The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The first full weekend in May knows what you need, and you’re going to get it. Hard, long, and until you can’t take any more. Wait. Where were we? Oh right. Local LGBT events really satisfy.

Friday, May 6

“The Tribute Artist” (top photo) Drag playwright Charles Busch (“Die Mommie Die!” “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”) pens this romp through farce and female impersonation, starring two of the genre’s pros, gay Atlanta’s Dwayne Morgan and Topher Payne (“Designing Women Live”) @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through May 15.

“Me and Jezebel.” Renowned Atlanta actor Googie Uterhardt plays Bette Davis in this spellbinding performance @ ARTstation, 8 p.m. Runs through May 15.

“Queer Moxie” Comedy Show. The comics of the Atlanta made film of the same name celebrate “Queer Moxie’s” completion and its creator’s birthday with some of its featured comics, including Julie Osbourne, Ian Aber and Brent Star @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

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

Cirque du Soleil: Kurios Closing Weekend. 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.

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

Pump. There’s no cover charge to kick off your weekend at this man-on-man dance party, this week with DJ Stan Jackson @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Onyx Night. The leather group for local men of color host their bar night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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 with Manilla Luzon puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens, this week with an RPDR finalist as special guest @ 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.

Crush Friday 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, May 7

Purple Dress Run (middle photo). The burly boys of Atlanta Bucks Rugby don the titular garb and gay-bar-hop through Midtown to wind up at an Eagle cookout to raise money for Ready 4 Hope. Get in on it @ Hideaway, 12:30 p.m., catch up at Oscar’s, Ten and others, or show up for the grub at Eagle around 4 p.m. For a good time, call.

LGBT Institute Meeting. All interested parties are welcome to gather and discuss the next steps in the ongoing LGT rights and inclusion movement @ GSU Student Center West, 12:30 p.m.

Atlanta Rainbow Trout Beer Bust. The gay swimmers and water polo players cover their Speedos long enough to down some bottomless fundraising brews @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m.

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

Kentucky Derby #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 regularly schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Party. Your cute hat, seersucker and bow tie are perfect for the second annual event that sends you off to the races @ Blake’s on the Park, 5 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. Put together your best derby look and join Extasy Grey for cocktails and a contest to benefit PALS @ Jungle, 5: 30 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

DILF Night. Because daddies do it better. Every first Saturday @ Woofs, 9 p.m.

Dumb: Class-Ass-Ified. The fourth iteration of DJ King Atlas’ alternaqueer party kicks up the dust @ Felix’s, 9 p.m.

DJ Eddie Elias. The One Magical Weekend tour continues to psyche up dancing queens. Do it all night baby @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9:30 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.

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 Moose NYC All Nighter. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough. Dance until you need sunglasses to leave @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, May 8

Sunday Service with DJ Vicki Powell (bottom photo). The monthly patio party that puts all others to shame is back. Get into it @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 7 p.m.

Call Your Mother. It’s Mother’s Day, so before you go do something else, you better at least pick up the phone.

H2O. It’s time for sun, swim and aqua yoga at the return of this gay summertime favorite weekly party. Get with your swimsuit gays for all that and cocktails to boot @ Wetbar atop the W Atlanta Downtown, 10 a.m. – all day access.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips (bottom photo), 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley, and this week with early Cinco de Mayo specials @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight

Midtown Rouge. Get to gettin' with High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the Sunday drag show kicks its latest, most fabulous iteration @ Blake's, 8 p.m. It goes down like this.

Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

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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