Let the recreation begin! You work hard for the money, so spend some of it on rest and relaxation that only LGBT Atlanta events can provide. Check out these options to get your gay on.
Friday, May 20
Viva! (top photo) Out on Film endorses the return of this deeply touching drag movie about a backstage boy with dreams of the stage @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week.
Yesterday Calling. This throwback band covers the classics you love as you wind into your weekend @ Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
Lez Talk. Discussion this time is all about black lesbian fiction @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.
DM and the Family. The queer-inclusive musical group led by Dylan Michael takes the stage @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 8 p.m.
Beyonce Séance. The Baddest Bitch party with Ella Saurus Rex goes all Beyonce on you @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
Masquerade Birthday Ball. Join the bar’s birthday boys with your most fabulous mask @ Oscar’s, 9 p.m.
The Other Show. A weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast tries to keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m
Pump. There’s no cover charge to kick off your weekend at this man-on-man dance party, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Code Pup. Play doggie style in your puppy fetish gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m.
Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.
Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 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.
Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 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.
Crush Friday turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, May 21
Nina Flowers Birthday Bash (middle photo). The RPDR finalist and drag DJ celebrates GM Alan Collins' birthday with a set you won’t soon forget @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
NFFLA Flag Football Championships. The gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta wrap their weekly gay jock showdown to see who comes out on top @ Boulevard Crossing, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet the guys for the End of Season Celebration Party @ Woofs, 4 p.m.
For the Kid Beer Bust. The funraising gays who bring us Toy Party and Backpack in the Park pour bottomless beers for the cause @ Joe’s on Juniper, 12 noon.
Out/Spoken. HRC Atlanta and Story District host this storytelling workshop @ 605 Asbury Circle, 2 p.m.
#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during regularly schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.
Bucks Sendoff Party. The gay Atlanta Bucks rugby players are headed to the international Bingham Cup, but not before they party about it @ Woofs, 3 p.m.
LLS Margarita Bust. Stephen Beckwith is running for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s man of the year, and he’s pouring bottemless frozen treats for the cause @ Zocalo, 3 p.m.
BDSM Workshop: CBT. Cock & Ball Toture “isn’t just ball busting any more.” Find out what that means during this intensive @ Atlanta Eagle, 4 p.m.
Miss HSL 2016. The jocks of Hotlanta Softball League get prettied up for the title @ Jungle, 5 p.m.
Sofonda Cox Farewell Show. The Armorettes devote their monthly backroom burlesque to one of their own, who retires from the cast after this performance @ Heretic, 7 p.m.
Stuff Mom Never Told You. Andi Zeisler’s feminist take on life during Ladyfest, hosted by lesbian bookstore Charis @ Murmur, 7 p.m.
“Significant Other.” A gay man starts losing his straight girlfriends to marriage, but his own quest for love is ultimately a search for himself @ Actor's Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 19.
Crom Comedy Festival. The DIY alternative salute to comics that sweeps Denver and Omaha each year comes to Atlanta. Kick it off with Conan’s Solomon Georgio & Friends, hosted by gay Atlanta’s own Ian Aber @ The Hangar, 8 p.m. More local gay fun continues Sunday.
Ginger Appreciation Night. The reds have it during this monthly party, but everyone else is welcome to adore them as well @ Woofs, 9 p.m.
Britney Bash. DJ Pat Scott returns with his ode to this pop princess to benefit Atlanta Pride @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 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.
GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
DJ Billy Lace All Nighter. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough. Dance until you need sunglasses to leave @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, May 22
Crom Comedy Festival. The DIY alternative salute to comics that sweeps Denver and Omaha each year comes to Atlanta. It wraps with Brent Star (bottom photo) hosting BrunchLines with Mark Kendall and national comics @ Highland Ballroom, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday Funday wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight
Midtown Rouge. Get to gettin' with High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the Sunday drag show kicks its latest, most fabulous iteration @ Blake's, 8 p.m.
Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.