The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Two all-weekend anniversaries, and an annual charity blast make this the most cram-packed LGBT party list that Atlanta has seen since, well, since last week. Because gay Atlanta is awesome, that's why.

Friday, Nov. 7

Lost N Found Youth Anniversary and Vigil (top photo). LNF founder Rick Westbrook’s ode to some 750 LGBT homeless youth in Atlanta. For the third year, he lives outside all weekend. Community Update @ Hideaway, 7 p.m. Then the vigil, including collecting gloves, coats and food; distributing information; and raising awareness in the parking lot @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. Check out our photos from last year and the year before that. Saturday and Sunday beer busts too.

Film Love: Visual Initiative. Three compelling documentaries explore the genre as a mostly visual medium with the gay-run academic movie lovers @ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 7 p.m.

Feminism Futures: Charis Weekend. A keynote discussion with Kiese Laymon and Susana Morris on the 40th Anniversary Weekend of the lesbian-feminist stalwart Charis Books and Charis Circle @ Scottish Rite Solarium, 7:30 p.m. Look for more Charis events on Saturday.

“The Sugar Bean Sisters” Closing Weekend for this Southern Gothic tale of two sisters who get wrapped in a murder and romance plot with lesbian director Cathe Hall Payne @ Onstage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through Saturday.

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

The Welcoming Committee Takeover. Another month, another queer invasion of a straight bar, this time @ Shout (Peachtree @ 14th), 9 p.m. Venue dress code doesn't allow white t-shirts or hats.

The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Macho Night. The weekly man-on-man dance party gets a Latin twist with Macho Productions, DJs Chiruco and David Knapp and Latina drag performances @ Heretic, 10 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.

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.

Chaparral Nights amps up its weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

 

Saturday, Nov. 8

PALS Manly Miss America (middle photo). It won’t be pretty but it will be fun, and it’s all for a good cause. Burly gents rouge up their cheeks and prance in wigs and dresses for gay Atlanta’s favorite pet charity @ Jungle, 6 p.m. It’s a mess. In a good way. To relieve your eyes, last year’s beefy winner looks like this with his shirt off.

The Long Walk Home. Gay amputee Mark Sweatman and his team walk 140 miles around metro Atlanta to raise funds for Lost N Found. Kickoff @ St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. You can join the walkers or their daily lunch stops and more. Read Sweatman's heartwarming story.

Fall Ball End of Season Party. The gays of fall’s combined Southern Softpaw/Hotlanta Softball leagues celebrate with beer, charity donations and more @ Heretic, 3 p.m.

Lost N Found Youth Anniversary and Vigil continues. LNF founder is homeless all weekend collecting items for LGBT homeless youth in the parking lot @ Burkhart’s, all day and night. Beer busts in Ansley II bars, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Charis 40th Anniversary Weekend. Atlanta’s lesbian-feminist bookstore throws a sale and birthday party to celebrate that it’s been a long road from 1974 @ Charis Books & More, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. It wraps with the Charis Birthday Bash featuring music, dancing, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, interactive exhibits including queer video games, art and a professional photo booth @ The Marianna (above Wrecking Bar), 7 p.m.

Poetry Readings. Longtime local LGBT literati Franklin Abbott leads a slew of gay-inclusive poets – including Theresa Davis, Collin Kelly, Duncan Teague, Cleo Creech – in two sessions @ Bound To Be Read Books, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Dylan Michael and the Family. The local gay singer brings his backup, with subsequent sets by bands Johnny! Bad Touch and Maya @ Drunken Unicorn, 9 p.m.

Glitter Ball. All the makings of a messy night of mayhem converge. Artfags and drag queens Legendary Children are in the house, DJ Neon Glowbear is in the booth, glittered up go-go boys are on the speakers, and you’re in your shiniest attire @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Meet the man staging a gay nightlife takeover.

DJ Kevin Durard. The local beat master takes control of the sound table to helm gay Atlanta’s Saturday night dance party @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District show, 9 p.m.

DJ Kraax. You may remember him as DJ Jay McCracken. He's back in the ATL, and he's spinning the guys into a frenzy under his new moniker on the patio @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

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.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Genre, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Bucky Motter and Sophie Sputnik. Don’t come a-knockin’ because it’s LGBT rockin’. Just bust the door down on these acoustic badasses as they shake up Atlanta’s lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Don’t look now, it’s also Back to the 80s, 90s and 00s Food Drive Party.

Camo Veterans Day Party. Wear your camoflauge, uniforms and military gear with a sexy twist to cruise your night away with DJ Eric Jenkins @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Divas Cabaret works some looks with Destiny Brooks on the mic for all the OTP gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m.

DJ Alyson Calagna All Nighter 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, Nov. 9

Rufus Wainwright with the Atlanta Symphony. The gay singer that Elton John called “the greatest songwriter in the world” hits town to croon and woo you @ Symphony Hall, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes: Kellie Divine’s 30th Birthday Edition. The camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. Catch the madness @ Hideaway, 8 p.m. This is also the Lost N Found Youth Anniversary Vigil Closing Party. The LNF founder and the birthday girl will do anything for money.

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.

Lost N Found Youth Anniversary and Vigil continues. LNF founder goes homeless for 48 hours collecting items for, and raising awareness of, homeless LGBT youth in the parking lot @ Burkhart’s, all day. Beer busts @ Felix, 2 p.m. and Burkhart’s, 5 p.m.

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

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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