Art Vision, Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus holiday concerts and more happenings

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Friday, Dec. 7

The seventh annual Art Vision raises funds for Positive Impact, which provides mental health and other services for those affected by HIV, and offers the chance to purchase beautiful art for a good cause. This year’s theme is “Uncharted: Travel to Enchanted Lands.” 7-10 p.m. at Stone Four Studios at Studio Plex, 659 Auburn Ave. NE #131, Atlanta, GA 30312,

Join Mint Salon for the Naughty and Nice Holiday Gala, a night of fashion, food and beverages complete with silent auction, DJ and door prizes. A portion of proceeds benefits CHRIS Kids. 7-10 p.m. at Mint Salon, 985 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,

City of the South Theatre Company presents “Birds of a Feather,” aka “The Birdcage,” complete with a three-course meal for the Holiday Dinner Theatre at Jungle. Tonight and Saturday at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Traxx Girls presents Banjee Girl Fridays at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Friday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 8

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus performs its 32nd annual holiday concert, “And on Earth, Peace,” with special guest soprano Megan Mashburn. 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. (followed by free ice cream social) and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305,

Friday, Dec. 7 – Monday, Dec. 10

The Heretic hosts a weekend of events to celebrate the bar’s 21st anniversary. DJ Lydia Prim spins Friday at 10 p.m., DJ Mickey Friedman from Berlin spins 10 p.m. on Saturday. Monday is the invite-only Customer Appreciation Party from 8-10 p.m., so ask a staff member for an invitation before the event. Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, Dec. 8

Lesbian-owned feminist bookstore Charis hosts its annual Holiday Open House and sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by a discussion of the first scholarly book on the work of author Pearl Cleage, who will attend. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307,

Watch or join in the Atlanta Speedo Run as 300 scantily clad runners take to the streets of Atlanta to try to raise $150,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer. Runners need to raise $250 to participate. Run begins at 2 p.m. and takes a 1.5 mile course on West Peachtree and Peachtree streets.

Lost-n-Found Youth hosts a Volunteer Orientation & Training for those who want to help homeless LGBT young people. Background check required; please bring form and $10 to cover costs to class. 2-6 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307,

All male strip club Swinging Richards presents “A Home for the Holidays: A Benefit for Lost-n-Found Youth.” Accepting donations all night and look for prize giveaways from the club and Boy Next Door Menswear. 6:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Swinging Richards, 400 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30323,

DJ Something Else spins for Dance Party at 8 p.m. followed by Mary-oke with host CJ at 11 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Expect absurdity as the camp drag Armorettes offer their take on the classic holiday tale “A Christmas Story” to benefit the Health Initiative. 8 p.m. at Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin performs at 8 p.m. at Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall, 141 East College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030,

Enjoy the “It’s that Time of the Month” comedy show at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Unwrapped,” the annual Toy Drive party for Toys for Tots, at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Daring Divas is the Saturday night show at Blake’s feauring Charlie Brown, Shawnna Brooks, Angelica D’Paige, Savannah Leigh, Michelle Paris and The Lady Shabazz. Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Shavonna B. Brooks hosts the Extravaganza show with special guest Alexandria Martin at 11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Gay Christian artists Jason & DeMarco perform as First Metropolitan Community Church hosts its annual Christmas Concert and Silent Auction.
7 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,

Sunday, Dec. 9

The Atlanta Talons Social Club hosts a Champagne Bust and Holiday Party; bring an appetizer or dessert to share, a toy drive donation, and there is a contest for the person wearing the best tree skirt. 4-6 p.m. at The Hideaway, 1544 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324,

The Joining Hearts Wish List party gathers gifts to support the families of Jerusalem house and the teen program at AID Atlanta. Bring a gift from the Wish List registry at Target valued at $25 or more, or a gift card or cash donation of that amount. 6-9 p.m. at 3417 W Paces Ferry Court, Atlanta, GA 30327,

She Speaks, Inc. presents “The Brown Sugar Vibe’s Diamonds in the Sky Edition” featuring UniverSoul Circus comedian Reggie Jackson. 7 p.m. at Kat’s Cafe, 970 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Join DJ Vicki Powell for the Holiday Mixer edition of her Second Sunday Service. 7-11:30 p.m. at Church, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312,