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Regina N. Bradley visits Charis Books

Plus: Wussy Mag celebrates the release of The Fight Issue and Fernbank After Dark launches

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In her debut collection of short stories, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, Regina N. Bradley uses historical and hip-hop infused fiction to explore issues of race, belonging and identity in the post-Civil Rights American South. Bradley assistant professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University and an alumna Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University will visit Charis Books & More on Wed., June 14, to read from and discuss Boondock Kollage. $5 Suggested donation. 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 14. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-0304. www.charisbooksandmore.com.

Ever secretly wanted to crash a wedding? Atlanta Streets Alive and Terminus 330 have paired up to make your dreams come true with Crash Our Wedding, the Westside's first-ever street wedding. Taking place during Atlanta Streets Alive's Westside Route event, the wedding will include a reception with a cash bar, food samples, live band and a DJ. Free. 4 p.m. Sun., June 11. Terminus 330, 330 Marietta St. N.W. 678-956-7957. www.terminus330.com.

When Rihanna's debut single "Pon De Replay" dropped in 2005, the Barbadian singer was only 17. Since 2005, the singer has released eight albums and more than a decade's worth of anthems to dance to. On Sat., June 10, Jungle Atlanta hosts ICON: A celebration of Rihanna. A monthly event curated by Barry Brandon and For All Humans, ICON celebrates recording artists and their music through burlesque and drag performances, live vocalists, aerial and trapeze acts, and other performances. The celebration of Rihanna's music and career will include performances by Biqtch Puddin', LaRico Potts and Gwendolyn Van Cartier. $15. 10:30 p.m., Sat., June 10. Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E. 404-844-8800. www.forallhumans.co/boutique/iconrihanna.

Dedicated to the blues singer Howlin' Wolf, Wolf Fest returns to Northside Tavern for its 13th year of celebrating the legend's songs and career. Wolf Fest began in 2001, when the Atlanta blues band the Breeze Kings put their love for Wolf to the test, covering Northside Tavern's walls with pictures of the singer and playing nothing but Wolf songs well into the night. Wolf Fest 2017 will feature performances by Atlanta blues performers, including Ross Pead, Frankie's Blues Mission, the Cazanovas, the Vipers, Larry Griffith, Dry White Toast, Funky Bluester and, of course, the Breeze Kings. Free. Thurs., June 8. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road N.W. 404-874-8745. www.wolffest.com.

Atlanta Contemporary celebrates the release of Wussy Mag's [https://www.facebook.com/events/523010898088490/?acontext={"source":5,"page_id_source":337394063117288,"action_history":{%22surface%22:%22page%22,%22mechanism%22:%22main_list%22,%22extra_data%22:%22{\%22page_id\%22:337394063117288,\%22tour_id\%22:null}%22},"has_source":true}|The Fight Issue], a new arts and literary zine featuring more than 30 Southern queer artists. Wussy Mag covers queer nightlife, art and culture in Atlanta and the Southeast, and The Fight Issue promises to continue its "curated, singular, queer-centric point-of-view." The event will include a reading from the artists featured in the zine, as well as a panel discussion on Southern queer representation in arts and media. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs., June 8. Atlanta Contemporary, 535 Means St. N.W. 404-688-1970. www.atlantacontemporary.org.

The organizers of Southern Fried Queer Pride have paired with the Masquerade and the Wrecking Ball ATL to host [https://www.facebook.com/events/194550017733970/?acontext={"source":2,"source_dashboard_filter":"discovery","action_history":"A Benefit for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Anti-Violence Project (AVP). Proceeds from the event will go to RAINN, AVP, and their respective missions to tackle interpersonal violence. $10. 6:30 p.m., Mon., June 12. The Masquerade. 75 MLK Jr Drive S.W. 404-577-8178. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

The Southern Center for Human Rights' (SCHR) 2017 Justice Salon Series will open with a screening of Ava DuVernay's award-winning documentary, 13th. The Netflix original documentary uses the 13th amendment to explore how racism in the criminal justice system has undergirded the mass incarceration of African-Americans in the United States. The event will include a discussion with Sara Totonchi and Atteeyah Hollie from SCHR and Professor Tanya Washington. Free. 6:30 p.m., Mon., June 12. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. 404-688-1202. www.schr.org.

Cross an item from your bucket list with Meet, Eat and Greet, a dinner with John Oates of Hall & Oates this Sat., June 10, at Taco Cowboy. The legendary musician will be in Atlanta to read and discuss his latest memoir, Change of Seasons, a "wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped [Oates} into what he is." To make your wait for the complimentary book signing significantly easier, food by chef Tom Catherall and Italian wine slushies courtesy of Lasorda Family Wines will be provided. Free with purchase of Change of Seasons. 6 p.m., Sat., June 10. Taco Cowboy, 1000 Virginia Ave. N.E. 404-681-5128. www.acappellabooks.com.

To launch its monthly series Fernbank After Dark, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is hosting A Summer Kickoff Party on Fri., June 9. Fernbank After Dark is designed for "ages 21+ featuring fun science activities, exclusive after-hours Museum access, live music, craft beer and cocktails, and films in the new Giant Screen Theater." The kickoff party will include an exploration of the museum's latest addition and outdoor experience, WildWoods, screenings of Amazon Adventure 3D and Dream Big 2D, as well as live music by the Georgia Flood. $10-$20. 7 p.m., Fri., Jun. 9. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road N.E. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.





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