The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You go hard all week. You owe it to yourself to commit just as diligently to your downtime. LGBT Atlanta events have you covered with gay plays, parties and people to revive your drive.

Friday, April 17

“Norman, Is That You?” (top photo). The Broadway smash that paved the way for gay-inclusive comedies like “Ellen” and “Will & Grace” gets the revival it so richly deserves. Step back in time to 1970s Gay New York @ Out of the Box Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays to Sundays through May 2.

Lesbian Softball. Get with Decatur Women’s Sports League teams for weekly games @ Kely Cofer Park, Tucker, 6 p.m. through May 15.

“Designing Women Live.” The local favorite returns with gay Atlanta guys playing the beloved female leads in reenactments of popular episodes from the ‘90s series @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Performances through April 19.

“Blues for an Alabama Sky.” This play by local queer ally Pearl Cleage includes gay characters in this look at Harlem in 1930 @ Alliance Theater, 8 p.m. Runs through May 10.

The Other Show presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind, this week celebrating Celeste Holmes’ birthday @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

“Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet.” Family drama exacerbates a young gay man's journey toward self discovery @ Actor's Express, 8 p.m. Runs through April 26.

Women’s Outdoor Network Disco Night. Back in the day disco music in the space that used to be Atlanta lesbian bar The Sports Page. Get down tonight @ Heretic, 7 p.m.

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

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Bitch Please. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door with DJs Ree de la Vega and Sam Rothstein @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. 

White Party Traxx Girls Anniversary gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus DJ Mike Pope’s Second Level @ Blake’s, 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.

Fame & Fortune Friday. WhassupNATL invites its huge guestlist of black gay men out for an upscale but not uptight night @ Frank Ski’s, 10 p.m.

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


Saturday, April 18

Mr. HSL Pageant (middle photo). Beefy Hotlanta Softball League jocks in next to no clothes to benefit AID Atlanta, Lost N Found Youth and Atlanta’s Gay Softball World Series teams on stage @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Yes, it’s as crazy-good as it sounds.

Diversity Forward Conference. A day of LGBTQIA-inclusive workshops with the  AntiAssimilationist NonNormative Students of Kennesaw State University @ KSU Buruss Building, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NFFLA Flag Football pits the gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta in their weekly gay jock showdown @ Atlanta Silverbacks Park, 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way, Atlanta, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Keep an eye out for rain outs.

Psychedelic Blackout #Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled nighttime shenanigans, 9 p.m.

“Designing Women Live.” The local favorite returns with guys playing the beloved female leads as they reenact popular episodes from the ‘90s series @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Performances through April 19.

Spring Swing. Learn some 40s dance moves, then hit the floor with the local LGBT MetroGnomes stage band of Atlanta Freedom Bands serving big band realness @  Hudson Grille. 7 p.m. lessons, 8 p.m. dance.

MamaBear Charities. A fundraising evening of drag, poker, blackjack, shooter boys and more with host Kandi Mann @ Opus 1, 9 p.m.

DJ Roland Belmares. The local favorite of such bashes as Joining Hearts hits town to rock the gay boys to their boots @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Jungle Anniversary Party. Welcome to the place that throws gay Atlanta’s best dance party for 11 years running with DJ Kevin Durard @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the weekly Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.,

Bucks Bar Night. The burly bears of Atlanta Bucks Rugby take over for their monthly bar night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Ladies on the dance floor. Check out the shows and tunes that move the women of Atlanta’s favorite weekly lesbian party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The undisputed Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Or come in late for the Taboo Show, 12 midnight.

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.

DJ Martin Fry 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, April 19

Margarita Bust for AV200 (bottom photo). Join the biking jocks of the AIDS Vaccine 200 as they raise money toward their annual ride for Emory Vaccine Center. Come get bottomless vats of the frozen green stuff with DJ Joey Smith @ Zocalo, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. This event is always off the chain.

Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring-summer season for gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also join this week’s Extra Innings Beer Bust with the Atlanta Flyers team @ Henry's, 4 p.m.

Big Gay Anniversary. Paul Beauchamp has been out of the closet for six years, so all the gays in gayville celebrate to benefit Jersualem House. Bottomless beer, Jell-O shots and door prizes @ Joe's, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum gives you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 1:30 p.m. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 7:45 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux and free copies of the new gay go-to album while supplies last, 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.

Sex Kitten Sunday with Angelica D’Paige corralling the queens @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock their weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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