Spirit Day, Rufus Wainwright and more this weekend

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Friday, Oct. 19

Today is Spirit Day, when you are encouraged to wear purple to support LGBT youth and stand up against bullying.

SAGE Atlanta, for LGBT elders, hosts chair yoga every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.sageatl.org

Acclaimed mystery writer Patricia Cornwell, who is gay, reads from her latest Kay Scarpetta caper, “The Bone Bed.” 7 p.m. at the Carter Center Day Chapel, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA  30307, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events/

Friday nights mean fall softball for the Decatur Women’s League, with play at Kelly Cofer Park in Tucker. www.decaturwomensports.com

SisterLove, an organization devoted to women and HIV, presents the 2020 Leading Women’s Awards, honoring 20 women from around the country for their roles in the fight against the epidemic. 7 p.m. at Georgia Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, GA 30334, www.sisterlove.org

The Third Friday Film Series presents “Black Power Mix Tape 1967-75.” $1-$10 sliding scale donations. Doors at 7 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, http://on.fb.me/Il753W

Traxx Girls introduces the new party Banjee Girl at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com

DJ Lydia Prim spins Fridays at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com

Charlie Brown hosts Charlie’s Angels at 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

Friday nights are for the “grown and sexy” with DJ Smash starting at 10 p.m. at Mixx, 1492-B Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com

Saturday, Oct. 20

The Second Chance Rummage & Bake Sale benefits Lost-n-Found Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 2043 Cheshire Bridge Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.lost-n-found.org

Out singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright performs at 7 p.m. at The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.tabernacleatl.com

The Southern Softpaw Softball League continues its fall season at 10 a.m. with 16 teams hitting the fields at Southside Softball Complex on Jonesboro Road in Atlanta. www.southernsoftpaw.com

Bring your dog in costume to celebrate Howl-o-Ween with PALS, which helps people with serious health conditions like HIV care for their pets. Costume contest, pet parade, vendors, photo sessions and more. 2-5 p.m. at Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, 866 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.palsatlanta.org

A new “coming out” support group for LGBT adults meets on Saturdays through Nov. 17; 4 p.m. at First MCC Community Center, 1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. www.firstmcc.com

Lakara Foster, founder of She Speaks Inc., hosts a benefit concert for the homeless. 7-10 p.m. at Sphere Atlanta, 4705 Bakers Ferry Road, Suite F, Atlanta, GA, http://on.fb.me/QZiEF3

In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, pb&j gallery presents “NINE: Frames of Reference,” featuring nine diverse photographers. Opens tonight with an event from 7-10 p.m. and runs through Nov. 30 at pb&j gallery, 35 Howard St., Atlanta, GA 30317, www.pbjart.com

Charis Circle presents “Let Me Clear My Throat: An Evening of Sonic Essays by Eleana Passarello.” 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Kings, queens and femmes compete as Drag Race Season III launches tonight at 9 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com

Go “Man 2 Man” every Saturday night at XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xcessultralounge.com

Shavonna B. Brooks hosts the Extravaganza drag show at 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.burkharts.com

Sunday, Oct. 21

Produced by AID Atlanta, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5 K Run is the largest AIDS-related fundraiser in the Southeast. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Piedmont Park. www.aisawalkatlanta.com

PFLAG Atlanta hosts its monthly Third Sunday meeting at 2:45 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. Also, check the PFLAG Atlanta website for upcoming meetings this month in Macon, Johns Creek, Athens, Peachtree City and Marietta. www.pflagatl.org

TAKIOPROJECT is the Los Angeles-based drumming group that will mix traditional and innovative techniques for their Atlanta premiere. 5 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts, 350 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu

Patty Griffin’s first solo performance in 12 years is set at 7 p.m. for Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth, GA 30096,

The Armorettes, Atlanta’s legendary fundraising drag troupe, takes over at 8 p.m. at at Burkhart’s, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.burkharts.com