The Village People, Ladies Night at Blake's and more this weekend

Our ‘Best Bets’

Thursday, July 11

SAGE Atlanta (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) hosts Cards and Social Hour from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Philip Rush Center,

XS Ultra Lounge is the home for Turnt Up Thursday, 11 p.m. – 4 a.m.,

Friday, July 12

Lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly Fourth Friday social from 6 – 9 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta,    

It’s Ladies Night upstairs at Blake’s, with special guest DJ Liz Owen,

The Village People take the stage at 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Centre,

Jennifer Knapp and Steff Mahan perform together at 8 p.m. at Red Clay Theatre,

The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Keller Williams perform at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden,

Openly gay director David H. Bell returns to the ATL for the world premiere of his musical “Shakin’ the Rafters,” 8 p.m. at 14th Street Playhouse,

$2 Fridays, offering cheap well drinks, begin at LeBuzz, with a dance party to boot at the Marietta gay bar.

Bedlam presents “Paparazzi,” a new night out hosted by promoter Barry Brandon with “strong looks preferred,” on the second Friday of each month, starting tonight at 10th and Piedmont,

DJ Chris Griswold spins at 10 p.m. at the Heretic,

Saturday, July 13

Catch the stars of the future as Girls Rock Camp concludes with a 2 p.m. concert at the Variety Playhouse,

This one’s for the ladies: a foam/bikini and board shorts party and all girl femme revue show are part of the fun beginning at 8 p.m. at My Sister’s Room,

Sponsored by Scruff, The Heretic hosts Bearracuda with DJ Paul Goodyear at 9 p.m.,

Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura plays at 9 p.m. at Variety Playhouse,

Hairy men cavort all over the place at the Southern Bear Bar Night at 10 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle,

The new dance party “Mixx” takes place at the new Kouture Lounge in Midtown, with free entry until 11:30 p.m.,

Saturdays, get into Pit Pop Video with DJ Diablo Rojo at Cockpit Atlanta,

Sunday, July 14

Cowboy Envy perform at 5 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Old Skool classic dance starts at 7 p.m. with DJ Rick and DJ Maestro on Sundays at Mixx,

Monday, July 15

Stars of the Century is a weekly drag tradtion  at 11:30 p.m. at Jungle,

Tuesday, July 16

Ruby Redd hosts Ruby’s Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at Jungle Atlanta,

Swing Out Sister performs at 8 p.m. at Variety Playhouse,

VJ Marco Polo puts on a night of showtunes every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta,

Wednesday, July 17

“The Match Game,” “Family Feud” and more make up The Big Gay Game Show at Jungle Atlanta, starting at 7:30 p.m. and benefiting Lost-N-Found Youth,

The gay-themed play “Headwaters: Didja Hear” opens at 8 p.m. at Sautee Nacoochee Center,

On Wednesdays, catch the Lust & Bust Show with host Lena Lust and featuring Shawnna Brooks. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park,

Thursday, July 18

Charis and Cliterati team up for an open mic and reading series, hosted by the spoken word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis, with special guest, poet Rushelle Frazier, at 7:30 p.m.,

Find out your top choices in dozens of categories, plus enjoy free food, beverages and more at the GA Voice Best of Atlanta party, 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Georgian Terrace,


Friday, July 19

Artist Phillip Bonneau’s Ugly Simple Truths, a photographic exploration of our “shadow self” and the things we do not talk about, opens at 6 p.m. at Suite Spot,

The Third Friday film Series presents “Who Stole the American Dream?”  at 7 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation,

The great Anita Baker returns to the ATL at 8 p.m. at Chastain,

Pedro! Pedro! The new Pedro Almodóvar film “I’m So Excited” opens at the Midtown Art Cinema,

Saturday, July 20

It’s the gay party of the summer: The 26th edition of Joining Hearts, raising money for AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House, takes place today from  4 – 11 p.m. at the Piedmont Park Pool,

After the Joining Hearts pool party, Rosabel — the mega DJ duo of Ralphi Rosario and Abel — spins at Jungle Atlanta to benefit the group that helps people with HIV find housing.

Join author Kenya Jackson as she discusses her new self-help book “empty. s p a c e: Where is My Stuff? Navigating the Quarterlife Crisis with Wisdom and Skill” at 7:30 p.m. at Charis,

The Atlanta Roller Girls hosts a twin bill game, with the first game at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center,

Rebecca Loebe performs at 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

Thursday, July 25

The GSU Players and University Theatre present an evening of one act LGBT short plays, 8 p.m. at Dahlberg Hall at GSU,

Drag Diva Jaye Lish brings her Birds of Paradise Show to Trader Vic’s Lounge at the Hilton Atlanta for two shows at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.,

Marietta Pride begins today and lasts through Sunday, July 28,

Friday, July 26

Brandi Carlile plays Chastain Ampitheatre at 7:30 p.m.,

Saturday, July 27

Tylan from Girlyman performs at 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic,

The Save a Breast Music Fest with Wynn Varble, Jared Munday Project and Catherine Kimbro begins at 8 p.m. at Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay,

Sunday, July 28

The annual Backpack in the Park cocktail party, benefitting For the Kid in All of Us, kicks off at 4 p.m. at Cator Woolford Gardens,

Tuesday, July 30

“Menopause The Musical” returns to the ATL tonight at 7:30 at the Alliance Theatre,