The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The heat is on, but the LGBT events are cool. Stop simply surviving summer and thrive with shows, sports, special guests and soirees that say, “It may be scorching, but I am on fire!”

Friday, Aug. 7

Atlanta Bucks Season Kickoff Party (top photo). The gay rugby jocks gather to down some drinks, celebrate a fall full of burlyman sports, and get to know each other @ Ten, 8 p.m.

“Love Marks The Spot.” What’s a high-end art opening without a reception? Sip wine while artworks on love woo you in the gay-owned spaces @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

“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 returns to Atlanta @ Plaza Theater, through Aug. 14. 

“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. Run extended through Aug. 22.

Guerilla Queer Bar. The Welcoming Committee continues its mission to invade straight bars guerilla-style. This month, serve them a tall glass of your fabulous LGBT-ness @ CosmoLava Lounge (45 13th St NE), 9 p.m.

MSR Grand Re-Opening Weekend. The Ladies Lounge that gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women has moved. Check out the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

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 Sean Mac @ Heretic, 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.

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.

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, Aug. 8

DJ Escape. The sexy gay circuit DJ makes Atlanta’s hot summer cool @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Seems like only yesterday he was heating up gay Atlanta’s winter (middle photo). Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks Rugby 101. The last training practice before the games begin for Atlanta’s gay rugby team. Hone your skills @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 10 a.m.

Drag Makeup 102 with Mary Edith Pitts. Learn techniques or brush up on your face-painting skills with a local favorite @ Atlanta Costume, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball End of Season Party. The boys and girls of summer say bon voyage to their Gay Softball World Series teams and bid Atlanta’s gay softball season adieu @ Heretic, 3 p.m.

All-Request #Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Ladylike Finale Party. This group photography exhibit closes with a reception for the latest drag-gender-queer-inspired work by gay and gay-friendly Atlanta artists Jon Dean, Sunni Johnson, Sara Keith, Austin Frantz and Blake England @ Eyedrum, 7 p.m.

Fiona Zedde’s ‘Bliss’ 10th Anniversary. It’s been a decade since this local lesbian lovely hit the literary jackpot with this erotic tale. She’s moved out and up, but she’s back to party with her homebase ladies @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the line-dancing, two-stepping gays @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

MSR Grand Re-Opening Weekend. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party and show has moved. Check out the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 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 self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s 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. Now in Midtown @ 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 Eric 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, Aug. 9

Marina’s LGBT Comedy Cruise (bottom photo). Three lesbian comics and their drag queen host swoop into town to make your day. Marina LaSarah, Paulina Cornbow, Kelly Collette and Bunny make you laugh @ the Hangar, 7 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks Awards Brunch. Even as they kick off their fall season, the gay rugby jocks toast their winners. Brunch buffet and cash bar for any and all players, fans and supporters @ Publik Draft House, 12 noon.

Dixie Bowling Welcome Back Bowl. Knock down some pins with the folks already planning next Easter’s gay bowling invitational @ Funtime Bowl Northeast, 1 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. 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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