Gay Atlanta celebrates Easter with community and nightlife events

Easter Weekend’s ‘Best Bets’

Carioca Productions welcomes superstar remixer Danny Verde of Milan, Italy, to an Easter weekend throw down. DJ Scorpio immediately follows with a late-night set at XION. $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Atlanta Rainbow Trout swim club hosts the 2012 Spring Splash swim meet and post-meet social. Competition is open to all swimmers over 18 and up. Warm up at 10 a.m., meet starts at 11 a.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. 266 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30332,

The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival in conjuction with Charis Books and More, the Ponce De Leon Branch of the Fulton/Atlanta Public Library and Atlanta Pride host a poetry workshop during National Poetry Month with Don Perryman and Dustin Brookshire that focuses on generative exercises for new poems.“> 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Ponce De Leon Branch Library, 980 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta GA 30306, 404-885-7820,

Join the Prime Timers of Atlanta, a social organization of older gay/bisexual men, as they host their monthly meeting. 3 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1539 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Mondohomo hosts its 3rd annual “Wig Out,” a day-long party to raise funds for the the group’s yearly alternative queer arts and music festival. $10 tickets available at the Eagle, Charis Books, Mary’s and Atlanta Radical Faeries. $15 at the door. 2 – 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Maj. Keith Meadows, the Atlanta Police’s new Zone 6 commander, which covers East Atlanta, Kirkwood, Candler Park, Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland, hosts an informal meet and greet. 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Kirkwood United Church of Christ, 2033 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317

The Armorettes and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence judge MISTER’s Easter Bonnet Runway Competition where the best bonnet takes home an “adult” easter basket. Grab a free HIV test while you’re at it, stick around for Philip Bonneau’s art show. 5 – 6 p.m. at MISTER, 60 11th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

“Heroes + Villains Issue #2” is a gallery showing by photographer Philip Bonneau featuring a world of comic characters as played by the gay artist and several local gay models. 6 – 9 p.m. at MISTER, 60 11th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Campagnolo, a new Midtown restaurant near 10th and Piedmont, celebrates its grand opening sneak peek with a fundraiser for ARCA, an HIV/AIDS research non-profit. Suggested donation of $10 includes hors d’oeuvres by executive chef Daniel Chance. Cash bar and donation proceeds go to ARCA.  6 – 10 p.m. and at Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar, 980 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309

Will Pollock and Wiffledust present “Story & Song with Matthew Kahler,” a gallery and music experience. Gallery browsing beings at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. at Stone Four Studios at Studioplex Atlanta, 659 Auburn Ave. #131,

Second Sunday Service dance party with DJ Vicki Powell returns to the Old Fourth Ward. 7 p.m. at Church, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312,

Sunday, April 8

Blake’s on the Park parties all day, starting at 2 p.m. with Texas Hold’em upstairs. DJ Bill Berdeaux spins Old School Sundays starting at 3 p.m. and DJ Darryl Cox spins Sunday Funday at 7 p.m. 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

The annual Armorettes Easter Drag Races means an afternoon of fun games. The bar opens at 2 p.m. with the races beginning at 4 p.m. Burkhart’s, 1492 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Traxx Girls presents Showtime Sundays hosted by Ms. Sophia, 12 a.m. showtime at Scores Sports Bar, 2425 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA 30035,