Big Wig party on Saturday: How big is ‘Big’?

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Don a wig and dress to thrill. Everybody’s doing it for Saturday’s Big Wig fundraiser for Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus at Kai Lin Art. Bigger is better this year, and they’re ready to ply you with drinks, food, dancing and prizes.

Some queens have been planning their headdresses for weeks, and based on last year’s event (photos), believe us when we say that anything goes at Big Wig. Feel free to grab that natty old thing you wore a few Halloweens ago, or as the name suggests, go big.

imageAfter 29 years of giving gay Atlanta a good name with concerts throughout the year at home and performances across the U.S. and abroad, the Chorus lets its hair down… er, puts its hair on—oh you know what we mean!—for this party that raises funds to support its ongoing mission: “To entertain, educate and connect audiences and members through music that is distinguished for its creativity, diversity and artistic excellence.”

That includes last month’s “Georgia On Our Minds” tour of the whole state. On the fly and with big hearts, the homecoming shows in Atlanta honored Derrick Martin, the Cochran, Ga., teen who won the right to bring his boyfriend to prom only to be kicked out by his parents. Check out our photos from that night.

imageYour Big Wig ticket is $25 in advance, $30 at the door if you’re wearing a wig, and $35 if you’re not. Bitch, put on a damn wig, because that buys complimentary beer, wine and mixed drinks, dancing, hors d’oeuvres by top Atlanta chefs, and free entry to the afterparty at Jungle.

As if that weren’t enough, you also get your shot at raffles for gift certificates, hotel accommodations, and arts tickets.

But Big Wig begs more questions, so chorus member and event chair Christopher Repotski gave us all the answers about the “Big” night.

Project Q Atlanta: It’s called the Big Wig. As any gay man wants to know in any situation, how big is “Big”? You know, when it comes to the wigs, of course?
Repotski: Depends on whether your talking about length or girth. It’s a personal choice I think. And I am talking about wigs!

What’s the biggest one you’ve ever seen? Wig, that is. Or the craziest one? Or the most creative?
We weren’t sure what to expect last year, but we have a lot of creative people in Atlanta! The biggest one we saw last year was probably 2-3 feet tall.

There was even a wig with a sling built into it! People keep talking about the work they are putting into them this year, and we can’t wait to see what people come up with.

And how big is “Big” when it comes to the event itself?
Last year, we were very pleased with attendance of around 200. This year, we are expecting around 300-350, and we are pleased to be partnering with the Kai Lin Art Gallery as the host venue.

We will have light food and a very open bar. Prizes will be awarded, and to round everything out, we have Chris Griswold back as resident DJ for the Big Wig.

And finally, how big is “Big” in what the event means to AGMC?
“Big” when it comes to a chorus full of gay men?! Seriously though, “The Big Wig Party” started out last year as something a few of us wanted to do to throw a fun party to benefit the chorus.

It exceeded all of our wildest expectations and within one year, has become one of the most anticipated events of the season. Needless to say, this party is huge for us. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to benefit the AGMC.

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus’ Big Wig takes place Saturday at Kai Lin Art, 8 p.m. Buy your tickets online now.


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