The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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All work and no play make you a dull gay. Just in time to save you from yourself and your plodding weekdays, LGBT Atlanta events kick into gear with a world of downtime options.

Friday, June 5

Legendary Children: Hogtied (top photo). It’s gonna get dirty in the pig trough when the alternaqueers, artists and drag queens of LC take on a bondage theme to collide with the perpetual man-on-man dance party @ Heretic, 9 p.m. DJs Nark, Vicki Powell and King Atlas beat it, it’s Violet Chachki’s first local event since winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and Cayenne Rouge’s first performance since putting stupid people in their place.

“Avenue Q” in the Park. The Broadway smash and favorite local show returns with its inclusive messages and irreverently funny puppets, this time toned down to PG13 so families can come. Bring a blanket or beach chair and your favorite refreshments @ Piedmont Park, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday too.

“Good Girls Gone Bad” with Atlanta Women's Chorus. Sisters of the venerable gay men's chorus hit the stage on their own with this theme show @ Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m. Two Saturday shows as well.

“Unfreedom.” In New York, a young Indian woman's father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, but she's secretely in love with a woman. In New Delhi, a Muslim extremist kidnaps a scholar. Lives intertwine and plots come to a head @ Plaza Theatre, all week.

“Larry Jens Anderson: The Atlanta Years (1979-2015).” The revered local gay artist gets his own show and uses it to display his take on gay life in America for the last 35 years, including “Dick Learns to Draw” @ MOCA Georgia, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through July 3.

“The Whale.” The theater’s gay artistic director Freddie Ashley returns to the stage and puts on major pounds to play the morbidly obese lead in this powerful drama aimed at the heart of Middle America @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 14.

Guerrila Queer Bar. The Welcoming Committee continues its mission to invade straight bars guerilla-style. This month, serve them a tall glass of your fabulous LGBT-ness @ Community Smith, 866 W Peachtree St NW, 9 p.m.

The Other Show: Edie’s Birthday Extravaganza presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Boys Room: Hot Summer Nite. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. 

Onyx Night: Swimwear. Put on your suit because the gay black leather daddies are bringing the heat to this theme night @Atlanta Eagle, 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 Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 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.

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. 

Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

 

Saturday, June 6

10th Street Block Party (middle photo). All the hotties who love daydrinking and also want Brian Fuller for LLS Man of the Year tip back a few or a dozen with bottomless Beer Bust @ Ten and/or bottomless Margarita Bust @ Zocalo, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Burpees For Ben. Get sweaty to benefit your body as well as the donations toward medical and recovery expenses for longtime Joining Hearts leader Ben Hadsock. Session for all skill levels, but even if you don’t work out, there are nibbles and drinks @ Crossfit 04W, 10 a.m. It’s just the latest in an outpouring of support for Hadsock, who suffered a stroke in March.

Sylvia Rivera Day of Service. Named for the late, great trans activist, Atlanta Pride hosts a day of pitching in during Stonewall Month @ Lost N Found Youth Thrift Store, 1 p.m. It’s just the beginning of official and unofficial events in Atlanta’s big gay month of events.

“Good Girls Gone Bad” with Atlanta Women's Chorus. Sisters of the venerable gay men's chorus hit the stage on their own with this theme show @ Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Dragavanza Disco Dance Divas. The charity event masterminded by Regina Cartier returns, this time with glittery 70s-80s dance beats behind some great local entertainers — and some decidedly not so legendary campy amateurs — to benefit Ready 4 Hope’s AIDS Walk team @ Jungle, 6 p.m. These people know how to party with purpose.

Hat Bingo & Spaghetti Dinner. Put on your favorite special hat for a contest, eat spaghetti dinner with all the fixings and dessert, and play three rounds of Bingo, all to benefit the LGBT church programs @ City of Light, 6 p.m.

Stewart Huff. Laughs for fun and for fundraising! Hilarious comedian does his thing to benefit Trans Housing Atlanta @ Jerry Farber’s Side Door, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“Avenue Q” in the Park. The Broadway smash and favorite local show returns with its inclusive messages and irreverently funny puppets, only this time toned down to PG13 so kids can watch. Bring a blanket or beach chair @ Piedmont Park, 7:30 p.m. Sunday too.

Taste of Life 2015. Local restaurants and caterers treat you to delicious food, and local musicians donate their talents for your listening pleasure — all to benefit The Living Room, which helps people living with HIV. Come hungry @ Holy Cross Catholic Church, 8 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the line-dancing, two-stepping gays @ Heretic, 8p.m.

Backstreet Reunion. Party like it’s 1999 with DJs and drag queens who were there. Bill Berdeaux and Rob Reum take the tables, while Heather Daniels, Lauren Lamasters and Shawnna Brooks take the stage @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

NFFLA Flag Football Friends & Family Day. The regular season is a wrap, but the playoffs bring cooking out, picnicking, and fun for everybody who loves a gay jock in National Flag Football League of Atlanta @ Grant Park, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled nighttime shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Gurlfrandz: Summertime Show. The off-center Village Queens are up to old tricks, this time celebrating the season with short-shorts and bikinis and messy fun. DJ King Atlas to boot @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

Underwear Party. Tony's birthday means you strip down to your favorite pair with DJ Eric Jenkins and the Talons in the house @ Atlanta Eagle, 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.

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 Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

Girl bar. Live music and stage shows dot the landscape of lesbian Atlanta’s favorite Saturday night dance party @ My  Sister’s Room, 9 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 Lydia Prim 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, June 7

“Avenue Q” in the Park (bottom photo). The Broadway smash and favorite local revival returns with its inclusive messages and irreverently funny puppets, only this time toned down to PG13 so kids can watch. Bring a blanket or beach chair @ Piedmont Park, 7:30 p.m.

PALS 25th Anniversary Party. Toast this gay-beloved Pets Are Loving Support on its milestone with cocktails, food, a silent auction, and a proclamation from the city @ Park Tavern, 2 p.m. It’s just one of our picks for the Best Gay Things To Do During Stonewall Month.

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 DJ Sean Mac @ Frogs, 4 p.m.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you brunch @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

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

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.

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, this week featuring the troupe’s signature annual drag pageant from Hell  @ 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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