The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The weekday crazies have you all pent up. Let it all go. Atlanta’s best LGBT calendar is full of the cure for what ails you. Local gay events lay galas, guests, movies, music and more at your feet.

Friday, Aug. 23
AGLCC Community Awards Dinner (top photo) honors local LGBT business people with trophies, speeches, dinner and an auction during the annual gala hosted by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce @ Intercontinental Buckhead, 7 p.m. Here’s how fancy and fun that gets each year.

Bloomingdales AmFar Fashionable Fundraiser features in-store sales for the beloved charity, plus the Sing For Your Life finalists on the mic, as well as DJ Merr1n @ Bloomies, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click the event name for more info and a 15% off coupon.

The Other Show XXXL with Amanda Lepore (second photo) stages the second installment of a supersized, superstar-infused version of the weekly drag free-for-all, this time with the plastic fantastic of Lepore @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Meet-and-greet after the show includes beats by DJ King Atlas. Here’s how frothed up Lady Bunny got the crowd at last month’s XXXL debut.

Civil Rights Movie Nights: “The Great Debaters.” The LGBT social justice group Love Under Fire meets to enjoy meaningful movies, this week, the Forrest Whitaker classic followed by rich discussion @ Saint Mark UMC, 7 p.m.

“Godless Americana” with Sikivu Hutchinson. The author presents her book and views on a white evangelist backlash against advances in race, religion, feminism and LGBT rights in the lesbian-run space @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Live-Local brings a new party to downtown with gay promoter Barry Brandon, singers Amber Renee and Josette, much of the Bedlam party crew, and DJ Merr1n (third photo) @ Drinkshop @ W Atlanta Downtown, 9 p.m. Saturday afternoon and well into Saturday night, too.

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.

Bitch Please! Party blows out summer in East Atlanta with DJ Ree de la Vega and DJ Fluff with hijinx in the upstairs Boozy Cougar Lounge @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

FUR: Cher Release Party drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party, this week with the beats of DJ Mike Pope (fourth photo) and Cher giveaways @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

The Fab Five brings down the house with its weekly drag revue of glamazons led by Angelica D’Paige @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Got Leche? La Panochas Drag Race Finale celebrates the weekend each and every Friday with Atlanta’s weekly gay Latin night, this week including crowning the winner of their drag elimination competition with Miss Vittz @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24
College Football Kickoff Margarita Bust (fifth photo). Fans can enjoy the start of SEC football with the gay teams of the National Flag Football League of Atlanta. Bottomless margaritas and hot gay jocks @ Zocalo, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. That’s how they roll.

HIV 101 teaches the basics of the disease, its treatments, and how to avoid it, followed by a pizza break and “How to speak HIV” Outreach 101. Both @ MISTER Center, 12 noon and 2 p.m.

Queen of the EAV Strut Cotillion & T-Dance is Mary’s contribution to the annual all-day East Atlanta neighborhood festival. Get with your gays for this beer bust, show and dance, then start your EAV Strut bar crawl @ Mary’s, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Ready 4 Hope Bear-B-Que with DJ Vicki Powell (sixth photo) lays down the beats and the eats for a cookout to benefit AIDS Walk Atlanta. Bottomless beer and food for your donation to the cause, plus a raffle to hit the Ready For Hope Lake Lanier cruise next month. Funds and fun are raised @ Atlanta Eagle, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Live-Local Poolside continues the party from the night before with DJ Merr1n, drink specials and a pool party @ Wetbar W Atlanta Downtown, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Stay put and keep it going: Live-Local by Pool, by Night includes DJ John-Michael, a fashion show and photography, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Melissa Ferrick (seventh photo) rocks the house during two shows with opening act and special guest Sara Rachele @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The HoSho benefits Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus with drag queens you’ve never seen plus some favorites to light up the stage with truly great real-voice performances and a tragically trashy perspective @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Sit tight for Ruby’s Redd Light District with its foul-mouthed hostess, great food, cocktails and a diverse cast in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9 p.m.

Owen McCord Wins! Party & Show welcomes back Atlanta’s own National King Entertainer of the Year. Kings galore hit the stage after the club's monthly queer comedy show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Alain Jackinsky (eighth photo) makes his Atlanta debut with beats worthy of Atlanta’s very best gay dance party and very best gay dance floor @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m.

Just keep your dancing feet moving on over to the DJ Twisted Dee All-Nighter with the dancing until dawn @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

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


Sunday, Aug. 25
Dixie Invitational Beer Bust brings the teams of Atlanta’s gay bowling league together after the pins fall for all the food, beer, shots and surprises you can handle @ Woofs, 4:30 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, this week with DJ Pat Scott, in the new bckspce @ Jungle, 6 p.m. – midnight.

Armorettes New Cast Reveal Show introduces the newest members of the decades-old camp drag troupe (bottom photo) doing their thing against HIV/AIDS. This week’s show to remember is hosted by Shavonna B. Brooks @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

Life Up Atlanta: “The Wiz” screens the Diana Ross-Michael Jackson classic with dinner to boot at this local LGBT group’s movie night @ Rush Center, 7 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.


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