The best in nightlife, community, arts and entertainment events for the weekend and beyond

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Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12

“Lady Land! The Coming Out ‘Reality Cabaret’ of a Jesus-Loving Senior Citizen Redneck Lesbian Diva” is a one-man show written and performed by gay artist Will Nolan. She runs Friday and Saturday as part of the Atlanta Fringe Festival. Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Mask Center, 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,,

Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13

The Sweet Auburn SpringFest includes gospel, jazz, blues and hip-hop performances with a children’s fun area, technology expo, career fair and international vendors market. Friday 5 – 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 2 – 8 p.m. in the Sweet Auburn Historical District on Auburn Avenue from Boulevard to Courtland Avenue,

gloATL and Micah Stansell present “The Search for the Exceptional,” a large-scale public work that “investigates the historic role of public recreation centers in reflecting and reconstructing our communal experience.” 8:30 p.m. both nights at the Old 4th Ward Skatepark, 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, GA 30312,

Saturday, May 12

Savannah’s First City Network, a gay business and social networking organization, hosts a Whitemarsh Island Garden Tour featuring homes on the intercoastal waterways. $20 donation goes to FCN Volunteer Fund, 11 a.m. at the Savannah Yacht Club, 730 Bradley Point Road, Savannah, GA 31410,,

Turn back the clock with a Backstreet Atlanta Reunion Party featuring Charlie Brown’s Cabaret, including a special performance by Lily White, back from a tragic house fire that claimed the home she shared with her mother. DJs Rob Reum and Bill Berdeaux spin after. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The fourth annual WET Demons Beer Bust means $10 bottomless beer, Jell-o shots, raffle prizes, beer pong and boys, boys, boys! 12 – 5 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper 1049 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc., Atlanta’s newest LGBT homeless youth outreach organization, hosts a basic counselor training for new volunteers. 2 – 5 p.m. at Positive Impact, 60 11th St. NE., Atlanta, GA 30309,

“Bingo 4 Boobs” is a fundraiser for the AVON Walks for Breast Cancer featuring host Ruby Redd, a cookout and a special $5 Tata-tini. 4 – 7 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave. Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Atlanta Rollergirls play two roller derby bouts starting at 5 p.m. at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308,

WABE presents a live recording of “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. 5:45 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Atlanta Cotillion, the drag debutante fundraising season for AID Atlanta, kicks off with “Good Cotillion Belles,” a fundraiser based on the Kristen Chenoweth television show with a “GCB Chic” dress code: cowboy hats, jeans, chaps and spurs. $25 advance, $30 at the door, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Urban Body Studios, 730 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta, GA 30306, www.atlantacotillion/GCB

The queer band Girlyman plays two shows at Eddie’s Attic. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Ladies at Play presents “LOL: Ladies OUT Laughing,” a new signature event featuring comedians by and for ladies who love ladies and their atypical male friends. 9 p.m. at Park Bar Loft, 150 Walton St., Atlanta GA 30303,,

Sunday, May 13

Throw mom in the back of the car after Mother’s Day brunch, head over to Sister Louisa’s Church and treat her to a night she’ll never forget. Vicki Powell wrestles the beats for her Second Sunday Service Patio Party. 7 – 11:30 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30313,

Sunday, May 13 – Monday, May 14

Yanni wants to share his love of easy listening new age music so much, he’s playing two Atlanta shows. 8 p.m. both nights at the Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30330,