Check out LGBT Atlanta’s Best Bets Feb. 28-March 13

Friday, Feb. 28

The Atlanta Gay Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts its Fourth Friday networking event from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Vivid Hair Salon,

Fabrefaction Theatre Company’ homoerotic “Shakespeare’s R&J,” directed by Brian Clowdus, runs through March 2, with a performance tonight at 8, Fabrefaction,

Film Love presents the Czechoslovakian film “Diamonds of the Night,” about two young prisoners of war pursued after they escape from a train, 8 p.m., Emory University’s White Hall, Room 208,

Swank, a lady’s mixer with DJ Prism, is tonight from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at 10th & Piedmont,

The queer variety show Sweet Tea presets The Love Edition featuring comedy, live music, performances, an art exhibit and more. Free. 9 p.m. at The Hangar, 151 Sampson St., Atlanta, GA 30312,

The Other Show: Twerks of Art version starring Celeste Holmes, Edie Cheezburger, Evah Destruction, Jaye Lish, Miami Royale and Violet Chachki, begins at 9:30 p.m. at Jungle Club,

Gender Fuzions Cabaret featuring The Goddess Raven as well as Lauren Lamasters, Heather Daniels, Lacie Bruce, Anita Richcock and Sasha Stephens present its Flame Fatalé tour. General admission is $10 for those 21 and older; $13 for those 18-20. Takes place at Fuzions, 806 North Broad St., Monroe, GA 30656,

The Traxx Ladies Lounge event, 2.0 Fridays, is tonight at My Sister’s Room,

Saturday, March 1

Enjoy soft drinks, nibbles and 10 percent off the entire store at the Barking Leather Brick and Mortar grand opening, 12 – 6 pm, 2585 Chantilly Dr. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324

Atlanta Gender Variations: Parents of gender variant/trans children support group meets today from 2 – 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,

Dragavanza 2, benefiting Jerusalem House and Lost-N-Found, will feature Chandler Bearden as the emcee, Patrick Hanson on stage painting live during the event, and a slew of entertainers – Al’Meria Richman, Ginger Vitis, Holly Walden, Erica Lee, Misti Shores, Amber Divine, The East Point Possums, Katy Cakes Taylor, Sandy Springs, and Regina Cartier. Doors open at 5 p.m. with show at 6:30 p.m., Jungle Club,

The Sixth Annual Big Wig Party benefits the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, with tickets starting at $30, 7 p.m., Paris on Ponce,

Purim off Ponce 2014, Beyond the Rainbow, is SOJOURN’s (formerly the Rainbow Center) annual fundraiser, a festive night of great costumes, divas, food, fun and more, 7:30 – 11 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center,

Film Love presents the second part of their Czech New Wave series with the once-banned “A Report on the Party and the Guests,” about a group of bourgeois picnickers who are coerced into attending an outdoor banquet run by a sinister chairman and his henchman, 8 p.m. at Emory University’s White Hall, Room 208,

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and The Atlanta Eagle host Jock Strap Sister Twister, a night of fun and frolic the first Saturday night of each month, 9 – 11 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

B.I.G. Productions present the return of Bear Invasion with special guest DJs John LePage and Sean Mac. 9 p.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Joshua D spins just after Ruby’s Redd Light District show at Jungle Club, beginning at 9 p.m.,

The Divas Cabaret, starring Destiny Brooks, Heather Daniels, Iysis Dupree,Kitty Love and special guests, is tonight, with DJ Birdman spinning, 11 p.m., LeBuzz,

Sunday, March 2

Xion’s weekly dance party features DJ Twisted Dee, 3 a.m.,

The gay community’s Super Bowl – the Academy Awards – air tonight at 8 p.m. with several LGBT-themed films up for prizes. Numerous local parties are on tap, including one at Friends ( at 7 p.m. and another at 10th & Piedmont, which has a $15 bottomless champagne special beginning at 7 p.m.,

Pink Martini with special guests the Von Trapps play Atlanta Symphony Hall. 7 p.m.,

The Armorettes bring down the house tonight at Sing-Along Sundays at 9 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Monday, March 3

Trans and Friends is a youth focused group for trans*people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies. This is a project of the Feminist Outlawz co-sponsored by Charis Circle’s Strong Families, Whole Children Program. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books,

The Atlanta PFLAG Support Group meets tonight from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,

Tuesday, March 4

The Mardi Gras Hurricane Party! promises a night of fun beginning at 5 p.m. at Friends on Ponce,

The 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Once,” bows in Atlanta tonight at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m.,

Film Love presents the third film in their Czech New Waves series, the surrealist musical comedy “Martyrs of Love,” 8 p.m., Emory University’s White Hall, Room 208,

Wednesday, March 5

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Screening of “Al Nisa: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca” directed by Red Summer is a free event open to the public. A discussion will follow the screening and there will be a small reception. 6 p.m. at Georgia State University Student Center Speaker’s Auditorium, 44 Courtland St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Hump Night fun is hosted by Regina at Friends on Ponce at 8 p.m.,

Dragnificence is every Wednesday at 10 p.m. at Jungle Club,

Thursday, March 6

SAGE Atlanta hosts its monthly social meeting from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

Robert J. Patterson discusses his book “Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture” tonight. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program with a suggested donation of $5, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Charis Books,

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian-born author of “Purple Hibiscus” and “Half a Yellow Sun,” reads from her new paperback, “Americanah,” a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home, 7 p.m, First Baptist Church of Decatur,

Join HRC Atlanta at Ink & Elm in Emory Village for the Atlanta Gala Dinner & Auction Pre-Dinner Reception, 7 p.m.,

Brent Star hosts the new Game Night at G’s Midtown from 9 – 11 p.m., www.gsmidtown

Decadence: A Night of Drinking and Debauchery is hosted by Adam Bland and Ashley Mitchell with beats by DJ Daryl Cox. Doors open at 10 p.m. with a Wet Underwear Contest at 11 p.m. with a cash prize, Ten Atlanta,

Friday, March 7

Start your weekend off right with cocktails and friends at Woof’s TGIF party beginning at 5 p.m.,

Jungle Club hosts Dinner and a Movie every Friday, 7 p.m.,

Atlanta Team Tennis Association (ATTA) begins its annual ChATTAhoochee Doubles Classic tonight and lasting through Sunday, Sharon Lester Tennis Center,

Onyx Bar Night is from 10 -11 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Heretic’s PUMP Friday features a live performance and meet-n-greet by the one and only Debby Holiday. DJ Mike Pope will be taking over the tables after. 10 p.m.,

Saturday, March 8

Create Love for Women Who Love Women Conference includes interactive workshops, entertainment, a marketplace and more. 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m., Courtyard Mariott in Decatur.

Play Texas Hold Em at 4 p.m. and stick around for guest DJs at Mixx Atlanta,

The 4th annual Symphony Gala, celebrating the ASO’s Talent Development Program, features a performance by multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,

Hot Mess! is a weekly dance party at Mary’s, 9 p.m.,

DJ Dave Huge hosts the New York Exchange, while the Southern Bears host a Bar Night/21st Anniversary Party at 10 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

Shawnna Brooks headlines Synergy along with new show regular Evah Destruction beginning at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Sunday, March 9

Movies with the Bears – the Southern Bears gather to watch “300: Rise of the Empire” at a TBD time at Movie Tavern at Northlake Festival,

Lateasha Shante Shuntel headlines the Silicone Outlaw show, with guests Nichelle Paris, Raquel Lord, Nicole Paige Brooks, Shawnna Brooks and Taejah Thomas, 8 p.m., Blake’s,

The Morgan Rowe Band comes to Eddie’s Attic, 8 p.m,

Flashback Showgirls hosted by Angelica D’Paige every Sunday featuring a new decade each week and live DJ. Showtime is 8 p.m., 10th and Piedmont,

Blackout Party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, $5 cover,

Enjoy $2 well drinks all day/night at Bulldogs, 893 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309

Monday, March 10

Jukebox Drag with Knomie Moore is tonight from 8 – 11 p.m. Heretic Atlanta,

Join DJ Vicki Powell & DJ Ree de la Vega plus special guest performers for a night of fellowship and revelry at Log Ram: The Revival, celebrating the birthday of the late Ria Pell, 9 p.m., Mary’s,

New Monday Night Trivia, hosted by Wild Cherry Sucret, offers chances to win up to $250 in cash and prizes. 11 p.m., Blake’s,

Every Monday is Stars of the Century at 11:30 p.m. at Jungle Club,

Tuesday, March 11

Dinner Party with Chance and a Movie, followed by karaoke with 126,000 songs and DJ Birdman at LeBuzz spinning, with no cover, LeBuzz,

Learn to play rugby with the Atlanta Bucks every Thursday from 7 – 9 p.m., Elementary, 65 Rogers St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30317,

Tearing Down Oakhurst: An Oral History of Gentrification features David Rotenstein’s half-hour video touches on the origins of gentrification in Oakhurst with interviews with lifelong residents. Suggested donation is $5, Charis Books & More

VJ Ayem and Wesley Caldwell spins at Cockpit Atlanta tonight, 8 p.m.,

Sasie Monroe hosts Pop! Karaoke at 11 p.m. at Blake’s,

Wednesday, March 12

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents Mastering the Art of Bragging presented by Darcy Eikenberg, executive and leadership coach. This will be a highly interactive workshop. 6 – 8 p.m., The Phillip Rush Center,

Women and AIDS: 20 Years Later. The program is presented by the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities Research at the Georgia State University School of Public Health and SisterLove Inc., 6 – 9 p.m.,

Luck of the Irish Bingo, a fundraiser for PALS Atlanta, is hosted by Bubba D. Licious, Kimora Layou and Brent Star, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m., Jungle Club,

Local poets and writers Theresa David, Collin Kelley and Megan Volpert, all named to the 2014 American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow Book List, will be celebrated for their accomplishments, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books & More,

Angelica D’Paige, Monica Van Pelt and Violet Chachki are the grand dames behind Bitchy Bingo at Lips Atlanta on Wednesday nights,

Thursday, March 13

SAGE Atlanta hosts Cards and Social Hour, followed by a speaker or program committee presentation, 10 a.m., Phillip Rush Center,

Trivia Thursdays is tonight at 8 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper,

Free line dance lessons are on tap from 8 – 9 p.m. as part of 3 Legged Cowboy Thursdays at Heretic Atlanta,

Dinners with the Divas is every Thursday at Lips Atlanta, hosted by Savannah Leigh,

Dance Floor Divas with Phoenix gets cranked up at 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s,


March 14 – 15

The Snake Nation Arts Festival is a collaboration between the Castleberry Hill Creative/Historic District and PushPush Theater, with live music, interactive art, video shoots, dance troupes, artists markets, walking gallery tours, historic tours, movie tours, and the filming of a new series by PushPush, Castleberry Hill,

March 14

“Stranger By the Lake,” the acclaimed gay-themed drama that was the winner of the Queer Palm and Un Certain Regard Directing Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, opens at the Midtown Art Cinema, various times,

Otter Chaos! for otters and their admirers and all their furry friends. Door prizes and giveaways all night. DJ At0m1c from Charlotte will be playing a mix of dub step and house music all night. 10 p.m., Atlanta Eagle,

March 15 – 16

The Black American Revival events include Mr/Miss. Black America, with all day events both days, XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

March 15

Chelsea Handler’s “Uganda Be Killing Me Live” tour comes to the Fox Theatre, 8 p.m.,

Funny man Bill Maher comes to the Cobb Energy Centre at 8 p.m,

Eastern music meets Western instruments at Atlanta Freedom Bands’ upcoming “Music of the Far East” concert. 8 – 10 p.m., North Decatur Presbyterian Church,

March 27 – 29

The Whose Beloved Community? Black Civil and LGBT Rights conference will open with a keynote conversation featuring activist Mandy Carter, civil rights leader Julian Bond Civil and scholar, activist and writer Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for Friday and Saturday conference activities. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church,