Arts & Culture

Logo gets unbuttoned with Levi’s

Logo zipped up a deal with Levi's as part of the company's global "Unbuttoned Live" campaign. The $1 million "Logo Unbuttoned" campaign kicks off on the gay and lesbian cable channel Tuesday with Levi's becoming a sole sponsor of a programming block in October. There's more, including a link to the video clips for Levi's "Logo Unbuttoned" campaign, after the jump.

Logo’s got game with new show

imageLogo steps into the realm of gay jocks and basketball with the premiere tonight of "Shirts & Skins." The six-episode series follows the Rock Dogs, a gay amateur basketball team, as they prepared for the National Gay Basketball Association championships earlier this year. The show is set in a loft in San Francisco's Mission District as six of the team's 12 players live together for more than three weeks as they practice and play. "Shirts & Skins" doesn't shy away from skin or drama, but digs a little deeper than most reality television shows and includes a healthy dose of on-the-court action that helps it stand out from other reality TV. These guys can hoop, after all. One of the six teammates living in the loft is Rory Ray, a web developer who joined the Rock Dogs in 2002 and now lives in New York City. There's more after the jump.

Logo’s got game with new show

imageGrowing up in a Mormon house with five athletic brothers and a football coach father taught Rory Ray lessons about himself, sports and family. It also unwittingly helped prepare him for his latest gig as a member of an ensemble cast on the newest entrant into reality television. This offering, though, provides a new twist. Logo’s “Shirts & Skins” ventures into the locker-room with a candid look at an amateur basketball team that can dribble and dunk with skill yet also happens to have a roster full of gay men.

‘Boys in the Band’ no more

image"The Boys in the Band" are about to break up. The show, about gay life in the 1960s and 1970s, hits the stage at Whole World Theater for the last few times beginning tonight. It's five-week run ends with an 8 p.m. show on Saturday. Read a recent preview of the show in Southern Voice.

Ellen flirts with Michelle Obama?

Oh, that silly Ellen DeGeneres. Apparently new wife Portia de Rossi isn't enough to keep Ellen in check. Michelle Obama joined DeGeneres' show on Monday and as the two danced before their chat, it appears as if DeGeneres givers her a look. You know, the look. Watch the video clip after the jump.

Kathy Griffin sees her Atlanta gays

imageThat D-list diva Kathy Griffin swept into town on Friday to deliver her stand up routine to two sold out crowds at the Fox. Leading up to the show, she did a Q&A in which she didn't hold back.
Between shows, I eat peanut butter for energy. … I have a rider that says I have to have peanut butter backstage. I know that I should probably have cocaine and hookers. But it’s just peanut butter and a plastic spoon. As a double Emmy nominee, I think I should start demanding a silver spoon, or at least some kind of metal.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution includes a photo album from the event. Photo: Robb D. Cohen,

‘Rent’ take final curtain call

After 5,140 performances over the course of 12 years, the groundbreaking Broadway rock-musical "Rent" took its final curtain call on Sunday. In 1996, "Rent" quickly went from a small off-Broadway theater to the Great White Way, where today it's the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history. From its humble roots, there was little to suggest the worldwide smash it would become. Loosely based on Puccini's opera, "La Bohème," "Rent" is about young artists struggling to get by, living in New York City's once-grungy East Village in the mid-1980s. Its characters are gay, straight, cross-dressers and strippers who are facing hardships like AIDS, drug addiction and homelessness. "We all love, we all lose people, we all struggle with identity," said Gwen Stewart, an original "Rent" Broadway cast member who has returned to the cast for the show's closing. Read the full story from ABC News.

Lifetime stalls new ‘Project Runway’

"Project Ruwnay" just got bounced. As the fifth season airs now on Bravo, plans for its move to Lifetime and a sixth season beginning this fall are being put on hold.

Outkast member says he’s a dandy, not a gay

imageOutkast's Andre 3000 admits to dressing well, but not to being gay.
"People feel like, just because you like to dress well ... that don't mean you're gay. I don't know where that came from."

Rachel Maddow an unlikely host for MSNBC?

imageLesbian Rachel Maddow is bringing her liberal take on life to television on a new show debuting this week on MSNBC. And she does so at a time when the cable network is coming under increasing fire for what critics called its politicized coverage of the recent presidential nominating conventions. Maddow, a 35-year-old lesbian and host of a show on Air America, brings with her an usual background for a television host, even one on MSNBC. She's a Rhodes Scholar and AIDS activist who's now working on a book about the role of the military in U.S. politics.

Janet Jackson launches new world tour

imageJanet Jackson will kick off her long-awaited “Rock Witchu Tour” Sept. 10 in Vancouver, her first tour in more than seven years. “This show is for the fans,” she told the Washington Blade, adding that she will perform about 30 tracks during the two-hour show. “It’s a nice mix from ‘Discipline’ and all the other albums.” She noted that the show is focused on dance tracks and that she hopes to give concertgoers an escape from their problems, citing the current state of the economy. “It’s a big show,” she said, “a completely different show. It’s very much upbeat. The kids say it shouldn’t be called the ‘Rock Witchu Tour,’ it should be called the ‘History of Janet Tour.’” As for the vibe and style of the set, Jackson said she’s intrigued by the future so the set design will incorporate futuristic elements. Her costumes will be more elaborate than in the past. So far, 24 North American dates have been announced, but Jackson said that more U.S. dates will be announced soon and that she’s in talks to take the tour all over the world, including possibly Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia and the Middle East. For the full story from the Washington Blade, go here.

Eric Himan takes his voice national

imageEric Himan, who hails from Atlanta, is putting the finishing touches on a national tour this fall to promote "Resonate," the latest release from the gay artist who's been singing his way up the indie music ladder since 2000. The artist, with no shortage of ink covering his muscled frame, is on the verge of making it big. There's more, including Himan's "Little Boy Blue" video, after the jump.

H&M makes for happy gays in ‘burbs

imageGays in metro Atlanta's suburbs will rejoice with this news: H&M is coming to a mall near you. The discount Swedish retailing giant that discerning gay men love opened a store earlier this summer in Atlantic Station. You still can't step inside without swinging a manpurse and hitting a gaggle of gays. Now they are heading to the 'burbs with plans to open in Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw (Sept. 4) and the Mall of Georgia in Buford (Oct. 9). (Alpharetta has one, too, in North Point Mall.)

‘Noah’s Arc’ makes Atlanta stop

imageThe boys from "Noah's Arc" were in town over the weekend to help celebrate Black Gay Pride and plug their new flick that opens Oct. 24. After two seasons on Logo, the drama is moving to the big screen for "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom" and the enterprise is drawing comparisons to "Sex & the City." Let's hope the the movie finds as much success as the big screen adaptation of Sarah Jessica Parker and hew group of girls. There's more after the jump.

Has Manhunt destroyed our culture?

Most gay men have heard of -- if not clicked their way through -- Manhunt, the ever-popular cruise site. Tens of thousands of men across the globe are online at any given moment, looking to make good on the site's promise of "get on. get off." But new questions are being raised about what the site's popularity might mean for gay culture.

E. Lynn Harris plays to friendly crowd

imageGay author E. Lynn Harris read portions of his novel, "Just Too Good to Be True," to a packed crowd at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday. The book, billed by Harris as about "football, family and secrets," adds to the author's collection of nine novels and a 2004 memoir. Harris talked with Southern Voice for a profile earlier this month.
“I’m still very, very thankful and dependent on my gay readers. I don’t want them to think for one minute that I have abandoned them,” Harris says, noting that his next book, due out in January 2009, is a “totally gay story” called “Basketball Jones.”
For a gallery of photos from the event, go here.