Summer is quickly drawing to a close, which will soon mean the end of many gays’ favorite outdoor events. However, it doesn’t necessarily sound the doomsday clock on all the fun that’s still out there. This week, David gives you a handy guide to some of the hottest happenings from the remainder of this month through September.
Thursday, August 16:
ATLANTA COTILLION XI SILENT AUCTION & CABARET
A night of graciousness and glamour. Gentlemen from Atlanta’s gay community participate as “debutantes” while raising funds for AID Atlanta.
Jungle Nightclub- 215 Faulkner Rd. NE, Atlanta
$10 suggested donation; $25 VIP
Friday, August 17:
DEL SHORES: NAKED. SORDID. REALITY.
Multiple-award winning gay writer/director Del Shores, of Sordid Lives fame, brings his hilarious new standup comedy show to Atlanta.
Onstage Atlanta- 2597 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta
8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
$20 general seating; $35 VIP (includes 10:00 p.m. Meet-and-Greet)
Celebrate the Material Woman’s birthday with a DJ, nonstop music videos, live performances, mash-ups, and more.
Mary’s- 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta
Saturday, August 18:
JAY BRANNAN LIVE
He set our hearts aflutter with his pretty face and sexual exploits in the groundbreaking film Shortbus. Now, Jay Brannan’s budding pop-folk music career is winning him a whole new legion of fans.
Eddie’s Attic- 515-B North McDonough Street, Decatur
Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25:
4TH ANNUAL ATLANTA PRIDE “PRIDE RIDE”
Proceeds from this bicycling fundraiser will benefit the Atlanta Pride Committee.
Stonecrest Mall parking lot, near food court- 2929 Turner Hill Road, Lithonia
Assembly 7:30 a.m., ride begins 8:30 a.m.
Registration: $20 advance, $25 on site
3RD ANNUAL RAINBOW DAYS AT SIX FLAGS
Join friends old and new for a true family day out at metro Atlanta’s mega theme park. Offerings include live entertainment by former ‘80s pop icon Tiffany.
Six Flags Over Georgia- 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29 – Monday, September 3:
ATLANTA BLACK PRIDE 2012
African-American LGBT’s from Atlanta and beyond will converge for dance parties, big-name performers, workshops, and more.
Meliá Atlanta Hotel- 590 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta
See website for schedule
Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror geeks of all sexual orientations have long mingled at this venerable and unique Atlanta tradition.
See website for locations and schedules
$30 – $120
Saturday, September 15:
EAST ATLANTA STRUT
The gay-inclusive hipster/punk enclave of East Atlanta Village comes alive once again for this “anything goes” music and arts festival.
East Atlanta Village, at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals Road,
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18 – Sunday, September 23:
22ND ANNUAL SOUTHERN COMFORT CONFERENCE
Transgendered men and women converge for six days of vendors, authors, symposiums, and live entertainment (including a concert by The Sexual Side Effects).
The Crowne Plaza Hotel – Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia - 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta
See website for schedule and pricing
Saturday, September 29:
CHRIS KIDS 12TH ANNUAL CHRISTAL BALL
This gala event and silent auction honors Atlanta community leaders and organizations who’ve made significant contributions to improving the lives of children including LGBT youth.
Georgia Aquarium- 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$250. Sponsorships available.