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Friday, March 14

Decatur Women’s Sports League softball season opens tonight with a ceremony dedicated to the late Chef Ria Pell and with a new Bluebird team named for her restaurant. Host bar after the games tonight is Palookaville in Avondale Estates. Starts at 7:30 p.m., Kelly Cofer Park in Tucker,

“Stranger By the Lake,” the acclaimed gay-themed drama that was the winner of the Queer Palm and Un Certain Regard Directing Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, opens at the Midtown Art Cinema, various times,

“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a documentary about the Tony Award winning Broadway legend, opens at the Midtown Art Cinema, various times,

Join lots of women at the Fourth Tuesday social hour from 6 – 8 p.m. tonight, Mixx Atlanta,

Closing reception for “Steal This Bike” exhibit, a group exhibit looking at visual culture within the digital age. 8-10 p.m., Mint gallery,

Funny man Aziz Ansari visits the Fox Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m.,

Rising country star Chris Cagle performs at Fuzions Bar and Grill in Monroe, GA., 8 p.m.,

Edie Cheezburger and a gaggle of special guests present “The Other Show” drag event weekly at Jungle Atlanta, 9:30 p.m.,

Hotlanta Rubber Gear Club Bar Night w/ DJ Nat, as well as Otter Night with guest DJ at0M1c, 10 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Destiny Brooks and Justice Taylor turn it up for Femme Fatale, 11 p.m., Burkhart’s,

Friday and Saturday, March 14 – 15

The Snake Nation Arts Festival is a collaboration between the Castleberry Hill Creative/Historic District and PushPush Theater, with live music, interactive art, video shoots, dance troupes, artists markets, walking gallery tours, historic tours, movie tours, and the filming of a new series by PushPush, Castleberry Hill,

Saturday, March 15

The Atlanta Men’s Roller Derby hosts its first home bout against the the Greenville Atom Bombs. The first bout is the Arsenal of Derby against the Marietta Derby Darlins is at 4 p.m. with the main bout at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Cobb Civic Center,

Good eats and great socializing mark the Lesbian 50+ Potluck and Social, 6 – 8 p.m., The Rush Center,

Chelsea Handler’s “Uganda Be Killing Me Live” tour comes to the Fox Theatre, 8 p.m.,

Funny man Bill Maher cracks jokes and provides social and political commentary at the Cobb Energy Centre at 8 p.m.,

Eastern music meets Western instruments at Atlanta Freedom Bands’ “Music of the Far East” concert. 8 – 10 p.m., North Decatur Presbyterian Church,

The Goddess Raven joins Ruby’s Redd Light District, with DJ Rob Reum, 9 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

Atlanta Eagle hosts Rugby Bar Night w/ DJ Pat Scott, 10 – 11 p.m.,

The Haus of Steel event features DJ Shaen Stiel and Grace Towers, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Grab your green and head to the St. Patty’s Day Party at My Sister’s Room tonight, with the Drag Race Season Five show at 11 p.m. hosted by Tiff-Nay and Romeo Lee, with DJ Liz Owen,

It’s the 8th anniversary of LeBuzz as well as its St. Patrick’s Day celebration including a Best Ginger Contest, Best Irish Underwear (men and women), drink specials, stripper pole and more. The night also includes the Divas Cabaret Show. 10 p.m., LeBuzz,

Saturday and Sunday, March 15 – 16

The Black American Revival events include Mr/Miss Black America, with all day events both days, XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Sunday, March 16

The Annual Oyster Roast St. Patrick’s Day Pre-Celebration Gay Party includes live music from the Christy Alan Band, a silent auction, an antique auto show as well as plenty of food and beer. Sponsored by Savannah FCN, the oldest LGBT organization in the state. $15 for members, $20 for one-day membership. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Lake Mayer Park in Savannah,

Learn to throw a curveball as Hotlanta Softball League presents a new player skills clinic at Metro Softball Complex from noon to 2 p.m., followed by a Beer Bust at Frogs Midtown,

Lips Atlanta is the home for Gospel Brunch, with the Sisters of Sequin, hosted by Bubba D. Licious, with a brunch special and $5 show cover, with brunch at 12:30 p.m. and entertainment at 1:30 p.m.,

PFLAG and Lost-n-Found Youth team up for a meeting to discuss getting LGBT teens of the street, Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 2:30 – 5 p.m.,,

Lateasha Shante Shuntel hosts The Silicone Outlaw with special guests Taejah Thomas, Nichelle Paris, Raquel Lord, Shawnna Brooks and Nicole Paige Brooks, 8 p.m., Blake’s on the Park,

The Armorettes perform every Sunday at Burkhart’s, the infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South, 9 p.m.,

Xion’s weekly dance party features European DJ Pagano in his ATL debut, 3 a.m.,

Monday, March 17

Grammy nominee Robin Thicke’s rescheduled appearance at the Fox Theatre is this evening, 7:45 p.m.,

New Monday Night Trivia, hosted by Wild Cherry Sucret, offers chances to win up to $250 in cash and prizes. 11 p.m., Blake’s,

Blue Monday Karoke at Burkhart’s, 11:30 p.m.,

Tuesday, March 18

3 Legged Cowboy’s Two Step Tuesday offers free dance lessons from 8 – 9 p.m. and an open dance from 9 – 11 p.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Wednesday, March 19

Free Rapid HIV testing is available at Emory, sponsored by DeKalb County Board of Health, SHAG, and the Office of Health Promotion, beginning today from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.,

Stretch it out – MISTER Center presents yoga from 5:30 – 7 p.m.,

The Big Gay Game Show, featuring the Match Game, Family Feud, The Newlywed Game and more, is a monthly benefit for Lost-n-Found Youth, 7 – 10 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,

The ins and out of being polyamorous are discussed in the Velvet Lips advanced sexuality series with “I’m Poly And..” Author Elisabeth Sheff, PhD will be featured on the panel and will be signing her latest book “The Polyamorists Next Door.” This is a Charis Circle Urban Sustainability and Wellness Event. The suggested donation is $15. 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,

The new “Maple and Vine” opens at Actor’s Express, written by out playwright Jordan Harrison and directed by out lesbian Kate Warner, 8 p.m.,

Hump Night fun is hosted by Regina at Friends on Ponce at 8 p.m.,

Dragnificence is every Wednesday at 10 p.m. at Jungle Club,

Thursday, March 20

Aces high? Join SAGE Atlanta’s Cards and Social Hour, 10 – 11 a.m., The Rush Center,

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series. Hosted by the anarchic spoken word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis, members of the Art Amok Slam Team, this series cultivates the voices of authors, novices and an assortment of poets, songstresses and storytellers. March’s featured perfomer is Tamara J. Madison, an internationally traveled author, poet, performer, and instructor. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary event. The suggested donation is $5. 7:30 – 9 p.m.,Charis Books,

The Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals hosts a kickoff party sponsored by Teksystems, with more information at

Friday, March 21

Get down with the boys in town at the Boys Room Video Dance Party, with videos provided by DJ Headmaster, Mary’s Atlanta,

The Third Friday Film Series screens the acclaimed “Fruitvale Station,” based on the real life of Oscar Grant, the 22 year old black man shot by BART police, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion after the film, First Existentialist Congregation,

The Moody Blues’ Timeless Flight Tour stops in Atlanta at 8 p.m., Fox Theatre,

The first annual Mr. GA Continental features appearances by Nicole Luv Dupree, Christopher Iman, Kalil Valentino. The event is a celebration of men, male leads and talent. This pageant is the official preliminary event in the state for the national pageant in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend. Admission is $10 for 21 and up, $15 for 18-20. Starts at 8 p.m., LeBuzz,

Drag Otic is a drag extravaganza with Nicole Luv Dupree, Trinity Bonet and many more, 11 p.m., Blake’s,

Saturday, March 22

Lift Up Atlanta’s Women’s Empowerment Workshop hosted by Atlanta’s Every Womyn is hosted by speaker and poet Imani Evans, founder of Women Healing Women Inc.; with life coach and motivational speaker Onyx Keesha, founder of M Power Productions; Aloycia Woods; with live entertainment by Monica Raye Simpson. Food, wine and spokent word. Tickets are $12 in advance, $18 at the door. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Metropolitan Community Church,

The Atlanta Rollergirls host a double feature home bout, at 5 and 7:30 p.m., at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Atlanta Bucks play a home match at Morehouse. More information available at

Charis Books & More plays home to the Atlanta Word Works 6th Annual Youth Poetry Slam. The preliminary round hosted by Aurielle Lucier and Anwar Johnson. Competition is open to all youths ages 13-19, 6 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,

Congregation Bet Haverim hosts a CD release concert for “Wheels Within Wheels,” the new CD by the CBH Chorus, Band and Strings. Tickets are $30. Doors open at 7:30, concert begins at 8 p.m., Friends School Sanctuary, 862 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030,

Local favorite Michelle Malone brings her devoted following to two shows at Eddie’s Attic, 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.,

It’s LGBT Niteout at the Atlanta Ballet’s Modern Choreographic Voices, spotlighting some of today’s contemporary choreographers through March 23. $50 gets you a ticket, an invitation to a pre-show party with DJ John, and a meet and greet with a cast member, 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. curtain, Cobb Energy Centre,

It’s Daddy Night w/ DJ Brett Long, as well as Panther L/L night, from 10 – 11 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

The Divas Cabaret, starring Destiny Brooks, Heather Daniels, Iysis Dupree, Kitty Love and special guests, is tonight, with DJ Birdman spinning, 11 p.m., LeBuzz,

Adult film star Tristan Jaxx shows off his DJ skills at Jungle Atlanta,

Sunday, March 23

The new basketball drama “The Tall Girls” plays twice today, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the Alliance’s Hertz Stage,

Monday, March 24

Writing With Intent is a monthly facilitated group for writers seeking to improve their craft. This month features a special guest teacher, Tamara Madison, with the topic Unleashing the Muse! This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary event and the suggested donation is $10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books,

Get your voice ready for Blue Monday Karaoke with Darlene Majewski, 10 p.m., Burkhart’s,

Tuesday, March 25

DJ Travis spins at the Atlanta Eagle from 10 – 11 p.m.,

Wednesday, March 26

Bring an empty stomach to Taco, Tequila and Beer Night at Amsterdam Atlanta, with $5 tacos, 6 – 11 p.m.,

Woofs Atlanta hosts Trivia beginning at 8 p.m.,

Traxx Atlanta presents Primetime Wednesdays with hip hop all night, $3 martinis and $5 well drinks, Sutra Lounge, 1136 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

Thursday and Friday, March 27 – 28

The Whose Beloved Community? Black Civil and LGBT Rights conference will open with a keynote conversation featuring activist Mandy Carter, civil rights leader Julian Bond Civil and scholar, activist and writer Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for Friday and Saturday conference activities. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church,

Thursday, March 27

It’s Trivia Night at Joe’s on Juniper, beginning at 8 p.m.,

Decadence: A Night of Drinking and Debauchery is every Thursday starting at 10 p.m., hosted by Adam Bland and Ashley Mitchell with beats by DJ Daryl Cox. A wet underwear contest begins at 11 p.m, with a cash prize and dancers aplenty, Ten Atlanta,


March 28
The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly Fourth Friday networking/meeting at the Alliance Theatre, with discounted tickets to the company’s “The Tall Girls” available, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.,

Strawberry Fields Forever,” indeed – the national tour of “Beatlemania” at 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Centre,

Sweet Tea: Girl Powerrrrr! A queer variety show is celebrating Women’s History Month in its third show to honor all the “women, ladies and femmebots of the world.” The event is free but suggested donation of $5 gets you two raffle tickets. Hosted by Taylor Alxndr and featuring DJ PK FIRE. 8 p.m., The Hangar, 151 Sampson St., Atlanta, GA 30312.

March 29

DJ Tony Moran returns to Jungle Atlanta,

April 2

“American Idol” winner Kris Allen visits Eddie’s Attic, 8 p.m.,

Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Atlanta Symphony, 8 p.m.,

April 3

Topher Payne, DeWayne Morgan and more bring “Designing Women 8” to Onstage Atlanta with two brand new episodes, 8 p.m.,

April 5

Atlanta Gender Variations: Parents of gender variant/trans children support group meets in Atlanta, 2 – 4 p.m., St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2:30 – 5 p.m.,

Lady Antebellum plays Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood, 7 p.m.,