The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Ready? Set. Go! Find your mark and prepare to dash during gay Atlanta's traditional Easter Drag Races, but not before tons of other awesome LGBT Easter Weekend events, parties, dances, shows and movies that won't be ignored.

Friday, April 18
“Tennessee Queer” (top photo) opens in Atlanta. The comedy everyone is talking about gives you some regional love with the story of one man's attempt to make life better for the LGBT teenagers in his small hometown. Call it “Mayberry LGBT” in its limited engagement at Plaza Theatre, 7:30 p.m. each night through April 24. Specal April 22 screening with a filmmaker Q&A at 9:30 p.m. Read our interview with the director.

The Other Show offers the most unique professional drag cabaret in town with the singularly creative cast that always blasts your expectations @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Augusten Burroughs finishes a week in Atlanta with readings and signings for Atlanta Writers Club. Tickets only, and you know this gay author will sell out @ Contemporary Arts Center, 6 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: White Party Edition. Wear white for this eighth anniversary party of the night that gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, scores of MSR ladies and the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Bitch Please party. It’s the monthly throwdown that says, “Hey! Nobody does gay in Atlanta quite like the East Atlanta queers! Nobody!” DJs Ree de la Vega and Sam Rothstein @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Fur pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Femme Fatale with Destiny Brooks and Justice Tyana Taylor puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Sawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Got Leche? weekly gay Latin night features stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, April 19
DJ Alex Cohen (second photo) throws down a Dirty South set for his Atlanta fans, and there’s no cover before 11 p.m. Dance, queen, dance @ Heretic, 10 p.m. You know he’ll pack ‘em in.

An Evening with Francine Reed brings Georgia’s “Queen of the Blues” – and Atlanta’s “Queen of Gay Brunches” – to the stage for one of her signature experiences @ Eddie Owen Presents, Dahlonega, 8 p.m.

The Happy Happy Stand-Up Jamboree at Sweetwater 420. It’s getting awfully gay up in the Relapse 420 Comedy Tent during this year's festival. Gay comedians Ian Aber, Gay Bob, Julie Osborne, Andrew Markle, Brent Star and more @ Centennial Olympic Park, 7 p.m.

Spring Swing puts the MetroGnomes stage ensemble from the LGBT Freedom Bands to work for your enjoyment. Food, drinks, dancing and great music @ Hudson Grille Midtown, 8 p.m.

DJ Eric (DJ Ginger) plays your favorite music videos and tunes with some of his special redheaded Ginger Snap spice to boot @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Drag Race pits kings and queens against each other for a weekly prize and qualifying for the grand finale in two weeks. Last chance to enter, and of course it all goes down amid the wild-ass lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

GlitterGlam werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Genre and featuring Stasha Sanchez, Taejah Thomas, “RuPaul’s” Trinity Bonet, Lateasha Shuntel and one lucky amateur guest performer every week. DJ beats and more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Deep in the Jungle party. DJ Ron Pullman goes wild for gay Atlanta’s favorite weekly dance party. It’s a tribute to the late, great music icon Frankie Knuckles too @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.

Synergy with Shawnna Brooks is the Saturday night show to rock your world @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.

DJ Corey David All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, April 19
The Armorettes Easter Drag Races (third photo). This is the reason you’ve been anticipating Easter. The holiday tradition of fun-raising for PWAs continues with carnival games, you in pastels and Easter bonnets, lots of drinks, and fun with hundreds of your closest gays outside @ Burkhart’s, 2 p.m. until…?

Happy Easter! Don't miss 25 epic Easter bonnet moments that Gay Atlanta won't soon forget.

Easter Brunch includes bottomless mimositas, sangria, bloody marys and mojitos along with an unlimited Latin-infused brunch and omelette bar made to order @ Las Margaritas, 12 noon.

Easter Brunch & 2nd Annual Big Hare Games Rocks a special menu to impress your family or your gang of gays, then stay for cocktails leading up to the second annual funtimes with your friends @ Ten, 1 p.m. food, 5 p.m. games.

Easter Sunday Service with DJ Vicki Powell. Everybody’s favorite lesbian DJ and everybody’s favorite gay-owned Old Fourth Ward watering hole collide with Easter for a holiday party you won’t forget @ Church of the Living Room, 7 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord,  Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.


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