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Best Bets 01.07 – 01.20

Friday, Jan. 7

Barry Brandon, Tim Essary and Jessi Lynn rock out at The Highland Ballroom. $5 tickets at the door. 9 p.m. at 644 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Immerse yourself in Hip Hop and R&B drag entertainment with Swagger Friday hosted by Tiff-nay, Skyler Lee, Shaun Daniels, Jolene Dover and Romeo Lee at My Sister’s Room. 9 p.m. – 3: a.m. 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

“Dragnique” is the new seven-week search to find Atlanta’s freshest talent, led by weekly head judge Nicole Paige Brooks. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Cover $5. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324.

Enjoy live VJ Mister Richard showcasing new release videos, classic videos and all time favorites at Mixx. 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Saturday, Jan. 8

Southern Bears meet at Amsterdam. Visitors are welcome to the monthly meetings with “the friendliest bear organization in the South.” 7:05 – 8:05 p.m. 502 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306,

Folk musician Patty Larkin, who is gay, brings her tunes to Red Light Café, 553 Amsterdam Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306,

“Dali ‘Til Dawn with the Imperial OPA!” is a send-off for the celebrated Salvador Dali exhibit that closes Jan. 9 at the High Museum. The museum is open for 31 hours to give visitors one last chance to see the exhibit, while the Saturday night party includes circus juggling, dancing and balancing acts. 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309.

DJ Susan Morabito spins at Jungle Club Atlanta. Doors open at 10 p.m. 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Sunday, Jan. 9

Watch your favorite Sunday Spectacular drag queens and pick up a free raffle ticket at the front door for a chance to win a $50 gift card. 9 p.m. – midnight at Burkhart’s, 1492-F Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Following up on her successful “Life Is a Verb,” Patti Digh presents a book that leads readers by both heart and head to acknowledge, reinforce, and use their own creative spirit. 6 – 7:30 p.m. 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Monday, Jan. 10

The Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Group holds a meeting open to the public. Tonight’s agenda includes discussion of the settlement and police department changes in the wake of the Atlanta Eagle lawsuit; transgender crime statistics; and an update on city DUI and road checks, among other issues. 7 p.m. in City Council Committee Room 2, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Join Bubba D. Licious for dinner as “Dragamaki” takes a new home at Las Margaritas and becomes “Dragamundo.” 8 – 11 p.m. 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Tuesday, Jan. 11

The Atlanta Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Lunch. 11:45 a.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille. 2964 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30306,

“Writing Real Colored Girls” is the third installment of the ongoing discussion about media representations of black women, which was prompted by a desire to respond to Tyler Perry’s film “For Colored Girls” at Charis Books & More. 7:30 – 9 p.m. 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Wednesday, Jan. 12

PALS presents “Miss’d America Pageant” Bingo with host Bubba D. Licious and co-host Nicole Paige Brooks at Jungle Club. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” runs through Jan. 16 at the Fox Theater. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Gay Fathers of Atlanta gathers for dinner at Moe’s on Ponce at 6:30 p.m. and holds a support group meeting at Atlanta / Fulton County Public Library 7:30 – 9 p.m. Fulton Library, 980 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306,

Thursday, Jan. 13

Basketball night! Alley oop, dunk or just cheer the ladies on with the Decatur Women’s Sports League. Game times are 7, 8 & 9 p.m. Decatur First United Methodist Church. 300 East Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, GA, 30030.

Charis hosts “Out of the Shadows,” a discussion of domestic violence and immigrant communities, featuring Alyse López-Salm of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

“The Happy New Year Health, Safety and Community Fair” offers information for the LGBT community and is a novice project by one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 4 – 7:30 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306,

Friday, Jan. 14

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday means multiple parties all weekend targeting black LGBT Atlantans and visitors, as well as allies, for what has become known as Winter Pride.

BEDLAM presents “Seven Sinners Sinning,” a night to come dressed as one of the seven sins. Best costume wins $20 bar tab. $6 cover before midnight. DJ Shane V. Live performance by SDR. 10 p.m. – 3:30 a.m. My Sister’s Room. 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA,

Free STD screenings. 2 – 7 p.m. at Positive Impact, 139 Ralph McGill Blvd., Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Saturday, Jan. 15

Join the Armorettes followed by DJ Joe Gauthreaux at the Heretic. 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Lance Forrest will be on hand for the DVD release of “Epidemic Chronicles,” his film focusing on HIV. 2 -3 p.m. at Outwrite Books. 991 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Akoma Book Club (of Women Healing Women) meets at Charis Books & More. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Brew Not Bombs Potluck & Puppet making workshop with ATL Queer Collective. 2:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 757 Arcadia Ave., Decatur, GA 30030,

Same-Day HIV testing at Positive Impact. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 139 Ralph McGill Blvd., Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Sunday, Jan. 16

Get your very own NOH8 campaign photo! Celebrity photographer Adam Bouska brings his photo project for the first time to Atlanta marking Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. 3 – 6 p.m. at the W Atlanta Midtown Hotel. 188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361,

Lace up roller skates for the “Love Skate” for Chris KIDS, which helps youth in need including LGBT young people. 6 – 9 p.m. at Skate-A-Long USA, 744 Beaver Ruin Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30047,

Papi’s Brunch at Las Margaritas includes DJ Karlitos playing your favorite beats. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Monday, Jan. 17

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the annual LGBT Audre Lorde – Bayard Rustin breakfast in Wade Hall at St. Mark United Methodist Church. Brunch is at 10 a.m.; you can then join in the citywide MLK March & Rally from 1-4 p.m. St. Mark, 781 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Stars of the Century is led by legendary Niesha Dupree. Doors open at 10:30pm, New Kids Show at 11 p.m., Stars of the Century starts at midnight at Jungle Club. 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324.

Piano Mondays with David Reed get started at 8 p.m. at MIXX Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Sing your heart out at Mary-oke! Voted Atlanta’s best karaoke bar visit host CJ for this ultimate experience only at Mary’s. 9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Enjoy Twisted Trivia with the Lady Shabazz at 7 p.m. followed by “So You Think You Have Talent” at 10 p.m. and sign up for “Wild Card” Talent. Blake’s on the Park. 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Odd Man Out Theater Company presents “The Drive-By Theater Project”at 7 Stages in L5P at 7:30 p.m. Runs through Jan. 23. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Ruby Redd hosts a fun-tastic night of Birdcage Bingo to help support CHRIS Kids. 8-10 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Thursday, Jan. 20

MEGA Family Project presents “Waiting for the Stork,” a monthly group for prospective parents. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Princess Charles has gathered some of Atlanta’s finest “Fashionistas” for a night of drag galore at Burkhart’s Pub. 11:30 p.m. 1492 Piedmont Ave NE #F, Atlanta, GA 30309

“Shakesqueer” puts exciting queer theorists in conversation with the complete works of William Shakespeare. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Cofeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Mingle with the Cliterati at Charis. An open mic and reading series on the 3rd Thursday of every month. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307