Best Bets 9.13.13-9.29.13

(The Pet Shop Boys come to Atlanta Saturday, Sept. 14)

Friday, Sept. 13

Art on the Beltway is an ongoing exhibit of art, which continues through November 7, with live performance art and exhibits, including work by openly gay artist Gregor Turk.

The third annual Athens Pride continues through Sunday, with activities planned throughout the city,

The gay-themed film “Four” opens in the ATL with its director Joshua Sanchez and lead actor Wendell Pierce in for an evening Q and A, AMC Phipps Plaza,

Kai Lin Art presents the new exhibit Perfectly Precarious, 7 – 10 p.m., Kai Lin Art,

Jennifer Daniels comes to Red Clay Theatre for a new record release, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m.,

Michelle Malone returns to the Red Light Café for an intimate performance, beginning at 8 p.m.,

Get your hookah on at the new Hookah Lounge, debuting tonight, 8 p.m. at LeBuzz,

DJ Gustavo Scorpio comes to the Heretic for the Ready 4 Hope Kickoff Party, 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

Barry Brandon celebrates the Virgo edition of his Paparazzi parties, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., 10th and Piedmont,

Friday is Ladies Night at Blake’s upstairs, with special guest DJ Liz Owen, beginning at 10 p.m.,

Saturday, Sept. 14

A full day of activity highlights the 14th annual Savannah Pride, today at Savannah’s Forsyth Park,

Two new counseling groups start today: at 3:30 p.m. is “Coping With Life’s Issues,” and at 4:30 is “LGBT Today” at the First MCC Community Center,

Atlanta Pride raises funds at Flower Hour at the Garden Hood, 5 – 7 p.m.,

Brewing for Equality is an opportunity to catch up on marriage equality news and have some coffee at the same time, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Starbucks (876 Peachtree Street)

Join author Kenya Jackson from 7:30 – 9 p.m. as she discusses concepts from her self-help memoir, Empty Space: Where is My Stuff? Navigating the Quarterlife Crisis with Wisdom and Skill” at Charis Books,

“Peachtree Battle” is reportedly the longest running comedy in Atlanta history, it’s a comedic look at what happens when the son of one of Atlanta’s high society families announces his engagement to a Hooter’s Girl. The cast includes a heavy drinkin’ grandmother, a cheating husband, a gay son, and an illegal immigrant maid. One night only. Ansley Park Playhouse, www.

The Atlanta Eagle hosts the Clipper Party for Charity, with haircuts and massage, benefitting Lost –N-Found, 8 p.m.,

The iconic Pet Shop Boys visit the Atlanta Symphony Hall in support of their new “Electric” album, 8 p.m.,

Romeo Lee hosts the Lee Family and Friends/Get Lucky show at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,

DJ Rodolfo Bravat spins at 10 p.m. at Jungle,

GURLfrandz, the new Hollywood Babylon show, is a new drag event featuring the likes of Violet Chachki, Kryean Kally, Lavonia Elberton, 10:30 p.m. at Mary’s,

Sunday, Sept. 15

Psychotherapist Debonee Morgan talks about “Restarting the Conversation” and PFLAG Support groups, 2:30 – 5 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church,

Cowboy Envy brings their country songs to Eddie’s Attic, beginning at 5 p.m.,

The Ready for Hope closing party tea dance winds down a busy weekend from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., Jungle,

The Legendary Engelbert Humperdinck comes to town to croon his greatest hits, 7 p.m. at Cobb Energy Centre,

Monday, Sept. 16

Every Monday is yoga day at Sage. 10 a.m. Phillip Rush Center,

Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson team up for a night of Top 40 merriment at 7 p.m. at Aaron’s Amphitheatre,

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Host Ken presents “Let’s Make a Deal” every Tuesday at Friends on Ponce, beginning at 6 p.m.,

Up Close at Mixx presents vocalist Eddie Gammill, 8 p.m. at Mixx,

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Tap into your creativity and sign up for a six-week, hands-on course based upon Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way,” beginning tonight at 7 p.m., Charis Books,

POST-MODern presents: OFFyerHEAD (Britpop + Indie in the EAV), with special guest DJ Todd Rivera spinning classic Britpop & Indie tracks, 9 p.m. at Marys,

Thursday, Sept. 19

SAGE Atlanta hosts a Cards and Social hour, followed by a general meeting, at 10 a.m. at the Phillip Rush Center,

AEN (Atlanta Executive Network ) presents its third Thursday Mix and Mingle, 6:30 p.m., Rooftop 866,

Miranda Lambert brings her Locked and Reloaded tour to Aaron’s Amphitheatre tonight at 7 p.m.,

Grab your boots for Country Music Night at Woofs, 7 p.m. at Woofs,

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series on the 3rd Thursday of every month, hosted by the anarchic spoken word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis, 7:30 p.m., Charis,

Friday, Sept. 20

Out performers Tegan and Sara are among the many acts at this weekend’s Midtown Music Festival at Piedmont Park

The LGBT themed “Gun Hill Road” screens as part of the Third Friday film series, 7 p.m. at the First Existentialist Congregation,

Caroline Aiken and Copious Jones team at Red Clay Theatre, 7:30 p.m.,

Drag star Alaska Thunderfuck and DJ King Atlas from Haus of Glitz joins The Other Show XXXL at 9:30 p.m. at Jungle,

Come out and join Tank, Mr Atlanta Eagle, and Lizzy, Ms. Atlanta Eagle, for the September bar night and help send Tank off to compete at the American Brotherhood Weekend for American Leatherboy, 10 p.m. at Atlanta Eagle,

The birthday edition of Sean Mac’s FUR Friday promises hairy chests galore, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m at the Heretic,

Saturday, Sept. 21

The fourth annual South Georgia Pride takes place all day today at John W Saunders Park in Valdosta, GA,

AEN hosts a casual Saturday networking brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Einsteins,

Join the Armorettes for the Armorette Follies to benefit H.E.R.O. for Children. H.E.R.O. for Children is a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, 8 – 10 p.m., Heretic,

Legendary R&B Diva Aretha Franklin sings her heart out with such hits as “Freeway of Love,” “RESPECT” and “Til You Come Back To Me,” among others, as she takes to the stage of Atlanta’s most historic venue. 8 p.m. Fox Theater.

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hosts the Devil Wears Red/Atlanta Red Dress Party, benefitting the MISTER Center, from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Jungle,

Xion presents DBL Play 1st Party with DJ Joe Gauthreaux, 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

Sinful Saturdays at LeBuzz features Destiny Brooks, Heather Daniels and more, 11 p.m., LeBuzz,

Sunday, Sept. 22

Lips Atlanta’s first charity event features drag great Charlie Brown and Phoenix, benefitting Joining Hearts, 6 – 9 p.m., Lips Atlanta,

Monday, Sept. 23

Blue Monday Karaoke kicks off at 11:30 p.m. with Angelica D’Paige at Burkhart’s,

Knomie Moore hosts Jukebox Drag at 8 p.m. each Monday at the Heretic.

Wild Cherry Sucret hosts Trivia and Family Feud at Blake’s beginning at 9 p.m.,

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Fourth Tuesday women’s social networking group meets for dinner, 6 – 10 p.m., TBD location,

Charis is presenting the “Our Poembody Selves: Everyday Liberation Creativity Sessions” workshop series starting tonight, with Vanessa Huang. For more information, contact Charis,

Rehearse your “Chicago” songs for Showtunes at Amsterdam Atlanta at 9 p.m.,

Wednesday, Sept. 25

A planning meeting for the Atlanta Trans March is tonight at 6 p.m. at Charis,

Enjoy five dollar tacos at Tacos, Tequila and Beer night from 6 – 11 p.m. at
Amsterdam Atlanta,

Singer/songwriter/feminist icon Ani Difranco visits Variety Playhouse tonight at 8 p.m.,

The Cobb Energy Centre presents “A Tribute to Ella, Joe & Basie with Janis Siegel, Kevin Mahogany and the Count Basie Orchestra at 8 p.m.

Wednesday nights are always a celebration with “Hump Night” and your hostess the legendary diva Regina Simms. Don’t miss the fun and frolic as Regina keeps you laughing while the bartenders keep pouring.

Thursday, Sept. 26

SAGE’s social hour includes plenty of games and interaction, 10 a.m. at the Phillip Rush Center.

As part of Civil Rights movie nights, the acclaimed “Prayers for Bobby” screens from 7 – 9 p.m. at Saint Mark United Methodist Center,

The Feminist Women’s Health Center present its fall fundraiser, Unruly Night of Political Misbehavin!, a night snacks, drinks, music, live performances and a chance to learn about how to get involved in the feminist community, 7 – 9:30 p.m. The Shelter Atlanta,

Disappear Fear plays tonight at 8 p.m. at Red Clay Theatre,

Three dollar admission and cocktails are on tap at Where the Party At?, 11 p.m. at Phase One,


Friday, Sept. 27

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber (AGLCC) hosts its Fourth Friday event from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Zocalo,

Antigone Rising & A Fragile Tomorrow team up at 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Local boy done good John Mayer returns to the ATL tonight at 7 p.m. at Aaron’s Amphitheatre,

Sing “All Night Long” along with Lionel Richie tonight at 8 p.m. at Chastain Park,

Folk rock great Richard Bicknell performs at 9:30 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Edie Cheezburger and other drag personalities raise money for Atlanta Pride at the Other Show benefit, 9:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta, www.jungleatlcom

Otter Pop is a celebration of otters, wolves, silver foxes, cubs and furry subspecies of men at 10 p.m. at Marys,

Saturday, Sept. 28

Former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin is a guest at CHRIS Kids’ 13th annual CHRIStal Ball event, 6 – 10 p.m. at Georgia Aquarium,

Country headliner Martina McBride performs at 7 p.m., Chastain Park,

Hosted by Nicole Paige Brooks, “Legendary Children” is a group photography exhibit featuring work by Blane Bussey, Jon Dean, Blake England, Kevin O, and Matt Terrell at 7 p.m., with a drag show at 9 p.m., gallery 1562,

Wanna be the next Mr. Hideaway Bear and Cub? Come to Roy’s Hideaway Compound for the 8 p.m. competition,

Bedlam presents CirqueDeCabaret La Suite – a dance party with performance art, 10:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Sunday, Sept. 29

Join Lambda Legal supporters at the annual Atlanta Garden Party to celebrate victories for the LGBT community, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC., 3 – 6 p.m. ,