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Best Bets 9.17 – 9.30

Friday, Sept. 17

The Project POP happy hour celebrates gay blog Project Q Atlanta’s second anniversary and benefits Pride and Out on Film. $5 suggested donation, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and DJ Vicki Powell spins. 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Aurum, 915 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Bedlam Presents: 80’s Betch! to celebrate Barry Brandon’s birthday. ‘80s attire encouraged; performances by DJ Shane V and Dax! 10 p.m. at My Sisters’ Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Antron Reshaud-Brown hosts “Bohemian Rebel: Fearless Revolution Book Release/Book Tour Party” to celebrate and fundraise for his first national book tour. 7 p.m. at the Crochet Fashion Gallery, inside the Sylvan Building at 233 Mitchell St., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303,

Glitter Biscuits perform 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Bellissima, 560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306.

DJ Lydia Prim spins 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

DJ Mike Pope mans the turntables 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

DJ Chad Jack brings a night in NYC to Jungle. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Friday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept 18

Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta’s gay-founded Reconstructionist synagogue, hosts several services to mark Yom Kippur. Most held at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. Please visit for full schedule.

Saturday, Sept. 18

The Atlanta Cotillion fundraiser for AID Atlanta culminates tonight with the Cotillion Ball, where the queen is crowned. 7 p.m. at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30318,

Atlanta Field Day is a fundraiser for CHRIS Kids that pits teams in fun games like three-legged races, sack races and Simon Says. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Road, Atlanta GA 30324. After-party follows at Woofs Sports Bar.,

The Piedmont Park Conservancy hosts the Splish Splash Doggie Bash, with live music, vendors and doggie swimming at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center. Sessions are 12 – 1:15 p.m. or 1:45 – 3 p.m.

After a short hiatus, DJ Vicki Powell’s Flux dance party returns for one last hurrah. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.

The Heretic Back Room Burlesque features the Armorettes. 8-10 p.m. at 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 19

The fourth annual Atlanta Arts Festival brings more than 200 artists, plus live music and art demonstrations to Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306,

Sunday, Sept. 19

QuickSilver Country Dancers hosts a Gender Free Contra Dance with LGBT and straight dancers welcome; no experience or partner is necessary. Newcomer’s Orientation at 1:30 p.m., dance 2-5 p.m. followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Life Enrichment Center, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033,

Barry Brandon’s Heart Foundation Inaugural Gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner, the premiere of “The Tin Man Project,” dancing and live performances. 5-10 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Heart Foundation Official After Party features DJ Vicki Powell. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Monday, Sept. 20

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres at  8 p.m. on ABC. This season’s contestants include queer-loving comedian Margaret Cho.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Watch the premiere of season two of gay-favorite “Glee” free on the big screen at the Strand Theatre. 7-9 p.m. (show airs at 8 p.m.) at Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060, $25 VIP ticket with front seating available,

The psychedelic band Mondo Drag performs 8:30 – 11 p.m. at The Cut, 166 Stovall St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316,

Wednesday, Sept. 22

The Evolution Party celebrates the 20th edition of the Gay Yellow Pages and the nationwide launch of the Gayborhood mobile app. Includes door prizes and DJ Vicki Powell. 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Hudson Grille-Midtown, 942 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Odd Man Out Theater Company offers a benefit performance of the bawdy “Shakespeare Follies & Benefit” to raise funds for CHRIS Kids. 8 p.m. at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

“Modern Family” premieres at 9 p.m. on ABC. The cast includes gay adoptive dads Cam and Mitchell, who are expected to kiss this season.

Thursday, Sept. 23

The Atlanta Police Department hosts a Safety Seminar. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at  Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

“Sex, Wine and Chocolate 2010: SPARKing the FIRE in Each Other” raises funds for SPARK, which fights for reproductive justice in Georgia. The event, emceed by Joi, honors State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) and the SisterSong Women of Color for Reproductive Justice Collective and includes live performances. 7-11 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta, GA 30303,

DJs Karlitos and Martine spin starting at 10 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Friday, Sept. 24

The Georgia Department of Community Health’s HIV Unit partners with out Q100 radio personality Melissa Carter for an urgent town hall meeting on HIV among gay and bisexual men. 6:30 p.m. at Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

The mostly lesbian Decatur Women’s Softball League plays its fall season. Games every Friday (except Oct. 8) through Nov. 5. 6-10 p.m. at Kelly C. Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Drive, Tucker, GA 30084,

The Maria Gabriella Band performs at 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Bellissima, 560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306.

DJ Jay McCracken spins. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Indigo Girls perform at 10 p.m. as the headline act at the Sautee Jamboree Music Festival. Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, 283 Highway 255 North, Sautee, GA 30571,

Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26

The female-only Women of the Woods fall music fest features Lindsey Hinkle, the Kym Berry Band, the Near Misses and more. All weekend at Swiftwaters Womanspace and Campground, 830 Swiftwaters Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533,

Saturday, Sept. 25

Folk and women’s music artist Deidre McCalla performs. 7-8 p.m. at Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann (“Voices Carry”) made her name with Til Tuesday and went on to become an acclaimed solo performer. She takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. at Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA  30307,

The gay Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Shades of Autumn,” featuring selections from Vivaldi, Dvorak and more. 7:30pm at 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

The gay Southern Southpaw League has games every Saturday through November. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southside Sports Complex, 3460 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354,

Mon Cherie’s Club Fetish features DJ 313 & Jennocide and live fetish performances. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

New York DJ Ed Bailey brings the disco beats to the Studio 54 Party. 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 26

The Midtown Festival of the Arts features an artist market, beer garden, food tastings, kids’ activities, live music, a Saturday night showing of “Driving Miss Daisy, and more. Peachtree Street between 10th and 5th streets,

Sunday, Sept. 26

The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta holds a Beer Bust to raise funds to send players to Gay Bowl X. 3 p.m. at Cowtippers, 1600 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324,

The gay Hotlanta Softball League fall season plays games starting from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 3 at Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 31132,

“Rubbing Noses” features live music, a silent auction, fashions and four-legged friends to raise funds for PALS Atlanta, which helps people with HIV and other health conditions care for their pets. 2-5 p.m. at Lambert Place, 800 Lambert Drive NE #H, Atlanta, GA 30324,

“Brothers & Sisters” premieres at 10 p.m. on ABC. During this season, gay couple Scotty and Kevin are having a child via a surrogate; meanwhile, Uncle Saul will gain a boyfriend, TV Guide reports.

“Sukeban 10: Cirque de Freak” invites you to dress in your circus best for the monthly performance and dance party. 8:30 p.m. at My Sisters Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Tuesday, Sept. 28

“9 to 5: The Musical,” based on the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin/Dolly Parton film about secretaries who decide to kidnap their nasty boss, opens today and runs through Oct. 3 at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday holds its monthly dinner at Cowtippers. 6 – 9 p.m., 1600 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Atlanta S/M Solidarity presents SM101, Introductory Whipping. 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,,

Thursday, Sept. 30

For the Kid in All of Us hosts its first Drag Queen Tupperware Party to raise funds for Toy Party, which provides gifts to underprivileged kids. Includes Tupperware sales, ‘50s style appetizers, and performances by Nicole Paige Brooks, Bubba D. Licious, Tequila Mockingbird, and more. 7-9:30 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The “Miss Intown Atlanta” comedic male beauty pageant is presented by Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta and raises funds to support Joining Hearts, Atlanta Step-up Society, Ahimsa House & KW Cares. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Center Stage, 1374 W Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Jordan Flaherty reads from “Floodlines: Five Years After Katrina.” 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

DJ POST-MODern and special guest DJ Quinn spin for OFFyerHEAD, a night of Britpop and Indie music. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,