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Friday, April 10 – 12

Atlanta Leather Pride 2015 is this weekend, with the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle, the Mr. Southeast Rubber contests and more, Atlanta Eagle,

Friday, April 10 – 12

Over a million people will visit Piedmont Park this weekend for the annual Dogwood Festival,

Friday, April 10

The Fourth Friday social networking event takes place tonight at 6 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta,

Pump Friday at the Heretic features all night dancing and rotating DJs each week, Heretic Atlanta,

Edie Cheezburger presents “The Other Show,” the most unique drag show in Atlanta, while the Other Girls will leave you gasping with laughter and surprise. Admission is $5, Jungle, 10 p.m.,

Femme Fatale with Destiny Brooks and Shavonna Brooks cranks up at 11 p.m., Burkhart’s,

Saturday, April 11

The Outworlders Spring Picnic is today with the infamous Iron Chef competition, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brook Run Park and Playground, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338,

Out director Brian Clowdus’ “Man of La Mancha” closes tonight at 8 p.m.,

Join Atlanta Pride for Sips-N-Strokes Pride Night, a night of painting and awesome giveaways. Bring snacks and drinks of your choice and plenty of money for raffle and auction items! Please register by contacting Sips-N-Strokes Toco Hills directly at 404-901-1099. The event is from 6:30 – 9 p.m.,

Sunday, April 12

Wake up and make joyful noise at Gospel Brunch, with the Sisters of Sequin, hosted by Bubba D. Licious and Justice Counce, with brunch seating at 12:30 p.m. and the show at 1:30 p.m., Lips Atlanta,

The New Faces contest kicks off at 9 p.m., Friends on Ponce,

Monday, April 13

Making Space: A Writing Group for Activists, Healers, and Everyday Heroes is for those of us who work, move or spend time serving others through human service and community professions. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program. The suggested donation is $10. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.,

Come to Mary’s to watch “Rupaul’s Drag Race” with local contestant Violet Chachki at 9 p.m.,

The Peaches Ripe Succulente & Ready to Host Trivia starts at 10 p.m., Blake’s,

Tuesday, April 14

Former Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts reads from, discusses and signs copies of his new book, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage,” at the Carter Center. This is his exclusive event in Atlanta on his book tour. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30 and includes a book, while couples tickets are $40 and also includes one book. Tickets may be purchased at A Cappella Books in Inman Park or at The evening begins at 7 p.m.,

DJ Kaye G spins at Bulldogs, 893 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Full houses win at poker night at Model T Atlanta, 7 p.m.,

Wednesday, April 15

B–15! Ruby Redd hosts Birdcage Bingo at 8:30 p.m., and it’s free to play, The Hideaway,

Darlene Majewski hosts Humpday Karaoke at 10:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Thursday, April 16

The AGLCC (Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Business Builder Luncheon, hosted by Dustin Drabot and Lissa Dulany on the Third Thursday of each month, is at 11:45 a.m., with a $20 (cash only) preset menu, Henry’s Midtown,

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series on the third Thursday of every month. This series cultivates the voices of authors, novices and an assortment of poets, songstresses and storytellers. Adiva Williams is April’s featured performer. This is a From Margin to Center Literary Program; suggested donation is $5, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

An Evening with David Sedaris celebrates the paperback release of the novelist’s popular “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” tonight at 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre,

The King of Thrones Drag Show, hosted by Niko Giavanni, is tonight, with a $5 cover all night, $5 Smirnoff drinks, $5.99 wing baskets and $2 tacos, My Sister’s Room,

It’s Ladies Night at Friends on Ponce, with host/emcee Regina, 10 p.m.,

Heather Daniels and Maria Mercedes Mooney are some of the headliners at the all-star cabaret of Faces Lounge in Marietta, 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., 138 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30067


Monday, April 20

Join Charis for a very special conversation between two Charis favorites: Jim Grimsley and Pearl Cleage, to celebrate the release of Grimsley’s newest book: “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood,” 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.,

Saturday, April 25

The third annual Ready 4 Hope Patio Bear-B-Q with DJ Robert Ansley is today at 2 p.m. at Heretic Atlanta,

Party with Impact: Honoring the Work of Paul Plate, is a celebration of Paul Plate’s work in creating and leading Positive Impact for the past 23 years. Plate is retiring and this party is a fundraiser to help the agency provide needed resources, 6 p.m., The Commerce Club, tickets available at