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Join Atlanta-based writer Pearl Cleage for a reading and discussion of her new book “Things I Never Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs,” 6 p.m., SCAD’s Ivy Hall,

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour for all lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women. Massage therapist Cowboi will be there offering massages for $1 a minute. 6-9 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, www.groups.

LGBT night at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra features Micah Wilshire, Rob Evan, and Shem von Schroeck for “Rock Tenors,” 8 p.m.,

A triple dose of fun — Songwriters In-the-Round night brings together Hannah Thomas, Wyatt Espalin and Emily Kate Boyd, 8 p.m., Red Clay Theatre,

Edie Cheezburger and her usual assortment of special guests present “The Other Show” drag event weekly at Jungle, 9:30 p.m.,

Pump Friday with DJ Mike Pope features HiNRG dance, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Boys Room is a Friday night dance party with DJ Headmaster and all sorts of retro music videos, Mary’s Atlanta,

Traxx Girls night at My Sister’s Room offers drink specials, great music and lots of beautiful women, 10 p.m.,

Atlanta Pride hosts its Pride Ride, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Alexander Lake Pavillion, 5089 Flat Bridge Road Southwest, Stockbridge, GA 30281

Who’s that running down the street in purple? It’s the Purple Dress Run, benefiting Atlanta Bucks and Lost-n-Found Youth, with a kickoff at 1 p.m. at Mixx and ending with a cookout at the Atlanta Eagle,

“Let’s Make a Deal,” hosted by Ken, is on tap tonight at Friends on Ponce, 6 – 10 p.m.,

Broadway and “Smash” star Megan Hilty comes to the Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m.,

It’s Southern Bears night at the Atlanta Eagle beginning at 10 p.m.,

Monica van Pelt brings Synergy to Burkharts, 11 p.m.,

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia has its kickoff event with a church service and potluck/BBQ at 10:30 a.m., Church Without Walls in Candler Park at the First Pavilion,

Take your mother to 10th & Piedmont’s Mom’s Day Brunch Buffet, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 10th-and-piedmont/

Lips Atlanta hosts a special Mother’s Day event/ Gospel Brunch at 1:30 p.m., followed by Dinner With the Divas at 6 p.m., with a free glass of wine for mothers,

$2 well drinks are on tap all day and night at Sunday Funday at Bulldogs, 893 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309

Jazz @ 781, a series sponsored by St. Mark United Methodist Church, runs through June 8, Sundays at 6:30 p.m.,

It’s the official gay ticket of the year! Cher un-retires and comes to Philips Arena, with Cyndi Lauper as her opening act, 7:30 p.m.,

Monday Night Trivia, emceed by Wild Cherry Sucret, offers chances to win up to $250 in cash and prizes, 11 p.m. at Blake’s,

The Atlanta Pride Committee hosts a preliminary meeting to discuss logistics for the 2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Dyke and Trans Marches, 6 – 7 p.m., Charis Books,

Free dance lessons are on the menu on Two-Step Tuesdays. 8 – 11 p.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Bring an empty stomach to Taco, Tequila and Beer Night at Amsterdam Atlanta, with $5 tacos, 6 – 11 p.m.,

Don’t miss Alabama Prom Night Bingo tonight with emcees Bubba D. Licious, Brent Star and Kimora Layou. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Actor’s Express opens the play “End of the Rainbow,” in which Judy Garland tries to make a comeback with a series of high-profile overseas concerts. Gay radio personality John Lemley is in the cast, 8 p.m. tonight with performances through June 15,

Come enjoy Piano Night with David Reeb at Mixx Atlanta,

Woofs Atlanta’s Trivia begins at 8 p.m.,

SAGE Atlanta’s Cards and Social Hour is from 10 – 11 a.m. Phillip Rush Center,

A meet and greet with Democratic Senate candidate Kyle Williams with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres is tonight, 6 p.m, Hunsaker Partners,

The Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals (formerly AEN) hosts its 2nd annual Nonprofit Showcase, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series. Hosted by the anarchic spoken word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis, members of the Art Amok Slam Team, this series cultivates the voices of authors, novices and an assortment of poets, songstresses and storytellers. May’s featured poets are Emily Lake Hansen, author of “The Way The Body Had to Travel,” and Erin Ganaway, author of “The Waiting Girl.” This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary event. The suggested donation is $5. 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,

Out artists Tegan and Sara perform at Buckhead Theatre, with special guests Lucius and The Courtneys, 8 p.m.,

Decadence: A Night of Drinking and Debauchery is every Thursday starting at 10 p.m., hosted by Adam Bland and Ashley Mitchell with beats by DJ Daryl Cox. A wet underwear contest begins at 11 p.m, with a cash prize and dancers aplenty,TEN Atlanta,

The MCC People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies Conference visits Atlanta. For more information on the conference, sponsorship and registration, go to

Town Hall on PrEP with panelists from Emory University and the pharmaceutical industry and also the opportunity to discuss and find out more about Truvada. Hosted by Team Friendly. 6:30-9 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center,

St. Mark United Methodist Church and Out On Film sponsor the Atlanta debut of the GLAAD Award-winning documentary “Call Me Kuchu,” examining the anti-gay climate in Uganda. Admission is free but donations are accepted, 7:30 p.m., Saint Mark,

The Third Friday Film Series screens “Cloudburst” at 7:30 p.m. at the First Existential Congregation of Atlanta,

The Mr./Ms. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night is tonight at 10 p.m.,
The M4M Hardbody Revue, hosted by Envy Van Michaels, is a competition for men with a $100 cash prize weekly, LeBUZZ,
Destiny Brooks hosts Femme Fatale at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

The AIDS Vaccine 200 is a bike ride across Georgia benefiting Emory Vaccine Center, beginning Saturday morning and ending at Emory Sunday evening, faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1075777

A black gay/bi men’s discussion group takes place in two parts, the first part from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday and then the second part on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. The topic for these discussions is May/December relationships. Hosted by the Deeper Love at the Evolution Project. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Mayhem with the Atlanta Titans, 1 – 5 p.m., Joe’s on Juniper,

Centennial Park is the home for Party in the Park, with musical guests Girl Talk, MGMT, The Joy Formidable, Minus the Bear and Stokeswood. Gates open at 3 p.m.,

Free Texas Hold Em poker is available from 4 – 8 p.m. followed by various DJs at 10 p.m at Mixx Atlanta,

The Atlanta Rollergirls host a double bill bout, one at 5 p.m. and the next at 7:30 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30318

Viva La Diva — a variety show for divas, about divas, by divas. Hosted by Atlanta’s very own funky divas Edie Cheezburger and Gwendolyn Van Cartier, Viva La Diva will also include a sensation- al sing-a-long featuring some of your favorite diva’s biggest hits. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and show starts at 6 p.m. Full bar and dinner menu available. All proceeds support Voices of Note, a project of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus. Jungle,

SAGE Atlanta hosts a Lesbians 50+ Potluck Social; attendees are asked to bring a prepared dish, 6 – 8 p.m. Phillip Rush Center,

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their annual Black and White Ball, where the group makes financial contributions to the com- munity, 7:30 p.m., 470 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30307,

Not ready to go home just yet? Join the early morning fun at Xion Atlanta, 3 a.m.,

The 2014 Pet Cotillion/Piedmont BARK Spring Yappy Hour is an afternoon of fun to raise funds to help support the mission of Pets Are Loving Support (PALS), with a silent auction, a live DJ, complimentary drinks and nibbles and the crowning of this year’s spokespet, 2 – 5 p.m., Piedmont Bark,

The Health Initiative’s festive Garden Party returns, 4 – 7 p.m., Phillip Rush Center, www.

Lateasha Shante Shuntel, Nicole Paige Brooks, Shawna Brooks and more divas host Cell Block Sunday at 8 p.m. at Blake’s,

Miss Barfly Pageant: Miss Natural Disaster, will be held during the Armorettes show at Burkhart’s beginning at 9 p.m. Contestants compete in three categories and are expected to donate all tips to the Armorettes’ PWA fund,
Trans and Friends: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz is a youth focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies. This is a project of the Feminist Outlawz. This event is co-sponsored by
Charis Circle’s Strong Families, Whole Children Program. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books,

Three-Legged Cowboy Tuesdays offer free two step lessons from 8 – 9 p.m. followed by an open dance from 9 – 11 p.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Loosen up and settle in for some exercise with yoga at the MISTER Center, 5:30 p.m., www.

“The Big Gay Game Show” is a monthly event featuring the likes of “Family Feud,” “Match Game” and more, with special local guests, to raise money for Lost-n-Found Youth, 7:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Charis welcomes Dr. Erica Williams of Spelman College to discuss her new book, “Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements,” which examines how sexism, racism, and socio-econom- ic inequality interact in the Brazilian sex industry. This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event and the Suggested Donation is $5. 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,

Join Jack and Missy for karaoke, with no cover and $5 drinks, tonight at My Sister’s Room, with doors opening at 8 p.m.,

Primetime Wednesdays dance party revs up from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Sutra Lounge, 1136 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden features live jazz from 6 – 10 p.m.

Charis celebrates Debra Taylor’s first novel, “The Queering of a Black Man,” with a book signing from 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,

Transgender dancer and choreographer Sean Dorsey brings his acclaimed “The Secret History of Love” performance to the area for a four-day gig at 7 Stages, tonight at 8 p.m. through May 25,
Come meet celebrity chef Shane McIntosh at one of AGLCC’s newest culinary members, Ocean Market Atlanta/Ocean Catering Company, for the 4th Friday networking event, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.,

Private to Public: The Art of Activism brings together 7 Stages artistic director Heidi S. Howard and transgender dancer/choreographer Sean Dorsey with panelists Melissa Carter, Theresa Davis, Topher Payne, and Scott Turner Schofield in a conversation about bullying. 6:30 p.m., 7 Stages,

Local favorite Michelle Malone visits Eddie’s Attic tonight at 8 p.m.,

Recording artist Morrissey visits Atlanta as part of his new U.S. tour, with special guest songwriter and keyboardist Kristeen Young, 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Centre,

Atlanta Poly Weekend is a three-day international conference for the polyamorous and non-monog- amous community, their friends, and allies, hosted by Relationship Equality Foundation and Atlanta Polyamory. In its 4th year, the event features over 20 educators from all across the globe, including experts in the field of non-monogamy research such as Dr. Elizabeth Scheff and Dr. Susan Mayer, to advo- cates and community leaders such as Franklin Veaux and Samantha Frazier, $60.00 at the door or via pre-registration, Holiday Inn Perimeter-Dunwoody.

Atlanta Pride and Out On Film present the documentary “To Be Takei,“ looking at the life of iconic out actor George Takei, as part of Stonewall Month activities, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

Georgia Equality hosts its 10th annual Evening for Equality, TWELVE Hotel, Atlantic Station,