Friday, Aug. 20
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual gala Community Awards Dinner. Black-tie optional; tickets $99 or $130 for VIP. 6-9:30 p.m. at the W Midtown, 188 14th St., Atlanta, Georgia 30361. www.atlantagaychamber.org
Get ready: It’s the Boys & Girls No Pants Foam Party at My Sister’s Room. 10 p.m. at 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316. www.mysistersroom.com
It’s the third Friday of the month, meaning it’s time for Tryst with DJ Angie Terrell. 10:30 p.m. at Bellissima, 560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. www.myspace.com/bellissima_lounge.
Saturday, Aug. 21
The Akoma Book Club (of Women Healing Women) meets at Charis Books & More on the third Saturday of each month. August’s book pick is “The 5 Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman, but you don’t have to have read the book to participate. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
The Summer Movie Madness Beach Party features “Big Business.” 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Model T, 699 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308. www.modeltatlanta.com.
Can you “Win It in a Minute”? That’s the theme for the fifth annual game show night at First Metropolitan Community Church. Attendees get dinner and the chance to be a contestant in the games, with a grand prize of an Apple iPad. 7-9:30 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. www.firstmcc.com.
The Heretic’s Back Room Burlesque features the Armorettes, Atlanta’s beloved camp-drag troupe. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.; DJ Jay McCracken follows. The Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
DJ Ed Bailey spins for Madonna Gaga Rama. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
DJ Pat Scott at the Eagle. 10 p.m. at 308 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308. www.atlantaeagle.com.
Queer rockers Scissor Sisters plays Atlanta. 8 p.m. at Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, www.ticketmaster.com.
Head to Philips Arena to see great professional women’s basketball as the Atlanta Dream takes on the Washington Mystics. Thanks to the Decatur Women’s Sports League, tickets are $25 and $10 goes to the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative if you enter code DWSL . Pre-game mixer at 2 p.m. with the team. Game at 3 p.m. at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303. Tickets: www.tinyurl.com/atlantadreamalhi.
The AIDS Vaccine 200, the annual HIV fundraising bike ride, holds a closing party as organizers present checks to Emory Vaccine Center, Jerusalem House and Positive Impact. DJ Todd Skelton spins. 3-5 p.m. at Kai Lin Art Gallery, 800 Peachtree St. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/av200.
Donna Summer plays at 8 p.m. at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327, www.ticketmaster.com.
IndieQueer Multicultural Cinema hosts a screening of Roger Ormeus Jr.’s “Finding Me.” 7-9:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.indiequeercinema.com.
“Sukeban” means “delinquent girls” in Japanese. See what they mean at Sukeban 9: Who’s Yer PONY!? Performers include DAX!, Kaori Androide, Dusty A Go-Go, Nea D’Angel and Naomi Munroe. Pony-themed outfits encouraged. 8:30 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316. www.mysistersroom.com.
Monday, Aug. 23
A $25 preview performance of “Pageant: The Musical” benefits Atlanta Cotillion, which raises funds for AID Atlanta. 8 p.m. at 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St., Atlanta, GA www.atlantacotillion.com. Regular performances of “Pageant” begin Aug. 25, www.14thstplayhouse.org
Tuesday, Aug. 24
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds a Business Builder lunch 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030. There is also a lunch on Aug. 25 at East Point Corner Tavern, 2783 Main St., East Point, GA 30344,
It’s your second chance to eat at Carpe Diem today, as lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday holds its monthly Fourth Tuesday dinner at the popular Decatur eatery. Drinks at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030. www.fourthtuesday.org.
Horror movie aficionado Don Sumner signs his film guide “Horror Movie Freak.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
PCW Wrestling goes live at the Jungle. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the bouts begin at 8 p.m. Cover $8. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com, www.platinumchampionshipwrestling.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 25
The B-52s and Blondie rock Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m. at 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327, www.ticketmaster.com
The Queer Literary Fiction Group holds its monthly meeting, discussing “Trumpet” by Jackie Kay. 7–8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
Gilbert’s Café & Bar celebrates its 10th anniversary; free drink and hors d’oeuvres, $20 donation benefits AID Atlanta. 7-9 p.m. at Gilberts, 219 10th St., Atlanta, GA, 30309, www.gilbertscafe.com.
Thursday, Aug. 26
MEGA Family Project hosts its Maybe Baby seminar for prospective LGBT parents. 7-9 p.m. 1530 Dekalb Ave., Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,
Advice columnist Blane Bachelor signs her first book, “On Being a Bachelor.” 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
Atlanta’s Purple Dragon brings lip sync, cabaret, poetry and live singing to Spring 4th. 10 p.m. at Spring4th Center, 728 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.myspace.com/atlpurpledragon, www.spring4th.com.
Friday, Aug. 27 – Saturday, Aug. 28
Take a walk on the wild side as SE Rubber Weekend comes to the Atlanta Eagle, including the Mr. SE Rubber contest. Meet and greet and “slick him up” with contestants at 10 p.m. on Friday night; Saturday events include vendor mart starting at noon, cookout from 2-4 p.m., Mr. SE Rubber contest from 8-10 p.m., and victory party from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. All events at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mserubber.com, www.atlantaeagle.com.
Traxx and TraxxGirls present the Leo edition of their Friday Night Live party, which goes from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. at Atlanta Live (aka Mansion Elan Nightclub), 3595 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30319, www.traxxatlanta.com.
On the heels of her new album “Leave Your Sleep,” Natalie Merchant takes the stage at 8 p.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, Aug. 28
The gay-inclusive Atlanta Bucks Rugby Club hosts Rugby 101 for prospective players. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Coan Middle School, 1550 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317, www.atlantabucksrugby.org.
The Roy G. Biv Project, a group for Atlanta LGBT families, hosts an afternoon for parents and kids from 3-5 p.m. at Funtime Bowl, 3285 Bufuord Highway, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.facebook.com/TheRoyG.BivProject.
The gay Southern Softpaw League holds its fall sign-up event and cookout to prepare for the season that starts Sept. 18. 4–8 p.m. at The Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.southernsoftpaw.com.
Gay sports bar Woofs hosts a Beer Blast where you can sign up for Atlanta Field Day, the Sept. 18 fundraiser for CHRIS Kids that pits teams in fun games like three-legged races, sack races and Simon Says. Beer blast is 4-8 p.m. at Woofs, 2425 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.atlantafieldday.org, www.woofsatlanta.com
The Atlanta RollerGirls roller derby team plays two home bouts: an all-star game at 5 p.m., followed by the Sake Tuyas vs. The Toxic Shocks at 7:30 p.m. Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantarollergirls.com
DJ Scott Anthony spins at 10 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com
DJ Don Bishop and DJ Lydia Prim spin together on one stage. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,
Sunday, Aug. 29
Necole Luv Dupree passes on her Miss Utopia Crown to a new winner after a night of evening gown, talent, swimsuit and presentation. 8-11:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 450 Capitol Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312, www.missutopia.org.
Looking for just the right frock for Atlanta Cotillion on Sept. 18? Check out the annual Running of the Belles, where you just might grab the perfect dress. 2-4 p.m. at Bellissima, 560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.atlantacotillion.com.
The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance hosts a recruitment social for gay sports teams. 2-5 p.m. at FROGS Cantina, 931 Monroe Drive #A107, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantagaysports.com.
Lesbian hearts will no doubt pound as Joan Jett joins Billy Idol at Chastain. 7:30 p.m. at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327, www.ticketmaster.com.
The Armorettes, the camp-drag group that raises money for HIV, peforms their Sunday show. 8-10 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.armorettes.com.
Monday, Aug. 30
Jeffrey Fashion Cares, Jeffrey Kalinsky’s premiere fashion show that benefits the Atlanta AIDS Partnership and the breast cancer nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, walks the runway from 7-9 p.m. at 12th & Midtown, 35th floor, 1075 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309. An after-party follows with Fred Schneider of the B-52s and DJ Vicki Powell, 9 p.m. to midnight at Opera, 1150 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Singer-songwriter Doria Roberts celebrates her 10th annual birthday party show and live recording. 7-9 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, www.eddiesattic.com.
Gay journalist, food critic and author Elliott Mackle signs “Hot off the Presses,” his tale of what happens when a gay newspaper editor falls for a closeted gymnast at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
The world’s largest Black Gay Pride gets underway in Atlanta with a Candlelight Vigil hosted by In the Life Atlanta, the official organizers of the Labor Day Weekend cultural and community events. Rev. Paris Eley is keynote speaker. 7-10 p.m. at First MCC of Atlanta, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.inthelifeatl.com.
Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara join Paramore at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. 6:30 p.m. at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30097, www.ticketmaster.com.
Thursday, Sept. 2
In the Life Atlanta hosts a VIP reception for its Black Gay Pride sponsors. 7-10 p.m. at Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,