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Best Bets: 06.10 – 06.22

Friday, June 10

Support LGBT rights in our neighboring state at the 2011 Central Alabama Pride Parade, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. from Highland Avenue, through 5 Points and south to 24th Street in Birmingham.

Tayari Jones, author of “Leaving Atlanta,” reads from her new book, “Silver Sparrow.” 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

The Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me Tour features the irreverent comedian and talk show host, plus Heather, Josh and Brad. 8 p.m. at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA  30342,

Mr. and Ms. Augusta Pride 2011 Pageant features competition in categories of presentation, talent and evening wear. 8-11 p.m. at Sky City, 1157 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901,

The play “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” continues Thursdays and Fridays through June 24 with curtain at 8 p.m. at Jungle. Each Friday, the Perv dance party follows; tonight’s theme is The Green Party (celebrating the release of the film “The Green Lantern”). Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

“Red, White and Tuna,” the third installment in the popular two-man “Tuna” trilogy, runs through June 26. This edition focuses on the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion, where Vera Carpe gets “dragged” out of the running for homecoming queen. 8 p.m. at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. SW, Marietta, GA 30064,

Atlanta’s favorite gay dive bar hosts its annual Boys of Summer Swimsuit Contest, with a $100 prize for the winner, hilarious celebrity judges and more. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Come prepared to be painted on with glow-in-the-dark paint as Bedlam presents WackedOutBlackOut – Part 2, 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Friday, June 10 – Saturday, June 11

“Poverty is Real” is three shows benefitting Decatur Cooperative Ministries, featuring several acts popular with LGBT fans. Friday, 7 p.m.: Lindsay Rakers Band, The Bitteroots. Friday, 9:30 p.m.: Trances Arc, Ryan Flanagan, Mike Killeen. Saturday, 7 p.m.: Daniel Franklin Brewer, Rebecca Loebe, Matthew Kahler, Arlington Priest, Maria Gabriella. All at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Saturday, June 11

The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta holds round two of its season play offs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315,

DJ Roland Belmares spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Drench is the W Downtown’s weekly summer Saturday pool party. 1-6 p.m. at the W Atlanta Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313,

Premiere Party is CHRIS Kids’ annual white-themed summer cocktail party and silent auction to help LGBT teens. 6-9 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Other Voices, a contemporary exhibition of painting, watercolor, mixed media and photography, opens at pb&j gallery. 7-10 p.m. at 35 Howard St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30317,

See who gets crowned Mr. Hotlanta Softball Hunk 2011. 7-11 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Visitors are welcome to the monthly meetings with Southern Bears, “the friendliest bear organization in the South.” 7:05-8:05 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. Followed by Southern Bears Bar Night at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Erotica writer Debra Shade, author of “Maybe She is Right,” is joined by belly dancers Janaan Al Jahanni and Dee, as well as burlesque performers. 7:30 p.m. at Charis, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Celebrate the release of Lady GaGa’s new album “Born This Way” with free CDs and other surprises, plus DJ Mike Pope. 10 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Musee’ du Coeur offers vintage burlesque with modern tunes. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Sunday, June 12

The Big Gay Supper Club enjoys a special brunch at One Midtown Kitchen, 12-3 p.m., 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The gay Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring season at Southside Park, 3460 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354,

DJ Vicki Powell spins for her monthly Sunday Service. 6-11 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.

MixHer Sundays celebrate the ladies. 6 p.m. to midnight at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Wednesday, June 15

Mark Macdonald, founder of the Venice Nutrition Program, signs “Body Confidence,” his three-step program to health and fitness. 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Thursday, June 16

Join the gay men’s Wilderness Network of Georgia to hike Tanyard Creek and Ardmore Park, following the Beltline Trail. 6:30 p.m.

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 Brook Blander. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, the Conyers mega-church pastor who came out last year, now leads Church In The Now Midtown on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Atlanta Biltmore, 817 W Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.churchinthenow.orgMEGA 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.

“Yes, you’re a total fag.” Catch the 1984 Molly Ringwald classic “Sixteen Candles” at Screen on the Green. 8:30 p.m. at Piedmont Park.

The Atlanta Executive Network hosts its Third Thursday summer networking party at Tantra Restaurant & Lounge, 2285 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Friday, June 17

LGBT & Allies Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Country Dance Group invites you to a dance lesson from 7-7:45 p.m. and then dancing from 8-10 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307. Bring our own beverages, cups, ice; bottled water available to purchase.

Enjoy soaring three-part harmonies and plenty of queer energy as Girlyman performs at 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

God-Des and She perform at My Sister’s Room. Doors open at 9 p.m. at 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

“Beginners,” starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor, is the story of an elderly father who comes out, and his son’s reactions. Opens tonight at Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Rosemary Daniell discusses the new anthology “Sugar in my Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex,” edited by Erica Jong. 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Diamond Lil performs at 8:30 p.m. at Manual’s. The Naked Hearts Band and the Bentley Brothers are also on tap. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” opens tonight and runs through July 16. 8 p.m. at OnStage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30033,

“Milk,” the biopic about slain gay rights pioneer and politician Harvey Milk, screens at the Third Friday Film Series. Suggested donation $1-$10 sliding scale. Films start at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

DJ Vicki Powell spins for Boombox. 10 p.m. at The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.

ABC (Anything But Clothes, so make something to wear) is the theme of tonight’s Perv party at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, June 18

MEGA Family Project’s “Maybe Baby” seminar discusses LGBT parenting options including donor insemination, international adoption, open adoption, surrogacy, and adopting from foster care. 1-3:30 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307.

The Atlanta Rollergirls play two roller derby bouts, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Official activities for Atlanta’s Stonewall Week kick off with the East Point Possums Show, the annual free outdoor charity drag show, with this year’s tips benefitting Atlanta Pride and Positive Impact. Site opens at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. on the Commons in downtown East Point, 2727 East Point St., East Point, GA 30344,

Jungle hosts a fundraiser for the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus at 7 p.m., followed by UK dance music trio Bimbo Jones at 10 p.m. at 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Bearracuda celebrates beards, bears, cubs, otters, beefcakes and “other wildlife” with DJs Craig Gaibler and Medic. The Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

Sunday, June 19

PFLAG Atlanta hosts its Third Sunday meeting. 2:45 – 5 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2308,

Sabbath Sundays bring the boys out. 3 p.m. at Opera Nightclub, 1150B Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Wednesday, June 22

Part of Stonewall Week, “StoryCorps: Out and OutLoud” is hosted by John Lemley from WABE’s City Café and features stories from the LGBTQ community. 7 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307.

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who recently came out as gay, reads from his memoir, “Transparent.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Relive your boy band crushes as New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys perform at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena, One Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA  30303,

Thursday, June 23

Barry Brandon’s Etcetera! art party moves to a new time and location and becomes a monthly event. 5 p.m. at the Artmore Hotel, 1302 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

YouthPride’s Evolve! Suicide Prevention Gala features DJ Travis Roache. 6-10 p.m. at the Bill Lowe Gallery, 1555 Peachtree St., suite 100, Atlanta, GA 3,

The Solid Studs Living Strong program presents “The Invisible Boiz,” part of the “Real Boiz Talk” series for masculine-identified gay females to focus on stud health issues. 6:30 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Stonewall Week continues with Evening for Equality, Georgia Equality’s seventh annual event honoring LGBT leaders and allies. Includes dinner, presentation of Equality Awards, and silent auction. 7 p.m. at Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Thursday, June 23 – Saturday, June 25

The 2011 Atlanta Queer Literary Festival takes place at venues in both Atlanta and Decatur. Keynote speakers are Sibling Rivalry Press founder and poet Bryan Borland and Women of the World Poetry Slam champion Theresa Davis. For detailed schedule, visit

Saturday, June 25

Augusta Pride features a parade, merchants, community groups and acts including Kristine W and Niki Harris. Parade at 10 a.m., festival at 11 a.m. at Augusta Commons, between 8th and 9th Streets.