Social Tuesdays gets raw on Peachtree

imageSocial Tuesdays ventured up Peachtree Road for its weekly dose of conversation, cocktail and connections on Jan. 27.

The restaurant, which opened last year, offers a fusion of Japanese, French and American cuisine and offers a suave tranquility that's upscale yet affordable. There's also five-star sashimi and sushi.

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State senator wants strip club surcharge

You'll be ponying up an extra $5 to step into Swinging Richards if Jack Murphy has his way.

The state senator, a Republican from Cummings, wants to charge strip club patrons $5 to go inside a club. He wants the money to help pay for services for sexually exploited children.

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John Rocker’s anti-gay rage boils over again

imageSaying that John Rocker has rage issues is, well, stating the obvious.

The former Bad Boy of Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves is at it again. You think the guy would learn from his past mistakes. He hasn’t.

Last Thursday, Rocker crashed the grand opening of the W Buckhead and didn’t miss the chance for some verbal sparring with Steak Shapiro, a local sports radio jock that has assailed Rocker in the past for his rocky tenure with the Braves.

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Thursday: Jon Stewart’s Shirt Off Off



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Pride issues open letter to discuss changes

The Atlanta Pride Committee released an open letter on Wednesday, further explaining how the festival was able to return to Piedmont Park this year and why the event moved to late October. The letter follows the announcement by city officials and Pride organizers on Monday of the change in date and venue. Last October, the festival said it would be held in the Atlanta Civic Center and nearby Central Park after city officials declined to open Piedmont to more than one festival per event season.

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More on Pride’s return to Piedmont Park

imagePiedmont Park or bust.

That was the message officials with Atlanta Pride took to city officials in their plea to return to the 190-acre park in Midtown, a venue that hosted the festival until last year when park officials booted all large-scale events.

The plea from Pride worked. The Atlanta Pride Committee announced on Monday that the festival will return to Piedmont in October. The festival will run Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, an apparent scaling back from the event’s traditional three-day schedule.

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Wednesday: John Rocker and a ‘Jew faggot’

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Sanjaya, Ian Thorpe, Sam and Beau, Oprah

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Tuesday: Four gay things to do today

HAPPY HOUR: Fourth Tuesdays takes its monthly happy hour to the 3 Legged Cowboy. The event begins at 6 p.m. A free two-step lesson for beginners is set for 8 p.m.

GET SOCIAL: Have some cocktails, conversation and connections with Social Tuesdays, which moves its weekly gathering to Bluefin. The upscale casual restaurant on Peachtree offers Japanese Fusion. The event starts at 7 p.m.

BASKETBALL JONES: Gay Atlanta author E. Lynn Harris is back with a new book, "Basketball Jones." He'll talk about and sign the novel at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

LESBIAN FUNNIES: Comic Alyssa Barnett hosts comedy night at Eddie's Attic. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Read more about Barnett in a story from Southern Voice.

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Tuesday: Lots of lesbian drama

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Pride returns to Piedmont, moves to October

The Atlanta Pride Festival will return to Piedmont Park this year, but the event will shift to October.

The changes to the festival, which suffered financial losses and smaller crowds after a move last year, were announced today by the Atlanta Pride Committee and the City of Atlanta.

The announcement also means a shift by city officials, who closed the crown jewel of the city's park system to large-scale festivals a year ago. At the time, they cited concerns over the state's long-running drought and outdoor watering ban and whether the events would damage the park's greenscape.

The three-day Pride festival moved from Piedmont to the Atlanta Civic Center in 2008, a move that also shifted the festival to early July. Last October, Pride officials said the festival would return to its traditional late June date and be staged at the civic center and nearby Central Park.

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Matt Ryan’s bromance with Carson Daly

imageWhen it's "last call," apparently Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gets a little gay.

That was the case Jan. 21 when the stud QB landed on the set of "Last Call with Carson Daly" to pitch Axe Hair. He was was there, too, as the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and the guy who led the franchise to a winning record and playoff appearance this season.

But the tone was set when the 23-year-old Ryan, the face of the franchise, came out with Daly calling him "the stud." That's an accurate description for the emerging metrosexual, but it did begin the drooling by Daly.

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Lee Daniels, Obameter, talk dirty, breakups

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Do you have the best gay sports group?

Outsports, the web site that takes a gay slant on sports, is offering local teams the chance at fame and fortune. Mostly the former, but you never know.

The site is dusting off its Best Gay-Sports Group in the World award and revving up to offer it again for the first time in a few years. With the strong gay sports scene in Atlanta -- from softball to swimming, running and more -- the city should make a strong showing.

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Javy Lopez and his multi-million dollar home

imageMy man-crush on Javy Lopez didn't end when his run with the Atlanta Braves did last year. Fortunately, I was on hand to see his last performances as a Brave during his attempted return in Spring Training last year.

Nevertheless, Lopez didn't lose the love for Atlanta and remains in the suburbs in a 8,500-square-foot home. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution caught up with Lopez recently for a photo spread in the paper's Private Quarters feature.

Two things are clear from the photos: Lopez, at 38, remains as hunky as ever and his house shows that he managed to bank some of his millions, unlike many pro players who are dropped from their sport and soon find themselves without a penny to their name.

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Beau Breedlove, Kanye West, Matt Ryan

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The Weekend: Five gay things to do

NETWORKING: The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds its Fourth Friday networking event today at Paris On Ponce. There's a little live jazz for entertainment during the event, which opens at 6 p.m. $10

SHUT UP: Drag icon Varla Jean Merman is in Atlanta for a brief run of "Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte" at the 14th Street Playhouse. The show runs Jan. 22-25 and Jan. 28-31. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets cost $45. Several of the shows benefit local gay groups. Read more in a Project Q Atlanta interview with Merman.

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club kicks off its eight-game schedule on Saturday with a match against Georgia Tech. Can we say, "college jocks?" Yes we can. Match time is 2:30 p.m. at Coan Middle School on Hosea Williams Drive in Kirkwood.

ROCK FOR EQUALITY: Lesbian singers Halcyon and Renee Mixon headline the "Stand for Equality" concert on Saturday, a benefit for Georgia Equality. Tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. event at Wild Mustang. The concert is part of the non-profit's "Campaign for a Fair Majority," which also encourages gay Georgians to create personalized web pages to help advocate for equality.

PAGEANT: Out on Film launches its monthly film screening on Monday with "Pageant," the documentary of 50 men competing for the title of "MIss Gay America.' A mini-pageant with celebrity judges follows the screening. The event's set for 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.    READ MORE »

Lil Wayne, Dear Belly, gay dream team

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Varla Jean Merman storms Atlanta tonight

imageHold onto your wig.

If you only know drag icon Varla Jean Merman and her winning pink jumpsuit in last season’s “Project Runway” drag challenge, or from her saccharine-sweet role in the film “Girls Will Be Girls,” you’re in for a treat.

Varla takes her first official bow in Atlanta tonight when her creator and alter ego, Jeffrey Roberson, brings “Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte” to 14th Street Playhouse. The parody of the 1964 camp classic “Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte” plays through Jan. 31 after an award-winning run in New Orleans last year.

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Jim Carrey, ‘Lost,’ Jon Stewart, NFL hotties

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