Saturday, Jan. 18
Get your laugh on at OUTPROV, Atlanta’s newest, funniest, and queerest improv troupe that’ll leave you howling all night long.
Out Front Theatre Company
Sunday, Jan. 19
Based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir of the same name, the LGBTQ-themed “Fun Home” took Broadway by storm and cemented itself as one of the landmark musicals of our time. Alison dives into her past to trace the sequence of childhood events that made her the adult she is today. In doing so, she initiates a journey of reconciliation with her late father, whose mercurial and secretive personality kept the two apart at the precise moments they should have been closest.
2pm, through Feb. 16
The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today.
2:30 – 4pm
Spiritual Living Center
Monday, Jan. 20
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.
6:30 – 8pm
Charis Books and More
Queers on Film, a monthly series of LGBTQ+ centric arthouse films, returns to Plaza Theatre tonight with “All About My Mother.” This Oscar-winning melodrama, one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most beloved films, provides a dizzying, moving exploration of the meaning of motherhood. In an instant, nurse Manuela (Cecilia Roth) loses the teenage son she raised on her own. Grief-stricken, she sets out to search for the boy’s long-lost father in Barcelona, where she reawakens into a new maternal role, at the head of a surrogate family that includes a pregnant, HIV-positive nun (Penélope Cruz); an illustrious star of the stage (Marisa Paredes); and a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan). Beautifully performed and bursting with cinematic references, “All About My Mother” is a vibrant tribute to female fortitude, a one-of-a-kind family portrait, and a work of boundless compassion. The screening will feature a post-film discussion with Jim Farmer from Out On Film.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian police band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The winner of 10 Tony Awards in 2018, including Best Musical, “The Band’s Visit” celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing, and laughter can connect us all.
7:30pm, through Jan. 26
Wednesday, Jan. 22
As part of the weekly Community Dialogue and Discussion, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will highlight iconic cinematic features, highlighting Intersectionality and Otherness, with a screening of the film, “A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy.” In this collection of six vignettes, designed to shatter stereotypes about black sexuality, writer/director/editor Dennis Dortch explores the subject of sexuality and relationships within the black community. From the woman determined to get hers first, to the curious teenager who finds herself in a questionable situation, and the boy who becomes stifled by interracial taboos, Dortch’s film doesn’t shy away from the more controversial aspects of contemporary sexuality. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Set in the not-too-distant future in Seoul, Korea, “Maybe Happy Ending” follows two obsolete helper-bots who are living an isolated existence in a robots-only housing complex on the edge of the city. Oliver is waiting for his former-owner to come looking for him, and Claire is just … waiting. When the two discover each other across the hall, they have a surprising connection that challenges what they believe is possible for themselves, relationships, and love. This award-winning musical imagines a magical and bittersweet reawakening to the things that make us human.
7:30pm, through Feb. 16
Friday, Jan. 24
Out Georgia Business Alliance hosts its Membership Drive & Networking Night today. The group will be celebrating a big 2019 and announcing major events for 2020. Mix and mingle with LGBTQ+ business professionals, allies, non-profit leaders, and more. Admission is free to all. TBD location.
5:30 – 7:30pm
Join MAAP for a special Fourth Friday networking event in Avondale Estates. The meeting space is the minority-owned Williams & Roy Salon, co-owned by both a female and trans-male entrepreneurs. Leave the work week behind and connect with other like-minded professionals over drinks, laughter, and good professional conversation.
6 – 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 25
The ATL LGBTQ+ Book Club is a group for Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ folks and allies to read queer-themed books and books by queer authors. The group aims to have diverse thought-provoking discussions about queer identity, history, and topical issues and meets at Charis Books & More on the last Saturday of the month and often go out to lunch after. All are welcome to join. The suggested donation is $5. January’s book is “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
10 – 11:30am
Thursday, Jan. 30
Join the Office of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, City of Atlanta LGBTQ Affairs, the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, and Creative Approach for the launch of the City of Atlanta’s first-ever biennial report on LGBTQ Affairs. Each guest will receive a physical copy of the report. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Complimentary food and drinks will be served.
6 – 8pm
Inspired by the real letters between Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks spanning from 1899 to 1937, the fast-paced comedy “Bull in a China Shop” asks: What is revolution? What does it mean to be at odds with the world? How do we fulfill our potential? And how the hell do we grow old together?
8pm, through Feb. 15
Out Front Theatre Company
Friday, Jan. 31
Cliterati Present the OUTrageous Voices Cabaret and Fundraiser with Cohosts Karen G. & Beki B. OUTrageous Voices Cabaret introduces a cavalcade of poets, novelists, essayists, musicians & journalists. The evening’s proceeds will benefit OUTrageous Voices: An Inclusive Southeastern Lesbian Writers’ Conference. Suggested donation: $5-50. All are welcome to attend.
7:30 – 9pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta Prime Timers meets today.
Phillip Rush Center Annex
To coincide with the current “Bull in a China Shop,” Out On Film and Out Front present the acclaimed comedy “Wild Nights With Emily.” In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Yes, this is an iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously.
Out Front Theatre Company
Thursday, Feb. 6
Georgia Equality hosts AIDS Watch Georgia 2020 today. People living with HIV live, work, and thrive in every legislative district across our state, but many state lawmakers are unaware of the issues that affect our diverse community. This event will provide a free training on how to educate state legislators at the Capitol on HIV policy. Following the training, participants will stand united under the Gold Dome to put their training into action. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their representatives in the House and Senate. Participants will educate elected officials on issues like HIV criminalization, HIV education, HIV prevention/care funding, healthcare access, LGBTQ rights, racial justice and reproductive justice. Training and a light breakfast are provided to all attendees.
8:30am – noon
Atlanta City Hall