THE ATLANTA PRIDE CELEBRATION is still a little more than a month away, but those looking for a queer-centric alternative in the meantime need look no further than this weekend's MondoHomo festivities. Over the next five days, venues not normally reserved strictly for gay events will host a variety of performers and events that are likely to appeal to audiences of just about any persuasion. Here's a look at some of what MondoHomo has to offer.
Music: From homo hip-hop to queer punk, music is a central part of MondoHomo. And Lenny's is where it all takes place starting May 23 with Nicky Click, Cateyez, Diamond Diva and others showcasing their rhyming skills. On May 24, garage and punk acts such as Can Can, the Dead Betties and 8 Inch Betsy bring an equally raucous rock show billed as Chock Full O' Nuts.
Performance: Preceding the May 24 show at Lenny's, the club's parking lot will be transformed into the Mondo Carnivale. This free show features live graffiti, arts and crafts, circus performers, skateboard stunts, a midway and music. A picnic May 25 in Cabbagetown Park offers DJs, a poetry slam and a gay field day with Olympic-style recreational sports. Festivities wrap up with a Memorial Day brunch at Ria's Bluebird with DJs, burlesque and other performances.
Art and film: A free art show at Tilt Coffee Shop kicks everything off May 22, featuring mixed media works by more than 20 artists. And on May 25, Eyedrum hosts the Southeast debut of "Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band," which has been well received at various film festivals. There will also be a comedic ukulele performance by Ben Lerman.
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$50 for VIP pass to all events. www.mondohomo.com.
> Queer Art Opening. Free. 7-10 p.m. May 22 (through June 21). Tilt Coffee Shop, 274 Walker St. S.W., Castleberry Hill. 404-688-4284, www.tiltroom.com.
> Homo-a-Rama Dance Party. Free. 10 p.m. May 22. Mary's, 1287 Glenwood Ave., East Atlanta. 404-624-4411, www.marysatlanta.com.
> Mondo HomoHop. $15. 8 p.m. May 23. Lenny's Bar, 486 Decatur St. S.E., Cabbagetown. 404-577-7721, www.lennysbar.com.
> Mondo Carnivale. Free. Noon-6 p.m. May 24 at Lenny's Bar.
> Mondo Chock Full O' Nuts. $15. 7 p.m. May 24 at Lenny's Bar.
> Mondo Day Camp. Free. Noon-6 p.m. May 25. Cabbagetown Park, 701 Kirkwood Ave. S.E., Cabbagetown.
> Mondo Fagsploitation. $8. 8 p.m. May 25. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Suite 8, Grant Park. 404-522-0655, www.eyedrum.org.
> Mondo Speakeasy Brunch. $15. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 26. Ria's Bluebird, 421 Memorial Drive S.E., Grant Park. 404-521-3737, www.riasbluebird.com.
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