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Our guide to the best LGBT events in At­lanta for Jan. 22-Feb. 4

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SATUR­DAY, JAN. 23

Ac­tor’s Ex­press opens the mu­si­cal, ‘Sweeney Todd,’ with Kevin Harry as the mur­der­ous lead char­ac­ter, di­rected by Fred­die Ash­ley, 8 p.m., www.ac­tors-ex­press.com. (Photo by BreeAnne Clow­dus/Ac­tor’s Ex­press)

FRI­DAY, JAN. 22

SCAD FASH, the Sa­van­nah Col­lege of Art and De­sign’s mu­seum cel­e­brat­ing fash­ion and film, presents “Be Your­self; Ev­ery­one Else Is Al­ready Taken”— the first U.S. ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the work of artist, stylist and de­signer Daniel Lis­more— to­day through April 1, www.scad­fash.org The At­lanta Gay and Les­bian Cham­ber of Com­merce (AGLCC) presents its Fourth Fri­day net­work­ing event tonight at the At­lanta His­tory Cen­ter, 5:30–7:30 p.m., 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, At­lanta, GA 30305 From the cre­ators of “South Park” comes the Tony-win­ning, gay-themed mu­si­cal, “The Book of Mor­mon,” which has re­turned to the ATL through Jan. 24 with a 7:30 p.m. show tonight, Fox Theatre, www.foxthe­atre.org DJ Craig and DJ Brent present Sweet at the Heretic, www.hereti­cat­lanta.com

SATUR­DAY, JAN. 23

It’s Coun­try Night all night at the Heretic tonight, be­gin­ning at 8 p.m. with free ba­sic/ in­ter­me­di­ate two step lessons and Pas­cal DJ Dustin, www.hereti­cat­lanta.com Julie Os­borne hosts a night of com­edy fea­tur­ing Brent Star, Kia Com­edy, Bob Kil­lough and San­n­c­haz Black­mon, 9 p.m., My Sis­ter’s Room, www.my­sis­ter­sroom.com The At­lanta Ea­gle hosts a Can­cer Ben­e­fit for adult per­former Scott Spears, with raf­fles and mu­sic by DJ Di­ablo Rojo, 10 p.m.–3 a.m., www.at­lantaea­gle.com The in­fa­mous Char­lie Brown hosts the naughty “The Taboo Show” at Lips At­lanta, mid­night, www.lip­satl.com

SUN­DAY, JAN. 24

En­joy NFL con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship games to­day at Woofs At­lanta, www.woof­sat­lanta.com Writ­ten by out At­lanta play­wright Mar­garet Ed­son, the ac­claimed drama “Wit” is be­ing staged by Aurora Theatre, with a 2:30 p.m. per­for­mance to­day and run­ning through Feb. 7, www.au­ro­rathe­atre.com

MON­DAY, JAN. 25

It’s the Pan­ther Levi/Leather night at the At­lanta Ea­gle, 7–10 p.m., www.at­lantaea­gle.com En­joy karaoke and mar­garita spe­cials tonight at Las Mar­gar­i­tas, las­mar­gar­i­tas­mid­town.com

TUES­DAY, JAN. 26

The In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Traf­fick­ing In­sti­tute and the LGBT In­sti­tute, both pro­grams of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Civil and Hu­man Rights, Inc., present a night of pan­elists dis­cussing the in­ter­sec­tion of hu­man traf­fick­ing and the LGBT com­mu­nity. Some es­ti­mates have put the num­ber of LGBT youth forced into homelessness by their fam­i­lies at

over 25 per­cent. On the streets th­ese young peo­ple face a sig­nif­i­cant chance of be­com­ing vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing. Once traf­ficked, they could face beat­ings, mu­ti­la­tions, brand­ings, rapes, and other abuses. 7 p.m., Na­tional Cen­ter for Civil and Hu­man Rights, www.civi­land­hu­man­rights.org Game Night at The Hide­away with trivia and drink spe­cials cranks up at 8:30 p.m., www.at­lantahide­away.com 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, GA 30080

WED­NES­DAY, JAN. 27

The Al­liance Theatre opens the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning drama, “Dis­graced,” tonight at 7:30 p.m., run­ning through Feb. 14, www.al­liancethe­atre.com DJ David spins tonight at BJ Roost­ers, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, At­lanta, GA 30324

THURS­DAY, JAN. 28

SAGE At­lanta hosts its so­cial hour— with cards, coffee, Ping-Pong and con­ver­sa­tion—at 10 a.m. at the Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.rush­cen­ter­atl.org Join Charis Books for an­other in­stall­ment of “Dear Games,” an on­go­ing dis­cus­sion and work­shop se­ries cu­rated in part­ner­ship with Dif­fer­ent Games and the Ge­or­gia Tech Fem­i­nist Video Game Lab’s Sarah Schoe­mann and Michael Vo­gel. This month we wel­come Shira Chess, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Mass Me­dia Arts in the Grady Col­lege of Jour­nal­ism and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia. 7:30–9 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­more.com Brent Star is the host for Twisted Thurs­days at Las Mar­gar­i­tas, las­mar­gar­i­tas­mid­town.com Tanyla Cas­sa­dine and Trin­ity k. Bonet host the At­lanta Jewel Show­case ev­ery Thurs­day night at 11:30 p.m., Mixx At­lanta, www.mixxat­lanta.com

FRI­DAY, JAN. 29

Join Charis Books for a birth­day party to cel­e­brate the re­lease of Charis Cir­cle Board Co-Chair Ch­esya Burke’s first novel, “The Strange Crimes of Lit­tle Africa,” a his­tor­i­cal mys­tery that fol­lows Jaz Idawell on the vi­brant, cul­tur­ally fer­tile streets of art and lit­er­a­ture in the 1920s Har­lem Re­nais­sance. Best friends with Zora Neale Hurston, the two women set out to find the truth about their won­der­ful world of Lit­tle Africa in Har­lem. 7:30–9 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­more.com Grammy Award win­ners Mack­le­more & Ryan Lewis visit the Fox Theatre tonight, 8 p.m., www.foxthe­atre.org Come get your VIP card at BJ Roost­ers while sup­plies last. VIP card hold­ers get free en­try to the club on cover charge nights (Fri­day and Satur­day). Stay for a drink or two, a bite to eat, and some hot eye candy on the bar. 9 p.m., BJ Roost­ers, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, At­lanta, GA 30324 DJ Mike Pope an­chors Pump Fri­day at the Heretic, www.hereti­cat­lanta.com

Des­tiny Brooks and Shavonna B. Brooks em­cee the rowdy Femme Fa­tale event tonight be­gin­ning at 11 p.m., Burkhart’s, www.burkharts.com

SATUR­DAY, JAN. 30

Join KJ Lance, KJ Steve and KJ James for Karaoke Satur­day, 9 p.m.– 2:30 a.m., Faces Lounge in Ma­ri­etta, faces­lounge.com DJ Caprice spins at Bull­dogs, 893 Peachtree Street, At­lanta, GA, 30308 Come join the Fan­tasy Girls as Jun­gle At­lanta kicks off a weekly Satur­day night show at Jun­gle with Ce­leste Holmes, Phoenix, Des­tiny Brooks, Dy­nasty St James, Ex­tasy Grey and the epic beats of Bill Berdeaux, Jun­gle At­lanta, www.jun­gleatl.com Think you have what it takes to per­form along­side At­lanta leg­ends Mon­ica van Pelt, Shawnna Brooks, Niesha Dupree, na­tional En­ter­tainer Of the Year Raquell Lord, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Ni­cole Paige Brooks and the wild card Evah De­struc­tion? Here’s your chance to com­pete for a Syn­ergy guest spot. Ev­ery Satur­day, Mon­ica will host a one-hour Syn­ergy Star Search com­pe­ti­tion from 9:30–10:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s, www.burkharts.com

SUN­DAY, JAN. 31

DJ Stan Jack­son spins at Xion At­lanta this morn­ing be­gin­ning at 3 a.m., www.face­book.com/ events/1084022274954740 En­joy brunch at Am­s­ter­dam with a full menu, www.am­s­ter­damat­lanta.com “#Bloop” is an evening of love, shade and laugh­ter with per­former Samp­son, $10, 7:30 p.m., Rush Cen­ter An­nex, http://www.rush­cen­ter­atl.org/

MON­DAY, FEB. 1

Trans and Friends is a youth-fo­cused group for trans peo­ple, peo­ple ques­tion­ing their own gen­der, and as­pir­ing al­lies. Charis Books of­fers a fa­cil­i­tated space to dis­cuss gen­der, rel­e­vant re­sources, and ac­tivism around so­cial is­sues. 7- 8:30 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­more.com The PFLAG At­lanta sup­port group meets to­day from 7:30–9 p.m. at the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Con­gre­ga­tion of At­lanta, www.uuca.org

TUES­DAY, FEB. 2

Make your lunch break a net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity and con­nect with busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, small busi­ness own­ers, job seek­ers and com­mu­nity sup­port­ers to ex­pand your cir­cle of in­flu­ence and grow your busi­ness at Con­nect­ing At­lanta, a net­work­ing lunch by the Metro At­lanta As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sion­als (MAAP). Join MAAP at Egg Har­bor Café the first Tues­day of ev­ery month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the event, which is lim­ited to 20 par­tic­i­pants. Please pr­ereg­is­ter by email­ing Todd Cosper at tcosper@maa­p­atl.org Art It Out Ther­apy Cen­ter is now of­fer­ing an Ex­pres­sive Art Ther­apy Group for LGBTQ teens on Tues­days. Through art, the group will ex­plore self-iden­tity, cop­ing with stress, in­ti­mate and parental re­la­tion­ships, and com­ing out. 7 p.m., 255 Vil­lage Park­way (in Pa­per Mill Vil­lage), Suite 580, Ma­ri­etta, GA 30067 Broad­way Across Amer­ica brings the crowd fa­vorite “Beauty and the Beast” to the Fox Theatre tonight through Feb. 7, with a 7:30 p.m. cur­tain this evening, www.foxthe­atre.org

WED­NES­DAY, FEB. 3

The Re­boot Retro Wed­nes­days event be­gins tonight at 8 p.m. at Os­car’s At­lanta, www.os­carsat­lanta.com En­joy Church Or­gan Karaoke fea­tur­ing T.T. Ma­hony at Sis­ter Louisa’s Church of the Liv­ing Room & Ping Pong Em­po­rium, 10 p.m., www.sis­ter­louisas­church.com It’s Voyeur Wed­nes­days night with hot go-go boys, hosted by Kyra Mora, at 11 p.m., Blake’s, www.blakeson­thep­arkat­lanta.com

THURS­DAY, FEB. 4

Sean Dorsey Dance presents the dance piece, “The Miss­ing Gen­er­a­tion,” fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with those af­fected by the AIDS epi­demic in the 1980s and 1990s, 8 p.m., run­ning through Sun­day, Feb. 7, 7 Stages, www.7stages.org The Pretty Girl Hide­out Thurs­days is tonight, hosted by Mook Da­host, Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, 254 Auburn Av­enue, At­lanta, GA 30303, www.traxxgirls.com

UP­COM­ING

SATUR­DAY, FEB. 6

My Sis­ter’s Room presents Love to Love, a les­bian sin­gles mixer by At­lanta Womyn to Womyn, 5–8 p.m., www.my­sis­ter­sroom.com Bring a great dish and plenty to talk about to the Les­bian 50+ Potluck and So­cial, 6–8 p.m., Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.rush­cen­ter­atl.org

SUN­DAY, FEB. 7

Friends on Ponce hosts a Chili Cookoff and Su­per Bowl watch­ing event, 4 p.m., www.friend­son­ponce-atl.com

TUES­DAY, FEB. 9

Join At­lanta Pride and Touch­ing Up Our Roots for the se­cond an­nual Our Found­ing Valen­tines to rec­og­nize At­lanta’s LGBTQ trail­blaz­ers. Rec­og­nized will be Mona Ben­nett, Char­lie Brown, Dee Dee Cham­blee, Judy Colbs, Jesse Peel, Dun­can Teague and Ray Kluka (posthu­mously). The event is free and open to the pub­lic. Hors d’oeu­vres will be served and there will be a cash bar for ages 21 and over. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Ban­tam + Biddy, 3393 Peachtree Rd, At­lanta, GA 30326

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