The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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While the LGBT nation is Creating Change in Atlanta, the gAy-TL rolls out the red carpet with soirees, shows and sundry other events for queer visitors who need a getaway and gay locals otherwise enjoying their weekend. Click on your favorites for more details.

Friday, Jan. 25
“The Producers” opens the Tony winningest Broadway musical of all time via Theater of the Stars. “Keep It Gay” with the Atlanta return of Bialystock and Bloom and their scheme to create the biggest flop in history. Atlanta native Stacey Todd Holt plays Leo Bloom (top photo, right). Runs daily except Monday with two shows on Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 31 @ Fox Theatre.

Creating Change hits town with its annual national conference on queer equality from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Full days of plenaries, workshops, exhibits, meals, entertainers like comedian/activist Kate Clinton (second photo) and singer Frenchie Davis, and much more @ Hilton Atlanta Downtown, all day and through Sunday. Livestream the NGLTF conference online, and check out photos from the LGBT-ATL ‘Hey Y’all’ Welcome.

AGLCC Fourth Friday kicks off the first happy hour networking event of 2013 from the LGBT professionals and business owners of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce @ Spice Market in the W Midtown, 5:30 p.m.

The Other Show isn’t called Atlanta’s most unusual drag cabaret for nothing. Edie Cheezburger and her girls take the stage in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 8:30 p.m., followed by JunglePop Top 40 beats in the main room

“Visiting Mr. Green” (third photo) shows what happens when a young gay man almost runs over a senior citizen who doesn’t even know what “gay” means. They can’t stand each other at first, but a touching dramedy unfolds as the two begin to find shaky common ground @ Stage Door Players, Dunwoody, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays through Sundays until Feb. 17.

Shabbat Shirah: Between Two Worlds includes music from the band and choir of the gay-led, inclusive Congregation Bet Haverim during this special intergenerational service exploring liberation and justice @ CUCC, 7 p.m. Tickets to Saturday’s “Between Two Worlds” concert are sold out.

Franken-Party with the Sexual Side Effects is a rock show with three awesome bands to kick off the local trans-fronted rockers’ Franken-Tour. SSE brings body painting, costumes, go-go dancers and an epic light show with guest bands Go, Robo! Go! and MeteorEYES @ the Drunken Unicorn, 9 p.m.

Ginger Appreciation Night: Red Meat Party celebrates Atlanta’s hot gay redheads and their admirers led by DJ Diablo Rojo (fourth photo). Drink specials for gingers, amazing music and a special no-smoking rule for this event @ Mary’s, 10 p.m. Watch our video preview and collect the trading cards.

Banjee Girl Friday: Sex Kitten Edition stars the lesbian weekend off right with all the ladies that TraxxGirls draws to its weekly party of drink specials and dancing, this time including a performance by Heather Daniels @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Southern Bears 20th Anniversary makes for a special edition of the social group’s monthly bar night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

DJ Lydia Prim moves the men @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Richard Bicknell (fifth photo) returns to the stage with his brand of rockin’ singer-songwriter folk as one of gay Atlanta and musical Atlanta’s shiniest gems. See him with his band the Shameless Lovers @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m.

Creating Change returns to Atlanta after a 12-year hiatus for its 25th anniversary national conference on LGBT social justice from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Full days of plenaries, workshops, exhibits, meals, entertainers like Kate Clinton and Frenchie Davis, and much more @ Hilton Atlanta Downtown, through Sunday. Livestream the NGLTF conference online, but don’t worry too much about the haters with nails after your tires.

HIV 101 separates fact from fiction about the disease and how to avoid it if you’re negative, then Outreach 101 teaches how to start conversations, talk to and inform others about HIV, staying safe and accessing services @ the MISTER Center, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Attend one or both workshops.

Lindsey Hinkle (sixth photo) kicks off an epic night for the ladies with a concert, followed by the best lesbian dance party in Atlanta with DJ Liz Owen and MC Chase Daniels. Doors open @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m

Auditions for “Rent” are brought to you from the creative minds of party planner, entertainer and Sing For Your Life judge Barry Brandon and photography talent Randall Carpenter. They are planning to stage an abridged version of the musical at Jungle to go with a ‘90s Party. Show them what you got @ Jungle, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Art of Jay Shoemake opens with a reception. The exhibit presents the layered, sociologically informed works of this gay Atlanta graphic designer and photographer as he documents one day in the ever-changing life of the street messages in graffiti @ MISTER Center, 6 p.m.

Le Sexoflex Video Shoot & Dance Party sees the return of Atlanta’s rockinest queer-inclusive maladjusted band (seventh photo). While they polish their latest, dress Dumpster Glam or half naked to film the video for “Suck Dick, Eat Cheerios” with live performances plus the one-night return of DJ Homosexual (Kyle Keyser) @ Mary’s, 8 p.m. Mary-oke follows, 11 p.m.

“Shakespeare Follies” Cabaret puts on its 3rd Anniversary show of sending up the Bard in skits with modern-day twists, hilarity and maybe a sideshow surprise @ Arts Exchange, 8 p.m.

The Warhol Experience offers something new to gay Atlanta’s party crowd. Step into a Warhol-inspired scene with a gallery of surprises. Go graphic and pop with art and video installations, inspired performance pieces and so many more Andy-esque moments while you dance your pants to DJ Justin Ryan @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Don’t miss Lily White’s Foreplay show, too in the Jungle Room, 9:30 p.m. Here’s how to do up Warhol.

Bearracuda Atlanta (eighth photo) returns with the latest installment of the hairy, hunky pursuit of the hirsute that all the manly men and their admirers will be talking about until the next one. This time, DJ Paul Goodyear comes all the way from Sydney to do the honors @ Heretic, 9 p.m. Check out photos from last time.

The Gentlemen’s Ball lays out the annual black-tie affair to benefit AID Atlanta’s Evolution Project outreach to the experience of local gay and bisexual black men. Of course you have to dress up, but that’s half the fun, and for your trouble and ticket price, you get a three-course meal, open bar, entertainers like Creating Change’s Frenchie Davis and other milling-about celebutantes @ Mason Murer Fine Art, 7 p.m.

Battle of the Bands Afterparty brings all the hot Traxx men of color out to play after the epic battle. Two dance floors, go-go boys, hundreds of guys @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27
Armory Reunion Party (bottom photo) toasts to gay Atlanta nightlife gone by with DJ Mike Pope playing hits from back in the day, performances by infamous past and current Armorettes, drink specials and a prize if you can still show your vintage Armory card @ Amsterdam, 4 p.m. The event comes just as the Armorettes celebrate 34 years of fundraising camp drag and as the Armory site was razed for condos. Sad face.

Creating Change wraps its 25th annual national conference on LGBT equality from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. The closing brunch includes a performance by Frenchie Davis @ Hilton Atlanta Downtown, 11:30 a.m. preceded by an interfaith service. Livestream the NGLTF conference online.

The Armorettes do their weekly camp drag for charity in their ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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