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Best Bets 10.15 – 10.28

Friday, Oct. 15

Beloved Atlanta duo Indigo Girls plays the newly renovated Buckhead Theatre, with Evan McHugh opening. 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305,

The Eagles play the Piedmont Park Green Concert. 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park.

Diavolo creates extreme narratives with dance, gymnastics, and acting. 8-10 p.m. at Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332,

A Libra Event celebrates the birthdays of DJs Vicki Powell and Mike Pope; DJ Jay McCracken also spins. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Barry Brandon hosts another Boys & Girls No Pants Foam Party. 10 p.m. at My Sisters Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

DJ Mike Pope mans the turntables 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Friday, Oct. 15 – Saturday, Oct. 16

The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade brings an even freakier scene to Atlanta’s quirkiest neighborhood. Bands start at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Findley Plaza outdoor stage; music gets underway on Saturday at noon at the Findley Plaza and L5P Music Center stages, and at 2 p.m. at the Star Bar stage. The infamous L5P Halloween Parade is set for 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 17

The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival wraps up five days of bringing the best LGBT writing to Atlanta. Friday’s events include the keynote address featuring Ana Božicevic and Cary Alan Johnson, plus a reading by Broadside contest winner Ed Madden; Saturday includes readings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Decatur Library; services on Sunday at First Existentialist congregation. For a full schedule of writers, times and locations, visit

Saturday, Oct. 16

Get fit in an inclusive environment as Weight Watchers holds weekly meetings at the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative. Meetings at 8:30 and 10 a.m. (weigh-ins 30 minutes before) at 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

The Akoma Book Club (of Women Healing Women) meets to discuss “Fledgling” by Octavia Butler. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Meet fashion photographer Frank Louis and Instinct magazine cover model William Bercik. 2 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Armorettes perform at 8 p.m., followed by the SouthEast Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball with DJ 313, DJ Anthony, and Jennocide; fetish performances; a tarot reader and costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes. 11 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

DJ Escape returns. 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Pride Hangover Party fills My Sister’s Room courtesy of Royalty Productions Atlanta. 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

DJ Ron Pullman spins his monthly “Deeper Love” party. 10 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Sunday, Oct. 17

The 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5k Run takes to the streets of Midtown to raise awareness and funds for AID Atlanta and nine participating agencies. Check-in starts at 12 p.m., run starts at 1:45 p.m., walk steps off at 2 p.m. at Piedmont Park. To register and for more details,

The QuickSilver Gender-Free Country Dance welcomes LGBT and straight dancers, no partner needed. 1:30 – 5 p.m. at Life Enrichment Center, 1340 Mcconnell Dr., Decatur, GA 30033,

Monday, Oct. 18

Join Bubba D. Licious, Alexandria Martin and Diamond Monroe for Dragamaki. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Nickiemoto’s, 990 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Enjoy tonight’s episode of “Glee” on 21 screens, then enjoy the beats of DJ Steve Vaughn. 8 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Museum of Contemporary Art Ga. presents “Discursive Documents: Performing the Catalogue,” based on queer artist collective John Q’s “Memory Flash” event remembering Atlanta’s LGBT history last spring. The show includes artifacts from “Memory Flash” as well as new items that others have produced in response to the event. Show runs through Jan. 8, 2011, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta, GA 30309.

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

The Faiths & Feminisms book group hosts Jennie Helderman, author of “As the Sycamore Grows: A Narrative of Escaping Abuse.” 7:30-9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Wear purple today to protest bullying and the tragic recent suicides of LGBT youth.

The Dixie Dyno’mos, Atlanta’s LGBT rock climbing club, meets at 7 p.m. at Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center, 3701 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340,

Alice Walker reads from her new book of poetry, “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing,” to benefit Charis Circle and the Alice Walker Society.
7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta, GA 30329,,

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

Thursday, Oct. 21

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 is the group’s “Waiting for the Stork” Prospective Parent Meet Up.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is the guest speaker for the Atlanta Executive Network’s Third Thursday Networking. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Ballet, 1695 Marietta Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318.

This month’s Cliterati Open No Mic features slam poet Alice Shindelar. 7:30-9 p.m. at Charis, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Test your skills at trivia night. 8 – 10 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, 1049 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Friday, Oct. 22

Get your costume ready for Carnevale Four Seasons, the annual don’t miss fundraiser for Jerusalem House, which provides housing for people affected by HIV. Features DJ Mike Pope. 8 p.m. to midnight at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 75 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Atlanta Ballet presents “Moulin Rouge: The Ballet” from 8 – 10 p.m. at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339,

Comedian Paula Poundstone brings her offbeat humor to Atlanta. 8 p.m. at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332,

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation hosts this year’s inaugural “Thank GLAAD it’s Friday” networking for young LGBT professionals. 7-9 p.m. at W Hotel Atlanta – Midtown, 188 14th St., Atlanta, GA, 30361,

Editor Sassafrass Lowrey brings “Kicked Out: Stories of Current and Former Homeless LGBTQ Youth” to Charis. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Saturday, Oct. 23

The second annual Atlanta Pride Ride assembles at 7:30 a.m. at Stonecrest Mall and starts at 8:30 a.m. for 10 and 20-mile courses on the Arabia Mountain Trail. All ages and skills are welcome; registration is $20 in advance or $25 onsite.

Queer-popular band Girlyman performs with Lucy Wainwright Roche. 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

AutumnFest in gay-inclusive Avondale Estates features arts, food and drink, music, and recreational activities for the kids. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 12 Kensington Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002,

The Atlanta steering committee of the Human Rights Campaign holds its annual golf tournament. 1 p.m. at Legacy at Lake Lanier, 7000 Holiday Road in Buford.

Bearracuda, the popular West Coast bear dance party, comes to Atlanta. 10 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, Oct. 23 – Sunday, Oct. 24

Taste of Atlanta brings the city’s best eats to Tech Square, located at Spring and 5th Streets. Includes more than 70 of the city’s best restaurants, three live cooking stages, a family food zone, and more. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Candler Park Fall Fest, Atlanta’s largest fall neighborhood festival, adds a Halloween costume contest and trick or treating to the usual live music, artist market, kids village, 5k race and tour of homes. 12 – 9 p.m. Saturday and 12- 8 p.m. Sunday at Candler Park, 585 Candler Park Dr., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Sunday, Oct. 24

The Atlanta Freedom Marching Bands hosts a New Member Welcome Event to kick off its seventh season. AFB seeks members for its Concert Band, Marching Band, the MetroGnomes Stage Band and its newly formed Color Guard. 6 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant St., Atlanta, GA 30312,

LGBT Love Atlanta launches its monthly LGBT Skate & Date Single Night. 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Cascade Family Skating, 3335 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta, GA 30331.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds a Business Builder lunch 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030

Lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday holds its monthly dinner at Cowtippers. Drinks at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. at 1600 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Atlanta theologian and author Chris Glaser reads and signs his thirteenth book, “The Final Deadline: What Death has Taught Me About Life.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Wednesday, Oct. 27

The Queer Literary Fiction Book Club discusses “The Bigness of the World” by Lori Ostlund. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Gay fans will join the throngs as country diva Carrie Underwood brings her “Play On” tour to the Arena at Gwinnett Center. 7:30 p.m. at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Atlanta, GA  30097,

Gay Fathers of Atlanta holds a support meeting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Thursday, Oct. 28

J.M. Redmann reads from “Water Mark,” her new Micky Knight mystery. 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,