The gay Atlanta Executive Network’s Third Thursday Networking features Christina Cash, GA Voice publisher. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Hudson Grille Midtown, 942 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.aen.org.
MEGA Family Project’s Coming Out Support Group, a free service for adults, meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the MEGA Family Project office space at 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307. The same night at the same time is the group’s “Waiting for the Stork” Prospective Parent Meet Up. www.megafamilyproject.org.
Etcetera! A Celebration of Art and Music, held Thursday nights, features Knyckolas Davis and DJ Shane V. 10 p.m. at Gilbert’s, 219 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.gilbertscafe.com.
DJ Karlitos spins Latin beats for Azuca Thursdays at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22
Ben Cohen, England Rugby World Cup winner, brings his “Acceptance Tour” to the United States, making Atlanta his first stop for fundraising for LGBT charities. Cohen is the first straight professional athlete to focus his charity efforts on gay causes, according to the Atlanta Bucks, the gay Atlanta rugby club hosting Cohen’s visit. Multiple events throughout the weekend. www.atlantabucksrugby.org.
Friday, May 20
Due to Memorial Day weekend, the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce moves its popular Fourth Friday Networking to tonight, the third Friday. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Café, 215 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.atlantagaychamber.org.
A double-header of films about late lesbian writer Audre Lorde — “Edge of Each Other’s Battles” and “Litany for Survival” — screen at the Third Friday Film Series. Suggested donation $1-$10 sliding scale. Films start at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
Night on the Boulevard, a fundraiser for YouthPride’s HIV prevention programs, is for those over age 25 and features a red carpet and showing of “Sunset Boulevard” and “Mildred Pierce.” Attendees are asked to wear “their most fabulous sleepwear or loungewear.” 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St.m Atlanta, GA 30309, www.youthpride.org.
Kitty LeClaw’s Meow Mix gets the drag fur flying on Friday nights at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
Saturday, May 21
Drench, the W Downtown’s weekly summer Saturday pool party, has a “soft opening” with DJ Scorpio. 1-6 p.m. at the W Atlanta Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.
Folk-rock and women’s music legend Tret Fure performs at 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
Woofs, the gay sports bar, hosts the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s only gay Man of the Year candidate, Eric Eason. Raffle, drink specials and wear your favorite team jersey. 4-8 p.m. at Woofs, 2425 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30345, www.woofsatlanta.com.
Join Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2011 Wayne Turpin for a cookout and beer bust to raise funds before he travels to Chicago to compete in IML this year. $5 for cookout and beer. 5-7 p.m. at Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave. Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantaeagle.com.
The Atlanta Rollergirls play two roller derby bouts, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantarollergirls.com.
Join the camp drag Armorettes for “Miss Barfly 2011: Mythical Madness,” where up and coming entertainers bring you an exciting night inspired by gothic creatures and Greek and Roman goddesses. 7-10 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Bedlam presents H2(h)o, a pool party celebrating the monthly theme night’s one year anniversary. 9 p.m. at the W Atlanta Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30313. www.BedlamPresents.com.
NV, billed as Atlanta’s only all night event, presents DJs Dave & Gerardo at 10 p.m. and DJ Twisted Dee at 2:30 a.m. Party continues until 7 a.m. at 714 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.
Sunday Service, set for 6-11 p.m., is DJ Vicki Powell’s patio debut at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.
Monday, May 23
Life Forward: Vaccine 101 is an educational forum about HIV vaccine studies. With information from the Hope Clinic of Emory University. Free event with dinner provided. RSVP required. 6-7 p.m. at the MISTER Community Center, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
Tuesday, May 24
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Luncheon. 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030, www.atlantagaychamber.org.
Wednesday, May 25
The Queer Literary Fiction Book Group holds its monthly meeting; this month’s book is “Affinity” by Sarah Waters. 7 p.m. at Charis, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
Sign up to compete by 9 p.m. as Jasmine Antionette and Cartier Paris host “Atlanta’s Got Talent” at the OTP gay bar LeBuzz, 585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067, www.thenewlebuzz.com.
Thursday, May 26
Chris Coleman’s Indulge party is Thursday night from 9 p.m. to midnight at W Hotel – Midtown, 188 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30361, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.
Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29
Mondo Homo, four days of queer music, art, spoken word, dance, film, politics, activism and more, gets underway tonight with an art opening in Castleberry. Friday and Saturday include music and performances at My Sister’s Room, HomoCon crafts and skillshares on Saturday during the day, Gay Day Camp on Sunday during the day, and Mondo Cinema on Sunday night. For details, see story on page 13 and visit www.mondohomo.com.