LGBT Atlanta Best Bets for Oct. 14 – 27 (17-10-2016)

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By Jim Farmer


Friday, October 14 – Saturday, October 15

This year’s ELEVATE public art festival will feature work by some of Atlanta’s most interesting and thought-provoking artists. The annual block party will take place on Friday from 6 – 11 p.m. Adding international flavor to the festival, France-Atlanta is partnering with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to bring in some special guests. French choreographer and dancer Noé Soulier will perform with his troupe on Saturday at 5 p.m. Throughout the festival there will an exhibition entitled “The Art of Democracy” which will include work by Cartooning for Peace cartoonists Jean “Plantu” Plantureux and Michel Kichka, along with Atlanta’s Mike Luckovich. The festival will take place primarily on Broad Street, in Atlanta’s emerging cultural district downtown.

Friday, October 14

The 7th annual 2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards is tonight. Each year, SisterLove honors 20 HIV+ women from around the country who have been HIV positive for 20 years or more. This community-oriented honors ceremony celebrates the belief that these women possess the rare hindsight and foresight to help eradicate the HIV/AIDS pandemic through their outstanding leadership and dedication. In addition to the 20 women who are honored, 10 HIV+ women who have less than 20 years are recognized. 6 – 10 p.m., Georgia Freight Depot,

Atlanta photographers Bhargava Chiluveru, Keith Jackson, and Aaron Coury are pleased to announce their group exhibition and artist talk, Storytellers, presented by and Chil Creative. This one-night only exhibition will feature a wide range of work and intimate conversation from a few of Atlanta’s most prolific photographers. 6:30 – 11 p.m., Switchyards Downtown Club, 151 Ted Turner Dr. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Rollins Student Government Association presents Fall Fling 2016. Beer from SweetWater Brewery will be flowing on draft along with healthy and delicious hour d’oeuvres, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks for everyone. Bumping jams will be brought to you courtesy of Atlanta’s own DJ YounJosh aka “King of Electro.” 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Dr, Atlanta, Georgia 30324,

Saturday, October 15

Dust off those shoes and reminisce of days gone by to your early childhood and play some good ole fashioned kickball with Joining Hearts and GoKickball to raise money for charity. Kicking For a Cause is a double elimination tournament. Awards will be given for the top two teams as well as team shirts for everyone. 1 – 7 p.m., Active Oval at Piedmont Park,

Join Team Woofs in raising money for the AIDS Walk, with raffle prizes, giveaways, Jell-O shooters and more, 4 – 7 p.m.,

Southern Fried Queer Pride presents Sweet Tea Variety, a show that serves as an open stage for queer and trans talent, art, music, performance art and overall creativity, 11 p.m. – 12 a.m., Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 88 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Sunday, October 16

DJ Scott Anthony spins at Xion Atlanta, 3 a.m.,

The annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run kicks off today. Now commemorating 26 years of walking and running, the event continues to raise much-needed funds for AIDS service organizations in the metro Atlanta area. These organizations provide essential programs and services for men, women, and children who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The run and walk begins at 1 p.m. and winds up in Piedmont Park,

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, 1730 Northeast Expressway NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Come out for Sunday Funday with the Armorettes. In the show are Lori Divine, Autumn Skyy, Betty Bennett, Ginger Bred Man, Eden Cakes, Gary Todd Drews, Electra Bell, Kitty Love Antoniette, and Sharon Needles. 7:30 p.m., free, Burkhart’s,

Monday, October 17

Actor’s Express in collaboration with the Atlanta University Center and the Alliance Theatre present Every 28 Hours, a national collaboration of theater artists that gather for one night to read works inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. This event is free and open to the public, 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. 830 Westview DR. SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies. Charis provides a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. Whether silently or aloud, please come ready to consider your own gender in a transient world. This is a project of the Feminist Outlawz and is co-sponsored by Charis Circle’s Strong Families, Whole Children, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,

Blake’s hosts the Party with the Players event after tonight’s Atlanta kickball session, 8 p.m.,

Tuesday, October 18

ART Station’s spooky “A Tour of Southern Ghosts,” now in its 31st year, runs through October 30 at Stone Mountain Park,

J’s Lounge is the home for Rainbow Tuesdays, with Dymond Onasis and Nicole Paige Brooks leading the fun and DJ Destin providing house music, 1995 Windy Hill Road #1, Smyrna, Georgia 30080

Wednesday, October 19

EXPOSED, a six-week contemporary dance and physical theater festival featuring Israeli and local artists including gay couple Niv Sheinfled and Oren Laor, runs through November 19 throughout the Atlanta area,

Thursday, October 20

Join The Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals (MAAP) for an evening of networking. Meet and connect with Atlanta-area professionals and business owners, beginning at 6 p.m., Loca Luna, 550 Amsterdam Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

Out Front Theatre company, dedicated to producing LGBT-themed theatrical work, opens “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical,” based on the cult classic movie about drag queens Tick, Bernadette and Adam, 8 p.m., through November 6,

The Pretty Girl Hideout Thursdays is tonight, hosted by Mook Dahost, Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, 254 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303,

Friday, October 21

Arts patrons have a new option to kick off the weekend with First Fridays, which feature combinations of music, art-making workshops, performances, films, artist talks and more on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. Part art party, part happy hour, the evening will also feature drinks and light bites for purchase. High Museum of Art,

Enjoy Mr. and Mrs. Atlanta Eagle Bar with JD Eric, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,

Saturday, October 22

Deep South presents Polyamorous from San Francisco, with guest DJs Mark O’Brien and M*J* R, a warm-up set by Vicki Powell, and hosted by Brian Pollard, Brian Rojas, Bryan Lee, HRO, Robert Ansley, and Hydrangea Heath. 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,

Calling to the stage Roxie Hart, Sweeney Todd, Elphaba and more for “A Night on Broadway: Razzle Dazzle,” Jerusalem House’s premier open bar Halloween party. This year’s fundraiser will feature more bars, more gourmet lite bites, DJ Bill Berdeaux spinning dance floor beats, and the famous costume contest featuring over $3,000 in cash and prizes. 7 – 11:59 p.m., W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th S.NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30361,

Sunday, October 23

It’s Sunday Funday with Mark and Eric at Oscars,

Monday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 25

The iconic Carol Burnett answers questions from the audience, 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Centre,

Monday, October 24

Bring your furry friends to Otters, Cubs and Bears, Oh My! at the Hideaway Atlanta, beginning at 2 p.m.,

The Stars of the Century show, led by Natasha Dupree, features some of the best drag in the Southeast. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Jungle Atlanta,

Tuesday, October 25

Join the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) for the Fall Membership Orientation from 9 – 11 a.m. at First Data’s Learning & Innovation Center, 5565 Glenridge Connector, First Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30342

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite Bianca Del Rio brings her Not Today Satan tour to town tonight at the Variety Playhouse. 8 p.m.,

Get those Madonna tunes down and join Angelica D’Paige for the wickedly entertaining DRAGeoke, 10:30 p.m., Burkhart’s,

Wednesday, October 26

Come out and enjoy food and drink specials and karaoke at My Sister’s Room. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m.,

The 2016 GLAAD Atlanta event, a celebration of national and local leaders accelerating LGBT acceptance through the media, will take place tonight. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with great drinks, fabulous food, a silent auction, performances by Ty Herndon and others. Radio personality Melissa Carter will be the Master of Ceremonies, 6 – 9 p.m., Atlanta History Center,

Thursday, October 27

SAGE Atlanta’s social hour begins at 10 a.m., followed by a program/meeting at 11 a.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex,

Do you want to read amazing books by black women writers? Do you want to discuss works from a black feminist perspective? Then the Black Feminist Club is for you. Charis Circle board co-chair Susana Morris will be the facilitator for this group. October’s book is “Leaving Atlanta” by Tayari Jones, 7 – 9 p.m., Charis Books,


Tuesday, November 1

“Queer as Folk” veteran Randy Harrison returns to Atlanta to play the Emcee in the national tour of the classic musical “Cabaret,” running through November 6, with a performance tonight at 7:30 p.m.,

Friday, November 11

The highly acclaimed, gay-themed film “Moonlight” opens in the ATL, TBD theaters


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