Boyfriend shoots woman’s ex, and friend at Lithonia apartments

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Two people have been transported to a local hospital after police say they were shot at an apartment building in DeKalb County on Saturday.
Officials say the shooting happened around 12:17 p.m. at the Oaks at Stonecrest Apartments on Evans Mill Road in Lithonia, Georgia.
According to investigators on the scene, the boyfriend of a resident showed up at her apartment building and discovered that the woman’s ex and one of the ex’s friends were at her house.
Police said the new boyfriend then shot the ex-boyfriend and his friend as they were leaving in a red SUV.
The ex-boyfriend, whose name has not been released, was shot multiple times and is now at the hospital in critical condition.
The victim’s friend fled the scene and was also shot multiple times, police said. He was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle and his current condition is not known.
Currently, officials say that there is no suspect in custody and that he is currently on the run. The investigation is ongoing.

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LGBTQ Atlanta Best Bets for March 2 – 15

The Cobb Energy Centre hosts An Evening with Audra McDonald: Songs from the American Music Theater on Saturday, March 3. (Publicity photo)

Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4

Don’t miss the Georgia Tiny House Fest this weekend, 12 – 5 p.m., Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton, GA 30228,

Friday, March 2

Theatrical Outfit has opened Topher Payne’s award-winning play “Perfect Arrangement,” 8 p.m. tonight running through March 18, and Gay for Plays hosts a special night out with a pre-show event with Payne at 6 p.m., The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303,

Saturday, March 3

Get your friends together and come crawl along the Atlanta BeltLine Pub Crawl on the BeltLine: Spring Edition. Enjoy up to five complimentary beverages along the BeltLine along with food and drink specials at each participating location. 12 – 4 p.m.,

Atlanta Prime Timers meets today at 3 p.m., Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Atlanta United fans, come to the Away Game Viewing Party: Atlanta v. Houston. The game starts at 3:30 p.m. so get there early, grab a drink, find your table and mingle before the game starts, Woofs on Piedmont, 2425 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324,

All transgender and non-binary people, along with allies and loved ones, are invited to attend the TransDecatur support group meeting, from 4 – 6 p.m., Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030,

Atlanta OutWorlders present Game Night, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.,

Now in its eighth year, pb&j gallery presents Body&Soul. This exhibition celebrates the nude male form at its most compelling. This year, in addition to the latest work from photographers Bob Burkhardt, Trevor Green and Bart Thomas, there are drawings by Alexander Clark. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 7 – 10 p.m., 35 Howard St. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30317,

Purim Off Ponce 2018 will honor Judy Marx and Billy Planer, who each will receive the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award for their professional and personal efforts toward building loving communities where LGBTQ people feel welcomed, listened to and safe. Entertainment will include aerialist Sadie Hawkins and drag performer Jaye Lish. All proceeds from Purim Off Ponce support the important education and training at the heart of Sojourn: Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity, 7:30 – 11 p.m., The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309,

The Cobb Energy Centre hosts An Evening with Audra McDonald: Songs from the American Music Theater. VIP tickets include a pre-show reception and a short post-show meet-and-greet. 8 p.m., 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339,

Join “The Lesbian Lounge Lizard,” comic Julie Wheeler, direct from Provincetown for a night of music and comedy, 8 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318,

Sunday, March 4

My Sister’s Room hosts a beer bust benefiting Southern Fried Queer Pride, with $10 bottomless cups until the kegs runs dry. Then stay later for Tossed Salad at MSR, 5 – 8 p.m., 66 12th St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309,

“Call Me By Your Name” and other LGBTQ titles contend at the Academy Awards tonight, 8 p.m. ABC

Monday, March 5

The HRC Atlanta Gala & Auction Pre-Dinner Reception: Table Selection is tonight, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318,

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender and aspiring allies, providing a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1605 Interstate 85/Frontage Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,

Tuesday, March 6

Learn more about volunteering with Atlanta Pride tonight at Joe’s on Juniper. RSVP to if you are interested in attending, 7 – 8:30 p.m., 1049 Juniper St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Wednesday, March 7

Be brave and attend Underwear Night at the Atlanta Eagle, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m., 306 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Thursday, March 8

SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

On International Women’s Day, join Charis Books and More in celebrating the Atlanta release of Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ “M Archive.” Following the innovative collection of “Spill,” “M Archive” – the second book in a planned experimental triptych – is a series of poetic affairs that speculatively documents the persistence of black life following a worldwide cataclysm, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,

Out Front Theatre Company opens “Buyer & Cellar” tonight. It’s the story of a struggling actor in L.A. who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar, running through March 25, 999 Brady Ave., Atlanta, GA 30318,

Friday, March 9 – 10

Actor’s Express will commemorate its anniversary season by presenting a special concert version of the landmark musical “The Harvey Milk Show” starring AE co-founder and former artistic director Chris Coleman, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Friday, March 9

Dance the night away at Women’s Disco Night tonight. Enjoy a special performance by Lisa Van Osch then enjoy old school disco music with DJ Yvonne Monet. Funds raised will go to Women’s Outdoor Network and Lost-n-Found Youth. Doors open at 7 p.m., Avondale Towne Cinema, 106 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002,

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” sensation Bianca Del Rio comes to the ATL for Blame It On Bianca, 8 p.m, Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E.,, Atlanta, GA, 30307,

Saturday, March 10

Raksha is proud to present the Women’s Empowerment Art Show. Celebrate International Women’s Day and honor the struggles and triumphs of women and girls, and support local artists who have created artworks that show their own journeys and experiences. All artwork will be for sale, with artists keeping 100 percent of the profits. Food will be provided by local restaurants, 12 – 4:30 p.m., House of Blended Ink Studios and Gallery, 300 Oakland Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312,

Join authors and activists Balogun Ojetade and Kalonji Jama Changa and artists Flux and Nicola for
From the Black Panthers to the Black Panther, a discussion on the impact, importance and need for Creative Resistance and Heroic Black Imagery. Works of creative resistance that feature black heroes and sheroes in fiction, non-fiction and art will be available for sale from vendors. 12 – 4 p.m. 640 W. Community Cafe & Event Space, 640 Evans St., Atlanta, GA 30310,

Get your disco on for homeless pets at AARF’s annual fundraiser, AARFstravaganza. Tickets get you drinks, light appetizers, a chance to bid on great silent auction prizes and a show by the fabulous Armorettes, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite, 321 W. Hill St., Decatur, GA 30030,

Fort Troff Maneuvers gained legendary status as the dirtiest men-only gear party in the country – and it returns tonight. Countless leathermen and all sorts of guy from across the country will be participating, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Manifest 4U, 2103 Faulkner Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Come out for an amazing night of music and dancing. Deep South + Music Room present Honey Dijon, with opening sets by Vicki Powell and Keiran Neely 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., The Music Room, 327 Edgewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312,

Sunday, March 11

How have lesbian/queer/bisexual/same-gender-loving/dyke-identified women in Atlanta built community throughout our histories? What worked in the past? What would you want to see in the future? Join Atlanta Pride Committee, Charis Books and More and Rotten Peaches for “Then & Now: Queer and Lesbian Women in Atlanta,” a intergenerational community discussion and brainstorming session on building more fulfilling and exciting lesbian and queer women’s public spaces. 6 p.m. 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The second Sunday of the month means the New Faces competition at Friends Neighborhood Bar, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Monday, March 12

The highly-acclaimed, Oscar nominated “A Fantastic Woman” – featuring transgender actress Daniela Vega – continues at the Midtown Art Cinema today, various showtimes, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308,

Tuesday, March 13

Ever wanted to learn how to make a zine? Do you know the history behind zines? Come out to How To: Make a Zine, a workshop series organized by Southern Fried Queer Pride. SFQP How To is a monthly workshop series equipping the public with artistic know-how, skills and more, featuring insight and wisdom from zine maker and multi-media artist Sharah Hutson, 6 – 8:30 p.m., The Bakery Atlanta, 825 Warner St., Atlanta, GA 30310,

Lucky Charms Drag Queen Bingo is dragishly D. Licious. Hosted by PALS Atlanta, the event features camp, fun and – of course – lots o’ bingo and drag, including Bubba Dee, 7:30 p.m., Lips – Atlanta, 3011 Buford Highway N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329,

Wednesday, March 14

In a revolutionary departure from the corporate self-help and body-positivity movement, Sonya Renee Taylor examines the intersection of radical self-love and social justice in “The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.” This book identifies the correlation between systems of oppression and our relationships to our bodies. Taylor will read from the book tonight, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Charis Books and More/Charis Circle, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307,

WUSSY magazine presents “Spice World” tonight. Prizes will be awarded for the best Spice Girls look, 8 and 10 p.m., Plaza Atlanta, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Thursday, March 15

Come meet Rainbros Coach Mark Buhrke, Rainbros’ featured quarterly meeting speaker, who will work with you on ways to explore, discover and learn about your own spiritual path. 7 – 8 p.m., Creative Approach Atlanta, 1080 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309,


Friday, March 16

The adorable, LGBTQ-themed “Love, Simon” – shot in Atlanta – opens in area theaters

Saturday, March 17

Break out your festive green britches and shamrock party dresses for the St. Patrick’s Day Swank event. Meet your friends for a cocktail and a dance as the dining room of Henry’s Midtown transforms into a dance floor and the party takes off into the night. DJ FreeCity is also on tap for the night plus free cover, 132 10th St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309,

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Legislature may be ready to tighten Ga. gun law, but just a little

State lawmakers on both sides of the gun debate will soon decide if the time is right to take steps to tighten Georgia’s gun law.

Under a long-standing law, the records of thousands of Georgians who were involuntarily committed for mental health treatment have been removed from a national database that gun dealers use to run background checks of buyers. That database is the only tool that gun dealers have to tell them when someone isn’t allowed to buy a gun.

Hilton Head Real Estate News: February 2018


Century 21 Diamond Realty welcomes Georgia Angelillo, Bob Colonna, Vanessa Maloney and Karen Meyer to its real estate team.

Angelillo and Colonna moved to Hilton Head Island in 2010. Angelillo was president of a co-op building for five years, while Colonna has experience in vendor management and contract negotiations.

Maloney has lived in the Lowcountry for 12 years. Previously, she worked in social work and the medical field. Meyer is a Sun City resident with a experience in marketing and interior design. Previously, she worked in business management and marketing with Fortune 100 companies. She was also a realtor in Atlanta and owned a bed-and-breakfast in Crested Butte, Colorado. Maloney and Meyer will work out of the company’s Bluffton office.

Metro Atlanta home prices up in 2017 — but lack of listings got worse

Metro Atlanta’s housing market its fifth consecutive year of solid gains last year, but the shrinking supply in homes for sale has continued to drop into the red zone, according to a report by Re/Max.

The median sales price of a ho me sold last year was $239,000 – up 6 percent from 2016.

Rising prices are likely to push buyers – especially first-time buyers — deeper into the suburbs this year, said John Rainey, vice president of Re/Max Georgia. “Looking ahead, we expect to see changes in buying patterns this year, as buyers begin to look to communities further outside of Atlanta in search of more affordable housing and a wider selection.”

Atlanta Councilmember Dickens asks cities to join regional affordable housing policy

Fresh from a victory in requiring affordable housing along the BeltLine, Atlanta City Councilmember Andre Dickens is trying to form a multi-city coalition to create a regional – even statewide – housing affordability strategy.

Dickens said he has reached out to leaders of several metro Atlanta cities – including Dunwoody and Sandy Springs – who he had heard are also working on “housing affordability and housing diversity.” And he’s looking even farther afield: “We reached out as far as Augusta, too,” he said.

Westside Provision District Has Got the Charm

Situated in the center of West Midtown, the Westside Provision District took birth recently in 2008. It came into existence after the formation of the bridge that linked Westside urban market to the White provision. It has got everything that makes it as fantastic as a beautiful dream.