Best Bets 4.2 – 4.16

Friday, April 2

Lizzy Pitch brings her indie-pop-rock to a solo performance at Bellissima. 9 p.m. at 560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Princess Charles hosts the monthly First Fridays Cabaret at Straits with DJ Ian Lee. 10:30 p.m. at Straits, 793 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA  30308,

Friday, April 2 – Sunday, April 4

The Dixie Invitational Bowling Tournament, one of the oldest gay bowling events in the country, got underway Thursday and runs through Sunday, bringing 200 bowlers to Brunswick Zone in Norcross. 6345 Spalding Drive, Norcross, GA 30092-1866, 770-840-8200,

Saturday, April 3

“Memory Flash,” the first project of artist collaborative John Q, revisits four points in Atlanta’s LGBT history from the 1940s through the 1970s, starting with a history walk at 5 p.m. at 532 Wabash Ave.; followed by 6 p.m. at 551 Ponce de Leon, site of the Joy Lounge, an early drag bar; 7 p.m. at Piedmont Park’s softball fields where lesbian teams played; and 8 p.m. at Mixx at 1492 Piedmont Ave., for a showing of “Lonesome Cowboy” at the site of the old Ansley Mall Cinema.

Gender-bending trio Girlyman, currently collaborating with Margaret Cho on her new album, brings amazing harmonies and often amusing pop-folk-bluegrass tunes to two shows at Eddie’s Attic. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m at Eddie’s, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030. 404-377-4976,

Jungle celebrates Easter weekend with DJ David Knapp. Doors open at 10 p.m. at 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-844-8800,

Sunday, April 4

Don your most outrageous Easter bonnet for the Armorettes’ annual Easter Drag Races. 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. outside Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309.

Monday, April 5

Salon Red offers free haircuts all day with a donation to the AIDS Vaccine Ride, which benefits the Emory Hope Clinic, as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Appointments preferred. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1612 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307-2112, 404-373-2868,,

Wednesday, April 7

Girls on Top takes to the Rooftop of the Glenn Hotel with female DJs on the turntables. 9 p.m. at 110 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA, 30303,

Thursday, April 8

‘All About Vag’ unites a long list of queer performers to help send burlesque diva Vagina Jenkins to the prestigious London Burlesque Fest. Performers include Al Schlong, Twinhead Theatre Company, Lala Luscious, Devin Liquor, Syren of the South burlesque artists Talloolah Love, The Gazelles at Eyedrum Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Junior Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312,

Friday, April 9

Evolve! raises funds for YouthPride’s suicide prevention programs, helping LGBT and questioning young people lead positive and productive lives. The event is free with donations encouraged. 6 – 10 p.m. at Bill Lowe Gallery, 1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Anne Lamott, author of bestselling books including “Traveling Mercies” and “Grace (Eventually),” reads from her new novel, “Imperfect Birds.” at the First Baptist Church in Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book.

“The Runaways,” starring Kristen Stewart (right) as rocker Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning (left) as Cherie Currie, explores the early years of the 1970s all-girl band. Opens tonight at Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, 678-495-1424,

Friday, April 9 –Saturday, April 10

The House of eMaGi hosts the “LOVE, Make Me Over” Health, Beauty & Wellness Expo addressing a variety of health concerns, including HIV prevention and services, on Friday from 8-10 p.m. On Saturday, the Beauty “Make Over” Network Mixer takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Both events at Respect Stylez Hair & Image Studio, 227 Mitchell St. Ste. 2A, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Friday, April 9 –Sunday, April 11

It’s Leather Pride weekend at the Atlanta Eagle. Events include the Black & Blue Ball on Friday night; an afternoon leather BBQ, the Mr. Atlanta Eagle contest, and an after-party on Saturday; and a leather family brunch on Sunday. Most events at Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Saturday, April 10

The Southern Bears hold their monthly meeting, with visitors always welcome. Meeting is from 7-8 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502 Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Bar night follows at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

The innovative, contemporary ballet of the Trey McIntyre Project, led by gay choreographer Trey McIntyre, comes to the Rialto. 8 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St NW Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-413-9849,

The Mary Edith Pitts Show brings a dose of drag hilarity to Burkhart’s every Saturday night. 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s Pub, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE #F, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Sunday, April 11

Second Sunday of Atlanta, a discussion group for black gay men, hosts its monthly meeting, this time focusing on “Random Acts of Kindness.” 3 – 5 p.m. in the Bruce Almond Room at Positive Impact, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Rainbow Wedding Network hosts the fifth-annual Atlanta LGBT Wedding Expo, featuring 25 gay-friendly businesses offering a range of services. Free attendance. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Hotel Palomar in Midtown, 866 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Monday, April 12

David McConnell brings his new novel, “The Silver Hearted,” to Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse. 7:30 p.m. at 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, 404-607-0082,

Tuesday, April 13

Son of famed author Anne Rice, Christopher Rice is a best-selling novelist in his own right. He signs his newest novel, “The Moonlit Earth,” at 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, 404-607-0082,

Wednesday, April 14

AID Atlanta’s gay outreach program presents “Rebooted: Love, Sex & Dating in the Internet Age.” 7 p.m. at AID Atlanta, 1605 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-870-7763,

Gay Fathers of Atlanta holds a support meeting 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Atlanta / Fulton County Public Library, 980 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306,

Pets Are Loving Support, better known as PALS, hosts “FAGS Prom Night” Bingo with Bubba D. Licious and Alexandria Martin (pictured); FAGS stands for Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., first number called at 7 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Thursday, April 15

Philip Rafshoon, founder and owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, is the speaker for tonight’s Atlanta Executive Network meeting.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Todd Johnson reads and signs his debut novel, “The Sweet By and By,” at 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30309, 404-607-0082,

See who wins the crown as the Miss Georgia Entertainer of the Year pageant comes to Jungle. Doors open 9 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road., Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-844-8800,,

Cliterati Open No-Mic is hosted by the spoken-word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis. This month’s featured poet is Andi Kauth, who is only 21 but has been a slam poet since 2004. 7:30-9 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, 404-522-9912,

Dawn (Nia Fairweather) is in love with Sam (Cher Santiago), but an unexpected pregnancy could shatter their relationship in “The Roe Effect,” one of more than a dozen lesbian and gay films included in the Atlanta Film Festival. The festival opens tonight and runs through April 23, featuring more than 160 films ranging from documentaries to animated features. Tonight’s opening night gala includes showing of “Freedom Riders,” 8 p.m. at the Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307. Most other events at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema. Full schedule at

Friday, April 16

Angela “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,

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.


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