The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Little extras that make gay events in Atlanta so awesome come out of summer incubation. Concerts, plays, movies, theme parties and more LGBT gatherings come together to beef up your weekend.

Friday, Sept. 19

Pump (top photo) pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Scroll down to see how Heretic is kicking your ass in gear on Saturday too.

“Elsewhere” Art Show opens as a solo exhibit by painter Kent Knowles in the gay-owned spaces @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

Amy Ray with Sean Rowe. The Indigo Girl and hometown favorite goes Country in her latest solo work, but fans know there’s nothing traditional about it. With an opening act and Eddie Owen as host, just let it take you over @ Red Clay Theater, Duluth, 8 p.m. Yup. We love her.

Roxie Watson puts the quintuple lesbian whammy on your alternagrass musical dreams. Get those toes a-tappin’ to the sweet harmony @ Steve’s Live Music, Sandy Springs, 8 p.m. These gals come pre-approved.

“Cinema 16, May 1950” screens the original work shown in the titular year by the titular alternative film society. Gay-run Film Love shows you what all the fuss was about @ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 7 p.m.

The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

“Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne. Even before gay marriage became “everything,” this play by gay Atlanta’s own was workshopping locally. After big doings up the coast, it’s back. Follow two 1950s couples who aren’t as they appear – the husbands are married to each other, as are the wives. Hilarity and real issues ensue @ Process Theatre. Runs Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Oct. 4.

“Love is Strange” continues with the tale of an elderly gay couple played by Hollywood heavy hitters John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. Get to this highly acclaimed movie on a limited local run @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, through Sept. 25. Phipps Plaza too.

Ladies Lounge: Virgo Party gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 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.

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Shawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Men’s Night lets you in on the show and specials that get all the OTP gays rockin @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m.

Got Leche? amps up the weekly gay Latin night featuring stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.,


Saturday, Sept. 20

Showoff Underwear Party (middle photo) takes your clothes off and dazzles the guys with your special out-of-the-house skivvies. Show us your underwear with DJ Karlito @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District show, 9 p.m.

Red Dress Party. The annual party with the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual indulgence finds you in a red frock of any iteration to benefit the MISTER Center of Positive Impact. This year, find a “Masquerade en Rouge” theme, DJ Freeballin and singer Norwood @ Amsterdam Café, 9 p.m. You know it’s gonna be good.

“Journey to the Land of Angels” with Sophia Moon. The author reads from and discusses her work about a young woman’s journey to herself via mental illness, homelessness and a priceless adventure. Cozy up with the lesbian feminists @ Charis Books & More, 1 p.m.

Best of Atlanta Comedy with Ian Aber. Gay Atlanta’s favorite comedian is a featured in this nine-comic standup show with each artist doing their best 10 minutes. Laughing Skull hosts @ Hardrock Café, 8 p.m.

Armorettes Follies is the backroom burlesque of camp drag craziness with every dollar tipped going directly to fight HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. Be prepared for anything @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

H2Hoe splashes its way away from summer in a swimsuit party that can only be described as madness. Serve poolside realness with the Bedlam party people @ Wetbar-W Atlanta Downtown, 9 p.m.

Glow Party turns out the lights, turns up the neon and strips down the Glow-go boys for your entertainment to benefit AIDS Walk. The LemonAIDS team plays host @ Ten Atlanta, 9 p.m.

DJ Joe Gauthreaux brings his sexy back to Atlanta with beats for your feets. Move them on down the road and get with your boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

The Cheaters – an all-women cover band made up of members of Halcyon and Someday Souvenir – hit Atlanta for the first time to headline the shenanigans at East Atlanta’s lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9: 30 p.m. Yup, it’s Atlanta Pride Night, too.

Marietta Pride. Rather than a one-day superfest, this year’s North Georgia Rainbow Coalition celebration is a two-month fandango of Saturday nights. Get with the OTP gays for a fest nonetheless @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9:30 p.m. They need you. Because homophobia.

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.

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 Rodolfo Bravat 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.  He knows how to hit Atlanta’s sweet spot.


Sunday, Sept. 21

Drag Gospel Brunch lays bare the wares of the Sisters of Sequins. Bubba D. Licious (bottom photo) corrals the gurlz @ Lips, 12:15 doors, 1:30 p.m. show. Can't get up that early? The big last-splash Joining Hearts Check Presentation & Lips One-Year Anniversary goes down at tea time, 6 p.m.

AIDS Walk Beer Bust. The Country-steppin’ fancy footwork of LGBT Dance Atlanta will move in the AIDS Walk next month, but not before raising some donations with bottomless beer, shot specials and raffle prizes @ Joe’s On Juniper, 1 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, 9 p.m.


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