The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Hello sweet weekend, old friend. Thought you’d never get here, and aren't you looking good all decked out in your finest LGBT events, from day trips to all-night affairs and everything in between.

Friday, Jan. 10
“The Only Light in Reno” (top photo) is the don’t-miss event of the whole month. Gay ATL actor and playwright Topher Payne premieres his new play based on real-life circumstances with actors playing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. It’s 1960, Hollywood is visiting, and things are about to get really interesting @ Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell, 8 p.m. Runs through Jan. 26.

“Six Degrees of Separation” (second photo) opens its revival of the classic chaotic comedy about a conman, his not-so-lovable victims and one big gay unraveling. Gay Atlanta’s own Freddie Ashley directs @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Feb. 9.

Art Amok Poetry Slam. A battle of words for your entertainment. Get with the lesbian-inclusive spitters seeking a champion in a fierce competition @ In Tune Music Studio, 7:30 p.m.

The Smithsonian Smiths Tribute. The angsty melancholy queer that was you in the 80s and 90s begs you to channel your inner Morrissey. Two sets by this tribute gang include the entire “The Queen Is Dead” album @ 529 Club, 9 p.m.

Shabbat Shirah “Music to Liberate the Soul” is the annual celebration of music with a focus this year on the role it plays in spirituality. Join the gay-founded, gay-led service @ Congregation Bet Haverim, 7 p.m.

Winter Party Kickoff gets you psyched early for the March circuit party with tickets and other giveaways, plus more surprises to the beat of DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

The Other Show (third photo) puts its own unique spin on drag with the one-of-a-kind cast and special guests that always keep it interesting in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Show up early for a different flick each week and a great dinner and drinks menu. This week, it’s Dinner & A Movie: “The To-Do List,” 7:30 p.m.

Charlie’s Angels rocks Midtown’s go-to bar. Join gay porn sexpert Charlie Harding and a cast including Shawnna, Chavon, Niesha, Lateasha and legendary Lena @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Nectar Winter Edition. A night or EDM, Electro, Electrohouse, Techno, TechHouse and Dutch House by some of my personal favorite DJs. Think anything goes Burning Man, only indoors @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: The Beyonce Edition (fourth photo) gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of ladies with the TraxxGirls promoters. Guest diva Raquel Lord serves Bey @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Femme Fatale with Destiny Brooks and Justice Taylor puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Got Leche? lays out its weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.,

M4M Hardbody Revue draws all the suburban gays to the yard for sexy OTP fun. It’s also customer appreciation night @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 11
Atlanta Harlequins Women’s Rugby Skills Camp. Atlanta’s lesbian rugby squad (fifth photo) shakes off the rust for veterans and puts some ruck and maul on newbies as they plan their upcoming season. Get in on it @ Honeysuckle Park, 9 a.m.

Southern Bears Bar Night invites you to not hibernate at all with the local group for the gay hirsute and their admirers. Planning meeting then mingling with Jell-O shooters @ Atlanta Eagle, 8 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.

DJ Tracy Young (sixth photo) puts her legendary spin on tunes to dance your ass off at gay Atlanta’s favorite weekly dance party. Get down to the sounds @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Come early for dinner, drinks and the cast and special guests of Ruby’s Redd Light District in the Jungle Room, 9 p.m. Young just made Top 5 Openly Gay DJs in the World.

Raw Talent Finale crowns its champion. The sixth series of the elimination contest comes to an end as the remaining three bring their best to bring the house down during the lesbian dance party you know and love @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Synergy with Shawnna Brooks is the Saturday night show to rock your world @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

DragXotic werqs Saturday night with a drag show headed by Nicole Luv Dupree. Go earlier for more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Divas Cabaret presents its latest drag-stravaganza for the suburban gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.

DJ Corey David All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from Jungle. You don’t ever have to stop shaking your ass (seventh photo) @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Jan. 12
Atlanta Faemily Potluck. You caught that spelling, right? It’s not a typo. Atlanta Radical Faeries (bottom photo) kick off the year and their new potluck with a meal to relish each other and all comers in a West End safe space @ 3 p.m.

Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each week. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

Armorettes serve their popular weekly fundraising show. The camp drag crazies with mouths of sailors and hearts of gold raise the roof while raising funds against HIV/AIDS @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. And did you hear Knomie Moore’s retiring?


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