Pick up the pace with gay concerts, forums, plays, debuts and anniversaries amid the usual event slate of LGBT Atlanta roster of bar soirees and performances. Rest up now for an extra busy weekend.
Friday, Nov. 18
Troye Sivan (top photo). The openly gay singer, former YouTube sensation and teen idol hits the stage on his "Suburbia Tour" for one night only @ Tabernacle, 7:30 p.m.
Diversity in Business Forum. The LGBT Institute at the civil rights museum hosts this symposium for inclusive employers @ National Center for Civil & Human Rights, 1 p.m. It kicks off a whole LGBT Symposium Weekend.
"The Santaland Diaries." The 18th year of Harold Leaver as David Sedaris’ snarky department store elf, kicks off @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.
“Birds of a Feather.” Local theater queen Tony Smithey stars in this Americanized version of “La Cage Aux Folles” that inspired “The Birdcage” movie, two-nights-only staging on the dance floor @ Atlanta Eagle, 7 p.m.
Wussy Print Release Party. The online zine printed a limited-edition hard copy with words and pics by Southern queens, and they’re celebrating with an art reception @ Murmur Gallery, 7 p.m.
Swing Into the Holidays. The LGBT Atlanta Freedom Bands offshoot the Metrognomes perform a swing dance to benefit Pride School Atlanta @ Hudson Grill Midtown, 7 p.m.
Ian Aber. WonderComedy presents a full night of comics anchored by gay Atlanta’s own Ian Aber @ WonderRoot, 9 p.m.
Mary’s 18th Anniversary Party. Come hang out with the cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m
Pump. When one word is all you need to kick off the weekend with a man-to-man dance party, you betta Pump, this week with DJ David Knapp, 10 p.m. Get there early for Women’s Outdoor Network mixer, 7 p.m.
Mr. & Ms. Eagle Bar Night. Drink specials, collecting can goods and grocery gift card drive for Thanksgiving charities, plus DJ Ron Pullman @ 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.
Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.
Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.
Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 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.
Crush Friday turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Resident DJs Scott and Mikey take you deep into the night with $5 Fridays @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Foreplay Afterhours keeps you dancing late. Really late @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19
LGBT Institute Symposium Weekend. Two full days of the state of LGBT rights from every angle kicks off @ Georgia State Student Center, all day. Sunday too.
#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 regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.
"TRANSit" Short Film. Take a deep dive into this documentary on LGBT lives to benefit Lost N Found Youth @ Jungle, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Frisky Monkey. The gay collaboration of singer Juan Cezar and music man DiPettius returns with synth-pop-dance infusion beats @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 7 p.m.
“Birds of a Feather.” Local theater queen Tony Smithey stars in this Americanized version of “La Cage Aux Folles” that inspired “The Birdcage” movie, staging on the dance floor @ Atlanta Eagle, 7 p.m.
Amy Ray. The brunette half of Indigo Girls rocks a solo set @ Holly Theatre, Dahlonega, 8 p.m.
Atlanta Bucks Bar Night. They may be off-season, but the gay rugby guys are never out of pocket! Come rub up against some burlies @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 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.
DJ Lydia Prim brings the tribal beats to keep your weekend fun going that much longer @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 5 a.m.
DJ Cindel All Nighter. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. You never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20
LGBT Institute Symposium Weekend. Two full days of the state of LGBT rights from every angle wraps @ Georgia State Student Center, all day.
TDOR: Surviving the Storm. Atlanta’s participation in the national Transgender Day of Remembrance includes speakers, ceremony and vigil @ GSU Center East, 3:30 p.m. Events also include a special tribute to local trans pioneer Cheryl-Courtney Evans, who died this year.
OTP TDOR. A community vigil for folks north of town @ Church of the Savior UCC, Alpharetta, 5p.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 (bottom photo) @ Blake's, 8 p.m.
Sunday Funday wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.
Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.
CherryBomb. Wild Cherry Sucret returns to the weekly stage for “something hip and different,” including surprises each week @ Jungle, 8 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.