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Interview: Takeover artist Tabatha Coffey turns her infamous scrutiny on herself

Tabatha Coffey stars on Bravo's'Tabatha's Salon Takeover'

From the first moment audiences encountered Tabatha Coffey on Bravo’s “Shear Genius,” she has never been shy with an opinion. Her reputation as the dominatrix of deep-conditioning led to her own series on the network, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” now in its third season.

Each episode features Coffey in a struggling salon, doling out tough love to the owner and staff. In each installment, it is absolutely guaranteed someone will cry, Tabatha will be gobsmacked by someone’s incompetence, and at least one person will call her a bitch. Sometimes this all happens in the same scene.

In her new memoir, “It’s Not All About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love and the Business of Beauty,” Coffey opens up about growing up in the dressing rooms of drag queens, coming out at fifteen, the nearly fatal experience of getting breast implants, and why it doesn’t matter if the truth hurts. She talked to the GA Voice while packing to leave Hollywood, following her TV Guide Channel coverage of the Academy Awards.

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John Q collective introduces queer magazine JOSH to Atlanta

Dressed as police officers and wearing handcuffs, Atlanta's John Q artist collective piqued the interest of many who came to see the group debut its new performance while also signing copies of the Journal of Sexual Homos, or JOSH.

Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler and Joey Orr make up John Q and were the guest editors of the current and third installment of JOSH, a limited-edition magazine that is only sold in London, Berlin, New York, Chicago and, now, Atlanta, at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

John Q held a Feb. 23 reading from JOSH, which includes original works by artists and photographers. GA Voice's Art Director Bo Shell is included with several of his  photos from John Q's "Memory Flash" public art performance that explored the city's gay history and memories.

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Comedian, author Roseanne Barr visits Outwrite Wednesday

Roseanne Barr comes to Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Roseanne Barr, comedian, author and now farmer, has written a third book, "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm," and visits Atlanta next week.

Gay and straight fans of the the star will have a chance to meet the actress and author in Atlanta when she drops in at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. for a book signing.

Let's hope the roads are completely cleared by then so Roseanne can make a safe trip to the city. Read about how those looking to cure their cabin fever caused by the major snow storm that hit Atlanta this week made their way to Outwrite, which has remained open throughout.

Last night the comedian/actress/author/farmer appeared on "Chelsea Lately" to discuss how she loves drinking while writing, which, she says, helps bring out the inspiration.

Check out the video clip of Roseanne on "Chelsea Lately" here.

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Gay bookstore provides gathering place to escape cabin fever during Atlanta snowstorm

Philip Rafshoon and employees of Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

There was no doubt that Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse would stay open over the snow storm that has practically crippled the city for two days.

The gay favorite spot was open on Monday and broke all kinds of records, said store owner Philip Rafshoon. It seems the snow and ice-covered roads didn't keep many people from staying out of Midtown and enjoying a completely white Piedmont Park where sledders were playing all day.

"It was our biggest snow day ever," Rafshoon said Tuesday afternoon while taking a brief break. And thanks to the people enjoying Piedmont Park's rare beauty while and then later seeking some coffee and food, finding Outwrite open was an excellent treat.

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Outwrite a Midtown haven

Philip Rafshoon and employees of Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Gay bookstore braves the winter weather and offers Midtown residents a reprieve from the snow and ice