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imageThe organizers of MondoHomo Dirty South continue to build on their grassroots queer fest with this year’s Memorial Weekend alternaPride arts, culture and social justice fandango. Hold onto your hats.

It’s gonna be a takeover, babycakes. And you best be ready.

“We’re really excited,” says MondoHomo founder Kiki Carr (top photo, far left). “We’ve really tried to make it even more diverse, and I think we’ve succeeded in that even more this year.”

imageWell, if you consider “diversity” as gender, race, financial status and age variance, she’s probably right. Then throw in a four-day roster of DJs, drag, burlesque, politics, slam poetry, theater, dance parties and more disco, punk, hiphop and electro acts than you can handle, you pretty much have to cave to the fact that she and her people are ret-ta-go.

After pre-festival fundraisers like Wig Out (second and third photos; view more), the May Day Punkraiser, and the QueerStory Spaghetti Dinner with venue partners to entice patrons of the Eagle, Ria’s Bluebird, Woofs and Eyedrum, the group is ready to let it rip on its annual must-do roster of events.

Need more info on what it’s all about? Read the MondoHomo Manifesto.

So without further ado, here’s the rundown for the festival beginning Thursday and running through Monday. Pick and choose your poisons, or get a festival pass to everything for $25. Most events take place at Eyedrum Gallery unless otherwise noted, and many events are fa-fa-free!

imageTHURSDAY, MAY 27
MondoHomo’s Grand Opening

7 p.m., free
Mondo Art visual arts show (runs through June 26)?
This year’s participants were asked to respond to their city, be it where they were born, grew up, live now or aspire to be. The 2010 MondoHomo Art Show is curated by Donnie Reider.

Homo Spoken Word
8 p.m., free
Featuring ?Ifa Bumi, Adriana Chiknas, meeK (of Atlanta by way of West Philly),? Jonathan Lerner?and the sonic stylings of DJ K Namaste (New Jersey), plus Atlanta’s own ?Collin Kelley (Atlanta Queer Literary Fest), ?Katheleen Delaney, Antron-Reshaud? Malika ?and Karen G. & Theresa Davis (the Slam-champions Art Amok)

Queer Dance Party
10 p.m. @ Mary’s in East Atlanta, free
DJ Lil Ray (Brooklyn) & DJ Double Dutch (ATL)

FRIDAY, MAY 28
Mondo Cabaret

8 p.m. – 1 a.m., $10
Queer drag, burlesque, theater, puppetry and other performance artists from across the country. Performances by Ms. Bea Haven,? Cruel Valentine,?Queerella,?Tim Monteith,? Krystal Woods, ?Evil Sarah,? Molotov Cocktease, ?Luster Dela Virgion,? STUD Butch, Steele Mackin’, ?King Jaeveon,? the Mockingcocks and? Vagina Jenkins.

The evening also includes “Gay: The Ride” This play promises that you will get wet. Written by Adam Fair and directed by Bridget Fancher, it features a cast full of local celeb drag queens and kings and beloved Mondohomies.

SATURDAY, MAY 29
Mondo Musico

2 p.m. – 1 a.m., $15
All-day band-stravaganza. Hiphop, disco, punk, electro, rock, cabaret. Hosted by the Atlanta debut of “Sissy Bounce” phenom Sissy Nobby from New Orleans. Acts include Dangerous Ponies, ?8 Inch Betsy,? Spooky Q’s,? Athens Boys Choir,? Drew Mason,? Nefertiti,? MC Invincible,? Le Sex o Flex,? Ms. Teary? Cat Eyez,? Diamond Lil Band, ?Dirty Excuse and ?Sissy Nobby.

SUNDAY, MAY 30
HomoCon

Noon – 4 p.m., free
Creative workshops and fun.

Mondo Cinema
7 p.m., $5

Outrageous queer film shorts curated by filmmaker Andre Keichian with Atlanta curators Andy Ditzler of Film Love and Kiki Carr of PinkEye indie queer film salon and CinErotic FilmFest. The program presents a challenging, sexy and definitely non-mainstream vision of queer identity, politics, history and creativity. Check out this year’s film selections.

MONDAY, MAY 31
imageHomo Day Camp

Cabbagetown Park, Noon-5 p.m., free
All ages family event. Everybody wins at the Gay Games. Carnival fare, playground sports and outdoor cruising.

For even more details on the MondoHomo Dirty South Festival, visit mondohomo.com.

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