Best Bets 08.16.13 – 08.29.13

Friday, Aug. 16

Angels Pet Rescue is the beneficiary as the Atlanta Dream takes on the Connecticut Sun, with donations and pet supplies being collected beforehand at the pregame event at Taco Mac at Philips Arena from 5 – 7 p.m. and the game from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.,

Contestants will compete for the titles of Mr., Mrs. and Bootblack Leather at the Hideaway Leather Contest 2014, beginning at 5 p.m. tonight at Roy’s Hideaway Campground,

The award-winning “The House I Love In” screens at the Third Friday film series at 7 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation,

The ACT UP Atlanta film festival, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization, begins tonight with “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.” Panelists who were founding members of the ACT UP Atlanta movement will speak and raw footage from some of their actions will be shown at 7 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church,

Topher Payne’s play “Evelyn in Purgatory” gets a second local staging, this time by Out of Box Theatre, opening tonight at 8 p.m.,

Direct from Las Vegas comes the Magic Mike male revue show at 8 p.m., Wild Bills,

Every year, Mary’s pays homage to the grand dame of pop music, Madonna, at Madonna-Rama, with music videos, performances and costume contests, 10 p.m., Mary’s,

Bedlam presents a Pajama PillowPow Party, with all sorts of nightwear encouraged and DJ Shane V spinning at 10:30 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

Fireball’s Red Hot party, hosted by Ruby Redd with a red underwear contestant, is tonight at 11 p.m. Burkhart’s,

Join Atlanta Pride for a screening of the film “Strong!” — detailing CrossFit Midtown’s Cheryl Haworth and her quest to compete in the 2008 Olympics, 7 p.m., CrossFit Midtown,

Saturday, Aug. 17

Lesbian-inclusive alterna-grass band Roxie Watson performs with Brian Perry for an 8 p.m. show at Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre.

The ACT UP Atlanta film festival, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization, continues today with “How to Survive a Plague” at 10:30 a.m., St. Mark United Methodist Church,

Bring a loved one — and wear red to the “Love Is Love” Marriage Equality photo campaign, 3 – 5:30 p.m. at Ten Atlanta,

A playoff double bill – the Atlanta Rollergirls skate twice today, at 5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., at the Yaarab Shrine Center,

The Lesbian 50+ Potluck and Social begins at 6 p.m. at the Rush Center,

Join author Kenya Jackson as she discusses concepts from her self-help memoir, “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,

Atlanta-based rock band The Sexual Side Effects team up with the Imperial Opa Circus for a 10 p.m. show at Macon’s Hummingbird Stage & Taproom,

The Glo Paint Party promises a night of fun, with body painting, DJ Liz Owen and go-go dancers as part of the club’s 17th anniversary, My Sister’s Room,

All the way from the West Coast comes Haus of Stiel, with DJ Shane Stiel and andro-drag performer Grace Towers, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., at Heretic Atlanta,

Sunday, Aug. 18

Bruno Mars brings his hits to Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m.,

Sexy Josh Groban performs at 8 p.m. at Chastain Park,

Auditions for OurSong, the South’s pre-eminent gay and lesbian mixed chorus, begin tonight; to audition call 404-487-8717 or send an email to

The Armorettes perform at 8 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Monday, Aug. 19

A youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies, Trans and Friends: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at Charis,

Poker night out — play Texas Hold ‘Em for free at 8:30 p.m. at Friends on Ponce,

“Drag Star Season 5” continues at Le Buzz,

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

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Author Melody Moezzi discusses her “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life” at 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books,

Blake’s hosts a karaoke fundraiser for the Atlanta Humane Society with Sasie Monroe at 11 p.m., Blake’s,

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, Aug. 21

Play The Match Game and Family Feud at the monthly Big Gay Game Show, benefiting Lost-N-Found Youth. 7:30 – 10 p.m., Jungle Atlanta, 

Thursday, Aug. 22

Holly Williams performs at Red Clay Theatre at 8 p.m.,

DJ Osmose and special guests join for a night of boogie at Disco in the Village, 9 p.m. at Mary’s,

Trader Vic’s tiki bar hosts the antics of Jaye Lish and her Birds of Paradise show at 9:30 p.m., Trader Vic’s,

Friday, Aug. 23

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2013 Community Awards Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Intercontinental Buckhead,

This month’s Civil Rights movie night film is “The Great Debaters,” screening at 7 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church,

Author Sikivu Hutchinson visits Charis to speak about her book “Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels,” from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis,

A week-long celebration of city of Atlanta, with music, art, photography, fashion and more, live//local begins tonight at 10 p.m. at the W Downtown,

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,

Pocket Rocket and Ready for Hope present a Bear-B-Que, with DJ Vicki Powell, 2 – 6 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Amanda Lepore joins The Other Show XXXL at 9:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Saturday, Aug. 24

Comedians, drag performers and more come together at “Laughter, Lashes & Live,” as the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence raise money for their grant fund, 6 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta,

The fourth annual Fire party, sponsored by Fenuxe and celebrating the best of Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. at Opera,

Enjoy dinner and a screening of “The Wiz” at Lift Up Atlanta movie night at 7 p.m. at the Rush Center,

Shavonna B. Brooks leads “Extravaganza” at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Sunday, Aug. 25

Atlanta Dixieland Bowling hosts its welcome back/after party, allowing players to sign up for fall leagues, 12 p.m., Funtime Bowling,

Monday, Aug. 26

Benefiting Susan G. Komen For the Cure and the Atlanta AIDS Fund, the annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares event is tonight at 7 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Center,

Tuesday, Aug. 27

The lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly dinner at a different restaurant each month, this month at Coco Cabana, from 6 – 10 p.m.,

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Get out the roller skates for the Skateboyz Black Pride kickoff event, 8 p.m. at Metro Skates,

Atlanta’s best comics, gay and straight, come together for the ABear Comedy Show hosted by Ian Aber.  8 p.m. at the Jungle, benefitting Lost-n-Found Youth,

Atlanta Pride hosts the Trans March Planning event at Charis at 6 p.m.,

Thursday, Aug. 29

Author Sara Farizan discusses her book “If You Could Be Mine” and the political realities that inspired the stories, 7:30 p.m., Charis,

Phoenix from “Rupaul’s Dance Race” is one of the performers and hosts of Dancefloor Divas, 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

$3 Thursdays are part of “Where the Party At?” night at 11 p.m. at Phase One,

Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2

Experience a throwback to summer camp with color wars, swimming and singing around the campfire, plus DJs, live performances and more as Gay & Lesbian Adults Camp hosts a women-only event over Labor Day Weekend in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Registration is due by Aug. 16.


Black Gay Pride draws tens of thousands to Atlanta every Labor Day weekend for a packed schedule of community events and nightlife parties. Highlights include events from nonprofit coordinator In the Life Atlanta ( and Sunday’s Pure Heat Community Festival, created by the Vision Community Foundation and Traxx Girls ( Many other party promoters also have multiple events; see story on Page 17 and a special section in the Aug. 30 issue of GA Voice.

The Decatur Book Festival takes place this weekend, with an impressive LGBT track. See stories on Pages 14-15.

Friday, Aug. 30

DJs Jonny Mack and Sean Mawc liven up Bear Invasion at 9 p.m. at the Heretic,

Saturday, Aug. 31

The Auburn Avenue Research Library presents Pride in the Black LGBTQ Community, with film screenings and a literary café, 12 p.m.,

Monday, Sept. 2

The PFLAG Atlanta support meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,

Wednesday, Sept. 4-Sunday, Sept. 8

The Southern Comfort Conference, one of the nation’s largest events for transgender people and allies, convenes at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia for a long weekend of education, empowerment and social events.

Friday, Sept. 6

The Barry Manilow musical “Harmony” opens at 8 p.m. the Alliance Theatre,

Johnny Drago’s world premiere “Trash” opens at 8 p.m. at Onstage Atlanta,

DJ Vicki Powell and DJ Ree De Le Vega are part of “Getting Dirty in Atlanta,” an after-party for Southern Comfort Conference attendees at 10 p.m.,

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Local filmmaker Cindy Abel celebrates the finish of her moving documentary “Breaking Through,” about openly LGBT elected officials, at a wrap party, 6:30 p.m. at Tribute Lofts Skyroom.