Acclaimed singer-songwriter Janis Ian performs with Gretchen Peters, Tony Arata and Craig Carothers. 8 p.m. both nights at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, www.eddiesattic.com.
Maya Simantov performs live, along with Phoenix from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and DJ Jay McCracken. 10 p.m. at Club Chapparal, 2715 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30024.
Drag Race 2 continues every first and third Friday. Any king or queen can enter; the 10 weekly winners will progress to the finale. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
Kitty LeClaw’s Meow Mix gets catty at 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
DJ Lydia Prim spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 4
The annual Decatur Book Festival features a diverse line-up, including the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival track. AQLF’s Saturday track includes poet Jericho Brown at Eddie’s Attic from 3-3:45 p.m.; and author Fiona Zedde at the Old Courthouse from 4:15-5 p.m. Sunday’s AQLF track features poets Collin Kelley and Michael Montlack at Eddie’s Attic from 1:15-2 p.m.; poets Sharon Sanders and Franklin Abbott at the Decatur Conference Center from 2:30-3:15 p.m.; and authors Jericho Brown, Robert Sherer and Lynne Huffer discussing “Is there a queer eye?” at the Old Courthouse from 5-5:45 p.m. www.decaturbookfestival.com.
Friday, Sept. 2 – Monday, Sept. 5
The gay Peach International Tennis Tournament kicked off with a draw party on Thursday night at Einstein’s, then continues for four days of competition at the Dekalb Tennis Center, 1400 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033, www.atta.org.
Dragon*Con is billed as “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.” It is expected to draw 40,000 to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton, and Sheraton Atlanta Hotel — including plenty of LGBT participants. The annual costumed parade kicks off in downtown Atlanta at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. www.dragoncon.org.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Prime Timers of Atlanta, a social organization of older gay and bisexual men, meets at 3 p.m. in the community room of the Ponce de Leon Branch Library, 980 Ponce deLeon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. www.AtlantaPrimeTimers.com.
After a five-year hiatus, legendary DJ/Producer Peter Rauhofer returns with CARIOCA for Labor Day Weekend. 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com, www.cariocaproductions.com.
“Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man,” based on author Fannie Flagg’s semi-autobiographical first novel, takes the stage at Actor’s Express on Saturdays through Tuesdays through Sept. 17. 887 W. Marietta St. Suite J-107, Atlanta, GA 30318, www.actors-express.com.
Erasure performs at 9 p.m. at Center Stage, 1374 W Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.ticketmaster.com.
Get your boots on for 3 Legged Cowboy night at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
DJ Ron Pullman spins at 9 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com.
Star Whores! Promises a “sci-fi sexcapade” with DJ Homosexual. 10 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com.
It will technically be Sunday morning as DJ Joe Gauthreaux spins at 3 a.m. at Xion, 2241 Faulkner Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.xionatlanta.com.
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5
Spend three days and two nights in Biloxi, Miss., with drag hostess Ruby Redd, including gambling, a trip to Biloxi’s gay bar, hotel accommodations and even outlet shopping. Registration deadline is Aug. 19. http://rubyredbiloxiandbeachtour.eventbrite.com.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Gentle Spirit Christian Church hosts a picnic at noon after 10:30 a.m. services to celebrate its fifth anniversary as the Church Without Walls, meeting outside at Candler Park, 1500 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. www.gentlespirit.org.
DJ Alexander spins at 9 p.m. the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Fill up on food and fun at Papi’s Brunch Buffet, with music by DJ Karlitos. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.lasmargaritasmidtown.com.
Brent Star and DJ Christopher Kind keep Sundays hot starting at 2 p.m. at Cowtippers, 1600 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.metrocafes.com/Cowtippers.
Members of MEGA Family Project, the group for LGBT families, catch a game of the Atlanta Dream, the city’s professional women’s basketball team. Free tickets for up to 50 dues-paying MEGA members. 3 p.m. at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, www.megafamilyproject.org.
Monday, Sept. 5
It’s Labor Day, but PFLAG Atlanta still holds its First Monday support meeting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
“Dazed and Confused” screens for Movies at Dusk at 8:30 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, 1049 Juniper St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.metrocafes.com/joes-juniper/Home.aspx.
Monday means Drag on the Edge, starring Lady Shabazz, Martina Diamante, Phoenix and LaTeasha Shante Shuntel and special guests. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
The MISTER Project hosts a meditation workshop every first and third Tuesday; program is 5:30-7 p.m., but arrive early for free HIV and STD screening at the MISTER Community Center, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
AID Atlanta’s Gay Outreach presents “Hands Off: A Discussion on Intimacy Without Intercourse.” 7-9 p.m. at AID Atlanta, 1605 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309. www.aidatlanta.org.
The Queer Justice League hosts its monthly meeting; topics include ongoing response to the police raid on the Atlanta Eagle. 8-11 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.queerjusticeleague.net.
Evolve with VJ Marco Polo and show tunes at 9 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.amsterdamatlanta.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 7
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Luncheon. 11:55 a.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030, www.atlantagaychamber.org.
Paulina Hernandez, co-director of SONG, facilitates a political education discussion of “Organizing 101: Land, Body, Work & Spirit.” 7:30-9 p.m. at Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Linda Niemann reads from “Boomer: Railroad Memoirs,” about her ten years as a migratory brakeman for the railroad. 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com.
Atlantic Station’s Thursday night outdoor film series features “Steel Magnolias.” Film starts at dusk, around 8:45-9 p.m. www.atlanticstation.com.
Phoenix hosts Twisted Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s Pub, 893 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.burkharts.com.
Vocalist Amanda Lepore performs live on her latest tour in support of her new album “I, Amanda Lepore.” Cherry Pop at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,
Friday, Sept. 9
The Decatur Women’s Sports League fall softball season gets underway tonight and continues on Friday evenings through Oct. 28. Games at Kelly C. Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Drive, Tucker, GA 30084. www.decatorwomenssportsleague.info.
Lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday gathers for happy hour from 6-8 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/FourthTuesdayAtlanta.
The “North Meets South” show stars Penny Puddles, Hurricane Roxanne, Kyrah St. James, Summer Knight, Alana Kellie, & Lauren LaMasters at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
Kai Lin Art presents the opening reception for Monsters 2.0, the gallery’s largest exhibit to date, which runs through Oct. 22. Opening night from 7-10 p.m. at Kai Lin Art + Kai Lin Shop, 3096 Roswell Road, Atlanta GA 30305, www.kailinart.com.
Friday, Sept. 9 – Saturday, Sept. 10
gloATL presents Maa (Finnish for “earth”), a contemporary multimedia performance with score by Finnish composer Kajia Saariaho, Atlanta Symphony Maestro Robert Spano, and a 52-member “physical chorus.” 8 p.m. both nights at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.gloatl.com.
Saturday, Sept. 10
James House presents a health, wellness and personal advocacy event including sessions on HIV/AIDS 101, Condom Sense, and breast cancer. 9 a.m. – 5:30 pm. at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, GA 30327, www.james-house.org.
The gay Atlanta Bucks rugby team plays a home match against Macon / High Country. 1-3 p.m. at Coan Middle School, 1550 Hosea L. Williams Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30317, www.atlantabucksrugby.com.
Singer-songwriter Jessi Lynn performs at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
FROGS Cantina hosts a beer blast to raise money for Atlanta Field Day, the Oct. 1 event that benefits CHRIS Kids, which provides housing and support services to youth who would otherwise be homeless, including LGBT youth. 2-6 p.m. at 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantafieldday.org.
DJ Mike Pope spins at 10 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com.
DJ Drew G spins for Dirty Pop at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
DJ Escape mans the turntables at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Sunday, Sept. 11
DJ Vicki Powell spins for her monthly Sunday Service. 6-11 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.
The Armorettes, the infamous camp drag troupe, perform their weekly show at 7 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 893 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.burkharts.com.
Monday, Sept. 12
The Shondes perform with Fancy Rat and the Sonia Tetlow Band. 8 p.m. at Wonderroot, 982 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306, www.shondes.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Get “Out in the Stands” as the Atlanta Braves take on the Florida Marlins, with a portion of ticket prices to benefit statewide LGBT rights group Georgia Equality. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 9 through Dennette Thornton in order to go toward the benefit: 404-614-1493 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 p.m. at Turner Field, www.georgiaequality.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
“Disco Fever” is the theme for this month’s PALS Bingo, hosted by Bubba D. Licious. The popular event raises money for PALS, which helps people with HIV and other health conditions keep their pets. 6:45–9:45 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.palsatlanta.org.
Thursday, Sept. 15
MEGA Family Project’s Coming Out Support Group, a free service for adults, meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the MEGA Family Project office space at 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307. The same night at the same time is the group’s “Waiting for the Stork” Prospective Parent Meet Up. www.megafamilyproject.org.
Enjoy an open “no mic” night as Cliterati wows you with spoken word poets. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com.
Cherry Pop at Jungle presents gay rapper Cazwell live with dancing all night to pop hits, electro, old school and hip hop. 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Chris Coleman’s Indulge party is Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight at W Hotel – Midtown, 188 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30361, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.