Thursday, April 28
Enjoy “Bears Sing for the Children,” with performances by Scott Free (Chicago), “Rock Cub” (Cincinnati), Gordon Michaels (Boston) and Elijah Black (NYC) to benefit CHRIS Kids. Show at 8 p.m., followed by dancing at 10 p.m. with DJ Calvin and DJ Mike Pope. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Uncork a Cure is a gala evening of wine, food tastings, and live and silent auctions, all to raise funds for ARCA, the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. 6-9 p.m. at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA , 30318, www.uncorkacure.org.
Former Atlanta poet Mendy Knott reads from her book “A Little Lazarus.” 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,
Enjoy Women of Rock in the Round with Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins and Diane Durrett. 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, www.eddiesattic.com.
Thursday, April 28 – Saturday, May 7
The Atlanta Film Festival offers a diverse slate of movies, including the “Pink Peach” track of LGBT-themed offerings. For details on LGBT films, see story on Page 21. Multiple venues, www.atlantafilmfestival.com.
Friday, April 29
Play softball with the Decatur Women’s Sports Leagues. Games on Friday evenings through May 20 at Kelly C. Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Drive, Tucker, Georgia 30084, decaturwomenssportsleague.info.
Local writer Claudia Moss reads from her first novel, “If You Love Me, Come,” about an Atlanta Buppie whose life changes when she is drawn to Techwood Homes. 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
The FIRE Party celebrates FENUXE Magazine’s first anniversary. Congratulations, boys! 8-11 p.m. at Bill Lowe Art Gallery, 1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30309, http://fireparty.eventbrite.com.
Enjoy a preview party for “What’s the Name of the Dame?” — a film about ABBA-singing drag queens that plays at the Atlanta Film Festival. Party features DJ Jerome Farley and performances by Sade Pendarvis and Vernessa Mitchell. 8 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.amsterdamatlanta.com.
Drue Lingue & Down Low Productions brings you Down & Dirty Fridays, tonight featuring Justin. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
Friday, April 29 – Saturday, April 30
The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus performs “Divas 2: Opera Revisited.” 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Conant Center for the Performing Arts at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319, www.agmchorus.org.
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
Atlanta SM Solidarity presents Spring In The South, the annual BDSM education weekend, with 23 classes scheduled. Runs through Sunday at the Eagle and 1763, www.atlantasmsolidarity.org/SITS.html.
Saturday, April 30
In her edgy, interactive new show “30 Years On The Throne!” Miss Richfield 1981 looks back on her life in Richfield, Minn., “where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage.” 8 p.m. at 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.missrichfield.com.
The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its spring season with games every Saturday, plus a special Friends & Family Cookout from noon to 4 p.m. Games start at 10:15 a.m. at Candler Park, 1561 McClendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.nffla.com.
The manly men of the gay Atlanta Bucks rugby team don frocks for the Purple Dress Run, the team’s annual fundraiser, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the MISTER Community Center. Starts at 1 p.m. at Blake’s, then hits Blake’s, FROGS Cantina, and ends with cookout at the Eagle. www.purpledressrun.org.
MEGA Family Project hosts a gathering of families who have children through open adoption, or who are in the process of building their families this way.
Registration is required and attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share. 3-6 p.m. at a private home. www.megafamilyproject.org.
Party with Impact is the annual signature event to raise funds for Positive Impact, which offers HIV testing and mental health services for people impacted by HIV. Includes bar and catering by Radial Café. 7 p.m. at the home of Russell Tippins and Randy New. www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
Gary Mullen & The Works perform “One Night of Queen,” paying tribute to the iconic rock band. 8 p.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, www.cobbenergycentre.com.
Ladies at Play presents PlayDate Lifestyles, a night of cocktails, music and games like Simon Says, Twister, Musical Chairs, board games, card games and more. 9 p.m. at The Venetian Room, 50 Hurt Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30303, www.ladiesatplay.com.
Say farewell as 3 Legged Cowboy, Atlanta’s gay country bar, closes its doors. 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.3leggedcowboy.net.
DJ David Knapp spins at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Atlanta DJ duo Travis and Eric spins at The Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1
The Inman Park Spring Festival might just be the quirkiest of Atlanta’s neighborhood fests, featuring a market, music — don’t miss Roxie Watson on Sunday — stages, kids’ activities, a tour of homes and the infamous Inman Park parade. www.inmanparkfestival.org.
Sunday, May 1
The gay Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring season every Sunday at Southside Park, 3460 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354, www.hotlantasoftball.org.
Join host Vikki Locke and dog trainer, author and TV personality Victoria Stilwell for 2011 Pet Cotillion, a fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support that includes the crowning of the new PALS SpokesPet. 3-6 p.m. at Piedmont Bark, 501 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA
LGBT couples and singles are invited to the QuickSilver Gender-Free Contra Dance, 1:30–5 p.m. at Life Enrichment Center, 1340 Mcconnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033, www.qcdancers.org.
D. Marcell signs his controversial book “Saved, Sanctified & Same-Gender Loving.” 3-5 p.m. at the Evolution Center, 583 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.dmarcelldr.com.
Chris Coleman presents the debut of Sabbath Sundays, featuring live DJs, shaded cabanas, frozen drinks and more. 3:30–9 p.m. on the patio at Opera, 1150 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.
Monday, May 2
PFLAG Atlanta holds its First Monday support meeting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 www.pflagatl.org.
Monday means Drag on the Edge, starring Lady Shabazz, Martina Diamante, Phoenix and LaTeasha Shante Shuntel, and special guests. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
Tuesday, May 3
The MISTER Community Center for gay and bi men offers free meditation the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays with Martin Isganitis, past presiding elder of Gay Spirit visions. Please RSVP by email: email@example.com. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at MISTER, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
Poetry Night with gay writer Franklin Abbott returns to Outwrite, tonight featuring M. Ayodele Heath, Eve Hoffman and Elise Witt. 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
Wednesday, May 4
As part of Outwrite’s New Writers Series, Langston John Blaze signs his debut book of short stories, “The BED: The Bold, Erotic and Dangerous.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
DJ Butterscotch spins for Melloween, 10 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com.
Thursday, May 5
Enjoy a free Cinco de Mayo show with Miss Edee pickin’ and singing and free Mexican buffet. Noon to 2 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
DJ Karlitos spins for Papi’s Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Fiesta, starting at 6 p.m. at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30325, www.lasmargaritasmidtown.com. After party at Café Con Leche at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Participants in the Beginner and Intermediate Dance classes at 3 Legged Cowboy gather for dinner to keep in touch and share stories of the gay country bar that closed April 30. 7-10 p.m. at FROGS Cantina, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.frogsmidtown.com.
Friday, May 6
The Queer Justice League and GetEqualGA protest Chick-fil-A as the Atlanta-based “chikin” chain holds a seminar at the World Congress Center. Chick-fil-A has been criticized for supporting groups that oppose gay marriage. Protest from noon to 3 p.m. at Georgia World Congress Center. For more information, go to Facebook and search “Chick-fil-A Equality Action.”
Find your girl at the monthly Lesbian Speed Dating at Bellissima. Sign in at 8:30 p.m., dating starts at 9 p.m. at 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.bellissima-atlanta.com.
Gay diva worshippers, get ready. Kylie Minogue brings her “Aphrodite” tour to Atlanta. 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308,
Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8
Wilderness Network of Georgia, a group for gay men who enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing and other outdoor activities, holds a spring retreat at Flat Shoals Preserve. Come for the weekend or just for the day. Cabin space and camping available. www.wildnetga.org.
Saturday, May 7
Prime Timers of Atlanta, a social organization of older gay and bisexual men, meets at 3 p.m. in the community room of the Ponce de Leon Branch Library, 980 Ponce deLeon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. www.AtlantaPrimeTimers.com.
Sherry Michelle signs her super steamy novel “Chaos,” about what happens when two women from a ménage a trois don’t want the passion to end. 3 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
The third annual Decatur Green Fest kicks off the Decatur Business Association’s Concerts on the Square series with a day of live music, beer, organic produce and food tastings, art from recycled materials and more. 3-9:30 p.m. on the Decatur Square. www.decaturgreenfest.com.
The Atlanta Heat Softball team hosts its first Blazin Beer Bust. 4-7 p.m. at Woofs, 2425 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30345, www.woofsatlanta.com.
Jungle hosts the semi-annual Backstreet Reunion Party, a tribute to the glory days of Atlanta’s 24-hour gay club. Charlie Brown’s Cabaret performs at 9 p.m., followed by DJ Rob Reum and DJ George Greenlee. Backstreet owner Vicki Vara will be on hand to savor the memories. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Sunday, May 8
DJ Bill Berdeaux spins at 3 p.m. and DJ Darrly Cox spins at 7 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
Join the men of Wassup N ATL for Chocolate Sundays. 7 p.m. to midnight at Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.wassupnatl.com.
Monday, May 9
Join Bubba D. Licious and the rest of the drag ladies at Dragamundo. 8 – 11 p.m. at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,
Tuesday, May 10
New York Times bestselling author and revered Atlanta resident Pearl Cleage signs her latest novel, “Just Wanna Testify.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.foxtheatre.org.
Wednesday, May 11
The gay MISTER Community Center presents HIV 101. Registration required. 6-7 p.m. at MISTER, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
“Alabama Prom Night” is the theme for this month’s PALS Bingo, hosted by Bubba D. Licious; the popular event raises money for PALS, which helps people with HIV and other health conditions keep their pets. 6:45–9:45 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.palsatlanta.org.
MEGA Family Project presents Maybe Baby, where prospective LGBT parents can learn about donor insemination, international adoption, open adoption, surrogacy, and adopting from foster care. 7-9 p.m. at the MEGA office at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.megafamilyproject.org.
Gay Fathers of Atlanta holds a support meeting. 7:30-9 p.m. at Atlanta / Fulton County Public Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.gfoatlanta.org.
Thursday, May 12
“The Judas Kiss,” about gay playwright Oscar Wilde, begins preview performances tonight. Opening Night is Sunday, May 15, and the production runs through June 11. 8 p.m. at Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.actors-express.com.
Join Pearl Cleage for her “Just Wanna Testify” Book Release Party. 7:30 p.m. at Charis, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
Friday, May 13
“Nikky Finney & Pearl Cleage: Conversations on Art and Activism” features readings and discussions with both writers. Hosted by Charis Books, Charis Circle, ZAMI NOBLA, and the Auburn Avenue Research Library. 7 p.m. at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in the First Floor Reading Room. 101 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.chariscircle.org.