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My Sisters’ Room owner says ‘valuable lesson learned’ during recent ‘Derelicte’ party controversy

The controversy surrounding a recent party at My Sisters’ Room has prompted the lesbian bar’s owner to speak out and say that the bar does not intend to discriminate against anyone.

Bedlam Presents and local gay singer and party promoter Barry Brandon and others promoted a party at MSR on March 11 based on the movie “Zoolander” and the fashion line “Derelicte” portrayed in the movie as “homeless chic.”

Advertising for the party included people being encouraged to dress in attire "inspired by homeless, vagrants and crack whores."

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Our new print edition commemorates our first year with the latest in LGBT news and entertainment

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‘Zoolander’-themed party encouraging ‘crack whores’ costumes comes under debate

A debate over a party where people are encouraged to dress in "homeless chic" and as "crack whores" set for Friday at lesbian bar My Sisters' Room has created a stir on Facebook.

The party by Bedlam Presents, a promotion group, is upsetting some people in Atlanta's LGBT community because the dress code suggested for the party is based on the movie "Zoolander" and the "Derelicte" fashion line from that film.

According to the Facebook invite people are encouraged to dress in fashion  "inspired by homeless, vagrants and crack whores."

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Mardi Gras!

Local bars host Fat Tuesday parties with beats and beads

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Actor’s Express needs $50,000 by end of March

Hedwig and the Angry Itch at Actor's Express

Actor’s Express, the gay-inclusive Atlanta-based theater company, is in danger of closing its doors unless the company can come up with significant cash by the end of this month.

Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, who is gay, sent out an email last week explaining the situation the company faces. “Our theatre is at a critical juncture — a true life or death moment. As you know from our many recent calls for support, we are fighting to make it through an extraordinarily difficult time for the arts in Atlanta. Decreased discretionary spending and a reduction in philanthropic support have dramatically impacted our revenues.

“Our staff and board have worked tirelessly to do more with less — cutting our spending while continuing to present works of the highest quality and importance. In spite of our efforts, though, we are faced with an impending deficit that quite literally threatens our existence,” the email explained.

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Singular sensation ‘A Chorus Line’ comes to Atlanta

'A Chorus Line' at Cobb Energy Centre

It’s an iconic image: 17 eager dancers on a bare stage auditioning to get a role in an upcoming musical. “A Chorus Line” — the longest running American Broadway musical ever and winner of nine Tony awards — is about to return to Atlanta as part of the Gas South Broadway Series, with openly gay actor Paul Flanagan in the cast.

Flanagan stars as Al in the musical. Al is 30 years old, from the Bronx, and a very experienced dancer who is in the audition with his wife, Christine.  “He is ready to settle down and is at the audition to settle down Christine,” he says.

The actor has been in “A Chorus Line” once before, back in a Hilton Head production when he was 20. He started with this tour back in the fall and will be with it until the late spring, when the tour goes international in Tokyo.