Best Bets: Sept. 30 – Oct. 24

Monday, Sept. 30

Help out Charis Circle by dining out at Lawrence’s Cafe

The Decatur Business Association hosts a golf tournament at the
Smoke Rise Golf Club in Stone Mountain, beginning at 10 a.m.,
with proceeds going to help fund future events held by the
association, such as the Concerts on the Square and Decatur
Beach Party,

Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Philip Rush Center and Out On Film present a pre-festival screening
of the documentary “Valentine Road,” followed by a discussion on
bullying, 7 p.m., Philip Rush Center,

Blondie’s No Principals Tour with special guest X comes to the
Buckhead Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Fidlar and the Orwells are on a twin bill tonight, with doors opening at 9
p.m., at The Drunken Unicorn.

It’s Cubby Hole Underwear/Blackjack night, 10 – 11 p.m., at the Atlanta

The Triple Threat Show with Aurora Savage, Daniella Vess, and
Serenity-Jade Paris showcases Atlanta’s new and upcoming performers,
plus a panel discussion, games and prizes, LeBuzz.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Kennesaw State University’s LGBTIQ Student Retention Services
presents the LGBTIQ History Exhibit: “Opening Doors, Outing LGBTIQ
History,” from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Carmichael Student Center.

Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, opens tonight at 7 p.m. with
the comedy “G.B.F.” followed by an after party at the Atlanta W

An array of local writers take part in the
Stride Into Pride Atlanta
Literary All Star Showcase, 7:30 p.m.,Charis Books

Friday, Oct. 4

Academy Award winning Whoopi Goldberg kicks off the
Life @ 50+
National AARP Event & Expo,
9:30 – 11 a.m., Georgia World Congress

Philip Bonneau’s acclaimed photographic series continues in “Heroes +
Villains: Lost + Found,” a benefit for Lost-N-Found, 6 – 10 p.m., Suite

Saturday, Oct. 5

Tennis great Martina Navratilova kicks off a busy day at the AARP
national conference with a fitness routine from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.,
followed by “Powerful Allies – Real Stories Making a Difference in the
LGBT Community” presented by SAGE and the AARP Foundation at
2:30 p.m., then a reception with political humorist Kate Clinton,
Georgia World Congress Center.

PFLAG hosts its Big Day Out! Family picnic, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Glenlake
Park Pavilion,

As part of Atlanta Pride’s 2013 Stride Into Pride Cultural celebrations,
Charis welcomes authors Julie Marie Wade, Sassafras Lowrey,and Alysia Angel
for “The Tears on Her Face are From Laughter: Queer Stories of Survival, ” an evening of storytelling, poetry, and tales of
queer triumph, 7:30 p.m., Charis Books,

The bears are out tonight! Bearracuda returns to Atlanta with DJ HiFi
Sean, 9 p.m – 3 a.m., Heretic,

Sunday, Oct. 6

The 8th Annual Field of Greens Festival, Georgia’s sustainable farming
fair, is today with a vendor’s market, local music, chefs and crafts, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walnut Grove’s Whippoorwill Hollow

The Historic Oakland Foundation presents the 34th annual
Sunday in the Park event, with fun, food and entertainment for all ages, from 12-6
p.m, Oakland Cemetery,

Frogs Cantina hosts a Beer Bust to raise money for the Phillip Rush
Center expansion, 3 – 6 p.m., Frogs,

Monday, Oct. 7

Blue Monday Karaoke with Angelica D’Paige raises the roof at 11:30
p.m., Burkhart’s,

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Amsterdam Atlanta hosts its weekly Showtunes night out beginning at
9 p.m., Amsterdam Atlanta,

Wednesday, Oct. 9

PALS Atlanta presents Bingo at 7:30 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

My Sister’s Room hosts its Pre-Pride kick off/dance party, 8 p.m. – 3

Thursday, Oct. 10

From gay director Brian Clowdus comes the new “The Sleepy Hollow
Experience,“ 8 p.m., Serenbe Playhouse,

It’s Ladies Night at Friends on Ponce, with your host Regina, beginning
at 8 p.m., Friends on Ponce,

Out On Film 26 closes with a screening of the award-winning
documentary “Bridegroom,” featuring an appearance by the film’s star,
Shane Bitney Crone, at 8:30 p.m.,

The Welsh indie-rock trio The Joy Formidable opens for Passion Pit
tonight, 10 p.m., Masquerade

Tempt Me Thursdays from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m at Phase One,


Friday, Oct. 11

The Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff party is tonight at the Georgia
Aquarium, with DJs Vicki Powell and Chris Griswold, 7 – 11:30 p.m.,

Saturday, Oct. 12

Atlanta Pride weekend begins with activities all weekend,

As part of the Atlanta 2013 LGBA Conference, Atlanta Freedom Bands
presents “Color Our World: Life, Spirit, Magic!,” with special guest
Topher Payne, from 8 – 10 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts,

Funny woman Wanda Sykes brings her sly humor to town tonight at 8
p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,

DJ Tony Moran is in the house for Atlanta’s Best Dance Party- Pride
Edition, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Monday, Oct. 14

Legendary writer Erica Jong celebrates 40 years of “Fear of Flying,”
published in 1973, with a local appearance,
presented by the Georgia Center for Books at the Jimmy Carter Library of the Carter Center
, 7 p.m.,

Tuesday, Oct. 15

The gay friendly Noah & the Whale Atlanta play Variety Playhouse at 8

Aaron Carter performs at 8:30 p.m. at Buckhead Theatre,

Thursday, Oct. 17 – 19

The first ever LGBT social media conference salon convenes in the ATL,
with a number of national speakers and presenters,

Family Equality Council
The nation’s leading advocate for LGBT parents hosts a reception to learn more about efforts to achieve full
for our families- especially in light of the Supreme Court’s
decision this summer to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act
(DOMA), 5 – 7 pm, No Mas Cantina,

AEN hosts its Third Thursday Networking at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgian
Terrace Hotel,

Saturday, Oct. 19
Festival on Ponce’s fall arts and crafts festival is this weekend at
Olmsted Linear Park

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center brings back Art Party: Nourish, a
multi-media event with art and entertainment, 7 p.m. – midnight,

Pop singer, songwriter and musician Todd Carey kicks off his “8 Bit Heartbeat” U.S. tour with a headlining show
tonight at 8 p.m. at Atlanta’s Smith’s Olde Bar

Sunday, Oct. 20

Miss USA 2012 and HIV/AIDS Activist Nana Meriwether joins “American
Idol finalist” RJ Helton for the 23rd annual AIDS Walk at Piedmont Park,

Tuesday, Oct. 22

LGBT friendly recording artist Jesse Ware brings her melancholy vocals
to Center Stage tonight beginning at 8 p.m.,

Thursday, Oct. 24

The Restorative Justice Center of Atlanta host the first annual
“Diamond on the Half Shell” Benefit at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium
from 6 – 9 p.m., with actress Jasmine Guy.