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 »

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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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NFL’s All-Hot team heats up a cold winter day

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Thankfully, Outsports adds a gay twist to the season's wrap up with its All-Hot team, which includes two from the roster of the Atlanta Falcons. It's no surprise that hunky rookie quarterback Matt Ryan (photo) made the list. There's also defensive lineman John Abraham, who is not to be confused with the smoldering Bollywood actor of the same name.    READ MORE »

Protest greets Rick Warren during ATL stop

imageThe national uproar over Rev. Rick Warren spilled into the streets of Atlanta during services for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

About 75 mostly gay and lesbian people stood across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Warren headlined the annual service, and chanted their disapproval for the selection and the California pastor's views against marriage equality and other progressive causes.

There's more, including a photo album, after the event.    READ MORE »

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Local celebs strut with their pups for charity

imageLocal celebrities and their canines strutted their stuff along a runway in the gym of Grady High School on Jan. 16 during Doggies on the Catwalk.

The annual event, which pairs the celebs and their pets with original fashions by the school's Urban Couture students, is a fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support. PALS, of course, is the group that started with providing care and support to the pets of HIV-positive people and later expanded its mission to include anyone with a critical illness, the disabled and elderly.

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Protest, breakfast, parade part of MLK events

Rev Rick. Warren is in Atlanta this morning and gay activists are preparing to protest.

It's one of a handful of gay events set for today as part of the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday commemoration:

The Jan . 19 protest begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue, which is across from the church. (Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in a staging area at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Jackson.) Other progressive groups, including the newly-formed GLBT ATL, are expected to take part in the event, which ends at 10 a.m. Warren is scheduled to speak during a 10 a.m. service.

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Friday: Two gay things to do today

YOUTHFUL HISTORY: It's MLK weekend, after all, and YouthPride has an interesting event beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its Inman Park office. Winston Johnson, a gay Atlantan and longtime friend of Coretta Scott King, will take part in a panel discussion. Joining him is Dave Heyward of the gay history project Touching Up Our Roots.

DOGGIE STYLE: Pets Are Loving Support, is the beneficiary of the local celebrity-filled Doggies on the Catwalk, which begins at 8 p.m. at Grady High School. The event features local celebs strutting their stuff down the runway with their pooches and showcases the work of the high school's Urban Couture fashion students. For more, check out an item from Peach Buzz in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After, there's a reception at nearby Piedmont Bark that begins at 9 p.m. Event: $25, reception: $10 donation.

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David magazine’s take on ‘change is good’

imageDavid magazine takes full advantage of the busy MLK weekend and upcoming presidential inauguration with its new issue this week.

Among the interesting pieces inside is one by Mike Fleming, the magazine's former editor and my best friend. "Together we can" takes all of the chatter these days about change and turns it into a challenge by asking what you're doing to create positive change not only in your life, but in those of others.

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Gay candidates heat up District 6 race

imageCharlie Stadtlander had last week to himself as he announced his campaign to unseat Anne Fauver from her District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council.

But Fauver (photo), a lesbian and two-term incumbent, came out swinging in a Southern Voice article today about the race, charging that her gay opponent "may not understand" the city's budget process after hearing the charges he leveled at her during his Jan. 7 campaign launch.

Also of note in the Southern Voice article is that Fauver has flip-flopped when it comes to bar hours in the city.

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Diva delivery: Celine Dion hits Atlanta on Sat.

imageCeline Dion!

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, in a preview of the diva's stop in Atlanta on Saturday, argues that the entertainer should have an exclamation point attached to the end of her name "for piercing the highest of vocal registers."

Not sure about that, but the paper does take a fun look at Dion's career, including the up, down and in between moments that gay fans should know before they venture to Philips Arena tomorrow.

Speaking of divas, Elton John pairs up with Billy Joel for a March 14 performance in Atlanta.

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Social Tuesdays tastes some Asian spice

imageSocial Tuesdays stayed in Midtown this week, heading to Spice Market in the upscale W Atlanta Midtown for its evening of cocktails, conversation and connections.

The restaurant, which includes locales in New York and Istanbul, offers adventurous flavors and Southeast Asian cuisine. The Jan. 13 event was the first time Social Tuesdays took a peek inside.

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Thursday: Four gay things to do tonight

BLOOD WORK: Gay artist Robert Sherer speaks to the Atlanta Executive Network. The Kennesaw State University art professor is well known for his "Blood Works," which incorporates HIV-positive blood used as ink. Read more about the Alabama native and his KSU scholarship drive in a recent Southern Voice article. 7 p.m. at Trois in Midtown. $20

LESBIAN DRAMA: Hundreds of lesbians are expected to catch a peek at the season premiere of Showtime's "The L Word" during an event at the Wild Mustang. The evening, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show airing an our later, is one of dozens across the country sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the network. Suggested donation: $10.

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Gay protest set for Rick Warren’s ATL stop

imageGay and lesbian activists say they will "peacefully protest" the appearance of Rev. Rick Warren on Monday when he stops in Atlanta to take part in the holiday commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California, has been the subject of controversy since President-elect Barack Obama selected him to deliver the invocation during the inaugural on Jan. 20. Then news surfaced that Warren, who supported the anti-gay Proposition 8 in his home state and made unflattering comments about gay men and lesbians, would headline the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Jan. 19.

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Sheree Whitfield, one of the attitude-driven members of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," pushed her divorce case to the high court on Monday, before dismissing her appeal of a divorce settlement at the last minute. The legal tussle just adds to the drama and fans of the show here are getting a bonus, just like what you might find as extras on a DVD release of the show's first season.

Find out which "Real Housewives" will be hitting gay clubs over MLK weekend after the jump.    READ MORE »

Social Tuesdays seeks Asian spice tonight

The networking group Social Tuesdays tries a little taste of Southeast Asia tonight with its weekly evening of cocktails, conversation and connections.

The popular event shifts to Spice Market at W Atlanta Midtown, the remake of the hotel that sits on 14th Street near Piedmont Park. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and runs to 11 p.m. Stop in for a drink or dinner and if you haven't already, take a look around at the W and the renovations that made it part of the upscale brand.

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