Best Bets 08.31 – 09.13

Friday, Aug. 31

Lez’elegance presents the ATL Meltdown Blue Carpet Fashion Affair with special guest host Tajir. Blue carpet 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., fashion show 7 – 9 p.m. at the Funkshion Factor, 608 Interchange Drive, Atlanta, GA 30336,

“Kick off Black Gay Pride in Style” with a meet and greet with the founders of, an Atlanta-based blog dedicated to providing visibility and information to masculine, butch, gender-queer women and transmen. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Local gal DJ Lydia Prim and guest DJ Eddie Martinez spin on Cheshire Bridge. 10 p.m. at Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Friday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 3

The 25th annual Peach International Tennis Championships bring together tons of LGBT tennis stars for a tournament hosted by the (gay) Atlanta Team Tennis Association. Details of the four-day event:

Saturday, Sept. 1

It’ll be a long weekend with tons to do at the “World Famous Drive Invasion 2012.” Expect performances by a ton of local bands, camping and the classics “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Blade Runner,” and more on the big screens. Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Starlight Drive-In, 200 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

The State of Black Gay America Summit is the annual meeting of diverse minds, this year focusing on “Embracing Our Collective Power To Influence Change.” Panelists from around the country join in discussion with an emphasis on solution-based approaches to challenges in the African-American LGBT population. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Melia Hotel, Atlanta Ballroom, 590 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Enjoy a day of diverse acts at the One Music Fest. The lineup includes former Black Gay Pride performer Marsha Ambrosius and alt-hiphop-dance sensation Santigold. 12 p.m. at Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

See the Georgia Bulldogs start their football season on nine flat screens at the grand opening of the My Sister’s Room Sports Bar and Grill. 12 – 8 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316,

Today is the start of the college football season. Watch with friends every Saturday of the season on one of the new HD TVs upstairs at Blake’s. 1 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., 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,

Black Gay Pride performer Fantasia plays a show with Joe, Tonny Terry and Dru Hill. 6 p.m. at Wolf Greek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road, Atlanta, GA 30349,

Celebrate Black Gay Pride with author Deardria Nesbitt, who brings “Throb: The Remix,” a graphic novel and “A Question of Fulfillment,” the fourth installment in the “Girls Around the Way” series. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Atlanta’s only lesbian bar hosts a Black Gay Pride “Sin City” party with black jack, roulette, craps and more. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30317,

Saturday, Sept. 1 – Sunday, Sept. 2

The Decatur Book Festival includes an LGBT track with several events on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out

Sunday, Sept. 2

The Atlanta Dream takes on the Connecticut Sun. 3 p.m. at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303,

No work on Monday means you can party all night with DJ Alexander at Heretic. 10 p.m. at 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Make your Labor Day weekend a long with a super late night (or early morning) set from DJ Alex Cohen, 3 a.m. (technically Sunday) at the members-only Xion, 2241 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Monday, Sept. 3

“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,

The Atlanta chapter of PFLAG hosts its first Monday Support Meeting where attendees are divided into small groups led by a trained facilitator. No advice, just discussion. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at 1605 Northeast Expressway NE, Atlanta, GA 30329,

Wednesday, Sept. 5 – Tuesday, Sept. 11

Enjoy a blast from Broadway’s past with the classic “King and I.” Most performances at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Wednesday, Sept. 5

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Luncheon. 11:55 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030,

The Atlanta Dream takes on the Indiana Fever. 7 p.m. at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303,

Tonight begins Charlie Brown’s “Drag Idol 5.” The 12 contestants will be pulled from previous seasons of LeBuzz’s Drag Idol and competing requires nomination from one of the bar’s feature queens. Looks to be a best of the best. Every Wednesday at 10 p.m. at LeBuzz, 585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30367,

Thursday, Sept. 6

Though not explicitly gay, we’re sure you’ll find some well dressed “family” at Vagrant Magazine’s Fashion Night Out party. See fashion by three local designers, live music from Rahbi Raw and the Fire Squad and an art exhibition that includes local gay artist Patrick Hanson. 7 – 10 p.m. at Viewpoint, 855 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,,

The Process Theatre and Onstage Atlanta present “Designing Women Live,” three episodes of the classic sitcom presented by men, including GA Voice’s own Topher Payne, playing the heroic Southern women. 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday at OnStage Atlanta, 2617 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033,

Every first Thursday is Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence fundraising night at Woof’s. Tonight, they’re joined by Hotlanta Softball’s Pink Cadets to raise funs for Breast Cancer awareness and prevention. 6 – 9 p.m. at Woof’s, 2425 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

Friday, Sept. 7

Chris Isaak plays for Concerts in the Garden. 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Wassup ‘N ATL hosts the upscale First Friday party with DJs Trouble and Angel X with MC Wild Thang on the mic. 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Decatur Women’s Sports League starts the fall softball season with games tonight through Oct. 26. Kelly C. Cofer Park, near Chamblee Tucker Road at North Park Drive, Tucker, GA 30084 ,

So it’s a little out of the way, but treat yourself to something different. The 2nd Gender Fusion Cabaret sees several of the Armorettes go way OTP for the sake of really good, bag drag. 10:30 p.m. at Fuzions, 806 North Broad St., Monroe, GA 30656,

Saturday, Sept. 8

Joining Hearts DJ and Atlanta favorite DJ Roland Belmares returns for a spin at the Heretic. No cover before 11 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Health Initiative hosts an LGBT Weight Watchers group every Saturday morning. First weigh-in starts at 8 a.m., with a meeting at 8:30 a.m. Second weigh-in starts at 9:30 a.m., with a meeting at 10 a.m. 1530 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

MEGA Family hosts a “Maybe Baby” seminar for potential LGBT parents. Learn about the many options, costs involved, time frames to consider and how age or geography might factor into your decision. 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Savannah Pride celebrates its 13th year of “unity, acceptance and inclusion” as JoJo, The Cusses and Atlanta’s fave trans rocker Amber Taylor and the Sexual Side Effects perform at the day-long festival complete with vendors and “plenty of Pride to go around.” 11:45 a.m. – 10 p.m. in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA 31401,

Sunday, Sept. 9

Today is opening Day of the Hotlanta Softball fall season. It’s more casual than the competitive spring season, but we’re sure the spectating is just as celebratory. Games through Oct. 7. 10 a.m – 2 p.m. in the Piedmont Park Active Oval Fields.

Hotlanta Softball’s Atlanta Talons kick off their fall season with a Beer Bust at F.R.O.G.S. All the PBR you can drink, jell-o shots and DJ Joey make way for the Queen of the Strut, Amanda Topp. 1 – 7 p.m. at F.R.O.G.S., 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308.

The Atlanta Dream takes on the Washington Mystics. 3 p.m. at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303,

For the past several Sundays, Regina Simms has played host to a ton of local talent, culminating in tonight’s “New Faces” final. Weekly winners return to compete for the crown. Go early to get a seat. 11:30 p.m. at Friends Neighborhood Bar, 736 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

The infamous drag queens of the South, the Armorettes take over Burkhart’s. Remember tips are donated to their nonprofit fund for various AIDS-related organizations. 8 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 893 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Monday, Sept. 10

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,

Tuesday, Sept. 11

The Atlanta Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Lunch. 11:50 a.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille. 2964 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30306,

The Atlanta Dream takes on the Seattle Storm. 7 p.m. at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303,

Wednesday, Sept. 12

The Atlanta Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Lunch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Soho in Vinings, 300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339,

Viva Las Vegas is the theme for this month’s PALS Bingo, hosted by Bubba D. Licious and Brent Star. Doors at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

“Resistance is futile” at “Unplug” with Paul P. at Heretic. The dance floor opens at 10 p.m. with no cover and “hot hard music” all night long. 10 p.m. at Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

Friday, Sept. 14

The Indigo Girls play an intimate show to wrap up this year’s Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Concerts in the Garden series. 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,


Saturday, Sept. 15

OurSong gay and lesbian chorus hosts a Gospel Brunch benefit with two shows for your listening pleasure. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. seatings at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

After a season of raising money for AID Atlanta, the Atlanta Cotillion XI takes over the Foundry at Puritan Mill with its annual drag ball to crown this year’s highest fundraiser. This year’s theme? “Le Bal en Robe Rouge.” Special guests include host Randy Roberts and the legendary Varla Jean Merman. 7 – 11 p.m. at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30318,

The annual East Atlanta Strut means a kooky-good parade followed by revelry in the streets of Atlanta hippest neighborhood. Stop by Mary’s, the local gay bar, for an Atlanta Talons (Hotlanta Softball) fundraiser and beats by DJ Joey. The infamous Mary-oke takes partygoers into the night. Parade at 2 p.m., party afterwards at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,,

Saturday Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 16

The Festival on Ponce, part of the gay-owned and operated Foundation for Public Spaces festivals, offers local arts and crafts at Olmsted Linear Park. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Olmstead Linear Park near the intersection of Ponce De Leon and Moreland Ave., Atlanta, GA.