The hottest happenings this weekend in LGBT Atlanta

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Friday, March 30

Gay Outreach at AID Atlanta hosts a happy hour social event. First-time participants receive a drink on the house. 5 – 7 p.m. at Friends on Ponce, 736 Ponce De Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta GA 30306,

Kai Lin Art’s 21st exhibition, “BLOOM,” is the annual spring exhibit, this year featuring Wallace Duvall, Nathaniel Galka, Lucha Rodriquez, Marlene Lillian, Jarno Kettunen, Penny Treese, Bethany Collins, Sun Hong and Karen Divine. 7 – 10 p.m. at Kai Lin Art, 3069 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305,

The Southern Bears host an informal coffee and dinner for members and those who’d like to know more about the fundraising and social group. 7 p.m. at Caribou Coffee, 3487 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327, then dinner at 8 p.m. at OK Cafe, 1284 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30327,,

Lesbian poet Megan A. Volpert brings “Sonics in Warholia” for an appearance with fellow writers Chris Chipman and Vince Cellucci. 7 p.m. at Bound to be Read Books, 481-B Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Superpill, the Sonia Tetlow Band and Flat Cat open for the super-duper queer-inclusive band The Shondes. 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the HIgland Inn Ballroom Lounge, 644 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Savannah Pride hosts the second annual Fools Party to raise funds for the annual festival. Includes amateur drag contest with 50/50 raffle and drink specials from 9 – 10 p.m. $5, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Chuck’s Bar, 301 River St., Savannah, GA 31401,

Mary’s in East Atlanta celebrates the release of Madonna’s “MDNA” album with CD and promotional swag giveaways. VJ Headmaster Ritual will spin a full night of girl pop dance music. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave. Atlanta, GA 30316,

Friday, March 30 – Saturday, March 31

The ever-zany Miss Richfield 1981 brings “2012: We’ll All be Dead by Christmas” to Midtown. 8 p.m. at the 14th St. Playhouse, 173 14th St., Atlanta GA 30309,,

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus performs “Gleeful Noise: Celebrating Glee Clubs, Then & Now,” featuring arrangements from “Glee,” including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and “Teenage Dream.” $25, 8 p.m. at Cannon Chapel at Emory University, 515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322,

Saturday, March 31

The Atlanta Harlequins, the city’s women’s rugby football club, takes on the Raleigh Venom. 12 – 2 p.m. at Central Park, Upper Field, 355 Pine St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Strong Ladies and Men, or SLAM, hosts a “Kick Butt & Chew Bubble Gum” self-defense seminar in light of recent homophobic assaults. Free, $5-$10 suggested donation. 12 – 3 p.m. at the Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center, 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,,

Superstar DJ Tony Moran hits the turn tables at Jungle. 10:30 p.m., 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30324,

The lesbian-led Michelle Malone Banned performs two shows at Eddie’s Attic. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

The Dixie Invitational Bowling Tournament hosts a final cookout before its big gay bowling tournament. $10 covers all you can eat burgers, hot dogs and beer. Look out for the drunken gummy bears! 5 – 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Woofs Wackers softball team hosts their annual Final Four Beer Bust with a 50/50 raffle, Jell-o, shots and drunken gummies. 5 – 8 p.m. at Woof’s, 2425 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Atlanta Freedom Bands perform “March Madness and April Fools: a concert of humor, whimsy and fantasy” with trans performance artist Scott Turner Schofield. 8 p.m. at Druid hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Fenuxe Magazine presents their 2012 Best Bachelor Auction to benefit AID Atlanta. Ten local gay bachelors will be auctioned off for dinner/spa/theater dates to benefit Atlanta’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. Tickest $20-$150. 8 – 11 p.m. at Raw Space Gallery, 431 Fair St., Atlanta, GA 30313,

Sunday, April 1

Award-winning trans performance artist Scott Turner Schofield performs “Words Can’t Describe” to raise money for his surgery fund. Silent auction at intermission. 3 p.m. at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Meet, greet and read with local gay authors Collin Kelley and David-Matthew Barnes. 3 – 6 p.m. at Bound to Be Read Books, 481-B Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316,

Pink Martini takes listeners back to the golden era of Hollywood musicals with a genre-blending performance. 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,