DJay McCracken spins for RED Light District, with a special performance from Dax. 10 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.amsterdamatlanta.com.

DJ Lydia Prim spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.

DJ Vicki Powell spins her “Boombox” party. 11 p.m. at The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.

The Southern Bears host a Mr. Atlanta Bear and Cub contest with $100 cash prizes and 2012 Atlanta Bearfest run packages for each winner. Contest starts around Midnight at the Atlnata Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.southernbears.org.

Saturday, Sept. 17

DJ Ron Pullman spins for Deeper Love at 10 p.m. Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com.

With live music (including plenty of queer-inclusive bands), vendors, a 5k run and, of course, a parade, the East Atlanta Strut celebrates the city’s hippest neighborhood. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. with parade at 2 p.m. at East Atlanta Village, at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals. www.eastatlantastrut.com.

Head to Valdosta for South Georgia Pride, featuring entertainment, basketball shootout and the first annual Pride Pet Show, with winners in five categories. Noon to 6 p.m. at John W. Saunders Memorial Park, 1151 River St., Valdosta, Ga., 31601, www.facebook.com/groups/southgapride/.

Get your game on with College Football Saturdays, followed by Jealouse’s Daring Divas at 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.

The gay Atlanta Bucks rugby team plays a match against GA Tech at the Tech campus, then hosts its monthly bar night at 10 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantabucksrugby.org.

The Atlanta Cotillion Ball raises funds for AID Atlanta and includes the crowning of the 2011 Cotillion queen, the male debutante who has raised the most funds for the organization. 7-11 p.m. at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318, www.atlantacotillion.com.

Bellissima throws a Glow Party to celebrate winning “Best Place to Meet Women” in the GA Voice Best of Atlanta awards. Green glow sticks mean single; red means taken. Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/bellissima.atlanta.

Join the Armorettes for the Heretic Backroom Burlesque Show featuring Gunza Blazin and Vanessa Mykals. Show starts at 8 p.m. and all proceeds benefit AID Gwinnett. Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.

Get your costume ready as Bedlam presents ‘80s Prom Night. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.

DJ Phil Romano spins at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.

Saturday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 18

The Atlanta Arts Festival features an artist market, demonstrations, vendors, and live music. Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Piedmont Park. www.atlantaartsfestival.com.

Sunday, Sept. 18

The National Flag Football League of Atlanta, the city’s gay league, plays fall season games through Oct. 2. 11 a.m. at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, www.nffla.com.

Brandi Carlile opens for Ray LaMontagne at 7 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009, www.ticketmaster.com.

Equally Wed presents the “Love is Love” Wedding Show, featuring the city’s best gay-friendly wedding vendors. 1-4 p.m. at Altitude at the W Hotel – Midtown, 188 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30361, www.loveisloveweddingshow.com.

Hotlanta Softball League’s Atlanta Titans host a carwash with the hot men of Swinging Richards. 1-5 p.m. at Swinging Richards, 1400 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318.

PFLAG Atlanta holds its monthly Third Sunday meeting. 2:45 – 5 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2308, www.pflagatl.org.

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative hosts its 16th annual Fall Garden Party. 4-8 p.m. at Einstein’s, 1077 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,
www.thehealthinitiative.org.

Choose a word and quote that fit your passion, then turn out for the Real Rolemodels Campaign photo shoot at 5 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.

Celebrate a historic victory as the American Veterans for Equal Rights, led by Danny Ingram, hosts a formal retreat ceremony to mark the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 7-8 p.m. at the Veterans Marker in front of Piedmont Park at 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309. Celebration follows at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Join Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which worked tirelessly to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” for a Repeal Day Celebration to mark the end of the anti-gay military policy. 5:30 – 8 p.m. at 1821 Flagler Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324. www.sldn.org.

MEGA Family Project hosts an Adoption Support Group for LGBT prospective adoptive parents. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.megafamilyproject.org.

Atlanta singer-songwriter Doria Roberts celebrates the release of her new CD, “Black Eyed Susan,” a tribute to Odetta. 7 p.m. at Decatur CD, 356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030.

Catch the premiere of the third season of “Glee” at 8 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.amsterdamatlanta.com.

Out singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick brings her new album to Atlanta. 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, www.eddiesattic.com..

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Georgia Equality hosts a reception for Savannah City Council candidate Pam Miller, endorsed by GE and the Victory Fund. 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.georgiaequality.org.

Join a discussion of “Queer Anti-Capitalism: Reflections on Gender & Sexual Liberation” at 7:30 p.m. Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com.

Atlanta journalist Elliot Mackle signs his third novel, “Captain Harding’s Six Day War,” at 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 25

The annual Southern Comfort Conference gets underway today and runs through Sunday, drawing trangender people from around the nation. Events include Thursday’s Robert Eads Health Fair, where SCC partners with the Feminist Health Center to provide safe, supportive gynecological care for transmen. See story, Page 37. www.sccatl.org.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Join gay business groups Out & Equal, Atlanta Executive Network and the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for Fall Fling Speed Networking. 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Melia Hotel, 590 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308.

DJ Dimples and DJ Maestro spin for Xplosive Thursdays at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Southern Comfort Conference and Gay & Lesbian Medical Association host a community town hall on transgender healthcare. 7-8 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel – Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dundwoody Road, Atanta, GA 30346, www.wpath.org.

Amanda Kyle Williams reads from her new crime novel “The Stranger You Seek,” set in Atlanta. 7:30 p.m. Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com.

Atlantic Station’s Thursday night outdoor film series features “Dreamgirls.” Film starts at dusk, around 8:45-9 p.m. www.atlanticstation.com.

Grab your boots as Thursday nights are 3 Legged Cowboy nights at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.

Thursday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 25

Celebrate the new Athens Pride Weekend. Thursday: GLOBES welcome reception at the UGA campus. Friday: drag karaoke at Farm 255. Saturday: Georgia Safe Schools Coalition beer bust at Little Kings Shuffle Club and Dancing through the Decades at New Earth Music Hall. Sunday: Pride Service at Our Hope Metropolitan Community Church, Pride Cookout and Commitment Ceremony at the Lake Herrick Pavilion at the UGA Intramural Fields, and Drag in the Rink at Skate-A-Round. For more details, visit www.athenspride.com.

Friday, Sept. 23

Martinis for Mutts benefits Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue, and features DJ Duck and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/bellissima.atlanta, http://conta.cc/oUw2te.

As part of Emory’s Homecoming Weekend, the university hosts a dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Office of LGBT Life. Keynote address by Gary Hauk, Emory vice president and deputy to the president. 7 p.m. at Winship Ballroom, 605 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322, www.emory.edu/CAMPUS_LIFE/LGBTOFFICE/.

Blondie performs at 7 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009, www.ticketmaster.com.

Gay-inclusive alterna-grass band Roxie Watson performs at The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307. Time TBA at www.roxiewatson.com.

Don your gym shorts, leotards and leg warmers for “JIZZERCISE 2: Return of the Burn!” with DJ Westwood A Go-Go and MC 5 Hour Boner. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com.

Saturday, Sept. 24

MEGA Family Project presents “Maybe Baby,” a discussion of options for LGBT people to become parents. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.megafamilyproject.org.

Halcyon, the popular lesbian duo, performs at 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.

Remember the former Atlanta lesbian bar at the Sports Page Reunion. 2 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.

DJ Mike Pope spins for a Beer Bust to benefit For the Kid in All of Us. 2-6 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, 1049 Juniper St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,
www.metrocafes.com/joes-juniper/.

Coldplay headlines as Music Midtown brings a full day of bands to Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.musicmidtown.com.

Atlanta’s End of Summer Pool Party for Muscular Dystrophy helps raise money for the FSH Society. 4-7 p.m. at Monroe Place Clubhouse & Pool, 2000 Monroe Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.razoo.com/AtlantaPoolParty.

Lesbian comedian Kate Clinton hosts the Glee Party, the annual gala dinner for the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association. 7-10 p.m. at the Fox Theatre,660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.glma.org/conference.

DJ Pat Scott spins for Foreplay at 10 p.m. Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com.

DJ Roland Belmares spins at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.

Sunday, Sept. 25

Showtime Sundays are hosted by Ms. Sophia and feature DJ Small Wonder. Showtime at midnight at Scores Sports Bar & Video Lounge, 2425 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA 30035, www.traxxatlanta.com.

Hotlanta Softball League’s Fall Ball starts today with games on Sundays through Oct. 30 at Piedmont Park, at 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.hotlantasoftball.org.

Monday, Sept. 26

The national touring company of “Wicked” hosts “Our Wicked, Wicked Ways,” a night of cabaret performances to benefit Joining Hearts and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Live auction includes chance for a walk-on role in “Wicked” at the Fox Theatre. 6:30 – 10 p.m. at 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.joininghearts.org/joining-hearts-wicked-event/.

“Stride into Pride” as Phoenix from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” joins Mrs. Bubba Dee and a cast Dragamundo. A portion of all Twister drink sales benefit Atlanta Pride as well as 10 percent of everyone’s total bill. 8:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.atlantapride.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Join Dan Lax for his annual Sing-Along Party to belt out your favorite show tunes with a live piano; suggested $30 donation to benefit AID Atlanta, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, and For the Kid in All of Us. 8-11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Catch a staged reading of “Skin Deep,” a new television series set in Atlanta that aims to explore racial and cultural differences; it is currently seeking financial sponsorships. 7 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Thursday, Oct. 6

Atlanta’s 24th annual Out on Film festival gets underway tonight with a pre-event film screening, followed by a week of diverse LGBT movies. For full schedule, see pages 21-23. www.outonfilm.org.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Chris Coleman’s Indulge party from 9 p.m. to midnight at W Hotel – Midtown, 188 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30361, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.

Monte St. James presents the Purple Dragon every Thursday night. Talent show at 10 p.m., main show at 11:15 p.m. at XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xsultralounge.com.

 


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