The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You might think gay Atlanta rests on its Pride laurels for one week. You’d be wrong. Get in on world premieres, comic legends, a million-dollar AIDS Walk, and more LGBT events, shows and parties.

Friday, Oct. 17

“Lasso of Truth” (top photo) is exactly what you hope it is. Wonder Woman’s origin story goes live on stage with the lesbian amazons of Paradise Island @ Synchronicity Theatre, 8 p.m. Closes this weekend with shows through Sunday.

“Finding Dad” world premiere hits Georgia Latino Film Festival. Gay Atlanta’s “Fashionado” Vincent Martinez returns to Cuba after 44 years to meet his father for the first time since he was 5 years old @ Georgia Pacific Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. We watched this movie in the making.

“The Sugar Bean Sisters” opens this Southern Gothic tale of two sisters wrapped in murder and romance with lesbian director Cathe Hall Payne at the helm @ Onstage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through Nov. 8.

“The Doctor, The Devil and My Dad” opens this fantastical story about a woman’s visions of her Muslim father juxtaposed with a convincingly Tenant-esque Doctor Who and Satan himself. Gay Atlanta’s own Topher Payne is part of the cast @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 26. Watch a video preview. And another.

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna opens for a limited run @ Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Runs through Nov. 16

Witch Please. A dance party to stoke your Halloween fire with DJs Ree dela Vega and Sam Rothstein @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

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

The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Stick around for Fixation. The newest hipster scene unleashes synth-pop, post-punk, New Wave and Horror Disco for your nerves with a masquerade dance party theme @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m.

Ladies Lounge gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. These women throw down.

Femme Fatale 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, Shawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Men’s Night lets you in on the show and specials that get all the OTP gays rockin @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m.

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


Saturday, Oct. 18

Sandra Bernhard (middle photo) The one and only comic, singer and actress performs two shows of her latest “Sandyland” set to benefit AIDS Walk Atlanta @ Altitude in W Midtown, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. She’s also AIDS Walk grand marshal on Sunday. Read our Sandra Bernhard interview. She's just one of the awesome things about AIDS Walk.

Fall Ball. The gay pitchers and catchers of Hotlanta Softball and Southern Softpaw join forces for autumn games @ Southside Softball Complex, 10 a.m. Aftergames Afterparty, this week with the Nighthawks team @ Heretic, 4 p.m.

Fall Festival on Ponce returns as yet another sign of the season. The art vendors are out, and so are the gay organizers @ Olmstead Linear Park, 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Sunday too. Spring or fall, this festival rocks a gay day in the park. Well not like that, but still.

Little Five Points Halloween Parade. The gays are all up in this annual costume romp through the hipster hood, this year including a Ria Pell memorial posse honoring the late gay chef @ Euclid Avenue, 4 p.m.

Legendary Children: Freak Show. Think “American Horror Story” retro carnival meets drag and queer Atlanta. The drag Children’s cabinet of curiosities, circus performers, DJs, and your ringmaster Nicole Paige Brooks bring the carny in an art collision @ Masquerade, 10 p.m.

Freak Show Ball works a theme. Look for DJ beats and headliner Edie Cheezburger and other acts to benefit AIDS Walk @ Center Stage The Loft, 9 p.m.

UnderBear returns with DJ Sean Mac on the decks. You know what to wear, and you know how they do it @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.

Raw Talent 7 continues this weeks-long contest to find the best king or queen. Jordan McCord and Romeo Lee host smack in the middle of Atlanta’s weekly lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Guest Appreciation Night find you with discounts to Atlanta’s favorite gay dance party. DJ Mike Pope does the deed, and it’s always 18 and up @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District show, 9 p.m.

Spectrum. Gay Atlanta’s own DJs Vicki Powell and Robert Ansley rock sets in the LGBT-inclusive Edgewood district @ Sound Table, 11 p.m.

Marietta Pride. Rather than a one-day superfest, this year’s North Georgia Rainbow Coalition celebration is a fandango of Saturday nights through October @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9:30 p.m. They need you. Because homophobia.

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

DJ Stan Jackson moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.


Sunday, Oct. 19

AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run (bottom photo). With a $1 million fundraising goal at stake, walkers from all walks of life take to the streets for the 24th annual event @ Piedmont Park, 11 a.m. Or come just for the stage presentation including Grand Marshal Sandra Bernhard, 2 p.m. Here are 21 reasons to hit the streets.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious and the gurlz @ Lips, 12:15 doors, 1:30 p.m. show.

Fall Festival on Ponce returns as yet another sign of the season. The art vendors are out, and so are the gay organizers @ Olmstead Linear Park, 11 a.m – 5 p.m. Spring or fall, this festival rocks.

Sunday Funday. It's two parties in one with DJ Rob Reum inside and DJ Robert Ansley outside. All kinds of fun as you go back and forth @ Ten Atlanta, 4 p.m. – midnight. They really bring it.

Atlanta Bucks AIDS Walk Beer Bust. Get with your local gay jocks to benefit the day's final tally and drink unlimited brew too @ Frogs, 3 p.m. Just another AIDS Walk attraction.

Atlanta Royals Triple Crowning. A pageant to end all pageants as the “Royals” Evah Destruction, Evelyn Caldwell and Aria Cassadine pass down their crowns in three title contests @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Because music video realness. Like for real-real realness.

“Late Night With the Boys – Confessions of a Leather Bar Chanteuse.” Alex Bond and Ken Hornbeck read from Bond’s novel, which transports listeners to 1977 with tales of a Southern Chanteuse and her gay friends in the pre-AIDS era. Benefiting and hosted @ Rush Center, 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.

The Armorettes. The weekly show from the camp crazies moves its weekly mission to drag for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta to a new venue. Catch the madness @ Hideaway, 7 p.m.


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