Top gay things to do this week

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Documentaries, pop stars and ballet- oh my! It's another LGBT week in Nashville and Out & About Nashville has your weekly round-up of LGBT best bets.

Wednesday April 16

Bonnie McKee at Play Dance Bar

After writing some of the biggest pop songs, including Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream,"  Bonnie McKee is becoming a pop star in her own right. After releasing last year's infectious "American Girl" (see video below), McKee will make a special appearance at PLAY Dance Bar after her support slot on the Karmin Pulses tour at Cannery Ballroom.

Thursday April 17

LGBT Chamber Brewing Up Business

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​​Join the LGBT Chamber at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet to observe 30 minutes of rehearsal for The Ben Folds Project followed by business networking, light fare and refreshing beverages. Attendees will also have the opprtunity to learn more about the annual Night OUT at the Ballet on May 2. Get more information here.

HRC-Nashville & premiere of The Case Against 8 at Nashville Film Festival

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Join HRC-Nashville and Nashville Film Festival for the Nashville Premiere of The Case Against 8. Specially priced tickets include a year membership to HRC. For more information on the film or tickets, click here.

Theatre: Staged reading of Flit

KB Productions, the team behind the recent sold-out smash, Southern Baptist Sissies, continues to cement its reputation in the Nashville theater community by presenting edgy, left of center productions that have not previously been seen on Music City stages. Up next for the innovative theater company is a staged reading of the new coming of age play, FLIT, by Nashville resident John Wesley Lasiter.

FLIT exposes many of the problems which plague our society, including homophobia, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, addictions, and the struggle for human beings to find where they fit in the world.  The light is shed on each of these topics through the eyes of FLIT, a flamboyant and clueless man who, at the age of 28, lives with his parents until his father kicks him out. 

FLIT’s best friend, a female singer who is only able to find work at a drag bar by pretending to be a man impersonating a woman, takes him in with the belief that she can convert him from gay to straight.  Ultimately she kicks him out and FLIT ends up on the street alone.  FLIT is taken in by a street ministry and has to deliver condoms at night to hookers.  An unlikely friendship develops between FLIT and Lulu, a drug-addicted prostitute, who teaches him some important lessons about life, love, and society. 

The show runs one weekend only, April 17-19, at The Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave in Nashville’.  Tickets may be purchased at www.kb-productions.org or by calling 615-942-6211.

Friday April 18

Theatre: Sordid Lives at The Center for the Arts 

Join Out Front on Main owner George Manus as he tackles the role of Brother Boy in Sordid Lives at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts. Sordid Lives plays Friday-Sunday through April 27. More information, including tickets, can be found here.

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Saturday April 19

Music City Burlesque Greatest Hits Show

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Celebrating seven years, Music City Burlesque presents their greatest hits! Even better, fans of MCB got to decide what you will see on stage! The show takes place at Marathon Music Works. More information, including ticket link, can be found here.

Nashville Earth Day Celebration

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family friendly event with live entertainment through out the day celebrated each year in April.  This year’s festival will help the community take another step toward Mayor Karl Dean’s goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast.

The event will feature exhibits and activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment. With nearly a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, will offer fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.

For more information, click here.

Sunday April 20

Music City Sisters' Easter in the Park

What more do you need than an Easter celebration in Shelby Park with the Music City Sisters? For exact location, follow their Facebook event, but don't forget to bring a white t-shirt for their tye-dye party!

Tuesday April 22

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Get hungry Nashville! What may be an ordinary Tuesday to you is actually an extraordinary day for Nashville CARES when the 2014 Dining Out for Life (DOFL) celebration takes place on April 22.

In 2013, Nashville restaurants and diners banded together to help Nashville CARES raise a record-breaking $150,000 for DOFL. This year's event is poised to raise even more with an extended weekend brunch component. Read more about 2014 DOFL here.