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Mixx blends social, upscale atmosphere

Mixx blends social, upscale atmosphere

The owners of Mixx are in the middle of a series of renovations designed to make the club more comfortable and upscale — something they believe is lacking in LGBT Atlanta’s nightlife scene.

The bar first opened in 2009 as one of the only non-smoking venues in Midtown and has since become a popular after-work destination.

The 3,200 square-foot club features a large dance floor, two bars, a covered outdoor area and a wall-sized projection system that plays music videos.

Mixx hosts a variety of weekly events, including local pianist David Reeb, Texas Hold’em Poker and the weekly Grown and Sexy Party, but the bar’s owners are planning a series of upcoming events they hope will make Mixx a local nightlife fixture.

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Gay funnyman Leslie Jordan returns to Atlanta for ‘Stories I Can’t Tell Mama’

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Lily Tomlin gave gay comic Leslie Jordan some sage advice not long ago about his one man shows across the country. She told him no one cared about the sets he often brings along with him – what they wanted to see is him simply tell his stories. He returns to Mixx on Thursday to do just that with his new show, “Stories I Can’t Tell Mama.”

As he was picking material for his latest appearance in the ATL, Jordan thought about the notion he’s had for a while – that gay men just eventually become their mothers. Using slides and show and tell, he recounts his own relationship with his mother in Chattanooga in “Stories” and how their relationship has changed over time, especially since coming out to her. 

“It’s a perfect show to do around Mother’s Day,” he says.

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Black gay vampire story comes to Brushstrokes/Mixx on Thursday

Atlanta author K. Murry Johnson

What happens when a high school senior takes a university writing class and falls in love with a fellow student who just happens to be a vampire? Find out as Brushstrokes hosts Atlanta author K. Murry Johnson reading his debut novel, "Image of Emeralds and Chocolate," at Mixx on Thursday night.

Johnson spent years writing the gay vampire love story while also pursuing his technology career. He chatted with GA Voice about the writing process, what makes vampires so compelling, and how two greats of black gay literature helped inspire him.

Your novel, “Image of Emeralds and Chocolate,” was years in the making. What is it like to finally have the book in the hands of readers?