The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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A new month dawns, and you’re anything but an April Fool with LGBT Atlanta events. Get down at a dance, get up to a park fest, or get out to a play, and that’s just the tip of your big gay weekend.

Friday, April 1

Designing Women Live 10 (top photo). Local gay actors including Topher Payne and Dwayne Morgan play Atlanta’s favorite TV designers for the 10th year. Watch them faithfully reenact favorite episodes of the venerable show @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through April 10.

Atlanta Film Festival. Ten days of cinematic celebration rock the city’s most venerable film festival, including the Pink Peach track of LGBT films @ Venues all over town through April 10.

Boys Room. Come hang out with the cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Onyx Jocks & Jokes Night. Atlanta’s leathermen of color do their monthly bar night, including a midnight “best ass in a jock” contest @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Beefy Boy: Barracks. Fort Troff and DJ Seth Breezy join forces to deliver this dance party with a military theme @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil: Kurios. The latest cirque show hits town with a steampunk “cabinet of curiosities” @ Atlantic Station, 8 p.m. Runs through May 8. It's a six-pack show of sex appeal.

“Into the Woods.” You like musicals. This is one of the best. A local production of the Broadway favorite runs through April 17 at Aurora Theatre, 8 p.m.

The Other Show. A weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast tries to keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 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.

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.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 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.

Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, April 2

Belinda Carlisle makes her gays remember everything you loved about the 80s and 90s @ Center Stage, 9 p.m.

NFFLA Flag Football pits the gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta in their weekly gay jock showdown @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Healthy Happy Hour Boot Camp. An unintimidating exercise group with the gay men of color at Gentlemen’s Foundation. Every first Saturday @ Piedmont Park, 10 a.m.

Atlanta Bucks Match (second photo). Watch the local gay squad take on the Charlotte Royals, and buy concessions to benefit these hate crime victims @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 3 p.m.

Spring Festival on Ponce. Art and food vendors in the great outdoors @ Olmsted Linear Park, all day. Sunday too.

Paula Poundstone. The suit-wearing card with the best ad-libs in the business riffs with the audience @ Variety Playhouse, 6 p.m.

Roxie Watson. Five lesbians walk into a bar… and slay loyal fans of their alterna-grass music @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m. We love them.

#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 Gurlfrandz Anniversary Turnabout Party, 10:30 p.m.

Big Wig 8: Prom Rewind. The annual fundraiser with Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus invites your biggest do, as well as costumes under this year’s prom theme @ Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots and two-step away @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

DILF Night. Every first Saturday is prime daddy time in the newly non-smoking environs @ Woofs, 9:30 p.m.

DJ Alex Acosta brings the beats to your Saturday night dance party @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 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.

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 Paulo All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Saturday never really ends @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, April 3

Sunday Funday (bottom photo) wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight. They know how to party.

Hotlanta Softball League pits the teams of gay pitchers and catchers against each other @ Johnson Park, Conyers, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Don’t miss the Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Hideaway, 3 p.m.

Spring Festival on Ponce. Art and food vendors in the great outdoors @ Olmsted Linear Park, all day.

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.

High Energy & Super Sunday. Get to gettin' with High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the Super Sunday drag show with Evah Destruction, Nichelle Paris, Shawnna Brooks and Raquell [email protected] Blake's, 8 p.m.

Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against AIDS are back doing good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m. They’re still recovering from this madness.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.


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