The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You thought it would never get here, but your old friend the weekend finally made it. This time, St. Patrick’s Day events paint the town green as you weigh options to put some gay into your Friday through Sunday.

Friday, March 15
Atlanta Film Festival opens its annual 10 days of cinematic wonders, including the LGBT Pink Peach track, including James Franco’s much-buzzed “Interior. Leather Bar” (top photo) among a slew of other shorts, features and documentaries. Festivities are centered @ Plaza Theatre, daily through March 24. Check out the flicks in Pink Peach and watch all the trailers.

Topher Payne’s “Angry Fags” dazzles audiences in final-weekend performances of this show (second photo) that asks and answers: Is anyone afraid of gay guys? Friday and Saturday shows @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Sunday matinee too. Here are 5 best reasons to not miss “Angry Fags.”

Women’s Softball kicks off the spring season for the teams of the lesbian Decatur Women’s Sports League @ Kelley C. Cofer Park, Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta Poly Weekend celebrates and delves into polyamory at this third annual converence @ Holiday Inn Perimeter, through Sunday.

Dinner & A Movie: “Muriel’s Wedding” (third photo) kicks off Jungle’s night with a full menu and a great screening, 7:30 p.m., followed by The Other Show brings on Edie Cheezburger, Evah Destruction, Jasmine Antoinette, Jaye Lish, Justice Tyana Taylor, Miami Royale and Violet Chachki and special guests. You never know what they’ll do next in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9 p.m. Stick around for Friday Pops with DJ Christopher Kind in the main room, 11:30 p.m.

Private Shopping for PALS pampers supporters of the gay-beloved Pets Are Loving Support with DJ Kirk Angell, raffles, facials, a gift with purchases, run of the store and more @ Kiehl’s Lenox Square, 6 p.m.

Tony James Jackson Art Reception opens the MISTER Center exhibit of this artist who combines American abstract expressive art with Japanese narrative aesthetics in large scale portraits @ MISTER Center, 6 p.m.

Kennesaw State Pride Alliance Drag Show is the sixth annual charity show (fourth photo) with fierce queens and kings to benefit the LGBT student group @ KSU Student Center, 7:30 p.m.

Bitch Please Ides of March Toga Party. The date inspires a special edition of the Friday party with DJs Ree De La Vega and Fluff plus the Atlanta Radical Faeries. Channel your inner Roman wearing a bedsheet @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

FUR. It’s what they call Friday nights with DJ Lydia Prim. You won’t wonder why for long @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Now with new smoking limits inside the club.

King Kellz of the AG Dancers performs live as part of the kickoff to lesbian Atlanta’s nightlife weekend @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

“Uncensored: Live” is the taping of a TV show with you in the mix. Destiny Brooks headlines this interactive experience that is part drag, part sexy male performers, part cash and prizes and all original and amazing @ Le Buzz, Marietta, 11 p.m.

Got Leche: Las Malqueridas de Atlanta finds love in a hopeless place and gives away Rihanna tickets for this week’s version of the Got Leche? gay Latin night each Friday @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Saturday, March 16
NFFLA Flag Football Pre-Season Warmup pits its gay teams against each other in this week’s five gridiron match ups before next week’s official season starter @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check out flag football jocks at play. That’s followed by the annual NFFLA Margarita Bust (fifth photo) @ Zocalo, 5 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks Rugby Mini-101 teaches the basics with the local gay rugby squad as they prepare for the second half of their season during this skills session @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon.

Atlanta Talons Patty O Party Beer Bust is the annual St. Patrick’s Day blowout with HSL’s Talons as they raffle, drink, enjoy DJ beats, raise some money for the AIDS Vaccine 200 and break in the new expanded deck @ Frog’s, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Drop The Soap Team Friendly Launch (sixth photo) is the unique party you don’t want to miss. Sexy-dirty local gay personalities and porn stars get washed down, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence bless the mess, collections gathered for Lost N Found Youth, and a peer advocate conversation about HIV stigma gets started @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Read our event preview and see what Team Friendly is all about. That’s followed by Foreplay with Lily White, 9:30 p.m.

Roxie Watson is the lesbian-inclusive alterna-grass band that gets all the girlies’ feet stompin @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m.

Armorettes Follies is the monthly installment of backroom mayhem and zaniness with the infamous camp drag crazies of the South. This month’s beneficiary is the AV 200 @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (seventh photo) signal the singer’s forever-old cult status is still good for a show. She performs along with openers Elektra and Saul Kaye as part of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival @ Variety Playhouse, 8:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Party encourages kilts for a manly, yes Irish spring featuring DJ Diablo Rojo @ Cockpit, 10 p.m.

St. Patty’s Glow Party: Get Lucky Edition is how the lesbians who flock to East Atlanta will do the green-light weekend with performers, DJs, dancing, glowsticks and more @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Robin Skouteris’ Mash Attacks (eighth photo, left) brings back one of gay Atlanta’s most popular dance events with one of the world’s most popular gay mashup masters. Skouteris and ATL’s own DJ Pat Scott (right) do up St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with the latest mixes and mashups, green drinks and more @ the Eagle, 10 p.m. Check out past MashAttacks Party photos.

St. Patty’s Bash & $1,000 Cash Drop welcomes all the boys to the yard for black gay Atlanta’s biggest weekly party featuring hundreds of men @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

St. Patty’s Day Party for the OTP gays includes a Best Ginger Contest, the Divas Cabaret and DJ Birdman @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

DJ Escape (ninth photo) may be the hottest St. Patrick’s Weekend ticket in town for gay dance hounds. The legendary circuit producer hits the decks to bring the sex @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Bedlam: CirqueDeCabaret lays out the night’s wildest anything goes spectacular for the alternaqueers. Dance party, performance art, circus theme, multiple performances covering many disciplines and burlesque. As Bedlam’s name always implies, it’s going to be insane @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 17
Hotlanta Softball Opening Day (ninth photo) gets things rolling for HSL’s gay softball league with games in multiple divisions for every skill level on the fields @ Metro Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HSL Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Frogs, 3 p.m. We’ve already been on 2013 softball jock watch. Twice. OK three times. No four.

Surviving Together group offers a safe space and ministry to gay male survivors of violence due to their sexual orientation. The gay-led ministry gets to the bottom of things in Room 205 @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 3 p.m. Read all about it.

HRC Athletes For Equality Georgia Half Marathon & 5K. Cheer LGBT factions on HRC teams in the half-marathon and 5K of the Publix Georgia Marathon as they raise money for the national LGBT rights lobby @ locations through Midtown and Downtown including Piedmont Park and Centennial Olympic Park, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Green Tea Dance is one hot edition of Jungle’s new Sundays. GA Boys Productions presents uber-hot DJ Aron (bottom photo), EJ Aviance and sexy go-go boys. Kitchen’s open and the drinks are flowing @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 12 midnight. Here’s just how hunky, hairy hot DJ Aron is.

St. Patrick’s Day & Anniversary Party. What better day to celebrate the return of Patio Sundays than on a holiday? Celebrate the greenness of it all and the seventh anniversary of the video bar while enjoying drink specials indoors and out @ Amsterdam, 11:30 a.m. – midnight.

Saint Patrick’s Day with DJ Mike Pope. St. Paddy’s doesn’t get much better than this drinky, hunky, dancy party with one of gay Atlanta’s most popular DJs on the patio @ Parq, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Sunday Funday with DJ Chris Griswold lays down green grooves to round out your weekend @ Blake’s, 7 p.m. – 12 midnight.

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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