This week's GLBT Best Bets kicks off with a movie screening and Q&A tonight (July 9) at OutCentral. OutCentral and their Lesbian Film night have joined forces to present Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement. The screening will feature a session with the ACLU-TN as well as a Skype Q&A with the filmmaker. Get more details here.

On Wednesday July 10, get ready to laugh with the O&AN sponsored Girl on Girl Comedy at Zanie's. Each month performers gather at Zanie's for a raucous night of comedy and burlesque. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are only $10. Get tickets here.

In it's final weekend of production, Southern Baptist Sissies takes the stage July 11-13 at the Darkhorse. Portions of the proceeds benefit OutCentral. Find out more here.

In 1995, one of the most "inadvertent, surreally hilarious comedies in film history" was released- Showgirls. On Thursday July 11 for one night only, the Belcourt Theatre presents Showgirls, hosted and annotated by acclaimed writer/performer/humorist David Schmader. Those with the 10th anniversary DVD already know about Schmader's hilarious commentary but this is your chance to see it live. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Starting July 12 and running through July 28, Mame, one of the most popular theatrical productions will play at the Anne Deason Performance Hall at The Renaissance Center. ​Based on the best-selling 1955 novel Auntie Mame<, by Patrick Dennis, the story follows an eccentric bohemian, Mame< Dennis, whose motto is “Life is a banquet.”  Her free-wheeling lifestyle in New York City with wealthy friends and worldly adventures is disrupted when her deceased brother's son Patrick is entrusted to her care. Then the stock market crashes and >Mame is left penniless. The result is a series of mad-cap adventures with the overarching theme that things change and people change but life should still be lived to the fullest. Tickets are $15 but purchase online before 9 p.m. July 11 and take $4 off with the code Mame13. Tickets can be purchased here.

In the mood for a short road trip? Then head up to Lousiville, KY this weekend for the Forecastle Festival July 12-14 at Waterfront Park. Over 100 bands play this musical, arts, and activism festival just up the road in Louisville.  Among the performers include The String Cheese Incident, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and many more.  Level 4 tickets are still available.

On Saturday July 13 there are plenty of ways to get some physical exercise. First join the Middle Tenneessee OUTsiders for Beginning Birding at local Beaman Park. Event is planned for 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. For more information email

Maybe dancing is more your speed? Well then you're in luck Saturday night when Beyoncé takes the stage at Bridgestone arena for the sold-out Ms. Carter World Tour. We're already practicing our "Single Ladies" moves.

And kicking off next week is an event everyone should make sure they attend- a Benefit for Dee Dee. Local drag personality, Deception, has been undergoing chemo for a leukemia diagnosis and performers and organizations across Nashville are banding together to help raise money for medical expenses on July 15. The event starts at 7 p.m..





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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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