The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The LGBT-ATL catches you plodding through work this week and scoops you up to shake off that nonsense. Let it carry you away to events that’ll put the super-gay into your Friday through Sunday.

Friday, June 13
“MEH MEH” (top photo). It’s about to get really mannish up in here. This queer dance piece serves up “a physical display of male competition, virility, control and the objectification of desire” enhanced by original music and original textile and light installations @ Druid Hills Baptist Church, 9 p.m. Saturday, too. Read our interview.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour. Ignore the name. It’s second Friday, so it’s time for this venerable lesbian social group to gather @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Ready 4 Hope Happy Hour gets with your gays to say so long to the workweek. The R4H AIDS Walk team pours and shoots your troubles away, and your 20 percent of your meal any time today goes to the cause @ Frogs, 6 p.m.

Decatur Women’s Softball fields teams of Atlanta’s lesbians who pitch, catch and run the bases @ Kelley C. Cofer Park, Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

ShOUT Show returns with its monthly performance by out artists to benefit Georgia Equality. This time, enjoy singer-songwrter Katherine Cole. Photography and poetry too @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.

SummerCon is back with sci-fi, fantasy and gaming for every fanboy and fangirl. Look for the local gay OutlantaCon members @ Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, through Sunday.

“Steel Magnolias” went from stage to big screen to small screen. It’s back where it began as the ladies, their banter and their drama hit Truvy’s Beauty Salon @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through June 28.

“Heroes + Villains” is part of the Castleberry Hills Art Stroll. Stroll the galleries, and find Philip Bonneau’s photos of superheroes with a gay twist in the mix @ Big House Gallery, 7 p.m. We love Philip Bonneau.

“Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” with Lady Chablis. The Savannah tale returns to the big screen with its most salacious star in tow @ Plaza Atlanta, 8 p.m. Get advance tickets.

“Galka + Lindstrum + Schick” open the three-part concurrent solo art show that serves as the latest exhibit in the gay-owned spaces @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

“End of the Rainbow.” It’s 1968, and Judy Garland is trying to make her last effort at a comeback in this play helmed by gay director Freddie Ashley. Join the icon “in a London hotel room with her young new fiancé, pills and cocktail at her side” before one of the most important concerts of her life @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Closing weekend. Last performance on Sunday.

“The Full Monty.” The bawdy Broadway hit strips bare for your entertainment @ Marietta Players, 8 p.m.

The Other Show: Friday the 13th offers the most unique drag cabaret in town with a singularly creative cast and special guests who always blast your expectations, this week with scary-fied birthdays for Violet and Miami @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Ladies Lounge 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.

Friday the 13th Full Moon Party. The date and the day collide with spooky rarity, but when they hit with a full moon, it’s party time @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Jockstrap Lube Wrestling. Need we say more? The annual competition gets slickity @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Latrice Royale. The “RuPaul's Drag Race” fave tops the Femme Fatale show. Get your singles ready for the drag glamazons and this very special guest @ 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.

Le Laughs takes a queer and near-queer comedy shot on the road. Comics led by Ian Aber yuck it up for the OTP gays on Men’s Night @ @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

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

 

Saturday, June 14
East Point Possums Show. Join the gay throngs of spectators (second photo) as the 17th annual event puts amateurs and pros in drag, as well as some performances that defy description, for good causes @ downtown East Point, 7 p.m. It’s a gorgeous mess, it’s one of the best events in Atlanta’s big gay month, and here are a time-honored 22 reasons why. Don’t miss the Possums After Party @ East Point Corner Tavern.

Out & Equal Workplace Leaders Forum. Get in the know about employment equality with experts, the local O&E chapter and other like-minded gays during this all-day affair.  @ Newell Rubbermaid, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta Zine Fest goes all day with vendors including lesbian-feminist Charis and just about more left-of-center, off-the-beaten-path batch of online and print coolness than you can shake a stick at @ Erikson Clock, 12 noon – 9 p.m.

Ladies of the League Flag Football Drag Closer. The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta jocks who brought you all this championship hotness lay down their flags and tuck away their balls for this annual charity drag show @ Jungle, 6 p.m. It also serves as their season closing party too. It’s kind of a big damn deal.

“End of the Rainbow.” It’s 1968, and Judy Garland is trying to make her last effort at a comeback in this play helmed by gay director Freddie Ashley. Join the icon “in a London hotel room with her young new fiancé, pills and cocktail at her side” before one of the most important concerts of her life @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Closing weekend. Last performance is Sunday.

“MEH MEH.” It’s about to get really mannish up in here. This queer dance piece serves up “a physical display of male competition, virility, control and the objectification of desire” enhanced by original music and original textile and light installations @ Druid Hills Baptist Church, 9 p.m.

Roland Belmares kicks everything you’re doing up a notch when he hits Atlanta to helm the man-on-man dance action @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Bedlam: WackedOut BlackOut is back. Turn down the lights and slather on the neon paint, because it’s time to get messy and glow, baby, glow! Paint is included #wobo returns to gay Atlanta’s favorite weekly dance party and adds performances @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. 

Daniels Family Reunion puts the kings and queens led by Heather and Shaun on stage to woo the ladies during East Atlanta's weekly lesbian dance fandango @ My Sister's Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Mike Pope brings his big smile and beat-riffic jams mixes to the booth. Southern Bears are in the house too @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.

Sinful Saturday includes the Divas Cabaret and all kinds of other bar night fun for our suburban gays outside the perimeter @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

DJ Luis Perez All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your butt @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m. He’s ATL’s sexy-ass homeboy, and he knows how to move you.

 

Sunday, June 15
Sonia Leigh Unplugged in the Park. This Pride favorite and out alt-country rocker (bottom photo) has the licks that bring all the kids to the yard. Acoustic awesomeness also comes via Brooke Eden and Stevens Layne @ Park Tavern, 7 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball League continues the gay league’s spring-summer games for all the gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oh, and run don't walk to see these guys saying yes to the dress mess.

“End of the Rainbow.” It’s 1968, and Judy Garland is trying to make her last effort at a comeback in this play helmed by gay director Freddie Ashley. Join the icon “in a London hotel room with her young new fiancé, pills and cocktail at her side” before one of the most important concerts of her life @ Actor’s Express, 2 p.m. Closing. This is the last-chance performance.

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.

The Armorettes present the troupe’s weekly show on its continuing mission to bring campy bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

Top photo by Aubrey Longley-Cooke

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