LGBT Atlanta Best Bets for July 8 – 21

Friday, July 8 – Saturday, July 9

They do magic, and they are bare-assed! Two Australian magicians perform “The Naked Magic Show” tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday 5 and 9 p.m., The Buckhead Theatre,

Friday, July 8

Atlanta Eagle hosts the Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,

Monica Van Pelt and Angelica D’Paige present the rowdy Synergy, 11 p.m. Burkharts,

Saturday, July 9

Atlanta Pride’s annual Trans March is doing something a little different this year. An open call is being held for transgender and gender non-conforming dancers who know how to shake their thing. Feminine? Get in Trans-Formation! Masculine? Get in Trans-Formation! In Between or Neither? Get in Trans-Formation!!! Any questions? Email, 12 – 2 p.m., Rush Center Annex,


It’s an afternoon of fun in the sun at the Joe’s On Juniper Beer Bust Fundraiser, benefiting The Gentlemen’s Foundation. $5 per cup of beer (cash and credit cards accepted), plus Joe’s will also be featuring other drink specials. Gentlemen’s Ball tickets will also be available for purchase. 1-5 p.m.,

Sunday, July 10

DJ Morabito spins at 3 a.m. at Xion Atlanta,

Come out to 10th and Piedmont tonight for some outstanding food and drinks and to support a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from from the night’s checks will be donated back to Out Front Theatre Company, which starts producing this fall with gay-themed work, 6 – 11 p.m.,

Monday, July 11

Dine out today at Agave from 5 –10 p.m. and help raise money for Atlanta Pride, Agave Atlanta, 242, Boulevard E, Atlanta, GA 30312

Play Blackjack with Miss Lauren at 7 p.m. at Woofs Atlanta,

Tuesday. July 12

Charis welcomes James Magruder, author of critically acclaimed novels, “Sugarless” and “Let Me See It” to read from his newest novel, “Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall.” Every September since 1958, a fresh batch of residents arrives at the Yale graduate dormitory that bears the name of one Miss Helen Hadley, a nineteenth-century ectoplasmic emanation still residing at 420 Temple Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Every year she selects her favorites, follows their adventures, cheers on their romantic shifts and stratagems, and picks up their lingo. With the university threatening to bulldoze her home, she decides to chronicle her favorite year, the nine months in 1983–84 when Silas Huth, Becky Engelking, Nixie Bolger, Carolann Chudek, and Randall Flinn took up the manacles of erotic attachment and parsed meaning from every little movement of their rapacious, beating hearts. 7:30 – 9 p.m.,

J’s Lounge is the home for Rainbow Tuesdays, with Dymond Onasis and Nicole Paige Brooks leading the fun and DJ Destin providing house music, 1995 Windy Hill Road #1, Smyrna, GA 30080

Wednesday, July 13

With its huge annual Pride festival and vibrant LGBTQ nightlife scenes, Atlanta is regarded as an LGBTQ haven. Yet when it comes to the overall safety of the city’s diverse populace, serious questions have gone unanswered. Social Studies: Is Atlanta REALLY an LGBTQ haven? will address the concerns and real-time struggles — from MARTA to public health to education — of all the queers and others who call Atlanta home. 6 – 8:30 p.m., Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. D, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Atlanta Pride, SOJOURN and Out On Film present a free screening of the film “Oriented,” looking at the new generation of Palestinians, tonight at 7 p.m. Rush Center Annex,

Are you DRAGnificent? This elimination series seeks out the best up-and-coming drag talent. Doors open at 8 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

DJ Stan Jackson spins for the Pig Dance Blackout party tonight at the Heretic, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,

Thursday, July 14

SAGE Atlanta’s social hour begins at 10 a.m., followed by a program/meeting at 11 a.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex,

Trivia Night is every Thursday at My Sister’s Room, with doors opening at 6 p.m., bingo from 8 –10 p.m. and trivia to follow, as well as food and beer specials,

In “Undoing Monogamy,” Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Come hear Willey read from and discuss the book tonight at Charis Books, 7:30 – 9 p.m.,

Friday, July 15

DJ Laura Gentle plays all the hits and your requests, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., The Hideaway Atlanta,

DJ Tommy spins at 9 p.m. at BJ Roosters, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Saturday, July 16

The summer’s best pool party and fundraiser is back – Joining Hearts 29: A Brand New Day. The event, held to raise awareness and funds to provide care and housing assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, will feature live entertainers throughout the evening and music by DJs Luis Perez and Australia’s Dan Slater with three levels of experiences: General Admission, VIP and Ultra VIP, 4:00 – 10:30 p.m., at the Piedmont Park Pool,

Kick back under the stars in the Ivester Amphitheater in Gainesville and enjoy the amazing sounds of the Indigo Girls during the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Concerts in the Garden, 8 p.m., 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501,

Sunday, July 17

Wake up and make joyful noise with the Sisters of Sequin – Bubba D. Licious and Justice Counce – at Gospel Brunch, Lips Atlanta,

Today’s PFLAG meeting will include a panel featuring a Lutheran pastor, a Catholic priest, and a Presbyterian pastor. A leader from the Catholic group Fortunate and Faithful Families will also be present. 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, 1730 Northeast Expressway NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

WNBA season is in full gear. The Atlanta Dream host the Los Angeles Sparks at a 3 p.m. game today Philips Arena,

Monday, July 18

Trans and Friends is a youth focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies. Charis provides a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. Whether silently or aloud, please come ready to consider your own gender in a transient world. This is a project of the Feminist Outlawz and is co-sponsored by Charis Circle’s Strong Families, Whole Children, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,

Come hang out with the Pride kickball players tonight at Blake’s.

Tuesday, July 19

In a mood for games? “Let’s Make a Deal” with Ken from 6 – 10 p.m., might hit the spot, Friends on Ponce,

Wednesday, July 20

Learn about the Alliance Theatre world premiere production of “The Prom” at a special Q&A moderated by Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth. You’ll hear straight from openly gay director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, composer Matthew Sklar, librettist Bob Martin, and lyricist/librettist Chad Beguelin about how this show happened and why you should be looking forward to it. Then stick around for the Love Wins Prom — it will be the prom you always wanted to attend. Yes, you should dress accordingly.The event is free, 7 p.m.,

Awarded ‘Best Open Mic 2015’ by Atlanta Magazine, “Duets” is a monthly singer-songwriter and artist showcase, hosted and run by Kyle Kirkland, featuring local live original music and cover songs as well as works from local artists, photographers, jewelers, authors & many others. Tonight features Chelsea Shag, J. Tyler, Indee Killed the Pop Star, Princess Charles, Stephanie Lloyd, and the Crafty Virgo, 9 p.m.,

Enjoy free pool at Bulldogs, 893 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Thursday, July 21

Out director Brian Clowdus presents the musical “Miss Saigon” tonight at Serenbe Playhouse at 8 p.m., running through August 7. Yes, a live helicopter will land every night!

Georgia Voice’s 2016 Best of Atlanta Awards presentation party is this evening. Enjoy complimentary appetizers from Henry’s Midtown, DaVinci’s Pizza, Green Ginger Decatur, and Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar while sipping complimentary Portal del Alto wine and Tito’s Vodka signature cocktails. 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Georgian Terrace Hotel,

The Pretty Girl Hideout Thursdays is tonight, hosted by Mook Dahost, Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, 254 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303,


Saturday, July 23

Atlanta Pride invites LGBTQ families and kids of all ages to enjoy a day of picnic, games, kids’ yoga, painting, and more! This event is free and open to the public Donations are welcome. Glenlake Park, 1121 Church St, Decatur GA, 30030. Please call (404) 377-7231 with questions

The Human Rights Campaign invites you to their inaugural tennis social – Serving for Equality. Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this doubles event, and will receive a gift bag with a retail value of over $40. Don’t have a doubles partner? HRC will pair you up with other players and you can make some new friends along the way. Each ticket purchased goes towards HRC’s important mission of LBGTQ equality in Atlanta and across the country. The event will have a DJ, food, cocktails, a silent auction, and a photo booth to enjoy while you cheer on your friends as they serve aces for equality. 6 – 10 p.m., Sharon Lester Tennis Center,

“Looking: The Movie” premieres on HBO at 10 p.m. tonight, wrapping up the beloved series starring Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett,