Summer’s searing sizzle can’t slow the forward beat of Atlanta’s LGBT events. Pick up one of these options to get up, get out, and get busy doing something you'll appreciate on Monday.
Friday, July 10
“Rent” (top photo). The queer-inclusive rock musical of a generation returns with a local reimagining helmed by director Freddie Ashley @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through August 9.
Ready 4 Hope Dine Out. The guys that party all year to raise funds toward their AIDS Walk team host this food, fun and drink-special extravaganza. Eat there for lunch or dinner, and 20 percent of your bill automatically goes to the cause @ Frogs, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
“Pursuit: Almost Drowned.” Before the High shows his work next week, artist Michi Meko and more of his urban abstracts grace open with a DJ-drink reception in the gay-owned galleries @ Alan Avery Art, 7 p.m.
“Out on a Limb: Sermons of Risk and Revolution.” Lesbian pastor Glenna Shepherd presents her new book ripe for today's battles over anti-gay so-called “religious freedom” laws @ Charis Books, 7:30 p.m.
“Avenue Q” Closing Weekend. The Broadway smash and favorite local production closes its inclusive messages from irreverently funny puppets @ Conant Center at Oglethorpe University, 8 p.m., through July 12.
Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
The Other Show. The most unique weekly drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests who keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.
Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 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 Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 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, July 11
CHRIS Kids White Party (middle photo). “RuPaul’s” queens Courtney Act and Pandora Boxx perform as you don your gay apparel for this annual fundraiser that benefits the LGBT-inclusive organization helping needy kids in Georgia. Wear white @ Mason Murer Fine Art, 6 p.m.
“4:48” Play Project. Theater Emory reads four new works written in 48 hours. A queer-inclusive set of four Atlanta playwrights each responds in play form to a single piece of source material. “Sex at Dawn” asks whether monogamy comes naturally. Presented consecutively @ Schwartz Center, Emory, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Bastille #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 with all your favorite Marys during the Bastille Day Blowout, 9 p.m.
Sisters Summer Tea Dance Beer Bust. Do a ride-along on the trip that is the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as the mirth-spreading gay male nuns pour bottomless brews and do it Greek @ Taverna Plaka, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Lesbian Language Open Mic. This spoken-word and music event celebrates women who love women with sponsors Charis Circle @ Rush Center, 8 p.m.
Second Saturday Social. Midtown dining’s gays and gals keep the party going extra hard with DJs each month way after dinner hour is over @ Henry’s, 9 p.m
DJ Dani Toro. He’s hot, and he’s bringing the beats all the way from Spain. Come get an eye- and ear-full during this special-edition man-on-man dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Glam Beach Party. Break out your swim looks and oil up that body, because Toby hosts this dance party with DJ David Knapp @ Jungle, 10: 30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m., or even earlier for the Atlanta Reign Drag Show benefiting the journey to the Gay Softball World Series, 6 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 Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.
Ladies Night. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party puts on a sexy show to wile those weekly womyn ways @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, 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 Moose NYC 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, July 12
DJ Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service (bottom photo). The beloved local lesbian and guest Robert Ansley spin the tunes that keep you going during this monthly patio party in bar owner Grant Henry’s playhouse @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room, 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.
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.
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 this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.