The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Set your clocks: It’s You Time! Schedule your big gay Friday through Sunday downtime with our favorite local LGBT shows, parties, concerts, games, meetings and weekend-long festivals.

Friday, April 19
Michael Alago’s NYC in ATL (top photo) art show presents the uber sexy photography of Michael Alago and artwork by Justin Sears in a smokin’ hot show that gay male Atlanta won’t be able to resist. The “Beautiful Imperfections” opening cocktail reception benefits AID Atlanta @ idLAB, 7 p.m. Read our revealing interview and photo preview. You may remember Alago’s “Rough Gods” triumph.

Midtown Men with ASO (second photo). The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra backs four stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys” recapturing the magical soundtrack of the 1960s @ Atlanta Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. Saturday performance, too.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers its annual full weekend of fun with fine artists, live entertainment, a Disc Dog Competition, high school artists, fanciful rides and the city’s annual celebration of spring in the heart of the gayborhood @ Piedmont Park, open 12 noon on Friday and continuing through Sunday.

Women’s softball with the lesbian-led teams of Decatur Women’s Sports League @ Kelley C. Cofer Park, Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

Shoot It! with Charlie Harding and DJ Diablo Rojo. It’s Cockpit’s 2nd anniversary, so who better to cock and load it than one of gay Atlanta’s favorite porn hunks and mix masters and their friends (third photo)? Get ready to shoot with photos, guns and buns contest, shot specials, massages and more @ Cockpit, 10 p.m. Get worked up with the preview video.

Author Allison Moon teaches a workshop on socially conscious fiction with Atlanta’s venerable lesbian-feminist literati @ Charis Books & More, 7 p.m.

Dinner & A Movie kicks off Jungle’s Friday with a full menu, drink and meal specials, giveaways, surprises. This week, it’s “Connie and Carla” on the big screen in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Then it’s The Other Show with Edie Cheezburger and cast, 9:30 p.m. (view photos). Now work it off with a move to the main room for Drag Diva Dance Party to benefit Lost N Found Youth with Ruby Redd @ Jungle, 11 p.m.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race’s” Shannel (fourth photo) hits town to add some Vegas showgirl to the drag shows at Burkhart’s. After Thursday night’s show (view photos) with local “Drag Race” alums Phoenix and Mariah, she headlines the Fab Five show on Friday that adds Nicole Paige Brooks and Angelica D’Paige to the mix @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Ashley Kruiz Memorial Benefit puts queens on stage to honor the local legend and help play her final expenses. Al’Meria RichMan and her gurls plus plenty of special guests @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m. Kruiz’s death rocked gay Atlanta, and a previous memorial fundraiser (view photos and video) raised $3,600. The final Memorial & Life Celebration is set for May 12.

FUR is Heretic’s Friday bear dance party. Get into it this week with the beats of DJ Rob Reum @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Miss Buford Highway adds competition to the weekly Got Leche? gay Latin night with performances for a title and crown @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

White Party with Whitney Mixter (fifth photo) celebrates the TraxxGirls anniversary with a special edition of Banjee Girl Friday hosted by “The Real L Word” star @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

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

Gender Fusions Cabaret opens a new weekly show in the most unlikely of places. Come to Toco Hills Shopping Center to see Heather Daniels, Lacie Bruce, Lauren Lamaster, Amber Divine and more @ Famous Pub, 11:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Saturday, April 20
Atlanta Dogwood Festival (sixth photo) continues with artist market, live entertainment, fanciful rides and the city’s annual celebration of spring in the heart of the gay-borhood @ Piedmont Park, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Includes the annual Midtown Tour of Homes, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sara Evans in concert on the meadow, 7 p.m.

Flag Football League continues its spring season pitting the 10 gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta in five games @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Race to the Safe Zone 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run benefits the LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying efforts of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition @ Atlanta City Hall, registration begins 7 a.m.

Mr. HSL Hotlanta Heroes (seventh photo) may be the sexiest gay event of the weekend. The jocks of Hotlanta Softball League compete to see who’s the hunkiest of the hunks in revealing competition categories @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Check out sexy-ass photos from last year.

Atlanta Harlequins vs. Augusta Furies pits the local lesbian rugby squad against the visiting challengers @ Rhodes Jordan Park, Lawrenceville, 1 p.m.

2013 Georgia PFLAG State Conference puts the heads together from chapters across Georgia to see how they can lead with love all year long @ UUCA Atlanta, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Queer Literary Readings. The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and host Franklin Abbott gather 30 LGBT poets and writers together for a full day of inspired readings by and for the gays @ Decatur Public Library, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Lindsey Hinkle (eighth photo) lays down her guitar grooves by popular demand before East Atlanta’s lesbian Saturday night dance party @ My Sister’s Room, doors 8 p.m.

The Atlanta Rollergirls roller derby their way into your heart with two faceoffs with visiting teams @ Yaarab Shrine Center, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

“Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms” with Kay Turner. The co-author does some dramatic readings and puts a very gay spin on some famous witches from the Grimm tales @ Charis Books & More, 7 p.m.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: No Rest for the Wicked brings on the music of Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and hits from his masterpieces including “Wicked” and “Godspell” sung by the locally loved choral ensemble @ 14th Street Playhouse, 2 p.m. The 8 p.m. show is sold out. This matinee will sell out, too. Get limited tickets while they last.

DJ Chris Cox (ninth photo) returns triumphant from his globetrotting, circuit legendary exploits to rock your socks off @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Check our photos from his last visit, and read our most recent interview. Before the main event, the Armorette Follies benefits Joining Hearts with a cabaret fundraising show @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Bedlam: Glamour Shot dance party invites your best ‘80s and ‘90s inspired portrait pizzazz or provides stations with a team to do it for you. Music by DJ Shane V and performances by Sing For Your Life winner Josette and drag diva Evah Destruction @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m.

DJ Abel (10th photo) is one of the only international DJs who could follow Chris Cox and Bedlam, so he does. His own signature beats weave their spell into the wee hours just down from Jungle @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Divas Cabaret is the latest rendition of the drag variety show for OTP queens @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

Cubcake Party welcomes the cubs, otters and chasers to dance with the bears of girth and mirth @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 21
Hotlanta Softball League pitches and catches Atlanta’s gay softball teams through their weekly games in multiple divisions @ Metro Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. As always, the HSL Extra Innings Beer Bust follows, this week hosted by Atlanta Genesis @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Kites & Fun with Atlanta Sisters and Team Friendly pools the fun-making talents of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the local group combating HIV stigma into an afternoon of fun on Oak Hill @ Piedmont Park, 1 p.m.

Jillian Michaels (bottom photo) brings her inspirational message to get you off your ass and “Maximize Your Life.” The out and proud “Biggest Loser” trainer and lesbian mom @ Fox Theatre, 5 p.m.

Big Gay Anniversary raises money for Lost N Found Youth while it celebrates the four-year coming out birthday of LGBT activist Paul Beauchamp. Look for bottomless beer, lots (and lots) of cute guys and more surprises with a goal of raising at least $3,000 for the cause @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival concludes the annual art, music, rides and celebration of spring in the heart of the gayborhood @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon – 6 p.m. Includes the annual Midtown Tour of Homes, through 5 p.m.

The Armorettes Montezuma’s Revenge Show is a special edition of the camp drag troupe’s weekly show charity in their ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta. Included: Lucy Bowels, B’Yonda Cloud, Justice Tyana Taylor and more @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. Get there at 4 p.m. for the bar’s Luau and make it an all-day sort of thing.


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