LGBT Atlanta Best Bets Oct. 30 – Nov. 12

Halloween parties and events

Friday, Oct. 30

Felix’s hosts a costume party tonight (as well as on Halloween night) with $300 in cash prizes,

When the autumn leaves begin to fall and Oct. approaches, Atlanta residents’ thoughts turn to their very own Halloween tradition: Netherworld Haunted House. Generations of Georgians (and visitors from all over the world) have attended this legendary haunted attraction seeking the thrills and chills it serves up every year to an ever-growing legion of loyal fans. This year features two new haunts: The Rotting, filled with nightmarish ghosts and undead horrors, and Vault 13: Unearthed, a secret underground base swarming with science fiction madness. Consistently voted among the top 13 haunted houses in America, Netherworld has raised the bar once again with new special effects, over-the-top sets, and terrifying actors. Through Nov. 7, Georgia Antique & Design Center. 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross, Ga.,

Two nights of Halloween merriment can be found at the Heretic. On Friday, the bar presents a Halloween Masquerade/Costume Contest hosted by the infamous Bubba Dee, with $1,500 in prizes. The fun begins at 1:30 a.m.,

Saturday Oct. 31

The Gentlemen’s Foundation presents the 4th annual Gentlemen’s Ball, “Beyond the Masks,” honoring, among others, Congressman John Lewis and director Patrik-Ian Polk, 6 p.m., Atlanta Marriott Marquis,

Nightmare on Ponce 3 is highlighted by DJ Eric (who will be spinning and showing videos) and sponsored by the crew of Panther L/L and Southeast Black and Blue, 10 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Dress as your favorite superhero or superheroine at the Friends on Ponce party and costume contest, with cash prizes for winners,

Join Burkhart’s for the Burning Down the House contest and party, with cash and prizes beginning at midnight,

Blake’s on the Park hosts a rowdy Halloween party with a costume contest, celebrity judges and cash prizes for first through fourth place winners,

Amsterdam Atlanta’s Halloween offerings include a costume contest, music videos and cash prizes,

The Model T hosts a costume party with three different categories—best overall costume, best drag and best couple,

Jungle’s Halloween event is “Under the Big Top: Freaks and Oddities,” with DJ Alex Acosta, with a costume contest and $1,000 in prizes,

Ten Atlanta presents the Halloween-themed Maison de la Demence, as well as its annual costume contest and DJs Rob Reum and Daryl Cox,

As part of Halloween, Lips Atlanta hosts a costume contest, a Horror Hotel dinner and show, and a masquerade/carnival themed party,

At Legendary Children’s Shalloween, Katya Zamolodchikova will be on hand to ring in All Shallow’s Eve with hostess and East Atlanta’s resident witch bitch, Lavonia Elberton. Besides a drag show, there will be a costume contest, a dance party, a photo booth, performances by Brigitte Bidet, Cayenne Rouge, Kryean Kally, Ellisorous Rex, and Mo’Dest Volgare, with DJ Male and King Atlas spinning, 10 p.m.—3 a.m., Heretic,

BJ Roosters hosts the Night of the Zombies Party with the Zomboys, DJ Tommy and Celeste Holmes, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30324

Non-Halloween happenings

Friday, Oct. 30

PALS Atlanta presents its all-day Pet Cotillion. If you would like for your pet to compete for the prestigious title of PALS Spokespet, visit

Kristen Wiig wants a baby in the gay-themed “Nasty Baby,” opening today at the Plaza Theatre,
B-Afraid, B-Very Afraid! Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland, The B-52s, perform a rowdy set at the Fox Theatre tonight, 8 p.m.,

After two sold-out seasons, Serenbe Playhouse is proud to revive “The Sleepy Hollow Experience” in new thrilling (and bone-chilling) ways, directed by openly gay artistic director Brian Clowdus. For its third season, the show will be more barbaric than ever, taking the tale of Ichabod, Katrina, and Brom Bones to new heights. Through Nov. 1 with an 8 p.m. show tonight,

More than 30 artists from around the United States and abroad have created works of art in clay for the exhibit titled “Taboo: Sexuality and Identity in Ceramics,” the purpose of which is to provoke thought and stimulate conversation while demonstrating the ability of ceramic art to have a relevant voice in the social and political discussions of our time. Running now through Oct. 31, Signature Gallery,

Saturday, Oct. 31

This Halloween, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has something for everyone on the spookiest Saturday of the year, including the first Family Concert of the 2015-16 season, Halloween Hijinks, at 2 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Tonight, the Orchestra will perform Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, at 8 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall,

Actor’s Express opens Steve Yockey’s new play “The Thrush & the Woodpecker,” a suspense thriller offering mystery, power and theatricality. The world premiere will be directed by Melissa Foulger. The show runs in rotating repertory with Yockey’s play “Blackberry Winter,” opening next week. Through Nov. 15. 8 p.m. tonight,

Sunday, Nov. 1

Deanne spins and keeps the dance crowd happy, 3 a.m., Xion Atlanta,

Newnan Theatre Company’s version of “Dracula” closes tonight, 7 p.m.,

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in “Freeheld,” about a detective diagnosed with cancer trying to leave her pension to her partner, now playing at the UA Tara Cinemas,

Monday, Nov. 2

Join Ruth Messinger of American Jewish World Service, civil rights leader Mandy Carter and community members for a dialogue on LGBT rights around the South and around the world, sponsored by the LGBT Institute, Center for Civil and Human Rights, 6:30–9 p.m.,

Monday night is the Pride kickball after night event at Blake’s at 7:30 p.m., followed by trivia at 10 with weekly guest hosts,

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies. Charis provides a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. This is a project of the Feminist Outlawz and is co-sponsored by Charis Circle’s Strong Families, Whole Children. Donations are accepted. 7–8:30 p.m.,

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Broadway Across America brings the Tony-winning “Cinderella” to the Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m., through Nov. 8,

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Lily Tomlin is generating Oscar buzz for her role as a lesbian grandmother in the new film “Grandma,” now playing in metro area theaters.

It’s Amateur Night every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at BJ Roosters, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30324

Thursday, Nov. 5

SAGE Atlanta hosts its weekly social hour and potluck, 10 a.m., Phillip Rush Center,

Faces Lounge in Marietta’s new All Star Cabaret is every Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. with the likes of Heather Daniels and Coco Chanelle, 138 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Ga. 30060

Charis sponsors The Personal is Still Political: Feminist Vent tonight. Building on the activist tradition of consciousness-raising groups, each week Charis Books invites folks to come talk about issues in their personal lives or in society as a whole that they are trying to process or deconstruct. Then they talk about how intersectional feminism can be a tool to help solve those issues. People of all genders, levels of political experience, and education are welcome. 7:30–9 p.m.,

Friday, Nov. 6

Loca Luna hosts The Gay Networking Party sponsored by Latino Fire, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.,

She’s funny and she’s out! Comedian Wanda Sykes does her stand-up at the Cobb Energy Center, 8 p.m.,

DJ Kaye and DJ Tron alternate spinning at Bulldogs, 893 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga., 30308,

Romeo Lee and Jordan Michael McCord host the eighth season of Raw Talent at My Sister’s Room beginning tonight. Come and vote for your favorites!

Saturday, Nov. 7

“Sordid Lives” writer Del Shores returns to the ATL for his new “SINgularly Sordid,” a fundraiser for Joining Hearts, with a VIP brunch available at noon at Henry’s Midtown. Tickets are $30, $50 VIP and $90 for the brunch, Plaza Theatre,

Sunday, Nov. 8

Enjoy Sunday Funday Brunch with $3 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys, noon to 4 p.m., My Sister’s Room,

The queer-inclusive Atlanta Bar Church meets tonight for Beer and Hymns at Smith’s Olde Bar, 7 p.m.,

Monday, Nov. 9

They’ve been doing it for 15 years and have never been better. The Stars of the Century hit the stage at Jungle Atlanta for an unforgettable show led by emcees Miss Sophia and Joe Jackson. Featuring performances by Necole Luv Dupree, Archie Bonet, Stasha Sanchez, Raquel Lord, Damoni Hall Dickerson, Trinity Bonet and more, 11 p.m.,

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Tuesdays are Latin Industry Nights as well as Papi’s Tuesdays with $2 tacos and $3 tequila shots at Las Margaritas,

Wednesday, Nov. 11

It’s Piano Night as well as Happy Hour evening from 4–9 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta,

Thursday, Nov.12

Enjoy Country Night at Woofs tonight, 7 p.m.,

Charis is thrilled to welcome Alexis DeVeaux to read from her 2015 Lambda Literary Best Lesbian Fiction Award winning novel, “Yabo.” Alexis De Veaux’s work is defined by two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central, and disrupting boundaries between forms. She is the author of two award-winning biographies: “Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday” and “Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde.” 7:30–9 p.m.,


Saturday, Nov.14–Sunday, Nov. 15

If you need some post-Halloween gore in your life, check out the Buried Alive Film Festival featuring a slate of independent horror films, Synchronicity Theatre,