The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Whether you’re taking in art and drag, or playing at love and bowling, maybe it’s just a three-day warm-up for the Big Game and a city full of LGBT events to celebrate Atlanta’s Super Bowl matchup.

Friday, Feb. 3

Crossing Cheshire Bridge Road (top photo). Photographer Teri Darnell has been shooting the people on Atlanta’s red light corridor for a decade. This stunning show is the result @ Showcase School of Photography, 6 p.m. See how the project inspired Darnell.

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. Stick around for the new Fuego Friday Latin Night with DJ Isi and performances throughout the night, 10:30 p.m.

More To Love. Bring items for the Lost N Found Youth wishlist, then enjoy beats by DJ Chris Griswold, drunken gummies, and more @ Mary’s, 8:30 p.m. Then it’s time for chilling with the cool queers during Boys Room, 10 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, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Onyx Night includes a kink gift basket raffle @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens  in Femme Fatale @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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.

Resident DJs Scott and Mikey take you deep into the night with $5 Fridays @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Saturday, Feb. 4

That ‘70s Bowl (middle photo). HRC Atlanta hosts its annual bowling for equality fundraiser, and if you’re game, with an afro-wig-and-bell-bottom twist for prizes. Music, food, beer, and two waves of bowling @ Midtown Bowl, 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. Last year was downright heroic.

#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 the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 10 p.m.

BearHaus. DJ Moose corrals the queers for non-stop beats to benefit Team Friendly Georgia against HIV stigma @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls: Sia Tribute, 9 p.m.

80s Night. Wear your period costumes as Ru Girls Kandy Ho and April Carrion hit town and DJ Headmaster pumps beats to celebrate Toby’s birthday to benefit Lost N Found Youth @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club do slick up while DJ Richard gets down @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fever 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 Scorpio All Nighter. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. You never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Feb. 5

Super Bowl Watch Parties (bottom photo). Gay jocks and athletic supporters gather ‘round for the Big Game with hometown favorites, a Lady Gaga mini concert, and all the cocktails, food and surprises you need @ Ten Atlanta, Blake’s with Flag Football League of Atlanta, Amsterdam, gay sports bar Woofs, gay-owned Las Margaritas with the game on a projector, and just about every gay bar with a flat screen. All-day fun @ 12 noon, Game Parties, 6 p.m.

Water Polo 101. The internationally active gay swimfans of Atlanta Rainbow Trout teach interested players the ins and outs of water polo to beef up their team @ Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, 11 a.m.

Play Day New Play Readathon. Hear new works read aloud from the stage to raise money for the gay-run Process Theatre Company. Come early and stay late @ OnStage Atlanta, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

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 @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Armorettes Super Bowl Show. 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, 10:30 p.m.


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