The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You don’t have to go to New Orleans to enjoy a gay-ass Mardi Gras. Keep your gay ass here and do it up, or find plenty of other events to get with your ATL LGBTs this Friday through Sunday.

Friday, Feb. 8
Mardi Gras Bead Party is the way to be gay OTP. Marietta’s gay bar kicks off its entire weekend of Mardi Gras (top photo) with beads beads beads, VIP upgrades before 11, a stripper pole contest and as always DJ Birdman and a special Divas Cabaret performance. It’s 18 to party and 21 to drink @ Le Buzz Marietta, 10 p.m.

“GUILT/GILT” by Adam Carpenter (second photo) opens with a reception for this exhibit of beautiful works in which the artist explores imperfection, acceptance, pressures and human value @ MISTER Center, 6 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour. Forget the day of the week. It’s Friday, and Fourth Tuesday is Atlanta’s venerable lesbian social group. They drink to greet the weekend @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

The Other Show is Atlanta’s drag cabaret that focuses on being unique and creative to offer surprises over the same old drag. Join Edie Cheezburger and her girls @ Jungle in the Jungle Room, 9 p.m. Stick around for Jungle Pop with DJ beats in the main room, 11 p.m.

DJ Lydia Prim moves those boys like puppets in her masterful hands when she’s in the booth each Friday @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Banjee Girl Friday: My Chick’s Bad Edition brings Atlanta’s party lesbians together each week with TraxxGirls, the women who love them, and this week a touch of bad influence on you @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9
HRC Atlanta Peach Bowl (third photo) sets the pins and rolls the balls on this year’s big gay bowling party with extras like DJ Shane V to benefit the local arm of the national LGBT group @ Midtown Bowl, 2:30 p.m.

Lost N Found Youth Volunteer Orientation welcomes those who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless LGBT teens and young adults @ Rush Center, 2 p.m. Background check and $10 processing fee required.

Honey Badgers Winter Beer Bust finds the newest Hotlanta Softball League team gearing up with pre-season fun. Raffles, food, prizes, $10 all-you-can-drink Batch 19 Beer and local gay jocks @ Diesel Filling Station, 4 p.m.

Body & Soul (fourth photo) opens this fourth annual gay-inclusive art show. Four artists celebrate the human form in their own unique ways in the gay-owned spaces @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m. Read our preview.

Who Wrote the Book of Love? is a night of spoken word and oral storytelling curated by gay Atlanta’s own Franklin Abbot. The poet brings together a gay-inclusive Valentine’s season ensemble of writers and readers plus musical guest Senorita Awesome. It’s all around the them of love @ Bound To Be Read Books, 7:30 p.m.

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.

Drag Race 3 invites all singers, dancers, kings and queens to do their thing for a chance at $100 cash and a spot in the upcoming finale for $500. The lesbians get pumping way before and event after the 11:30 p.m. show with DJ Liz Owen with more sexy women who love women than you can handle @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Michelle Malone (fifth photo) in concert. The local lesbian’s bluesy rock sounds are celebrated with more fanaticism for her new CD “Day 2.” Expect songs from her entire catalogue on the stage plus openers Hannah Fairlight, Kate Shaffer and Corey Coleman @ Red Light Café, 8 p.m.

Mardi Gras Mask Party continues the whole weekend of celebration with the OTP gays. Wear your best store bought or handmade mask for free VIP upgrade, enter the contest and get ready for the Divas Cabaret and the second stripper pole contest of the weekend. It’s 18 to party and 21 to drink @ LeBuzz Marietta, 10 p.m.

Indie Killed the Pop Star may be better known to gay Atlantans as one of the contestants still in the running in Jungle’s weekly elimination competition Sing For Your Life. She brings her talents the stage @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 10 p.m., followed by Portmanteau, 11 p.m.

Aquarius Birthday Party with Rockstar Production celebrates host Juju Rock’s (sixth photo) birthday with hundreds of sexy men, red carpet arrivals, giveaways, specials and much more @ 595 North, 10:30 p.m.

DJ Corey D can probably get you to take your shirt off. That’s what his expert mixes from multiple genres are there for as you make your moves on gay Atlanta’s expansive premiere dance floor @ Jungle, 10 p.m., preceded by Lily White’s Foreplay in the Jungle Room, 9:30 p.m. Check out our Foreplay preview pics.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Bash celebrates the biggest party of them all with boys, beads, booze and a Bare As You Dare contest. The Fat Tuesday vibe is alive at this week’s party with the men of Traxx @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Atlanta Bucks Chili Cookoff & Rugby Fest pumps out $10 all-you-can-drink beer, $5 chili tasting and voting, plus the men of Atlanta’s gay rugby team @ Mixx, 2 p.m.

Love On The Rocks (bottom photo) is the annual kickoff to the yearlong HIV housing fundraising of Joining Hearts. Yes, it’s already time to ramp up for the 26th year of gay Atlanta’s biggest party series that includes summer’s biggest gay pool party. Get started during this Valentine themed cocktail extravaganza including DJ Mike Pope @ Room & Board, 6 p.m. Check out our photo tips on what to wear.

Grammy Awards Watch Party puts the broadcast on 16 big screens and the gays around the bar dishing about it @ Amsterdam, 8 p.m.

Showtune Sundays return from the Super Bowl break with new clips, more fun and all the sing-along you can possibly deal with @ Cockpit, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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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