Sonia Leigh photo by Anna Webber

LGBT Atlanta’s Best Bets for Sept. 8-14

Friday, Sept. 8

Kick back under the stars on the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Great Lawn and enjoy Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” tour during Concerts in the Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Saturday, Sept. 9

Do you have a loved one affected by HIV/AIDS? Join Jerusalem House for Journey of Compassion, a compassionate, educational event on supporting individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Individuals directly affected by HIV/AIDS and individuals with affected family members will share their experiences with a panel discussion, including sharing and learning about testing positive, journeying with loved ones through treatment and illness, and evolving relationships with loved ones. 10 – 11 a.m., Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Need some early morning waffles? Come out for the Waffle House Museum Open House. The Waffle House Museum is the site of the very first Waffle House restaurant. 12 – 3 p.m., 2719 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030-3917,

It’s an evening of live music like no other – eight of Atlanta’s trashiest hos take to the stage for their yearly and highly anticipated live “performance” at Ho Sho 5 – Diversity School. As part of their court-ordered community service, the girls are back and more nasty and contagious than ever. Please join Dixie Carterstead, Trudy Dolce, Ivanna Gender, Georgia O’Kweefe, Roxanne Paperscissors, Gayla Pervy, Mona Rhodes and René Sancé in a tragically trashy, risqué and (almost exclusively) live vocal show that is guaranteed to entertain! Ho Sho 5 will feature a special guest star, Atlanta drag favorite Jaye Lish as Reba McN’Cheese! This year, all profits from Ho Sho will be donated to Voices of Note, 6:30 p.m. Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Sunday, Sept. 10

Join Atlanta Pride to plan this year’s Dyke and Trans March. Come out today from 1 – 3:30 p.m. to offer input on the Dyke March and 3:30 – 6 p.m. to help plan the Trans March. Snacks will be provided. Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Monday, Sept. 11

Out artist Sonia Leigh plays tonight at Eddie’s Attic, with special guest Mando, 6:30 p.m., 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, GA, 30030,

Tuesday, Sept. 12

DJ Melo spins at Latino Tuesday at Blake’s tonight with all sorts of Latin beats, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Come out for American DANCE Icon at Mixx Atlanta tonight. Admission is free until 9 p.m., and the show begins at 10 p.m., 1492 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Thursday, Sept. 14 – Friday Sept. 15

Join the B-52s tonight and tomorrow at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The concert will commemorate the group’s 40th anniversary, marked by the band’s first show, a house party which took place in 1977, 8 – 11 p.m., 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Thursday, Sept. 14

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,

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Out On Film join forces to present the timely documentary “The Lavendar Scare.” Shining a light on a shameful chapter of American history, “The Lavender Scare” is the first in-depth account of a ruthless Cold War campaign to purge homosexuals from the federal government. Directed by Emmy-winning “60 Minutes” producer Josh Howard and based on the formative book by historian David K. Johnson, “The Lavender Scare” captures the outrage and activism that helped ignite the modern gay rights movement. 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Josh Howard and a reception, Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,


Monday, Sept. 18

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,

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals presents its My Point event tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. at Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318,

Friday, Sept. 22

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual (black-tie optional) Community Awards Dinner with a 6:30 p.m. reception and the awards at 7:30 p.m., followed by a party. Winners will be announced in a number of categories, including Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year and Small Business of the Year, Westin Atlanta Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30326,

Join Charis Books and More in welcoming Jared Yates Sexton to talk about our shambling democracy, journalism, Twitter abuse and the moment we’re all in. “The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore” is an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself, 7:30 – 9 p.m., 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,