The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You’re cold to the bone with winter doldrums, so come on over and wrap yourself the LGBT-ATL’s warm embrace. Gay events include parties, plays and powerhouse special guests to heat things up.

Friday, Feb. 20

Pump (top photo) pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

“The C.A. Lyons Project” world-premieres its AIDS story told through drama and dance @ Alliance Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through March 8.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” resurrects the buried history of founders of the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971 @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week with a Q&A on Tuesday.

“fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life.” Closing weekend of 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. Saturday too, plus Sunday at 5 p.m. Read our playwright interview.

“Fall-Apart Things.” A cinematic ode to rebels of the film industry like Charles Chaplin and Marlon Brando with the gay-run, gay-popular Film Love. Rare movies and footage are your guide @ Contemporary Art Center, 7 p.m.

The Other Show: And Then Some super-sizes the most unique drag cabaret in town with special guest Tatyanna Tuesday Dickerson and local cast guests Extasy Grey, Brigitte Rackliffe and Modest Volgare @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Bitch Please. The monthly party that puts DJs Ree de la Vega  and Sam Rothstein in charge and Brigitte Bidet with an assist @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: Bronner Bros. Edition 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.


Saturday, Feb. 21

DJ Escape (middle photo). The NYC legend returns, and just in time to heat up your frigid winter bones with a bear-y manly dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Welcome back, stud.

Regina Cartier Takes Over Lost N Found. When this glamazon hits Gay Atlanta’s thrift store for homeless LGBT youth, it’s with purpose. Get your ticket to the upcoming Coco Peru show for just $10 (75% off). If you spend $75 at the store, you will be entered to win tickets. It all goes down @ Lost N Found Youth, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

British Poet Laureate Carol Anne Duffy. The first LGBT person with the title reads from her moving works for free, followed by a book signing @ Glenn Auditorium/Emory, 4 p.m.

NFFLA Flag Football Clinic & New Player Meet N Greet. It’s almost time for the gay jocks to grab at each other’s flags for rough-and-tumble fun. Before that, you gotta shake off the cobwebs and meet the guys for drills and thrills @ Boulevard Crossing, 12 noon. Sunday too.

HSL New Softball Player Clinic. Speaking of gay jocks, you can’t start gay softball season without warming up the balls and bats. Work out the kinks and meet the men @ Piedmont Park Ball Fields, 2 p.m. And it wouldn’t be gay softball in Atlanta without an Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Diesel, 4 p.m.

DJ Mike Pope rocks gay Atlanta’s favorite weekly dance party with beats, boys and booze @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the new weekly Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m., or get there after dinner for Mr. & Miss Gutterball: Dixie Horror Story, raising money for the gay Dixie Bowling League, 7 p.m.

SophistiPop #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 regularly scheduled shenanigans later on, 9 p.m.

Drag Race 5. The fifth season of the bi-weekly competition heats up with kings and queens vying for the ultimate win during the Saturday night lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Get there early for That Time of the Month comedy show, 7:30 p.m.

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 Lydia Prim 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. 22

Bowling Beer & Boys. The annual party that says, “Hey, it’s gay softball time!” knocks down some pins and knocks back some beers with the Hotlanta Softball League’s Atlanta Titans team @ Midtown Bowl, 1 p.m. For a good time, call these guys. And call back. Can’t get enough? Head to the HSL Beer Bust with the Holograms team and shot specials galore @ BJ Roosters, 5 p.m.

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 rock their weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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