The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The last three-day holiday weekend until Easter packs a gay punch for MLK Day in Atlanta. Parties, performances, mixers, meetings and more LGBTQ events keep you busy through Monday.

Friday, Jan. 12

'Winter Pride' MLK Weekend (top photo). The annual slate of reverence and revelry puts the LGBTQ-ATL into MLK @ Multiple venues all over town. Check out our full MLK calendar in Q magazine.

MAAP Mix & Mingle. The LGBT business owners and leaders of Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals gather for their first networking mixer of the year @ Ten Atlanta, 6 p.m.

Frisky Monkey. The synth pop sounds of this gay-inclusive duo rock the house @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 8 p.m.

Kristy Lee. One of the most powerful voices in the South calls to mind long gone blues belters, Southern soul shouters and gospel divas. What’s left? Just you during this intimate performance @ Eddie’s Attic, 9 p.m.

Flannel Friday. Show this weather how male archetypes dress @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party launches your weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Boys Room. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Musical Freedom gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens in Femme Fatale @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar. Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 13

Rise. DJ Cindel (second photo) brings a whole new level of man-to-man dance @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Winter Pride MLK Weekend. The annual slate of reverence and revelry puts the LGBTQ-ATL into MLK @ Multiple venues all over town. Check out our packed MLK calendar in Q magazine.

Advocacy Training. If you are ready to let your legislators hear from you, learn how with Georgia Equality. The statewide lobby group needs volunteers to spread the LGBTQ word, and they’re here to get you there @ Rush Center, 1 p.m.

Paula Poundstone. Standup comics come and go, but staying power is rare with the laughs at a whole other level. This quirky, cool, smart comedian brings “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” to Atlanta @ Buckhead Theatre, 7 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Armorettes Anniversary, Part 1. An extravaganza to celebrate 39 years of camp drag for charity, with former and current cast members @ Heretic, 8 p.m. Sunday at Burkhart’s too.

Falcons & NFFLA. The local flag football gays hold a registration party with games and specials while the local guys go head to head in NFL playoff action on the big screens @ Henry’s, 8 p.m. And you better believe the gay football fans are watching the playoffs all day @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you loved at the weekly Jungle show have a new home @ Ten, 9:30 p.m.

DJ Richard Megamix kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

David Bowie Night. VJ Anthony plays the hits from your glory days by the grandpappy of them all @ Amsterdam, 10 p.m.

Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. 

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

DJ ‘Twisted’ Dee Martello Afterhours. Never stop shaking your ass, afterhours @ Xion (inside BJ Roosters), 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Jan. 14

Armorettes Anniversary, Part 2 (third photo). An extravaganza to celebrate 39 years of camp drag for charity, with former and current cast members continues @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

Winter Pride MLK Weekend. The annual slate of reverence and revelry puts the LGBTQ-ATL into MLK @ Multiple venues all over town. Check out our packed MLK calendar in Q magazine.

NFL Playoffs. Size up the Falcons’ competition with the big games on screen @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Midtown Rouge. First it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday Tea. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten. Low-Tea vocal tracks, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. High Tea today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 15

Rustin-Lorde Breakfast (bottom photo). The LGBT contingent attending in the annual Atlanta march eat up first with speakers and specials @ Loudermilk Center, 10 a.m. Read our packed LGBT-MLK calendar in the current issue of Q magazine.

Maysa. This voice is going to slay you. Now just pepper it with singer, songwriter and storyteller, and you will thank her for the privilege. It’s a perfect MLK Day wrap party @ City Winery, 7 p.m.


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