13 Apr

LGBTQ Atlanta Best Bets for April 13 – 26

Atlanta Ballet presents three show-stopping works spotlighting the amazing spectrum of dance this weekend at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

ALP-Southeast Black and Blue Events and the Atlanta Eagle are proud to present Atlanta Leather Pride 2018 this weekend with all sorts of contests, cocktails, demos and debauchery, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/events/185154375419468

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

Atlanta Ballet presents three show-stopping works spotlighting the amazing spectrum of dance this weekend. “Tu Tu” features a brand new work by Atlanta Ballet dancer Tara Lee, as well as Ohad Naharin’s infectious “Minus 16.” 8 p.m. April 13, 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. April 14, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, www.atlantaballet.com

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

The 82th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival welcomes spring back into the ATL this weekend, with Shawn Mullins performing Saturday night the 14th at 9 p.m., Piedmont Park, with the festival opening at noon on Friday, www.facebook.com/events/147670472527483

Friday, April 13

Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals presents It’s Friday — Mix and Mingle & Network, 6 – 8 p.m., TEN Atlanta, 990 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.maapatl.org

The Atlanta Film Festival kicks off tonight with the racial drama “Blindspotting,” starring “Hamilton’s” Daveed Diggs, with Pink Peach LGBTQ films such as “Venus” and “Mermaids” in the lineup as well,” 7 p.m., Plaza Atlanta, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/622379114775575

Saturday, April 14

The Atlanta Opera’s world premiere of Jake Heggie’s gay-themed opera “Out of Darkness: Two Remain” continues at Theatrical Outfit at 7:30 p.m., with performances through April 15, The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.atlantaopera.org

A special LGBT Night at the Atlanta Symphony with a post-concert reception in the Table Twelve Eighty Lounge is tonight. Use the coupon Code ATLPRIDE and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Atlanta Pride, 8 – 11 p.m. Atlanta Symphony, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/1564022920341409

The all-women band Antigone Rising play Eddie’s Attic tonight, 8:30 p.m., 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, GA, 30030, www.eddiesattic.com

Sunday, April 15

Join the Human Rights Campaign for the inaugural “Fairway to Equality Golf Outing” event. A ticket includes golf, light breakfast and lunch hors d’oeuvres, prizes, a gift bag and an annual HRC membership or renewal. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Cross Creek Golf Club, 1221 Cross Creek Parkway N.W., Atlanta, GA 30327, www.facebook.com/events/1506011132853290

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1605 Interstate 85/Frontage Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.uuca.org

Monday, April 16

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender and aspiring allies, providing a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Tuesday, April 17

Enjoy two events at the Heretic Atlanta tonight. First up is On Wednesdays We Drag, with Shavonna Brooks and Evah Destruction from 9 – 11 p.m. and then Boys Night Out., with DJ Stan Jackson, which kicks off at 10 p.m. and lasts until 3 a.m., 2060 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com

Wednesday, April 18

Thad Stevens hosts karaoke at My Sister’s Room tonight at 9 p.m., 66th 12th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mysistersroom.com

Thursday, April 19

In this day and age, investing in the markets can be an important step in preparing for your future. However, not everyone follows or knows the two most important rules of investing. Join MAAP tonight with Edward Jones Financial for a brief dive into investing rules 101, 6 – 8 p.m., Invesco, 1555 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/1917248328587990

Keisha Jackson makes her 2018 debut at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours tonight, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., 1133 Huff Rd., NW #D, Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/155260701836856

Friday, April 20 – Monday, April 23

Join the 4th annual Atlanta Bear Pride for a big weekend of events, entertainment and showcase of what Atlanta has to offer. Bears, cubs, otters, chubs, chasers and friends from around the globe will present. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Buckhead. A full schedule is available at www.atlantabearpride.com, www.facebook.com/events/250889278728472

Friday, April 20 – Saturday, April 21

In “Brilliance,” OurSong — the Atlanta gay and lesbian chorus — explore both the splendor of our natural world and the beings that create grandeur. Composers include Dan Forrest, Daniel Elder and Jake Runestad, as well Garth Brooks and selections from the hit movie “The Greatest Showman.” 8 p.m., First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, www.oursongatlanta.org

Friday, April 20

Catch the laugh-filled “Something Rotten” at the Fox Theatre tonight, 7:30 p.m. and running through April 22, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.foxtheatre.org

Saturday, April 21

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, will host author Young Hughley, who will discuss his latest publication, “Images Finally Focused,” a book of poems, essays and short stories documenting an intimate coming-of-age journey in a repressive hetero-sexist society, 3 p.m., 101 Auburn Ave., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.afpls.org/aarl

PB&J gallery presents Storytellers featuring photography by Robin Davis and Kathryn Nee, plus mixed media by Jack Simonetta. For this special show, each artist offers a unique series of images rich in narrative detail. 7 – 10 p.m. 35 Howard St. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30317, www.facebook.com/events/220527362027305

The Atlanta Bucks are back with their next installment of their annual drag fundraiser, Miss Ruck N’ Maul. One of the new participants is Dee’Juana, who’ll do anything twice. Come out for a fun night with your favorite rugby queens as they replace their rucks with tucks and locks with frocks. This year’s beneficiary is AIDS Vaccine 200, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/346090565902554

In the mood to dance all night? Deep South presents DJ Holographic tonight with opening sets by Ash Lauryn and Vicki Powell, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Deep South ATL, 327 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312, www.facebook.com/events/563113420726494

Sunday, April 22

Spring is here and the Atlanta Pride Committee is having a Trans Field Day today. Come out for an afternoon of field day games — bocce ball, corn hole, volleyball, sack races, board games and more. This event is specifically for trans/transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks. If you have any questions, feel free to email taylor@atlantapride.org, 2 – 6 p.m., Brownwood Park, 602 Brownwood Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.facebook.com/events/585462188482639

Come hear from three members of our community in different phases of life as they discuss what a healthy lifestyle and well-lived life looks like at the ages of 20, 40 and 70, as part of the Rainbros spring quarterly meeting. After a group panel discussion will be a Q-and-A. 6:30 – 8 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/1299254056841677

The Armorettes bring their patented sense of mischief and fun to Oscars Atlanta tonight, 8 – 10 p.m.
1510 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/1677443088968685

Monday, April 23

Poetry Atlanta returns to the Georgia Center for the Book for an evening of poetry, featuring Jennifer Holley Lux, Karen Paul Holmes and Amy Pence, Dekalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030, 7:15 – 9 p.m., www.facebook.com/events/349943992157108

La Choloteca presents Zeta, Wastelands and Yukons, 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave, S.E., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.facebook.com/events/168189547234135

Tuesday, April 24

Museum of Design Atlanta’s original exhibition, Designing Playful Cities, takes visitors through interactive installations that present a strong case for designing play into urban environments. This exhibition is on view through May 13, 12 – 6 p.m., 1315 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.museumofdesign.org

Wednesday, April 25

Tonight’s benefit screening of Milford Thomas’ “Claire” is the premiere of the long-awaited quartet adaptation by Brian Mitchell of Anne Richardson’s original music score, performed live along with the film. “Claire” is loosely based on the ancient Japanese fable “Kaguyahime,” most recently made into the animated feature “The Tales of Princess Kaguyu.” This special presentation will benefit the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence grant fund. Filmmaker and cast members will be in attendance, 7:30 p.m., Plaza Atlanta, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/1972000159715992

Thursday, April 26

SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

Do you want to read books by amazing black women writers? Do you want to discuss works from a black feminist perspective in a feminist bookstore? Then the Black Feminist Book Club is for you. This month’s book is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, 7 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

7 Stages’ “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again” — written by Alice Birch — finds theatrical exhilaration in a puckish, yet deadly serious meditation on how language molds our experience of sex and gender. It has a way of making you question everything you say when it comes to discussing women and their relationships with men, one another and a world in a state of unending upheaval. 8 p.m. tonight, running through May 13, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.7stages.org

UPCOMING

Friday, April 27

The highly-anticipated “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bam” — starring the legendary pop goddess — opens at the Midtown Art Cinema today, various showtimes, www.landmarktheatres.com

Come network and unwind with LGBTQ business owners, corporate partners and supporters at the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Friday event, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., The Westin Atlanta, Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway N.E., Atlanta, GA 30328, www.atlantagaychamber.org

Monday, April 30

Join Charis for a very special National Poetry Month Celebration: “From Her to Her to Her: A Matriarchal Poetic Lineage” featuring poets L Marilyn Kallet, Karen Head, and Sarah O. Oso, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.facebook.com/events/2038582229799718

Friday, May 4

The acclaimed, lesbian-themed “Disobedience,” starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, opens in TBD area theaters today.

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