LGBT Atlanta Best Bets for Sept. 23 – 29

Friday, September 23

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts its annual Community Awards Dinner, recognizing the best in the local business community, with Tony Kearney hosting, 6:30 – 11 p.m., InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Charis welcomes Nisi Shawl to celebrate her long awaited novel “ Everfair,” a NeoVictorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier, 7:30 – 9 p.m.,

Drawing inspiration from German Expressionist cinema of the 1920s along with contemporary struggles for social and economic equality, 7 Stages Theatre has opened its 38th season with Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera.” Live musicians and Atlanta’s best actors perform powerful songs of revolution like “How to Survive” along with classic numbers “Mack the Knife” and “Pirate Jenny” in this raw musical about power, sex, and the evil things one must do to stay alive in a corrupt world. 8 p.m., through September 25,

Sketchworks Comedy, Atlanta’s award-winning sketch comedy troupe, presents Heels – Hilariously Entertaining Electric Lady Squad, an all-new live sketch comedy show featuring some of Atlanta’s funniest women. It’s directed by Casey Holloway and stars Jean Alexander, Bonita Elery, Abbey Finch, Ashlee Heath, Tian Li, Maria Liatis, Crystal Lo, Summer McCusker, and Julie Shaer. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. through October 8 at the Village Theatre.

Saturday, September 24 – 25

Lost in Oz: Stories From over the Rainbow is an immersive literary experience where the audience is encouraged to explore the enchanting realm of L. Frank Baum’s “Oz.” For the first time ever, the event will take place over two days, starting Saturday at 6 p.m. and lasting until Sunday at 5 p.m., Urban Sprout Farms,

Saturday, September 24

Enjoy a day full of hot men and college football at Woofs Atlanta,

It’s time to see RED! Red Dresses, that is . . . the Atlanta Red Dress Party will benefit Positive Impact Health Centers. The Red Dress Party has always been a time for remembering those whom we’ve lost from the epidemic as well as raising money to help those affected by HIV and AIDS.A $10 donation at the door is requested and alcoholic refreshments will be available. 6:30 – 10 p.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Bust out that formal wear, because it’s time for WUSSY Prom 2016. Everything is upside-down this year and WUSSY is taking over Jungle Atlanta in a darkwave, neon dream. Robert Alfons aka TR/ST will be the headlining DJ, with opening beats by Atlanta’s own RYLL GOLD (Amari Tariq Shakur). Dress in your formalwear, 80’s wear, or whatever you feel comfortable in! Featured artists include Man Up, Yancey, Biqtch Puddin’, Brigitte Bidet, Ellisorous Rex and Hydrangea Heath. 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Host George Unda (“Where the Bears Are”) and DJ Mateo Segade host the rowdy Bubba Bang from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Sunday, September 25

Wake up and make some joyful noise with the Sisters of Sequin this morning at Gospel Brunch at Lips Atlanta,

The divas – Raquell, Evah, Peaches, Shawnna, and Nichelle – present Midtown Rogue at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Blake’s,

Monday, September 26

Bring out your inner Beyonce to Blue Monday Karaoke, hosted by Angelica D’Paige, at 10:30 p.m., Burkhart’s,

Tuesday, September 27

Enjoy Tuesday Trivia with Laura Gentle, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., The Hideaway Atlanta,

Wednesday, September 28

MEAK Productions presents the GLBT Career Fair and Technology Center, with free career seminars and entrepreneurial coaching, 10 am – 4 p.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex,

City Winery hosts the Three Women & The Truth Tour: singers/songwriters Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson, 8 p.m.,

Enjoy Hump Night fun and with hostess Regina and all sorts of friendly people at Friends on Ponce,

Thursday, September 29

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

Vibe Ride hosts Pride Rides, two dynamic indoor cycling classes featuring live DJs to raise funds for Atlanta Pride. Book your bike, and join in for a fantastic workout to your favorite songs! 6 – 8 p.m., Vibe Ride,

Out On Film opens its 29th annual LGBTQ film festival with “Strike A Pose,” looking at Madonna’s dancers from her Blond Ambition tour 25 years later, with special guest, dancer Carlton Wilborn, 7 p.m., through October 6 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema,

The Dear Games Feminist Video Game Cabinet Unveiling and Anniversary Party is tonight at Charis Books, 7:30 – 9 p.m.,

Play billiards and darts and more at game night every Thursday at My Sister’s Room, with food and drink specials and no cover,


Friday, October 7

The Official Atlanta Pride Kick Off Party starts the festival off tonight. For the eighth year, the Georgia Aquarium hosts the sure-to-be-crowded event, 7 – 11 p.m.,

Saturday, October 7 – Sunday, October 8

The largest event of its kind in the Southeast, Atlanta Pride, presents its annual two day, jam-packed celebration in the park, culminating in the traditional parade on Sunday,