The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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What’s that sound growing closer like a freight train? It’s the gay weekend hurtling toward you. Don’t get out of the way. Jump right in the path of these Friday through Sunday LGBT events.

Friday, Nov. 9
“Wolves” (top photo) is the compelling story of what happens to Ben when his roommate Jack brings the Big Bad Wolf home to trick. Twists, turns and dire complications ensue in this fiercely imaginative, savagely funny fairy tale that’s gay through-and-through: Playwright Steve Yockey plus actors Clifton Guterman, Brian Crawford and Joe Sykes @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 2.

Miss Originality 2012 with Sharon Needles (second photo) is back with the annual pageant benefiting PALS and Jerusalem House. Performances by contestants, the guest judge from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” herself, as well as Myah Monroe, Niesha Dupree, Angelica D’Paige, Dylan Michaels and more. Brought to you by Jungle, Gayborhood and David mag @ Jungle, 8 p.m. Read our Sharon Needles interview.

Trunk Show & Store Party kicks off your weekend with men’s fall fashions, styling advice, beard trims and shaves, poker plus the real reason you’re there, music and cocktails in the gay-owned shop @ Bill Hallman, 7 p.m.

“Affinity” Art Show opens its exhibition of work by six artists at this reception. The works take on the theme of attraction in finely crafted metaphysical pieces curated by the head gay @ Kai Lin Art Gallery, 7 p.m. Exhibition continues through Dec. 8.

“The Divine Sister” continues with Topher Payne as Mother Superior in playwright Charles Busch’s wacky, dirty sendup of every Hollywood nun movie ever made @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Performances Thursday through Sundays until Nov. 17.

Ellisorous Rex & the Dance Machine’s Coming Out Party is the first event by a new party group, so Coming Out is the theme. Wear Bah Mitzvah, Quinceanera, Cotillion or Sweet 16 garb, and your halfway to the cool kids table. Eat cake and wear crowns @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Pajama Party (third photo) encourages your sexiest sleepwear, blankies and teddy bears. The dancers and staff want to take you to bed @ BJ Roosters, 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Banjee Girl Friday: Presidential Edition celebrates the election outcome and parties all red, white and blue with the lesbian partiers of Traxx Girls and DJ Tina V @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Panther L/L Bar Night invites you to party with Atlanta’s leather/levi group and benefit Lost N Found Youth while you’re at it. It’s a non-perishable food drive with Jell-O shooters for the cause, too @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. In addition to this fundraiser, Lost N Found’s 1st Anniversary Week has brought serious awareness drives, fun beer busts, and earnest vigils.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Southern Softpaw League pits Atlanta’s gay fall softball teams against each other each Saturday through Nov. 17 @ Southside Softball Complex, 10 a.m., followed this week by the Game Day Beer Bust (fourth photo) with SSL’s Heretic Havoc team with the nude dancers @ Bliss, 5 p.m.

Richard Satchell Art Opening reveals an artistic jewel in gay Atlanta with this international artist whose personal story and approach infuse his work @ MISTER Center, 6 p.m.

Vote for the Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta. Yes, again. Hundreds of ballots are pouring in to determine the LGBT tops in the multiple categories of our unlimited-voting contest. Vote early, vote often, and if you don’t like the candidates, write in your own and join a lively campaign to topple the champs.

Miss Dixie Pageant puts male bowlers of Atlanta’s big gay Dixie International Bowling Tournament into drag for fun and fundraising. It’s a “Once Upon A Time” theme this year @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Diva! Dance Party & Live Performance Extravaganza lays out an epic night of entertainment. Your two-DJ dance night is peppered with live vocalists and music plus drag performances topped by Atlanta’s own “RuPaul’s Drag Race” diva Mariah Balenciaga (fifth photo) @ Jungle, 9 p.m. It’s just one of the new events aiming to give gay Atlanta nightlife a jolt.

“It’s That Time of the Month” Comedy Show is the monthly laugh riot with seven queer comedians headed by Julie Osbourne. They bring the funny, then ladies better stick around for the Long Heels Red Bottoms Femme Revue with six hot performances by lovely ladies @ My Sister’s Room, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Figure & Form Art Exhibit is the fifth annual one-night sculpture show featuring 3-D works of all sizes by six artists in the gay-owned spaces @ pb&j gallery, 8 p.m.

Armorettes Follies makes this month’s Backroom Burlesque special with all funds benefiting Someone Who Cares, 8 p.m.

Edgewood Electronic Music Festival settles into its status as one of Atlanta’ hippest annual events. 25 DJs headed up by local lesbian legend Vicki Powell (sixth photo) hit 12 venues, including the gay-owned Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Sauced. Free shuttle bus between stops. Kicks off at Church, 9 p.m. and continues through, well, all night. Don’t miss the EEMF edition of Sunday Service the next night.

Sexy Scorpio Bash gives some zodiac love to November birthdays at this weekly party featuring two dance floors and DJs, hot Hip Hop and House beats, VIP areas and tons of sexy men @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

DJ Eddie Baez’s MDNA Ticket Giveaway. Yup, it’s the sexy sounds of one of the best international gay DJs and Morning Fix favorite (seventh photo) plus an official MDNA Tour event. You must be present to win Golden Triangle Pit tickets to Madonna’s Nov. 17 Philips Arena Concert. DJ Mike Pope opens the night @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11
NFL Sunday includes the Falcons vs. Saints game when the lesbians rev up the football action on the flat screens @ My Sister’s Room, 12:30 p.m. Boys like football, too @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Hope Party AIDS Walk Benefit keeps raising the stakes for 2012 funds toward AID Atlanta’s annual walk with hunky men, $10 bottomless beer, shot specials and DJ Chris Griswold @ Frogs, 2 p.m.

Smirnoff Santa Speedo Studs Party raises money for Calisto Harvalias’ Atlanta Santa Speedo Run team with cocktails, a buffet, Madonna concert ticket giveaway, and of course, Calisto & the Smirnoff Studs (bottom photo) @ Blake’s, 5 p.m. Here’s a fun, nearly naked Speedo Run Hunks reminder.

Atlanta Talons Tea Dance combines beer, dancing with DJ Joey S, this softball team and a can food drive for Project Open Hand. It’s always a party @ Mixx, 3 p.m.

DJ Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service: EEMF Edition keeps the Edgewood Electronic Music Festival vibe going from Saturday night for a special edition of the monthly party. Everybody’s favorite lesbian DJ works everybody’s favorite gay-run alternabar @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 7 p.m.

The Armorettes weekly camp drag fundraising show against HIV/AIDS lays on thick the cast of camp drag crazies for a cause @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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