GA Voice - - Outspoken -

The Har­vard Club of Ge­or­gia presents Be­hind the Scenes of Civil Rights & Gay Rights, with lo­cal arts ed­u­ca­tor John Doyle dra­mat­i­cally de­pict­ing the char­ac­ter of Ba­yard Rustin dur­ing a live per­for­mance. Ba­yard Rustin was a co-founder and the pri­mary strate­gist within the South­ern Chris­tian Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence (SCLC) and worked along­side Martin Luther King, Jr. in the strug­gle for civil rights. He was also the chief or­ga­nizer of the March on Wash­ing­ton, where King de­liv­ered the his­toric “I Have a Dream” speech. How­ever, he was of­ten be­hind the scenes due to his sex­ual iden­tity as a gay man. Af­ter the per­for­mance, there will be an op­por­tu­nity for thought-pro­vok­ing dis­cus­sion on the his­tory of civil rights as well as ideas and in­spi­ra­tion re­lated to the on­go­ing work to­wards equal­ity to­day, 7 p.m., PACE Academy, Fine Arts Cen­ter Au­di­to­rium, 966 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., At­lanta, GA 30327


Do you want to read books by amaz­ing black women writ­ers? Do you want to dis­cuss works from a black fem­i­nist per­spec­tive? Do you want to do it in a fem­i­nist book store? Then the Black Fem­i­nist Book Club is for you. Charis Cir­cle board chair Su­sana Morris will be the fa­cil­i­ta­tor of this group. This sea­son’s theme is rad­i­cal mem- Purim off Ponce SO­JOURN’s oirs by black women and the Fe­bru­ary book is “As­sata; An Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy,” by As­sata Shakur. 7 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Eu­clid Ave. N.E., At­lanta, GA 30307, www.charis­book­sand­


Fe­bru­ary’s RIT­UAL Steam­punk Party with DJs Ser­aph and Eschar is per­fect for all Vic­to­ri­anaphiles and time-trav­el­ing en­thu­si­asts. Have a go, in­vite your mad sci­en­tist con­sorts and way­ward women alike. We all love tea par­ties, but come now… who says drink­ing and danc­ing with friends isn’t way more fun? 10 p.m. - 3 a.m., Heretic At­lanta, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, At­lanta, GA 30324, www.hereti­cat­


Le Fais do-do, Voices of Note presents “Life’s Jour­ney” tonight. In its se­cond con­cert of the sea­son, the At­lanta Women’s Cho­rus re­flects on themes of love, loss and unity, ul­ti­mately imag­in­ing a world where ev­ery per­son’s story is heard and cel­e­brated. In de­sign­ing the pro­gram, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Dr. Melissa Arasi drew in­spi­ra­tion from an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Sir Win­ston Churchill. 2 and 8 p.m., Druid Hills Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave., At­lanta, GA 30306, www.voic­e­sofnote. org/events/lifes-jour­ney/ Come see re­cent expansion projects at the Rush Cen­ter Open House and en­joy birth­day cake for what would have been Phillip Rush’s 63rd birth­day, 2-4 p.m., 328 Mell Ave, Suite B, At­lanta, GA 30307, www.rush­cen­ter­ Come cel­e­brate the 60th birth­day of the Cler­mont Lounge icon Blondie. Fab­u­lous food, mar­gar­i­tas, live music from Amy Smith and Maria Gabriella from the Maria Gabriella Band, Blondie mem­o­ra­bilia, celebrity guest ap­pear­ances and the diva her­self, Ms. Anita Rae “Blondie” Strange. The event is a fundraiser for Blondie to see her mother in St. Croix, who she hasn’t seen in 20 years. 4 - 8 p.m., No Mas! Cantina, 180 Walker St. S.W., At­lanta, GA 30313, www.face­ events/248198718924947 The Lost-n-Found Youth Va­ri­ety

is (South­ern Jewish Re­source Net­work for Gen­der and Sex­ual Iden­tity) an­nual fundraiser. Now in its eleventh year, Purim off Ponce has been known as one of At­lanta’s great­est cos­tume par­ties, with great drinks, danc­ing and drag queens! Purim off Ponce 2017 – this year named Hol­ly­wood - hon­ors the work of Rab­bis Michael Bernstein and Pamela Got­tfried. In recog­ni­tion of their long­time sup­port of SO­JOURN, Rab­bis Bernstein and Got­tfried will re­ceive the Michael Jay Kinsler Rain­maker Award. 7:30 - 11:30 p.m., 1611 Ellsworth In­dus­trial Blvd. N.W., At­lanta, GA 30318. Tick­ets avail­able at­ (Cour­tesy photo)

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