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Our ‘Best Bets’ for the weekend and beyond

Saturday, Aug. 24

Comedians, drag performers and more come together at “Laughter, Lashes & Live,” as the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence raise money for their grant fund, 6 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 

The fourth annual Fire party, sponsored by Fenuxe and celebrating the best of Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. at Opera,

Enjoy dinner and a screening of “The Wiz” at Lift Up Atlanta movie night at 7 p.m. at the Rush Center, 

Shavonna B. Brooks leads “Extravaganza” at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 

Sunday, Aug. 25

Atlanta Dixieland Bowling hosts its welcome back/after party, allowing players to sign up for fall leagues, 12 p.m., Funtime Bowling, 

Monday, Aug. 26

Benefiting Susan G. Komen For the Cure and the Atlanta AIDS Fund, the annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares event is tonight at 7 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Center, 

Tuesday, Aug. 27

The lesbian social networking group Fourth Tuesday hosts its monthly dinner at a different restaurant each month, this month at Coco Cabana, from 6 – 10 p.m., 

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Get out the roller skates for the Skateboyz Black Pride kickoff event, 8 p.m. at Metro Skates,

Atlanta’s best comics, gay and straight, come together for the ABear Comedy Show hosted by Ian Aber.  8 p.m. at the Jungle, benefitting Lost-n-Found Youth, 

Atlanta Pride hosts the Trans March Planning event at Charis at 6 p.m., 

Thursday, Aug. 29

Author Sara Farizan discusses her book “If You Could Be Mine” and the political realities that inspired the stories, 7:30 p.m., Charis, 

Phoenix from “Rupaul’s Dance Race” is one of the performers and hosts of Dancefloor Divas, 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 

$3 Thursdays are part of “Where the Party At?” night at 11 p.m. at Phase One, 

Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2

Experience a throwback to summer camp with color wars, swimming and singing around the campfire, plus DJs, live performances and more as Gay & Lesbian Adults Camp hosts a women-only event over Labor Day Weekend in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Registration is due by Aug. 16.


Black Gay Pride draws tens of thousands to Atlanta every Labor Day weekend for a packed schedule of community events and nightlife parties. Highlights include events from nonprofit coordinator In the Life Atlanta ( and Sunday’s Pure Heat Community Festival, created by the Vision Community Foundation and Traxx Girls ( Many other party promoters also have multiple events; see story on Page 17 and a special section in the Aug. 30 issue of GA Voice.

The Decatur Book Festival takes place this weekend, with an impressive LGBT track. See stories on Pages 14-15. 

Friday, Aug. 30

DJs Jonny Mack and Sean Mawc liven up Bear Invasion at 9 p.m. at the Heretic, 

Saturday, Aug. 31

The Auburn Avenue Research Library presents Pride in the Black LGBTQ Community, with film screenings and a literary café, 12 p.m., 

Monday, Sept. 2

The PFLAG Atlanta support meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 

Wednesday, Sept. 4-Sunday, Sept. 8

The Southern Comfort Conference, one of the nation’s largest events for transgender people and allies, convenes at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia for a long weekend of education, empowerment and social events.

Friday, Sept. 6

The Barry Manilow musical “Harmony” opens at 8 p.m. the Alliance Theatre, 

Johnny Drago’s world premiere “Trash” opens at 8 p.m. at Onstage Atlanta, 

DJ Vicki Powell and DJ Ree De Le Vega are part of “Getting Dirty in Atlanta,” an after-party for Southern Comfort Conference attendees at 10 p.m.,

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Local filmmaker Cindy Abel celebrates the finish of her moving documentary “Breaking Through,” about openly LGBT elected officials, at a wrap party, 6:30 p.m. at Tribute Lofts Skyroom.