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DJ Tony Moran Takes It All The Way To The Big 50


By Dustin Shrader

Not many 50-year-olds look like Tony Moran. And not many 50-year-olds celebrate their birthdays quite the same way the illustrious DJ will. Tony will be bringing his thunderous club beats all the way from New York to Jungle on Dec. 6. He is making a stop here in Atlanta during his current tour, which is in honor of such a birthday milestone, as well as celebrating a career that has spanned over thirty years. Throughout his renowned repertoire, Tony has worked with major artists such as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ne-Yo and Cher.

The two-time Grammy nominated DJ-producer is still serving it up classic, New York style with his latest track, “Take It All The Way.” Tony co-wrote and produced the club thumper with friend Todd Terry. Their collaboration is described as a “sweeping blend of electronic, dance and freestyle, guaranteed to wake up even the most jaded club music fan.”  The DJ even added his own vocals to the mix.

In an immediate press release, Tony states, “’Take It All The Way’ is the biggest record I have ever made. I made the decision to not sing on songs anymore but this track’s story was so special and close to home, I had to make an exception. My only stipulation was that if we were going to do this, we were going to do it big!” “Big” hits the nail directly on the head. Tony’s record label is releasing twenty mixes of the song, one each week and each one will be accompanied by their very own music video!

“You only turn 50 once! I can’t think of a better time to take it all the way.”

In addition to celebrating his 50th at Jungle, Tony will guest-dj and perform his new, chart-topping hit.




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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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Josette Pimenta Sang For Her Life …

Hair: Tina Coluccio & Toni Schafer
Makeup:David Jennings
Photos: Whitney Fields
Creative Director: Barry Brandon
Clothing: Pulled from WildFlag ATL

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

When party monster/promoter extraordinaire Barry Brandon challenged all songbirds of Atlanta to a sing-off at Jungle, the response was overwhelming. More than a thousand applicants sent in video submissions to the “Sing For Your Life” talent show and the narrowing process began. After months of paring down the incredibly talented performers, the long list of guest judges (including FENUXE’s own Tyler Calkins) had their winner: the beautiful, soulful Josette Pimenta. She lent her voice to Atlanta once again to answer a few questions and to give us some insight into what moves her (apart from James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Check it out.

Getting into the contest was a process in itself! Can you tell our readers what it took just to get your name on the list of final contestants?

Well, it took a rocking horse, an Indian headdress, and a bottle of wine! I really wanted to set myself apart from the other contestants with my video submission, so I sang “Half Breed” by Cher in my living room on a rocking horse while my mother filmed it. Luckily, they loved it and gave me a shot at the live auditions! That night I sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse … well kind of: The judges stopped me during the middle of the first verse and asked me to sing a standard. I sang the first song that popped into my head: “Almost Like Being in Love” by Ella Fitzgerald. I thought to myself, “Thank God I love old jazz music. That could have been a disaster!

It’s important (naturally) to put your own spin on the songs you’re covering, but when you perform certain artists’ music, do you “channel” them at all?

Absolutely! The reason people cover songs in the first place is generally because the artist or the song has inspired or influenced them, so I definitely channel artists when I cover their music. My main goal when covering a song, though, is to make people think of my performance when they hear that song whether they want to or not. I really want people to remember my performances!

How do you work around a shaky voice as a result of stage-fright … or are you one of the blessed who don’t get nervous?

I honestly feel very at home on stage. I always get little butterflies before I go on, but I don’t really get stage-fright. I know it sounds corny, but it really is my favorite place to be.

 If you could cut an album with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?

That’s easy: Amy Winehouse. She was amazing! Hands down one of the best songwriters and singers of all time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to her albums. I’m sad that I never got the chance to see her live before she passed. That girl had soul.

Do you write your own music and if so, what’s the first verse in the very first song you ever wrote? (Even if it’s embarrassing, homegirl! Actually, especially if it is, lol.)

I actually just wrote my first original the other day! I’m very excited to finally get to perform an original at my next show, but at the same time I could pee my pants I’m so nervous. It’s extremely personal, so I hope people can connect to it like I do. The first verse goes like this:

will you love me in the morning?
will you hold me close and tell me
that I’m your baby,
that I’m that one,
or were all these late nights just you having fun?

Eeeek! my palms got sweaty just saying that!

What’re three albums you will never get tired of?

Hmmmmmm … any Lady Gaga album — that bitch is fierce! — any Amy Winehouse album, and the “Now and Then” soundtrack. That is my jam in the car!

But it’s not over for Josette, oh no. Apart from rockin’ venues with her band Davina and the Harlots, she’ll be drowning us in soul during a performance at Pride. Given the chance — and some industry talent scouts in the audience — she could possibly be discovered as the next best thing out of Atlanta to hit the charts. Good luck to you, Ms. Pimenta!

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The Heretic introduces non-smoking areas, aims to accommodate all

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

The Heretic has taken a big step toward finding a solid middle ground on the smoking or non-smoking dilemma faced by many clubs and bars in Atlanta. Not going as far as to prohibit smoking, the popular nightclub has limited smoking to certain areas inside the bar, while leaving their outdoor patios smoke-friendly.

For the past six months, The Heretic’s general manager Alan Collins and his staff have taken the opinions and concerns of both his smoking and non-smoking clientele on the proposed partial ban into consideration. “The majority of the smokers I talked with completely understood and were actually surprised that we hadn’t implemented it already,” he told FENUXE. “We’ve always wanted to accommodate non-smokers’ needs, but were afraid to lose business.”

In his first attempt to alleviate the discomfort that non-smokers encounter, Collins invested thousands of dollars installing a ventilation system to reduce the amount of smoke inside the bar. Unfortunately, the vents didn’t work as effectively as he’d hoped.

“But then I thought, ‘Why can’t we just section off the bar for smokers?’ Of course, it’s not a perfect scenario for non-smokers, but at least they can dance and not worry about getting burned, not having smoke blown in their faces, and all the other common problems [non-smokers] face.”

With the amount of smoke the new plan will eliminate, Collins hopes that non-smokers who have stopped coming to The Heretic will return. The nightclub and venue has clearly marked all designated areas for smokers, but he fully anticipates people forgetting the new rule.

“We’re not going to be upset if they light up,” he assured. “We’ll politely remind them where they’re allowed to smoke. This is all very new, so we’ll understand.”

The move ushers The Heretic into a new era of Atlanta nightlife joining Jungle, Mixx, Cockpit, and TEN Atlanta in their efforts to provide both smokers and non-smokers with a more accommodating night out.

Last year, Atlanta city officials considered a ban on smoking in bars and nightclubs. The strict regulations would have even defined the parameters on just how far smokers could light up outside the buildings.

“That would have been absurd,” he said. “We have several patios that would be perfect for smoking, but we wouldn’t be able to use them because they weren’t so many yards away from [entrances and exits].”

The restrictive nature of the proposal led to outcry from both patrons and business owners and never came to fruition.

Making the switch has proved trepidatious for Collins, so much so that when he typed out the news into Heretic’s official Facebook page, he let it sit for nearly three hours while deciding if he should post it.

“It could’ve been fantastic or it could have been detrimental. I was terrified!” he laughed. “But as soon as I hit send, my Facebook immediately blew up with nothing but positive feedback. I haven’t received a negative comment yet.”

Heretic will continue to sell cigarettes, but is considering selling electronic cigarettes that will allow patrons to get their nicotine fix anywhere in the building.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “The whole goal of this is to make everyone as happy as I possibly can.”

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Behind the Bar

Cocktails always taste better when hot bartenders are mixing them. We tracked down some of our favorite bartenders and asked them to share their signature cocktail recipes.

Chase Phillips



3/4 oz. Captain Morgan
3/4 oz. Malibu
3/4 oz. Midori
1/2 oz. Bicardi 151
Splash of Pineapple Juice

Mix ingredients in a rocks glass. Serve over ice.

Alfons Dovana


Albanian Eagle

1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Red Bull
1/4 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Cranberry

Shake with ice, strain and enjoy.

Anthony Mollo


Spiced Apple Pie

1 part Fireball
Cinnamon Whisky
1/2 part Green Apple Pucker
1/2 part Cranberry Juice
Splash of Pineapple Juice

Shake and strain over ice or serve as a shot.

Jason Davis, Mary’s

The Amsterdam

Place a shot glass inside of a pint glass. Outside of the shot glass pour equal parts Chambord (or any raspberry schnapps) and Cranberry Juice to just under the rim of the shot glass. In a shaker combine equal parts Gin, Rum, Triple Sec, Pineapple Juice and Orange Juice. Shake with ice. Pour inside the shot glass to the rim. The ingredients on the outside and inside of the shot glass shouldn’t mix yet. Before serving, crack open a light lager beer (I prefer Peroni) and pour into the center of the shot glass, mixing all the ingredients together, until the pint glass is about half full. Chug, don’t sip, to get the proper flavor.


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Latrice Royale Breaks It Down

Shannon Jenkins, Associate Writer, Lifestyle & Culture

Despite all the makeup, padding and fake boobs, drag queens keep it real. And Latrice Royale is no exception. The tell-it-like-it-is diva quickly won my admiration as a fierce contestant on season four of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” She didn’t bite her tongue when it came to expressing opinions. She remained honest and ladylike throughout the whole show, which I suspect helped her snag the title of Miss Congeniality during the season finale. And, when she sang out “Jesus is a biscuit,” she forever joined my list of favorite entertainers. I had the pleasure of speaking with Latrice about her blooming drag career, her connection with Atlanta and more.

Shannon: How did “Drag Race” change your life?
Latrice: Oh my god! Like wow! First of all, I go there to win $100,000 but I didn’t realize I had so much healing to do. It winded up being like a therapy session. I learned a lot about me. It really put me in a different position. Financially I’m more secure. I’m traveling. People love me, and I’m loving it.

Shannon: What did you enjoy most about the show?
Latrice: Making all these connections. It’s a whole new world, and it’s a whole new sisterhood. I have new friends for life. It’s definitely not for the average or the meek at heart. It’s stressful but it’s so worth it.

Shannon: What was the hardest aspect of the show?
Latrice: Honestly it was standing up in heels for deliberation for all those hours. It looked easy on TV but we were standing up there forever. Forever and ever! That was the hardest part. For real, for real. I can deal with the drama but the pain in the feet, in the knees, in the legs…whoooo! That was hard.

Shannon: What was your favorite challenge?
Latrice: It was the boat challenge. That one represented gay pride. It was just a really great opportunity for me to showcase what I love to do, which is being creative and out-of-the-box.

Shannon: Some of your fellow contestants worked your nerves during the Snatch Game. Why did their behavior upset you so much?
Latrice: That was what I was looking forward to the most. It was just a rumpus room fest. I understand you’re trying to be seen, boo boo. But you are stepping on people. You are stepping on me. You are stepping on Ru. You’re just out of control. We see it on TV for a few minutes but there were hours of that going on. I was so through and so checked out by that point. I was like, “I can’t do this.” I was over it.

Shannon: Any regrets?
Latrice: I wouldn’t change a thing. I was very happy with my outcome and how I placed. I was just glad I was able to represent and sustain and keep my integrity the whole time because it was very important I didn’t lose myself. I’m happy.

Shannon: Viewers voted you Miss Congeniality. How did that feel?
Latrice: That’s amazing. That’s the most amazing thing! That was voted on by the fans. It just goes to show people really are invested in you and really do love you. It made me feel good and it let me know I was doing something right. So I’m gonna keep on doing it.

Shannon: Tell us about “Drag U.”
Latrice: This is right up my alley—just helping people get through things. I have a lot of identifying moments with these women. The most important part for me is connecting with my “students.” The whole concept behind “Drag U” is about helping these women come to terms with their inner divas and realizing their self-worth. They kind of lost it with whatever trials they have been through. My whole thing is really digging in and getting them to understand what they’re worth. They’re beautiful. That’s what I love the most. It does make a difference in these women’s lives.

Shannon: How did “Drag Race” heal you?
Latrice: I knew I had baggage. I’m very good at suppressing things. I wasn’t prepared for them to bring it all up. A lot of the girls had things that stirred up emotions and it was things I had suppressed. So through talking it out with them it helped me. I got a lot more out of the contest than I had expected.

Shannon: What makes a great drag queen?
Latrice: A great drag queen knows who she is. She’s strong. She’s powerful. She’s diverse. She’s real. These are things that make great drag queens.

Shannon: I hear you have some Atlanta ties. What’s that all about?
Latrice: My brother and his family relocated to Atlanta. I went for a family wedding and I spent a week there. I fell in love with the city a little bit. If I decide to buy a home it might be in the South. It might be right there in Atlanta. I was loving it.

Shannon: What did you like about Atlanta?
Latrice: Obviously the Southern hospitality. Everybody is just sweet as sugar. It’s laid back. Not too pretentious. It was cool. I could get into that kind of vibe.

Shannon: Did you delve into the gay scene while you were here?
Latrice: I went to Jungle. I went Chaparral. I got around. It was cute.

Shannon: What kind of guys do you find attractive?
Latrice: I like cowboys.

Shannon: There’s a cowboy night at the Heretic.
Latrice: Oh yeah? I like cowboys. They’re sexy.

Shannon: How did you come up with your drag name?
Latrice: Well “Latrice” was my little childhood friend from elementary school. She was a beautiful little black girl, and her name just suited the way she looked. I always loved her name. As for “Royale,” my friend gave me that name as I was trying out for my first drag show. He said, “You’re chocolatey and fudgey like royale fudge.” So, there you have it. And here we are twenty years later.

Shannon: What can we expect from your show in July at Jungle?
Latrice: You know that is going to be all about me tearing down the house and bringing down high energy. If you’re not losing your mind and screaming and throwing me all your money then I’m not doing my job.

Shannon: I’ll be there and I’ll have my camera.
Latrice: Fabulous! Take lots of pictures. I’m really fast.

Where: Jungle
When: July 25, 9PM
Details: JungleClubAtlanta.com

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New Nighttime Event Seeks Entertainers of All Kinds

All entertainers share one thing in common—they’re always willing to showcase their talents. Luckily for them a new opportunity to step into the spotlight is on the horizon.

Jungle Club Atlanta is planning a monthly event called The Circus, which begins Wednesday, August 1, and will benefit Positive Impact’s MISTER program.

“We are seeking comedians, aerialists, magicians, acrobats, rappers, dancers, jugglers, singers, actors, drag queens, performance artists, musicians, fashion designers and anyone else who can be brought to the stage to entertain,” said Chandler Bearden, a prevention specialist for MISTER.

Jungle’s Richard Cherskov and drag performer Phoenix collaborated on the concept for The Circus and presented it to Chandler as a possible avenue to raise awareness for MISTER, which offers a variety of services (including HIV testing) to Atlanta’s gay and bisexual men. Chandler said the event will not only benefit MISTER but Atlanta’s LGBT community as well.

“There is outstanding amount of talent welling beneath and around us at all times in this city,” he said. “Events and establishments present a wide variety of options on a regular basis, but these options are highly concentrated on one method of expression. You can visit a club and get your dinner with a line of comedians guaranteed to make you choke on your entree or see an amazing competition of drag or even find talented singers belting out their melodies to provide a journey of emotion but they are all spread far and wide. This event is guaranteed to bring that diaspora of Atlanta all into one place.”

For additional details, contact Chandler Bearden at [email protected] More information will soon be available on how to submit audition videos and tracks, including rules and regulations, on the Jungle Club website at www.jungleclubatlanta.com.

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Big Gay Game Show Brings Campy TV to Life

The Big Gay Game Show is a hot gay mess! And we love every minute of it. You should be ashamed of yourself if you haven’t seen this spoof of retro game shows yet. Last night the monthly event–held every third Wednesday at Jungle–featured an array of local LGBT celebrities with over-the-top personalities, the Order of Flaming Sugarbakers, pretty men in skimpy underwear and loads of campy entertainment. Not only will you have a good time, but you can help raise money for a worthy cause. Money raised from “The Big Gay Game Show” benefits Lost-n-Found Youth, an Atlanta organization that helps homeless LGBT youth.

Check out photos from last night’s wacky event below.

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Satisfy Your Hunger for Comedy

Shannon Jenkins, Associate Writer, Lifestyle & Culture

Have you ever made a late-night visit to the Waffle House on Cheshire Bridge? Some patrons are clubbers stumbling into the 24-hour eatery from Onyx, Heretic and Jungle. Some are truckers just passing through while others are eccentric regulars. Say what you will about Waffle House, but you can’t deny it brings people together. And, more often than not, that scattered, covered and chunked combination of people makes for an interesting experience.

Writing partners Larry Larson and Eddie Lee certainly seem to think so. Inspired by the unique atmosphere spawned by the Georgia-based restaurant chain, the duo wrote the play “The Waffle Palace,” playing now through July 1 at Horizon Theatre.

“I kept coming across articles and news reports about various happenings and events that seemed to be unique to the place and it was described in one article as a ‘Weirdness Magnet,’” Larry said. “I started jotting down ideas for a plot and characters and pitched the idea to Lisa [Adler, co-artistic director of Horizon] and then to Eddie as a possible project for us to partner on and the rest is history, as they say.”

During the writing process, Larry and Eddie added a drag queen character named Vivienne after hearing about a regular drag gathering at an Atlanta Waffle House. But don’t assume these two straight guys are using Vivienne as a cheap laugh.

“Her presence and her bonding with the electrical lineman [character] goes beyond the Waffle Palace,” Eddie said. “I wanted to say something about the South, about how disparate people relate to each other on a basic, very Southern level. In the scene, you have a drag queen and an African-American lineman from a small town in north Georgia, but their Southern roots connect them.”

Eric Mendenhall, the straight actor playing Vivienne, said the character brings a human element to the show.

“She is full of love and life and humor, and she lights up a room instantly,” he said. “The scene with Vivienne culminates in an unexpected way, and she shares a moment with her ‘family’ at the Waffle Palace that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I think it’s a special time on stage that drag queens and NASCAR fans alike will relate to.”

To prepare for his role, Eric has watched several documentaries on drag queens and tested his skills at walking in heels.

“I have to wear stilts at one point for a different character, and I tell you, give me stilts over high heels any day of the week. But as Vivienne says, ‘Drag queens don’t wear sensible shoes.’”

Where: Horizon Theatre
When: Now through July 1
Details: horizontheatre.com

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Drag Queens & Leather Men Claw Each Other’s Eyes Out Tonight

Ryan Lee, Associate Writer: News & Current Events

Who would win in a battle between Atlanta’s drag queens and members of the leather community? No doubt the girls in the make-up.

But how about a battle of wits? Leather aficionados tend to be surprisingly lucid.

The storied rivalry of drag queens vs. leather men reaches new heights tonight, as the two sides square off in the premiere of the “Big Gay Game Show” at Jungle.

A hybrid of games such as “Family Feud,” “Match Game” and “Let’s Make a Deal,” the “Big Gay Gay Show” is a fundraiser for Lost-N-Found, a new organization that helps homeless LGBT youth.

“We were trying to figure out what to do to raise money, and we were trying to do it without it just being another drag show or trivia,” said Paul Swicord, treasurer of Lost-N-Found.

“Some of the stuff we’re doing right now is helping the kids get their GEDs and job searches,” Swicord says of the organization which started last fall. “Once they’re ready, we try to help them find an apartment to move into that’s affordable.”

Tonight’s match-up in the “Big Gay Game Show” features the freshly crowned Mr. Atlanta Eagle Jeff Donaldson and members of the Panther leather club taking on drag queens Phoenix, Nicole Paige Brooks, Angelica D’Paige, Savannah Leigh and Mariah Balenciaga.

Doors open at 7 p.m., folks can register to play along, and the game gets started at 8. The “Big Gay Game Show” will be a monthly event that allows folks to try something different during a night out on the town.

“I’m not much of a dancing guy myself, so having those alternatives definitely gives more people something better to do, and hopefully revive some of the nightlife,” Swicord said.

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