The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer. Everywhere you go, humidity and heat say it’s time for shorts and a slate of LGBTQ events. Weigh your options on the weekly Queer Agenda calendar.

Friday, May 18

Guys & Dolls (top photo). Pretty bartenders and even prettier drag queens @ Ten, 10 p.m.

Prom 2.0. Get a do-over on this quintessential dance, and give to AID Atlanta in West Midtown @ Accent Waterworks, 6 p.m.

‘Anything.’ A widower forms a complicated relationship with a transgender sex worker played by gay actor Matt Bomer @ Plaza Theatre, all week.

Sordid Lives Closing Weekend. Del Shores’ classic gay play gets an African-American twist @ Out Front Theatre, through May 20. Read our interviews.

Friday Night Lights. Sports on all the screens of Atlanta’s gay sports bar @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

The Other Show: Country Edition. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

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

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

DJ Ron Pullman & Mr. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night get the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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 Night. Get your LGBTQ 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, May 19

Purple Dress Run (middle photo). The gay rugby squad of Atlanta Bucks dons purple drag for their annual bar hop. Steps off from Frogs, 12 noon.

AV200. The AIDS Vaccine riders hop on their bikes and cycle across Georgia to benefit Emory Vaccine Center @ Emory School of Medicine, 8 a.m.

Flag Football. The gridiron gays of National Flag Football League of Atlanta hit the fields @ Franklin Gateway Sports Complex, Marietta, 9 a.m.

Rainbros Park Cleanup. The space named for late gay activist Ray Kluka needs a hand, and the gay male social group needs you @ Ray Kluka Memorial Park, 9 a.m. Sunday too.

Atlanta Pride Family Fun Day. Kids of all ages make it family-friendly. Painting, yoga, games and food make it fun @ Glenn Lake Park, 11 a.m.

Loser #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 scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Miss HSL. The reigning Miss Hotlanta Softball League Marsha Dimes hits the stage with this year's contestants for her crown @ Lips, 1 p.m.

AQLF Book Club: Rubyfruit Jungle. Rita Mae Brown’s classic lesbian novel with Atlanta Queer Literary Festival folks @ Ponce Library, 3 p.m.

Hotlanta Volleyball Beer Bust. Before they hit the nationals next week, it’s fundraising and bottomless brews @ Woofs, 4 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. 

Metrognomes Spring Swing. The LGBTQ stage band plays swing music for dancing @ Midtown Grille, 7 p.m.

College Night & Midnight Hazing. Kyra Mora brings all the boys to her yard, 9 p.m., then Celeste Holmes and her sexy frat boys initiate pledges, 12 midnight @ Midtown Tavern.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

DJ Jasmine Infiniti. On-fire guest DJ helps Vicki Powell’s Deep South throw down NYC hotness in ATL @ The Music Room, 10 p.m.

ManShaft: Military Edition. Ten…hut! DJ Diablo Rojo wants to dance away your uniformed masculine archetypes @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

DJ Eric & Purple Dress Run Wrap Party kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

WackedOut BlackOut. Black lights are up, neon paints are on, and this glow-in-the-dark party is lit @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Out of Bounds with DJ Victor Calderone. The circuit party legend hits ATL to pump dance beats for the Alley Cat Music Club @ Okami Event Center, 10 p.m.

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

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.


Sunday, May 20

‘A Very Sordid Wedding’ with Del Shores (bottom photo) In conjunction with his local Sordid Lives reboot, playwright Del Shores first attends a screening of his recent sequel, 3 p.m., then presents his one-man show, Six Characters In Search of a Play @ Out Front Theatre Company, 7 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball League. The pitchers and catchers of the gay league gather to play @ Johnson Park, 9 a.m. Extra Innings Margarita Bust follows @ Ten, 4 p.m.

Fairway to Equality. Join HRC Atlanta for clubs in the club of a different kind @ Cross Creek Golf Club, 9 a.m. Breakfast before, “Tee” Dance after.

Rainbros Park Cleanup. The space named for late gay activist Ray Kluka needs a hand, and the gay male social group needs you @ Ray Kluka Memorial Park, 9 a.m. Sunday too.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens, and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drench ATL. DJs Neon the Glowgobear and Ron Pullman set the scene by the pool with the GagaPAC people @ W Atlanta Downtown, 1 p.m.

Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Southern Fried Queer Pride. Join the alternafest planning meeting @ Aurora Coffee, 3 p.m.

Atlanta United Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 3 p.m. You can also watch the match on TV at Woofs, 7 p.m.

Drag Brunch Theatre 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.

NFFLA Beer Bust. The teams of National Flag Football of Atlanta pour bottomless beers for $10 @ Woofs, 4 p.m. Players also invite you to volunteer for the homeless, 9:30 a.m.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. Sunday Funday continues the weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks, 3 p.m., then High Tea with today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

AV200 Closing Ceremonies & Wrap Party. The AIDS Vaccine riders hop on their bikes and cycle across Georgia to benefit Emory Vaccine Center @ Emory School of Medicine, 4 p.m.

Chaka Khan Hacienda. It’s back for summer! Multiple DJs and vendors for your Sunday soiree-ness @ 8ARM, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows, now in a new home bar @ Oscar's, 8 p.m. Soon, they’re headed across the parking lot back to Old Burkhart’s, new Midtown Moon.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes all in @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.


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