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Our guide to the best LGBT events in At­lanta for May 15-May 22.

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SATUR­DAY, MAY 16

DJ Cazwell brings high en­ergy to the Wacked Out Black Out party at Jun­gle At­lanta, www.jun­gleatl.com (Pub­lic­ity photo)

THURS­DAY, MAY 14

Bette Mi­dler brings her Di­vine In­ter­ven­tion tour— and plenty of sass—to Philips Arena, her first tour in a decade. The evening will fea­ture plenty of Mi­dler’s hits and new ma­te­rial from her new al­bum, “It’s The Girls!” a trib­ute to girl groups through the ages, 8 p.m., www.philip­sarena.com

FRI­DAY, MAY 15 – MAY 17

MAY­hem is an ex­plo­sive pro­gram that presents the fu­ture di­rec­tions of dance pro­pelled by the tal­ents and artis­tic vi­sion of At­lanta Ballet. Per­for­mances are at 8 p.m. on May 15 and 16; and 2 p.m. on May 16 and 17, Cobb En­ergy Per­form­ing

Arts Cen­tre, www.cobben­er­gy­cen­tre.com

FRI­DAY, MAY 15

For more than 12 years, Andy Dit­zler has reg­u­larly pre­sented Film Love, an on­go­ing cu­ra­to­rial project ded­i­cated to cin­e­matic works from all eras of mo­tion pic­ture his­tory, par­tic­u­larly those works which are rarely seen and are not eas­ily avail­able on video. This unique event com­bines a screen­ing of films with a close look at the Film Love se­ries and its his­tory, as well as the process of cu­rat­ing cinema. Tonight Film Love and

At­lanta Con­tem­po­rary Art Cen­ter present: Cu­ra­tion and Cinema, 7 p.m., www.the­con­tem­po­rary.org

Edie Cheezburger presents “The Other Show,” the most unique drag show in At­lanta. Ad­mis­sion is $5, Jun­gle At­lanta, 10 p.m., www.jun­gleatl.com

SATUR­DAY, MAY 16SUNDAY, MAY 17

Ac­tion Cy­cling At­lanta presents the an­nual AIDS Vac­cine 200 (AV200), a two-day cy­cling event to raise funds for At­lanta AIDS ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, www.av200.org

SATUR­DAY, MAY 16

Tiny Doors ATL and Ur­ban Photo Walk­ers are team­ing up to walk to each of the four Tiny Doors lo­cated in the city. All pho­tog­ra­phers are wel­come, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., meet at In­man Park Pet

Works, www.face­book.com/tiny­door­satl The At­lanta Bucks rugby team dons

ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire for the Pur­ple Dress Run, 1 p.m., Mixx At­lanta, www.mixxat­lanta.com The Miss HSL is a ben­e­fit for Hot­lanta Soft­ball, hosted by Chad Prosser, with beats by DJ Marc J. Cubs. $10 en­try, all

tips ben­e­fit­ting AID At­lanta and Lost-n-Found Youth, 6 p.m, Jun­gle At­lanta, www.jun­gleatl.com

Lost-n-Found Youth’s Casino Party

fundraiser pro­vides guilt-free gam­ing and prizes and auc­tions, live per­for­mances, and free drinks and a buf­fet of culi­nary de­lights. A $10 do­na­tion grants ac­cess to food catered by more than five At­lanta restau­rants; free drinks; live mu­sic by At­lanta’s Next Leg­end win­ner Nor­wood, a per­for­mances by a dare­devil fire breather, and a DJ play­ing mu­sic to boost your mood. From 7 – 10 p.m., Lost-n-Found Youth, www.face­book.com/LostNFoundYouth

SATUR­DAY, MAY 16

HBO pre­mieres the long-awaited film ‘Bessie,’ di­rected by les­bian Dee Rees and star­ring Queen Lat­i­fah as bi­sex­ual leg­endary blues singer Bessie Smith, at 8 p.m., www.hbo.com (Photo Frank Masi/HBO) Fred­die Ash­ley, artis­tic direc­tor of Ac­tor’s Ex­press, re­turns to the stage to star in “The Whale,” about an over­weight, dy­ing gay man try­ing to rec­on­cile with his daugh­ter, 8 p.m., with a run through June 14, Ac­tor’s Ex­press, www.ac­tor­sex­press.com

DJ Paulo the Los An­ge­les spins at

Heretic and makes the crowd dance to cel­e­brate the birth­day of Heretic Gen­eral Manager Alan Collins, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., www.hereti­cat­lanta.com

SUN­DAY, MAY 17

Wake up and make joy­ful noise with the

Sis­ters of Se­quin at Gospel Brunch with per­form­ers Bubba D. Li­cious and Jus­tice Counce, 12:30 p.m. fol­lowed by a 1:30 p.m. show, Lips At­lanta, www.lip­satl.com Think­ing of start­ing a fam­ily or adding a new mem­ber? The Maybe Baby work­shop is de­signed to help peo­ple think­ing about start­ing or grow­ing their fam­ily, from 2 – 4 p.m., Fem­i­nist Women’s

Health Cen­ter, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Suite A., At­lanta, GA 30307. Reg­is­tra­tion is free but space is limited so sign up at: ac­tion.fam­i­lye­qual­ity.org/site/Cal­en­dar?id=103742&view=De­tail Join GLAAD At­lanta at Henry’s Mid­town for the An­nual Spring Pa­tio Party. A $10 do­na­tion gets you a free bev­er­age from Ketel One Vodka. En­ter­tain­ment from DJ Tora Tor­res. All pro­ceeds from event will ben­e­fit GLAAD At­lanta’s work, 3 – 7 p.m., www.hen­rysatl.com

The May At­lanta Rad­i­cal Faerie and

Queer Geek Pic­nic/Potluck is to­day at Con­nally Na­ture Park, 3 - 7 p.m., 2277 Mul­berry Street, East Point, GA 30344

The Health Ini­tia­tive’s an­nual

Gar­den Party re­turns with food, drinks, danc­ing, and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Heal­ing An­gel Awards to Paul Plate, re­tir­ing ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Pos­i­tive Im­pact, and the Equal­ity Clinic of Au­gusta, 4 – 7 p.m., Phillip Rush Cen­ter, the­health­ini­tia­tive.org/spot­light/gar­den-party The Young Democrats of Ge­or­gia— Stonewall Cau­cus and the Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia LGBT Cau­cus will hold an af­ter­noon of ac­tivism and com­mu­nity in honor of In­ter­na­tional Day Against Ho­mo­pho­bia, Trans­pho­bia and Bi­pho­bia, 1 p.m. in Pied­mont Park, www.face­book.com/YDGS­tonewall

Os­cars hosts Sun­day Fun­day Beer Bust for the Hot­lanta Soft­ball League, 4 – 8 p.m., www.os­carsat­lanta.com

Regina Simms em­cees the New Faces event with singers, dancers, mu­si­cians, drag kings and queens and more, 9 p.m., Friends

on Ponce, www.friend­son­ponce-atl.com

MON­DAY, MAY 18

Mon­day Min­gle at Blake’s is an op­por­tu­nity to net­work, with a free buf­fet and prizes, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., www.blakeson­thep­arkat­lanta.com

Trans and Friends: a Project of the

Fem­i­nist Outlawz is a youth fo­cused group for trans peo­ple, peo­ple ques­tion­ing their own gen­der, and as­pir­ing al­lies. This event is co-spon­sored by Charis Cir­cle’s Strong Fam­i­lies, Whole Chil­dren Pro­gram. There is no sug­gested do­na­tion. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books, www.charis­book­sand­more.com

TUES­DAY, MAY 19

Get ready for your Tina Turner mo­ment – An­gel­ica D’Paige hosts Dra­geoke, 10:30 p.m., Burkhart’s, www.burkharts.com

WED­NES­DAY, MAY 20

BJ Roost­ers’ new Am­a­teur Night is ev­ery Wed­nes­day night at 9 p.m. with a $100 cash prize, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, At­lanta, GA 30324

Ruby Redd’s Bird­cage Bingo starts at 8:30 p.m., with $3 well drinks all night, The

Hide­away, www.at­lantahide­away.com

Voyeur Wed­nes­days with Blake’s hot go-go guys starts at 10 p.m., www.blakeson­thep­arkat­lanta.com

THURS­DAY, MAY 21

The At­lanta Gay and Les­bian Cham

ber of Com­merce holds its Busi­ness Builder Lun­cheon on the third Thurs­day of each month at 11:45 a.m. with a $20 cash pre­set menu, Henry’s Mid

town, www.hen­rysatl.com Come and find out more about the Ge­or­gia

LGBTQ Ar­chives Project and connect with pro­fes­sion­als at MAAP’s Third Thurs­day

Net­work­ing at Mixx At­lanta, 6 – 8:30 p.m., www.mixxat­lanta.com

The 30th an­nual At­lanta Big Peach

Soft­ball Tour­na­ment week­end kicks off at F.R.O.G.S. to­day with a $10 beer bust and DJ, 6-8 p.m., www.face­book.com/hslbig­peach Write Club At­lanta and Lis­ten Up Au­dio­books cel­e­brate the re­lease of the new au­dio­book “Funny Story: The In­com­plete Works of To­pher Payne” by award-win­ning play­wright and au­thor To­pher Payne. A cast of At­lanta ac­tors, in­clud­ing Payne, will en­ter­tain with live read­ings from the book, from 9-10:30 p.m., at

High­land Ball­room, ad­mis­sion is $5, www.face­book.com/Lis­tenUpAu­dio­books Phoenix spear­heads Dance Floor Di­vas start­ing at 11:30 p.m. at Burkharts, www.burkharts.com

FRI­DAY, MAY 22

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 30th an­nual Big

Peach Soft­ball Tour­na­ment is from 5-10 p.m. on the 27th floor of the W Ho­tel and in­cludes a 80s party fea­tur­ing

Ruby Redd and DJ Neon the Glow­gob­ear, www.face­book.com/hslbig­peach

To­pher Payne and De­Wayne Mor­gan star in Charles Busch’s “Die! Mom­mie!

Die!” at On­stage At­lanta, show­time at 8 p.m. and run­ning through Satur­day, May 23, www.on­stageat­lanta.com

Join B.I.G. Pro­duc­tions for the third an­nual Bear In­va­sion Me­mo­rial Week

end Kick­off. DJ Sean Mac spins. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover be­fore 10 p.m. (and with Big Peach Soft­ball cre­den­tials) and a $10 one af­ter, Heretic, www.hereti­cat­lanta.com My Sis­ter’s Room hosts Traxx Girls and Blue Di­a­mond Ent. Ladies Lounge 2.0 with a dance party and shows un­til 3 a.m., www.my­sis­ter­sroom.com

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