LGBT Atlanta’s best bets for June 30 – July 6

Friday, June 30 – Saturday, July 1

As America settles into new and controversial leadership, Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus revisits its highly successful 2010 concert “All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles.” The chorus will bring back many hits including “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “All You Need is Love” as it celebrates six decades of timeless music by the Fab Four. In addition to great music, the show will feature costumes, choreography and multimedia effects. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303,

Friday, June 30

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Bronze Lens Film Festival, will host a screening of Ava Duvernay’s extraordinary documentary, “13th.” Titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery, except as punishment for a crime, this compelling film examines the intersectionality of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Community activist and attorney Mawuli Davis will facilitate a post-screening panel discussion. Discussants include: Lee Reid, executive director of Atlanta Citizen Review Board; Azadeh Shahshahani, legal and advocacy director of Project South; and Briana Jenkins, project manager with Forever Family, Inc. This event is free and open to the public at 7 p.m., 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303,

The Atlanta Dream hosts the Los Angeles Sparks tonight at 7:30 p.m., Georgia Tech McCamish Pavilion, 965 Fowler St. N.W, Atlanta, GA 30313,

Saturday, July 1

People of all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and genders will rise together across the nation for the Rise Up 5K in beautiful Grant Park. Proceeds from registration fees go to a social justice cause of your choice, and a race shirt and commemorative bib are included. 8 a.m., 840 Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312,

Atlanta BearFest brings back the Mr. Atlanta Bear/Cub contest this year, tonight at 8 p.m., Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Sunday, July 2

Wake up and make some joyful noise with the Sisters of Sequin this morning at Gospel Brunch at Lips Atlanta, 3011 Buford Hwy., Atlanta, GA 30329,

Monday, July 3

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender and aspiring allies, providing a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBT children meets tonight from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329,

Tuesday, July 4

Make your lunch break a networking opportunity and connect with business professionals, small business owners and community sponsors to expand your circle of influence and grow your business at Connecting Atlanta, a networking lunch by Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals (MAAP). Join MAAP at Egg Harbor Cafe the first Tuesday of every month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a networking lunch. The event is limited to 20 participants. Please pre-register by emailing, 1820 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Wednesday, July 5

Ready to be Melissa Etheridge for the night? Come enjoy karaoke at My Sister’s Room beginning at 9 p.m., 66 12th St., Atlanta, GA 30309

Thursday, July 6

SAGE Atlanta’s social hour begins at 10 a.m., followed by a program/meeting at 11 a.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Building on the activist tradition of consciousness-raising groups, each month Charis Books and More invites community members to join The Personal is Political, a lightly facilitated group to talk about issues in their personal lives or in society as a whole that they are trying to process or deconstruct. The group will then use intersectional feminist strategies as tools to help talk through those issues, 7:30 – 9 p.m., 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,


Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9

Francis Bennett, a transgender teacher, former Trappist and Buddhist Monk, presents Deep Listening from Presence, a silent retreat in the Georgia foothills. The daily schedule includes periods of meditation and Satsang and time for personal reflection. Outside of the Satsang, where questions may be asked, the retreat will be held in silence, Elohee Center, 1478 Bean Creek Road, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571,

Friday, July 7

Kick back under the stars on the great lawn and enjoy the amazing sounds of Michael Feinstein: Songs of Sinatra during Concerts in the Garden, 8 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Saturday, July 15

The pool party of the year, Joining Hearts 30, takes place today, raising awareness and money to stop the spread of HIV throughout Atlanta. This year’s version is Thirty, Flirty, Thriving, with live entertainers throughout the evening and music by DJ Grind from L.A., N.Y.C.’s DJ Joe Gauthreaux and opening set by Atlanta’s own DJ Seth Breezy from 4 – 10:30 p.m., Piedmont Park,

“Feed me, Seymour!” Actor’s Express opens its version of the classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” tonight at 8 p.m. and running through August 20, 887 West Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318,