Community, nightlife and entertainment events for the weekend and beyond

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Saturday, May 19

Georgia Benefits Counsel offers two legal help consultations for LGBT couples in South Georgia, today and May 26. Couples would have to meet with GBC on both weekends for about 45 minutes. Pre-registration required, space is limited. The group will offer Simple Wills, Advanced Directives for Health Care, Financial Powers or Power of Attorney for $50-75 depending on the county of residence. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1951 E. Park Ave., Valdosta, GA 31602,

The 9th Annual East Atlanta Beer Festival promises more than 150 craft beers, food trucks, and music from local artists. 1-6 p.m. at Brownwood Park Recreation Center, 602 Brownwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual indulgence celebrate their anniversary with a Giving Back Party featuring appetizers, cocktails and recognition of those who have supported the LGBT community. Join the Sisters afterwards at Sister Louisa’s Church for some, um, “religious” photo ops. Giving Back Party: 5 – 7 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. After party: 7:30 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312,

The 12th annual Atlanta Harlequins Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the city’s women’s rugby team. 2 – 5 p.m. at Browns Mill Golf Course, 480 Cleveland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30354

“Towel snapping, foul language” and some friendly “locker room grab ass” are on tap for the sport/jock edition of the quarterly ManShaft party. DJ Wiskuh’s spins the tailgate from 8 – 10 p.m., Coach DJ Diablo Rojo spins ‘til close, and there’ll be plenty to do between the midnight underwear toss and Atlanta Talons Jell-o shots. 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at Cockpit, 465 Boulevard SE., Atlanta, GA 30312,,

“Out of Our Closets… Into Our History” is a meeting of Georgia’s LGBT history preservation groups. Meet the archivists, learn more about LGBT History and learn how you can play a part. 2 – 4 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The Ms. Hotlanta Softball Pageant means the dudes of Atlanta’s largest softball organization drag it up (with varying results) to raise funds for the sports organization. 6 – 9 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Chris Coleman Enterprises brings DJs Ari El and Scorpio to open the night for headliner DJ Victor Calderone. 10 p.m. at Reign Nightclub, 1021 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309. Pre-sale tickets and more info at“>

Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20

The AIDS Vaccine 200 is a 160- or 200-mile ride to raise money for the Emory Vaccine Center starting at the Emory School of Medicine, winding to Camp Rock Eagle in Eatonton, GA, then back again on Sunday. Race starts at 7 a.m., 1648 Pierce Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322,

Sunday, May 20

Ever thought about using your gay powers for good? Consider becoming a trained PFLAG Facilitator. PFLAG Atlanta hosts a training session on the same day as their monthly third Sunday support group meeting. Training: 12:30 – 2 p.m. Support Meeting: 2:45 – 5 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,

SAGE, the Rainbow Center and Congregation Bet Haverim join forces to present a discussion on issues of aging in the LGBT community. 2 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Get “Tanked with the Titans,” a fundraiser for the Hotlanta Softball team, and enjoy $10 unlimited beer. 4 – 7 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, 1049 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,