The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You’ve bided your time all week. The wait is over. Make plans for your big gay Friday through Sunday with Atlanta’s favorite list of options for LGBT community, arts, sports and bar events.

Friday, Aug. 16
Madonna-Rama! is the annual must-attend free-for-all celebrating the Material Girl’s birthday (top photo). DJ Diablo Rojo works her popular and obscure music and videos; you work her many splendored looks for the costume contest. Dress up, get down and prepare for a supersized freakshow that this year includes the Glitz queens @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

“Strong!” screens to benefit Atlanta Pride with its star, Olympic “strongest woman in the world” and Atlanta lesbian Cheryl Haworth (second photo, right). The documentary chronicles her journey toward the 2008 Olympics and personal struggles with what feminine looks like @ CrossFit Midtown, 7 p.m.

ACT UP Atlanta Film Festival: “United in Anger” opens two days of movies to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Local founders and footage, screening of “United in Anger” and a reminder that the anger and commitment are not over @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. – midnight. Saturday screens “How to Survive a Plague” and discussion.

Heretic Sharks Sendoff Beer Bust & Raffle Party sends best wishes with the 2013 Hotlanta Softball League team (third photo) as they head to the Gay Softball World Series. Bottomless beer goes into you, and proceeds go into their travel fund. Raffle prizes include an iPad and Braves box seats @ Heretic, 8 p.m. Don’t miss our season wrap party pics.

Bedlam: Pajama PillowPow Party sees the return of the insanity that is the Bedlam event series. Bring you own pillow for the pillow fight, serve bedtime realness, and get ready for the ultimate pajama party with DJ Shane V and surprise performances @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Here’s what it looks like when they crank up the crazy.

Jen Kober brings the comedy. The lesbian headliner (fourth photo) rocks a show to make you laugh your way into the weekend @ Laughing Skull Lounge, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows, too.

Dinner & A Movie: “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” kicks off Jungle’s Friday with Jaye Lishe and some great food and drink specials in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sit. Stay. It’s time for The Other Show with Edie Cheezburger and her cast of crazies and special guests, this week including Drag King Devin Liquor, 9:30 p.m.

BanjeeGirl Friday gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and all the ladies you can handle with the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

FUR drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party, this week with the beats of DJ Duo Travis & Eric @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Mr. Hotter Than Hell Party includes the Mr. Hotter Than Hell Atlanta underwear contest (fifth photo). The Fab Five cast hosts, Fireball Whiskey sponsors, and you get spicy barbecue, shows, contestants and general setting the night on fire @ Burkhart’s, 6 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Contest at midnight. Could it get even hotter than this?

Got Leche? celebrates the weekend each and every Friday with Atlanta’s weekly gay Latin night, this week including the fourth round of La Panochas Drag Race @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17
Love Is Love Campaign Photo Shoot (sixth photo) invites you and yours to help launch a cultural push for marriage equality. Kinda like NOH8, your solo, couple and group pictures say, “Hey, bitches! We deserve a legal marriage option!” Your fee to ACLU gets your pic by local luminary Laurie Edward and your place in history @ Ten, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Piedmont Park Arts & Crafts Festival returns to draw the gays out to play with 200 arts vendors as well as live entertainment and food. It all comes at you from the gay couple running the year-round park fests of Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces @ Piedmont Park, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. View our photos from last time and the time before that.

ACT UP Atlanta Film Festival: “How To Survive A Plague” continues discussions and movies to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Local founders and footage, screening of “How to Survive A Plague,” and a reminder that the anger and commitment are not over @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Brewing For Equality sits and sips over the state of marriage equality in Georgia and across the country. Get your coffee on with the people of Love Under Fire and other LGBT interests @ Starbucks on Peachtree, 7 p.m.

Brian Sharp Live Music Showcase puts the local gay singer and well-loved cop and Country crooner (seventh photo) on stage in a high-profile contest with other talented musicians. Hear selections from his new album live and see what all the fuss is about @ Hard Rock Café, 4 p.m .- 9 p.m. Go buy tickets now.

Roxie Watson is Atlanta’s gay-inclusive alternagrass girl group that draws lesbians like a magnet up to Dahlonega. They perform on a bill with Brian Perry @ Red Clay Theatre, Dahlonega, 8 p.m.

Miss Atlanta Rising Diva 2013 puts the queens through their paces for the title and the crown. Get ready for anything with umpteen entertainers and contestants, all corralled by Celeste Holmes @ Le Buzz, Marietta, 8 p.m.

MSR 17th Anniversary: GLO (eighth photo) turns down the lights, cranks up the neon glow and celebrates the longest-running lesbian bar in the Southeast. Women who love women, shows, specials and surprises all night long @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Here’s exactly how rowdy they get.

Jen Kober brings the comedy. The lesbian headliner rocks a show to make you laugh. Local gay comic Ian Aber hits the stage as part of the fun @ Laughing Skull Lounge, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday early show, too.

DJ Shane Stiel’s Haus of Stiel (ninth photo) tears you a new one with butch beats, while special guest Grace Towers lays kunt kink on you for a night you won’t soon forget @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Here’s how hot, hunky and hairy Stiel made Heretic last time. And at his ATL debut.

Ruby’s Redd Light District puts the foul-mouthed hostess, great food, cocktails and a diverse cast together in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9 p.m. You’re just getting started. Move into the main room for VINYL, this week’s party at Atlanta’s best gay dance club with DJs Rob Reum, Kerry Hall and Lydia Prim and guest appreciation prices all night @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Just keep your dancing feet moving on over to the DJ Erez Ben Ishay All-Nighter Afterparty with the Israeli music mastermind (10th photo) @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Atlanta Bucks Bar Night offers shots and ruggers tending bar so you can get up close and personal with the burly studs of the local gay rugby team. They’re raising money for the Bingham Cup in Sydney, so be generous @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Extravaganza Show is the weekly fabulosity with blonde and beautiful Shavonna B. Brooks and cast @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.


Sunday, Aug. 18
Piedmont Park Arts Festival (bottom photo) returns with 200 artists and crafts workers as well as live entertainment from the gay couple running the year-round events of Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces @ Piedmont Park, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Jen Kober brings the comedy. The lesbian headliner rocks the mic to make you laugh @ Laughing Skull Lounge, 7 p.m.

Harness lays down a “No Shirt, No Cover” party to shake up your Sunday. Strap in and strap up because it’s that kind of a night in the new bckspce @ Jungle, 6 p.m. – midnight.

The Armorettes do their weekly camp drag thing for charity in their ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each time. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

Love is Love photo by Laurie Edward Photography


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