Friday, April 16
Bucky Motter joins the line-up for the “Harmony for Life” suicide prevention benefit at Eddie’s Attic. 7:30 p.m. at 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.
Join the girls at Bellissima for DJ Angie Terrell’s monthly Tryst party. 10:30 p.m. at 560 – B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30306.
Gay playwright Topher Payne plays Joan Crawford in the premiere of his “Christina Darling,” which tells the story of Joan’s daughter Christina Crawford, author of the scorching memoir “Mommie Dearest.” Tonight through May 8 at Onstage Atlanta, 2597 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033-6126, www.theprocesstheatre.org.
Friday, April 16 – Sunday, April 18
An Atlanta spring tradition, the Dogwood Festival gets underway today and runs through Sunday at Piedmont Park. Tonight’s music line-up includes lesbian singer-songwriter Doria Roberts, who takes the stage with the Blackeyed Susans at 5:50 p.m. www.dogwood.org.
Friday, April 16 – Friday, April 23
The Atlanta Film Festival opened April 15 and runs through April 23, featuring more than 160 films – including more than a dozen short films in the lesbian and gay category. For schedule of LGBT films, see story on Page 14. Showings at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema. www.atlantafilmfestival.com.
Saturday, April 17
Sharon Foster Jones reads from “Images of America: The Atlanta Exposition.” 2-3:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com.
AIDS Vaccine 200 Party & Silent Auction raises funds for the upcoming 200-mile bike ride, which benefits the Emory Vaccine Center. Includes DJ Todd Skelton and food by Keith Hand of Bridge Catering. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Urban Body Studios, 730 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta, GA , 30306, www.actioncycling.org.
The 21st annual Boybutante Ball has the theme of “Fairy Tails” and raises funds for AIDS Athens. 9 p.m. at the 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington St., Athens, GA 30601, www.boybutante.org.
DJ Martin Fry returns to the Atlanta Eagle. 10 p.m. at the Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantaeagle.com.
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18
This year’s Midtown Tour of Homes follows the theme “Luxury Midtown in the Sky,” featuring high-rise condos. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. www.midtowntowntourofhomes.com.
Sunday, April 18
Forget “Dancing with the Stars.” The first annual Southern Pride Dance EXPO is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the Academy Ballroom, 800 Miami Circle, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.southernpridedancesport.com.
Noni’s Deli kicks off its Sunsets on the Patio with DJ Vicki Powell. 5 p.m. to midnight at Noni’s, 357 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312. www.nonisdeli.com.
The Atlanta Freedom Bands presents its Spring Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312,
Monday, April 19
Tuesday, April 20
LGBT activist Betty Couvertier hosts “Alternative Perspectives” every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WRFG, 89.3 FM. www.wrfg.org.
Wednesday, April 21
Dine at any of more than 100 local restaurants today for Dining Out For Life, and at least 20 percent of your tab will be donated to Open Hand, which provides nutritious meals for people with HIV and other serious conditions. For a complete list of restaurants, visit www.diningoutforoh.org.
Bring your old, unwanted gold jewelry to the Gold & Chocolate Party, which benefits the Living Room, which helps low-income people with HIV secure housing. You must donate 25 percent of the cash you receive, and you get to enjoy cocktails, chocolate and a prize for the top donor. www.livingroomatl.org.
Thursday, April 22
Bring out your best disco styles for Roller Skating for GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 7 p.m. at All American Skating Center, 5574 Bermuda Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, www.glaad.org.
Connie May Fowler, author of “Before Women Had Wings,” brings her latest novel, “How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly,” to Charis. 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, 404-522-9912, www.chariscircle.org.
Creative Loafing Editor Mara Shalhoup reads “The Rise and Fall of Big Meech & the Black Family Mafia.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com.
Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its popular Fourth Friday networking from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Artmore Hotel, 1302 W Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.atlantagaychamber.org.
Charis hosts “Whose Earth Day?: A 40th Anniversary Celebration for All of Us,” exploring the intersections between the environmental justice movement and other social justice causes. 7-8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, 404-522-9912, www.chariscircle.org.
Atlanta SM Solidarity presents its 22nd annual Spring In The South education weekend, featuring 20 BDSM courses and six vendors. Visit website for application and details: www.atlantasmsolidarity.org.
Saturday, April 24
The Atlanta Titans, a new team in the gay Hotlanta Softball League, hosts “Bowling Beer Boys” to raise funds for the team. $20 gets you bowling and beer from noon to 4 p.m. at Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hotlantasoftball.org.
In the tradition of Atlanta’s Wigwood and New York’s Wigstock, the organizers of MondoHomo, the Memorial Day weekend queer arts fest, host WigOut — an afternoon of bands, wigs, drag, DJs and more. Cover is $7 with a wig, $15 without. Includes DJs Vicki Powell and Jay McCracken. 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.mondohomo.com.
Blue Feather Books authors Jane Vollbrech, Mavis Applewater and Chris Paynter visit Charis for a special signing and meet and greet. 7 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, 404-522-9912, www.chariscircle.org.
DJ Alex Cohen mans the turntables at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-844-8800, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Atlanta drag legend Charlie Brown and his Angels perform at 11 p.m. at the Model T, 699 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.modeltatlanta.com.
Sunday, April 25
Joining Hearts, which helps fund housing for people with HIV, hosts its “Change of Seasons” Tea Dance with DJ Mike Pope. 5-10 p.m. at Shout at Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30361, www.joininghearts.org.
Monday, April 26
Enjoy great sushi and great camp drag at Dragamaki every Monday night from 8:30 – 10 p.m. at Nickiemoto’s, 990 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.nickiemotosmidtown.com.
Tuesday, April 27
Lesbian networking group Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly dinner. Locations vary; visit www.fourthtuesday.org or call 404-688-2524.
Chessen Parker, a.k.a. YouthPride board member Frances-Ann Moran, reads from “Blackbeard’s Curse,” part of her upcoming Crystal Coast Mystery series. 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com.
Thursday, April 29
Uncork A Cure raises funds for ARCA, the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. Sample 100 different wines and food from more than 25 restaurants. 6 p.m. at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318, www.aidsresearchatlanta.org.
Friday, April 30
Charis holds a going-away party for lesbian erotica writer Fiona Zedde, who is moving to Florida. Zedde reads from her ebook, “Kisses After Midnight,” and will sign her other books as well. 7-8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, 404-522-9912, www.chariscircle.org.
Lindsey Hinkle performs at 9 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 – B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30306. www.myspace.com/bellissima_lounge.
Saturday, May 1
Celebrate the first annual World Fitness Day by working out with Jane Fonda and her celebrity friends, including gay favorite Margaret Cho (pictured). The list also features Ludacris, Debbie Allen, Richard Simmons, The Pointer Sisters and more. Tickets are $75 to work-out, $25 to watch. Benefits Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at the Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive, Atlanta, GA 30313, www.worldfitnessday.org.
Photo by Austin Young