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Barry Lee's 'fuck you' to ableism

The local artist is done with your sympathy

"If you see someone who didn't have disabilities in a relationship with someone who did, oftentimes media calls the person without disabilities 'brave' or 'courageous' for being with them," visual artist Barry Lee says, "when in reality, loving someone different from you isn't a charity act.?"

His latest exhibition, How Nice, features self-portraits that test the sympathies of people without disabilities. "Another Day," shows Lee eating a bowl of raspberries while pink-gloved hands pry at his gums and eye with surgical tools. "Shame," another self portrait, juxtaposes Lee's somber expression against a bright blue desert sky as feminine arms envelop his chest. In both, Lee stares straight at the camera as if measuring the viewer up, a dare for those interested in something a little more complicated, less ableist and less self-absorbing than feelings of sympathy.

Born with Nager Syndrome, a condition that affects the development of the face, hands and arms, Lee is no stranger to the less kind aspects of Southern hospitality. Strangers ask Lee to explain his syndrome, and he regularly hears the expression, "Bless your heart." Lee has become intimately acquainted with how good intentions become ableist: invasive, sympathetic and condescending comments about his disability.

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"'How nice' is a sympathetic expression," Lee tells Creative Loafing, "but, honestly, it's also a 'fuck you' to those who sympathize me for my differences." The show opened at Murmur Gallery on July 29, and will be on view three more times before closing with an artist's talk on Sun., Sept. 10.

How Nice is an obvious departure from the bright and friendly murals Lee has painted on Octane Westside, in Cabbagetown and other places across Atlanta. In contrast, How Nice has a little more of a bite than a friendly approach, Lee says. The show explores aspects of Lee's identity and experiences often made invisible by society: the intersections of his disabilities, his sexuality, his gender. The bite, rising out of years of ableism and biphobia, comes naturally. "Disability itself contains a lot of facets: gender, race, religion and sexuality," Lee explains. "With so many facets comes the need to create representation constantly."

Exploring sexuality in How Nice was essential to tackling the ableism he experiences first- and secondhand. Though he prefers to keep his private life, well, private, Lee recognizes the importance of tapping into the personal to create change.

Lee confronts the camera in his self-portraits, proclaiming through the lens, "I don't feel as sorry for myself, as you might feel sorry for me," he says. "I knew I couldn't change people's sympathy fully," Lee says, "but I did want their sympathy to be tested."

Besides the self-portraits and other pieces that are still on display, the opening of How Nice also included one-night-only installations that played with themes of sympathy and empathy. The stand-out piece of the night was "Freak Show," a performance installation where willing participants, after putting in earplugs to simulate a deafening experience, were led onto stage for an audience to glare and laugh at them.

Regular occurrences in Lee's life inspired the piece. "Oftentimes when I am in public purchasing something, I get stared or gawked at. I never know when this will happen, but I have to continue to live my life, to buy food for myself, or to be with my friends," Lee says. "And I can't allow the fear of people staring or laughing at me stop me from living. I wanted to create a piece that reflected this experience."

Image "Shame"Jeremy Brown



Like the rest of How Nice, "Freak Show," disrupts mainstream perspectives of people with disabilities and a way for Lee to build community. During the opening, a lot of strangers went up to Lee and shared personal experiences relating his.

"Between making this work and having people telling me their stories, I don't feel as alone as I did before making this," Lee says. "Representation matters, and it takes people being true to themselves to help create better representation to hopefully slowly erase the misconceptions of disability."

View How Nice on Sun., Aug. 20, 3-5 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m. Artist talk: Sun. Sept. 10, 4-7 p.m. Murmur, 100 Broad St. S.W. www.murmurmedia.org.



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Parlor, a gallery described on its website as a living room space, will hold its first group exhibition with À la Carte, exploring the theme of food in art. The exhibition features more 30 local artists including Julio Ceballos, Cornelia Hemingway, Yoon Nam and Lydia Day. Free. 7-10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. Parlor, 862 Vedado Way N.E. www.facebook.com/ParlorATL.

Besides teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students, Atlanta native Elizabeth Mayton creates beautiful drawings and paintings on her free time. Her first solo exhibition will be a part of Big Tree Arts and Film Center's First Friday Featured Artist program and features Mayton's "loud, colorful, and unusual" artwork. Mayton's work is inspired by her love of flowers and her own experiences with being partially deaf. Free. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Big Tree Arts and Film Center, 205 Holtzclaw St. S.E. www.bigtreeatlanta.com.

After its premiere in the '60s, Cabaret became an instant classic. Inspired by Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, Cabaret tells the story of the performers at Kit Kat Klub in 1931's Berlin, just as the Nazis begin their rise to power. In August, Serenbe Playhouse will welcome Cabaret and its performers to Georgia. The production will feature Broadway's Molly Tynes, with the direction of Brian Clowdus, who will also play the iconic role of The Emcee. $35-$40. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., Aug. 3-27. Serenbe Playhouse, 9110 Selborne Lane, Palmetto. 770-463-1110. www.serenbeplayhouse.com.

At first, the story told by Happy Ending seems simple: Andy has finally saved up enough money to open his own massage therapy studio and his first ever customer comes close to changing his life. The play, however, is everything but simple. Written by Ronnie Larson, the one-hour production uses one afternoon in two characters' lives to explore themes of sexuality, economic class and even social media. Larson's plays have been produced throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, Italy and England. $35-$50. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 3-12; 5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 6-Aug. 13. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-523-7647. www.ronnielarsen.com.

Since the film release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011, most of us have deeply missed our favorite magical trio and their adventures. To fill the gap, the 2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival will show all eight Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter 1-3 on Sat., Aug. 5. For one afternoon, you get to leave behind the muggle world and revisit Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and Hogsmeade with your favorite characters. $13-$76. Noon-11 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org.

The largest aquarium in the world is turning off the lights for a glow in the dark party, Sips Under the Sea. The party will be a chance for adults, friends and significant others to enjoy the Georgia Aquarium in a kid-free environment. Besides the treat of enjoying the aquarium after dark, guests will also get to enjoy specialty cocktails, tapas and live entertainment. Those attending are encouraged to wear neon or white for the full effect of the glow party. $20-$49. 6-10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. N.W. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

School drools, but Wussy Prom rules, and it's coming back to make everyone's return to school a little bit better. Hosted by Wussy Mag, the "Southern + queer" magazine covering politics, art and expression in the Southeast, Wussy Prom will celebrate the freaks and geeks and tops and bottoms of the world. Besides music by Pozsipozi and King Atlas, there will also be a costume contest judged by Violet Chachki, Brigitte Bidet and Dax ExclamationPoint. $10-$15. 10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E. 404-844-8800. www.wussymag.com.

Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck was a woman beyond her time she ignored calls for women to be obedient, silent and chaste and instead led a life of "high drama." Villiers was the First Duke of Buckingham's sister-in-law, which led her affair with another man to become a public political scandal. In her book, Love, Madness, and Scandal, Johanna Luthman recounts Villiers' public and private life, which she will discuss in the event hosted by A Cappella Books. Luthman is a historian and professor at University of North Georgia who focuses on English history. Free. 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 7. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. 404-508-7190. www.acappellabooks.com. 

In an increasingly monopolized publishing world, who celebrates small publishing houses and the independently published authors and books? Escape into Books, an indie book signing event, has organized an afternoon for celebrating the best indie local authors and books. Escape into Books will feature more than 30 local authors in a casual book signing setting, where authors and readers alike will get to enjoy candid encounters and discussions. Some of the featured authors include Dianna Love, Mary Buckham and Ian Cadena. Free. Noon-5 p.m., Sat., Aug. 5. Renaissance Atlanta Midtown, 866 W. Peachtree St. N.W. 678-412-2400. www.escapein2books.com.

Throughout 2017, the Center for Civic Innovation has hosted candidates for this year's local elections. Its next event is Leadership Breakfast with Alex Wan, a current Atlanta City Council member who has represented Council District Six since 2010. This year, Wan is running for City Council President, and will stop by CCI to candidly discuss his vision and agenda for the city of Atlanta. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tues., Aug. 8. Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W. www.civicatlanta.org."
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Parlor, a gallery described on its website as a living room space, will hold its first group exhibition with __''À la Carte''__, exploring the theme of food in art. The exhibition features more 30 local artists including Julio Ceballos, Cornelia Hemingway, Yoon Nam and Lydia Day. ''Free. 7-10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. Parlor, 862 Vedado Way N.E. [http://www.facebook.com/ParlorATL|www.facebook.com/ParlorATL].''

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After its premiere in the '60s, ''Cabaret'' became an instant classic. Inspired by Christopher Isherwood's ''The Berlin Stories,'' ''Cabaret'' tells the story of the performers at Kit Kat Klub in 1931's Berlin, just as the Nazis begin their rise to power. In August, Serenbe Playhouse will welcome ''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season/cabaret|Cabaret]'' and its performers to Georgia. The production will feature Broadway's Molly Tynes, with the direction of Brian Clowdus, who will also play the iconic role of The Emcee. ''$35-$40.'' ''8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., Aug. 3-27. Serenbe Playhouse, 9110 Selborne Lane, Palmetto. 770-463-1110. [http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/|www.serenbeplayhouse.com].''

At first, the story told by [http://ronnielarsen.com/page/happyending|__''Happy Ending''__] seems simple: Andy has finally saved up enough money to open his own massage therapy studio and his first ever customer comes close to changing his life. The play, however, is everything but simple. Written by Ronnie Larson, the one-hour production uses one afternoon in two characters' lives to explore themes of sexuality, economic class and even social media. Larson's plays have been produced throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, Italy and England. ''$35-$50. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 3-12; 5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 6-Aug. 13. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-523-7647. ''[http://www.ronnielarsen.com/|''www.ronnielarsen.com'']''.''

Since the film release ''of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'' in 2011, most of us have deeply missed our favorite magical trio and their adventures. To fill the gap, the [http://foxtheatre.org/coca-cola-summer-film-festival/|__2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival__] will show all eight Harry Potter films, beginning with __''Harry Potter 1-3'' __on Sat., Aug. 5. For one afternoon, you get to leave behind the muggle world and revisit Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and Hogsmeade with your favorite characters. ''$13-$76. Noon-11 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100. ''[http://www.foxtheatre.org|''www.foxtheatre.org'']''.''

The largest aquarium in the world is turning off the lights for a glow in the dark party, [http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/experience/explore/events/sips-under-the-sea|__Sips Under the Sea__]. The party__ __will be a chance for adults, friends and significant others to enjoy the Georgia Aquarium in a kid-free environment. Besides the treat of enjoying the aquarium after dark, guests will also get to enjoy specialty cocktails, tapas and live entertainment. Those attending are encouraged to wear neon or white for the full effect of the glow party. ''$20-$49. 6-10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. N.W. 404-581-4000. ''[http://www.georgiaaquarium.org|''www.georgiaaquarium.org'']''.''

School drools, but __Wussy Prom__ rules, and it's coming back to make everyone's return to school a little bit better. Hosted by ''Wussy Mag'', the "Southern + queer" magazine covering politics, art and expression in the Southeast, Wussy Prom will celebrate the freaks and geeks and tops and bottoms of the world. Besides music by Pozsipozi and King Atlas, there will also be a costume contest judged by Violet Chachki, Brigitte Bidet and Dax ExclamationPoint.'' $10-$15. 10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E. 404-844-8800. ''[http://www.wussymag.com/|''www.wussymag.com'']''.''

Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck was a woman beyond her time she ignored calls for women to be obedient, silent and chaste and instead led a life of "high drama." Villiers was the First Duke of Buckingham's sister-in-law, which led her affair with another man to become a public political scandal. In her book, [https://www.acappellabooks.com/pages/events/174/johanna-luthman-love-madness-scandal|__''Love, Madness, and Scandal'', Johanna Luthman__] recounts Villiers' public and private life, which she will discuss in the event hosted by A Cappella Books. Luthman is a historian and professor at University of North Georgia who focuses on English history. ''Free. 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 7. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. 404-508-7190. ''[http://www.acappellabooks.com|''www.acappellabooks.com'']''.'''' ''

In an increasingly monopolized publishing world, who celebrates small publishing houses and the independently published authors and books? [http://escapein2books.com/|__Escape into Books__], an indie book signing event, has organized an afternoon for celebrating the best indie local authors and books. Escape into Books will feature more than 30 local authors in a casual book signing setting, where authors and readers alike will get to enjoy candid encounters and discussions. Some of the featured authors include Dianna Love, Mary Buckham and Ian Cadena. ''Free. Noon-5 p.m., Sat., Aug. 5. Renaissance Atlanta Midtown, 866 W. Peachtree St. N.W. 678-412-2400. ''[http://www.escapein2books.com|''www.escapein2books.com'']''.''

Throughout 2017, the Center for Civic Innovation has hosted candidates for this year's local elections. Its next event is [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-breakfast-election-edition-alex-wan-tickets-35510798755|__Leadership Breakfast with Alex Wan__], a current Atlanta City Council member who has represented Council District Six since 2010. This year, Wan is running for City Council President, and will stop by CCI to candidly discuss his vision and agenda for the city of Atlanta. ''Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tues., Aug. 8. Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W. ''[http://www.civicatlanta.org/|''www.civicatlanta.org'']''.''"
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Besides teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students, Atlanta native Elizabeth Mayton creates beautiful drawings and paintings on her free time. Her first solo exhibition will be a part of Big Tree Arts and Film Center's First Friday Featured Artist program and features Mayton's "loud, colorful, and unusual" artwork. Mayton's work is inspired by her love of flowers and her own experiences with being partially deaf. Free. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Big Tree Arts and Film Center, 205 Holtzclaw St. S.E. www.bigtreeatlanta.com.

After its premiere in the '60s, Cabaret became an instant classic. Inspired by Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, Cabaret tells the story of the performers at Kit Kat Klub in 1931's Berlin, just as the Nazis begin their rise to power. In August, Serenbe Playhouse will welcome Cabaret and its performers to Georgia. The production will feature Broadway's Molly Tynes, with the direction of Brian Clowdus, who will also play the iconic role of The Emcee. $35-$40. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., Aug. 3-27. Serenbe Playhouse, 9110 Selborne Lane, Palmetto. 770-463-1110. www.serenbeplayhouse.com.

At first, the story told by Happy Ending seems simple: Andy has finally saved up enough money to open his own massage therapy studio and his first ever customer comes close to changing his life. The play, however, is everything but simple. Written by Ronnie Larson, the one-hour production uses one afternoon in two characters' lives to explore themes of sexuality, economic class and even social media. Larson's plays have been produced throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, Italy and England. $35-$50. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 3-12; 5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 6-Aug. 13. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-523-7647. www.ronnielarsen.com.

Since the film release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011, most of us have deeply missed our favorite magical trio and their adventures. To fill the gap, the 2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival will show all eight Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter 1-3 on Sat., Aug. 5. For one afternoon, you get to leave behind the muggle world and revisit Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and Hogsmeade with your favorite characters. $13-$76. Noon-11 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org.

The largest aquarium in the world is turning off the lights for a glow in the dark party, Sips Under the Sea. The party will be a chance for adults, friends and significant others to enjoy the Georgia Aquarium in a kid-free environment. Besides the treat of enjoying the aquarium after dark, guests will also get to enjoy specialty cocktails, tapas and live entertainment. Those attending are encouraged to wear neon or white for the full effect of the glow party. $20-$49. 6-10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. N.W. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

School drools, but Wussy Prom rules, and it's coming back to make everyone's return to school a little bit better. Hosted by Wussy Mag, the "Southern + queer" magazine covering politics, art and expression in the Southeast, Wussy Prom will celebrate the freaks and geeks and tops and bottoms of the world. Besides music by Pozsipozi and King Atlas, there will also be a costume contest judged by Violet Chachki, Brigitte Bidet and Dax ExclamationPoint. $10-$15. 10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4. Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E. 404-844-8800. www.wussymag.com.

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Despite the size of its art installations throughout the city, Tiny Doors ATL continues to make a big impact in Atlanta. To celebrate its third anniversary, those at Tiny Doors ATL are hosting a Tiny Block Party. The celebration will include a tiny art sale featuring limited edition pieces by Atlanta's favorite local artists, retired doors on display, free tiny treats, as well as Tiny Doors ATL merchandise. There will also be an exclusive sneak peek at Tiny Library, Tiny Door ATL's next project. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Sat., July 29. Indie Craft Experience HQ, 1390 McLendon Ave. N.E. www.tinydoorsatl.com.

Since its first festival 18 years ago, Essential Theatre has given a platform to over 24 unique local playwrights and showcased 29 new plays. This year, the 2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival returns to highlight the best of Georgia's playwriting, featuring three plays by writers across Georgia. This festival's stories follow Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer; Genevieve, an adopted woman piecing together her many identities; and John Cassavetes, the "godfather of American independent films." $18-$160. July 27-Aug. 27. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-613-6465. www.essentialtheatre.com. 

Mercedes Moreno's in love with her best friend, she can't seem to get out of her creative rut and grandmother is in a coma. Just when Mercedes thinks her artist's block will last forever, art begins to show up in her life in sudden and unexpected ways. This is the premise of Lauren Karcz's debut novel, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. Karcz is a local author and a self-described language nerd who has worked as an ESL teacher and a language test developer. To celebrate her debut, Charis Books & More is hosting The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Launch Party, where Karcz will read, discuss and sign books. $5 suggested donation. 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., July 28. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-0304. www.charisbooksandmore.com.

To begin its Trans Leadership Initiative, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now has organized a Trans Leadership Initiative Interest Meeting. SPARK Reproductive Justice Now advocates for protection and expansion of access to reproductive services like family planning options, abortion and sexual health education for women and youth of color in Georgia. The initiative will focus on strengthening trans communities in Atlanta by "creating community and social events specifically for and by trans people of color." Free. 6-8 p.m., Thurs., July 27. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, 720 Moreland Ave. S.E. 404-622-8528. www.sparkrj.org.

In June, 10 states threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) if Trump did not terminate the program himself. DACA grants lawful presence for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, and the threat of its termination puts thousands of those children in danger. To discuss the future of DACA and its recipients, organizations in Atlanta are holding The Future of DACA and Immigration Law and Policy, a workshop on advocating for the program. Free. Noon-2 p.m., Sat., July 29. Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway N.E. 404-638-1800. www.thelaa.org.

As police misconduct continues to gather attention, civil protest and unrest grow in cities throughout the country. With this unrest comes more involvement from police forces, and a cycle of violence seems to repeat itself. To discuss balancing a "safe yet effective police force," Our Future Atlanta has organized How Do We Create Safer Communities? The Community discussion will focus on police brutality, violent crimes in communities and safety. Our Future Atlanta is a coalition of organizations across Atlanta focusing on the importance of local elections and political issues. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Mon., July 31. Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Jr Drive S.W. www.ourfutureatlanta.org. 

When Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published in the U.K. in 1997, it had an initial printing of 500 copies. 20 years later, over 400 million copies of the seven Harry Potter novels have been sold worldwide. To celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, Fado Irish Pub is hosting a special Harry Potter Pub Quiz. Who hands Katie Bell the cursed opal necklace in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? How does Sirius Black escape the dementors in Azkaban? Invite your Ravenclaw friends to guarantee you the glory of first prize. Win or lose, there will be plenty of butterbeer to go around. $5. 8 p.m. Mon., July 31. Fado Irish Pub, 933 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-841-0066. www.fadoirishpub.com.

Some may argue that the age of Fueled by Ramen bands are long gone, but from the new Fall Out Boy single to Paramore's recent comeback, pop punk may have never truly left us. To bask in the good old days, the folks at the Basement are hosting Tell All Your Friends: Atlanta's Pop Punk/Emo Party. If you remember ditching your family at the mall to sneak into Hot Topic or having a wardrobe consisting of only band tees, you'll feel right at home at Atlanta's only pop punk/emo/indie sing-a-long dance party. $7-$10. 10 p.m. Sat., July 29. The Basement, 1245 Glenwood Ave. S.E. 404-622-8686. www.basementatl.com.

Ever watch The Walking Dead or Zombieland and wish the zombies had a little more fashion sense? Returning from the dead for the fifth time is the 2017 Atlanta Zombie Pin-Up Contest. Whether you've always wanted to be a zombie pin-up girl or you're interested in seeing how zombies clean up, the contest will put those famous zombies you're used to seeing on TV to shame. The contest welcomes photographers, make-up artists and everyone in between to enter and attend. After the contest, the alive and undead are invited to the zombie pub crawl through Virginia-Highland. Free. 4-11 p.m. Sat., July 29. Diesel Filling Station, 870 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-815-1820. www.atlantapinupcalendar.com."
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Since its first festival 18 years ago, Essential Theatre has given a platform to over 24 unique local playwrights and showcased 29 new plays. This year, the __[http://www.essentialtheatre.com/2017-festival/|2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival] __returns to highlight the best of Georgia's playwriting, featuring three plays by writers across Georgia. This festival's stories follow Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer; Genevieve, an adopted woman piecing together her many identities; and John Cassavetes, the "godfather of American independent films." ''$18-$160. July 27-Aug. 27. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-613-6465. [http://www.essentialtheatre.com|www.essentialtheatre.com]. ''

Mercedes Moreno's in love with her best friend, she can't seem to get out of her creative rut and grandmother is in a coma. Just when Mercedes thinks her artist's block will last forever, art begins to show up in her life in sudden and unexpected ways. This is the premise of Lauren Karcz's debut novel, ''The Gallery of Unfinished Girls''. Karcz is a local author and a self-described language nerd who has worked as an ESL teacher and a language test developer. To celebrate her debut, Charis Books & More is hosting __[http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/gallery-unfinished-girls-launch-party-lauren-karcz|''The Gallery of Unfinished Girls'' Launch Party]__, where Karcz will read, discuss and sign books. ''$5 suggested donation. 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., July 28. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-0304. [http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/|www.charisbooksandmore.com].''

To begin its Trans Leadership Initiative, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now has organized a __[http://www.sparkrj.org/trans-leadership-initiative/2208/|Trans Leadership Initiative Interest Meeting]__. SPARK Reproductive Justice Now advocates for protection and expansion of access to reproductive services like family planning options, abortion and sexual health education for women and youth of color in Georgia. The initiative will focus on strengthening trans communities in Atlanta by "creating community and social events specifically for and by trans people of color." ''Free. 6-8 p.m., Thurs., July 27. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, 720 Moreland Ave. S.E. 404-622-8528. [http://www.sparkrj.org/|www.sparkrj.org].''

In June, 10 states threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) if Trump did not terminate the program himself. DACA grants lawful presence for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, and the threat of its termination puts thousands of those children in danger. To discuss the future of DACA and its recipients, organizations in Atlanta are holding __The Future of DACA and Immigration Law and Policy__, a workshop on advocating for the program. ''Free. Noon-2 p.m., Sat., July 29. Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway N.E. 404-638-1800. [http://www.thelaa.org/|www.thelaa.org].''

As police misconduct continues to gather attention, civil protest and unrest grow in cities throughout the country. With this unrest comes more involvement from police forces, and a cycle of violence seems to repeat itself. To discuss balancing a "safe yet effective police force," Our Future Atlanta has organized __[https://www.ourfutureatlanta.org/events/2017/7/31/how-do-we-create-safer-communities|How Do We Create Safer Communities?]__ The Community discussion will focus on police brutality, violent crimes in communities and safety. Our Future Atlanta is a coalition of organizations across Atlanta focusing on the importance of local elections and political issues. ''Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Mon., July 31. Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Jr Drive S.W. [http://www.ourfutureatlanta.org./|www.ourfutureatlanta.org.] ''

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Despite the size of its art installations throughout the city, Tiny Doors ATL continues to make a big impact in Atlanta. To celebrate its third anniversary, those at Tiny Doors ATL are hosting a Tiny Block Party. The celebration will include a tiny art sale featuring limited edition pieces by Atlanta's favorite local artists, retired doors on display, free tiny treats, as well as Tiny Doors ATL merchandise. There will also be an exclusive sneak peek at Tiny Library, Tiny Door ATL's next project. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Sat., July 29. Indie Craft Experience HQ, 1390 McLendon Ave. N.E. www.tinydoorsatl.com.

Since its first festival 18 years ago, Essential Theatre has given a platform to over 24 unique local playwrights and showcased 29 new plays. This year, the 2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival returns to highlight the best of Georgia's playwriting, featuring three plays by writers across Georgia. This festival's stories follow Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer; Genevieve, an adopted woman piecing together her many identities; and John Cassavetes, the "godfather of American independent films." $18-$160. July 27-Aug. 27. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-613-6465. www.essentialtheatre.com. 

Mercedes Moreno's in love with her best friend, she can't seem to get out of her creative rut and grandmother is in a coma. Just when Mercedes thinks her artist's block will last forever, art begins to show up in her life in sudden and unexpected ways. This is the premise of Lauren Karcz's debut novel, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. Karcz is a local author and a self-described language nerd who has worked as an ESL teacher and a language test developer. To celebrate her debut, Charis Books & More is hosting The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Launch Party, where Karcz will read, discuss and sign books. $5 suggested donation. 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., July 28. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-0304. www.charisbooksandmore.com.

To begin its Trans Leadership Initiative, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now has organized a Trans Leadership Initiative Interest Meeting. SPARK Reproductive Justice Now advocates for protection and expansion of access to reproductive services like family planning options, abortion and sexual health education for women and youth of color in Georgia. The initiative will focus on strengthening trans communities in Atlanta by "creating community and social events specifically for and by trans people of color." Free. 6-8 p.m., Thurs., July 27. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, 720 Moreland Ave. S.E. 404-622-8528. www.sparkrj.org.

In June, 10 states threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) if Trump did not terminate the program himself. DACA grants lawful presence for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, and the threat of its termination puts thousands of those children in danger. To discuss the future of DACA and its recipients, organizations in Atlanta are holding The Future of DACA and Immigration Law and Policy, a workshop on advocating for the program. Free. Noon-2 p.m., Sat., July 29. Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway N.E. 404-638-1800. www.thelaa.org.

As police misconduct continues to gather attention, civil protest and unrest grow in cities throughout the country. With this unrest comes more involvement from police forces, and a cycle of violence seems to repeat itself. To discuss balancing a "safe yet effective police force," Our Future Atlanta has organized How Do We Create Safer Communities? The Community discussion will focus on police brutality, violent crimes in communities and safety. Our Future Atlanta is a coalition of organizations across Atlanta focusing on the importance of local elections and political issues. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Mon., July 31. Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Jr Drive S.W. www.ourfutureatlanta.org. 

When Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published in the U.K. in 1997, it had an initial printing of 500 copies. 20 years later, over 400 million copies of the seven Harry Potter novels have been sold worldwide. To celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, Fado Irish Pub is hosting a special Harry Potter Pub Quiz. Who hands Katie Bell the cursed opal necklace in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? How does Sirius Black escape the dementors in Azkaban? Invite your Ravenclaw friends to guarantee you the glory of first prize. Win or lose, there will be plenty of butterbeer to go around. $5. 8 p.m. Mon., July 31. Fado Irish Pub, 933 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-841-0066. www.fadoirishpub.com.

Some may argue that the age of Fueled by Ramen bands are long gone, but from the new Fall Out Boy single to Paramore's recent comeback, pop punk may have never truly left us. To bask in the good old days, the folks at the Basement are hosting Tell All Your Friends: Atlanta's Pop Punk/Emo Party. If you remember ditching your family at the mall to sneak into Hot Topic or having a wardrobe consisting of only band tees, you'll feel right at home at Atlanta's only pop punk/emo/indie sing-a-long dance party. $7-$10. 10 p.m. Sat., July 29. The Basement, 1245 Glenwood Ave. S.E. 404-622-8686. www.basementatl.com.

Ever watch The Walking Dead or Zombieland and wish the zombies had a little more fashion sense? Returning from the dead for the fifth time is the 2017 Atlanta Zombie Pin-Up Contest. Whether you've always wanted to be a zombie pin-up girl or you're interested in seeing how zombies clean up, the contest will put those famous zombies you're used to seeing on TV to shame. The contest welcomes photographers, make-up artists and everyone in between to enter and attend. After the contest, the alive and undead are invited to the zombie pub crawl through Virginia-Highland. Free. 4-11 p.m. Sat., July 29. Diesel Filling Station, 870 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-815-1820. www.atlantapinupcalendar.com.             20868246         http://dev.creativeloafing.com/image/2017/07/_D6X0132.597608a52de8b.png                  20 teenagers take on John Lewis' 'March' "
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