LGBTQ Atlanta Best Bets for Feb. 2 – 15

Friday, Feb. 2

All Stripes — a public group of LGBTQ and allied supporters of Atlanta United FC — holds its Preseason Happy Hour event to mingle and get excited about the upcoming season! 5 – 8 p.m., TEN Atlanta, 990 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/2032637523671554

Join SURJ-ATL — which seeks to achieve collective liberation by ending white supremacy — for their re-launch event tonight. Enjoy great food and drinks while meeting longtime members of the organization. Information and literature on current active campaigns and working groups will be available, 6 – 8 p.m., Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.facebook.com/events/1942403079343657

Out Front Theatre Company presents the southeastern premiere of Bathsheba Doran’s poignant and humorous “The Mystery of Love & Sex,” running through Feb. 18. Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection, until sexual desire complicates everything. 8 p.m., 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/1123717461099106

Saturday, Feb. 3

Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen will serve as this year’s keynote speaker for the 19th Annual Atlanta Area Outreach Initiative, an educational and empowerment forum designed to get and keep people living with HIV into care and to prevent the further transmission of HIV. This year’s theme is “No Labels, No Limits,” 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.facebook.com/events/204597339565972

HRC Atlanta is going to Bourbon Street with its 21st annual bowling tournament, Mardi Gras Bowl. Join for a fun and festive masquerade-themed afternoon of bowling, prizes and music. Remember to bring your credit card! 12 – 5 p.m., Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/704524109740080

Atlanta Prime Timers meet today at 3 p.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

A special recital performance featuring world-renowned tenor Gianluca Sciarpelletti is a fundraiser for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, 4 – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, www.facebook.com/events/366267873838381

Come out for the Mardi Gras Block Party. Come dressed in your best beads and drink like you’re in The Big Easy. The event will take place in the Midtown entertainment district with 15+ bars. Tickets includes New Orleans-themed comp shots, 3/2/1 specials ($3 well, $2 beer and $1 shot), beads, New Orleans-themed food specials and more. 7 p.m. – 2 a.m., 57 13th St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309-3614, www.facebook.com/events/152794495344004

Sunday, Feb. 4

Come out and join The Armorettes at Oscars Atlanta to watch the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the Armorettes Super Bowl Party, 6:30 p.m., Oscars Atlanta, 1510 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/1534711276643165

The city’s biggest film festival — the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival — continues with an encore screening of the gay-themed “The Cakemaker” tonight, 7:55 p.m., UA Tara, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.ajff.org

Monday, Feb. 5

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

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1605 Interstate 85/Frontage Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.uuca.org

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Strip down for Underwear Night at the Atlanta Eagle, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m., 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantaeagle.com

Wednesday, Feb. 7

How can a spiritual life benefit you? Come hear Rainbros coach Josh Noblitt on what positive things come from his spiritual life as a minister at St. Mark’s, and how he reconciles his sexuality, Christianity and the Methodist Church. This will be a working discussion. Please feel free to come share your own personal stories and ask questions. 7 p.m., Creative Approach Atlanta, 1080 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30309, www.facebook.com/events/1071291939677705

Hussy presents Bodies, with a cast of cuties ready to show you their bodies, or at least one part. The cast includes Paege Turner, Maya Wiseman, Mystery Meat, Crème Brûlée Turner and Oya Mawu, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., The Bakery Atlanta, 825 Warner St., Atlanta, GA 30310, www.facebook.com/events/535726166792438

Thursday, Feb. 8

Be part of AIDSWatch in Georgia 2018: HIV Advocacy at the Gold Dome today. People living with HIV live, work and thrive in every legislative district across our state, but many state lawmakers are unaware of the issues that affect our diverse community. This event will provide a free training on how to educate state legislators at the Capitol on HIV policy. Following the training, organizers will stand united under the Gold Dome to put the training into action. 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St. S.W., Room 230, Atlanta, GA 30334, www.facebook.com/events/1583843371711136

SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Today’s speaker is Georgia’s only transgender elected official, Doraville City Councilwoman Stephe Koontz, Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

The Conscious Aging Group meets the first Wednesday of every month and is open to all elders/seniors/old people who wish to continue living a conscious lifestyle into and through our time of aging. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.facebook.com/events/1910458325935431

Friday, Feb. 9

Join Charis Circle and Charis Books in celebrating two of Atlanta’s most visionary literary voices, Tayari Jones and Pearl Cleage, in a conversation about art, love, loyalty and Jones’ new novel “An American Marriage.” 7 – 9 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/394002887725535

Out artist Hannah Thomas returns to Eddie’s Attic tonight, 9:30 p.m., 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, GA, 30030, www.eddiesattic.com

Saturday, Feb. 10

The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival Quarterly Book Club meets today with a short presentation about the important legacy James Baldwin left behind, a contextual understanding of the period when his 1956 novel “Giovanni’s Room” was published and a group discussion of the novel itself. The event is co-sponsored by the Counter Narrative Project, 3 p.m., Ponce de Leon branch library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/156742968438370

Come out and see whether Eden Cakes or Roxy Redd will be the Queen of White Trash Prom at the Miss Gutterball Pageant 2018. This is a fundraiser for the Dixie Bowling Tournament. See these lovely ladies work their prom wear from when they were in high school. Categories include presentation, question and answer, talent and white trash evening gown. Guest performers include Miss Dixie 2018 Misti Shores, Holly Walden and Amber Divine, 6 – 9 p.m., Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/1770023616400993

Join the High Museum’s second mixology Highball competition. The most distinguished bartenders from around the metropolitan area compete for a chance to demonstrate their boozy creations and compete drink-for-drink. 6:30 – 10 p.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/1476122399162089

Join the Atlanta Bucks for the first ever Bucks Meat Raffle, a different kind of Bachelor Auction. Highlights include 10 date packages, a beer bust and lots of rugby boys to flirt with. Woofs on Piedmont, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., 2425 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/1756394217768500/

Come root on the Armorettes tonight as they raise money, featuring Trashetta GaLore, Autumn Skyy, Nurse Holly, Ally Queered, Al Yankadic, Buffett GaLore, Priscilla O’Kneel and Plenty Moore, 8 – 10 p.m., Heretic Atlanta, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/241956003010058

Get your “She Bop” on at the ’80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Cyndi Lauper Edition, Atlanta’s only ’80s New Wave music video dance party. Dance and watch music videos on multiple screens throughout the club. 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., 502 Amsterdam Ave. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/1190588441071371

Sunday, Feb. 11

Join Brent Star at Posman Books Atlanta at Ponce City Market for a special Valentine-themed Drag Queen Storytime, 3 – 4 p.m., Posman Books Atlanta, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. C197, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/events/184189712176218

My SuperHeroes are Black is a pop-up exhibit and discussion in honor of Black History Month and the new film “Black Panther.” Refreshments, a digital art exhibit and music by DJ 02is are on tap, 4 – 7 p.m., 249 Peters St., Atlanta, GA, 30313, www.facebook.com/events/1223398804460864

Monday, Feb. 12

B-14! Join Brent Starr for Bingo Night at My Sister’s Room, 8 – 10 p.m., 66 12th St., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mysistersroom.com

Tuesday, Feb. 13

The 2018 Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting will feature remarks from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and a presentation from author and former New York City transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, 8 a.m., Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA, www.foxtheatre.org

Come out to the 4th Annual Our Founding Valentines — presented by Atlanta Pride Committee and Touching Up Our Roots — and toast and celebrate community pioneers and game-changers from 2000 – 2010, with catering sponsored by the Atlanta AARP, 7 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave, Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/1765768617062141

WUSSY returns with their monthly campy classic series with the 1996 flick “The First Wives Club.” In the true spirit of sisterhood, this is a very special Galentine’s Day screening, so bring your squirrel friends and let’s have some fun! Prizes for the best Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker or Maggie Smith looks, 7 – 11 p.m., Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/159443868023912

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 book store? Then the Black Feminist Book Club is for you. This month’s book is “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy, 7 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Laissez les bons temps rouler at Fat Tuesday Drag Queen Bingo brought to you by PALS Atlanta. Come dressed to impress and you’ll get thrown some beads! There will be king cake and plenty of beads to go around — you don’t want to miss it! 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Lips Atlanta, 3011 Buford Highway N. E., Atlanta, GA 30329, www.facebook.com/events/723941441143095

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day — or Singles Awareness Day — at the Shameless event, hosted by Kyra Mora, with music by DJ Sean Michael and giveaways all night with special guest Alex Mecum, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Blake’s On the Park, 227 10th St. N. E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/182550632337241

Thursday, Feb. 15

MAAP’s February event at WeWork will feature an engaging, high-level conversation with a career coach about professional interests, passions, mentorship, on-the-job experiences and the road to professional growth. 6 – 8 p.m., WeWork 1372 Peachtree, 1372 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.facebook.com/events/1981198238867374

Join us for a gallery talk by Alli Royce Soble, whose solo exhibition When the Levee Breaks continues through March 2. The event is free and open to the public, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center,
980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/557784917899674

UPCOMING

Tuesday, Feb. 20

The legendary “Rent” returns to the ATL as part of a national tour, running through Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.foxtheatre.org

Friday, Feb. 23

The highly-acclaimed, Oscar nominated “A Fantastic Woman” — featuring transgender actress Daniela Vega — opens at the Midtown Art Cinema today, various showtimes, www.landmarktheatres.com

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