Best Bets: 03.29.13 – 04.11.13


Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30

The Atlanta Symphony and 10th & Piedmont collaborate for an all-Russian concert featuring Yevgeny Sudbin, followed by a vodka-tasting reception at 10th & Piedmont, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,

Friday, March 29-Sunday, March 31

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

Friday, March 29

The Decatur Women’s League continues its spring softball season, Friday nights at Kelley C. Cofer Park,

The music ministry of Virginia-Highland Church presents “Good Friday: A Musical Meditation,” at 7 p.m.,

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

Film Love and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center host the U.S. debut of “Mr. Coperthwaite: a Life in the Maine Woods, Part One: Spring in Dickinson’s Reach,” with filmmaker Anna Grimshaw in attendance. 8 p.m. at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center,

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

DJ Lydia Prim spins for FUR Friday nights at the Heretic,

Saturday, March 30

Do the Downward Dog and learn more about the work of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Atlanta Sisters Karma Class, 10:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.  First Existential Congregation,

The locally shot drama “Blues for Willadean” makes its Atlanta debut with director Del Shores and star Beth Grant in attendance. 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Theatre,

SAGE Atlanta’s Richard Rhodes 5th Saturday Program brings together lawyers Kathleen Womack, Christopher Seely and Clair Bryan to discuss legal issues important to LGBT seniors. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta plays around the city today,

Join local groups/organizations who use the Rush Center space for meetings at a free reception to also include plans to expand the center. 3 – 5 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

Join Ladies at Play for a Play Day Party from 6 – 10 p.m. at Aurum,

As part of National Women’s Awareness Month, the Evolution of SHE and Unspoken Word Designs present the “SHE is an Icon” awards presentation, recognizing local women and the ladies of Black Girls Run. 7 – 10 p.m., HOBI Studios,

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,

Jungle hosts an International Night of Futuristic Fashion and Art, with a drag show by Phoenix. 10 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

Divas Do Illusion starting at 11 p.m. at Blake’s,

Get your festive headgear ready for the 2nd annual Easter Bonnet competition with celebrity guest judges Ruby Redd, Ursula Polari and Edie Cheezburger, as well as an assortment of prizes. 2 – 4 p.m. at Mister Center,

Sunday, March 31

An Easter egg hunt, trash bag fashion and a dunking booth are highlights of the annual Armorettes’ Easter Drag Races. 4 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Gentle Spirit Christian Church offers an Easter Sunrise Service, with a potluck breakfast to follow. 7:05 a.m. in Candler Park,

The Big Hare Games, Ten Atlanta’s Easter Bonnet/Big Wig Competition, starts with registration at 5 p.m. and the games themselves at 6 p.m., with a cash prize,

Monday, April 1-Saturday, April 6

Positive Impact Restaurant Week features 10 percent of proceeds going to the non-profit which provides mental health and other services for people with HIV. Monday, April 1, is dinner at Einstein’s; Tuesday, April 2, is lunch at Highland Bakery and dinner at 10th & Piedmont; Wednesday, April 3, is lunch and dinner at Frog’s; Thursday, April 4, is lunch and dinner at Steamhouse; Friday, April 5, is dinner at The Fifth Ivory; and Saturday, April 6, is dinner at Radial Café,

Monday, April 1

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.

Feminists Buttonz and S are speakers at the T&F Transitionz: A Project of the Feminist Outlawz, exploring gender for teens and young adults, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books,

Gary Mullen & The Works perform “One Night of Queen,” a tribute to the rock legends. 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,

The Atlanta Eagle begins its weekly drag night, with proceeds benefiting Jerusalem House. 8:30 – 11 p.m.,

Tuesday, April 2

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! “Mary Poppins” opens at the Fox Theatre; runs through April 7. 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre,

Donna Grindle speaks about the use and importance of technology to the Atlanta Independent Women’s Network, 6:30 p.m. at Druid Hills Golf Club,

Big Table Big Screen Tuesdays continues, with classic movies on the big screen. 8 p.m at 10th and Piedmont,

Tuesdays, Thursdays and early Saturdays are Three Legged Cowboy country nights at the Heretic,

Wednesday, April 3

Lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brings her introspective tunes and signature voice to Eddie Owen Presents. 8 p.m. at the Red Clay Theatre,

“Zorro,” featuring music from the Gipsy Kings, opens today and plays through May 5 at the Alliance Theatre,

Thursday, April 4

The gay Atlanta Executive Network brings back First Thursday OTP networking. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs,

Special guests Miss Gay USofA Lawanda Jackson and Miss Gay USofA at Large Dorae Saunders help ring in Miss Gay Georgia USofA. 7:30 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

It’s a night of country-folk royalty as Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio peform at 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,

It’s sold out, but in case you have a friend with extra tickets — 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,

Mary’s pays tribute to favorite party girl Parker Posey with its Party Gurl! Event featuring a night of ‘90s house music. 9 p.m. at Mary’s,

Friday, April 5

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

Saturday, April 6

Cubs, otters, grizzlies and the like mix freely at Bearracuda Atlanta, with DJ Ted Eiel. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Heretic Atlanta.

As part of Positive Impact’s 20 year anniversary, The MISTER Center hosts a Golden Ticket party, starting with an open house, followed by dinner and dancing at Jungle; the first 100 attendees win a Golden Ticket redeemable for a dinner discount. Open house takes place from 4 – 6 p.m. at MISTER Center,

Eleven bachelors are up for auction at Fenuxe Magazine’s 2013 Best Bachelors of Atlanta, a benefit for AID Atlanta. 8 – 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s,,

Gurlfrandz is a new “drag thang” on Saturday’s at Mary’s; tonight, see what the Garbage Pail Gurlz can fashion from thrift-store finds. DJs 5 Hour Boner and Whorelock spin after the show. 10 p.m. at Mary’s,

Daring Divas is the Saturday night show at Blake’s on the Park,

Shavonna B. Brooks hosts Extravaganza at 11 p.m. Saturday nights at Burkhart’s,

Sunday, April 7

The gay Hotlanta Softball League turns out to play every Sunday with games at  various times.

Author Keturah Israel discusses her book “Cricket Promises” as part of the Reading Rainbow Book Club, 6 – 8 p.m., Charis Books,

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

Monday, April 8

Help shape Labor Day Weekend’s Black Gay Pride celebration as organizer In the Life Atlanta hosts a community planning meeting. 7 p.m. at First Metropolitan Community Church,

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, April 9

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, April 10

PALS Atlanta presents Honey Bub Ba Bingo (Redneck Bingo), with Bubba D. Licious and more. 7:30 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

On Wednesdays, catch the Lust & Bust Show with host Lena Lust and featuring Shawnna Brooks. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park,

Thursday, April 11

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

“Members Only,” the new ‘80s and ‘90s dance party from Barry Brandon, debuts with Evah Destruction as the official host and alternating DJs every Thursday. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Jungle,

Lambda Legal’s first Mix & Mingle is an opportunity to learn more about recent Lambda Legal cases. 6 – 8 p.m. at 10th & Piedmont,


Wednesday, April 17

The Body Heat Femme Porn Tour brings together queer erotic writers, including Al Schlong, with guest Adriana Chiknas. 8 p.m. at Charis Books,

Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14

Atlanta Leather Pride brings demos, a brunch, the Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle pageants and more to the Atlanta Eagle, which celebrates its 26th anniversary.,

Friday, April 12

The bearish app Scruff hosts its Invades party, with founder Johnny Scruff, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Heretic Atlanta,

Saturday, April 13

The Honey Badgers softball team host their spring beer bust, from 3 – 7 p.m. at Diesel Bar,

Special performances by the Court of Kings, Daysha Moore, Drake Daniels and other special guests are part of the annual Mr. and Miss Kingdom Come Pageant at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,

Sunday, April 14

Hotlanta’s Atlanta Titans host a “Party on the Patio” beer bust, 4 – 8 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper,


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