Nightlife, community and entertainment events for the weekend

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Saturday, Oct. 1

Get a team of eight together to relive elementary school as you compete in events like a sack race, tug of war and more at the Atlanta Field Day to benefit CHRIS Kids. 9 a.m. – noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. After-party from 9-11 p.m. at Jungle.

“Celebrate GLAAD at 25” honors the national gay media watchdog group’s 25th anniversary as well as 30 “local heroes” who make a difference in the LGBT community. Celebrity guests include Don Lemon, Kat Graham and Itay Hod. VIP reception 6:30-7:30 p.m., main event 7:30 – 11 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Bearracuda features DJ Francisco Guerra and DJ Medic. 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

It’s Black & Blue roundup at the Atlanta Eagle. Schedule includes cookout and beer bust from 4-7 p.m., contest from 6-9 p.m., and demonstrations from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

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

Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and Francine Reed headline Party on Ponce, an evening of food and music to benefit the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and Georgia Organics. 7-11 p.m. at Ponce City Market (formerly City Hall East), 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Agnes Scott hosts “Transforming Justice,” a national coalition focused on the needs of LGBT people in prison, for a special panel and film screening of “Make It Happen!” 7-9 p.m. at Agnes Scott College, Evans Dining Hall, Lower Level, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA, 30030,

The Sexual Side Effects and friends rock East Atlanta. 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

DJ Ron Pullman spins for the L*Y*S*T at 10 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

DJ Wess spins for Diva-Rama at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Get into the Halloween spirit with the Haunted Maze, which opens tonight and runs Thursday through Saturday until Oct. 31. Special admission required at the New LeBuzz, 585 Franklin Rd., Marietta, GA 30067,

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 2

Taylor Swift brings her Speak Now tour to Atlanta for two shows. Tickets for her July 9-10 shows, which were canceled due to illness, will be honored. 7 p.m. both nights at Philips Arena, One Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303,

Sunday, Oct. 2

DJ Mike Pope mans the sound table for Papi’s Pride Kickoff Brunch, with a portion of sales benefitting the Atlanta Pride Committee. 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Las Margaritas, 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

As part of “Stride into Pride,” local attorneys Jeff Cleghorn and Kathleen Womack present “Don’t Get Caught As An Undocumented Gay or Lesbian: Know Your Legal Rights in Georgia.” 2-4 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Hotlanta Softball League’s Fall Ball plays games on Sundays through Oct. 30 at Piedmont Park, at 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Museum of Design Atlanta presents a lecture by Elizabeth Resnick, one of the curators of “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010,” which opened at MODA on Oct. 1. Lecture 2 p.m. at Woodruff Arts Center – Hill Auditorium, reception and exhibit at MODA at 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,


For more events happening around the city, please visit our calendar.