Outwrite’s plight: “We can’t just close the doors. We’ve got to give the community a chance to help.”

The tattered, weathered sign flapping limply on the corner speaks volumes about what's currently going on inside Outwrite Books. Last spring, owner Philip Rafshoon issued an "open letter to our community." The missive was meant as a rallying cry to inform supporters that the city's most visible LGBT business on the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue was in trouble in the age of eBooks. This month, the 18-year-old business announced its first-ever fundraiser set for tonight at chef Riccardo Ullio's new Escorpion Tequila Bar and Cantina from 7 p.m. until close. Ullio will be donating 20 percent of the evening's sales to Outwrite for planned renovations and improvements.

Emmy winner Jackee dishes on Brother White, shooting in Atlanta

Wisecracking Emmy winner Jackee Harry is rapidly becoming Atlanta’s queen of comedy. She has a recurring role as Bert Belasco’s cougar mom on BET’s “Let’s Stay Together,” currently shooting here south of the city in the Screen Gems studios. She’s also on the TBS original sitcom “Are We There Yet?” and she’s just recorded a guest voice role with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer for the TBS and Adult Swim fave toon “Family Guy.”

Trend Watch: Tacky Tech?

Indianapolis-based BidPal Network and its handheld bidding devices for silent auctions are invading Atlanta’s charitable fundraisers—to the chagrin of some socialites. Last fall, events such as Jane Fonda’s G-CAPP It’s About Time benefit and Senior Citizen Services’ A Meal to Remember benefit for Meals on Wheels Atlanta used the gadgets in place of old-school bid sheets.   Without leaving the comfort of the wine service at th

Summer Reading List

This summer’s nonfiction ranges from the memoirs of a ramblin’ Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to the musings of a civil rights icon to the travelogue of an accidental bird-watcher. New novels set in suburban Atlanta, rural Georgia, Manhattan, small-town Alabama, North Carolina, and a midsize Hungarian city are testaments to the depth and variety of literature happening right here. 

Tyler Perry speaks out on Mariah Carey qutting ‘Colored Girls’

After 125 performances of his live stage play, "Madea's Big Happy Family" in 126 days, Atlanta producer/director/actor Tyler Perry was looking forward to some tropical time on his private island this month. In his latest dispatch to fans, Perry reports that he was less than pleased to learn mid-Mai Tai that Mariah Carey had suddenly quit his next directorial assignment, "Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."

Spotted! A “Dreamgirl” at South City Kitchen

Actress and singer Jennifer Holliday popped into South City Kitchen in Vinings this week for dinner. We're told the Tony-winning star of "Dreamgirls" dined on chicken livers and a mixed greens salad.

Barnstorming days at an end for one B-52’s member

When the Athens-birthed B-52's rang in the new year on stage at Harrah's Cherokee Casino this week in North Carolina, one of the group's founding members was noticeably absent. After 35 years, guitarist Keith Strickland has opted to get off the long and winding road with his bandmates for a quieter life at home in Key West pursuing his passion for photography. The band and Strickland posted his announcement to fans on the band's website and on his Facebook page.

Gasp! Manuel’s Tavern is now smoke-free

Throughout its storied 58-year history, three things have remained constant at Atlanta’s politico watering hole Manuel’s Tavern. The city’s scribblers can always score a scoop if you wait around long enough. The tavern’s telepathic bartenders know you want another drink before you do. And at the end of the evening, your clothes are a walking billboard for Lucky Strikes.

Atlanta-based TBS scores Conan O’Brien in late night coup

His new TBS late night co-worker George Lopez was so excited he made the official announcement on his talk show "Lopez Tonight" Monday night: Ousted "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien will debut on the Atlanta-based network this November. O'Brien's new show will air at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights on TBS as a lead in for Lopez's new show that is doing very well with a younger demographic seemingly unfazed by the hilarity of Jay Le

Thinking positive: Braves offer Pennant Race deals, final Bark in the Park tickets

With the Atlanta Braves firmly in first place (in July!), the folks at Turner Field are taking advantage of the momentum (and Brian McCann's memorable All-Star Game performance) to pass some savings along to fans. For the second half of the season, the Braves are offering a Pennant Race 6-Pack ticket deal for as low as $90 (along with a $10 food and beverage credit for each game). Terrace Level seats are $210 for six games, GMC Pavilion Level seats are $150 and Up

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