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Best Bets 6.11 – 6.25

Friday, June 11

Enjoy coffee and dinner with the Southern Bears & Friends. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Starbucks, 3983 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084, 770-270-0611,

Congregation Bet Haverim, founded by gay and lesbian Jews, celebrates 25 years with a “Silver Jewbilee.” Early members will be honored and stories of the congregation’s origins shared. 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Central Congregational UCC, 2676 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-315-6446,

First Metropolitan Community Church presents the “Spirit of Broadway,” a production of Broadway show tunes set in an original story line. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-325-4143,

No rest for DJ Vicki Powell as she spins at the Blackout Party. 10 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. 404-917-0220,

Friday, June 11-Sunday, June 13

SouthEast LeatherFest continues through the weekend with workshops on piercing and sadistic bondage as well as how to bootblack and erotic waxing. There will be speakers, parties and numerous other events for those who embrace the leather lifestyle as well as competitions to select the next SouthEast Master/slave, Mr. SouthEast LeatherFest, SouthEast LeatherFest boy, Ms. SouthEast LeatherFest,and SouthEast Bootblack. SELF is held at Holiday Inn Select – Decatur, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, secure.

The 2010 Indiegrrl Fest will be in North Georgia at Jonica Gap Campground. Weekend pass is $60 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 17, free for children ages 5 and younger. Musicians participating include Vicki Blankenship, Renee Mixon and Virago. Jonica Gap Campground is located at 1412 Haygood St., Mineral Bluff, GA 30559, 706-374-5465,

Saturday, June 12

The popular Premiere Party returns with DJ Chris Griswold spinning and an open bar included with admission. Proceeds benefit CHRIS Kids and its programs to help LGBT homeless youth transition to self-sufficient adults. Festive white attire is suggested. After party at Las Margaritas. $60 at the door. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324.

The 15th annual Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival includes entertainment as well as vendors in arts, fashion, food and beverages. The Wheelbarrow Festival is the Reynoldstown Neighborhood’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the festival go to senior programs, youth programs and public safety. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Reynoldstown Neighborhood at the intersection of Gibson and Kirkwood,

The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta’s LGBT community orchestra, holds its Summer Pops concert. Tickets are $20 and $15 at door. 7:30 p.m., North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

The Armorettes present “Wild Cherry Sucret: This Is It?” to honor the retirement of Wild Cherry Sucret, aka Tony Kearney, after 10 years with the popular camp drag troupe that raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations. 8 p.m., Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The queer-friendly third annual “Art B Que” in Avondale Estates opens tonight including a performance by local band Snagglepuss. 9:30pm, The Alcove Gallery, 2852 East College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030,

It’s a Hot Mess with DJ Homosexual spinning the beats to make you gay. 10 p.m., Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316,

LeBuzz hosts a party for a screening of “8: The Mormon Proposition” with hostess Nicole Paige Brooks and a photo booth for partiers to have their pictures made with the movie logo. The movie hits theaters June 18 and is an in-depth look at the Mormon Church’s participation in the passage of Prop 8 in California that made it illegal for same-sex couples to marry. 9 p.m., 585 Franklin Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067, 770-424-1337,

Hotlanta Soccer hosts a beer bust and fundraiser while cheering on the USA as they play their first game of the 2010 World Cup against England. Meet the team and learn about soccer. $10 bottomless beer, $6 Patron margaritas. 5:30 p.m., F.R.O.G.S. Cantina, 931 Monroe Drive #A107, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Sunday, June 13

“Splish 2010,” a fundraiser for GLAAD, will have DJ Brian Beck spinning and models wearing the latest trends in swim wear from Boy Next Door. $20 suggested donation includes open bar. 1 p.m.-6 p.m., 388 4th St., Atlanta GA 30308.

The men of Second Sunday invite the public to attend a special discussion of the new book, “Visible Lives,” a tribute to groundbreaking black gay author E. Lynn Harris. The book contains three original novellas by authors Stanley Bennett Clay, Terrance Dean and James Earl Hardy and the authors will be on hand for the discussion. While Second Sunday of Atlanta is typically geared toward black gay men, this meeting is free and open to everyone. 2 p.m., Fulton County Central Library (basement level), 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-730-1700,

SUNsets on the Patio @ Noni’s returns with DJ Vicki Powell, DJ William Roman and a special early set by DJ Kyle Keyser. 5 p.m., 357 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.

Monday, June 14

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a business builder luncheon. $20. 11:55 a.m., Cowtippers, 1600 Piedmont Ave. NE,
Atlanta, GA 30324,

Front Runners Atlanta, a gay running, walking and social club, meets for its weekly Monday run at 7:15 p.m. at 905 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309.

Tuesday, June 15

A memorial for Phil Hickman, former doorman at Blake’s on the Park, will be held at the popular gay bar. Hickman worked the door at Blake’s for about 10 years, ending in 2005. He died May 27. 9 p.m., Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Wednesday, June 16

Movie and TV star Pam Grier, known for her starring roles including “Foxy Brown,” “Jackie Brown” and Showtime’s “The L Word,” signs her book “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts” from 5 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

AID Atlanta’s Gay Men’s Outreach Group hosts “The Writings on the Wall: A Look at Public Sex.” Discussion will center on the historical precedence for public sex in the gay community, its decline due to increased visibility and acceptance and the recent incidences of police crackdowns. 7 p.m. Free. Call Steven Igarashi at 404-870-7763 or email for more information. 1605 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Thursday, June 17

The Atlanta Executive Network and Stonewall Bar Association partner to host openly gay State Rep. Simone Bell at the monthly AEN meeting. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Alston & Bird, 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309

Caroline Aiken, Dede Vogt and Caroline Herring perform together at Eddie’s Attic from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Friday, June 18

Held the third Friday of the month, “Who?” is a live artist showcase and dance party. This month’s artists include Eryn Woods, Catherine Striplin, Jed Drummond, Sunni Stephens and members of Le Sexoflex. Also performing will be Barry Brandon and JLR. $6 cover. 10 p.m., My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA  30316,

Enjoy cocktail hour with the piano stylings of David Reed from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Grammy-nominated storyteller and Atlanta native Milbre Burch presents “Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity.” Sponsored by the congregation’s LGBTQ and Allies Interweave group, the gender-bending tales from around the world are aimed at adults. Tickets for “Changing Skins” ($10 in advance and $15 at the door) may be reserved by calling 404-634-5134 ext. 216. Event at 8 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, on the I-85 access road just north of North Druid Hills Road.

Fortify Fridays is presented every Friday by WassupNAtl with DJ Truz and MC Scotty. Doors open at 11 p.m. Free admission. Steel, 950 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-246-9000,

Saturday, June 19

Augusta holds its inaugural Pride event in the downtown Commons area with three blocks of festivities overlooking the Savannah River. A parade begins at 10:30 a.m. coming down from 10th Street along Broad Street to 6th Street and disbanding on Reynolds Street where the festival takes place. A free concert featuring Grammy winner Thelma Houston and Grammy nominee Frenchie Davis closes Pride. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,

Stop and Smell the Rosés is a wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the Audubon Nature Institute and it efforts to care for the wildlife affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Tickets are $15 for one, $20 for two. Raffles include prizes from the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Horizon Theatre, Six Feet Under and Watershed. 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Whole Foods at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. Call 404-853-1681 for more information.

Michelle Malone Banned CD release party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Traxx Girls presents Secret Party hosted by Twee and DJ M every Saturday. Free before 11 p.m. and $5 before midnight. Endenu (aka Inferno), 393 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313,

Sunday, June 20

Join HRC Atlanta to watch the premiere of the new Showtime reality series ‘The Real L Word’ — from the creator of the original ‘L Word’ lesbian series, but with actual L.A. women. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the show starting at 6 p.m. 502 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, Ga., 30306

Traxx Atlanta presents Scores @ Underground every Sunday. 10 p.m. 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta, GA 30303,

Wednesday, June 23

Dine at La Tavola and 20 percent of the night’s food sales will be donated to For the Kid in All of Us, the non-profit behind the annual Toy Party and Backpack in the Park. 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., La Tavola, 992 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306,,

The Queer Literary Fiction Group discusses “Sacred Country” by Rose Tremain. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The popular NPR StoryCorps invites LGBT residents to record their stories and have them archived. Hosted by John Lemley of WABE’s City Café. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Radial Café, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Thursday, June 24

Georgia Equality holds its annual Evening for Equality Awards & Silent Auction. General admission is $75, VIP and Host Committee: $150- $250. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Ventanas atop the Hilton Garden Inn, 275 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313. To purchase tickets, visit

Indulge with the hottest men at the W Midtown Atlanta Hotel. Held every Thursday by Chris Coleman. 9 p.m., 125 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Friday, June 25

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will be performed at LeBuzz with proceeds benefiting AID Atlanta. Purchase $5 tickets online at 8 p.m., 505 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067

Out on Film screens “Stonewall Uprising.” Told by those in attendance of the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid, including patrons and police, the film looks at the political and social climate that led to the raid. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, 678-495-1424,