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[Photos] A Dragnificent night at Jungle following the Big Gay Game Show

Dragnificent debuts at Jungle

There was the family of Mrs. Ropers challenging the Hotlanta Rubber Group in a fun and racy game of Family Feud. I mean really, when asked, "What is something you eat in bed?" one of the top answers is, of course, "ass." Well, when the crowd surveyed is a bunch of gay men at least.

The Big Gay Game Show — held on the third Wednesday of each month at Jungle — benefits the Lost-n-Found organization that helps homeless LGBT youth. And this month, on Sept. 19, the debut of Dragnificent followed the Big Gay Game Game Show with host Nicole Paige Brooks and judges Phoenix (who is also producing the show), Edie Cheezburger and Nina Flowers of "RuPaul's Drag Race" fame.

Contestants for the first night were asked to express who they are. Competing in order of appearance were: Princess Vanessa, Aliya Sexton, Prima Alexandra, Arriana Paris, Tanyla Cassadine, Evah Destruction, Jai' Na Devereaux, Zaria Bonet Valentino, Peyton Elizabeth, Alexandra Knowles and Daniella Vess.

Tips to the contestants were also donated to Lost-n-Found.

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Open auditions for Jungle’s new ‘Dragnificent’ contest next week

Dragnique at Jungle

Organizers behind the wildly popular Dragnique show at Jungle are holding open auditions Wednesday, Aug. 29 for the new show Dragnificent.

The winner of the seven-week re-branded drag competition will receive $1,000 in addition to other prizes, organizers said. The show kicks off Sept. 19 at Jungle, immediately following September's Big Gay Gameshow.

"The  Fantasy Girls are super proud to be presenting Dragnificent," said organizer and local drag personality Phoenix. "We have so many surprises in store for the audience and the contestants."

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Snapshots from the weekend

From the annual “Purple Dress Run” to the final night of country / western bar 3 Legged Cowboy, our photographers were on the scene all weekend snapping great shots.

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus performs'Divas 2: Opera Revisited'

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus performed "Divas 2: Opera Revisited" at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. (Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography)

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Drag at Jungle

Dragnique goes wild tonight with gender being challenge

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DJs and drag

Dragnique returns to Jungle while DJ Lydia Prim spins at Heretic

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End of ‘Dragnique’ is beginning for host and creator Eve Michaels

Drag personality Eve Michaels

In a vote separated by only three ballots, Janelle Brooks was named the winner of Jungle's first “Dragnique” drag competition on Friday. Brooks, an energetic dancing diva, beat out Gunza Blazin, a member of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The seven-week contest where drag newbies performed their way through weekly challenges for audience approval has ended, but the event marks the beginning of so much more for the contest's creator and host, Eve Michaels.

“If you would have said that I would be doing this a year ago, I would have never believed you,” Michaels said. “I never would have thought at my age I'd be throwing on platform boots and wigs and performing on stage.”

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‘Dragnique’ finale on Friday to crown Atlanta’s next drag diva

Dragnique ends Friday night with the crowning of Atlanta's next drag superstar, and I'm kind of bummed to see the end of a fun weekend tradition.

Some combination of my friends and I have made it out each Friday for the past six weeks to see the competition at Jungle, and from the very beginning it was clear that Draqnique was to be a unique offering to Atlanta's already diverse drag scene.

I've seen a lot of drag since I moved to Atlanta almost six years ago. I dated a former drag queen and during our time together, it often felt like we went from drag bar to drag bar to see what amounted to a lot of the same thing over and over again. While I believe it takes talent to transform oneself from male to believably female, my patience for lip-syncing songs with mediocre stage presence is fleeting.