The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Happy Easter/Passover Weekend! Even if you don’t have Friday off, there are plenty of options to squeeze into your schedule with this list of our favorite LGBT shows, parties and fundraisers set for Friday through Sunday.

Friday, April 6
“The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” (top photo) documentary the chronicle of industrial rock pioneer Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV’s journey through cosmetic and sex reassignment surgeries to more closely resemble spouse Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer) opens @ UA Tara 4. Read our preview, watch the trailer and view photos.

“The Skinny” by gay director Patrik-Ian Polk follows a group of young black gay men and opens today @ Midtown Art Cinema.

Atlanta Bucks Beer & Wing Bust with the guys of Atlanta’s gay rugby team (second photo) every First Friday @ Heretic, 8 p.m., then DJ Lydia Prim, 10 p.m.

Style & Sound In-Store Reception celebrates the new spring collection and Wil May’s AmericanCOOL album with a guest DJ @ gay-owned Bill Hallman, 6 p.m.

Spring Explosion ATL “Casual Friday” kicks off a two-night event with Rockstars Production @ Engine 11, 7 p.m.

Raw Talent Reunion Show with Romeo Lee (third photo) and Tiff-nay gets you ready for the next round of the Raw Talent competition that begins April 20 @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7
Harry Hay Memorial Coffee Clatch honors the pioneering gay icon’s birthday with Atlanta Radical Faeries and an optional “Gender Fuck” dress code @ Octane Coffee, 3 p.m.

MondoHomo’s WigOut 3 (fourth photo) wants you and your favorite hairpiece to raise funds for its annual alterna-Pride festival in May @ Eagle, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Read our queerlicious preview.

AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta Benefit taks place during the fabulous Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar Grand Opening, 6 p.m.

Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 meet-and-greet with LGBT residents. Meet new Zone 6 commander Major Keith Meadows in this informal Q&A @ Kirkwood United Church of Christ, 6 p.m. Read our preview.

Easter Bonnet Runway Competition judged by the Armorettes and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Read our best gay bonnet tips with hilarious photos) @ MISTER Center, 5 p.m., then hang tight for:

“Heroes + Villains Issue #2” (fifth photo) photography exhibit by Philip Bonneau @ MISTER Center, 6 p.m. Read our preview and drool over these teaser pics.

“Sojourn” Artists Reception and cocktail opening @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m.

Spring Explosion ATL second-night main event with Rockstars Production @ 595 North, 7 p.m.

“Shakespeare Follies” presents an all-new batch of its totally modernized, bawdy, unexpected — hint: fire-eaters and burlesque, sixth photo — sendups of classic Bard works. @ Arts Exchange, 8 p.m.

Queer Poetry Workshop with Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, Charis Books & More and Atlanta Pride @ Ponce Library, 7 p.m.

Sunni Stephens’ Clubesque with special guest Dylan Michael @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 p.m.

DJ Danny Verde (seventh photo) brings down the house with the latest Carioca party @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 8
It’s Easter. Call your mom. Get with God. Catch up on sleep. Brunch. Pick one or more to fill up your morning your way, then you’ll be primed and ready for:

Annual Easter Drag Races (eighth photo) with the Armorettes provides big gay relay races, boys boys boys, bonnet contest — don’t miss How to make your Easter Bonnet big and gay — and cocktails during gay Atlanta’s biggest Easter party @ Burkhart’s, signups and drinks 2 p.m. and races 4 p.m., followed by:

Men In Undies Fun-raiser for PALS with Brushstrokes, Gayborhood and David @ Burkhart’s, 6:30 p.m. and the Armorettes Easter Show, 8 p.m.

DJ Vicki Powell’s Easter Sunday Service: Bunny Edition invites you to dance with the DJ (bottom photo) and her loyal followers ‘til your bonnet falls off @ Sister Louisa’s Church bar, 7 p.m.

Come Out & Play with the LGBT players of Atlanta Freedom Bands @ St. Paul UMC, 6 p.m.

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