January BearDance with DJ Sean Mac at The Loft

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The men at BearDance are building a solid reputation for bringing in marquee DJs for their events, as their inaugural 2012 dance proves. Atlanta DJ Sean Mac comes to Dallas tonight with his mix of house music, classic disco and even movie scores to play them for the boys and bears of Big D. You think it’s cold outside, but with all the body heat going on inside, you’ll be out of those thermals in no time. And that’s what they want.

DEETS: The Loft, 1135 S. Lamar St. Jan. 13. 9 p.m. $15. BearDance.org.

—  Rich Lopez

World AIDS Day event planned in Plano

Roseann Rosetti opening a Quilt panel

In addition to co-sponsoring the World AIDS Day event at the new Main Street Garden in Dallas, C.U.R.E. will host a commemoration in Plano.

Billed as a ceremony of healing and hope, the Plano gathering will remember people lost to AIDS. Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display. It takes place at Community Unitarian Universalist Church at 2875 East Parker Road. Plano-based Health Services of North Texas is also sponsoring.

“Our ceremony will include the dedication of new panels created by family and friends of a loved one lost to AIDS,” said C.U.R.E. co-founder Roseann Rosetti. “The new panels will be presented to The Names Project Foundation to be included as part of the nationally acclaimed AIDS Memorial Quilt.”

Anyone with a new panel to present may attend the ceremony.

“If you would like to present a panel in honor of someone you know and love, C.U.R.E. will be honored have you dedicate and present your panel at our World AIDS Day ceremony,” Rosetti said.

The panels will be sent to the Names Project’s home in Atlanta to be sewn into blocks for exhibit.

—  David Taffet

More entries for your Foote fetish

We review two of the entries in the Foote Festival in the Voice this week — Uptown Players’ The Young Man from Atlanta and WaterTower Theatre’s The Traveling Lady, as well as a review several weeks back of Dallas Theater Center’s Dividing the Estate — but the fest continues with a number of productions coming soon. Some today!

WingSpan Theatre Co. and One Thirty Productions are doing four performances of their staged reading of The Carpetbagger’s Children today and Saturday, with two shows each: 1:30 p.m. matinees and 8 p.m. evening perfofoamnces. Performances take place at the Bath House Cultural Center.

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas opens The Trip to Bountiful, directed by Rene Moreno, tonight at the Greenville Center for the Arts off Lower Greenville Avenue.

Theatre 3 is in previews of its production of The Roads Home, a collection of one-acts. Official opening night is Monday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Atlanta Cops Were Drunk During Bar Raid

ATLANTA EAGLE 02 X390 (EAGLE) | ADVOCATE.COMPrior to the raid on the Atlanta Eagle bar, two undercover police officers downed several shots of Jägermeister, according to information provided in a lawsuit against the city.
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—  David Taffet

GLAAD Nominates Atlanta Journal-Constitution For ‘Outstanding’ Use Of ‘Transvestite,’ Ignoring Pride

We've already noted that all it takes to get a GLAAD Media Award nomination is to spit out some piece of gay-related content of middling quality, which explains why GLAAD gave Burlesque the only award nomination it'll receive — not counting its bribe-y Golden Globe nomination — besides its Razzie. But how does that explain GLAAD's "Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage" selection of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a newspaper that has both ignored Atlanta's LGBT Pride celebrations (among the largest in the state and country) as well as the community at large, notes GA Voice. Oh, and then there's AJC's use of the word "transvestite" in an article, a practice GLAAD expressly forbids in its style guide. But hey, this is the same Gay Inc. organization that ignored Kirby Dick's Outrage! documentary exposing anti-gay closeted politicians, so really, the nominating standards are already suspect. If you're a glass half-full type, then find solace in GLAAD at least having the good sense not to nominate the Washington Post.


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Cops Have ‘Person Of Interest’ In Atlanta Black Pride Organizer Durand Robinson’s Murder

The August murder of Durand Robinson, the Atlanta Black Pride organizer and Traxx bar co-owner who was shot to death in the middle of a downtown street, has thus far gone unsolved, with only theories about a carjacking gone bad. But Atlanta police announced they have identified a person of interest — somebody Robinson had helped out in the past — although the person is not in custody. That, and they have a cooperating witness, who's suddenly dropped out of contact, and who the police would like to reconnect with. [video via]


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Atlanta to Pay $1 Million Settlement for Bar Raid

ATLANTA EAGLE BAR X390 (COURTESY) | ADVOCATE.COMThe city of Atlanta will pay a million to settle the dispute stemming from its raid of the Atlanta Eagle gay bar last year.
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Atlanta Settles With Gay Bar Raided in ’09

ATLANTA EAGLE X390 (PROJECTQATLANTA) | ADVOCATE.COMNineteen patrons of the Eagle bar in Atlanta were awarded a settlement
by a federal judge after they were subjected to a raid by police in
September 2009.
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ATLANTA: Pastors To Gather To Pray For Bishop Eddie “Down Low” Long

Atlanta’s pastors are getting together for a “lock down” prayer vigil where they will ask Jeebus to watch over disgraced Bishop Eddie “Down Low” Long, his 22-room/nine bathroom mansion, and his 0K Bentley. Glory! Praise Hi$ Name! And send in another teenage hottie!

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Atlanta CRB: Police Broke Law in Gay Bar Raid

ATLANTA EAGLE 02 X390 (EAGLE) | ADVOCATE.COMThe Atlanta Citizen Review Board determined that police officers broke the law during a raid last year of the Atlanta Eagle gay bar.
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—  John Wright