Friday, Feb. 17

“Somewhere Over The Rose” is a celebration of the songs, styles and stories of two incredible yet completely different American icons: Judy Garland and Bette Midler. One is long gone and one is definitely still kickin’. Written and performed by Kathy Halenda with an 8 p.m. curtain, through Feb. 22. ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30086, www.artstation.org

DJ Paul Goodyear from Sydney comes to town for the rowdy GROWLr Roughhouse event, with doors opening at 9 p.m., Heretic Atlanta, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com

Saturday, Feb.18

Please join ZAMI NOBLA today (on Audre Lorde’s birthday) to honor the 2016 Audre Lorde Scholar, Enchante Blue Lotus Franklin, with special guest speaker Dr. Emilie Townes, the only out black lesbian dean of a divinity school in the country. The event will feature Adodi Muse, a gay negro ensemble and introduce the Women Sweet on Women Trio. 12 – 3 p.m., The Commons Performing Arts Hall, 125 Ellis St., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.eventbrite.com/e/audre-lorde-scholarship-luncheon-tickets-31559966710

The Atlanta Rollergirls just opened their new season and have a doubleheader today at 5 and 7:30 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantarollergirls.com

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue will hold their third annual For the Love of Paws gala tonight. The evening will consist of dinner, an open bar, dancing, a live and silent auction and more, hosted by Jeff Dauler of Star 94.1 Atlanta’s Jeff and Jenn Show. Entertainment will be provided by Celebrity All-Star Band. 6:30 – 11:30 p.m., Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305, www.facebook.com/events/1089975597736218

The celebrated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is in town, with different shows through Feb. 19, tonight at 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.foxtheatre.org

The Actor’s Express version of Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” – running through Feb. 19 – has an 8 p.m. performance tonight, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.actorsexpress.com

DJ Pat Scott spins at the Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., 306 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantaeagle.com

Icon, a celebration of Britney Spears, features performances from Michael Robinson, John James, Biqtch Puddin’, Steven Glen Diehl, Peaches, Josette Pimenta, LaRico Potts, Melissa Coffey and Diego Serna with beats by Fannie Mae Beezy and photographs by the legendary Barry Brandon. 10:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleatl.com

Founded in 1973 and rooted in African-American history and culture, Sweet Honey In The Rock® uses a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation to educate, entertain, and empower audiences and communities. In performances from Japan to Scotland and Canada to Kenya, this Grammy Award-nominated female quartet has consistently uplifted audiences with positive, socially conscious music that preserves and enriches the longstanding traditions of African-American vocal music. 8 to 10 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, http://rialto.gsu.edu/event/sweet-honey-rock/?instance_id=10707

Sunday, Feb. 19

DJ J. Warren keeps the late-night party going, 3 a.m., Xion Atlanta, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/1789658234631552/

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets this afternoon from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, 1730 Northeast Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329

Out Front Theatre Company’s play “A Kid Like Jake,” about parents who discover that their son would rather play with dolls than G.I. Joes, runs through Feb. 26 with a 3 p.m. performance today, Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.outfronttheatre.com

Monday, Feb. 20

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender and aspiring allies. Charis Books provides a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. Whether silently or aloud, please come ready to consider your own gender in a transient world, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Atlanta’s award-winning Alliance Theatre and the Center for Civil and Human Rights come together to launch their new partnership: ALLIANCE(S) in Action. This quarterly series will use performance to catalyze conversations about today’s most pressing human rights issues. Each program includes a play reading by some of Atlanta’s most celebrated artists, followed by a conversation with the audience. This first installment features “In the Southern Breeze” by Emory fellow and Yale School of Drama graduate, Jireh Breon Holder and directed by Leora Morris. The play tells the story of four African-American men from different time periods (a slave, a free man of color, Huey Newton and a gay New Yorker from the 1980s) who collide in the woods. This play asks us to take a hard look at how our society has treated and continues to treat African American men and challenges us to transform our world so that every person’s freedoms are respected and hopes are possible. 6:30 p.m., Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313, www.civilandhumanrights.org/

Tuesday, Feb. 21

The acclaimed Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” continues at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.landmarktheatres.com

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Trans Housing Atlanta Program’s members meeting is at the Phillip Rush Center Annex. Get updates about THAP services performed in metro Atlanta and beyond, help plan several events and discuss recent grant applications, 6:30 – 9 p.m., 1530 DeKalb Ave., Ste. A, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.facebook.com/events/1818264585107246

The Harvard Club of Georgia presents Behind the Scenes of Civil Rights & Gay Rights, with local arts educator John Doyle dramatically depicting the character of Bayard Rustin during a live performance. Bayard Rustin was a co-founder and the primary strategist within the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle for civil rights. He was also the chief organizer of the March on Washington, where King delivered the historic “I Have a Dream” speech. However, he was often behind the scenes due to his sexual identity as a gay man. After the performance, there will be an opportunity for thought-provoking discussion on the history of civil rights as well as ideas and inspiration related to the ongoing work towards equality today, 7 p.m., PACE Academy, Fine Arts Center Auditorium, 966 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta, GA 30327

Thursday, Feb. 23

Do you want to read books by amazing black women writers? Do you want to discuss works from a black feminist perspective? Do you want to do it in a feminist book store? Then the Black Feminist Book Club is for you. Charis Circle board chair Susana Morris will be the facilitator of this group. This season’s theme is radical memoirs by black women and the February book is “Assata; An Autobiography,” by Assata Shakur. 7 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Friday, Feb. 24

February’s RITUAL Steampunk Party with DJs Seraph and Eschar is perfect for all Victorianaphiles and time-traveling enthusiasts. Have a go, invite your mad scientist consorts and wayward women alike. We all love tea parties, but come now… who says drinking and dancing with friends isn’t way more fun? 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Heretic Atlanta, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com

For nearly three decades, Brazil’s Balé Folclórico da Bahia has electrified stages and delighted critics around the world with its exuberant interpretations of traditional Brazilian folk dance. The dancers, musicians, and singers routinely bring audiences to their feet—and into the aisles!—with high-energy performances combining African dance (passed down by Brazil’s black population since the days of slavery), capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial arts), samba, and even elements of Brazil’s famed Carnival. Don’t miss this “get out of your seat and dance” party at the Rialto! 8 – 10 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts
80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, http://rialto.gsu.edu/event/bale-folclorico-da-bahia/?instance_id=10708

Saturday, Feb. 25

Saturday, Feb. 25: Purim Off Ponce is SOJOURN’s (Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Identity) annual fundraiser. Now in its eleventh year, Purim off Ponce has been known as one of Atlanta’s greatest costume parties, with great drinks, dancing and drag queens! Purim off Ponce 2017 – this year named Hollywood – honors the work of Rabbis Michael Bernstein and Pamela Gottfried. In recognition of their longtime support of SOJOURN, Rabbis Bernstein and Gottfried will receive the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award. 7:30 – 11:30 p.m., Le Fais do-do, 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tickets available at www.sojourngsd.org/purim/

Voices of Note presents “Life’s Journey” tonight. In its second concert of the season, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus reflects on themes of love, loss and unity, ultimately imagining a world where every person’s story is heard and celebrated. In designing the program, Artistic Director Dr. Melissa Arasi drew inspiration from an article written by Sir Winston Churchill. 2 and 8 p.m., Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.voicesofnote.org/events/lifes-journey/

Come see recent expansion projects at the Rush Center Open House and enjoy birthday cake for what would have been Phillip Rush’s 63rd birthday, 2 – 4 p.m., 328 Mell Ave, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

The Lost-n-Found Youth Variety Show will feature performances by Lost-n-Found Youth. Bubba D. Licious will serve as emcee and DJ Bill Berdeaux will spin your favorite tunes. Come out, support the youth, enjoy some entertainment and bring tip money. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show is from 6 – 8 p.m., Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30324, www.jungleatl.com

Fade to Mind presents the sixth installment of Morph ATL with DJs Leonce, Divoli S’Vere, C Poweres, Nohighs and Anonima and visuals provided by Greg Hornak, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Space 2, 485 Edgewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312, www.facebook.com/events/450000308664328/

Sunday, Feb. 26

“Moonlight” or “La La Land?” The Academy Awards are tonight and Out Front Theatre Company and Out On Film are hosting an Oscar party/fundraiser, with an Oscar pool, door prizes, food and drink and more, 7 p.m., Out Front Theatre, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30318, www.outonfilm.org

Monday, Feb. 27

Award-winning poets Karen Head and Collin Kelley will read their poetry round-robin style tonight, selecting poems on the fly to find common themes, moods and imagery. You never know what they’ll read next … and neither do they. Georgia Center for the Book at DeKalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St. Decatur, GA 30030, www.facebook.com/events/1213354188717822

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Louisiana Bistreaux Decatur, with live music from The Matt Wauchope Trio, the best hurricane cocktail east of the bayou and the restaurant’s famous crawfish, gumbo, jamabalaya and more. Grab a mask and beads at the door and join the Fat Tuesday fun all day, 6 – 10 p.m., Louisiana Bistreaux Decatur, 1496 Church St., Suite E-G, Decatur, GA 30030, www.facebook.com/events/1824059957842306/

Wednesday, March 1

Bring out your inner Melissa Etheridge at karaoke night at My Sister’s Room, with no cover and food and drink specials, 9 p.m., 66 12 St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mysistersroom.com

Thursday, March 2

SAGE Atlanta’s social hour begins at 10 a.m., followed by a program/meeting at 11 a.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex, 15630 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

The Emory Office of LGBT Life presents the 2017 Pride Awards honoring the outstanding transgender advocate of the year, ally of the year, alum of the year and more. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards program at 7 p.m., Miller-Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329, tinyurl.com/annualprideawards

Come have a corn dog and lots of fun as Brent Star hosts Drag Bingo at 8 p.m. at Pallookaville, 17 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

UPCOMING

Friday, March 3

Don’t miss the highly acclaimed Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs tonight at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.aso.org

Saturday, March 4

Join the March Against Hate as local Georgia activists join forces with major groups to show the world that we can overcome the discrimination many people face on a daily basis. As one united front, the community can be a force that cannot be broken. 2 p.m., Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313

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