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[Photos] Hey, Mary! Sweaty blow out celebrates Madonna’s birthday

Madonna-Rama at Mary's

Lines formed to get into Mary's in East Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 17, for its annual Madonna-Rama bash, a celebration of the birth of the Queen of Pop that had people squeezing, swaying and sweating to decades of Madonna hits and favorites. DJ Diablo Rojo, wearing a special "Hey Mister DJ" t-shirt (that later came off) was manning the tables as he laid down the beats of the queen who has earned her place forever a gay icon.

She's still speaking out on behalf of LGBT equality and making trouble, currently being sued by Russian activists angered and offended she dared to advocate for gay equality during her tour in St. Petersburg.

People packed the bar and sang loudly to Madonna favorites as videos of the pop legend played on screens throughout the bar. Upstairs in the Boozy Cougar, Lourdes "herself" was serving up cocktails for fans of her mother. The party is considered one of Mary's most popular annual parties.

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Best Bets 08.17 – 08.30

Friday, Aug. 17 JustUsATL, a group for LGBTQQA youth, hosts the Rainbow Jam, a fundraiser emceed by aRoara Thunder with live performances, raffles and more. 7 - 11 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atl...
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Best Bets 07.20 – 08.03

Friday, July 20 The Third Friday Film Series presents “The End of Poverty?” $1-$10 sliding scale donations. Doors at 7 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park ...
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Best of Atlanta: Nightlife

My Sister's Room

Best Place to Meet Women
My Sister’s Room

Every night is Ladies’ Night at My Sister’s Room (, which reclaimed its top spot as the Best Place to Meet Women. The long-time lesbian bar has been reinvigorated with new energy, and continuously proves its commitment to showing lesbians can party with the best. Second place went to Mary’s ( and LeBuzz ( finished in third.

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Our ‘Best Bets’

DJ Michael Tank spins at Jungle, Norah Jones at the Fox among big events for Saturday

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What’s going on?

Nightlife, community, arts and entertainment events for the weekend and beyond