The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Got plans? Now you do. Whatever your pleasure this Friday through Sunday, check out a ton of LGBT Atlanta events ready, willing and more than able to put the gay into your gay agenda.

Friday, July 12
Paparazzi is the newest event from the same fun, zany artists and madmen who bring you the Bedlam parties. For their latest endeavor, prepare your strongest look, child. Flashbulbs will pop (top photo), there’s a photo booth on hand and DJ Merr1n is on deck @ 10th & Piedmont. 10 p.m.

The Village People (second photo) call “Young Man!” and sing “Macho Man” as if they are either. It's a one-night Atlanta revival of their ‘70s heyday @ Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m.

Jennifer Knapp and Steff Mahan come together from their separate careers for a little strange. Er, for a little duo action. Er, you know what we mean: Lesbian magnets @ Red Clay Theare, Duluth, 8 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour is a second Friday get-together. What? Fourth Tuesday is the venerable Atlanta lesbian group, and their monthly happy hour gathers for drinks, chair massages and socializing @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

“I’m Lucky to Be Here (With Someone I Like)” is a two-artist exhibit featuring new works by visionaries Mike Lowery and Katrin Wiehle; “You Make Me Feel Special” is John Tindel’s latest solo show; and Ascension is by emerging talent Johnny Warren. Get cozy with all three at this art reception in the gay-owned gallery space @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

“WIG OUT!” Reading is presented by the Alliance Theater and the Center for Black Equity. Tarell Alvin McCraney's (third photo) award-winning play that New York Times called “gutsy, pulsing and astonishing” hits Atlanta for a reading of its story from deep inside New York’s queer culture of drag families and competing houses. Admission is free but make reservations to be @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

“Ronnie Beets” Art Opening features the works of this portrait painter with a unique approach to capture emotional archetypes: Love, fear, sex, faith and death. Feel it on the walls of Atlanta’s gay men’s drop-in hub @ MISTER Center, 7 p.m.

HSL Cadets Beer Bust thanks the Eagle for the gay Atlanta softball team’s efforts to fight breast cancer with a $10 blowout on draft beers @ Atlanta Eagle, 7 p.m.

Dinner & A Movie: “Troop Beverly Hills” kicks off Jungle’s Friday with Jaye Lishe and some great food and drink specials 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, this week celebrating the birthday/ fulltime farewell to cast member Justice Tyana Taylor, 9:30 p.m.

FUR Friday with DJ Chris Griswold for Joining Hearts. The weekly party drives the beats at a man-to-man dance party. Get into it this round with the beats of the sexy local favorite (fourth photo) and a chance to win tickets to Joining Hearts @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

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

The Fab Five weekly drag revue puts the glamazons on display each week hosted by Angelica D’Paige @ Burkhart’s, 11 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.


Saturday, July 13
Atlanta Bucks Rugby 101 teaches skills to newbies and helps veterans brush up as Atlanta’s gay rugby team (fifth photo) hits the pitch after a short hibernation @ Coan Park, 11 a.m.

Lost N Found Youth Volunteer Orientation welcomes those who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless LGBT teens and young adults @ Rush Center, 2 p.m. Background check and $10 processing fee required.

Brewing for Equality gets the members of Love Under Fire and guests together for some java and a discussion of what marriage in Georgia looks like now for same-sex couples and next steps @ Caribou on Piedmont, 5 p.m.

Bastille Day Blowout (sixth photo) celebrates the beginning of the end for the biggest queen of all time. Well, it’s also France’s Independence Day so get stripey with it, beret yourself or Antoinette out to show love for all things French. The Gurlfrandz Show, a costume contest and tunes by DJ Five Hour Boner are all on tap for the annual gay East Atlanta throwdown @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. Get there earlier for a swanky lounge happy hour set by DJ Slumberjack.

Miss Georgia Renaissance Pageant pits the queens against each other for the crown! See which glamourpuss is the best in multiple categories before walking away with the title @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 8 p.m.

Calisto’s Birthday Bash celebrates another year for the hair stylist, vodka promoter and philanthropist always toting the hottest male models about town. Calisto Harvalias hosts a buffet, guest DJ, go-go boys, drag and of course the bar @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

Ruby’s Redd Light District continues the newest edition to the drag landscape with the foul-mouthed hostess, great food, cocktials and a diverse cast in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9 p.m.

Oooo Bearracuda! (seventh photo) Yup, the party that packs the shirtless dudes together real tight for fuzzy fun on the dance floor returns. This time, it’s with Sydney-based DJ Paul Goodyear @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Check out our super-hot photos from last time.

Foam Party & Femme Show invites the women who love women to throw on bikinis and board shorts for the foamiest place this weekend and welcomes the babalicious iCandy Girls to bounce around @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Atlanta's Best Dance Party with DJ Mike Cruz. The mixmaster wunderkind brings a piece of his own thumping, pumping New York with him to gay Atlanta. Not only does Cruz move the people, he’s a DJ’s DJ with famous fans behind the turntables. You’re “Movin’ Up” @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Then keep it moving. Ease on down for a DJ Lydia Prim All-Nighter Afterparty @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

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


Sunday, July 14
Hotlanta Softball League pitches and catches Atlanta’s gay softball teams through their weekly games in multiple divisions @ Metro Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. As always, the HSL Extra Innings Beer Bust follows, this week as a Beer Pong Tournament hosted by the SRC committee @ Hideaway, 4 p.m.

Backpack in the Park Garden Party gets your ready for the end-of-the-month main event with For The Kid In All Of Us (eighth photo). Don’t wait to be one of the gays helping Georgia kids in need. Bring a stocked backpack to the annual back-to-school drive and get a free drink ticket and be entered for raffle prizes @ Ten, 4 p.m.

AV200 2013 Closing Party brings all those biking shorts, er … bike riders together again for a big hoorah for this year’s ride that collected money for Emory’s Vaccine Center, Jerusalem House and Positive Impact. See the check presentations and enjoy great auction items, booze and food @ Henry’s, 3 p.m. View our amazing AV200 photos.

Lambda Atlanta Bowling Party brings together the Ls, Gs, Bs and Ts for some Sunday funday lanes action @ Funtime Bowling, 12 noon.

DJ Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service (bottom photo) hits the patio at the gay-owned, alternaqueer lovin’ free-for-all bar better known as Church. Come get you some every second Sunday @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 8 p.m. Here’s what that madness looks like.

The Armorettes do their weekly camp drag for charity in their ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each time. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.


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