The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Check your weekday troubles at the door. Let loose and blow off steam with our local LGBT choices on the calendar of gay Atlanta events to decompress your mess this Friday through Sunday.

Friday, June 21
Dinner & A Dame with Eda Bagel (top photo) kicks off Jungle’s Friday with a hilarious one-woman interactive show by this very special guest. Brought to you by GA Boy Productions who just brought you Peach Party, tickets benefit PALS and include a three-course meal in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Then it’s The Other Show with Edie Cheezburger and her cast of crazies, 9:30 p.m.

The Fab Five welcomes “RuPaul's” Shangela (second photo). The weekly drag revue puts the glamazons on display each week hosted by Angelica D’Paige. This week, get your dollars ready for one of “Drag Race’s” most notorious queens, too @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Ronnie Beets Art Opening includes the artist’s abstract-inspired portraits displaying emotional archetypes including love, fear, sex, faith and death. A reception for the works hanging on the walls at the gay men’s drop-in offices @ MISTER Center, 7 p.m.

“Paper – Works On” is the new exhibit of abstract works by multiple artists in the high-end, gay-owned gallery spaces @ Alan Avery Art Company, 7 p.m.

“The Boy & The Pink Bear: A Love Story” premieres this heartwarming play dealing with sexual orientation, divorce, abandonment, teen suicide and family @ Southwest Arts Center, 7 p.m. Two more performances Saturday and one Sunday.

New Feminist Noir: An Evening with Steph Cha. Join the debut author in a reading and discussion of her mystery “Follow Her Home” with the venerable lesbian-feminist literati @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

BanjeeGirl Friday gets your lesbian weekend started right with a DJ-driven dance party and all the ladies you can handle from the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

FUR is Heretic’s Friday man-to-man dance party (third photo). Get into it this week with the beats of guest DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Got Leche? celebrates the weekend each and every Friday with Atlanta’s weekly gay Latin night @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Lube Wrestling. You read that right. Contestants including Mr. Atlanta Eagle, Southeast Leather Boy and more compete to help fund the upcoming trip to Mr. International Rubber. Things get slickety @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. It coincides with Hotlanta Rubber Gear Bar Night, 11 p.m.

$2 Fridays & All-New Show freshens things up for the gay OTP crowd with low price-point well drinks, a brand new drag show with a whole new cast and dancing with DJ Birdman @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m.


Saturday, June 22
Atlanta Pride Run (fourth photo) is the 23rd annual 5K race and walk with the gay Atlanta Frontrunners club benefiting a local LGBT charity. Step off @ Piedmont Park near aquatic center, 8 a.m. View Atlanta Pride’s full Stonewall Month calendar.

Flag Football League 2013 Championship Game pits the remaining two gay teams in National Flag Football League of Atlanta battling it out for the title. F.R.O.G.S. Frogs and the Burkhart's Bombers go at it @ Grant Park, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. You can also celebrate the season with the burly gay jocks one last time at the Season Closing Awards Party @ Jungle, 7 p.m.

LGBT Night with Atlanta Silverbacks. The local men’s pro soccer team says “Heeyyy” to its gays with a special welcome to their game against the Tampa Rowdies @ Silverbacks Park, 7:30 p.m. Read our preview.

Atlanta Radical Faeries Midsummer Night’s Dream (fifth photo) is an all-day affair with the original nature queers. The solstice celebration includes heart circle, workshops, talent show, and winding up in a big fat DJs Vicki Powell and Bojmir dance party. Jump in any time @ Arts Exchange, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. Check out photos from last year, the year before that and our visual-aid costume tips.

Frisky Monkey & Friends perform live at this multi-act musical show featuring the gay-inclusive duo along with  Tabetha Durham, Trey Hawkins, Kyle Kirkland and Amy Dixon @ Kavarna, Decatur, 8 p.m.

“Feel Good Spaces” with Sherry Burton Ways discusses making your house a home amid stress and/or depression with tips and tricks from the author’s book with Atlanta’s lesbian-feminist book lovers @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Mash Attacks! with DJ Robin Skouteris (sixth photo, left) returns a popular international DJ to his home away from home and his local booth bud DJ Pat Scott right), a benefit for Atlanta Pride and Lost N Found Youth, as well as a kickoff of their European tour. Their singular mashups take you into the night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. Get ready with these kickass Skouteris mashup videos.

Atlanta Freedom Bands “American Journey” Pride concert. The LGBT local instruments come together to celebrate rainbow week as part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month @ St. Mark United Methodist Church, 8 p.m. It’s also one of several events in the first-ever Southeast Stonewall Music Festival.

Songwriters in the Round coalesces a wholelotta lesbian rich estrogen in one awfully musical place – way, way OTP. Join performers Dede Vogt, Caroline Aiken and Trina and Tomi of Three5Human @ Red Clay Theatre, Dahlonega, 8 p.m.

DJ Roland Belmares (seventh photo) hits the decks with his signature sounds that make all his gay Atlanta fans dance. Neat beat move your feet @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Vicki Powell’s Limp Wrist Fourth Saturday is the next set on the same night as the local favorite's Midsummer RadFae set for her all-new monthly gig @ Amazza, 11:30 p.m.

“Now That’s What I Call Drag!” continues a new contest for kings and queens over a stretch of Saturdays twice a month all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

VIP Card Dance, Week 1 with DJ Scott Anthony opens back up your chance to reap the rewards of being a Jungle card holder for the first time since last year. Existing card holders get in free, and this week and next week only, newly signed up card members get discounted Saturday entry from here on out. Everybody gets the House beats @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m.

Extravaganza Show is the weekly fabulosity hosted by big, blonde and beautiful Shavonna B. Brooks and her amazing lineup of entertainers @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.


Sunday, June 23
Annual Pet Blessing invites animal lovers of all faiths and orientations to have their pet honored by gay Atlanta Rabbi Josh Lesser in the annual event with Congregation Bet Haverim. Paint-paw daubing area this year too @ Mason Mill Park, Decatur, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. You bet; it’s part of Stonewall Month. View Atlanta Pride’s full Stonewall Month calendar.

Silent Sundays are the weekly chill sessions this summer on the extremely gay-friendly WET deck with extremely flowing cocktails for extremely relaxing fun, lunch and sun @ W Midtown, 12 noon.

Flashback Showgirls is the new show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each month. Lady Shabazz (bottom photo) leads the cast every Sunday starting this week @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m. View photos from our recent visit.

Atlanta Freedom Bands Festival Orchestra Concert celebrates LGBT Pride and is just one of several events this week in the first-ever Southeast Stonewall Music Festival.

Annual Turnabout Show brings the staff out from behind the bar and into the wigs and lashes for an annual charity show not to be missed. This year’s fun benefits the Armorettes, Lost N Found Youth and the Wounded Warrior Project @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.


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