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Best Bets: 4.01 – 4.14

Friday, April 1

Play softball with the Decatur Women’s Sports Leagues. Games on Friday evenings through May 20 at Kelly C. Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Drive, Tucker, Georgia 30084,

On April Fools Day, “Ship of Fools” promises “naughty nautical circus performances of sexy sailors and mermaids.” 9 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, 404-917-0220.

“Heartbeats,” starring queer writer/director Xavier Dolan of “I Killed My Mother,” opens today for a one-week run at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Join host Eve Michaels and guest judges as Dragnigue 2 competition continues at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

DJ Lydia Prim spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 2

“Shakespeare Follies” takes a bawdy romp through the most famous (and infamous) of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Blending elements of cabaret, vaudeville, hilarious comedy and shameless T&A, the event is a benefit for 7 Stages. Shows at 8 p.m. at 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3

Atlanta Leather Pride 2011 features BDSM demos on Friday night; a leather cookout, Mr. Atlanta Eagle contest and victory party on Saturday; and leather brunch on Sunday. All events at the The Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave. Atlanta, GA 30308,

Saturday, April 2

The Hippies (aka the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta) and the Sisters (aka the Abbey of the Flaming Sugarbakers) unite for a “totally awesome” yard sale. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at First Existentialist, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Laurinda Brown brings her plays “Walk Like A Man” and “Caught Up” to Atlanta, exploring “lives not lifestyles” of African-American lesbians. “Walk Like a Man” at 3 p.m., “Caught Up: An Emotional Affair” at 7 p.m. at Porter Sanford Performing Arts & Community Center, Decatur, GA 30034,

Georgia Equality and the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition host a Safe Schools Training aimed at teachers, counselors, parents, students and others concerned about school bullying. 1-4 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Join the Woofs Wackers for the Final Four Beer Bust, with $10 bottomless beer and the NCAA Final Four basketball games on TV. 2-7 p.m. at Woofs, 2425 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30345,

Dixie Does Drag is the last fundraiser before the gay Dixie Invitational Bowling Tournament, slated for Easter Weekend. 6-9 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,,

NewVisions, a contemporary exhibition of painting and mixed media, features mixed media artist Alex Leopold and painters Demone Phelps, Jack Simonetta and Stacie Uhinck Rose. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. tonight; exhibit hangs until May 14. pb&j gallery, 35 S Howard St., Atlanta, GA 30317,

Choreographer Jonah Bokaer presents “Filter” and “Replica.” 8 p.m. at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332,

With Vita closed, Wassup N Atl’s Liv Saturdays is now at Selam Nightclub, 1371 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30333,

Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3

“Celebrating the Body Erotic for Men” is a two-day workshop focusing on erotic touch, intimacy and more. Contact 678-524-8670,,

Sunday, April 3

Atlanta Freedom Bands perform “Bravo! A Night at the Opera,” with musicians from around the country with the Lesbian & Gay Band Association. 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

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,

Join the camp drag fundraising troupe the Armorettes for their weekly show, now returned to their old home at Burkhart’s. 7-9 p.m. , 1492 Piedmont Ave NE #F, Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Chapin Sisters perform with special guests The Wilderness Of Manitoba & Luke Brindley’s Trio. 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Monday, April 4

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,

Watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 9 p.m. at Einstein’s, 1077 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309, Or catch the show at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Tuesday, April 5

AID Atlanta’s Gay Outreach Program hosts “It Gets Better Atlanta,” where you can learn about the “It Gets Better” Project and contribute to AID Atlanta’s video sending a message of hope to LGBT young people. 7-9 p.m. at AID Atlanta, 1605 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Atlanta’s gay bars play “Glee,” the queer-inclusive high school musical, every week on the big screens. Enjoy tonight’s episode at 8 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, Or watch “Glee” at 8 p.m. followed by show tunes at Oscars Atlanta’s Video & Martini Bar, 1510 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Sing your heart out at the infamous Mary-oke. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Wednesday, April 6

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Luncheon. 11:55 a.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030,

Dine out to raise funds for ARCA, the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. 5-10 p.m. at South City Kitchen, 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 401, Smyrna, GA,

Thursday, April 7

Enjoy “Out and Out Laughs – Queer Comedy Review” as part of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. 8 p.m. at Relapse, 380 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30318,

“Cocktails at Saks: A Night of Luxury” features Saks Men’s Luxury Caravan and trunk show presentations, and music by DJay McCracken. Some 10 percent of purchases go to Atlanta Cotillion, which raises funds for AID Atlanta. 5-8 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, 3440 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326,

The gay Atlanta Executive Network hosts a Mix & Mingle outside the Perimeter. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Avisca Fine Art Gallery, 507 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060,

Friday, April 8

Scissor Sisters brings queer glam to the Tabernacle. 9 p.m. at 152 Luckie St., Atlanta, GA 30303, Earlier in the day, frontman Jake Shears heads to Outwrite with Tim Hailand, author and photographer of the new book “One Day in the Life of Jake Shears.” 2 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

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

Saturday, April 9

As Melissa Carter prepares to depart Q100, My Sister’s Room hosts a farewell party for the lesbian radio personality with proceeds going to the to Melissa Carter Transplant Fund. My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

The Atlanta Beat, the city’s professional women’s soccer team, plays its home opener against the Boston Breakers. 7 p.m. at KSU Soccer Stadium, 3200 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw, GA 30144,

Presented by the Miss Atlanta Scholarship Pageant, Pumps for Pets features Miss Atlanta 2011 and Miss South Carolina 2010, among other title holders, to raise funds for PALS, which helps people with HIV and other illnesses care for their pets. 5-8 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,,

Traxx Atlanta hosts the Eastside vs. Westside Party with Baby D performing live. Traxx Atlanta, 1287 Columbia Drive, Decatur GA 30034,

San Francisco’s DJ Phil B spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Sunday, April 10

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

Monday, April 11

Mondays are live piano with David Reeb. Make requests and sing along from 8 p.m. to midnight at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Join Bubba D. Licious and the rest of the drag ladies at Dragamundo. 8 – 11 p.m. at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Tuesday, April 12

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,

Record your herstory as StoryCorps visits Charis. Your stories could involve Charis or the Atlanta feminist/womanist communities or they can be about your own personal histories. Hour-long sessions throughout the day; pairs of participants will interview each other. Email to sign up for a slot and to get more information. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Longtime LGBT activist Betty Couvertier hosts “Alternative Perspectives” every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. on WRFG 89.3. The show is a mix of news and interviews focused on LGBT issues and concerns.

Wednesday, April 13

Pajama Party is the theme for this month’s PALS Bingo, hosted by Bubba D. Licious and special co-host Amber Divine; the popular 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,

ManCountry features VJ Tootsi Collins. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Atlanta’s gay leather bar hosts Punk Rock Night. 9 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

“I Will Survive: Disco Dangers & City Survival” features topics like “tips and tricks for those who are tipsy and trix,” “how a drag queen can survive the night,” and “Sluts and Hos: What they need to know.” Hosted by Sister Ursula Polari of the the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters of Atlanta. 7-8 p.m. at M.I.S.T.E.R. Community Center, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA.

Learn about “Legal Protections Necessary for LGBT Couples.” 7 p.m. at the MEGA Family Project office space at 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Thursday, April 14

Traxx Girls hosts the weekly Pretty Girls Hideout party. Doors open 10 p.m. Cream Ultra Lounge , 3249 Buford Highway, Atlanta GA.

Sunday, April 17

Dueling DJs Mike Pope and David Knapp spin for Change of Seasons, the spring party for Joining Hearts, which raises funds for housing for people impacted by HIV. 4-9 p.m. at Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA ,