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Best Bets 6.25 – 7.09

Friday, June 25

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its Fourth Friday Networking with special guests Appreciation Events and The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center. Appreciation Events will offer discounted gift packages and The Hope Clinic will speak about a new study to evaluate the safety and potential efficacy of an HIV vaccine. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., No Mas! Cantina, 180 Walker St. SW (Castleberry Hill), Atlanta, GA 30313,

The documentary “Stonewall Uprising,” part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Week, opens and runs for one week. The movie chronicles the events and people surrounding the famous uprising at the New York bar. After the 7 p.m. showing, Out on Film and Atlanta Pride will have a sign-making party in advance of the June 26 “Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally and photo shoot at the state Capitol. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,,,

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” comes to the New LeBuzz. Purchase tickets online for $5 at Proceeds benefit AID Atlanta.  8 p.m., 585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA, 30067, 770-424-1337,

A “scaled down” Pride “Heaven Party” with the traditional sexy angels. Wear angel wings for special perks. $5 cover. White attire suggested. 9 p.m., Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306,

Saturday, June 26

The Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch — sponsored by Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth, the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation and the Atlanta Pride Committee — focuses on the contributions the transgender community has made to the LGBT civil rights movement. $5 suggested donation with proceeds going toward the 2010 Transgender Day of Remembrance and the 2011 Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Community Breakfast. 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The annual Atlanta Pride 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Front Runners Atlanta, at Piedmont Park. Race day registration $30. Proceeds benefit H.E.R.O. For Children. 8 a.m. Start line near the Aquatic Center.

The first East Side Pride picnic celebrates the LGBT community in Clarkston, Avondale, Tucker, Stone Mountain and other areas east of Atlanta. Bring items to grill and a side dish to share. 1-5 p.m. at Milam Park, Pavilion One, 3867 Norman Road, Clarkston, GA 30021,

The new Queer Justice League presents “Stonewall Pride: Picnic in the Park” to celebrate the date of the Stonewall riots. Bring your own food and beverages to share for a day of fellowship. Gather in meadow of Piedmont Park near Park Tavern. 3 p.m.-6 p.m.,

Join the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters for “Stonewall, Sisters and Spirits!” $10 bottomless beer and raffles. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. F.R.O.G.S. Cantina, 931 Monroe Drive #A107, Atlanta, GA 30308,

After the 7 p.m. showing of “Stonewall Uprising,” Out on Film hosts patrons and officials of the Atlanta Eagle to discuss the Sept. 10 raid on the bar by the Atlanta Police Department and draw parallels between what happened at Stonewall and themselves 40 years later. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,,,,

The Brown Sugar Vibe’s “Sugar Shack Juke Joint” celebrates three years as well as the 25th anniversary of “The Color Purple.” Hosted by Lakara Foster. 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Kat’s Café, 970 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309.

A Stonewall “Twist” party with DJ Duck spinning a mix of hip-hop, Top 40, and hot dance music. 9 p.m. Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306,

DJ Chris Griswold spins at the Atlanta Eagle. 10 p.m. 308 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308.

“Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally and community art project at the State Capitol following Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch. Dress for photographic project “that represents all our queer colors.” Pride photographers will capture the scenes and the results will be displayed at Atlanta Pride in October. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 100 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334,

Sunday, June 27

Gay favorite Dar Williams performs with special guest Sara Watkins. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307,

Country trio Rascal Flatts brings its “Unstoppable” tour to Atlanta; the band drew gay fans with its song “Love Who You Love.” Lakewood Amphitheatre.  7:30 p.m. 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta, GA  30315,

Monday, June 28

Scissor Sisters “Night Work” album release party. Hosted by Peep Peep of Le Sexoflex, Scissor Sister videos playing on all the monitors, a sing-a-long and a Scissor Sisters set by DJ Dax! 9 p.m. with the new album being played at 10 p.m. Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312,

Tuesday, June 29

“Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery,” a performance to benefit Charis Circle, includes a VIP wine and cheese reception for $60 with playwright Shay Youngblood. General admission tickets for $25. VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-584-7450,,

Wednesday, June 30

Courtney Love brings her band, Hole, to Atlanta to spread the love. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-659-9022,

Thursday, July 1

New York Times bestselling author of eight novels and Georgia resident Karin Slaughter reads from her book “Broken” in association with Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse. 7:15 p.m., Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030.

The National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities Inc. and Forever Standing Entertainment LLC present a screening of “Epidemic Chronicles.” Filmed in Atlanta, the movie chronicles the lives of five African-American men from five major cities who contracted HIV from the same man. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. cocktail reception, movie viewing 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. A Q&A with producer Lance Forrest follows the screening. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308.,

Friday, July 2

She’s not at The Palace, but she is in Atlanta. Liza Minnelli performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327(at the intersection of Powers Ferry Road and Stella Drive),

Latin White Party featuring Cristina. 10 p.m. Chaparral Nightclub, 2715 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, July 3

DJ Susan Morabito of New York spins for Independence Weekend. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Friday, July 2-Sunday, July 4

Take a bite out of the Big Peach as the Hotlanta Softball League hosts its annual softball tournament with dozens of teams from Atlanta and the entire south participating. On Friday there will be the official Big Peach welcome and registration party from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. After party is at Heretic on Cheshire Bridge Road. On Saturday play begins with Blake’s on the Park serving as the official host bar, 227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Games continue on Sunday with a closing party at Burkharts Pub, 1492 Piedmont Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA. Games played at Southside Softball Park, 3460 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354.

Saturday, July 3-Sunday, July 4

Flux Deluxe returns for a special Fourth of July celebration. Dance all Saturday night with DJ Vicki Powell spinning the beats and then on Sunday enjoy a brunch with a rooftop pool party to follow to watch the fireworks. Special room rates available if you mention Flux by calling Bill Kaelin at 404-396-5750. The Livingston, 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Sunday, July 4

DJ Paulo returns to Atlanta to let freedom ring for the Fourth of July Weekend. Presented by CARIOCA Productions and Chris Coleman Enterprises. Party starts at 10 p.m. at Club Q, a.k.a. Legends, 181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30312.

“Hedwig & the Angry Inch” is performed at the Spring4thCenter. Tickets are $10 and $15. Showtime is 7 p.m. with a Q&A to follow with the cast.
Spring4th Center, 728 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Ladies at Play presents its Fourth of July Bash. $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after 10 p.m. Luxe Ultra Lounge (formely Enigma), 1100 Crescent Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Monday, July 5

Know when to fold ‘em. It’s Texas Hold ‘Em night at Woofs. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., 2425 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Tuesday, July 6

The Atlanta Executive Network travels outside the perimeter for a Mix & Mingle at LeBuzz. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067,,

Wednesday, July 7

Debi Lowry, a.k.a. “Mama Deb,” reads and signs her book “Three Grim Fairy Tales and a Happy Ending.” All royalties from books sold will go to GLAAD, For the Kids and the CHRIS Kids Rainbow program. 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Thursday, July 8

DJ Vicki Powell helms the turntables for Georgia Voice’s Best of Atlanta Awards party. A couple of complimentary drinks, other drink specials and hors d’ oeuvres are sure to get the party going. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Aurum, 108 8th St., Atlanta, GA 30309.

It’s the “New Way to Party and Play” every Thursday with Traxx and Traxx Girls. No cover for those age 21 and older. For those younger, free before midnight, $7 after. Includes DJs, interactive video games, and the Computer Luv video game. 10 p.m. Obsessions, 4525 Glenwood Road, Decatur, GA 30022,

Friday, July 9

Enjoy Happy Hour with Martina Diamante bartending every Friday at Bellissima. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 560 B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,, 404-917-0220,

Friday, July 9 – Saturday, July 10

Join the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus for “All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles.” 8 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. 404-413-9TIX,