We’ve weathered a very stormy track record for May weekends, so it wouldn’t surprise us if some opted for some warm sand and rolling tides for the upcoming holiday weekend. Monday may be your official day off but there is plenty to do between now and then.

Your GLBT community best bets kick off tonight (May 22) at OutCentral when Mark Hubbard presents HIV Horizons: A Community-Focused Research Update. Hubbard’s discussion will include information about new prevention technologies, reports of possible functional cures as well as explanations of what recent research findings mean to GLBT communities in layman’s terms. The event starts at 6 p.m..

If you’re looking for a bit of bling to your humpday look no further than the exclusive private preview of jewelry and art envisioned and created by JP Di Lenardo featuring stunning works in precious metals. Hosted by Renee Layher and brought to you by Argentiere Luxury the CULT925 presentation will take place at the Hutton Hotel.

Step right up into the big top—er, the Schermerhorn—starting Thursday night and take a journey to a faraway land of dazzling beauty, mystery and suspense. Cirque Musica blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music — including pieces by Tchaikovsky, John Williams and a salute to The Beatles. Want to win a pair of tickets? We’ll pick a random winner tonight so make sure you enter now. You can also see Cirque Musica Friday and Saturday. Tickets available here.

Concert alert! Check out JoJo this weekend at SEEN. In 2004, JoJo broke pop records with her debut single “Leave (Get Out)”. At 13, the pint-sized vocal powerhouse became the youngest female singer to score a pop Billboard number one single and her debut album sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. She’s played several southern pride festivals over the last few years including Miami and Savannah, Ga.. Get tickets for this show here.

Maybe you just want to party this holiday weekend? Get started Friday night with the Foam Party at Play. Just remember the party doesn’t stop with Friday and Foam. Join the crowds at Play all weekend long for their Memorial Day Weekend Block Party. For more details watch the Play Facebook page. P.S. if you are heading out Friday do not forget your bathing suit. Play will provide a clothing check.

Maybe this weekend is more about family fun. If so, the Nashville Zoo is your place to be Saturday evening for their Zzzoofari. It’s a one of a kind experience family friendly experience that puts you under the stars with the zoo animals. Several events are planned including hayrides, twilight tours and marshmallow roast. For tickets or more information click here.

For those without little ones but looking for a one of a kind experience of their own, then art2wear is the event for you. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend … well how about a broken skateboard? At this weekend’s art2wear Nashville, you’ll find some of the most unique jewelry designed from some uncommon materials from more than 50 artists. The event takes place at Vanderbilt University’s Commodore Ball Room, in the University’s Student Life Center at 310 - 25th Avenue South. Tickets are $10 and you can get more information here.

Looking for a small, gay road trip this weekend? Head over to Chattanooga for funny man actor Jason Stuart as he celebrates 20 years. Stuart performs at the Comedy Catch this weekend. Check out our feature with Jason Stuart.

Maybe you are looking for movie this weekend?  Fast & Furious 6 revs into theaters in high gear and Alex, one of our movie contributors thinks you should see it. Whatever you do stay away from Identity Thief. It's problematic language makes the film a lost cause for GLBT audiences.

Looking for great first date this weekend? How about swing dancing? Head on over to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday afternoon for a unique date, you’ll never forget. For more information visit the Farmer’s Market event calendar or join their Facebook group.

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Post-Covid travel planning

Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?

For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:

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