Your Gay Week(end) 10/11-10/17

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The fall weather is taking over with crisp cool mornings—aaah who cares? It’s your Gay Week(end)!

Friday October 11

ACT1 kicked off their 2013-14 season last weekend with the debut of the southern-fried hilarious hit Sordid Lives. You have two chances left to catch it: Friday (October 11) and Saturday (October 12). Get more information and a link to tickets here. Update: Act1 announced a bonus performance 10/18 at 7:30 p.m.

30 Americans, the new exhibit featuring over 70 works by 31 emerging and established African American artists working within a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography and video, opens today. The exhibit organized and drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection in Miami, will be on view in the Frist Center’s Ingram Gallery through Jan. 12, 2014.

The 2013 Southern Festival of Books kicks off and runs through the weekend. Held at War Memorial Plaza, this event hosts over 200 authors for panels, readings and book signings. For more information, click here.

Saturday October 12

Memphis-area may have it right, choosing to celebrate Pride in the fall and (cross your fingers) stay away from the heat of the summer. But we know things will still be hot when Mid-South Pride celebrates their 10th anniversary. It’s not too late to make plans to head over for the day. Check out more information here.

Can’t make it to Mid-South Pride? Then stay in your own backyard and help raise money for the fight for Equality in Tennessee with Abby Rubenfeld’s Birthday Drag Fundraiser. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

The Nashville Opera has already given one performance of the Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Saturday is your last chance to check out this stunning performance. Click here for tickets.

Also, in advance of their weekend festival events October 18-20, Nashville Black Pride will be hosting an Outreach with HIV testing Saturday, October 12 at Vibe from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.. For more details about Nashville Black Pride, click here.

Sunday October 13

Stretch your legs this weekend with the Middle Tennessee OUTsiders as they take to the Cumberland Plateau and Sewanee, TN for their Fall Foliage Excursion. For more details including meet up address, ‘like’ the Middle Tennessee OUTsiders page on Facebook.

Join Mac Productions and Nashville Black Pride for the 2013 Mr. Esquire pageant, held at Vibe on Sunday, October 13. For more details or to register for the pageant, contact MAC at 615-498-1956.

You might know him as one of television’s most famous doctors – House star Hugh Laurie performs for the first time in Nashville at the Schermerhorn. For one night only, Laurie will perform songs from his acclaimed debut Let Them Talk and his recently released Didn’t It Rain. Tickets can still be purchased here.

Tuesday October 15

Yoga is back at OutCentral. Get your stretch on with Mary Irby for $15 drop-in classes or purchase a 6 class card for $60. Yoga happens every Tuesday beginning at 5:45.

Don’t forget Drag Bingo tonight with Paige Turner at Mad Donna’s. Balls drop at 8:30 p.m..

Wednesday October 16

Vanderbilt University continues their National Coming Out Week celebration with guest speaker Laverne Cox. Known for her role as the fashion savvy Sophia Burset on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, the actress/activist explores how the intersections of race, class and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans* women of color. Event is free and open to the public. Check out more here.

 

Get in tune with Your Gay Week(end) with Hannah Thomas Band who takes the stage at Mad Donna's on October 16. It's a solo happy show and begins at 6 p.m.. Check out more from Hannah Thomas here.

The monthly Girl on Girl Comedy Show is back at Zanies on October 16. Want a chance for tickets? Email Joseph here.

Nashville Primetimers continue their monthly movie night at OutCentral. Note that this month’s movie, The Boys in the Band, will start at 7 p.m. Click here for more details about the Nashville Primetimers.

Thursday October 17

Capping their National Coming Out Week events, The Vanderbilt Lambda Association presents So You Think You Can Drag with RuPaul’s Drag Race fave Jujubee. Event will be held in the SLC Conference Rooms and begins at 7 p.m.. Free and open to the public.

 

Upcoming:

Wizard World Comic Con 10/18-10/20

Nashville Black Pride 10/18-10/20

Grizzlies' Red Dress Rampage 10/19

MTSU Alumni Dinner 10/19

TTPC Dinner 10/19

Nashville GLBT Chamber’s Tastefully Unpredictable 10/27