The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Yes! Yes! Yes! We’re not just making our O face because it’s a weekend full of LGBT events. We’re getting off on just how awesome it is. And we want it with you. Reach out and grab it.

Friday, Feb. 21
Film Love: The Velvet Underground (top photo). Andy Warhol’s rare films of the influential band rehearsing back in the day. Lou Reed, John Cale and the whole gang in a multiple-projector light experience @ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 8 p.m.

“Shakespeare’s R&J” (second photo) continues. It’s Romeo & Juliet with an all-male cast. Watch the boys really warm up to each other exploring the classic roles @ Fabrefaction Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through March 2.

“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 Sunday.

The Other Show offers the most unique drag cabaret in town. Introduce your friends to this one-of-a-kind cast and its special guests. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Show up early for a different flick each week and a great dinner and drinks menu. This week, it’s Dinner & A Movie: “For a Good Time Call,” 7:30 p.m.

Alice Hoffmann returns with her new novel “The Museum of Extraordinary Things.” This heralded book by the lesbian author of “The Dovekeepers” is for sale at the event by the lesbian-feminists at Charis. Meet-greet-signing after the reading @ SCAD, 6 p.m.

Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour (third photo) brings comedy's it-girl and her no-holds-barred, no-tabboo-ever humor to Atlanta for one night only @ Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m.

“The Book Club Play” returns for an encore run of last fall’s popular gay-inclusive play @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Closes this weekend.

Fur draws all the boys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJs Travis & Eric @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Bitch, Please! with DJ Ree de la Vega is your East Atlanta answer. Q: What's going on Friday night? A: Bitch, Please! @ Mary's, 9 p.m.

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.

Michelle Malone (fourth photo) rocks out with two shows of her legendary local lesbian blues @ Steve’s Live Music, Sandy Springs, 8 p.m

Got Leche? weekly gay Latin night features stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Ladies Lounge 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.

Mr./Ms. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night features the title holders holding court with supporters in their quest for the national competition @ Eagle, 10 p.m.

Daring Divas lays it on thick with Lena Lust, Sawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree @ 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. 22
Flag Football Mini Camp and Meet N Greet. The gay jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta (fifth photo) huddle up for some skills training to brush up before the spring-summer season. Slap some ass @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 12 p.m. Sunday too.

Protect Your Relationship Legal Clinic. Brought to you by Georgia Benefits Counsel, the gay Atlanta non-profit that gets you covered until there is marriage in our state, in partnership with Atlanta Pride @ Rush Center, 12 noon. Part 1 of 2 with Sunday.

Open Play Tennis serves and volleys with the gay Atlanta Team Tennis Association. Members cookout follows @ Glenlake Tennis Center, 1 p.m.

Miss Gutterball 2014 puts camp drag on guys to very mixed, though hilarious results (sixth photo). Proceeds benefit Atlanta’s big gay bowling league and tournament. Get with the Dixie Bowling gang @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Armorettes Blackjack Night leaves you holding all the cards. Meet up with the camp charity queens for fun and frolic @ Opus 1, 8 p.m.

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

Jennifer Nettles (seventh photo) homecoming concert. The Sugarland frontwoman returns triumphant to the ATL behind her new solo CD “That Girl.” Lesbian singer-songwriter Brandy Clark opens @ Fox Theatre, 8 p.m. You'll love what Nettles is saying about gay Atlanta.

MSR Drag Race continues Season 5. Kings and queens vie for the title in a multi-week contest amid the ever-loving lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

LovHer / LovHim returns with a multicultural dance party collaboration with LovHer and the Bedlam kids. DJ E’s hip-hop and a whole lotta love @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m.

Shakespeare Follies Fourth Anniversary (eighth photo) rethinks the Bard through a modern, sketch-comedy, circus-act lens. For a good time, call this gay-led and gay-inclusive troupe of actors, burlesque dancers, jugglers, tumblers, fools, faeries, witches and bitches @ The Arts Exchange, 8 p.m. Hard to believe it's been this long.

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

GlitterGlam werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Genre and featuring Stasha Sanchez, Taejah Thomas Trinity Bonet, Lateasha Shuntel and one lucky amature guest preformer every week. DJ Shane V. and more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Paulo (ninth photo) lays it down for dancing queens on gay Atlanta’s favorite dance floor. The hunky international spinmeister returns for a command performance @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Come early for dinner, drinks and the diverse cast and special guests of Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.

DJ Twisted Dee All Nighter (10th photo) moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. 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. 23
Respect the Brunch (11th photo) is back. Your favorite meal of the week is served with a side of charity for Lost N Found Youth. A slew of guys and GDM Radio are also on the menu @ Eleven in the Loew’s Hotel, 12:30 p.m.

Protect Your Relationship Legal Clinic. Brought to you by Georgia Benefits Counsel, the gay Atlanta non-profit that gets you covered until there is marriage in our state, in partnership with Atlanta Pride @ Rush Center, 12 noon. Part 2 of 2 with Saturday.

Dragavanza: Jerusalem House Beer Bust. The guys are getting together for both JH and their friends at Lost N Found Youth. Drink bottomless beer, hang with the boys and watch the queens @ Ten, 3 p.m.

Bowling, Beer & Boys (bottom photo). We can’t start the gay Hotlanta Softball League season without this rowdy good time first. The annual event with these local gay jocks is not to be missed @ Midtown Bowl, 1 p.m. It goes a little something like this.

Armory Reunion parties like it’s 1999. If you remember – hazily – or weren’t around, everyone is welcome to remember the gone but not forgotten gay dance bar and cabaret. The party wouldn’t be complete without an Armorettes fundraiser, DJ beats and more @ Amsterdam, 3:32 p.m.

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. 

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 Lucy Bowles and Dixie Normous @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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