The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Your snowcation ends just in time to warm up to these LGBT events. Gay Valentine’s Day and Singles Awareness Day festivities kick off a full slate of shows, concerts, parties and fundraisers all the way through Sunday.

Friday, Feb. 14
Shakespeare’s R&J (top photo) returns to Atlanta. It’s Romeo & Juliet with an all-male cast, and for something that doesn’t start out specifically gay, it so is. Watch the boys warm up to each other exploring the classic roles @ Fabrefaction Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through March 2.

Oscar Short Films (second photo). Catch all of this year’s bite-sized Academy Award nominees as we hurtle toward Oscar night. Two collections, Animated and Live Action @ Midtown Art Cinema, daily through Thursday.

2014 Georgia GSA Youth Summit provides sessions of advocacy, entertainment and socializing. Daytime learning and friend-making turns to a nighttime talent show @ Courtyard Marriott, Decatur, all day.

Love Day Valentine Singles & Couples Testing is all about intimacy and National Condom Day. And it's free. The more you know @ AID Atlanta, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Well-Strung (third photo) is making waves, and now the gAy-TL gets in on it. This sexy gay string quartet also sings as it spills Mozart and Vivaldi all over Rihanna, Adele and Gaga. Put something fresh in your ear @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows too.

“Beached Wails” is one of the plays that put gay Atlanta playwright Topher Payne on the map. A surprise guest, an expensive dress, a hurricane and old secrets unravel the reunion of four sisters @ The Art Place, Marietta, 8 p.m. Runs through Feb. 22.

The Other Show: Valentine Edition offers the most unique drag cabaret in town. Meet your friends for its one-of-a-kind cast and special guests. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Show up early and make reservations for a different flick each week and a great dinner and drinks menu. This week, it’s Dinner & A Movie: Valentine’s Edition “Warm Bodies,” 7:30 p.m. It all precedes the Tim Burton Valentine Ball, 10:30 p.m.

Hunk Auction raffles of Atlanta’s sexiest men to benefit Lost N Found Youth. Mariah Balenciaga hosts. See who’s offering it up (fourth photo) @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.. Stick around. It’s time for Femme Fatale with Destiny Brooks and Justice Tyana Taylor puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Valentine Fur draws all the boys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJs Brett Long and Stan Jackson @ Heretic, 10 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.

Got Leche? weekly gay Latin night features stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Look out. This week it’s Ivy Queen (fifth photo) in concert.

Heart Throb Valentine Hookup Party is a low-pressure kind of VDay. Grab your main squeeze and show up to “drink your face off/dance your ass off,” say the EAV party boys @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Boys Suck Valentine Party includes shooter boys, V-Day cards and mischief @ Felix’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: Valentine Edition 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.

Charlie’s Angels drags up 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.

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


Saturday, Feb. 15
Cupid Undie Run (sixth photo). Don’t put away your red skivvies from Atlanta Santa Speedo Run just yet. Break ‘em out one more time for this nearly naked fundraiser benefiting Children’s Tumor Foundation @ Rira Irish Pub, 12 noon. You damn well know there is a gay-ass Team Baskit. Strip down and get in the mood.

Emerging from the Margins: LGBT Health, Resilience & Aging is a talk by a studying professor who was just granted access to expand into the south. SAGE Atlanta invites you to hear her findings so far, learn about her intent, and see how you might participate @ Rush Center, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Rollergirls. After a brief holiday hiatus, the local women’s roller derby badasses return with a slate of double-bill bouts. Eat it @ Yaarab Shrine Center, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Armorettes Follies: Love Sucks puts a Valentine spin on the cynical camp that is this troupe of “lovelies” for a cure. It’s “The End”: Ally Queered Al Yankadic’s (seventh photo) last show before retirement @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Well-Strung is making waves, and now the gAy-TL gets in on it. This hunky gay string quartet also sings as it spills Mozart and Vivaldi all over Rihanna, Adele and Gaga. Put something fresh in your ear @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Sunday show too.

Pajama Party invites your hot sexy version of night wear, including a Pajamagrams raffle and a midnight pillow fight @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m.

Hannah Thomas, Danielle Howle and Caroline Aiken do it in the round for all those women who love women who love girls with guitars. Thomas (eighth photo) leads the pack @ Red Clay Theatre, Dahlonega, 8 p.m.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: “Cupcakes” screens as one of the LGBT-themed films this year. This showing is hosted by Out on Film director Jim Farmer @ Regal Atlantic Station, 10 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 Joe Gauthreaux (ninth photo) gives Atlanta his sexy valentine and blows your dance floor loving little minds in the process. Give me a beat @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Eat Your Heart Out. A Valentine installment by the drag bois of Court of Kings enhances Atlanta’s favorite lesbian dance party and preceded by the It’s That Time of the Month Comedy Show @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

DJ Karlito rocks guest appreciation night at gay Atlanta’s favorite weekly dance party. No cover at the door this time @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Come early for dinner, drinks and the diverse cast and special guests of Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.

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


Sunday, Feb. 16

Well-Strung is making waves, and now the gAy-TL gets in on it. This hunky gay string quartet also sings as it spills Mozart and Vivaldi all over Rihanna, Adele and Gaga. Put something fresh in your ear @ Actor’s Express, 2 p.m.

Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Meet the gay male nuns who do good in your neighborhood. Find out what it’s all about during the monthly meeting @ First Existentialist, 1 p.m.

Fighting For Dawn raises funds for local animal rescue in memory of Dee Scott. Hang with friends, enjoy a Lee Family Show and dance to old school 90s Hip Hop @ My Sister’s Room, 5 p.m.

PALS Bourbon Street Bingo. Snow, ice and your inability to budge this week created a special Sunday edition of the monthly charity games. Fun, fundraising and one of gay Atlanta’s favorite traditions @ Jungle, 6:30 p.m. Check out your host’s 25 years of Bubba D. Licious (bottom photo).

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

The Armorettes puts a themey spin on the weekly camp drag show in its ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta, this week with Ruby Redd and River Song-Redd @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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