If you’re down for the holidays, or even if you’re not, it’s on in gay Atlanta. Start the deluge of concerts and plays, plus holiday-amped versions of all the other local LGBT events you love.
Friday, Dec. 2
Dave Koz & Friends (top photo). The gay saxophonist returns for this annual holiday show with singers and other instrumentalists to ring in the season @ Cobb Energy Center, 8 p.m.
AGMC ‘Comfort & Joy.’ Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus performs its annual holiday concert with a focus on good tidings @ Cathedral of St. Philip, 8 p.m. Two Saturday performances as well.
“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.
“Let Nothing You Dismay.” Gay Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s holiday play returns @ Stage Door Players, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 18.
Transgress Press. A new literary imprint showcases authors of “Words of Fire: Women Loving Women in Latin America” and “Queer Rock Love” @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.
Lighting of the Baby Jesus. Come hang with the East Atlanta cool kids as they kick off the holidays @ 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, 10 p.m.
Kinky Christmas. The Onyx group for leather men of color is out in force with the Naughty or Nice Toy Drive and DJ Ron Pullman on deck @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.
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.
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, Dec. 3
Glitter Ball: Slay Belles (middle photo). ‘RuPaul’s’ Joslyn Fox joins the alternacrew with Just Toby, Jaye Lish, Evah Destruction, Michael Robinson and DJ Robert Ansley @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Rugby 101. Atlanta’s gay squad the Atlanta Bucks shakes off the cobwebs and teaches new recruits the ropes @ Cheney Stadium, 11 a.m. with food and drinks afterward.
AGMC ‘Comfort & Joy.’ Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus performs its annual holiday concert with a focus on good tidings @ Cathedral of St. Philip, 2 p.m. and 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 regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.
LNF Casino Night. Faux-money gaming to benefit Lost N Found’s ongoing mission to help homeless LGBT youth @ Lost N Found Thrift Store, 7 p.m.
Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club. The local group runs the side bar while you get down to the sounds @ 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 Dee Martello All Nighter. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. You never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4
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.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.