Taste of Atlanta

LGBT Atlanta Best Bets for Oct. 20 – 26

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct. 22

Taste of Atlanta is back and this year it’s taking over Historic Fourth Ward Park for three days of delicious bites from over 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, $25-$85, 680 Dallas St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.tasteofatlanta.com

Friday, Oct. 20

Marietta Theatre Company announces the second production in the company’s inaugural season, “The Last Five Years” debuting tonight at 8 p.m. through Nov. 4 at the Lyric Studio on the Square, 12 Powder Springs St., Marietta, GA 30064, www.mariettatheatre.com

Atlanta native and nationally acclaimed dancer Juel D. Lane is returning home this weekend as a featured choreographer in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey II, the second company that supports emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers. Currently on a 32-city world tour that kicked off on Sept. 16, Ailey II performs twice in Atlanta as part of the organization’s Destination Dance initiative to engage the city’s arts and civic organizations. On Friday, October 20, an excerpt of Lane’s “Touch & Agree” will be performed at Woodruff Park at 8 p.m. as part of the ELEVATE festival. Lane’s work then makes its main stage premiere at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m., www.ocaatlanta.com/?programs=elevate,  www.rialtocenter.org

Saturday, Oct. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 22

LCD Soundsystem rocks the Coca-Cola Roxy during a two-night stand, $56-$82, 8 p.m. both nights, 800 Battery Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30339, livemu.sc/2g4kr0J. Read our interview with LCD Soundsystem’s trans synth player Gavin Russom here.

Saturday, Oct. 21

The Atlanta Women’s Chorus presents Teach Your Children Well, the first concert of its fifth season, music that speaks to the joys of childhood as well as the responsibility that face each of us as adults. The chorus will explore themes of self reliance, resiliency, kindness and compassion. Teach Your Children Well will present songs that many know and love, from The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” to Elton John’s “Circle of Life” and Billy Joel’s “Lullabye,” as well as some that may become new favorites, including the spiritually uplifting “Psalm 23” by composer Z. Randall Stroope and the powerful Joan Szymko piece, “It Takes a Village.” 2 and 8 p.m., 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306

Georgia Equality, ACFLY and Queer Youth for Equality present Queer Youth Fest 2017, a free all ages festival at the Healium Center, 2 – 10 p.m., 344 Candler Park Drive N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.facebook.com/events/439226426445090

Go back in time with Jerusalem House as their annual Halloween party goes retro for Revenge of the 80s: Decade of Decadence tonight. Guests will enjoy gourmet light bites and Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails at Atlanta’s largest open bar Halloween party while dancing the night away thanks to DJ Kimber of Nonsense ATL spinning the best party music from 1980-1989. Guests may compete in the annual costume contest for a chance to strut their stuff for a panel of celebrity judges. Prizes will be awarded for best individual, best couple or group, best mashup (combining the 1980s with Halloween) and a judges’ choice selection, 7 – 11:00 p.m. at Gallery 874, 874 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318

The Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers flies solo tonight at Buckhead Theatre, $20-$40, 8 p.m., 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305, livemu.sc/2hXLz2i

Jungle closes in November, so why not head to Atlanta’s favorite glow-in-the-dark body paint party WackedOutBlackOut? Tickets $13.65, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., 2115 Faulkner Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/497586770586288

Sunday, Oct. 22

David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and a regular National Public Radio contributor, will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre tonight at 7 p.m., following the release of his newest book, “Theft By Finding Diaries (1977 – 2002).” Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N. E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.foxtheatre.org

Produced by AID Atlanta, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeastern United States. Now commemorating 27 years of walking and running, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run continues to raise much needed funds for AIDS service organizations throughout the metro-Atlanta area. These organizations provide essential programs and services for men, women and children who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Register today at www.aidswalkatlanta.com, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Piedmont Park,

Against Me! is fronted by transwoman Laura Jane Grace and she’ll be ready to rock tonight at Center Stage Theater, $20 general admission, 8 p.m., 1374 West Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, http://bit.ly/2g3cDMY

The So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour hits Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre tonight, $41-$179, 8 p.m., 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, bit.ly/2xqCQfM

Monday, Oct. 23

Get those Madonna tunes down and join Blue Monday Karaoke with Angelica D’Paige, 10:30 p.m., Burkharts, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.burkharts.com

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Discover LUZIA, where a waking dream transports you to an imaginary Mexico. Experience a wondrous world that inspires you to explore your sense, enveloped in light and nurtured by rain. LUZIA is the newest Cirque du Soleil experience to come to Atlantic Station. Shows run through Nov. 19, 8 p.m., 1380 Atlantic Drive N.W., Atlanta, GA 30363, www.facebook.com/events/285797858498680

Wednesday, Oct. 25

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts AGLCC U: Presented by First Data, 6 – 8 p.m., First Data’s Learning & Innovation Center, 5565 Glenridge Connector, First Floor, Atlanta, GA 30342

Thursday, Oct. 26

SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

Core Performance Company and international choreographer Germana Civera will present the world premiere of Human Landscapes, a new collaborative dance piece that is a featured work of France-Atlanta 2017, a series of events centered on innovation and designed to foster cooperation between France and the Southeast. The performances start tonight and run through Oct. 29, at The B-Complex . Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coredance.org, 1272 Murphy Ave. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310, www.thebcomplex.com

Do you want to read books by amazing black women writers? Do you want to discuss works from a black feminist perspective in a feminist book store? Then the Black Feminist Book Club is for you. Charis Circle board chair Susana Morris will be the facilitator of this group. This season’s theme is radical memoirs by black women and the October book is “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life” by Samantha Irby, 7 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

City Winery takes you to school – Wine School that is. This installment of the popular series focuses on wines from Northwest Spain, with Mani Gonzalez guiding you through the history and trending wines of Galicia and Castilé and Leon, like Rias Baixas, Valdeorras, Toro, Rueda and Ribera del Duero. Tickets $65, 7 p.m., 650 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, http://bit.ly/2gmid9T


Friday, Oct. 27

Don’t miss the Horrors Of Old Hollywood Halloween Party, raising money for Lost-n-Found Youth, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., 2585 Chantilly Drive N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324