Best Bets 02.04 – 02.17


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Friday, Feb. 4

Kai Lin Art presents “Earth: Natural Organic Beauty,” an exhibit featuring landscape artists Brett Osborn and James P. Garrett. Opening tonight from 7-10 p.m., exhibit runs through April 6 at  Kai Lin Art, 800 Peachtree St.  Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30308,

DJ Steve James spins at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

DJ Lydia Prim takes to the turntables for her Friday night gig at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Dragnique keeps the competition fierce at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, Feb. 5

Get ready to win his heart through his stomach with the Men’s Valentine-themed Cooking Class, 2-5 p.m. at the Loews Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30360. To reserve your spot in the class, call 404-745-5000,

The Maria Gabriella Band performs at 10 p.m., followed by DJ Liz Owen at midnight at My Sisters’ Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Carioca Productions presents DJ Paulo spinning at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Hotlanta Softball League holds a recruitment party from 4-8 p.m. at New Order, 1544 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The gay-inclusive “Body & Soul” exhibit opens with an artist reception from 5-10 p.m. tonight, then runs through March 19 at pb&J gallery, 35 Howard St., Atlanta, GA 30317,

Sunday, Feb. 6

It’s the fifth annual Super Bowl Super Party starting with pre-game shows 2 p.m. at Amsterdam, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. Then stay for the new episode of “Glee” right after the game. www.amsterdamatlanta.

The Atlanta Bucks, the city’s gay rugby team, enjoys a Super Bowl Beer Bust from 2-5 p.m. at FROGS Cantina, 931 Monroe Dr. Atlanta, GA 30308,

The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta hosts a Super Bowl Party at 5 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Guys in Tights 2011 is the Super Bowl party at Noni’s, which promises to “smother you in drink specials”if you wear a relevant jersey. 6 p.m. at Noni’s Deli, 357 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312,

LGBT couples and singles are invited to the QuickSilver Gender-Free Contra Dance, 1:30 – 5 p.m. at Life Enrichment Center, 1340 Mcconnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033,

Find everything you need to plan your special day at the Same Love, Same Rights Wedding Expo. 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Hotel Palomar, 866 West Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Frankly Open AA/NA Support Group, which is mostly LGBT, meets 4–5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,

Friends on Ponce hosts its seventh annual Chili Cook Off, complete with cash prizes. 4 p.m. at 736 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Monday, Feb. 7

PFLAG Atlanta holds its First Monday support meeting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

Join Bubba D. Licious  and other queens at Dragamundo, the new incarnation of Dragamaki. 8 – 11 p.m. at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Enjoy a Business Builder Luncheon with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille, 2964 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30306,

Poetry Night returns with gay poet Franklin Abbott and friends. Special guest performers include iYana, Bucky Motter, and Mose Hardin. 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Debut author Dolen Perkins-Valdez reads her novel, “Wench,” about four slave women who accompany their masters to a resort in the free state of Ohio. 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Wednesday, Feb. 9

PALS Leather & Lace Bingo is hosted by Bubba D. Licious and special co-host Amber Divine; the popular monthly event raises money for PALS, which helps people with HIV and other health conditions keep their pets. 6:45 – 9:45 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

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

Join community members Corey Jones and Ashley Smith as they share their stories of living with mental illness and of being mental health services consumers for “In Our Own Voice: A Community Dialogue About Mental Health.” 7:30 p.m. at Charis, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Thursday, Feb. 10

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Atlanta Executive Network host Mix & Mingle Southside, 6-8 p.m. at East Point Corner Tavern, 2783 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344,,

“Goth Nite: St. Valentines Massacre” promises the best in goth, death rock, post-punk, dark wave, and industrial noise that will rip your heart out and stomp it to pieces. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Atlanta Rollergirls’ 2011 Debutante Brawl celebrates the sashing of the newest roller girls, the 2011 rookies! 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Bellissma, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,,

Friday, Feb. 11

The indoor Midtown Artist Market is open the second weekend of each month at 805 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Enjoy the seductive stories of “Strawberries, Stilettos, & Steam: an Erotic Evening” with Imani True and Dreama Skye. 7:30 p.m. at Charis, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Come dressed as a pinup girl or military man (or vice versa) as Bedlam presents Anchors Away, with performances by Barry Brandon & JL and Princess Charles. 10 p.m. at My Sisters’ Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

The Auburn Avenue Research Library celebrates the donation of Atlanta gay activist Duncan Teague’s collection with an official announcement, preview and reception from 7-9 p.m. at 101 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303,

Saturday, Feb. 12

The Auburn Avenue Research Library hosts two panel discussions: “New Scholarship in LGBTQ Studies” and “Social Activism in the 21st Century.” Panelists will include Duncan Teague, Aretina Hamilton, Mary Anne Adams, Charles Stephens, Michael Brewer, Cheryl Courtney-Evans, Wesley Chenault, Pat Hussain, Jeshawna C. Wholley, and Ruby Sales. 12-4 p.m. at 101 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303,

Spin to End 2011 is an indoor cycling fundraiser to benefit Action Cycling Atlanta and AIDS vaccine research. Noon – 6 p.m. at Woodruff PE Center Cycling Studio, Emory University Campus, 600 Asbury Circle, Atlanta GA, 30322,

Georgia Equality hosts training for its upcoming Lobby Day at the Georgia General Assembly. 2-6 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

The Intergalactic Love Affair: A Cosmic Ball is billed as an interstellar night of music, cosmic costumes, unique live performances, and unexpected excitements, featuring DJ Diablo Rojo and a special performance by the Back Pockets. Sponsored by the Radical Faeries and the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters of Atlanta, the 18 and over event benefits YouthPride. 6-10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

After the Intergalactic Love Affair, DJ Oren Nizri spins and Phoenix performs at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Enjoy “An Evening of Ellington” and the big band sound of the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332,

DJ Scott Anthony spins at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Sunday, Feb. 13

Speakeasy Sunday: The Anti-Valentine’s Edition promises songs of heartbreak, love and loss. 9 p.m. at Friends On Ponce, 736 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

DJ Mike Pope spins for Love on the Rocks, the fourth annual Valentine’s Day Cocktail Party, which includes a silent auction and benefits Joining Hearts, which helps fund housing for people with HIV. 5-9 p.m. at Cantoni Furniture, 1011 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306,

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts the LGBT Community Expo, featuring the best places to eat, work and shop. 1-5 p.m. at  Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337,,

Monday, Feb. 14

Get your cowboy boots for the Valentine’s Day Dance at 3 Legged Cowboy, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Dine-Out for the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, with 15 percent of your bill donated to the organization. 5-10 p.m. at the Original El Taco, 1186 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 9 p.m., and see a drag show featuring contestants including former contestants Nicole Paige Brooks and Mariah at 8 p.m. Einstein’s, 1077 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Tuesday, Feb. 15

The Atlanta Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce and Atlanta Executive Network host a Business Builder Lunch. 11:55 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hudson Grille, Brookhaven Station, 4046 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319,

Wednesday, Feb. 16

“American Idol” alum Clay Aiken, now openly gay, croons at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339,

The Atlanta Executive Network and Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce host a Business Builder Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. at Doubletree Hotel Northlake, 4156 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084,

Thursday, Feb. 17

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.

Natalia Zukerman and the Garrison Starr Band perform at 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Bottomless Beer for Boobies offers $10 all-you-can-drink beer until the keg runs dry, with proceeds going to the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer . 7 p.m. at FROGS Cantina, 931 Monroe Dr. Atlanta, GA 30308,

Cliterati Open No-Mic features spoken word on the third Thursday of every month. Hosted by Karen G and Theresa Davis, this month’s special guest is Dylan Rocket. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Thursday, Feb. 17 – Saturday, Feb. 19

“Designing Women Live” is a drag rendition of the beloved television series about strong-willed Southern women. Now they are back with two new “episodes” straight from the small screen. Includes GA Voice columnist Topher Payne as Julia Sugarbaker. 8 p.m. at Onstage Atlanta, Onstage Atlanta, 2597 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30033,