The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Shows and soirees, stages and screenings. Those alone would make for a busy roster of LGBT events, but it doesn’t end there. Gay bowling, potlucks and concerts make these the gays of your lives.

Friday, Feb. 6

aTVfest. SCAD’s annual celebration of all things television hits town with LGBT-inclusive shows and guests. Look for the casts of “Empire” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” plus “Empire’s” Lee Daniels and “Girls” actor Andrew Rannells (top photo).

“fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life.” Don’t miss this powerful Steppenwolf play about a gay student, bullying and the saving grace of the Georgia native’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Read our playwright interview.

TWC First Friday Takeover for LNF. The Welcoming Committee continues its mission to invade straight bars guerilla-style. This month, serve them a tall glass of your fabulous LGBT-ness, this month to benefit Lost N Found Youth with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence @ Famous Pub, 2947 N. Druid Hills Road NE.These folks know how to have a good time.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The annual celebration of Jews on film includes LGBT fare “Regarding Susan Sontag,” “The Farewell Party,” three shorts programs, and “You Must Be Joking.” Gay Out on Film fans get discounted tickets with code AATL9686 @ multiple dates and theaters across metro Atlanta through Feb. 19.

“Still Alice.” The movie that could finally win Julianne Moore her Oscar opens in Atlanta. The Alzheimer's film from gay couple Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glazer is in a limited run @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week.

The Other Show serves the weekly cast and special guests that make up the most unique drag cabaret in town. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Stan Jackson @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: First Friday gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

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

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Shawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Chaparral Nights amps up a weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Expect a lot of this.


Saturday, Feb. 7

HRC Bow Tie Bowl. The annual bowling for equality dresses you up for HRC’s love @ Midtown Bowl, 12 noon. Check out last year’s shenanigans.

Potluck for Pride School. Free grub and an update on the community effort to bring an LGBT high school to Atlanta. Bring a dish and some swag-cash, then be ready for silent auction, raffle, piano sing-along and more for the cause @ Saint Mark UMC, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Peek inside Pride School Atlanta, due fall 2015, with its founder.

Georgia GSA Youth Summit. Reps from all over the state join Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Georgia Equality for workshops, breakout sessions and camaraderie in Decatur, all day. Click event name for e-mail info.

Psychedelic Saturday #Daydrunk. Steve plays trippy records for an afternoon of booze, boys, babes and beats. 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 Gurlfrandz: HeartBroken Edition later on, 9 p.m.

Heyday Revival for Lost N Found Youth. The kickass Tennessee band that includes FuzzFace founder Samuel Damewood hits Atlanta to benefit homeless LGBT teens in Atlanta. Brandon Gunter and wWAYLOn open @ Red Light Café, 7 p.m. Get advance ticket discounts, and watch him pitch the benefit show.

Project Pop-Up: Love-Like Edition. The little gay (and not gay) shopping and drinking extravaganza returns with cool original gifts to buy for your seasonal sweetie or yourself @ Ria’s Bluebird, 7 p.m.

WON Atlanta Comedy-Music-Dancing Night Out. All that and more as the ladies of Women’s Outdoor Network shake a tailfeather indoors. Comedian Ruth Ann Hayes, “Lives of Monster Dogs” band and a dance party @ Kavarna Coffee House, 7:30 p.m.

Hannah Thomas. The lesbian singer that brings all the ladies to the yard hits the stage amdist East Atlanta’s favorite lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Stick around afterward for the Drag Races show and contest.

DJ Alex Acosta. The global mixmaster returns to the scene of his last slaying to crank up the heat at gay Atlanta’s best dance party. Get with your gays @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Acosta is amazeballs

Early Country, Late Night Dance offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down, then DJ beats pick up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Genre, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Corey David All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.


Sunday, Feb. 8

Joining Hearts' Love On The Rocks (bottom photo). The annual mixer for you and hundreds of your sexy friends to kick off a year of fundraising for Jerusalem House and AID Atlanta. DJ, drinks, silent auction, nibbles and V-Day-themed love in the air @ Cantoni, 6 p.m. This is your chance to Become a Patron. Check out all of our photos from last year and the year before that.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum gives you the weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:15 doors, 1:30 p.m. show.

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.

Sex Kitten Sunday with Angelica D’Paige corralling the queens @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes. The camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas. Get in on this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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