Things are heating up in Nashville and it’s not just the summer weather that is well on its way. With Nashville Pride just over two weeks away plus Knoxville Pride, Bonnaroo and CMA Music Fest looming on the horizon, June is going to kick off one helluva hot summer. But just because it isn’t officially June until Saturday, doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do around town. Get your O&AN GLBT Best Bets for 5/29 – 6/4:

Nothing like a humpday Hakuna Matata. Hakuna Matata? It means no worrieeeeeeessss for the res—okay so maybe that was a bit off-key but you get the point. These are the final days to catch Disney’s The Lion King at TPAC. Runs through June 2. Get tickets here.

Two Words. David Sedaris. The poignant and humorous author of such books as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim makes a stop Friday at Parnassus Books in Nashville as part of his current book tour. Sedaris is promoting his latest collection of essays Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls Essays Etc.. Whether Sedaris is remarking on the international interest he witnessed during the 2008 elections or weaving a story from elements of his trip to Australia, the Kookaburra and a sing-song night with his sister Amy, the fact is you’ll see someone you know in all of Sedaris’ stories. While seats for the reading are no longer available, there will be standing outside and Sedaris will sign books following the sold out reading. Reading starts at 6:00 p.m.. For more information click here.

It’s not quite June but Play Dance Bar is P-R-O-U-D! On Friday night, May 31, Play will host Greenville South Carolina drag goddess Versage for its Nashville Pride Kick-Off Party. Stay up-to-date with Play's events by liking their Facebook page.

Saturday, June 1 kicks off what is sure to be a busy month. Ever wonder what a bear look likes wet? Well, we can’t promise you’ll find out but we sure hope so when the Nashville Grizzlies host their Annual Car Wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lipstick Lounge. So head on over for a good cause while the Grizzlies work those hoses … and wash your car. For more information visit the Grizzlies' website here.

It’s their final show of this season, but don’t worry Nashville in Harmony will be back bigger and better than ever with their 10th season just around the corner. In the meantime, check out their capstone show Takin’ it to the Streets Saturday at the James K Polk Theater at TPAC. Tickets are only $20. For more information click here.

She knows how to work a bat. She knows how to field a ball … or balls. Who is she? Well, find out this year when the Metro Nashville Softball Association crowns its Miss MNSA 2013. Players from MNSA teams will compete in a drag competition to be the best of the best. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Play Dance Bar.

Better get some rest on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday because the CMA Fest kicks off Wednesday with its parade and the music fills downtown starting Thursday. Come back next week for more details.

On the Horizon

June 8- Brandy

Find out how to win tickets to see Brandy at War Memorial Auditorium here

June 6- Sister’s Night at Canvas Lounge

Music City Sisters’ kick off Sister’s Night at Canvas Lounge to benefit TTPC.


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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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