Best Bets: 03.15.13 – 03.28.13

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Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 24

The Atlanta Film Festival runs for two weeks featuring multiple films, opening tonight with “This is Atlanta” short films, “Mud,” “Breakdown Reward” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The festival includes its annual LGBT-themed “Pink Peach” offerings, featuring local director Cindy Abel’s “Breaking Through” (March 20). Multiple venues; please see story on Pages 20-21.

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17

Atlanta Poly Weekend starts its third annual event with a full slate of activities and guests. Holiday Inn Perimeter,

Friday, March 15

The Decatur Women’s League launches its spring softball season, with games at various times on Friday nights at Kelley C. Cofer Park,

The THATcamp Feminisms South is a two day feminism “unconference” for anyone working at the intersection of feminism, the humanities, and technology. 5 p.m. at the Emory University Library Research Commons,

The art work of Tony Jackson, combining an American abstract expressive and Japanese narrative aesthetic, is on display from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Mister Center,

Third Friday Film Series presents the documentary “The Thick Dark Fog,” with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the feature beginning at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation,

After entertainer Destiny Brooks crowns Mr. Gay Cobb County 2013 at 9 p.m., stick around for “Uncensored,” a variety show filmed each week before a live audience with Brooks herself. Arrive at 10 p.m. to be part of the TV audience; the show starts at 11 p.m. at LeBuzz,

Hotlanta Rubber Gear Group hosts its monthly meeting, this month honoring the late Jason Lynch, Mr. International Rubber 2013, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at  Atlanta Eagle,

Edie Cheezburger presents The Other Show on Fridays. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. at Jungle,

Angelica D’Paige hosts the Fab Five revue at 11 p.m. on Friday’s at Burkhart’s,

Saturday, March 16

Team Friendly presents “Drop the Soap! Wash Away the Stigma!” with Sister Ursula Polari hosting an evening about reducing the stigma of HIV. Features a live auction to wash down onstage local personalities including activist Chandler Bearden, DJ Diablo Rojo, porn star Charlie Harding and more. 6 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories perform with special guests Electra and Saul Kaye. 8:30 p.m. at the Variety Playhouse,

Is it a dance party or performance art? Actually, it’s both. Bedlam Presents stages CirqueDeCabaret, a night featuring acts from aerialist Melissa Re, activist Chandler Bearden and many more, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Jungle,

The Hotlanta Softball spring season, which launches March 17, gets partying early with the fourth annual “Patty 0 Party” Atlanta Talons beer bust. Expect beer, jello shots and a raffle. Amanda Topp and Millicent Pete headline with DJ Joey S on the turntable. 2 p.m., F.R.O.G.S. Cantina,

Get ready for great alterna-grass as the women of Roxie Watson return to Eddie’s Attic. 7 p.m.,

Fiddler’s Green Coffeehouse presents the Irish Brothers and Kevin Spears at 8 p.m. at Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta, 3155 East Ponce de Leon Ave. near Decatur.

Hosted by Knomie Moore and Ally Yankadic, the Armorettes Follies benefits the AIDS Vaccine 200/Emory Vaccine Center from 8 -10 p.m. at the

Grab your green for a St. Patty’s Glow Party, with lesbian speed dating on the newly finished patio, at 8 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,

DJ Escape returns to spin at 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

Enjoy green drinks and great song mash-ups for the St. Patrick’s Day edition of Mash Attacks! 10 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle,

A St. Patty’s Day Party featuring a Best Ginger Hair Contest and the Divas Cabaret, from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Le Buzz,

Sunday, March 17

Want to help raise money for civil rights and the Human Rights Campaign? HRC Athletes for Equality join in the Publix Georgia Marathon, beginning in Centennial Olympic Park,

First City Network, Savannah’s oldest LGBT organization, hosts its 25th annual Oyster Roast. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lake Mayer Park,

Get your pancakes on as Occupy Our Home Atlanta hosts a brunch to support their housing justice movement. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 404 Glen Iris, Atlanta, GA, 30308,

Amsterdam Atlanta hosts its own all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 11:30 a.m. – midnight,

Monday, March 18

Join the Health Initiative and SAGE Atlanta, a group for LGBT seniors, for Chair Yoga every Monday through May 6. 10 a.m. at the Phillip Rush Center.

Wanna be the next big drag thing? Diva Drag University continues with a diva mentoring a new queen every week and preparing her for the upcoming Atlanta Rising Diva 2013 Pageant. 10:30 p.m. at LeBuzz,

Tuesday, March 19

Tuesdays, unwind with a sing-along with pianist David Reeb at 8 p.m. at Mixx,

Every Tuesday, sing out at Mary-oke starting at 9 p.m. at Mary’s,

Wednesday, March 20

Plan your road trip as gay rock god Elton John plays at 8 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum,

Atlanta Pride hosts sports players and teams for an LGBT sports meeting to discuss possible collaborative efforts. 7 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center,

Attorney Jessica Young discusses the importance of wills for gay couples and singles at a Georgia Benefits Counsel presentation. 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church,

Thursday, March 21 – Friday, March 22

Drag royalty in the house! Join “Rupaul’s Drag Race” Season 2 finalist Jujubee at 9 p.m. both nights at Burkhart’s,

Thursday, March 21

SAGE Atlanta hosts its weekly meeting, with different events and guests each week , 11 a.m. at the Phillip Rush Center,

For the gals: Aunt Judy’s Social Circle hosts its Third Thursday event from 6 p.m. to midnight at Bad Dog Taqueria, 1597 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30307

Bring plenty of business cards to the gay Atlanta Executive Network’s Mix and Mingle, sponsored by Bill Kaelin Marketing from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Spice Market of the Atlanta W Midtown,

The HRC Pre-Dinner Reception will whet your appetite for the big event on May 4. 7 – 9 p.m. at the Margaret Mitchell House,

The GoodLife Awards ATL honors those in different communities who have committed to striving for excellence. 7 p.m. at the Georgian Terrace,

Join the fun at Bobby’s Big Top Bottom Circus Birthday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at BJ Roosters,

Friday, March 22

Join the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for Fourth Friday networking at 5:30 p.m. Location TBA,

The Sweet and Sleazy Dessert Speakeasy, featuring chocolate and other decadent offerings, is a benefit for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center. 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the home of Amanda Plumb,

Legendary drag performer Charlie Brown hosts Charlie’s Angels. 11 p.m. Fridays at Blake’s on the Park,

Saturday, March 23

Claudia Moss hosts an evening of motivational speakers, mini makeovers and food as part of Lift Up Atlanta’s Sisters of Motivational Empowerment Workshop from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center,

Get ready for the Final Four as Atlanta Menace Softball presents their NCAA March Madness kickoff beer bust from 2 – 6 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom Midtown,

Some camp, and much glam, highlights Dixie Does Drag, helping lead up to Dixie Invitational Bowling tournament. 7 – 9 p.m. at Jungle,

Don your best gravity-defying wig as the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus hosts its fifth annual Big Wig fundraiser, featuring DJ David Knapp. This year’s theme is “Follow the Yellow Big Wig,” so dress as your favorite Oz character for the wig contest. 7 p.m. at the former Fox Sports Grill at Atlantic Station.

New work from three choreographers is featured at Atlanta Ballet’s NiteOUT at the Ballet: New Choreographic Voices. 8 – 10 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,

Rachel Maddow brings her wit and intelligence to the ATL for a national tour on behalf of her paperback edition of “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” sponsored by A Capella Books and the Decatur Book Festival. 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Symphony,

Kick off the beginning of spring with Emerald Isles, a concert by the Atlanta Freedom Bands, 8 – 9:30 p.m. at the Druid Hills United Methodist Church

Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, March 24

Augusta’s Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, part of the LGBT-founded MCC denomination, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Saturday events include a noon potluck, followed by a workshop at 1 p.m. with Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC worldwide, both at the church. Saturday evening features a 6 p.m. dinner at the Partridge Inn. Wilson then preaches for the Sunday service at 11 a.m. at MCC of Our Redeemer.

Sunday, March 24

The Emory Hope Clinic and The Center for Black Equity collaborate for a community night of networking and education, with host Funky Dineva. 6 – 9 p.m. at 595 North Event Center,

You’ll still be partying for Saturday night, but it will technically be Sunday morning as Carioca brings DJ Sin Morera to Xion, beginning at 3 a.m.

Enjoy Sing Along Sundays with Atlanta’s favorite camp drage fundraising troupe, the Armorettes. 6 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer performs at 7:30 p.m. at Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.

Monday, March 25

Bring plenty of spirit to “Testify for Love: Light the Way to Justice,” a pep rally in advance of the Supreme Court’s hearing over marriage equality. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol,

Tuesday, March 26

Angelique Burke presents the second part of her radical relationship series “Me, Myself and I: Experiencing a Love Affair with Myself” from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books,

Chefs Maggie and Brooke, authors of the Love of Cooking series, visit lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Viking Cooking School,

Wednesday, March 27

Georgia Equality and Lambda Legal team up for a town hall meeting to discuss the day’s Supreme Court hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act, with lawyers present to analyze the case. 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center,

Watch recaps of the Supreme Court hearings on DOMA and Prop 8 at United For Marriage Watch. Mention that you are there for the event and 10 percent of your dinner bill will be donated to Georgia Equality. 6-10 p.m. at 10th & Piedmont.

Be ready to laugh at the ABear Comedy Show, hosted by Ian Aber — ABear comedian. Features LGBT and straight comics to benefit Lost-N-Found Youth, which helps LGBT homeless youth. 8 p.m. at Jungle,

Thursday, March 28

The gay-inclusive Dixie Invitational Bowling tournament kicks off tonight with local and visiting leagues hoping for strikes through March 31. Brunswick Zone Norcross,

The new incarnation of the Faiths and Feminisms book group, now called Exploring Feminist and Womanist Spirituality and Ethics, meets tonight from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books,

Phoenix of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” hosts Dancefloor Divas at 11:30 p.m. at Burkharts,


Friday, March 29

Enjoy three songwriters in the round: Amy Andrews, Kyshona Armstrong and The Skipperdees at 8 p.m. at the Red Clay Theatre,

Saturday, March 30

Michelle Malone performs two shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Hannah Thomas, Steff Mahan and Emily Kate Boyd team up at 8 p.m. at Steve’s Live Music,

In the Life Atlanta, which sponsors the annual Labor Day Black Pride weekend, hosts Network after Work from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Fins Atlanta,

Wednesday, April 3

Lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brings her introspective tunes and signature voice to Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre,

Thursday, April 4

Party with Impact: 20 years of Positive Impact is a night honoring the two decades of work done by the HIV agency. 7 – 10 p.m., The Wimbish House,


Top photo: Sir Elton John (by Ernst Vikne/CC3.0)