The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You’ve been waiting all week, you thought it would never get here, but the weekend doesn’t disappoint. Weigh your options to put some gay into your Friday through Sunday with Atlanta’s LGBT events.

Friday, Nov. 16
“Heroes + Villains #3” is Phillip Bonneau’s latest installment of the comic- and pop-culture inspired photo series with a gay twist featuring gay Atlantans in re-imagined visions of well-known characters (top photo). Food, cocktails, a silent auction of the series prints @ i.d. Lab, 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through Dec. 7. Read our in-depth interview and preview images from the show.

Icon Party with DJs Chus & Ceballos (second photo) moves Carioca and its loyal partiers to their signature beats @ Jungle, 9 p.m. Keep the party going with DJ Martin Fry Afterparty @ Xion, 3 a.m.-7 a.m.

Bal Masque & Beyond Beaujolais is the annual bash 1920s themed masquerade ball with a catered dinner and open wine bar featuring the new Beaujolias, then an afterparty featuring 20s inspired live jams. Main event @ Theatre du Reve, 7 p.m., Afterparty @ Opera, 9:15 p.m.

“Pariah,” the heralded tale of a lesbian inner city teen, screens as part of the Third Friday LGBT Film Series @ First Existentialist, 7:30 p.m.

LGBT Business Networking Social & Party invites you to trade business cards in an upscale celebration of Meak Productions founder Miko Evans’ birthday @ Drafting Table, 7:30 p.m.

Ian Aber – ABear Comedian (third photo) takes the stage as the first gay comic to do a guest spot at Atlanta’s legendary improv club with headliner Michael Kosta @ Atlanta Improv, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Taste Aber’s comedy, then take a big gay bite of Aber’s “Faggy” yogurt, cuz you’re a little homophobic..

“The Divine Sister” final weekend is your last chance to catch Topher Payne as Mother Superior in gay playwright Charles Busch’s dirty little sendup of every Hollwyood nun movie ever made @ OnStage Atlanta tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m. Read our Topher Payne interview.

Glow Party dims the lights so you can shine glowsticks, black lights, giveaways, party favors and more. The weekly Divas Cabaret takes on a special twist for the theme, and DJ Birdman rocks the house into the night @ LeBuzz, 10 p.m.

Jen Foster & Antigone Rising come together for a live gig as the lesbian singer joins the all-female rock band (fourth photo) to paint the East Coast with girl power on the Atlanta stop of their ideally compatible music tour @ Eddie’s Attic, 7:30 p.m.

Madonna MDNA Tour Pre-Party celebrates Madonna’s Saturday MDNA Tour concert in Atlanta by spinning her all night — audio, videos, b-sides, mash-up’s, demos, live shows, rarities, and remixes @ Cockpit, 10 p.m.

Banjee Girl Friday: Scorpio Swag celebrates the sexiest Zodiac sign as Traxx Girls bring you the amped up lesbian dance party with a different DJ each week. Free entry for Scorpios and other treats @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Southern Softpaw League wraps Atlanta’s gay fall softball season with games benefiting the teams’ annual animal charities @ Southside Softball Complex, 10 a.m., followed by the SSL End of Season Bash (fifth photo) blowing it out one last time with DJ Joey S. @ Mixx, 4 p.m.

Adult Coming Out Support Group dishes the issues for people who came out later in life or anyone who’s dealing with being gay @ First MCC, 4 p.m.

Disco Uniform Ball brings the men of Claw Nation together to benefit Common Ground Ministries. DJ Calvin, silent auction, cash bar and live entertainment @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

DJ Ron Pullman (sixth photo) brings his Old School House beats to one of two dance floors in association with Traxx Atlanta and the weekly gay party @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks Bar Night puts the hot burly gay rugby team behind the bar so that you can get to know them better @ the Eagle, 10 p.m. The Bucks were named Bestest LGBT Sports Team in Gay Atlanta.

Drag Race 3 & Scorpio Birthday Bash continues with the battle of kings, queens, dancers and singers battling toward the elimination title, plus a birthday party for DJ Liz Owen, MSR’s founder Susan Musselwhite and all Scorpios @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m. The bar was voted one of the Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta.

Madonnarama with Venus D Lite (seventh photo) and DJ Ed Bailey brings back one of Atlanta’s favorite parties to celebrate Madonna’s Philips Arena stop on her MDNA Tour. All your favorite Material Girl beats plus “RuPaul’s” legendary Madonna impersonator Venus D Lite @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Jungle just won Bestest Place to Dance in Gay Atlanta.

Early Country & Late Night Dance offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down, then DJ Mike Pope picks up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight. Pssst. Heretic voted Bestest Place to Pick Up a Guy.

Sunday, Nov. 11
NFL Sunday features all the games on the big screens, including the Falcons vs. Cardinals game, plus brunch and bar bites with the ladies @ My Sister’s Room, 12:30 p.m. Boys like football and food, too @ Woofs, 12 noon.

The Armorettes (bottom photo) 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.

How Do I Tell Them? Coming Out Workshop dips into the issues that arise for newly out gays and their parents and families @ PFLAG Atlanta, 2:45 p.m.

Showtune Sundays premieres a new weekly event of classics from Broadway and Hollywood musicals @ Cockpit, 6 p.m.

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