FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
The Third Friday Film Series presents “Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth,” a short documentary which explores the role the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century, co-sponsored by Friends of the Congo & the Social Justice Guild, 7:30 p.m., First Existentialist Congregation, www.firstexistentialist.org

As WNBA playoffs near, the Atlanta Dream take on the Tulsa Shock at 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, www.philipsarena.com

High Heels & High Time is a femme variety show to benefit Charis Circle, with performers including Sid Robinson, Malika Freydberg, Al Schlong, Hanne Blank, Kenyetta Chinwe, Fiona Zedde and Adriana and Kathleen Delaney-Adams, as well as a bake sale. Tickets are $10, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Charis Books, www.charisbooksandmore.com

All hail Madge. It’s the annual Madonna-rama party with an entire evening of her music. DJ Diablo Rojo will be spinning the beats and showing tons of videos, live performances, mash-ups, B-sides, remixes and rarities. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in your fave Madonna looks. Come early to one of the biggest parties of the year. 10 p.m., Mary’s, www.marysatlanta.com

Get your dancing shoes on. It’s Pump Friday with DJ Mike Pope at the Heretic, 10 p.m., www.hereticatlanta.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 17


Charlotte Pride 2014 will be held in Uptown Charlotte this weekend. Each year the fest attracts more than 80,000 people. The Queen City’s fest includes a festival, parade, live entertainment from Sunday’s headliner Leann Rimes and much more, including “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio. For more info, visit www.charlottepride.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
Out director Brian Clowdus’ acclaimed version of “Oklahoma!” runs through August 16, with a show tonight at 8:30 p.m., www.serenbeplayhouse.com

It’s Madonna’s birthday bash at the Plaza Theatre—a screening of “Truth or Dare” celebrates the icon’s date of birth. Dress up in your best Madonna attire for a chance to win two tickets to see Madge bestie Sandra Bernhard on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel Midtown, 7 p.m., http://tinyurl.com/nv82hwp

It’s Instigator Night with Fort Troff at the Atlanta Eagle beginning at 10 p.m., www.atlantaeagle.com

The Ladies at Play Blowout at Bassment offers up DJ LilBad AzzDj E on the wheels, 10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., bassmentatlanta.com

Blake’s hosts Glitter Bomb, 75 minutes of high-energy illusion, at 11 p.m., www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17

The party keeps going well into the morning with DJ Martin Fry rocking at Club Xion, 3 a.m., www.cariocaproductions.com

Sexy frontman Brendon Urie and his band Panic! At the Disco perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., www.panicatthedisco.com, tinyurl.com/puav9bm

Sing “A Spoonful of Sugar” and other favorite things as the Fox Theatre hosts “The Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long” as part of the Coca-Cola Film Festival, 2 p.m., www.foxtheatre.org

PFLAG hosts a special Sunday support group. 2:30 – 5 p.m., Saint Mark United Methodist Church, www.stmarkumc.org

Angelica D’Paige and friends—including Brent Star and Destiny Brooks—purr up fun at Sex Kitten, with $5 burgers and Smirnoff cocktails, 8 p.m. at 10th and Piedmont, www.communitashospitality. com/10th-and- piedmont/promotions/ Sex-Kitten-with-Angelica-DPaige

MONDAY, AUGUST 18
The Pride Kickball summer league hosts Monday Games at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Piedmont Park sponsored by Blake’s on the Park. For more information: www.gokickball.com/atlanta/

Trans and Friends: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz is a youth focused group for trans peo- ple, people questioning their 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. There is no suggested donation for youth participants of this program, but adults and allies may make a donation in support by clicking on www.charisbooksandmore.com, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19
Pearl Cleage visits the Decatur Library to read from and sign copies of her book “Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs, 7:15 p.m., dekalblibrary.org/

Tori Amos comes to the ATL with her new studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, www.cobbenergycentre.com

Cockpit Atlanta is the home for YouTubesday ‘90s mix, with VJ Ayem, www.facebook.com/cockpit.atlanta

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
Play “Family Feud,” “Match Game” and more as part of the Big Gay Game Show, a benefit for Lost-n- Found Youth, 8 p.m., Jungle, www.jungleatl.com

Dine Out For Atlanta Pride night at Lips Atlanta raises money for this year’s Pride festivities, 5 – 10 p.m., www.lipsatl.com

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
SAGE Atlanta hosts a social hour with games and conversation, 10 – 11 a.m., Rush Center, www.rushcenteratl.com

Singer/songwriter Sonia Leigh cranks it up at Eddie’s Attic, with special guests Muddy Magnolias, at 8 p.m., www.eddiesattic.com

The History of Black Gay Atlanta Pride Press Conference and Media Mixer hosted by Meak Productions will feature organizations, event producers and club promoters participating in the annual Atlanta Black Gay Pride event over Labor Day Weekend. 7 p.m., Hyatt Atlanta Midtown, www.facebook.com/meakproductions

Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and witty repartee are all part of one of the most iconic movies of all time: “The Women,” screening today at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Coca-Cola Film Festival at the Fox Theatre, www.foxtheatre.org

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic and reading series on the third Thursday of every month. 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. August’s feature is Darlene Burns, the author of “Midnight Comes With the Dawn,” a new lesbian vampire series. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program. The sug- gested donation is $5. 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books, www.charisbooksandmore.com

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 galore, TEN Atlanta, www.tenatlanta.com

Phoenix of Rupaul’s Drag Race brings her sass to her Dancefloor Divas show 11:30 p.m., Burkhart’s, www.burkharts.com

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
The 2014 AGLCC Community Awards Dinner will recognize local LGBT businesses and business professionals. This event, hosted by radio personality Melissa Carter, is the culminating celebration for a year of advancing, networking, and educating Atlanta’s LGBT community. 7 – 9 p.m., Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Tickets available at www.atlantagaychamber.org

“Doubt: A Parable” bows at Out of Box Theatre in Marietta beginning at 8 p.m. The play is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award and was also a major motion picture production starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The local cast features multi-award-winning playwright and actor, Topher Payne as Father Flynn, Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award-winning actress Jo How- arth as Sister Aloysius and professional actress Amanda Cucher as Sister James. Rounding out the cast is the multi-talented Parris Sarter as the child’s mother, Mrs. Muller. The play runs through Sept. 6, www.outofboxtheatre.com

Big Gay Movie Night presents Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” hosted by the Alanta Radical Faeries, 8 p.m., 1043 Sans Souci Way, Clarkston, GA 30021

Sweet Tea: The Refill is a queer variety show fea- turing DJ PK Fire and hosted by and performances by Taylor Alxndr. Suggested door cover is $2. Doors open at 9 p.m. with a dance party and the show starts at 10 p.m., the Hangar, 151 Sampson St., Atlanta, GA 30312, tinyurl.com/q39ture

Edie Cheezburger and her usual assortment of spe- cial guests present “The Other Show” drag event weekly at Jungle, 9:30 p.m., www.jungleatl.com

The M4M Hardbody Revue, hosted by Envy Van Michaels, is a competition for men with a $100 cash prize weekly, LeBUZZ, www.thenewlebuzz.com

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23
Come out together today for a massive Moral March on Georgia from Woodruff Park to our state Capitol. The Moral March on Georgia is part of a South-wide strategy to build power against policies that have seen wages decreased, jobs taken and homes foreclosed, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Atlanta Zine Library, Atlanta Zine Fest and Charis Circle are facilitating a skill-share work- shop for anyone interested in making zines. This workshop is a kick-off to the zinester writer’s group. This is a Charis Circle Whole Children, Strong Families program; the suggested donation is $5. 2 – 4 p.m., Charis Books, www.charisbooksandmore.com

“Let’s Make a Deal,” hosted by Ken, rounds up contestants tonight at Friends on Ponce, 6 – 10 p.m., www.friendsonponce-atl.com

The Guys as Dolls show is a drag extravaganza featuring a bevy of beauties to raise money for the 2014 AIDS Walk. Featured performers include Tara Kotta, Kimora Layou, Sue Nami, Paige Turner, Stella D’oro, Misti Shores, Charlene Boufontaine, Regina Carter, Jordan Mathews, East Point Pos- sums, Berlinda Wall, Holly Walden and the comedy talents of Bob Killough. Proceeds donated to Ready For Hope. Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and showtime is 6:30 p.m., Jungle, www.jungleatl.com

Aerosmith’s Let Rock Rule tour comes to the ATL with special guest Slash. 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, www.philipsarena.com

The third annual Shakespeare Follies Best in Show shows pits 15 contestants against each other in an attempt to win audience votes, 8 p.m., Smith’s Olde Bar, www.smithsoldebar.com

Haul out your outfit—it’s a Cell Block Party from 10 – 11 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, www.atlantaeagle.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24
The Marketplace includes vendor booths by authors, print makers, jewelry artists, photographers, craft artists, candle makers, business owners and more, 3 to 8 p.m., The Phillip Rush Center. Those interested in participating can email cycleforfreedom@gmail.com, www.rushcenteratl.org

SAGE Atlanta hosts an International Dine Out Day at Phuong, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., 4051 Buford Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30345

An outstanding version of “Mary Poppins” is playing at Aurora Theater through August 31, with a matinee today at 2:30 p.m., www.auroratheatre.com

BLACK GAY PRIDE PREVIEW

THURSDAY, AUG. 28- MONDAY, SEPT. 1
The largest such celebration of its kind in the country, Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride festivities run through Monday, www.inthelifeatlanta.org

THURSDAY, AUG. 28
As part of Atlanta Black Gay Pride there will be a welcome mixer from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, followed by the Sexy in the City VIP Rooftop Party from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., www.georgianterrace.com

Wassup N ATL throws its kickoff weekend party at Room Service, 1937 Piedmont Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. Doors open at 9 p.m., www.wassupnatl.com

Traxx Atlanta’s Black Pride Weekend Kickoff Party is hosted by HypeMan AntMan who is “Igniting Atlanta’s Nightlife on Fire” and featuring Krank That Nae Nae Contest with cash prize. No cover and complimentary shots before 11 p.m., 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/TraxxAtlanta

GA Voice’s Welcome to Atlanta Pride Weekend event at Halo, 817 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., www.atlantaprideweekend.com

The Traxx Girls Annual Strip Her 2014 is tonight from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at My Sister’s Room, www.mysistersroom.com; www.atlantaprideweekend.com

FRIDAY, AUG. 29 – SATURDAY, AUG. 30
Vendor market at Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride Weekend’s host hotel, the Georgian Terrace Hotel, both days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., www.atlantaprideweekend.com

FRIDAY, AUG. 29
Strip Tease 2014 at the Magic City Strip Club as part of Black Gay Pride, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., www.magiccity.com

The Atlanta Pride Weekend Comedy Show, hosted by Ms. Sophia, is tonight with doors opening at 7 p.m., www.thegeorgianterrace.com

The Annual Grown Folks Take Over Event 2014 gets going at 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., My Sister’s Room, www.mysistersroom.com

SATURDAY, AUG. 30
Atlanta Black Gay Pride’s Ladies of Literature event is from 11 a.m. at 5 p.m. at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, www.atlantaprideweekend.com

The Atlanta WETher! Celebrity Block Party kicks off at 3 p.m. at Club Opera Atlanta, www.OperaAtlanta.com

Atlanta Black Gay Pride’s Annual Soaking Wet Pool Party, sponsored by Wet, features a swimwear fashion show and two DJs, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Georgian Terrace Hotel, www.atlantaprideweekend.com

Wassup N ATL hosts its Saturday pool party with sexy male dancers from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas and Atlanta. Holiday Inn Airport North, 1380 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, GA 30344, from 4 to 8 p.m., wassupnatl.com

Wassup N ATL then moves its party to Club 714 with a special celebrity guest TBA. Doors open at 9 p.m., 714 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.wassupnatl.com

The Traxx Girls “Big Bang” event—called the biggest girl party in the country—revs up at 10 p.m. and goes until 5 a.m., Georgia Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Mega Saturday Night Live Dance Party, part of Black Gay Pride weekend, is one of the bigger parties of the weekend at 595 North, www.595north.com, www.rockstarsproduction.com

SUNDAY, AUG. 31
The annual Pure Heat Community Festival begins at noon and runs through 8 p.m. with performers all day at Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. Atlanta, GA 30309, www.atlantaprideweekend.com

Wassup N ATL parties at Jungle Atlanta with special guest D. Woods from Danity Kane performing live. Other performers include Jordan Antonia, GaDiva and Elite Noel. Doors open at 9 p.m., 2115 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Soulfood Poetry Slam JAZZ Brunch begins at noon at Georgian Terrace Hotel, www.thegeorgianterrace.com

Atlanta Black Gay Pride’s Unity Ball starts at 4 p.m., Georgian Terrace Hotel, www.thegeorgianterrace.com

It’s Celebrity Showtime Sundays from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. at Mansion Elan, www.themansionelan.com

The Ladies at Play Atlanta Labor Day Sunday Bash is tonight at Tongue & Groove, with DJ LilBad AzzDj E, Thundersnatch drummer Krystal Meth, and DJ Deejay Frye, with VIP options available, 10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m., www.tandgonline.com

 

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