The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Plays? Parties? Performances? Check, check and check. LGBT Atlanta events have all that in store and more as you pull out of the workweek and slide into the Gay Agenda calendar.

Friday, July 24

Idina Menzel (top photo). One of Broadway’s most beloved divas hits the Atlanta stage on her world tour. “For Good,” “Let It Go” and “Defying Gravity” await you @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 8 p.m.

AGLCC Fourth Friday. Get with the LGBT business pros of Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for happy hour @ Ameriprise, 5:30 p.m.

Georgia Voice Best of Atlanta Awards. All that’s gay and good in the gayborhood gets feted by the local LGBT newspaper with awards in multiple categories. Meet the nominees and winners for a drink and a snack @ Georgian Terrace, 6 p.m.

#Dragdance with Laganja Estranja. Before she can work the Heretic on Saturday, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” queen is entertaining while she teaches this all-ages dance workshop @ Core Studios, 7 p.m.

“Evita.” The quintessential diva musical returns to the stage with a local production @ Serenbe Playhouse, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 16.

Essential Play Festival. Two new plays by Georgia writers run in repertory. “The Old Ship of Zion” follows an African-American church struggling in changing times, including one member who realizes he’s gay @ Essential Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 23.

“Rent.” 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 Aug. 9.

“Do I Sound Gay?” The movie that we told you was in the works about the “gay accent,” where it comes from and what it means finally hits Atlanta @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, through July 30. 

Bitch, Please! The monthly party with DJs Ree de la Vega and Sam Rothstein returns. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. 

The Other Show: Villains. The most unique weekly drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests who keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 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 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 25

Forever Hung Queer Prom with Laganja Estranga (middle photo). Legendary Children and Wussy take over with the “RuPaul’s” queen in tow. Serve your best High School cheerleader, jock, nerd, band geek, pothead, goth or even janitor look @ Heretic, 10 p.m. These people know how to blow the roof off a place.

Atlanta Rainbow Trout Beer Bust. The local LGBT swimmers, water polo players and tri-athletes celebrate 20 years of team spirit and a contingent headed to Stockholm for the IGLA @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m.

Voices of Note Beer Bust for Pride. The fundraising arm of Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus pour bottomless brews, sell specialty shots, and draw for prizes – all to benefit Atlanta Pride @ Ten, 1 p.m.

Easy Loving #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 regularly scheduled Saturday night shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Out in Hurricane Harbor. The amusement park and the waterpark open the gates to the rainbow masses. Phoenix and Shangela from RPDR are getting wet too for LGBT Day @ Six Flags over Georgia & Hurricane Harbor, 6:30 p.m.

Guyton Maurice Farewell Show. The local gay smooth crooner relocates to L.A. after these two intimate performances with his quartet @ Velvet Note, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The Return of DJ Paulo. The self-described “Tribal Bitch” circuit DJ comes back to Atlanta to rock the gay dance party @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9 p.m.

Puppy Mosh. Leash up for fetish fun early @ Atlanta Eagle, 8 p.m., and stick around for DJ Nat helming Panther L/L Bar Night, 10 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 show to supplement its 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 Luis Perez 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.m.


Sunday, July 26

Backpack in the Park (bottom photo). What was once a carnival turned to a garden party and remains a must-do summer fundraiser with For The Kid In All Of Us. A backpack full of school supplies for Georgia kids is your entry fee @ Cator Woolford Gardens, 12 noon. They really do it up.

R4H Dragavanza Sunday Funday. Regina Cartier is back with a fundraising push for the Ready 4 Hope AIDS Walk team. Bottomless beer, drunken Gummies, raffle and more @ Hideaway, 2 p.m.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJs Rob Reum and 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.

The Armorettes: Holidays in July. 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.


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