07-13: Artist explores gay, black masculinity

imageStraight -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- Asian-American artist Jenny Zhang talks about why she's interested in a gay black hip-hop artist during a panel discussion Monday night at Apache Cafe.

Zhang inverts the male gaze and uses photographs, marks and words to reach some inner truths about Juba Kalamka, but wants her "Juba-Spider" exhibit (photo) to spur a larger discussion about how being gay challenges being black, about masculinity and women making art about men. The panel gets talking at 8:30 p.m.

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Out & Equal’s five-day lunch roadshow

imageEat lunch and learn a little, too. That’s the approach this week of Out & Equal Atlanta, a group that focus on workplace issues impacting LGBT employees.

The group has pulled together a series of lunch and learn sessions exploring issues including the role of gender in sales, collaborating in tough economic times, sticking with a job for its health benefits and social networking.

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Monday: 16 gay things to do today

image Out & Equal kicks off its week of lunch and learn sessions with "So what is the T in LGBT all about?" 11:45 a.m.
Author Rob Byrnes reads from and discusses his latest work, "Straight Lies," at Outwrite. 7:30 p.m.
Join the discussion with Young Women Writers (5 p.m.) or Writing with Intent (6:30 p.m.), both at Charis.
It's an evening of Sinful Trivia and Karaoke Idol at Burkharts. 9:30 p.m.
Alexandria Martin (photo) leads a cast of performers at Drag on the Edge at Blake's. 11 p.m.

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Monday: Weekend warriors with abs

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Flag football league opens playoff schedule

The National Flag Football League of Atlanta opened its playoffs Saturday, pitting its teams against each other in a tournament that culminates in the summer season championship game.    READ MORE »

Sunday: 10 gay things to do today

image The season rolls on for the Hotlanta Softball League at Southside Park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Woofs hosting their after-play gathering beginning at 2 p.m.
Lounge by the pool with the boys of Sol Sundays at the W Atlanta-Midtown from 1 p.m. to sunset.
"The Wild Party" continues its run at On Stage Atlanta. 3 p.m.
Join the Atlanta's Queer Underground Artists' Society for an art show at Bellissima. 6:30 p.m. (Read more about the group.)
It's the Big Time Show at Blake's and the Armorettes, including Knomie Moore (photo), perform at Burkhart's. 9 p.m.

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Those garish Atlanta ‘Housewives’ are back

imageYou may not admit it, but we know you can't get enough of the train wreck that is “The Real Housewives of Atlanta." So take note: The new season debuts July 30.

And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's TV writer, Rodney Ho, is all about teasing us about the second season of mayhem and madness, complete with the worst gay character on television -- NeNe Leakes' BFF Dwight Eubanks.

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Marietta pol frets over ‘perverts’ in park

imageOh, those crafty cruisers in Cobb County.

They seem to have outwitted police and city officials in Marietta and have made A.L. Burruss Nature Park a safe-haven for cruising and public sex between men.

All the hand-wringing has them debating whether to close the park for two years or spend millions to upgrade the facility to attract more people who want to enjoy nature but do so without engaging in public sex.

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Fly and pull your way to a bigger chest

image Contributing blogger Troy Meyers is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner with more than 10 years of experience. He owns Atlanta-based JockBoyLocker.com and contributes to the site’s Lockerroom Blog.

Last time, I worked through the first two exercises in a routine to make your chest bigger. Now I’ve got the next two pieces of the session. Use the entire routine and you could soon have the eye-catching, head-turning chest you’ve always wanted.

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Saturday: 20 gay things to do today

image Gay artist Paul Wolski continues his Alter Ego Pop Art Show at ART Station (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), while the work of gay artists is included in "Minus: An Exhibition" at Studioplex (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.).
The National Flag Football League of Atlanta opens its playoffs at Piedmont Park. 10 a.m.
DJs Guy and Zev are on hand for Activate Saturday at the Mark. 10 p.m.
DJ Joe Gauthreaux (photo) returns to the Jungle for the start of an all-night affair (10 p.m.). The party shifts to the Body Shop at 2:30 a.m. with DJ Alex Cohen.
Charlie Brown brings her legendary drag show to the stage of Actor's Express. 11 p.m.

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New Movies: Bruno, Potter, Ugly, Funny

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Maybe you've already screened "Public Enemies" and "Ice Age." But there's more to come on the big screen in July.

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Friday: 15 gay things to do today

image Fourth Tuesday welcomes the start of the weekend with a happy hour at Paris Decatur. 7:30 p.m.
"The Wild Party" continues at On Stage Atlanta (8 p.m.) while Francine Reed holds a birthday concert at Actor's Express (11 p.m.).
Charis and the Atlanta Femme Mafia celebrate the release of "Femmes of Power" at Bellissima. 9 p.m.
DJ Vicki Powell leads Flux at Bazzaar (9 p.m.) while DJ Chris Griswold (photo) spins at Mixx (10 p.m.).
Wassup N ATL presents Sugar-Free Fridays at Jungle. 9 p.m.

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Friday: Muscle boys and their muscle car

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Ticket Giveaway: Charlie Brown Superstars

imageThe bitch is back. Legendary drag personality Charlie Brown brings her Superstars of Drag to After Hours at Actor's Express on Saturday.

And we've got a way for you to see the 11 p.m. show for free so you can enjoy the likes of Brown, Heather Daniels, Gigi Monroe, Jordan Kennedy and drag king Chase Daniels. And by free, we mean you can win a pair of tickets and save yourself $10.

Just .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) saying why you want to see the show. We'll pick the winner from among the entrants and let you know via email. It's that simple. But hurry, the contest closes at 5 p.m. on Friday.    READ MORE »

07-12: Queer artists on display @ Bellissima

imageKathryn R. Smith is a blogger and web designer in Atlanta with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Women's Studies from Agnes Scott College. She blogs about queer culture and current events. Read more on her blog and follow her on Twitter.

A range of mediums from a variety of queer artists will be on display Sunday during the second show from Atlanta's Queer Underground Artists' Society at Bellissima.

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Social Tuesdays tastes Midtown pizzeria

A cooler-than-expected Tuesday evening made a perfect setting on the patio of Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria, which hosted the Social Tuesdays, event that hopscotches around town each week.    READ MORE »

Thursday: 17 gay things to do today

image The Atlanta Cotillion hits the Men's Store at Saks for a fundraiser that benefits AID Atlanta. 6 p.m.
Out & Equal hosts its monthly happy hour at Midtown Mediterranean Diner. 6 p.m.
Author Clarence Nero (photo) reads from and discusses "Too Much of A Good Thing Ain't Bad" at Outwrite, while author and performer Mike Molina stops at Charis. 7:30 p.m.
DJ Bryan Christopher among the cast on hand for Glitterati at Bellissima. 8 p.m.
Hydrate Thursdays keeps the cocktails flowing at W Atlanta-Midtown. 9 p.m.

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Thursday: Terrell Carter’s beside manners

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6 for 6: City Council seat attracts one more

imageStraight white men in Atlanta's District 6 rejoice. You now have your champion in candidate Tad Christian.

On Wednesday, the stay-at-home dad and neighborhood activist threw his hat into the crowded ring that is the race for the open seat on the Atlanta City Council, joining five other candidates to represent Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Morningside and portions of Druid Hills. In the diversity that reflects the district, candidates include three gay men, one straight man and two straight women.

In other words, it's a crowded field.

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Atlanta police: Help us find gay man’s killer

imageHomicide detectives with the Atlanta Police Department, a month into investigating the murder of a gay man in Piedmont Park, say they have few leads and need the public's help.

That's quite a change of approach from the days immediately after the May 28 murder of Patrick Boland (photo), when investigators came dangerously close to dismissing the murder as little more than a gay man stabbed to death while out cruising for sex when the park is closed.

Nearly six weeks later, investigators tell Southern Voice that the murder case -- and a probe into the stabbing of a second gay man minutes later -- is going slow and suggest it could be a hate crime.

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