‘Stride Into Pride’ steps up with numerous events, parties planned before Atlanta Pride arrives The GA Voice Editors September 7, 2011 Southeast “These activities offer a wide range of options for anyone who may build their vacation around the Pride festival, or for those local residents looking to get involved prior to the weekend,” said JP Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride. “Stride into Pride” begins Thursday with “Indulge at the W,” a Chris Coleman Enterprises weekly party held at the W Midtown Hotel’s Whiskey Park bar. The party begins at 8 p.m. and will let people know more about Atlanta Pride while also enjoying $5 drink specials all night. The full “Stride into Pride” calendar: Crazy Bitch BingoThursday, Sep. 158 p.m. – 10 p.m.Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge RoadEnjoy dinner while also playing “Crazy Bitch Bingo” — bingo that includes comedy and music videos, live karaoke and “a bit of humiliation.” Ten percent of patrons’ total bill as well as tequila shots sold and a portion of Twister drink specials benefit Atlanta Pride. Dragamundo: Dinner & A Show de Mami’sMonday, Sept. 268:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.Las MargaritasPhoenix, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” joins Mrs. Bubba Dee and a cast for a free drag show that makes you clutch your pearls (and try not to be hit by any). There will be an $8.99 dinner menu as well as $5 mojitos. Again, tequila shots and a portion of all Twister drink sales benefit Atlanta Pride as well as 10 percent of everyone’s total bill. Papi’s Pride Kickoff BrunchSunday, Oct. 212:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Las MargaritasDJ Mike Pope mans the sound table for the popular all-you-can-eat brunch. Ten percent of total bills as well as a portion of sales made from tequila shots and Twister drink specials go to benefit Atlanta Pride. Free Pride Legal ForumSunday, Oct. 22 p.m. – 4 p.m.The Phillip Rush Center1530 Dekalb Ave. NE, AtlantaLocal attorneys Jeff Cleghorn of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC and Kathleen Womack of Kathleen M. Womack, P.C. present, “Don’t Get Caught As An Undocumented Gay or Lesbian: Know Your Legal Rights in Georgia.” Womack and Cleghorn will cover topics including wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, domestic partnership issues, “gay divorce,” second parent adoption, and ways to protect gay marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships received in other states. Womack and Cleghorn will assist participants in filling out the Free Georgia Advance Directives for Health Care at the conclusion of the forum. Contact Womack at 404-303-0130 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A Night with Out on Film Screening: “We Were Here”Tuesday, Oct.4 p.m.- 7:20 p.m.Midtown Art Cinema931 Monroe DriveThis year marks the 30th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic. This film, presented by Atlanta’s LGBT film festival Out on Film, looks at the lives of five people living in San Francisco prior to the first recorded cases of AIDS. “Their lives changed in unimaginable ways when their beloved city changed from a hotbed of sexual freedom and social experimentation into the epicenter of a terrible sexually transmitted plague,” according to a press release. “From their different vantage points as caregivers, activists, researchers, as friends and lovers of the afflicted, and as people with AIDS themselves, the interviewees share stories which are not only intensely personal, but which also illuminate the much larger themes of that era: the political and sexual complexities, the terrible emotional toll, and the role of women — particularly lesbians — in caring for and fighting for their gay brothers.” Atlanta Pride AIDS VigilWednesday, Oct. 57 p.m. – 8 p.m.St. Mark’s United Methodist Church781 Peachtree St. NE“Compassion, Commitment, Community- 30 years of AIDS” is the theme for this year’s vigil to remember those who have died. Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS PostersWednesday, Oct. 58:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.Museum of Design Atlanta1315 Peachtree St.$10Immediately after the Pride AIDS Vigil at St. Mark’s UMC, the public is invited to visit the Museum of Design Atlanta for a viewing of “Graphic Intervention,” an exhibit covering a “comprehensive overview of the diverse visual strategies employed by government agencies, community activists, grassroots organizations and motivated citizens to educate the local population. These posters demonstrate the different approaches used around the globe for discussion of a socially complex subject.” Commitment Ceremony Presented by Macy’s Thursday, Oct. 66:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.W Midtown Hotel188 14th St.The annual non-denominational ceremony gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitment to each other publicly before friends and family. Couples who wish to register pay a small fee and receive a certificate marking the occasion. Visit www.atlantapride.org for details and registration. Indulge at The W: Post Commitment Ceremony CelebrationPresented By Chris Coleman EnterprisesThursday, Oct. 68 p.m. – 2 a.m.Whiskey Park at the W Midtown HotelHave a drink to celebrate your new commitment after the Commitment Ceremony. Macy’s Men’s Designer EventFriday, Oct. 74 p.m. – 6 p.m.Macy’s Lenox SquareProject Runway star Anthony Williams provides fashion presentations and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” celebrity Miss Lawrence provides live entertainment for this fashion event highlighting the first look at the newest Designer and Impulse Collections for Men. Make a $10 donation to Atlanta Pride and receive a $10 Macy’s gift card. Also, if you buy more than $200 from the Designer and Impulse Collection for Men, you’ll get $50 off the sale as well as a gift bag. Yom Kippur Services with Congregation Bet HaverimFriday, Oct. 7St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church1790 LaVista Road NEIntergenerational Kol Nidre Service at 6 p.m.Ma’Ariv Service at 8 p.m.People visiting Atlanta for Pride as well as local residents are invited to attend Kol Nidre services with Congregation Bet Haverim, a gay-founded Reconstructionist synagogue. For more information, call CBH at 404-315-6446 Atlanta Pride VIP Party6 p.m. -8 p.m.The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Ocean BallroomsThis is an invitation only event featuring complimentary food and drinks for individual donors and sponsors of Atlanta Pride. To receive an invite, visit www.atlantapride.org and make a donation. Location and further details will be sent to our ticket holders. Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party Friday, October 7: 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Main EntranceDJs Corey Craig and Jay McCracken will provide the beats for the third annual kickoff party with Craig spinning in Atrium and McCracken spinning in the Oceans Ballroom Lounge. Making a special appearance this year is JuJubee from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Drag U” who will perform live for ticket holders to this event.The Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff After PartyPresented by Jungle Club AtlantaFriday, Oct. 79 p.m. – 3 a.m.Jungle Club AtlantaDJ Ed Bailey mans the tables at this after party that includes $20 VIP tickets. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website + 2 = nine Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.