The Weekend: 19 gay things to do

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imageSOFTBALL: The Decatur Women’s Sports League hits the fields tonight as they continue their spring season. Games begin at 6 p.m. at Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker. (View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from Opening Night March 20.)

BIRTHDAY BASH: Gay-owned Radial Cafe turns 10 and the DeKalb Avenue eatery is celebrating with a casual get together tonight. Meet some of the organic farmers responsible for the spot’s fair trade coffee. 7 p.m.

ART OPENING: West African native Maya Fardoun shares her photography of Atlanta and Detroit with an opening at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse. “My photography is not exploitive, but is sympathetic with its object and seeks to accept it and reveal it as beautiful in its own way and on its own terms,” Fardoun says. 7 p.m.

SPIKE IT: The Hotlanta Volleyball Association kicks off its Summer Open Play tonight at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Open play includes members and non-members playing in random teams. It’s a way to learn more about the gay volleyball league without committing to a full membership. 7:30 p.m.

AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Barbara Brown Taylor stops at Charis Books & More to read from and discuss “An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith.” 8 p.m.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate with the Atlanta Eagle as the bar marks its 22nd anniversary throughout the weekend. A customer appreciation night starts at 8 p.m. and opens with an hour of free drinks. Now that’s one way to cope with the recession.

FILM SQUEEZE: The Atlanta Film Festival gets its gay groove on starting tonight with the screening of “SqueezeBox,” which takes a look at a few drag rockers who are trying to help New York’s nightlife survive in the 1990s. The film is part of the festival’s Pink Peach showcase of LGBT films. Midtown Art Cinema. 11 p.m. (and again Thursday, 2 p.m.)


TOUCHDOWN: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its spring and summer season with a set of four games. The league shifts to Benteen Park in South Atlanta before returning to Piedmont Park for Week No. 3 on April 25. 9 a.m. (View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the league’s Opening Day.)

EARLY READING: The Akoma Bok Club gathers at Charis Books & More for its monthly discussion. 10:30 a.m.

THE HEAT: Some of the muscled Atlanta firefighters gracing the pages of the 2009 Georgia Heat Firefighters Calendar will be on hand to sign their calendar and take part in a charity fashion show. Urban Body Studios. 7 p.m.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate with the Atlanta Eagle as the bar marks its 22nd anniversary throughout the weekend. The Mr. Eagle Leather and Mr. Eagle Bear Contest get kicked off at 9 p.m.

SPRING RITES: Take a road trip to Birmingham for the annual Rites of Spring. The gay dance party includes DJ Mark Tarbox for the main event, DJ Mike Pope for the After Party and DJ Shane V for the Sunday Tea Dance.

MORE FILM: The Atlanta Film Festival’s gay offerings today include “Greek Pete,” the story of rent boys in London. Midtown Art Cinema. 9:40 p.m. (and again Wednesday, 6 p.m.)

BALLS IN ATHENS: Celebrate 20 years of balls in Athens with Boybutante Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. It’s the culmination of a week’s worth of events for the annual gathering, which ends with a brunch on Sunday. Let the dancing begin at 40 Watts in Athens, 10 pm. (Read more about Boybutante.)

BACK BAR: The boys of the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club are staffing the back bar at the Eagle tonight to raise funds for the team. The fun starts at 10 p.m.

SHEER INDULGENCE: There’s a little bliss in the plans for lesbians of color. Mystic: A Night of Enchantment offers “a night of delectable delights” at the Tower Gallery in East Point. 10:30 p.m.


PLAY BALL: The Hotlanta Softball League continues its 2009 season — after a week off for Easter — at its new home on the fields of the Southside Softball Complex on Jonesboro Road in southeast Atlanta. 9 a.m.(View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the league’s Opening Day.)

EVEN MORE FILM: On tap from the Atlanta Film Festival gay offerings today: “Mississippi Damned,” a film bsaed on the true story of three, poor black children in rural Mississippi who struggle to escape their circumstances. The storyline includes an “unacceptable” lesbian relationship. 3:30 p.m. (and again Thursday, 1:30 p.m.) Also showing is “Training Rules,” the documentary about Renee Poartland, the successful and anti-gay coach of the women’s basketball team at Penn State. 5:45 p.m.

GOSPEL REVIVAL: The Armorettes are Looking for a City in this church-inspired performance at Burkhart’s Pub. Join former Armorette Coretta Scott Queen in what is sure to be a special performance. 9 p.m.

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