From celebrating icons to volunteering time to pounding out equality, LGBT ATL events are here to move you from everything that’s so last week to everything that’s so right now.
Friday, Aug. 18
Madonna-Rama (middle photo, below). The annual celebration to honor the singer’s birthday plays all the tracks and hosts all the looks @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
The Power of Mercy. Gay former Atlantan Fiona Zedde reads from and signs her latest book @ Charis Books & More, 730 p.m.
ABBA The Concert. The closest you’ll ever get to the real thing with a globally lauded tribute show @ Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m.
Cabaret. The Kander and Ebb classic hits the Kit Kat Club with Brian Clowdus as Emcee @ Serenbe Playhouse, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 27.
The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9 p.m.
Strictly for the Soul. DJ Ron Pullman gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar. Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.
Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.
Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19
Atlanta Thunder Beer Bust (top photo). Join this Hotlanta Softball League team as they raise money for their trip to the Gay Softball World Series by pouring you bottomless beers and other surprises @ Woofs, 6 p.m.
Leaders for Equality. HRC Atlanta continues its fight for LGBT equality by enticing members and future members with a discussion of its mission @ Jerusalem House, 10 a.m.
Rainbros Volunteer Day. The gay social and mentoring group gives of its time @ Project Open Hand, 1 p.m.
Roxie Watson. The smooth rockabilly lesbian five-way releases its fourth CD with a concert @ Buckhead Theater, 8 p.m.
#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 10 p.m.
Taste of Life. Atlanta’s beloved Living Room charity against HIV homelessness hosts its annual fundraiser gathering for delicious bites local craft beers, global wines, handmade cocktails and beats by DJ King Atlas @ Westside Cultural Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Pride Beer Bust. The local lesbian bar pours bottomless brews for the festival cause with games and prizes to boot @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.
Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.
GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
Afterhours really gets cranking when the party moves to Cheshire Bridge Road with DJs Cosmo and Tracy Levine @ Tokyo Valentino, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Xion Afterhours at Jungle. The afterhours you love, the venue you already know. Never stop shaking your ass with DJ Karlitos @ Jungle, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20
Sporty Sunday Funday (bottom photo). All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.
Water Polo 101. Come get the skills and meet the Speedo-clad players of Atlanta Rainbow Trout, the local gay swimming and water sports team @ Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Midtown Rouge. First it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten, 4 p.m.
Armorettes, Auditions Round 2! Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.