LGBTQ Atlanta Best Bets for July 6 – July 21

Friday, July 6
Trying to make a deep playoff run this year, The Atlanta Dream host the Seattle Storm.
McCamish Pavilion

Actor’s Express’ excellent version of the lesbian-themed “The Color Purple,” the musical based on Alice Walker’s book, runs through July 29. 

Saturday, July 7
Atlanta Prime Timers meets today at 3pm. 
Phillip Rush Center Annex

Break out your gear boys for the Harness Party with DJ Mike Pope, with no cover all night long. 
Heretic Atlanta

Sunday, July 8
The High Museum of Art has just opened the major touring exhibition “Outliers and American Vanguard Art.” The show brings together more than 250 diverse works by more than 80 trained and untrained artists, and includes sections and featured works by artists including Greer Lankton, Zoe Leonard, Forrest Bess, and Henry Darger that examine sexuality and gender. Together, the works on view offer an unprecedented overview of the profound impact of American self-taught artists on the evolution of modern and contemporary art over the past 100 years. They also reveal how these artists galvanized the mainstream art world to embrace difference and diversity across race, region, class, age, and gender. Running through September 30.

Monday, July 9
Chronicling the life of fashion editor Andre Leon Talley, the documentary “The Gospel According to Andre” continues its run at the UA Tara Cinema 4 today.
Various showtimes

Tuesday, July 10
Need help kicking off your 2018 AIDS Walk fundraising? Looking for a refresher on raising money? AIDS Walk team members are hosting a Fundraising 101 event today. Whether it’s your first time or you’re an Extra Mile Club veteran, this event will help you get up to speed. This class is perfect for team captains looking to get an edge and really get the most from their team. The class is open to anyone. RSVP to

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema’s Classics Series continues this summer with films every Tuesday night tonight through August 28. The theme of this series is “Film in Films” and each screening will be accompanied by an introduction and a post-show discussion. Tonight’s film is David Lynch’s masterful, lesbian-themed “Mulholland Drive.” 

Erasure’s World Be Gone Tour hits the Tabernacle Atlanta tonight. See their Facebook event for more details.

Live Nation presents Sam Smith: The Thrill Of It All Tour this evening. The openly gay Grammy and Oscar winner will be singing from his latest album with some greatest hits thrown in as well.
Infinite Energy Center

Wednesday, July 11
Serenbe Playhouse and out director Brian Clowdus present the musical “Titanic” and will actually sink a ship each night at 8pm, now through August 12.

Thursday, July 12
SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30am–1pm on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. 
Phillip Rush Center Annex

Out Front Theatre Company presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful. 

Friday, July 13
The terrific, lesbian-themed “Hearts Beat Loud” — with out actresses Kiersey Clemons and Sasha Lane — continues its run at the Midtown Art Cinema today. 
Various showtimes

Saturday, July 14
The Queerly Revue offers up fun and variety tonight at My Sister’s Room. 
My Sister’s Room

Sunday, July 15 – Monday, July 16
The One-Minute Play Festival and Actor’s Express present the 7th annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival Sunday and Monday.
Actor’s Express

Sunday, July 15
The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today, with a featured speaker, from 2:30–4pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.

Monday, July 16
The John Lewis Fellowship|Humanity in Action Program in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Activism in Sports. In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., Humanity in Action brings together a group of 30 American and European university students for an intensive program about diversity and civil rights in America. This moderated community discussion will examine the history and contemporary relevance of social activism in sports in the United States. This event will feature “The Kennesaw Five” — Kennesaw State University (KSU) cheerleaders who kneeled in protest during the playing of the National anthem at a KSU college football home game. This event is free and open to the public.
Auburn Avenue Research Library

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. 
Charis Books and More

Tuesday, July 17
Need some laughs in these dour times? The nine-time Tony-Award-winner (including Best Musical) “The Book of Mormon” is back in town, tonight at 7:30 running through July 22.
Fox Theatre

Written by out actor/director/playwright Colman Domingo, the play “Dot” — directed by Kenny Leon at his True Colors Theatre Company — is a comedy about aging parents and midlife crises in a Philadelphia neighborhood. 7:30 tonight, running through August 12. 
Southwest Arts Center

Wednesday, July 18
Come join Hotlanta Softball League for a family-friendly event benefiting Pride School Atlanta. Cowtippers Steaks & Spirits will be donating a portion of all sales to Pride School, and will be showing a movie on the patio beginning. The exact movie is still TBD, but it will be suitable for the kids. See their Facebook event for more details.

TEN Atlanta will once again transform from a crowded dance club into a cozy NYC cabaret for consecutive Wednesday Nights tonight and July 25 with Boys Night “OUT” on Broadway, a one hour musical and comedy revue written by Broadway veteran performer Robert Ray.
7 and 9pm

Thursday, July 19
Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic and reading series on the third Thursday of every month. All are welcome to come share their work. This month’s featured writer is Danielle Sellers. Danielle will read from her new book of poems, “The Minor Territories.” Danielle is from Key West, FL. She has an MA from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her first book, “Bone Key Elegies,” was published by Main Street Rag. She teaches literature and creative writing at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event and the suggested donation is $5. 
Charis Books and More

Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, aka The Indigo Girls, perform tonight at Chastain Park, starting at 8pm.


Friday, July 20
It could be the concert event of the season — Culture Club, The B-52s, and the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey join forces for an amazing evening. 
State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Saturday, July 21
It’s the party of the summer. Don’t miss Shine: Joining Hearts 31. When Joining Hearts held its first main event in 1987 there was still a lot to learn about HIV/AIDS. The world began to recognize its grave importance, and so our founders stepped it up to start helping people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. And now 31 years later, the metro Atlanta community is once again in an HIV/AIDS crisis. While other cities in the country are seeing virtually no new HIV infections, Atlanta is seeing new infections at numbers we haven’t seen since the 1980s. Come out tonight, have fun and help raise needed money to prevent HIV/AIDS. 
The Greystone At Piedmont Park