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Friday, May 11

Join the ladies of the lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday for their monthly Happy Hour. 6 – 8 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Taste for Theatre is a wine tasting benefit for 7 Stages Theatre — which hosted the gay-themed “Lay of the Land” and “Hidden Man” earlier this year — featuring burlesque and circus performances, food from Sun in my Belly and a silent auction. 7 – 10 pm. at the Cator Woolford Gardens, 1815 S. Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Professional sex expert Diana Cage discusses “Mind Blowing Sex” geared toward helping women — straight and queer — to open their minds, reject stereotypes, educate themselves and their lovers, and learn how to enjoy sex more than ever before. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

DJ M of Traxx Girls fame presents an ‘80s and ‘90s Top 40 special edition party where tunes by Michael Jackson, Prince, and more will trigger your own personal flashback. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12

“Lady Land! The Coming Out ‘Reality Cabaret’ of a Jesus-Loving Senior Citizen Redneck Lesbian Diva” is a one-man show written and performed by gay artist Will Nolan. She runs Friday and Saturday as part of the Atlanta Fringe Festival. Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Mask Center, 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13

The Sweet Auburn SpringFest includes gospel, jazz, blues and hip-hop performances with a children’s fun area, technology expo, career fair and international vendors market. Friday 5 – 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 2 – 8 p.m. in the Sweet Auburn Historical District on Auburn Avenue from Boulevard to Courtland Avenue,

gloATL and Micah Stansell present “The Search for the Exceptional,” a large-scale public work that “investigates the historic role of public recreation centers in reflecting and reconstructing our communal experience.” 8:30 p.m. both nights at the Old 4th Ward Skatepark, 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, GA 30312,

Saturday, May 12

Savannah’s First City Network, a gay business and social networking organization, hosts a Whitemarsh Island Garden Tour featuring homes on the intercoastal waterways. $20 donation goes to FCN Volunteer Fund, 11 a.m. at the Savannah Yacht Club, 730 Bradley Point Road, Savannah, GA 31410,,

Turn back the clock with a Backstreet Atlanta Reunion Party featuring Charlie Brown’s Cabaret, including a special performance by Lily White, back from a tragic house fire that claimed the home she shared with her mother. DJs Rob Reum and Bill Berdeaux spin after. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The fourth annual WET Demons Beer Bust means $10 bottomless beer, Jell-o shots, raffle prizes, beer pong and boys, boys, boys! 12 – 5 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper 1049 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc., Atlanta’s newest LGBT homeless youth outreach organization, hosts a basic counselor training for new volunteers. 2 – 5 p.m. at Positive Impact, 60 11th St. NE., Atlanta, GA 30309,

“Bingo 4 Boobs” is a fundraiser for the AVON Walks for Breast Cancer featuring host Ruby Redd, a cookout and a special $5 Tata-tini. 4 – 7 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave. Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Atlanta Rollergirls play two roller derby bouts starting at 5 p.m. at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308,

WABE presents a live recording of “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. 5:45 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Atlanta Cotillion, the drag debutante fundraising season for AID Atlanta, kicks off with “Good Cotillion Belles,” a fundraiser based on the Kristen Chenoweth television show with a “GCB Chic” dress code: cowboy hats, jeans, chaps and spurs. $25 advance, $30 at the door, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Urban Body Studios, 730 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta, GA 30306, www.atlantacotillion/GCB

The queer band Girlyman plays two shows at Eddie’s Attic. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Ladies at Play presents “LOL: Ladies OUT Laughing,” a new signature event featuring comedians by and for ladies who love ladies and their atypical male friends. 9 p.m. at Park Bar Loft, 150 Walton St., Atlanta GA 30303,,

Sunday, May 13

Throw mom in the back of the car after Mother’s Day brunch, head over to Sister Louisa’s Church and treat her to a night she’ll never forget. Vicki Powell wrestles the beats for her Second Sunday Service Patio Party. 7 – 11:30 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30313,

Sunday, May 13 – Monday, May 14

Yanni wants to share his love of easy listening new age music so much, he’s playing two Atlanta shows. 8 p.m. both nights at the Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30330,

Monday, May 14

Writing With Intent is open to writers of fiction and creative non-fiction; group offers motivational exercises, constructive criticism and more to keep you on track. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Contact the organizers in advance before joining the Domestic Violence Survivors Support Group hosted by the Health Initiative every Monday. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Rush center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Mondays are now Brain Freeze Trivia with Mary Edith Pitts at Blake’s. The four rounds of five questions ends with $250 cash to the winner and a segue to Drag on the Edge. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St. NE., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Tuesday, May 15

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a prix fixe Business Builder Luncheon. $20, cash only, RSVP to 11:55 a.m. at Hudson Grille, Brookhaven Station, 4046 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319,

The PFLAG chapter in Johns Creek hosts its monthly meeting every third Tuesday. 7 p.m. at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, GA 30097,

Author Tracy Crow brings for discussion and signing “Eyes Right: Confessions of a Woman Marine,” the story of her sometimes tumultuous career with the Marines. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Wednesday, May 16

Eat, drink and sing your favorite show tunes as Dan Lax and Daniel Guillaro play the piano for a Sing-a-long Party to benefit the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. $20 donation requested. 7:45 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 277 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Join Atlanta gay activist Ken Britt as he kicks off his bid for a seat in the State House of Representatives. Suggested minimum contribution of $100. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at a private midtown home. Details:,

Family Feud, Match Game (including GA Voice’s own Bo Shell), Let’s Make a Deal, Dating Game and more are on tap for the Big Gay Game Show, the monthly third Wednesday event to benefit Lost-n-Found Youth Inc. 7:30 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Thursday, May 17

The irrepressible Leslie Jordan makes an Atlanta stop to perform his new one-man show “Stories I Can’t Tell Mama,” with the “Unexpected Cabaret” to follow. $30 advance, $35 at door, 7:30 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park offers a free, outdoor screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Film starts at sundown in Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA 30363,,

Sexual diversity in the workplace is the theme for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia event, which offers speeches from local gay organizers and activists. 6 – 9 p.m. at Village Church, 3418 Dogwood Drive., Hapeville, GA 30354,,

Bucky Motter is among the six performers slated for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention fundraiser concert. 6 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St. Decatur, GA 30030,

The Gay Lesbian Employment Network hosts a gathering to bridge gaps between people of all cultures and ethnicities. 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Einstein’s, 1077 Juniper St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

New participants should call the Health Initiative before attending the group’s coming out support group for LGBTQ adults over 18. The discussion group is for individuals, not couples, who are coming out in a variety of work and personal situations. Every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

South Georgia Pride’s monthly meeting will include discussions on its upcoming yard sale fundraiser, future events and ideas for this year’s South Georgia Pride festival. 7 p.m. at the Wooden Nickel Pub, 3269 Inner Perimeter Road, Valdosta, GA 31605,

This edition of Cliterati’s Open No-Mic features Anna Faktorovich, director of the Anaphora Literary Press and editor-in-chief of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Friday, May 18

The Third Friday Film Series presents “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” $1-$10 sliding scale donations. Doors at 7 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

The 5th annual Doggies on the Catwalk, the canine couture inspired gala, features fashions from Tootsies, Bill Hallman and Dixie Dog Wear and celebrity models including “Real Housewife” Cynthia Bailey, Nicole Paige Brooks, Bill Hallman, Vikki Locke, Monica Pearson and more. The event is a fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support, a nonprofit that helps people with HIV and other health issues care for their pets. $75, $125 VIP. VIP reception, 7 p.m., general reception 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8:15 p.m. at Room & Board, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318,

Saturday, May 19

Georgia Benefits Counsel offers two legal help consultations for LGBT couples in South Georgia, today and May 26. Couples would have to meet with GBC on both weekends for about 45 minutes. Pre-registration required, space is limited. The group will offer Simple Wills, Advanced Directives for Health Care, Financial Powers or Power of Attorney for $50-75 depending on the county of residence. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1951 E. Park Ave., Valdosta, GA 31602,

The 9th Annual East Atlanta Beer Festival promises more than 150 craft beers, food trucks, and music from local artists. 1-6 p.m. at Brownwood Park Recreation Center, 602 Brownwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual indulgence celebrate their anniversary with a Giving Back Party featuring appetizers, cocktails and recognition of those who have supported the LGBT community. Join the Sisters afterwards at Sister Louisa’s Church for some, um, “religious” photo ops. Giving Back Party: 5 – 7 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. After party: 7:30 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312,

The 12th annual Atlanta Harlequins Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the city’s women’s rugby team. 2 – 5 p.m. at Browns Mill Golf Course, 480 Cleveland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30354

“Towel snapping, foul language” and some friendly “locker room grab ass” are on tap for the sport/jock edition of the quarterly ManShaft party. DJ Wiskuh’s spins the tailgate from 8 – 10 p.m., Coach DJ Diablo Rojo spins ‘til close, and there’ll be plenty to do between the midnight underwear toss and Atlanta Talons Jell-o shots. 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at Cockpit, 465 Boulevard SE., Atlanta, GA 30312,,

“Out of Our Closets… Into Our History” is a meeting of Georgia’s LGBT history preservation groups. Meet the archivists, learn more about LGBT History and learn how you can play a part. 2 – 4 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The Ms. Hotlanta Softball Pageant means the dudes of Atlanta’s largest softball organization drag it up (with varying results) to raise funds for the sports organization. 6 – 9 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Chris Coleman Enterprises brings DJs Ari El and Scorpio to open the night for headliner DJ Victor Calderone. 10 p.m. at Reign Nightclub, 1021 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309. Pre-sale tickets and more info at

Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20

The AIDS Vaccine 200 is a 160- or 200-mile ride to raise money for the Emory Vaccine Center starting at the Emory School of Medicine, winding to Camp Rock Eagle in Eatonton, GA, then back again on Sunday. Race starts at 7 a.m., 1648 Pierce Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322,

Sunday, May 20

Ever thought about using your gay powers for good? Consider becoming a trained PFLAG Facilitator. PFLAG Atlanta hosts a training session on the same day as their monthly third Sunday support group meeting. Training: 12:30 – 2 p.m. Support Meeting: 2:45 – 5 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,

SAGE, the Rainbow Center and Congregation Bet Haverim join forces to present a discussion on issues of aging in the LGBT community. 2 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Get “Tanked with the Titans,” a fundraiser for the Hotlanta Softball team, and enjoy $10 unlimited beer. 4 – 7 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, 1049 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Monday, May 21

The second annual Indigenous House in Piedmont Park means DC’s DJ KevyKev hits the turn tables with one of Atlanta’s old school hip hop/soul/R&B DJs, Ron Pullman. Expect performances from Sybil, a surprise guest, cash bar and turkey ribs. Free! 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Pavilion in PIedmont Park.

“T&F Transitionz: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz” is an open forum to discuss gender and facilitating dialogue and activism around social issues. 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307,

Tuesday, May 22

Broadway smash “Jersey Boys,” opens tonight and runs through Sunday, June 10, at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Wednesday, May 23

Join the Whole Brain Community at Charis Books and More for an accelerated 5-week Arists’s Way Class starting tonight and running on odd dates through July 24. $175 for all 5 weeks. 12 max per class. 7 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Each Wedensday, Midtown’s Takorea restaurant partners with local non-profits. A portion of tonight’s dinner sales. go to Positive Impact. 6 p.m. at Takorea, 818 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Don’t miss the first ever drag roast honoring the legendary Mr. Charlie Brown, which is also a fundraiser for Lily White, who recently lost her home to fire. 10 p.m. at Le Buzz, 585 Franklin Road., Marietta, GA 30067,,

Thursday, May 24

Real Bois Talk is the Health Initiative’s program for African-American masculine-identified females created as a result of the Stud Health Project. 7 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Hotlanta Softball gets its Big Peach Tournament going with an early arrival pre-party beer bust. $10 at Woof’s, 2425 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324,