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Friday, July 5

Atlanta BearFest continues through Sunday with various activities planned,

Singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata appears at Vinyl in support of her latest record, “Heavyweight EP.” Doors open at 8 p.m. with show at 9 p.m.,

The comedic “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” continues through July 15 at Shakespeare Tavern,

Diva/drag personality Phoenix appears at 10 p.m. at Club Rush, 2715 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30324

Angelica D’Paige hosts “The Fab Five” drag show revue with an amazing line-up of performers, 11p.m. at Burkharts,

The Grown & Sexy Party heats up with DJ Smash at 10 p.m. Fridays at Mixx,

DJ Mike Pope spins at 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

Saturday, July 6

P-FLAG hosts a meeting for parents of gender variant children today at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,

Ladies at Play hosts a Day Part from 6-10 p.m. at Aurum,

Glo Atl’s Liquid Culture,  a collection of gestures and sensation, opens with six installations at four different locations throughout the city, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the Historic 4th Ward,

Help celebrate Jami ATL’s birthday with the Cancer Bday Bash, with “Now That’s What I Call Drag” at 10:30 p.m. and dance party at midnight at My Sister’s Room,

DJ and producer Morabito spins tonight at 10 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

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

Sunday, July 7

You’ll still be partying from Saturday night, but it will technically be Sunday morning as DJ Martin Fry spins at Xion, starting at 3 a.m.,

A new Mr. Atlanta Bear and Cub will be crowned tonight as part of Atlanta Bear Fest, at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle,

Harry Connick Jr. croons his hits at 8 p.m. at Chastain,

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

The Lady Shabazz hosts Flashback Showgirls at 8 p.m. at 10th & Piedmont,

Monday, July 8

Each Monday through Aug. 5, enjoy chair yoga with SAGE Atlanta, a group for LGBT seniors. 10 a.m. at the Rush Center,

Come out and enjoy free pool and music videos at the Atlanta Eagle from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.,

Knomie Moore hosts Jukebox Drag at 8 p.m. each Monday at the Heretic,

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

Tuesday, July 9

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 10

It’s “tiki” night as Bubba D. Licious and Kimora Layou lead PALS Bingo, to help people with HIV and other health conditions care for their pets. Starts at 7:30 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

Phoenix and Nicole Paige Brooks host Dragamaniacs, an open mic drag talent show, at 10 p.m. at Jungle,

DJ Stan Jackson hosts the Pig Dance Blackout Party at 10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Heretic,

Thursday, July 11

SAGE Atlanta (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) hosts Cards and Social Hour from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Philip Rush Center,

XS Ultra Lounge is the home for Turnt Up Thursday, 11 p.m. – 4 a.m.,

Friday, July 12

Lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly Fourth Friday social from 6 – 9 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta,    

It’s Ladies Night upstairs at Blake’s, with special guest DJ Liz Owen,

 The Village People take the stage at 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Centre,

Jennifer Knapp and Steff Mahan perform together at 8 p.m. at Red Clay Theatre,

The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Keller Williams perform at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden,

Openly gay director David H. Bell returns to the ATL for the world premiere of his musical “Shakin’ the Rafters,” 8 p.m. at 14th Street Playhouse,

$2 Fridays, offering cheap well drinks, begin at LeBuzz, with a dance party to boot at the Marietta gay bar.

Bedlam presents “Paparazzi,” a new night out hosted by promoter Barry Brandon with “strong looks preferred,” on the second Friday of each month, starting tonight at 10th and Piedmont,

DJ Chris Griswold spins at 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

Saturday, July 13

Catch the stars of the future as Girls Rock Camp concludes with a 2 p.m. concert at the Variety Playhouse,

This one’s for the ladies: a foam/bikini and board shorts party and all girl femme revue show are part of the fun beginning at 8 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,

Sponsored by Scruff, The Heretic hosts Bearracuda with DJ Paul Goodyear at 9 p.m.,

Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura plays at 9 p.m. at Variety Playhouse,

Hairy men cavort all over the place at the Southern Bear Bar Night at 10 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle,

The new dance party “Mixx” takes place at the new Kouture Lounge in Midtown, with free entry until 11:30 p.m.,

Saturdays, get into Pit Pop Video with DJ Diablo Rojo at Cockpit Atlanta,

Sunday, July 14

Cowboy Envy perform at 5 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Old Skool classic dance starts at 7 p.m. with DJ Rick and DJ Maestro on Sundays at Mixx,

Monday, July 15

Stars of the Century is a weekly drag tradtion  at 11:30 p.m. at Jungle,

Tuesday, July 16

Ruby Redd hosts Ruby’s Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

Swing Out Sister performs at 8 p.m. at Variety Playhouse,

VJ Marco Polo puts on a night of showtunes every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta,

Wednesday, July 17

“The Match Game,” “Family Feud” and more make up The Big Gay Game Show at Jungle Atlanta, starting at 7:30 p.m. and benefiting Lost-N-Found Youth,

The gay-themed play “Headwaters: Didja Hear” opens at 8 p.m. at Sautee Nacoochee Center,

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, July 18

Charis and Cliterati team up for an open mic and reading series, hosted by the spoken word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis, with special guest, poet Rushelle Frazier, at 7:30 p.m.,

Find out your top choices in dozens of categories, plus enjoy free food, beverages and more at the GA Voice Best of Atlanta party, 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Georgian Terrace,


Friday, July 19

Artist Phillip Bonneau’s Ugly Simple Truths, a photographic exploration of our “shadow self” and the things we do not talk about, opens at 6 p.m. at Suite Spot,

The Third Friday film Series presents “Who Stole the American Dream?”  at 7 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation,

The great Anita Baker returns to the ATL at 8 p.m. at Chastain,

Pedro! Pedro! The new Pedro Almodóvar film “I’m So Excited” opens at the Midtown Art Cinema,

Saturday, July 20

It’s the gay party of the summer: The 26th edition of Joining Hearts, raising money for AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House, takes place today from  4 – 11 p.m. at the Piedmont Park Pool,

After the Joining Hearts pool party, Rosabel — the mega DJ duo of Ralphi Rosario and Abel — spins at Jungle Atlanta to benefit the group that helps people with HIV find housing.

Join author Kenya Jackson as she discusses her new self-help book “empty. s p a c e: Where is My Stuff? Navigating the Quarterlife Crisis with Wisdom and Skill” at 7:30 p.m. at Charis,

The Atlanta Roller Girls hosts a twin bill game, with the first game at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center,

Rebecca Loebe performs at 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Thursday, July 25

The GSU Players and University Theatre present an evening of one act LGBT short plays, 8 p.m. at Dahlberg Hall at GSU,

Drag Diva Jaye Lish brings her Birds of Paradise Show to Trader Vic’s Lounge at the Hilton Atlanta for two shows at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.,

Marietta Pride begins today and lasts through Sunday, July 28,

Friday, July 26

Brandi Carlile plays Chastain Ampitheatre at 7:30 p.m.,

Saturday, July 27

Tylan from Girlyman performs at 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

The Save a Breast Music Fest with Wynn Varble, Jared Munday Project and Catherine Kimbro begins at 8 p.m. at Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay,

Sunday, July 28

The annual Backpack in the Park cocktail party, benefitting For the Kid in All of Us, kicks off at 4 p.m. at Cator Woolford Gardens,

Tuesday, July 30

“Menopause The Musical” returns to the ATL tonight at 7:30 at the Alliance Theatre,