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VIEW PHOTOS | MondoHomo Opening Night @ Eyedrum

imageThe grassroots queer fest MondoHomo kicked off five days of DJs, drag, burlesque, politics, slam poetry, theater, dance parties and musical acts on Thursday with a visual arts show and spoken word performances at Eyedrum.

The festivities, which also included a Queer Dance Party at Mary’s, carry through the long holiday weekend, ending on Monday with a Homo Day Camp at Cabbagetown Park. Most other events take place at Eyedrum, a cavernous gallery near Oakland Cemetery.

“We’re really excited,” MondoHomo founder Kiki Carr (second photo, left) told Project Q Atlanta ahead of opening night. “We’ve really tried to make it even more diverse, and I think we’ve succeeded in that even more this year.”

imageFRIDAY, 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.

imageSATURDAY, 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.

imageMONDAY, MAY 31
Homo 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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