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Our guide to the best LGBT events in At­lanta for Dec. 11-24

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MON­DAY, DEC. 14

Tom Hardy plays the mur­der­ous Kray broth­ers, one of whom was gay, in the new ‘Leg­end,’ at area the­aters. (Public­ity photo)

FRI­DAY, DEC. 11

Grab a cock­tail and enjoy TGIF Fri­day at Woofs tonight be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. www.woof­sat­lanta.com Break out the ugli­est hol­i­day sweater you own and take a break from the hec­tic shop­ping and traf­fic by head­ing over to Mixx for a cup of cheer at Fourth Tues­day’s Ugly Sweater Con­test, 6 p.m., www.mixxat­lanta.com It’s a peren­nial: the At­lanta Bal­let opens its beloved “The Nutcracker,” run­ning through Dec. 27, with a 7:30 per­for­mance tonight, Fox The­atre, www.foxthe­atre.org The great Libby Whit­te­more head­lines the hol­i­day show “Ho, Ho, Home for the Hol­i­days and A Con­nie Sue Day Christ­mas.” She is joined by the hi­lar­i­ous Con­nie Sue Day (the 31st Lady of Coun­try Mu­sic) for one of At­lanta’s fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tions. Ac­tor’s Ex­press, 7:30 tonight, through Dec. 20, www.ac­tors-ex­press.com

SATUR­DAY, DEC. 12

Join the LGBT In­sti­tute at the Cen­ter for Civil and Hu­man Rights for a free screen­ing of the highly-ac­claimed film “Ori­ented,” that fol­lows the lives of three gay Pales­tinian friends con­fronting their na­tional and sex­ual iden­tity in Tel Aviv. The event is hosted by the in­ter­na­tional law firm, Jones Day. A short dis­cus­sion will fol­low the film; noon, www.civi­land­hu­man­rights.org Hun­dreds of barely-clad brave hearts will have the chance to run through the streets as part of the sev­enth an­nual At­lanta Santa Speedo Run, a 1.5-mile fun run and so­cial event that raises funds for a dif­fer­ent char­ity each year. In 2015, the run’s ben­e­fi­ciary is BlazeS­ports Amer­ica, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that changes lives ev­ery day with adap­tive sports op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and veter­ans with a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. at Manuel’s Tav­ern, www.face­book.com/ events/1600376006891196

Mitchell An­der­son, owner of the pop­u­lar Mid­town restau­rant MetroFresh, will sign his new cook­book, “Food and Thought,” at Cook’s Ware­house in De­catur from 3–5 p.m., www.cook­sware­house.com Caro­line Aiken, Michelle Malone and Dede Vogt host a song­writ­ing work­shop and con­cert, 5 p.m., Red Clay Mu­sic Foundry, www.ed­die­owen­pre­sents.com Got your new out­fit ready? At­lanta’s fa­vorite hol­i­day cock­tail party and char­ity toy drive, the Toy Party, re­turns tonight—its first Satur­day night out­ing—and prom­ises to be an un­for­get­table evening. The Satur­day soiree will last an hour longer, be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m. and end­ing at 11:30, with a silent auc­tion, live en­ter­tain­ment and a DJ set, all sup­port­ing 18 agen­cies and non­prof­its that work tire­lessly to ben­e­fit At­lanta’s at-risk chil­dren. Amer­ica’s Mart Build­ing 3, At­lanta, GA 30303 It’s the gayest hol­i­day show of the sea­son: Harold Leaver dons an elf suit in the

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