The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Getting with your gays after a long hard week always sounds good, but this weekend is particularly busy with LGBT event options to come out, whether it’s sports, soirees, or all-weekend shenanigans.

Friday, April 24

Heyday Revival and Desert Okies. In all their beard-and-wig glory, two gay bands honky-tonk you into the weekend with a visiting drag queen as host – What’s not to love? Emcee Big Gay James oversees the festivities, and special guests Joe Dunny, Ajay Chavez and RJ Wells are also in the house @ Red Light Café, 8 p.m. The event comes from some of the same Tennessee queers who bring us FuzzFace.

Atlanta Bear Pride 2015: Bearracuda. Get this weekend-long party started with DJs Wayne G and Biran Maier and a live performance by Brian Kent @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early, find a parking space, and enjoy the view during the Bear Pride Kickoff Party @ BJ Roosters, 6 p.m. Keep scrolling for Saturday and Sunday shenanigans.

AGLCC Fourth Friday. Get with your business gays of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for happy hour, this month @ Henry’s, 5:30 p.m.

DWSL Softball. Get with the lesbians of Decatur Women’s Sports League teams for weekly games @ Kely Cofer Park, Tucker, 6 p.m. through May 15.

“Up Right Atlanta by Nick Cave.” Flux Projects pushes the envelope again, this time with costumes, movement and visual artistry including choreography by Atlanta’s own T. Lang @ Ponce City Market, two performances a day through Sunday.

“Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women.” Join the Atlanta launch of his anthology with the lesbian feminists @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

“Norman, Is That You?” The Broadway smash that paved the way for gay-inclusive comedies like “Ellen” and “Will & Grace” gets the revival it so richly deserves. Step back in time to 1970s Gay New York @ Out of the Box Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays to Sundays through May 2.

“Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet.” Family drama exacerbates a young gay man's journey toward self discovery @ Actor's Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday.

“Blues for an Alabama Sky.” This play by local queer ally Pearl Cleage includes gay characters in this look at Harlem in 1930 @ Alliance Theater, 8 p.m. Runs through May 10.

“Clouds of Sils Maria.” The bewitching film about backstage rivalry between divas stars Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart @ UA Tara, all week.

“Masculinity.” Multi-artist exhibit of adult explorations of manliness @ Low Museum, through May 10.

The Other Show: Showgirls presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind, this week with extra sequins and feathers in the theme @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 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 @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: Spring Fever gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus DJ Mike Pope’s Second Level @ 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.

Fame & Fortune Friday. WhassupNATL invites its huge guestlist of black gay men out for an upscale but not uptight night @ Frank Ski’s, 10 p.m.

Foam Party. Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows, dancing and this week, studs in suds partying to music by DJs Carlitos and Martin. Free entry customer appreciation night @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Lorena Herrera. The reigning Miss Buford Highway drags onto the strip where bars stay open until 5 a.m., and gay Latin nights go all the way down @ Atlanta Peach, 10 p.m.


Saturday, April 25

Atlanta Bear Pride: Ready 4 Hope BearBQ. Party with a purpose to benefit this group working toward its annual huge donation to AIDS Walk. Unlimited draft beer and barbecue, sweet treats, raffles and bears, bears, bears keep the weekend-long celebration going @ Heretic, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Atlanta Bear Pride: My Big Funny Peter. Join gay comic Peter Bisuito doing “bear comedy” to benefit Joining Hearts and complement the dinner menu @ Jungle, 8 p.m. Read our interview.

Atlanta Bear Pride: Bear Invasion. DJs Doug Jackson and Sean Mac lay down the beats, and scores of hairy men and their admirers hit the dance floor @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m.

Atlanta Bear Pride: All-Night Afterparty. It’s not over yet. Sexy DJ Ben Baker keeps your ass moving into the wee hours all the way to sunup @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NFFLA Flag Football pits the gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta in their weekly gay jock showdown @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. After-Game Beer Bust goes down @ Felix’s, 4 p.m. Keep an eye out for rain cancellations.

Atlanta Harlequins. The local women’s rugby squad takes on a motley crew of players from all over in a home match @ Harmony Grove Soccer Complex, 2 p.m.

LNF Spring Fling for Homeless Youth. Barbecue, car wash, raffles and of course shopping to benefit Atlanta’s housing project for LGBT homeless teens. Rain or shine @ Lost N Found Thrift, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Inman Park Festival. During the abundant festival season in Atlanta, some hold out for this romp through the neighborhood adjacent to Little Five Points for music, art and food @ Inman Park, all weekend.

Loser #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 regularly scheduled nighttime shenanigans, 9 p.m.

LGBT Square Dance. Do-si-do and grab your same-sex partner with Hotlanta Squares @ Atlanta Attachment Aviation, 4:30 p.m. Advanced, 6 p.m. Potluck Supper, 7 p.m. Mainstream & Advanced Dance.

Party with Impact. The annual fundraising party for Atlanta’s HIV mental health agency gets its ante upped this year to honor retiring director Paul Plate. Food, friends and fundraising @ Commerce Club, 6 p.m.

Women Sweet on Women II. A night of music, words and song to raise money for the lesbians-of-color groups Zami-NOBLA and OLOC @ Agnes Scott College, 6 p.m.

Panther L/L Bar Night. The local leather-levi group bartends and doles out Jell-O shooters @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Saturday Night Live. A drag king show blows up Atlanta’s favorite lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 11 p.m. Get there early for That Time of the Month comedy, 9 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The undisputed Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Or come in late for the Taboo Show, 12 midnight.

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.


Sunday, April 26

Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring-summer season for gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also join this week’s Extra Innings Beer Bust with the Atlanta Reign team @ Frogs, 4 p.m. Don’t miss the gay jocks in our Mr. HSL pageant pics (bottom photo).

Atlanta Bear Pride: Closing Party. Come say so long to all of the gay hirsute visitors to town with DJ Marc Cubs and discount drinks @ Atlanta Eagle, 4 p.m.

Inman Park Festival. During the abundant festival season in Atlanta, some hold out for this romp through the neighborhood adjacent to Little Five Points for music, art and food @ Inman Park, through 6 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum gives you the inside-outside 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, 1:30 p.m. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 7:45 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux and free copies of the new gay go-to album while supplies last, 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. Those local 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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