Best bets

Friday, Sept. 14
An acclaimed film based on a book, “We the Animals” starring Raul Castillo from “Looking” continues at the Midtown Art Cinema today with various showtimes.

MAAP (Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals) hosts Friday – Mix, Mingle and Film tonight, offering a preview of Out On Film. MAAP has teamed up with Bill Kaelin Marketing for a exciting event, which will feature networking, movie trailers, and giveaways, as well as complimentary light bites, beer, and wine. MARTA and ride sharing is highly encouraged, but if you must drive, there is paid valet at Stove Works and $5 self-parking available at the corner of Krog St. and Lake Ave.
Atlanta Beltline Center

Saturday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Sept. 16
Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, and more are part of the line-up for Music Midtown this year.
Piedmont Park

Saturday, Sept. 15
Join the Log Cabin Lunch today.

Saturnalia Party Productions presents: ROME. Come experience a Roman festival like never before. New shows, additional hosts, great music, and a festival atmosphere will make for an amazing evening. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Heretic Atlanta

WUSSY presents ICON a celebration of Rihanna + Sia starring Shea Couleé of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9. The event is a dance party with the sickest show in all of the land featuring drag, aerial, dance, burlesque and more. Expect performances from Michael Robinson, Brigitte Bidet, Dotte Com, T-Rex, Bella Dorado, and Porter Grubbs.
Deep End

Sunday, Sept. 16
The High Museum of Art has 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.

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today at the Atlanta International School.

Monday, Sept. 17
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, Sept. 18
The adorable “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” — about Scotty Bowers, sexual procurer to the stars — continues at the Midtown Art Cinema with various showtimes.

The lauded, family-friendly musical “Aladdin” continues its run at the Fox Theatre through Sept. 23.
7:30 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Come out and enjoy Ruby Redd’s Birdcage Bingo tonight, with performances by The Belles with the Balls.
The Atlanta Hideaway

Thad Stevens hosts Karaoke Night at My Sister’s Room tonight, with all sorts of drink specials.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Put on your dancing shoes and party hats, and come out to Noni’s to meet local author Quentin Harrison celebrating his newest book release, “Record Redux: Madonna.” Early guests can actually purchase their copy of the new book on site. If you’ve already purchased your book, bring it down to get it signed by the author himself. Enjoy Madonna-themed cocktails, all of the Queen of Pop’s music videos, and more on this special night.

In a setting that even Shakespeare himself couldn’t have imagined, the Alliance Theatre will produce a whimsical, outdoor production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden tonight, running through
October 21.

Friday, Sept. 21
Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star in the drama/thriller “Lizzie,” about Lizzie Borden, featuring Sevigny as Borden, an unmarried woman of 32, and Stewart as a new maid who is attracted to her.
TBD theaters

Join 250 of Atlanta’s LGBTQ and allied business leaders from C-Suite executives to start-up entrepreneurs for the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) dinner featuring a reception, hosted bar, an awards dinner, and after party.
Marriott Marquis

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host academic author and scholar Carol Anderson as she discusses her book: “One Person, No Vote.” In her book, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government dictated racial discrimination as more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. With vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans. Professor Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory University.

The Process Theatre’s version of Terrence McNally play “It’s Only a Play” continues through tomorrow.
Out of Box Theatre

She speaks! After a year of national scandal and following a sold-out run of stand-up shows and rave reviews around the globe, Kathy Griffin is returning with the much-anticipated North American continuation of her “Laugh Your Head Off” world tour to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Armed with the story of the now infamous and controversial photo, the fiery redheaded, award-winning, American comedian is bringing the story of the photo heard ‘round the world and the fallout that followed, along with breaking down everything in the pop-culture landscape from Trump to the Kardashians. Griffin tells all in this more than two-hour, no-holds-barred show in the raw, honest, and engaging way fans have always loved about her.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

Saturday, Sept. 22
Step behind the velvet rope for The Rainbow Ball, as it puts Studio 54 to shame. Out Front Theatre Company’s signature event of the year will feature a decadent dinner with open bar, auctions, live performances, and more sparkle than any mirror ball imaginable.

Charis celebrates the hometown launch of the fourth book in the YA series, “Changers! Changers Book Four: Forever,” which picks up after Kim Cruz has just come out to her best friend. T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper are best-selling and award-winning authors and journalists. Between them, they have published 11 books, raised two children, and rescued six dogs.
Charis Books and More

Sunday, Sept. 23
DJ Leo Blanco makes his Atlanta debut with Xion.
BJ Roosters

GA Boy Productions hosts the End of Summer T Dance tonight,
District Atlanta

Monday, Sept. 24
T-Time Atlanta Trans Youth holds their weekly meeting tonight.
St Anne’s Episcopal Church

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Enjoy Latino Tuesday with DJ Melo spinning all night at Blake’s.

Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents a free, live simulcast of their sold-out performance with piano sensation Lang Lang on Sifly Piazza tonight. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars featuring an all-Mozart program, including Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Piano Concerto No. 24.
Woodruff Arts Center

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

Thursday, Sept. 27
Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, opens its 11-day festival tonight with the local debut of “When the Beat Drops,” about how gay Atlantan Anthony Davis created the underground dance scene known as “bucking” that has grown into a national movement, complete with fierce competition. He will be joined by noted choreographer Jamal Sims for the premiere.
Midtown Art Cinema

Join Elgin Charles, Charis, and the Atlanta Pride Committee for Bi the Way: A Panel Discussion on Bi Visibility. The panel will focus on representation of bisexuality and pansexuality, erasure and more. The event features local bi and pan authors and writers, all moderated by Elgin Charles, known the world over as the “Emperor of Hair” — he’s been the proprietor of his upscale beauty scale salon in the heart of Beverly Hills for more than 25 years. The panel will be followed by a book signing of “By The Way,” which chronicles Charles’ rise to success, his relationship with his friend and ex-wife, television icon Jackee Harry, and his bisexuality.
Charis Books and More

Friday, Sept. 28
Every Friday at midnight, it’s time to slip on those fishnets and makeup for the greatest live troupe in the city, Lips Down On Dixie, Inc., for a righteous party in front of the big screen for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Plaza Atlanta

Saturday, Sept. 29
The Michelle Malone Band plays tonight. Michelle’s new record “Slings and Arrows” is upbeat, defiant, and jubilant, flush with the raw energy, emotion, and a slide guitar that’s always been a part of her signature sound all while nudging her deeper into some personal new territory. These songs speak to desire and disappointment, optimism and awareness, all with a driving and fiery conviction. Michelle describes “Slings And Arrows” as a “Georgia record,” due to the fact that the musicians, studios, and even those responsible for the visual art are all Georgians.
Eddie’s Attic

Do you remember the old variety shows like “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Muppet Show” or “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour?” Did you/do you always dream of being in the audience and being a part of the show? Atlanta’s all LGBTQ-identifying comedy group, Queeriety, has just the show for you. Come see The Queeriety Variety Show on the last Saturday of every month. Each show will be jam-packed with improvisation, live sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, puppetry, and drag performances.
The Village Theater

Tuesday, Oct. 2
David Byrne brings his American Utopia Tour 2018 to the Fox Theatre tonight with special guest Tune-Yards.
8 pm