A rose is a rose. No matter your drama during the workweek, gay weekend events taste no less sweet, look no less plentiful and sound just as rejuvenating as ever. Get your LGBT in the ATL right here.
Friday, July 25
Paula Poundstone (top photo) brings her dry, butch yucks to town for one night only on her latest tour stop @ Variety Playhouse, 8 p.m.
AGLCC Fourth Friday invites you to wind down from the workweek cocktailing with the LGBT professionals of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce @ Henry's, 5:30 p.m.
Fifty Years of Andy Warhol’s “Empire.” On the 50th anniversary of the the gay pop artist filming his most esoteric work, gay-led Film Love gathers to explore its implications in a first installment of the commemoration: Absence of Empire @ Mint Gallery, 8 p.m.
“Sinister Wisdom” Issue 93 Release Party. Get you some “Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994” with a panel of contributors and others hosted by Southerners On New Ground @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.
“The Rocky Horror Show” gets a modern re-imagining. The stage show that prompted the movie that prompted a cult following returns to its theatrical roots @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Aug. 9, including midnight Saturday shows starting July 19.
The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town with its singularly creative cast and special guests who always blast your expectations. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.
Fetish Gear United celebrates your kink. If you can think it, you’re invited to flaunt it as Mr. SECC Leather and the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host to benefit the MISTER Center. Raffles, demos, drinks, dancing and more @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Swank lays down its monthly women’s jam at the hotspot on the corner of Gay and Lesbian. Ladies fandango with VJ beats and tons of surprises @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m.
Boys Room. Nobody does gay in the ATL quite like the hip East Atlanta queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
Ladies Lounge: Leo Bash gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor with DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 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 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? works its way through a weekly gay Latin night featuring stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, July 26
Bear Invasion (middle photo) returns with more hot, hairy, hunky beats in your pursuit for the hirsute. DJ David Knapp pumps the beat @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early for the Armorettes Follies charity show, 8 p.m.
Atlanta Rainbow Trout Beer Bust. The gay and gay-friendly swim club raises funds with bottomless beer and $1 Jell-O shots @ Frogs, 3 p.m.
Hotlanta Softball Atlanta Reign Beer Bust. Join this HSL team as they get ready for a Dallas jaunt with all-you-can-drink beer, raffles, shot options and food @ Flatiron, 4 p.m.
Free LGBT BBQ & Health Fair. Indulge in massage and barbecue while you get caught up on free medical services like B-12 shots and screenings for cholesterol, BMI, HIV and more with gay doc John Ouderkirk and his staff @ Piedmont Avenue Health & Wellness, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
John Q: “Take Me With You.” The queer artist collective comes together on their latest work, a two-channel video installation as part of the “Hearsay” exhibit @ KSU’s Zuckerman Museum of Art, 5 p.m. A new comprehensive catalog of their gay-ATL-infused past works will be available at the opening.
Atlanta DreamCourt Fundraising Gala welcomes basketball legend Nancy Lieberman, Hip Hop’s Khao Cates and you to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs to get their own basketball court. Mix and mingle @ Westside Cultural Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Guyton Maurice croons for fans, OTP this time @ Vena at Vinings, 8 p.m.
GLO with DJ Stan Jackson. Your glo sticks, glo tape and glo gear – even a special glo performance by Phoenix – light up the dance floor, and glo stations hook you up if you’re in need @ Jungle, 10 p.m. It's also customer appreciation night with $5 cover. Get started early with Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.
Circus So Gay puts the kings and queens on stage with a big-top theme, along with dance tunes ‘til the wee hours @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Synergy 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 Ben Baker 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, July 27
Backpack in the Park (bottom photo). You know what to do. Bring a school-supply-filled backpack or $30 donation for one buys you free brunch and open bar. It’s more garden party and less carnival games these days, but the crowd is sure to still love it @ Cator Woolford Gardens, 12 noon.
Hotlanta Softball League Commissioners Cup wraps the spring-summer season for ATL’s gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join them later for the Extra Innings Beer Bust for Atlanta Pride @ Oscars, 4 p.m.
“Gone with the Wind.” Just months before its 75th anniversary, the Atlanta-meets-Hollywood legend hits the big screen again @ Fox Theatre, 2 p.m.
Babes for Boobs puts food and drinks on Atlanta’s lesbian Sunday to raise funds for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Women come together @ Hobnob, 6 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.
The Armorettes presents the troupe’s weekly show on its continuing mission to bring campy bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.