Don’t look now, but Atlanta’s holi-gays are here. Starting now and like it or not, LGBT Atlanta events start to catch up to those pesky red- and snow- themed TV ads. Parties, plays, performances and plenty of non-seasonal stuff as well make your season bright.
Friday, Nov. 22
“The Santaland Diaries” (top photo) returns in its 15th year with gay actor Harold Leaver channeling gay humorist David Sedaris as a snarky bitter department store elf @ Horizon Theatre, five nights a week with some bonus performances through Dec. 31.
“Kill Your Darlings” (second photo) opens with “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe all grown up and taking it up the bum as gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Great movie and a realistic gay sex scene @ Midtown Art Cinema and LeFont Sandy Springs, all week. Read our preview.
ReImagination 2 opens the second series in this “night of art, imagination, music and dance” to benefit Open Hand, a gay Atlanta favorite meals project for critically ill patients. Get up, get down to the gay-owned spaces @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.
Bears Thanksgiving Dinner. Bring a covered dish to share with this bear-y hairy potluck. Turkey provided by Southern Bears @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.
“Deathtrap” continues the classic mystery play of deception, comedy and murder with the big gay twist. Do it up through Nov. 24 @ Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 8 p.m.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (third photo) bring their whole entourage of “Same Love” supporters to the suburbs for one night only with openers Talib Kweli and BIG K.R.I.T. @ Gwinnet Arena, 7:30 p.m. We hold out hope they'll do their “Thrift Shop” thing with our local LGBT fave.
Dinner & A Movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” kicks off Jungle’s weekend with Jaye Lishe, a different screening each week, and great menu specials in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sit. Stay. It’s time for your singular drag cabaret experience The Other Show … and Then Some with its one-of-a-kind cast, 9:30 p.m.
Tony Jackson: Vignettes is the exhibit of latest works by the local artist with a unique vision of classic themes and expressive process. Get an eyeful, or get your own and 50 percent of your purchase price goes directly to your hosts @ the MISTER Center, 7 p.m.
Helping Hands brings artsy gays together for a cause. At the behest of musician, man-about-town and Bedlam party organizer Barry Brandon, come enjoy performances and specials with proceeds to the victims to victims of the Philippines typhoon @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m.
Quincenera: Mary’s 15th Anniversary. The little gay dive bar that could – and did, winning best gay bar in America more than once – parties like it’s 1998 with specials, performances, a horrible dress theme for quince anos, and musical throwbacks to relive all your good times (fourth photo) @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
Customer Appreciation Fridays includes the Friday Night Live divas show for the OTP gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.
Leather United brings together disparate leather and BDSM communities to reconnect in solidarity over knocks the last few years. Come make new magic happen @ Atlanta Eagle, 9:30 p.m.
Charlie’s Angels rocks Midtown’s go-to bar. Join gay porn sexpert Charlie Harding (third photo) and a cast including Shawnna, Chavon, Niesha, Lateasha and legendary Lena @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.
Jeffrey Self (fifth photo) of gay comedy duo “Jeffrey & Cole” and his own “My Life on the Craigslist” returns to Atlanta with two late night performances, one tonight and one Saturday @ Actor's Express, 11 p.m. Update: Canceled.
FUR drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party, this week with DJs Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early with the new weekly Bear Bust with bottomless brew, 7 p.m.
Ladies Lounge 2.0: Food Drive gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and all the ladies you can handle with the TraxxGirls promoters, this week a non-perishable food item gets you in free @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
The Fab Five drag revue puts the glamazons on display each week hosted by Angelica D’Paige. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.
Got Leche? lays out its weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Beekman Boys Live lets you get up close and personal with the reality TV, cooking and “Amazing Race” winning gay couple (sixth photo) and their second best-selling cookbook “Heirloom Desserts” @ Morningside Farmer’s Market, all morning. Then get set for Beekman Boys Cooking Class @ Ansley Cook’s Warehouse, 1 p.m. Read our Beekman Boys interview.
80s vs. 90s puts it all out there for local lesbians to revisit their heydays, whichever decade that was. Get with the show hosted by Shaun Daniels and crew @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Early Country & Late Night Dance offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down, then DJ Mike Pope picks up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.
“A Sordid Soiree” stars Leslie Jordan (seventh photo) and Del Shores cracking you up with their life stories of love, loss and Hollywood to benefit AID Atlanta @ 14th Street Playhouse, 7 p.m. Read our Leslie Jordan interview.
Panther L/L Toy Drive puts the gay Leather and Levis into the holiday season at this annual bar night event to benefit local children’s charities @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Grind-Here is the in-person version of the singles night you have in your pants, er on your smartphone. DJ beats and drag get the party started @ Mixx, 10 p.m.
Renaissance Weekend Pageants competes for seven drag and gender titles over two nights. Reigning Celeste Holmes (eighth photo) turns over the Miss Renaissance crown, and that’s just the beginning. Saturday and Sunday @ Holiday Inn Select Capitol Conference Center, 7 p.m. Watch their video preview.
DragXotic werqs Saturday night in show headed by Nicole Luv Dupree. Go earlier for more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
Divas Cabaret presents its latest drag-stravaganza for the surburban OTP gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.
DJ Eddie Martinez (ninth photo) turns it out for the dancing queens with his “Best DJ” title from Out magazine in tow. Come let this NY-based hunk spin you right round like a record @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Come early for dinner, drinks and the cast and special guests of Ruby’s Redd Light District show in the Jungle Room, 9 p.m. Here's how Eddie Martinez makes gay Atlanta hot.
Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.
DJ Eddie Elias All Nighter romps you all the way to dawn. Just down from Jungle, the wee hours get wild with this New York spin master @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24
Gospel Brunch with Leslie Jordan and Del Shores (bottom photo) brings the “Sordid” sissies together one more time with their Atlanta fans to benefit AID Atlanta. Mimosas or bloody marys, food, a show and their company are included @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. These two guys are a mess – in the best way.
Out On Film Thank You Party celebrates the successes of this year’s LGBT film festival, screens some of its great shorts, makes plans for next year and best of all says thank you to the audiences and sponsors that made it happen @ Rush Center, 5 p.m. OOF’s own Daniel Radcliffe is bottoming in Atlanta again.
Smirnoff Hunks Fun-raiser invites you to ogle the merchandise as gay Atlanta’s favorite models show off to raise money for their Santa Speedo Run team @ Blake’s, 5 p.m.
Harness spins its weekly T Dance web. Wear leather and/or go shirtless for a romp into the new week in the bkspace @ Jungle, 6 p.m.
Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each week. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.
Armorettes Glamp! presents the popular weekly fundraising show that mixes the troupe of camp crazies with the beauties you always expect to find working it @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.