LGBTQ Atlanta Best Bets for March 16 – 29

Friday, March 16 – 17

Indulge yourself in some of Atlanta’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators at the Chocolate and Art Show Atlanta. There is something for everybody including live body painting, live music, face painting and free chocolate, 8 p.m. The B Complex, 1272 Murphy Ave. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310, www.facebook.com/events/319464078512811

Friday, March 16

The adorable gay-themed, filmed-in-Atlanta “Love Simon” opens in area theaters today

Need some laughs? Head out to Dad’s Garage for Colin Mochrie Weekend sponsored by Baconfest, 8 – 11 p.m., 569 Ezzard St. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312, www.facebook.com/events/347861309031323

Saturday, March 17

The St. Patrick’s Day Bash/Block Party at My Sister’s Room features dancing, drag, three DJs, go-go dancers and a pub crawl, 12 p.m., 66 12th St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/2013499375571624

At Drag Queen Storytime, children can enjoy story time with their parents and with a drag queen. The queen in question today is Edie Cheezburger, 3 – 4 p.m., 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/events/131600124332500

Georgia Ele-Advocates presents the Atlanta premiere of “Unchained,” an award-winning documentary following the work of Carol Buckley and her team as they strive to enhance captive elephant welfare in Nepal. The suggested donation is $20 at the door. 7 p.m., Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306

Theatrical Outfit has opened Topher Payne’s award-winning play “Perfect Arrangement,” 7:30 p.m. tonight running through March 18, The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.theatricaloutfit.org

Break out your festive green britches and shamrock party dresses for the St. Patrick’s Day Swank event. Meet your friends for a cocktail and a dance as the dining room of Henry’s Midtown transforms into a dance floor and the party takes off into the night. DJ FreeCity is on tap for the night, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., 132 10th St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/409797879475337

Furball Atlanta returns tonight with Alex Acosta and Vicki Powell, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Heretic Atlanta, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/1560359497346913

FADE is a queer women’s party based in Philadelphia that brings together music, performance and good vibes. FADE Atlanta: Let Me Blow Your Mind Edition features hip-hop, Afrobeats and dancehall, with sounds by Hourglass, DJ Jamz and THEakasha, and performances by Yung Baby Tate and Zhé Aqueen. FADE is hosted by Dani Da Ninja with special guests Rejected Society, 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., Space 2, 485 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312, www.facebook.com/events/207868079950488

Sunday, March 18

Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) will speak at the Victory Fund Atlanta Bubbles & Biscuits Reception today. Rep. Cannon is a critical LGBTQ voice in the state Legislature and will provide an update on equality in Georgia during this important election cycle. New Victory Fund president and CEO, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, will also speak about the unprecedented number of LGBTQ people running nationwide in 2018, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., The Wimbish House, 1150 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/793356290860436

Cowtipper’s Heifer Review has returned. Join Ruby Redd and her heifers as they stampede down today and enjoy an all new brunch special and the all new one-gallon fishbowls, 1 – 4 p.m., Cowtippers Steaks & Spirits, 1600 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/364944350690270

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

The Queens United event today helps raise money for the unemployed drag queens who quit Burkhart’s in protest, 5 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/1679435275455952

For one night only, former David Bowie bandmates and world-class players perform a career-spanning concert of nothing but David Bowie music, David Bowie style. “Celebrating David Bowie” takes place at 8 p.m., Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305, www.facebook.com/events/589658398084198

Ally Queered Al Yankadic, Autumn Skyy, Buffet Galore, Nurse Holly, Cherry Poppins and Plenty Moore are part of the Armorettes show tonight, 8 – 10 p.m., Oscars Atlanta, 1510 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/814325525442777

Monday, March 19

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, March 20

Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals hosts its Connecting Lunch Networking Lunch today from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ri Ra Irish Pub, 1080 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.maapatl.org

Join Rainbros for their weekly walk-and-talk and meet folks in the community, 6 p.m., 14th Street entrance of Piedmont Park, www.facebook.com/events/547415438956496

Wednesday, March 21

Eight drag performers come together tonight to put on a showcase in celebration of Black Future Month. The NeonBlk line-up includes Semaj Onyx Coxring, Sir Cumcision, Coco Iman Starr, Taylor Alxndr, Dotte Com, Qween Farrazz, Dfaxx and Tristan Panucci Dupree, 9:30 p.m. – 12:20 a.m., Argosy, 470 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.facebook.com/events/549828465392043

Thursday, March 22

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. Charis Circle board chair Susana Morris will be the facilitator of this group. This month’s book is “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo, 7 –9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Electric Boogieland is a series of themed dance parties that will showcase classic dance and R&B
music from the 1970s and 1980s. Each month will have a different theme and this month, it’s Studio 54. Noni’s, 357 Edgewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312, 10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., www.facebook.com/events/195918944474571

Friday, March 23 – 25

Capitol City Opera Company presents Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m., Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30319

Friday, March 23

Every year, Affinity at Agnes Scott sponsors the drag show A Night in the Cosmos, and the fierce queens on tap tonight include Molly Rimswell, JayBella Banks, Mystery Meat, Dotte Com and Taylor Alxndr, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m., 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, www.facebook.com/events/1770465006594481

Out Front Theatre Company opens “Buyer & Cellar” tonight. It’s the story of a struggling actor in L.A. who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar, running through March 25, 8 p.m., 999 Brady Ave., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.outfronttheatre.com

SPECTRA will feature Atlanta local queer-identified artists with an art opening event tonight. Featured artists include Cameron Lee, Jon Dean, Savana Ogburn, Taylor Alxndr and LaRue Caillet, 8 – 11 p.m., Revelator Coffee Company, 691 14th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/1976522592607437

Party for Princess, a benefit show and dance party benefiting Princess Charles, revs up at 10 p.m., MSR My Sister’s Room, 66 12th St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/780392005490337

Saturday, March 24

Boundary-pushing stand-up comedian and insult comic Lisa Lampanelli is in town for a set at Center Stage Theater, 7 p.m., 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.ticketmaster.com

Atlanta Freedom Bands present the soundtracks of sport, competition and video gaming during “Let the Games Begin!” Taking place during the height of March Madness, this stirring music will transport you from the baseball diamond, around the race track, through mysterious gaming worlds and to the top of Mount Everest. And what sporting music collection would be complete without John Williams’ works from the Olympics? The evening also features the premiere of “Soundtrax,” a new work from resident student composer Connor Sullivan, a junior at Kennesaw State University, composed especially for the concert. 8 p.m., Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, www.facebook.com/events/804050489787158

Grab a Peter Pan costume and join the fun at the yearly epic party the Neon Neverland Theme Event, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m., BJ Roosters, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/164347944219734

Sugar, tea, and a little bit of variety … these are the ingredients used to create Atlanta’s longest-running queer variety show. Come out tonight for SWEET TEA: A Queer Variety Show. The event is hosted by and features a performance by Taylor Alxndr, with special guests Don Crescendo, Michael Cera Palin, Micky Bee, Paege Turner and Xt Venus Valentine. Doors opens at 9 p.m. with a DJ set by DJ Coxino, and the show starts at 10 p.m., The Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.facebook.com/events/320307301707171

Sunday, March 25

Get ready to sing along to “Dancing Queen,” “Voulez Vous” and more as Aurora Theatre continues its run of “Mamma Mia!” through April 22, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville, GA, 30046, www.auroratheatre.com

Monday, March 26

The Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman” – featuring transgender actress Daniela Vega – continues at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse today, various showtimes, 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328

Tuesday, March 27 – 28

The AgLanta Conference is a premier urban agriculture conference, organized by Agritecture and hosted by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience, to showcase urban and controlled environment agriculture innovation, foster community engagement and generate economic development. AgLanta 2018 will challenge this dominant notion of Smart Cities by asking: Can a city really be “smart” without agriculture? 8 a.m., The Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, 65 M.L.K. Jr. Drive S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.facebook.com/events/300544340436938

Tuesday, March 27

Don’t miss Trans Week: Art Talk with Shoog McDaniel and Cortez Wright, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Troy Moore Library, Room 2343, 25 Park Place N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.facebook.com/events/216891552207729

Wednesday, March 28

Enjoy Hump Night with host Regina tonight at 8 p.m., Friends Neighborhood Bar, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.friendsonponce-atl.com

Thursday, March 29

Amir Rabiyah is a two spirit disabled queer female poet and writing coach and the author of “Prayer for My 17th Chromosome.” Come hear her read from the book tonight at Charis Books and More, 7:30 – 9 p.m., 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

UPCOMING

Saturday, March 31

Field Day is a grown-up version of the most awesome school games from your childhood, with three-legged races, hula-hoops, tug-of-war, dizzy lizzy and plenty of other fun games throughout the day. The event benefits Action Cycling Atlanta, an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to ending HIV/AIDS. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Emory Student Activity & Academic Center – Recreation Field, 1946 Starvine Way, Decatur, GA 30033, www.facebook.com/events/1806968316267363

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