Don’t let the worky, desky, trafficky crap of the weekdays get you down. It’s weekend time! Atlanta’s LGBT events help you plan by getting back into high gear. Get in on it.
Friday, Jan. 17
The Armorettes 35th Anniversary Weekend (top photo) begins with a bar crawl. Get liquored up with cast members old and new before shows on Saturday and Sunday. Starts @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.
“G.B.F.” returns to Atlanta's big screen. The film about high school divas vying for the hot accessory of a “Gay Best Friend,” opens in a limited after an Out On Film splash last year. Watch the trailer and see what “Will & Grace's” Megan Mullally is saying about it.
“The Only Light in Reno” 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 interesting @ Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell, 8 p.m. Runs through Jan. 26.
The Other Show (third photo) puts its unique spin on drag with a one-of-a-kind cast and special guests who 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: “Whip It,” 7:30 p.m.
“Six Degrees of Separation” 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.
FUR drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 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.
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.
Ladies Lounge: King Weekend Edition (fourth photo) gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of ladies with the TraxxGirls promoters with DJ Mary Mac @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. And hey, MSR got robbed in a recent national lesbian bar contest.
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. 18
Lost N Found House Cleanup (fifth photo) gathers LGBTs of every ilk to prepare the new LNF home for its Extreme Homemakeover. All skill levels needed to benefit Atlanta’s homeless LGBT youth @ LNF House, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take our virtual tour.
DOMA Ruling & Georgia Couples presents a workshop by Create Love for Women Who Love Women. Judge Phyllis Williams breaks it down @ L5P Community Center, 10 a.m.
“The Book Club Play” returns for an encore run of last fall’s popular gay-inclusive play @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Feb. 23.
Armorettes 35th Anniversary Follies celebrates with former and current camp drag crazies who do it for laughs against HIV/AIDS. Say goodbye during Sofonda Cox’s deep-throating farewell @ Heretic, 8 p.m.
Divas to the Dance Floor. Calling all divas. DJ Karlito returns to gay Atlanta’s favorite dance party with performances by Miami Royale, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Alissah Brooks and house mother Phoenix @ 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.
MLK Weekend Winter Pride (sixth photo) continues with the second biggest black gay weekend of the year. Click the link for events all over town for partiers of every ilk.
Girls Night Out All Femme Review puts a new spin on the longest running lesbian dance party in the ATL. Get with your girls and this new show @ 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.
DJ Roland Belmares (seventh photo) returns to rock the bodies on the dance floor @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Divas Cabaret presents its 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 David Knapp All Nighter & Xion Membership Drive moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from Jungle. New VIP cards now available so you don’t ever have to stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19
Atlanta Sisters Monthly Meeting. Interested in becoming a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence? Want to see what the white-faced gay male nuns of charity and joy are all about? Attend their third-Sunday meetings @ First Existentialist, 1:30 p.m.
Armorettes 35th Anniversary Brunch (eighth photo) includes the show, a cocktail and food @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. That evening is the big event, Armorettes 35th Anniversary Grand Finale Show welcomes back former cast members at a supersized birthday version of the weekly fundraising show. The camp drag crazies with mouths of sailors and hearts of gold dole out annual cash against HIV/AIDS @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. Say so long to Knomie Moore, who retires after tonight. View 2012’s finale photos.
MLK Weekend Winter Pride events continue and include the Lion’s Den International Male 2014 event @ Sugar Hill Buckhead, 8 p.m., Grown & Sexy Sunday @ Jungle, 10 p.m., and the House of Chapple’s Becoming Legendary Fashion Show @ Georgia Freight Depot, 10 p.m. Undress two of that event's sexiest men.
“Looking” Debut. If you’re not out and about, chances are you’re at a private watch party for this big-deal new gay HBO series (bottom photo) @ HBO, 9 p.m. Read this interview with the show’s out star, Jonathan Groff.
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.
Monday, Jan. 20
Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast is the most diverse MLK Weekend LGBT event in town, with hosts led by Atlanta Pride @ All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 a.m. The annual meal immediately precedes the downtown Atlanta MLK March and its LGBT contingent. Check out last year’s photos and the year before that.