Go long. Having Memorial Day off means an extra good Gay Agenda in Atlanta. Here are our favorite all-weekend events, theme shows and parties that make for a jam-packed holigay weekend.
Friday, May 23
Bear Invasion Memorial Weekend Kickoff. Bears get the party started with this perennial favorite (top photo). DJ Craig C late, DJ Sean Mac early, and special guest Bigger The Bear for photo ops. Take off your shirt and dance @ Heretic, 9 p.m. They will cuddle you so hard.
Big Peach Opening Parties continue the gay softball fun during Hotlanta Softball League’s weekend-long, party-and-play tournament. Ruby Redd accompanies the jocks from party to party with shuttle service @ W Midtown to Hideaway to Burkhart’s back to W, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. It’s just a warmup. Check out our Photo History of Big Peach Studs.
“The Secret History of Love” stages this touring show that compiles oral histories of aging LGBTs, re-enacts their stories of what it was like to be gay in decades past, and steals your heart even more against bullying @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday 2 p.m. matinee.
“End of the Rainbow.” It’s 1968, and Judy Garland is trying to make her last effort at a comeback in this play helmed by gay director Freddie Ashley. Join the icon “in a London hotel room with her young new fiancé, pills and cocktail at her side” before one of the most important concerts of her life @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 15.
James Adomian. The gay comic returns to Atlanta with one of the funniest standup shows in the country. Catch him being all sexy and funny with gay ATL's own Ian Aber as host @ Atlanta Improv, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday shows too.
The Other Show offers the most unique drag cabaret in town with a singularly creative cast and special guests who always blast your expectations. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Stick around. Nectar: Cirque du Bash puts a circus spin on this gay-and-straight inclusive electro-dance party, 10:30 p.m.
Femme Fatale: ATL RuPaul Edition. For the first time, all five of Ru's “Drag Race” queens perform in the same show. Phoenix, Mariah Balenciaga, Nicole Paige Brooks, Sonique and Trinity K. Bonet perform with Destiny Brooks and Justice Tyana Taylor. Get your singles ready @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.
Shawnna Brooks Pop Up. Surprise! It’s the legendary diva working the room in the wee hours after DJ Daryl Cox gets you pumped @ Ten, 10 p.m., performance at 1 a.m.
Ladies Lounge: Memorial Friday Gemini Bash gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, scores of MSR ladies and the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Boys Room. Nobody does gay in the ATL quite like the hip East Atlanta queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Sawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.
It’s Reigning Men draws all the suburban gays to the yard for OTP fun @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.
Got Leche? weekly gay Latin night features stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, May 24
Big Peach. Atlanta’s best gay Memorial Weekend event centers around this softball tournament hosted by Hotlanta Softball League (second photo) @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, all day. Hang tight. The Mr. Big Peach Hot Body Contest strips the gay softball jocks to their undies for your pleasure. They play hard all day and go all night with DJ Neon and Ruby Redd @ Blake’s, 9 p.m. It's going to be unbelievably sexy.
James Adomian. The gay comic returns to Atlanta with one of the funniest standup shows in the country. Catch him being all sexy and funny with gay ATL's own Ian Aber as host @ Atlanta Improv, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Glow Party turns out the lights and lets the women feel their way through East Atlanta’s one and only lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Early Country & Late Night Dance offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down, then DJ Mike Pope picks up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.
Synergy with Shawnna Brooks is the Saturday night show to rock your world @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.
Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.
Sinful Saturday includes the Divas Cabaret and all kinds of other bar night fun for our suburban gays outside the perimeter @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.
DJ Stan Jackson All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, May 25
Joining Hearts Summer Kickoff Memorial Patio Party (third photo) is the place to go and the place to stay on Sunday. The patio and parking lot transform for the annual beach blast with beer and BBQ, DJ Mike Pope, Frozen T-shirt contest, Bubble Butt Contest, and you in your cutest swimwear @ Heretic, 3 p.m. The party includes the Big Peach Closing Party & Awards, 6 p.m. and Gender Fusions Cabaret, 8 p.m.
DJ Kidd Madonny sexes up your Memorial Sunday Night with not just his hot body and custom DJ booth, but bad ass beats and visuals. After a day in the sun, stay heated up on the main dance floor @ Heretic, 9 p.m. Enjoy 20 Kidd Madonny Money Shots sure to heat you up.
High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.
The Armorettes present the troupe’s weekly show on its continuing mission to bring campy bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.