Weekday grind got you down? Post-Pride blues? Atlanta’s LGBT weekend is your just reward. These special events and special guests put the gay in your Friday through Sunday. Go ahead. You earned it.
Friday, Oct. 19
“Assassins” (top photo) is the Tony-winning, thought-provoking musical by gay Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim that puts together every person throughout history who killed or tried to kill a POTUS. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Squeaky Fromme and more interact @ Fabrefaction Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 11
Happy Spirit Day! Wear purple and purple-fy your profile pics (second photo) to show you are anti-bullying and pro-LGBT youth @ everywhere, all day.
Slumber Party Massacre continues a long series of Halloween season parties at East Atlanta’s favorite little dive gay bar. Le Sexoflex band, the return of DJ Homosexual, vintage slasher flicks on the tubes, go-go boys and you in sleep attire @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
DJ Lydia Prim spins the music that moves your feet and your ass into the weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Terri Lyne Carrington (third photo) is the Grammy-winning lesbian Yamaha drummer ready to rock your Friday night in her double-bill performance with Esperanza Spalding @ Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m.
Banjee Girl Fridays is the new weekly dance night for women, serving up different DJs and emcees each week to kick off the gAy-TL’s lesbian weekend with TraxxGirls @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Mr. SE Rubber Sendoff Party says good luck to Atlanta’s reigning 2013 champ as the gay Hotlanta Rubber group sends the regional titleholder off to Chicago’s Mr. International Rubber Competition @ the Eagle, 11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Lost N Found Youth Rummage & Bake Sale has a good old fashioned “second chance” yard sale of clothes, housewares and more plus goodies like brownies and cupcakes, all to benefit the group helping Atlanta’s homeless LGBT teens @ BJ Roosters parking lot, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Here’s how hard it is for those kids.
Little Five Points Hallloween Parade & Festival (fourth photo) is organized this year by the lesbian-owned Gay Business of the Year Q&A Events, so gear up for costumes, artist market, music, tons of alternaqueers and general mayhem, 12 noon – 11 p.m. Parade, 4 p.m.
KSU Coming Out Celebration parties with the students of Kennesaw State University’s Pride Alliance to celebrate Coming Out Day & Pride season. All are welcome for food, t-shirts and activities @ KSU campus green, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wilderness Network of Georgia Meet-n-Greet Picnic introduces you to Atlanta’s hiking/camping organization for gay and bi-sexual men. Learn about their excursions while scarfing up food, drinks and outdoor games @ Piedmont Park, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Rufus Wainwright (fifth photo) brings his smooth croons and openly gay inspiration to his adoring public as he brings his latest tour to Atlanta @ The Tabarnacle, 7 p.m.
“Nine: Frames of Reference” Art Show & Reception opens an exhibit of nine photographers, six of whom are gay, in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography in the gay-owned art space @ PB&J Gallery, 7 p.m.
“Let Me Clear My Throat: Sonic Essays” is an evening with Elena Passarello, who dissects the whys and hows of popular voices throughout history with deconstructionist looks at punk rock crows, impressionists and rebel yells in the lesbian-feminist haven @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.
Frisky Monkey (sixth photo), the musical duo featuring gay troubadour Juan Cezar, plays you into sweet surrender @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 9 p.m.
Man2Man Social Media Saturday brings on the sexy with Hip Hop and House music, multiple DJs, hundreds of men of color and their friends, hot dancers, and discounts for Facebook check-ins and tweets @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m.
MSR Drag Race III opens with fierce king, queen and femme competitors leaving it all on the stage for your votes in the third season of this popular elimination competition, plus DJ dance music with the women who love the ladies @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
DJ Susan Morabito (seventh photo) returns to Atlanta’s biggest gay dance club to ply partiers with her beats until they scream for mercy or until last call @ Jungle, 10 p.m.
Early Country & Late Night Dance brings the line dancing and two stepping to floor as the sun goes down, then DJ Mike Pope to pick up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.
Sunday, Oct. 21
NFFLA Flag Football pits the teams of the gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta as they continue their fall season of grid-iron matchups before next weekend’s big semi-finals and championships @ Boulevard Crossing, 11 a.m.
AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run (bottom photo) brings walkers and runners to their feet for the annual AID Atlanta event that this year seeks to break the $1 million mark. Inspiring speeches first @ Piedmont Park. Check-ins, 11 a.m.; Run, 1 p.m.; Opening Ceremony, 1:30 p.m.; Walk, 2 p.m.; Run Awards, 3 p.m.
NFL Sunday includes all your pro-games on the big screens plus Atlanta Pride taking collections toward next weekend’s festival with the ladies @ My Sister’s Room, 12 noon. The boys are watching football @ Woofs, 12: 30 p.m.