The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Saddle up, gay Atlanta. Just in time, the big Gay Agenda calendar swoops in like a boss. Rescue your week from the humdrum like a hero with some LGBT events that put the spotlight back on you where it belongs.

Friday, May 16

“End of the Rainbow” (top photo) It’s 1968, and Judy Garland is trying to make her last effort at a comeback in this play helmed by gay director Freddie Ashley. Join her “in a London hotel room with her young new fiancé, pills and cocktail at her side” before one of the most important concerts of her life @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 15.

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

“Call Me Kuchu” explores the real-life consequences of Uganda’s anti-gay legislation through the eyes of the country’s first openly gay man and his comrades. Out On Film and Saint Mark join forces screening this GLAAD Award winner @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m.

Doggies on the Catwalk returns for its annual pets march for pet charity. The gay-run event boasts morning radio jock Bert Weiss and former TV diva Monica Pearson hosting local celebs and their pooches in runway fashions for Atlanta Humane Society @ PDK Airport, 7 p.m.

“Lakebottom Prime” continues its Atlanta premiere. The play by gAy-TL’s own Topher Payne with his peeps at the gay-run Process company let you in on the prequel to Payne’s “Lakebottom Proper” @ Process Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Saturday.

Third Friday Film: Cloudburst. A moving Out On Film favorite returns with Olympia Dukakis as a lesbian caring for her partner in declining health @ First E, 7 p.m.

The Other Show offers the most unique drag cabaret in town with a singularly creative cast and special guests who always blast your expectations. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: I [heart] Music Edition. gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, scores of MSR ladies and the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Party Monster invites you to EAV, because nobody does gay in the ATL quite like the hip East Atlanta queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Panther L/L 26th Anniversary gets its due as the leather-levi organization benefits from the first Mr. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night of the new title reign. DJ Chris Kind spins @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Sawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Men’s Night: Hardbody Contest draws all the suburban gays to the yard for sexy OTP fun. It’s also customer appreciation night @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

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


Saturday, May 17

AIDS Vaccine 200 (second photo) pedals away on its annual bike ride to benefit the Emory Vaccine Center and other local HIV/AIDS nonprofits. Gay and allied riders pull on those tight shorts for a two-day ride across north Georgia ending Sunday with an AV200 coming home party @ Emory School of Medicne, 7 a.m.

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.

Legalize Your Same-Sex Georgia Relationship. Get the information you need and the documents required to make sure your partnership is recognized by the state in times of need. Atlanta Pride Committee hosts Georgia Benefits Counsel @ Rush Center, 12 noon.

Hotlanta Softball May Mayhem returns with the crazies of the gay league’s Atlanta Titans. Throw back beers and hang with the guys @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m. Fair warning: They tend to get rowdy.

Viva la Diva with Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. A variety show to benefit AGMC and AWC’s Voices of Note features great talent hosted by drag queens Edie Cheezburger and Gwendolyn Van Cartier. Full bar and full food menu @ Jungle, 5:45 p.m.

Atlanta Ballet NightOUT. It’s May Mayhem with the troupe’s latest program and a special rate for LGBT audience members. Go to nearby Cinco Mexican Cantina for some pre-performance libation, then join your gays @ Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m.

Atlanta Sisters Black & White Ball requests your creatively theme-colored cocktail wear to enjoy live entertainment, snacks and a night of giving to benefit the ongoing work of the local gay male nuns with the giant hearts @ First Existentialist, 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare Follies rethinks the Bard through a modern, sketch-comedy, circus-act lens. For a good time, call this gay-led and gay-inclusive troupe of actors and performers @ The Arts Exchange, 8 p.m.

Armorettes Follies hit Heretic this month with tips and donations directed at Heartsong SE. Come get you some camp drag crazy like only these queens can give @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Drag Race Finale. It’s been weeks of honing in on the best kings and queens. Now all the weekly winners face off for the cash and the crown during Atlanta’s favorite lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Alyson Calagna comes back to the scene of her last local gay dance party slaying. Expect extra good boys, beats and booze to celebrate manager Alan’s birthday @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Deep in the Jungle with DJ Ron Pullman. The popular local DJ returns with beats for your feets. Dancing queens get up, get out and get down @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get started early with Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 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.

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

Sinful Saturday includes the Divas Cabaret and all kinds of other bar night fun for our suburban gays outside the perimeter @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

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


Sunday, May 18

Garden Party (third photo) returns with hundreds of local LGBTs partying for the local Health Initiative cause. Food, drinks, amazing raffles and inspirational awards benefit the group advocating for LGBT health across the state @ Rush Center, 4 p.m.

The Armorettes: Miss Barfly Pageant is the annual romp through bawdy and inappropriate drag to name a winner. The troupe's weekly show gets an injection of “more please” in the troupe's continuing mission to bring donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

Pet Cotillion invites you and your furry friend to join scores of like-minded gays for a Sunday Funday of food, drink and auction items to benefit Pets Are Loving Support @ Piedmont Bark, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

GLAAD Atlanta Spring Patio Party gets you bottomless beverages, DJ David Knapp and hundreds of your closets friends raising money for the gay media watchdog @ Henry’s, 3 p.m.

Margarita Madness. The For the Kid in All of Us charity is sweet, the drinks are green, the weather is nice, and the guys are hot. You know what to do @ Ten, 4 p.m.

Harness: Boot Camp strips down and shows off for this Ready 4 Hope T-dance collecting funds for this year’s AIDS Walk. The R4H guys know how to have a good time @ 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.


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