Best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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It’s a weekend so flush with LGBT events that you’ll need a day off. No rest for the holiday weary as you hit more gay Atlanta traditions, art shows, concerts, fundraisers, and a Christmas party with every single gay group ever.

Friday, Dec. 13
Blane Bussey’s “Public Space” Exhibit with “Tossed Salad” Show (top photo). A new photography show by one of the “Legendary Children” shutterbugs highlights Atlanta drag. It debuts with a very special edition of the drag show starring Brigitte Bidet and other of Bussey’s subjects as part of an art-filled holiday party @ whitespace gallery, 7 p.m. There's way more to it.

Ria Riot! Queers, Punks, DJs, Eats! (second photo) celebrates the life of gay Atlanta’s favorite chef Ria Pell. The queer organizer, owner of Ria’s Bluebird and winning “Chopped” cook died suddenly last month to an outpouring of grief and sympathy. Now as she would have wanted, we party. Performance art, live music and spinmeisters @ Variety Playhouse, 7 p.m.

Our Song “Joyeaux” Concert presents the seasonal stylings of Atlanta’s mixed gay and lesbian chorus @ Druid Hills UMC, 8 p.m. Saturday show too at Clayton State.

“Ho Ho Home For the Holidays” and “Connie Sue Day Christmas” is the annual holiday music event with gay Atlanta’s own chanteuse Libby Whittemore. This year with humorist and performer Connie Sue Day @ Actor’s Express, 7:30 p.m. Runs through Dec. 22.

Bear Invasion (third photo). The hairy hotties return to sweat it out. DJ Doug Jackson and DJ Sean Mac are at the helm, and Atlanta Bucks Rugby are in the house @ Heretic, 10 p.m. It’s gonna get rurl hot, rurl fast. Like, this hot.

“Wonderment” features festive fine art in new works by three artists, as well as other original artwork under $500 for gifting in the gay-owned spaces @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

ARTvision 8 The Promise of Peace: Art Innovating Life returns to gay Atlanta as a fundraiser for Positive Impact. Original art for every pocketbook raises funds for the only organization in town devoted exclusively to the mental health of people with HIV. Drinks, nibbles and lots of art @ Stone Four Studios, 7 p.m.

“The Santaland Diaries” continues its 15th year with gay actor Harold Leaver channeling gay humorist David Sedaris as a snarky bitter department store elf @ Horizon Theatre, through Dec. 31. Look for these five hidden gay-ass pop culturegems.

The Other Show (fourth photo) puts another new spin on drag with the one-of-a-kind cast that always keeps it unique and interesting in the Jungle Room, this week with Kryean Kally @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Show up early for a camp classic and a great dinner and drinks menu during Dinner & A Movie, 7:30 p.m. Stick around after for SecretRoom Christmas Cosplay & Burlesque, 10:30 p.m.

Suited & Booted Christmas Gala brings together the gay men of color who flock to the upscale events of Wassup N ATL. Emcees, live performance by Phillip Michael Thomas and happy holigays @ Tantra Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge 2.0 gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of ladies with the TraxxGirls promoters, this week a holiday edition with Juice Box performing @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Check out our Ladies Lounge photos.

Paparazzi (fifth photo) is the monthly throwdown rolling out the red carpet for your grand entrance. Music, nibbles and photos by yet another “Legendary” photographer Jon Dean @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m.

Femme Fatale with Destiny Brooks and Justice Taylor puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m. This week, it's a special birthday celebration for Phoenix with “Drag Race” alums Detox and Raja. Find out how this Atlanta drag queen ages gracefully.

Charlie’s Angels rocks Midtown’s go-to bar. Join gay porn sexpert Charlie Harding (top photo, right) and a cast including Shawnna, Chavon, Niesha, Lateasha and legendary Lena @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

M4M Hardbody Revue 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? lays out its weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., this week with the Miss Atlanta Latina contest.


Saturday, Dec. 14
Atlanta Santa Speedo Run (sixth photo) strips gays and gals down to the bare essentials for a streak through the winter cold for charity. Pre-party and step-off @ Hudson Grille Midtown, 12 noon. Here are 17 bulging visions of Speedo Run to dance in your head. It's off-the-charts sexy.

Hotlanta Softball Jingle Ball Beer Bust gathers the local gay jocks for cocktails, shots, a grab bag raffle and a food drive to benefit Open Hand. Get with your gays @ Hideaway, 3 p.m.

Lost N Found Youth Volunteer Orientation welcomes those who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless LGBT teens and young adults @ Lost N Found Youth, 2 p.m. Background check and $10 processing fee required.

Doria Roberts and Urban Cannibals raises funds for Farm to Ear raises awareness and meals for Atlanta Community Food Bank with tunes by this lesbian artist and her peeps @ Red Light Café, 6:30 p.m. Doria’s all about some gay food justice.

“Serving Face” is Aubrey Longley-Cook’s ode to Atlanta drag queens in needlepoint (seventh photo). All the hip gays are going to see this one-of-a-kind artist getting seen by the scene at every turn. Join the fray @ Erikson Clock, a Goat Farm Art Center satellite, 7 p.m.

Our Song “Joyeaux” Concert presents the seasonal stylings of Atlanta’s mixed gay and lesbian chorus @ Clayton State University, Morrow, 8:15 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.

Hot Rod. The gay porn star (eighth photo) comes packing to a meet-greet-signing event for fans of his, um, talents @ Southern Nights Video, 7 p.m.

Candy Cane Holiday Party wants you and your red and white outfit to celebrate the holidays with the swanky lesbians, the sexy girl elves and DJ beats in the lesbian-owned space @ Campagnalo’s, 9 p.m.

Grind-Here is the in-person version of the singles night you have in your pants, er on your smartphone. DJ beats get the party started @ Mixx, 10 p.m.

P!nk: The Truth About Love brings the badass pop singer (ninth photo) back to town for another round of her latest tour. Get the party started @ Philips Arena, 8 p.m

Raw Talent: Turn About presents the kings and queens doing one-hit wonders with a turnabout twist for the latest challenge in the elimination competition for the title. Stay for the P!nk Afterparty @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DragXotic werqs Saturday night with a drag show headed by Nicole Luv Dupree. Go earlier for more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Synergy with Shawnna Brooks is the Saturday night show to rock your world @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

DJ Ralphi Rosario (10th photo) helms another amazing night of dancing with the Carioca party crew @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Free entry if you come early for dinner, drinks and suprises of Ruby Redd Birthday Bash show with her cast of misfit toys and special B-day surprises in the Jungle Room, 9 p.m.

Angie Stone lulls you into submission with a one-night-only performance of her incomparably smooth vocals @ The Loft, 11 p.m.

Divas Cabaret presents its latest drag-stravaganza for the surburban OTP gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.

DJ Abel All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from Jungle @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Dec. 15
Respect The Brunch (11th photo) is back, boys. This time, the cuties invade another eatery with bottomless specialty drinks, specialty tunes and the food you love to benefit Lost N Found Youth @ Cruzado, 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. Here’s why you betta respect it, and just how fun it gets.

Holiday Bazaar and Found Imagery Show features the kitschy-cool works of gay artist John Arge and original jewler Maria Viray for your holiday shopping pleasure. Keepsakes and gifts to remember, 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

AIDS Vaccine 200 Holiday Party gets the gay bikers for the annual event out of their spandex for brunch, drinks and a drive for the Ponce Clinic, 3 p.m.

Go Light Your World concert benefits AID Atlanta with an array of choral, vocal and instrumental holiday favorites to blow your mind. Local luminaries and big-name vocalists from other cities , plus the debut of gay local a cappella group Hair of the Dog (bottom photo).100 percent of proceeds go to the cause @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 3 p.m.

Jingle For The People lays out cocktails, bites and music with the gay partiers who follow GSpot Productions. Soirree and coat drive @ Stir It Up Midtown, 4 p.m.

Shavonna B is for Barbie Brooks Going Away Party says so long to the dynamic diva as she heads for the west coast. Fundraising show helps with her move @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Joining Hearts Wish List Party (bottom photo) is the annual holiday event to benefit next year’s giant gay charity pool party that you already don’t want to miss. Start thinking swimwear and a good cause as you bundle up @ a private residence, 6 p.m.

Harness spins its weekly T Dance web. Wear leather and/or go shirtless for a romp into the new week in the bckspce @ 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 Trailer Park Chritmas do up their popular weekly fundraising show. The venerable troupe of camp drag crazies with the mouths of sailors and the hearts of gold raise the roof and funds against HIV/AIDS. This week is their annual don’t-miss holiday mess @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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