and is the foundation from which kids can accept themselves, begin to heal, learn to make positive choices and take charge of their futures. This is transformation.”

It’s events like the Premiere Party that allow CHRIS Kids to help “transform” youth in need, and Kathy shared several recent success stories.

“The Counseling Center provided counseling for a 14-year-old girl and her family after the girl came out,” Kathy said. “The counseling and support provided helped the mother come to a place of acceptance and support for daughter, and the family was able to remain intact.”

Kathy told another story about a young man who found a safe, supportive home at TransitionZ for almost two years after being kicked out by his family. He graduated from Georgia Perimeter and then transferred to Morehouse College this past September. CHRIS Kids is also working with a transgender woman who is trying to rebuild a relationship with her mother, while attending college.

So when you slip on your white attire you’ll know you’re helping these young people and other youth like them. And nothing is sexier than a good cause.

CHRIS Kids Premiere Party
When: Saturday, June 9, 6-10PM
Where: Mason Murer, 199 Armour Drive
Details: ChrisKids.org
Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $125 VIP

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CHRIS Kids Goes Glitzy


Imagine being surrounded by black diamonds, rose gold and shimmering silver as you mingle with some of Atlanta’s most charitable people. Sounds ritzy, doesn’t it?

If you’re a regular or potential VIP of CHRIS Kids, the Atlanta organization that helps support homeless LGBT youth, you’d be welcome at the exclusive appreciation party on May 24 at David Yurman, a high-end jewelry company within Lenox Mall. You’re also invited if you’ve already purchased a VIP ticket to the organization’s June 9 Premiere Party.

While you’re there admiring the gorgeous men’s collection ranging from cuff links and rings to belt buckles and time pieces be sure to rub elbows with Kathy Colbenson, chief executive officer of CHRIS Kids. Kathy admitted to Fenuxe that she’s excited about the event being held at David Yurman.

“You’re talking to a woman who likes jewelry,” she said. “I think it’s a gorgeous place. We’re so grateful to David Yurman for hosting this event and caring for LGBT homeless youth.”

With those kids in mind, don’t be afraid to splurge on a shiny new present for yourself. A portion of the proceeds from any sales that night will benefit CHRIS Kids.

“We want to raise awareness of the plight of these kids,” Kathy said. “Events like this help raise awareness because these kids are largely invisible. You can’t drive through Little Five Points and be able to say, ‘It’s this kid or that kid.’”

Kathy said contributions to CHRIS Kids help provide a safety net—as well as support and direction—for homeless LGBT kids.

“If we don’t have the funds we can’t provide the service, and we can’t offer the help and support that makes all the difference [for these youth],” she continued.

Another opportunity to support CHRIS Kids will be the cocktail party and silent auction on June 9 at Mason Murer Fine Art. More than 600 people are expected to attend, with the annual event raising more than $800,000 since 2002.

Appreciation Party
When: May 24, 6-8PM
Where: David Yurman, Lenox Mall

Premiere Party
When: June 9, 6-10PM
Where: Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive
Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door; VIP is $125

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Seasons of Love

Dozens of Atlanta’s Broadway-caliber professionals once again come together for the 10th Annual “Seasons of Love” variety show.

Set for March 9-10 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown, “Seasons of Love” will benefit CHRIS Kids, with all of the proceeds going to the organization to help fund its youth programs. According to CHRIS Kids, the event is the largest variety cabaret show in the Southeast and has raised more than $300,000 to help the charity’s mission of healing children, strengthening families and building community.

Individual tickets are $45, and VIP admission is $100. Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and program ad space is still available.

More information about “Seasons of Love,” click here.

Seasons of Love
Where: 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th Street
When: March 9-10, 8PM
Tickets: $45 Regular, $100 VIP

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Holiday Art Festival Helps Atlanta Children

Hope for the Holidays, a festival set for Dec. 1-3, will benefit five children’s charities.

The three-day festival, presented by Kim Chesney and Debi Lamb, will kick off with a cocktail reception on Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m at The Art House located at 3193 Paces Ferry Place. One hundred percent of ticket sales and proceeds from a raffle on Dec. 1 will go directly to the charities, which include Atlanta Mission, Children’s Restoration Network, CHRIS Kids, Jerusalem House and Sheltering Arms.

More than 100 of Georgia’s best local artists will be featured during the two-day showcase on Dec. 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The goal is to bridge the local art world and nonprofit community while raising funds for children living in poverty, on the streets or with no family in which to celebrate the holiday season.

Individual tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at http://TheArtHouseAtlanta.com. Holiday casual attire is recommended.

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