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Plenty of parties and events to plan your LGBT weekend today and through Jan. 31


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The Third Friday Film Series kicks off the new year with the documentary “A Place at the Table,” looking at the issue of hunger in America, 7 – 9 p.m., First Existential Congregation of Atlanta,

The Other Show Starring Celeste Holmes, Edie Cheezburger, Evah Destruction, Jaye Lish, Miami Royale and Violet Chachki  With special guests Extasy Grey & Kryean Kally. $5 cover. Show starts at 9:30 p.m., Jungle.

• Rockstars Productions continues its MLK Weekend festivities tonight at Einsteins from 7 – 11 p.m. and then at its Black Preferred Party at Atria, from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., 1212 Fowler Street, Atlanta, GA 30318,

• The Prodigy’s RWT present The Burn Out ball event, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., 1011 Fair St. Atlanta, GA 30314

A hit last fall, “The Book Club Play,” featuring a gay character, gets an encore run at Horizon Theatre, opening tonight at 8 p.m.,

• The Atlanta Eagle celebrates the MLK holiday tonight from 10 – 11 p.m. with DJ Ron Pullman as well as the Mr./Ms Atlanta Eagle Bar Night,

• Traxx Girls presents the Ladies Lounge with DJ Mary Mac as part of MLK weekend fare, 10 p.m.,

• Traxx Atlanta, Skate Boyz & Live Life Loud present the Neon Dreams/Mansion party, with complimentary party bus drop-off and pick-up at Kroger Parking Lot, 10 p.m., 3359 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341,

 Cream Ultra Lounge and Lucky Diamonds presents Elevate Fridays MLK Weekend Kickoff and Grand Hustle Birthday Bash for Young Dro and DJ MLK,

FRIDAY, JAN. 17-19

The Armorettes celebrates its 35th anniversary throughout the weekend and also serves as a retirement weekend for Knomie Moore and Sofonda Cox. On Friday, join the camp drag troupe for a bar crawl beginning at 8 p.m. at The Hideaway then 9:30 p.m. at BJ Roosters, 11 p.m. at Opus and then headed to Bliss at midnight. On Saturday, it’s the Armorette Follies at the Heretic at 8 p.m. hosted by Bubba Dee, Knomie Moore and Sofonda Cox. This will be Sofonda Cox’s final performance. Then the Armorettes’ anniversary party at Burkhart’s at 8 p.m. and the final performance of Knomie Moore,


Join Lost-N-Found Youth as they clean up their new home for homeless youth, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 768 Juniper Street, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Create Love for Women Who Love Women presents a workshop on DOMA and its impact on people in Georgia with Judge Phyllis Williams. 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., donation asked is $10, Little Five Points Community Center,,,

The Lesbian 50+ Potluck Social brings together great company and great food, 6 – 8 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

• Ladies At Play cranks it up at Aurum for MLK festivities with DJ Deb with no cover, tonight from 6 – 10 p.m.,

Topher Payne’s new play “The Only Light in Reno,” about a room filled with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift one evening in 1960, continues at Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell through January 26, 8 p.m.,

 Rockstar Productions’ main MLK weekend event is at the 595 Event Center, from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., 595 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318,

• Metro Fuxon is the site for the K.I.S.S. King Party Traxx Girls party with Remy V, with doors opening at 10 p.m.,

 Wassup N Atl and Traxx combine for this MLK party with DJ Trouble, DJ Marz, eight VIP sections and a huge dance floor, from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m at Future Vision, 1212 Fowler Street, Atlanta, GA 30318,


Actor’s Express continues the gay-themed comedy/drama “Six Degrees of Separation,” directed by its artistic director Freddie Ashley, through Feb. 9, with a matinee performance today at 2 p.m.,

• The Icon Himself presents “I Am, Part II, Mini Ball Deluxe,” with a grand prize of $1,000. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a $20 cover all night, Club Aries, 1995 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30313

• Ladies At Play continues its MLK Weekend party at Tongue and Groove, with no cover before 11 p.m. Featuring 107.5’s Dj Silver Knight  accompanied by hot female drummer Crystal Martin of Thundersnatch and DJ Fyre.  10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.,

 Lion’s Den Atlanta presents its International Male MLK party featuring special guest appearance by the all new cast of “Tha Life Atlanta” with MC Big Daddy and DJ Mary Mac spinning the beats. 10 p.m.,

 Rockstars Productions ends its weekend MLK festivities with Sunday Night Live at Sugar Hill, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., 45 Bennett St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

 Traxx Atlanta continues its MLK weekend event with Men After Dark, the MLK After Hours Bash with dancers from across the country, beginning at 3 a.m., XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

• Wassup N Atl continues its MLK weekend party tonight at Jungle Atlanta,,

HBO unveils its new gay-themed series “Looking,” about a group of gay male friends in San Francisco, directed by Andrew Haigh (“Weekend”) and starring out actor Jonathan Groff of “Glee” fame, 10:30 p.m., HBO,

David Knapp spins at Xion, located behind Jungle, beginning at 3 a.m.,

 “Living the Dream Ball” hosted by Mother Entyce DaVinci, Jewel Mizrahi, and Icon Jaimee 007, 4 – 8 p.m., Cream Ultra Lounge, 3249 Buford Highway NE Atlanta, GA 30329,


 The 13th annual Bayard Rustin/Audre Lourde breakfast will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church this year. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast served at 10 a.m. The theme for this year’s breakfast is “Justice, Freedom, Desire: A Homecoming,”,


The Atlanta DINE-Out for Muscular Dystrophy is a benefit/community fundraiser for The FSH Society, raising money to help find a cure for FacioScapuloHumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH or FSHD), 6 – 10 p.m., Yeah! Burger,

AID Atlanta’s Gay Outreach Team discusses One Night Stands – and making them safe. 6:30 – 8 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,


Dancer, social worker and author Sheila K. Collins discusses her book “Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and Rituals that Heal,” dealing with her son’s battle with AIDS and her daughter’s fight against breast cancer, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books,

Join funny man Ian Aber for the monthly Abear Comedy Show, 8 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Wednesday nights are Piano Night with David Reeb at Mixx Atlanta,


SAGE Atlanta hosts it monthly Cards and Social Hour event, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

Join Charis for a wild ride with some steamy stories to warm you on the coldest winter night. Smart, tough, and very sexy, these femmes will keep you on the edge of your seat. Featured performers include: Miel Rose, Kathleen Delaney-Adams, & Francis Varian with special guests Adriana Chiknas & Asha Leong, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,

Decadence: A Night of Drinking and Debauchery, is hosted by Adam Bland and Ashley Mitchell, with beats by DJ Daryl Cox, beginning at 10 p.m. with a Wet Underwear Contest at 11 p.m., Ten Atlanta,

Trinity Bonet from “Rupaul’s Drag Race” hosts Dancefloor Divas along with fellow performer Phoenix, 11:30 p.m., Burkhart’s,


Tacos and more – the Atlanta Gay Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts a free Fourth Friday event blending socializing and networking opportunities, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Escorpion Tacos & Tequila,

The Other Show is every Friday and features such drag icons as Edie Cheezburger, Violet Chachki and Jaye Lish. 9 p.m., Jungle,

The Absolut Vodka-sponsored Ladies’ Night w/ DJ Liz Owen begins tonight at the Upstairs Bar at Blakes, from 10pm – close,

The Divas Cabaret, starring Destiny Brooks, Heather Daniels, Iysis Dupree, Kitty Love and special guests, begins at 11 p.m., with DJ Birdman spinning before and after, LeBuzz,

Lesbian faves Halcyon – “the girls with guitars” – visit Eddie’s Attic at 10 p.m.,

Get down with the boys in town, with the assistance of DJ Headmaster, at the Boys Room Video Dance Party at Mary’s,


The Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals (formerly AEN) sponsors a Brunch N Learn about the state DOMA laws, 10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., Southeast Mortgage,

DJ Liz Owen anchors the Fantasy Party at My Sister’s Room, with a black out party, go go dancers and live performances,

The bears are back – it’s Bearracuda Night at the Atlanta Heretic, with doors opening at 9 p.m.,

Atlanta’s Best Dance Party featuring rising star DJ Billy Lace of New York City who will be making his Atlanta debut. He is a resident DJ for Winter Party in Miami, XL Nightclub in NYC and Hydrate in Chicago. 10 p.m., Jungle,


The Deeper Love Project hosts two days of community discussions on black gay relationships. Each session will cover topics including monogamy, sexual relationships with no strings attached, black gay marriage, can romantic relationships work in the black gay community, and standards and deal breakers in relationships. 1 – 4 p.m. both days at The Evolution Project, 583 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30308,


Lips Atlanta is the home for Dinner With the Divas, hosted by Savannah Leigh and Stiletto, with all sorts of celebrity impersonators. The bar opens at 6 p.m. with show at 7:45 p.m., Lips Atlanta,

The Midtown Men – featuring four of the stars of the original “Jersey Boys” musical – bring their crooning talents to the Cobb Energy Center at 7 p.m.,

Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls sings from her new country album “Goodnight Tender” tonight at 8 p.m. at Variety Playhouse, with Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah opening,

Featuring talents of all facets, the queer variety show Sweet Tea has comedy, drag, live music, slam poetry, queer performance art and more, featuring Cleopatra Grace Jones, Ray Leota, Patrick Snipes, Jasmine Kevea Green and more acts to be announced, hosted by, and including a performance by, Taylor Alxndr and DJ PK Fire, 9 p.m., Noni’s,


It’s poker night – play Texas Hold ‘Em for free beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Friends on Ponce,

Moral Monday GA Day at the Capitol: Tell the Gov. & Ga. Lawmakers to ‘Stop Putting Our Schools on Shoestring Budgets!’ EmpowerED Georgia Action is partnering with FACE It Cobb – Funding Awareness Campaign for Education for a Day at the Capitol at 9 a.m. in Room 216. Please wear green and bring some shoestrings,


It’s finally here! The Tony-winning sensation “The Book of Mormon,” by the creators of “South Park,” makes its long-awaited Atlanta debut. It’s a musical comedy about two Mormon missionaries who visit Uganda and try unsuccessfully to spread the scriptures, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre,

Fourth Tuesdays gathers at Henry’s in Midtown for its monthly dinner. Cocktails and mingling begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served from 7 – 9 p.m.  All lesbian, transgender and bisexual women are welcome,

LeBuzz starts its new M4M HardBody Revue with a cash award, 9 p.m.,

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival gets underway at venues throughout the area, with various queer programming such as Eytan Fox’s comic “Cupcakes,” various times and locations. Tonight’s opening night is at the Cobb Energy Centre at 7 p.m.,

A year of community discussions begins today hosted by Mara (Birds Eye View) and Trans(forming). Topics to be discussed include mental health, safety and wellness in the T-LGBQIA community and suicide prevention. 6:30 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,


Join Charis for another adventure in reading with three local book-lovers, writers, and activists: Kung Li, Susana Morris, and Elizabeth Anderson, as they discuss the books you gotta read. This second session takes as its theme the questions raised by Martin Luther King’s memory each year, including: “What does the Beloved Community look like in literature?” “What is the true history of non-violence as a strategy in the U.S.?” and which writers might best exemplify a “Moral Imagination?”  This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program; the suggested donation is $5. 7:30 – 9 p.m.,

The Alliance Theatre opens the new relationship comedy/drama “In Love and Warcraft” tonight at 8 p.m. on the company’s Hertz Stage,


Michelle Malone CD release party with special guest Steed Kettles. 7 p.m. at Red Light