Best Bets: 04.26.13 – 05.09.13

Best Bets

Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28

A strong lineup of music – including Caroline Aiken, Lindsey Hinkle, Ronnda Cadle and more – along with workshops make up the Women’s Music in the Mountains spring fest. All weekend at Fox Mountain Camp and Artist Retreat, Cherry Log, Ga.

Bearrapalooza at OZ Campground in Unadilla, Ga., features an acoustic show, contests, dance parties, a DJ and tons o’ men. Entertainers include Sean Kagalis, Freddie Freeman, Charlie K. Brown and more. Oz Campground,

The National Youth Pride Services South Region Conference, titled “I Am Black Excellence,” features Maurice Jamal and takes place at Evolution Project in Atlanta.

Atlanta S/M Solidarity hosts the 25th annual Spring in the South conference, with this year’s theme “Traditions.”

Friday, April 26

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its 4th Friday Networking Mixer, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Vivid Salon,

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

Sponsored by Corset Magazine, The Sensuality, Sexuality and Erotic tour features a night of cocktails, sex conversations and a toy giveaway, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Museum Bar,

Gay actor Leslie Jordan appears in “Thriving Children, An Evening to Believe In,” benefitting various local charities. 7 p.m., 200 Peachtree,

Researcher Alexis Pauline Gumbs looks at the poetry in the writing of author Toni Morrison., 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Charis Books,

Go back in time for the “Express Yourself” ‘80s Dance Party, a fundraiser for Actor’s Express. 7:30 p.m. at Actor’s Express,

Traxx Banjee Girls Fridays heat up starting at 8 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,

Red? Blue? Left pocket or right? The 4th annual Fort Troff Hanky Code Party will have men galore all browsing for compatible colors, with prizes and giveaways and adult film star Leo Forte. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Mary’s,

Latina superstar Kat DeLuna visits Club Papi, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.,

An open house to save the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition takes place from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. at 472 Paines Ave, NW,

The Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night begins at 10 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Saturday, April 27 –  Sunday, April 28

Cowboy Envy, Women of Rock and Heather Lutrell are some of the musical acts at the annual Inman Park Fest, Atlanta’s quirkiest neighborhood festival.

Saturday, April 27

The Glitches and Bitches drag show, benefiting Lost-N-Youth, is a prelude to the big June East Point Possums show. 7 – 10 p.m. at East Point Corner Tavern,

Pop legend Barry Manilow performs at 7 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center,

A tiara is up for grabs at the first annual Atlanta Miss Sugarbakers Pageant, sponsored by the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, 7 – 10 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta,

Music duo/activists Indigie Femme perform from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books,

Boxers that glow in the dark are part of the UV Underwear Party tonight at 10 p.m. at Jungle,

Men running rampant through the streets of Atlanta are part of the Atlanta Bucks’ Purple Dress Run, benefitting Lost –n – Found Youth and a trip to the Bingham Cup for the rugby team, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta,

The second anniversary party for black LGBT nightspot XS Ultra Lounge features special guests, VIP booths, complimentary champagne and more. 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. XS Ultra Lounge,

Sunday, April 28

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

The inimitable Armorettes spice up Sunday night, 6 – 8 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Transgender author and activist Tracee McDaniel reads from her new book, “Transitions,” at 2:30 p.m. at Unity Fellowship Church Atlanta,

Monday, April 29

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 Rush Center,

Tuesday, April 30

Collin Kelly hosts an Evening with Southern Poets, 7:15 p.m. at the Georgia Center for the Book,

Irish superstars Celtic Woman perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre,

Out On Film night at “Zorro” at the Alliance includes a free before-play discussion and discounted rate of 15 percent with the promo code Gipsy15Gipsy 15. 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Theatre,

Jimmy Buffett will sing “Margaritaville” and more in concert at 8 p.m. at Lakewood Amphitheatre,

Gay comics come out for the Laugh Your Balls Off April event at 8:30 p.m. at Cockpit, http://thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot/

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

Wednesday, May 1

A new queen is crowned at the Georgia Entertainer of the Year Pageant, starting at 10 p.m. at Jungle,

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, May 2 – Sunday, May 5

Outlantacon, Atlanta’s “queer geek” convention/festival, hosts Gaylaxicon and a weekend of guests, programming and special events at its new home, the Atlanta Marriott Century Center,

Thursday, May 2

GA Voice columnist and playwright Topher Payne premieres his “Lakebottom Prime” play at 7:30 p.m. at the Springer Opera House in Columbus,

Sisters Night at gay sports bar Woofs supports the AV200 Bicycle Ride 2013, from 7 – 10 p.m. at Woofs,

Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5

Head to the beach near Savannah, Ga., for Gay Days at Tybee Island. Full weekend of events includes the White Party on Saturday night with recording artist Randy Jones, the original cowboy from The Village People, and a tea dance on Sunday with Kristina Foxx.

Friday, May 3

Fashionado presents Doggies on the Catwalk, combining fashion models and four-legged friends to help the Atlanta Humane Society. 7 p.m. at the W Atlanta – Midtown,

Georgia sisters Larkin Poe appear at 7:30 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Matthew Kahler takes the stage with Andy Offutt Irwin at 8 p.m. at Red Clay Theatre,

Iris Dement performs from her new “Sing the Delta” CD and more at 8:30 p.m. at Variety Playhouse,

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

DJ Chris Griswold rocks the joint beginning at 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

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,

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

Soul legend Gladys Knight takes the ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ for a show at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater,

Saturday, May 4

Atlanta artist Philip Bonneau gathers models for his 101 Dalmations photo shoot, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT liaison Brian Sharp will sing songs from his anticipated album at Lashes, Laughter and Live, a benefit for the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence featuring drag and other performances, 6 – 9:30 p.m., Mixx Atlanta,

Michelle Malone performs from 7- 9:30 p.m. as part of Concerts on the Square on the Decatur Square,

A march, live bands and speakers highlight the all-day Atlanta Pot Festival. Activities begin at 11 a.m. at Freedom Park,

“Glee” star Matthew Morrison is one of the guests of the annual Atlanta HRC Dinner, starting at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency,, followed by the HRC Black Party with DJ David Knapp at 10:30 p.m. at Jungle,

North Gwinnett High School GSA Presents: The 2013 LGBTQA Youth Summit, 8 am – 5 p.m. at North Gwinnett High School,

Poetry Atlanta and Charis Books join for a trio of poets – Amanda Auchter, Julie E. Bloemeke and Megan Volpert – at a 7:30 p.m. reading at Charis Books,

Willie Nelson, who has spoken out in favor of gay marriage, performs at Chastain Park at 8 p.m.,

Hairy men meet as the Southern Bears take in “Iron Man 3” at the Movie Tavern at Northlake, time TBD,

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, May 5

Blake’s also hosts a Cinco de Mayo Margarita Madness event,

One of the hottest Cinco de Mayo parties in the area is Papi’s Cinco de Mayo carnival, with DJ Karlitos, Brazilian samba dancers and more, 12 – 11 p.m. at Las Margaritas,

Special guest Erick Baker joins Edwin McCain at 8 p.m. at Red Clay Theatre,

Enjoy the folk/pop sounds of Kristy Lee at 9 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Monday, May 6

Angelica D’Paige hosts Blue Monday Karaoke at 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Tuesday, May 7

Poetry Atlanta presents local authors Collin Kelley and Teresa Davis discussing their new books at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 7:15 – 9 p.m.,

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

Gay singer-songwriters Tom Goss and Matt Alber perform at 7:15 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church,,

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

Wednesday, May 8

PALS Atlanta hosts Bingo, with a safari theme this month, at 7:30 p.m. at Jungle,

Thursday, May 9

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, features Evah Destruction as the official host and alternating DJs every Thursday. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Jungle,


Friday, May 10

A third of a million people are expected to attend the Sweet Auburn Spring Fest this weekend,

Lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly Happy Hour, 6 – 9 p.m., Mixx Atlanta,

Smashing Pumpkins take the stage at 8 p.m. at Chastain Park,

Saturday, May 11

The Buckhead Arts & Crafts Festival opens for two days of fun, music, an artist market and more.

Carioca Productions presents DJ Giangi Cappai at Jungle. Doors open at 10 p.m.,

The Atlanta Eagle hosts it annual Clipper Party, with massages and boot services as well, all for charity,

Sunday, May 12

International Day Against Homophobia activities begin,

Thursday, May 16

AEN Gives Back, a program of the gay Atlanta Executive Network, presents a Non-Profit Showcase at 6:30 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center,

Saturday, May 18

Dodgeball: A Tournament for a Cause benefits For the Kids in All of Us, 12 – 4 p.m. at the Decatur Rec Center,

Sunday, May 19

GA Boy Productions T Dance with DJ Dan de Leon from 7 p.m. – midnight at Jungle,


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