What to do in Atlanta from October 12-25

Friday, Oct. 12
It’s the biggest party in town. Atlanta Pride officially kicks off with its annual aquarium party
Georgia Aquarium
Southern Fried Queer Pride invites you out for a night of dancing, music, drag, and more. Come out to SUGAR SHACK, a queer pride dance party to celebrate Atlanta Pride in all its glory. Featuring performances by Dotte Comm, JayBella Banks, LaLa Ri, Micky Bee, Summer Solstice (Tk), and TAYLOR ALXNDR. DJ sets will be by Chel Xi, Gemynii (from NC/The Conjure), and Leonce (MORPH).
Club 529
Saturday, Oct. 13
The Diocese of Atlanta will have a float and a walking contingent in the Pride Parade. Sign up to carry a parish sign in the parade by going to this link: tinyurl.com/2018-Parade-Sign-Up. Stop by their booth in the park as well.
Twisted Soul celebrates October Pride with Drag Queen Brunch, with the likes of Amber Divine and Ms. Sandy Springs. The all-you-can-eat-buffet is $25 not including gratuity. 
It’s SEC Day at Woofs Atlanta. Check in at noon and watch football games all day long.
Join Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker for a special Pride edition of Drag Queen Storytime at the 48th Atlanta Pride Festival. Enjoy stories, crafts, and lots of fun. The event will be in the Family Fun Zone, hosted by Turner. 
4pm at Piedmont Park
Join your neighbors and friends to Light Up the Lake in Avondale Estates. Kick off the night by displaying your lantern creations during the monthly ArtWalk that begins at 5pm, and later enjoy food and drink in downtown Avondale’s local restaurants or at several food vendors.
“Backstage & Other Stories” stars Terry Burrell, a hugely accomplished Broadway musical actress who resides in Roswell and performs for top theater companies around the country. Her Broadway credits include starring roles in major productions of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Dreamgirls.” “Backstage & Other Stories” is an evening of memories and melodies that offers a rare and candid glimpse of life as a performer on the Great White Way and will include special arrangements from Terry’s illustrious career, including tributes to Lena Horne, Barbra Streisand, Ethel Waters, Eartha Kitt, and Judy Garland. 
Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Get your ’80s Halloween Pride: Dead or Divine on tonight. It’s Atlanta’s only ’80s NewWave music video dance party. Dance and watch music videos on multiple screens throughout the club. The event is hosted by DJ/VJ Anthony.
Amsterdam Atlanta
Come out to Deep End tonight for the 2nd Annual BOTTOMS UP Drag Brunch + social. Organizers will be serving Bottomless Bloody Mary’s compliments of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The night includes a Lewk Photobooth, Brunch Bar Buffet, and performances by Brigitte Bidet, Molly Rimswell, and
Taejah Thomas. 
Electric Circus brings Todrick Hall
to My Sister’s Room as part of
Atlanta Pride.
Sunday, Oct. 14
Watch the Atlanta Pride parade in person today beginning at noon. It kicks off at Civic Center and weaves its way through to Piedmont Park.
Monday, Oct. 15
Keira Knightley stars in the lesbian-themed “Colette,” area theaters with various showtimes.
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, Oct. 16
The adorable musical “School of Rock,” based on the successful Jack Black film, makes its Atlanta debut tonight at 7:30pm and runs through October 21.
Make your lunch break a networking opportunity and connect with business professionals, small business owners, job seekers, 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 Ri Ra Irish Pub the third Tuesday of every month from 11:45am to 1pm for a networking lunch. The event is limited to 20 participants. Pre-register by emailing RiRaLunch@maapatl.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Join Southern Fried Queer Pride & Charis Books and More/Charis Circle for a screening of the Janelle Monae’s ‘emotion-picture’ “Dirty Computer” tonight. The film will be followed by a discussion around its themes and its cinematography. 
Charis Books and More 
Come out and enjoy Ruby Redd’s Birdcage Bingo tonight, with performances by The Belles with the Balls.
The Atlanta Hideaway
8:30 pm
Thursday, Oct. 18
Being out in the workplace can be difficult for some in the community, which is why MAAP wants to know: Are you out at work? If so, what does this mean to you? And if not, why? How do you feel this impacts your work performance or opportunities to progress in your career? In honor of Spirit Day (don’t forget to wear purple!), today MAAP presents its second annual MAAP My Direction: Out in the Workplace educational panel. For this event, organizers have gathered a diverse panel of LGBTQ individuals reflecting different areas of gender, age, race, education, sexual orientation, and culture. Come out to hear experiences that will not only inspire, but will also provide comfort and direction to our community. 
Merchant e-Solutions
Are you afraid of the dark? If not, take a gamble on Serenbe Playhouse’s “The Sleepy Hollow Experience” in an acclaimed new adaptation by artistic director Brian Clowdus. The spooky show continues its run tonight at 8pm through November 4.
Friday, Oct. 19
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, presents a special screening event titled “Movement in Focus: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” with a post-screening moderated Q&A with Ailey II Artistic Director, Troy Powell. A reception will immediately follow. 
Midtown Moon hosts the rowdy Fierce Friday Fembots with Autumn Skyy, Lacie Bruce, and more.
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, Oct. 20
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. 
“Taboo: The Forbidden Show” is hosted by mistress of seduction Edie Cheezburger. “The Taboo Show” is a dirty late-night show for ages 21 and over. Lips Atlanta
Sunday, Oct. 21
Now in its 28th year, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is a fun 3.2-mile run/walk through the historic Piedmont Park & Midtown Atlanta neighborhoods. A production of AID Atlanta, this is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the Southeast. Runners, walkers, and volunteers will be raising critically needed funds for nine participating local HIV/AIDS service organizations. 
Piedmont Park
Lesbians Love Atlanta and Kia & Co. present Free Sunday LGBTQ Tea Dance with drink specials and live music.
My Sister’s Room
T-Time Atlanta Trans Youth holds their weekly meeting tonight at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. 7pm 
The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today at the Atlanta International School from 7:30–9pm.
Monday, Oct. 22
It’s All Music Monday with DJ Bill Berdeaux at Blakes on the Park.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts its Membership Orientation.
BB&T Tower at Atlantic Station
Wednesday, Oct. 24
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, Oct. 25
Do you want to read books by amazing Black women writers? Do you want to discuss works from a Black feminist perspective in a feminist bookstore? Then the Black Feminist Book Club is for you. This month’s book is “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name” by Audre Lorde.
Charis Books and More


Friday, Oct. 26
The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts its Fourth Friday networking night from 5:30–7:30 pm at UPS.
WUSSY returns for the 4th annual SHALLOWEEN Dance Party featuring Sasha Velour, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9.” Come bump uglies with Atlanta’s undead weirdos and bring out your freakiest drag, spooky sadboys, trash queens, swamp kings, and velour-inspired couture. The night includes special spotlight performances from Edie Bellini, Dotte Com, Molly Rimswell, The House of Gunt, JayBella Banks, D’Knighten Dae, Mystery Meat, and Evah Destruction. Tonight’s DJ is Ressie Cups. The evening also features a costume contest with a fat cash prize. 
The Heretic Atlanta
Saturday, Oct. 27
“Reykjavik” opens at Actor’s Express today. In this tour-de-force collision of sex and danger, playwright Steve Yockey propels us on a journey in which the supernatural is closer than we think. Running now through November 18.
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 LGBTQIA+-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
Saturday, Oct. 28
Emily Kinney is a little too old to be daydreaming in the back of a classroom, soaked in unrequited love for a guitar player in a pop-punk band she used to watch on MTV, but on “Oh, Jonathan,” Kinney’s upcoming release, she just can’t seem to help herself. It’s been a couple years since Kinney’s last album, “This is War” and she’s been using the time both professionally, in acting and music, and personally to mature and explore. She plays at Eddie’s Attic tonight at 8pm.