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Dining: Fabulous fall brunch spots

West Egg Cafe

This is a great time to be in Atlanta. The autumn days tend to be crisp and bright making weekends perfect to hit a patio and have brunch.

You must try West Egg Café located in a refurbished warehouse in the gentrified West Midtown district. The scene is mixed in the industrial open loft space with towering windows, plus there is a scenic patio. West Egg has numerous accolades from the AJC, Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing for best breakfast and brunch due to efficient service and superlative cuisine by Chef Patric Bell.

West Egg has a can’t-go-wrong menu of breakfast and brunch “new-Southern” comfort foods. Where else can you get a huge pimento cheese and bacon omelet with scratch-made roasted garlic grits and a fluffy Southern biscuit? The consummate Southern author Fannie Flag would gush over the West Egg’s fried green tomatoes that are golden and tangy with dollops of pimento cheese and a horseradish dill sauce.

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DJ Vicki Powell’s Electronic Music Fest

DJ Vicki Powell

Editor's note: This story was written in 2010 in advance of the first EEMF.

 

There’s no denying Vicki Powell is a child of the ‘80s.

“I think I am definitely a product of the ‘80s, heavy on the electronic, the synthesizer,” she says over lunch at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood Avenue, one of the venues participating in Powell’s first Edgewood Electronic Music Fest set for Nov. 13-14.

“I love electronic music. I grew up on New Order, Depeche Mode. That sound is popping up now, like The Presets,” Powell adds, describing the music she is drawn to today.

With her Flux parties, she developed a following of fans who share her love for electronic music. Her new party, Boombox, to be premiered in the next month or so, will likely have a similar feel — no Top 40, no Lady GaGa — just some tight, unique sounds coming from bands that also have a love for electronica.

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Cirque du Soleil goes ‘Ovo’ the top

OVO

“Ovo,” the new show by Cirque du Soleil that debuted in Atlanta last week, is set in the insect world, where bugs all of kind populate an onstage kingdom. A mysterious egg appears, piquing the interest of all the insects. Within the chaos, there is also something of a love story between a ladybug and a foreigner amidst themes of life and birth.

Cirque is also something of a love story for those who create the intricate circus of acrobatics, music, dance and theater. For many performers and producers, joining the troupe is the culmination of years of dreams and hard work.

Andrew Corbett at one time hoped to be a dancer with Cirque du Soleil, but working on the management side has been a great compromise.  Corbett, who is gay, serves as an artistic assistant with Cirque.

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Collections of small screen faves make great holiday gifts

As you gear up for holiday shopping, several gay favorite TV shows have released season compilations on DVD — perfect for snuggling on the couch and reliving your favorite scenes, or exploring a series that never made it to your radar screen before.

“Glee: The Complete First Season” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment): “Glee” has become one of the third-rate network’s greatest assets. LGBT folks especially can’t get enough of the series, with gay bars all across the country regularly hosting “Glee” events on the nights that the program airs.

The irony that the anti-gay Fox should be home to one (make that two, if you include “American Idol”) of the gayest shows on television is not lost. That said, by the fourth episode of the insanely popular series, the gay issue is addressed with more sensitivity than one might expect when glee club member Kurt (out actor Chris Colfer) comes out to his father and to friend Mercedes (Amber Riley).

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Spelman’s Pride Week confronts homophobia, debunks stereotypes

It’s the second annual Pride Week at Spelman College sponsored by the college’s LGBT organization Afrekete — “Atlanta University Center’s single organization for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, questioning women, and our sister allies.”

Joining in on the programming with Afrekete are the men of Morehouse College's Safe Space program as the two organizations work to address homophobia and debunk stereotypes at the historically black colleges.

Today at 6:30 p.m. Spelman hosts a panel discussion titled, “Homophobia: An International Perspective.”

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Happy Birthday, Charis!

One of the oldest feminist bookstores in the country, an Atlanta icon celebrates 36 years with a sale and author visits today

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Go Out 2 Eat tonight

AID Atlanta hosts monthly gathering tonight at Mexican favorite Las Margarita's

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Don’t be afraid to venture beyond I-285 for great dining

Crepe Revolution

In the ‘70s and ’80s, all the gays and lesbians in the city lived inside the Perimeter. As an Atlanta native I’ve seen everything change. Now we are everywhere, and I’m so tired of this “I don’t do OTP” because there are plenty of delicious OTP chef-driven restaurants.

Here are some noteworthy places worth venturing close to or even beyond the circle of Interstate 285. The scene is mainly straight but most Atlanta restaurants couldn’t care less about your sexual orientation so long as you are polite and tip well. Plus everyone knows if you attract the gays the place must be good.

There are so many fabulous restaurants in Vinings, but did you know there was a revolution? Try something different and head to Crepe Revolution in the charming West Village development. The restaurant serves fabulous sweet and savory crepes. We had a blast with our gay waiter on the beautiful patio with its scenic view, which is not on a busy street like many ITP places. The interior is modern chic.

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Gay favorite Radial Café enters new era

Philip Palmer is moving to London at the end of the year and recently sold his restaurant, Radial Café, to Frank Bragg

Eleven years ago, Philip Palmer opened up Radial Café as a small restaurant that has thrived with its delicious menu and strong support of the LGBT community as well as other local groups.

But at the end of December, Palmer begins a new chapter in his life when he moves to London to be with his partner, Allen Roberson, who recently found a job there after earning an MBA from Emory.

“He’s been here his entire life, I’ve been here 15 years, so we knew it was definitely time for something different,” Palmer says while seated on the patio of Radial Café on DeKalb Avenue.