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Why can’t Atlanta sustain lesbian bars?

Is it something about the particular women’s bars that have opened here, or is there something inherently different about the way lesbians approach nightlife? Either way, Atlanta is back to having just one lesbian bar, despite about two dozen bars targeted to gay men.

This week, Bellissima, the lesbian bar located at Amsterdam Walk in Midtown, announced its closure after a contract to sell the bar encountered problems.

That means there is just one specifically lesbian bar left in the city: My Sister’s Room, which reopened last weekend with renovations and new owners, and debuts a new sports bar menu this weekend.

This is down from a heyday of a whopping three lesbian bars in the Atlanta area in 2010, when Paris Decatur closed.

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Men mugged after leaving Atlanta gay bar

Two men were beaten and robbed in the early morning hours of Sunday after leaving Blake's on the Park in Midtown. The Atlanta Police Department LGBT liaisons have been contacted and will follow up with the victims, according to APD spokesperson John Chafee.

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‘Scrappy’ piano man David Reeb takes your requests

Pianist David Reeb

David Reeb is the resident pianist at Mixx, now playing his third year at the Atlanta gay bar. The Mixx Sing-Along and Open Mike night recently moved to Tuesdays and Reeb, who has been playing piano since he was four, also now performs at The Fifth Ivory restaurant on Wednesday evenings. Plus he holds down a full-time piano gig at the Mall of Georgia.

Reeb, nicknamed “Scrappy,” says he is just as comfortable pumping iron as he is playing the piano and invites others to come sing along with him.

How did you learn to play the piano?

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Mr. Piano Man

Pianist David Reeb

Meet David Reeb, the man behind the Tuesday night sing-along at Mixx

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Lesbian bar Bellissima for sale

Lesbian bar Bellissima is up for sale, says owner Anna Ragghianti.

Located in Amsterdam Walk in Midtown, Bellissima opened in 2008.

The website listing for the bar states it is for sale at "at $79,000 which is a fraction of start-up costs."

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3 Legged Cowboy returns in new, temporary home

3 Legged Cowboy night at Heretic

When 3 Legged Cowboy closed on April 30, gay Atlanta fans of country music and two-stepping were left without a nightlife home. This weekend, that changes.

Deana Collins and her partner, Sheila Whitehead, owners of 3 Legged Cowboy, have teamed up with the Heretic to start up country music and dancing nights at the club on Cheshire Bridge Road.

“That was so sweet of them,” Deana Collins says of the owners and management of the Heretic. “They’ve been in the community almost as long as we have. We told them if we’re going to do this we’ve go to do it right.”

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[Photos] Second annual Marietta Pride draws throngs

Marietta Rainbow Festival

Jubilant crowds packed Le Buzz, the Cobb County gay bar, July 29-30 for the second annual Marietta Rainbow Festival.

The event exceeded all expectations, said Johnathon Murphy, general manager of the bar located just outside the perimeter, who placed attendance as high as 4,000.

There was a kids' zone where drag queens interacted and performed for young children and their families on Saturday evening as well as packed bar with a long line to enter to watch the drag show later on Saturday night. A vendor space included local businesses as well as booths from Georgia Equality and AID Atlanta.

More than 75 artists performed over the weekend event and tentative plans for next year include possibly making the event a three-day festival including a parade.

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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board to meet with mayor, police chief

Members of the Atlanta LGBT Advisory Board will sit down next week with the mayor and police chief to discuss their dissatisfaction with the punishments handed down to officers involved in the controversial Atlanta Eagle raid.

Mayor Kasim Reed will meet with board members on Tuesday, July 26, and Chief George Turner will meet with the board on Friday, July 29. The meetings were requested after the LGBT Advisory Board held a town hall forum on July 13; they are intended to find ways to continue “in our work to strengthen the relationship between the LGBT community and the APD,” according to letters from the board to the mayor and police chief.

The board also plans to hold another community forum with Reed and Turner in attendance to discuss the 2009 raid on the Midtown gay bar and the ongoing fallout that includes six officers being fired recently for lying about what happened during the raid.