Best Bets 07.19.13 – 08.01.13

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 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, 

DJ Mike Pope and DJ Micky Friedmann spin at the Joining Hearts kick-off party, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the Heretic, 

The Atlanta Eagle hosts a night to raise money for employee Anthony Brookshire, a staffer who had a stroke recently. 10 p.m., Atlanta Eagle, 

Gay-inclusive band Frisky Monkey plays at 10 p.m. at Smith’s Olde Bar, 

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

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

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, 

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. at Yaarab Shrine Center, 

SAGE Atlanta hosts a Lesbians 50+ Potluck and Social from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Philip Rush Center, 

Ladies At Play hosts a Play Day Party from 6 – 10 p.m. at Aurum, 

Heidi Pollyea and Jedd Dotson — the funky folk musicians also known as “Heidi n’ Jedd n’ them” — perform as part of July’s Music Every Month series, 8 p.m., with open mic at 6:30 p.m., Fox Mountain Camp and Artist Retreat,

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

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, 

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. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Jungle, 

Get out your hottest swimwear for the Life’s a Beach Party/Swim Wear with DJ Coqui at 10 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 

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

Sunday, July 21

DJ Caprice rocks the joint as Bulldogs Atlanta hosts a party from 4 p.m. – midnight, with free hamburgers and hotdogs,

Join the Armorettes as they pay tribute to musicals and show tunes. 8 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 

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

Monday, July 22

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

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

Tuesday, July 23

Fourth Tuesday, Atlanta’s lesbian social network, hosts its monthly dinner at a TBD restaurant, 6 – 10 p.m.,

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 24

Laugh it up as funny bear Ian Aber hosts the ABear Comedy Show at 8 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta, 

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

Thursday, July 25

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

Agave Restaurant hosts a Dine Out For Pride evening, 5 – 10 p.m., Agave Restaurant,

Charis presents a workshop/discussion on “Radical Relationships: Sexing Outside the Box” at 7:30 p.m., Charis Books, 

“Les Miserables” opens at Aurora Theatre, 8 p.m., 

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., 

Blake’s host a “Christmas in July” event with a drag show and “Ms. Gay Black America” Nichelle Paris, 

DJ Osmose helps leads Disco in the Village, a night of summer boogying in the East Atlanta Village at 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 

Friday, July 26

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

Network and socialize at the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Friday mixer from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at No Mas Cantina, 

Out singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile plays Chastain Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m., 

Get some insider cooking info as Kevin West debuts his new cookbook, “Saving the Season!,” complete with recipes he’s gathered as he’s traveled the country, 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books, 

Every last Friday of the month, join the ladies for the new Swank party/mixer from 9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at 10th and Piedmont,

Drag persona Lady Bunny makes an appearance at The Other Show XXXL, a drag-heavy night with many local performers as well. 9:30 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta, 

DJ Stan Jackson helps celebrate Fur Friday at 10 p.m. at the Heretic, 

Famed adult film director and DJ Chi Chi LaRue emcees opening night activities at Marietta Pride, 10 p.m., Brushstrokes Stages of North Georgia Marietta Pride, 

Saturday, July 27

North Georgia Marietta Pride continues all weekend with entertainers all day, live music, family fun from 2 – 6 p.m. and vendors galore,

DylanMichaelMusic teams with the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Lost N Youth for “Vandalized: A Concert and Benefit,” featuring the debut of Michael’s CD. 6 – 9 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta, 

New winners will be crowned at the Mr. Georgia Unlimited Mr. Bear and Cub 2013 contest and head to the national event. 6 p.m., Atlanta Eagle, 

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

Former Atlantan Jennifer Lee screens her film “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books, 

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 Theater, 

Bedlam Presents its WackedOutBlackOutParty, with DJ Shane spinning, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., Jungle Atlanta, 

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

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, 

Pitties in the City, a dog outreach and rescue benefit, takes place tonight at 5 p.m., with special karaoke by Jack and Missy, My Sister’s Room, 

Backspace Atlanta, located just behind Jungle, opens with its Harness/no shirt event with DJ Pat Scott at 7 p.m., Backspace Atlanta, 

Mixx hosts an Old Skool Dance, 10 p.m., Mixx, 

Monday, July 29

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 30

Talented design students from all across Atlanta come together to design dressers that will be auctioned off, benefiting Devereux Georgia at Ikea Top Drawer. Also includes pieces by esteemed artists James Randall Chumbley, Son of The Moon and Leroy Campbell. RSVPs are required, 6 – 8 p.m., IKEA Atlanta,

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

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

Wednesday, July 31

The Plaza Theatre hosts a “scoutmob hand-picked” screening of “AKA Blondie,” a documentary on the legendary Atlanta stripper, complete with a meet and greet and goodies, 7:30 and 9 p.m., Plaza Atlanta, 

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

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, Aug. 1

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

Woof’s hosts its monthly Sisters Night for local charities, benefitting the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, 7 – 10 p.m., 

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


Friday, Aug. 2

Saturday, Aug. 3

Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band perform at 5 p.m. at the GA Dome, 

Matchbox 20 and Goo Goo Dolls team up at 8 p.m. at Lakewood Ampitheatre,

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their annual yard sale benefitting MISTER Center, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m, First Existentialist Congregation, 

Sunday, Aug. 4

“American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox performs two shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m., at Eddie’s Attic, 

Jonas Brothers perform at 7 p.m. at Chastain Park,  

Monday, Aug. 5

P-FLAG hosts its monthly Atlanta Support meeting, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin perform at 8 p.m. at Atlanta Botanical Garden,

Saturday, Aug 10

Get ready to ride the Scream Machine, the Dahlonega Mine Train and more with hundreds of area LGBT friends at Rainbow Days at Six Flags, 

Justin Bieber brings his Believe tour to Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m.,