The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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As the weather heats up, so do LGBT Atlanta’s events. Roll up your sleeves and dive directly into this jam-packed schedule, because parties, plays, performances and your people await.

Friday, May 15

“The Whale” (top photo). Gay artistic director Freddie Ashley puts on major pounds to play the morbidly obese lead in this powerful drama aimed at the heart of Middle America @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m.

AV200 Registration & Kickoff Party. Before they bike across North Georgia, gay jocks in biking shorts gather under the big red tent for their annual AIDS Vaccine 200 pre-party @ Emory School of Medicine, 5 p.m. If you're an early riser, you can also watch them pedal off at 7:30 Saturday morning.

DWSL Softball. The lesbians of Decatur Women’s Sports League teams wrap their weekly series of games @ Kely Cofer Park, Tucker, 6 p.m.

“Curation and Cinema.” Queer artist and film historian Andy Ditzler presents nine shorts as part of his ongoing  Film Love series, including Andy Warhol’s 1964 “…and a special presentation of Taylor Mead’s Ass” @ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 7 p.m.

Snips N Clips. For the entire month of May, salons give a dollar of every haircut to Atlanta Pride @ Shear Love, Vivid Hair and Bubbles, all day – all month.

“Die Mommie Die!” Charles Busch’s camp comedy play-turned-movie is back on stage, this time in the capable hands of locals including Topher Payne as an aging film star of the golden era @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. through May 23.

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

Bitch Please: Pop Pleasure Edition. DJs Sam Rothstein, Ree de la Vega and the gang return for their monthly shindig, and the Faeries are working the upstairs bar @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night. Get up close and personal with the title holders and their crew as they raise money for charity and have a good time @ Atlatna Eagle, 10 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.

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.

Ladies Lounge gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ 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, May 16

WackedOut BlackOut with Cazwell. The party that loves to mess you up returns. Clothes check, neon paint and blacklight provided with your body as the canvas. Sexy gay rapper Cazwell headlines the glowing performances with his new “Downtown” song and video (middle photo) @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. This party always goes hard like this. Cazwell himself gives us the rough cut of his plans for it. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Purple Dress Run. The bar crawl that brings the burly jocks in purple frocks to the streets of Midtown. Kickoff @ Mixx, 1 p.m. These guys make this annual event all kinds of epic. Follow it up with the Bucks Bar Night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

#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 Paint It Red Party for LLS, 9 p.m.

Miss HSL Pageant. The jocks of Hotlanta Softball League field their “beauties” in this campy annual sendup of all that's good and holy @ Jungle, 6 p.m. It's the best kind of complete mess.

Monte Carlo Casino Party for Lost N Found. Bring your glitz and glamor for guilt-free gaming to benefit Atlanta’s homeless LGBT teen saviors. Food, performances, auction, shopping and other attractions @ Lost N Found Youth, 7 p.m.

Sonia Leigh & Friends: Homecoming. The hometown lesbian hits the stage to rock you with Lisa Goe and the Flashtastiks, Jacob Thomas Jr., and The Wheeler Boys @ Terminal West King Plow, 8 p.m.

“Die Mommie Die!” Charles Busch’s camp comedy play-turned-movie is back on stage, this time in the capable hands of locals including Topher Payne as an aging film star of the golden era @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. through May 23.

DJ Paulo. The circuit legend returns to Atlanta, and it’s Alan’s birthday to boot @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early for the Armorettes Follies, 8 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 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.

Girl bar. Live music and stage shows dot the landscape of lesbian Atlanta’s favorite Saturday night dance party @ My  Sister’s Room, 9 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.

DJ Alex Cohen All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.

 

Sunday, May 17

Garden Party. The Health Initiative's signature event brings together, food, drinks, friends, epic luxury raffles, and honors for its annual Healing Angel @ Rush Center, 4 p.m. Tap your toes: It goes a little something like this.

AIDS Vaccine 200 Celebration. The AV200 bikers return from their trek across North Georgia to benefit the Emory Vaccine Center, Jerusalem House, Positive Impact and AID Atlanta. Food, photos and fun with the whole gang @ Emory School of Medicine, 4 p.m. It's when awesome wears biking shorts.

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 Sting team @ Oscars, 4 p.m.

International Day Against Homophobia. Atlanta's annual contribution to national IDAHO commemorations takes the form of a potluck this year @ Piedmont Park 1 p.m.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: Art for the Arts II. Party-style painting lessons, awesome music, cocktails, appetizers, luxury raffles and more with Voices of Note, the non-profit arm of Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus. Tons of fun @ Somervale Court, 2 p.m.

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.

Maybe Baby? If you’re considering becoming an LGBT parent, this expert panel can help you think through the options from adoption to surrogacy and more @ Feminist Women’s Health Center, 2 p.m.

GLAAD Spring Patio Party. The local arm of the gay media watchdog group throws its fifth annual Sunday Funday fundraiser on the deck @ Henry's, 3 p.m.

“Die Mommie Die!” Charles Busch’s camp comedy play-turned-movie is back on stage, this time in the capable hands of locals including Topher Payne as an aging film star of the golden era @ OnStage Atlanta, 3 p.m. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. through May 23.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum and DJ Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

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.

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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