The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The time has come for you to weekend for your life! Welcome your work-weary realness to a stage set with a busy slate of Atlanta’s best LGBT events. Now consult this list, then get out there and work it!

Friday, Jan. 24
“Interior: Leather Bar” (top photo) is James Franco at his gay sex-iest. His 2013 Sundance hit explores and recreates the deleted sexual content from 1980’s gay sex revelation, “Cruising.” Limited engagement @ Plaza Theatre.

AGLCC Fourth Friday Networking (second photo). Join those busy LGBT business owners and professionals of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for a workweek wind-down with munchies, cocktails and casual networking @ Escorpian Tacos & Tequila, 5:30 p.m

“Triage” opens an LGBT-inclusive group art exhibit on health, including works that touch on the AIDS experience and how it relates to the “Triage” theme. Get into it @ C4 Atlanta, 7 p.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.

Bearracuda Pre-Party gets you in the mood for all of the hairy, hunky humpers slated for Heretic on Saturday. Before that, get with the guys @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

FUR drops you into a man-on-man dance party, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

“The Only Light in Reno” (third 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 interesting @ Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell, 8 p.m. Show closes Jan. 26.

The Other Show 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. Get there early for Dinner & A Movie, 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.

Halcyon (fourth photo) pumps lesbian juice into the music scene and all over your weekend with the duo’s rockin’ vibe and rabidly loyal following @ Eddie’s Attic, 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: Customer Appreciation Night gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of ladies with the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Got Leche? weekly gay Latin night features 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. 25
Lost N Found House Cleanup (fifth photo) gathers LGBTs of every ilk to prepare the new LNF home for its extreme makeover. All skill levels are needed to benefit Atlanta’s homeless LGBT youth @ LNF House, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hundreds of volunteers have already made a difference (photos). Take our virtual tour.

Callanwolde Arts Festival is the latest incarnation of gay-run event series with the guys of Atlanta Foundation of Public Spaces. The couple heads up a winter version of its all-year, all-over-town concept on the grounds and in the mansion @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday too.

Atlanta Bucks Rugby 101 brings the gay rugby squad together for the winter iteration of their skills practice. New and rusty players encouraged to rub up against the guys @ Toomer Elementary, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Rainbow Trout St. Nicholas Invitational (sixth photo) puts the gays in Speedos for stiff competition. Come eyeball the swim meet of it all @ Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 10 a.m.

Brunch N Learn. AEN’s not dead. It’s the Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals now. Come eat and hear how gay couples in Georgia can deal with state laws now that DOMA’s dead @ Southeast Mortgage, 10:30 a.m

Battle of the Leagues Afterparty celebrates the victors and the defeated of the day’s big gay bowling league showdown. Get with the LGBT bowlers for Jell-O shots, bottomless brew and more @ Hideaway, 4 p.m.

Sonia Leigh returns home with the Deep South Gypsy Roadshow. The lesbian songstress appears with CCSG @ King Plow Arts Center, 8 p.m. This Pride entertainer? We love her.

Affair of the Art benefits Jerusalem House. Fancy warm-hearted gays (seventh photo) will flock to this open bar, DJ and art extravaganza. Works include those made by JH residents among many more with co-beneficiary ArtsNow @ Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, 6 p.m. Get VIP tickets now.

Black Gay/Bi Men’s Discussion Group talks it out. This month’s Deeper Love conversation covers relationships @ Evolution Project of AID Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sunday too.

Fantasy Party turns out the lights and puts a glow on Atlanta’s lesbian Saturday night. The blacklight event features go go dancers and live performances @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. This place is always crazy.

Bearracuda Atlanta (eighth photo) returns to manhandle the guys to a driving beat. Bears, otters and their admirers strip off their shirts and dance to sexy Sydney-based DJ Paul Goodyear @ Heretic, 10 p.m. As always, it’s going to be hot. Like, really hot.

Body & Soul opens. This annual photography exhibit features shots of hot guys by artists in next to nothing. Drinks, apps and gays galore @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m. Enjoy a fleshy sneak peek.

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

DJ Billy Lace (ninth photo) sexes up gay Atlanta. The local debut of this Hector Fonseca acolyte is the place to be for dancing queens. Vocals and driving base for your nerves @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Come early for dinner, drinks and the diverse cast and guests of Ruby’s Redd Light District in the Jungle Room, 9 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.

Trashed continues its domination of fourth Saturdays for the alternaqueers, cook kids and gay-adjacent hipsters @ MJQ, 11 p.m.

DJ Micky Friedmann All Nighter (10th photo) moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from Jungle and a block from Heretic. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m. Sexy Micky never lets Atlanta down. Ever.

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.


Sunday, Jan. 26
Respect the Brunch (11th photo). They’re baaaack. Big gay traveling brunch for charity returns. This time, GDM radio DJ Beats, Sing For Your Life contestant performances and hangover sustenance benefitting Lost N Found Youth are on tap @ Henry’s, 12:30 p.m. A super cute idea has become kind of a big deal.

Callanwolde Arts Festival is the latest incarnation of gay-run fun with the guys of Atlanta Foundation of Public Spaces. The couple heads up a winter version of its concept on the grounds and in the mansion @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mr. Hideaway Leather Beer Bust treats you to bottomless beer and other fun to benefit Lost N Found as well as the travel fund for the titleholder @ Hideaway, 3 p.m.

Bubba Dee Birthday Brunch (12th photo) celebrates 25 years of Atlanta’s own charity hostess with the moistest, Bubba D. Licious. Extra reason to do the weekly drag meal, cocktails and show @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Catch up with Bubba.

Black Gay/Bi Men’s Discussion Group talks it out. This month’s Deeper Love conversation covers relationships @ Evolution Project of AID Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Ten One-Year Anniversary invites you to celebrate the birthday of an era, when the corner of 10th and Piedmont Streets became a new kind of gay. Brunch through tea-dance @ Ten, 3 p.m.

Midtown Men swings you into the new week with four original “Jersey Boys” cast members crooning and swooning @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 7 p.m.

Amy Ray (bottom photo) debuts her first solo country album at this release party. The Indigo Girl brings her singular magnetism in concert behind “Goodnight Tender“ @ Variety Playhouse, 8 p.m. Go stream the first single.

Sweet Tea Queer Variety Show lays down drag, comedy, live music, performance art and more LGBT talents. Get in free on the ground floor of the next big thing @ Noni’s, 9 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.

The Armorettes do their weekly camp drag for charity in their ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. Catch amazing photos of the blowout 35th Anniversary Show.


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