The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Atlanta’s Gay Agenda of LGBT events is always crowded, but this week's social calendar gets extra nuts. Look for special events and annual one-nighters among your sports, shows and soirees.

Friday, April 4
“Designing Women Live 8” puts the guys of Process Theatre Company back in the guise of your favorite TV show divas for another round of episode reenactments from the classic sitcom (top photo) @ Academy Theatre, all weekend. Thursday-Sunday performances through April 13, including weekend matinees, are already selling out. Get tickets early and check availability in advance.

GlitterPop (second photo) amateur drag queens of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance on stage for fun and fundraising. This year’s show benefits the Health Initiative @ Jungle, 7 p.m. Stick around, drag fans! The Other Show offers the most unique professional drag cabaret in town with a creative cast that blasts your expectations @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Atlanta Film Festival continues its annual week of the best in cinema. For the seventh time, that includes the Pink Peach track of LGBT features. Get in on it @ multiple venues centered at Plaza Theatre through Sunday.

Decatur Women’s Softball fields teams of Atlanta’s lesbians who pitch and catch and their fans @ Kelley C. Cofer Park, Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

Cameron Esposito brings her whip-smart comedy to a weekend run of shows @ Laughing Skull, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Shows continue through Sunday. Take a sneak peek and read our interview.

Ladies Lounge: Body Party Edition gets your lesbian weekend started (third photo) with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of MSR ladies with the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. Atlanta plays host to this three-day conference to build communities between LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations in the South @ Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Chamblee. All day and through Sunday. Read more.

Boys Room. Nobody does gay in Atlanta quite like the East Atlanta queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

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

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Sawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. And the crowd goes wild (fourth photo) @ Blake’s, 11 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.

Mr. SECC Night features Sir Dre your way. Flogging, spanking and more with Jell-O shots and a raffle to boot. Alongside the men of club Onyx, dance beats and all the Friday fun, the evening benefits the titleholder’s travel fund @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

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


Saturday, April 5
Spring Festival on Ponce (fifth photo) is back as yet another sign of the season. The dogwoods and the art vendors are out, and so are the gay organizers @ Olmstead Linear Park, 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Sunday hours too. Spring or fall, this festival rocks a gay day in the park.

Atlanta Bucks Round Robin features games with two challengers to Atlanta’s gay men’s rugby club. Nashville and Charleston send studs to ruck and maul with our boys @ 1820 Mary Dell Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. Matches at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. with a Third Half Social @ Mixx, 4 p.m.

Beltline Boil celebrates the burgeoning Eastside Trail with a hot low-country boil, cold drinks, live music and all your Old Fourth Ward peeps @ Fourth Ward Skate Park, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday too. Trust us; this stretch of Beltline is super gay.

AV200 Margarita Bust kicks off the big gay Pedal Pushers team efforts for the AIDS Vaccine 200 ride in May. The team and scads of their supporters (sixth photo) will do up raffles and DJ Mike Pope while they down all the margaritas they can drink. You can too @ Zocalo, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. These gay jocks tend to raise a ruckus.

Flag Football pits the gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta in a weekly gay jock showdown @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 12 noon – 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta Film Festival continues, including the Pink Peach track of LGBT films. Get in on it @ multiple venues centered at Plaza Theatre through Sunday.

“Pure Imagination sees fantasies come to life through the eyes of six talented photographers. Welcome the exhibit that “invites the eye and fascinates the mind” with the artists in the gay-owned spaces @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m.

“My Feminism Is…” Photo Shoot lets you fill in the blank and get a shot of it. Singles, couples and groups (seventh photo) work it for Familiar Roots Photography @ Charis Books & More, 12 noon – 3:30 p.m.

Cameron Esposito brings her whip-smart comedy to a weekend run of shows @ Laughing Skull, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Shows continue through Sunday. Take a sneak peek and read our interview.

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.

Drag Race continues with kings and queens vying for the crown in this week’s installment of a contest just adding to the Saturday night energy of all the dancing lesbians @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Abel White Party Palm Springs Kickoff puts the legendary beats that made the gay DJ (eighth photo) famous on display in all his pre-event goodness with GA Boy Productions. Ticket and shirt giveaways are just the beginning @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.  And you can go even earlier this week for Dixie Does Drag with the gay Dixie bowling league, 6 p.m.

Girlfrandz: He Is Risen Show spews its irreverent spin on drag all over Easter. Off center is just the beginning @ Mary’s, 11 p.m.

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

DJ Nick Bertossi All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass with this afterparty spinmaster (ninth photo) @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Jockstrap Sister Twister. Do get it twisted. Things are going to get dirty when the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host some good sexy fun with prizes and more to benefit the group’s charity fund @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m.

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


Sunday, April 6
Respect the Brunch (10th photo) brings it full circle. The little fundraising brunch that could returns to the place and charity where it all began. Food and booze benefits Lost N Found Youth @ Ten, 12 noon – 3:30 p.m. Sit tight! Keep your tipsy on and cheer gay jocks showing off during Push-Ups for PALS @ Ten, 3:30 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball League continues the gay league’s spring-summer games for all the gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Or join them after for the Extra Innings Beer Bust with the Gamma team @ My Sister's Room, 3 p.m.

Standing on the Side of Love Commitment Ceremony makes a statement about marriage equality in Georgia by hitching LGBTQ couples. Georgia Equality and Why Marriage Matters co-sponsor @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 2 p.m. Reception to follow.

SkateBoyzATL Bike Ride takes to the park with suggestions for bike rentals too. Come for the ride, stay for the camaraderie with this young black gay men’s group @ Piedmont Park, 3 p.m.

Change of Seasons Tea Dance with Joining Hearts. This is it. The gay best bet of the weekend is the stalwart annual event (11th photo) from the stalwart gay Atlanta fundraising series. Get with your gays @ Loews Atlanta Hotel, 4 p.m. Here’s how they do it up right.

King & Queen Hearts Pageant is coming, and this all-star revue puts MSR’s own Tiffnay on the road to compete. Amazing king and queen show @ My Sister’s Room, 6 p.m.

Atlanta Film Festival closes its 2014 run, including the Pink Peach track of LGBT films. Say so long @ multiple venues centered at Plaza Theatre through Sunday.

Cameron Esposito (bottom photo) brings her whip-smart comedy and take on queer culture to a weekend run of shows @ Laughing Skull, 7 p.m. Take a sneak peek and read our interview.

Miss Gay Georgia USofA and USofA At Large celebrates the pageant queens with – what else? – a pageant. The 25th year of this legendary series in the state @ Jungle, 7 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 welcome guests Semaj Onyx Coxring and Alice Divine to the troupe’s weekly show and its continuing mission to bring campy bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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